Service

Hutch has an entry in which he criticizes the service in local restaurants, citing three examples:

So far in my time here in Great Falls, I’ve been disappointed in the quality of service provided in local restaurants. I’m gonna mention three restaurants here. And when I say my piece, it’s still up to you to decide. Elmer’s, Jaker’s, and Sedgie’s… some of the worst service I’ve ever had.

I’ve been here for five years, and let me tell you: I have never received such friendly service anywhere as I have received in Great Falls. Period. In fact, several times during my first few months here, it almost felt like some sort of “Twilight Zone” where everybody is happy and polite and friendly. And I’m not just talking about restaurants, but any retail, service, or government establishment.

Of course, I have had a few less-than-stellar experiences, and I’ll admit that Jaker’s and Elmer’s are two of them (haven’t tried Sedgie’s yet). Not always, or even often, but a few times. Certainly not enough to keep me away.

But I’ll repeat: I have never received such friendly, courteous service as I do in Great Falls. That’s one of the reasons that I love Great Falls (and Montana) so much – friendly, honest people. Most of you know that I have lived in and traveled to many places, so I feel pretty confident in saying that.

So what do you think – does Great Falls rate better or worse on the “service scale,” in your opinion?

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Next Debate

The second citizen-sponsored forum for Mayoral and City Commission candidates is a “town hall” meeting hosted by Rick Valois and Susan Overfield at UGF on Saturday. At least five of the candidates plan to attend. I salute Rick and Susan for organizing this debate!

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Spooky Fun!

Looking for a scare? Want to catch some Halloween spirit? Check out one (or all!) of these Haunted Houses in Great Falls!

The Kranz Haunted Asylum is celebrating its 13th anniversary and they’re taking it up a notch on “lucky” number 13! Proceeds go towards the new GF animal shelter, the GF Food Bank, and MXG (Malmstrom missile maintenance) booster club. Located at 1305 3rd Avenue South; for more information, call 761-4141.

The Sparkettes Haunted House features 18 haunted rooms, a “Halloween town” for the kids, and a hay bale maze. Proceeds benefit the Sparkettes baton troupe. Admission is $5 and a can of food. Runs from 7-11 pm at Montana ExpoPark; for more information, call 452-4242.

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office hosts its seventh annual Haunted House. Proceeds benefit the Sheriff’s Department, GFPD Explorers, and Juvenile Drug Treatment Court. Admission is $3.50 and a can of food. Starts at 6 pm at the Cascade County Jail, located at 326 3rd Avenue North; for more information, call 454-6820.

And if you’d rather have fun outdoors while catching some “fall spirit,” don’t forget the Cornfield Maze over in Vaughn!

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Contest Results

Water What fun! The photo contest generated some great pictures, good-natured rivalry, and plenty of votes and comments.

And now…the envelope please! The winner is “WATER” with 20 votes! The person who submitted that photo, Janna, has won the shiny iPod Shuffle. You know…this contest was so much fun, maybe we should have a monthly contest here at GreaterFalls.com…any ideas for prizes or types of contests?

The rest of the balloting: eight votes for “FUN” – seven votes for “LIGHTS” – three votes for “BABY” – one vote for “SPRINGS” – and one vote (and one anti-vote!) for “SQUIRREL!”

Big thanks to everyone who submitted pictures, and to everyone who voted and commented! And FWIW: my favorite was “River Sun!”

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Candidate Closing Statements

Brief videos of the closing statements of the Mayoral and City Commission candidates at the “bloggers debate” that was held at the Northwest Center on October 17, 2007.

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City Commission and Mayoral Candidates – Videos

Here is the closing statement of Bill Bronson at the debate that was held on October 17, 2007. The page may take a bit longer to load than other pages – please be patient!

Bill Bronson


Bill Bronson

Here is the closing statement of Elna Hensley at the debate that was held on October 17, 2007. The page may take a bit longer to load than other pages – please be patient!

Elna Hensley


Elna Hensley

Here is the closing statement of Diane Jovick-Kuntz at the debate that was held on October 17, 2007. The page may take a bit longer to load than other pages – please be patient!

Diane Jovick-Kuntz


Diane Jovick-Kuntz

Here is the closing statement of Susan Kahn at the debate that was held on October 17, 2007. The page may take a bit longer to load than other pages – please be patient!

Susan Kahn


Susan Kahn

Here is the closing statement of Stuart Lewin at the debate that was held on October 17, 2007. The page may take a bit longer to load than other pages – please be patient!

Stuart Lewin


Stuart Lewin

Here is the closing statement of Ed McKnight at the debate that was held on October 17, 2007. The page may take a bit longer to load than other pages – please be patient!

Ed McKnight


Ed McKnight

Here is the closing statement of Larry Steele at the debate that was held on October 17, 2007. The page may take a bit longer to load than other pages – please be patient!

Larry Steele


Larry Steele

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