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Clearwater Valley News: ‘Febrewary’ — Kamiah Brewfest on tap for Feb. 18



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

— When is it okay to spell February as “Febrewary”? When you are talking about Kamiah’s upcoming Brewfest! This event, sponsored by the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, features local breweries- Wolf Track, Trestle, Clearwater and Riverport. While I can’t personally vouch for the rest of them, I’m a big fan of Wolf Track, Idaho County’s oldest brewery. We always carry an empty growler or two to take some beer home when we’re heading to Cottonwood and enjoy visiting with brewers John and Polly.

The Brewfest is set for Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m., at the American Legion Hall (618 Main Street) in Kamiah. Your admission gets you a five ounce collectible glass and five tastes of beer, wine or hard cider and a door prize ticket. Sonny Hirikawa will be the DJ for the event and if Sonny is involved, you know this is going to be fun! Cloninger’s will have beer brats to go with your beverages. After the auction, the band “Over the Rail” will be playing.

Since the event is right after Valentine’s Day, you can always tell your sweetie, that this is your celebration. Good luck with that! You can buy tickets ahead of time at the Kamiah Flower Shoppe, Higher Grounds Coffee or the Kamiah Chamber of Commerce office. Advance tickets are only $15. If you wait to buy them at the door, they are $20.

For a different kind of brew, Julie Rose of Rose Wellness Center tells me she is getting ready to open a coffee and tea place called the “Witches Brew.” What a great addition this will be to their holistic health complex on Esther Street. She’s hoping they will be up and running by the first of March.

Recycle that cardboard!

I’ve been noticing that there’s a lot of cardboard in the dumpsters at Lightning Creek and Kooskia. Not sure if folks know that cardboard can easily be recycled. The Kooskia recycling center is open Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Just turn on “B” Street, cross the green bridge across the South Fork and turn left, then swing right across the tracks. Idaho County Recycling is part of Idaho County’s government, but operates with volunteers. Anything that gets recycled comes out of the waste stream. This helps keep solid waste costs down, because who wants higher taxes? For information about recycling, check out recycling on the county’s website at www.idahocounty.org/recycling.

Also, coming up at Rose Wellness Center is the monthly book group on Monday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 -9:30 p.m. The February book is the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book written in 1997 is very relevant now in these challenging times. The book provides ancient Toltec Wisdom in self-awareness. It’s a great book, and a quick read. If you don’t have a copy, you can check with the public libraries in Kooskia or Kamiah. It looks like you can buy a paperback or book on tape online for about $7. Call Julie at 451-4179 with questions or check the Rose Wellness Center Facebook page for info about other upcoming events.

We headed up to Clearwater for the Groundhog Day Feed this weekend. Cars and trucks lined both sides of Main Street. A happy mob of hungry people (maybe 400 total) streamed in throughout the morning and early afternoon. Great to see the young people helping, keeping the pancakes, sausage and eggs coming to all of the tables. Yum! Afterwards, most folks headed down the street to the Grange Hall for the bazaar and to enjoy the Elk City Wagon Road Museum.

I’ve been noticing that there’s a lot of cardboard in the dumpsters at Lightning Creek and Kooskia. Not sure if folks know that cardboard can easily be recycled. The Kooskia recycling center is open Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Just turn on “B” Street, cross the green bridge across the South Fork and turn left, then swing right across the tracks. Idaho County Recycling is part of Idaho County’s government, but operates with volunteers. Anything that gets recycled comes out of the waste stream. This helps keep solid waste costs down, because who wants higher taxes? For information about recycling, check out recycling on the county’s website at www.idahocounty.org/recycling.



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