When we think of barbeque, we think of good ole' southern barbeque. Now, when you hear about barbeque in the area, you immediately think of Bonanza BBQ in Toledo, the place with the pig smoker in the front. Dan and Chris Gorton opened their first barbeque restaurant/catering business in 2015 and have been growing ever since.
A new youth organization is coming to Southwest Washington to help the youth in our area. The organization is called Young Marines; their mission is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls. The program also helps the youth enjoy a healthy drug free lifestyle.
The Winlock community continues to invest in infrastructure essential to developing the Benaroya Pacific Northwest Regional Logistics Center near Winlock.
During the last Legislative session Senator John Braun successfully advocated and retained $1.5 million in funding to extend utility infrastracture to the Benaroya site.
The City of Winlock will utilize the Legislative funding to build a 1.3 mile (7,000 feet) of waterline that will be extended to the south end of the Industrial Park.
The 34th Annual Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival will take place this coming weekend at Toledo High School. This is an event that has been going on for so many years, that if you haven't attended you should.
In the Spring, Astoria Graham, daughter of Shannon and Jason Graham decided to take care of the flower pot by city hall. It has been fun to watch the wild flowers grow throughout the summer and see Astoria take care of it as well.
When you think of Farmers Markets, you don't realize what one has to go through to sell there. Carol and Steve Berch of River House Bake Shop in Toledo showed what it takes to go through the cottage food industry, which many markets now require.
The 18th Annual Winlock Pickers' Festival is this weekend August 3 - 5 at Winolequa Park here in Winlock. This is a festival that is enjoyed by many people in the area, they have workshops, and many other events throughout the weekend.
In January of this year, Dave Rupert joined Heritage Pacific Realty in Winlock. In June, Rupert was awarded the At Home with Diversity certification from the National Association of Realtors. Rupert joins 25,000 other real estate professionals in North America who have earned this certification after completing an extensive course in diversity, fair housing education and other topics.
Rupert started his career in photography, working with various newspapers in the area and as a contract photographer. He had photographed weddings, marathons, sporting events. His most valued photo is of Dale Lee Wallace holding the molds of Big Foot's feet.
Children Theatre Workshop is being held this week at Morgan Arts Centre in Toledo. At the end of the workshop on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. everyone is invited to attend a performance by the children who spent the week learning to perform.
Winlock Mayor Don Bradshaw appointed a new Chief of Police with City Council approval on June 25, 2018. He has been introducing himself around the community and is answering calls that come in.
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