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WHH - Front Page

Jayden’s German Store offers more than just chocolates
1) Owner Joelle Springer and her son Jayden pose outside their German store. Jayden’s German Store is located on Highway 101 in the same building as Just a Haircut.
Jayden’s German Store offers more than just chocolates

By Kayla Camenzind

SOUTH BEND - From Bahlsen cookies to German jams and mustards, Katjes gummies to bauernbratwurst sausages, malt and ginger beer to Marzipan chocolates – Jayden’s German Store in South Bend offers an abundance of German goods to tickle the fancy of inquisitive locals and tourists.

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Sales tax, marijuana revenue discussed at forum

By KAYLA CAMENZIND

MENLO - The county commissioners met with Valley residents last Tuesday, June 8, to discuss the county structure and their roles as commissioners. Other topics discussed included the idea of raising the sales tax by one tenth of a percent and the question of where tax dollars from the marijuana industry will go.

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South Bend to raise sewage rates

SOUTH BEND - At the South Bend City Council meeting Monday, July 14 the council met to have the first reading of an ordinance to increase sewage rates by $20 per month, starting August 1.

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TC - Community News

Castle Rock hosting 56th annual fair this weekend

Castle Rock will be hosting their 56th annual fair this weekend with wealth of exhibits and activities for local residents.

There is plenty of entertainment with three different bands each playing one night of the fair. Two of them are local groups. Then there is the lip sync and talent contest on Saturday night. Toutle FFA logging show is each night at 7:30 p.m. For the kids, it is the wet money scramble for 12 and younger, pony rides, little animal farm, quarter arcade, and for the kids to ride the cow train to see the fair. One big attraction is the mini carnival in the Boss building. Both young and old enjoy it.

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Cheese Days 2014 in pictures
Cheese Days 2014 in pictures

A float for the 50th annual Cowlitz Prairie Grange Threshing Bee runs during the Cheese Days parade on Friday. The Threshing Bee will be Aug. 23 and 24 this year with vendors, exhibitions and threshing on the hour, every hour. If you’d like to go, be sure to show up at the fields on the corner of Buckley Rd. just off Jackson Hwy.

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Community Events 07.16.14

Organizers of the Cheese Days Tennis Tournament have announced this years winners, which include players from around the area.

First place in Men’s Doubles were Andy and Ben Kallus, of Centralia, while second place went to Justin Palmer and Daniel Hinkley, of Chehalis.

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Music lesson the prize for young man's dedication at Pickers’ Fest
Music lesson the prize for young man's dedication at Pickers’ Fest

Regrettably, there were not many young kids watching or participating at the 14th Annual Winlock Pickers’ Fest over the weekend at Winolequa Park.

One lucky young man sat and enjoyed much of Saturday at the annual blue grass event with about 200 other spectators and musicians. 16-year-old Cameron Palmer, of Castle Rock, was the winner of the Winlock Acoustic Music Association's (WAMA) scholarship, allowing him to have a private lesson with nationally-acclaimed artist, musician and educator Stephen Bennett.

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Toledo Library holds preview with opening set for mid-August
Toledo Library holds preview with opening set for mid-August

Area residents were given an opportunity to preview the Toledo Library over the weekend as organizers are moving toward a grand opening sometime in the middle of next month.

Formed largely through the efforts of volunteers and donations, the library is expected to be open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will feature local books as well as the catalogue of the Timberland Regional Library District.

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Toledo’s Wood awarded Farm Bureau scholarship for second year
Toledo’s Wood awarded Farm Bureau scholarship for second year

Toledo’s Blake Wood has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from the Lewis County Farm Bureau for the second year in a row, having been an exception last year prompting the bureau to award three scholarships instead of just two. Currently attending Centralia College, Wood’s essay from last year, while he was a senior at Toledo High School, was seen by the bureau as above and beyond, and they sought special permission to include him among the scholarship recipients.

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WHH - Education

Valley students compete at FCCLA
Valley students compete at FCCLA

On July 6th, more than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference.

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TC - Regular Columns

Books by Barb and Becky - A Circle of Wives

I picked this fiction book to review because as I was reading it I thought "I know this story!" Truth is stranger than fiction is a saying we all know and it certainly relates here.

I'll start with a bit of my story and how it applies to this book. My daughter had a heart/lung transplant in CA by a prominent, very well respected lung expert for children. He was a big teddy bear of a man, much loved and admired by many. His name was Dr. Lewiston, from Palo Alto.

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Ryderwood News 07.16.14

Something special is happening on Wednesday, July 16, and I apologize for not mentioning it last week. I hope you’re reading this in time to attend our VFW/AmVets Flagpole Dedication Ceremony in the Memorial Garden at 2 p.m. Immediately following in the Park Pavilion will be a service to retire and dispose of unserviceable American flags. Both ceremonies will be memorable and all are invited to observe and participate. If your flag is looking worn, this would be a good time to consider a replacement. If you can’t make it to the ceremony, there is a receptacle for unserviceable American flags in the foyer of Community Hall.

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Toledo News 07.16.14

Composting Class to be rescheduled later this month at Toledo Senior Center. Also: Chair Yoga may return. Contact Diana, diana.haug@lewiscountywa.gov or (360) 864-2112.

Thursday – Sunday Gallery 505 is open 2 – 6 p.m. July Theme: Made in Toledo. If you missed the Dragonfly Chocolates during Cheese Days, check the Cheshire Cat grin on my Significant Otter's countenance. Visit www.artgallery505.com or call (360) 864-2789.

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Vader News 07.16.14

Our community organizers are at it again with their annual City-Wide Yard Sale coming up Aug. 2. Made up of dozens of residents holding their own yard sales on the same day, participation is on an at-will basis, and last year’s participants took home an average of $100 apiece in sales. Sales are expected to begin at 8 a.m., and the Vader Park Board will make a showing with hotdogs for sale. To get your home marked on a map to be handed out during the event, contact organizer Judy Costello at (360) 295-3036.

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TC - Opinions and Letters

Shooting ranges poison our land

I read your article on the shooting range in Cowlitz County with considerable interest.

As you may be aware shooting ranges are an environmental hazard. Heavy metals levels have accumulated at these sites. A number of counties in western Washington have closed old shooting ranges. In those instances owners of the ranges would be held liable for costs of cleanup. Both Lewis and Cowlitz Counties have been negligent in these matters. Lead levels are a particular concern.

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STP a public health hazard

By the time anyone reads this, the "STP" bicycle run will be over. But I want to say something relevant that needs to be said.

Before retiring and moving to Lewis County, I was living in Portland when Nike decided to have a "fun run" through the Pearl District. By the time my graveyard shift was over (7am), it was clear to the hundreds of employees trying to get home to families & children that the run-route "blocked off" any means to leave the area ... that employees were "trapped" until the event concluded at 10am. I was about to write a letter to the Oregonian newspaper about this when I saw I'd been beaten out by another writer with a more compelling argument against the fun run.

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TC - Government

Candidates talk law enforcement, growth management during forum in Morton
Candidates talk law enforcement, growth management during forum in Morton

Candidates for Lewis County Commissioner Position 3 were present for a round of Q ‘n’ A at the Tiller Arts Center in Morton Monday to address multiple issues regarding their qualifications to lead the county.

Organized by the Centralia/Chehalis Toastmasters, candidates Gary Stamper (R), of Silver Creek, Jerry Pratt (R), of Toledo, Michael Messmore (R), of Toledo, Rich Bainbridge (R), of Chehalis, Harry Bhagwandin (R), of Onalaska, and John Roe (R), of Onalaska, were each posed a series a questions by moderator Hal Blanton, owner of the IGA in Packwood, and below is a series of summaries from the forum:

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Toledo told discounts for veterans not an option

The City of Toledo has determined they would not be allowed to offer special rates to military veterans for use of Kemp Olson Memorial Park after a proposal to do so had been put before the City Council last month.

Though their intent was to both show gratitude toward service members and encourage use of park facilities, City Clerk Michele Whitten reported during the council’s July 7 meeting she had researched the topic and found veterans in general are not among the categories of individuals the city is allowed to offer discounts to.

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Vader renews marijuana ban amid talks of regulations

The Vader City Council has chosen to renew a temporary ban against medical and recreational marijuana facilities as officials begin discussion possible zoning and nuisance regulation amendments.

Originally passed Jan. 23, the six-month ban, prohibiting all production, processing and retail facilities, was renewed for another six months during the council’s Thursday meeting in light of continuing uncertainties from rapidly-changing state laws and ongoing litigation regarding the issue.

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Wong to buy crematory property

The property for a proposed crematorium in Downtown Winlock is being sold to a resident protesting the development after opposition to the business was leveled for fear of airborne pollutants.

Resident Rosanna Wong had announced an offer June 8 to purchase the property in question, at 201 First St., from Cattermole Funeral Home for $26,000, the price Cattermole paid for the land in November.

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TC - Police, Fire and EMS

Crime and Injury Report 07.16.14

A Winlock man was injured after allegedly causing a collision near Toledo July 8, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The 66-year-old driver of a 1998 Chevrolet pickup had been traveling on the 4300 block of Jackson Hwy., north of Toledo, when he entered the intersection with South Prairie Rd. and failed to stop at the stop sign, striking a 2006 Kia Sedona driven by a 42-year-old Centralia woman.

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Lewis County burn ban begins

As of 12:01 a.m. July 12, burn restrictions will be in effect for all of unincorporated Lewis County, Washington.

After careful review, of the current and extended weather forecast, the Lewis County Community Development Director, acting as the Fire Marshal, has determined that current weather conditions within Lewis County have created substantial fire dangers throughout Lewis County, and that there is a need to impose restrictions on outdoor burning on all lands regulated by the County of Lewis, except for recreational fires contained within United Laboratory approved burning receptacles or approved campfire sites.

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Local EMS and fire calls

Local EMS and fire calls between July 7 and 13.

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