- Toledo School District: Dolly Parton Imagination Library Comes To Lewis County *
- National Weather Service: Heavy Rain, Minor Flooding Possible *
- FTC: FTC, CFPB Extend Deadline for Comments on Consumer Reporting *
- FDA: Aurobindo Recalls Mirtazapine Tablets; Lannett Recalls Levetiracetam *
- WDFW: Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP) Symposium - Centralia College *
- Timberland Regional Libraries: Fine Free In 2020 *
- Not Strictly Toledo: BOCC Weekly Legislative Meeting *
- Today: Yoga @ St Mary’s, City Council Meeting *
- Tuesday: Community Action Council Lewis Mason Thurston Energy Assistance *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Toledo School District: Dolly Parton Imagination Library Comes To Lewis County
We want to make all parents and grandparents aware of a great new resource in our county. The Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is now available to all children Birth through age 5. Thanks to generous sponsorship by Lewis County Rotary Foundation and United Way, children can receive a developmentally appropriate book each month in the mail. This gives the child the opportunity to have a library of up to 60 books before entering Kindergarten! Best of all, there is no charge for this service! Simply sign up and eight weeks later, the books start to arrive. The only requirements are that the child reside in Lewis County and is 5 or younger.
Sign up cards are available at local daycares, Valley View Clinic in Toledo, TES and the District Office.
Update: It appears that you can enroll online: https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/
(Yes, the link works, simply enter your zip code.)
National Weather Service Seattle: Hydrologic Outlook
Hydrologic Outlook - National Weather Service Seattle WA
245 PM PST Sun Jan 5 2020
...River flooding is possible late Monday into Tuesday along the rivers flowing out of the Olympics and Cascades...
A period of heavy rainfall Monday and Tuesday will cause rises on the rivers flowing off the Olympics and Cascades. Total rainfall during this time frame could be as high as 4 to 6 inches in the Olympics and Cascades. Minor flooding is possible on several rivers as a result.
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
- Monday - Rain. High near 49. South wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
- Monday Night - Rain. Low around 44. South wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
- Tuesday - Rain. High near 50. South wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
- Tuesday Night - Rain. Low around 38. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
- Wednesday - Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
FTC: FTC, CFPB Extend the Deadline to Submit Comments on Accuracy in Consumer Reporting until January 31
December 20, 2019 - The FTC and CFPB sought comment on issues affecting the accuracy of both traditional credit reports and employment and tenant background screening reports in conjunction with the December 10, 2019 workshop on the topic co-hosted by both agencies. The original deadline for comments was January 10, 2020.
At the request of the public, the FTC and CFPB have agreed to provide additional time for the public to provide input on a range of issues. These include the effect of the removal of most civil judgments and tax liens from credit reports and recent changes in the reporting of medical debt, whether new technologies and data management practices improve accuracy, and what government and private sector measures could improve accuracy, as well as the costs and benefits of these measures.
Operators of Multi-Million Dollar Work-from-Home Scheme Settle FTC Allegations
Court Rules in Favor of FTC in Case Against Mortgage Relief Scammers
FDA: Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Mirtazapine Tablets Lot Number 03119002A3 Due to Label Error on Declared Strength
Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling lot number 03119002A3 of Mirtazapine Tablets to the consumer level. The product is being recalled due to a label error on declared strength; bottles labeled as Mirtazapine 7.5 mg may contain 15 mg tablets.
Taking a higher dose than expected, may increase risk of sedation, agitation, increased reflexes, tremor, sweating, dilated pupils, gastrointestinal distress, nausea, constipation and more. Unexpected levels of sedation in particular can contribute to falls in the elderly or motor vehicle accidents in adults.
Mirtazapine tablets are indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder and are packaged in 500 count bottles.
FDA: Lannett Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levetiracetam Oral Solution, 100mg/Ml Due to Microbial Contamination
Levetiracetam is indicated for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in patients 1 month and older. It is also indicated for adjunctive therapy of myoclonic seizures in patients 12 years of age and older with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 6 years of age and older with idiopathic generalized epilepsy…
Levetiracetam Oral Solution was distributed nationwide in the USA...
FDA: Allergy Alert Issued Due to Undeclared Milk or Coconut in 365 Everyday Value Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cremes
Consumer Protection Washington: Beware Rental Scams
According to an investigative study conducted nationally by the Better Business Bureau, nearly 45% of online shoppers encounter a fake listing when searching for a new apartment or home to rent. More than 5 million consumers fell victim to rental scams in 2019 alone, accounting for a record $37 million in reported losses.
The most common tactic fraudsters use to trick prospective renters is simple. A copied photo and description of a property is posted online along with the scammer’s contact information. The “owner” or “manager” of the bogus property will typically communicate only through text messages or emails before eventually asking for a deposit and the first month’s rent. Once those payments are received, both the scammer and the money disappear.
• Seeing is believing. Be extra cautious when an alleged owner or property manager asks for money before showing you the property in person. Legitimate operations don’t ask for payment prior to offering a walk-through of the rental space and to answer any questions.
• Rely on your research. A simple internet search can often reveal which listings are real and which ones may be scams. Use tools such as Google Maps or Google Image Search to confirm the address of the property is accurate and looks as advertised.
• Check for ID. When you’re reviewing a rental space in person, don’t be afraid to ask to see the driver’s license or another form of identification from the owner or property manager. If you know exactly who you’re doing business with, it’s tougher to get taken advantage of.
• Be suspicious of super low rates. If the deposit amount or monthly rate of a rental property seems unusually low, it may be too good to be true. Scammers like to attract potential victims with rates far below those typically seen in the marketplace. The lower the price, the more important it is to find out what’s real and what isn’t.
Thanks to our partner Ben Spradling at the Better Business Bureau Northwest Serving Western Washington for this great information!
WDFW: WDFW approves first razor clam digs of the decade
OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for seven days of digging beginning January 8.
State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (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 8, Wednesday, 5:05 pm -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
• January 9, Thursday, 5:47 pm -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
• January 10, Friday, 6:29 pm -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
• January 11, Saturday, 7:11 pm -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
• January 12, Sunday, 7:53 pm -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
• January 13, Monday, 8:36 pm -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
• January 14, Tuesday, 9:20 pm -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
The Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP) Steering Committee will host a two-day symposium to share scientific research from the Chehalis Basin.
The first day of the symposium (Jan. 7) is geared toward the restoration and conservation community, as well as those who are interested in the technical and scientific aspects of the Aquatic Species Restoration Plan Phase 1 development.
The second day (Jan. 8) will inform audiences how the Aquatic Species Restoration Plan would interact with communities in the Chehalis Basin. There will be several interactive activities throughout the day, including two panel discussions.
For more information, or to sign up for email updates, visit: http://chehalisbasinstrategy.com/asrp/asrp-symposium-events/
Lewis County Solid Waste Utility: Christmas Tree, Styrofoam & Holiday Lights Recycling
Volunteers will be braving the rainy conditions today until 4 p.m. to accept your holiday recycling.
*BTW: Free wood chips are available in the parking lot before you enter the Central Transfer Station in Centralia.
Mount St Helens Institute: We have a Winter Adventure hike coming up!
Signup here: http://bit.ly/junelake
Morgan Arts Centre: Clay Workshop January 13, 14, 15
Adult Clay Workshop Jan. 13, 14 & 15 from 5 - 8pm. $50 includes all supplies.
Morgan Arts Centre is offering a Clay Workshop for Adults. $50 gives you all supplies, 3 nights with "wheel time" and hand building time. Then after the clay has been "fired once" you come back for a glazing and painting evening.
Time is to be 5-8pm, days will be: January 13, 14 & 15, then one evening the next week. We need to see who is interested...we need a minimum of 6 students...and have room for 12 students.
Contact: email@example.com to enroll and for more information.
Free Reiki Share and Empowerment Circle - Hosted by Healing Heart Reiki
Located at 206 Cowlitz Street West Castle Rock WA 98611
This is a FREE event that meets on the first Monday of each month. Donations are accepted, but not required.
"Living authentically and staying on the path of our souls purpose isn't always easy, it's even harder when we feel pain, discomfort or disconnected. It is my intention to uplift our community by empowering it, by empowering you to live in alignment with your soul's purpose. I do this by providing reiki treatments, guided meditations, mindfulness training, vision board workshops, sister circles, empowerment groups, and as a personal Conscious Creator Coach. " - Justice Wyonne
Join Justice Wyonne and other members of the community in a group meeting to receive and share reiki. You do not need to be able to give reiki in order to receive. If you have been attuned to reiki please come and share your gift with others and also receive energy from Justice or others that have the ability to share.
We will also have a short discussion about reiki as well as time for each person to introduce themselves and if they choose to share their experience or why they have come. This meet-up is to help others release negative or blocked energy and to leave feeling empowered and connected to others in the community.
Not Strictly Toledo: Lewis County Commissioners
The Lewis County Commissioners meet 10:00 a.m. Mondays in BOCC Hearing Room – 2nd floor, Historic Courthouse, 351 NW North Street, Chehalis, Washington.
BOCC Legislative Agenda for Monday, January 6, 2020.
Today: Yoga at St Marys - Dancing Moon Yoga has room for a few more yoga enthusiasts 10 - 11 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays at Tribal Housing, St Mary’s. These are gentle sessions aimed toward seniors/elders, donations accepted but not required as The Cowlitz Tribe is sponsoring the class for the community. What a great share!
Tonight: Toledo City Council meets 6 PM first and third Mondays monthly. The public is welcome & invited to attend. Dates may change if scheduled on or near a federal holiday.
Visit www.toledowa.us or call (360)864-4564.
Workshops & Special Meetings: Occasionally the council will hold a workshop or special meeting. Dates and times will be announced prior to meetings. Generally they are held the same night of council meetings.
Toledo Fire Department meets 7 PM Mondays for training & drills.
To Become a Volunteer Firefighter: Download an application.
Submit to Main Station during business hours (10 AM - 4 PM Monday - Friday).
16 - 17 year olds may serve as Junior Firefighters.
Tuesday: Community Action Council Lewis Mason Thurston Energy Assistance
January 7, 2020
Lewis and Thurston County are no longer scheduling normal Energy Assistance appointments. Emergency appointments may be available for those without heat of any kind but certain restrictions do apply. Please dial (360) 438-1100 and speak with an Energy Assistance staff member if that is the case.
Lewis County’s next scheduling date will be Tuesday, January 7th.
Phone lines will open at 7:00am and our online scheduler will open at 9:00am on each county’s respective scheduling-day.
To schedule an appointment by phone in Thurston County, please call (360) 438-1100.
To schedule an appointment by phone in Lewis County, please call (360) 736-1800.
To schedule an appointment in Mason County, please call (360) 426-9726.
To schedule an appointment online after 9:00am, please follow this link: http://web2.caclmt.org/cac_liheap/
For further information, click here and select Program Updates.
Note: If you are without heat of any kind, please call our agency to see if there are available emergency appointments.
Looking Ahead: String Art Painting @ Toledo Community Library
Toledo High School Sports:
Jan 8th vs. Wahkiakum 5:45/7:00
Jan 7th vs. Winlock 5:45/7:00
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
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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