Free Press / Norma Staaf
(L) Sarah Holmes and (above) other area residents dress up for Kamiah’s Halloween parade.
As of Tuesday, November 7, 2017
CLEARWATER VALLEY On Halloween I strolled through downtown Kamiah with a couple of friends to check out the cute costumed kids. Main Street closed to vehicle traffic and the children lined up on the center line for costume judging. Some clever costumes, a woman dressed as a giant M&M candy, with all her kids dressed as mini M&Ms, a ghost buster family, a dragon, Cruella. I stopped to talk to Stella Penney, shown in the photo, dressed as the magic school bus. I enjoyed seeing many of the adults dressing up along with the kids. Sarah Holmes, here on a work assignment from Wisconsin, pictured here, rallied for the occasion with a colorful costume. After the judging the kids trick-or-treated the Main Street businesses. It was fun to see such festive atmosphere downtown. We stopped at Muse Media, downtown’s newest business, and learned from owner Lauren Peterson that she will be featuring a new artist in November so stop in this month and check it out.
Although I didn’t make it to the haunted house in Kooskia, I had several reports from friends that it was suitably scary. Live actors ranging from little kids to adults including a scary clown and severed heads unexpectedly dropping. The money from the Haunted House goes to help the CV girls basketball team.
The month of November is T. Hanks (Tom Hanks) month at the Kamiah library. April Blankenship, branch manager tells me she is showing a different Tom Hanks movie every day the library is open this month. Anyone is welcome to come by the library at 1 p.m. weekdays. Check the library’s Facebook page to see titles of upcoming films. The library also offers a story hour for pre-school kids (and their parents or care providers) every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. It’s a great chance for both the kids and their adults to meet some other families and enjoy a nice hour hearing stories.
Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day. The Kooskia recycling center (from Main Street, turn onto “B” Avenue, cross the bridge across the South Fork Clearwater and turn left) will be open 10 a.m.-noon on both Nov. 11 and 18, but closed on Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving weekend. If you don’t recycle regularly, this is a great time of year to clean the clutter in your house in preparation for holiday visitors. So, gather up your metal cans, office paper, junk mail, newspaper, cardboard and plastic containers (with lids smaller than the base of the container). For details on how and where to recycle locally, check out the recycling page on Idaho County’s website www.Idahocounty.org/recycling.