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White Bird News: Deer gather for snacks at Gortsema home

Goings on in White Bird.

Goings on in White Bird.


Toni Baker 983-7701

— Well, it’s December, along with the town being decorated for the Christmas holiday, we have had an even bigger problem to contend with. That’s right, no water within the city limits. As of this writing on Sunday, they still didn’t have the problem solved. They have been trucking in bottled water to whoever needs it and a portable water truck was coming in to help fill the storage tanks. Many volunteers have helped from near and far. If you need anything you are to call city hall at 208-839-2294 or Sandy at home at 208-839-2239. Swiftwater RV has opened their showers up to the ones who would like a hot shower – thanks Anna as this is greatly appreciated!

As of Saturday night, there was a post on Facebook that they had water going again. I am not sure if the problem has been solved yet, but the city thanks everyone who helped in any way – big or small – to get us through this tough time.

Guess where all of the deer have gone…to Carol Gortsema’s house. She has had some visitors and they seem to know when it’s feeding time: 14 to 20 head have been enjoying her treats!! (Wonder if Santa knows?)

This was sent to me and I was asked to put it in. Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m., will be the Hospice Tree of Lights Memorial Service. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Center, Grangeville Truck Route. The candlelight service will include a memorial service for loved ones, music and inspirational poems. This is sponsored by the staff and volunteers of Syringa Hospice Program. If you have any memorials, mail or bring them to 607 W. Main, Grangeville, ID 83530. A form can be downloaded at Your donation should arrive no later than Dec. 7 to allow for us to prepare the personalized, handmade ornaments.

Update on Duane Sickels, he is now heading back to Grangeville when a bed opens up. You will be able to visit once again when he gets settled. He is feeling better, but will need physical therapy.

Another White Bird member needs your prayers as Hooty’s grandson was life flighted to Spokane on Thanksgiving with an infection on the brain that stems from his wreck that he had a few years ago. No word on his update yet, but please send your prayers out to the family.

Remember the food bank pickup is at noon on the 7th. Volunteers are needed; if you can help, contact Leah Harvey at 208-839-2285. Then on the 11th, the WBARD will be meeting at 7 p.m. This is an open meeting to the public, so come see what they are doing. City Council will meet on the 13th at 6 p.m., and then on the 14th will be the SRAG at 10 a.m., with the chamber meeting following at 10:30 a.m.

Pinochle winner was Rick Alley. Cribbage winners were, 1st John Miesner and Roy taking 2nd.

Birthdays for this week are Jed Fitch, Heather Farmer, Ryan Randall (3rd), Larry Lathrop, Kaleala Rose Bass (4th), Dean Roakey, Les Killgore, Nathaniel Carlson (5th), Attyssa Dewey, Carl Killgore, Davida, Gary Boone, Laurie Franzen (6th), Tyler Zumwalt, Charlotte Sickels (7th), Ruby Sargent and Brianna Gill (8th).

TidBits: Pearl Harbor Day is on Dec. 7. What does this mean you ask? It’s the 76th anniversary – remember and never forget. Why - The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. This led to the United States’ entry into World War II. What Happened – President Franklin Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.” On that day, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base, bombing and killing more than 2,300 Americans. It completely destroyed the American battleship U.S.S. Arizona.

So, let us remember all who gave their lives for again another freedom that many take for granted. God Bless!


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