The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and local public agencies are offering food safety tips to help Montanans stay healthy this holiday season.

The Salvation Army will once again be out this holiday season, starting on Christmas Stroll November 24.  Frank Burns has more on this fund raising tradition.

The First Presbyterian Church will once again host a Thanksgiving dinner. Curt Langendorff has the details.

Doug Day with the Advocates has these safe driving tips for your holiday trips.

A new Holiday tradition in central Montana is the Christmas Giveaway sponsored by the Celebration Community Fellowship church.

Bright Country Nights this year will be adding a feature on Sunday Night.  Jennifer Saunders has this information:

The Montana Lifespan Respite Coalition and the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), is encouraging Montanans this November to celebrate National Family Caregiver Month.

The theme this year is ‘Caregiving Around the Clock’.

The Central Montana Jaycees is holding a residential holiday light contest.  Lora Tucek with the central Montana Jaycees says it’s a new idea, and members and prospective members are invited to join in the fun.

 

This year’s Christmas stroll will have a science attraction.

Tim Painter with the Lewistown Boys and Girls Club has that unique angle to the celebration this Friday night.  

A reminder - there will be a busy weekend in Lewistown with the annual Christmas Stroll.  Jennifer Pfau and Chris Cooler says it’s a holiday /christmas spirit celebration for all ages.  

 

Tickets are available now for the 2017 Central Montana Christmas Cantata.

They can be found at Keystone Christian Supply, Lewistown News-Argus, Don’s Store and First Presbyterian Church.  They are free, but seating is limited.

 Friends of the Lewistown Library have a couple of holiday activities that should be on your list of things to do on Saturday Dec. 2.  According to Marie Anderson and Donna Phillips:

Lewistown, MT, November 16, 2017 – Today, on National Rural Health Day, CMMC announced it has been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Quality and Outcomes reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

The board of Fergus County Commissioners reviewed 2 ordinances, one dealing with fire restrictions, and the other concerning medical marijuana.

 

Lewistown has a couple of properties in need of special attention, one is located downtown, and the other is in north Lewistown.

City Manager Holly Phelps has requested the commissioners to form a sub-committee to help speed up a couple of concerns.

Central Montana Medical Center was recently awarded the Montana Rural Healthcare Performance Improvement Network’s Quality Improvement Award for its work on Healthcare Worker Immunization.

IN LEWISTOWN UNOFFICIAL  ELECTION RESULTS:  

As of 11/7/17, the CMMC Clinic Physicians and CMMC Hospital will be combining their efforts to assist our clients with billing questions.

HELENA, MT- Secretary of State Corey Stapleton approved the petition for signature gathering for Initiative 184 (I-184) on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The total number of verified signatures required in order for I-184 to be placed on the ballot is 25,468. The deadline for signature gatherers to turn in the signed petitions to county election offices is June 22, 2018.

The testing date window for the National Federation Test for all new registered officials in basketball is November 27 - December 18; for those needing to upgrade to Certified or Master the testing window will be November 27 – December 4.  The test must be taken online at the MOA Arbiter website, and detailed instructions can be obtained from the MOA Coordinator at the offices of the Montana High School Association.  Any individuals interested in becoming a basketball official may also register and pay their dues online at https://moa.arbitersports.com.

Missoula, MT (October 2, 2017) – Central Montana Medical Center was recently awarded the “Rock Stars of Health Bronze Award” during The Rock Stars of Health Summit held in Missoula, Montana.

“The award recognizes innovation in the implementation of employee health initiatives that unify expertise in wellness, employee health, safety, risk management, and employee benefits,” said Dan Keith, President of the Rock Stars of Health Summit.   

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship, the groups announced today.

The $1,000 scholarship is offered to 100 Montana students attending Montana Campus Compact member institutions who have demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community service by volunteering at least 100 hours during the last year.

The application form, guidelines, and FAQs can be found online at http://serve.mt.gov/youth-servemontana/.

The holiday season has started with a wealth of information to share.

State public health officials announced today that Montana has the highest percentage of indoor workers covered by smokefree workplace policies in the nation.

Montana is followed by Washington, Oregon and Minnesota.