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Volume XXIII, Number 21

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

North Valley Library receives grant for insulation

By Michael Howell

The North Valley Public Library in Stevensville has received a grant from the Stevensville Community Foundation in the amount of $1500 and a grant from NorthWestern Energy in the amount of $2000 to put towards the cost of insulating its building at 208 Main Street. More...

Steve Bartels of NorthWestern Energy hands a check to Renee McGrath, Director of the North Valley Public Library, for the purchase of insulating the library. Michael Howell photo.

Sen. Tester talks about visit to Iraq

By Michael Howell

In a telephone conference with local newspaper reporters last week, Senator Jon Tester spoke about his recent trip to Iraq. He and Senator Jim Webb from Virginia flew into Kuwait City and from there journeyed to Ramadi, a city located in the Al Anbar Province that stretches west of Baghdad to the border of Syria. The two Senators walked the streets of the city and met with citizens of the area as well as with the governor of the province. Afterwards they went to Baghdad and had dinner with the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, General Petraeus and the deputy prime minister of the country. More...

Pantry Partners provides Christmas plenty

By Gretchen L. Langton

A long line has formed outside the Catholic Family Center in Stevensville by 10:30 in the morning on Thursday. People are patiently waiting for the beginning of Pantry Partners' annual Christmas food box distribution. This worthy event has been taking place since 1989 and grows bigger with each year. This year, two hundred families of modest means, totaling 854 people, pick up boxes filled with bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, canned goods, all the fixings for pumpkin pie (including pre-made crusts and whipped cream), turkeys, hams, and even Kleenex. At ten thirty, the brimming boxes are tightly packed side by side; it is a sea of color and angular textures. It feels like Christmas. More...

Hamilton City Council

By Michael Howell

Loan approved for Mental Health Center

At its December 18 meeting, the Hamilton City Council approved a loan request from the Western Montana Mental Health Center for use in establishment of a new Crisis Stabilization Center. More...


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