The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup Sunday completed its review of the federal process and has unanimously concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are safe and effective for children as young as 6 months old. The Workgroup provided its confirmation to the governors of Washington, California, Nevada and Oregon this afternoon.
The Moderna two-dose vaccine series and the Pfizer three-dose vaccine series are now available to children as young as 6 months old. The Washington State Department of Health last week said once vaccines were approved they will begin supplying healthcare providers with vaccines for children ages 6 months to 4 years.
On Friday, June 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of the vaccines in children as young as 6 months old, and the CDC affirmed that decision on Saturday. The Workgroup reviewed the federal decisions on Saturday and affirmed them today.
The Workgroup thoroughly reviewed safety and efficacy data for the vaccines. The Workgroup found that completion of either vaccine series produced antibody levels similar to those achieved in individuals aged 16-25 years. Observed vaccine reactions among infants aged 6-12 months and children aged 1 through 5 years were consistent with reactions to other vaccines routinely recommended for these age groups.
The Workgroup concluded that the benefits of completing either vaccine series substantially outweigh any known or likely risks. Immunization can be expected to reduce the numbers of COVID-19-related serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in young children while facilitating their participation in normal educational, social and recreational activities.
Avast there, and blow me down! Pirate Daze is upon us again.
This year the pirate will take over Westport for their free festival Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze from Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26.
The festival opens at noon on Friday and lasts until 7:00 p.m. Look for the action in the Westport Marina area.
It has been a labor-intensive, time-consuming process to get the local golf course (formerly known as Willapa Harbor Golf Course) restored and primed for linksters to shoot par on. However, owner Heather Hamilton is optimistic that at least three holes of the newly titled Riverwoods Golf and RV will be in play for the public sometime in September.
"The property is owned by our LLC, Willapa Harbor Golf LLC, but we are changing the operating entity to Riverwoods Park LLC, DBA (doing business as), Riverwoods Golf and RV," Hamilton told the Herald. "We took ownership of the course July 9, 2021." Riverwoods is a 9-hole golf course.
The Otis Roundtree Award has been given to Winlock High School football players since 1928. It's an award given by the Winlock Lions Club and voted on by the players. This year the award goes to Neal Patching, his parents are Brandon and Nelia Patching.
The first Otis Roundtree Award was started in 1928 by Otis Roundtree. He was a businessman in Winlock and also a graduate of the University of Washington.
Egg Day was a great day for the community, it seems a lot of new people came out, but there were residents and classmates alike in the town. These events start with the Queen's Coronation on Friday and then on Saturday, the town is lit up for the rest of the day.
Dean Hendrickson has given his resignation as co-chair of the Winlock Egg Day, he will be sorely missed. He has given so much of his time to run egg day with Misty Mayo, we appreciate all you two have done for the community!
Pacific County Sheriff's Deputy Jesse Eastham was terminated from his position effective April 4, 2022, as the result of an independent investigator's report where Eastham violated multiple policies within the Sheriff's Department.
Since the middle of October 2021, Eastham had been on paid administrative leave. This action was the result of an investigation into Eastham's actions and conduct while on duty.
Eastham was issued a lengthy Brady Letter by former Pacific County Prosecutor Benjamin Haslam on January 13, 2021, before his administrative leave. A Brady Letter means that the testimony of the officer is under suspicion and that the officer was caught being less than truthful in the past. There are pending cases that are under scrutiny currently because they are based mainly on Eastman's testimony.
Hard to believe the big weekend is here, this Saturday. Winlock Egg Days kick's off on Friday night with the coronation of the Egg Day Queen. Then on Saturday, the town stays open until the last bar closes. Winlock residents and former residents have always looked forward to Egg Day.
For many who reside here and classmates who graduated from Winlock, almost consider this a mini reunion.
Friday night begins with the Queen's Coronation, which takes place at the Winlock Community Building. This has been a tradition for decades. There will be an Egg Day Queen crowned, unfortunately at press time, we have not received the names.
Winlock has a flower shop once again, the new Oopsy Daisy Flower Shop has opened in downtown Winlock. Many remember the old Winlock flower shop and then another one popped up later, but that too closed. Now, we have one that is here for you! Danielle Miller is the new owner and she is happy to serve you.
Danielle wanted a flower shop in Winlock, because "Growing up, there was always a flower shop here. So, I decided to open up a flower shop in Winlock." The flower shop will offer flowers for all occasions, weddings, funerals, congratulations, corporate, get well, a new baby and anything else you can think of. Danielle also offers a variety of plants, silks and gifts.
Raymond School District teacher Robert Swogger, who was arrested for assault in the second degree, a felony, for an incident that took place in a classroom, has a pre-trial court appearance scheduled for Friday, July 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Pacific County Superior Court, according to the Pacific County Prosecutor's Office.
Swogger, 43, who is also the RHS Head Volleyball Coach, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, according to information from the Raymond Police Department (RPD) report on the incident.
The Herald asked Pacific County Criminal Chief Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Crawford a few questions, including: Do you expect there to be a plea bargain in the case? Will your office ask for the stiffest sentence? Since many people know Mr. Swogger, do you think there's a good chance the case will be moved to another area?
Crawford's only response was, "The case is still on the newer side and will need to be evaluated after we have received the entire investigation to determine the most just path forward."
The Willapa Harbor Herald heartfully congratulates all of the student-athletes that competed at the Class 2B State Fastpitch, and Track and Field Championships this spring. The Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titans captured their second state title and Raymond HS senior Kyra Gardner set a school record with four first-place medals to lead the Lady Seagulls to a third-place trophy. Willapa Valley HS junior Lauryn McGough set a state record in the pole vault and also garnered first place in the javelin.
South Bend will be hosting the Labor Day weekend celebration on September 1-4.
The Grand Parade is scheduled for Sunday, September 4 and the theme this year is Mythical Sea Creatures.
Toledo Boys won the Washington State Championship for the 4x400 relay. Winlock athlete Cali Schofield won 3rd place in the Long Jump. What a successful week for the athletes in our area.
The weekend started for Winlock athletes on Friday, May 27 at 1:25 p.m. the Winlock High School and Middle School students created a tunnel that the Winlock state track members ran through. Then after, they went to Winlock Miller Elementary where they were escorted by the Winlock Police and a couple of vehicles from the Winlock Fire Department. There is something special about seeing the students and coaches escorted by emergency personnel.
After Memorial Day, I realized I had not included one of our young men in the Vietnam story, Gary Booth.
Gary was a Winlock man, loved living here. Growing up, we all knew the story, Keith and Ann Booth had lost a son in Vietnam.
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