JUNE 17, 2010

Happenings on the Hilltop…
(Weippe news)

By Nancy Tschida

    Janet O’Crowley has had a series of visitors lately. Friends Donna and Steve came from southern Idaho for the Camas Festival and to wish her well on her upcoming move. As soon as they left, Janet’s daughters and niece arrived. Everyone left then one daughter returned.

   Helen Kettle and Gretchen Small, Janet’s daughters, and cousin, Chris Tyler visited after the trio enjoyed a horse-packing trip from Council into the wilderness. Although it rained the entire trip, everyone had a great time. They certainly enjoyed the warmth of Janet’s home and hospitality after that trip.

    Helen traveled from Homedale, Gretchen from Ketchikan Alaska, and Chris from Rochester New York. Their trip into Idaho’s back country was quite an experience for the cousins. Chris, who had never been “Out West,” enjoyed the adventure and experienced an entirely new part of the USA.

   Once they returned to civilization, Gretchen and Janet spent time discussing Janet’s upcoming move to live with Gretchen in Alaska. Having this time helped them finalized details for Janet’s upcoming move.

   Helen returned after helping the others head home. She helped Janet, Rhonda Snyder, and Lorraine Elam plan and celebrate a surprise retirement party for me. This was a gala event. It truly was a surprise to see all the friends who came to help celebrate. We all had a wonderful time. I want to thank everyone for creating such a special evening.

Summer pasture

   Anton and Tyler Larson of “Larson Century Ranch” released their cattle on their state lease at Lacey Meadows. Because spring had more rain than normal, releasing cattle was delayed several weeks. Generally cattle being pastured on state leased land are released Memorial Day weekend. The ranch on Three Mile Road has been in the family over a century. Rick Larson and his sons, Anton and Tyler, report that they enjoy the community and spend as much time here as possible.

Senior Meal Site Lunch Menu

   Thursday, June 17–Baked Chicken, Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetables, Salad, Fruit, and Milk.

   Monday, June 21 – Lasagna, Vegetables, Salad, Pears, Cake, and Milk.

   Monday I enjoyed my first meal at the Weippe Meal Site – the food was delicious! Everyone is welcomed.

Weippe Discovery Center/Weippe Library

   The “Summer Reading” program is offered for everyone birth through teen. Registration is currently open. Adults who bring children for registration will automatically be entered in a drawing. Prizes for adults are a fishing pole and wild life prints. The drawing for these will be held at the end of the reading program.

   The program’s first event will be Monday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. The Water Safety will be this week’s topic.

   Crafts are another event sponsored by the library. Youths may participate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 and again June 30 when waterfowl will be the topic. Attending these events will help create special summer memories that will last a lifetime.

   The library offers another special program, “Basic Rod Building,” taught by Joe Douglas from Black Dog Tackle. This FREE class is a $350 value and includes all supplies. The class is offered to eight youths age 11 and older. It will be held twice weekly from July 13-29. There are still a few openings in the class so early enrollment is required.

   All attending must commit to participate in all six classes. To complete the fishing pole, all classes are necessary.


   The Pacific Primitive Rendezvous will be held in Weippe this year from June 18-25. Saturday, June 19, community members will be able to tour the Rendezvous area. Admission tickets are $5 each and specify either morning or afternoon time frame. Tickets are being sold at the library and Mary Ann's store.

   Traditional rendezvous are ones in which all weapons, camping equipment, clothing, etc are to be pre 1860. Participants dress and use equipment of the fur trader era. The camp, traders, and participants reflect the historical period exactly. This picture of our western history is what visitors will be able to observe on Saturday.

   At the end of winter, trappers took their furs to large gatherings called rendezvous. Here they competed with each other to see who was best at using the tools of their trade. Rendezvous include competitions with working weapons and a variety of targets. Guns, knives, hawks, and bows are some of the weapons used in competition.  The pistols and rifles used are loaded carefully using a patch, black powder, and a lead round ball. Loading these guns reminds me of the TV programs with women tearing their petticoats for patches as the men load rifles taller than they are to do battle.

Retirement Party

   Some lovely Weippe Ladies coordinated a wonderful surprise retirement party for me with 21 guests present. Rhonda Snyder, Lorraine Elam, and Janet Ocrowley created one of the greatest parties ever. Rhonda's ranch was the setting of the party which included a fire pit blazing all evening and an indoor area featuring hats and clowns.

   A variety of events filled the gap between dinner and cake cutting. Everyone wore hats and a hat contest was held. Lorraine won this contest with her fishing hat. Janet revealed my history by asking questions and having each guest tell of our first meeting - some of their memories were surprising. Door prizes were given to everyone. I appreciate the efforts of the organizers and thank everyone who came or sent their best wishes for my retirement.