Jim Chmelik was at the Greencreek Hall after Mass Sunday to give everyone a chance to see the table that he has made. This was featured in last week’s Free Press.
I do hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and are enjoying time with family and friends. Many Riggins kids, young and old, are sledding and skiing. Take care while driving in the snowy icy streets and roads, and be safe playing in the snow whether in your own yard or in the mountains or just plain ol’ having winter fun wherever. Severe weather warnings are in order for Riggins. This week, the weather forecast calls for extremely cold temperatures, expected to be in the high teens with lows hovering between -5 and 0. Make preparations and be safe. Stay inside and keep warm if you do now have to go out and about.
Square dancing lessons start on Saturday, Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Valley Middle School. Phil Rowan of Harpster invites people of any age to join in.
Food pickup will be on the 5th at noon. The White Bird Gun Club will be starting their annual winter shoot on Jan. 8. Call 839-2653 for information and to get signed up for this fun event. Practice shoots will be on Saturdays and junior shooters are especially welcomed.
Out with the old and let’s welcome in 2017 the best we can. New year…new beginnings. Remember to stay warm with this cold weather and please remember your pets. They need a little extra help from you as they can’t do it on their own.
As I write this, I’m still high from watching the Kooskia Opera House’s Christmas variety show. The joyful buzz as we entered the Kooskia Opera House, the women dressed in sparkling holiday dresses, the festive decorations, and the audience sing-alongs of familiar tunes all got me in the Christmas spirit.
Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you are having a great week with family and friends. I can’t believe how the snow just keeps piling up. The trees are beautiful with snow on the branches. The road crews have been busy working to keep the roads clear. Don’t forget to thank them for their tireless effort. Many of them are out there during the night so we can get where we want to go in the morning. Good job, guys!
My last Sweet 16 quote of the year is actually a fun project for 2017 as well: “Why not start the New Year with an empty jar and fill it with notes about good things that happen throughout the year. Then, New Year’s Eve, empty the jar and see what awesome stuff happened throughout the year.”
Santa was a special guest visitor at Grangeville Centennial Library’s story hour Wednesday, Dec. 21. He read stories to about 20 children and also made a surprise visit to a crowded Crema Café next door.
•The Grangeville Bull Dogs won the championship of the invitational tournament held here last week end by defeating Kamiah, Cottonwood and Kooskia, while Kamiah went into a second half scoring spree Saturday night to win over Stites and clinching the consolation honors of the tourney in the preliminary.
Please have a safe New Year celebration. Will be praying for a happy New Year as well.
We’re into the final week before the “big” holiday. Everyone is busy with visitors coming in, making those great goodies and, of course, dealing with this weather. Hope all of you are staying safe.
My Sweet 16 quote for this week is “I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” May you all have a wonderful, glorious Christmas with family and friends.
Let it snow! It has been a long time since we have seen this much snow on the prairie. At least we will probably have a white Christmas. That is sure to make the sledders and skiers happy.
Do you believe it’s only the first day of winter? Happy winter solstice! From Latin “sol” (sun) and “sistere” (stop), it is the day that the sun appears to stop moving across the sky. People around the world have celebrated it for thousands of years on this shortest day of the year, traditionally with singing, dancing, feasting and bonfires. So light a fire in your fire pit, or a candle or just sit by your woodstove with food and drink and welcome the return of the light and longer days.