- LCWA: State Senate Bottled Water Bill Hearing - Commentary*
- PSA: Law Enforcement Training Exercise in Centralia Today *
- National Weather Service: Change Coming This Weekend *
- FDA: Recalls - Sierra Soups, Med Man Supplements, Hubbard Feeds *
- CFPB: Five Ways To Recognize A Social Security Scam *
- WDFW: WDFW Plans Controlled Burns On Eastern Washington Wildlife Areas *
- Health Corner: To Fast Or Not to Fast *
- Not Strictly Toledo: NAMI Connections Recovery and Support Group *
- Today: Toledo Thursday Market
- Friday: Toledo Food Bank, Cowlitz Grange Music Night, More *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Image credit WSU Insider - Caption: Members of Crimson Robotics work on one of their prototype robots for the upcoming BattleBots competition.
THS alumnus Corbin Mansker is part of the WSU team competing on the world stage. #toledoproud https://news.wsu.edu/…/student-team-chosen-battlebots-comp…/
LCWA: Senate Bill 6278 2019-20: Hearing on Bottled Water Bill
Jennifer M. Irwin, Lewis County Water Alliance wrote about Wednesday’s Olympia Visit:
Meeting with Senator Orcutt today was a reminder that Showing Up IS Important! Here's a taste as to why and it has nothing to do with politics regarding Senate Bills we were to address under the Clean And Abundant Water Lobby Day...unfortunately.
That was a whole other experience. WOW...in not a good way. To see this Senator completely acknowledge the 2 men in the room, Oldskool Hale and Craig Janiece Jones and keep his chair completely turned to them...the whole time, while Teri Graves and I, Jennifer M. Irwin were "iced out" was an experience from a neanderthal.
Women, of any age, or any color, of any race or religion have earned The Right and The Vote to be in a room to be heard! To the women reading this this, Show Up - Your Voice Matters even if others think you are invisible. You have value, simply because you are here on this planet.
I Show Up Because I Have A Monumental Mission -- I AM Part of The Solution in my Humanitarian Work and My Advocacy Work.
*Special thanks to Jennifer Irwin for this non-partisan commentary, and to Lewis County Water Alliance for stepping up to help preserve the future of water for Lewis County, Washington State and beyond.
Toledo Youth Baseball posted: ATTENTION!!!!! CHANGE TO TRYOUTS!!!!!!!
Due to the High School Girls Basketball game on Saturday at 10AM we will be changing the time of Tryouts to 2PM on Saturday February 29th. Tryouts are for 10,11,& 12 year olds only. Tryouts will last approx. 2 Hours & will be done rain or shine.
PLEASE SHARE! Thank you!!
Public Service Announcement: Law Enforcement Training Exercise in Centralia Today
NOTICE: Law enforcement training exercises will occur February 27th, at a house near the Centralia College campus between 9am-4pm. Access through the area may be limited while training occurs.
The home, which is owned by Centralia College, is located at 226 S. Rock St., at the corner of Rock and Walnut streets. College staff encourages you to be respectful of barriers placed around the training site and avoid the area.
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Change Coming This Weekend
FDA: Recalls - Sierra Soups, Med Man Supplements, Hubbard Feeds
Sierra Soups Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Gluten in “Pasta e Fagioli” Soup
The recalled "Pasta e Fagioli" were distributed in Nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.
Med Man Expands Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Up2 and Bow & Arrow Due to Presence of Undeclared Sildenafil
Sildenafil... may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels which can be life threatening. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates and may be the population most likely to be affected.
To date, Med Man has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.
Hubbard Feeds Voluntarily Recalls Easy Feed Products and Organic Ground Flaxseed ORG
Hubbard Feeds is voluntarily recalling products as the result of an ingredient-supplier recall. The supplied ingredient contained residue of an unapproved herbicide (Haloxyfop).
List of products affected here.
*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
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau: Five Ways To Recognize A Social Security Scam
In July (2019), we reported on a rise in scam attempts where Social Security beneficiaries were being asked to pay to reactivate, protect, or restore their benefits. Currently, Social Security scams are the most commonly reported type of fraud and scam, and according to the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), these scams continue to evolve. The OIG is now warning the public that scammers are making phone calls and then following up with emails containing falsified documents aimed at convincing people to pay.
You may have received one of these calls – either a recorded voice or a person falsely claiming to be a government employee, warning you of an issue with your Social Security number, account, or benefits, including identity theft. The caller may threaten arrest or other legal action, or they may offer to increase benefits, protect your assets, or resolve identity theft if you provide payment using a retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency such as Bitcoin, or a prepaid debit card.
How to tell if it’s legitimate or a scam
Scammers are aware that people are catching on to their attempts, so they’re coming up with new ways to convince Social Security beneficiaries that their frauds are legitimate. Here’s what to watch for so you can protect yourself and others from Social Security scams.
1. Threatening arrest or legal action: If you receive a threatening phone call claiming that there‘s an issue with your Social Security number or benefits, it’s a scam. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will never threaten you with arrest or other legal action if you don’t immediately pay a fine or fee.
2. Emails or texts with personally identifiable information: If there’s a legitimate problem with your Social Security number or record, the SSA will mail you a letter to notify you of any issues.
3. Misspellings and grammar mistakes: If the caller follows up with emails containing falsified letters or reports that appear to be from the SSA or SSA’s OIG, look closely. The letters may use government "jargon" or letterhead that appears official in order to help convince victims, but they may also contain misspellings and grammar mistakes.
4. Requests for payment by gift or prepaid card, cash, or wire transfer: If you do need to submit payments to the SSA, the agency will mail a letter with payment instructions and options through U.S. mail. You should never pay a government fee or fine using retail gift cards, cash, internet currency, wire transfers, or prepaid debit cards. Scammers ask for payment this way because it’s difficult to trace and recover.
5. Offers to increase benefits in exchange for payment: Similarly, SSA employees will never promise to increase your Social Security benefits, or offer other assistance, in exchange for payment.
How to report a scam
If you think you’ve been the victim of a Social Security scam, report it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at FTC.gov/complaint and to the SSA Office of Inspector General Fraud at oig.ssa.gov.
Protect others by spreading the word
We’ve worked with the SSA and FTC to create a fraud prevention placemat to help you recognize and prevent Social Security scams. You can order free copies of the placemat, both in English and Spanish, to use at a meal site or to share with friends and family.
Because Social Security scams are increasingly common – even more common than IRS scams – it’s important to help educate others and raise awareness of these evolving tactics and how to identify and report scam attempts.
WDFW: WDFW Plans Controlled Burns On Eastern Washington Wildlife Areas
Annual controlled burns on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) lands in eastern Washington start in March, as conditions allow.
Restoration fires in the following popular areas begin in the coming month, weather permitting:
- Sherman Creek Wildlife Area, 524 acres in Ferry County, 10 mile west of Kettle Falls
- Rustlers Gulch Wildlife Area, 523 acres in Pend Oreille County, 15 miles southwest of Newport
- Methow Wildlife Area, 248 acres in Okanogan County, 10 miles northeast of Winthrop
- Colockum Wildlife Area, 500 acres in Chelan County, 10 miles southeast of Wenatchee
- Oak Creek Wildlife Area, 120 acres in Yakima County, 15 miles west of Naches
- Grouse Flats Wildlife Area, 400 acres in Asotin County, 40 miles southwest of Clarkston
- L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, 250 acres in Kittitas County, 12 miles south of Selah
- Oak Creek Wildlife Area, 226 acres in Yakima and Kittitas counties, 7 miles west of Naches
Complete story here.
Health Corner: To Fast or Not to Fast - Does When You Eat Matter?
News In Health - National Center For Complementary and Integrative Health
What you eat matters. Many studies have shown that the types of food you eat affect your health. But what about the timing? Scientists are just beginning to understand that when you eat may also make a difference.
Throughout history, people have experienced periods when food was either scarce or completely lacking, says Dr. Valter Longo, an NIH-funded longevity researcher at the University of Southern California. “So, they were forced to fast,” he says.
But current technology—like refrigeration, transportation, and electric lighting—have made food more readily available.
“This has shifted our eating patterns,” explains Dr. Vicki Catenacci, a nutrition researcher at the University of Colorado. “People now eat, on average, throughout a 14-hour period each day.”
Studies suggest that this constant food intake may lead to health problems. Researchers have started looking at whether fasting can have potential benefits for some people.
Going Without Food
Fasting diets mainly focus on the timing of when you can eat. There are many different fasting diets, sometimes called “intermittent fasting.”
In time-restricted feeding, you eat every day but only during a limited number of hours. So, you may only eat between a six- to eight-hour window each day. For example, you might eat breakfast and lunch, but skip dinner. In alternate-day fasting, you eat every other day and no or few calories on the days in between. Another type restricts calories during the week but not on weekends.
But scientists don’t know much about what happens to your body when you fast. Most research has been done in cells and animals in the lab. That work has provided early clues as to how periods without food might affect the body.
In some animals, certain fasting diets seem to protect against diabetes, heart disease, and cognitive decline. Fasting has even slowed the aging process and protected against cancer in some experiments.
“In mice, we’ve seen that one of the effects of fasting is to kill damaged cells, and then turn on stem cells,” explains Longo. Damaged cells can speed up aging and lead to cancer if they’re not destroyed. When stem cells are turned on, new healthy cells can replace the damaged cells.
Now, studies are starting to look at what happens in people, too. Early results have found that some types of fasting may have positive effects on aspects of health like blood sugar control, blood pressure, and inflammation . But fasting can also cause weight loss. So researchers are studying whether the beneficial changes seen in the body are side effects of the weight loss or the fasting process itself.
For many people, the main reason to try fasting is to lose weight. Currently, most people try to lose weight by restricting how many calories they eat each day.
“That doesn’t work for everyone,” Catenacci explains. “It takes a lot of focus. It takes a lot of math, and a lot of willpower.”
One of Catenacci’s studies showed that, over a two-month period, adults who were overweight or obese were equally likely to lose about 15 pounds when they either completely fasted every other day or restricted their calories every day.
“For some people, restricting calories every day may be the best approach. For others, it might be easier to not have to count calories every day and use an intermittent fasting strategy for weight loss,” says Catenacci. “The best diet for any given person is the one that they can adhere to. I don’t think weight loss is a one size fits all approach.”
Now her research team is running a similar study to compare how much weight participants lose with fasting versus calorie restriction, but over a one-year period. They’re also testing whether adding a small meal on fasting days will make it easier to stick to as a longer-term weight loss strategy.
But are the benefits from fasting all due to weight loss or is there something more to it? “There’s a lot of debate about whether the benefits of intermittent fasting are due to the extended fasting period itself,” says Dr. Courtney Peterson, an NIH-funded nutrition researcher at the University of Alabama.
To understand this better, Peterson did a study in pre-diabetic men. It was designed so the volunteers would not lose weight. The men ate an early time-restricted feeding diet for five weeks. They could eat only between 8 am to 2 pm. They then fasted for the next 18 hours. Next, they ate the same amount of food but only during a 12-hour period per day for five weeks. None of the men lost weight.
The longer fasting period alone made a difference. “The early time-restricted diet improved their blood sugar control,” Peterson says. “And we found a blood pressure lowering effect equivalent to what you see with a blood pressure medication.”
These findings suggest that an extended fast or the timing of when you eat—even when it doesn’t affect your weight—can bring health benefits for some people.
Should You Fast?
Fasting may bring health benefits, but Longo cautions that there’s still a lot we don’t know. For some, fasting may cause problems. For example, studies have found that people who regularly fast more than 16 or 18 hours a day have a higher risk of gallstones. They’re also more likely to need surgery to remove the gallbladder.
Eating for 12 hours and then fasting for 12 hours is likely safe for most people, Longo explains. “That pattern of eating is very common among people who have record lifespans,” he says. “It seems to match both science and tradition.”
Longo and his team are also looking at fasting-mimicking diets, which they hope will be safer and easier to follow than completely fasting. They designed a five-day, monthly fasting-mimicking diet that allows some food, but is low in calories. They tested the diet for three months in a recent study. Those who stayed on the diet lost weight and showed decreases in age-related disease risk factors.
But he and other experts caution against people trying fasting diets that are not based on research. If you’re considering fasting, talk with your health care provider first. People with certain health conditions or who are taking certain medications should not try fasting at all (see the Wise Choices box).
Even if you fast sometimes, you still need to make healthy food choices overall, Peterson explains. “It looks like when you eat matters a lot, but what you eat probably matters more.”
*Reprinted by permission from NIH - National Institutes of Health.
*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 and Support Group
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.
2 PM – 3:30 PM - Centralia UMC, 506 S Washington Ave, Centralia, Washington 98531
Today: Toledo Thursday Market
Toledo Community Food Bank open 11 AM - 1 PM behind City Hall
Cowlitz Prairie Grange Music Night 2nd, 4th & 5th Fridays
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 29: Leap Year Way into Transformation Ecstatic Dance and Reiki @ CSW
Hosted by Gather Green, Camp Singing Wind & Healing Heart Reiki
March 7: Bateaux Cellars Yoga & Wine Event
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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