There is a business in Winlock that is always busy. Usually a bunch of men and maybe a woman or two sitting in the shop, having conversations. The Barber And His Daughter is a barbershop and it's hopping. They always have a room full; it's just a fun place to stop by. We finally had the opportunity to talk with Jacob Hampton, he is the son of the Barber. It's a family of hair care specialists in our very own community.
Toledo Middle School students have been named as a finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest for hydroponics. They have received $15,000 for their accomplishments and could garner even more money if they go farther in this amazing competition.
The Country House has a new owner and is set to succeed. In September of 2020, Choi bought the restaurant, changing the menu to Asian food along with American sandwiches. For the first time ever, Lewis County has Asian food available for delivery in the Toledo area. Choi has years of experience cooking fabulous Asian food.
Choi has worked in many restaurants around the country, starting at Mr. Wasabi in New York. After a couple of years, he moved to Alaska and continued cooking Asian food. He saved at each of these jobs, he wanted to be in Washington and be his own boss. He spent a year in Washington working for Happy Teriyaki before he bought the Country House. Now Choi is his own boss.
Roy Richards spent a lifetime gathering pieces of history in Winlock. He LOVED the community and was adored by many. In 2008, Roy and his wife Linda opened a museum called "Renegade Rooster" just outside of the small town, to showcase Winlock's history.
If you drive around Winlock, you will probably see Kenny Simpson out taking care of Winlock. From the day Kenny arrived here, he has been hard at work every day. He gets the town ready for Egg Day and also removes snow, he will get the job done.
Winlock Lions Club has been around since 1947, providing many services to the community throughout the years. The Winlock Lions Club has focused on community and serving the area for many years. Lions Club International has over 1.4 million members, all volunteers who help their communities. Throughout the years, Winlock Lions Club has been involved in making Winlock a better place.
When we think of medical care in Lewis County that has been around for generations, we think of L.G. Steck Memorial Clinic in Chehalis. Recently, they hired a new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and his ties are definitely rooted in Lewis County. Joe Mount is the new COO and he is making great changes to bring a family culture to the Clinic.
Washington State will move to Phase 3 of the Coronavirus recovery plan, as announced by Governor Jay Inslee on March 11, 2021. The new phase will begin on March 22, 2021, for businesses and individuals.
Winlock School District has hired a new fastpitch coach and her roots are deep in Winlock. Lauren Dumoulin is the new coach and she is well poised to get Winlock on the map. She may not have grown up here in South Lewis County, but she is a Lewis County girl.
Winlock is about to change, many of us are aware that Winlock is getting an industrial park, but did you know there is more than that coming to our community.
Recently at a meeting Mayor Brandon Svenson stated there were 500 new homes and apartments in the planning stages. What that means is that 500 new residences are going to be built in the city limits. We have all seen Grand Prairie explode with more homes coming. The space across from the Shell Station is reserved for apartments. There are to be 10 different buildings with 4 apartments in each.
With an increase of residences will come an increase of the population. Many have wanted Winlock to stay the same size, but we all knew growth from the Seattle and Portland area would eventually come to our area.
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