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Grays River Grange has been serving western Wahkiakum County since 1902. We meet every 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 7:30. A meal is served at 6:45. We are 11 S. Hull Creek Rd. in Grays River right on SR 4. Come by and see us!!!

Candidate Forum October 9

Grays River Grange will be hosting a candidate forum on October 9 at 6pm. ALL CANDIDATES ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT ARE INVITED. The hall will be open at 2pm for our weekly farmers market. Fresh produce will be available and refreshments will be served.

Have any questions? contact:   grange -at- wwest -dot- net

Update September 26 — Candidates confirmed to attend so far: Brian Blake, Bill Coons, Mark Howie, Joel McEntire, Graham Phalen, Matt Kuhl, Dan Bigelow, Blair Brady and Brian McClain. (These are Wahkiakum County races. We will not feature candidates from surrounding counties.)

Please check back soon for more information regarding which candidates are attending and the agenda / format for the forum.

Grays River Grange Capital Campaign

SUPPORTING THE GRANGE’S SERVICE COMMITMENT

Our Grange is sustained by members. We also receive support from Wahkiakum West, Rayonier Timber, Robinson Brothers Construction, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Appelo and individuals who see the difference we make.

Grays River Grange is a voluntary association. We provide public services at no costs to taxpayers.

Our next fundraiser is hosting the salmon dinner at this summer’s Finnish American Folk Festival. (Special mention to Granger, Wahkiakum County commissioner and commercial fisherman Mike Backman for donating fish.) In the meantime, we are conducting a capital campaign to fund our ongoing work. Here is a list of some of our needs:
• Pay for regular mowing at our cemetery and parks

• New signs for our parks and cemetery

• Finish interior remodel.

We Grangers pledge to be quiet and peaceful folks going about our community service group. This is one of those occasions where we want to make a little noise. We are 100 percent volunteer and our expenses go towards our commitments. Please consider making a financial contribution to our efforts.

Our goal is to raise $5,000. If you are a member, thank you so much for your support and active membership. Your participation keeps our Grange viable and helps us continue serving our community. If you have not been to a meeting for a while, or are someone interested in the Grange, please visit us. Our meetings are a great place for fellowship and keeping connected with what is going on in our part of the world. The Grange is a non-partisan group and we welcome people from all walks of life. Our meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 6:45 potluck dinner, 7:30 meeting.

Thank you, Members of the Grays River Grange

Checks can be mailed to. Grays River Grange #124 PO Box 124 Grays River, WA 98621  Phone: (360) 465-2268 or email —spelled out to discourage robot spammers (grange -at- wwest.net).

OUR STORY

At the turn of the last century, civic minded folks in Western Wahkiakum County started the Grays River Grange. They built a hall for members and the community alike. Lifelong bonds were built in the Grange Hall—in a way that continues. Grangers also were active in starting the county fair, bringing the first agricultural agent west of the Mississippi, founding a cemetery, and many other endeavors to elevate the quality of life in our corner of the world.

We want to get folks up to date with what we are doing and how you could help. Following are some of the projects we are engaging.

GRANGE HALL

Our historic hall is in good shape and sporting a new paint job. The western part of the hamlet of Grays River is really looking good. If you recall, our hall was next to severely neglected / blight properties. Our Grange iniated the acquisition of the land and after $12,000 in local contributions the eyesores were removed. Last year we replaced our ancient oil furnace and now have a modern propane heater. We are now focusing on the interior. We also host a local 4-H group who are nice and warm with our quiet and effcient new heater.

CEMETERY

Our cemetery was established by the Grange in 1914. As we do every spring before Memorial Day, a volunteer Granger work crew cleans up the Grays River Grange Cemetery in anticiption of all of the visitors for this important day of remembrance. We scrub headstones, cut limbs and make repairs. Plots are available to Grange members for twentyfive dollars. We are happy to offer non-members lots for $200.00

AHLBERG & MESERVE PARKS

These five acres are maintained for agriculture and public use. The park is next to Washington’s only covered bridge is owned by our Grange. We are happy to provide this space for public enjoyment. We find people visiting from around world— places like Tel Aviv, Israel and Sidney, Australia! We have hosted weddings and a rest stop for a cross country bicycle rally. If you are interested in renting the park— let us know! Otherwise, please visit on a nice summer day to relax like so many others.\

COUNTY FAIR SPELLING BEE

Our Grange sponsors the Spelling Bee at the county fair. We give out $300 in prizes to participating grade school ages. We do this to continue the educational mission of the Grange.

GIVE TODAY!!!

Grangers bring local music to Astoria!

From the Wahkiakum Eagle

“A Wahkiakum band, Giants in the Trees, has a show coming up at the Liberty Theatre in Astoria. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., on December 30. Tickets are $20 and are available at https://libertyastoria.showare.com. An Astoria band, Brian Bovenizer and New Old Stock, will be opening the show.

Giants in the Trees is comprised of Wahkiakum residents, including Erik Friend on drums, Krist Novoselic on bass, Ray Prestegard on guitar, and vocalist Jillian Raye. The band has been getting some attention this year, including write ups in Rolling Stone and Spin magazines.

The four recently released a self-titled album with 12 original songs.”s_topTEMP900x420-5655

Christmas Party

From the Wahkiakum Eagle: ” Grays River Grange #124 held their annual Christmas potluck with caroling, gift exchanges, numerous raffle drawings, and a visit from Santa. The food was sensational as well with a large variety of desserts.

Grange Master Krist Novoselic was a great host who kept the evening very lively. Anyone interested in the Grange activities, membership, or just has questions can call the Grange at 360-465-2268.”

s_2TEMP900x420-4892Photo Credit: Darrell Alexander

 

Community Center to host seed exchange

From the Eagle; “The Cathlamet Community Center, located at 101 Main St ., will host a free seed exchange on Wednesday, March 15, from 11 a.m ., to 1 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the WSU Master Gardeners, the Cathlamet Community Center, Skamokawa Grange, and the Wahkiakum Community Garden.

Participants are invited to come to the Community Center with their seeds between 11 a.m ., and 1 p.m ., to exchange with other gardeners in the community. Seeds may be from seed packets or home collections, and can include flowers, vegetables and herbs of any variety. Seeds brought to share should be from 2015 or sooner. WSU Master Gardeners will be on site and available to answer gardening questions, and a short session on seed starting will be offered at noon.

All are welcome and there is no cost to participate. For more information call the WSU Wahkiakum County Extension office at 360-795-3278.”

Bobby Larson Birthday Celebration

From the Wahkiakum Eagle; “It’s time to help celebrate the 90th birthday of a pretty special guy from Grays River, Bobby Larson. If you ever have a question about something that has happened in our community, he can probably fill you in on the answer. You will probably get more information than you asked for, but that is our beloved Bobby.

The Grays River United Methodist Church will host a celebratory coffee hour on Sunday, March 5 from noon to 3 p.m. in honor of his special day.

Everyone is welcome to join him, enjoy cake, coffee and finger foods to help commemorate this milestone in his life. No gifts please, but birthday cards, well wishes and a story or two are always welcome.”