LIFE SKILLS 4 PARENTS – This group of new parents listens intently as Jackie Berg from the MSU-Extension presents a lesson on nutrition and wellness. Parents cooked their own nutritious meal during their lesson. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
A new program has been set up in Conrad to help expectant and new mothers and fathers learn about pregnancy, parenting and other life skills. Life Skills 4 Parents is a not for profit ministry that is based solely on donations.
Although it is not affiliated with any denomination, it is based out of the Assembly of God Church at 1 S. Maryland in Conrad. Classes are currently held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday. All who are expectant parents and those with young children under the age of six regardless of household income are always welcome. The classes are free. Hours of the program can expand with need.
Life Skills 4 Parents uses the “Earn While You Learn” program, allowing parents to earn rewards to be redeemed on items such as diapers, wipes, cribs and other baby necessities. The process is simple; the client watches a DVD or reads a book from the curriculum and then writes a quick report on what they learned. They are then rewarded the appropriate amount of “Mommy Bucks” to be used on diapers and wipes at the Conrad Life Skills or on other items such as baby and maternity clothes in Great Falls at the Life-Way House.
FIRST PLACE TEAM — UMS wrestlers placed first at the Conrad meet on Saturday, getting tuned up for the Northern/Southern Divisional Wrestling tournament hosted by Conrad this Saturday. From the left in front are Tyler Richter, Javan Carroll, Blaine Berg, Tyler Schultz, Tristen Diedrich, Chris Morano and Alec Breding. In the second row is Brooke Mycke, Kale Larson, Dakota Suta, James DeBoo, Blake Underdahl, Bradley Vanderbush, Joe DeBoo and Danielle Moritz. In the back row are Assistant Coach Doug Moritz, Dawson Berg, Kyle Richter, Hunter Mycke, Chaise Arrowtop, Cooper Dailey and Coach Kevin Moritz. Not pictured is Parker Larson. I-O Photo by Colleen Moritz
Last Friday the UMS wrestlers were in Cut Bank for a match up tourney.
Other teams participating included Great Falls, Fort Benton, Heart Butte, Shelby and Valier. “It was a good warm-up for Saturday’s tournament at home,” commented Coach Kevin Moritz.
Conrad hosted 16 teams that included Browning, Choteau, CJ-I, Cut Bank, East Glacier, Fort Benton, Great Falls, Havre, Heart Butte, Lewistown, Simms, Shelby Stanford/Geyser and Valier.
On their way to blitzing the competition, the home boys got five-first places, seven-second places, two-third places, one-fourth place, one-fifth place and three-sixth places.
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
In what had been a rather mundane council meeting, near the end of business, Mayor John Shevlin dropped a bombshell and read a letter of resignation.
It was hinted back in December that he may resign, however there were a few things he wanted work on.
He simply said, “I cannot continue to serve as mayor.” He said later that it was for personal and family reasons and he did not want to make it public. “It was a tough decision to make,” he said. His resignation is effective March 21, the date of the next council meeting.
Applications for the city’s leader are available at city hall and it is hoped a new mayor can be named by then. The mayor is paid $985.74 a month.
If a new mayor can’t be decided on in this short period of time, the council has 30 days to find someone to fill out the remainder of Mayor Shevlin’s term.