What did you, our readers, most love reading about in January? You loved a bit of everything – a piece about new building projects in Lewis County, local history and lost towns, and people in the community doing good things for each other.

Read on to find out more about your top stories!

1. SCJ Engineers Frontload Design Work for New Grand Mound Development

The first phase of the project, an 88-room Fairfield by Marriott, is under construction now on what is called the Eagle One property. Photo courtesy: SCJ Alliance

As the new year begins and new goals are set, follow the direction of SCJ Alliance Senior Project Manager Mike Neer and plan ahead – way ahead.

Mike has been working for years with Chehalis Tribal Enterprises (CTE) to assist in the development of their vision for a set of properties purchased in and around Grand Mound, Wash. The first phase of the project, an 88-room Fairfield by Marriott, is under construction now on what is called the Eagle One property.

2. Remembering the Forgotten Town of Kosmos

A section of bridge where Kosmos used to be. Photo credit: Douglas Scott

The region around Riffe Lake has been historically important for the better part of a century. The lake was named after a small pioneering community that was covered when the lake was formed. In fact, three towns no longer in existence once lined the Cowlitz River where present day Riffe Lake is now, including the city of Kosmos.

3. Local Auto-Care Ministry Fixes Cars for Those in Need

Brent Daniels, Kevin Curfman, Dave Hoel, Brad Althauser, Greg Rapaana, and Dale Hughes working on a Suburban. Photo courtesy: John Klumper

Sometimes helping someone is as easy as pointing them in the right direction to get help. When you live in a largely rural community like Lewis County, having a car is essential for keeping a job. And yet it’s one of the first things we neglect when money gets tight, says John Klumper, co-director of the Auto-Care Ministry, which helps people in need with simple car maintenance and repair.

4. 17 Things to do in Lewis County in 2017

Run, bike or hike the miles of trails along the Lewis River. Photo credit: Douglas Scott.

Lewis County residents are lucky. They get to experience what many Americans have forgotten, how to enjoy your local community with neighbors and friends. From summer in Lewis County when families gather at local festivals and parades to enjoy sunshine and good times, to winter when many head out to the slopes, there’s lots to do here—something for everyone. Don’t miss out on this list of things to do all year long.

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