JULY 8, 2010

Happenings on the Hilltop…
(Weippe news)

By Nancy Tschida

Weippe’s 4th of July Fireworks

   Families and communities have a variety of traditions with which they celebrate the 4th of July, our Nation’s Birthday. Often the celebration includes a combination of group gatherings, picnics, family reunions, and fire work displays.

   The most enjoyable fire work displays are ones in which the community gathers together to create a celebration. This is the type of display that was held the evening of the 4th at the Weippe Mini Park. Dozens of people gathered and set off fire works together in celebration. The display was amazing.

   Because the volunteer fire department was at the park, the danger of a wild fire being started was eliminated. The community appreciates the contributions of the volunteers which keep us safe.

   Weippe’s a fun place. Celebrating as a community in a safe environment creates enjoyment for everyone. If you missed this year’s event, plan to attend next year.

Family Reunions

   A traditional Fourth of July weekend event for families is reunions. It’s a great summer holiday and is often warm enough to enjoy gathering outdoors. Those with recent visitors are:

Dolores Watson

   Saturday, July 3, the family of Dolores Watson gathered at Fraser Park. Dolores reports that the family enjoyed the event even though it was rather cool for July.

   Dolores’ son, Rick Bailey of Coeur d’Alene with companion Donna met his children for the reunion. Rick’s son Brian attended with Lindsey and her baby. Rick’s daughters, Amy and Miranda, joined the family bringing Amy’s two girls.

   Terry and Bill Millage attended; two granddaughters accompanied them.

   Sue and John Wyatt were the family representing Weippe.  Their children couldn’t attend but will visit this month.

Janet Ocrowley moving

   Janet is preparing to leave her Idaho home and move to Alaska to live with her daughter, Gretchen. As her moving date quickly approaches, her family and friends have been visiting to wish her well in her newest adventure. Over the 4th of July weekend her granddaughter, Jina Huitt and family visited from Reno.

   Janet’s daughter, Helen Kettle, came to Weippe several times in June and remained until July. Helen’s grandson, Kaeden, joined the family June 30 to celebrate his 5th birthday. Kaeden’s parents, Levi and Donna Kettle of Denver, brought him for the event and enjoyed visiting with the Idaho family.

   During June, Helen has been moving into her Weippe summer home. She has finished moving and now has an “Escape Cabin” complete with library. She will be a wonderful addition to the community.

John and Sandee Cox

   Greg and Kimalee Klug and sons Taylor and Jacob came from Harpster with nephew J.R. Finnell from Kooskia. The group spent July 3rd helping the family prepare for summer. The family’s main focus was preparing a beautiful yard. After working, they enjoyed a picnic with BBQ and Sandee’s famous deviled eggs and potato salad. It was a feast enjoyed by all.

   Last fall Sandee spent several weeks hospitalized in Spokane. Since then, it’s been necessary for her to be monitored closely by doctors. Some weeks have involved daily appointments for blood tests in Lewiston. She has improved significantly and currently has only one appointment weekly. 

   Greg and other family members have been especially attentive the past year while Sandee and John have been ill. John had a variety of health problems is also recovering at home. We wish both of them a speedy recovery.

Doggie Fun?

   Sandee’s dog, Benjamin, has been engaging in another summer tradition – playing with skunks. Skunks play too - then “Man’s Best Friend” smells good to other doggies but beyond belief to their human companions. The job of removing the smell becomes critical. Since this has happened several times lately, Sandee and John have found a satisfactory solution. For others dealing with the “Skunk Smell”, here’s Sandee’s recipe:

Skunk DeSmell

   While holding nose, dump the following into a bucket:

   1 bottle hydrogen peroxide

   2 tablespoons baking soda

   Large squirt of liquid dish soap. Fill bucket with water. Use to shampoo dog. Continue holding nose until process is complete. If you're too tangled with the skunk, repeat the procedure in shower for yourself.

Senior Meal Site

   Weippe is a small town with a variety of the services expected only in large cities. One of these is the Senior Meal Site where lunches are served at noon on Mondays and Thursdays. Everyone is welcome.

   Meals may be eaten at the site, taken home to eat, or meals may be delivered to shut-ins.  One must be at least 60 for this and approved in advance by the Lewiston office. There are several criteria which will qualify a person. To qualify a person is to have one of the following: 1] low income, 2] poor health, 3] generally alone for home meals, &/or 4] extenuating circumstances.

   For the community to continue receiving these services, it’s important that as many people as possible join us for lunch. Support this program by enjoying a wonderful meal with friends and neighbors. Lunch menu for Thursday, July 8 -Beefy Casserole & cheese, Salad, Fruit, Jell-O, and milk. Monday, July 12 -Bowtie Goulash, Vegetable, Salad, Cottage Cheese, Fruit, & milk.

Weippe Library

   Melissa reports week two of the Summer Reading program at the Weippe Library was a lot of fun and very educational! On Wednesday they had Forest Wildlife Biologist Dan Davis from Clearwater and Nezperce National Forests do a presentation on different water birds and their calls. Nineteen kids attended ranging in age from 3 to 11.

   Next week’s theme is "Fish". Alyse Cadez from the Nez Perce National Historical Park Service is doing a presentation at 1:30 on Wednesday, July 14. They will also have crafts that day from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Lots of prizes to be given away at the end of the presentation so don't miss out.

   Mark your calendar for these special events at the library! Friday, July 9, there will be popcorn and a movie, “Finding Nemo" at 12:30 p.m. Be early for good seating. On Thursday the 15th they are hosting a "Teens Only Night" from 8-10 p.m., and then a "Family Night" on Friday, July 9 from 6-9 p.m. for people of all ages. Both nights there will be video games, board games, foosball, snacks and refreshments.

   There are still a few openings for the Rod Building Class that begins on July 13. This is a FREE class being taught by Joe Douglas of Black Dog Tackle. The classes will be at 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for three weeks in the library basement. This opportunity is worth $350 per student and the class is limited to eight youth ages 11-19, so be sure to get an application before all the slots are filled.

   Call the library at 435-4058 if you would like more information.