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TC - Community News

2013 Gravity Races sees new class of downhill derby cars
2013 Gravity Races sees new class of downhill derby cars

The 2013 Gravity Races in Vader saw a new category of vehicle: the experimental cars, which proved to be some of the flashiest and fastest cars of the day.

Classified separately from the regular racers because they do not meet specific downhill derby guidelines, the experimental cars came in a variety of shapes and sizes, including a lean, three-wheeled speedster built by Ryderwood resident Ray Finch.

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Astoria folk artists visit Winlock library
Astoria folk artists visit Winlock library

(Left to right) Brownsmead Flats performers John Fenton, on bass, Ray Raihala, on banjo, Robert Stevens, on guitar, and Dan Sutherland, on mandolin, entertain guests at the Winlock Timberland Library Thursday. The Astoria-based quintet made Winlock their last show on a 10-stop tour throughout the Timberland Regional Library District and shared original and familiar tunes. A dozen or so spectators enjoyed the midday performance before they returned to their native Oregon. Visit http://www.brownsmeadflats.com/ to sample their music and view the schedule of appearances.

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Car show survives Mountain Mania hiatus
Car show survives Mountain Mania hiatus

Many of the events associated with Castle Rock's Mountain Mania were canceled due to ongoing construction in downtown Castle Rock, but the annual car show continued to thrive.

This year's show brought about 70 cars to the newly-reinvented CR city center. Organizer Jim Grose said the turn out, although less than last year's 90 cars, was pretty good considering car shows in Puyallup, Yakima and near-by Chehalis were all taking a bite of the available exhibitors.

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Children’s theater draws record crowd
Children’s theater draws record crowd

Nearly 200 people attended the Friday Night Big Show in Toledo Friday, the culmination of the week-long, sold-out 2013 Children's Theatre Camp at the Morgan Arts Centre, according to Mike Morgan.

Productions included "I am Your Father," "The Hero's Quest", "Mani-Pedi", "A Crazy Story", "Firework" and Light Up Your World."

Behind-the-scenes make-up artists Julia Gaul and Missy Batten brought the characters to life with dramatic expression.

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Community yard sale this weekend in Vader

Vader is preparing for a city-wide yard sale this weekend and local residents are invited to come and explore the bargains.

Taking place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., houses around town will be participating and a convenient map of participating locations will be made available at the corner of A St. and SR 506. Individuals will get to keep all proceeds they raise.

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Food givaway in Vader Wednesday

The Vader Assembly of God will be giving away food outside the post office Wednesday at noon. This regular event takes place the last Wednesday of each month and is open to all residents. Bread, produce, coffee and chips are often among the items available and residents are encouraged to take as much as they’d like. For more information, contact the church at (360) 295-3756.

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Guest speaker to be featured at Castle Rock SDA series

Starting Aug. 6 and running through Sept 24, Christian Berdahl, the Director of Shepherd's Call Ministry, will be featured in a free 6 week video presentation at the Castle Rock S.D.A. Church starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

The series title is "Distraction Dilemma-Exposing Distractions & Dangers in Music". To conclude the series, Christian Berdahl will speak in person, Sept. 27 and 28, and will give his personal testimony.

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Napavine Legion answers Army’s call

In February the Army 526th Engineering Company, 92nd Engineering Battalion deployed for a nine month tour to Afghanistan. Within two weeks, Legionnaire and charter member of Col. James W. Carroll American Legion Post 71 of Napavine, First Sargent Raymond McFarlane had contacted his parents/Legionnaires Roy and Karol McFarlane. He asked if the Post could help get some none issued items for a forward deployed group. The group was stationed in a remote location and surviving on bottled water and MRE’s. The Post immediately responded with a resounding YES.

Post members, family and friends and local businesses were contacted asking for donations to meet the challenge. Money started arriving from post members and friends in the immediate area. With money showing up from Nebraska, New Mexico, and Oregon, the Post was on its way to helping out.

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Vision:Toledo reports signs of thriving community at regular A.R.E meeting

Vision:Toledo Arts, Recreation and Entertainment July meeting July 23 covered over a dozen current and upcoming events in the community, with few vacant chairs.

Riverfest is reinventing itself, to reemerge in 2014 combined with the Steelhead Derby and slated for the last weekend in July. Opportunities to reshape next year's event now open for consideration.

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TC - Regular Columns

Ryderwood News 07.31.13

As this dry spell continues, please use extreme caution with anything that has to do with fire. That means everything from the slightest flicker to cigarette butts for open flames. Everything is tinder dry. There is a Burn Ban in effect which means there are certain restrictions on outdoor burning. Common sense should tell us that this is not a good time to burn a pile of brush, and it’s also against the law. If you have any doubts, check the rules on the Internet.

The start of a new month means one thing for certain: it’s time for Ryderwood’s special monthly Town Breakfast this Saturday. The VFW guys put on a complete spread that includes everything from pancakes, ham, eggs how you like ‘em, biscuits and sausage gravy, orange juice and bottomless coffee. This is a major fund-raising event for the VFW who contributes so much to the community.

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Toledo News 07.31.13
Burn ban in effect now. Visit http://burnpermit.lewiscountywa.gov or contact Lewis County Fire District 2 at (360) 864-2366.

Wednesdays New Life Church invites you to dinner, 420 Silver St. 5:10-6 p.m. Menu changes weekly. Donations accepted, not required. Call (360) 864-4366.
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Winlock News 07.31.13

Hope Grange will be hosting their annual All-County Grange picnic on Sunday, Aug. 4. The festivities begin at 1 p.m. at long-time grangers Mike and JoAnn Porter’s home (located next to the Hope Grange…just look for a covered bridge, and they’ll show you where to park). While there will be plenty of meat hot off the grill for anyone from neighboring granges, a potluck will also be going on.

In Olequa Senior Center news, an Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. The public is welcome. For more information, please contact the center at (360) 785-4325.

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WHH - Obituaries

Penny Lee Nichols
Penny Lee Nichols

Penny passed on to Heaven Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Montesano, Wash. She was born Penny Lee Clayton September 10, 1943 at Woodland, California.

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Rosalie McFarlane

Rosalie Mae Langbraaten McFarlane passed away July 27, 2013, at Willapa Harbor Care Center; she was 87. She was born April 19, 1926 in Nemah, Wash, to Chester and Irene (Carter) Michael. After graduating high school she attended St. Peter’s Nursing School, where she became an RN.

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TC - Obituaries

Loren M. Spain

Loren M. “Mike” Spain, of Vader, died July 20, 2013. Born Jan. 7, 1948, he was 65 years old.

He was preceded in death by brothers Harold, Bob, and Raymond.

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Marion Arthur Savage

Marion Arthur Savage, of Winlock, died July 24, 2013. Born Jan. 14, 1934, he was 79 years old.

He was preceded in death by wife Pat Savage.

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Nancy Ann Stemkoski

Nancy Ann Stemkoski, 86, of Pe Ell, Washington, beloved wife, Mom, and friend of so many passed away on July 22, 2013,  in Pe Ell due to natural causes.

She was born to her late parents Virginia and Arthur Deskins, December 17, 1926, in Lebam, Washington. Nancy graduated from Lebam High School in 1944. She married the late John Stemkoski in 1945 and lived in Pe Ell all of her life.

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TC - Government

CR Exhibit Hall facing serious budget challenges as tourism income keeps falling
CR Exhibit Hall facing serious budget challenges as tourism income keeps falling

A steady decrease in tax revenues has led Castle Rock officials to make some tough decisions regarding the funding of the city’s Exhibit Hall.

Though income through hotel/motel taxes collected at local tourism venues had once been enough to cover the cost of an Exhibit Hall Director and portions of insurance and telephone services, City Council members have had to dip into the city’s general fund to cover such expenses, voting during their July 22 meeting to expend $6,175.54 out of Castle Rock’s general fund to pay for the Exhibit Hall’s insurance.

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Remember to turn in ballots by Aug. 6

This will be our last issue before the results of the 2013 Primary Election are announced and Town Crier would like our readers to remember to turn in their ballots by Aug. 6.

Ballots must be postmarked by then or can be dropped off at the Lewis County Historic Courthouse (351 NW North St., Chehalis) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. during weekdays and between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day; as well as the Twin Cities Senior Center (2545 N. National Ave., Chehalis) 24 hours per day or until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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Vader appoints Improvement Committee to document and enforce nuisance laws

The City of Vader has appointed three individuals to a committee responsible for enforcing nuisance/abandoned property ordinances after officials spent months fine-tuning policy.

Residents Judi Costello, Betty Ann Vassey and Kathy Wagner were appointed by the Vader City Council to the committee July 16 and are tasked with documenting nuisance violations and informing property owners of the steps needed to bring them into compliance.

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TC - Police, Fire and EMS

Crime and Injury Report 07.31.13
No injuries were reported after a teen driver struck an elderly woman’s car near Winlock Saturday, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The 19-year-old female driver of a 1999 Ford Explorer, from Winlock, had been traveling westbound on Sargent Rd. and attempted to make a left turn at the intersection with N. Military Rd., east of Winlock. When pulling into the intersection, she struck a 2001 Lexus driven by a 77-year-old Winlock woman, causing minor damage to her own vehicle and major damage to the Lexus.

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Faces of Abuse: Brenda Bail’s death paints a picture of extreme domestic abuse, though victims’ advocates say violence is not always an indicator
Faces of Abuse: Brenda Bail’s death paints a picture of extreme domestic abuse, though victims’ advocates say violence is not always an indicator

It could be easy to look at the events surrounding the death of Brenda Bail and think of how she must have been a battered woman.

The 48-yer-old Chehalis resident was beaten and strangled to death July 19 and her fiancé, Corey Morgan, 32, of Randle, has been charged with her murder.

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TC - LC's Most Wanted

Lewis County's Most Wanted - Larry M. Bowen Jr.
Lewis County's Most Wanted - Larry M. Bowen Jr.

Larry M. Bowen Jr., 51, of Toledo, is wanted by Lewis County District Court on a $10,000 after failing to appear for a review hearing related to his failure to pay fines for a conviction of DUI.

Note: The Sheriff’s Office has since reported this warrant is no longer active.

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TC - Business

Toledo clinic on track for completion in Oct.
Toledo clinic on track for completion in Oct.

Employees of Valley View Health Center's Toledo clinic took a walkthrough Friday of their new location as it undergoes construction at the corner of Augustus St. and Ramsey Way. The foundation of the building as well as the installation of utilities have recently been completed and the frame of the building itself is on its way up. As the facility is nearing the interior construction phase, the employees with Valley View met with contractors to make sure all necessary accommodations, such as the locations of exits, wheelchair ramps and private examination rooms, are accounted for in the floor plan. Officials report they still plan to have the clinic completed by Oct. 25 and open for patients the following week.

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Town Crier News

Invasive plant colors local roadsides
Invasive plant colors local roadsides

Two late summer blooms are putting on good shows in South Lewis and Northern Cowlitz County and both are purple/blue blooms.

One native species is Fireweed (Epilobium augustifolium) while the other is Sweet Pea (Lathyrus latifoliu,) which is an invasive immigrant from Eastern and Southern Europe and even calls Northern Africa home. While it is defined as invasive, it is not listed on the State of Washington's Noxious Weed list.

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