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Library hosting teen reading group Parmly Billings Library will resume its discussion group, Talking About Books: A Book Discussion Group for Teens, this summer, with discussions of four different books.

The group will meet once a month on Thursday nights in the Teen Pit on the second floor of the library at 510 N. Broadway.

The library will provide copies of the books, as well as pop and pizza, for participants.

The following books will be discussed:

"Wild Man Island," by Will Hobbs. June 26.

"Home of the Braves," by David Klass. July 31.

"Claws," by Will Weaver, Aug. 28.

"Son of the Mob," by Gordon Korman. Sept. 25.

The discussion group is open to middle- and high-school students. To register for the group, call 657-8258.

Upstream restrictions begin this weekend LEWISTOWN - The Bureau of Land Management's Lewistown Field Office reminds motorized-boat enthusiasts that the seasonal upstream travel restrictions on the wild and scenic segments of the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River begin this weekend.

The wild and scenic segments include areas between Pilot Rock (river mile 52) and Deadman's Rapids (river mile 84.5) and from Holmes Council Island (river mile 92.5) to the Fred Robinson Bridge (at river mile 149).

In these segments, extended upstream travel by motorized water craft is limited to administrative, emergency or law-enforcement water craft only. Downstream travel by motorized craft is allowed, but cannot exceed a speed that creates white water in the wake.

The seasonal restrictions remain in place until Sept. 7.

The recreational segments of the Upper Missouri remain open to motorized water craft use.

These segments include the first 52 river miles from Fort Benton downstream to Pilot Rock and an 8-mile segment from Deadman's Rapids to Holmes Council Island.

"These seasonal restrictions have been in place since the first management plan was written for the Wild and Scenic Missouri (more than 25 years ago) and balance the needs and interests of motorized and nonmotorized recreationist," said Jon Edwards, a BLM law-enforcement ranger stationed in the Lewistown Field Office.

"They also reduce user conflicts, limit noise impacts and protect all boaters from capsizing and collisions."

If you have questions about the restrictions or to report a violation, call Edwards at 538-1939.

Budget makeover to help save money Would you like to cut your weekly grocery bill by going shopping with a pro?

The Billings Gazette is looking for a few families to volunteer to have Yellowstone County Extension Service Agent Bernie Mason look for ways to squeeze savings from the family's food budget.

She will prepare her "grocery-budget makeover" by looking over past grocery store register receipts and going along on a family's weekly shopping trip.

The tapes, tips and supermarket trip will provide the gist for an upcoming feature story showing other families ways to slice their food budgets.

If you would like to participate, send a note to The Gazette describing your family and your food-shopping habits. Please include a few recent supermarket register receipts.

Letters must be received by The Gazette by June 16. Send your note to: Grocery Makeover; Features Department; The Billings Gazette; P.O. Box 36300; Billings, MT 59107. Fax it to the Features Department at 657-1208, or e-mail your note to

Be sure to include the contest name "Grocery Makeover," your name, address and daytime and evening phone numbers.