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Wrestlers earn championship at Eagle Invitational. Page lB. SERVING RICHLAND COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA Boord concert High School • Middle School pre- Christmas at 7 p.m. Mon- service remembrance scheduled for Dec. a year bazaar Church of the will hold its annu- Saturday from 10 meeting 'Farmer Orga- have its on Dec. 16 at I for seniors 19 I a.m. at the rear en- f the Human Ser- • There will be on Dec. 16, 'an- program program Sunday include a For tal- Bidegaray" Dance will follow going for new one of raembers in the the Fox Lake ! Prances Prevost, The Her- Alicia Mad- sen has been hired as a part-time employee for the Richiand County Retired and also taken and fall preven- native L office dl, TS Nodly, 59 Page 3A Inside ...... 6A NIE .......... 7A Ol nion ....... 8A Slxxts ....... 1-3B BY BILL VANOER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD The Richland County Hous- ing Authority will receive a $108,126 grant from Housing and Urban Development. Paul Groshart, director for the Richland County Hous- ing Authority, says the three- year grant will be used to hire or contract an individu- al with social services back- ground to help residents at Crestwood Inn. Groshart said the position is important to add at the 72- unit facility. long as the elderly can stay in their apartments, it means they won't have to en- ter the nursing home," Groshart said. Groshart believes Sidney is the only city that received a grant from Housing and Ur- ban Development this year. After the three-year grant term, Groshart hopes the in- dividual can be put on the fa- cility's regular budget. There was a total of $30.9 million in service coordina- tor grants to provide more than 23,000 low-income elder- ly and residents with disabil- ities in federally supported housing with assistance to identify and receive health care and other critical sup- port services. "HUD is helping older Americans and those with disabilities get the housing they need, and these grants will help provide the services that will enable them to re- main in their homes, con- nected to their communities and friends," said HUD Sec- retary Mel Martinez. HUD notes that as the U.S. population ages and the num- ber of older Americans grows, there will be an increased need for programs to help the elderly continue living inde- pemdently in their homes. BILL VANDER WEELE J SIDNEY HERALD A three-year grant will allow Crestwood Inn to have a social ser- vices coordinator. "The grants are directed to owners of private housing developments that receive money from HUD to house low-income individuals. The owners or their management Sidney student earns leadership status in school's music department BY BILL VANDER WEELE SIDNEY HERALD When Sidney High School senior Jesse Nesper heads to his third-period class, he goes into a different mold. During this class period, Nesper becomes part instruc- tor as director for students. Tl e son'bT Jeff and Lynda Nesper explains his ad- vanced music class involves 'It's a challenge to be comfortable with it.'+ Jesse Nesper , -: kJSk student studiesin °°nducting" Sidney High School music instructor Dohn Ratliff said Nesp0r is the first student that has directed a regular band for him. "It's a challenge to be com- fortable with it," Nesper said. He directed one song dur- ing the fall concert and will direct another at the Christ- mas concert• During his high school ca- reer, Nesper has earned high ratings at the state music fes- tival for jazz band, combos and ensembles. "My first year, we made the Montana jazz ensemble," Nesper, who is also involved in choir, said. "That was probably the greatest musi- cal experience that I've had." Nesper says he's comfort- able playing the trombone and Sidney High School senior Jesse drums. "I dabble on a little of everything." His toughest challenge is trying to play the French horn and woodwinds. He realized music was go- ing to be a big part of his life when he was a seventlv-grade student under the instruc- tion of Don Gratz. "He kind of inspired me," Nesper said. School activities besides music for Nesper include student council, American Politics Club and football. "Jesse Nesper is one of the students who make Sidney High School a great place," said Sidney High School As- sistant Principal Brent Leibach. "What he does for Nesper directs during class Monday. not only the music depart- ment but for the entire school is outstanding." Outside the school build- ing, Nesper is active with small jazz combo, "volun- teering for everything" and Demolay. He also serves as a DJ at some local youth dances. ˘'My morn asked me to do it as a fundraiser for gymnas- tics," Nesper said. "It got me started, and I'm the cheapest around." Another involvement is baseball, where Nesper is the starting catcher for the Rich- land County Patriots. "I'm just ready for baseball BILL V~O[:R WEffE SI~E'˘ ffEP, k[D to start," Nesper said. After his playing days, Nes- per plans to perllaps coach or umpire baseball games. But his profession will come in the music field. "He's going to be very good whatever he does in life," Ratliff said. Nesper plans to major in music education at the Univer- sity of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. His minor will either be multi- media or in audio technolog "I like the instrumental side of music a lot. but it's fUn doing vocalstuff, too," Nesper said. editor@sidneyhemld.c BY BILL VAlll~dl SIDNEY HERALD Silver Bells was a success in Fairview Saturday, said Fairview Chamber Execu- tive Director Ray Trumpower. "We thought that maybe it was going to be down a bit because of the icy roads, but we had about the nor- mal rate of shoppers," Trumpewer said. This year's ornament, featuring the Fairview Bridge, was even a bigger hit than normal. soon as it came out in the paper, my phone was ringing," Trumpower said of ornament orders. "Orna- ments were sold out early Saturday morning." Individuals, however, may still order ornaments by calling Deb Crossland, 742-5524. SEE BELLS I PAGE l Ok ] SIDNEY o.d Josh Hurley en'loy popcorn and a movie during Silver in Saturday. companies then either hire or contract service coordina- tors with backgrounds in providing social services, es- pecially to the frail elderly and people with disabilities, to assist their residents with special needs," said Regional Director John Carson. HUD is the nation's hous- ing agency committed to in- creasing home ownership, particularly among minori- ties, creating affordable hous- ing opportunities for low-in- come Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The depart- ment also promotes econom- ic and community develop- ment as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at editor@sidneyherold,com BY BILL VANDER W1EELE SIDNEY HERALD With threats of consolida- tion in the state, Montana's School Renewal Commission announced a proposal last week. The idea would give area residents the option of hav- ing more local taxes to sup- port the school or have the town lose its small school. "I don't know if it's a solu- tion, but it's a possibility," said Savage School Superin- tendent of Schools John Mc- Neil, a member of the 28- member renewal group. During the last legislative session, there were bills to force consolidation. One bill would require just 56 county school districts. "It's a possibility," McNeil said of forced consolidation• "It's a threat always." The commission's proposal would give communities the authority to tax themselves in order to help fund local schools. "It will give people in the towns a choice instead of having the decision dictated by legislators." McNeil said. Declining enrollments is a major concern, especially in northeastern Montana. "En- rollments are really small in those K-12s," McNeil said. Ofie of the other things commission members have been working on is reviewing laws. McNeil said one law un- der review is a K-12 district can't close a high school and not its elementary school. The 2003 Legislature passed HB 736 establishing a com- mission to propose changes and new provisions regard- ing K-12 public education in Montana, including but not limited to: the revenue avail- able for public education; the structure of school district governance; the methods of fUnding public education; the role of the state government in public education; and the role of the federal govern- ment in public education. The renewal commission will submit a final report of its findings and recommenda. tions to the education and lo- cal government interim com- mittee by Sept. 15, 2004. "We'rejust at the tip of ex- ploring a lot of ideas right now," McNeil said. edilW announces... Beginning Mon., Dec. 15 through Tues., 23 t +