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Kicking Horse students help decorate Main Street

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RONAN — With stockings, wreaths and a Santa Claus or two hanging from the light poles courtesy of Ronan Telephone Company, Main Street in Ronan is taking on a holiday air. Then to make the street even more festive, students from Kicking Horse Job Corps came to town last week and put up trees for the Ronan Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. 

The young adults fastened four Christmas trees to each live tree on Main Street. 

All from the constructions foundations class, the students are studying to be either diesel mechanics or heavy equipment operators. Denny Pourier, one of the shortest girls, will be a heavy equipment operator; and the other kids were teasing her about being able to climb into a truck. 

Since he’s been working on cars since fifth grade, Joseph Myskiew plans to be a mechanic.

Instructor John Neiss brought the students to town to do some community service, but warm weather, a picnic lunch and the holiday task made it fun.    

Chamber members Ky Bartels and Ronna Walchuk are in charge of the project. 

The trees came from “Ed the tree man,” who always brings in trees, Walchuk said.

Businesses may decorate the trees in front of their buildings. Bartels contacted a few groups, such as couple of Boy Scout troops, the Boys and Girls Club and a 4-H group, to decorate the remainder of the trees.  


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