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Historic fire bell preserved through Eagle Scout project

Eagle Scout Michael Zielinski arranged to have this historic fire bell of the Stevensville community moved to a permanent location at the Stevensville Historical Museum, where he built this display structure as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Michael Zielinski of Troop 1115 recently completed his Eagle Scout project for the Stevensville Historical Museum. Finishing the project was his last requirement for the Boy Scout Eagle Rank. While selling Boy Scout popcorn last fall, Michael met Renee Endicott, the coordinator for the Bear Mountain Playground. Michael had helped build the playground on multiple…

Corvallis FFA sponsors livestock jackpot

Cash Trexler of Corvallis brings his steer in front of the judge during the market steer contest at the Corvallis FFA Livestock Jackpot. Jean Schurman photo.

By Jean Schurman The weather looked like the end of August on Sunday, and so did the Ravalli County Fairgrounds. Hogs, goats, sheep and beef cattle were in the barns and in the Robert Hornung arena on Sunday. With young exhibitors grooming and spiffing up their animals, you would have thought it was the Ravalli…

Victor student headed to Thailand

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By Jean Schurman Ali Elliot of Victor will be heading to Thailand next week for a month-long stay in Thailand. Elliot is the daughter of Lucy Brieger and Steve Elliot. She will be a senior this fall at Victor School. This American Youth Leadership Program trip is fully sponsored by the State Department and the…

Robbins on Main – dipping into olive oil, and more

Owner Bunny Robbins dispenses one of the fine olive oils now available at Robbins on Main in Hamilton. Daphne Jackson photo.

By Daphne Jackson   Valley residents craving a taste of something fresh will enjoy the new line of food products at a local Hamilton store. Robbins on Main recently expanded to sell gourmet olive oils and vinegars from Bozeman company Olivelle. Shop owner Bunny Robbins said she had been thinking about taking this step for…

Sheriff Hoffman is Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal

By Jean Schurman The Corvallis American Legion Post #91 and the Ladies Auxiliary are the producers behind the scenes at the Corvallis Memorial Day Parade. In 2015, right after that parade, they made the decision to honor law enforcement in 2016 by asking Sheriff Chris Hoffman to be the Grand Marshal. When they asked Hoffman…

Bitterroot Valley Greens opens in Corvallis

Owner Brian Jackson in his Corvallis greenhouse.

By Daphne Jackson A new business in Corvallis intends to provide nutritious produce on a year round basis. Bitterroot Valley Greens, a greenhouse-based produce business that opened in Corvallis last May, is working toward year-round vegetable production. Brian Jackson, originally from Boise, Idaho, first saw the company’s current location when a business partner in another…

Stevi school district adds more dual credit, AP courses

The Stevensville Board of Trustees adopted an expanded high school curriculum that will include many new electives, new college-ready and career-ready pathways and a new curriculum track that leads to an Honors diploma. Advanced Placement courses and Dual Credit offerings will help students earn credits they can apply toward college. High School Principal Brian Gum…

Middle school student tackles childhood hunger problem

By Daphne Jackson Hamilton Middle School student Garrett Turner is working with national organization No Kid Hungry and local food bank Haven House to raise funds to feed students who can’t afford meals. Turner said he got involved in the project as part of the Governor and First Lady Youth Leadership Council, an organization set…

Eagle Scout project for the birds

Eagle Scout candidate Louis Zielinski, a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 115, is close to finishing up his Eagle Scout project which involved building five Wood Duck nesting boxes and placing them on the Teller Wildlife Refuge located north of Corvallis along the Bitterroot River. Zielinski said he has always had the notion…

Sweet new shop in downtown Hamilton

By Daphne Jackson Stephen Barnes said the decision to open Hunny Cakes, 307 W. Main in Hamilton, is a culmination of an aspiration his wife, Elizabeth Malmevik, has had for several years. “We were living in Illinois, and I looked at the wife, and I said ‘what do you want to do?’ and she said…