Happenings Garden Club

Dirty Fingers Garden Club met last week at the library with discussions on composting, fertilizer, sharing of seeds, books and other gardening topics. They meet at the Weippe Library the fourth Thursday of each month a 10:30. All are welcome. Shown (l to r) are Tammy, Vickie, Judy, Carla, Vickie, Marge, Dawn and Dolores.

Due to some scheduling conflicts, the April rodeo meeting will be moved out a week. April meeting will be Friday, April 19, 7 p.m.

Weippe Wesleyan Church is having their Fourth annual Easter Drama and Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20 at 11:45. Event will be held come rain, snow or sunshine. This is a free event with prize drawings and free hotdogs. The church members fill a few hundred eggs with candy and place them out for the kids to pick up. The egg hunt is open to kids up to 12 and they divide them into four different age groups. Registration for the prize drawings (need to be present to win) will start at 10:30. Pastor Jim and Jonie will lead everyone in singing while the last few are registering (starting at 11:45).  

Pastor Jim says “The drama starts at noon and lasts only seven minutes — this is very moving and many kids remember it more during the year than they do the eggs. We could use some help with the drama — there are no speaking parts, the “acting” is playing out what is being sung about in a song.  We will rehearse Friday, April 19 and can use more “actors” of all ages.  If anyone would like to help please call the church at 208-435-4470 and leave a message and Jonie will get back with the time for practice. Easter service will be at 10:45 Easter Sunday (Apr. 21) with a short song service before church actually starts at 10:30.

Sunday, April 28 at 6 p.m., we will be again hosting a free concert at the Community Hall.  The group New Legacy Project from Nashville will be here for the fourth year in a row.  They put on a great concert, very family friendly.  The concert usually lasts just over an hour.  A love offering will be taken to help pay for their needs.”

February City Council Minutes included: Levi Blinn indicated there are dogs at large and thefts are still occurring. He recommends you lock up sheds/workshops to deter thefts. David Thomson reported that discharge sampling is being taken to Orofino every Tuesday for testing. Creek Sampling had been halted due to frozen conditions. David has submitted the discharge permit renewal application. The next City Council Meeting is Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. These are open meetings. You are encouraged to attend.

Visitors that signed the Weippe Library and Discovery Center guest book during the first quarter of the year were varied with many comments. Home and comments included: Lewiston – Loved it!, Livermore, CA – Impressive, Lewiston – Awesome and inspiring, Wenatchee, WA & Los Alamos, NM – Love this place!!!, Pierce – Great place for family, Caldwell – Wish I loved in this area, Nezperce – Cool, Emmett, Aurora, NE – Good to be back in Idaho.

Yoga at the Weippe Library Tuesday night from 5:30 to 6:30. Sam Garrett is the instructor. If you can’t make Tuesday night, she also has a class at the Pierce Community Center Monday night from 5:30 to 6:30. Namaste. Also, the library has purchased four Chrome books for patrons to checkout (in house only at this time).

While at City Hall Monday I met Nancy Hosley who is a Community Health Worker for Partnership for Healthy Communities. Partnership for Healthy Communities promotes healthy people and communities by providing community screening events, some of which are: FREE testing such as: G/P for cardiac risk, A1c for diabetes risk, BMI (Body Mass Index) for risk of obesity complications, Mood Score for depression screening and FIT testing for those age 59-79 who would rather not have a colonoscopy.

They also assess gaps within the community which prevent the population from engaging in healthy behaviors, then work with community members and leaders to find ways to overcome and fill those gaps. I will address additional services in another column. If you know of someone who could use these services, call Nancy Hosley at (208) 400-0062. These services are covered by a grant from the Merck Foundation.

Hilltop Seniors lunch for Thursday, April 4 will be meatloaf, veggie, potatoes and gravy. Lunch Monday, April 8 will be German sausage with potatoes and sauerkraut, salad and fruit. At the meeting last week, it was determined the center needs light bulbs and additional food trays. These will be ordered and paid for by the meal site. The Cook’s contract form needs to be updated. Changes were discussed and Sheila will have the changes ready for approval at the April meeting. The parking lot is developing holes and soft spots and gravel is washing under the building and disrupting the drains. Sheila will write a letter to the City and get this on the City Council agenda for their next meeting on April 8.

The snow is melting and things are becoming green. Unfortunately, now that the snow has melted, we can see all the trash along the highways. Please, please, please, carry a bag in your vehicle for trash and take to the landfill. I think we tend to forget how beautiful our hilltop is and take it for granted. It will look a lot better without the trash!

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