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.

What would life be like without volunteers? In places like St. Maries, we may never know. This time it’s the St. Maries Catholic Ladies.

The group has organized its pre-holiday luncheon and bazaar for many years. The annual Catholic Ladies Bazaar returns Friday, Nov. 2. The lunch of hot, homemade soup and chowder, salad and dessert will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and costs $5.

Money from the event is used for charitable causes in the community as well as projects at the church.

“Every lady in our church family helps us out,” longtime member Leslie Crane said.

In addition to lunch, the bazaar will include baked goods, craft items, used items and a Christmas boutique. Mrs. Crane said the bazaar usually opens before lunch is served. It’s a great chance to enjoy a home-cooked meal and get some Christmas shopping done all during the lunch hour Friday.

“We have some people who will drop stuff by and do their shopping first thing in the morning,” she said. “A lot of people are on their way to work and they can’t get away during the day. Everything usually winds down around 1:30 p.m.”

There will also a raffle.

“We will have tickets available at the door,” Mrs. Crane said. “People will choose which drawing they want their tickets entered in.”

Prizes include a Christmas-themed gift basket, a $50 gift certificate from the Chamber of Commerce, a mystery money box, a table runner, a Cabela’s 24-can cooler with refreshments inside and a metal nativity set.

For more information on the event, call Mrs. Crane at 245-2672 or Nancy Turner at 582-1205.

Sometimes the best side of a community is seen when one of its own is suffering.

Most often it’s an illness or accident that draws people together to help their neighbors.

Tomorrow the friends and the Plummer community will provide lunch benefit at the Wellness Center in Plummer for Sophia George.

Sophia was the passenger in a car headed south on Highway 95 near Plummer, when the vehicle hit a moose.

While the driver was treated at Kootenai Medical Center and released Sophia was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition as of Monday.

Now the community is stepping up. Diners will have the choice of Indian tacos, taco soup or spaghetti during the lunch served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in conference room B at the Wellness Center. The money will help her family pay for all the expenses associated with an extend hospital stay.

So yes, St. Maries and the surrounding area is a great place to live.


Here it comes!

St. Maries’ own Paul Bunyan Days, the biggest little weekend in Idaho is nearly here and there’s something for everyone!

The festivities start Friday with the opening of booths and Blue Ox beer garden at noon, and the carnival rides open at 5 p.m.

Registration for the Pet and Doll Parade for children three to 12 years old is at 5 p.m. Friday. This will be the first year for the Holy Board tournament which open to everyone.

The Dirty Buckle Band will perform on stage at City Park beginning at 6 p.m. and Four on the Floor will be playing in the blue ox from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday morning starts with the Karen Ebert Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Registration is at 8 a.m. at the high school parking lot. You can preregister or register the morning of the event.

The kids won’t want to miss the Junior Olympics. The event is free for children 12 years old and younger at the soccer field in City Park. Register at 9:30 a.m. and the events begin at 10 a.m.

Registration for the water events at the city pool begins at 11 a.m. Kids 13 to 17 years old are also welcome to participate, but a parent must be present for registration and competition.

The St. Maries Community Choir performs on stage at city park at 1 p.m.

Spectators will need to head to the west end of town for the Civil War Reenactment at Mullan Trail Park near the Benewah County Fairgrounds.

The Ben Ferris Band on stage from 3 to 7 p.m.

Teams for the Tug of War will step on the scales at 5 p.m. for the Weigh-In for Tug of War at 5 p.m. There is a 1,500 pounds maximum for the co-ed teams. The

Tug of War begin at 6 p.m. and the Holy Board Finals are 7 p.m.

As the sun sets you can take the stage for karaoke in city park.

Mainstream Square Dance will be at the Eagles Lodge at 8 p.m. and Four on the Floor returns to the Blue Ox.

The highlight of the evening will be Rose’s Fireworks Show which features low aerial fireworks.

Everyone 21 years and older is invited to the Cormana Building in city park to have some fun and dance the night away. Music provided by the Fabulous Kingpins. Tickets cost $5 at the door.

And the list goes on. What a great weekend to be in St. Maries!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, St. Maries is chock full of some terrific people.

One such resident is George Pfeifer.

Mr. Pfeifer will serve as grand marshal of the Labor Day Parade, Monday. The honor is bestowed upon a local citizen each year as recognition for their service to the community.

Over the years Mr. Pfeifer has been involved in the community. He served on the St. Maries City Council for four years, taught hunter safety classes for 15 years, he served as treasurer for St. Joe Valley Timber Association, was an officer in the St. Joe Valley Fish and Game Association, a member of Benewah County Waterways Committee, a board member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, charter member of St. Joe River Boat Club and a long-time member of the Elks and Eagles.

In 2009 he was honored as the St. Maries Citizen of the Year by the St. Maries Chamber of Commerce. A modest man Mr. Pfeifer said he was surprised to be named citizen of the year and again being asked to serve as Grand Marshal.

Since Mr. Pfeifer retired in 1997 and has moved to gardening full-time. He is part of the driving force behind the community garden that donates fresh food to local families, the food bank and the senior meal site.

Mr. Pfeifer and his wife have three grown children, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

And George Pfeifer is just one in a long list of residents who make St. Maries a great community and a great place to live.




RIck and Karen on the last mile of the 1/2 St. Joe river Marathon

It’s Bloomsday Race weekend and the questions are” Who will post the best time from Benewah County and How many runners will be from our area.  Will it be a doctor? or a millworker? or a summer fire fighter.  Bloomsday is a tune up for our second annual St. Joe River Marathon to be held here in St. Maries on June 10, check out the River Marathon booth while you are at Bloomsday and signup for the 5k 1/2 or full Marathon.

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