2015 was a busy year for Wilsall Fire Department

 
By Jean Skillman
Shields Valley Correspondent
 

The Wilsall Volunteer Fire Department had a busy 2015. 

It had 12 fire calls, 37 emergency medical calls, and 56 training and work days to keep the equipment ready to roll. The volunteers put in over 1,000 hours for the community.

“Many of you might remember the day when there was not any medical aid in Wilsall,” said volunteer Suzy Morrow in a recent e-mail. “Having  to wait for help from Livingston, how long did that take? You might remember the years we didn’t have all the fire trucks, we have now.

“The Wilsall Fire Department has had many good changes through the years,” Morrow continues. “But with those years has also come the aging of our members. Our hearts are still willing to be part of this need for the community, but sometimes our bodies just don’t seem to follow as fast. We sure could use some new members of all ages. It’s not everyday of your life, but  when a fire breaks out or there is an emergency call, we could use your help. There are many ways you can help if you don’t want to fight fire or go on medical calls.”

The department welcomes four new members who just joined the department.

Contact anyone at the department for information on how you can help the community or call the Fire Hall (578-2095) and someone will get back to you.

 

Upcoming events

• A celebration for Pearl D’Ewart on her 99th birthday is planned for Saturday, Feb. 6, starting at 2 p.m. at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall. Come and reminisce with her and others about what she has seen in the last nearly a century.

• County Commissioner Clint Tinsley will be in Shields Valley Friday, Feb. 5. He will be at the Old Wilsall Hardware Deli from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and at the Town Hall in Clyde Park from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. 

• The Shields Valley School Spelling Bee is at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the school library in Clyde Park.

• The Shields Valley School Board meets Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 at the  Wilsall school Multipurpose  Room.

• The Girls Scouts meet at the Shields Valley Senior Center Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. They will be selling Girls Scout Cookies starting Friday, Feb. 5. For information on buying cookies, call 578-5105.

 

Cowboy Hall of Fame

The late Tom Hunter Sr. and the late Bob Shiplet, both of Clyde Park, will be inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Big Timber Feb. 6 at a ceremony at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls. The event starts with a social hour Friday evening, Feb. 5, where the inductees are recognized. At the Saturday morning breakfast, their families will receive their plaques while their stories are told. 

 

Honor roll

Shields Valley students on the second quarter high honor roll are: 

Seventh grade —Ashtin Chambers, Gweneth Collins, Julianna Croston, Zachary Danielson, Reace Lannen, Gabriella Lord, Finn Sexton and Sage Willis; eighth grade — Seth George; ninth grade — none; 10th grade — Brook Russell; 11th grade —Samantha Brandal and Brock Peterson; and 12th grade — Kayla Gagen, Kylie Kerkaert; Bronson Myrstol and Jordan Stafford.

Students on the second quarter honor roll are: 

Seventh grade — Hannah Butler, Aidan Jenkins, Kayla Johnson, Hazen Marshall and Nikki Robinson; eighth grade — Elizabeth Chapel, Emmett Gilbert, Cayla Parks, Cali Sager and Karlee Worthington; ninth grade — Joseph Bennett, Molly Engle, Jack Marshall and Taylor Needles; 10th grade — Jennifer Fairchild, Lauren Flatt, Hunter Greenfield, Marissa Marshall, Blake Myrstol, Briley Stark and Casey Stone; 11th grade — Cheyenne Darkow, Ashley George and Colton Jones; and 12th grade — Phallon Arthun, Taylor Johnson, Timothy Morgan and Logan Stafford.

Shields Valley students on the first semester high honor roll are: 

Seventh grade — Ashtin Chambers, Gweneth Collins, Julianna Croston, Zachary Danielson, Aidan Jenkins, Reace Lannen, Sarah Lord, Finn Sexton and Sage Willis; eighth grade — Seth George; ninth grade — Molly Engle; 10th grade — Hunter Greenfield, Marissa Marshall and Brook Russell; 11th grade — Samantha Brandal and Brock Peterson; 12th grade — Kayla Gagen, Kylie Kerkaert and Bronson Myrstol. 

Students on the first semester honor roll are: 

Seventh grade — Hannah Butler, Kayla Johnson, Hazen Marshall and Nikki Robinson; eighth grade — Elizabeth Chapel, Emmett Gilbert, Cayla Parks, Cali Sager, Lily Short and Karlee Worthington; ninth grade — Joe Bennett; 10th grade — Patrick Blair, Jennifer Fairchild, Lauren Flatt, Blake Myrstol, Morgan Raw, Briley Stark and Casey Stone; 11th grade — Cheyenne Darkow and Colton Jones; 12th grade — Phallon Arthun,Tristen Jenkins, Jordan Stafford and Logan Stafford.

 

Honor Choir participants

Shields Valley students Patrick  Blair and Morgann Kornprobst participated in the University of Montana Honor Choir Jan. 29-31 in Missoula. There were about 200 students from Montana, Idaho and Wyoming performing in a mixed choir and a ladies choir. The choirs were directed by the University of Montana choir director and a guest director from Baylor University in Texas.

 

Calendars

The Women of Wilsall 2016 community birthday calendars are still available at the Old Wilsall Hardware Deli and the Old P. O. Liquor Store in Wilsall. The cost is $6 each. 

 

Church news

• Shields River Lutheran Women’s monthly Bible Study meets at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the church in Wilsall. 

• The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at the Shields Valley United Methodist Church in Clyde Park starts at 4 p.m. Feb. 9. A free-will offering will be taken.

• An Ash Wednesday service will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Shields River Lutheran Church in Wilsall. There will be soup and worship services on upcoming Wednesdays through March 23 at 6 p.m. at the church.

 

Club news

• The Brackett Creek Women’s Club met Jan. 20 at the home of Sally Taylor with six members present. Dues were collected as well as card fronts and canceled stamps. Christmas cards from folks who have moved were read. They discussed possible ideas for programs. Older books from the little library are given to the Senior Center and Eagle Mount. Judy Watson gave a program on the 11 years she and her husband worked in Yosemite National Park and the 22 years they worked in Teton National Park. She had pictures of their trail and snow removal work, the homes they lived in, and their recreation of skiing, fishing and hunting. Refreshments were served. Judy Watson won the door prize of a candle in a log holder. The Feb. 17 meeting will be at the home of Rosemary Newman and she will give the program.

• The Wilsall Vets Club held its monthly potluck meeting and card party at the Shields  Valley Senior Center Monday evening. 

• The Women of Wilsall met Monday evening at the home of Lil Johnstone. They discussed taking down Christmas decorations, bigger cookie plates and the Bone Marrow Be The Match program. They will have information on bone marrow donation at the next blood drive in April. It is easy to get on the registry and could benefit someone.

• The Women of Shields River Lutheran Church met Thursday afternoon at the church with Jean Pletan as hostesses. The main topic of discussion was the week of quilting and what supplies are needed for next year.

 

School Schedule 

• Feb. 4: The spelling bee is at 9 a.m. in the Clyde Park school library. The high school basketball teams play Townsend in Clyde Park and Wilsall. The boys junior varsity will play in Wilsall at 4 p.m. The rest of the games are in Clyde Park starting with the girls junior varsity at 4:30 p.m.

• Feb. 5: The FFA District competitions are in Clyde Park. The high school basketball teams play in Ennis starting with the girls junior varsity at 3 p.m. The junior high and elementary boys basketball teams play in Gardiner starting with the fifth grade at 2 p.m.

• Feb. 6: The junior high boys basketball teams play the Sleeping Giant Middle School in Clyde Park starting at 9 a.m.

• Feb. 9: The elementary and junior high boys basketball teams play at Big Timber starting at 4 p.m. The FFA Alumni meets in the Ag room at the high school in Clyde Park at 7 p.m.

• Feb. 10: The School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilsall school multipurpose room.

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