- Headline: THS/TES Project Awarded WA Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament Design
- CDC Press Release: Sales of JUUL e-cigarettes skyrocket, posing danger to youth
- Lewis County: Fire Ban Still In Effect
- Camp Singing Wind: Community Recognized For Support
- Health Corner: Microbes In Fog Carry Pathogens That Trigger Respiratory Infections
- Today: Toledo Thursday Market, Gallery 505 First Look/Opening Night
- Toledo High School Sports: October 2018
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
Not pictured: painting class also underway.
The Toledo High School Art and Drama students have been chosen to be part of the ornament building for the State Christmas Tree. They will be combining efforts with the Toledo Elementary School Second Graders in a collaborative project. This involves 57 2nd graders and 30 THS students creating sea creature ornaments, reading books on sea creatures along with preparing skits to perform.
This 'Second Grade Safari' lesson will begin on October 18th and conclude on Nov. 1st with the THS and 2nd grade students fabricating and painting the final sea creature ornaments.
CDC Press Release: Sales of JUUL e-cigarettes skyrocket, posing danger to youth
Product dominated the U.S. e-cigarette market by end of 2017
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Contact: Media Relations
Sales of JUUL, an e-cigarette shaped like a USB flash drive, grew more than seven-fold from 2016 to 2017, and held the greatest share of the U.S. e-cigarette market by December 2017. The findings, from an analysis of retail sales data from 2013-2017, were released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in JAMA.
Use of JUUL by youth in schools, including in classrooms and bathrooms, has been widely reported. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and JUUL contains among the highest nicotine content of any e-cigarette on the U.S. market. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm a child’s brain development, which continues into the mid-20s.
“The popularity of JUUL among kids threatens our progress in reducing youth e-cigarette use,” said Robert Redfield, M.D., director of CDC. “We are alarmed that these new high nicotine content e-cigarettes, marketed and sold in kid-friendly flavors, are so appealing to our nation’s young people.”
Rapid evolution of e-cigarette market
No single e-cigarette manufacturer dominated the US market through 2013. However, sales of British American Tobacco e-cigarette devices surged 146% during 2014 and led the market well into 2017. During 2016-2017, JUUL Labs’ sales increased 641 percent — from 2.2 million devices sold in 2016 to 16.2 million devices sold in 2017. By December of 2017, JUUL Labs’ sales comprised nearly 1 in 3 e-cigarette sales nationally, giving it the largest market share in the United States.
Like other e-cigarettes, JUUL is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is inhaled. JUUL comes in a variety of flavors, including mango and creme, and also uses nicotine salts, which can allow high levels of nicotine to be inhaled more easily and with less irritation. Other manufacturers have recently started making look-alike e-cigarette products.
The CDC study included purchases from most US retail stores. It did not include sales through the Internet or through “vape shops,” so sales may be underestimated. Many of the sales likely reflect products obtained directly or indirectly by youth. A recent analysis found that 74 percent of youth who used JUUL reported obtaining the device from a physical retail store, and about half reported obtaining the device from a social source such as a friend or family member.
The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for children, teens, and young adults
The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that e-cigarette use among youth and young adults is a public health concern, and that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. Over the past several months, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken a series of actions as part of its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to more immediately target the illegal sales of e-cigarettes to youth, as well as youth-oriented marketing and appeal of these products.
In September 2018, FDA announced the issuance of more than 1,300 warning letters and civil money penalty complaints to retailers who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors. The FDA has also requested information from JUUL, and several other manufacturers, related to marketing, youth appeal and product design, including details on the companies’ plans to address the problem of youth use of their products.
“There are no redeeming benefits of e-cigarettes for young people,” said Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “The use of certain USB-shaped e-cigarettes is especially dangerous among youth because these products contain extremely high levels of nicotine, which can harm the developing adolescent brain.”
For more information about e-cigarette use among children, teens, and young adults, visit https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html
Lewis County Fire District 6 posted: BURN BAN IS STILL IN EFFECT
We’ve received many calls and walk in’s inquiring about the burn ban in Lewis County. Despite recent rainfall, the total burn ban is still in effect. In order for the ban to be rescinded takes a proclamation by the Board of County Commissioners. At this point, they have not done so, leaving the current ban in place.
Further inquiries should be routed to the Department of Community Development at (360)740-1146.
Additionally, the current burn ban status is available on the Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency’s website.
SW Clean Air Agency notes:
Burning may be restricted due to a Fire Safety Burn Ban called by the Fire Marshal, an Air Quality Burn Ban determined by SWCAA, or a HIGH or VERY HIGH DNR Fire Danger Level. See the Interactive Burn Map section on this page for additional details or contact DNR, the Fire Marshal, or SWCAA for clarification on burn restrictions.
Mark Your Calendar: Toledo Cheesecake Club meets October 17 at Camp Singing Wind.
This month’s theme: Savory Cheesecake.
“This was such a success last year that we're doing it again! Savory cheesecakes rock!”
Contact TCC to get on board and share some delectable desserts.
Joanne Dennis thanks community:
We had the honor of hosting the Northwest Permaculture Convergence at Camp Singing Wind this past weekend! So many wonderful people from all over the PNW converged at the camp for workshops, skill shares, presentations, and fellowship. But I think the thing I’ll most remember about this weekend is the overflowing generosity from our local community of friends and neighbors who jumped in and worked like crazy, sometimes under stressful circumstances to make this a wonderful event for all of our guests. Everyone I’m about to mention lives in Lewis County and I can’t believe how lucky we are to have landed among these fine people.
It starts with Laura Sweany, who mentioned to me the first time she came to the camp over two years ago for the first Lewis County Permaculture Society potluck that this would be a perfect place for the Convergence. She went on to join the board last year, advocated for it to be at the camp, and then offered to be the local coordinator. Thank you Laura, for making it all happen!
Laura also invited Rohn Amegatcher from Log Hollow Farms, who gave a lively, engaging, and all around wonderful presentation on Sunday about permaculture on the African continent. It was the only presentation I got to attend all weekend and I’m so happy I got the the opportunity to learn more about Log Hollow Farms. Rohn, right here in Lewis County, is implementing ancient knowledge and skills about agroforestry, passed down from the oldest of ancestors, and showing how we can all apply these techniques to ensure food sovereignty and security in our region.
The event would not have happened at all if it weren’t for Jamie Cummingswho put in countless hours figuring out a way for the camp to even be able to have events here as far as our local government is concerned. We basically owe our entire future of being able to do things at the camp to this superwoman, and we are eternally grateful.
Next is a HUGE shout out to Rachael Park Reiton and Leah AdangFry from Telegraph Farm. These two took on the enormous challenge of organizing the kitchen this weekend and passed with flying colors. Literally! The health inspector showed up right before our first meal on Friday, and although it was a wild ride, she gave us an A+ and kept saying everything was “perfect.” So much credit to these two women who volunteered to come days early to help clean and organize the kitchen, and then stayed in there pretty much the entire weekend making sure things ran flawlessly. Don’t know how it would have happened without these two and the countless other ways they contributed to putting on this event.
Cassie Hermione Driver!! What a pleasure to get to know and work with you this weekend! Cassie took on the daunting challenge of coordinating the volunteers, but she went far above and beyond that job. She was the engine that kept this train running this weekend in oh so many ways. Felt like I made a new friend this weekend, and looking forward to many more events and fun times with this lady in our future!
Annie Jones from MAP enrichment programs, once again, brought outstanding children’s programming to Camp Singing Wind. A first for any convergence, Annie offered kid’s programming during workshop times, giving them a chance to play and learn in the forest. Many folks mentioned that they loved that children were so included in the convergence this year, which is all thanks to Annie. She’s particularly suited for the role because this fall she started a forest school at camp! So many forest school parents came out to help Annie, including Sarah and Jeff Landrum, Sandra Kimmet, Ann-Marie Todd, and Lori Neumann Niles. We hear things were pretty rough on Saturday, and thank goodness Annie had such a competent, creative group of good humans on her team. Thanks so much to all of you for adding such a special part to the convergence this year!
Then there’s all the locals who came to the event on work trade tickets and ended up doing so much more than the eight hours of required work.
Michaelyn Erickson and Andy from Soulstice Gardens worked the glamorous job of traffic control on the road during the busiest times. They jumped in all weekend, driving shuttles, dishing out food at meals, helping stranded keynote speakers, and Michaelyn somehow managed to fit in giving a presentation! She was also my dance partner for Contra dancing which was about the most fun thing I’ve done all year!
Jake Dailey helped out with hours and hours of heavy lifting before the convergence and then drove his own pick up truck as the shuttle on the first day when the original shuttle plan didn’t work out, and continued to help wherever needed throughout the weekend. It's so nice to have Jake and Valerie Dailey back in Toledo.
David Buker (aka Bucket), generously lent us his fancy keyboard for the Contra dance band! He came over Thursday night to bring it for sound check, and when we were too exhausted to sweep and mop the floor that night he did it for us. Then he helped with a million little things throughout the weekend, and came back Monday with Cassie Hermione Driver to help clean the lodge for hours.
Renee Terralumina and Fiona Lewis of Terralumina Gardens helped with cooking and cleaning before the convergence, and then Renee’s kids volunteered throughout the weekend with dishes, compost, running errands and all kinds of things. Tristan saved the day multiple times!
Big thank you to the Todds, the Kimmets, and Kate Chapman who bought full price tickets for the weekend and then all ended up volunteering and helping out in so many ways.
Ben Todd, just for fun, built an entire structure with Jake Dailey and Brian Dennis before the convergence as a place to hang his hammocks in the marketplace. He wasn’t selling anything...just spreading the word of his love of hammocks, and we get to keep the structure. He shared goodies with us throughout the weekend, and then he and Eric Kimmet bought pizza and beer for all the locals Sunday evening, and Ann-Marie and Sandra brought wine. Can you even believe all these people?
Cara Buswell and Tehran Mcqueary of Good Stuff Food Cart vended food and basically ended up feeding all the locals two days in a row. Throughout the weekend food from Cara would magically appear for me, along with coffee and treats that came at just the right time. Thank you for taking care of us all weekend, Cara and T!
When one of our keynote speakers was less than thrilled with her accommodation, Michaelyn had the brilliant idea to ask Billie Washington of Native Soil Farm if she could stay in her Airbnb. Unfortunately it was booked, but Billie didn’t miss a beat and immediately invited her to stay in her guest room inside her house for two nights. We hear they hit it off!
Bill Nelson came over with his tractor and brush hog before the event and made the camp look better than ever. He also made the road into camp smooth as butter. Mshanson Mshanson promoted the event in her column, The Other Toledo, which I’m sure attracted some locals.
Our neighbor, Tim Pegler, mowed his field and let the convergence folks park there. So grateful!
Our new friends at Raintree Nursery in Morton donated loads of trees and plants for the new swale and lent us an electric cart to use around the camp all weekend!
And Boone Bergsma from Bossy Acres stopped by after his cross country road trip just to say hi and offer support. We have the best friends!
Finally, our most local of residents--those who live at camp--came through in so many ways.
Nic Riling and Alexa Jordan Campbell who do ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME. Too many to even try to list. Seriously, we would be nowhere without them and feel like they are family.
Carol Majewski bought stuff needed before the convergence when we were running low on funds. She watched Mimi so much leading up to the event, then had a booth on Saturday to support Carolyn Long for Congress, and of course helped out in countless other ways throughout the weekend. Not to mention buying the camp in the first place and letting us have many community building events here for free. THANKS MOM.
In summary, these are just some of the events I witnessed this weekend from our local group of motivators, and I’m sure I’m leaving out a ton. You all jumped in and made it work, and we could not ask for a better group of humans to call our neighbors and friends. Almost everyone mentioned has their own farm or little homestead, and we know what it means to take time away from your land and animals, when there’s always a million things on the never ending to-do list. THANK YOU.
From the bottom of our hearts, Brian and I are so grateful, and we look forward to working hard and playing hard with all of you friends a very long time.
Toledo School District highlights:
Mrs Smith’s students work on reading logs today at TMS.
Farmers Insurance - Cyndi Philbrook Agency shared:
I'm proud to celebrate Cheryl Burchett, one of six teachers awarded $100,000 grants from Farmers® and the Dream Big Proposal. She used the money to install a playground and outdoor education space earlier this year. If you want more information to nominate a teacher like Cheryl, ask me for details.
Health Corner: Microbes In Fog Carry Pathogens That Trigger Respiratory Infections
Initially I dismissed this comment from a friend as too far-fetched: “I knew someone who said they were allergic to fog so I wonder if that has anything to do with it.”
“It” being chronic breathing issues.
Then I came across this article on EarthSky: Microbes catch a ride on fog, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
Both desert and marine locations were studied, both subject to virus, fungi, and bacteria microbes carried in on fog. In an excerpt:
Elias Dueker of Bard College is co-lead author of the study. Dueker said:
When fog rolls in, it can shift the composition of terrestrial airborne microbial communities. And in a fascinating twist, on the journey from the ocean to the land, microbes not only survive, but change during transport. Fog itself is a novel, living ecosystem.
The authors noted that there are also possible health implications for their findings. Fog at both sites contained pathogenic microbes, including suspected plant pathogens and species known to cause respiratory infections in immune-compromised people. This raises concern about the role that fog could play in transporting harmful microbes.
Reader request: Asthma Story: Research linking Asthma to bacteria
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.
Today: Gallery 505 First Look/Opening Night 1 - 7 PM.
October 4 - 27, 2018
If you haven’t taken attended one of these events, you’re in for a treat.
Also Today: Only 2 more Toledo Thursday Market days this season!
River House Bake Shop tantalizes:
(Yesterday’s pumpkin is today's) pumpkin bread for the Toledo Thursday Market.
3 till 7 PM by the boat ramp.
Friday: No School - Staff In-Service Day
Toledo High School Sports: October 2018
Oct 5 @ Kalama bus @4:15
JV Oct 8 vs. Kalama 6:00
Oct 12 @ Wahkiakum bus @ 3:30
Oct 8 vs. Kalama 6:00
Oct 19 vs. Winlock
JV Oct 22 @ Winlock bus @ 4:45
Oct 26th @ Mossyrock bus @ 4:20
Nov 2nd Crossover game TBD
Oct 8 @ Life Christian 6:00 bus @ 3:30
Oct 10 vs. Adna 6:00
Oct 4 vs. Toutle Lake
Oct 9 @ Mossyrock bus @ 4:40
Oct 11 vs. Wahkiakum
Oct 7 @Harvest Classic Longview bus @ 6:45 am
Oct 9 @ Adna bus @ 1:45
Oct 18 League Meet @ Rainier bus @ 1:45
Oct 27 District @ Onalaska bus @ 8:30 am
Nov 3 State in Pasco
!!!! GO INDIANS !!!!
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
The deadline to register to vote online is Monday, October 8.
The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Monday, October 8.
The deadline to register to vote in person is Monday, October 29
In Washington State: Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
October 13: Camp Singing Wind Hosts Goat Rendezvous
October 20: Nineteenth Annual Pow Wow Honoring The Spirit Of All Cowlitz People
November 3: Fiber Workshop @ Morgan Arts Centre
Citizens for Great Toledo Schools ISO* campaign contributions for this school bond
Toledo Thursday Market PDF vendor forms. $10/week, handmade & homegrown.
Washington State Fire Wire updates wildfires throughout the state
Airnow.gov shares State Air Quality Resources
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