Refuge cleanup under way

The Teller Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis is getting a facelift.

Forty people involved with Volunteer Montana AmeriCorps will clean up about one-half mile of fencing, beautify the refuge and restore an interpretive trail on June 17 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Signature Service Project, the organization's largest to date, is an annual tradition that brings together Volunteer Montana members from around the state.

The workers include 25 Volunteer Montana members, 10 Ravalli County youth ages 13-17, and five area mentors.

"The fencing has inhibited the flow of wildlife," said Team Leader David Macasaet. "They've wanted to remove it for the past decade."

Restoration of the trail, part of Teller's educational outreach program, will allow anyone to use the trail.

In addition, the teen-agers will learn to work with others.

"Serving together as AmeriCorps members and learning from young adults and community members is both challenging and enriching," Macasaet said.

Volunteer Montana is a statewide AmeriCorps program that unites people of all ages and backgrounds in improving communities and meeting educational, public safety, environmental and other human needs.

In exchange for a year or two of service, members earn a living stipend and education award to help pay back student loans and/or to finance college, graduate school or vocational training.

Donna Syvertson, Missoulian

Seats open on local boards

Alternate members are needed for two Missoula County advisory boards. The Missoula Public Library Board has an unexpired alternate term that runs through December 2000. The County Parks Board has an open term running through May 2000.

A member is also needed for the Big Sky Park Stewardship Committee, with an open term through March 2000. The deadline for this position is July 15.

The other applications have a deadline of 5 p.m. June 23. All forms are available at the county commissioners' office in the Missoula County Courthouse Annex. For more information, call 523-4877.

Rob Chaney, Missoulian

Postal train to stop in Whitefish

WHITEFISH - The Postal Service's iron ambassador rolls into the station at Whitefish July 2, part of a whistlestop tour to honor the "Celebrate the Century" commemorative stamp and education program.

The Celebrate the Century Express, a custom four-car train, will pull into the Whitefish station as part of an 18-month, 100-city tour of America. Packed with interactive exhibits and historic displays, the train will be open for the public to climb aboard for tours through July 4.

The colorfully painted diesel locomotive will pull a restored vintage Railway Post Office car, an exhibit car, a classic business car and a baggage car.

Calling the Express a "colorful history museum on rails," Whitefish Postmaster Marcia Litchfield said the rolling display "highlights the Postal Service's traditional role of binding the nation together through universal mail service."

Michael Jamison, Missoulian

Host families needed

Project Children needs host families for four Irish visitors this summer.

A 22-year-old male college student, a 22-year-old female student and a 19-year-old female Irish step-dance instructor need host families. The Belfast students will be working intern positions for six weeks in Missoula this summer.

The fourth host family would be for an 11-year-old boy from Northern Ireland. Project Children would prefer a home with a child near his age. Even better, the family will be active in sports such as soccer and baseball, for example.

The students arrive in Missoula Monday, July 5, and leave Saturday, Aug. 14.

Project Children also will offer several classes July 6-16:

n Irish step-dancing classes, taught by a champion dancer from Belfast. Fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children.

n An introductory Gaelic football class (children and adult sessions) coached by All-Ireland Champion Footballer Michael Culbert and Gaelic Athletic As

sociation coach Jackie Brennan, both of Belfast. Fee for the class is $10 which includes a T-shirt.

n An Irish language course also is set for July. Fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children.

For information on hosting a student or for one of the cultural classes, call Jon or Tammy at 543-4602.

Donna Syvertson, Missoulian

Housing dedication is Friday

PABLO - The Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority will dedicate the newly completed Felsman Addition 20-unit public housing project on Friday. June 11, at 10 a.m. at the Felsman site at the north end of Pablo.

Dignitaries from several agencies will attend, including Tim O'Neill, director of the Federal Housing Finance Board and John Romano, deputy administrator of Rural Utilities.

Named after Joseph Felsman, former Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority commissioner and former council chairman of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the addition will be managed by the S&K Housing Authority with help from local residents.

The Felsman Addition is the first project in the nation to use the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program to fund a lease-purchase program to provide affordable housing on an Indian reservation, and the first reservation to combine tax credits with an Affordable Housing Program grant, said Bob Gauthier, S&K Housing director.

John Stromnes, Missoulian

Students going to Japan

HELENA - Fifteen area students will trade places with students from Montana's sister state, Kumamoto, Japan in the 17th Annual Governor's Student Exchange Program.

The Montana student ambassadors will live in Japanese homes during their two-week stay. The group leaves July 25 and returns Aug. 7.

About 30 Japanese students from Kumamoto plan to come to Montana for a week of American culture at the end of July.

Exchange students have the chance to learn about the similarities and differences between the two cultures.

Associated Press

Monday - 6/14/99

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