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Cleo Travis retires from Umpqua after 32 years

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It's Your Business Lorie Palmer 983-1200


This Christmas nativity, a silhouette in wood, can be seen framed by a blue light and against a homey backdrop of a lit tree through the window at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center, 410 East North 2nd Street.


Ring On! It was three generations of bell ringers for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive in Grangeville Saturday, Dec. 13, as (L-R) Tammy Plank, Mark Boemke and Beth Boemke rang the bell in front of Cash and Carry Foods. Proceeds from the local drive are used for those in Idaho County who are in need. Plank works for Meadowlark Homes, Beth is the manager of U.S. Bank in Grangeville and Mark is a student who has raised money for the local food bank.

On Thursday, Jan. 8, the annual Grangeville Chamber of Commerce membership meeting will take place. This is when the election of board members will occur. This year, three positions are up to be on the ballot. Current board members Lori Courtright and Cathy Wassmuth are running for reelection, with Annelle Urbahn stepping down. Members who would like to be more involved in the chamber and would like to run, let Jeff Kutner know as soon as possible. To nominate a person, first check with Kutner. There will also be nominations from the floor at the time of the meeting. Additionally, the program for the evening will concern advertising each business. The meeting will be at The Gallery. Social time starts at 5:30 p.m., with the meeting starting at 6. p.m. RSVP to Kutner at

There will not be a “Biggest Loser Challenge” here this year….but Groaners Fitness will be sponsoring a 10 Pounds Off! Weight Loss Challenge. This challenge runs for 6 weeks and is planned to give participants the kickoff needed to meet weight loss goals. Challenge information is available at Groaners now. The challenge will begin with registration and weigh-in at Groaners Fitness, 505 West Main at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, and will end with final weigh-in Feb. 14. This year the rules and cost for the Challenge are different from past years with the emphasis on personal accountability. Call Cindy at Groaners (983-7070) or drop in to get information prior to registration about this challenge. If your resolution is to improve your health and fitness, take advantage of this opportunity.

According to the AAA, holiday travel is expected to total 98.6 million, an increase of 4 percent from the 94.8 million who traveled last year.

Drivers will enjoy savings at the pump this holiday, reaching the lowest cost per gallon in nearly five years. The current price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Washington state is $2.82 on average, which is 49 cents less than this time last year and down 15 cents in the past week. Idaho residents will pay an average of $2.58 per gallon, 54 cents lower compared to a year ago.

Today’s national average is 2.53 which is 70 cents lower than last year. Nationally, gas prices have fallen 81 days in a row. (Free Press editor David Rauzi has reported a nosebleed due to the prices falling so quickly across the street from us at Zip Trip!)

The Grangeville Community Blood Drive will be held Tuesday, Dec. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 607 W. Main Street with registrations inside the Soltman Center. Make appointments online at (use sponsor code “Grangeville”) or call 1-800-423-0151.

Cleo Travis will retire from Umpqua Bank in Riggins following 32 years of service. The public is invited to an open house at the bank on Tuesday, Dec. 30, noon to 4 p.m. The bank is located at 402 S. Main Street. Food will be served.

The University of Idaho Extension, USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Risk Management Agency, Idaho Barley Commission, Idaho Grain Producers Association and a variety of additional organizations are sponsoring a one-day Farm Bill and Crop Insurance Workshop Jan. 12 at Craigmont Community Center, 8:30 a.m., to noon, breakfast included. Preregister by Jan. 7 by calling 334-2090 or e-mail

Chances are if you live in Grangeville or have been a passerby, you have seen a bright light up on the hill to the right of the lighted cross. I have heard many explanations to what it might be: a military search light, a clear-cut, the building of an AT&T cell tower. Well, here’s the 4-1-1 on that: There is some construction up on High Camp related to the building of a new cell tower! No invasions, no sinister government takeovers.

Merry Christmas to you all! Enjoy your families and friends this season (and always) and carve out a little time to relax. I hope you all remain healthy – our family has experienced the flu and hope you all can avoid that as much as possible. My girls had to make the traditional sugar cookies without my help this year -- I was that sick. They turned out great, by the way.

If you think a Grangeville High School basketball game can fill the house you should go to one of Mrs. Stefani’s 6-12 concerts. It was an incredible night Dec. 18 and basically standing room only in the gym. Thanks to Mrs. S. for all her work. And a huge thanks to Superior Events with work from Sheila Bowles-Arnzen and help from Tara Connolley for the 2,000 gourmet desserts following the concert as part of a Send the Band to Disneyland fund-raiser. They were excellent! Thanks also for the support from Crema Café, Asker’s Harvest Foods and The Print Shop. If you didn’t see the news clip on KLEW featuring the GHS band and its Grammy nomination, log onto and watch it.

Speaking of being on TV, a couple weeks back Dog Bark Park in Cottonwood was mentioned on the Ellen Show, picture and all. How cool is that?!

Some area residents heard about a local lady’s run-in with a squirrel. That lady was Bertha Drury, Bob Ackerman’s mom. I talked to her at the Sts. Peter and Paul School program practice last week and am happy to report she is alive and well. When she was getting her mail an angry squirrel did attack her and she got buggered up a bit. But she’s OK. By the way, Bertha was a Shopper employee for years, so she’s one of our own. Glad you’re OK, Bertha!


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