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Indians mascot will soon be a thing of the past
South Bend Indians mascot
Indians mascot will soon be a thing of the past

SOUTH BEND - With legislation now passed and signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, South Bend School District must change its Indian mascot. Going into effect July 25 is SHB 1356, a bill prohibiting Washington schools from using Native American names, symbols, and images as school mascots, logos, or team names, and requires all schools to be in compliance by January, 2022. For South Bend HS, Henry Hackadoo will have to go too.

"The district must comply with all Washington state laws," South Bend Superintendent Dr. Jon Tienhaara told the Herald. "There are always multiple opinions and feelings with sensitive issues such as this, we will do our best to comply as required." The district is doing its best to comply with the law. We are mandated to make the change before Jan 1, 2022."

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AR Heating opening their doors
Photo by Bob Rockett - The Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for AR Heating on May 25. Please congratulate Jeff and Sonja and welcome them back to the community.
AR Heating opening their doors

If you've been at the far end of South Bend lately, you may have noticed a new business at the edge of town. AR Heating opened its doors at 1300 W Robert Bush Dr in March.

Owners Jeff & Sonja Ping are no strangers to the area. Both grew up here and are happy to have returned home where they hope to contribute to the community they love.

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Ocean Search Suspended: Missing teen in Long Beach not found
Photo by George Kunke - Family and friends watch as a Coast Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk searches for a 14-year-old boy in the ocean in Long Beach last Memorial Day.
Ocean Search Suspended: Missing teen in Long Beach not found

LONG BEACH -- A Memorial Day family outing on the main access to the beach in Long Beach turned to tragedy when a 14-year-old boy was presumed drowned after possibly getting caught in a rip current/undertow while swimming in the ocean.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search last Monday night (May 31) for the boy, who was reportedly swept offshore while standing in water up to his waist when he went missing, a Washington State Park Ranger told the Herald at the scene.

At approximately 2:00 p.m., the teenager was reported to be missing by his friend, who confirmed he was wearing a red swimmers cap, gray T-shirt and black swim shorts.

Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham of the Astoria Coast Guard Sector Columbia River talked to the Herald by phone Monday morning about the incident. Oldham has been with the Coast Guard for 16 years, including 15 in Astoria and one year in Boston.

"As of this morning (9:45 am), we had no reports of finding him," Oldham informed. "When a search is suspended, they won't back out pending information, such as, if a fisherman saw something and called it in, then we would relaunch.

"We're not exactly sure what happened to him, it would just be a speculation to say a rip current took him under," Oldham said. "He was from Portland (Oregon) here for vacation. He was with a friend in the water and a bunch of family and friends were onshore."

The Coast Guard does not release names of minors. "No, we don't have a name to release," Oldham said. "Typically, the names of minors are not released."

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St. Martin's Freshman: Britney Patrick attains all-West Region, GNAC First Team, Freshman of Year
Photo Courtesy St. Martin's University - Britney Patrick, a freshman at St. Martin's University, was named to the D2CCA All-West Region Second Team, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, and was voted to the GNAC's First Team.
St. Martin's Freshman: Britney Patrick attains all-West Region, GNAC First Team, Freshman of Year

MENLO - Former Willapa Valley HS exceptional student-athlete Britney Patrick, and now current St. Martin's third baseman, earned a selection on the Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-West Region Second Team. Patrick was also named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, and is a member of the GNAC's First Team.

Patrick, who hit with a lethal wickedness in high school as a member of the Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titans, pretty much picked up where she left off while establishing herself as one of the Saints' best hitters, and also in the West Region. Patrick is one of only six freshmen to be named to the first or second all-league team which includes players from California, Arizona, Idaho, Hawai'i and Washington. Note: The D2CCA is comprised of sports information directors from each region, with each member nominating and voting. All first team selections then move on to All-American voting.

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Raymond Farmers Market opens Friday
Raymond Farmers Market opens Friday

There are openings for more businesses to sign up for the Raymond Farmers Market (RFM), which opens Friday from 2:00-7:00 p.m. along the grassy area in front of the Northwest Carriage Museum in historic downtown Raymond. The event, under the direction of RFM Manager Denise Spaman, is scheduled to take place every Friday from June 4 through September 24.

Some of the businesses lined up for the season are Pacific Seafood, Goosepoint Oysters, Timeless Talismans, Self Care with Sonya, Luna Elementals, Sugar Rush Boutique, Sprout & Roost Edible Landscape Nursery, Pure Forks Creek Farm & Produce, and Harbor Eden Farms.

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Honoring our heroes
Honoring our heroes

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, the Raymond American Legion in conjunction with VFW Post 968 and the Marine Corps League, will hold two short observance ceremonies. One will be at the Fern Hill Cemetery starting at noon with a guest bagpipe player and guest singer Lily, who will perform her own song. The second will be at the Bush Memorial in South Bend starting at 1:00 p.m.

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Honoring memories of past service
USS Olympia
Honoring memories of past service

What does it mean to serve for others? In many cases the sacrifice is death. Come November 11, we will see the celebration of the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located in the National Cemetery, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

In 1921 this monument commemorated the American armed forces who fought in the Great War, the "war to end all wars." My uncle, Thomas Darrah, and my grandfather, James L. Frink, both survived combat in the trenches as soldiers in France in 1918.

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Time to Live Retirement, Dr. Olson calls it a career after 37 years
Courtesy Photo - From left are Dr. Kathleen Sutton, Dr. Eric Sutton, and Dr. Ken Olson, who sold his veterinary business to the Suttons and is retiring.
Time to Live Retirement, Dr. Olson calls it a career after 37 years

Dr. Kenneth Olson DVM has decided to retire from his veterinary business after 35 years of local service. Olson was the owner/operator of Willapa Veterinary Service at 230 Ocean Avenue in Raymond. The new veterinarians and owners of the business are Dr. Eric and Dr. Kathleen Sutten.

After 37 years overall, Olson believes it is the right juncture in his life to leave what he's loved so much, and enjoy retirement.

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Gardner accomplishes 1,000-point milestone
Photo Courtesy Larry Bale - Raymond HS junior Kyra Gardner scored her 1,000th point last Tuesday night (May 4) at Seagull gym.
Gardner accomplishes 1,000-point milestone

Raymond HS standout basketball student-athlete Kyra Gardner scored her 1,000th point during the season opening 86-15 victory over Ocosta last Tuesday night (May 4) at Seagull gym. Gardner scored 38 points on the night.

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Peacekeepers Society and local groups distributed free food last Friday
Photo courtesy of Bethany Barnard\'s Facebook Page - Volunteers helping with last Friday\'s food distribution.
Peacekeepers Society and local groups distributed free food last Friday

On the last day of the month, Friday, April 30, there was another food give away, this time it was located in Bay Center in front of the Chinook Indian Nation Office. Altogether 480 USDA food boxes, 1,800 plus bottles of hand sanitizer, and 150 steelhead were distributed.

The boxes contained meat, cheese, vegetables, and dairy products ensuring each family would have a couple of meals from the boxes.

"Growing up in a tribal community, we are raised to take care of our community and give until it hurts," said tribal community member Bethany Barnard.

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