How did you enjoy the thunder and lightning show last Friday night? It was great until we were awakened by our dogs barking and growling and raising a loud commotion. When we got up, we found an extra dog in the living room on our couch and he wasn’t about to leave with all the noise outside. It turned out to be our neighbor’s, Al and Nancy George's dog Butch, the brother of our older male dog. He doesn’t like these noisy nights, so went looking for a place to hide. All ended well, after we had to wake up Al and Nancy to come take him home again.
The showers haven’t seemed to let up much and that is making it difficult to finish up the hay making for our local farmers. Hopefully it will clear up for a few days so that task can finally be accomplished.
News from Naselle:
FinnFest is fast approaching. Get ready for authentic food, activities, music, art, displays and demonstrations during the 16th biennial Finnish American Folk Festival in Naselle at the Naselle Schools from July 27-29. Admission is free.
For more information and a schedule you can check out the website: www.finnam.naselle.net. Or call 360-484-3376.
Other news from the Westend:
This is the weekend for some good old fashioned fun at Johnson Park (old Rosburg School), where you can enjoy an afternoon of games, visiting and good food as well as get a first hand look at what is being done to make the building and the grounds a place for everyone to take pride in. Please join us for our first community pot luck and picnic on Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a dish or two to share, your own chair to sit in comfortably and the whole family. The baseball field will have its new backstop installed and ready for a game or two, horse shoes, badminton, etc. Come on up and have a great time with your neighbors. Johnson Park Advisory Board will provide barbecued hot dogs, lemonade and coffee. The library and computer center will be open for your pleasure. We will also have representatives from the Sheriff’s office, the Fire Department, Red Cross and to top it off, the wonderful donkeys from Donkey Holler. See you there for a fun afternoon.
“Hay Bales and Pig Tails” is the theme for the annual Wahkiakum County Fair this year to be held August 16 through 18 at the fairgrounds in Skamokawa. Lots to do for the whole family.
On the Westend you can purchase fair passes at the Rosburg Store and the Bank of the Pacific in Naselle. The passes are $6 and get you into the fair all three days. How can you beat that for a bargain? There will be wonderful entertainers on the stage all three days, plus all the 4-H livestock activities and a gillnet boat built in the early 1900s will be in a feature display. Don’t forget to visit all the handcrafted items produced by locals and as an added attraction there will be a blacksmith this year that will be creating items on site. The Fair entertainment schedule is on the Wahkiakum County Fair's Facebook page and you can look up the entertainers listed on the schedule online and listen to clips of the musicians that will be performing.
Another reminder that the annual Pig Roast/Campout that usually takes place the last weekend of July at Poul and Zenaida Toftemark’s in Rosburg will not be held this year. Hopefully it will resume next year with a wonderful addition to their family. Poul and Zenaida are in the process of adopting a handsome young boy from the Philippines, so they are very busy with that process ongoing. Keep them in your thoughts as they go through the long procedures in order to bring home their adopted son.
The Wednesday Senior Lunch Bunch that meets at Rosburg Hall will feast well at their monthly potluck lunch. Bring a dish to share and join a great group of folks for a wonderful lunch and good company.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Rosburg Senior Community Lunches are also served at the above location and are sponsored by CAP. Menus for the coming week include Thursday, the 19th-chicken and dumplings, broccoli spears, spinach salad and apricot bars; Tuesday, the 24th-beef stroganoff, egg noodles with kale, cauliflower and peas, peaches and berry crisp.
Happy Birthday this week to Katherine Herrold, Caroline Badger, David Klinger, Edwin Wirkkala, Haley Bryant, Adam Cash, Ken Tetz, Levi Wasmundt, Eric Leaf, Lindsay Cary, Dorothy Smith, Sirkka Wirkkala, Bill D. Didion, Mark Galbraith, Donna Tyyska, Jennifer Salme, Kyle Johnson, Louise Beck, Teresa Wood, Kyler Rogers, Linda Thompson, Larry Sherk, Donna Oman, Donna Linstrom, Michael Harley and Gloria Clark. Have a wonderful special day.
Happy Anniversary wishes to the following couples this week: Steve and Vanessa Leamy, Joe and Lori Hurst, Glen and Rhonda Smalley and Ike and Pat Howerton.
Down River Dispatches News of Western Wahkiakum County and Naselle by Trudy Fredrickson, 465-2960 firstname.lastname@example.org