Tribune Cheers (+1 jeer)

Three cheers for the Great Falls Tribune – they did a great job on the “micro-site” that they created about Walter Breuning. It’s got a timeline, highlighting key events in Walter’s life and how it related to current events at the time; several videos and pictures; and links to previous articles. And in a show of good sportsmanship, given the historic nature of Walter becoming the oldest living man in the world, they even included a link to the KRTV.com coverage of Walter. Well done, Trib.

One jeer, however, for not knowing the difference between a Soldier and a Sailor.

Free BBQ!

This is cool: on Saturday, August 15, from noon until 2:30 pm at Gibson Park, you can enjoy some free BBQ and learn more about how you can help Great Falls. From a press release (forwarded to me by GeeGuy):

Join the American Red Cross of Montana for a FREE BBQ and learn more about how you can make a positive impact in your community through the Great Falls Disaster Action Team! Come out to Gibson Park and support the American Red Cross in your community! BBQ products provided by Big Mouth BBQ and the American Red Cross of Montana. Listen to community members tell their stories about help and assistance they’ve received from the Red Cross in a time of distress. Meet members of the Disaster Action Team, the primary Red Cross responders for the Great Falls area, and learn how they respond to disaster incidents

Sounds like a win-win! And if you don’t know where Gibson Park is – it’s the one near downtown by the duck/goose pond!

Big Update!

First: dining updates! No, I haven’t been to Sonic yet – cruised by several times, but with the “staging area” and 30+ minute wait times, I can wait until things settle down. That hasn’t stopped other people, though – rumor has it that a “Sonic Anonymous” group might be forming soon for the newly-addicted (and re-addicted)!
And good news: Starbucks is going to begin serving breakfast sandwiches today (Tuesday)! I sampled one the other day – basically an egg McMuffin, it was good – but since I stop at Starbucks every day for my venti iced Americano with eight shots, I can grab a bite of breakfast without having to hit McD – cool.

Second, speaking of dining: the Zandy’s lunch and dinner menus are now posted on the I Love Zandy’s site! If you haven’t stopped by Zandy’s lately and said hi to Fred and his crew – it’s about time – get on down there!

Third, congratulations to Walter Breuning!

Fourth, if you like to play the ponies, I’ve got some cool news: I scored about 20 free tickets to the Montana State Fair, courtesy of the good folks at Montana Downs! If you would like a pair (good for free Fair admission on the day of the races, July 24, 25, 26), leave me a comment telling me what you like about horse racing (or e-mail me at david @ greaterfalls.com)!

Great Falls Blog Meet

Thanks to GeeGuy for organizing the weekend Blog Meet and being such a great host! He did the whole “herding cats” thing and pulled it off well. Mad props to Wulfgar, who traveled up (down?) from Bozeman to share some wisdom on the subject of “Expectations” in the world of blogging.

He and GeeGuy spearheaded some interesting discussions among the assembled geeks – notably about the use and abuse of anonymity and pseudonyms. And Wulfgar, as one of the pioneering Big Sky Bloggers, has seen just about everything in the blogosphere, and was able to impart both knowledge and humor. It was so cool to finally meet him in person! We disagree on some politics, but I have great affection for this guy (and fellow MeFite!).

It was neat to meet some other online folks F2F, too, and also see local civic leaders who understand the online community. Mark, Ron, Sandra, Mary, and others – thanks for being part of this community – and I do mean community.

Praise also for the folks at Treasure State Network, who also traveled to be part of our gathering and also picked up the lunch tab; TSN is a newish group with some good projects and I believe a promising future.

Two New Blogs + Blog Meet

A couple of new blogs to mention (and be sure to check out more Great Falls blogs)!

Great Falls Electric City is a semi-newish site from Seth Metoyer, who some of you may know from following him on Twitter (@sethmetoyer).

WedgeBlog is the brainchild of Claire Baiz (@MT_Writer), who I was fortunate to meet at last week’s Tweetup. In addition to being the proprietor of Big Sky Gold, she also penned a very sweet note about KRTVs 50th anniversary a few months ago, and was first mentioned here at Greater Falls back in 2005!

And don’t forget: the Great Falls Blog Meet slash Blog Fest slash Blogger Bash is coming up on Saturday!

And speaking of Twitter, check out this Twitter Badge, courtesy of TwitStamp!
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