MAY 6, 2010

Pierce News…

by Leslie Potratz 464-1023

   Thank you to the Senior Government Class and their teacher, Katie Bird. What a momentous time in the Historic Pierce Courthouse it was last Wednesday, with the seniors doing the mock trial of the "Mike Kloss Trial for Murder."

   What fun to all be squeezed into the courthouse stretching our necks to see the action. Upon hearing the students, it was obvious they had taken the case seriously and worked hard on their parts. Most of all, they understood the seriousness and workings of the United States judicial system, a little better, which was the true reason for the experience.

   Many of the seniors had never been inside the courthouse, and that was also a bonus. Thank you to all who attended and supported the students. While gathering at Studio 205 for pizza afterwards, the class expressed their appreciation for the town involvement. Mrs. Bird stated that the junior class has already asked if this could be part of the curriculum for them next year.

   Thanks to all of the townspeople that helped make it successful for the kids and to those who prepared the courthouse for such an event, and put it back in tack after the trial. And of course, we appreciate so much Judge Randy Robinson for coming all the way to Pierce twice; first to coach the kids in their class, and also to preside over the trial to make it even more authentic.

   Thanks too, to the citizens who gave interesting comments for the kids on the times and person of Mr. Kloss, from a first-hand perspective. It made the event so much more interesting. All in all, the mock trial was a great example of "community."

Chamber Meeting

   The Pierce-Weippe Chamber of Commerce meeting will be Wed. May 12, to coincide with the Timberline School Academics Awards Banquet. The Chamber business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Timberline Library.

ATV Club

   The Pierce/Weippe ATV Trail Riders Club will hold their meeting this Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at Timberline Café in Weippe. A members’ ride will be held the following day, Saturday.

   The club is holding a Fun Run on June 5; sign up will be at the Timber Inn. The first place prize will be a chainsaw. Other prizes will be awarded also. Tickets are on sale at most hilltop businesses for a 250 Suzuki ATV to be given away 1860 Days.

1860 Days

   The committee meeting for 1860 Days, held April 29 went quickly, as few showed up, but the members who were there made key decisions. The most important among them was the choosing of the 2010 Grand Marshal.

   This year, Catherine Carlson has graciously accepted the honored roll of presiding over the 1860 Days parade and festivities. As most of you know, she is a long-time quiet mover and shaker in the community, and we are happy to celebrate her positive contributions. Congratulations, Catherine!

   The t-shirt design is nearly finished, and we know you will like this sesquicentennial edition - it is sure to become a collector's item.

   The committee also finalized the design idea for the new street banner, and we hope that will be in construction soon. This colorful banner is 30' X 4', and will span the highway, welcoming all to 1860 Days. We hope everyone will enjoy this new durable enhancement to the event.

   The next meeting of the committee will be Thursday, May 13, 6 p.m., at A Blue Moose in Pierce. If you have ideas, please be there, or call Kathy at 464-1083. Anyone willing to be part of this celebration in any capacity is enthusiastically encouraged to join us!

Sesquicentennial Event: Mary Todd Lincoln and an Ice Cream Social

   Join us to hear Mary Todd Lincoln speak Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m. at the Pierce Community Center. This engaging personality, played deftly by Janet Worthington of Boise, in character and dress, will take you back to the days of her marriage to Abraham Lincoln.

   She will reveal why she did not want her husband to move them to Idaho, and you will get a glimpse into her complex personality. You will not want to miss this date with history!

   Afterward, an old fashioned ice cream social will be served, with vanilla and huckleberry ice creams, and various yummy toppings. Everyone is invited, and Miners Claim Cards will be stamped, so don't forget yours.

   The new sesquicentennial pin is now available -- you may get yours for a mere $2 each at Blue Moose, White Pine Credit Union, and Carmen Syed. These will also be on sale, along with the sesquicentennial t-shirts, at the Ice Cream Social on May 8. These are beautiful pins; they just get better. The first one of the series of four is still available, so you will want to have the set.

Water Usage

   The month of May Pierce residents will be paying for the actual amount of water they use for the first time. Here are a few tips for water conservation in your bathroom. If you have one faucet that drips 20 times per minute, you are wasting 1 gallon of water per day. Studies show that dripping faucets and leaking toilets account for as much as 14% of all indoor water use, equivalent to 10 gallons per person of water lost per day! Turn off water when brushing your teeth or shaving and save more than five gallons per day.

   Install faucet aerators and reduce water flow to 1.5 gallons/minute.

   Toilets account for almost 30% of all indoor water use, more than any other fixture or appliance. Replacing an old toilet with a new model can save the typical household 7,900 to 21,700 gallons of water per year.

   Install an ultra low-flow toilet that requires only 1.6 gallons per flush. Reduce the amount of water an older toilet uses by placing a half-gallon plastic jug in the tank. Do not use the toilet as a trash can.

   Take a quick shower (less than five minutes) and save an average of 20 gallons of water. Install a low-flow shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gallons per minute.