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Syringa Thrift Shop provides clinics with equipment


It's Your Business Lorie Palmer 983-1200

The Syringa Thrift Shop Auxiliary Committee met Jan. 19 and voted to grant $13,600 to Syringa Hospital and Clinics. The Kooskia clinic will receive $4,100 for a high/low exam table along with an additional $1,000 for privacy curtains for the recently expanded Kooskia PT area. Therapy services will receive $5,000 for a new NuStep machine with the used one going to Kooskia. The remaining $3,500 was awarded for signage and artwork for the Webb building as well as other areas in the facility. Thanks to all the volunteers for the selfless dedication of time that makes these donations possible.

Katherine Kaschmitter is the January employee of the month for St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinic in Cottonwood. She began her career with SMH in 2012 and is currently the certified medical assistant for Dr. Bruner.

She is a graduate of Grangeville High School and graduated from LCSC in 2006 with an associates degree in applied science in medical assisting. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friend and recently started to teach herself how to knit. Her family includes her husband Shawn, 3-year-old Mathias and 9-month-old Lillia.

Grangeville observations last week:

*If your car won’t start in the King’s parking lot, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to have a friend like Grangeville High School student Lonnie Barrieros who will leave his dinner and come give your car a jump.

*Driving by Les Schwab at dusk on a beautiful Thursday, you might see some Les Schwab employees – dirty and tired looking after a long day’s work – playing football in the side lot.

*If you are fortunate enough to attend the Sts. Peter and Paul School talent show, you might get in on an impromptu singing of “Let it Go” from the movie “Frozen.” And It might just be the very best part of your whole day.

*A skeptical taste of borscht with a dollop of sour cream turns into a delightful sensation. Made by Baeli Kinsley, beet soup would not be my number one choice. But when she offered as part of a home school open house, I couldn’t say no. And it was delicious.

Sometimes things happen we don’t agree with or like one bit. Sometimes those things make us forget the little moments that turn into the big picture when we focus. Then we realize this is a great place we call home.

I had a nice call from Free Press reader Fanchion Morris from Nampa last week. Her daughter, Joyce Paul, lives in the area. We had a little visit about some historical books.

A caravan of four large passenger vans and two suburbans carrying what looked to be multicultural students traveled through Grangeville and stopped at Zip Trip Friday, Jan. 30. It was interesting to watch several young men, presumably followers of Islam, complete midday prayers in the parking lot.

Did you know the Syringa Hospital front entrance is available to pedestrian traffic? Patrons are welcome to park on Main Street and walk in.

For me, the best part of the Super Bowl is always the “side stories.” This year there were a couple that really stood out to me. One was on Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski. He is one of five brothers and they are all professional athletes – one brother is a baseball player while the rest play football. Amazing all that talent in one family.

The other story was about NFL Arizona Cardinals player Patrick Tillman who gave up football after the 9-11 attacks and enlisted in the Army. He became an Army Ranger and was sadly killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. His wife started The Patrick Tillman Foundation which in part helps provide scholarship assistance for retired servicemen and women.

Fast forward to Ed Woodward. After tours for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Woodward suffered a severe traumatic brain injury during a training mission. The injury forced him into early medical retirement. Not knowing what to do with his life, his grandfather gave him the advice to “finish what Gene started.” Gene was his twin brother who was attending medical school. The brothers were hit by a drunk driver in 2000 and Gene did not survive. Fifteen years later, Woodward is at the University of South Florida on a Tillman scholarship studying to be a medical doctor.

Football is great (still a Seahawks fan!) but I hope we never forget the real, everyday heroes.


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