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Jun 21 2017

The Mayor’s Corner 06/21/2017

Welcome to our Fiddling friends and visitors. We hope you have a great week in Weiser. It looks like the weather is going to be great. Stay hydrated and use sunscreen and insect repellent If being outside.

Fiddle week is busy already. City crews are working with the organizers to provide a good week for all our residents and visitors. Please drive carefully with the increased traffic and watch for bike riders and pedestrians. Visitors- remember we have couple of one-way streets in town so be cautious as you turn on Main and Idaho Streets.

The City wants to thank the folks at Western Timber for their donation of sawdust for our playgrounds. We continue to look for the safest materials at reasonable cost for our playgrounds. We have had small chunks of rubber for years but unfortunately, they get very hot in our warmest months. There are requirements for the depth of the material under the equipment and some materials makes the cost prohibitive so this donation is very much appreciated.

The 4th of July is just two weeks away. Plans are moving forward for the 4th of July Veterans’ Parade. The Parade will take place as usual 4th of July morning with times to follow next week. Jim Grunke has long organized this parade and Jim has retired this year so Herb Haun and Alex Chavarria are leading the charge this year. We encourage all veterans and current military personnel to be available. I will be issuing a formal request next week so start planning to be part of the parade. There will be float available for veterans who wish to ride rather than march. In addition, we love to have kids and adults join by decorating bikes and wearing patriotic costumes as part of the parade. There Will Not be a barbecue but the fireworks will happen at dark on the night of the 4th. Following the parade, there will be a ceremony at Veterans’ Park.

Our Weiser Fire Department provides an outstanding job of presenting fireworks to celebrate our country’s birthday. Bill Taylor and crew have another great display planned thanks to the many contributions from the community.

Thank you to Jim for his many years of service to our country and community. He has led our veterans’ activities in Weiser for many years by organizing events and providing transportation for our veterans in his military equipment. Thank you, Jim for your dedication.

Congratulations to Evelyn Upton and the family of Eugene Hirata for the recognition and honor given during this year’s Fiddle Parade. Remember this parade will happen this Saturday beginning at noon. Find a comfortable spot along the parade route. Bring your chair, water and some shade to enjoy the floats and participating groups. The parade route is on page 13 of the Signal Fiddle edition. The Bikers’ Rodeo follows the parade at 2 p.m. and is being held this year at the Rodeo grounds. Check out the paper for the schedule for the many events going on all week.

Thank you to all the volunteers and organizers that make this such a fun week in Weiser. Enjoy the week and be safe.