Parish Dinner set for Sunday
Treat the entire family to a hearty dinner at the Keuterville Hall with the St. Mary’s/Holy Cross Dinner and Raffle.  Sunday, February 14th is the date for this annual event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   
Roast beef, ham, and real mashed potatoes and gravy top the menu with green beans, tossed salad, fruit, and mouthwatering, homemade rolls and desserts rounding out the meal.  You won’t find a better value anywhere with prices set at $7 for adults, $3 for grades 1-6, and kindergarteners and younger eating for free!
If you can’t get yourself to Keuterville, don’t forget that you can ask someone to bring the dinner to you!  To-go orders are readily accommodated.
We’ll be playing bingo on the stage all day, and the raffle drawing for 26 prizes begins at 4 o’clock.
The question of how to celebrate Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank is easily answered this year with a delicious meal at Keuterville.  Don’t miss it!

Come to the Parish Dinner
By Delbert “Clem” Nuxoll
Another year has turned to the month of February, which brings us to the time that Holy Cross and St. Mary’s parish of Cottonwood have their annual parish dinner at the Keuterville Hall.
The meal prices are the same as last year, $7 for adults, $3 for grade school kids (1-6), and the little kids eat for no money at all!
This year it will be held on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. when the winners are drawn in the raffle.  The good people here are so generous in these prizes--the biggest this year is $250 cash.  The second prize is ½ hog cut and wrapped, and 5 more $100 prizes next, for a total of 26 chances to win all together.  
This is six more than we used to have in times past when my old partner in crime George Gehring and I were selling these tickets.
George and I used to sell anniversary rings for 25 cents, but we only allowed people to buy 3 or less as our supply was limited.  
After paying the quarter or 50 cents, we would hand them an old school bell to ring by hand. 
We had many laughs over this, and the person that had just donated a quarter or more to the church laughed with us!
Some of the men’s wives that had gone ahead of them in line were asked by their husbands to come back and buy a ring.  Then the husband got another laugh from it.  
Some of those that were caught in this even sent their friends up to buy a ring also.  When those eating heard the bell ring, they got yet another laugh from this.
The second year this did not go so great.  So George says, “Let’s sell them a 7-course chicken dinner next year.”
Since George worked at Lewiston Grain Growers, he could get a lot of dead grasshoppers.  
The next year when a person bought this 7-course chicken dinner for 25 cents, George would hand them a small roll of waxed paper which had inside it one dead grasshopper and one kernel each of corn, wheat, barley, pea, oat, and one other grain.  This, too, brought out many laughs.  
When the late old man George Seubert saw the two of us sitting at the table, he walked way around us.  He was the only one that I know of who didn’t enjoy our joke.  
George Gehring has been dead for several years now, but I still laugh at our fun.  George’s wife, Merna, who has helped with the dinner for countless years, is nursing a foot injury this year, so if you do not see her smiling face, you know her excuse.  
So folks, mark your calendars and plan to attend this good day, visiting with friends, and some of those people you don’t get to see very often.
Bring your valentine (wife or girlfriend), but don’t bring both unless they really get along good!
Delbert “Clem” Nuxoll lives in Keuterville with his wife and has authored two books.

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522


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