News Briefs

Oct. 1, 4-H enrollment begins


Oct. 1, 4-H enrollment begins for the new year. Younger kids start as Cloverbuds -- enrollees must be 5 years old on Oct. 1. Regular 4-H members must be 8 years old on Oct. 1.

There is also a need for project leaders. Can you help members with welding, woodwork, sewing, photography, cooking, baking, needlework or robotics? Consider becoming a 4-H project leader.

Contact 4-H at 535-3919 or by email: for information.


Music lovers: acoustic jam scheduled Tuesday


An acoustic music jam has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m at the Eagles Club upstairs reading room.  The music emphasis will be on bluegrass, country, western, folk and more. So get your acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, etc. out of its case and join in on the fun.  All ages and all levels of music are welcome.  For more information call 366-4560.


Reps from Great Falls to demonstrate low vision devices 


There will be a meeting of the macular degeneration group, The Blind Leading the Blind, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Council on Aging. This is a one-time change of the meeting schedule in order to accommodate representatives from Great Falls who will be demonstrating low vision devices. All are welcome. For more information call Floss Kettering at 535-5269 or Blanche Chapman at 539-2517.


Compassionate Friends holds ‘Walk to Remember


The Compassionate Friends will hold the annual “Walk to Remember” on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 12:30 p.m.  in the Lewistown City Park. Hamburgers will be provided and families are asked to bring a salad or dessert and their own drinks. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help support group for families who have lost a child.


Fair board hears financial report on 2016 fair


The Fair Board meets Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Trade Center. Items on the agenda include financial report, committee reports, report from Fairgrounds Manager, rail extensions for the ends of the grandstands seating, election of officers, RMAF registration, County facility rentals, budget, inflatable fun zones for the 2017 fair, fair financial report and the Central Montana Derby Club. The meeting is open to the public.


Health District hosts public meeting Sept. 15


The Central Montana Health District Board will host a public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Central Montana Health District Conference Room located at Centennial Plaza, 300 First Avenue North, Suite 201, in Lewistown.

The meeting is open to the public and public comments are welcome. Topics on the agenda include personnel updates, contract employee, office duties, on-call discussion, GlobalStar contract and reports from each department. For further information, please contact the Central Montana Health District office at 535-7466.


Improvement District board hosts training session


The newly appointed Lewistown Improvement District Board has scheduled a formal training session for Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lewistown Civic Center. The board includes Gregory Clark, chairman, Charlie Pfau, James P. Wier, Scot Solberg and Michael Chapman. The purpose of the board, created by the Lewistown City Commission, is to oversee the management of the Lewistown Improvement District (Tax Increment Financing District) and implement the Urban Renewal Plan completed in 2014. 

The training will be conducted by Janet Cornish of Community Development Services of Montana. Cornish is recognized throughout Montana as an expert in the establishment of Tax Increment Financing Districts. She authored the Montana Tax Increment Financing Manual for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

The training is open to members of the public who may be interested in learning more about the operation of the improvement district. For more information, call the City Planning Office at 535-1775 or email


Learning Resource Center Cooperative looks at SLP contract revision


The Central Montana Learning Resource Center Cooperative meets Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Lincoln School starting at 9:45 a.m. Items on the agenda include management board report, Director’s report, SLP contract revision, indemnity bonds and flow through requests. The meeting is open to the public.


Chokecherry Fest includes bake sale at the Moose Lodge


All your favorite goodies will be waiting for you Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Moose Lodge. Enjoy the Chokecherry Festival and stop by the Moose Lodge from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for the annual bake sale. You may eat there or take your goodies home. 

Coffee and lemonade will be available. Don’t be late -- if we sell out before 4 p.m., we will see you next year.   


Sage grouse program hosting work session


The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program will host a work session on mitigation for unavoidable impacts of development in designated sage grouse habitat, as called for in Executive Order 12-2015 and the state’s Greater Sage Grouse Stewardship Act.

The work session will take place Sept. 16, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Fred Buck Conference Room, located in the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Water Resources Building, 1424 Ninth Avenue, Helena.

Carolyn Sime, Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program manager, said similar work sessions will be scheduled in the near future in advance of formal rule-making.

Mitigation will also be discussed at upcoming meetings of the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team. Opportunities for public review and comment prior to finalizing Montana’s mitigation framework will be offered in conjunction with those meetings and during the rule-making process.


Scouts offer recycling collection point


Cub Scout and Scout Troop 366 will be collecting recyclables at the LDS Church, 900 Casino Creek Drive, on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 2-4 p.m. Items to be collected include aluminum, paper, plastic containers and plastic bags. Please make sure items are washed before bringing to the collection site. For more information, contact Jerlyn Cattaneo, 538-3911.


Lewistown School Board to hear about Manufacturing Day


The Lewistown Public Schools Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, Sept. 12 in the Lincoln Board Room at 6 p.m. Agenda items include a presentation by Becky Spika for Manufacturing Day, approval of FHS Class of 2020 student activity account, approve disposal/destruction of documents per the state record retention schedule, approve notice of resolution of intent to sell/dispose of surplus property, approve out-of-district student attendance agreement requests, approve IDEA Part B Federal flow-through application to CMLRCC for special education expenses, approve additions to substitute list and approve personnel report. 

All meetings of the board are open to the public. 


ServSafe manager class to be offered


An all-day ServSafe Manager Class is scheduled to be held at the Central Montana Education Center in Lewistown, on Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending around 4 p.m. 

To inquire about this training, call the MSU Extension Office at 535-3919, or you may pick up a registration form by stopping by the MSU Extension office at 712 West Main Street in Lewistown, or e-mail a request to


Lewistown writers meet Saturday


The Lewistown Writer’s Group will meet Saturday, Sept. 10, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lewistown Public Library. LWG is a collaboration of Central Montana writers who meet on the second Saturday and fourth Thursday of the month. It is a non-profit resource for writers of all genres and skill levels. 

Members include published authors as well as those who like to write for enjoyment. If you like to write, or be in the company of writers, come join us. If you want to share a piece of your work, bring eight copies.



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