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White Bird News: Pilant on his way to Texas for transplant


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— Daylight Savings Time returned on March 12 . I hope you made it to the Annual Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s sausage and hotcake breakfast. It was well attended, with great food and the Old Time Fiddlers were playing from the stage, sounding good as usual. White Bird Rodeo Queen, Bella was even lending her hand at serving. Everyone was very much appreciated.

After the breakfast, the Pathfinders ATV Club had their fun ride into Pittsburg. From the photos, it looked like they had a great many riders and beautiful weather for the wonderful ride.

March 18 will be the time to come out and help support the White Bird Rodeo as they will be having their queen tryouts at the arena starting a 1 p.m. Congratulations go out to Phoebe Rupp (queen) and Jillian Hausladen (princess) on their new reign for the Riggins Rodeo Royalty.

We have the rodeo arena worked up and it is drying out pretty fast. If you are looking for a place to ride, this is open to the public all year round. Ride at your own risk and have fun, enjoying the sun as it is finally making its warmth known.

Also on the 18th will be the SRAG’s “March Miniature Madness” at Hoot’s Café, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. The library will also have a bake food sale so, while you’re looking at the art you can have a yummy dessert to take home or eat there.

March 18 and 19, the Canyon House will be celebrating its 14th anniversary will lots of great sales. Come enjoy a great cup of the “in house” coffee and homemade cookies. Door prizes, too!

March 14 is the big day for Rod Pilant as he will be traveling to Texas for his stem cell treatment. He really appreciates all who attended, volunteered their time, and attended the auctions or anyone else who helped during these fund-raisers. They raised around $10,000, as no insurance will cover this procedure. Rod has a very upbeat attitude, so let’s keep him in our prayers!

Remember the WBARD Breakfast will be the last Sunday of the month from 8-10 a.m., at the recreation building. The breakfasts are the last Sunday of each month so mark the calendars so you can attend them.

Birthdays for this next week are Tess Lindsey, Willa Ray Breivik, Dale Franzen, Patti Anderson, Amanda Wisenor, Jeanna Meacham, Margie Matiska, Katlyn Gresham, Zack Laurence, Jim McGarvin, Lynn Kernutt, Dean Klement, Miranda Beach, Natosha Stowers, Allison Cullin, Kaycen Sickles, and Jessica Galberth.

Anniversary wishes go out to Richard and Terry Eller.

TidBits: The building of the White Bird hill took place over a period of time between 1921 and 1924, changing White Bird’s way of life. To the south, it shortened the trip to Boise to 13 ½ hours, ten hours longer than it took in 1989. The old hill with its multiple switchbacks was still the toughest highway in the state, and while cars at its inception did not have the power to climb steeper grades, the road reduced modern tourists to fear and frustration. The north side, which wound through a forest by a series of shady curves that were often icy in winter, was particularly dangerous.

In 1909, the Methodist Church’s land was given by H.A. and Emma Everest with C.W. Everett as pastor. The church had a resident pastor for some years living in the parsonage. As of 1989, the church was served by Rev. Ken Carlson, pastor of the Grangeville Methodist church, with monthly services.

Being the oldest Methodist church in Idaho, it is still kept open for Sunday services. The church is now about 111 years old.


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