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Articles written by Betty Vanderwielen

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The making of a combat medic

SWAN VALLEY – Bill Jones was in college in 1969 working on his degree in psychology when he was drafted. Apparently psychology was close enough to a medical degree for the Army. They gave him 10...

 

Chadwick advocates fundamental reset of our thinking about nature

SEELEY LAKE – Doug Chadwick presented his latest book "Four-fifths a Grizzly," to Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club Jan. 15. The book is less about grizzlies and more about us as humans and our...

 

Ovando students get back into the Holiday spirit

OVANDO – Though COVID canceled Ovando School's Dec. 16 play, on Jan. 12 the Ovando community put their holiday spirit back on and gathered to enjoy the students' performance of "The Life and...

 

Offering comfort to dying patients and their families

SEELEY LAKE – The first thing the woman asked when Partners in Home Care Hospice Volunteer Laurel Deniger came for an initial visit was "Do you give foot massages?" So every week when Deniger visite...

 

Supplying military needs for more than 20 years

SEELEY LAKE – Howard Montgomery, more familiarly known in the Seeley Lake area as Monty, served 22 years in the military, first in the United States Navy and later in the United States Air Force.... Full story

 

Toasting the New Year

Traditionally, the New Year is welcomed in by raising a glass of champagne and offering a toast. Toast? Lightly burned bread? In the Middle Ages people sometimes did put a piece of toasted bread into...

 

Sunset School's holiday program was all music

GREENOUGH – Matthew Nord of Tangled Tones Music Studio in Missoula drives up once a week to teach music to the students at Sunset School. On Dec. 16 the students presented their holiday program for...

 

Expressing their inner colors

SEELEY LAKE – Uncorked and Creative Artist Instructor Kris Gullikson invited guest artist Sissy Miller from Frenchtown to introduce the Dec. 10 class to the art of paint pouring. Following Miller's...

 

Fun at Historical Society meeting

SEELEY LAKE – The Dec. 5 Seeley Lake Historical Society and Museum's annual meeting combined a little bit of business with a large portion of pleasure as the assembled members watched two brief...

 

Swan Valley crafters display their wares

SWAN VALLEY – For the second year, COVID dictated the cancellation of the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society's Annual Frostbite Festival and for the second year a group of crafters opted to rent...

 

Advent calendars branch out in many directions

Deeply rooted in Christian tradition, the period of Advent marks four weeks of spiritual preparation for the commemoration of the birth of Jesus. Centuries later, the count-down calendars have...

 

Author of "If It Sounds Good..." sounded good at OBC

SEELEY LAKE – Richard Manning is no stranger to Seeley Lake or to Alpine Artisans' literary events. Former journalist and author of 11 books, he has written about environmental issues, the American...

 

Thanking those who served

SEELEY LAKE - At the Seeley Lake Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11, President of the Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake Barb Knopp spoke of the men and women who fought and continue to fight so we can...

 

Navy widened Rockey's worldview

SEELEY LAKE – Two weeks after graduation from high school-that's when Rockey Kennedy said his real education began. Kennedy grew up in Lone Pine, California, a little town tucked away in the Sierra...

 

Keep your eyes peeled

On a hike in Montana's forests, only a fool would dispute the advice to keep your eyes peeled for bears. But peeling one's eyes sounds painful. Where did that expression come from? One proffered...

 

Roads and Trails Tailings II

Interaction between the speakers and the audience at the Roads and Trails program presented Aug. 7 by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society generated additional tales worth sharing. These short...

 

Roads and Trails Tailings 1

Interaction between the speakers and the audience at the Roads and Trails program presented Aug. 7 by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society generated additional tales worth sharing. These short...

 

Jette helped bring highway to Upper Swan

The fifth in the series covering the Roads and Trails program presented Aug. 7 by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS). CONDON – Upper Swan Valley Historical Society President Steve...

 

Nose to the grindstone

A parent looking at a child's poor report card might say, "You'd better keep your nose to the grindstone next semester and get those grades up!" Is this parent suggesting painful disfigurement will...

 

John Maclean draws record crowd

SEELEY LAKE – The rows of chairs set up in the Double Arrow Homestead Pavilion quickly filled with people. An overflow crowd clustered around the sides of the pavilion in chairs they brought from...

 

Miller recalls bridges linking old roads

The fourth in the series covering the Roads and Trails program presented Aug. 7 by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS). CONDON – For his part in the Upper Swan Valley Historical...

 

Seeley Lake home to Navy's first female floating crane operator

SEELEY LAKE – Jodi Stierwalt never shied away from big tasks-or big vehicles. An equipment operator in the United States Navy Reserve, her attitude when asked if she could operate a specific piece...

 

Meyer discloses names along old road and importance of mail carrier

The fourth in the series covering the Roads and Trails program presented Aug. 7 by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS). CONDON – Dixie Meyer shared her memories of the roads and trails...

 

Shakespearean troupe romps across Double Arrow grounds

SEELEY LAKE – After a year of epidemic-inflicted hiatus, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MSIP) greeted a large audience of eager playgoers on the grounds of the Double Arrow Lodge Aug. 16. The...

 

Old road to Upper Swan presented challenges

The third in the series covering the Roads and Trails program presented Aug. 7 by the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society (USVHS). CONDON – Upper Swan Valley Historical Society President Steve...

 

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