Thanks to everyone who was able to attend the memorial service for Jasper Henderling-Warner on Saturday. The tragedy of his death has impacted many of us, and those who spoke chose heartfelt, encouraging words to commemorate his life. As was stated multiple times during the service, domestic violence is not something that simply happens in a city across the way or to another family not your own, but can affect all of us, and we all need to report the abuses we see and offer support to the victims in our lives.
Despite reports of unavailability in last week's column, the Park Board has replenished their supply of Plush Pippen Pies earlier than expected and more are now available for purchase. A 12-inch pie is $6 while a 9-inch pie is $5, with multiple varieties such as apple, berry and pumpkin available to pick up as soon as you order. To place your order, or to check on availability, call Park Board Chair Steve Krohn at (360) 880-6281.
The next regular meeting of the Vader City Council has been cancelled due to Thanksgiving and the council will next meet on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in City Hall. Import budgetary items are expected to be discussed, including possible increases to sewer rates as well as funding requirements needed to change the city's name back to Little Falls, so be sure to bring your thoughts and concerns to the meeting. For more information call City Hall at (360) 295-3222.
The Vader Assembly of God Church will be holding their next regular food bank opening on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the church. The food bank is regularly opened on the second the fourth Tuesdays of the month and is available to all area residents. Those unable to make it to the food bank can attend the church's next regular food giveaway outside the post office on Dec. 17, which take place the third Wednesdays of the month from, 10 a.m. to noon.
The church is also holding free games and activities for parents and toddlers on Tuesdays starting at 10:30 a.m. This program is sponsored by Castle Rock Elementary School and is open to all local residents. For more information, contact the church at (360) 295-3756.