How fast this week has gone by. Tuesday evening, Oct.15, was our Harvest Dinner and Bazaar at the Satsop United Methodist Church. A big thank-you to everyone who came. Always fun to see friends come from McCleary, Elma , Montesano, Olympia and one friend from Raymond.
The profit made on this dinner helps to pay for the heat to keep us warm for the next year. On a cold-cold Sunday morning, we are all very grateful for the heat in the sanctuary.
I had a phone call from a former student of the Hunter’s Prairie school, which is now the bus shed area for the Elma School District. He was told they will start tearing down the school building this week. He said the school was built around 1911 and he wanted as many students that attended the school to know about this in case any wanted to drive by and see the school before it is totally gone.
So many of our small schools are now gone. I can remember the White Star School, Malone School, Porter School, Brady School and, of course the Hunter’s Prairie, and I am sure there are many more throughout Grays Harbor that are now just good memories in many former students’ minds.
On Thursday, Bev Scott hosted the Satsop Embroidery Club at her home in Elma. Arline Tobola and Norene Dotson were absent. We enjoyed a delicious lunch followed with a short meeting. Bev Scott received a birthday gift from her secret pal and then we all had the fun of opening Halloween gifts from our secret pals. It is always surprising how many different sizes, shapes and colorful pumpkins are available to purchase for gifts.
On Saturday, Jim and I and Joann Yost volunteered at the Chehalis Valley Historical Museum in Montesano. When we got there and opened the doors, we found out the heating system has died. Brrr …. it was cold, but thank goodness the day was warm and we all had warm coats. The heating system is not repairable so we need to replace it. Any donations to help put in a new heating system would be greatly appreciated. We did have a few people stop by and enjoyed looking at the old pictures of logging and talking about the history of things on display. If you have never stopped at the museum, you are missing seeing great pictures of early logging, pictures of early times in and around Elma, Montesano and areas around east Grays Harbor. The museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday at the Satsop United Methodist Church, we welcomed Pastor K back after being gone for two weeks on vacation. We welcomed retired Rev. Greg and Marianna Jackson and Cindy Stillwell on joining us for the Sunday service. Abby Combs lit the candles. Barb Tarman thanked everyone who worked the dinner, donated items and put in many hours the days before the dinner to make the Harvest Dinner a success. Tami Combs put coins in for her birthday and Frank Carpenter’s birthday. Happy birthday to both Tami and Frank. Brett DeMond read the Scriptures. Joys shared: Cadie Nuxoll was picked to be in the fifth-grade choir at the Elma Elementary. A joy the Harvest Dinner is over and successful. Prayers were asked for safety of hunters and prayers are needed for Alyx Marsh. Mark Carpenter and Austin Tyner collected the offering. Tami Combs collected the offering for Fifi and her family in Haiti.
The weather has been beautiful and the full moon at the football game Friday night was awesome. I kept wishing the moon put out some heat because it was very cold at the football game. Time to dig out gloves and wear warmer coats and a small blanket to wrap around my legs. No matter what the weather, I still love to go to Elma High School football games.
My thought for the week: “The best preparation for a better life next year is a full, complete,harmonious, joyous life this year.” — by Thomas Dreier.
Yvonne Borden is a regular contributor to The Vidette of news from the Satsop and Elma areas. She can be reached at (360) 482-3284.