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Mother's Day is coming up on May 12

Skamokawa News


NOT BAD--We had enough sunshine to mow the lawn this past weekend, although we had a few sprinkles the next day. However, I hear that was not the case in Cathlamet on Saturday morning as it was actually raining for a bit. Funny how a few miles can mean the difference between rain gear and just a light jacket! At any rate, the threat of a deep chill had some folks really scrambling, as many had already purchased new plants during those sunny days and then suddenly found themselves faced with a frost warning. It was a nippy, frosty 27 degrees here on Sunday morning so that warning held true for us.

SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays from May 2-8 are Eva Snow, Conner Emlen-Petterson, Lori Parke, Tami Bosch, Stephanie Moonen, Nick Deal, Rosie DeBriae, Jeff Ostling, Dan Cothren, Nick LaBerge, Breanna Cothren, Orville Lindsey, Ivana Johnson, Maria Snow, Dave Hendrickson, Beau Silflow, Matthew Freeman and Austin Good.

Happy Anniversary wishes this week go out to The Mark Whitakers, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rabelos, Treasure and Michele Collupy, Mr. and Mrs. Monte Robinson, Gary and Sandie York, Gabe and Annie Pedersen and Matthew and Katrina Freeman. Here's to happy days ahead for all those with special days this week!

TODAY IS THE DAY--Evelyn Clark, who is the current reigning Miss Washington, will be vying for the title of Miss USA this evening. I have to say, after seeing some pre-pageant photos, Evelyn was looking absolutely gorgeous and she really does represent our state, and our county, in the most positive light. We want to wish her the very best and we'll all be sending our good luck wishes her way tonight!

FRIDAY MOVIE--The free movie at the Community Center in Cathlamet this week is a documentary listed for everyone, although it still lists it as being (NR) so use your own discretion when it comes to bringing children to this one. Movies always start at 7 p.m., and include free popcorn. Stop by the center to find out the title of the film and if it would indeed be suitable for those younger than 12.

GREAT TIME--It was a wonderful turnout this past Thursday evening at the Grays River Grange Hall, where our local band, "Giants in the Trees" performed a benefit show. Beings Krist Novoselic is the Grange Master there, and one of his members was in need, it seemed the perfect time for the band to perform their new music that is now available; it's "Volume 2." When talking with Krist, he told me it was going to be loud and that free earplugs were available, and with earplugs in place, the packed house clapped, while a couple of youngsters danced almost the whole time, so the music appeared to be a big hit!

BIG WEEKEND--Around our area, the River Mile 38 Brewery will celebrate its fifth birthday on Saturday, May 4, and just down the road and around the corner, the Museum at 65 River Street will have their opening weekend. Hours are from 1 to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays. We had several folks show up for the docent training last week but there will be another training session this month sometime. Also this weekend, the Wahkiakum Acoustic Guitar Society has a get-together on Sunday, May 5, at 7 p.m., at the Community Center

CINCO DE MAYO--Be sure to check out all our local places for Cinco De Mayo celebrations and food specials on May 5. One of those places you can come to for a Mexican feast, is at the fairgrounds! According to Lore Twiet, there will be an enchilada and taco dinner served by the Wahkiakum Fair Foundation this Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m., and includes a silent auction as well. Proceeds from this dinner will go towards the Challenge of Champions Bull Riding event happening on July 19.

BEEN FISHIN'?--If you're new around these parts with kids that like to fish, or would like to try it, you may not know that there is an area in our county that allows kids under 14 years of age, to fish for free. All you have to do is bring your own gear and bait, and be accompanied by an adult, and you can fish at the pond at the Leroy Burns rock pit site. This is located about four miles out the Elochoman Valley Road from SR 4 just west of Cathlamet. You have weekends to fish at the pond until June 2. There are two different beginning times for kids, as those under 8 years of age can begin at 8:30 a.m., and those from 9 to 14 start at 9:30 a.m. There is a limit of five fish. If you have any questions, just call 360-795-0124, Monday through Friday from 8 to 4.

TIME--It's time to gear up for all the things that are going to happen soon, from car shows to horse shows, from Kite Festivals to Hoby Cat races (catamarans) to the county fair and more, there are plenty of things coming up in the next few months at our fairgrounds and Vista Park. So, watch for more information about them and be sure to check out your Wah. Co. Chamber of Commerce calendar as that gives you most of the information you need.

As always, the Wahkiakum County Fair (Aug. 15-17) would gladly accept any volunteers who are willing to do things, from sprucing up the grounds, to manning the gates, or being a superintendent of a building and of course, entering lots of things in the fair! There are many categories, and of course, the more things that are entered, the more there is to see and the happier folks are to come in and look around. The big bonus to you, besides being able to show off those blue ribbons, would be to receive that check at the end of it all, and that can be a nice chunk of change if you enter a lot of things, so start planning now.

GOOD NEWS--We have such a great community when it comes to rising to the occasion when a need is expressed, and when the Wah. Chamber asked for sponsors for the kids' games during Bald Eagle Days, it only took 24 hours after a Facebook plea, to have all those kids' things sponsored; awesome! While that's great, it goes without saying that other monies are always needed, like for the huge fireworks display at the end of the evening (July 20) and there's the advertising and other costs as well. So, if you'd like to climb on board and be a sponsor or donate some money or just find out more about the event, please contact them at 360-795-9996.

REMINDER--Just wanting to remind all you kids out there, it's Mother's Day May 12, so from right now, on Thursday, May 2, you only have 10 days to figure out what you're going to do for Mom on her special day.

SYMPATHIES--I just heard that my fellow classmate, and former Island boy, Greg Lloyd, lost a nephew, Scott, to cancer, so we want to send him and Scott's family, our sincerest sympathies for their loss.


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