Category: City Council

Merten Ranch Fundraiser on July 18 to Support the Campaign to Elect Peter Abbarno!

On July 18, Dale Merten, Tina Merten, Fred Rider, State Representative Richard DeBolt, and House Republican Leader JT Wilcox are hosting a fundraiser at the Merten Ranch located at 1011 Tucker Road in Toledo! Supporters can buy their tickets today or RSVP before July 15.

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The Event is on Saturday, July 18th at 3pm. BBQ is provided by Bonanza BBQ. The cost is $50/person. Hosts of the event include:

  • Dale and Tina Merten
  • Fred and Laura Rider
  • State Representative Richard and Amy DeBolt
  • House Republican Leader JT Wilcox

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The event is outside and social distancing will be observed. Please bring a face mask, if appropriate. Western Bandanas (face mask) will also be available.

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Centralia College Foundation: Invest in our Students and Future!

Last night was my last meeting presiding over the Centralia College Foundation as President. I encourage the community to continue investing in the future of our students and community.

I thoroughly enjoyed being president over the past 3 years and having the opportunity to work with a great Board and great staff to give back to the Centralia College campus, faculty, students, and the entire community. I am looking forward to remaining a board member and supporting the college and our students. Join me!

Investments in Student Scholarships!

In 2018, the Centralia College Foundation invested $776,000 in over 350 Centralia College students!! In 2019, more than 400 students received over $650,000 in scholarships and tuition waivers. This year, 359 students were offered a total of $540,000 worth of scholarships and tuition waivers!

Over the past three years, the Centralia College Foundation offered almost $2 million to Centralia College Students. Thank you to the amazing donors, sponsors, and community for supporting the Foundation’s efforts to open doors and opportunities for our students.

You can donate to the Foundation at the Foundation Donate Page!

Investment in Faculty and Programs!

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Letter to the Editor: Thank You Peter Abbarno for the Park-and-Ride Clean Up.

Thank you Gerry and Larry Bilyeu for the letter to the editor in the Daily Chronicle dated May 18th. The letter was in response to the Mellen Street Park and Ride and efforts to hold the State accountable.

Thank you to Bruce Foreman for his letter of April 25th regarding the RVs parked at the Mellen Street Park and Ride. It was an eyesore and certainly a sanitation and health issue.  We too, worried about the waste being thrown into the Chehalis River near there.

Thank you to Mr. Peter Abbarno for coming forward and making the necessary contacts to get the cleanup procedure started.

Thank you WSDOT for following through on the towing and clean up.

We appreciate how nice and clean the park and ride is again as of this date, May 12.

Gerry and Larry Bilyeu

The Letter was in Response to a video posted by Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro-tem and Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

Peter Abbarno posted this video one day before WSDOT cleared the Mellen Street Park-and-Ride.

The Daily Chronicle wrote numerous features on this issue that has plagued Lewis County and counties along the I-5 corridor.

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Centralia builds inclusive and accessible Borst Park playground.

On Tuesday, May 12, the City of Centralia moved forward and approved building a handicap accessible playground at Borst Park. The funds for the project come from the “Borst Construction” funds, a fund created with the use fees paid for renting park facilities, and can only be used to improve Borst Park.

I have been a strong supporter and advocate for greater inclusiveness and accessibility throughout our community. I’ve brought families and groups like SPARC, People First, Special Olympics, and the Autism Coalition to speak with city staff to share their ideas and opinions about the need for truly accessible equipment. This is a good step forward to meeting the needs of ‘all’ Centralia’s residents and visitors.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia City Mayor Pro-tem and Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.
Peter Abbarno speaking at the Lewis County Autism Coalition First Annual Inclusion Luncheon

At the City Council meeting in April 2018, Peter Abbarno urged City of Centralia staff to pursue “inclusion” when improving our city streets and sidewalks, parks, and when planning new playground equipment.

In May 2019, the Centralia City Council gave direction to City staff to begin planning Phase I of the Fort Borst Park Playground renovations which includes inclusive handicap accessible playgrounds and equipment for children with physical disabilities.

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Peter Abbarno speaks with former Monroe inmate Richard Dugger.

On May 6, Peter Abbarno, candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District, spoke with former Monroe Correctional Facility inmate Richard Dugger. Mr. Dugger was released from prison by the Governor into Cowlitz County and tested positive for COVID-19.

The Governor bowed to the demands of inmates who threatened to “take hostages” and damaged the Monroe Correctional Facility. This is not the kind of leadership we need in Washington state.

According to the Governor, he released inmates from prison to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within the prison. Instead, the Governor released a COVID-19 positive inmate into Cowlitz County. The Department of Corrections did not test inmates before release. Where are the Governor’s priorities?

Luckily, Mr. Dugger did the right thing. He identified that he could be COVID-19 positive and isolated himself to protect his family and others. That act should be commended.

Peter Abbarno, candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

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National Police Week Honors Brave Men and Women!

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

We owe our police and law enforcement officers an unending debt of gratitude for the contributions and sacrifices they make every day to keep our families and communities safe. On behalf of my family, thank you and you have our support.

Peter Abbarno, Centralia Mayor Pro-tem and Candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

According to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, “National Police Week is an annual nationwide tribute to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. It is a solemn occasion for America’s law enforcement officers to come together and honor their own.”

It’s important for law enforcement to have the support of our elected officials. I’m supporting Peter Abbarno for State Representative.  Peter has supported law enforcement and first responders as a City Councilmember, small business owner, and volunteer. As a State Representative, I am confident he will have our backs and help keep our communities and first responders’ safe.

Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza

May 7: National Day of Prayer!

Did you know? The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”.

Each president is required by law (36 U.S.C.§ 119) to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The fall observance was established by President Abraham Lincoln as the official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863. The spring observance was established by President Harry S. Truman in 1952 as the National Day of Prayer.

I can’t lie, I miss going to Church on Sunday since the freedom of religious expression in a church setting has been restricted by the State. However, when I get that feeling, I am reminded that Church is all around us and we don’t have to be confined by brick and mortar places of worship.

In times of crises, many people religious or not, turn to prayer and meditation for calm and understanding. This is an opportunity for all of us to think about what we have, not what we lost, and be thankful. The words “we are all in this together” are true regardless of your beliefs.

Peter Abbarno, candidate for State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.

State Sen. John Braun and Peter Abbarno on AM1470 KELA radio!

State Senator John Braun and Peter Abbarno on AM1470 KELA radio!

“Let’s Talk About It” with State Sen. John Braun

State Senator John Braun and Peter Abbarno on AM1470 KELA / KMNT Radio taking calls and discussing COVID-19 and the Governor’s phasing plan to re-open Washington

Do you agree with Governor Inslee’s Phased Re-Opening Plan?

Phase 1

  • Some restrictions could be lifted in mid-May, including retail curbside pickup, auto sales, car washes and drive-in church services.
  • The ban on large gatherings remains in effect, even gatherings where participants think they can socially distance.

Phase 2

  • Increase in outdoor recreation, including camping.
  • Small gatherings of five people or less could return
  • New construction and in-store retail purchases with health restrictions.
  • Barber shops and salons could reopen.
  • Restaurants could reopen with 50% capacity and table size no larger than five people.
  • Some professional services and offices could open as well, even though teleworking would remain strongly encouraged.
  • Pet care services including grooming could resume.

Phase 3

  • Gatherings of 50 people or less could resume, including sports activities.
  • Restaurants and bars could increase their capacities to 75% and gyms and movie theaters could reopen at 50% capacity.
  • Retail, libraries, museums and government buildings could reopen.
  • Recreational facilities including pools could open at 50% capacity.

Phase 4

  • The majority of public interactions could resume and gatherings of more than 50 people would be allowed, but still while practicing social distancing.
  • Bars, restaurants and entertainment venues could return to allow the maximum licensed capacity of their venues.
  • Worksites could reopen, but with physical distancing remaining in place.
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Peter Abbarno and Callie Carpenter talk making cookies and masks!

Callie Carpenter, owner of Pacific Northwest Cookie Company and founder of the Lewis County (WA) Mask Making Group, joined Peter Abbarno on AM1470 KELA to talk about making cookies and making masks.

This has been a difficult time for many small businesses, including Pacific Northwest Cookie Company. I am very happy to see Callie pivot and adapt to the tough circumstances by helping out our first responders, health care providers, and construction industry.

Peter Abbarno, Candidate for the State House of Representatives in the 20th Legislative District.
Peter Abbarno pulling down his mask to eat a PNW Cookie!