In today’s column:
- Local Students Charting Great Wins
- Toledo Schools Train In ALICE Response Method
- Citizens For Great Toledo Schools Reminder: Vote Today
- Siegel On Sweeping NASA Budget Cuts
- Today: Toledo Thursday Market Meeting
- Wednesday: Library Book N’ Bake Sale, Park Board Meets
- Tech Report: Proprietary Versus Open Source Programs
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
- Planning Commission Apps Deadline Thursday
From Toledo School District: Girls Win! Boys win!
Plus: On their way to the dome! Congratulations Winlock/Toledo Wrestling!
106 Pounds - Josh Cureton (Winlock)
113 Pounds - Dusty Thayer (Winlock
113 Pounds - Sam Howsden (Winlock)
132 Pounds - Trey Rego (Toledo)
132 Pounds - Cody Deguise (Winlock)
220 Pounds - Michael Echtle (Toledo)
Congrats THS FFA on taking 2nd in state in The Elma Logging Rodeo today! #TOLEDOPRIDE#indianpower
Feel that? NOAA Weather Service Portland OR forecast this morning’s temps in the 20’s mean you need to put out fresh water for your outdoor critters. And for pity’s sake, crate your pups & put them in the laundry room, garage or shop with a heat source at night.
And music, if they’re not accustomed to being cooped up.
Toledo School District shares: All Toledo school staff are being trained in the latest response strategies for a active shooter in the school.
Our goal is to increase the survivability of such an event. Katie Gale has been trained in ALICE* which is recommended by Lewis County Sheriff, Homeland Security and the FBI. While we hope we’ll never need it, we must prepare and train in case we do.
*ALICE Training: Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate
This post from an ardent supporter of education in general & science in particular was published one day before Ballot Day. In fact, this columnist received an email from him reminding me to be sure my vote makes the 8 PM deadline tonight.
Toledo’s own astrophysicist & author Ethan Siegel shares: “WFIRST is unprecedented: it’s an observatory the size of Hubble, with the same depth, but with more than 50 times the field-of-view. It would be outfitted with two incredible instruments: a wide-field imager and a coronagraph. The imager is capable of surveying huge areas of the Universe to better understand galaxies, the intergalactic medium, dark matter, and dark energy. It would find thousands of new Type Ia supernovae out to unprecedented distances, and determine to better than 1% whether dark energy is a cosmological constant or something more exotic.”
Today, February 12th, 2018, the Trump administration unveiled their budget proposal for the Fiscal Year 2019, proposing huge cuts to a variety of departments. The biggest surprise loser, however, is NASA. Not only will the Office of Education be eliminated, along with five NASA Earth Science missions, but the flagship astrophysics mission of the 2020s, WFIRST, has been put on the chopping block. NASA gets one of these flagship missions every 10 years; Hubble was it for the 1990s, there were none for the 2000s owing to the “faster, better, cheaper” debacle, and James Webb will be the one for the 2010s. WFIRST, for years, has been the plan for the 2020s, with all the design work complete. It will measure the distant Universe, from exoplanets to galaxies to supernovae and dark energy, as never before. And unless we work with Congress to save it, we won’t have flagship-level science coming out of the 2020s. As Thomas Zurbuchen said last month, speaking for NASA:
“What we learn from these flagship missions is why we study the Universe. This is civilization-scale science… If we don’t do this, we aren’t NASA.”
Come read and understand what the horrible FY2019 budget proposal would do to NASA, and then contact your congresspeople. The time to act is now.
Today: Toledo Thursday Market organizational meeting for 2018 - 6:30 PM February 13 @ Camp Singing Wind.
All interested community members welcome.
Also Today: FREE CLINIC TUESDAY from 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Are you or someone you know needing medical attention but uninsured or under-insured?
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.
Located at 1911 Cooks Hill Rd. Centralia in the NW Pediatrics - West Building!
Valentines Day: Toledo Community Library hosts their popular Book & Bake Sale Wednesday.
Hardback: .50 cents
Softback & all kids books: .10 cents
Bake Sale: Donations
Open til 7 PM.
Wednesday: Toledo Park Board meets 3 p.m. second Wednesdays monthly at City Hall Council Chambers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360)864-4564 for special accommodations.
Tech Report: Proprietary Versus Open Source Programs
Updating my decades-old computer skills on a budget led me to James Floyd Kelly’s Don’t Spend A Dime: The Path To Low-Cost Computing, available in ebook format on Google Play Books here.
Inside I discovered some great resources I’ve been using since publication in 2009 (updated 2013). My favorites include:
- alternativeTo bills itself as crowdsourced software recommendations
- av-comparatives which measures both free & paid antivirus software side by side
- Overdrive, the library staple everywhere for ebooks
Since then, I’ve adopted some favorites of my own:
- LibreOffice, the best free alternative to MS Office (IMHO*). Opens Office attachments.
- Kobo Books reading app including ebooks, audiobooks & free downloads of the day
- Ninite for clean software downloads. $10/annually adds automatic updater, well worth it
- AirDroid for texting directly from your computer screen
- FoxitReader PDF editor, outdoes Adobe (IMHO*). Opens PDF’s and can fill PDF forms.
*IMHO = In My Humble Opinion. Of course, YMMV**
**YMMV = YOur Mileage May Vary
District Calendar Events:
- February 15 - BOD Special Meeting 6 PM - Regular Meeting 7 PM
- February 16 - NO SCHOOL
- February 19 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day
- February 26 - ACT Late Start
- March 5 - 9 - Mobile Smile (Sign up by February 23)
- March 8 - THS Mr T Pageant 7 PM
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
Feed: February 25 (Sunday) Toledo Senior Center serves up their Annual Clam Chowder/Potato Soup Feed. Doors open 1:00 - 4:00 PM or until sold out.
$8 includes cornbread or homemade roll plus dessert.
Fun: April 8 Fifth Annual Ladies Tea tix now on sale $20. Hurry, these sell out fast!
Your continued support is critical as Lewis County Seniors move into their first year as a self-supporting non-profit entity. Toledo Senior Center aims to meet their $700/month obligation to keep the lights on with monthly breakfasts, community meals, classes and special events.
Check out their 2018 Calendar of Community Events.
Fundraiser: Toledo Community Library Hosts their thrice-yearly Book & Bake event February 14, known to those in the inner circle as Keep The Lights On.
Donations of baked goods have inspired local bakers to up their game with new delicacies and generational classics.
Fun: Toledo High School’s incomparable Mr T Pageant returns 7 PM March 8. Be amazed at the talent, innovation, and sheer hilarity guaranteed to knock the rust off your funny bone.
For The Future: TES PTO Kids Garden is looking for garden sponsors, which ensures the continuation and improvement of this awesome program. If your family or business is interested, the form is below.
* Garden Sponsor Form 2017-18.docx
Closing February 15:
City of Toledo announces a vacancy on the Planning Commission:
The City of Toledo is seeking one person to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission acts as an advisory body to the City Council on all land use, and comprehensive planning issues. The Commission is specifically responsible for providing recommendations on subdivisions, zoning, annexation requests, reviewing and approving conditional use permits, approving business license, and is an integral part of the implementation of the Growth Management Act. The vacancy must be filled by a citizen of the corporate City limits of Toledo. All candidates must be a minimum of 18 years old and a registered voter.
If you are interested in the vacancy on the Toledo Planning Commission, please submit a letter of interest to: Mayor Steve Dobosh, City of Toledo, PO Box 236, Toledo, Washington 98591 or drop off a letter at Toledo City Hall, 130 North Second Street, Toledo. If you have additional questions regarding this vacancy, contact Toledo City Hall at (360) 864-4564.
Recommendation will be made from candidates for approval by City Council.
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