From Steve Kelly . . .
The annual Christmas Potluck Dinner is at Sondreson Hall today. The doors open for social hour at 3pm and a potluck dinner is served at 4pm, turkey and ham provided. Please bring a side dish and your own table setting.
Your hosts are Mark & Margaret Heaphy and Alice & Jan Caldwell. This is their 10th year of organizing this celebration!
The Forest Service has big plans for the upper North Fork — including a lot of forestry and restoration work . . .
The Glacier View District of the Flathead National Forest is asking for public comment on the Frozen Moose Project. The project area is on National Forest System lands from Red Meadow Creek to the Canadian Border. The project proposes several types of management activities to reduce fuels in the wildland-urban interface, improve the resiliency of vegetative communities, improve aquatic ecosystems, and provide a mix of forest products. These proposed activities include 3,552 acres of commercial vegetation treatment, 4,630 acres of noncommercial vegetation treatments, road management activities, and other aquatic restoration activities.
Maps of the proposed action, detailed descriptions of activities, and information on how to comment can be accessed at the project Web site: www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=57310. Hard copies of the proposed action documents are available by request or can be reviewed at the Hungry Horse-Glacier View Ranger Station (10 Hungry Horse Drive, Hungry Horse, MT, 59919). Please contact Sarah Canepa, project team leader, if you would like more information about the project at (406) 387-3800 or email@example.com.
The first weekly winter dance class was held last weekend with more than 20 people in attendance!! The next dance class will be on Sunday, December 8 at 6:00pm. Invite anyone else who might be interested. If your spouse/partner can’t come, come anyway! The first hour of the class is geared for total beginners. The second hour is dance moves beyond the basic steps. We are learning to waltz, two step, and swing dance. Everyone is welcome.
Passed along by Karina Pettey…
Greetings Forest Stewards
The 2020 Forest Stewardship Workshop registration is now open for workshops in Frenchtown, Bozeman, Columbia Falls, and Clancy (just south of Helena). Please share this information and the attached informational brochure/registration form with your family, friends, and neighbors who might be interested in attending.
For online registration: http://forestry.msuextension.org/calendar.html#mfsp
Save the date:
MSU Extension Forestry hosting, Forestry Mini-College at UM in Missoula, March 14, 2020. Look for more information as the date approaches at http://forestry.msuextension.org/calendar.html#mfsp
Montana Forest Stewardship Foundation hosting, 11th Annual Landowner Conference, May 1, 2020 in Helena followed by an Insect & Disease Workshop on May 2, 2020. Look for more information as the date approaches at https://www.foreststewardshipfoundation.org/events
Have a great Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cindy Peterson, Associate Forestry Specialist
Forest Stewardship Coordinator
Project Learning Tree Coordinator
Thanksgiving dinner is a festive event with hundreds of neighbors and family members packed into the Hall. Food is always plentiful as befitting a Thanksgiving feast. Turkey and ham will be provided and everyone else will bring a large dish of their favorite food to share and the beverage of their choice.
The doors open at 3:00 and the feast will begin at 4:00. Everyone is asked to bring their own place settings (plates, utensils, napkins, and glasses) since dish washing is very difficult without running water at the Hall.
It is that time of year again! Winter dance classes at the Hall will begin the night after Thanksgiving — Friday, November 29, 6:00-8:00pm.
Dance classes are held once-a-week through February …and beginners are welcome! You can come with a partner or as a single. Debo Powers is the instructor and the classes are free.
Please bring beverages and snacks to share. Volunteers who offer to come early to get the fire going to warm up the Hall and shovel a path to the outhouse are always welcome!
There will be two dance events this winter:
New Year’s Eve Dance Party on Tuesday, December 31
Winter Ball & Valentine’s Day Dance on Friday, February 14
Come out on cold winter nights to have fun with your neighbors and learn to dance!!
If your newsletter arrived in damaged condition (for some reason, the postal service processing equipment was in mangle mode), contact Chris Heitz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a new copy — or just download it from the website.
Note: The mystery photo from the 1990 Fourth of July parade has been identified. It is Dan Deck singing with other members of the Kalispell Presbyterian Choir.
Join us for a presentation by Author John Fraley on the true adventures of people who earned their livings in the wild mountains and rivers of the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Glacier Park during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Fraley is the author of “Rangers, Trappers, and Trailblazers”, “Wild River Pioneers”, and “A Woman’s Way West”, and is retired from a 40-year career with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Sondreson Hall, 7:00pm, Sunday, October 13th. Bring a snack to share if you can. The last general meeting of the NFLA will follow at 8pm, and canned goods for the Veterans Food Pantry will be collected there.
As an answer to two Grizzly bear cubs being euthanized last fall, Polebridge is hosting a Bear Fair next Saturday, August 24th, from noon-3pm behind the Northern Lights Saloon. If persuasion of proximity to a delicious watering hole (and bakery) isn’t enough, there will be opportunities to practice your shot with inert bear spray cans, meet Karelian Bear Dogs, sample products for living with bears, enjoy presentations by a few local bear experts and games and prizes for the entire family! Join us in Polebridge, Saturday, August 24th from noon-3pm.