Lewis County News August 3, 2022

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Party the weekend away at the 22nd Annual Winlock Pickersfest By Lynnette Hoffman The 22th Annual Winlock Pickersfest is this weekend and we are so glad to see its return. The event takes place from Friday to Sunday with many different varieties of acoustic music. If you are new or have not been to Pickerfest, you will find a lot of very good pickin’

going on. WAMA, which is the group for acoustic musicians, has been strong in Washington State for many years. Every year, except during the pandemic, they have come to the Winolequa Park to bring music to South Lewis County. This year they are back. Many guests start arriving on Thursday night

for camping. Winolequa Park has limited seating so please bring your own chairs. There will also be a concession stand operated by the Little League in Winlock. Pickerfest offers instructional workshops, genre jams, open mics and plenty of pickin’ and grinnin’. This year, if you See Pickersfest Page 4

By Lynnette Hoffman Winlock School District has changed their district calendar beginning this school year. Many in the area have concerns that it will impact their children, but the biggest impact should be on test scores and improvement. The Winlock School District has made the choice to change the calendar so there is less time off in the summer. This will help students who struggle when they return to school as not as much time has lapsed since their last class. Garry Cameron, Superintendent of Winlock School District took the time to sit with us. He stated, “We are happy to announce that Winlock School District is transitioning to a different school calendar this fall. We embrace this new schedule with more connection and opportunity for our students, and flexibility for staff. We have referred to our new calendar as a ‘modified calendar,’ and some have been asking

Winlock School District Superintendent Garry Cameron

why the district would want to change from the previous calendar.” To begin with, our students had difficulties during the pandemic, it showed that the students with a less structured environment struggled during the pandemic. Per Cameron, he stated, “The pandemic showed us that extended unstructured, unsupervised time at home can be detrimental for some of our kids. We also know that students suffer from significant learning loss during the 11-week summer, and those concepts need to be re-taught before teaching the curriculum for the next school year.”

“The modified calendar will allow the option for students to spend more time with teachers and friends throughout the year and this will grow our students' social and emotional health,” he continued. “Student academic performance will improve as we reduce the time needed to reteach from summer learning loss. Student academic performance will also improve as students participate in intersessions. Intersessions are a very important component to a modified calendar. Intersessions are up to one-week long, volunteer See WSD Page 3


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What a week we have had, weather in the 90s is where many of us begin to melt, last week was no exception. It’s amazing to think that just a little over a month ago, we were asking where summer was…. Now it’s definitely here. The Winlock City Council meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. The next city council meeting will be on the 8th, it is recommended that those in the UGA area who oppose the annexation attend the meeting. JJ’s Tip of the week - Southern chicken breasts are on sale for $3.99 lb. The products in a bag are also still holding prices as everything is still going up in price. Stop by IGA Cedar Village meat department today! The Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival is happening August 12 through the 14 in Toledo. Every year General Cothren offers senior discounts but they must be purchased before the festival begins. Please contact General at 360-520-4524 for your tickets. There has been a lot of criminal activity on Nevil Rd, please be aware and keep your doors locked. With the increase of crime in our area, please be aware of your surroundings. Christian Fellowship in Winlock is having Vacation Bible School from August 8-12. Many of us remember VBS from our youth and remember what a great time we had. Contact the church at 360-785-4280. The City of Winlock has many housing developments that are in the process of being built. With the recent interest rate increases and four more coming this year, will we end up with a housing development for years like we saw in Grand Prairie Estates? For years, only 3 houses were there, leaving the rest untouched. Will we see the same thing with this recession? I am concerned we will.

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We survived a grueling weekend of hot weather. The great thing about Toledo is the parks, they are well maintained and others get to enjoy their beauty. The event in the park was warm but the trees kept everything cool. Toledo City Council is looking at their own police services. The City of Toledo does not have a large budget for the police force, it will be interesting to see what they came up with. I am working to get the details out to the citizens with the information available. Most are concerned that a police department that is not from the City of Toledo will not work. It actually worked well for the citizens of Winlock when Toledo was covering them. The T Elite Boys Baseball Team is going to the Senior Babe Ruth World Series. They are in need of support and have set up a go fund me page under “we are going to the world series.” Please help out even if you can afford just $5 any amount will help. Veteran to Veteran Cafe with Assured Hospice of Centralia is this Thursday, August 4 at 9:00 a.m. The vet cafe offers a light social hour with refreshments. It is a place for local veterans to come together and socialize. It’s a great way to meet those who have served this great country! Toledo Thursday Market is at the boat launch every Thursday. Last week was hot but they were still there. I found some great berries, marionberry, raspberries and blueberries, they were excellent. There was also produce, coffee, great mugs, lavender products, and a few others. There is something about going to the market on Thursday that makes my day!

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Call for vendors for the Ryderwood’s Fall Arts ‘N Craft Fair An annual event since 2004, the 2022 Rayderwood’s Craft Fair is scheduled for October 21 and 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The craft fair is calling for producers of fine handcrafted items to be vendors at this event. Vendor applications are available on request at ryderwoodevents@yahoo.com or text Bridgette at 541-290-2591. The community hall at 305 Morse St. in Rayderwood holds up to 30 vendors so it will be first come/first served. The cost is $40 for each 6-foot space for the 2 days and includes a table. Rayderwood is located 9 scenic miles west of I-5 exit #59 at the end of SR506.

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ORDINANCE No. 632 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF NAPAVINE, WA S H I N G TO N , C R E AT I N G A C I V I L SERVICE COMMISSION FOR THE CITY OF NAPAVINE, PROVIDING FOR APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS, AND PRESCRIBING POWERS AND DUTIES. PASSED by the City council of the City of Napavine, Washington, at a regularly scheduled open public meeting this 26th day of July 2022.

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Staff will also have the ability to arrange personal appointments during the new calendar. Superintendent Cameron stated, “Staff too need the flexibility of the breaks that the modified calendar will provide. Intersessions allow them time to schedule medical appointments or take a few days off without impacting the 180-day calendar. On our previous calendar, the only opportunity to schedule a medical appointment or take personal time with-

opportunities for students to participate in enrichment activities or re-learn a concept that was taught during the regular year. Students can participate in these intersessions without taking away from the regular 180-day school year. Although we realize not all students will participate in intersessions, we do know many will. We know this because of our participation and waiting lists in after school programs and in summer school.”

out impacting the 180-day calendar was during the summer, winter break or spring break. Teachers and support staff who choose to work during intersession are also able to create enrichment activities, or re-teaching opportunities for students. Also, if they choose, teachers can also split up intersession time with another of their Winlock colleagues.” Cameron took the time to identify and clarify some of the issues that parents

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and staff will have, he continued, “I would like to clarify some of the concerns out there about the calendar. Winlock is not going to a year-round calendar. We are going to a modified calendar with an 8-week summer break in each of the next three years. The calendar does not cut summer in half. Summer is reduced from 11 weeks to 8 weeks. School will begin on exactly the same date it would be if we were on the previous calendar. This year school begins on Tuesday, August 30. Students and staff get a week off approximately every 6 weeks. This is in addition to 8 weeks off during the summer.” Many have concerns as to how the school can afford the new schedule, Cameron stated, “How is the district paying for the intersessions? The district received a 5-year 21st Century grant, which currently covers our after school and summer programs. The 21st Century program supports intersession as well, along with supplementing the Balanced Calendar grant funding. The 21st Century grant runs through 2025-26. We are also excited to offer students the opportunity to checkout Chromebooks for school use in late June if their families have plans.” Cameron knows parents have concerns about the schedule, he continued. “All in all, the decision to do this at the district and board level was because we believe this is best for all students. While there will never be a schedule that best fits, and suits all 470 families' needs, we can say that this calendar provides more opportunity for all students, and more flexibility for all students and their families. The research, which is on our website says by modifying our calendar, will help with our learning gaps, and social emotional needs. Our Winlock teachers also voted to approve this calendar. We are excited to see the expanded growth for our students and are excited about the possibilities it will bring. For more information, please visit our website at www.winlockschools.org.” While we know this will be a new transition for everyone in the school district. The goal is to help the students with learning which will affect the students for the remainder of their lives. Winlock is doing their very best to provide the students with the ability to learn without losing any knowledge over the summer. This change will hopefully do exactly what the school would like to see for the students, an increase in test scores. Making Winlock an even better place to live!

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are not into workshops, they are offering family fun with horseshoe and cornhole games available. There will be something for everyone at the event. Marv Sobolesky, organizer of the event stated, “Pickersfest is back! I am excited to once again share in the enthusiasm, the love of music, and the prospect of seeing good friends and making new ones. It has been a long two years and it will surely be great to get back into the rhythm of life again.”

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OP/ED: What Direction do we go as a Republican Party? By Ruth A. Peterson, Washington State Republican Party CD3 State Committee Woman We live in a society that is becoming more angry and less civil every day. Lack of civility has unfortunately come to the Lewis County Republican Party, and it’s even become headline news. I’ve always believed that you need to work with everyone and treat all with respect, especially when you disagree with those within your own organization. As a person who has been involved in politics for decades, I believe that treating others with contempt is the worst way to live life and rarely convinces others to accept your own viewpoint.

I am part of the Lewis County Republican leadership and have tried to persuade others that going down the road of contempt, incivility, and name-calling is the wrong way to go. There is a group of people in the party who disagree. The Chair, Brandon Svenson, is one of them. For over a year, I have been silent about his behavior, but I believe we should, as a community and as a party, hold our leaders to a high standard. That is why I am part of the group that has consistently asked him to either stop behaving in this manner or step down as chair. He has refused to do either. We kept silent publicly when over a year ago, he started insulting our Republican elected officials, sometimes in such foul terms that

I cannot repeat them. He and several others engaged in heckling and name-calling, which is inappropriate at any time, but shockingly, they did it mostly to fellow Republicans. In fact, in all the time I’ve known him, I’ve rarely heard Brandon talk about Democrat policies and how harmful they are. I’ve mostly heard him speak about other Republicans, both elected and in our party, with contempt. The executive board’s private requests that we stop calling our own people names was met with ridicule. While there is always a group of people that is attracted to that behavior, there are many others who have stopped participating; nobody wants to be around people who are constantly abusive in their communica-

tion, beating up on fellow members of the organization. Nobody wants to associate with a bully. I have even been less and less involved over the past year for that reason. I do not want to be associated with people who persist in bad behavior. We also kept publicly silent as Brandon obviously skewed meetings and activities to benefit only particular Republicans. Instead of creating a platform for all Republicans to discuss issues, both as candidates and fellow Republicans, he continually provided platforms for only his chosen few, while he kept others from being able to participate, often by ignoring requests to be heard or responding with a rude “shut up, nobody cares for your opinion.” This

is not about any particular campaign; it’s a pattern of refusal to acknowledge that there are Republicans who disagree on some matters and that all have the right to be given the freedom to debate and discuss. The Republican party is not the campaign arm of any candidate. We have always, as individuals, worked with the particular candidate we choose personally, but never as a party do we decide for the people who they must vote for. That practice brings to mind the “smoky back rooms” of years past where one candidate was chosen and all others were suppressed. In fact, our bylaws are written so that we aren’t allowed to do that. Earlier this year, the entire central committee had an opportunity to vote to choose only

one candidate to support, and the majority of PCOs voted no. But Brandon ignored the will of the entire body and did so anyway in ways that were so aggressively antagonistic that it received headline news in the local media. The PCOs voted to allow the citizens to choose who the Republican nominee would be in the Primary. As recently as last week, Brandon refused to abide by that decision and maintained that he would be the one to choose who is a Republican and who isn’t. Is that what you are looking for in a Chair? Someone who ignores the will of the people and does the complete opposite? He obviously doesn’t care about the majority opinion in our local party at all. See OP/ED Page 8


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Letters to the Editor Winlock Mayor proposes taxation

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City of Winlock UGA annexation by petition, NOT by a vote by the residents. The Winlock Mayor

and City Council along with their out-of-town fat-cat developer friends are looking to force higher property taxes and fees on local residents to pay for industrial development infrastructure via RCW35A.14.120 by forcing expensive city annexation on residents that don't want nor can afford costly tax increases. Taxation without representation spearheaded by the mayor,

here, in Winlock. Not from Olympia. Winlock. Lewis County. Higher taxes and costs with zero benefits for Winlock residents, this action by the mayor and his fat-cat developer cronies may be legal but it's absolutely not morally acceptable. Eric Bernard K and E Tree Farm, Winlock

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While I have always believed that arguing in public is damaging to the party, the actions of Brandon and a few others in public over the past few months have forced me to respond. I will no longer allow only one side to be heard. People need to decide where the future of the party lies. I would ask you, though, as we move forward, to listen carefully to what people in this party say. If the speech you hear is primarily and consistently against other Republicans -regardless of their party tenure -I want you to ask yourself how that could possibly help us get the majority in either the Legislature or Congress. How is aggressive negativity toward Republicans going to help us keep Lewis County red? How is it going to help us roll back the horrible policies that have been foisted on us over the years by Democrats when we turn people away because of our attitude? I suggest that to succeed as a party, we need to ask ourselves these questions, 1. If there is a disagreement, is it discussed with respect, or is the reaction laced with name-calling and foul language? 2. Do the people you associate with spend more time holding their fellow Republicans in contempt, or do they find ways to work with everyone to defeat Democrats? 3. Is the reaction to a disagreement a civil discussion, or does it consist of catcalls and shouting down by other members? 4. Do we want a party that treats others with respect, or do we want to have members stalking others on Facebook and recording them when they see them at other times and in other places, forcing others to respond in-kind for self-defense? 6. Do we want leadership that will abide by the majority vote of the elected members of the party, or do we want leadership that overrides the majority of members according to his own desires? This is the kind of behavior that has been going on by our Chair and some of the current members and PCOs. This isn’t how decent people act. It is also a pattern. Brandon was asked to leave the state Young Republican organization because of his treatment of others, calling other members such disrespectful and degrading names that I refuse to repeat them here. There are other county party members who have reached out to ask why our Chair is so antagonistic towards other Republican elected officials. This has gone on for over a year. This repeated behavior has no place in civil society and especially in an organization that relies on volunteer efforts to succeed. I was told by someone that we need a fighter in the current times, and I agree. But I have friends and loved ones who are war heroes, law enforcement, and other leadership roles whose ability and willingness to fight is unquestioned. They stand firm on principle, but they do so with respect. They do not need to be verbally abusive

to be leaders. In fact, they are the ones who are most effective and most respected. They are the ones who can bring all parties together to work toward a common goal. To those who say we need to stop being civil, I would tell you that the vast majority of people don’t care about your politics or your nastiness. But they do vote. And when you spend months denigrating Republicans, you turn voters away from ever wanting to vote for a Republican again. If you are busy driving them away with your aggressive antagonism, you will not gain their votes, and in politics, there is only one rule. The ones with the most votes win. Weld onon StakeFacebook Pockets I read a post from a Republican just this morning that said that if you are a particular type of Republican (which wasn’t defined - it’s basically a personal opinion about what defines the word Republican), the poster was “coming after you.” That attitude is so unnecessary and destructive. We will never win seats in this state with that attitude and resulting actions. We will likely be fine in Lewis County, because we are a very red county, but this kind of divisive attitude will destroy our party and eventually eat away at our red majority. The purpose of the party is to gain votes, not drive half of your own members away. None of us follow all the rules all the time. We fall short on commitments or even lose our patience. It’s a volunteer organization, we all have busy lives, and we are all fallible. We do need to give grace to each other often. We have given grace to Brandon for over a year, long before the election season began. But the constant berating of fellow Republicans is not the way forward. I hope you agree with me. Take some time to listen to who you are associating with. Are they working to expand the number of voters, or are they busy calling their co-workers names and holding them in contempt? I am saddened beyond belief to have to write this letter that gives you a small window into what has been happening, but I felt that people need to know. We need to determine now what the future and the reputation of our party will be.

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