Caution about stewPENINSULA - ReachOut Food Bank has been notified that the Castleberry's 24 oz., stew, which was distributed as a commodity item and a commodity supplemental food program item has been recalled. Do not eat this stew. Please return any Castleberry's 24 oz. Stew you may have to ReachOut Food Bank as soon as possible. You may also dispose of this item by wrapping it in double plastic bags and placing it in the garbage.

Community picnicNASELLE - Members of the community are invited to a community picnic to be held on the grounds of the Naselle Lutheran Church on Sunday, Aug. 26, starting at 2 p.m. A full picnic array of hot dogs, hamburgers, salad, beans, beverages, and other goodies including ice cream sundae fixin's will be on the menu. The Naselle Marimba Band will perform at the picnic.

Invasive speciesOLYMPIA - Representatives from the national, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington invasive species councils met for the first time on Aug. 20 at the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Seattle to share information and explore coordinating efforts to battle highly destructive invasive plants and animals.

Invasive species are non-native plants, animals and other organisms that choke out native species, often causing significant environmental and economic damage.

"Washington is one of the most biologically diverse states in America, which directly contributes to our economic strength," said Bridget Moran, chair of the newly formed Washington Invasive Species Council. "We're in danger of losing much of that diversity because of invasions by non-native species. Plant and animal invaders displace indigenous species and multiply rapidly when there are few predators to keep them in check. They are considered one of the top threats to global biodiversity."

Invasive species hitchhike to new locales in a variety of ways, such as in a ship's ballast water. The cause of their introduction can be as innocent as cleaning out an aquarium and dumping plants and animals into a stream, or moving a boat from lake to lake without cleaning the hull.

In some cases, deliberate introductions were made with the hope of solving a specific problem. Kudzu, "the weed that ate the South," was introduced into the U.S. in 1876 as a forage crop and for soil stabilization.

To learn more about the Washington Invasive Species Council please visit (www.rco.wa.gov/invasive_species/default.htm).

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