Christmas kicks off tomorrow

An old tradition returns and a new one begins. The annual Christmas in St. Maries celebration is Saturday, Dec. 2. The kickoff to the holiday season, sponsored by the St. Maries Chamber of Commerce, welcomes back an old tradition and adds a new activity as part of the day’s events. Years ago, individuals used to do a jingle bell stroll. This year, community members are invited to take part. Individuals will walk from IGA to Cabin City ringing jingle bells […]

Christmas events abound

We make it easy for you to get into the Christmas spirit with several different holiday options this weekend. Check out our helpful list below and attend a party or enjoy a concert. As we usually do, we have something for everyone this weekend. Church Christmas parties … Churches in the Harrison and Medimont areas will host Christmas parties this weekend. The Harrison Community Baptist Church will host a party Sunday, Dec. 13 following the 11 a.m. worship service. The […]

Toys for Tots Launches Again

Applications for families who want to participate in the Toys for Tots program will be available after Thanksgiving. This is the eighth consecutive year Renee Duke will coordinate the local effort for Toys for Tots. The St. Maries City Police Department sponsors the local effort in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corp. Reserve. Applications may be picked up at the St. Maries City Police Department, St. Maries City Hall or the Department of Motor Vehicle Office. Applications will need to […]

Start of the Season

The snow hit at the perfect time. As we plan to kick off the holiday season with Christmas in St. Maries and Harrison’s Winterfest celebrations Saturday,  the BetterCARE Christmas gala Sunday and the Church of the Nazarene’s community Christmas dinner Monday, the snow our area received overnight serves as the perfect backdrop to the season’s opening events. And it all starts Saturday in St. Maries. The annual Christmas in St. Maries event is from 1 to 5 p.m. and includes the Stroll on Main, […]

A Small Town Christmas

The annual Christmas in St. Maries celebration returns Dec. 6. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. and will include a scavenger hunt, a Christmas costume contest, the lighting of an area tree, a Stroll on Main, wagon rides, pictures with Santa, craft fairs, a business decorating contest, fire pits and the lighted Christmas parade. The event is organized by the St. Maries Chamber of Commerce. Those who would like to get involved and help with the effort are […]

Toys for Tots launches here

Applications are now available for the Toys for Tots program. They are available at the St. Maries City Police Department, St. Maries City Hall or the Department of Motor Vehicle Office. Applications will need to be returned by noon Dec. 12. This is the seventh consecutive year Renee Duke will coordinate the local effort for Toys for Tots. The St. Maries City Police Department sponsors the local effort in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corp. Reserve. “We provide gifts for […]

CEO Hired for Benewah Community Hospital

Though she’s had offers to lead other hospitals as the chief executive offer, she didn’t accept one until now. A little more than a year after the search for a new CEO began Brenda Parnell has been hired by Benewah Community Hospital to serve as its top executive. “I’m very excited to be here and to be in the Pacific Northwest and to be close to family,” Ms. Parnell said. Ms. Parnell has a background in health care that spans 25 years. She graduated from […]

Let it snow

Because we’re ready. Of course, if you’re familiar with us you know we’re always ready to celebrate each season. Winter is no different, and we are about to ring her in. Saturday marks the annual Christmas in St. Maries celebration. The day-long event celebrates small-town merriment with horse-drawn wagon rides, open fire pits along Main Avenue, a multitude of Christmas-themed contests and shopping. Christmas in St. Maries Schedule of Events  12:45 p.m. Santa’s arrival on Main Ave. 1 – 4 […]

Even Santa likes a good deal

I know, I know. I get that a lot of people don’t want to decorate, or sing carols or even talk about Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving has had its turn, but this is too exciting not to mention. You see, every year we put on a big event that turns St. Maries into an old-fashioned snow globe: We roast chestnuts on the sidewalks, block off Main Avenue and set up fire pits in the middle of the street, we visit […]

Winter is coming

Clearly I stole the title. It’s a blatant ripoff from one of my favorite series of books (now a very popular – and quite good – television show on HBO). In this context, however, the connotation is completely different from how it’s used in the books and on TV. Winter is not a bad word here in North Idaho, and we don’t use it as a warning. We revel in it. Here, we love winter. We play, we explore, we […]

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