Dec. 2, 2016
Joshua Jordan just wasn’t in the mood to go to jail.
When police located him on the 1100 block of South Arizona to pick him up on an out-of-jurisdiction warrant, he was a bit uncooperative, police told reporters today.
He refused to put his hands behind his back to be cuffed. An officer had to “wrestle him to the ground,” Undersheriff George Skuletich said at this morning’s press briefing.
Jordan “struggled for several minutes,” Skuletich said.
Jordan was wanted on a Gallatin County warrant for $10,000 and a Butte-Silver Bow warrant for $5,000. Resisting arrest was added to his charges.
Jordan is 37. He refused to give Butte police his address.
December 2, 2016
Butte - The ButteNews.net Shop.Dine.Play starting hitting the stands last night and is continuing through the day. Pick one up at one of Butte's grocery stores, gas stations, or a multitude of places uptown.
Read about Butte's own musical bard, Sean Eamon. Our columnist Tyler Morrison talks about the traditional and delicious holiday beverage, Egg Nog and we share some family recipes of our favorite holiday treats.
In this issue we also talk at length about the Mining City Christmas which is organized by Action Inc. who works with a multitude of sponsors and the public to help provide Christmas to those less fortunate. See how you can help.
We have our usual lengthy calendar of events that talks about all the fun things to do in Butte during the month of December, not to mention games, puzzles and comics.
Mining City Christmas
By Diane Larson
The holiday season is upon us. The weather is changing from the crisp autumn evening to the frosty winter nights. The snow glistens on the ground. Houses and storefronts are bright with colored lights and glowing decorations. People are out hustling and bustling to buy presents. All of this tells us that Christmas is just around the corner.
For many people this is a joyous time of year, going shopping and trying to find that perfect gift for everyone on their list. But for some it is less joyous, for some simply cannot afford the simple items necessary to keep safe and warm through the cold winter. Their modest Christmas wish list consists of pajama’s that are warm enough or shoes that are big enough.
“Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking. Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child’s cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven’t forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts. But especially with gifts.” This quote is from a portion of the sermon that is heard at the end the film, The Bishop’s Wife. A 1947 movie starring Loretta Young, Cary Grant, and David Niven that is set at Christmas time and explores the spirit of giving.
The Mining City Christmas (MCC) program is a way for the community to make sure that those lists and stockings are filled. MCC is organized by Action Inc., formerly Human Resource Council, and partnered with Toys For Tots, The Butte Emergency Food Bank, The Butte School District RSVP Program, and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. They provide Christmas to low-income families. MCC supplies toys, clothes and food for families through the Adopt-a-Family program. “Last year we saw a 63% increase in the number of families,” said Margie Seccomb, CEO of Action Inc. Margie said that last year’s growth was almost beyond their ability to meet the demand.
“We provide toys, clothing and food to families in need,” says Jamie Paul, Human Resources Manager of Action Inc. In the lobby of the Emma Park Neighborhood Center at 25 West Silver Street, where Action Inc. is housed, you will find a small forest of Christmas trees beautifully adorned with ornaments and cards. A receptionist at the desk will help you with any information you may need to get started. The cards on the trees contain all of the information you need to provide some Christmas essentials for a low-income family. The information on the cards includes, the ages of children, how many children/members in family, wish lists, and the necessary life items. “To insure that every child wakes up on Christmas morning to find a gift under the tree and enjoys a holiday meal” is our mission statement says Jamie. You can donate the whole list or part of it, such as just donate the toys, or the clothes, or food or just give money.
In 2015 the program served over 780 families which included 1,200 children. Of the more than 780 families that applied and were accepted only 88 families were adopted. “We really want to encourage adoption this year,” says Margie. The number of low-income families has risen to 42% of the population in Silver Bow County. Low-income, as measured by Action Inc. because of the type of funding they have, is anyone who is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. “This number continues to grow in the country,” says Margie. According to Mahatma Gandhi, “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
The program is “100% dependent on donation,” says Jamie. All donations go right into the program, we do not charge for any of our administrative overhead at all,” says Margie.
Jamie said that, “a lot of the wants and needs [written on the cards by the children] are warm pajamas, warm clothes, or boots.” Often, Jamie explained that there is a note of appreciation on the card from the child. These incredible gifts from the community do not go un-valued. One parent letter read, “Dear Mining City Christmas workers, whatever you choose to help us with, I want you all to know how appreciated you are. It is so difficult being a single mother. I never feel like I do enough. Thank you for helping me look good in my children’s eyes.” The donations that anyone gives are deeply appreciated.
Margie shared how she participates in the Mining City Christmas. “I always adopt a couple families. And with my daughter we go out and do that [shop for the family] together. It’s a really good opportunity to show your children that giving back is really important and fulfilling thing to do,” says Margie. Now that her daughter is older, currently a freshman in high-school, this is something that she looks forward to each year. “She walked over from school the other day and had already picked a couple families off of the tree,” Margie said.
Isn’t giving one of the themes of the season? We give gifts, we give time and we give of our self. The spirit of the season calls to us. It is important at this time of year to remember those who don’t have the luxury of staying safe and warm during the winter, let alone giving gifts at Christmas.
Low income families are abundant in our community. Butte has always been a community that takes care of their neighbor. Wonderful stories of people helping each other go back to the first days of Butte’s existence. On December 21, 1931 The Montana Butte Standard printed, “And at the same time, generous Butte with its ebullient spirit is preparing to make this Christmas celebration one akin to those Christmases of past era, when all worries and anxieties are laid aside and all thoughts are given over to the very joy of life, the happiness of one and all, the comforts and satisfactions of a community that is pleased with itself and at peace with the world.”
Things haven’t changed in this community. We still have families in need and a community full of people with a giving spirit. Every last bit of money donated goes directly to families in need. Mining City Christmas does not receive government funds, nor does the money donated go to program costs. And remember, donations are tax deductible.
Sharing our gifts!!! Volunteering
During the holiday we share gifts. Organizations like Mining City Christmas are in need of your gifts. Many of these gifts are material ones that we purchase or make. Some of the gifts we share with other are the gifts of ourselves. We share our time and our talents. Mining City Christmas is asking for people to share their time and talents with them.
Do you love to shop and are you good at it? They need shoppers for all the families, especially the children.
Is organization your gift? They need organizers galore to help with the program.
Do you have a vehicle and can get around pretty well? They need delivery personnel to deliver packages or gifts and food to homes. To volunteer you can contact Jamie Paul at 533-6855.
For donating or reading more about Action Inc. or Mining City Christmas you can call at (406) 533-6842, or go to their web site www.butteassisganceprograms.org. What an amazing gift you would be giving them, the best gift of all, the gift of yourself; let’s not leave any stockings empty this year.
Merry Christmas from Shop.Dine.Play and ButteNews.net