As of Tuesday, November 25, 2014
COTTONWOOD — Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. May your day be spent with family and friends.
Congratulations to the Prairie Pirates football and volleyball teams. Both of them took state. We are so proud of you. Stop by the field house at the football field and see the work of Mr. Shane Chapman, Prairie Schools’ new art teacher. He donated his time and talent to paint the new Pirate logo on the building.
The NICI Prison through their ministry program offers the inmates the opportunity to fill out a form for the Christmas gift program. Christian churches on the Camas Prairie all take a few of these forms and ask their parishioners to call and request a form and to sponsor a family for Christmas. Inmates are obviously unable to purchase gifts for their children. By us stepping in to help, the child has a nice Christmas even if their dad cannot be there, and the child knows their dad was thinking of them. This helps build a stronger connection between the dad and the child. The form includes the name, age and mailing address and (sometimes the clothes size) of the children. If you wish to sponsor a family, purchase gifts for the children and mail the gifts to them well before Christmas so they receive them on time. The dollar limit per child is at your discretion. We ask that you use the church’s return address when mailing, P.O. Box 425, Cottonwood, ID 83522. This year we have received 15 forms. Call the parish office at 962-3214 to sponsor a family.
Quilts of Valor were presented to several veterans during the school program recently at the high school. Jim Schumacher received the quilt that was presented to his father, Anselm Schumacher, last year before he passed away. I’m sure Jim was very honored to have this quilt.
You’ve heard the saying, “Party ‘til the cows come home.” Well, the party’s over, because the cows are coming home this week. I have seen lots of cattle going by, so the other ranchers are also bringing theirs back to the barn for the winter. It’s time to be finished with all those fall projects and settle in for the long winter’s nap and get ready for Christmas.
Cottonwood Ski Butte board of directors has been busy getting the ski hill ready for operation. Check their Facebook page or the website www.cottonwoodbutte.org to see when it will open. They had to raise the price of a ticket this year for the first time in seven years, but they will be offering a special for two weeks starting Nov. 28 and continuing until Dec. 12. This crew does a great job of offering an affordable family-friendly hill with generous support from the community.