Has Spring Sprung?

appy Week!

I don’t want to speak too soon, but hasn’t our weather been nice? It’s so wonderful to have this break from outer wear (I love winter but bundling up had its disadvantages!) Even if winter isn’t really over. It’s so great to throw open some windows and doors and get some fresh air into the house!

This is the final week of my half time maternity leave, so next week will be back at it. I’m so appreciative of all the work Leigha has put into helping things run smoothly while I’ve been off, I couldn’t have done it without her! She’s the very best assistant I could have ever hoped for and is so competent and helpful – even before I think of the help I need! If you see you around please tell her thank you for helping the Visitor Center and Chamber run so smoothly!

We’re hard at work planning for our summer season, so we’re hiring new staff, tuning things up and adding new features! One of our features is a free indoor tour. If you’ve never been to the VC you can stop by midday on Saturday’s this month and every day starting on the 30th for an indoor tour about what’s here. I think it’s going to be pretty fun! Are you looking for some part time employment? We’re looking for bright energetic tour guides starting in May and going through October. If you’re interested come talk to us!

Don’t forget if you’re a chamber member you have one vote for the Annual Awards!

Here’s what’s going on in town this week:

Thursday-Saturday, Free Dump Weekend! Call the city for more deets 584-1401

Thursday, 3/12
7:15am – Men’s Breakfast at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
5pm – Deep Talks was scheduled but has been canceled!

Friday, 3/13
5:30-7:30pm – Family Skate night at the Handley Recreation Center. $5 includes skate rentals.
7pm – Trivia at Lewie’s Saloon & Eatery

Saturday, 3/14
7-9pm – Adult Skate Party at the Handley Recreation Center. Adult beverages too!

Monday, 3/16
5pm – City Commission Meeting @ City Hall

Tuesday, 3/17
7pm – Free Poker for Fun at Blackstone Lodge & Suites

Wednesday, 3/18
8am-3:30pm – The City of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation is having a Real Estate class “What You Need to Know When Dealing with Historic Properties” Find the full description here: https://business.leadmethere.org/events/details/real-estate-workshop-14887 $35

Thursday, 3/19
12pm – Preservation Thursday: Homestake Water System Past and Present at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center. Curt Betcher will present a program on the Homestake water system which was first constructed in the early 1880s by Homestake Mine. Water was required in larger quantities for expansion of Homestake and other mines in the Lead-Deadwood area. George Hearst purchased the mine in the late 1870s and knew that much more water was needed. Homestake constructed over 30 miles of wood flume gravity fed systems from as far away as the north tributary of Rapid Creek. The flume system was replaced in the 1910s with clay title pipe. A pump station was added to pump water from Spearfish Creek to Whitewood Creek. The system is still in use under the ownership of the Lead Sanitation District. It supplies all the water to the Lead-Deadwood area. Admission by donation.

4-6pm – March Chamber Mixer at Golden Ridge Senior Living. Please notice our new time! Come straight after work to enjoy refreshments and fun times!

Save the Date for the LEGO contest on Friday 3/20, and the spring play starting next weekend at the Opera House! You can see everything that’s going on and coming up on our calendar: https://business.leadmethere.org/events/calendar

In closing:
Last week I wrote about a saying regarding patches of sky big enough to sew Dutch boys pants, Leigha had this to add, “Being Dutch myself, Dutch people are tall and sturdy, kinda like Vikings! If there is blue then there is hope moving forward and all will be ok.” The sky has been very blue lately, so stay happy and stay positive because in the end, it’s going to be okay, and if it’s not okay – then it’s not the end! Adventure awaits!

Sierra Ward
Lead Area Chamber of Commerce & Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center

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