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White Bird News: Spring Fiesta is this Saturday at IOOF


Toni Baker 983-7701

— Another round with Mother Nature and this time I’m not sure what she has in mind! A little of everything happened during the weekend; let’s hope she gets it right one of these days and catches up with the seasons.

The OHV Hot Spot/Show and Shine has been canceled. I think they will try later to see if they can get something going for the information that the riders are needing.

Remember the Rebekahs will be holding their annual fund-raiser, Spring Fiesta Dinner, this Saturday, May 13. This will all start at noon at the IOOF Hall. Cost for this event will be adults $7, 6-12 years $4, and 5 and younger, $2. They will be serving until the food is gone. All proceeds go towards the upkeep of the hall.

Just to let everyone know – there will be a road closure coming up: a portion of the Slate Creek Road on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest near here next month. Helicopter logging will be beginning and the closure will begin in a few weeks, closing Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is planned for six-to-eight weeks and the road will be opened on the weekends. The road is on the north side of Slate Creek Road at mile post 15. Logging trucks will be traveling between the site and Grangeville, using Slate Creek and Grangeville-Salmon roads. Section of both roads have been plowed to accommodate the logging.

Riggins Rodeo was this last weekend and some braved the cold wind and rain to attend. Sunday was the parade and they had a little better weather.

Queen Cassie was there representing White Bird, as it is now only six weeks away and approaching fast. Get your entries in for the parade and help celebrate a small town on the river that comes alive on Father’s Day weekend.

As we approach the middle of the month, remember upcoming dates, Mother’s Day – May 14, Armed Forces Day, May 20; and of course, Memorial Day on May 29.

The American Legion Post No. 152 and Rebekahs would like to let everyone know that on Friday, May 27, at 1 p.m., they invite the public to help place flags on each veteran’s gravesite at the White Bird and Slate Creek cemeteries. They will also be painting the fence around the Cavalry Marker on the old White Bird Hill.

On Monday, May 29, at 11 a.m., all are invited to pay respect and remember the sacrifices that this nation’s veterans have made to defend our rights and to make this country free. Plans are for color guard/Star Spangled Banner, retirement of old colors and installation of new colors, reading of veterans’ names, 21-gun salute, Taps and finish with prayer.

At noon you are invited to the White Bird Park for color guard/Star Spangled Banner, retirement of old colors and installation of new colors, five Quilts of Valor presentations and then pie offered by the Rebekahs after the ceremony.

Birthday wishes go out to Jessica Cook, Bill Wisenor, Lola Gordon, Elaine Lathrop, Sue, Heather Killgore, Lorene Lees, Amanda Cook, and Evelyn Maxwell. In Memory of Vern, and Emma Parkinson.

Anniversary wishes for Shane and Ashley Poxleitner, and Norma and Stan Moore.

TidBits: Changing it up some – Mother’s Day will be Sunday, May 14, honoring motherhood that is celebrated in different forms throughout the world. Here in the U.S., it was started by two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis. Julia sponsored Mother’s Day each year in Boston around 1870 and promoted pacifism and disarmament with women. This lasted for about 10 years. Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day in Grafton, West Virginia at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in 1908. This became an official holiday in 1914. So please take the time to say “thank you” to your mothers, wives, girlfriend, grandmothers and aunts for that special time they have given freely from their hearts. Happy Mother’s Day to all the ladies out there!


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