Winlock has a new Allstate Personal Financial Representative! Many of us already know him: Jim Hammer. Jim has been around Winlock since 2009 when he started with Farmers Insurance.
Jim's experience in financial services is impressive. He quickly became number 1 in the state as a Farmers Financial Representative. He then became first in the Pacific Northwest. He then ranked in the top 50 nationally and finally was 6th in the nation. Jim was also one of Dave Ramsey's endorsed local providers for three years.
Jim takes care of his clients, saying "I love to help people. There is such a need. Every one of my 537 clients are my friends and I truly care about them." He has a different approach than most. "I sit down and take the time to get to know them and understand their needs. I teach them about investment with the heart of a teacher. I will make recommendations to see what they like best." Jim gets a lot of his clients from referrals "I have a great referral base and most of my clients refer others to me."
Jim has offices in Ridgefield and Lacey but his main office is here in Winlock. He is the financial representative for nine Allstate insurance agents. He said that Allstate does not charge fees for transaction or management services.
Toledo's Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) are headed to Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia, this Summer. FCCLA is having a Bingo night to help raise funds for the students.
The FCCLA team competed in state on January 19 in the Tri-Cities with two first place finishers, a second and a third place. They have two students attending for Leadership Academy.
Vader's May Day celebration is back on May 5, 2018, celebrating 66 years of May Day! This year the theme is Cinco de May Day 2018.
The Masonic Lodge will have a breakfast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Vendors will be setting up at 9:00 a.m. and will stay until the event is over. The Little Crane Cafe will be hosting children's games by the post office starting at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a silent auction at the Community Building starting at 9:00 a.m. until all prizes are gone.
The parade will start at 11:00 a.m. The band Sucker Punch will play at the event at noon. After the parade there will be a cake walk and Hawaiian Hula dancers.
There will be face painting, cotton candy and various carnival games.
Raymond's Karlee Freeman reset her own school record in the discus and now has the top throw in the nation after her weekend display at Bearcat Stadium in Chehalis. Freeman won the discus, shot put and javelin.
April 15-21 was National Volunteers week and who better to honor than the Bay Center Volunteer Fire Department. With roots deep in the Chinook Nation and a department operated all by volunteers who give their time. They are well deserving of being chosen for this years spotlight.
Friday, April 20 a water main broke in the sidewalk between 2nd and 3rd Street on Duryea in downtown Raymond. Raymond Public works responded to and were on scene within minutes. The crew had to shut the water off in the area for several hours to make the repair.
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