WHITE BIRD – On Dec. 2, our Big Buck Contest took place at the White Bird Area Recreation District (WBARD) building. There were many prizes donated from CHS Primeland, Partsway and B&B Bargain. We want to thank these generous businesses. The winner was Payje Sickles, a first-time hinter, with her whitetail deer antlers. Way to go, girl!
Refreshments of cookies, donuts, hot chocolate and cider were enjoyed by all.
CV and St. Mary’s clinics services health worker, Linda Heiter, will be coming to the WBARB building once a month starting today, Dec. 20, so people interested keep in touch for your health needs and questions.
Our community breakfast will start again Jan. 28 from 8 to 9 a.m.
WHITE BIRD Can we say “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas?” Yes, the snow has arrived, and it was evident of that on Saturday. Out trying to get my elk and braving that storm. No elk yet, but I will keep trying.
Linda wants to let everyone know that there will be a Partnership for Healthy Communities in White Bird on Wed., Dec. 20. This will be at the WBARD Building starting at noon and running until 4 p.m. There will be free health screening, and this is opened to the public, although if you are younger than 18, you must have a parent consent. More information can be had by calling Linda at 208-400-0116.
Our little town is really looking great for the holidays. The Christmas Lighting contest and parade was held Saturday and had a wonderful turnout. Winners for the lighting contest were $50 gift certificates to John and Cheryl Zehner and Bonner and Darla Brumley, $20 gift certificates to Nick and Lou Nichols, and Bill and Connie Shuck. (Canyon House donated the certificates).
The parade had nine entries this year with the help of the American Legion Post No. 152 carrying our flags, along with the fire truck, EMTs and a special entry from the Salmon River Rural Fire Department for their “in memory of Steve Smith,” to royalty and family entries. Winners were White Bird Rodeo Queen, Cassie Chandler riding her horse, Salmon River Rural Fire Dept. float and the Grangeville Border Days Royalty on their float. Donations from the Rebekahs, Hammer Down River Excursions, Silver Dollar Bar and Brian Lowe for the winners. Santa and his elf made a visit to the park afterwards for the kids and grownups alike. Following that was the dance that was well-attended to the treat of Dave, Joaquin and Verna’s wonderful music. The Christmas committee wants to send a shout out to all who helped with the donations, setting up and decorating for our Saturday festival, the Rebekahs, Medical Relief and the Chamber. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
We are back up and running with the water and have been given the go ahead to drink our water again. All the businesses are back open so stop in and say “hi.” Thanks to all who helped in any way and for all your patience, it was much needed in trying times like this.
Cribbage winners for this last week were 1st, John Miesner and Smiley won 2nd.
Pinochle winner was Polly Fischer. I want to thank Polly for getting the information to me each week as I know a lot of people enjoy seeing who won the games.
The chamber newsletter will be coming out the end of January, so if you have anything you want in it, give Char a call. This will be for the January through March happenings.
We are looking for new members as well as old or current members for the chamber. We will be having our membership drive and election of officers in January, so hopefully a few of you will step up, as we will be needing a whole new slew of officers. This is your chance to help our community and help it to grow. Your input does matter, so come to the next meeting on Jan. 11, at 10:30 a.m. Location is still at the Baptist church.
Our prayers and thoughts go out yet to two more families as they have lost a loved one, Jug Smith and Judy Robinson. They will be greatly missed in this community.
Birthday wishes go out to Ed Hagen, Sandi Freund, Monica Lucarelli, Chris Black, Monty Baker (17th), Mariah Harvey, Eloy Pineda, Chelsey Fanning, Kyle Meacham (19th), Amella Fehrenkamp, Adri Anderson (20th), Nina Sungren (21st), Amanda Williams, Pat Swallow (22nd), Victor Early, Jacki Gordon, Molly Stowers (23rd). In Memeroy of Nora Deasy (17th) and Georgia Maynard Dawson (20th).
Anniversary greeting to Doug & Joyce McCool (17th), and Jack & Lorene Lees, Bruce & Nancy Dreher (18th).
TidBits: With Christmas falling on next Monday, we will have an early deadline, so if you have anything to put in the news, I need it before Friday, Dec. 22.
I have been writing this news for just more than a year now and I want to thank everyone for helping me out with comments, ideas and especially for your continued support and reading my column.
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, with winter really starting on the 21st, stay safe and enjoy the holidays!