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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 22, 2001, Centralia, Washington Local amp Northwest be careful prevent Holiday fires fire department candles lights dry Trees can become hazards if handled carelessly by Paul Ali Eva the chronicle there Are several actions Lewis county area residents can take to keep themselves Safe this Holiday season according to acting capt. Richard Mack of the Centralia fire Quot never use candles on a tree or near other decorations Quot Mack said. Quot never Light them near Christmas wrappings. Place them so they won t be knocked Over and use Glass Metal or other nonflammable holders Quot Mack Quot use Only us listed lights a he said. A tag on the string says a underwriter laboratories and the Box in which lights Are packaged says a jul listed Quot Mack said. Quot discard any lights that Are frayed or have worn cords broken or cracked sockets or any Bare wire. Never use indoor lights outdoors they can get water in them and Short out a he said. Quot never plug More than three sets into the same Extension Cord and always turn off the tree lights and electrical decorations when you leave the House or go to bed at and watering Christmas Trees when a Christmas tree becomes dry it becomes a fire Hazard Mack said. A the Igni ability of the tree greatly increases when the tree is dry a he said so the Way to prevent a tree fire is to keep it adequately watered. A keep the water level High enough so the butt of the tree is always he said of the water level drops below the Cut Mark the tree will Seal the Cut and be unable to draw any More water. Another Way to prevent a tree fire Mack said is to Only use indoor lights to decorate the tree. Quot never use outdoor lights on your tree a he said because they Burn hotter and Are More Likely to Start a fire especially if the tree is Christmas Trees a never try to bum your tree in your Wood stove Quot Mack said because it is extremely combustible especially when dry since a great Deal of its surface area is exposed to the air. A if you take a Block of Wood and throw it in it takes a while to Burn a he said whereas a piece of paper goes up immediately. Quot a dry Christmas tree is like a piece of Mack said. The Lewis county solid waste Utility a Christmas tree recycling program begins wednesday and runs through Jan. 13. Residents can bring their Trees and Holiday wreaths to the Yard Birds shopping Center at the South end of the building from 9 . To 7 . Daily. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed. There is no charge for the service but donations will be accepted. Trees brought to Yard Birds will be loaded into a Wood Chipper and the chips Given to tree owners to use in household compost piles according to Lewis county recycling coordinator Pat Campbell. Residents who want to dispose of flocked or artificial Trees or wreaths will have to take them to the Transfer station and pay for their disposal Campbell few reminders As presents accumulate under the tree its important for residents to remember to leave a Clear path to each door that leads outside Mack said. A you done to want to Block your Means of egress Quot he said. Quot never smoke near a Christmas tree and never Burn Christmas wrapping paper in a Wood stove a Mack said. A and even though most people test their smoke detectors when they change their clocks its a Good idea to test smoke detectors he said outdoor burning is prohibited within the City limits of Centralia which include Urban growth area boundaries. A if you re not sure of your Urban growth boundaries always Call your local fire department before you bum a Mack said. A a a Paul Ali Eva a overs municipal government and Public issues for the chronicle. He May he reached by email at Santa on wheels Jordan Amos 6, Napavine shrugs her shoulders when Santa asks her what she wants for Christmas on thursday during a skating party at the roller drome in Centralia. The Santa visit was sponsored by the Napavine juvenile delinquent prevention program which is funded by a Grant through the Napavine police department. About 110 students attended the skating event. Toni l. Bailey the chronicle Washington goal to help More Low income people off welfare by the chronicle agencies in Lewis county won a $4,000 state award for their successful efforts to collect child support payments As part of a statewide Effort to help Low income families find work leave welfare and become self sufficient. The state award is going to the Lewis county work first local planning area a partnership of government agencies nonprofit Community organizations and other groups that help families leave Public assistance and become self sufficient. The agencies provide services for families participating in work first Washington s Wel fare to work program. Lewis county work first local planning area along with other partnerships throughout the state was honoured during a reception with gov. Gary Locke this week. The awards were Given to local partnerships that showed significant achievements in specific areas including assisting parents in finding and keeping jobs thus reducing welfare caseloads. The agencies collected child support for 39 percent of families in Lewis county who receive welfare or were formerly on Public assistance. Quot we continue to work very hard to locate parents and find ways to ensure they support their children Quot said Joel Watson of Washington work first. Quot the increase in collections Means More families will receive child support payments and More children Are being properly cared for while less state Money is nostalgia . Callison and sons inc. In Chehalis started out in the bark business he chronicle the mint factory on North National nue in Chehalis Hasni to always been in mint business. . Callison and sons inc. Started shortly after 1900 with a Deal to two carloads of Bink trom the local Ara Trees to a drug manufacturer , Davis and co., who would use material for its medicinal qualities Jording to a 1966 news account in daily chronicle. . Callison had come to Chehalis w years earlier As a school teacher then began publishing a weekly paper. Soon after the first Cascara ship it locals began bringing the bark to Lison in Exchange for Hay and a according to the news article. Callison six in became the worlds est supplier of Cascara the bark ignited As an effective laxative. In the 1940�?Ts, the business moved its current location and also began keying Peppermint and spearmint according to the article. Two accounts of what led to that Are told. A 1997 submission to the Lewis county historical society written by Volunteer Robert Calkins states the company received a shipment of mint for debts owed. The 1966 daily chronicle Story tells of Callison s 1941 Purchase of a Portland Oregon business . Lake and co. Which produced Peppermint Oil. Research laboratories were set up in the Chehalis Plant and by the mid-1960s, the company secured storage facilities for the essential oils in Sunnyside and two Oregon towns. Its main offices were in Seattle. The daily chronicle wrote that by then production for spearmint and Peppermint in the Northwest had grown to be the largest for any area in the world in part due to Callison actively stimulating production on farms and building in Chehalis the Only Complete mint processing Plant West of the Mississippi. Today the manager at Callison and sons. Inc. Is Tony Ketchum who is also a member of the Chehalis City Council. Photo Courtesy of the Lewis county historical museum sacked raw Cascara bark is being dumped on a conveyor Belt inside the . Callison and sons inc. Plant on North National Avenue in Chehalis in this photo taken circa 1950s. The bark would be processed and become a pharmaceutical ingredient known for its qualities As an effective laxative. By then the . Callison Plant was also processing mint. Needed to support these the award Money will be used to improve services for families participating in work first. Possible uses include Job fairs work first staff training family planning materials employer outreach and research. The number of parents receiving welfare Grants in Lewis county has dropped by half since work first began in 1997. In january 1997, there were 1,406 Lewis county cases now there Are 776. Across the state More than 154,000 participants have joined Washington a work Force since the program began. The proportion of people on welfare in Washington is at its lowest in 30 years with less than 3 percent of the state population receiving welfare Grants. However it is important to note that some of these former welfare recipients May have been moved off welfare due to reaching their five year time limit. When Washington created new welfare guidelines in 1997, it chose to limit federally funded Cash benefits to 60 months in a lifetime which is the maximum allowed by Federal Law. It was also decided that parents receiving Cash assistance must work or look for a Job. However new rules which came into effect in november allow extensions and exemptions to the 60-month Benefit limit in certain cases. At the same time the state is strengthening participation and Sanction requirements for every person receiving Cash assistance. Adults who have reached the time limit but who Are not Able to participate will continue to receive assistance. These include parents with chronic and severe disabilities aging adults and people caring for disabled family members. In addition parents who continue to abide by the rules to prepare for work and seek jobs will have their benefits extended As Long As they continue that duty. Cases receiving extensions will be regularly reviewed to ensure All is being done to move people off welfare. Grant Money will be Cut off from parents who have received assistance for five years and refuse to participate in the work first program even though they Are Able to do so. Those parents will Only qualify for programs which must be used to meet the Basic needs of their children. The time limit does not apply to cases where Only a child is receiving assistance. It also does not apply to native american families living on tribal land where at least half of the adults Are unemployed. Agencies lauded for collecting child support payments

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