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Lewis County News

May 20, 2020


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Austin wins essay contest put on by WDC The Winlock Dance Center recently gave a basket to a student who wrote an essay for Mothers Day. Mrs. Collins and Miss Iverson worked in coordination with Robin Brumley at the dance center. Emly Austin won the essay contest and the basket worth $100. Her essay was about her mother. Here is a small example of what she wrote: “I appreciate my mother very much. She cares for others and herself, loves people for who they are and gives people more than one chance to make things right. She loves our family and tries to help the world as best as she can, even if that's just showing a little bit of kindness. Ever since everything going around, my appreciation for my mom has grown by her making sure that we wear masks out in public, so we don’t get sick and she has been reminding us about the many dangers and to stay safe.” Robin Brumley, who

Left to right: Koko Austin (sister), Emily Austin (winner), Alycia Cramer (mom), and Robin Brumley

owns the Winlock Dance Center stated “I chose that essay because with what everyone is going through right now it sometimes can put priorities, perspectives and core values to the test. We also have taken for granted the important roles many people play in our daily lives to make them happier, healthier, easier. It’s a good time for reflection for us all but was particularly interesting to see what the perspective might be from our youth,

pre-teens ages 11 through 14. My hopes were that they would also share these essays with their mothers for the holiday weekend coming up with stores being closed and money being tight. I thought it would be a nice opportunity for a deserving youth to give something nice to their mom!” It’s a great thing when a young adult appreciates their parents, it’s even better when the rest of us get to experience a little of their lives.

A little piece of Vader history missing By Karen S. Carter Within the past two months, a small piece of Vader history has gone missing. The missing piece is a small memorial stone taken from the Little Falls Cemetery in Vader. The stone was located and last seen next to the sitting bench in the back part of the old section. The stone is inscribed with the dates January 2, 1923 - January 6, 1923 and the

baby’s name Nigel James Bowen Son of Ralph & Virgil “Virgie” M. Bowen. The cemetery cannot find the family or relatives of this baby boy and he seems to have been buried at this cemetery alone. There were several Bowen families living in the Vader/ Ryderwood area in the 1920s according to records. It is not known where the families went after the baby’s death. See Vader Page 3

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Mt. St. Helens’ eruption 40 years ago By Lynnette Hoffman This is the 40th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens’ eruption, a time that many of us locals remember all too well. It was early in the morning on a Sunday, many of us were going about our usual days. Getting ready for church, just doing what we did as a family 40 years ago. For myself, I was a young high school age student living in Winlock. We went to church that morning like we always did on Sunday. The Lutheran Church in Winlock has a beautiful view of Mt. St. Helens. After church when we all walked out, there was a huge plume of ash coming out of the top of the mountain. At that point, I remember asking,”what happened?” and someone older said “It looks like she finally blew her top.” I didn’t understand what exactly that meant at the time. I remember rushing home, Dad was at work. He worked at Longview Fibre and was trying to get home, but all roads were closed. I remember him telling us he was going to try to get home through Rydewood. We turned on the news and that’s when we found out there was a big wall of mud



learned of the devastation that took place, 5 mile, 9 mile, all the logging camps we had all grown up with were gone. Homes gone, old timber and wildlife gone. Spirit Lake gone. The road to sledding, wiped out. The one thing that many of us remember, is the loss of life that we all still mourn today. I will never forget hearing that we lost Wally Bowers, who was a graduate of Winlock in 1958. We also lost Mr. and Mrs. Pluard. I knew some of the Pluard kids from Toledo. A young married couple, John and Christy Killian lost their lives that day as well. John was the brother of Marlene Bikar who I adore to this day. We lost some wonderful people that day. May 18, 1980, the mountain took from us after giving beauty to us for so many years. The following week, the mountain blew again. This time we got ash, and a lot of it. We couldn’t go anywhere for a few weeks. School was cancelled, much like today. Our lives came to a screeching halt, eerily reminiscent of our current issues. Even though Mt. St. Helens blew 40 years ago and left so much devastation in her path, she is giving back her beauty for many generations to come.

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headed down to the Columbia River, where Dad was working. It was then that my mom wanted to go check things out, she was an adventurous person. We hopped in the car and headed to West Side Highway. When we got there, Spike Millman who was a Lewis County Sheriff Deputy asked where we were going. I remember saying, “We are going to check out the mountain.“ His response was perfect, Spike stated “You are not going anywhere missy, now go home.” It was then that we realized, all roads going south were closed. This was not some little eruption, this was causing serious damage. We, as locals, never expected her to blow. We had seen her spouting, being a little temperamental, but none of us ever thought she would blow her entire side out. We didn’t understand the magnitude of what had happened. We were young and knew that something big had happened. It was an exciting time or so we thought. Eventually, my dad made it home safely but he told us there were lives lost. We just didn’t know how many or who. During the next week, we



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This is the time of year in Winlock that I just love, the flowers are starting to show up, people are slowly coming out and about. Yes, it’s a little difficult during COVID-19 to get out and about. There is much talk about Egg Day or no Egg Day. The Official Egg Day put on by the Lions Club with the big parade and Princess Court will not happen this year. What has happened is a group of people have gotten together and found an alternative with Covid-19 to have a parade. This will be a cruising car parade, everyone is welcome. We will have classic cars. Please come down to help celebrate Winlock. There is no entry fee and we will be putting the route in the paper as it gets closer. Come on Winlock! Let’s show our pride for our community. Wash your car and get ready for the car cruise. In the spirit of Winlock pride, it’s time to bring back the Saturday Market. They have sent a tentative date of June 6. The location for the Saturday Market this year is changing to downtown. We want to celebrate downtown Winlock and the businesses. If you would like to be a vendor, please call Bonita at 360-785-4452 or 360880-8521. Get ready in time for the Winlock Car Cruise Community Parade. Winlock City Hall is still having their city council meetings. If you are interested in listening live, you can find the information through the City of Winlock. If you would like to listen later, they are available on AVCapture. It’s important to stay apprised of what your city government is doing. Memorial Weekend is coming up, what are your Memorial Day plans?


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It’s hard to believe it has been a few months since we have all been placed on the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. During this time, we have continued to bring you the Lewis County News even though it is smaller. We continue to bring you the Lewis County News. I have been getting calls about the ads and I wanted to let you know, they will be coming back soon. Unfortunately, the Threshing Bee has been cancelled for this year. I know many of us look forward to the Bee every year but due to Covid 19, it's hard to get everyone together to plan it. They will be back better and stronger next year, Right Stuart and Louie Zion? A lot of people have been fishing on the Cowlitz, and continue to enjoy this beautiful river during this pandemic. It’s the one thing that brings life back to normal. The Southwest Washington Fair has been cancelled as well. We are all sad about this event because it gives so much to our local youth. The youth this year will not be selling livestock, so if you see a youth offering to sell his livestock just know he is doing it because the fair is closed. It’s a great way for kids to earn a few extra bucks. Support our youth. Don’t forget to support the local restaurants that are open. I know Donna’s Place and Betty’s Place are keeping busy. They both have excellent food and are ready to help you at any time. They both have places that have been a part of the community for many years. If you are out towards Vader, stop at Beesley’s, I love their grilled hot dogs. And Of course, we can’t forget Gee Cee’s, they have great food and big portions. Hope to see you out and about!

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The Vader City Council has a meeting this Friday at 7:30 a.m., residents are encouraged to attend the meeting remotely. A link to the meeting as well as all documents pertaining to the meeting will be available on the city web page at vaderwa.org. You can attend the meetings by calling in by phone, using a computer or my personal favorite via the gotomeeting app on my cell phone. There are some reports of illegal burning around town. Neighbors please, do not burn construction materials. It isn't just bad for the environment, but also bad for your lungs. We have a large number of citizens in town with breathing or lung issues. Let's be kind to each other. Lunches are still available at various locations in town for children ages 0 to 18. Locations include the post office, city hall and the preschool. Castle Rock Schools will also be providing hot lunches to kids two times per week at the primary school. My kids have loved the change of pace and the chance to get out. Even if it's only a car ride out of town for a few minutes. There have been many complaints across our state about the unemployment website having issues. From


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Not much to report on right now. With all the Covid-19 effects there just isn't much going on around town. I hope everyone is doing well. As usual if you think I am missing something please send me an email at sammieslusher@ gmail.com. Angel Ministries: Angel Ministries is providing meal preparation, transportation, housekeeping, goodwill visits, and notes of encouragement. Please contact Linda at ljbates@centurylink.net or call 503-380-9921 for more information. 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 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. With all of your social groups and meetings closed, what have you done to stay busy? I have kept myself busy by reading. As an avid romance novel reader there just isn't anything quite like snuggling up in a blanket and knocking out a good book. Phase 2 for the Governor's plan is set to start on June 1. But, there is a lot of online chatter about the possibility that phase one might be extended. I will have a better update for you all next week. I am ready to get things moving and get our economy back. Everyday there is another report about a family owned business in WA closing their doors. The best thing any of us can do right now for our mom and pop locations is shop local. Let's keep the rent paid and help make sure our favorites are here for years to come.

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vader Continued from page 1 The missing stone was small: approximately 12 to 14 inches high, 10 to 12 inches wide and 2 to 3 inches deep. Due to the age of the stone it was a grey/ black color. The cemetery has notified the local police of this theft. The Little Falls Cemetery is asking if anyone knows what might have happened to this stone. Contact Darlene Williams at darwilliams@ centurylink.net or call (360) 295-3951 if you have any information about the stone or the Bowen family. According to Darlene the best outcome would be the return of the memorial stone and to find a family member.

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Cormier running for State Senate By Lynnette Hoffman Grays Harbor County Commissioner Wes Cormier is running for Washington State Senate 19th Legislative District. Cormier, who is in his 8th year as county commissioner announced his candidacy in January. Cormier was born in Massachusetts and moved to Grays Harbor in his early years. He graduated from Hoquiam High School. He was a Juvenile Officer for Grays Harbor working with troubled youth. His time with the youth was memorable, he stated “working with kids to put them on the right path was a great experience. I was in my early 20's when I started and it enabled me to continue to work with the youth in wrestling.” He then became a real estate appraiser. “In my late 20’s, I went to work for Grays Harbor County as a real estate appraiser. It gave me the skills and passion about property rights and the government involvement in your real estate. As a real estate appraiser, I would knock on doors to talk to citizens. This gave me the opportunity to meet several constituents and see what they wanted of their elected officials.” Cormier was an

appraiser with Grays Harbor for 7 years. His decision to run for Grays Harbor County Commissioner came when he had children. “I decided to run for county commissioner once I had children. I wanted to offer my kids a better opportunity and a better world. As a leader in the community, I am about family. I want to give our youth the opportunities of a lifetime, whether they live in Grays Harbor or King County.” While county commissioner, Cormier has spearheaded the farming exception which allows farmers to build an escape pad for their animals without a permit. He was involved in removing permit requirements for any accessory unit that is under 500 square feet, making it less government for the citizens of Grays Harbor County. Cormier continued, “As county commissioner, I have strived to change the role of government in your life. Whether by expediting the permit process or by sitting in the county on a more streamlined process. My goal for my constituents is less government.” At a time when the government seems to be watching your every move, this is a nice change.

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While he is supporting less government, he is watching what government spends. “I’ve opposed many different fiscal decisions in our county [Grays Harbor]. From questioning the union to purchasing of government buildings to property taxes increases. I’m looking out for your tax dollars as if it is coming out of my personal budget.” Cormier has taken a different approach to being a county commissioner, “I am a firm believer in bringing items to the public. It’s our role as your government to keep you aware of what we are doing. As a county commissioner, I have strived for Town Hall Meetings, public forums meetings. Government should not keep anything from the people. I will see to it that when I am elected, the people know what

we are doing.” During the Covid 19 crisis, Cormier has opposed the continued closure of Grays Harbor County. He is about less government at the state level and more about local control. His wife Ambrea works for the United States Department of Agriculture. They’ve been married for 12 years. Living in a rural community, family and friends are very important to the Cormiers. Cormier and Ambrea’s children, Noah, Samuel and Michael all attend Elma Elementary School. County Commissioner Wes Cormier is knocking on every door he could possibly get to. Don’t be surprised if he knocks on your door during this campaign season. Give him the chance to speak, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at his ideas.

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Lewis County News May 20, 2020  

Austin wins essay contest put on by WDC The Big Boom: Mt. St. Helens' eruption 40 years ago A little piece of Vader history missing

Lewis County News May 20, 2020  

Austin wins essay contest put on by WDC The Big Boom: Mt. St. Helens' eruption 40 years ago A little piece of Vader history missing