- LCWA: Lewis County Bans Commercial Water Bottling; Senate Hearing Today *
- TES PTO: Top Five Seed Sales Earn Garden-Themed Prizes *
- Public Service Announcement: Valentines Day Turned Tragic *
- National Weather Service: Mid-Week Forecast *
- WA State ATG: WA ATG Will Follow Up On Banned Bus Boarding By CBP *
- Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Early Mediation Bill Dies *
- Consumer Protection Washington: Duplicate Facebook Friends Request Warning *
- Tech Report: Get Free Pancakes (Today) From IHOP *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Coffee & Convo, Health & Hope Medical Outreach *
- Today: Uke Lessons *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Lewis County Water Alliance: Lewis County Bans Commercial Water Bottling
LCWA: Thank you Commissioners!
Now who’s joining us Wednesday in Olympia?
Wednesday - Senate Bill 6278 2019-20: Hearing on Bottled Water Bill
8 AM Wednesday, February 26, 2020
John L. O'Brien House Office Building
Olympia, Washington 98501
Link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1043819312654590/
TES PTO: Top 5 in seed sales get some pretty awesome garden-themed prizes.
Good job and thank you!
#2 Emmet Hendrickson
#3 Billie Rose Anderson
#4 Tyler Carter
#5 Shelby Holt
Public Service Announcement: Valentines Day Turned Tragic
A reader posted: I wasn't ready to post this when it happened, but I'm finally coming to terms with it, so here it goes:
If you know me, you know I'm a lover of all things floral & green. I spend hours gardening & tending to my plants & orchids every week. Jamie, being the wonderful man he is, got me an extravagant bouquet of fragrant lilies for Valentine's day. We watched them bloom & enjoyed the way the entire room would fill with their aroma.
We did know they were toxic, but we had no idea just how deadly they could be. Unlike sago palms, oleanders, & other common, yet extremely toxic plants, a cat doesn't need to eat or chew a lily for them to get sick. Keeping them away from her did nothing. A tiny bit of pollen on the floor, licked off of her paw or fur, is all it took. She didn't show any symptoms until 12 hours before her death, & by then, it was too late to save her without dialysis & 48 hours of hospitalization extreme IVs, medication, etc, & even treatment was no guarantee. Lilies caused her to have complete renal failure, ulcers in her digestive tract, twitches, etc. My poor, beloved girl was killed by a beautiful flower without her ever having to touch it.
DO NOT PUT LILIES IN YOUR HOME IF YOU HAVE A CAT - even up high in a place the cat cannot reach. We learned this the hardest way possible & had to put down our 6 month old angel before she went into the final stages of suffering, at 5:30 AM Saturday morning.
I don't want your prayers, I want you to SHARE THIS POST, & hopefully save another kitty or two from an untimely, painful death. We loved her with our whole hearts & only time will help heal the hole this has ripped into us. She's irreplaceable.
The reader asks: PLEASE SHARE THIS POST.
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Mid-Week Forecast
WA State Attorney General: WA ATG Will Follow Up On Banned Bus Boarding By CBP
Following leaked memo and threat of AG lawsuit, Greyhound says it will stop allowing CBP to board its buses without warrants.
Learn more: https://apnews.com/dc560c3581783c746aee1544c8ad1c85
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Early Mediation Bill Dies
We’re also very glad to report that the one bill WSCADV was opposing – HB 2806 requiring early mediation in family law cases involving children – is not moving forward this session. This legislation failed to move forward thanks to the many advocates who spoke up on behalf of the safety of survivors and their children. Our sincere gratitude to all who helped to improve legislators’ understanding of the risks that survivors face when they are pressured or forced to try to mediate family law cases with an abusive partner. Thank you!
Consumer Protection Washington: Duplicate Facebook Friends Request
Have you ever gotten a friend request from someone that you know that you're already Facebook friends with? Or perhaps odd messages from someone that is a Facebook friend? Locking down your friend list so it's not visible to anyone but yourself is a great way to help prevent scammers and trolls from spamming your friends in your name! For more info on avoiding FB Messenger scams, read here: https://www.consumerreports.org/…/facebook-messenger-scam…/…
Recommended: CNBC - Every Scam Has One Of These Red Flags
Ex-con man Frank Abagnale, made famous in the movie “Catch Me If You Can,” says technology may have changed the ways scammers operate, but it has not changed how scams work. Watch this video to learn about the two red flags you will see in almost every scam.
Video: 2:47 Minutes
Consumer Protection Washington rates it: WELL worth watching!
WA Invasive Species Council: Feb 24 - 28 Proclaimed Invasive Species Awareness Week
It’s official! Governor Inslee has proclaimed February 24-28 as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Washington! The council invites all to join its work in managing and preventing invasive species by tuning in to our webinars, joining an event, or taking action in your own community next week.
See link for more information.
WSDA: Asian Giant Hornet in Washington State
Hosted by Washington Invasive Species Council and Washington State Department of Agriculture
In 2019, multiple sightings of Vespa mandarinia, sometimes called the Asian giant hornet, were made in the Pacific Northwest. Hornet specimens were collected near Blaine, WA, and an entire nest was destroyed in Nanaimo BC, on Vancouver Island. The Asian giant hornet is the largest hornet on Earth, with specimens up to 2 inches long. If they become established they will pose serious threats to the environment, apiculture, and human health. This webinar will discuss what’s known about their biology, and plans by multiple Canadian and US agencies to eradicate these hornets from North America.
Registration free, link here.
Noon - 1 PM Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Washington Invasive Species Council
1111 Washington St SE, Olympia, Washington 98501
Tech Tuesday: All Over The Board
Business Insider: A new report shows the most popular web browsers in the world are sending companies your history or personal data. Here's how each browser's privacy stacks up.
- Some web browsers are sending users' browsing history and identifying information to external servers in a "worrisome" trend revealed in a new report Monday.
- Some of these features can be turned off, according to the recent study, but most browsers silently transmit data as their default setting.
- Chrome, Firefox, and Safari were each ranked in the second-lowest privacy tier, while Microsoft Edge and Yandex were ranked as "least private."
Plus one more: Democratic leader Chuck Schumer scolded the TSA for being on TikTok, but the agency is defending its 'award-winning' social media presence
- On Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on the TSA to stop using social media app TikTok, citing national security concerns.
- In a stern letter addressed to TSA Administrator David Pekoske, Schumer warned that using the app put (the) agency and the American people at risk.
- TSA employees have developed a vibrant social media presence over the last few months, although their TikTok posts have since ceased.
- The TSA defended its "award-winning" social media presence in a statement released to Insider, adding that the agency does not have its own TikTok account.
Excerpt: Questions on traveling with your #knitting supplies? You can @AskTSA or check out this video from @TSAmedia_LisaF.
And: TSAmedia_LisaF @TSAmedia_LisaF Having a little fun explaining in very quick simple terms, which holiday food items can go in a carry-on bag.
Takeaway: TSA employees appear to have stopped posting TikToks over the last two weeks — and it's also true that the TSA's social media presence is "award-winning." In 2018, the agency won three Webby Awards for its social content marketing.
Bleeping Computer: Racoon Malware Steals Your Data From Nearly 60 Apps
Excerpt: All the popular browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera, Vivaldi, Waterfox, SeaMonkey, UC Browser) are on the list of targets along with more than 20 other solutions, which are robbed of cookies, history, and autofill information…
From the email client software category, Raccoon looks for data from at least Thunderbird, Outlook, and Foxmail.
Plus one more: DoppelPaymer Ransomware Launches Site to Post Victim's Data
Of four companies targeted, Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex was attacked by DoppelPaymer on November 10th, 2019. The attackers demanded 568 bitcoins ($4.9 million at the time) for a decryptor.
Excerpt: BleepingComputer has repeatedly stated that ransomware attacks have to be treated like data breaches.
Lifehacker: Update the 'Duplicator' WordPress Plugin to Block a Zero-Day Attack
The WordPress plugin Duplicator - a great tool for migrating your WordPress site to another host or backing up all of your content, themes, and plugins—has more than one million active installations. It also has one glaring vulnerability that you’re going to want to patch right now. Otherwise, a savvy attacker could use the plugin to download critical files from a WordPress site, like your ever-important wp-config.php file.
Plus one more: Get Free Pancakes (Today) From IHOP
February 25 is National Pancake Day. In honor of this made-up holiday, IHOP is offering anyone who visits any of its locations a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes.
The promotion officially kicks off at 7am on Tuesday and runs through closing time, which varies depending on your IHOP. In order to get that free stack you’ll also need to dine in - no getting those pancakes to go.
As with every year, IHOP is asking people who do take advantage of the promotion to use the money they would have spent on pancakes to make a donation to one of its pre-selected charities. This year’s promotion benefits the Children’s Miracle Network and Shiner’s hospitals and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
IHOP is also upping the ante a bit this year by giving every person who participates in the promotion the opportunity to win free pancakes for life or one of 250,000 other prizes, like IHOP-themed scooters and watches.
Not Strictly Toledo: Coffee and Conversation by Lewis County Parent to Parent
A Social Group For Parents Of Children With Disabilities
9:30 AM – 11 AM at Station Coffee Bar & Bistro
120 S Tower Ave, Centralia, Washington 98531
Mama, take a break and join others "who get it" for some coffee and conversation!
Lewis County Parent to Parent is a community of families raising children with special needs. Come and join us to connect with other parents, find resources & activities for kids, and take a break once in a while!
Not Strictly Toledo2: 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: Uke Lessons
Wednesday:WDFW announces additional one-day smelt opening for Cowlitz River Feb 26
Wednesday Paddle at Lake Sacajawea 12PM - Cowlitz River Kayakers
No Small Matter Film Screening and Panel Discussion - Early Childhood Education.
Hosted by United Way of Lewis County and Women United - United Way of Lewis County
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
We are asking for a local artist from Toledo zip code and Toledo High School Alumni, to help us design the 100th Cheese Day button.
February 28: Ecstatic Dance & Reiki & Sound Healing @ Camp Singing Wind
Hosted by Gather Green, Camp Singing Wind & Healing Heart Reiki
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
November 7: Lewis County Veterans Parade Returns To Toledo
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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