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Sierra Hanks staples stockings underneath the window of the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School lobby office. Hanks, a student council member, also helped with setting up the Christmas tree in the middle of the lobby.
Christean Holen hangs an ornament on the Christmas tree in the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School lobby. Holen was one of several members of the student council who decorated the school for the holidays, Nov. 25.
Shelby Hanks tries to untangle the lights before placing them on the tree.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 17:11
Written by The Herald-News
Doc’Z Turkey Trot
Several runners, dressed in sweats, sweatshirts and sweatbands, gathered outside of Doc’Z moments before the first Turkey Trot 5K Pub Run, Nov. 23. People who participated in the event were given T-shirts. After the runs, the pub served bratwurst and beer.
Southside Students Visit Seniors
Students from Southside Elementary School visited residents at Faith Home, Nov. 25, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The students performed a small concert for the residents and gave them cards.
Library Ornament Night
The Roosevelt County Library held its annual ornament night Nov. 25. Children, adults and librarians decorated several ornaments throughout the evening. Near the end of the event, there were was a sing-along with Christmas carols.
Elks Memorial Service
Sunday, December 1, 1:00 p.m. Wolf Point Elks Lodge Honoring Richard Hansen, Leroy Rensvold, Edwin Huso, Lyle Green, Sally Dewayne and Louis Krone. The Public Is Invited To Attend.
Please join family and friends of Frank and Doris Whitmus Jr. In celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary, Nov. 30 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Vida School House. Vida, MT.
Joy Aguilar, formerly Lack, and family Toni and Rod Lund, Tracie Aguilar, Pete Aguilar and Joaquin Leonard Aguilar wish to publicly express our gratitude to the Wolf Point congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and to Ed Hennessey and all those who personally provided for the care of Mack Lack during these last difficult years. A special thanks goes out to Tom Smith Jr. especially for spending most of the night at Mack’s bedside with Leonard and myself the night before he died.
Gamers’ Night Planned
The first-ever video game convention in Wolf Point will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, co-sponsored by the Optimist Club.
The brainchild of Paul Gysler, the non-alcoholic event will kick off in the upstairs ballroom of the Wolf Point Elks Club, with build time at 6 p.m.
Entry is free for up to two people for those bringing a game console and TV and arrive before 7:30 p.m.
General admission is $10 and begins at 7:30 p.m.
Mario Kart and Halo Tournaments start at 8:30 p.m.
Children 14 and under need adult guardian to remain with them at the event.
For more information, visit Facebook.com/wolfpointrezcon or call Gysler at 650-6292.
Heirloom Quilters annual Christmas potluck
The Heirloom Quilters will have their annual Christmas potluck on Monday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Glasgow Senior Citizens Center.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:06
Written by The Herald-News
Small Business Saturday is coming up this weekend and the representative group for Main Street, mom-and-pop shops is calling on Montanans to turn out in force.
“It forever needs pointing out that it is small businesses, not big businesses, not big box stores, that employ the majority of working Montanans and generate almost every new job,” said Riley Johnson, Montana state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, the Voice of Small Business. “These pillars of their communities feed the families of their employees while operating on the thinnest of profit margins, so any little boost they receive, tens of thousands of others benefit from.”
NFIB helped launch the campaign to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2010. Since then, millions of Americans have spent billions of dollars in small and independent firms and stores during the holiday season. Research conducted in partnership with American Express found that consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday spent a total of $5.5 billion.
“Small-business owners contribute to their communities all year long by creating jobs, providing unparalleled products and services, and keeping communities economically vibrant,” said NFIB president and CEO Dan Danner. “Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for each of us to give back, to invest some of our hard-earned dollars into Main Street. This has the potential to have economic benefits locally and nationally. I encourage every American to shop small this coming Saturday.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:02
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Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about loved ones getting together and enjoying a delicious holiday dinner. Since cooking is the number one cause of home fires, the American Red Cross announces the top 10 ways to avoid a fire while preparing holiday meals this year:
1. Don’t wear loose clothing or sleeves that dangle while cooking.
2. If you are frying, grilling or broiling food, never leave it unattended – stay in the kitchen. If you just leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
3. If you’re simmering, baking, roasting or broiling food, check it regularly.
4. Use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
5. Keep children and pets away from the cooking area. Make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
6. Keep anything that can catch fire — pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging and towels or curtains — away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
8. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens and small appliances are turned off.
10. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
To learn how to prevent a fire in your home and how to keep members of your household safe, you can download The Red Cross Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist. Downloadable fact sheets are also available on how to be fire safe over the holidays, how to avoid home heating fires, candle safety, proper use of smoke alarms and how to teach your children what to do in the event of a fire.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:53
Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School will host a Graduation Matters/Montana/Wolf Point launch event, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m.
Community leaders, business owners, educators and families are encouraged to attend the event to support students in their journey toward graduation.
Denise Juneau, Montana State Superintendent of Schools, will be the featured keynote speaker at the event. Juneau will share her ideas to ensure that Montana schools are meeting the goals of Graduation Matters/Montana/Wolf Point. Other guests are also scheduled to speak at the event.
The Wolf Point High School Indian Club will provide refreshments.
For more information on the Graduation Matters/Montana/Wolf Point event, contact Joseph Paine, superintendent of Wolf Point School District.
Statistics And Figures
•Dropouts are more likely than high school graduates to be in poor health, living in poverty, on public assistance and single parents to children who also drop out of high school.
•Dropouts are eight times more likely to be in jail or prison than high school graduates.
•Dropouts are four times less likely to volunteer than college graduates, are twice as less likely to vote or participate in community projects and only represent only 3 percent of actively engaged citizens in the United States.
•In addition, workers who did not graduate from high school have an unemployment rate that is likely twice as high as someone who has a high school diploma.
•Nearly 80 percent of male inmates and 75 percent of female inmates at Montana State Prisons are high school dropouts.
•The lost lifetime earnings in Montana from dropouts in 2010 alone total nearly $830 million.
•Montana would save more than $29.8 million in health care costs over the lifetime of each class of dropouts.
•Almost 30 percent of Montana’s high school dropouts meet the federal definition of low-income, which is twice the rate of high school graduates. Montana’s high school graduates on average earn 22 percent more than high school dropouts after controlling for differences in age, gender and race. Those with some college earn 27 percent more and those with a bachelor’s degree or higher earn 66 percent more.
•The average high school dropout is earning $5,868 less per year than if they would have graduated. The total cost to Montana’s economy that results from reduced taxable earnings amounts to $216 million annually.
•Each prevented dropout will result in an estimated $32,402 benefits to the state over that individual’s lifetime. By permanently cutting the dropout rate in half, each class of new high school graduates will yield over $32 million in direct gross economic benefits to the state. By completely eliminating dropouts, the state stands to save $65 million annually.
What students can do to get involved with Graduation Matters/Wolf Point
1. Take the Pledge to graduate and encourage your classmates to join you.
2. Stay on the right track by knowing the graduation requirements for your school, college and career training.
3. Do your homework, study and don’t miss school.
4. Participate in extracurricular activities at school or through a youth organization in your community.
5. Volunteer, get an internship or find a part-time job that gives you skills that will benefit you in the workplace or college.
6. Participate in the I Pledge to Graduate campaign at your school or start one if your school does not have one.
7. Prepare for the future and challenge yourself academically.
8. Talk to your school counselor and family about your goals.
9. Find a mentor who can help you plan your future.
10. Take advantage of college preparation and career readiness resources and opportunities.
11. Make a difference and support your peers to make healthy and safe choices.
12. Participate in service learning projects.
13. Consider tutoring or mentoring a classmate or younger student.
14. Be kind and treat others with respect.
What Families Can Do To Help Students?
1. Create or join a task force for local businesses, parents, caregivers, students and community leaders to focus on graduation.
2. Help your child plan for the future and talk with them about requirements for their high school diploma and plans for graduation.
3. Help your child explore career and college options and collect as much information as possible.
4. Get involved in your child’s education by attending parent-teacher meetings and school events.
5. Get to know your child’s teachers, coaches, mentors and friends.
6. Volunteer at your local after-school program or youth organization.
7. Support other parents and caregivers.
8. Encourage others to make a difference.
What Educators Can Do To Help Students?
1. Identify and engage students at-risk of dropping out.
2. Institute an early warning system using indicators such as attendance ,behavior and credit deficiency to identify students at-risk of dropping out and create a strategy for re-engaging them.
3. Help students understand the financial impact of dropping out.
4. Make sure every student has one caring adult in their life.
5. Create a culture of high expectations.
6. Set the goal of a 100 percent graduation rate.
7. Launch an I Pledge To Graduate campaign in your school.
8. Incorporate college and career planning into classroom curriculum, provide scholarship and loan information and organize college tours and career fairs.
9. Identify and change policies that might prevent students from staying in school.
10. Invite in student voices and engage diverse perspectives on school climate and barriers to reaching graduation.
11. Open your doors to the community.
12. Promote volunteer opportunities that engage families and community partners at your school.
13. Be an advisor to a student group and incorporate service-learning activities into your curriculum.
14. Connect with youth-based organizations.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:46