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Cottonwood News: ‘Sweet Willy’ book available at park

Finally, we are getting some nice spring days. Spring fever was getting the best of me until we drove to the Salmon River on Sunday. It was beautiful there.

Cottonwood News: Community yard sale on tap for May 20

The date for the Cottonwood Community Yard Sale will be May 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $7 to be on the map. The proceeds are going to the Prairie Cross-Country Team this year. To sign up call Shari at 962-3559 or Jenny 451-4244. Leave a message with your name and phone number and we will get back to you. Deadline to sign up is May 10.

Cottonwood News: Mardi Gras fund-raiser is next week

The St. Mary’s Mardi Gras Fund-raiser is just around the corner on March 25. We will have a prime rib dinner, catered by Rodonna’s, as well as live and silent auctions. This year we have guns, fishing trips, Stihl chain saws and a cord of wood, one ton of pellets, and many more items up for bid. We have a great DJ to provide music and the Black Jack tables will be running. Tickets are $35 each and are available at the front desk at the hospital, or you can purchase them at the door. We hope you all can make it!

Cottonwood News: Pirates take second

Once again we woke up to snow this Sunday morning. Somewhere I read that we usually get 30 inches of snow in a year. Before this last snowstorm, we were at 87 inches. With another five to six inches we are triple the average for a year. The Says Phoebe birds showed up this week. I’ll bet they are wondering what all this white stuff is!

Cottonwood News: Hospitality shelter plan under way

So, we get to wake up to snow again. Yea! Isn’t it wonderful? The city of Cottonwood is working on establishing a hospitality shelter for stranded travelers. During the recent road closures, they had the opportunity to open the Cottonwood Community Hall to provide a safe, warm place for people to go.

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Cottonwood News: Summit girls are ‘sporting’ at tourney

The snow is melting pretty fast except for the drifts or piles of snow that the tractors made. I wasn’t home the day the three- foot drift outside my kitchen window went away. The wheat fields seem to have survived the snow cover for two and one-half months. Cottonwood Ski Butte still has lots of snow so you still have a chance to go skiing and not have to travel a long distance.

Cottonwood News: Dinners are Feb. 25, 26

Happy Valentine’s Day! May you and those who are special to you have a great day. We especially ask God’s blessing on all married couples. Maybe our days of being snowbound are over. We have certainly had our share this year.

Cottonwood News: Town grows with new businesses

Finally, we were able to get the snow pile off of our porch. I think the animals are happier with the milder weather also. We are hoping for better weather for calving. It is pretty tough for those little ones when it is so cold. A hair dryer blowing on them works wonders!

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Cottonwood News: Mark calendars for Lincoln Day celebration

How is your winter going? Tired of the snow yet? I suppose the skiers are happy. The Butte will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, is a ski day for Kamiah School students from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cottonwood News: Ski butte is open this Friday

Skiers and snow boarders enjoyed another beautiful weekend in the snow at the Cottonwood Butte Ski Area. We had beautiful snow conditions with freshly packed trails and powder in the trees.

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Cottonwood News: Crab feed set for this weekend

Congratulations to Ryan Uhlenkott who was named Father of the Year at Daddy Date Night at Prairie High School. His daughter, Faith, wrote a beautiful letter about him.

Cottonwood News: VFW breakfast set for community hall Jan. 22

Are you tired of the snow yet? I would be if it wasn’t such a beautiful blue with the shadows on it! And the sunrise and sunset each day is amazing. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? It’s not too late. Be a better you by the end of this year.

Cottonwood News: Crab Feed is Jan. 21

Jim Chmelik was at the Greencreek Hall after Mass Sunday to give everyone a chance to see the table that he has made. This was featured in last week’s Free Press.

Cottonwood News: Alumni basketball games set for Thursday

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you are having a great week with family and friends. I can’t believe how the snow just keeps piling up. The trees are beautiful with snow on the branches. The road crews have been busy working to keep the roads clear. Don’t forget to thank them for their tireless effort. Many of them are out there during the night so we can get where we want to go in the morning. Good job, guys!

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Cottonwood News: Program focuses on world traditions

Let it snow! It has been a long time since we have seen this much snow on the prairie. At least we will probably have a white Christmas. That is sure to make the sledders and skiers happy.

Cottonwood News: Summit Christmas play set for Thursday night, Dec. 15

Emmanuel Baptist Church, Cottonwood, will be having a Christmas Eve candlelight service Saturday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m., featuring a Christmas Cantata performed by the Whispering Pines Choir. Light refreshments to follow and all are welcome.

Cottonwood News: Masses, concerts set at churches, schools

Mega kudos to the people who put up the cross on Grangeville mountain. We can see it from everywhere on the prairie. It reminds us to “Stand up for Jesus” as we were told at Mardel Sonnen’s funeral last week.

Cottonwood News: Craft fair set for Dec. 4

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over. I hope everyone survived! Now we can start thinking about Christmas. The cows are all home so we have something to watch in the pasture up on the hill. They always seem happy to be home.

Cottonwood: Veterans program set for Dec. 1

We had a little dusting of snow last week. That was our warning to get those snow tires on and wrap up those fall chores. Time is running out! A presentation of the veterans program by the 1st -7th grade will be held at Summit on Dec. 1, starting at 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome and a free lunch will be provided to all our guests that day. Postcards were sent home with the students, invite friends/neighbors/family.

Cottonwood News: Summit chess tourney set for Dec. 10

We had an enjoyable time at the Jukebox Saturday Night Swing Dance at the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center. Adults and kids danced and visited, even if you did not know them when you came in. Some wore vintage clothing and had a good time playing pool. It was a very friendly atmosphere. Next week there will be a country dance at the Vets Center at 318 East Main in Grangeville.

Cottonwood News: Reward offered for information on bull killer

A Veterans Day program is planned for Friday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the Prairie Junior Senior High School Gym. All veterans and their families are invited. The FFA will provide a free breakfast for the veterans starting at 7 a.m., on the stage in the gym. A slide show to honor veterans is being prepared. Photos from previous years are available but additional photos are sought. Email photos to Laurie Karel at KAREL@SD242.ORG by November 19th. Some veterans will be recognized with a patriotic quilt made for them by The Prairie Quilters. Those ladies are doing a great job.

Cottonwood News: Program records stories for offenders’ children

I hope you had a Happy Halloween on Monday. It is definitely fall now. Thanksgiving is not far off. The time change is coming next Sunday morning at 2 a.m. So we “fall back” to regular time. (Yawn) Now I can get that extra hour of sleep that I have been missing all summer. Next Sunday, Nov. 6, is the Assumption Parish dinner, bazaar and raffle. Dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Bingo all day. Judy Forsman is the chairperson for the dinner, so contact her with questions at 962-5906.

Cottonwood News: Cattle dinner on tap for Saturday at Ferdinand

Congratulations to Stephanie Jungert and Brandon Anderson who were named homecoming queen and king at Prairie High School. The junior class float won the float competition and the senior class won the spirit competition.

Cottonwood News: Flerchinger wins Summit prize; craft show on tap for Dec. 4

We got a little taste of heaven Saturday night at the Summit Academy Mystery night. The food was heavenly and the entertainment was outstanding! Barbara Flerchinger was the lucky winner of the $10,000 prize.

Cottonwood News: Mystery Night is this weekend

Mystery Night is coming up this weekend with an exciting night planned. Some live auction items are the ever-popular dinners including a Murder-Mystery Dinner. Cajun Seafood Boil and a Big Fat Greek Dinner.

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Cottonwood News: At Summit, Sonnen helps kids think about, honor veterans

After much trouble with my computer and the Internet this summer, I think I have all the bugs worked out. I hope to have an article each week from now on. I apologize to anyone who did not get their article included in my column.

Cottonwood News: Democrats to meet at Greencreek

Idaho County Democrats will be holding their election year dinner at Greencreek Community Hall this Saturday, Sept. 24. The theme this year is “Celebrating Idaho Women Who Broke Barriers.” Grangeville native, Mundek Clement-Stein, will again be the master of ceremonies and music will be provided by more local talent, the Syndicat Bros., Pete Northcutt and Johnny Henderson.

Cottonwood News: Preschool Catechesis classes offered

Fall semester for That Man Is You (TMIY), titled “A Light to the Nations,” begins at 6: a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Cottonwood KC Hall. There will be 13 sessions in the fall and 13 in the spring. This is the third year of a three-year program. Light to the Nations takes men on a journey into an important reality:

Cottonwood News: Purchase ‘Mystery Night’ tickets now

Please join Summit Academy for a night that’s “Out of This World” at this year’s Mystery Night Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Greencreek Hall. The stars will align for one lucky ticket holder to be the grand prize winner of $10,000, redeemable at any of our stellar sponsors:

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Cottonwood News: Holy Cross Church burglarized

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.

Cottonwood News: Cloud a reminder of God’s care

We spent the weekend in the mountains behind Elk City and had a great time. We found huckleberries and caught fish, so that was good.

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Cottonwood News: Summit gains nod from Boise Diocese

I hope you had a great 4th of July. The small community of Greencreek did a good job of celebrating our country’s birthday. During the day two brothers, Ray and Felix Nuxoll, were honored with Quilts of Valor.

Cottonwood News: ‘True Image’ play set for this week at Summit

May you have a grand Fourth! Let’s celebrate this great country of ours. We are so lucky to live on the Camas Prairie without the hub-bub of city life. The yellow canola fields are beautiful now, and the wheat and barley are starting to turn golden. They look beautiful also.

Cottonwood News: Tri-parish Bible school on tap

I hope all the fathers had a great day Sunday. We spent the day with family and friends in the mountains; our favorite thing to do. Haying is getting started on the prairie. Some farmers were able to get some hay in before the rain. Our family is cutting hay today, so that means I get grandkids all week!

Cottonwood News: VBS to take place at Emmanuel Baptist

Batten down the hatches and prepare to be Submerged! Join us for a week of exploring below the surface. Kids will begin their exploration each day on what lies below the surface in the deep sea by creating crafts, playing fun games, enjoying tasty snacks, singing cool songs, and learning about missions. Kids will discover that Jesus saw people for who they were deep down, not who they appeared to be on the surface.

Cottonwood News: Memorial Day services set for Ferdinand, Keuterville

Save the date: Calling all Catholic Men. The 19th Inland Northwest Catholic Men’s Retreat will be held on the weekend of Oct. 21-23 at Camp n-sid-sen on Lake Coeur d’Alene. This retreat will feature Dr. Tom Curran as our retreat master.

Cottonwood News: Uptmor wins ‘Star’ award

Wasn’t that a nice rain we received all day on Sunday? Maybe it changed your plans for the day, but everything looks so nice and green so it was worth it. It is past May 10 and my king birds are not back!

Cottonwood News: Prairie concerts are this week

Did you have a good Mother’s Day? The Knights of Columbus were very generous to give roses to all the mothers at the weekend Masses in the Tri-Parish. I got to spend time in the woods with my children, and the sun was shining so it was a good day.

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Cottonwood News: Next health walk is May 7 in Cottonwood

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day so you can take your wife or mother out to breakfast at the Knights of Columbus Breakfast at the KC Hall. They will be serving from 7-10 a.m. Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! Only a short time left to get on the map for the community yard sale. All map proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Contact Tami Quick at 983-6505 to sign up on the map. Deadline is May 16.

Cottonwood News: Yard sale is May 21

It’s time to get the cows out to pasture. With the recent rains, the pastures are looking pretty good this year. We have seen lots of cattle being trucked to pasture recently. It is about time to plant gardens also. The Says Phoebe birds are back and already nesting.

Cottonwood News: Bruner, Uhlenkott honored

Due to scheduling conflicts, Le’ Beef for the Cure on April 30 in Cottonwood has been canceled. Anyone who has purchased tickets can get a refund from the person of purchase. Tami Quick said, “Sorry for the inconvenience.”

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Tri-Parish retreat is this weekend

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Tri-Parish Spring Retreat 2016 will be held Saturday, April 16, at St. Mary’s Church, Cottonwood.

Community walks planned through May

Spring is definitely here! We worked in the yard, planted trees, trimmed the raspberries, and the frogs are croaking out in the pond. We missed them last year since the pond dried up and there were no frogs.

Cottonwood News: Mother-daughter breakfast set for April

I hope everyone had a happy Easter. We did in spite of the snow, rain, cold and even had some sunshine. The kids, and even some big kids played baseball, football and had an egg hunt. The weather was good on Saturday for the Easter egg hunt in Greencreek.

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Cottonwood News: Thirty-one shooters to compete in final week

Palm Sunday was yesterday so that means next Sunday is Easter. There is an old saying, “If you get your palm in dry, you will get your hay in dry.” So it was nice and sunny yesterday all day until evening when it rained very hard.

Cottonwood News: Women’s retreat set for monastery

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Irish Prayer: May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, may the rains fall softly upon your fields, and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. Author unknown.

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Cottonwood News: Krogh scores 22 for Summit

The Summit Academy Patriots edged out Rockland to win their first athletic trophy in the Idaho Class 1A Division II state tournament Saturday at Caldwell High. The score was 51-47 in the consolation championship game helped along by Tyler Krogh’s 22 points.

Cottonwood News: Bloodmobile in town March 15

The Bloodmobile will be at the Cottonwood Community Hall on March 15. Make plans to donate and help save lives. Call St. Mary’s Hospital for an appointment at 962-3251.

Cottonwood News: Prairie ‘Academic All-Stars’

The 39th annual parish dinner at Keuterville will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Roast beef, ham, real mashed potatoes and gravy along with the trimmings is the menu. Bingo will be played all day on the stage, and the raffle drawing for 23 prizes will begin at 4 p.m.

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Congrats to Hoop Shoot winners

I hope all of you had a happy Valentine’s Day with the people that you love. Congratulations to the first female mayor of Cottonwood, Shelli Schumacher. Denis Duman did a very good job for a lot of years. Mega kudos to you, Dennis!

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COTTONWOOD NEWS: Benefit purse auction set for March 5

The second annual Purse Auction to benefit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will be held Saturday, March 5, at the Cottonwood Community Hall. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the auction starts at 2:30 p.m. There will be a $10 per plate potato bar and drink, with all proceeds going toward the fund-raiser. You can donate a new blanket for a free meal. Donations are being accepted.

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Driver’s ed to start

We woke up to snow on the ground again this Monday morning. It has actually been pretty mild temperatures lately. We have two calves now so this is the busy time on the farm.

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Super Bowl food available

The third annual Holiday Chess Tournament was held at Summit Academy Jan. 16. Taking first place overall was George Watson with Cody Wassmuth of Summit taking second overall and Preston Ammerman of Kooskia Middle School taking third. For first-third graders, Asher Smith, a home schooler from Kooskia was first with Greta Watson of Summit taking second.

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Blood drive surpasses goal by two pints

The blood drive in Cottonwood met its goal of 70 pints plus two more. The volunteers did a great job as usual.

COTTONWOOD NEWS: Credit union meeting is Jan. 31

Cottonwood Credit Union will host its annual meeting and dinner Sunday, Jan. 31, at Cottonwood Community Hall. Registration is at 4 p.m. with meeting at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $3 per plate or donate a food item for the food bank. RSVP to the credit union by Jan. 15 by calling 962-3451, 924-0225 or 937-9877.

COTTONWOOD NEWS: St. Anthony Crab Feed is Jan. 16

We have had snow on the ground for a few weeks now. It was really pretty with the trees all frosted up. An old saying goes, “For all the hot days in summer, there will be that many cold days in winter.”

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COTTONWOOD NEWS: Grandkids number 13 in Summit’s program

Merry Christmas everyone. May the light of the Christ Child fill your heart and home with love. The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows: Dec. 24, 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s with Fr. Ruben Nuxoll; Dec. 24, 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s with Fr. Paul Wander; Dec. 24, 7 p.m. Assumption with Msgr. Andy Schumacher; Dec. 25, Midnight Mass at St. Mary’s with Fr. Paul Wander; Dec. 25, 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s with Fr. Paul/Fr. Ruben.

Cottonwood News: PES donates to newborns, families

Greetings on this snowy morning. The snow arrived yesterday just in time for us to go get Christmas trees. We had a great time playing in the snow with friends and family. Skiers are probably happy with the new snowfall on Cottonwood Butte.

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Cottonwood News: Family Advent night set for Dec. 9

The Prairie Faith Formation Program will be hosting a Family Advent Night at 6 p.m. at the CEC building on Dec. 9. We will be serving chili and cinnamon rolls, making a keepsake for advent, and much more! Everyone is welcome.

Cottonwood: KCs selling Christmas cards

The Cottonwood Saddliers and 4-H Club is sponsoring the lighted Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 13. Lineup will be at the Catholic Church parking lot at 4:30 p.m. with the parade starting at 5 p.m.

SMH to sponsor ‘Angel Tree’

St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics will be sponsoring a Christmas “Angel Tree” for families in need of help getting through the holidays. Families in need are encouraged to call Stacie Jackson at 962-2326 (days) or 962-3201 (evenings). She will confidently record child’s name, age, gender, clothing size and gift request. Gift requests should not exceed $25.

Credit union is first in scarecrow contest

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It looks like fall is here, time to get your snow tires on. The calves are weaned and are doing very well. It isn’t even too noisy around here. It is time to clean out your garden if you have not done it yet.

Education purpose? ‘To get to heaven’

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The youth group from the Tri-Parish would like to help the needy in our area through collecting canned food. They will be going house-to-house from 6-7:30 p.m. asking for donations for our local food bank on Oct. 28 throughout the Cottonwood and Ferdinand areas. They will appreciate any help in supporting the needy! Anyone who does not live in these two communities but still wishes to donate, may call the office at 962-3214 and make arrangements to leave off their donations.

Branting to present ‘maladies’ lecture

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Ladies Bible study will be starting Monday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church. This is a Beth Moore updated “Breaking Free” study.

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Piano up for grabs at Holy Cross

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The Historical Lecture Series has begun at the Monastery of St. Gertrude. These events, held on Thursdays during the month of October, provide insights into the history of our region and presentations on topics of interest to the local public. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.

‘StoryLink’ helps inmates connect

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On Aug. 3, four of us followed Father Paul to NICI to begin the StoryLink program with the inmates.

Women’s shooting clinic draws 17

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Women on Target, an instructional shooting clinic, was held at the Flying B Ranch in Kamiah.

Last summer Mass set for Holy Cross

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After the rain Saturday evening, I went outside just to look at the blue sky! It was beautiful. More rain on Sunday should have been of some help to the firefighters. The full moon was something to see also.

Awana starts Sept. 9

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Are we ever going to be rid of this smoke? I don’t remember any time that it was this bad. Let’s all pray for rain to put out the fires.

‘Had to be some heroes involved’

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The big story this week is all the fires raging in the area, especially around Kamiah.

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Train pheasants: Use horn on Hwy 162

Our pheasants came back to visit this morning. It’s fun to see them. They don’t know the danger of the highway though.

Huckleberries are few and far between

Harvest is progressing well on the Camas Prairie. On the average, most farmers are reporting yields are down from what they usually are. Haying is winding up on the west side of the prairie. It was cold this morning when we were out picking raspberries. The berries are almost finished also.

Cross-Country team participants sought

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Fun, food, hugs and smiles were enjoyed by all who attended the “original” Prairie High School class reunions of nine years (1962-1971) which was held on July 11 at the Cottonwood City Park.

Yard sale on tap for thrift store

Second Hand Treasures Cottonwood Yard Sale is July 18. It will be held in the grange building on Main Street in Cottonwood from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many new items have been added so come and see — lots of toys, books, games, puzzles and things of interest to kids. They are doing Christmas in July, so lots of decorations, etc. Other items include twin beds, a crib that makes into a junior bed, electric range, small chest freezer, dresser with a mirror, two nightstands, two TV tables, bookcase, assorted tools, fishing poles, and an electric handicap chair mounted on the wall for getting up and down stairs. Proceeds go to Summit Academy. Arnzen Drug, Purses Galore, Pure Elegance and possibly more downtown businesses will have sidewalk sales.

SGA class of ’65 gets together

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Happy 4th of July to all of you. However you spend it, be safe with fireworks and have fun. A great way to celebrate the 4th is to come to Greencreek for all-day fun. With breakfast, lunch, auction and street sports, you are guaranteed a good time. Fun for the younger set are the kiddie rides. I will make my gooseberry pie again this year.

Haying a month ahead of schedule

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COTTONWOOD — Haying is in full swing on the prairie and even in the Westlake area. This is about one month earlier than usual. The odd weather this spring is the cause of it.

Tri-Parish VBS is next week

The first day of summer is next Sunday, June 21, which is also Father’s Day — Happy Father’s Day to all fathers.

Young adults group will get together this Saturday night

Camas Prairie Young Adults: Are you looking to thrive in life and not just survive?!? Come to this kick-off event (and bring a friend) for the Camas Prairie Young Adults on June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Park.

Blood drive: June 9

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The warm weather is upon us and the kids are in their last week of school. It’s graduation time for the seniors. Congratulations to all of you as you go off to seek your fortune.

Memorial Day activities on tap for Cottonwood area

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Memorial Day services schedule: Monday, May 25, is the official celebration of Memorial Day, honoring our fallen military heroes.

KC golf tourney planned for July 11

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I hope all mothers had a happy Mother’s Day. We went for a drive in the mountains behind Grangeville.

Prairie concerts slated for May 12, 19

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The weather is beautiful as I write this morning. Flowers are blooming and the grass is green.

Community yard sale set for May 16

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We are having typical spring weather. One day it is nice and the next day it is so cold it freezes at night.

Summit screening set for April 28, 20

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The application period for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunts is open now until April 30. Anyone interested in applying for controlled hunts can apply at Fish and Game offices or license vendors with a credit card by telephone or over the Internet.

Communion servers sought

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Grangeville YWCA is holding a fund-raiser on May 2. It will be the first annual Purse Auction and dinner. It will be held at The Hangout in Cottonwood starting at 4 p.m.

Roll-off bin ready for yard waste

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Merry Christmas

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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

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


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