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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...

 

Say cheese

SEELEY LAKE – When taking group portraits, a photographer often gets everyone to smile at the same time by prompting them: "Say cheese!" But what does cheese have to do with pictures or smiles?...

 

Awea Duo produces unique music with flute and saxophone

SEELEY LAKE – From the first piece they played at the Oct. 21 concert sponsored by Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage, the Awea Duo made it known theirs was not going to be a typical classical music...

 

Tour unfolds variety of artistry

From Lincoln through Ovando, Seeley Lake and up the Swan Valley, Montana artisans displayed a wide variety of art works during Alpine Artisans' Tour of the Arts Oct. 13-14. Well over 100 visitors...

 

Juggling is a way of life for Kristy Pohlman

SEELEY LAKE – New Seeley Lake Elementary third-grade teacher Kristy Pohlman is engaging in quite a juggling act. In addition to teaching, she is also the volleyball coach, is working on a master's...

 

Miss B buzzing with plans for second grade

SEELEY LAKE – Primarily inspired by the modeling of her then teacher Mrs. Roach, Rachel Bemis decided in second grade that she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. She never wavered from that...

 

Robin Beckett brings breadth of experience to kindergarten

SEELEY LAKE – Robin Beckett (formerly Robin Gaither) brings 14 years of teaching to her Seeley Lake Elementary kindergarten classroom. Starting in a Montessori school in Indiana, Beckett went on to...

 

Film pays tribute to Chuck Jonkel

SEELEY LAKE – More than 100 people crowded into the Seeley Lake Community Hall Thursday, Aug. 30, to view a film celebrating a man acclaimed as the father of bear biology. The documentary "Walking B...

 

Tragedy plays out at Double Arrow Lodge grounds

SEELEY LAKE – Alpine Artisans' 2 Valleys Stage introduced its 2018-19 performance season Aug. 23 with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks' production of "The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice."...

 

Tour looks back on 100 years of schooling in the Swan Valley

The first part of this two-part series reported on the individual one-room schoolhouses in the Swan Valley from 1918 to the present. SWAN VALLEY - In addition to the self-guided tour of the old...

 

Tour looks back on 100 years of schooling in the Swan Valley

SWAN VALLEY – In 1918, Swan Valley residents built three one-room schoolhouses to accommodate their growing families and the influx of new pioneers. On Aug. 4, 100 years later, the Upper Swan...

 

Evans passes 2VS torch to Kirsten McGlynn

SEELEY LAKE – "It's been a blast and I love working with all the artists, but it's time to pass the torch to someone else," said 2 Valleys Stage Director Carol Evans. Citing travel plans and other...

 

Force Recon – A 27-Year Adrenaline Rush

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake resident James Sackett joined the U.S. Marine Corps straight out of high school. Why the Marines? "Because I thought they had the coolest uniforms," he said. By the time...

 

Warren Little Inducted into SAR

SEELEY LAKE – Having conclusively traced his ancestry back to the Revolutionary War, part-time Missoula, part-time Seeley Lake resident Warren Little became an official member of the Sons of the...

 

Hawver Named Junior Officer of 1969

SWAN VALLEY –During his six years in the United States Air Force, Condon resident Dennis Hawver gained recognition for his speaking ability and manner of presentation. He even, on occasion, briefed...

 

In the Cockpit?

SEELEY LAKE – Someone nervous about flying in an airplane would no doubt derive comfort from knowing a pilot of Sully Sullenberger or Tammie Jo Shults' caliber was in the cockpit. But what are...

 

Looking Back on 100 Years

SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake summer resident Elizabeth Moody's birthday was a pretty big deal this year – on May 21st she turned 100 years old. Elizabeth is far from the stereotypical grey-haired,...

 

Unending Service Recognized

SEELEY LAKE – When Glen Knopp died June 9, 2017, his obituary included the message, "In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Veterans and Families of Seeley Lake." It was a fitting...

 

Getting Your Money's Worth

SEELEY LAKE – If Millie Mae is gazing into the distance instead of engaging in the group’s conversation, her friend Joan might say, “A penny for your thoughts.” But why only a penny? Does Joan assume Millie’s thoughts aren’t worth any mor...

 

Traveling the World for Uncle Sam

CONDON – The Air Force career of current Condon resident Arthur E. Busby III (aka Buzz) got off to a hesitant start. After spending five years trying to figure out where he fit, he was offered a...

 

Bozeman Author Relates WWII Hero's Story

SEELEY LAKE – On the brink of suicide, author Mark Sullivan pulled himself back and instead prayed to find a story to write, one that had purpose, one that could consume him and give his own life me...

 

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