Updated May 24, 2012
School Board meets
The school board held their regular May meeting Monday, May 21. . . .
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35 to graduate Friday
There will be 35 seniors graduating this Friday, May 25 at Prairie High School. Commencement exercises start at 7 p.m. in the Prairie Junior/Senior High School gym. . . .
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Summit meeting held
About 30 people were in attendance Monday, May 21 at a meeting called by Jerry Wren, longtime teacher at Summit Academy. . . .
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Cottonwood and area history continued
What comes around goes around. All our lives we talk of or about the 1920’s or especially the 1930’s when we talk about hard times out of one side of our mouth then, in a little while out of the other side of our mouth, “Yes, by golly, those were the good old days!” . . .
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Election results
Elections results and totals for Idaho County voters are listed for last Tuesday’s Primary Election. . . .
The school district override levy passed in voting held last Tuesday, May 15. . . .
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Sigler named employee of the year
It should take no one by surprise that Dr. Ron Sigler was named the St. Mary’s Hospital Employee of the Year for 2011.  . . .
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Memorial Day services are set
The Cottonwood VFW/American Legion posts, will honor Memorial Day at the Ferdinand cemetery at 10:00 a.m., and Keuterville cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Memorial Day, this Monday, May 28. . . .
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Band earns honors at music festival
The Prairie Junior and Senior High School Concert Bands captured first place honors at the Silverwood Park Festival of Music Northwest on Saturday, May 19th. . . .
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Library News
Wow!  What a great day the Yard Sale turned out to be. . . .
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Chinese Remembering
On May 25, 1887, as many as thirty-four Chinese gold miners were robbed and killed at Deep Creek on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon. . . .
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Safe Sitter course offered
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys age 11 to 13 will be held July 16 and 17. . . .
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Two relays win at State
The girls 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams both won state championships at the 1-A State Track Meet held at Meridian Friday and Saturday, May 18-19. . . .
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Lady Pirates win 5th State Title
With an 18-2 thumping of Greenleaf Saturday, May 19 at Caldwell, the Prairie Lady Pirates won their 5th state 1-A softball championship in the past 6 years.  . . .
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Back to back and the for the 5th time in 6 years Prairie has won the 1A State Softball Championship. Front from left are Jessica Kaschmitter, Mckenzie Rieman, Savanah Prigge, Monica Lustig, Megan Sigler, MeShel Rad, Marina Evans and Ashley Cannon. Back from left are head coach Jeff Martin, Cheryl Gehring, Tanna Schlader, Amanda Dinning, Kelsey Tidwell, Taylor Nuxoll, Kendall Schumacher, Leah Holthaus, Holli Uhlorn, Andrea Kaschmitter, Emily McHugh and assistant coach Steve Wilson. Wilson has been there for all 5 championships. See below left for stories and more photos. Click on the photo for a larger view.

The Prairie girls 4x400 track team is shown after receiving their first place medals. It was the second time atop the podium on the day for this group of girls as they won the 4x200 earlier. Back from left are Keely Schmidt and MaKayla Schaeffer while in front are Shelby VonBargen and Claire Whitley. Click on the photo for a larger view. See story below left.

The Kindergartners perform at the Elementary Concert. Click on the photo to go to a page with more photos from the concert.

The Prairie Kindergarten class enjoyed an afternoon at the fire station learning about fire safety.   Mr. Holthaus talked to the kids about the importance of having a home fire escape plan and what to do in case of a house fire.  The students got to spray the fire hose and were given a tour of the fire station.  Thank you to our great volunteer firemen! Photo provided by Kristi Bruegeman. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Cindy Schumacher’s first graders from Prairie Elementary School recently went on their annual field trip to St. Mary’s Hospital.  The children were able to visit the Laboratory, X-Ray, the Emergency Room, the Operating Room and the Ambulance.  Hospital personnel showed them what takes place in each area.  The children even received a mini-cast on their fingers in the emergency room.  At the end of the tour the children were treated to juice and home-made cookies in the cafeteria.  The first graders and their teacher would like to thank Mrs. Cheri Holthaus for her continual support in organizing this valuable field trip each year.  They would also like to thank all of the employees who take time out of their busy day to teach the children about the hospital and the jobs they do.  We really enjoyed the tour and we always learn a lot!
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Prairie Elementary first graders,  Mrs. Farnworth and Mr. and Mrs. Rambo.  The Farnworths and the Rambos treated the children to a BBQ at the City Park as winners of the Box Top contest. Students at Prairie Elementary School participate in a contest each year to see which class can collect the most BOX TOPS.  The winner of the contest this year was Cindy Schumacher’s first grade class.  The children brought in  well over 2000 Box Tops!!!   Box Tops have been collected for many years and  the money raised from the Box Tops has helped fund the new playground  equipment that will be put in place at the Elementary School for the new school year.  Mrs. Schumacher would like to thank all of the children and their families for being so diligent in collecting and sending in the Box Tops all year long!!  They sent in an amazing amount of Box Tops for one class to collect!!  As the winners of the contest, Mrs. Schumacher and the first graders would like to thank the Rambos and the Farnworths for treating them to a BBQ at the City Park .  Thank you  for all of the effort you extend each year to coordinate the Box Top collections. We  are the lucky recipients of your time and generosity.  We can’t wait to play on the  new playground equipment!! Click on the photo for a larger view.

Tucker Stefan, Logan Dahlen, and Joseph Halligan in a scene from the play.

The PHS Drama department presented another outstanding dramatic production this past Monday night.  The cast entertained the Cottonwood community with a comic spoof of melodrama.  Logan Dahlen starred as Aunty Maggity, supported by the entire cast of twelve students from Mr. Eynon’s drama class. PHS Drama students (shown above):  Logan Dahlen, Martina Everson, Tucker Stefan, Drew Cochran,  Rebekah Bruner, Joseph Halligan, Rachel Falzon, Marina Evans, Nikki Gilmore, Jessica Leonard, Katerina Tillinghast,  Rosemary Trautman, Tiffany Stinson, Rin Kim. Click on the photos for larger views.
The morning coffee crowd were patiently waiting outside for the power to come back on last Tuesday morning. Photo by Donn Clark.

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