Downriver Dispatches

News of Western Wahkiakum County and Naselle


November 9, 2023

Karen Bertroch

Derek Suolema, senior cross country runner, being sent off to state by students and teachers along with two other runners.

I've saved the following quote for many years. I don't remember where it came from, but we can use reminders like this often. I suspect it has some cowboy in it. My husband was a true horseman, the kind that worked with herds of horses at the same time, and they all loved him. In his elder years, he was hired to live in a small apartment in a large barn with extremely valuable horses so that if needed, he could be with them in the stalls at night when the mares were in labor, or the foals needed help learning to nurse, or if any of them needed medical attention. He was a unique man and a fine watchman who cared for all animals.

He loved that job.

"Every year I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing, and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well. No one ever yet was the poorer in the long run for having once in a lifetime, 'Let out all the length of all the reins.'" – unknown.

Photo of the Week: Derek Suolema running down the halls of Naselle GRV School with all the students lined up sending off the Cross Country runners to State: Derek said, "I placed 65th out of 163 with a time of 18:42.80. I wasn't too happy with it, but it was still a pretty good run. I'm just glad I made it to State." We're proud of all the runners who made it to State.  

Because the calendar section is so full, this time I set it up with a smaller font and more "shorthand" for info so more can make it into the calendar. May I say that with the addition of the Appelo Archives and the gift of the Congregational Church to the Finnish American Folk Festival, the little "village" of Naselle has become one of the busiest little non-towns in the area.

The Boards of Directors of both non-profits deserve many thanks for all that's happened for their organizations over the years as they've worked hard in their commitments to serving the area.

We are grateful. Their efforts are shown well in the weekly calendar. Add to that the Youth Sports group, the local churches, the business sponsors and advertisers supporting them and local donors, and anyone looking will see our small active communities working together and be proud.

I learned from Lore Twiet that the Fair Foundation will hold a lasagna dinner at Rosburg Hall on Sunday, November 12 from 12-4 p.m. The event will also feature a silent auction and bake sale. Dinner is by donation. Funds raised will go toward finishing a restroom in the Youth Building.

From Nick Nikkala I have three notices for the American Legion Post. First, Legion meetings start at 6:30 p.m. at Rosburg Hall, with a meal served at 6 p.m. by the Post Auxiliary. Also, the Post's Pancake & Egg Breakfast will be on Saturday, November 11 from 8-11:30 a.m. at Rosburg Hall. And finally, Gene Quillhaugh will provide an evening of music at Rosburg Hall on Saturday, November 18.  Hosted by the Legion Post, the event is free to the public and will start at 6:30 p.m. Drinks and dessert are available for purchase at intermission. Gene is a talented guitarist and possesses a wonderful voice.  It will be an enjoyable evening of family entertainment.

A levy vote is likely coming for Naselle/Grays River Valley School District: At the next School Board meeting on 11/21, the district anticipates the board approving a resolution to place on the February 13, 2024, ballot a measure to renew the District's Educational Programs and Operations Levy that will expire at the end of that year. NGRVSD seeks applications from those interested in being appointed to committees to write for/against statements on this measure for the Pacific County Local Voters' Pamphlet.

Those who wish to be appointed to such committees should send their name, address, phone number, and which position they represent to Rhiana Jacot, administrative assistant, at NGRVSD 793 State Route 4, Naselle, WA, or email Rhiana at

Applications are due no later than noon on November 15.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Flood Control Zone Districts Nos. 1-4 will hold a public hearing on the 2024 budget and special assessments of each district. The hearings will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Calendar of Events:

Mondays/Wednesdays: Balance Class Naselle Community Center 2-3 p.m.

Second Monday: American Legion at 6 Rosburg Hall meal at 6 p.m. Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesdays: Naselle Lutheran Church: quilters in morning/ knitters in afternoons.

Third Tuesday: Naselle/GRV School Board at 6:30 in school library.

Wednesdays: AA meeting Grays River Grange at noon. Play Group Naselle Library from 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Second Wednesday of the month: Grays River Flood Control District at Fire Hall 5:30 p.m.

First and third Wednesdays in Nov: Senior Lunch at Rosburg Hall . Nov.15.

Second Thursday: Johnson Park Board meeting at 10 a.m.

Thursdays: CAP Senior Lunches at Rosburg Hall at noon on Thursday.

November 11: Naselle Lutheran's Bazaar: homemade donuts, crafts, quilts. 10-2. American Legion breakfast at Rosburg Hall from 8-11:30 a.m.

November 12: Fair Foundation lasagna dinner at Rosburg Hall from noon-4 p.m.

November 11-12 and 18-19: Finnish American Folk Festival Tapestry Show at Naselle Community Center.

November 18: Gene Quillhaugh will provide music at Rosburg Hall. 6:30 p.m. Free.

December 2: FAFF Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Vendors contact:

December 3: FAFF Christmas program at Deep River Church at 1:30 p.m.

December 17: Lighted Christmas Parade at 4:30 along Knappton Road in Naselle.

Words for the Week: Love your neighbor.


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