Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

20/35 Year Look Back


March 31, 2022

April 2, 1987 issue

Dale and Karen Conley give a toast to the success of their new business, while Owen and LaNette Conley look on. The family recently opened the Pastime Kitchen in the Swan Valley.

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: April 2, 1987 issue

New Café opens in Swan Valley

Dale and Karen Conley, longtime Swan Valley residents, have often wished they could "go out for a drive, and then a hamburger" at a local café. The idea recently prompted them to open the Pastime Kitchen next to the Swan Centre in the Swan Valley. The Pastime Kitchen is serving a variety of hamburgers, sandwiches, Pastime fried chicken, shrimp-in-a-basket, soup and salad. Leita Anderson will be helping Karen with the cooking. Anderson has been the head cook at the Condon Work Station for many years. Pastime Kitchen offers take-out foods (such as their specialty chicken) along with their regular menu.

Conley's are also optimistic that they will be able to offer pastries and home-baked rolls in the future.

Karen chuckles that Dale's two favorite pastimes are eating and visiting with friends.

"He'll be able to do both right here!" she laughed.

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35 years ago: April 2, 1987 issue

Story Hour celebrates first anniversary

The Seeley Lake PTA recently celebrated the first anniversary of their Preschool Story Hour, a monthly event held at the Seeley Lake Elementary School to encourage listening skills among young children.

Sheila Devins, Seeley Lake, began the reading program last March and continued the Story Hour through the summer, fall and winter.

"I really enjoy storytelling," she explained, adding that she originally wanted to start a RIF (Reading Is Fun) program in Seeley Lake but there appeared to be adequate programs for older children. PTA members encouraged Devins to begin the Story Hour.

During last week's "birthday party," about 20 youngsters listened to several stories and songs and then were presented with gift books donated by Cole's Bookstore, the Fact and Fiction store, and Children's Bookshop and Specialty Toys in Missoula.

Devins presented a "favorite book" list to parents explaining that many of the books are available...

April 2, 1987 issue

"And the elephant raised his trunk in the air and roared..." Sheila Devins entertained preschoolers during the Story Hour Birthday celebration last week.

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20 years ago: April 4, 2002 issue

Rich Ranch featured in Outdoor Life TV program

A TV program is currently airing on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN RV) which features the Blackfoot/Clearwater Wildlife Management Area and includes a mule deer hunt with the Rich Ranch.

The program - called Elk Country Journal - is a half hour long weekly program showcasing ethical hunting and conservation work of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The filming was done by a professional crew (Barrett Productions) who stayed at the Rich Ranch for a week in November. The program includes some great footage

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