Skamokawa News

Egg hunts, chocolate, bingo


March 28, 2024

MIXED BAG. We had a bit of everything this past week so if you didn't like the weather, you just had to wait a bit and it would change. We had downpours and wind, and we had some impressive lightning with some deafening thunder, followed by some sun breaks and sprinkles and clouds and well, it seemed like the weather gods couldn't decide what to do, so they threw a little of everything our way...ha! Fingers crossed we can have April arrive along with the sun and stick around awhile.

SPECIAL DAYS. Those celebrating birthdays this coming week from March 28 through April 3 are: Aaliyah Montgomery, Leif Carroll, Linda McClain, Vaal Gribskov, Jake Stratton, Dana McClain, Gordon Souvenir, Trease Gorley-Stocker, Chase Grasseth, Alexis Nortrup, Addlynn Masters, Crystal Davis, Jaxton Holland, Britany Smith, Loren Bergseng, Paul Vik, Alex Olson, Judy Bates, Pam Emery, Spring Doiron, Sandi Cik, Dawn Pedersen Macchione, Larry Spieth, Barrett Finkas, Nathan Pedersen, Karen Bell and Mikayla Bell. Belated birthday wishes to Ian Smith who celebrated his birthdays this past Monday, March 25...hope it was really a good one! Those celebrating anniversaries this coming week are: Mr. and Mrs. Brian McClain and Scott and Deanna Ahrndt.....enjoy those special days everyone!

BUSY WEEKEND. If you're getting this paper on Thursday, then you'll be reading this on the opening day of the "Hook the Hawg" fishing tournament at the Elochoman Slough Marina in Cathlamet. We wish all those who are fishing a lot of luck.

CHOCOLATE EXTRAVAGANZA. You should check out the chocolate boxes for sale in the Hotel Cathlamet lobby on Thursday afternoon. This is a fund raiser for the St James Family Center/Charlotte House. They will be selling homemade chocolate goodies for twenty dollars a box between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. They accept cash or check.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST. The Skamokawa Grange on Thursdays is the place to be if you'd like to enjoy a free breakfast and chat over coffee. They are taking donations of Christmas wrapping paper for the "Wahkiakum Shoeboxes of Joy" program in December, food items for their food pantry and this will be the last Thursday that they will be accepting toiletries and feminine hygiene products for our WHS students. (Additional items can be taken up to the high school). There will be an Easter Egg hunt at 12:30 p.m. so bring the kids down.

EASTER BINGO. On March 29, show up for Easter Bingo located at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds. Bingo begins at 6 p.m. Come a little early to check out the prizes and enjoy a snack. I believe the door to the Youth Building is open by 5:30 p.m.

CARNIVAL AND 2 EGG HUNTS. There was a bit of confusion about the upcoming events at the fairgrounds this Saturday, March 30. The Wahkiakum Fair Foundation and the Lions Club are having Easter Egg Hunts. The WFF will have a carnival open at 10 a.m. in the T-building. At 1 p.m., they will be having their Easter Egg Hunt. At 11 a.m. the Lions Club will hold their Easter Egg Hunt at the fairgrounds with multiple age groups and multiple winners of special prizes.

NEW AT FOS. The Friends of Skamokawa will now offer guided group tours of the Hall by historians. Ten people are needed for a group tour and the cost is five dollars per person. It's wonderful to share how the Central School evolved into Redmen Hall. A group of people wanted to preserve this historic building and called themselves the Friends of Skamokawa. In time they added a wonderful Interpretive Center and a gift shop. The book shop showcases local authors and artists. President Pam Emery says a new sign is going up to help end some confusion, as many passing through think it's a church. The new sign will say, "1894 Schoolhouse" Interpretive Center, Redmen Hall, and Central School. This building will be celebrating its 130th birthday this year. The Hall is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to four p.m. Stop by and help support the FOS in its continued efforts to keep this historic building up and running. If you want to make a donation, mail to: The Friends of Skamokawa, P. O. Box 67, Skamokawa, WA 98647.

NORSE HALL. Sons of Norway will be celebrating a milestone this year as well. On September 7, the Helgeland Lodge 2-30, known as the Norse Hall located at 444 SR 409 will be celebrating 90 years. Many events will be taking place prior to this big birthday party. We hope you can support them during their fund raisers including: pulled pork sandwiches during PIGYS, lefse sales and booth on Bald Eagle Day and their booth at the county fair. This is a great place to hold family reunions and weddings. Contact Jan Silvestri at 360-431-1705 or Sue Johnson at 360-795-3372. If you would like to donate directly to them, you can send a check to: SON, P. O. Box 381, Cathlamet, WA 98612.

ANIMALS NEED HELP. WAAG (Wahkiakum Animal Advocates Group) is in need of dog food. You can drop it off at Jabber Shack in Cathlamet. You can also go to WAAG's website which is: and make a donation.

WEDNESDAY SENIOR GROUP. This friendship group meets on Puget Island on Wednesdays at Our Savior Lutheran Church located on Puget Island. They meet in the lower level (rear church entrance) from Noon to three p.m. About PIGYS. I wanted to clarify this event...Puget Island Garage and Yard Sale is on June 21, 22 and 23 this year. HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY! Whatever your plans are for this Easter weekend, I hope you have a wonderful time, and enjoy being with your family and friends while taking in all the fun activities that are in our area.


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