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Students' community pride shines in annual poster contest

Students from Thompson Falls Elementary and Trout Creek Seventh Day Adventist School have once again let their art skills shine by participating in the annual Beautification Days poster contest. This year's Beautification Days, put on by Thompson Falls Main Street, is set for Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23.

Every year, Beautification Days encourages people to help with spring cleaning around the community as well as lending a hand to neighbors and helping with any yard work they are unable to do themselves.

This year, seven judges combed through posters submitted by students in kindergarten through the sixth grade. The judges picked one winning poster from each grade to be displayed at First Security Bank (FSB) in Thompson Falls. The remaining posters will be displayed around town. "Clean Town, Happy Town" is this year's theme.

"This is my first year judging," said Michael Scharfe with FSB. "I'm just looking for a poster that encompasses the theme." Students are encouraged to use a lot of color. Many posters depicted images of mountains and scenes from around Thompson Falls. "It's a big decision," said judge Mike Thilmony with FSB.

This year's winners included: McKinnley Lyons, kindergarten; Trevor Fitchett, first grade; Elena Buys, second grade; Sylvia Fairbank, third grade; Shaylyn Stein, fourth grade; Audrey Fairbank, fifth grade; and Kandic Smith, sixth grade.

"FSB financed the prizes," said Kathy Conlin with Thompson Falls Main Street. "Each winner gets a bag of art supplies. The posters will be put up at the end of the week and will be on display for a month."

For the elderly and disabled residents of Thompson Falls who need assistance with any cleanup projects, a project form will be provided with an April 14 deadline. Preference is given to those without family in the area and those who have not benefited from this event in the past. Contact Kathy Conlin at (406) 827-6942 for information. During Beautification Days, the Thompson Falls Transfer Site will be accepting tires at $1 off. Car and light truck tires will be $4 each, large truck and off-road tires will be $9 each, skidder and tractor tires will be $44. Rims are 50 cents extra each. This offer is not for commercial tire businesses. Discounts apply at the Thompson Falls Transfer Site only, which is open Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. There will also be a paint swap area for residents to exchange paint or pick up what they need.

Trail maintenance and grooming for the Mule Pasture and Powerhouse Loop trail systems will take place Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are still needed for Beautifications Days, and Conlin said they are also looking for individuals who would like to be on the organizing committee.

Beautification Days recognizes residents, businesses and institutions for keeping their properties looking beautiful with the Thumbs Up Award. Recognition is based on most improved or consistent, continuous effort in upkeep of property. Mail nominations to: P.O. Box 1208, Thompson Falls, MT 59873 by the end of May.


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