- Lewis County Water Alliance: Call To Action *
- TES PTO: Kids Garden & Greenhouse Update
- Down Home A Toledo WA. Shindig: Making A Difference In Kids Lives *
- National Weather Service: Three Day Forecast *
- Governor Jay Inslee: REAL ID Deadline October 2020 *
- WA State Insurance Commissioner: Insurers Must Cover Birth Control *
- Women, Farms, & Food: Mason Bee Owners Face New Pest *
- Lewis County Permaculture Society: Cowlitz Farm Forestry Assoc Seedling Sale *
- Health Corner: How Can I Lower My Blood Pressure Fast? *
- Not Strictly Toledo: NAMI Connections Group Meets *
- Today: Toledo Thursday Market, School Board Meets, City Planning Commission *
- Friday: Ecstatic Dance & Reiki & Sound Healing *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
“F” is for Forts, Fun, and Forest school!
Lewis County Water Alliance: Water Knows No Boundaries
One LCWA member wrote: When I look back to the 90's and recall the fights over water I was involved in that took years, it blows my mind to recall this fight to save our Cowlitz water began in earnest only last summer. We gained members quickly and maintained steam across Randle and Glenoma and spread out in size, honoring the diversity of this community. Randle is somewhat remote, and in-migration and out-migration is very small, with 4 and 5 generation families here who started in the woods, watching their industry die over the years. When I lived in Randle, there were 3 sawmills in town and about 6 more within 18 miles of Randle. When we learned about Crystal Geyser, all the Randle residents grew alarmed. People who had never been involved in "activism" and who saw the facts at last July's Town Hall, and heard stories of other communities that had been fighting bottling companies for years, picked up their pens and got to work.
Folks, we absolutely can’t lose momentum or trust with any of this wonderful Alliance. We are all working for the same goal - to stop the robbing and wasting of our Cowlitz water AND hopefully, Washington (State)’s water too. Lewis County and LD 20 is a conservative district that overwhelmingly votes Republican. So (many) of the people who are concerned, who joined the Alliance, and who are working together with all of us, are working with our Republican legislators, trying to make headway.
Sure, we are disappointed in Senator Braun’s comments and position, but this group really must stay apolitical. Please let us stay focused on the goal.
In the 1990’s, I helped draft the legislation that founded the original Chehalis Basin Watershed Council. I worked with committee chairs and the governor personally to draft the original watershed bill that created the WRIA's that protect so many of our watersheds.
I speak from experience and opinion: Treat those in power with respect and truth. We can't afford to lose members of our Alliance due to political shaming on this site. And we will. We have science and facts on our side. We will lose much more than we will gain by engaging in a word battle with legislators or newspapers.
I hope I did not offend anyone. You may recall I posted a similar message some time ago. I felt it was important to remind everyone that water knows no boundaries or political parties. Let's please keep it that way.
With respect and tremendous gratitude for ALL of you. This is my opinion, and I honor all of you.
~ Lois Lopez
Lewis County Water Alliance: Lewis County BOCC Vote On Bottled Water Production
Mark your calendars! February 24th is the hearing and potentially the day Lewis County Commissioners vote on banning bottled water production in rural Lewis County!!!
Monday, February 24, 2020
Hosted by Craig Jasmer and Lewis County Water Alliance
Lewis County Courthouse
Lewis County Commissioners, 351 NW North St
TES PTO: Kids Garden & Greenhouse Update
Brooke Sellards Acosta: You may have noticed the work happening in the school garden the last few weeks. The garden room is getting some much needed maintenance and fresh paint.
Down Home A Toledo WA. Shindig: Making A Difference In Kids Lives
Twenty two TMS students are eligible for Winter athletics thanks to Shindig funds. The funds will cover ASB cards and athletic fees for each of the students according to their needs. Thank you to the supporters of the Down Home Toledo Shindig. Your support is making a difference in the lives of our children!
SAVE THE DATE September 11, 2021. EXCITING NEWS!!!
The Down Home Toledo Shindig will be held at the beautiful Country N Lace venue in Toledo, WA. Funds raised will benefit the Toledo school children with basic needs.
*Due to extraordinary community response, this event will take place every two years.
Periodic reports are posted on Facebook.
Toledo School District Reminder:
Save The Date: March 16, 2020 is Don Bowen Day
2:30 - 3:30 PM Hosted by Toledo School District
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Three-Day Forecast
Governor Jay Inslee: Public education efforts underway to comply with federal ID law
Does your Washington state driver’s license meet new federal REAL ID requirements? If not, you may be left at the airport the next time you try to board a flight.
The federal REAL ID program requires travelers to show certain identification cards. State licensing offices can issue the identification cards that meet certain security standards – standards that were not previously part of the licensing process.
We sat down with Department of Licensing Director Teresa Berntsen and later with Rich Stolz, executive director of OneAmerica, for a Q&A to clarify upcoming ID regulations at airports. These regulations go into effect Oct. 1.
Read the rest of the story...
WA State Office of the Insurance Commissioner: Insurers Cover Birth Control
In Washington state, insurers are required to pay for a full-year supply of prescription contraceptives, including the pill.
If you’re having trouble accessing a full year’s supply of birth control, or are having other trouble with your health insurance, we want to know. File a complaint and we’ll look into it for you. http://ow.ly/7Ja450ypO4r
Women, Farms, & Food: Mason Bee Owners Face New Pest
Attention mason bee owners! Check for these pests in your mason bee nests. Seen in WA, OR, and BC.
WSDA: Houdini Fly Poses New Threat To Native Pollinators
Unlike the Asian giant hornet, which attacks and kills honey bees, the Houdini fly threatens native mason bees. Mason bees are small, solitary bees that are one of the first pollinators to emerge in the spring and are excellent pollinators in Washington’s cool climate. They are one of the few reliable early spring pollinators and are increasingly used in orchards to pollinate fruit trees in the spring.
The Houdini fly does not attack mason bees directly. The Houdini fly is a “kleptoparasite” -- it lays its eggs on the pollen meant to be the food for mason bee larvae. When the Houdini fly’s eggs hatch, the fly maggots consume the pollen, leaving the mason bee young to starve. Fully grown, the adult Houdini fly makes an amazing escape that gives it its name: it inflates its head to break through the mud cell walls.
Lewis County Permaculture Society: Cowlitz Farm Forestry Association Seedling Sale
Toledo’s Erik Wingren says: It's conservation district plant sale season, we don't have one here in Lewis County that I know of, but I've bought plants at them in the past from King County on down into Oregon -- search them out. Here's one nearby coming soon:
Cowlitz County Master Gardeners
Cowlitz Farm Forestry Association’s annual SEEDLING SALE will take place, Saturday March 7th at Bob’s Sporting Goods parking lot, 1111 Hudson St., Longview. The hours for Saturday’s sale are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or until the trees are gone. Cowlitz Farm Forestry Association is a non-profit organization and a chapter of Washington Farm Forestry Association.
Here's the list of available plants...first come, first served:
Conifers: Coast redwood, Colorado blue spruce, Douglas fir, Grand fir, Noble fir, Giant sequoia, Western red cedar, Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine
Deciduous plants: Blue elderberry, Bunchberry, Red Flowering currant, Red Osier, dogwood, Pacific dogwood
Limited Quantities: Evergreen huckleberry, Pacific madrone, Pacific rhododendron, Maidenhair fern, Deer fern, Orange honeysuckle, Golden currant
*Special Thanks to Erik Wingren for this notice.
Health Corner: How Can I Lower My Blood Pressure Fast?
Since new blood pressure parameters were established a couple years ago, my visits over the last three years to the OHSU dentistry clinic frequently trigger alarm among students when my BP reads outside current guidelines. The obligatory warning & dissertation from a graying instructor was halted at one such episode when I challenged him to evacuate the clinic cubicle for 5 whole minutes & return for a second reading.
My systolic blood pressure reading plunged 55 points.
He was stunned.
I was not.
It’s not the first time I did this “trick” in a clinic setting.
Long before I settled in Toledo, my doctor remarked at one annual physical that my BP seemed a bit high. (This was prior to recent recommendations for lower numbers.)
During my next visit 30 days later, my coffee consumption was limited to one cup before testing. He remarked on the dramatic improvement in BP numbers (though the asthma symptom quelling benefits of coffee left me breathing rather worse) & told me to “Keep up the good work.”
My final visit one month after, I skipped the coffee beforehand, clutching my 16-oz steaming travel mug, and submitted to the familiar cuff-and-quiet-please BP testing.
The medical technician seemed confused, waited 2 minutes before trying again, then switched to the other arm for a third try, before ushering me into another room for a fourth attempt “because both numbers registered alarmingly low” so she concluded it must have been equipment malfunction in the original exam room.
That reading, too, was “alarmingly low.”
Coffee is widely recognized as contributing to elevated blood pressure.
Coffee also acts as a fast-acting bronchodilator, reversing asthma attacks since my grandmother was a child (and I’ve demonstrated THAT particular miracle more than once in public when something induced the constricting, suffocating symptoms of asthma.)
Blood pressure varies throughout the day, and readings are often a little higher in the morning. Also, your blood pressure might be slightly lower at home than in a medical office, typically by about five points. (1)
Your personal blood pressure target depends on a variety of things, including your current blood pressure, lifestyle, risk factors, other medications you are taking and your age. "Every person has to be evaluated as an individual," says Lynne Braun, NP, PhD, a nurse practitioner at the Rush Heart Center for Women. "Realistically, we can't get everybody down to 120, and trying to do so may create unintended problems."(2)
(One) recent study confirmed that the doctor’s office may be one of the worst places to determine if your blood pressure is under control. The automatic rise in tension many people experience when they are being scrutinized contributes to artificially high blood pressure readings. Although many times the only way (to) improve one’s blood pressure is through treatment (such as medication, a low salt diet, and weight loss), other times I’ve seen a simple 10 second relaxation routine drop a patient’s blood pressure reading by up to 20 systolic points.
The following may help you obtain a better, more accurate reading the next time you have your pressure checked in the harried office.
- Insist on being seated for at least 3 minutes before your pressure is taken. Even walking from the waiting room back into an examining room will briefly increase your blood pressure.
- Take several deep, relaxed breaths in and out before the doctor begins to check your blood pressure.
- Relax all your muscles, particularly focusing on the tightness in your neck and shoulders. (2)
Can anxiety cause high blood pressure?
Anxiety doesn't cause long-term high blood pressure (hypertension). But episodes of anxiety can cause dramatic, temporary spikes in your blood pressure.
If those temporary spikes occur frequently, such as every day, they can cause damage to your blood vessels, heart and kidneys, as can chronic high blood pressure...
Some medications to treat anxiety and other mental health conditions, such as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), can also increase your blood pressure. (3)
The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the “fight or flight” reflex. When this system is activated, the heart rate is increased and blood vessels contract...
Slow, deep breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system which decreases the heart rate and dilates blood vessels, reducing your overall blood pressure...
30 SECOND BREATHING EXERCISE
According to a study of 20,000 Japanese individuals with hypertension and normal blood pressure, people can reduce their systolic blood pressure greatly by taking six deep breaths within a 30 second period.
EQUAL BREATHING- SAMA VRITTI
This technique focuses on equal breath length.
Sit or lay down in a quiet space. Make sure you’re completely comfortable. Close your eyes and relax your muscles.
Inhale through your nose, counting to four.
Pause briefly after inhaling and allow the air to rest in your lungs.
Exhale through your nose, counting to four.
Pause briefly after exhaling to feel the emptiness in your lungs.
Repeat this exercise for as long as you’d like. Feel free to vary the length of the breaths as you feel comfortable. (4)
So today as I occupy a chair at OHSU School of Dentistry to get my twice-annual teeth cleaning, I will ask for a second reading (as I typically do) and note the results, perhaps startling a few students & experienced instructors.
What Doctors Know: Lower your blood pressure naturally overnight
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Fifteen good foods for high blood pressure
*Disclaimer: As always, check with your medical practitioner before embarking on lifestyle changes. Health Corner topics are intended to raise questions rather than answer them definitively. Things change. New knowledge arises. Ancient wisdom is revived.
And miracles take place against all odds.
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
This is a drop in group and there is no registration required.
Learn more about NAMI Connections by calling Debbie at 425.351.1595.
Toledo Community Library offers a quiet sanctuary amid the daily rush. Enjoy a fresh-brewed cup of your favorite hot beverage and grab a comfortable chair, peruse the on-going Book (& DVD & game) Sale - now by donation - while appreciating WiFi access.
And tell Charlie I sent you.
Gallery 505: February Exhibit: Seeing Red
Today: Toledo Thursday Market @ Steamboat Landing, 115 Ramsey Way 2 - 6 PM
Toledo School District Board Meeting
Friday: Ecstatic Dance & Reiki & Sound Healing @ Camp Singing Wind
Hosted by Gather Green, Camp Singing Wind & Healing Heart Reiki
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
Ends February 28: SILENT AUCTION IS LIVE!!
Please come into the Toledo Senior Center during business hours to bid on any of the wonderful items we have for our silent auction! Bids are open to the public and all monies benefit the Toledo Senior Center. HELP US KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN!
Auction closes Friday, February 28th.
Deadline March 20: Toledo Cheese Day Button Contest - “A Century Of Memories”
Hosted by Cheese Days Toledo Washington, Toledo Lions Club, & Farmers Insurance- Cyndi Philbrook Agency
February 21: Ecstatic Dance & Reiki & Sound Healing @ Camp Singing Wind
Hosted by Gather Green, Camp Singing Wind & Healing Heart Reiki
Also February 28.
March 14: Seed Swap @ Toledo Community Library
2 - 4 PM Raffles & Prizes.
March 16: Don Bowen Day
2:30 - 3:30 PM Hosted by Toledo School District
March 19: BIG Toledo Community Meeting
7 PM @ Toledo Middle School
May 3: Toledo Mighty Fine Seniors Present Spring Tea In Toledo
May 9: Steamboat Alley Work Party - watch for details.
May 16-17: Mount St. Helens Eruption 40th Anniversary Weekend
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.
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
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