Local mental health professionals see the community center as a space to promote whole-family and whole-community wellness. PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDSAY DEGROOT

A one-stop shop

Early conversations have started again about a community center in Ennis, Mont. Local mental health leaders and community members met on Monday to discuss benefits and hear concerns about having a focal point with resources for the whole family.

Other items of importance to Shaw included mental health, trade schools and teacher’s salaries. Here he sits at his seat in Jan. 2019. PHOTO COURTESY OF RAY SHAW

Across the aisle

Walking into the Montana House of Representatives Chamber, one steps through an aisle in the center and looks towards a Charlie Russell painting. Democrat representatives sit on the right, if you are facing the painting, and Republicans on the left.

Representative Ray Shaw described the aisle in between as Montana.

Giving spirit

While giving opportunities remained somewhat the same, the giving spirit increased this year in Madison County.

At the Town Pump in Ennis, Mont., approximately $6,140 was donated to the Madison Valley Caring and Sharing Food Bank from the beginning of October through Thanksgiving. Town Pump matches donations dollar for dollar.

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear,” Buddy the Elf. Harrison School's The Little Reindeer play was filmed on Dec. 17. Area schools adapted to Covid and found ways to celebrate. See more on the Community page, B1. PHOTO COURTESY OF KATHLEEN JORGENSON/HARRISON SCHOOL

Christmas in county schools

This holiday season, school districts in Madison County moved their Christmas concerts and plays from the stage to the screen. Ennis, Alder, Harrison and Sheridan School Districts all opted to film students’ performances and distribute them to parents online.

“It’s hard,” Lee described the work done during the pandemic. “It started to feel like Groundhog’s Day,” she said. “We talk about that a lot in the lab.” Left to right: Lana Moyer, bioterrorism program specialist; Jeanne Lee; Lorna McIntyre, clinical lab technologist; and Tammy Buckley, clinical lab specialist. PHOTO COURTESY OF DEBORAH GIBSON

‘Invisible heroes’

Writer's note: my mom, laboratory QA safety specialist at the state lab, used to walk my sister and I through the halls and different components of the lab when we were little. I thought Debbie was the coolest woman then, especially after I started hearing about all the ultras she ran, and still feel that way now.

CTC’s website states that youth in CTC communities were 25%-33% less likely to have health and behavior problems than youth from control communities. PHOTO COURTESY OF CTC

Communities That Care

In partnership with Southwest Montana Prevention, community members are working on implementing Communities That Care (CTC) in Madison County. The process began a year ago but was set back due to the pandemic.


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