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Big Cedar Homemaker members making Christmas swags.

Big Cedar Homemaker members making Christmas swags.


Traveler Keith Forysthe prays with the Rev. Michael Musegades.

TLC4Vets ministers to area veterans

GRANGEVILLE -- In a rural area of Idaho where there is little support for military veterans, one LCMS (The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod) congregation has stepped up to provide mercy care, emotional and spiritual support, and recognition for those who have served their country.

Nearly 20 percent of the male members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Grangeville, are veterans — as is its pastor, the Rev. Michael Musegades — which uniquely positions the congregation to connect with other veterans.

In 2016, Trinity received a grant of $18,547 for its TLC4VETS outreach program. Immediately, members began hosting a monthly meal for veterans, and they were involved in helping a newly formed veterans’ center gain momentum.

Paul Turpin, who coordinates the program, said the meals have provided opportunities for veterans to form friendships and share memories — sometimes even difficult ones that they haven’t told their family members.

“The rest of the community has seen what we’re doing,” Turpin said. “They like it, and so they are stepping in to pull some of the weight too.”

Information gleaned from an article in “Lutherans Engage the World.” For the full article, see

Grangeville Senior Citizens

Stanley Modrell opened the Oct. 16 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Carol Sommers offered the prayer and Carol also won the free dinner drawing. There were 88 meals served at the center and 36 hot meals home delivered.

The October 20th meeting was opened by Stanley Modrell leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The prayer was given by Pastor Tom Helmick. Laurie Remillard won the free dinner drawing. There were 95 meals served on site and 40 hot and 67 frozen meals home delivered. Leslie Marchant was a guest. Pinochle Winners: 1st, Barbara Henderson with 3,910 and 2nd, Roberta Gibbs with 3,630. The Old-time Fiddlers provided some great music and Renee Stevens talked to us about Health Screening. There was also a SHIBA representative.

Menu for Oct. 27th: Oven Fried Chicken, Baked Squash, Cauliflower/Broccoli Salad, Fruit Crisp & Roll. Menu for Oct. 30th (Halloween): Chili or Stew, Tossed Green Salad w/Buttermilk Dressing, Apples & Cinnamon Rolls.

Pioneer Senior Citizens

Agnes Forsman opened the October 17 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance. Elred Nuxoll led the dinner prayer.

Guests were from the Partnership for Healthy Communities. We had free blood screenings and medical questions were answered by Rebecca Colwell.

On January 1 we will be operating with Winchester under the Area Agency on Aging. We will be having a contest for a new name for our site.

Also acoustical tiles for our ceiling have been ordered and as soon as they arrive, volunteers will install them.

There were 45 meals served with 19 takeouts and 24 frozen meals.

Mark Tacke won the free dinner.

Diane Schultz shared a joke with the group.

Norma Schumacher and Peggy Uhlorn split the nickel Bingo pot while Eleanor Hinkelman won the blackout.

Door prizes of table placemats donated by Tom Terhaar were won by Mary Ann Kuther, Carol Altman, Mary Funke, Diane Schultz, Barbara Rehder, Norma Schumacher, Ned Forsmann, Ralph Sprute, Bev Fergason, Marge Lamb, Eleanor Hinkelman, Vera Holthaus and Sharalyn Forsmann.

Seniors wanting to go to Lewiston to shop or to doctor’s appointments and don’t want to drive, call Coast driver, Katie Manifold, 509-397-2935.

Come join us for a meal every Tuesday for a small donation at the Pioneer Senior Center in the Cottonwood Community Hall basement. Meals are served at 12 noon.

Menu for October 31:


Roast Beef Dinner, Baked Squash, Parmesan Pea Salad, Tossed Salad w/Honey Mustard Dressing, Tropical Fruit.

To order meals delivered, call City Hall at 208-962-3231.

Big Cedar Christmas swag sale under way

BIG CEDAR -- On Oct. 11, ten members and one visitor met at Big Cedar School where Dana Keyser hosted the Big Cedar Homemakers meeting. The first order of the day was to build a fire so we could be warm while wiring cones for the Christmas swags! It is that time of year; in November we will gather the evergreens and make the swags to be delivered the week of Thanksgiving. Since 1998, our group has donated more than $24,000 to local groups in the community, such as the Tahoe QRU, the Ridge Runner Fire Department, the Kooskia Community Library, the Kooskia Food Bank and others from the proceeds of our Christmas swag sales. If interested in ordering one or more, call Susan Stephens at 208-926-4704 by Nov. 7. The cost per swag is $15.

After wiring more than 700 cones and enjoying a delicious potluck lunch, we held our meeting. We settled on dates and participants for gathering the boughs as well as who would deliver the swags on Nov. 20. The group was pleased with the turnout for the Navajo Taco Feed and look forward to using the funds raised toward the painting of the Big Cedar School next year. Our next meeting is Nov. 8, 9 a.m., where we will build swags and have our traditional Stone Soup.

— ­­Dawn Stryhaas


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