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CLOUDY BEGINNING--As this week begins, it's a bit cloudy but still fairly warm, so it's pretty good weather to be working outside. The rest of the week looks to be a mix of sun and clouds and comfortable temperatures, so those days will be enjoyable. However, it will also be interesting to see if the hot days forecast for this past Tuesday and Wednesday actually happen or not.

SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays from Sept 9-15 are Carla Keilwitz, Edward Johnson, Amanda Poler, Brittnie Helms-Lampitt, Jamie Nielsen, Tina Schubert, Shayne Hoven, Jacob Hoven, Richard Bigler, Rex Gilbertsen, Renee Robert, Conner Parker, Lori Bergseng, Carey Johnson, Sarah Phelps, Ed Houston, Roger Reed, Naomi Pedersen, Suzy Ekstrom Sechler and Samantha Pedersen.

Those celebrating anniversaries are Quin and Christeena Bassi, Josh and Cristina Moonen, Sean and Kellie Masters, Mike and Samantha Wright, Scott and Lori Kensinger, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bergseng, Mr. and Mrs. Karl Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Swofford, Scott and Jen Pedersen and Adam and Samantha Pedersen. May all of you have wonderful birthday and anniversary celebrations!

GO MULES--The Mules volleyball team will play at home against R.A. Long this Thursday evening, Sept. 9 and then again at home against Toutle Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 14, so we hope they do well. Meanwhile, the mighty Mules football team will travel to Mossyrock this Friday night for the weekly football game, so we wish them all the best, as well as having a a safe trip up and back. Go Mules!

THIS IS IT--This Friday, Sept. 10 is the last Farmer's Market of the year at the Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet, so here's hoping there will be a good turn out of vendors as well as people ready to buy some of their wares. The hours are from 3-6 p.m., and with weather supposedly in the low 70s, it should be a good day for buyers and sellers, although it can be a little cooler down there by the water, so you always want to have a light sweater handy!

FIBER FESTIVAL--Also from Sept. 10-12, the first ever "Wahkiakum Farm and Fiber Festival" will take place at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds in Skamokawa. You can check out all they have to offer, which will include demonstrations, various vendors and I'm told there will be a special goat show on Sunday.

MAYBE KITES--While the Chamber calendar shows a Kite Festival at Skamokawa Vista Park on Sept. 18, the latest word on this is maybe. In other words, a few say they are going to "probably" make it, but considering these days of shifting Covid rules and also weather forecasts, there is no true way of knowing right now. But, if it's a nice day why not just head down to Vista Park and see if some of those kite flyers did show up, as they are always really awesome to see!

MONTH AWAY--It will be a month from today that the Friends of Skamokawa will begin their online auction, "A Cornucopia of Treasures" Oct. 9-16, so if you're planning on donating something for that, it would be wise to have that up to Redmen Hall as soon as you possibly can. With time flying by, it will be time for some bidding wars before you know it, so here's hoping that all goes well and everyone has a great time taking part in this important fund raiser for this historic building. You can check out more about this event by going online, or by calling the hall at 360-795-3007 Thursday through Sunday.

CAR SHOW FANS--If you're new to the area, you probably haven't heard about the huge car show that takes place in Ocean Park every year, just north of Long Beach, so if you love old cars, you'll be happy to know that this event will be held Sept. 10-12. It's called the "Rod Run to the End of the World" and this is the 37th year of this event with the Beach Barons Car Club hosting hundreds of cars. This is located at 25515 Sandridge Road and general admission is just $5; no pets allowed. A service animal must be registered through the gate. They will also be looking for cans of food to be donated to the local food bank, so keep that in mind. At any rate, if you aren't into the other things going on in Cathlamet and Skamokawa, then maybe this is a great time to visit some of the "neighbors" and take in a fantastic car show during one of those three days, complete with lots of food and other vendors.

WEDDING BLISS--I am very happy to add another couple to my anniversary list, as my grandson, Blake E. Sechler and Michaela Jones were married in a beautiful ceremony in Puyallup this past Friday, September 3. The couple got married at an absolutely fabulous venue, which featured a massive outdoor setting, huge barn-like, high-ceilings in the dining area, with wide open spaces for snacking, desserts, dancing, beverages and a gorgeous and very large greenhouse where the actual ceremony took place. This place, Farm 12, is a real hidden jewel and is owned by a non-profit organization with a wonderful staff and restaurant that catered the dinner.

The bride was gorgeous in her white beaded and lace gown and the groom was very handsome in his gray suit and their very large wedding party of 17, were all just stunning. The fact that many of the bride's family and friends and attendants, flew in from Alaska for the big day was super impressive as well. To top it off, the weather was just perfect for this outdoorsy wedding with all their family and friends from near and far, and at the end of the day, it was agreed that it couldn't have been any better. So, Congratulations, Blake and Michaela. May you live happily ever after!

OUT OF THE PAST--This week back in 1941, the week could be summed up in one word: wet, with the exception of Sept. 12. That was a good day for it to be dry as the county fair took place and that was the day the "queen" was crowned and lots of people were on hand when that occurred; Queen Lillian? The First Juniorettes meeting was held and Carol Everest Pedersen came over town for that, and she had "little Frankie" with her and he got a hair cut. The almost three year old had been sporting some cute curls before then. On Sept. 14, it was fish canning day and this occurred at a time of a record run, which was the biggest in the history of the Columbia River! While that part of the day was good, the latter part wasn't so great for the Everests as a car went off the road and into their fence! It was off to the Rebekah Lodge meeting where the group celebrated the birthdays of "O'Dessa, N. Shamely and Mrs. Groesbeck" and they had lots of good food and fun.

Back in 1951, it started out beautiful, got wet one evening and then turned hot for a couple of days. This was the weekend that the Mule football season opened with a Trico Leaque jamboree with coach John Hindrum saying it was one of the "heaviest" he had ever worked with. Not only did they have the weight behind them but they had speed as well, plus they were completely in focus with good attitudes and the backing of the entire town. As this jamboree started off, the players scheduled that Saturday night were Center: Danny Jones; Guard posts: Maurice Mooers and Herb Kehrli; Tackle positions: Arnie Moss and Will Danielson and end positions were going to be twins: Ray and Roy Prestegard. At full back position: Skip Wika; left tailback: Alfred Gisselberg; right tailback: Bill Stanley and as starting quarterback: Ralph Pedersen. The rest of the team which would see plenty of action that year were: Virgil Dodge, David Riley, Wayne Holloway, Don Vog, Mike Wills, Ray Oatfield, Charlie Cooper and Dick Parker. That night they beat the Deaf School Terriers and also La Center, and at the end of it all, Cathlamet was also awarded the Vancouver JC Rooters Trophy, for being the most enthusiastic crowd who also showed the most sportsmanship; good job!

All this according to my Grandma Elsie Everest's diaries.


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