Last week's storms caused a few issues throughout the Pacific Northwest, but one of the most unique problems was suffered by South Bend Schools. Superintendent Jon Tienhaara ended up closing the schools on Tuesday, January 7 due to excessive storm water in the South Bend sewer systems.
MENLO - Willapa Valley HS senior Hallee Layman is living a dream. Layman recently signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Hawai'i at Manoá on a track and field scholarship.
The City of Napavine has a new mayor. Shawn O'Neill was sworn in on December 30, 2019 and will have presided over his first council meeting this past Tuesday. O'Neill has been serving for almost three years on the Napavine City Council. He is a natural leader and wanted to take it to the next step.
By the late 1850s the farms of Cowlitz Prairie and farms along the river bottom were producing exceptional amounts of hay, oats and potatoes. So much, that a large market was needed. Up until this time produce along with all kinds of other goods were transported along the Cowlitz River in canoes manned by Cowlitz Indians, who made their living transporting goods. One such man was George Katel or as he was affectionately called Indian George. He was well known in the area.
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Save Our Selves, a non-religious recovery group, holds it meeting every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Tradewinds multi-purpose room, 4305 Pomeroy Ave. in Tokeland. An SOS recreation group also gets together every Sunday from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Shoalwater Bay gymnasium. There is no charge to attend, but donations are always appreciated.
Free yoga classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Pacific Arts Gallery on Third St. in Raymond. Donations gladly accepted.
Food Bank Info
The North Pacific County Food Bank, located on the corner of Larch Street and Park Avenue in Raymond, is generally open to serve those in need every Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Commodities are issued beginning the first Thursday of each month until supplies last.
Free Soup Kitchen
Adventist Community Services is offering a meal with their Free Soup Kitchen at 1134 Crescent Street in Raymond. Come join them for a meal from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16. They will offer a hot meal every third Thursday of the month.
Timberland libraries will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2020.
Build Your Gnome a Home
On Tuesday, January 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the Raymond Timberland Library is offering a DIY program to create a gnome or fairy house for your littlest backyard neighbors. This program is free and all materials are provided. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.
The Willapa Harbor Quilters meet every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church at 913 Duryea in Raymond. Come and join us. Learn a new skill or teach us some of yours.
South Bend students delivered 2,046 pounds of food and $4,067 in cash to the Legacy Community Outreach Food Bank. The donation was the result of a school-wide food drive before Christmas break.
In response to a request for aid by the Shoalwater Bay Tribe, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District has declared a state of emergency for Shoalwater on December 17, 2019. The tribe requested help stabilizing the Federally authorized flood risk reduction berm near Tokeland. The Corps began work on the berm on December 19.
The Corps worked on the berm during low tide shoring up 1,800 linear feet along the Shoalwater Bay Barrier Dune.
"The team of emergency responders worked in two shifts 24 hours a day to place rock along the berm in order to reduce the risk to the Tokeland community," said Anthony Doersam with Seattle District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Emergency Management Branch.
"The flood team and tribe has made significant progress repairing critical areas," said Seattle District Emergency Management Branch Chief Doug Weber.
It takes a special person to coach sports, a person who's heart is in it for the students and the school. KC Oakley is not just any assistant coach, she is the Winlock High School Girls Basketball Assistant Coach and she loves what she does.
The City of Vader has seen some changes this past week. The mayor, Lois Wilson, has resigned and Mayor Pro tem Joe Schey has stepped up to fill in. Also, the City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk have resigned as well. In a recent letter to the Lewis County News, Mayor Pro Tem Schey reassured the citizens.
What was once the old W.A.A.C. (Winlock Athletic Club) building has also played a very important role in Winlock's history as a prime hub of the egg laying industry. For the past 32 years it has been owned by Janice and Dan Smith who have run their wholesale craft business, Craft INT out of it. You can find it at 307 NW Kerron St.
It was presumably built sometime in the 1800's. During it's time as the W.A.A.C., it served as a dance hall, the local gymnasium, and the gym for the school. At that time, the current school building did not include a gym of its own. The first Finnish settlers who came to Winlock built a clubhouse with a stage and "for two generations, it became the center of activities for all their social life. It was called the Finnish Hall. Plays, holiday festivities, wedding receptions and the center of their social life." Although it is not specified as to where or which building this Finnish Hall was, one can wonder if the Finnish Hall later became the W.A.A.C. It remained the W.A.A.C. until Leland Cattermole purchased the building in 1926.
The Winlock City Council meeting on December 23 showed that this new council wants transparency, and transparency is what the citizens saw for the first time in two years. The new Winlock City Council was elected for change, and change is exactly what occurred.
At the beginning of the meeting, the agenda was changed to allow Mike Hogg time to speak on his experience with the city law firm Hillier Scheibmeir & Kelly PS. At one time, Hogg was not allowed to attend Winlock City Council meetings, which is a clear violation of the Open Public Meeting Act. In documents, provided by Hogg to Winlock City Council members, it shows a pattern where the city attorney assisted the mayor in violating Hogg's civil rights.
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