Winlock News 02.19.14

Lynnette Hoffman

Winlock has had its share of bad news lately; we have lost some great people that are too young to be leaving us. I was out of town when I got the news about Ms. Swofford, Mr. Bryan and Mr. Hughes, three young people taken from us too early. I remember playing baseball and our coach was Bob Swofford. His daughter was a few years younger than I was and she was always full of life. Our hearts go out to the Hughes, Bryan and Swofford families.

In this week’s "Get to know ya" series, I had the pleasure of talking to Paul Blum. Paul has been working on our vehicles every since I can remember. He does the work we can’t do and his prices are always reasonable and then some. My husband is from Seattle and has never trusted a mechanic until he met Paul. Paul is one of the good guys, the guy who will help you no matter what the situation is. Winlock has been blessed for so many years with a guy like him. I would trust Paul no only with my car but also with my life. His sound judgment is what makes him such a great guy. I am sure if you have met Paul, you know what I am talking about. His answers were exactly what you would expect; he is a family man and a community man. Thank you Paul for always being there for everyone in the community, you are truly one in a million.

TC: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

PB: Married life.

TC: What is your greatest fear?

PB: A flood.

TC: What is your greatest achievement?

PB: Happiness.

TC: What is the one thing the people in Winlock may not know about you?

PB: That I hunt and fish, but everyone probably knows that about me since I have lived in Winlock all of my life.

Thanks Paul, I can say I am proud to call you a friend!

The Olequa Senior Center would like to thank everyone who has stepped in since Liz has been ill. We want to wish Liz a healthy and speedy recovery.

Activities: Olequa Senior Center is having a rummage sale on March 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Items are needed and they must be in clean and good condition. Feel free to drop them off at the center. Also, the Commodities food program will be on the fourth Friday of every month still, the next one will be Feb. 28 (thanks Diane, whom I recently met who gave me this information, it was a pleasure to meet you!). The potato bar will resume on March 7.

Winlock Methodist Church is having their Ash Wednesday Service on March 5 at noon and then on March 6, Holy Thursday, they will have simple food and services at 6 p.m. Both services are open to the public.

PTSA is having Family and Friends date night at Shankz Mini Golf located at Yard Birds from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, fundraiser goes to support PTSA. Also, the Mariners tickets for Family night on Saturday April 26 are on sale. The cost is $15; feel free to contact Ann Rubert at (360) 880-6896. Flyers are at Winlock Miller Elementary School.

Winlock Library is having Early Release Wednesday from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Grades 1 -12 are invited. It’s a busy week in Winlock.