Heaven in the Highlands

The Molson Schoolhouse, now a museum, was the center of attention for a 100th birthday celebration in Molson on July 26. Gary DeVon/staff photo

The Molson Schoolhouse, now a museum, was the center of attention for a 100th birthday celebration in Molson on July 26. Gary DeVon/staff photo

That’s what we’re calling our coverage of the Molson Schoolhouse’s 100th Anniversary Party and the Star Party held for the second year at Pat and Robin Stice’s Eden Valley Guest Ranch.

It was great to see all the people who went attended the 100th Anniversary Celebration in Molson Saturday. While some graduated from the school, prior to consolidation at Oroville, I recognized many of the one-time Molson students who had come down the hill to finish off their education at Oroville. The names of many of the others are familiar as well. Having grown up across the ally from Delmer and Elva (Rise) Helm you get to know a lot about Helms, Rises, McKinneys, Leslies and what have you.

It’s interesting to note, another Rise – Joyce Forthun, not only graduated from Molson, but taught there a couple years before she also came down the hill to teach at Oroville.

What one learns most about the Highlands, is how much they give of their time to make things happen, whether it is running the museum and Midsummer Fest in Molson, the Chesaw Rodeo and Hot August Nights in Chesaw, or Flag Day and the Sock Hop in Wauconda, the “hill people” work hard and then go on to work some more through volunteering. The list of things to do at the Molson Grange Hall is impressive, Bingo, Pancake Feeds, Pinochle and Roller Skating. The Roller Skating has been going on at least 65 years, according to what they announced the parade last Saturday.

I was unable to attend the Star Party, but Brent, an amateur astronomer himself, did a great job of covering it again this year. And this year, clear skies with actual stars. Check out his coverage on page 3 this week.

For those that asked about how the surgery went, the “walking” boot will have come off by the time you read this and I’ll be back on two feet and two wheels again. Thanks for your well wishes.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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