Dr. Kenneth Olson DVM has decided to retire from his veterinary business after 35 years of local service. Olson was the owner/operator of Willapa Veterinary Service at 230 Ocean Avenue in Raymond. The new veterinarians and owners of the business are Dr. Eric and Dr. Kathleen Sutten.
After 37 years overall, Olson believes it is the right juncture in his life to leave what he's loved so much, and enjoy retirement.
Raymond HS standout basketball student-athlete Kyra Gardner scored her 1,000th point during the season opening 86-15 victory over Ocosta last Tuesday night (May 4) at Seagull gym. Gardner scored 38 points on the night.
Gov. Jay Inslee last Tuesday (May 4) announced a two-week pause on movement in the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan. Under the pause, every county will remain in its current phase. At the end of two weeks, each county will be re-evaluated.
The decision was made in consultation with the Department of Health, and reflects current data suggesting Washington's fourth wave has hit a plateau. Case counts and hospitalizations remain high, but the plateau suggests continued adherence to public health guidance and vaccinations could help the state turn the corner.
"We are at the intersection of progress and failure, and we cannot veer from the path of progress," Inslee said Tuesday. "Our economy is beginning to show early signs of growth thanks to some of our great legislative victories and we know vaccines are the ticket to further reopening -- if we adhere to public health until enough people are vaccinated."
For the past several weeks, epidemiologists have been following the state's fourth COVID-19 wave, which now appears to be leveling out. The fourth wave has been less severe and case counts and mortalities have not been tied in rates of increase as they have in the past.
Every year the Winolequa Garden Club offers plants for sale, this year is no exception. The difference will be they have added a craft corner and will be open for a month. This year the event will be held on Mill Street in Winlock again, 1119 NW Mill, one block west of Shakertown.
This year is a tad bit different. They will be open for over a month, from May 14 to June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They operate on the honor system, meaning you either pay a donation or leave the amount if the item is priced. They will have a section for priced items, otherwise everything is by donation only.
Winolequa Garden Club has been giving scholarships to local students for years. The money the club raises helps give students the opportunity to apply for the scholarship if they plan on going to horticulture, nursing or other professions. Please contact the garden club for more information.
The Winlock Parks Board is hosting a park spring cleaning community event at Winolequa park. The event will take place on Saturday, May 22, and is an open house from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is open to anyone in the community who wants to volunteer some of their time to help beautify and prepare the Winolequa Park for Egg Day and other summer gatherings.
Bring whatever project tools you have or just yourself and your own two hands. It's a great chance to meet the members of the park board. Refreshments will be available. In the past, this has been a fun event and I don't expect anything different this year.
Vader May Day was a big success this year with the parade, cakewalk, vendors and of course the food from the Little Crane.
Vader Mayor Joe Schey was in the parade with his troops, it is always good to see a mayor participate in their city's parade. This was the event that many local officials showed up for. Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza, Undersheriff Dusty Breen as well as other deputies. Lewis County Commissioner Dr. Lindsey Pollock was in the route and Mayor Brandon Svenson from Winlock drove the Egg Day Float.
The Toledo Thursday Market is moving back to the outdoors starting May 6. They will again be at the boat launch and this year they are going to offer many several opportunities and ways to buy their produce and foods.
Also new this year is their site manager, Meagan Kirby. The funds were donated by Timberland Bank to provide the funds for the site manager. Meagan has been living in Southern Oregon and recently moved up to the area.
There will be a variety of vendors at the outdoor market, they will have produce that includes: mushrooms, vegetables, eggs, plant starts along with flowers and different foods. We had the opportunity to talk to a few of the vendors and this is what they are offering to the Thursday Market.
On the last day of the month, Friday, April 30, there was another food give away, this time it was located in Bay Center in front of the Chinook Indian Nation Office. Altogether 480 USDA food boxes, 1,800 plus bottles of hand sanitizer, and 150 steelhead were distributed.
The boxes contained meat, cheese, vegetables, and dairy products ensuring each family would have a couple of meals from the boxes.
"Growing up in a tribal community, we are raised to take care of our community and give until it hurts," said tribal community member Bethany Barnard.
Gov. Jay Inslee Friday approved an update to the guidance documents for Proclamation 20-26, Operations and Visitation, for long term care facilities.
The guidance documents will be amended to align with recent CDC recommendations regarding what infection control practices should be in place when planning for or allowing communal activities, such as group activities or communal dining. The changes will allow residents who are fully vaccinated to choose to have close contact with other fully vaccinated individuals and to not wear source control during the activity. This change reflects the continuing progression towards returning long term care facilities to a more normal state by allowing residents to have greater contact with their fellow residents, reducing the stark social isolation many have faced during the past year.
The changes are effective immediately. The Department of Social Health Services, in partnership with the Department of Health, will also issue a guidance letter to long term care providers notifying them of this change.
Standout athlete Kyra Gardner closed out the track and field season with four firsts at the District IV Championships at Rainier HS Thursday. Gardner, a junior at Raymond HS, who jumps and runs with the gracefulness of a deer, won the triple jump with a season record effort mark of 35 feet, 3/4 inches, 100-meter high hurdles with a PR time of :16.32; high jump (5 feet, 6 inches) and long jump (15 feet, 11¾ inches). Gardner was the only competitor among the girls and boys to win four events.
Raymond HS three-sport sensation, Kyra Gardner, won three events and finished second in another at the District IV Pacific League Sub-District Championships conducted at Leo Rubstello Track on the campus of Raymond HS Thursday.
Over the last week, COVID-19 cases have steadily increased to a high level that may push us back into Phase 2.
"This is the highest case rate we have been at since early December," said Pacific County Department of Health and Human Services Director Katie Lindstrom. "[This spike is the] second highest peak since the beginning of the pandemic. This is the second biggest surge since the pandemic began. We are extremely hopeful that this will go back down, because it starts getting unmanageable at this point. It is a lot of work for our staff, and it becomes difficult to keep up when the cases get this high."
The Vader May Day Festival is Saturday, May 1 and all are welcome to come. Vader May Day started in 1952 by Lena DeAger. At the time, the parade was made up of mostly girl and boy scouts. Lena was the girl scout leader and she encouraged her scouts to decorate whatever they could, pets, bicycles and wagons.
The May Day Queen, in the beginning, was chosen based on how much money she received from donation jars around the community. The Queen was a 1st grader, now they win based on how many buttons they sell. Another tradition was the Cakewalk and May Pole Dance during the festivities. Many of these traditions continue to this day.
Fences for Fido is a non-profit that helps families with fences for their dogs. They help families whose dogs are tethered, on chains, or in small areas. The organization is here to help those in Southwest Washington.
Seeing so many dogs running loose in cities, it was time to make people aware of what they do and who they are.
Gov. Jay Inslee released a video and statement Sunday on the successes of the 2021 legislative session. The 105-day session ended on Sunday evening with major advances on several of the governor's key priorities.
"The Legislature has just wrapped up an historic and truly extraordinary session. It has been the most innovative, having produced unprecedented and legacy making advances as all-encompassing as any session in the last 25 years," Inslee said. "Washingtonians received progress on climate, progress on equity, progress on our tax system, and progress protecting our workers and families, and more. And all of this was accomplished safely as the COVID-19 pandemic continues."
J & J COVID Vaccine
Gov. Jay Inslee Saturday announced the authorization of resuming the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine by the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.
The announcement comes after the FDA and CDC also authorized the restart of the J&J COVID vaccine. The Western States Workgroup, composed of vaccine experts from Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada, has met to review the data and analysis to ensure the safety and efficacy of all FDA-authorized vaccines.
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