Monday, December 31


Saturday, December 29

Friday, December 28

OLIE UPDATE FROM MIKE AND CHRIS






Here is an update on OLIE, our Ola dog, going on 3 years.  It was a long arduous summer with our big white "Akbash" cow dog, OLIE.  He gave Chris and I quite a few nervous days, as we fed him through the summer up in Timber Flat and Hi Valley, on the Hoff grazing lease, that the Carlocks have.  Allan and Sharon Sutton, who supplied all of the gas, and use of their 4 wheel drive ATV, as most of the places, where he guarded his heard,  was not accessible by any of my 2 wheel drive ATV's. This was a 26 mile round-trip endeavor, every other day.  This worked well for the first 2 months, but later in the grazing season the cattle spread out for the grass,  and after becoming familiar with all of the cows, it became obvious that he had attached himself with a Charlaise cow and calf, that could not be found.  I kept going up for the whole month of September to look for him, to no avail. I thought for sure he had been, either shot, or taken by the wolves. Then on September 30th, Chris and I were looking for him as always, after an hour and a half of searching, decided to call it a day.  Heading home we rounded a corner up in the forest, and there he was in the trail looking at me and barking, as if scolding me.  I was so surprised and excited to see him, I put on the brakes and almost went through the windshield, and Chris through me.  He was extremely mal nourished, with all of his ribs showing, but was alive.  We decided not to over feed him as it may have made him sick, but went back 8 hours later, and fed him again.  There is so much more to his story, but that is the long and short of it.  He now is guarding Butch and Joyce Biggers herd, and has been since October.  He gets fed everyday now, with a diet of 3 pounds of dry food, soft, heated dog food with oil and bread, and a snack of summer sausage.  I would like to thank the Ola Ladies club for donating enough money to get his worming done this year, and Allan and Sharon Sutton for the use of their ATV during the summer months, and all of the community that keeps us posted on his whereabouts.  Thanks to the whole Ola community for caring.  Mike and Chris

PS we were so taken with the breed, that we have rescued and adopted a 9 month old "Akbash" for ourselves.  see the attached picture.

Wednesday, December 26

LIBRARY HOURS

The library will be closed Friday, open Saturday. 

Monday, December 24


OLA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS DINNER

Over 80 Ola residents and their guests attended the first Ola Community Christmas Dinner at the Ola Inn. The ham and turkey was delicious, complimented by a large variety of side dishes and home made desserts donated by our neighbors. Thanks again to John and Tracy Nunez and Lyn and Janice Carr for hosting this event and providing the entrees.
Thanks Alan for submitting this.

Sunday, December 23

 Christmas Eve Church Service
Ola Community Church
6PM---December 24th
Anyone wishing to participate in the service (sing, play an instrument, poem, story, etc.), please contact Katie Poole 584-3591

OLA SCHOOL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

"DOUBLE TROUBLE CHRISTMAS" was the theme for this year's Christmas program.  A very cute program put on by the children from Ola Elementary.   The participation by the community is also welcomed and this year we had Marsha reciting "Let Me In" one of her favorites, a guitar solo by Kathy Willard, a beautiful song sung by Amanda, a piano number by Weston, a vocal selection by Bob L. and of course, several community "sing-alongs".  The children looked great and really enjoyed performing for their parents, grandparents and members of the community present in the audience. Santa finished off the evening by entering the Ola Hall to everyone singing "Here Comes Santa Claus".  Thank you! Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Sutton, Judi McCaulou and Norma Hyde,  without these wonderful ladies it would not be possible.  This year for the Ola Ladies Club Christmas party, rather than a gift exchange Ladies Club members were asked to make a small donation to the Ola School.  Last night a check was presented to Mrs. Davis for $800.00.  Thank you Ola Ladies Club members!!








Friday, December 21

AS A SECURITY PRECAUTION...

Along with a number of schools across the nation due to the tragedy last Friday and it being 12-21-12, security was present at the Ola School.  A Gem County Sheriff's Deputy spent the day in school making sure everyone was safe.  The children didn't seem distracted by his presence.

OLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PARTY





 Today was the Ola School Christmas Party.  The children, dogs and teachers enjoyed the afternoon by exchanging gifts followed by Christmas snacks. The Emmett School District Superintendent  also attended the party.  Everyone had a great time!

Thursday, December 20

Dog found in Sweet, Idaho the 9th of December, 2012. If anyone can identify this female dog or would like her please call Glenna or Brent Bingham at 584-3630 or 830-2475. Email - plazaranch@gmail.com. Thanks Brent
Messenger Index, serving Gem County Greetings, Tomorrow is an interesting day in the psyche of our country. We have heard of no threats or concerns toward any schools in Emmett. However, there will be a more active presence of deputies on all our campuses Friday, December 21. The District, Emmett Police, and Gem County Sheriff are choosing to be proactive and give our students and parents a sense of comfort. They will be talking with visitors and staff and may ask for your identification. All staff should wear identification tomorrow. Guests to the schools must make sure they have checked in the office and have a visitor’s badge. Please assure all you talk to that there have been no threats or concerns. It is very nice to live in a community where we all work together for the safety of our children. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the building principal or myself. Wayne Rush Superintendent Emmett School District #221 Phone: 208-365-6301 wrush@isd221.net

OLA LIBRARY

The Ola Library will be open Friday 8:00-5:00, closed Saturday.

Wednesday, December 19

Messenger Index, serving Gem County GOVERNOR CALLS UPON IDAHOANS TO OBSERVE MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR SANDY HOOK VICITIMS Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is asking Idahoans to take a few minutes on Friday to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting who were murdered last Friday by a lone gunman in Newtown, Connecticut. The Governor acted upon a request he received from Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. “At this time when Idahoans celebrate the spirit of the season we should take a moment to remember that many families in Connecticut are dealing with unspeakable tragedy and the reality that their family and their community has been changed forever,” Governor Otter said. “I ask that all Idahoans observe a moment of silence on Friday, December 21, at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Time to let our friends in Connecticut know they are in our thoughts and prayers, and that they are not alone in their grief.”
Messenger Index, serving Gem County ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM TO AFFECT THE REGION FOR THE PRE CHRISTMAS TRAVEL PERIOD An Active Weather Pattern will Continue over the area for the Next Several Days, Including the Pre Holiday Travel Period Before Christmas. While It is too Early to Pinpoint Where and When Significant Snowfall will Occur, It is Not too Early to Get Prepared for the Possibility of Messy Road Conditions. The Most Likely Areas for Significant Snow are Roads Going South Into Nevada and East to Pocatello and Salt Lake City. Additionally, Highways Going North and West Through the Mountains are Likely to Be Impacted by Snow. The Time Frame Most Likely to Have Weather Related Issues Are Saturday Through Monday. Stay Tuned to the Latest Forecasts And Winter Weather Products if They are Issued.

THIS SATURDAY....

.....is the Ola Community Christmas dinner at the Ola Inn. This is being held at 3:00PM. Following the Community dinner at 7:00PM is the Ola School Christmas program at the Ola Community Hall.

Tuesday, December 18

If you would like to send a card or letter of support to those grieving in Newton the USPS set up a POBox for the public to send condolences to Newtown: Messages of Condolence for Newtown PO Box 3700 Newtown CT 06470

Sunday, December 16

Winter Storm Warning...


Winter Storm Warning
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WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-BOISE MOUNTAINS-CAMAS PRAIRIE- 457 AM MST SUN DEC 16 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM MST MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BOISE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW IN THE WEST CENTRAL  AND BOISE MOUNTAINS AND THE CAMAS PRAIRIE...WHICH IS IN EFFECT  FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 PM MST MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH WAS UPGRADED TO WINTER STORM WARNING.

* SNOW AMOUNTS...6 TO 10 INCHES IN THE VALLEYS,  12 TO 16 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS. UP TO TWO FEET ON THE MOUNTAIN PEAKS.

* SNOW LEVELS...VALLEY FLOORS.

* WINDS...15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* TIMING...STARTING 5 PM MST TODAY THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...SNOW COVERED ROADS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH
PERIODS OF LESS THAN A MILE VISIBILITY. TRAVEL IS NOT ADVISABLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. STRONG WINDS WILL ALSO CAUSE BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW...AND WILL LIMIT VISIBILITIES. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

Finally, a little snow...


Downtown Ola received a couple of inches of snow overnight, with more expected tonight and tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 12

Livestock sales yard outlook positive after its first year - Emmett Messenger-Index: News

Livestock sales yard outlook positive after its first year - Emmett Messenger-Index: News: Local ranchers and dairymen were excited last year when they found out

Police have prescription drug vault - Emmett Messenger-Index: News

Police have prescription drug vault - Emmett Messenger-Index: News: The Emmett Police Department recently changed its prescription drug take back program. We were able to purchase a “drug vault” that is locked …

Sweet student gets award - Emmett Messenger-Index: Features

Sweet student gets award - Emmett Messenger-Index: Features: Sweet/Montour Elementary School student Graham Heleniak is the first runner up in an art contest sponsored by Idaho Power. More than 2,000 wor…

Monday, December 10

NEWS STORY ON FAMOUS WOLF SHOT BY HUNTERS

This I found on the KSL (Salt Lake City) news station website.  Click HERE to read about this wolf.

GOOD NEWS FOR SOME SHELTER DOGS IN CA

This news article was on KTVB.

PTO FUNDRAISER!

Sweet-Montour Elementary School PTO will be selling cookbooks, they are great gifts and VERY affordable! $5.00 each, Triangle will have them available at the restaurant. 100% goes to the Sweet-Montour School!

Saturday, December 8

OLA LADIES CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY




Shannon and a tired little girl.




Judy, Gloria and Sharon getting some of the wonderful food ready.




Wanda and Pat enjoying a nice conversation.
 Allen entertaining the ladies.



(Below) Joanie telling Joyce something very funny.
Thank you Allen and Sharon for sharing your home. The Ola Ladies Club Christmas party was held Saturday afternoon. Ladies Club members, past and present, had a great time. Some spouses also attended to enjoy the great food and company.

Thursday, December 6

OLA COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY



OLA LADIES CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY THIS SATURDAY!!


Ola Ladies Club Christmas Party
Allen and Sharon Sutton's residence
Saturday, 2:00PM
Share your favorite hors d'oeuvre
In lieu of a gift exchange, donations are being accepted for the Ola School 
Spouses are welcomed


HELP NATHAN GO TO WASHINGTON D.C.



Nathan will be going to Washington D.C. in March with the organization Close Up. The mission statement of Close Up is:

MISSION

Close Up informs, inspires, and empowers young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.


We believe that a strong democracy requires active and informed participation by all citizens; therefore we seek to reach participants of every race, creed, geographical community, socio-economic level, and academic standing. To carry out our mission, we partner with educators, schools, and youth organizations throughout the country to help young people develop the skills and attitudes to become informed and engaged citizens. Since 1971, over 740,000 participants have participated in Close Up programs.

          If you would like to know more about Close Up.
          Help Nathan by dropping a donation off at the Ola Inn.

Tuesday, December 4


Bev Martin's brother, Donald, has passed away.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bev and her family.

ON SALE NEXT WEEK!!!

Next week, the Ola school children will have Christmas cards for sale.  These are Christmas cards that the children have created themselves. This is their own art work that you can purchase to send out to your family and friends!!

**I will re-post when they are available**

OLA SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM


The Ola School Christmas program will be at 7:00PM on Saturday the 22nd at the Ola Hall.  If you would like to participate in the program (sing, read, skit, piano etc.) please contact Mrs. Davis at 584-3589. 

Sunday, December 2

This is Rufus with Santa (Mike S.) at the P.A.L. fundraiser yesterday in Emmett. 

Friday, November 30

CONGRATULATIONS DAKOTA STALLIONS!

Butch and Joyce's grandson, Dakota Stallions, senior at New Plymouth High School, was chosen Offensive Player of the Year for the 2A Western Idaho Conference.  Dakota played in the All-Star game last Friday night.  Congratulations Dakota!!

SHOPPING ON-LINE

By clicking on the GoodShop icon off to the right of this post, you not only get great deals, good discounts, free shipping codes and a wide variety of stores to select from (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Macy's, Nordstrom, Sear's just to name a few), but by shopping GoodShop you also earn money for your community.  For every purchase you make, the retailer donates a percentage of the invoice to the charity of your choice, in our case the Ola Community Center and Church.  So far thanks to your searches and purchases, $449.71 has been raised for the Ola community.
When filling out Christmas cards this season, how about sending one on to our military heroes.
 Holiday Mail For Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capital Heights, MD 20791-5456.
 What a great way to show our appreciation for their service!

SANTA WILL BE AT P.A.L. TOMORROW

Today would be a good day to "primp" your pet for his/her picture with Santa tomorrow at P.A.L.  This fundraising event for the Pet Adoption League will start at 10:00AM and finish up at 3:00PM.  Christmas wreaths will also be available for purchase.

MAILING DEADLINES FOR THE USPS


Are you mailing Christmas packages this year?  Click HERE for shipping deadlines.

Monday, November 26

SPEEDYQUICK INTERNET AND PHONE SERVICE INFO!!

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GREAT CHRISTMAS DEALS!!

Check out some great deals at www.hip2save.com. This is Susan J.'s daughter's website and Collin is always posting great deals especially now with the holidays approaching.

SHOOTING COYOTES!

Wildlife Services is in the area of Ola this AM shooting coyotes. Should be out of here about 10. Apparently this at the request of area ranchers.