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White Bird News: Start year off with volunteer efforts



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Toni Baker 983-7701 toni_wbrodeo@yahoo.com

— New year – new beginnings! Oh, what to do, you ask yourself. Our little town is looking for volunteers for various activities throughout the year. You ask yourself if you would be able to do this or do they really need you – the answer is yes!

The White Bird QRU is in need of help. A training class is scheduled for Jan. 12 and your fees will be paid by the QRU. You will need to register quickly so contact them at whitebirdqru@gmail.com. Another one is to become a volunteer fireman. Call city hall at 839-2294 or Brian Lowe at 839-2444. To help keep everyone’s insurance rates low, volunteers need to attend a one-time class.

Food bank distributes food the first Thursday of each month at noon. Call Leah Harvey at 839-2285 to see if they need help.

The library would like to have some help also. Call 839-2805 or stop by in person to see what is needed there too. They are open Tuesday and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursdays 1-4 p.m. This is also a great way to get some reading in on the books that are available to you.

Hope all enjoyed the feast at Hoot’s as it was reported that the dinner was once again a success, but the dance numbers were down a little. All who attended had a blast ringing in the new 2017!!

Salmon River Outreach Center had their grand opening and if you missed this, Jenny invites you to stop by and visit with her. If you have any questions, she can be reached at 839-2768 or visit her Facebook page. She is the White Bird/Riggins Community Health worker for this area.

I was asked to put this in: Road closure – Jan. 9-24. The Doumecq Highway District will be completing the Rick Creek Road embankment project. The roadwork will be done about two miles above the Salmon Rice Creek Bridge at the Center Canyon/Rice Creek junction. During this time the road may be closed to traffic, depending on the scope of the work being done. Information can be had by calling commissioner Mike VonBargen at 962-3121, commissioner Richard Eller at 839-2573, chairman Dick Brust at 839-2415 or road supervisor Tom Cullin at 839-2775.

Rec district sets breakfasts

WHITE BIRD — White Bird Area Recreation District will be holding a potluck breakfast on Jan. 29, 8-10 a.m., and these breakfasts will be the last Sunday of every month. Meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Monday of every month and they encourage the public to attend. Did you know that they also rent the building for reunions, funeral, dinners and what have you. Call 839-2303.

White Bird Area Recreation District will be holding a potluck breakfast on Jan. 29, 8-10 a.m., and these breakfasts will be the last Sunday of every month. Meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Monday of every month and they encourage the public to attend. Did you know that they also rent the building for reunions, funeral, dinners and what have you. Call 839-2303 if you have any questions and the price for the rentals.

Starting on the 13th, they will also be starting the board game nights, held on each Friday night from 6-9 p.m. and this event is opened to all ages and the public, not just from White Bird, but surrounding areas are welcomed by Lee and Tammi Stone, our hosts for this fun night. Munchies and drinks and games are welcomed, but they ask that you help clean up afterwards too. This will take place every Friday til sometime in the spring.

Jan. 12 is on tap for the chamber meeting and they will also be holding the election of new officers, so if you are interested in helping, making a difference in the community or you just like to socialize with people, this is the place to be. You can make that difference in the small community if you put your mind to it. Time is 10:30 a.m., at the Outreach Center next to the IOOF Hall. We welcome new members- businesses, non-profit, and individuals. Visit our website at visitwhitebird.com for more information on this.

Our community has a wealth of various talents, energy, and support through our residents and some who don’t even live here full time, all of which makes us a unique rural Idaho town. The chamber is sincerely grateful to all who have helped in one way or another and the ongoing support of this town. Many of us frequently hear from others, “White Bird always has something going on!” Such a tribute to hear – keep up the great work!!

Upcoming events will be the Volunteer Fireman’s Ball at Hoot’s on Feb. 11. More information to follow.

I know this is still really early but we need to start preparing for White Bird Days and Rodeo in June. We need to be thinking of a theme for the parade and also who we would like to represent us as a grand marshal. If you have any ideas, submit them to the White Bird Medical and Relief or I think you can also talk to Millie Robinett at 839-9930.

Birthdays for the second week of the month go out to Donna Ingerson, Chloe McCulley, Mike Hagen, Paula Prewett, Kamille Heinze and Devon Poxleitner. In memory of are Jim Crea, James McNevin, and Cleav.

Again, there are no anniversaries to list.

FunFacts: According to the ”History of North Idaho” in 1903 the man who first claimed the land of the site of the town, James Baker (no relation that I know of), was killed by Indians at the time of the war’s outbreak. This land passed to LP Brown, prairie financier, who sold it to Stephen S. Fenn in 1891. Several years earlier, H.C. Brown had opened a store on this site. The Fenn brothers added a post office and the building has changed hands many times following.



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