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Elk City News: Intro to cheese-making class set for Nov. 15

Free press / Jamie Edmondson
Homeschoolers from Kooskia. Harpster and Kamiah recently visited Elk City to learn about its history.

Free press / Jamie Edmondson Homeschoolers from Kooskia. Harpster and Kamiah recently visited Elk City to learn about its history.


Jamie Edmondson Elk City 842-2452

— Recently, I had the pleasure of welcoming a group of home schoolers from the Kooskia, Harpster, Kamiah areas for a history lesson about Elk City and the area, including a field trip out to Gold Point Mill (see photo). They were able to tour our little museum, watch a scale model of a stamp mill work, and view lots of historic photos in our collection. I also shared a story of James Berryman, who came here with the first miners in 1861 looking for gold. He had quite a life and you can read about him in the book, We’ll All Go Home in the Spring, by Robert Bennett. They were able to see and hold small vials of gold from the area and see a small sample of gold taken from the dredge that worked the Southfork near the mouth of Crooked River. It was a good day! Anyone who would like to visit the museum with a group or alone, can call me at 208-842-2452 or just stop by the Elk City Hotel Gift Shop.

Saturday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, the VFW Auxiliary is hosting a dinner to honor the veterans of the community. Dinner will be from 5 – 7 p.m., and will feature roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, and dessert. Everyone is welcome. Any questions, call Barb Smart at 208-842-2645.

Several members of the community are offering a series of food-related classes to anyone interested. The first, on preserving vegetables, was very well-received and will be repeated. Cindy Henry will be teaching Introduction to Cheese-making on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 6-9 p.m., at the Community Church. Other classes planned, but not yet scheduled, include bread making with ancient grains and sourdough bread making, both taught by Sylvia Fischer. The goal for these classes is for everyone to go home with a finished product, and whatever basic equipment is needed to do more at home. There is a fee to cover materials and other costs, but an “audit” option will be available for those who just want to watch. Cindy held a class on cheese making for the school children recently. To sign up for a class or to volunteer to teach one, email Cindy at

With snow coming, the Fire Department would appreciate those with fire hydrants near their homes to help keep them free of snow. If anyone needs help with this, contact Jeff Maxwell, Fire Chief, for help.

Here is your invitation for some fun and a chance to win a turkey and other prizes. The VFW is sponsoring Bingo on Nov. 18, starting at 5 p.m.

The photo in last week’s Free Press of the group who participated in the haunted house was taken by Caitlin Tow.

Meetings: American Legion on the 8th; VFW Post and Auxiliary on the 9th; Elk City Area Alliance on the 13th at 7 p.m. at the Forest Service meeting room; EMT meeting on the 14th.

Birthdays: Tim Chaffee.


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