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Carlton Appelo’s 100th birthday is today: When we talk about Carlton, there is no question he made his mark on Wahkiakum County in so many ways. His father was the founder of Wahkiakum West Telephone Company. Carlton took it over after his early...

 

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May and Mothers: We made it to May so hopefully a full blown spring is just down the line. Spring is so much better when the full sun is present for days at a time. But alas, it doesn't seem to be...

 

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Stories bring us together: I talked with Gail Wirkkala this morning. She called from Longview to give me information on the Rosie Nelson Johnson story that was in the April 21 issue. Rosie talked...

 
 By Karen Bertroch    News    April 28, 2022

Discussions held on future use of Naselle Youth Camp

The April 19 meeting of the Naselle/GRV School Board of Directors opened at 6:30 p.m. with the pledge of allegiance. School Superintendent Lisa Nelson and all directors were present. There were three present from the community and one reporter. In...

 

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Photo of the Week: The family of Marjorie Elder Kraxberger gathered with her for a family photo in 2006 at a Covered Bridge Celebration. For Finns, family is probably the most important value. As an...

 

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Photo of the Week: It's hard to get grass cut when it rains and sleets and snows in April. I'm hoping, dear readers, that you won't judge me as irresponsible if my yard appears to be more field than...

 

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Weather: Big hail, wind, rain and cold so far, so I'm hoping weather improves later in the week when you get your Eagle. I often try to get a sense of who subscribes to The Eagle but still I'm not...

 

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Photo of the Week: Theodore Willard Swanson May 30, 1929 - March 21, 2022. He was the youngest of eight children and the only boy. As a child he was called Teddy. His sister Lillian Swanson Whitten...

 

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Just got word that Ted Swanson died March 21 at home. We offer our prayers and tears. Announcement: A community meeting has been scheduled for this evening, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Naselle Commu...

 

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Thursday update: The Eagle received word late Wednesday after the print edition had gone to press and the online version of this article had been posted that the Supersale at Johnson Park set for...

 

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Free days at Washington State Parks: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites visitors to enjoy a state park on Wednesday, March 9 in honor of Billy Frank Jr.'s birthday, on Saturd...

 
 By Karen Bertroch    News    March 10, 2022

Performers bring classical music moment to Naselle

One might think that because we live in a rural, out of the way community that most visitors just drive through, we have to leave the area to enjoy extraordinary musical talent. A recent concert...

 
 By Karen Bertroch    News    March 3, 2022

Legislature considering converting youth camp into outdoor school

Recently, it was announced that the Naselle Youth Camp will be closed as of June 30, 2023, with State of Washington considering a proposal to convert the camp property and facilities to an outdoor education center. After calling two locations in...

 

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Photo of the Week: Bob Burkhalter is seen with a banner when he won his Scholastic Sportsmanship Award. Look at that smile. It's been one of the best smiles in Grays River for many years. Bob is well...

 

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Aunt Hattie: My sweet 96-year old aunt who lives in Arizona called last weekend. I gave her The Wahkiakum County Eagle as a gift. She told me she loves to read about "the old people" who lived here...

 

N/GRV board discusses buses, enrollment

Naselle/Grays River Valley School District board of directors met February 15 via Zoom. The meeting was held remotely this time due to the covid case rate and recent spike in cases. The platform, Zoom, shows the meeting and attendees, if they have a...

 

Demonstrators protest Naselle school district masking policies

Protestors spent two days last week outside the Naselle School objecting to mask requirements at the school. The first day, Tuesday, Feb. 8, was a state wide day for protesting. It started with the...

 

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What a Week: It has been a busy time over the past few days. But the weather made it not only acceptable for February but stupendous. Lovely warm sunshine that encourages the ground to warm up as...

 

Conservation meetings bringing some results

In November of last year, county Commissioner Dan Cothren invited various agencies and local groups to send representatives to begin discussing working together to bring more projects to their attention and to have any information available on cost e...

 

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Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land And don't criticize What you can't understand Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command Your old road is rapidly agin' Please get out of the...

 

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Apology: I need to correct a misunderstanding on my part about the Alpha Theta hanging baskets project. The baskets will be delivered at the high school the week of Finn Fest, not before. If you...

 

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First, I must apologize to Ed and Steve Blain because in last week's Grays River Diking District report, I mistakenly said Steve Blain instead of Ed Blain. I bet both Steve and Ed are wondering...

 

N/GRV school board discusses bus safety

At the beginning of the Naselle/Grays River Valley School District board of director's meeting on Jan. 18, Superintendent Lisa Nelson presented plaques to the volleyball coaches, Bekah Wirkkala, Hanna Higginbotham and Kayti Updike for their fifth pla...

 

Diking/Enhancement district studies flooding, seeks a new member

At the last Grays River Diking and Enhancement District’s meeting on January 12, the board of commissioners had a quorum with two members present: Poul Toftemark and Steve Blaine. The third member, Brian Livingston, is not available for meetings...

 

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Today I hope you will pause and think of Wilho Saari from Naselle. He has had a stroke and is now under hospice care at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He is a man who loves his family, Finnish music,...

 

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