MARCH 4, 2010

Happenings on the Hilltop…
(Weippe news)

Judy O'Brien 435-4870

   The silent auction and dinner at the Elkhorn for the Lewis Clark Early Childhood Program, or LCECP, turned out to be a huge success. A total of $1118 was raised and donated to the Program. Mike Dearinger and Shelly Miller prepared many chimichangas along with much help from many community members. Millie Morris prepared refried beans and Spanish rice; Peggy Steadman donated the condiments for the chimichangas and helped Chip with the cooking. 

   Businesses and community members from Weippe, Pierce and Orofino donated 87 items for the Silent Auction.  A 50/50 drawing was also held raising $102, Myrna Ely won the 50/50 drawing donating the money back to the Early Childhood Program. It’s always satisfying to see the community support a local program so wholeheartedly.

   Colleen Nelson, Pierce-Weippe Chamber secretary sends word the Chamber will meet Wednesday, March 10, 6 p.m. at The Weippe Discovery Center. Diane Schmid of Wilderness Taxidermy will be the featured speaker. They would like to invite anyone who has an interest in learning more about Taxidermy and how to preserve a specimen for Taxidermy.

   Dolores Watson has been teaching a pinochle class at the Library on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1. Several of her students joined the five tables of pinochle players at the Lodge Sunday. Dolores said they did well. High score went to Millie Morris. Low score went to Lori Franchini. Pinochle was won by Maebellann Steadman and Bill Barteaux.

   The Big City (pick one) has nothing on Weippe. We have our own internet café here in town in the form of the Timberline Café. Bring your laptop and log on.

   Another opportunity! We’ve been waiting for this! Susie Larson announces auditions for the upcoming melodrama The Ratcatcher’s Daughter or Death Valley Daze. The melodrama will be performed the last weekend in May, Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29 during the annual Camas Festival.

   Auditions will be held Tuesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. Weippe City Hall.  Susie Larson is the director and her number is 435-4617.

   Bored? No reason to be. Check out the many opportunities in town. You can obtain information on taxidermy, learn/play pinochle, get on line at the Café and audition for the Camas Festival melodrama. Opportunities abound.

   Jonathan Miles is the winner of the U.S. Pilgrimage for Youth contest. Information from the IOOF web site indicated this unique educational program was established by The Sovereign Grand Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1949 when the United Nations was just a four year old “toddler.”

   Annually the UN Pilgrimage brings together high school students from around the world to study and learn about the United Nations. For young adults interested in world affairs, international relations, economics and/or political sciences this is an opportunity of a life­time to observe the United Nations in person while exchanging views on education, politics and religion.

   Students tour the United Nations building and listen to behind-the-scenes briefings conducted by specialized United Nations agencies and departments including Ambassadors, Minister Counselors and Country Representatives.

   Each student (delegate) will participate in in-depth discussions with other young people from around the world as well as make new and lifelong friends. In addition, students experience one of the greatest cities in the world: New York. Students will attend a Broadway play; St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and much more.

   In the years since it was established, over 43,000 people have participated in the UN Pilgrimage. Congratulations to Jonathan for his hard work in achieving this award.

   T’ai Chi Chih is being offered at the Rebekah’s IOOF Lodge/Hall on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 starting this week. T’ai Chi Chih is a series of easy movements that make up a meditative form of exercise which promotes flexibility and some believe reduces stress. This is free and everybody is welcome.