Elementary students learn fire safety in Wilsall

Jean Skillman

Members of the Wilsall Fire Department Bev McLealand, Sue and Joe Scott gave a program on fire safety Wednesday at the Shields Valley Elementary School in Wilsall. They told the children about escape routes from inside their homes, meeting places outside the home, and fire alarms. Joe  Scott demonstrated how a fireman is dressed and would appear as he enters a building.

Wilsall Fire Department coloring contest winners were announced and given their winning ribbons. Winners are for kindergarten-first place, Desirae Herron; second place, Charlie Johnson; third place, Waylen Dunkel; first grade-, first place, Kaitlin Anderson; second place, Isla Murley; third place, Anika Prosser; second and third grade-first place, Nicki Swandal; second place, Tayla Roberts; third place, Kendall Mosley.

The Wilsall Fire Department is planning a Halloween party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the fire hall. Hot dogs, hamburgers, brats  and more will be served. There will be games and goodies galore. Stop for some Halloween family fun. There is no charge for this event, but your donations would be greatly appreciated and will benefit the Wilsall Fire Department’s Emergency Relief Fund, which helps our neighbors in need of assistance after a fire or other emergency.

• The Shields Valley Senior Citizens potluck dinner starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the senior center in Wilsall. There will be special music and readings.

• The annual bazaar at Shields River Lutheran Church starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the church in Wilsall. The Ringling 5 will perform a few numbers and Garth Isbell is the auctioneer. Pie and coffee will be served following the auction.

• The annual Shields Valley Senior Citizens Flea Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the senior center on Highway 89 in Wilsall. To rent a table or for more information call Jean Skillman at 578-2570. The Senior Citizens will be selling sweet rolls, soup, chili, pie and coffee. There will also be vendor tables and the Senior Citizens table of miscellaneous items for sale.

• A craft group meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Shields Valley Senior Center in Wilsall.

• Attention, Shields Valley residents 6 months of age and older. Flu shots are now available at the Shields Valley Clinic. We have standard flu vaccines as well as high-dose options available.

Flu vaccines
The high-dose flu vaccine is available for patients 65 years and older. They also have other standard immunizations, including pneumococcal or pneumonia vaccine. They are open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. call 578-2222 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

In addition to vaccines, the Shields Valley Clinic offers: acute care for short-term illness, allergy shots, annual health evaluations, blood pressure checks, blood work/lab services for four days a week, chronic disease management, colds/flu, diabetes management, DOT/CDL physicals/sports physicals/pre-operative physicals, allergy injections, and immunizations, INR monitoring, joint injections for chronic conditions, newborn and well-child care, STD screening, treatment for long-term medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, treatment for minor injuries such as lacerations and sprains, UTIs, wart treatments, women’s services like screening/pap smears as well as breast and pelvic exams.

• Congratulations to Maritza Reddington on her 10th Anniversary with the Clerk & Recorder’s Office. That is three Presidential, three Federal, six Municipal and numerous other elections, and mentoring the current staff. Thank you Maritza for your service to Park County.

• Kinley Helgeson, 7 pounds, 12 ounces, was  born Oct. 14 to Josh and  Liz Helgeson of Spokane, Washington. She joins a sister Bailey. Her grandparents are Bill and Lori Sarrazin of Clyde Park and her great-grandparents are Jim and Joyce Sarrazin of Clyde Park.

100 years
St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Clyde Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 29. Most Reverend Michael W. Warfel, Bishop, of Great  Falls will be celebrating mass at 11 a.m. A reception luncheon will follow at noon.

Teacher of the Year
Shields Valley first grade teacher Judy Vincent is one of the three finalist for Montana Teacher of the Year for grades kindergarten through seniors in high school. She will be recognized at a banquet at the MEA Convention in Missoula Oct. 19. Considerations for this honor are work education history, incorporation of world views, a lesson that defines the person as a teacher, and what the person feels is important in education today and would be a cause the person would promote if chosen. For Judy Vincent she would promote recruitment and retention of new teachers.

Vincent has spent her 33-year teaching career in the Wilsall and Shields Valley Schools.

Winners of the Oct. 17 Senior Citizens card party were Marie Smith, first; Betty Burdette, second; Georgia Hogenson, low; and Patti Vennes, traveling..

School Schedule
• Oct. 19: There is no school.

• Oct. 21: The junior high and high school football teams play Roy/Winifred at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, in Winifred.

• Oct. 24-28: The National FFA Convention is in Indianapolis.