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Articles from the December 14, 2017 edition

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 By Andi Bourne    News    December 14, 2017

Helping Fill the Need

SEELEY LAKE – “After this summer, I was exhausted. I needed help,” said Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church Reverend Carrie Benton who talked to many others who felt the same way. “Then it dawned on me that we all need help. It has become so...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    December 14, 2017

Happy Holidays from the Swan Valley

SWAN VALLEY – "How awesome was that?! We did it," said Boyd as the students gathered all their belongings and loaded on the hay wagon for the Holiday card photo. Swan Valley School students and...

 

One-Year-Old Organization Celebrates 20th Anniversary

SWAN VALLEY – Though scarcely one year old, Swan Valley Connections (SVC) hosted a grand 20-year celebration Dec. 6 at the Swan Valley Community Hall. In January 2016, Swan Ecosystem Center (SEC)...

 

Rice Ridge Fire Costs Seeley Major Tourist Dollars

SEELEY LAKE - Due to smoke from the Rice Ridge Fire just two months ago, local businesses faced a loss of revenue because of decreased tourism. According to InciWeb, an incident information website,...

 

KBD Dog Yes, Bear Pusher No

More than a few people have asked me if I am the one with a Karelian Bear Dog (KBD) who, for a fee, can push bears off their property. No, I am not. Though my KBD came from Wind River Bear Institute, she is specifically trained to find dead animal...

 

Opportunity Too Good to Miss

SEELEY LAKE - Think about this. Don’t miss grabbing the golden ring. Presently, there are more than 3,000 separate parcels within the Missoula County portion of the Clearwater Valley and watershed. There are more than 1,500 living units, including...

 

Another Winter 96-97?

Those of us who lived through the winter of the big snow 96-97 remember – plow ¬– shovel daily. We lived then on the Swan side of the Summit. Come February you couldn't see my jack fence. I had...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    December 14, 2017

Community Invited to First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Department invites the community for the First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at the Fire Hall Saturday, Dec. 16. from 4:30-8 p.m. It's a great...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    December 14, 2017

Don't Get Fired Up – Remember to Clean Your Chimney

SEELEY LAKE – It’s that time of year to make sure your chimney is cleaned and ready for winter. The Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to a chimney fire on Double Arrow Saturday afternoon. While there was no structure damage to the...

 

Lions Provide Holiday Food Baskets

SEELEY LAKE - It’s that time of year as Christmas fast approaches. Each year Seeley Lake Lions Club distributes Holiday Food Baskets to area families in need of help, providing a holiday meal for Christmas. The Lions perform various fundraisers...

 

Good Stories From Bad Experiences

During the holiday season, I often reflect upon the past year (and some of those significant experiences throughout my life). I suspect that many of you are like me, you are reminded of your blessings during the holiday season. But what about those...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    December 14, 2017

Christmas Bazaar Fills a Need

SEELEY LAKE – With a burger in one hand and their wallet in the other, shoppers enjoyed the Christmas Bazaar at Lindey's Prime Steak House Saturday, Dec. 9. It was an opportunity for local vendors...

 

Who Brings Holiday Presents?

Part 1 of this series on holiday gift-givers talked about Saints and Santas. Part 2 will discuss The Three Kings as Gift-Givers One of the most obvious Christian connections between the giving of...

 

Recalling a Most Memorable Christmas

Susan Stone from Condon said, "I think my most memorable Christmas was the gathering of family shortly before my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. We spent a Christmas in Portland with almost...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    December 14, 2017

Building a Sense of Community Through Teaching and Mentorship

SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley resident Colleen Harrington was offered her dream job this past fall when she was hired as the junior high teacher for Swan Valley School. After teaching at the Mission...

 

Jim Creek Restoration Work Leads to Proposed De-listing

SWAN VALLEY – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has announced that Jim Creek in the Swan River Valley will no longer be considered “impaired” for water quality. DEQ will submit an impairment de-listing to the Environmental...

 
 By Pathfinder    News    December 14, 2017

Swan Valley School Yearbook Wins First Place for Page Layout

SWAN VALLEY - Entourage Yearbooks announced their seventh Annual National Yearbook Competition awards, recognizing Swan Valley Elementary School with the distinctive First Place for Page Design....

 
 By Sigrid Olson    News    December 14, 2017

Christmas Comes Home to Potomac

POTOMAC - More than 80 community members turned out for the Annual Christmas Comes Home event in Potomac Dec. 9. Young and old enjoyed indoor fellowship including Santa and his sleigh, the Christmas...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    December 14, 2017

JuBELLation Rings in Christmas Spirit

SEELEY LAKE – JuBELLation five-octave Handbell Choir from Missoula filled the Double Arrow Lodge with traditional holiday and Christmas Carols Thursday evening, Dec. 7. Attendees enjoyed sipping a...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    December 14, 2017

The Toy Sale that Keeps Giving

SEELEY LAKE – Loving Hearts hosted their annual Toy Sale Dec. 5 at Mission Bible Fellowship. When the doors opened at 5 p.m. there was a line out the back door. The sale was wrapped up by 5:45 p.m....

 

June Elizabeth Wilhelm 1922-2017

SWAN VALLEY - June was born in Missoula on June 26, 1922 to Ruby and Chester Smith. She attended schools in Missoula and Helena and shared colorful tales of childhood on her grandparent's homestead... Full story

 

Christmas Day

There are a number of theories as to why Christmas (originally the Mass of Christ) is celebrated but it is almost certain that Dec. 25 is not the actual day. Among other factors, the nights at that time of year often get overly cold and snowy, and...

 

Blackhawks Battle the Forks

The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks and Lady Blackhawks took on Big Fork and Clark Fork last week. Class B Big Fork outclassed both teams Dec. 5. While the Boys found success against the Clark Fork Mountain...

 

Community Briefs

December Swan Valley Council Meeting Cancelled SWAN VALLEY – The Swan Valley Community Council meeting scheduled for Dec. 19 has been cancelled. The next council meeting will be Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall. Additional...

 

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