- Guest Post: Twila Collins - Mother of 5 With More On The Way *
- National Weather Service: Rain, Fog, Showers Through Monday *
- FDA: FDA Updates and Press Announcements *
- Governor Inslee: Referendum 88 *
- CONSUMER ALERT: WA ATG Warns Of Scam Health Insurance Websites *
- OSPI: 2020 Green Ribbon Schools Applications Open Now *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Low-Income Pet Vaccinations, Vetsgiving Dinner *
- Today: Women Of The Woods, Courage To Change Al-Anon AFG *
- Weekend Outlook: Grange Breakfast, Senior Center Harvest Dinner *
- And Beyond: 2-Hour Late Start, Historical Society, Energy Assistance, v:T A.R.E. *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
The Cat's Meow Spay, Neuter & Adoption Project: Mother of 5 With More On The Way.
November 13, 2019 - Twila Collins wrote: It has occurred to me that we ask for money...a lot. I'd like to start sharing more about where it all goes.
We will be posting pics and updates on our fosters, as well as vet visits, shopping trips, etc. I want you all to really feel like you are part of our work...because you are! Without you, we wouldn't be here saving lives, improving lives, helping cats and their people!
Mom (pictured) is pregnant...again. She went to foster yesterday and once the babies are old enough, 6-8 weeks old, she and they will go to a no-kill rescue for adoption. The Cat's Meow will provide food, litter, parasite control, vaccines and any vet care that may be needed while they are in foster care.
The 5 kittens that showed up with her in the spring have been trapped and went to foster today. We will provide all of the same supplies and care for them, too. (Pictures to follow.)
This is just one of the many ways we put your money to good use.
*Cat’s Meow SNAP of Lewis County is a 501(c)3 non-profit celebrating 10 years & more than 8 thousand low-cost spay & neuter services for domesticated & feral felines in Cowlitz & Lewis Counties, all to end euthenasia as a solution to overpopulation.
Visit them on Facebook or their website to support via Amazon’s Smile program, iGive and other ways that cost you zero while making a big difference.
Toledo Middle School: Student Award Toledo Pride T
National Weather Service: Rain, Fog, Showers Through Monday
- Friday - Rain, mainly before 4pm. High near 55. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
- Friday Night - A 30 percent chance of rain before 10pm. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. South wind around 5 mph.
- Saturday - A 20 percent chance of rain. Patchy fog before 10am, then patchy fog after 4pm. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 54. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
- Saturday Night - Rain likely, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog before 10pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
- Sunday - Rain. High near 56. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
- Sunday Night - A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
- Monday - A chance of showers, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 55.
Through November 17: WDFW Seven Day Razor Clam Dig
FDA: FDA Updates and Press Announcements on Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (ARB) Recalls (Valsartan, Losartan, and Irbesartan)
Update: 11/13/2019 - FDA warns Mylan for CGMP deviations
Update [11/13/2019] Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a warning letter to Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Chodavaram Village, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India. Mylan manufactures valsartan active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and has been one subject of an ongoing global investigation into nitrosamine impurities in angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) such as valsartan, losartan and irbesartan.
*November 5 Warning Letter - link here.
* FDA is temporarily not objecting to losartan with NMBA below 9.82 ppm remaining on the market
*FDA Drug Recalls - link here.
FDA issues warning letter to Dollar Tree stores for receiving potentially unsafe drugs
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to Greenbrier International, Inc., doing business as Dollar Tree, for receiving over-the-counter (OTC) drugs produced by foreign manufacturers found to have serious violations of federal law. The warning letter outlines multiple violations of current good manufacturing practices at contract manufacturers used to produce Dollar Tree’s Assured Brand OTC drugs as well as other drug products sold at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores.
FDA: Go Raw, Llc Recalls One Lot of Quest Beef Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
The affected products were nationally distributed through retail stores and are identified with the following UPC 6-91730-17101-8, Lot N128. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
*Note: When posting FDA Food, Drug & Pet Food Recalls, The Other Toledo omits those announcements that do not affect Washington State & the region.
For up-to-date info on all recalls, visit FDA’s Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts page. Link here: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm
For other food-related alerts, visit USDA’s FSIS (Food Safety & Inspection Service) page.
Link here: http://tinyurl.com/yy4cdes9
Governor Jay Inslee: Referendum 88
We know systemic inequities remain in our state.
WA ATG: OFFICE DEPOT WILL PAY $900,000 OVER DECEPTIVE VIRUS SCREENING
An estimated 14,000 Washingtonians paid for repair services they may not have needed
November 13. 2019 - OLYMPIA - Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that national office supply retailer Office Depot will pay $900,000 to resolve the attorney general’s investigation into its deceptive computer repair sales practices.
Until late 2016, Office Depot used variations of “PC Health Check,” a software program that led consumers to purchase diagnosis and repair services costing up to $200 regardless of whether their computer was actually infected with viruses or malware.
CONSUMER ALERT: AG FERGUSON WARNS CONSUMERS OF SCAM HEALTH INSURANCE WEBSITES
Attorney General Bob Ferguson urges consumers to be on the lookout for websites posing as the state’s health insurance marketplace.
November 13, 2019 - OLYMPIA - The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has received dozens of complaints from Washingtonians coming across websites posing as the official health insurance marketplace. Some websites are tricking Washingtonians to get their personal information. Others provide services, but charge for things that should be free.
“My office works to protect all Washingtonians’ health care rights,” Ferguson said. “That includes warning individuals about fake health care websites before someone gets scammed. We’ve included some simple tips to spot websites posing as the office health insurance marketplace. If you come across one of them, please contact my office.”
“There will always be individuals who want to take advantage of our health insurance consumers,” said Michael Marchand, chief marketing officer for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which runs Washington Healthplanfinder. “Our goal is to make sure people enrolling in health coverage do so only with certified individuals and visit the correct website address at wahealthplanfinder.org.”
Enrollment for the purchase of health insurance is now open and runs through Dec. 15, 2019. During this time, Washington residents can find, compare and enroll in new health plans through the state’s official health insurance marketplace at wahealthplanfinder.org. On the website, Washingtonians can find out whether they qualify for free or low-cost coverage.
However, some scammers have created websites posing as the official marketplace to steal Washingtonian’s private information. Providing the information needed to sign up for insurance on the marketplace, such as social security numbers or birth dates, to a fake website would expose Washington residents to fraud and identity theft.
Also, consumers who use websites that are providing services will not get full information about their insurance options, including subsidies or access to Apple Health. The official marketplace for Washingtonians is the only place individuals can access tax credits and other federal assistance. The insurance plans offered by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange are the only plans to have guaranteed consumer protections and coverage, which plans purchased outside the marketplace may not.
To avoid getting scammed, follow these tips while shopping for health insurance:
- Verify the web address of the exchange: The only official web address for the online marketplace is www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Any other site with a variation on the name or with an address that ends in “.net” or “.com” is not the state’s official marketplace. If you are unsure whether you have found the official website, call Washington Healthplanfinder toll-free at 1-855-WAFINDER.
- Don’t pay for free stuff: The official marketplace for the state of Washington is the only place where you can receive tax credits, subsidies or access to free coverage through Medicaid or Washington Apple Health. Washingtonians never have to pay to sign up for free or low-cost health coverage in the marketplace.
- Reach out to free, legitimate help: Only individuals who are certified by Washington Healthplanfinder or Medicaid to assist you with the enrollment process should request personal information to complete your application during a scheduled visit. This help is always free. If you don’t know whether someone is certified to assist you, call the Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center at 1-855-WAFINDER. Community volunteers trained by Medicaid can be verified by calling 1-800-562-3022 or emailing AskMedicaid@hca.wa.gov.
To report a website posing as the health benefits exchange, file a complaint with the Washington State Attorney General's Office.
OSPI: Washington Schools Recognized for Sustainability and Environmental Education
2020 Green Ribbon Schools Applications Open Now!
The call for applications is now open for the 2020 Washington Green Ribbon Schools competition. Each year, OSPI nominates up to five schools or districts to the US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program. The application period closes on December 20, 2019. The application requires information gathered from several different areas of the school, so a team approach to the application is encouraged. Teams should include school or district educational, operations, and nutrition leadership. The state’s nominated entities split a $5,000 award from California Casualty, Washington’s program sponsor.
Please contact Elizabeth Schmitz, Environmental and Sustainability Education Program Supervisor, for more information or technical support.
Lewis County Holiday Gala 2019 Charity Fundraiser
The Vintage Grand Room at the Historic Hotel Washington
545 North Market Blvd, Chehalis, Washington 98532
Please join us for a fun and elegant evening as we raise funds for friends, family, and organizations throughout Lewis County. You will have the opportunity to help support
-Lewis County Foster Children
-East Lewis County Toy Drive
-Centralia College Trio Club
-The Cat's Meow
-Coats For Kids
Tickets $30 in advance $35 at the door
Purchase tickets at LCgala.brownpapertickets.com
Attire: Semi-formal (but honestly just wear what is comfortable)
Your night includes: Appetizers, beer, wine, music, silent auction, raffle, and more. Thanks to Gee Scott there will be an energetic live auction to finish the night!
We will gladly accept new coats and toy donations at the door.
Please join us for a fun evening to help raise funds for our community!
Not Strictly Toledo - Head Start on the Holidays 2019
Hosted by Lewis County Solid Waste Utility
- Christmas stocking, hat, or mittens from an old sweatshirt/sweater that you want to repurpose
- Hanging kitchen towel out of an old kitchen towel that needs a new life
- Pillow out of donated home décor samples
- Microwave bowl, potato baker bag or Christmas ornament out of donated scrap fabric
Register for this free waste reduction class by calling 360-740-1216 or send a message to email@example.com.
Not Strictly Toledo2: Low-Income Pet Vaccination Clinic 3 PM – 6 PM Today
Hosted by Humane Society of Cowlitz County
909 Columbia Boulevard, Longview, WA 98632
Humane Society of Cowlitz County
We will be having a low-income vaccine clinic on November 15th, from 3-6PM. Proof of low income status is required. This is a walk-in clinic so your patience is appreciated.
If you have any questions please call the shelter at (360)577-0151.
Not Strictly Toledo3: Vetsgiving Dinner! Free to all Veterans and their families!
Hosted by HEVIN (Helping Every Veteran In Need)
Please RSVP so we know how much food to prepare. You can reply to this event with your name and how many in your party- or you can text 360-749-2016, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations are accepted by not required.
Thank you to our local sponsors and volunteers for making this event possible!
Tonight: Courage to Change Al-Anon AFG meets 7 PM Friday at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
Saturday: Cowlitz Prairie Grange Pancake Breakfast
Sunday: Donna’s Place Serves Sunday Breakfast
Let’s make it a date Breakfast at Donna’s place 112 Ramsey Way Toledo WA. 360-864-2700
Sunday Nov 17th at 8am
Also Sunday: Bonanza Sunday Brunch
Bonanza Brunch starts this Sunday at the Event Center .
Join us for our breakfast buffet, or omelets, eggs benedict, pancakes, cinnamon rolls. Open 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday: 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.
Generally they are held the same night of council meetings.
Looking ahead: vision:TOLEDO ARTS, RECREATION, & EVENTS
6:30 PM Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Morgan Arts Centre
Toledo Indians Sports Schedule
Nov 15th First Round Playoffs
Nov 22nd Semi Finals
Nov 23rd State Final
Nov 15th & 16th State in Yakima
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
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.
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
Bateaux Cellars: Fall Events
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:
- 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!
Looking Ahead: Annual Santa’s Workshop @ Morgan Arts Centre
Santa’s Workshops are taught in early December by Di & Mike Morgan at the Morgan Arts Centre, located at 190 Plomondon Rd. in Toledo, Washington.
We accept children ages 6 to 16 accompanied by a parent or adult helper.
A light snack and all materials are included.
Class size is limited to 18 so preregistration is recommended.
Pre-register by calling 360-864-4278 or e-mail email@example.com
Thru December 20: Fundraising for Foster Kids in Crisis @ Donna’s Place
November 11-17: WDFW Seven Day Razor Clam Dig
November 16: Annual Thanksgiving Dinner @ Toledo Senior Center - RSVP 360.864.2112
November 22: Turkey Bingo Fundraiser @ THS by Toledo Lions Club
November 23: Wood Sorrel Forest Feast @ Camp Singing Wind
November 23-24: Holiday Artists’ Market @ Morgan Arts Centre
November 28: Free Thanksgiving Dinner @ St. Francis Mission. RSVP 360.864.4126
November 29: Fish Black Friday For Big Rainbow Trout @ South Lewis County Park Pond
December 4: Silk Scarf Dyeing Workshop @ MAC. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
December 7: Toledo Walk N Knock 2019 benefiting Toledo Food Bank
December 7: Christmas Time In Toledo @ Toledo High School - Toledo Senior Center
December 7: Paint Night sponsored by the THS Class of 2021
December 26 - January 12: Styrofoam + Christmas Tree Recycling @ LC Transfer
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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