The other day I was watching a Prisoner of War show on the TV and I was reminded of Ed Leonard. Ed was a native Winlockian and on May 31, 1968, he was shot down over Laos, North Vietnam. He spent about five years as a POW, in conditions most of us could not endure. Then, in May of 1973, Ed was brought back to Winlock. I can still remember the big Christmas parade we had for him in May. Most importantly, the entire town turned out, even the schools were let out for the parade, it was a big deal! We were a proud town, our local boy was brought home and we were proud to celebrate his return. Winlock has always been a small town but a small town with a very BIG heart!
This week’s interview is with the new City Councilor, Sarah Gifford. She recently was appointed to the city council and we thought what a good way for the town to learn a little about her. Here goes:
TC: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
SG: I live in perfect happiness, with my family and my kids. My kids make me smile!
TC: What is your greatest fear?
SG: Losing my family.
TC: What is your greatest achievement?
SG: My Children.
TC: What is the one thing the people in Winlock may not know about you?
SG: That I coach a lot of sports, from youth girls basketball, to middle school girls basketball to youth girls fast pitch.
TC: Why Winlock City Council?
SG: I have lived here for 25 years and the last 10 years I’ve seen the town deteriorate. I’m ready for a change; I want to help Winlock thrive again. I want Winlock to be a community; I’m excited to see what Winlock will become!
That you Sarah, I am sure with your help, Winlock will get on the right track!
Winlock Timberland Regional Library is having their Poetry Contest from April 1 – 15, entries will be judged on four age categories, and winners will have their pieces published in Town Crier. Friday, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., the library is having their Page Turners Discussion for Adults. The book for this month is “Defending Jacob” by William Landay.
The Olequa Senior Center is having their Potato Bar this Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m..
Don’t forget about the April 12 Clean Up the Coop adventure, which gets underway at 10 a.m. at the Winlock Events Center.
Winlock Methodist is having their Maundy Thursday Service on April 17 at 6 p.m., everyone is invited with a simple meal to follow.