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Wednesday July 10, 2013 $1.00 GREAT BLUE HERON ,l,lill,l,,llliln,lh,i,l,,illl,i,,ili,l,lll,llllillUil,hl,h' ., ***************MIXED ADC 50962 Inc 09113199 SmaiiTownPapers 217 W COTA ST ./ SHELTON, WA g8584-22 ˘'3 . IIIUl!UOIjIIl!!l!l!l!llll. Volume No. 28 NUMBER 46 8 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition ° to remove • City looking into fixing ridges on First Avenue Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- The council discussed an on-going problem with a house which was burned out late last winter• Apparently the owner of the house has received payment for the loss, which was supposed to include demo- lition of the property. The city has contacted the insurance com- pany and have attempted to contact the owner, although there is some discrepancy as to who actually owns the property. Mayor Dennis Phelps told the council he had talked to the person who received the money, and he was told this person will be returning to Westbrook to take care of the building. There are a lot of issues involved with removing the building. Burned parts of the structure must be separated from the rest of the debris, and the shingles must also be kept sepa- rate for disposal• Street supervisor Carl Conrad reported he will begin crack filling next week• A person from Bargen Inc. will be on hand to oversee the crack filling. The council also discussed par- tially blocking off the streets that are being worked on. last year there was some problems with people driving on the fresh filler and hav- ing it stick to their tires. They will be doing Sixth Street first so that Bargen can apply the seal coat there. The council also discussed the problem with ridges on First Avenue. Utilities superinten- dent told the council those spots will probably have to be cut out and replaced with asphalt. John Madson said he would check with the County Engineer to come up and assess the situation. The kiddie pool is up and running, and reportedly is getting a lot of use. The state inspected the pool and found a couple of minor issues to be addressed. Police Chief Alan Wahl reported all of the city sirens are working and fully narrow band compliant. He also reported a couple of the fire vehi- cles were damaged during the parade. Some persons on the parade route were throwing water balloons and reportedly radios and elec- trical systems were damaged. Wahl told the council he will pursue the issue, noting that they know who was respon- sible. Rocky Kolar president of the EDA approached the council to ask for some funding for the EDA. He noted that with unexpected expenses on the former bowling alley building the EDA fund balance is not enough to cover some outstanding bills. He also is going to talk to the utilities commission for additional funds. The EDA has about $1,100 a month income from existing loans so in time the EDA fund will recover• The council voted to give the EDA $4,000. Marv Sorenson reported the insurance adjustor will be out to check the concrete at the library. The estimate for replacing the concrete and adding a step by the front door of the library is $5,200• There is also some specula- tion the concrete might not have been up to standards, so there might be some reimburse- ment from the concrete company. Sorenson also reported the library served 900 people last month with an average of 47 people a day. Fifty one kids are enrolled in the summer reading program. He said, "they are doing a great job with their programs, it is a real asset to the community." Mayor Phelps told the council a new door at the food shelf is needed for when trucks unload. He also noted the food shelf is planning a face lift for the front of the building. • Council 1 On page 6 The Ingalls arrive in Walnut Grove, one of the opening scenes • Laura and Nellie Look-a-Like contest will be held each week at the Family Festival Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune some have been involved for many years. Pa Ingalls is played by Errol Steffen who has been involved since the inception of the pageant 36 years ago. He has played several parts over the years, but the last several years he is recognizable to return- ing guests as Pa Ingalls. Mary Zwach returns this year as Ma Ingalls, she has been in the pageant for 10 years. Matt WALNUT GROVE -- Starting Friday Coleman has been in the cast and this year night the city will be c0ffae a bee hive of reti ns to a familiar role as -E16ek'Nelson. activity. Each Saturday during the pageant Daryl Hrdlicka starts his 8th year playing weekends the Family Festival will be the dual roles of Reverend Alden, and Elias site of entertainment for young and old. Bedal. The Wilder Pageant, in its 36th season, 1"7~ _ell__ will begin Friday evening. Prior to the ram..y opening scene the Pageant Singers will be The Familyfestival will be presented performing -- singing popular songs from each Saturday with a full lineup of enter- the past. They will begin singing at 8:00 tainment and activities for kids of all ages. p.m. before each performance. The first Saturday July 13 the festival Pageant Director Bill Richards has been begins at 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Clairseach/Ann involved with the Wilder Pageant& Charlie Heymann will perform Irish "Fragments of a Dream" nearly from its Gaelic music. The Luciao Family Dance inception. He has provided technical prow- Troupe will perform Native American ess designing the elaborate moveable sets, History and Dance. and has directed the Pageant for many of The Laura and Nellie Look a Like con- the years he has been involved, test will be held with registration at 1:00 Richards said, "the message of hope p.m. with the contest starting at 3:00 p.m. through working together has remained The contest is open to girls ages 8-12. constant and central to the Fragments of a Prizes based on authentic looks and knowl- Dream story as first envisioned by James edge of Laura and Nellie• Merchant. This pageant is a lesson, a dem- Author Connie Claire Szarke will dis- onstration and an ongoing story of how play and sign her books; Delicate Armor, people can work together in spite of adver- Stone Wall, and A Stone for Amer. Szarke sity to accomplish good things."is a native of Slayton. Friday night that desire to accomplish Artist demonstrations include: wood good things will continue as this years carving, weaving, corn husk doll making, cast, crew, and the community put their seed art, corn shelling, leather crafts, mosa- best forward to present the story inspired ic art, bent wire jewelry, and caricature art. by the people of Walnut Grove. A craft and vendor show will run during As is the case with volunteer actors, the day. There will be many children's free characters from year to year change but activities and games. at media night. Laura said good bye to her fam- ily's horses. Historic bus tours will leave the city park at 1:30, 3:30, and 5:00 p.m. The festival is made possible from the SMACH, the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and a grant from the Walnut Grove Foundation. More details of the next two weeks of the Family Festival will be featured in the next two editions of the Sentinel Tribune• The Plum Creek Rendezvous will be held Friday and Saturday at the Plum Creek Ranch southwest of Walnut Grove• The black powder shoot begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Pageant Suppers will, be held each Friday and Saturday of the three pageant weekends. Suppers are open to the public and are served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. by churches and community groups. The Walnut Grove Loggers will hold their annual fishing derby at Lake Laura Saturday July 20 for ages 12 and under starting at 10:00 a.m. Bring your own pole and join the fun. While in town you might want to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, gift shop and information center. Take a tour of the museum grounds that feature a lot of his- tory of Walnut Grove and Laura Ingalls 'Wilder• Left: Mrs. Oleson brags about her rhubarb pies at the town council meeting. 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