Homecoming Ideas?

Ryan Smartt left a lengthy comment on an earlier entry that probably deserves front-page exposure:

Hey guys and gals, I’m 19 and have lived in Great Falls for my whole life. in the years that I have lived here I have heard of numerous deployments of our military men and women stationed around the GF area. The support for the military in GF seems almost hushed. My point is, is that it is time for GF to have the oppurtunity to celebrate the Men and Women who are so vital not only to the economy but to the security of our freedom. The reason I am writing here is to try and gather information about the homecoming of Troops stationed in GF. I think that with a strong Community voice we can persuade city officials to hold parades to each homecoming for deployed troops. It’s time we showed that we really do appreciate our troops in and around Great Falls, to show respect. What the men and women of the armed forces do for this country must be celebrated and honored. Its time to show them what they’re fighting for, or at least give them a thank you. Please, if this idea interests anyone who reads this, contact me at smartt_azz@hotmail.com. Time to give back.

Not a bad idea, and refreshing coming from such a young man. Anyone have some ideas about how to make this happen?

UPDATE – related: ZenPanda has some pictures of the Montana Veterans Memorial that was officially dedicated today (Memorial Day, 2006).

BTW – I made a few grammar/spelling edits in Ryan’s message.

Goin’ Country

Until I moved here a few years ago, I didn’t much care for country music of any kind. Sure, I went through a very brief spell in the late 80s/early 90s of enjoying Dwight Yoakum and George Strait, but that was the extent of it. But shortly after arriving here, I heard a song called “Wolverton Mountain” on the radio, and something about it struck me. Since then, I’ve slowly been learning and enjoying what is termed “classic country,” although it also is called “honky-tonk” or “western swing” or some other term. I’ve also learned that there really was a Clifton Clowers, by the way. The best example of this type of music that I’ve found on the radio is the Saturday morning “Grassroots Gold” program on 104.9, KIK-FM. It’s hosted by Dave Wilson and Jim Lynn, and they play two hours worth of that genre and provide lots of back-stories and anecdotes. I had the good fortune of meeting Dave Wilson the other morning; I had stopped at the radio station to pick up the pair of earrings that I had won during the SAM 107.3 on-line auction a few days ago, and Mr Wilson happened to be in the lobby. I thanked him for the great show that he & Jim create every week, and for the “history lessons” that are teaching me about grassroots gold.


From the Tribune:

A registered high-risk sex offender recently moved from Belt to Great Falls. Evan Ray Mayer, a Tier III sex offender, is now living at 1615 13th Ave. S. in Great Falls. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 1993 in Missoula County for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl. Registered sex offenders are required by law to notify local law enforcement when they change addresses. Agencies are then encouraged to release the information to the public if the person is considered “high-risk.”

And remember — you can always view the complete list of registered sex offenders (and violent offenders) at the registry maintained by the Montana Department of Justice.

Speed Limit

One of my pet peeves is people who ride my tail when I’m driving at the posted speed limit. The worst place is along 6th Street, primarily from Central Avenue southward. The speed limit along this section of 6th Street SW is 30 miles per hour. Let me repeat: THIRTY MILES PER HOUR. I may not agree with the posted speed limit, but I obey it because (a) it’s the law, (b) it runs right by a Boys & Girls Club, and (c) I really don’t want to pay a fine for speeding. In fact, the 30mph limit extends north of Central all the way to the NW Bypass, too, but people seem to do a little better about observing the limit on that stretch. But south of Central Avenue, hoo boy…people whip around me like they’re in a race. So to make it really clear to any Speed Racers who are riding my tail, let’s make it really simple to understand:

When driving south on 6th Street SW, the speed limit doesn’t change to 40mph until AFTER you go under the railroad bridge.
When driving north on 6th Street SW, the speed limit changes from 40 to 30mph BEFORE you go under the railroad bridge.
Here, I’ll even draw you a picture: Read more

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