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Home Depot helped

We would like to thank the crew from Home Depot for their help during the flood cleanup. They came to our house on Saturday, Jan. 10, and removed damaged material from our property. We can’t even express our gratitude for their assistance during our time of need. We didn’t get everyone’s name, but to Kevin Finger, Lacy, Jenny from H.R., Doug Remen, Gig Harbor, Chad Hill, Tumwater, and Alan Bowles from Lacey for installing a new hot water tank provided by the Lacey store. Also other crew members that we didn’t get names from. Thank you so much.

Torture

Responding to the latest torture report and calls for accountability, President Obama says that “we must look forward not backward.” As a test of how broadly he is willing to apply his “forward looking,” will he not look forward and dismiss charges against Edward Snowden and allow him to return from exile in Russia, or does his looking forward vision only apply to presidents and other public officials?

Why not you?

The 2015 election season is nearing, I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m not completely satisfied with the entire group of current office holders.

Unmarked cars

I recently noticed that law enforcement officers in Central Park are using unmarked cars or police cars that are difficult to tell whether or not they are police cars.

Wonderful love and support

The family of Lou McPherson would like to thank all of those who helped our mother and us through her decline and passing. Thank you to the past and present staff at the Karr House who took such good care of her the last six years. Thank you to Dr Troeh and the staff at Pacific Care for their support and care during her last days. We wish to thank all who helped with the reception; Anne Marie and her staff, Courtney Cook, Doug and Roy from the Masonic Temple and to all the friends who brought desserts. Your support and love for our mother is greatly appreciated.

Stockings for Soldiers

We at Harrison Family Mortuary would like to thank the generous people of Grays Harbor for participating in our “Stocking for Soldiers” campaign. This year we sent the stocking to a soldier stationed in South Korea near the North Korea border. This is the email he sent us:

Those who helped

Thank you to all of the first responders from the Hoquiam Police Department, the Hoquiam Fire Department, the YMCA, Pastor Gordon and Elaine Schnee and Steve and Kathy Beck for your prompt response to my flooded house the morning of Jan. 5.

Compassionate care

Recently our Mother had a massive stroke. She was taken to Gray Harbor Community Hospital. From the time she arrived, they were all so attentive, gentle and took the time to notice they were working on our precious mother. The doctors and the nurses in the ER made sure we had all the information we needed.

Food Bowl a success

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the students and staff of Elma High School for their outstanding performance in Food Bowl 2014. Their hard work and generosity provide the backbone of our fundraising. We are grateful to serve a community who generously supported their efforts and continues to support us in a myriad of ways throughout the year. You are greatly appreciated.

Dinner a success

The Ocean Shores Lions Club Community Thanksgiving Dinner was a success! A room full of people of all ages gathered to give thanks for their blessing and ate delicious turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. We thank our sponsors the Ocean Shores Elks Club, Emeritus Harbour Point Shores, IGA, the North Beach Senior Center, the Ramada and to the people who came from the community and provided serving assistance, cooking, delivering meals to shut ins and most of all cleaning up.

Sincere thanks

I wanted to thank Keith Samplawski, Julio Silva, Gabe Dominguez, Eduardo Ochoa, Karen Holland, Ben Strong, Hannah Grobey, Pastor Doug Basler, Dick and Dorothy Crow, Kevin Caskey and his friend Don, and Jeannie and Scott McNeal plus everyone else who helped me with the problems with my house over the past five weeks. I could not have done it without each and every one of you.

Contests and Promotions

A generous couple

At Cosmopolis School, we have been very fortunate to receive the generosity from Joe and Beverly Cornell. This past week, they donated a pair of gloves to every student at our school. With the recent cold snap, our students squealed with delight when they were given a brand new set of brightly colored gloves. Students were eager to show their fellow classmates and the adults which set they were given.

Honoring our mother

The family of Delores Cornwell would like to thank all those who came to help us honor our mother. Thank you to those that brought food, sent flowers and cards. Also thank you to Pastor Marc Rice for a beautiful service and the Montesano Moose Lodge. Thanks to George and Drena Cochrane, Terry and Linda Biggs, and Mary Dierick for a wonderful job of keeping the food and beverages flowing.

Woeful November

November 2014 was a very pivotal point in America! First we had the lowest voter turnout in America in 75 years at only 36 percent of registered voters casting a ballot (according to NBC News). Are we really supporting our troops and freedoms by not voting?

Dikes and dams not always the answer

While working for the Skokomish Tribe, I have been involved with the restoration of the Skokomish River Estuary and flood plain. I was fortunate to work with many good people that made the restoration work a reality. It took a broad array of agencies, the Skokomish Tribe, Tacoma Power and Mason County to make an impact on flooding on the Skokomish while restoring the lower watershed. Taking dikes down, removing culverts, restoring the flood plain were all part of the work.

Where are the protests?

I am deeply troubled by the fact that our rights, freedom, laws and privileges are steadily disappearing, day by day. Atheistic ideologies rule. And anyone daring to stand up for their Christian values find themselves condemned by the public in general, dragged into courts, fined and some jailed for their efforts.

Bravo!

Congratulations to Bill Dyer and the musicians of the Grays Harbor Symphony! The Nov. 23 “Bach to Broadway” concert was entertaining, fun and well done.

Cornells appreciated

During this of time of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for wonderful people such as Beverly and Joe Cornell. They are so eager to share out of their pockets and their donations from our Harbor businesses to help students with school supplies. Many families are struggling with basic needs and having supplies available for their child is a relief and met with gratitude from the parents and students for these items. This generosity of the Cornell’s time and effort along with donations from our Harbor is far reaching for the greater good.