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Lorie Palmer

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Batter up: Key revamps baseball bleachers

Kolten Key’s senior project may have turned out to be a little bigger one than he first imagined. “It definitely took a lot of time – about 160 hours in all,” he acknowledged. The project, a mandatory activity for graduation, requires at least 20 hours. Key took on revamping the GHS baseball bleachers. This included removing all the rotten boards and hardware from the two bleacher stands, painting the frame, staining and painting the boards and replacing everything.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Message in a bottle

Waves crashing and water stretching up on the sand led to a discovery by a local man. A message in a bottle washed ashore from the Salmon River near Twin Bridges and was found Oct. 26 by area resident Bryan Lowe.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Mystery Night draws large crowd of 350-plus

A lightbulb-laden chandelier, candle-lit tables and a stage, dressed as a big red barn front, greeted attendees of Summit Academy’s Mystery Night Saturday, Nov. 4. More than 350 people attended the Denim and Diamonds event, which celebrated Summit’s 20th anniversary and annual gala fund-raiser. Food, drinks, games, live and silent auction items, as well as visiting with friends, were all part of the evening’s activities. Musick Auction and Sons provided the auctioneering. “Howdy y’all – hope you’re havin’ a great time tonight,” drawled “Willie Nelson” (also known as Summit teacher Michael Rehder) as he shoved a leftie behind his ear and took a swig from his flask.

November 8, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Voters choose new faces for city councils

- Mayor races go to Lester in Grangeville, Mireles in Stites - White Bird Council race a tie for Lowe, Sand; Mager, Alley elected - Cottonwood council races go to Sigler, Holthaus, Guyer - Grangeville council races go to Winkler, Grant, Canaday - Stites council race goes to Shannon, Jackson

November 7, 2017 10:22 p.m. read more..


Idaho Force All Stars: Cheer squads perform shows locally; plans to compete

What’s sweet and sassy and really loud? It’s the Idaho Force All Stars and they’re in it to win it. Area residents who have been to Grangeville High School football games this season have viewed the large group of girls cheering and dancing during halftime. Coach Cedar Rose offers cheer practice four days a week and currently has 47 kids enrolled in the program between the ages of 5 and 18.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


GHS Fall Concert

Grangeville High School’s concert band, concert choir and Varsity Blue choir performed in its first concert of the school year Oct. 26. The groups are instructed by new music teacher Merrill-Lee Rasmussen. Pictured here in the band is freshman Reece Wimer.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Homes tour:Residents, visitors invited to go on driving, walking tour of turn-of-the-century Grangeville homes

Are you interested in the history of Grangeville homes? Grab some friends, hop in the car (or go by foot if you’d like the exercise) and go on the “Turn of the Century Homes” tour in Grangeville. “A brochure was last completed about 27 years ago, but we’ve now updated that and it’s ready for the public,” said Annelle Urbahn, who has helped get the new brochure updated and out. The Urbahn House, 204 E. South First Street, which was built in 1910, is one of the homes on the tour.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Trio brings gospel flavor to Grangeville

“We don’t like to just blow into towns and blow out,” said Korey Kemp. “We want to make a difference in the name of Jesus Christ.” Kemp is the lead man in Allegiance Trio, which performed at the United Methodist Church (UMC) to a crowd of about 100 people Monday, Oct. 16, along with members Jake Sammons and Corey Lackey.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Annual Harpster craft fair, lunch set for Saturday

Are you looking for a taste of old-fashioned fun? Check out the 29th annual Harpster Community Craft Fair and Lunch this Saturday. The event will be held at the Harpster Community Building Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 208-983-1436 for details.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Halloween Story Time at Grangeville Centennial Library

Grangeville Centennial Library held a Halloween party for kids during story hour Oct. 25. More than 40 children attended, along with parents, for snacks, stories, a costume contest, pumpkin and face painting. Here Librarian Angie Norman (AKA Wonder Woman) reads to children.

November 1, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Schmidt retires from Asker’s after 38 years

Jim Schmidt won’t be rolling in the dough anymore. At least not at Asker’s Harvest Foods. After 38 years on the job, Schmidt recently retired as the store’s baker. Schmidt grew up in Seattle and attended Shorecrest High School. He went to baking school at community college, but it was a previous experience with a neighbor that solidified his desire to bake.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

MVSD seeks to partner with patrons for budget solution

“It’s like losing your job and then trying to figure out, ‘OK, what do we do now?’” said Mountain View School District (MVSD) 244 superintendent Marc Scheibe. Scheibe, along with school district business manager Becky Hogg, and director of special programs and curriculum Cody Weddle, met last week to visit about the district’s budget for 2018-19 as well as future years.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Idaho Force All Star Halloween Party Fun

More than 100 parents and children attended the first Idaho Force All Stars Halloween party at the Elks Saturday, Oct. 21. Children participated in a costume contest, games, had food and danced. That night, the cheer group also sponsored an adult Halloween party.

October 25, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Beckman joins GHR as administrator

A familiar face has taken over at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Ryan Beckman is the facility’s new administrator. “I grew up in these halls, running around here when my parents worked here,” he smiled. He is the son of Bob and Betty Beckman of Grangeville.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Cash and Carry Field Trip

Cash and Carry’s Myrissa Gates gives a tour to Grangeville Elementary Middle School students who were recently learning about their communities and neighborhood businesses.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Bolan is new Ferdinand veterinarian

Dr. Elizabeth Bolan’s parents may have never expected their daughter to end up in Idaho, but that dream was in her head long ago. “I always wanted to live in the mountains,” she smiled. Bolan is the newest member of the Ferdinand Veterinary Clinic.

October 18, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Sunrise Espresso offers variety of drinks, menu items

“You have to enjoy and love coffee to have a good coffee shop and serve a good cup,” smiled Alison Stahl. “I love coffee.” Stahl opened Sunrise Espresso at 914 West Main Street (behind P1FCU and the Free Press and across from Zip Trip) Aug. 2.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Ruzicka makes blankets for rehab residents

A group of residents at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation (GHR) will be a little warmer this winter, thanks in part to Grangeville High School senior Mikayla Ruzicka. Ruzicka helped nine residents make fleece blankets as part of her senior project. “I had a car wash to raise money for the fleece this summer, and then the residents helped tie the blankets,” she said.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Group forming on emergency services issue

A discussion group regarding local emergency response services is in the works thanks to Syringa Hospital board member Jim May of Kooskia. “I believe our local emergency service groups, QRUs and EMTs, are suffering due to a lack of volunteers,” May said at the regular Sept. 26 board meeting.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


SPPS Animal Blessings

In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father John Gathungu offered animal blessings for the pets of Sts. Peter and Paul School families Wednesday, Oct. 4. Father Gathungu is the priest at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in Grangeville.

October 11, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


GEMS PTA Jogathon Bubble Run

The Grangeville Elementary Middle School PTA’s annual jog-a-thon was held Friday, Sept. 29, at the school. Elementary students participated in a bubble run while middle schoolers had the color run. Funds raised will go toward PTA projects to benefit the school during the year. Even Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Marcus Scheibe got in on the bubble run, held on a perfectly-blue-skied day with just enough wind to make the bubbles fly.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Schaeffer joins GHS as special ed teacher

Is it a new student? A visitor? No, it’s a teacher! “I have been mistaken for a visitor or a friend of a student,” laughed Taylor Heitman Schaeffer. Schaeffer is the new face of special education at Grangeville High School. She replaces Sally Payne who retired in May.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

Oktoberfest Scarecrow Contest Winners

(Top, left) Best of Show Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest scarecrow contest winner is Seasons Restaurant; (top, right) Funniest Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest scarecrow contest winner is The Idaho County Free Press. Here, Free Press Editor David Rauzi interviews his scarecrow likeness. Second-place winner is U.S. Bank with KORT Radio in third place; (bottom, left) Most original Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest scarecrow contest winner is Ace Home Center, pictured with creator Barbara Adkison. Second-place winner is Umpqua Bank and Crema Cafe is in third; and (bottom, right) Scariest Grangeville Merchants Oktoberfest contest winner is Irwin Drug, pictured here. Second-place was Super 8 and third was won by The Establishment. In all, there were 16 entries.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Smiles

Heather Slichter of Grangeville holds her dog after it crossed the finish line in the annual Oktoberfest Winer Dog races. Results were not available as of press time Tuesday. More than 12 dogs raced as a crowd of bystanders watched the canines scramble toward their owners.

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Fun Run For A Cure: Flamingo Fun Run 2017

Despite some drizzle and cool temperatures, more than 100 people gathered for the annual Flamingo Fun Run Saturday, Sept. 30, during Grangeville’s second annual Oktoberfest event. This year’s run was organized by Grangeville High School senior Kate Lutz and proceeds will go toward helping find a cure for SMA (spinal muscular atrophy).

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Syringa Clinic Pharmacy is open for business

The convenience of accessible care in one location has come to Grangeville. Syringa Hospital and Clinics is now home to a fully operational pharmacy. Syringa Clinic Pharmacy, owned and operated by Cardinal Health, is located next to the clinic (inside).

October 4, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Avista Open House

Did you get to the Avista energy conservation open house at the Grangeville Senior Center last Wednesday? It was great. Very informative, good demonstrations and information as well as excellent food. In addition, Avista had a great bag of giveaways which included a plug-in timer, socket insulators, weather stripping and light bulbs. (Top, left) community health worker Renee Stevens takes blood from a visitor for an ACL test; (top, right) Levi Westra with Avista explains the timer for lights and other devices; (above, left) Avista gave out free items; and (above, right) Stephanie Duclos with A Taste of Art caters.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Oktoberfest jam-packed with events

Fall has begun, and what better way to start the season than Oktoberfest? The Grangeville Merchants second annual Oktoberfest event will start this Friday, Sept. 29, with the Syringa Clinic Community Block Party, 4 to 6 p.m. “This is our opportunity to thank the community for their patience and support during our renovating process,” said clinic manager Michelle Schaeffer.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


‘Free Little Library’ up at Irwin Drug; Effort is Russell’s senior project

A walk on the Boise Greenbelt last spring changed the course of Hailey Russell’s senior project. “I was leaning toward planting trees, but when I saw this little library on a walk with my sister, I knew it was something I wanted to do,” said Russell, 18, Grangeville High School. Last weekend, Russell’s own Free Little Library was placed on the wall of Irwin Drug, facing Heritage Square.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Rasmussen is new face of music in Grangeville

A passion for music has led Merrill-Lee Rasmussen on a road that has brought her to Grangeville High School and Middle School. Rasmussen is the new music teacher for Grangeville schools, grades six through 12. Born and raised about an hour outside of Seattle in Roy, Wash., Rasmussen graduated from Bethel High School.

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Fiscus Farms

“You just have to figure it out – I didn’t really want to be retired and sitting around eating potato chips and watching Oprah,” laughed Tresa Shearer.

September 26, 2017 11:27 a.m. read more..


Students invited to local career fair Oct. 12

Is your student confused about what to do with his future? Or perhaps your student has definite plans about what she wants to do following graduation. No matter the answer, part of the equation is the upcoming Career and Community Fair.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Giddings: ‘ICSO was represented’

In response to a story in last week’s Free Press that reviewed the August Syringa Hospital board meeting, Sheriff Doug Giddings commented on a portion of the story.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Moms invited to join bimonthly MOPs, MomsNext groups

Are you a mom who’s looking for a way to meet friends and connect within your community? MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MomsNext may just be the answer you’ve been looking for. “Any mother in our community and surrounding towns is invited to join,” explained organizer Sarah Musick of Grangeville. “This year we expanded our group so we can welcome even more moms by adding in MomsNext. It’s like MOPS, but is designed for moms with school-age children. We wanted to include moms of older kids.”

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


GHS Spirit

Grangeville High School seniors (L-R) Kelsey Pilant, Marie Hauger and Blake Courtney get into the homecoming spirit on the parade float Friday, Sept. 15.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Fishing For GHS Homecoming Points

Grangeville High School juniors (front to back) Justin Fogleman and Blake Darr were fishing away as part of the GHS homecoming skit for the “Jaws Juniors” on movie theme day Thursday, Sept. 14. All students participated in daily dress-up themes, class skits, cheers, games and parade.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Norco gives $500 to GCF

“We appreciate Norco’s commitment to the community and the Grangeville Community Foundation [GCF],” said GCF board member Mary Jahn. Grangeville’s Norco store manager Randy Fischer presented a $500 check to board members Wednesday morning, Sept. 6.

September 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Gonsalves joins Mann Mortgage

Need mortgage help? Zach Gonsalves is at your service. In the Real Estate business for the past decade, Gonsalves is a loan officer for Mann Mortgage, working in Idaho and Lewis counties.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Grangeville man invents Polymule cart

After a year of design and engineering and more than 980 hours of 3D printing, Dennis Draleau came up with an invention to be proud of. Draleau is the founder and inventor of Polymule, Inc. He began his start-up company in July 2017, but his love for all things mechanical started long before that.

September 13, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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