Local efforts to improve utilities, as well as the growing number of businesses in town, were highlighted during Vision: Toledo's annual Big Community Meeting last Thursday at Toledo Middle School.
Part of the group's ongoing efforts to re-vitalize the Toledo community, local business leaders and officials spoke of recent successes as well as plans for upcoming projects.
Happy April and Happy April Fool's Day. On the latter, a day reserved for pranks and practical jokes is a tradition that dates back many centuries and is practiced in many different geographical regions. It is thought to have originated in France, but it spread quickly and easily elsewhere.
As the days get longer, the greens are greener and more blooms are blossoming every day. A weather system that recently blew through seems to have brought quite an assortment of songbirds. Our beautiful violet-green swallows have arrived and I found a young yellow-rump warbler sitting in the middle of Jackson St. I imagine it was totally exhausted from its flight. It appeared uninjured so I gently placed it under low hanging branches of a spruce tree. I'm hoping it fared well.
Cyndi Philbrook says: No fooling! Cheese Days Buttons are out on the street! Local business are selling the buttons. Get yours early as availability is limited. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 864-4774.
Do you have your parade entry ready for May Day? You don't need a whole float to participate, just a love and excitement for the town and perhaps a costume or two. The theme this year is "Trains, Tractors and May Flowers," and parade entry forms can be found at J & G Grocery and Cedar Village IGA. Questions? Call Janet Charlton at (360) 295-3011.
Vendor spaces are also available, for everything from food, to rides, to merchandise and other festival-oriented services. For information on how to become a May Day vendor, call Judy Costello at (360) 295-3036. May Day is scheduled to take place May 2 in Downtown Vader.
A Community Sunrise Easter Service has been scheduled for this Sunday at 7 a.m. at Winlock High School and all local residents are invited to attend. Scheduled to be held in the grand stands at the football stadium, the event is free to attend and has been organized by many local churches. For information, call (360) 785-4280.
Hard to believe April Fool s' day is already here. No I won't be putting any pranks in my column this week but I did think about doing the Orson Welles "The War of the Worlds" story by H.G. Wells....Then I realized it didn't go over well in 1938 and it probably would not go over well today! It did have the nation in a panic back then, I can't imagine what it would have been like to hear that on the radio, must have shocked everyone!!
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and with hundreds of American veterans of this war estimated to die every day, it is becoming more important to let them know the value of their service.
One regional program is increasing their efforts to do just that, and took a group of WWII vets--including Vader City Councilor Andy Wilson--on a trip to Washington DC last month to tour the monuments and memorials dedicated in their honor.
A rundown of recent local games for the week of April 1.
Track and Field is typically not listed as the favorite sport of many high school students--especially in small schools.
The opportunities are a little different though for Toledo Senior Daniel Echtle, who has been to state in three consecutive sport seasons with his potentially most promising activity rounding out his high school career this spring.
Investigators are searching for a man suspected of assaulting and attempting to rob a pizza delivery man in Centralia last week, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
Taking place March 24 just after 2 p.m., the attack happened on the 100 block of Gleason Rd., just east of the city limits, and involved an unknown assailant attempting to use bear spray on a 44-year-old man making a delivery for Sahara Pizza.
Local fire and EMS calls between March 23 and 29.
Local authorities are investigating what appear to be a series of recent burglaries taking place in the Toledo area, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
Three separate incidents were reported last week, each from the 100 block of Mulford Rd., south of Toledo, in which an unknown number of suspects entered outbuildings or garages and stolen personal property.
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