Lewis County News July 6, 2022

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By Lynnette Hoffman Donna’s Place in Toledo is having a fun Cheese Days, there will be bands and a specific menu related to cheese. There is never a dull moment at Donna’s during Cheese Days. You can usually see a lot of the longer residents as well as new. This year the music will be provided on Friday evening by Chris Guenther and The Honky Tonk Drifters. Chris has been a staple around the area for many years. His old style country music is always a hit. Chris recently recorded an album that is now available to the public. Not only is Chris Guenther a great country singer, but he is also one of those nice guys. He has donated his time and given many benefit

concerts as well, he does not let the grass grow under his feet. During Lunch on Saturday, you can enjoy the sounds of Mike Roy and Frank Rose. Mike and Frank have been playing together since 2013. They cover many genres, from the 60s and the hits of today. They are very busy during festival times as they have attended and played at some local venues. Saturday evening the music is provided by Darin Jones and The Last Men standing. Darin was born and raised in the Seattle area. It is said he does not have the stereotypical Nashville sound. Darin has spent time in Nashville and the Texas country scene. Darin is proud to be from the Pacific Northwest and wants to embrace all that is Northwest Country. Darin’s guitar playing is not like most you will hear today. The proud PNW natives carry 70s southern rock, 80s soaring lead melody and 90s spank twang country chicken pickin’. He will keep your attention with his voice and guitar playing. Donna’s Place is having a special menu, Owner Donna Wallace stated, “It’s all about Cheese on the menu at Donna’s Place.” There will be a cheese menu, along with her usual prime rib only on Saturday night.. Sample homemade cheese items will be Mac and Cheese, Cheeseburgers, grilled layered Cheese sandwich, Cheese Curds and Cheese Nachos and many more to choose from.

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By Lynnette Hoffman It’s here, one of the best events of the county, Cheese Days is this weekend. Many of us look forward to the weekend, we get to see family and friends. Toledo Cheese Days begins on Thursdays with a Kick off Celebration with a toast to the Big Cheeses. There will be handmade items as well, this takes place at Morgan Arts Centre. Let’s not forget the Thursday Market, hope to see you there! Every Cheese Days, See donna's Page 5

they select the Big Cheeses, this year was no exception. Ken and Joan (Wallace) Norbert, Marilyn Dee Gries Mansur, Elaine and Gordon Schillinger and Margared “Peggy” Gries Ramsey. The Big Cheeses will be rolling through Toledo during the parade, don’t forget to look out for them. Then Friday, it gets a little busier. This year, you can listen to Chris Guenther on Friday evening. During the day Friday, the Cheddar Open Golf Tournament, Tennis Tournament and the all important,

Frog Jumping contest will be going on. Then comes Saturday, it’s a zoo in Toledo. You have a few places for breakfast, Donna’s Place and the Toledo Senior Center. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m., it’s always a very enjoyable parade. Toledo Cheese Days events are the most popular events in South County throughout the year. This year will be no exception. Don’t forget to stop at the Presbyterian Church for your free cheese sandwiches, they are always soooo good. See cheese Page 4


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This coming weekend there will be nice weather for Cheese Days. Cheese Days is the annual festival in Toledo similar to Egg Days. If you have never been to Cheese Days, go! It starts on Thursday evening and goes until Sunday. The people in Toledo are so kind. They have several non profit groups in Toledo that help with Cheese Days, School Shindig, the tractor parade and the big cheese drop. This is done by volunteers in their community. They understand the importance of working together and their community shows! Big shout out to Tori Nelson who explained to the community about the possible change to a modified school calendar. Test scores have proven that a modified calendar does increase test scores. If you haven’t looked at the School Board Meeting minutes to see the test scores, I highly recommend you do. Our kids need help, they are way down in several areas. If this will help the students, maybe it’s time for a change. They will be starting school this year as normal. Thank you, Tori!

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It’s so exciting, Cheese Days weekend is finally here. This is the most fun event in south county, everyone comes out to have a good time. The weather for the parade is looking fabulous, everyday will be above 70 degrees. The cheese gods are making sure Toledo has great weather. A lot of us who have family in the area, consider Cheese Days as a family and friends reunion. This is the bomb in my opinion, Toledo Cheese Days is a great event. This week while preparing the story on Bigfoot and the sanctuary city, I had the opportunity to talk to a few who were down there or related to someone who was. Going out and visiting with Don Buswell, Dale Lee Wallace, and Harold Sorensen was a blast. Don was there during the finding of Bigfoot, Dale Lee and Harold were not there but they had family who were. It was such an honor to talk to these men. I had heard a lot of it from Uncle Ray Wallace, but these guys told me a few things I did not know. First, when they were trying to attract Bigfoot by putting my Aunt Elna in the costume, that costume was bought by Raleigh Stone, Sr. It was an entire community that embraced this. What a wonderful legacy to leave future generations. Sunday after Cheese Days is not as busy as on SatRead more of the Winlock News on Facebook urday, they have their auctions on Sunday and they are worth attending. Buy a pie, stick it in the freezer for later or they are selling beef as well. A lot of planning goes into the auctions, let's help them sell out! Lastly, please read the story about Bigfoot and Toledo, Bigfoot was brought to Toledo and we want his surviving members to have a place to feel safe. Hopefully, you will Toledo Presbyterian Church during Cheese Days, feel the same!

always offers great cheese sandwiches. They also have beautiful stained glass windows. This year, they are also offering a tour of the stained glass in the church. The windows are a beautiful part of the church, if you haven’t seen them from the inside, this is your opportunity. Diane continued, “Toledo Presbyterian Church is excited to welcome in the community to experience the stained glass windows from the inside. Their beauty can really only be seen from the inside with summer sun shining through them.” Toledo Presbyterian had been without a pastor for 2 years, just recently they hired a new pastor. Diane Bassett Geister stated, “We are blessed to have Pastor Tony and his wife Karen. After 2 years without a pastor, getting one that preaches dynamic sermons was an answered prayer for our small congregation.” On July 9, during Cheese Days, the church is hosting a window tour from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., then after the parade from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The church has recently discovered that the sealant on the stained glass windows is failing. They will be embarking on this project, the cost will be $75,000. The Presbyterian Church is the oldest church in Toledo. The stained glass windows are part of their legacy. If you can donate any amount, there is no doubt they will appreciate it. Take a tour while you are there!

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Please plan to visit the Toledo Community Library while enjoying Cheese Days. They would love to connect with all the great people in the area. Come in and buy a book at the book sale or a treat from their bake goods or just come in to meet the wonderful volunteers and look around! The library is now extending their hours to include Tuesdays. Hours are now Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from noon to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Be sure to visit the library’s Bake and Book Sale on Cheese Days Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mark your calendar: The Reptile Man will be at the library on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. This event is free to all. The Toledo Library has the Toledo Historical Society in the back portion of the building. These are the people who are keeping the lives of the area’s settlers and families alive. There are several families who have been here over 100 years and they have given memorabilia to keep Toledo in the history books. Enjoy your Cheese Days!

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Obituaries In Loving Memory of Scott Michael Wallin

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Scott Michael Wallin passed away June 18, 2022 at St. Peter’s hospital in Olympia, WA. Scott was born March 11, 1968 in Chehalis to Terry and Carol Wallin. His brother Travis joined their family the next year. Scott was an avid outdoorsman, adventurous and just loved life. Hiking, fishing and just being in nature was his joy. Scott is survived by his mother Carol, brother Travis, wife Cami and step sons Jacob and Jackson, dear friends Shane, Lori and Oliver, Tony Wall and family, and count-

less others whom he loved dearly. There will be a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. on July 8, 2022 at St. Urban Church, WInlock. Immediately following there will be a celebration of life potluck at Winolequa Park. Scott’s charitable heart would hope donations go to Seattle Children’s Hospital (orthopedic), Kidney Foundation, St. Urban Church Foundation, and Winlock/ Vader Food Bank. We love you Scott!

In Loving Memory of Haddyn Christopher Thacker

Haddyn Christopher Thacker, age 20, and Ocean Shores resident passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Haddyn was born on April 12, 2002 in Prescott Valley, Arizona to parents, Cassandra Thacker and David Dziorney. A few weeks after he was born, Haddyn and his mother moved back to Washington State. They spent some time in a few different cities before reaching Randal, Washington. Haddyn graduated from White Pass Jr and Sr High School in 2020. Upon graduation, he moved to Winlock, Washington and started employment with Winlock Fiber. Haddyn also worked with Jake’s Fireworks for some time during the summer holiday season before moving to Ocean Shores, Washington. After his move to the Harbor, he began employment with Double Barrel BBQ, and started a young family of his own, becoming a father to a beautiful baby boy in June 2021. Hayddyn enjoyed being out in nature, drawing, and

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music of all genres, he even started his own YouTube channel. Most of all, Haddyn enjoyed being with his family, he loved all his family whether they were a blood relative or family by choice. He was a silly but generous soul, and very protective over his loved ones. Haddyn helped the older folks in his community with their household chores, helping them mow the lawn or chopping wood. Haddyn was loved by all who knew him

and will be dearly missed. Haddyn is survived by his mother, Cassandara Nelson, of Vader, Washington; one year old son, Shiloh Ray Thacker; brother, Tyler Holbrook, of Seattle, Washington; brother and brother in law, Michael and Omari Cousins, of Port Townsend, Washington; sister, Kinley Holbrook, of Auburn, Washington; great grandma, Barbara Thacker, of Winlock, Washington; Grandma and Pop, ( Sherri and Mike), of Everett, Washington; Grandfather, James Thacker, of Winlock, Washington; Grandmother, Linda Bennet, of Oklahoma; Auntie, Shelby Thacker, of Everett, Washington; Robin Hardeman, of Oklahoma; Shylene Hallen, of Everett, Washington, and many, many other cousins. There will be a private celebration of life for family and friends located at the Winlock Family home at a later date. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home, in Aberdeen, Washington.

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One of the big events is the car show, they have always filled the field at the middle school. They also have food vendors and art vendors, as well as informational booths up on the hill. Toledo Fire Department will offer an open house starting at 12:30 p.m. While you are there, say hello to Chief Mike Dorothy. Sunday Cheese Days is still going strong, they have an all-class reunion, then a Toledo Lions Club BBQ ad then a Lions Club Beef (360) 864-4552 auction followed by the 18th annual Pie Auction. www.toledotel.com Mike Morgan, who is involved in Cheese Days stated, “Be sure to come to Toledo for Cheese Days. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.” He is 100% correct, Cheese Days brings a smile to everyone’s face! Mayor Steve Dobosh, who was raised in Toledo, has been attending If signed proof is not returned byCheese 9:00 a.m. theHeadstated, will Days Monday, for decades. appear as is and carries no guarantee of Days accuracy or quality. “Cheese has always been a fun event for the community. We look forward to new people discovering what Cheese Days is all about.” If you get a chance, ask Mayor Dobosh about his experience with catching OUR RENTAL CENTER OFFERS: frogs for the weekend, it will leave you in stitches. ,8<074,5; +,30=,9@ I spoke with Ron Smith a few ;663: 4,9*/(5+0:, :(3,: weeks ago and he stated this will be 5 /HTPS[VU 9K *OLOHSPZ >H his last year selling ads. Ronnie has done an incredible job, he gets the ^^^ [`SLYYLU[HS JVT

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Don’t forget to enjoy cheesecake for dessert. “Come join us at Cheese Days for our Cheese Days event with Music in the Street, starting with Chris Guenther at 8:00 p.m.,” Donna said. “Join us Saturday after the parade for lunch and listen to Mike Roy and Frank Rose. On Saturday evening, Darin Jones and the Last men standing will be entertaining the crowd. Darin is coming out from Nashville.” Donna continued,”We will have breakfast on Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with dinner to

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By Lynnette Hoffman Cheese Days is this weekend, but did you also know there is a Lavender Festival the same weekend. This is the weekend of the Toledo Lavender Festival and I can guarantee it will be a good add to your Cheese Days celebrating. Amy Jerome, who resides on Layton Prairie, is the organizer of the event. This was my first trip to the Lavender Farm and I will be going back next weekend. I was surprised at the number of different items available at the Farm. If you have never tried Lavender, it’s a wonderful herb. It can be made into scones, simply syrup is also available. Amy has lotions, oils and sprays. It also promotes sleep when sprayed on your pillow. It’s also very easy to make dishes with Lavender. It will keep you thinking of what to make next. Plus, the bonus is Amy,

who is very kind. She lights up when she talks about this. My only disappointment is, I did not go out there sooner. Amy Jerome, event organizer and Lavender grower, enjoys the lavender festival and wanted to have one close to home. She stated, “My parents had been going to Sequim for many years to see their lavender festival and the many lavender farms throughout the area. They talked Jaycee and I into going a couple times and we thought it was pretty fun, but had no intention of growing any of our own. We had been wanting to move from Winlock to Toledo for many years and were always scouring the internet for property to build again. We decided to just take a drive to the area we loved most in Layton prairie, and found the most beautiful 20 acre piece of land in Toledo! It wasn’t for sale, but there was an old realtor sign in the bushes, so we reached out and found that they were still willing to sell! With all that being said, as we started building we wondered what to do with all the land and it became apparent that a lavender farm would be a fun venture for the whole family. Jaycee was initially certain that we would never open to the public, but after 2 years and lots of meetings with other lavender farmers in the various local groups we belong to, we both realized it would be so much fun to share with everyone!” Lavender has been used throughout the years. It is a type of relaxing herb. It’s an

herb that some just love. Amy has several uses for her lavender products, she continued, “With all the hybrid cross varieties now, there are over 400 different varieties of lavender! They are all so unique in their scent profile, so you can imagine the chemical makeup is quite different too. While generally thought of as calming when used in diffusers, pillow or facial sprays or in sachet form, to some people, particularly the x-intermedia cross varieties can be invigorating and uplifting much like mint due to its higher camphor levels opposed to the English varieties which can be used for cooking as well. It’s great in teas, lemonade, cocoa, in meat rubs, cookies and cakes.” The event will have a lot of different things from Lavender and vendors as well. Amy stated, “We will have fresh lavender u-cut or we-cut available, lavender ice cream, lemonade and cookies. A gift shop with lots of items we make from the dried lavender buds or the essential oil we distill right at the farm. We will have around 23 local handcrafted vendors this year. I’m really excited for you to see all the talent we have in our area! Free admission, free parking and lots of open fields to kick back and gaze at while enjoying the aromas.” For information on the event, you can follow them on Facebook or via their website at www.ToledoLavender. com. The festival is just a little extra to add to your Cheese Day weekend.


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related equipment and vehicles. Maintain grounds and buildings. Inspect new construction, residential and commercial service issues. Install new water services, lay and fit pipelines, water line taps, valves, and other water devices. Install, maintain, and repair water meters and related service lines. Identify service and main leaks and repair/replace as needed. Install, inspect, and monitor backflow devices. C o l l e c t s a m p l e s a nd submit for laboratory testing to ensure compliance with established permits and regulations. Conduct water quality monitoring, maintaining adequate records and taking follow-up action, if necessary, to comply with state and federal drinking water regulations. Analyzing, reviewing, and keeping records of instrument readings and laboratory test results, determining the location and causes of any malfunctions. Perform field duties related to the water system. Operate pipe locators. Perform utility underground locating, marking and notification 24 hours/day. Perform emergency repairs to water lines as necessary. Identifying and implementing remedial actions in an emergency and, if applicable, making necessary repairs or resolving problems, or directing contractors to make essential repairs or solve problems Establish proper traffic control devices. Read meters monthly, turn services off and on, as necessary. Reports problems and provides status updates to the Board of Trustees and provides recommendations. Attends Naselle Water Company meetings. Physical demands and work environment: Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a variety of specialized equipment

and tools; climbing ladders; work at heights and in confined spaces; standing for extended periods of time; bending at the waist; lifting and carry heavy objects generally weighing 75-100 pounds; pushing, pulling; kneeling and crouching; perform strenuous physical tasks. Work environment is mainly outdoors; noise from equipment operation; seasonal heat and cold or adverse weather conditions; exposure to gases, chemicals, handling of microorganisms; work around pressurized systems and equipment having moving parts; perform work around electrical equipment and high voltages; subject to responding to emergencies on a 24-hour basis and call back provisions Certifications and other Requirements Washington State DOH Water Distribution Manger II Certification (WDM II) after 3 years in position. Washington State DOH Water Treatment Plant Operator I Certification (WTPO I) after 1 year in position. Washington State DOH Cross Connection Control Specialist (CCS) after 1 year in position. Valid Washington State Drivers License with clean driving record. Must be able to pass drug test and background check. Salary and benefits: Naselle Water Company offers competitive salary and benefits. Salary range $22.00 to $30.00/hr. DOQ Medical provided to employee by company, employer contributed retirement program, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. Closes on July 8th, 2022. Please send resume with references, or contact Naselle Water Company, PO Box 171 Naselle, WA 98638, 360-214-2760; email to naselle_H20@live.com attention hiring manager. If you would like more information, please visit our website at https:// nasellewater.com/

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Grief support offered locally By Assured Hospice Staff Assured Hospice of Centralia is partnering with Olequa Senior Center to offer a grief support group locally to South Lewis County. Here is a little more information from Assured Hospice Bereavement Coordinator Tom Bradshaw: I am so grateful that here at Assured Hospice we are able to offer Grief Support Groups as a free service to our community to encourage those who have lost loved ones. In recent years, some of our groups were suspended because of covid precautions, but now we are able to meet in-person once again, and we are launching some new groups to better serve our community. In addition to our established group that meets at our office in Centralia every first and third Wednesday at 1:30

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Toledo: Sanctuary City for Bigfoot By Lynnette Hoffman Toledo residents have always held a special place in their hearts for Bigfoot. In the 1950s, a few local men traveled down to the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, in California, also known as Bigfoot Alley, and found Bigfoot tracks. Years later, Bigfoot passed away shortly after learning of Ray Wallace’s death, but he had a family. It is now the desire of the residents to have the City of Toledo named a sanctuary city for the family of Bigfoot and keep them safe. Bigfoot has been spotted by a few men from the Toledo area. The legacy started when Ray Wallace first spotted Bigfoot, Wilbur Wallace, Don Buswell, Anor Buswell, Les Wallace, Ed Schillinger and Rant Mullins, along with Elna Wallace were all there. There

may have been more, I do not have their names at this time. These men were road builders, Elna was their cook. Once Bigfoot was spotted, Ray Wallace kept his spirit alive in Toledo, while Bigfoot remained in California. When Ray was back here, his wife Elna opened up the Wild Animal Farm where they fenced in bison, reindeer and many other types of wild animals and served food. When you went to order, you could see the inside plastered with Bigfoot stories. Fortunately for us, Ray had captured Bigfoot’s howl and had a recording made of it. It would play in the background at times at the Wild Animal Farm. Ray and the men brought the Bigfoot legacy to Toledo to share with all. Mike Wallace, Ray and Elna’s son, stated, “Although Bigfoot is no longer with us, I think it

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Bigfoot loves a good parade. He may even join in a dance or two at Donna’s place. There are several family members in Toledo that know the story of Bigfoot and the men from Toledo. At one point, a costume was bought to see if it could bring out more Bigfoot. Aunt Elna ran through the forest hoping to attract another Bigfoot to capture. The only issue was Aunt Elna’s family did not want her running around in the forest where a hunter could shoot her. Her father, Nels, was the least thrilled. Unfortunately, they did not capture one at that time, but Aunt Elna made it out of the forest without getting shot! This is a legacy for Toledo. The family members want to make sure we never forget what those men sacrificed. It is not often that an event such as hunting for Bigfoot would make national and international media, however this did! This is a tribute to those men and women who were there, living in a camp to build roads and hunt for Bigfoot! This has been discussed with Toledo Mayor, Steve Dobosh. Steve Dobosh is also the nephew of Ray and Elna Wallace. He is also highly in favor of the sanctuary city. He stated, “Bigfoot has been good for tourism. We, as a family, are supposed to take care of our own. I would like to see Bigfoot’s family taken care of here.”

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