- National Weather Service: 5-Day Outlook
- Toledo School District: Schools On 2-Hour ACT Late Start; Snow Forecast
- TSD Supt Rust: District Team Name, Logo Approved By Cowlitz Chairpersons
- Good News Monday: Ozone Healing, HPV Cure, Cabbie Saves 87yo From Scam
- Governor Jay Inslee: Statement On Trump’s Title X
- RCO Reminder: No Child Left Inside Grant App Deadline Friday
- Cool Green Science: The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month
- Not Strictly Toledo: BOCC Meeting
- Today: Toledo Historical Society
- Toledo High School Sports: February 2019
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
Remember last week’s story about the WWII Veteran turning 100 years old?
All he wants is 100 birthday cards…
National Weather Service Seattle:
If it's even partly sunny, it's party time for me!
Toledo School District posted: THS students and staff present some of their best work at this month’s board meeting.
Toledo High School posted:
- Today - February 25th Late Start
- Today - February 25th First Day of Spring Sports Practice
- Thursday - February 28th No School (midwinter break)
- Friday - March 1st No School (midwinter break)
- Monday - March 4th Late Start
*(Today) is a late start, ACT day. We may contact staff if conditions warrant a two hour late start for all. Families will only receive notification in the morning if school will be cancelled tomorrow or if snow routes are indicated.
Toledo School District
February 23 at 1:05 PM ·
To the Toledo School District Community and Fans,
The Toledo School District mascot has been "The Indians" since the district was consolidated in 1922 with a long and proud tradition of identifying as "The Indians" in our community and among our alumni. When I have asked alumni and students why we are the Indians, the response is always, "We do it to honor the Tribe." In 2005, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe endorsed our name and our use of the "Tomahawk Chop" and participated in our acquisition of the mascot costume. When we have received criticism for that cheer, costume or for our name, our coaches have used that letter to fend off conflict.
The WIAA received complaints about our name and our use of the Tomahawk Chop following games with Chief Leschi two years ago and again last year. Since that time, we have been working with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe to continue our practice of honoring them and to eliminate any unintentional hurt or offenses we may be causing.
There is no clear agreement on this issue as there are Native Americans that I have spoken with who are not offended by the "Tomahawk Chop" and there are some Caucasian people who are embarrassed by it. There was a person who offered to pay our cheerleaders to not do the “Tomahawk Chop” at a postseason game last year.
I asked the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council to adopt a position on the matter, specifically regarding the following: to consider our name (Indians), our logo (the 110% Dreamcatcher T), our use of "Chief Wahoo (sometimes called "the Ike"), the Totem Pole (that was commissioned by the class of 1988 from a chainsaw carver at the Fair), the Tomahawk Chop and the costume.
In a letter dated February 5, Cowlitz Indian Tribe Chairman William Iyall and Tribal Council Chairwoman, Patty Kinswa-Gaiser respectfully requested on behalf of Tribal Council, that we "discontinue the use of the Mascot immediately and dispose of it properly as it is offensive and stereotypical." I confirmed with Chairwoman Kinswa Gaiser that this reference is to the costume, not the team name.
The letter goes on to request that "Toledo School District ceases the 'Tomahawk Chop' or anything that resembles it immediately as it is offensive. Our tribal members as well as members from other tribes attend school in Toledo and have been subjected to this cultural misappropriation."
The letter also states that the Tribe approves of the continued use of "Toledo Indians" and the current logo. In conversation with Chairwoman Kinswa Gaiser, she said that the Tribal Council had no opinion on our continued use of "Chief Wahoo" or the totem pole. The letter ends with "Go Indians" and "All My Relations" followed by signatures of Chairwoman Kinswa Gaiser and Chairman Iyall.
The School Board considered this letter at its meeting on Thursday and voted to honor the requests of the Tribe. The letter was read to students and staff at the high school on Friday.
The costume has not been used in two years simply because there is no one who wants to wear it as it is quite uncomfortable, it needs repair. The costume will not be used or replaced. Eliminating the Tomahawk Chop is a simple matter of not playing the song or leading the cheer.
The Toledo School District mascot will continue to be "The Indians" and we will continue to identify with our logo. The totem and Chief Wahoo will remain in our collection of artworks as well as those celebrating David Ike and Gary Ike. When the new school is built, it is my hope that we will add to this collection of indigenous art.
This is a link to the letter. https://drive.google.com/open…
We thank our partners in the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for their collaboration and for their assistance in continuing our traditions of "honoring the Cowlitz Indian Tribe".
I invite you to contact my office if you have opinions that you would like to share on this or any matter. As always, I am happy to sit down with you to hear your perspective.
Sincerely, Chris Rust, Superintendent
Good News Monday:
- The ozone hole: Closing the gap
After thinning at alarming rates in the 1980s and 90s, the ozone layer over Antarctica is starting to recover.
- After Decades of Research, Mexican Scientist Successfully Eliminates HPV From Dozens of Her Patients
- More importantly, the treatment has virtually no side effects and it leaves healthy cells unharmed.
- Cabbie credited with saving 87-year-old grandmother from scammer
- The woman told police she had received a phone call saying her grandson was in trouble and needed the money to stay out of jail.
Governor Jay Inslee: Inslee statement on Trump's Title X decision
February 22, 2019
“The president’s decision endangers tens of thousands of Washingtonians and millions of Americans. This is a radical change to Title X, a program with four decades of success that provides affordable birth control and reproductive healthcare to patients who need it…
"By denying access to Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, more than 80,000 people in Washington could lose access to their current doctor...
Washington State RCO Reminder: Grants Available to Help Get Kids Outside
State Investing in Youth Outdoor Education, Recreation
OLYMPIA–Washington State is accepting applications for the No Child Left Inside grant program, which aims to give at-risk children opportunities to experience the outdoors.
No Child Left Inside grants fund programs that provide youth in Washington with outdoor recreation and education programs, including summer camps, natural resource-based education programs and science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) programs. The program is funded by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and administered by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.
Visit RCO’s Web site to read an overview of the grant program and to access grant application materials. Pre-applications are due March 1 and grants will be awarded in July.
WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners Reminder: Free Pruning Class February 26
On February 26 at 6:00 pm, Jim Chennault will discuss about the technique used when pruning fruit trees. Pruning your trees will control the size of the tree and improve fruit quality. Proper pruning techniques reduces disease and promotes greater fruit production. The class will be held for free in the Fair Exposition located in Longview at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds. The workshop is sponsored by Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners. For more information, contact Gary Fredricks at 577-3014 Ext 3.
WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners shared a link.
The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month
You can hear them at any time of year, but you may notice increased activity in February and March. Quite simply, it’s breeding season.
Vision:TOLEDO reminds: MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!!
Coming soon! If you have something BIG you want to announce or share, contact Mike Morgan 360-864-4342.
Not Strictly Toledo2: BOCC Meeting
The Lewis County Commissioners meet 10:00 a.m. each Monday in BOCC Hearing Room – 2nd floor, Historic Courthouse, 351 NW North Street, Chehalis, Washington.
BOCC Legislative Agenda for Monday February 25, 2019.
*One item on this morning’s agenda: Resolution 19-058: Appoint Diana Morgan and Dean Croshaw to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC).
Toledo Historical Society meet 4 p.m. fourth Mondays at the Community Library, 241 Cowlitz Street, except as follows; in May, on the 3rd Monday. In July, August and December, no meetings are held.
The History Room displays early pictures, papers and artifacts generously donated by area families. The Society also participates in numerous projects in the community, and funds scholarships.
For more info, contact email@example.com
New members welcomed.
Tuesday: vision:TOLEDO ARTS, RECREATION, & EVENTS
6:30 PM at Morgan Arts Centre
AGENDA for Tuesday, February 26, 2019
a. Library -- Pat Caldwell
b. Historical Society -- Don Brenner
c. Beautification Grant Update -- Joh Jones
d. Common Ground Toledo -- Brian Dennis
e. TES Kid's Garden -- Brooke Acosta
a. Cheesecake Competition -- Jamie Cummings
b. Survey -- Mike Morgan
b. 2019 Calendar -- Sheila Richardson
a. BIG Community Meeting (Mar. 21)-- Mike Morgan
a. Camp Singing Wind -- Brian Dennis
b. Gallery 505 -- Mike Morgan
c. Cowlitz Prairie Grange -- Tom Boone
d. Mt. St. Helens Update -- Amy Wilson
City of Toledo announcement: Planning Commission Vacancy
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.
City of Toledo
TOLEDO HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
February 23rd Regional Basketball @ Tumwater High School vs. Life Christian @ 4pm
February 27th- March 2nd State Boys Basketball in Spokane
!!!! GO INDIANS !!!!
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
March 7: WSU LC Master Gardeners host Gardening For Everyone
March 7: Mr T Contest @ Toledo High School
March 21: Toledo BIG Community Meeting @ Toledo Middle School
March 23: Third Annual Seed Swap @ Toledo Community Library
March 23: Classic Meatloaf Dinner & Magic Show @ Toledo Senior Center
March 23-24: Vernal Equinox Art Fair @ Morgan Arts Centre
Toledo Builds a High School
Information regarding the building of a new high school in Toledo, WA beginning in November, 2018. Regular updates.
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