- National Weather Service: Next 5 Days *
- TES PTO: STEM Fundraiser For Greenhouse *
- Governor Inslee: Juneteenth Proclamation, Press Releases *
- Washington State Department of Agriculture: National Pollinator Week *
- Toledo Community Library: TRL Summer Reading Program *
- Health Corner: Public Health Insider - Get Ready For Wildfire Smoke Season *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Second Time Around Benefitting Lewis County Seniors *
- Today: Toledo Thursday Market, City Planning, School Board Meeting*
- Friday: Red Cross Blood Drive @ Presbyterian Church *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Fantastic day on the Cowlitz River above Toledo at Dragonfly Cove !!!
National Weather Service Seattle:
TES PTO: STEM Podcast – Insider tips for greenhouse pros: KidsGardening.org: Helping Young Minds Grow
PSA: Lewis County Beekeepers Association posted: From ‘Nettles’ to ‘Volcano,’ a Pain Scale for Insect Stings (ScienceFriday.com)
LCBA says Honey bees didn’t even make the top 15 for painful stings:
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Associated Press: 1 in 6 ER visits or hospital stays triggers ‘surprise’ bill
June 20, 2019 - Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a “surprise” medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher.
Next Wednesday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee plans to vote on bipartisan legislation that would limit what patients can be charged to their in-network deductibles and copays. The bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and PATTY MURRAY, D-WASH., would require insurers to pay out-of-network doctors and hospitals the median — or midpoint — rate paid to in-network providers. The House Energy and Commerce committee is working on similar legislation. President Donald Trump has said he wants to sign a bill.
Complete story here.
U.S. Department of Agriculture: USDA Organic Seal
Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner posted:
Governor Jay Inslee: Juneteenth
This day reminds us of an important milestone along the path to equity in the United States, but it is also a critical reminder that this work is far from done. Leaders nationwide must recommit their efforts to actualizing the ideals of equality and justice for all.
Governor Jay Inslee: Inslee, health care leaders, patients kick off nation’s first public option health care effort
Protecting Washingtonians against that uncertainty is why Gov. Jay Inslee and legislators passed the nation’s first public health care option.
“We should not be cautious and conservative on this,” Inslee said. “We should be bold and energetic.”
Inslee convened health care leaders, legislators, elected leaders and stakeholders in Seattle Wednesday to discuss the first steps of implementing Cascade Care, an effort that will be led by the Exchange.
Governor Jay Inslee: Inslee, Ferguson statement on final EPA rollback of Clean Power Plan
Washington State Department of Agriculture: National Pollinator Week
It's #NationalPollinatorWeek, so tell us what pollinator-friendly practices you do to support pollinators!
This video (link here) is from our social media manager. Last year she was taking photos of runner bean flowers after a rain and this bumblebee crawled on her hand and stayed there for 10 minutes while drying off!
Toledo Community Library: TRL Summer Reading Program
Please come and enjoy the programs TRL (Timberland Regional Library) is making available to us!
A few housekeeping items:
Items may be delivered day of sale, on Saturday morning July 13. No early drops.
Price tags strongly encouraged - unmarked goods subject to “by donation.”
Remaining items to be donated to A Second Time Around Thrift Store benefitting Lewis County Senior Centers, so the Giving Back continues to help locally.
Toledo Community Library open Wednesday until 6 PM, Thursday & Saturday until 5 PM.
Timberland Regional Library kiosk in lobby. Order books online, pick up in Toledo.
Open until 6 PM Wednesday, 5 PM Thursday & Saturday.
Also on Facebook.
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Health Corner: PUBLIC HEALTH INSIDER - Get Ready for Wildfire Smoke Season
June 19, 2019 - Summertime has always been a glorious time of year in the Puget Sound. We’ve had some gorgeous days and it’s not even July 4th (what has traditionally been the unofficial start of summer around here). But the past two summers also included a most unwelcome summer visitor: wildfire smoke. As a result of climate change, we should be prepared for more frequent and larger wildfires during Pacific Northwest summers. The summer forecast is for drier, warmer weather than previous years, and there have already been a record number of small wildfires across western Washington this year. Now is the time to get ready for smoke season, especially taking steps to protect your health.
Wildfire smoke is unhealthy for everyone. It contains small particles and other chemicals that can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. It can cause your eyes to burn and your nose to run, and lead to wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and headaches. It can also aggravate existing lung, heart, and circulatory conditions, including asthma and angina. Children, older adults, pregnant women and people with underlying cardiovascular disease and lung disease are especially sensitive to wildfire smoke.
Consider getting an air purifier to help keep air clean at home. Air purifiers with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will reduce the number of irritating fine particles in indoor air. A HEPA filter with charcoal will help remove some of the gases from the smoke. Do not use an air purifier that produces ozone. More information: EPA’s Indoor Air Filtration Factsheet
A DIY air cleaner may be an easy and cost-effective way to clean air inside your home. Information on how to construct a portable air cleaner and important safety tips to follow while using one of these fans can be found at Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s DIY Air Filter website.
Keep in mind that heat can also be harmful to your health, so if you aren’t able to go to a place with air-conditioning and it’s too hot indoors, it’s better to open the windows for a short time to cool the indoor space than to overheat.*
Plan ahead at work
Of course, some people need to be outdoors for their work and other responsibilities. There are options to reduce exposure to smoke, even for people who work outdoors, but it may require some planning before the smoke arrives.
Talk to your supervisor about possible options to reduce the amount of time you spend outdoors by performing desk work or other alternate tasks on smoky days. The air quality level can change quickly, so check air quality conditions regularly and if possible, adjust your schedule to avoid the most hazardous smoke conditions. If you must work outside, take frequent breaks in air-conditioned locations (like a grocery store, convenience store, or coffee shop) and drink plenty of water. Keeping hydrated reduces the amount of smoke that can travel deep into your lungs and can help alleviate some symptoms of wildfire smoke exposure.
Limiting your exposure to smoke is the best protection. However, if you must be outdoors consider whether an N95 respirator mask is appropriate for you. Wearing a face mask is not always helpful; in some cases, masks can make certain health conditions worse because it takes more effort to breathe through a mask. Only N95 or N100 type respirators can help, and then only when fitted properly. They do not work for everyone; for instance, they don’t seal properly if you have facial hair and they are not designed for children. If you use a mask, find one that fits your face closely (you may have to try different brands to find the right one) and replace it frequently. Most masks are good for hours, not days at a time. Check with your healthcare provider if you have questions. More information is available from Washington State Labor and Industries about wildfire smoke and dust masks at work.
Know what to do during wildfire smoke season
Check the air quality forecast. Air quality conditions may change quickly. Go to Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website or follow them on Twitter (@pscleanair) for the current smoke level report for King County. Their forecasts will let you know when air quality has reached unhealthy levels.
Keep indoor air clean. Close windows and doors to prevent smoke from coming in. If you have air conditioning, set it to recirculate the air, or use a fan to help keep the space cooler. Use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter if possible. Avoid activities that increase pollutants inside the home or stir up particles, like smoking, using candles, or vacuuming.
Take advantage of this time before the smoke clouds our skies. Check with your healthcare provider, make plans with your co-workers and childcare givers, consider purchasing a box fan or air purifier–and most importantly, get out and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest outdoors while the air is clear!
Throughout the wildfire smoke season, Public Health will work closely with our partners at the Washington State Department of Health, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and the cities within King County to provide information about how to protect your health. More information is available on our Wildfire Smoke and Health website.
Special thanks to Meredith Li-Vollmer, risk communications specialist at Public Health - Seattle & King County.
*Or set up your 10-minute $10 DIY Air Conditioner
Not Strictly Toledo: A Second Time Around Thrift Store benefitting Lewis County Senior Centers
Thursday 6/20, All clothing and linens will be 50% off!!
The regularly scheduled Toledo School Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Toledo Middle School Library. The public is invited to attend. More info at: http://www.toledoschools.us/index.html
And: Toledo City Planning Commission convenes 7 PM in City Council Chambers. Public welcome & encouraged to attend.
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!
6/22 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/
!! NEW !! Lewis County Permaculture: Lewis County Water Alliance Hopes To Halt Proposed Plant
Crystal Geyser has purchased 80 acres along the Cowlitz River and applied for a permit to bottle 400 gallons of river water per minute. There is a group coming together to protest this plant, and they have a meeting in Randle in June 26th.
Who: Lewis County Water Alliance
What: Town Hall Meeting
When: 6 PM June 26, 2019
Where: Randle Fire & Rescue, US Highway 12
Why: The purpose of this meeting is to come together as a community in opposition of Crystal Geyser’s plan to build a water bottling plant on Peters Road.
June 22: Mondo Croquet Tournament @ Kemp Olson Park
June 26: Cheesecakes Around the World @ Morgan Arts Centre
June 26: Cowlitz Prairie Grange Wildfire Preparedness Presentation
June 28-30: Resonance Restival 2019 @ Camp Singing Wind
August 9-11: Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival @ 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.
Toledo Thursday Market 2019 TTM Vendor Application.
Toledo Thursday Market 2019 Application PDF link here.
Tax-deductible GoFundMe page here.
*ISO a part-time manager and someone who will help us with social media visibility.
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.
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network has a new Tremor Map: https://tinyurl.com/y2pcbust
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
Lewis County Burn Restrictions in effect 06.17.2019. Check here for changes.
Keep abreast of burn bans statewide: WA Burn Bans
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