Lewis County News
May 13, 2020
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Napavine celebrates seniors in spring sports
Pictures derived from asb.napavineschools.org Chloe Stewart, Draven Riddle, Landon Dahl, and Sarah Inglis
By Melanie Langley Many seniors this year didn’t get their full last season of their high school spring sport. The Napavine ASB has set up a page on its website to accommodate for this and recognize seniors who played spring sports this year. Among them are track athletes Sydney Burdick, Chloe Stewart, Yoselyn Sandoval-Amador,
Draven Riddle, Trinity Underhill, and Garrett Bradshaw. Sydney Burdick has been in track for 7 years. She suffered from a knee injury in the fall during soccer season, she recovered from it and was cleared to participate this season Chloe Stewart has been in track for 5 years. Last season, she competed in four events at state. Yoselyn Sandoval-Amador
says her favorite memory was going to state in 2018, she treasures the memories made there with her fellow athletes. Similarly, Draven Riddle’s favorite memory was also at state in 2018, when he was the Triple Jump State Champion and got to stand on top of the podium. Trinity Underhill has been in track for 4 years and her favorite memory was placing in the top 8 at state
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last year Other spring sports seniors include baseball and fastpitch players, Blake Shea, Sarah Inglis, Nicole Neumann, and Landon Dahl. Blake Shea played 4 years of baseball, and his favorite part of playing was learning and playing beside all the great athletes on the team before him. Landon Dahl also played 4 seasons of baseball. Sarah Inglis and Nicole Neumann have both played four seasons of fastpitch. Sarah’s favorite memories were going to state her freshman and sophomore year. She also thought that Josh Fay was doing a great job as the team’s new coach, and as someone who was also on the team, I would have to agree. While these seniors didn’t get their final season, it’s important that we recognize their efforts and time spent on these high school sports. I’m really happy that the ASB team realized this and made a page in tribute to these athletes. If you want to read more about them, please check out asb.napavineschools.org.
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By Lynnette Hoffman These past few months many American’s have lost their jobs due to Covid-19. As many struggle to make their mortgage payments, there are options that are available. The Care Act of 2020 was passed to offer borrowers relief in the time of crisis, but is this your best option? First, let’s explain a little about the mortgage business. Once your loan has been closed and you move in, many banks turn around and sell the loans. Who do they sell the loan to? Chances are your loan was bought by one of the many Government Sponsored Entities (GSE’s) or federal agencies like Fannie Mae, VA or USDA. Once the loan is sold, another company called a “servicer” will service the loan. This is the company that makes sure the payments are made, taxes are paid and insurance is current. There are several involved in managing your mortgage once you have moved into your home. All of these companies will play a role if you fall on hard financial times. In the Care Act of 2020, borrowers are given the option if they can not make their payments of asking for a forbearance. A forbearance is an agreement between the borrower and the lender that allows the borrower to delay foreclosure, the literal meaning of a forbearance is “holding back.’ I have always told borrowers, if there is any way you can make your mortgage, please do so. Any type of modification or alteration to your loan just means the bank is making more interest and you are paying down less principal. If you can not make your payment, there are more options available through the forbearance. During the forbearance, you have the option of pausing or reducing your payments. In the Care Act, lenders have the option to offer 6 months with an additional 6 months for a total of 12 months. I don’t recommend this length of forbearance if at all possible, try to do the minimum changes to your original loan. See mortgage Page 3
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May 13, 2020
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What a fabulous week we had, the weather was perfect. I saw a lot of people out and about, practicing social distancing and enjoying the beautiful weather. It’s so wonderful to see people out again, I didn't care for the ghost town look. The Winlock Assembly of God held their first drive in church service this past Sunday, it was so awesome to see so many cars with the stage in the front. Thank you for continuing church services for the community. If it’s a nice day and you need a new shirt, head on down to “Our Closet is Your Closet.” They have been leaving a rack of clothing out for everyone to enjoy. This is the week for the Winolequa Garden Club Plant Sale. It will take place May 15 and 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 1119 NW Mill street. Turn left at Shakertown and you will be there. This is a great group, the funds go towards the scholarship program they offer to local kids. Don’t forget to stop by and buy a few plants. The Winlock-Vader Food Bank is asking everyone to please wear face masks, it helps protect our volunteers while they are working. They have been able to stay open and feed many families. Our food bank peep’s are the best there are, thank you to each and everyone of you for keeping the families fed. Lewis County PUD is doing a survey about rural internet in our county. If you are like the rest of us and have terrible internet speeds, please complete the survey.
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What a beautiful week we had, drove down to the Cowlitz just to see everyone out when fishing opened back up. Great to see people out and about. It’s at times like this that we need to thank individuals like Diana Haug at the Toledo Senior Center. Diana always makes sure her “mighty seniors” are well taken care of. Diana is a senior center manager who really cares for her seniors. She talks to them with such love, you can tell she is her Mom's (Betty) daughter and Grandma's (Gina) grand-daughter. The love this family has shown to many over the years, will never be forgotten. Thank you Diana for all you do! Toledo area restaurants can now send you home with your favorite cocktail when you order food. Donna’s Place sent me a picture of a purple spirit, it looks tasty. Don’t forget to support your local restaurants, they are there for you in good and bad times, support local businesses. I’m a big fan of going out to Gee Cee’s about once a week. It's a treat to talk with Jim Wallace and the group of guys that are there every morning. I usually run into Gayle and Dale Lee, sometimes Roland is there as is Mr. Caldwell. It’s a great group of guys to chat with about the history of Toledo. Many do not know there was a railroad in Toledo and some of the railway is still there. If you want a history lesson and a good meal, head on down to Gee Cee’s. May 18 is the 40th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helen’s blowing, do you remember where you were? Were you in Lewis County? Many of us were here and will never forget the day. Our area was not blanketed in ash until the following week. We may not have had the ask, but we did have destruction that went with it and most definitely the loss of lives.
Have you been out to stores lately? They continue to get even stranger. This week I saw lines in and out of Walmart. I couldn't believe it. More and more stores are requiring face coverings. Make sure you have yours. Face coverings are available from many local artisans as well as online retailers. I currently have no updates on the La Camas Bridge. I will be reaching out to WA DOT and will update you as soon as I hear back. I know many residents are frustrated. I am right there with you and trust me WA DOT is doing the best that they can. 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 503-3809921 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/newsmedia/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 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 lockBy Samantha Lovelady down. Only volunteers will be allowed inside. At this moment fishing is allowed. Hope all of you anglers are enjoying yourselves. I saw a lot How about that heat wave? Vader residents flocked to McMurphy park this past weekend to enjoy some much of people out on the Cowlitz and the Columbia needed time outdoors. Hope everyone had as much fun as Rivers this past weekend. my family did. Great job practicing social distancing. Vader steps into the 21st century. Residents are now "There are no disasters, only opportunities. able to pay bills with Mastercard and Visa. For now card And, indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters." payments need to be processed over the phone during ~ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ~ business hours but stay tuned for online payment information. Remember that the office is currently closed to Retail Space, Offices / Suites, Great Terms, the public due to Covid-19. High Speed Internet, Great Location Vader City Council had an eventful meeting on Friday. You might have noticed, our lawn mower was broken. It Corner of First and Walnut 360-748-4683 was determined that the cost to fix the old lawn mower was not feasible. Council made a motion to buy a new upgraded mower that they believe will be a great tool for our city.
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If you need a forbearance, call your lender or servicer immediately. They will ask you questions and give your different options for length of the forbearance and repayment options. One of the options in your forbearance will be to make up all of your payments at once when you go back to work. The other option may be to make up your payments over the next few months, basically make a larger payment than before to make up for the lost payments. The final option is a “modification,” adding your payments at the end of the forbearance to the end of the loan. A modification gives borrowers the chance to resume regular payments without having to pay the full arrearage back. This is done once the borrower has completed the agreement of the forbearance. The lender will contact you 30 days before your forbearance will expire to explain this process. If they do not call you,
call them. Do not let time go by, you will need this time to get the documentation in order. During COVID-19, many lenders and servicers are hearing from borrowers who are unemployed. It is important to remember, if you don’t call them, they can’t work with you. As a former banking executive, I have worked with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, US House Finance Committee and the US Senate Banking Committee. There is nothing more important during a financial crisis, then the relationship you will have with your loan servicer/lender. They will do everything within the guidelines allowed to keep you in your home. The bank does not want your home to go into foreclosure, everyone loses in the foreclosure scenario, there is no winner. There are options available to borrowers who are experiencing financial hardship, all it takes is a phone call from you.
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Seminary Hill Nature Reserve; the hill with history By Kirsten Stalnaker Many Centralians are familiar with Seminary Hill and its history. The hill and nature reserve are named for the large gothic style three story building which was built in 1889 atop the hill overlooking the town. It opened in 1890 and served as
a non-denominational school which would prepare its students for college and have an emphasis on art and music. Just a few short years later, three to be exact, it closed its doors. There is somewhat of a mystery surrounding it’s closure aside from it happening during the economic collapse
of 1883. Apparently, there was no trace of the school having occupied the building until much later. The building sat vacant until it reopened as Centralia General Hospital (Centralia’s first hospital) in 1905. It sat vacant again from 1919 until the late 1930s when it was demolished to build the still standing National Guard Armory. In 2017 the Armory uncovered artifacts from the Seminary while working on a paving project. If you grew up in Centralia, you may have heard tales as a kid about the “haunted castle Limited Restaurant on the hill.” The history and Menu strangeness of the seminary’s past, along with the armory 6am - 10 pm Mon - Fri itself which still stands, no doubt contributed to the idea Midnight Menu of such a tale. 10pm - 6am 7 days a week Not far from the armory upon the same hill you will Deli Open find the Seminary Hill Natu24 hours 7 days a week ral Area - a protected natural area lovingly tended and preserved by the Friends of Exit 57 & I-5 Toledo, WA 360.864.4300 Seminary Hill Natural Area. www.GeeCeesTruckStop.com Head East on Locust St. away from Tower Ave. for a few blocks and you will have arrived at the entrance to the natural area. There is a place for parking and a beckoning trail head that starts off into the enchanted firs. Heading in, you are greeted by a sign with a descriptive map of the trails. The first part of the trail starts with a woodland staircase that looks something like out of an enchanted tale of elves and fairies or perhaps a location right out of a Tolkien novel. Going up you will see that you can take one of two directions. There are no wrong ways! 129 kirkland RD., chehalis, WA 98532 All ways will lead up www.bk.com past or behind the water res-
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ervoir. Once there, you will find a little bench to rest on along with a view of beautiful Centralia. (Though the trees have been somewhat obscuring in recent years) it is still a wonderful spot to rest and contemplate. All times of the year are good times to visit, but during the wetter months mud resistant shoes are advised. After a snow, the views and trails are positively magical and in the spring you will be met with so much green. Some trees that you will see are Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Big Leaf Maple, Vine Maple and more. You will also notice plenty of ferns and in the spring, spots of the lovely white, three-leafed Trillium. Red berry and huckleberry as well as the very sour, oregon grape also grow under the canopy of trees. These trails are steep in places, but not overly so. They provide just the right amount of challenge while still being very doable for most. Dogs are welcome and this walk is kid friendly. The trails and hill area are constantly maintained by a group of volunteers, Friends of Seminary Hill, who year round ensure the area is clean and safe for families and individuals to explore. The natural area hosts activities throughout the year put on by the Friends of the Seminary Hill Natural Area. There are nature walks and childrens activities, as well as music in the park and poetry events. Brian Mittge, president of the Friends of Seminary Hill, enthusiastically talks about the annual work party that happens on the last Saturday before Earth
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Day in April. “We get all ages here middle school, elementary, folks in their 70’s and 80’s show up to these work parties,” said Brian. One of the focuses on these clean ups, is to pull invasive species such as English Holly and ivy. Much progress has been made in ridding the hillside woods of the invasive ivy which will choke out native trees and other plants. “Large patches of ivy are now gone,” said Brian. “The native ground cover is making a strong come back.” There will be refreshments at these work parties. “Quiznos provides sandwiches and we will always have coffee and cookies.” The Seminary Natural Hill area came to be a reserve when in the 1970’s the city was going to log the 70 acres of forest. It was saved however, by the thousands of signatures of people from the community who loved the
sylvan hillside and wanted to protect it from being logged. Even though the city owns the natural area, the Friends of Seminary Hill maintain it. The city provides wood chips for the trails along with other tools and necessities to help maintain the hillside, while Friends of Seminary hill and other volunteers lovingly tend to the needs of the area, ensuring that it will be a safe and pleasant experience for visitors. Here is an excellent example of a cohesive community coming together to preserve this beautiful piece of land for generations to come. For more about the old seminary, visit the Lewis County Historical Museum on facebook, or better yet in person in Chehalis. More on the natural area and yearly events can be found by looking up Seminary Hill on facebook and @goseminaryhill on Instagram.
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