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Department needs more members


January 24, 2018

We are saddened to hear of the passing of lifelong community resident Lela Wellenbrock Ward on Saturday, Jan. 20. Lela was 93 years old and a nearly lifelong member of the Glenwood Grange, for which she served as treasurer for 50 years. She was known for her pinochle playing, amazing food preservation skills, and her beautiful yard. She may have been the only member of the Wellenbrock family to never miss a single Wellenbrock reunion. She was devoted to her very large extended family. While reminiscing recently, Lela mentioned that she had only lived in two homes over her entire 93 years. She was the daughter of George and Sophie Wellenbrock and lived with her parents until she married DeRowland Ward. Upon their marriage, Lela moved two miles up the road to the home she and DeRowland shared until his passing in 1993, raising their sons Dennis and Dale. She continued to live on at their home and passed away peacefully there, surrounded by her loved ones. Our condolences to Lela’s children and their families.

A service for Lela will be held at the Pioneer Memorial Community Church in Glenwood on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m., followed by a graveside service at Mt. Adams Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to gather at the Glenwood school following the services for a luncheon.

We are sharing this news again because it is so vital to our community. 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 (509) 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.

The Klickwood teams will play Bickleton at Klickitat on Friday, Jan. 26. Games start at 5 p.m. Both high schools will hold their homecoming dance in Klickitat following the games. We are glad to hear that Easton Atchley is back in action on the varsity team. Go, Klickwood.

Here’s another reminder of the first meeting of the year for members of the Glenwood Rodeo Association on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1 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 10. If you have items to donate, contact Roxie Clemmer at (509) 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.

The Glenwood Homemakers are pleased to offer a Continuing Education Scholarship again this year. This scholarship is for $500 and is open to anyone (except 2017 graduates) who has been a Glenwood resident for at least two years or whose primary residence is Glenwood, has at least 12 post-secondary credit hours and will be attending an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or trade school at least half-time this coming spring. Deadline to apply is Feb. 28. To request an application packet, contact Chris Miller at (509) 364-3427 or

Once again, Glenwood Women’s Club is putting together comfort cases (backpacks) for foster and homeless children in Klickitat County. This is the second year of the project. In 2017, the club donated 30 cases. For 2018, we hope to again put together 30 cases, focusing on three ages groups: infants and toddlers, ages 3-9, and 10 and older. The club is placing donation jars in some of the businesses in Glenwood, Trout Lake, Goldendale, and White Salmon as our fund drive for this project begins. Thank you all for any support you can give to this much needed, very worthwhile cause. If you would like more information regarding the comfort cases project, please call Carla Dillenburg at (509) 364-0012.

Mark Wiltz is extending the following invitation to the Glenwood Community. WindPaddle, manufacturer of fine kayak, canoe, and SUP accessories, is having an open house welcoming the community to their new location in the old Bird Creek Inn in Glenwood from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Swing by to meet Mark and Michelle, see what’s going on inside, have a drink or bite on them, and let them answer any questions you may have. WindPaddle started in Hood River 10 years ago and is happy to have found a home in Klickitat County, making their sales, sun shades, fish nets, and other paddlesports accessories. You can check out their business at


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