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Volume 3 Issue 11 Woodland Tourist Information Center P.O. Box 1012, Woodland, WA 98674 (360) 225-9552 FAX: (360) 225-3490

“Working together to encourage, promote, and protect the economic well being and quality of life of the community.”

2012 President Judy Bartlett st 1 Vice-President Nelson Holmberg 2nd Vice-President Nora Bain Treasurer Darlene Johnson Secretary Mary Urban Director John JJ Burke Communcations Chair Carl Haeger

Upcoming Events NOVEMBER 6 - Chamber Election 8 - Cahmber After Hours at the School Commons DECEMBER 6 - Chamber Christmas After Hours Auction JANUARY 2013 12 - Chamber Installation of Officers

November 2012 THANKSGIVING Many stories of Thanksgiving history commence with the harvest celebration of the pilgrims and the Native Americans that took place in the autumn of 1621. Although they did have a three-day feast in celebration of a good harvest, this “first thanksgiving” was not a holiday, but simply a gathering. Thanksgiving can, however, be traced back to 1863 when President Lincoln became the first president to proclaim Thanksgiving Day. However, since most school children are taught that the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 with the Pilgrims and Indians, let’s take a closer look at just what took place leading up to that event. The Pilgrims who sailed to this country aboard the Mayflower were originally members of the English Separatist Church. They had earlier fled their home in England and sailed to Holland to escape religious persecution. There, they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but they eventually became disenchanted with the Dutch way of life, thinking it ungodly. Seeking a better life, the Separatists negotiated with a London stock company to finance a pilgrimage to America. Most of those making the trip aboard the Mayflower were nonSeparatists, but were hired to protect the company’s interests. Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists The Pilgrims set ground at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620 and their first winter was devastating. At the beginning of the following fall, they had lost 46 of the original 102 who sailed on the Mayflower. But the harvest of 1621 was a bountiful one and the remaining colonists decided to celebrate with a feast - including 91 natives who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year. The feast was more of a traditional English harvest festival than a true “thanksgiving” observance. Governor William Bradford sent “four men fowling” after wild ducks and geese. It is not certain that wild turkey was part of their feast. However, it is certain that they had venison. The term “turkey” was used by the Pilgrims to mean any sort of wild fowl Another modern staple at almost every Thanksgiving table is pumpkin pie and it is unlikely that the first feast included that desert. However, they did eat boiled pumpkin, and they produced a type of fried bread from their corn crop. There was also no milk, cider, potatoes, butter or domestic cattle for dairy products, and the newly-discovered potato was still considered by many Europeans to Continued on Page 3 Page 1

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(PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN TO THE WOODLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OFFICE) The Woodland Chamber of Commerce presents the Citizen of the Year award during our annual banquet each January. All US Citizens, both member and non-member, are eligible for the award. The Citizen of the Year Award recipient will be spotlighted at the January 12, 2013 Woodland Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet. In addition, they will receive a framed certificate and be featured in the Lewis River Review Newspaper and on the Chamber Website. To nominate someone for the 2012 award please fill out the information below. NOMINEE’S NAME: MAILING ADDRESS: PHYSICAL ADDRESS: HOME PHONE:(





Please attach or provide complete and concise information about your Citizen of the Year nomination. Please feel free to include any relevant articles, news clippings, or photos of the nominee. Please address the following qualities as best as possible: • Community Service • Character• Past Service This form must be received by the Woodland Chamber of Commerce Office no later than December 1, 2012 Page 2

Volume 3 Issue 11 Continued from Page 1 - Thanksgiving be poisonous. But the feast did include fish, berries, watercress, lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums. It is notable that this thanksgiving celebration probably did not include Native Americans, as the celebration was meant partly to be in recognition of the colonists’ recent victory over the “heathen natives,” and by then, it had become apparent to the settlers that the natives were a hindrance to their quest for more land, so the good will they shared at the first feast had long been lost. A hundred years later, in October of 1777 all 13 colonies joined in a thanksgiving celebration. George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, although some were opposed to it. There was discord among the colonies, many feeling the hardships of a few pilgrims did not warrant a national holiday. And later, President Thomas Jefferson opposed the idea of having a day of thanksgiving. It was Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, whose efforts eventually led to what we recognize as Thanksgiving. Hale wrote many editorials championing her cause and her obsession became a reality when, in 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was proclaimed by every president after Lincoln. The date was changed a couple of times and most recently by Franklin Roosevelt, who set it up one week to the next-to-last Thursday in order to create a longer Christmas shopping season. Public uproar against this decision caused the president to move Thanksgiving back to its original date two years later. And in 1941, Thanksgiving was finally sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, as the fourth Thursday in November. Happy Thanksgiving to all you people who are getting ready to “gobble” all that delicious food on one of our most cherished holidays. We all celebrate Thanksgiving, but how much do you really know about this tradition we have stuffing not only the bird, but us too!!?? Well, let’s test your knowledge with a little “turkey trivia”. I’ll start off easy, to make you feel good, then work down to the tougher questions. Good luck! 1. Name the famous rock where the pilgrims landed 2. Name the ship the pilgrims came over on to the United States 3. How many pilgrims came over on this ship? 4. What is the name of the Captain of this ship? Garage  Sale   5. What is the original name of the Pilgrims? November  16  &  17,  2012   6. What year was the first Thanksgiving?  at  the   7. How long did it take the pilgrims to sail from England to the United States? Woodland  Historical   8. What was this ship originally designed to carry? Museum,     9. Who was instrumental in declaring Thanksgiving Day a national holiday? 417  Park  Street   10. What was the name of the tribe of Indians invited 9  am  –  4  pm   to the first Thanksgiving Feast? Bonus questions: VISIT  THE  MUSEUM  AND   What two football teams played the first ThanksgivFIND  THAT  MUST  HAVE   ing Day game and what year was that game played?


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THE SUCCESS OF A BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION DEPENDS ON DEDICATED EMPLOYEES. The Woodland Chamber of Commerce invites you to recognize an employee who goes beyond the call of duty to exceed your expectations by nominating one or more for the 2012 Employee of the Year award. Have you observed someone excelling at his or her job duties? If you have, we encourage you to nominate them by describing in detail how they have demonstrated the following qualities: dedication, dependability, knowledge, positive attitude, initiative, customer service, integrity, volunteerism, motivating others, etc. The Employee of the Year Award recipient will be spotlighted at the January 12, 2013 Woodland Chamber of Commerce Installation Banquet. In addition, they will receive a framed certificate and be featured in the Lewis River Review Newspaper and on the Chamber Website. EMPLOYEE(S) NAME:


Please attach or provide complete and concise information about your Employee of the Year nomination. *Business must be a 2012 Member Business of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce.

This form must be received by the Woodland Chamber of Commerce Office no later than Dec. 1, 2012. Thanksgiving Trivia Answers: 1. Plymouth Rock 2. Mayflower 3. 102 4. Christopher Jones 5. Puritans 6. 1621 Page 4

7. 66 days 8. Wine 9. Sarah Hale 10. Wampanoag Bonus questions: Detroit Lion’s VS Chicago Bear’s in 1934

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City Update As I am writing this article, we are approaching the end of the 10th month that I have been serving the citizens of Woodland as your mayor. Many things have happened since January 1st and we, at the city, have been working to get the city on track. So, this month I want to give you an update on our activities and accomplishments. The city council and mayor are working together to represent our citizens in a positive and professional manner. We met several times during the first few months of the year to develop direction for the city with common vision, goals and procedures. It is still a work in progress, but we have made great strides in how we conduct business at city hall and at council meetings. Part of the procedures includes council and decorum rules which has resulted in less controversy during meetings. Our city council deserves a lot of credit for their positive approach to dealing with a formerly difficult situation. As mayor, I have instituted some simple changes to bring about better administration of the city. The department heads meet weekly to discuss city operations and to coordinate services. We go over the monthly budget reports with a fine toothed comb to examine expenditures and to identify problem areas. We have developed a procedure to review matters needing city council action which has reduced wasted time. The public works office was moved to a city building on Scott Avenue which has saved money on rent. We are also looking at citizen concerns more closely. We are making sure concerns are reviewed by implementing a computerized tracking program this month. While we can’t fix all the concerns, we want citizens to feel that their questions, comments, and concerns are being addressed. The city has been busy moving forward on a wide variety of projects. Some of these projects include: •

Building the new police station on Scott Avenue

Several street paving projects around the city

Public works plans and improvements to the water and sewer systems

Using a $2M grant from DOT to study a Scott Avenue crossing of I-5

Maintenance projects at city hall including a new roof and door replacement.

Development of the Woodland Economic Development Group

Exploring a Regional Fire Authority to provide fire

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Working with the Port of Woodland on the Guild Road improvements

Several Planning Department undertakings: ◊ Working on the first stage of the Shorelines Management Master Program ◊ Working on a number of code updates; the most interesting are amendments to the code for the Central Business District (Downtown). ◊ Starting work on the 2016 Comprehensive Plan by starting land use inventory work. Industrial and commercial lands have been inventoried. ◊ Gearing up for the High School project

Currently the city council is working on the 2013 budget. We continue to have reduced revenues to fund the city adequately. These problems are being faced by the other cities and counties in the region. Over the next few years, the city will be reducing spending on our parks and city street maintenance. We don’t want the lawns in the parks to be brown in the summer, but we have to prioritize our spending to keep our core services funded. It is a delicate balancing act. During these difficult times, our citizens are reducing their expenditures and making tough decisions on what they spend their money on. I am committed to doing the same here at the city so that our constituents are getting the “best bang for their buck”. Woodland is fortunate to have experienced staff in the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office to guide our finances. We have received positive audits with no findings for the past 8 years. They have also received certificates of professional development for the past 13 years. Thank you for the opportunity to share with you in the Chamber newsletter. If you have questions or comments, please contact me at 225-8281, by email at or by using the comments section at the city website

Carol Rounds VP. Branch Manager Woodland Branch 782 Goerig Street Woodland, WA 98674 P: 360.225.9421 f: 360.225.8146

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(Complete and return to the Chamber office, PO Box 1012, Woodland, WA 98674) NAME OF BUSINESS: ________________________________________________________ CONTACT PERSON: __________________________________________________________ ADDRESS:___________________________________________________________________ PHONE/E-MAIL: ___________________________________________________________ Name of person/persons submitting candidate & form: _____________________________________________________________________________

Please provide complete and concise information regarding Business of the Year nomination: Suggestions to consider: • Business established. • What business does • Service to the community • Service to the customers • Any other outstanding qualities the business provides to the area

2013 Calenders Vivan’s calendars are now available at the Visitor Center for only $12. Support your local chamber and get one of these great-looking calendars.

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Like many other business people, Erin Hart fell into the technology field by virtue of necessity. “We needed a website and we couldn’t afford to pay astronomical sums to get the job done,” she explains. Her first sites were done with basic HTML in Microsoft FrontPage. “It was a major effort,” she explains. “It was hard to find people willing to share their knowledge, and nothing was designed to be user‐friendly.”

That experience formed the core of Hart Design’s business philosophy: the individual should have the power over their own web design. Hart Design creates your website using the Wordpressdriven Genesis framework (popular with bloggers for its secure but “user‐friendly” system), then trains you to use it and turns the “keys” over to you. Gone are the days of having to beg your IT manager to make small changes to your website. A mother of two young children, Erin maintains Hart Design Business Visuals ( as a side business, and also works as Development Director for Three Rivers Christian School. Her husband, Seth, is an Information Technology Specialist. “Since most of my

USNR After Hours Event The Woodland Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a very big “THANK YOU” to USNR for opening up their business on October 11th to the Chamber membership and the community of Woodland to show us what they are all about. It was a wonderful evening of tours, great food and beverage, networking, gift bags and the turn out was over 200 people who came to show support for this business that does so much for the Woodland community. USNR went above and beyond what was expected for an after hours event and the feedback from all those who attended was positive and full of thanks for allowing us to visit. There are photos of the event posted on our website at

professional training is in marketing and writing, my husband is my go‐to helper when the technology quagmire gets overly complicated,” she jokes. “I really believe that marketing your organization should be a pleasure, and that it shouldn’t be some esoteric practice reserved only for those ‘in the know.’” Erin is also proficient at technical writing, creating e-newsletters and assisting in advertisement creation.

Hart Design bids contracts based on a flat hourly rate billed in quarter‐hour increments and is willing to put together free estimates for your business. For more information or to get an estimate for your new website, please call Erin at (360) 957‐4911, or email her at

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REAL ESTATE ECONOMIC REVIEW On Thursday, September 13th, the cities of Kelso and Longview had their quarterly luncheon and presented a program called “State of the Cities”. It was well attended and the main focus was about the economic climate here in our area, which includes the entire county and surrounding communities. I was upbeat to hear the news and it does appear that our economy is on the way up. Each city talked about crime being down and living conditions in our communities feeling safer. An important fact when attracting new businesses to our area as they look at location with transportation amenities necessary to open their business, but to live and raise families. Infrastructure needs create a huge strain budgets and require long term planning, and from what I saw, they are working hard to improve, grow and maintain this important part of our commerce. Another strong point that was stressed to everyone was to focus on the positive things happening in our county. There has been new development completed and new projects are on the way. A very good example is Bennu Glass. I personally was fortunate to attend a tour given on September 11th and I was astonished at the complexity of the process and equipment used to make a single wine bottle. They were not only doing this at a high rate, but with strict quality control all within a environmental safe and modern plant. Jobs here were not just the only focus, but the importance of working and being able to support your family and pride of what you are doing for a living. Like I have said before, we still have a long way to go to full economic prosperity, the need for our government to step back with their regulations and let America get back to work as it once was, but to me, at least things are looking up.

Joel Lengyel


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GARAGE SALE: The Woodland Historical Museum is holding its Fall Garage Sale on Friday and Saturday, November 16th & 17th, 2012 from 9 360-225-6537 am – 4 pm at the museum, 417 Park Federally Street. See our exhibits and browse Insured by NCUA the sale. There is something for Banking made easy everyone. If you have items to donate to this fundraiser call Virginia 225-5640, Joyce 225-7514, Carmen 225-9392 or Shirley 225-6195. The Museum will also have a table at the Snowflake Bazaar on Saturday November 17th providing museum information and showing our quilt, made and hand quilted by Helen Loughry. Quilt raffle tickets will be sold with the drawing to be at the Planters Days Bingo 2013. There will also be a raffle for a Raikes Collectible Santa Claus Bear with the winner drawn at the bazaar. Visit these events and support your local museum. Regular museum hours are Saturdays from noon to 4 pm, with monthly meetings the 1st Thursday of each month at the museum. Page 11

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Cowlitz County Partnership As required by the Shoreline Management Act, Cowlitz County and the cities of Castle Rock, Kalama, Kelso and Woodland, Washington, are updating their 35-year-old county Shoreline Master Program. The act was approved by Washington voters in 1972 and provides a statewide framework for local governments to manage and protect shorelines. The goals of the act “are to prevent the inherent harm in an uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the state’s shorelines,” and encourage the siting of water-dependent uses, protect shoreline natural resources, and promote public access. Cowlitz County must complete the update by December 1, 2014. The Washington State Department of Ecology provided the County and cities with a three-year grant for the update. To streamline the process and use public funds efficiently, one shoreline inventory for all the partnership jurisdictions is being generated. Each entity will use this one inventory and coordinate public and stakeholder input to develop individual programs. First meeting will be:

Cowlitz County Planning Commission Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00pm County Administration Building – 3rd Floor Commissioner’s Hearing Room 207 Fourth Avenue North, Kelso, WA 98626 Property owners, water-dependent businesses, and interested citizens are strongly encouraged to provide input at community visioning meetings starting in November. These meetings will present preliminary shoreline inventory information, identify challenges and opportunities, answer questions, and solicit input. Information gathered will help develop strategies for each jurisdiction for shoreline uses, public access, resource protection, and restoration. For the full meeting calendar, visit (www. or contact David Sherrard at or 425-458-6374. Member

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November 2012 The Woodland Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Meetings are open to the public. Please join us every Tuesday at The Oak Tree Restaurant from noon to 1 PM. SUN








12-1pm: Chamber Luncheon


















11am Board of Directors Meeting 12-1pm: Chamber Luncheon



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7pm: Woodland City 12-1pm: Chamber 4pm: Chamber Luncheon Newsletter Council Meeting Committee Mtg




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7pm: Woodland City 12-1pm: Chamber Luncheon Council Meeting


Museum Garage Sale



Museum Garage Sale Snowflake Bazaar 6:30 Turkey Bingo


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November 06 - Chamber Election of Officers

Chamber Luncheon: Oak Tree Rest. Chamber Board Meeting: Oak Tree Rest. Chamber Communication Committee Meeting: Grange Hall Legislative Phone Call: Tourist Center Woodland City Council: City Hall Planter’s Day Comm: Grange Hall Woodland Historical Museum Society: at the Museum

Nov 16 & 17 - Woodland Historical Musuem garage Sale Nov. 17 - Snowflake Bazaar Nov. 17 - Turkey Bingo

November 13 - TBD November 20 - TBD November 27 - TBD AFTER HOURS & SPECIAL EVENTS November 8 - AFTER HOURS 5-7pm

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January 12 - Chamber Installation of Officers Page 13

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