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Winlock Fire Department hires 3 new firefighters
New Winlock Fire Department employees Justin Shoemaker, Kellen Newberry and JP Blum
Winlock Fire Department hires 3 new firefighters

Lewis County Fire District 15 (aka Winlock) passed a levy last year. The levy gave the fire department extra funds to hire three new full time firefighters. We have been blessed with excellent firefighters throughout the years.

The Lewis County Fire District 15 also received an impact fee from a developer who purchased the Mickelsen Land. The amount of the impact fee will provide for a new fire station out by Benaroya Industrial Park. One of the requirements to keep our rates in good standing with the buildings at Benaroya, Winlock needs a ladder fire truck. The amount combined is $6,000,000. They will need approximately six new employees to service the fire station.

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Superintendent explains Winlock levies

Winlock School District Superintendent sat down and wrote a great explanation as to the levies on the ballot. It reads as follows:


On February 8, 2022 we have an Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy and a Capital Levy on the ballot. These are replacement levy's and not new taxes.

The Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy provides funding for programs that are not provided for at the state and federal level. Our children and teachers rely on this local funding for athletic programs, band, choir, early childhood learning, certain elective classes, technology, security, additional transportation and more. This levy also contributes to improved safety, technology, special education staffing, and enhanced learning resources for English Language Arts, Special Education, Math, Science, Music, and Social Studies.

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Haylee Laur is our hometown hero
Pictured left to right: Maglite Marketing Director Lou Desmond, Haylee Laur, Winlock Fire Chief Richard Underdahl and Jackson Hwy Fire Department representative.
Haylee Laur is our hometown hero

I received a Press Release from Maglight, the company is known for its flashlights. It was a press release that touched my heart, I hope it does for you.

From Maglight, written by Lou Desmond.

It was a snowy evening during Christmas week in Winlock, Washington and Haylee Laur was babysitting two of her youngest siblings while her parents were out picking up a new washer and dryer. Haylee, 15, was in the living room while her sisters played in other rooms when she smelled smoke. Turning to the source down the hallway she saw flames leaping from the closet that held the home heating system. Haylee had to run past the flames to get to the youngest, her sister, three-year-old Elijah (Ellie). With Ellie in her arms she made sure the other child at home, four-year-old Madison also got out. Once outside with the others they realized their beloved Pug Buddy, (who has a bad leg and trouble walking) was still inside. Crawling to avoid the smoke she went back into the house and rescued Buddy.

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Addison Hall scores 1,000 points
Addison Hall and Jordan Quezada
Addison Hall scores 1,000 points

Addison Hall is a force to be reckoned with as well as admired both on and off the court. She was celebrated on Tuesday night, January 11, for earning over 1,000 points in her basketball career. Addison started playing basketball in 3rd grade. If you asked Addison why she decided to play basketball, she would tell you that it was "kind of" an expectation in her family that she play sports as her two brothers, Dawson and Logan did.

To Addison, the most exciting part about playing basketball is being part of a team and of course, "WINNING!"

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Nicole Barr speaks to the Lewis County Center seniors
Nicole Barr
Nicole Barr speaks to the Lewis County Center seniors

Olequa Senior Center has made several changes and Nicole Barr was happy to give us the information about the changes she has in store for our community. Talking with Nicole, she has such enthusiasm for her new role and she is looking forward to meeting the community.

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Winlock Historical Museum honors Major Edward Leonard
Major Edward Leonard
Winlock Historical Museum honors Major Edward Leonard

In May of 1973, Winlock welcomed a hometown hero with Christmas in May. Major Edward (Ed) Leonard was in the Vietnam war and was also a Prisoner of War (POW) for 4 years and 8 months. Now, the Winlock Historical Museum has been fortunate to receive and display many of the articles, pictures and other memorabilia of that day.

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Fire after Christmas family loses everything
The burned home left only a small bit of framework standing.
Fire after Christmas family loses everything

Monday, December 27 at 6:09 p.m. a fire broke out in a home off of Florence Place in Winlock. Many fire departments arrived on the scene during this snowy day. The home is a total loss and the residents in the home lost everything. The daughter of the occupant saved her other family members from being caught in the fire, definitely doing a heroic deed. This is a tough time of year to have a house fire as they had just received gifts for Christmas from the community and those too were lost. The family needs household items and monetary donations as they rebuild their home.

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A look back at 2021: What a year!
A look back at 2021: What a year!

Trying to recap 2021 is a task like none other. We are in the middle of the worst pandemic, we have a huge surge in inflation, a huge increase in the crime rate and people are still financially struggling. Many have lost loved ones. There are still mandates which people argue about today. We were able to finally leave the stages that were enforced and affected small businesses terribly. New businesses opened and the festivals went on. This was a year like none other.

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Nancy Sobolesky passed after a hard-fought battle
Marv and Nancy Sobolesky
Nancy Sobolesky passed after a hard-fought battle

We had planned on doing an update on Nancy Sobolesky's journey, but unfortunately, she passed away on Christmas day. So instead, we are paying tribute to a lady who fought a hard battle for many months. She was loved by her family and friends. She received so many cards from the community, she was part of Winlock just as her husband Marv has been.

Marv was open about discussing her journey with us, it is the hope that the journey she had will help at least one person if they see these types of health issues.

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Changes at the Church of Latter-day Saints
Left to right: General Authority Seventy Elder Mark A. Bragg, Incoming First Counselor James P. Tripp, President Casey A. Ruiz, Second Counselor Ryan D. Langhaim, and Area Seventy Elder David L. Wright.
Changes at the Church of Latter-day Saints

The Centralia Washington Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which serves Lewis County and a portion of southern Thurston County, held a special Stake Conference on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at their Stake Center on Jackson Highway in Chehalis. Over 1,000 members were in attendance.

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