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News Briefs for April 11, 2018

Meet the Democratic candidates

RONAN/ARLEE — Lake County Democrats are hosting two meet and greet fundraisers for our local candidates who are running for offices in this year’s upcoming elections. Please join other Lake County Democrats in supporting our candidates who have made the commitment to represent us in Lake County and Montana.  

The first meeting will be on  Wednesday, April 18, at the Ronan Senior Citizen Center and the second will be on Wednesday, April 25, at the Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee. Both meetings will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Candidates attending will be: Caroline McDonald for Lake County Commissioner; Susan Evans for HD 12; Eldena Bear Don’t Walk and Steve York for HD 93, (which will be a primary run-off in the June 5 primary); Marvin Weatherwax Jr. for HD 15; Jennifer Allen for SD 5; Tyrel Suzor-Hoy for Public Service Commission; and a representative for Senator Jon Tester. Your financial support for these hard working, committed candidates would be very much appreciated.


New church dedicated in Ronan

RONAN — On March 24, Glacier View Seventh-Day Adventist Church held a grand opening celebration at their new building, 36332 Mud Creek Lane. After outgrowing their former church and with much planning, hard work and fundraising, 160 members and guests attended the event. The beautiful facility is an extension of the Glacier View School and will now serve their community better. 

Pastor Phillip Neuharth gave a brief history of the Ronan SDA Church, which was dedicated in 1967 and has served Lake County for the past 50 years.

Earlene Lovinger (1915-2004), received a special tribute as her generous gift to the church was a substantial help in the building of the new church.

Retired Pastor Bill Smith and Montana Conference Vice President Matthew Kirk gave the prayers of dedication. Pastor Kirk also gave the Sabbath sermon.

Following the church service, a lunch was served.


St. Ignatius food pantry changes hours

News from the Mission Valley Food Pantry

ST. IGNATIUS – In an effort to help people who are struggling to put food on the table even though they are working, the Mission Valley Food Pantry will be open the last Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The pantry will be closed the Friday before the last Saturday. Maximum income levels to be eligible are posted on the door of the food pantry. We are always looking for volunteers so if you can donate four hours once a month, call Heidi at 745-0057 or stop at the food pantry to sign up.


Montana Watercolor Society calls for entries to juried competition

BIGFORK – The Montana Watercolor Society is now accepting entries for their 36th annual Watermedia Show to be held at the Bigfork Art & Cultural Center Oct. 5 through Nov. 2 The show will award over $5,000 in cash prizes and merchandise. Entries will be juried by internationally acclaimed watercolor artist, Bev Jozwiak. Deadline for entries is June 1, 2018.

A complete prospectus and entry form can be found online at

The Montana Watercolor Society was founded in the 1970s to encourage the advancement, study, appreciation and creation of watercolor painting in Montana and elsewhere.

The MTWS annual Watermedia Show is a national show and the largest and most significant art exhibit solely dedicated to watermedia in the State of Montana.

A complete prospectus and entry form can be found online or by contacting Marilyn Holte at 208-870-6071 or email at


Polson Beautification Committee gives thanks, needs help

POLSON — The Polson Beautification Committee of GPCF sponsors Clean Up Green Up, a community clean up event the first weekend in May. The 2018 event will be held May 4, 5 and 6. Watch for green and white posters downtown. 

The committee wishes to thank business leaders, organizations and individuals who have accepted an assigned  area to keep clean all year. Thanks are also extended to those people who keep the areas around their homes and work places attractive and free of trash.

In addition to Clean Up Green Up the Beautification Committee sponsors a Polson Community in Bloom contest during the summer, The Season of Lights event in December, care of the bump-outs in downtown, and the flower garden (soon to be made bigger and better) at the junction of highways 93 and 35. The Beautification Committee needs volunteers with energy and ideas. Call Agnes Rinehart at 406-883-1842 or Mary Jenson at 406-849-5288 or any committee member if you can help.

Thank you everyone for everything you do to keep Polson a beautiful place to live.


 Pet food donations requested

RONAN — The Bread Basket in Ronan is now having a Pet Food Pantry for families and individuals who own pets that need food. If you qualify for the Bread Basket, your animal qualifies too. The Ronan Bread Basket Pet Pantry is seeking donations of dog and cat food at this time. They are open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 10 Sixth Ave. SW. For more information, call 406-544-9201. 

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