- Toledo School District: THS Design Team Selects 2 Finalists *
- National Weather Service: 2 Systems Heading In *
- WSDA: Nebraska’s Receding Waters Reveal Devastation *
- USDA-FSIS: Blount’s Chicken Soup Recalled *
- FDA: Food & Drug Recalls, Other FDA News *
- WA ATG: $40M For CRT Overcharges For Customers *
- WDFW: Washington's Wolf Population Increases For 10th Straight Year *
- Lewis County Beekeepers: Bee Removal About To Become Illegal In Texas *
- Today: Courage To Change AFG *
- Local Events: Vernal Equinox Art Fair, Magic In The Air, Annual Seed Swap *
- Toledo High School Sports: April 2019 *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
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*The Other Toledo has it on authority that a third work is underway by local author Jake Blake. Though TOT is sworn to secrecy on details, this genre will be a departure from his 2 earlier novels.
Toledo High School Design Team:
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington forecasts:
US National Weather Service Portland Oregon warns:
Washington State Department of Agriculture shared this post from Nebraska:
Linda Gerdes · April 1 at 5:19 AM ·
Images of Lewis County a decade ago do not come close to the pitted moonscape that is now Nebraska; Mt St Helens historic eruption more nearly rivals the scope & scale. Keep your brothers & sisters in boots in your thoughts and prayers.
USDA-FSIS: News Release - Blount Fine Foods Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Soup Product due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
WASHINGTON, April 4, 2019 – Blount Fine Foods, a Fall River, Mass. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat chicken soup products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
These items were shipped to restaurant distributor locations nationwide.
**USDA Recall Classification - Class I - This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
*Note: When posting USDA’s FSIS 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 USDA’s FSIS (Food Safety & Inspection Service) page. Link here: http://tinyurl.com/yy4cdes9
For other food-related alerts, visit visit FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts page. Link here: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm
FDA: News & Events
Conagra Brands Announces Recall of a Limited Amount of Hunt’s Tomato Paste Cans Due to Potential Presence of Mold
Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hunt’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added six ounce cans. After the canning process, the final product could have been damaged, creating the potential for mold.Conagra Brands became aware of the issue after receiving calls from consumers.
No other Hunt’s products or Conagra Brands' products are impacted by this recall.
FDA updates on angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) recalls including valsartan, losartan and irbesartan
*IMPORTANT: Medications containing only amlodipine or hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) are not being recalled. Manufacturers are recalling medications containing amlodipine in combination with valsartan or losartan, and medications containing hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ in combination with valsartan or losartan.
*Download Recall Lists, Not Recalled list, and Learn More About The Recall on this page.
Updates on Recalls:
Update [3/22/2019] FDA updates recalled valsartan-containing and losartan-containing medicine information
Update [3/20/2019] FDA not objecting to losartan with NMBA below 9.82 ppm remaining on the market
April 04, 2019 - FDA issues warning letter to genomics lab for illegally marketing genetic test that claims to predict patients’ responses to specific medications
April 04, 2019 - FDA expands approved use of metastatic breast cancer treatment to include male patients
April 04, 2019 - FDA and CBP bolster collaboration to protect public health and safety
April 04, 2019 - Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research on the agency’s list of known nitrosamine-free valsartan and ARB class medicines, as part of agency’s ongoing efforts to resolve ongoing safety issue
April 03, 2019 - Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., and Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D., on FDA’s ongoing scientific investigation of potential safety issue related to seizures reported following e-cigarette use, particularly in youth and young adults
*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
Washington State Office of the Attorney General: News Releases
Apr 4 2019
AG Ferguson: Motel 6 will pay $12M for violating privacy of tens of thousands of Washingtonians
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that national hotel chain Motel 6 will pay $12 million to resolve his lawsuit against the company for voluntarily providing guest lists to agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on a routine basis for over two years.
Click here to read the full news release...
Apr 4 2019
Procurador General (AG) Ferguson: Motel 6 pagará $12 millones por violar la privacidad de decenas de miles de residentes del estado de Washington.
El Procurador General Bob Ferguson anunció hoy que la cadena hotelera nacional Motel 6 pagará $12 millones para resolver su demanda contra la empresa por proporcionar voluntariamente listas de huéspedes a agentes del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de los Estado Unidos (Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE) de manera regular durante al menos dos años.
Click here to read the full news release…
Apr 3 2019 - Attorney General announces process for Washingtonians to receive share of CRT price fixing recovery
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the process for consumers to obtain their share of a nearly $40 million recovery. The recovery is a result of the Attorney General’s price-fixing lawsuit against seven manufacturers of cathode ray tubes, or CRTs, which is the technology common in televisions and computer monitors prior to the introduction of LCD flat screen...
Individuals who lived in Washington from 1995 to 2007 and purchased a CRT television or computer monitor were likely harmed by the alleged price-fixing scheme and will receive restitution if they file a valid claim. Businesses headquartered in Washington during the conspiracy period may also be eligible...
To file a claim, visit www.crtsettlement.atg.wa.gov to fill out a form, or call 800-332-9084. All claims must be submitted on or before May 16, 2019...
For questions about the claims process, please read these frequently asked questions, email email@example.com, or call 800-332-9084. Claims must be filed by the claimant, and not by a third-party, with payments to go directly to the claimant.
Click here to read the full news release…
WDFW News Release:
Washington's wolf population increases for 10th straight year
Our annual count of wolves indicates Washington’s first pack west of the Cascades. Wolves were virtually eliminated in the state by the 1930s, but have recovered steadily over the past decade.
Please read our full news release for information on how we work alongside communities and partners to conserve and manage this important native species.
The report will be reviewed with the state Fish and Wildlife Commission when it meets April 5-6 in Olympia. That meeting and a discussion about the report will be broadcast live at https://wdfw.wa.gov/. The survey report will be posted on WDFW's website by April 5 at https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/at-risk/species-recovery/gray-wolf.
Lewis County Beekeepers Association asked:
Bee removal won’t be illegal in Texas so long as a beekeeper has 160 hours of classroom and hands in training, get licensed, pay an annual licensing fee, and carry$900,000 insurance - if the bill in question passes the state legislature. The article doesn’t say what sparked this - anyone know?
Bee Culture magazine responded:
CATCH THE BUZZ – BEE REMOVAL TO BE ILLEGAL IN TEXAS
Rep. Theresa “Terry” Meza (D.) of Irving, Texas has authored House Bill 4212 that would make the process of bee removal illegal... (unless completing) 160 hours of classroom and field training... over 3 college semester classes worth of training! This... will make almost all beekeeping removal services illegal overnight (if) this bill passes, nobody will be able to legally remove and relocate bees after January 1, 2020 (without) training and licensing.
There is currently no agency, organization or authority that is set up to train such licensed bee removers in Texas...
Additionally, the “licensed” bee remover must obtain $600,000 in liability insurance... $300,000 in workman’s comp… pay a yearly licensing fee…
Full report at this link: http://tinyurl.com/y5hmqana
Credit Bryan Castro, BryansBees.com, who explained: There was a bee removal company who was upset having to clean up other beekeeper's work. They mentioned it to a senator and they decided that making people learn made a lot of sense. They contacted me on my opinion and I think it pushed them over the edge to confirm. Here is my article that I wrote on the subject: http://tinyurl.com/y3ynxl8p
B4212 - Bee Removal, Safety, and Regulations
March 26, 2019
There is a new bill making the rounds in the beekeeping world from Texas. It is called H.B. No. 4212. It requires beekeepers who participate in live bee removals get workers comp and liability insurance, 80 hours of classroom education, 80 hours of field experience, and to pass a beekeeping test. Through these requirements it would now be possible to become a licensed bee removal specialist. Many beekeepers are shocked and appalled by this law, saying regulation will be the end of their industry. Others are extremely concerned with excessive regulation. Personally, I think this is a fantastic change and I am delighted to hear about it. To explain why, first we have to talk about how exactly a bee removal can go wrong. This blog is going to fess up about some of our worst possible accidents, and why training and insurance are so essential.
When I first started bee removals, I was skilled with honey bees. I knew virtually nothing about construction. I would imagine the vast majority of people don’t come with a lot of this information built in. Where exactly are the studs in the wall, how exactly do you take a roof apart, and where are all the plumbing lines? On top of the normal stuff, how do you recognize all the different types of construction, and how do you recognize when there is faulty construction that will cause a problem?
Once, while cutting into a roof I hit a water pipe. Why exactly the roof had a water pipe in the attic running along the ceiling baffles me to this day, but once I took the piece of roof off, water was flowing everywhere. We had substantial water damage. Some homes are made out of Styrofoam, and leaning your ladder against their second story wall can (and has) caused me to fall into their bedroom. Once I saw a new beekeeper step on a wood shingle roof, fall through the roof, the beehive, and the ceiling, exposing the customers living room to a very large yellow, globs of honey, and thousands of understandably angry bees.
Then you get the human factor. People will do all kinds of stuff to get rid of their bees. I have seen customers and competing bee companies alike use completely illegal mixes of chemicals that are not disclosed until the structure is open, and I have seen people use a hose directly into their own attic. Once I opened up a shed floor to find literally dozens of cans of fogger insecticides after a customer swore over and over again that nobody had ever sprayed. I worked for a competing bee company who promised live bee removal, and then sprayed a can of raid to cut costs. All of these things are a danger not only to the bees and the beekeeper, but also to the environment if not disposed of properly.
My least favorite “bee fix” is from folks who use gasoline. A lot of people believe that if they pour gasoline, or pack in as much cardboard covered in gasoline as possible into a cavity of bees that the bees will go away. I learned of this practice one day on a roof. I puffed my smoker into the attic, and ended up burning a very significant portion of the customers roof as a result.
Then we need to talk about bees, bee removal, and training. Beekeeping is hard. Bee removals are harder. As a commercial beekeeper you are working on farms, often in secluded corners where the risk of stings and excitement are kept to a minimum. As a bee removal specialist you are often removing bees from a neighborhood, mall, or otherwise busy and crowded area.
Did you know bees are one of the most dangerous animals in the USA, and are rated the most deadly animal in Australia? According to a 2018 report from Science Daily, there are an estimated 220,000 annual visits to the emergency department and nearly 60 deaths per year due to stings from hornets, wasps, and bees in the United States. In most southern states we have African bees, which increase the danger of stings dramatically, but I would argue that in a world where a single bee sting can kill a person, any bee removal should be approached with extreme caution.
Though we make our best efforts, we have had some significant accidents. Once we had a staff member open up the floor of a shed, which contained an Africanized Beehive. The bees began getting into his suit, and he quit the job half way through. It took us two hours to get our next closest beekeeper to get control of the situation. By the time we had gotten there dogs and people had been stung. Luckily nobody got seriously hurt. That was by far the single scariest incident I think we have ever had, though we have had other close calls and events. We have had a few scary incidents of taking people to the hospital over bee stings, but it has always been staff or paid bee truckers.
So what is the problem? How do we fix this and minimize risk? To summarize, training, experience, and insurance, which is exactly what this bill calls for. At Bryan’s Bees we require our staff to go through a strict training regiment. Staff must pass a beekeeping course that we provide, that if I had to guess likely take around 80 hours to complete, and pass a beekeeping test at the end. They must then be a beekeepers assistant, and learn all about bee behavior and construction. Most of our techs require 60-120 hours of training before they are considered a “Novice Bee Remover,” and are required to work in pairs, and it typically takes our staff around six to twelve months to become what we consider an “Expert Beekeeper.” Our expert beekeepers are the only workers allowed to train people, and they are the only beekeepers on our staff allowed to do structural bee removals without a partner.
I have worked in beekeeping, pest control, real estate, and other industries. I think beekeeping and live bee removal is the only one that doesn’t require a license or training of any kind, which is kind of mind blowing when you really think about it. Even fast food workers need to pass general food safety. So for now, H.B. No. 4212 has my full support, and I am excited to see how it works out.
The bill: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/HB04212I.htm
Statistics on Bee Hospitalizations and Deaths:
*Special thanks to Bryan Castro who answered the phone at an unholy hour to grant permission to reprint this article in its entirety here. Hats off to you and your colleagues for the critically important work you perform.
Deadline today: Basket Weaving class with Tom Todd
Basket weaving class with Tom Todd
$12 per person (includes materials!)
Tuesday evening at 6:30 (4/23, 4/30 & 5/7 if needed)
Camp Singing Wind community center (lodge)
** 20 spots available - sign up before April 5th so Tom has time to order materials!
Event link here.
Not Strictly Toledo: WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners shared:
Cowlitz Master Gardeners
When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Cost: $20, Pre-register and pay by April 12. Class size: 12
Contact: Carlee Dowell at 577-3014 Ext 0 or DowellC@co.cowlitz.wa.us
Cowlitz County Master Gardener Phyllis Collins will teach you how to make Hypertufa garden pots and planters. Hypertufa is the art of making lightweight cement pots. In this class you’ll mix the ingredients, cast a planter, get ideas, learn techniques, and gain the knowledge to make more forms at home. You’ll take home your projects. The class cost is $20 per person. You must pre-register and pay by April 12. Class size is limited to 12. The class will be held for in the Floral Building at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds . The workshop is sponsored by Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners.
Today: April’s new moon arrived 1:50 AM local time. April’s full Moon (April 19) is called the Full Pink Moon, heralding the appearance of the “moss pink,” or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers.
Other names include Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.
Tonight: Courage to Change Al-Anon AFG meets 7 PM Friday at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
Saturday: Hazo Hut and the Swap Shack at the Central Transfer Station in Centralia are open today until 4 p.m. to accept your leftover or unwanted household hazardous waste and burned out fluorescent lights. The Swap Shack is the place you can pick up good re-usable paint or cleaning products. Both facilities are open every Wednesday and the first and third Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7th April, 2019 will be… No Housework Day. Put your feet up and let it go for 24 hours. It’ll be there tomorrow.
April 7 is also Beaver Day, Beer Day, and World Health Day.
Find your favorite day of the year at https://www.daysoftheyear.com
From City of Toledo: ISO Two Visionaries To Fill Posts
We are looking to fill a couple of spots on the Vision:Toledo Mayor's Task Force.
The first is a position at large currently held by Norm Baird.
The second is the Treasurer position currently held by Joh Jones.
We generally meet once a month on the 4th Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Morgan Art Centre. Each Coordinator discusses what is going on in their group, where they may need additional help, new projects, etc. Bills are presented to be paid and an annual budget is discussed.
For details, contact City of Toledo, (360)864-4564
Toledo High School Sports - April 2019
*** SPRING BREAK APRIL 1 - 5, 2019 ***
April 9th @ Castle Rock 6:00
April 11th @ La Center 6:00
April 16th @ Stevenson 6:00
April 18th vs White Salmon 6:00
April 23rd vs Kings Way 7:00
April 25th @ Seton Catholic 6:00
April 30th vs. Castle Rock 7:00
April 6th vs. Elma 4:00
April 10th vs. Onalaska 4:00
April 12th JV @ Onalaska (DH) 3:00 bus @1:30
April 13th vs. Toutle Lake (DH) 12:00
April 15th JV @ Castle Rock 4:00 bus @ 2:30
April 16th JV vs Onalaska 4:00
April 17th @ Mossyrock(DH) 4:00 bus 2:30
April 22nd vs. Kalama (DH) 4:00 bus ** Senior Night
April 24th vs Castle Rock 4:00
April 27th @ Wahkiakum 12:00 bus @ 9:45
April 9th vs Winlock (DH) 3:00
April 12th JV @ Onalaska 3:00
April 13th vs Toutle Lake (DH) 12:00
April 15th @ Castle Rock 4:00 bus @ 2:30
April 16th JV vs Onalaska 3:00
April 17th @ Mossyrock (DH) 4:00 bus @ 2:30
April 18th JV vs. WF West 4:00
April 27th @ Wahkiakum 12:00 bus 9:45
April 29th JV vs. Castle Rock 4:00
April 11th @ Mossyrock 3:30 bus @ 1:55
April 15th @ Pirate Invite Adna 10:00 bus @ 7:30 am
April 19th Kalama Twilight 3:30 bus @ 3:15
April 25th @ Wahkiakum 3:30 bus @ 1:00
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
April 12: Red Cross Blood Drive @ Presbyterian Church
April 12: Coffee House @ Toledo High School
April 20: 3rd Annual Cheesecake Competition @ Morgan Arts Centre
April 26: FCCLA Bingo Night @ Toledo High School
April 27: Fundraiser - Silent Auction & Music for Gayle Homes @ Donna’s Place
April 27: PRIME RIB DINNER @ Toledo Senior Center
May 4: Katie’s Kids Breakfast @ Toledo High School
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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