On Saturday, June 13, Winlock and Toledo Class of 2020 graduates had their car parades where graduates drove through their communities.
In Toledo, graduates started at the high school and drove around the residential and business district to show off their decorated vehicles. Some students rode in the back of trucks or in convertibles and there was even a golf cart and semi in the mix. A handful of people braved the rainy weather to congratulate the seniors.
The official Winlock Egg Days was canceled, but the community stepped up to have an unofficial Egg Day parade along with egg salad sandwiches. There are plans to have a street dance in the evening by The Club Tavern. The residents of Winlock love their Egg Day celebration and it would take a lot to stop them from enjoying the day.
The Winlock Saturday Market went off without a hitch and brought a lot of good memories to many.
On Saturday morning, June 6, vandals tried to set fire to a Lewis County landmark "The Uncle Sam" sign. Recently, the Uncle Sam sign has come under fire as a target for removal with a petition on Facebook.
Old building, new look by Roy Richards who will be opening for the Saturday Market
It's that time of year, the Winlock Saturday Market is coming back on June 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This time the market has moved to the downtown area with hopes of bringing business to the downtown core.
The Winlock Saturday Market will be located next to Sahara Pizza, both inside and out.
State of Washington Representative James Walsh, along with nine other state representatives sent a letter to United States Attorney General William Barr in hopes of stopping the extended emergency powers by Governor Inslee.
Lewis County has been approved by the Washington State Department of Health to enter Phase 2 on May 22, 2020. This is the start of the "Safe Start Washington" plan that is allowing more businesses to open up, including restaurants, hair and nail salons along with dog grooming places.
Lewis County submitted the application on Thursday to the State of Washington, Director of Health. The Lewis County Commissioners along with Lewis County Public Health were part of the plan that was sent to the state. Commissioner Edna Fund was the chairperson, she stated "We had to get the approval for our businesses to reopen. I was very proud of the team that put the 100-page request together."
Lewis County has been very busy the last few weeks developing and getting ready to reopen. Commissioner Fund stated "We have the website 'Lewis County Together' which has a lot of resource information including the Business Reopening Toolkit. This helps businesses with the steps necessary to reopen. Lewis County is open for business."
The Winolequa Garden Club has chosen Coleson Richendollar as their recipient for this year's $3000 scholarship award. Coleson is a 2020 graduate of Winlock High School.
Coleson, who plans to attend Centralia College in the fall, will be majoring in Natural Resource Science with a back up plan of Electrical Engineering. When he found out he was awarded the scholarship, Coleson stated "I thanked them a lot, I think it's awesome."
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced there will be no razor clam digging for this year. On their website, they state due to the Covid 19 Stay Home Stay Healthy order they have closed the beaches.
Their website states, "Large razor clam crowds constitute a gathering under the Stay Home-Stay Healthy order. This order has been extended to May 31, so razor clam and similar large gathers are not allowed at this time.
This is the 40th Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens' eruption, a time that many of us locals remember all too well.
It was early in the morning on a Sunday, many of us were going about our usual days. Getting ready for church, just doing what we did as a family 40 years ago. For myself, I was a young high school age student living in Winlock.
We went to church that morning like we always did on Sunday. The Lutheran Church in Winlock has a beautiful view of Mt. St. Helens. After church when we all walked out, there was a huge plume of ash coming out of the top of the mountain. At that point, I remember asking, "what happened?" and someone older said "It looks like she finally blew her top." I didn't understand what exactly that meant at the time.
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