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Loss of opera house will change many lives

Letter to the Editor

Unless something happens very soon, a disaster is close to happening that will change not only our lives, but the lives of our children, grandchildren and many others who have come to cherish a unique piece of history. I speak of The Old Opera House in Kooskia.

Many of you know that I spent 20 years entertaining people all over America under my stage name, “The Singing Mountain Man.” I am now retired, but I am still an entertainer! When I heard that The Old Opera House was getting a new life, I was thrilled. What could be more wonderful that restoring this treasure and bringing back to this area of Idaho the glory of this facility?

A mighty effort has been made thus far to bring developments to the point they now are, but many people have a “wait and see” attitude before committing to help raise funds to secure the building. The waiting period is past, folks! Step up now before it’s too late! The purchase price must be raised soon, or The Old Opera House will be sold for another purpose, and this, in my opinion, would be a tragedy.

Please examine your heart and make as large a donation as you can at Freedom Northwest Credit Union, Account 21133. Be a part of bringing a new life to a national treasure. I say national treasure because those of you who remember the Frontier Music Festival of 1995-2004, know that people came to Kooskia from all across our nation to attend shows in The Old Opera House. Let’s make that happen again.

Terry Raff



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