COTTONWOOD -- What a beautiful day we had yesterday. We went for a Sunday drive to the Salmon River. It was warm down there and the grass is growing. We saw a bunch of baby calves. That is a sure sign of spring.

We had a whole bunch of swans land and stay for a while at a pond near Greencreek. They were so pretty. I have never seen that many together.

March 29 was National Vietnam War Veterans Day. I didn’t know about it then, but I want to say, “Thank you for your service,” to all the veterans who fought in that war. You are all my heroes.

Congratulations to Becky Higgins who was named Mother of the Year at the Mother-Daughter Tea for Prairie High School. Her daughter, Jordyn, wrote the winning essay.

The Cottonwood Blood Drive is scheduled for April 9, at the Cottonwood Community Hall from 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. All who are present to donate in the month of April will be entered to win a lawn care package from Vitalant. An appointment can be made by either going online at www.vitalant.org or by calling Brenda Kaschmitter or Donna Quick at 208-962-3251. Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days; therefore, must continually be replenished. This year, you can make a difference. All it takes is your willingness to help someone in need and a pint of your blood. Any healthy person age 17 (or age 16 with a signed parental consent) or older and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. Valid identification is required for all blood donations.

Prairie Mountain Nutrition Board is the recipient of a $10,500 grant from The Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase two commercial refrigerators and one freezer. The Pioneer Senior Citizens will benefit from the use of these new appliances.

There will be a two-night parish mission with Richard Lane on Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5. The mission begins with an evening Mass both nights at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Cottonwood. The theme of the mission is: Prayer-Power-Purpose! Everyone of any faith is invited.

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