100 years: Centennial Committee Seeking Volunteers, Donations
By Kyle Spurr / email@example.com
The Napavine Centennial Committee, tasked with planning events to honor the city’s century mark this year, has outlined a variety of activities for locals to join in the celebration.
City Councilor Linda DiRienzo, who is chairwoman of the Centennial Committee, said the committee of about 20 community members got off to a late start this year, but has since rallied.
The committee has plans to make a centennial float for the Napavine Funtime Festival Parade in July, compile stories for a history of Napavine book and host a party at city hall on Nov. 21 when the city was officially incorporated.
The city of Napavine, the third largest city in Lewis County, was incorporated in 1913 and had a population of 1,766 during the 2010 census.
The committee also plans to honor Mayme Shaddock, who ran a convenience store known for its candy and ice cream back in the 1950s and was the first person in Napavine to own a television. Shaddock has a park in Napavine named after her as well.
“Everybody loved her,” DiRienzo said. “She was the life of the party.”
To recognize Shaddock, the committee is going to open a Mayme Old Time Candy and Ice Cream store in a vacant building on Washington Street across from where her store once stood from July 13 to July 27. The store will sell old-time candies, ice cream and have old pictures hanging on the walls.
DiRienzo said the committee is still welcoming any volunteer support or donations for the centennial activities.
The committee, which meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in City Hall at 5 p.m., needs ideas for the Funtime Festival float, help running the candy and ice cream store and material for the history book.
Residents are welcome to bring historical items to be displayed at City Hall at the centennial celebration on Nov. 21. The items will be displayed through the end of the year.
DiRienzo said all are invited to each event, not just Napavine residents.
“We’ve done a lot of work in a short amount of time,” DiRienzo said. “We won’t do this again for a long time. I want people to know we are 100 years old and going strong.”