Bill Hoffman is a great guy! You’ll find him once a year down by the red Xs. For the past 15-plus years, he’s donned his scout uniform, stoked the fires (kettle drums now, as well) and mounted the Boy Scouts of America flags at the north end of Higgins Avenue in preparation for the Parade of Lights.
This past weekend, he tossed another log on the fire and interrupted our conversation to help a mom with a merit badge booklet. He likes to tell the story about the history of the base of the fire pit, “an old piece of steel mining equipment,” that takes a forklift to put in place.
He draws the line at completing the city permit to host the annual mini bonfire paperwork — “someone else can do that” — but he will stay after the parade, with troop members, to make sure the last flames are out.
Thanks, Bill Hoffman, for keeping my family and the families of Missoula warm. You embody the Boy Scout pledge and our community is better for it.