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News from Envision Polson

POLSON — Envision Polson committees recently submitted updates on continuing improvements.

—Beautification Committee: The Beautification Committee was busy this summer organizing, publicizing and awarding winners of the annual “Polson in Bloom Contest.” All the great efforts of the community are appreciated in helping to beautify our town. The committee is also proud to announce their third place award for their float in the Fourth of July Parade. Next up for this committee is the “Celebrate the Season of Contest” at Christmastime. Watch for information on this as we get closer to the holidays.

—Year-Round Recreation Committee: It was a very busy summer with many events taking place this summer, and planning is already underway for the events taking place in the Winter and next Summer, including Fall Mack Days, the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC), and fundraising for the Mission Valley Ice Rink. And looking ahead into 2017/2018 the committee is working on the Montana Senior Olympics which will be held in Polson, and the possibility of hosting the Flathead Dragon Boat Races.

—Vibrant Downtown Committee:The Polson Business Committee is planning a new event this fall called the “Decorate-a-Bench Contest.” This will be held in September and October, where entrants will be able to decorate one of the downtown benches and awards will be announced at a community event on Third Avenue in October. The PBC is also planning the annual “shop local” event again this year for the holiday season.

—Youth and Education Committee: The new interim regime at the high school was shared with the Committee. Since Rex Weltz is serving as interim School District Superintendent, Scott Wilson has stepped into the interim High School Principal position, with Jay Sampson filling the interim Vice Principal role, and Jay Krantz acting as the interim Athletics/Activities Director. It was also reported that three new teachers have been hired. The administration is also working to implement job-oriented programs for students to get real work experience as they continue to earn their High School degree. The internship program with St. Joseph Hospital is being offered again this year, and there is another program working with SKC to offer students exposure to dental hygiene and heavy construction.

—Health and Wellness Committee: It was reported that St. Joseph Hospital has a Get Ready for Summer with a NEW Kubota! New 6 year Powertrain warranty! program in which they offer sports physicals at a cost of $30, with the proceeds being donated to the Booster Club at the high school. St. Luke also has a similar program in Ronan. St. Luke’s new facility in Ridgewater is also open. Also reported is a collaboration effort between all hospitals aiming to reduce/ eliminate the high percentage of substance-affected mothers and infants, which has continued to increase in recent years.

—Economic Development Committee: There is currently a feasibility study underway for improvements and the possibility of a new community center to be built at the Polson Fairgrounds. They are seeking comments from the citizens in our area. You can access the survey at www. surveymonkey.com/r/PolsonFairgroundsSurvey Lake County Community Development Agency Ned Cooney from the Montana Nonprofit Association. It provides basic training for those serving as directors for non-profit or- ganizations. The workshop is Thursday, Oct. 20, from 4-7 p.m. at Lake County Community Development in Ronan. The cost is $30 to attend, and you can call 406-676-5901. Tickets are still available for the Lake County Community Development Annual Fundraiser. This is a Harvest Dinner featuring locally grown foods. The event is Saturday, Sept. 10, on Main Street in Ronan. The cost is $50/ticket and you can call 406-676-5901 for more information. The Montana Economic Development Agency will be holding its annual Fall conference at KwaTaqNuk Resort this year on Oct. 12-14. They are expecting approximately 110-120 attendees.

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