Free Press / Jamie Edmondson
The orchid here started blooming a couple of weeks ago.
As of Tuesday, February 2, 2016
ELK CITY There will be an important meeting for all Elk City residents to attend. The annual water and sewer board meeting is Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. But the important part of the meeting that has more ramifications for all of us is the one that takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. At the early meeting, the draft Elk City wastewater facility plan and expected fee increases will be discussed. This earlier meeting will be “presented by various governmental agencies.” Come and learn what has been going on, what needs to be done, and how it will affect all of us. Copies of the draft proposal can be viewed or checked out from the General Store. Be sure to plan to attend both meetings this Friday. The water board notification says that “the public is invited to review and comment on the Draft Facility Plan.” Please go and do so.
Then, another important community meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. This one will be for all of the Elk City residents to discuss with Simmons Sanitation and the county commissioner(s) the fate of dumpsters here in Elk City. Be sure to attend this one as well.
Both of the above meetings will be held at the Forest Service conference/meeting room.
Dixie’s High Country Snowmobile Club has many activities planned for President’s Day weekend, Feb. 13-14. The fun run sign-up will be at the fire hall between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., Saturday. Lunch will be served on the trail for donations. Secret prizes will be given away to all who “ride” the fun run and the winner will be announced on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Dixie “X” games which will be a combination between the old races and the winter carnival all rolled up into one fun day! Sign-up for Sunday’s events will be at the Dixie park between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with events starting at 1 p.m. There will be food, raffles and trophies. The community of Dixie invites you all to come join the fun.
The VFW will hold its traditional Valentine dinner, Saturday, Feb. 13, at the VFW Kitchen from 5-7 p.m. They will be serving New York steaks, 12 - 14 ounce on a sizzling platter, with salad, baked potato, punch, coffee and red velvet cake, followed by karaoke in the lounge. To make reservations, you can sign the reservation slips at The Store, Elk Creek Station, VFW Lounge, or call Cocoa Anderson, 842-2466. She encourages you all to “come and have a lovely evening with your sweetheart!”
There was a wolf spotted out over Sweeney Hill last week. Yes, they are still seen close to town. Is the experiment done yet?
Isn’t it a blessing to be able to view flowers in January in Elk City? The orchid in the photo started blooming a couple of weeks ago and we get to enjoy them for about six weeks. By that time my other one should be blooming! The woman on the right in the photo is my grandmother (my mom’s mom).
Meetings: Elk City Area Alliance on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Forest Service meeting room; EMT meeting on Feb. 9.
History: Then there was George “Big Neck” Brown born 1855 in Maryland, died in 1938. He lived in Elk City and Orogrande. Rory Burke, born 1860 in Canada, died in1939, was an early miner in the area (more on him in another article). Gertrude Maxwell remembers a Jack Cole and his wife are buried there but there is no other information concerning dates of birth or death. Edward Condit, born in1874, died in 1933 (more on him in another article). Baby Leo Leroy Davis, son of Aldice and Bessie Davis, died in 1909 after living only four hours.