Townsend Star (Townsend, Mont.) 1897-current, October 11, 1973, Image 1

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THE BANANA.>~ ot Broadwater County — THURSDAY, OCTOBER ll, 1973 . Ohe Tate winorier! | LIBRARY ~ MONTANA HIS STORICAL”SOCIETY Montana \igend Stat The Only Newspaper in the World that Constant!, Works for the Interests of Broadwater County TOWNSEND, MONTANA 59644 The Missouri is Home to BROWN AND RAINBOW TROUT Townsend to Toston VOLUME 76, NO, 28 A Column On Losing Friends and Influencing People This is a column. Newspaper publishers are suppose to write such things, glibly composing wit and wisdom, A column is also suppose to be the righteous sword that strikes down injustice, upholds liberty and preserves the American way. In reality, a column for a country editor who fancies himself more a journalist and businessman than an ego- tist can be a pain, much of the time, Drafting witty, wise and righteous words each week is tedious at best. But people have come to expect the local editor to be the pensive scribe. Broadwater County / is no exception, Since landing on these shores six months ago this week, I have been beseiged with requests for editorials or editorial columns, Actually, to another journalist, I have writ- ten many editorials, It is that they have not been obvious. Quoting my predecessor, John Jepson: “Why bother writing editorials? Your front page is one,’”’ True, at times theré has been some ed itorializing that has leaked on to the front page of the Star. But I tend to believe this has happened more out of the lack of another forum than out of a disregard for objective journalism. | But, I guess the time has come. I must begin acting like a normal newspaper pub- lisher. By this time, I should have a sur- face knowledge of the community, the cquntry- side and the people. Perhaps it responsibility now to create a So be it. But I give fair warning. I flunked editorial writing in school. No red, white and blue wrappings will be offered. Dis- sertations on charity drives and National ° Highway Week will not- be my fare. I'll either have something to say, or I’ll say nothing. Opposing views will be welcomed and printed, I expect to lose friends and influence people. The first order of business is to name the column. I have many suggestions, but I solicit more. The two front runners at present are ‘‘Beneath The Townsend Star’’ and ‘‘The Country Editor’. There’s a story behind the first one. As I drove my family into town six months ago, our first striking view was the water tower. Draped with the name of its sponsor across its bossomy chest, it looked like a beauty queen crowned with a bright red star. My wife exclaimed: ‘*There’s the Townsend Star!’’ My kids thought we had bought a water tower for three days after. Now we live and work in the shadows of the Townsend Queen; thus the name for the column, The other suggested name ‘‘The Country Editor”’ just sounded good, The second order of business is to give out with a sincere thanks from Roberta, J.R., Molly, and me. We have never felt less pushed and more welcomed in any place we have ever lived, We have, and will continue to have, our trials and trib- ulations, This is human. But we are here to stay and to be a part. The third order of business isto ex- plain a bit of what we have been doing here at the 75-year-old Townsend Star. Three weeks after taking over the reins, we decided to change from the ‘‘hot type’’ form of printing to the ‘‘cold type’”’ or offset method. To do this meant taking our paper to another town to be printed.....namely Livingston, This decision was based on bus- iness fact, The Star was being produced much as it had been when it was founded in 1897, and times had changed, was being set on the big, black linotype machines that adorn the front windows of the Star office. A good operator can produce 30 inches of copy per hour on a linotype. Equipment was available to us where an average typist could produce 100 inches of copy per hour on the new ‘‘cold type’ or offset type setters, As for press work, the last newspaper produced on: the 1880- vintage news press here at the Star took two men 10 hours total running time. The offset press in Livingston produces the same paper, plus adding up to two colors, in ll minutes, Offset is the form of thé day. The trade schools aren’t even training people to do hot metal type work or run linotypes. The future Ip alone was bleak. The decision was clear. We would set the type here on leased machinery and run the newspaper off in Livingston. To pur- chase a similar news press would be near prohibitive...over $150,000. The move was made. on March 28th, 1973, The hustle and bustle around the Star office has not changed much, however. We still handle all wri and editing, ~adver- tising, composition and commercial printing locally. In fact, we are in the process of remodeling to accommodate a new com- mercial offset press and a new office supply store, It is interesting that at the time of our move to offset, there were only six other newspapers in Montana that had not already converted or were in the process of convertion. There are over 100 news pub- lications in the state. Today, to the best of my knowledge, there is only one ‘‘hot type’’ publication left...and that is not be- cause these other publications chose to convert, The newsprint shortage has hit small newspaper publisher so hard that le sheet newsprint is next to impossible truth of the matter is that if we had offset when we did, we would ffset now or we would be in danger of not-having a newspaper at all. The fourth order of business is to make applogies to any and all who have had their name misspelled, been affected by a misplaced headline or whose news item didn't get into the newspaper because we lost the copy or didn't have room. I promise it will all happen again. It's in- evitable in a small -‘family’’ shop! Take solence, however, in the knowledge that errors are not made intentionally. The fifth order of business is to lay it on the line, Next week, fo meet the many requests, I will publish my views and ob- servations on such topics as Public Kindergartens Sex Education in the schools The Townsend City Council The Broadwater County Commission Broadwater County Schvols Community Development ---and, Drugs in Townsend. Now, one of these is bound to get me in trouble, But that is the name of the game. A forum has been created and the die has — by Riley Johnson Kids Get More Beef members will be saving the taxpayers of the Townsend Schools almost $10,000 when they reflue the boiler at the grade school rather than buy a new one. BCSH Board Buys Land At School Broadwater County’s this week to purchase a strip of land that will give the school ownership of its ‘‘whole’’ football field. Speaking before: the Town- send Rotary Club on Tuesday lenight, the newest member of the school board, Henry Walker, related how the school board had approached Mrs. George Flynn and Charles Holling, who own a small strip Of land about 25 feet wide by side of. the field. The student bleachers and part of the track said. The private parties have agreed to sell the land involved, Walker told the Rotarians, and it is felt that total ownership of the field is important, par- ‘ticularly if money is to be spent improving the facility. Walker went on to ask for help from all local service organizations for development of a new athletic track around the field. The club voted to support such efforts and to spearhead the drive among other groups and civic leaders. It is an- ticipated that a contingent of schooLofficials and citizens will visit other schools to inspect track facilities and to contact UM and MSU athletic and engineering departments to gain assistance in their efforts. High | School Board is taking steps | ‘some 50 yards long on the North | are on private land, Walker | Last spring the board had the new boiler on the advice of a of only one firm, the board sought the advice of others. At this time, a Billings firm told accomplish the same thing as a approximately $2500. A date has not yet been set for the job to be done. Helena engineering firm. The boiler was to cost over $12,000. | ‘But instead of taking the advice | the board that reflueing would | ches, new boiler. Refluing will cost | JIM WILSON of Townsend's Fire Department is framed in the charred ruins of a shed behind the Gary Mc- Mahon resident. The fire took place last Concern was shown over the made the decision to purchase | decrease in the amount of beef in the school lunch program. | Board members decided search everywhere to find the best price for a whole beef which can be ground hamburger for the students’ lunches. to into Relating to the school lun- board members next month will compare grocery bills from last year with this year’s and decide if a change in the price of the lunches is necessary. They heard reports Front Street Chevrolet. Over 20 and had the fire Saturday afternoon in the 100 block of behind Tomcheck _ | of other school districts in the state where prices ranged from | | 45 cents to 75 cents. Concern was also voiced over | the mechanical condition of one | of the school buses. Several breakdowns of one bus have caused the students to be late several times. The general rule | of the board is that the buses be | no more than ten years old and | | preferably of 1970 model. Bev Ohnstad and Joanne | Gronneberg have been hired on a part time basis to man a Title I tutoring program which wil firemen responded under control in minutes. estimated damage at about $800. The property, rented by McMahon is owned by Mike Massa. District 7 Board Saves $10,000 District Seven School Board | | place emphasis on reading. The grant was received trom tne Federal government. | Flag football was discussed. Board members feel that this - football program will help | young boys learn the ground | rules and plays-of football so | they can be better prepared to | play fqotball when they get into | high school. They spoke of the flag football program in the Belgrade Schools and felt this | might be some of the reason for |the success of the Belgrade | football teams. Charred Ruins of Downtown Blaze Fire Chief Chuck Holling David D. Hansen came to visit Broadwater County this week. He met one enemy and no friends. Mr. Hansen is the one-week- old Executive Secretary of the Montana Republican Party. He’s 26, eager, and hails from This Is National 4-H Week Millions of 4-H youths and their volunteer adult leaders are observing 1973 National 4-H Week, October 7-13. Traditionally since 1927, National 4-H Week has been a time for 4-H’ers, their leaders and friends to take stock of the year’s accomplishments and achievements, and it has been a time to look at the future of 4-H, in their community, their state and nation. “4-H Gets It All Together’ is the thieme of the 1973 National 4- Bishop To. Visit The Rt. Rev. Jackson E, Gilliam, Bishop of Montana will make his annual visita- tion this Sunday at St, John’s Episcopal Church at 9:00a.m. A coffee hour will follow, The Bishop will share some of the highlights of the Triennal Na- tional Convention presently being held in Kentucky, He is also scheduled to be at Grace Church in White Sulphur Springs at 11:15 a.m. Sunday and Gethsemane Church in Manhattan at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, a Note; The fall schedule of services at St. John’s will be Sundays: 9:00.a.m. Wednes- days: 7:00 a.m, andSaturdays at 7:00 p.m, H Week, and in countless ways, 4-H has ‘‘gotten it together” by involving more young people and adults nationwide than ever before. Latest available figures show some 5.5 million young people reached by 4-H and its half million volunteer leaders, 4-H groups exist in nearly every U.S. county and in about 85 countries around the world. In Montana there are over 14,000 4-H members and 2,200 adult volunteer leaders. In Broadwater County this past year there were 82 young people enrolled in 4-H and working closely with them were 11 volunteer adult leaders. Begun, after the turn of the century, as an educational program for rural youth, 4H today brings together both rural and urban boys and girls, of all racial, economic and social backgrounds. No matter where they live, city or country, 4-H is there. Utah where he was the assistant to ‘the state’s Republican chairman and a political science teacher in a high school. Wanting to see and feel the small community air, he came to Townsend. After several calls and attempts to meet the Republican leadership, who all seemed to be out in the fields-or off on business trips for the day, Mr. Hansen walked through the community and: finally suc- ceeded in meeting someone — George Gabisch, chairman of the Broadwater County Democratie Party. “At least I know my op- position now,” he quipped GOPer Strikes Out Visiting Townsend Hansen related that the Republican’s new chairman, Ken Neill of Great Falls, is developing plans_ -for strengthening party structure on county and precinct levels. He also plans on candidate development, and aims to steer the State Central Committee in Helena into a_ service organization. “We could be aiding can- didates with research into voting records, statistics, and other data as well as being a rallying point for all can- didates,” Hansen said. ‘‘There is much duplication of efforts lby candidates all over the state, and we feel we can eliminate much f this. We aren’t proposing dictation to candidates, just a good central committee upon which candidates can rely.’” The new Executive Secretary, the first the GOP has had ‘since last Decembe seeeeeaciatetacatatetateteteteteteetet tates : Hope For Snow - Grassy Mountain's Ready Grits Mountain will open gain this year - snow per- mitting. Several voiunteer workers and interested parties have been working to ready the run and equipment for use this coming year. The Chalet roof has been repaired, an ad- ditional extension has been added to the present lift shack, the tow cable has been oiled, the chalet cleaned, rescue sleds readied for use, a new rope has been purchased for the beginners hill and a safety switch affixed for the braking system on cable tow. There are still numerous jobs to be done yet, such as, the rope tow hill to be dozed down to meet the engineers requirements, brush on theski runs to be cut and just a general clean-up of all runs to insure safe skiing. A lot of work was already done before September 29, when Tony and Bob Francisco accompanied Mr. Plummer, who is the in- spector with Turnball and Plummer of Great Falls, for an inspection of the area. Opening dates of the ski run will depend on the amount of snow received. It will open on Sundays only, unless more interest is shown by both skiers and ski patrolmen who are qualified or would like to become qualified. It takes a lot more for a ski runto open than just snow. Also, a lot ofwork, by all, than just a few such as we have had in the past. Grassy Mountain Ski Club memberships are being ac- rae now and to date several of the local businesses have | contributed as patrons of the ski area, such as Townsend Lumber, Neifert-White, Gamblé3, The Mint, State Bank of Townsend, Green’s Market and Garrison Rains, this money repairs before the inspection of the run. Both tows at the ski area passed rigid inspection and the remaining work to be done, will be done in proportion to the desire of those who want to help get the area operable. being used to purchase needed | David Hasen said he felt that Watergate and other problems in Washington might hurt a little on national campaigns over .the next few years, but that such troubles should not affect statewide candidates. “You can’t correlate a state representative in Montana with the President of the United States,\ Hansen said, ‘‘so. I don’t see too much trouble over such matters.” In addition to trying to get around the state to meet people | and get a feel for the political winds, Hansen will be busy with the state chairman attending finance meetings and strategy sessions. Water Group Will Host Congressman The annual Montana Water Development Association “will hold their annual meet ing following the banquet on Friday evening, October 19th at 7:30 p.m, Congressman Dick Shoup will be guest speaker at the banquet and anyone interested in attending may contact Hubert White, Financial Additional To get the financial aid you | may need for further schooling next fall, you'll have to do some sound, realistic planning right now! You'll have to find out what college will cost, what you and your parents will be able to | pay, and especially what you must do to apply for the dif- ferent kinds of aid that are available — grants, loans, jobs. The very first step in your | planning should be to get a copy | of Meeting College Costs in 1974-75, a free booklet prepared by the College Scholarship | Service of the College Board. can help you find out all you need to know about financial aid for college, are available in the Broadwater County High School counseling office. See Mr. Guidi. Meeting financial aid ap- plication deadlines can in- crease your chances of getting | an award. The checklist on | page 2 of Meeting College Costs | Outlines the steps you should Vista Volunteers Write Booklet On Local Groups | Outside of. all the other odd |jobs they are doing, our two | Vista volunteers, Steve Askam and Ralph Fruchtman, have been busy compiling a booklet of Broadwater County |Organizations which is ready |for distribution. Listed in this booklet are the officers of the organizations and the names-of the groups themselves. A lot of jdate. Anyone interested in obtaining one may contact the Star office, free of charge. Copies of this booklet, which | work has gone into these | booklets and they are up to | Aid For Schooling | take — and when you should take them — to get the money you need. The rest of the: booklet will tell you how to determine your own financial need — how the financial aid process works and what part | you play in making it work for | you, how to complete the |Parents’ Confidential Statement, and more. | Colleges all attempt to award | money to those who need it, and | “need”’ is determined by many’ | factors including family income and the cost of the college you want to attend. Don’t assume that your family income is too high before you even figure it out! Ask your parents and counselor to help you. You have to take. the first steps to set the process in motion — and there's a lot to do before you-can receive money for college next fall. SCHOOL MENU MONDAY Sliced meat Cheese Végetable Apple Crisp Bread & butter Milk TUESDAY Beef & noodles Green salad Fruit hread & butter Milk ee .WEDNESDAY Barbequed beef on bun Buttered corn Yellow cake - Fudge F rosting Bread & butter | Milk Bulletin Board Sponsored by: GANIBLES ‘ - , No School! Thursday, Friday or Monday a pes

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