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Community walks planned through May


Donna Wassmuth Cottonwood 962-3561

— Spring is definitely here! We worked in the yard, planted trees, trimmed the raspberries, and the frogs are croaking out in the pond. We missed them last year since the pond dried up and there were no frogs.

Several health walks are planned for the next two months for anyone who wants to get some exercise. The Partnership for Healthy Communities, a group of five health systems and two community service organizations will be sponsoring seven walks on the prairie in an effort to promote physical activity and raise awareness about the need for movement in our lives. All walks will be marked in quarter mile increments and individuals can decide for themselves what distance they are comfortable with. The “Walk the Prairie for Health” series of events is geared to all age groups and fitness levels. Bring the whole family and the dog (on a leash) for some fun and good times. The first walk took place April 2. All walks begin at 9 a.m. with sign-up at 8:30 a.m. On April 9 we will walk in Ferdinand, and April 16 will be a tour of Greencreek. April 30 we’ll enjoy a day at Winchester, May 7 will be in Cottonwood with the assistance of the track team. May 14 the walk will take off from the Pub and Grub in Keuterville, and the final walk on May 21 will be at the Monastery of St. Gertrude.

For each walk attended the participant can put in a ticket to win a Fitbit HR on the day of the final walk. Drawing results will be final. There is no charge to participate in the walks so bring your walking shoes, a sun hat, and a desire to get out and move. On site at each walk the Cottonwood Community Response Vehicle will be there for safety and support. Also available will be free health screenings for chronic disease performed by the Partnership for Healthy Communities. For information call 553-7878. Come join the fun!

Cottonwood Police Department has received a 2005 Ford ambulance from St. Mary’s Hospital, who recently was able to update their ambulance with grant funding through Idaho EMS. This vehicle will be named CRV, or Community Response Vehicle. The vehicle will be used in various ways around the community in a support role. It will be a portable office with laptop, printer and necessary paperwork to document and investigate incidents. We also have worked with Idaho County Emergency Manager Jerry Zumwalt and have two 2,000 watt generators along with scene lighting. The plan is to have it available for all first responders in our area for various kinds of incidents. It is sure to be an asset to the community.

KC Roadside Cleanup: Mark your calendars Knights, family members and others who would like to help. You are encouraged and invited to participate in our semi-annual roadside cleanup on Saturday, April 23. The Boy Scout Troop we sponsor is dwindling and no longer has the manpower to work with us. We need lots of hands to meet at 8 a.m. at the KC Hall for a very short safety briefing. From there we will move north on Highway 95 to clean up along the road. Assuming we have 16 participants, we should be done by 10 a.m. Make Idaho a cleaner place and show off what a great place we live. If you have questions, call Max at 507-1058.

A bunco party will be held at Assumption Parish Hall at 6 p.m. following the evening Mass on April 9. All adults are invited. Cost is $5 per person. If possible, bring finger foods to share. Tri-Parish will provide wine. Bunco is a dice game and is easy to learn. Fr. Paul will bring game items needed. Lots of fun — join us.


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