February 5, 2020
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New Toledo school breaks ground By Merilee Bark Toledo High School recently had its Groundbreaking Ceremony on the last Friday of January. It began at 4:00 p.m. and lasted for about an hour. They featured many special guests, and all were invited to come to witness the event. It was a ceremony held in the commons dedicated to the rebuilding and remodeling of the new school. The ceremony started with the National Anthem, and then some opening remarks by Chris Rust about, "honoring the past, embracing the present, and building for the future." The Cowlitz Tribe performed with drums and their voices, and introduced Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, who spoke about the honor of the Cowlitz sharing this land and traditions with the people of Toledo. The Toledo High School principal of 1974 Denny Clark had a few words about the past school when it was first being built. He had the crowd do the school's traditional "RAH!" To, "embrace the present," the school
board chairman Jerad Buswell and ASB president Greenlee Clark spoke of their pride for the new school, and how they're honored to be a part of the school district. Wyatt Nef, a Sophomore, made a speech about, "building for the future" along with contractor Ross Parker, who's working on the new school. Nearing the end of the event was the presentation of plaques, plus the groundbreaking. A couple of groups of people, such as a few students, staff, contractors, and Washington senate members, stood in front of a big planter box full of soil. They each had a shovel, and they stuck it in the soil and turned it, representing the groundbreaking for the new school. Joe Martin, the pastor at Toledo First Baptist Church, ended the event with a benediction. The groundbreaking event made it to KIRO 7 News, which featured the crumbling state the school is in right now, and the plans for the new building. The new school is supposed to open in 2021, if all goes according to plan.
By Kirsten Stalnaker Book ‘N’ Brush on Market Blvd in Chehalis may be one of our area's oldest bookstores. The long-standing store is heading into its 51st year after recently celebrating its 50th year just last holiday season. Owners David and Beverly Hartz bought the store nearly 51 years ago only then it was not a store but a humble little stand. They named it Book ‘N’ Brush and so it has been ever since. Along with books, Book ‘N’ Brush offers paints and paint supplies as the name suggests. You will also find other art supplies, a custom framing shop, novelty items, children and young adult books as well as toys, journals and stationary. If you are after a certain title or author and don’t see what you are looking for Sherry, a long time employee of 7 years or one of the others about the shop will be happy to order it in. “We try to be as accommodating as we can,” said Sherry. “Part of the fun is the search.” When asked what she loves most about her job
at Book ‘N’ Brush Sherry, who also does the custom framing, replied “The wearing of many hats and the ability to pick and choose my focus. Definitely working with the community.” If one of the regulars has not stopped in for a while, they are certainly missed by those who work in the shop.
Book ‘N’ Brush offers classes such as watercolor, oil painting, and drawing. “Bring your goals and inspiration,” said Sherry. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, the wonderful teachers here will help you get there. Starting up soon, once a month there will also be the exploration of See books Page 4
In last week’s paper on January 29 in my write up on Ewe and I in Chehalis, I used "Yew" rather than the correct "Ewe" The name of the businesses is Ewe and I, and I, should have caught that considering we are talking about sheep here! And speaking of Ewes, lambing season has begun. Meg Gregory of EWE and I are busy with the lambs and mothers along with anyone else with their own flock of sheep. Blessed be the little babies and the oncoming of spring!
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Winlock High School Boys Basketball deserves a big shout out, they are ranked number 2 in the state. This is quite an accomplishment, well-done boys. I would say something about the weather but it’s going to be the same now until April. We can expect rain and more moss by spring. Another week in Cedar Village, I just love running into people. Of course, I saw Paul Malarz, I think he has retired. It is always a treat to see everyone. The Winlock City Council meeting will be this Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Winlock City Hall. The new council would like to invite all local citizens to attend to see what they are doing. They are committed to the change you voted in! Winlock Timberland Regional Library February 4 starting at 5:00 p.m. is Galaxy Coasters. Paint your own galaxy on a wooden coaster, using glitter acrylic paint. February 7 starting at 10:30 a.m. is Family Storytime. This event is full of music, movement, books, and activities for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. This is an early learning program. February 7 at 1:00 pm is Adult Pageturners. Join us for a discussion of this month's title, "The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce. February 8 at 10:30 a.m. is Play Group. Playtime is for children birth to 6 years with a participating adult. Arrival and departure times are flexible. This is an early learning program. February 8 at 11:00 a.m. is Friends of the Library meeting. Join the Friends of the Winlock Timberland Library for a mid-morning meeting that includes information about Friends-sponsored events and book sales as well as library activities and services. New friends are MOST welcome!
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Well, we don’t have any snow yet and they keep talking about it. I don’t know if we will get any but I can guarantee one thing, we will get a lot of rain. Rain is what we all live for in Washington, it’s why everything is so green. Keep the rain coming. I stopped by Gee Cee’s the other day and ran into Gail and Dale Lee Wallace, the two brothers. Many of you know Ray Wallace, Mr. Bigfoot was my uncle, well he was also the uncle to Gail and Dale Lee. We had a great chat about some of the crazy things Uncle Ray would do. I always love chatting with the Wallace brothers. Toledo High School Sports: Boys Basketball Feb 6th @ Napavine 5:45/7:00 Girls Basketball Feb 5th @ Napavine 5:45/7:00 Update from the Vision: Toledo meeting courtesy of Mike Morgan Toledo Library is having a Valentine’s Book Sale on February 12 and 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Two original hand-painted Welcome To Toledo signs are currently in the city maintenance shop for rehabilitation. One sign will be relocated at the bottom of the boat launch (for river travelers), and the other at the intersection of Plomondon/ Toledo-Vader Road (SR 506). Along with the two other new signs, visitors will be welcomed at all four entrances to Toledo. Also, check out the Blue Spruce Cafe (a.k.a. city maintenance shop) next to the City Water Tanks. Toledo Elementary School Kids Garden: Brooke reported that the Kid's Gardening group has raised $11,000+ toward the purchase of a large 24'x48' greenhouse kit. The Cowlitz Tribe generously donated $20,000 toward the cost! However, concrete prices, building permits, engineering costs plus inflation have increased the original cost. If you can help make this great project a reality, please contact Brooke Acosta: 360-219-6161.
Vader News By Samantha Lovelady
At the last city council meeting, there were complaints about garbage around town. Happy to say that I have noticed that progress has been made since the complaints were made. There have been multiple junk cars removed and trash piles cleared. Its baby steps but Rome wasn't built in a day. Good job addressing and fixing these issues Vader! Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you want to stay local be sure to check out the Little Crane’s ad for the special dinner they are serving. Supporting local businesses makes Vader thrive. Ms. Montgomery started at city hall last week as our new deputy clerk. For those that don't know her Montgomery is a former Vader resident and community volunteer. The city is happy to have her and I'm told she is settling in quite well.
Ryderwood News By Samantha Lovelady
Happy February! Groundhog Day was celebrated on February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Groundhog Day, it is a unique American Holiday started in 1887. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring. Punxsutawney Phil has said it will be a short winter. Ryderwood Women's Club is hosting a Stand Up Comedy hour at the Community Hall on February 14 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are available in advance for $10 per ticket by contacting Sharon Anderson at 360-749-3702. They will also be available at the door for $15. SOCK HOP: On Saturday, February 15, the Castle Rock highschool comes to Ryderwood. Come over to the Community Center at 5:00 p.m. for a fun evening. There will be potluck, dancing, and music. Ryderwood Senior Lunch Menu Tuesday, February 11: chicken chow mein, brown rice, stir fry veggies, and Mandarin oranges Tuesday, February 18: turkey Tetrazzini, tossed salad, and broccoli Normandy Tuesday, February 25: Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, tossed salad, and Mandarin oranges For Reservations Please Contact Bridgette at 541-2902591. Everything in Ryderwood from the RISA office to the Ryderwood Fire Department all functions because of volunteers. Regular friendly, unpaid people just like you. If you are looking to get involved, reach out to the RISA office at 360-295-3651. They are open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Sadly I did not receive my copy of the Ryderwood Reporter by my deadline. Stay tuned for more detailed news and February events. If you have events and you want to guarantee they make it in Ryderwood News email me at sammieslusher@ gmail.com. There was a small turnout for the meeting with Superintendent Greene on January 30. The meeting consisted of talk about bus transportation and taxes needed for school improvements. Greene is looking for more Vader parents to get involved in meetings. Stay tuned for upcoming dates and times. For more information contact the district office at 360-501-2940 or email Shawna Guest at sguest@ crschools.org. Vader is still looking for a new mayor. Do you have the time and skills to be the next Vader Mayor? Apply at city hall today! The next city council meeting is on Thursday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. at city hall. Community comments and support are always appreciated. The council would love to see more people getting involved. Quick reminder. If you need something in Vader News please have it to me by Friday morning. I try to have my columns done before then but I can make arrangements for small pieces when needed.
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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the Napavine Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a Binding Site Plan application for the construction of a 2,000 sq. ft. mini storage unit with an office space. The proposed property is located at Parcel No. 008264001001, a .10 acre parcel located within Section 35 Township 13N Range 02W W 50’ LOTS 8 & 9 EX N 15’ BLK 1 URQUHARTS 2ND ADD, commonly known as 102 E Jefferson Street Napavine, WA 98565.
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Hearing is set for Monday February 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., Napavine City Hall, 407 Birch Ave. SW. Comments may be made in writing to the Community Development Department at P.O. Box 810, Napavine, WA 98565 or by appearing before the Planning Commission on the public hearing date. Publish: February 5, 2020
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The City of Napavine is seeking civic minded citizens who would like to serve as a Councilmember and represent the community by becoming involved in their local government. Position #4 is available; the term of office would run from appointment by the Mayor and Council through December 31, 2021. The successor is required to file with the Lewis County Elections and run in the next general election to complete the unexpired term. Councilmembers serve on a volunteer basis and candidates must be 18 years of age, provide verification of established residency within the Napavine city limits for one (1) year. Members need to be willing to commit to attending meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. To apply please submit a letter stating your interest for applying and the areas of expertise you would bring to the City Council. Please submit to Sharri Salyers, City Clerk, City of Napavine, P.O. Box 810, Napavine WA 98565 or email to ssalyers@ cityofnapavine.com. not later than noon (12:00 pm) on February 14, 2020. For additional information please call 360.262.3547 ext. 213. Publish: January 22, 29 and February 5, 2020
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Community Foundation Opens Local Scholarship Applications
The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington opened applications for its 2020 scholarship program recently. The Community Foundation manages 68 scholarship funds that have been established by donors, organizations and businesses. They support students at various levels of education and within specific fields of study, such as the arts or engineering. Deadlines for applications vary by scholarship, with a
majority closing on March 31, 2020. Students interested in learning more and applying can visit www. cfsww.org/how-we-grant/ scholarships. Community Foundation scholarships have become an increasingly important source of financial aid for students and families. In 2019, its scholarship program awarded a record $749,644 on behalf of its many fundholders. This upward trend reflects national
data trends. In its annual “How America Pays for College” study, Sallie Mae reported that 66 percent of families used a scholarship in 2019. Tracking this data over time also shows that the average amount of tuition covered by scholarships has risen nearly 45 percent during the last ten years, from $5,692 to $8,177. In 2019, the Community Foundation’s average scholarship award was $2,630, which is on par with other
community-based scholarships across the nation. These awards were distributed to a diverse group of 247 students, which included high school seniors, undergraduates, graduates and other students, such as those attending technical and K-12 private schools. Nearly 70 of the students are attending college at southwest Washington institutions (Clark College, Lower Columbia College and WSU Vancouver).
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Napavine’s Snuggle Up and Read
Battle of the Cowlitz
It’s been years since Winlock beat Toledo in a basketball game and that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday night. The Battle of Cowlitz took place and the Winlock Cardinals came out ahead with a score of 57-43. Bryce Cline and Coleson Richendollar scored 17 points each for the Cardinals, Richendollar even scored with a two-handed slam dunk. Carlo ArceoHansen scored 12 points for the Indians along with Duke Shaplow who scored 10 points.
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By Melanie Langley This year the Napavine Elementary School held its Snuggle Up and Read event, sponsored by the Napavine-Newaukum Lions Club, on January 30. Snuggle Up and Read is a 1-hour event where kids from the school can come in their pajamas with their favorite stuffed animal to choose four stories to listen to. These four stories
are read by various staff, students and community members in Napavine. The readers this year were the Elementary Librarian Becki Stark, teacher Cathy Chesley, Vanessa Horning from the Lions Club, Chief Chris Salyers from the Napavine Police Department, high school students Yoselyn Sandoval, Erika Smith, Cailyn Milton and Victoria Rutherford, PE teacher Eric Anderson,
and teacher Clea Johnson. There were four different reading times: 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.. You could choose a different room to go to each time. I was able to catch some of the readers and the stories they were reading. Eric Anderson read “The Book With No Pictures” by B.J Novak. This book breaks the stereotype of a children’s book with no pictures being boring because it makes the reader say a bunch of silly things that don’t make any sense. It was definitely a crowdpleaser and made many kids giggle at the thing Mr. Anderson had to say. After the book he talked with the young students, asking them what their favorite book was and such. The next story I caught was “Officer Buckle and Gloria” by Peggy Rathmann, read by Chief Chris Salyers. This book is about an officer who gives speeches about safety at school, and no one really listens to
him until he brings a police dog, Gloria, with him. The reason it’s successful after that is because Gloria makes it entertaining by demonstrating what could happen if you don’t follow Officer Buckle’s safety tips. Cailyn Milton and Erika Smith shared a room and read two stories during their reading times. Cailyn read The Very Impatient Caterpillar and Erika read Rot: The Cutest In The World. Both were comical and had great lessons for the kids. Afterward, they polled their listeners on which story was their favorite, the results were pretty split and many kids enjoyed both stories. And they even had time to play Simon Says with the kids before their reading time ended. I think this was a great event to have and a great way to get kids to enjoy reading more. I saw many smiling faces, especially at the end when all kids received a free book to read.
New pet club at WHS; trip to Spain in the future for some students By Taylor Tait Winlock Teen Pet Club Starts The Winlock Teen Pet Club was founded by Maggie Maddox a few weeks ago and has gained about 30 members since then. The first club meeting was held before school on the 23rd of January. This meeting covered fundraising ideas for collecting money and objects to donate to local animal shelters and animal care facilities. Bake sales and other fundraisers will be in action for this purpose, as well as a fairly new idea of recycling random objects that have been proved useful for animals. One example of this is a used mascara brush. When it is cleaned properly it is a fabulous brush or comb for little critters, and has no cost. Using other materials like this, items can be cleaned, polished and given to animal shelters and care facilities to use or to be given as care packages to new owners. Many students are excited and eager to participate in this new and promising club.
Nominated Sophomore Students Off To Spain Nominated sophomore students have been granted the opportunity to spend six weeks at the University of Leon in Spain this summer. Three students from our school have been nominated to be hosted by a Spanish family, go on tours and trips around Leon and nearby cities, and study the Spanish language at the University of Leon, all without cost. However, the program is very limited. Only fifteen kids in the state of Washington will be admitted. In order to be accepted, students must put a sort of resumé together with their achievements as well as other clubs and teams they’ve participated in. All these achievements give the student a little more of a chance at a summer in Spain. The opportunity is almost impossible to pass up, and several of the nominated students are very hopeful to participate.
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Using Absolutes To the Editor, Please clarify the ambiguity in your January 29 article about changes in Washington law benefitting the less than 0.05 of students who misiden-
tify their gender. The article starts out with unqualified terms like "must treat" and "will affect every student." But when discussing specific changes, you become conditional: "should be given access to an alternative restroom" or "should provide access to the locker room."
Are you quoting from the law? I hope these are not value statements of the Lewis County News and its editorial staff. Certainly, my values affirm the unalterable way God created each of us. The vast majority of our population agrees with this to the point of not changing their gender.
But if you quoted the actual language of the law, how would it work for every female student to request her own private room and schedule for changing clothes and using the bathroom? This would be totally nondiscriminatory. Anne Hamilton
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Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phone: (360) 785-4325 Olequa Senior Center Nutrition Lunch Menu: Today Wednesday, February 5: taco salad Friday, February 7: pork roast Wednesday, February 12: seasoned chicken breast Nutrition meals are provided to adults 60 years and up with a suggested donation of $3-$5, and served at noon sharp. Show up early to find your seat and make new friends. Live music every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and bingo starting at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 6: Thursday lunch and ice cream social is open to everyone. Lunch is pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, chips and peach cobbler for a $5-$10 donation. Coffee and iced tea are always included. At 1:00 p.m. is the ice cream social. For adults 60 years or older the first scoop is free. Additional scoops and for under 60 years, it is $2 per scoop. 16 oz. root beer floats are for $3, and large
banana splits for $5. Friday, February 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: The potato and salad bar is open to the public. $8 for adults, $12 all you can eat, and $4 for children (12 years and younger). Come support our senior center. Tuesday, February 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Breakfast includes biscuits with gravy, sausage and eggs for $5. Open to the public, drinks included. Wednesday, February 12 at noon: The American Legion will be at the Olequa Senior Center with a Veteran’s Benefit Briefing. Please call by Monday, Feb 10, if you would like to have lunch. Presentation is open to the public. Tickets on Sale Now! We have tickets for our Valentine Dinner and Dance on Saturday, February 15; Gumbo Dinner on Friday, February 28; Corned Beef Dinner on Friday, March 13 and our Mother’s Day Tea and Fashion Show on Saturday, May 9. Please call for questions. We are still looking for cash donations to go towards a new television for the center. If you would like to donate, please stop by during business hours.
Wow, February already. Let’s hope the groundhog is good to us! The Toledo Senior Center operating hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phone: (360) 864-2112. Nutrition Meals are served every Wednesday and Friday at noon. The meals are funded in part by AAA and are provided to adults 60 years and up with a suggested donation of $3-$5. Please call to make your reservation. Wednesday, February 5: taco salad, salsa, sour cream, tapioca pudding, and peaches
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Winlock City Council meeting runs smoothly By Lynnette Hoffman The Winlock City Council meeting this past week was exactly what the citizens have wanted, a city council meeting where the council was able to get down to business. Mayor Bradshaw did not attend and did not notify his mayor pro tem prior to the meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Brandon Svenson facilitated the meeting as a mayor pro tem should, looking to the council for discussions. This meeting was the opposite of what the audience has been seeing for two solid years. In previous city council meetings, Mayor Bradshaw did not al-
low deliberations. Council meetings were more like a mayor’s meeting as Mayor Bradshaw talked about his accomplishments only. During public comment, citizen Michelle Gilreath spoke, “I appreciate each and every one of you who has stepped into civil service…. I wanted to thank the council for providing a new perspective.” She was at the meeting to discuss the Winlock Police Department. Gilreath had an individual at her home who was suspicious, she called the WPD and 49 minutes later, the WPD arrived. Five calls were made from Gilreath and her neighbors. They were
49 minutes without any help. Gilreath spoke on the termination of the interlocal agreement and stated that her neighbors were not for the termination. The only persons wanting the WPD back were the mayor and the previous city council. In the consent agenda portion of the council meeting, the city council did not approve the minutes prepared by City Clerk Theda Curry. Councilor Lonnie Dowell stated, “there were a couple of things while I was reading this that jumped out at me. I was reading it as hostility by the person who is dictating.” Curry had interjected her personal opinion against the council
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and audience members that she did not like, using words such as “arguing” versus “discussing.” Per Svenson, there is a “spin” to all of the minutes by Curry. Council Member Anne Randt stated, “this goes back to August. This isn’t even on AVCapture.” Curry had included a statement in the minutes that was not stated during the meeting. Curry had filed a grievance with the union against Anne Randt and Brandon Svenson, facilitated by Mayor Bradshaw. Now, Curry is out on the Family Medical Leave Act for up to three months. Curry had issues with the previous council before Mayor
Bradshaw was elected, and now it looks like she has a problem with this council. Randy Pennington, Winlock Fire Commissioner gave an update as to what the local fire department has done in the past year. Winlock has an incredible fire department. The council also made a change to return to the Lewis County News as the Newspaper of Record. Mayor Bradshaw has been against using the Lewis County News as the Newspaper of Record. In a previous meeting, Mayor Bradshaw tried to veto a motion requesting the ordinance, but you can not veto a motion, an error on his part.
The council then asked for the Newspaper of Record to be on the agenda again. This time, the supermajority voted, Mayor Bradshaw can veto this ordinance, but with the supermajority vote, it would be senseless. The tone of this city council meeting was relaxed, Mayor Pro Tem Svenson kept it flowing while allowing a few laughs along the way. It was not the usual meetings that Mayor Bradshaw facilitates, no one was gaveled down and the audience did not yell out about any lies. The City Council was free to discuss and ask questions. It was a great, productive meeting.
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