Wilsall Fire District mill levies go before Shields voters

Jean Skillman

The Park County Commission has approved a mill levy request on the fall ballot for the Wilsall Fire District/Fire Department to buy or maintain fire protection facilities/real property, including emergency response apparatus. The five mills the Wilsall Fire District is requesting is in addition to the 14.559 mills already assessed to the fire district. The impact on taxpayers would be $6.75 per year on a $100,000 house.

The request is to fund operating costs, fund operation and maintenance of the fire station, for acquisition of new equipment and upkeep of current equipment, fund training for volunteers and staff, fund any fire district staff, and fund a capital improvements account.

 Wilsall Fire District treasurer Alan Johnstone said in an e-mail, “The last (mill levy) request was in 2001 and pays for the Fire Hall plus some of our other expenses.

“We average about a $5,000 to $10,000 shortfall every year. So far this has been covered by our fundraisers and by donations. We feel it would be appropriate to have more secure funding to cover that shortfall, especially as we may not always have some of our larger donors.”

Upcoming events

• A spaghetti dinner and silent auction benefit for Deb and Otto Cornthwaite is planned for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at the school in Wilsall. There will be a free-will donation for the dinner. For more information or to donate a silent auction item, contact Rhonda Lahaye at 578-2535.

• A candidate forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the elementary school in Wilsall. The event is sponsored by the MSU Park County Extension. 

• A 50th wedding anniversary celebration for Kris and Joe Lawellin is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Clyde Park Community Hall. The dinner starts at 2 p.m. with meat, potatoes, vegetables, desserts and beverages provided. Friends and family are asked to bring a salad to share. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wendy Bauwens of Sunnyside Clydes will give horse-drawn wagon rides. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be music by the Crazy Mountain Express.

• The Shields Valley Senior Citizens potluck dinner starts at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Senior Center in Wilsall. There will be special music and readings. Georgia Hogenson and Jean Skillman will report on the Governor’s Conference on Aging.



Olivia Mae Goffena, 9 pounds 19 inches, was born to Josh and Crystal Goffena, of Elma, Washington. The grandparents are Marvin and Joy Goffena, of Stevensville, and the great-grandmother is Erma Goffena, of Wilsall.


Flu shots

Flu shots are now available at the Shields Valley Health Clinic for those 6 months old and older. For more information call 578-2222.


Notice of death

Word has been received of the Oct. 4 death of Janet Dagen Eggar, 73, in Great Falls. She was born in Livingston and educated in Park County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Ellen Dagen; and brothers Keith and Earl. She is survived by her husband, Dude Eggar, of Wolf Point; sons Richard of Miles City and Shawn of Wolf Point; daughter Lavonna of Wolf Point; and sister Iva Eggar of Townsend. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, in Wolf Point.


Church news

• Shields River Lutheran Men’s breakfast is at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the church in Wilsall.

• Dr. Bob Sager will speak about ranching in Russia during and after the 9 a.m. worship service Sunday, Oct. 16, at Shields River Lutheran Church in Wilsall. He will share some pictures and thoughts on his time working in Russia, and about agriculture and life there.

• A coffee hour will be held at 8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. worship service Sunday, Oct. 16, at Shields Valley United Methodist Church in Clyde Park.

• The Shields River Lutheran Bazaar is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the church in Wilsall. The proceeds from the bazaar will go to Otto and Deb Cornthwaite.


Club news

The Shields Valley Book Club meets at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17,  at the Shields River Lutheran Church in Wilsall. The book being discussed this month is “The Secret Chord” by Geraldine Brooks.



• The Clyde Park Bridge Club met Oct. 5 at Clyde Park Tavern and Cafe. with Joyce Sarrazin as hostesses. Prize winners were Bob Eyman, high; and Kathy DeBoer, bingo.

• Wilsall Women’s Pinochle Club met Monday afternoon at the Shields Valley Senior Center. Prize winners were Linda Wilson, high; Dorothy Lucas, low; and Jean Landers, traveling.

• Winners of the Oct. 11 Senior Citizens card party were Marie Smith, first; Jean Skillman, second; and Dorothy Lucas, low.


Guest, visits

Tom  Faure of Boulder, Colorado, is a guest of Jim and Joyce Sarrazin this week as he visits family and friends in the area.


School Schedule:

• Oct. 13: The varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams play White Sulphur Springs at 5:15 p.m. in Clyde Park. The junior high volleyball teams play White Sulphur Springs at 3 p.m. in Clyde Park. 

• Oct. 14: The junior high and varsity football teams play at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, in Park City. 

• Oct. 15: The junior high volleyball team plays at the Sleeping Giant Middle School Tournament in Livingston. The junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams start playing at 5 p.m. in Gardiner. 

• Oct. 17: The elementary and junior high girls basketball parent/athlete meeting is at 5:45 p.m. in Clyde Park. The FFA students attend the NILE in Billings. 

• Oct. 19: the junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams play at 5 p.m. in West Yellowstone.

• Oct. 20: There is no school.