- Morgan Arts Centre: Camp Picasso - The Blue Period *
- Lewis County Water Alliance: Saturday Letter Writing Workshop *
- National Weather Service: High Temps Return *
- CDC: Update - Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pig Ear Dog Treats *
- FDA: Recall - Mizkan America Recalls Select RAGÚ Pasta Sauces *
- FTC: More than $708,000 Returned to Consumers and Businesses *
- WA RCO: “Don’t Let It Loose” Art Contest *
- Today: Courage To Change Al-Anon AFG *
- Weekend Outlook: Kids Garden Work Party *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Image credits Morgan Arts Center
Lewis County Water Alliance Update: Saturday Workshop
July 20, 2019 - Protest Letter Writing Workshop
Public · Hosted by Craig Jasmer and Lois Lopez
1 PM – 3 PM @ White Pass Jr. Sr. High School
516 Silverbrook Rd, Randle, Washington 98377
July 27, 2019 - Postcard Party to #SaveCowlitzWater
Public · Hosted by Kay Tarapolsi
1 PM – 6 PM @ Randle Fire & EMS
9978 US Highway 12, Randle, Washington 98377
*The Other Toledo is committed to supporting our upriver neighbors in their challenge to preserve this precious natural resource. After all, we all live downstream.
*Special thanks to Deanna Busdieker, who condensed posts & threads into a shared folder: Link here.
National Weather Service Seattle: Warmer temperatures on the way!
Cliff Mass Weather and Climate Blog: The Strongest Summer Jet Stream to Hit the Pacific Northwest EVER!
An extraordinary weather event has been occurring above our heads during the past 24-hour. A record that was not only broken, but shattered to little pieces.
The strongest summer jet stream ever observed over the Pacific Northwest.
The jet stream is a narrow current of strong winds in the upper troposphere (roughly 25,000 ft to 35,000 ft above sea level). It is often the conduit for storms and is associated with a large temperature gradient (change in temperature with horizontal distance) in the middle and lower troposphere.
CDC: Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Pig Ear Dog Treats
July 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET - CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to contact with pig ear dog treats.
Since the last update on July 3, 2019, 48 ill people and three additional Salmonella serotypes have been added to this investigation. Additional Salmonella serotypes include Infantis, London, and Newport.
As of July 17, 2019, a total of 93 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 27 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page.
This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.
FDA: Mizkan America, Inc., Announces Voluntary Recall of Select Varieties/Production Codes of RAGÚ Pasta Sauce
July 15, 2019 - Mizkan America, Inc., announced the voluntary recall of select production codes of certain RAGÚ® pasta sauces in the U.S. because the sauce may contain fragments of plastic… Mizkan America also asks consumers to examine their refrigerator and pantry inventory for the specific jars affected by this recall. Any recalled sauce should be discarded and not consumed.
This voluntary recall is limited to the pasta sauces with specific production codes, which were distributed nationwide.
List of codes, product pics & more...
*Note: When posting FDA Food, Drug & Pet Food Recalls, The Other Toledo omits those announcements that do not affect Washington State & the region.
For up-to-date info on all recalls, visit FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts page. Link here: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm
For other food-related alerts, visit USDA’s FSIS (Food Safety & Inspection Service) page.
Link here: http://tinyurl.com/yy4cdes9
USDA: USDA Has More Than $400 Million Still Available for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Loan Guarantees
Funding Helps Farmers, Rural Small Businesses and Ag Producers Cut Energy Costs
WASHINGTON, July 18, 2019– Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today encouraged farmers, rural small businesses and agricultural producers to apply for financing in a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that provides loan guarantees to help rural small businesses lower their energy costs.
“Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to increasing economic development in rural communities across the country through strong partnerships with rural businesses,” Baxley said. “USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is an important tool to help strengthen and grow the rural economy.”
USDA accepts applications for REAP funding year-round. Potential applicants should contact their state USDA Rural Development office for additional information.
REAP funding can be used for renewable energy systems such as anaerobic digesters, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, wind and solar. It also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems; insulation; and lighting and refrigeration. Below are some examples of USDA’s REAP investments.
- Edgehill Farms, an ag tourism center in Oakland, Ky., received a $34,596 loan guarantee to install a 34.8-kilowatt photovoltaic array system on the roof of its ham processing facility. The system will generate approximately 45,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually that will be sold directly to the local utility, earning $4,448 for the firm annually.
- In Magnolia, N.C., Optima KV received a $6.5 million loan guarantee for an anaerobic digester that will help hog producers dispose of waste by converting it to energy. The project aggregates multiple biogas streams at a refinery. The resulting natural gas is then transported via pipeline to a power plant to generate electricity. The digester produces additional revenue for hog producers and a cleaner environment.
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Supporting the rural workforce was a cornerstone recommendation of the task force.
To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB) (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB) (PDF, 190 KB).
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
FTC: FTC Returns More than $708,000 to Consumers and Businesses Tricked Into Paying for Unordered Light Bulbs and Cleaning Supplies
July 17, 2019 - The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 3,615 checks totaling $708,586 to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other consumers who were tricked into paying for overpriced office supplies—including light bulbs and cleaning supplies—that they did not order. The average refund amount is $196.
The refunds are the result of a court order obtained against Lighting X-Change Company, LLC, which operated using several different names. The company’s telemarketers allegedly failed to disclose they were making a sales call, pretended they had a previous business relationship with the recipients, and falsely claimed that they wanted to send a free sample or catalog.
Instead, they sent light bulbs and cleaning supplies without disclosing the price up-front, and billed the recipients much more than market price for the products. Businesses that paid for the unordered products received additional unordered shipments, along with new invoices seeking payment.
In addition to banning the defendants from the illegal shipping and billing practices, the FTC’s settlement order imposes a $720,000 judgment, which the Commission is using to provide refunds.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Recalls - K2 Skates, Bodum Toasters, Factory Direct Wholesale Mattresses
#Recall: K2 Skates inline skates; Wheel can separate from the skate’s frame, posing a fall hazard. Get free repair. CONTACT: 866-734-5746 or www.k2skates.com. Full recall notice: http://bit.ly/2XSmdlp
#Recall: Bodum Toasters; The toasters can leak electric current when operating at the maximum normal temperature; shock hazard. Get full refund. CONTACT: 833-722-6386 or www.bodum.com. Full recall notice: http://bit.ly/2SuK5Lb
#Recall: Factory Direct Wholesale folding mattresses which can be used as a chair or bed; mattresses fail to meet flammability standard, fire risk; get free cover -CONTACT: email@example.com, paylesshere.com or 800-631-0449. Full recall notice: http://bit.ly/2YZPGeK
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office: Calling all artists!
The Washington Invasive Species Council wants your art! Consider submitting an entry to the Council's contest, which highlights the dangers of releasing pets and plants into the wild.
Entries due August 9, 2019. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2YX5ZsP
Tonight: Courage to Change Al-Anon AFG meets 7 PM Friday at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
Saturday: TES PTO: Toledo Elementary School Garden Work Party is Seeking Volunteers
July 20th 9:00am-2:00pm
Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Garden Club Kids and their families, TESPTO, Toledo Lions and Lioness', Toledo Garden Club, Toledo Seniors and all interested volunteer groups and individuals are invited to help with the remaining 2019 garden projects and general garden upkeep.
Some of the projects include:
* Assembly and filling of raised beds
* Replanting of orchard
* Assembly of compost bins
* Laying of weed control paper and chips
* Weeding and weed wacking
Any amount of time you can give is greatly appreciated.
Also Saturday: Not Strictly Toledo: Hazo Hut and the Swap Shack at the Central Transfer Station in Centralia are open Saturday 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.
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
September 21-29: ARTrails 2019 Studio Tour
Travel through scenic rural areas and historic cities and towns in and around Lewis County, Washington and visit 37 artists at 17 locations showing, demonstrating, and selling their work.
Starting in mid-July, pick up a studio guide for a map and information on each artist. We have lots of hands-on activities for all ages! Visit one or visit them all with this free self-guided tour. September 21-22 & 28-29. Studios are open weekends only, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Also visit the Exhibition Gallery where each participating artist has one piece of work on display at 210 Railroad Ave in Centralia in the historic train depot September 21-29.
Esther Borte Memorial Water Park is open for business
2 quarters to start then 5 additional minutes per quarter
Located in Kemp Olson (City) Park, Toledo.
The Cat's Meow Spay, Neuter & Adoption Project: Become A Supporting Member!*
PLEASE GIVE SO WE CAN KEEP HELPING
Please take 5 to give 5. It just takes 5 minutes...or less....to sign up with PayPal to pledge $5 a month. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr…
The Cat's Meow has faithfully served SW Washington for 10 years. We have helped CLOSE TO 10 THOUSAND people and cats with rescue, adoption, transport to other no-kill rescues, low-cost spay/neuter, emergency vet care, supplies, training, referrals and more.
*Loyal supporter since 2013. Join me now.
Lewis County Water Alliance - We are a citizens group in Randle, WA fighting to keep Crystal Geyser from bottling and exporting our water. Our goal is to protect our water and environment for our families, our farms, our fish, and our future.
It is going to take some Big Change in order to keep Big Water corporations out of the Big Bottom and out of Washington State.
Mark your calendars: LC Planning Commission Meeting 6 PM Tuesday July 23
*Special thanks to Deanna Busdieker, who condensed posts & threads into a shared folder: Link here.
Updated several times daily. The Other Toledo is committed to supporting our upriver neighbors in their challenge to preserve this precious natural resource. After all, we all live downstream.
Joe Notch reminds everyone: Vessel Safety Checks
You can request a free courtesy vessel exam by going to the Coast Guard 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/
*PS They’ll come right to you for that courtesy vessel inspection. Joe Notch said so!
July 9-31: Silent Auction @ Toledo Senior Center
July 27: Mt St Helens Institute hosts 10 Mile Awesome Hike
August 9-11: Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival @ Toledo HIgh School
*Special pricing for Senior Citizens - contact General Cothren for details.
**Special kids offer: instruments available for loan & lessons - contact General Cothren.
August 24-25: 55th Annual Gas Show & Threshing Bee hosted by Cowltiz Prairie Grange
September 24: Down Home - A Toledo Shindig Benefitting Toledo Schoolchildren In Need
September 20-22: Women of the Woods @ Camp Singing Wind
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
Cliff Mass Weather & Climate Blog: https://cliffmass.blogspot.com/
Visualize wildfire smoke with NASAWorldview - https://go.nasa.gov/2T7olog
Emergency Alerts: https://www.ready.gov/alerts (concise list with links)
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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