- Toledo School District: 4 Lewis County Athlete Of The Year Awards *
- Day 3: Boating Safety Week - Thunderstorm Safety *
- WA Governor Inslee: Inslee signs education bills, most progressive nationwide *
- Washington Ag Network: How will USDA Cover Hemp?
- WA Ins Comm: Billing Legislation Gives Washington Strongest Protections In US *
- Mount St Helens Institute: 2 Youth Camps - Summer Eco, Volcano Venture *
- Anchor & Earth: Sanctuary For Artists - Humanities Non-Profit *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Hazo Hut & Swap Shack *
- Today: Kids Story Time, Special TSD Meeting, Vets Cemetery Flag-Placing *
- Thursday - Friday: No School *
- Toledo High School Sports - April 2019 *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Cheese Days Toledo Washington announced:
Meet our Big Cheeses for 2019! Mick Filla, Denny Clark, and Tom Lahmann! Congrats to these 3 fine men!! Please mark your calendars and help us celebrate our Big Cheeses at Our Kickoff Celebration. Thursday 6 pm July 11 at Morgan Art Center. Great time to visit with these three!
Congrats to (r-l) Toledo’s Andreas Malunat, Fano Arceo-Hansen, Nicholas Marty, and Kal Schaplow. These hard working Indians were honored at Tuesday night’s Lewis County Athlete of the Year Awards hosted by the Centralia Chronicle. Thanks for making us all Toledo Proud!
US Geological Service reported a 3.4 tremblor at 4:11 AM Pacific Daylight Time, around 10 miles North of Ocean Shores this morning.
Check out Latest Earthquakes at USGS.
Day 3: National Weather Service Boating Safety Week: Thunderstorm Safety
Video link here: https://youtu.be/7GolFYqDh3Q
This video describes the dangers of thunderstorms to mariners. Thunderstorms can be a mariner's worst nightmare. They can develop quickly and create dangerous wind and wave conditions. Thunderstorms can bring shifting and gusty winds, lightning, waterspouts, and torrential downpours which can turn a day's pleasure into a nightmare of distress.
Week-long topic index with links here: https://www.weather.gov/safety/safeboating-week
USDA: Statement on Farming Support Program
Statement Release No. 0075.19
May 21, 2019
From a USDA Spokesperson: “Details on the new farming support program will be forthcoming shortly, but we want to be clear that the program is being designed to avoid skewing planting decisions one way or another. Farmers should continue to make their planting and production decisions with the current market signals in mind, rather than some expectation of what a farming support program might or might not look like based on inaccurate media stories.”
WA Governor Jay Inslee: Inslee signs package of education bills, ushers in one of the most progressive education investments nationwide
May 21, 2019 - Gov. Jay Inslee signed a major education bill Tuesday that establishes one of the most progressive higher education investments in the country. The Workforce Education Investment Act is a comprehensive package of a number of major proposals that include two governor-priority policies.
The act guarantees financial aid for more than 110,000 qualified students in Washington to attend college for free or at a discounted rate. The law also expands the governor’s Career-Connected Initiative. It establishes a study-and-work approach so students can get real life work experience and high school or college credit at the same time.
“Washington is ahead of the nation both in providing unprecedented access to the opportunity to get a degree, certificate or apprenticeship qualification, and in creating innovative programs to connect students with work experience,” Inslee said. “We are leading the nation with our final program and we’re securing quality education in a bipartisan way.”
Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.
WashingtonAgNetwork posted a brief audio clip: How will USDA Cover Hemp?
With the 2018 Farm Bill removing the Federal ban on growing hemp, how will the USDA insure it?
Soundcloud 43-second summary link kere: How will USDA Cover Hemp?
WA State Insurance Commissioner: Surprise billing legislation signed into law, gives Washington strongest protections in country
May 21, 2019 - OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee today signed Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s request legislation to end surprise medical billing, enacting arguably the strongest law in the country to protect consumers from this unfair practice.
The new law (www.leg.wa.gov) protects consumers from getting a surprise bill when they get either emergency services at an out-of-network emergency room or medical treatment at an in-network hospital or facility but are seen by an out-of-network provider.
“For more than a decade, we’ve heard from people hit with a balance or surprise bill,” said Kreidler. “They’ve shared their stories of receiving a bill on top of what they expected to pay, despite going to the hospital or facility their health plan covers. Many wanted to know how this could be legal. This year, we learned of two consumers who received surprise bills of over $100,000 and who both faced losing their homes and medical bankruptcy.”
Kreidler added, “I think the breadth of these stories – and that no one was immune – finally provided the motivation needed for the sides to come together and find a solution. I’m grateful to Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, and Sens. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, and Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, for their critical work on this legislation and to the other legislators who supported this important consumer protection."
- The new law takes effect starting Jan. 1, 2020. Key protections include:
- A consumer who receives emergency care in an out-of-network emergency room or who has a non-emergency medical procedure in an in-network hospital or facility cannot be balanced billed.
- An insurer cannot balance bill a patient if they seek emergency care at an out-of-network facility in a state that borders Washington.
- Insurers must pay the out-of-network provider or facility directly for care their enrollee receives.
- If the insurer and provider or facility do not agree on a commercially reasonable payment for out-of-network services within 30 days, their dispute goes to binding arbitration.
- A disclosure template will be developed and must be given to patients describing when they can and cannot receive a balance bill.
- Insurers, providers, and facilities must include up-to-date network information on their websites.
- Any provider who continues to illegally balance bill may be referred to the state Department of Health for enforcement.
Kreidler’s office will develop rules this summer for the new law. Sign up to get updates.
“There is much more that we need to do to address the challenges facing our health care system,” said Kreidler. “But to finally put this issue to rest lifts a weight for many and should give thousands of consumers more piece of mind. For now, we’ll settle for that victory.”
Washington State Insurance Commissioner blog: 'Free cancer test' scam hits Spokane
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - Last month, we warned about a new scam targeting people on Medicare that's related to genetic testing and cancer screening tests. The scam recently hit Spokane.
KHQ in Spokane aired a story about a woman who got a cold call from a scammer saying she was eligible through Medicare for a free cancer screening test. A swab would be mailed to her, she'd use it and then mail it back. Unfortunately, the woman provided her personal information to the scammer.
Please remember the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of Medicare fraud:
- Do not give out your Medicare number or Social Security number, especially if you are contacted by someone you don't know or have never spoken to before. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes.
- Do not consent to any lab tests at senior centers, health fairs, or in your home. Be suspicious of anyone claiming that genetic tests and cancer screenings are provided free, at no cost to you.
- Genetic tests and cancer screenings must be medically necessary and your doctor must order them to be covered by Medicare. Random genetic testing and cancer screenings are not covered by Medicare. If you're interested in the test, talk to your doctor.
- Monitor your Medicare Summary Notice to see if there are any services you were billed for that you didn’t have or didn’t want. Medicare Summary Notices are sent every three months if you get any services or medical supplies during that three-month period.
Lewis County Sheriff's Office asks:
Mount St Helens Institute promotes:
To get register, sign up today at bit.ly/SummerEcologyProgram!
Join us for science and art adventures at the place where the mountain KABOOMs, rocks zoom, and flowers bloom with our Volcano Venture program!
Jamie Cummings wrote: So I just found out about these people today and thought the group might be interested in their goings-on. Toledo's full of good stuff!
Anchor and Earth
To foster creativity in the audible, visual, and culinary arts. Anchor and Earth provides free retreat and education for artists and aspiring artists in order to express, discover, and hone their passions. We inspire servitude through community, social, and spiritual engagement. Providing intentional care for the world and the people who live in it. In basic terms; our land, our lessons, our love, and our shoulder to lean on, is available for anyone in need.
May 19, 2019 - Land Ho
It has been nearly ten months since we started the site plan application and design process. Just last week our first permit check was cashed by Lewis County. This means they actually have received the application and have looked at it. Now for the nail biting...
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Art Gallery 505: May Exhibit - Fire & Ice
Final week! Gallery 505 explores the theme of Fire and Ice this month, May 2 to 25, with artwork by local artists Eileen Eddleman, Bob Espen, John Glasser, Thelma Hauge, Eric Hayes, Curtis Michael Johnson, Margaret Kincaid, Patty Misch, Di Morgan, Jake Morgan, Mike Morgan, Richard Roth, Cindy Samco, Linda Shepherd, Ethan Siegel, Janice Sutherin and Pauli Wolfe.
Next Show: The Naked Truth
Gallery 505 is open from 1-6 p.m., Wed.-Sat. at 205 Cowlitz St. in Toledo. www.artgallery505.com
Toledo Community Library: 11 AM Story Time today.
Reminder: One more week -
Birding Backpack [kit] from Toledo Community Library & enjoy an un-plugged afternoon watching the river fishers, South County Park (Wallace Pond), Toledo Middle School’s resident osprey, and more.
Author: Timberland Regional Library.
Publication Date: 2017
Call No.: KIT BIRDING BACKPACK 2019
Toledo Community Library open until 6 PM Wednesday, 5 PM Thursday & Saturday.
And tell Charlie I sent you.
Toledo School District invites supporters:
Not Strictly Toledo: Lewis County Solid Waste Utility
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.
Reminder: Lewis County Free Residential Vouchers available May 1 - September 30, 2019
Not Strictly Toledo2: Zero Waste Workshop
Hosted by Chehalis Timberland Library and Lewis County Solid Waste Utility
5 PM – 6:30 PM today @ Chehalis Timberland Library
400 N Market Blvd, Chehalis, Washington 98532
Today: Yoga at St Marys - Dancing Moon Yoga has room for a few more yoga enthusiasts 2 - 3 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays at Tribal Housing, St Mary’s. These are gentle sessions aimed toward seniors/elders, donations accepted but not required as The Cowlitz Tribe is sponsoring the class for the community. What a great share!
Cowlitz Prairie Grange 6:30 p.m. meeting is a potluck second Wednesdays, cake-and-ice-cream affair fourth Wednesdays. Getting in gear for the 54th Gas Show and Threshing Bee August 24-26. Grange Hall at 5180 Jackson Highway. Contact Lewis Rohrig (360)864-2744 OR Tom Boone (360)266-7055
City of Toledo Public Works is looking for a part time summer helper. Must be 16 years or older with valid drivers license. Physical labor mowing, weed eating, and misc. Inquire at City Hall. Visit https://www.toledowa.us/departments.html or call (360)864-4564.
Toledo High School Sports - May 2019
Soccer: May 24th vs Overlake @ Sunset Stadium 4:00pm
Fastpitch: May 24th vs. NorthWest Christian @11:00 @ Gateway Park Yakima
Track: May 23rd -25th State in Cheney EWU
!!! GO INDIANS !!!
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
Jamie Cummings says: Make sure to include my upcoming events in your column.
I've talked about them a lot at meetings and whatnot. Thanks!
6/8 Work party in Steamboat Alley
6/22 Mondo Croquet Tournament
Joe Notch reminds everyone: Vessel Safety Checks
The Coast Guard Auxiliary would like to remind all boaters that we do free courtesy vessel exams, often called vessel safety checks.
You can request a vessel exam by going to the CG Auxiliary website, the Coast Guard App or by calling our local vessel examiner, Bob Mccready at (360) 425-2468.
More information at this Link: https://cgaux.org/vsc/
June 6: Toledo Thursday Market Opens @ Front Street Boat Launch
June 8: Work Party II @ Steamboat Alley
June 22: Mondo Croquet Tournament @ Kemp Olson Park
Toledo Builds a High School
Information regarding the building of a new high school in Toledo, WA beginning in November, 2018. Regular updates.
Toledo Thursday Market 2019 TTM Vendor Application.
Toledo Thursday Market 2019 Application PDF link here.
Tax-deductible GoFundMe page here.
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We have a Website going live May 1st highlighting vendors, local activities, seasonal produce options, all with ties to local food hubs.
Check out Latest Earthquakes at USGS.
Check out US Tsunami Warnings at NOAA/Weather.
Air Quality Forecast at https://airquality.weather.gov
Visualize wildfire smoke with NASAWorldview - https://go.nasa.gov/2T7olog
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