Vintage Youth rang in 2019 with a performance for a full-house crowd at the New Year’s Eve grand opening of The Trails Restaurant & Lounge in downtown Grangeville.

Fewer skiers visited Snowhaven Ski & Tubing Area Dec. 26 than manager Scott Wasem said has been typical for the day after Christmas, which he chalked up to visitors having to get back to work immediately after the Tuesday holiday.

Parent Cody Farmer holds a piglet that Grangeville Elementary Middle School Principal Dr. Susan Anderson poises to kiss at the Thursday, Dec. 20, assembly. Students surpassed a school fund-raising goal through the PTO and were rewarded with the pig kiss. In addition, awards were given for positive behaviors throughout the semester.

More than 200 people turned out Saturday evening, Dec. 15, for the White Bird Lighted Christmas Parade, which featured several local floats and a visit from Santa Claus on the community’s new fire engine. Along with refreshments, participants were treated to a fireworks show, courtesy of Hammer Down River Excursions.

A cold night with temperatures in the teens didn’t stop attendees from crowding along Main Street Sunday evening, Dec. 9, for the annual Cottonwood Lighted Christmas Parade.

Christmas festivites were officially ushered in last Friday, Nov. 30, at the Kooskia Tree Lighting event, organized by the chamber of commerce. Participants gathered at Kooskia City Hall for music and pictures with Santa Claus, followed by a block’s walk to A Avenue where the town Christmas tree was lit.

Cornerstone Theater performed A Twisted Fairytale last Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville. Cornerstone is a group of Christian young people who use theater to raise funds for various ministries; this performance benefitted hurricane relief.

Volunteers with Real Life Grangeville were at Pioneer Park on Sunday, Nov. 11, assisting the Grangeville Recreation Committee in wrapping trees with Christmas lighting.

It may seem a little too early for Christmas for some, but Syringa Hospice volunteers have been busy making ornaments since October. The annual Syringa Hospital Tree of Lights Memorial Service is set for Sunday, Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m., at the Grangeville Senior Citizens Center.

Sunday morning saw a dual recognition for Veterans Day, with more than 100 people turning out to commemorate the holiday, as well as White Bird’s newly constructed memorial park. “Oh God of hosts, we bow our heads and thank thee for the victories thou has granted us,” said Bob Black, post chaplain for American Legion White Bird Post 152

A good day for a brisk walk: Approximately 60 people participated last Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Walk with Kate event in Cottonwood.

What makes up a household in Idaho County? According to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACR), there were 6,400 households in Idaho County, with an average household size of 2.4 people.

A cast of characters mingled, ate and danced in the Greencreek Community Hall last Saturday evening, Oct. 27, at the Kids Klub Halloween Costume Ball. Approximately 200 people attended the fund-raising event, proceeds from which will go toward playground equipment.

Bats have long been associated with Halloween, vampires and evil, possibly due to their penchant for the nightlife and the fact that a couple species – which only live in Latin America -- actually do dine on blood. However, before you Google “bat exterminator,” you should understand the benefits of the flying mammals.

What candies bring back good Halloween memories to you or are still your seasonal favorites? “I liked Tootsie Rolls my least favorite was the popcorn balls. They seemed to be stale by the time we got them.”

“We didn’t know what kind of zoo we were getting into!” joked Monica Walker. The first year for the Idaho County Courthouse Trunk or Treat event was loaded with goodies; not just in handing out candy but also with games and activities. Event organizers had lots going on, overwhelmingly so. “We didn’t imagine it would get that big,” said ManDee Mignerey.

Scott and Cindy Godfrey invited more than 50 kids to their home on Vrieling Road last week to pick out a pumpkin at their patch. “It’s all Cindy,” smiled Scott, welcoming kids from Kinder Ready and Kids Klub on Friday, Oct. 12. Kinder Sprouts came out the day before. Cindy is the executive director of Kids Klub, Inc.

Travel delays through construction zones on U.S. Highway 12 are getting shorter, with expectations the state’s $17 million infrastructure project should be completed before holiday travelers head out for their Thanksgiving dinners.

Idaho County reported a total population of 16,300. This is according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Of this total, 7,800 were female (48 percent) and 8,400 were male (52 percent).

From scarecrows and wiener dogs to quilts and cars, this is the weekend to be out and about in Grangeville. The Grangeville Merchants Annual Oktoberfest celebration is set for this week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27, 28 and 29. Most events take place in Heritage Square.

It’s almost time for the Idaho Mini Bull State Finals. Having been here for Border Days, Olson’s Miniature Rodeo Bulls will be back in Grangeville this Oktoberfest, with 40-42 rides already booked for the season buckle finals on Sept. 29.

The seventh annual IMTUF (Idaho Mountain Trail Ultra Festival) 100-mile event was held Saturday, Sept 15, starting and finishing at Burgdorf Hot Springs just outside of McCall off of Warren Wagon Road.

It’s much more than just a good lunch at the Clearwater Meal Center. “It’s a service of the church to the community,” said site coordinator Bill Grady. Next month will mark the fourth year of operation for the nonprofit meal service at the Clearwater Baptist Church that, starting at noon on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, offers meals and time to socialize to those who come through the door.

The inaugural Clash of the Quacks softball tournament last Saturday, Sept. 8, pitted teams from regional hospitals and raised $1,000 to benefit Idaho and Clearwater counties search and rescue teams.

The chapel at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood was filled to capacity with more than 200 people attending Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, for a performance by the Gonzaga University Concert Choir. The 60-person ensemble presented a selection of pieces from historic to modern. The choir performs at the monastery every September to conclude its annual retreat at the Spirit Center.

Idaho National Guard soldiers from Grangeville, Orofino and Moscow participated in the 9/11 Memorial Moving Tribute in Lewiston last Sunday, Sept. 9.

Residents and visitors turned out along Main Street last Saturday, Aug. 11, for the parade as part of the annual Elk City Days celebration. Events included the traditional logging show, sawdust dig, and downtown evening entertainment.

This year’s grand marshal for the fair is Jeannie Fitch of Riggins. “One of my first memories were the huge vegetables my father-in-law, Woody, entered and won purple on,” she recalled. “The next is the super pigtail contest; my daughter, Julie, won longest pigtail her first year. She entered every year and won in different categories. Fun memories!”

A strong supporter of the Idaho County Fair and 4-H, Dennis Rowland said he enjoys what he does. “Especially the little kids – I really enjoy working with them,” he said.

The brainchild of former University of Idaho extension agent Mary Schmidt, the Idaho County Ambassadors made their debut in 1997. Twenty-one years later, Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman said she thoroughly appreciates the work Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors provide. “I count on them, especially during the fair,” she said. “They work hard.”

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