THIRD PLACES — Cowboy senior Calen King and Cowgirl sophomore Kristine Warlick pose with their third place medals and framed brackets at the state tennis tournament in Missoula over the weekend. I-O Photo by Pat Lee
The Conrad Tennis Teams finished their season this past weekend at the Class ‘B-C’ State Tennis Tournament.
The Cowboys and Cowgirls Teams both tied for fourth overall at state. Coach Kendall Griggs felt the kids put their heart and soul onto the court and gave 100 percent in every match at the three-day tournament. “I am proud of every one of them for giving it their all and never quitting; even when down a set or playing the defending state champ. All in all the season ended with a great tournament and the players should be as proud of their play as we coaches are,” he says.
In girls’ play Jade Rodriguez entered the tournament as the fourth seed out of the Northwest Division. She finished the tourney 1-2 losing 4-6, 0-6 to a tough opponent in the first round from Superior, fourth place finisher Cary Chamberlain. She then defeated Faith Lawson of Forsyth 6-1, 6-0 before falling 5-7, 3-6 to fifth place finisher Kyli Gentilini of Baker.
Courtney Anderson also finished 1-2 at the tourney wrapping up a great career with the Conrad Tennis Team.
Anderson lost in the first round to McKinzee Shults of Big Fork 6-7 (3-7) 6-7 (7-9). She then defeated Kiana Burkhartsmeyer of Chinook 6-2, 6-1 before losing out to St. Ignatius’ Jane Makepeace 2-6, 6-7 (2-7).
TAKE BACK — April 30 at Olson’s Drug, the public had the opportunity to bring unused and outdated prescription drugs to have them disposed of. In all there were 81 pounds of various drugs turned in. Helping with project, in front from the left is Brittany Greyn, Erica Grubb, Cynthia Grubb R.N. and in back is Pete McKeone and Eddy Erickson from the PCSO. I-O Photo by Barb Endler
On April 30, the Pondera County Sheriffs’ Office, Olson’s Drug, Pondera County Health Department and Pondera Medical Center partnered to bring the National Drug Take Back Event to Pondera County.
Held at Olson’s Drug in Conrad, the event is designed to take back unused and expired prescription and non-prescription drugs from the public.
Spearheading the Montana effort is the State Attorney General’s office, who states that “prescription drug use is a factor in the deaths of over 300 Montanans a year”.
Across the state numerous sites were open during the day to take back prescription drugs. Why? In a 2007 survey, it was reported that almost one in 10 — 9.6 percent — of Montana teens aged 12 to 17 have reported abusing prescription pain relievers. That is the third-highest rate for teens in the country.
SPOTLIGHT ON BEAUTY — The House of Charles Beauty Salon is a Main Street mainstay that has been in business for 21 years. I-O Photo by Barb Endler
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
As a special for the I-O we will be running a bi-monthly ‘Spotlight on Business’ with an emphasis on their contributions to our community and their history.
Nestled in the same location for the past 21 years is the House of Charles Beauty Salon. Originally owned by Charles and Rita Grasseschi, the House of Charles has moved around quite a few times from locations such as the Pondera Village Shopping Center and K’s Auto.
Brenda Pruttis joined the salon under Charlie and six years later, Brenda’s mother Judy Aakre purchased it. Pruttis has been involved with the salon for 20 years now and another generation has been added to the business. Brianne Aakre, Brenda’s daughter, has been working in the salon for four years.