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Bob says: I have contacted the Mason and as soon as the Bricks arrive we will put them on the Wall. I should know more today. Veteran’s Wall of Honor in Kemp Olson Park welcomes visitors honoring service members past and present during the Memorial Day weekend.
Evidence of Common Ground’s beautification movement was seen in yesterday’s overhaul and grooming of 4 planter boxes gracing Timberland Bank’s facade:
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Mayor Steve Dobosh reported progress across all aspects of the Strategic Plan (link here), including Toledo’s latest Cool and Connected grant.
Pat Caldwell reported the Library’s new computers are installed. Printing is not set up yet but Chuck is working on it. 46 third graders came to visit the library last Friday. Roxie read stories to them, they toured the History Room and heard about the summer reading program. Grant was submitted to Humanities Washington to help pay expenses of presentations such as Ethan Siegel’s April guest talk.
Joh Jones and Pam McEachern talked about how the group is sorting through conflicting Toledo histories. They are researching the Rochon and Kellogg families along with the Cowlitz Tribal history. If you want to learn about Toledo's rich history, attend one of their meetings, fourth Mondays monthly. Next one: 4 p.m. June 27 at the Greater Toledo Community Library.
Brooke Acosta sent this email about the School Garden Initiative: The garden is growing! We have added a corn and pumpkin patch and will be adding 10 more blueberry bushes to the future orchard area. We are in the process of building 6 new raised beds that will need soil. We are looking for someone who can haul 10 yds of soil from Great Western supply in Tumwater. June 2nd and 3rd are our last garden science days during school hours for the year. We are planning a celebration of the kid's accomplishments with some fresh produce from the garden and strawberry rhubarb. We will also be installing the garden sign which was drawn by a student and voted the winner by the students. Installing a deer fence is the next big priority and setting up a watering schedule for the summer. Gary Whiteside of Common Grounds and Toledo School District Supt. Chris Rust will look into installing an automatic watering system.
Jamie Cummings reported that Steamboat Alley’s first work party met May 22 to paint the wall of the Delin building using recycled paint. Paola de la Concha is designing a mural about Toledo's past, present & future. She asks for ideas from folks about the subject matter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next work party will build planters 10 a.m. June 12 at the Alley.
Pam Olmstead via email on the Wine & Cheese Garden July 9: The liquor license has been mailed. I foresee no problems! I will be in contact with Steve & Cheryl Padula to finalize which wineries will be attending. Ethan Siegel is handling the food portion this year!
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Common Ground Flag Pole - Linda Bird-Sonne, excerpts via email: This garden (located at the Post Office Flag Pole site) is Common Ground's flagship of future planned projects and will be called the River's Edge Garden. Centrally located, the garden is designed to be cozy and cheerful and to represent everyone's hometown feel. As of May 18th, 2016, the River's Edge Garden has undergone its initial dramatic transformation from a randomly-planted garden overwhelmed by encroaching weeds to a fresh canvas sporting a promising layer of mulch. Purchase of plants is underway.
City Park Entry, Katie Pomeroy via email: The compost is now spread. Thanks to Brian Dennis, the soil looks great!
Marlea is planning on picking up the sand Wednesday. Dale Pomeroy pressure washed all the stones and it looks great! Plants will be in by Friday.
Community Clean Up - Mayor Dobosh presented a list of tasks to help spruce up the town. Volunteers are asked to meet at the City Boat Launch 9 a.m. Saturday, June 4.
Walk in the Park - Jill Davis via email: The Walk in the Park will be held on Saturday September 24, 2016. Registration/Check-in will begin 9 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 am. There will be a $15.00 entry fee. Each entrant will recieve a t-shirt. All monies from the registration fees, quilt raffle, and sponsors will go into an account with v:T and then be used as a partial match for the RCO grant that the City is applying for to renovate the RV camping sites and install an RV dump station in the Kemp Olson Memorial (City) Park.
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Toledo School District Supt. Rust handed out the Toledo School District's Capital Development plan. He is seeking the public's input to help decide which improvements should be addressed in the upcoming bond issue. He issued an invitation to all stakeholders to attend Facilities Advisory Committee meetings 6 p.m. third Wednesdays monthly at the high school District website FAC link here). He reminded everyone that all District board meeting documents including agendas and minutes are available online (District page link here). For more info contact Chris Rust, email@example.com or the District Office at (360)864-6325
Next vision:Toledo A.R.E. meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at the Morgan Arts Centre.
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