March Winds  arrived early in Midvale! On Monday morning, Jack Coburn’s weather station registered 25 degrees with a 22 mph wind, creating a 10 degree wind chill! We have a huge flock of Canadian geese sharing our ponds and Jack counted 89 on Monday! One fun side note; Remember the little fire that got away from him for a short time last summer? Well, now that area is providing tender, green grass shoots for the geese to enjoy.  
In yet another Coburn story, (There has to be some advantage to being the reporter!) Tex, our German Shorthair dog for a number of years, moved to northern Washington Sunday with Keith, Claudia and two-year-old Carina Singer. Jack has found it difficult to keep up with Tex, with the result that the poor dog hadn’t done much hunting lately. And Tex was already familiar with the Singer family, as they took care of him during our trips when they lived in Idaho. And they needed a hunting dog; a win-win situation! Jack’s comment later,  “I’ll miss Tex and hunting.”  And Elsie also misses Tex.  
Midvale Mercantile will celebrate their accomplishments and show their appreciation to the many folks who have made this a special community and share their opening plans on March 21. They will meet in the Middle Market Building Center with appetizers and drinks (soft drinks and beer) from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and a program will be held at 7:00 pm.  
Also, the Midvale Mercantile Cooperative Board of Directors is pleased to report that Melba Wiggins has been promoted to the position of Store Manager.  Elsa Freeman will stay involved in a supervisory capacity. “We are confident that Melba will continue with our commitment to provide excellent customer service to our community and we offer her our congratulations.”  
Veterans…The VFW and American Legion meeting was held on February 15 with 10 vets in attendance. The meeting was opened at 7:00 pm by Commander Steve Nettleton in the Midvale Veterans’ Hall. Quarter Master reports were given by Jack Toothman. Items discussed included their Distinguished Citizen Award Program, annual fish fry and annual breakfast fund raiser. All veterans in this area are welcome to join us the second Thursday of each month in the Midvale Veterans Hall at 7:00 pm.
Midvale School… The girls’ basketball team placed fourth in the State Tournament.  The boys were to play in District on Monday, February 19. The FCCLA students brought home one silver and four golds from District Competion and all of them will be going to State during the first part of April.  Good going, girls!
Wedding Bells rang at Cambridge Bible Church on Saturday when Emily Potter and Pastor Roger Hayden said their marriage vows in a lovely, Christ-honoring service. Emily was a beautiful bride in her mother’s wedding dress, her attendants wore graceful, peach colored dresses, two little nephews in charming grey suits were ring bearers and Lexi Ash and Caroline Stoltfzus were darling flower girls in pink dresses.
The sanctuary was well filled, with guests coming from as far away as Los Angeles, California. Kris Jaeger and Virginia Seid, with help from others, created a fantastic reception featuring dainty tea sandwiches, fruit, potato salad, veggies, etc. and the delicious wedding cake was created by Donna Coyle.  The gorgeous flower arrangements were designed by Jodi Mink and her students at Cambridge School.
Mr. and Mrs. Hayden then set out for the Oregon Coast for their honeymoon. And by Sunday services the next morning, the entire church had “magically” returned to its normal state.
President’s Day, like all other holidays, is a difficult day to find news for this column. I’m looking forward to lots of stories to come in next week!