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Spruced up



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In an article that ran Friday, we learned that what used to be an eyesore along Baltimore Street is now becoming Longview’s “light industrial hub.”

Gone are the sheet metals buildings covered with rust, overgrown blackberry bushes, pavement full of potholes and a homeless camp. They’ve been replaced with a fresh coat of paint, new asphalt and new fences around the property.

Kelso-based Steel Painters moved into the former Wayron building last October and have invested a lot of time, money and labor into transforming the area. Northwest Motor Services has also done extensive refurbishing on their building, and White River Development Corp. has plans for more.

Following a decade of nearly-stagnant growth in the area, it’s refreshing to see positive changes being made. The common refrain of “we need more jobs” gets closer to reality with these kinds of projects.

Day of caring



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We’d like to give a hearty thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who turned out Wednesday for the United Way’s annual Day of Caring event. The volunteers spent the day working on various community projects throughout the county — from painting and fixing fences, to picking up trash and washing car. In all, there were 27 different projects.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofit organizations, as well as the communities the serve. Without volunteers, communities would have far fewer services available, most especially for our most vulnerable citizens.

The United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties supports nearly two dozen community programs, including Boy Scouts, the Castle Rock Senior Center, YMCA, Youth and Family Link, LifeWorks, Emergency Support Shelter and many others. We thank you for all that you do.

Email error



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We really blew it this week. An rather unfortunate glitch in The Daily News’ subscription software led to an email being sent to all of our subscribers incorrectly notifying them their accounts had expired.

As you can imagine, this caused a great deal of confusion, irritation and outright anger for our subscribers. It was also a great embarrassment to The Daily News.

Within minutes of the email being sent, The Daily News began receiving hundreds of phone calls and emails. Thanks to a few subscribers who forwarded the erroneous email to us (the email originated with our corporate offices so even we hadn’t seen it), we quickly figured out what had happened.

TDN publisher David Thornberry quickly issued an apology and made sure steps were taken to ensure such an enormous blunder doesn’t happen again.

Most everyone has accidentally sent an email or text message to the wrong person at some point in their lives. But rarely does anyone make that blunder on such a large scale.

We’d like to once again take this opportunity to apologize to our subscribers and express our deepest regrets for the frustration this caused so many.

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