Ethel Slingerland Mullens designed the Henry Hackadoo mascot for South Bend HS. It was on the cover of the 1952 Carcowan. Ethel, who graduated from SBHS in 1952, was called into the superintendent's office and asked to design a mascot. Ethel said she got the idea for Henry Hackadoo from a "squeeky toy that was sitting on the superintendent's desk and the cheerleaders had a cheer that ended with 'hack a doo, hack a doo' and that's how it came to be." Henry Hackadoo T-shirts and crewneck sweatshirts are available by contacting Joyce Kidd on Facebook at Derik Nissell Toy House, and order forms can be obtained at South Bend Pharmacy. All proceeds go to the toy house. Orders will be taken through September.
John Brockmueller, Toledo Chief of Police is leaving Toledo, but he is not going far. John is going back to one of the places he has been before, Napavine.
In Toledo Kemp Olson Park there is now a memorial to one of the greatest volunteers in Toledo's history. Esther Kalista Borte memorial is now at the park; it's a beautiful bench made out of granite. It has inscribed on it, Esther Kalista Borte, Memorial Water Park, Community Volunteer, 1926-2016, Something for the kids."
Christine Borte Mershon sat down with us to talk about her mom. If you know the Kalista or Borte families, you know they have a heart as big as one could possibly be. It's the love for the community that kept Esther in the volunteer world for so long.
The Delta variant is hitting Washington hard and has even reached into the smaller counties like Pacific County.
Many medical facilities are shuffling patients around to areas that have more hospital beds for COVID patients.
Last Saturday, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement about the 9/11 terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"My fellow Washingtonians, today marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in this country on September 11, 2001. As we remember this tragedy and honor our nation's resilience, this time is also an opportunity to strengthen our national consciousness and consider what we can keep doing to advance freedom.
"Twenty years is a long time, but all of us who lived through these events remember where we were that day. I was in our nation's capital, serving in Congress, where I saw the smoke rise from the Pentagon. No one could be sure at first what was happening or how it would end. I was fortunate to be led to a safe place that day while the chaos and uncertainty played out, but many others put themselves in harm's way to help others. The courageous passengers on United Flight 93 likely saved the U.S. Capitol building and prevented more loss of life. I am eternally grateful for the sacrifices of first responders, our military and others for their rescue, recovery and security they provided our nation in the aftermath of these events.
The Delta variant of COVID is sweeping through the nation, hitting the unvaccinated and vaccinated. The vaccines are offering protection from this variant by generally not putting the vaccinated people in the hospital.
According to Pacific County Department of Health and Human Services Director Katie Lindstrom, "It [The Delta variant] is much, much more infectious than previous variants of the disease; for every one person who gets infected now, around six people are getting infected. Prior it was 1 to 1 or 1 to 2, but now it is 1 to 6, that is what the national data is telling us."
When the pandemic started, the 60 plus age group were infected with COVID the most, but now COVID is infecting younger people.
"The cases are happening in younger people than before," Lindstrom continued. "That has to do with the high vaccination rate in the older population." She also pointed out that COVID cases are still happening all through Pacific County.
This weekend is the anniversary of 9/11, a day that many will never forget. This was the day America changed forever, it would never be the same. Many lives were lost that day, 2,996 to be exact and 6,000 were injured.
This was the first week of students going back to school. Superintendents, principals, parents and kids were all happy to be back in the classroom again.
Driven by delta, COVID cases in Washington continue to rise, mainly among the unvaccinated
The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Washington is doubling every 18 to 19 days, state health officials said at a Department of Health briefing last week. More than 94 percent of COVID-19 patients hospitalized between February 1 and August 3 were not fully vaccinated, according to Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah.
Inslee on FDA approval of Pfizer COVID vaccine
Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement following the Food & Drug Administration's approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the prevention of disease from COVID-19.
"The Food and Drug Administration's full authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is a great milestone in our fight against this deadly pandemic. People who get vaccinated should be more confident than ever in the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine. It does not just save the lives of individuals; it can save entire communities from further devastation.
"More than half of American adults have been fully vaccinated against COVID, either through the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines," Inslee said.
SOUTH BEND - The 58th Annual "Come and Play on Labor Day" Festival opens tomorrow and closes out on Labor Day. This years' theme is "Happy Days are Here Again!" This unique gathering of friends, families and visitors offers a variety of kids and adult activities and food and music, and, more than anything, wholesome fun for everyone.
Ron Black Sr., a local veteran, has been appointed to the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) this spring by Governor Inslee. This is a first for Pacific County since most positions are filled by veterans from more populated areas.
Winlock's local grocery store, IGA Cedar Village, has a new meat cutter and he is fitting right in. JJ Janisch has been in the meat cutting business in Lewis County for many years and now he has landed in our community. With his experience and personality, he is set to succeed and we will all benefit from his success.
Over the years, Cedar Village has been known for their great meats. JJ is here to make it even better known.
A little over a month ago, Keith Olson of Napavine High School was offered a full-ride scholarship at The University of Southern California. Keith's parents are Kurt and Mandie Olson from Napavine.
In November, Keith will be making the big decision to sign the letter of intent with the University of Southern California. Keith said that he "feels happy about the offer."
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