The Reader’s Viewpoint - 5/4/17

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Proud of firefighters

We would like to say how proud we are of our Volunteer Fire Department.  Steve was a fireman for many years on the department, and to this day, talks about the pride he felt while serving our community. Now that he is retired, he still considers himself part of the brotherhood and enjoys every chance he gets to participate in the many community events the firemen partake in. My brother, Jamie Swecker, is also on the department.  His entire career has been devoted to keeping our community safe.

We had an incident at work a few months ago which required the ambulance. After waiting for almost an hour, Henry Fox and Levi Vandersloot showed up willing and ready to help. The Laurel Ambulance had a busy morning that day so the firemen came to the rescue. As they took control of the situation, my mind quickly reverted back to several years ago when these two young men were rambunctious little boys.  

Later that morning, I noticed that the firemen were at Town Pump assisting with downed power lines. There again were Henry and Levi! These two young men had probably just gotten off of work that morning, but when they were called to help the citizens of Laurel, sleep would once again elude them and have to wait its turn.  

These men and women regularly miss birthdays, holidays, and other life events when the call comes, but their undying compassion for others drives them to continue to put themselves dead last and answer the call of duty.

So, Henry, Levi, Jamie and fellow firemen and women, “Thank You!” from the bottom of our hearts. We truly appreciate your courage and selfless acts of kindness. Our community would simply not be the same without you!


Steven and Shawna Wegner



Thanks to Arbor Day supporters

The Arbor Day celebration in Laurel was celebrated on Tuesday at Murray Park. The theme was Planting a Future. Students learned that the tree they planted, if cared for, will be here for years to come.

The weather held out so we didn’t have rain or wind. The 4th graders learned about bees, birds, weather, recycling, seedlings and forestry. The students were respectful and appreciative of the professionals who braved the chilly weather to support this event. Following the educational event there was a BBQ and the Tree Ceremony. Four new trees were planted in the park to help shade the soccer field and provide a home for birds and insects. Students learned that they can be helpful to park trees by reporting vandalism or damage to trees to the city office.

We’d like to thank our professional educators, Riverstone Health; Bright and Beautiful; Laurel Ladies Garden Club and Sheri Kisch; the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; The National Weather Service; and the Montana Nursery and Landscape Association for giving wonderful presentations to the students.  

The Arbor Day 2017 event was sponsored by Western Security Bank, Yellowstone Bank, First Interstate Bank, Employees Union 316, J&M Auto Parts, Walmart, River Ridge Landscape, Cotter’s Sewer, Dynamic Designs, Laurel PTA, SOW Ministries, Heidi’s Coffee, Laurel Fire Department and The American Legion. These businesses and organizations helped make this event possible.

A big Thank you to Allison Nys, Graff Principal, and her staff for making the day fun for their students and the volunteers.  

The Laurel Tree Board

Aaron Christianson

LuAnne Engh

Dale Ahrens

Upcoming Events

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
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check for more info. Find them on Facebook . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: 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. 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


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