The Winlock Community Garden was a group effort birthed by Ed Montgomery, a former teacher at Winlock High School. It has been a labor of love for teachers, students and community volunteers.
Montgomery started the program per Lisa Collins because he had a student who did not have any food available to him. Collins stated about Montgomery, "He is the one who took off with the program, he got grants, local businesses helped out, seeds were given, even chicken manure was donated by Mary with Draper Farms. It's been a great effort, Mr. Montgomery has really started something great."
This week's yard of the week belongs to Glenna Stevens. Glenna is most likely not aware of her yard being in the Town Crier because she didn't make the submission to the paper. Her granddaughter Brandy Stevens made the suggestion. Brandy wrote to the Town Crier near the end of June and has patiently waited to see if her grandmother's yard would have an article written about it.
Local law enforcement and emergency response agencies assembled at South Fork Landing Park near downtown Raymond for the 2nd Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 4. Several other local agencies and organizations also attended to raise awareness for many causes.
Zoe Sowa, secretary at the South Bend Police Department, was tasked with setting up this year's National Night Out. Last year's event was organized by former Pacific County Sheriff's Office Chief Civil Deputy Denise Rowlette who departed the office at the start of the year.
"Chief Criminal Deputy Pat Matlock reached out to me to see if I would help this year," Sowa said. "I took part in it last year and helped. Since Denise is no longer there, I was asked to take over and spearheaded it this year."
MENLO - This year's theme for the Pacific County Fair (PCF), "Carnival Lights & Country Nights," was chosen by the Pacific County Fair Advisory Board, and it was submitted by a community person who received $50 for submitting the selection.
Notice is hereby given that the Napavine City Council has scheduled a public hearing pursuant to RCW 36.70A.140 to be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Napavine City Hall, 407 Birch Ave. SW, Napavine, WA 98565, at 6:00 p.m. on The Capital Facilities Plan.
The Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) is prepared in response to community wide interest to develop a structured program for capital improvements to improve the community. The CFP contains a priority listing of projects together with preliminary cost estimates, implementation schedule and anticipated sources of funding. The CFP presents a program for the next 6 years and is consistent with public expectations, adopted comprehensive plans and other planning studies. The City Council will consider and update the CFP on an annual basis to reflect each year in conjunction with a review of the operating budget so that operations and maintenance cost and the CFP can be addressed in the annual budget.
Public comment will be received by the Napavine City Council on the proposed Capital Facilities Plan. Comments may be made in writing to the Napavine Clerk-Treasurer at P.O. Box 810, Napavine, WA 98565 or by appearing before the Napavine City Council.
Winlock Pickersfest is this weekend, August 2 through 4. This year it's not just bluegrass, but several different music genres. They have quite the lineup with everything from classical, jazz, blues, modern progressive bluegrass and swing.
The Benaroya Industrial Park located off North Military Road is a county project from this point on. Lewis County Commissioners along with the Lewis County Economic Development met with Lisa Goodman from Benaroya to discuss the plans of Mickelsen Parkway and the Beneroya development as a whole.
Mickelsen Parkway is going to be built by the county with funds from the county, Benaroya and Washington State legislature. The county 09 funds were also used for the waterline which was granted under former Mayor Lonnie Dowell.
Winlock Dance Center will be having their Grand Opening this Saturday, July 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Robin Brumley is the new owner of the location formerly occupied by First Street Styling. Robin just moved to the area from San Diego, California and recently purchased the building. She has been busy getting it ready for her new dancers.
Robin has an adventurous side, she decided to go to Seattle from San Diego for New Years Eve. On her return to California, she got off the train in Centralia and knew she had found her new home.
This week's yard of the week belongs to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. It may not be the most beautiful yard, but it may be the most lovely and caring. The parishioners of St. Paul's Lutheran Church donate their time, efforts, and seeds to grow this garden. Nearly 100 pounds of fresh produce has been harvested and donated from St. Paul's garden to the Winlock Vader Food Bank. They donated 70 pounds of produce last week.
The practical nature of St. Paul's church project is a wonderful gift to the members of the community. Sue Lindeman started the project in 2013 a year after retiring. She and her husband spearheaded the project with the enthusiastic help of members from St. Paul. Even some of the children meet at the Church on Wednesday mornings to help harvest the vegetables that will be donated to the food bank on the same day.
The Willapa Harbor Festival is only a week and a half away and Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce Director Michelle Layman is hard at work putting the finishing touches on the annual event. The festival will take place at is the normal location at 3rd Street Park in downtown Raymond with other events held around the downtown area.
Washington has been barraged with some of the 'wackiest' weather over the past year and meteorologist are predicting it may get even wackier. The El Nino pattern is expected to dissipate over the next few months with forecasters and forecasting models predicting the possibility of a 'neutral' pattern on the horizon. The problem: neutral normally means wild in meteorologist lingo.
The abnormal year thus far
The El Nino pattern that developed late in 2018 has become one of the weakest in recent memory for the Pacific Northwest according to Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Director Scott McDougall and several meteorologists. El Nino typically means warmer-than-normal temperatures over the winter months along with dryer conditions.
Willapa Valley HS senior Hallee Layman finished in fourth place in the shotput at the USA Track & Field Region 13 Championships (July 6), which qualifies her for the USATF Junior Olympic meet in Sacramento, California.
Pacific County and most of the Pacific Northwest was drenched by a rare July Abnormally Wet System, also known as JAWS, last week. Another potent storm is expected to impact the area late this week possibly as soon as Thursday, July 18 or Friday, July 19.
July has already received above normal rainfall for the month, and according to University of Washington Atmospheric Science Professor Cliff Mass, will be well above normal after the next system impacts the area. Some good has come from the drenching according to Mass, who mentioned the recent rainfall has pushed the fire danger to low for most of western Washington and to moderate on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains.
The City of Toledo has a new member that was appointed to their Planning Commission in April of 2019. Eric Hayes is a new resident of Toledo as well as the newest member of the Planning Commission.
Eric and his wife, Cindy moved to Toledo one year ago, during Cheese Days. They lived in Tigard, Oregon for 18 years before moving to Toledo. They are in the tech business, they design and write mobile applications. Hayes stated, "We found Toledo because of the internet. Toledo offers the best internet in the Northwest and is in the top five in the country. It was a necessity for us to have high speed internet. It's the upload speed that got our attention."
Friday - July 19th
12:00 p.m. - Lunch at Rebekah Lodge - Hot dogs with all the fixings or chili dog with salad and drink
7:00 p.m. - Coronation of Princess Napawinah 2020 - Napavine Grade School
Saturday - July 20th
7:00 a.m. - Breakfast at Rebekah Lodge - Biscuits and Gravy
9:00 a.m. - Car Show - Napavine Shopping Center
11:00 a.m. - Funtime Grand Parade
12:00 p.m. - Lunch - Rebekah Lodge Pulled pork sandwiches, bake sale and vendors in building
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