How was your weekend?
And while we’re at it, let’s wish our neighbors across the freeway an Atta Girl for kicking off their Saturday Farmers and Artisan Market.
*Correction: Diana says when announcing our Nutrition Meals there is no cost... It is a suggested donation of $3.00.
Reservations required - June 8 Toledo Senior Center Nutrition Lunch menu offers roast beef sandwich, green salad, chips, fruit cocktail and a cookie, June 10 beef tips over rice, spinach, cottage cheese and a brownie. Nutrition Lunches Wednesday and Friday are sponsored in part by Area Agency on Aging. Suggested donation of $3.00 for those 60+ years of age. Contact Diana, email@example.com or call (360)864-2112.
Also: Items now being accepted for Toledo Senior Center’s noted Second Time Around Sale. For specifics, contact Diana, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360)864-2112.
Monday: Terry Holmes will be honored for serving 13 years as an outstanding Athletic Director 5 p.m. at the High School, and he will continue to teach next year. Link here.
Toledo City Council meeting 6 p.m. first and third Mondays monthly. Dates may change if scheduled on or near a federal holiday. Visit www.toledowa.us or call (360)864-4564.
Now on a more serious note…
One loyal reader asked me to pass along an opportunity to make a difference on a large scale. Seldom do I venture into vigorous political debate these days, preferring to highlight Toledo’s upbeat news such as Common Ground’s pocket garden revitalization, Steamboat Alley’s transformation of an unused passageway to an inviting walk through Toledo’s river history, the Library’s continual successes in upgrading their technology and bringing great events to our little corner of the Universe.
And Toledo news keeps me more than busy enough - Steamboat Plaza opening any minute now, Sandy’s Pizza under new ownership, Cheese Days less than 5 weeks out and more great summer events on the way...
Some issues transcend the boundaries of our 864 prefix, the bigger picture cloaked in promising adjectives and skillful promotional jargon, painted with vivid colors and smiling, working families.
No, I’m not talking about the election.
I’m talking about Coal and the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview, WA. Says our reader’s source: Public comment is open until June 13 to the Army Corps of Engineers. Will you please submit your comments if you have not done so already, and alert anyone else you know who would be willing to do the same? (Washington Environmental Council newsletter link here.)
And I’m gonna go all NIMBY on you here (Google it) because I left Metropolis in 2012 for good, literally gasping for breath and sliding inexorably closer to my last gasp but for a no-nonsense indie practitioner who abruptly reversed my breathlessness early in April so that I can honestly, actually, literally, smell the roses. And the other stuff too - it’s all sweet!
By the time I was 18 years old, I recognized the answer to my future lay in blue-collar. (Shameless plug link here.) My resume includes decades of blue-collar work, from longshoring (yes!) and warehousing, local and over-the-road driving, various construction-related occupations, all of which had a cumulative impact on my eroding health. And it’s a cinch my recent recovery would not be so remarkable in Metropolis.
Today my first Toledo friend texts, chats and emails (thanks to Toledo’s high-speed connectivity) as her breath ebbs day by day. So did I, until early April. In my view I’ve been granted a second chance, not to be squandered or taken lightly.
Don’t waste your precious breath. Make it count. ***
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