- Recap: Park Board
- Clean Up Date Set, Local Collection & Recycling Events
- Health Corner: Nutrition, The 4th Pillar
Toledo Park Board met yesterday to report progress on a planned water feature, repairs to the campground firewood shed, and joint care of the Veterans Garden near the Wall of Honor.
Tammy Stanton reported about $4,000 in donations toward establishing a permanent water fixture at Kemp Olson Park in memory of Esther Borte, a tireless advocate for a children’s summertime splash and play place in Kemp Olson Park. Fundraising patterned after Chehalis’ “Penny Park” could introduce a rock cascade-style climbing fountain, or a simple pulse-style on-demand water eruption basin suitable for all ages. Location would depend upon the final selection. A water feature would be one part of the overall park upgrade to include upgraded camping hook-ups and RV dump station, funded in part by the annual Walk in the Park Event in September.
Jon Cravens, of Toledo’s Public Works Department, recommended removal of the bottom 6 inches or so of deteriorated material making up the wood shed to allow better air circulation and eliminate rot. Roof is in need of attention; one member of the Board volunteered to remove the moss buildup.
Common Ground Toledo’s Gary Whiteside requested joining the Veterans Park caretakers in improving the condition of the Veterans Garden, suggesting hardy low-maintenance plantings over more delicate displays. He asked the Board to consider expanding the existing plot to include a Healing Garden, a differently designed area with meandering walking path encircling the back side of the Wall of Honor Memorial. “Common Ground Toledo is still a grassroots effort,” said Whiteside, "but fundraising efforts and donations are coming in.” Last year’s hot weather arrived before approval for plants was received, foiling plans to revive the garden area in advance of the Veterans Day event, so CGT wanted to apply in time to make a difference this year. The request will be put to the City Council, which meets Monday, April 17.
Jim Fluckinger asked for consideration to explore installation of a disc golf park area at the park. Castle Rock, Kelso and Longview recently installed DGC’s - Disc Golf Courses - and the sport is gaining popularity. Tee pads and chain baskets required little cost and upkeep, according to Fluckinger. The Board was amenable to his promotion, and encouraged him to expand his research.
Board adjourned 3:31 p.m. Toledo Park Board meets 3 p.m. second Wednesdays monthly in Council Chambers. Details on City of Toledo website.
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Ready to roll up your sleeves? June 3, 2017 has been set as Toledo’s Clean Up Day, the annual effort to spruce up the town in advance of the summer festival season including Cheese Days. Common Ground Toledo earns bragging rights with fresh blooms and color in the City planters through the downtown core, while eying untended patches of future pocket garden opportunities.
City Clerk Michelle Whitten is pinning down details for large collection containers earmarked for yard debris,* sorely needed with recent wind and storm damage. Lewis County and neighboring communities are also sponsoring targeted clean up events slated around Earth Day 2017:
- Tire recycling - passenger cars, Winlock 04.20-22.2017
- Doc shredding - Centralia College Earth Day Event, 04.21.2017
- Styrofoam recycling - Centralia College Earth Day Event, 04.21.2017
- Styrofoam recycling - LC Transfer Station, 04.22.2017
- Tire recycling - passenger cars, Mossyrock 05.11-13.2017
Details on acceptable recyclable materials and limits may be found on links.
Additionally, Lewis County residents may apply for a free disposal voucher allowing up to 1,000 pounds of residential waste between May 1 - September 30, 2017. Details and restrictions plus application link here.
Free LewCo electronics recycling drop-off locations are listed here with acceptable items outlined.
Up to 10 fluorescent lights may be recycled free at LewCo Central Transfer Station & East County (Morton) Station. Detailed instructions for safe cleanup of broken lights is listed at the link as well.
Free Lewis County Burn Permits are valid until June 1. Download here.
*yard waste only - no tires
Mark your calendars: The Chronicle details a one-day free dental care event on May 5. The only requirement: 18 years and up.
Health Corner: Nutrition, The 4th Pillar
The four pillars* of health are largely within our control - sleep, hydration, nutrition, and exercise. Maintaining healthy levels of each will reduce the risk of today’s Top 3 Killers.
Nutrition is generally recognized as “the food necessary for health and growth.” Sound simple. Can food really be separated into good versus bad?
Condensing a Google-sized universe of information about a topic as broad and debatable as nutrition into a few terse lines defies logic. However, even my natural propensity to research ad infinitum has limits. So I found an author who did the heavy lifting for me, saving us both:
Nutritionist Jenn Hand admits “My life was dominated by a fixation on food rules instead of by my own body's wisdom…Here's why I threw out everything I knew about nutrition.” Her explanation about the wisdom of your body will elicit a sigh of relief: Here Are 3 Things I Wish I'd Learned About Food At School
As always, YMMV.**
*Stress is often cited as a fifth controllable factor.
**YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
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