Most of the voters said yes to the new stadium but under Washington law it has to be 60 %, only 51 % said yes. Additional efforts will be taken to make this a reality. The election is over and 17% of the voters have spoken. This failure to vote even though you are registered gives the people who do vote almost six votes in determining our future.
Our Chamber is working hard to see to it that the businesses in Elma are successful. The merchants spend a lot of money to make a living and keep their employees living with a living wage.
The Veterans in the Elma area had a parade and time of sharing patriotic music, honoring our fallen heros and remembering all the reasons we have for so many freedoms. We hope everyone went to the parade and appreciated all our service personnel who have kept us free.
On November 20-22 the Chamber is helping present the Bazaar weekend. This is a great time to get unusual Christmas gifts.
Elma is promoting the Old Fashioned tree lighting and light shows on many homes in and around Elma. The Tree lighting is set for December 8th. To better keep up with the many happenings in Elma you can contact the Chamber at www.elmachamber.org.
Set Free is a wonderful, effective program to give the participants their lives back and so they can enjoy being part of a productive community. During the program, they are in need of clothing, and toiletries. A group of volunteers are planning a Christmas party for them. There are over 40 men in the program at this time. The public is asked to donate food, gifts, and clothing such as socks and underwear to make the party a success. Betty Norris at the Clothing Bank is the person to contact about this party.
A chance to volunteer for a wonderful program is coming up soon. Patti Ambrose, a member of the East County Rotary is heading up the bell ringing for the Salvation Army at Everybody's in Elma. We ring the bell from Saturday after Thanksgiving to the Saturday before Christmas, December 19th.
Because of the great efforts of East County Rotary we have funded our Scholarship funds for the East County Schools and have money for many worthwhile projects. We have helped fund Christmas for Kids, Shop with a Cop, and several other projects to help those who need help.
Some time ago, I was wondering how long you would need to keep medium cheese to make it sharp cheese. I asked Tillamook Cheese in Oregon. They told me if you would keep the cheese in it's original package, keep it in your refrigerator for at least 60 days, 90 is better, it will be sharp cheese. It really works!
A new business is beginning at Satsop Business Park. Erika Katt told the Port Board about it this time at the Port Board meeting. It is called NW Aqua Soils, LLC.
They will be making compost and will be getting much of their materials from Alaska. Another program at this site is management of the forest of approx. 1200 acres. I was impressed by contract manager, Todd Bates. He said every student who participated in this program, if they wanted a position, got one. Approx. 20 students worked with him. The net income was $96,000. Veteran's Day was well attended and did a lot in support of the veterans from in and around Elma. Ellsworth Curran rode in a beautiful Classic Chrysler. He is now 99.
The patriotic program was held before the parade and then all the participants from the parade had a lunch at the Elma Grange. Bill Wickwire helped put it all together. The visitor's Center had tents over the bleachers. They really looked nice. It was great that this planning was set up for the comfort of the parade watchers.
The leagues are going well at Elma Lanes. Henry Dawson, who owns the bowling alley has a plan to attend every Seahawks game this year. This month, the next three are at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The new development on the east end of Elma is moving along quite well. The curbing was poured last week. I still haven't heard of any firm contracts at that site. I'm sure Steve Hanson is working on that part of the development.
East County Rotary has several new members and we heard from two of them. We are planning a Christmas party on December 5th. If you have been thinking about joining, you might want to attend this party. It is a pot luck, White Elephant exchange, and a lot of fun!! For more information, please call me at 360 481 2842.