Tucked away in one of the more quiet corners of Lewis County in the town of Toledo, you will find an unobtrusive building with a sign that reads 'The Crowded Kitchen Catering Co.' This would be the kitchen for one of this area's dedicated food caterers; owned and operated by the Birdwell family who all come from a long line of passionate cooks and chefs. Lorinne Birdwell spoke about some of the things they have to offer our community in catering.
On Monday evening, November 5, fewer than 25 people were on hand to see the results of the general election at the Lewis County Courthouse, before they hit the internet. At approximately 8:10 p.m. the results were shown across the big screen in the lobby with several making comments. The last count for the week was on Friday evening, one more count is expected on November 25 with certification on the 26th.
"This was the 'best' year in terms of pounds collected," said Teen Advocacy Coalition Coordinator Denise Rowlett about the recent Drug Take Back event. "Overall there were 22 community members who disposed of unused/expired medications at Pioneer Grocery."
Over 192 pounds of medications were collected between the Pioneer Grocery site and the permanent drop box located at the Sheriff's Office in South Bend. Other collection sites in Pacific County included Sid's Market in Seaview and the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Center in Tokeland.
SOUTH BEND - After the most recent election ballot count by the Pacific County Auditor's office last Friday afternoon, there were still 400 ballots to be counted. There are 15,508 registered voters in Pacific County and 7,196 ballots were counted. The next ballot count is scheduled for Thursday at noon. The voter turnout is at 46.4 percent.
Donald Richter leads Michael Turner by 216 votes in the Pacific, Wahkiakum Superior Court Judge Position 1 race.
Toni Williams leads Michael Lignoski 1,766 to 953 for Hospital Dist. 2 Comm. Pos. 1.
This week Winlock lost a business owner and friend, Suzanne Smith owner of Grinders for the past 22 years. She passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Centralia Washington.
For many, Suzanne was how they started their day. She would fill everyone up with a morning coffee drink, hot or cold. She had a beautiful smile and when you drove up to her window, you were guaranteed to get a smile. She was always happy to see her customers, she made a point of knowing everyone's favorite drink. If you changed it up, she would always ask which drink today.
Suzanne was loved by many in the community, the posting of her passing on Facebook was full of comments.
On Saturday, November 2, the community gathered to plant the Winlock Community orchard to add to the garden at Winlock High School. People from all over town joined together to plant trees for the orchard. Mary Lewin (the "permaculture designer" or garden architect of the project) has big plans for the garden.
The current design depicts pathways, archways, and actual farm crop areas. Saturday was a great step in the right direction. Students led by Lisa Collins started the initial garden planted last school year after idea of providing fresh food for students who may not have enough to meet their needs surfaced. Now it is truly beginning to develop into a beautiful garden and gathering place it was meant to be.
The American Legion Post #150 is now accepting membership of most U.S. veterans due to the LEGION act. This act was signed into effect on July 30, 2019, and honors U.S. service members that were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war.
"It used to be that you had to serve during a time of war like the Vietnam Conflict or Korea," said American Legion Adjutant-Finance Officer Gordon Aleshire. "There were gaps in between those conflicts where those guys weren't eligible to join. The LEGION Act said that since December 7, 1941, if you served in the military, you can join the Legion."
The act gives approximately 6,000,000 veterans access to the American Legion programs and benefits. The main change was to reduce the seven war categories down to two: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 2918, and December 7, 1941, to a date to be declared later.
On the evening of Sunday, October 27, the Chehalis Steam Train hit a local Francis man. The Lewis County emergency responders rushed to the scene of the accident at the 300 block of Spooner Rd.
The Chehalis Steam Train was backing up on the tracks and struck a vehicle driven by 69-year-old John Hodel. The intersection is equipped with a sign only. There are no lights and no crossing bar.
On Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m., the Vader City Council and Mayor Wilson met to hold their budget workshop, a Public Hearing on the budget and finished with a Vader City Council Meeting. The unusual part is, the citizens were involved in all three meetings.
Mayor Lois Wilson started the workshop with a statement asking citizens to ask questions by waiting to be called on, instead of interrupting. Cities typically do not allow citizens to ask questions during a budget workshop; they are for council members only. A city will usually hold a public hearing later for citizens to ask questions.
During the workshop, it was mentioned the reason for the current deficit is due to the second half of property taxes not being received. These funds are typically received in November. It is not unusual for cities that have limited revenue to run a deficit until the funds are received.
The United Methodist Women or UMW of Chehalis is holding its annual Mint City Market on November 8 and 9 at the Chehalis United Methodist Church located at 16 S. Market Blvd, Chehalis. This year's market is coordinated by Dianne Stefanini, who has been involved in the last five yearly markets. You will find a collection of vendors selling local crafts, art, rustic designs, and more. The vendors this year, as with past, are from all over locally with a few from the church.
All funds raised from the market stay local and are distributed and spent down completely on missions such as Eceap, a free preschool, Safe Family Ministries, The Lewis County Gospel Mission, which this time of year focuses on the winter needs of those in need, and students in need.
MENLO - Pe Ell-Willapa Valley (PWV) was on task with its ball control plan as the offensive line dominated Ocosta in the trenches with the result being another divisional championship for the Titans, who uprooted any thoughts of a Wildcat upset during the 42-7 manhandling before some 500-strong at Crogstad Field in Menlo on Senior Night Friday. The previously unbeaten Wildcats (7-1), who had visions of a division title themselves no doubt left the field realizing they have a ways to go to catch up to the Titans (5-3).
"I really thought we played with a lot of fire," Peterson said. "Everybody was really emotional, it was good to see."
'Good to see' for Titan fans were running backs Max Smith and Kollin Jurek running into and out of wide open spaces while amassing 323 yards and 5 touchdowns between them. Smith, who was wearing a cast on one hand because of broken thumb, thumped, bumped and scooted for 173 yards on 25 touches and 4 TDs, while Jurek sped about for 150 yards on 24 journeys and a 10-yd score. Smith also picked off a pass on defense and ran it back 36 yards, and totalled 209 all-purpose yards.
On Wednesday, October 23, the Raymond Fire Department responded to a report that there was a fuel leak at the 101 Quick Stop on the corner of Hwy 101 and Heath St. Soon after their arrival, the pumps were stopped, and Heath St. was blocked off to traffic.
"There was someone who stopped by the station and told us that there was a leak of some kind going on," said Raymond Fire Department Chief Todd Strozyk. "We responded over there and did our best to contain the fuel that was present on the ground. We got all the people who were getting gas from the fuel lines out of there safely. We cordoned off the area and then called the Department of Ecology."
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