N-GR Chamber gives its support to national event

NASELLE - The Naselle-Grays River Chamber of Commerce held its regular monthly breakfast meeting at Oh Carol's Restaurant on March 10. Chamber president Tom Quinn conducted the meeting.

The Chamber members heard the Naselle Finnish American Folk Festival (FAFF) secretary Anita Raistakka and her husband Phil, report on the National Finnish Festival recently held in Lake Worth, Fla. Nine Naselle area residents attended that festival.

Raistakka reported that Naselle, along with help from Astoria for some activities, was chosen for the site of FinnFest 2006, tentatively scheduled for July 26 through July 30, 2006. She also voiced the need for community-wide cooperation in undertaking on this national get-together. Raistakka also reported on this year's Naselle Finnish American Folk Festival which will be held July 30 to August 1.

The Chamber members voted to give their support to the 2006 FinnFest USA concept for Naselle and also voted their support for the 2004 FAFF.

In addition to the regular business, the chamber opted to sponsor a smaller ad in the Willapa Harbor Herald tourist brochure, due to an increase in the price of ads in that publication. The chamber also decided to contact (FAFF) on that group's possible interest in co-sponsoring an ad in that publication.

Quinn reported on the potential de-funding of the Naselle Fish Hatchery this July. He also reported on the interest of the Naselle Youth Camp (NYC) and other state agencies in taking over the facility as a vocational training facility for NYC and other school district students. Quinn stated that the issue is not dead yet, but that NYC will not be prepared to take over the facility by July 1. Members of the chamber discussed some options that may perhaps be pursued in keeping the hatchery operational beyond July.

The next meeting will be a breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. April 14, at the Grays River Cafe.

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