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LCFD 15 gains a new fire chief
Cowlitz/Lewis Fire Chief Richard Underdahl
LCFD 15 gains a new fire chief

Lewis County Fire District 15 has a new fire chief and he is familiar to some in the area as Vader Ryderwood Fire Chief as well as Winlock now. Richard Underdahl has accepted the position and Winlock is better off with him around.

Underdahl has been interested in being a firefighter for decades, first he became a police officer and now a fire chief.

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The lore of Thanksgiving
The lore of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is Thursday and many of us learned the story in school. The native Americans in this time helped the pilgrims with their harvest. Many pilgrims died before Thanksgiving, 102 lost their lives to disease and other illnesses. The remaining 52 pilgrims celebrated with the Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.
The first Thanksgiving dinner was to celebrate the fall harvest. Celebrating the fall harvest was an English tradition and the pilgrims had much to celebrate in their new land.

Edward Winslow stated at the time about the feast of the day, "Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the company almost a week, at which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoit...

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House fire burns in Vader
The remains of the house fire in Vader.
House fire burns in Vader

Friday in Vader was not a usual day, there was a house fire which drew a lot of attention. At approximately 11:02 a.m., members of the Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District #20 were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 810 E St. which is in the city limits of Vader. Initial reports from Central Dispatch advised that the residence was fully engulfed in flames. This was a home that had burned before in 2017.

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Winlock Historical Museum expands its collection
Photo by Lynnette Hoffman - The Winlock Historical Museum
Winlock Historical Museum expands its collection

The Winlock Historical Museum had successfully raised enough money to buy some of the items from the Roy Richards Estate. When Roy passed away, there were many items in the Renegade Rooster that many wanted to see displayed in the Winlock Historical Museum.

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Local football updates this week
Local football updates this week

Congratulations to Winlock High School Football team for their win over Walla Walla - 64-60. They play November 20 in Quilcene - time to be determined.

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2021 Country Christmas Bazaar
2021 Country Christmas Bazaar
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A history of Veterans Day
A history of Veterans Day

This Thursday, November 11 is Veterans Day, but it was known as Armistice Day in the past. Armistice Day was a day the allies in World War II signed the Armistice agreement. Armistice is an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time, also known as a truce.

During World War I on November 11, 1918 at 5:45 a.m., an armistice was signed between the allied forces and Germany. This agreement was to go into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It was initially called for a 36-day ceasefire which was extended several times until the peace treaty was signed called the "Treaty of Versailles." The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919.

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Lowes Distribution Center opens in Winlock
Pictured from left to right: Peter Bayer - SVP Distribution; PUD Commissioner Michael Kelly; Lewis County Board of County Commissioner Dr. Lindsey Pollock; Hasina Davidson Senior Director Lowes Bulk Distribution; Washington State District 20 Legislator Pe
Lowes Distribution Center opens in Winlock

On Friday, November 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., Lowes Distribution Center in Winlock had their Grand Opening. The event started with speeches from the management at Lowes followed by pictures with various groups. After the pictures, there was a small buffet catered by The Rowdy Rooster.

Lowe's recently hired their warehouse staff, they stated they hired 86 employees and they are now full to capacity. The facility has approximately 1.2 million square feet, and will be servicing 30 Lowe's stores with a capacity of 66 by the end of 2022.

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One local family pays it forward
Father Chris, Lawsyn, and Mother Danielle smile for the camera.
One local family pays it forward

When you walk into the home of Chris and Danielle Rovito, their 3-year-old Lawsyn will greet you at the door. She is not your typical 3 year old, she loves to engage in talk, show you around and has a very sweet way about her, the only thing is, she has Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). FSGS is the reason Chris and Danielle Rovito started LC Renal Alliance. It was with their daughter's illness that they thought of others.

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Nolan Swofford breaks state record
Nolan Swofford
Nolan Swofford breaks state record

Winlock High School football standout, Nolan Swofford, in their game against Chief Leschi, broke the state "8-man" record for most points in a game. He scored 66 points beating the old record of 64. He also tied the state record in All Purpose Touchdowns with 10.

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