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2 Philipsburg Mail - Thursday, June 15, 2o17 I Clockwise from left: Cathy Smith gives Ben Johnson a hug after one of the many awards Philipsburg Brewing Company won at the North American Brewers Asso- ciation awards earlier this month. Johnson and Mike Elliot pose with the four medals they took home from the awards. Photos courtesy Philipsburg Brewing Co. Philipsburg Brewing Company took home four medals, three gold andone bronze, at North American Brewers Association (NABA) Awards this past weekend. The awards were held in con- junction with the Mountain Brewers' Beer Fest, in Idaho Falls, Idaho on June 2 and 3- The gold medal winning beers were Otter Water Ses- sion Pale Ale in the "Light Ale" category, 5 Phantoms Pumpkin Spice Barleywine in the "Pumpkin Spice Beer" category and Ropeswing Saision in the "Saison" cat- egory. A bronze medal was awarded to Haybag Hefewei- zen in the "American Wheat with Yeast" category. "It always means a lot to earn a medal at NABA because of the high quality of beers and judging that the competition attracts each year. It's humbling to realize. that our beers were selected as stand outs in such a dis- tinguished field," said Lead Brewer and Recipe Devel- oper, Ben Johnson. The NABA competition is a single blind sampling followed by rank ordering of the entries within a category. This isn't Philipsburg's first time medaling at the North American Brewers Association. At the 2016 competition, the brewery also won 4 medals, one bronze, two silvers and one gold: 5 Phantoms Pumpkin Spice Barleywine is the back- to-back gold medal win- ner in the "Pumpkin Spice" category. 5 Phantoms will be released in a Very limited 22oz bottle run this fall. "This is by far our best showing since we started entering the competition in 2o13," said Head Brewer Mike Elliott. "We are proud of the fact that we've me- daled every year but this year's competition results were exceptional for us." This year, Montana took home a total of 23 medals between 12 breweries. Phil- ipsburg Brewing Company led the contingent with 4 medals, followed by Black- foot River Brewing, Draught Works Brewery and Red Lodge Ales each receiving 3 medals. Philipsburg Brewing Company opened its doors in 2o12 with the idea of pro- viding quality, hand crafted beers, in a friendly, unique, setting. Philipsburg Brewing Company uses only the fin- est Montana malt and local mountain spring water to craft our beer. Mike Elliott, Head Brewer, has quickly earned a reputation for creating unique, crisp and refreshing lagers and ales. pa signs on ck C by Emily Petrovski "I think it's an accident waiting to happen," Rory Zarling told the commissioners of the intersection of Skalkaho Highway and Rock Creek Road. Zarling, who works for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told the commissioners that the public access site for fishing down in that area is in jeopardy because of the private land owner. The land owner, Lou Reece, would like to see no parking signs placed on the roads to direct visitors to a parking area. The parking area can hold a lot of ears and would keep them out of the roadway. The intersection is already a fight turn, and fishermen and floaters congest the road when they park off to the side to launch their boats, Zarling noted. In order to stay in the FWP program, the landowner wants to see a barrier put up and 'no parking' signs placed, Zarling told the commissioners at their meeting last week. Glenn Cameron, of the Department of Transportation, noted that MDT is not currently willing to put up a physical barrier in the area. Because it is not a Spot of high numbers of traffic accidents, the barrier in itself could create a hazard for travelers, Cameron said. The Department is willing to put up 'No parking' signs though, Cameron noted. Commissioner Scott Adler noted that his concern is with the enforcement of the signs. The Fish, Wildlife and Parks Wardens are not able to write citations for parking in a no-parking zone and it would be Granite County's Sheriffs Office that would be getting the phone calls for enforcement, Adler noted. If the landowner is the one that wants the no parking signs put in, he will likely be the one who is calling, Adler said. Then it will become an issue because if the Granite County Deputies cannot get down to the area to cite the illegally parked cars, the landowner will think they are not doing their job, Adler said. Commissioner Bill Slaughter asked if they could put up non-enforceable no parking signs. The responsibility for enforcement is their biggest concern, Slaughter noted. Highway Patrol would be able to issue citations for illegally parked cars, but they would almost never get down to that area, Slaughter said. The landowner is concerned about liability, Zarling noted. If they cannot put up the no parking signs, the landowner will pull out of the agreement, Zarling told the commissioners. They have put up similar signs in other counties, he added. Slaughter said he would be in support of the idea as long as they got a commitment from Highway Patrol that they would be helping with the enforcement. umm continued from page one Everyone on the staff was re- educated to the importance of carrying both the buzzer and cordless phone, Stoppler said. They also instituted a Quality Assurance program to ensure the issue does not happen again. The staff has to sign off on the QA, and they are each accountable for carrying it when they should be, Stoppler said. There is also a QA program for checking the batteries on both the buzzer and the phone, to ensure it is properly functioning, she noted. The next step in the process is to make a policy to address the issue for the future, Stoppler told the Mail. Once the policy is written it will be brought to the policy review committee, she said. "That's not the way we want to care for our community," Stoppler said of the problem. "They definitely deserve better," she added. She said she is grateful that the problem was brought forward because it means they were made aware of it and could address the problem. The QA program will ensure that it does not happen again, she said. Among the others changes at the hospital, long-time provider Frank Pawlak will be leaving the clinic in early July to move to Texas to be closer to his family. "He will be greatly missed," Stoppler said of Pawlak. He has given much of his time and himself through his years of service to the community, she said. "We wish Frank well in his new adventure," she commented. As a result of Pawlak's departure, the Drummond clinic will have to discontinue their Thursday services starting July 6. Stoppler said they hope to be able to resume Thursday services when they have a new person hired to fill PawIak's position. "We're not happy about this either," Stoppler said of the discontinuance of Thursday service at the Drummond clinic. The day was never particularly busy, averaging one or two patients per Thursday, Stoppler told the hospital board at their last meeting. The hospital had the go-live date for their electronic health records last week. The Athena system is up and running and patients are being registered in the new system, Stoppler told the Mail last week. They are transferring over the hospital patients into the new system as well. Patients will still receive a bill in the old format for their legacy account until that account is cleared up, Stoppler said. The new bills through the Athena system will be more detailed. They will have a breakdown and descriptions of the services provided, Athena representative James Ruggerio told the Mail. Patients will be able to access their information such as lab results and appointment times through the online patient portal, Ruggerio noted. They will also be able to make payments online if they wish to do so.