Downriver Dispatches

News of Western Wahkiakum County and Naselle


Karen Bertroch

In the kitchen at Sunday's Chicken Dinner, the cooks let me take a photo. From left back row, Wendy Liguori, Carol Ervest, Noreen Fitts. Front row, Sonya Kruse, Frieda Footh and Diane Hollenbeck.

There was a Crime Watch meeting at the Naselle Fire Hall last week. One estimate said there were up to one-hundred in attendance. Here's Samantha Hollo's report on Facebook: "It was a great turn out at the community Crime Watch meeting at the Naselle Fire Hall tonight. I think the biggest take away was "Report, Report, REPORT." Law enforcement cannot do anything unless you call and report it. As little as it may seem, it could help form a pattern or maybe they already have that individual noted and can use more evidence. Thank you Laura A. Ray for organizing. Thank you Pacific County Sheriff's Office and Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office for attending, and Thank you Naselle Fire Hall for the space to meet."

Photo of the Week: Great turnout also at Rosburg Hall's Chicken Dinner on Sunday. Fantastic salad bar, dinner and dessert. Another good place to reconnect with folks you have not seen for a while. This photo shows the wonderful volunteers in the kitchen. Come get breakfast there with American Legion folks cooking pancakes on May 20. That's fun, too.

Our area is busy! Please send me your event schedules, times, contact information and locations for the coming months as soon as you can. The Naselle Library is busy, the Naselle Community Center is busy and more keeps coming. Please let me know of mistakes I've made. It happens.

At the Rosburg Hall's Chicken Dinner, I was able to catch up on local news. We are all sorry to hear about the deaths of Joe Barnes in Naselle and Norm Bolton in Grays River. Mickie Bates is moving to Idaho to live, invited by her daughter-in-law. Mickie has been a force for good and great food here for many years, so losing her is sad, but what a wonderful move for her. She'll be living with family now. I heard of a couple of folks whose family moved them to Longview to a place that cares for those who have dementia and Alzheimer's. I hope those left here without them will find peace in the days without their loved ones close by.

As graduation approaches, I have been interviewing seniors from Naselle GRV high school. I love talking with them. Do check out the school's website at: There is a monthly calendar showing what's happening in the district. For example, the Evening of Excellence is scheduled for May 22 at 6 at the school.

The Appelo Archives has set dates for some events: Month of May is Pacific County's Museum month with all eleven museums open with special offers. Do check them out. May 20 at the Archives from 1-3, there's a Na-Hi-An Book Launch Party offering the new book that lists senior class members from 100 years of classes. Book will be $5 off at the party. June 24, a Midsummer Tea will be offered from 1-3, tickets are $24. On July 29, a Nordic Music Concert will be offered at the Chinook School with Valerie Blessley on Kantele and Harp. No time yet. Tickets are $20. And the annual Loggers Reunion will be on August 19 with food and fun.

On May 25 from 6-8 at Rosburg Hall, there will be a community workshop for west end folks with Jackson Blalock from Sea Grant at Univ of WA. Pizza and snacks. This will focus on Grays, Seal and Deep Rivers. They want to hear what's needed to help flooding problems. RSVP if you can to though it's not necessary. Landowners, let's join in this work.

Events Calendar:

Mondays: First Monday of the month, Naselle Library has a men's coffee gathering 10-11:30.

Tuesdays: Naselle Lutheran Church sponsors morning quilters and knitters in afternoons.

Third Tuesday: Naselle Grays River School Board meets at 6:30 in school library.

Second Wednesday of the month: Grays River Habitat Enhancement District meets at the Grays River Fire Hall across from Duffy's Pub at 5:15

Wednesdays: AA meeting at the Grays River Grange at noon

Wednesdays through May: Young Children's Play Group at Naselle Library from 10-11:30

First Thursday of the month: Grays River/Rosburg Gardening group meets at Johnson Park at 6

First Thursday of the month: Caregiver Support Group at Naselle Library with OBH staff 1-2

Thursdays: CAP Senior Lunches are located inside Rosburg Hall at noon.

First Fridays of month: Legos Group through May, 10:30-11:30 at Naselle Library

Second Friday of month: Women's Coffee Group at Naselle Library at 10

May 12: Bingo at Johnson Park from 6-8.

May 13: Memorial for Ellen Badger at Rosburg Hall at 1

May 13: Mother's Day crafts at Johnson Park from 12-2 (360) 355-0472 for info.

May 15: Friends of the Library will meet at Naselle Library from 3-4

May 17: Wednesday Senior Lunch at Rosburg Hall at noon

May 20: Mother and Child Tea/Luncheon 11-1 at Naselle Community Center $5

May 20: American Legion's pancake breakfast 8-11:30 at Rosburg Hall.

May 20: 4-H Great White Tail Run in Skamokawa beginning at Vista Park. Register at 8:30.

May 20: Archives Center Book launch party at Archive Café 1-3 Na-Hi-An book $5 off

May 25: Workshop #1 on Grays River at Rosburg Hall 6-8 Email to reserve

May 28: Concert at Naselle Comm Ctr with Kim Angelis and Jennifer Goodenberger at 3

May 31: Evening of Excellence at Naselle GRV Schools: at 6

June 3: Vendor Blender sale at Naselle Comm Ctr from 10-4 $25 per stall

June 3: Barbeque Potluck at Johnson Park 2-6

June 6: Spring Music Program at Naselle GRV Schools at 6

June 10: Naselle GRV High School Graduation at 4

June 24: Midsummer Afternoon Tea 1-3 Tickets $24 at Archives Center

June 24: FAFF Dinner 5-7 and Concert 6-8 at Rosburg Hall: $20 Music by Emily Rudolph and Sunnyside. Tickets at

July 29: Appelo Archives Nordic Music Concert at Chinook School, tickets $20

August 19: Appelo Archives Loggers Reunion


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