Everson flood

Monday, Nooksack resident Aaron Kurashige used his drone to photograph flooding in Everson.

Dinner for local flood victims, emergency responders and 'anyone in need of a warm dinner'

While Everson's destination dinner restaurant Herb Niemann's Black Forest Steakhouse is known for its steaks and fine German cuisine, it is also known for giving back to its local community. 
 
This Sunday, Nov. 21, is one of those occasions. After the flood waters battered the small community, including the restaurant owners' own home, they are mopping up, getting organized and saying 'thank you' in a way they can -- by offering a free spaghetti dinner to those affected in the community and those who helped them. 
 
Owners Matt and Angel Goering are reopening their doors at 4 p.m. to offer spaghetti, salad and bread. Their restaurant's Facebook page posted the meal would be set up "for any of our local flood victims, emergency responders and anyone in need of a warm dinner."
 
While the restaurant closed this week, along with many other local businesses to assess and clean damage, it reopened for dinner on Nov. 18. 
 
The Goerings posted a thank you to the community online earlier this week, "We have lost so much in the past two days but we have so much to be thankful for: John Perry, the Mayor of Everson, being out there every minute; Dave Schoonover, Public Works director, and his team who barely slept keeping utilities running and all of us as safe as possible." 
 
They went on to also thank the police department, sandbagging volunteers and everyday citizens. 
 
A community group is also planning an Everson-Nooksack community Thanksgiving meal through a Facebook group for Thanksgiving next week.