June is all about gearing up for summer fun, warm weather and maybe a little nostalgia thrown into the mix. You, our readers, most enjoyed a variety of pieces this past month, including a piece about Lewis County’s own Major League Baseball star, a town that no longer exists and the community coming together to help a local business.

Read on to find out more about your top stories!

1. Lyle Overbay is Living Another Dream after His MLB Days End

Lyle Overbay stands with his son, Luke, at a recent Black Hills all-star baseball practice. Photo credit: Gail Wood

For Lyle Overbay, it was easy to admit professional baseball was over for him. After playing in the major leagues for six teams spanning 15 years, he was ready to say goodbye to swinging for doubles and chasing grounders when the 2014 MLB season ended. But what’s he up to these days now that he’s back home in Lewis County?

2. Remembering the Town of Riffe

Sokol’s Riffe General Store was a popular hangout for youth in Riffe and a great place to stop for travelers heading over the mountain pass. This photo was taken in 1948. Photo courtesy: Buddy Rose Collection

After much controversy and many lawsuits, two of which were brought about against Tacoma Power by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Tacoma Power used eminent domain to force residents to leave their homes and businesses for the construction of the Mayfield and Mossyrock Dams. In 1968, three towns, Nesika, Riffe and most of Kosmos were flooded in addition to parts of Swofford and Ajlune. Read on to learn more about the now-underwater town of Riffe.

3. HUBBUB Shop Disaster Brings the Community Together

The HUBBUB Pop Shop is open for business in the lobby of the old Wilson Hotel. Photo credit: Sara Light-Waller

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, at one in the morning, a drunk driver crashed into the front of HUBBUB, destroying half the plate glass windows and part of the brick facade. The driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. Rebecca, in her apartment at the back of the building, was uninjured. Messages went out to community on Rebecca’s behalf right away.

4. Painted Rocks Spread Joy in Lewis County

Beautifully painted rocks may be found almost anywhere you go. Pick them up, turn them over, and it will say the name of the rock group that placed it. Photo credit: Brittany Roden

Have you noticed any painted rocks around the county? Just sitting by a building, on a trail, or in the grass? Have you wondered what they’re about? Brittany Roden, facilitator of the Facebook group Lewis County “Rocks” tells us what they are and how you can participate.

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