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Cheers & Jeers

The Vidette is introducing a new regular feature on our opinion page, where we take a look at our communities and celebrate our successes and point out issues that may need attention. If you have a suggestion for the column, email us at

Cheers to the candidates for Montesano Planning Commission. Four candidates for the one position were interviewed by the Montesano City Council, including current member Will Foster and quality applicants Bob McEndoo, Bob Bellamy and Ken Clary. The council chose not to appoint someone right away, opting to wait another month. It’s a shame there’s only one open position. We also echo the words of Montesano Councilwoman Pam McElliott, who noted last month that she found it amazing there were four people vying for an appointed Planning Commission seat and yet the actual decision making body — the City Council — has not drawn any challengers in this November’s election.

Cheers to 10-year-old SusieMarie Brenenstahl of Cosmopolis, who started a simple lemonade stand to raise money for the volunteer Cosmopolis Fire Department, and has raised thousands of dollars in donations over the years.

Cheers to Grays Harbor College, which broke ground recently on its new $41.5 million, 70,000 sq. ft. facility to be named in honor of Dr. Gene Schermer. Schermer was a longtime faculty member, vice president of instruction and is still very active in the Grays Harbor College Foundation and the Choker Club, which supports athletics, and has served as president for both organizations in the past.

Cheers to Public Works Director Rocky Howard, who wisely mandated that the contractors fixing Main Street refrain from doing their work until after the week after the historic car show was finished. He averted a potential disaster of tourists confronting ripped up streets. It’s up to all of us to support our downtown businesses during the construction now.