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Lewis County News

December 30, 2020


US. Postage Paid Winlock, WA 98596 Permit No. 5

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2020 in review

From COVID to politics, the year we will never forget By Lynnette Hoffman In all the years of writing about the year's events, this is the first year I am wondering if I can fit everything into one paper. This was the year that took all of us by surprise, surprises in ways we would have never thought. Tragedies, businesses lost, and an uproar in our country we have not seen since the 1960s. While the year started out with zero knowledge of a virus, it would soon change everything we know about our world. We started the year off with hope and excitement, within a few weeks COVID-19 was announced right here in our state. It was in a nursing home that was on lockdown, no concerns. Washingtonians continued to go on about their day, still not concerned for what was to come roaring through. Before long, our lives were going to be altered, not for a week, a month, but for the entire year. February would be the beginning of the changes. In March, Governor Inslee ordered a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The ban included no social gatherings and closures of all nonessential businesses. We saw schools go remote, students were no longer in the classroom. In April, businesses were starting to struggle, we had no idea how long. This is when we started to see

Commissioner Edna Fund and Sharon Taylor participated in the Static Parade on July 4, 2020 in Chehalis.

an increase in suicides and drug overdoses in Lewis County, being home was killing people. By the end of May, we saw another change. George Floyd was killed and our big city streets erupted in riots. Businesses were burned down, police were killed. We were also introduced to a new phased opening for businesses during Covid.

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June brought car cruises for graduates, as graduation was canceled. It was different for seniors, they could not have commencement ceremonies. Communities came out to support the local seniors. The biggest change was masks were now mandated, while some businesses were partially allowed to open. Black Lives Matter held a peaceful protest in Toledo. For the first time, a foreign area was set up in our state, known as CHOP, “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.” It was a violent area where two lives were eventually lost. Times have changed, violence has now erupted in our state and our capital. By July 1, CHOP was being dismantled but problems in Seattle and Portland continued. People were starting to get restless. Winlock had a murder, a woman killed a man on Hwy 505. Lewis County was still in a phased operating which meant our businesses were not fully open. Now, we saw businesses suffering. Politics were heating up now, they started getting active in April/May, but now politics, riots, and COVID were the only news we would see. By August, the COVID cases were on the rise, we heard schools would start remotely. Freedom and Back the Blue Rallies were starting to take place. Overdoses were still higher than COVID cases. It was announced in September that Lowes was coming to the Benaroya Industrial Park. Unfortunately, we would later find out they paid 10% below the national average. COVID cases continued to be on the rise in Lewis County, by October, businesses were still suffering, especially restaurants. Toledo had the largest political rally in the county, at the Merten Ranch. Politics were in high gear. Schools were starting to reopen where they could. Halloween was celebrated, even against the orders of small gatherings, people had had enough. November we were hoping to see the end of politics, local county races went off without a hitch. We now had two new Lewis County Commissioners. We also saw a See review Page 3

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Winlock is about to enter the new year while 2020 was a year we will never forget. Winlock started off the year with politics in full force. First, city councilor Connie Sneed resigned, and then Mayor Donald Bradshaw resigned. Citizens finally had a voice again, the new council and mayor would see to it. When Mickelsen Parkway was started, it would be a road that many in the area saw as progress. The road would go to Benaroya Industrial Park, where Lowe’s announced they would be a new tenant. Benaroya Industrial Park was restarted by Mayor Lonnie Dowell and finished by Brandon Swenson. No new tenants have been announced. Winlock graduates would forgo commencement exercises in place of a car parade with students' cars decorated. Many people lined the streets for the students. The Egg Day Committee was forced to cancel Egg Day but another group had a rolling car show. Hopefully next year we will have an Egg Day. Winlock had a murder, a man was killed by a pellet gun on Highway 505. We would later learn it was an argument over drugs. Winlock saw S.E. First being paved, finally. It was a road that was long overdue. The money had been there by TIB, but former Mayor Bradshaw was unable to get a reasonable bid. Finally, we saw many new homes in Winlock which brings new residents. If you are new to Winlock, we welcome you. We know it’s been a difficult year to meet new people. Winlock is a wonderful community. Please consider trying one of our many restaurants or shopping at our local stores. As we head into 20201, with many unknowns, it is with hope and excitement we see an end to the lockdowns and the beginning of the end of COVID.

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Ryderwood News By Samantha Lovelady

This year we have seen it all. 2020 was the year of curveballs. Canceled sports, riots, COVID-19, masks, a toilet paper shortage... It is a time period that we will all certainly remember. When each of us sits down and reflects on the events of 2020 what will be the thing that stands out the most to you? Will it be the pandemic? Or will it be something you did? For me, it's a combination. My year was full of personal growth that probably wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the pandemic. At the time of my deadline, January menus were not available. Stay tuned for your latest cafe meal information in our next issue. Remember meals are take-out only at this time. 2020 was a year that for many of us life felt like it was paused. Kids haven't seen conventional classrooms since March. Trips were canceled. Loved ones are staying home, video calls became a lifeline. Some of us have friends and family who have passed. We saw the world fight a virus that at times felt straight out of a science fiction drama. It was a rollercoaster. But it is not the end. Life is all about adapting. America is adapting. The new year is just on the horizon. I do not know if 2021 will bring us back to normal. But no matter what happens we are all in this together. Happy New Year Ryderwood. May 2021 knock your socks off. I am still struggling to get on the Ryderwood nextdoor page as a member. I will be working on it in the coming week. Until then if you need anything do not hesitate to shoot me an email at sammieslusher@gmail.com Again have a glorious new year. See you all in 2021.

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Happy New Year Toledo! This is a year of change for Toledo. While 2020 is over, 2021 is around the corner and it looks quite bright for the students of Toledo High School. Toledo High School remodel is well underway, it’s going to be a beautiful new school with windows in classrooms. It will have everything students need to learn and for them to have a bright future. After touring the old school and now the remodeled school, it is a wonderful gift for the students. Toledo graduates saw a rolling car show, they decorated their cars and trucks. They cruised through the streets as businesses waved. It was an awesome day to see students driving around Toledo. Cheese Days was canceled due to COVID, in fact every event was canceled in Toledo except Halloween. They had a wonderful Halloween display for students. This year also saw a change in Facebook for Toledo. There were two new pages started, one being Toledo and Winlock Life and the other was Toledo Washington. Many felt the community page of the City of Toledo did not reflect the lives of all Toledo residents. Toledo Lions Club is offering fireworks for sale, December 28 through December 31, noon to 7:00 p.m. They are located at Toledo Market Fresh. Toledo residents showed their support for their restaurants this year. They lost one restaurant but overall for all the restaurants they have, they have done well keeping them going. Still open are Donna’s Place, Chimi’s, Betty’s Place, The Crowded Kitchen, Good Stuff Food Carts, The Country House, Gee Cee’s and Mrs. Beesley’s. There have been many discrepancies about masks in Toledo. Some residents have refused to shop at some local stores that require masks. Some of the local stores will offer curbside pick up, please consider using those if you are unhappy about the mask situation.

By Samantha Lovelady

Happy New Year. I have great news to report this week. The clothing donation shed at Vader Assembly of God has finally reopened. For those unfamiliar with the shed, it is located in the church parking lot on 6th and A street. The shed was paid for and ran by St. Pauly Textiles Inc. They have a large number of drop off locations available throughout the USA. Community members are encouraged to drop off items such as clothing, blankets, bed linens, fabric tablecloths, curtains, belts, purses, shoes, and plush toys. Vader Assembly of God receives funding for the donations from St. Pauly Textiles as well as the option to use donations for community needs. But what happens to all the clothing that they don't need locally? Well, it’s donated to organizations that distribute it to those in need in over 44 different countries including the US. They estimate that they kept over 20 million articles of clothing out of landfills and clothed

2.5 million people worldwide in 2019 alone. The company was founded in the early 90s and currently has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Be sure to check it out next time you are in the area and drop off your donations. As a courtesy to Vader Assembly of God please do not put trash in the donation slot. It ends up being a burden to the church. Make sure you save the date and attend the city council meeting on January 14 at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are held via GoToMeeting. As always check out the city website for agenda and login info the week of the meeting. Please remember to shop small business. They are still suffering from the shutdown and could use your help in making ends meet. Whether it is having to take out or going to our local little grocery store, every penny helps the business. Shop local and small business, they put the money back in the community!



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huge change in the 19th District, with a new legislator and senator. The state and national politics would continue even to the end of the year. We saw tighter restrictions again. Restaurants were closed for inside dining and gyms were closed. People were beyond restless, people would soon start saying enough. The City of Mossyrock would be first. The City of Mossyrock signed an ordinance (which did not protect the businesses) allowing the businesses to open. Spiffy’s opened up because their employees were having issues getting unemployment. The Governor would take a hard stand on Lewis County sending Labor and Industries to the town and restaurants to threaten or fine them back into submission. By the end of the month, Spiffy’s would be in court fighting the governor’s orders, the outcome is not yet known. While 2020 has been a year to remember, it is also a year where each community came out to support their local businesses. To see so many local people help those they did not know, was a heartwarming experience for all of us. While we struggled, we also opened our hearts to things we never thought we would.


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Lewis County News December 30, 2020  

2020 in review: From COVID to politics, the year we will never forget

Lewis County News December 30, 2020  

2020 in review: From COVID to politics, the year we will never forget