Updated April 19, 2007
$233,000 override sought
Cottonwood School District will be seeking a $233,000 override levy this year to meet operating expenses for the 2007-08 school year. The amount was approved at the April meeting of the board Monday, April 16. . . .
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11 earn straight A's at PHS
Eleven Prairie High School students had perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the third semester of the 2006-07 school year.
They were Senior Shayla Dalgliesh; Juniors Sarah Arnzen, Jessica Gehring and Doris Whitley; Sophomore Emily Lerandeau; and freshmen Andrew Gabica, James hager, Alena Hoene, Derek Schaeffer, NaTosha Schaeffer and David Sigler. . . .
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Blood drive set for May 2
Once again it is time for the Red Cross Blood Drive. As most of you know, it will be coming to Cottonwood on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 from noon to 6 pm.  . . ..
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Education contest winners named
There were 44 entries that placed in the Catholic Daughter Court DeSmet Education Contest. All winners were sent on to the State Catholic Daughters contest and 13 of our local entries won 1st place at state. . . .
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More Fire department history
Continuing the history of the Cottonwood Fire Department as they approach the celebration of their 100th year. . . .
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Art workshop set
Area artist Rick Weholt will present an introductory workshop covering opaque watercolor techniques on Saturday, April 28.  The class, entitled “Great Gouache”, will take place at the Craigmont Community Hall in Craigmont, next to the city park.  The hall will be open at 9:30 and the class will last from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  A donation of $20.00 payable at the door will go to support the Prairie Art general fund. . . .
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Dillards take first place
Nolan and Kevin Dillard took 1st Place at the Regional History Day competition, Group Exhibit, Junior Division. . . .
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Pirates lose wild one to Kendrick
The Prairie baseball fell behind by 9 runs, came back to tie the score, but then lost anyway, 14-16 to Kendrick last Thursday, April 12. . . .
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Lady Pirates win 6 games
The Prairie softball team swept 3 doubleheaders last week, beating Sandpoint, Timberline and Genesee to run their winning streak to 8 games. . . .
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Girls win team title at Kamiah meet
Tabitha Sonnen won both the 100 and 300 hurdles while Nicole Nida won the 100 meter dash to lead the Prairie girls track team to the team title at an 11-team meet at Kamiah Thursday, April 12. . . .
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P.A.V.E (Prairie's Active Volunteer Effort), formerly known as Pirates in Action, is working hard to help improve our community. Last weekend, a group of willing students got together to paint the bleachers at the middle school baseball field. Other projects have included decorating the hospital during holidays, a hat and mitten drive, and painting the staff room at Prairie High School. So keep your eyes open because we are hoping to leave our "mark" in the community. If you have small projects you would like help with, please contact Lydia Deiss at 962-3901. Shown from left to right: Amber Holthaus, Kyle Daly, Kara Guyer, Chelsea Long, Regina Seubert, Conner Rieman, and Rachel Kaschmitter

Shown are local winners in the Catholic Daughters Education Contest. In the top photo are the Prairie Schools winners. In the second photo are the first place winners from Summit Academy. In the third photo are the second place winners from Summit. In the bottom photo are the winners from Sts. Peter & Paul School in Grangeville. For ID's and more info on the categories they won in, see story above left.

D. Ariel Whitley of Cottonwood and Prairie High School was honored on April 9 as a Boise State Capital Scholar and received a $1,000 renewable scholarship based on academic achievements for matriculation to Boise State University. The Capital Scholars program recognizes high school juniors and selection is based on college entrance examination scores and class rankings. (Photo by Carrie Quinney, Boise State University).

First graders visited St. Mary's Hospital last week. The children were able to visit the operating room, x-ray, the lab, the ambulance, emergency room and even the cafeteria, where they were treated to cookies and punch. The students received a “mini” finger cast in the emergency room. The students and teachers would like to thank Cheri Holthaus for organizing the tour and for being a great tour guide along with Brenda Kaschmitter. They would also like to thank all of the hospital employees who took time out of their busy day to allow us to visit the different areas of the hospital. We really learned a lot! In the top photo the whole group shows off their finger bandages in front of the hospital. In the second photo Jared Sonnen and Jayce Huling are taking turns using the stethoscope to listen to each other’s hearts. In the third photo Angie Ahlers demonstrates the blood pressure machine on Molly Schwartz’s wrist. In the bottom photo First graders are attentively listening as Pat Forsmann tells them about the operating room.

On Saturday, April 14, Tyler Kelly Motors in Lewiston held the 2007 District Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. Drew Cochran, top photo right, received a third place medal and Dakota Wilson, top photo left, a 2nd place trophy in the Webelos group. Hunter Chaffee, pictured in the middle in the top photo and by himself in the middle photo, received the first place trophy in the Tiger Cubs group and then took third overall against the other group winners, receiving the larger trophy he’s holding. Certificates were also awarded for car designs. Hunter’s Spiderman won the “Judges most favorite.” Dakota’s Flames with pipes the most unusual and Drew’s hot dog was “best car but not a car.” 
Students meeting their third quarter accelerated reading goals were treated to an ice cream party in recognition of their reading achievements. Students were even able to select their favorite toppings to make a yummy treat. Reading is delicious!! In the photo Mrs. Schumacher’s first graders show off their yummy ice cream creations.

There were twenty-five adults and teens on the pilgrimage to Greece, The Greek Isles, and Turkey.  There were twenty-two from Cottonwood. Accompanying us was Father Flores from Diocese of Boise and Patrick and Wendy Kurdy our travel agents from Boise.  The key point of the trip was to follow the footsteps of St. Paul.  However, we were blessed while in Ephesus, Turkey to visit the home of the Blessed Mother and apostle St. John who took care of her after the death of Jesus.  We also got to visit the Island of Patmos, Greece where St. John was exiled and during this time he wrote; “The Book of Revelations.” While on our tour we saw many exciting places; ancient ruins, beautiful landscapes, the true Greek image of homes made of white stucco with blue trim, small and large cities, museums, and ancient history galore. The trip will long be remembered by all of us.  We would like to thank the community for all their prayers and fund-raisers that made this trip possible.  The top photo shows the group at Ephesus, Turkey. Back from left are Ingrid Mader, Patrick and Wendy Kurdy, Mary Shears, Alex Richardson, Joe Lustig, Justine Mader, Marilyn Uhlenkott, Della Gehring, Chase Nuxoll, Father Flores, Denise Nuxoll, Justin Stubbers, Amber Nuxoll and Mike Nuxoll. Middle from left: Lauren Duman, Lori Mader, Jessica Gehring, Brandon Poxleitner, and Britney Gehring. Front from left: Nick and Cherie McDonough, Kaylee Uhlenkott, Kelsey Marker, Christa Wilson and the guide. In the bottom photo is the same group on their ship Aegean Two with the Sea Diamond in the background. The Sea Diamond sank a week after the group returned home, close to this spot off the coast of Santorini, Greece. 

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