New Hearthstone Lodge

New Hearthstone Lodge.

CLEARWATER VALLEY -- This Friday, Oct. 2, is Homecoming at Clearwater Valley High School. The parade down Main Street begins at 3:30 p.m., with floats from each of the classes and Rams royalty. It’s fun to watch and see the young people’s camaraderie and school spirit. Anyone is welcome to come stand on Main Street and cheer on the kids. The varsity football game, against Lapwai, begins at 7 p.m., and royalty will be crowned. Go Rams!

Saturday night, Oct. 3, head to Clearwater to enjoy a dinner of chili and corn bread at the annual Clearwater Chili Feed, from 4-7 p.m. at the Clearwater Grange Hall, in Clearwater. Cost is by donation. Bring your checkbook for the silent auction, plus the Elk City Wagon Road museum will be open during dinner. If you haven’t been to Clearwater, take Hwy 13 to Sally Ann Rd, go 4 miles to Clearwater. Grange Hall is on the left. For questions call Carole BonAnno 208-926-7465. 

Kamiah will soon have a new guest lodge. Harty and Marjorie Schmaehl, owners of the Hearthstone Lodge, are nearing completion of a two-story, sixteen room lodge overlooking the Clearwater River. (They currently operate a seven-room inn on the property). When I toured the lodge last week, the subdued finishes, high ceilings, recycled solid wood doors, refinished iron fencing for railings and antique furnishings contributed to the feeling that it had been there for a while. 

Contractor Timothy Hicks Construction’s, (based near Kooskia) work crews have been building for the past two years. One of the workers told me it has been a unique experience to be part of building this lodge. “It’s not the sort of project we see around here.” The Schmaehl’s plan to open the lodge in October and hope it will draw additional visitors to the Kamiah area to help support local businesses.

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