The Vader Park Board has replaced the door to the Historic City Jail after it was vandalized on May 25. Resident Andy Wilson has been credited with donating the new door, which was installed last Friday.
The Park Board is also selling Plush Pippen Pies in time for Thanksgiving. 12-inch pies are $6 and 9-inch pies are $5, with flavors including apple, berry and pumpkin. To place an order or check on availability, call Steve Krohn at (360) 880-6281.
The Vader Planning Commission will be meeting this Friday at 4 p.m. in City Hall for a public hearing regarding a proposed permanent ban against recreational and medical marijuana facilities. Their recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for consideration at an upcoming meeting, and passage of a ban has the potential to impact a number of proposed marijuana businesses within the city limits and urban growth area. Those unable to attend the hearing may listen to a recording at www.youtube.com/user/vaderwa.
City Hall would also like to clarify their plans for upcoming side sewer inspections, intended to begin later next month. If you have a house older than 20 years, City Hall would like to have a contractor inspect it for you, but only with your consent. If the side sewer is found to be leaking, you would be liable for the price of the inspection as well as be required to replace the side sewer, while clean inspections will be paid for by the city. If your side sewer does need replacing, another round of grant application will be opened this spring for residents who qualify to have them replaced for free, while officials are seeking funding for residents who are not eligible for the grants. For more information, call City Hall at (360) 295-3222.
The Vader Assembly of God Church will be opening their food bank Tuesday, Oct. 14, and again on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The food bank is available to all area residents and opens at 10 a.m. For more information, call (360) 295-3756.
The Castle Rock CARE Coalition will be hosting another Strengthening Families Program starting Monday, Oct. 13, at the Vader Assembly of God Church, and all area families are invited to participate. This free 14-week program is intended to connect parents with the support and skills needed to face the many stresses of raising children and dealing with everyday life. For more information, call program coordinator Dianne Swanson at (360) 636-2565.