Written by Al Stover
Family members and teachers sat in the audience as 10 students on stage were being inducted into the Wolf Point High School chapter of the National Honors Society.
The induction ceremony was held in the Wolf Point High School auditorium, Oct. 1.
Mike MacDonald was guest speaker at the ceremony. He informed the inductees that being a member of the honor society was more than a reward for being a good scholar. He said being a member was also about serving the community.
MacDonald also made reference to Alexis de Tocqueville’s book Democracy in America and explained the importance of civil organizations in society. He told the students to look at how an organization, like the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede committee, puts on a large event, like the rodeo, every year.
The speaker also spoke about the decline of organizations in the country and asked students to think about the consequences of what would happen if no one decided to be involved with the committee. He then presented a similar situation with the volunteer fire department and asked students to imagine what it would be like if no one chose to devote their time at the fire department.
MacDonald ended his speech by suggesting the students ask themselves the question, “How can I make my community better?”
Once MacDonald was finished, the current members of Wolf Point’s Honor Society lit candles that represented scholarship, leadership, character and service, the characteristics of the honor society. Each member who lit a candle recited the description of that characteristic.
After the candles were lit, current society members and inductees recited the society’s pledge. Sarah Hafner presented the newest members of the National Honor Society to the audience. Wolf Point High School assistant principal Brett Scott welcomed the new members on behalf of the staff and faculty.
After the ceremony, there was a dinner held in the high school multi-purpose room in honor of the new members.
Junior Ashley Page said being inducted in the honor society was a big accomplishment for her. She also said she looks forward to helping her community.
Junior Sierra Hanks also said getting chosen to be a part of the society was both an honor and a privilege.
“I hope we do good things this year,” Hanks said.
The 10 new National Honor Society members are: Sonica Archdale, daughter of Annette Linder; Ky’Anna Broesder, daughter of Kasey Garrett; Sierra Hanks, daughter of Michael and LaRae Hanks; Christean Holen, daughter of Chris and LaToya Holen; Mecalia Martin, daughter of Cam and Jodi Martin; Ashley Page, daughter of R.C. and Joelle Page; Erin Presser, daughter of Jeff Presser and Patty Presser; Thea Smith, daughter of Craig and Leanne Smith; Danielle Vermette, daughter of Deborah Vandall; and Gabrielle Wozinak, daughter of Jeff and Loretta Wozinak.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:18
Written by The Herald-News
Northeast Montana Health Services is hosting its second annual Pink Night Out in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October.
This year’s event is taking place on Monday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. upstairs at the Elks in Wolf Point. The informative evening will blend food, fun, youth artwork, pink pumpkin judging, light entertainment, shopping with local vendors, health tips and fitness demonstrations. Guest speakers will also tell their inspiring stories about their experiences with breast cancer.
On-site healthcare experts from the radiology department at NEMHS will be available to answer questions about the importance of annual mammograms and will be able to schedule appointments throughout the evening.
A drawing will be taking place for a free mammogram. To be eligible, you must schedule your mammogram that evening for a date between October 2013 and October 2014.
“We wanted to create an event that would be fun, inspiring and informative. We want those attending to enjoy themselves but more importantly, to recognize the importance of getting an annual mammogram and continuing with well breast health. Our guest speakers for the evening are all people who have been impacted by breast cancer and their inspiring stories are part of the message we want people to leave with. This is a devastating disease that nearly everyone has been impacted by,” said Jaimee Green, NEMHS marketing director.
There will be a giveaway every 15 minutes and attendees will have an opportunity to have pictures taken that evening.
A representative from NEMHS will also be available to explain the benefits of contributing to the Threads of Life Donor Wall with all the proceeds going toward digital mammography. For $100, a nameplate will be added to the donor wall at both the Poplar and Wolf Point campuses in honor, memory or recognition of a loved one.
Statistically, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Not counting skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.
According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2009, 211,731 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,676 died from the disease.
“There is really no typical breast for women. Everyone is different which is why it is so important to pay attention to any changes in your breasts,” said Kristi Iman, radiologist technician, RT(R)(M) for NEMHS.
Symptoms of breast cancer can include new lumps in the breast or underarm, thickening or swelling of part of the breast, irritation or dimpling, redness or flaky skin, pain or pulling in of the nipple, discharge other than breast milk, changes in size or shape and general pain in any area of the breast.
To schedule a mammogram, contact 653-6538.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:18
Written by Chris Dschaak, WPVFD
2013 celebrates 100 years of the organized fire department in Wolf Point. The tradition of the Firemen’s Ball started back then and continues to this day as the main fundraiser for the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department. It is not only important to reminisce about the past, but to also express what has been learned over the past 100 years of tradition and see what has been carried on by current department members.
Some of us are “newbies” and some of us are seasoned, but we are all firefighters. We have made lifetime friends. We have all ventured into the flames, side by side, relying on the skills handed down from our predecessors. We have laughed together. We have shared heartache together. We have learned from the past that we can’t save everything, but that we can comfort people suffering from loss. We have learned that a great day is when everyone comes home, everything else can be replaced.
We have learned to wear our armor with pride. We constantly maintain our fleet of vehicles that allow us to fight fires or extricate people from accidents. We wear our Nomex, lined bunker gear, steel-toed boots, helmets and don our air packs that allow us to venture into smoke- and fire-filled buildings to rescue and extinguish fires. With this, we have learned that our safety is important and constant upgrading of equipment needs to be made to ensure it continues.
We have learned training is vital to the success of every call we receive. We train together. We train in the actual environments. Our burn trailer allows us to watch how fire acts. It shows us the heat associated with the fire and just how much our gear can and can’t protect us. It shows us how water can be our biggest friend. We train so we know what to do and how to react to any incident for which we are paged out. We also train for your and our safety. We train to react and to make any emergency situation better.
We have learned the dedication it takes to be a volunteer firefighter. We have all missed birthdays, holidays, work and countless family functions. We have learned that when the siren rings, we are needed. We dedicate countless hours to this department so when the time arises, we can safely execute our abilities as firefighters.
We have learned that Wolf Point and the surrounding community supports us wholeheartedly. For the past 100 years, the only way that the Firemen’s Ball has been a success is due to the donors and participants. We are a small town and we all know each other. Our vested interest in this community is the safety of everyone who lives here. We are humbled by donations that this community has bestowed upon on us. Remember that every donation goes directly into the department, allowing us to upgrade and replace equipment.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:07
Written by The Herald-News
During 100 years of serving the Wolf Point community and the surrounding area, many have toiled tirelessly to make the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department the institution it is today.
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department had its earliest beginnings back in 1913 when a group of men held a meeting in John Coffey’s store and made plans to organize the community’s first fire department, as chronicled in Roosevelt County’s Treasured Years.
They held their first Firemen’s Ball in 1913 and started a tradition that has been upheld for the past 100 years. Funds from this first ball were used to purchase hand-drawn firefighting equipment.
Roosevelt County’s Treasured Years reports that, around 1917, the department acquired a fire truck and had 15 men listed as firemen, including Ted Stennes, Todd Shamley, Les Rowe, Virgil Alberts and Charlie Howe.
The Fire Department Today
The Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department currently has 17 members, led by fire chief Shawn Eggar and assistant chief Allen Richard. Captains in the department are David M. Parsley and Brandon Matejovsky. Secretary/treasurer is Chris Dschaak. David Toavs serves as training officer and Clint Bushman is the safety officer. Firefighters with the department are Joe Reinhart, Terry Cody, Paul Gysler, Terry Delger, Chris Allen, Beau Garfield, Mike Palivoda, Alfredo Vargas, Dana Matejovsky and Tim Davis.
These dedicated firefighters often forfeit time from their jobs, their families and relaxation to respond to fires and accidents, supplying their expertise when it is needed by visitors and community members alike.
They work with a fleet of 11 trucks, including three city structure engines, a 4,400-gallon tender, six rural wildland fire engines, a rural rescue pumper truck and a command vehicle.
The department’s newest truck, “17-7,” is a 2010 rural structure engine. The four-wheel drive International has a 1,000-gallon water capacity, with a deck gun capable of spraying water 200 feet at a rate of 1,250 gallons a minute. The deck gun’s purchase was funded by $9,200 raised at 2011’s Firemen’s Ball. The department is currently building another rural wildland fire engine.
“Every bit of money that we’ll get from the fundraising goes to purchase additional equipment and supplies that our budgets wouldn’t allow us to purchase otherwise,” Eggar said of the upcoming ball.
Engine “17-7” can carry five firefighters and also carries all of the department’s rescue equipment. The $274,000 engine was acquired via a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with the local fire department providing 5 percent in matching funds.
“17-1” is a Roosevelt County vehicle and was purchased using the county’s truck replacement rotation, along with grant funds, a portion of the department’s operating budget and additional fundraising.
In 2008, the department added “Engine 8,” a 2008 Smeal pumper. This addition to the department’s fleet of firefighting vehicles greatly increased the effectiveness in fighting structure fires in the community. It is the first one out of the fire hall to a city structure fire.
“Engine 8” replaced “Engine 56,” a 1956 Ford American LaFrance that has been retired. The fire department plans to loan “Engine 56” to the Wolf Point Area Historical Society Museum for display. Also available to respond to city structure fires are “Engine 91,” a 1991 Pierce, and “Engine 74,” a 1974 Pierce. Typically, these city pumpers are replaced every 17 to 18 years.
In addition to “17-1,” the department has four more rural wildland firefighting rigs, “17-2,” “17-3,” “17-5” and “17-6.” The department’s 4,400-gallon tender, “17-4,” is used to provide additional water to the wildland fire engines. “17-7,” the department’s rescue truck, rounds out the fleet. Built on a non-operational pumper chassis, it is equipped with vehicle extrication and scene lighting equipment and is mostly used for hauling supplies.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:05
Written by The Herald-News
Montanans earning minimum wage will see an increase from $7.80 per hour to $7.90 per hour on Jan. 1.
The increase in the minimum wage is based upon any increase in the U.S. City Average Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for All Items from August of the preceding year to August of the year in which the calculation is made. This amount is to be rounded to the nearest five cents.
The current 2013 minimum wage rate is $7.80. Based on an increase in the CPI of 1.5 percent from August 2012 to August 2013, the calculation used for determining the minimum wage rate for 2014 is as follows: $7.80 X .015% = $.12, rounded to $0.10.
Montana is one of 18 states that have a higher minimum wage than the national minimum wage of $7.25. Washington has the highest minimum wage at $9.19.
Information relating to Montana’s minimum wage may be downloaded from www.mtwagehourbopa.com or www.ourfactsyourfuture.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:01