Lewis County News November 23, 2022

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November 23, 2022

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Traditional Thanksgiving blessings

By Lynnette Hoffman

Many of us understand the meaning of Thanksgiving and where it came from, the original pilgrims eating with the native Americans. The 1612 Harvest Feast shared by English colonists (Pilgrims) and the Wampanoag People (native Americans) was how Thanksgiving started. The American holiday is rich in legend and symbolism, and the traditional Thanksgiving meal typically includes turkey, bread stuffing, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie. It is not clearly known if they were See Thanksgiving Page 3

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City of Vader Parks Board Christmas event The City of Vader Parks Board is excited to be hosting its first Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Bazaar Event. "I'm really excited to have all of our communities come down and enjoy a small town holiday celebration with some Christmas lights,” said Kelly Schey from the Vader Parks Board. "Buying a cup of hot cocoa helps support the parks program and shopping from a local vendor helps our community members! Plus the kids will get a free stocking surprise as well!" This community event will happen at J.K. Werden Park at 520 A Street in Vader and will have vendors set up across the street from the park inside the Assembly of God Fellowship hall. The Bazaar runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. • Tree Lighting will be at 6:00 p.m. with the Wreath Drawing to follow. • The Parks Board has tickets available for three large, handcrafted, lighted Christmas

themed wreaths. There will be three individual drawings, and you do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $5 a piece or 5 for $20. • Vader Lions club will be handing out a free christmas surprise to each child. • Vendors will be selling hot chocolate, apple cider and specialty coffee. Proceeds from will be donated to Vader Parks. • A Christmas tree was graciously donated from Wikes Nursery. The City of Vader Parks Board, Vader Lions Club, Vader Assembly of God Church and community members from all over have all been working hard over the last several years to help develop

park properties. They have developed them in such a way that it would provide a small-town feel to all of our small communities with a closer to home, healthy form of entertainment, physical activity and social connectivity without having to always travel the long distances that citizens are used to doing. The development of J.K. Werden Memorial Park has been an exciting dream that the city has seen come to life. It has new exciting playground structures, looped walking pathway, shaded picnicking areas, fencing, new tables and recently paved parking lot has been an amazing addition to both See vader Page 4


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This past week was so cold, the trees dropped a majority of their leaves. So, now, the leaves have fallen and the rains have begun. Let’s see if we can get those leaves up before the weather changes to snow. Looks like the City of Winlock is going to demolish the Haunted Hostel building, at the expense of the who though? I have requested all code infractions sent to the hostel. It has been said that there was no insurance on the building, will the city's insurance be covering the demolition? If the city insurance is not covering the demolition, then it will be coming directly out of taxpayer funds and this is where the questions really start. According to the owner several months ago, the City of Winlock was working with him. I don’t know if this is true or not. It’s time to investigate why the city allowed the hostel to remain open in the conditions it was in. Police were in there regularly, they knew the conditions, why was it not shut down except for the three rooms approved? I think it’s time the citizens learn if this will be coming out of their pockets since the city failed to rectify this in over 5 years. It is the job of the city to keep the citizens safe, all citizens even those in temporary housing. Justin and Holly Terry need the community's support. She is having a transplant, she is a young mother with a beautiful baby boy and a loving husband. Her fundraiser on “Gofundme” is under Holly Terry’s Liver Transplant Medical Expenses. Meeting this young couple, they just melt your heart. Please reach out to them with any support you can offer.

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What a beautiful week we had, chilly but blue skies, leaves falling faster and the crisp fall air. It just doesn’t get any better than this. This week it’s a chance of rain with a few sunbreaks. I still don’t see any snow in the forecast. Huckleberry Farms and Friends in Onalaska are having their Fifth Anniversary event on November 26, 2022 at 199 Tryon Rd. in Onalaska. They will have vendors and food to purchase available. Hope to see you there! Toledo Senior Center is having a bunco evening, which is guaranteed to be fun. The event is on December 9, 2022 starting at 6:30 p.m. Come on out for some fun at the Toledo Senior Center. Look for the announcement next week in the paper for the birthday party for Uncle Harold Sorensen. Harold will be turning 100 years old in December and we will be having an open to the public birthday party on December 3. Please join the Sorensen family as we celebrate this centurion’s birthday. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Vader event in the paper this week. Hope to see everyone in Vader on December 3. Toledo Community Library is having a silent auction of two beautiful book sets: Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Stop by the library to view the sets and place your bids. Winners will be announced at the end of our bake sale on Saturday, December 3.

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In the past few years, we have heard some political leaders say, “The Press is the enemy of the people.” Usually anyone who says such a thing has a lot to hide and they want to control and manipulate the narrative; and they label everything that does not support that narrative as “fake news.” We can only be truly informed and fairminded when we listen to a variety of perspectives. A free press that includes multiple perspectives is one of the most important freedoms that we have. I want to thank Lynette Hoffman and the Lewis County News for having the courage to say things that aren’t always popular. I’m sure you take a lot of flak when you don’t always follow the “party” line, but that

is true journalism. I don’t consider myself a Democrat or a Republican, but one thing that I think was clear from the recent midterms, is that people are tired of extremism and demonizing anyone who dares to have a different point of view. In a recent interview regarding what was learned from these elections, I heard one politician say it well. He said, “When you get away from politics, most Americans get along pretty well. What people want is political leaders that will do the same.” I am hopeful that we are beginning to turn the corner, and that both political parties will support candidates who listen to and respect those who disagree with them. I am thankful that we have a courageous and free press in our community. Thank you for making America a better place by encouraging multiple perspectives. Rick Serns

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News from the Olequa-Winlock Senior Center Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enrichment Meal Menu: Lunch (noon) on Wednesday, November 23: Thanksgiving “Lunch” Dinner with Evelanie School! Please contact Olequa Senior Center to make a reservation at 360-785-4325. Enrichment Lunch Meals are a suggested donation of $5. Upcoming Events: November 22 at 12:30 p.m. is the Five Wishes Presentation by Providence

SoundHomeCare and Hospice. Olequa Center closes on November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Weekly Activities: Monday Madness is Table Game Day. Tuesday and Thursday is Big Mouth Bingo. Wednesday is Crafting Day. Visit the center’s Facebook page or call the center at (360) 785-4325 for more information.

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eating turkey or other type of fowl, since it was more prevalent to kill what you ate that day so, it could have been ducks or geese. Approximately 90 or some Native Americans arrived and brought venison and other food, which could have also included fish, eels, shellfish, stews, vegetables and beer. Since Plymouth had few buildings or manufactured goods, most people ate outside while sitting on the ground or on barrels with plates on their laps. The men fired guns, ran

races, drank liquor, struggling to speak in broken English and Wampanoag. When we think of Thanksgiving, we think of a feast around the table, lots of good food and entertainment. We don’t have to go out and hunt for our own food, we have the option of going right down the road to the grocery store and buying anything we choose. We also don’t sit outside, in the cold around a barrel. We don’t have near the sacrifices they made hundreds of years ago.

Today, we are free to hop in our car, drive to the grocery store or restaurant. While you are enjoying your Thanksgiving meal in your warm home, with the choices you have made for dinner, don’t forget to be thankful for what the founders of this country endured. They lived in tough conditions so today, we could all have a blessed Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving 2022 from the Lewis County News.

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Giving Thanks for Righteousness Ezekiel 18:19-32 brings up a subject that hasn’t been given much thought or consideration in today’s Christian circles. Starting with verse 20 it states, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? Saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.” The next couple of verses is a reiteration of what was just presented, possibly helping to solidify the importance of what our Father in heaven would have us understand, it has been put forth that His ways are arbitrary and therefore “not equal” (v. 25). To those that are new to this knowledge of what constitutes sin in our fallen nature, it’s easy to excuse this character that comes natural along with its questionable tendences, till viewed through the mirror of God’s word. A mirror reflects light very nicely, it can be as bright as the original that its reflecting. Light illuminates, it makes manifest all that is difficult to behold in its natural setting. Our natural setting comes with this fallen nature. As we pick up the mirror of God’s word, it can’t help but reflect light into the mind that otherwise would act out a character focused solely on self, as the business models of this world suggests. In our fallen nature it is not possible for us to recognize sin. Sin is defined as the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). God’s law is the kingdom that differs from the kingdom of self-manifested in our fallen nature. Without God’s word there would be no knowledge of sin or the law, these two cannot be separated. To talk about sin there also must be a conversation about the law. Notice what Isaiah says about the law in chapter 42 verse 21. “The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake; He will magnify the law, and make it honorable.” “The Lord is well pleased,”

these are words that any Christian should want to contemplate, to see what it is that really pleases or makes our Father in heaven grateful that He took on this momentous task of creating man after His likeness. In our fallen state man has lost that likeness, no longer reflecting that nature once possessed in his garden home. The law that graced Eden’s first inhabitants was broken, given up for what appeared more attractive, thus honoring the kingdom of self. As this kingdom of self gets lived out, what appeared attractive soon losses some of its glamor. Sin has run its course and is seen for what it is, destructive. It would be nice if that were totally the case, but it is not that simple. It is easy to be sorry for the effects of sin, but it is another thing to truly see sin the way Heaven views sin. This was the purpose for which Jesus came to this world, without His example sin could not appear as the hideous thing that it is. Our fallen nature cannot comprehend the purity of that kingdom that Jesus came to represent, reflecting fully without the least stain of sin, giving us His example to reflect. The light Jesus reflected of His Father was the law of His Fathers kingdom. There is absolutely no sin in that law, something each of us can be eternally thankful, for it was our sin that put forth this great need for this One that is altogether lovely, One that is now reaching out to save, to lift us up that we might prepare to live in that kingdom void of sin. We know this is true for sin was placed outside the garden, before that sin was banished from Heaven, all this reveals the offensiveness of sin. Sin is offensive but as Christians, we don’t see it that way, we still excuse it, we excuse it because the law is not important to us, the law is not lifted up, put on a pedestal. Jesus and the law are one, these too cannot be separated. As the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness, we learn so to must Jesus be lifted up, and this act will draw all men unto Him (John 3:14). This teaching would illuminate the law, the mirror that would reveal the sin of self. Instead, our fallen nature craves the path of least resistance, something our Example new nothing of. Sin takes the path of least resistance which is manifested in unrighteousness. Righteousness is found in that law Jesus came and died for, showing us the importance of that law that is the embodiment of that kingdom He came to establish. And establish it He did, nothing can change that, many have tried and are trying, but “spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12) in the church of our attendance is no match for what the Word has and now is accomplishing when revealed in love.

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Vader and the neighboring communities, but that's not all. Outside of the mostly grant funded playground ar-

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to fall, they will have volunteers paint the bathrooms, add gutters to the shelter, and the jail museum has a new foundation and cedar shake roof. New windows will be coming, and so much more, all with the hopes of being able to get it safe and open to the public, once again. Who knows, maybe they can get a "Friends of the Vader City Jail" group up and going again. This group would help collect further research on the old jail, Vader history, set up displays, and be open either upon a scheduled request or on a regular date.

All this fun work, and the Vader Park Board is still not done with Werden Park. They have several notso-small finishing touches before they can do our official grand opening which the park board hopes can occur late spring or early summer of 2023. The jail and larger shelter needs painting, benches, landscaping, bike rack, and custom signs left to work on. It's all been accomplished by volunteers like Kelly, Anita and many more. It’s fundraising events like this that really help us make this all possible. Please come enjoy a day at Werder Park and all the festivities you can handle. The Vader Parks Board is looking for more vendors, please contact Kelly or Anita at the numbers or

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