Aug
10
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Church backs back-to-school

The St. Maries Church of the Nazarene will help families send their children back to school.

For 16 years, the church has organized an annual clothing giveaway to help area families with school-age children. In addition to used clothing for all ages, the church also gives away new backpacks, school supplies and winter coats.

This year’s event is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the church’s gymnasium.

Faithann Ebert is the lead organizer for the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene's School Clothing Giveaway. This year's event is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. New backpacks, school supplies and winter coats are available to children as well as used clothing. Free haircuts and a dental clinic will also be offered.

Faithann Ebert is the lead organizer for the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene’s School Clothing Giveaway. This year’s event is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. New backpacks, school supplies and winter coats are available to children as well as used clothing. Free haircuts and a dental clinic will also be offered.

During the clothing giveaway, four beauticians from the community will offer free haircuts to children and youth. Amy Reid-Scheer, Teri Reid, Kaini Johnson and Sabrina Powell will volunteer their time and services. Also, a free dental clinic will be offered by Panhandle Health, which will include fluoride and a quick exam.

Last year, the church gave away more than 200 backpacks. Children need to be present with their parents or guardians to receive new items. Items will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available as supplies last.

“We want to give a shout out to John and Mary Kistler, who sort, wash and organize all the clothes for us. They work all year,” Faithann Ebert said. “Also, we want to give a huge thanks to World Vision for donating 150 backpacks and school supplies.”

Donations of new winter coats, backpacks, school supplies and gently used clothing are always appreciated from the community. Winter coats, especially, are always needed.

The church is located at 175 Grandview Drive. For more information call 245-4594.

May
18
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Racers launch here Saturday

Race fans from around the world will join area residents this weekend for the start of the World Championship Jet Boat races. Racing teams from four countries are set to gather over the next two weeks to race four Idaho rivers.

The ten-day event marks the second time St. Maries has been selected as the starting point for the race, and the St. Maries Chamber of Commerce has been working for much of the past year to prepare for the event.

Charlie Reynolds shows off the jet boat he will be racing in the World Championship Jet Boat Races starting May 20. Displayed on the bow are the names of Mr. Reynolds' supporters, who got a chance to sign the boat during an event at the Grapple Haus May 5.

Charlie Reynolds shows off the jet boat he will be racing in the World Championship Jet Boat Races starting May 20. Displayed on the bow are the names of Mr. Reynolds’ supporters, who got a chance to sign the boat during an event at the Grapple Haus May 5.

“Organizing began late last summer,” the chamber’s president, Shirley Ackerman, said. “I couldn’t possibly quantify the amount of work everyone has done or time spent on this event.”

The chamber worked with the communities of Harrison and Lewiston, as well as Kootenai County officials, to obtain proper permits and establish support infrastructure for the race.

Participating in the race are 36 two-person teams from the Unites States, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand. While a number of them, including Rick and Jodi Hollingworth of Canada, a number of other teams, including five from New Zealand and two from Mexico will be seeing the Inland Northwest for the first time.

Among the first-time racers will be Charlie and Levi Reynolds of St. Maries. A long-time racer of cars, Mr. Reynolds has decided to represent his city and state during the races with his 355-horsepower jet boat, “Bad to the Bone.”

Residents of St. Maries have come out in numbers to support Mr. Reynolds’ attempt. More than 60 residents came out to the Grapple Haus May 5 to sign his boat and donate to his race fund.

“I can’t express enough my gratitude,” Mr. Reynolds said. “To my family for putting up with me, and the people for supporting me. It’s probably been one of the highlights of my life.”

The championship event begins with the Show and Shine Friday, May 20, on Main Street. All boats participating in the race will make an appearance on the street for the public to view. Race fans will have a chance to meet the race teams, purchase official race gear and partake of local businesses.

The chamber will be closing Main Street at noon to set up for the afternoon show and are asking the community to ensure their vehicles are removed by that time. The show is from 6 to 8 p.m.

The first day of races will start Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. on the St. Joe River, and will continue through 4 p.m. Racing will continue Sunday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Spectators are welcome to watch the race from all public access areas along the routes. The chamber asks spectators to be respectful of private property and to pick up any trash or debris when they leave.

Racing will continue on the Coeur d’Alene River May 24-25 and will start at the Gateway Marina in Harrison. Teams will gather for a Show and Shine event at the Clearwater River Casino in Lewiston Thursday, May 26, from 6-8 p.m. Racing will resume on the Grand Ronde River at Hells Gate Marina near Lewiston May 27, and continue on the Snake River May 28-29, ending at Hells Gate Marina May 29 at noon.

Those who would like to volunteer during the race are encouraged to contact the Chamber of Commerce office at (208) 245-3563, or ask at their office on Main Street. Official race gear is available at the chamber office and proceeds from all sales go to support the event.

May
5
0

Annual Cancer Ride Saturday

Both women have been affected by cancer in some way.

And they both have a desire and a passion to help others in their fight.

The third annual Ride Because We Care Four-Wheeler, ATV, Motorcycle Ride, which is organized by Destrie Brown and Pam Shawver, is Saturday, May 7.

Pam Shawver and Destrie Brown have again organized the Ride Because We Care event, which is Saturday, May 7. Riders are asked to pay a $10 donation to participate. Money benefits the American Cancer Society.

Pam Shawver and Destrie Brown have again organized the Ride Because We Care event, which is Saturday, May 7. Riders are asked to pay a $10 donation to participate. Money benefits the American Cancer Society.

The ride will start at the Shawver’s shop at 1840 Riverdale, which is different from pervious years. Breakfast burritos will be served beginning at 8 a.m. by the Kiwanis Club. All the money raised will go to the Kiwanis Relay for Life team.

The ride will leave the Shawver’s shop at 10 a.m. Organizers are asking those who participate in the ride for a $10 donation. Halfway through the ride there will be a stop at Scott’s Park for a barbecue lunch. A donation of $5 is asked. There will be salads, cookies and chips.

More than 150 people attended the ride last year and the women hope to see a larger turnout this year. The first ride in 2014 netted $2,500 and last year’s ride brought in $6,500, which was donated to the American Cancer Society.

The ride is near and dear to both Mrs. Shaver and Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Brown had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and has lost many close friends and family to the disease. Mrs. Shawver lost her mother-in-law and mother to cancer. She has also had a sister and sister-in-law who are survivors.

“Pam and I realize that not everyone has the same passion as we do to help the American Cancer Society, but if a person thinks about it they have known or now someone that has been affected by cancer in some way,” Mrs. Brown said.

The ride is a total of 40 miles. A special invitation is extended to all cancer survivors or those still battling cancer, Mrs. Brown said.

In addition to the ride, there will be a variety of raffles and a silent auction. You do not need to be present to win a raffle item. Tickets are available ahead of the ride. Call Mrs. Shawver at 582-3664 or Mrs. Brown at 568-0034 to purchase tickets.

“Pam and I want to thank our community and the surrounding communities for all the support and donations that have come in this year to help in the fight against cancer,” Mrs. Brown added. “We would also like to give a very special thanks to our husbands, Rick and Duke, for all their support and help with this ride. It is a lot of work and we thank them for helping us with something that is so dear to our hearts.”

To see raffle and auction items, visit the Facebook page Ride~Because We Care.

A desire to give back to the community and help people when they need it most is what drives Brinda Baird to serve her community as EMS Director and Assistant Fire Chief.

Mrs. Baird moved to Fernwood in 1990. Seven years ago, she decided to volunteer for the UpRiver Ambulance as well as the UpRiver Fire Department.

Brinda Baird was named Firefighter of the Year for 2016 by the North Idaho Fire Chiefs Association. She was nominated for the award by her son, Chance.

Brinda Baird was named Firefighter of the Year for 2016 by the North Idaho Fire Chiefs Association. She was nominated for the award by her son, Chance.

Last week, Mrs. Baird was honored for her efforts, receiving the North Idaho Fire Chief’s Association’s 2016 Firefighter of the Year Award as a ceremony April 13.

“There were so many people who showed up; it was overwhelming,” Mrs. Baird said.

The North Idaho Fire Chief’s Association serves the five northern counties. Mrs. Baird was nominated for the award by her son, Chance, in March. She said it was a complete surprise to receive the award.

“The nomination form came in a news packet, and I normally push them aside but he had seen it and told me he was going to nominate me. I didn’t think much of it, and we were walking past each other at the time,” she said.

Mrs. Baird said she is a fourth-generation firefighter. Her grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather were all firefighters. She said she was inspired to volunteer locally after a neighbor of hers had a fire at their place.

“The biggest thing for me is helping our community,” she said. “To be able to help save a house or to help save a life.”

Despite being on call six days a week, Mrs. Baird finds time to give back in other ways as well. She’s coached Little League in the past with her husband Raylen and recently volunteered as a coach for Win 1 at the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene. She said she spends the rest of her time investing in her children’s lives. She has seven children, five still at home.

Chance said he decided to nominate his mom, “because of all she does for the community.”

Chance added his mom was instrumental in saving the lives of two men: John McQueen and Jason Warner, who has since left the area.

Chance said Mr. McQueen came to their home and wasn’t feeling well. Mrs. Baird ended up taking him to the hospital via ambulance and during the trip Mr. McQueen died.

“Mom did CPR and was able to bring him back,” Chance recalled.

Mr. Warner had a heart attack and Mrs. Baird was able to assess and respond to the situation in such a way that saved his life.

Chance, who is a junior firefighter and fifth generation firefighter, said he is very proud of his mom for all she does and is glad he has been able to learn from her.

Mrs. Baird said she is looking forward to continue serving her community in the coming years. She added her daughters are interested in the medical field and becoming a junior firefighter when they are older.

In addition to talking about the award, Mrs. Baird said the fire department and the ambulance always needs more volunteers. Specifically, the ambulance is in need of drivers and people who would be interested in becoming an EMT.

“Anyone who is interested can contact me at 245-4920,” she said.

Apr
12
0

For wishes – from memories

One special week 33 years ago has been the source of joy and comfort and happy memories for one local family.

Floyd and Nancy Turner’s oldest son Patrick was diagnosed with terminal Ewing Sarcoma, a type of soft tissue cancer, when he was seven years old. He endured surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and multiple hospital stays.

As the cancer advanced, the family was referred to Wishing Star in hopes that Patrick would be granted a special wish. The organization met with Patrick and asked him for his top three wishes, one of which was a trip to Disneyland.

Thirty-three years ago Wishing Star sent the entire Turner family to Disneyland. Floyd and Nancy Turner's son Patrick, center, had terminal cancer and the week's stay gave the family a chance to create new memories together. Mrs. Turner is holding Marissa and Travis and Tim are pictured alongside their brother.

Thirty-three years ago Wishing Star sent the entire Turner family to Disneyland. Floyd and Nancy Turner’s son Patrick, center, had terminal cancer and the week’s stay gave the family a chance to create new memories together. Mrs. Turner is holding Marissa and Travis and Tim are pictured alongside their brother.

Wishing Star granted that wish for Patrick and he and his family spent a week in the Magic Kingdom before he passed just a week later.

Now, the Turner family hopes to be able to raise $5,000 in memory of their son to allow Wishing Star to grant a wish for another child.

For the Turner family, the week at Disneyland has provided wonderful memories for them since their son’s passing.

“The staff thought of every last detail and arranged for transportation from the airport in a fun bus for the family,” she said.

The family was able to have breakfast with the characters, and medical professionals were standing by in case they were needed. Though Patrick was not able to enjoy all the rides, he loved the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and rode it as much as possible, his parents recalled.

“He also loved spending money from his recent birthday on anything he wanted,” Mrs. Turner said.

Mr. Turner said the whole family was impressed with what the Wishing Star Foundation did for them and for Patrick.

The Turners said the week away gave the family a chance to leave behind their reality for a short time and create happy memories that would last a lifetime.

“Patrick was able to forget his illness and enjoy being a little boy,” Mrs. Turner said. “Patrick couldn’t wait to get back home and tell his friends and family about the trip and show off all his new treasures.”

Patrick touched many lives, and was a son, brother, cousin, nephew and grandson. But in the end, he was a young boy with the courage of man, Mrs. Turner said.

“If Patrick had lived he would be turning 40 this year on April 29,” Mrs. Turner said. “As a way to honor his memory and celebrate this milestone birthday, his family hopes to pay their blessings forward and raise enough money to grant a wish to another deserving child.”

The average cost of a wish is $5,000 and the family hopes to raise that before April 29. Wishing Star was a newly founded organization when Patrick’s wish was granted, doing three wishes a year. Since then, more than 1,000 children with life-threatening illness have been granted a wish.

Floyd and Nancy Turner hold one of their late son Patrick's favorite stuffed animals that he purchased with his birthday money. The family was granted a wish when Patrick was ill to go to Disneyland for a week and now they want to raise money in order that another child might have a wish granted.

Floyd and Nancy Turner hold one of their late son Patrick’s favorite stuffed animals that he purchased with his birthday money. The family was granted a wish when Patrick was ill to go to Disneyland for a week and now they want to raise money in order that another child might have a wish granted.

To support the Turner’s as they honor Patrick’s memory donate online at wishingstar.org or drop a check in the mail to Wishing Star, 139 S. Sherman, Spokane, 99202. Checks may also be dropped off to Floyd and Nancy Turner at Four Season’s Realty in St. Maries.

Checks, whether mailed or dropped off at Four Season’s Realty, should be payable to Wishing Star and in the memo section of the check be sure to note it is in Patrick’s memory, so the family can track their progress.

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