October 16, 2013
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I pretty much lived an idyllic childhood. Every holiday, every milestone, every event was special. I have to be careful, as an adult, that I don’t let my childhood ruin Christmas for me.
Let’s remember our local businesses not only on Small Business Saturday, but the rest of the year, as well.
Evolution of words, phrases quite interesting, descriptive
As we start the school year, I thought it would be a good time to give a little overview on some recent additions to the Merriam Webster Dictionary (as well as other on-line dictionaries). Recent as in the past three years. The evolution of words and phrases is quite interesting. Don’t ask for fry sauce in some Eastern states – they don’t know what you mean and they might hand you a container of gravy or cheese. Soda is said instead of pop and it’s pocketbook instead of purse.
Syringa Hospital’s board of trustees is not only looking to the future sustainability of the hospital and clinics it represents, but they are also concerned with those they represent in other tangible, meaningful ways.
Red River Hot Springs is under new management. As of May 1, Todd Clift took over the springs and said he is looking forward to the summer season. Summer hours start the week before Memorial Day. Call the office at 842-1587 or cell 842-553-3514.
Let’s not bury our heads in the sand, but rather participate with open minds with something that doesn’t just affect someone else – mental health issues do exist in our own family and friend circles.
You may love living in Idaho, but what do you really know about the Gem State? This Friday, March 4, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter kicks off commemoration of Idaho Day, recognizing Abraham Lincoln’s signing the congressional act to make Idaho a territory on March 4, 1863.
A recent Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey tells us our high school kids are involved in a few things we would rather they didn’t experience. While some seem like rites of passage or areas we may not have control over, there are other areas where we can step up and take action.
The decision to act is simple. Just ask 11-year-old Emma Roach. “I love animals. Why wouldn’t I want to help?” the sixth grader shrugged.
What do you know about your favorite Christmas songs?
We all sing, hum along with or listen to the Christmas carols and songs of the season, but how many know the stories behind some of the best-loved tunes? Here’s a history of a few of my favorites.
Grangeville’s Umpqua Bank on Main Street is collecting hats, gloves and coats for those in need, through Dec. 1. A special emphasis is on the hats and gloves this year. Drop items off in the bank’s collection box. 983-0600.
All too often nowadays there are those who want glory for the sake of looking good and are not willing to put in any elbow grease. That is definitely not the case for Grangeville’s Judy Scribner and Kooskia’s Dick Tucker.
Homestead Ministries has it right. The non-profit’s mission in a sentence is to “spread love one soup packet at a time.”
We’ve all shopped the big box stores and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are things we can purchase from those facilities that we can often not get in our small towns.
Everyone has a woman in his or her life. Mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, girlfriends, best friends. That’s why breast cancer is everyone’s business.
A photo of a handwritten letter from a father to his daughter’s school has been circulating through Facebook again.
It's Your Business
Forgive me last week for saying it is Luke Manifold who is an assistant coach at Mt. Idaho Gymnastics. That should have said Sam Manifold. Luke is my oldest daughter’s age so it was stuck in my mind. Sorry, Sam!
White Bird area voters have an easy choice Nov. 4: Whether or not to form a recreation district.
The teenage years are perhaps the most important time for students to develop their individual skills and interests. It is one of the greatest times for character development that begins to turn teenagers into adults.
As temperatures soar in Idaho County, it’s a good time for a reminder that hot cars can be deadly.
Thanks anti-vaxers. You just brought back measles to mainstream America. You are putting the lives of all our children at risk.
Supplemental schools levies will be held in Cottonwood, Grangeville and Riggins May 20. The state of Idaho has failed in funding its public schools. Yes, public schools cost Idaho about $1.3 billion in 2013-14, the largest part of the state’s $2.8 billion budget – but Idaho simply needs to do a better job.
Haven’t received your tax refund yet? There’s a chance it might not be coming. The Washington Post recently reported on several taxpayers who are being held responsible for some very old debts. Mary Grice of Maryland had her refund of nearly $3,000 taken – without notice — to pay for a supposed overpayment.
As the season rolls around again for standardized testing in our schools, let us remember a few things. First of all, we all understand there has to be some standard of measurement so we as parents and a society can make sure our kids are indeed learning.
Two weeks ago, Grangeville High School underwent a lockdown due to a report of a person on campus with a firearm. In due course, this was determined unfounded, and life went on. In reflection: Was this an overreaction? Was it unnecessary? Even in pro-gun Idaho County, the reality today – as unfortunately demonstrated in past incidents nationwide — argues “not at all.” In fact, response by both the Mt. View School District 244 and local law enforcement showed a proper response that followed procedure and focused on quick response and safety.
Although I have mixed feelings about increasing the Idaho minimum wage, the final thought process for me might come down to social justice issue of the heart rather than a fully logical one of the head.
Procedural error or not, the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole made the correct decision last week when it overturned an earlier decision to parole murderer Bryan Lankford in 2018.
Since it is the most wonderful time of the year, I thought I would offer a few bits of trivia this Christmas: • The Christian church fixed Dec. 25 in 440 AD as the day for the celebration of Christmas.
This Saturday, several Grangeville businesses will participate in Hometown Christmas. This will be the last weekend to shop prior to Dec. 25.
I didn’t meet my father for the first time until I was 8 months old. It was 1968 and my mom, brothers, Dave Jr., 10, and Steve, 7, lived in Custer, Wash., while my dad completed his tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force.