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

Museum opens Saturday 1-4 p.m., for the season

Skamokawa News


WET START--As this week begins, it is taking turns being wet and being sunny. It's hard to do a lot of outside things with the "yo-yo" weather, but it beats the steady downpours we'd been having earlier this month. If forecasters are correct, we should be seeing a stretch of dry days this week, like last week, so here's hoping that nice weather prediction comes true. Last week we got up in the 80s, which is unbelievable for April, so we didn't have a lot of time to adjust from the 40's to the 80's and back down again!

Unfortunately, on those hot days, we were already seeing people leaving their dogs in their vehicles and I just don't get it! Even at 75 degrees, my rig was very hot inside after only about an hour in the sun, so these "fur babies" were feeling the heat even faster, as they are already wearing a coat and can't sweat like we can. So, please help stop this horrible habit by these clueless owners. If you see an animal in distress, report their owners ASAP!

SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays from May 3-9 are Lori Parke, Tom Bosch, Conner Emlen-Petterson, Stephanie Moonen, Nick Deal, Ashleigh Montgomery, Rosie DeBriae, Orville Lindsey, Jeff Ostling, Dan Cothren, Breanna Cothren, Parker Rusk, Matthew Freeman, Beau Jerrod Silverflow and grandson, Austin Good.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Robert Meyer, who got to celebrate his special day this past Monday with more of his family since he's now moved back to Skamokawa, so I'm sure he enjoyed that.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week are Treasure and Michelle Collupy, Mark Whitaker and Shannon Meeker, Gary and Sandie York, John and Sharon Buennagel and Mr. and Mrs. Monte Robinson. Happy celebrations to all of you having birthdays and anniversaries this coming week!

SPECIAL 100TH BD--Lenore Sorenson will celebrate a very special birthday next week, as she will be turning 100 years old on May 10. Congratulations and a very Happy Birthday to her! Her daughter, Nora, wanted me to pass along an invitation to all of her Mom's friends and family members, to come and help her celebrate this special birthday on May 12 at the Canterbury Inn in Longview, which is located at 1324 3rd Ave. The celebration will be held in the Social Room from 2 to 4 that day, so they hope to see you there!

FRIDAY MOVIE--As always, the free movie at the Community Center in Cathlamet will take place this Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. This is a PG-13 comedy which is suited for everyone. All those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own snacks or enjoy the free popcorn. For more information, stop by the center and check it out.

MUSEUM OPENS--The Wahkiakum County Historical Society will start their summer season by opening the museum this Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 4. If you're new to the area, the museum is located at 65 River Street in Cathlamet, (street behind Main Street) next to the PUD office. As always, volunteers to man these weekends are always in need, so if you could spare those few hours some Saturday or Sunday, it would truly be appreciated. Stop by and let them know if you're available or drop them a note at the address mentioned above, or you can contact them via Faceobook (Wahkiakum Historical Society Museum) or call Kari Kandoll at 360-849-4353.

SAT. WFF AUCTION DINNER--I just heard about an event taking place this Saturday, May 5, at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds, and I hope you'll be able to attend. The Wahkiakum Fair Foundation (WFF) is hosting a silent and live auction event, complete with a Mexican dinner. I'm told the event begins at 4:30 with the viewing of the live auction items, as well as the silent auction, with dinner at 5 p.m. The dinner includes enchiladas and a taco bar. The live auction begins at 6 p.m., with auctioneer, Brian McClain and this all takes place in the Youth building. This fund raiser is being held to support the upcoming "Challenge of Champions Pro-Bull Riding Exhibition" which is scheduled to take place at the fairgrounds on July 20.

CINCO DE MAYO--As you can see, the above event takes place on Cinco De Mayo, so it's a good time to take part in this celebration and help out a local cause and not have to fix dinner! I'm sure others around the area are holding various events this day, so we hope you'll enjoy an evening out and about and enjoying the Mexican themed evening.

GREAT VISIT--This past weekend some of the members of the Class of 1967 got together and enjoyed lunch and a three hour gab. We had to rotate people in order to visit with everybody, and I got a kick out of Nancy (Jacobson) Brady, who said, "Ok, now repeat everything to me that you just said to the other group!" Ha! Showing up for the afternoon were David and Kathi West, Dale Jacobson, Elaine and Phil Rolf, Linda Toste, Nancy Brady, Keith and Karen Lawrence, Judy Bergman, Noni Meredith and me, Kay Chamberlain. After lunch, the group started making out a list of foods we'd bring to our gathering on Bald Eagle Day, July 21, as after the parade and festivities on main street, we'll get together at Dale's house once again and enjoy a potluck feast like we have had for the last few years. Naturally, all 67'ers who have ever gone to school here at any time, for any amount of time, are welcome to come and join in the fun as we'd all like to see as many of you as possible.

I've already heard from Shari Gorman Parker that she is planning to join us that day, as will Kathy Bond Peek, who is just getting settled in to her new place, and Sharon McKie (from Florida) is planning on spending some time with her Mom, Donna (Oregon) this summer, so she hopes it works out that she can come up and be here as well, so we hope that works out, as it will be good to see some classmates that we don't often see; the more the merrier!

QUICKLY APPROACHING--Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13, so it's just around the corner. Needless to say, time is flying by and your time to plan something special for your Mom, or the mother of your children, or just special woman in your life, is quickly evaporating! Whether it's dinner or flowers, or something else, please think local and help support our small businesses that are so good about donating to the multiple fund raisers that our community asks them to support. And remember, some of the best gifts are free, like hugs and kind words.

SKAMOKAWA GRANGE--The Skamokawa Grange #425 meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and the grange is located at 18 Fairgrounds Road in Skamokawa, next to the county fairgrounds. If you'd like to contact them for more information about their meetings, yoga classes, Women's Activities or if you'd like to rent the grange for a special occasion, call 360-431-9506. They also have a Facebook page and you can find out things there, or even message them.

EARLY IS BETTER--If you would like to give me (or this paper) some news, please remember that we have early deadlines so getting your news to columnists as early as possible is really appreciated. If you're wanting people to show up to an event, remember, having it mentioned a couple of times prior to the event is really important for best results. Just in case you didn't know, not everyone gets The Eagle on Thursday, so it's even more imperative to get it to your local columnist, reporter, or have an ad placed, well in advance. Early is better as these weekends are plugged with activities!

OUT OF THE PAST--This week back in 1948, the first few days were absolutely miserable with nothing but cold, wind and rain. Thankfully, the last couple of days were just "lovely"! Back then, this was Mother's Day weekend and George Everest treated his Mom, Elsie, to a beautiful plant, along with some pretty hankies, new white gloves and hosiery. George also took her over to Puget Island where the Mens' Choir from Portland was entertaining a crowd, and after staying until midnight, she came back with the Wests, Pearl and Albert. The following day, it was time to meet up with all three of the Everest "kids", so George, Carol and Marian gathered up after a movie, "My Wild Irish Rose" and enjoyed some cake and coffee with their Mom.

In 1958, the week began "showery" but got nicer as the week progressed and wound up "really hot" by the last day. It was off to the Grange Hall for the Everests as there was a banquet being held there and as always, there was a lot of good food. Grandma Everest washed most of the dishes and was enjoying the new sink and the abundance of hot water that was now available for clean up. Krist, Carol, Kay and Marshall Pedersen headed to Seattle that week as Krist was taking off for Alaska. The Harmony Club met up at Florence Brown's house that week and as always, they had a very nice time. On one of the nice days, daughter Carol took her folks for a ride where they stopped at the Nutria Farm operated by the Chaneys. Daughter-in-law to the Everests, Ruby Everest, showed up to their house with Mrs. Holgate and Ruby was nice enough to do up both Elsie's and Mayme Johnson's hair that day. By that evening, they were all decked out to go to the Rebekah's lodge meeting. Mrs. Mildren Moon Howell was one of five women in Washington to receive awards from the National Federation of Press Women in the annual writers' contest. She was given the award for a book of poetry she wrote. She'd also won an award from the Washington Publishers Association prior to that. At this current time, she was the Editor of The Cathlamet Eagle! All this according to Grandma Elsie Everest's diaries.


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