Written by Al Stover
As the sound of Celtic music filled the air, over 100 Wolf Point citizens filled the upstairs of the Wolf Point Elks Lodge, tasting wine and food.
The Wolf Point Area Museum held their annual wine tasting, art auction and spaghetti dinner Friday, Nov. 8. The event raised over $6,500 for the museum.
Guests ate a dinner comprised of spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, buttered bread and dessert. They also were treated to red and white wines from California, Italy and Argentina. Guests who enjoyed the wine had the opportunity to purchase full bottles of their favorites.
Prior to the live auction, the Montana ShamRockers, a celtic band from Polson, performed for the guests. According to band member Neal Lewing, the ShamRockers were approached by Herman Shumway to play at the event after Shumway discovered the band on the cover of an issue of Montana Senior News.
Despite some technical difficulties, the band played original songs from their albums Just Plain Lucky and New and Used, as well as classic Celtic ballads such as Wild Rover and Whiskey Johnny, which got the audience clapping.
Between songs, Lewing encouraged the audience to bid and donate funds to help the museum.
“[The museum] is a wonderful house of treasured history,” Lewing said.
After the band finished their first set, local auctioneer Robert Toavs began the auction. Some of the items, included photographs, tool kits and a pink robe.
The live auction raised over $4,000. The silent auction sold several items and raised over $800.
Once the live auction was finished, the ShamRockers resumed playing.
Richard Kurtz and wife are the museum curators. Kurtz felt the fundraiser was a success as there were over 100 people at the event with 55 bidding.
“This is kind a fun time for people to come out,” Kurtz said. “The feed was good and I have to say the wine was good too.”
The auction was one of the successes for the museum this year. Open from May 15 to Sept. 13, the museum received 669 visitors from 35 states, three Canadian provinces and four additional foreign countries.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:33
Written by The Herald-News
Frazer School District issued a statement that announced the school went into lockdown for two hours Tuesday, Nov. 5, after a few students received threats through text messages.
Due to the nature of the threats, the school contacted law enforcement, the parents of the students who received threats and the school board.
During the investigation, the school and officers from the Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice learned that the threat had come from a student attending school in a different county. The school has received information that the student who issued the threats has since apologized and deemed the action as “just a joke.”
Law enforcement and Frazer School staff determined the students and staff are not in danger.
The school requested that law enforcement pursue charges against the people responsible for the threat that caused the student body and their parents to feel threatened and forced the school to go into lockdown, which affected teacher instruction and student learning.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:29
Written by The Herald-News
The temperatures are dropping and many Montanans use firewood to heat their homes. The Department of Labor and Industry has tips for those buying and selling firewood this winter.
“We want to make sure that both the buyer and seller know what the legal measurement of a cord is, so that they have the information they need for a fair transaction”, said labor commissioner Pam Bucy.
The only legal measurement and representation of firewood in Montana is a "cord" and fractional parts of a cord or cubic meter.
A cord is the amount of firewood contained in 128 cubic feet of space when the firewood is tightly stacked. A cord of firewood is a pile which measures 4 feet wide, 4 feet high, and 8 feet long. But whatever the dimensions of the pile are, they must be equivalent to 128 cubic feet of tightly stacked firewood to be equal to one cord.
Prohibited terms of selling firewood are "face cord," "rack," "pile," "truckload" or similar language. Such terms are not to be used when advertising, offering for sale or selling firewood.
To be sure you have a cord, stack the wood neatly by placing the wood in a line or a row, with individual pieces touching and parallel to each other, making sure that the wood is compact and has as few gaps as possible. Then measure the stack. If the width times the height times the length equals 128 cubic feet, you have a cord of firewood. When the wood is delivered, ask the seller to stack it (you may have to pay extra for this service) or stack the wood yourself.
When you purchase your fire wood, the seller is required to give to you a sales invoice that provides
•the name and address of the vendor
•the name and address of the purchaser
•the date delivered
•the quantity delivered and the quantity upon which the price is based, if this differs from the delivered quantity
•the price of the amount delivered
•the identity of the wood in the most descriptive terms commercially used, including any quality representation made in connection with the sale.
If you think you have been short-changed contact the seller to discuss the matter.
If the seller can't or won't correct the problem, contact the State of Montana Weights & Measures Bureau at 406- 443-8065 before you burn any of the wood. It is also helpful to document the possible shortage by taking a picture of the stacked wood.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:17
Written by The Herald-News
The City of Wolf Point is asking all residents to move all unattached trailers and all vehicles not able to move on their own power before the community receives significant snowfall.
Removing these vehicles improves the city’s ability to plow snow and makes the streets safer this winter.
Camper, trailer and boats may not be left on street for more than five days under city ordinance.
The Wolf Point Police Department reminds all residents that snowmobiles are not legal on the city’s streets.
City officers are also assisting citizens by providing notifications and nuisance citations for properties that need clean up.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:14
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The Wolf Point High School speech team has started the season off quite well. The Wolves have competed in invitational speech and drama tournaments in Sidney and Cut Bank.
All team members chose to compete in oral interpretation events. Oral interpretation is a dramatic art commonly called “interpretive reading.” Students make selections from drama, prose or poetry. While standing in place with manuscripts in hand, students perform a dramatic reading using only their voice and facial expressions. Students are not allowed to sing, move, use hand gestures, wear costumes or use props. Students are judged on the mechanics of speech — poise, quality and use of voice, effectiveness and ease of gesture, emphasis, variety and enunciation.
In addition, students must be able to interpret the meaning of their selections and be able to carry their interpretation over to the audience.
The three speech events in oral interpretation are humorous, serious and spontaneous.
Spontaneous oral interpretation is a brand new event to the class B/C division. Competitors are given a selection from drama, prose, poetry or a music lyric and must “spontaneously” give a performance after only a few minutes to prepare.
This year, there are three returning team members, senior Steven Remington, who took third at the 2013 state speech tournament, will again compete in humorous oral interpretation. Remington has written his own comedic piece titled Relationships.
Junior Tyleen Black Cloud, who took eighth at the 2013 divisional speech tournament, will again compete in serious oral interpretation. Black Cloud chose a dramatic monologue titled She Looks Good by Charlotte Jones.
Sophomore Devin Northington, who competed in serious oral interpretation last year, has chosen to compete in spontaneous oral interpretation.
Two newcomers to the team are senior John Benevente and junior LaTeshia Hotomanie. Both have chosen to compete in HOI. Benevente has chosen a comedy monologue titled The Problem with Girls by Tim Mogford. Hotomanie chose a comedy monologue titled Acceptance by Carolyn West.
On Nov. 2 at the Class A Sidney Meet in the preliminary rounds, Black Cloud scored fourth, first and fifth for a score of 10, qualifying her for finals. In the final round, she scored seventh, fourth and sixth for a score of 27. Black Cloud took seventh place. There were a total of 14 competitors in the SOI event.
Northington competed in impromptu since SPOI is only a class B/C event. In the preliminary rounds, he scored third, fourth and fourth for a score of 11, qualifying him for finals. In the final round, he scored third, fifth and sixth for a final score of 25. Northington took fifth place. There were a total of nine competitors in the impromptu event.
With only these two competitors, the Wolves placed fifth out of 14 teams. Placing fourth was Baker, third Glasgow, second Forsyth and first Huntley-Project.
On Nov. 9 at the class B/C Cut Bank meet in the preliminary rounds, Black Cloud scored second, first and first for a score of four, qualifying her for finals. In the final round, she scored fourth and fourth for a score of 12.
Black Cloud took second place while Lorin Zylks took first. It was a tough competition for Black Cloud as Zylks took second at the 2013 state speech tournament in their event. There were a total of nine competitors in the SOI event.
In SPOI, Northington started out strong in the preliminary rounds, scoring first, first and second for a score of four, qualifying him for finals. In the final round, he scored fifth, sixth and sixth for a final score of 21. Northington took fourth place. There were a total of 12 competitors in the SPOI event.
For HOI, newcomers Benevente and Hotomanie did exceptionally well for their very first meet. In the preliminary rounds, Benevente scored fifth, fourth and second for a score of 11. Hotomanie was in the groove scoring first, third and first for a score of five. Both qualified for finals. In the final round, Benevente scored fourth, fifth and third for a final score of 23. He took fifth place. Hotomanie scored fifth, eighth and eighth for a final score of 26. She took sixth place.
Remington showed he was a force to be reckoned with. In the preliminary rounds, he scored first, third, and first for a score of five. He dominated the final round by scoring first, first and first, for a final score of eight. Remington took first place. There were a total of 11 competitors in the HOI event.
With all five competitors making finals, the Wolves placed second out of 15 teams. Placing third was Shelby with Cut Bank placing first.
After two meets, the Wolf Pack has shown they will be contenders this season. Coach Chelly Harada said, “I can’t begin to express the pride I feel in this year’s team. Walking up to claim that trophy for the team was awesome. It was great hearing other coaches’ compliment on how well the Wolves have done since I started coaching. The team was honored when Cut Bank coach Mark Flaherty gave them an even bigger trophy as a memento for earning their first trophy!”
The next speech meet will be in Circle on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:08