Finding a dream job in a small town can be a challenge, but Terra Baldus has come close. Baldus is the new branch manager at the Nezperce Community Library, which is part of the Prairie River Library District.
“I love books. I love reading. I love putting on programs,” Baldus said. “Plus, I get to adult.”
Baldus, who lives north of Nezperce with her husband, Andy, and their three daughters, said the cozy fireplace sitting area in the library is one of her favorite places in town, making the position even more desirable.
For those looking for a good book to read, Baldus has lots of suggestions. Top of her list – as well as many other bibliophiles’ – is “Educated” by Tara Westover. The author was raised by her Mormon Fundamentalist parents in southeastern Idaho. Amazon named Westover’s memoir the “Best Book of 2018.” Baldus also recommends “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens and “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.
For children’s books, Baldus suggested Andrea Beatty’s “Iggy Peck Architect,” noting it’s a children’s book with great illustrations, and “Firefighting Duckies,” by Frank W. Dormer.
The Nezperce Community Library is open Mondays 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The U.S. Bank Nezperce branch is scheduled to close July 2. Morgan Winner of the Nezperce branch said that an ATM will be set up somewhere near a public building, such as possibly the post office. The U.S. Bank branches in Cottonwood, Grangeville and Orofino will remain open.
The Nezperce Service League is putting on its third annual Brewfest from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the American Legion Hall. The event features regional beers from Moscow Brewing, Heaven’s Gate Brewery from Riggins and others as well as wine and cider. Tickets are $20 in advance (through Service League members) or $25 at the door and include one full beer, five samples, entry into a raffle and a souvenir glass.
Aaron Cerutti will provide the music. Proceeds will go toward the splash pad at the community pool. Visit the Brewfest event page on Facebook for more information.
Despite the snow, high school track, baseball and softball athletes are preparing for their opening meets and games.
The Lewis County baseball team, which includes students from Nezperce and Highland high schools, kicks off its season at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Kamiah.
Nezperce track and field coach Stan Boyer said two track meets (March 16 at Lapwai and March 23 in Colfax) have already been cancelled due to the snow and slushy conditions. The team’s first meet is currently set to start at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Kamiah.
The softball team opens its season at 4 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Potlatch.
Of course, any of these could be cancelled or postponed depending on Mother Nature.