Chamber has a fine meeting at the Keg

TOP EMPLOYER  —  Members of the Conrad High School Business Professionals of America present John McFarland with a special certificate for being selected as BPA Employer of the Year. Presenting the award is Konnor Bjelland, left, along with other BPA student members, Josh Ashworth and Kaylea Killion. The presentation took place at the Keg during a Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting on Wednesday. There are over 30 employers who hire high school students throughout the year. The top three finalists were the Orpheum Theatre-George Tornga, Jeff Sutherland-Main Drive In and McFarland of the Conrad Building Center.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler




By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Wednesday the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce met at the Keg Family Restaurant.

It was the first time the Keg hosted the CofC and some 30 folks descended into the front area of the restaurant.

The pros at the eatery, with some help of BPA students from the high school got the meals out and empty plates picked up with no intrusion or interruption to the meeting.

Before Representative Rob Cook, HD-27, the featured speaker, took the floor; there were business reports and a special recognition to take place.

Gerald Miller reminded everyone that The Conrad Lions Club Whoop-Up Trail Days Celebration will take place starting on June 1 and of course there will be two days of rodeo. The theme this year is Gold Rush and all the businesses and organization are encouraged to participate.

This year the Children’s Parade will start at 10 a.m. and the Big Parade will take place at 11 a.m.

On Saturday, everyone is encouraged to wear Blue if they sit on the hill for Frontline CASA. On Sunday, rodeo goers are asked to wear Pink for the Community Cancer Foundation.

On May 20 at 5 p.m. the Montana Chamber of Commerce Spring Tour will be at the Moose Lodge. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Be sure to mark your calendar. Also in June, the 27th to be exact, the CofC will be hosting the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus.

Also on June 27, it will be a Day in Conrad with Crazy Days.

Other dates to remember are June 12, July 10 and August 14 which mark the second annual Summer Market Festival which takes place at the Swimming Pool Park.

In a report from UMS Principal Tara Thielman, she said that Grade K enrollment would be up next year. She also noted that the auditorium at the high school was filled to capacity for the Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher and her presentation.

Conrad Mayor Wendy Judisch reported that crews are getting the ball fields “whipped into shape”, alley clean-up will be on May 13 and bids for an Industrial Park water line will be let soon.

County Commissioner Janice Hoppes is looking for “young entrepreneurs”, contact her for more information and the county is working on a bridge replacement.

John McFarland reported for the Port Authority and said a “rail specialist” has been to Conrad to see about expanding the rail service.

Helen Elliott from the Pondera Arts Council said that Ken Overcast would be putting on a Whoop-Up concert on June 1st at 7 p.m. in the Orpheum Theatre/Wiegand Auditorium.

On July 22, there will be a concert featuring 32 singers from the Costa Rica Choir. Elliott said that homes will be needed for the choir members. Contact her at 271-3543 for more information.

Members of the BPA were also on hand to make a presentation to McFarland owner of the Conrad Building Center.

Twenty-nine businesses in Conrad hire 66 high school students. As part of their job, they nominate a business/owner as the BPA Employer of the Year.

The top three were CBC/McFarland nominated by Daryl Engelby; The Main Drive In-Jeff and Connie Sutherland nominated by Debbie Jarchow; and the Orpheum Theatre-George Tornga, nominated by Dan O’Brien.
McFarland received the award as BPA Employer of the Year which was presented by Konnor Bjelland, Kaylea Killion and Josh Ashworth.

The Conrad business’ and employers are: A&W-Zach Garcia; Big sky Equipment-Gary Brown; Colombia Grain-Scott Johnson; Closet Consignment-Pam Marsh; CBC-McFarland; Conrad City Pool-Mayor Wendy Judisch; Conrad Veterinary Hospital-Dick and MaryJane Kinyon; Creative Addictions-Kit Finlayson; East Slope Kennel-Tony and Agnes Fowler; Frontline Ag-Ken Wheeler; Gary & Leo’s IGA-Jamey Byrnes; Home Café-Scott and Pam Arvidson; Horizon Lodge-Troy Shirley; Joe’s Family Steak House-Joe Campbell; The Keg-Cindy Stokes; Kronebusch Electric-Ted Kronebusch; Main Drive In-Jeff and Connie Sutherland; Mane Barber Shop-Dana Baldwin; Mountain View Coop-Jeremy Kulpas; Orpheum Theatre-G. Tornga; PJ Farms-John Diekhans and Pamela Johnson; Pondera Medical Center-Tiffany Nitz; Subway-Nadine Matheson; Super 8-Katie Missik, Superior Machine and Welding-Ron Ries; Town Pump-Darlene Matheson; Tri-Cementers-Ray Stoetzel; and UFI-Gene Underdahl.

Editor’s note: Representative Rob Cook HD-27 gave a legislative update on grants and awards. That information, the same as presented at the CofC meeting appeared on Page-2 of the May 2 edition of the I-O. Also, if your group or organization is planning an event for Whoop-Up, please get the information to Buck Traxler, I-O Editor before May 22 so we can do an all inclusive story before Whoop-Up.