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Briefs for Aug. 30, 2017

Join MVAS Puppy Party fundraiser

POLSON —  On Sept. 16, at the Red Lion Inn from 6-9 p.m., the Mission Valley Animal Shelter will hold a Puppy Party fundraiser to benefit the shelter and a much needed puppy room addition as well as upgrades and repairs. A prime rib and salmon dinner will be provided by the Finley Point Grill following a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are sold for $50 per person at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter and Seconds-2-Go, the shelter’s thrift store in Polson. For further information, call the MVAS at 406-883-5312. 

The MVAS is also excited to announce that a shelter manager with decades of experience in animal care and control is coming on board the first week of September to work directly with Filip Panusz, the shelter director. A lot of forward progress is being made at the animal shelter.


OPI begins Teacher of the Year selection

HELENA—State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen announced that the Office of Public Instruction will be administering the selection process and program for the Montana Teacher of the Year. For the past 22 years, this program has been conducted by the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation and the MEA-MFT.

Across the country, 46 states house this important recognition program within the state education agency.  

“We intend to elevate the position of the Montana Teacher of the Year, give them a direct line to the State Superintendent, and provide this individual with the ability to enhance teacher recruitment and retention in Montana,” Arntzen said Wednesday.  “We want to honor the Montana Professional Teaching Foundation and thank them for their work these past 22 years. As a teacher of 23 years, I feel strongly that this important program should be housed at the lead state education agency.”

The Council of Chief State School Officers website states, “The National Teacher of the Year Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.” Teachers selected from each state are able to participate in a year of professional development and learning including attendance at several national conferences.

“We are excited to start developing a rigorous selection process to celebrate teachers in Montana, in particular, starting with the 2019 Montana Teacher of the Year,” Arntzen concluded.


Non-profit organization seeking host families 

MISSION VALLEY — ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15-18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.

The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.

To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to: to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today.


VFW serves breakfast

RONAN — The Ronan VFW will serve breakfast on the first Saturday of each month from 7-11 a.m. at the local VFW Post #5652 on Round Butte Rd.


Join ukulele players

POLSON — The Polson Ukulele Club will be meeting at the Polson Library weekly every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. starting early June 2017. Players of all levels are welcome to join the ever- growing Ukulele community in Lake City. 

For details call 406-471-6051 or email:


Lions Club meets twice monthly


POLSON — The Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. each month on the first and third Mondays at the Lake Bar and Grill, 101 Main Street. For more information, call Jan Phillips at 406-370-4714.


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