- Wood Sorrel Forest School: Forestry & Wildcrafting *
- National Weather Service: Winter Weather Advisory For Lewis County *
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission: Recalls
- Governor Jay Inslee: WA State Welcomes First Woman Speaker of the House *
- Washington State Attorney General: PSE Rate Request - Comments Sought *
- WA State DOH: January Is National Radon Action Month *
- Tech Tuesday: My Daily Drivers *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Health & Hope Medical Outreach *
- Today: Ukulele Lessons, SAIL Exercise *
- Wednesday: Cowlitz Prairie Grange, Toledo Food Bank, Lioness Club *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Thanks @rylan_richardson for these great pics!
Q: Are the buses on restricted routes this morning?
A: When there’s no announcement, everything is (on) regular (routes).
Toledo School District: If you'd like to receive email notifications of changes in schedules and/or routes, create an account here https://www.flashalert.net/login/
You'll receive our notices at the same time as the TV and Radio stations.
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Snow Update
* The forecast has changed rapidly over the last 12 hours – and may change more.
* A band of heavy snowfall is likely to develop over the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound this evening and move north into Canada overnight/Wednesday morning.
* At this time it appears most snow will fall after the evening commute.
* There is still uncertainty in the southern extent of this band.
* Accumulations could vary significantly near the boundary.
* Snow may be dense/wet.
* This may lead to tree damage, power outages, and travel/commute Impacts tonight & Wednesday morning.
Winter Weather Advisory
Winter Weather Advisory - URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Seattle WA
321 AM PST Tuesday January 14 2020
Southwest Interior - Lower Chehalis Valley Area - including Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm, Grand Mound, Rochester, Centralia, Toledo, Montesano, Elma, and McCleary
321 AM PST Tue Jan 14 2020
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST THIS MORNING
* WHAT...Snow showers. Additional snow accumulations of up to two inches.
* WHERE...Far southwest Mason County and the interior lowlands of Grays Harbor County, including Matlock, McCleary, and Montesano and Lowlands of Thurston, western Lewis, and far southeast Mason Counties, including Harstine Island, Olympia, Centralia, and Toledo.
* WHEN...Until 10 AM PST this morning.
* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions.
Slow down and use caution while traveling.
For the latest road conditions in Washington state, call 5 1 1.
- Tuesday - Snow likely, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 35. Wind chill values between 18 and 28. South southwest wind 10 to 17 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
- Tuesday Night - A 20 percent chance of snow after 10pm. Increasing clouds, with a steady temperature around 29. Wind chill values between 22 and 27. South wind around 8 mph.
- Wednesday - A chance of snow before 1pm, then rain and snow. High near 38. Wind chill values between 23 and 30. Southeast wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Snowfall Photos Sought
Or let us know your total since it all got started!
US Consumer Product Safety Commission: Recalls
Thesaurus Global Marketing Recalls Tricycles Due to Violation of the Federal Lead Paint Ban; Risk of Poisoning; Sold Exclusively at Amazon.com (Recall Alert)
IKEA Reannounces Recall of MALM and Other Models of Chests and Dressers Due to Serious Tip-over Hazard; 8th Child Fatality Reported; Consumers Urged to Choose Between Refund or Repair
CPSC Warns Consumers of Serious Tip-Over Hazard Posed by Hodedah HI4DR 4-Drawer Dressers
Governor Jay Inslee: WA State Welcomes First Woman Speaker of the House
Congratulations, Madam Speaker. I look forward to our work together. #waleg
Washington State Attorney General: PSE Rate Request - Comments Sought
Public invited to comment on Puget Sound Energy’s rate request.
Excerpt: The commission has received 136 public comments to date on Puget Sound Energy’s rate proposal—134 opposed and two undecided.
Customers who want to comment on the proposed plans can submit comments online at www.utc.wa.gov/comments , write to P.O. Box 47250, Olympia, WA, 98504, email email@example.com or call toll-free 1-888-333-9882.
The company last filed a rate case in 2018.
Bellevue-based PSE provides electricity service to more than 1.1 million electric customers in eight Washington counties: Island, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Pierce, Skagit, Thurston, and Whatcom. PSE also provides natural gas service to more than 800,000 customers in six Washington counties: King, Kittitas, Lewis, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston.
Full Media Advisory link here.
WA State DOH: January Is National Radon Action Month
Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that can cause lung cancer.
View maps of radon risk in WA and learn how to test your home.
Short-term (2 - 4 days) & long-term (3 - 12 months) testing kits are available online from Kansas State University National Radon Program Services (link here), and from home improvement & hardware stores.
Fellowship Fund Application Workshop Olympia - January 17, 2020
Friday at 10 AM – 12 PM
212 Union Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501-1322, United States
Hosted by Farmer Veteran Coalition, Enterprise For Equity, & Washington State Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition
Join the Washington State chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition for a workshop to learn about the Fellowship Fund application process! FVC's Program Director, Rachel Petitt, will walk through the application requirements, deadlines, and business planning tips.
Also hear from subject matter experts about business planning and financial literacy.
This is a great opportunity to learn about FVC's programs and network with fellow farmer veterans!
This is the second of five workshops to be held around WA state in 2020.
Light refreshments will be provided.
More info on FVC's Fellowship Fund can be found here:
Lewis County Solid Waste Utility: Glass Recycling in Lewis County Remains
You may have heard the recent announcement that the City of Olympia's curbside recycling program no longer accepts glass. There are no changes to ANY Lewis County recycling programs at this time. Lewis County curbside recycling programs have NEVER included glass, but you CAN RECYCLE glass bottles and jars at transfer stations in Centralia and Morton, Forest Grange outside Chehalis, in Pe Ell at the sewer treatment plant and in Packwood at the Presbyterian Thrift & Gift. #glassrecyclesendlessly
Lewis County Solid Waste Utility: Cold Weather Upcycling
Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 9 AM – 1 PM
Centralia Community Church of God, 3320 Borst Ave, Centralia, Washington 98531
Bring your old sweaters, fleece jackets or blankets, and/or sweatshirts. We will show you how to repurpose them into earbands, scarves and mittens. Or, if you just want to refresh a favorite old sweatshirt, we can show you how to turn a pullover into a cardigan. The WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composter volunteers are offering this free workshop, but they would like to have people pre-register, so they can set up the appropriate number of sewing machines and have enough supplies on hand for everyone.
Please call 360-740-1212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Mount St Helens Institute: June Lake Hike
Sign up today at bit.ly/junelake
Tending the Unraveling, Nurturing the Great Turning
January 18, 2020 - Hosted by Gather Green
Saturday at 10 AM – 5 PM
Camp Singing Wind, 388 Salmon Creek Rd, Toledo, Washington 98591
"The world despite all its troubles, remains a place of ongoing creation. At this point the issue cannot simply be evolution or progress; rather a collective transformation is required to move us from despair and overwhelm to awakening and imagination." Michael Meade
Each day the news brings images of a world in crisis with mass extinctions, melting ice caps, violent weather patterns -- evidence of the ongoing process of the collapse of an unsustainable way of life on our precious earth. These realities are an undercurrent of stress and grief in our human psyches as we experience feelings of helplessness and overwhelm at the magnitude of the challenges ahead and the lack of political will to address the crisis and implement solutions to curtail the demise of our planet.
This one day workshop is an embodiment of the work of deep ecologist Joanna Macy outlined in her writings in The Work That Reconnects and Active Hope. It offers an opportunity to experience the transformative power of group work, song, poetry, and experiential ritual to create a safe container in which to express our feelings of grief, fear, outrage, despair, and hope. Through honoring our pain, and strengthening a spirit of gratitude, we can move forward with inspiration and passion for our own deeper purpose in the days ahead and in loving connection with our community.
Cost: $10 to $15 suggested donation
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds
Let's create a Stone soup together! Bring a sandwich and/or an ingredient to share in a community soup. Dinner rolls will be available to share.
Space is limited. Early registration is recommended.
Facilitation: This event will be facilitated by Pat Owen, retired RN, hospice grief counselor, and practitioner of clinical hypnotherapy for healing, who has embodied a passionate life-long interest in healing, ritual, and connection through experiential group work, expressive arts, poetry, music and intimacy with Mother Earth.
If you have any questions, please call Pat at 360-561-5974 or email Gather Green at email@example.com
Tech Tuesday: My Daily Drivers
Since I first posted this perennial favorite, I’ve been asked for some of my own favorite apps & software. Here I list my Daily Drivers, including some upgrades and new additions.
Ninite Updater, $9.99/year and worth every penny, this feature works behind the scenes to keep software up-to-date without interruption or need to restart. Ninite.com is also a great place to download clean software free of ads and “stuff.”
One of my favorite deep-discount sites is Blinq.com,* and I just discovered they participate in the GiveBackBox program. New stuff arrives, old stuff departs reusing the same box and a free label you print out. Could. Not. Be. Easier.
AlternativeTo.net offers, well, alternatives to big name, often overpriced software. For instance, Adobe is “required” for reading documents ranging from public records to forms, especially on government websites. But I find Foxit Reader to be glitch-free and effective, plus you can use the Typewriter feature to make any form in a tab a fillable form. Oh, so can Adobe - for a price. This means you can skip the printer entirely.
Pandora remains my go-to music source, while others have come & gone. Available on my Roku, Windows, Apple and Android.
On the mobile front: OperaVPN is a free Virtual Private Network, great for protection in public WiFi hotspots. Opera Browser For Android manages data and background apps while ensuring your privacy. The difference explained here.
What’s in your tech toolbox?
*Other online retailers such as Amazon & Asics also offer the GiveBackBox option.
**Reprinted/updated from 08.01.2017 Tuesday Column Tech Report
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.
Today: Ukulele Lessons
1:00 – 3:00pm Weekly on Tuesday
All skill levels welcome
Cafeteria @ Tribal Housing
107 Spencer Road
Contact Roxi, firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo Senior Center: SAIL exercise classes Tuesday & Friday afternoons.
To check holiday scheduling or sign up for other exercise classes, contact Toledo Senior Center at 360.864.2112.
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 5 - 8pm, days are January 13, 14 & 15, then one evening the next week. We still have room for 5 or 6 students.
Contact: email@example.com to enroll and for more information.
Wednesday: Cowlitz Prairie Grange meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays.
Plus: Toledo Community Food Bank open 6 - 8 PM third Wednesdays
Thursday: Toledo School Board meets 6:40 PM @ Toledo Elementary School
Toledo High School Sports:
Jan 15th vs. MWP 5:45/7:00
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 14th vs. Kalama 5:45/7:00
Jan 16th vs. Onalaska 5:45/7:00
Jan 18th JV @ Colombia 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 13th @ Ocosta 5:00
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 18: Cowlitz Prairie Grange Pancake Breakfast
!!NEW!! January 31: Toledo High School Groundbreaking Ceremony
January 13-15: Clay Workshop @ Morgan Arts Centre
February 13: Annual Chocolate Making Class @ Morgan Arts Centre
January 18: Tending the Unraveling, Nurturing the Great Turning @ Camp Singing Wind
February 1: ARTrails of SWW Call For Artists For 17th Annual Studio Tour Deadline
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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