Wishing all my readers a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. For some it’s a time to reflect on what we are all thankful for, a time to gather with family, and some just an extra day off work.
Whatever your family tradition may be, why you are thankful, why you gather, I want each of you to know I appreciate all of you and am thankful for each of you who take the time to read our local paper and support those of us who make it possible.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States, and Thanksgiving 2021 occurs on Thursday, Nov. 25 this year.
In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies.
For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith as well as other individuals who were lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the “New World.”
After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.
In 1827, the noted magazine editor, and prolific writer, Sarah Josepha Hale—author, among countless other things, of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”—launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians, earning her the nickname the “Mother of Thanksgiving.” Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November, and it was celebrated on that day every year until 1939, when Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday up a week in an attempt to spur retail sales during the Great Depression. Roosevelt’s plan, known derisively as Franksgiving, was met with passionate opposition, and in 1941 the president reluctantly signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.
For more amazing and interesting facts like these from the History website about Thanksgiving, visit www.history.com
THERE IS NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Enjoy the break and will see everyone back Nov. 29.
The school is excited to announce that they will be holding a winter concert for the elementary students on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in the Timberline Gymnasium. Students will be wearing some comfortable pajamas and a Christmas hat (i.e. Santa hat, elf ears, reindeer antlers, etc.) for their concert attire. If your child does not have a hat and would like to wear one, please contact Ms. Conder at the school or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please try and have your child at the school a half an hour prior to the concert beginning so they can get organized before it starts. They will also have a visit from Santa Claus after the concert and students will have the opportunity to sit and visit with Santa and take pictures with him. They hope you all will be able to come and enjoy their concert and celebrate the Holiday Season.
Timberline Schools is seeking substitutes!! If you are interested in one of these positions, please contact Jessica Fugate at: email@example.com or 208-476-5593 or PO Box 2259 Orofino, Idaho 83544
Wednesday, Nov. 24- Boys Basketball will have practice at 8 a.m. at THS.
Sunday, Nov. 28, Basketball open gym at Timberline.
Monday, Nov. 29, back to school, Welcome back.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, Boys HS BB practice at 3:45 p.m.; JHBBB travel to CV, bus leaves at 2:30 p.m., game starts at 4:30 p.m.; HS Girls BB hosts Deary with game starts at 6 p.m.
The Nov. 19 tournament winners at Miss Lily’s were Alan Mee in first, Buck Jared second, and Bud Wilson third. The winners at The Flame on the 19th were Brian Boyles in first, Melanie McCoy in second, and Bruce Schulz in third. Congratulations to all.
Faith Lutheran Church of Pierce has been blessed to be a blessing thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. To distribute the gift of these Thanksgiving food boxes, which will include frozen turkeys as supplies last, the Church will open its food pantry on Wednesday, Nov. 10 and 17, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Also, an additional monthly food distribution day has been added for Sunday, Nov. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. Regular monthly food distribution is always the first Sunday of every month from noon-12:30. To reserve your box or for more information, please phone 208-827-2660.
Pierce Gem Team
Plan on having fun at the Pierce Community Center’s Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 20. The Gem Committee will be there with information about our Team and how you can be a part of improving Pierce. The Holiday Bazaar is a wonderful place to meet friends and enjoy a very tasty lunch. We hope to see you there.
The Pierce Gem Team’s Festival of Trees is the big event of the year, Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Pierce Community Center. Once again, we invite the creative juices in everyone to start flowing, to make the awesome auction items we see every year. Wood and metal working, baking, gift baskets, garland and tree decorating, the only limit is your imagination. This is a lively auction, and Leroy Kuykendall has graciously agreed to be our auctioneer again. There will be door prizes, and as always awaits, the superb layout of delicious appetizers created by our best cooks. The kids’ craft room will also be up and running. Anyone wishing to donate food, crafts, or just time is encouraged to call Kathy at 208-464-1083 or contact any Gem Team member. All donations to the Festival of Trees need to be dropped off at the Pierce Community Center no later than Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. Thank you in advance, this will be a fun night.
The Hill Top Senior’s Center in Weippe 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. 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. They provide food to those on the hill whether it is Pierce, Headquarters, Fraser or Weippe. 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 Nov. 23.
Pierce Community Center
The 42nd Annual Holiday Bazaar was a huge success, and it would not have been possible without the help of so many. Many thanks go out to all of those who donate salads, and who helped in the kitchen and on the floor. The Weippe Rebecka’s Lodge, the Pierce Rec District Board, the cadets at the IDYCA, my staff and of course the reason we have the Bazaar, our vendors. I would also like to thank our vendors for their amazing donations that allows us to always have our hourly door prize drawing each year. This year our vendors were very generous which allowed every half hour drawings instead of an hour. Without all the help, support and vendors, we couldn’t make this possible each year. Thank you also goes to the two Mrs. Hunters for judging the school coloring contest. Contest winners will be announced in next week’s paper.
The winner of the air turbine pumpkin was Melissa Browers. Melissa, who is one of our board members, donated the pumpkin back to the Community Center. She said her plan if she had won was to make sure the turbine stayed with the Community Center where it belongs. So, thank you Melissa for the donation and thank you to all of those who purchased tickets for the “pumpkin”. One hundred percent of the proceeds made from the two pumpkins went back to the Community Center.
Don’t forget the Community Center is bringing back the Vintage picture background for their Holiday Fundraiser. They started Nov. 20th at the Holiday Bazaar and will be doing them during business hours of the Community Center until January. Come support the Community Center and have Holiday pictures taken. 100% goes to the Community Center. We will keep everyone updated if we are able to schedule Santa to come during his busiest time of year.
The Pierce Community Center is open Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the deadline on Monday to make the following Wednesday paper.