- TES PTO: Toledo Elementary School Announces First-Ever Read-A-Thon Winners*
- LCWA: Remote State Senate Bi-Partisan Bottled Water Bill Hearing Watch Party *
- National Weather Service Seattle: Mountain Snow, Heavy Rain, River Flooding *
- FCC: FCC Seeking Input On Designating 9-8-8 As Nationwide Suicide Hotline *
- FDA: AXIA Pharmaceutical Issues Recall of All Sterile Drug Products *
- WA DOVA: Congressional Pinning Ceremony for Veterans of the Vietnam Period *
- LC BOCC Press Release: Clarification - No Sales Tax Increase In Lewis County *
- Tech Tuesday: How To Save $500 This Month *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Health & Hope Medical Outreach *
- Today: Ukulele Lessons, SAIL Class *
- Wednesday: Cowlitz Prairie Grange Meets *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
TES PTO posted: Toledo Elementary School Announces First-Ever Read-A-Thon Winners
Ashley Jacobson reported: I want to announce the top readers for our first ever read-a-thon!
From 2nd grade, our top reader reading 1640 minutes, was Helen Morgan! Helen received a giant bean bag chair, books, bookmarks, and some candy!
From 4th grade, reading 1051 minutes, was Conner Hill! Conner received a hoverboard, books, bookmarks, and some candy!
From 4th grade, reading 750 minutes, was Darthanial Neumann-Niles! Darthanial received a tablet, books, bookmarks, and some candy!
From 1st grade, reading 745 minutes, was Miette Bourgault! Miette received an American girl doll, some books, bookmarks, and some candy!
From 2nd grade, reading 415 minutes, was Elias Siewart! Elias received a slime kit, some books, bookmarks, and some candy!
From 3rd grade, reading 577 minutes, was Gavin Weeks! Gavin received a robot building kit, some books, bookmarks, and some candy!
From 5th grade, reading 360 minutes, was Tyler Carter! Tyler received a drone, books, bookmarks, and some candy!
From kindergarten, reading 263 minutes, was Luke Hilton! Luke received a scooter, some books, bookmarks, and some candy!
The top class participation was Mrs. Schultz’s 3/4 grade class!
Other top readers receiving numerous prizes from Seattle Sounders tickets, Hands on Children's Museum tickets, Sahara Pizza gift certificates were: Brady Weeks, Carrie Maloch, Jamie Maloch, Natasha Kysar, Sherlyn Herrera, Karter Lampien, Liam Nelson, Logan Hellem, Wesley Weeks, Kenzy Doolin, Heather Hanson, Anya Lyon, Dadrin Schey, Katie Hill, Sebastian Atzin, Gabriel Atzin, and Randi Reynolds!
Congratulations to all readers! Thank you so much for your participation!
Rescheduled: January Toledo Coffee House Event To Be Held January 30
7 PM Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ Toledo High School
1242 State Route 505, Toledo, Washington 98591
Lewis County Water Alliance Heads Up: Remote State Senate Bi-Partisan Bottled Water Bill Hearing Watch Party!
If you’re not able to get to Olympia for the Senate Hearing on the Bottled Water Extraction Bill, but wanted to be part of this historic event:
Members of the Lewis County Water Alliance will ADDITIONALLY be making a LIVE REMOTE STATEMENT (using a brand new direct democracy testimony option for rural communities) into the hearing room & holding a watch party FROM OUR AMAZING RANDLE LIBRARY!!
(You can arrive & leave when you need to.)
We’d love to fill the room up & show some of that famous East Lewis County Spirit!!
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Thursday January 23, 2020
Mountain View Timberland Library, 210 Silverbrook Rd, Randle, Washington 98377
National Weather Service Seattle: Mountain Snow, Heavy Rain, River Flooding
225 PM PST Mon Jan 20 2020
...RIVER FLOODING POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY FOR RIVERS
FLOWING OFF THE OLYMPICS AND WEST SLOPES OF THE CASCADES...
A period of warming, rising snow levels, and heavy rain in the mountains will force sharp rises on the rivers flowing off the Olympics and Cascades in western Washington. Snow levels will rise to around 5,000 to 6,000 feet with 3 to 6 inches of rain in the mountains Wednesday through early Friday. Minor flooding is possible on several rivers as a result. Rivers may be flowing high through the weekend before receding.
Please continue to monitor the latest forecast for the next few days. Details of potential flooding will change as the situation evolves.
Latest river forecasts available at: water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=sew
- Tuesday - Showers. Steady temperature around 44. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
- Tuesday Night - Rain. Low around 41. South wind 8 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
- Wednesday - Rain. High near 48. South wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
- Wednesday Night - Rain. Low around 46. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
- Thursday - Rain. High near 53. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
- Thursday Night - Rain. Low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
FCC: ISO Input On Designating 9-8-8 As Nationwide Suicide Hotline
The FCC has begun officially taking public comment on its proposal to designate 988 as the national three-digit phone number for reaching the national suicide prevention and mental health hotline. Following the 60-day public comment period, FCC staff will review the public record before drafting final rules.
To submit a comment, the public may file a comment and enter proceeding number “18-336” at: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express.
FDA: Yes To Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Product Due to Skin Irritation Complaints ‘Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Unicorn Paper Mask’
FDA: FUSION IV Pharmaceuticals, Inc dba. AXIA Pharmaceutical Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Sterile Drug Products Within Expiry Due to A Lack of Assurance of Sterility*
*Includes commonly used injectable drugs like atropine, lidocaine, vitamins, minerals & supplements - and testosterone.
*Note: When posting FDA Food, Drug & Pet Food Recalls, The Other Toledo omits those announcements that do not affect Washington State & the region.
For up-to-date info on all recalls, visit FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts page. Link here: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm
For other food-related alerts, visit USDA’s FSIS (Food Safety & Inspection Service) page.
Link here: http://tinyurl.com/yy4cdes9
CDC: Most EVALI Patients Used THC-Containing Products as New Cases Continue To Decline
Small percentage of cases reporting non-THC product use needs further study
Excerpt: Of 121 interviewed EVALI patients in Illinois, nine reported using only nicotine-containing products and had no indication of any THC use. These patients were more likely to be older and female than patients who reported using THC-containing products. These findings support earlier data suggesting that while THC containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products and vitamin E acetate play a major role in the outbreak, evidence is not sufficient to rule out the contribution of other chemicals of concern, including chemicals in either THC or non-THC products, in some of the reported EVALI cases.
Public Health Screening to Begin at 3 U.S. Airports for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“2019-nCoV”)
Based on current information, the risk from 2019-nCoV to the American public is currently deemed to be low. Nevertheless, CDC is taking proactive preparedness precautions.
For the latest information on the outbreak, visit CDC’s Novel Coronavirus 2019 website.
FTC: FTC Acts to Shut Down ‘Success by Health’ Instant Coffee Pyramid Scheme
Complaint alleges empty promises of wealth lead to millions in losses for participants
Defendants in FTC Credit Repair Scheme Case Agree to Settle Charges
Defendants face monetary judgments, bans from credit repair business, and prohibitions on other deceptive practices
Overseas Payment Processor and its Former CEO Settle FTC Allegations That They Enabled a Deceptive “Free Trial” Offer Scheme
“Transact Pro helped scammers drain people’s accounts without their permission,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The FTC will continue to aggressively pursue payment processors that are complicit in illegal conduct, whether they operate at home or abroad.”
According to the FTC’s 2018 complaint, Apex Capital Group, LLC, its principals, and related entities marketed supposed “free trial” offers for personal care products and dietary supplements online, but instead billed consumers the full price of the products and enrolled them in negative option continuity plans without their consent.
Today: Democracy Lobby Day 2020
Hosted by Fix Democracy First and League of Women Voters of Washington
Join Us in Olympia for a Powerful Day of Advocating for Democracy
Please join the League of Women Voters of Washington and Fix Democracy First in Olympia on January 21, 2020 @ 9 am to 3 pm
WHERE: Washington State Capitol, Olympia
Columbia Room, Legislative Building
On that day we will be meeting with legislators to advocate for bills that will protect our democracy. You will also:
• Hear from legislators and guest speakers
• Learn about critical democracy issues and bills
• Be trained by professional lobbyists
• Meet with your state legislators
• Network with others from your area
• Hear From Legislators and Guest Speakers
We will be joined by legislative leadership, democracy bill champions, and diverse advocates who will provide an insider’s perspective on how decisions are made in Olympia.
Learn About Critical Issues and Bills
You will learn about critical democracy issues in Washington State and bills our organizations will be supporting in the 2020 session to:
• Expand voting opportunities and empower underrepresented communities
• Reduce the influence of special interest money
• Modernize the redistricting process to ensure transparency and representation
• Promote more representative election systems and districts
• Protect election security and integrity
• Strengthen government ethics
Be Trained by Professional Lobbyists
You will receive training about how to effectively advocate in the legislature, speak comfortably with lawmakers, and testify in committee. No need to be an expert in policy. Just bring your passion for democracy and a readiness to learn how to take action!
Meet With Your State Legislators
As part of Democracy Lobby Day, you will meet with your state legislators to advocate for democracy-related bills. The meetings will be set up for you and guidance provided on speaking comfortably with your representatives. Your personal participation has a direct impact!
Network With Others From Your Area
You will connect with like-minded advocates from across the state who share your passion for our democracy. You will have time to meet and strategize with others from your legislative district who will be attending meetings with you.
Once again we will have bring brightly colored, hand-painted “Democracy Rocks” to give to your legislators as a paperweight and a reminder of who they represent. Last year, volunteers painted almost 200 rocks, which were a huge hit with elected officials.
Make it personal by creating your own Democracy Rocks paperweight for your legislator; see our instructions here.
LUNCH PROVIDED—PLEASE CHIP IN
To help cover the costs of the room and refreshments, we invite those who can to chip in $25 per person, or more to help others attend. However, payment is not mandatory—we do not want financial concerns to prevent anyone from participating.
After you register, you will receive additional information regarding the day's schedule, carpooling opportunities, parking, and other details. The organizers will be making appointments with your individual legislators—you will not need to do that.
League members and supporters have generously offered to host advocates the night before the event. When you register you will be asked if you want overnight accommodations and we will follow up with you.
If you have questions please contact Kathy Sakahara (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cindy Black (email@example.com).
See you in Olympia!
Today: WA State DOVA - Congressional Pinning Ceremony for Veterans of the Vietnam Period
Hosted by Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
Congressman Derek Kilmer cordially invites you to join a Congressional Pinning Ceremony for Veterans of the Vietnam Period
Location: AMVETS, Alvah R. Dravis Post 1 (Downstairs Event Hall), 5717 South Tyler Street, Tacoma, WA 98409
Questions or Concerns: Rob Richards at Rob.Richards@mail.house.gov or 253-272-3515
The creation of a commemorative pin was originally passed by Congress and signed into law to thank and honor our Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the nation. The Commemoration recognizes all who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location; and their families. We make no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period. All were called to serve and none could self-determine where they were stationed. A spouse or next of kin may claim a pin on behalf of a deceased, eligible, veteran.
WDFW: WDFW approves a six-day razor clam dig starting today
WDFW approved a dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:
January 21, Tuesday, 4:23 pm -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
January 22, Wednesday, 5:10 pm -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
January 23, Thursday, 5:53 pm -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
January 24, Friday, 6:32 pm -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
January 25, Saturday, 7:08 pm -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
January 26, Sunday, 7:42 pm -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
For more information, visit: https://tinyurl.com/sgsnvb5
Women In Ag: Women, Farms, & Food - ISO Family Farm Promo Photos
Attach the picture to an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lewis County Sheriff’s Department: Numerous Ongoing Phone Scams
We would like to remind everyone to be aware of numerous ongoing phone scams. Do not send payments or provide personal information without verifying who the caller is. If they purport to be from a government agency, call that agency directly via a publicly available number.
Coffee With A Cop Friday, January 24, 2020
Lewis County: LEWIS COUNTY VISION 2025 SURVEY
We want to hear from you as the County builds a five-year strategic plan. The strategic plan will outline priorities for the future and guide the County’s budget process for years to come.
Regarding the survey: This is your opportunity to help shape the future of our community by taking a few minutes to share your thoughts.
The County’s volunteer Strategic Planning Advisory Committee will carefully review survey responses and use this input to help guide the content of the strategic plan
Responses will remain anonymous, so we invite you to be as open as possible.
Check below for additional information on public sessions that will be held to discuss these topics in greater detail.
Thank you in advance for your participation!
Survey Link here
ENCUESTA EN ESPAÑOL
Paper surveys are available at local Timberland Libraries.
PUBLIC VISION 2025 MEETINGS:
Winlock Senior Center: January 31, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Onalaska Alliance: February 4, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Vision 2025 presentations have been scheduled with Lewis County Young Professionals, Twin Cities Rotary, Sheriff’s Command Team, Providence Centralia, Economic Development Council, Lewis County Realtors Association, United Way Board, Lewis County Superintendents, Industrial Commission, Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce, East County Chamber, American Association of University Women, and the Boy Scouts of America.
If you would like to schedule a presentation for your organization, contact us.
Lewis County BOCC Press Release: Clarification - No Sales Tax Increase In Lewis County
Tech Report: How To Save $500 This Month *
Three years ago, I shaved off several hundred dollars from my budget almost painlessly.
This month, I’m shaving another few hundred off again.
Like finding a wad of cash in the pocket of an old coat. (Check those before you donate!)
Disclaimer: This post is NOT about coupon clipping & thrifty tips; rather, it’s about finding big dollars right now with a minimum of time & effort.
Three Years Ago: Cut These Five Bills to Save $500 Next Month from The Simple Dollar
Number 2 - $200+ savings (scaled back $50/week on meals out)
Number 3 - $100+ savings (switched cable TV for Roku, free courtesy of ToledoTel)
Number 4 - $50 savings on my auto insurance
Total savings: around $350/month.
Now: Here’s where I’ll be saving my dough this month…
1. $200 - Migrating from a Top-4 cell phone service (for 3) to Google Fi (for 2)
2. $100+ - Water service savings. (No more single-use plastic bottles)
3. $100+ - Three years’ dental work (OHSU using deferred-interest CARE Credit)
Total savings: around $400/month.
Truth: 2 new Pixel phones cost me out-of-pocket (50% off) and the old Android phone(s) must be paid off. Subtract $900.
Solution: Recoup some change selling them on Gazelle. Add $400.
Balance: I’m out-of-pocket $500 initially.
But since I’m still saving $400+ this month? And next?
Maybe I’ll resell some tech or apparel, or pick up a little side gig.
Or review my bills for more savings.
Bonus1: How to Make $500 Fast When You Need it Now
#20 is an often-overlooked treasure trove.
Bonus2: Try a Pantry Challenge. Or a 30-Day No-Spending Challenge.
Disclaimer: As always, check with your own advisor before pursuing financial changes. These options are intended to update and inform rather than outline specific strategies. One size does not fit all. YMMV. Close cover before striking. Lather, rinse, repeat.
*Updated from original Tech Tuesday post 01.17.2017
This Just In: Annual Chocolate Making Class
6 PM – 8 PM Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Morgan Arts Centre
190 Plomondon Rd, Toledo, Washington 98591
Bateaux Cellars shared: Red Wine & Chocolate Event
And NO you don’t have to come for the entire time - come ANYTIME between 3-7pm!
Call to reserve your spot!
PS you can totally be your own date, singles are welcome as well!
Not Strictly Toledo: Health and Hope Medical Outreach
FREE MEDICAL CLINIC TONIGHT from 5:30 - 8:00pm
Located at 1911 Cooks Hill Rd. Centralia. (NW Pediatrics - West Building)
Health & Hope Medical Outreach provides FREE walk-in medical care and Mental Healthcare to the uninsured and under-insured of Lewis County and South Thurston County.
Not Strictly Toledo2: Coffee and Conversation by Lewis County Parent to Parent
A Social Group For Parents Of Children With Disabilities
9:30 AM – 11 AM at Station Coffee Bar & Bistro
120 S Tower Ave, Centralia, Washington 98531
Mama, take a break and join others "who get it" for some coffee and conversation!
Lewis County Parent to Parent is a community of families raising children with special needs. Come and join us to connect with other parents, find resources & activities for kids, and take a break once in a while!
Today: Ukulele Lessons
Also: SAIL exercise classes 3 PM Tuesday & Friday@ Toledo Senior Center. These are low-impact methods designed to maintain agility & ability for all ages.
Toledo High School Sports:
Jan 17th vs. Mossyrock 5:45/7:00
Jan 24th @ Adna 5:45/7:00
Jan 29th vs. Winlock 5:45/7:00
Jan 31th vs. Kalama 5:45/7:00
Jan 18th JV @ Columbia Adventist 6:00
Jan 21st @ Rainier 5:45/7:00
Jan 23rd @ Adna 5:45/7:00
Jan 25th V @ Forks 4:00
Jan 28th vs. MWP 5:45/7:00
Jan 30th @ Wahkiakum 5:45/7:00
Jan 18th Napavine Tournament
Jan 23rd Mix and Match Toledo Match 5:00
Jan 25th Kalama Rubber Chicken
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
!!NEW!! January 23: Remote State Senate Bi-Partisan Bottled Water Bill Hearing Watch Party! Hosted by LCWA @ Mountain View Timberland Library, Randle, WA
!!NEW!! January 24: Full Circle @ Bateaux Cellars
!!NEW!! January 24: New Moon Alchemy: Ecstatic Dance, Reiki & Sound Healing @ CSW
!!NEW!! February 1: Yoga Class? I Thought You Said "Pour A Glass"! @ Bateaux Cellars
January 30: January Coffee House @ Toledo High School
January 31: Toledo High School Groundbreaking Ceremony
February 1: ARTrails of SWW Call For Artists For 17th Annual Studio Tour Deadline
February 13: Annual Chocolate Making Class @ Morgan Arts Centre
Lewis County Water Alliance - We are a citizens group in Randle, WA fighting to keep Crystal Geyser from bottling and exporting our water. Our goal is to protect our water and environment for our families, our farms, our fish, and our future.
Update: Lewis County Water Alliance has received so much support from other towns & regions seeking to halt commercial water interests that Washington Water Alliance has been created.
*Special thanks to Deanna Busdieker, who condensed posts & threads into a shared folder: Link here.
Updated several times daily. The Other Toledo is committed to supporting our upriver neighbors in their challenge to preserve this precious natural resource. After all, we all live downstream.
Wendy Carolan: Lewis County Kinship Support Group
There are many of us out here raising grandkids or other family members.
Join us as we share support and resources.
TES PTO invited: ISO Girl Scout Leaders
Toledo is looking for Girl Scout leaders. One person doesn’t need to be in charge, multiple people can lead a troop and split responsibilities. Let myself (Tina Lyon) or Kelly Schey know if you are interested or have questions.
The Cat's Meow Spay, Neuter & Adoption Project: Drive For New Clinic
We want to do more for the community!
Fixing 120 cats a month is not enough...we want to do 120 a week!
We NEED a spay/neuter facility in Lewis County.
If every person whose life we've touched would donate just $5 a month...or sign up with smile.Amazon and igive.com, we could have one up and running by this time next year!
Here's how: www.catsmeowsnap.org/join-us
Thank you for helping us help kittens & cats of SW Washington and the people who care for and love them!
Q: Is the Cat's Meow a 501(c)(3)?
A: yes, since 2011!
Visiting Hooves Miniature Therapy Horses & Bunnies:
*GoFundMe: Therapy animal Nonprofit devastated by hardships
Toledo Builds a High School
Information regarding the building of a new high school in Toledo, WA beginning in November, 2018. Regular updates.
Check out Latest Earthquakes at USGS.
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network has a new Tremor Map: https://tinyurl.com/y2pcbust
Check out US Tsunami Warnings at NOAA/Weather.
Air Quality Forecast at https://airquality.weather.gov
Cliff Mass Weather & Climate Blog: https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/
Visualize wildfire smoke with NASAWorldview - https://go.nasa.gov/2T7olog
Emergency Alerts: https://www.ready.gov/alerts (concise list with links)
Keep abreast of burn bans statewide: WA Burn Bans
WDFW: Dangerous wildlife
To report poaching in progress and emergency dangerous wildlife complaints, dial 911.
For non-emergency poaching or violation reporting, or non-emergency dangerous wildlife complaints, call 877-933-9847, or submit an online report. You can also text your poaching/violation tip to 847411 (TIP411).
Dangerous wildlife incident reports
Review wolf, cougar, and grizzly bear incidents in Washington state.
Response to dangerous wildlife complaints
WDFW policy directs agency employees to respond appropriately to dangerous wildlife incidents.
Cougar Management Removal Permit Program
Cougar removals may be conducted if warranted by a human-cougar interactions or a livestock or pet depredation.
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