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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 March 6, 2014 issue
- Seeley Lake Ranger District Battles Frozen Pipes
The Seeley Lake Ranger District office, four miles north of Seeley Lake on Highway 83, has been without running water since Feb. 15 after the six-inch main to the office froze along with a one-inch service line to one of the residences. According to facilities manager Shannon Connolly, there are no plans to fix the six-inch main until spring. The district is still operational and all public services are still available.
- Winter Conditions Challenge Plow Drivers
State and county plow trucks have been working night and day to keep roads open for motorists. Due to drifting and white out conditions along with soft shoulders, driving conditions made it difficult for even the plows to stay on the roads.
- Seeley Lake Pond Hockey Donates to SLE Washington D.C. Trip
Seeley Lake Pond Hockey (SLPH) Coordinator Mike Lindemer presented Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) Jr. High teacher and Washington D.C. trip leader Duane Schlabach with a check for $1,250 to support the SLE Jr. High trip in 2015.
- Chappell Named 2014 Manager of the Year
Seeley Lake Water District Manager Vince Chappell was recognized by Montana Rural Water Systems (MRWS) Feb. 20 as the 2014 Manger of the Year. Chappell has been the manager of Seeley Lake’s Water District for the past 13 years and has been a part of MRWS for 20 years, serving on the board for the last four years.
- Psychological Perspectives
- Business of the Week -
- Elk Hunting the Bob
The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex (BMWC) is one of the very few places in the U.S. where sportsmen can still hunt elk during the rut with a rifle on a general elk license. This opportunity is available in the west-side Hunting Districts 151 (Upper Middle Fork Flathead), 150 (South Fork Flathead) and 280 (N. Fork Blackfoot). The Game Preserve is, of course, closed to all hunting while the Sun River, Badger/Two Med and Lower Middle Fork districts open with most of the state in late October.
- Setting Snowfall Record Straight
It is hard to go anywhere without talking or hearing about the snow. Comparisons to the 1996-1997 winter’s record-setting snowfall in Seeley Lake and Condon, range from, ‘This is as bad as 97,’ to ‘We have to be getting close to 97,’ to the other extreme, ‘This is not even close.’
- Mr. Norman Receives KECI 13 Gold Star Award
When Seeley Lake Elementary fifth grade students told their teacher Norman Dick that they had nominated him for the KECI Gold Star Award, he thought that was pretty cool. When KECI 13 called a few weeks later and told him that he was the KECI Gold Star Teacher for March Mr. Norman, as he is called by his students, was shocked.
- Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild
LINCOLN, MONT. As Montana’s logging and mining industries declined during the last two decades, the small mountain town of Lincoln found itself languishing in the economic doldrums. An unlikely project to bring internationally renowned artists to town for a sculpture symposium that will lead to the establishment of a sculpture park this fall may move the town’s fortunes in a new direction.
- Seeley Lake Sewer Board
The Seeley Lake Sewer District Board held its monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 27. Three of the five members were present. District Manager Greg Robertson, Director of Public Works, was unable to attend the meeting due to hazardous road conditions.
- Come in From the Snow
The Potomac School Parent Teacher’s Club (PTC) presents the 11th Annual Bingo Night Saturday March 8. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with doors open at 5:00 p.m. at the Potomac Community Center. The evening lasts until around 9:00 p.m. with general seating available.
- Potomac Powers On with Permits and Pancakes Breakfast
Despite blizzard conditions the Greenough/Potomac Volunteer Fire Department (GPVFD) along with the Department of Natural Resource and Conservation (DNRC) hosted the annual “Permits and Pancakes” breakfast at the Potomac Community Center Saturday morning, March 1 from 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- SVE Holds Open House
Swan Valley Elementary School (SVE) students in grades three through eight highlighted their map-building skills at an open house at SVE Feb. 26.
- Community Briefs
Parcell Announces Run for Sheriff; Adaptive Management Strategies for a Changing Climate; May Day Music Galore Local Talent Wanted; Missoula County CAPS Relocates Office; Montana Quarterly Calls for Entries for Big Snowy Prize; Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Call Activity 2/25/14 3/3/14
- “Montana’s Little Legends” Reprinted
Although it has become very scarce over the years, “Montana’s Little Legends” is available to purchase once again.
- Seeley Lake Dressed for Summer
With nearly four feet of snow on the ground and temperatures at five below zero and colder, The Filling Station hosted its annual beach party complete with leis, frozen drinks, grass skirts, prizes and karaoke.
- Father, Son Skate 125 mile Tour
Along with 1,400 Nordic skaters, Swan Valley resident Joost Verboven and his father Jo skated 125 miles in the Alternative Eleven Cities Tour in Weissensee, Austria at the end of January. The Verbovens finished together in 10 hours. Joost believes he was the only American resident to skate that day.
- Blackhawks Come Up Short
The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks basketball season ended in Butte, Mont., at the Western Class C Divisional Tournament. The Lady Blackhawks, District 13C Champions, finished with a 21-3 record and the Blackhawks, runner up in District 13C, finished 17-9.
- Having the Mind of Christ
We are told to live in the world but not be part of it. For many of us that is hard to do even though we may think and pray about it daily. That is just one of the many jewels of the Bible we discover when we read God’s Word.
- Daylight Savings Time (DST) March 9. Spring Ahead!
The invention of DST was mainly credited to William Willett in 1905 when he came up with the idea of moving the clocks forward in the summer to take advantage of the daylight in the mornings and the lighter evenings. Willett’s daylight saving plan caught the attention of Robert Pearce who introduced a bill to the House of Commons in February 1908. The bill was opposed by many, especially farmers and thus the bill was never made into a law until April 30, 1916. The Germans first adopted DST to save fuel for the war effort by replacing artificial lighting with daylight. Several countries including Britain and the United States quickly followed, but returned to standard time following the war. It was not until President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round DST in the United States from Feb. 9, 1942-Sept. 30, 1945.Instead of DST he called it ‘War Time.’ Standard time was known as ‘Peace Time.’
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