• Fourteen-year-old Megan DeFord, an eighth-grade Sts. Peter and Paul School student, will represent this year’s White Bird Rodeo as its queen.
Daylight Savings Time returned on March 12 . I hope you made it to the Annual Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s sausage and hotcake breakfast. It was well attended, with great food and the Old Time Fiddlers were playing from the stage, sounding good as usual. White Bird Rodeo Queen, Bella was even lending her hand at serving. Everyone was very much appreciated. After the breakfast, the Pathfinders ATV Club had their fun ride into Pittsburg. From the photos, it looked like they had a great many riders and beautiful weather for the wonderful ride.
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.
Spring is here! The geese are flying in and making their customary racket, err, I mean, honking. It’s good to hear that sound as well as the other birds that are showing up. Ground under the trees is starting to peek through.
This week’s quote is my own. “Every day is a gift in which to share love and joy, laughter and life with family, friends, and others that you meet along the way…a birthday is a special day to gather family and friends together to celebrate the joys and love of life and make more precious memories.” I will celebrate my 70th birthday this Friday, March 10. Wow!
March 14th is National “Pi” day. It’s a day to honor “Pi”, the number that represents the ratio of circle to its diameter, roughly 3.14. (You may remember this from high school math class.) A great way to celebrate this day to eat a slice of pie, since a pie is a circle. The Hearthstone Bakery (in Kamiah) serves some great pie, my favorite is the coconut cream. They display their pies in a revolving glass case by the front counter. I sometimes watch the pies spin while I wait for my coffee. They will even sell you a whole pie if you order ahead.
March has arrived like the lion it has become. Spring is trying really hard to make that appearance but just hasn’t got it done yet. With the help of Daylight Savings Time returning on March 12th (set your clocks ahead one hour) you won’t want to be late for the 10th Annual Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s sausage & hotcake (even the green ones) breakfast. This all begins at 7:30 a.m. at the IOOF Hall. Adults cost $10 and youngsters will be charged $4. There will be extra sausage available for sale and this is very good … so get some extra while you can. The Old Time Fiddlers will be playing from the stage, so enjoy your breakfast while listening to the music.
Once again we woke up to snow this Sunday morning. Somewhere I read that we usually get 30 inches of snow in a year. Before this last snowstorm, we were at 87 inches. With another five to six inches we are triple the average for a year. The Says Phoebe birds showed up this week. I’ll bet they are wondering what all this white stuff is!
The only live thing that came down my driveway this week besides wild turkeys was the mailman, Ralph Jackson “Junior”, and his co-pilot, Steve Pankey. They delivered this week amid snow, ice, mud, and even with fallen tree branches along the drive. Rocks in the road, small slides of mud, and even a pair of geese or two, they complete their appointed rounds right on time. With newspapers, bills, ads, personal letters, and even Publishers Clearinghouse sweepstake winners!
Idaho Theater for Youth’s acting troupe, part of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, presented “Stuart Little” to the students of Grangeville Elementary Middle and Sts. Peter and Paul schools Thursday, March 2, at GEMS. This is sponsored locally by Grangeville Arts, Inc. Here, “Mr. and Mrs. Little” make a worried call about their mouse son, Stuart.
Problems with fake identification cards and teenage drinking have “gotten worse lately” and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department will be “cracking down,” according to Officer Skott Mealer.
More snow … Springtime in the Rockies! It’s sure quiet in Elk City. Kim Wolfrum, veterinarian, will be here March 14-15. Call 553-9283 for an appointment. Meetings: Elk City Area Alliance on the 13th at 7 p.m.; EMT meeting on the 14th. Birthdays: Lacey Chaffee and Jessica Boyd.
The 10th Annual Joe Wilson St. Paddy’s Day Sausage and Hotcake Breakfast is set for this Sunday, March 12, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., downtown White Bird at the IOOF Hall. Price is $10 per person with toddlers through age 7 costing $4 apiece. The meal is a family style sausage, hotcakes and egg breakfast with beverages. Sausage is prepared by Mt. View Meats in Riggins. Pre-orders are welcome; stop by Canyon House. Four pound cubs are $12 each. Entertainment will be provided by the Old-Time Fiddlers.The sausage feed is held yearly on memory of Joe and Ada Wilson. Visit www.visitwhitebird.com for details.
So, we get to wake up to snow again. Yea! Isn’t it wonderful? The city of Cottonwood is working on establishing a hospitality shelter for stranded travelers. During the recent road closures, they had the opportunity to open the Cottonwood Community Hall to provide a safe, warm place for people to go.
Not one word about weather. If you don’t hear from me next week, I’m buried in the snow under my satellite dish with a scraper in my cold frozen hands trying to get my Internet to come back on! “The Revenant” doesn’t have anything on me.