This week’s McKinleyville Press includes an entire page dedicated to the McKinleyville Totem Pole and all the characters on it. A list of characters, starting with the top, includes Thunderbird, Redheaded Woodpecker, Coyote, Blue Jay, Frog (with fire), Crow, Beaver, Owl and Grizzly Bear.
But below Grizzly Bear is this mysterious character. It’s not included in Ernest Pierson’s 1962 book “My Story, By The McKinleyville Totem Pole,” so it probably wasn’t on the pole when it was first erected. Sometime in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Pierson took the totem pole down to make repairs and recarve it. It may have been added then.
Ernest Pierson’s daughter, Anne Pierson, said she doesn’t know what it is. Duane Flatmo, who repainted the pole in 1998, also said it’s a mystery. If anyone knows the story behind this character, contact the Press.
Excerpt from Patti Fleschner’s Trinidad Notes column:
Join neighbors and friends at the 51st Annual Westhaven Blackberry Festival on Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Westhaven Fire Hall on Sixth Avenue.
Sales of fresh blackberry pies, jams, barbecued hamburgers and beverages benefit the Westhaven Volunteer Fire Department. There will be music, booths and goodwill in abundance. No pets, please.
WCA will sponsor a Flea Market on Blackberry Festival day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring your own attic, closet, cupboard and garage finds and your table and set up on WCA grounds on Westhaven Drive near Sixth Avenue. Ten percent of your sale proceeds will go to WCA.
Call Kahish at 677-9493 or 677-3125 to reserve a space. Kahish notes that anything that is not sold must be taken away. WCA does not have sufficient volunteers to handle leftovers.
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By the way, this week’s paper is Vol. 16, No. 1 and marks the paper’s 15th anniversary.
Last week got away from me and I didn’t have time to upload this. So here’s last week’s front page, a week late. – Jack
If you are in Trinidad on Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m., and you hear the wail of a tsunami siren, don’t run for the hills. It is only a test.
The siren, which was installed earlier this year, will be tested for the first time next Tuesday. The sound will last one minute.
If it were a real tsunami warning, you would hear “a wailing tone lasting for three minutes at each sounding,” said Dan Larkin of the county’s Office of Emergency Services.
The fire destroyed a vacant house that was used for storage, a shed, a chicken coop and some trees. Forty chickens perished in the fire. Earlier in the day the homeowner was burning debris in the yard. That fire probably reignited and spread, resulting in the blaze. For the full story, see the coming edition of the McKinleyville Press.