November 20, 2019 Lewis County News

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November 20, 2019

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Local pastor goes on mission trip; has experience of a lifetime

Missionaries wave Bolivian flag as they make their way to the airport.

By Kirsten Stalnaker Pastor Tracy Durham of Vader Assembly of God church was a part of the 2019 Paradigm World Mission trip which took place in Brazil. Here he met with other church leaders of Assembly of God Church. While there Pastor Tracy and the other missionaries were able to help out one of the local assemblies substantially with financial assistance. A lot of visiting

and fellowship occurred with a small amount of site seeing. Much of their intended plans however, changed rather quickly as they found themselves amidst a citywide revolt. In Bolivia, election day is a national holiday. Businesses close. Transportation comes to a standstill and everyone becomes a pedestrian. There are vendors on the streets from 7:00 a.m. until the 8:30 p.m. curfew. The mission

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crew were in the city on this day in meeting at a local restaurant enjoying lunch when they were warned by a local that there was a large demonstration coming down the road of angry citizens. And surely there was. From one direction came the demonstration, and from the other, the local police in force. Tracy and others evacuated just in time back to a hotel. Apparently this year's election appeared to be

rigged. This was later proven to not be the case but at the time, it looked like it, and the citizens were not pleased. “The first thing they did when they found out the voting may have been rigged was to go to the voting centers, kick in the doors, and burn them to the ground,” Tracy stated. The entire city shut down. Every road was blocked with anything that could be found: branches, bricks, cars… Pastor Tracy and his fellow missionaries found themselves right in the middle of complete political unrest. The missionaries were able to be received by their hosts, the Campbells, who lived securely in a gated community. The trip there however, was no easy task. Because of all the roadblocks, their driver had to drive over sidewalks, through parks, and squeeze between parked vehicles. They made it safely through to the home of their hosts See trip Page 6

Fire causes total loss of Winlock home On Wednesday, November 13 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a house fire engulfed the home located at 108 N.E. Laurel Ave. in Winlock. The call came in as a residential structural fire with smoke and visible flames. When the firefighters arrived, they found a home engulfed in flames from the side of the structure. All occupants were out of the home. The home threatened a detached garage and travel trailer. The firefighters initiated the fire suppression measures, completed initial attack and fire containment. Units remained on scene to assist the homeowner and completed additional fire related mop up and overhaul duties. The structure is a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation. April Pennington is collecting gas cards for the family, please drop any donations to April at All About Accounting.

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Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away; it’s the beginning of the holiday season. The radio stations are already playing Christmas music, guess someone forgot to tell them it’s not Christmas season yet. The Giving Trees are up at IGA, Timberland Bank and Winlock High School, don’t forget to grab a tag and make a student’s holiday season extra special. The Winlock Village Gift Shop is open at 11:00 a.m. daily, please stop by to find all your homemade Christmas items. They offer a variety of canned goods, glass decorations, knitting and crocheting, along with yard decorations. Stop by today! The Winlock Improvement Network meets every other Tuesday evening at the Olequa Senior Center. This group is dedicated to making Winlock a better place to live. The Winlock Memorial Christmas Tree will be going up again the first of December. If you have a name you would like to add, stop by the Rowdy Rooster and talk with Carol Wallin, she is in charge of the tree and has done a wonderful job getting everyone’s names on the tree. Mark your calendars: Friday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. the Winlock High School cheerleaders will be putting on the movie Polar Express. More details to come. The next Winlock City Council Meeting will be November 25 at 6:30 p.m. This will be the last meeting before newly elected members, Eric Contreas, Lonnie Dowell, Anne Randt and Brandon Swenson will be sworn in. This will happen during the first meeting in December. If giving donations to the Rowdy Rooster, please leave them with the individuals at the food bank, please do not leave them on the loading dock. Your help is sincerely appreciated.

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It’s that time of year, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means soon we will be hearing Christmas music. It’s hard to believe that some are ready for Christmas now. I just believe the Christmas season doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving is over. Turkey Bingo is happening at the Toledo High School this Saturday, brought to you by the Toledo Lions Club. The event starts at 6:00 p.m. One can of food for each card up to three cards. Or $1 a card up to 3 cards. Why not bring a bag of food? It all goes to the Toledo Food Bank and helps feed your neighbors in need! This is an event that draws many, get there early. St. Francis is having a free Thanksgiving Day Dinner on November 28 at 1:00 p.m. This will be a traditional turkey dinner, please call 360-864-4126 for reservations. If you haven’t been out to the mission, you will find that they have a beautiful setting. Stop by and tour the grounds. Friday, November 29 is Fish Black Friday at the South Lewis County Park. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking the pond for fishing. Don’t forget to sign up to fish! The Walk and Knock for the local food banks is set for December 7. Please have your bag stuffed and on your porch so they can pick up your canned goods. This helps your local food bank feed those in need throughout the winter. Congratulations to Toledo high school football team for their win over the Bulldogs 32-12, the next game has not been announced as of print time. Go Indians, you are on your way to State!

Vader News By Samantha Lovelady

Park Board and Planning Committee both have openings. Be a part of the solution and volunteer. Contact city hall for more info on filling these spots. Did you know city council meetings are posted on YouTube? Look up the City of Vader and listen to your city make moves. May Day Committee has pies for sale from Plush Pippin Pies at The Little Crane. There is pumpkin pies for $6 and a small amount of fruit pies available for $5. Contact Anita for more info. Get them while you can! Once again a reminder: Vader has a leash law. Be sure to keep pets leashed anytime they are off your property. It was also brought to my attention that people aren't cleaning up their dog poop. Vader, be a good neighbor and carry a bag. Poop bags are available next to the post office and at Mcmurphy Park. Are you or someone you know in need of help during the

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Ryderwood News By Samantha Lovelady

Hello Ryderwood! I am Samantha Lovelady, I'll be taking over for Cissy. I am excited to work with you and be a part of your weekly routine. Assuming most of you don't know me, I'd like to tell you a little about myself. I am a current city council member in Vader, Vader News writer and stay-at-home mother. My husband and I live just over the way in Vader with our five small children and an assortment of pets. I love to bake and read in my spare time. If you have any questions or comments for me, please feel free to email me at sammieslusher@gmail.com. Senior Nutrition Lunch at noon on November 26 is in the community hall. They will be serving turkey noodle soup, tossed salad and sliced oranges. For reservations call ot text Bridgette at 541-290-2591. Reservations must be made by the Monday before the event. Suggested donation is $3 for seniors and $5 for all others. Everyone is welcome. Reminder: The Red Hats will NOT have an outing this month due to Thanksgiving. Tiny reminder: Be courteous to your neighbors. It’s important to pick up pet waste on walks. There is nothing worse than stepping into someone else's dog mess. I promise you Ryderwood your neighbors will thank you. New Residents: Have you filled out your information with the RISA board yet? RISA board is here to serve you and run by volunteers. It is important to get them your information as soon as possible. Medicare open enrollment is running until December 7. Be sure contact SHIBA (State Health Insurance Benefit Advisors) 360-423-3430 ex 304. Did I miss something that you need to be in the Ryderwood News? Please let me know via email at sammieslusher@ gmail.com. Thank you for having me Ryderwood. I look forward to continuing to write for you in the future. holidays? Holiday Food Basket sign up sheets for Thanksgiving are available at the Food Bank, at the church and at J & G's Grocery. Be sure to sign up soon! The Little Crane and Vader Lions club are looking for donations for the holiday baskets. Monetary donations are accepted at Little Crane Cafe and J&Gs. For info on food donations contact Anita or Jason at the Little Crane. Did you know Vader has a noise ordinance? There have been complaints about loud music in town late at night. Be courteous and communicate with your neighbors. Friday night for you might mean Monday night for your neighbor and nobody likes neighborhood disputes. Ordinances are available at city hall via records request. Events: November 21 is The City Budget Workshop at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Immediately following is the council meeting. November 27 is the deadline to register for the DIY Event at The Little Falls Community Center. December 14 is the DIY Event.


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It’s good to be back in our center. Come in and check out the new flooring and enjoy all the activities that we have here. The Toledo Senior Center operating hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We invite you to come and join us and all our activities. We serve our Nutrition Lunches every Wednesday and Friday. These lunches are funded by AAA and a donation of $5 is appreciated for those over 60 years of age. We start serving at noon and reservations are necessary. Please call 360-864-2112 to reserve your spot. Wednesday, November 20: Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, apricots, and dinner roll. Friday, November 22: beef ravioli, Italian vegetables, tossed Verona salad, tropical fruit, and bread stick. Wednesday, November 27: hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry Jell-O salad, and pumpkin pie. On Mondays we serve our Enrichment Lunch. This is a fundraiser and the cost is $6. We start serving at 11:30 a.m. We have another silent auction going on. It will end on December 6. Come in and do some Christmas shopping. Once again, thanks to all who have contributed to this. The auctions have become a very good fundraiser for us. We appreciate all the help. Our SAIL class here in Toledo is going strong. It starts at 3:00 p.m. and will go until 4:00 p.m. Erica Castro is our instructor. If you are interested, come in and sign up. The center is offering Free Ukulele Lessons on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. If you want, plan to stay for lunch. Just call ahead to reserve your lunch. Remember, December is getting closer and so is our Christmas Bazaar (December 7 from 9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.). We still have tables (8 ft.) available on a limited basis. They are $20 each. Call 360-864-2112 for more information. Reminder, we are closed on the 28th and 29th for Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday and stay safe.

Operating hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phone: (360) 785-4325 Olequa Senior Center Nutrition Lunch Menu: Today, Wednesday, November 20: Swedish meatballs Friday, November 22: beef ravioli Wednesday, November 27: hot turkey sandwich Nutrition meals are provided to adults 60 years and up with a suggested donation of $3-$5, and served at noon sharp. Show up early to find your seat and make new friends. Live music is every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. and bingo starting at 1:00 p.m. Mondays at 1:00 p.m. is the open paint group. Thursday, November 21 is Thursday lunch and ice cream social. Open to everyone. This week’s lunch is taco bar, which includes beef and chicken tacos, beans, rice and Snickerdoodle cookie for a $5-$10 donation. Coffee and iced tea is always included. 1:00 p.m. is the Ice Cream Social. Adults 60 years or older first scoop free. Additional scoops and under 60 years $2 per scoop. 16 oz. root beer floats are $3, and large banana splits are $5. Friday, November 22: Join us in celebrating everyone born in the month of November for cake and ice cream after senior Nutrition Lunch. Tuesday, November 26: Breakfast is canceled this week as we will be busy preparing for our Annual Thanksgiving Banquet. Tuesday, November 26 at 4:30 p.m. is the Annual Olequa Senior Nutrition Thanksgiving Family Banquet. Reservations required. $3-$5 donation for adults 60 years or older. $10 for friends and family under 60. Wednesday, November 27: We will have a representative here at the center from the Area Agency on Aging from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The AAA is a government organization that helps assist seniors and handicapped adults with housing, legal guidance, health care and other important life decisions. There is no appointment necessary to feel free to stop in. If you wish to have lunch, reservations are required 24 hours in advance. *There will be no potato bar in December. Mark your calendars for Friday, January 3, 2020!

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Winlock Timberland Library News November 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. is the Teen Takeover. Teens, this is your time to hang out at the library and play games, or just chat with friends. This event will be held after regular hours, no other library services will be available. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Winlock Timberland Library. November 21 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. is Junior Page Turners. Join a lively book discussion,enjoy snacks, and a craft or activity related to the book. Register at the library up to three weeks before the meeting and pick up the featured book, Actual Size by Steve Jenkins. Anyone in grades 1-3 is invited. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Winlock Timberland Library. November 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. is Family Storytime. Music, movement, books and activities for the whole family. All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. This is an early learning program. November 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. is Teen Page Turner. Teens, join us to talk about this month's book, swap book recommendations, and eat snacks! Register at the library up to three weeks before the meeting and pick up the featured book, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. Anyone in grades 7-12 are invited. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Winlock Timberland Library.


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The Firefighters Association is having it’s Annual Turkey Bingo this year. Just like every year in the past, it will be on the last Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year it falls on the 23rd. It will be held at the Winlock Community Building. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the games start at 7:00 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided by the Winlock FFA. There will be hot chocolate and coffee. Fire Chief Russ Larson of Fire District 15 stated, “There will be 40

games with each card at 25 cents a piece. In the past along with a turkey, they have given away gift cards to the Cedar Village IGA on the 10th, 20th, 30th and 40th games.” The proceeds go back into the community. “We support our community,” said Russ. “All proceeds that go to the local Firefighters Association, in turn go to, and help the community. The best part for me is getting to see the people. We have people that come every year to this event.”

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Rake up and bag your leaves so gardeners and composters can put them to good use. Bagged leaves may be dropped off on the event day. Leaves will be available for pickup that day on the first come, first served basis, while supplies last. WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter volunteers will be on hand to help the event run smoothly.

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By Kirsten Stalnaker There is to be another beautiful Lewis County Holiday Gala hosted by Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company and put together by Stacy Millet. This year it will be on December 7, held in The Vintage Grand Room at the Historic Hotel Washington on 545 North Market Blvd. It starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. These events are to raise money for those in need that live within the community. There will be raffle drawings and auctions. Donations are being accepted. Expect there to be food, drink, music, and joyful company. When asked how these annual events came into being Stacy stated, “Our friend Joy was battling breast cancer. We wanted to do something to help her, to raise some money. For a while I thought each event would be the last, but there is always someone who is struggling and could use the help. We have just kept going with it.” Unfortunately Joy lost her battle and passed on some years ago. Holding back tears Stacy explained, “This is also in

Joy's honor.” Getting things together is always a task. When asked Stacy explained that she always has the help of her family along with four or five other people who come in every year to help get things set up and run smoothly. “I don’t think I could be doing this without them.” Donations are made every year from the family business as well. All proceeds go to local individuals and organizations. “We love our community and want to do what we can for them,” Stacy said. This year’s recipients are Baby Bjorn Roth, Braylon Springer, Jamee Gleason, Lewis County Foster Children, East Lewis County Toy Drive, The Cat’s Meow, Centralia College Trio Club and Coats for Kids. To purchase tickets, please contact Stacy at 360520-1621. Donations for the event are being accepted now.


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Winlock music students sell poinsettias By Taylor Tait Last week in Winlock, students in both the High School and Middle School participated in the semesterly student led conferences. Student led conferences are a way for students to inform parents about school events, grades, and personal goals for their child. Winlock’s advisory class (also known as C.A.G.E.) is held every Tuesday to help students set goals, learn life skills, and prepare for life as an adult. Part of this class is preparing personal S.M.A.R.T. goals for academic, career, and social parts of life. The grade for this advisory class is reflected on their conference performance. The conferences teach goal setting, help improve presentation

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where they stayed until it was time to make the trek to the airport and return home. The real adventure begins. By this time, it had been several days into the citywide revolt. The road blocks, were still present. Pastor Tracy and 12 others had no choice but to walk with luggage 7 ½ miles to the airport. Tracy retells what that trek was like, “We were not sure what to expect. We

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were 13 gringos walking through the city amidst the chaos. We were not sure how people would react to us.” Tracy continues, “Our hosts had given us all souvenir flags of Bolivia. One of our guys had the idea to take them out and start waving them as we made our way through the streets.” “We each had a flag that we were waving yelling out, Viva Bolivia! Viva Bolivia!,” he said. “The standoffish, almost hostile,

attitude of the locals immediately changed. They started cheering at us and waving. Many were taking pictures and videos. Some even helped carry our luggage!” Once it was clear that the forgien missionaries meant no harm and even gave their support, their path to the airport was safe and clear. “It felt like we were in a parade,” he said and on they trekked. “It took us four hours to walk to the airport.” They arrived

and spent the night at the airport before a 34 hour flight back home. “Oh yes. We were exhausted,” laughed Tracy. “But no one was hurt. Everyone made it home completely unscathed. No one complained. Everyone really worked together to get through it.” “I journaled every day,” said Tracy holding up a little black book. “Surely after something like this, one has so much to reflect on and give thanks for.”

They made it out in good time from the sounds of it. Tracy heard that not long after they had left, things became very violent in that city. The streets were even more packed with people. “I don’t think we could have made it through if we had stayed longer,” he said. Home now and safe, Tracy has a very interesting story to tell for years to come. When asked if he would go again Tracy replied, “In a heartbeat.”

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Napavine honors veterans with their Annual Veteran’s Day Assembly By Melanie Langley On November 6, Napavine High School honored and celebrated veterans with our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly. This assembly is commonly looked at as our most important one of the year to our students and staff. To open the assembly Chloe Stewart, the ASB president, played the National Anthem on the piano. She is a very talented musician and did a wonderful job. After that anthem, she gave a small speech to welcome everyone. In her speech she referenced words that are inscribed on the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C., “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.” She spoke on behalf of the school stating that those words apply to all veterans and active duty service members. After her speech, the microphone was passed to the veterans that were with us as guests. They introduced themselves, gave what branch they served, and a few told of where they served or in what war. Gratitude was shown to them and their service with a long-lasting standing ovation after every veteran had spoken. There was also a guest speaker at the assembly, Colonel Ron Averill. Conner Hogue, the ASB advisor introduced him. Colonel Averill is a 30-year veteran and a retired from the U.S. Army. Colonel Averill served two tours in the Vietnam War and he also served in Europe and the Pacific with his last assignment as Commander of

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the Joint Intelligence Center at Pacific Command. He was a great speaker and many of us enjoyed hearing what he had to say. Thank you Ron Averill for your service, it was an honor to have you here. The Napavine high school band played two pieces to honor our veterans: Liberty March and Salute to America’s Finest. ASB officers also spoke of the white table to honor the men and women who served in America’s Armed Forces. The white

table is an arrangement that symbolizes many different things that come with being a veteran. This was followed by a moment of silence that led into TAPS being played by the band director, Daniel Craig. Napavine High School would like to thank all our veterans for partaking in the assembly. You have given us freedom, security, and the greatest nation on Earth. Thank you, and Happy (belated) Veteran’s Day.

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allow them to compete in solo ensemble competitions and go on amazing field trips. Last year, this money allowed the band and choir to attend the pop culture museum MoPOP in Seattle. They learned the basics of playing rock instruments, recorded their own songs, learned how music videos are produced, and learned more about their favorite bands and musicians. The experience was amazing, and many students now look forward to whatever trip waits in the future for this year. To help these students, contact a Winlock

elementary school brought their veteran friends, parents, and neighbors to come celebrate with them. In addition to celebrating veterans, the teacher of the year award was given to Mrs. Aleta Beegle to the delight of many.

band or choir student to learn more. The annual Veteran’s Day assembly was once again held at the elementary school. Everyone got to meet parents of elementary students who were also veterans. The kids in the

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In her spare time she enjoys photography and takes many pictures of different sights in nature. She spends almost every morning in the jazz band, which is a 0-period class, meaning that she arrives before school starts. To get up early for band takes a whole lot of dedication and commitment to playing your instrument, and Alaina has a lot of that. She initially played the clarinet in 6th and 7th grade, making the switch to saxophone in 8th grade and she’s been playing it ever since. When she entered her freshman year at high school Daniel Craig, the band director, asked her to join the jazz band. She wasn’t sure if she wanted to at first, but inevitably she tried it, and loved it. Responding to whether or not she feels like the jazz band has improved her playing she said, “I feel like having a band that challenges

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you with fairly hard pieces pushes you to grow. You begin to have better tone and you can sight-read things you never could before. I think jazz kind of pushes you out of your comfort zone, makes you improve, and honestly makes you more confident in your skills in the long run.”

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