Winter is here, it looks like. The leaves seem to be more colorful this year for some reason. Maybe because we haven’t had much frost.
Hunting season is definitely in full swing. Lots of hunters out and about so don’t forget to keep an eye on your pets, especially if they don’t like gunshots. I understand that quite a few animals have already been taken.
We had a great weekend as we took a quick trip to Redmond. Ore. for the opening of Smith Rock Brewing Company, the new brew pub and restaurant owned and run by our daughter Danielle, her husband Kevin, and our son Don and his wife Natalie. If was wonderful for so many reasons, but mostly because Del was able to walk into the restaurant using his cane to be served as the very first customer. He is doing so well, just two months since his stroke. Thank you everyone for your prayers, support and kind gestures.
News from Naselle:
Naselle has lost a great person and personal ambassador with the death of Phil Raistakka. He lived and loved his entire life in this area and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. I remember reading his articles in the newspaper when we first moved here, and he put so much of himself in his writing as well as his love for his community. It was truly a pleasure to have known him. My deepest condolences to Anita, his family and friends. God bless you, Phil.
No school on November 12 in honor of Veterans’ Day. Take time out of your busy schedule to thank a Vet for all they have done and are doing to maintain the freedoms that many of us take for granted.
Sports coming up this week for the Naselle Comets: Tuesday, middle school girl’s basketball at Valley at 5:45 p.m. and Thursday, middle school girl’s basketball in Naselle with South Bend at 5:45 p.m. Go Comets!
The Comet Booster Club will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Other news from the Westend:
Don’t forget the annual Holiday Bazaar this Saturday. It will be held at the Rosburg Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Rosburg Community Club. As usual there will be lots of local vendors with wonderful things to tempt you to start your Christmas shopping. Lunch will be available, including their famous chicken, salads and desserts, and the Rosburg Community Club’s Bake sale. Come on down for a fun afternoon of shopping and visiting.
Another free movie night at the Grays River Valley Center on Friday night at 7 p.m. Concessions are available as well. With the license issued to show movies, it says we can’t advertise the name of the movie but if you want more info you can call 465-2310. We are showing classic black and white movies for now but will be expanding our choices soon. Thanks to all who have enjoyed the first couple of movies with us, and pass the word for a fun evening.
I spoke with Arlene Stefan this morning and she has opened the sewing room at the Grays River Valley Center on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon for anyone who would like to do some open sewing. That means you can come in and use the available machines for any kind of project you may have going. Arlene is especially adept at quilting and just about any other kind of project you might need help with. If you need more info just stop in on Tuesday mornings or call 465-2919.
If you have any kind of fabric that you will not be using yourself, and would like to donate it to the sewing room, please call Arlene or me. It will be utilized for projects. We could also use large rotary cutting mats, rotary cutters, good quality scissors, other sewing items (thread, needles, pins, etc.) and an iron. If you would like to donate those items, please call the numbers above.
The Grays River Habitat Enhancement District will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. There will be a temporary change of location for a few months with the meetings taking place at Johnson Park in the activity room of the Grays River Valley Center. Refreshments will be served.
Grays River United Methodist Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary in its present location on November 18 at 10 a.m. This special service is planned to honor the occasion and the residents of this area who provided their skills and funds to build the church. A potluck dinner will be prepared by the ladies of the church following the service. Everyone is welcome.
Senior lunches are served three days a week at the Rosburg Hall each week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the meals are provided by CAP, and Wednesday’s lunches are prepared and served by Pat Potter and her crew of volunteers. A great opportunity for nutritious meals and good company.
Happy Birthday this week to Louise Hunter, Barbara Swanson, Rebecca Rose, James Laney, John Berquist, Adrienne Howard, Carolyn Simmuka, Philip Nelson, Judeen Alves, Aaron Larson, Bill Pratt, Abigayle Eaton, Judith Emmick, Logan Albright, Otis Hunsinger, Jacob Scrabeck, Alfred Simmuka, Rick Rose, Kori Johnson, Darrell Sotka, Jake Clark, Nancy Larson, Mary Rose Wirkkala, Sarah Haataia and Danny Parker. Wishing all of you a wonderful day.
Happy Anniversary to two very special couples, Merlin and Judy Durrah, and Alan and Penny Gregory. Wishing you many more wonderful years together. Though Merlin and Judy will undoubtedly celebrate together, Alan will probably be out in the woods hunting and Penny will be sunning herself on the beach in Hawaii. Sounds like a celebration for later. It’s wonderful to be able to call you friends. Happy Anniversary.
Down River Dispatches News of Western Wahkiakum County and Naselle by Trudy Fredrickson, 465-2960 firstname.lastname@example.org