There’s a nip in the air and the leaves are changing. The children in Lowell are picking out their Halloween costumes to be ready for the big day. KREM 2 and Tom’s Tailgate came to Clearwater Valley High School football game in Kooskia. Tom’s such a nice guy and it was a great experience for all the students and players. Speaking of football, Mike Smith Sr., Marty, Dani, and Max Smith all attended a Vandal game last week in Moscow. They had great seats and a great time, too!
The drawing for the hot rod at Summit Academy took place Saturday, Oct. 7, and the winner issss, Jason Vogel of Lewiston. Congratulation, Jason! Have fun with that car. Local artist Eric Wassmuth has some of his metal artwork on display at the Center for Arts and History at 415 Main St. in Lewiston. The art show and sale is for local steampunk artists. They are calling it “The Reclaimed Revolution.” It will be on display until Oct. 26.
Idaho Force All Stars cheerleading will host two Halloween parties Saturday, Oct. 21, both at the Elks Lodge.
The second lecture in the Historical Museum of St. Gertrude October lecture series will be presented this Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m., by Alex McGregor. His presentation is “Merchants, Mule Packers, A Rugged Path to Success: The Mullan Road, 1860-1883.”
FENN RANGER STATION — Students from the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School spent four weeks this summer working on projects at Fenn Ranger Station, a building listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the primary office for the Moose Creek Ranger District on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
The Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA’s annual jog-a-thon was held Friday, Sept. 29, at the school. Elementary students participated in a bubble run while middle schoolers had the color run. Funds raised will go toward PTA projects to benefit the school during the year. Even Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marcus Scheibe got in on the bubble run, held on a perfectly-blue-skied day with just enough wind to make the bubbles fly.
Saturday, Sept. 30, was a great day for the chili cook off. This community all came out to support our group. Winners this year were 1st – Sheryl Clark ($50), 2nd - ($25) Jill Robinett, with 3rd ($10) going to Jenny Hanson. Jenny also brought home the 50/50 drawing but donated it back. Sorry we weren’t able to get any pictures as Maggie decided to be out of town (playing?) and no one else took any.
My quote of the week is “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until is becomes a memory.” The Salmon River Art Guild’s 50th Annual Regional Art Show is this Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (MDT) and Sunday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (MDT) at the Riggins Community Center, 121 S. Lodge Street, just behind Chevron Station. Admission is free.
Rosaries, a litany and Marian songs will be part of the program to honor Mary, the Mother of God on Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Mary’s Church in Cottonwood at noon. It was on Oct. 13, 1917, that the three children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta, as on the other five occasions, first saw a bright light, and then they saw Our Lady appear over the holm oak. Our Lady’s message to the children was, “Let them offend Our Lord no more for He is already much offended.” At the end of her visit, 70,000 people saw the sun dance. Let’s spread the word and get lots of people there to get the good news message out there to combat all the bad news these days. Prairie Community
No column for me last week as I was traveling in the Black Hills of South Dakota with my sister. It gave me a patriotic feeling to walk around Mt. Rushmore, through the Avenue of the Flags (featuring all of the state flags). Seeing the carved faces of four of our early presidents carved eloquently in stone reminded me of the enduring nature of our country. I met people from many states and other countries. For the last few weeks, people have weighed in on patriotism based on whether NFL football players stand or kneel for the pre-game national anthem. For me the flag and the anthem are not an end to themselves but a symbol of our country’s values. It’s about how we treat other people and welcome other into our communities and our respect for other people’s first amendment rights.
Fishermen are reporting good luck even with all the rain, they are pretty closed mouthed about where they went or what fly the big ones were striking.
Volunteers needed: The public restrooms near the park, open year round, have been cleaned by volunteer Joe King for several years now.
It’s a great time to be a fourth grader. Just ask a group of girls from Kamiah Middle School. “It was pretty exciting,” said 9-year-old Emily Puckett. “I couldn’t believe it at first,” added Emma Krogh, also 9.
October is a month of celebrating history at the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. Lectures highlighting the history of our region will take place each Thursday in October at 7 p.m. All events are free and light refreshments are provided.
Heather Slichter of Grangeville holds her dog after it crossed the finish line in the annual Oktoberfest Winer Dog races. Results were not available as of press time Tuesday. More than 12 dogs raced as a crowd of bystanders watched the canines scramble toward their owners.