Kootenai Valley Quilt Guild Presents Quilts of Valor to 25 Veterans

Submitted by
Davene Rauschmier


On Veterans’ Day Friday November 11th, with the support of Libby VFW Post #1548, the Kootenai Valley Quilt Guild presented Quilts of Valor to 25 Veterans.

120 Veterans and guests were served a delicious meatloaf dinner prepared by the friends of The VFW.

During the touching presentation, a brief history and slide show described each Veteran, who was then presented their quilt by the individual quilter.

Recipients included Veterans from WWll to the Afghanistan Conflict representing the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003, with a dream of providing comfort and healing to service members and veterans through quilts.

Since 2003, over 300,000 quilts have been awarded. The Kootenai Valley Quilt Guild has partnered with the Libby VFW to provide quilts to local Veterans and are proud to be a part of recognizing the commitment and sacrifice they have given.

The Guild has been a part of the community for over 30 years.  The members include women from all backgrounds and a variety of quilting interests.

To date, the Guild has awarded over 50 Quilts of Valor to Veterans who are connected to Libby and the surrounding areas.

Another Quilts of Valor presentation is being planned for May of 2023.

If you are a Veteran, or know of a Veteran that would like to receive a Quilt of Valor, please contact the Kootenai Valley Quilt Guild at kvqglibby@gmail.com.


Photo courtesy of Davene Rauschmier

City of Troy Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Nov. 26

The City of Troy Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on November 26. The Lincoln Theatre will be opening at 4:30 p.m. to provide hot cider and popcorn.

From 4:45 until 5:45 p.m. a sing along Christmas carols and a wonderful Christmas story on the stage. Cocoa, coffee, and cookies will be served.

Children’s Games will be held at 5 p.m. and Santa arrives at 5:55. The Tree Lighting will be at 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Pot Luck at The Yaak River Tavern & Mercantile

Thanksgiving Pot Luck at The Yaak River Tavern & Mercantile, Located at 29238 Yaak River Rd, in Troy

will be a potluck, The Merc will be closed and the Tavern will open beginning at 5 p.m. We have someone providing the turkey, so bring a side.

Paint It Pink Fundraisers Successful Once Again

Submitted by

Paula Collins

Since Paint It Pink fundraising efforts began in 2007, the fund has helped to provide a digital mammography machine, helped raise funds for 3D Mammography, as well as over 300 free diagnostic and screening mammograms and breast ultrasounds to uninsured men and women in Lincoln County. In 2022, fundraising efforts were back in full swing after cancelling events in the past 2 years due to COVID.

October 2022 proved to be another successful year for the Paint It Pink program. “Our community pulled together and raised just under $12,000 for the detection and treatment of breast cancer for the people of Lincoln County. We are so proud of the work that has been accomplished with these fundraising efforts, which were started by Cabinet Peaks Medical Center and Glacier Bank to help raise money for a digital mammography machine at our local hospital,” stated Paula Collins, Marketing Manager at CPMC and Paint it Pink Coordinator.  “All that has been done is thanks to the support of community partners who have rallied behind this cause, started their own annual fundraising events, attended events, and given out of their own pockets. The effort and generosity really is impacting our community and saving local lives.”

The month included the annual Glacier Bank Fun Run and CPMC’s Breast Health Awareness Dessert, as well as various donations from local organizations such as Scenty’s Amanda Schulze, Homesteader’s Ranch and Home and sporting events at Libby High School. “We are thrilled with the amount of support from local businesses to put together events and PIP sale items to help raise money for this cause.

Photo Courtesy of
Paula Collins



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Current Needs:


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Holiday Needs: Thanksgiving


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