Bazaar is Nov. 1 and 2

The Heritage Museum’s Holiday Bazaar will be held on Friday, Nov. 1 from 4 unitl 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This well-known event gives you an early start on Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping for handcrafted items and homemade edibles.

The museum will be alive with music and chatter as shoppers search for those perfect gifts. There will be pottery, soaps, lotions, needlecrafts, woodcrafts, jewelry, photographs, note cards, calendars, Christmas decor, jellies, baked goods, leather crafts, and more. In addition to the handcrafted items, the Museum’s table will be filled with items and gift certificates that have been generously donated for this fundraiser by local merchants and friends of the museum. 100% of the money earned at this table goes directly to the museum.

The Kootenai Valley Quilt Guild will have a beautiful display of their quilts in the Tower Gallery. Don’t miss this kaleidoscope of color.

In the cookhouse located at the end of the parking lot, we’ll be serving homemade beef stew and potato soup on Friday night. Come straight from work and have dinner before you shop. Saturday we’ll be serving juicy burgers and hotdogs. Save room for dessert. There will be a selection of homemade pies and other treats on both Friday and Saturday.

There will be a silent auction for a three-night stay at the Pend Oreille Shores Resort in Hope, Idaho. You could enjoy this weekend getaway in a one bedroom condo with a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, and many other amenities. Also on site is an athletic club with an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a sauna, steam room, tanning bed, weight room, and racquetball courts. Bidding begins Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. and closes Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. Full details will be available at the Holiday Bazaar and on Facebook. During The Heritage Museum’s Winter Expo, Nov. 8 and 9, an identical three-night stay will be offered. Bidding will take place only on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/LibbyHeritageMuseum for details and bidding. The Winter Expo, a similar event but one which includes direct sales vendors, will take place the following weekend.

The Holiday Bazaar is a major fundraiser for the Museum. The proceeds will cover the yearly insurance premium and winter heating bills. A portion of the profit will come from the raffle. First prize is $200 cash donated by Edward Jones Investments; second prize is a $100 gift certificate to the Black Board Bistro donated by the Black Board Bistro. There will be baskets filled with wares donated by participating crafters which will be given away as third prizes. Tickets are 12 for $10, six for $5 or $1 each. The drawing will take place during the Holiday Bazaar at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. You need not be present to win.

Submitted by the Heritage Museum


Montana vape ban put on hold

On Tuesday, Oct. 8 Montana’s Governor, Steve Bullock, ordained a 120-day ban on the sale of flavored vaping products regardless of whether they contain nicotine and THC. The emergency rules would have taken full effect on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

On Friday, Oct. 18, Ravalli County District Judge, Jennifer Lint temporarily stopped the 120-day ban on the sale of flavored vaping products. Lint signed a temporary restraining order that barred Gov. Steve Bullock and the Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) from implementing the emergency rule on flavored vaping products.

Lint acted in response to a lawsuit that was filed on Thursday, Oct. 17 by Montana Smoke Free Association, Freedom Vapes, Liberty Smoke and uBlaze Vapor. Gov. Steve Bullock and health officials say e-cigarettes are a growing epidemic that cause harm to Montana teens. As defendants, the lawsuit filers believe the outbreak in Vaping Related Illnesses (VAPI) are caused by black market products.

Lint has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 30 to consider arguments about the future of the temporary ban.

By McKenzie Williams, The Montanian


Spaghetti feed

fundraiser for Fisher River Valley Fire/Rescue Ambulance Service

A fundraiser will be hosted at Happy’s Inn on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at 5 p.m. to raise funds for the purchase of a refurbished cardiac monitor by Fisher River Valley Fire/Rescue for its second ambulance.

A spaghetti dinner will be served including desserts contributed by members of Fisher River for $10 per adult and $5 per child.

Fisher River’s volunteer ambulance service covers south Lincoln County from mile marker 52 on Highway 2 to the Flathead County line and surrounding areas. A 12-lead refurbished cardiac monitor was recently purchased by Fisher River to replace its 3-lead cardiac monitor, and members would like to purchase a second refurbished 12-lead monitor for its backup ambulance.

For more information, contact EMS Captain, Barb Benson at 293-7862.

Submitted by Barbra Benson


FVCC Lincoln County



applying for

financial aid

Flathead Valley Community College’s Lincoln County Campus will host a free workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to help college-bound students and their families complete the necessary forms to apply for federal financial aid, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). One-on-one assistance will be available from 3 until 6 p.m. at 225 Commerce Way in Libby. Appointments are not necessary.

In order to complete the FAFSA, students and their families who attend the workshop will need to provide the following information: Federal Student Aid identification, which can be obtained at fsaid.ed.gov (students and at least one parent will need identification if the student is under the age of 24), Social Security Numbers (for students and parents), 2018 federal income tax returns, W-2 forms, tribal income or other aid information such as TANF, child support or other benefits, Additional asset information including money market funds, stocks and other investments.

The priority FAFSA filing date for most Montana schools is Dec. 1. Students attending out-of-state schools should contact the school directly for priority dates.

For more information about the workshop, call (406) 293-2721.

Submitted by FVCC






Kitchen is cookin’ again

On Sept. 25, 2003, Christ Lutheran Church began an outreach to the community by beginning Christ’s Kitchen – a monthly free meal open to the public. The meals were scheduled for the last week of the month when people might be experiencing more month than money.

Over the years, other churches became part of the ministry. The Seventh Day Adventist congregation participated for a while.  St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish was also a partner.  As numbers of volunteers varied, the meals served at Christ Lutheran went from two nights a week to just one. In 2018, health issues brought the meals to an end.

After taking over a year’s break to deal with life issues, the Christ’s Kitchen crews are ready to begin again serving those in our community who need a little help. Even if finances are NOT an issue, all are welcome to come and have a warm meal with your Libby neighbors.

Deliveries will not be offered at this point. The plan is to go back to providing a meal the last Wednesday of the month, but, for this fall, meals will be served from 5 until 6 p.m. on Oct. 30, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

Christ Lutheran Church is located at 200 West Larch.

Submitted by Susie Rice