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Trick or Treat during a pandemic
Photo by Karen S. Carter - Ghosts and other monsters appear in the front yard of the house on 1st St. W and Ferry St. in South Bend celebrates the Halloween season.
Trick or Treat during a pandemic

Unfortunately during a pandemic trick or treating is very difficult to pull off safely. Many of the activities that are commonly held during Halloween may have to be postponed until next year.

"We are not canceling Halloween," said Pacific County Health Department's Stephanie Michael. "We are not trying to kill all the fun, but it is important to maintain safety measures." The CDC and Washington State Health Department has put out a list of safety guidelines to keep kids safe and to protect others during Halloween.

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COVID Update Cases spike last wee

A total of 17 Positive COVID-19 cases were discovered in Pacific County last week.

On Monday, October 5 the Pacific County Health and Human Services received notice of three positive cases. These were in addition to the 88 previously reported cases. All three cases are between 70-80 years old and are isolating at home. Case investigations concluded that these cases are the result of two separate and small social gatherings (less than ten individuals).

On Friday, October 9, testing results came back with eight more positive cases, who are isolating at home.

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Memorial interpretive panels installed this summer
Photo by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission - Interpretive panels installed in the parking area of the Willie Keil's Grave help tell the history of the Willapa Valley area.
Memorial interpretive panels installed this summer

Over the summer, a concrete pad and three interpretive panels have been installed along Hwy. 6 at the turn out for the Willie Keil's Grave. The project to display the area's history has been taking a while to accomplish, but this is just a starting point according to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

"I apologize that it took so long, but I'm glad Willie's story is finally being told again," said Exhibit Development Coordinator Sam Wotipka. "It turned out to be a really interesting one. I hope the new exhibits do it justice."

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Monumental election looms for voters
Monumental election looms for voters

SOUTH BEND - This year's general election has been deemed as the most significant one ever by pundits, not only on the presidential level but also on the congressional and senatorial races as well. And, the state congressional races and the local level contests are just as important! Ballots are being mailed out Friday for the November 3 election. The start of the 18-day voting period is Oct. 16 through Nov. 3, 8 pm. Ballots are mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers. On the ballot are 22 offices up for grabs with 45 candidates running.

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Shoalwater Bay Casino donates to HAVA
Photo by Karen S. Carter - Shoalwater Bay Casino Marketing Manager Todd Arend, Shoalwater Bay Casino General Manager/CEO of Willapa Bay Enterprises Johnny Winokur, and Willapa Bay Enterprises Treasurer Jamie Judkins presented HAVA Director Dee Roberts wit
Shoalwater Bay Casino donates to HAVA

HAVA Director Dee Roberts gratefully accepted a $5,000 check from the Shoalwater Bay Casino and Willapa Bay Enterprises that benefits HAVA of Raymond. The presentation was on Thursday, September 24.

"We have lost almost $12,000 not being able to fundraise and that is a huge blow for us," commented Roberts.

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A special train, a special legion, and a special flag
The Betsy Ross Flag flying in Gig Harbor in 1986.
A special train, a special legion, and a special flag

In 1919, soon after World War I ended, veterans of that war, to end all wars, formed the American Legion. The Legion grew to be the largest veterans service organization in the United States committed to advocating patriotism, honor, strong national security and wholesome community projects.

This year, 2020, Post 150 continues to celebrate the Centennial of the American Legion and its own Post Centennial (charter date: 15 of October 1920). Our centennial festivities will also include participation by the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion.

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Baby in Pacific County tests COVID positive

More COVID-19 cases were reported last week, taking the county from a low risk area into the high risk category.

On Monday, September 7, the Pacific County Health and Human Services received notice of two positive cases of COVID-19 in Pacific County. These cases are in addition to the 66 previously reported cases for a total of 68 cases.

One of the confirmed positive cases is a child less than one year old who is isolating at home. The second confirmed case is an individual who is between 60-70 years old and currently isolating outside of Pacific County.

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Speedy response douses fire
Photo by Brianna Farley - A fast-moving brush fire on the upper part of West First Street in South Bend was speedily extinguished by the local firefighters and the DNR early Friday evening.
Speedy response douses fire

SOUTH BEND - Rapid-fire promptness and precision teamwork enabled firefighters to knock down a big brush fire that easily could have turned into a huge forest fire in South Bend. Led by the South Bend Volunteer Fire Department and joined by three fire departments, a potential disaster was avoided after quick work by firefighters who hosed down the fire in the woods directly behind Bud's Lumber in the area known as Payne's Alley in South Bend early Friday evening at 5:47.

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International Overdose Awareness Day held on August 31
Photo by Jackie Smith - Willapa Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist Natalie Hultman and MAT-PDOA Project Director Bethany Barnard held two events for International Overdose Awareness Day in South Bend and Long Beach.
International Overdose Awareness Day held on August 31

Working together, the Pacific County Health & Human Services Department and Willapa Behavioral Health honored International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31.

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Young van Gogh's give away their works of art
Photo by George Kunke - From left are Golda Perry, Maddie Perry, Elsie Schreck, Josephine Perry, Maggie Schreck, Ruth Schreck, and Isaiah Perry, holding Yanni Perry. The kids practiced social distancing but were asked to take off their masks for the photo
Young van Gogh's give away their works of art

SOUTH BEND - There were some very young entrepreneurs having fun while painting and offering their artwork on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Robert Bush Memorial Park in South Bend.

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