OPINION: Busy in the last days of summer

Satsop happenings

This has been a very busy two weeks for me. I volunteered at the information booth at the Grays Harbor County Fair and spent five days there.

I helped visitors find places they wanted to go, showed them where the restrooms were, which way to go for ATM machines and so much more. The best part was just meeting the kids showing their animals and seeing how much fun they were having.

It was a fun-filled five days and I’m always glad when Sunday comes and know it is almost over. Now I am home and rested, I can look forward to next year’s fair. I enjoyed meeting with friends on the 17th for dinner at Anthony’s in Olympia.

On Sunday was the All School Elma High School Reunion at the fairgrounds. What a great four hours of seeing and greeting so many people that I hadn’t seen for years. About 250 people were in attendance. Big thanks to all who helped put this reunion together and looking forward to the next one.

After the reunion, I stopped at Ward and Marsha Whitaker’s home where they were having a family reunion. Ward’s sister, Sharon, and his cousin Gayle were there and I wanted to see them. Sharon was one class ahead of me, and Gayle and I were friends way back in grade school before her family moved to Auburn. Lots of hugs and a great visit.

On Sunday morning at the Satsop United Method Church, Pastor K announced that the free summer lunch program was a great success. Ninety-two children and 94 adults stopped on Tuesday or Thursday to enjoy the free lunch. Forty-seven children completed the program set up by the pastor to receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

Birthdays celebrated with coins for Habitat for Humanity: I put coins in for my birthday, son, Jim and daughter-in-law, Shawn. Dalton Combs and Oliver VandeWark put coins in for their birthdays. Prayers were asked for Jeff Robinson for surgery. Janet Whipple asked for prayers for her brother, John, and brother-in-law Brian for surgery. It was a joy to have Janet Whipple home from vacation and back playing the piano for our Sunday service.

Arline Tobola’s grandson, Oliver VandeWark, brought his friends, Christopher Sons and Caleb Beeching, with him to church and after church spent the day at Grandma’s home playing with the goats and the chickens. Sounds like a fun day. Mike and Arline Tobola had a good drive taking their granddaughter, Madison Idom, home. Madison enjoyed three weeks with her grandparents and visited with lots of her friends from when she lived here.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, at noon, there will be a combined church potluck picnic with Elma United Methodist at the Satsop United Methodist Church. The fall dinner and bazaar will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Satsop UMC.

The Toledo Thrashing Bee — a fun day to see old tractors, tractor pulls with rows of vendors selling goodies and fresh corn on the cob — will be held Aug. 27 and 28.

My thought for the week: Summer is almost over. Get out and enjoy a day with a drive to the beach. Take a day trip to one of our mountains, or just drive a few back roads. I see the leaves are already changing colors. Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts.