News from Naselle:
Sports calendar for the Naselle Comets this week include today (Thursday)-high school track at Raymond at 3 p.m.; Monday-middle school track at South Bend at 3:30 p.m. Go Comets!
It’s that time of year for signing up your kindergarten students. The Kindergarten Roundup will take place at Naselle on May 8 at 1 p.m.
Your last chance to see the “Alice in Wonderland” production by the Naselle Drama Club is this weekend. I have heard rave revues from many of the attendees who saw it last weekend. You can enjoy one of two remaining shows on Saturday at 7 p.m. or the final matinee on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
A special thank you to Barb Swanson for all her efforts in teaching, mentoring, and working so hard at a talent she is willing and able to share with others, especially our kids. Barb, you are certainly an asset to the school’s drama department, and to our children.
The Naselle Comet Booster Club will meet on May 8 at 5:30 p.m. This is a public meeting and the community is encouraged to attend.
Have you driven by the school lately, and noticed the rhododendrons in the front? They are beginning to bloom and after the major pruning a few years ago, they are really looking beautiful again.
Other news from the Westend:
“Even Some Cowboys Drink Tea” is the theme for the Friendship Circle’s 10th annual fund raising tea and luncheon. Women of the Grays River United Methodist Church sponsor this tea annually for the benefit of special projects at the church, and it is always an enjoyable, entertaining event.
This year’s fund raiser will once again be held at the Rosburg Hall on Sunday, May 6th beginning at noon. At 12:30 p.m. the lunch will be served consisting of tea savories, delicacies and desserts. The suggested donation is $8 each at the door.
For your entertainment this year, Joel and Noreen Fitts of Grays River will perform down home music and poetry. They bring much talent and fun to any event they attend. Don’t miss it.
Raffle ticket for the general raffle will again be a dollar each for many great prizes, and this year there will be a bonus raffle with a separate ticket price. The bonus raffle will feature a necklace of silver and semi-precious stones, generously donated by Cathlamet resident, Joan Harvey Chester. She has been a supporter of many local organizations over the past years.
I just received a call with an update on the bonus raffle. There are now two beautiful pieces available in the raffle. Kathy Hamilton has designed and handcrafted a lovely necklace pendant with matching earrings, and has donated it to the event. Many thanks to Kathy and Joan for their generosity.
How about bringing Mom to the tea as a pre Mother’s Day get together? It’s always a fun afternoon, and supports a wonderful group of ladies who do much for our community throughout the year.
For more information, call 465-2740 or 484-7749.
The Grays River Habitat Enhancement District will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, the 9th in the Grays River Grange Hall at 6 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend these open meetings. Refreshments will be served.
Don’t forget the special concert at the Pioneer Community Church on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Scott Cossu, pianist. This concert is sponsored by the Pioneer Community Association and Stockhouse’s Farm. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event at the Cathlamet branch of the Bank of the Pacific for $12 or $15 at the door on the night of the performance. This could be another great gift for Mom.
Grays River Valley Center at Johnson Park (old Rosburg School) will hold it’s first fund raiser of the year with a plant sale, bake sale and light soup luncheon on May 19 from noon to 3 p.m. Come on by and take a look at the upgrades that have been done, the activities that are available to the community and see how much has been done with the hard work of volunteers and those folks who utilize the facilities.
Donations of baked goods and plant starts for the sale would be appreciated. If you would like to donate to the fund raiser please call 465-2775 or 465-2960. Remember, Johnson Park does not receive funds from the county or any other entity; they depend on donations from you, the community.
The Grays River Valley Library/Community Computer Center is once again open with its regular hours. Special thanks to Randy and Ramona Collver and Bekalyn Zimmerman for their expertise in rearranging all the material in the library. New shelving has been brought in, books shelved in more easily accessible areas, the children’s section now has a beautiful rug and a cozier atmosphere, and the librarian’s desk and work area is more efficient. More paperback book shelving has been added to the hallway and books will be shelved by genre to make it easier to find your favorites.
Open hours for the library and computer are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The outside of the Grays River Valley Center is looking wonderful. Thanks again to the Wahkiakum County Commissioners for authorizing the siding repairs, the roof repairs and the nice new paint job. Now maybe we can get some interior building repairs and upgrades done as well.
Leslie Bolton at the Rosburg Store is hosting a roadside cleanup event on May 19. If you are interested in picking up trash and debris on our roads in this area, she is going to provide a barbecue lunch to anyone who participates in this beautification effort. I’m sure most of us notice how some folks just toss trash onto the roadside as they drive, but it isn’t often that it is picked up again. This has been a pet peeve of Leslie’s and she is willing to step up to the plate and take care of the problem. There is a sign up sheet at the Rosburg Store. Maybe this could become an annual event if enough folks have pride in our beautiful area. For more info call Leslie at the Rosburg Store.
May 19 is a busy day in Wahkiakum County. One more event that has always brought a crowd will take place in Skamokawa. The 28th Annual Great White Tail Run will begin on Saturday morning at Skamokawa Vista Park at 8:30 a.m. if you haven’t already pre-registered for the 10K, 5K or two mile run through the Julia Butler Hansen Wildlife Refuge.
This annual run is a fund raiser for the Wahkiakum County based 4-H programs and proceeds will be used locally to benefit our kids.
For more information please call 360 465-2275 or 360 795-3278 or pick up one of the flyers available throughout the county.
On May 26 you may want to head to the fantastic breakfast being prepared and served at the American Legion Deep River Post #111 in Deep River. For only $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12 you can fill up on all you can eat pancakes, with ham or sausage, eggs cooked the way you like them, hot coffee, orange juice or milk. What a deal. This pre-Memorial Day breakfast will pay tribute to our veterans and men and women in uniform. Proceeds will support local veterans and youth groups. God Bless America and those who serve.
The following weekend will again be filled with fun and fishing, eating and enjoying the beautiful cars on display at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds. Yes, it’s time for the annual Derby Dollars for Scholars fishing derby and barbecue as well as the Rods and Reels Car Show. Don’t miss this fun filled, family friendly day. Raffle prizes, fishing for the kids, and much more, ultimately benefitting the students from Wahkiakum and Naselle through scholarship awards. For more info contact Pat Kehrli at 360 849-4193.
Flyers are available throughout the county with more information as well.
The Wednesday Senior Lunch Bunch that meets at Rosburg Hall will enjoy baked chicken, spuds, baked beans, hot rolls and dessert on the 9th and on the 16th navy bean soup and ham with corn bread and dessert. A great group of people to have lunch with.
Senior lunches are also served at the above location on Tuesdays and Thursdays and are sponsored by CAP.
Happy Birthday this week to Barbara Combs, Jonathon Bates, Carl Smith, Lonnie Eaton, Koen Rogers, Dan Stephan, Lori Hamp, Berniece Helton, Wesley Bjornsgard, Julie Hampson, Mailee Wirkkala, Kenzi Wirkkala, Carol aven, Debee Bauer, Jon Wirkkala, Angie Calvert, Allyn Bauer, Parker Kilponen, Nicole Laney, Arne Wirkkala, Carol Harley, Holly Rogers and Pat Vernon. Wishing you a wonderful, special day.
A very special Happy Birthday to Rosburg resident Norm Bolton. Wishing you a wonderful day and another year filled with good fortune and good health.
A belated Happy Birthday to Dwight Hamilton. I hope you had a wonderful birthday celebration.
Happy Anniversary to Cary and Melany Bloom, Mike and Diane Matthews, Larry and Yvonne Howell, George and Pat Vernon, Nate and Holly Engelson, Bert and Carol Haven and Randy and Vicki Wirkkala. Wishing you many more celebrations together.
Down River Dispatches News of Western Wahkiakum County and Naselle by Trudy Fredrickson, 465-2960 firstname.lastname@example.org