Free Press / Norma Staaf
The annual Harpster Christmas Program was held Sunday, Dec. 10, at the community building. (Top, L-R) Max Adams, Izzie Tow, Kylea Clemenhagen and Sydney Adams perform Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer; (Left) This little boy has a close-up chat with Santa; and (right) Gabe Daugherty sings with his mom looking on.
As of Tuesday, December 12, 2017
CLEARWATER VALLEY Happy anniversary to me! It’s been a whole year since I started writing this column. It’s an honor to be a Free Press correspondent in the long tradition of historic icon Frances Zaunmiller-Salmon River and more recent “living legends”- Marie Smith- Lowell/Syringa and Jeannie Fitch- Riggins who have been correspondents for a long time. I’ve had fun going to events and new businesses in my column area- Harpster, Clearwater, Stites, Kooskia and Kamiah. I’ve met some great people along the way and learned some interesting things about the communities. The first few months I scrambled to figure out what to write. Now I have some regulars who are sending me info about all kinds of things. I try to include at least a few sentences about everything I receive, so keep contacting me for events, activities, new businesses, etc. My e-mail address is below my photo in my column every week. I usually write the column on Saturdays for the week ahead since the newspaper deadline in on Monday mornings.
Last Sunday I attended the old-fashioned Christmas program at the Harpster Community Center. They had a good turnout, and kids of all ages sang, and played music with some talented people in the group. Emcee Alice Humphrey made it fun with a few singalongs including The 12 Days of Christmas. Twelve people, mostly children, each had a sign to illustrate their verse and stood and waved their sign and sang out their number as we worked through the song. (I was “10 lords a leaping”). All the singing inspired Santa to drop by with some words of wisdom and a gift for everyone in the room.
For as tiny a “burg” Clearwater is, people there seem to organize a lot of activities. This Saturday, Dec. 16, is the community Christmas potluck. It’s at noon, so you can enjoy the pretty drive up and back in the daylight. It’s at the IOOF Lodge. There’s an optional gift exchange (gifts should be $5 or less) and marked for “man” or “woman” gift. After lunch if you’re playing Bingo, you can bring a separate gift marked Bingo (also $5 or less). Bingo gifts can be gag gifts or other fun gifts. Call Dixie Lynn at 208-791-3208 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.