- Recap: Toledo City Council Meeting 12.16.2019 *
- Toledo Middle School: First Hydroponically-Grown Tomato Produced At TMS *
- National Weather Service Seattle: 7-Day Total Precipitation Forecast *
- CDC: FluView - Current National Numbers At A Glance *
- FTC: Social Security Admin, Car Wrap Scams Top This Week’s Lists *
- PSA: Keep Your Christmas Tree Watered This Season *
- WA Healthplanfinder: Health Plan Enrollment Deadline Extended to December 30 *
- Tech Tuesday: Recycle Phones - Wiping, Selling, Donating, Buying, Repurposing *
- Not Strictly Toledo: Health & Hope Medical Outreach *
- Today: Ukulele Lessons, SAIL Class, Coffee House *
- Wednesday: Community Food Bank, Toledo Lioness Club *
- Thursday: Final Thursday Market 2019, School Board Meets *
- Friday: Red Cross Blood Drive @ Toledo Presbyterian Church *
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
Recap: Toledo City Council met 6 PM Monday, December 16, 2019.
Police Chief John Brockmeuller reported little activity, no increase in incidents since his last statement.
Public Works Superintendent Mike Fisher reported improvements & repairs in several utility access locations; contacted two potential bidders for the first round of water-meter replacements/installations. A third contractor was recommended from the floor.
Planning Commission: Steve Birch (not in attendance) was nominated to fill a vacancy on Toledo Park Board. One position (in-town residency) remains open.
Councilman Neumann asked for information on Wallace Pond (original name), formerly known as South County Park, being “revived” under City of Toledo’s care. Several people in the audience filled in the history of the recreational park, interest in rehabilitation & restoration as a swimming area expressed by several. Lewis County Councilman Bobby Jackson had shown interest in this project. A workshop was tentatively set for January 13th, to be confirmed by January’s first City Council meeting. Maintenance is currently estimated to be $30K/annually. Local philanthropic organizations & grant opportunities would be sought to support refurbishment & restoration of facilities.
Ordinance No. 759 - 2019 Budget Amendment - Second Reading
$23,219 was requested for various maintenance expenses, $11,000 in Police Department operations. Motion passed.
Toledo’s First Annual Santa Quad Squad had a great turnout, joining 20 participants in a mounted parade around the city’s traditional parade route & terminating at the Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year’s event was envisioned & created in one week’s time. Already plans are underway to make next years’ parade bigger & brighter.
Public Input: Local Viet Nam Veteran Joe Notch shared news about March 29, designated Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Day.
Licensed Contractor Mike Thomas, Cowlitz River Construction, announced his 2-person business was available for Small Works & Emergency Public Works; as a long-time Fire Department Volunteer, he said he was “accustomed to responding to emergencies at all hours,” and being locally situated, could respond faster than an out-of-area contractor. Thomas has 20+ years experience in excavating, site prep & remediation.
Meeting adjourned 6:37 PM.
Cafe Aromaz: Santa & Hot Chocolate 4 - 6 PM Today
Toledo School District: Score Clock Tender Position Open
We are looking for someone to run the score clock for middle school boys basketball games...$20 per game. Students can earn community service hours or get paid.
Jan 15: 3 games starting at 4:00 pm
Jan 22: 3 games starting at 4:00 pm
Jan 27: 3 games starting at 4:00 pm
Feb 5: 2 games starting at 5:00 pm
Feb 10: 3 games starting at 4:00 pm
Contact Grady Fallon if you're interested.
*Regular School Board meets 7 PM Thursday @ Toledo Middle School library.
Toledo Middle School announced: Hydroponic System Produces Winter-Grown Tomato
Toledo School District: TES 5th Grade Band, TMS 6th Grade Band, and TMS 7th-8th Combined: 7pm tonight, Tuesday, December 17th at Toledo Middle School.
National Weather Service: 7-Day Total Precipitation Forecast
CDC: CDC’s FluView
Find out if flu is spreading in your state, and keep up with the latest in flu surveillance with CDC’s FluView: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/
Federal Trade Commission: Social Security Administration Scam #1 Right Now
Getting bombarded by scam calls? You’re not alone. The Social Security Administration scam is the #1 scam reported to the FTC right now.
*If you get a call from someone claiming to be from SSA, DO NOT PRESS 1. Hang up the phone.*
Watch to learn more: https://youtu.be/yPY-HFXZS24
FTC: Car Wrap Scams
We’ve heard about some car wrap scams that have targeted college students, a group known to look for ways to make a few extra bucks. The gist of the scam is this: The scammers send emails with messages like “GET PAID TO DRIVE.” They offer to pay you $250-$350 a week if you’ll drive around with your car (or truck or motorcycle) wrapped to advertise a well-known product – or even an event like the 2020 Olympics.
Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xpwfQ
US Consumer Product Safety Council: Keep Your Christmas Tree Watered
Check out this brief video: https://tinyurl.com/vgcp2fh
Make sure to keep your Christmas tree well watered this holiday season. Check out our other CPSC holiday safety tips: https://tinyurl.com/vgcp2fh
Office of the Insurance Commissioner WA: Bremerton man buys renter’s insurance policy during apartment fire, charged with filing a false insurance claim
William Collick is a police officer on a Bremerton military base
According to the investigation, Collick’s apartment building caught fire on Feb. 12, caused by an electrical transformer near the building. After reporting the blaze to 911 at 1:17 a.m. and identifying himself as a police officer at the nearby Navy base, Collick bought a renter’s insurance policy from State Farm at 2:09 a.m.
Two days later, Collick filed a claim for the damage to his belongings…
Washington Healthplanfinder: Health Plan Enrollment Deadline Extended to December 30
Still need to sign up in a health plan? You're in luck!
Toledo Flying Club: July 2020 Marks 80th Anniversary Of Toledo Flying Club
President Peter has brought to our attention that this July will be the 80th anniversary of the Toledo Flying Club. It's no small accomplishment that the club has made it these many years, and that we need to celebrate the event with something for the club, the airport and the community!
Nola and I are looking at a "photo bomb" event that would require participating aircraft crews to "turn at the IP, make a run on a predetermined target, take a photo directly over the dash and prop spinner of the target on the ground.
Toledo Airport is a result of Army Corps construction of the runway and ramp area in 1943, so this would be a great way to recognize that contribution to our local aviation activities! Details still being worked out, but other groups are being asked to participate in a day of fun activities! More info as we get closer to the 80th!
Tech Tuesday: Recycling Old Phones - Wiping, Selling, Donating, Buying, Repurposing
(Reprinted by request from 07.16.2019)
FTC: Thinking of upgrading to a new mobile phone or device? Maybe returning one that didn’t work out for you? It’s important to delete any personal information you stored on the device.…
ConsumerReports.org: How To Recycle Old Electronics
3 smart, responsible tactics for getting rid of unwanted laptops, phones, and more
1. Bring It to the Recycler*
2. Donate It
3. Take It to a Tech Firm
*Call2Recycle offers drop-off locations for rechargeable batteries and cell phones all over the U.S. To find a location, just enter your ZIP code at Call2Recycle.org.
Digital Trends: How To Sell Your Smartphone
HowStuffWorks.com: 5 Ways to Donate Your Old Smartphone or Cell Phone to Charity
1. Help Soldiers Call Home
Cell Phones for Soldiers provides talk time to overseas troops so they can call home. Each phone donated buys about one hour of talk time for soldiers.
2. Help Victims of Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) collects cell phones to help fund their programs... They accept phones and partner with Cellular Recycler, which sells refurbished electronics. Some of the funds from those sales then goes back to NCADV.
3. Support a Worthy Cause
Second Wave Recycling is an organization that accepts older phones, iPods and MP3 players, tablets and e-readers, handheld gaming devices, smart watches and even charging cables... As of April 2019, Second Wave was actively funding the Wounded Warrior Project, which offers support services for military personnel who've been hurt while serving the U.S., but the organization has supported other causes, too, including charities that benefit medical patients, domestic abuse survivors, animals rescues, and many others.
4. Help Keep Your Community Safer
Did you know that all cell phones sold in the U.S., regardless of their carrier subscription status, must be able to dial 911 in case of an emergency? Secure the Call is an organization that accepts used cell phones and then repurposes them as emergency-only devices meant to dial 911 dispatchers.
The organization distributes them to needy members of the community including domestic abuse survivors and the elderly.
5. Improve Heath Care around the World
Why stash your old phone in a shoebox in the attic when it could be used to save lives? Medic Mobile recycles and refurbishes old phones and tablets and uses the funds to buy mobile devices that medical workers use on the job in 26 countries, mostly in Asia, Latin America, or Africa. These devices register pregnancies, track disease outbreaks, and communicate about medical emergencies.
Hopeline from Verizon furnishes used cell phones to those affected by domestic violence.
Sprint: The 1Million Project Foundation - As an independent 501(c)(3) public charity, our mission is to help 1 million high school students who do not have reliable Internet access at home reach their full potential by giving them mobile devices and free high-speed Internet access.
NerdWallet: 5 Places to Buy a Used Cell Phone and What to Ask Before You Buy
Here are a few trusted places to shop for a used cell phone:
What to ask before buying a used cell phone:
- What is the serial number?
- Is the phone under contract or lease agreement?
- Does the phone have water damage?
For added security, don’t pay cash or directly from your checking account. Instead, pick a payment method that has built-in protections, such as PayPal. Ramon Khan went that route when he purchased a used phone on Swappa.
“I did a triple-threat kind of deal here in a way,” Khan says. “I went through a site that had buyer protection already built in, used PayPal to protect my purchase and also used my Discover card, which issues refunds regardless of the refund policy of a website.”
Digital Trends: Breathe New Life Into Your ‘Obsolete’ Smartphone, Use It As a Smart Home Gadget
From security cameras to baby monitors, outdated cell phones transform into ready smart devices.
Not Strictly Toledo: 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.
Tonight: Coffee House
Wednesday: Toledo Community Food Bank Open 6 - 8 PM third Wednesdays
Thursday: Season’s Final Thursday Market - Reopens February 2019
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 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 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.
WDFW: WDFW approves seven-day razor clam dig; announces tentatively scheduled digs through February
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
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
!!NEW!! December 20: Red Cross Blood Drive @ Toledo Presbyterian Church
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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