Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Boileau's Marina Reborn

The 83 boat slips that were owned by Cydco have been sold. The new owners, Scott and Jeannie Bjergo, who also own the Bayview Mercantile have purchased the marina. Currently they are taking names, boat sizes and phone numbers from those that are either already in the slips or want to be for next season.

While electricity will once again be available, it is not anticipated that will happen before spring. The Bjergo's are fine citizens of Bayview and will do a great job. Information can be obtained by calling the Bayview Mercantile at 208-683-2216, or 682-9201.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Little Red Schoolhouse

Saturday, September 24 turned out to be a wonderful day in many ways. I headed to Spokane to meet up with my youngest son, Brian. Brian teaches 4th grade at Northwest Christian School in North Spokane, soon to move to Colbert, where the high school is.

We had planned to trek up to Aladdin, north of Colville, Washington. My Norwegian Grandfather homesteaded on 160 acres up Meadow Creek. The last time I saw the old Log Home he built was 1948 when I was ten years old. It probably has burned down, as the homestead was acquired by the national forest years ago.

My Dad founded the Blue Ridge Mine, near the old Grace Ranch who was my step Grandfather. He sold out in about 1938 to a milling company, Goldfield Mill. hundreds of tons of Lead and Zinc came out of the hillside, with the lead sorely needed during WW11 for lead acid batteries.

Just up the road about three miles was the one room schoolhouse where my mother, Nina Huseland nee Barton,taught grades 1 through 8. Most farm kids ended their education after the 8th year. We set out to find the old school, called Spirit. We had information that it was still standing after 98 years. We found it north of the mine about 3 miles on the right side of the road. It was repainted barn red and is now a private residence. Originally it was white. We shot a photo and headed back to Spokane, our search having been rewarded with success.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bayview Happpenings

This week end features the Larry James Band (no relation to Jesse, we think??) playing at the Captain's Wheel in Bayview, Idaho. Music starts at 8:30 and lasts until 12:30.

October 1 and 2 is the Oktober fish derby sponsored by Ralph's Internet Cafe and the Captain's Wheel. For information on the derby, call Ralph's at 208-683-2218.

Yvonne Wallis appears to be beating the infection she has been cursed with and may be off anti-biotics sooner than thought. As soon as wwe can get set up, we hope to head for Seattle for the final chapter in this horror story. We think, if all pledges are received that there will be enough money for the November trip.

The warm weather is not expected to hold very long, so if you haven't had your tomatoes frozen out yet, be ready to rescue them in a few days.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Yvonne Wallis

For those of you that have followed the saga of Yvonne since the senseless hammer attack of December 20, 2010, here's what has happened and will happen in the future. This is where it happened.

Having been hit savagely on the head with a hammer, she received a depressed scull fracture. The affected bone was removed and a plate installed in it's place. Infection set in and caused more lengthy treatment. She now has to wear a helmet, since part of her skull has been remored and hasn't been replaced yet.

She was driven to Seattle August 17 or this year. Three outpatient sessions with University of Washington doctors and technicians followed Wednesday, August 17, with an additional appointment Thursday. Friday was was admitted to Surgery at 6:00 am for neurosurgery assisted with plastic surgery to pull skin and flesh over the hole. The previous plate was removed and the cement around it also.

That was followed by intense antibiotics, administered by IV. Finally, after a week in recovery, she was released to Life Care Center in Coeur d' Alene, where she received two weeks more of IV antibiotics administered through what is called a pic line, which is a semi-permanent path into her veins, so that repeated treatments can be given.

She is now at home, where a few friends and neighbors have volunteered and were trained to give those treatments twice a day, for probably the next six weeks. Assuming that the infection will be beaten by then, she will be transported back to the University of Washington for a permanent plate to be installed. Nothing is guaranteed. She is still in a life threatening condition and without great care, could fail to survive.

Somehow the money spent for the first trip to Seattle, which exceeded $500 must be spent again. Neither she nor the folks in the community that helped out of their own pockets can afford to sponsor the trip alone. If you can help, please respond privately to me at bayviewherb@gmail.com or at 683-9107. Checks may be sent to PO Box 884, Bayview, ID 83803

Larry Cragun, the man that apparently went berserk and perpetrated the attack, is in the Kootenai County Jail awaiting trial for Murder, attempted murder and probably a few other crimes as well. Patricia Heath, Yvonne's daughter-in-law, was killed in that attack. The trial is set for January 3, 2012.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Farragut Naval Reunion

Fewer WW11 vets attended this year's reunion of Farragut basic trainees, as more of the vets, many in their 90's are passing on. The ones that did though were greeted by an upgraded flag pavilion with benches and sidewalks. After the flag raising that started at 9:00 am the social part continued at Sunrise Day Camp.

One new addition to the show was the complete restoration of the Harbor Master's hut which once sat atop the old boat sheds of which a few still remain on the navy side. The hut used to sit on one of the boat houses that were removed during the rebuilding of what is now Harborview Marina. At the request of Bayview historian, Linda Hackbarth, Waterford Park Marinas salvaged the beat up old hut.

It now sits proudly as one of the Farragut State Park exhibits in the brig museum.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Odds N' Ends

As things cool down in a week or so, many of our residents will head south for the winter. For folks that stay, the Bay Cafe is expanding to serve dinner as sell as breakfast and lunch. Henry tells me the menu will be affordable and good eating. Also the cafe has a beer and wine license so you can have a libation with your meal. Dinner starts next week Wednesday. The restaurant will be closed Tuesday and Wednesdays.

I have contacted the Fire District and will be getting a chronological description of events regarding the recent fire on 1rst Street here in Bayview. It appears there are rumors that are not correct regarding the response.

From Genette at the Bitter End Marina:

I just had a visit from a man that left his camera bag on the Cape Horn road where he was video taping the sailboat race. He went back for it and and it was gone. Could you please spread the word to your big email list in case someone here found it. He didn't have his name or number in the bag.

He is feeling very awful, His name is Alan Brown, his phone number is 208-755-3710.

Thank you,

Bitter End Marina

Consider the word spread. One hopes that a concerned citizen picked it up for unselfish reasons.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Deafening Quiet

It is two days after the storm. Labor Day weekend is over and peace has descended. One could say that Summer is officially over, but with temperatures climbing into the high 80's and low 90's it is hard to believe that.

As I look out over Scenic Bay, nothing is stirring. The loudest noise is the sound of fish swimming by. Not a single boat is within sight. The streets are empty of cars, pedestrians and such. The Summer people are gone and we have our town back.

The Buttonhook is closed for the season and others may follow. The only sure thing in Bayview is that Ralph's will be open, still requiring tourists to stop in when they reach town. Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Labor Day Weekend

Well, here we are at the end of Summer again. This is the weekend where we have one more lavish party, followed by boats and summer people leaving as the Lemmings do. By Tuesday, Bayview, Idaho will be a ghost town again until next Memorial weekend.

But first, remember that we have live music at both the Wheel and the Buttonhook. The Buttonhook will feature the Bell's everyone's local favorite band. The Bells, a third generation of gifted musicians will present a wide variety of favorites. If you haven't heard them yet, come on down. If you have, I don't need to tell you anything.

The weather forecast is for high 70's to low 80's for the three day party. Bring your wife or honey, (not both) and party down. The Bell's will crank off the music at 9:00 pm Saturday night. A hint: The very best boating and fishing is in September.

One change that will take place following the weekend will be the seasonal closing of the Buttonhook. The Bay Cafe will immediately start serving dinner as well as lunch and breakfast for the local people that don't head south for the winter.

One of my loyal readers reports that the Captain's Wheel has hit the multiple Listing Service for $485,000. Apparently, it's time to scoot. Well, running a restaurant is a daunting task and not for the uninitiated. Especially in a small town where a new business is held under a microscope.

Authors Sell Out

I am an avid fiction reader. My favorite authors are guys like W.E.B. Griffin, Tom Clancy, Stephen Coontz and Dale Brown. All of them have one thing in common. They don't write their own stuff anymore. Anyone that seriously reads these authors through several books can tell the writer's style immediately.

Whether it is the publisher coercing the author to lend a newcomer his name, or the laziness of a successful author that doesn't feel he needs to write anymore, my take is that if you don't want to write, quit. Don't give us fake books that are not anything like what you wrote when we became your fans.

Recently, I purchases two books for a total of about $40.00. Fortunately, these books were heavily discounted. They should have been.

"Victory and Honor," by WEB Griffin, shows his son as co-author. I suggest the son wrote the whole book. Non of dad's style was evident anywhere in the book.

The second book was, "Against All Enemies," by Tom Clancy, with Peter Telep. Anyone ever heard of Telep? I didn't think so. Clancy did not write this book, either. This leads me to believe that prostitution is more honorable than putting your name to something you didn't create. For shame!