By SCOT PEARSON
SOUTH BEND - At the latest South Bend City Council meeting, Jan. 26, the scheduled agenda had one agenda item outside of the normal city council permanents that are utilized for the forum.
The Lewis County Extension Campus of Washington State University will be hosting a free chocolate-baking workshop this Friday at Fort Borst Park from 6 to 8 p.m.
Open to all residents, the event will demonstrate recipes for cakes, cookies, fudge, and cheesecakes, all featuring that ever-popular ingredient: Chocolate! Pre-registration is appreciated but not required, and those wishing to sign up may call (360) 740-1212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of local folk and bluegrass artists performed at the Toledo Community Library on Sunday during an event organized by Toledo native Seth Martin (background, far right). Also featured were prints on display from South Korean multimedia artist Nan Young Lee, a friend of Martin's encountered during his international travels.
The Toledo School Board has postponed a decision to move their main offices to the Toledo Tel building on Ramsey Way in order to gather more information about costs to keep their current office open.
Discussed during the board's Jan. 22 meeting, Toledo Tel and the district had begun speaking in recent months about the possibility of relocating the district's offices, which are currently on N 5th St. across from Toledo Middle School, to Ramsey Way after Toledo Tel moved their administrative office to their facility on Plomondon Rd.
The Winlock School Board has appointed resident Tony Eitel to a position left vacant since former board member Kay Raupp resigned in November.
Eitel, who has two children currently enrolled in the district and a third expected to begin kindergarten next year, was sworn in after the board unanimously appointed him during their regular meeting on Jan. 21.
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Everyone reading this is invited to attend the Castle Rock Gala Concert in Ryderwood on Tuesday, Feb. 3. It will take place in the Auditorium, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be performances by the student Chorus, Concert and Jazz Bands. The Social Club will provide refreshments for the students and guests following the concert. (There is also a Coffee Stop happening that week, so perhaps the cookie makers could make a few extra for this event.)
Downtown Toledo is sporting new, expanding and remodeled storefronts, thanks to local support. Shop Local.
Through Jan. 30, Metal and Glass on display at Gallery 505. Visit www.artgallery505.com or call (360) 864-2789.
Resident Judy Costello is on the lookout for community members able to help fund the expansion of a floral display on the corner of A St. and SR 506, with plans to have the display completed in time for May Day. Costello said she is hoping to raise around $600 to add benches and planters to the display, which sits across from the post office, and says she has generated at least $250 toward that goal, as of last week. To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Costello at (360) 295-3036.
One thing nice about Winlock is the fact that neighbors help neighbors. In the city, you are lucky if you have even met your neighbors, and helping seems a foreign word to everyone.
I am lucky to have my sister as my number one neighbor but growing up we had great neighbors. If someone's cow's got out, we would all work together to get them back in. If there was a fence to mend, it wasn't unusual for the one to see the other one out there working on it and for the other person to join in. I can remember walking home after my car had run out of gas, who picked me up but my neighbor Orville. He was the kind of guy who didn't only pick me up but he went and put gas in my car to get me home.
Thank you, Toledo, for being so generous to the annual Food Bank Toy Drive. Christmas was made brighter for over 170 children in the Toledo Community. Over 90 families were able to choose among a wide variety of toys, and each child received a new pair of pajamas and warm handmade hat. Thank you to the community, all the ladies who made the beautiful hats and scarves and the Toledo FCCLA-SADD Club, the Toledo Grade School, and Mike Croy's 5th grade class, who conducted very successful pajama drive, to Mrs. Wood's 1st grade class that donated over 30 pairs of pajamas, the Toledo Timberland Bank, Toledo IGA Grocery, and Toledo Library who allowed us to place our collection bozes on their floor space.
Ballots for the February Special Election were mailed out last week and are due by mail or in an approved ballot box by Feb. 10.
Local voters are being asked to approve tax levies for fire districts and school districts in Toledo, Vader, Castle Rock and Ryderwood, all of which require a simple majority to pass.
The Toledo City Council has approved the addition of a $74,000 access road to the scope of work for their ongoing sewer plant upgrade in light of the potential for the project to come in well under budget.
Approved during the council's Jan. 20 meeting, officials had kept an access road in mind as a possible addition if funding became available, and so far contractor Rotschy Inc., based in Vancouver, is expected to complete the project five months early and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars below estimates.
The Toledo City Council is looking at possibly installing a bike park and a dog park at the site of their current sewer plant after the facility is taken offline later this spring.
Discussed during the council's Jan. 20 meeting, officials had asked the Park Board to submit a list of recommended uses for the site, which houses two lagoons expected to be decommissioned after an upgraded sewer system is completed sometime around May.
The Vader City Council has officially approved a new sewer rate increase with the intention of raising funds for regular operations and maintenance, as well as expected sewer plant upgrades.
Approved during the council's Jan. 22 meeting, the rate increase had been incorporated into the sewer system budget approved by the council last month, but the actual rate was not changed until their most recent meeting and is expected to go into effect during the next billing cycle.
The Vader City Council has postponed renewal of their contract with garbage service privider Jeff Cummins as they wait for additional information about recycling options from competitor LeMay.
Though the council was presented with a contract on Jan. 22 that both Cummins and City Attorney Carol Morris had endorsed, they opted to table the issue another three weeks so they could hear what rates LeMay would offer for possible recycling services before committing to Cummins.
Toledo High School (THS) senior Tyler Crawford is a large, imposing young man but he doesn't play on the basketball team, even with a height of 6' 8". Make no mistake though, he is at every game.
Some would say that his role, along with those in the Toledo Spirit Section, is very important. They are loud, supportive, spirited and disruptive to the other team.
The Winlock High School Basketball program will be offering a "Little Dribblers" camp on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 2 p.m. starting Feb. 1.
Scott Ashmore, Winlock Varsity Girls basketball coach, and Dennis Tauscher, Boys Basketball Head Coach, along with the Cardinal coaching staff, is offering this excellent four-week program focusing on basic fundamentals, dribbling, passing and shooting. Winlock High School basketball players will assist during the weekend clinics.
Local fire and EMS calls between Jan. 19 and 25.
Authorities are seeking help solving a burglary taking place during September of last year in Mossyrock.
Sometime between Sept. 1 and 3, 2014, an unknown number of suspects entered a church on the 100 block of Coleman Rd. and stole a Roland TD 15 electronic drum module and a Peavy XR800 sound mixer with speakers. The estimated loss is $1,400.
(Pierce County) - Detectives from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children's Task Force (MECTF) are seeking the public's assistance in finding a man wanted for human trafficking.
An arrest warrant has been issued for 18-year old Mikael Z. Williams, who detectives believe assisted his older brother and another man in trafficking underage girls for sex. The three operated primarily in Pierce, King, Thurston, and Snohomish counties.
Contract districts with Lewis County Medic One have called for the elimination of the position held by Operations Chief Grant Wiltbank, stating no further negotiations of their contracts will continue prior to such action.
Described in a letter dated Jan. 15 from Lewis County Fire Districts 1, in Onalaska, 3, in Mossyrock, and 8, in Salkum, the commissioners of these districts said they felt the position of Operations Chief, described in the letter as the "Director" of Medic One, was superfluous and should be removed from the agency entirely.
Last week Lewis County Crime Stoppers celebrated their 20th anniversary and on Jan. 20 held an open house in Chehalis.
Founded Jan. 20, 1995, Board Member and former board chair Glade Austin said, when the group first began accepting anonymous tips about crime in the area, they had "no money to speak of," depending on irregular donations and performing fundraisers as needed to pay for tips that led to arrests.
Officials with Lewis County Medic One are examining the ethics behind providing backup ambulance services to Lewis County Fire District 5 after District 5 sought private coverage last year.
Based in Napavine, District 5 had been serviced by Medic One until the beginning of this year, at which time they began receiving contracted services from American Medical Response (AMR), leaving Medic One with a revenue deficit of around $200,000.
Toledo business owners Rick and Tonya Lovell have announced their purchase of Brosey's Hardware, in Winlock, with the intention of moving the store to Toledo by the end of next month.
Currently the owners of Flying K gas station, among other businesses on the corner of Cowltiz St. and Front St. in Downtown Toledo, the Lovells said they have harbored ambitions of opening a hardware store since they acquired their building in 1995, but said the opportunity to do so had only just presented itself in the form of a generous offer from the Brosey family.
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