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County waste department to asks for cooperation during spring cleaning season

By Tim Pool

Supervisor of Solid Waste Dept.

It’s that time of year, and we need your help. The County’s Solid Waste Department staff would like your help with the disposal of your waste. With your cooperation and assistance, everyone will be able to use the waste facilities in a safe and effective manner. The easiest way to dispose of your non-household waste is to call before you haul – 980-2057.
The Transfer Station can accept household waste, tress, brush, grass, tires, and appliances. Junk vehicles can be collected by Four Seasons Towing 266-4700 or Hank’s Salvage & Towing 266-4272. Dead batteries can be delivered to the NAPA Store. Used Oil can be deposited in the collection facility at the Townsend North Cedar canister site. Non-Broadwater County people are still dumping their waste in our canisters for free, especially at the Winston site. If you suspect someone is illegally dumping waste, please get their license number and call the Department at 266-5877 to leave a message. Again, your help is appreciated and it saves you money.
The canister sites at Winston, Dry Gulch, Toston, Radersburg and Townsend are available to accept HOUSEHOLD WASTE ONLY. All other waste – Construction, farm/ranch, non-household waste – needs to be brought to the Transfer Station. The Townsend site has other collection opportunities. Your cooperation is really appreciated by you bringing all non-household waste to the Transfer Station. Please do not make brush piles at any of the rural canister sites. All trees, branches, brush and other non-painted/treated lumber need to be brought to the Transfer Station for burning. You won’t have to worry about the canister being over-filled by someone else and the department staff doesn’t have to clean up messes like the picture shows. Also, if trees, etc. are placed in the household waste canisters, it will be hauled to the landfill with the other waste at tax-payer expense. Bringing it to the Transfer Station saves you money!
Something new – large and smaller canisters are available for rent and can be delivered to your site for a small fee. Call the Transfer Station for more information at 980-2057. This sure beats handling the material many times and making multiple trips to get rid of it.
The County Solid Waste Transfer Station is a short three miles up Indian Creek Road, just before the Graymont Lime Plant. The County Road Crew has done a wonderful job in grading the road. It is a great time of year to watch the valley emerge from its winter nap. You can’t beat the view from up there!
While you are doing your part to clean up your little part of our valley; help us help you to get rid of your waste. Give The Transfer Station A Call Before You Haul – 980-2057 or 980-2056. Thanks for your cooperation!
Mess left at canister
BCDC begins 2008 Beautification Project

The Broadwater County Development Corporation (BCDC) is beginning the 2008 beautification and watering project on April 1st. Daryl Blumhagen has been hired again to water trees and flowers barrels and keep the planting areas weeded from April through October.
The 2007 program was very successful and was funded by the Tree Board. Well over half of the owners of the trees and flower barrels contributed to limit the cost to the Tree Board. Other private citizens and businesses donated to the cause as well. The Tree Board thanks all those that contributed to keep the cost down in 2007. The trees and flowers looked good in 2007.
BCDC hopes the 2008 program will be self-sufficient. BCDC estimates the program will cost $4,000 in 2008. Based on last year’s costs, BCDC estimates it will cost $12.50 per tree or flower barrel to water and maintain them regularly over the 6 month period. Statements are being sent out this week to tree and flower barrel owners. BCDC is offering a 10% discount for pre-payment so Daryl can be paid. BCDC does not have a budget for this program!
Anyone wishing to contribute to BCDC to help make the program self-sufficient in 2008 can send contributions to BCDC at P.O. Box 698, Townsend, MT 59644. All donations are tax deductible.

Daryl Blumhagen waters the trees on Broadway.
Ranger Districts begin Spring burning

Fire mangers on the Helena National Forest will begin prescribed burning activities on Forest lands in the Helena and Townsend areas as weather conditions allow. Burning will take place in predetermined areas and are designed to improve resource conditions.
Depending on the location of the prescribed burns, smoke may be visible. Impacts from smoke to local residents are expected to be minimal, as seasonal atmospheric conditions will provide good smoke dispersion for these projects.
“The transition from late winter into early spring historically offers us the greatest opportunity to utilize cooler evening temperatures and higher relative humidity to complete most of our prescribed fire projects, “said Dave Larsen, Helena Ranger District Fire Management Officer.
Burning will take place northeast of Helena in the Big Belt Mountains near American Bar, and in the Atlanta Creek Drainage east of Townsend; west of Helena, near Priest Pass; south of Helena, in Grizzly Gulch , Lump Gulch and in the Elkhorn Mountains. The 2,500 acre treatment area in the Elkhorns, located between Eagle Basin and Prairie Gulch may use a helicopter for ignition, in conjunction with ground personnel. Limited traffic control measures may be initiated to reduce the risk of injury to people entering the project areas during burning activities.
“We are also planning to burn a few scattered slash piles throughout the District this spring, which are mostly adjacent to main roads.” said Larsen.
All burning operations are designed to meet a multitude of resource objectives including improving forest health and soil conditions, reducing hazardous fuels, improving public safety and to maintain and improve fire dependant ecosystems.
For more information on this spring’s burning plans or the projects they are associated with, please call Dave Larsen at the Helena Ranger District, 449-5490 or Greg Morris at the Townsend Ranger District, 266-3425.
Community Health Fair coming soon

With half of Broadwater County’s population over the age of 45, and almost 20 percent of our county over age 65, health and wellness are major concerns.
Cancer is the number one cause of death in Broadwater County, according to the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services’ Broadwater County Health Profile (2006).  Heart disease, and pneumonia and influenza are the number two and three causes of death, respectively.
Learn more about health and wellness issues at the second annual Broadwater County Health Fair on Saturday, April 19th, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Admission is free.
Staff members from the Broadwater Health Center will be available and will be distributing coupons for reduced cost blood tests for cholesterol screening, prostate health and more.  Exhibitors include county and home health care, breast and cervical health care programs, tobacco, chemical dependency and mental health organizations, along with representatives of financial institutions, personal care and fitness businesses, to name a few.
The Lions Club will have a place to drop off old eyeglasses and the Soroptimists will be collecting used cell phones which are used to raise money for local domestic violence victims.  So, if you’ve got old eyeglasses or cell phones, please bring them to the health fair to help someone in need.
Recycle bags from Bob’s Supermarket and the Real Food Market and Deli will be given to the first 100 attendees.  Door prizes and a $100 cash prize will be awarded.  Snacks will be provided by the Broadwater Health Center Auxiliary.
To learn more about the health fair, visit www.townsendmt.com.
Townsend’s Soroptimist Club of Crimson Bluffs is a non-profit organization.  The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:15 p.m. in the ambulance room.  If you would like more information about the local Soroptimist club, please visit the fair or call Laura Obert, Soroptimist President, at 266-4818. For more about Soroptimist International, visit their website at www.soroptimist.org.