Nancy Garrett


June 5, 2013  |  POSTED BY Nancy Garrett

     The wonderful Whitefish Moose Lodge must be doing something right: it has 243 members, along with another 100 Women of the Moose.  If you want a great meal, Monday Night Football, a super Super Bowl Party, to play Bingo, or just to meet friends and talk over a drink, check… read more

North Valley Eagles Club

May 13, 2013  |  POSTED BY Nancy Garrett

  FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES NORTH VALLEY AERIE #4081 It’s probably a safe bet that most of you don’t know that Eagles are altruistic.   This wonderful club is dedicated to serving those who need a hand or a bit of money for medical help. In 2012, more than $59,000 was given to the… read more


April 8, 2013  |  POSTED BY Nancy Garrett

“A Hand Up, Not A Handout” For a woman who, with her husband Bob, raised 36 foster children, you’d think Peggy Christensen would slow down, now that her knees are in rough shape.  Well, no, she hasn’t.  Peggy started A Ray of Hope shelter for homeless, hungry and hurting folks in 1999,… read more


March 14, 2013  |  POSTED BY Nancy Garrett

KalispellSenior Center, 403 Second Avenue West in Kalispell   For someone who might be lonely, or feeling poorly, or who just feels they need to get out more, stop by this great center and get to know people.  Who was it who said that a stranger is just a friend I haven’t… read more


January 27, 2013  |  POSTED BY Nancy Garrett

                     ONE IN FOUR WOMEN WILL BE OR HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IN THEIR LIFETIME.  ONE IN THREE FOR NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN.    According to the American Art Therapy Association  art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or… read more

Youth Suicide Prevention

November 17, 2012  |  POSTED BY Nancy Garrett

by Nan McKenzie Flathead Youth Suicide Prevention Council, Kalispell    A life-saver works from a tidy small office west of Kalispell. Joan Schmidt is a mental health therapist in charge of the Flathead Youth Suicide Prevention Council, a consultant for the Flathead City/County Health Department in health and human services. 

Veterans Helping Veterans

November 8, 2012  |  POSTED BY Nancy Garrett

  NORTHWEST MONTANA VETERANS’ FOOD PANTRY  Genuine heroes are not easy to find, but two of them were interviewed yesterday at the Northwest Montana Veterans’ Food Pantry, and this writer was very impressed by their generosity, their pure goodness. Allen and Linda Erickson are quiet people who’ve had their own share… read more

Literacy Volunteers of Flathead County

October 9, 2012  |  POSTED BY Nancy Garrett

“Everyone deserves a chance for a better life, and learning to read can transform a life”.    Christine Hensleigh   Literacy Volunteers of Flathead County and their wonderful crew of volunteers are here to help those who for some reason struggle with reading, math or writing.  Those who need help learning… read more

No child should grow up unwanted.”

September 27, 2012  |  POSTED BY Nancy Garrett

By:  Nan McKenzie  Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children          Jamie Campbell, Program Director   Almost 40 years ago, a kind Seattle judge decided that he wasn’t comfortable with the lack of follow-up on children whose family wasn’t able to care for them.  Judge Soucoup thought on the problem for a… read more


September 17, 2012  |  POSTED BY Nancy Garrett

By Nan McKenzie “They’re fighting to get in here!” Literally, people are fighting and have fought the good fight in all branches of military service, and now they can come home and rest in this fine facility in Columbia Falls.  This 105-bed nursing home is clean, light and airy, and the staff of about… read more