If you can spare about 20 minutes of your life on Friday (March 31), consider putting your name on the list of potential bone-marrow donors. It won’t hurt, it’s free, and you could save a life.
Great Falls area residents have a chance to become listed on the National Marrow Donor Program registry by going to the Civic Center Friday and signing up. For Great Falls area residents who would like to help, joining the marrow registry Friday should only take about 15 minutes. Volunteers complete a consent form, and then use four swabs to collect cells from their mouth.
A friend of mine, Chad, was tested and placed on the list several years ago, and a short time later, he was matched to a person with leukemia, and then Chad underwent the procedure to donate marrow to the cancer patient. Without the donation, the survival rate was estimated at 20-40%…but thanks to the National Marrow Donor Program and Chad, the patient is now doing well and is in full remission. So be like Chad – be a hero.
Forwarded to me by SallyT as a public service announcement: George Paul, Democrat candidate for County Commission (facing Peggy Beltrone in June 6 primary), is hosting a meet & greet at the Sting Sports Bar & Grill on Thursday, March 30, 2006, 5pm-7pm. This is your chance to let George know what issues concern you & learn what he can bring to our County government.
Anyone interested in a really charming 4-bedroom, 2+ bath house, with hardwood floors and plenty of square footage (over 3,000!)? A friend of mine is being transferred to California, and he’s looking to sell his house on 4th Avenue North (near the Russell!). Take a look!
I read “As Cool As I Am” a couple of weeks ago. It’s a book written by Great Falls resident Pete Fromm, and it concerns the life of Lucy Diamond, a teenager who lives in Great Falls. It’s not normally a book that I would read, but the setting in Great Falls was just too tempting for me – I don’t recall ever reading a book set in the community that I live in. My opinion of the book: very good. As noted by many reviewers, the character of Lucy Diamond is pretty powerful: she is one feisty young lady, and her fire carries her through some tough times as she discovers things about her parents, her friends, and what growing up means. The setting in Great Falls, and being able to identify very specific details about our town, made it a very unique read. Not an ordinary book, and one I won’t forget.
I created a CafePress shop a while back to make some Big Sky Blog t-shirts and mugs, and I just updated it to include some GreaterFalls stuff: t-shirts, mugs, and even a bumper-sticker. If you’d like to wear GreaterFalls across your chest, or drink your java from a GreaterFalls coffee cup, now’s your chance!
Shortly after arriving in Great Falls I fell head-over-heels for a certain grocery store, and I remain loyal to this day. I estimate that about 95% of my grocery budget is spent at this particular store. I won’t say which one – yet – because I’m curious about where YOU shop for groceries. I think that I’ve got all of the major stores covered in this poll…so tell us where you shop, and if you’re so inclined, leave a comment giving a reason or two. Continue reading →