As I get ready to head out for vacation, I thought it would be a good idea to inform you that Kennedi Collins will be able to assist you while I am gone. She can be reached at the phone number listed above for me. She will also be taking care of my precious little dog, Kokomo while I am gone. She will have her hands full, his number one goal in life is to be playful, when she least expects it; I have a feeling he will play hide and go seek with her. She may not find him until I return.
The fire in Winlock has affected many of us who live along the Olequa Creek. They are saying that all fish have been killed along the creek for 5 miles. For those of us who live on the creek it's a very sad sight to see. I took the time to go look at the creek down along our place and was pleased to not see any dead fish. Thank you to everyone for doing such a great clean up job for the community. We appreciate all you do!
The rankings of the 20th most safest and most peaceful places to live in Washington is out. Winlock made it on the list! We who live here know this but to see it out is a great thing for our community. I was reading on Facebook the other day and I saw someone had written about Winlock being on a list, thought maybe it was for the usual "The World's Largest Egg" but it wasn't. This is what was written about our beautiful little town; "Your mind may be scrambled after you see The World's Largest Egg, featured in this secure farmland town with a population of 1,300+!" Congratulation to the City of Winlock for making it on the list. I would give you a number but it did state "in no ranking" order but it was number 6; that had to mean something, right?
Gallery 505 reports a successful showing of this year's Toledo Made theme wrapped up Saturday, with Cheese Days visitors and travelers from Ireland, Germany and even Oklahoma. For schedule, visit www.artgallery505.com
I thought it was time for another stroll down memory lane. When I was a youngster living in downtown Winlock, I remember the Shoe Store which was owned by Mr. Legat, he fixed all your shoes and always greeted you with a smile. Then there was The Butcher shop which was owned by Mr. Prigmore and Mr. Inman, this was a truly old fashioned butcher shop and they had the best cuts available. And last but not least was the Safeway Grocery store (which was located where the city hall is now). Winlock was a bustling downtown!!
Winlock Timberland Regional Library is continuing with their summer programs. Please take time to visit the library and see everything they have going on this. It will be a fun experience for all.
I was thinking about the train station we used to have in Winlock the other day. I can remember that you could wave the train down and you could hop on or off at any time you would like. It didn't require you to drive to Kelso or Centralia, all you did was stand on the tracks and wave it down. If you don't know where the train station was, it is located behind where the Winlock Flower used to be across from the Worlds Largest Egg. It was a brown long building; it was what I consider a piece of art. When the station closed down that is when you would stand on the tracks and wave down the train...Then eventually service to all the small towns stopped and that included Winlock.
The Renegade Rooster-Winlock History Collection is a place where you can find many things of days gone by. Roy Richards is a great guy, he has a huge collection of items from Winlock and the area that show items that we used around here many years ago. I have not been yet but, I have been hearing great things about it. The Renegade Rooster is open by appointment: Roy is located at 558 Rhoades Road in Winlock. He also has a Facebook page and you can view many of the items that are there. I am amazed that Roy has spent so much of his own money and time to help others remember how things used to be. He is also a really nice guy and you will enjoy meeting him and chatting things up!
Since it has been so hot lately, I was thinking about when I was a kid and we would go to Isaac Walton. How many remember that great swimming hole? You could picnic with your family and swim with all the people from Winlock. It used to be a great place to hang out in the summer, there was a bulk head (dam) on one side and it was on the deep end... Another great time in small town America!
The Winlock Timberland Library has many events this week. If you have the opportunity, take a trip downtown.
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