As of Tuesday, March 14, 2017
CLEARWATER VALLEY Water, water everywhere! Whew, what a storm last week with heavy snow, then rain and wind that wreaked havoc with power lines out throughout our area. Thanks to the Idaho Power and Light crews who worked hard to get everyone’s electricity restored. Though outage times varied, in Harpster Heights we were dark for 38 hours, the longest outage I’ve experienced in five years here. The tiny intermittent creek in front of our house roared so loudly after the storm that it sounded like a waterfall. Water is cascading off the cliffs along the South Fork Clearwater and shooting out in surprising places. Ducks were swimming in flooded pastures to get out of the river current. It’s been nice to see the calm weather and sunshine over the weekend.
I talked to Dee Crane of ICARE (Cancer Assistance and Recovery) at the Kamiah Chamber meeting. She told me about a barn dance that is coming up on Saturday, March 25, at the American Legion Hall in Kamiah. The country music band Beargrass will be playing, but other musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join a jam session throughout the evening. It starts at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m., and music at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each. The event is a fund-raiser for ICARE and also includes a no-host bar, a pie contest, games, an auction and raffles. She tells me that it’s a fun event. For information about the event call 926-4231, 983-9267 or 476-5971.
ICARE has a simple mission, they help people in any Clearwater River community who are actively undergoing treatment for cancer. They raise funds through direct donations and various fund-raisers throughout the year. They currently provide a one-time gift of $500 for each person with cancer. The financial help is known as a “gift of love” that is meant to show local support of love and prayer in difficult times for patients and their families. In the past nine years since the group formed they have helped 201 people, in Orofino, Kamiah, Kooskia and other surrounding communities with a total of $93,400. If you or a loved one is being treated for cancer, contact Dee Crane at 476-5971. There is a simple form to fill out to receive the $500 assistance.
ICARE is happy to accept donations in any amount at any time throughout the year. They have recently helped five people just in the past week, so want to continue their mission so need to continuously bring in funds. They are a 501(c)(3) (tax deductible) organization. People have made donations in various ways such as listing ICARE as a charity in lieu of gifts or flowers for weddings, birthdays and funerals. Send to ICARE, 2134 Canyon Creek Road, Orofino, ID 83544.
The slogan on their brochure is “Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are.” It sounds like good advice to me. Thanks Dee for your service to your communities!