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Clearwater Valley News: VEST dinner is Saturday


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— March 14th is National “Pi” day. It’s a day to honor “Pi”, the number that represents the ratio of circle to its diameter, roughly 3.14. (You may remember this from high school math class.) A great way to celebrate this day to eat a slice of pie, since a pie is a circle. The Hearthstone Bakery (in Kamiah) serves some great pie, my favorite is the coconut cream. They display their pies in a revolving glass case by the front counter. I sometimes watch the pies spin while I wait for my coffee. They will even sell you a whole pie if you order ahead.

More important than “Pi” day, March 14th is election day for the Mountain View School District levy. Great to see that the Idaho Forest Group values education with their large ad in last week’s Free Press supporting the levy. The state legislature is considering a bump in education funding, but the last information I’ve seen is that Idaho’s per pupil spending is about the lowest in the country. Money doesn’t solve everything, but it sure helps. This reminds me of a bumper sticker I’ve seen that says “It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need and the air force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.” I don’t think that’s going to happen, so we need to do what we can for our schools.

A fun way to support the Clearwater Valley Schools is by going to the 2nd annual VEST (Valley Educational Support Team) dinner on Saturday, March 11. VEST provides the schools with funds for items such as tablet computers and graphing calculators for the students that aren’t included in the school budget and provide scholarships. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Outpost/Opera House in Kooskia. It includes student performances, a silent auction, beef brisket dinner, live auction and dancing music. You can buy tickets for $20 each from Cindy Dahler at Clearwater Valley High School, or Lara Smith at the elementary school. It should be a fun night so bring your checkbook for the auctions and your dancing shoes for afterwards!

Lots more people out steelhead fishing the South Fork last weekend. I sure appreciate that we have clean, cold, clear water that supports the big beautiful fish that are loved by both locals and visitors. I am thankful for the Clean Water Act and other laws that protect the water quality in our rivers and streams.

In Harpster news, I noticed that the sign at Monty’s Bar and Grill, at the Harpster RV park, says they are serving free burgers on March 10th, from 3-5 p.m. for customer appreciation day. I suspect they will sell you a beer or a coke to go with your burger too, so stop by if you’re out that way.


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