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Fisherman statue dedicated at marina office

First published in the June 4 print edition

City officials and members of Spruce Up Warrenton stand with the statue dedicated June 2 at Warrenton Marina. They are, left to right, Brenda Hoxsey, Jim Dutcher, Mayor Henry Balensifer, Lucinda Davis, Norm Hoxsey, Ken Davis, Lori Beth Kulp, Commissioner Rick Newton, and City Manager Linda Engbretson. (Cindy Yingst)
Thursday, June 10, 2021

A sculpture dedicated Wednesday at Warrenton Marina honors members of the fishing industry, which has brought countless economic benefits to the city.

The sculpture was installed earlier this spring, but the dedication was postponed due to the pandemic.

“We are proud of what we’ve accomplished during a bad year,” said Brenda Hoxsey, chair of Spruce Up Warrenton, a group of grassroots volunteers that commissioned and donated the sculpture to the city.

The piece was created by chainsaw artist and woodworker Konlim Bokor of Original Roots Carving. The cedar log was donated by Gil Gramson and Luke Ness.

Landscaping was added outside the marina office, where the sculpture has stood since March. Four crab pots and other fishing implements complete the display.

“We did have one (crab pot) stolen, but police recognized him on the security camera and we got it back,” Hoxsey said during the dedication.

Spruce Up members Jim Dutcher and Norm Hoxsey have been oiling the sculpture to ensure it doesn’t split.

The group also showed off equipment for four electrical “spider boxes” donated by electrician Tony Bogh, which the group is donated to the city. They can be used at the fish and farmer’s market, the harvest festival and for other events.

“The statue will stand for generations, welcoming our visitors,” City Manager Linda Engretson said.

Henry Balensifer said he was honored to be mayor of a city with volunteers like those working with Spruce Up Warrenton.

“Our city runs on volunteers,” he said. “That’s not a bad thing. It’s a necessity.” A metal sculpture of two children reading books will be dedicated at Warrenton Community Library at 2 p.m. June 12.

The metal sculptures were made by Pacific Fabrication and are a joint gift to the city by Spruce Up and Commissioner Rick Newton.

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