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Lowell / Syringa News: A weekend for running into old friends

Lowell, Syringa

Lowell, Syringa


Marie Smith 208-926-0803

— Life goes along, each week we seek out the news, good and bad, we try to get down on paper what we feel will interest our readers, what will add to their day. This week, this day, a report of three great encounters on my monthly trip to Lewiston!

Frogg Stewart, good friend, colleague, rafting outfitter and owner of Holiday River Expeditions of Idaho. So great to see him and his wife. He was clean-shaven, fit, happy, and I loved bumping into them. Gone are the days when he was dancing on the bar, Lochsa Louie’s, at Three Rivers! Gone are the days when we ate too many bacon burgers, and slept under the pool table, only to get up and brave the mighty river again and again. He is a regular upstanding resident of Grangeville now. Spends some time in Mexico each year, he shaves every morning, votes (as always, same as me, I mean really same as me!) and his Facebook posts are upbeat, especially his tick repellent recipe. I loved our encounter and invited him to Lowell for a cup of tea!

In URM Cash and Carry in the salt department I looked up to see Tim Craig, with, as always, a nice smile. The owner of Boulder Creek Outfitters, and longtime friend, he was gearing up for hunting season and all that it entails, with massive amounts of groceries to be packed into the backcountry. He too was in great shape, clean-shaven (why do I always notice that?) and his ever-present good humor. We stood in front of those salt bags for half an hour, still not long enough to catch up, but we didn’t talk politics. He headed back to his ranch in Peck with an invitation to Lowell, anytime.


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Number 3, Dr. Greg Buratto. I love this guy! He was our family doctor for years and years, retired, moving to a smaller house, clean-shaven, he looked and was happy as always. He was in buying plastic containers for his move, he got right in front of me when I was at Costco, and I said, not knowing who this big guy was, “Be careful not to get between me and the ranch dressing!” He answered with, “Hello Marie Smith, hear you are retired now, born 012345. How are you?” I didn’t recognize him and was shocked whoever it was actually knew me and remembered. But after a minute I figured it out! He said when he retired I sent him a “best thank you note ever”! It was so good to catch up with his life.

All three of these guys I ran into are younger than me; it was a good day for friendships and days gone by.

So now I’ll close with a reminder this weekend is Barbecue Days in Kamiah. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to run into an old friend!


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