JULY 15, 2010

Happenings on the Hilltop…
(Weippe news)

By Nancy Tschida

Hometown Heroes

   One of Weippe’s strengths is its volunteers. These people have donated years of service to help others...

Plants for Kids

   Sue Wyatt is a super gardener who has developed a garden site which produces quantities of fresh vegetables. In fact, there are so many that she might be to blame if you wake up and find a “Gift Box” of zucchini on your doorstep.

   When she isn’t gardening and caring for her home, Sue works and volunteers to work with children at Timberline. She has firsthand experience of what is and isn’t available for students and teachers. Because of her connection with pupils and the earth, Sue understands how important it is for young people to be involved with the science of growing plants, yet the school lacked the resources to fully help pupils understand the life cycle of plants.

   Mindy and Fred, Sue’s daughter and son-in-law, donated a greenhouse to the Pierce School so teachers and pupils had the needed resource. This enabled teachers and pupils to actively participate in the activity of plant life cycles.

   When the elementary was moved to Timberline there wasn’t room to set up the greenhouse. Therefore, Sue temporarily took it home and developed a method to create funds for the supplies needed for pupils using it.

   She has grown starts and vegetables and sold them so pupils and teachers have funds for supplies. People who take plants or veggies home donate to the school fund.

   Even with all the changes at Timberline, there will not be adequate space for the greenhouse to be permanently installed for pupils and teachers to use.

   Because of this Sue Wyatt has changed her focus. She continued to grow plants and lets those who adopt them donate to the school.

   The change is that the donated funds will be used differently. Instead of being dedicated to supplies for the greenhouse the funds will be used for items no longer funded by the school district. For example, a field trip to Orofino costs about $200, and these are no longer funded. Sue’s volunteer labor and donations from the community will help the school provide such trips. We appreciate all Sue does to help pupils.

Benefit Auction

   Saturday, July 17, at 11 a.m. there will be a benefit auction for Dave Vaughn who has cancer. It will be at the Weippe Community Hall with a buffet lunch served. A preview time is scheduled for 10 a.m.

   Bill Jared will be the auctioneer. He and the coordinators volunteer their time and talents to help those in need.

Library News

   Library hours are: Monday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m-5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

   The Weippe Library has a full range of services: books, computers, wireless access, TV and special programs. Drop by and join the activities.

   The Summer Reading Program is a special program for youth. During the week of July 19-23 the theme is “Oceans, Rivers and Lakes”. Wednesday, July 21, has crafts from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with a presentation at 1:30 p.m.

Senior Meal Lunch Menu

   Even during the hot days, the meal site has delicious hot meals for seniors. This week over 30 people enjoyed eating together. Others had lunches delivered. Menu for the coming week: Thursday, July 15, pork, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, melon and milk; Monday, July 19, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, cantaloupe and milk.


   We would like to express our sympathy to the friends and family of Rosemary M. Teed who passed away June 29 at the age of 90. She lived most of her life in Weippe where children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have been community members.