Our Past | 1996: Waterville Town Council transition and holiday giving

Selected by Karen Larsen

This week’s column includes two selections from the Jan. 4, 1996 edition of the Douglas County Empire Press. The first reminds us of who was on the town council and town staff at the end of 1995 and the beginning of 1996. The second, which includes only excerpts of a longer article, traces the roots of some of the giving traditions in Waterville.


New Waterville council sworn in

By Jim Rogers

Waterville’s new town council members Mike Shepperd and Phil Shelley were sworn into office by District Court Judge Judy McCauley in a regular town council meeting Dec. 18, 1995 in Waterville.

Mayor Royal DeVaney and incumbent council members Dave Barnes and Ted Finkbeiner were also sworn in after their victorious election bids last month.

Shepperd is the pastor of the Assembly of God Church in Waterville and Phil Shelley is the owner and operator of Knemeyer’s Tavern.

Shepperd and Shelley will be filling the vacated positions left by Karl Rejniak and Kevin Whitehall.

Following the meeting and swearing in ceremony, a reception was given for Rejniak and Whitehall in recognition of their service to the town.

Mable Knowles and Diana Vickery hosted the reception serving coffee, punch, cookies and chocolate to an appreciative crowd.


Giving communities

By Jim Rogers

Every year the food basket distribution and Giving Tree have been the means by which the Waterville Ministerial Association of Churches has given to those in need.

This community effort to care for those in need during the holiday season has always relied on helping organizations.

The Wenatchee Valley Food Bank consisting of The Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul, and Holy Apostles Catholic Church and the Waterville banks — Mid State Bank and Key Bank — have contributed to the community program.

A program to give new winter coats, snow pants and boots to children is handled through the Waterville School and United Lutheran Church.

Waterville was able to distribute 24 boxes of food to families in need in the Waterville community this holiday.

Along with the food boxes, 57 presents were given to children of these families. The Christmas presents came from generous people who drew numbers representing the names of the children from the Giving Trees at Mid State and Key banks.

The response is always overwhelming. There are always more people wanting to give than there are children.

This year the Waterville churches will organize a food bank year round at the Empire Press newspaper, 102 W. Locust in Waterville.