Rounding up 2017’s last best

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Good News comes in waves to the Inter Lake. I知 kicking off 2018 by catching up with the last best of 2017.

Thanks to all who call, email or write us to help create the good news you値l find in this biweekly column and keep it coming in the new year!

By the time the smoke cleared literally last summer, the Chief Cliff Volunteer Fire Department had raised nearly $18,000 during its annual Dayton Daze community event. This year痴 festivities weren稚 dampened by the smoky haze that hung over the area due to the wildfires in the vicinity. No doubt, a large crowd turned out as a sign of support and solidarity for its firefighters who respond whenever and wherever they are needed.

The money raised more than covered the cost of the department痴 target items, including a thermal imager, vital signs monitor and two radios, with some left over to put toward a additional pumper.

Last year痴 Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival is now a fond memory for both the students and audience members who come from far and wide to attend. If you致e never seen one of the festival concerts, it痴 well worth the ticket price, which also benefits the Crown痴 scholarship fund for aspiring musicians who have the opportunity to learn from, collaborate and perform with some of the best talent in the music industry during a week of intensive workshops.

Greg and Lois Micheletti of Corvallis have come to the Flathead Valley for their favorite concert venue every year since discovering the festival in 2014, after Greg痴 brother (a guitarist) brought it to their attention.

展hen we told my wife痴 sister and her husband from Olympia, Washington, that (blues slide guitar virtuoso) Sonny Landreth was a guest artist this year, they strongly encouraged us to go see him, Greg wrote. 展e invited them to join us and experience the festival and now it痴 on their list of favorite concert venues as well.

迭arely can you see the caliber of musicians that perform at the Crown for the price of admission charged, Greg said, 殿nd rarely will you find yourself enjoying the music in such a beautiful, relaxed setting that brings musicians and music lovers together on the majestic Flathead Lake.

Jen George, president of Soroptimist International of Whitefish, offered a heartfelt thank you to Marc Ducharme and Xanterra Parks & Resorts Glacier National Park痴 concessionaire for generously donating Glacier Park apparel to the group痴 Thrift Haus as a result of the Sprague Fire that damaged Sperry Chalet last summer.

Donated during the holiday season, the goods were even delivered to their doorstep by three men decked out in Santa hats.

George said the money raised from the sales will be used to fund such causes as human trafficking awareness, scholarships for high school students and women returning to school, as well as Soroptimists Smile of Hope Program, which provides dental services to women in need.

Jerry Begg reflected on the legacy of Sister Mary Brendan who founded Brendan House extended care nursing facility in 1985 at Kalispell Regional Medical Center, and how it has shaped the quality of care that the staff continue to provide today.

溺ay the Lord make his face shine upon the ladies of the Brendan House who provided for my mom, Edna Begg. It takes a special heart to attend to the needs of the elderly, her son wrote in his letter to the Inter Lake. 溺om was shown kindness and grace. The young CNAs were adorable and treated Mom as if she were their own grandma.

Begg said three of the staff members attended his mother痴 service and share special thoughts about his mother, which was very comforting to him.

典he spirit of Sister Mary Brendan is being carried on in their good works, he said. 典hank you. God bless.

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