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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

Be prepared: Red Cross urges blood donation

This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year.

Upcoming opportunities include the following:

•Kooskia: May 24, noon to - 5:45 p.m., Valley Bible Church, 319 N Main Street

•Kamiah: May 18, 12:30 - 5:30 p.m., Kamiah High School, 711 9th Street

•Kamiah: May 22, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Catherine’s Church, 407 7th Street

— I spent a fun Friday evening enjoying the last Kamiah Characters theater performance of the year as part of a great crowd of all ages. The play “How the West was Won or Black Hat Optional,” was a spoof on Western melodrama. It seemed a perfect play for the “Characters” since the parts encouraged them to have some fun and be over-the-top in their acting. The storyteller William (Bill) Board, played by Brandon McHone, encouraged audience participation by holding up signs with “boo,”, “hiss,” “cheer,” “dum-dum-dum,” and “awwwe” at opportune times to add drama to the show. Caden Massey played a slightly deranged villain in a black hat and cape with a great rapport with Kennedy Farris, as Molly Coddle, who played his long-suffering girlfriend. The cast members worked the crowd during intermission, keeping the fun going by staying in character throughout. After the curtain call teacher-directors Taylee Hopkins and Jody Dow acknowledged the three seniors in the play- Caden Massey, Ryle Hutchins and Cece George, who will be off to new adventures next year.

If you’re looking for something different to do to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, check out “Dessert at the Museum” on Saturday, May 12, 1-4 p.m. in scenic downtown Clearwater. The Elk City Wagon Road Museum will be open and coffee, tea, and desserts will be served. The museum celebrates the history of the Wagon Road and the Clearwater area. The Wagon Road was built in 1894-95 to haul supplies from rail lines in Stites and Harpster to the mining camps around Elk City. The Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road are hosting the event. Call Carol at 208-926-7465 or Suzanne at 208-926-4278.

Last weekend, Nez Perce tribal members gathered in Lapwai for the spring General Council. Mary Jane Miles was re-elected to the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, the tribe’s governing body. First time candidate Chantele Green beat out incumbent Samuel Penney in a close race. Ferris Paisano III won over incumbent Quintin Ellenwood for the third position.

If it’s spring it’s time to dust off your gloves and “play ball.” Ruth Mohr reports that co-ed softball is starting up again at Kooskia City Park on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. continuing through Labor Day. A group of good-natured area residents welcome people of all skills levels to join in the fun. If you have questions, contact Ruth Mohr at 208-926-7203 or e-mail For those who want to get more competitive with their softball, the Kooskia Krush co-ed team is forming again this year to compete in the Grangeville softball league. For info about the Kooskia Krush, contact Summer Swart at 615-522-9346 or Josh Bradley at 406-250-1594.


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