Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over. I hope everyone survived! Now we can start thinking about Christmas. The cows are all home so we have something to watch in the pasture up on the hill. They always seem happy to be home.
Hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday. Now it seems another one is on the way! Oh where did the last part of the year go? December will be upon us on Thursday, so on Saturday, Dec. 3, we are inviting everyone to come down to the park and get into the holiday spirit and “Deck the Town for Christmas.” This starts at 11 a.m.
My Sweet ’16 quote for the week is “Remember, laugh when you can. Apologize when you should. Let go of what you cannot change. Life is too short to be anything but happy.” Congratulations to Ethan Shepherd of Riggins who was the big winner of the “more than $1,000” in gifts and gift certificates sponsored by the Christmas bazaar with 18 local businesses and 27 Christmas bazaar vendors filling the prize basket. What a great way to encourage others involved on our local event! Kudos to the event planners, vendors, and shoppers. It was another successful event.
Fire Department monthly meeting is set for Dec. 1, 7 p.m., at the Forest Service Conference Room. Time to look for things/items to donate to the Elk City School Christmas bazaar. Leave them at the school or call Sue at 842-2359.
Jaclyn Stebar of Grangeville and her two children took a jog down South State Street last Friday afternoon, Nov. 25, bundled up against the fall weather. Stebar gets out for a jog every day.
ELK CITY - This week, look for boxes seeking items from a list of needs for our soldiers in Iraq. Donations can be dropped off at The Store or at the VFW Post. Monetary donations to help with postage will also be accepted. These supplies will be sent off to reach our troops through the month of December to show our support and boost morale of those who cannot be home for the holidays. The VFW Ladies Auxiliary heads up this program and be overseeing the mailing of packages.
The Idaho County Free Press is looking for someone to cover Kooskia and the surrounding area for the weekly People page.
The Monastery of St. Gertrude has some holiday events set: Silence the Christmas Noise: Advent Retreat will take place Dec. 1-18. Set aside a few days for calm, quiet Advent preparation this year. Register online at www.Spirit-Center.org or call 208-962-2000. Christmas Masses include: Christmas Eve caroling at 7 p.m., Eucharist at 7:30 p.m.; and Christmas Morning Eucharist at 11:30 a.m.
Praying that everyone who reads this column has a blessed Thanksgiving holiday! The recipients of the Quilts of Valor made by the Sew Help Me Quilters at the Veterans Day dinner, as you read in this column, were Nancy Lewis Velarde and Richard Harrison. Richard Harrison served in the Marines from 1962 to 1966. He obtained the rank of Sargent and served in Okinawa, Vietnam, and the United States.
Another well-known vet, Bruce Bentz, received his Quilt of Valor. Well-deserved and I am sorry I missed you last week.
Cornerstone Christina Learning Center’s 10 students in preschool and kindergarten presented the play “Little Red Hen” at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Friday, Nov. 18.
My Sweet ’16 quote of the week is “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifting snow….” Yes, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow; lots of fun times will be had at many a Grandmother’s house…especially mine! Be thankful for your family and times together with them; they are the most precious treasures we have.
We had a little dusting of snow last week. That was our warning to get those snow tires on and wrap up those fall chores. Time is running out! A presentation of the veterans program by the 1st -7th grade will be held at Summit on Dec. 1, starting at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome and a free lunch will be provided to all our guests that day. Postcards were sent home with the students, invite friends/neighbors/family.
Patrons in JSD 241 and the Riggins area voted overwhelmingly in favor Tuesday, Nov. 21, to divide the school district.
Grangeville Centennial Library held its annual pajama party for Family Read Week Nov. 15 at the library.