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Food pantry needs cash donations

Editor, It is that time of year again when the overwhelming 
generosity of the Town Pump manifests itself in their Matching Gift program. This year, Town Pump has increased its matching gift total to $12,000. For every cash donation made to Polson Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, the Town Pump will 
match it dollar for dollar up to a total gift of $12,000. This program will run from 
now until November 30, 2019.  Throughout the year, the pantry receives generous food donations for which we are exceedingly grateful. The constant generosity of the people of 
Polson is amazing and appreciated, but in addition to food donations, we need 
cash donations. The operating needs and the mainte...


Valley Voices for Sept. 25, 2019 Valley Voices for Sept. 25, 2019

Tina Biava Ronan, 9/20/19 “Well, I think a restraunt that would be open at night, and especially if it had some vegetarian entres. I’m not vegetarian, but I enjoy variety in what I eat.”   Anthony Meyers Ronan, 9/20/19 “Some kind of youth center. Yeah, somet...


Swan Valley grizzly killed: a reminder to keep wildlife natural

She was born on a cold winter day high above the headwaters in the same landscape where she later gave birth to celebrated triplets. She was loved by her neighbors, and many people experienced firsthand the wonder of those young siblings following mama through the forests they called home. Last week this shi...


Ben there done that

I used to pocket dial people from time to time. I always felt bad about it, and there seemed to be nothing that would fix the problem. Then one day a solution occurred to me.    First, you need to know how touchscreens on phones work. Most smartphones today use capacitive touchscreens. These scr...


Slices of Life

Last night my mom appeared in one of my dreams.  She passed away nine years ago – from Alzheimer’s. I haven’t been able to think about her – not really – since. It’s an ugly disease.  I’m weak to say so, but my last memories of her are haunting. I&rsq...


Forgiveness helps after being triggered

Editor, It occurs to me, with all the things going on in America right now, that we need to practice what my spiritually based social-teachings advocate. It is covered in one word. The word is “forgiveness.” This word can mean different things to different people. This is what it means to me. ...


Sharing thanks from food pantry

Editor, The Polson Loaves and Fish Pantry is so grateful. We are part of an awesome town with the most generous volunteers and supporters, and we want to say thanks. On Sept. 11, good folks from First Interstate Bank rolled up their sleeves and cleaned our building, scrubbing and painting until the pla...


Please thank a Direct Support Professional

Editor, Next week (Sept. 8-14) is Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. This is a weeklong celebration in recognition of the dedication and accomplishments of outstanding DSPs and their vital contribution to communities across the country.  Mission Mountain Enterprises employs 115 Direct S...


Giving thanks for great care

Editor,  St. Luke Community Healthcare: to everyone I’ve been lucky enough to cross paths with in the last eight months at the hospital, “Thank you.” Your caring, professionalism, courtesy and true concern have been second to none. Even the food was great, especially the pasties (wo...


Ben there done that

For myself and other youth, we hardly remember the world before Facebook. Our parents documented our lives with posts in the digital world before we even knew how to use a computer.  A 2010 study by the Internet security company AntiVirus Guard revealed that 80% of babies and 90% of two-year-olds hav...


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