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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 24, 2001, Centralia, Washington 50 cent serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 a a a Index comics.06 crossword horoscope.c4 dear abby.05 movies.05 news in brief.a4 opinion Page.a10 what a happening.b5 hispanic leaders threaten olympic Boycott Salt Lake City apr hispanic Community leaders Are threatening a statewide labor strike Dunn the olympics Over the arrests of 69 Airport workers accused of using false papers to get Security passes. Dunn a weekend rally the group demanded that the workers Many of them jailed since the arrests dec. 11, be paid wages owed to them. Most of the 69 were undocumented latin american immigrants. About 200 others also working at Salt Lake City International Airport but not in High Security areas were fired but not charged. None was suspected of terrorism . Attorney Paul Warner said after the arrests. A for the families this has been an injustice of olympic proportions a attorney Mark Alvarez said. Weather tomorrow Cloudy some fog tonight Low 2138 tomorrow High 43-47 weather picture by Kamran Khan sixth grader Chehalis Middle school see details Page Al Chehalis to carry olympic flame torchbearer nominated by Pupil teacher to run with Symbol in january by Brian Mittge the chronicle Jeff Thummel is accustomed to carrying the figurative Torch of inspiration and leadership for his Tenino wrestlers but next month the teacher and coach will carry a More literal a and famous a Torch As it passes through Inland Southwest Washington. On Jan. 23, he will carry the olympic Torch for a Brief leg of its journey around the country to the 2002 Winter olympics in Salt Lake City. A i was pretty shocked when i found out a said Thummel who lives in Chehalis and teaches elementary school pupils in Tenino. At first he thought the letter informing him of the nomination was just a form letter a a sweepstakes kind of thing a but when it mentioned personal information he recognized the possibility he might the Torch was for real. He was surprised to learn his nomination had not been from one of his wrestlers. Rather a former Pupil Connor and his Mother Michelle Reeves had done him the Honor. Connor now in third Grade had gone from kindergarten through second Grade with Thummel and had been part of a lunchtime Quot run for fun program Thummel put on. Thummel wont find out where he a going to run until Jan 2, a few weeks before the event. He thinks the secrecy is for Security purposes. Wherever he ends up carrying the Torch it wont be in Lewis county said Corey Iken a torchbearer coordinator for olympic please see olympic Page a new makers sports sea Hawks blow a late Lead against giants by Toledo school Board new Leader elected / a3 chromite monday dec. 24,2001 lighting up the holidays Tenino elementary school teacher Jeff Thummel runs saturday morning on the . West High school track in Chehalis. He will carry the olympic Torch on its . Rounds. Gary j. Cichow Akl the chronicle Scott blinks chairman of the Chehalis rotary a senior Christmas project loads the Back of his truck Friday evening with wrapped presents for senior citizens at Forest Manor. Chehalis rotary gives gifts to Lewis county senior citizens sharing with others club members reach out to needy elderly residents by Julie m. Graham the chronicle children May often take the spotlight in gift giving at Christmas time but the Chehalis rotary club annually tends to folks a bit older Lewis county senior citizens. The goal is to give Christmas to people who otherwise have Christmas. Said Scott blinks chairman of the Chehalis rotary senior Christmas project a people who slip through the senior citizens Are suggested by nursing Homes hospice workers and the Lewis Mason Thurston area Agency on aging As Well other other organizations. The 70 or 80 rotary members Divide up anywhere from 75 to 125 names depending on the year then make sure the gilts Are wrapped and delivered by Christmas Day. Ken Boucher who a bought gifts As a rotary member and who supplied names of people when he worked with the area Agency on aging said Quot its something that we can do that helps some folks during an otherwise lonely time of the year for Quot it s really wonderful to see Peoples faces and they re so surprised a said Jenn Kurtz assistance specialist with the area Agency on aging a nonprofit organization that provides information. Advocacy and services to senior citizens in the Community to maintain maximum Independence. The project started several years ago As something the Chehalis Branch of Sterling savings Bank did a employees stated hearing about Many shut ins and people in nursing Homes with no family nearby. Quot we used to adopt. Upwards of a half a dozen patients at Rosary Manor when it was in Chehalis a said Diane Rasmussen Branch vice president and manager. It later became a joint project with the Chehalis rotary where she was a member and the club has since taken it on but Bank employees continue to be involved As they can often wrapping gifts Dunn their Breaks she said. Quot the response of the club is overwhelming each year a blinks said. He noted that this time of year people receive Many requests for their time and Money such As salvation army Bell ringers and the annual walk and Knock food Dave. In years where More Money is Given than is needed the club looks to other needs in the Community Rasmussen said. The senior citizens who receive the gifts May not have anyone locally or please set rotary Page a twinkle the lights of Christmas illuminate festive spirit around Lewis county by Brian Mittge the chronicle Holiday spirit shows its Many different faces Toni l. Bailey tile chronicle no new stars have been reported in the East but Christmas lights Are blazing on nearly every City Avenue and Back country Road in the greater Lewis county area. Some residents crafted gently glowing american flags from red White and Blue lights while neighbors might have glowing plastic snowmen and some have a simple string of colourful classic bulbs. A Christmas destination for Many years has been the neighbourhood around Centralia mount Vista Road and several nearby Cul de sacs where multicoloured lights Chase each other around windowsills and entire pages out of childhood Holiday books Are Laid out in glowing plastic figures. Sunday night a Mirthful Santa Claus and a frendly Elf gave out Candy canes to Drivers and children who motored through the neighbourhood nestled behind Centralia Middle school. They give their names but please see lighting up pane Al Gary j. Cichowakl1 the chronicle Scott Reetz adjusts the lights on his Christmas display on his front Lawn on Washington Avenue in Centralia thursday evening. A Elf it Wasny to for the Little kids i done to think i would enjoy Christmas. Its All about the Little Tammy Zook Centralia Tammy Zook a a its a time to think about people in the armed services people who done to have parents sons daughters with them after sept. 11�?� Lee Giske Lee Giske Chehalis by Brian Mittge the chronicle with St. Nicholas on his Way local people turn their minds to family thankfulness and the work that remains to be done As they contemplate the Christmas of 2001. A saturday stroll through downtown Centralia found couples families individuals and shopkeepers with a variety of answers to the question of Quot what does Christmas this year mean to you a Sisters Donna Hilder Man of Centralia and debris Bryant of Rochester gave thanks for simply having the ability to give of themselves to loved ones despite health problems. Christmas is Quot the spirit of giving and seeing other people Happy Quot Bryant said adding Quot and mainly to let them know about the birth of Hilderman who had a stroke in 2000 and who uses a wheelchair As she works through physical therapy said she associates the spirit of giving in Christmas. A i done to give gifts but i give myself the Best i can do for my situation a just whatever i can do to help a she said As a twin transit bus approached the Centralia train station to pick up the women. Tammy Zook of Centralia said Christmas time is a lot less stressful this year after her children have moved out of the House. A a they be made me a grandmother five times Over just in 2000 and 2001,�?� she said. Quot if it Wasny to for the Little kids i done to think i would enjoy Christmas. Its All about the Little especially when it comes to toy shopping for her grandchildren she added. Quot its an excuse to play with the toys a she said with a laugh. Christmas time has a different flavor in this time of War said Lee Giske of Chehalis who had finished her gift shopping and was browsing Antiques along Tower Avenue saturday. Protecting freedoms and Quot an emphasis on the real heroes in our society a Are More important now she said. God family and friends Are important at Christmas time As always but she now thinks More about those who done to have any family around them at the holidays a Quot people in the armed services people who Don t have parents sons daughters with them after sept. La a Giske said. Christmas is when Jesus was bom said Harold Ridenour of Centralia but the Holiday is More for kids he believes. Quot its hard to explain How i feel about Christmas. This is the first year in be been in a Good mood a he said. Maybe his brother playing Santa Claus at local events accounts for part of his More festive spirits he noted. On his first Day of Christmas break Toledo Middle school seventh grader Brandon Eberle said the holidays Are mostly about seeing relatives. Quot spending time with family a he answered please see faces Al Christmas wrap Charity group wraps gifts / a j i a a / is. In i 4b

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