Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor March 26

Mar 26, 2020

Tissue Issue

Flush it or bag it? Knowing that there are shortages of toilet paper, some people are getting creative.

Terry Pinto who is the Head of the Wastewater Department of Rockland is one of the nicest and smartest people I know and I am guessing some kinds of creativity could give his department problems.

A town in California ran into big problems when some people were using rags from old t-shirts and flushing them. During this time when many of us want to take good care of our families, neighbors and friends having a functioning sewer system is important.

If you find yourself short on toilet paper please plan to bag and toss what is not toilet paper. Paper towels, tissues, cloth, wipes, and other non-toilet paper items can be bagged instead of flushed. Two commonly flushed items that give sewer systems a lot of trouble are so-called “flushable” wipes and dental floss.

What you flush does not disappear, our wastewater department has to deal with it on their end, please take care of it on your end. (Pun intended).

Connie Hayes


Clayt Winchenbach remembered

With the passing of Clayt Winchenbach last week at age 89, the town of Warren lost one of its most beloved and respected residents of the last 50 years.

When he and his wife, Joan, opened the Village Market in 1970 in the heart of Warren Village, it very quickly became the hub of the town. Crowe Rope was across the street, the Norwood’s hardware was next door, as was Bob Littlehale’s restaurant. The Town Office was just up the street, as was the Fire Department.

But it was the Village Market where so many began their day, coffee in hand, with friendly greetings – and gales of laughter instigated by Clayt’s great humor. He sincerely welcomed everyone, was genuinely interested in everyone, and cared deeply about us all.

Young people, especially, flocked to him. He knew all their names. Rather than stand at their assigned bus stops along Main Street, school kids would run down the hill in the mornings “to see Clayt” – and where the bus drivers soon learned to also stop. Returning college students, those on leave from the military, or anybody who had been away traveling, would always make the Village Market an essential stop to check in and say “hi” to Clayt. For many teenagers, working for Clayt was a rite of passage. He was often the first person many met when they moved to town; I know he was for me!

In the early years, there was a home for mentally challenged adults just up the hill. They regularly visited his store with their change to buy candy. Clayt knew all their names, carried on conversations with them, and treated them all with kindness and compassion.

Community involvement was his credo. He and Joan were both deeply involved for decades in Warren Day, the Fire Department, and a never-ending list of other town organizations and activities. They were Grand Marshalls for Warren Day. Clayt presided at the Warren Day Auction, where every flower sold was a “posey”. He judged the Warren Day Pet Show, where every animal won a blue ribbon. Their Haunted House at Halloween is still well remembered by up to three generations! They hosted many foreign exchange students, traveled abroad to visit them and their families, and to this day, they communicate with all of them.

After they sold the grocery business, Clayt and Joan opened Wink’s Whimseys in the same building, an antiques and second-hand goods store – and once again, townspeople stopped by to greet them.

Clayt was a Marine, a cross country skier, canoeist, dipped for smelts in the river and in retirement, walked all over town with his beloved dog, Katie. He was humble, sincere, exceptionally fun to be around, ever so interested in you.

We loved him – and miss him greatly.

Pen Williamson


Message from New Hope for Women

We’re still here. New Hope for Women has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving outbreak of COVID-19 and working to identify the most responsible ways for our agency to continue to provide support to our beloved community while minimizing the spread of the virus and protecting the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, survivors and wider community.

After much consideration, we have determined that we will continue to provide all direct advocacy services remotely, utilizing our 24-hour helpline. All in-person direct advocacy services, including support groups, hospital accompaniment, legal services and court-based advocacy, as well as all in-person meetings, trainings, events, presentations, and conferences have been suspended until further notice.

We know that this is a scary time for folks and we know that home might not be the safest place for everyone right now. While we cannot meet with you in person, we want you to know that we are still here and we are not going anywhere. Our 24- hour helpline is available to everyone, so please call us if you have questions, need support, resources or information. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate all updates regarding the status of our agency to our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Thank you for your grace, patience and strength during this incredibly challenging time. We will get through this – together.

Rebekah Paredes

Executive Director, New Hope for Women

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 26, 2020 12:07

RIP Clayt!

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