In today’s column:
- Summer Solstice: Stonehenge Attracts Thousands
- Friends Of The Toledo Library: Cheese Days Book & Bake Sale
- Visiting Hooves: ISO Summer Volunteers
- Lewis County Permaculture Society: House Farm Bill Voted Down Back On Floor
- Bryans Bees: ISO Lewis County Hands, Lands, Beekeepers
- LC Solid Waste Utility: Semi Truck Tire Recycle Fee Increase
- KATU News Alert: Soaring Temps Make For Hot Playground Equipment
- Regal Cinemas: $1 Summer Movies Return
- Today: Thursday Market, Planning Commission, School Board
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
Why do people gather at Stonehenge in England on the solstice?
Summer solstice at Stonehenge. Info and photos here.
Summer Solstice was 3:07 AM this morning.
Friends of the Toledo Library announce:
Victoria L. Smith invites:
High school girls, or retirees, need something fun to do this summer?
Volunteer to work with miniature therapy horses and bunnies.
Private message me. Visiting Hooves, Toledo, WA.
Lewis County Permaculture Society‘s Chrys Ostrander shared an update:
Back in May, the US House of Representatives voted to REJECT a House version of the Farm Bill. The partisan House version was very bad for farmers, bad for low-income eaters, bad for the environment.
Despite the 'NO' vote, the bad House version is not dead. A "motion to reconsider" was passed allowing another House floor vote on the same bill that will likely occur on Friday, June 22.
Call your U.S. Representatives and urge them to vote NO on the House version of theFarm Bill: 1 202-224-3121.
Here’s a sampling of what's wrong with the House version, taken from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition website:
Conservation – the House bill erases support for resource stewardship on 70 million acres (that’s an area the size of Nevada!) of working farm and ranchland by completely eliminating the Conservation Stewardship Program.
Local food – the House bill abandons local farmers by cutting all funding for several programs that invest in helping farmers connect to local and regional buyers and in improving healthy food access.
Beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers – the House bill misses the mark by failing to invest more in beginning farmers, military veteran farmers, and farmers of color. With the average age of farmers continuing to rise, the status quo is not enough to ensure the success of these key farmer communities.
Crop insurance and commodities – the House bill opens major new loopholes allowing for unlimited subsidies that will continue to distort land prices and create an unfair playing field for farmers.
According to the National Organic Coalition, the House bill zeros out funding for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, and significantly cuts certification cost share assistance through the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Act as well. It proposes changes to the National Organic Standards Board (that was designed to maintain the intgrity of USDA's National Organic Program) that are unnecessary and weaken the authority of the Board
And to top off that list of bad proposals in the House version are profound changes that would limit access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) through eligibility restrictions, benefit cuts, and/or program changes that will hurt both our agricultural community and the nutrition needs of low-income residents of Washington State and the nation.
The U.S. Senate is working on its own Farm Bill version. While not perfect, the Senate process has been far more bipartisan than in the House and contains some positive aspects.
Additional posts in the near future will have information of action needed regarding the Senate Farm Bill version, so stay tuned! Call your U.S. Representative today: REJECT the House version of the Farm Bill. 1 202-224-3121.
Here's some current info re the Farm Bill from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition:
Also under Lewis County Permaculture Society, Bryan Castro asks:
Hello everyone! I am a beekeeper who specializes in live bee rescues. I am desperately looking for somewhere I can keep a few colonies of bees, even temporarily. I put my website up thinking I would have time before the phone started ringing, and I am suddenly overwhelmed with calls from people wanting bees removed. I am completely on hold until I get somewhere to put them after I rescue them. I am also looking for apprentice beekeepers that I can train to help me. Please contact me if you are interested in helping me out!
Based in Ventura County, CA, he’s expanding to Seattle & Portland where he transports hives during California fruit-spraying season. In this YouTube video, he tours Lewis County in late May, visits RainTree Nursery, and stops in at Lewis County Beekeepers.
Also on Facebook.
Lewis County Solid Waste Utility warns:
The fee to recycle semi-truck tires will go up at Lewis County transfer stations beginning July 2.
Semi-truck tires off the rim will be $10 each and semi-truck tires on the rim will be $20 each.
KATU News alert:
ATTENTION PARENTS: Keep this in mind when taking little ones to the park on a hot summer day!
Not Strictly Toledo: Regal Cinemas returns $1 Summer Movie Express this summer.
Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the summertime!
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies in most locations start at 10:00 am. Check with your theatre for exact showtimes. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
Schedule at this link. Next week: Despicable Me 2 plus How to Train Your Dragon 2
Regal Cinema @ Three Rivers Mall is a participating theatre.
- World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Event @ The Evergreen State College*
- Needle Craft Session 3 - 5 PM @ Toledo Community Library
- Thursday Market 3 - 7 PM @ Front Street across from Boat Launch.
- School Board Meeting 7 PM @ Middle School Library. Agenda link here.
- City Planning Commission 7 PM @ Town Hall.
*Not Strictly Toledo
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
For The Summer: Seasonal Maintenance Worker 25-30 HRS/WK.
NW Permaculture Convergence ISO* dedicated Publicity/Outreach team lead
Morgan Arts Centre Summer Camps update:
Parents are making summer plans for their children's activities.
May we suggest an week (M-Th) of Camp Picasso - July 23-26 from 9 until noon.
Or possibly for the more dramatic: Children's Theater Workshop 9-3 M-F July 30 - August 3 with the performance on Friday evening at 7pm.
We have just a few opening remaining for these camps.
June 23: Lewis County Solid Waste Utility Hugelkulture, Worm Composting Workshops
June 23: Acrylic Dirty Paint Pour Lioness Club Fundraiser @ Donna’s Place
June 25-29: Vacation Bible School @ Toledo First Baptist
June 29: WSU Ext. Cooking For Outdoor Activities @ Fort Borst Park
June 29 - July 1: Resonance Restival @ Camp Singing Wind
July 9 - 13: Toledo Seniors @ NB Toutle Rest Stop
July 12-15: Cheese Days Toledo
August 10-12: Mt St Helens Bluegrass Festival 34th Annual @ Toledo High School
August 25-26: Cowlitz Prairie Grange 54th Annual Gas Show & Threshing Bee
September 22: Esther Borte’s 3rd Annual Walk in the Park
September 28-30: Camp Singing Wind Hosts 11th Permaculture Convergence
One Last Visit to See My Brother GoFundMe page to reunite Leon Charger with 80yo brother
Toledo Community Library offers free Ukulele lessons Thursdays.
TES PTO Kids Garden ISO* garden sponsors.
Toledo Youth Baseball ISO* Signboard sponsors. Message Brooke Sellards Acosta.
Toledo Middle School PTO supports laptops for students. GoFundMe page.
Steamboat Alley Paver Forms available @ link or downtown businesses.
Toledo Thursday Market PDF vendor forms. $10/week, handmade & homegrown.
Cheese Days Toledo 2018 parade & vendor sign up forms.
Plus: The Legend Of Bigfoot in 7 weekly episodes.
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