White Bird News: Fireman’s Ball on tap for Feb. 9

Toni Baker 983-7701 toni_wbrodeo@yahoo.com

WHITE BIRD — We’re into the final week before the “big” holiday. Everyone is busy with visitors coming in, making those great goodies and, of course, dealing with this weather. Hope all of you are staying safe.

Many happenings going on in our little town so let’s get started. On Dec. 24, Canyon House will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for those last-minute shopping needs. They have some great things that would make wonderful gifts, so go check it out. Also on the 24th, the candlelight service for the Pleasant View Baptist Church is at 6 p.m. Time has been changed. If you are still in need of that hard to buy for gift, remember the library has the 2017 calendars for sale and each sale helps with their fund-raiser, too. Cost is just $10 per calendar.

Do you have a lot to do before the holidays get here and need help, you can bring your gifts by the SR Outreach Center. Jenny, along with the help of Santa’s elves, will wrap the gifts for you. This will go until the 23rd. Contact Jenny for more information.

SR Outreach Center is now open in the annex next to the IOOF Hall. Hours will be posted weekly in the window. Be sure and follow the Facebook page for upcoming events. More information can be had by contacting Jenny.

This last weekend came alive with the lighting contest being held and, of course, the lighted parade. Many braved the bitter cold to watch and participate, keeping warm with hot chocolate, hot dogs and other goodies in the park. We appreciate all the help from the community for having the goodies available. Winners of the lighting contest were, 1st-Bonner and Darla Brumley; 2nd-Mike and Wendy Kunkel; 3rd-Bill and Connie Schuck; 4th-Doug and Beth Plagmann, and 5th –Billy and Millie Wisenor. The Canyon House won for best business. Thanks for all your participation and the pretty displays.

The lighted parade took place downtown, with many braving the cold. We were down a little in entries and the crowds, but everyone had a blast. There was only one winner for this event which was Hoot’s Auto (Steve and Shawn Smith). Great job to all. Also, the White Bird Rodeo Queen, along with Border Days and Riggins Rodeo royalty was there. Thanks Bella for representing the White Bird Rodeo.

Dec. 31: Are you looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? The place to be will be at Hoot’s Café. Dinner will be served from 5-8 p.m., with your choice of New York steak, prime rib and baby back ribs all with salad bar included. Music will be provided by Joaquin, Verna and Dave starting at 8 p.m. Soft drinks, coffee, beer and wine will be available at the back bar. “Everyone is welcomed, Happy New Year and see you there,” Hootie has been heard saying.

Upcoming events are Jan. 8th, the White Bird Gun Club will begin with their winter shoot. Junior shooters are especially welcomed. Call 839-2653 for information on this. Practice shoot on Saturdays. Come and join last year’s Camas Prairie champions as the shooters start another season.

Jan. 12 will be the White Bird QRU training class. The fees will be paid by the QRU and they need you to register for this training. Contact them at whitebirdqru@gmail.com to provide your name and other information. Help others and your community. The QRU is staffed by volunteers and supported primarily by donations. Without volunteers the QRU cannot continue.

I would like to apologize to Tom Schwartz who turned 92 on the 14th as he was not listed in the birthdays. Hope you had a great day! I want everyone to know that I use the community calendar for the birthdays and anniversaries, so if you are not listed on this, then you need to call (983-7701 or e-mail me) if you would like to be listed. I only have a certain amount of resources and that’s why I rely on the community to help me out. Everyone has been great at getting information to me and I really appreciate this.

Birthdays for this week are Mariah Harvey, Eloy Pineda, Chelsey Fanning, Kyle Meacham, Amelia Fehrenkamp, Nina Sundgren, Amanda Williams, Pat Swallow, Victor Early, Jacki Gordon, Molly Stowers, and Kaci Yoakum. In Memory of are: Georgia Maynard Dawson and Ralph Dawson.

Anniversary wishes go out to Jack and Lorene Lees and Bruce and Nancy Dreher.

I am sure that most have heard of the passing of Dave Wilson. Prayers go out to the family for their loss. Please remember to hug or say, ”I love you” to that loved one, as things can change in an instance and you may not get a second chance to do so.

Tidbits: I would like to thank all the people of White Bird for taking me under your wing and bearing with me as I took on this adventure of writing the news for the paper. I have and probably will continue to make mistakes, but that is how we all learn. Keep your ideas and news coming!

Enjoy the holidays, be safe and remember to give your family members a hug, kiss or just any act of kindness. Pass your spirit on to those less fortunate. Merry Christmas to all!

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