Lewis County News June 8, 2022

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Toledo Graduation Special Edition



June 8, 2022


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Gary Booth, a hero not forgotten

Left to Right: Toledo athletes Jordan McKenzie, Conner Olmstead, Wyatt Nef, and Carson Olmstead took the title State Champion 4x400 Relay Team at their State Track Meet at EWU.

Local athletes score big By Lynnette Hoffman Toledo Boys won the Washington State Championship for the 4x400 relay. Winlock athlete Cali Schofield won 3rd place in the Long Jump. What a successful week for the athletes in our area. The weekend started for Winlock athletes on Friday, May 27 at 1:25 p.m. the Winlock High School and Middle School students created a tunnel that the Winlock state track members ran through. Then after, they went to Winlock Miller Elementary where they were escorted by the Winlock Police and a couple of vehicles from the Winlock Fire Department. There is something special about

seeing the students and coaches escorted by emergency personnel. The excitement didn’t end there. Once they got to the state track meet, the athletes did their very best and each school brought home a medal. Toledo Boys Track 4x400 race won first in State. The Toledo Boys Track Team also won 6th in state, bringing home the first state banner since 1997. The Toledo Boys track who were involved in the 400 were Carson Olmstead, Conner Olmstead, Wyatt Nef and Jordan McKenzie. Wyatt Nef placed 3rd in the long jump and 4th in Javelin. Carson See athletes Page 6

By Lynnette Hoffman After Memorial Day, I realized I had not included one of our young men in the Vietnam story, Gary Booth. Gary was a Winlock man, loved living here. Growing up, we all knew the story, Keith and Ann Booth had lost a son in Vietnam. Gary Booth was at first classified as Missing in Action, then later he was listed as Killed in Action. This is something no parent or sibling should have to face, but face it they did. Sitting down with Gary’s sister Debbie, was a moment that I could tell the pain of losing a sibling was still there, 50 years later. Debbie spoke highly of Gary, stating, “He loved it here, his little piece of heaven, he planned on coming back. One of the things he said to his sister before he left was, “I might not be coming back, but if I don’t, you marry that Mike guy.” She did. Gary would send letters home about the condition of Vietnam, they knew he was not in a safe place. Gary was drafted at the

Gary Booth

age of 18, an age many were drafted for the Vietnam war. His plane had an emergency while he was on duty as crew chief at the Tuy Hoa Air Base. The reports are that the plane they were flying in broke up about 750 meters off the Hoa Hiep Nam village.

“He had a real sweet soul, unfortunately they are unfulfilled dreams now. Gary was a car guy, he really loved cars, if he was back I think he would be doing something with cars. He was very shy, but once you got to know him he was very See booth Page 7

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ground beef liver together. It will be by the dog bones. Every year I try to give words of wisdom to the graduates, then I remember the very important words someone gave to me when I graduated. Sometime when you are feeling important; Sometime when your ego is in bloom,


Sometime when you take it for granted You’re the best qualified in the room. Take a bucket and fill it with water, Put your hand in it up to the wrist, Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining, Is a measure of how you will be missed. See Winlock Page 6

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The Toledo Track Team that competed at the State Track Meeting at EWU came home placing 6th overall.

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Olmstead placed 3rd in the Javelin. Congratulations! Cali Schofield, who placed 3rd in the Long Jump for Winlock High School, won her jump at 16.1’. Grady Fallen stated before they left for state, “This has been a very successful season with several athletes leading to state in their mark. This is a huge accomplishment as district 4 and the central 2B league is one of the toughest leagues in the state. Watch out for Toledo’s 4x400 relay team, who is the favorite to take 1st place!” His prediction was right, they took first! Winlock head coach

Eric Low stated before state, “We are excited and proud of our kids.” Mrs. Collins who is the field coach stated, “These kids have worked so hard to get this far. I am so proud of these amazing athletes.” Athletic Director Nick Bamer stated, “We're incredibly proud of our athletes and coaches. They represent our school and community so well while competing -- it's a major source of pride within the athletic department. I have no doubt our athletes will continue to rise to the occasion and perform well at State this week. Throw far, jump long & run fast boys and girls! Good luck and

GO CARDS! “ It was a successful weekend for both schools, each school has something to be proud of.

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You can splash all you Is do just the best that wish when you enter you can, You may stir up the water Be proud of yourself but galore, remember, But stop and you find in There is no indispensable no time man!! It looks quite the same as before. Congratulations to the class of Winlock High The moral of this quaint School 2022, we know you example will do great things!

Piper Low Named to Dean's List at Gonzaga University

SPOKANE - Piper Low, a resident of Winlock, WA has earned placement on the Gonzaga University Dean's List for Spring semester 2022. Students must earn a 3.50 to 3.84 grade-point average to be listed. Piper is majoring in Education and Biology. She is the daughter of Eric Low and Lisa Lawton. Gonzaga University is a private Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic university providing education to more than 7,800 students. Situated along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane, Washington, Gonzaga is routinely recognized among the West's best comprehensive regional universities.

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deep,” stated sister Debbie. Gary loved Winlock, he was one of our own. The most important thing we can do is never forget our young men who died in war. These men left for their duty, some came home, some did not. Even though it’s been 50 years, it is nice to know that annually they give an update to the family about their search for Gary’s remains. They have an annual event where they invite families to learn what is happening with their families search. They hope to do more research in 2023. It is with great hope that Gary can return home. Gary is survived by his four remaining siblings: Gail Ettelson, Randy Booth, Debbie Travie, and John Booth. Ann and Keith were wonderful people, they passed away not knowing where their son was. The remaining members of the family would like to see his parents' wishes fulfilled. Hopefully, Gary will be home in their lifetime. "An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world."

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