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It's Your Business: Sports physicals set; Forest supervisor Probert fights melanoma


Lorie Palmer

Syringa Hospital and Clinics will be offering physical examinations for all students for the purpose of participating in sports activities on the following dates:

These are set for Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Syringa Kooskia Clinic and Thursday, Aug. 2, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Syringa Primary Care Clinic in Grangeville.

Physicals are free with a suggested voluntary donation of $25. One hundred percent of all donations received will go directly back to that student’s school.

Forms can be downloaded at No appointment is necessary.

Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert let the public know recently on Facebook she has been out on medical leave.

“It’s been almost two weeks since I got the news that a mole on my leg had decided to mutate and change its name to malignant melanoma … away it went, and with it a couple of lymph nodes and a banana-sized piece of my thigh. It’s not exactly a weight loss technique that I would recommend. Now we wait for more test results to make sure all the mutants are gone,” Probert posted June 27.


Facebook photo USFS Nez Perce -Clearwater supervisor Cheryl Probert.

“Although the news was shocking, there’s lots to smile about,” she wrote, including, “I get to embrace my secret love of hats now for sun protection. I’ve always liked hats but never thought I looked good in them, now I don’t care how I look, I’ll just have fun with hats!”

“I have gained a new perspective on how to live my life—less work and more living…. And so, it is, I’ve been given the gift of the ultimate wake-up call. My future is so bright, I gotta wear shades...or just a big hat and lots of sunscreen!”

We at the Free Press wish Cheryl a speedy recovery!

Mark your calendars for next week, Aug. 2, 3 and 4: It’s Grangeville’s Crazy Days.

Matthew Schwartz of Ferdinand was awarded the Chin-Wang Prize for Business during spring 2018 through Berea College in Kentucky. The Christian college requires all students to work at least 10 hours per week in campus and service jobs. Schwartz is a graduate of Summit Academy in Cottonwood.

Pine Tree Community Credit Union’s member appreciation barbecue is set for Friday, Aug. 3, 11:30 to 2 p.m. at the Grangeville office. Hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans will be served. Everyone attending gets a free gift and you can also enter for a chance to win a $25 VISA gift card.

A group of us from the Free Press attended last year and it was a lot of fun plus the food and visiting were great!

Speaking of PTCCU, Carole Akiona is the new member service representative (MSR) in Grangeville. She and her husband have three children and enjoy being outdoors, gardening, riding bikes and more.

In Riggins, Salmon River High School graduate Miranda Hofflander is the newest MSR. She was class valedictorian and this fall she will attend college on-line to pursue a business degree.

Did you know the Wa-A’Yas building in Kamiah is open for community usage? Contact Etta Axtell, community center aide, regarding building use. The Wa-A’Yas is a phone call or e-mail away! Feel free to contact Etta at 208-935-2525 or via e-mail to reserve the Wa-A’Yas.

A poker run to benefit Animal Ark is set for Saturday, July 28. Cost is $20. This will start at the River Clan Saloon MP 15.5 between Stites and Harpster at 10 a.m.; goes to Kamiah Hotel Bar and Grill at 10:30 a.m.; then to Nezperce Hotel and Bar at noon; Trestle Brewing in Ferdinand at 1 p.m.; to Grangeville’s Triangle Tavern at 2 p.m.; then ending at River Clan Saloon at 3:30 p.m. Prizes and burgers will be available at the end as well as live music.

Our sweet little chiweenie doggy Scout died July 23. She was just short of 4 years old. She brought so much joy to us in those four short years that it’s a horrible loss. I cannot say much more about it now as my heart is breaking, but thank you to my co-workers, friends, Kathy Warford, Kelly Thesan and my husband for your help and kindnesses.




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