Putting meals on table:
We’re all thinking of the upcoming yummy holiday treats. However, in the midst of personal blessings, there are also great needs within the community.
Ida-Lew Economic Development Specialist Jessaca Austad is adding to her workload. The Grangeville-based businesswoman is becoming certified to serve as the Idaho Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) agent for Idaho and Lewis counties. “It is a job that really complements what Ida-Lew has to offer,” Austad explained. “It’s a very good partnership.”
Syringa Hospital board of trustees has met, made decisions, gone over reports and worked on the hospital’s strategic plan several times in the past few months. Some news from those meetings includes the following:
The Grangeville High School HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) donated $450 to the Camas Prairie Food Bank Thursday, Dec. 1. Money was raised from the sales of Camas Prairie Shoot-out T-shirts. The group donated half the proceeds to the food bank and will use half the funds for their year’s activities. Pictured (L-R) are HOSA advisor Tracy Baune, Mountain View School District 244 nurse, HOSA vice-president Chloe Dame, HOSA secretary Kaitlynn Spets, HOSA treasurer Sarah Fischer, HOSA president Jillian Stinnett, and Camas Prairie Food Bank volunteers Carlene Whitesell (manager), Bonnie Austin, Pat Matthews and Carol Schmidt.
'The overall results have been positive'
Have you ever felt your opinion didn’t matter? As part of its ongoing accreditation process, Grangeville High School is out to remedy that. Principal Steve Higgins has been going over the results of a recent all-school survey that has included parents, staff and students.
Seniors and others from throughout the region were treated to a special Christmas luncheon at Grangeville Senior Citizens Center Friday, Dec. 2.
Though Mike and Debbie Andrews were literally headed to the other side of the United States in August, God had other plans for the couple. Mike is the new pastor at Pleasant View Baptist Church in White Bird, replacing Charlie Stefani who recently retired.
‘As the strategic plan goes on, it’s a good time for this type of outreach’ — CEO Joe Cladouhos
As Syringa Hospital works on its strategic planning process for a CEO transition and possible affiliation with Kootenai Health in 2017, the board met again Nov. 29 with consultant Lorraine Roach of Montana. Roach spent the day going over information with the trustees, administration, department heads and medical staff, brainstorming as well as discussing health care trends and area statistics.
“I thank you for being here today for a chance to remember those who have made indelible marks on our lives,” said Dr. Danny Griffis. Griffis spoke to the attendees of the 2016 Syringa Hospice Tree of Lights Memorial service at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center Sunday, Dec. 4. More than 75 people attended the event which is held each year to honor loved ones who have died.
More than a year ago, Irwin Drug owner Chad Jungert started a fund-raiser to purchase an all-terrain wheelchair for Grangeville High School graduate and avid sportsman Tom McAdow. More than $6,000 was raised and McAdow was able to obtain a new all-around wheelchair as well as a chair rugged enough for hunting and fishing in the backcountry. (L-R) Jungert and McAdow are pictured here in Heritage Square parking lot in front of McAdow’s truck.
Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA treated kids to a “duct taping celebration” Wednesday, Nov. 30. Students had a goal of raising $10,000 in the all-school fund-raiser; they actually sold more than $15,000 worth of merchandise. Students who sold items had the fun of duct taping GEMS Principal Dr. Susan Anderson and teacher/assistant Brittany Stewart to the gym wall.
Look for a new twist to this year’s Holiday Gift and Food Fair set for this Saturday, Dec. 3, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. It will be held in the multipurpose room and hallways. Bridget Barela has organized the Camas Prairie Children’s Business Fair with handcrafted items completed and sold by local children.
Mundt gathers no moss, keeps busy with rock art hidden across county to discover
“Rocks were here long before us, and they’ll be here long after us,” said Rita Mundt of Grangeville. “They represent strength and permanence.” What began as simply a hobby for Mundt has turned into more of an art form – though she is the first to admit she is “not an artist.” “I’m a doodler,” she laughed.
Week one winner for the “4 Weeks of Christmas” holiday showcase giveaway is Brianna Kaschmitter of Grangeville. She is pictured here with GreenAcres owner Russ Lindsley, who provided a $100 gift card to GreenAcres for the first week’s prize. Kaschmitter plans to use the winnings on some landscaping at the new home she and her husband are currently building outside of town.
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.
On behalf of Border Days Royalty and Committee, 2017 Border Days Queen Rachael Stevens and Princess Micaela Farris of Grangeville donated $462 to the Eagles Aerie 539 cancer fund. The money will be used to help local people who have expenses related to cancer.
What does it take to succeed in 4-H? Ask the 2016 Idaho County Achievement Award winners who were recently announced. Junior winners are Ryan Alter, Aliyah Pineda and Chloe Rowland. In the intermediate category are Aidan Acton, Oliva Klapprich and Paige Lindsley. Senior honorees include Nicole Blackmer, Te-Moak Charley, Rachel Kelley and Hope Mcintire.
Do you know of someone elderly or disabled who may need some help with transportation in Idaho County? COAST Transportation may be the answer for them. COAST provides public transportation throughout Latah, Nez Perce, Clearwater and Idaho counties.
Let’s remember our local businesses not only on Small Business Saturday, but the rest of the year, as well.
Grangeville Centennial Library is full of some new as well as familiar faces. Coming on board recently as library director is Angie Norman while Michele Waite is the assistant. Aides are Sandra Aiken, Hannah Rauzi, Dani Brooks and Candace Williams.
Dorothia VanHouten of Cottonwood was one of 22 dancers to perform for the residents of Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Monday, Nov. 14.
“Today we pause to remember not only those who died, but those who came home,” said retired Marine Larry Adams. “Those who more than once have had cause to ask themselves, ‘What’s worth fighting for?’”
‘So honored to host the Capitol Christmas Tree here’
“We are so honored to host the Capitol Christmas Tree here,” said Jody Baxter, Grangeville-based smokejumper, from the podium at the Grangeville Senior Citizens parking lot.
It may seem a little too early for Christmas for some, but Syringa Hospice volunteers have been busy making ornaments for several weeks now.
In the basement of his house, the overhead water pipe holds the history of decades of hunts through paper and wire Fish and Game tags. The wires of the yellowing paper tags are twisted around the pipes and include the names of Larry and his three sons.
Chandra Eimers has spent 16 years immersed in the afterschool consortium of Idaho County. On Friday, Oct. 28, she was rewarded for that unwavering commitment. “Chandra has been an amazing asset to local after-school programs,” said Michelle Cushing, North Idaho Regional Coordinator, Idaho Afterschool Network, who attended the event to honor Eimers.
28 of 28 precincts reporting
By a slim margin, Idaho County voters chose to retain incumbent Idaho County Sheriff over challenger Carlos Martinez in Tuesday night’s Nov. 8 general election. - Other results: Dist. 7, local decisions
'We will revisit it' - Joe Cladouhos
Regarding the Syringa Hospital request to the Grangeville City Council in July to make West North Street a one-way street to allow for diagonal parking, the hospital decided to rescind its request for the time being.
A shout out to all local veterans: We want you. That’s the message coming loud and clear from Grangeville High School. The annual GHS Veterans Day assembly is set for Friday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m., in the school’s gymnasium. This year’s guest speaker is veteran Larry Adams from Kamiah.
President of the humanitarian organization Life Raft International, Chris Woodruff, will speak at Grangeville’s E-Free Church this Sunday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m. Life Raft partners with churches in Bangkok, Thailand, enabling individuals within the congregations to minister to a specific refugee family or individual. For every refugee the group helps, there is someone who knows them, and is walking alongside them in Bangkok. “We currently have around 60 volunteers, and are ministering to almost 400 refugees,” Woodruff said.
Teasel is silhouetted in the setting sun Oct. 19 at Tolo Lake.
“I am telling you again – you have the best business manager in a five-county area at least,” said CPA Phil Nuxoll of Presnell Gage, PLCC, Accounting and Consulting. Nuxoll heaped praise on Mountain View School District 244’s business manager Becky Hogg when presenting the annual audit report to the board Oct. 17. “We’re presenting a clean audit with no adjustments for the school year ended June 30, 2016,” he said.
Three members appointed to open positions
“I move we have a moment of silence to honor Dick Tucker and that we name the Kooskia Clinic the Dick Tucker Syringa Clinic,” said trustee Twila Hornbeck at the Oct. 25 Syringa board meeting.
Micah and Sarah Musick left the hustle and bustle of the Pacific Northwest two years ago for greener pastures. “We’d been visiting my parents and family [Fred and Renee Stevens] for about 10 years and we fell in love with Grangeville,” Sarah said. Now, the two have opened Virtual Fox Technology at 111 S. Mill Street, next to Presnell Gage and across from Pine Tree Community Credit Union.
“I would definitely say there’s quite a little difference between Lowell, Idaho, population 28, and Shanghai, China, population 24 million,” grinned 12-year-old Luella Smith.
“For everyone’s protection, teachers should not call or text students,” Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes said at the September school board meeting at Clearwater Valley High School. “As far as Facebook goes, I’ve recommended students and teachers not be friends.” The “Social Media 424” policy was reviewed by the board of trustees at that meeting.
‘Are we becoming a militant state here?’
Mountain View School District 244’s first reading on its draft weapons policy garnered a few more public comments Monday, Oct. 17. “After visiting with the Grangeville Police Department, we are now calling it the ‘Use of Force’ policy,” said board chair Mike Dominguez of Kooskia. This change allows additional weapons, aside from guns, to be included and discussed in the document.
4-H booster thank you barbecue set for Nov. 12: Members discuss how program has impacted their lives
Calling all 4-H supporters in the upper-river communities: A free community barbecue is set for Saturday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., at Clearwater Valley High School.
“I am asking for a change to the Grangeville High School dress code,” GHS Principal Steve Higgins told the Mountain View School District 244 board at the Monday, Oct. 17, meeting. Higgins said questions and concerns from students and parents caused him to delve into the policy.
Though he started his career on a different path, chiropractic physician Loren C. Miller, DC, FACO, has always enjoyed working with people. “I love people,” Miller smiled.
Election 2016: Dist. 7 Senate - Crabtree, Meyers race for state seat
Years spent in various leadership positions have led the way to where Carl Crabtree (R) is headed: the Idaho State Senate. “I’ve spent my life working with people as well as bringing groups together that traditionally may not have gotten along or had very little in common,” Crabtree said. That knack for working with people has guided Crabtree’s life and career.
Who speaks on behalf of abused and neglected children? That person could be you. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a volunteer appointed by the court to represent the best interests of abandoned, abused, or neglected children.
In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father John Gathungu offered animal blessings for the pets of Sts. Peter and Paul School students Oct. 4. Father Gathungu is the priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Grangeville.
Area residents may have noticed a large assembly of visitors in and around Grangeville Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 12-14.
Although she is a new health care provider at Syringa Hospital and Clinics, DNP Julie Hammatt knows her way around the hospital. “I have spent a couple years as an emergency department RN here at Syringa while I obtained my Doctor of Nursing Practice,” she said.
Grangeville’s Oktoberfest was celebrated for the first time in many years this past weekend, Saturday, Oct. 8, sponsored by the Grangeville Merchants as well as many local businesses, vendors and organizations.
Thanks to the vision of many local volunteers, veterans now have a place to congregate in Grangeville. The Veterans Outreach and Community Center, located at 318 East Main Street (former NAPA Auto Parts, across from Pine Tree Community Credit Union) is operated by the non-profit group Idaho County Veterans Association Inc.
Grangeville High School celebrated its homecoming week Oct. 3-7 with a variety of activities and dress-up days. Here, senior Rachel Kelley was full of spirit on Thursday, Oct. 6, skit day, with the “Star Spangled Seniors” theme.
Kinder Ready Klub students at Grangeville Elementary Middle School learned about fire safety Friday, Oct. 7, with the help of Grangeville volunteer firefighters Andrew Lane and Tom Jacobs.
Are you seeking care for your loved one but want to ensure they are well taken care of with dignity? That’s exactly what Erica Eller, fifth generation White Birdian, is offering. Eller is a 25-year veteran of a caregiving.