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‘Mecca of activity’

Lowell/Syringa News


Marie Smith Lowell, Syringa 926-4430

— It’s been a good week. Kayakers and catarafters are on the Lochsa. It’s up to five feet plus with the warm weather, the phone hasn’t stopped ringing with questions about the level. The snow is all gone from Lowell and Syringa, and the sun is high in the sky today. It’s for sure we still have some cold days ahead before summer; I’m not planting my tomatoes just yet.

Leonard Wallace sent me a nice e-mail with a handy hint about keeping the snow off my dish, (recalling Super Bowl Sunday). He also had some nice things to say about the news up here and encouraged me to continue reporting, as lame as it can be sometimes. He suggested putting a plastic garbage bag or clear wrap over the dish to prevent buildup of ice or snow. Picture me, at 70, and a little on the chubby side, as my brother always reminded me, on my metal roof, wrapping my dish with kitchen wrap. It’s OK, I’ll do it, I’ve had a good long life, I am not afraid! Thanks for the nice comments, Leonard.

Upriver we are a mecca for activities. The business neighborhood is preparing for opening to provide services for the spring and summer. Still closed but with an opening date in sight are: Cougar Canyon Station (gas, convenience store and gift shop), Wilderness Inn (all day café and motel), River Dance Lodge (cabins, café, raft trips, camping) and Three Rivers Resort (rafting and lodging), also Terry and Beckey Jackson’s (deluxe group lodging and cabins) and Sherry Nygaard will have Lochsa River Company (guided hunting and trail tides). You can see grass growing, paint being slapped on, and cleaning crews starting up their spring cleaning.

The MERMS had a three-day celebration of Valentine’s Day, at home, at school, on Saturday in town, hey, it’s all about love, right? One conversation that I can’t pass up recording here: Miss Maddie (6), told her oldest sister Miss Martha (12), that she didn’t have enough valentines for the whole class, so Martha told her to just send them to the boys, and Maddie said, “Why would I do that?,” Martha’s response, “I’ll explain when you’re older sis.”


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