The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

By Trudy Fredrickson
Wah. Co. Eagle 

Kindergarten round up will be held May 13

Down River Dispatches


August 28, 2014

Trudy Fredrickson

Farmer's Market sign pointing the way to Gray's River Grange weekly sale.

Here comes another year of school days, and the end of what has been a really nice summer, though a little warm for my taste. With a long Labor Day weekend ahead for everyone, here's to a safe and fun holiday.

News from Naselle:

Students will return to classes on Tuesday at 8 a.m. Here's to another successful and fun school year.

Sports calendar for the coming week includes: Saturday, the 30th-football at Ilwaco at 1 p.m. Go Comets!

Westend news

The Free Friday Night movie this week is a kid friendly, and family friendly show which brings a beloved children's book to the big screen with a mixture of real actors, computer engineering and live puppeteering. The story follows the adventures of a young boy named Max as he enters the world of the Wild Things, a race of strange and enormous creatures who gradually turn the young boy into their king.

Wake up and join us for a delicious home cooked country pancake breakfast on Saturday, 8-11 a.m., in the Grays River Valley Center at Johnson Park in Rosburg. All you can eat pancakes with cheesy scrambled eggs and sausage patties with a beverage for only $5.

Proceeds from this breakfast will help with the costs of running the center, as we receive no money from taxes or from the county. We exist through rental of the building, sponsorships and donations. We are staffed entirely by volunteers.

We are looking for more folks to volunteer a few hours a week, so that we can extend the hours of the library/computer center, as well as giving the community more options for activities. Our advisory board is being restructured, and applications are available on the Wahkiakum County website. If you are interested, please fill out an application to be considered. Deadline for submission is September 12.

Do you have a special talent that you would like to share? The Grays River Valley Center is available for group classes, computers are available, a sewing room complete with machines and a huge cutting table, staffed by a terrific seamstress on Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. One on one, computer tutoring is available on Thursday afternoons in the library/computer center.

I attended the meeting held at the GRVC at Johnson Park a week or so ago regarding a food bank being brought to our little corner of the world. There is quite a bit of interest and it looks like we will have one here soon.

Susie Whalen of Grays River is spearheading the job, and is doing a great job. The next meeting will be held on September 9 at 5 p.m. If you are interested in helping bring this program to fruition or in volunteering to help out in any way, please join us. The food bank would be housed at Johnson Park.

Looking for some good wholesome, down to earth music and fun? Check out the Chili Cook off and Wooden Boat Festival entertainment on Saturday afternoon from 3-6 p.m. Jerry Ledtke and VIBES will be performing at the Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet. All the musicians live in Skamokawa, and they do lots of original, personalized music. I like to call it "real music." Musicians include Cliff Garrison, Pete Davis, Pat Conrad, Jerry Ledtke and Becky Ledtke. You can't help but enjoy yourself by listening to this group.

At some point in the near future we hope to entice them to the Westend for a concert in the Grays River Valley Center at Johnson Park. Stay tuned.

Coming up on September 7, the Grays River Valley Center at Johnson Park will hold their first pie social fundraiser 2-5 p.m. in the cafeteria. Bring the family for a delicious piece of pie or purchase a whole pie to take home. Proceeds will be used at the center for operating costs.

If you would like to donate a pie or two, please call Linda Ramsay at 465-2731 or me at 465-2960. All donations would be appreciated.

Local vegetables, herbs and fruits are available at the Farmer's Market in Grays River at the Grays River Grange on Tuesdays, 2-6 p.m., located on SR 4 West. Watch for the signs and take advantage of great produce at reasonable prices. I took advantage of their sale this week and the produce was perfection. Home made breads and cookies were also available. Check them out.

The Rosburg Wednesday Senior Lunch Bunch meets at the Rosburg Hall each week for a delicious home cooked meal prepared and served by Pat Potter and her volunteer crew. Lunch is served at noon.

Trudy Fredrickson

Some of the produce available at the Gray's River Farmer's Market on Tuesdays.

On Thursdays, a senior meal is also made available at the same location and time and is sponsored by CAP.

Happy Birthday to the following: Pat Rose, Michal Corbin, Calen Thompson, River Andring, Thomas Gradt, Shellie Baker, Kim Gray, Laura Seiferd, Luke Gardner, Curt Reitz, Desmyn Wirkkala, Hannah Haataia, Larissa Genn, Duane Kent, Lisa Colombo, Shellie Wirkkala, Macey Weston, Sidney Rae Wirkkala, Ryan Erickson, Alex Bennett, Jamie Gilbert and Amy Revis. Wishing everyone a wonderful celebration.

Happy Anniversary to Kayse and Maria Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Glen Carlson, Joe and Jeannine Helvey and Tim and Denise Lewis. Wishing you many more years together.

A special Happy Birthday to a wonderful friend, Joyce Bolton of Rosburg. Stay healthy, be happy and revel in the love of your family and friends. Here's to a perfect day of celebrating you, Joyce.


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