When looking from the outside, it can be easy to think about poverty simply as a social problem, something that, for good or ill, is a symptom of other, larger issues needing to be addressed.
For those within poverty, it's not something to write a thesis about or build your campaign platform upon. It's everyday life, and it used to be for author and speaker Donna Beegle, and still is for much of her family.
The WSU Lewis County Master Recycler Composters program has scheduled a free Know Your Soils event for Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Olequa Senior Center. Participants will learn how healthy soil is the foundation for plant life and should bring a sample of the soil in their garden for testing.
Those wishing to join in will need to register beforehand and can do so by contacting Program Coordinator Debbie Burris at email@example.com or (360) 740-1212
Roy Wilson, Honorary Chief and Spiritual Leader of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, will be speaking at the next meeting of the Lewis County Genealogical Society (LCGS) on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Chehalis.
Having presented at previous LCGS meetings, Wilson is expected to speak about the history of the Cowlitz Indians, as well as his own ancestry. He has Cowlitz, Chinook, Yakama, and Iroquois blood, and is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Cowlitz Indian Tribe.
I'd say fall has officially begun and pretty much on the calendar date. Since the rains began, I'm hearing many different birds and the first big maple trees are beginning to lose their leaves. (For the new folks in town, Cowlitz Co. does sweep the streets after all the leaves fall, so you can rake them to the street side of your property.)
According to my neighbor with a fancy weather station, we had 2.5 inches of rain as of Sept. 27, meaning about three inches total for the month of September. Most of the rain fell after the 21st. The maximum temperature was 95º on Sept. 15 and the low of 35º was three days earlier on Sept. 12. Frost was on roofs that cold morning, he explained, because it can form at 35º in still, dry air up away from warm ground. That is the reason for those "bridges freeze before roadways" signs.
When informed that the city cannot legally offer the Toledo Library reduced water rates, two council members volunteered their monthly stipend to the cause.
Toledo High School Principal Huffman says: We are starting a very good year...ASB Breakfast Saturday 7-10 a.m., next Coffee House October 13, Cancer Run and Breakfast Oct. 25. Visit http://indians.toledo.k12.wa.us/ths/ or call (360) 864-2391.
The Vader Park Board has announced they have been able to purchase five new barbeque grills to be installed soon at Werden Park. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the Park Board, and those who wish to become involved can contact Park Board Chair Steve Krohn at (360) 880-6281 for details of their regular meetings.
The last Vader City Council meeting saw no decision on a permanent marijuana ban, but additional steps toward that end are expected in the coming weeks, including a public hearing of the Planning Commission Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. in City Hall. To listen to past hearings held by officials, as well as regular council meetings, go to www.youtube.com/user/vaderwa.
October is the last month to check out the Winlock Historical Museum before they close for the winter. Full of artifacts depicting the city's long history, as well as exhibits displayed on a rotating basis, the museum is free to visit with the help of donors and an entirely-volunteer staff. The museum is open Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. or by appointment, with such arrangements possible through Dave Rubert, reachable at (360) 880-6895. More information can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Winlock-Historical-Museum.
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Each week it seems that the Indians gain confidence and skill as they rolled past the first of two remaining undefeated teams in the 2B Central League.
Taylor Hicks could not be stopped on the way to 337 yards of rushing and three touchdowns. Grant McEwen scored an offensive and defensive touchdown while Mason Gaul and Konner Crawford each added TDs.
A rundown of recent local games for the week of Oct. 1.
Toledo's Amanda Boone blocks an attempted "kill" by Winlock's Kelsey Steveson during a match between the two schools on Tuesday. Toledo swept the Lady Cardinals giving them their first loss of the season.
Local firefighters assisted in extinguishing a brush fire near Winlock Sept. 19, according to Lewis County Fire District 15.
The fire occurred on the 100 block of Brady Ln., northeast of Winlock, after a nearby resident reportedly smelled spoke and went to investigate. Reports indicate the fire may have been smoldering for a matter of days before being brought to the attention of authorities. The State Department of Natural Resources was designated as the primary response entity, though firefighters from the area assisted in fighting the flames and supplying water.
Authorities are seeking help to solve a burglary taking place in Centralia earlier this year.
Between 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 11 a.m. Aug. 18, an unknown number of suspects forced entry into a residence on the 1800 block of Salzer Valley Rd. and stole a Minolta digital camera and case, a Cannon 35mm camera and case, a 1940s collection of various coins and financial papers and checks. The estimated loss is $1,100.
A Winlock man is facing multiple charges of statutory rape after allegedly engaging in sexual relationships with at least two 15-year-old girls during the latter part of last year, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.
Michael A. Ryan, 22, was arrested Sept. 23 at his residence on the 400 block of Sears Rd., northwest of Winlock, while deputies were investigating allegations Ryan had been sexually active with a teenage victim between August and December of last year.
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