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July 25 &26
Dear Abby: I adore my son-in-law, “Tom.” He’s a wonderful husband to our daughter. He’s always inviting us to dinner along with his parents and family. We get along with them, but can’t stand how they treat Tom. We have never seen parents treat their children the way they treat him — especially the father. Tom is practically begging for his approval and attention on a daily basis.
Dear Abby: I am a woman in my 30s. Every morning I walk my dog in the park near my house. Each morning I see the same maintenance man in the park and he stares at me in a way that makes me uncomfortable. I have tried saying “Good morning,” but he doesn’t reply and just continues to stare.
The first picnickers appeared on the streets of Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis shortly after seven, an odd sight on a Thursday morning in 1914. Clutching picnic baskets, groups headed toward the railroad station in anticipation of the second annual Merchant’s Picnic at Moclips. It was to be a day filled with sports and games, clam digging and dancing, and a free barbecue with the attendees requested only to bring knife, fork, spoon and cup with them.
Most natural disasters in the United States, don’t hit in the summertime. Yes, folks do need to keep their eyes open for forest fires in some places and tornadoes in others.
Anyone who peruses this little column with any degree of regularity has probably figured out by now that I don’t like bad guys. In fact, I don’t like them a LOT!
Longtime Raymond High School sports public address announcer Doug Allton is retiring after 28 years in calling football and boys and girls basketball. He and his wife, Wannette, are planning to tour the country after she retires in August. A resident of Willapa Harbor for 37 years and a former employee of Bud’s Lumber and Harbor Saw &Supply, among other companies, Allton coached youth baseball, from Little League to Babe Ruth, for 20 years, and spent five years broadcasting Willapa Harbor high school sports. The 68-year-old Allton has three children, son Mike of Westport and daughters LeeAnn and Toni, both of The Dalles, Ore.
Former Montesano residents Hailey Besaw and Kyle Toyra of Seattle are engaged and plan to marry next month.
Shelton residents Sarah Lytle and James “Doug” Sells are engaged and planning to marry next month.
William Rice and Claudia Woodward-Rice celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on July 17 with family at their home in Central Park.
Grays Harbor Community Hospital
Hoquiam High School, Class of 1949 will hold its 65-year reunion the third weekend of August.
D ear Abby: I am an 18-year-old high school senior who is scared about what’s going to happen after graduation. For the past three years I have known exactly where I’ll be and what I will be doing in the general sense. Now that I have one more year to go, I’m worried that I won’t know what to do or how to do it when I graduate. I have talked to counselors and my dad, but they all say the same thing. Do you have any advice?
Dear Abby: When my friend “Fran” and I get together with our kids, they often play games on her cellphone until the battery dies. If she tries to take the phone from her 6-year-old to make a call or recharge the phone, he starts yelling at her, pushes her, pulls her skirt and hits her. Her reaction is to hug him and start praying for the devil to get out of his body in Jesus’ name as he continues to hit her. While I respect Fran’s religion, I’m appalled at his violent behavior, concerned that he will grow up thinking it’s OK to hit people, and I think this should be handled differently. What do you think? Should I say something? And if so, what can I say so as not to hurt her feelings?