Articles from the December 24, 2020 edition


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  • District sued by pro-sewer landowners

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board of Directors learned at the end of their Dec. 17 meeting that a lawsuit had been filed against the District seeking to force the District to construct the proposed system. In the Board’s regular business they approved a letter to be sent out to District landowners and voters with information on the project and the Feb. 23 Bond Election. District Manager Jean Curtiss informed the Board at the end of her Manager’s report that she had seen a draft of a lawsuit against the District. However, at th...

  • Santa's Village brings magic to Swan Valley

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY – Red arrows pointed the way from Highway 83 down Kauffman Road leading to Santa's Village. This is the first year Santa has spent a week in the Swan Valley, offering gifts, goodies and activities to all the young at heart. "With all the wonders that Christmas has to offer we have seen the sparkle dim just a little this year," Santa said. "Many focusing so much on new cases and loss it seems the entire world needs to remember the joy of being alive. The amazing goodwill that fills th...

  • Residents shine on for Caravan of Lights

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake residents literally lit up the pavement on Saturday, Dec. 19 when they participated in the first ever Christmas Caravan of Lights. Attendees gathered their vehicles, trailers, UTVs and ATVs and left from the Seeley Lake Chicken Coop and Lounge at dusk. Mike Williams, Mike Weigel, Trevor Crofutt and Chicken Coop owner Mike Layman coordinated the event. Weigel said they did not want to be overly formal with the set up so they just went for it. "We sat down once and said,...

  • Montana State Parks visitation sets records

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    In 2020, Montana State Parks saw an increase of almost 25% in the number of visitors compared to the same time period last year. Parks experienced around 3,000,000 visitors between January and September. Around 80% of Montana State Parks saw increased visitation throughout the year with eight parks exceeding 100,000 visitors. "These visitation increases represent the busiest summer on record for the State Park system," FWP Director Martha Williams said in a press release. "FWP staff,...

  • Spread out the giving, cover all ages in generosity

    Steve Thompson, Seeley Lake, Montana|Dec 24, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas, We wish you a Merry Christmas...’ I would like to begin by wishing each and everyone in the Seeley/Swan area a very safe, relaxing and rejuvenating holiday season. This is a season of giving and receiving. Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church has been involved with the local “Giving Tree” for the past 30+ years. This has allowed us to connect with many families in the area and, hopefully, bring a bit of cheer to them. The “Santa Helper Patrol” has just finished wrapping all of the presents an...

  • State leadership needs to carefully consider direction

    Don Larson, Seeley Lake, Montana|Dec 24, 2020

    The Federal Government has only the powers specifically enumerated to it...all other powers accrue to the states. That’s the way the U.S. Constitution reads. However we all know, because it controls the big purse strings, the Feds make state and local governments beggar “socialist” states, ready and waiting for the myriad federal aid program handouts. And because the Fed controls these purse strings, it dictates much of what state and local leaders do. Our new Montana leaders, many of whom will take office next month, need to carefully exami...

  • Stop and look - A shift in perspective

    Thomas Beers, Missoula, Montana|Dec 24, 2020

    The following is a poem written by my girlfriend, Jasmine. I wanted to share it as I believe it captures our adventures in and around the beautiful mountains surrounding Seeley Lake, but also is a reminder to stop and look at life from a different perspective. Thomas Beers The Pair That Started Everything By: Jasmine Schreckendgust Awake Dive into you and feel immediate comfort Vast country awaits Each memory starts with you Now begin my gray and blue Take my feet Unwrap this earth Right beneath me Each step unravels The First True Test Open th...

  • Holiday goodwill

    Ken Silverstro PhD|Dec 24, 2020

    Since it's the holiday season, I believe it's fitting to describe some psychological traits associated with the season. During this season, people are more open, kinder and giving to others. Even to people they don't know! Why is that? There are many possible answers but let's explore a few from a psychological perspective. First of all, people let their egos (sense of identity and control) relax a bit. This means they are less territorial, less argumentative and less adamant about being right....

  • Missoula Aging Services offers tablet program to seniors

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    MISSOULA COUNTY - Missoula Aging Services (MAS) is introducing a new program called Lifelong Connections which will provide low-income, older adults with tablets, two years of Wi-Fi and training at no cost. The overall goal of the program is to train 100 older adults on how to use technology in order to access telehealth, reduce social isolation, continue to volunteer and to take advantage of services available online like grocery shopping. Those enrolled in the program will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab A. Rob Edwards, MAS community services...

  • District receives $76,000+ in grants, recognizes volunteers

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – Seeley Lake Fire Chief Dave Lane announced at the monthly Fire Board meeting Dec. 15 that the District received more than $76,000 in grants this past month. He also recognized volunteers for multiple years of service. Lane said the Department received a Rural Fire Capacity (RFC) grant for $2,800 through the Montana Department of Natural Resources. The RFC Program assists rural volunteer fire departments by providing cost-share grants for training, equipping and organizing. The g...

  • The marathon of collaboration

    Claire Muller, Executive Director, Seeley Lake Community Foundation|Dec 24, 2020

    Have you ever had an idea that could benefit more than just you? Maybe it is something you love to do and want to share it, maybe you've seen it done in another community, or maybe you've even tried and didn't get the momentum or support you needed the first time around. Over the past 20 years at the Seeley Lake Community Foundation (SLCF), we've watched these small ideas grow into community-wide projects that bring benefits to so many beyond the instigator. When we can articulate a common goal...

  • Fire Department ignites Holiday spirit, spreads joy

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Fire Department started up their ambulance and fire truck engines and shined their lights for something other than an emergency on Saturday, Dec. 19. The six attending personnel instead volunteered to venture out into the chilly climate in order to deliver gifts to 10 families as part of the third annual Angel Tree. Fire Chief Dave Lane said the Foundation organizes the event while the Fire District supports it. This is the first year Auxiliary Member Tabitha B...

  • Swan Valley students share holiday messages

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    SWAN VALLEY – Even though Swan Valley School did not have an audience this year for their Christmas Program, it did not squash their Holiday Spirit. Singing with their class in the fresh snow or in their classroom, students shared songs of the season that were videoed and shared on the Swan Valley School's private Facebook page. Wednesday, Dec. 16 Jamie Matthew's third – fifth grade class chose to do their Christmas Program outside. "We live in such a beautiful area, and we were able to spread o...

  • The meaning of Christmas

    Pastor Erik Iverson, Faith Lutheran in Condon and Holy Cross Lutheran in Seeley Lake|Dec 24, 2020

    Throughout all human history, most all cultures have found themselves in times of turmoil, division and disarray. In some ways, we can arguably say that about our own society currently as we contend with a number of different issues. On the surface it can be, and is, overwhelming for many. So the overriding question is...what is to be done about it? It really all depends upon what...or in Whom...one places their trust. As of this reading, Christmas Eve/Day may have already passed. For many, it is but a day’s respite in a year fraught with a m...

  • Board approves Return to School Plan, revised opt-out form, cancels basketball season

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    POTOMAC - The Potomac School Board unanimously approved the Revised Return to School Plan with an amendment during their monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 14. In their discussion, the board talked about the transition process into online learning if an outbreak were to take place at the school. They decided that if the school hits its “trigger point,” then it would go online. The trigger point is when two teachers have to quarantine or 33% of students test positive. In addition, board members unanimously voted to revise the Family Onsite Ins...

  • Local Holiday favorite recipe "Pumpkin & Cream Cheese Roll-Up"

    From the kitchen of Laurie Deniger|Dec 24, 2020

    3/4 cup sifted flour 1 tsp. baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1/2 tsp. salt 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 cup sugar 2/3 cup canned solid pack pumpkin 1 cup chopped walnuts Cream cheese filling (Recipe follows) Cream Cheese Filling: Beat together 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, 6 Tbsp. butter and 1 tsp. vanilla until smoothe. Preheat oven to 375O. Grease a 15” x 10” x 1” jelly-roll pan. line with wax paper, grease and flour wax paper • Sift dry ingredients together. Set aside. • Beat eggs...

  • Sunset sprinkles Christmas program with holiday funnies

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    GREENOUGH - Sunset Elementary School students were busy on Thursday, Dec. 17 filming their scenes for "Christmas Sprinkles," a brand new anthological holiday program. Supervising Teacher Toni Hatten said she chose the collection of skits because the format could be virtually adapted had the school closed. However, she was glad the students could perform together, even though there was not an audience. "I'm so glad that we didn't have to [go virtual], because I'm not sure technically how we...

  • "The Runaways of Missing Lake" receives Pinnacle Book Award

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Tanya Fyfe's "The Runaways of Missing Lake" won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best in Teen Fiction, Tuesday, Dec. 15. This is the first award for Fyfe's fourth book in the series about Luke and the Dragons of Missing Lake. For the past 38 years, the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs, recognize some of the finest books published by their members. The Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards are given to independently published books in a wide variety of categories....

  • Winners of SLE Door Contest announced

    Henry Netherland, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    SEELEY LAKE - Seeley Lake Elementary School's third grade class was declared the winner of the school's annual door decoration contest with their snow globe compilation on Friday, Dec. 18. They will receive a hot cocoa bar when they get back from break. The sixth grade class came in second and the first graders came in third. They will respectively win a popcorn party and a treat bag. Organizer Toni Sexton said the intent of the contest was simply to do something fun and help bring a little...

  • Who sends Christmas cards?

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 24, 2020

    Historical purists might claim the first Christmas card was the elaborately decorated, 33 inch by 24 inch three-panel manuscript given to King James I of England (aka King James IV of Scotland) in 1611. The center panel contained a rose with a Christmas and New Year greeting around it, while the side panels had four poems and a song. Among non-purists, Sir Henry Cole is more commonly accepted as the originator of the Christmas card in 1843. According to the standards of Victorian England, it...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 24, 2020

    Swan Valley Library is closed until Jan. 4 SWAN VALLEY - Due to COVID-19 quarantine, the Swan Valley Library is closed. Cleaning and disinfecting are taking place. The Library will reopen Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 at 10 a.m. Thank you for your patience. The Swan Valley Library is located on Highway 83 in Condon and is just north and adjacent to the Swan Valley Community Hall. The library is open Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information call 406-754-2521 or 406-754-2377. Applications...

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