Updated December 13, 2012
Parade is Sunday; Choir to lead caroling
Just a reminder that the 10th  annual lighted Christmas Parade is this Sunday, December 16th. . . .
Come one! Come all Christmas Carolers to sing carols during the Light Parade on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. . . .
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Cottonwood Council meets
The Cottonwood City Council held their regular December meeting Monday, Dec. 10. . . .
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Riener writes from Africa
GREETINGS FROM AFRICA! Here is an update of my adventures since leaving in July. . . .
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Therese Schmidt is artist of the month
Presenting Artist of the Month, Therese Schmidt. . . .
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Ski Scoop
The hill has had some upgrades during the off-season and would like to take a moment to thank Scott Ross-Graves Creek Construction, Roy Schumacher-Intermountain Machine, Cottonwood Lions Club, Cliff Tacke, and Pacific Cabinets. We are just waiting for more snow! . . .
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More 150 Year Story books arrive
The second shipment of the “150 years  Our Story”  has arrived at the Historical Museum of St. Gertrude. . . .
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Megan Wilson is employee of the month
It didn’t take long for the St. Mary’s Hospital Customer Service Team to decide on naming Megan Wilson as the December Employee of the Month. . . .
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Hospital Emergency Fund; Winter yoga series planned
Back in 1999 the St. Mary’s Hospital Mission Committee under the direction of Sr. Stephanie Wardle set up an Emergency Fund to help our patients who are in most need. . . .
Want a reason to get out of the house during the long winter months; consider attending the nine week yoga class sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital. . . .
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Loosley Knit weaves together support and service
On most Thursday evenings, in the St. Scholastica parlor of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, Sisters and lay people gather at 7:00 p.m. to work on knitting and crocheting projects, share ideas and receive feedback, and simply socialize. . . .
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Library News
The Library will be open Saturday the 15th. From 10 am to 1 pm. . . .
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Grazing conference set
The ninth annual North Central Idaho Grazing Conference will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at the Williams Conference Center on the campus of Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston.. . .
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Pirates split league games
The Prairie Pirates split a pair of league road games this past week as they lost at Troy Friday, Dec. 7, 40-54, then won a thriller in overtime Saturday, Dec. 8 at Genesee 63-62. . . .
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Lady Pirates split league games; Idaho County Shootout is Friday
The Prairie Lady Pirates split a pair of league games this past week, defeating Troy 45-33 on Tuesday, Dec. 4, and then losing to Lapwai 36-41 on Thursday, Dec. 6. Both games were at Cottonwood. . . .
The 4th Annual Idaho County Shootout, Sponsored by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department, is set for Friday, Dec. 14 at Grangeville High School and will feature Grangeville vs. Prairie in boys and girls basketball action. . . .
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Wrestlers do well at Kamiah meet
The following are the results of the Prairie Wrestlers from the mix and match duals at Kamiah Tuesday, Dec. 4. . . .
There are also photos from the Potlatch Tournament on this page. . . .
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Summit teams each split
The Summit boys and girls basketball teams had a similar week. Each defeated the Grangeville JV's in a home doubleheader and then each lost league matchups at Nezperce. . . .
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Letters to the Editor
On this page are letters to the editor that appeared in this week's print edition of the Chronicle . . .
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Jerry (J.D.) Riener of Ferdinand is shown playing with Zambian children and working in a field. He is currently with the Peace Corps in Zambia. See story above left.

Maiah Wilfinger and Pixie Jones were the November attendance winners at Prairie Elementary School and got to each lunch with principal Rene’ Forsmann at The Hangout. Photo by Rene’ Forsmann.

On Thursday December 6th, 3 more Cub Scouts were awarded their Bobcat badges.  Colton McElroy, Tristyn Leonard and Dallas Lindsey were honored at the Pack meeting.  Allen Lusby led the ceremony by turning out the lights and lighting a single candle.  He explained to the boys how every time they gain knowledge they are shedding more light on the darkness.  He encouraged all the boys to continue gaining knowledge and work hard on earning more badges.   Belt loops and pins for bowling and citizenship were handed out, along with Veterans Day and Flag Retirement patches. Shown in the photo are, Back row from left: Ken Forsmann,  Jonna Robb and Herb Lindsey. Front row: Colton McElroy, Tristyn Leonard, Dallas Lindsey. Photo provided by Aleta Coppernoll. Click on the photo for a larger view.

It is a tradition in much of Europe that on December 6th in the wee hours of the morning Sinter Klaas and his helpers visit each household and fill the children’s shoes with treats. Somehow Sinter Klaas found his way to the Prairie Elementary School this year.  The students were told there was to be a shoe inspection and they were to leave their shoes by their locker after school December 5th.  Sometime during the evening, Sinter Klaas filled each shoe with a bag full of goodies.  Sinter Klaas carries with him a large book of children names.  Good children receive treats, not so good children receive coal.  Since all of elementary school students received treats, we know all of our students were good this year.  But we already knew that even without Sinter Klaas’ book of lists. (Written by Lydia Deiss, photos courtesy of Rene’ Forsmann.

Kade Perrin and Sky Wilson finished constructing this trophy case for the main floor at Prairie High School. The students are in the Technical Design class. They learned processes involved in designing and manufacturing cabinets, as well as giving back to the school. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Levi Lusting and Lucas Arnzen have completed a computer desk for the Cottonwood Community Library. the materials were donated by Pacific Cabinets. The students learned the processes involved in making European style cabinets in the Technical Design class. Levi and Lucas were happy to help out the library. They have also been involved in making other cabinets. Click on the photo for a larger view.

Andrew Geis, Malachi Baca, Austin Sonnen and Jonathan Williams completed a pair of cabinets for Prairie Jr. High for storage of books in their Technical Design class. The materials were donated by Pacific Cabinets. The young men learned the processes involved in making European style cabinets, as well as giving back to the school and community. Click on the photo for a larger view.

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