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Clearwater Valley News: Clearwater meal site serves lunch twice a month



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

— I talked to Bill Grady up in Clearwater the other day. He told me they had their first Wednesday lunch of the year last week. Sixteen people came for lunch and dined on chicken rice vegetable soup, banana bread and whole wheat rolls. Chefs Renée Olsen and Mary Staci vary the menu each time and aim for “cooking like Grandma used to.” They serve a hot lunch at the Clearwater Baptist Church on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The next lunch is on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at noon. Bill, the coordinator for the lunch, said that since Clearwater doesn’t have a restaurant, hosting a lunch twice a month gives folks a chance to share a meal and visit. Their motto is “meet a neighbor, find a friend.” A core group of eight to 10 “regulars” come, plus another eight to 10 people vary each time, coming from as far away as Grangeville and Kamiah. The lunch is free, although they are happy to accept a $5 per person donation to defray the cost of food. It’s open to anyone who wants to come and is a friendly group. They also offer takeout, if people are short on time. It’s a pretty drive up there, so check it out sometime. If you have any questions call Bill at 926-7776. They’ve been doing the lunches for three years now and have fun with it and love to see new faces.

I got my wish and Lucky changed his sign! Now it says “Exercise? I thought you said extra fries.” Exercise or fries, hmmm? I do love the fries at Melissa’s Lunch Box, AKA the taco truck, in Kamiah! The other day I went in for my favorite fish tacos for lunch and she asked, no fries today? I guess I’ve been eating too many of them if I’m that predictable. I’ve been impressed that even with this frigid weather she’s still open and serving lunches with a smile. Once you place your order she even brings the food to your car so you can sit and wait in your warm car, while your food is cooked.

Square dance lessons are on

KOOSKIA — Square dancing is a great exercise too, fun, and family friendly, too. Did you know you can burn a whopping 400 calories per hour? Lessons continue on Saturday nights at 5:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Middle School. In addition to the lessons, they have their regular square dances on the second and fourth Saturdays at 7 p.m., also at the school. The next one will be Jan. 14. Call Phil Rowan at 983-1125 for more info.

To counteract the fries I’ve been eating, I’ve ramped up my exercise routine, heading out to the garage early in the morning to do my new free weight routine. I build a fire in the wood stove out there to warm it up above 40 degrees while I drink my coffee. Most days I take the dog for a hike, too. Even though post-holing through the crusty snow is kind of challenging, it sure burns a lot of calories!

If you want to try some great food from local restaurants, don’t forget the Taste of the Clearwater event this Saturday (the 14th) at the Outpost in Kooskia (main floor of the Opera House). There are two seatings, at 5 and 7 p.m. You can buy tickets ahead of time, at Clearwater Building Supply, Kamiah Flower Shop, Umpqua Bank and Kooskia Café. Call Sunnie (935-7870), Louise (926-4236) or Fern (553-2106) if you have questions.



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