- Pennington: Viet Nam Vet Honored With Handcrafted Sign *
- Donna's Place: Under New Ownership *
- Toledo School District: Out With The Old, In With The New *
- National Weather Service: Chance Of Measurable Snow Remains Low *
- FDA: Clinical Trial Shows Risk Of Cancer With Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin) *
- WA State Health Care Authority: Tobacco Sales 21 & Over; Cessation Resources *
- Health Corner: On Kidney Stones *
- Not Strictly Toledo: NAMI Connections Meeting *
- Today: School District Board, City Planning Commission Meets *
- Friday: Toledo Food Bank, Red Cross Blood Drive *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
What a wonderful surprise gift...one of our firefighters Patrick Jacobson came by my house and presented this beautiful sign he made for this "Old Vet"...thank you.....
Donna's Place: Under New Ownership
Toledo School District: Out With The Old, Make Way For The New
National Weather Service Seattle: Snow Forecast Low For Toledo
- Thursday - Showers likely, mainly before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. South wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
- Thursday Night - A chance of rain and snow showers before 4am, then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Friday - A chance of snow before 10am, then rain likely, possibly mixed with snow. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Wind chill values between 22 and 32. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Friday Night - Rain. Low around 36. Southeast wind 8 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
White Pass Ski Area: January 18 - Twilight Snowshoe Tours
Federal Trade Commission: Recent FTC Cases Resulting in Refunds
The FTC enforces consumer protection laws to stop illegal business practices and get refunds to people who lost money. This list includes recent FTC cases that resulted in refunds.
Full list here.
*From the Equifax Data Breach Settlement to Lights Of America Refunds, this up-to-date list will narrow your search for getting refunds. If FTC has funds remaining after issuing checks, they will send out a second round of repayments. Worth a look.
FDA: Safety clinical trial shows possible increased risk of cancer with weight-loss medicine Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin)
01-14-2020 FDA Drug Safety Communication
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public that results from a clinical trial assessing safety show a possible increased risk of cancer with the weight management medicine Belviq, Belviq XR (lorcaserin). At this time, the cause of the cancer is uncertain, and we cannot conclude that lorcaserin contributes to the cancer risk. However, we wanted to make the public aware of this potential risk. We are continuing to evaluate the clinical trial results and will communicate our final conclusions and recommendations when we have completed our review.
Lorcaserin is a prescription medicine approved by FDA in 2012 for use with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity to help weight loss in adults who are obese or are overweight and have weight-related medical problems.
Statement on the Salinas-linked romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak and status update on investigation
Outbreaks declared over, investigation advances, root cause analysis continues
For Immediate Release: January 15, 2020
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local partners, previously reported on Dec. 12 that public health experts were tracking three separate outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce caused by three different strains of E. coli O157:H7. We also reported that, through the FDA’s traceback investigation, we were able to identify a common grower between each of these outbreaks in Salinas, California based on available supply chain information.
Today, the FDA is providing an update on the status of the E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce, along with recent findings based on our investigation of fields linked to a common grower, which was identified in our traceback. It should be noted that romaine from this grower does not explain all of the illnesses seen in these outbreaks.
Outbreaks declared over, consumer advisory lifted
The FDA is lifting the consumer advisory to avoid romaine lettuce from Salinas as the growing season for this region is over, and there is no longer a need for consumers to avoid it. There is also no need to avoid other produce products from Salinas.
The FDA and CDC have been tracking two multi-state romaine lettuce outbreaks. Today, federal health officials are declaring both multi-state romaine lettuce outbreaks over. One of the outbreaks sickened 167 people in 27 states. The other outbreak, linked to Fresh Express salad kits, sickened 10 people in five states.
There was also a third outbreak in Washington State that sickened 11 people. This outbreak has also been declared over.
*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
WA State Health Care Authority: Tobacco Sales 21 & Over; Cessation Resources *
In 2020, it's now illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21 in Washington. All insurance plans managed by HCA (PEBB, SEBB and Apple Health) cover tobacco cessation programs.
You can also visit the CDC's website for free resources to help you quit: https://loom.ly/G06vA3E
Washington State DSHS: Winter Weather Outages & Loss Of Food
Current DSHS Clients: We can replace your food benefits if you currently receive SNAP/Basic Food benefits and your food was destroyed in a household disaster or misfortune including long-term power outage or other weather related mishaps. Federal rules limit the replacement to the value of food lost up to the amount of your household’s monthly benefits. To request replacement benefits, please call DSHS at 1-877-501-2233 or visit your local Community Services Office. You must report the loss within 10 days for us to replace your benefits.
New Clients: You may apply for benefits under current SNAP/Basic Food program rules if you do not currently receive SNAP/Basic Food benefits and think you may be eligible. Individuals and families who have gross income before taxes or withholding of up to 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines may be eligible for benefits. To apply for Basic Food, go to www.washingtonconnection.org, or click on the “See if I qualify” option on the page to find out if you’re eligible. You can also apply for at your local Community Services Office or call 1-877-501-2233.
Food Banks: If you need additional help with emergency food, find your nearest food bank or call 211 or visit https://wa211.org/.
Please share widely with anyone who can be helped by this information. Thank you!
Health Corner: Pebbles in Your Plumbing
Flushing Kidney Stones
Have you ever heard that passing a kidney stone is more painful than giving birth? Each year, more than 1 million people in the U.S. rush to the emergency room with pain caused by a kidney stone.
Kidney stones are hard, pebble-like pieces of material that form in one or both kidneys. They’re caused by high levels of certain minerals in your urine.
Stones vary in size from tiny crystals that can only be seen with a microscope to stones over an inch wide. Tiny stones may pass out of your body without your even noticing. With larger stones, you won’t be so lucky. Stones that are larger than a pencil eraser can get stuck in the urinary tract—and that can really hurt.
Everyone is at some risk for developing kidney stones. “It is a very common condition,” says Dr. Ziya Kirkali, a urologist at NIH. “One out of 11 individuals in the U.S. is affected by this disease.”
Kidney stones can form at any age, but they usually appear during middle age (40s to 60s). Of those who develop one stone, half will develop at least one more in the future.
“Probably one of the most important reasons why people form stones is dehydration,” Kirkali says. When urine is too concentrated, minerals can build up and form stones. “I can’t over-emphasize the importance of drinking plenty of water, because that’s the most effective way of preventing kidney stone disease.”
During the warmest months of the year, you’re at greatest risk of becoming dehydrated. “So it is really important to drink more than you usually drink during the cooler days or months,” Kirkali says.
To detect kidney stones, your doctor may order lab or imaging tests. Lab tests look in urine for blood, signs of infection, minerals (like calcium), and stones. Blood tests can also detect high levels of certain minerals. “About 80% of all stones are made of calcium oxalate,” Kirkali says. Knowing what the stones are made of can help guide treatment.
Treatment also depends on the stone’s size and location. CT scans or plain X-ray imaging can help your doctor pinpoint the location and estimate the size of a kidney stone. Depending on what your doctor finds, you may be prescribed medicine and advised to drink a lot of fluids. Or, you might need a procedure to break up or remove the kidney stone.
There are different procedures for breaking up or removing kidney stones. One method delivers shock waves to the stone from outside of the body. Other strategies involve inserting a tool into the body, either through the urinary tract or directly into the kidney through surgery. After the stone is located, it can be broken up into smaller pieces.
Once you’ve had a kidney stone, you have an increased chance for having another. NIH-supported scientists are studying ways to prevent kidney stones from returning.
“We always tell our patients to drink more, but it’s not so easy to really increase your fluid intake,” Kirkali says. A new study is testing a method to encourage people to drink more fluids each day. Other NIH-funded studies are trying to unravel why some people seem more at risk of developing kidney stones. Still others are looking into how to better detect stones and treat them.
Don’t let the pain of kidney stones send you to the emergency room. Keep hydrated! But if you develop any of the symptoms shown in the “Wise Choices” box, see your doctor right away.
*Reprinted from NIH News In Health June 2017.
Not Strictly Toledo: NAMI Connections Recovery & Support Group
Public - Hosted by Centralia UMC
2 PM – 3:30 PM Thursdays
Centralia UMC, 506 S Washington Ave, Centralia, Washington 98531
NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness, in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding.
This is a drop in group and there is no registration required.
Learn more about NAMI Connection by calling Debbie at 425.351.1595.
Tonight: Toledo School Board meets 6:40 PM @ Toledo Elementary School
Also tonight: Toledo Planning Commission
7:00 – 8:00pm Thursday, January 16, 2020
Toledo Planning Commission meets 7 p.m third Thursdays monthly at City Council Chambers. Open to the public. Contact City of Toledo for more information.
Plus: Ecstatic Dance at Camp
6:30 - 8:00 PM today, January 16, 2020
Hosted by Gather Green and Camp Singing Wind
Location: Camp Singing Wind, 388 Salmon Creek Rd, Toledo, Washington 98591
Ecstatic Dance with Michaelyn Erickson!
Ecstatic Dance is a meditative and powerful way to transform and move emotions out of our bodies. It is a form of dance in which the dancers, sometimes without the need to follow specific steps, abandon themselves to the rhythm and move freely as the music takes them, leading often to a feeling of ecstasy. The dance serves as a form of meditation, helping people to cope with stress and to attain serenity.
Message host Gather Green for more info.
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 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 18th Napavine Tournament
Jan 23rd Mix and Match Toledo Match 5:00
Jan 25th Kalama Rubber Chicken
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
February 13: Annual Chocolate Making Class @ Morgan Arts Centre
January 18: Cowlitz Prairie Grange Pancake Breakfast
January 18: Tending the Unraveling, Nurturing the Great Turning @ Camp Singing Wind
January 31: Toledo High School Groundbreaking Ceremony
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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