Lewis County News May 6, 2020
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Inslee introduces 4 phases to reopening
Winolequa Garden Club to hold a no host sale By Lynnette Hoffman The Winolequa Garden Club has decided to give some normalcy back to the community, they will be holding their annual plant sale this year with a few changes. The event will take place on May 15 and 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1119 NW Mill Street in Winlock. It is in the same location as last year. The Winolequa Garden Club raises funds to provide a scholarship to local students. Every year they have a plant and bake sale to help add to the scholarship fund. This year they are NOT able to do the bake sale, but they are definitely holding the remainder of the event. They
will also be keeping with the Department of Health standards and have a no host sale, which means donations will be on the honor system. Since plants and gardens are considered essential businesses, the Winolequa Garden Club decided to open. If you are going to attend the event and have concerns, please wear a mask and use hand sanitizer. The Winolequa Garden Club has been holding their annual bake sale for 20 years. Mill Street is located down by Shakertown; stop by to support your local garden club and a student in college.
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By Lynnette Governor Inslee is watching with social distancing in Hoffman only scientific data, he is not place. Governor Inslee has ex- looking at economic data. Phase three will allow tended the Stay Home, Stay Inslee is also looking at for bars at 25% capacity, Healthy order for the month the rate of infection, they restaurants at 75% capacof May. On Friday, May would like to see the rate ity and movie theaters and 1, Governor Inslee held a of infection per person be- gyms at 50% capacity. The press conference where he low 1 for 2 weeks as well. largest group gatherings can outlined a 4 phase reopen- There are many parameters be 50 people. ing for Washington State. around advancing to the next Phase four is back to what There will be variances phase so time will tell if this will be our new normal. New available for certain coun- will be done in 3 weeks or normal is the question for all ties who have no cases but longer. of us. The advancement to Lewis County is not in that Phase two will allow the next phase is dependent category. many more businesses to on testing and our ability to The first stage started open and also include small social distance. If everything May 5 with the opening of a group gatherings of five opens on time, we might be few businesses and curbside people outside your house- out of this by mid-July but service for some. The new hold per week. Restaurants many are speculating this businesses that can open will open at 50% capacity won’t be the case. are landscaping, automobile sales, retail (curbside pick up orders only) car washes and pet walkers. Gatherings are limited to drive-in church services and only essential travel is allowed. There is some outdoor recreLimited Restaurant ation but with strict limited Menu social distancing and only 6am - 10 pm Mon - Fri one person outside of your household. Midnight Menu Governor Inslee stated 10pm - 6am 7 days a week that each phase will take “a minimum of three weeks.” Deli Open He stated over and over 24 hours 7 days a week during his press conferenceIndependent Trane Dealer that advancing to the next Exit 57 & I-5 Toledo, WA 360.864.4300 Offer This phaseWith willAndepend on Good testwww.GeeCeesTruckStop.com They’ll Fly Out The Door. ing and social distancing.
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Winlock News by Lynnette Hoffman 785-3151 This column sponsored by:
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Well Winlock, this is going to be your week for beautiful weather. It’s hard to believe that we are going to have 80 degree weather this week. It’s a beautiful week to do yard work! The Winlock Saturday Market will still be happening. They are in the process of getting approval from the city council during the next meeting. If you are interested in participating in the Winlock Saturday Market, please contact Bonita at 360-785-4452. The Winlock-Vader Food Bank is continuing to offer food pick up at the Plaza. The Plaza is the gravel parking lot by the railroad tracks on Kerron, just south of the World's Largest Egg. It is imperative you stay in your vehicle. The Winlock-Vader Food Bank is in need of donations, if you can donate, please call 360-785-6399. Lewis County Together (Lewiscountytogether.com) has a list available online for all businesses that are open, the business phone numbers are listed as well. This is a time for all of us to support local businesses. If you can afford to buy locally, please do. These businesses support our community and schools, along with other businesses. We need each other to be successful as a small community, it takes a village as they say! Winlock City Hall is looking for park board members. These individuals will be responsible for the running of the city parks and making sure events are covered. Please contact Winlock City Hall at 360-785-3811 for more information. Thank you to the Winlock Post Office! These folks have been very busy while everyone has been shopping online. They are delivering the packages and it’s like Christmas for them. Throw in the COVID-19 and they are frontline workers. Thank you so much to each one of you!
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Well, we are in for some beautiful weather the first week of May. We are in for some 80 degree weather. I know for many that means a day outside getting yard work done, I know I will be! As I drove through Toledo the other day, it was quiet. There was no activity at the senior center which is always hopping. I know it won’t be long and we will all be back to walking around and talking to each other. I spoke with Ron Smith and the Toledo Lions Club has not canceled Cheese Days. He stated they were waiting to see what was happening. Many were aware that Winlock Egg Days has been canceled. Don’t forget to support your local businesses, this is hard on all of them. If you can afford to shop locally, please do. These businesses put their money back into the community more than big box stores. Buying locally, means supporting your local business and schools. ToledoTel has wifi available for all students in the Winlock and Toledo area, if you need assistance, please contact ToledoTel. If you haven’t had a chance to drive out to the construction at the high school, this is a good time to do so. They have started and it looks like it is going to be the school the students deserve.
Public Notice • Public Notice Legal Public Notice STATE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT Determination of NonSignificance Date 4/29/20 Lead agency: City of Winlock Agency Contact: Stormy Bradley, Winlock Community Development P.O. Box 777 323 NE First Street Winlock, WA 98596 (360) 785-3811 Description of proposal – This application proposes to construct a 38,502 SF church, 1,800 SF maintenance shed, and 1,084 plot cemetery on 14 acres. Location of proposal – The project is located on Lewis County parcel # 015591007000, SE 1/4 S35, T12N, R2W, Lewis County, WA, within the Urban Growth Area of the City of Winlock, Washington. The City of Winlock has determined that this proposal will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required
under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). We have reviewed the attached Environmental Checklist. This information is available at: www. cityofwinlock.com This determination is based on the following findings and conclusions: This DNS is issued under WAC 197-11-340(2) and the comment period will end on 5/13/20. Name, address, phone, e-mail of Responsible Official: Stormy Bradley, Winlock Community Development P.O. Box 777 Winlock, WA 98596 (360) 785-3811 firstname.lastname@example.org Signature Date 4/29/20 (electronic signature or name of signor is sufficient) Appeal process: Comments and appeals can be made in writing and delivered to: City of Winlock Attn: OAL Church Project P.O. Box 777 Winlock, WA 98596 Published: May 6, 2020 86047
Angel Ministries Angel Ministries is providing meal prep, transportation, housekeeping, goodwill visits, and notes of encouragement. Please contact Linda at email@example.com or call 503380-9921 for more information. Some of you might have already heard that Governor Inslee has extended his “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order to May 31. There is now a new plan with four phases that will hopefully get us back to normal soon. For detailed information on what the phases entail go to www.governor.wa.gov/ news-media/chart-washingtons-phased-approach. The Cafe is open for take out meals only. Please call Gayla at 360-749-7472 to order. Meals will be brought to your car when you arrive. May 7: pasta fagioli soup with an egg salad sandwich May 11: meatloaf with mashed potatoes, gravy and a roll for $8 May 14: tortellini soup and a ham sandwich May 18: sloppy Joe's and potato chips May 21: taco soup and pulled pork sliders May 24: turkey noodle soup and turkey sandwiches Please remember that the Cafe is on lockdown. Only volunteers will be allowed inside. Our weather continues to be ever fluctuating. One day it's raining and 55’F the next it's sunny and 75’F . This week my phone forecast ranges from 40’F to 85’F. I hope you all are able to get out this week and enjoy a little sunshine when we have it. But, remember to maintain social distancing. Do you have your cloth mask yet? More and more big stores are requiring all guests to wear masks. Face coverings are easy to make and can be as simple as a bandana or as elaborate as a custom made mask with a filter. Stay safe out there. It's a unique time right now. As we continue to adjust to this twilight zone version of normal, remember we are all in this together.
Vader News By Samantha Lovelady
Last weekend was sure weird without our May Day Festival. Unfortunately, the festival for 2020 is canceled completely. Originally there was talk of postponing the event, but with how the pandemic has progressed the decision has been made to now look to our 2021 event. Thank you to all the volunteers on the May Day Committee. Your presence was surely missed this year. Vader City Council has a meeting this Friday at 7:30 a.m. For the latest dial in info please check the city website. I look forward to seeing/hearing you all soon. The new system has been great for those that, until now, were unable to come into the office for meetings. I've been aware that a few Vader residents have passed recently. Obituaries are something that are very personal to those that are left behind. With that said it is policy that See vader Page 3
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Cheering our kids to Academic Excellence Southwest Washington Classifieds By Carol Schultz future and will eventually achievement is important, our With everyone doing homeschool for the first time our minds are turned to the education of our children in a more hands on way than ever before. Some will find they love it and may possibly choose to continue and others will gratefully turn the reigns back to the schools. We may have different opinions about many things but I think we can all agree that the education of our children is very important. I spend many hours at the school in a volunteer capacity so see and hear a lot. I also strive to be an advocate for youth in this ever changing culture and am part of the Winlock Youth Advocacy Network. I would like to encourage everyone in our county to cheer our students’ academic success as enthusiastically as they cheer the Seahawks! The kids are the
be our doctors, lawyers, and school teachers. I’m sure you are aware of the low test scores throughout the school districts of Lewis County. If not, they can be found on the OSPI website. There are a number of reasons for this but the emphasis we always see is throwing more money at it. This may partially be true but there is so much we can do to work with what we have that does not create a property tax increase in this low income county. Our town (and I’m sure others) support greatly and with enthusiasm it's sporting events and it brings the kids and community together. If we could generate this same level of enthusiasm toward their academic achievement we could make great progress. If, as a community, we are not showing academic
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kids won’t think so also. The growing use of computers by teachers and at home seems to be contributing to a loss of personal and friendly group interaction and competition. In addition, kids are losing the skill of gracious winning and losing. All these are important skills to be a productive adult member of society. The book titled Man Interrupted speaks much about this and how we can take steps to improve it. Computers and cell phones are certainly not bad, and are great tools, but human interaction is and always will be important for a healthy life. Some of the ideas that can contribute to Cheering Academics at the elementary school level without doing the parent blame game are: 1.Board games. Kids
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and 7th from 10 a.m. to noon at the primary school. Sack lunches will still be available at their usual locations Monday through Friday. A list of upcoming hot lunch dates will be included with all Friday lunches from here on out. Reminder lunches are available to all children 0-18. Vader times are about as strange as they can get. Never in my imagination did I think stores would start requiring face masks, limits on essential items and mass business closures would be a thing of reality. It's important to remember we are all in this together. Shop small. Shop Local.
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learn much in a fun way through playing. Yahtzee, Boggle, Scrabble, and many others are great to promote achievement for elementary school kids. Libraries can be encouraged to host events also. 2.A trip to the $1 store to obtain flash cards, word search, and other skill building activities. 3.A planned trip to the library once a week and participation in their activities. 4.Practice spelling words and give a small reward for excellent achievement. 5.Map puzzles help them learn geography and where they fit in the world. 6.Attend school assemblies. 7.Attend Parent/Teacher conferences. 8.When a teacher says there is a problem, work to improve it. If in doubt, observe in the classroom to verify for yourself. 9.Volunteer at the school for 1 -2 hours a week whether you have kids there or not. Many parents work and are unable to do so but unemployed, stay at home parents, retired people can make a big difference and most can find a way to participate that they enjoy. Even many small businesses can find a way to work with the students. All these are little things that can make a big difference with little to no cost. The most important thing is to remember: It takes a village to raise a child. ~ African proverb
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