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Welcome to the website of the Seeley-Swan Pathfinder.
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 April 24, 2014 issue

- MCT Makes Wishes Come True

Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) presented “Cinderella” April 18 at Seeley Lake Elementary School (SLE).
“Cinderella” included more than 50 students from SLE telling the classic fairy tale of Cinderella with a twist.

- Sewer District
Proposed Site Appraisal Below Estimates

The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board held its monthly meeting Thursday, April 17. The district manager reported an appraisal had been completed for the proposed site. The board was informed a recent grant was credited to the district’s account and now available.

- Egg and Treasure Hunters Run Wild

More than 200 people, with baskets in hand, showed up for the Seeley Lake Lions Club traditional Easter Egg hunt on April 19. Each hoped to be one of the 25 lucky prizewinners in each age group.

- Stork Reports and Swan Song Announcements in the Valley

- Sexton Runner Up in National PSA Contest

Seeley Lake Elementary eighth grade student Gabrielle “Gabby” Sexton was the first runner up in the fifth annual Drive2Life national Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. (NRSF) with support from Scholastic.

- Letter to the Editor

Give Wildlife A Safe Place to Live

- A Place for All ~ Should You Plant a Populus Tremuloides?

Hello, my name is Populus tremuloides. You probably know me by my nickname, Quaking Aspen.
Best known for my white bark and shimmering leaves which turn brilliant yellow and dazzle humans in the fall, you may have been thinking I would be a good tree for your landscaping. Before you plant, here are a few facts about myself:

- Partnership Health Center Expands Dental Service Hours in Seeley Lake

Partnership Health Center (PHC) has announced that the number of hours available for dental services at the Seeley-Swan Medical Center has expanded beginning April 23. The clinic is now accepting patients for weekly appointments. A dentist will be on site Wednesday and Thursday of each week and a dental hygienist will be on site Tuesday of each week.

- Mission Christian School Presents the Easter Story

Donna Richardson, music director for the Condon Community Church, remarked that she was inspired and moved by the Mission Christian School’s Easter program held April 15. Presented to the audience were songs, and instrumentals, poetry was read by teacher Leslie Hodgkiss and a skit was performed about the Easter story. Above Zac Hodgkiss and James Webb are enthusiastically telling the others that the tomb is empty and the stone is rolled away.

- Potomac Giving Pays It Forward

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation (DPW) annual program called “Pay It Forward” struck home for Potomac resident and Montana Rail Link employee Christy Cheff, who won a $500 “giving card” in February from the program’s drawing.
The awarded cards go toward a charity of the winner’s choosing. Cheff chose to donate her card to the Greenough/Potomac (G/P) Food Bank.

- SLE Board Recognizes Excellence

The Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting April 16. The board recognized two staff and one student for outstanding work.

- Cowgirl Ramblings ~ Such is Life

Heather Layman

- Seeley Lake Fire Board
Chain of Command Discussed

The Seeley Lake Fire Board of Trustees met April 15 along with several members of the Seeley Lake Fire Company and Missoula County Attorney James McCubbin. Discussion revolved around the lack of a clear chain-of-command between the Seeley Lake Fire District, Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Company and the newly established fire company 501(c) 3.

- Community Briefs

Montana Mountain Mushers Spring Meeting April 26; Spring Bear Wake Up Social April 29; May Day Music Galore May 1; Biggest Losers Announced May 2; Seeley Lake Library News; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 4/9/14 – 4/21/14

- Candidate Forum
Seeley Lake Community Council Candidates Express Views

The Seeley Lake Community Council hosted a candidate forum, April 7 at the Seeley Lake Community Hall. The Seeley Lake Community Council has three candidates vying for two open seats: Incumbent John Richards, Ken Barber and Cathy Kahnle. Candidates had an opportunity to introduce themselves and then respond to questions posed by those attending.

- Blessed to Be a Blessing

Missionaries from Seeley Lake and Condon flew into Kiev, Ukraine March 6. They proceeded to Lityn, Ukraine to work at an orphanage until March 17.
The Kesterkes, grandpa Herman, father Shane, 16-year-old son Caleb, 14-year-old daughter Claire and 11-year-old son Isaac, and the Hoods, father Jason and senior daughter Katie, went as representatives of Mission Bible Fellowship (MBF).

- Local Election Guide ~ Candidate Bios for

Missoula High School District #D ~ One, Three-year term; Potomac SD11 School Board Of Trustees ~ Two, Three-year terms; Potomac SD11 School Board Trustees ~ One, Two-year term; Seeley Lake Fire Board of Trustees ~ Two, Three-year terms; Seeley Lake Community Council ~ Two, Three-year termsThe Easter Bunny returns to Seeley Lake for the annual Easter Egg Hunt put on by the Seeley Lake Lions Club. Children through the age of 12 are welcome to participate, April 19, at the Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) lawn. Registration begins at 12:45 p.m. and the egg picking and treasure hunting starts at 1:00 p.m.

- They Know Not What They Do

As Easter has just passed, these words of Jesus “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do,” were fresh on my mind. Would that they were not so true. So often, our human nature leads us down a confused and wrong path.

- Holmes Stands Out at MCPS Invitational

Tuesday, April 15. Blackhawk track and field ventured to Missoula for what is called the Triangular meet, where they practiced competing with two AA schools.
The Blackhawks made their mark Saturday, April 19 at the Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) Invitational despite being short several players.

- Lady Blackhawks Golf Score Silver

Seeley-Swan golf traveled to Ronan Tuesday, April 15 for some action on the course and brought home titles.

Senior Katie Hood took the lead as she chipped out a 110. Senior Paxton Castle came in second for the Lady Blackhawks when she shot a

- Absentee Ballots Mailed Out - Primary Election Reminders

1. Secretary of State Linda McCulloch encourages all voters to visit My Voter Page ( to ensure their registration record is accurate and up-to-date. 2. Identified absentee voters (those not covered under the absent military and overseas electors law referenced above) will be mailed their absentee ballots on May 5. Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. Applications are due by 12:00 p.m. on June 2. 3. Regular voter registration closes May 5. Late voter registration will run from May 6 – June 3. 4. Independent and Minor Party candidates have until June 2 to file for office with petition signatures due to county election offices no later than May 27. Write-in candidates have until 5 p.m. on April 25 to file. **Primary Elections will be held June 3.

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Missoula Children’s Theatre presented Cinderella at Seeley Lake Elementary School Friday, April 18. Cinderella (Taylor Cahoon) just proved that the slipper fit to become the princess for her Prince (Caleb Maughan). Present to witness the slipper fitting was (L-R): Town Crier Deborah Sheets, King Sean Mercado, Town Crier Sam Weisenburger, Stepsister Lovely Emily Mercado, Stepmother Ibby Lorentz and Stepsister Beauty Nicole Williams. Full story and photos page six. Photo by Andi Bourne.
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