Written by Al Stover
Thirteen trees decorated in various themes were donated to the Festival of Trees. This one, Burgundy Burlap Glass, was donated by NEMHS Charitable Foundation. Others included M&Ms Christmas Tree donated by Mary Nesbit and Arin Grainger; Snowmen Christmas Tree donated by Main Street Grocery; Maroon and White Wolves Tree donated by Wolf Point School District staff; Merry “Woof” Mas Tree donated by NEMHS Employee Committee; Pretty in Pink Christmas donated by Elaine and Bethany Long; Happy Meal Hello Kitty Tree donated by McDonalds of Wolf Point; Happy Meal Hot Wheels Tree donated by McDonalds of Wolf Point; Mitten of Christmas donated by Faith Lutheran Home residents; Feliz Navidog donated by Squires Insurance; 4th of July Fireworks donated by Green’s Fireworks; White Hanger Christmas Tree donated by Mary Isle; Tumbleweed Tree donated by Tracy Strand.
Many of the Wolf Point citizens who attended the Festival of Trees purchased tickets in hopes of winning one of the decorated Christmas trees that were donated by local merchants and organizations.
Stuffed animals hung on the tree like ornaments as people dropped off unwrapped presents at the NEMHS Charitable Foundation Giving Tree Friday evening at the former Bryan’s building on Main Street. People donated toys for children up to 17 years old.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:13
Written by Al Stover
There was a special meeting held at the Roosevelt County Library Dec. 3 to discuss a proposed children’s policy.
Under the proposed policy, children 12 years of age or younger must be accompanied and supervised by a parent, guardian or responsible adult. The responsibility for the child’s safety and behavior in the building rests with the adult and not with the library staff.
Adults with children that are disruptive or behaving inappropriately will be asked to remove the children from the premises. Repeat offenders may be denied access into the library for an extended amount of time as determined by the staff.
Children between the ages of 13 and 17 will be treated as young adults; however, they are still legally the responsibility of their parents or guardians. Similar to the case with younger children, young adults may also be asked to leave the premises if they are disruptive or behave inappropriately. Repeat offenders may be denied access into the library for an extended amount of time as determined by the staff.
Library director Andrea Hayes explained that there has been an issue with unsupervised children at the library for several years and that she and the other librarians have tried different approaches to manage children who come to the library and hang out for several hours; however the problem has gotten to the point to where the librarians are spending more time managing children who are misbehaving and less time on their duties.
Christine Eggar, superintendent of Frontier School, asked Hayes if she had researched what other libraries have done in similar situations. Hayes replied that other libraries have implemented a similar policy with some requiring children up to 15 years to be accompanied by an adult.
Hayes mentioned that not all the younger children are disruptive, but the policy has to apply to everyone who comes into the library and that there can be no exceptions. She added that some of the children have already developed plans to bring their parents or grandparents to the library.
Eggar asked why Hayes selected 13 years old as the age where children do not need an adult supervisor. Hayes explained that youth 13 years and older are self-reliant and can get home safely.
The proposed policy states librarians cannot discipline children, nor can they legally detain a child if they leave with a stranger, which can become an issue of liability and safety. The library also does not have a telephone for public use. If there’s a medical emergency, there is nothing the library can legally do.
The proposed policy will be on the agenda for approval at the next regular library board meeting.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:45
Written by The Herald-News
Cape Air, the nation’s largest commuter airline, began serving eastern Montana Dec. 10.
Customers will be able to book flights between Billings and Sidney, Wolf Point, Havre, Glendive and Glasgow.
Based in Hyannis, Mass., Cape Air flies over 735,000 passengers to destinations all over the world including New England, New York, the Caribbean and Micronesia.
The company has also been recognized for philanthropy in the communities it serves. Dan Wolf, Cape Air founder and CEO, is a recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The Department of Transportation awarded Cape Air with the northeast Montana Essential Air Services contract in September. The contract is scheduled to run until 2015.
Linda Markham, Cape Air president, views the service in Montana as an “exciting chapter” in the organizations’ history.
“The opportunity to provide frequent consistent air service, create new jobs and become a community partner to these six cities is one that we really welcome,” Markham said.
From its hub in Billings, Cape Air will operate daily, year-round flights to five regional communities.
All seats on all flights are $49 each way and include taxes and fees. Anyone who would like to make reservations can visit capeair.com or call 800-CAPE-AIR.
Billings (BIL) – Sidney (SDY): five daily, round-trip flights
Billings (BIL) – Glendive (GDV): two daily, round-trip flights
Billings (BIL) – Glasgow (GGW): two daily, round-trip flights
Billings (BIL) – Wolf Point (OLF): two daily, round-trip flights
Billings (BIL) – Harve(HVR): two daily, round-trip flights
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 16:44
Written by Al Stover
It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that I am leaving Wolf Point for slightly less-snowy pastures in eastern Washington.
A friend of mine who I worked with back at the Eastern Washington University paper referred me to the editor of the Cheney Free Press. He liked my work and offered me a staff reporter position and I accepted it.
Although I have enjoyed my time in Wolf Point, I have been feeling the pull to go back home in the last couple of months. What clinched it was watching the EWU Eagles come back from behind to defeat the Portland State Vikings, 42-41. As I watched the Eagles scramble across the red turf — the same turf I graduated on back in June — I kept saying to myself, “I should be there.”
First off, I would like to thank Darla Shumway for giving me the opportunity to work at The Herald-News these past six months and allowing me to dive head first into covering community news and get a jump start on my career.
I would next like to thank the people of Wolf Point for welcoming me to the community and giving me feedback on my work these past six months. Receiving all the positive comments has helped me develop the confidence to go back to Cheney.
If I had to pick my favorite aspect of covering Wolf Point, it would be going to the various sporting events and musical performances put on by the school, whether it was taking notes as the music department put on their extravagant Madrigal dinner or shooting pictures as the volleyball team come back from a two-set deficit to win a match. Did covering these games and events eat up a lot of my time on Friday and Saturday nights? You bet, but I enjoyed every moment.
I would also like to thank the Zilkoski family for providing me with a roof over my head and allowing me to drink their delicious brews. Although this area of Montana was limited when it came to selective brews, the pub made up for it in their creations, as well as its charm. When I’m back in Spokane, Wash., sipping a stout or indulging in an IPA, I’m sure my mind will remember the smell of the beer brewing from the back of the pub.
Finally, I would like to offer a word of advice to anyone, young or old, reading this. Do not be afraid to follow your dreams, even if it seems like they are out of reach. It may take some time and effort, but as the old saying goes: you can do anything you set your mind to.
If you get the urge to come back home and you feel that same pull to return, do not fight it, especially if returning home includes an opportunity to help prepare you for the next stage of your life.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:41
Written by Jaimee Green, NEMHS
For many, the holidays are about time kept traditions and tapping into the true spirit of the holidays. It’s about awakening the feelings of joy and selfless giving that resonate from within our hearts. Many people look for ways to offer gifts that express emotion and heartfelt meaning.
During the busy holiday season, Northeast Montana Health Services is asking the community to pause and remember friends and loved ones by lighting bulbs on the Memories of Love trees in their honor.
NEMHS is holding their 17th annual Memories of Love project to remember those who have brightened and enriched the lives of others. Each bulb on the Faith Lutheran Home and Poplar Hospital Swing Bed tree that is lit is representative and dedicated to the honor or memory of those special loved ones who have touched the lives of others. Every penny raised during the month- long fundraiser goes directly toward benefitting the lives of the residents who call those facilities home.
“There are over 150 bulbs between the two trees and it is our goal to see every one of them lit up. It’s a tender example of the timeliness of honoring and remembering loved ones during the holiday season. This time-kept tradition tugs at the heartstrings of everyone who participates in it,” said JoAnn Hibl, director of nursing for Faith Lutheran Home.
For those who donate each year, the event has become something they look forward to each year.
“I started giving when a dear friend of mine passed away. Later, when I lost my mom and dad I thought this was a great way to remember them while also serving a greater purpose,” said Kathy Doornek, a community member and employee of NEMHS.
Sharon Bravard, a Poplar resident, has participated in the Memories of Love since it began by recognizing different people each year. In the past, she has donated for specific loved ones and other times provided her donation for all of the military soldiers and other community members.
“At Christmas, I felt this was a worthy cause to continue giving to because it allows NEMHS to provide things for their residents they would otherwise be unable to,” she said.
For Violet Zimmerman, the project is a way to hold on to the memory of her late husband, Richard, and son, Mark.
“Christmas was always a big deal for Richard and every year I try to make it a point to get up to Faith Home and see the tree lit up in part, in memory of him,” Zimmerman said.
In 2006, a Ponderosa pine was purchased by Irene Tjon and her sister, Ellen Sievers, in memory of their late sister, Patsy. The tree was planted near the sidewalk entrance into Faith Lutheran Home and serves as a memorial that is decorated with lights every year.
“Faith Home was so good to her we thought it was important to make a contribution to the Memories of Love that would last from year to year,” Tjon said.
This year, trees are displayed in the lobby at Poplar Hospital and inside Faith Home, along with the real tree outside. Bulbs will be lit and cards will be placed on each tree with the names of those people being honored and memorialized as they are received.
To honor a loved one, a card can be filled out at either location and are available at the front office and on or near the trees themselves. A mailing is also being sent out to the surrounding community.
Bulbs can be purchased at varying prices with white bulbs costing $10, green, $25, red, $50, blue, $75 and gold, $100. All other monetary donations are accepted as well.
“I think our community has always rallied behind this project because so many people have a story associated with our facilities. Many have had a loved one who called Faith Lutheran Home or Poplar Hospital’s Swing Bed home and want to make a difference in the lives of those individuals who live there today,” said Nicole Paulson, director of nursing for Poplar Hospital.
In the past, the money has been used to purchase needed furniture, for the Alzheimer’s unit, resident dining room renovation and the purchase of a television, popcorn machine, sonic tub and decorations for the rehabilitation room.
For more information, contact Joby Flynn at 653-6421 or Jaimee Green at 768-6172.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:10