After a short break, the Toledo Thursday Market has returned. Last Thursday on the 6th, vendors returned and were open for business in the same place as always at Steamboat Landing and will continue to be open every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
The Lewis County News would like to take some time to recognize all of our local small businesses throughout our communities. These hard-working folks are huge in keeping our community going. Many of these places are full of friendly, familiar faces who not only consistently put out quality products and services, but in many cases go above and beyond to see that the people of our communities in Lewis County are well taken care of.
There is genuine warmth here that you cannot, and will not find in large box stores. These places are owned and run by people with familial history; or have come here from similar communities and upbringings, or simply wish to become a part of, and thrive in a community such as ours.
Toledo High School recently had its Groundbreaking Ceremony on the last Friday of January. It began at 4:00 p.m. and lasted for about an hour. They featured many special guests, and all were invited to come to witness the event. It was a ceremony held in the commons dedicated to the rebuilding and remodeling of the new school.
Book 'N' Brush on Market Blvd in Chehalis may be one of our area's oldest bookstores. The long-standing store is heading into its 51st year after recently celebrating its 50th year just last holiday season. Owners David and Beverly Hartz bought the store nearly 51 years ago only then it was not a store but a humble little stand. They named it Book 'N' Brush and so it has been ever since.
We all live in an area where our pets are part of our lives, whether they are indoors or outdoors, they are our family. We have a family in Winlock that needs the help of the community, it's a story that is about the love of a family to bring their son's dog home to them.
If you are looking for a cozy place during these long weeks of rain then you may enjoy a visit to the Black Sheep Creamery which is also the Yew and I yarn shop located on Market Blvd in Chehalis next to the theatre. This little shop will especially catch your fancy if you are a knitter, crocheter, felter, spinner, or cheese connoisseur.
The City of Napavine has a new mayor. Shawn O'Neill was sworn in on December 30, 2019 and will have presided over his first council meeting this past Tuesday. O'Neill has been serving for almost three years on the Napavine City Council. He is a natural leader and wanted to take it to the next step.
By the late 1850s the farms of Cowlitz Prairie and farms along the river bottom were producing exceptional amounts of hay, oats and potatoes. So much, that a large market was needed. Up until this time produce along with all kinds of other goods were transported along the Cowlitz River in canoes manned by Cowlitz Indians, who made their living transporting goods. One such man was George Katel or as he was affectionately called Indian George. He was well known in the area.
It takes a special person to coach sports, a person who's heart is in it for the students and the school. KC Oakley is not just any assistant coach, she is the Winlock High School Girls Basketball Assistant Coach and she loves what she does.
The City of Vader has seen some changes this past week. The mayor, Lois Wilson, has resigned and Mayor Pro tem Joe Schey has stepped up to fill in. Also, the City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk have resigned as well. In a recent letter to the Lewis County News, Mayor Pro Tem Schey reassured the citizens.
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