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A few days after Thanksgiving, one of Lewis County’s most unique characters and voices left this world. Hank Claycamp, who trademarked and sold Mount St. Helens Volcanic Ash Glass around … more
Go to the backyard. Clip greenery. Stick it in a vase. Add flowers. Sounds simple enough, but at the Christian Women’s Fellowship meeting in Centralia last week, longtime florist Dan Duffy … more
Taking the plunge into Mayfield Lake in January does not sound appealing to a lot of people. Luckily, there are some crazy plungers eager to raise money and awareness for Lewis County Special … more
For my own mental health, I have cut back on watching network news for a good while now, limiting myself to just a few minutes each day to catch the headlines. I can say without hesitation it was a … more
I had wanted to submit this column to The Chronicle last week, but I also didn’t want to interrupt the series I was writing about the Gate schoolhouse and I knew my comments on her passing … more
A recent study by the University of Washington has shown that Seattle’s $15 minimum wage “did little to offset widening inequality.” This conclusion matches the research done across … more
Toledo volunteers who opened a community library in August 2014 wonder whether the Timberland Regional Library system will ever provide more than a computer kiosk to local patrons. That’s … more
When I wrote last week about the restoration of the old Gate school, I didn’t have enough space to also write about what has been done by volunteers to the building itself and to the grounds … more
To “Build Back America,” people must return to work.  In a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll released in early December, the findings spell trouble for America’s employers … more
Every year, Connie and I put up two Christmas trees, one for family and one for Jonathan.  I have two sons, Brandon and Jonathan.  Brandon is in his early 30s. Jonathan would have … more
Eighty years ago today, on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, damaging or destroying 19 Navy ships, killing 2,403 people and drawing the United States into World War II. … more
My mom used to say, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” I never really liked it when she would say that, because I knew she was telling me that the world didn’t work … more
Throughout Washington, the leaders of local chambers of commerce are busy delivering bags of toys to rural fire departments, enabling the firefighters to play Santa Claus for the children who live in … more
Well, we need a little Christmas Right this very minute Candles in the window Carols at the spinet... “Mame,” 1966   A new Lewis County group aims to be a cheer … more
Recently a story was published by The Chronicle  about a dustup between Sheriff Rob Snaza and Commissioner Lindsey Pollock over an increase in the sheriff’s budget. It reminded me of my … more
This is a column that nearly didn’t get written. You may have noticed that it has been several weeks since the last one, and there’s a reason for that. After writing a weekly column … more
When I came on with the Port of Chehalis board a little over two years ago, it hadn’t been an opportunity that I had seen for myself. Now-former CEO Randy Mueller approached me about a position … more
It’s not every day that the editorial boards of The Seattle Times and The Chronicle are on the same page, but we find ourselves in full agreement with our journalistic neighbors to the north on … more
What a relief to read last week that Mark and Lorie Spogen of Chehalis, who logged land near Mary’s Corner, preserved the historic pioneer cemetery where Matilda (Koontz) Jackson buried two of … more
The more people hear about Washington’s coming long-term-care law and payroll tax, the less people like it — and for good reason.  A class-action lawsuit has been filed against it, an … more
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