- Lewis County Elections: Deadline For 2020 Primary March 10 *
- PSA: Toledo School District Issues COVID-19 Precautions *
- National Weather Service: *
- NewsMax: Carcinogen Found in Popular Diabetes Drug *
- Tech Tuesday: Virtual Medicine Amid Pandemic Fears *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Health & Hope Medical Outreach *
- Today: Ukulele Lessons *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Lewis County Elections: Deadline For 2020 Primary March 10
Don’t forget to vote!
Link to Lewis County Elections page here.
*Note: whether or not you agree with the two-party checkbox option, any ballots without one of these boxes checked will NOT be counted. No penciling in a third party affiliation, no blank check boxes, none of the above, or any deviation from the current Republican or Democrat options. Sorry.
Public Service Announcement: Toledo School District Issues COVID-19 Precautions
Families of Toledo School District:
An unusual variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting many parts of the globe including Washington State. While no cases have been reported in the Toledo area and the risk is considered to be low, the District is taking preparedness precautions. We are in touch with the Department of Health for updates and technical support. We are also in contact with OSPI regarding the potential need for “social distancing” which could involve school closure. If the spread of the virus warrants us to take specific action, we will utilize the ordinary channels of communication that we use for school closure: TV, Radio, Newspaper, Facebook, and SchoolMessenger.
We encourage our families to begin contingency planning now in the event school closure is needed. This includes planning for childcare and shelter-in-place supplies. We will continue to follow the guidance of health experts and keep you informed.
Here’s what we know from the DOH so far:
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus that was not identified in humans before December 2019.
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It takes 2 to 14 days after a person gets the virus in their body to become ill. COVID-19 is a new disease, and we are learning more each day about its symptoms and how it is spread. Most often, the virus is spread from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how flu and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unclear if a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or their eyes. Often, with most respiratory viruses, people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
You can help:
• Stay home when you are sick. Wait 24 hours after a fever subsides to return to work/school.
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after using the restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm- not your hand.
• Get a flu shot. (It’s not too late.)
• Remember that this virus is an equal-opportunity pathogen. It is not specific to any nationality, race or group.
For more information:
Washington State Dept. of Health:
Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 call center: 1-800-525-0127 and press #
For a handwashing video that’s blowing up the Interwebs, check out this Vietnam Coronavirus Dance Challenge video: https://youtu.be/zy21UGQ6yNA
Special thanks to the highly irreverent John Oliver.
National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Mid-Week Forecast
NewsMax reports: Carcinogen Found in Popular Diabetes Drug
Excerpt: High levels of the probable carcinogen NDMA have been found in the U.S. supply of the widely used diabetes drug metformin, according to testing done by the online pharmacy Valisure, which is pressing regulators for recalls.
Valisure’s testing found NDMA in 16 different batches of metformin made by 11 drug companies, including Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, Ascend Laboratories LLC and Actavis Pharma Inc. The highest levels detected were in a batch made by Amneal, which had as much as 16 times the acceptable daily limit of NDMA, according to Valisure’s findings.
Metformin is the fourth most commonly prescribed drug in the U.S.
There were metformin recalls in Singapore late last year and in Canada this month, but so far the U.S. hasn’t followed suit.
Full article link here.
Lewis County Solid Waste Utility: Thanks for your patience. The credit card machine at the Central Transfer Station appears to be working again!
Not Strictly Toledo: 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.
Tech Tuesday: Virtual Medicine Amid Pandemic Fears
This week, Tech Tuesday highlights a therapist whose practice is exclusively virtual.
For people who are home-bound or disabled, concerned about a looming pandemic, unable to find needed healthcare without traveling far, Daniel W. Finney, CHT dissolves these barriers by offering a unique mixture of Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (N.L.P.), and Mindfulness to help people experience relief from and overcome challenges with these and other difficulties:
Adult Child of Alcoholic(s) issues
Study Habits, Memory & Recall
Irrational Fears & Phobias
Finney was certified as a Hypnotherapist by the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (I.M.D.H.A.) in 2012. In his Bio, he admits he went 25 years without visiting a dentist, or seeing a doctor. Once training as a hypnotherapist began, he used the techniques to exponentially reduce his own fears of dental pain, hypodermic needles and general anxiety. His goal is to share his experience & education with others.
If you’ve been postponing important dental work or health care due to a crippling fear, now you have a place to begin.
Daniel W Finney CHT is also:
Certified Hypnotherapist by International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association (I.M.D.H.A.) and registered with Washington State Department of Health
Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Trained in Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (R.E.B.T.)
Verified by Psychology Today
You can follow him on Facebook.
Today: Ukulele Lessons
Looking Ahead: THS Fundraiser
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
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.
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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