Smoke? Rent Assistance? Y-Fi; Puppet Theater; Found Phone; More; Song: Double Yodel

CONTENTS 9/4/2020
Smoke Might Be Coming
Rent Assistance
Covid Study
Puppet Theater
Found Phone
Need Someone Who Stretches Carpets
Bathtub Drain Removal Tool?
Kitten Is Home!
Radio Free Fl!p: Double Yodel


Smoke from California wildfires is headed our way, though mostly staying in the upper air. We may have a couple days of less-than-excellent air quality, particularly Saturday morning. It doesn’t look too bad, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. Here are websites you can check for the next few days:
(not currently worried for us)


IF the Opportunity Council still has funds, the number for rent assistance is 360-734-5121 ext. 316. They opened the application period on Tuesday, September 1. They open at 8 a.m. and recommend calling early. Persistence is needed. People can go online to get the information for the necessary documents in order to process the application efficiently:  ~ Lucy Morse


The YMCA is offering space (appropriately distanced) for access to wifi for any family that does not have good wifi access for schooling/homework. You don’t have to be a member. Call the YMCA for reservations. 360-733-8630


This extraordinary study is working to predict COVID hotspots around the county. It’s another example of science happening right before our eyes. But this one we can join in! Zeke and I have been reporting daily for months. I have found the site to be completely trustworthy and it’s contributing to real-world, helpful learning. I would encourage everyone to join the study. It takes 1 minute a day to report in.


Dear Friends and Neighbors –

Though we might have found our way somewhat into the routines of social distancing, distant socializing has found us out of our routines and looking for new (and relearning old!) tools in closing the widened communication gap. This is a challenge to the young and old among us and everybody in between. Put your screens aside for a bit and welcome to the Columbia Neighborhood the first (and one and only in the world that I know of, anyway) “Little Mighty Story Box Puppet Theater” next to the file cabinet Little Library on the corner of Victor Street and W.Connecticut.

Some of you will remember the painted card board story boxes with paper puppets in them along the curb on Victor St. during the 4th of July Chalk Art Festival. Starting this Saturday, September 5th, this idea will make periodical, but all weather fall/winter curbside appearances in a repurpose-built, weather resistance, small puppet and story theater home. Walk by, cycle by (no cars,please) and view on your own safe terms a one-panel-cartoon style stage inside a colorful box with changing dioramas of fables, folk tales and original stories for all ages.

Stories will be told via no contact chalk boards and posted speech and thought bubbles. Scenes will be changed and plots advanced at regular intervals during days of shows, which will be posted at the site.

The rules :

Please, mind the markings around the box, don’t crowd, wait your turn, one person at a time (or two, if you know it’s safe), don’t touch, don’t press your (masked) noses against the plexiglass, don’t linger, but, please, please, please, carry the stories on, the one that may accompany you down the road, through your day, into your home, to your friends and out to the world.

The first, inaugural fable is adapted from a super short entry by the Bros. Grimm :

“THE FOX AND GEESE” (as found on page 393 in “The Complete Grimm’s Fairytales” as edited by Padraic Colum). Resemblance to current affairs are due to the fact that the wheel of time is rolling over similar ground.

The first scene for this debut will be staged this Saturday, at 11am. Scene changes for the next chapters follow at 1pm – 3pm – 5pm. Curtain time is 7pm. Future presentations and their times will be posted here in this newsletter and/or on site.

May all our wandering feet, open hearts, curious eyes, inquisitive minds, capable hands, wondering imaginations and indomitable spirits live long, strong and undeterred. With gratitude to this wonderful planet.

“Max” Eberhard Eichner, Puppeteer/Storyteller a.k.a. “Puppeteller”

Please, let me know your thoughts, pose questions, make suggestions to:


A neighbor brought me a largish black Android phone found outside. The best suggestion I’ve heard is, if it’s yours, please call it. You can also text or email me, Fl!p. To everybody else, now I know: if we loose our phones, we should try to call our number. I will also post on Craigslist. And everybody, keep your ears peeled in case you hear of someone who lost their phone in the ‘hood.  Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511 (text for this weekend please)


We are looking for someone who stretches carpets.  Can’t have ours cleaned until that task is done.  Recommendations?  Thanks. ~ Tim & Joanne Douglas, Williams Street   (360) 676-8530


 Does anyone have a bathtub drain removal tool I could borrow? The drain in my claw foot tub is corroded and I can’t get it out. I’ve been unable to take a shower for a week so this is almost an emergency. At least for my nose… Please call or text 360-318-5573 if so. ~ David Engebretson Jr., Walnut Street


A wonderful neighbor let me know a neighbor had brought her into the humane society this morning. She is home safe now, collar on and under house arrest! ~ Wendy Blum


By Lou and Peter Berryman

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

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