Articles from the June 9, 2016 edition

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  • Live, Laugh, Love & Capture the Dream

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Twenty-eight graduating seniors bid farewell to Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) the afternoon of June 5. While a few tears were shed for the memories and friendships of the past four years, the excitement of the future captured the attention of the graduates as they walked out of the SSHS gymnasium for the last time as students. This year's class graduated with more than 220 college credits. Three of the students have enough credits, they will start their college career as s...

  • Hands for Life Makes Chiropractic Care Affordable

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Finances are no longer a barrier to chiropractic care in the Clearwater, Blackfoot and Swan Valleys. Seeley Lake chiropractor Lance Bohlman started a local chapter of Hands for Life. The purpose is to serve the part of the community that is either not insured, underinsured for chiropractic care, or can't afford regular priced services. Bohlman also provides food and water to those who need it. Bohlman spent his first 15 years in chiropractic practice in Reno, Nev. He relocated to...

  • Knopps Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake residents Barbara and Glen Knopp celebrated 50 years of marriage this May. Through the ups and the downs, Barbara said it's been their faith, families and perseverance that have kept their marriage strong. Everyone is invited to celebrate with them at an Open House Saturday, June 11 from 12-4 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. Barbara was raised in Polson, Mont. Glen lived in St. Ignatius, Mont. While Barbara's father Mordie Newgard and Glen's mother Rose Knopp a...

  • The Path to Now

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – An anniversary is a time for remembering the beginning, for looking at then and tracing the path to now. As the Seeley Swan Pathfinder prepares for its 30th Anniversary Celebration June 25, it seems appropriate to revisit the when, how and why of the Pathfinder's beginnings. Condon resident Suzanne Vernon said that in 1986 fate matched her and her husband Sheldon with former Seeley Lake residents Dick and Michele Potter to create a weekly newspaper. Though another paper, The Valley...

  • Forest Service Trail Maintenance, Stewardship Project at Next Council Meeting

    Submitted by the Seeley Lake Community Council|Jun 9, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - An overview of the U.S. Forest Service’s trail maintenance plan for the area will kick off the next Seeley Lake Community Council (SLCC) meeting. Rachel Feigley, Seeley Lake District Ranger, will talk about how competing demands for firefighting and shrinking budgets will affect trail maintenance. Next on the agenda is the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project (BCSP), a decade-long effort that involves timber, recreation and conservation in a landscape-sized proposal and which enjoys the support of loggers, hunters, r...

  • Grants available to Non-profits in Seeley Lake

    Submitted by the Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Jun 9, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - As part of its mission, the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF) endeavors to help charitable groups in Seeley Lake fund projects to benefit the community. In this capacity, the SLCF strives to be a community resource and catalyst for innovative approaches to improving the quality of life in Seeley Lake. The Small Grants Program supports the ever-changing needs of a community that is diverse and growing. Qualifying non-profit and public organizations are afforded the opportunity to receive assistance from the SLCF, provided the...

  • Potomac 4-H Serves TOSRV

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2016

  • Trails for Everyone The Seeley Lake Trails Project Moves Forward

    Submitted by Clearwater Resource Council|Jun 9, 2016

    In October 2014, a local group of recreational enthusiasts met for the first time to discuss the potential of a comprehensive, multi-purpose, trail system. Their vision: to create a trail system that would not only link Seeley Lake to the great outdoor recreational opportunities we have around us, but also link our community to our neighboring towns and trails. "CRC saw the need to upgrade the trails in our watershed so that locals and visitors can access our beautiful landscape using trails...

  • Expanding the Classroom – Broadening the Audience

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Expanding students' view of wildness, sense of place and wilderness through literature and reading is something Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) English teacher Lori Messenger strives for. This year, with the help of a $1,000 grant from the University of Montana's Matthew Hanson Endowment Fund of the Montana Community Fund, she and her creative writing students were able to produce the first SSHS literary journal entitled "Backroads of the Mind." The journal is available at Cory's...

  • Studying Scripture According to OICA

    Shane Kesterke, Elder - Mission Bible Fellowship|Jun 9, 2016

    I had the benefit of a Christian education as a child. And no, that does not mean that I was homeschooled by Christian parents during my formative years - I did about 3 months of homeschooling as a freshman in high school. And no, that does not mean that I went to Christian schools from grades 1-12. I did go to Christian schools for a few years, but the majority of my schooling was done at the public schools. So what do I mean? I mean that I received a Christian education predominantly from my parents, and not even predominantly during school...

  • Work Hard and Don't Give Up

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2016

    SWAN VALLEY - Former Swan Valley resident and centenarian Queveene Talley reached one hundred years of life March 16, 2016. She has outlived her siblings many of whom lived into their 90s and two of her three children. Talley's response when asked how she has lived so long: Hard work, luck, believing that things will get better when things were hard and not giving up. Talley was born in Kalispell, Mont. in 1916. She was the fourth of seven children born to Walter and Hattie Aleatia Colby who...

  • Either a Singing Career, Paris or a Pink Chicken Coop

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2016

    SALMON PRAIRIE – Graduate Addie Anderson's friends and family filled the Salmon Prairie one-room schoolhouse June 2 to participate in her eighth-grade graduation. Anderson spoke of her two fondest dreams. She wants to audition for "The Voice" and have a successful singing and songwriting career. She said she hopes to travel to Nashville, Tenn., work hard to get a record deal and record an album. Anderson also wants to go to Paris, France. "It sounds like such a beautiful and magical place full o...

  • Transforming Bodies into Works of Art

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE – Tattoo artist Philip Lambert opened Sole Tattoo on Elaine's Way north of Seeley Lake Jan. 1, 2016. Lambert has been tattooing for 15 years and loves when his clients bring him an idea and give him the freedom to expand on it. He strives to give people the highest quality work at a reasonable price. Lambert attended the Art Institute of Pittsburg for special effects. After graduating with an Associate's Degree in Industrial Design Technology he realized how difficult it would be t...

  • Community Briefs

    Jun 9, 2016

    CORRECTION: The Whalen Cabin that was recently moved to the Swan Valley Museum was donated to the Upper Swan Valley Historical Society by Roger Donald of Condon. Sharon Gressle and her relatives funded the move. Delegate Selection County Convention – June 9 MISSOULA - The Missoula County Democrats are calling their 2016 Democratic Delegate Selection County Convention to be held Thursday, June 9 at 6 p.m. at Hellgate High School, Main Auditorium, 900 S. Higgins Ave., Missoula. They will caucus w...

  • Seniors Recognized for Excellence

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Jun 9, 2016

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) seniors received scholarships from several different organizations and were recognized for outstanding achievement at the Senior Awards Ceremony, June 2. Math teacher Annette Johnson and SSHS Principal and English teacher Dr. Kathleen Pecora offered dual enrollment classes again this year. The class has earned more than 220 college credits. Seven students earned 10 or more college credits at SSHS. Jesse Weis and Stephanie Robbins earned more than 20...

  • Layman Graduates Havre High School

    Jun 9, 2016