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Join Brazelton Touchpoints parenting groups 

News from Early Childhood Services

POLSON — Brazelton Touchpoints Parenting Group meetings will take place on Feb. 20 and 27 and on March 6, 13 and 30. Meetings will take place at St. Joseph’s Grandview Clinic (1 Fourteenth Ave. W). Dinner and childcare will be provided. To preregister, or if you have questions, call 406-675-2700 ext. 1340 or 1152.


Book Chat offered

CHARLO — Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana is sponsoring a “Book Chat.” Beginning in mid-February and for four consecutive weeks, we will read and discuss the book, “All But the Waltz,” by Mary Clearman Blew. The location will be at the Ronan Public Library or at the Ninepipes Museum, depending on participants’ locations. 

 “Of all those dreamers who poured into Montana between 1910 and 1914, merchants, farmers, doctors, tailors, teachers, bank-tellers and clerks, in search of free land and opportunity and romance, sixty thousand had left Montana and their abused, parched home sites by 1925.”

This book chronicles those times and Mary Blew’s family journey of five generations in a powerful and insightful way. Blew is a remarkable writer who dignifies those who left and those who stayed in Montana. 

We will make used and new books available for purchase if you need. Please call 406-676-2837 for more information on the day and time.


Talent competition deadline extended

MISSION VALLEY — The Mission Valley Has Talent competition registration deadline has been extended to Monday, Feb. 12. Registration forms are available on Mission Valley Has Talent Facebook page or by calling 406-249-0837 or 406-883-2447.

Musicians, comedians, spoken word artists, dancers, gymnasts, anyone between the ages 5-95, can register. Prizes for MVHT competition are: first place $500, second place $300, and third place $200. Local sponsors are underwriting the cost of prizes for the winners.

The competition is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at the Polson High School Auditorium. Two auditions will be held from which 12 competitors will be selected for the final event.  

This event is a fundraiser for the Helping Hands Fund, a non-profit ministry of the Mission Valley Ministerial Association. Since 2004 Helping Hands Fund has provided emergency assistance to county residents, and to those traveling through who find themselves in need.


Lake County Board of Health seeks nominations

LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Board of Health is now accepting nominations for the Virginia Reber Public Health Award. This award honors a county or reservation resident or entity that has furthered public health principles in Lake County and the Flathead Reservation. Some suggested public health areas of involvement include, but are not limited to Maternal/Child Health; Environmental Health; Dental Health; Communicable Disease, Fitness & Nutrition; Aging Population; Individuals with Disabilities; Injury Prevention; Community Health, or Health Education.

The Lake County Board of Health Award is named after Virginia Reber, RN, Public Health Nurse and pioneer of public health in Lake County. She is responsible for laying the foundation for the growth and development of what has become the public health services program in Lake County today. 

The selected nominee will be honored at a special Board of Health luncheon on Tuesday, April 3, to coincide with National Public Health Week. 

Please keep in mind the following criteria when nominating an individual or organization for this award:  the nominee must live or work in Lake County or on the Flathead Reservation; promotes principles of public health in professional, public, or volunteer work in Lake County and/or the Flathead Reservation; networks or collaborates with community groups to help provide or promote public health to improve life for others; contributes to public health in Lake County/Flathead Reservation and  addresses a public health concern; is creative or unique in its approach to a public health issue; significantly enhances public health in Lake County/Flathead Reservation.

Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, March 2, 2018.

Nominating forms can be obtained from the Lake County Board of Health website:  or by contacting the Lake County Public Health Department at 406-883-7288.


GPCF announces new grant funding cycle

News from the Greater Polson Community Foundation

POLSON — The Greater Polson Community Foundation invites 2018 grant applications. The 2018 grant application deadline is Friday, April 27. Grant applications will be accepted from non-profit organizations with a 501c (3) status in the Greater Polson area.

A total of $473,000 has been contributed to meet needs in our community since grants were first awarded in 2009. Grants are funded annually by the earnings from the foundation’s growing permanent endowment and other available GPCF funds. Past grant awards have supported a variety of youth and community projects. GPCF President Toni Young says, “Our grant funding support to our community nonprofits and their projects is a highlight of our year.”

The Committee is looking for how well projects match the mission and values of the GPCF as well as the addressing needs of our community. Consider how your project can enhance the lives of the people who live here.

The GPCF will hold two Grant Application Workshops at the GPCF offices: March 8 and March 15, each from noon-1:30 p.m. These workshop sessions are available for the first twelve participants to register and pay $5 (light lunch included) and will walk an applicant through the basic grant application process, which is beneficial to non-profits writing grants or foundation requests for funding.

GPCF will accept applications for pre-screen completeness until April 13 and complete applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 27. The complete 2018 Grant Application is available to download online at:, where you will also find a list of previous GPCF grant recipients. If you have questions or would like to register, please call the GPCF office at 406-883-4723.


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