Pierce Community Center- ***UPDATE*** Public Notice for Pierce Community Pool- THEY ARE FINALLY OPEN!!!!!!! With a lot of hard work and dedication by staff, board members, and Idaho Stage out of Kamiah, our pool is finally open, and we all managed to not go off the deep end in the process!! We can NOT be more excited!!! The first day was last Friday which included the first day of Swim Lessons.

The boilers at this point are not on and the pool is not being heated. The temperature is staying between 74-78 degrees, which is heated by the sun. The boilers are in and waiting for their new chimney to be turned on. They have had several inquiries regarding private pool parties and will be addressed during the board meeting this week and will be provided to the public once a decision and details are made.

NOTE***Construction is STILL taking place, but now has moved over to the Community Center side. With the boiler and roof over the pool completed, the new roof for the Community Center has begun. Idaho Stage who is doing the project has provided the community with safe entry to the building and clinic by means of “tunnels”. Please use these entry points when entering the building to avoid being hurt and do not cross the caution tape they have placed up for any reason whatsoever.

Idaho Stage has been working with us to make sure the community is still able to utilize the facility, so please do not hinder their work by unnecessary distractions by means of crossing their caution area. If we allow them to get their job done safely and quickly, the quicker things will be back to normal, but with a beautiful “new” pool and roof over the Community Center. The Community Center and Idaho Stage appreciate your patience during this time.

A HUGE THANK YOU- To our wonderful and amazing community, you all have been so extremely supportive.

Those who have inquired about Swimming Lessons, they started Friday, July 16. There is still time to attend! Call and find the correct time based on your child’s age and ability or stop by between 9-noon and get your child signed up.

Lessons are $50 for one week or $70 for both weeks. There is a 25 percent off for multiple siblings. Lessons are ½ hour each day. IF you live in the Weippe Recreation District area, swim lessons are half price. Please be sure to mention if you live in this area when calling; you must be verified as living in this district and on the list provided by the Weippe Recreation District.

Orofino Bus*** UPDATE*** They still do not have any parents that have come forward to let the Pool know they can move forward with making arrangements for the bus. If you are an Orofino parent, grandparent, or an adult; over 18 and not still in school, that is willing to chaperone pool bus from Orofino to Pierce and back, please contact the Pierce Community. This will require a commitment for the entire season, no chaperone, NO BUS!!! They will not make an exception.

The more parents, the better, as a schedule can be made and not just two parents are trying to accommodate the full season. This is a privilege and a great service to our kids in Orofino and not a right, so it’s up to parents to step up to make sure the bus will run. We cannot come up with a schedule without knowing we have chaperones.

Timberline Schools- Hope you all are enjoying your summer. They have just released the school supply list and are advising that the open at Walmart is not correct, and to use the one that has been shared by the school. Timberline Junior High is looking for a Head Football Coach, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, and Assistant Volleyball Coach. Again, these are all for Junior High, not High School. Applications are available at the www.jsd171.org

NGYCP- Idaho Youth

ChalleNGe Academy

Monday was busy for the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy as they helped welcome the new class of candidates and get them acclimated to the program. They would also like to let everyone know that letters to the candidates are slowly starting to trickle in…Thank you. They ask that you keep them coming. Remember, youth can send and receive mail every day (except Sunday) of every week they are here.

Since all mail must go through Spokane, Washington, for processing, expect letter to take 5-6 business days for delivery. ALSO, PLEASE check the weight of your mail before you send it. Once 55 cent stamp covers the cost to send a one-ounce letter (unless the envelope is square, which is non-machinable and costs 75 cents). Anything heavier, and the mail will arrive marked “postage due”. Staff will pay these fees out their personal funds to make sure they youth gets their mail. So, PLEASE help the staff to help them be successful.

Pierce News

July 27, the Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the Pierce Community Center Gymnasium at noon. Please use the safe entrance access tunnels provided by the construction company when entering the building and do not cross the caution lines set out. You can still access the building safely and help save lives by donating blood.

1860 Days is fast approaching, and the town of Pierce is getting ready to make sure it is a great one. With so many things taking place this year there will be much to see and do from the Pierce Pool, the All-class reunion, Saturday Breakfast at the Community Center and so much more. A complete list of details will be in next week’s paper.

Faith Lutheran Church of Pierce Food Pantry at 611 South Main in Pierce has summer walk-in hours. Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Also, monthly food distribution continues the first Sunday of every month from 12-12:30 p.m. For more information please phone Pastor Donna Zipp at 208-827-2660.

Mark your calendars for the Headquarters Annual Renuion Labor Day Weekend in Headquarters, Idaho. Events are planned for Friday through Sunday. For further questions regarding events, fees, or registration forms send an email to headquartersreunion@yahoo.com

Weippe News

REMINDER - The Wesleyan church, on July 18, will be having their Sermon in the Park and hosting a community potluck picnic. Worship starts at 10:45 with the potluck lunch at noon.

On Aug. 15, at 10:45 a.m., they will host a gospel concert (Stones Cry) at the Community Hall. Further information will be provided.

On Sept. 25 they will host Roosevelt Road, a gospel/bluegrass concert at the Community Hall at 6 p.m. They will update us as events get closer for further details.

The Hill Top Senior’s Center in Weippe is serving meals Mondays and Thursdays at noon. This is open to EVERYONE, not just seniors. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Tressa at 208-827-6925.

The Weippe mobile food pantry provides food to those in need each month on the fourth Tuesday of the month. This project is hosted by White Pine Rebekah Lodge members, spouses and friends.

The food is provided by the Idaho Food Bank out of Lewiston. We are a drive through – we begin distribution of the food once it has been offloaded. The truck generally arrives around 9 a.m. and we are distributing food as early as 9:30. We will stay and hand out food until 11 a.m. unless we run out earlier. The next food distribution will be July 27.

Any events, news, or information you would like to share in the Clearwater Tribune under the Pierce/Weippe news, please be sure to contact Brandy Denison by social media or email at mrsfs24@gmail.com prior to the deadline on Monday to make the following Wednesday paper.

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