Glenwood Grange #94 would like to thank everyone who supported its successful quilt raffle. The beautiful quilt created and donated by Rhonda Spies was won by Helen Eaton. The proceeds will help with needed Grange Hall maintenance and repairs.
On Monday, Oct. 15, the Glenwood Grange hosted a community forum regarding the broadband communications project. Brian Wanless of Klickitat County (CECK) and Linda Williams of Washington State University Extension presented information regarding the planning project to increase broadband awareness, access, and adoption in Klickitat and Skamania counties, including the Glenwood Community. The LTPT is sponsored by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), CECK, and Washington State University Extension, and is funded by grant money distributed through the Washington State Broadband office.
Brian described what already currently exists regarding the internet, where we stand right now with the "Middle Mile" to actually transport the broadband communication system to our community, and the "Last Mile," which includes the various levels of broadband or high speed internet access.
It is hoped that Glenwood residents will actually have some sort of broadband service by the first of the year. A very important step that can, perhaps, speed up the process is to get as many Glenwood residents as possible to take both the Resident Broadband Access Survey and the SpeedTest before Oct. 31. The more the community can demonstrate to the Washington State Broadband office the urgent need to get a high speed internet service here, the sooner it may happen. All residents are urged to take the survey at http://survey.libarts.wsu.edu/remark/rws5.pl?FORM=ksltptsurvey. The speed test can be found at http://wabroadbandmapping.org/SpeedTest.aspx
A candidates' night was held on Oct. 16 in lieu of the monthly community council meeting at the Glenwood Grange. The turnout of candidates was impressive -- including incumbent State Representatives Norm Johnson and Charles Ross from the 14th Legislative District; incumbent Klickitat County Commissioner Rex Johnston; incumbent Klickitat PUD Commissioner Randy Knowles; and candidates for Klickitat County Commissioner District 3 Joe Sellers and Jim Sizemore. Written presentations were even sent from incumbent State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and Jon Haugen who is a candidate for U.S. Congressman in the 3rd District. A small local turnout allowed a round-table forum with the candidates -- that was most interesting and educational.
You have received your ballots by now -- please learn all you can about each candidate, initiative measure and referendum measure. Be an informed voter -- and remember to mail, or drop off your ballot at collection sites around Klickitat County before Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Our community heard the sad news that our friend and neighbor, Harry Dechand, passed away late last week. The gentle man with a quick wit and smile will be missed by so many of us in the community. Harry's funeral service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Gardner's Funeral Home in White Salmon; followed by a graveside service at Mt. Adams Cemetery in Glenwood. The Glenwood Homemakers will be preparing and serving a meal for Harry's family and friends at the school. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Glenwood Volunteer Fire Department or the Glenwood Grange. Lois and family...please know that you are in our prayers and thoughts.
The classes of 2015 and 2016 would like to extend a thank you to the community for its tremendous support of the prime-rib dinner last week. It was a great meal for a great price and for a great cause!