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copy 1 e "-rant at Sidney Brunsvold comes across a giant flounder Middle School Saturday night. PHOTO BY BILL VANDER WEELE during the youth theatre new coa VANDER WEELE Sullivan. former Sidney High School boys , is pleased to be back in the posi- he believes he is a different person then when he led the Eagles from 1985-1998. g as the high school's assis- for four years was a learning experi- many ways. become successful." The majority of Sidney's letterwinners are returning next school year, including Sullivan's junior son, Jace. "Everybody thinks I'm doing this simply because Jace is playing," the coach said. He says that's part of the reason why he's inter- ested in the program but stresses for 13 years he took many students "all over the place" to improve .had to respond to names called me by ir basketball skills. kids in my office without letting guess I want my Own kid, as as his team- excited," Sullivan said. mates, to have that same opportunity," Sullivan his time coaching in Sidney, Sullivan led to three state tournaments including a finish. Critics, however, complained temper during games. players aren't pros, and they aren't perfect. you can get to the point where you can 'from mental mistakes," Sullivan said of approach. "But you have to be wise to expect perfection and be able to t mistakes." his professional duties, including his as Sidney Middle School's new principal, him control his temper on the bench. to be wise enough to realize I'm not only coach, but students will look at me at as the middle school principal," Sullivan have to set an example that the community of." thing that will never change, however, is competitive spirit. one thing I think I can take to the boys "Sullivan said. he's expected to bring is defen- He describes Sidney's boys as [ strong offensive potential, but he was dis- with their defensive play at times last can be a lot more efficient on the end," he said. "That's always been a that I've had. I'm pretty sure I can give the kids. As a result, I think I can help these competitive. I hope I 0an help them said. BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Members of the Sidney hnage Enhancement Task Force were encouraged after reviewing a sur- vey conducted of local business owners. The survey shows a solid majority is in favor of a downtown renewal project. The survey included property owners one block east of Main Street, one block west of Main Street, one block north of Cen- tral Avenue and two blocks south of Central Avenue. They were able to receive responses back from 90 percent of the property owners. "1 think the results are pretty credible," said Mike Conlola, task force chairman. The subject polled featured how willing the property owners were to pay for the improve- ments. There were 11 "yes" votes compared to five "no" votes. In addition, five said "yes" if the costs were in line. The project, using the guide from the MSU- Bozeman design students, is estimated to cost about $500,000. The costs for property owners would, however, decrease if there is federal assis- tance or grants available. "Most people are very much in favor of moving the project forward if there are multiple-funding sources," Conlon said. He added task force members were surprised of the support showed during the survey. "It was a little stronger than we thought.it would be," Conlon said. "The majority of our downtown owners gave a clear message that they will support this project." He thanks the county assessor's office for its help with the survey. He also appreciates the individuals who completed the survey. "I feel good about visiting 90 percent of the own- ers. I think it's a clear message that it's worth for our volunteer group to go ahead," Conlon said. "People are paying attention, and they want to make our downtown into a nicer place." "I feel good about visiting 90 percent of the owners. I think it's a clear message that it's worth for our volunteer group to go ahead. People are paying attention and they want to make our downtown into a nicer place." - Mike Conlon awm:y~-: :: ....... The next step is to determine the Montana High- way Department's plans for building a three-lane street on Central Avenue. There's a possibility when that happens, federal funding will be used for new sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Conlon said that will be about 50 percent of the project. If the highway department work doesn't start until a possible scheduled date of 2007, the task force will decide what to do until that time. "We need to look at the highway department study and try to get some information from them as See Survey, page 12,6, Editor's note: The following features the platforms of two Miss Northeastern Montana Pageant scholarship contest- ants. The lflatforms of the other two ' |iiland County contestants, of the six total par- ticipants, was featured in Sun- day's Herald. "I want to do my best to represent the community. I hope any BY ELLEN ROBINSON Herald-Leader doubters out there will say 'let's see Miss Northeastern Montana what happens here.' More impor- Pageant contestants Camille tantly, I hope they continue to sup- Lebsock, Fairview, and Tammi port the kids." Eldridge, Fairview, have chosen Camille Lebeock Tammi Eldrldge platforms that are relevant to - Rollie Sullivan their lives, pageant, I want to continue pro- ership in the New Millennium." .......... Interviews with the contest- meting abstinence and having a chose leadership because it Sullivan, who will have Danny Strasheim as one ants count for 40 percent of the positive self-image," Lebsock is something I have been a part of his assistant coaches, says off-season work is score. The pageant will be 7 said. of my whole life. I didn't want important especially for player development, p.m. Saturday at the Sidney Lebsock helped bring PSI,. to make up something just to "The guy who runs this program needs to show Middle School. Postponing Sexual Involve- sound good for the judges; I the type of commitment that you want the to Lebsock's platform is "Pro- ment, to Fairview and has been wanted to be my true self. Any- have," Sullivan said. He,feels passion for the sport meting Sexual Abstinence and involved in Teen Extreme. Leb- body can be a leader. I recom- starts at the top and runs to the players. "Kids Positive Self-Image." sock has volunteered at themend for people who want to should be able to say 'he's really interested in us "The common view for highRichland County Health Depart- change to learn from someone getting better.'" ,school kids is that everyone is ment. who you admire and gradually As far as having enough time to coach and be doing it, and they are embar- "Having a positive self-image follow in the footsteps of that middle school principal, Sullivan plans to come in rassed to make a stand for sexu- links into the issue. I believe person," Eldridge said. early and work at nights if necessary. "I don't look al abstinence. I'm not afraid to that it is also a self-respect issue. Eldridge has been the presi- for that to be any problem." make a stand, and I hope that my You have to respect yourself dent of the FCCLA, vice presi- His main mission for the program is for the boys example can help someone else first before anyone else will. dent of student council, secre- te believe in themselves, who may feel the same way. It Lots of girls try to replace their of National Honor Society "I believe you go into every game believing you starts with the parents' views. I missing positive self-image with and organized three food drives can win," Sullivan said. "I hope they plan to be chose this topic because it is an sex trying to feel better about in Fairview. She also was a successful every time they go out on the floor." issue I have studied and know a themselves," Lcbsock said. counselor at Camp Mend-a- See Sullivan, page 12A lot about. Even if I don't win the ' Eldridge's platform is "Lead- See Pageant, page 12A miner BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader The Svarre swimming pool will be a hectic place again this sum- mer, and the local fife-guarding crew will be trusted by the com- munity to keep the situation safe. Candy Markwald, supervisor of the pool, said there are 22 pool employees this year. The number is higher than normal because some younger workers are trying to learn the ropes from experienced lifeguards. Lifeguards need to be at least 15 years of age and must attend Red Cross lifeguard training. Water safety instructors, meanwhile, must be at least 17 and have completed water skills training. Lifeguard instructors must also be at least 17. Local lifeguards must swim at least two miles a week, practice CPR and practice backboarding. Their duties include general safety and well-being of the pub- lic, conduct on the deck and keeping the facility clean. In addition, lifeguards conduct swimming lessons on several different levels. Those lessons began this week. PHOTO BY BILL VANOER WEELE This year's lifeguards Include, front from left, Tyler Thomas and Nicoie DeVrlea; back, Caycea Anvik, Sere,-m Kringen, Brady Paladichuk, Keegan Witt, Randy Nenkivel, Anthony Maltese, Erin Biebl, Kyle Biebl, Ashley Sullivan, Ariel Gilbert- son, Jeff Beiswanger, Courtney Olaon, David Stennes, Eric Schulz and Brittney Bingen.