News Briefs

Knights of Columbus hold fish fry

Join us in the St. Leo’s Mandatum Commons Friday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. for the first fish fry of the Lenten Season. The Knights of Columbus will be preparing fried and baked fish, baked potatoes, cole slaw, corn, and rolls. There is a fee for the dinner. The Knights of Columbus, founded as a Catholic fraternal benefit society, continues to work as an international charitable organization. Locally, Knights support St. Leo’s youth groups, Special Olympics, seminarians, the Community Cupboard, and fund scholarships and pro-life and family causes.

City commission considers bidding phase for Creekside project

The Lewistown City Commission meets Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Central Montana Community Center at 307 W. Watson. The Committee of the Whole meets first, at 6 p.m., for an update on the Creekside Marketplace and Pavilion. The commission meeting starts at 7 p.m. Items on the agenda include possible approval of the Creekside Marketplace and Pavilion, moving the project forward to the bidding phase; public hearing and possible action on a resolution approving property tax benefits for remodeling, reconstructing or expansion of a commercial property within the City; discussion and possible action on a resolution authorizing disposal of certain unclaimed tangible personal property in the possession of the Police Department; appointing Kyle Dubbs to the Historic Resources Commission for a two-year term; a resolution appointing successor trustees to the Lewistown Tourism Business Improvement District; and the City Manager’s review. The meetings are open to the public.

St. James’ Episcopal Church to offer Centering Prayer presentation

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Bill Epperly will be with us from Chicago by way of the internet to present about Centering Prayer and guide us through a meditation. A soup and bread supper will start the evening at 5:30 p.m. The presentation will be an hour long and will begin at 6:15 pm. Discussion will follow the presentation and the evening will conclude with Compline, a simple worship service to end the day. Bill Epperly is a research biochemist who left the lab in pursuit of spiritual awakening. He has studied contemplative Christianity and Korean Zen Buddhism, and is a long-time student of Ken Wilber’s integral approach to spirituality. He is a certified presenter of Centering Prayer, teaches Centering Prayer and leads workshops throughout the greater Chicago area. Bill has been graced to spend time on retreat with Fr. Thomas Keating, Fr. Basil Pennington, and Fr. William Meninger, the three Trappist monks who developed the method of Centering Prayer. He is on the board of Chicago Area Spiritual Directors, and works as a spiritual coach. Bill teaches mindfulness meditation at DePaul University. St. James’ Episcopal Church is located at 502 W. Montana Street. For additional information, call the Rev. Jean Collins at 538-5151 or 396-0920. All are warmly invited to this free event.

Wind and Strings to headline Saturday’s afternoon dance

Come and dance to the country band, Wind and Strings, at the Feb. 17, Saturday afternoon dance. The band features Carole Songer on vocals, Tony Hencil on dobro and Woodie Westburg on guitar and vocals. The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. The dance goes from 2 to 4 p.m. Dancers of all ages are welcome. There will be a coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m. There is a small admission fee.

Have an opinion on Wilderness Study Areas? Air it Feb. 21

The Board of Fergus County Commissioners will hold their regular business meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 5:15 p.m. in the Fergus County Courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse. Items on the agenda include public comment on Congressional action to remove Wilderness Study Area designations from Snowy Mountains and Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, and Floodplain Permit No. 02-2018-FC – City Pedestrian Bridge over Big Spring Creek. This meeting is open to the public.

Walleyes Unlimited to hosts ice fishing day near Glasgow

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Fort Peck Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, will host their free annual ice fishing event at Home Run Pond in Glasgow on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Fishing will take place at Home Run Pond just southeast of Glasgow. Holes will be pre-drilled, and fishing poles, tackle and bait will be provided at no cost, with free ice fishing rods handed out to kids until they are gone. In addition, hotdogs, chips and hot chocolate will be provided at no cost, so come hungry. This event is designed for youth, but all ages are welcome to attend. No fishing license is required by youth or adult.

Fergus County Fair Board to meet Tuesday, Feb. 20

The regular monthly meeting of the Fergus County Fair Board will be held at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 20, in the lobby of the Trade Center. Items to be discussed include the financial report, claim approval, public participation, cement bathroom project, comfort station status, and the Central Montana Fair contracts. The public is encouraged to attend.

Birders to plan 2018 field trips

Members of the Lewistown Birding Bunch will meet Tuesday, February 20 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the library for the 2018 season. Field trips are among birders’ most cherished traditions. Bring your ideas and your calendars, and the 2017 trip list if you have it. Anyone who is interested in birds and going on field trips near and far to find them, please join us. If you would like more information about LBB or birding in Central Montana, call Cathy Moser at 538-4813.

Forest Service offices closed Monday for holiday

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day; offices will reopen to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Whenever Forest Service offices are closed, firewood permits and/or forest maps can be purchased at one of the following locations, during their regular business hours: Harlowton: Wheatland County Sherriff’s Department; Hobson: Nancy’s Country Market; Lewistown: The Sport Center; Stanford: By-Way Service. If you have a question or want more information contact your local Forest Service office or visit our website at: www.fs.usda.gov/helena/ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HLCNF.

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