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Lorie Palmer

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Red Sky At Night

Frozen teasel is silhouetted against a brilliant sunset recently on U.S. Highway 95 in Grangeville.

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Mr. GHS

Marissa Kennedy’s senior project went off without a hitch even though it was held last Friday the 13th. Senior Morgan Pilant was named Mr. GHS 2017 at the first Mr. Grangeville High School Scholarship Pageant.

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Maggie and the sea turtles: Chmelik takes on mission to help save Georgia sea turtles

White many high school students focus their senior projects on a local cause, Grangeville High School’s Maggie Chmelik decided upon a project of more national importance – and a family tradition of sorts.

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Fifteen take top honors in local PTA Reflections arts contest

With a theme of “What is Your Story?” Grangeville saw a large percentage of its students enter the 2016-17 PTA Reflections contest. “There were 123 entries this year,” said Genny Lutz, Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA volunteer, who has organized the program for many years.

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‘Late’ baby is still county’s first for 2017

Although baby Trevor Ray made quite a late entrance for his parents, he ended up being right on time to be the first baby born in Idaho County for 2017. Tim Dreadfulwater and Rae Daun Storey welcomed their baby son, Trevor Ray Dreadfulwater, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, 2:22 a.m., at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood.

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Mr. GHS Scholarship Pageant set for Friday

Grangeville High School senior Marissa Kennedy is out to prove pageants aren’t just for girls. As part of her senior project, Kennedy is organizing the “Mr. GHS Scholarship Pageant.” This event is set for Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m., in the multipurpose room.

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Stenzel joins Central Idaho Properties

After 21 years with Bud’s PowerSports in Cottonwood, Todd Stenzel is ready for a change.

Distinguished effort noted for CV school

Kooskia elementary honored with national award

Clearwater Valley Elementary School is working hard to offer quality education to all of its students. This was made evident through the recent announcement of a national award. CVES (Mountain View School District) and Rulon M. Ellis Elementary of the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District are the recipients of The National Title I Association Distinguished Schools Program Award.

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Eighth grader makes quilt for science teacher

A recent bit of difficult news made Grangeville Elementary Middle School eighth grader Kaylee Doughty spring into action. When she found out her beloved science teacher, Mr. Mark Willig, had been diagnosed with cancer and would not be returning to the classroom, she made a decision.

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SHIBA volunteers available to assist with Medicare, insurance questions

Two financial counselors at Syringa Hospital to help

Have you been struggling to figure out what Medicare supplement to add or what insurance benefits are available? Syringa Hospital has two ladies ready and willing to help locals. Financial counselors Sue Little and Alissa Bunch are SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) trained volunteers who offer a variety of information and advisement.

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Wasem pens historical book on McComas Meadows

McCOMAS MEADOWS – The area of Harpster known as McComas Meadows played an important part in the formative years of Eldene Wasem and she decided to preserve that history for generations to come.

Taking care on ‘big step’

Use of Force policy discussion continues for MVSD 244

“If the [firearms[ policy were to come to a vote tonight, I could not support it,” said Mountain View School District 244 trustee Jeremy Harris of Grangeville. Harris spoke about the MVSD 244 Use of Force Policy that had its third reading at the Dec. 19 school board meeting.

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Christmas past: A glimpse at former letters to Santa

Soon the Free Press will present its annual “Letters to Santa” section. Readers look forward to the fun-filled and sometimes lengthy lists as well as the other details second and third graders from throughout the county offer up to Santa Claus.

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Cards? Letters? Photos? County residents weigh in on what they like for Christmas mail

“Hello. My name is Lorie Palmer and I like to write Christmas letters.” That’s right, form Christmas letters that I copy and send to 50 people. These letters give all the highlights of our family’s year, as well as the struggles we have gone through. They are filled with photos of us as well as our pets. These letters may very well be the only correspondence I send to friends and family members-afar each year.

Fund-raiser breakfast to help Arnzen attend conference in D.C.

Have breakfast made for you on New Year’s Day and help a local student to boot.

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Song Of Good News

Sts. Peter and Paul School students put on their annual program Thursday, Dec. 15. The first through fourth grade put on the play “A Baby is Born,” directed by teachers Amber VanGunten and Jenna Murdock. Here, the Angel Gabriel (Ruby Willis) announces the Good News during performance practice Thursday morning.

Why I want a ‘perfect’ Christmas

Guest Opinion

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.

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Best of Both Worlds

Kazellas mix Hungarian, American traditions

Though Christmas Eve isn’t until this coming Saturday, Dec. 24, the Kazella family has already had a visit from St. Nicholas, or “Szent Mikulas.” “In Hungary, children leave their shoes in the windowsill on Dec. 5, and when they wake up on 6th, their shoes are filled with treats – candy and small toys,” explained Ildi Kazella.

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Let’s Talk About It book series to focus on food; First meeting set for Jan. 17; books available

Chase those winter blues by grabbing a book and discussing it with a group of peers.

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4 Weeks of Christmas: Week Three Winner

Tara Ross of Cottonwood is the week-three winner for the “4 Weeks of Christmas” holiday showcase.

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Sounds Of The Season

Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Activities Director Amy Farris planned a tree lighting event at the facility for Friday evening, Dec. 9. Residents and visitors enjoyed the lighting of the patio as well as music by Kelly, Susan and Jerry Johnson, hot cocoa and visiting. Assistant activities director Marilyn Deardorff spent time singing and dancing with delighted residents, as well.

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Mammoth Bucks

Grangeville chamber works to keep money in community

Are you having a difficult time thinking of a Christmas gift for your employees? Grandpa? Your favorite neighbor? Look no further. Mammoth Bucks are here.

GHS school-wide survey helps with accreditation process

'The overall results have been positive'

Have you ever felt your opinion didn’t matter? As part of its ongoing accreditation process, Grangeville High School is out to remedy that. Principal Steve Higgins has been going over the results of a recent all-school survey that has included parents, staff and students.

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Food bank seeks to meet seasonal needs in region

Putting meals on table:

We’re all thinking of the upcoming yummy holiday treats. However, in the midst of personal blessings, there are also great needs within the community.

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Chair For Rugged Idaho

More than a year ago, Irwin Drug owner Chad Jungert started a fund-raiser to purchase an all-terrain wheelchair for Grangeville High School graduate and avid sportsman Tom McAdow. More than $6,000 was raised and McAdow was able to obtain a new all-around wheelchair as well as a chair rugged enough for hunting and fishing in the backcountry. (L-R) Jungert and McAdow are pictured here in Heritage Square parking lot in front of McAdow’s truck.

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Food Bank Donation

The Grangeville High School HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) donated $450 to the Camas Prairie Food Bank Thursday, Dec. 1. Money was raised from the sales of Camas Prairie Shoot-out T-shirts. The group donated half the proceeds to the food bank and will use half the funds for their year’s activities. Pictured (L-R) are HOSA advisor Tracy Baune, Mountain View School District 244 nurse, HOSA vice-president Chloe Dame, HOSA secretary Kaitlynn Spets, HOSA treasurer Sarah Fischer, HOSA president Jillian Stinnett, and Camas Prairie Food Bank volunteers Carlene Whitesell (manager), Bonnie Austin, Pat Matthews and Carol Schmidt.

Syringa board approves phase 2 construction bid

Syringa Hospital board of trustees has met, made decisions, gone over reports and worked on the hospital’s strategic plan several times in the past few months. Some news from those meetings includes the following:

Syringa works on strategic plan

‘As the strategic plan goes on, it’s a good time for this type of outreach’ — CEO Joe Cladouhos

As Syringa Hospital works on its strategic planning process for a CEO transition and possible affiliation with Kootenai Health in 2017, the board met again Nov. 29 with consultant Lorraine Roach of Montana. Roach spent the day going over information with the trustees, administration, department heads and medical staff, brainstorming as well as discussing health care trends and area statistics.

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Memorial program honors loved ones; Proceeds go to Syringa Hospice

“I thank you for being here today for a chance to remember those who have made indelible marks on our lives,” said Dr. Danny Griffis. Griffis spoke to the attendees of the 2016 Syringa Hospice Tree of Lights Memorial service at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center Sunday, Dec. 4. More than 75 people attended the event which is held each year to honor loved ones who have died.

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Andrews take helm of Pleasant View Baptist

Though Mike and Debbie Andrews were literally headed to the other side of the United States in August, God had other plans for the couple. Mike is the new pastor at Pleasant View Baptist Church in White Bird, replacing Charlie Stefani who recently retired.

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Small business consulting available at no cost from Ida-Lew specialist

Ida-Lew Economic Development Specialist Jessaca Austad is adding to her workload. The Grangeville-based businesswoman is becoming certified to serve as the Idaho Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) agent for Idaho and Lewis counties. “It is a job that really complements what Ida-Lew has to offer,” Austad explained. “It’s a very good partnership.”

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Christmas Luncheon

Seniors and others from throughout the region were treated to a special Christmas luncheon at Grangeville Senior Citizens Center Friday, Dec. 2.

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Sticking Around School

Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA treated kids to a “duct taping celebration” Wednesday, Nov. 30. Students had a goal of raising $10,000 in the all-school fund-raiser; they actually sold more than $15,000 worth of merchandise. Students who sold items had the fun of duct taping GEMS Principal Dr. Susan Anderson and teacher/assistant Brittany Stewart to the gym wall.

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Annual bazaar to include children’s business fair this year; Local kids offer handmade items

Look for a new twist to this year’s Holiday Gift and Food Fair set for this Saturday, Dec. 3, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. It will be held in the multipurpose room and hallways. Bridget Barela has organized the Camas Prairie Children’s Business Fair with handcrafted items completed and sold by local children.

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Like a rolling stone...

Mundt gathers no moss, keeps busy with rock art hidden across county to discover

“Rocks were here long before us, and they’ll be here long after us,” said Rita Mundt of Grangeville. “They represent strength and permanence.” What began as simply a hobby for Mundt has turned into more of an art form – though she is the first to admit she is “not an artist.” “I’m a doodler,” she laughed.

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4 Weeks of Christmas: Week One Winner

Week one winner for the “4 Weeks of Christmas” holiday showcase giveaway is Brianna Kaschmitter of Grangeville. She is pictured here with GreenAcres owner Russ Lindsley, who provided a $100 gift card to GreenAcres for the first week’s prize. Kaschmitter plans to use the winnings on some landscaping at the new home she and her husband are currently building outside of town.

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Little Red Hen Tales

Cornerstone Christina Learning Center’s 10 students in preschool and kindergarten presented the play “Little Red Hen” at the Grangeville Church of the Nazarene Friday, Nov. 18.

Ten named as county’s top 4-H’ers for 2016

What does it take to succeed in 4-H? Ask the 2016 Idaho County Achievement Award winners who were recently announced. Junior winners are Ryan Alter, Aliyah Pineda and Chloe Rowland. In the intermediate category are Aidan Acton, Oliva Klapprich and Paige Lindsley. Senior honorees include Nicole Blackmer, Te-Moak Charley, Rachel Kelley and Hope Mcintire.

Shop local on Small Business Saturday (...and the rest of the year)

Editorial

Let’s remember our local businesses not only on Small Business Saturday, but the rest of the year, as well.

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COAST offers local transport service for elderly, disabled

Do you know of someone elderly or disabled who may need some help with transportation in Idaho County? COAST Transportation may be the answer for them. COAST provides public transportation throughout Latah, Nez Perce, Clearwater and Idaho counties.

Pink Donation

On behalf of Border Days Royalty and Committee, 2017 Border Days Queen Rachael Stevens and Princess Micaela Farris of Grangeville donated $462 to the Eagles Aerie 539 cancer fund. The money will be used to help local people who have expenses related to cancer.

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GC library welcomes new directors; GCL hires Norman, Waite

Grangeville Centennial Library is full of some new as well as familiar faces. Coming on board recently as library director is Angie Norman while Michele Waite is the assistant. Aides are Sandra Aiken, Hannah Rauzi, Dani Brooks and Candace Williams.

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Dancing Days Gone By

Dorothia VanHouten of Cottonwood was one of 22 dancers to perform for the residents of Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation Monday, Nov. 14.

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Veterans have ‘a story to tell’

“Today we pause to remember not only those who died, but those who came home,” said retired Marine Larry Adams. “Those who more than once have had cause to ask themselves, ‘What’s worth fighting for?’”

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‘The People’s Tree’ makes Grangeville stop en route to D.C.

‘So honored to host the Capitol Christmas Tree here’

“We are so honored to host the Capitol Christmas Tree here,” said Jody Baxter, Grangeville-based smokejumper, from the podium at the Grangeville Senior Citizens parking lot.

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Hospice works on personalized ornaments; Memorial service set for Sunday, Dec. 4

It may seem a little too early for Christmas for some, but Syringa Hospice volunteers have been busy making ornaments for several weeks now.

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Wassmuth home holds decades of history

In the basement of his house, the overhead water pipe holds the history of decades of hunts through paper and wire Fish and Game tags. The wires of the yellowing paper tags are twisted around the pipes and include the names of Larry and his three sons.

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Eimers surprised with afterschool program award

Chandra Eimers has spent 16 years immersed in the afterschool consortium of Idaho County. On Friday, Oct. 28, she was rewarded for that unwavering commitment. “Chandra has been an amazing asset to local after-school programs,” said Michelle Cushing, North Idaho Regional Coordinator, Idaho Afterschool Network, who attended the event to honor Eimers.

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Giddings narrowly wins county sheriff race

28 of 28 precincts reporting

By a slim margin, Idaho County voters chose to retain incumbent Idaho County Sheriff over challenger Carlos Martinez in Tuesday night’s Nov. 8 general election. - Other results: Dist. 7, local decisions

West North remains open to two-way traffic for now

'We will revisit it' - Joe Cladouhos

Regarding the Syringa Hospital request to the Grangeville City Council in July to make West North Street a one-way street to allow for diagonal parking, the hospital decided to rescind its request for the time being.

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