- Wood Sorrel Forest School: Back To School - Outdoors *
- National Weather Service: Sunny & Dry Through Friday, Rainy Next Week *
- FTC: FTC Sends Refunds to Victims of Debt Collection Scheme *
- US Consumer Protection Agency: Rite Aid Recalls Folding Patio Chairs *
- Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: DV Employment Leave *
- Thursday Health Corner: Guest Post - What Hypnosis Is, Isn’t, & FAQ *
- Not Strictly Toledo: VETS CAFE - An Open Letter *
- Today: Gallery 505 Opening Night, Toledo Thursday Market *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Toledo Thursday Market
Toledo School District shared: Weight Room Organizer
Wood Sorrel Forest School: Back To School - Outdoors
National Weather Service Seattle: Sunny & Dry Through Friday, Rainy Next Week
FTC: Google and YouTube Will Pay Record $170 Million for Alleged Violations of Children’s Privacy Law
September 4. 2019 - Google LLC and its subsidiary YouTube, LLC will pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that the YouTube video sharing service illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent.
The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to New York for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. The $136 million penalty is by far the largest amount the FTC has ever obtained in a COPPA case since Congress enacted the law in 1998.
FTC Sends Refunds to Victims of Debt Collection Scheme
September 4, 2019 - The Federal Trade Commission is sending refund checks totaling more than $516,000 to 3,977 consumers as the result of a settlement with the operators of a debt collection scheme that allegedly tricked people into paying money for debts they did not owe. The average refund amount is $129.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission: Rite Aid Recalls Folding Patio Chairs Due to Fall Hazard
Recalled Folding Padded Patio Chair
Hazard: The chair frame can bend causing the user to fall, posing a risk of injury.
Recall date: August 29, 2019
Units: About 18,800
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence posted: DV Employment Leave
Did you know about the Washington State Domestic Violence Employment Leave Law? Employers and Employees need to know.
If someone is being abused at home, state law says that they can take time off from work without being fired or demoted.
Two brochures go over the law, one with helpful information for survivors and advocates and one to share with employers.
Copy and paste this link for details: https://wscadv.org/resources/employment-leave-law/
Check out this survivor’s experience in the news this week in Spokane, WA:
Nurse wins $260,000 judgment against former Deaconess owners over domestic violence leave.
Lewis County Solid Waste Utility: Greenscaping: Pesticide Alternatives
September 7, 2019 - Lewis County Solid Waste Utility, Central Transfer Station
Health Corner: Guest Post - What Hypnosis Is, What It Is Not, And Answers To Other Frequently Asked Questions…
Myths & Facts about Hypnosis:
You may have seen a Stage Hypnosis show, or seen representations of Hypnosis on TV or in a Movie. I think Stage Hypnosis is great, because it offers exposure to the world of Hypnosis, and gives some idea of the Power of the Unconscious Mind. Hypnosis on TV or in the Movies is most often a complete mis-representation of what Hypnosis is and how it actually works.
The most common thing I hear from a Client after our first Hypnosis Session is, “That didn’t feel like I thought it would.”
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring Trance State where the attention is sharply focused, the Conscious Mind becomes relaxed & passive, and that allows direct access to the Unconscious Mind.
The truth is, everyone goes into and out of trance states at various times throughout the day.
The brain doesn’t easily differentiate between what we imagine/remember, and what we are experiencing in our immediate environment. If you’ve ever vividly recalled a previous argument, and felt angry all over again, you were in a trance state. The argument wasn’t happening in the present moment, but the act of vividly remembering it triggered the emotional reaction all over again.
It’s the same when watching a film or television. If you’ve ever had an emotional experience while watching TV or a movie, you were in trance. Nothing at all was actually happening to you. You were watching images on the screen and hearing sounds, but you were mentally identifying so closely with what you were seeing and hearing, that it evoked an emotional response. That too is a trance state.
Gamers experience this phenomenon even more acutely. They become so immersed in a game that they can completely lose track of time. After gaming for hours on end, they come out of their trance, hungry, stiff from sitting in one position for too long, and needed to visit the bathroom urgently.
Hypnosis is intentionally taking these naturally occurring trance states, and deepening them to gain direct access to the Unconscious Mind. Once we have access to the Unconscious Mind, we can discover the cause(s) of undesired states (fear, worry, anxiety, etc.), release & resolve them, and replacing them with desired states.
At its core, Hypnosis is collaborative. The Hypnotherapist facilitates the Trance State and helps the Client (You) move in the direction you want to go.
What hypnosis isn't:
Hypnosis isn’t “Mind Control”.
You can’t be made to reveal any secrets, like Passwords or Pin Numbers.
You can’t be made to do anything embarrassing or immoral.
You can’t be made to harm yourself or someone else.
You can’t be made to do anything under Hypnosis that you wouldn’t do when you are awake & fully conscious.
You aren’t asleep, or unaware.
You still have a rudimentary awareness of your physical body and environment.
You will still hear the Hypnotherapist’s words, and you can respond verbally.
You can’t go too deep into Hypnosis.
No one gets stuck in Hypnosis.
There are no hospitals with people who are stuck in a Hypnotic Trance & can’t wake up.
Hypnosis is not a cure-all or a magic bullet.
If Hypnosis could cure every problem, no one would be practicing anything else.
Hypnosis IS a highly effective technique for revealing & resolving the causes of our emotional distresses and unwanted habits & behaviors.
As more and more professionals move toward Internet Audio/Video Calls, Mental Health Practitioners are no exception. Even some Medical Doctors are now using Video-Calls to go over Test Results with their patients.
Occasionally, I get asked about why I only facilitate Virtual Sessions. I use Internet Audio/Video Calls for a few reasons:
No finding the office, sitting, anxiously counting down the time, waiting for your name to be called. With Virtual Sessions, it’s almost always in the comfort of your own home. You can have your favorite blanket, your special tea or coffee, all the things that make you feel comfortable & at ease.
Not everyone feels comfortable talking about their mental/emotional health with family, friends or acquaintances. Virtual Sessions ensure maximal privacy at all times.
Time is one of your most precious resources. Commutes can be frustrating & stressful. Unexpected traffic may cause you to feel anxious about being late or missing your session. The last thing you need is one more place to be, an accident, parking hassles, or traffic tickets.
If you’re overworked or over-committed, Virtual Sessions allow for maximal flexibility.
It’s a proven fact that Anxiety & Stress weaken our immune system. During Cold & Flu Season, Virtual Sessions make it safe for you to receive the therapeutic care and attention you need, without risk of acquiring or spreading an illness.
Access for Remote Clients, those with impairments, or those without convenient transportation.
Not everyone lives in an area where these therapeutic services are easily available. Some have physical limitations, due to illness, injury, or disability. Others simply don’t have convenient transportation. Still others have emotional difficulties, that make leaving their home a challenge. Virtual Sessions make Travel & Geography a non-issue.
These are only a handful of the many benefits of Virtual Sessions.
*Special thanks to Daniel Finney, CHt of www.danielfinneyhypnosis.com/ for permission to share this Q & A page here.
Daniel W. Finney, CHt is a professional Hypnotherapist Certified by the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (I.M.D.H.A.), Registered with the Washington State Department of Health.
He uses a unique mixture of Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (N.L.P.), and Mindfulness to help people experience relief, overcome challenges and help them achieve their goals.
Geographically located in Fairwood - Renton.
His practice is exclusively Virtual.
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*Disclaimer: As always, check with your medical practitioner before embarking on lifestyle changes. Health Corner topics are intended to raise questions rather than answer them definitively. Things change. New knowledge arises. Ancient wisdom is revived.
And miracles take place against all odds.
Not Strictly Toledo: VETS CAFE - An Open Letter
It's time we told you about a VA Farm Grant applied for by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to the Bureau of Veterans Affairs (BAH,) and through the Veterans Health Administration (VAH) on behalf of our nonprofit organization, (Veterans’ Ecological Trades Collective (VETC), and other partners named in the WDVA’s application.
These organizations include the Spokane Conservation District, Growing Veterans, and Tatley Outpost. We represent hundreds of veterans by way of our programs, and a network of thousands of veterans in Washington State by way of engagement with benefits and resources.
The federal grant was awarded over a year ago, yet the regional offices have not released it, & instead have held it under dubious scrutiny.
The premise of the withholding of the grant award was explained to us as a result of a lack of clear metrics.
However, the grant was specifically authored by the BVA to provide for development of new and untested transition supports and programs offered by nonprofits and agencies included in the grant, and to develop metrics for these approaches.
These funds were also to be applicable for facilities improvements supporting organizational mission. The negative effect of withholding this grant is statewide, and negatively impacts thousands of veterans, and specifically rural, minority, at-risk, and socially disadvantaged veterans.
We need metrics for our programs and an MSW for our staff and participants. All of our staff and board are volunteers. Our non profit will do about $25-40K in revenues this year, and anticipates 35-40K in expenses prior farm start up costs. Without metrics, we don’t stand a chance. Yet the grant we applied for was intended to support that development.
The delay created by the VHA has resulted in dozens of veterans at our site alone being shorted on both training and access/support from the benefits providers. Across the state that number may be several hundred or more.
We are striving to rebuild our 120 acre site into a farming space which partners, including Team Rubicon, The Conservation District’s Vets on the Farm” program, Olympians with the GRuB Victory Farmers, The VetBikes.org, and other veterans organizations may share, cross pollinate, and utilize.
It’s worth taking care of, just like us. Rural veterans commit suicide at a rate matched only by US farmers. When a veteran chooses farming as a career, they choose a path riddled with obstacles, cutthroats, as well as economic risks and physical dangers. The VHA gives us this trouble for our efforts to care for and mentor quality conservation based agriculture producers.
Any service member who finally comes home to stay, and to reintegrate, and who desires to thrive, deserves MUCH better.
As the fiscal year draws down we are aware this award may be recycled back into federal coffers, leaving no veteran in need the wiser, but rather the worse for it.
Please call your Washington State Representatives and ask why the VA Farm grant is being withheld.
U.S. Senator Patty Murry (206) 553-5545
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (360) 696-7838
Thank you for all your ongoing support,
All of us @VeteransETC
#GiveOurGrant #VetsFarm #Permaculture #Farming #Veteran#BootsToRoots #VAFarms #SaveOuVA #HonorRuralVeterans #WA#DirectAction #Solidarity #MutualAid #Thrive #BeThere #CommunityCare
Today: Gallery 505 Opening Night - Exhibit: Micro-Magnified
Meet local artisans and craftspeople, find unique gifts, enjoy conversation & light refreshments. These opening night events are one of Toledo’s best secrets. Best night out on the town!
Stop by: 205 Cowlitz Street, Toledo, Washington 98591
Call: (360) 864-2789
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Also Today: Toledo Thursday Market
Open 3 - 7 PM. Music, kids play, catching up with neighbors & friends. Something for everyone.
Tip: Many of our vendors will take pre-orders for produce, baked goods and other yummies. River House Bake Shop, Olde Achers Farm, Buckleberry Farm, Never Winter Farm, Dragonfly Chocolates LLC are just a few who will be happy to bring an order with them on Thursday. Reach out to them!
Visit https://toledothursdaymarket.com/meet-the-vendors/ for a complete list of vendors and contact info.
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
TES PTO posted: Box Tops App help raise funds for Toledo Elementary!
Here is the Box Tops email you can send your online receipts to when you do online shopping: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
!!! NEW !!!
Community Action Council of Lewis Mason Thurston Counties: Energy Assistance
Our scheduling dates for October LIHEAP appointments are as follows:
–Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 for Lewis County
Lewis County: (360) 736-1800
Live link: https://web2.caclmt.org/cac_liheap/
!!! NEW !!!
Lewis County Solid Waste Utility: Greenscaping: Pesticide Alternatives
September 7, 2019 - Lewis County Solid Waste Utility, Central Transfer Station
September 10: Mount St Helens Institute: Views and Brews is back
September 13: Full Circle at Bateaux Cellars
September 14: Down Home - A Toledo Shindig Benefitting Toledo Schoolchildren In Need
September 14: Mt St Helens Institute Awesome Hike
September 14: 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
September 28: 4th Annual Esther Borte Walk In The Park
October 5: Sucker Punched Live @ Donna's Place (Fundraiser for Rylee & Jessie)
October 19: 20th Annual Cowlitz Indian Pow Wow @ Cowlitz Event Center
November 11: Veteran's Day Ceremony @ Kemp Olson Park
November 23-24: Holiday Artists’ Market @ Morgan Arts Centre
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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