Toy Drive under way in Toledo
The Toledo Food Bank is asking area residents to help support their annual Christmas Toy Drive to help brighten up the holidays for local families in need.
Toys and other gift items are needed for children between infancy and their teens and can be dropped off, unwrapped, at donation boxes at Toledo Market Fresh, the Toledo Community Library and Timberland Bank. Also needed are socks, pajamas, gloves, basic cosmetics and sports-related toys. Monetary donations may also be made to Timberland Bank into an account set up for the toy drive.
Vision:Toledo has announced the beginning of a Holiday Lighting Contest open to area residents, with entries available now through Dec. 15 and prizes set aside for the winners.
Discussed during the Nov. 25 meeting of Vision:Toledo's Arts, Recreation and Events Committee, the contest is intended to enliven the holiday experience of local residents and is open to all living within Toledo as well as these areas:
Local residents will have an opportunity to participate in Lewis County's annual Walk-n-Knock food drive this Saturday, with a goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food for area food banks.
Supported by community groups such as local Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis International, this year has featured a new aspect of the drive as around 40,000 households throughout the county received special bags in the mail, or through publications such as this newspaper, detailing the Walk-n-Knock and asking residents to fill the bags with donations.
It's holiday season, and you know what that means: Pie Time! This month I, Becky Standal, am recommending Teeny's Tour of Pie by Teeny Lamothe.
While I didn't attend this year's Thanksgiving Community Dinner, I heard more than 100 people attended. Talk about fun, food and fellowship! It gets real quiet once the food has been served.
The Red Hats ladies will get all decked out in their red and purple on Thursday and head down to Parker's Restaurant in Castle Rock for lunch and Decoration Exchange. They will leave from the Café at noon.
Did you know? December 12 is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Visit www.nationaluglychristmassweaterday.org/.
Check out Toledo's Holiday Lighting Contest: http://www.visiontoledo.org/welcome/
The Vader City Council will be holding their next regular meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. in City Hall after having rescheduled last week's meeting because of Thanksgiving. Officials are expected to discuss possible budget options regarding increases in utility rates, options for law enforcement and a possible change to the city's name. The next regular meeting, by which time they are expected to approve a preliminary budget for 2015, is scheduled for Dec. 11. For more information, call City Hall at (360) 295-3222.
Thanksgiving was a wonderful day, I started making pies early in the morning. Why is it that it takes all day to cook and 1/2 hour to eat it all up...then of course we were stuffed like the bird!
It's definitely Christmas time and we had a small dusting of snow over the weekend. I would like more snow but not enough to cause too many problems. As a kid we always wanted it to snow enough to cancel school, we would worry about making up the days missed later, we just wanted to play in the snow.
The Toledo City Council has accepted a bid to begin removing dangerous limbs and trees from Kemp Olson Memorial Park with the hope of re-opening the facility before the end of the year.
The Council had closed the park to all uses last month after Public Works Superintendent Craig McCown reported a pair of arborists had advised him of unhealthily trees in the park likely to fall during heavy wind or rain.
The Winlock City Council has chosen to re-open the city's skate park after it had been closed due to ongoing vandalism, among other problems, citing a need to provide recreation for area children.
Approved during the council's Nov. 24 meeting, officials opted to re-open the park during what had originally been a discussion about a potential interlocal agreement with the Winlock School District to make the park available as a resource for students in the APOLO program, located just across from the park, to earn PE credits.
The Winlock City Council has begun looking into whether or not they would save money by dissolving their municipal court and sending traffic and misdemeanor cases to Lewis County District Court instead.
Discussed during the council's Nov. 24 meeting, Council Member Aaron Mummert, who serves on the city's Finance Committee, said he was looking for fellow officials to give their consensus to at least investigate if such a change would be feasible, not saying he is displeased with the services provided by the court but rather is "trying to save the city as much money as possible."
Few can say that the final outcome was unexpected, but many were surprised the way the WIAA semi-final between Napavine and Toledo played out last Friday.
The Tigers of Napavine were big favorites--undefeated and playing the Indians for the second time this season. Tiger fans had to be confident after a dominating 36-6 result back in October. Toledo played great football during the re-match on Friday, but in the end fell to the Tigers by a score of 28-22.
A Mineral man has been re-arrested after escaping from jail in the midst of a Winlock burglary investigation, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
Tim C. Saterdal, 47, had been identified as the suspect in a burglary taking place on the 400 block of SR 505 sometime between Oct. 30 and Nov. 7, and since the burglary had been arrested by the Roy Police Department on Nov. 10 on unrelated charges.
Investigators are seeking help solving a Winlock-area burglary taking place earlier this year.
It is believed an unknown number of suspects entered a shop building on the 400 block of Hart Rd., east of Winlock, and stolen four TWW 18" wheels/tires, a new portable 4000/5000 watt gas generator described as red and black, a 54" Troy-Bilt riding mower, two Motorcraft Ford Ranger bumpers, two Ford radiators, and numerous tires and wheels for Toyota, Ford, and Dodge vehicles. The estimated loss is more than $6,500.
A pair of popular local eateries have suffered significant damage and will be closed indefinitely after a fire started suddenly on Tuesday night.
Local fire crews were called around 7:40 p.m. to Mary's Corner Deli and Mary's Corner Espresso Company, located at the intersection of US Hwy. 12 and Jackwon Hwy., to find a large fire spreading through the building which the two businesses occupy.
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