Behind the scenes of every 911 call are the 911 Operators that make every emergency response possible and get help to residents in their most desperate and helpless time of need.
"We couldn't function without them," Sheriff Scott Johnson said. "They're a very important part of the wheel up here. And we're very lucky to keep them here locally. At one time we were looking at possibly having to close down our 911 Center and contract with another county. Luckily, that never happened."
PacCom has twelve 911 Operators who work varying shifts, but every minute of everyday the call center is staffed. They're determined to do everything they can to get you help. They come from varying backgrounds with one leaving nursing to become a operator to others who have worked there for over 10 years.
Tuesday, April 10 the Tsunami Roadshow came into Raymond and stopped at the Raymond Timberland Library to inform citizens about the risk of a major earthquake and tsunami. A crowd of around 50 residents from all over Northern Pacific County attended.
Walking into Great Northwest Federal Credit Union, among several other places, you can often see handmade wooden cars on the counter. The mystery behind the cars will lead you to a local craftsman by the name of Bob Fehrenbach who builds them to bring joy to children.
"I just can't get ahead," Fehrenbach said. "I just finished making 104 for the kindergarteners at Raymond, South Bend, and Valley. I made them kits that they have to put together themselves and sign when their done."
Pacific Transit System will hold its second 2018 regular quarterly Board Meeting on Thursday, April 12 at the Pacific County Commissioner's Meeting Room at 1216 W. Robert Bush Drive, South Bend. Meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to come and be heard.
BUNCO NIGHT: The Raymond Elks Lodge 1292 is sponsoring Kassie Koski who is going to the National Hoop Shoot in Chicago. The Raymond Eagles #1631 will be holding a fundraiser for Koski's trip on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. Come join them at the Raymond Eagles for a fun night of BUNKO/Silent Auction. Any questions or donations, please contact the Raymond Elks Lodge.
The Northwest Immigration Rights Project is announcing a Pacific County Know Your Rights Workshop on April 13 at the Raymond High School from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Legal consultations are available immediately following the workshop by appointment only. This event is open to all community members and interested individuals. All materials and education will be provided to participants in English and Spanish. There is no cost associated with the workshop or legal consultations.
The Chinook Indian Nation will be holding it monthly Council Meeting at 11:00 a.m. on April 14 at the Chinook Nation Tribal Office at 3 E. Park Street in Bay Center. The meeting is open to all tribal members and attendees are reminded to bring a potluck item. Contact the Tribal Office at (360) 875-6670 if you have any questions.
Free tax return preparation: AARP tax aid volunteers will e-file your taxes for free. Come to the Raymond library every second and forth Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They are there April 14.
The Genealogy Workshop is hosted by the Raymond Timberland Library on Tuesday April 17 and May 15 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Librarian Emily Popvich will lead workshops focusing on two different websites or databases each month. Bring your laptop or use one at the library for hands-on experience. Coffee and light snacks are provided by the Friends of the Raymond Timberland Library. For more information call (360) 942-2408.
IMPROV NIGHT at the Hannan Playhouse, 8th St., Raymond, on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome. Com play theater games of all kinds. Come and watch or join in.
The North County Workshops seek public input on economic and tourism priorities in upcoming meetings. These workshops are scheduled for April 19 in South Bend at the Pacific County Commissioners Annex, May 10 in Raymond at the Grays Harbor College Riverview Campus, May 31 in Menlo at the Willapa Valley High School, and June 28 in Bay Center at the Faith Center Church. For more information contact Jim Sayce at email@example.com or (360) 875-9330.
The Teen Advocacy Coalition invites you to a Community Town Hall. This free event will take place Thursday, April 12 at the South Bend Community Center. Dinner starts at 5:00 p.m. and the event begins at 6:00 p.m.
Topic of discussion: DEMYSTIFY VAPING
The family of Baby Titus has been waiting since January to see him improve. Susie Sickles, Baby Titus' grandmother, stated on Sunday in a message to the Town Crier, "Titus got his heart yesterday and all is well!" He will soon be off of the breathing machine and feeding tube. The community celebrates with the family but our hearts go out to the family who lost their young baby in order to give Titus a normal life.
Little Crane Café in Vader isn't just a local hangout with awesome food, it's a place that many consider an institution. Jason Dailey operates Little Crane for his family. Customers come from all around to eat a meal and to enjoy the atmosphere.
Jason's parents, John and Ginny Dailey, purchased the restaurant with Ginny's sister in 1988. The Dailey's bought out Ginny's sister in the early 90's. Jason said, "my mom had always wanted a restaurant. She was working at Longview Fibre Mill and she saw this as a way to get out of the woods." The family has owned and operated Little Crane ever since. They also own J&G Grocery, which is located behind Little Crane Cafe.
Jason stated, "the Little Crane has been around since the 1950's and it is still serving the same comfort country food to this day." They recently changed the interior with new flooring, tables and chairs but the food quality and atmosphere has remained the same.
Lunafest, a national touring film festival featuring short films by, for and about women, will be coming to Lewis County on April 28 at the Historic Chehalis Theatre. Nine films from all over the world are short, humorous, poignant and thought-provoking.
Sponsored by the Lewis County American Association of University Women (AAUW), all net proceeds will benefit the Human Response Network of Lewis County and scholarships for Lewis County women and girls. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. for complimentary refreshments from local restaurants, as well as browsing the raffle items. The ninety-minute film festival begins at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at Book N Brush in Chehalis, The Station in Centralia, AAUW members and online at www.lunafest.org/chehalis. Ticket prices are $20.
Saturday, May 19 Timbergrounds on Hwy 101 in South Bend will be hosting a fundraiser for 6 year old Avah Ogilvie who has been fighting for her life against leukemia. The fundraiser will be held all day long from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be a bake sale, car wash, and treats from Timber Grounds. All proceeds will go to Avah and her family's expenses for her treatment.
Raymond retained its hold on the Henrie-Weisel Willapa Harbor Tri-District championship Thursday on a rainy lukewarm day at the Leo Rubstello Track facility at Raymond HS. Raymond's star track athlete, Karlee Freeman, won four events and upped her school-record length in the shot put to 43 feet. Freeman, who is going to USC in the fall on a track and field scholarship, also won the discus (159 feet, 11 inches), javelin (126 ft) and 100-meter dash (13.44).
The Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources has released its findings from a 2,500 year old Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) Earthquake scenario. The results have given state and local agencies a better picture as to what could possibly be expected if there were to be a large earthquake in the CSZ.
The definition of staple is something that forms an important part of something else and Grinder's Espresso is that staple of Winlock. Suzanne Smith has owned and operated Grinder's Espresso for over 21 years in the same location. She greets you cheerfully, with kind eyes and a beautiful genuine smile, always ready to please.
The Lewis County Board of County Commissioners are working on a countywide transportation plan that will open up south Lewis County for transportation to Centralia and Chehalis along with providing services for east County. Currently Twin Transit only operates in the Centralia/Chehalis area. Lewis Mountain Transit currently operates in east Lewis County but there is nothing in the way of transportation for south Lewis County.
On March 16, the Napavine FFA hosted a petting zoo. Children from the Napavine elementary were welcomed over. Napavine middle school and high school students were also able to visit the zoo.
Raymond smashed North Beach twice and then had the tables turned when Ocosta whipped the Lady Seagulls twice in fastpitch softball doubleheaders last week.
Last Wednesday (March 28) at North Beach, Raymond stomped the Lady Hyaks 15-5 and 17-6.
This last week was abuzz with Business Week occurring in downtown Raymond. Juniors from all three high schools participated in a week-long Business Week series sponsored by many local businesses and the GEAR UP Program.
Raymond City Council member and attorney of law Pam Nogueira-Maneman has announced she will being running for prosecutor against current elected prosecutor Mark McClain. Nogueira is a University of Washington Law School Graduate and currently practices law at Ingram, Zelasko & Goodwin LLP in Aberdeen.
When I was hired as superintendent almost four years ago, one of the questions being asked was how the district might move forward on addressing the Chauncey Davis elementary building. Even though the district maintains its buildings and grounds well, it's a challenge to expect an elementary school approaching 70 years of age to meet the safety and learning needs of our students. Knowing this, the school board and I began looking into possibilities.
Dear Savvy Senior,
Though it may seem hard to believe, at age 65, I never have gotten around to making a will, but I'd like to now. My question is: Do I need to hire a lawyer to write my will, or can I do it myself? I want to get my affairs in order, but I hate paying an attorney fee if I don't have to.
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