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Thursday, April 12


Women’s Newcomers’ Club

Are you new to the Bitterroot Valley? Have you recently retired? Have you been here for a while and would just like to meet new people?  If so, the Bitterroot Women’s Newcomers Club welcomes you to the next meeting, Thursday, April 12 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the First Christian Church, 328 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton. After the business meeting, there will be a field trip at 10:45 a.m. to the Wild Rose Emu Ranch to see the baby chicks.  After the meeting, there will be a no-host lunch for members who are interested. For more information call Deb Tennant, 503-871-9249 or Kaye Olsson, 979-229-2089.

Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen

The Selway-Pintler Wilderness Back Country Horsemen’s next meeting is Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in the Hamilton Forest Service Bldg. located at 1801 N 1st St. SPWBCH is a traditional, hardworking volunteer group dedicated to keeping our trails open. The chapter is a strong supporter of education which includes 4-H, statewide Summer Youth Camps and the Teller Youth Expo. With spring around the corner, outdoor events and project planning is underway! Come check out the Back Country Horseback Digital Scavenger Hunt plans for Saturday, May 19 at Lake Como. If you are new to the valley and want to meet new friends and see the beautiful mountain trails come join! Owning a horse is not required to be a member and volunteer on the trails. Guests are always welcome for coffee, desserts and lots of “trail talk”. Entry to building is in the rear. For more information call Christy at 361-0767.


Wildfire Home Defense and Safety

During a wildfire, embers are often carried more than a mile from the wildfire site, and can ignite your home and property. A homeowner can increase the odds that their home survives a wildfire by making a defensible fire barrier in just a weekend.

Come to the North Valley Public Library in Stevensville on Thursday, April 12 to find out how you can better protect your precious possessions. The talk begins at 6 p.m. and is expected to finish at about 8 p.m. Jack Cohen, retired USFS Research Physical Scientist is speaking.  He has been called upon to research wildfire behavior across the US and overseas and co-developed the US National Fire Danger Rating System.  He has contributed much to US fire behavior prediction systems. Jorden Koppen, Fire Prevention Specialist with Montana DNRC-Southwestern Land Office, acts a liason between the public and the DNRC, trains the public how to prepare for and handle fires, and has specialist knowledge of the facilities that are available to the public to assist them when they’re preparing their properties for the fire season. Patty Garbutt is telling the story of her home’s survival during the Lolo Peak Fire and how she felt empowered by taking the steps that made the difference.

Leave with a better understanding of how you can prepare for the devastating effects of the next wildfire. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call 406-777-5061 or visit All library programs are free and open to the public.


Saturday, April 14


Beekeepers of the Bitterroot

Beekeepers of the Bitterroot will be holding its regular monthly meeting on Saturday, April 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hamilton First Assembly of God at 601 W. Main Street (entry in the rear. Please bring a non-perishable item as donation to their food bank in appreciation for the use of their space.) The group will be using a newly acquired microscope to example samples of bees for nosema so check the website on how to acquire samples of your bees. It will also discuss the latest on the NUC order delivery date and time and the upcoming Beekeeping Field Camp. For a more detailed agenda and to see more information on the Beekeeping Field Camp go to .


Horsemanship clinic

Bitter Root Back Country Horsemen invite the public to their second free horsemanship clinic of the year on Saturday, April 14. Using members’ stock for demonstration, participants will learn how to navigate obstacles, solve problems that arise, and perform various trail challenges. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and learn more about how to safely handle their stock while trail riding. The event takes place at the C-Max Stables, 657 Bass Lane, Corvallis.  Two identical sessions are offered from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your own chair in case the weather is bad and the indoor arena is used.  Coffee, tea, cocoa, and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Bonnie Morgan at (406) 381-9021 or check the BBCH website at under training.


Library Foundation benefit

Come enjoy an evening of great food, company and entertainment while supporting your local community public library! “A Novel Affair,” a special fundraising event sponsored by the North Valley Public Library Foundation, will be held Saturday, April 14 at the St. Mary’s Family Center in Stevensville. Doors open at 5:45 for socializing and bidding on great silent auction items. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by entertainment from wonderful local talent. Winners of the silent auction will be notified by email or phone.

Tickets include one drink of your choice, full dinner and dessert, entertainment, and access to the silent auction. Tickets are $50 each or $90 per couple, and $25 for children under 10. An eight-person table is $350. Tickets are available at the following locations: North Valley Public Library, 308 Main; Bitterroot Star, 115 W 3rd Street (behind Valley Drug), or the Stevensville Main Street Association, 102B Main.

Tickets can also be purchased by contacting Fran Schmitz at  or 777-3579 or (225) 304-3947.


Monday, April 16


Stevi school menu

Monday: Breakfast – Pancakes or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Turkey & Gravy, mashed potatoes, peaches, bread & butter, milk

Tuesday: Breakfast – Blueberry Bagels & cream cheese or yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Chicken Fajitas with lettuce & salsa, Spanish rice, apples, bread & butter, milk

Wednesday: Breakfast – Cereal or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Pulled Pork Sandwich, taters, applesauce, bread & butter, milk

Thursday: Breakfast – French Toast or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Chili & Crackers, fresh veggies, bananas, bread & butter, milk

Friday: Breakfast – Ham Bites or Yogurt, fruit, toast or cereal bar, milk; Lunch – Corn Dogs, BBQ baked beans, Mandarin oranges, bread & butter, milk.


Rotary Club       

Dallas Erickson, an advocate for some sort of early warning system on the two largest dams in the Bitterroot, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Hamilton Rotary Club, on Monday, April 16 at 12 noon at BJ’s Restaurant, 900 N. 1st Street, Hamilton. The meeting is open to the public. For further Rotary Club information call 363-2960.



Kids’ Poetry Workshop

Create beautiful works of poetry at the North Valley Public Library with the assistance of published poet, Flominic, on Monday, April 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. Bring a friend and be prepared to have a blast as Flominic teaches and guides you in writing various styles of poems. This program is suitable for kids ages 5-18. North Valley Public Library is located at 208 Main Street, Stevensville. For more information, call 777-5061 or visit All library programs are free and open to the public.


RML Community Liaison Group

The Rocky Mountain Laboratories Community Liaison Group (RML CLG) is scheduled to meet on Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Golden Age Club, 727 S. 5th St. in Hamilton. Agenda items include reports on:

  • Exciting research from Dr. Byron Caughey’s lab related to Parkinson’s disease and other serious neurological disorders.
  • A final wrap-up presentation on the Bitterroot Valley Sanitary Landfill Voluntary Remediation that NIH has completed.
  • An update on current and proposed facility projects.
  • An update on a fencing project on the south side of the RML campus.

The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

The RML CLG includes representatives from local government, education, business, medical and emergency services, and community and civic groups. The RML CLG represents a long-term commitment to structured interactions with the community. The group began meeting in 2002.



Tuesday, April 17


Toastmasters demo meetings

Have you wondered how to achieve more confidence in public speaking or leading others? Have you attended meetings that got out of hand or ran way too long? Have you had a job interview that went sideways? Skills pertaining to these issues and many more will be addressed in the friendly and encouraging process of free “demonstration” Toastmasters meetings held every Tuesday morning at Hamilton Senior Center through April. These hour-long demonstrations will be led by experienced Toastmasters. Basic topics and skills will include Analytical Listening, Thinking Fast, Giving Feedback, and Connecting with Others. These broad subjects are part of the skills needed to develop confidence in public speaking and leading others in your work place or organization. Tricks of time management will be used; this will allow you to get to your job on time.

You will be able to observe these important demonstration meetings and begin to learn a few things that hopefully will inspire you to learn more. Toastmasters has been improving the lives of people of all walks of life for more than 90 years. Toastmasters is known for its public speaking program but has realized the personal development of members through its evolution in both communication and leadership for decades.

Anyone 18 and over can become a member. Individual members can work at his or her own pace but are encouraged by the program and members to move forward, challenging themselves in a very friendly, encouraging and fun process. Toastmaster membership is often supported by employers because the obvious benefits enhance any business or organization. There are 352,000 members worldwide in 141 countries, served by 16,400 clubs.

Questions will be addressed, and through membership, your personal goals can be addressed. Every member has their own story and reasons for their success. The only regret any Toastmaster International member has ever had is that they did not join sooner. These demonstration meetings are appetizers for delicious personal growth. You can simply observe or volunteer to participate. Attendance is not required at every demonstration meeting but encouraged; the more you attend the more you will get out of it. Meetings will begin at 6:45 a.m. and end at 7:45 a.m., Tuesday mornings, April 17 and 24, at the Hamilton Senior Center, corner of North 4th street and Adirondack Avenue, in the large meeting room in the back.

Bitterroot Toastmasters members are part of your community, you probably know one! For information call Douglas at 406-381-3214 or Jeanine at 303-929-2430. To learn more about this international organization and local club, see


St. Mary’s Mission Season Opening

Join in the Opening Day Celebration of Historic St. Mary’s Mission on Tuesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. with Mass in the historic St. Mary’s Chapel, an event that only occurs twice a year, so don’t miss it! The Stevensville FFA Chapter will conduct a flag raising ceremony, followed by refreshments. Guided tours are available Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 777-5734. Visit St. Mary’s Mission and Museum at 315 Charlos Street in Stevensville and learn about the site “where Montana began.”

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