Suds for San Fran a success |

Suds for San Fran a success

Vivian Herron, Columnist
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The students of Washington School had their very first ever car wash to get enough money together for their big San Francisco trip.

Their names are Steven Ridner, Brit Cooley, Katy Hicks, James, Chris and Kayla Wilson, and Amy Lee. Coral and Derrick are both kindergartners and way too little to go, but they were at the car wash to help anyway.

Except for one 10-minute lull, the kids were on the move from 9 a.m. until the last car pulled away at 3 p.m. Pat McIntosh came over early, got her car done, paid the $5 with a $20 bill, said, “Keep the change,” and just left. She was only the first. Dena and Chuck Krausch dropped by and said, “We’ve got four cars. Consider them washed,” and dropped off another $20. Many more people drove by and paid over the $5.

At one point there was a strange rumbling through Washington and up School Street – it was Gypsy John Bryant, laughing and waving his cowboy hat on his Kubota tractor. Little Debi and Jamey were on duty in the middle of Main Street, waving down incoming visitors and inviting them to get their cars washed.

The couple walked all over town asking for donations of hoses, nozzles and rags, and reminding residents that prizes are urgently needed for the upcoming Bingo Night. Jamey and Debi, we all thank you for putting so much of your time into this.

Even Sugartush got his truck washed: “First time in 20 years. Sure looks different when it’s clean.” My Dodge Laggard went in, too, and it looked good enough to drive to church the next day and park next to the good cars.

The kids made $260, not bad when you consider they didn’t have to go to Bigtown. They were all wet, chilly, hungry and worn to a frazzle. Everyone in Littletown is very proud of them.

Janet Romero and our Mr. Pete were there in the morning, and then Kim Lee, Debbie York, Donna Wilson, Corina Loving and Tina Jackson took up the slack where needed.

Next up is the Tostada Dinner and Bingo Night Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. at Washington School. Dinner is tostadas and rice, beverage and dessert, all for only $5 each. Dessert is a mystery at the moment as Kim Lee, the school cook, is even now pondering what to make and how much. It will involve pineapple somehow, as she has several giant cans of the stuff lying around. Janet and Debbie Y. will also be slaving away over mountains of hot tortillas, and the kids are ready to be your waitstaff.

Bingo cards are 25 cents each or five for $1, with Carl Ohrum as caller. Good weather has been ordered up for that evening, and we all look forward to meeting you.

Our schoolkids also were jumping rope for the American Heart Association – remember that from last month? – and their sponsors coughed up between a penny and a nickel per jump. The students raised $340 for the charity.

Glory be, Bigtowner Ted Peach drove out to see me! He liked my columns on Trucks That Run Good and he wanted to introduce me to Truckie, his ’84 Chevy (I think) with a hydraulic ramp dump which I never even knew existed on pickups.

We got to talking about some of the gear a self-respecting truck owner carries around in his vehicle (used Zip-Loc bags, miscellaneous rags, etc.), and the guys right here in town gave me quite a list of stuff, too.

If you have any suggestions (empty plastic oil bottles and old sock), please let me know. Don’t make me have to come to town lookin’ for ya.

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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