We finally had the chance to get the updates from the City of Vader. Joe Schey, mayor of Vader, has taken the time to let us know all that has been accomplished in Vader in the past few years. One of the big issues has been the Water Treatment Sewer facility and other public facilities.
Mayor Schey stated, "The City of Vader has had tremendous momentum in recent times. As a result, the city is in compliance with all State requirements and has repeatedly passed intensive financial and procedural audits from the State. The city has met virtually all requirements to again regain ownership of the water system if it so chooses. After these many years of efforts to modernize, the city is finally able to qualify for a variety of grants that were previously out of reach."
Joe Schey has been in city government since 2014, a task he has taken very seriously. He knew that he had to continue his efforts for the water wastewater treatment plant, roads and the parks. In February of 2020, the Vader City Council voted unanimously to appoint Schey to fill the vacant mayor seat.
The string of successful grants continued through 2020 and 2021 with $30,000 more for street work taking place this summer, $4700 for an employee policy update, $11,200 for a Shoreline Master Plan update, and $20,000 expected to be approved for an Urban Design Standards update in the coming weeks.
"By applying for a variety of grants, we've been able to reallocate budgeted funds that were replaced by grants towards other necessities, like a new tractor," said Mayor Schey. "Currently, there's over $8 million in grants that have been applied for, mainly for street related work. If even a small fraction of that is approved, it will make a big difference to the city."
Cheese Days was a success again this year. The 100th anniversary was celebrated by all. The crowd was excited to be out and the parade route was filled with a few thousand spectators. It was a fun weekend and Saturday was no exception.
The festivities started with the Car Show at the Toledo Middle School early in the morning. The area was packed with cars and vendors. Then at 10:00 am before the parade, Winlock Dance Center performed as parents watched their dancers perform.
At 11:00 am the parade started and there were quite a few entries. Toledo Police started the parade off, with Mayor Dobosh sitting with Chief Brockmueller. Chief Mike Dorothy followed right after with the Toledo Fire Department. Toledo Big Cheeses Ron and Sue Smith and Dale and Jeanette Koth were in Ron Smith's classic car, followed by the Cheese Days float. The Toledo High School Band did an excellent job.
Napavine FunTime festival is Saturday the 17th of July. But the events like most start on Friday with the festival ending on Saturday.
Starting the activities off is the Rebecca Lodge. They are hosting a lunch on the 16th along with a bazaar. On Saturday, the Rebecca Lodge will have breakfast available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Cheese Days is this weekend and everyone is getting ready for the big event. This year it's packed with events, so let's take a look at what is happening.
We have recently seen many comments on Facebook about what is happening with the Lewis County Senior Centers and their opening in the near future.
The Winlock Eye Clinic was sold last year to Dione Schubach and she is just the right fit for south Lewis County. She is excited to be here and working with her clients, but we are just as happy she decided on Winlock to start her independent Practice. Dione is outgoing and cares for her patients, that is obvious. She lights up when she talks about being here and helping those who come in.
This weekend will be the 4th of July. It's the day we celebrate freedom and liberty in our country. Freedom has a special meaning to everyone, it's the time when we fought to become a new country, and experience the right to freedoms. Liberty is what the founding fathers made sure we had through the Bill of Rights.
Freedom is explained in the Oxford Dictionary as "the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint".This basically means you have the right to speak and act freely, but you don't have the right to tell others how to think or act. This is something that has been lost in past years.
Winlock Egg Day 100th Anniversary was a huge success. The rumor had been there would be a lot of people, over 2000. People enjoyed the festivities and Winlock was busy. It was one of the largest crowds we have seen in many years.
Winlock Egg Day has now been in existence for 100 years and the crowd came out to show their support. The Egg Day Queen Josalyn Shephardson was selected Friday evening. Roy Richards posthumously was the Grand Marshall.
The Egg Day Car Show started the morning off. Once again, the car show was packed with cars on Front St. and the side roads. There were some beautiful cars, from roadsters to Camaro's to everything in between.
As soon as the parade started with the Winlock Fire Department, it was the beginning of a fun filled parade. Winlock Egg Day Queen Josalynn Shephardson, Grace Tover, and the Egg Day Royalty court are always at the beginning of the parade and today was no exception. There were over 60 entrees this year and the crowd enjoyed every minute.
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.
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