The Raymond Timberland Library is offering Drama-rama on Wednesdays starting Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Learn how to be on stage and let your inner star shine brightly. Come to one workshop or join us weekly for improv games and acting challenges.
The Economic and Recreation Development Plan Workshop invited you to join in on a meeting focusing on North Cove/Grayland/Tokeland taking place at the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Community Center Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Rock Painting - Make It @ The Library: On Thursday, Jan. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the Raymond Timberland Library offers new rock painting techniques such as aborigianl dot art or staphorster stipwerk or any other creation. All meterials provided. Open to teens and adults.
The 11th Annual Elma Winter Wine Festival takes place Saturday, Jan. 20 running from noon to 9:00 p.m. at the Grays Harbor Fair & Event Center in Elma. Must be 21+.
Titus Oran Sickles was born on Monday, Jan. 8 and weighed in at 8 pounds 5 ounces and 20 inches long.
The first Winlock City Council meeting with Don Bradshaw as Mayor took place on Monday night, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. with many in attendance. This was also the first meeting for new city council member, Connie Sneed, as well.
After the flag salute and approval of the agenda, Bradshaw discussed what he had accomplished for the week and also that he sent a letter of intent to the City of Toledo regarding the police contract. The letter states "this letter is to officially notify the city of Toledo of Winlock's intentions to pursue restoring the Winlock Police Department and the subsequent termination of the inter-local agreement with Toledo for law enforcement services. We will be presenting the information we gather to the City Council for a final decision." He also stated they are waiting for Toledo's response prior to discussing this in public. He stated, "we will do this, as I said, in accordance with the contract in an orderly fashion." As of Jan. 15, no response has been received by Toledo.
The Renegade Rooster in Winlock, owned by Roy Richards, will be on Seattle station KOMO TV on Jan. 17 at 6:00 p.m.
The Renegade Rooster houses a lot of Winlock history in his collection going back many generations.
Don't forget to set your recorder to watch the Renegade Rooster on KOMO.
The Willapa Hills Trail was a major topic not just at the Raymond city council meeting on Jan. 2, but also at the South Bend city council meeting on Jan. 8. At both meetings at least one council member brought to attention the progress and continued surge to get unkempt and neglected portions of the trail repaired.
Speaking with Jessica Porter, one of the driving forces behind the push to see the trail repaired, she tells us, "this past summer Cheryl Green and Rebecca Chaffee met with the Lewis County Community Trails folks to talk about what's been happening on the Willapa Hills Trail on their end and we ended organizing a meeting for folks here in Pacific County. We kind of timed it just right to start working with state parks on their next two year grant cycle."
After over 110 years of family ownership Dennis Company has been sold to Westlake Ace Hardware based out of Lenexa, Kansas. Joining a company that owns and runs over 120 stores nationwide and continues to grow.
Speaking with Dennis Company President Brent Dennis about the sale he tells us, "for us it was just time. Randy and I are both the fourth generation of family ownership and none of our kids really want to run the family business and we don't want to work here forever. We've wanted to retire at some point and that time has come."
"It wasn't easy for us to decide," he continued. "But we looked for a company that shared our strong morals and values and would serve the public like we have for over 100 years."
The South Bend and Raymond School Districts are looking to combine forces to create an boys varsity and girls varsity soccer team and the prospect looks promising.
"Because we would have to combine they take into account the total student population from both schools which would make us a 1-A combined team," South Bend Superintendent Jon Tienhaara tells us. "I've already reached out to the closest league and they tell me they have a spot for us."
Dear Savvy Senior,
What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I will be retiring in a few years and are interested in living in a foreign country that's cheaper than the U.S.
Let's talk Medicare. We're not getting into the various parts of Medicare, but we are going to take a look at how fraud has continued to hit the Medicare system.
It used to be that when we heard about "organized crime", we pictured everything from 1930's machine gun toting bad guys to Ponzi schemes and illegal gambling. As with the rest of society, crime has kept up with cultural changes and relevant "opportunities".
Some may be surprised that Medicare is a huge target, and a while back, I read that approximately $60 billion has been scammed from Medicare---and that just in one year. Fraud runs rampant and where's there's money to be made, scammers will gather.
The Town Crier is starting a Mayor's Corner with Don Bradshaw to inform the citizens of Winlock what he is doing. The Town Crier will be doing this as a public service for the city
The Toledo city council meeting on Jan. 2, 2018, went off without a hitch and a big surprise. Mayor Steve Dobosh opened the meeting with the flag salute.
During the meeting, a winner of the ToledoTel Food Bank drawing was drawn and the winner of the television was Doris Rogers. Mayor Dobosh then reported The Cheese Ball Drop on New Years Eve was a success with around 100 people in attendance for music, laughter and the lighted cheese ball with cheese sticks attached.
The surprise of the evening was when the city council position 1 winner of the election declined to accept the oath of office. He stated it was due to the fact that Jim Fluckinger received more votes than he did during the election for positions 1 and 2.
The Napavine school not only has talented musicians, athletes and students; we also have amazing artists.
Seniors such as Stasha Pinion and Victoria Santana are given an opportunity to look at art as a career. Students such as Ada Williams, Makenna Dahlin and Garrett Rushton use art as a time to concentrate and relax while painting or sketching.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo Jan. 4 rescinding an Obama administration stance on state marijuana laws known as the Cole Memo. Rescinding the stance has cast a shadow of unfortunate doubt over states that have legalized recreational marijuana and states that have legalized medical marijuana.
New Raymond Mayor Douglas Nordin settled into his new seat at the Raymond City Council meeting on Jan. 2 after being sworn in by City of Raymond Clerk Gretchen Sagen. Present were about 25 residents excited to see the swearing in of whom many were family or friends of his and provided a very warm welcome to the new mayor.
Local food drives this year resulted in a major success for our local food banks after an outpouring of support from community members, businesses, donors and unrelenting determination from local students.
Dear Savvy Senior,
Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother's home-care bills? Mom is recovering from a stroke and needs in-home care, but I understand Medicare doesn't cover it, and she doesn't have long-term care insurance.
So you've decided you don't want to remain at home alone any longer. Maybe you've had some health issues and safety has become a more important issue than in the past. Maybe you've thought about hiring an in-home care worker to help out, but realize that the majority of the day--and night--you might still be alone.
Maybe you're just tired of not being around other people and want to live somewhere that has socialization opportunities, plus help when/if needed.
I've talked a lot about Adult Family Homes (AFH) and Assisted Living facilities (AL) in this space, and I won't dig into their details again right now. The advice given time after time still is valid: Look before you leap. Even if you're just thinking about moving into one or the other, check them out, talk to residents and staff, ask around.
On Thursday, Dec. 28, Lewis County Sheriff's Deputies office served a warrant at 121 Nelson Road in Winlock. The Sheriff's office obtained information about this illegal grow from a recent marijuana bust in Vader.
The final meeting of the year for Winlock City Council was held Dec. 26 at 6:30 p.m. During the meeting several things occurred such as service awards and swearing in of the new mayor.
Sally Vogel, Chairman of the Winlock Park Board, was given the award for Volunteer of the Year which is voted on by the Winlock City Council. Other awards by a private citizen were given to outgoing city council members and mayor just before the meeting was adjourned and before the new mayor and council member were sworn in.
At the beginning of the meeting, two council members resigned leaving two vacancies. Applications for city council will be available after Jan. 2 until Feb. 1 at the City Hall.
There is a fundraiser being held at Toledo High School on Jan. 14 at 12:30 p.m. for baby Titus Sickles, about to be born in January. It will be a live auction featuring such items as a Great Wolf overnight package, 8 hours of handyman services along with other auction items. They will also have a Taco Soup feed while the auction is going on.
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