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Ida-Lew Economic Development Council

A group of individuals met in Grangeville on Oct. 13 to discuss opportunities related to developing business around brewing beer and/or distilling spirits. The meeting was hosted by Ida-Lew Economic Development Council the purpose was to bring together like-minded individuals. The goal was to explore different avenues to work together to develop a local industry around the growing interest in microbreweries, home brewing, and spirit distilling. Attendees included individuals that have started the process of opening a microbrewery, a group starting a distillery, as well as people representing economic and business development resources and local government.

Ida-Lew economic development specialist Jessaca Austad kicked off the meeting by sharing statistics on the growing micro-brewing industry and opportunities for local business development. Jessaca pointed out the region could benefit economically in numerous ways. Across the county microbreweries are popping up, which when this occurs in Idaho and Lewis counties it will expand the local economy. The brewing industry, in addition, could dovetail with tourism development efforts and the possible linkage with agriculture.

A second meeting is scheduled for Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at The Gallery in Grangeville. Those interested in micro-brewing and or distilling spirits are encouraged to attend. Contact Jessaca Austad at 983-8302 or

Pioneer Senior Citizens

Agnes Forsman opened the Nov. 22 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Larry Clark led the dinner prayer. There were 71 meals served with 32 home deliveries. Nancy Winkler won the free meal.

Diane Schultz shared a couple of jokes with the group. Dolores VonBargen won the nickel pot in bingo while Vera Holthaus won the blackout. Door prize winners were Sylvia Forsmann, Joanne Sonnen, Theresa Funke, Jim Beckman, Katie Remacle, Buddy Hood, Agnes Forsman and Francis Ellsworth.

This meeting date was the 53rd anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy.

Come join us for a meal every Tuesday for a small donation at the Pioneer Senior Center in the Cottonwood Community Hall basement. Meals are served at noon.

Menu for Dec. 6: Vegetable Stew w/Rosemary Dumplings, Salad Greens w/Balsamic Dressing, Fruit Cup, Molasses Cookie.


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