The first weekend in December kicks off the holiday celebration in the Raymond area. Dress warmly and plan to run around on Saturday, December 7.
Start your day off with Breakfast with Santa at the American Legion at 9:30 a.m. Bring the kids down for a hot breakfast. Meet Santa and have your photo taken with him. Breakfast is hosted by Willapa Bay Helping Hands.
SOUTH BEND - After the last ballot count in the November 5, 2019 General Election on November 26, a final total of 7,666 ballots were counted of 15,511 registered voters in Pacific County. The voter turnout was 49.42 percent. There were hardly any close races and many candidates ran unopposed.
In one close race, Donald Richter defeated Michael Turner by 222 votes in the Pacific-Wahkiakum Superior Court Judge Position 1 race. Richter gathered 51.33% of the vote compared to 48.12% for Turner. Richter received 3,541 votes and Turner took in 3,319 votes.
Toni Williams crushed Michael Lignoski 1,805 to 984 for Hospital Dist. 2 Comm. Pos. 1. Williams amassed 64.03% of the votes cast and Lignoski received 34.91%.
Suzanne Jean Smith (age 72) of Pe Ell, WA, peacefully passed away to be with the Lord on October 30, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born to Harold and Jean Hilton on December 1, 1946, in Wenatchee, WA.
Newly elected council member Brandon Svenson received a letter from the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission on Monday, November 25, 2019.
On November 22, Mayor Don Bradshaw, as a citizen, filed a complaint against Brandon Svenson, a candidate for the city council. Mayor Bradshaw stated in his complaint, "As a citizen of Winlock, I believe I have the right to know where campaign funds were either solicited or donated to an individual running for office, and how the funds were spent. I'm aware that the population of Winlock is less than 5,000, there is still a right to know as a taxpayer. There is a reason to believe that the candidate may have been subsidized by the Lewis County News, formerly known as the Town Crier in order to influence votes..."
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Grief Support Group
The Grief Support Group is held at 3:00 p.m. every Wednesday at the Raymond Timberland Library. This meeting is sponsored by Harbors Home Health & Hospice.
Narcotics Anonymous meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2200 N. Nyhus in Westport.
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.
On Thursday, December 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1134 Crescent St. in Raymond, is running a soup kitchen. This is a free meal. Beginning in January they will offer the soup kitchen on a weekly basis.
Every Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. a writer's workshop will be held. Write your story. Your life. Your dreams. Where you've been. Where you want to go and why. Yes, you can write! Think! Put it down on paper and share it with others. Location: 118 Kendrick, South Bend.
Raymond Food Bank
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.
When we think of businesses in Winlock, we often think of Cedar Village IGA, one of the longest-running businesses in Winlock. Raleigh Stone started Cedar Village in 1979. With Thanksgiving upon us, it's only fitting to be thanking the family that has been here for 40 years.
If you are looking for that handmade gift for that special someone during the holidays, your shopping needs can be met right here in Winlock. The Winlock Village Gift Shop is made up of local crafters who offer homemade items for your friends and family.
They offer crocheted and knitted items. jewelry, aprons pot holders, kitchen towels, home decor, preserves and pickles, horseshoe yard art, glass home decor, children's clothing, purses, neck pillows, animal planters, birdhouses, woodworking, homemade cards, quilts, and blankets..
"It's the holiday season," said Police Chief Eastham. "Lock your cars."
According to the report Eastman gave to the South Bend City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 13, the reports of car prowling go up starting just before Thanksgiving and continue through to Christmas.
"Don't leave anything valuable in them," he said. "Reports of car prowlers are picking up. We haven't had anything important stolen yet. Just a little cash and change, but if you have something worth money in your car and you do not lock it, it's your fault, plain and simple."
2019 marks the fourth year of the Derik Nissell Toy Drive. Beginning in November each year, the toy drive gives people a chance to help out local children who all need a brand new toy to unwrap for Christmas.
The toy drive was set up to honor South Bend High School Alumni Derik S. Nissell. On February 29, 2016 his premature death shocked the community. He was only in his mid-twenties. While working for the Westport Shipyard, Nissell would donate toys to the shipyard's toy drive. The Derik Nissell Toy Drive continues with this tradition.
"So we're collecting toys for underprivileged children in North Pacific County in our area," said Nissell's mother, Joyce Kidd. "We are hoping people will participate. It is a great cause. We collect a lot of toys."
The toy drive will be collecting toys until Friday, December 13.
Pastor Tracy Durham of Vader Assembly of God church was a part of the 2019 Paradigm World Mission trip which took place in Brazil. Here he met with other church leaders of Assembly of God Church.
While there Pastor Tracy and the other missionaries were able to help out one of the local assemblies substantially with financial assistance. A lot of visiting and fellowship occurred with a small amount of site seeing. Much of their intended plans however, changed rather quickly as they found themselves amidst a citywide revolt.
In Bolivia, election day is a national holiday. Businesses close. Transportation comes to a standstill and everyone becomes a pedestrian. There are vendors on the streets from 7:00 a.m. until the 8:30 p.m. curfew. The mission crew were in the city on this day in meeting at a local restaurant enjoying lunch when they were warned by a local that there was a large demonstration coming down the road of angry citizens.
On Wednesday, November 13 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a house fire engulfed the home located at 108 N.E. Laurel Ave. in Winlock. The call came in as a residential structural fire with smoke and visible flames.
When the firefighters arrived, they found a home engulfed in flames from the side of the structure. All occupants were out of the home. The home threatened a detached garage and travel trailer.
SOUTH BEND - South Bend turned in a rewarding first season of 8-man football under first-year head coach Chuck Spoor. The Indians completed a winning season at 5-2, or 6-2 if you count the forfeit against Taholah. Consider the fact that the WIAA wouldn't let South Bend play in a league and get a chance to compete in the postseason, the Indians showed up for every game with a positive mental attitude and ready to play and accounted for themselves with a lot of class.
"I'm very proud of the team and staff for putting together a successful season," Coach Spoor told the Herald. (We) definitely met expectations."
From the first day of practice until the final game, Coach Spoor believed his team progressed.
During a roof repair over Thorbeckes in South Bend, a dangerous structural issue was uncovered, which resulted in the temporary closure of Thorbeckes and the Department of Licensing office.
On a red sign posted on the building is a Do Not Enter notice for 307 E. Robert Bush Drive, South Bend. The notice states that the building is dangerous to enter and occupy. "The building or structure is deemed dangerous under many of the provisions of Section 302 of the Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings," states the notice.
Tucked away in one of the more quiet corners of Lewis County in the town of Toledo, you will find an unobtrusive building with a sign that reads 'The Crowded Kitchen Catering Co.' This would be the kitchen for one of this area's dedicated food caterers; owned and operated by the Birdwell family who all come from a long line of passionate cooks and chefs. Lorinne Birdwell spoke about some of the things they have to offer our community in catering.
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