- TES PTO Fundraiser: Ends Tomorrow
- ARTrails 2020: Seeking Artists For 17th Annual Studio Tour *
- Health Corner: Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults *
- Not Strictly Toledo: NAMI Connections Recovery and Support Group *
- Today: Coffee House @ THS*
- Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Forms, Fun & More *
TES PTO: TES Kids Garden Fundraiser - Final Week
Last week to get your seed orders in!
*Each student who makes a sale gets a Seed Starting Guide and a packet of seeds!
*Extra special garden-themed prizes for the top five sellers!
Q: When will the seeds be delivered after we turn in the order form?
A: Orders will be submitted no later than Monday, February 3rd and ship from Botanical Interests within two weeks. My best estimate is the week of February 24th.
Q: Are all elementary kids doing the fundraiser?
A: Yes! Packets were given to teachers last Thursday and Friday at Garden Science. There are some extras in the office.
Q: Are there online ordering capabilities?
A: Unfortunately not.
Toledo School District Reminder: New THS Groundbreaking Ceremony Friday
FTC: Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is coming
January 27, 2020
by Seena Gressin
Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC
‘Tis the season when the tidings come in envelopes stamped “Important Tax Return Document Enclosed.” Yes, it’s tax filing season, and the season’s Grinches are the tax identity thieves and government imposters who are hoping to steal your money.
Can’t wait for Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week to begin? If you’re an active duty service member, veteran, or Veterans Administration (VA) employee, or if you’d just like to get a jump on the week’s events, join the FTC, VA, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service for a webinar at 1 p.m. on January 29. Learn how to protect yourself, and what to do if tax identity theft happens to you.
Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number (SSN) to file a phony tax return and collect your refund. You may not find out about it until you try to file your tax return and the IRS rejects it as a duplicate filing. While the IRS investigates, your tax refund can be delayed. The misuse of your SSN means you also may be at risk of other types of identity theft.
To get tips on how to protect yourself, and to find an event to join in the coming weeks, please visit the Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week page. We hope to talk with you soon.
ARTrails of SWW: Call For Artists For 17th Annual Studio Tour
Happy 2020 everyone, all of us here at ARTrails hope that you are having a great start to the new year.
Not Strictly Toledo: NAMI Connections Recovery and Support Group
NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness, in which people learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer each other encouragement and understanding. This is a drop in group and there is no registration required. Learn more about NAMI Connection by calling Debbie at 425 351 1595.
2 PM – 3:30 PM - Centralia UMC, 506 S Washington Ave, Centralia, Washington 98531
Hosted by Centralia UMC
Health Corner: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD.
Signs and Symptoms
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not considered as a separate disorder. It is a type of depression displaying a recurring seasonal pattern. To be diagnosed with SAD, people must meet full criteria for major depression coinciding with specific seasons (appearing in the winter or summer months) for at least 2 years. Seasonal depressions must be much more frequent than any non-seasonal depressions.
Symptoms of Major Depression
Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
Feeling hopeless or worthless
Having low energy
Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
Having problems with sleep
Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight
Feeling sluggish or agitated
Having difficulty concentrating
Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide.
Symptoms of the Winter Pattern of SAD include:
Having low energy
Craving for carbohydrates
Social withdrawal (feel like “hibernating”)
Symptoms of the less frequently occurring summer seasonal affective disorder include:
Poor appetite with associated weight loss
Episodes of violent behavior
Attributes that may increase your risk of SAD include:
Being female. SAD is diagnosed four times more often in women than men.
Living far from the equator. SAD is more frequent in people who live far north or south of the equator. For example, 1 percent of those who live in Florida and 9 percent of those who live in New England or Alaska suffer from SAD.
Family history. People with a family history of other types of depression are more likely to develop SAD than people who do not have a family history of depression.
Having depression or bipolar disorder. The symptoms of depression may worsen with the seasons if you have one of these conditions (but SAD is diagnosed only if seasonal depressions are the most common).
Younger Age. Younger adults have a higher risk of SAD than older adults. SAD has been reported even in children and teens.
The causes of SAD are unknown, but research has found some biological clues:
People with SAD may have trouble regulating one of the key neurotransmitters involved in mood, serotonin. One study found that people with SAD have 5 percent more serotonin transporter protein in winter months than summer months. Higher serotonin transporter protein leaves less serotonin available at the synapse because the function of the transporter is to recycle neurotransmitter back into the pre-synaptic neuron.
People with SAD may overproduce the hormone melatonin. Darkness increases production of melatonin, which regulates sleep. As winter days become shorter, melatonin production increases, leaving people with SAD to feel sleepier and more lethargic, often with delayed circadian rhythms.
People with SAD also may produce less Vitamin D. Vitamin D is believed to play a role in serotonin activity. Vitamin D insufficiency may be associated with clinically significant depression symptoms.
Treatments and Therapies
There are four major types of treatment for SAD:
These may be used alone or in combination.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are used to treat SAD. The FDA has also approved the use of bupropion, another type of antidepressant, for treating SAD.
As with other medications, there are side effects to SSRIs. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your condition. You may need to try several different antidepressant medications before finding the one that improves your symptoms without causing problematic side effects. For basic information about SSRIs and other mental health medications, visit NIMH’s Medications webpage. Check the FDA’s website for the latest information on warnings, patient medication guides, or newly approved medications.
Light therapy has been a mainstay of treatment for SAD since the 1980s. The idea behind light therapy is to replace the diminished sunshine of the fall and winter months using daily exposure to bright, artificial light. Symptoms of SAD may be relieved by sitting in front of a light box first thing in the morning, on a daily basis from the early fall until spring. Most typically, light boxes filter out the ultraviolet rays and require 20-60 minutes of exposure to 10,000 lux of cool-white fluorescent light, an amount that is about 20 times greater than ordinary indoor lighting.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is type of psychotherapy that is effective for SAD. Traditional cognitive behavioral therapy has been adapted for use with SAD (CBT-SAD). CBT-SAD relies on basic techniques of CBT such as identifying negative thoughts and replacing them with more positive thoughts along with a technique called behavioral activation. Behavioral activation seeks to help the person identify activities that are engaging and pleasurable, whether indoors or outdoors, to improve coping with winter.
At present, vitamin D supplementation by itself is not regarded as an effective SAD treatment. The reason behind its use is that low blood levels of vitamin D were found in people with SAD. The low levels are usually due to insufficient dietary intake or insufficient exposure to sunshine. However, the evidence for its use has been mixed. While some studies suggest vitamin D supplementation may be as effective as light therapy, others found vitamin D had no effect.
Join a Study
Clinical trials are research studies that look at new ways to prevent, detect, or treat diseases and conditions, including seasonal affective disorder. During clinical trials, treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new psychotherapies or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Although individual participants may benefit from being part of a clinical trial, participants should be aware that the primary purpose of a clinical trial is to gain new scientific knowledge so that others may be better helped in the future.
Please Note: Decisions about whether to apply for a clinical trial and which ones are best suited for a given individual are best made in collaboration with your licensed health professional.
Clinical Trials at NIMH/NIH
Scientists at the NIMH campus conduct research on numerous areas of study, including cognition, genetics, epidemiology, and psychiatry. The studies take place at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and usually require regular visits. After an initial phone interview to see if any of the clinical trials recruiting subjects are a good match for you, you will come to an appointment at the clinic and meet with a clinician. Visit the NIMH Clinical Trials — Participants or Join a Study for more information.
How Do I Find a Clinical Trial Near Me?
To find a clinical trial near you, you can visit ClinicalTrials.gov. This is a searchable registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and contact information for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from your health provider.
Free Booklets and Brochures
You can download or order free copies of the following booklets and brochures in English or en Español:
Depression: What You Need to Know: This booklet contains information on depression (depressive disorder or clinical depression), including signs and symptoms, treatment and support options, and a listing of additional resources.
Depression: This brochure describes the two most common types of depression: major depression, and persistent depressive disorder. It lists symptoms, treatment options, and how the condition may look different in women, men, seniors, and children.
Teen Depression: This flier for teens describes depression and how it differs from regular sadness. It also describes symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping.
MedlinePlus offers information in English and en Español.
Seasonal Affective Disorder - Medline Plus: Medical Encyclopedia
Research and Statistics
ClinicalTrials.gov: Seasonal Affective Disorder
Journal Articles: References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine).
Statistics: Major Depression Among Adults: This webpage provides information on the statistics currently available on the prevalence and treatment of depression among adults in the U.S.
Statistics: Major Depression with Severe Impairment Among Adults: This webpage provides information on the statistics currently available on the prevalence and treatment of severe depression among adults in the U.S.
Statistics: Major Depression with Severe Impairment Among Adolescents: This webpage provides information on the statistics currently available on the prevalence and treatment of severe depression among adolescents in the U.S.
*Reprinted by permission from National Institutes of Health News In Health
*Disclaimer: As always, check with your medical practitioner before embarking on lifestyle changes. Health Corner topics are intended to raise questions rather than answer them definitively. Things change. New knowledge arises. Ancient wisdom is revived.
And miracles take place against all odds.
Today: January Toledo Coffee House Event To Be Held January 30
7 PM Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ Toledo High School
Toledo High School Sports:
Jan 31th vs. Kalama 5:45/7:00 ** Senior Night
Feb 4th @ Toutle Lake 5:45/7:00
Feb 6th @ Napavine 5:45/7:00
Jan 30th @ Wahkiakum 5:45/7:00
Feb 3rd vs. Mossyrock 5:45/7:00 ** Senior Night
Feb 5th @ Napavine 5:45/7:00
Feb 1st @ Ilwaco
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
January 30: January Coffee House @ Toledo High School
January 31: Toledo High School Groundbreaking Ceremony
February 1: ARTrails of SWW Call For Artists For 17th Annual Studio Tour Deadline
February 1: Yoga Class? I Thought You Said "Pour A Glass"! @ Bateaux Cellars
February 13: Annual Chocolate Making Class @ Morgan Arts Centre
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
Toledo Builds a High School
Information regarding the building of a new high school in Toledo, WA beginning in November, 2018. Regular updates.
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)
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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