- New Toledo High School: September Update *
- National Weather Service: Next 5 Days *
- CDC: CDC and ATSDR Award $7 Million to Begin Multi-Site PFAS Study *
- VETS CAFE: Article - Why Environmental Damage Is Also Harming Our Veterans *
- Cat’s Meow SNAP: Drive For Local Clinic *
- Tech Report: All Over The Board *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Health & Hope Medical Outreach *
- Today: CAC Energy Assistance Opens, Vision:Toledo Arts, Rec & Events *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Toledo Middle School:
Wood Sorrel Forest School: Jake Dailey says “We love that we get to send Wilder to Forest School! We've noticed a huge jump in his vocabulary in just the first couple weeks back in school. His motor skills are getting better too because he gets to run and climb and wrestle with his friends in the forest.”
Excerpt: During Forest School, children and young people are provided with opportunities to explore the natural environment, experience appropriate risk and challenge, and direct their own learning. Research has shown that Forest School stimulates imaginative play through hands-on engagement with the natural environment.
In our research, which included more than 30 interviews with children aged between four and nine, we wanted to understand how play in Forest School might facilitate learning. We found that during Forest School, children felt more independent, and as a result, had a greater sense of personal, social and environmental responsibility.
National Weather Service: Next 5 Days
- Tuesday - A 50 percent chance of showers before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. West wind 5 to 7 mph.
- Tuesday Night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. West northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening.
- Wednesday - Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
Fall 2019 Spotter Training Classes: Online
If you are unable to attend the above classes, spotter training is always available online.
Click here to learn more about the SKYWARN program.
FTC: Apex Capital Group Internet Marketers Settle FTC Allegations They Deceived Consumers With False Claims of “Free Trial” Offers and Unauthorized Continuity Plans
September 20, 2019 - According to the FTC’s 2018 complaint, Apex Capital Group, LLC, Phillip Peikos, David Barnett, and related entities marketed supposed “free trial” offers for personal care products and dietary supplements online, but instead billed consumers the full price for the products and enrolled them in negative option continuity plans without their consent.
To further the scheme, the defendants allegedly used dozens of shell companies and straw owners in the United States and the United Kingdom to obtain the merchant accounts needed to accept consumers’ credit and debit card payments. Processing charges through other companies’ merchant accounts is known as “credit card laundering,” an illegal practice that some unscrupulous merchants use to bypass credit card associations’ monitoring programs and avoid law enforcement.
CDC: Press Release - CDC and ATSDR Award $7 Million to Begin Multi-Site PFAS Study
September 23, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are announcing the start of a multi-site health study to investigate the relationship between drinking water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and health outcomes. CDC and ATSDR are making awards, in the amount of $1 million each, to the following institutions to look at exposures in communities listed:
- Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, to look at exposures in El Paso County, CO
- Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services to look at exposures in Parchment/Cooper Township, MI, and North Kent County, MI
- RTI International and the Pennsylvania Department of Health to look at exposures in Montgomery County, PA
- Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences – School of Public Health to look at exposures in Gloucester County, NJ
- Silent Spring Institute to look at exposures in Hyannis, MA, and Ayer, MA
- University at Albany, SUNY and New York State Department of Health to look at exposures in Hoosick Falls, NY, and Newburgh, NY
- University of California – Irvine to look at exposures in communities near the UC Irvine Medical Center
“There is much that is unknown about the health effects of exposures to these chemicals,” said Patrick Breysse, PHD, CIH, Director of ATSDR and CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. “The multi-site study will advance the scientific evidence on the human health effects of PFAS and provide some answers to communities exposed to the contaminated drinking water.”
The multi-site health study was authorized by the National Defense Authorization Acts of 2018 and 2019 to provide information to communities about the health effects of PFAS exposure. This is the first study to look at exposure to multiple PFAS at sites across the nation. The information learned from the multi-site study will help all communities in the U.S. with PFAS drinking water exposures by allowing communities and governmental agencies to make better decisions about how to protect public health.
The goal of the multi-site study is to understand the relationship between PFAS exposure and health outcomes in differing populations. The study will add to our scientific knowledge about PFAS exposure and help people understand their risks for health effects.
The scientific evidence linking PFAS exposures with adverse health effects is increasing. Some studies in people have shown that exposure to certain PFAS might affect people’s health in the following ways:
- Adversely affect growth, learning, and behavior of infants and children
- Lower a woman’s chance of getting pregnant
- Interfere with the body’s natural hormones
- Increase cholesterol levels
- Affect the immune system
- Increase the risks for some cancers
- The multi-site study will recruit at least 2,000 children aged 4–17 years and 6,000 adults aged 18 years and older who were exposed to PFAS-contaminated drinking water. Participants and birth mothers of eligible children cannot have a history of work exposure to PFAS.
PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products since the 1950s. They have been used in non-stick cookware; water-repellent clothing; stain-resistant fabrics and carpets; some cosmetics; some firefighting foams; and products that resist grease, water, and oil. Scientists are still learning about the health effects of exposure to PFAS. Some studies have shown that PFAS exposure may affect growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children; lower a woman’s chance of getting pregnant; interfere with the body’s natural hormones; increase cholesterol levels; affect the immune system; and increase the risk of cancer.
For more information about the PFAS multi-site health study, visit: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/related_activities.html#Multi-Site-Health-Study.
For more information about PFAS and available resources, visit: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/index.htm or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636).
*PFAS are a common concern in single-use plastic water bottles.
VETS CAFE posted: Article - Why Environmental Damage Is Also Harming Our Veterans
Many #veterans have been exposed to environmental dangers that civilians may not encounter. Contaminated water, hazardous chemicals, infections, and burn pits were listed by MedlinePlus as environmental concerns that may affect veterans.
Additionally, #asbestos can be added to a list of carcinogens that soldiers have sometimes been exposed to through older military equipment and products.
These situations are commonly overlooked in discussions about environmental damage but should be noted by every person who cares about or supports the troops.
It is morally problematic when veterans experience unique health problems due to their time in battle (though life-threatening injuries and care for limbs lost in war are often covered), many of which are caused by #environmental hazards.
Lewis County Solid Waste Utility:
The Cat's Meow Spay, Neuter & Adoption Project: Drive For New Clinic
We want to do more for the community!
Fixing 120 cats a month is not enough...we want to do 120 a week!
We NEED a spay/neuter facility in Lewis County.
If every person whose life we've touched would donate just $5 a month...or sign up with smile.Amazon and igive.com, we could have one up and running by this time next year!
Here's how: www.catsmeowsnap.org/join-us
Thank you for helping us help kittens & cats of SW Washington and the people who care for and love them!
Q: Is the Cat's Meow a 501(c)(3)?
A: yes, since 2011!
Tech Tuesday: All Over The Board
Forbes: Too Many VPNs Put Our Privacy And Security At Risk
September 23, 2019 - According to a broad range of specialists, many free and mobile VPNs on the market use unsafe protocols and log user activity, while even good virtual private networks can't always guarantee to protect their users from the prying eyes of a jealous government or its intelligence agencies. That's why it's vitally important that we not only choose the most reliable and robust VPNs available, but that we also learn how to configure and run them to their full potential. Otherwise, we may find ourselves in a similar situation to users of Fortigate and Pulse Secure, two VPNs which were targeted by cyberattackers last month.
Plus one more: Microsoft Confirms New Update Warnings For 800M Windows 10 Users
September 22, 2019 - Windows 10 has a quality control problem. While Microsoft has made improvements, updates remain a minefield and this month alone just one broke Search, the Start Menu and caused USB and audio problems for good measure. Now Microsoft is making changes every one of its 800M Windows 10 users needs to know about.
Picked up by BleepingComputer, Microsoft has confirmed it is changing the Windows 10 update experience so users will now be warned which updates they do not need to install. Given that in the last month alone, the aforementioned problems along with screen discolouration and spiking CPU usage were all caused by updates users didn’t need to install, this should make a big difference not just to Windows 10 stability but users’ peace of mind overall.
BleepingComputer: Beware of Google Alert Links Leading to Malware and Scams
September 23, 2019 - For those not familiar with this service, Google Alerts allows you to submit keywords that you wish to monitor. When new pages are found that match these keywords, depending on how you create the alert, Google will either send you an email or update an RSS feed.
I have been using Google Alerts for many years in order to track various malware and security topics. Over the past year, if not longer, I have noticed a trend where bad actors are injecting malicious sites into the Google search index in order to have them also appear in Google Alerts being sent to users.
Plus one more: BleepingComputer carries LATEST VIRUS REMOVAL GUIDES under Virus, Spyware, Malware, & PUP Removal Guides for the intrepid DIYer’s out there. A great place to start your diagnosis.
PCWorld: A new Internet Explorer bug can take over your entire PC, so stop using it
The best workaround? Don't use Internet Explorer.
September 23, 2019 - If you haven’t moved beyond Internet Explorer, here’s another reason to do so: Google and Microsoft have discovered a new IE vulnerability that can take over your entire PC.
If you’re confused, the simplest thing is to download Chrome or Firefox or Opera or whatever modern browser you prefer. Virtually all of them can import your previous bookmarks in a heartbeat, and get you up and running in a safer browser within seconds.
Plus one more: Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy
We found good deals for $500 or less.
September 20, 2019 - When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.
Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We’ll show you what to look for by highlighting which budget laptops among the best-sellers currently listed at Amazon and Best Buy are worth buying. We haven’t necessarily tested these specific machines (we’ll let you know if we have), but we’ve seen enough similar ones to have a good idea of the pros and cons. We’re also focusing on 14-inch and larger laptops, because part of the great deal should be getting a decent-sized display.
ZDNet: Massive wave of account hijacks hits YouTube creators
YouTube creators from the auto and car community were hit the hardest in what appears to be a coordinated attack.
September 23, 2019 - According to a channel owner who managed to recover their account before this article's publication and received additional information from YouTube's staff, we got some insight into how the full attack chain might have gone down.
- Hackers use phishing emails to lure victims on fake Google login pages, where they collect users' account credentials
- Hackers break into Google accounts
- Hackers re-assign popular channels to new owners
- Hackers change the channel's vanity URL, giving the original account owner and his followers the impression that their account had been deleted.
Plus one more: This free Windows 10 upgrade offer still works. Here's why -- and how to get it
More than three years after Microsoft’s free upgrade offer officially ended, people are still reporting successful Windows 10 upgrades from older machines. Here’s the latest extremely unofficial report.
September 20, 2019 - In January 2017, I wrote a post titled "Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade." It has become the single most popular post I've ever published at ZDNet, and it still gets hundreds of thousands of pageviews every month.
Bonus link: Microsoft to provide free Windows 7 updates for voting systems in 2020
The January 2020 end-of-support date for Windows 7 was expected to have a major impact on elections in the U.S. and other countries around the world. Today's announcement means those voting systems will receive free updates through the end of the year.
Not Strictly Toledo: Health and Hope Medical Outreach
FREE MEDICAL CLINIC TONIGHT from 5:30 - 8:00pm
Located at 1911 Cooks Hill Rd. Centralia. (NW Pediatrics - West Building)
Health & Hope Medical Outreach provides FREE walk-in medical care and Mental Healthcare to the uninsured and under-insured of Lewis County and South Thurston County.
Today: CAC of LewisMasonThurston - Energy Assistance - call in or go online.
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/
Also Today: Ukulele Lessons
Tonight: Vision:Toledo Arts, Rec & Events
vision:TOLEDO ARTS, RECREATION, & EVENTS
6:30 at Morgan Arts Centre
AGENDA for Tuesday, September 24, 2019
1. Approve last month's minutes
2. Old Business
a. Library -- Pat Caldwell
b. Historical Society -- Don Brenner
c. Steamboat Alley -- Jamie Cummings
d. Common Ground Toledo -- Brian Dennis
e. TES Kid's Garden -- Brooke Acosta
f. Toledo Thursday Market -- Jamie Cummings
3. v:T Events
a. Cheesecake Club (October 23) -- Jamie Cummings
b. Walk in the Park -- Jill Davis
4. Other Events
a. Camp Singing Wind -- Brian Dennis
b. ARTrails (Sept 21-22 & 28-29) -- Mike Morgan
c. Toledo Down Home Shindig -- Cindy Philbrook
Wednesday: Page Turners Book Group meets 1:30 PM
Also Wednesday: Coffee House Returns To Toledo High School
Thursday: TRL sponsors an afternoon event @ Toledo Community Library.
Toledo Indians Sports Schedule
Sept 27th @ Adna 7:00 bus @ 4:20
Oct 4th @ Toutle Lake 7:00 bus @ 4:30
Oct 11th vs. Kalama 7:00
Oct 18th vs. Wahkiakum 7:00
Oct 25th @ Winlock 7:00
Sept 23rd vs. Napavine 6:00
Sept 30th vs. Adna 6:00
Oct 7th @ Onalaska 4:00
Oct 14th @ Kalama 6:00
Oct 21st @ Castle Rock 6:00
Oct 28th vs.PeEll 6:00
Sept 23rd @ Winlock 6:00 bus @4:45
Sept 25th @ Ilwaco 5:00/6:00 bus @ 2:30
Sept 28th @ Kalama 7:00 bus@ 5:15
Sept 30 vs. Kalama 6:00
Oct 2nd vs. Ocosta 6:00
Oct 7th @ Life Christian 6:00
Oct 9th @ Adna 4:00/6:00
Oct 14th vs. Onalaska 6:00
Oct 16th @ Napavine 6:00
Oct 21st vs. Ilwaco 4:00/6:00
Oct 23rd @ Toutle Lake 4:00/6:00
Oct 28th vs. Winlock 6:00
Sept 23rd @ Tenino 5:30 bus @ 4:00
Sept 26th vs. Rainier 5:45/7:00
Oct 1st @ Winlock 5:45/7:00
Oct 3rd @ Napavine 5:45/7:00
Oct 8th vs. MWP 5:45/7:00
Oct 10th @ Toutle Lake 5:45/7:00
Oct 15th vs. Mossyrock 5:45/7:00
Oct 17th @ Wahkiakum 5:45/7:00
Oct 22nd vs. Adna 5:45/7:00
Sept 24th Home- Lewis/ Clark State Park 4:00 bus @ 3:00
Sept 28th Toutle Lake Invite 12:00 bus @ 10:30
Oct 1 @ Rainier 3:45 bus @ 2:00
Oct 5 Harvest Classic Longview 8:45am bus @ 7:00am
Oct 15 @ Adna 3:30 bus @ 2:00
Oct 22 League Meet @ Rainier 11:00am bus @ 9:30
Nov 2 District Meet @ Onalaska 11:00 bus @ 9:30 am
Nov 9 State @ Pasco Sun Willows Golf Course
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: email@example.com
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.
TES PTO invited: ISO Girl Scout Leaders
Toledo is looking for Girl Scout leaders. One person doesn’t need to be in charge, multiple people can lead a troop and split responsibilities. Let myself (Tina Lyon) or Kelly Schey know if you are interested or have questions.
Fundraiser for Cowlitz County Search & Rescue by Mike Hedges
Unsinkable Mike Hedges of Cowlitz Kayak Tours, invites you to help celebrate his birthday this year by supporting a great local volunteer organization.
Says Mike: For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to Cowlitz County Search & Rescue. I've chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. I've included information about Cowlitz County Search & Rescue below:
Search and rescue of lost or injured subjects
Two weeks remain: $180 / $400 raised so far. Link here.
September 24: CAC of LewisMasonThurston - Energy Assistance
Live link: https://web2.caclmt.org/cac_liheap/
September 28: 4th Annual Esther Borte Walk In The Park
October 5: Sucker Punched Live @ Donna's Place (Fundraiser for #RyleeStrong)
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 lifted 09.18.2019. 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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