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Community Briefs: Feb. 15, 2017

Benefit breakfast set to help Rod Pilant

GRANGEVILLE – A benefit breakfast to help White Bird Mayor Rod Pilant is set for this Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Eagles Aerie on C Street. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy and drinks will be served from 7 a.m. to noon. In addition, a bake sale will be held. Cost is $7 per person. To purchase tickets ahead of time, contact Hannah Aiken at 305-4055. Feel free to pay at the door, as well.

Pilant is facing a double-lung transplant and all funds will be used to help defer medical expenses.

Pilant was diagnosed with Diffused Systematic Scleroderma in 2008. His lungs are now functioning at 30 percent and he is now on oxygen full time. A Go Fund Me account has also been set up at

Kids’ clothing swap set for Feb. 19

GRANGEVILLE – A free kids’ clothing swap is set for Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Grangeville Seventh-day Adventist Church, on 280 Highway 95 North (one mile outside of Grangeville). Bring outgrown clothing to swap from 2 to 5 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Chronic condition support class set to begin March 7

GRANGEVILLE — The Partnership for Healthy Communities in conjunction with CHAS is offering a class open to anyone who is living with a chronic condition. This class will help with new tools to manage conditions and offer support from others experiencing similar challenges.

The class starts March 7 and will run through April 11 (Tuesdays), 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Real Life conference room located next to The Gym. There is no charge for the class. Call Renee Stevens at 400-0026 or Maja Ledgerwood at 315-2797 to preregister.

PTS support groups on tap for veterans, family members

GRANGEVILLE — The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center is starting support groups for veterans and their family members on Tuesdays for veterans and Thursdays for family members. The center is located at 318 E. Main Street.

The first group for veterans will be held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. The family member group first meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 23, also starting at 1 p.m. Each group will last about an hour. The groups will be available on an outgoing basis depending on participation.

The focus will be on participants sharing experiences, coping strategies on ways to overcome PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) and how to provide support to a veteran with PTS and family members. Education regarding symptoms of PTS will be provided.

This is an open group so interested participants may join at any time. No registration is needed and there is no cost for the group. Participants or family members are not required to be enrolled in the VA system to attend. The initial facilitator will be Katrina Bentley, RN, retired Army nurse.

Contact Katrina at 827-2476 or

Bingo in Kamiah set for Friday, Feb. 17

KAMIAH – All adults are invited to play Bingo this Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah, 618 Main Street.

Support veterans and the hall by playing for a $100 blackout and participating in the 50/50 drawing. Free coffee is available and concessions are open. For details contact Ron Funnemark at 935-0294.

Community breakfast at St. Catherine’s set for Feb. 22

KAMIAH — The free monthly community breakfast at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 8:30-10 a.m. Breakfasts are held every month on the last Wednesday of each month.

St. Catherine’s Catholic Church is located at 7th and Idaho streets in Kamiah. The breakfast this month will be biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, coffee, orange juice, friendly faces and friendly conversation. St. Catherine’s invites all in the community.


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