- Toledo School District: New THS Comparative Cost Index *
- National Weather Service Seattle: Rain & Wind *
- USDA: Kenosha Beef Int’l Recalls Seasoned Beef due to Possible Foreign Matter *
- DOE News Release: Helping fire departments safely dispose of toxic foam *
- PSA: Blue Buckets Identify Autistic Children Trick Or Treating On Halloween *
- Tech Tuesday: Recycling Electronics *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Health & Hope Medical Outreach *
- Today: Ukulele Lessons, SAIL Class *
- Wednesday: Make A Doll Library Event, Food Bank, Toledo Lioness Club *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Toledo Middle School: Tshirt Awarded
Toledo School District: New THS Comparative Cost Index
Wood Sorrel Forest School: Save The Monarchs
Last year WSFS kids did a “save the monarchs” school fundraiser - so cool to see the monarch transformation process documented!
*47 slides in all but well worth the time!
US National Weather Service Seattle Washington: Rainy Week Ahead
- Tuesday - Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Light and variable wind becoming south 8 to 13 mph in the morning.
- Tuesday Night - A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 44. Southeast wind 3 to 8 mph.
- Wednesday - Rain. High near 57. Light southeast wind becoming south 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
- Wednesday Night - Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 44. South wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
- Thursday - Rain. High near 56. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Fall 2019 Spotter Training Classes: Spotter training is always available online.
Click here to learn more about the SKYWARN program.
USDA: News Release - Kenosha Beef International Recalls Seasoned Beef Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Class I Recall - Health Risk: High
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2019 – Kenosha Beef International, a Columbus, Ohio establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of seasoned beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal shavings, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The seasoned beef items were produced on various dates from Sept. 20, 2019 to Oct. 4, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
Cases containing eight 5-lb. plastic bags of “TACO BELL SEASONED BEEF Taco and Burrito Filling” with use by dates of “L2 11/4/19” to “L2 11/18/19”.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 10130” on the case. These items were shipped to five distribution centers, and from there shipped to restaurant locations nationwide.
The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS on Oct. 12, 2019, that it received three customer complaints.
Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner: Medicare Open Enrollment
Medicare open enrollment starts today! Here's where you can find help or an event near you: http://ow.ly/eSMD50wL9Mn
Dept of Ecology News Release: Helping fire departments safely dispose of toxic foam
October 14, 2019 - OLYMPIA – In recent years, traces of toxic chemicals known as PFAS (per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances) have been found in the drinking water supplies of several Washington communities. The source of this contamination has been linked to firefighting foam intended to extinguish petroleum fires. In 2018, the Washington Legislature banned the sale of this foam for most uses, and also banned its use in training exercises.
That left some local fire agencies stuck with stockpiles of this foam – and stuck with questions about how to safely dispose of it. The Washington Department of Ecology is stepping into that gap with a new program to collect and safely dispose of the problem foams. The 2019 Legislature provided funding for Ecology to do these kinds of assistance programs to help keep toxic chemicals out of the environment.
“We know that no fire department wants to do anything that might threaten water quality in their community, so we’re really happy to be able to help them get rid of these toxic products,” said Darin Rice, manager of Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction program.
Ecology is working with the Washington State Fire Marshal and the Washington Fire Chiefs association to let local fire departments know about the program and answer their questions.
“The safety of our members is paramount,” said Wayne Senter, executive director of the Washington Fire Chiefs Association. “We’re proud to assist the Department of Ecology in helping fire agencies across the state identify and remove these toxic chemicals from use.”
Other states have conducted similar programs, but Ecology’s will be the most comprehensive in the country, taking all forms of PFAS foams. There will also be no cost to fire departments to participate in the disposal program – Ecology is working with a hazardous waste contractor to collect and dispose of the foam.
PSA: Blue Buckets Identify Autistic Children Trick Or Treating On Halloween
Omairis Taylor wrote: My son is 3 years old and has autism. He is nonverbal. Last year houses would wait for him to say TRICK OR TREAT in order for him to get a piece of candy and there I go explaining the situation for the next 5 blocks.
P.S. I have made this post public in hopes you will share and get the BLUE BUCKET message out there for Autism Awareness this Halloween.
Lewis County Permaculture: Save Rocky Prairie & Millersylvania State Park
Please join us October 15th, 5:30 p.m. at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, room 280, to tell the Commissioners not to put an Industrial Rezone of Rocky Prairie on the docket and to uphold the current zoning there per the Comprehensive Plan. See below "What to say."
YOU ONLY NEED TO SPEAK FOR 30 SECONDS. They'll be holding a public hearing on proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan, and even though these aren't changes that affect Rocky Prairie (that decision will come in another 8 weeks or so), it's a great opportunity to show them:
-- Thurston County residents want to protect Rocky Prairie.
-- Local residents are horrified at the thought of what a huge industrial center at Rocky Prairie will do to our county.
-- We respect the county's Comprehensive Plan; they need to respect it too and not let our rural area be industrialized, our critical areas destroyed and they need to protect Rocky Prairie.
You only need to speak for 30 seconds:
WHAT TO SAY? Just say one of the following:
-- I'm here to say that I respect the expressed goals of the Comprehensive Plan and hope you'll apply them to Rocky Prairie and keep it zoned as is.
-- Please remember the goals of the Comprehensive Plan and do not consider rezoning the Rocky Prairie site.
-- Please don't let NorthPoint and the Port of Tacoma subvert our Thurston County Code and our Comp Plan; keep the Maytown site at its current zoning.
-- This is our county, not the Port of Tacoma's or NorthPoint's. Please keep the Maytown property zoned rural residential, 1 house per 20 acres.
-- Defend our Comprehensive Plan - please don't consider allowing industrialization near Millersylvania State Park. No rezone of Rocky Prairie.
-- Please protect our West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Area by abiding by the directions in the Comprehensive Plan - don't amend it to rezone the Maytown site.
-- Our County Comprehensive Plan defines and protects critical areas, and the Maytown site has many of them; please protect them by keeping the zoning there as it is.
Or SAY: I support the Coalition to Prevent NorthPoint's Industrialization of Rocky Prairie. Please defend the Comprehensive Plan's protection of the Maytown site.
This is a chance for NorthPoint to see they'll have a huge fight on their hands if they continue with this foolish plan. And this is a chance to show our commissioners that we're serious and will hold them accountable if they vote the wrong way on this issue.
PLEASE COME TO THE HEARING
WSU Lewis County Master Gardeners: Advanced Composting
Lewis County Solid Waste Utility: 14 Ways To Reduce Food Waste
YouTube link here. Especially the Love Food Hate Waste app.
*Plus one more: just froze my guacamole in Mason jars with a thin layer of avocado oil on top to prevent discoloration.
Toledo Senior Center: Flu Shots - Coming To A Senior Center Near You
Lewis County Senior Centers are offering flu shots at all our nutrition sites this year. This service is provided to you by Centralia Pharmacy. Our 2019 schedule is as follows:
Thursday, October 17th
Twin Cities Senior Center 9:00am-Noon (360) 748-0061
Pe Ell Sr Center - 1:00pm-2:00pm (360) 291-3636
Friday, October 18th
Toledo Senior Center WA 9:00am-Noon (360) 864-2112
Olequa-Winlock Senior Center 1:00pm-3:00pm (360) 785-4325
Please bring your medicare or insurance card with you. Allow yourself time for waiting and filling out paperwork. There is no appointment necessary.
Tech Tuesday: Recycling Electronics
Washington Department of Ecology: International E-Waste Day
(Monday was) International E-Waste Day! Worldwide, 50 million tons of e-waste will be generated in 2019, and only 20% will be recycled.
We are doing our part with E-Cycle Washington, The state’s first #ProductStewardship program. Electronics manufacturers pay to recycle their products – so you don’t have to!
Recycle your unwanted TVs, monitors, and computers for FREE through #eCycle WA. Find where to recycle electronics and other items by calling 1-800 RECYCLE (732-9253) or going to 1800recycle.wa.gov.
*LC Solid Waste Utility posted last Christmas: Did you receive a new laptop or television as a holiday gift? Don't throw away your old one. Recycle it! Lewis County has several businesses participating in the E-Cycle Washington program. The following stores will take your old computer monitors, CPU's, laptops, televisions, tablet computers, portable DVD players and e-readers for free: Goodwill in Centralia, Visiting Nurses Thrift Stores in Centralia and Chehalis, and Tiger Mountain Technologies in Morton.
Not Strictly Toledo: Lewis County PUD: Rate Proceeding Notice - October 15
Not Strictly Toledo2: 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: Ukulele Lessons
Also: SAIL exercise classes 3 PM Tuesday & Friday@ Toledo Senior Center. These are low-impact methods designed to maintain agility & ability for all ages.
Wednesday:Make Your Own Doll @ Toledo Community Library
Also Wednesday: Toledo Community Food Bank has added a new distribution opportunity - doors will be open 6 - 8 PM third Wednesdays monthly, in addition to the regularly scheduled second & fourth Fridays 11 AM - 1 PM.
Plus: Toledo Lioness Club meets third Wednesday monthly, dessert at 6:30 PM, meeting starts at 7 PM, Cafe Aromaz @ 408 Silver Street.
Join us and find out what we are up to and how you can be a part of something great.
Thursday: Great Washington ShakeOut 2019 October 17
*Due to community response last year, Toledo Fire Department will NOT sound the alert @ 10:17 AM Thursday, but will participate in office. Because the alert system is a simple non-specific siren, some residents mistook this annual state- and world-wide drill for a genuine emergency.
*National Weather Service: Great Washington ShakeOut 10:17AM Thursday October 17
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
208 PM PDT OCT 11 2019
...THE GREAT SHAKEOUT AND TSUNAMI WARNING COMMUNICATIONS TEST -
THURSDAY OCTOBER 17...
ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 17, 2019 AT 1017 AM PDT, THE NATIONAL TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER (NTWC) AND THE NWS WEATHER FORECAST OFFICES IN
SEATTLE AND PORTLAND, OREGON, WILL CONDUCT A TSUNAMI WARNING
COMMUNICATIONS TEST. THIS TEST IS IN SUPPORT OF THE GREAT
WASHINGTON SHAKEOUT STATEWIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL WITH STATE AND LOCAL
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, PART OF A GLOBAL EARTHQUAKE
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE WILL PRACTICE HOW TO DROP, COVER AND
HOLD ON AT ABOUT 1017 AM PDT ON OCTOBER 17TH DURING THE GREAT
SHAKEOUT. WASHINGTONIANS CAN JOIN THEM BY REGISTERING FOR THE 2019
GREAT WASHINGTON SHAKEOUT. PARTICIPATION IS A GREAT WAY FOR YOUR
FAMILY OR ORGANIZATION TO BE BETTER PREPARED TO SURVIVE AND RECOVER
QUICKLY FROM BIG EARTHQUAKES. OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON
ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE. PRE-REGISTER TODAY AT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES ACROSS THE STATE WILL DISSEMINATE A
REQUIRED MONTHLY TEST (RMT) MESSAGE VIA THE 22 NOAA WEATHER RADIO
STATIONS THAT SERVE THE STATE TO ACTIVATE THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM
(EAS) AND HELP KICKOFF THE GREAT SHAKEOUT DRILL. BROADCASTERS WILL
CARRY THE EAS MESSAGE TO HELP REACH MORE OF THE STATE'S CITIZENS,
ALONG WITH THOSE WHO HAVE ALL-HAZARD WEATHER RADIO RECEIVERS.
IN COASTAL AREAS, THE GREAT SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL WILL ALSO
INCLUDE THE TSUNAMI WARNING COMMUNICATIONS TEST. THE PURPOSE OF THE
TEST IS TO EVALUATE COMMUNICATIONS FOR USE IN THE DISSEMINATION OF
TSUNAMI WARNINGS, WATCHES AND ADVISORIES. WASHINGTON TSUNAMI ALERT
SIRENS WILL BE TESTED AT 1017 AM USING THE REAL SOUND OF THE SIREN,
NOT THE WESTMINSTER CHIMES THAT TYPICALLY HAPPEN DURING THE MONTHLY
TESTS. PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE CONTACT NWS SEATTLE
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST REID WOLCOTT AT 206-526-6095
Thursday Night: Toledo School BOARD OF DIRECTORS REGULAR MEETING
7 PM Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Toledo Middle School Library
Public welcome & invited to attend.
Toledo Indians Sports Schedule
Oct 18th vs. Wahkiakum 7:00 *Homecoming
Oct 25th @ Winlock 7:00
Nov 1st vs. Mossyrock 7:00
Nov 8th Crossover
Oct 21st @ Castle Rock 6:00
Oct 28th vs.PeEll 6:00
Oct 21st vs. Ilwaco 4:00/6:00 JV vs. Black Hills
Oct 23rd @ Toutle Lake 4:00/6:00
Oct 25th JV @ Black Hills 5:00
Oct 28th vs. Winlock 6:00
Oct 15th vs. Mossyrock 5:45/7:00
Oct 17th @ Wahkiakum 5:45/7:00
Oct 22nd vs. Adna 5:45/7:00
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
2020 Seed Swap Reminder: Save Now
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.
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!
Visiting Hooves Miniature Therapy Horses & Bunnies:
*GoFundMe: Therapy animal Nonprofit devastated by hardships
Wood Sorrel Forest School: Get On The List For Next Term
Enrollment for Fall term is closed but we have started a waitlist for the next term! Email or direct message to get on the waitlist - it’s looking like a fun line-up with new classes like tumbling and robotics beginning in January!
Bateaux Cellars: Fall Events
We’ve still got our summer hours until the time changes in a few weeks: Friday’s 2-6pm and Saturday’s and Sunday’s 12-6pm. And we’ve got events galore to keep you entertained all fall and winter long.
Mark your calendars now and look out for sign up info for some of these events soon:
- Book Club Gathering, Saturday 10/12 at 6:30pm (you can still join for the next book!)
- Live Music - Vervex at Bateaux! Friday 10/18 at 6pm.
- Yoga Saturday 10/19 at 9:30am, $10, all levels, just show up!
- Game Day at Bateaux! Board and card games all day! Saturday 10/26, 12-6pm.
- Witches at the Winery, Thursday 10/31 in the afternoon.
- Game Day, Saturday 11/9 from 12-5pm. Board and card games all day!
- 2020 Intention Setting Workshop, Sunday 11/10 2-4pm, $25. Link in bio for info.
- Malbecs From Around the World. Saturday 11/16, 6pm. Tickets released soon.
- Sunday 12/8, 1-5pm, Shop Local Holiday Bazaar at Bateaux!
All the events, all fall and winter!
!!NEW!! October 19: 3rd Saturday Pancake Breakfast @ Cowlitz Prairie Grange
!!NEW!! October 19: 2nd Annual “Night of Magic” benefiting Lewis County Seniors
!!NEW!! October 23: Cowlitz Prairie Grange Booster Night w Pumpkin Carving
!!NEW!! October 20: Beef Stew Dinner @ Toledo Senior Center
!!NEW!! October 26: Toledo School Board Special Mtg @ High School- Cultural Diversity
October 19: 20th Annual Cowlitz IndianPow Wow @ Clark County Event Center
November 7: Farming with Fungi by Nature Nurture Farmacy and Camp Singing Wind
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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