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Senior Center Bazaar – Something for Everyone

SEELEY LAKE – Join the Seeley Lake Senior Center for their annual bazaar Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Elementary School. There also will be a Kids Corner with games, contests and prizes.

Forty vendors are signed up to attend, 11 of which have never attended before. Look for a variety of gift ideas including jewelry, quilts, quilt products, homemade baked and canned goods, soaps, walking sticks, hand-made puppets, stained glass, bath and body essentials and photography.

Attendees have the opportunity to participate in three raffles for a hummingbird carving by John West, a large punch bowl with 12 pedestal glasses and a refinished Flexi Flyer sled.

The Kids Corner has expanded this year and will be open from 12-4 p.m. Along with the traditional coloring contest for preschool through third-graders and fishing pond, children of all ages will be able to: make a Santa Claus face to take home with them; meet Madam Snowflake the palm reader, tattoo artist and face painter; participate in the snow ball toss; meet the Seeley Lake volunteer firefighters; and for the little ones, race against the clock in a car race. Santa Claus will be there for photos and to check off his list from 12-3 p.m.

Many prizes will be awarded including candy, toys and fruit. As organizer Doug Richards said, “We aren’t going to send kids out of here without a handful of stuff.”

Cowboy Claus Rides into Ovando this Saturday

OVANDO - After 14 years of losing weight due to missing Thanksgiving weekend, Cowboy Claus has rescheduled his annual visit to Ovando and the Blackfoot Valley for the first Saturday in December, Dec. 5. Yup, he is changing up the annual Ovando Old West Christmas Fest.

For one day only, at 1 p.m., Cowboy Claus will, as he has in the past, arrive into downtown Ovando via Highway 200 on his steady stead, Nick. At the Museum he will greet the kids, have them sit on an antique saddle and listen to their Christmas holiday wishes. After which he reports directly to Santa Claus who has relegated the rural areas of Montana to Cowboy Claus since he understands ranch kids a bit better.

As in the past, those joining Cowboy Claus in Ovando from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be: Too Tall Tom with his axe throwing; Ovando Outlaw shooters; wagon rides around town; gingerbread house making; kids face painting and activities; and back due to popular demand - The Bite of Ovando Cook Off.

The starring competitive food this year will be meatloaf. There’s millions of way to fix it up. So no loafing around; bring in the best and vote for the rest. Winner gets a $25 beef gift certificate and a trophy with eternal bragging rights.

When darkness falls the beauty of a holiday decorated hamlet called Ovando comes alive. There will be a bon fire at the edge of town to take the chill off and roast some s’mores. Food venders will be around town serving up fry bread to chocolates, burritos to sliders. A few local artisans will be showing off their crafts and wares for sale.

Nominations Sought for Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame

HELENA - A group of Montana state agencies and conservation organizations are seeking nominations for the second round of inductees to the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame (MOHOF).

The MOHOF honors individuals who have contributed to the restoration and conservation of Montana’s fish, wildlife and other outdoor treasures.

“Montana’s Outdoor Hall of Fame recognizes Montana’s historical and contemporary conservation leaders,” said Montana Governor Steve Bullock. “We need to capture and share the important stories of the men and women who’ve championed Montana’s outdoor heritage.”

Nominees can include people from all walks of life who reflect Montana’s diverse tradition of resource conservation and stewardship.

Participants in the effort include Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the Montana Historical Society, Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation, the Montana Wildlife Federation, the Montana Wilderness Association, Montana Trout Unlimited, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Cinnabar Foundation.

The inaugural MOHOF class was formally inducted last year and included: Granville Stuart, Theodore Roosevelt, Charlie M. Russell, Lee Metcalf, Don Aldrich, Bud Moore, Thurman Trosper, Doris Milner, Cecil Garland, Gerry Jennings, Ron Marcoux and Chris Marchion. MOHOF inductees are archived at the Montana Historical Society in Helena.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31. For more information and a nominee application form visit the Montana Outdoor Legacy Foundation website at Click “Projects,” then click “Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame.”

Missoula County

Sheriff’s Department

Call Activity

11/22/15 – 11/29/15

11/23, 1:08 p.m., 3XX Hauser Drive, Seeley Lake: Theft.

11/24, 1:28 p.m., 386XX Highway 200, Greenough: Accident - No Injury.

11/25, 11:16 a.m., 27XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake: Suspicious Activity.

11/29, 9:16 a.m., Highway 83, Seeley Lake: Accident - No Injury.


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