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Flathead Lake State ParkFinley Point announces early end to summer season

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

FINLEY POINT – Montana State Parks ( announced that Flathead Lake State park-Finley Point will close early for the season on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The park will close early to begin construction on a campground improvement project which will enhance visitor experience.   

The park improvements would provide more open space around motor home campsites and add a new campsite loop. Five walk-in, tent-only camping sites will be added as well as 2 yurts to further expand the variety of camping availability.

The park entrance will be widened to allow safer, easier access for motor homes and trailers. The park’s seasonal camp host facilities will move north of the park entry road. Camp host volunteers stay on-site at a state park during the summer to assist visitors.

New landscaping and vegetative cover is planned between campsites to add privacy and visual appeal.

The park will reopen in the spring of 2018.

For more information, contact Park Manager Amy Grout at 406-837-3041


Volunteers needed for new art docent program in elementary schools

POLSON – Members of the public are invited to be part of a new art program at Cherry Valley and Linderman elementary schools in Polson. The Art Docent Program is a volunteer-based art history program that allows students to become immersed in art through classroom instruction. In this program a docent is a volunteer that is trained to present art-related information and lessons in the classroom.

For those who enjoy working with children and being creative, (or know someone who does) this is a great opportunity. This program requires no background in art, just an interest in or love of art. Docents will attend four workshops during the course of the year where they will practice an art history-related lesson and learn how to present the lesson in a classroom. They will coordinate with the teacher they are assigned to and set up a time and day (within a two month period) to do the lesson. Docents will present four art-history based lessons during the school year. Team teaching with another docent is a possibility as well. 

Those interested can learn more about the program during an informational meeting with Polson School District Volunteer Coordinator Edna Lemm at 9 a.m. on Sept. 12 in the Linderman library or at 10 a.m. on Sept. 13 in the Cherry Valley library. Please sign up by Sept. 11 by email to: Leave your name, email address, phone number and which meeting you would like to attend. 


Peanut butter drive at North Lake County Public Library

News from North Lake County Public Library

POLSON – North Lake County Public Library in Polson is holding a peanut butter drive the week of Sept. 11-16. All contributions from this weeklong event will be donated to the Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry. The library has partnered with the pantry on several earlier occasions.

Patrons with overdue items or fines on their cards are encouraged to bring sealed jars of peanut butter (or other commercially prepared, nonperishable food items) to the circulation desk. Fines will be reduced by one dollar for each item donated. Please note that forgiveness of fines does not include lost or damaged items.

Patrons without fines are also encouraged to join this event to help replenish the Food Pantry’s supply of peanut butter, a much-needed staple all year long. 

The library will take the opportunity to add peanut-related cookbooks to its collection.

North Lake County Public Library is located at 2 First Avenue East in Polson. Please call 406-883-8225 for more information. 

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