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Briefs for Dec. 21, 2016

Alcohol compliance checks underway

News from Lake County Sheriff Don Bell

LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, utilizing grant funding, to conduct Alcohol Compliance Checks upon retailers of alcohol in Lake County. These checks will take place between now and the year 2018, on a random basis. This will involve a plain-clothed Deputy Sheriff observing a confidential informant who is not of drinking age as the informant attempts to purchase alcohol from retailers. The confidential informant utilized will look their actual age, will possess and present their actual photo ID when requested, and will not lie about their age if and when asked. A nearby uniformed deputy or police officer will also be present to provide assistance as necessary, and to issue citations persuant to any violations encountered. Retailers have been notified individually via a written mailer that this program is in place in Lake County. However, the actual time and date of the check will not be revealed to retailers or members of the public in order to maintain the objective of the inspections.

Looking for a few good men

ST. IGNATIUS — Need a few, or a couple, good men to support a local nonprofit. The St. Ignatius Senior Citizen Center will vote on three new board members in January. The board meetings happen only once a month and are about an hour long. Hopefully we could find a couple of guys, currently all nine board members are ladies, to serve on the board. It is totally voluntary and if interested let us know by calling 406-745- 4462. Also, all you “Amazon shoppers” should check out www.smile.amazon.com this Christmas and support the St. Ignatius Senior Center. Log on as usual, choose the St. Ignatius Senior Center and Amazon will donate .05% to us for every dollar you spend. It does not cost you anything. Everything is the same as the regular Amazon. Thanks so much and have a wonderful holiday season.

Library holds winter reading program

POLSON — Keep the winter blues away by escaping with a good book (or seven). The North Lake County Public Library is holding a winter reading program for adults and teens. You can stop into the library beginning Wednesday, Dec. 21, to pick up your Bingo-style reading log or print it from our Facebook page. Successfully complete seven squares on your winter Bingo card and then cards will be entered into a drawing in April. The winter reading program will run from Dec. 21-March 19. If you have any questions, stop by, message us on Facebook, or give us a call at 406-883- 8225.

Service provider seeking benefit sponsors

News from Sunburst Community Service Foundation

POLSON — Sunburst Community Service Foundation is seeking generous sponsorships for its inaugural “For The Love of It” benefit Saturday, Feb. 11,dsatsghn m as f at the Elks Club in Polson with food and local groups including Hot Flash Blues, Toy LaRoche, Buffalo and Rose, and Jack Gladstone. The benefit, anticipated to be an annual event, will help raise money for basic and special needs of clients. This may range from a pair of shoes to a prescription copay or a gas card to get to a needed medical appointment.

Sunburst, a nonprofit agency, provides mental health services in five locations in western Montana, including Polson and St. Ignatius.

The Polson location serves 100-150 individuals per month, from children to elders. Services include therapy, medication management and coordination of service and support in community activities.

Sponsorship will be documented on posters and announced at the benefit. For more information, call 406- 883-4060 in Polson, 406- 745-3681 in St. Ignatius. 

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