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Book stitches stories of churchgoers together

POLSON — Miles Finch wrote “Somewhere by Chicago” to have the look and feel of a novel, but every separate story is true. “‘Somewhere’ is Polson,” Finch said. “The ‘Chicago’ part of the title is explained in the first chapter.” The book is not a memoir about Finch, however.  “Oh, I am a connecting link,” Finch explained, “but what I did was slice stories from our church and from Polson across the years of my tenure, which started in 1966. In a way it serves as a historical sketch from then until 2003.” In Finch’s book, you will read of Blossom Cooper, Marge Plank, Tommy Sandford,...

St. Ignatius fire auction draws hundreds

ST. IGNATIUS — With 640 plates of barbecue served, the 16th annual St. Ignatius Volunteer Firemen’s Picnic and Auction on June 26 may have been the department’s best-attended event yet, fire department treasurer Fred Gariepy said. “I think we served more meals than we ever had,&rdq...

Youngsters plant lasagna garden

POLSON — A lasagna garden brings thoughts of tomatoes, basil and garlic melding together.  While the lasagna garden being planted in the community garden behind the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church did have lots of cherry tomato plants, there were no layers of pasta oozing cheese.  ...

Blair paints Mission Valley landscape

RONAN — It was an idyllic setting — a weathered fence, falling down in places, an open meadow of yellow flowers ringed with pine trees, a slight breeze, blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. The only noise was the occasional bee loading up on pollen and once in a while a vehicle crunching past ...

Arlee Celebration contests begin today

ARLEE — This year’s Arlee Celebration may be the biggest yet, if the number of inquiries about the event is any indication of how many dancers are planning to attend. “My powwow phone … has been going crazy,” powwow chairman Alec Quequesah said Friday. He’s heard fr...

Local artisan joins Montana Circle of American Masters

RONAN — Eva Boyd learned to make baskets when she was about 10 from her grandmother, Mary Louise Paul. Mrs. Paul lived in Camas Prairie, and Eva remembers her grandmother sitting out by the water making split cedar root baskets.  Now Boyd is a grandmother, even a great-grandmother, with 12 gran...

Museum celebrates Reservation’s history

ARLEE — Fourth of July weekend in Arlee is packed with outdoor activities like the powwow, rodeo, basketball tournament and parades, but the Jocko Valley Museum offers a break from the heat and a look at the area’s rich history. The museum opens July 4 with several exhibits commemorating vario...

Valley Journal announces new editor

Lovell Beaulieu, an award-winning journalist who has worked at some of the nation’s top daily newspapers, has been named editor of the Valley Journal. Beaulieu’s appointment is effective Monday, July 5, 2010. A native of New Orleans, Beaulieu has worked at newspapers such as the Columbus Di...

Defend your home against pesky ants

There’s strength in numbers, and anyone battling an ant problem in his home can testify to the truth of the adage. But with a little planning, a single human can defeat an army of ants.  “The structurally damaging ants are carpenter ants,” MSU’s Lake County Extension Agent Jac...

Do-it-yourself home inspires creativity, recycling

POLSON — When Eva Oruste moved into her 1920s home eight years ago, the backyard was a concrete parking lot and the home hadn’t been redone since the 1970s.  It was an absolute disaster.  The previous owners had been smokers, and the grime that comes with the nicotine addiction li...


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