Bonners Ferry Herald

VOL. 125, NO. 35

THURSDAY, September 7, 2017



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Seen ?n Heard

n Watch out for meteorites and thick smoke.


?God?s work. Our hands?

Sunday, Sept. 10: An opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America ? One Church Freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Trinity Lutheran will be participating in this time of service to others. Blessing Bags in conjunction with NAMI will be assembled to assist Hospital North, women?s shelters, Parole and Probation programs. Church and community projects are also in the planning stages. Worship begins at 10 a.m., and then the work begins. Following ?work time,? will be a Pot Bless meal in the church fellowship hall. Come join us! Photos by Mandi Bateman Residents salute The Wall That Heals as it passes through Bonners Ferry on a smoke-filled Labor Day.

A moving procession

?Wall That Heals? memorial passes through Bonners Ferry

By MANDI BATEMAN Editor BONNERS FERRY ? With smoke so thick that it obscured the mountains and cast an eerie yellow haze over the town, people still came out, lining the street, some wearing masks. They came out to show their support as The Wall That Heals ? a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that travels to communities throughout the United States ? passed through Bonners Ferry on Monday, Sept. 4. ?I think this is wonderful,? said Jeanie Bender. ?For this to even go through our town, is an honor.? The Wall That Heals was unveiled 21 years ago, on Memorial Day, and has since visited more than 400 cities and towns. The spirit behind it is to allow the souls it carries in the form of names to exist among family and friends,

Woman rescued from Kootenai River

By MANDI BATEMAN Editor On Monday evening, Sept. 4, a person contacted the Boundary County Sheriff?s Office, reporting they had seen a woman fall from the north side of the railroad trestle into the Kootenai River. Sergeant Willie Cowell from the Bonners Ferry Police Department responded to the call, Onlookers watch as the long line of bikers rides along with the traveling Wall That Heals memorial, en route to Kalispell, Mont. bringing those souls home for a brief time. Veteran Jim Thompson waited with a group in the Safeway parking lot. ?We are here to pay our respects to our brothers who didn?t make it back ? and to their families,? he said. along with Boundary Ambulance Captain and Paramedic Kelly Halleman and his crew. The reporting party said that the women was about 15-20 feet from the bank and that she started floating down the river, calling for help. ?PD responded up to North River Road and was able to see the woman floating in the water across from Spokane ?I?m here for the same thing,? said veteran Ben Apo, ?out of respect for fellow servicemen and their families. This is also a once in a lifetime thing. I don?t foresee myself ever getting back to Washington D.C. to see the wall, so this is the Street,? explained Cowell. ?She floated close enough to the rock outcrop and we were able to pull her to us.? It was almost completely dark by the time the woman was pulled from the river. Thanks to the quick response from the Bonners Ferry Police Department and Boundary Ambulance, they averted a potentially tragic outcome. closest thing I am going to get to it.? Even though the massive, 250 foot long wall did not stop or set up in Bonners Ferry, that did not stop the people from turning out. Some saluted as See MEMORIAL, A5 BONNERS FERRY ? It is just a little white church. A little white church that has stood for 114 years, sheltering people, celebrating with them, mourning with them. It has seen families begin, and lives end. It?s just a little white church, but it meant something to the community, and when its life was drawing to an end, the earth claiming it piece by piece, the community came together. Three years ago, the Paradise Valley Cemetery Association decided that it was time to save The Little White Church. They held a meeting and Larry Hall, who was not even a member, was asked to attend. They said somebody needs to do something with the church. Hall responded. ?Well, one thing you have got to do is jack it up and get a foundation under it,? he said. ?It?s going to rot in the ground.? Hall was told, ?If you know what to do, then you are in charge.? ?That?s how I wound up with the job,? Hall said with a chuckle. Over the next three years, the list of people and businesses that donated money, time, materials, overflows off of the pages of notes. The first donor to kick start the project remains anonymous, but their generous donation of $5000 was welcomed. The Little White Church needed help from the ground to the roof. A brand new metal roof now keeps the interior snug and dry, thanks to help from Jeff Bennett Roofing. See CHURCH, A2 Photo by Mandi Bateman Bonners Ferry Police and Boundary Ambulance personnel pull a woman from the Kootenai River after she reportedly fell from the train trestle into the water.



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