Feb
4
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Ride benefits cancer fight

The St. Joe Snow Riders will raise money for local cancer patients. The club has hosted an annual Breast Cancer Snowmobile Ride in February since 2008 to benefit the Kootenai Health Foundation. The day-long event takes snowmobilers through a 50-mile course into the mountains of the St. Joe valley.

Paula Spooner, Lou Epler, and Dale Hill display memorabilia for the Breast Cancer Snowmobile Ride.

Paula Spooner, Lou Epler, and Dale Hill display memorabilia for the Breast Cancer Snowmobile Ride.

The annual event began seven years ago, and in that time has raised more than $21,000 to support cancer patients with little to no income or insurance. The money pays for vouchers on necessities like gas, food and medicines.

“All the money comes back to the county and the surrounding areas,” says the event organizer, Paula Spooner.

To date, the funds raised have helped more than 116 people. While last year’s ride was cancelled, the group hopes to surpass their previous fundraising record of $4,193.

The club provides many ways for individuals and organizations to donate to the fund. One is the option to dedicate a pink ribbon-shaped signposts, either to promote local businesses or to memorialize lost loved ones, which will line the entire course. More than one hundred of these signs have already been purchased.

T-shirts and headbands bearing the event’s name, as well as woven pink ribbon wristbands provided by Janice McCall, can be purchased through the Spooners directly.

The club also provides a drawing for prizes at each stop on the route. Participants can buy “hands” for the drawings at either the Big Eddy or the Calder General Store. One hand is available for $5, while five are available for $20.

The event will start at the Big Eddy resort on the St. Joe River with registration from 8:00-10:00 a.m. for riders and a buffet breakfast. Riders then travel a groomed trail through the area, stopping at three designated areas. Burgers and hot dogs will be available at these stops in exchange for donations. The last stop will be at the Calder general store, where a dinner special will be available.

The Snow Riders will also stage a memorial run for Morry Hedlund in Clarkia on February 27.

For more information, contact St. Maries Saw & Cycle (245-4544), Idaho Rigging (245-3523), Dale Hill (582-3402), or Jeff and Paula Spooner (245-4070).

Jan
27
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Ronnie eyes another Climb

Sixty-nine floors, 140 staircase landings, 1,356 steps, 1,900 firefighters; Ronnie Dickerson knows the numbers by heart.

Which is fitting because heart is what the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is all about.

“At every landing, all 140 of them, there are photos,” Mr. Dickerson said. “The first few years the photos were of survivors. But now the photos are in memory of loved ones who have lost their lives to cancer.”

Ron Dickerson will take part in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle March 6. The 2016 event will mark his sixth year of participation in the annual event that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Ron Dickerson will take part in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle March 6. The 2016 event will mark his sixth year of participation in the annual event that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

He said that even though the annual event at the Columbia Center in Seattle is about raising money for cancer research, he is hoping that his sixth attempt does more than just raise the minimum $1,500 fundraising requirement. He wants to bring awareness not just to the disease itself but to the possibility of prevention through a healthy lifestyle.

“There are so many people who are fighting – and losing – their battle to cancer, and I feel like this is something I can do to raise money and awareness for cancer and lifestyle changes to promote healthy living,” Mr. Dickerson said.

He has been training for the event since Oct. 6 and, through regular exercise and healthy diet, has lost 50 pounds, with a goal to lose 20 more before the March 6 event. He also hopes to crush another goal and cut last year’s time of 45 minutes nearly in half.

“Twenty-four minutes is my goal,” he said. “Last year I felt like I had trained really hard but nothing like this year.”

For the past 20 years, firefighters from throughout the country have entered the challenge each spring to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Participants must raise at least $1,500 in donations and sponsorships in order to qualify for the next year’s event. Last year Mr. Dickerson made up $1,700 of a record $2.2 million raised.

For three years, Mr. Dickerson was joined by Tim Kraack, but a knee injury has prevented Mr. Kraack from participating. Instead, he’ll serve as Mr. Dickerson’s support team and change out his oxygen tank.

Each year Mr. Dickerson dedicates his climb to someone undergoing cancer treatment, and he is looking for a person to commit this climb to.

Donations can be made to Mr. Dickerson directly, in an account set up at Banner Bank in St. Maries or with Ginger at the St. Maries fire station. But Mr. Dickerson said he would prefer donors submit their pledge online, as he is able to track the names of those who support his cause and thank individuals personally. Online donations can be made by clicking the Donate tab at the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb web site, llswa.org.

Mr. Dickerson is the fire chief for Potlatch Corp’s fire department and has served as a volunteer firefighter with the St. Maries Fire Protective District for two decades.

Jan
21
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Leslee Finishes a Chapter

Leslee Adams has been the face of the St. Maries Public Library as the lead librarian for 16 years.

And before she was hired for that position she served as assistant librarian for nine years.

This summer, Mrs. Adams will retire after having worked for 25 years at the local library.

Leslee Adams will retire this summer from her position as librarian at the St. Maries Public Library. She was worked at the library for 25 years and served 16 of those years as lead librarian.

Leslee Adams will retire this summer from her position as librarian at the St. Maries Public Library. She was worked at the library for 25 years and served 16 of those years as lead librarian.

“It’s just time,” she said.

Mrs. Adams will step down from the position at the end of July. She said the library board is working on a job description for the position and will be advertising for it soon.

Prior to answering an advertisement in the newspaper for the assistant librarian position, Mrs. Adams worked in childcare for 14 years. It’s no surprise then that working with the children she encountered at the library has been her favorite aspect of her job.

“I’ve loved the kids. Doing story time, family nights, Dr. Seuss. The kids are always so appreciative and so excited to have a story read,” she said.

Mrs. Adams said in her 25-year career the biggest changes at the library have been automation and technology changes.

“Being connected to other libraries and being able to draw from their resources has also been huge,” she added.

Looking forward to retirement, Mrs. Adams said she has plans to spend more time with her grandchildren.

“I just don’t want to miss things,” she said. “I also enjoy gardening. It will be something new.”

Not able to work after his stroke, Scott Kammeyer had plenty of time on his hands.

With a desire to give back to the community, he took Candy Pugh up on her offer to join the local St. Maries Kiwanis Club.

Scott Kammeyer was named Kiwanian of the Year. He has been an active member with the organization for two years. President Candy Pugh said he was selected because he is always willing to volunteer at various functions and is a hard worker.

Scott Kammeyer was named Kiwanian of the Year. He has been an active member with the organization for two years. President Candy Pugh said he was selected because he is always willing to volunteer at various functions and is a hard worker.

Two years later, Mr. Kammeyer was named Kiwanian of the Year.

“I didn’t really expect anything,” Mr. Kammeyer said, “being the new guy.”

Mrs. Pugh, who is the president, said Mr. Kammeyer was chosen for his willingness to help with the club’s various activities.

“He’s always available, always volunteered and showed up,” she said. “Plus, he’s a hard worker.”

“When I couldn’t work anymore, I just felt like I needed to do something to get involved in the community,” Mr. Kammeyer said. “(Kiwanis) is a very ambitious group.”

He said he had known about the group prior to joining but learned quickly just how much they do for the community.

“They give back a lot in dollars and time,” he said. “It’s a very worthwhile club.”

Mr. Kammeyer said he’s been involved with many activities through the club and does a lot of cooking whenever there is an event. Mr. Kammeyer is also involved with the Second Harvest food distribution.

If someone is looking for a way to get involved, Mr. Kammeyer said he would recommend the Kiwanis Club. He said he’d like to see the younger generation participate more.

“We need to get more members. Most of the members are older,” he said.

He added St. Maries “is a neat community.”

“It’s a good place to live,” he said. “I do plan to stay involved. Always willing to help.”

Mr. Kammeyer moved to St. Maries from Potlatch 15 years ago.

Jan
13
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Humphrey Joins Century Club

Over the course of his high school years, Hayden Humphrey’s role on the Lumberjack wrestling team has transitioned from learner to leader.

His competitiveness and drive have never changed, rewarding him with his 100th win Wednesday, Jan. 6 in front of a home crowd.

Hayden Humphrey wins by pin and grabs his 100th varsity career win.

Hayden Humphrey wins by pin and grabs his 100th varsity career win.

“I planned to do this since the second I heard about the 100-win club in the 5th or 6th grade,” Hayden said.

Now the senior leader of a freshman-sophomore dominant wrestling team, the memories of his time as an under-classmen have allowed Hayden to hold an 18-3 record to start his senior year – but also to help the learners on his team.

“It was really important that I come into a really good room with guys that pushed me,” Hayden said. “There’s a huge transition from middle school to high school, and the guys in that room really pushed me.”

Former teammates and 100-match winners Josh Richmond, Isaac Walters and Joe Bloomsburg were on hand for Hayden’s 100th career win, a one-minute 23-second pin against Hunter Northington of Coeur d’Alene JV.

“They were a huge part of my high school career,” said Hayden. “To watch them get it was pretty cool and got me a little more motivated to keep going.”

Now looking down the home stretch of his senior season, Hayden’s role on the team has allowed him to impart his knowledge to younger teammates, and also push them to a fourth-straight district championship.

“They all have seen it done and seen what it takes,” Hayden said of his 100th win. “We have a great group of guys. It really opens your eyes when you watch new kids, and it’s exciting to watch them grow and improve. I want to leave my high school career as a four-time district champion, and a four-time team district champion. It’s going to be a lot harder this year than in the past. They’re really excited for it.”

The Lumberjacks return home Tuesday, Feb. 9, with matches set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at St. Maries High School.

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