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 By Lynn Stetson    Community    July 5, 2018 

Mom shared so much more than her singing voice with this kid

I had just checked out of the school library a book of songs. I ran the seven blocks home from school to show it to Mom. "Let's sing," I said. We sat on the floor, squeezed into a little corner in...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    July 5, 2018 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Summertime is ideal for teaching kids to cook. By age 9, young people can begin to master dishes involving boiling water for cooking pasta, eggs and packaged meals, measuring and mixing ingredients...

 

Meet your neighbors

You meet the nicest people in Odessa whether they have been here for one hundred years or they just recently moved here. Odessa is a wonderful place with wonderful people. And now I would like to...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    June 21, 2018

Welcome to My Kitchen

Salad season, school is out and pool time; recipes in this column are mostly from Odessa Friends of the Pool Cookbooks. Barb Schlimmer’s Taco Salad is always a hit at any event she brings it to. The...

 

Growing up Goodman: Never take for granted the ones you're closest to

Have you ever missed someone but never really come to the realization of it until you met up with or spoke with that person again? Usually it's someone we take for granted and assume they will always...

 

Meet your neighbors

I have found over the last two years living here in Odessa and doing interviews, that there are some very wonderful and interesting people. Everyone has a story, and I feel privileged and honored...

 

Lucky LuLu: At least she was able to be a puppy

I’ve needed to write this update for awhile now, and every time I have started it I end up stuck. I know what to say, but the words don’t want to come out as eloquently as I feel they should. So with that said and having it be crunch time, here i...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    June 7, 2018

Welcome to My Kitchen

Graduation season is here and high school and college graduation celebrations abound. Most years this column features salads and sides for a crowd suggestions for all the celebrations, but this year...

 
 By Vivianne Poe    Community    May 31, 2018

Meet your neighbor

Another beautiful day in paradise, and today I was privileged to have a wonderful visit with Lois Renken. She was born in 1933 in Kellogg, Idaho and grew up in Spokane Valley with her parents Mark...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 24, 2018

Welcome to My Kitchen

Rhubarb is in plentiful supply in local gardens and area supermarket. Sauces, pies, chutneys, cookies, even salad recipes abound for preparing this prolific spring and early summer fruit. Crust-less R...

 

Muffins With Mom aids parental involvement

[Editor’s note: Last week we ran pictures of this event at school. Additional information about the event is provided here. An earlier event called Donuts with Dad provided similar activities.] With the passage and implementation of the Every...

 
 By Vivanne Poe    Community    May 17, 2018

Meet your neighbors

What a beautiful morning! I am very thankful for life and to be experiencing it here in the lovely, peaceful community of Odessa. Let me introduce you to Jesse, Meri Jane Bohn and their...

 

Braun graduates from UI, working on family's farms

Garret Braun, a 2014 graduate of Odessa High School, completed his studies at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, on May 12, 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Life Science in Agricultural Systems Management. His overall...

 

Odessa's response to the opioid epidemic

Opioid addiction across the United States, including rural America, is very prevalent and becoming more widespread with its affects hitting closer and closer to home. In response to the opioid crisis and its effects, Odessa Memorial Healthcare...

 
 By Laura Estes    Community    May 10, 2018

Welcome to My Kitchen

Asparagus season has begun. Though we can buy asparagus in the supermarket most of the year, fresh locally grown is a cut above in flavor and texture. Keeping the fresh flavor and texture is all in...

 
 By Vivianne Poe    Community    May 3, 2018

Meet your neighbor

It is finally spring in Odessa, and the world is beautiful. Let me introduce you to my neighbor Frank Clark. Frank was born April 29, 1947 in Everett. He grew up in Lake Stevens with his parents and...

 

Marlin's Stacia Lesser gets award, maintains 4.0 gpa

The WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture has announced the names of its 2018 outstanding students, faculty and staff at its annual convocation ceremony. Award winners include...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

With the passing of Barbara Bush this past week, it seems appropriate to share her recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies. During the 1992 Bush/Clinton presidential campaign a family favorite from each of...

 

Stumpjumper generosity

What a wonderful surprise met Merleen Smith when a knock came to her front door from Marcus Horak who was delivering food to The Odessa Food Bank on behalf of The Stumpjumpers who had generously donated many food items to help stock the shelves...

 

Welcome to My Kitchen

Spring keeps tempting us with bits of sunshine between bouts of April downpours. The ground is too soggy to do much garden preparation, so it is a good time to clean out your freezer. Those who...

 

Babysitting Basics class certifies 10 from area

On Monday, April 2, 2018, 10 students spent the first day of spring break in the basement of the Odessa Memorial Healthcare Center becoming certificated babysitters. This brings the total to 103...

 

Weber family reunion

A family reunion is being planned for all descendants of John Adam and Katherine Schoessler Weber in Quincy over the Memorial Day weekend. The Webers emigrated to the United States in 1902, following sons John Adam (Magdalena Giest) in 1889, Jacob...

 

Mad Hatter's Ball Daddy/Daughter Dance

On Saturday, March 24, I had the extreme pleasure of donating and building, with the much needed help of Tammy Tokas, a 25-ft.-long (give or take) balloon arch for The Mad Hatters Ball, the second...

 

Quilting event hosts 90 visitors to Odessa on 3/19

Monday, March 19, Fronen Steppdecker, The Odessa Quilt Club, hosted their 23rd Annual Quilt Til You Wilt, one-day retreat at the Odessa Community Center. The 90 participants came from around the state, some from as far way as Walla Walla, Seattle,...

 

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