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  • Thu Aug 31st, 2017 9:41am
  • Life

By Christi Baron

Forks Forum Editor

Due to a large number of obituaries this week the Grins and Gripes are taking a break and will be back next week. Condolences to all the families that have lost loved ones. The community also is feeling the impact of several residents that are on the mend in the hospital or undergoing rehabilitation.

It was reported on Jerry’s Forks Facebook page that Jerry Leppell has improved. Jerry was airlifted from Forks on Aug. 15. He remains in Harborview and still has another surgery in the near future but was joking with nurses, which is a good sign.

Florence Miles stopped by the Forks Forum office on Monday to share the photo that appears in this column. The photo is of her late husband Gerry Miles. Gerry was a catskinner in these parts, and the photo was taken in 1954 and used for an advertisement for the Caterpillar Company. Florence also shared that her son Ellery Miles, who was in a horrible motorcycle accident several months back, has been moved from the hospital to rehabilitation. He still has not walked and she felt he could use some encouragement. If you have a moment, drop Ellery a note or card. You can mail it to Carriage Whidbey, 311 Third St. N.E., Coupeville, WA 98239.

You have questions? I try to find answers.

The following is for the man in the pharmacy that asked if I could find out why his HD radio is not picking up the local station.

Station owner Mark Lamb said, “Forks Broadcasting has fixed a failing cable that had in recent months limited power at its Ellis Mountain 96.7 broadcast facility. Listeners should now receive all four HD program channels throughout the Forks area. KBDB 96.7 welcomes reception reports phoned or texted to 800-820-5751, and invites those with reception issues to contact us as well.”

Things that came in after I had the paper sort of ready to go:

Sekiu Fly-In and Luncheon

On Sunday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. it is time again for the annual Sekiu Fly-In and Luncheon at the Sekiu Airport. Pilots and locals are invited to show their appreciation for the Sekiu Airport. Costs for the event are $8 adult, $1 age 5 and under and $7 for senior citizens. Proceeds from this event go to the Rocky Hinkle Memorial Scholarship Fund.

For more information or questions, go to or call 360-963-2339.

Free Concert

Also happening in Sekiu on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. is the Francis Walton Competition Tour 2017 sponsored by the West End Youth and Community Club and the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle. The free program of classical music will feature Yasmina Spiegelberg on clarinet and Hannah Leffler on flute. The concert will be held at the Sekiu Center, 42 Rice St. More detailed information on the performers will appear next week.