Pierce Weippe News

Members of White Pine Rebekah Lodge handed out bags of potatoes in front of Weippe City Hall on Tuesday, May 5. Members shown handing out potatoes are (l to r) McKinlie Murillo, Christine Brown and Vickie Jorgenson. The potatoes were purchased by Farm Bureau Insurance in Orofino from growers in Southern Idaho who are facing a glut of products because of the national shut down. What a Win – Win situation with the farmers selling some of their products and the community benefiting from the free give away. Kudos to Farm Bureau for this example of people helping people.

Check for updates and reopening’s that will be happening in the next week or two.

Please remember that you can call in To-Go orders from local businesses!

Cyndy’s First Stop Java in Weippe, Timberline Café, Weippe, Wednesday-Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (208)435-4522,Timber Inn, Pierce, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (208)464-2736. Elk Snout Eatery and Mercantile, Pierce.

Miss Lilys will be re-opening on Saturday, May 16 at 11 a.m.

Message them on Facebook and they will have your coffee, breakfast and lunch orders ready!

Our local Grocery stores in Pierce and Weippe are open! Gas stations, hardware and auto parts stores in Pierce, ICCU Bank, The Saw Shop in Pierce. You can even call Sherry in Weippe for some beautiful fresh flowers (208)435-4793. Don’t forget our local businesses during these trying times! We are so lucky to have them here.

The Pierce Library will be reopening on May 18 at 9 a.m. We will have two of the four computers in the Tech Center open to be able to practice social distancing. We will be taking precautions to sanitize while still being able to serve you. We look forward to seeing all of you on May 18!

One change that will be happening is the Pierce Library will be withdrawing from VALNet effective June 30. This means your current library card will no longer work at any VALNet library and you will not be able to use it on Overdrive for e-books and e-audiobooks. The library board has made this decision with care knowing the effect it would have on our patrons. The upside is we will still be able to order in interlibrary loans for you, just from a different avenue. The savings we will see will allow us to purchase more books and DVDs, strengthening our collection. We do have a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the library in Weippe, so that is an option, as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please call (208)464-2823 or stop at the library.

The 20th Annual Retreat to Weippe, Idaho Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, May 23 at 8:30 a.m. starting in the Weippe Mini Park. This fun event is a three mile run/walk and fun for the whole family! Participants who would like a 20 year commemorative shirt are asked to pre-register and pay by May 10.

All other racers can fill out and bring their registration the morning of May 23. You may pick up/drop off entries at the Weippe Library. The Idaho Fish & Game Poaching Trailer will be onsite and if you have not seen this before it is a very well put together exhibit. The Hilltop Museum will also be hosting activities and there will be fishing at Deyo! You may go to www.weippe.com/events to pre-register and pay. If you have any questions please call Marge Kuchynka at 208-435-4362.

Idaho Fish & Game will still be holding Idaho Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 13, so get out and enjoy the day and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Food Distribution

The Rebekah’s Lodge in Weippe does a food distribution the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Weippe Fire Hall from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Distribution will be done as a “Drive Thru” pick-up to keep with social distancing practices. Next distribution will be on May 26.

Pierce/Weippe ATV Trailriders held a club meeting on May 9, and these are the PWA Meeting minutes. People in Attendance were Bill Young, Alison Ott Young, Bud Wilson, Katie Wilson, Mavis Vargovich, Adam Vargovich, Kathy Wilson-Dill, Heida Osvold Mcdonald, Nathan McDonald, Cole McDonald, Frances Michels, David Turnage, and Matthew Hagele. Topics covered accounts to date, June fun run, what is needed for Food Pantry Building, and membership dues.

June Fun Run is a Go!

Joni and Ben Johnson are donating the food for the BBQ at the halfway check point three. Bud and Katie Wilson are going to be at check point three.

If you are going to help with check points please come to the next meeting Saturday, June 13 at 6 p.m. If you would like to help clear trail, please contact Bill Young (President) or Bud Wilson (Vice-President). The June Fun Run is going to be June 20. SEE FACEBOOK FATHER’S DAY RUN LOCATIONS AND TIMES!

What is needed for the Food Pantry Building? We will be contacting Dewey Edwards the Original designer of the food pantry building. We would like to find a local contractor to get help. We have a dream, a drawing and now it’s finally time to put the dream into action. If you are willing to help in this planning or can point us in the right direction, please contact Bill Young at 208-464-2379. We are a 501c3 Tax deductible write-off for companies.

We added two new members: Frances Michels and David Turnage. Club dues are due, with couples at $25 per year (includes children under 18), and individual is $15 per year.

The Hilltop Seniors Congregate Meal Site in Weippe is closed due to precautions over the Covid-19 outbreak. However they will be delivering and providing grab and go meals. If you are in need of meals please call ahead and order at (208)435-4553 or (208)827-6925. We are taking every precaution necessary while still providing meals to anyone in need. Please call ahead before showing up to get instructions. The front door will remain locked and we ask that you to pull up by the back door, honk and stay in your vehicle and someone will come out. We are doing all we can to serve our community safely.

The District Library in Weippe is closed, possibly through May 15, per the order issued by Governor Little. The drop box is available for ALL library items to be returned in. Library staff will be periodically emptying and discharging the book drop. If you currently have a library item please return by its original due date or go online at ccfldatweippe.lili.org to renew. As always the library does have free WIFI you may access on the library grounds! Thank you. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!

Timberline Schools

There will be a graduation for the 2020 Senior Class! Graduation will be happening on Saturday, June 13 at 12 noon for Orofino and 5 p.m. for Timberline. They are still following guidelines set by the Governor so the number of people allowed to attend will be limited. We will keep you posted on updates.

Children 1-18 years of age may receive one breakfast and one lunch daily is available. Meals will be delivered by our school bus drivers using the same routes and time as morning bus pick-ups. Orofino Elementary School will be our only open site where meals may be picked up between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. using the parent drop-off lane. Please check your emails and phone messages. Everyone who requested meals through our parent survey should have received a phone call or message. Please contact Carmen Griffith, 208-476-0500, if you need meals and have not been contacted.

Students may take Accelerated Reader tests from home during this time. Tests may be taken Monday through Thursday from 8a.m. to 3:30 p.m., during their usual classroom reading time if possible. Billi Bonner-Cooper will monitor activity and be available during this time if there are any issues with the program or you need your students’ password. You may email her at cooperb@jsd171.org ,send me a private message on the Facebook page (Timberline Schools Activities) or her personal, Billi Bonner- Cooper Facebook page.

Pierce Community Center and Pool News

The Center is planning to reopen on Monday, May 18 with certain guidelines that will have to be followed. We are working with the Health Department to make sure we are complying with regulations and to ensure that users of the facility are safe. We are planning our summer schedule as normal for now but will change if issues still require it.

The Pool is scheduled to open on the June 11 and swim lessons will be held the last two weeks of June; June 22-July 3 so mark your calendars! Please call (208)464-2443 for questions or information.

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