The Heritage Court, a program of the Blaine County Historical Museum, has announced the four women named to this year's court.
Each year, women are chosen by community organizations to be honored for their contributions to the heritage and history of Blaine County. The coronation, which is open to the public, will be held at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey on Sunday, June 24.
Ann Christensen of Ketchum, who has long been active in environmental issues and education, is the choice of the nonprofit Wood River Land Trust. For decades, Christenson has led classes at the Community Library, including Science Time, for pre-schoolers, and Ants and Plants, for elementary students.
She has also served on the boards of the Environmental Resource Center, the Community Library and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. For the ERC, she's coordinated Earth Day events and classes for the local schools as well as outdoor summer classes and winter animal tracking.
The Papoose Club has named Mary Ann Knight of Bellevue to the court. Born and raised in the Wood River Valley, Knight has only recently retired from 40 years as a dental assistant. In addition to being active in 4-H, Knight has served as secretary for the Sawtooth Rangers, a riding club, for years and is responsible for organizing the tea for the rodeo royalty each summer. She and Bill Sherbine have driven the Heritage Court carriage in parades since the start of the court in 2003.
Mary Peterson of Carey has been named to the court by the Blaine County 4-H Leaders Council. Peterson grew up on a small farm at the north end of Carey where she helped her family put up the hay, first with horses and then, after World War II, with tractors. She and her husband, Jim, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2010. Always active in her community, Peterson earned a lifetime membership in the PTA and helped found the Cub Scouts in Carey, as well as participating in 4-H, the Progressive Club, the Legion Auxiliary and the LDS church. The Petersons raised sheep, and for years Mary was active in the Idaho Wool Growers, helping with state and national conventions and serving as state president for three years.
The Kiwanis Club has chosen Marsha Riemann, who spent years working for various offices of Blaine County. Born in Yuma, Ariz., Riemann moved to Idaho in 1971 with her husband and sons. Through the years, she has worked for the Blaine County Sheriff's Office and the Soil Conservation District, and as Blaine County clerk. She retired in 2007, but is currently on the boards of Blaine Manor and the Hailey Cemetery.
In the mid-1990s, she was on the Bellevue City Council and is currently a member of the Blaine County Grange. She is an active member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Hailey.
This, the ninth year of the Heritage Court, begins in early June at an invitation-only tea to be held at the Dollar Cottage in Sun Valley. The ladies will then be crowned in a public celebration and reception. In addition, they will ride in a horse-drawn carriage in the county's summer parades and be honored at a special luncheon at the Hailey Senior Connection in July.