- National Weather Service: Rain Lessening, Sunshine Possible By Wednesday
- Good News Monday: China’s Useless Edison, Veterans Eat Free, Beer From Bread
- USDA: No-Till November Conservation, $39.6 Million Awarded For Rural Education
- FDA: New Opioid Approved, Blood Thinner Test Strips Voluntarily Recalled
- Lewis County Fire #2: Turn Back Clocks, Replace Batteries, Draft A Family Plan
- Toledo School District: Updated ALICE Training Schedule
- Not Strictly Toledo: Lewis County BOCC Meets
- Today: City Council Convenes
- Tuesday: Election Day - Ballots Due
- Toledo High School Sports: November 2018
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More
Rainbow at the winery.
National Weather Service local outlook: decreasing chance of showers heading toward sunshine Wednesday.
Live Radar: NW Oregon/SW Washington
Good News Monday:
- China’s ‘Useless Edison’ Mixes Inventing And Internet, With Funny Results. How about a motorbike with its own working toilet? A motorbarrow? A meat cleaver turned comb? Meet Geng Shuai, a tinkerer who gave up his construction job for a more lucrative prospect - creating videos highlighting his incredible inventions. Story at Washington Post.
- Florida Woman Saves Suicidal Man From Jumping Off Bridge. 23yo Nicole Oyola helped save a stranger by offering a hug and telling him “everything is going to be OK.” More at MSN News.
- Those rectangular ice slabs in the Arctic Sea? Explained by scientists. Check out NASA photos of triangular ones too. Story at NPR.
- Applebee’s serves free meals to veterans November 11, 2018. For the 11th year running, veterans & active duty military enjoy a full-size entree as Applebee’s pledges to serve One Million Meals For Neighborhood Military Heroes. Details at Applebee’s.
- Lewis County Solid Waste Utility shared: A Canadian brewer is tackling food waste by making beer from bread. Been A Slice’s manufacturer Common Good Beer Company is by no means the first to do it. Toast Ale, which originated in the U.K., has been brewing beer from all types of bread since 2015 and sells in six countries. They’ve also made their procedure public so that other companies (or committed individuals) can use the same methods to use up stale bread in their own communities.
USDA: Give Your Farm A Rugged, Natural Look
The idea for No-Till November came to Neil Sass, an agronomist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). “I’m always thinking about new ways to talk about soil health,” Sass said. “I thought ‘Hey, No-Shave November is a good way to highlight men’s health, why not promote No-Till November as a way to highlight Soil Health?’
No-till is one of the key practices of soil health management systems. According to Sass, the benefits of no-till grow over time and spread far beyond your farm. With no-till, you can improve water quality through prevented erosion. Your soil structure will remain intact, able to absorb more water and handle heavy rain. No-till keeps your soil on your field and out of the watershed.
“When you have the support of trillions of microbes, you can grow more with less,” Sass said.
You can also learn more on NRCS’ Soil Health webpage.
USDA Announces Funding to Increase Access to Education, Workforce Training And Health Care Opportunities in Rural Communities
October 31, 2018 - USDA is awarding $39.6 million through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. More than 4.5 million residents in 40 states and three territories will benefit from the funding.
In Washington State: Senators Patty Murray & Maria Cantwell plus Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler helped land Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue in Kelso $73,672 for distance learning at 6 sites, enabling EMT’s & first responders to cover emergencies that may occur during regular
training for over 28K residents.
Full story here.
FDA: Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on agency’s approval of Dsuvia and the FDA’s future consideration of new opioids
For Immediate Release
November 2, 2018
I want to take this opportunity to address some of the concerns that were raised, and more broadly, how I believe the FDA should consider the approval of (Dsuvia).
In this particular case, Dsuvia is a sublingual (under the tongue) formulation of sufentanil that’s delivered through a disposable, pre-filled, single-dose applicator. The medicine is restricted to use in certified medically-supervised health care settings ‒ such as hospitals, surgical centers and emergency departments ‒ for administration by a health care professional… This includes potential uses on the battlefield.
There are very tight restrictions being placed on the distribution and use of this product.
Why do we need an oral formulation of sufentanil – a more potent form of fentanyl that’s been approved for intravenous and epidural use in the U.S. since 1984 – on the market?
How should we also consider... the other opioid analgesics that are already on the market, the epidemic of opioid misuse and abuse that’s gripping our nation and the risk for illicit diversion and abuse?
I’m committed to considering these key questions as part of a comprehensive process that the FDA has underway to develop a formal benefit and risk framework for how the agency evaluates the safety and efficacy of opioid medicines.
Congress recently directed us... to consider the misuse and abuse of opioids... to require opioids to be sold in unit dose packaging... and to require the drugs to be safely disposed.
(A)t an October 2018 meeting of the Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee, the committee recommended 10-3 that Dsuvia be approved.
I believe that the unique aspects of Dsuvia, including those that make this drug a high priority for the Pentagon... including its use on the battlefield.
Full statement here.
FDA warns patients and doctors about risk of inaccurate results from home-use device to monitor blood thinner warfarin
For Immediate Release
November 1, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today is warning patients and doctors, who use at-home or in-the-office medical devices to monitor levels of the blood thinner, warfarin, that certain test strips used with the devices may provide inaccurate results and should not be relied upon to adjust the drug dosage. Roche Diagnostics issued a voluntary recall of certain test strip lots used with its CoaguChek test meter devices. The recall involves more than 1.1 million packages of CoaguChek XS PT Test Strips that were distributed nationwide from Jan. 12, 2018 to Oct. 29, 2018.
Today, the FDA announced this action as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall, which means use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.
“These strips are widely used and we are working diligently to warn health care providers and the public about the dangers associated with this recall.
Approximately 90 medical device reports and two serious patient injuries involving strokes were reported to the FDA.
Incorrect INR results are of particular concern for individuals at an increased risk of blood clots including those with mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) who are at a high risk of stroke, or those who had a recent blood clot.
Roche Diagnostics... plan(s) to provide new batches of re-calibrated test strips by the end of November, used with the CoaguChek XS plus, CoaguChek XS Pro, CoaguChek XS professional, CoaguChek XS PST and CoaguChek Vantus test meter devices.
Health care providers and patients may contact Roche Diagnostics to learn more details about the recall.
All health care providers, patients and caregivers, are strongly encouraged to voluntarily report INR test meter problems directly to the FDA through MedWatch, the FDA’s voluntary reporting program.
Full statement here.
WSDOT posted Walking in the Dark - Tips for Staying Safe as Daylight Saving ended Sunday.
Lewis County Fire District #2 Toledo Washington reminder: After turning your clocks back one hour, do these 2X/yearly safety tasks:
- Do a fire drill at home & draft a family communication plan
- Test & replace batteries in your NOAA weather radio
- Replace batteries in your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
November 8: Toledo Fire District 2 is hosting a paint night this Thursday , November 8 - a at 6pm! $25.00 per person. Family friendly ages 10 and up. Space is limited and you must pre-register. Contact Kim Satcher to register. All proceeds go to the Toledo Volunteer Firefighters Association!
Lewis County Fire District #2 Hosts Paint Night
Big Chief Deli & Filipino Food has announced: Sorry but we have decided to close the Deli. We would like to thank everyone that has been in and supported us.
From TES PTO: Did you know this was a thing?! It is now!!
You can "rent the readerboard" at TES for a daily or weekly message!
All proceeds go to TES PTO, which fund the field trips in the spring
Check out the video here.
Plus one more:
Toledo Middle School boasted:
Mrs. Landauer handed out a Toledo Pride shirt!
Looking Ahead: In the month of November all students in Toledo School District will be trained, at an age appropriate level, by a certified ALICE instructor.
The middle school will train on November 7th.
The elementary school on November 8th.
The high school on November 15th.
Please note, any ALICE drills that are done within the district will always be announced as drills. If you’d like additional information on this training please contact the school principal.
Not Strictly Toledo: Lewis County Commissioners meet 10 AM today.
Commissioners Hearing Room (Room 223)
Lewis County Courthouse
351 NW North Street, Chehalis 98532-1900
Link: BOCC Legislative Agenda for Monday, November 5, 2018.
Items of note:
- Resolution 18-324: Notice of Hearing for proposed 2019 Annual Construction Program (ACP) and Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the years 2019-2024. The hearing will begin at or after 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.
- Resolution 18-328: List the bids received and contractor selected for the purchase of six pursuit-rated vehicles.
Today: Toledo City Council meetings first and third Mondays monthly. Dates may change if scheduled on or near a federal holiday. Visit www.toledowa.us or call (360)864-4564.
Tuesday: Election Day. If you haven’t mailed your ballot yet, drop it in the official ballot box in front of Toledo Senior Center.
Citizens For Great Toledo Schools reminder: Need 60% to save 72%.
Questions? Contact any teacher for help solving this simple math puzzle.
Also Tuesday: YOGA schedule at Camp Singing Wind this week:
Wednesday 6 PM
- Bring your mat if you have one!
- Bring extra mats for newcomers if you can share!
- Suggested donation $5-$10 per person, per session (if this is a financial burden please let me know so we can work something out!)
Asked & answered: $25 per month for any 4 sessions was offered but we are taking it week by week for now. Monthly membership and a regular schedule is the eventual intention!
Toledo High School Sports: November 2018
Nov 10th & 16th Playoffs TBA
Nov 23rd Semi Finals
Nov 30th Finals
Nov 28th JV vs Colombia Adventist 5:00/6:15
Nov 30th @ Friday Harbor Tip Off Classic
Nov 27th @ Ocosta
Nov 28th JV vs Colombia Adventist 7:30
!!!! GO INDIANS !!!!
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
November 6: Election Day
November 8 - 10: LCSW & WSU Extension Host Free Tire Recycle - Winlock
November 8: Lewis County Fire District #2 Hosts Paint Night
November 10: Veterans Day Breakfast @ Toledo Senior Center
November 10: THS Class of 2021 Fundraiser selling Lucky Eagle Casino Bus Spots
November 10: Toledo Presbyterian Hosts Annual Veterans Day Bake Sale
November 10: Lewis County Seniors Host A Night Of Magic
November 11: Veterans Day Ceremony @ Toledo Wall of Honor
November 13: Toledo High School Hosts FCCLA Lip Sync Contest
November 16: Toledo Lions Club Hosts Annual Turkey Bingo
November 17: Toledo Food Bank Kid’s Shopping Event & Santa Visit
November 17: Thanksgiving Banquet @ Toledo Senior Center
November 17: Toledo Lioness Club Acrylic Dirty Pour/Flip @ Donna’s Place
November 29 - December 1: LCSW & WSU Host Free Tire Recycle - Mossyrock
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