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

Games, musical, and special birthday ahead

Downriver Dispatches


News from Naselle:

Sports calendar for the Naselle Comet teams this week: Thursday, high school track at Ocosta at 3:30 p.m. and baseball at Lake Quinault at 4:00 p.m .; Friday, softball with Ocosta in Naselle at 4 p.m .; Saturday, high school track at Centralia Freshman Invite; Monday, middle school track - sub league at South Bend at 3:30 p.m .; Tuesday, fast pitch with Montesano in Naselle at 4 p.m .; Wednesday, fast pitch with Ocosta in Naselle at 4 p.m. Go Comets!

The Naselle Drama Club will be performing three more shows this weekend for those of us who have not yet had the opportunity to attend their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. in the Naselle Commons: Those performances can be seen on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and the final show, a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

The reviews for last week's performances have been great and I am looking forward to seeing it with my sisters this weekend.

Coffee and cake will be served on May 13 at 10 a.m. in the Appelo Archive Center in honor of one of the most outstanding philanthropists in our neck of the woods. Carlton Appelo will celebrate his 95th birthday and welcomes his friends and neighbors to join him on this special day. The center is located on SR 4 in Naselle.

Westend News:

Are you interested in what your local flood control board is doing? The Grays River Habitat Enhancement District meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in the Grays River Valley Center at Johnson Park. The three volunteer commissioners are an important asset to our local community and serve as a control for outside influence on our river system. Join them for their public meetings and learn more.

Are you looking for information regarding assistance for seniors, adults living with a disability and family caregivers? The Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities of Southwest Washington is offering the opportunity to learn more here on the Westend by contacting Carol Glowaki at 360 795-8630 option 3.

The Westend office of the Health and Human Services Agency is located in Johnson Park and is open on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 1-5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. More information can be also be found on these issues online at

The 33rd annual Great White Tail Run will take place May 20 with 10K, 5K and 2 mile runs through the Julia Butler Hansen National Refuge in Skamokawa. This event is sponsored by Wahkiakum County 4-H and proceeds will be used to benefit our local 4-H programs.

Entry fees include: Pre-run, $10 without shirt, $20 with shirt. Run day, $12 without shirt, $25 with shirt. If you plan to compete with your dog, add $1, and special discounts apply for groups and families.

Official dog rules apply: Socialized dogs only and at least six months old with current vaccinations. Dogs must be leashed at all times and remain on designated course. Female dogs in season are not permitted.

Awards will be given for overall male and female winners in each event and ribbons for the top three finishers in each age division.

For further information please call 360 465-2275 or 360 795-3278.

The Grays River Methodist Church Friendship Circle’s 15th annual Spring Tea and Luncheon will be held May 21 in the Rosburg Hall at 11:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “What a Wonderful World.”

You are encouraged to dress up or come in more comfortable clothes, wear a hat and enter the hat contest or just come to enjoy the delicious treats and tea. Enjoy this fun and entertaining event. There will be a silent auction with proceeds going to the West End Food Pantry. Regular raffle tickets are only $1 for the pick your own prize. Both the auction and raffle will be ongoing throughout the afternoon.

There will be a short program following the luncheon highlighting this year’s theme.

A suggested donation at the door is $8 per person. Children under age 12 are $5. For more information please call 360-465-2740 or 360-484-7749.

Just a head’s up for the next American Legion breakfast which will be held on May 27. For more information call Ken Elliot at 465-2274.

Our West End Food Pantry helps supplement between 50 and 70 families a month in the Rosburg, Grays River, and Naselle area. Many children benefit from this program. The food pantry relies on your generous donations of food and monetary donations to keep the shelves stocked.

Items needed now are: Peanut butter, jelly, cold cereal, fruit juice, spaghetti and sauce, top ramen, canned chili, and canned fruit to name a few. Please keep them in mind when you are out shopping, or if you wish, become a regular contributor by sending monthly monetary contributions to PO Box 55, Rosburg, WA 98643. Your tax deductible receipt will be mailed to you. The members of the board wish to thank all those donors for making this program a successful one.

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

CAP sponsors a senior lunch that is also served at the Rosburg Hall on Thursdays. The meals are served at noon for both venues.

Happy Birthday to the following celebrants this week: Joe Barnes, Berniece Helton, Carol Haven, Marilee Wirkkala, Parker Kilponen, Renee Colombo, Carol Haley, Ike Howerton and our favorite guy to call for a massage, Bryon Parrino.

A special happy birthday to a young man who has always had my respect and love for his good attitude and caring ways and his love for family and friends. Here’s to an amazing day for you, Eli Williams, and many, many more to come. Hugs to a wonderful young man.

Another good friend celebrating this week with a milestone birthday, Coach Q (aka Gene Quillhough) is now eligible for his Medicare benefits. Stay young and don’t let those little guys outrun you. Wishing you a perfectly wonderful day, with many more ahead. God bless you and all you do for our community and kids. You are an inspiration.

Happy Anniversary to Cary and Melanie Bloom, Nate and Holly Engelson, Mike and Diane Matthews, Randy and Vicki Wirkkala and Bert and Carol Haven.

Looking forward to an extended visit with my sister from California for the next couple of weeks. It will be great having both my sisters here, and hopefully some less wet weather.

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is coming up on the 14th. There’s still time for making plans for a special day for the one who loved you first.


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