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New business draws downtown traffic, PDA meets, class of 1977 correction


October 26, 2017

--Photo courtesy of Peter Davenport.

Harrington Panther graduates of 1977.

Welcoming sight

A normal view of the main drag (Third St.) in Harrington might show cars near the grocery store and bank, some days no available parking; and near city hall there might be four cars on the street with several in the parking lot on a busy day. Some car activity appears for Senior meals, and on rare days, cars line the street for a monthly gathering in the Memorial Hall. It is now a welcoming sight to see daily traffic stop for the offerings of the Post and Office. Present hours are accommodating last week's drop-ins; those who want extended hours need only speak with the management. The Post and Office has breathed new life into town, and the community is commenting on how wonderful it is to see the activity.

After-school program

Thirteen of the 20 students who raced into the after-school "game event" at the Harrington Public Library arrived about five minutes ahead of the staff, but exhibited good skills and were well engrossed in games when Katie Steward and Grace Moeller arrived. Exuberance and youthful enthusiasm were the keywords to describe them. There was no chaos or racing through the library, but as controlled as it seemed to most, it was not the "typical" noise for a library and one patron left for quieter shores. Five students shared the computers when not actively involved in other games, some of which were Risk, Whodunit and The Oregon Trail. Several checked out library books before leaving what is becoming a monthly activity sponsored by the Library Board.


The Harrington Public Development Authority met October 17 at city hall with president Heather Slack leading the meeting, with Bunny Haugan, Jill Plaskon, Jay Gossett and Paul Charlton attending. Peter Davenport's associate Maurene Morgan will be the presenter for the October 28 UFO event, which is a benefit for the PDA and the Opera House. Admission is to be by donation. It was suggested that signs be prepared for the event to promote the PDA and its role in the community.

There has been discussion for several months of the need for a community sign that would be visible from Highway 28. Jay Gossett gave the group an update on his plans for the sign. He stated that he has been working with Baldwin Sign in Spokane, and they are designing a 4 x 6 metal sign with five-inch lettering, with a concrete base and steel posts. The lettering could be changed to advertise special events taking place. LED lights will be added to make the sign more visible. The City Council will be contacted for permission to install the sign on city property, the proposed area being Block 30 near SR 28, across the road from the Robertson home.

A community forum will be held at the Opera House Art Room at 7 p.m. on October 23 to promote the proposed project of Opera House Square (vacant lot) at the corner of Third and Willis. It is hoped that other organizations will also offer to support this project.

It was announced that the Chamber of Commerce will be putting out another news flyer in November. All information for the flyer needs to be received by Tim Tipton by the end of October. The PDA could include a page promoting hi-speed Internet in the business district.

The Post and Office at the corner of 3rd and Main, will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., as well as at special times for events or by request. Hours were determined by "customer traffic" and will remain flexible, reported Heather Slack.

Class of 1977

--Photo courtesy of Peter Davenport.

Riding in trucks for the parade, graduates were all smiles while holding their class signs and maybe throwing out the occasional piece of candy.

Don't we all just detest errors in print, errors that can no longer be erased? In that case the best that can happen is to create a whole new article and hope that future historians will search adequately to find a correction. News is not always about "now." In the September 28 issue of The Odessa Record, this writer did a quick "copy and paste" of the Harrington graduating class of 1977. It all looked well until weeks later when the writer was informed that the listing was "the wrong class." And it truly was! In fact, everything listed in the computer at hand showing 1977 was not 1977. The Fall Festival is long over and with a little effort, a copy of the 1977 annual was borrowed and the data replaced for the listing of Panther 1977. The graduates from Harrington in 1977 were Grant Clifton Bursch, Judith Marie Anderson, Joseph Stanley Clark, Lamarr L. Larmer, Deborah Dianne Roth, Allan Roger Scott, Michael Richard Hardy, Janice Elaine Kruger, Laurence Michael Jarrett, Mary Kathryn Sewall, Kent Herbert Tollefsen, Elizabeth Jane Tucker. Their motto was, "Time alone does not become sacred to us until we have lived it." From that list, Kathy Sewall Hoob, LaMarr Larmer, Allan Scott, Mike Hardy, Janice Kruger and Judy Anderson rode in the pickup for the parade, accompanied by Kelly Pichette Tanke, the only member of four graduates from the class of 1987 who was present for the parade. If others were on that vehicle, this writer did not see them. Apology to all concerned with this 1977 error.


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