Veterans will be honored this weekend at the annual Benewah County Veterans’ Day Dinner.

The event starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the St. Maries Elks Lodge. As always, there is no cost for veterans and their families who attend.

Jim Shubert, Tim Hall, Jeanne and Dean Johnson invite area veterans to the Benewah County Veterans Day Dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.

Jim Shubert, Tim Hall, Jeanne and Dean Johnson invite area veterans to the Benewah County Veterans Day Dinner at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12.

The Elks Lodge and American Legion Post 25 take turns sponsoring the dinner each year. During Sunday’s meal, Jim Shubert will be the guest speaker. He will show a PowerPoint presentation on a former St. Maries resident Clyde Pangborn.

“He was a 1917 graduate of St. Maries High School and was the first one to fly, non-stop, the entire Pacific Ocean,” Mr. Shubert said.  “I have photos of him growing up in St. Maries. He was also a member of American Legion Post 25 when he made the flight.”

Families who attend the dinner should bring a salad or dessert to share. The main course will be provided.

“The Elks have been a great supporter of local veterans,” Dean Johnson said.

“For a number of years,” Mr. Shubert added.

All veterans are invited to attend. Veterans do not have to be a member of the Elks Lodge, the American Legion or any other group to attend.

“We want veterans and their families and widows of veterans to attend,” Mr. Shubert said. “Come enjoy a meal as well as spend time visiting with others.”

Call Mr. Shubert at 582-1372 for more information.

These events aren’t anything to boo at.

They all promise a scary good time and fun for children and adults alike.

Several activities are scheduled throughout Benewah County to celebrate Halloween.

Aubree Hebert, Cason Kalberer, Easton Harvey, Paislie Welling and Uriah German are geeting excited for trick-or-treating.

Aubree Hebert, Cason Kalberer, Easton Harvey, Paislie Welling and Uriah German are geeting excited for trick-or-treating.

St. Maries

Benewah Community Hospital will once again open its doors for Fright Night. Free admission for all, the event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. There will be tons of games, contests, tons of candy, a photo booth, food and more. Those who come should enter through the main entrance at College Avenue.

Families are invited to attend a spook-tacular party Saturday, Oct. 28, hosted by the UpRiver Saddle Club. The party, which will take place at the St. Maries Elks Lodge, is from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be games, a cake walk at 7 p.m., a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight and a costume contest with prizes for the best costume in three age groups (11 and younger, 12 to 17, and 18 and older). There will be a live auction and a face painting booth as well. The cost to attend is $7 per adult, $5 per child or $20 for a family. Money will help the saddle club build a new clubhouse at their arena near Santa.

The St. Maries Library will keep its doors open after hours Halloween night. The library will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, for a craft, guessing game, photo booth and best costume awards. All are invited to swing in for some fun.

St. Maries children can trick or treat with their hometown Lumberjacks during “Trunk or Treat” from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. St. Maries high school students will hand out candy and decorate their cars and trucks in the parking lots of Blue Goose Sporting Goods and the Eagles lodge. There is no cost to attend, and the public is welcome.

(From right) Kaley Auer, Carson Humphrey, Toby Young, Kaylee Nelson and Samantha McNulty show off their decorated cars, which will appear at ASB's "Trunk or Treat" event Oct. 31. Children in St. Maries will be able to meet with their favorite Lumberjacks as they gather candy and look at the group's decorated cars.

(From right) Kaley Auer, Carson Humphrey, Toby Young, Kaylee Nelson and Samantha McNulty show off their decorated cars, which will appear at ASB’s “Trunk or Treat” event Oct. 31. Children in St. Maries will be able to meet with their favorite Lumberjacks as they gather candy and look at the group’s decorated cars.

The Friends of the St. Maries LDS Ward invite children to trunk-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday,  Oct. 27, at 201 S. 23rd Street. Vehicles will be decorated and lots of candy will be available to trick-or-treaters. There will also be a chili cookoff for adults. Call 208-245-2224 for more information.

Plummer

The Benewah Medical and Wellness Center invites area families to a Halloween party from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. All activities will take place at the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Wellness Center. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. There will be trunk-or-treating in the back parking lot, a fun run/walk, games, contests, lots of candy and a movie as well. The event is free and is open to all ages.

Benewah Valley

The Benewah Valley Association and the Ladies Home Demonstration Club will sponsor the Benewah Valley’s Halloween Party at the community center. The event starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and promises fun for the whole family. There will be soups, games, candy, a bonfire and more. Those who attend are encouraged to wear a costume.

Fernwood

Once again, the UpRiver PTO has organized a Halloween party. It is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Pulled pork will be served for $4 or have a hot dog for $3. Lots of games are planned inclyding rock monster, bean bag toss, Wheel of Fortune, ghost bowling, tic tac toe, fish pond, dime toss, ring toss, a cake walk, a haunted hallway and more. The costume contest is at 6 p.m. and is for all ages (0 to 4, 5 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to adult). First place is $20, second is $10 and third is $5. There will also be a pumpkin decorating contest at 6 p.m. for all ages. Bracelets cost $5 and are good for all the games excluding the dime toss and cake walk. Individual tickets are 50¢.

Emida

The Emida Secret Sisters invite children and their parents to enjoy a ghoulishly good carnival from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. There will be lots of games, a costume contest and a cake walk. Donations for the cake walk are welcome. Tickets for games will be 25 cents or buy a package (25 tickets) for $5. Following the carnival, the UpRiver Youth Group will host a dance for youth ages 8 to 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tensed

The city of Tensed will host a Halloween party for area children from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Tensed Community Center.  There will be a pumpkin decorating contest, games, treats and a bake sale. Everyone is invited.

Worley

The Worley Fire Department invites community members to walk through their haunted house if they dare. The haunted house will be open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the firehouse in Worley. Admission is $1. Hot dogs will be served Oct. 31.

Calder

A carnival is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Calder School. There will be a costume and pumpkin contests, a haunted cake walk, and tons of games. Pizza and drinks will be served at the kitchen.

Harrison

One Shot Charlie’s will the annual Pumpkin Carving Party from 5:30 to 8:30 tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 26. It is a family-friendly event. There will be prizes for the top three adult winners and top three children’s winners. Carving materials and stencils provided. Pumpkins are judged by the crowd. A movie will be shown at 6 p.m. There will also be popcorn served. The full dinner menu will be available and those that bring in a canned food item for the Harrison Food Bank will save $1 per can.

A local man’s military service will be honored with a trip to Washington, D.C. Oct. 23.

Bill Barden, a veteran of the Vietnam War, was selected for a seat on an Honor Flight. Twice yearly, branches of the Honor Flight Network around the country honor veterans of past conflicts by sending them to the nation’s capitol.

“I filled an application and sent it in,” he said. “They called me Sunday and said they had one seat left on the place and if I want to go.”

Bill Barden will take his place on an Honor Flight Oct. 23 to honor veterans of past wars. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he will take part in a full-day tour of Washington, D.C. courtesy of the Honor Flight Network.

Bill Barden will take his place on an Honor Flight Oct. 23 to honor veterans of past wars. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he will take part in a full-day tour of Washington, D.C. courtesy of the Honor Flight Network.

Mr. Barden served during the Vietnam War as part of the Army Corps of Engineers from 1966 to 1969. During his tour he spent one year in Vietnam itself, where he helped to build a modern roadway from an airfield at Cam Ranh Bay north to the city of Nha Trang – a 30-mile road that provided a vital link for cargo and troops taking part in the war.

“The road that was over there was about like a bicycle path,” Mr. Barden said. “We went in there and built a two-lane road just like the one that goes up the Joe.”

The road Mr. Barden helped build is still in use today and is a major arterial for residents and tourists alike.

The honor flight will take Mr. Barden and his fellow veterans on a on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The trip will include a tour of many important memorials, including the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and more.

Mr. Barden said that he is most looking forward to seeing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, a 246-foot black stone monument bearing the names of 58,318 service men and women who were listed as missing or killed in action during the war.

“I want to see the wall,” he said. “There were a number of young guys from here that never went home. Raymond Finley, the Hanson kid, and plenty more are there. I’m glad I get a chance to go.”

An event that has grown every year since its inception will mark a decade.

The 10th Annual Harrison Oktoberfest is next month. It will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Harrison City Park.

It is sponsored by the Harrison Chamber of Commerce and draws people from all over the area, including Canada and Spokane.

The Harrison Oktoberfest celebration marks its tenth year Saturday, Oct. 7. Teri Riberich says the event continues to be a success.

The Harrison Oktoberfest celebration marks its tenth year Saturday, Oct. 7. Teri Riberich says the event continues to be a success.

Teri Riberich has spearheaded the event every year.   The purpose of the event is to bring people into Harrison and bring the community together. It also helps extend Harrison’s season. The historic and quaint backdrop of downtown Harrison and Lake Coeur d’Alene make for the idyllic Oktoberfest setting as well.

In addition to breweries showcasing their craft beers, there will be live music, food and children’s activities. The event will take place rain or shine. Vendors interested in a space and anyone who wants to help volunteer with the event should call 582-2341.

Coinciding with the 10th anniversary, there will be an open house at the Harrison Fire Station as part of the events to commemorate the fire that destroyed the early town of Harrison 100 years ago. The fire station is celebrating its 30-year anniversary.

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Emida Celebrates Saturday

The second annual Emida Days celebration returns Saturday, Sept. 23.

A fun run, breakfast, flea market, parade, children’s carnival, logging events, talent show and dance make up the day’s festivities at the Emida Community Center.  The events are being organized by the Emida Secret Sisters.

emida days

“Last year’s event were really well,” Tara Fuller said.  “Even though it was raining we had a great turnout.”

The fun run, which is free, kicks off the day followed by breakfast. The cost is $5 a plate and the menu includes biscuits and gravy, sausage links, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee.

The flea market opens at 11 a.m. Vendors are still welcome to reserve a space by calling 208-245-0788. The parade is at 10 a.m. Awards will be given out, including best overall float. The children’s carnival starts at 11 a.m. and will offer a variety of games, including bean bag toss, duck pond, fish bowl, balloon pop and more.

Drifter’s will have hamburgers and hotdogs for concessions and the Potlatch VFW will have carnival food available, such as elephant ears and more.

The logging events are at 1 p.m. and are for children through adult. Cost is $5 to enter. There will be bit and nail drive, crosscut, axe throw and choker race. Overall trophy will be given to the top child and adult competitors.

There will be a talent show at 5 p.m.  For entry information, call 208-245-4107. Beginning at 8 p.m. there will be a dance with live music. Jam Shack will perform. The cost is $5 per person and only those 21 and older may attend.

Mrs. Fuller said the event helps them raise money for maintenance and improvements at the Emida Community Center and is also a time for the community to come together.

Amanda Quincy said Emida Days is the largest fundraiser this year to help keep the building open and available for use to the public.

“This is the center of the community,” Mrs. Fuller added.

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