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ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation)

A brief update on our progress with the ARF shelter project as of April 12:

The land survey is complete. Having this step finished will allow us to apply for grants to help with construction of the building. A huge thank you to Charlie Light and the Skinner Land survey crew.

We accepted assistance from Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) to create a strategic plan. The cost to complete the plan of $5,000 was awarded to us half as a grant and the other half matched from CEDA.

Deb Smith has come to Grangeville for our meetings and we are learning a lot. We will have our 3rd planning session on May 10 and hope to have a strategic plan in place mid-June. This partnership includes Rural Community Development Initiative training as well. our board members are going through training along with other community members learning about community and strategic planning, grant writing and how to do feasibility studies.

We are gearing up for a road show. The Grangeville Community Foundation grant we were awarded has been put to good use. Shelley Dumas has worked with the print shop to create big poster boards and a presentation that she will use to visit surrounding areas for recruiting support for ARF’s shelter project. We recognize the value in obtaining support and talented people from all the surrounding communities to ensure this shelter is viewed as regional, and are working to solicit volunteers from Kamiah, Kooskia, Stites, Riggins, Craigmont, Cottonwood and Winchester areas.

If you are interested in helping to build a regional animal shelter please e-mail us at or message us on Facebook at

Our website is getting the professional touch. We received help from a local computer guru who has volunteered his time to make it happen. Soon there will be a “donate now” button linked to our potlatch account for tax deductible donations. If you are interested in seeing our progress please go to

We appreciate all the support from the council and community members. We welcome any comments or questions and will do our best to answer them.

-- Lesley Orcutt, secretary

Crazy Critters 4-H Club

On March 20, Crazy Critters 4-H Club met. We scheduled a few project demonstrations for next month. We also watched a movie on 4-H history and the men and women who started 4-H. 4-H was created so kids could learn about agriculture and how to care for animals.

Our next meeting is scheduled for April 17, 6:30 p.m., at the senior center.

--Adrian Rodriguez

Grangeville Senior Center

April 10 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Tom Helmick; free dinner, Wanda Pilant; meals at site: 66 with 29 home-deliveries; guests: Bob and Jackie Mackie.

April 14 – pledge, Stanley Modrell; prayer, Barbara Essen; free dinner, Jane Burgess; meals at site: 52 with 33 hot and 68 frozen home-deliveries; guests: Andy Riener, Kathy Dice, William Kowaleski; pinochle winners: 1, Mel Willis 5910, 2, Barbara Henderson, 5590; Pizza and Pinochle on April 21.

Pioneer Senior Center

Agnes Forsman opened the April 11 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and also gave the dinner prayer. Guests this week were Fred Seubert and Connie Forsmann. There were 57 meals served and 25 takeouts. Agnes Forsman won the free dinner.

Susie Frei McPherson, Anna Gehring, Chris Remacle and Diane Schultz each shared a joke with the group. Emelia Frei won the nickel Bingo pot and Dolores Kindall won the blackout.

Door prize winners were Hilda Nuttman, Judy Arledge, Gen Broker, Mel Willis, Vern Uhlorn, Katie Remacle, Jim Beckman, Diane Schultz, Theresa Funke, Emelia Frei, Fred Seubert and Norma Schumacher. It was Mel Willis’ 94th birthday.

Seniors wanting to go to Lewiston to shop or doctor’s appointments and don’t want to drive, call Coast driver Katie Manifold at 456-4090.

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 April 25: Oven Fried Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Carrot Salad, Muffin, Pears. This is also the birthday meeting and fiddlers will be here. To order meals delivered, call city hall, 962-3231.


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