Whitefish Town Tidbits

By Beacon Staff

As the dog days of summer wind down, lots of things are happening around Whitefish. Here are a few recent tidbits from the news pot:

The Whitefish Wine and Food Summit held at Whitefish Mountain Resort at the beginning of August planned to donate a portion of its proceeds to the Whitefish fire and police departments and the Big Mountain Fire Department. But the event came up short of proceeds. To cover the promised donation, Bill Foley cut checks totaling $75,000 from the Foley Family Foundation. The donation was divided equally between the three departments.

One of the hottest selling items at Imagination Station this summer has been a battery-powered campfire toy called a Spinmallow. The nearly three-foot roasting stick spins its skewer at 92 rpms, toasting marshmallows to a perfect brown. Its double prongs also rotate hot dogs. “It’s crazy,” says co-owner Mary Witbrod. “We were sold out by the end of June and had to re-order more.”

Mrs. Spoonover’s ice cream mural goes to an open hearing before the Whitefish Building Department on Tuesday, August 26, at 2 p.m. Judy Scallen, owner of the ice cream shop, reports that Attorney Sharon Morrison plans to present a slide show of town murals in support of the ice cream art painted by Stumptown Art Studio instructors.

Whitefish High School students will be subject this school year to suspicion-based drug and alcohol testing. The school board voted 5-2 to institute the new policy, which will permit school officials to test students who are suspected of being under the influence at any school event or on school property. School officials will call parents to get permission to test a student immediately; a positive test will result in a three-day suspension for the first offense.