- Common Ground Toledo Volunteers Maintain Blooms In High Temps
- Citizens For Great Toledo Schools Eye November Bond Measure
- Toledo Elementary Preschool Sums Up First Week
- Winterfest In Toledo Planning Meeting Saturday
- A Note On 9/11 Anniversary
Lots of fun stuff at the market...
Common Ground Toledo posted: Linda Bird-Sonne is one of Common Ground Toledo's volunteers. This week she emailed us the following which included photos of wildlife in downtown Toledo. Great work, Linda!
She writes: Hi all… More
Common Ground Toledo meets 7 p.m. first Wednesdays monthly, location TBD.
Toledo School Bond supporters met last night to rally for the upcoming November election. Details including a list of critical projects available online via this Toledo School District link.
Citizens for Great Toledo Schools invites everyone to join them at the next meeting 6:30 p.m. September 19, 2017 at Toledo Community Library, saying: Election is only a few weeks away and there's lots to do to get the word out to our community.
Educator Andrea Jones sums up the first week of Toledo Elementary Preschool in this post, highlights here: ... such a full and fun first week at TES developmental preschool... children signing in... playing dress up… making pretend meals... working puzzles together... "reading" books to each other... circle time... learning names... the children choosing familiar songs for all of us to sing together. Today we cut into apples... talk about apples from seed to tree to fruit. We pretended to be apple trees growing then we shook apples down from the tree and ate them... outside we take turns with bikes, balls, making "coffee"... so much learning going on already... we have quiet work time where kids do their own projects and Montessori style "works" while listening to quiet music... It's been a full, challenging, very good week!
In response to a question I posed to Toledo School Superintendent Chris Rust: You asked about reasons. Here is a nice graphic that identifies the major causes of chronic absences.
Today: Toledo Food Bank open 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. second and fourth Fridays monthly behind City Hall.
Path of Hope Al-Anon Family Group meets 7 p.m. Fridays at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
Cowlitz Prairie Grange Jam Night 7:00 p.m. second, fourth and fifth Fridays. Performers and supporters welcome. Donation at door. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (360)262-3696.
Saturday: Toledo Senior Center hosts their popular Second Saturday Breakfast featuring full fare breakfast with AYCE hotcakes or biscuits & gravy (while they last) 7 - 10 a.m. Still only $5, and they do the dishes!
Support Toledo Senior Center, a vital community resource.
Also: Winterfest In Toledo planning meeting:
- Who: Anyone who is interested in helping decorate the town for the holidays.
- What: "Winterfest" planning meeting sponsored by vision:Toledo
- When: Saturday, September 9, at 11:30 a.m.
- Where: Toledo Senior Center (right after 2nd Saturday Breakfast)
- Why: Why not? Let's make Toledo shine.
Reservations required: Toledo Senior Center Nutrition Lunch Wednesday features roast beef with mashed potatoes & baby carrots, peaches & dinner roll, Friday BBQ ribs & scalloped potatoes with NW veggies, mandarin oranges & biscuit.
Nutrition Lunches are sponsored in part by Area Agency on Aging. Suggested donation $3 for those 60+ years of age. Contact Diana, email@example.com or call (360)864-2112 for details.
A Note: 9/11 Anniversary Monday
Events 16 years ago changed forever the landscape and lives of every man, woman & child in the U.S. What emerged from that event was a resiliency deeply rooted in our very souls, the will to overcome shock and heartbreak and uncertainty about the future.
My arrival in Toledo came shortly after a devastating fire destroyed a significant portion of the downtown business core. Vision:Toledo was created to breath life back into this historic village, and has been doing so ever since early 2011.
In August I revisited Mt St Helens with out-of-town visitors, taking in the film outlining how humble pocket gophers were credited with reintroducing seeds and soil, bringing meadows to life following 1980’s eruption. And I recognised that force within, compelling us to persevere against seemingly insurmountable odds.
Effects of Toledo’s conflagration Christmas Day 2010 had widespread effects on the town, as Mt St Helens’ eruption had far-reaching consequences, and terrorist attacks on US soil 2,950 miles away produced ripples and aftershocks felt across the country.
In all three instances, that indefinable will to rebuild, replant, and reinvigorate shines through the dark hours, a call to action.
Everyone knows precisely what they were doing when Mt St Helens blew, when the news broke about the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and when fire broke out on Christmas.
For some time, the bottom of each daily column has included a plea to recognise Everyday Heroes* in some manner; September 11 seems to me an appropriate date to honor those among us who contribute to their community in so many ways - not as a function of their uniform or title or position, but because it improves the quality of life for everyone.
Searching for events commemorating 9/11 brought dwindling results each year. One sparked my interest:
A Callery pear tree, rescued from the rubble at Ground Zero with snapped roots, broken and burnt branches, was restored to health, replanted in 2010 at the Memorial, and named the Survival Tree. More…
Each year, the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree to three communities that have endured tragedy in recent years.
What if Toledo’s Everyday Heroes were recognized each September 11 with a tree planted in their name? Or a tile in Steamboat Alley, similar to inscribed bricks in Toledo’s Wall of Honor?
Perhaps public recognition would be reward enough. Six months ago, I recognized some of Toledo’s volunteers in this column** to great response. What say you to the idea of honoring extraordinary people who make a difference in our community?
*Reprinted 08.26.2016 The Other Toledo from October 2015
**Feb 21 - 24, 2017 Archives
Photos from TOT archives unless otherwise noted.
Everyday Heroes: Envisioned as a local September 11 observation recognizing lesser-known acts of kindness and heroism. Send your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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