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Polson projects continue to improve community

News from Envision Polson

POLSON — Envision Polson committees align with community values identified by Polson citizens through the Heart and Soul Project, and collaborate regularly to continue those efforts. Involvement in committees and projects is always welcome. 

— Beautification Committee: Members of the Beautification Committee have laid the groundwork for the annual Clean Up Green Up community-wide spring cleaning event. Plan on joining the fun on Friday, April 29 by stopping by the headquarters at the former Heart and Soul office in the Polson Library. The coordinators will get folks lined up to participate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. Volunteers will be provided garbage bags, gloves, and assigned to an area that needs cleaning up. Republic Services is providing a special dumpster to collect the garbage.

In addition to this event, the City of Polson curbside yard residue pick-up will be on Friday, May 6; Glacier Bank is having their annual Shred Day on Friday, May 20; and Electronic Waste will be collected at Salish Kootenai College on Saturday, May 21. Spring cleaning is underway.

— Health Committee: Both St. Luke and St. Joseph Hospitals are incorporating the “Reach Out and Read” program that combines the importance of reading with children’s health. When children are being treated, doctors will give them a book and encourage them to read it and start a personal library. Doctors will also interact with parents by discussing how important it is for them to read to their children. Our hospitals are two out of five in Montana to add this program funded by a national non-profit organization.

Don’t forget about Women4Wellness, which will be held at SKC Thursday, May 19. There are many great services and a wide array of information on both women’s and men’s health at this event. 

— Economic Development: Polson is gearing up for the many summer events such as the Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival set for July 16-17. A full list of events can be found on the Chamber website, polsonchamber.com. Lake County Community Development Corporation held a workshop, “Essentials of Board Service,” Thursday, April 7 for local non-profit organizations. Training was provided by Ned Cooney of Montana Non-Profit Association.

— Education: Funding from the Safe Sidewalks to Schools grant will be used to construct a sidewalk on Fourth Avenue beginning at Seventh Street past Linderman. Project will start April 18. Funding for the Building Reserve will begin next year in order to begin replacing sections of the Middle School roof, which will be done in stages. Polson’s graduation rate in 2015 was 91 percent, the highest in the area. 

— Leadership: Judy Preston, who has a local leadership development company, and Billie Lee led an interesting discussion on the need to deliberately train future leaders in the Lake/Sanders County area. The mission will be to identify younger people in the 20-30-40-year-old age range who show potential in their various roles in business or city-county-Tribal government, and offer a training program similar to Leadership Montana, Leadership Missoula, or Snowy Mountain Leadership in Lewistown. It would focus on problem solving for business and government. This would provide the opportunity to not only learn, but to develop personal networks.

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