Veterans Day Program will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 11, at the Midvale School. The event will include a guest speaker, musical program presented by the elementary students, short video presentation and the recognition of the veterans. (If you have not attended this event before, this is a good time to find out what you have been missing!) Veterans and their spouses are invited to stay for a lovely lunch. A call to the school ahead of time would be appreciated but not required.

Hodge Housewarming...will be held on Saturday, November 14 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm in their new home at 1924 Granger Rd. Come and help Bob, Gloria and daughter Becky celebrate this new chapter in their lives after losing their home to fire earlier in the year.

Midvale School Notes…On November 13 the boys’ basketball team will begin their practices. The girls’ basketball team will be in Notus for two games, their first of the season that will begin at 6:00 pm.

A Midvale Fall Art Show is scheduled for Thursday, November 19 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the newly remodeled section of the Midvale Mercantile. Several local talented artists will display their works and Jack Coburn will be honored for the mural he painted inside the building. Refreshments will be served and Lois Sutton will provide piano music. All donations collected at the door will go to the local Lion’s Club Christmas fund. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the amazing local artists, visit with your neighbors and support a worthy cause. For more information, please contact Elsa Freeman at 473-6292.

Community Harvest Meal, an annual event sponsored by the Midvale Churches, will be held in the Midvale School at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 22. The churches will provide beverages and the main meal and guests may bring salads, veggies, desserts etc.

Bountiful Baskets, available in front of the Midvale School, are enjoyed every-other-Saturday by a number of folks, some of whom travel a good distance to participate. The baskets are indeed “bountiful,” featuring delicious fresh vegetables and fruit at a very reasonable price. Karen Piper reports that the schedule will be altered during the holidays as follows; Bountiful Baskets will be held November 14, December 12 and January 9, 2016. To receive more information and/ or to sign up, please call Karen Piper at 739-3168.

Spook-Tacular Follow Up…The Midvale School’s Multi Purpose room was filled to over-flowing on October 30 with children of all ages (including adults!) attired in a wide variety of wonderfully creative costumes. A list of the costume and pumpkin carver winners was not available as this went to press and we hope to include those items in next week’s column. Many thanks go to Katie Baker, chairman of the event, and all of her helpers who set up, kept the games going, packed everything up and clean afterwards and a hundred other details.

Thanks to the ladies who baked cakes for the super popular “cake walk,” with a special word of appreciation to Shirley Williams who provided multiple cakes! Also thanks to Marcy Hansen who baked the yummy cupcakes and cookies that were served with the popcorn and punch. Thanks also to those of you who took time to participate in Trunk or Treat, including Karson Craig who arrives ever year with lights flashing on the fire truck and a big supply of candy! The evening was a huge success!

Toni Schwartz’s daughter Kerry Brink returned home last Thursday after a week in Washington D.C. and grandson Mathew returned home from Chicago following a week long leadership conference sponsored by his fraternity house, S.A.E. On Friday October 30, Kerry and Keith came to Midvale to pick up Toni to attend grandson Kolby’s football game at Nampa Christian. Toni reports that it was “cold but fun,” even though Orofino lost to Nampa Christian. She enjoyed the good spirit that was demonstrated between the two schools. On Monday, Kerry left for Mississippi.

While in the valley, Keith stayed with his brother Steve in Meridian while Kerry and Toni stayed in the lovely Hampton Inn. The ladies enjoyed their time there so much that they decided to repeat the experience in the future. Her family and a nephew drove home on Saturday.

Maxine Fox Update…While checking up on this lady who suffered a broken pelvis the first week of August, Wilfred reported that she is up and about and “Doing all the normal things but slower.”

Coburns enjoyed their annual vacation and the wonderful hospitality of Elsie’s sister Linda Varner in Tillamook from October 21-28. We praise God for safety, for rest and for Jack’s successful charter bottom fishing trip. He caught two huge ling cod (30 lbs each) and two sea bass. Good eating! After some rain fell and the water levels came up, Jack tried fishing in the rivers…had a good time but no salmon!

On Sunday morning we were blessed by a visit with granddaughter Ashley and her new husband Corey at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. They were on their way from Seattle to San Jose where they would celebrate Ashley’s birthday with April and Mike.

There were a couple of trips to the beach, we filled up on sea food and stopped at a couple of shops, but mostly we ladies just relaxed…played a lot of Scrabble! We want to send our thanks to Dave Coats and Dan and Glenda Castleberry who watched after our place and pets and to Bonnie Evans who wrote the Midvale Column for me last week!

Terry Bonner Update... We learned in this column last week that Terry had suffered the loss of a finger and partial loss of another in an unfortunate incident with his planer. But as always he has been able to laugh at himself and make us laugh also! In a call this week, Terry joked that his hand now makes a permanent “I love you” in sign language! Terry has, between his fingers and toes, a total of 16 plus fractions of digits. (As we learned last week, some toes were removed earlier during surgery.) He adds that he is making one change in his work shop. He will alter the sign that declares “LORD, GIVE ME PATIENCE RIGHT NOW” by removing the last two words!