JULY 1, 2010

Happenings on the Hilltop…
(Weippe news)

By Nancy Tschida

July 4th at the Mini Park

   Sunday is the 4th of July when kids from nine to ninety enjoy celebrating the birth of our nation. Families and groups have developed their own traditions. Many people include camping, picnics, parades, and fire work displays. Fire work displays are traditional for most celebrations. They are fun to light and set off as well as to watch others light their fire works. As much enjoyment as they are, they can also be dangerous. Individuals have been hurt by explosions and fires have been set accidentally.

   To avoid problems, it helps to have a safe environment for this activity. The Weippe Volunteer Fire Department is creating the needed safe environment. They will have a fire truck at the Mini-Park on July 4th to ensure the safety of the area and address the concern of wild fires being started by fire works.

   Individuals and families are encouraged to bring their fire works to the Mini-Park to light and share the joy of celebrating with others. By doing this, the entire community can enjoy each others fireworks while ensuring a safe evening without the fear of starting wild fires.


   “Streams & Ponds” will be the theme of next week’s Summer Reading Program. Crafts will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a 1:30 p.m. field trip, which will reinforce what is learned about this theme. This should be a special treat for everyone attending.

Weippe Postmaster promotes healthy living

   Weippe Postmaster, Larry Beauchamp, would like to assure all of his concerned customers that he is fine. People expressed concern because he lost 40 pounds in the last year.

   He was huffing and puffing while doing normal day to day activities; therefore, decided to make healthy changes in his lifestyle. He started watching calories and exercising and was amazed at how much more energy he had after losing weight. 

   His New Years resolution was to run/walk 500 miles this year.  As of June 16 he has logged nearly 350 miles, most of them on a treadmill, but since the weather has improved, he has been getting outside. He says he averages four miles and has run as far as 5.5 miles during his lunch time. 

   He encourages everyone to “Just get out there. Eat healthy and exercise. There is no magic pill except to really make a commitment to change. Exercise is good for your mind as well as your body and it’s a great stress reducer.” 


   The Weippe TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group meets Thursday mornings at the Weippe Alano Building next to the Community Center. Weigh in starts at is 8:15 a.m. and the meeting starts at 9 a.m.

   Currently there are five members who have mostly met their goals and are supporting each other in maintenance. These members are willing to help others with their goals.

   Maintaining weight loss is difficult for most individuals. Support groups, such as TOPS, are the most effective method to do this. Even those who have already reached their weight goal are encouraged to join and receive the extra support to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

   New members are welcome. The annual fee is $27. Before joining an individual may visit a regular meeting.

   For more information call Charlotte Bonner 435-4158 or Dolores Watson 435-4481.

Auction for Dave Vaughn

   Donations for the Dave Vaughn auction are still being accepted. To make donations, contact one of the following: Chris Wolfe-Anderson 208-435-4224 or email, Judy Howard (208) 476-7770 or Denise London (208) 435-4802.