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Lewis County News

November 25, 2020


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The pharmacist who cares: Don Hilley Winlock students and teachers are back in school

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By Lynnette Hoffman Winlock Cedar Village Pharmacy Pharmacist Don Hilley has provided many years of service to the community, not just Winlock but all of south Lewis County. Don has the responsibility of keeping prescriptions available to many, a responsibility he does not take lightly. Without Don, many would be lost. Don is not a typical pharmacist who fills the prescriptions, he cares about his customers. Pam Stone, owner of Cedar Village stated, “We have been so blessed to have Don working here for over 26 years. He is such a kind, caring, and gentle soul. He

is someone who truly cares about his customers and fellow workers.” Cedar Village Owner Raleigh Stone stated, “Don has been a part of the Cedar Village family for over 26 years. Don has managed the pharmacy beyond what my expectations were. He has been instrumental in keeping up with the changes in private insurance, ensuring that our customers are provided with the best service and prices available. His hard work and determination have allowed us to keep the pharmacy here when many insurances are contracting with others. Don is the ideal employee, we have been blessed to have him.” Matt, son of Raleigh and Pam stated, “ We are so lucky to have someone who cares so much about the community and the people in it. You won’t meet a kinder, gentler person.” Those who work with Don feel the same way, Mike Rossow, Pharmacist at Cedar Village stated, “I have known Don for almost 38 years, Don and I worked together at Yard Birds. He is a good guy, a

great pharmacist, and easy to work with.” The girls in the pharmacy stated, “Don Hilley is one of the kindest, most caring human beings you will ever meet. He goes above and beyond to help anyone in any way he can. He is here to serve the community and gives 110%. He is a great manager and a wonderful friend. He has a great sense of humor and is very compassionate. You will hear nothing but good things about him.” They are right, helping the community is what we hear. Cedar Village Cashier Capri Williams stated, “Don is a very caring and sincere person. He cares about his customers, I enjoy working with him.” Kathy Vernon, who works in the meat department and cashier stated, “He is such a quiet shy man, he is very easy going. Fun to be around. And the man loves his soup for lunch.” Something we didn’t know about Don, he loves his soups. Sara Nichols who works in produce stated, “Don is a very knowledgeable See Hilley Page 4

Winlock students back to in-person schooling.

By Lynnette Hoffman Winlock Schools are now open. Even though they are open in hybrid, meaning they aren’t in class every day, they are open. Students are attending classes and

teachers are very happy to have their students back. The teachers have missed their students, which has been evident in Facebook posts and pictures. The teachers can be in the classroom, but it’s the students

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that bring life to the room. Winlock Miller Elementary teachers and students provided quotes about being back to school. “It's nice to have face to face interaction with children. I have seen leaps and bounds in student progress since we've returned," said Winlock First Grade Teacher Abbey Slorey. "Equity! Students have much more access to content and learning in person than remote," said EL Teacher Diana Ortiz. "One of the biggest benefits I'm seeing is that my students are able to learn from each other,” said Special Education Teacher, Brenda Cline. “I am able to formatively assess and correct their errors and mistakes and give immediate feedback when learning to read. My kids are hands-on learners and it was difficult to provide a hands-on learning experience in a remote setting. It brings tears to my eyes to see that light come on when students get it." "My favorite part about being back in school is hanging out with my friends and seeing teachers," said Fifth Grade Student Ellee Leon. "I didn't like the online school because it was hard to concentrate,” said Fifth Grade Student Madison Hoven. “I like being in person because I can See school Page 2


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at their desks engaged in learning,” said Winlock Principal Scott Nye. “Although teachers are still providing quality instruction to our remote learners, you really can't replace the in-person learning experience. Reopening our school has been especially important for those students with special needs and those who need that extra social and emotional support." Winlock Middle and High School Educators also provided quotes. Bethany Hutson said, “I had students in my classroom this week for the first time in eight months and three days. I got to have in-person conversations, I got to hear their voices, I got to see their faces. I got to read to my students, to laugh with them, to joke with them, to help them with their work - things that were theoretically possible through distance learning, but in reality nearly impossible due to all of the extenuating circumstances and impossibility of providing equitable education in a distance learning platform. Are we back to an ideal model? No, of course not. However, I believe this is the first step towards giving kids the resources, the normalcy, the support, and the education that they need and deserve.” Kristy Iverson said, “It's been great to interact with our students in person! After being out of school for 8 months, both students and teachers are excited to get back to some normalcy.” Lisa Collins said, "I love having

the kids back on campus, even if it is on a hybrid schedule. I have missed the kids. It is fun watching them interact with friends they haven't seen for a while and engage in learning. I appreciate the efforts the district has put forth to ensure safety for all of us. I can't wait for all of us to be together as a whole group; instead of alternating days." Ben Suhrbier said, “After almost eight months of staring at a computer screen I am so happy to see students in-person and engaged in their learning.” Karl Scarborough said, “It is so nice to be back in school with students! I enjoy seeing them in class. We are able to continue building great relationships we have had in the past through online learning and now with them in school, it is even better. Although we are still not allowed to sing or play our instruments, we are being very creative with our music activities. The music students seem to enjoy the opportunity to do a variety of other musical things. We are able to explore music in a different way and learn more about the music, musicians, composers, and history that we didn’t get enough of in the past.” Scarborough continued, “I am so appreciative of our administration, fellow teachers and staff that have put in so much time and energy to make this all a success. Planning for and teaching in a hybrid schedule is a lot of work, but definitely worth it! Seeing students in my classroom is what motivates me and gets me going every day.”

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Winlock. We have had quite the year, first changes in government, then COVID. We have a lot to be thankful for in our little community. Winlock is set to have a decent week weather-wise, we are not going to be in a downpour all week like we had. It’s time to clean up the leaves that are left lying around and get the yard in shape for winter. The Walk n Knock Food drive has changed this year. They will have a drop off place in Winlock at Front and Fir Street. Volunteers will be outside to get them from your vehicle, please do not exit the vehicle. More details will come next week. If you are back to work and need daycare, please consider calling April and Ben Root at Roots Daycare. They opened during COVID and they are here for your childcare needs. Please call 360-864-5273. If you are in need of a mobile groomer for your animals, Amanda Stockburger is available in South Lewis County. She is a mobile groomer and works with dogs and cats. She can be reached at 360-508-6896. Her reviews by many in the area are fantastic, give her a call for your grooming needs. Her prices are $35 for small and up to $70 for large. All appointments include regular grooming services, baths, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, and more. Update: Boss Hogg’s BBQ has a tent up for outside dining. Frank’s and Kimberly’s Coffeehouse will not be open for a few weeks. Sahara’s was closed over the weekend. The remaining open restaurants are The Club, Boss Hogg’s, and The Rowdy Rooster. As well as gas station deli and Cedar Village deli. Please continue to shop locally, our local business owners need help during COVID. Winlock Dance Center is offering a Holiday Dance Package, see below for more details.

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Happy Thanksgiving Toledo! Toledo has so much to be thankful for, they have great volunteers in the community that make Toledo an outstanding town. The weather this week is going to be decent compared with the numerous downpours we had last week. This week will be all about getting the rest of the leaves picked up and the yard ready for winter. Toledo Library is now offering computer use. Please call the library at 360-864-4247 to reserve a time or stop in and inquire during open hours. Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please no "gamers" at this time. The restaurants and caterers in Toledo need your help. If you don’t feel like cooking there are several options near you. Donna’s Place has food to go, as does Chimi’s. You can also order to go from Bonanza BBQ and The Crowded Kitchen. There are more options at the Vader exit with Good Stuff Food Carts and The Country House. At the S. Jackson Highway exit there is Gee Cee’s, which has a deli and take out from their menu. These are the locally owned restaurants that are here to help the community. Please consider keeping your shopping local, we need our businesses to survive. Lewis County Seniors have the Emergency Meal Program available. You will receive seven frozen meals and a quart of milk. This is for adults aged 60 and over. Provided by the Lewis County Senior Centers. Please call 1-800581-9495 or 360-748-0061 ex 103. When you pick up your meals, you can see your senior staff. I know many miss Diana Haug, she has been busy preparing your meals. The Walk n Knock will be next week, if you can donate cash instead of canned foods, they would appreciate it. They can get more with the money than most shoppers. Please consider grabbing an envelope and donating money this year. More details to follow.

Happy Thanksgiving Vader! I hope you enjoy your holiday this year for all that it is. It is sure to be one we will never forget. “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” - Henry Van Dyke Vader Lions Club handed out just about 20 Holiday meals this weekend to local families. Thank you, Lions, Vader Assembly of God, and Little Crane for doing such a selfless thing for our town. Special thanks to Anita, Jessica, and Kathy for continually going above and beyond for Vader. The last city council meeting of the year is on Thursday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m. Council will be finalizing the budget for 2021. It seems to be the same two or three people attending meetings. We would love to see new faces. Currently, meetings are being held remotely via GoToMeeting. Login information is available on the city website. There are still more volunteer positions available in town. Vader needs happy volunteers in order to keep our city going. Call the city for more information and join us today. The clothing donation shed at Vader Assembly of God is CLOSED. The organization that runs it has suspended pick-up of items. The church asks that you DO NOT leave any items around the shed. No one will be coming to pick anything up and it then becomes a burden on the church. Stay tuned for updates. Saturday, December 5 is our annual Walk n Knock Food Drive. Due to COVID-19 precautions, they will be asking people to bring donations to the Vader Assembly of God parking lot that day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Gather up your cans and help your neighbors.

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