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Montana news briefs for Sunday, August 19, 2001

Montana news briefs for Sunday, August 19, 2001

Growth meetings continue in Lake County

POLSON - The Lake County Planning Board is wrapping up a series of 10 public information meetings throughout the county this summer to solicit citizen opinions and concerns in order to prepare the county's new growth policy.

Since 1990, the county's population has grown by 26 percent, and a growth policy will help prepare government agencies and residents face new challenges associated with such rapid growth. Planning staff will share findings from current research, discuss issues and concerns already articulated, and learn more about the values and concerns that are important to the people of Lake County at these meetings, said Lake County Planning Director Dave DeGrandpre.

The final series of meetings will take place next week on the following schedule:

- Tuesday, Ferndale Community Center, 7 to 9 p.m.

- Wednesday, Bear Dance Clubhouse, east shore Flathead Lake, 7 to 9 p.m.

- Thursday, Dayton Presbyterian Church, 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call DeGrandpre at 883-7235.

John Stromnes, Missoulian

Bike board recruits three to fill seats

The Missoula Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board has three open positions in need of volunteers.

Applicants must be qualified electors of the city of Missoula. Two positions have three-year terms, while the third completes a term expiring Sept. 15, 2002. Applications are available from the Mayor's Office in City Hall, 435 Ryman St., Missoula, MT 59802, or on the city's Web site, www.ci.missoula.mt.us/mayor/vacancies.htm.

The deadline is Aug. 31. For more information, call 523-4601.

Missoulian

Bozeman welcomes new synagogue

BOZEMAN - The Jewish congregation of Beth Shalom plans to begin regular services in a new building in Bozeman, only the third synagogue in Montana and the first established in 50 years.

"(The temple) gives us more exposure, and hopefully it will help us grow," said Bob Rasmus, president of the congregation's board.

For 20 years the congregation met in several locations around town, including the Bozeman Senior Center and more recently, the St. James Episcopal Church.

The new temple was previously a day care and office building. It was purchased primarily with donations from the congregation, Rasmus said.

Services are planned for one Friday a month, between early winter and May.

Michael Lotker, a student rabbi from Los Angeles, completes his service to the congregation this year. Emily Rosenzweig, also a student rabbi from Los Angeles, will lead the congregation during the High Holy Days in September.

Associated Press

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