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Alan Lane and the 17 Mile Band

Alan Lane and the 17 Mile Band

It can be hard to say exactly where our community ends. It certainly feels that it stretches south at least to Stryker and over to the West Kootenai. Recently it feels that it just might stretch as far as the Yaak.

The flurry of recent news from that very small town started last week. A very good musician from up that way is planning to perform at HA) Brewery and Jax Pizza on Grave Creek Road on July 1. Alan Lane and the 17 Mile Band are really something to come out for. Alan's life has been one that has had its ups and downs but when he sits down and starts playing guitar, you know you are in for a treat.

It just happens that a close neighbor of Alan's is Shamus Sedler. Shamus is another individual who has experienced more adventures than most of us. Now in his mid eighties, Shamus is seriously working on getting a lifetime of his poetry published. He started writing years ago while hanging with other poets in San Francisco. One of the Beats, he knew the likes of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and others who frequented City Lights in the North Beach neighborhood. Keep your eyes open for his book, which will come out this year.

Rita Collins

About the Author: Rita Collins. I am a believer in the power of community and for now I call the Tobacco Valley home. I have lived in nine states and three counties and this community here amazes me - how people reach out to neighbors and even travelers. I've never lived in a place that demonstrates people caring for each other so well. And I've never lived in a place that has such a high percentage of talented musicians and artists. I work with the the Sunburst Community Service Foundation, a nonprofit that began in Eureka twenty years ago and now serves numerous communities in western Montana. And I just started a new business, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore and Textual Apothecary. I never could have imagined life being this exciting in my sixth decade.

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Northwestern Montana is a charming area of quaint towns, millions of acres of state and federal land, hiking, camping, waterfalls, rock climbing, fishing and hunting, skiing and snowmobiling. We offer an impressive collection of shops, art galleries, golf courses, bed and breakfasts, spas, and restaurants not to mention annual events such as the Bull Thing, the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Fun Run, and the Eureka Montana Quilt Show. Enjoy the outdoors and the small town spirit that makes you feel right at home. Stay for a short trip, or meet with a realtor to find out about owning your own little piece of Montana real estate.

Where are we and how do you get here? Fly into Glacier National Park Airport (FCA) or Spokane International Airport (GEG). Eureka is 7 miles from the Canadian (Roosville) Border and 67 miles east of Libby or 51 miles north of Whitefish.

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