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Clearwater Valley News: Kidder celebrates 97th

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Pictured are (L-R) Burt Hazelbaker, Annie Hazelbaker, Kenneth Kidder and Nick Hazelbaker.


Free Press / Norma E. Staaf Pictured are (L-R) Burt Hazelbaker, Annie Hazelbaker, Kenneth Kidder and Nick Hazelbaker.



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Norma Staaf 208-993-0698 nstaaf@live.com

— Kenneth Kidder (AKA Kenny), a longtime Harpster area resident celebrated his 97th birthday last weekend. He moved to the Harpster area in 1938 when his parents Ray and Flo bought a homestead property east of Harpster. Kenneth lived on the property until recent years when he moved to Grangeville. A kind, happy and thoughtful man, he always has stories to tell and makes us smile. He began playing the fiddle at age nine and played for many dances and other events over the years. Family, and friends from his Harpster neighborhood joined Kenny Sunday afternoon and shared laughter, stories, hugs, desserts and homemade blackberry and plum wines.

I met up with Dee Crane of I-CARE at lunch in Kamiah last week and asked her how the Barn Dance fund-raiser went on March 25th. (ICARE stands for Cancer Assistance and Recovery). It sounds like they had a lot of fun, with a dozen musicians playing, good food, fun games and auctions. She estimated that about 80 people attended and they raised more than $5,200. It always impresses me how generous our local people are. There are so many fund-raisers for many good causes and people just keep giving. That $5,200 will help 10 people who are undergoing cancer treatment. She wrote five checks out last week for $500 each, so I-CARE needs more fund-raisers to keep the money flowing in faster than it flows out. Contact Dee at 208-476-5971 if you have questions or would like to help.

The Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road will meet on Saturday, April 8, at the Clearwater Grange Hall at 11 a.m. The committee is looking at some new ideas for this summer’s wagon road celebration. Anyone interested is invited to attend. The meeting will be followed by a potluck lunch. The Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road groups plans events and maintains the old road that celebrates the original road that was used by wagons to haul supplies to the gold mines around the Elk City area. The museum of the wagon road displays the history of the road as well as the surrounding area and is located in the grange hall. The museum will be open on April 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They have some great photos in their collection. Any questions call Susanne Smith at 926-4278.

Do you believe it’s almost Easter? It seems like winter just ended. The Kamiah Masonic Lodge (709 Main Street) is offering a free Easter weekend breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. The breakfast features pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. They want to welcome everyone to come enjoy the food and fellowship. Although the breakfast is free, they will accept donations. Call Greg Johnson at 935-0840 if you have questions.

Also coming up on April 15th is Tax Day. If you need tax forms, but you don’t have a computer you can get tax forms and instructions from the Kooskia or Kamiah libraries. They have hard copies of basic forms. You can also use their computers on site to access the Internet to obtain additional forms.



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