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White Bird News: Cookoff is this weekend; American Legion restarts


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— Looks like Fall is starting to show her colors. The temps are getting lower in the evenings, along with the sounds of firewood being cut. On Sept. 10th approximately 24 people gathered to tackle the load of logs that Pineda Post and Poles donated to the White Bird Medical and Relief. In just more than four hours, nine to 10 cords of wood were cut, split, loaded and delivered to area residents. Wood cutters last roundup will be Oct. 1, same place and time, with about four cords of wood left to cut and deliver. We want to thank all those who volunteered their time for this project. We couldn’t ask for a better crew, also to Tom Cullin for the use of storage on his property.

Reminders: On Sept 23, the drawing for the two cords of wood will be held at Grangeville High School. This is a senior project that Frankie Zumwalt is doing, so please help support him. All proceeds go to the youth wrestling team.

Do you like to eat, cook, or just enter contests? On Sept. 24, come join the Side Dish Cookoff. This will take place at the Silver Dollar Bar and is open to everyone. Barbecue ribs will be provided and three categories are being held: baked beans, potato salad, and pasta salad. There will be a first-place prize in each of the three divisions. You can cook your dish at home; judging will be at noon and then it’s chow time. The raffle is for a Ruger 30.06 rifle with a vortex scope and shoulder strap. Second place is for an Idaho Resident Sportsman package (out of staters will receive a gift certificate). Come on down and help support this fund-raiser sponsored by the White Bird Medical and Relief.

This just in from Walt Lindsey, Commander, American Legion, White Bird Idaho Post 152: We have started an American Legion post in White Bird. It is post 152. It started with a group of people who were helping an Afghanistan vet with severe PTSD. After getting him the proper help we wondered what more could we do to help vets in the area. And post 152 was reborn. It was here years ago and participation faded. Now, we are a post 24 strong (not bad for a town of 133 people) and growing daily.

Our focus will be on veterans rights and issues and community involvement to foster Americanism.

To that end we painted White Bird city hall along with others in the community and we had a kickoff barbecue this past weekend at the veterans park in White Bird to introduce ourselves to the community and as a fund-raiser. Any questions, let me know.

Cleanup has started around town, starting with the city hall getting a new coat of paint. Prep work was done and now this starts a new project in the “Proud to Live in White Bird,” program.

Sept. 30, there will be a Flea and Free Market at the Swiftwater RV Park. This will run from 10 a.m. to noon, so come shop, stroll or sell with the vintage trailer guests. Call Anna for more information or to set up a booth.

Rebakahs meeting is tonight, the 21st, at 6 p.m.

Birthday wishes go out to Sharon Wisenor, Pete Lucarelli, Jeff Bolander, Kim Johnson, Dianne Crea, Addyson Eller, Greg Taylor, Tom Marek, Joni Larkin, Jerry Early, Tommiann Whitten, and April Brown. In Memory of Connie Claar.

Happy Anniverseries to David and Denise Fehrenkamp, Robert and Megan Bashaw, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Pearce, Joe and Tess Lindsey, Mike and Wendy Kunkel, Leah and Dennis Harvey, and Mike and Melissa Blimka.

Tidbit: Mrs. Hill had cabins by the Haney store in White Bird. She was a Pentecostal, and often debated with Grover Newman. She and a friend were wild in their youth; on one occasion, they raced through White Bird on their horses – stark naked! Mrs. Hill later converted to Christ.

The year 1917 was tragic for the Newman people. John Nevin was murdered. He and Jeannie lived where the Catholic church now stands. The church was built in 1922. Arthur Freeman shot and killed John almost in front of his house. Later a despondent Freeman walked over to the Methodist church, sat on the steps and shot himself through the head. The bullet hole can still be seen in the building to this day(2016) but is covered with white paint.


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