Monthly Archive: July 2019

Abbarno to Speak at Young Professionals of Lewis County meeting

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.”

Lewis County Farm Bureau 2nd Annual Agricultural Tour Highlights Local Products and Issues

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.

Cowlitz Falls Lavender Company in Randle

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.
Four Cedars Apiary

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.

Natives Northwest Trees

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.

Dairy Farming in Lewis County

What can you do?

  • Consider Joining the Washington Farm Bureau at;
  • Support local farmers and the local agricultural community;
  • Learn more about the issues impacting local farms at and and advocate.

To learn more about my campaign, visit

Welcoming STP Riders To The Hub City: Here is what you need to know!

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.

STP July 13-14, 2019

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.

The Kaiser Permanente STP is presented by Alaska Airlines. Cascade Bicycle Club organizes the event and it is locally coordinated by our Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Abbarno Family Bike Ride

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.

STP July 13-14, 2019

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.

Bicyclists should also be aware of their responsibility to follow Washington’s bicyclist rules of the road. The Cascade Bicycle Club distributes a free pocket guide about state bike laws with support from the Share the Road license plate sales. To request a copy of the guide, email:

The STP route follows state highways and local roads in these areas:

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Independence Day and Summerfest Success Honoring First Responders!

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!

Over 30 Friends, Family, and Supporters at the Summerfest Parade in Centralia to support Peter Abbarno for Centralia City Council.
Over 30 Friends, Family, and Supporters at the Summerfest Parade in Centralia to support Peter Abbarno for Centralia City Council.

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!

The Abbarno Family at the 2019 Summerfest Parade.
The Abbarno Family at the 2019 Summerfest Parade.

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.

We had a lot of fun with a lot of people at Summerfest!
We had a lot of fun with a lot of people at Summerfest!

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

Four years of fun parades throughout our community!
Four years of fun parades throughout our community!

Centralia Summerfest Events!

Summerfest in Centralia is one of the biggest day long celebrations in Lewis County! Here are some of the events happening in Centralia on the 4th:

Flipping Pancakes with City Manager Rob Hill at Summerfest!

7:00am: I am serving up a FREE breakfast at Borst Park Kitchen #1!

8:00 – 11:00am: FREE Fort Borst Blockhouse Tours!

8:00am: I Ran From The Cops 8k and 1.5 fun run/walk at Thorbeckes!

8:30am: SWAT Challenge thanks to Law Enforcement!

10:00 – 3:00pm: Games and Entertainment in Borst Park!

10:00 – 2:00pm: Open House at the Borst Home and Schoolhouse!

Centralia Campaigns through the years!

4:00pm: Join or Watch the Parade and Elect Peter Abbarno Campaign in downtown Centralia. Every seat is a good seat!

7:00pm: Destruction Derby at the SW Washington Fairgrounds!

10:00pm: Fireworks at the Fairgrounds!