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Baby Titus gets a new heart
Baby Titus
Baby Titus gets a new heart

The family of Baby Titus has been waiting since January to see him improve. Susie Sickles, Baby Titus' grandmother, stated on Sunday in a message to the Town Crier, "Titus got his heart yesterday and all is well!" He will soon be off of the breathing machine and feeding tube. The community celebrates with the family but our hearts go out to the family who lost their young baby in order to give Titus a normal life.

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The Little Crane Cafe gives a bite of history
Damian Dazo (left) and Jason Dailey (right) cooking up a storm at the Little Crane!
The Little Crane Cafe gives a bite of history

Little Crane Café in Vader isn't just a local hangout with awesome food, it's a place that many consider an institution. Jason Dailey operates Little Crane for his family. Customers come from all around to eat a meal and to enjoy the atmosphere.

Jason's parents, John and Ginny Dailey, purchased the restaurant with Ginny's sister in 1988. The Dailey's bought out Ginny's sister in the early 90's. Jason said, "my mom had always wanted a restaurant. She was working at Longview Fibre Mill and she saw this as a way to get out of the woods." The family has owned and operated Little Crane ever since. They also own J&G Grocery, which is located behind Little Crane Cafe.

Jason stated, "the Little Crane has been around since the 1950's and it is still serving the same comfort country food to this day." They recently changed the interior with new flooring, tables and chairs but the food quality and atmosphere has remained the same.

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Lunafest film festival coming soon

Lunafest, a national touring film festival featuring short films by, for and about women, will be coming to Lewis County on April 28 at the Historic Chehalis Theatre. Nine films from all over the world are short, humorous, poignant and thought-provoking.

Sponsored by the Lewis County American Association of University Women (AAUW), all net proceeds will benefit the Human Response Network of Lewis County and scholarships for Lewis County women and girls. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. for complimentary refreshments from local restaurants, as well as browsing the raffle items. The ninety-minute film festival begins at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at Book N Brush in Chehalis, The Station in Centralia, AAUW members and online at www.lunafest.org/chehalis. Ticket prices are $20.

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Say good morning with Grinder's Espresso
Suzanne Smith
Say good morning with Grinder's Espresso

The definition of staple is something that forms an important part of something else and Grinder's Espresso is that staple of Winlock. Suzanne Smith has owned and operated Grinder's Espresso for over 21 years in the same location. She greets you cheerfully, with kind eyes and a beautiful genuine smile, always ready to please.

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Mass transit need in south Lewis County

The Lewis County Board of County Commissioners are working on a countywide transportation plan that will open up south Lewis County for transportation to Centralia and Chehalis along with providing services for east County. Currently Twin Transit only operates in the Centralia/Chehalis area. Lewis Mountain Transit currently operates in east Lewis County but there is nothing in the way of transportation for south Lewis County.

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Napavine school hosts a petting zoo
Napavine school hosts a petting zoo

On March 16, the Napavine FFA hosted a petting zoo. Children from the Napavine elementary were welcomed over. Napavine middle school and high school students were also able to visit the zoo.

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Toledo response to the Winlock letter

The City of Toledo has responded by letter dated March 20, 2018, to Winlock's February 27, 2018, letter which alleged breach of contract by Toledo and intent to restore Winlock's own police department, and the City of Winlock's wish to terminate the agreement on June 1, 2018.

The City of Toledo is rejecting all claims of material breach and also states that Winlock did not follow the Dispute Resolution protocol as set forth in the Interlocal Agreement.

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A Word about the Easter Story
A Word about the Easter Story

Cute little bunnies, candy filled eggs, and sugar logged marshmallow birds are already filling our pantries; but why? Well the holiday is Easter and the western tradition tagged on to this holiday is a day of remembrance and celebration of the resurrection of Christ; which begs the question, what do all these other things have to do with this great man that not only died on the cross but rose from the grave? The truth is simple, nothing at all. Our holidays are ancient worldly traditions that we have merely tagged Jesus on to in hopes to fulfill a religious right that may leave our bellies full but our souls still empty. So rather than us going rounds on, "Why Easter" I would much rather focus on this: "Why Jesus."

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Memories of Evie Wheeler
Evie Wheeler
Memories of Evie Wheeler

Evie Wheeler was not just a mother to her own children, she was a mom to many kids in Winlock, babysitting over 400 kids in her lifetime. She started babysitting when she was in high school and she continued for many decades, being a second mom to many in the area until 2007. She enjoyed being a mom, whether to her own children or to others.

Her daughter, Heather Wheeler of Shoreline, Washington, said it best, "every child she took care of became her family and her family was her whole life. She loved easily, genuinely and with her whole heart." Nick, Evie and Jim's son, wrote a wonderful piece about his mom on Facebook. It truly showed the love he had for his mom.

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