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Clearwater Valley News: Get a real Christmas tree in Stites or Kamiah


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— Christmas tree, O Christmas tree… If you want to cut your own live tree close to town, check out McFeron’s Christmas Tree Farm on Lukes Gulch Road. Just cross the South Fork bridge in Stites, turn left and go ¼ mile and turn right. Trees are $25 each. Call 208-926-7301. For a blue spruce tree, a place at 1580 Roby Road off Highway 162 near Kamiah is selling them, also $25; call 208-935-1220.

If you want an excuse to go to the woods, buy a Forest Service permit for $5 to cut a tree on National Forest lands. In addition to Forest Service offices, Clearwater Valley locations- Tom Cat’s in Kooskia and Cloninger’s Harvest Foods in Kamiah sell the tags. As part of the “Every kid in a Park” program, any 4th grader can get a free permit at any Forest Service office. (Both the 4th grader and a parent need to be present to get the permit.) You just need to go online at Click on “get your pass” and follow the instructions to print a pass, and bring to any Forest Service office.

Christmas trees have been a part of both pagan and Christian traditions for hundreds of years. One account traces the first use of a Christmas tree in 1441 to Tallinn, Estonia (my mother’s birthplace). The other day I gave my coworker, Kevin, a hard time about putting up a fake tree. I have since learned that back in the 1500s people used “fake” trees. If they couldn’t afford a real one, people piled wood in a pyramid shape and decorated with paper, apples and candles.

Caroling, caroling now we go! If you like to sing, join the Youth Advisory Board of the Upriver Youth Leadership Council (UYLC) in caroling in Kamiah on Friday, Dec. 15. Gather at the new UYLC office at 413 Main Street at 6:45 p.m., for a 7 p.m. start. It’s open to anyone. Children younger than 10 need an adult or older sibling along.

Jan Adams of Harpster told me about the Old-Fashioned Christmas event on Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m., at the Harpster Community Building. Santa plans to attend, also group sing-alongs, poems and music. If you want to “perform” a song, story or poem, check in with Alice, the emcee, before the program begins. Also asking everyone who comes to bring six cookies per person, that way there will be plenty to share.

If you’re in need of an “adult” beverage to take to a holiday event, Clearwater Brewing, Beer: 30 tasting room (212 Fir Street in Kamiah) sells and fills growlers and grunts. Brian has some interesting fruit ciders. I’ve tried the marionberry, pineapple and apple varieties. He rotates his flavors often and has at least one unique fruity sour beer in addition to an array of regional craft beers.

I heard from Jenna Boggan, technology coordinator for the Mountain View School District. She wanted Clearwater Valley folks to know they have an “app” for smart phones named MVSD#244 that people can download from the “play store” for free. It includes times and places for school concerts, activities and sporting events plus a link to each school. They add updates weekly so it’s a good source of information for anyone interested in school happenings.


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