WELCOME TO  GLENWOOD, WASHINGTON WEATHER
Glenwood is located at the foot of Mt Adams,  in the scenic                     
Glenwood Valley/Camas Prairie  of Klickitat County. 
Note.....Mt. Adams  is NOT in Klickitat County.
 
                         

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Thank you to Mary Pierce for taking the time to write a weekly column covering local Glenwood News items and sending it to our two county newspapers.  

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Glenwood Women’s Club

MARCH 01, 2018

The Glenwood elementary and middle school students have been rehearsing and preparing all week for tomorrow evening’s production of Aladdin, under the guidance of the Missoula Children’s Theater.  Curtain time for Friday, March 2nd is 7:00 p.m.  Preceding the play, attendees are invited to enjoy a Turkey dinner prepared by the school cooks, Kim and Pam.  Dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is always a hugely enjoyable event for the Glenwood students and the entire community.  Please mark March 2nd on your calendar and come out for a wonderful evening of delicious food and great entertainment.

A large gathering of family and friends celebrated the life of Darla Mann Henderson last Saturday.  Darla grew up in Glenwood and will be remembered for her ready smile and friendliness.  Our condolences to the Henderson, Montgomery, and Sexton families on the loss of their wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.   

The Glenwood Women’s Club continues to gather supplies and prepare comfort cases for foster and homeless children in Klickitat County.  The donation jars placed in various businesses around the county in local business or banks will be picked up on March 11th.  If you would like to help the club put together thirty backpacks full of supplies for children finding themselves suddenly placed in foster care or suddenly homeless, your donations would be so gratefully accepted.  

The comfort cases will cover three age groups, with 10 backpacks for each group – infants and toddlers, ages 3 through 9, and 10 through teenage.  So often, children are removed from their homes with only the clothes on their back and no supplies or comforting items.  Each comfort case will contain a blanket, pajamas, book, school supplies and journal for the older children and stuffed animal and coloring book for the younger ones, basic hygiene items, socks, etc. Ellen Crane, the case worker for the west end of the county says the need is always great and constant.  Any help you might be able to give would be very meaningful to these children.

FEBRUARY 22, 2018


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Last Sunday, Glenn and Mary Pierce were honored at a celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.  Their niece, Luann Whitmire, Kay Kayser-Thompson, and their friend Kathy, prepared the celebration.  The Glenwood school multipurpose room was beautifully decorated by Luann and Kathy, while Kay prepared several of the delicious dishes which have made her locally famous.  Guests brought potluck dishes to add to the bountiful feast and enjoyed a trip down memory lane with Mary and Glenn while watching the powerpoint slide show created as a gift by their daughter Amy, of Sydney, Australia.  The presentation included photos of the couple from their teenage years, and of their children, Amy and Jake, over a time span of more than 50 years. 

Mary Marshall and Glenn Pierce were married in the Presbyterian Church in Trout Lake February 4, 1968.  Following Glenn’s service in the U.S. Army, they lived in various communities in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska throughout their careers with the U.S. Forest Service.  Upon retirement, they settled on the Pierce family farm in Glenwood, where, they say, they intend to remain for the next 25 years or more of wedded bliss.  

The Pierces would like to thank Luann, Kay, and Kathy for preparing the celebration, Laurene Eldred for her generous gift of homemade dinner rolls and all her hard work in the kitchen, staying to the very end of clean up, Carla Dillenburg and Jocee Hoctor for lending their photography skills, Jaecee Hoctor and Darren Jones for giving of their time to help set up all the tables and chairs, Jaecee, Jocee, and Jentry for helping with set up and all the clean up at the end, Josh Hoctor, Ed and Blaine Arnold, and Stacie Baker for also helping with multipurpose room clean up, and Terry Arnold for helping with all the finishing up in the kitchen at the end of the day.  There are more who may have helped and if their names were omitted here, please know the Pierces are very grateful for your help.  They also wish to thank all those who came out on a cold, snowy day to make the gathering so special and memorable.  

The Glenwood elementary and middle school students will soon begin to prepare for this year’s Missoula Children’s Theater production of Aladdin.  Auditions and rehearsals begin February 26th and the play will be presented to family and friends on Friday, March 2nd.  Preceding the play, attendees are invited to enjoy a Turkey dinner prepared by the school cooks, Kim and Pam.  Dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the play begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. This is always a hugely enjoyable event for the Glenwood students and the entire community.  Please mark March 2nd on your calendar and come out for a wonderful evening of delicious food and great entertainment.

FEBRUARY 8, 2018

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The Klickwood girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will be participating in District play Goldendale on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9th and 10th. The girls play Sunnyside Christian in their first game on Friday at 6:00. We didn’t have the time for the boys’ first game to get into this week’s news, but we know they’ll play Friday and Saturday. Toni will have game time information in the school office. Come help be the best booster section there and cheer on our teams at Goldendale High School. Let’s show these athletes how proud we are of all their hard work and perseverance this season. Good luck, Klickwood.

The Glenwood Rodeo Association held the first planning meeting of the year on January 28th. The 2018 Queen Kylie Wathan was introduced and the Association thanked last year’s queen, Calista Howell, for her great job as ambassador for the Ketchum Kalf Rodeo. Planning is now underway for the 84th annual rodeo to be held Father’s Day weekend. Queen Kylie’s official coronation will be Saturday, March 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The coronation, held in the Fort Dalles Riders Clubhouse will feature lunch for $10 per person and a silent auction with an amazing collection of items. Queen Kylie is raising money to help with expenses as she travels to rodeos and special community events in the Columbia Gorge area this year, representing the Ketchum Kalf Rodeo.

The Glenwood Homemakers are pleased to offer a Continuing Education Scholarship again this year. This scholarship is for $500 and is open to anyone (except 2017 graduates) who has been a Glenwood resident for at least two years or whose primary residence is Glenwood, has at least 12 post-secondary credit hours and will be attending an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or trade school at least half-time this coming spring. Deadline to apply is February 28. To request an application packet, please contact Chris Miller at 364-3427 or [email protected].

Doug Daniels reports that we received a total of 5.86 inches of rain in January. The January high for the last 23 years of record-keeping was 11.9 inches in 2003. The 23-year low was 1.03 inches in 2013, and the 23-year average was 5.71. Thanks, Doug, for so faithfully providing these rainfall statistics for the community.

FEBRUARY 01, 2018

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Glenwood Women’s Club


Mark Wiltz is extending the following invitation to the Glenwood Community. WindPaddle, manufacturer of fine kayak, canoe, and SUP accessories, is having an open house welcoming the community to their new location in the old Bird Creek Inn in Glenwood from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 2nd. Swing by to meet Mark and Michelle, see what’s going on inside, have a drink or bite on them, and let them answer any questions you may have. WindPaddle started in Hood River 10 years ago and is happy to have found a home in Klickitat County, making their sales, sun shades, fish nets, and other paddlesports accessories. You can check out their business at www.windpaddle.com.

The annual Crab Feed and silent auction at the Glenwood school is coming up on February 6th. To reserve your dinner, please contact Toni at the school office, 364-3438. This year’s dinner is a fundraiser for the class of 2020. Full crab dinners are $25 each and include 1 ½ crabs, salad, bread, dessert, and beverage. The chef salad dinners are $8 and include toppings, bread, dessert, and beverage. The dinner times are 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

A very large number of family and friends, including many from out of town, gathered to celebrate the life of Lela Wellenbrock Ward on Saturday, January 27th. Lela lived her entire 93 years in Glenwood and was renowned for her card playing, gardening, and culinary skills. She was a 63-year member of the Glenwood Grange and served as treasurer of that organization for 50 of those years. Her memorial service was a wonderful tribute to a life well lived. Lela will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her

The Glenwood Homemakers are pleased to offer a Continuing Education Scholarship again this year. This scholarship is for $500 and is open to anyone (except 2017 graduates) who has been a Glenwood resident for at least two years or whose primary residence is Glenwood, has at least 12 post-secondary credit hours and will be attending an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or trade school at least half-time this coming spring. Deadline to apply is February 28. To request an application packet, please contact Chris Miller at 364-3427 or [email protected]

Here's another reminder of the purpose of the Comfort Cases donation jars you may have seen around town. Glenwood Women’s Club is putting together comfort cases (backpacks) for foster and homeless children in Klickitat County. This is the second year of the project. In 2017, the club donated 30 cases. For 2018, we hope to again put together 30 cases, focusing on three ages groups – infants and toddlers, ages 3-9, and 10 and older. The club is placing donation jars in some of the businesses in Glenwood, Trout Lake, Goldendale, and White Salmon as our fund drive for this project begins. Thank you all for any support you can give to this much needed, very worthwhile cause. If you would like more information regarding the comfort cases project, please call Carla Dillenburg at 509-364-0012

January 25, 2018

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We are saddened to hear of the passing of lifelong community resident Lela Wellenbrock Ward on Saturday, January 20th. Lela was 93 years old, was a nearly lifelong member of the Glenwood Grange, for which she served as treasurer for 50 years. She was known for her pinochle playing, amazing food preservation skills, and her beautiful yard. She may have been the only member of the Wellenbrock family to never miss a single Wellenbrock reunion. She was devoted to her very large extended family. While reminiscing recently, Lela mentioned that she had only lived in two homes over her entire 93 years. She was the daughter of George and Sophie Wellenbrock and lived with her parents until she married DeRowland Ward. Upon their marriage, Lela moved two miles up the road to the home she and DeRowland shared until his passing in 1993, raising their sons Dennis and Dale. She continued to live on at their home and passed away peacefully there, surrounded by her loved ones. Our condolences to Lela’s children and their families.

A service for Lela will be held at the Pioneer Memorial Community Church in Glenwood on Saturday, January 27th, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a graveside service at Mt. Adams Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to gather at the Glenwood school following the services for a luncheon.

We are sharing this news again because it is so vital to our community. How many of you reading this have ever had the need to call 9-1-1 to request fire or medical assistance here in Glenwood? How would you feel if there was no one here to answer your call? We have been so fortunate to have a well-trained, dedicated fire department to serve us for many decades and, perhaps, have begun to take the Glenwood Fire Department for granted. Our volunteer fire fighters and medics are here to protect the lives and property of those of us living here, and those passing through, from fire and other emergencies.

The department’s membership is dwindling and it is now down to just nine members. That is just too few to cover emergency calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department is urging local residents (men and women) to volunteer and fill the ranks. This is a great opportunity to serve your community and gain some excellent training and skills while doing so. Fire Department volunteers have a business meeting on the second Wednesday and a training meeting on the third Wednesday of each month. The Department is in need of more emergency medical personnel as well as fire fighters. You can contact Brent Gimlin at 364-4158 or Bryan Keithly at 364-3358 (or any other department member) to get more information regarding what being a volunteer entails and request an application. You can also show up at any meeting to obtain information and request an application. Remember, your fire department needs you.

The Klickwood teams will play Bickleton at Klickitat on Friday, January 26th. Games start at 5:00 p.m. Both high schools will hold their homecoming dance in Klickitat following the games. We are glad to hear that Easton Atchley is back in action on the varsity team. Go, Klickwood.

Here’s another reminder of the first meeting of the year for members of the Glenwood Rodeo Association on Sunday, January 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall. Election of officers, 2018 rodeo planning, and Queen Kylie’s silent auction are on the agenda. Donations for Queen Kylie’s auction are very much needed and welcome. In addition to the small silent auction at this January meeting, she will have another at the Fort Dalles Riders Club in The Dalles on March 10th. If you have items to donate, please contact Roxie Clemmer at 364-3539. Community members who may be interested in joining the Association are welcome to attend the meeting to get an idea what is involved in planning and producing the annual rodeo. Refreshments will be served.

The Glenwood Homemakers are pleased to offer a Continuing Education Scholarship again this year. This scholarship is for $500 and is open to anyone (except 2017 graduates) who has been a Glenwood resident for at least two years or whose primary residence is Glenwood, has at least 12 post-secondary credit hours and will be attending an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or trade school at least half-time this coming spring. Deadline to apply is February 28. To request an application packet, please contact Chris Miller at 364-3427 or [email protected]

Once again, Glenwood Women’s Club is putting together comfort cases (backpacks) for foster and homeless children in Klickitat County. This is the second year of the project. In 2017, the club donated 30 cases. For 2018, we hope to again put together 30 cases, focusing on three ages groups – infants and toddlers, ages 3-9, and 10 and older. The club is placing donation jars in some of the businesses in Glenwood, Trout Lake, Goldendale, and White Salmon as our fund drive for this project begins. Thank you all for any support you can give to this much needed, very worthwhile cause. If you would like more information regarding the comfort cases project, please call Carla Dillenburg at 509-364-0012

Mark Wiltz is extending the following invitation to the Glenwood Community. WindPaddle, manufacturer of fine kayak, canoe, and SUP accessories, is having an open house welcoming the community to their new location in the old Bird Creek Inn in Glenwood from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 2nd. Swing by to meet Mark and Michelle, see what’s going on inside, have a drink or bite on them, and let them answer any questions you may have. WindPaddle started in Hood River 10 years ago and is happy to have found a home in Klickitat County, making their sales, sun shades, fish nets, and other paddlesports accessories. You can check out their business at www.windpaddle.com.

OBITUARY OF LELA WARD
Born December 5, 1924 Died January 20, 2018

Lela was the fourth out of six children born to George Wellenbrock and Sophie (Kuhnhausen) Wellenbrock.

Lela was born and lived her entire life in Glenwood, WA. She loved to look at Mt. Adams and admire the beautiful valley below. The locals always said if there was any history you wanted to know about Glenwood Lela was the one to ask.

After a hard fight against cancer Lela passed on January 20,2018 with family around her. She was 93.

In 1945 Lela served as a Donut Dolly for the troops at the end of WWII.

January 5, 1946 Lela married DeRowland Ward. After they were married they moved to Camp Draper where Lela was a cook under her Aunt Anne. In 1953 they moved to Mount Adams Highway where she lived the rest of her life. They had two sons, Dennis and Dale.

Lela was a homemaker that made the very best pies, pickles, jams and just about anything she baked or cooked. She enjoyed doing embroidery with many of her beautiful pieces handing in her home. She loved her flowers in the spring and summer, her Christmas lights during the holidays as well as all of the family gatherings. Family and friends were the very most important thing to her. Lela babysat and took care of many children in the Glenwood valley, enjoying them all. When the boys were younger there were always extra kids hanging out; everyone was always welcome in her home.

She was a cub scout leader, a grange member for over 50 years with most of that time being the treasurer. She worked on the election board for many years. She also belonged to the Emblem club out of White Salmon in her earlier years.

DeRowland and Lela loved to travel and went on many family vacations, a lot of times including her parents.

She never missed a Wellenbrock family reunion since they started in 1953.

Every memorial weekend she would gather up the kids and head out to pick wildflowers to put on all of her family and friends' graves. Last year she put out over 50 bouquets.

Lela loved to play cards, games and bingo with her friends and grandchildren. She always had a puzzle going on the table.

Lela loved her birthday parties that her family and friends would throw for her, with white cake and raspberry filling being her favorite.

We will all miss her so much, she was truly an amazing beautiful woman that was loved by so many.

She is survived by her two sons Dennis (Barbra) Ward of Goldendale, WA, Dale (Doneva Brown) Ward of Glenwood, WA; two grandchildren Chris (Amber) Ward, Danielle Ward all of Goldendale. She also has three great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family would like to thank all of the staff at Celilo Cancer Center and to Dr. Samuels for all of their love and support during her fight. We would also like to thank Providence Hospice of the Gorge, especially Izzie, who was so kind and caring to our beautiful mother. In lieu of flowers please donate in Lela's name to Celilo Cancer Center, 1800 E. 19th St., The Dalles, OR 97058 or to the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department, care of Bryan Keithly or Chris Miller.

January 17, 2018

A couple columns back, I wrote about the success of the Klickitat and Glenwood sports combine.  I regret that I did not accurately describe the discussions behind the decision for Trout Lake and Glenwood schools to go their separate ways with regard to sports.  I violated my own rule of checking for accuracy and should have spoken to someone involved at the time of the decision.  I was not fully aware of the discussions leading up to the decision, and I apologize to those from both Trout Lake and Glenwood who were involved in the discussions at the time.  There were some differences of opinion among those involved, including administrators and board members, with the result that the two schools were unable to develop sports combine terms upon which all sides could agree.  

At no time did the Trout Lake administration and school board say the Glenwood athletes were not welcome on their teams.  Any Glenwood athletes could have joined Trout Lake teams, with the understanding the teams would be Trout Lake Mustang teams in Trout Lake uniforms.  It was the decision of the Glenwood administration and board to try to field Glenwood Eagles teams here in Glenwood.  Again, I apologize for including incorrect information in the earlier column.  

How many of you reading this have ever had the need to call 9-1-1 to request fire or medical assistance here in Glenwood?  How would you feel if there was no one here to answer your call?  We have been so fortunate to have a well-trained, dedicated fire department to serve us for many decades and, perhaps, have begun to take the Glenwood Fire Department for granted.  Our volunteer fire fighters and medics are here to protect the lives and property of those of us living here, and those passing through, from fire and other emergencies.

The department’s membership is dwindling and it is now down to just nine members.  That is just too few to cover emergency calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The department is urging local residents (men and women) to volunteer and fill the ranks.  This is a great opportunity to serve your community and gain some excellent training and skills while doing so. Fire Department volunteers have a business meeting on the second Wednesday and a training meeting on the third Wednesday of each month.  The Department is in need of more emergency medical personnel as well as fire fighters.  You can contact Brent Gimlin at 364-4158 or Bryan Keithly at 364-3358 (or any other department member) to get more information regarding what being a volunteer entails and request an application. You can also show up at any meeting to obtain information and request an application.  Remember, your fire department needs you.


Here’s another reminder of the first meeting of the year for members of the Glenwood Rodeo Association on January 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall.  Election of officers, 2018 rodeo planning, and Queen Kylie’s silent auction are on the agenda.  Donations for Queen Kylie’s auction are very much needed and welcome.  In addition to the small silent auction at this January meeting, she will have another at the Fort Dalles Riders Club in The Dalles on March 10th.  If you have items to donate, please contact Roxie Clemmer at 364-3539.  Community members who may be interested in joining the Association are welcome to attend the meeting to get an idea what is involved in planning and producing the annual rodeo.  Refreshments will be served.

JANUARY 10, 2018

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The Glenwood middle school basketball teams will play Trout Lake in Glenwood on Thursday, Jan. 11th.  Games start at 5:30 p.m.  Adding to the excitement, the elementary kids will be playing a peewee game during half time of the boys’ game.  

The high school teams will play in Bickleton on Friday and here in Glenwood on Saturday the 13th against Sunnyside Christian starting at 3:00 p.m.  The elementary kids will also play a peewee game during half time of the boys’ game on that night.  Two nights of fun and an opportunity to come out and support our Middle School Eagles teams, Klickwood high school teams, and the always entertaining elementary kids. 

The Klickwood teams lost tough games with Yakama Tribal and Trout Lake last week.  Both of those schools have a much deeper bench than the combined schools of the Klickwood teams.  Our Klickwood athletes fought to the end and played hard and well in all the games and their strong team spirit was on display.  Those of us in the bleachers were proud to call them “our teams.”  

Another demonstration of the bonds the Klickwood sports combine was through a thoughtful, caring gesture by all the athletes on the boys’ and girls’ teams.  Early in the season, Easton Atchley badly dislocated his ankle during a game.  His basketball shoe had to be cut away from his foot and ankle.  The athletes pooled their money and purchased another pair of basketball shoes for Easton, exactly like the pair in which he started his season.  We all hope Easton will soon be suited up and on the floor playing with his team.  Klickwood, you show us what true team spirit is all about.  

Glenwood Community Church is holding a pancake feed fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  This is your opportunity to help local youth attend Winter Camp near Mt. Hood.  What a great way to start off your weekend, with breakfast in the morning and basketball in the afternoon.  

There will be no school on Monday, Jan. 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  School will be dismissed at noon on Wednesday. 

Here’s another reminder of the first meeting of the year for members of the Glenwood Rodeo Association on January 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall.  Election of officers, 2018 rodeo planning, and Queen Kylie’s silent auction are on the agenda.  Donations for Queen Kylie’s auction are very much needed and welcome.  In addition to the small silent auction at this January meeting, she will have another at the Fort Dalles Riders Club in The Dalles on March 10th.  If you have items to donate, please contact Roxie Clemmer at 364-3539.  Community members who may be interested in joining the Association are welcome to attend the meeting to get an idea what is involved in planning and producing the annual rodeo.  Refreshments will be served.

Corbin (C.J.) Schuster, son of Gina Hernandez, spent his Christmas break in Costa Rica.  Sounds like a great vacation, doesn’t it?  However, Corbin traveled there as part of a group of 11 indigenous students from across the country, funded by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and Heritage University.  Their group was called “People of the Big River Abroad and the hope was that their group would help further develop scientific relations for future research opportunities for many more minority students to come.  

The group’s mission was to explore environmental factors that influenced disease coverage on an elevational gradient in a secondary forest in order to correlate disease coverage with an increase in humidity and a decrease in elevational.  Corbin says that, although the study was very preliminary, they were able to find an obvious trend in that limited amount of time.  This study was very important for indigenous communities in southern Costa Rica with regard to preservation and restoration of traditional plants for various ethnobotanical uses.  

Corbin will finish his BS in biomedical science in May and, immediately following that milestone, he’ll begin to study for his PhD in microbiology, with a focus on genomics.  His intent is to study disease pathogeneses and how genetic interactions may influence or discourage disease onset.  All we can say is, the world needs a lot more Corbin Schusters who strive to make it a better place.  We in Glenwood are all very proud of you, C.J.

Doug Daniels reports that we received a total of 3.56 inches of rain in December.  The December high for the last 22 years of record-keeping was 16.8 inches in1996.  The 22-year low was 2.41 inches in 2013.  The 22-year average is 5.96.  While December rainfall was a couple inches shy of the average, the total rainfall for all of 2017 was 32.01 inches, which was 2.23 inches more than the 29.78 inches total average rainfall for 2017.  Thanks, Doug, for providing this information.

JANUARY 03, 2018

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Happy 2018 to all our readers.  We hope you had a fun and joyous Christmas and that 2018 brings all good things to you.

Two Towns, Two Schools, One Team.  That’s the motto that drives the success of the Klickitat and Glenwood high school sports combine.  Several years ago, Glenwood found itself too small to field teams for basketball and volleyball, so joined the Trout Lake teams.  When Trout Lake decided they no longer wanted to accept Glenwood athletes on their teams, our small school struggled to field teams.  Luckily for girls’ volleyball, the Klickitat coach, Jaecee Hoctor, lives and works in Glenwood.  The girls were invited to play on the Klickitat girls’ team and the team went on to the state tournament that first year.  

Basketball was less successful the first couple years after the Trout Lake decision.  The boys’ varsity team needed to have some girls on the team to have enough players.  When one player broke his arm early in the season, that left just one person on the bench.  The numbers were similar the second year.  When Klickitat invited the Glenwood basketball teams to join theirs, the Glenwood players were able to experience much more positive seasons. 

In the summer of 2017, both schools formed committees to work together to form an agreement for a true, equal sports combine.  Public meetings were held to gather input to assist in formulating the final working combine agreement.  The teams would evenly divide practice days between the two towns, the two schools would take turns driving the team bus to away games, and the two schools would equally share in all the costs, including coaches’ salaries.  The teams that emerged from this sports combine have adopted the name Klickwood, to adequately represent the true “one team” spirit. 

Now that the first volleyball season in the new combine is over and the teams are well into their basketball season, we did an informal survey of some of the players, parents, and coaches, to get their views on how the sports combine has fared thus far.  Based on the enthusiasm we have witnessed among the athletes and parents, it was no surprise that the support for the combine was very great.  One player worried at the beginning of volleyball season that she would get home late from practices in Klickitat and fall behind in her homework.  To her surprise, the return times were quite reasonable, leaving plenty of time for homework and family in the evenings.  Changing practice locations on a two-week schedule was a big plus. She also reports that she has made many new friends and all the athletes get along very well.  She adds that she knows that, without the combine, she likely wouldn’t be playing on a girls’ basketball team this season.  The combine creates enough numbers of players for all the teams. 

A mother who has had two children compete within the combine feels her children have had only positive experiences.  All the athletes are treated fairly by the coaches and administration.  Those who are not “all-star” ability players get the same amount of attention from coaches as those with greater skills.  She reports that both of her children, as well as she herself, have formed lifelong friendships with Klickitat athletes and parents.  She believes the Klickitat parents are just like the Glenwood parents, wanting the best opportunities for their children. They come out to support their children, and all the parents together are one big family at the games.  Both towns realize they each need the other to have bigger, stronger teams than they could be alone. 

Another mother was very effusive in her praise for the combine.  She, too, was surprised that the practice schedule has worked so smoothly.  She would like to give a shout out to Adam McFall for all the hours he devotes as girls’ basketball coach and to Toni Troh for her willingness to drive the Glenwood girls when the practices are in Klickitat.  She says, “We love our basketball family.”

We also heard from a team parent who is involved in the athletics director/administration side of things as well as having girls on the teams.  She expressed the same sentiments as the other mothers.  The players love being part of the combine and the parents are all very supportive.  She noted that, on the recent, very late-night return from the Helix tournament, some of the Klickitat parents texted her to check on the safe arrival home of the Glenwood team bus, demonstrating true “sports family” spirit.  

Now it’s our turn to get out and support Klickwood teams.  The teams will play Yakama Tribal in Glenwood Friday, January 5th.  The JV boys’ game starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by girls’ varsity and boys’ varsity games.  On Saturday, the 6th, Klickwood travels to Trout Lake, with the first game start time of 3:00 p.m.  The Glenwood and Klickitat athletes and parents have worked hard to make this a very successful combine.  Let’s get out there and cheer for these kids and show our support for all the time and effort they have put into their sports seasons. 

We would like to wish Madi Couch well as she undergoes surgery for a torn ACL.  It was with great dismay that we learned Madi’s senior year of basketball was cut short by this serious injury.  Nevertheless, she has continued to attend team practices and sit with her team at games to demonstrate the depth of her commitment to her Klickwood team.  

Hazel Parsons, who turned 90 on December 30th, was honored with another birthday party on that day.  The party, planned and hosted by her children, took place at the Bingen Eagles hall.  The Simcoe Boys provided good music for dancing and Hazel was surrounded by many friends and family for an evening of great fun. 

January has been designated School Board Recognition Month by Governor Jay Inslee.  We are fortunate to have dedicated community members who devote their time to ensuring our school district is the best it can be.  If you see Dave Wasgatt, Leeann Burgin, Carla Dillenburg, Jake Eldred, and Travis Miller out and about, please take time to thank them for their service to our students.

Adventure Club resumes this week at the church, Wednesdays after school.  Meeting time is 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on school half days.  In those cases, the time will be 12:15 pm. To 1:45 p.m.