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Clearwater Valley News: Wagon Road Days set for weekend

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Clearwater Valley


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— The Silver Dollar Pizzeria and Pub painted their building a sharp looking dark blue green just in time for Stites Days. With the addition of the outdoor seating and the paint job, their whole look has changed. It appears that painting buildings is catching on in downtown Stites, first City Hall, now the Silver Dollar. That’s almost half the business district. I wonder who’s next? Stites Hardware? They even sell paint.

In other spiffing up news, Graves Nursery has installed a great looking new sign, complete with a flower planter at the base. The store includes an interesting combination of nursery plants, cut flowers, thrift store, smoothies, espresso and big trains. The thrift store is clean and well-organized. No extra charge for Marcia’s stories; she’s always friendly.


Free Press / Norma Staaf Graves Nursery recently put up a new sighn at their Kooskia store.

Next weekend is the Elk City Wagon Road Days celebration in scenic downtown Clearwater. Saturday begins with a quilt and hooked rug show at the IOOF Hall. A parade down Main Street begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by gold panning and square-dancing demonstrations. The afternoon features Old Time Gospel Hour (noon to 1 p.m.) followed by oral history and variety show at 1:30 p.m. Sirloin burgers will be on the grill from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Wagon Road museum at the Grange Hall will be open throughout the weekend. On Sunday, you can stop for breakfast at the Grange Hall from 6:30-10:30 a.m. Members of the Elk City Wagon Road Group will lead a tour of the historic road with stops for storytelling at key historic points along the way. If you are not familiar with the route, it is basically the ridge that separates the South Fork Clearwater from the Selway River and was used historically to transport goods to Elk City in its mining heyday in the 1890s. The tour begins in Clearwater and ends in Elk City, a 53-mile trip on a mostly one-lane adventure road. There is no fee to participate, just bring your own vehicle, food, water, etc. The tour leaves at 8:15 a.m. and will last until 4:30 p.m.

American Legion Bingo set for this Friday night

KAMIAH – American Legion Post No. 75 will be host to Bingo at the hall at 618 Main Street this Friday night, July 20, 7 p.m., Concessions will be available. Call Ron at 208-935-0294.

On a personal note, I retired at the end of June after 32 years of working for the federal government, mostly the Forest Service. I am now enjoying my first summer off since 1984 before new adventures await me in the fall. So many simple joys, like hiking 15 minutes in the morning to pick up the Lewiston Tribune, and actually reading the paper the day it comes out. I have lots more time to spend outdoors. I can go for my run at midday instead of early morning and eat sun-warmed berries fresh off the vine on the way back. My garden actually has some semblance of order instead of the usual weedy chaos and I have already started preserving food for the winter! The best part is having time to sit on the porch with my husband, the dog and the cats at the end of the day, listen to the birds, watch the whitetails and trade stories about the day, or just enjoy the peace and remember why we moved here.


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