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It's Your Business: Scavenger hunt part of Oktoberfest

The Okoberfest Scavenger Hunt will take place in participating businesses throughout Grangeville from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. Start and end at Home Grown Quilts. Prizes will be awarded! Businesses include: U.S Bank, Pine Tree Community Credit Union, Umqua Bank, The Gallery, Cash and Carry, Asker’s, Inland Cellular, Gortsema Moters, Super 8, Grangeville Flower Shoppe, Palenque, Nelson’s Family Dentistry, Camas Lanes, Radio Shack, K & R Video, Seasons, Pizza Factory, Irwin Drug, Hopper’s Pizza, Larson’s, Lindsley’s, Ace Home Center, Liquor Store (not sure of the “real” name), Rae Bros., Vets Center, Les Schwab, Hilltop Café, Depot Express and Crema Cafe.

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Avista Open House

Did you get to the Avista energy conservation open house at the Grangeville Senior Center last Wednesday? It was great. Very informative, good demonstrations and information as well as excellent food. In addition, Avista had a great bag of giveaways which included a plug-in timer, socket insulators, weather stripping and light bulbs. (Top, left) community health worker Renee Stevens takes blood from a visitor for an ACL test; (top, right) Levi Westra with Avista explains the timer for lights and other devices; (above, left) Avista gave out free items; and (above, right) Stephanie Duclos with A Taste of Art caters.

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Reading Buddies

Grangeville Elementary Middle School kicked off its third annual Reading Buddies program last Thursday, Sept. 21. The reading incentive program is geared toward kindergarten to first-grade GEMS students, providing various levels of fun activities with a stuffed animal for the numbers of books read. Last year, students read more than 9,000 books as part of the program. Idaho Forest Group (IFG) Grangeville has sponsored the project each year, providing Reading Buddies stuffed animals for students at GEMS and also Sts. Peter and Paul School.

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Mountain rescuers learn through confined space training at IFG

For 360 days of the year, this approximate five-story structure reaches temperatures 1,500 to 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit, using hog fuel to boil water into steam to operate lumber kilns and heat plant facilities during the winter.

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GFM to host two additional markets

Due to the late produce season, vendors and customers alike asked that the Grangeville Farmers’ Market be extended beyond the last scheduled day of Sept. 16. Earlier this week, the Grangeville City Council gave their go ahead to hold two additional markets in Pioneer Park. The GFM will be open for business Saturday, Sept. 23 and 30, at the usual hours of 9 a.m to 1 p.m., at Pioneer Park on East Main Street.

Avista seeks rate increase for electric, gas customers

Avista has asked the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to approve a two-year plan calling for rate increases in 2018 and 2019 for its electric and natural gas customers in Idaho. The Spokane-based company said the request is driven by ongoing investments in its plants, technology and other assets, as well as increased costs associated with providing power to the approximately 128,200 Idahoans in its service territory. If approved in full, the proposal would lead to an average increase of 7.9 percent for Avista’s electric customers beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and an average 4.2-percent increase effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Scarecrow contest participants sought; classes set

Hey Grangeville merchants, entries for the Oktoberfest scarecrow contest from businesses are sought. Call Peggy Wright by Sunday, Sept. 24, at 208-983-0826. •

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Students invited to local career fair Oct. 12

Is your student confused about what to do with his future? Or perhaps your student has definite plans about what she wants to do following graduation. No matter the answer, part of the equation is the upcoming Career and Community Fair.

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Carcass show, judging contest awards three

The Idaho County Carcass Show and Judging Contest was held on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Sonnen Meats in Greencreek. 4-H and FFA members were given instruction on how to quality and yield grade beef and sheep carcasses and how to determine USDA grades on swine carcasses.

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Norco gives $500 to GCF

“We appreciate Norco’s commitment to the community and the Grangeville Community Foundation [GCF],” said GCF board member Mary Jahn. Grangeville’s Norco store manager Randy Fischer presented a $500 check to board members Wednesday morning, Sept. 6.

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Grangeville man invents Polymule cart

After a year of design and engineering and more than 980 hours of 3D printing, Dennis Draleau came up with an invention to be proud of. Draleau is the founder and inventor of Polymule, Inc. He began his start-up company in July 2017, but his love for all things mechanical started long before that.

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Gonsalves joins Mann Mortgage

Need mortgage help? Zach Gonsalves is at your service. In the Real Estate business for the past decade, Gonsalves is a loan officer for Mann Mortgage, working in Idaho and Lewis counties.

Avista to host energy fair in Grangeville Wednesday, Sept. 20

Area residents can learn about energy efficiency, managing their home energy bills and more at the free Avista Energy Fair. It will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 3-6 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Center, 108 Truck Route Road. The event will include demonstrations and free energy-saving items to help keep homes comfortable during the winter months ahead.

It's Your Business: CCFCU to celebrate 75 years; Advanced Welding open house set for this Friday

ash and Carry and Coca-Cola have teamed up to offer their customers a chance to win a heavy-duty canopy and two chairs from which to view your favorite game...or river view! Every time you check out at the store you can fill out an entry form with your name and number. Drawing will be held Friday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m., just in time for Oktoberfest festivities!

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Kamiah's AmeriGas Candy Throwers

Kamiah’s AmeriGas employees and friends were throwing large handfuls of candy at the 2017 Kamiah Barbecue Days Parade Saturday, Sept. 2, on Main Street.

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