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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Debate Results

Overall, I’d say that tonight’s debate was a success. We had approximately 60 people attend, and they all seemed open-minded about hearing the candidates. There were no disruptions or name-calling or any other distractions. And as the first public forum where all of the candidates were gathered, it provided us with some insight into not just where the candidates stand on the issues, but also how they reacted to and interacted with each other.

There were two sets of results: the first from the debate students, who used formal debate criteria; and the second from the rest of the audience, who used whatever criteria they normally use when selecting political candidates. Here is how it stacked up:

The debate students ranked Ed McKnight first, followed by Stuart Lewin and Elna Hensley.
The audience ranked Mary Jolley first, followed by Ed McKnight and Bill Bronson.

Video clips of the entire debate will be posted online (either here or on YouTube) within a couple of days, but for now, I’ve put together a few pages with brief videos of each candidate’s closing statements, and here are some photos of the evening. Continue reading

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Be There or Be Square

GeeGuy and I are officially on bended knee to ask you to attend the debate tonight:

So, I’m going to perform the figurative equivalent of begging you to attend our debate tomorrow night. Please, if you get the slightest bit of enjoyment or satisfaction from the local blogosphere, help us to make this grass roots event succeed.

All you need is $5 to get in, and if you’re short on cash, let me know and I’ll spot you the fin.
ALSO: kids under 18 get in free!

Tonight, at 7:00 p.m., at the Northwest Center (2201 Northwest Bypass).

See you tonight. Continue reading

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