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The Pathfinder is the award-winning weekly newspaper serving the communities of Seeley Lake, Condon, Swan Valley and the Blackfoot Valley of Montana.
Highlights from the October 16, 2014 issue
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- Sky and Landscape Artist Kathleen Richardson
Newcomer to Tour of the Arts
The Alpine Artisans’ Tour of the Arts (TOA) showcased thirteen studios, galleries and museums in the Seeley Swan and Blackfoot Valley Oct. 11-12. Visitors were able to tour the studio of first-time participant Kathleen Richardson, located on Kraft Creek road in the Swan Valley, overlooking Christy Meadows.
- SLE Volleyball and Football Celebrate Undefeated Seasons
The Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) 8th grade girls’ volleyball team won their final match against Philipsburg Oct. 7. They went from never winning a game during their fifth grade year to sporting an undefeated season during their last season as Eagles.
- Swan Song - Dan Hahn
- Gangster Car on Double Arrow?
Among the short stories told by one of the founders of Double Arrow Ranch Jan Boissevain, is one about men in suits and a trunk full of machine guns stopping at the resort in the 1930s. Current president and founding partner Pat Donich wonders if that may have been who dumped the 1920s Chevrolet in the woods near hole 7 on the Double Arrow Golf Course.
The Seeley-Swan High School sophomore class flashed back to the 1980s for their
homecoming float, Oct. 11. The band KISS was followed by Mr. and Mrs. Pac-Man and the ghosts. The homecoming float theme this year was decades in celebration of SSHS 50th anniversary. More homecoming photos and game coverage pages 12, 13, 18 and 19.
- Trunk-or-Treat Offers Family-Friendly Halloween Activity
Seeley Lake Pizza Company, Essential Massage Therapy and the Seeley Lake Fire Company have teamed up to host a familyfriendly, community event entitled Trunk-or-Treat for this Halloween. Community members are encouraged to decorate a vehicle or booth and trick-or-treaters can go from “trunk to trunk” on the Seeley Lake Pizza Company lawn from 6-8pm Friday, Oct. 31
- Ovando Business to be Featured on MontanaPBS
MISSOULA Bamboo flyfishing rods, heavy-duty man baskets, a family Chai recipe, gourmet chocolates and a new energy bar made from Montanaraised
- Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot Valley Real Estate Shows Strong Sales
REAL ESTATE TODAY The real estate market in the Seeley-Swan and Blackfoot valleys continues to improve in both strength and value. Real estate in
- Forest Products Week Honors Montana’s Forest Heritage
MISSOULA, Mont. Montana residents will have opportunities to celebrate their connections to the state’s forests during Montana Forest Products Week on Oct. 17-24.
- Tour of the Arts Features Artists for More Than a Decade
Tour of the Arts marked its 11th year the weekend of Oct. 12-13. A simple fundraiser at its inception, the TOA now attracts tourists from beyond the Seeley, Swan and Blackfoot Valleys.
- Meet the Staff ~ Potomac School Kitchen Team Prepares Cuisine
Potomac School has a new head cook and assistant to employ the breakfast and hot lunch program. The new kitchen team consists of head cook Victoria Richardson and assistant cook Kathy Kimmel. Both Richardson and Kimmel are residents of Potomac and have children that attend Potomac School.
- Psychological Perspectives - Dreams Symbols and Significant Images - by Ken Silvestro
- Grants Available for Powell County Non-Profits
The Powell County Community Foundation (PCF) is accepting grant applications from nonprofits throughout Powell County. The PCF awards grants, usually ranging from $500 to $1,200, for charitable purposes in the following focus areas: basic human needs, arts and culture, recreation and economic development. The application deadline is Thursday, Oct. 30.
- CR-45 State Takes Another Crack at Changing Auditor’s Title
There may be no more solemn duty in elecolitics than considering a constitutional amendment and this year Montanans face such a choice. Of course, it’s not every day youface such a choice. Of course, it’s not every day you modify the constitution to change a name.
- Opinion - Letters to the Editor
For Gordon, Moore and LR-126, For Gordon; Strohmair and Against LR-126; Strohmaier Gets My Vote, Limiting Democracy; McDermott Found in Violoation of Montana Campaign Practice Laws
- An Effort at Personal Perfection
“Byrl [Thompson] was a man among boys. I’d see him walking on the campus at the U of M (where he was a multiple Big Ten Conference Champion in
- Decade Floats Celebrate 50 Years of SSHS
The Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) parade through downtown Seeley Lake on Highway 83 kicked off the homecoming activities Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. Each class created a float representing a different decade to celebrate SSHS’s 50th anniversary.
- Community Briefs
Youth-only Deer Hunt Oct. 16-17; "Lost and Found in Missing Lake" Book Signing Oct. 18; DPHHS Confirms First Influenza Case of the Season - Flue Shoot-out Oct. 21 in Seeley Lake; Wilderness Sportsman Clubs General Meeting Oct. 23; Harvest Carnival and Dinner at Swan Valley School Oct. 24; Election Center Ready to Assist Voters; Seeley Lake Fire Department September Call Activity; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 10/6/14 10/13/14
- Blackhawks Seniors Take Center Field
Four Seeley-Swan High School (SSHS) seniors were recognized at the Homecoming football game Oct. 11. This was their last game on their home field.
- Pirate Ship Sails to Polson
The long a w a i t e d d r a w i n g f o r t h e Blackhawk Pirate Ship P l a y h o u s e took place d u r i n g halftime of the Blackhawks homecoming f o o t b a l l game. Seeley Lake Elementary first grader Kilty Hanson drew John McFarland’s ticket of Polson, Mont. Having a seven-year-old grandson, McFarland happily chose the playhouse over the $300 cash.
- This is Home
In the middle of June this year I received the phone call, “We’re sending your family to Seeley Lake, Montana.” I was standing in our bedroom at home in Renton, Wash. using a stack of moving boxes as a makeshift desk. I wrote down all the notes I could about what would be our new home and our new church family.
- In Sports:
SLE Flag Football Ends Another Season Undefeated; Haines and Strumpfer Gain New PRs on State Course; Pirates Sink Blackhawks; Lady Blackhawks Split the Week; SSHS Homecoming Court.
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