Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture held a meeting Nov. 20 at the Sherman Inn to discuss several matters.
Chamber president Jeff Presser thanked everyone for attending on a snowy day.
The meeting began with the chamber approving the minutes of the Nov. 7 meeting. Jan Bryan motioned to accept and Larry Corns seconded it. They also approved the bills with Bryan motioning to accept and Nicole Huber seconding it.
Sabrina Labatte from Bartlett and West, which is working on the Fort Peck Rural Water Project, presented an easement to the chamber for a service line down to the people south of Marvin Brookman Stadium.
Labatte informed them that the new restrooms use city water. She said they can put in a pasture tap for the restroom. The easement would go across the Stampede grounds and cross the front of Rodeo Road.
Labatte said the contract date is May 1, but workers could like to get started in March or April, depending on the letter and informed Presser the construction inspector would meet with him. Presser asked the size of line and Labatte said it was originally 50 feet but they went down to 30 feet for everyone in the area.
Labatte explained the crew is trying to stay along the border of the properties but the easement is not set in stone and they can move the line. She also said the crew can remove any taps or hydrants the chamber puts there, as long as they still have the federal funding. Labatte explained there will be no billing for the water.
Presser said he would have the chamber look over the easements and bring it up at the next meeting. Labatte said she would need the document signed by Presser, also a corporate resolution or a copy of the chamber’s meeting minutes.
Presser mentioned the chamber was going to put together a hospitality room for the four-team round-robin basketball tournament at the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School Dec. 13-14. Bryan asked who would be using the hospitality room and Aaron Kurokawa explained that referees, coaches and other volunteers would be using the room.
Paul Gysler announced he is putting together a gaming event at the Elks Club. Presser added that Gysler will be making a presentation at the next meeting.
Gysler explained the event would be a social gathering for gamers and something to do indoors as the weather gets colder. He added that gaming events are popular in other cities and it is cheap to run the events because gamers bring their own equipment.
“The whole idea is to have events [and] to stay in Wolf Point during the winter,” Gysler said. “A gaming tournament would be a good event for January and February.”
Presser said they will look at Gysler’s presentation see how the chamber can get involved.
After Gysler was finished with his announcement, Keri Sansaver said she talked to the administration at Wolf Point Junior/High School said the staff would like to help during the tournaments, such as managing the hospitality room. Presser suggested the school staff could also help with the concessions.
Sansaver next brought up the Graduation Matters Montana launch event at the high school Dec. 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. She explained the event is a partnership with parents, business owners and community members to help students stay in school graduate and become career-ready. She added that Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau and her staff will be at the event.
Sansaver asked Presser if he would like to do a presentation for the event. There will be presentations by Northside and Southside elementary school personnel and keynote speakers. Students will also be making pledges to graduate from high school.
“It’s a way to bring tribal, businesses. the city, the parents together to show their support for students,” Sansaver said.
After Sansaver’s presentation, the chamber adjourned the meeting. The next chamber meeting will take place Dec. 4.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:18
Written by Al Stover
Students of the Wolf Point High School music department, dressed in medieval-era clothes, welcomed guests into the education center of First Lutheran Church, which had been transformed into a medieval feast hall complete with a castle background and banners hanging from the ceiling.
After guests found their seats, Devon Northington, portraying the jester, read from his scroll and proclaimed the feast fit for queen and king. The choir welcomed the arrival of the king and queen,. After the king and queen, played by David Hopson and Alissa Smith, arrived on the stage, members of the royal court made their way down the aisle, bowing to guests along the way.
These were the opening moments of the 30th annual Wolf Point Madrigal Dinner, held Nov. 22-23. The event was directed by Lynne Monson and accompanimened by Sharon Kolstad.
Madrigal Dinner is intended to recapture the spirit of the Yule celebrations of the Elizabethan era. The dinner included traditional songs that are performed at madrigal dinners, such as the Wassail Song and the Boar’s Head Carol. Throughout the evening, several ballads were sang by the choir.
After the performers sang The Blessing, servers brought a dinner, comprised of barbeque pork wings, vegetable kabobs and fresh rolled brots. The servers also served apple tarts for dessert.
In addition to the songs and food, guests were treated to a comedy, titled May the Farce Be With You. The story was about the jester teaming up with a group of heroes, known as The Knights of the Golden Farce, in order to stop Halley’s Comet. During the play, the audience sang along as the group performed Deck the Halls With Wows of Halley as a dragon, played by Kailey Williamson, danced with one of the characters on stage.
In addition to playing the dragon in the play, Williamson, a senior, helped with serving the food and greeting the guests. She also was responsible with getting the younger students ready for their roles.
“It can be hectic, but it is a lot of fun,” Williamson said.
Aeryn Martin, a freshman, was one of the Knights of the Golden Farce. In preparation for her role, Martin, as well as the other students portraying the knights, rehearsed their mannerisms and lines to make sure they were ready.
“All of the lines are [constantly] running through our heads,” Martin said.
Besides the play, there was also a short skit titled Medieval Help Desk near the beginning of the dinner that featured Northington and Steven Remington.
After the recessional, the choir bid everyone farewell and walked to the back of the room. Monson thanked everyone for coming and invited them to sing Joy to the World with the choir.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 09:06
Written by The Herald-News
With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, Wolf Point individuals, families, churches and groups are working to make Christmas a reality for needy children around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Wolf Point residents prepare to collect more than 500 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25.
At this local collection site in the Wolf Point area, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Then using whatever means necessary — trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants — the shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide. For many children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received.
The collection site in Wolf Point is the Gospel Fellowship Church, 201 Hill St.; 800-567-8580. Hours are Monday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 22, 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 24, and Monday, Nov. 25, 9 to 11 a.m.
Though the shoebox gifts will often travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their box, by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org. Donors will receive an email telling the country where their shoeboxes are delivered.
Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization.
For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 253-572-1155 or visit samaritanspurse.org.
Participants can also build a box through an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send a gift to a child in one of the hardest-to-reach countries.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:00
Written by The Herald-News
The Gospel Fellowship Church hosted Mercy Market, Nov. 16. Mercy Market is a ministry that provides sexually-exploited women and families an honorable means of income. The market featured handcrafted products from villages across the world. The artisans, who make the products, use the proceeds made from the products to provide food, shelter and other essentials for themselves and their families. For more information, visit mercymarket.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:53
Written by The Herald-News
Local author Lois Red Elk held book readings at the Fort Peck Community College campuses in Wolf Point and Poplar Nov. 13 and 15, respectively. Red Elk has authored two books, Our Blood Remembers and Dragonfly Weather. She read a selection of several poems that were inspired by her dreams, her relatives and the dragonfly, a strong symbol in American Indian culture. Red Elk explained the dragonfly represents speed, purity and happiness. She also said she tries to share her culture in everything she writes. The Fort Peck Community College Cultural Committee sponsored the readings. Red Elk is currently working on two more books.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:52