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Riggins News: Bible school set to begin this Monday

My quote of the week is “The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” — Tom Bodett VBS begins this coming Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Salmon River Community Church led by the Texas Team. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. All kiddos, friends, cousins, and neighbors 4 years old through 5th graders are invited to join the Texas Team for a super week of Bible stories, games, songs, and crafts. Come a bit early to miss the rush.

Lowell / Syringa News: ‘Dog days’ bring families in

Family reunions upriver, cousins, brothers, sisters, mom, dad, gramma, and gramps, too. They bring their dogs, they float the river, they roast marshmallows and barbecue steaks and hot dogs. They fish, they hike, they go out on their ATVs and horses; they are having a good time in Idaho.

Elk City News: Elk City Days set for Aug. 11-12

More Elk City Days (Aug. 11-12) events coming up next: Friday afternoon and evening will be pretty busy. There will be a presentation honoring veterans by Linda Lanier at the school, Friday at 7 p.m. Be sure to attend after the baseball game. Live music will be featured on Saturday evening at the VFW. And don’t forget the Forest Service v. Town baseball game, Friday at 6 p.m.

White Bird News: Library putting finishing touches on town’s community calendar

Good news is that everyone waiting for summer to get here and high temperatures, it’s here…the bad news is that the high temperatures bring on fire season. Fireworks, lightning strikes and campfires are the three main causes, along with human errors, so please think before you do something that could ruin the summer days ahead. I have heard the many planes and helicopters flying, as there are many fires right now in Idaho and Washington that are close to home.

Cottonwood News: Tri-Parish picnic, Mass on tap for July 30

Our family went camping last week. We had a great time, caught some fish and the mountain lakes were beautiful. A nice getaway from the hubbub of summer work. Tri-Parish Picnic and Mass in the Park will be held Sunday, July 30, Cottonwood City Park. Mass will begin at 11 a.m., and barbecue follows immediately after Mass. Bring a salad or dessert. If you want a beverage other than punch please bring your own beverage and a lawn chair. A retreat at Monastery of St. Gertrude will be held Aug 11-13, Friday, 7:30 p.m., to Sunday, 1:30 p.m. A Sip of Silence with Sister Lillian and team leading the retreat. Contact 962-2000.

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Summer Concert Series

The first Summer Concert Series performance for 2017 took place at Pioneer Park Thursday, July 13. Pictured here are two of the members from Gipsy Moon (L-R) Mackenzie Page and Matt Cantor.

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Three to vie for Idaho County Fair Queen; crowning set for Aug. 18

Three local young ladies will vie for the position of Idaho County Fair Queen 2018. The new queen will be crowned at the fair Friday evening, Aug. 18. Rachel Chmelik, Emma Gehring and Sierah Poxleitner make up the royalty court candidates for the coming year’s fair.

Clearwater’s Elk City Wagon Road Days names raffle, parade, quilt winners

There were lots of winners in several events at the Elk City Wagon Road Celebration in Clearwater on Saturday, July 15. It was a very warm day but many participants enjoyed the day and the events.

Local University of Idaho spring graduates named

MOSCOW – The University of Idaho recently named its 2017 spring graduates. Among those listed for Idaho County and the surrounding Free Press coverage area include the following:

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Shepherd gathering draws people, dogs to Harris Ridge

HARRIS RIDGE – “There’s a lot of English Shepherd people out there,” laughed Kris Hazelbaker. Hazelbaker and about 30 others from throughout the region and beyond gathered Saturday, July 13, at the home of Ginger Busta on Harris Ridge. Their commonality? Dogs. English Shepherds to be precise.

Elk City News: Dust Devils set event for July 22

Mike Evett reports on the Shoot and Scoot fun run as follows: Mike Heaton, from Lewiston, won the closet group in the BB gun category and Staci Stevens won the shot contest with the widest group. Staci also won the fifty/fifty raffle. They had pulled pork sandwiches after the event and it is reported that everyone had a good time!

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Clearwater Valley News: Wagon Road Days set for this weekend

On Friday night, July 14, the Kamiah High School gym will be open for families to play games and compete in activities. From 6- 8 p.m., kindergarten through seventh grade youth and their families are welcome to participate in this free, healthy, family-friendly event. A similar session for teens from 8th grade to 12th grade, and their families, will run from 8:30 -11 p.m.

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Lowell / Syringa News: Smiths on the job for 41-plus years

We all felt the earthquake at 11:30 p.m., last week, July 5th. Not usually anything happening in Lowell and Syringa in the middle of the night, so when the earth shook, we all sat up in our beds and listened. Each story is different.

Riggins News: Donated, replaced flags line Main Street; VBS team on way

My quote of the week is “Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones for positive steps ahead. Keep looking forward, never regret.”

White Bird News: Thanks to all for fire help

The heat is on and I have been told that it got over the triple digits a few times. Then Friday evening, it got a little hotter than we were wanting…a fire took out about 400 acres of grassland along the hills above the creek on Heckman’s property. The papers have acknowledged all the government and state officials that helped, but I want to shout out a big thank you to the Heckman boys, Dick Brust and Carl DeFord for bringing in the Cats to run fire lines around the hills, Randy Nunnally for the use of his water truck and anyone from the town of White Bird and surrounding areas who helped in any way – our town responds when the call goes out. Fire is out and we’re just glad is wasn’t any worse than it was.