Book sale at library Friday and Saturday

Skamokawa News


October 14, 2021

VEHICLE CHECK--We went through a lot of road work around here this past summer. Many folks were dealing with chipped or broken windshields, but those kinds of issues are readily seen and most likely taken care of rather quickly. What some don't see are the running lights, brake or signal lights or headlights that may have gotten dinged by some of those flying rocks. I have seen multiple vehicles lately that have lights that are no longer working, so with more hours of our day being dark, it would be wise of us to do a "walk around" our vehicles to make sure all of our lights and signals are still working.

SPECIAL DAYS--Those celebrating birthdays from Oct. 14-20 are Heidi Heywood, Lindsey Brown, Dixie Anderson, Randy Kuhn, Aron Havens, Alexzandria Watkins, Kimberlee Watkins, Beckie Wolcott, Sami Olsen, Samantha Johnson, Stephanie Johnson, Mike Phelan, Davey Hoven, Alyssa Robert, Justin Robert, Emily Elliott, Brianne Helms, Kevin Gilligan, Curt Moore, Jennifer Kyle, Hunter Baldwin and Debbie Huber Chamberlain.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week are Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Reid, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Brown, Dave and Rhonda Heiner, Brian and Linda Elliott, Jeff and Shelley Hedges and Matthew and Lori Kyle. Here's wishing all of you the very best on your special days.

FOS AUCTION CORRECTION--The Friends of Skamokawa began their online auction last Saturday but part of the information was left off the original poster that was circulated. You have until Saturday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. to bid, so good luck winning that special something that you want! Lori Cagle sent this particular site to check out: but I was also sent this one: so I hope one of those works for you!

BOOK SALE--Just a heads up for all you lovers of books, as it's time for you to head to the Cathlamet Library this Friday or Saturday for their big Book Sale! On Friday, the sale will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday it will take place from 12 to 4. With the library having to curb their usual hours of business due to the pandemic, it would be great to see them be able to raise some funds during this time, so if you love books, now is the time to help yourself and the library. Happy reading, everybody!

BINGO--The Sons of Norway will open the doors to the Norse Hall on Puget Island this Saturday evening, Oct. 16, for some more of that fun you've been missing and those cash prizes too! The doors on the lower level of the hall will be open at 5:30 p.m., with games beginning at 6 p.m .; masks are required. As before, the cost of cards is $5 each.

GRANGE SALE--Skamokawa Grange #425 held a sale at their hall last Saturday and with everything still set up and so many new things added, it only made sense to go ahead and hold another one. Come to 18 Fairgrounds Road in Skamokawa from 9 to 3 and check out all the treasures they have; the hall is located near the south entrance to the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds.

SILVER BUCKLE ENDS--While you're down here at the Grange's sale, you might want to hop over to the fairgrounds and take in the last part in their Silver Buckle Series which has to do with horses and all those riders who have been taking part in various horse riding challenges. This will be the day they pass out all those awards for the top riders/horses in their various categories. So, if you love horses, head this way this Saturday!

There will also be a big sale going on in the Youth Building, so it's definitely a good day to come down and shop around.

GET WELL--We've been asked to keep Signe Backman and Morris Evans in our thoughts as they deal with some serious health issues, so we certainly want to send our heartiest "Get Well" wishes to both of them at this time. Also, former resident Frank Corbin has a good friend who could use some more thoughts and prayers coming his way, so please include Tom Crowson in your prayers.

LIONS CLUB FOOD DRIVE--October 30 will be a busy day with multiple activities going on, and one of them is the Lions Club Food Drive. I hope you can wrangle up some items that will help make a family a little fuller, especially with the big Thanksgiving holiday coming up next month. I was told that there is a need for protein items, so we hope you'll keep those kinds of items in mind when donating. Any and all items are more than welcome however, so if it's edible, there will certainly be someone who is in need of it.

ALSO THAT DAY--As I said, Oct. 30 is going to be a busy day, but don't forget to come down here to the fairgrounds for the Halloween Carnival beginning at 4 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m.

There is also the "Howloween Doggie Parade" at Erickson Park in Cathlamet earlier that day at 1 p.m. This is a fund raiser for the Wahkiakum Animal Advocate Group, so they will be accepting donations & pet food so they can continue to help rescue and take care of the many animals that are in need of help around here.

The Trunk or Treat & Parade event will be held the day before, Oct. 29, at the high school from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

NOW THRU DEC. FUND RAISING--The Skamokawa Fire Dept. is holding a "GoFundMe" event on Facebook. They are raising money for the annual Toy Drive for Christmas to be able to give to the kids in need this year. They are also joined by several groups, like the other Fire Depts., EMS, the food banks, Star Program, WAAG and the Sheriff's department and they will all be out and about and taking part in the parade this year. Actually, there will be two parade dates this year, where the fire trucks will travel around to various areas and will be stopping to collect things along the way. So, keep these dates on your calendar: For the west end, they will be coming through Grays River on Dec. 10 at 5 p.m., and then on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m., they will be doing a longer one with several stops here on the East side of KM: Skamokawa at Vista Park, the Elochoman for a stop at Monroe Acres, Wahkiakum High School, over to Puget Island with a stop at the Norse Hall and then coming back and ending the parade and doing the final pick up of all donations at the Elochoman Slough Marina. You will have several places where you can see them and bring your donations to help out this great cause. All your food, toys and monetary donations will truly be put to good use and make someone's holiday a whole lot happier!

If you happen to be one of the "old-fashioned" people, like me, who doesn't do all the online things, and you can't meet at any of the parade/donation sites but would still like to make a cash donation, I'm pretty sure they would still accept a check that you can mail via the USPS. Mail your donation to the Skamokawa Fire Dept., P.O. Box 145, Skamokawa, WA 98647 and you can make a notation on it that it is to go for this particular fund raising event if that's how you want it to be spent.

They also hold their fire meetings on Thursday evenings, and most likely, you could drop off a check or other things there if you happen to be going by around 7 p.m. If you're new here, they would gladly welcome you to join the department as well, so stopping by then and checking it all out would be great.

DEADLINES--If you'll be hosting a community event next year, be sure to get it listed on the Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce calendar by Dec. 1. This is a great way to let people know what's going on throughout the year. This particular calendar is for actual events and not just regular meetings, as those can be listed through this paper under "The Eagle Calendar." If you're having a fund raising dinner or a festival or a parade, etc., be sure to contact the Chamber at 360-795-9996.

DID YOU KNOW?--We just celebrated "Indigenous People's Day" and I was totally amazed to learn about a brave and courageous Native American woman named Marie Dorion of the Ioway tribe that you've probably never heard about, but truly should have. Reading part of her story was a real eye-opener and it's absolutely amazing that this brave woman endured such hardships to cross our country, mostly on foot, and wound up being the first woman to do so and settle in what is now known as the state of Oregon, and she did it while she was pregnant with two small children already, one of which she carried on her back, and endured frigid conditions as well as being half-starved to death and giving birth alone. Did I mention she was just 21 and the only woman on the three thousand mile trip?! I am also appalled that I have never ever heard of her, as really everyone should know her name as readily as they know who Pocahontas was.

Many locals may have known Della Quigley back in the day, and you probably even know many of her family members today, but like me, you probably never knew who Della's grandmother was, but yep, you guessed it, it was "Marie Dorion; The Most Badass Woman in Oregon History" according to "That Oregon Life." Her story was brought to life in a book called, "Astoria" written by Washington Irving, but over time has somehow gotten lost and forgotten, which is truly sad given our local connection. I hope you get a chance to read her total story and learn how she had also come to be called "The Madonna of the Oregon Trail," as her long, treacherous journey here to the west coast was truly remarkable.

There is a memorial stone for Marie Dorion at the St. Louis Catholic Church in St. Louis, Oregon, near the place where she was laid to rest and we hope that this wonderful native woman's story will be brought to light once again so that she regains the respect and admiration that she so deserves as well as to be remembered for generations to come. I'd like to thank Stephanie Prestegard for bringing this story to light, as Della Quigley just so happens to be her great grandmother, which makes her one of the many local descendants of Marie Dorion.


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