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Rep. Giddings’ presentation April 27 on experiences as USAF A-10 pilot

KAMIAH – The public is invited to join Clearwater Valley Aero Club members on Friday, April 27, to hear USAF pilot, Priscilla Giddings, speak about her experiences as pilot of an A-10 air support and ground attack jet.

Giddings served nine years active duty including three combat deployments and accumulated 1,000 combat flight hours. She currently serves as a major in the Air Force Reserve and is the District 7 state representative.


Prisilla Giddings

The presentation will be at 6 p.m. in Kamiah City Hangar, 121 Airport Road, Kamiah. The program is free. For additional information, call 208-935-0089.

CVAC (Clearwater Valley Aero Club) is a non-profit organization that promotes and makes aviation available and affordable to the community at large. It provides an economical way for local people to become involved in and enjoy aviation. Join us again as we host our annual fly-in this coming July 7.

Pioneer Senior Citizens

Agnes Forsman opened the April 17 meeting of the Pioneer Senior Citizens with the Pledge of Allegiance and Dolores VonBargen led the dinner prayer.

There were no visitors this week.

There were 55 meals served and 28 deliveries.

Tom Terhaar won the free dinner.

Diane Schultz, Leslie Graham and Gladys Sonnen each shared a joke with the group.

Dolores VonBargen won the nickel Bingo pot while Eleanor Hinkelman was the BING winner and Theresa Funke and Peg Uhlorn split the blackout.

Door Prize winners were Joanne Sonnen, Ron Sonnen, Agnes Forsman, Ralph Sprute, Gladys Sonnen and Diane Schultz.

Seniors wanting to go to Lewiston to shop or doctor’s appointments and don’t want to drive, call Coast driver Katie Manifold at 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 May 1

Tater Tot Casserole, Fresh Green Salad, Pears, Bread Stick

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

Bentley celebrates 50 years of service to American Legion

GRANGEVILLE — Morris Bentley was recently awarded for 50 years of service with the American Legion.

Bentley was activated with the Idaho National Guard from Grangeville in April 1968 towards the end of his first year of college at the University of Idaho. His professors, many of them veterans, allowed him to take exams early so he wouldn’t lose a semester of credits. When he was activated with the Idaho Guard, Robert Morris Bentley, Morris’ father and World War II veteran, signed him up in the American Legion and paid his dues for several years. Like most young veterans returning from Vietnam, Bentley spent several years involved in getting his education and starting his family.


Morris Bentley is pictured here with his wife, Katrina, sister, Pearl, and additional family members Rob, Tiffany; front Nevaeh and Heyden Bentley.

Morris was injured in Vietnam during an ambush when a two-ton truck ran over his right hand. He later lost most of his fourth digit. He was awarded a Purple Heart. In 1974, when the forest industry took a slump, he re-enlisted and served at the Institute of Dental Research at Fort Meade, Maryland. His son, Rob, was born while he was on active duty in Columbia, Md., and daughter, Lisa, benefitted from much-needed braces and participated in research studies due to her dental problems. When he returned to Idaho in 1978, he worked at the hospital in Grangeville for a few months until he got a job in Boise as a tax representative. While in Boise he served on the governor’s committee for selecting outstanding Vietnam veterans. In 1980, he transferred to Lewiston and became active in the Lewis-Clark American Legion Post 13. He helped to raise membership and recruited more than 100 new members. He served as vice commander and commander. In 1983 he started his climb to become commander of the American Legion Department of Idaho and served as a 100 percent second district commander. In 1984 he added a new family now totaling six children when he married Katrina. The family moved to St. Maries in 1985 for his promotion to job service manager. While serving as commander of St. Maries Post 25 from 1985-1992 he served as Department of Idaho Vice Commander representing Area A. In July 1989 in Mountain Home, he was elected commander for the American Legion Department of Idaho.

After finishing his term as department commander in 1990 he focused his efforts on coaching four sons and starting an American Legion baseball team in Fernwood. He continued to serve Post 25 in St. Maries and served Benewah County as a veterans service officer for many years. He worked with veterans and their families all during this time. In the mid-1990s, he changed his career focus to addiction studies and earned a master’s degree in social work in 1997 from Walla Walla College. In 1998 with the youngest son, Zachary, settled at the University of Idaho, he and Katrina went on “adventures” first to Bush, Alaska, for school loan repayment then to Hawaii to thaw out. During this time, he continued working as a veterans service officer and filed many claims for veterans.

In 2001, they returned to Fernwood to help out daughter Lisa’s family as she was struggling from cancer that took her life a few years later. By 2003 the Bentleys returned permanently to Grangeville to be support for his mother, Lois and his sister, Pearl. They traveled back and forth for work in Boise and North Idaho for several years during which time he served the Department of Idaho as alternate national executive committeeman then national executive committeeman. In 2009, he was elected national vice commander for the American Legion. This same year, Katrina served the Department of Idaho as the first lady legionnaire commander. The previous year, Pearl had served as the president of the American Legion Auxiliary for the state of Idaho and when he was traveling all over the West, Katrina and Pearl, now the national executive committeewoman for the American Legion Auxiliary, traveled together throughout Idaho and to many of the same national events. Also, in 2009, they transferred membership from Lewiston Post 13 to Grangeville Post 37. At that time the post had only about 30 members and no active programs.

As he completes his 50th year of service in the American Legion there are more than 100 members in the Grangeville Post and active programs including an Honor Guard. He just completed his year as post commander after serving as adjutant and post service office for many years. He is turning over post leadership to a new team, many of whom are young veterans like he was when he started serving his countythrough the American Legion. He will continue to provide service officer help to veterans needing assistance with claims through his credential as an American Legion Nationally Certified Veterans Service Officer.

“I would like to thank the Grangeville community for their support of veterans and myself throughout my years of service,” he said.

— ­Article submitted by the

Bentley family


The Idaho County 4-H party was held Saturday, April 21, in Cottonwood.

Idaho County 4-H Party

The Annual Idaho County 4-H Party was held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. More than 150 4-H members and their friends gathered at this event which is a "Penny Arcade" intended to raise the awareness of the Idaho County 4-H program and encourage youth and adults to participate in this youth development program. This event is also the kickoff for Idaho County 4-H Week.

Each of Idaho County’s 4-H clubs set-up a booth at which chances to play cost from one to twenty-five cents. These booths offer a wide variety of games. Some of this year’s games included penny drops, a cake walk, and a photo booth.

The games concluded at noon with a free hamburger barbecue lunch served by the Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors. The Idaho/Lewis County Cattle Association provided the hamburger to BBQ and the Idaho County Wheat Growers Association also makes a donation to help offset the expenses for lunch. Special thanks to Idaho/Lewis County Cattle Association members for doing the cooking!

— Susie Heckman, Idaho County 4-H Program Director


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