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Cottonwood News: Gehring awarded $500 scholarship


Donna Wassmuth Cottonwood 962-3561

— Peg Gehring has received a $500 scholarship from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Delta Chi-at-Large Chapter to assist her in her research regarding chronic pain management. The research will be conducted in Clearwater, Idaho and Lewis counties. 

She will be surveying residents of each of these counties and asking them if they have chronic low back pain and how they manage the pain. Peg is wanting to study those who use traditional doctors, but also others, such as chiropractors, naturopathic practitioners, acupuncturists, massage therapists and personal trainers. The study, showing which type of treatment has the best results, will be conducted this summer with results available next November 2017.

She is currently a doctoral student at Idaho State University earning a degree in doctor of nurse practitioner. Peg graduated with a bachelor’s in nursing from LCSC in 1984, and a master’s in nursing from Gonzaga in 2009. To be part of this study contact Peg at Peg works as a family nurse practitioner at St. Mary’s Clinics in Grangeville, Cottonwood and Craigmont.

Happy Birthday to Fr. Paul Wander on his birthday April 2, and Fr. Mienrad Shallberger on April 3. May God bless both of you in the wonderful work that you do.

The next Engaged Encounter Weekend will be held April 21-23 at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. This is our last Engaged Encounter retreat before the summer wedding season. Following April, our next weekend will be Sept. 15-17. Brochures and registration information is available at your parish office, or on our website: Contact Eric and Alea Wassmuth with questions or EE Registration at 962-2372 or

The Partnership for Healthy Communities will be sponsoring seven walks on the prairie to promote physical activity and raise awareness about the need for movement in our lives. 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. There will be a walk at a different place each Saturday until May 20, except for no walk on April 15. All walks start at 9 a.m., registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no charge to participate in the walks so bring your walking shoes, a sunhat, and a desire to get out and move. Onsite at each walk the Cottonwood Community Response Vehicle (CRV) will be there for safety and support. Also available will be free health screenings for chronic disease. For information, 553-7878.


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