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Local students impress at SkillsUSA

Students from Grays Harbor made their mark at the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. last week, with junior Jonathon Ball winning a gold medal in the automotive service technology competition and recent Montesano graduate Jacob Izatt taking home the bronze medal in major appliance and refrigeration.

Five Star Ford collects peanut butter in annual drive

Five Star Ford collected 382 jars of peanut butter during the annual Ford Focus on Hunger Peanut Butter Drive. The drive, which ran from June 5-13, benefits the local food bank and is in response to the increased demand for this staple during the summer months when many children lose access to school nutrition programs.

Looking Back — Market Street

Looking east down Market Street from Michigan Street in 1906 is a much different view than it is today. Both the roadway and the sidewalks are wood planks over swampy ground and there are “bridges” connecting the road to the walkways at several stopping places. If you have any information on this photo or others from this feature, visit and submit it via the website’s feedback form.

Together for Tammy

More than 150 students, staff and families at Stevens School gathered on June 5 for the “Together for Tammy” fundraising walk and run at Miller Junior High to raise funds for long-time secretary Tammy Rairdon, who has been battling cancer, according to Andy Duffy.

Wishkah Valley All-School Reunion set for July 18

The 2015 Wishkah Valley All-School Reunion, including the at least seven small schools in the valley that were consolidated in 1921, will be held at the Hoquiam Elks Lodge on Saturday, July 18. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for registration and social time (no-host bar) followed by a dinner banquet at 6:30. Later in the evening music and dancing will be enjoyed with the band Ready Or Not. The reunion is open to all former graduates, attendees, teachers, staff members, or anyone who has been a part of the Wishkah community. This year marks the 86th year of Wishkah Valley School graduating classes. Registrations are available by going to and at Thompson’s Grocery, 4601 Wishkah Road in Aberdeen. Prepaid dinner registrations are $30 per person if received by July 1. Cost for dinner reservations at the door (if space allows) will be $40. If one only wishes to attend the dance portion of the evening they can pay $10 at the door. For further information call Bonnie Johannes at 360-532-8983 or Aleta Fuhrer at 360-533-1648.

Valley sophomore named state Hereford queen

The Washington State Junior Hereford Association crowned 16-year-old Willapa Valley sophomore Madison Huber as the Washington State Hereford Queen last month at its Chehalis spring fair. Madison has been showing Hereford cows since the age of 9. Her sister, Willapa Valley Elementary fourth-grader Grace Huber, 10, was also named the Washington State Hereford Sweetheart for the year 2015-2016. The two girls have started their own Hereford business “Huber’s Herefords.” They attend several fairs and shows throughout the year showing their Hereford cattle