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Polson couple still going strong after 74 years

Change is said to be the one constant in life, but while Eddie and Gracie Schumacher have seen plenty of change in their 90-plus years, they’ve also had another constant: each other. At 94, Eddie’s bright blue eyes twinkle as he shares his advice for a long, healthy life and marriage. “Keep your mouth shut,” he says, chuckling. Shaking her head, 91-year-old Gracie smiles and chimes in, “We’ve just been real lucky all our life. “We made it through everything and getting in a little fight over something, neither one of us pulled out.” While their affection for each other is obvious, Eddie and Gracie know that without hard work, th...


Scouts learn life lessons on Melita Island

MELITA ISLAND — It was a Norman Rockwell scene — warm golden light, Boy Scouts playing cards in a big log lodge, a crackling fire, drifting smoke, the snick and clunk of knives slicing watermelon for lunch overlaid with the hum of voices, laughter and music. Songs such as, “I Want to Hold Y...


Cyclists follow western part of Lewis and Clark Trail through western Montana

POLSON — The traditional what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation essay will be easy for Springfield High School students Tyler Arana, Miles Curry, Jason Mahnesmith and Eli Siegle this fall. The four Oregon teenagers and their history teacher James March have been biking the Lewis and Clark Trail since June...


These 'birds' can turn into gold

Over the course of the past month, the world has witnessed major sporting events such as the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Tour de France. In Michael Taylor's competitive arena, count the World Shotgun Competition. Taylor, who has a ranch in Winnett, Mont., and lives in Rollins, returned last week from ...


Randomly chosen photographers find peaceful repose in Polson

POLSON —With a retreat in mind, six young women with six cameras arrived in Polson on July 19.  The group of young photographers call themselves Alpha Kappa Camera. Pulled from all over the country, the geographically-improbable friends have more than a few things in common: They’re all f...


Windfall helps Mission Valley Animal Shelter survive

POLSON — The south side of the old building at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter was sinking, apparently since the cinder block structure was built on a landfill. Cracks in the foundation and instability had the Mission Valley Animal Shelter staff and board checking their shrinking donations and modest...


Baertsch, Montgomery share stories at museum

POLSON – “Dad came out in 1905 to Proctor to help build the hotel,” Oscar Baertsch said, starting his narrative about his dad, also named Oscar. Oscar himself was born in 1915.  Ethel McAlear Montgomery said her grandparents, her dad and aunts and uncles came to the Mission Valley i...


4-H youth win in shooting contests

RONAN — Mission Valley youth took aim at ribbons in several air rifle, archery and shotgun contests during the Lake County Fair shooting sports competition Saturday. The air was quiet at the fairgrounds in Ronan as young sharpshooters sighted in their rifles and bows, and it wasn’t long before...


Honoring and remembering

Teepee poles 65 feet high and flying multicolored ribbons jut into the sky enclosing the new veterans' memorial in the Confederated and Salish Kootenai Tribal Complex. Salish Kootenai College Art Department Head Corwin “Corky” Clairmont was one of the masterminds of the Eagle Circle project, f...


Youthful 95-year-olds show no signs of slowing

It’s not everyday you meet a 95 year-old who still dances, much less one who insists on wearing heels while doing so.  But a classy Ruby Moccabee is intent on wearing heels, even while she gardens at home. She’s almost a century old, has a lifetime of memories and advice and is eager to s...


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