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Donna Wassmuth Cottonwood 962-3561


A gun safety/hunter education class was recently taught at Prairie Elementary School. Thirty-eight students learned the basics of handling a firearm safely in the home as well as while hunting in the field. While many of these students may never go hunting, the skills they learned can help them throughout their life, especially in activities such as baby-sitting and being around adults who have forgotten the basics of safe gun handling. In addition to learning safe handling and respect for guns, the students learned about things like hunter ethics, wildlife identification, first aid, survival, and game laws. Pictured is the gun safety class. Head instructors are Eric Wassmuth, Susan Wassmuth and Virgil Wassmuth. Others helping with the class include Jack Gehring, Gerry Gehring, Doug Johnson, Clark Tacke, Josh Kaschmitter, Chris Duclos, Officer Terry Cochran, and Fish and Game officers Roy Kinner and Kyle Christiansen.

— The weather has been excellent for baby calves. We had our first one Saturday. I see a few around on other farms also. The trees are starting to bud out, and flowers are poking through the ground. The pussy willow is blooming, too. I think they call this “spring fever.”

The Lenten Retreat, “Tools for Lenten Mercy,” will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cottonwood. The retreat will kick off with lunch at noon and end with Mass at 5 p.m., with a reception to follow.

Catholic recording artist, Jamie Theitten from Twin Falls, will be one of the speakers and will also share her gift of music (check out her website at Preregistration is strongly encouraged as soon as possible, but will be accepted until the day of the retreat. Contact Loretta Poxleitner at 962-5937 or There is no registration fee, but a free will offering will be accepted to support Jamie’s ministry. All men and women age 18 and older are encouraged to join us. Jamie is a fantastic singer. Come and see for yourself.

KC 40 Cans for Lent: The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a food drive during lent, Feb. 18 (Ash Wednesday) through April 5 (Easter Sunday). This is approximately 40 days and we ask our Tri-Parish family to contribute one of any of the following items for each day of Lent: a can or box of food, or roll of toilet paper, roll of paper towels, tube of tooth paste, bottle of shampoo or other household items. Drop them off at the church or bring them to the KC Hall.

Go West Catholic Men . . . Check the website for information and flyers. Parish office has a copy also, All priests and seminarians are welcome to attend at no cost. It will be held Feb. 27 and 28 at Pendleton, Ore., 541-275-3615.


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