Terrific News Tuesday

The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed. – Bennett Cerf

Hey kids – welcome to another edition of Terrific News Tuesday (TNT)!

In case this is your first time reading TNT, this column is all about good news. I know it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be complaining or criticizing anyone or anything in this column today – just writing about some terrific news that caught my attention!

Here is some of the good stuff in this edition of TNT:

  • Sesame Street & Malmstrom AFB
  • Downpour Music Festival
  • Montana Constitution
  • American Cities Stuck in the 1960s
  • Solar Power in Montana

Sesame Street comes to Malmstrom:

Although my dad was not in the military, when I was a child my family moved around a lot and it was tough going to a new school. I think I attended seven schools in 12 years. After I spent several years in the military I saw first-hand how moving and deployments could affect military families.

It was good to see that this issue is being addressed with the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families. It recently stopped at Malmstrom AFB near Great Falls for two shows.

According to their website:

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families made its debut in July 2008 and is the longest running entertainment tour in USO history. The tour is designed to help military families deal with the unique challenges they face.

Since the tour’s inception, it has taken its message to more than 540,000 troops and military families and performed more than 1,000 shows on 149 military installations in 33 states and 11 countries. Additionally, the tour has logged more than 206,000 miles and distributed more than 2.6 million giveaways. Last year’s installment debuted a brand new show centered around the transition from military to civilian life in addition to its ever popular show about moving.

Downpour Music Festival:

The lineup is set for this year’s Downpour Music Festival in Great Falls! Performing will be NF, Manafest, Manic Drive, Phil Wickham, Shawn McDonald, and Jeremy Camp.

The Christian music festival will be held August 20-21 at Montana Expo Park. Visit their website HERE.

Montana Constitution:

The Montana Constitution is now available in a digital audio format for those with visual and physical impairments. It’s available through the Montana Talking Book Library.

According to MTN news, making the constitution available to the public in recorded format was a cooperative effort between the Secretary of State’s Office and the Montana State Library.

American Cities Stuck in the 1960s:

When I first saw the story about “American Cites Stuck in the 1960s” one city in Montana came to mind; Missoula.

The opening sentence made me think of Missoula, “If you visit these American cities, you might just think you’ve traveled back in time to the ‘flower power’ heyday of the 1960s”

Yes – Missoula made the list! It’s #19.

Solar Power in Montana:

The Great Falls Tribune published a story recently about how the interest in solar power is growing in Montana. This is great news!

It was reported that developers are leasing land from Missoula to Great Falls to Hardin with plans to install photovoltaic panels to generate electricity to sell to public utilities. It was also reported that Cascade County officials have been contacted by at least six different companies from North Carolina, South Carolina, California and Virginia.


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