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Greater Polson Community Foundation celebrates 10 years of ‘making a difference’ Greater Polson Community Foundation celebrates 10 years of ‘making a difference’

POLSON — Last week, Penny Jarecki related how the Greater Polson Community Foundation came to be.  It all started by reading a story about a Bigfork couple who donated to create the Bigfork Community Foundation Trust.  “I got the idea, but it wasn’t original,” she said, relating the story she read in the Daily Inter Lake in 2007 about how the estate of the late Ed and Pat Box was used to start the Bigfork Community Foundation Trust. She said that the Boxes didn’t have children and neither do the Jareckis, so their situations were similar.  Jarecki, a Big Sandy native, and her husband Chuck, an Erie, Pennsylvania native, owned and operate...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

  Joining the Army seemed like a good idea to Penrod in November, 1984. He had family obligations, was making low pay in Ronan, and wanted to go to Germany. The increase in pay and getting insurance worked out, but he never made it to Germany even though the recruiter said it would be so. Penrod s...


Montanans light Capitol Christmas Tree Montanans light Capitol Christmas Tree

News from Office of Senator Jon Tester  WEST LAWN, U.S. CAPITOL – U.S. Senator Jon Tester kicked off the holiday season on Thursday, Dec. 7, alongside Bozeman sixth-grader Ridley Brandmayr as they lit the Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. As the senior S...


Veterans Spotlight Veterans Spotlight

Louie Polinsky has the distinction of being drafted – twice! When he reported to Butte in 1959, the quota was full and he was told to go home and they would call back when they needed him. Two years later in August of 1961 he got the call. A bus picked him up and took him to Butte and then, bam! He was...


From Apple Hill to Iwo Jima: Mission resident shares service story From Apple Hill to Iwo Jima: Mission resident shares  service story

St. Ignatius resident Charlie Jacquier, pronounced (jock keer), was born of French-American extraction in 1925, in the farming area of Smith Flat, California, a neighboring town of the famous “Gold Country” settlement of Placerville. Drafted right out of high school in 1943 at the age of 18, C...


Horse retreat helps people dig into subconscious thoughts Horse retreat helps people dig into subconscious thoughts

PABLO – Sharline Bluemel never expected to get emotional help from a horse, but she was willing to try anything. She was feeling really low and didn’t want to get out of bed anymore. But Bluemel had kids to take care of, so when she was invited to try equine therapy, although skeptical, she went ...


Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Larry Raffatto got his draft notice, he had about 10-14 days to exercise an option to enlist rather than be drafted. He didn’t want to go to the Army. He went to see the Navy recruiter in Missoula, but their quota was full. He went down the hall to the Air Force recruiter and got the same story. &...


SKC marks 40th anniversary by honoring founders SKC marks 40th anniversary by honoring founders

CORWIN (CORKY) CLAIRMONT “Art provides a powerful connection to our culture and gives us a way to share it with the world.” Corwin “Corky” Clairmont is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. Clairmont was born in Saint Ignatius, and currently resi...


Local partnership helps stock Montana food pantries Local partnership helps stock Montana food pantries

RONAN – Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center processed donated butternut squash that was distributed through the Montana Food Bank Network to food banks and pantries throughout Montana. Karl Sutton of Fresh Roots Farm in Polson had a seed contract for Lower Salmon Valley Squash, which is native t...


Community gathers to support local parents, special-needs baby Community gathers to support local parents, special-needs baby

POLSON — Six-month-old Emmett Cross isn’t like regular babies, his mother said, but that hasn’t stopped her from loving him. Kara Cross, 26, gave birth to her son on May 8. He was delivered via Caesarean section. Emmett has been diagnosed with Walker Warburg syndrome, the most severe ...


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