Lewis County News September 21, 2022

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September 21, 2022

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Maia Chaney New site leader for Olequa Senior Center A Winlock graduate who gave back

Rachelle Ireton

By Lynnette Hoffman The Winlock Olequa Senior Center has a new site leader, Rachelle Ireton. She is not new to helping seniors and she is definitely not new to the area. Rachelle will bring love and laughter to the center along with programs that seniors want. Rachelle went to college and is using her knowledge to help the senior center She stated, “I graduated from Washington State University in 1999. I have had a wonderful career in social work, primarily in the mental health field. My most recent position was at an independent living facility for older adults as their activity and event coordinator. All of my previous positions have included components of event planning and organizing, which is what I truly love!” She has the perfect personality to give the seniors what they want at their center. Rachelle has deep roots here in South Lewis County. Rachelle stated, “When I found out there was going to be a site lead position available at Olequa, I knew it was a position I didn’t want to pass up. The position encompassed so many responsibilities that I am passionate about and enjoy doing. I love south

Lewis County and was eager to ‘come home.’” Rachelle has plans for her new position, she has such a big smile when she talks about what she wants to do. Rachelle stated, “My biggest priority is to fill the center and bring in as much enrichment activities and education as we can. I hope to bring back favorite events and new events! I plan to work closely with our local board members to support not only our older adults, but to offer another location for community events.” Rachelle is one of those rare breeds, you can tell she loves what she is doing. She is an incredible lady who will bring warmth to the center. She continued, “I have a heart for helping and supporting others. I have a lot of excitement and ideas that I am hoping to bring to fruition. Communication is very important to me, and my door is always open for discussion or idea sharing.” She does have a big heart for helping others, you can see it when you talk to her. In her first month, she will be providing meals to the seniors. She stated, “Tuesday and Thursday are Nutrition Day lunches. Nutrition days we are working with the Lewis - Mason - Thurston Area Agency on Aging (LMT-AAA) to provide nutritious meals for all seniors. No one is turned away! Donations for meals are always gratefully accepted. Monday and Friday are Enrichment Day lunches, these days we have the opportunity to use our creativity in the kitchen. Wednesday we do not serve lunch, but we do offer breakfast.” Rachelle has very strong roots in the Winlock/Toledo area, her mother is Debbie Alvord Dobosh, her Dad is Ron Eichorst and her step dad is Steve Dobosh. She is related to many in the area, some have lived here for generations. She stated, “I grew up in Toledo/ Winlock. I lived in Toledo with my mom, step-dad and siblings and lived in Winlock on the weekends with my dad. I have lots of family members still in this area, and look forward to seeing them at

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By Lynnette Hoffman Maia Chaney is a 2021 graduate of Winlock High School and during the summer she put on a play called Lorax. She is a go-getter, who wanted to do something to give back to her community and she did in more than just one way. Maia was never one to just do nothing, she felt she had to do something her senior year, she stated, “During the first few months of my senior year I had started to feel restless and like I was at a standstill. I wasn’t sure what to do or where to start, and then I volunteered at the food bank around Thanksgiving time. I remember my initial impressions of the people who came in and the ones working there. I realized then that this was something I wanted to do more of, listening to people’s stories and helping in any way I could.” As a volunteer at the food bank, she has met many people. She wasn’t doing this for herself, she was doing this for the community. She continued, “I had seen many articles describing the Winlock-Vader Food Banks money struggles this year and I wanted to do more. After listening to countless community members tell me of their early dreams in the arts, I decided that there had to be some way to help not only bring art back to the town, but also use that art to benefit the people

Left to right: Carol Wallin, Maia Chaney, and Rylee Camps

who need it most. This gave students the opportunity to gain experience and add that experience to their resumes for future opportunities. It’s also a great way to bring expression and dedication back into everyone’s lives at the high school; we've definitely felt a change within our music programs– so it’s nice to bring the community together again in the name of performance.” Giving students experience before heading to college or a trade was important to Maia. Maia had a huge role to play, showing others what

her vision was. She had her favorite part, she continued, “My favorite part of it all was BY FAR becoming so close with everyone on the team. So much connection came out of the countless rehearsal hours spent laughing and brainstorming together. I had no idea how much happiness this random mix of people could bring me.” Maia’s goal is to come back and do another play, but if she can’t there are some who may keep the progress going. She stated, “I hope to come back and be See maia Page 3

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To the Editor, Hi, my name is Randy Rose and I have been a resident for 3 ½ years in Winlock. I love it, there is so much beauty to see. Now comes the point of the letter. I was not at the city council meeting, I had to get my grandkids from another state. From reading the Lewis County News it sounds like I missed a lot. First thing, the mayor and

council are for the people, not for the most value. I did not vote you in here as residents of this county did. And, as for the conduct of the mayor was uncalled for the way he talked to people and the rest of city council just sat by and did not say anything. You all should be ashamed of yourself and all should step down and let us start all over again. I know we all can be better than this! Randy Rose

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It looks like we are going to have some warm weather this week and over the weekend. The weather started out rainy this summer but now we are making up for it. There is still time to get ready for winter. Once winter arrives, chores are definitely a bigger challenge. Mike Hedges has been busy around Toledo cleaning up at the boat launch and then at the South County Park. First up, the boat launch where he cut some weeds, put up some hangars for the loner life jackets that were on the ground. He also cleaned up some graffiti off the table under the gazebo and picked up some dog poop. It’s looking better now that it’s been cleaned up. South County Park also got the dock back together minus a few connecting pins, but it’s no longer just drifting on the pond. Thank you Mike for keeping Toledo beautiful! The Cowlitz Bridge is still being worked on… The week of September 19 to 23, they will be down to one lane northbound starting at 10:00 a.m. The week of September 26 to 30 will see the same closure. Please plan accordingly as this can cause a travel delay.

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Fall is definitely in the air, the mornings are crisp and leaves are falling. This is a beautiful time of year for a drive in the country. It won’t be long until all the different colors start showing up, making this area beautiful. The east coast says they have beautiful falls, which they do as I have seen personally but the beauty here has more meaning. Last week the community meals were cancelled, but they are back on. The menu for the 21st is undecided at this time.....it will either be chicken pot pie and carrot raisin salad or Ceasar chicken wraps and carrot raisin salad. We serve at noon and there is never a charge.....but donations are always accepted and appreciated! Tommy Thompson shared on Facebook - The September 17 Photo ID night only saw 20 participants, but boy did those 200 come through. A class of 1949 graduated came all the way from Selah to help, and we had a 93 year old in the house too. Winlock Historical Museum thanks you all. Next ID night will be in February or March of 2023. The Winlock Community Farmers Market is open next to Sahara Pizza for all your gift needs. They are open on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They offer jams, hand crafted items, horseshoe art, and much more. If you need a gift, this is a great place to find one. JJ’s tip of the week: West Batter is finally back in after six months. The Raleigh special is back, give it a try! Winlock High School Football played Naselle on September 17. Naselle won with a score of 64-22. Winlock has another game on October 1 against Charles Wright academy according to the Winlock Sports website.

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able to join in on more theater adventures, but I do know of a group of extremely dedicated people who are looking to make the ‘Egg City Players’ a reality!” It takes more than a couple of people to put on a play, they had the volunteers to put on this production. She continued, “We had so many people work on this play— at least 20 or more. As for our cast, many of which helped with everything else, there were about 10 of us. We donated this money to give back to the community. Every piece of this project was created so that everyone benefited from it. That was the main goal— on top of reaching $1000 of donation money to be given to the food bank. Donating the $1000 to the food bank was part of the plan from the beginning.” She definitely made an impact. This was a fun event for her and also her friends who graduated this year. She stated, “I, and most of my peers involved, graduated from Winlock this year. We are all brand new adults who enjoy having fun and the humor that comes with our friendship — but we’re also the kindest group of kids there is. We did this together to have fun and to at least leave a small legacy of our own.” Maia had a lot of help along the way from others in the community. She expressed, “I want to stress that this was all done out of the kindness of our hearts and excitement for something bigger than ourselves. It was not a project through the school or any other association. It was a group of community members brought together by their shared devotion to service and theater of course.” She is very appreciative of all who helped her. She is not one to take credit for herself, she is all about community. Maia is off to college at Eastern Washington University now, she is rooming with another local graduate Addison Hall. The spirit of growing up in the small town has accompanied her to Eastern and no doubt it will be for the remainder of her life. Hats off to a young lady who did so much for the community. Maia wanted to thank the people who participated in her play, she stated, “People like Megan Schwarz, Ryan Gaylor, Eric Contreras, and Jodie Curtis — who have been giving to the surrounding communities for years without falter. People like Taylor Ruiz, Neal Patching, Maggie Maddox, Mekhi Morlin, and Tae Meziere — who are unbelievably talented in each of their own ways, and have paved the road for the generations to come after them. People like Josalynn Shepardson and her little family — who had other obligations before the show and still made the most of every day they could (and always added humor to our rehearsals). People like Reese Roberts, The Gaylor Family, Raen Yarbrough, Addison Hall, Kindyl Kelly, and Tallen Lofberg— Who didn’t hesitate in lending a hand where it was needed. People like Alicia Meehan, Dracy McCoy, Angela Tover, Stephanie Skoglund, Mr. Karl Scarborough, and so many more who provided materials, advice, and really anything they could to contribute.” It was a community event that ended up helping the community come together, providing entertainment and funds to the local food bank. Winlock was the recipient of the biggest gift, community spirit that accompanied this play.


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the center!” There is absolutely no doubt that Rachelle will do a fabulous job for Winlock. She is a bright light when you walk in the room, she is happy to be here. Rachelle is ready for her new adventure and she is taking it head on to get the job done. Winlock Olequa Senior Center is fortunate to get a site leader who has a big heart and a great personality. We will see great things out of her!

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