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WEDNESDAY DEC. 21,2011 103rd year, No. 102 Sidney, Montana www.sidneyherald.0m 75 CENTS Get v0ur best last-minute buys. Pages 1-3B. SERVING RICHLAND COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING AREA FOR OVER 100 YEARS Bulletin Board II IIIIII IIIIIIIIIIIII Christmas dinners Fairview Alliance Church, located at 702 Western Ave. (across from the Fairview High School), will serve a free turkey supper Christmas Eve from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Call 742-5425 for more informa- tion. Sidney Knights of Colum- bus #3002 annual community Christmas Day dinner is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Matthew's multipurpose room, 317 Seventh St. S.E. A free-will offering will be tak- en, and turkey and ham with all the trimmings will be served. Everyone is invited, and volunteers are welcome. Will deliver -just call 433- 2510. Cookbooks for sale Rau School cookbooks are on sale for $12. To reserve a cookbook, email or call 482-1088. They will arrive just in time for Christmas. Herald closed The Sidney Herald's office will be closed on Friday. Deadline for Sunday!s paper is 2 p.m. Wednesday. Appreciation dinner VFW Post #4099 and the Ladies Auxiliary will be hon- oring local National Guard at an appreciation dinner at 5 p.m. Jan. 7 at the VFW hall in Sidney. Service men and , women.and their spouses are welcome. Lutefisk dinner The annual Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner at First Lutheran Church, Savage, is from 12:30-5 p.m. Jan. 8. Cost is $13 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Con- gregational matching funds are being applied for through Thrivent Financial. Happy birthdays The Sidney Herald wishes happy birthday this week to friends Jake Zumbuhl, Beau Patridge, Malisa Christ- mann, Laurie Brown, Bar- bara Breitling, Seena Hinna- land, Melissa Rosaaen, Moni- ca Bronowski, Mary Olson Vine, Sherri Churchill, Volkan Cimen, Ray Trumpower, Somer Reidle, Andrea Reynolds Jorgensen, Edie Stubbs, Holly O'Toole, Jerry Hughes, Vivian Blon- do, Crysta Parkinson, Dana Drake, Lisa Rice, Ben Brod- head, Valerie Baldwin, Ryan Larkin, Scooter Gould, Car- rie Oyloe-Edwards, Cathy Amundson, Collette Olson, George Carpenter, David Heine, Leah Nerison, Evan Krause, Melissa Bieber Ellet- son, Kathy Dey Johnson, Nirab Sainju and Pam Hoover. Deaths Max Herbert, 79 Charlotte Eleanor (Hurley) Welty, 76 Page 3A Inside Around Town :..2A Classifieds ... 7-9B Deaths ........ 3A Dial on Expert..6B Oil report ...... 4B Opinion ...... IOA Rich Land Living .5B Sports ....... lOB , IIII!!!!W !l!!!l!l 9 if ii 00lili STEVE HAMEL I SIDNEY HERALD Christmas tunes Sidney kindergarteners perform their Christmas concert, "Thql Uttlest Christmas Tree," at Central School gym Friday. The trees, from left, are played by Reilley Whitaker, McKenzie Bringolf and Jaylyn Amen. Oldi Foundation for but goodies Communily Care needs antiques for upcoming auction BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD The Foundation for Community Care, together with Good Cents store, is try- ing something a bit different to raise money for phase two of the Sidney Health Center Cancer Center. In April 2012, the two will hold the Cancer Auction Regional Event: Brav- ing Cancer with Hope and Antiques, and they're looking for some help dur- ing these next four months from the public. The foundation wants antiques and collectibles, which the public is will- ing to donate for the auction. "It allows people to donate to an ex- tremely worthy cause in a way that might not be able to donate normally," foundation executive director Staci Miller said. "It gives the opportunity for people to support the cancer center, not just monetary-wise but by donating their antiques and collectibles." Good Cents has already been collect- ing items for the auction. Among them: a water color painting by well-known artist Andrew Gunderson; diverse vin- tage clothing; a doll house with furni- ture; and items by Lenox, McCoy, Hall LOUISA BARBER I SIDNEY HERALD A few of the items up for auction in April. and carnival glass. Organizers are look- ing for items such as vehicles, furniture and eye-catching pieces not usually found, but all types of donations are welcome. The monetary goal of the fundraiser is dependent upon what is donated. An auction committee has been work- ing on the event for three months. "By joining forces we're able to put together a brand new event that is wonderful for our local community but also reaches into the entire region. It also shows the generosity of our community," Miller said. Good Cents manager Carla Houchen said the event is a good way to spread the word about what the cancer center does for the residents of the region. To- moTherapy is the only one of its kind in Montana; the nearest facilities offering the advanced radiation treatment are found in Rapid City, S.D., and Grand Forks, N.D. To date, 60 patients have been referred for radiation therapy treatment since it opened a year ago. In addition, medical oncology (chemotherapy) treats on average more than 50 patients a month. "The impact that the cancer center is making on the community, so that people don't have to travel is ultimately the goal. It is keep- ing the best care closer to home," Miller said. To donate items or for more informa- tion, contact the Foundation for Com- munity Care at 488-2273. Anything do- nated by Dec. 31 is eligible for tax bene- fits. "I think this is something we can build on," Houchen said. Citizens express health-related concerns for newcomers BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD A county-wide meeting three weeks ago drew 54 peo- ple: city and county repre- sentatives, the ministerial association, emergency rep- resentatives, local compa- nies and a couple of regular citizens. They attended the commu- nity response meeting to identify health and safety is- sues related to those living in temporary housing in Richland County, and to work collectively to identify and implement a response to those issues. Results from the survey were emailed to everyone in attendance and identified some of the following issues: Cold temperatures; lack of showers/running water; laundry facilities Lack of a way to commu- nicate with residents regard- ing emergencies Waste disposal and garbage pick up Living conditions: carbon monoxide poisoning, mold, proper winterization, fire danger (heaters used inside and underneath skirting and close proximity of units at trailer parks) School issues: proper winter clothing; lack of study space; Boys & Girls Club of Richland County needs permanent home Health care issues: diffi- culty finding providers; tracking down immuniza- tion records from other states; prescription services The group then came up with solutions. For example, for RV safety and winteriza- tion, the group decided it would be best to acquire in- formation from surrounding communities in North Dako- ta on safety and regulations; acquire a compliance officer; work with local businesses to ensure carbon monoxide detectors are in supply. For basic human needs: provide winter emergency kits with oil companies sponsoring the kits to have their names printed on them and distribution at Cenex (where propane is sold) and Salvation Army. For commu- nity engagement, the group : suggested holding open gym: for/at the schools, hold a .. welcome event, create a wel-: come packet and investigate : venues for students' study spaces: schools, churches, li- brary. SURVEYS At last week's Richland County Steering Committee meeting, representatives from various facets of the community form the com- SEE SURVEYS I PAGE 1 IA Minnesota family makes changes in eastern Montana BY LOUISA BARBER SIDNEY HERALD Mary Jo Pearson, her hus- band, Doug, and son, Christo- pher, love it here in Sidney. Friends told them Doug could find a higher-paying job out here and encouraged them to pack up and head out. They'd visited here before, of course, and "fell in love" with the city. "It's a perfect fit for us," Mary Jo said. So they put the house up for sale in Minnesota and arrived in Oc- tober. It wasn't something they were forced to do. They weren't in danger of losing any belongings. They, like many others, just came for an opportunity. Doug, a truck driver in the Minneapolis area, and Mary Jo, who was self-employed with a residential and com- mercial cleaning business, left their jobs. "I came out here with three interviews," Doug said. "I ended up hav- ing close to 10 interviews in two days, and I'd say at least half of them offered me a job while I was here." He started Oct. 31 with Swe- ley Oil. And as for Mary,,o, LOLIISA BARBER I SIDNEY HERALD Mary Jo and Doug Pearson, along with their son, Christopher, have made Sidney their new home. well, she's opened a business in downtown Sidney with friend Patty Keithley: Patty's Custom Cakes/Auntie Jo's Baked Goods. The joint venture has been "slammed" since they opened two weeks ago. "We've had a lot of orders, which is good," she said. "Our business ever since we opened...we have been very steady." Mary Jo's business is dif- ferent than others, offering gluten-alternate baked goods. She and her son are gluten-in- SEE BUSINESS [ PAGE 11A .... RANCE AGENCY, ';"; 406-433-141i '  S00e INSU 14 2nd Avenue S.E., ...... , :' ----  ............................................................ L, .............................................................. =:- }" :- -:=: