Peanut party set for Saturday in Keuterville; NRA banquet to be held Feb. 10
Don’t forget, the NRA Banquet and Fund-raiser is set for Friday, Feb. 10, at the Elks Lodge in Grangeville...
244 Use of Force Policy:
After months of work, meetings and review, the Mountain View School District 244 Use of Force Policy has gone back to the drawing board – at least for another month. Superintendent Kent Stokes, along with clerk Becky Hogg and director of curriculum Cody Weddle, worked on condensing the policy and presented that shorter version at the Jan. 17 board meeting. The new draft is at three pages while the original was nine pages.
CPA said hospital is ‘shining star’
Following the announcement of a $57,577 loss for fiscal year 2016 for Syringa Hospital and Clinics, board trustee Twila Hornbeck of Grangeville had a question for CPA Carl Swenson. “What should we be watching for – do you see any areas of concern?” asked Hornbeck at the Jan. 24 regular board meeting.
This year it will provide a interactive white board
Kids Klub, Inc., in Grangeville recently received a grant in the amount of $4,000 from Umpqua Bank and its Community Giving grant program.
ACE Home Center in Grangeville is a hopping place of activity, and that will be especially true Friday, Feb. 10.
“Are we helping kids as effectively as we can?"
“Academically, each year the kids seem to come in a little less prepared,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes at the monthly trustee meeting Jan. 17 during his regular report. Stokes said the state education standards have “changed dramatically,” and a good portion of students entering kindergarten are not as prepared as they need to be.
If you ask Thelma McCain Weeks if she’s impressed with the accomplishment of living to 100 years, she’d tell you it’s not that big of a deal. “I just lived,” she shrugged.
Almost 2-year-old Jordan Schumacher was all eyes at the Grangeville versus St. Maries basketball games at Grangeville High School Saturday, Jan. 21. She was there to watch big brother, senior Patrick Schumacher, play for the GHS varsity boys team.
For the second year in a row, Partners Inspiring Community Health (PICH) will offer a variety of upcoming events for local kids. “Our mission is to promote health and wellness within the community through various educational events, programs, and presentations,” said Kirstin Jensen with University of Idaho Extension.
Mountain View School District 244 will stick to status quo and plan for a 2017-18 levy in the same amount as the previous four years: $2,663,246. The supplemental levy vote is set for March 14. Last year’s levy barely passed with 50.5 percent of voters in favor while the previous year’s election passed with 58.4 percent of voters in favor.
The Grangeville High School cheerleaders were given $100 donation from the Grangeville Eagles Aerie No. 539 to help with cheer camp costs. Pictured are (front, L-R) Jillian Hausladen, Eagles member Shirley Crane, Victoria Williams and (back, -R) Hunter Robinson and TJ Wiltse.
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.
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.
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.
Frozen teasel is silhouetted against a brilliant sunset recently on U.S. Highway 95 in Grangeville.
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.
After 21 years with Bud’s PowerSports in Cottonwood, Todd Stenzel is ready for a change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Have breakfast made for you on New Year’s Day and help a local student to boot.
Tara Ross of Cottonwood is the week-three winner for the “4 Weeks of Christmas” holiday showcase.
Chase those winter blues by grabbing a book and discussing it with a group of peers.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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:
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.”
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.
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.
'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.
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.
Seniors and others from throughout the region were treated to a special Christmas luncheon at Grangeville Senior Citizens Center Friday, Dec. 2.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let’s remember our local businesses not only on Small Business Saturday, but the rest of the year, as well.
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.