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Volume XXIV, Number 39

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Food bank land lease on ballot

By Michael Howell

A proposition for the Stevensville School District to lease land to the local Pantry Partners Food Bank is on the May 5, 2009 school election ballot. The acre of land, located on the school grounds along ALC Way, would be leased to the non-profit organization for 55 years at a price of $300 per month. The group plans to construct a new facility at the site. Pantry Partners recently got the approval of the Ravalli County Commissioners to apply for a $450,000 CDBG grant to construct the new facility. The School Board of Trustees settled on the lease agreement last February 10, with the proviso that it meet with voter approval. More...

New Porch Policy - Because of the large increase in the number of families served at the Pantry Partners Food Bank, beginning May 1, clients who are coming in just for the perishable items on the porch, such as bread products and produce, may come once a week from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Those coming in for their regular food box can come during regular hours, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and may pick up porch items at that time.

Left: Kristi, a volunteer at the food bank, packs the crowded shelves in the cramped quarters of the current facility, located on Park Avenue. A new facility will be built on ALC Way if voters approve the lease. Michael Howell photos.

Stevi trustee candidate drops out in face of write-in candidate

By Michael Howell

At least four school districts in Ravalli County have cancelled scheduled elections to their respective Board of Trustees because the number of applicants filing for the open positions exactly matched the number of open seats. The Stevensville School District might also appear to be in the same position, with only two names on the ballot for two positions, but it is not, and elections to that board will go on, primarily due to the late, but strong, challenge of a write-in candidate in that race. More...

Impact fee committee takes public comment

By Michael Howell

The Ravalli County Impact Fee Committee held a public hearing on a proposal to implement Impact Fees in the Corvallis School District last week. The meeting was held in the Corvallis School Gym and according to committee chairman John Meakin, almost all the public comment heard was against the imposition of impact fees in the district. More...

Robin Holcomb of Rocky Mountain National Bank in Stevensville taught three classes of elementary school children how to make a Money Tree last week. The key is honest hard work and a savings program. Holcomb presented the American Bankers Association Education Foundation's “Teach Children to Save” Program to the young scholars. The program is based on the idea that children can learn valuable lessons about earning and spending money through a technique called visualization. Money Tree work sheets are used to help the students grasp the concept of earning and spending money of their own. The names of chores and the amount of money that could be earned by doing the chores are written on a green leaf. When the chore is done and the money in hand they can add the leaf to their tree and watch their money grow. When the money is spent the leaf is removed from the tree. The kids also each received a piggy bank with some money already in it. Pictured here are members of Mrs. Davis' class responding with enthusiasm to questions being posed by Holcomb, all about earning, spending and saving money. Michael Howell photo.

Stevi Main Street Assn. receives 2009 national accreditation

The Stevensville Main Street Association has been designated an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center. Each year, the National Trust and its coordinating program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations that have demonstrated their ability to follow the Main Street methodology. More...


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