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Branting to present ‘maladies’ lecture

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Donna Wassmuth Cottonwood 962-3561

Locals share cowboy poetry

SPOKANE, Wash. — Ralph and Sally Terhaar travelled to Spokane, Wash., with Don and Irma Tacke on Sept. 30. Ralph had a cowboy poetry show to do, and Don played his washboard at “Cowboy Days” at the Providence Adult Day health care facility.

Ruth Berning had asked her uncle if he would come and perform his cowboy poetry at the facility where she is activity coordinator and in charge of entertainment. Ralph said, “yes,” and brought Ruth’s parents along so the “cowboy singalong” would have a washboard player too. There were around 50 clients applauding the poetry and singing along with the musicians.

Much appreciation was extended to Ralph for gifting the clients with his wit and charm. He has written and collected some hilarious and sweet poems about the cowboy life.

COTTONWOOD — Ladies Bible study will be starting Monday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church. This is a Beth Moore updated “Breaking Free” study. Through the 11 weeks of Breaking Free, we will look at the Book of Isaiah through the lives of the kings who ruled during the prophet’s ministry. These kings exemplify many of the obstacles to freedom with which we must deal. Using Scripture to help identify spiritual strongholds in your life, no matter how big or small, Beth explains that anything that hinders us from the benefits of knowing God is bondage. God intends for you to know and believe Him, glorify Him, experience His peace, and enjoy His presence. If you’re interested in attending and would like to reserve a book, call Karon Coburn at 962-2407. The cost of the book is $16. Hope to see you there.

The holidays are approaching and the youth group from the Tri-Parish would like to help the needy in our area through collecting canned food. The perfect opportunity for this endeavor is before Halloween so we decided to go “Trick or Treating” for canned food on Oct 28 throughout the Cottonwood and Ferdinand areas. They will be going house-to-house from 6-7:30 p.m. asking for donations for our local food bank. They will appreciate any help in supporting the needy! All youth and drivers meet at OMG at 5:30 p.m. Dessert and movies follow. (Youth, don’t forget to dress up).

Steven Branting, a Lewiston resident writer, will be the speaker at the Historical Lecture Series sponsored by the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Oct. 29 from 7-8 p.m. His topic will be: The Pox, The Flux and Other Maladies. He has been honored for the depth and variety of his research and field work by many of the nation’s premiere science, geography, history and preservation organizations. In 2011 the Idaho State Historical Society conferred upon him the Esto Perpetua Award, its highest honor, citing his leadership in “some of the most significant preservation and interpretation projects undertaken in Idaho.” His lecture series talk will be concerned with medical ailments that were more prevalent in the past years. Some are almost non-existent with the discovery of vaccines and modern medical advancements.

We are finally getting a little rain this morning as I write. Everything has been dry all summer except for a few recent rains. The fall crops are starting to come up. The cool weather has made the fall flowers beautiful. They flourish when they don’t have to struggle with the heat. Now is apple picking time, but I have not seen many apples on the roadside trees. Cider making may have to be canceled, unless we go to Washington to find apples.


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