ICYMI: What began as just a coffee shop with a handful of breakfast items in Olympia five years ago has become so successful the owners have opened a second location in Centralia.
Officers with the Centralia Police Department responded at about 9 a.m. on March 21 to a report that the man, who was found by his friend in an apartment in the 3000 block of Borst Avenue, was unconscious and not breathing, according to a news release from the police department.
According to the friend, the man was visiting from the University of Idaho in Moscow and had attended a party in Seattle the night prior, where he overdosed.
He received care at Harborview Medical Center before he was discharged at about 2 a.m. and picked up by the friend, who lives in Centralia.
ICYMI: “We still have plenty of harvestable nice-sized razor clams on all beaches for some equally great digging during the first daylight low tides opportunities of spring.”
Friends Without Homes, a Lewis County nonprofit organization focusing on providing those experiencing homelessness with resources and aid, announced at last week’s Centralia City Council meeting it will host a forum to help clear up “myths and facts” surrounding homelessness.
LEWIS COUNTY JAIL STATISTICS:
As of Friday morning, the Lewis County Jail had a total system population of 153 inmates, including 141 in the general population and 12 in the Work Ethic and Restitution Center.
Addisyn Olson, a 13-year-old Chehalis Middle School student, earned a number of notable accolades during the Age Group Regionals Championship swim meet held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way last weekend.
Here's an early look at the front page of the weekend edition of The Chronicle, featuring a deep dive into investigative documents detailing the potentially flawed investigation into the death of Aron Christensen along a remote East Lewis County trail in August 2022. Charges have yet to be filed after Christensen and his dog were killed by gunfire. The story is at chronline.com.
Evelyn Martin started working at the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. in 1946 at the age of 17. She had just graduated from Winlock High School. This 1953 photo was taken at the new building on the corner of Pine and Pearl streets after Pacific Telephone became Pacific Northwest Bell. The party was for Nettie Helgeson, who had earned a five year service award. Pacific Northwest Bell later became U.S. West and later, Qwest. Evelyn retired from the Longview office after 34 years of service. In 1953, the then young Susie Wickert, Evelyn’s daughter, would sometimes sleep in the “sick” room during her mother's night shifts. Pictured left to right are Treva Armstrong, Nettie Helgeson, Eunice Dufour, Evelyn Martin, Harriet Martin, Thelma Rhyner, Leila Proffitt, Frances Brink, Ella O’Conner, Garnet Hensley, Joyce Skinner, supervisor, and Dallas Pinn, chief operator.
Originally submitted by Sue Wickert for The Chronicle's Our Hometowns books.
"In May 1957, back when gentlemen literally had hats to pass around for money collection, my grandparents, James “Jim” Andrew and Margaret “Suzi” Sue Vander Stoep, were preparing for the birth of their third child, my father. (Don’t do the math, he doesn’t need to know I told you his age.)"
“The Major” Joseph H. Gardner is shown tilling the weeds out of the strawberries grown on the farm known as the “Lazy J.”
Originally submitted by Bernadette Gardner-John for Our Hometowns.
“I anticipate a charging decision next week,” Lewis County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer told The Chronicle Thursday.
Aron Christensen's family issued a statement for this story focused on the extended and likely flawed investigation into the August 2022 death of Aron Christensen and his dog: “Last Sunday marked seven months since Aron and Buzz were killed, and with each passing day that our questions remain unanswered, our patience continues to wear thin, and our hearts grow heavier. We haven't received many new updates regarding the status of the case since it was referred to the prosecutor's office for a second time. As far as we know, charges have yet to be filed; arrests have yet to be made."
This is the 1949 Southwest Washington Fair queen and her court. The story about how this photo came into the hands of Avalon Gates Morris is interesting. She was working at a local antiques shop when she came upon a display including this photo. “I glanced in the display case and there were the photos. I asked the shop owner, ‘Look at that girl right there. Do you know who that is?’” “Is that you?” the woman asked. It was Avalon and all the others pictured here. Left to right are Carol Tobin, Boistfort; Helen Bennett, Chehalis; Helen Hansen, Napavine; Barbara Fores, Centralia; Ruth Johnson, Onalaska; Marlene Reynoldson, Morton; Avalon Gates Morris, Pe Ell; Geraldene Lemmel, Winlock; Barbara Fuchs, Randle; Mary Lee Fay, Adna; Darlene Wallace, Toledo; and Barbara Moran, Mossyrock. Avalon Gates Morris, who provided this photo, passed away in 2013.
Originally submitted by Avalon Gates Morris for The Chronicles Our Hometowns books.
During a going away party Wednesday, a cake neatly summed up the attitude around Lewis County Manager Erik Martin’s departure.
It read: “Fine. Go.”
Similarly, icing on cookies spelled: “Later, traitor.”
Known for his even-handed leadership through tumultuous times in the local government, Martin’s departure, while accepted, is no thrill for county staff and elected officials. The first person to ever take the role in Lewis County, Martin saw his final day Friday, March 24, after four-and-a-half years in the big job and a total of 14 for the county.
This photo shows a group of Centralia Girl Scouts on an out- ing to Seminary Hill on April 12, 1945. During the outing, some- one came to the group with the news that President Franklin Roosevelt had died. The girls were immediately dismissed to return home. Rose Baldwin, the photo’s contributor, in the early 2000s said she had never known another president. “We were so young and wondered how the world would go on,” she said. Standing in the back, left to right, are Roberta Terry, Mary Jane Harmon, Susie Begley, JoAnn Olmstead, Rosemary Cluzel and Fern Altman. Seated are an unknown girl, then Forae Herrick, Mary Tunnell and another two unknown girls.
Originally submitted by Rose Baldwin for The Chronicle's Our Hometowns books.