This past weekend, bluegrass music lovers from around the country congregated at Toledo High School for the Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival, and what an event it was.
Paul's Automotive has been a part of the Winlock community for so many years it's an institution. Paul graduated from Winlock High School in 1961 and went into the military after graduating. He started in the automotive business with his brother in 1965, and he has been here every since.
The Winlock Assembly of God, located at 702 SE First St., is pleased to announce the opening of Our Closet is Your Closet, a clothing bank for the entire community
Basics Northwest, a provider of services to children with autism and related special needs, will hold an open house event at its new clinic at 2570 Ocean Avenue in Raymond on Wednesday, August 16, from 5-7 p.m.
This past June a new photography business -- Emma Rose Company LLC -- opened its doors in South Bend.
Situated at 1015 W. Robert Bush Drive, between Elixir Café and the Chester Tavern, the space is utilized by owner Emma Rose not only as a studio but for hosting photography workshops as well.
David "Bugzy" Frank, 63, a member of the Chinook Tribe and a fisherman and former logger of mixed Chinook and Quinault descent, is determined to save the area's fish populations by chasing away sea lions. He estimates, for example, that about 30 of the aggressive predators are currently ensconced in an area beyond the Raymond Bridge.
I recently read a book written by Denver elementary school teacher Kyle Schwarz. The book, entitled "I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids," details some of the experiences that Ms. Schwartz has had in her role as teacher in the primary grades and how they have affected her personally and professionally. It is a stark reminder that 1) adults are primarily teachers of children, rather than simply subject matter and 2) every child has unique talents and needs. Though these insights are neither new nor unique, it is sometimes easy for parents, community members and school staff to forget how important (and challenging) it is to strive to always take these two facts into account when working with our young charges.
Dear Savvy Senior,
I'm interested in downsizing my smartphone wireless plan, and am looking for the best low cost options. I use my phone primarily for talking and texting, but also need some cellular data for checking my email and other functions when I'm away from WiFi. What can you tell me?
Speaking of maybe saving some money...
I was talking with one of our SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) people the other day and he mentioned a renewed interest in our communities about a program that can actually reduce some premium costs.
Dear Savvy Senior,
I would like to hire a personal assistant/home helper for my mom to assist with some simple household chores like house keeping, errand running, driving her to the doctor, and keeping her company. But mom doesn't require personal/physical caregiving nor does she require any home medical care. Any tips to help us find someone?
Looking for Mom
Richard Woolley and his son Justin have been servicing the area of Napavine, Toledo, and Winlock for the past decade with their Chehalis-based tractor parts and repair business, Farm House Equipment.
Andrew and Shasta Morton seem like just your normal young couple living in the Winlock area, that is until they start to talk about the charity with which they're involved, The Fallen Outdoors. The pair are giving back to our veterans in a big way.
The founders of The Fallen Outdoors are Eric Bakken and Tim Adams, who started the organization in 2009. It currently operates in 39 states with thousands of volunteers nationwide.
Creations by Robert Fermanis now on display at Raymond gallery
With the recent opening of Pacific Fine Art Studio and Gallery in Raymond, local sculptor Robert Fermanis, who already has a few pieces on display there, has taken a renewed interest in his own work.
Clerk/Treasurer Dee Roberts reported to the South Bend City Council on June 26 on the Association of Washington Cities conference she and other city officials had recently attended. Based on what she'd learned there, Roberts warned that the city will have to be cognizant in the future of remaining neutral in regard to ballot measures and persons running for elected office.
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler spoke from her Washington D. C. office with constituents during a telephone town hall held June 27, mainly addressing questions regarding health care legislation.
Beutler began, however, by mentioning her work on a bipartisan bill that had passed the House and which is aimed at helping welfare recipients transition to work.
I've noticed something. Many of the people in my area of social services appear to be aging. And sometimes when I need a new picture ID, or really look into the mirror, I realize I seem to be one such person.
On the other hand, it also appears that a lot of people are becoming involved at a much earlier age, which is encouraging.
At times, I run into folks who say they know very little about "senior" services or about related issues and concerns. And sometimes, I think "Keep on living, and you'll become very familiar with them".
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