Nov 09 2016

The Mayor’s Corner 11/09/2016

DianaMost of us have been reading and hearing about the total eclipse of the Sun which will be visible in the United States for the first time in almost 40 years.  The eclipse will only be visible on a narrow band reaching across the United States from the Oregon coast to South Carolina.  Weiser is one of the prime viewing locations which may have an excellent view of the eclipse on August 21, 2017. Recently, Weiser School District Superintendent Wil Overgaard hosted a small group of people at the district office to learn more about the eclipse and the potential for our area.  Weiser High School is partnering with the CATE Experiment to collect date during the eclipse and is excited about the educational potential for the students and the community.  A group of enthused community members are beginning meetings to create a steering committee and other committees to oversee community preparations and events related to this rare event.  If you or your organization might be interested in being part of this group, contact the school district or me and I will pass the information on to the committee.  There is the potential of having a large influx of observers for the event and the weekend preceding the event so it may be an opportunity for projects related the eclipse. Another great opportunity and event in Weiser.
The election is over, the Cubs won the World Series, harvest is about over and life is moving forward.  Winter sports will begin soon so let’s all come back together to enjoy and appreciate fall in our community.  Girls’ basketball will have their first home game on November 15 so come out and select your season seat.  Boys’ basketball will begin November 29 and wrestling will begin the first week of December.  Congratulations to all our fall sports participants and coaches and to our marching band and robotics teams.
A change in our Rec basketball schedule due to a conflict with high school tryouts.  The girls’ basketball teams will begin games on November 12 at the WHS gym and the 1st/2nd grade boy’s teams will also start on Saturday, November 12.  Thanks to the volunteer coaches and referees for giving your time to our kids.
Just a reminder:  After replacing chairs in the Vendome, the old chairs were declared surplus and are available for sale for $10 each.  Contact the City office for more information or to purchase chairs.  Holidays are coming and this would be a great place to get extra chairs for guests.
Don’t forget to put the annual Arts and Crafts Fair on your calendar November 18 and 19 at the Vendome Events Center.  The Weiser Memorial Hospital Foundation’s ‘Festival of Trees’ is scheduled for November 30 through December 2.  Tickets for the Gala scheduled for November 30 are on sale from Foundation members and director Casey Nye.
I encourage you to take time this week to let our Veterans know how much we appreciate their service. City offices will be closed on Friday, November 11 in honor of these Americans. I know it is a cliché, but ‘freedom is not free’.  Our privilege of voting this week is a result of those who fought and some gave their lives.  Let our men and women who have served and are serving know their sacrifices are recognized and appreciated. Thank you one and all for my freedoms.