By Judy Wood
There is a lot to be said about living in a small town like Sultan, especially when the weather starts to turn cold and gray. For one thing, your presence would be really appreciated in so many different places; you name the hours, place or projects. You would meet the nicest people, who all are positive thinkers. You would be proud of yourself and what you are accomplishing. The weather would be the last thing you would think of.
Call Donna Murphy at (360) 793-1811, tell her you would like to volunteer, and ask her what is available.
I met the nicest lady the other day. Her name is Shirley Holloway and she was obviously very proud of a young man sitting next to her. She told me that he won the State Championship in javelin and discus when he attended Sultan Hugh School. His name is Michael Landon, and he was a foster child of hers. Looking at the both of them, it was easy to see the pride that she has in him and so much love. It was obvious that he felt the same way about her. Michael was here to visit his foster parents and his old classmates and to attend the Boise State vs. University of Washington football game.
During the conversation, Shirley started mentioning her other foster children; there were 19 in all. When Michael came to live with her at the age of 14, he carried all of his possessions in a shoebox; can you imagine? She has had some special-needs children and she is just as proud of them as she is of Michael. One of the kids left teeth marks on the edge of her oak dining room table and it is obvious that she cherishes the memory of the child who put thenm there. She has another one who has contacted her after 36 years. They found each other on the internet, and now he calls her once a week.
I asked her why she wanted to become a foster parent and she said that she was at a Grange meeting and was told that the need for foster homes was so great that children were being put in jail cells for safekeeping until a more permanent situation could be found. So she applied to become a foster parent and there are 19 foster children who are probably very thankful that she did. They knew their home as “the little red house in Startup.”
Paula Thomas and City Administer Ken Walker are giving The Boom Town presentation to the Gold Bar City Council Oct. 1.
The First Baptist church is presenting a “Western Days” program Sunday, Oct. 6. There will be western music along with a lot of other styles, as well as a barbecue and lots of fun for the whole family. Everyone come in western garb. This is a “second annual,” by the way.
The emergency evacuation drill is Wednesday, Oct. 25. We may need volunteers for this.