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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 14, 2001, Centralia, Washington A2 a the chronicle Centralia Chehalis wash., Friday dec. 14, 2001local but i a Irish tors As i see it Christmas letters sharing with a close mends once a year december is upon us once again. In fact by the time this column is printed Christmas will be less than two weeks away. And we All know what this time of year Means Don t we that s right Christmas letters you know the ones. The letters that we Send out with our season s greetings to our beloved families and closest friends this time every year. Christmas letters have become a yearly ritual at our House kind of like going out and finding a pretty Green tree growing on a Hillside and then killing it and dragging it into our living room so the cats can have something new to play with for a couple of weeks until we haul it Over to the Yard Birds parking lot and run it through a Chipper and turn it into mulch. As for the Christmas letter tradition each year my wife and i discuss what to write in the letter because we want to share what has happened in our family with All of those close friends that we have no other Contact with throughout the rest of the year. As we sit Down together i am always reminded of one of the lyrics from that old Christmas classic a at Christmas i hug and i kiss my wife s Mother. But the rest of the year we done to speak to each not that i done to speak to my Mother in Law except at Christmas but i think you can see what i m getting at. Right our Christmas letter ritual goes the same every year. I sit Down and Start typing the letter but no matter How hard i try. It always ends up like one of the emails that i Send out to a the gang Quot every few Days. Those Are similar to my weekly newspaper columns except in my emails i am not As careful about being such a serious and professional writer. In fact some of my emails can begin to Border on just Plain silly. Hard to believe in t it anyway every year i write a Christmas letter and Tell about each person in our family during the past year adding my own embellishments Here and there for pure entertainment value. Then my wife reads it. Reminds me that it Isnit one of my emails and declares that we can t mail it out the Way i wrote it or All of our closest friends that Only hear from us once a year will think we re weird or something. She then rewrites the Christmas letter making Only a few minor changes. Of she makes a number of changes but she stays along the same theme that i started. Ohall right. She changes almost everything but she does leave in the same names for the kids that i used in my original letter. Which is Good since those Are the names we gave them at birth. There Are you Happy now Well the important thing is that the letters always go out and we maintain that close Bond with those people for yet another year. After All it would be terrible if we lost that once a year Contact with our closest friends through the Christmas letter. A a a Dan Griffiths lives in Chehalis and writes about his adventures As a husband father and control technician for a Gas pipeline company. He can be reached by email at local writer . Deadline for open space tax Breaks looming by the chronicle land owners who wish to enrol their property into lower tax classifications for open space Timberland or agricultural use must do so by dec. 31. Those already in the program do not need to sign up again. Applications to receive consideration for open space assessments on for 2002 on taxes payable in 2003 Are available at the Lewis county assessor s office in the county courthouse Chehalis. As Long As property is being used As originally intended value of land for tax purposes under the open space act is based on a current use rather than a highest and Best if however land is withdrawn or its use is changed the landowner has to pay tax Rollback penalties or compensating tax. Agricultural lands approved for classification must be used for livestock or agricultural production. Farms with less than 20 acres Are subject to minimum earnings in order to qualify. Timber parcels of 5 acres or More will qualify As open space if Forest crops Are grown and harvested. Another option for lands of 20 or More acres is designation under the Timber tax act. Land preserved in its natural state May also qualify for open space if it conserves or enhances natural or Scenic resources protects streams or water supplies promotes conservation of soils wetlands beaches or tidal marshes or preserves archaeological and historical Sites. Inquiries May be directed to inspections appraiser Jeri Lux at 740-1317. A $75 processing fee must be submitted with the application. It is not refundable should open space classification be denied. Please Recycle this newspaper. Pay Tio sales tax Well pay it for you or months same As Cas compact microwave Lane Lane amp la a boy recliners la a boy from 248 of $1 0 my Mac 700 Watts turntable 49 c electronics value rest 400 a Plush top �?�312 Coll a Cotton poly cover a solid foundation Pillow top or Plush your Choice 299 a a value rest 500 a Pillow top �?�312 Coil a Cotton poly cover a solid foundation easy parking a same Day delivery available David a appliances a furniture a electronics a mattresses 6 months same As Cash available easy financing available Mac 1408 s. Gold a 736-1353 hours Mon sat 9 00-7 00 a Sun 11 00-5 00 thru Christmas quantities limited to Stock on hand Quot most m Stock items Over ,499a. See store Tor Complete detail the weather almanac 5-Day forecast for Lewis county area tonight saturday sunday monday ask aft. To vat ram again especially in the afternoon. Windy with rain rain can be heavy. Cooler with a few periods of rain. Highs 45-50 lows 40-45 highs 47-52 lows 35-40 highs 43-48 lows 35-40 ram Early tonight otherwise mostly Cloudy lows 35-40 twin cities data statistics through 9 . Yesterday for the Centralia fire department temperature High yesterday .54 average High .47 record High. 57 1929.1952 Low yesterday.46 average Low.35 record Low .11 1932 barometer. 29 78 precipitation total yesterday.1.50 average .0.22 record.1 80 1995 month to Date. .5.44 Normal month to Date .3.47 year to Date. 38 59 Normal year to Date .39 79 All maps forecasts and data proved and by acc weather. Inc. 6 2001 area conditions City High a St. Low today prep. Centralia 54 46 1.50 be Ell 49 31 295 Toledo 44 34 1.70 Mossyrock 51 36 2.40 Glenoma 44 35 1 78 Packwood Nana a Sun Sunset tonight 4 24 . Or. Sunrise tomorrow 7 50 a m. Moon new first full last tuesday is mostly Cloudy with some afternoon rain. Highs 40-15 lows 35-40 River stages readings at 5 a in today for the latest information on gauge Heights and the rate of flow of selected local Rivers and others in Western Washington Call the steel headers and Whitewater hotline in Seattle at 526-8530 site gauge i flood stage 24 or. Change Chehalis at Mellen St. 54.46 65.0 up 0.05 Skookumchuck at Pearl St. 76.81 85.0 up 0.21 Colwitz at Randle 5.56 18.0 up 0.26 Colwitz at Packwood 2.67 10.5 up 0.39 Colwitz at Mayfield dam 13.67 cos a a up 0.02 Burn bans i for the latest information on burning bans and restrictions m the Lewis and Thurston county areas Call the number below that corresponds to your location it your location is not listed Call your local tire department Centralia. 330-7681 Olympia air pollution 438-8768 Chehalis. 748-3394 dept Nat res 1-800-323-2876 Lewis county. 740-1146 National forecast for saturday december 15 Iii is across the Region shown is tomorrow weather temperatures Are tonight s lows and tomorrow s highs. Spokane 22/32 a Tacoma 39/46 r 38/46 i Aberdeen 43/48. A a a Centralia 39/45 % Yakima 28/38 yest City Hilo prep Bellingham 50 41 1.13 Hoquiam 52 46 252 Ocean shores 51 46 2.10 Olympia 51 43 1 89 port Angeles 47 37 0.62 Portland or 53 46 0 78 Seattle 51 43 1.75 Spokane 40 31 066 Vancouver b c. 48 41 1 45 Walla Walla 56 42 0.22 Wenatchee 33 24 009 Yakima 47 30 to dec 14 dec 22 dec 30 Jan 5 the unsettled weather pattern we have become used to recently will not change much this weekend into Early next week As a Strong Jet Stream continues off the Ocean. One storm will push East of Here tonight but a More potent system with wind rain and heavy Mountain Snow will arrive later saturday. Was Thor w a sunny pc partly Cloudy a Cloudy so showers. To thunderstorms a ram i Isnow lice shown ire noon positions of weather systems and precipitation tamper Atura bands Are highs Tor the Day forecast High Low temperatures Are Given Tor selected cities warm Low -18 in Craig co High 85 in fort Myers Al travel Erst City cities yesterday Hilo w saturday Hilo w City yesterday Hilo w saturday Hilo w Albuquerque 36 22 s 35 19 pc Mexico City 73 46 pc 72 44 pc Anchorage 19 4 c 6 1 pc Oklahoma City 45 37 r 53 36 so Atlanta 61 54 r 65 46 s pans 40 25 pc 30 22 pc Boston 55 40 r 42 27 so Phoenix 55 37 pc 55 37 pc Calgary 36 22 pc 25 11 pc Portland me 46 32 r 36 18 St Charlotte 57 51 so 62 38 s Reno 51 31 pc 38 23 pc Denver 42 14 pc 28 14 in Rio de Janeiro 90 73 r 78 71 r Honolulu 78 72 r 81 70 so Salt Lake City 33 21 c 28 16 c Las vegas 49 30 s 47 26 s san Diego 62 46 s 65 43 s Memphis 64 56 so 56 50 pc Tokyo 60 48 pc 44 31 s Washington Home Center t including permits. Call us today 800 648-1113 $0 Down a Cha conv. 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