Lewis County News May 25, 2022

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Local athletes off to State competitions The Big Toledo Meeting looks forward to a great year

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On April 1st this year the Winlock Historical Museum enlisted the help of our local old-timers in identifying a huge batch of old unlabeled photographs that had been donated and collected over the years. That evening was such a success, and the museum has so many more photos, that they are putting on another Mystery Photo I.D. Night at the Winlock Senior Center on Friday, June 3 at 5:00 p.m.

Winlock going to state track meet - Left to right: Addison Hall, Payton Sickles, Chase Trodahl, Collin Regalado, Isaac Ramirez, and Cali Schofield

Memorial Day is a time for remembering By Lynnette Hoffman This coming Monday is Memorial Day, which is to remember those who served in wars, focusing on the men of the Vietnam war. Winlock and Toledo lost men in this war, a tragedy so many should never have to endure. Billy Joe Parkhurst from Toledo was killed in 1967. Every year, his family would send flowers to his grave, this was over 40 years ago. I do not know if this has continued, but it sets an understanding that these

men died protecting people. A selfless act by all. Winlock lost Rene Malarz; he has family in Winlock. During that time, the entire town was in mourning. His mother lived in Winlock with her kids. They have never forgotten their brother. Finally, the last one was a Prisoner of War who eventually came back home. Ed Leonard came home and we celebrated Christmas in July. Ed has passed on, but the memory of that day lives in many of us. See Memorial Page 2

By Lynnette Hoffman Thursday night, May 12, was the Annual Big Toledo Meeting at the Toledo High School Commons. This is an event where every volunteer group has an update as to what they are doing and what the citizens can expect to see. The most amazing part is, there are several groups. There is a group for just about everything. If you live in Toledo, you can do just about anything and others will help. Toledo has a real sense of what a community is and what a community should be. This is a recap, there was so much that occurred that evening that not everything can be written. The City of Toledo employee Shelly Allen spoke of the park survey. There is a park survey that is very important for the citizens to complete. It will assist with grants for the parks. If you have not retired yours, please do. Mayor Steve Dobosh is always on top of things. He talked about grant money, new housing and cleaning up the trees and applying beauty bark. He also men-

Mayor Steve Dobosh speaking at the Big Toledo Meeting.

tioned that growth is coming as they expected. Pat Caldwell with the Toledo Community Library, reminded the community of the Timberland Regional Library Kiosk, it’s a great way to get books that are not available at the Library. They also have the Reptile Man coming and extended hours starting in July. Also, free internet for those who need it. Don Brenner talked about the items that were available at the Toledo Historical Society and when it began in 2004. Amber Buck, Toledo Neighbors Program spoke of the community food See toledo Page 4

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The weather this past weekend was beautiful, unbelievably nice to do a lot of outside chores, go fishing or just going out to the big annual Master Gardeners Plant sale. We finally have some decent temperatures coming to us. Comfortable meaning above 45 degrees during the day! JJ’s Special of the week: Baby Back Ribs at $4.99 a pound. They carry three different flavors of dry rub by Frozen St. Louis. Prices are going up on absolutely everything, get them while they last. There seems to be a misconception about keeping animals during this annexation. Right now, the ordinance states no stallions or pigs, but understand that can change at the swing of a pen. Any mayor in the City of Winlock can change all of this, without giving the notice of a public hearing to discuss. It would be done in a council meeting. We have a few operating farms which would be difficult to remove but the small farms, smaller acres, can easily change. Listening to the Winlock Planning Meeting, they have stated they would be working on traffic impact fees but it’s months out. His exact words were “months and months.” He also stated he had wasted six months working with the planner for Woodland and Battle Ground. Now, he states he is working with a new company. Are they planning to make us a mess like Woodland or Battle Ground, it appears so. Robert Webster stated Dollar General is coming to Winlock. Their business practices are awful, pushing people out of business then raising their prices. It has happened throughout the country. Regarding firearms in the annexation, you can only carry if you have a concealed weapons permit, otherwise it is illegal. You can not discharge a gun within the city limits.

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Toledo had a beautiful weekend, no doubt about it. The Cowlitz River was so beautiful, it’s a river we all appreciate. We are going to start having warmer weather, but rain is still in the forecast. After all the rain and snow, I have heard we are in a drought. The Big Toledo BioSludge meeting is going to happen on the 5th of June at 2:00 p.m. at Toledo High School Commons. Senator Wilson will be coming to explain a few things he is working on. Per my conversation with Senator Wilson, he is looking at legislation to help the citizens in the state. Please come to the big meeting at Toledo High School. Regarding biosludge, Laura Cohen has done some great investigating work, regarding purchasing a char machine. The amount from the people who build these machines is no more than $5,000,000. The individual who she is working with will be on zoom during the meeting, please attend. Don’t forget to attend your Toledo Farmers Market, they have matching programs for those who are low income. The Toledo Farmers Market group has gone above and beyond to make it possible for everyone to have good produce. If you have any questions, just talk to one of the members or reach out to Carol Berch. The horse farm on Lone Yew Rd., where the horses look in bad shape, has had action from animal control in Lewis County. Several of the horses have been removed and several were dead in the mud and on the property. The horses that have been removed have gone to horse shelters.

Winlock City Council Meeting To the Editor, I attended the Winlock City council meeting Monday May 9,2022. My concerns are the petition, letters and flyer the city sent to all of us in the UGA. The letter states they want to annex the UGA into the

city limits. My concern is the amount of housing developments that will come in as the city doesn't have the infrastructure it needs to accommodate all these new developments. Our schools are only so big, our roads can only handle so much. Our police and fire department only have so many people working these departments, plus in addition they will one day

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We see the remaining survivors every day. We see them with the hats that identify them as a veteran. These men are no longer young men. Many have and continue to have health issues from chemical spray such as Agent Orange. Agent Orange has taken many of our servicemen. One being Dave Blum. Dave was a great guy from Winlock, married to Carol. He came home from Vietnam, but Vietnam actually took his life. It’s not always the war that will kill them. Some spent many years fighting cancer. If you have not been to a Memorial Day service, it's something that I have never forgotten.To see the individual who served at a war honoring those who served is a beauty to see. These men have never forgotten their war buddies, the men that died in the war. They were by their sides, they were their brothers in combat, they were family. When you see a veteran, either WWII, Korean, Vietnam or Iraq and Afghanistan, please thank them for their service. Without these men, where would we be today?

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have to purchase additional fire trucks, equipment and possibly another ambulance. They may have to build another fire station on the east side of the tracks to accommodate the industrial area and the new housing developments that are already in the making. So, As growth happens taxes will go up in time so they can enlarge these essential departments and that will cost us dearly. Our schools will need to be added on to (construction costs are enormous). The city water and sewer bills will go up as it costs extra to add sewer and water lines as there are no infrastructure fees added into the price of these new homes. I'm going to guess with each new home there are two children. So ,two children times two hundred new homes equal four hundred

more children to attend our schools and that's just the beginning. The city will have to buy a snow plow to clear the roads the county currently maintains. The city will have to hire a road department person to accommodate all road maintenance. Spraying, mowing, sweeping and plowing, the list goes on. These are just a few things that concern me and should concern all of us City and UGA residents. I urge all people involved to really think about all this. I believe we can have housing developments happening but it needs to be thought out and done right and only a little bit at a time. I think a big land grab out to and beyond the freeway is a huge chunk of responsibility for the city to take on. I'd like to see the See letter Page 3

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Obituaries In Loving Memory of Lucy Ann Summers

September 26, 1940 – April 11, 2022 Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Lucy A. Summers, 81, passed away at home on April 11, 2022. She was born September 26, 1940, in Hoquiam WA to Henry and Ruth Parsons (Presnell) and was one of three children. She is survived by her husband of 61 years Robert Summers; daughter Selina (Shawn) Nesbit; son Tracy (Michelle) Summers, all of Toledo WA; and daughter Katie (John) Bonus of Kalama WA; 8

grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Donna Rudd and brother Stanley Parsons. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 11:00 am at the Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus St. in Toledo WA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Johns Cancer Center or Hospice.


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city develop what they have then move to the next.(Slow down) I'd also like to ask the city to make sure these developers do things right and not to create problems for the neighbors. Fix drainage problems and such! You the city should have our backs as we all have had your

backs for years. Please don't sions and yachts and we get let the developer and money all the bills. Thank you. blind you. Take caution in anything you sign from the Sincerely, city. It could cost you and Debbie Dwelly, Winlock others dearly. We all love the city of Winlock and have for years. These developers just want to make money and go home to their man-

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There are stories in the Bible that go beyond reason or sound logic. The book of Daniel has its share of these. Among them is the story of the three Hebrews that were thrown in the fiery furnace for not bowing down to the king’s golden image as told in Daniel chapter 3. The following chapter tells of another story which king Nebuchadnezzar personally experienced after receiving a dream that troubled him, until the interpretation of it was revealed by Daniel (Daniel 4:5,19). The king told Daniel the dream and was shocked and horrified (v.19) as he understood its meaning. “The king spake, and said…let not the dream, or interpretation thereof, trouble thee”. So after some reassurance from the king, Daniel immediately begins by rehearsing what the king saw in his dream (v.20-23), saying, “this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my Lord the king. That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will” (v.24,25). It was told of him that for seven years his reason would be taken from him and he would “eat grass as oxen” (v.25). Twelve months pass, “At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. The king spake, and said, is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty? (v.29,30). Nebuchadnezzar attributed his greatness and the strength of his kingdom to his own intellect and abilities all pertaining to himself. “The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws” (v.33). Today there are stories where creatures of this description have surfaced, mostly in the back forests where their documentation is always a bit fuzzy, but here we have, stated very plainly something that if

seen today would fit the description of its many supposed sightings. The Bible tells of one that lived the part for seven years, similar to our long sought-after Sasquatch. This story helps humanity understand that our abilities come from the one that Created us. Our Father in heaven created us and is still active in those that He has created, this should be very encouraging to those that are tempted to think that they have been left on this earth to go at it alone. Nebuchadnezzar learned these truths the hard way. “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honored Him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgement: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase” (v.34,37). How many throughout the history of this earth has had their pride abased by the One that created them? Each one of us have at one time or another. Did we take the words as coming from the one that said it, or did we welcome the inspiration as words our Father in heaven would have us hear? It’s okay to learn things the hard way, our Father in heaven allows us to learn from sins committed, it’s one of those characteristics we have that comes through our fallen nature. Jesus took on our nature after it experienced four thousand years of sin and degradation. This He experienced so He would know how to reach those that have a hard time recognizing His workings and active involvement in those He has created. As we go through life, our perspective tends to change when we understand all we possess of our intellect, along with our motor skills, strength, our abilities to cope in adversity, all these and more come from the One creating us. “What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Cor. 6:19).

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program, they are there to help people with food insecurities. Many in the community help others with items that they have grown. This is great for people in the area. Chris Rust, Superintendent gave the best news of the evening. Toledo High School remodel had an excess funds of $1.75 million. What this means to the citizens of Toledo is no school property taxes for 4 years! I think that is a huge bonus for each citizen living in the school district. Tessie Johnson from the Toledo Senior Center was excited for the Father Daughter Dance, which was a huge success!! She also mentioned breakfast 2nd Saturday of the month and Cheese Day breakfast. Toledo Community Foundation is a non-profit, Brandie Devine spoke for their group. They assist the community in raising funds to support the students. They have the annual shindig, Toast of Toledo raffle tickets. Their role is to take the burden off of the community and with $40,000 raised, I would say they are doing a fabulous job. The South County Chamber, John Novak was there, the group of Toledo businesses started it up with the understanding there will be a huge change in our area over the next 3-5 years. Brian Dennis from Common Ground spoke about replacing the old beds and installing beauty around the old jail. The forest service explained that Johnson Ridge will not open until June 6, later than most years. The biggest change is, you can walk the trails and you can bring your dog as long as they are on the leash. If you are walking for an extended trip, he recommended that you bring additional water for your fur baby. The Giant Cheese Ball Drop has been postponed for too long. Mayor Dobosh said this will occur this year on

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