- #Ryleestrong, #Jessie Updates: Toledo Supports 2 Teens With Brain Trauma *
- National Weather Service: Rain & Winds Friday, Sunny & 80’s Thru Monday *
- FTC: FTC Sending Refunds to Victims of Tech Support Scam *
- FDA: Expanded RecallOf Lennox Natural Pig Ears *
- WA INS COMM: Kreidler Seeks $1.1 Million From Sham Health Care Ministry *
- Today: Children’s Theatre Performance, *
- Weekend Outlook: Bateaux Cellars, Our Closet Is Your Closet Event *
- And Beyond: Toledo City Council Monday *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Rylee is slowly healing and fighting hard to regain all movement on her left side. She had another MRI and it shows there is a slight piece of the tumor that remains deep in her brain. The doctors will continue to monitor it and are confident that they can attack it with radiation or chemotherapy later down the road. There is a small blood clot that has formed on her brain from surgery and they are hoping it will slowly disappear with medication. Rylee is in good spirits and continues to be positive, she is one tough girl for sure! She will be having a brain scan today and we are hoping that the drain tubes will be removed by Sunday. Keep the prayers flowing our way as we are feeling them all! #ryleestrong....
Katie Bowen wrote: Jessie (Jessica) Hull back in June had a brain aneurysm and got rushed to Mary Bridge for surgery. They were not able to get all of it due to swelling so she will have another surgery for them to block it then a surgery to get the rest of the mass. Her parents Lisa and Marty Hull are not on social media so I am in charge of updating the media and what not! I’ve been her friend since preschool.
Donna’s Place: Fundraiser For Rylee Rae Birdwell
The 50/50 drawing has begun! Come down to Donna’s place tickets are $1.00 each.
For those of you who don’t know, a 50/50 is buy a ticket who’s ever name is drawn get 50% the other 50% goes to Rylee.
Or you can donate back
Drawing will be held the night of the auction. Tentative date is set for Sept 7th.
Anyone wanting to donate items for silent auction please contact me
Thank you so much for the Love and the prayers for this young lady!
*Shared with permission
Lewis County Water Alliance Update: Monday BOCC Meeting Invites LCWA Supporters
Lewis County Commissioners - The Lewis County Commissioners meet 10:00 a.m. Mondays in BOCC Hearing Room – 2nd floor, Historic Courthouse, 351 NW North Street, Chehalis, Washington.
Lewis County Water Alliance has received so much support from other towns & regions seeking to halt commercial water interests that Washington Water Alliance has been created.
National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Friday Showers & Wind
*Sunny & temps in the 80’s Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Details at this link.
FTC: FTC Sending Refunds to Victims of Tech Support Scam
August 1, 2019 - The Federal Trade Commission is sending refund checks and PayPal payments totaling more than $802,000 to 12,140 consumers as part of a settlement with the operators of a St. Louis-based scam that tricked consumers into buying unnecessary technical support services.
Eligible consumers paid for tech support products and services from Global Access Technical Support, which also used the names Global sMind, Global S Connect, Yubdata Tech, and Technolive.
The FTC alleged the defendants worked with affiliate marketers to place pop-up ads that falsely claimed the consumer’s computer was infected with viruses or malware. The ads urged consumers to immediately call a toll-free number for help. When consumers called the number, they were connected to telemarketers who falsely claimed to be affiliated with Microsoft or Apple. The telemarketers claimed they needed remote access to consumers’ computers to diagnose the problem. Once given access, the telemarketers tricked consumers into believing that harmless directories on their computers were evidence of problems that required immediate repair.
Consumers who receive a check from the FTC should deposit or cash the checks within 60 days, as indicated on the check. For the first time, the FTC is also sending refund payments via PayPal to consumers for whom the agency does not have a mailing address. Consumers will have 30 days to accept the PayPal payment. The FTC’s consumer blog post provides more details about how the refund process will work.
The average refund amount is $66. The FTC never requires people to pay money or provide account information to cash a refund check. If recipients have questions about the refunds, they should contact the FTC’s refund administrator, Analytics, at 844-881-1379.
The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, read our blogs, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.
PRESS RELEASE REFERENCE:
Operators of Tech Support Scam Settle FTC Charges
FTC Charges Tech Support Companies With Using Deceptive Pop-Up Ads to Scare Consumers Into Purchasing Unneeded Services
*An identical tech support scam was reported in Lewis County last week; the perps used Ad Block to gain access, though any extension or affiliate marketing could be the vehicle. Please report these incidents to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, WA State Attorney General, and the FTC. Your report helps.
FDA: Expanded - The Lennox Intl Inc is Voluntary Recalling Natural Pig Ears on July 26, 2019
July 30, 2019 - Company Announcement
The Lennox Intl Inc located in Edison NJ, is expanding its voluntary recall of its Natural Pig ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products which are solely for the consumption by dogs.
The recalled products affected where shipped to nationwide distributors and/or retail stores from November 1st 2018, to July 3rd, 2019.
To date, Lennox is aware of cases of human illness related to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak in which several people identified Lennox pig eat treats as the brand they purchased. Individually shrink-wrapped product tested by FDA tested positive for Salmonella. Lennox’s pig ears are also sold bulk unwrapped.
WA State Office of the Insurance Commissioner: Kreidler seeks $1.1 million from sham health care sharing ministry for ripping off consumers
Aliera and Trinity deceived thousands about coverage, operated illegally in Washington
August 1, 2019
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is seeking a $1 million fine from Aliera Healthcare, Inc. (Aliera) (PDF, 439KB) and $100,000 from its partner, Trinity HealthShare, Inc. (Trinity) (PDF, 364KB) for selling sham health care sharing ministry memberships in Washington state.
Kreidler ordered the companies in May to immediately stop selling health insurance illegally and halt deceptive business practices. Since August 2018, Aliera and Trinity sold 3,058 policies to Washington consumers and collected $3.8 million in premium.
“Aliera and Trinity promised to provide people with coverage when they needed it only to leave consumers with huge medical bills,” said Kreidler. “I’m taking action today to send a message to all scam artists: if you harm our consumers, you will pay heavily.
“Shopping for health insurance can be very stressful – especially if you have to worry about being ripped off. True insurance companies have to meet rigorous standards before they can sell coverage to consumers. These companies are hiding behind a federal and state exemption that exists for legitimate health care sharing ministries and using it to rake in profit across the country on the backs of vulnerable consumers.”
Aliera, an unlicensed insurance producer in Washington, administered and marketed health coverage on behalf of Trinity HealthShare. Trinity represents itself as a health care sharing ministry. Such ministries are exempt from state insurance regulation and do not have to meet the same consumer protections guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. This includes providing coverage for anyone with a pre-existing medical condition.
A legal health care sharing ministry is a nonprofit organization whose members share a common set of ethical or religious beliefs and share medical expenses consistent with those beliefs.
Kreidler’s office has received more than 20 complaints from consumers about Aliera. Some believed they were buying health insurance without knowing they had joined a health care sharing ministry. Many discovered this when the company denied their claims because their medical conditions were considered pre-existing under the plan.
“Real health care sharing ministries can offer a valuable service to their members,” Kreidler said. “Unfortunately, we’re seeing players out there trying to use the exemptions for legitimate ministries to skirt insurance regulation and mislead trusting consumers. I want these outfits to know we’re on to them and we will hold them accountable.”
Kreidler’s investigation (PDF, 3.13MB) into Aliera found:
It provides misleading training to sales agents about the nature of its products.
It promotes misleading advertisements to consumers.
It inaccurately represents Trinity’s statement of faith.
It is operating both as an unregistered health care service contractor and an unlicensed discount plan organization.
It is selling insurance without a Washington insurance producer license.
Kreidler’s investigation into Trinity found that it fails to meet key federal and state requirements:
Trinity was formed on June 27, 2018, without any members. Federal and state laws require that health care sharing ministries be formed before Dec. 31, 1999, and their members to have been actively sharing medical costs.
Trinity's bylaws require members to adhere to a Protestant expression of Christian faith. However, its website markets memberships to people of all faiths, and its training materials for producers note that Trinity simply requires a belief in a higher power and a healthy lifestyle.
Both companies have 90 days to request a hearing and appeal Kreidler’s action.
Not Strictly Toledo: Parking Lot Sale - Through Sunday - Hosted by
A Second Time Around Thrift Store benefitting Lewis County Senior Centers
August 1st through the 4th we will be having our parking lot sale! All our clothing and linens will be $5 per bag and donated merchandise will be 50% off! This will be a great opportunity to stock up before the school year starts!
Tonight: Courage to Change Al-Anon AFG meets 7 PM Friday at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
Tonight: Morgan Arts Centre Hosts Annual Children’s Theatre Performance
Di Morgan says: Friday 8/2/19 at 7pm....
Children's Theater Workshop Presents: The Performance!
37 Kids and their directors are all excited! This is going to be fun for everyone.
Come, be our Guests...skits, plays, songs, dance, snack bar....you might want to bring along your own comfy camp chair. One show only....outdoor seating.
Join us 7 PM Friday, August 2 at the MAC for a free performance by our upcoming children’s theater workshop. www.morganartscentre.com
*Plenty of parking along the ToledoTel driveway right across the road.
Not Strictly Toledo: Our Closet Is Your Closet - Special Ladies Event Saturday
August 3, 2019
Ladies Size XL (&Above) Event!
Hosted by Our Closet is Your Closet
Tomorrow at 10 AM – 1 PM
Our Closet is Your Closet
702 SE First St., Winlock, Washington 98596
We have been blessed with an over abundance of really nice women's clothes sizes x-large & above!! If you, or anyone you know, has a need for those sizes; we are going to open up a whole room dedicated just to you!! Please come by and let our blessing become your blessing!! Thank you and God Bless!!
Saturday: August 3: Bateaux Cellars hosts One Day Wine and Wellness Retreat
Saturday: Lewis County Solid Waste Utility - Hazo Hut & Swap Shack
Hazo Hut and the Swap Shack at the Central Transfer Station in Centralia are open today 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 plus first and third Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
Free wood chips are available at the transfer station in Centralia (in the parking lot outside the main gate). You can bring a shovel to load your own vehicle or call our admin office at 360-740-1451 to make an appointment to have one of our workers load your truck or trailer.
Reminder: Lewis County Free Residential Vouchers available May 1 - September 30, 2019
Monday: Toledo City Council meets 6 PM first and third Mondays monthly. The public is welcome & invited to attend. Dates may change if scheduled on or near a federal holiday.
Visit www.toledowa.us or call (360)864-4564.
Workshops & Special Meetings: Occasionally the council will hold a workshop or special meeting. Dates and times will be announced prior to meetings. Generally they are held the same night of council meetings.
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
TES PTO posted: 2019/2020 School Supply Lists!!
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.
Update: Lewis County Water Alliance has received so much support from other towns & regions seeking to halt commercial water interests that Washington Water Alliance has been created.
*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!
Wendy Carolan: Lewis County Kinship Support Group
There are many of us out here raising grandkids or other family members.
Join us as we share support and resources.
Thru August: Farmers Insurance: School Supply Drive
Thru August: Cafe Aromaz: Back To School Drive for Toledo Students
August 5-9: Toledo Lioness Scholarship Fundraiser
Monday, August 5th thru Friday, August 9th we will be at the south bound Toutle River Rest Area from 8am to 8pm offering treats, water and coffee for donations. All of our proceeds are used for our 2 scholarships. If you would like to help our club we are accepting cookies (without nuts/peanut butter), pretzels, popcorn and Graham crackers. All donations can be dropped off at Phillipps Insurance.
August 9: Free Youth Coaching Clinic @ Fort Borst Park, Centralia
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 10: Mt St Helens Institute Awesome Hike
August 24: 4th Annual Sky And Star Party hosted by Mount St Helens Institute
August 24-25: 55th Annual Gas Show & Threshing Bee hosted by Cowltiz Prairie Grange
August 31: Mt St Helens Institute Awesome Hike
September 14: Down Home - A Toledo Shindig Benefitting Toledo Schoolchildren In Need
September 14: Mt St Helens Institute Awesome Hike
September 14, 2019: Fall Orchard & Nursery Tour @ Burnt Ridge Nursery, Onalaska
September 20-22: Women of the Woods @ Camp Singing Wind
September 21-29: ARTrails 2019 Studio Tour
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.
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
WDFW: Dangerous wildlife
To report poaching in progress and emergency dangerous wildlife complaints, dial 911.
For non-emergency poaching or violation reporting, or non-emergency dangerous wildlife complaints, call 877-933-9847, or submit an online report. You can also text your poaching/violation tip to 847411 (TIP411).
Dangerous wildlife incident reports
Review wolf, cougar, and grizzly bear incidents in Washington state.
Response to dangerous wildlife complaints
WDFW policy directs agency employees to respond appropriately to dangerous wildlife incidents.
Cougar Management Removal Permit Program
Cougar removals may be conducted if warranted by a human-cougar interactions or a livestock or pet depredation.
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