Articles written by Jean Pocha & Keely Larson

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  • Fourth of July festivities and 100 years of Ovando School

    Jean Pocha and Keely Larson, Pathfinder staff|Jul 11, 2024

    The Fourth of July came at a perfect time, weather-wise, for the Blackfoot and Clearwater watersheds - just before temperatures were supposed to get into the high-nineties and even hundreds this week. Celebrations across the valleys were a delightful mix of some of the best parts of small town Montana, with elements that catered to locals and visitors alike. Books were available for purchase to support the Swan Valley Community Library, families wore matching outfits and water and popsicles,...

  • Memorial Day celebrations from Helmville to Condon

    Jean Pocha and Keely Larson, Pathfinder reporters|Jun 6, 2024

    In an area where history, hindsight and remembrance are important, it's not surprising the Seeley and Swan Valleys - where at least in Seeley Lake 14.6% of the population are veterans, according to Census data - treated Memorial Day as something special, and not just a three-day weekend. The Pathfinder was able to attend three celebrations throughout the valleys, and further afield, to see how the holiday was being commemorated. From Condon, to Seeley, to Helmville, one thing was for sure - the...