GRANGEVILLE — A free meal for veterans and their families is set for Friday, Aug. 19, 5 to 7 p.m., at the fellowship hall at Trinity Lutheran Church at 210 North Mill Street in Grangeville.
Kudos to “Miss Susan” Hollenbeak, Riggins City Librarian and Summer Reading Program Lady, for another successful Summer Reading program. Randy and Ronda Spickelmire were acknowledged by the Riggins City Council as July’s Community Volunteers for their community volunteer spirit. They offer a huge amount of help with the annual Hot Summer Nights event by organizing and working in the Beer Garden as well as other things in our community, including their many years of service on the Salmon River Cowboys Association. Mary Lou Hirst, Hot Summer Night organizer is especially thankful, saying, “Their love of family, community, and fun shines through in all they do while still working hard. They do everything from ordering to setup in the Park, organizing volunteers to man the Beer Garden the two days and hauling ice.
The Home Buyers Guide, a business closure and guidance by faith all played a role in how Jackie and Bob Mackie landed in Elk City. The Mackies will serve as grand marshals for the 2016 Elk City Days on Aug. 12 and 13.
Well, Kooskia Days are over and we can all start getting set for the Kamiah Barbecue Days. Until then we can all have a good rest and gain strength to get through all their festivities. Aug. 20 and 21 is the Weippe Rodeo in Weippe.
Well, Elk City Days is finally almost here! The grand marshals are none other than Bob and Jackie Mackie. For those of you who are new to the community, Bob and Jackie have been here for many years.
•COTTONWOOD – Months after the last inmate escaped from Cottonwood North Idaho Correctional Institute, a deterrent fence is being built. According to NICI Warden Jim Rehder, the materials were delivered to the minimum security facility July 31 and work is currently under way to place fence posts and mesh wire.
It’s kinda quiet down in our little canyon this week. We are in our last days of summer and it’s still pretty warm. Many have probably smelled the smoke in the air, either from the forest fires or it’s your neighbor’s BBQ! Did you get an invite? School will be starting on Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Grangeville and in Riggins it will be on Aug. 30. Hard to believe – where did our summer go!!
It rained on the Raspberry Festival on Sunday, but a lot of people stayed around anyway. Some came after the rain. The art show was a popular event for the first time this year. Local artists were invited to show off their work. The sisters work very hard to make everyone feel welcome.
Slinky the Clown interacts with visitors as he produces a balloon animal. Slinky entertained guests at the carnival section of the Raspberry Festival at the Monastery of St. Gertrude on Aug. 8.
Locals are out and about.
This is the weekend you have been waiting for since this weekend last year. Kooskia Days! The fun begins on Friday and ends on Sunday just chocked full of fun and activities for the entire family. A parade, fun run, ball game, race car construction, a breakfast on Saturday, Show and Shine car show, chicken poop Bingo, duck race, variety show, beer garden, Grand Prix Derby auto race, carnival and at noon on Saturday a live auction sponsored by Tahoe QRU, a group real close to my heart, and food of every kind, and the piece de resistance...a hot dog eating contest.
The Salmon River Senior Citizens Bingo Night is this Friday, Aug. 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center. Bingo is open to the general public; you do not have to be a senior citizen to play…just 18 or older. Cash prizes will be awarded. Refreshments are free.
I want to thank everyone who has been helping me so far…glad to hear from you! I have a correction already as my fingers can’t seem to type very well. The Mobile Food Bank pick- up is on Aug. 4.
Don’t forget the Volunteer Fire Department meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Forest Service meeting room. They are looking for volunteers to help out and become a part of this very important and needful organization.
•Approximately 1,700 lightning strikes pounded north-central Idaho last Thursday and Friday resulting in numerous fires on state and Forest Service lands. Fire danger currently is very high in the river canyons and high over the remainder of the forests.