Though the town of Orofino was sleepy on September 20, Orofino Kiwanis Club raised nearly $600.00 to help with the final costs of the LCECP Orofino Head Start Project. While Misty Tolman and her niece, Drew Lashly, of TimberJack’s Pet Services, handled the dogs, dog owners and other curious community members enjoyed Teresa Stolte’s tour of the new facility.
Pictured left are Diane Cochran, Kiwanis Member; Misty Tolman, TimberJack’s Pet Services; Teresa Stolte, LCECP Education Manager and weekend volunteer; Lyn Anderson, Kiwanis President and Orofino’s premier Avon Lady, posing with a freshly washed golden retriever. “He’s an air freshener,” his owner quipped. Other Kiwanis volunteers for the event included Bernice Pullen, Danelle Pederson and Doug Crockett.
Community supporter, Paul Pippenger, was among the folks who toured the facility. He was surprised, he said, by the spaciousness of the classroom, expecting to see tight cubicles for various activities. He was pleased at the layout and especially appreciated the craftsmanship reflected in the remodel. (Thank you General Operations Coordinator, Ron Reynolds, for a masterful orchestration of the many complicated and time consuming activities necessary to pull off the project in time for the beginning of the school year.)
After his tour, Mr. Pippenger visited the bakery exchange and donated a $50.00 bill for one of Cindy Freeman’s tasty pies. (Cindy, a staff member of American West Bank, baked 6 pies for the fundraiser.) Ronatta’s Cakery also contributed glorious-looking pies that were exchanged for donations from eager donors.
Early in 2013, Joe Pippenger, formerly mayor of Orofino and owner of Panhandle Powerwash, stepped forward to be the president of the dynamic Friends of Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program, whose other officers included Sarah Johnson, Amber Hanes Miller, and Teresa Stolte (LCECP Education Manager). Teresa gave up many a day off for the Friends group and together with her husband, Glen, generously supported the project.
The Friends group was able to raise an incredible $30,000 in donations from individuals, businesses and organizations in just 2 summers. The Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee donated another $20,000, and a supplemental Head Start grant for $156,000 gave us most of what we needed to pay for the new facility.Pictured left, the elegant Lily allowing her person (Lindsey Smalley) to lead her to the hoses. When finished, she shook herself, licked the dog groomers and bounded about like a resplendently white, royal princess puppy.
Orofino community loves TimberJack’s Pet Services owned by Misty Tolman pictured at right. Judging by the trusting face of the Corgi (owned by Teresa and Glen Stolte), the dogs love her, too. Another terrific dog groomer, Kathy Deyo, volunteered in 2013. We appreciate the efforts of Misty and Kathy! Obviously, we couldn’t have a dog wash without them. Thanks also to Jill Renner. Among the tasty bakery goods she donated were home made dog treats to distract dogs from the cold water baths. Bribery works with dogs, too.
With fundraising efforts wrapping up, we encourage donors, businesses and organizations to attend the OPEN HOUSE and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, October 13, 2014, 4:30 p.m. You’ll find us across from the IGA on Orofino Elementary School grounds. Celebrate this awesome community achievement with us!