Nov
5
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Get Your Weekend’s Worth

Don’t let the change in weather fool you, we’re still here — and we’re still playing. There’s something for just about every interest happening in town this weekend.

Catholic Bazaar Friday

An annual tradition, organized by a local church, continues this week.

The Catholic Ladies Bazaar is Friday and promises all the regular favorites with a few special twists.

Members of the St. Mary's Immaculate Catholic Church in St. Maries, including Barbara Ross, Nancy Turner, Father Jerome Montez, Judy Zook and Marsha Habberstad are preparing the annual Christmas bazaar.

Members of the St. Mary’s Immaculate Catholic Church in St. Maries, including Barbara Ross, Nancy Turner, Father Jerome Montez, Judy Zook and Marsha Habberstad are preparing the annual Christmas bazaar.

The event, open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benedictine Hall, features a soup and salad luncheon for $5. This year’s raffle includes numerous gift certificates for local businesses, a Jack Crane Memorial Quilt by Mary Lou Andersen and various other goodies. Other offerings include a bake sale, gift shop and rummage sale.

The event is organized by women of the local parish as a fundraiser to support both church and community projects and programs.

Annual SM Library book sale Saturday

Looking for a good book at a great price?

Don’t miss the Friends of the St. Maries Library’s Annual Book Sale Saturday, Nov. 7. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Maries Public Library. For the best selection, be early.

Hundreds of books will be for sale during the Friends of the Library's Annual Book Sale at the St. Maries Public Library Nov. 7. A few special items will also be sold including a McGuffey's Reader's Set held by Linda Foxworth and historic Lifetime magazines held by Laura Allen.

Hundreds of books will be for sale during the Friends of the Library’s Annual Book Sale at the St. Maries Public Library Nov. 7. A few special items will also be sold including a McGuffey’s Reader’s Set held by Linda Foxworth and historic Lifetime magazines held by Laura Allen.

Laura Allen said the number of books that have come in for the sale as “unreal.”

“There are boxes and boxes of books,” she said. “Books are $1 for hardcover and 25¢ for paperback. You can buy a lot of books for $5.”

Ms. Allen said residents in the community make the sale possible by donating books throughout the year for the sale.

“We really want to thank the community for its support. All the money we raise from the books they donate goes back to them,” she said.

In addition to the annual book sale, they group has a number of books for sale year-round in the basement of the library.

Linda Foxworth said from the sale in the basement and the annual sale in November, the Friends net an estimated $1,500. She said the November sale has “grown tremendously” in the past few years.

A few special items will also be sold that will be priced differently. There will be several historic Lifetime magazines for sale that were printed during the era of World War II. An older reader set for children distributed by McGuffey’s will also be sold.

All money from the sale supports programs at the library and programs in the community, Mrs. Foxworth said.

With last year’s money the group was able to fund two performances from Idaho Shakespeare Theater for the Youth at the elementary and middle school, a Shakespeare workshop for high school students, Radical Rick at the summer reading program, donate to The Paperhouse school supplies program, provide two story kits to the library, purchase a work station and a set of die cuts for the library, purchase books to be given to children at various library events; sponsor a grant; and support the summer reading program, Dr. Seuss day and more.

Donations for the sale may be taken to the St. Maries Public Library during normal business hours: Monday noon to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays noon to 5 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SM Wrestling Club Hosts Home Tournament Saturday

With all of the sports fans in town, it is not unusual for the St. Maries High School gymnasium to be filled. But this weekend it will be overflowing with athletes – joined by their spectator counterparts – as St. Maries will be the site of a North Idaho Wrestling League tournament.

Organizers expect as many as eight teams and 400 wrestlers, ages four to 14, to participate in the event. Wrestling starts at 8 a.m. with the pre bantam class, and admission is free. The St. Maries tournament is the third in a four-event series of the NIWL’s fall season.

Kody Watkins pins his opponent at a 2014 North Idaho Wrestling League tournament. Photo courtesy of Harvey Photography.

Kody Watkins pins his opponent at a 2014 North Idaho Wrestling League tournament. Photo courtesy of Harvey Photography.

“This weekend at St. Maries is the last tournament before the championships in Sandpoint,” Coach Josh Harvey said. “And that’s what we’re ultimately getting ready for.”

St. Maries traveled to Priest River Oct. 31 where 21 of the 31 wrestlers who participated earned podium finishes.

“We did great at Priest,” Coach Harvey said. “As a team, we keep getting better.”

Jaxson Moore and Rustle Brusseau earned first-place finishes in the bantam class. Joel Burris placed second, and Harley Turner and Aiden Yearout took home third place for St. Maries. Kelby Harvey and Kristoffer Brusseau each placed fourth in their weight classes, and Seth Taisey, Canon St. John and Lynden Thompson also participated in the bantam division.

Wrestlers who placed in the intermediate brackets include Brock Barta and Jaemen Harold with first-place finishes; Jack Barta, Kody Watkins, Brock Anderson and Kieson Watts earned second place; Gage Green and Trenton Riberich each brought home fourth place for St. Maries, and Landon Tweedy, Zeke Watts, Jerrett Brebner and Luke Berkshire rounded out the rest of the intermediate class.

Ethan Kolar and Roan Ford each placed third, and Scott Sotin placed fourth in the novice division.

Dylan Sotin took first place in the middle school bracket; Shaun Anderson and Gabe Thomas rounded out the middle school bracket with second- and third-place finishes, respectively.

JoJane Barta, Jace Turner and Dalton Swisher competed in the bantam class.

Nov
4
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Mottern Calls it a Day

A person sees a lot of things when he spends nearly three decades with the same employer.

Turns out, he does a lot of things too.

Bruce Mottern described his time spent with the Idaho Department of Lands as being a jack of all trades, master of none. In addition to fighting fire, Mr. Mottern served as engine boss, engine/dozer strike team leader, fire investigator, an instructor and heavy equipment operator. He also dabbled a bit on the timber side of the agency, helping to inspect state roads and install culverts for the past seven years.

Bruce Mottern retired Friday from the Idaho Department of Lands. Mr. Mottern worked with the agency for nearly three decades.

Bruce Mottern retired Friday from the Idaho Department of Lands. Mr. Mottern worked with the agency for nearly three decades.

Mr. Mottern is right about being a jack of all trades, but he also mastered plenty.

With nearly each new job description came years of experience; he worked as fire investigator from 1998, and he served as heavy equipment operator and worked as an instructor since 2001.

Mr. Mottern retired Thursday from the IDL’s St. Joe Fire Protective District, the agency he started his career with in 1967.

“My first summer I worked three days a week as part of the brush crew and twice a week as a smokechaser,” he said. “In total I worked 30 fire seasons. I was a seasonal for a lot of years, but when you look as the total number of hours, it equals 26 years.”

Mr. Mottern started teaching in 1998 and developed a course to help firefighters inspect equipment for use in wildfires. At around the same time, he started working as fire investigator for the state and said that in the beginning investigative work was pretty basic.

“But in 2001 they came out with a formal course, which provided a national template,” he said. “This helped you if, as a fire investigator, you needed to go to trial and have your investigation stand up in court.”

Although he was born and raised in St. Maries and has spent his career with the agency’s local office, Mr. Mottern has fought fire throughout the country, including Alaska, Florida, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Utah and Nevada.

Traveling to fight fire is a recent change in job description, which Mr. Mottern explained is mandated by the increase in fire activity. He said wildland firefighters are now being used as a national resource and are expected to travel.

In addition to personnel mobility, changes in gear and improvements to engines are some of the improvements he has seen throughout the course of his career.

“When I first started, we basically wore blue jeans and t-shirts to fight fire. We also have a fire shelter now, that’s something we never had before,” he said. “And engines have gotten considerably better. We also utilize other types of heavy equipment, such as excavators and feller-bunchers.”

But there is plenty about the job that has not changed.

“Much of the equipment we use is the same,” Mr. Mottern said. “We still use a Pulaski. We’re still using dozers.”

In addition to his time with the IDL, he volunteered with the St. Maries Fire Department from 1979-2001, serving as captain during that time. Although he enjoys woodworking, he has no immediate plans for retirement. He does, however, expect his wife Cindy to keep him busy with a list of things needing done.

“I’m sure she has a few things lined up for me to do,” Mr. Mottern said.

Oct
28
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Boo!

Area communities set Halloween events

Benewah Community Hospital kicks off Halloween festivities in St. Maries with its Fright Night celebration Friday, Oct. 30. Candy, treats, hot dogs, games and prizes will be offered free to the public from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the hospital.

Harvest Festival at Heyburn Elementary returns Saturday, Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Heyburn PTO has organized the event for the third year, and games and activities include a bouncy house, cake walk, face painting, mini golf and a pumpkin carving contest. Judges will choose first, second and third place winners in three age categories for the carving contest; winners receive cash prizes. Anyone interested in participating must bring their entries already carved.

McKenzie Floch, daughter of Wade and Danae Floch, enjoys a Halloween treat during a story hour at the St. Maries Public Library Tuesday.

McKenzie Floch, daughter of Wade and Danae Floch, enjoys a Halloween treat during a story hour at the St. Maries Public Library Tuesday.

Bracelets are available for $10 and provide unlimited game play, a slice of pizza and a bottle of water. Tickets are 25-cents apiece; each game costs one ticket with the exception of the bouncy house and cake walk, which cost two tickets.

Proceeds from the event support school projects.

The First Baptist Church of St. Maries, located at 520 Second Street, will offer a cupcake walk, campfire, hot beverages and restrooms to trick or treaters Saturday evening. The church will be open from 6:30 p.m. until people stop showing up.

UpRiver

UpRiver Elementary’s PTO will host a Halloween Carnival from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the school. The event features games, a haunted house, pumpkin decorating and costume contests and a raffle. Pizza and beverages will also be available for purchase. Bracelets cost $5 and tickets are 25¢ each.

The community is invited to a Halloween carnival Friday in Emida. Organizers promise games, food and a costume contest. A bag of 25 tickets cost $5. The event is open from 5 to 7 p.m. at the community center.

Worley

The Worley fire department will not have its annual haunted house this year, but will offer candy, hot dogs and soup to the public beginning at dusk at the station located off Third Street in Worley.

Plummer

Lakeside Elementary students will parade in costume to the Wellness Center and back during school hours Thursday, Oct. 29.

Gateway Fire Protection District will offer an open house at the firehouse in Plummer Oct. 31. Candy, hot chocolate and coffee will be available at the station from 6 to 9 p.m.

Oct
22
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Annual fundraiser Saturday

The main fundraiser for the Benewah County Humane Society is sure to satisfy your appetite.

The annual Dutch Oven Dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Elks Lodge in St. Maries.

The food will be cooked in Dutch ovens right in the parking lot. The cost is $15 per person and $8 for children ages 10 and younger.

Norma Bennett and Nancy Fitzgerald invite the public out for dinner at the annual Dutch Over Dinner, which raises money for the Benewah County Humane Society. This year's dinner is Oct. 24 at the Elks Lodge. A variety of dishes will be served, all cooked in Dutch ovens.

Norma Bennett and Nancy Fitzgerald invite the public out for dinner at the annual Dutch Over Dinner, which raises money for the Benewah County Humane Society. This year’s dinner is Oct. 24 at the Elks Lodge. A variety of dishes will be served, all cooked in Dutch ovens.

The dinner menu includes beef stroganoff, ham and beans, moose chili, pork loin roast, chicken and noodles, enchilada casserole, tamale casserole, vegetables, roasted turkey, BBQ chicken wings, dirty rice, buck-a-roo potatoes, lasagna, elk burgundy, macaroni and cheese, green salad and rolls.

Several desserts will also be available to choose from, including upside-down caramel apple pie, strawberry shortcake, chocolate cherry coke cake, pumpkin pecan cake, pineapple upside down cake, apple pecan spice cake, apple crisp, carrot cake and peach cobbler.

In addition to dinner, there will be several raffles during the evening. Some of the prizes include a handmade lace tablecloth, a Dutch oven and a 50/50 raffle. Other items will also be raffled off.

“Items keep coming in, and we have some really good stuff,” Nancy Fitzgerald said.

Tickets will also be sold for a raffle to win $500 toward a gun purchase of the winner’s choice. The winner of the gun raffle will not be drawn until spring. The firearm will be supplied by Jimmy D. Guns.

The group still seeks sponsorships for the event. Those who want to be a sponsor should call 245-7387.

Money will support operations, spay and neuters and the feral cat program.

Oct
15
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Youth Basketball Returns

Evaluations for the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene’s Win 1 Basketball program are next week.

The program, formerly known as Upward, is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade. Those who plan to participate, whether as a basketball player or cheerleader, must attend one of the evaluation sessions.

The first is from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and the second is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 24. Both will take place at the church’s gym. The cost is $45 per child.

Amy Scheer is heading up the Win 1 basketball and cheerleading program at the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene. The evaluation dates are next week, Oct. 22 and Oct. 24.

Amy Scheer is heading up the Win 1 basketball and cheerleading program at the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene. The evaluation dates are next week, Oct. 22 and Oct. 24.

Amy Scheer is lead organizer for the program this year. Ms. Scheer returned to St. Maries six years ago and has been involved in the community since. She has coached teams at the church program for five years and high school volleyball at St. Maries High School.

“The big thing is our lead pastor needed some help and needed somebody with a little bit of time to organize it. I love the program and I love what it is about,” Ms. Scheer said.

The program is Christian-based and not only seeks to teach children about basketball but about Jesus as well, she added. This is the eighth year the church has organized the program.

Practices will start Jan. 4. Games begin the week of Jan. 29. There is usually one game Friday night and all others are played on Saturday. The season continues through March 12 with an end-of-season celebration March 13.

“We generally have 100 to 150 kids,” Ms. Scheer said. “We sent out almost 500 registration forms this year. It is open to any child in kindergarten through sixth grade.”

Those who are interested in coaching should contact the church, as a background check is required.

Call the church at 245-4594 or Ms. Scheer at 582-1271 for more information.

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