10 December 2012
The previous post forgot to mention a big thank you to "Santa" for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us in Potlatch. It was a labor of love, and we appreciate that we rated so highly. The pictures posted here are courtesy of Bob Behal, who promises that he has lots more photos of the day. These show Santa close up, and also a look from above, probably a reindeer shot, right?
Take a bow, Potlatch, and HPG members. It was a good day.
And special thanks to Ron Minden!!!!
Ho, ho, ho!
Things were jumping in Potlatch Saturday, and the HPG was in the thick of things after decorating the observation car on loan from the W&I Railway AND arranging for Santa to arrive in town by train (Thank you Stan Patterson and Karl Nelson). In the old company town days, bringing Santa in by train was traditional, and Don Somers got it in his head that things should happen that way again. Thanks to the railroad, an engine was ready and waiting to haul the Merry Old Gentleman in, as hundreds of children and parents waited in the cold. Thankfully the sun was shining, and people laughed and visited as the big moment arrived. Leading up to Santa's arrival, a special obeservation car had been cleaned and decorated, with a red velvet chair, Christmas tree and all kinds of decorations setting the mood. Luckily, most attending Saturday's event will never know the amount of work that went into spray painting and covering over some harsh language someone had maliciously scrawled on the car prior to its arrival in town. The blustery weather made cleaning, decorating and hanging lights a tough chore, but by Saturday, things were ready.
Meanwhile, the HPG had also coordinated some 30 vendors, so there were Santa workshops all over town. Many thanks to Kenny Cada, Karen Rohn and others for spearheading the four locations. As the overseer at the VFW site, I can attest to the wonderful array of vendors selling a variety of quality products. Pictured above is the booth belonging to HPG board member Webb French and his family who do business as Brush Creek Creamery. Their marinated feta is a hands-down favorite!
As people poured into the depot, VFW, Rebekah Hall and Cone Building, vendors such as our own HPG President Kenny Cada (pictured below) sold their creations to the hundreds of shoppers in town. Businesses and civic organizations also got into the act, as dog sled races, a breakfast with Santa, a concert and play also added to the excitement. The Potlatch Historical Society did a brisk business in their new museum headquarters at City Hall, and 4-H members conducted a special sale allowing children to buy modestly priced gifts for their families. The grand finale, of course, was the lighted Christmas parade and huge fireworks demonstration, as the library hosted the Junior Jammers. Very special thanks to Mayor Dave Brown who got the whole event started 17 years ago!
Bob Behal's wife, Carol, pictured below, set up shop in the depot, and many were interested in her wonderful textile creations. Meanwhile Bob was all over town, shooting pictures of the memorable day. Perhaps some of those photos will turn up in the next White Pine Quarterly.
And then of course there was Don Somers in the thick of things, as always. No one will ever know the amount of hours he put into getting ready for the day, but let's just say his energy made you think the speeders would be arriving next!!!
Thanks to all who made the Company Town Christmas a huge hit. And thank you David Johnson and Steve Hanks for the great writeup in the Lewiston Tribune. Rumor has it that Karen Rohn is already revved up for next year!!!!!
03 November 2012
It's been quiet at the depot since they wrapped up the caboose for winter. But somehow Bob Behal and Don Somers just can't stay away. So while other volunteers were out in the Scenic Six Park decorating for Christmas, Bob and Don strung lights at the depot. Thanks to HPG board member Hal Van de Vord for the generous donation for the lights. They will be turned on during the holiday season and they will be beautiful. Thanks Bob and Don for furnishing the labor for this project.
Speaking of Christmas, Don got the word that the railroad will be hauling Santa into town the day of the Lighted Christmas Parade. Mark December 8 on your calendar because this will be a great event! In addition to the parade and fireworks, there will be a craft fair sponsored by the HPG, with vendors at the Rebekah Hall and VFW on Pine Street. December 8 has a full slate of events, including dog sled races with people pulling the dogs, a chili feed, a concert, and lots of activities all around town. This will truly be an old-fashioned family Christmas, and the HPG will be a large part of the action!
29 September 2012
Some of us have long known Roger Farrell as that great looking guy who keeps the speeder riders in line each year. This weekend, however, Roger donned his work clothes to do some wrap-up work on the new platform. Tightening down the planks further, he then gave the whole area a good washing so the rest of the deck could be stained. It was a long day for Roger, and we appreciate his steady dedication to the HPG. By the way, probably not everyone knows that Roger now has a speeder of his own, so we will look forward to some updates on that front!
With more warm weather in store, Bob Behal and his crew will likely be back working on the caboose next week. Thanks to one and all for the many hours of volunteer work that make things happen at the depot. By the way, did anyone notice the set of trucks is gone from our house track? Seems our HPG treasurer Don Somers helped get them sold, making some extra money for the group. Thanks Don!
16 September 2012
Once again, Bob Behal has stolen into town with no fanfare to go to work on an HPG project (that's Bob, pictured above). This time it's the caboose, and Bob is all about getting as far as he can with stabilization and restoration before winter sets in. On Saturday, Bob was joined by Bill Warner, Don Somers and Kenny Cada, who pried boards loose, dug out nails and pulled off roof sections. What they found beneath the red paint was plenty of rot, and according to Don Somers, the cupola has been a major contributor by directing water down into the roof and side walls. Bob painstakingly cut out a beam to replace a major support beam on the side, but much of the work seems to be analysis and strategy. Once Kenny Cada was done getting her hands dirty, she took a turn welcoming Michael"Bug" Deakin to the depot. "Bug"is from Petaluma, California, and is part of a non-profit called Heritage Salvage. He chanced to find the depot, bought some items from the Company Store, and hailed the HPG for its part in salvaging not only a building, but a heritage of short line railroading.
01 August 2012
Today WIM HPG board member Karen Rohn kicked off her efforts to paint a new mural on the side of the old Princeton depot, now located in the Scenic Six Park. Karen has designed a nice layout describing the establishment of the mill. She hopes to have the large mural done in about two weeks.
A little background on the depot in the park: The Princeton depot was moved to the park by Doug Wasankari in August 1990. It has since been used as a community gathering place. The depot on wheels is pictured below as it arrives in Potlatch.
Once the little depot and the steam engine Old Number One were set in place, the City of Potlatch held a dedication ceremony on October 12 1990, featuring Governor Cecil Andrus and Weyerhaeuser descendant Betsy Coombs.
Pictured below, Governor Andrus visits with Betsy Coombs as park backer Carol Reynolds looks on (Clayton and Carol Reynolds were key figures in developing the park). Keith Petersen and Mary Reed, also in attendance, are pictured in the background.
17 July 2012
Now that everyone is in recovery mode after the great "Evening at the Depot" on Saturday, Bob Behal has had a little time to start processing his photos of the platform construction. Here are some of his first offerings, with Jim West, below, the HPG board chairman and depot project manager, kicking things off. By the end of the platform construction, note Jim's expression in a follow-up shot!
|Don supervising as Brian works!|
|Bill Warner and Jon Anderson hard at work|
|Bill takes a break|
|Our fearless leader at 3 pm as the platform was completed|
|Forgotten Freight lit up the Freight Room Stage with some great bluegrass tunes|
|We Are Not Brothers also played, as did Charlie Sutton and Henry Willard|
More photos to come. Thanks Bob