Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Reaction to Scouts Grill

| January 25, 2023 1:00 AM

Every once in a while I will begin a letter to the Pilot/Editor about this or that… yet they are almost always frustration… anger… sadness… defeated feelings… and who needs to hear any of that with so much of that swirling around us so when I got the Pilot and read the article on the new restaurant, Scouts Grill, I knew right away I could send a letter off that finally had something positive I could say… so here goes.

I’ve known the Archer family for a long while now ever since they moved here years ago. Good people, always have something going on, very much a close-knit family so reading about the restaurant they have opened I really wasn’t surprised that they are gearing towards a family atmosphere. I was pleasantly surprised to know that there is also cross-country skiing on the property and I have frequented Denise’s Scout and Gather Mercantile, located at the same property, since its beginnings. I love the atmosphere and she sells unique, quality items, always with that beautiful smile and great attitude she has. I knew about the mini golf course but have never played there or anything as that’s just not for me yet I’m sure many have had a blast doing so. Yet I want to make the next few lines not about those things, while they are important, something while reading about what they are trying to accomplish struck me right at the heart. Zo here I go again… in closing.

They could have taken those precious acres of land and turned it into yet another ugly development that could have probably been done so easily. I thank them SO much for not doing so. What they did do and are hoping to accomplish is create a place where families can get together… or young people with a great place to hang out. Probably have music now and then, (I’m sure you’ve heard of Archertown and if not, try to do so) mini golf, skiing, good food, outdoor firepit, doesn’t all of that sound great and so refreshing? But here goes the thing that brought a tear or two or more to my eyes. They plan on bringing the older people who live at The Springs in Whitefish to their mini golf course now and then for a “lively round of golf”... the fact that they even think of older people was the reason for a few tears. Who does that?! Looks like the Archers do… that’s who!! And so THAT was the motivation behind writing this letter that hopefully gets some attention and is put in the Pilot so more will be able to read about how great it is what they are trying to create and I believe already have. They are well on their way to making differences in people’s lives and some may read that and think I’m being dramatic yet ask any relative of someone in The Springs who will be able to watch their loved ones playing golf and getting out and probably smiling, a lot!

So I know I’ll be going there and lending my support and eating some great food and doing a little skiing… and I just may swing by when the senior citizens have a tee time this summer, just to stand by and watch them smile.

Thank you Jim, Denise, Kris and Kyle Archer. You have the big picture and bigger hearts.

Paula Jones, Whitefish

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