The Winlock School Board meeting this week is a very important meeting for all residents of Fire District 15.
Clear Creek RV has expanded to our area, they are located at 165 Hamilton Rd.
Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival is this weekend, August 13 to 15 at Kemp Olson Park in Toledo. This is a change of venue due to the construction at Toledo High School. This is an event that is loved by many, some traveling from other states.
The end of a tradition and an institution, Spiffy's restaurant has officially closed their doors. For many, it stood as a symbol of a restaurateur standing up against closing their business, for others it was a place to work as a teenager. Whatever your thoughts are, Spiffy's has been around for 50 years and many of us are sad to see it go.
Rod Samuelson took the time to answer some of our questions, giving us more of a history of Spiffy's. Spiffy's has been open for 50 years. What influenced Rod to stay in business 50 years? He stated, "My background prior to owning Spiffy's was finance administration. As our business grew it fit well into my background. It (Spiffy's) continued on an upward plane. At first it was slow, but steady, then it grew into a most successful and profitable business. I'm not a cook, I'm an administrator, and could probably do a similar job running most businesses."
Amy Smith, owner of Boss Hogg's BBQ in Winlock, has been helping to put Winlock on the map. With her sense of community and tasty food, she has brought many new people to Winlock to listen to live music or just to eat her famous BBQ. She is all about Winlock and Winlock is lucky to have her.
Amy was asked about why she chose Winlock, she stated, "Honestly, I didn't choose Winlock. Winlock kind of chose me, in a way. When I moved to Toledo in 2016, I was an insurance agent with American National Insurance and there were no office spaces for lease in town. I looked at a space in the Roundtree Building in Winlock and just fell in love with the town. So I moved my office from downtown Vancouver to Winlock in 2017. After a year, I bought Taylor's Landing and relocated my office to a little space up front, not knowing what I was going to utilize the building in its entirety. In 2019, my significant other and I started catering on the side and decided to jump through the hoops and put in a commissary kitchen and Boss Hogg's BBQ and Catering evolved.
On Wednesday morning at 3:11 a.m firefighters from Lewis County Fire Districts 15- Winlock, 2-Toledo, 20- Vader, 5- Napavine responded to the report of a commercial structure fire threatening an additional structure in the 400 block of Hale Rd. East at Winlock Fiber Lumber Mill. First arriving units found heavy fire conditions from a very large mill structure threatening an additional structure and upgraded the incident to a third alarm and fourth alarm. Additional units from LCFD 1- Onalaska, LCFD- 13 Boistfort, RFA- Centralia, LCFD 8- Salkum, LCFD 3- Mossyrock, LCFD 6- Chehalis, Cowlitz 6- Castle Rock, Cowlitz 2- Kelso and Department of Ecology responded.
There is a new business in the Toledo area and it fits right in with the country life. Emily Marshall opened High Tail Tack, which is definitely a tack shop. This one is a little different, it is consignment and the items are new or gently used. You will find many things in the store.
Emily Marshall is a former teacher from Winlock, but her love for horses and tack is why she started her business.
The Lewis County Republican Party is having their summer Republican picnic. It will take place on August 2, 2021 at The Orchard at Sunshine Hill located at 2178 South Scheuber Rd, Chehalis at 6:00 p.m. The dinner has a small cover charge of $5 including dinner and entertainment by Chris Guenther. The picnic also includes special speaker Tiffany Smiley, who is running for Senate against Patty Murray. The Lewis County elected officials will speak briefly.
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