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Lewis County News January 27, 2021


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Spiffy’s restaurant closes, Fines will be forgiven

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By Lynnette Hoffman As of January of this year, Spiffy’s restaurant has been under the ownership of Rod and Dianna Samuelson for 50 years. They have seen it change from a single-wide walkup trailer to the full-service restaurant it is today. But, in the midst of the anniversary, Spiffy’s has been closed due to an ongoing battle with Governor Jay Inslee to reopen. Spiffy’s was a small walk-up hamburger stand when the Samuelson’s bought it, just a single-wide trailer. The restaurant was expanded to include a few dozen tables, but still small. Spiffy’s employed many young adults as waitresses, cooks, and chief bottle washers. Employees learned to do it all. Spiffy’s gave its employees all a start, how to deal with customers, how to make a perfect egg, and more importantly how to work together as a team. Working collectively is more important than working as an individual, today that is still the attitude at Spiffy’s. Recently, Spiffy’s has been in the news due to defying Governor Inslee’s orders of no indoor dining. On November 30, 2020, owner Rod Samuelson made the decision to reopen his restaurant. The reason, “Employee’s could not get unemployment. There are two ways, either on the phone but the phones were maxed out or the internet. Leaving a message did not work as employees would not get a callback,” stated Samuelson. He continued, “Our employees had mortgages, rent, food, and basic living expenses. They couldn’t find a job, we had no choice, we had to help our employees.

We had to find a way to put food on their tables, so we opened up.” The business had been down prior to opening, at least 50%, but December was the best month since opening the restaurant 50 years ago. People were ready to eat out and they did. But, they had to make a choice, fines were mounting, do we stay open or do we close? They made the decision to close. “If we continue to stay closed, the fines will be forgiven. No one has had their fines collected, they have only assessed fines. This is all just smoke,” stated Samuelson. Samuelson expressed his sincere appreciation to those who stood by him during his re-opening, he stated, “I am so thankful for the patronage, for all of the open up rallies, for all those who came out, we had great support from everywhere.” During the opening, Spiffy’s did not have one complaint. “We did not have one customer who complained about us being open. They were happy they had a chance to eat out,” said Samuelson. “We did not have one reported case of COVID during or after we were opened, neither employees or customers.” Now, Spiffy’s will go through the new Payroll Protection Plan the government just passed. That means he can pay his employees, “The PPP goes through the middle of May, we will revisit at the end of May what we will do if we are not open.” Spiffy’s started something after they opened, another restaurant opened, and another. During their opening, Spiffy’s kept the previous plan of fewer tables, social distancing, and sanitation. The employees had masks, they were open and as safe as they could be. Spiffy’s has employees who have worked there for decades, many locals have worked there throughout the years. They chose to go back to work to feed their families, they had to do something. Now, Spiffy’s will continue to pay their employees through the PPP program, they are able to help them like they wanted to. But, it’s a wait-and-see game as to when the Governor will allow restaurants to open for indoor dining. One of the things that Samuelson would say to Governor Inslee if he had the chance is “Why are we not open like so many other states, some are fully open and some are partially?”

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ther passed on Christmas Eve 2014. Losing a grandparent can change your life, Cara put everything on the back burner after he passed so she could travel. In July 2016, she followed her grandfather's wishes, and she started a business. She knew her Gramps wanted her to do her own thing, that idea never left her mind. She purchased a cool vintage Aloha travel trailer that was a food cart conversion. For a year, Cara and her food cart went out to the fair and festival circuit, where she harnessed her inner carnie (carnival spirit). It was on her way to a festival that the frame bent on her Aloha, so she parked it in 2018. Even though the food cart was down, Cara was not. She went on the Farmers Market circuit, shortly thereafter she began catering. Then, in an effort to reconnect with her previous clients and community she See Good Stuff Page 4

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Where did the snow go that we were told was coming? I don’t need a lot of snow, just a little, but none, oh the disappointment was too much…. We have rain. Why don’t they just say rain until May, that way we don’t get disappointed and they will be a lot more accurate. Then think, if all of the sudden snow starts to fall, we all get excited and what a great surprise! I think we need to go for the surprise from now on… From the Toledo Food Bank. The Toledo Food Bank has a lot of food that needs to go to homes. No questions will be asked regarding income. We want people to know we have food available if they need it. We do have to ask that people do not return unwanted food items as they need to make room for new stock. Feel free to share it with others. It’s been a tough year for everyone, especially with Covid. Thank you for understanding and for your cooperation during this year. The food bank is located behind Toledo City Hall and the fire station and open 2nd and 4th Friday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Toledo High School is starting sports on February 1, please make sure your kids have contacted the school. Don’t forget to support your local restaurants in the area. Donna’s Place and The Crowded Kitchen are offering take out. If you want something different, you can head on down to the Vader exit and look at all your choices. You can stop by Beesley’s, Good Stuff Food Cart and Catering, the Country House, and Betty's Place. Go one more exit to S. Jackson Highway and get a take out order from Gee Cee’s Deli. It’s this time that we need to show support for our local businesses. It’s not been easy since they don’t have indoor dining.

Our weather is the most unpredictable, first, we were going to have snow, and now maybe not so much. We live in the Pacific Northwest so we are used to absolutely zero correct weather except for the rain. If they say rain is in the forecast, they have a good chance of being accurate. Everything else is up for grabs. Winlock-Vader Food Bank is open this Wednesday, January 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The food bank is located in Winlock on Fir St between 1st and East Front Street. They are currently observing covid protocols. Girls Night Out is coming to Hope Grange in Winlock. What is Girls Night Out? Well, Marissa Randt is a local crafter and she is putting on a shopping event. When: February 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and then on February 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It is located at 118 Antrim Road in Winlock. Come on out and support your local crafters. Winlock Roots Daycare is hiring for two positions. One afternoon lead teacher and one afternoon assistant teacher. Requirements must be 18+ or over, pass a background check, CPR/First aid, BBP, MMR, TB test, food handlers card, ECE education, or planning to get. Pay DOE, Free college for Early Childhood Education after 3 months. Send resume to April Root at Rootape101@ gmail.com Winlock Farmers Market is open Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. located next to Sahara Pizza. These ladies work hard to bring you canned goods, alpaca items, horseshoe crafts, and many more items. Stop by today and see what they have to offer. Many live in our community and give back to the community. They are here for you!

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The fire department is seeking volunteers. Head over to the Lewis County Fire District located at 801 B St. in Vader to volunteer. They are open Tuesday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. If you can not make it down, feel free to call at 360-295-0906 for more information. There are concerns over the increased number of Ryderwood residents and what would happen in the event of an emergency. That being said there is no such thing as too many fire department volunteers. All training and equipment will be provided. Winlock-Vader Food Bank is open this Wednesday, January 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The food bank is located in Winlock on Fir St between 1st and East Front Street. They are currently observing covid protocols. Ryderwood Cafe 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. Every Monday the meal of your choice is: deluxe burger, chicken, veggie, fish, or 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 sincerely appreciated. Thursday dinner requires a reservation, please call 360-749-6472 or 360-295-4007 on the Tuesday before to get on the list. January 28: pork chops served with mashed potatoes, veggies, salad, and dessert Wednesday is always breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Be sure to get your biscuits and gravy a full order is just $5. They also sell a half order for $3.

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Snow? According to my forecast apps this is either snowmageddon or nothing at all. Stay warm Vader. Snow or not, it's sure to be a cold one. How about that sunshine? Last week brought excellent weather. It might have been chilly, but everyone was outside prepping yards and enjoying the vitamin D. Vader parks were so busy last week I would have thought it was spring. Residents have vocalized concerns about speeding in town. In particular on A Street from the post office just past Werden See vader Page 4

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Legal Public Notice PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF WINLOCK, 323 NE First Street, P.O. Box 777, Winlock, WA 98596 NOTICE OF SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM (SMP) PERIODIC REVIEW PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the City of Winlock Planning Commission is in the process of working on its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Periodic Review and proposed SMP amendments. The Periodic Review process will comply with state rules (WAC 173-26-090) which requires all local governments to review their SMPs on an eight-year (8 year) schedule and to revise it, if necessary. The Periodic Review ensures the City’s SMP keeps up with changes in state law, changes in other City plans and regulations, and other changed circumstances. The Public Hearing will be held on February 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm. Due to the COVID-19 Social Distancing precautions, citizens are encouraged to attend the hearings via teleconference by calling 360-785-2311 and give comment or submit comments in writing to the City Clerk by 4:00 pm on the day of the hearing. The council chamber is handicap accessible. Arrangements to reasonably accommodate special needs, including handicap accessibility or interpreter, will be made upon receiving twenty-four (24) hour advance notice. Contact City Hall at 360-785-3811 should you require special needs. Should you like further information prior to the Public Hearing contact Robert Webster at 360-785-3811 ext. 213 or winplan@cityofwinlock. com. Publish: January 27, 2021 86732

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of this notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of First Publication: January 20, 2021 Personal Representative: KENNETH WALLACE Attorney for the Personal Representative: JAMES M.B. BUZZARD, WSBA#33555 Address for Mailing or Service: c/o Buzzard O’Rourke, PS 314 Harrison Avenue P.O. Box 59 Centralia, WA 98531 Publish: January 20, 27 and February 3, 2021

The City of Napavine Planning Commission is looking for your comments on a Variance Application to waive public right-of-way improvements of full road width, concrete sidewalks, curb, and gutters on the 7th Avenue Road Extension. Approval of the Variance would allow the applicant to tie into existing roadways in a manner which improves aesthetics, yet matches the immediate surrounding area for the future development of the neighborhood. The location of the proposed road extension is the undeveloped right-of-way of 7th Avenue, between W Vine St. and W Grand Blvd. You may put your comments in writing and submit them to the City of Napavine no later than Monday February 1, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. or remotely during the hearing. Please call the Community Development Department at (360) 262-9344 if you have any questions or concerns. To attend the meeting via phone call (609) 663-4454, or online at https://join.freeconferencecall.com/ssalyers8. Publish: January 27, 2021



Public Notice • Public Notice • Public Notice • Public Notice • Public Notice • Public Notice • Public Notice • Public Notice Legal Public Notice INVITATION TO BID City of Winlock Sewer Extension to Industrial Park Project Sealed proposals for furnishing all materials, labor and equipment for the following described work will be received by the City Clerk of the City of Winlock, 323 NE First Street, P.O. Box 777, Winlock, WA 98596, up until 2:00 p.m. February 11, 2021. At this time, the sealed bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. A contract will be awarded, or all bids rejected within 45 days after the bid opening. The City reserves the right to extend the period of bid consideration subject to the ability of a bidder to withdraw its bid if such an extension is implemented by the City. Bid proposals must be submitted in a sealed opaque envelope clearly marked with the project title and name and address of the bidder. Proposals received after 2:00 p.m. February 11, 2021 will not be considered. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project consists of the following major work items to extend sewer from the City to near I-5 including sanitary sewer piping and a new sewage pump station. 1. Installation of approximately 3,300 feet of 12-inch gravity sewer pipe approximately 8 feet deep. 2. Installation of (13) 48-inch diameter concrete manholes approximately 8 feet deep. 3. Installation of a duplex sewage pumping station on a new site

including electrical controls, generator, pumps, flow meter, meter vaults, utility vaults, site drainage, cable trays, fencing, etc. 4. Installation of approximately 3,800 feet of 4- and 8-inch HDPE pipe sewer forcemain to be installed via horizontal directional drilling (HDD) or open cut. 5. Installation of approximately 94 feet of 4- and 8-inch HDPE pipe sewer forcemain to be installed in a bored 24-inch steel casing. Bidding documents may be obtained at no cost in pdf format only, from SolicitBid at https://solicitbid.com/Posts/Projects.aspx. Contact SolicitBid at (206) 219-6481 if unable to access the documents on-line. A Plan Holders list is also available on the SolictBid website. It is the sole responsibility of each Bidder to learn of Addendum, if any. Such information may be obtained from the SolicitBid website. Bidders are encouraged to “Register as Bidder” in order to receive automatic email notification of future addenda and be placed on the “Bidders List”. The City of Winlock accepts no responsibility or liability and will provide no accommodation to Bidders who fail to check for addendums and submit inadequate or incorrect responses. All bidders are required to use the forms furnished by the City and to bid each item in the manner shown on the bid form. Upon award of the contract, a performance and payment bond meeting the requirements of the “Instructions to Bidders” will be required. Progress payments will be made in accordance with the “General Conditions.” The contract is subject to state “Prevailing Wages” and Retainage (5%) will be held until releases are received from the Dept. of Labor & Industries, the Dept. of Revenue, and the Dept. Employment Security

Bids must be sealed with the outside of the envelope boldly marked to indicate that it contains a sealed bid, the bid opening date, and the specific project involved. Any technical questions regarding the contract documents should be directed to the City’s consulting engineer, Gibbs & Olson. Inc., attention Mike Marshall at (360) 352-1120 or mmarshall@gibbs-olson.com. All Proposals must be submitted on the regular form furnished with the specifications, and each must be accompanied by a cashier’s check, postal money order or surety bond, by a bonding company licensed to do business in the State of Washington, made payable to the City of Winlock in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the total bid. No Bidder may withdraw their proposal after the time set for the opening thereof, or before award of contract, unless said award is delayed for a period exceeding 45 days. The City reserves the right to award the bid to the lowest responsible Bidder, waive informalities, or reject any or all bids. The City of Winlock is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Small, Minority-owned, and Women-owned businesses are encouraged to submit bids. DATED at Winlock, Washington, this 11th day of January 2021.

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decided to move to a permanent location. She had to wait for almost a year for the new septic, she paid rent while it was being put in place, but she was not open. Then, in March 2020, she finally got the septic system approval to open and COVID hit. The same week she could open was the same week that the state ordered citizens to stay home. It was a tough time to open a business. Cara decided her food could help people stay positive. She provides healthy options for people,


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few years. The City of Winlock has seen growth in new homes and with our own inspector, they have been able to manage the inspection process. Winlock expects to see more growth over the next few years if the economy holds. The opportunity for revenue in permits means the city will not need to farm the work out to the county. Fee’s generated last year helped the city stay on track with its budget. Mayor Svenson stated, “We are excited to see the progress Robert has made in his certification, he has a great attitude and has been an asset for the City Robert Webster of Winlock. As we expect more growth in our area, having someone on staff our builders, and soon to be streamlines the process for citizens.”

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ethnic foods, and good ole American cooking. She offers a unique perspective to those who want to try something different. It also gives Cara the ability to try new and exciting food, she definitely has a love of food and a love to serve. Cara is well-rooted in the area. She graduated from Winlock High School in 2000. Her parents are Bob and Ranae Buswell and her sister is Katie. Her friends have influenced her as well as her family. She lived in the big city, but she knew she wanted to come back to her

community and provide healthy, unique, and good old fashioned cooking. During the season, she cooks from farm to food cart to your table. Supporting local farmers and the community is very important to her. Cara has food cart hours, which means she is open Friday - Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm. She offers freezer meals and other options. She offers Gyro’s, Po’ Boys sandwiches, and fish tacos. Her menu has over 20 items from different food choices, to smoothies, espresso, and homemade soups. Her sauces are all from scratch. As Cara stated,

“I have soups and sandwiches from around the world.” She is located at the Vader Exit at 196 Cowlitz Loop, and can be reached at 360-864-8660. Cara stated about opening up during COVID, “These are trying times for our community. I am both proud and impressed by the resiliency of the hospitality industry. Seeing how these businesses have adapted to the kindness and support of the community is nothing short of amazing to me. I am honored to be one of many that serve you.” And by her attitude and love of food, she is more than honored, it is her passion!

stay alert. Vader City Council meets this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. They are still meeting via GoToMeeting. You can call in or log in from your cell phone app. Login information is listed on the city website. Agendas are posted right out front of city hall in the bulletin box. If

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Spiffy's restaurant closes, Fines will be forgiven Good Stuff food cart permanently located in South Lewis County

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