Grangeville Arts’ Annual Sushi Night is set for Saturday, Feb. 28, at The Gallery. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $22 per person and will include a sushi bar, Asian inspired soups and salads and edamame. Reservations are recommended with limited seating available. Call 983-2595.

Kelly Williams, admit manager for St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics, was selected as the 2014 employee of the year, voted on by all SMH employees. Williams began working for SMH in 2004.

“I love spending time with my family; they are the most important thing in my life,” Williams said. “As far as hobbies; I enjoy volleyball, camping and fishing. I also love riding horses and moving cattle.”

Her family includes husband, Wally, three children and four grandchildren.

Country singer Eric Church has been all over the U.S. touring. Something interesting: He has 26 trucks for his show. Big semis full of theatrics and props and musical equipment and people. Can you imagine seeing this production on the road? It costs about a quarter of a million dollars just to get those trucks to the concert venue. Set-up is about eight hours and takedown is two hours. Wow!

Josh Lustig, a senior at Summit Academy in Cottonwood, recently took second place at the state VFW Voices of Democracy contest. Congrats to him!

CBS News recently reported on a new app, Class120, that will let parents know if their college student is not attending class. Public college education tuition has risen nearly 225 percent and private has risen 146 percent in the past couple of decades. Although two million students enter college each year, about 45 percent do not graduate, even in six year’s time. This is largely attributed to low class attendance. So, as the parent of a college student, would you be interested in this application?

You may have seen that last week Gem Design owner Tony Ellis posted this on the business’s Facebook page: “We want to thank all of our wonderful customers for the last two years for all of your support. Regrettably, we are closing our doors. We are finishing up all of our current jobs and will contact clients as we complete them. For all of our customers’ art files we are working with Angie at Gradient Shift in Riggins to continue service. If you wish to have your files sent to you or another art house, please e-mail Tony at Again, thank you all for your support!”

To Jeff Schacher, Schacher Construction in Grangeville: If you find any wrong information in this column this week, I will give you $5. (Don’t tell him! He has to read and try to find it himself).

Learn to Spend Smart with the new class through Lewis-Clark State College Grangeville Outreach. This will be instructed by Douglas Ahrendson and is set for Wednesday, March 4, 6 to 9 p.m., at Super 8 Motel’s conference room. Super 8 and Gateway motels are underwriting this course.

Call coordinator Carla Nuxoll Wilkins at 983-2146 or e-mail

Thanks to Jim Schmidt (Asker’s Harvest Foods famous baker) who gave me a ticket for the Cristo Vive dinner on Valentine’s night. I was going to take Hailey to help serve and get some photos and Jim had an extra ticket since his wife, Carol, was in St. Mary’s Hospital (she is doing better and was supposed to be out Sunday!) The kindness was appreciated.

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