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A year in review: reporter says farewell

When I moved to Ronan in August of 2009, I didn’t know what to expect.  For reasons I won’t delve into, I was terrified of driving and grocery stores made me cry. At city council meetings, I would slip into Russian when taking notes and only notice it a short while later. I was petrified of city officials and police officers reminded me of the KGB. And I couldn’t understand why the streets of Ronan always seemed bereft of playing children. After a few years working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central Asia, I felt like a fish on a bicycle working as a reporter in Ronan.  But here I was, trying to swim along with spokes and handlebars. My expectations of...


In search of silence

Ah, silence. It seems more rare and precious all the time.  Even when I’m surrounded by it, it’s hard to quiet the mind; my never-ending mental to-do list starts ticking off the next hour or day’s required tasks.  Sometimes I wish I could wrap myself in silence like a blanke...


Young trendsetters spot frugal fashion

Only eight years out of high school and I’m already falling behind. As much time and energy as I devote to fashion, I can never be as hip as today’s youth. And what is it that makes them so trendy? Effortlessly, our teen fashion experts roll out of bed every morning in the cutest, most colorfu...


Remember to give thanks

Editor, Every week I think about something in our community that is great. So often we enjoy something but neglect to stop and say thank you. Whether it’s a parade, hay maze, the new path in the park, hanging street planters or the Harvest Festival, we need to say thanks. The recent Safe Harbor B...


Photograph was disrespectful

Editor, This morning I realized that although we receive what others feel is the best news in our two local papers, it is not always best for the individual who is making the news. In last week’s Valley Journal they printed a picture of my second daughter Claudia, hands in the air, as she believed s...


Thank you for supporting club

Editor, Extraordinary efforts produce extraordinary results.  In this case, volunteers and their families have made a great difference for the Boys and Girls Club units in Ronan and Polson. For several years now, Sharla Talsma and Shelly Cordis and their families have voluntarily set up and produc...


Thanks for winter clothing donations

Editor, Thank you to all who contributed to the RSVP Make a Difference Day Service Project. We received many very high quality winter items for people of all ages. They will be available, for anyone in the community who needs winter clothing, on Nov. 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the Lake County Health Department. ...


Football fines, penalties should be made, enforced

Editor, Mission Mountain Les Schwab Tires has joined Town Pump’s “match program” by offering $1,500 in match money. The Polson Food Pantry, Loaves and Fish now has $6,500 of available match money that can be captured by donations from individuals, businesses, or community/service organiz...


Thank you for tireless efforts to complete fire hall

Editor, We would like to take this opportunity to thank Shane Reum. Shane is a volunteer fireman and also Chairman of the Board for the Charlo/Moiese Rural Fire District. Because of Shane’s unbelievable amount of time and effort, our new fire hall is completed. Without Shane’s push we would st...


Build a stronger community, support local business

“Shop local,” is a common slogan. Now more than ever, the advice is sound for Montana economies and communities. We all have the opportunity, in fact a personal invitation, to shop locally while enjoying a celebration of the re-opening of Polson’s Main Street this Friday.  Downtown ...


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