Articles from the December 30, 2021 edition

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  • Supplying military needs for more than 20 years

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – Howard Montgomery, more familiarly known in the Seeley Lake area as Monty, served 22 years in the military, first in the United States Navy and later in the United States Air Force. Montgomery said he signed up with the Navy in 1954 because he wanted to see the world. The Navy trained him as a storekeeper where he learned about ordering, stocking, issuing and tracking supplies. He spent the next two years aboard the cargo ship U.S.S. Warrick whose homeport was Oakland, C... Full story

  • Generosity overflows during season of giving

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – In addition to all the events this year allowing families to shop and pick up gifts, three groups operated behind the scenes with help from the community to bring gifts and a holiday meal to community members. Mountain Lakes Church continued their Giving Tree at Cory's Valley Market, the Seeley Lake Fire Foundation offered their Angel Tree and the Seeley Lake Lions Club delivered Holiday Food Baskets to families who could use a hand up this Christmas. The Giving Tree went up at C...

  • Red Sleighs flies Santa to area schools for a visit

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE – "Do you hear the helicopter?" Seeley Lake Elementary Superintendent Josh Gibbs told the students. "Santa is coming this way." The students at Seeley Lake Elementary school watched and cheered as a Minuteman Jet Ranger helicopter landed carrying Santa and gifts in the south football field at SLE the afternoon of Dec. 21. The classes took turns visiting with Santa, receiving a candy cane and picking out a small toy or stuffed animal. Seeley Lake was among 24 stops in Montana and I...

  • Open for business, welcoming visitors

    Lynn Wilson, Swan Valley, Montana|Dec 30, 2021

    In response to the comment made by the representative with the Lifetime movie crew for “Mistletoe in Montana” in the Dec. 16 issue stating “Due to the lack of any lodging between Missoula and Bigfork,” we are still alive and well in the Swan Valley. We have a six-room bed and breakfast here in the Swan. We have rooms available all summer, when we are not hosting a workshop, and year round for winter recreationist. Please don’t think that there are no places to stay in the Swan. We would be glad to have you visit us and enjoy this beautiful...

  • Gearing up for a winter of outdoor recreation

    Garry Swain, President, Seeley Lake ROCKS|Dec 30, 2021

    As winter dawns over the Seeley Swan Valley, the ROCKS team springs into a frenzy of action. It is during this ever-changing and unpredictable weather season that we realize the somewhat limited control we have over this gorgeous environment, and much of the ROCKS team's time is spent watching the weather forecast. Rain? Not so good. Snow? Great for the ski trails, trouble for the ice skating rink. Cold and icy conditions? Not so great for the ski trails, fantastic for the rink. Yep – this is wh...

  • Wolf trapping open in all Wolf Management Units

    Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Dec 30, 2021

    MONTANA - Wolf trapping is now open in all Montana Wolf Management Units. After monitoring grizzly bear activity across much of the state, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists have determined the potential risk for trapping conflicts in grizzly bear areas is low. FWP biologists have been monitoring grizzly bear activity with a variety of methods since early November. This includes monitoring collared grizzly bears, sightings of bears in the field, weather assessments and reports from the public. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission...

  • Toasting the New Year

    Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder|Dec 30, 2021

    Traditionally, the New Year is welcomed in by raising a glass of champagne and offering a toast. Toast? Lightly burned bread? In the Middle Ages people sometimes did put a piece of toasted bread into their wine or other drink. But why did they do that? And how did it turn into the modern custom of saying a few words before drinking at special occasions, no bread involved? Toasting as a way of preserving bread originated in pre-historic times. Laying a slab of bread on a hot stone next to a fire...

  • "Home Alone" draws a mix of supporters

    Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder|Dec 30, 2021

    SALMON PRAIRIE - The 100-year-old Salmon Prairie Schoolhouse welcomed a mix of people from the community who came to watch the traditional Christmas program. With help from Teacher Holl Hubbard, four students, who make up the student body, put on the production of "Home Alone" Dec. 21. Along with parents and grandparents of the students, attendees included those whose roots go deep in the community. Some attended the school years ago along with a teacher from the long line of those who taught...

  • A musical Christmas in the Swan Valley

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 30, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley School students lit up the stage Dec. 21 as they welcomed the community to "Christmas at the O.K. Corral." Attendees were treated to singing and dancing by the preschool, welcomed into the planning for the Christmas celebration at the O.K. Corral and listened to a piano solo from pianist Lilly Boyd and music from the Jr. High Band. The O.K Corral opened with plans to decorate for the Christmas celebration. However, Bubble Gum Bart (Collin Skinner) rolled into Snowy G...

  • Martin Koenig Feb. 6, 1952 – Dec. 16, 2021

    Dec 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - It is with a broken heart that I share with you. Martin Koenig passed away on Dec. 16. Martin was born in Switzerland on Feb. 6, 1952 to Werner and Rosa Koenig. His childhood in Switzerland was filled with many adventures! It was with that adventurous spirit that Martin decided in 1973 to come to the United States. He became a machinist and horse farrier. In 1980 he settled in Montana. Ten years later he decided that running sled dogs was more fun than his horses, so he sold them... Full story

  • Finding rest and hope in the darkness

    Rev. Carrie Benton, Pastor, Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church|Dec 30, 2021

    At this time of year, when daylight is in short supply, I am reminded of the restorative blessing of darkness. My chickens first alerted me to the necessity of the dark. As daylight fades in the fall, so does their egg production. The sunlight signals their bodies to produce. Darkness gives them much needed rest for their little bodies. For most of my life darkness has always meant something bad or scary. Unknown. Mysterious. Frightening. I slept with a nightlight growing up to keep "monsters"...

  • Getting others excited about the Swan Valley Library

    Andi Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 30, 2021

    SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley resident Jenny Kauffman was visiting the Swan Valley Community Library weekly before becoming a substitute librarian for Librarian Colleen Kesterson. When Kesterson decided to retire this fall, Kauffman was hired as the new librarian Nov. 14. She looks forward to sharing her love of reading with patrons, sharing her knowledge of technology and encouraging valley residents to utilize all the services the library can offer. Kauffman has always loved to read. She reads a...

  • Potomac School Christmas program brings down the house

    Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder|Dec 30, 2021

    POTOMAC - This year's Potomac School Christmas Program brought more than 130 people together for the community event with standing room only. Last year's audience numbers were strictly limited due to COVID restrictions. This year the large crowd was smiling, hugging and laughing as they took photos and clapped while watching the students perform. The evening began with a welcome by Principal John Rouse followed by the winner of the eighth grade quilt raffle. The horse-themed quilt was made by...

  • 20/35 Year Look Back

    Dec 30, 2021

    In celebration of 35 years of the Seeley Swan Pathfinder, each week we will run parts of articles that appeared in the issue 35 years ago and 20 years ago. The entire issue will be uploaded to our website for you to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy the journey with us as we follow our community through the past 35 years as documented by the Pathfinder. 35 years ago: Dec. 31, 1986 issue The Boyd Ranch - Revisited Wandering through memories is a bit like strolling through a meadow,...

  • Seeley-Swan sinks Pirates

    Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder|Dec 30, 2021

    SEELEY LAKE - The Lady Blackhawks and Blackhawks hosted the Victor Pirates Dec. 22. The Ladies took a swift victory while the Pirates gave the Boys a little more of a run for their money. The Lady Blackhawks came out shooting, putting up 29 points in the first quarter allowing the Pirates just 4 points. They added another 22 points by the half and finished the Pirates off 72-27 by the final buzzer. Two Lady Blackhawks scored more than half the team's points. Tegan Mauldin and Emily Maughan each...

  • Community Briefs

    Dec 30, 2021

    Art Supplies Giving Tree available through the weekend The Art Supplies Giving Tree will be available at the Grizzly Claw Trading Company in Seeley Lake and the Swan Valley Community Library until just after New Years. This is an opportunity to raise money for supplies that support art in the classrooms. Community members are encouraged to pick a tag off the tree at the Swan Valley Community Library in Condon or the Grizzly Claw Trading Company in Seeley Lake. Drop cash or check (made out to Alpine Artisans, Inc.) into the coffee can at the...