Conrad Chamber coming to the end of fun packed summer

WINE BOTTLE FUN  —  Ladies Night Out at Creative Addictions was the place to be on Aug. 8 if you wanted to decorate and make a one of a kind wine bottle wind chime.  The next Ladies Night Out will be held on Sept. 5. Be sure and reserve your space to make etched glass candle holders.  I-O Photo by Pat Lee




By Melissa Huber, I-O Reporter

The Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce is on the tail end of a fun filled summer with success stories across the board including Crazy Days, the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus, and National Night Out, to name a few.

Fun things to still keep an eye out for are a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for H-5 Auto Clean on Aug. 16 at noon. H-5 is an automotive detailing service located on 119 So. Dakota street.

A Listening Party will be held on Aug. 22 at City Hall. This nation-wide conference call is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Pondera Regional Port Authority, and the City of Conrad and will feature an inspirational conversation lead by Ed McMahon that is designed to create a vision for the community.

As an added bonus, those communities that do something after being inspired by what they learned have a chance to be one of the four winners to receive $500 that will go towards making their vision a reality.

Down at the Conrad Public Library the remodel is in full swing. New cabinets have arrived and are already stuffed full with craft materials and all kinds of fun things. New carpet is being installed and the library staff is looking forward to decorating the newly remodeled space for the upcoming Story Hour.

Bonnie Berthelson made sure to mention the arrival of a great many new books. Those looking for new arrivals are encouraged to sign the waiting lists down at the library.

Meadowlark School has been spruced up a little this summer. The school received a new roof, as well as a few security cameras.

Town members are advised that the millings on 4th Ave. in front of the Orpheum Theatre and Olsen’s Drug will remain until a new road can be laid at a future date. On the brightside, there will be no potholes!

The new Sonographer/Ultrasound Technician for the Pondera Medical Center, Truong-Son Tran from Spokane, was introduced, and it was noted that the hospital is actively recruiting for qualified applicants to replace Dr. Barran who has left PMC.

Front Range CASA had an increase of kids recently, with their peak at 70 children. Executive Director Kiersta Sullivan said volunteers went over and above to meet the demands of the influx and handled the situation beautifully.

Sullivan commented that CASA is always on the lookout for new volunteers, and also that the drawing for the club house will be held in September. Those interested in purchasing tickets or volunteering may contact Sullivan.

Debbie Hicks took a moment to thank the Chamber for all they do for local business and the community. She further encouraged those who feel the Chamber could do a better job than they are now to leave suggestions on how they might improve. The Chamber is always open to feedback from the community.

Gayle Fischer gave a presentation on what has been happening in Russell Country (recently renamed Central Montana due to confusion from people unaware of who Charlie Russell is). She discussed how funding is being used to promote Montana.

Those interested in seeing a few things that they have been building are encouraged to check out Montana’s official facebook page at and the official tourism page .

The next Chamber luncheon will be Sept. 11 at The Keg Family Restaurant.