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Valley Journal looks forward to more anniversary celebrations

As we marked the Valley Journal’s 10th anniversary last Saturday, we were thrilled that so many of our friends, neighbors and readers from all over Lake County were able to attend the event at the Ronan Community Center.

The group of people that mingled in and out truly represented the broad spectrum of our homegrown readership, from young children with mouthfuls of blue cotton candy to community leaders to athletes to our wise seniors. Without all of you, we’d have had nothing to celebrate.

Congratulations to the following people who won one of our framed, scenic photographs: Val Bartel, Dick Wunderlich, Margaret Burke, Nila Anderson and George Moreno.

As with most large gatherings, we found a few things people left behind. Fortunately, the prescription eyeglasses have found their owner, but we still have one silver earring. If it’s yours, and it’s missing its partner, give us a call or stop by the office at 331 Main Street in Ronan.

We’d like to thank the Montana Kids Co-op for providing a delicious, homegrown meal and beverages; Sheree Vainio of Face Bling for patiently creating beautiful images on childrens’ faces; clown Travis Bynum for the balloon animals and laughs; Montana Sunset Photobooth Rental for the funny photos and memories; Celebrate Event and Party for the castle bounce house, popcorn and cotton candy machines; Wildhorse Framing for the beautiful framework on our prints; Gary and Becky Dupuis from Showboat Cinemas for helping us acquire the tastiest popcorn and special thanks to our friend Brad Rowe who stepped up to fix the cotton candy machine in a pinch. Boone, and of course the children, were ecstatic to have it back in working order.

We are also grateful to our staff for pitching in as they do each and every day, working together like a family to get whatever needs to get done, done. Personal accountability, commitment to excellence and accuracy are core values shared by our hard-working staff. 

In return, you, the community, have entrusted us to tell your stories and serve your advertising needs through our locally owned, full-color weekly publication. 

We appreciate our readers and consider it an honor and privilege to serve as the Mission Valley’s trusted news source. As we reflect with grateful hearts on the past decade, Your Homegrown Newspaper looks forward to serving you for many years to come.

~ Summer Goddard, 


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