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Lorie Palmer

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Grangeville family embraces Hanukkah: Observers of Judaism may be minority, but Ellissa Crowl feels love, acceptance in town

When it seems everyone in Idaho County is putting up Christmas lights, singing carols about Jesus and buying Christmas presents, it’s sometimes easy to overlook other beliefs. For the Crowl family of Grangeville, observers of Judaism, Hanukkah began Dec. 6 and will end the evening of Dec. 14.

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Learning to trust God in midst of adversity: Onthank grows in faith, trust

It was a seemingly “normal” spring day 10 years ago when Cynthia Onthank sat down for breakfast with her husband, Jim, before he left for his job with Idaho Transportation Department.

Festival of Trees starts Dec. 3: Event runs Thursday through Saturday

With the theme of “Red Hot Holidays,” the annual Syringa Hospital Festival of Trees is set for this week, Thursday, Dec. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 5.

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Week One: And The Winner Is ...

Winner of the week one Free Press and Shopper Holiday Showcase Four Weeks of Christmas contest was Adam Parrish of Cottonwood who received $100 from Reflections Auto Detailing in Grangeville.

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It's Your Business: Dance recital set for this Saturday

Don’t forget to have Lunch Among the Trees this Friday, Dec. 4, noon, at the Senior Center. All adults are welcome on a donation basis.

Our kids are more than a test grade


Once again results are out for the latest rounds of state testing on our Idaho kids. The results make it seem as if our local youth need to step it up in some areas – and that is probably always the truth.

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Test scores show Idaho students have some work to do: GHS principal says tests are a guide, not final word

Idaho Standardized Achievement Tests show Idaho students may have some work to do to catch up to standards. However, looks can be deceiving, according to Grangeville High School Principal Steve Higgins.

Wishes to be granted for area seniors, veterans: Call now with requests

If you’re looking for a way to make a difference this Christmas season, Shandra Chandler of White Bird may have just the option for you.

Winter Magic: Saturday tree lighting set at Grangeville park Area towns to host events starting Dec. 4

Winter Magic tree lighting, sponsored by Grangeville Horizons Recreation Committee, is set for Pioneer Park Saturday, Nov. 28, 5 p.m.

Peer pressure can help steer youth from drugs


Peer pressure can be a good thing. You heard us right. Peer pressure can be a good thing. Maybe we should call it “peer encouragement.” Whatever the label, it can work in positive ways.

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Drug free GHS group brings its message to middle school

Grangeville High School Senior Lily Willig easily manipulated six “mannequins” last Friday, Nov. 20, at Grangeville Elementary Middle School.

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Local veterans honored at annual GHS event; Program planned by GHS senior Hailey Sullivan

“I wanted to do something to thank our area veterans,” said Grangeville High School ASB president Hailey Sullivan. “I hope this assembly helps to do just that.” Sullivan organized the annual Veterans Day tribute at GHS last Wednesday, Nov. 11.

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Blackwell is Idaho’s school psychologist of the year

Dani Blackwell may be in a small, unassuming corner office in the back of Grangeville Elementary School, but she plays a big part in lives of local kids.

Schools prepare for the worst ‘Hope for the best’

With a rash of school shootings across the United States – and recent incidents hitting closer to home in the Northwest – it’s no doubt parents may question the safety of their children locally. “Our number one concern is the safety of all our students,” said Grangeville High School Principal Steve Higgins.

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Oh, deer! Girls help young animal in distress

What started out as a leisurely afternoon horseback ride for two local girls turned into more of an adventure than they had bargained for.

New Idaho area code ‘986’ to be used in 2017

State regulators recently approved a 16-month plan for Idaho’s second area code to be implemented in late 2017. An hour after the Idaho Public Utilities Commission issued its order approving the plan, the agency that contracts with the federal government to administer the nation’s area code numbering plan, Neustar, issued Idaho’s second area code: 986. The second area code will be issued only to new telephone numbers beginning in late 2017. Idaho is one of few states that still has one area code, “208” issued in 1947.

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‘Village Shoppe’ opens on Main Street

Maryann Gulotta knows what it’s like to be a business owner. And she likes it. She and her husband, Michael, owned a Christian book store in New York for 17 years prior to moving to Idaho. For the past several years Michael has served as pastor of the Christian Reformed Church.

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A Bazaar Time In Kamiah

St. Catherine’s Fall dinner, bazaar, craft fair and Bingo was held Sunday, Nov. 8, at the church hall in Kamiah. Many area residents showed up to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a variety of activities including kids games, a raffle and silent auction. Here, women look over for sale bazaar items.

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GCF awards more than $3,500 locally in current grant cycle

“On behalf of Mrs. Stefani and Grangeville High School, I thank you for this grant award,” said GHS band president Dylan Canaday. Canaday accepted a grant of $300 from the Grangeville Community Foundation at its 2015 grant awards ceremony Thursday, Nov. 5, at The Gallery. In all, nine grants, for a total of $3,748, were awarded.

Crafty Bowl Work

Mr. W. Evans of Clearwater again sold his wares at the Harpster Craft Fair Saturday, Nov. 7. He has been making items with a scroll saw as a hobby, using a variety of different woods, for about four years.

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Fall Chore

Marc Dickinsin was busy raking leaves on Hill Street in Kamiah Saturday, Nov. 7. Brilliant colors shone along the river and through town as the day offered a little breeze to help bring down some of the colorful piles.

Help decorate downtown Grangeville Nov. 13

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.

Syringa purchases Hollopeter practice

Syringa Hospital has added to its property with the recent purchase of retiring Dr. Wayne Hollopeter’s practice, building, land and records.

MVSD 244 gets clean audit Lunch program $19K deficit

“As I have said before, you have one of the best business managers in North Idaho, which is reflective of your records,” said Presnell Gage PLLC accountant Phil Nuxoll of Lewiston.

Vacancy available on Syringa Hospital board Trustee Dave Green moving out of area

Those who have an interest in the future of Syringa Hospital and live within its taxing district may want to consider a new volunteer job.

Kooskia’s Umpqua collecting food; WB chamber sets meeting

It's Your Business

Mark your calendars: Pets Pictures with Santa will be on Saturday Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Green Acres Nursery in Grangeville. Cost for a 5 x 7 color matted photo is $10. Pet owners are also invited to bring in dog and cat food, wet and dry, litter and monetary donations. For questions call Melinda at 983-5832.

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Johns diagnosed with blood cancer; stem cell transplant saves his life

A routine physical in 2008 changed the life of Ron Johns. Dr. Wayne Hollopeter had noticed Ron’s platelets had steadily been going down for the previous few appointments and decided it would be best to send him to a specialist.

New group for area youth to meet twice a month

A new twice-monthly group for area youth, ages high school through college, will meet the first and third Sundays of the month, 4 p.m., at the Hope Center (by Crema Café) in Grangeville.

Uhlenkott joins ‘pro-love’ movement Helps start local Embrace Grace group

Aimee Uhlenkott is a Christian who is pro-life. However, she began to look at the practicality of what she believed in.

Asker’s promotion in full swing

All veterans are invited to stop by The Hangout in Cottonwood on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, for a free bacon cheeseburger, fries and drink for lunch.

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Mass Band

More than 200 junior high students from schools throughout the region gathered at Grangeville High School for Mass Band Oct. 21.

Syringa to get site selection coordinator estimates for helipad

At its regular monthly board meeting Oct. 26, Syringa Hospital Board trustees directed CEO Joe Cladouhos to get estimates for a site selection coordinator for the purpose of finding a feasible place for a helipad.

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Sweet Treat Makers

Prairie schools put on a Halloween carnival and haunted house at the former Prairie Elementary School building Saturday night, Oct. 24. Making cotton candy for the attendees are carnival night volunteers Teena Poxleitner and Dave Dousett.

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Jennifer Griffis to receive mental health advocacy award

Advocacy, awareness and desire to make positive change area all attributes for which Grangeville’s Jennifer Griffis will be honored next week.

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GHS grad tours world, starts business

“I would rather own little and see the world, than own the world and see little of it.” — Alexander Sattler LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Standout Grangeville athlete and scholar Kylie Brown Chenn has quite literally been around the world since her 2011 Grangeville High School graduation.

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Idaho child poverty rates remains at 19 percent

Idaho remained unchanged in 2013-14 in its child poverty rate which remained at 19 percent, the same for Idaho County, while several states including Mississippi, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas and Montana all saw declines in children who fell at or below the federal poverty rate. By comparison, Alaska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Hawaii, Vermont and Minnesota all saw increases in their child poverty rates.

Bird’s volunteer work ‘integral’ to students’ success

“Volunteers are sometimes the unsung heroes of our local education system,” said Chris FitzMaurice, kindergarten/first-grade teacher at Grangeville Elementary Middle School. That certainly seems to be the case for GEMS young students.

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Who let that dog out? Lewis fetches football tee at games

“The only thing that could have made that better was if that dog was a bulldog!” a fan laughed at Grangeville High School’s homecoming football game Friday, Oct. 16. “That” was Joe and Kitty Rodriguez’s dog, Lewis, retrieving the kicking tee after each kick-off and field goal.

Enrollment rises in most area school districts

Area school districts are seeing several ups and a few downs with enrollment for the 2015-16 school year. Mountain View School District 244, which encompasses schools in Grangeville, Kooskia and Elk City, saw a 59 student rise during the 2014-15 school year. Cottonwood's Joint School District 242 also saw a rise from the previous year, up 19 from last year. Riggins’ Salmon River Joint School District 243 also saw an increase of 10 students more this school year.

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Dasenbrock retires after 28 years as an EMT

After 28 years, Charlotte Dasenbrock has hanged up her EMS coveralls. “I have loved every minute of it – even in the hard times,” she said.

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Kamiah cheer squad back in the game

Ashlei Ryan is glad to be home. And she’s proving it daily.

Kingpins to play for Kids Klub fund-raiser Costume ball to raise funds for building

“We’re so excited to have such great music,” smiled Kids Klub, Inc., board member Teri Wassmuth. The Fabulous Kingpins will play at the Halloween Costume Ball fund-raiser Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Elks Lodge, 6 p.m. to midnight.

Hospice helps families in crisis Syringa Hospice only program between McCall and Lewiston

“When someone is on hospice care, hospice is available to them 24-7,” said Cindy Higgins, LSW, director of Syringa Hospice. Higgins gave an overview of Syringa’s hospice program to the Syringa Hospital board at its regular meeting Sept. 28.

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McAdow receives double blessing Thanks community for its support

Tom McAdow is now double trouble. “Or hell on wheels,” he laughed.

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Gortsema gets once in a lifetime chance to meet Olympian, star Grangeville young woman attends wedding of Amy Purdy, meets Wynona Judd

An August trip to her Uncle Brian and Aunt Eva Hoops’ home in Hidden Springs started out like many other for 23-year-old Shawna Gortsema. “I thought it was just going to be a regular trip,” she shrugged. Little did Gortsema know a dream of hers was about to come true.

Scribner, Tucker: epitome of working board members

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.

Chief Lookingglass Pow-Wow is this weekend Event rescheduled from earlier date

Previously postponed from August due to the forest fires, the 39th Annual Chief Lookingglass Celebration is now set for Oct.9-11.

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Outdoor classroom has been teaching kids for 30 years

GIRL SCOUT CAMPGROUND — Pristine beauty, rugged dirt roads and a blazing fire make for an inviting campground. Add 50 sixth-grade students, a plethora of parent, teacher and community volunteers, and it’s Grangeville’s annual outdoor classroom event, or what’s commonly called The Sixth Grade Campout.

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‘Reading buddies’ meant to instill love of literacy

Does your child get bored while reading alone? Maybe he needs a “Reading Buddy.”

Kids Klub begins fund-raising for its own building

Sometimes it takes year of planning – even nearly 20 years – for a project to come to fruition. Kids Klub, Inc., board members and staff know about that. The non-profit organization is currently researching and implementing funding options to build their one facility.