Looking Loco

Outlook photo by Mary Lou Batalden
Amy Mills and Osric Santiago work on the Locomotive mural at Laurel’s MasterLube during the business’ Business After Hours event. MasterLube supports all the area high schools in raising money for the seniors’ graduation parties. Business revenues on Saturday May 14, from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. will go toward the alcohol and drug-free bash.

Voting is now open for the annual Master Lube War of the Walls mural competition. 

Each year, a student from each Billings and Laurel high school is chosen to paint a mural on a MasterLube store. The favorite is decided by public vote at MasterLube.com/wowvote2016 or MasterLube’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masterlube. The winner is awarded a traveling trophy and bragging rights for the year.

Voting will close at 11 pm on Wednesday, May 11 and the winner will be announced on Friday, May 13. Meet the artists behind the murals at www.masterlube.com/wow2016.

The painting competition coincides with the annual Grad Day fundraising event for the high schools’ all-night, drug and alcohol-free graduation celebrations. This year’s fundraiser will be on Saturday, May 14, from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Each school will “adopt” a MasterLube site for the day to conduct their fundraising. Every dime a customer spends at MasterLube that day will go directly to the schools for their graduation celebration. MasterLube retains none of the proceeds for product cost, labor or overhead. Laurel High School is adopting the Laurel Master Lube at 203 SE 4th St.

For more information, visit www.masterlubegradday.com. To make a donation to the graduation celebrations, contact contact Jami Funyak at jfunyak@bresnan.net or call 698-7228. 

Artists begin with locomotive theme

The wall at the Laurel MasterLube store was a collaborative effort between Amy Mills, 18, and Elise Broberg, 18, who have been friends since elementary school.

“I think we work really well together as a team,” Elise said.

The girls opted to work off of a similar design as last year, featuring a locomotive, but made changes to make it their own.

“We just got together during study hall and started brainstorming ideas off each other and sketched it out,” Amy said. “Then we went to the computer to finish the design and add color.”

Elise is taking five art classes this year and has used most of her high school electives these past four years to take additional art classes.

“I really love art and want to make it my career,” Elise said. “Art has always just been there. I’ve always had a knack for it ever since I was a little kid.”

Elise plans to attend the Art Institute of Seattle and study media arts and animation. While she’s explored numerous media, her favorite artistic activity is drawing in her sketchbook.

Amy has a knack for artistic endeavors as well and does a lot mixed media, using recycled materials.

“It’s something I like to do in my free time,” she said. 

Amy is also the editor of the yearbook at Laurel High and is involved in numerous service projects for National Honor Society. She plans on attending MSU-Billings to study pre-physical therapy.

Her interest in physical therapy was piqued after she injured her knee in the eighth grade. As part of her recovery she did six months of physical therapy and liked the idea of a career where she could help people.

Amy’s parents are Michael and Wendy Mills

Elise’s parents are Danny Broberg and Connie Nicely



Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Third Saturdays, 1 p.m., The Crossings, 600 Roundhouse Dr.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


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