As part of the campaign, the Town Pump Charitable Foundation will match up to $300,000 in contributions to Montana food banks made now through Nov. 30. A record 52 food banks are participating this year.
The Foundation will match up to $2,000 on behalf of the Pondera Food Pantry, and all funds raised in Conrad will remain in the community.
The money is used to purchase perishable food items such as milk, bread, fruit and vegetables.
However, the funds are becoming more crucial in helping many food bank organizations simply stay open through payment of rent, utilities, and space for storage, refrigeration and freezing.
“There’s a little more need this year,” said Elmer Philipps of the Pondera Food Pantry. “And our bills are higher.”
The “Be A Friend in Deed, Helping Those In Need” campaign raised a record $1.45 million last year alone, and has raised about $4.9 million for food banks statewide in the campaign’s seven years.
“Each year we have seen a growing number of Montanans struggling to make ends meet,” said Maureen Kenneally, of the Town Pump Foundation.
She went on to add, “While other charitable efforts have declined, we have seen an increase in support for our Montana food banks, proving that together we make a difference.”
Donations for the campaign are being collected at the Conrad Town Pump, Lucky Lil’s and Super 8 Motel. Donations also can be sent directly to Pondera Food Pantry, Route 1 Box 65, 59425 in Conrad.
While the season came to a quicker end than intended, over all it was a good year for the team and exciting and entertaining for all who followed the V-ball action on the court.
Cowgirl senior Jenny Silvernale and one of the team captains was selected to 1st Team All Conference and was named the team’s MVP on offense.
Bethany Grubb, also a senior captain was named as the team’s MVP on defense. Taylor Judisch and Moranda Brenteson were both named as Most Improved Players.
Six players were named to the Academic All-State team and they included Silvernale, Alyssa Keil, Taylor Johnson, Kara Bandow, Brittany Greyn, Emily Weisgram, and Erica Grubb.
The following players all earned letters for their play on the court: Sophomores Grubb, Weisgram, Greyn, and Rashelle Johns; Juniors Bandow, Johnson, Olivia Campbell, Alexis Samsal, Kelli Fagan; and seniors Samantha Fagan, also a captain, B. Grubb, Silvernale, and Alyssa Keil, also a team captain.
Team managers Faith Dyrud, Anabelle Wittmier, and Kaitlyn Weis also received letters.
First year coach Dale Janzen felt the team did real well over the course of the season and added, “The next four years are going to be just awesome.”
Dr. Shawn Nesbo of Conrad was one of the, less than 100, lucky hunters who was able to harvest a wolf in Montana’s first season.
On Nov.1, he and a friend were retrieving a bull elk he brought down west of Augusta. This gray and white wolf, all of sudden, popped up in a clearing about 60 yards away from them. The male wolf weighed in at about 72 pounds and was checked in at the Augusta station.
The wolf hunting season came to a close on Monday. Ron Aasheim of FWP said that 15,600 licenses had been sold and all but 89 went to Montana residents, raising a little over $325,000.
If you hold a license for a wolf and haven’t bagged one yet, you will have to wait for the next season.
Wolf hunting in Montana closed statewide Nov. 16, at one half-hour after sunset.
The order halting the hunt came after Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials received word that the pre-established harvest quota for wolves in WMU-2 had been met and was expected to be met in WMU-1.
WMU-3 was closed on Oct. 26. Montana’s statewide quota was 75 wolves.
For more information, visit FWP’s web site at fwp.mt.gov click “Montana Wolf Hunt,” or call the toll-free number at 1-800-385-7826.