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Wednesday, May 31, 2007

Valley News at a Glance

Farmers market food coupons available

Korean War Memorial commemoration set


Farmers market food coupons available

The Bitterroot Farmers Market Project provides free coupons to eligible participants for the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables at valley farmers markets June through October. Seniors 60 and older, people with disabilities under 60 and Haven House families with school aged children who meet the following income guidelines are eligible for $40 in coupons: household of one - $18,888.50; two $25,326.50; three $31,764.50; four $38,202.50 and five $44,640.50.

Residents of Bitterroot Attention Home, Ravalli Services Group Homes, SAFE Transitional Housing and Genesis House will receive coupons through those organizations.

Clients of Summit Independent Living and Haven House (families with school aged children only) will receive their coupons after June 5th.

Coupons will be distributed at the following locations, date and time. Come to the appropriate site for your location and category. You will need to know your social security and your household income. For more information, call Cheryl Kikkert at 825-6955.

Thusday, May 31

11 a.m. Stevensville Senior Center - Stevensville Seniors & Disabled

1 p.m. Bitterroot Manor in Hamilton - Residents & Other Seniors & Disabled

2:30 p.m. Canyon View Apartments - Residents Only

3:30 p.m. Willow Court Apartments - Residents & Other Seniors & Disabled

Saturday, June 2

10 a.m. Valley Farmers Market Co-op (Hamilton Market) Space #3 - Seniors & Disabled

Tuesday, June 5

4 p.m. Darby Farmers Market - Darby Seniors & Disabled

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Korean War Memorial commemoration set

The tenth anniversary of the dedication of the Montana Korean War Memorial will be commemorated on Saturday, June 16 at Rose Memorial Park in Missoula, at 10 a.m. with a special commemorative ceremony. His Excellency Lee Tae-Sik, the Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United States, will be the honored guest.

The public is invited and those who served in the Armed Forces during the Korean War are especially encouraged to attend. The commemoration will honor family members of those Montanans whose names are on the memorial.

"Lest we forget those 138 Montanans who gave their lives in Korea" is the theme of this commemoration, which will be highlighted by remarks of the Korean Ambassador Lee Tae-Sik. The ambassador will present special Korean War Memorial Medallions to families of those Montanans who gave their lives in Korea.

The Montana Korean War Memorial Committee, the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Center at the U of M and the Mansfield Foundation of the U of M, the World Affairs Council of Montana and the Western Montana Military Officers Association are co-sponsors of the event.

"Since the late 60s, the Korean War and its veterans slipped into the shadow of the more controversial Vietnam War and now our Armed Forces are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. We constructed this beautiful memorial in Missoula in 1997, so veterans can look upon it and know that we recognize and honor their patriotism, sense of duty and sacrifice," said Charlie Crookshanks, chair of Korean War Memorial Committee. Crookshanks also encourages veterans to wear their uniforms to the event.

The memorial, which cost $125,000, is constructed of black academy granite, the same as used in the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC. Names of the 138 Montanans who died during the war are etched in the granite slabs. Missoula artist and Vietnam veteran Lt. Col. Bruce Johnson, USA Ret, donated the original design and artwork. Eight men from Missoula have their names on the memorial. They are Robert Harrington, Neil R. Johnson, Linn E. Kibler, Robert R. McCune, William J. Merritt, Arild Christian Nielsen, Herbert F. Parker and Raphael Plotzki.

"We hope that people can come to this special event and honor those Montanans who made the greatest sacrifice for their country, as well as say thank you to all veterans and men and women now serving in the Armed Forces," Crookshanks said.

For more information about the Montana Korean War Memorial, visit the website at

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Kayla Rose Stacy

Kayla Rose Stacy, 15, of Stevensville, was tragically taken from her family on Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

She was born on March 19, 1992 in Missoula to Jason Stacy and Amanda Pecka. Kayla was a student at the Stevensville High School, just finishing up her freshman year. She enjoyed country music, having coffee and doing lunch with the girls. She also spent a lot of her time babysitting for all her friends and family's children. Kayla loved children, always sharing their smiles and laughter.

Kayla's smile and eyes reflected her beautiful soul. She was cherished by all that knew her; knowing that she would always be there. Even at such a tender age, she seemed to have the wisdom and understanding to help people in their time of need.

With Kayla passing we are reminded that life is to be celebrated and cherished. Although we will miss her beautiful smile, she will forever remain in our hearts. Through her, each one of us has created wonderful memories to cherish for a lifetime. She will forever be that angel watching over us.

Kayla was preceded in death by Uncle Dirk Adams of Helena and Great Grandma Velma Hutton of Kalispell.

Survivors include her parents, Amanda and Kelly Pecka, Stevensville and Jason Stacy, Stevensville; grandparents Karen and Joseph Walker, Stevensville, and Blake and Jan Adams, Blaine, WA and Dennie Briggs, AR; grandparents Janet McInroy, Fairbanks, AK and Dennis and Debi Stacy, Fairbanks, AK; favorite aunts Ashley Walker, Christina Ellsworth, Sabrina Newman, Di Cooper and Robyn Hawk; favorite uncles Scott Adams, Dan Cooper and Tony Stacy, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at the Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville with the Rev. Steven Burns officiating.

Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Stevensville. A potluck reception followed at the St. Mary's Family Center.

Pallbearers were Sammy Lubbers, Scott Adams, Dan Cooper, Cliff Wallace, Tony Stacy and Tim Grooms.

Victor 'Bud' Karlson

Victor Orlando "Bud" Karlson, 82, of Corvallis, died at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital in Hamilton on Sunday, May 20, 2007.

He was born on May 26, 1924 in Clark County, Thorp Township, South Dakota and was the son of Karl and Lena (Nelson) Karlson.

Bud was a truck driver for 10 years. He also was a rancher and owned the Pearl Wilcox homestead in Corvallis for 15 years. Bud retired from the City of Missoula where he worked for the City Parks Department. He was a hard working man whose personal integrity was beyond reproach, "a man of his word and a handshake."

He was preceded in death by a son Terry and numerous brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his son Ken and Anna-Marie Karlson of Florence; daughters Vicky Lawler and Verna Lemer, both of Lolo, numerous brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces and grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Whitesitt Funeral Home, with Peter Daley officiating. A reception followed at the Rustic Hut at Florence.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to veterans' organizations.

Dorothea Orr Carter

Memorial services for Dorothea Orr Carter, 82, former valley resident, were held at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Spokane on Saturday, May 19, 2007. She passed away on May 6 at her daughter's home at Freeland, WA where she had lived the last five years.

Dorothea was born in Missoula to Merl and Belle Cook Orr. She attended Victor Grade School while living with and assisting her grandparents, Elmer and Etta Orr, then moved to Stevensville with her family, graduating with the class of 1942 at Stevensville High School.

She was a resident of Spokane for 60 years. After retiring from the Medical Service Bureau in 1984, she spent quality time with her family and friends and enjoyed traveling. She was a volunteer at the Spokane Public Library as well as serving as a Director on the board for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, a sister Marion Orr and her husband of 53 years John D. Carter in 2002, who retired as Deputy Chief of Police in Spokane in 1983. She is survived by their daughter, Deborah (James) Short, their two sons and families Mark (Cheryl) Short, Nathaniel (Kimberly) Short and children John and Alex (Kate) Short, all of Seattle; her son John (Denise) Carter, Kristy and Derick Carter of CA. Other survivors include Lillian Fisher, Gene Zorn, Seattle; Merlyn Roberts, Lois Zibell, Spokane and brother Milton Orr of Clarkston, WA. She will be missed by everyone that knew and loved her including many nieces, nephews, local cousins and friends. She was a frequent visitor in Western Montana.

Burial was with her beloved husband at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane. Contributions may be made to Hospice at 101 N. Main St. in Coupeville, WA 98239.

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