- Toledo School District: BOD, Leadership Team Explore Survey Data *
- PSA: Outside Online - Thieves Are Using Bluetooth to Target Vehicle Break-Ins *
- Weather.com: Toledo Weather Outlook *
- FCC: FCC Proposes 988 for Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Hotline *
- FDA: Statement On Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Investigation
- WA State ATG: Inslee, Ferguson on High Capacity Magazines, Assault Weapons *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Veteran's Hospital Fundraiser @ Olequa Senior Center *
- Today: Toledo Food Bank, Cowlitz Prairie Grange Music Night *
- Weekend Outlook: 2nd Saturday Pancake Breakfast, Cowlitz Kayak Cleanup *
- And Beyond: THS Band & Choir Monday Night *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
White Pass Ski Area: Took a little ride in the cat at the end of the day... looks promising.
Also join us this weekend to laugh at Lauren and Angelo, who will undoubtedly be walking real funny after running a 50k (that’s 32 miles!) on Saturday!
Friday 2-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm.
Toledo School District: The Board of Directors and the District Leadership Team met recently to review survey data from parents, students and staff.
Toledo Girls Basketball: If you would like to join us you can pay at the door!
PSA: Thieves Are Using Bluetooth to Target Vehicle Break-Ins
How to keep your devices safe when you park at a trailhead
~ Wes Siler, OutsideOnline.com
December 9, 2019 - My friend Joe had his MacBook and iPad stolen from the back of a locked car over Thanksgiving. So far, so normal, right? Well, the thieves only broke the small window immediately adjacent to where his devices were hidden and only took the backpack containing them. Police told him it was likely they’d used a Bluetooth scanner to target his car and even located exactly where his devices were before breaking into it.
When he texted me about what happened, I turned to Google to see what a Bluetooth scanner was and immediately found dozens of smartphone apps. The first one I downloaded didn’t just show me the signal strengths it detected, it also listed the specific types of devices and even displayed pictures of them—you know, for easy identification. Using signal strength as a distance meter, I found the phone my fiancée misplaced before she went to work. Another app displayed a live list of the devices commuters had in their cars while driving past my house. These apps are free and take no technical know-how or experience whatsoever to use. While they aren’t designed specifically to aid thieves (developers need tools like these when designing Bluetooth accessories), it’d be hard to imagine a more powerful asset for criminals.
And: Burglars Really Do Use Bluetooth Scanners to Find Laptops and Phones
Bluetooth scanners are readily available and easy to use—which means that smash-and-grab car break-in might not have been pure chance.
~ Lily Hay Newman, WIRED.com
11.18.2019 07:00 AM - At the beginning of October, a 31-year-old construction estimator named Samantha parked her Honda Fit on the street in Chicago. She left her backpack with a laptop and external hard drive in it under the backseat, and carefully covered the seat with a black blanket. Yet by the time she came back to her car, a burglar had smashed a window, broken in, and stolen the bag. Samantha reported the incident to the police but never heard back.
Unfortunately, car burglaries are common in the United States, especially in large cities. But Samantha's experience also has something else in common with many other break-ins around the country: It felt like the robbers knew there was valuable gear in the vehicle.
"I had other things in the car worth money, like a wallet with $50 emergency cash in the glove compartment, a bag of near-new boxing equipment, and a case of beer in the trunk," Samantha says. "But the laptop and hard drive were what was taken, which is what made me think there was something involved to find electronics specifically."
Plus: 5 Impressive Ways Criminals Use Wireless Signals to Steal Everything—Even Your Car
Grab this simple gear and fight back.
~ Courtney Linder, PopularMechanics.com
November 27, 2019 - Imagine coming home after a long day of work, kicking off your shoes, setting your key fob on the table, and heading to bed. Sounds pretty normal. Sounds pretty boring.
Now imagine waking up the next day, putting those shoes back on, grabbing your keys, and heading outside—only to find that your car is missing.
Unfortunately, this is becoming an all-too-frequent occurrence. Bad actors are using technology to steal from us in some of the most clever, infuriating ways. Luckily, there are some really simple precautions you can take to avoid auto theft, credit card fraud, and even having your Amazon Alexa device hacked into.
Here are some of the sneakiest ways these thieves are taking advantage of security flaws—and how you can take matters into your own hands to protect yourself.
Weather.com: Toledo, WA Outlook
Federal Communications Commission: FCC Proposes 988 for Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Hotline
The Federal Communications Commission today started the process of designating 988 as a new, nationwide, 3-digit dialing code for a suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This designation will help ease access to crisis services, reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health conditions, and ultimately save lives.
Read more: https://go.usa.gov/xpdVC #SuicidePrevention #OpenMtgFCC #FCCLive
FDA: Statement on new findings and current status of the romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak investigation
Illnesses subsiding, FDA continues to aggressively investigate source and route of contamination to prevent future outbreaks
December 12, 2019 - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an update on our investigation of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. The FDA takes our responsibility of protecting the public from unsafe food very seriously and is committed to providing the public with more information as it becomes available.
The FDA has also been tracking two additional and separate outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7.
Concurrently, the FDA has been working with health officials in Washington State regarding an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 associated with romaine consumption at a local restaurant chain. Washington State officials reported 10 confirmed and three probable cases in this outbreak with all reports of exposure in early to mid-November.
It should be noted; these are currently being considered as three separate outbreaks caused by three different strains of E. coli O157:H7.
*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
WA State ATG: INSLEE, FERGUSON TO LEGISLATURE: IT’S TIME TO LIMIT HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES, STOP SELLING ASSAULT WEAPONS IN WASHINGTON
Ferguson also proposes safety measures for ammunition sales
December 12, 2019 - SEATTLE - Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today he will propose a package of legislation to combat mass shootings in Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee, a longtime supporter of gun safety measures, is joining Ferguson for the first time to propose limits to magazine capacity and a ban on the sale of assault weapons.
Ferguson has been advocating for these changes since 2016.
In addition to renewing calls to ban the sale of these dangerous weapons and limits to magazine capacity, Ferguson is also proposing legislation to add background checks on ammunition sales after federal rules are changed, in addition to other safety measures to keep ammunition out of the hands of dangerous individuals.
WDFW: WDFW approves seven-day razor clam dig; announces tentatively scheduled digs through February
OLYMPIA - Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for a seven-day opening beginning Dec. 10.
State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.
The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:
December 10, Tuesday, 5:28 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
December 11, Wednesday, 6:06 pm, -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
December 12, Thursday, 6:45 pm, -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
December 13, Friday, 7:26 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
December 14, Saturday, 8:08 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
December 15, Sunday, 8:53 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
December 16, Monday, 9:41 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
No digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.
"We also were able to pencil out tentative dates, and upcoming digs bring a ton of opportunity to harvest clams well into the new year,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.
In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.
Proposed razor clam digs for Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks include:
December 23, Monday, 4:35 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
December 26, Thursday, 6:47 pm, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
December 27, Friday, 7:26 pm, -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
December 28, Saturday, 8:05 pm, -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
December 29, Sunday, 8:43 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
*Two more tentative digs slated for January & February, 2020
Not Strictly Toledo: Veteran's Administration Hospital Fundraiser Tonight
Hosted by Olequa-Winlock Senior Center
119 SW Kerron Avenue, Winlock WA
*Wendy Carolan reports: We have our beautiful quilt for the raffle. Raffle drawings, Lots of prizes, Fun! $5 per card plays ALL games! We play till ALL prizes are gone!!
All proceeds, every penny raised will benefit hospitalized veterans.
Today: Toledo Food Bank
Open 11 AM - 1 PM second & fourth Fridays, 6 - 8 PM third Wednesdays behind City Hall.
Donations may be dropped off during open hours, or contact City Hall for arrangements. Especially appreciated are personal grooming items including ladies sanitary supplies & TP, baby formula, food & diapers, & pet food - really.
If you’re looking for a great volunteer opportunity, speak with the crew about getting involved.
Tonight: Courage to Change Al-Anon AFG meets 7 PM Friday at Toledo Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus
Plus: Cowlitz Prairie Grange Jam Night
Weekend Outlook: 2nd Saturday Pancake Breakfast, Scroogeless In Toledo, More
Toledo Senior Center 2nd Saturday Pancake Breakfast featuring full fare meal with eggs, sausage & AYCE hotcakes plus beverages. Early birds can opt for biscuits & gravy instead, while they last. Serving 7 - 10 AM.
Toledo Senior Center open 9 AM - 3 PM weekdays.
To RSVP for lunch Wednesday & Friday, contact Diana @ (360)864-2112.
December 14: Breakfast with Santa @ Toledo High School (RSVP)
December 14: Parents Take-A-Kid-Break @ Toledo Elementary School (TES PTO)
December 14: Scroogeless in Toledo @ New Life Assembly
Sunday: Cowlitz River Kayakers: Cowlitz River Clean Up Float
12 PM – 3 PM Sunday, December 15, 2019. Meet at 100 Front St, Toledo, Washington
Looking Ahead: December 22 - Lake Sacajawea Third Annual Lighted Paddle
January 1, 2020 - Ice Breaker Paddle New Years Day at Silver Lake
Toledo High School SPORTS:
Dec 18th vs. Adna 5:45/7:00
Dec. 20 @ St. Martin vs. Hoquiam 12:30 bus @ 10:30
Dec. 21 @ St.Martins vs. Forks 12:30 bus @ 10:30
Dec 27th @ Castle Rock 5:45/7:00 bus @4:45
Dec 28th vs. Ilwaco 5:45/7:00
Jan 3 @ Rainier 5:45/7:00
Jan 4th vs. Concrete @ 3:15
Jan 4th vs. Darrington 6:30
Dec 13th vs, Rainier 5:45/7:00
Dec 17th @ Mark Morris 5:45/7:00 bus @4:15
Dec 20th @ St.Martins vs. Graham-Kaposin 10:45am bus @ 9:15
Dec 21st vs. Seattle Lutheran 4:00/5:45
Dec 28th vs. Ilwaco 12:00/3:30
Dec 30th vs. Yakima Tribal 3:00/4:00
Jan 7th vs. Winlock 5:45/7:00
Dec 14th @ WF West JV Boys 7:00/9:00am bus 6:00am
Dec 21st @ Tumwater Boys Tournament 7:00/9:00am bus 5:30 am
Dec.27-28 Pac Coast Tournament(boys) @ Mt View HS,Vancouver
bus 12/27 @7:15am
Jan 4th @ Castle Rock(boys) Tournament 8:00/10:00 bus @ 7:15 am
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
Toledotel: Customer Pick It Bowl Challenge
ToledoTel is excited to announce a Customer Pick It Bowl Challenge. To enter sign up with your email address at https://toledotel.pickitchallenge.com/.
Here's How it Works
Fill out your picks, once Bowl Challenge match ups are announced Sunday, December 8, 2019. Watch the NCAA football bowl games Friday, December 20, 2019 - Monday, January 13, 2020. See how your picks compare with others!
Come out in the top 3 of the leaderboard and win a great prize!
Grand Prize:Two tickets to Blake Shelton's Friends & Heroes 2020 concert at the Tacoma Dome on February 14
Runner up: $100 McMenamin's Gift Card
3rd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card
December 19th is the last day to make your picks. Good Luck!
Sign up at: https://toledotel.pickitchallenge.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.
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
Dancing Moon Yoga posted: Yoga Sessions Expanding In Toledo
Hello, friends! I have a couple of offerings to share with you all:
WOMEN’S GROUP: I am currently facilitating a weekly women’s yoga session in Toledo. Our focus is on feminine embodiment through a sensual fusion of vinyasa and kundalini. Our Friday morning group is currently full, but we are going to be adding a second weekly session! The new group will meet on Tuesday evenings starting in December. Interested? You can sign up for the Tuesday evening session or be added to the waitlist for Friday mornings by sending me a DM. Please feel free to ask me any questions regarding these sessions! I have been pouring my heart and soul into them and I am beyond excited to expand this work and continue sharing it with the amazing women in our community.
GENTLE YOGA: Every Monday and Wednesday morning I offer very gentle yoga at the Cowlitz Tribal Housing facility (aka The Mission or St. Mary’s) out on Jackson Hwy from 10am - 11am. These classes are sponsored by the Cowlitz Tribe and are FREE to the community! The class content has been designed with elders in mind, as this is an elders housing facility. But community members of all ages and backgrounds are welcome! I have had students in this particular class ranging in age from 7 to 92. Please DM me with any questions.
Winter Concerts have been rescheduled as follows:
*THS Band and Choir: Monday, December 16, 7pm at THS
TES 5th Grade Band, TMS 6th Grade Band, and TMS 7th-8th Combined: Tuesday, December 17th 7pm at TMS
Thru December 20: Fundraising for Foster Kids in Crisis @ Donna’s Place
December 20: Feliz Navidad Potluck @ Chimi’s Mexican Restaurant
December 21: Pancake Breakfast @ Cowlitz Prairie Grange
December 24: Christmas Mass & Caroling @ St Francis Mission
December 24: Candlelight Services @ Toledo Baptist Church
December 25: CHRISTMAS DAY!
December 28 - 31: Toledo Lions Club Fireworks Sales @ Toledo Market Fresh pkg lot
December 31: Vision:Toledo Giant Cheese Ball Drop Midnight @ Toledo Waterfront
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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