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Generosity helps pay for kids’ big adventure

Vivian Herron
Vivian Herron, Columnist
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All kinds of happy announcements this week. The Tostada Dinner/Bingo Night on May 3 was a smashing success, putting the kids over the top for their end-of-the-year field trip. With the proceeds from that event, the car wash and a hefty donation from the parent-teacher club, everything but mad money has been covered for all the students.

The kids and staff leave here on Tuesday at 9 a.m. and crawl back home on the evening of May 24. They will spend Friday at Six Flags/Marine World, where our three kindergartners will meet up with them and enjoy their own little outing. I guess Coral will be good for a good 10 hours … yesss!

A good many local residents chipped in some extra money here and there, and it sure did help to sweeten the pot, but one particular donation came in that I’d like to tell you about. Out of the complete blue sky, I got a letter from Lynn Mangel of Penn Valley.

She wrote that she and her husband were new to this area; they had purchased a home in Penn Valley a few years back and when Mr. M. retired recently, they moved to Nevada County for good. They’ve been doing some exploring here and there, including a quick jaunt down to Washington, and Lynn has kept up with Littletown’s doins.

“Although I was not able to make the car wash fund-raiser, nor will I be able to attend the bingo planned for May 3, I would like to contribute to this worthwhile community project. Please accept the enclosed check for $150 for the year-end trip fund. It’s wonderful to know that although Washington is a small isolated community, it has the best interests of its children at heart.”

I went outside and sat in my lawn chair for about 10 minutes, taking turns watching the clouds roll by and re-reading the letter. Thank you for the gift, Lynn. It’s obvious that you have the best interests of our kids at heart your ownself.

At the Washington Hotel, Dapper’s 24th annual Memorial Day Run will take place starting May 25 and go right through the holiday weekend. The Dog Tones will be playing on Saturday and Sunday nights, which will be a welcome change after the long winter silence we’ve endured.

On Sunday at 11 a.m., the events will be the slow race, ring pick-up and the famous moped toss. You have to see that to believe it, dear readers, so do come down for a visit, please. The hotel still has a few rooms available, and our campgrounds are all spruced up and waiting for incoming guests.

Washington’s newest resident is kindergartner Rebecca, granddaughter of Sam and Dave Barber. Miss R. is all of 6 years old, entirely lovable and smart as a whip. I believe that puts our present student population at a grand total of 10.

Dear readers, would you like to live in a small, caring community where people actually know your name? Do you have kids anywhere from new born to high school? Littletown could sure use you.

Gee whiz, talking about the Memorial Day weekend has just reminded me to tell you to stay out of the river.

“Oh yeah, it looks peaceful on top, but it’s runnin’ real fast under the surface,” says Mervelous Merv lee. “The river is high and bound to get higher, and it’s all snow melt, so it’s colder than a well digger’s – never mind, it’s real cold, take my word for it.

“Be patient, wait just a few more weeks for the river to slow down and warm up. I promise to let you know when it’s safe to go in the water.”

Vivian Herron is a longtime resident of the town of Washington whose column appears on Saturdays. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.

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