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Students learn about water through traveling exhibit

By Michael Howell Last Thursday, Stevensville students and their families and friends had the opportunity to attend a free Family Science Night and enjoy the University of Montana spectrUM Discovery Area’s newest traveling exhibition, called “Water.” The spectrUM Discovery Area’s mobile science program travels statewide with hands-on science exhibits and activities guided by museum educators….

Florence fourth graders excel

By Jean Schurman Imagine corralling a classroom of fourth graders and getting them excited about developing a science type project that doesn’t even exist. It’s up to the students to develop the concept, do the research, write the abstract and the history of the project, project the need for this idea 20 years in the…

Victor art students win big

By Jean Schurman The Keep Montana Green Association recently announced the winners of their annual art competition. The mission of the contest is to create a lasting interest in preventing wildland fires in Montana’s youth and adults. This year, the theme was “One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire.” These posters help increase awareness of the…

Maple syrup time at the Daly Mansion

By Jean Schurman This time of year is slow for the Daly Mansion, as slow as maple syrup. Literally. There are only tours by appointment and most of the time is spent doing maintenance to the old buildings. Many years ago, Dr. Charles Petty and Fred Hasskamp looked at the sugar maples lining the lane…

Awards presented in Peterson ‘Photograph Montana’ contest

By Michael Howell Awards were presented last Friday evening in the annual Ernst Peterson “Photograph Montana” Contest at the Ravalli County Museum. This year’s Best of Show went to Donna Huseby’s first place photograph in the People category entitled “Life Changing.” The People’s Favorite went to Greg Dowling for his photograph of two horses along…

Rounding up new class of kindergartners in the valley

Valley schools are in the process of holding their annual kindergarten pre-registration events this spring. This pre-registration is important in helping families get familiar with the school and the expectations associated with kindergarten. In addition, it helps the districts prepare for the following year in terms of numbers, which can affect many things from materials…

Stevi student makes semi-finals in Nat Geo geography bee

Lance Burrows, a fifth grader at Stevensville Middle School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Montana National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at the University of Montana on Friday, March 31. Each year thousands of schools in…

An after-Christmas story

By Michael Howell   Six-year-old Isabel Williams was at a loss for words to say why she chose to use the money she got as a Christmas gift this year to purchase a bunch of stuffed animals for use in the Emergency Room at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. Her mother, Heather, thought maybe it had…

Hamilton School Nurse Program gets a boost

By Michael Howell Last week Hamilton School District’s School Nurse Program got a boost from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital, when Dr. Jennifer Feighner dropped by with a check for $6,500. Right now the school nurse program in Hamilton is a two-person operation. Registered Nurse Nancy Doyle and Licensed Practical Nurse Brandy Bussard work as a…

Alice Kohler celebrates 103rd birthday

By Michael Howell   Family members stretching over five generations gathered at The Living Centre in Stevensville last Thursday to celebrate Alice Kohler’s 103rd birthday. Alice was born in Polo, Illinois on February 9, 1914 to Richard and Clara Emma Huggans. She moved to Stevensville with her parents and a dozen siblings in 1919 and…