Illahee 8/4/12 New Signs, Saturday Opportunities, Illahee Day, Dumpster Ordered, Brownsville/Gilberton Community Picnic, Big Deer?

New Signs at Illahee Dock.  The Port has been busy making improvements at the Illahee Dock, including the posting of new signs to warn of the dangers of jumping off the railings, as can be seen by the photos above and below.  We will see how well they work with the warm weather.

Saturday (8/11/12) Opportunities.  This coming Saturday (8/11/12) Illahee residents will have two community opportunities.

Illahee Day (11am – 4pm).  The Port of Illahee has been sponsoring Illahee Day for a number of years, with the emphasis recently on clean-up and getting together with neighbors.  The poster at the end of Ocean View and along Illahee Road is shown in the photo above, and the flyer is below.  In the past residents have worked on the dock and now can work on the recently acquired Dietch house and property just north of the dock.  Residents in the past have also worked cleaning the roadways and the Illahee Preserve.
Early Start?  Because it was the last of the low tides on Saturday (8/4/12) some community volunteers moved junk from the area north of the dock to the Port’s boat ramp so it can be hauled away next Saturday during the Illahee Day cleanup effort.  
Dumpster Ordered.  The above beach junk hauling was initiated because the Port has ordered a dumpster to haul away any trash collected as part of the cleanup effort on Saturday.  This should be good news to those who cleanup the ditches and roadways in the area.  It has also been an opportunity for those working in the Illahee Preserve, to have a convenient way to dispose of the garbage they have found in the Preserve.
Gilberton Brownsville Community Picnic 12:30 – 4 pm.  Also on Saturday (8/11/12) is the Gilberton Brownsville Community Picnic, which is being hosted by the Brownsville United Methodist Church (see poster above).  The Illahee Community has been invited as neighbors to participate.  Attached is the invite notice and some photos of the Brownsville church.  

Members of the Illahee Community are invited to the

Gilberton-Brownsville Community Picnic  

12:30-4:00 p.m. August 11, 2012

8811 Illahee Rd NE – Brownsville United Methodist Church lawns, across from Brownsville Elementary School.

The church is celebrating the 60 years in the community by having a FREE BBQ and all the trimmings for our neighbors and honoring the Gilberton homestead – 120 years ago.

Bring your family, visit with friends, meet your neighbors, tell history stories and have fun.  There will be heritage displays and artifacts, CK Fire and Rescue engine and games for children and adults. Perhaps people in our small communities can gather and talk and see how much we have in common!    Did you know that the Brownsville Church was the 1916 Seabeck Elementary School barged from Hood Canal around Kitsap Peninsula to Gilberton in 1956?   Below are historical photos of the building on the barge and landing in Gilberton. 

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The Illahee – Gilberton – Brownsville Connection.  This past week Judith Krigsman did research on Thompson Lane, the road going into the center of the Illahee Preserve off of Riddell Road, and with the help of the county found Thompson Lane was part of the original Brownsville Road.  It has been a county road and county right-of-way since 1895, which would match-up with the Gilberton Homestead being 120 years old, as noted in the Gilberton Brownsville picnic announcement. 

Big Deer?  There are some big buck deer around the area that are hard to get photos of.  One is a 4 pointer (4 spikes on each side) and the other is a 6 or 7 pointer (with 6 on one side and reportedly 7 on the other side).  The big one has not been cooperative about getting its picture taken.  Let us know if you know where it can be seen as we have a small telephoto lens (80 power) that might help if it is off in the distance. 

Jim Aho