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White Bird News: Dinner draws more than 200


Toni Baker 983-7701

— The election is finally over and Veterans Day has passed, so let’s move on to some new happenings in White Bird!

Our little town had two veterans, Toni Robinson and Ed Carlin, who received their Quilts of Valor. The Salmon River School District and Pinehurst Quilters, along with the help of Tammy Stone, helped get this done.

I hope everyone took the time to go to the Rebekahs Thanksgiving dinner. They had a record crowd of more than 200, with folks coming from near and far. Winners of the raffle were: Hand-made quilt (made and donated by Kelly Rosenbaum) was won by Jill Robinett; other handmade items were made by Dee Dee, Laurie and Connie, were won by Maggie Abbott, Beth Plagmann and Tommy Latimer. Lots of Bingo playing and visiting was had by all.

Speaking of the Rebekahs, did you happen to go out to the Skookumchuck pullout and view the Idaho Christmas Tree? Thanks to these ladies, some traveled to McCall and asked for them to stop along their route to Grangeville. They had munchies and cookies for the drivers and you were able to sign the wrapped tree. Very good turnout, thanks for showing your support from our little community!

Did you remember to pick up a 2017 community calendar? If not, they will have them at the library which is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays of each week. Cost is $10 each. Help support the library with this fund-raiser.

Last reminder for the Turkey Shoot that will take place on Nov. 19, starting at 9 a.m. with sign-in at 8 a.m. Everyone is invited to participate or just come down and watch.

City hall would like to remind the residents that they still have smoke detectors available at no cost. If you are in need of one, let them know and you will be furnished with one. Also, a reminder is that they want all residents to have their address visible so that emergency personnel can find your place.

The cribbage tournament had 18 players this week with Rick Alley winning first and John Wisenor winning 2nd place for the second week in a row. Great job guys.

Holidays are fast approaching so will try to get as much in as I can. If you want anyone to know of your event or upcoming activities, call me at 983-7701 to get it in. Remember, I have a deadline of Monday morning so need your information by Sunday the week before the actual event. Thanks!

There’s a new fire chief in town

WHITE BIRD — White Bird now has a new fire chief, Paul Sand. Mark Gravatt will be putting on a four-week course for both men and women of basic training and would like to invite the community to step up and get involved. The next meeting will be Thursday, Nov.17, 5 p.m., at the Parks and Rec building. Braun has been working on the trucks. What a great young man, he sure has his work ahead of him. Questions can be answered by Paul or city hall at 839-2294.

The chamber meeting will be on the 21st and they will be printing up a winter newsletter soon so get all your information to them.

Birthday wishes go out to Wanda Pilant, Glenna McClure, Verna Lowe, Benjamin Lindsey, Beverely Lowe Callahan, Adam Kryns, Ashley Lowe, Kate, Jackie Ghan, Shirley Stark, Weston Whinery, Gary Bakker, Lynne Fredrickson, and in memory of Jim Crea and Mom Hagen.

Anniversary wishes go to Bill & Millie.

History Tidbits:

During the years when the mail was brought to White Bird from Grangeville by stage, then was carried south by Ed Vincent’s string of pack mules to New Meadows, there were some noteworthy accidents through the years because of the trail. One involved a white mule carrying pouches of registered mail, which tumbled into the Salmon River above the old Tuck Brite place. Neither the mule or the mail survived the fall, and for years postal employees were being reminded of that incident with the warning, “Whatever you do, take special good care of your registered mail.”


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