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FFCU fulfills holiday wishes

Fibre Federal Credit Union thanks the members and employees who helped them fulfill the Christmas gift wishes of 115 foster children from Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

Fibre Federal Credit Union works with the Foster Parent Association and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), who collect the Christmas lists from locally case-managed foster children. In partnership with the Salvation Army, Fibre Federal Credit Union hangs “Angel Tags” representing each child in their five Longview and Kelso branch locations.

“This is my favorite of the many community projects we do throughout the year,” Shannon Cahoon, FFCU’s Community Development Manager, is quoted in a press release. “Every year, we commit to filling each tag we receive, but we couldn’t do this without the generous support of members and employees who personally select and shop for tags, or who donate to our Foster Child Angel Tag savings account. This year, we received 115 tags and were able to complete all of them in time for Christmas.”

Fibre Federal Credit Union has partnered with DCYF to host this program for many years.

“These are different tags than the other Salvation Army tags you might see around town,” explains Cahoon. “Those are for a different program that helps meet the needs of a tremendous number of our local families each holiday season. Our program focuses specifically on children from our local area who have been placed in foster care, sometimes very close to Christmas. Our goal is to help these children feel an extra dose of love and support each holiday season.”

Fibre Federal Credit Union also to thanks the Ocean Beach Walmart for hosting the annual tag completion shopping trip. During this trip, FFCU employees and volunteers finish shopping for un-adopted or partially filled tags. This ensures that most of the gifts requested are purchased and guarantees that no foster child in the program will be left out.

Chelsea Eddington, media contact

Fibre Federal Credit Union

Cabaret Follies event a success

Cabaret Follies of Lower Columbia thanks all the members of the community who joined us in the production of “Take It to the Limit,” our second Cabaret Follies as an independent organization.

We hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we did in its presentation. Those were real smiles on our faces.

Cast members came from Vancouver to Vader, Clatskanie to Kelso and everywhere in between. Many were veterans of previous shows.

We were especially thrilled to have many talented first-timers join us on the stage. Thank you, all.

A show like this requires musicians. Thank you to our spectacular Follies Band, led by Kurt Harbaugh.

Performers need a stage. We are grateful for the talented and committed staff of our fabulous venue, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

We are thankful for the many businesses who purchased ads in the program, thus defraying expenses. You are a very giving community.

We are grateful to Jaime Donegan, our awesome director, who brings the music and dances that thrill the audiences time after time.

Thank you to this year’s beneficiary, Community Home Health & Hospice, which provides amazing compassionate care to everyone in need, regardless of ability to pay. We appreciate the volunteers and staff members who participated in various ways.

We are immensely grateful for the many people who volunteered backstage, in our costume shop, and in so many other ways. And for the committee chairmen and their teams who put in many hours for months of preparation.

Cabaret Follies 2019 was so much fun we can hardly wait till our next brilliant production.

Thank you.

Board of directors

Cabaret Follies of Lower Columbia

Cathlamet greatful for a $7,500 grant

The Town of Cathlamet is pleased to announce receipt of notification of an award of $7,500 from the Lewis & Clark Trail Stewardship Endowment (http://lewisandclark.org/grants/index.php) for the design, construction and installation of two Chinook Heritage signs at confirmed sites in Cathlamet (at the Elochoman Marina and Queen Sally’s Park), along with directional signs (two on State Route 4 and two in town).

The grant will pay for sign design and construction along with associated costs including consultation with a professional historian. All signage design and placement will be in consultation with the Chinook Indian Nation (https://www.chinooknation.org/).

This project is unique in the lower Columbia area, bringing together for the first time Wahkiakum County jurisdictions and the Chinook Indian Nation, whose indigenous homeland includes the local environs where Wahkiakum and Kathlamet Chinookan bands occupied the land adjacent to the Columbia River in self-governing villages for thousands of years before the arrival of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery in 1805.

The Chinook Indian Nation Tribal Council has endorsed the project, together with local partners including Port District No. 1 (operator of Elochoman Marina) and the Town of Cathlamet (Grant Applicant). The Wahkiakum County Board of Commissioners also supported the town’s grant application.

The project as conceived will create initial signage for a projected Chinook Heritage Trail in the lower Columbia area (including Wahkiakum and Pacific counties in Washington and Clatsop County in Oregon), representing the historic indigenous homeland of the Chinook Nation.

Both confirmed sites are already under public ownership, including the Elochoman Marina (an existing Lewis and Clark heritage site) and Queen Sally’s Park (owned by the town) where oral history recounts that the Corps of Discovery drew water in November 1805, during their journey downriver to the Pacific Ocean.

The Queen Sally site is named for Queen Sally, a Kathlamet tribal member credited with spotting the arrival of the Corps as a girl, and a notable figure in the early history of the town.

Upon receiving notice of grant approval in the maximum amount available, Town of Cathlamet Mayor Dale Jacobson stated: “We are very appreciative of the grant support from the Lewis and Clark Trail Stewardship Endowment along with endorsement by the Chinook Nation and our local partners.

We hope this will be the start of renewed recognition and celebration of the unique Tribal heritage of Cathlamet, along with the pioneer heritage we have long honored.”

The Town of Cathlamet

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