Area News Briefs

Patriotic community member putting a band together for July 4 parade


Lewistown resident Jerry Carpenter encourages musicians young and old to “get their lips in shape,” as she hopes to put together a a big band to play on a trailor during the 4th of July Parade. “We are looking for french horns, clarinets and all kinds of marching band instruments,” she said. Carpenter’s goal is to bring a band back to the Main Street celebration. 

“There used to be a Missouri River Jazz Band,” she said. For more information or to get involved, call Carpenter at 538-7698.


Arts and Entertainment group to meet Friday


The Lewistown Arts and Entertainment District Association will meet at noon on Friday, July 1 in the Chokecherry Lane Mall, 311 West Main Street. Agenda items include a discussion of projects to promote the goals of the organization. The meeting is open to the public.


Are you willing to adopt a block?


Touted as “one of the most beautiful Main Streets in Montana,” Lewistown’s historic Main Street receives periodic TLC from community volunteers involved in the Adopt-A-Block project.

The first six blocks of Main Street (100 block through 600 block) are tended by faithful volunteers who sweep sidewalks, sweep gutters and wash windows. Hats off to these caring individuals.

The Adopt-A-Block program was created by the Lewistown Downtown Association several years ago, under the direction of board member Jennifer Saunders of the MSU Extension Office, 535-3919. The LDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering economic viability for Lewistown’s Main Street. 

If you, or an organization you support would like to adopt a block, please contact Jennifer Saunders at 535-3919.

In the meantime, when walking on Main Street, please don’t be a “litter bug.” Use the lovely waste receptacles provided. Please don’t empty vehicle ashtrays in the gutters. 

Property owners and tenants, please take a fresh look at your store front, entrance area, entry door and signage. If a little TLC on your part would make a positive difference, please get to it. We already have stylish benches, interesting hitching posts, decorative panels and whiskey barrel planters to brighten up Main Street. You could put the frosting on the cake…a little paint and elbow grease could make a big difference.

The newly formed YELL youth group has painted murals on a number of windows to add to the ambience of Main Street. Thanks, Lewistown youth, for lending your brush strokes to beautiful Main Street. 

Summer is the time for visitors and tourists here in Central Montana. We have the 4th of July Parade, our Central Montana County Fair, Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Chokecherry Festival coming up on the horizon. Let’s all put our best foot forward and make Main Street sparkle.


Back Country Horsemen to discuss riding clinic


The Judith Basin Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Montana invites all interested parties to join them Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Sheriff’s Complex (7th and Janeaux) for their regular monthly meeting.  On the agenda will be the chapter’s second Ed Lamb riding clinic, Saturday, July 16, for intermediate and advanced equestrians (although everyone is welcome to come and participate to whatever extent they can, or simply monitor the clinic).   Other business will include scheduling volunteers for the rodeo gates at the Central Montana Fair, July 27 and 28 from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.  

For more information or membership details, contact Roger Johnson, chairman, 538-8836.


Barns committee to discuss Artfair


The Save the Barns Committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 1, in the 618 Coffee Shop, 618 Main Street. Among the items to be discussed is the need to find more artists to participate in the Artfair to be held during the Central Montana Fair July 27-30 in the Draft Horse Barn. The meeting is open to the public.


No-till gardening  workshop offered


Fergus Conservation District and NRCS are hosting a No-till Gardening Workshop on July 6 from 10 a.m. to noon, in the USDA Service Center Conference Room at 211 McKinley St., Lewistown.  Come learn some new techniques for gardening. For more information call 538-7401.



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