Fourth annual "Dollars for Scholars" is a huge successSKAMOKAWA - The fourth annual "Dollars for Scholars" fishing derby and barbecue was a rousing success, if the early indications are confirmed when all of the records and receipts are tabulated. The event, held Saturday, June 5, attracted nearly 200 anglers seeking to land a legal sturgeon or steelhead. An additional 200 people were also served the delicious barbecue meal of salmon and/or chicken along with all the fixin's at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds, according to chairman Ron Nanney.

The ultimate winners were the students of the two high schools served by the derby, Wahkiakum High School and Naselle-Grays River Valley High School. Early records show that $8,000 had already been collected on the night before the event. The derby day produced additional revenue from meal sales, raffles and the auction of items by auctioneer Dewey Adair. All of the collected funds will be ultimately donated to foundations awarding scholarships to students in the two high schools.

Poetry is added to Naselle FAFFNASELLE - New this year at the Finnish-American Folk Festival is a poetry open mic for youth and adults. The youth event will be held Friday, July 30, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and an adult (18+) open mic will be held Saturday, July 31, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Poets are invited to show up, sign in and present their original poetry. There will be no restriction on the subject matter, but it would be great to hear some "Saturday Night Sauna Connection" poems.

The public is encouraged to come listen to the participants from the community and beyond read these original works. The event, hosted by Gary Anderson, formerly of Deep River, provides an open forum for poets.

"Original poetry presented in the author's spoken voice is one of the most powerful forms of creative communication," said Anderson. "We are especially excited about the youth open mic, and we know we will hear from some talented folks."

For more information, see the Web site at: (www.finnam.naselle.net)

Court officials visit NYC during Law WeekNASELLE - Do judges feel bad when they sentence juvenile offenders? What's it like to judge a person you don't know?

Those are just some of the questions that Naselle Youth Camp School students wanted to have answered during a recent visit from Pacific County's Superior Court Judge Joel M. Penoyar and Juvenile Court Administrator Wayne Leonard, as part of Law Week. The Pacific County legal officials visited the Camp School Wednesday, June 2. This is the second time the camp has participated in Law Week, and students were eager to ask questions, says organizer and camp instructor Rudi Rudolph.

"We appreciate the visit from the judge and administrator," said Rudolph. "We know they have busy schedules, but taking time out to visit with our students is a way for youngsters such as ours to ask questions outside of a court setting, where they might be facing legal trouble."

Law Week celebrates and promotes public legal education throughout Washington. Each spring, hundreds of lawyers and judges visit classrooms in their communities to educate students about law, civics, the justice system and democracy.

For more information about the week, visit (www.lawweek.org). For more information, please contact NYCS teacher Rudi Rudolph, (360) 484-3269, Ext. 213.

Sauna pics for FAFF contest may be e-mailedNASELLE - The 2004 Naselle Finnish American Folk Festival (FAFF) sauna picture contest can receive pictures electronically if photo contributors wish to send their photos in that manner. The FAFF is seeking pictures of saunas, functioning or not, especially in the Lower Columbia region. However, any pictures of saunas, whether in this country, in Finland or elsewhere, are welcome.

All pictures submitted will be eligible for a chance in a random drawing for a prize! There will also be appropriate prizes awarded for the top three pictures submitted. All suitable pictures will be enlarged and displayed at the festival. Sorry, the pictures can't be returned, so make sure that you are sending duplicates or pictures which are expendable. The deadline for entering pictures has been extended to June 30.

You may e-mail your pictures to: (audrey_wirkkala@msn.com), or by postal delivery to: Audrey Wirkkala, P.O. Box 126, Naselle, WA 98638. You can also bring them to the Naselle branch of The Bank of the Pacific, or call Audrey at (360) 484-3854.

The 2004 Naselle Finnish American Folk Festival with the theme "Sauna: The Saturday Night Connection," will start at noon Friday, July 30 and continue through 1 p.m. Sunday, August 1, with the main day of events on Saturday, July 31.

While the sauna theme will be prominent in the 2004 Naselle Finnish American Folk Festival, there will also be much more for those who attend the FAFF on the Naselle Schools campus.

There will be a meeting of the Naselle Finnish American Folk Festival committtee on Sunday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Naselle Lutheran Church. All people interested in taking part in this year's FAFF are welcome.

Addition to Naselle Fish Hatchery storyNASELLE - A story in a recent edition of the Chinook Observer did not include NYCS Principal Robin Andrea's complete explanation of the reasons for the meeting. Andrea's explanation follows:

"This was strictly an exploratory meeting concerning the possibility of future use of the Naselle Fish Hatchery in the event that facility should be closed by the state. We explored ways that the Youth Camp, the school district, DNR and other agencies might operate the facility to continue to contribute to the community.

"The educational benefits of the use of the hatchery are unlimited, and we want to encourage all of the agencies to work in the direction of keeping the hatchery open for our community and for our school system. The potential for a model integrated curriculum with the hatchery focus is very exciting. Science, reading, writing, math and social studies can be connected in an authentic learning situation such as working at the hatchery. Our dream plan is to have four hours of instruction out there; two hours for NYCS students, and two hours for NHS students."

Comet softball team eat tacos, play parentsNASELLE - The Naselle Comet softball team will hold a taco-eating fundraiser at the Comet Cafe Friday beginning at 5 p.m.

Coach Chris Clark's ladies will get pledges and then collect money for how many tacos they are able to consume.

Following the taco feeding frenzy the Comets will face their parents in a softball game at the high school.

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