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Toni Baker 983-7701

— Rain again, rivers and creeks running high and a little sunshine, wow is the warmer weather ever going to make an appearance? Farmers’ Almanac says not until mid-June.

Just some reminders for this week as there wasn’t a lot happening in our little town.

May 26 will be the Memorial Day Hells Canyon Poker Run. This starts with at 9 a.m. sign-up and runs until 3 p.m. This is a 44-mile ride along public roads on the outer rims of Hells Canyon and along the Salmon River Canyon full of beautiful views. It is mainly dirt roads with the exception of the six miles of roads not recommended for cars (couple sections of this road will be harder for beginners). The ride includes about 13 miles of downhill for rigs with lower distance gas tanks. UTVs, ATVs, and Enduro bikes are welcomed. This takes place at 886 Doumecq Road, White Bird. Trophies, prizes and raffle take place at 2 p.m. All proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. You can donate online when buying tickets or donate at the event. Tickets are $25 to $40 but you can achieve a $5 discount on the online booking prior to midnight on May 25th, otherwise pay on the day of. More information can be found at

The American Legion Idaho Post 152 and the White Bird Rebekahs invite the community to join them in putting flags on all veterans’ graves in the White Bird and Slate Creek cemeteries on Friday, May 25, starting at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, at 11 a.m., we again invite the public to the White Bird Park for the Quilts of Valor and honor presentations. There will be refreshments afterwards.

Memorial service for Jim Paul’s celebration of life will be on Saturday, May 26, starting at noon at the IOOF Hall in White Bird. Many would remember him and his wife, Joyce, as former owners of Mac’s Bar for many years. Prayers go out to Joyce and the family; memories and stories will keep him forever in our hearts.

Posters are out, people are starting to make those plans for White Bird Days and Rodeo. Meetings, parade entries and sprucing up the town are on tap for these next few weeks. If anyone can help, volunteers are always welcome. ask around and someone will let you know whom to talk to. Our little town comes alive on Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16. This is the 40th year for White Bird Days and the 29th year for the where did the years go? Many events are in store this year, keep watching as I’ll be putting information in the paper as it gets close, with pie in the park, pulled pork sandwiches, games, duck derby, the famous horse pucky, parade, rodeo and the egg toss are just some of the events coming up. There will also be music both nights, downtown, so there is something for everyone.

Birthdays for this week are: Mel Wisenor (21st), Tawna Bayleff (22nd), Brittany Farmer, Velma Parker (23rd), Marie Heckman, Lauren Wilson, David Rice (24th), Homer Joe Brown, Carter Eldred (25th), and Debbie Hueber, Abby Palmquist (26th).

Anniversary wishes go out to Clay & Toni Robinson (21st), Melvin & Carol Cash (22nd), Mick & Jenny Henson (24th), Jeff & Beverly McCool (25th), and Bob & Chris Black (26th).

TidBits: Have you ever wondered about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

  1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb and why?

21 steps, It alludes to the 21- gun salute, which is the highest honor given to any military or foreign dignitary.

  1. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return & why?

21 seconds for the same reason as answer as #1.

  1. Why are his glove wet?

His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

  1. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time or not?

He carries his rifle on the same shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

  1. How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Monday, let us reflect on all that has been sacrificed for our freedom, and remember those who gave their lives, so we could have ours. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!


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