Pierce Community Pool

Last Monday, June 7, the project for the removal of the Community Pool roof started. As of Monday, June 14, the entire top and sides were removed. It took exactly one week to remove the danger that threatened our pool’s existence.

Tuesday, June 15, they began putting the fence around it. Their reassurance of us being able to open by the first of July, is getting closer to becoming a reality. They are still asking that people stay out of the way of the construction area to make the contractor’s jobs easier.

We want to also make sure we send a HUGE shoutout and again cannot say thank you enough to the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy Cadets. Those young men spent all day last Friday helping us clean up around our pool. They worked in the hot sun picking up, cleaning, vacuuming, pressure washing, organizing, and painting to help get this project done sooner. We truly are blessed to have these students in our community and their willingness to volunteer their time to help our small town. Again, I am not sure thank-you can be said enough times to express our gratitude.

Our target date for re-grand opening is July 1. We don’t foresee any reason why this cannot happen. Wednesday, July 7 will be our “Meet and Greet” for swim lessons. This is to give our instructors the opportunity to see what class your child will be placed in based on their level of swimming skills.

July 12 will begin week one of swim lessons, and July 19 start of our second week. Between now and then we will get paperwork and packets ready as well as getting a bus schedule lined out for Orofino. Please be patient with us, we are trying our best to get everything done, lined out, in order and finished in a timely manner.

Message from Brandy

I want to take this time to add a few things regarding the decisions made and the plan for our pool. I have always tried to make sure the “news” I write for you isn’t personal, but I feel this time it was needed. I understand this was shocking, or sad, or even confusing for the majority of you. Let me ask you this, when was the last time you came to the pool? Well, I can tell you for me it was well over 30 years. So, when I accepted the position as the Community Center & Pool Manager and saw “our” beloved pool for the first time in a very long time, I will be honest, it was NOT the pool I remembered. I became sad, and then became determined, very determined, to “save” our pool like so many of you keep saying you want to help do. With me, I am a realist and I probably ask “why” way too many times, but I want to make sure I truly understand. I need to be able to focus on what is “real” and what is able to become a reality.

When I was hired, it was to help bring forward ideas that could bring life back to Center and save our pool. That is exactly what I am trying so hard to make happen. I come up with ideas, do my homework, and then present them to the board. Whether it was my idea or not, I respect our board, their knowledge, their experience, and completely trust the decisions they make are always in the best interest of our community, the Community Center, and Pool. I have only been with this job a short time, and I may have been gone 20 years,

BUT…this is still my hometown, my Center, my pool, my memories, just as they are yours. I still have my Red Cross Swimming Lesson Card from 1982, my awards from gymnastics, memories of Junior High dances and pre-school upstairs, the pictures of our eighth grade graduation pool and movie party, Junior Miss practices, and skate nights, so be reassured, I DO CARE what happens to this building and pool.

I am not scared to do the hard work, put the wet suit on and get into 52-degree water to fix what I am able to for our pool, stay all night to make sure it stays secure, save the original pool rules sign hand painted in 1973 to touch up and rehang, and whatever else it takes that I am capable of doing. I welcome each and every one of you and your help, after all its not a Center, it’s a COMMUNITY CENTER and COMMUNITY POOL.

We need the help, we need the sponsors, things get old, things break, wear out, and without help, we go without or as in the past, not even open the pool. We can’t replace the roof, it is unrealistic, but we were able to save the pool itself. THAT is what truly matters. We should feel blessed it didn’t end up like Headquarters’ and Orofino’s and become a tennis court. The damages to the structure portion that held the roof was beyond repair, so much so, that the next storm would have sealed its fate and turned it into the next 6C tennis court.

So, let’s take this time and focus on the blessing in it all, we still have a pool and not dwell on a silly roof. To me, the pool itself is our little diamond in the rough of 6C. So, let’s polish her up, make her shine, and hope we enjoy her another 50 years. Message me, email me, call the Center, let’s fundraise, sponsor, and whatever else it takes to lift this pool back onto the pedestal it belongs on top of and provide our kids with the accessories they are going to need to enjoy a beautiful outdoor pool.

~Brandy

The Community Center is open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Messages are answered after 4 p.m. from the Facebook page. Please do not call the school regarding questions about the center unless it is an emergency.

There is no one on site until 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday is the only day Brandy is there all day. Summer hours will be announced within the next week.

Timberline Schools

HELLO SUMMER!!! Have a safe, fun, and wonderful summer break kids!!

Timberline Volleyball attended a three-day camp, “Spike Frog Volleyball in Deary, Idaho. The girls had a fun few days playing Volleyball and hanging out as a team. Their coach stated she was proud of the girls and how hard they worked to improve. They would like to thank Spike Frog Volleyball for hosting the camp.

NGYCP- Idaho Youth

ChalleNGe Academy

Class 21-1 is getting close to completion, and at the same time, we are busy filling spaces for Class 21-2, which starts July 17. If you know anyone that needs a Second Chance, please share. For more details visit www.idyouthchallenges.com

Pierce News

The Pierce-Weippe Trailrider’s Club’s annual Father’s Day ATV Ride is Saturday, June 19 in Pierce. Signups begin at 8:30 a.m. across from The Market. Raffle prizes start at 4 p.m.

Idaho Army National Guard 25th Army Band coming to Pierce!

Gem Committee News -Idaho Army National Guard 25th Army Band coming to Pierce! On Tuesday, June 29 at 6 p.m., the Idaho Army National Guard Band will be in concert at the Pierce Ball Park! Mark this date!! Pierce is part of their Fourth of July Concert Tour throughout Idaho. This concert is FREE to the public. We hope to see everyone at this special concert!

Supported by the Pierce Gem Team, there will be popcorn and water on sale, on site. Please bring a blanket or lawn chairs for the concert. This is a history-maker for Pierce, and we hope all will come out to enjoy this evening and celebrate Fourth of July early!

Deer Creek Fishing Derby

Another Derby in the books! Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the day with us. It started out a bit wet, but the sun came out and we had a beautiful day. Our winners are as follows: First place and winner of $400 went to Jerry Martin. Second place winner of $200 AND longest fish winner of a rod and reel was Ronnie Anderson. Third place winner of $100 went to Susie Thompson. Winner of the “Smallest Fish” went to Larry LaDoux and he received a custom, hand carved “Ugly Stick” decorative rod donated by Dee Mintonye.

The winners in the kids’ division were, Brook Michna, First place trophy and $20, Second place trophy with $10 went to Gabe Guffie, and Third place trophy with $5 went to Gabriel Colwell. Thanks to Idaho Fish and Game and to all our other kids who signed up and went home with a little something!

A big thank you to our “crew”, Artie and Susan Shaw. (Susan made some awesome burgers!) Justin and Lacy Karst, helpers Brian Holt, Terry and Jennifer Rogers, and Wyatt and Charlie Billups, Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) for their generous donation towards our prize money, Cheryl Stenzel for her delicious brownies, and Amy Felder for her amazing muffins and cinnamon rolls!

This is such a fun event for us to put on and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

The Pierce Library

CORRECTION on dates

There will be Summer Reading during the entire month of July. The theme this year is “Tails and Tales”. Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. They will be having stories, crafts, games and prizes. Summer reading is for ages K-6th Grade. Younger children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult that stays with them. Attending a summer reading program benefits children with encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit, reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities, and reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up. If you have any questions, please call Kim Ward at 208-464-2823. The Summer schedule is…July 7-Wonky Donkey, July 14-Nez Perce National Park, July 21-Zelmgid-Diane Gerot, July 28-Sea Creatures. August 4- Birds-Andy Berreth, August 11- End of Summer in the Park.

Gem Team reminder

The Pierce Gem Team has bat houses for sale. In conjunction with Timberline School Outdoor Education classes, these bat houses are now a reality. It is hoped that their placement around Pierce and the Hilltop will help the bat population grow. Bats are voracious bug eaters in the convenient cloak of the dark of night. Each bat house is $40, and capable of housing approximately 100 bats (this number varies due to temperature and placement).

The Pierce Gem Team still has a few bat houses available. We also have two kits; unassembled houses for just $30. Thank you for supporting our effort to revive the bat population in and around Pierce. For information about these events or the Pierce Gem Team, please call Kathy at 208 464 1083.

The Pierce Gem Team will be donating the proceeds back to the Timberline Outdoor Education Program. Instructions on placement/installation of these houses are included. If anyone is interest in becoming a bat “parent”, please contact Kathy at 208-464-1083. There is a limited supply of these houses. Thank you for supporting the Pierce Gem Team and Timberline Schools.

Weippe News

The Hill Top Senior’s Center in Weippe is serving meals inside as of May 3. Meal days are 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. We are a drive through. Distribution of the food begins 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. We are there to reach out and help our friends and neighbor in our local community. The next food distribution will be June 22.

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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