By Judy Woods
A big thank you should be extended to The League of Women Voters and the Chamber Of Commerce for bringing the forum concerning our upcoming elections to our little part of the world. The debates between the candidates were spirited and informative. The differences of opinions were clearly shown. The two candidates for County Council were there, along with the candidates for Sultan City Council, as well as two candidates for mayor of Gold Bar, along with candidates for Gold Bar City Council. Clearly the future direction of our valley could be determined because of this forum.
Nancy Kildahl is happy to announce that her 38th, 39th, and 40th great-grandchildren are due to be born soon. I believe Nancy said that she and her husband had four children to begin with, but boy, did everything blossom since then!
For the ones who love Bingo just for the fun of it, the Senior Center has games for small prizes after lunch every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
Susie Hollenbeck is home now after having surgery. She will need medical care for an extended amount of time, so her need for financial as well as moral assistance is just as important now as ever. Correspondence can be sent to the Chamber of Commerce at P.O. Box 46, Sultan, WA 98294, or you can deliver it to the Sky Valley Visitors Center at 320 Main St., Sultan. A special account has been established at Coastal Community Bank, where Donna Marshal is handling it.
The Veterans’ Day meeting went very well. Last year was our first attempt of having a Veterans’ Day celebration. That one was really nice and having it to build on it this year is going to make it very special, I believe. The celebration is Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.
A special happening is going to occur at the Sultan Library on Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. Peter Ali is going to play his Native American flute; it is so beautiful. Also there will be Legos™ for the school-age children at 12 p.m.
Kudos for the city employees! They saved the city $300 by volunteering to set up the new signage out at the roundabout after hours. They worked until about 10 p.m. to get that done. I’ve always been proud of them; now that just adds to it.
The International Children’s Network is presenting the Matsiko World Orphan Choir at the First Baptist Church of Sultan on Oct. 26 and 27 at 11 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. That ought to really be something special.
Paula Thomas will be performing with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 23 and 24. Check with seattlesymphony.org for further information.
Remember the last time you saw a good western movie? The opening scene was grand with beautiful forested mountains right up close to the foreground, and the clouds were hung low, and you think to yourself “How do they find such beautiful places to film?” We were there today.
They call it the “Let ‘Er Buck Corral.” It had lots of stalls and out buildings and horses galore, big ones, little ones, young and old, all of them looking clean well fed, and content. They were full of love, walking up to us and walking with us.
This idyllic place is being managed by K.C., who is now living the dream she has had since she was 9. K.C. is the trainer of riders, as well as horses. Raleigh is the farrier, and Budd keeps everything running.
It has taken the exuberance of youth and lots and lots of friends to build, so far. The dreams are huge. They have already built a large ramp and have a special saddle for handicapped riders who they plan on working with soon. They are already training and boarding horses. They moved the Iron Horse Saloon in one piece from Machias to their property in Gold Bar. They built a deck there along with a fire pit, as well as a barbecue for group gatherings. They have an outdoor arena built already. They have the covered wagon and draft horses that we saw at the Return of the Salmon Celebration. Ultimately, they want to be of service to the people of this valley much more so than they are right now. Seeing their determination and excitement, we believe they will.