When we think of barbeque, we think of good ole' southern barbeque. Now, when you hear about barbeque in the area, you immediately think of Bonanza BBQ in Toledo, the place with the pig smoker in the front. Dan and Chris Gorton opened their first barbeque restaurant/catering business in 2015 and have been growing ever since.
A new youth organization is coming to Southwest Washington to help the youth in our area. The organization is called Young Marines; their mission is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls. The program also helps the youth enjoy a healthy drug free lifestyle.
The Winlock community continues to invest in infrastructure essential to developing the Benaroya Pacific Northwest Regional Logistics Center near Winlock.
During the last Legislative session Senator John Braun successfully advocated and retained $1.5 million in funding to extend utility infrastracture to the Benaroya site.
The City of Winlock will utilize the Legislative funding to build a 1.3 mile (7,000 feet) of waterline that will be extended to the south end of the Industrial Park.
The 122nd Annual Pacific County Fair is set to kick off on Aug. 22 and runs through Aug. 25 with this year's theme "Coming Home." The annual fair brings families from all over Pacific County and beyond together.
The fair will have food vendors, a beer garden, live music, 4-H competitions, horse racing and cattle sorting, a traveling zoo, a cheerleading demonstration and much more.
The Pacific County Sheriff's Office held a National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7 at the South Fork Landing Park next to the Northwest Carriage Museum. The event kicked off at 5:00 p.m. and ran until around 8:00 p.m that evening.
According to the Pacific County Sheriff's Office National Night Out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods a safer, more caring place to live.
Throughout the night well over 250 residents showed up from the surrounding communities to partake in the event. The South Bend and Raymond Police departments had vehicles on display and were available for questions or comments and even just a chit chat. Raymond Police Chief Chuck Spoor even had his brand new police truck out for display. The Raymond Fire Department also had vehicles at the event and had several firefighters mingling with the public.
SOUTH BEND - Jason George Pearson, 38, of Long Beach was sentenced to 4 years and 7 months in prison for attempting to elude a police officer and bail jumping.
In July 2017, The sentencing took place in Pacific County Superior Court Friday afternoon.
VFW Pacific Post 968 is holding regular monthly meetings every second Wednesday. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held at 308 Commercial Street in Raymond.
The North Pacific County Food Bank is open every Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The food bank is closed on holidays. Serving all of North Pacific County. For emergencies call (360) 942-4726.
FRENCH DIP NIGHT: The Raymond Eagles #1631 will be hosting a French Dip Night Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 215 Third St. Raymond. Includes French dip sandwich, salad, and dessert for $8.
August 16, Thursday, Raymond Timberland Library presents Let Off STEAM: Get Ready for Fair, 11:00 a.m. to noon for teens. Explore activities that develop science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills. Use our supplies to get your Fair entry ready! For more information call (360) 942-2408.
Bay Center Arts and Flea Market. Come visit, shop and buy at the local outdoor market this Saturday, 8/18 starting at 9am. 228 Bay Center Road, Bay Center, WA. Get some fresh popcorn and hotdogs while seeing what the artists, craftspeople and vendors have to offer. All Welcome. For more info or to reserve your vendor space, call 503-913-1625 or find the event on FB too.
The Willapa Harbor Quilters meet at the First Baptist Church of Raymond each Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., with exceptions in August and December. Visitors are always welcome. Coffee, tea and friendly conversation are available at all meetings. For more information contact the group's president, Becky Coburn, at 360-934-5567.
Pacific County Resolve Fertility Support Group meetings are the first and third Tuesday of every month at 707 Commercial St, Raymond WA.
Wednesday, August 22 marks the Opening Ceremonies for the Pacific County Fair at noon.
Watercolor classes for adults at Pacific Fine Art, 333 3rd st. the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for $15 and Children's classes are 2nd and 4th Fridays from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Kids (5 to 14) supplies are provided. Class is $10.
The Dr. O.R. Nevitt Memorial Pool Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. in the meeting room of Raymond City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.
The Willapa Bay Fine Arts Association takes place on the 4th Saturday of the month at the Riverside Gallery in South Bend starting at 11:00 a.m. If you have questions email Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pacific County Fair Car Show is Saturday, August 25 starting at 10:00 a.m. at the fairgrounds in Menlo. Awards are given at 3:00 p.m. for Best of Show, Fair's Choice, People's Choice, Friends of the Fair Choice, Fair Ambassador's Choice. Raffle prizes are awarded throughout the day.
The 34th Annual Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival will take place this coming weekend at Toledo High School. This is an event that has been going on for so many years, that if you haven't attended you should.
In the Spring, Astoria Graham, daughter of Shannon and Jason Graham decided to take care of the flower pot by city hall. It has been fun to watch the wild flowers grow throughout the summer and see Astoria take care of it as well.
When you think of Farmers Markets, you don't realize what one has to go through to sell there. Carol and Steve Berch of River House Bake Shop in Toledo showed what it takes to go through the cottage food industry, which many markets now require.
The Willapa Festival "was an awesome success," according to co-chairperson Kaley Hanson of the three-day Raymond event, which took place last Friday through Sunday primarily at Third Street Park. Michelle Layman was also a co-chair for the event.
The Raymond Elks Lodge #1292 will be hosting a benefit for Chris Heintz on Saturday, August 11 at 5:00 p.m.
The Raymond Police Department welcomes back Officer Rikki Coma who recently completed the Washington State Police Academy and has returned to active duty with the police department. Officer Jacob Haas left last month to attend the academy and is expected to return later this year.
The 18th Annual Winlock Pickers' Festival is this weekend August 3 - 5 at Winolequa Park here in Winlock. This is a festival that is enjoyed by many people in the area, they have workshops, and many other events throughout the weekend.
In January of this year, Dave Rupert joined Heritage Pacific Realty in Winlock. In June, Rupert was awarded the At Home with Diversity certification from the National Association of Realtors. Rupert joins 25,000 other real estate professionals in North America who have earned this certification after completing an extensive course in diversity, fair housing education and other topics.
Rupert started his career in photography, working with various newspapers in the area and as a contract photographer. He had photographed weddings, marathons, sporting events. His most valued photo is of Dale Lee Wallace holding the molds of Big Foot's feet.
Children Theatre Workshop is being held this week at Morgan Arts Centre in Toledo. At the end of the workshop on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. everyone is invited to attend a performance by the children who spent the week learning to perform.
Two wildfires erupted between Menlo and Frances over the weekend. One started on Weyerhaeuser land and the other on land controlled by Washington State DNR.
According to Pacific County Fire District 3 Fire Chief Gary Schwiesow they were asked to assist DNR on the fires with equipment and manpower. They worked well into the night on Sunday, July 29 to suppress and contain the fires that were estimated to be around 3 acres each.
SOUTH BEND - For the first time, South Bend and Raymond high schools will have a combined girls soccer team this fall.
There are three Wednesday practices remaining, including today, August 8 and August 15. The practices are behind Bud's Lumber from 5-7 pm.
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