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Roll-off bin ready for yard waste

Cottonwood News

The annual Cottonwood Community Cleanup roll-off bin will be at the corner of Idaho and 2nd South Street (near the city shop) until May 1 for inert waste such as yard waste, branches and clean out the garage stuff. It is not intended for household trash, hazardous waste or animal waste.

Mardi Gras is March 21

Cottonwood News

St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation is sponsoring the “Mardi Gras” on March 21 at Cottonwood Community Hall.

‘Jungle Book’ set for March 20

Can you believe the beautiful weather we are having? It’s great for all the little calves to have the nice warm sunshine. Good time to get out in the yard and start getting things shaped up.

Summit sports teams faring well

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Summit seventh grade girls participated in a volleyball tournament held at Prairie Elementary School on Saturday. Summit won the championship and was undefeated for the day.

Mader is Coach of the Year

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It has certainly been cold the last few days. Last week it was nice enough to work out in the yard. I even saw some tractors out in the field. The fertilizer companies were busy also.

Calving season under way in county

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The weather has been excellent for baby calves. We had our first one Saturday. I see a few around on other farms also. The trees are starting to bud out, and flowers are poking through the ground. The pussy willow is blooming, too. I think they call this “spring fever.”

SGA plans 50th anniversary celebration

Cottonwood News

The sun is shining and the birds are chirping as I write this morning. It looks like spring out there. But I doubt if winter is over yet.

Holy Cross dinner on tap for Feb. 8

Cottonwood News

The Idaho Catholic Youth Convention is coming up soon. All the youth of the Tri-parish are invited to attend. Are you interested in sponsoring a youth for ICYC? Cost this year is $128 for a youth to attend ICYC. Some of our youth cannot afford the fee to attend ICYC, so any amount you would like to contribute to help is very much appreciated. Make your check payable to St. Mary’s Parish and mark it for ICYC.

Order Super Bowl food

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Chili and cinnamon rolls for Super Bowl Sunday! Do you have a group of people coming to watch Super Bowl on Feb. 1 and are not sure what to prepare?

Ski butte opens for season

Cottonwood News

COTTONWOOD — Cottonwood Butte Ski Area opened last weekend. They plan to be open on weekends from now on. It is really a good hill and offers a challenge if that’s what you want. They offer lessons also.

Blood drive set for Jan. 6

Well, we finally got the snow everyone was praying for. We did not have our Christmas party until Dec. 27, so we got to have a white Christmas. It was wonderful to have all the family home. The next day, this huge six-foot snowman showed up in the neighborhood. Makes you want to sing “Frosty the Snowman.”

Crab feed set for January

The open house at Prairie Community Library was enjoyed. While Christmas carols played in the background, there were popcorn, cookies and fudge for snacks to go with a warm drink. Buster, the library mascot, donned his Santa cap and stole the show by reading his favorite story, “How to Train Humans to do Tricks.” Afterwards, all helped to remove any movable furniture so the carpet could be cleaned during the closure of the library during the holidays.

Church service slated

Cottonwood News

Emmanuel Baptist Church is proud to present a Christmas cantata – “Christ Was Born for This,” performed by The Whispering Pines Southern Baptist Association Choir, on Dec.

Summit volleyball girls top scholars

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The Summit Academy volleyball team is proud to show off their 1A Division 2 State Academic Award. The team had a cumulative 3.944 grade point average.

Christmas activities abound

This week we begin the season of Advent. It is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.

Gifts sought for inmates’ kids

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. May your day be spent with family and friends.

Knights conducting coat drive

We still have our first skiff of snow on the ground and the temperature is still hovering around 10 to 20 degrees. Brrrrr! What an introduction to winter! But I guess it’s time.

Anglen featured library artist

For the month of November the Prairie Community Library is featuring artisan, Jean Anglen who practices a firing and glazing technique that started more than four centuries ago in Japan — the raku firing of pottery.

Prairie veterans program on tap

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The Cottonwood School District will present a program for veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Prairie Jr./Sr. High School gym.

Parish dinner on tap for Sunday

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Prairie Community Library’s Bräts & Brew Fest went very well this year with only a few minor hitches. There was a good list of auction items. The Coffey Twins lived up to their reputation and kept the crowd dancing. John and Mary Funke won first place in the dance contest. Second place went to Greg Frei and his partner, and third place went to Bud and Sylvia Uhling. Prizes were given out by the judge, Jane Burgess.

Brats and Brew on tap

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Photos for the Chamber of Commerce scarecrow decoration contest are now on the chamber’s Facebook page at Go there to check them out and you can be the judges. The winners will be chosen by which ones have the most “likes” on the Facebook page. The first-place business will receive $50 in chamber bucks with the second-place winner receiving $20 in chamber bucks.

Day on transplant list

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St. Mary’s Hospital will be hosting a welcome/farewell dinner on Oct. 27 to welcome Dr. Abby Luensmann and nurse practitioner Scarlett Uhlenkott, and to say good-bye to Dr. Farnworth and his family...

Youth to host 30-hour fast

Cottonwood News

Fall is upon us with freezing temperatures at night in some areas of the Prairie.

Mystery Night, lecture series on tap

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Mystery Night, the fund-raiser for Summit Academy, will be this Saturday night. Everyone is getting very excited because we will find out who wins the hot rod!

Mystery Night set for Oct. 4

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Hot Rod Fever is the theme for Summit Academy’s Mystery night this year. The date is Oct. 4. The place is Greencreek Hall and the $125 donation includes admission for two, no host bar and a one in 400 chance of winning the grand prize of $10,000.

Wine sought for annual event

Bräts & Brew Fest plans are taking shape. The sauerkraut is in the crock and board members are gathering items for the auctions. As a side event this year, we are looking for anyone who would like to donate a bottle of wine. We will accept any kind. We will sell corks that are numbered and you will get the corresponding bottle.

Senior exercise class on tap

Cottonwood News

Senior exercise will be held for both men and women at the Cottonwood Community Hall Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per month and this will be facilitated by Shelli Schumacher and Cheri Holthaus.

Skydiving wish fulfilled

Cottonwood News

Let me tell you about my day last Friday. I was sitting in this perfectly good airplane when someone opened the door — well, maybe I better start at the beginning.

AWANA to start up again Sept. 10

Cottonwood News

AWANA Club night is starting again. First club night is Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6:30–8 p.m.

Lots of fires cause smoke-filled days

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It’s very smoky as I write this morning. According to reports, some fires have been controlled but there are lots of fires around the Northwest that are not yet contained.

Kids play ‘Simon Says’ weather game

Cottonwood News

This week for summer reading the theme was about weather. Kim Frei stepped in as substitute leader and did a great job. They learned all about rain, snow, and other information about the weather.

Reading program offers ‘far out’ fun

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Prairie Community Library summer reading participants joined in with volunteers this week to explore Far Out Space Fun! After the welcome was given, all of the children gathered to play a solar system info game.

Reading session set for July 17

Cottonwood News

The fun continues at Prairie Community Library with the third week of the summer reading program.

Basketball camp is next week

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Happy Fourth of July to everyone. Have fun with your family and friends, and remember “Freedom isn’t Free.” We have to work at keeping the freedoms we have or they will be taken away. Fr. Paul will have a Mass at 7 a.m. at St. Anthony’s in Greencreek on the 4th of July. What a great way to start the day.

‘Mad Scientist’ visits

On Thursday, June 19, “Mad Scientist” Dr. Stingleflurp (a.k.a. Joseph Halligan) visited the Prairie Community Library to share his favorite story, “The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School,” and do a few experiments with the children who were participating.

Bible schools set locally

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Lots happening at Emmanuel Baptist. Aaron Michael Weil will be live in concert at Emmanuel Baptist church on Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. (located at 404 Foster in Cottonwood).

Blood drive set for June 10

Cottonwood News

It is time once again for the Cottonwood Blood Drive, scheduled for June 10 at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Call Brenda Kaschmitter or Cheri Holthaus at 962-3251 to schedule an appointment.

Developmental screenings scheduled

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I hope you all had a great Memorial Day. The cemeteries are all decorated and the weather cooperated and the ceremonies were held as scheduled.

Bank robbery puts town on the map

Cottonwood News

Cottonwood is now on the map! An amazing daylight bank robbery took place on Friday afternoon, May 16, at the U.S. Bank. As soon as I heard about it, I rushed to the window to see if the robbers were galloping by on their horses with the money sacks flopped across the saddle. I didn’t see a thing. I guess I watch too many western movies.

Yard sales are Saturday

Cottonwood News

Father Meinrad, chaplain at St. Gertrude’s Monastery and St. Mary’s Hospital, celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest last week. Everyone who knows and loves him wishes him well.

School concerts upcoming

Cottonwood News

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms. I hope you have a special day. Prairie students will soon be presenting their spring concerts for your listening pleasure. The Prairie Elementary concert, featuring students from grades preschool to sixth grade, will be Wednesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. in the Prairie Elementary gym.

Summit play set for May 8-10

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Happy May Day to everyone! Even if it keeps snowing once in a while, we know that summer is coming. The cows will be going to pasture soon if they haven’t already.

Couch shares Ukranian eggs

Cottonwood News

Dr. Sam Couch is sharing his Ukrainian egg collection with the library for the Easter season. In the Ukrainian Catholic heritage, pysanky are decorated eggs with symbols representing new life associated with spring, resurrection and Easter. He also included a few of his sugar egg collection. Some of the eggs are grouped together with a particular theme. Even the colors have a certain meaning.

Easter activities abound

Cottonwood News

Happy Easter to everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day. Schedule is as follows for Holy Week Services at the Tri-Parish churches:

Community yard sale is May 17

Cottonwood News

The Farm Forest Fair will be held on April 15 and 16 at the Greencreek Community Hall this year.

Quilt class set for April 12

Well, it’s officially spring and things are starting to green up, but it is coming pretty slow due to the cold weather. A few farmers are getting in the field. Most of the baby calves are here. It’s fun to watch them race around or play king of the mountain. They are just like a bunch of kids when they get together.

Bruner is ‘coach of the year’

Cottonwood News

The audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Pinocchio” will be held on Monday, March 17, at Prairie Elementary School gym at 3:30 p.m. There are roles for those students kindergarten through seniors in high school.

Crenshaw, Wood are tops in Prairie spelling bee

Cottonwood News

The winners for Prairie Elementary/Jr. High spelling bee are Garrett Crenshaw, first place, and Brylee Wood, second place. Garrett will now compete in the regional spelling bee in Lewiston on March 8. Way to go! Congratulations to the Lady Pirates basketball team who are 1A Division I State Champions. We are so proud of you. Good luck to the Summit Academy boys’ basketball team who are off to state.

Summit boys take GPA award

Cottonwood News

Mega Kudos to the Summit Academy boys’ basketball team. They have been named Academic State Champions for 1-A, Division II. They had a team grade point average of 3.550. The award will be presented at the state basketball tournament in Caldwell.

Choir at monastery March 9

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The Idaho County Fair Royalty would like to invite all little princesses, age 4 to fourth grade to “A Princess Tea Party” on March 15 at the Prairie Junior-Senior High cafeteria on Keuterville Road in Cottonwood.

Wilson is new Prairie Library volunteer

Cottonwood News

Prairie Community Library has a new volunteer at the library. Her name is Melissa Wilson. She has lived in Cottonwood for three-and-one-half years with her family. Her hobbies are cross stitch, baking and volunteering her time for companionship with the elderly. Melissa has been busy helping the librarians plan the new children’s section. Come in and meet Melissa and her beautiful smile.

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‘Buster’ is new mascot

Cottonwood News

The new mascot at Prairie Community Library has a name! Catherine Seubert, 4, daughter of Heather and Maurice Seubert, named him Buster.

Cinnamon rolls and chili on sale for Super Bowl Sunday

Cottonwood News

It’s a fine, sunshiny morning as I write this. Have you noticed the sunrise and sunset the past couple weeks? They have really been gorgeous. It’s been a long time since we had such a mild winter.

Ministry fair is Jan. 18, 19

Cottonwood News

The holidays are over and it is time to take down decorations. Everything looks bare without them. It is nice to have this time of year to celebrate God’s gift to us. He is the gift that keeps on giving.

Classes set for community hall

Cottonwood News

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more?

Merry Christmas

Cottonwood News

From the Cottonwood area to the world, “May the Miracle of Christmas give you reason to rejoice.”

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Kids: Name new library mascot

Cottonwood News

Summit Academy’s Christmas Nativity play will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the school.

Group offering snow removal

Cottonwood News

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope you have a special day with your family and friends.

Adult exercise classes on now

Cottonwood News

St. Mary’s Hospital is going to be sponsoring adult exercise classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7-8 p.m. at the Cottonwood Community Hall.

Parish dinner, raffle set for Nov. 3

Cottonwood News

The Brats and Brew Fest was a great success again this year due to the support of the businesses and the people who attended. Winners for the food competition were: Joe Kuther and Ralph Stubbers with their country sausage, Rhonda Schmidt with Clarice’s sauerkraut soup, Amy Rose and her beer bread, and Julie Arnzen with her apple cake with butter sauce. All entries were very yummy and it was a hard choice to make.

Turney is ‘artisan of the month’

Cottonwood News

A benefit dinner and auction for Madison Duman will be held Sunday, Oct. 20, at Prairie Elementary School, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Live and silent auction items will be available. Madison was born with biliary atresia, heterotaxy and polysplenia which require surgery and on-going medications.

Lectures continue with author

The 14th annual Fall Lecture Series started last week. Everyone enjoyed Dick Craig sharing his research on the Bethman Ranch near Pardee.

Financial class offered

The Idaho County Republican Central Committee would like to invite anyone interested in learning how to manage their debts and control their finances to come to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). FPU is a biblically based seminar on God’s way of handling money. Learn how to budget your finances, get rid of debt, obtain financial peace and build wealth.

Kids offer weekly volunteer work

The Tri-Parish will have a potluck after 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Ferdinand Parish is celebrating the feast day of the Assumption, for which their parish is named, and it is also an after-harvest party for all three parishes. Come and thank God for a bountiful harvest. All are welcome.


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