A good month has gone by since the holidays have passed and I wanted to keep everyone in the spirit. During the holidays I learned about Patti Murray. Patti has been giving back to the community for 25 years. In 2013 she made 50 baskets and sold them at IGA Cedar Village with the proceeds going to The Giving Tree. She shops throughout the year for her baskets or gets items as donations, then her fun begins. During our chat, I could tell she has a passion for this project of hers, she helps so many families have Christmas. We are blessed to have someone like her in our community. Thank you for choosing Winlock to settle in, we are glad you like it here!
With the idea of giving, I thought I would share a little something with you. Many of you know my Dad, Al Hoffman, he coached Babe Ruth for 20-plus years. Well, Feb. 15 he will be 80 years old and I can honestly say I have had the best Dad there is. I am passing on a few of the things my Dad taught me that I hope the rest of the Fathers and Mothers will do the same, pass this on to their daughters or sons. My Dad would not let me get my permit until I was road safe and that meant, changing a tire, charging the battery, checking the oil and rebuilding a 350 Chevrolet engine in a 1950’s truck he bought for us to work on. Dad didn’t want for me to be only road ready, he wanted me to be life ready. Wherever he was is where I wanted to be, inside and out. When it came to the inside, I can use most power tools thanks to my Dad and I also put a roof on a friends shed, again thanks to my dad. For all of you Fathers and Mothers out there, give your kids the gift they will never forget...the gift to do it yourself and the gift of love. Happy Birthday Dad, We are blessed to have you as our Father!
This week in my “Get to Know Ya” series I am pleased to announce I got to interview my boss here at Town Crier. Stephen Floyd is bringing us the local news on a weekly basis and now it’s time for us to learn more about him. Here goes:
TC: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
SF: A backpack, a rail pass and a free afternoon in Tokyo.
TC: What is your greatest fear?
SF: Finding myself in a fight I have zero chance of winning, but must endure.
TC: What is your greatest achievement?
SF: Not sure I have one yet. I’m only 28, and the greatest things that have happened in my life really weren’t my doing.
TC: What is the one thing the people in Winlock do not know about you?
SF: I was going to be a high school physics teacher before I got into journalism. But one term on my college’s student paper and I was hooked.
Activities: The Timberland Regional Library is busy this week. Game Night for teens Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bake Sale Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (proceeds go back to keep the library running). Youth Page Turners Book Club Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m., for grades 4-6. Apocalypse Survivors Support Group, for teens, Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Closed Monday for Presidents Day.
Finally, what is the end to a column without the mention of one of the four legged fur balls we have around here? We have our sisters, Molly and Sally who are still causing grief but it’s cute grief. The other day as I walked into the bathroom I had to take a double take. I have a double vanity sink in my bathroom and you would think that would mean Sally would have her own sink and Molly would have hers...Sisters must do everything together, yep you guessed it right they were curled up in one sink! It was too cute...and too cramped, thank goodness Elvis didn’t try to join in-no room for a boy in the girls sink!