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MIXED--By the time you read this, we may be back to some soggy weather after a supposed dry spell, which is at least happening this Monday morning after some heavy fog. Of course those cloudy days often wind up a bit damp, but if we get any break from the downpours we've had, that will be a good thing, so we'll hope for the best. I know we certainly enjoyed the dry moments and the bit of sunshine we saw at the end of last week, even though it didn't last nearly long enough to suit me!

SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays from March 4-10 are Mark Whitaker, Audrey Petterson, Sara Fletcher, Gladys Mace, Jami Rainey, Quin Bassi Sr., Karlie Helms-Lampitt, Kennedy Moonen, Tracy Tomlinson, Rhiannon McNally, Teah McNally, Kara Pierson, Ian Turner, Joanne Brockway, Jessica Hoven, Linda Stiltz, Tyler Hoven, Michaela Sause, Adam Phelps, Steve Grant, Kara Pierson, Curtis Lindsey, Sandy Wirkkala, Jean Wallin, Karalin Reynolds and Amy Bernard.

Celebrating their anniversaries this week are Brandon and Debbie Chamberlain, Annette and Ron Miller, Jake and Hayden Schillios and Frank and Cynda Webb. Here's wishing you all a wonderful celebration of your special days, especially beings we have more options to get out and about!

GREEN MONTH--This is the month where we celebrate the green, as March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, so whether you are Irish or not, we hope you'll enjoy the fun and spirit of the Irish meals and the wearing of some green and maybe even drinking some green beer, so check your local restaurants to see if they're having a traditional St. Paddy's Day meal. If you aren't Irish, it's ok, as you can certainly be one for the day; enjoy!

BIRD FEEDERS--Just in case you hadn't heard, there has been a terrible influx of birds dying after feeding from bird feeders that have not been maintained and wound up being contaminated by the salmonella bacteria. Unfortunately, our little song birds are very fragile and succumb to this nasty bacteria, so to avoid that, the public is asked to remove their bird feeders for awhile, like another month, to help stop the spread of the bacteria and the preventable deaths of our feathered friends. If you insist on feeding the birds, you must take extra care to wash and sanitize them often, so it might be easier and safer to take them down for a bit. The birds will thank you, as will our wildlife experts.

CONGRATS--I saw a couple of proud Skamokawa moms post about their sons' recent accomplishment, so I just had to share their good news, as Brysen Havens and Henry "Hank" Bassi recently received an Environmental Science Award. They achieved this award by knowing all the waterfowl and their leadership, so congratulations to them on their achievement.

GREAT TIME--From what I could tell, everyone was very happy to be able to go through the doors of the Duck Inn once again, as they opened up this past Friday. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays and are open at 11 a.m. the other days for right now, but they do plan on opening for breakfast before too long. The newly added cabanas, out the back with their own televisions and "fireplaces" were a big hit, and once the weather improves a little, the new outdoor seating/serving area on the west end is going to definitely be a great place to be, so the Duck Inn is going to be even better than ever, super nice additions for sure!

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner one night and a great lunch the next day, so I'm more than happy to have the Duck Inn reopened and to let someone else do the cooking for a change!

LOOKING AHEAD--A brand new event is being planned for this Fall at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds, and it is hoped that by getting the word out early, they can get a lot of participants at the first ever, "Farm to Fiber Festival." This event will take place for three days, Sept. 9-12 at the fairgrounds, which is located just off SR 4 (MP 29) onto East Valley and then it's off to the left; you can't miss it! It appears they need volunteers and coordinators for this event, as well as fiber enthusiasts and fiber animal breeders. If this sounds like something you'd like to take part in, or just want to help with, contact Lori Cagle at or or you can call either of these phone numbers: 360-904-6065 or 360-703-7291.

OPENING SOON--There were quite a few pet owners that were upset that the local pet grooming services in Cathlamet had closed their doors, but don't worry, as you'll soon have another local option. I see where Jenna LeFever has said that she is building her own grooming studio on Puget Island, and she hopes to be open in April. Needless to say, watch for her grand opening and we hope all of you who have wanted these kinds of businesses to open, will support her in her new endeavor. We wish her the best of luck!

FERRY COSTS--If you've got internet connections, you can look up the costs for our ferry from Puget Island to Westport, OR at their website, but, if you're like me and often don't have that connection and just want somebody to tell me what they are, well, here goes: Passenger cars and trucks under 22 feet are $6; Motorcycles are $4; Bicycles are $3, foot passengers are $2 and any motorhomes, large trucks, trailers, etc., are all determined by length. So, here's hoping you jot that down someplace or clip this out and post it on your calendar or refrigerator, so you can let others know if they happen to ask you about it. Just remember, the ferry leaves on the hour from the WA side from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on the quarter past the hour from the OR side. If you need more information, call the Ferry Info Line at 360-795-7867.

If and when there are extra busy times and there are many cars left lined up, the ferry will make a double trip. In times of an emergency road closure with no other option to reach a main destination, the ferry will run for free. However, that is not the case right now, as in spite of the shorter route to Astoria being closed due to a road slide on SR 401 headed west out of Naselle, you can still reach the area by continuing straight on SR 4 and looping back around on 101. Depending on where you live and where you're going, many find the ferry trip a shorter option. Here's to no more slides anywhere else, as it sounds like the 401 is going to be closed a long time!

OUT OF THE PAST--This week back in 1946, it was rainy and cold until March 8 and 9, which were very nice days before turning wet again. On that first evening, the Wallula Council No. 45 of the Degree of Pocahontas held their Monday meeting with the Great Pocahontas of the Reservation in attendance, when Mrs. Ada Rossart of Everett made her annual visit. A grand time was had by all, with Mrs. Elsie Everest presiding over the meeting and getting many complimentary remarks by the visiting officer on how all of the groups work had been presented. After the lodge meeting was over, a social gathering was held to celebrate the birthdays of several members in the upcoming month and they were: Mrs. Mary Irving, Mrs. Elizabeth Hendrix, Mrs.Elsie Everest and Mrs. Mathilda Hansen. The ladies enjoyed an abundance of gifts and cards from their fellow lodge members, who presented Mrs. Rossart with a gift as well. Mrs. Lillian Anderson was in charge of refreshments and was assisted by Mrs. Ruth Hanigan and Mrs. Nevada Shamley. The next evening, Mrs. Rossart made her official visit to the Pocahontas lodge in Skamokawa.

Mr. Houchen's funeral was held that week with a Masonic Service, and the group in charge of the Centennial Meeting convened, and after the latter, Elsie Everest met with Ruby Everest and Mrs. Erp at Bozemans.

Mid-week, David and Florence West were kind enough to take Elsie Everest to see her brother, George in Portland, where he was in the hospital. The travelers enjoyed a supper in Woodland on the way home. On March 8, many cards and gifts were received by Elsie Everest for her birthday, and a meeting of the Rebekahs that evening meant even more goodies from that group. A wonderful outfit came from her sister, Jean, and the satin material part being provided by Mrs. Olmstead, was a big hit. A special treat of six pounds of butter also came which was made in Walker, Minnesota. Daughter, Marian brought by a beautiful "tear drop" crystal creamer and sugar and butter dish set for her and with the Pedersens and the Moores stopping by, there was plenty of celebrating going on. All this according to my Grandma Elsie Walker Everest's diary.


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