Cottonwood News

Students in Action: Nov. 15, 2017

(Left) Nov. 10-11, two of Grangeville High School’s trumpet players were able to participate in the University of Montana’s All Star Band Festival. They had the honors of playing with high level high school musicians from around the Northwest and with the UM Grizzly Marching Band. Throughout the weekend (pictured, L-R) Kelsey Pilant and Marie Hauger played in one of the two bands where they worked with an award-winning composer, David Gillingham. They also marched on the field at the Washington Grizzly Stadium with the GMB and performed for their pre-game entertainment in front of 24,000 people. They also took the time to hike the M trail in Missoula and see area sights; (Right) Mr. Rehder and his 3rd and 4th grade class just finished reading the classic story by L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. They presented a Wax Museum to the school and their parents. Each character in the Oz Museum came to life and shared with audience their character using literary analysis and theatrical expressions. This project was designed to introduce the students to performing a memorized script in front of a live audience. The class had so much fun with their museum and can’t wait to see what book their teacher has in store for them next.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

New Fire Tender For Cottonwood

Cottonwood Rural Fire District recently completed setting up a new rural engine/water tender, a 2008 Freightliner with 20,000 miles, acquired through Idaho Department of Lands.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Free Thanksgiving dinner set for The Hangout

The Hangout, 603 Front Street, Cottonwood, will host a free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, dessert and beverage will all be available at no cost. Call 208-962-7383.

November 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Mystery Night draws large crowd of 350-plus

A lightbulb-laden chandelier, candle-lit tables and a stage, dressed as a big red barn front, greeted attendees of Summit Academy’s Mystery Night Saturday, Nov. 4. More than 350 people attended the Denim and Diamonds event, which celebrated Summit’s 20th anniversary and annual gala fund-raiser. Food, drinks, games, live and silent auction items, as well as visiting with friends, were all part of the evening’s activities. Musick Auction and Sons provided the auctioneering. “Howdy y’all – hope you’re havin’ a great time tonight,” drawled “Willie Nelson” (also known as Summit teacher Michael Rehder) as he shoved a leftie behind his ear and took a swig from his flask.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Holiday closures set for county recycling sites

The Kooskia, Grangeville and Cottonwood collection sites of Idaho County Recycling will be closed for two upcoming holiday weekends: Saturday, Nov.25 (after Thanksgiving) and Saturday, Dec. 23, (before Christmas).

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Voters choose new faces for city councils

- Mayor races go to Lester in Grangeville, Mireles in Stites - White Bird Council race a tie for Lowe, Sand; Mager, Alley elected - Cottonwood council races go to Sigler, Holthaus, Guyer - Grangeville council races go to Winkler, Grant, Canaday - Stites council race goes to Shannon, Jackson

November 7, 2017 10:22 p.m. read more..

Cottonwood schools awarded grant for mixer

The Idaho State Department of Education recently awarded $111,967.94 in federal grant funding through its Child Nutrition Programs to help 11 schools across Idaho purchase new equipment for their National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Idaho received the funding through the United States Department of Agriculture Equipment Assistance Grant. Individual grant awards funded new equipment including walk-in freezers, a salad bar and a 40-quart mixer.

November 1, 2017 9:39 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Chmelik table to be given away at Summit Academy Mystery Night

The drawing for a table made by Jim Chmelik of Chesky Woodworking in Cottonwood will be held at Summit Academy Mystery Night this Saturday, Nov. 4. It is a beautiful table created from Quarter Sawn White Oak and Sycamore. The fund-raiser is for the Diocese of Boise Seminarians and Summit Academy Catholic School. Tickets for Mystery Night are all sold out, but several people have multiple tickets and would let you have one. Call the school if you want tickets for either of these. 208-962-5650.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

A call from around the world begins in Cottonwood

Teachers are driven by a passion for their subjects and a calling to their students — even if those students are on the other side of the world. This is what happened for Joan Brown, an elementary school teacher from Chatteroy, Wash., when she began to feel drawn to serve in Mthatha, South Africa.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Contested seats in city council races on Nov. 7

Elections are next Tuesday, Nov. 7, and voters will be deciding contested city council and mayoral races in Cottonwood, Grangeville, Stites and White Bird. Polling stations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sample ballots and polling stations location information is in this week’s Free Press, pages 4-6B.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cottonwood News: Tour, open house is Thursday at ‘Sister Alfreda’s Attic Museum’

Hunting season has started and we have had frost for several mornings lately. Time to squeeze apples, dig spuds and get everything out of the garden. Don’t forget to dig up the bulbs that can’t stay in the ground over winter like the gladiolas and dahlias. Time to think about snow tires, too. If you work hard enough in the summer, you are glad to see winter coming. I must not have worked hard enough. Sigh.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Fall Lecture Series: Sister Alfreda’s Attic is final in 2017 presentations

Siamese twin piglets perfectly preserved from when they were stillborn on a local farm decades ago, a mounted golden eagle with wings outstretched, an antique cornet trumpet. These types of artifacts comprised Sister Alfreda Elsensohn’s emerging collection that she began to display in 1931 in the old St. Gertrude’s Academy attic. So began the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. A replica of the attic has just been completed as part of a five-year exhibit remodel plan.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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