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Articles from the November 16, 2023 edition


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  • Christmas Kick-off coming to town November 24-25

    Charlotte Baker|Nov 16, 2023

    DAYTON–The Chamber of Commerce sponsored "The Town That Still Believes" Christmas Kickoff 2023 is a community event on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24 and 25. "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, yuletide carols being sung by a choir, and folks dressed up like Eskimo's" are well known lyrics from a 1945 holiday favorite, The Christmas Song by pianist Mel Torme and lyricist Bob Wells. Dayton resembles the sentiments, sounds and timeless t...

  • Two Local Veterans Honored with Quilts of Valor

    Nov 16, 2023

    Local Veterans Chuck Beleny, seated left, and Chuck James, seated right, were pleasantly surprised when they were presented Quilts of Valor in a ceremony held during the local American Legion Post's Veterans Day Breakfast November 11 at the Frank E. Bauers Post No. 42. Quilts were presented by Chuck Amerein as the Quilts of Valor dedication was read by Jan Eaton, standing right. Other QOV seamstresses were, from left to right, Mona Himmelberger, Linda Clarys, Carolyn Grant and Jessica Murff....

  • 36th Annual Turkey Bingo Saturday

    Nov 16, 2023

    DAYTON–Thanksgiving tradition, courtesy of the Dayton Kiwanis Club, will continue here as it has for the past 36 years. Kiwanis Turkey Bingo is set for this Saturday, November 18, at the Dayton Elementary Multipurpose Room. The games begin at 3 p.m. and go until 9 p.m. There will be a plethora of spectacular prizes, gift certificates and, of course, turkeys for Bingo aficionados to vie for. Food and beverages will be available all afternoon and into the evening for Bingo players, with c...

  • Dayton School board discusses levy

    Melissa Gemmell|Nov 16, 2023

    DAYTON-The School Board held a special meeting on November 7 to discuss an EP&O (Education, Programs and Operations) Replacement Capital Levy to go on the ballot in 2024, as well as priorities for facility projects. Interim Superintendent Rich Stewart facilitated the discussion. Other staff and community members were present and contributed. Stewart focused on garnering public support for a levy through gaining and maintaining trust. This can be done through communication about projects and...

  • Disney's The Little Mermaid on stage now

    Nov 16, 2023

    Disney's "The Little Mermaid" opened with quite a splash Thursday, November 9 as this year's fall musical, with an evening performance at the Liberty Theater. It's a story of love, of family, and of new lands filled with song and dance, colorful mermaids, humans and sea creatures. Kaelee McCauley plays Ariel, pictured above, and many of the other characters are portrayed by puppets, which is a delightful novel approach for the Liberty Theater. There are nine more performances through December...

  • Quote of the Week

    Nov 16, 2023

    “In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.” – H. L. Mencken... Full story

  • Kyle Anderson named Citizen of the Year at Chamber Community Service Awards

    Loyal Baker|Nov 16, 2023

    DAYTON–Outstanding individuals and businesses in the community were honored at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet November 9 at the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Some 90 community members attended to applaud the best and brightest as selected by members of the community. Kyle Anderson was honored as Citizen of the year, presented by 2022 recipient Bette Lou Crothers. "When you think of the Citizen of the Year, you may be surprised to learn that it's usually the unassuming person w...

  • Quilts presented on Veterans Day

    Nov 16, 2023

    DAYTON–Two local veterans were presented Quilts of Valor at a ceremony held following the Veterans Day Breakfast at the Frank E. Bauers American Legion Post No. 42 here last Saturday. Charles G. Beleny, M.D., a retired Air Force colonel, and Chuck James, a Navy veteran, were honored. The quilts were crafted by Linda Clarys of Dayton, and presented in a ceremony led by Jan Eaton. Beleny served from 1979-2004, receiving his physician’s training from the Air Force. His assignments included working as a flight surgeon, family practice, sports med...

  • Jack McCaw honored for 50 years as Scottish Rite Mason

    Nov 16, 2023

    Jack McCaw of Waitsburg, a Past Master of Waitsburg Lodge No. 16, F. & A. M. and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, was presented the 50-Year Blue Cap at the Walla Walla Masonic Center on November 7, in honor of McCaw being a member of that order for 50 years. Illustrious Brother Al Jorgensen, 33° SGIG, presented the "Blue Cap" to McCaw who then led the gathering in a rendition of "God Bless America."...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Nov 16, 2023

    Even Christians stumble and fall in their relationship with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We must honor God’s promise that when we acknowledge our sins to Him, He truly forgives us. We are promised: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”(1 Jn. 1:9). We are not honoring His faithful character to forgive us when we keep poking ourselves for something we are ashamed of in our past. We are not honoring His faithful and loving character when we allow our minds to d...

  • Marina KOA update requirements evaluated

    Jessica Ruffcorn, Dayton Chronicle Reporter|Nov 16, 2023

    DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Commissioners heard an update on Lyon's Ferry Marina and concerns regarding keeping the KOA Holiday branding at the November 8 meeting. The Port previously determined that the Lyon's Ferry Marina needs to install a minimum of 10 pull-through spaces and another bathroom facility to maintain the KOA Holiday branding. The cost was estimated at $1.2 million of which Port Director Jennie Dickinson budgeted $100,000. Grant applications for such a project is not due until Fe...

  • Spots where Main Street trees removed prepared for new planting

    Nov 16, 2023

    The crew from Humbert Asphalt were in town this week, finishing removal of stumps and readying the spots where downtown trees were removed for new plantings. -Chronicle photo...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Nov 16, 2023

    Ten Years Ago November 13, 2013 Chamber members and friends gathered at the Running T Ranch for the annual Dayton Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, honoring Citizen of the Year-Duane Dunlap. Dunlap has been a tireless volunteer his entire life. Dunlap coming back to Dayton as personnel manager for Green Giant and then Seneca Foods, has always been involved in many community activities and after retiring has volunteered thousands of hours researching, restoring, and maintaining many historic...

  • What's New At School

    Wyntr McCauley|Nov 16, 2023

    DAYTON–Senior and Junior High School students honored veterans during a Thursday afternoon assembly held in the gymnasium. Many high school students were still recovering from the homecoming activities and dance of last week, and welcomed the shortened schedule due to Veteran's Day on Friday. To honor those who are or have served, been injured, or died during their tours, the Middle School (MS) Associated Student Body (ASB) planned an assembly for the whole Dayton School District. During the a...