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Clearwater Valley News: Groundhog Feed set for Feb. 5


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— I’ve been hearing some buzz about the Rose Wellness Center in Kooskia so I tried a yoga class. I enjoyed the energy of Stacy McCusker’s yoga somaflow. One movement flowed into the next, calm, never rushed. At the end of an hour, every muscle in my body felt relaxed. Wonderful! Check out Stacy’s Facebook page- Vital Movement Therapy — for class times and descriptions. If you want to know more about the other two women- Julie Rose and Sharon Sedgwick and everything else that happens at Rose Wellness Center, check out the Rose Wellness Facebook page. Great to see this new women-owned small business added to downtown Kooskia at 33 and 101 Esther Street.

The Clearwater community is waking up from their winter slumber with the 54th annual Groundhog Day Breakfast. Patsy Hunter tells me this will happen at the IOOF (Oddfellows) Lodge in Clearwater on Sunday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (My husband remembers in the 1980s snowmobiling with friends on the Wagon Road from Elk City to Clearwater to get to the “feed”- it’s that good!). This all-you-can-eat affair includes pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage. It’s a bargain at $8 for adults and $4 for children. They will be raffling off a hand-made quilt at the event.

While you’re in Clearwater, check out the bazaar at the Grange Hall at the corner of Sally Anne Road and Clearwater’s Main Street. This event lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have some items you want to sell, it’s only $10 to rent a table. Call Carole BonAnno at 926-7465.

Why do people celebrate Groundhog Day? According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow, then spring will arrive early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will last for six more weeks. This holiday was adopted in the United States from Germany in 1887. It is traditionally celebrated as a social event with food. February 5th is also Super Bowl Sunday, so grab some breakfast at the IOOF lodge, socialize, check out the bazaar and the Elk City Wagon Road museum at the Grange Hall and make it home in time for kickoff!

If you don’t have enough reasons to go to Clearwater, Susanne Smith, President of the Elk City Wagon Road group, told me that on Saturday, Feb. 4, they are starting up their monthly meetings. These begin at 11 a.m. the first Saturday of the month from February through June. They share information about the Elk City Wagon Road and begin planning for their big event the third weekend in July. It is a potluck lunch, so bring a dish to share. Sue welcomes anyone to come to a meeting if they are curious about this important part of Idaho County history. Call Sue at 926-4278 to learn more.

The entry sign to Kooskia proclaims the town as the “Gateway to the Wilderness.” The Selway Bitterroot-Frank Church (SBFC) foundation is committed to connecting citizens and communities near the Selway-Bitterroot and the Frank Church, our two local wilderness areas. Their volunteers assist the Forest Service by doing various tasks including trail maintenance to help keep these trails usable for the public. In 2016 they cleared and maintained an impressive 584 miles of wilderness trails, cutting more than 5,000 trees blocking trails and removing 386 pounds of trash.

If you want to support their efforts, the SBFC Foundation will host their winter social fund-raising event at the Quality Inn in Clarkston on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 6-9 p.m. This is an open house with wine, dessert, live music, a speaker and live and silent auctions. Funds raised go to support their volunteer and intern programs. For more information contact


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