Lewis County News December 15, 2021

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December 15, 2021


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By Lynnette Hoffman The Toledo Cowlitz Prairie Grange was opened almost 100 years ago and has been serving the community ever since. The Washington State Granges were chartered in 1889, two months before Washington became a territory. Many granges are no longer operational in our area, only Hope Grange and Cowlitz Prairie are still going strong. Hope Grange is located in Winlock and the Cowlitz Prairie Grange is located just north of Toledo on Jackson Highway. Granges are a gathering place for many. In the 1950s granges were the place to be. In those days, the granges would host bands and the

young adults would jitterbug. Many of our parents enjoyed the local granges in those days, dancing as long as they could. Boy, have things changed. It was nothing but wholesome and fun entertainment. Now, the younger generation has electrical devices.

Per Fred Wilson, he stated, “The granges in the 50s were the place to be seen, what do you think changed? Younger generations have too many electronic devices to get their news and talk to others. So they feel they need to leave their homes and see people. And in families, both parents are working.” Now the granges are used for the members and events people can have. The Cowlitz Prairie Grange is a newer and beautiful location for events. The grange’s mission statement is the following, “Established in 1889, two months before Washington Territories achieved

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By Lynnette Hoffman The time is finally here, the Lewis County Senior Centers are having soft openings and they are inviting the communities in. Since the first COVID lockdown, the senior centers have been closed for the safety of the senior citizens. During the almost two years, there have been several variants, Delta hitting this Summer and being the most deadly. Carol Brock, Vice Chair of the Lewis County Senior Board and the Board have See grange Page 7 been busy sanitizing, repairing and getting the centers open for all to enjoy. They had to perform a lot of work, Carol stated, “As you may know earlier this year the county suggested we do a complete evaluation of the condition of our centers and the recommendations of that report to re-open as safe as possible. AAA supplied the funding for those inspections and IPAC was secured to do those inspections and report. They proposed we do a complete cleaning, sanitizing with HVAC cleaning and upgrade filtration to open. Then the process to gain the bids and have those awarded was completed with the AAA awarding the bids. With them providing the funding it was required to go out for bids and done

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by a licensed contractor vs. in house due to the Federal funding and the responsibility. That has been just recently accomplished. There were other items that also needed to be managed, some repairs were needed at Toledo site, others at Twin Cities that had to be accomplished by the county according to our lease with them. These findings all happened after the general review and submission to AAA on their guidance.” Many are wondering when the centers will be open more regularly, Carol stated, “The current plan is January 3, 2022. We are requiring masks to be worn except when eating, just like restaurants require. This is for staff as well as visitors. It is a state requirement.” Also, the senior centers are known to have programs available for the seniors. Carol continued, “Our new staff members are full of ideas and we hope to implement new items as we proceed. They are looking forward to hearing from our visitors on what they would like to see too. We hope to also bring in more community with our activities and fundraisers. It will probably be a slow opening until we can get fully underway. Those are fluid as of today.” See senior Page 7

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After all the rain these past few weeks, you would think we would all have webbed feet. It rained enough this weekend that the Olequa is running fast and its levels are definitely high. We did see a little snow rain mix this week and now there is snow in the forecast again. Let’s wait to see if Wednesday is a white day or not. This time of year, it’s pretty difficult to know what the weather is doing one minute to the next! Winlock has had a lot of dogs roaming the town. The problem with letting your dogs roam is, they are almost getting hit by cars. No one wants to be responsible for killing someone’s dog. Also, not everyone is friendly with dogs, they may be afraid of dogs too. It’s the responsibility of the dog owner to keep their pets at home. Who wants to clean up another dog's poop in their yard. Please be considerate of others and keep them either in their yard or on a leash. The Farmers Market is here for your shopping needs. They are open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday during the holidays. Bonita Aadland is the market manager and she has a different selection of Christmas gifts. Cowlitz Prairie Grange is having its monthly breakfast Saturday and Santa will be there for pictures. The Cowlitz Prairie Grange is located at 5184 Jackson Highway Toledo, just a few miles north of Toledo. Don’t forget to attend the Olequa Senior Center Meet and Greet. They will have their new site leader there and I know several are interested in meeting her. I know she will do a great job.

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It is storm central around our state. We just had another gallon of rain dumped on us, but one day we got a little snow and rain mix. It was just beautiful, it did not stick around which is the best type of snow to have. It looks like we have snow in the forecast again, I hope it doesn’t stick yet. Cowlitz Grange is having their monthly breakfast, please see information in the front page article…. And Santa Claus will be there! Here are some events for your enjoyment: The Toledo Presbyterian Church will be having a Christmas Eve service starting at 7:00 p.m. St. Francis Mission will hold a Christmas Mass, which will begin at 5:00 p.m. If you have never attended a Christmas service, I highly recommend it. You learn about the real meaning of Christmas with your family. The Toledo Lions Club will be selling fireworks to ring in the 2022 new year. The sales will begin on the 28th and continue to the 31st. The Lions Club is an organization that helps many throughout the years. Buying fireworks is their fundraiser and I am sure they would appreciate your support. New Years Eve Dinner: Donna’s Place is hosting a New Years Eve Dinner, more information to come. You know if Donna is having a dinner, it will be a great place to hang out before the annual Cheese Ball Drop. It’s getting time for New Years Eve and Toledo will be ushering in the New Year with the Cheese Ball Drop. This is where they literally drop what appears to be a cheese ball, celebrating the history and new year in Toledo. If you have not been to the Cheese Drop, button up because at 11:00p.m. at the Toledo Waterfront the event begins.

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Please note the date for Holiday Box pick ups changed to December 20. See more details below. Upcoming Meetings: Planning Committee December 16 No Council on December 23 The Giving Tree is up at the Little Crane. This is the perfect chance to give a local child a special Christmas morning. If you know of any families who need an extra hand this year, sign ups are available at the Little Crane and J&G. Huge shout out to Lions Club, the Dailey’s and their staff for helping orchestrate the event again this year. It's great to see the community come together for the kids. Food Baskets: Vader Lions Club and the Little Crane Cafe will be giving holiday food baskets to people in need in our community. To request a food basket sign up forms will be at J&G Grocery Store. To pick up your food basket come to the Vader Assembly of God Annex building on A Street, Saturday, December 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Do you have anything you would like to see in Vader News? Send me an email at sammieslusher@gmail.com.


Ryderwood News By Samantha Lovelady

Thank you to all who participated in the parade on Saturday. Thought I would bring back our weekly "Dad" jokes to brighten up the season. Answers will be at the bottom of the column. What do you call a kid that doesn't believe in Santa? What will you wash your hands with on Christmas? Red Hats Christmas Party is on December 17 at 2:00 p.m. inside the Community Hall. Please bring food to share and a present (approx $10 value) for the gift exchange. For more information contact Sharron Mathena at 360353-8745. Ryderwood House Decorating Contest is December 1 thru 18. To vote drop by the RISA office or call Susan at 360-771-7160, Bridgette 541-290-2591, or Shelia 360747-0231. The Community Christmas Party is December 18 inside the Community Hall at 5:00 p.m. Bring a dish for the potluck and a gift for the exchange. All Ryderwood Residents are encouraged to come and join the fun. Cafe Menu December 16: Pork enchiladas served by Donna Vaughan Ryderwood is looking for more volunteers. The town is run solely by community residents. For more information on ways you can help contact Karen Nelson at 541-5714031 or check the book for her address. Looking to sponsor a child this year? Head over to the Little Crane in Vader to give the gift of Christmas to a child locally. There will also be holiday meal sign up sheets available for those needing a little extra help this season. Answers A. A rebel without a Claus B. With Santatizer!

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The senior centers have enrichment meals, the question is, will they be back once the centers are open. “We will have an enrichment lunch during the soft openings and regular nutrition lunches will begin in January,” Carol said. “There was a survey put out in the emergency meals to see what folks need. Per the AAA we may, and I emphasize may, be able to do some delivery modifications while we are still in the emergency of COVID-19. ie, to-go-meals.” According to Carol, fundraising will also change. “In the past the program leaned heavily on the senior site groups to fundraise for each site and provide a stipend to the program to keep it up and running,” she said. “I will not go into all the reasons and history on this, but before the sites closed we were discussing ending that requirement to allow the seniors not to feel they needed to do all this work and not really being able to enjoy the sites and activities due to that requirement. We

are hoping that the seniors will continue to volunteer for the many activities and also bring in some new ones and also assist with the day to day. Volunteers are the backbone of the operation being successful. We have lots of opportunities for that in many areas and are looking to expand in other areas as we can. We just wanted to relieve them of that requirement and also help the program as a whole to succeed. We as an organization have that responsibility not just to AAA/OAA for the nutrition program but also for the program to succeed for the people, now and in the future. Things are always evolving and we need to evolve with them to exist.” Colonel Ron Averill explained why they have kept them closed, he stated, “I know that the restrictions for public gatherings, including restaurants, were dramatically reduced beginning in May 2021. Unfortunately, due to the long period of the building closures and their state of maintenance we were

compelled to get professional inspection to make sure we would not put our vulnerable population at undue risk. The result of the inspection by a firm that specializes in health risks, and the firm incidentally that helped our school districts prepare their buildings for school reopening, revealed serious health issues in virtually all our centers and particularly the HVAC systems. The cost to restore the buildings to low risk was prohibitive and it took us much longer than we anticipated to get funding for the restoration approved and to have the restoration completed. The work was just completed late last month.” The closures were not easy on the local seniors or the Lewis County Senior Board. Many were unhappy with the closures but they wanted to ensure our seniors were safe. Colonel Averill continued, “We on the LCS Board are devastated that opening has taken so long while our seniors see the buildings sitting empty and other

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or biscuits and gravy is $6. Grange meeting once a month, second Wednesday of the Month, 6:30 p.m. potluck - meeting at 7:30 p.m.” From what I have been told the breakfasts are just perfect. This weekend though, there will be a special guest. Santa Klaus is coming to the grange for breakfast and parents will have the opportunity to take pictures. So if you are looking for a holiday visit be sure to stop by. As a bookmark in the grange’s history, the Cowlitz Prairie Grange unfortunately burned down in 1986. Pau-

line Inman spearheaded the rebuilding of the grange and opened it in 1988. If you have not been to the grange, the best way to describe it is, it’s a very nice place to hang out. The kitchen is very large and a perfect place for making any creation you want. Many Granges such as the old St. Urban Grange have lost members and can no longer keep up the buildings. Cowlitz Prairie has 58 members and is looking to grow. Renting the grange is a great option for receptions, birthday parties, anniversary parties, baby showers and anything else you would like. The first time I walked in it I was surprised. I went there for a birthday party and was impressed by the building itself. It gave our large extended family a place to hold the birthday during the middle of winter. The parking was no problem, we parked all around the building. Cowlitz Grange has 58 members and are always looking for more. If you are interested in becoming a member or you would like to rent the grange, please feel free to call Fred Wilson 360-864-4586 or Lewis Zion 360-304-0779. Fred Wilson’s parting words, “We have members that want to keep this grange open. It's nice to have a place to go and see and talk and party in person.”

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statehood, the Washington State Grange is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of Washington's residents through the spirit of community service and legislative action.” They are a non-partisan group here to help the residents of Washington. Most granges have events throughout the month and Cowlitz is no exception, the following are their events and fundraisers. Fred Wilson stated, “Every third Saturday is breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage,

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