Brown Bag historical presentations continue each Wednesday through September in Grangeville. Programs are held at the Bicentennial Historical Museum, 305 N. College, Grangeville, noon to 1 p.m. All are invited to these free events and are encouraged to bring along a “brown bag” lunch. Today, Wednesday, Aug. 24, Myrna Crane of Grangeville will share a diary-journal story with a few twists.
It was a bright, sunny, happily-chaotic morning on the Grangeville Elementary Middle School playground the first day of school, yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 23. Parents were taking photos as students hefted new backpacks full of supplies. GEMS PTA was ready with a photo board for parents this morning and fifth grader Emmie Told had her picture taken by mom, Katie, before class.
The 40th annual Chief Lookingglass Powwow was held at the Wa’A’Yas Community Center in Kamiah Aug. 19-21. Hundreds of American Indians gathered to participate in traditional dances, drumming, name-givings, memorial celebrations, giveaways, meals and basketball tournaments. This young dancer was participating in an inter-tribal dance Saturday night, Aug. 20.
Festival of Trees: no more
The first week in December will look a lot different in Grangeville this year. “The [Syringa] Foundation met and agreed the live auction for Festival of Trees is no longer receiving strong community support,” reported Syringa trustee Twila Hornbeck at the Aug. 22 board meeting.
“The light bulbs throughout the district are being replaced to more efficient fluorescent bulbs,” reported Mountain View School District 244 director of technology Joe Rodriguez. Rodriguez filled in for superintendent Kent Stokes at the July 18 board meeting. Rodriguez said the current bulbs are 32 watts and will change to 18 watts, which “should be a significant savings cost.”
To help implement ‘more teaching time’
Grangeville Elementary Middle School patrons will notice some difference in GEMS schedules this school year. “We have had some challenges not unique to GEMS, but affecting many elementary schools,” said principal Dr. Susan Anderson.
Delayed last year due to excessive fires and smoke throughout the area, Kamiah’s Chief Lookingglass Powwow is back with a force. This year, the event marks its 40th anniversary and it set to take place this weekend, Aug. 19, 20 and 21.
There’s No Place Like Home at the Idaho County Fair, and residents are invited to attend the annual event starting today, Wednesday, Aug. 17.
Are you ready to have fun in our little town? The Grangeville Merchants Association is organizing Oktoberfest 2016 in downtown Grangeville, set for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Board implements roof replacement
Fairgoers will notice some major improvements at the Idaho County Fair (Aug. 15-20) this year. However, they might have to look up to do so.