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Bunny trail has many side paths

How did the Easter bunny hop his way into a religious holiday? And why does a bunny lay eggs? Well, there's the spring proliferation theory, the ground-nesting bird explanation, the pagan goddess vers...

 

Hackett plants seed of gardening fervor

SEELEY LAKE – For a second year, Clearwater Resource Council's Clearwater Partners Workshop hosted author, newspaper columnist and Master Gardener Molly Hackett. As she had the previous year,...

 

Sheppard served as artillery repairman

OVANDO – Bob Sheppard is a native Montanan but that doesn't mean he spent all his time in the same Montana town. Born in Conrad, Sheppard spent his early years in the western Hi-Line country ...

 

From Ovando to the Air Force and back again

OVANDO – Jon Krutar's story begins and ends in Ovando with a 28-year military career in the middle. Growing up in Ovando, Krutar attended a one-room schoolhouse with a fluctuating attendance of...

 

Memories supplement "Red Skies"

SEELEY LAKE – When 20th Century-Fox chose Missoula as the location for its January 1952 world premier opening of the motion picture "Red Skies of Montana," it was a momentous occasion for the city....

 

Secret Garden grows in SLE play

SEELEY LAKE – Proud parents, friends and siblings, some carrying flowers, entered the Seeley Lake Elementary gym Friday, March 8. The flowers were in anticipation of congratulating a favorite...

 

Alien hacker's tale packs Grizzly Claw

SEELEY LAKE – On the evening of March 9 a crowd of more than 40 people packed into the Grizzly Claw Trading Company for Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club hosting of author Jeremy Smith. The...

 

Why use bells and whistles?

SEELEY LAKE – If Joe bought a fancy new computer, he might boast to Cindy, "It has all the bells and whistles." Nevertheless, if Cindy were to take apart his computer, she would find neither a bell...

 

Answering the call

Part I of "Answering the call" discussed how Parcell's early career in the Marine Corps was interwoven with his law enforcement career with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office. After two years in...

 

Cox shares tales of the West Side

SEELEY LAKE – Twenty-five people, most on snowshoes, showed up at the River Point Campground to learn about Seeley Lake's "West Side Story." The Feb. 16 excursion was sponsored by the Seeley Lake...

 

Answering the call

SEELEY LAKE – Though residents in the Seeley Lake and Swan Valley area know Robert "Bob" Parcell as the local Deputy Sheriff, woven through his award-filled law enforcement career is an equally...

 

Not a hero...

SWAN VALLEY – "I just want to say I am not a hero," Swan Valley resident Marc White stated in an interview to discuss his military service, which included participation in Desert Storm. "I'm just a...

 

Inaugurating the Community Ice Rink

SEELEY LAKE –Children and adults gathered Dec. 29 for the official opening of Seeley Lake ROCKS' new ice skating rink at the Seeley Lake Elementary School field. The Seeley Lake Lions Club supported...

 

More Christmas food favorites

OVANDO & SEELEY LAKE – Margaret Bauer said her family likes to make gingersnaps. She said, “We like the smell; it fills the house. Everybody likes to eat them for snacks and we give them as gifts.” Shawna Jarrell said her grandma’s punch...

 

Singing trumps fighting

The carol "O Holy Night" is a favorite at Christmas time, especially when sung by someone who can, as Huffington Post puts it, "raise the rafters on the '-vine' of 'Oh night di-.'" The song itself has...

 

Ovando presents "The Rented Christmas"

OVANDO – Parents, relatives, visitors and a number of younger siblings dressed in holiday attire packed the Ovando School gym to see the student production of "The Rented Christmas" Dec. 20. The pla...

 

SSHS brings winter, fire and snow

SEELEY LAKE – Retired Seeley-Swan High School music teacher Bob Green used the phrase “an awkward situation” to express the condition SSHS found itself in at the beginning of the school year. A...

 

Blood makes a heartfelt gift for the holidays

SEELEY LAKE – Alysa Loesch sat relaxed on the gurney at the Seeley-Swan High School gym. Blood dripped from a tube in her arm to a collection bag below. Loesch was one of the estimated 15-25...

 

More foods that say "Christmas"

In a continuation of the informal survey on what foods mean Christmas: Debbie Dillree said "Potato sausage has always been our big thing on Christmas Eve. My grandparents used to make it and after the...

 

Christmas song origins both simple and complex

“Deck the Halls” originated from the 16th century Welsh New Year’s Eve dancing song, “Nos Galan.” Cardiff University Professor in the School of Welsh, E. Wyn James, an authority on Welsh hymns and ballads, said “Nos Galan” belongs to a...

 

What food denotes Christmas to locals?

SEELEY LAKE – An informal survey unsurprisingly discovered that while turkey may conjure up Thanksgiving to most folks, Christmas is evoked by a wide variety of foods. A contingent of people boasting Norwegian descent – including Kelli Wold,...

 

Ringing in the holidays

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley-Swan Mountain Bells rang in the holiday season with a concert at Double Arrow Lodge Dec. 6. The Lodge was packed as the 11 bell ringers, led by Director Joann Wallenburn,...

 

To carol or to wassail?

'Tis the season to go a-caroling. The custom of going door-to-door singing to one's neighbors harkens back at least as far as the Medieval Period, though no doubt a medieval person transported to our...

 

How did the Friday after Thanksgiving become black?

SEELEY LAKE – Thanksgiving was once a full, laid-back day of families gathering to visit and feast at a giant potluck. Today, Thanksgiving has to share time with football games and pre-mature Black...

 

Organization offers polar bear viewing

SEELEY LAKE – Prompted by the success of its August screening of "Walking Bear Comes Home," the Clearwater Resource Council presented a follow-up Clearwater Partners Workshop Nov. 17. Entitled...

 

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