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.:. : .... ..~1._~ . :.;.:.., :-:.-.~-.. ,-.:... : I well to be drilled. Page 11A. MARCH 6, 2013 105th year, No. 19 Sidney, Montana www.sidneyheralLcom 75 CENTS SERVING RICHLAND COUNff AND THE SURROUNDING AREA FOR 105 YEARS Bulletin Board i Daylight savings DayIight savings time ends Sunday. Remember to set your clock forward one hour Saturday night. Concert The Northeastern Arts Network proudly presents Evening of Contem- porary Piano with Jason Farnham" on Thursday. The finale concert of the Big Sky Series takes place 7 p.m. at the Sidney Middle School auditorium. Tickets for this concert can be purchased at the door. Host families needed Sidney is hosting the Eastern A choir and in need of host families for students on Monday evening, provide a place to sleep, breakfast and a ride Tuesday to the Sidney Middle School. If available to host, please contact Robyn Heck at or call the Sidney High School, 433-2330. Dinner, auction The Boys & Girls Club of Richland County will have its annual dinner and auc- tion at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at the Richland County Fair Event Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, contact a board member four tickets or purchase at the club. The meal, catered ...... b the R fi-ger Lounge Will .... include chicken fried steak and roast beef. Square dancing A square dance class for beginners is 7 p.m. Wednes- days in room 126 of Sidney High School. Call 747-9994 or 742-5446 for more informa- tion. Happy birthdays The Sidney Herald wishes happy birthday this week to friends Emily Schaff, Teresa MeUing, Beth Ann Thomp- son, Julie Christen, Shay Witt, Ash McEuen, Isaiah Dunk, Tara Norman, Sonya Boykin, Jessica Fischer Erickson, Barry Zeller, Tanner Roth, Amy Karst, Desirae Opdahl, Courtney Olson, Michael Lowrey" Mary Sifuentes-France, Ash- ley Ryan, Brooke Leininger, Kayla Line, Christy Ham- bro, Staci Cayko-Skogas, Inez Robinson, Heidi Long, Heidi Wood, Peggy Stiles, Mike Janeway, Cole Stein- beisser, Mary Jane Anvik, Missy Stickel, Masyn Klose, Cynthia Dube, Shelly Thompson, Abbey Nesper, Bradley Flater, Betty Cher- rey, Dawn Corneliusen, Tamie Hahn, Alyson Cayko, Kayla Wiltfong, Tawni Legino, Jill Thom, Kari Cameron, Tracy Metrick, Trenton Kindopp, Kobie Hall, DeLacy Amundson, Whitney Satra and Anne Ran. Deaths Josh King, 35 John Walker, 59 Page 3A Inside Around Town ..... 2A Classifieds ....... 3-4B Deaths ............... 3A Dial an Experl..5B NIE .................... 6A Oil repod ........... 6B Opinion ............ 1 OA Sp0~ ..... 1-2, 6B Local sewing chapter hosts popular weekend how BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD On Saturday, the Sidney chapter of the American Sewing Guild plays host to one of the most popu- lar quilting shows in the country. It's called the Hoffman Challenge Collection, and it really takes quilting to a whole new level. ARTWORK "They have things there that are so perfect, they look like paintings, and it's all done with fabric," said Karen Klose, Fairview, a member of the sewing guild. She and Cartwright, N.D.'s Mavis Berry are plan- ning to attend the special occasion to look at pieces they call "unbelievable work." A collection of 40 quilts, 30 garments and accesso- ries will be showcased. It's a collection of work that, in all, takes months to create, and they come from all over the country. The entries are divided into separate shows with winners and specialty- award winners among the collections. There are first- through third-place finishes, along with awards for beading, embroidery, piecing and applique, among others. Only the best of the best Mavis Berry with one of the quilts she made for a Hoffman Challenge. together. We shop together. We talk about the project, and sharing with her is one of my big things," she said. Berry incorporates lots of embroidery into her pieces and spends at least a month on her projects, but many others spend a good share of the year planning then cl al- lenge is issued. See, it's a contest. Each year, the sponsor, Hoff- man California Fabrics, chooses a fabric that must be used in the entry; there are matching fabrics that can also be used. "I person- ally feel like you should use quite a bit of the challenge fabric and the coordinates," Berry said. Some challenges really are quite difficult, requiring lots of searching, then using only a little bit because it's so expensive. "I don't like it when I have to search to really find it," she said with a laugh. trunk shows held every year, and Sidney just hap- pens to be hosting one. The shows are so popular, 600 applications are submitted each year, but only half make it to the shows, and applicants never know which one of their work will be showcased. After some gentle persua- sion from her daughter Lana Sundheim three years ago, Berry has participated each year since, and each time has been entered into a trunk show, including this year, though hers won't be in Sidney. She's been sewing since she was 6, creating mostly garments for 20 years before she began quilting. Sundheim picked up on the hobby. She entered the Hoffman Chal- lenge and has participated for six years, also getting accepted each time. "It's something that we can do NOT YOUR MOTHER'S QUILT Quilting isn't what it used to be. It's not about using scraps of leftover material. Enthusiasts purchase all new, specialty fabrics. It's an all-ages hobby too, which was on full display during a recent trip to the Rocky LOUISA BARBER I SIDNEY HERALD LOUISA BARBER I SIDNEY HERALD A couple of Berry's quilts. The Hoffman Challenge is set for Saturday. Mountain Quilt Festival in a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Colorado. Extension building on N. Berry, Klose and Sund- Central Avenue. Admission heim attended the event is $5, which covers expenses which is much larger than to host the show. Sidney's will be. Klose To sewing enthusiasts, declared afterward, "I don't these quilt shows are think I ever closed my something to behold. "It's mouth." Stunning pieces actually art with fabric," described as artwork. Lots Berry said. Some look like of beadwork, crystals and paintings, some appear every kind of decoration three dimensional. incorporated into the piece. One thing's certain. Those ' nybody that likes to see who participate absolutely beautiful things should love fabric. "It's beautiful come to the show," Klose and it's gorgeous...maybe it said. is the artistic part because you want to create beautiful ATTEND THE SHOW things," Berry said. The trunk show is only one day" Saturday" from 10 repode sidneyherald.c0m Legislators, locals spar. on educahon BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD Disagreement over an education funding bill took center stage during a town hall meeting with state legis- lators Sen. Matt Rosendale, R-Glendive, and Rep. David Halvorson, R-Sidney, Friday. Although many area school officials support Senate Bill 175, sponsored by Sen. Llew Jones, R-Conrad, Rosendale voted against the bill last week. It passed the Senate, 32-17, but is expected to face a tougher road in the House. Rosendale said, during Friday's meeting sponsored by the Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agricul- ture, he doesn't believe in spending millions of dollars to help schools that have nice facilities and the highest paid teachers "just so we can get some table scraps." After asking Halvorson for his opinion on the bill, Sidney School Board trustee Dexter Thiel voiced his dis- agreement with Rosendale's thoughts. "It may be a small amount, but it's critical to our schools." Thiel noted ev- ery eastern Montana school district, except one, supports the bill. "We do speak for many." Halvorson responded that it's hard for him to have a view at this point. Because the bill went to the House, Halvorson said he doesn't have the expertise that Rosendale has about the mat- ter, and there's a lot to digest with the 47-page bill. "I've never seen a title this long. I will have the opportunity to become more familiar." Jacklyn Young, business manager for Fairview's schools, replied, "The bill is huge, the title is huge, OK, we got past that. If the bill is important to you, you will read it." Young noted schools were in a "blood bath" last session. This time around, schools have reunited with Jones' bill. She said eastern and western Montana schools moved into "compromise mode" and worked on a bill to benefit all. Later in the meeting, SEE ISSUES, PAGE ]2A BY BILL VANDER WEILE A youth advisory council SIDNEY HERALD was recently established. The plan is to have a book The new library direc- club and fundraisers to tor at the Sidney-Richland increase the amount of County Library is a familiar materials for high school face for those who visit the and junior high students. A library located at 121 Third "rock-a-thon" is scheduled Ave. N.W. for Saturday as students will Heather Cotter was select- get pledges and then rock ed to be the library's new in the library's chairs for director in mid-January, hours. Prior to that, she had been Cotter says the library's a library staff member for programs for students are seven and a half years, very popular. Storytime "I love everything about averages about 26 children. the library - what it offers As far as the after school and how it fits in the com- and pet programs, "kids are munity," Cotter said. lined up for them." She grew up in Glendive For adults, Tech Tuesdays and moved to Sidney in 1993. will start up soon. The goal "I'm an eastern Montana is to assist adults with elec- girl." She holds a two-year tronic challenges. associate's degree and a The library serves an bachelor's degree in office average of 150 people daily. management and public Winter hours are 10 a.m. to relations. 5 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Cotter says some of the Saturdays, and 11:30 a.m. to most popular programs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednes- the library are the reading- days and Thursdays. to-dog therapy program and "The biggest thing is to the Kids Zone for elemen- expand the building so we tary students, can expand services," Cotter BILL VANDER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD Heather Cotter is the new director of the Sidney-Richland County Library. said, "so we can give the Library staff members lin and high school growing community what it include Laura Anderson, Tresha Sanders. needs and deserves." Bridget Tighe, Natalie Con- student Looking Jar that perfect Gift? 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