Vader's May Day celebration is back on May 5, 2018, celebrating 66 years of May Day! This year the theme is Cinco de May Day 2018.
The Masonic Lodge will have a breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Vendors will be setting up at 9:00 a.m. and will stay until the event is over. The Little Crane Cafe will be hosting children's games by the post office starting at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a silent auction at the Community Building starting at 9:00 a.m. until all prizes are gone.
The parade will start at 11:00 a.m. The band Sucker Punch will play at the event at noon. After the parade there will be a cake walk and Hawaiian Hula dancers.
There will be face painting, cotton candy and various carnival games.
Winlock has a new Allstate Personal Financial Representative! Many of us already know him: Jim Hammer. Jim has been around Winlock since 2009 when he started with Farmers Insurance.
Jim's experience in financial services is impressive. He quickly became number 1 in the state as a Farmers Financial Representative. He then became first in the Pacific Northwest. He then ranked in the top 50 nationally and finally was 6th in the nation. Jim was also one of Dave Ramsey's endorsed local providers for three years.
Jim takes care of his clients, saying "I love to help people. There is such a need. Every one of my 537 clients are my friends and I truly care about them." He has a different approach than most. "I sit down and take the time to get to know them and understand their needs. I teach them about investment with the heart of a teacher. I will make recommendations to see what they like best." Jim gets a lot of his clients from referrals "I have a great referral base and most of my clients refer others to me."
Jim has offices in Ridgefield and Lacey but his main office is here in Winlock. He is the financial representative for nine Allstate insurance agents. He said that Allstate does not charge fees for transaction or management services.
Toledo's Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) are headed to Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia, this Summer. FCCLA is having a Bingo night to help raise funds for the students.
The FCCLA team competed in state on January 19 in the Tri-Cities with two first place finishers, a second and a third place. They have two students attending for Leadership Academy.
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.
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.
The City of Toledo has responded by letter dated March 20, 2018, to Winlock's February 27, 2018, letter which alleged breach of contract by Toledo and intent to restore Winlock's own police department, and the City of Winlock's wish to terminate the agreement on June 1, 2018.
The City of Toledo is rejecting all claims of material breach and also states that Winlock did not follow the Dispute Resolution protocol as set forth in the Interlocal Agreement.
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