First, we would like to offer our best wishes to resident Ross McDowell, who announced his retirement as a sergeant from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office after serving our community for three decades. McDowell had filled the role of emergency management director while working for the Sheriff’s Office, and said he intends to perform the same jobs in the civilian world out of Mason County. Your community supports and appreciates you, Ross!
The Vader City Council will be meeting this Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and you shouldn’t miss this opportunity to engage your elected officials in the public process. Agendas for the meeting are available currently at City Hall, while those who can’t make it may still listen to complete recordings of the meetings online for free at www.youtube.com/user/vaderwa.
Local community organizers are gearing up for Vader’s Fourth of July celebration, and those interested in participating as volunteers, vendors or parade entrants may contact Judy Costello at (360) 295-3036. Auditions are also being held for young persons interested in singing the national anthem, and Costello can be contacted for more details.
Also scheduled for July 4 will be the third-annual Gravity Races, a downhill derby with categories for both kids and adults. To find out how to register, call Kevin Flynn at (360) 295-0873.
For those who may want to take a dip in Olequa Creek as the days become warmer and sunnier, remember local rivers are running higher, faster and colder than normal because of snow melting in the mountains. Expect waters to be around 50 degrees, and it is recommended children should not go swimming without the direct supervision of an adult.