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LIBBY - Sebastian Sanders had a simple dream and he took it to the city council.

The 7-year-old second-grader got all dressed up, including a tie, to request a tree to plant, according to the Western News. He was inspired by the Disney Channel's "Make A Change" campaign for Arbor Day.

Allen Olsen, owner of Antler Tree Nursery, heard the youngster's plea and offered not one but two trees. So there was "Sebo," as Sanders is known, out in front of Asa Wood Elementary School with his second-grade classmates on Arbor Day afternoon, April 30.

There wasn't room for both trees, so the second-graders took turns digging one hole to plant a Red Sunset maple.

"It will make the town more pretty when it gets all its leaves," said Sanders.

It was all captured on video to be submitted to the Disney Channel's "Tree Power Project."

"He has been very adamant about making the world a better place," Lisa Oedewaldt, Sanders' mom, told the Western News. "He is very water, electricity and waste conscientious. When he asked if he could do this, who was I to stop him?"

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Deer Lodge woman shows talent throughout life

DEER LODGE - When Kitty Ann Quigley Taaler performed at the 50th annual Deer Lodge Rotary Talent Show last month, it was far from her first shot at the stage.

For 13 years in the 1970s and '80s, she danced and sang throughout Canada, promoting the Calgary Stampede in red boots, a red hat and a red blazer, said a feature story in this week's Silver State Post.

At the urging of her father, John Quigley, who began construction of Frontier Town on MacDonald Pass in 1947, Taaler competed in the first queen contest at the Last Chance Stampede in Helena in 1961 - and won.

She went on to become Miss Big Sky, and promoted Montana at the New York World's Fair.

"I got a speeding ticket driving around the Unisphere on the mechanical buffalo from the Montana pavilion," she said with a laugh.

Taaler went to school in Deer Lodge, sent there by her parents to live with her grandmother after getting kicked out of six preschools in Helena. She graduated from Powell County High School in 1963 and studied music at the University of Montana before show business called.

These days, she focuses on another form of artistry. In her home near Helena, amid scrapbooks and framed collages of earlier creative endeavors, is a studio where she works in oils and watercolors.

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Squeegee's new boss takes over in Seeley

SEELEY LAKE - Seeley's local window washer has left town, but not before he passed on the squeegee.

The Seeley Swan Pathfinder reports that Todd Townsend apprenticed in the business last summer, then bought it when Joe Marchkii moved to Ecuador with his wife, Marie, last fall.

Marchkii had one request of Townsend: "Please take good care of my people."

Townsend vowed he would, and now he's looking forward to the summer business.

"He's excited about the possibility of seeing all the people he did windows for last year while learning from Joe, and new customers that want their windows sparkling clean!" said the Pathfinder.

If you want to be part of Townsend's appointed rounds, give him a call at 754-7885.

Weeklies Reader is compiled by reporters Michael Jamison, Vince Devlin and Kim Briggeman.

 

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