Step Back…But Look Ahead!

A gala Ball highlighted my birthday this year: Montana Governor Steve Bullock (center) and Colonel Jack Walsh (ret.), uncle of the Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, were part of the scene at the Governor’s Inaugural Ball on February 9 in Helena. I served in the Montana Army National Guard for eight years and was honored to be invited back to the Big Sky Country to share the festivities.

A gala Ball highlighted my birthday this year: Montana Governor Steve Bullock (center) and Colonel Jack Walsh (ret.), uncle of the Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, were part of the scene at the Governor’s Inaugural Ball on February 9 in Helena. I served in the Montana Army National Guard for eight years and was honored to be invited back to the Big Sky Country to share the festivities.

Sometimes you can go back, for a little while. My birthday this past February 9 featured the Inaugural Ball of Steve Bullock, the new Governor of Montana, and reunions with Colonel Jack Walsh (ret.) and his nephew, Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh, which took me back to 1976.
Back then, as a member of the Montana Army National Guard’s 103rd Public Affairs Detachment, working with Special Forces troops—as a new (and first woman!) commissioned officer—I served with Jack, and interviewed him as the first guest on my TV show, “On Your Guard.” Together, we saw off John—who became Montana’s Adjutant General from 2008 to 2012 and is now its new Lieutenant Governor—to his basic training, which led to more than 30 years in the service here and overseas. John is a nominee to a commission that reports to the President on the current force structure requirements of the Air Force. Yes, it was fun—the reception at the Governor’s mansion, the Ball, the stories, the friends.
Back here, we’re looking ahead. What started as a small and colorful event is now a big one, supported by businesses, schools, and families alike. The tenth annual Mystic Irish Parade takes to the roadways Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m. at the Seaport and heads south through town under the cheerfully ceremonious leadership of Grand Marshal Mike Crowley. With 100 businesses and 1600 marchers, its budget is now a big $50,000 or so—consider helping it along with a donation! March right over to page 10 for your orders.
And as the snow melts, look for crocuses and robins … and Think Spring!

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Alexis Anneditor & publisher

Alexis Ann
editor & publisher