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NOVEMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

White Bird Store FrontWhite Bird General Store
130 River Street
White Bird, ID 83554
208.839.2262
Marty & Kate Buck, Proprietors
www.whitebirdgeneralstore.com
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When was your organization founded/established?

Our business opened in April of 2017. We bought this store from longtime owner, Josephine Parsons, and her son, Mel Wisenor. We were looking for a “golden opportunity,” and this was it! Our goal was to leave California.

We have family in the area, and they told us the store was for sale. It sounded like a good opportunity to change our circumstances. Marty and I flew up to take a look. We purchased the store, moved here, and have no regrets about our decision. We love the town and the people! Everyone has been so warm and kind, welcoming and supportive.

Describe your organization. What products or services do you provide? Do you have a business slogan or motto?

White Bird Store Display2Our motto (which is on our business card) would be “A Little Bit of a Lot.” We like to say we have everything from beer to band-aids in our store! We address the grocery needs of our local patrons with a range of items such as milk, bread and coffee. And we stock, for the tourist, snack foods, drinks, beer and sweatshirts. Our clientele is about 50/50, half local residents and half visitors.

During the winter months the local folks are our main clients. Many town residents do not want to drive White Bird Hill when the snow flies or the roads are icy. Our store is here for them to avoid the dangers of the road, and we do have quite a variety of items at reasonable prices.

We installed an ATM machine which is used frequently by both the people in town and tourists/visitors. This aWhite Bird General Store 1dded convenience has been a real benefit to our customers. We sometimes have to go to town several times a week to keep it “loaded” with funds. The Idaho Free Press is also available for purchase. We have only a handful of copies delivered to us, but this newspaper is a popular item with our shoppers.

The store has fresh coffee available for our customers as well.

We are a general store in the best sense of the word! We have everything from fresh and frozen vegetables, frozen meat (steak, pork chops, chicken, sausage), beer, wasp spray, motor oil, USB cables. A very unique item we carry is a drying kit for cell phones that accidentally get dropped into the river!!!

What have been some unusual requests? Capers. Car fuses.

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We carry a wide array of products, but we cannot carry everything. We just don’t have the space. We try to stock what people need most. If a request is made for a certain product, we will consider putting that item in our store if we think others might purchase it as well. We do not, however, entertain requests such as “Will you pick this up for me the next time you are in town?”.

We cannot get delivery to us; it is too cost prohibitive. Lewiston has the cheapest retail prices, so Marty makes that trip to and from Lewiston 2-3 times a week! We want our customers to have what they need, so keeping items on the shelves for our consumers is very important.

We have added the ice machine and ice cream “freezer” for the convenience of our clientele. Ice cream is a very big seller in the summertime, of course; but in winter vanilla ice cream sells very well to accompany all those delicious baked goods made during the holidays.

Marty and I “cover” the store 4 days a week, 2 days in winter when business slows down. We have wonderful employees who help us man the store when we are absent. Of course, our business slows down in the winter, but we manage to “hold our own.”

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

We have no store deliveries; we have to buy retail. For example, if we received deliveries, we would have to charge $5.00 for milk, and we wouldn’t do that to our customers! Marty and I work very hard to keep prices down for our patrons.

You will find a friendly and helpful atmosphere in our store. We are here to assist you with your grocery needs.

Name brands sell better than off-brands. People were very happy to see Doritos and Lays!White Bird Store Logo

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

Marty and I love White Bird and the people here. We had our concerns about being accepted in the community, but everyone has been so warm and welcoming. The town has been good to us.

Our living quarters are directly above the store. Everyone has been very respectful of our privacy. We appreciate that very much.

Marty and I enjoy our patrons. We love to have them stop by and chat. We also enjoy the opportunity to meet new people; lots of travelers stop by the store.

Why are you a Chamber member? What can the Chamber do to help you? What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

We support the Chamber because we feel it is a good organization and promotes and supports the White Bird community. We have respect for the people on the Chamber board and what they do for the town. We appreciate the Chamber’s website and its promotion of businesses such as ours. Having our sign on the kiosk at the entrance to White Bird is of great benefit to us. Advertising is so important, and the White Bird Chamber helps us with this aspect of our business.

We can’t always come to the Chamber meetings because of having to cover the store, but we try to attend when we are able.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

After purchasing the business, we did a great deal of work to make the store more attractive. We added paneling and paintings, did a thorough cleaning and added shelving. We try to present our merchandise in an organized, well maintained manner. You will find our establishment neat and tidy!

It has been 2 ½ years now since we started our business. We are glad to be here; we made a good decision to come to White Bird and open our store. There has definitely been a learning curve involved in opening this business, and we are still learning more each day. But we love it!

WB Store Business Card

We are grateful for the support and assistance of our family in helping us in our enterprise. My daughter, Devyn Adams, designed our business card as well as the postcards we sell in our store. Our Website is managed by Sean Buck, Marty’s son. I do the Facebook page.

(Interview with Kate Buck, October 17, 2019, by Charllotte Hurt.)

 

 

OCTOBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Salmon River Art Guild
PO Box 32
White Bird, ID 83554
srag.idaho@gmail.com
www.salmonriverartguild.com

 

 

When was your organization founded/established?

The Salmon River Art Guild, SRAG, was started in 1964 in Riggins, Idaho, by three women who loved to paint. They formed a club that eventually became the Art Guild. We are in our 55th year of “celebrating the talent of art created along the Salmon River.” From its humble beginnings of three members, our membership has grown to over fifty! Our group includes members from White Bird, Riggins, Moscow, Boise, Kooskia, Kamiah, Winchester just to name a few places.

Describe your organization. What products or services do you provide? Do you have a business slogan or motto?

As stated in our bylaws our purpose is to promote art and art education. Our objective is to provide an opportunity for members to meet and socialize with others who share an interest in the visual arts, to encourage individuals of the community to express their artistic abilities and to increase the level of awareness and appreciation of art.

SRAG Sept 2019 Art 9Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month in White Bird, at the Gresham Studio, 10 a.m. Pacific Time. (Our schedule is posted on the Chamber website for your review.) Some months we have a business meeting followed by an activity. Other months there is no business meeting, just an activity or workshop. Workshops, plein air paint-outs and classes with instructors are scheduled throughout. Sometimes we bring in instructors from out of the area. Sometimes our own members take turns teaching “little” workshops.

Many of our members are long-standing, but we do obtain new members from show attendees and also persons new to the local area seeking a creative community to join. The SRAG has a website and a Facebook page where our artists can post and share their work. And as members of the White Bird Chamber of Commerce, we also have our artwork displayed on the Chamber’s website.

Our highest goal is to promote our artists.

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your organization?SRAG Sept 2019 Art 17

We have a great group of people. Our purpose is to create. We provide a relaxed environment in which to achieve that purpose. We provide a positive experience for our participants. Joining a local art group such as ours has many benefits including expanding one’s creative network and making new friends. The Guild is a wonderful way to continually learn and grow artistically. Members also share their skills and help others in areas where they are more expert. There are many opportunities to find inspiration and encouragement from other artists.

We often bring in guest artists. By pooling our resources, we can do things as a group that perhaps a single individual may find too difficult or too expensive to pursue on his/her own.

What’s an interesting fact about your organization that most people don’t know?

SRAG Sept 2019 Art 10The SRAG is a nonprofit organization. Our shows don’t always pay for themselves. There are many costs associated with our shows, such as rental fees for the space the cost of advertising (flyers, ads, commercials). We have to watch our funds closely and make wise choices about the outlay of money for workshops, classes, etc.

We enjoy offering silent auctions at our shows so that the community can purchase artwork at a very reasonable cost. But these auctions are not big moneymakers for us.

The Artisan’s Gift Shop we added to our Fall Show has been a terrific addition for us in terms of added revenue.

Our membership runs the gamut from artist to crafter. In fact, we have a member who is not a painter but just enjoys being around the “creative” experience.

Our organization has stood the “test of time.” We are very proud of that! We have over 50 members which is a very impressive fact considering that we have a limited population from which to draw.

SRAG Sept 2019 Art 20What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

The Art Guild members enjoy the people of White Bird. Sometimes we see people at our shows whom we haven’t seen all year. We like interacting with community. Many persons attending our Spring show have commented that they look forward to it and like the culture that it provides.

We encourage input about what classes this community would like to see offered. Some of our workshops, for example the gourd making class, have been very popular. Since space is limited, only so many attendees can be accepted. BUT, please contact someone in our organization if a class should happen to fill. We can create a waiting list and perhaps open another session!!!

Why are you a Chamber member? What can the Chamber do to help you? What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

SRAG Sept 2019 Art 5Since our members are a part of this community, we want to support our local Chamber and its activities. We appreciate the exposure on the Chamber website and its blogs about our various shows, workshops and other events. Our presence, we feel, adds another aspect to White Bird and what it has to offer the local citizenry and visitors to White Bird.

We have our own website and Facebook page which are very helpful to us. But the additional exposure on the Chamber website is an added plus. As mentioned previously, our shows do not always pay for themselves, so whatever advertising we can do to broaden participation in our events is very important. In this technological age, the internet does make our presence known.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The guild has been active in promoting three art shows a year. The spring show is “members only” and held during White Bird Days, on the Saturday before Father’s Day in June. The fall show takes place the first weekend in October at the Riggins Community Center in Riggins. The fall show is judged, with up to $1,175 in prize money and open to all adult artists eighteen years and older. Our highly successful March Artisan Madness sale is members only and priced $150 or less. Members exhibit their art in the Pine Tree Credit Union in Grangeville.

Our Fall Show is coming soon, and we want everyone to attend. It is a great opportunity to see some wonderful art. In addition to the show/sale, we will have a silent auction—and our very popular Gift Shop. The gift shop has a variety of art pieces including metal artwork, yard art, greeting cards, jewelry, homemade soap, paintings and prints. This are all at very affordable prices. Our highest goal is to promote our artists.

It is important to get out and enjoy the art around you. Take in the culture and explore new things!

(Interview with Nancy Gresham, September 19, 2019, bySRAG Fall 2019 Art Show Charllotte Hurt.)

SRAG Sept 2019 Art 16SRAG Sept 2019 Art 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Stark PlumbingStark Plumbing, Inc.
Grangeville, ID 83530
Clint and Brandon Stark
Shirley Stark-Crane
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
208.839.2242, Office
208.983.7210, Clint
208.983.5612, Brandon

 

When was your organization founded/established?

Clint and I started our company in 1998. We have proudly served the plumbing needs of this community since that time. Clint has more than 39 years of experience in the plumbing industry and has the skill and knowledge to handle all your plumbing needs. Brandon also works with Clint serving Grangeville and the surrounding area. I serve as Office Manager.

Describe your organization. What products or services do you provide? Do you have a business slogan or motto?

We are a full-service plumbing company. We provide a variety of plumbing services including installation, repair and maintenance. Our company services both residential and commercial plumbing systems. We provide our customers with personal, quality service that you won’t find with other companies. Stark Plumbing can assist you in all your plumbing needs. We also sell plumbing fixtures. Do you need a tub, toilet, sink, shower stall, a faucet? Give us a call.

“We pride ourselves on quality workmanship.”

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We are friendly, fair, experienced, efficient and offer competitive pricing. We are respectful of our customers’ property. We are known for cleaning up after our work is done. We remove our shoes before entering a workplace or wear booties. We are clean going in and coming out! Stark Plumbing strives to do a good job for our customers and make them happy!

We make it our mission to provide each of our customers with quality plumbing services at an affordable price. We take pride in being known for our professionalism, fast response and the ability to get the job done right.

When preparing a proposal for a job, I look for fixtures that look good in that style of home or business environment. We look for what will satisfy the customer and add beauty and functionality to their home or business.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

We advertise very little. Most of our business is by word-of-mouth. Satisfied customers are our best advertisers! We do have ads in the “Get Acquainted” booklet and in the Service Directory of the Idaho Free Press. We are listed on the White Bird Chamber website and, until recently, placed ads in the White Bird Chamber newsletter.

Since establishing our company, we have sought to earn the trust of our customers and their recommendations/referrals. Stark’s is dedicated to delivering top-quality work whether the job is big or small.

An interesting fact that probably many people don’t realize… There is a lot involved in becoming/being a plumber. One must be a journeyman first. That requires 4 years of schooling. Then a state test is taken. After that, if one wants to be a contractor, there is another test to pass given by the state. There is a lot to learn to follow Idaho plumbing code!

Stark Plumbing Shirley Stark-CraneWhat do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

I have lived in Idaho County my whole life. It’s home to me! It’s a wonderful place to live and work. The people are fantastic. Most people here are easy to get along with and deal with. We provide a service, and White Bird appreciates our good work.

Why are you a Chamber member? What can the Chamber do to help you? What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

We believe in the Chamber and the good it accomplishes for the community of White Bird. Stark Plumbing wants to help support the community, and the Chamber is a good way to do just that. We like the exposure our company receives through the Chamber website.

Why are you a Chamber member? What can the Chamber do to help you? What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

We believe in the Chamber and the good it accomplishes for the community of White Bird. Stark Plumbing wants to help support the community, and the Chamber is a good way to do just that. We like the exposure our company receives through the Chamber website.


Is there anything else you would like to add?

The Chamber does a wonderful job of supporting businesses in White Bird. And it promotes the welfare of the community, in general, with its activities.

If there is anyone in need of help of whatever kind, people in White Bird rally to give whatever assistance is needed. There is lots of community involvement, and I like that about White Bird. When someone is in need, the community is there to help. It doesn’t matter who it is or what type of assistance is required, people rally to help in whatever way they can. I am happy that I can live and work in a community I love.

(Interview with Shirley Stark-Crane, August 21, 2019, by Charllotte Hurt.)

AUGUST MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Pleasant View Baptist Church
Pleasant View Baptist Church
110 Everest St
PO Box 164
White Bird, ID 83554
208.839.2220
www.whitebirdbaptist.com
Worship, Sunday 10 a.m.
Adult Sunday School, 9 a.m.
Bible Study, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

 

When was your organization founded/established?

Our church opened at its present location at 110 Everest Street in 1978. The building was previously owned by the Assembly of God. Up until that time we held our services in the IOOF Hall. After the purchase of this property, many changes/improvements were made. Volunteers, both local and from out-of-state, worked very hard to make this new location what it is today. The kitchen, the bathrooms, and the community room are just a few of the enhancements.

Describe your organization. What products or services do you provide? Do you have a business slogan or motto?

PVBC Stained Glass Window

Our church is a part of the Southern Baptist Convention which is headquartered in Salt Lake City. We are independent as far as money is concerned. We provide missionary support as does the Convention. The Convention loaned us the money to buy our current church building.

Our mission is to see peopled saved. Our doors are always open even for one person. We want people to come to know the Lord. We have regular services on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. The Sunday service is preceded by Adult Sunday School at 9 a.m. We also offer Bible Study on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.

“No one is a stranger here. Come and worship with us when you visit White Bird.”

“The Bible is taught and believed here.”

“Pleasant View Baptist Church is a place to be equipped to grow into the person God intends you to be.”

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

Everyone is welcome here. It doesn’t matter what faith you are. Our doors are open to all denominations.

Our church membership is small at present. We regret that we don’t have as many children attending now as we have had in the past. Some day we hope to see larger numbers again.

Some years ago, we had many Forest Service employees from the nearby Slate Creek Ranger Station attend our services. They were church members for the duration of their assignments here. But, since the government downsized staffing, we don’t see as many USFS employees in attendance.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?PVBC Community Room

We have a very nice community room which is available at no charge to groups who wish to use it. Just contact the church to make the arrangements. We encourage the use of this room by the various organizations in White Bird.

Our doors are always open even for one person to come to church to worship.

 

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

White Bird is a unique, little town. There are lots of good people in White Bird.

It takes a special type of individual to live in this part of the country. People here value their independence, privacy, and freedom. But they are always available when needed by a neighbor or a friend. The folks here rally whenever there is a need to help.

This a beautiful area. The scenery, the wildlife, the opportunities for outdoor recreation attracted us and those who chose to make this “home.”

Why are you a Chamber member? What can the Chamber do to help you? What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

We feel the Chamber is a very good cause, and we support its efforts in whatever way we can, be it financially with our dues or by participating in its functions or providing volunteers for its various activities. The Chamber is good for the White Bird community. It promotes businesses and works for the betterment of White Bird.

We appreciate the advertising provided by the Chamber. Providing a link to our website is a real benefit.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

PVBC Worship Area

We are in the process of obtaining a new pastor. Russell Daines is graciously serving in the interim. Once we have someone in the position on a permanent basis, we are hoping that our activities will resume in greater force.

In the past our pastors have served as Chamber of Commerce officers and been very active in the community. We hope to continue that trend. We participate in the Easter Egg Hunt each year. During White Bird Days we usually have a float. In previous years for WB Days, we have had a “bouncy house” for the kids. One year we even had a potato bar.

We will serve the community whenever and wherever needed.

We hope in the days ahead to have a more robust church membership with adults and youth alike worshiping in the church.

We are a loving church family, offering biblical teaching and the tools to become a better disciple of the Lord.

(My thanks to Dick and Susie Brust, long standing members in the Pleasant View Baptist congregation. In the absence of a full-time pastor, they graciously agreed to this interview.)

JULY MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

White Bird AntiquesWhite Bird Antiques Foskett Bldg
170 River Street
White Bird, ID 83554
208.839.2619
Pat & Bruce Ringsmith, Owners
ringsmithpat206@gmail.com

 

When was your organization founded/established?

Our first location was the Haney House in 2005. Two years later we relocated to our present site, the Foskett building. I have been a collector for over 30 years. It doesn’t seem possible that we have been in White Bird for over 15 years now.


Describe your organization. What products or services do you provide? Do you have a business slogan or motto?

WeWhite Bird Antiques Photo 1 deal in antiques and collectibles. The antique business has changed over the years. It is becoming more and more difficult to find quality merchandise. Bruce and I work very hard to find items for our store; sometimes we have to “beat the bushes” to acquire goods worthy of our selection. We try to buy smart so that we can pass on savings to our customers. And we are continually offering new merchandise so that our customers will return again and again. There is “something for everyone” in our shop…we stress quality and variety.

Bruce and I pride ourselves in the fact that we have many repeat customers. We have both kinds of customers, collectors and those who just appreciate things from the past. We stay in contact with our clientele; we know their wants and needs. We take requests for particular items and do our best to find what our customers are seeking.

Our establishment is neat and clean and well-organized. Our wares are in excellent condition, nothing broken; we carefully choose what we display. We want our customers to have a pleasant browsing/shopping experience.

 

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

White Bird Antiques Photo 2

We do not sell online. We prefer to have our merchandise in the store so buyers can see items firsthand. We feel this brings people back.

We enjoy sharing our interest in the “days gone by” with our customers. We encourage folks to stop by just to chat, if they so desire. We learn so much from people; and they can learn from us and our interest in history of White Bird and Idaho County.

Our store is not just about “old stuff.” We have many items very much suitable as gifts for various occasions. If you need something special for a birthday, an anniversary, Christmas, Mother’s Days, Father’s Day, a wedding, you should stop by. You just might find that perfect and unique gift.

 

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

Bruce and I have a sincere interest in the history of White Bird, in particular, and in the history of Idaho County, in general. We have tried to learn as much as we can about this area. It is so very rich with interesting people and stories. We love the history here, and we love sharing our knowledge with others. We have a local family history book and can answer questions about the history here.

We enjoy buying pieces from local estates. We become familiar with our purchases, and we can tell you something about a particular piece’s history.

There are plans in our future to develop our side lot to house a museum. We look forward to that day so that we can enlarge our “history” section of the business.

Our current location has quite a bit of history of its own. The Dr. Wilson Foskett Home and Drugstore was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Foskett was doctor who became a pharmacist to be able to provide medicines to his patients. Foskett was a highly respected and beloved member of the community. It was a saddened citizenry when he died in a car accident in April 1924. It is suspected that he fell asleep while driving upon his return from delivering a baby at a patient’s home. We often have visitors to the shop coming to see “where Doc Foskett lived.”

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

Bruce and I love the history here. It is the history part of being an antique dealer that appeals to us, almost as much as the objects themselves. We find the “treasure hunt,” the finding that something special, very exhilarating.

We love meeting new people from all over the area—and the world. We have had visitors from Sweden, Australia, Mexico, and Canada, just to name a few places.

Just recently we had some visitors from the Everest family, a founding family of White Bird.

Why are you a Chamber member? What can the Chamber do to help you? What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

White Bird Antiques Photo 3
We don’t do a lot of advertising on our own, so we appreciate that as a Chamber member we can be showcased on the website. The Chamber is a good way to become involved in the community.

We joined the many years ago in an effort to help this community. White Bird has great potential and possibility. We hope that we have contributed in some way to its betterment—and we will continue to do so in the future.

The White Bird Chamber not only supports local businesses but also seeks to advance the civic interests of the town. We live (and work) in White Bird, love this town, and wish to see it thrive. We believe the Chamber helps in this goal.

We are interested in the town now, in preserving its past history, and look forward to its future growth.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Stop by and visit with us. We are always getting in new things that might be of interest. Our selection is varied: everything from farm equipment, holsters, saddles, and bear traps to cut glass, crocks, aprons, and textiles. We have a room dedicated to vintage clothing which is very popular.

We have a warm, friendly, comfortable atmosphere in which to browse to your heart’s content.

Photo attribution (Foskett Home): By JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ, MD

JUNE MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Cook and Sons Aerial ViewCook and Sons Construction, LLC
11 Lamb Lane
Grangeville, ID 83530
208.983.1407
cookandsonsconstruction.com
solidground@cookandsonsconstruction.com


When was your organization founded/established?

Cook & Sons Construction has been family owned and operated since August 1, 1995.  The original founders were Dan and Lynn Cook and Dan’s parents Gary and Bobbie Cook.  Current members include Dan and Lynn Cook and son Brandon and his wife, Jessica.

Describe your organization.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

We are a licensed, bonded and insured partnership company.  We are primarily an excavation company and much of our work is done under federal contract.  We have also done work for the county and state.  Our activities include, but are not limited to, trucking, bridges, road building, retaining walls, drainage structures, and utilities.  We also sell new and used culverts.

Cook and Sons Post Photo 3

Our motto is  “A reputation built on solid ground.”  Cook and Sons have never failed to meet a contract deadline or completed any work by performance bond.

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We are one of the larger, local employers.  And we employ our workers year-round.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are always accepting applications for employment.    We strive for quality work and customer satisfaction.  We have worked hard to get where we are today! We take pride in our work and seek to exceed industry standards.  We encourage contact with our previous contract owners for references.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

The nature of our business is very versatile; we do everything from road construction to wastewater treatment facilities.  You may have noticed Cook and Sons equipment in White Bird recently.  We are actively involved in the upgrade to the Wastewater System (Photos below).

Cook and Sons White Bird Feb 2019Cook and Sons White Bird Apr 2019

 

Work Progress in White Bird
February and April 2019

 

 

 

Over the past 24 plus years we have become specialized in culvert installations, stream restoration and associated good stewardship practices that go along with this type of construction.

The year 2020 will mark our 25th year in business.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

We have been members of the White Bird community since 1990, and we support our “hometown” in many of the local functions such as the Rodeo, the Library, the Easter Egg Hunt, and the Halloween Party.  We are members of Sacred Heart Church, and Jessica is a member of the American Legion Post 152.  We actively seek involvement in our community.

Cook and Sons has had long time relationships with other White Bird businesses.

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

We live in White Bird and have raised our family here.  We care about the community and want to support it in whatever ways we can.  The Chamber keeps us updated and informed.

Although we can’t always attend the Chamber meetings, we are interested in what is happening in our town.  We appreciate the link to our website on visitwhitebird.com.  The Chamber is good advertisement for our business.

We appreciate being “in the Spotlight.”  This is a very nice benefit of Chamber membership.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Feel free to visit our new facility on Lamb Lane in Grangeville.  Our new building opened in January of 2018.  You would be most welcome!

MAY MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

American Legion Insignia

The American Legion Post 152
White Bird, Idaho
13654 Highway 95 S.
White Bird, ID  83554
208.404.8571
Walt Lindsey, Commander

When was your organization founded/established?

There was an American Legion Post active in the 80s; but, for various reasons, it disbanded.  Post 152 was “resurrected” in 2016 with rather an interesting story.  There was a veteran in town suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and the locals rallied to help with the VA.  This led to the question, “Are there other vets like this that we can assist?”  Then, we need to bring the Post back to life.  There are 88 people in the town of White Bird; Post 152 has 107 members!  Our Post is the fastest growing post in the nation!

Describe your organization.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

Our goal is to support and advocate for veterans.  We help veterans coordinate their benefits and assist with claims.  We participated in the recent debate about keeping VA services as part of Syringa Hospital.  We are part of the over 10,000 veterans in Idaho, which means lobbying power with the state legislature (and nationally).  We make our needs known!  We partner with other groups such as the VFW.

Some of our activities include assisting with veteran burials at the White Bird Cemetery District.  We help with cemetery cleanup, provide flags for veterans, hold flag changing ceremonies.  Our big project at present is Veterans’ Memorial Park.  The second phase of construction, which is set for completion by Memorial Day, will be the installation of two ceremonial fire pits, granite benches and granite slabs inscribed with the names of White Bird veterans dating back to the Indian wars.  Phase three will be landscaping, ADA access, and the installation of a bathroom.  The post is selling pavers help fund the park work.

We help within our own community providing whatever help is needed.  We are White Bird’s “go-to” group when something needs doing!!  We help the community of White Bird in many and varied ways.  This winter truckloads of wood were donated.  We split and delivered firewood to persons in the community who couldn’t provide this much needed heat source for themselves.  We have assisted other groups whenever called upon:  the Rebekahs, the Fire Department, the QRU, and Medical & Relief.

The Legion is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.  100% of the funds we receive go back into the community (Veterans’ Memorial Park, for instance).

Our motto is probably “That’s how we roll.”  We get involved with the community and “don’t argue about the kind of coffee we drink.”

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We are here to help the community.  We can offer financial support or by physically doing the work.  Whoever needs us, we are there to help.  Our veterans come first; but community is a close second.

A few of our other community activities include cooking sausage at the Joe Wilson Sausage Breakfasts, and assisting with the Christmas stockings distributed at the White Bird Christmas festivities.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

We have been recognized by state and national American Legions in the Legion magazine which has over 11 million subscribers.

The American Legion sponsors baseball teams anywhere in the district (we are in District 2, the Camas Prairie, which includes White Bird, Grangeville, Kooskia, Kamiah, Nezperce, Craigmont, Moscow, Orofino, and Elk City).  An Idaho team has gone to the World Series for the past two years!  (American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs.)

This year is the 100-year anniversary of the American Legion.  We will have ceremonies on Memorial Day, May 27, at our Memorial Park.  We will start the flag ceremony and reading of the names followed by a 21-gun salute at 11:11 on Monday.  At noon the we will be in the park for a flag ceremony, 21-gun salute, fire lighting, and quilts of valor presentations.  We have invited several dignitaries to attend this celebration including the governor of Idaho and our representative, Priscilla Giddings.  And we hope to have national press coverage from the American Legion magazine.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when we help individuals and the community.  We sense the gratitude and appreciation of the people we assist.  There is no better feeling!

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

Being a Chamber member helps us become more aware of community happenings—and needs.  Because of being part of the Chamber, we were asked to assist at a BBQ in Riggins.  The Chamber helps with networking within the town and in the outlying communities.  The Chamber helps to promote our organization in many ways.  We have a spot on the website to help make our presence known.  The Chamber helps us with community involvement and support.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The last weekend in June will see our 3rd annual Crawdad Feed.  I, Walt Lindsey, am President of the American Legion Riders in Area A.  The riders are motorcycle enthusiasts of the Northwest.  I hope to make White Bird and the Crawdad Feed a destination ride.  On Friday, June 28, is the American Legion Riders Legacy Ride.  We will leave White Bird at 11 a.m. for the ride/tour.  On Saturday, June 29, the Crawdad Boil begins at 4 p.m.  It promises to be another outstanding event for us!

Also, in June (15), during White Bird Days, you will be able to see us outside, next to Red’s Café for our BBQ.  Please stop by and say “hello” and treat yourself to some tasty fixins’.

APRIL MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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White Bird and Meadows Valley
208.347.2345
idahocowgrl@gmail.com
www.IdahoVacationRentals.net
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When was your business founded/established?

Our venture into the world of rental properties began in 2017.  My husband and I own a ranch in New Meadows, and we are scaling down our ranch enterprise and beginning to look forward to retirement.  The sale of some property gave us some money for investment.  We offer two vacation rentals, one in Meadows Valley and the other in White Bird.

Describe your Business.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

Experience it all…beautiful views, serenity, peace, and privacy.  Easy access to the best that Central Idaho offers.  An abundance of wildlife, thousands of miles of State and Federal land to explore, hiking, biking, riding ATVs, birding, fishing, hunting, white water rafting…and oh yes, the wildflowers in the Spring!  It’s all available to you here.  We offer a charming home in White Bird with beautiful views of the mountains and the Salmon River.  You can rent a whole house at an affordable price.  Families and groups can relax and have a more enjoyable vacation experience.

Our properties are your “home away from home.”  In rural settings, one can have peace and quiet and privacy.  But we are close enough to all the action and activity the surrounding area has to offer.  This is a good place to relax and do nothing at all; or, for the outdoor minded person, to be active in the fresh air!

Our website has photos of our rentals and detailed descriptions of all the amenities offered.  There are also photos of the surrounding area and all the beautiful scenery and wildlife.  Please take a look.

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We provide a family friendly atmosphere at both rentals.  We are conveniently located in Central Idaho—close to all the action.

We are always available to our customers to provide whatever they might need.  But, if you want privacy, we can handle that too!

Spend your next getaway with us at one of our vacation rentals.  You will enjoy the breathtaking views.  Lots of space to relax and lots of amenities.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

Our rentals are one of the few places in the area providing spacious accommodations.  We offer a comfortable in-home setting and provide a unique vacation experience.

Staying at a vacation rental is less expensive and more comfortable than some other lodging offerings.

At our Meadows Valley property, you just might be able to watch some ranch activities first-hand (in warmer weather, of course) since we deal in registered Angus cattle.

Cliff Barnett is an avid hunter and fisherman and knows a great deal about this area.  He can give expert advice to the pro or the novice about the out-of-doors in this area.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

Our rental properties have provided us with the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life.  We enjoy our visitors very much.  We have had renters from as far away as Oklahoma and Arizona.

Our business provides a place to stay for folks visiting the area, folks attending family get-togethers in the area (such as family reunions and funerals).  We take pride in our ability to provide comfortable and affordable lodging when away from your own home.

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

My main reason for joining the Chamber was to advertise on the website.  I also wanted more contact with other Chamber members.  I feel the Chamber of Commerce is good for promoting my business; connections with other members is very helpful from a business standpoint.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I am an artist working with many media.  I am a member of the Salmon River Art Guild and the Central Idaho Artists Association.  In the future I hope to have some of my works on display in our rentals.  I am particularly interested in focusing on the western way of life as a way of recording what I feel is a disappearing lifestyle.  I enjoy painting dilapidated barns, homesteads, and other buildings; livestock, and wildlife.  I want to share my love of ranching and the out-of-doors with others.

MARCH MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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The Canyon House
128 White Bird Rd
White Bird, ID 83554
208.839.2777
canyonhouse@yahoo.com
canyonhousewhitebird.com
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When was your business founded/established?

The Canyon House started the first day of Spring in 2003.  We will be celebrating 16 years in business on March 21, 2019.

Describe your Business.  What products or services do you provide?  Do you have a business slogan or motto?

We offer unique gifts, espresso, and lodging in our spacious vacation rental.  We are a fully stocked liquor store.  We have made-in-Idaho wines.  In addition, we function as the official headquarters of the White Bird Chamber.  There is lots of information about this area available in the brochure rack.  We advertise for local jet boat companies.  Several of the staff are quite knowledgeable about White Bird and its surroundings.  Ask a question; they have the answers.  Visitors and town residents alike enjoy conversing with the owners and staff.  We are the “You gotta stop shop!”

What is it that you want area residents and visitors to know about your business?

We are reliable.  We are open 7 days a week with convenient hours to serve you.  If we don’t have it, we’ll get it for you!  Just make your request known.

What’s an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know?

Most people know about our store offerings, but fewer know about our vacation rental.  We rent a spacious suite for personal or business use.  Over the years many travelers have taken advantage of our accommodations.  At times we have entertained persons who have had vehicle breakdowns or encountered severe weather conditions and stayed with us until they could move on.  We always enjoy our quests.

What do you most enjoy about doing business in White Bird?

We most enjoy the opportunity to meet-and-greet many different people from many different places.  Conversing with visitors and local residents alike makes for an interesting day.  We learn from them, and they learn from us.  People like to talk and visit at our store; we are an informal “chat room.”

Why are you a Chamber member?  What can the Chamber do to help you?  What has been the most valuable aspect of your White Bird Chamber membership?

Chamber membership provides us with an opportunity to advertise and promote our business.  We also enjoy the many activities the Chamber sponsors, and we contribute to and participate in them in order to help this community.

We look forward to a continued relationship with the Chamber and its assistance in promoting our business and this town of White Bird.

The most valuable aspect of our membership, we feel, is advertisement.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We (Verna, Joaquin, and Nicole) would like to thank everyone in the community for their great support these past 16 years.