Centralia City Councilmember Peter Abbarno is speaking with the Young Professionals of Lewis County on August 14 from 5pm-7pm at the Branch Restaurant (patio) overlooking Washington Park in Centralia.
The City of Centralia recently bonded $3 million for a proposed Streetscape project, which could included greater accessibility for residents, additional ADA compliance, wayfaring signage, lighting, and street/sidewalk improvements. In addition, the city adopted numerous other infrastructure projects.
“I am always honored to speak with the Young Professionals of Lewis County,” said Peter Abbarno. “Young Professionals are the future of our community. At 43, I consider myself a young professional and join other young professionals as we build our careers, businesses, families, and lives right here in Lewis County.”
Agriculture and Land Stewardship is part of the history and tradition in Lewis County and throughout SW Washington. Family farming is woven into the fabric our community.
This week I joined Local, State, and Federal Agencies on a Lewis Economic Development Council sponsored education tour of several local agricultural businesses; including
Cowlitz Meadows Dairy in Randle,
Cowlitz Falls Lavender Company in Randle,
Four Cedars Apiary in Glenoma, and
Northwest Natives Tree Farm in Cinebar.
I want to first thank the Lewis County Farm Bureau, Washington State Farm Bureau, Maureen Harkcom, and the Lewis Economic Development Council for organizing and hosting the event.
As a Centralia City Councilor, Local Business Owner, President of Centralia College Foundation, and Board member of the Lewis Economic Development Council, I was viewing the trip from many perspectives. Issues facing local businesses and farms should be nonpartisan and can be addressed with commonsense policies.
There were numerous common themes coming from the owners and operators: Too many government regulations and Too many government taxes, fees, and costs, and Not enough action on important issues like flooding.
Although the Farm Tour addressed agricultural issues, the themes coming from the owners can be heard from virtually every segment of business: Too Much Government!
Lewis County is ranks No. 1 in Washington State for Christmas Tree Production! And the total agricultural production is greater than $136 million annually.
In Washington state, Agriculture is an essential building block of our economy.
$10.6 Billion Revenue from 39,500 farms and ranches
Agriculture adds 164,000 Jobs through production, processing, transportation, and sales, agriculture ads to the Washington economy.
Agriculture is 12 percent of Washington state’s overall economy.
Food Processing & Manufacturing generates $20.1 billion in revenue and creates 40,000 jobs.
The tour was followed by a dinner prepared by Jeremy Wildhaber with ingredients grown and produced in Lewis County. It was a great way to show the farm – to – table process.
What can you do?
Consider Joining the Washington Farm Bureau at WSFB.com;
Support local farmers and the local agricultural community;
This weekend the Seattle-To-Portland bike ride will make its way through Centralia – the Hub City! The 40th anniversary ride could see up to 10,000 riders.
This is a great opportunity for riders and their families to tour our community and rest at the Centralia College midpoint during the 200+ mile ride. Thank you to all the volunteers, organizers, and sponsors.
This is one of the top 10 recreational bicycle events in the country and we are lucky to have the riders visit the Twin Cities and Lewis County.
I am very proud of the volunteers and local community businesses and organizations for their efforts to roll out the red carpet and make the riders feel safe and welcome. My family looks forward to volunteering at the annual event! Come visit us at the mid-point on the Centralia College Campus.
The Washington State Department of Transportation asks motorists to observe the rules of the road for safe driving around people on bikes and to prepare for travel delays during the popular recreational ride. As state driving laws periodically change, drivers may want to review the state driver guide and the driving among bicyclists section.
The 4th of July is a time to share with family, friends, and your community to celebrate our country, our freedom, our history, and our independence. This year the #ElectPeterAbbarno campaign honored our First Responders!
I want to thank everyone involved in the Centralia Summerfest celebration for the efforts and dedication to making this annual holiday a success. We had a huge turnout for my campaign and the parade. The support of 30 walkers was pleasantly overwhelming.
It was great to honor our First Responders who do so much for our community. We loved flying the American Flag and flags honoring our Police and Fire!
My family is very thankful for our family, friends, loved ones, and community that came out to support my campaign. After serving breakfast at Fort Borst Park in the morning, joining in the festivities and games, our family was joined by 30 volunteers at the Summerfest Parade.
It truly was an #OrangeCrush for the #ElectPeterAbbarno campaign.
Thank you to the Ahrens, Bailey, Crowson, Gordon, Gruginski, Alvarez, Price, Soderquist families, and everyone who participated in the parade with my family! We appreciate you and your support. It was a lot of fun!!
The day was filled with amazing people and a true celebration of our country. I am always impressed with the way our community comes together to support one another.
Over the past four years, my family and our friends and supporters have had a great time at community events and parades. I look forward to continuing the annual tradition. Please consider supporting my campaign this year and in the future by visiting www.ElectPeterAbbarno.com