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Showing 17 articles from March 23, 2015.

TC - Community News

Candidate forums scheduled for Toledo Superintendent

The Toledo School Board has announced they will be holding public forums next week for local residents to interact with finalists for the position of superintendent, with a candidate expected to be offered the job by next month.

Officials have been seeking to fill the position since Superintendent Sharon Bower announced her resignation in November, effective the end of June. The School Board has since been working with Northwest Leadership Associates to cultivate and narrow down a candidate pool, and a group of five finalists has been submitted.

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Mexico Within the Heart performs in Seattle
Mexico Within the Heart performs in Seattle

Students with Winlock's Mexico Within the Heart dance group perform in Seattle Sunday during the National Migrant Education Program Conference. The students had been specifically invited to be part of the conference as their participation and level of exposure has grown over the years. Other performances from the group are expected locally as the summer festival season kicks off soon.

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TC - Regular Columns

Books by Barb and Becky - Biographies

My name is Barb Lewis, and I love books. Biographies are some of my favorite types of books and I just finished 2 new ones. The first is "Elvis and Ginger, Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story" by Ginger Alden. I grew up listening to his music, doing my homework at the kitchen table with the radio next to me. And as each of his movies came out, a group of us would go to the theatre to watch. He was the King of rock and roll!

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Ryderwood News 03.25.15

Spring has officially arrived as the many budding and blooming trees, shrubs and bulbs can attest. It's that time of year when leaves on trees are just beginning to show their green and it is such a brilliant color. Our little Zone 4 microclimate doesn't have near as much blooming as other nearby areas, but the daffodils have been spectacular and I've just spotted the first rhodie blossoms.

The Red Hat ladies have an outing planned on Thursday to dine on Chinese food in Mossyrock. They will get all decked out in their Red & Purple and carpool from the Café at 11:30 a.m. Contact Patty at (360) 295-3544 to join an afternoon of fun, food and silliness. The Red Hatters motto is "All play and no work"!

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Toledo News 03.25.15

Congrats to the City Council for passing Toledo's Shoreline Master Plan. This new document helps guide development decision along the Cowlitz River and can be viewed at City Hall during open hours.

March 26 Story Time at Toledo Library 1-2 p.m. Surprise Theme! Visit https://www.facebook.com/FriendsToledoTimberlandLibrary

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Vader News 03.25.15

May Day is coming up in a little more than a month and the theme has been announced for this year's festival: Trains, Tractors and May Flowers. Confirmed activities include breakfast at the Little Falls Masonic Lodge, performances from the Noe No Ka Mauna hula group and Mexico Within the Heart dance group, as well as the annual Cake Walk, a bike giveaway and games by Little Crane Café. The Vader Assembly of God Church will also be holding a flea market sale, while the fire department will be holding an open house. The event is scheduled for May 2 and vendor spaces remain available, with interested parties encouraged to call Judy Costello at (360) 295-3036, while those interested in being part of the parade should call Janet Charlton at (360) 295-3011. Parade forms are also available at J & G Grocery and Cedar Village IGA.

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Winlock News 03.25.15

The Lions Club will be holding their regular Bingo game Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Building. Cash prizes will be available, while the kitchen will also be open to provide refreshments. For info call Jeannie Emmenegger at (360) 785-4817.

Site Leader Karen von Seggern says: "I would like to thank all the volunteers and community members who made this year's Rummage Sale a huge success for the Olequa Senior Center. Many thanks to those who gave up their weekend to work the sale, the community who donated and those who attended and purchased items. It could not have happened without you all."

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WHH - Local News

Wurlitzer Organ plays once again
Working intently to make the repairs, Fred Beeks of the Organ Historical Society brings new life to the Raymond Theatre Wurlitzer Organ.
Wurlitzer Organ plays once again

Over the March 7 weekend, two members from the Organ Historical Society, Dick Morrison and Fred Beeks, approached Raymond Theatre Manager Anne Steele on the premises that there was a broken pipe organ that Beeks had inquired about on an earlier sightseeing trip through town.

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TC - Government

Smith property to be auctioned by creditors

The odds of a debris pile in Winlock being cleaned up by beleaguered developer Phil Smith appear to be slimmer as an auction to sell the property in question has been scheduled for later this June.

Though Smith has been urged by both the City of Winlock and Lewis County since last year to clean up the pile (the remains of a two-story house left at under-developed subdivision Grand Prairie Mountain View Estates), Smith's creditors have since filed a notice of trustee's sale with the county seeking to recover more than $900,000 Smith owes in principal, interest and fees, as of January.

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Winlock moving forward with replacement of Fir St. Bridge

The City of Winlock has received approval to begin using a federal grant for the replacement of Fir St. Bridge, with officials stating they hope the project may come to completion around the end of the year.

The city had been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the Federal Highways Bridge Program (FHBP) in December and, after the project was added to the state's Transportation Improvement Plan, among other procedural steps, Winlock received word last week the funds have been released and replacement can move forward.

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TC - Sports

The Stat Box
The Stat Box

A breakdown of recent local games for the week of March 25.

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TC - Police, Fire and EMS

Crime and Injury Report 03.25.15

A Winlock woman has been arrested after a DUI collision near Napavine March 18, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

Shelley D. Jordan, 37, was contacted at around 9 p.m. on the 100 block of Jubb Rd., east of Napavine, after having driven her car off the road. She was first transported to Providence Centralia Hospital with complaints of back pain and, after being medically released, was booked into the Lewis County Jail for DUI. Her vehicle was reportedly totaled.

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District 15 recognizes top responders and retirees at awards dinner
District 15 recognizes top responders and retirees at awards dinner

Lewis County Fire District 15, of Winlock, recognized multiple responders and retirees during their awards dinner on Saturday.

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Fundraisers bring in $10,000 for family impacted by Winlock fire
Fundraisers bring in $10,000 for family impacted by Winlock fire

Recent fundraisers gathered more than $10,000 for the survivors of a Feb. 26 fire in Winlock as the community seeks to support the family amid their loss of a house, a mom and two daughters.

Held last Saturday, multiple events were organized both by community leaders and local families close to the victims and included a motorcycle poker ride, benefit lunch, rummage sale and silent auction.

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Officials strike deal to fund Medic One

Officials with Lewis County Medic One have agreed on a proposal to fully fund the agency, stabilizing efforts to reform local paramedic services amid sharp decreases in revenue.

Approved by the Medic One Board of Directors during their March 17 meeting, the plan will divide the agency's total budget, at $820,825 for this year, between the six districts served by Medic One (Lewis County Fire Districts 1, in Onalaska, 3, in Mossyrock, 8, in Salkum, 15, in Winlock, 2, in Toledo, and Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District 20, in Vader and Ryderwood) based on the percentage of advanced life support (ALS) transports within each district.

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WCC - Pacific County

Republican Lincoln Dinner
Republican Lincoln Dinner

SOUTH BEND - The Pacific County Republican Lincoln Dinner will be held March 21 at the Willapa Harbor Community Center, 916 West First Street in South Bend. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The social hour begins at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 6 pm.

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TC - Business

Edward Jones opens new office in Napavine
Edward Jones opens new office in Napavine

Investment company Edward Jones has opened a new location to serve South Lewis County and both serious and curious investors are invited to drop by.

Located in Napavine next to the Starbucks on Rush Rd., Financial Advisor Vanessa Horning said their goal is to provide the services available through Edward Jones to those not able to regularly travel to their other offices on Morton or Chehalis.

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