Glenwood is located at the foot of Mt Adams,  in the scenic                     
Glenwood Valley/Camas Prairie  of Klickitat County. 
Note.....Mt. Adams  is NOT in Klickitat County.

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Thank you to Mary Pierce for taking the time to write a weekly column covering local Glenwood News items and sending it to our two county newspapers.  

January 17, 2018

A couple columns back, I wrote about the success of the Klickitat and Glenwood sports combine.  I regret that I did not accurately describe the discussions behind the decision for Trout Lake and Glenwood schools to go their separate ways with regard to sports.  I violated my own rule of checking for accuracy and should have spoken to someone involved at the time of the decision.  I was not fully aware of the discussions leading up to the decision, and I apologize to those from both Trout Lake and Glenwood who were involved in the discussions at the time.  There were some differences of opinion among those involved, including administrators and board members, with the result that the two schools were unable to develop sports combine terms upon which all sides could agree.  

At no time did the Trout Lake administration and school board say the Glenwood athletes were not welcome on their teams.  Any Glenwood athletes could have joined Trout Lake teams, with the understanding the teams would be Trout Lake Mustang teams in Trout Lake uniforms.  It was the decision of the Glenwood administration and board to try to field Glenwood Eagles teams here in Glenwood.  Again, I apologize for including incorrect information in the earlier column.  

How many of you reading this have ever had the need to call 9-1-1 to request fire or medical assistance here in Glenwood?  How would you feel if there was no one here to answer your call?  We have been so fortunate to have a well-trained, dedicated fire department to serve us for many decades and, perhaps, have begun to take the Glenwood Fire Department for granted.  Our volunteer fire fighters and medics are here to protect the lives and property of those of us living here, and those passing through, from fire and other emergencies.

The department’s membership is dwindling and it is now down to just nine members.  That is just too few to cover emergency calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The department is urging local residents (men and women) to volunteer and fill the ranks.  This is a great opportunity to serve your community and gain some excellent training and skills while doing so. Fire Department volunteers have a business meeting on the second Wednesday and a training meeting on the third Wednesday of each month.  The Department is in need of more emergency medical personnel as well as fire fighters.  You can contact Brent Gimlin at 364-4158 or Bryan Keithly at 364-3358 (or any other department member) to get more information regarding what being a volunteer entails and request an application. You can also show up at any meeting to obtain information and request an application.  Remember, your fire department needs you.

Here’s another reminder of the first meeting of the year for members of the Glenwood Rodeo Association on January 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall.  Election of officers, 2018 rodeo planning, and Queen Kylie’s silent auction are on the agenda.  Donations for Queen Kylie’s auction are very much needed and welcome.  In addition to the small silent auction at this January meeting, she will have another at the Fort Dalles Riders Club in The Dalles on March 10th.  If you have items to donate, please contact Roxie Clemmer at 364-3539.  Community members who may be interested in joining the Association are welcome to attend the meeting to get an idea what is involved in planning and producing the annual rodeo.  Refreshments will be served.

JANUARY 10, 2018

Glenwood News
Glenwood Women’s Club

The Glenwood middle school basketball teams will play Trout Lake in Glenwood on Thursday, Jan. 11th.  Games start at 5:30 p.m.  Adding to the excitement, the elementary kids will be playing a peewee game during half time of the boys’ game.  

The high school teams will play in Bickleton on Friday and here in Glenwood on Saturday the 13th against Sunnyside Christian starting at 3:00 p.m.  The elementary kids will also play a peewee game during half time of the boys’ game on that night.  Two nights of fun and an opportunity to come out and support our Middle School Eagles teams, Klickwood high school teams, and the always entertaining elementary kids. 

The Klickwood teams lost tough games with Yakama Tribal and Trout Lake last week.  Both of those schools have a much deeper bench than the combined schools of the Klickwood teams.  Our Klickwood athletes fought to the end and played hard and well in all the games and their strong team spirit was on display.  Those of us in the bleachers were proud to call them “our teams.”  

Another demonstration of the bonds the Klickwood sports combine was through a thoughtful, caring gesture by all the athletes on the boys’ and girls’ teams.  Early in the season, Easton Atchley badly dislocated his ankle during a game.  His basketball shoe had to be cut away from his foot and ankle.  The athletes pooled their money and purchased another pair of basketball shoes for Easton, exactly like the pair in which he started his season.  We all hope Easton will soon be suited up and on the floor playing with his team.  Klickwood, you show us what true team spirit is all about.  

Glenwood Community Church is holding a pancake feed fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  This is your opportunity to help local youth attend Winter Camp near Mt. Hood.  What a great way to start off your weekend, with breakfast in the morning and basketball in the afternoon.  

There will be no school on Monday, Jan. 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  School will be dismissed at noon on Wednesday. 

Here’s another reminder of the first meeting of the year for members of the Glenwood Rodeo Association on January 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Grange Hall.  Election of officers, 2018 rodeo planning, and Queen Kylie’s silent auction are on the agenda.  Donations for Queen Kylie’s auction are very much needed and welcome.  In addition to the small silent auction at this January meeting, she will have another at the Fort Dalles Riders Club in The Dalles on March 10th.  If you have items to donate, please contact Roxie Clemmer at 364-3539.  Community members who may be interested in joining the Association are welcome to attend the meeting to get an idea what is involved in planning and producing the annual rodeo.  Refreshments will be served.

Corbin (C.J.) Schuster, son of Gina Hernandez, spent his Christmas break in Costa Rica.  Sounds like a great vacation, doesn’t it?  However, Corbin traveled there as part of a group of 11 indigenous students from across the country, funded by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and Heritage University.  Their group was called “People of the Big River Abroad and the hope was that their group would help further develop scientific relations for future research opportunities for many more minority students to come.  

The group’s mission was to explore environmental factors that influenced disease coverage on an elevational gradient in a secondary forest in order to correlate disease coverage with an increase in humidity and a decrease in elevational.  Corbin says that, although the study was very preliminary, they were able to find an obvious trend in that limited amount of time.  This study was very important for indigenous communities in southern Costa Rica with regard to preservation and restoration of traditional plants for various ethnobotanical uses.  

Corbin will finish his BS in biomedical science in May and, immediately following that milestone, he’ll begin to study for his PhD in microbiology, with a focus on genomics.  His intent is to study disease pathogeneses and how genetic interactions may influence or discourage disease onset.  All we can say is, the world needs a lot more Corbin Schusters who strive to make it a better place.  We in Glenwood are all very proud of you, C.J.

Doug Daniels reports that we received a total of 3.56 inches of rain in December.  The December high for the last 22 years of record-keeping was 16.8 inches in1996.  The 22-year low was 2.41 inches in 2013.  The 22-year average is 5.96.  While December rainfall was a couple inches shy of the average, the total rainfall for all of 2017 was 32.01 inches, which was 2.23 inches more than the 29.78 inches total average rainfall for 2017.  Thanks, Doug, for providing this information.

JANUARY 03, 2018

Glenwood News
Glenwood Women’s Club

Happy 2018 to all our readers.  We hope you had a fun and joyous Christmas and that 2018 brings all good things to you.

Two Towns, Two Schools, One Team.  That’s the motto that drives the success of the Klickitat and Glenwood high school sports combine.  Several years ago, Glenwood found itself too small to field teams for basketball and volleyball, so joined the Trout Lake teams.  When Trout Lake decided they no longer wanted to accept Glenwood athletes on their teams, our small school struggled to field teams.  Luckily for girls’ volleyball, the Klickitat coach, Jaecee Hoctor, lives and works in Glenwood.  The girls were invited to play on the Klickitat girls’ team and the team went on to the state tournament that first year.  

Basketball was less successful the first couple years after the Trout Lake decision.  The boys’ varsity team needed to have some girls on the team to have enough players.  When one player broke his arm early in the season, that left just one person on the bench.  The numbers were similar the second year.  When Klickitat invited the Glenwood basketball teams to join theirs, the Glenwood players were able to experience much more positive seasons. 

In the summer of 2017, both schools formed committees to work together to form an agreement for a true, equal sports combine.  Public meetings were held to gather input to assist in formulating the final working combine agreement.  The teams would evenly divide practice days between the two towns, the two schools would take turns driving the team bus to away games, and the two schools would equally share in all the costs, including coaches’ salaries.  The teams that emerged from this sports combine have adopted the name Klickwood, to adequately represent the true “one team” spirit. 

Now that the first volleyball season in the new combine is over and the teams are well into their basketball season, we did an informal survey of some of the players, parents, and coaches, to get their views on how the sports combine has fared thus far.  Based on the enthusiasm we have witnessed among the athletes and parents, it was no surprise that the support for the combine was very great.  One player worried at the beginning of volleyball season that she would get home late from practices in Klickitat and fall behind in her homework.  To her surprise, the return times were quite reasonable, leaving plenty of time for homework and family in the evenings.  Changing practice locations on a two-week schedule was a big plus. She also reports that she has made many new friends and all the athletes get along very well.  She adds that she knows that, without the combine, she likely wouldn’t be playing on a girls’ basketball team this season.  The combine creates enough numbers of players for all the teams. 

A mother who has had two children compete within the combine feels her children have had only positive experiences.  All the athletes are treated fairly by the coaches and administration.  Those who are not “all-star” ability players get the same amount of attention from coaches as those with greater skills.  She reports that both of her children, as well as she herself, have formed lifelong friendships with Klickitat athletes and parents.  She believes the Klickitat parents are just like the Glenwood parents, wanting the best opportunities for their children. They come out to support their children, and all the parents together are one big family at the games.  Both towns realize they each need the other to have bigger, stronger teams than they could be alone. 

Another mother was very effusive in her praise for the combine.  She, too, was surprised that the practice schedule has worked so smoothly.  She would like to give a shout out to Adam McFall for all the hours he devotes as girls’ basketball coach and to Toni Troh for her willingness to drive the Glenwood girls when the practices are in Klickitat.  She says, “We love our basketball family.”

We also heard from a team parent who is involved in the athletics director/administration side of things as well as having girls on the teams.  She expressed the same sentiments as the other mothers.  The players love being part of the combine and the parents are all very supportive.  She noted that, on the recent, very late-night return from the Helix tournament, some of the Klickitat parents texted her to check on the safe arrival home of the Glenwood team bus, demonstrating true “sports family” spirit.  

Now it’s our turn to get out and support Klickwood teams.  The teams will play Yakama Tribal in Glenwood Friday, January 5th.  The JV boys’ game starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by girls’ varsity and boys’ varsity games.  On Saturday, the 6th, Klickwood travels to Trout Lake, with the first game start time of 3:00 p.m.  The Glenwood and Klickitat athletes and parents have worked hard to make this a very successful combine.  Let’s get out there and cheer for these kids and show our support for all the time and effort they have put into their sports seasons. 

We would like to wish Madi Couch well as she undergoes surgery for a torn ACL.  It was with great dismay that we learned Madi’s senior year of basketball was cut short by this serious injury.  Nevertheless, she has continued to attend team practices and sit with her team at games to demonstrate the depth of her commitment to her Klickwood team.  

Hazel Parsons, who turned 90 on December 30th, was honored with another birthday party on that day.  The party, planned and hosted by her children, took place at the Bingen Eagles hall.  The Simcoe Boys provided good music for dancing and Hazel was surrounded by many friends and family for an evening of great fun. 

January has been designated School Board Recognition Month by Governor Jay Inslee.  We are fortunate to have dedicated community members who devote their time to ensuring our school district is the best it can be.  If you see Dave Wasgatt, Leeann Burgin, Carla Dillenburg, Jake Eldred, and Travis Miller out and about, please take time to thank them for their service to our students.

Adventure Club resumes this week at the church, Wednesdays after school.  Meeting time is 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on school half days.  In those cases, the time will be 12:15 pm. To 1:45 p.m.