Lewis County News January 6, 2021
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Former Lewis County Commissioner Edna Fund swore in new Lewis County Commissioner Dr. Lindsey Pollock on New Year's Eve day.
By Lynnette Hoffman On New Year’s Eve, Lewis County Courthouse was the place where change was to occur. The new Lewis County Commissioners were sworn in to little fanfare but family and reporters. Sean Swope was sworn in by Judge and Municipal Attorney Jim Buzzard with Buzzard and O’Rourke Law firm. Dr. Lindsey Pollock was sworn in by outgoing Commissioner Edna Fund. Pollock is the new District 2 Commissioner, she will represent Winlock and
Napavine. Gary Stamper will retain Vader and Toledo. Pollock stated, “I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work. I think there are a lot of opportunities to get groups working together for the betterment of our county. Issues like housing, communication infrastructure, and educational opportunity including the trades are not going to happen overnight. These issues will take careful planning and collaboration to address. I look forward to Lewis County becoming a leader in addressing these issues.”
Commissioner Fund was the right person to swear in the incoming Commissioner Pollock, she stated “What an amazing opportunity to swear in the third woman to hold the office as Lewis County Commissioner. Commissioner Pollock brings to the commission knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform her commissioner responsibilities. So glad she has chosen to use her talents to benefit the residents of Lewis County.” Fund has served Lewis County for two terms. She has championed Benaroya for Winlock, making sure the county gave the resources needed. Fund will continue to advise on the Flood Plans for Lewis County and we are sure to see her in the future. She stated this about her time representing Lewis County, “For me, serving Lewis County has been a distinct honor. Thank you, Lewis County voters, for your confidence in giving me two terms to make Lewis County the best it can be.” Lewis County is now in the hands of two new commissioners, it will be exciting to see what the plans for our future will be.
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Lewis County rally supports Spiffy’s By Lynnette Hoffman The Lewis County Law and Justice Center was the place where citizens of Lewis County and visitors gathered to show their support for Spiffy’s Restaurant. On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, Lewis County restaurant Spiffy’s was given a continuance while Farm Boys in Maytown was slapped with Contempt of Court over being open by a Thurston County Judge. Spiffy’s story is an interesting one. First, Labor and Industries is trying to close Spiffy’s so they filed a restraining order. The restraining order could not be heard by Lewis County judges because the owner of Spiffy’s son Wade Samuelson is a Lewis County Judge. Therefore, the case was considered a conflict of interest for the local judges. It was then kicked up to Thurston County Judge Lanese. The interesting part is, most cases that can not be heard in Lewis County have typically gone to Pacific, not Thurston, but Labor and Industry is in Thurston, they wanted it heard there. On Tuesday, over 800 people showed up to support Spiffy’s. Speakers included Joey Gibson from Patriot Prayer, the owners of Spiffy’s, Stuffy’s and Farm Boys, Glen Morgan with We the Governed, Marty McClendon, candidate for Lt. Governor,
and Caleb Heimlich, Washington State Republican Party Chairman. Marty McClendon, candidate for Lt. Governor was an incredible speaker to hear. He stated after the event, “As more and more small business owners show courage, open up and fight to protect their employees and serve the community it is incumbent upon all of us to support them, to rally around them and to step out in Faith and Courage ourselves. These issues are bigger than individual businesses, this has to do with the trampling of our Constitutional rights, unchecked power, and a threat to our way of lives. It is time that we with a loud, clear, and unified voice, say no more! and that we do everything in our power to take back this state and Nation from those who are working very hard to eradicate everything we hold dear including, freedom, liberty, our God-given rights. The time is now. My dad taught me if not you then who? and if not now then when? It is up to us.” Washington State Republican Chairman Caleb Heimlich has come to Lewis County twice. The first time, he recorded a video with local politicians to support Spiffy’s, along with a video set up by the Lewis County News with Sheriff Snaza that has See rally Page 2
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We should all have web feet by now, the rain has been around for a few days and we have water everywhere. Now, we have a winter ahead of us where the ground is wet and more rain to come. New Year’s Eve was ushered in around town with a lot of fireworks again, don’t forget the City of Winlock has an ordinance that allows fireworks during New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July. The Winlock Saturday Market is open again after closing during the holiday week. Stop by for some great locally made items. Before you throw out any artificial Christmas Trees please contact Carol Wallin, she is looking for trees for next year. Lifelong resident Doris Blum passed away on the 27th of December. Our sympathy goes out to her family. Don’t forget to continue to support our local restaurants and delis. This has been very hard on most of our businesses. They have endured the loss of business for months. In Winlock, there are several places you can eat. Please support local and shop local, they give the money back to the community. The Ruiz family dog went missing around the WinlockVader and Roe Road. His name is Duke and he is a Black and White Australian Shepherd, long hair, brown on his paws. If you locate him, please reach out to either the Lewis County News at 360-785-3151 or 206-919-5797 (cell). It is the beginning of the New Year, if you have ideas for local stories, please send an email to LynnetteH@Flannerypubs.com or 360-785-3151 or feel free to call on the cell at 206-919-5797. Looking for fun story ideas.
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We are definitely in the rainy season of this year, rain is in our yards, our driveways, and some have even a little rain where they don’t want it. The New Year started out in the typical Pacific Northwest style, rain to keep our beautiful state green. Don’t forget to continue to support your local businesses and restaurants. The Crowded Kitchen and Good Stuff Food carts are doing menu changes and I hear Donna added a fabulous burger. Please remember, their businesses have been negatively impacted for months, almost a year. It is difficult to keep going when you keep getting slapped down. Hats off to all the restaurants that are doing their best to stay open, we know it's not easy!! Reminder - Toledo Elementary School South 6th street is now a one way between Augstus and Maple. You will only be allowed to take a left turn onto it. Please remember to be cautious around the schools. Many local families are pledging to spend their stimulus checks on local businesses. If you have the ability to shop locally, I know the businesses would honestly appreciate your support.. If you are looking for BBQ, come over to Winlock to Boss Hogg’s. Amy Smith is a resident of the Toledo area but she has her business in Winlock. Please come on over to support one of your own! Lewis County News is looking for local stories to include in 2021. If you have a story idea, please call Lynnette H at 206-919-5797 or feel free to email me at Lynnetteh@ flannerypubs.com. If you have someone in your community that is doing something special during COVID, we want to hear about it. Please feel free to reach out with your ideas. We want to write more about Toledo, we just need your help to do it!
Ryderwood News By Samantha Lovelady
Happy New Year Ryderwood. We made it to 2021. 2020 brought us a global pandemic, personal challenges, and for many of us loss. But it also brought us together. It was a year that is sure to go down in infamy. RIP to the residents who have passed away during 2020. You might be gone but you will never be forgotten. The winners for the holiday events have been announced. Congratulations Jerry and Sandy Wilson for winning the parade. Ernie and Loretta Faris took the gold for the house decorating contest. Thank you to all who participated in the festivities this year. Ryderwood Cafe Meals Meals are served on Mondays and Thursdays between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Currently, the Cafe is open for take out only. Stay tuned for indoor dining updates. Every Monday the meal is your choice of burger: Deluxe, Chicken, Veggie, Fish, and Fiesta. Served with your choice of soup or salad and a drink. Please note that fish burgers take 30 minutes to prepare. Calling ahead is appreciated. Thursday dinners require reservations to be made. Be sure you call in on Tuesday before to get on the list. 360-749-6472 or 360-295-4007. January 7: Baby back ribs served with cowboy beans, potato salad, jello salad, and a dessert January 14: Spaghetti served with garlic bread, salad, and a dessert January 21: Chicken fried steak served with mashed potatoes, salad, green beans, and dessert January 28: Pork chops served with mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, and a dessert Here's to 2021. I look forward to this new journey with all of you. Hopefully, this coming year brings us all the smiles and joys we so desperately need. Goodbye, 2020. You certainly will not be missed at my house.
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been viewed over 40,000 times. Heimlich stated, “It was great to join with several hundred in Lewis County to stand in support of Spiffy’s restaurant. Attendees sent a loud message to the Governor that enough is enough. His lockdowns are unfair and are killing small businesses in our state. We can work to protect physical health, while also looking out for mental, emotional, and financial health. Today, the Governor further extended his draconian lockdown. The Legislature needs to rein in the Emergency Powers of the Governor, and we need an immediate re-opening plan that takes into account the regional differences in
our state.” Joey Gibson, who has been constantly written about by the liberal media as a right-wing activist is actually a Christian who has been involved in what he calls a movement of “God and Country.” Joey is the founder of Patriot Prayer, he started by going into areas where Antifa was but he has since stopped. His good friend, Jay, was killed in Portland this year by an Antifa member, while they were looking for Joey. Joey stated about the Lewis County rally, “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. There are consequences in the fight for freedom but none of us will face them alone. The
people will support any business owners willing to courageously open to save this economy.” Owners of Spiffy’s, Stuffy’s, and Farm Boy were on hand as well. Farm Boy had just been ruled against by Judge Lanese, a fine of $2,000 a day for Contempt
of Court as well as the over $9,000 per day for Labor and Industry fines This fight is sure to continue as more and more restaurants begin to open up against Governor Inslee’s orders. Many restaurants now have outside heated tents for their customers.
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Lewis County recycling changes start in January Lewis County recycling programs including drop-off recycling and curbside recycling have new rules in place in an effort to reduce confusion about what to recycle and reduce the amount of garbage being thrown into recycling containers. Recycle Reset will kick off at both Lewis County transfer stations in Centralia and Morton on January 2. With Recycle Reset, plastic bottles and jugs will no
longer be accepted for recycling and the commingled recycling option - where recyclers mix the majority of their items together in one container - is eliminated. Customers are now required to sort their recyclables into the following containers: glass bottles and jars, corrugated cardboard, metal, and mixed paper (paper bags and boxes, office and school paper, newspapers, magazines, and mail).
Confusion about plas- Works Department, which jugs that are empty, clean, program changes to improve tic recycling and the com- operates the transfer sta- and dry, it will no longer the quality of materials bemingled concept has led tions. accept shredded paper, milk ing dropped off or set out for to an increasing amount of Changes have also taken and juice cartons, or frozen recycling. garbage being tossed into re- place in the curbside re- food boxes. Questions on Recycle cycling containers at Lewis cycling program offered The Utility Division re- Reset? Call 360-740-1451 County transfer stations. by LeMay Inc. While this ceived a grant from the or visit lewiscountywa.gov/ The hope is that the changes program will continue to Department of Ecology to recyclereset. will help customers keep the collect plastic bottles and help make the recycling recycling containers free from garbage, explained Be part of our If signed proof is not returned by 5:00 P.M. Thursday, Business the ad willDirectory Greg Cachowsky, manager Town Crier Ad Proof appear as is and carries no guarantee of accuracy or quality. Call of the Lewis County Solid (360) 785-3151 Waste Utility, a division of the Lewis County Public Insurance
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