This year Winlock Egg Day celebrates its 100th Anniversary. The event was originally named Winlock Poultry and Egg Day by Otis Roundtree and continues to this day as a fun weekend. Many of the previous residents and graduates come back for Egg Day. It is the Winlock homecoming for many.
This year's events begin on Friday and continue into Saturday.
Winlock has a new business opening on Egg Day that many have wondered what it is. First Street Pinball and Arcade located at 312 and 314 NE First street, next to The Club is opening for adults and kids, all ages are welcome. It's not just a pinball arcade, there is arts and crafts as well. John Summers has the arcade and Jera Boettcher is the art and life skills instructor.
John has been enjoying pinball machines for 30 years, it is definitely his passion. Jera has worked in the Portland School District working with students on the spectrum, she is bringing her art talent to Winlock. You will find when you meet both of them, they have a passion to provide something for students and adults alike.
The pinball is for students and adults, many adults have enjoyed pinball machines growing up. John stated, "We started the arcade and art studio to give all ages a fun activity. I have been collecting and repairing pinball machines for 30 years. I would like to see all ages come in and play. Some will learn pinballs for the first time and others will remember the older pinball machines." The machines available to play are Pac Man, Air hockey, Foosball table Friction Fun Game and Daytona USA where you have the ability to race another player.
Two fires were reported in the Winlock area this past weekend. The fire departments of Winlock, Toledo, Vader and Napavine were on scene for the fires.
Winlock FFA students in the Conduct of Chapter team recently finished in the top eight at the state competition. The students participated in learning Parliamentary Procedure, also known as Roberts Rule of Order. This is a process many governments use to facilitate their meetings, it gives order to each meeting in a more formal process.
Every year there the Winolequa Garden Club gives a scholarship to a local student who will be going on to higher education. This year was no different. They chose a student who desires to be a Veterinarian Technician and business. Alicia Clevenger is the recipient of this year's award.
Each year a student or a few apply for the scholarship, Alicia did this year. How did she hear about the scholarship? She stated, "I heard about the scholarship from my counselor Mrs. Olson."
The City of Winlock has graduated another student in their intern program for their water distribution and wastewater treatment program. They hire individuals to help clean the water you drink and the toilet water you flush. This year James Agren has graduated.
James came to the City of Winlock with the desire to learn. He stated, "The importance of having competent people running infrastructure, making sure that all the pieces fit together and they function efficiently and safely is no simple task, and that is not enough to keep turning it over to outside contractors. The public workers in these small towns really do a lot with very little."
Memorial Day is a time we remember those who have served our country. It's about bringing back to memory those who have served.
The Winlock Egg Day Royalty Court has been around as long as Egg Day has.
On Saturday May 15, the community came out in numbers to support "Back the Blue" along with "Coffee with a Cop," but this time it was burgers as well. Lewis County Sheriff's Department, Napavine Police Department, Centralia Police Department and Washington State Patrol were all on hand talking with the community.
The event included the grand opening of the Adna Store's new burger bar, the "Back the Blue '' and more like a "Burger and coffee with a cop." Attending a rally for our officers is an honor in Lewis County, our officers have always done a great job in protecting and standing up for the citizens of this great county. It truly was an event where people were being supportive, this is the true community many of us were raised in and know.
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.
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