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120 Years of Denim and Dust – 12 The Columbia County Fair Words by Ken Graham

It began in the late 19th century as a celebration at the end of harvest. It was a place for cowboys to show off their skills, kids to show off their critters and moms and dads so show off the fruits (and vegetables) of their gardens. This year’s Columbia County Fair, on September 10th, 11th and 12th, takes in all those traditions, and builds on them with lots of fun and entertainment.

News Pickets” Will Help 6-7 “Personalized Fund Downtown Playground 10

Teen Room Open at Library Entrepreneurism and Health Go Hand-in-Hand for Betzler

News Briefs 8&9 On the Cover

More 4-5 Letters 5 Comment 14-20 Calendar of Events 18-19 Real Estate 20 Meetings 21 Photos More Thing . . . : 23 One May Your Head be

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Letters Support Urged for Culwell Dear Editor, Rea Culwell is the best candidate for Columbia County Prosecutor. I have observed her in the courtroom in Dayton and in her former position as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County. She is very professional, has great courtroom demeanor, is prepared and confident in her presentations. Rea has a win-loss record as good as or better than state averages. That is one criteria for efficiency and excellence. More important is her continued action and policy to fight criminal conduct and hold lawbreakers accountable. Rea is definitely way ahead of her competition, Randy Lewis, in understanding the financial complexities of her office. At the Ice Cream Social held several weeks ago, Lewis was incorrect and obviously confused when he promised the audience he would “balance the court’s budget”. That is not a prosecutor function, who has no control over the court’s budget.

Dear Editor, I would like to share with your readers why I support Rea Culwell for re-election as Columbia County Prosecutor. Prior to retiring and relocating to Dayton four years ago, I had lived and worked in NC, SC, TX and VA. I had been called to serve as a juror in each state. In October 2009 I received a notice to report to serve on the Superior Court of Columbia County. After the selection process, I was chosen to sit on the jury panel of a criminal trial. This was to be the smallest venue of all my judicial experiences and I wasn’t quite sure how this experience would compare with those of the larger markets. I discovered that our judicial system compares favorably with all those others. I was impressed with our prosecutor; her knowledge of the law, her presentation and communication skills and her professionalism. After the trial concluded I did some research on Rea and discovered that she had graduated from one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Rea Culwell passed the Washington State Bar exam and that gives her a badge of credibility. Lewis did not and to me that is a shortcoming. Demeanor and presentation is all important to this job. Rea has it hands down over Lewis. She is well qualified and experienced. She can stand on proven professionalism with integrity. Please join me in voting to retain Rea Culwell.

If you have not had the opportunity to serve as a juror, I recommend that you attend a court session and observe Rea in action. I’m positive that you will develop the same opinion as I; we can not afford to lose Rea Culwell as Columbia County Prosecutor. As our prosecutor, Rea also serves as Columbia County Coroner.

Crane Bergdahl, Attorney Dayton

Ed Bryant Dayton

Please consider joining me in voting for Rea Culwell.

Franklin is Best Choice for Sheriff Dear Editor, Although only a part time resident of Columbia County, I have had the good fortune to become acquainted with Mark Franklin, candidate for Columbia County sheriff. Mark is a dedicated law enforcement officer with nearly a quarter century of broad law enforcement experience at both operational and supervisory levels. In addition to his experience, Mark has taken various professional law enforcement training including crime scene investigation training that provide him with a stronger educational background than the typical deputy sheriff. I daresay he has undergone more extensive professional training than any other member of the sheriff’s department. His experience and training, coupled with his knowledge and deep commitment to the community is amply demonstrated by his involvement in a wide variety of community activities far too numerous to mention and are strong indicators of his excellent qualifications. From conversations with Mark, I learned of his plans to improve the professionalism, operations, efficiency and effectiveness of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Among other things, he will reinstate the K-9 program, a proven and highly effective and efficient law enforcement technique; encourage and provide for additional staff training within budgetary limitations; improve communication with and be fully responsive to the needs and concerns of the community he serves, and receptive to new ideas and improvements. All in all, I have been quite impressed with Mark Franklin, and urge my fellow residents of Columbia County to vote for him for sheriff in the coming election. Ron Kathren Dayton

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Thanks to Instructors and Lifeguards

Fear Mongering is No Way to Oppose ORV Ordinance . . . or Anything Else

Dear Editor, We would like to thank the City of Dayton pool staff, lifeguards and swim instructors for doing such a wonderful job. Our son has been involved in swim lessons the past three years and we have always been impressed with the skill, patience and good nature that the instructors possess. We can't recall what businesses were responsible for providing the funds to pay for the lessons this year, but we want to thank you for your generosity. We have wanted to write this thank you for the past three years to the pool staff and commend them for the great job they do, but it always seemed to get put off. It is highly recommended by us that any parent who has been thinking of enrolling their child in swim lessons, should take advantage of the special resource we have right here in Dayton and support our young people who give of themselves as they teach our children a very special and necessary skill. They teach children to not fear the water, to respect it and to follow the rules in and around the pool in addition to learning how to swim. Thank you instructors.


Mike and Mary Latson Dayton


n the August 19th issue of the Waitsburg Times, guest columnist Don Campbell expressed his opinion in opposition to the City of Dayton’s proposed ORV ordinance. This ordinance, along with one already passed by the Columbia County Commissioners, will allow owners of off-road-vehicles (ORVs), such as the four-wheelers owned by many residents of our area, to ride them on specifically designated city and county roads to access a single entry point in the National Forest. To support his position, Mr. Campbell used the example of Grants Pass, Oregon, where he used to live. That town, he said, courted motorcycle groups to help improve business, which led to disaster: “Then it happened. A stripper bar, backed by biker gang money opened up. It was a front for more nefarious things. They recruited teenage girls with promises of money and free dope. They supplied false ID Cards. They brought in outside strippers and prostitutes. Pornographers, sexual perverts and more drug dealers moved in.” Etc., etc. After spending a few hours cowering under the bed, we climbed out and began to think that maybe this was all a bit farfetched. First of all, the types of motorcycles ridden by motorcycle gang members are already street-legal and can be ridden freely on any street in Dayton. And secondly, we just can’t

quite picture Marlon Brando striking fear into the hearts of anyone while riding a four-wheeler.

mongers do nothing but obscure the facts that actually matter in many of the important issues of our time.

Beyond making fun of this argument, though, a more important point needs to be brought out. A serious and legitimate case can be made against the ordinance being proposed for Dayton, as well as the one in place in the county. Many residents of Dayton feel that the disadvantages of noise and risks to safety outweigh the benefits to the few riders who will want to make the long trek out to the mountains on their ORVs.

We encourage our readers to learn the facts about Dayton’s proposed ORV ordinance. You can read it at the City’s web site at Think about it for a bit, and then, if you feel you have a good (and reasonable) argument – either in support or opposition – go to the city council meeting on September 13th and express your opinion.

On the other hand, many law-abiding citizens of Dayton own and operate ORVs, and almost all of them would surely go out of their way to follow the rules and not risk losing the privilege that these ordinances will offer. To suggest that Dayton’s ORV ordinance will somehow lead to mass criminality and the destruction of our way of life not only completely misses the points that matter in this issue, but is also an insult to the intelligence of the citizens of our area. Fear-mongering has become an ever more popular way to support arguments in much of our public life. Whether claiming that corporations are plotting to ruin the lives of working people (on whom they depend for their existence), or claiming our leaders are closet terrorists out to destroy our country (and then what would they lead?), fear-

No matter the outcome, we’re pretty sure that Dayton will remain a peaceful and enjoyable little town for many years to come, in no danger of plunging into purgatory. q

Letters Invited Blue Mountain News welcomes letters to the editor on subjects of interest to our overall readership. Letters should be 400 words or less and should be submitted by the 20th of the month. We reserve the right to edit or decline letters. Please send to: or 242 E. Main St., Dayton, WA 99328

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Community News “Personalized Pickets” Will Help Fund Downtown Playground


or years, Cara Breland has taken her kids, Alex and Morgan, with her when she goes shopping or runs errands in Downtown Walla Walla. “We would usually stop at the park with the playground first, to let the kids run and climb a little after the car ride,” she says. “For families with kids downtown, it’s a great place to let them burn off energy before hitting the stores.” When the Dayton Development Task force was looking for ideas to improve downtown Dayton, Cara, who helps run Croft’s Floral and Gifts with her mother, Vicky Beckmeyer, suggested building a playground near downtown. It would make downtown more inviting for families, she said, and give kids another place to run around and burn energy, besides in the stores or at the Depot. The next thing Cara knew, she and her sister, Jessica Atwood, who works in the Columbia County Auditor’s Office, were putting together a plan to build Dayton a downtown playground. "There's no place to play!", say Tanner Atwood (front) and his younger sister Ava, as they stand in the lot near the Dayton Historic Depot in downtown Dayton. Their mom, Jessica Atwood (left) and aunt, Cara Breland (right) are working to change that through their downtown playground committee. Cara's son, Alex, holds the promotion poster the committee is using to sell personalized fence pickets to raise money for a new downtown playground. Her daughter, Morgan, shows the examples of the pickets, engraved with her cousins' names. Pickets are available for sale now. See box at right for more information on how to purchase.

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Their playground committee, working on behalf of the Task Force, has created a design that will include a large jungle gym, a set of swings and a giant web. Tentative plans are to place the playground on city-owned property near the Dayton Historic Depot. It would be in an enclosed area approximately 80 by 48 feet. “We definitely plan for it to

have muted colors and fit into the historic look of the area,” says Cara. Also on the playground committee are Task Force board member, Marcene Hendrickson, its former long-time president, and your loyal Blue Mountain News Publisher, also a Task Force Board Member. To help raise the approximately $50,000 to $60,000 cost of developing the playground, the committee has begun a fundraising campaign to sell fence pickets that will surround the new playground. Each picket will have the name of the purchaser, or someone of their choosing, engraved on it. “We hope to sell at least five hundred pickets for $35 each,” says Jessica. Jessica got the idea for the fund-raiser from the playground at Columbia Park in Kennewick. For that fence, which is much larger, the City of Kennewick sold more than 4,500 pickets, also at $35. The committee plans to raise the remainder of the funds for the playground through grants and other donations. “We want everyone with kids or grandkids in our area to support the playground by buying pickets with their names on it,” says Jessica. “And we hope businesses and everyone else will support it as well.” q

Community News Fence Picket Sale Facts:

Teen Room Open at Dayton Library

Personalized pickets will be placed in the perimeter fence around the new downtown Dayton playground. Donate $35 or more – Vertical picket (500 available) Donate $100 or more – Horizontal top rail (32 available) Donate $500 or more – Entry gate (only 1 more available) Pickets can be purchased, and donations to the downtown Dayton playground made, at the following: Dayton Chamber of Commerce 166 E. Main Street Dayton Historic Depot 222 E. Commercial St. Croft’s Floral and Gifts 207 E. Main Street For More Information, go to

Heather Stearns in the Teen Room


eens have a new place to hang out at the Dayton Memorial Library. The “Teen Center” opened in a former library storage room at the end of July. Librarian Heather Stearns began thinking about creating a place in the library for teens to call their own over a year ago. The Young Adult collection was growing by leaps and bounds, with circulation increasing 400%. When the collection threatened to outgrow the shelves, Heather knew she had to do something. "I felt it wasn't fair that the young children had a place of their own in the library, but the teens didn't," says Heather. "I'd find teens sitting on the

floor in the back corner of the library because they didn't want to be in the way." Heather spent two months on the makeover, including painting and furnishing the new space. The walls are painted royal blue, bright purple and lime green – colors teen library users picked at the beginning of summer. A blue velour chair shaped like a baseball mitt and a high study table with two chairs provide places to sit and read or study. Heather is currently soliciting artwork from local teens to add a personal touch to the decor. She also plans to add more lighting and a throw rug on the hardwood floor. q

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News Briefs Writers Needed to Help Make History The Blue Mountain Heritage Society is seeking contributors to a two-volume history of our area, called “Dayton and Columbia County”. The books are being developed to help preserve information, stories and family histories of the people in the city and county. Several local contributors have already agreed to participate in the project, but more are needed. Volume I will include pre-settlement history, along with information about local institutions and organizations, including the Columbia County Courthouse, the Dayton Historic Depot, hospitals, businesses, railroads, fire and police and Sheriff’s departments, postal service, newspapers, utilities, schools, churches, agriculture, civic and social organizations and many other topics. Volume II will contain local family histories. Preparation of these books is being made possible by a grant from the Blue Mountain Foundation of Dayton,

which has provided funds to cover most of the cost of the first printing. For more information about the project, or to inquire about being a contributor, contact Elizabeth Thorn at (509) 382-4820 or Candy Jones at (509) 382-9152.

Seniors Help Students with School Supplies Columbia County seniors are once again providing school supplies for students in need. Students in kindergarten through high school are welcome to visit the Dayton Senior Center on North Third Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the noon hour to pick out supplies. Donations of either cash or supplies are gladly accepted, including shoelaces, which make excellent “in-a-pinch” belts for youngsters. Donations left over after school starts will be brought to Dayton Elementary School. Contact Barb Gibson at (509) 3822836 for more information.

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"Dayton on Tour" Coming in October


n October 2nd, sculptor Keith McMasters will unveil “The Stationmaster”, his beautiful livesized bronze sculpture that will be placed on the boardwalk next to Dayton’s Historic Depot. The dedication ceremony will be the culmination of more than a year’s work by local fundraisers, and by McMasters, who created the clay original in his Dayton Studio. The ceremony, to be held in the Dayton Depot courtyard, will also be the highlight of “Dayton on Tour” the area’s premier art and history event. The $80,000 cost of the sculpture and installation was raised through a joint effort of the Dayton Historical Depot Society and the Dayton Development Task Force. Generous donations came from local community members and grants from the Sherwood Trust Foundation. Again this year, Dayton on Tour will include an Art Walk, featuring local artists in several downtown locations. New this year will be tours of artists’ studios in outlying areas. Shuttle busses will take visitors from the Depot to Steve Henderson’s Fine Arts of the Far West, Monica Stobie’s Fine Arts Studio, and Jill Ingram Watercolors. Another new event this year is the “Blue Sky Kite Contest”, with everyone invited, from beginners to experts. Kites will be displayed on the Courthouse lawn, and will be flown late Saturday afternoon.

Keith McMasters and Friend

This year’s annual Historic Homes Tours, organized by the Depot Society, will also be on Saturday. This is a change from previous years. Participants will have a rare opportunity to look inside several private historic homes, with docents on hand, as well as the County Courthouse. For additional information about Dayton on Tour, contact the Dayton Chamber of Commerce at (509) 382-4825 or the Dayton Depot at (509) 382-2026. q

News Briefs Cyclists Invade Waitsburg . . . No Harm Done That will hopefully be the headline after September 14th and 15th, when about 2,200 cyclists participating in Cycle Oregon’s weeklong ride travel through Columbia County and spend a day in and around Waitsburg. They’ll be on their way to Pendleton for the 100th anniversary of the Pendleton Roundup. Waitsburg’s population will triple, as participants camp in town two nights. The week-long ride begins and ends in Elgin, Oregon, and covers approximately 450 miles. On their third day, the 14th, the riders will leave Clarkston and travel through Pomeroy and Starbuck before arriving in Waitsburg after their 82-mile ride. On Wednesday the 15th, they’ll have the option of riding a 45 mile loop through Walla Walla, visiting area wineries – or just hanging out in Waitsburg. On the morning of the 16th, participants will begin their 72 mile ride to Pendleton, where the Roundup will be in full swing. The ride is already sold out, so all we can do is drive carefully, watch out for bikes and wish them all a great ride.

Local Candidates Advance to General Election Columbia County Sheriff Walt Hessler, in his bid to win reelection, comfortably outpolled challenger Mark Franklin in the 2010 primary election held in August. Hessler received about 66% of the vote, with 34% going to Franklin. Both candidates will advance to the general election in November. In the Columbia County Prosecutor’s race, challenger Randy O. Lewis received about 52% of the vote, to 48% for incumbent Rea Culwell. As in the Sheriff’s race, both candidates will advance, and the winner will be decided in the general election. In the race for Position 3 on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, incumbent Chuck Reeves received about 69% of the vote, challenger Charles Amerein receiving

31%. In the primary, only District 3 voters weighed in on this race. In the general election, all Columbia County voters will vote for the Commissioner Position. In the race for Walla Walla County Sheriff, John Turner and Bill White will move on to the general election, after Turner received 54% of the vote to White’s 32%. James Romine was eliminated from the race after finishing a distant 3rd, with about 13% of the vote. In Columbia County, incumbents for the elected positions of Assessor, Auditor, Treasurer and Clerk all ran unopposed. They will advance to the general election as well. General election votes will be counted November 3rd.

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Business News

Entrepreneurism and Health Go Hand-in-Hand for Robbie Betzler Story and photo by Ken Graham


hen Robbie Betzler and his wife, Mindy, purchased the Criss Furniture building in 2004, they weren’t sure what they’d do with it. “A fitness center was always in the back of our minds,” he says.

and Mindy sold the Dayton Chiropractic building to the Liberty Theater, which is located next door. He later remodeled the space on the west side of the old Criss Building, at 164 E. Main, and opened Diamond Chiropractic.

Later that year, the Dayton Fitness Center opened in the east half of the building, on Main Street next to the Dayton Chamber of Commerce office. “It’s been a great success,” says Betzler. “We’ve consistently had more than 200 members, and many people have told me how much they appreciate having a good place to work out in Dayton.” In 2008, the Betzlers opened a second fitness center, called Palouse Fitness, in Waitsburg.

Last year Betzler opened a second chiropractic office in College Place, and is working half-time in each office. “Business is going very well in both locations,” he says. “I’m even considering bringing in a second doctor.

The Dayton Fitness Center has treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes. For those looking for anaerobic exercise, there are universal gyms and free weights. “We have an aerobics room in the back that members are welcome to use,” says Betzler. The Betzlers came to Dayton in 2003, when they purchased the Dayton Chiropractic business from Jan McQuary. Betzler had recently completed training at Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa. In 2006, Betzler had to put his chiropractic practice on hold temporarily while he had surgery on his shoulder. “I got so I could only see five or six patients in a day before I began experiencing a lot of pain,” he says. “It’s only been in the last year that I’ve been able to work pain-free.” Betzler entered the real estate business in 2007, and in 2008, he

Betzler’s office sells nearly 50 varieties of specially-prepared packaged foods that contain almost no carbohydrates. “We eliminate carbs and sugars from your diet so your body has to target its own stores of fat,” says Betzler. “Once your weight-loss goal is reached, we introduce normal foods back into the diet.” Betzler says that if the program is strictly followed, there’s no way a patient can help but lose significant weight. Betzler can be reached at (509) 382-4043. q

To help patients, and others in the community, who want to lose a significant amount of weight, Betzler has begun offering a new aggressive weight-loss program through his Diamond Chiropractic office. The program is called “Ideal Protein”, and Betzler says he can personally attest to its effectiveness. “I’ve lost 37 pounds in six weeks, and my wife lost 25 pounds in six weeks,” he says. The program is a temporary diet designed to allow the loss of three to seven pounds per week, and is offered only by medical professionals.

Robbie Betzler shows off his new weight-loss program.

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Business News Shelly’s Little Bit of Country


hen Shelly Morris opened her first cafe in the Village Shoppes store, it was her first experience operating a restaurant. “I like to cook and I like visiting with people, so I thought 'why not?'," she says. "When folks come in, I treat them the same as if they were guests in my home. Come in, sit down and I'll fix you a meal." In July, Shelly moved her restaurant to the former Wildberries location at 114 North First Street, next to Steve’s Barber Shop. It’s convenient, because the barber is Steve Morris, Shelly’s husband. Shelly offers home-style cooking in a comfortable, casual and intimate atmosphere – total seating space is 12. Her cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday through Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The cafe opened July 13th. Just two weeks later, Steve had a heart attack, and at press time, is still in the hospital recovering. Shelly is grateful to have the cafe because it's the couple's only source of income right now. For more information about Shelly’s Little Bit of Country, call Shelly Morris at (509) 382-2884. q


Financial Peace University

inancial and peace are two words that aren’t paired very often in the world today. References to financial headache, financial ruin and financial strain are all too familiar and real. The First Christian Church in Dayton wants to help. Starting Sunday, September 12th, the church will host a Financial Peace University taught by well-known radio show host and financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Ramsey provides both encouragement and practical strategies to help people take control of their money by getting out of debt, saving for the future and building personal wealth. He is the author of the books “Financial Peace” and “The Total Money Makeover”. The class is broken into 13 weekly two-hour sessions. Roughly half of each session is instruction by Dave Ramsey via video DVD, followed by group questions and discussion. Finally, personal application activities based on the information and strategies presented are assigned for the following week. Twenty-six people signed up for the first Financial Peace University offered earlier this year. “We were very encouraged by the response,” says class coordinator Gary Schroeder.

“Given our economic hard times, there’s a real need for people to get help managing their finances.” Dayton resident, Tara Brenner, participated in the first class and found the information and resources immediately helpful. Tara’s husband, Steve, is a self-employed electrician whose income varies from month to month and they have two young children. “We wanted to get out of debt but didn’t have a plan or useful budget in place,” says Tara. “The Financial Peace class gave us the tools we needed to manage our money. Now we have a budget and are focused on paying off our debt as quickly as possible.” Tara found the accountability and support of the other class members especially helpful. The $93 cost covers all printed class materials, audio CD’s, the book, “Financial Peace” and a life-time membership which allows free access to online resources and support. Couples taking the class together pay just one fee. Free child care will be provided. Call Gary Schroeder at (509) 3822966 for more information or to register. A video preview of the class will be shown at 12:15 p.m. on August 29th at the First Christian Church in Dayton. q

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Columbia County Fair

120 Years of Denim and Dust!


Words by Ken Graham

BULL BASH Saturday Evening 7:00 p.m. Main Arena

t began in the late 19th century as a celebration at the end of harvest. It was a place for cowboys to show off their skills, kids to show off their critters and moms and dads so show off the

fruits (and vegetables) of their gardens.

This year’s Columbia County Fair, on September 10th, 11th and 12th, takes in all those traditions, and builds on them. Cowboy skills will be front and center – the highlight of the fair is the Saturday night “Bull Bash” in the main arena, with more than two dozen bullriders competing for cash and prizes. Fair manager Shane Laib has lined up some great live music Friday night, with the Legends Concert in the main arena, and throughout the fair on the midway stage. Motocross racing will again be featured on Sunday. Read about all the great happenings at this year’s Fair, and then get to the Chamber of Commerce office and buy your tickets early! Page 12 Blue Mountain NEWS September 2010


op bulls and professional cowboys throughout the Northwest and Canada be in Dayton for a special "Patriot's Day" De

and Dust Bull Bash.

Four Rounds of seven riders each wi featured, followed by a championship ro with the seven high-scoring riders comp for cash and prizes.

Three well-known professional "bullfight Rowdy Barry, Ryan Wilson and Ryan Man will be on hand to keep the bull riders safe. Smets, five-time World Champion Bullfig turned rodeo announcer, will call all the ac Special bleacher seating will be available next to the bull ring.

A special "Patriot's Day" (9/11) ceremony w held before the Bull Bash to honor all veter

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LEGENDS CONCERT Friday Evening 7:00 p.m. Main Arena

ots of music and entertainment will be in store for fairgoers throughout the Fair.

Prescott's own Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue (shown

at left) will be featured on Friday, bringing songs and stories of the American West. The Bram Brata Steel Drum Band will put on a great show Saturday.

Coady will perform Jaeanne Living tribute to Patsy Cline.

Her show highlights numerous hits from Cline's life... from her arrival in New York in 1957 with Walkin' After Midnight to her all time biggest from Nashville in 1961, Willie Nelson's Crazy.

Other great acts will be appearing each day - Fair organizers are still rounding them up!

Brandon Cash

lived in Johnson City, New York, until moving to the Nashville area in 2000. Brandon now performs a tribute show to Johnny Cash, and with his natural likeness, emulates a true musical legend and renders a performance that Johnny

would be proud of. Brandon's show is based on the early years of John's career which included the Tennessee three and the Carter family.

MIDWAY STAGE ENTERTAINMENT All Day Every Day on the Columbia REA Stage Saturday Night Street Dance, DCountryside Ride on't miss the

and with their mix of Rockabilly, County, Bluegrass and just plain good music!

See Page 15 for lots more of what's going on at this year's Columbia County Fair!

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MOTOCROSS RACING Sunday Afternoon 1:00 p.m. Rip-Roarin' Across the Main Arena


t's always a Fair favorite! Motocross racers from throughout the Pacific Northwest will converge on Dayton for eye-popping, ear-splitting, non-stop action. You won't want to miss it!

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Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

Featured Event


Thank you for reading

Blue Mountain News

Sept. 18 & 19

12:15 p.m. First Christian Church 410 S. 3rd, Dayton


Need some peace of mind and help when it comes to your personal finances? Come watch a brief video preview of radio financial show host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University series and start beating debt and building wealth this fall. First class is September 12. Call Gary at (509) 382-2966 for more information.

This year’s theme is “Celebrate More Birthdays”. Teams are encouraged to emphasize “party fun” in all the lap events and entertainment.


Dayton's Fourth Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life ayton’s Relay For Life event will take place this year on Saturday, September 18th at the Dayton High School Athletic Complex on South Cottonwood Street. At least 20 teams and more than 250 participants are expected.

The teams have spent the last several months raising money, which will go toward the American Cancer Society’s continuing fight against all kinds of cancer.


Opening ceremonies are 3:00 p.m. Saturday. Events such as a Frozen T-shirt Contest, Undy Lap and Wacky Hat Lap will be featured. Entertainment will include a Clogger Group and a midnight movie (TBA). A wide variety of games and food will also be featured.

Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days

The traditional Luminaria Ceremony will take place at 9:00. Luminaria will be lit to honor cancer victims from our area.

Enjoy exhibits, livestock competitions, pari-mutuel horse racing, carnival rides, entertainment, Pro Rodeo events, a demolition derby and concert featuring Gary Allan and Bomshel. Get a full description of events by going to the fairgrounds website: www. Admission: Adults $6, Children (ages 6-15) $3, Season Pass $20.

For more information about Dayton’s Relay For Life, contact Delphine Bailey at (509) 520-1756. q

August 27 Vawter Benefit with Frog Hollow 8:00 p.m. – midnight Tuxedo Bar & Grill Prescott $10 cover – All proceeds to benefit Frank Vawter’s widow, Bitsy. For more information, call (509) 849-2244.

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Gates open at 8:00 a.m. Walla Walla Fairgrounds

and female acoustic guitar team backed by creative latin-jazz percussive rhythms with a back porch blues bottom-line. Slide bar in hand, they are deemed “…intoxicating live performers…” by the Seattle PI, with “…seamless vocal harmonies…” No Cover.

4 Live @ Sapolil Quincy Harper 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Sapolil Cellars 15 E. Main, Walla Walla Smoky and gritty, Quincy’s music emanates from deep down. Simply put, the songs will grab you. On loan from Texas - Don’t miss it. No Cover. 


Acoustic Jam Night Starts at 6:30 p.m. Skye Book & Brew 148 E Main, Dayton Play and instrument? Grab it and enjoy an evening sharing your talent with fellow musitians and an appreciative audience! Contact Mike at (509) 3824677 for more information.


Randy Oxford Blues Series, Live @ Sapolil Presenting: Cee Cee James

Live @ Sapolil Ravinwolf

8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Sapolil Cellars 15 E. Main, Walla Walla

8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Sapolil Cellars 15 E. Main, Walla Walla

Cee Cee James’ soul and artistic influences are all over the map. ‘Raw and Real’ is her criteria - ‘Out of the Box’, as she calls it. The Washington Blues Society honored Cee Cee with its 2010 Best Blues Songwriter Award. Cee Cee provides vocals, percussion, and

The Ravinwolf Acoustic Folk-Blues Combo from the sage lands of Ellensburg features a haunting dual male

Columbia County Fair

More Denim and Dust! 2010 Fair Hostesses


heyenne Bell is the daughter of Cory and Denise Bell, and is a sophomore at Dayton High School. She participates in Youth and Government and Pep Club. Samura Miller is the daughter of Rocky and Tami Miller, and is a sophomore at Dayton High School. She participates basketball, soccer and track. Taylor DeRuwe is the daughter of Richard and Tina DeRuwe, and is a junior at Dayton High School. She participates in FFA and is a member of the American Angus Association. Cortney McHaffie is the daughter of Bill and Robin McHaffie, and is a junior at Dayton High School. was a member of the Pins, Pots, and Slivers 4-H group.

Lots More is Happening at This Year's Fair! Friday, September 10th –

Saturday, September 11th -

Sunday, September 12th -

• Senior Day (Discounted gate admission for those 65 & over) • Free Fair Breakfast with paid admission sponsored by TEMA, Inc. • Livestock Show, classification and judging • 4-H Western Games in the Main Arena • Reeves/Penner Horsemen Tests & Awards / 3pm Round Robin • Entertainment on the Columbia REA Stage including Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue • KidZone open all day – Games, Activities, and loads of fun! • Vendors / Food & Craft & Stuff • Tribute to the Legends Concert: Main Arena

• Fair Breakfast by donation with paid admission • 4-H / Open Class Horse Show Main Arena • 4-H & FFA Judging Contest • Dog & Cat Show / 11am Cat Cage decorating contest judging • World Famous BBQ • Market Livestock Sale • Entertainment on the Columbia REA Stage including Bram Brata Steel Drum Band • KidZone open all day – Games, Activities, and loads of fun! • Vendors / Fod & Craft & Stuff • Mutton Bustin’ • Denim OR Dust Bull Bash in Main Arena • Street Dance featuring CountrySide Ride

• Non-Denominational Church Service • Competitive Horse Judging Indoor Arena • Rip Roarin’ MotoCross in the Main Arena • Livestock Costume Contest • 4-H Style Review • Various entertainment on the Columbia REA Stage • KidZone open all day – Games, Activities, and loads of fun! Home Depot Build Project • Vendors / Food & Craft & Stuff

Fair open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Fair open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Fair open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For a complete list of times & locations of individual events, see the Events Calendar at:

Get your tickets for this year's Fair . . .

at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce office, 166 E. Main Street.

Daily Rates:

Adults $5 Seniors (65 & over) $5 ***Except Fri. - $4*** Youth $3 (6 & under free)

3-Day Passes:

Adults $14 Seniors (65 & over) $13 Youth $8 (6 & under free) 4-H / FFA $7.50

Separate Event Passes:

Friday Night Concert $7 - All Ages BBQ - 7 & under $3 / 8-64 $7 / 65 & over $5 Bull Bash $10 Grndst. / $15 Arena - All ages Sunday Motocross $5 - All ages

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Events lyrics and is joined on stage with four other stellar musicians: Rob ‘Slideboy’ Andrews (slide/rhythm guitar), Jeff Charles (guitar), Dan Mohler (bass), and Chris Leighton (drums). Tickets available now - $10.

Night of Salsa Music and Brazilian BBQ 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Castillo De Feliciana Winery Milton-Freewater, OR Enjoy live salsa music by Dos Gardenias and free salsa lessons before experiencing the pinnacle of all barbeques - Churrasco. $55 per person. For more information visit

Karaoke Night 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Woody’s Bar & Grill 214 E. Main, Dayton (509) 382-2364

10-12 Columbia County Fair 120 Years of Denim and Dust Columbia County Fairgrounds, Dayton

(Off Main Street behind Dayton Mercantile) Enjoy 4-H and open class exhibits, livestock competitions, lots of local entertainment on the Midway Stage, delicious BBQ and exciting grandstand events—Tribute to the Legends Concert with “Johnny Cash” and “Patsy Kline”, Denim or Dust Bull Bash and Motocross. See our feature article on pages 12-14 and the ad on page 3 for more information.

10-11 Wheelin Walla Walla Weekend 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Downtown and throughout Walla Walla This two-day classic car show draws entries from all over the Northwest. Events include the Friday night cruise, a car show on Main St. and a Saturday street dance. Visit for details.

11 Karaoke Night 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Tuxedo Bar & Grill Prescott – (509) 849-2244

LIVE MUSIC 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Woody’s Bar & Grill 214 E. Main, Dayton (509) 382-2364

Live @ Sapolil Gary Winston & The Real Deal 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Sapolil Cellars 15 E. Main, Walla Walla Serving up quintessential Blues with just a touch of Jazz, Gary Winston leads an exceptional group of Walla Walla musicians. Showcased this evening are Erica Ingersol (vocals), Gary Winston (guitar), Marquelle ‘Smooth’ Fowler (bass), Kyle Schledy (percussion), and Jimmy Holden (keyboard). For the real deal in Blues, you can’t go wrong with this group! $5 Cover.  

12 Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University First session 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. First Christian Church 410 S. 3rd Street, Dayton This program, developed by radio financial show host Dave Ramsey, teaches participants how to beat debt and build wealth. Thirteen weekly sessions are planned around video instruction by Dave Ramsey, group discussion and application. All materials included in the membership/registration fee of just $93. Call (509) 382-2966 for more information or to register.

14-15 Cycle Oregon Tour About 2,200 bicyclists will ride from Clarkston, through Pomeroy and Starbuck, to Waitsburg on Tuesday the

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Events 14th, then spend all day Wednesday in the Touchet Valley. See the article on page 9 for more complete information or visit to learn more about the entire tour.

15 Wheat, Wine and Wheels – A Cycle Oregon Event 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Bruce House Museum Corner of Main & 4th Waitsburg Taste beautiful, award winning wines from more than 25 wineries from Walla Walla while you relax and enjoy Bruce Mansion, a local landmark on the historic register. Participating wineries are some of the top wineries and winemakers in the United States, including the current winemaker of the year in Washington, and a winemaker honored by Food and Wines as the current winemaker of the year for the United States.  Many of these wines have been scored 90 and above by Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. Come experience lovely Whites, beautiful Rosés, and wonderfully structured Red Wines. You'll even be able to order wines to be shipped to you after you return home. Ticket price includes ten scrips, which will be used to 'purchase' tasting samples. Additional scrip for additional tastings may be purchased on site (cash only, please)! Food will also be available for purchase with scripts. Proceeds will go to benefit Bruce House, which is maintained solely through donations. Bruce House, also known as the Bruce Memorial Museum, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, will be open for tours as well. Tickets are $30.00 each with advance payment required. There are only 300 tickets available. Additional tickets may be purchased at the door for $35.00 if there is room. Please mail checks made out to Waitsburg Winetasting

to Sharon Clinton, 700 Main Street, Waitsburg, WA 99361. Must be 21 to attend, ID required.

Christian Women’s Connection SCHOOL DAZE 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pataha Flour Mill Pomeroy, WA Cost $9 – catered by Pataha Flour Mill LIBRARY DAZE - Janet Lyon, the Director of Columbia County Rural Library District, will be with us to share all the latest information and services available to us. MUSIC DAZE - We will be entertained, once again, by the melodious sounds created by Jon and Louise VanVogt. IDENTITY DAZE - Our speaker will be Marijo Reineking from Ocean Shores. Her search for identity lasted over fifty years. By the time she learned who she really was, she already knew who she belonged to. Babysitting is available. RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Please call Judy Jackson at (509) 3992005. Please honor your reservation, “gift” it to a friend, or call to cancel if your plans change. Sponsored by Christian Women’s Connection and Stonecroft

15-18 100th Annual Pendleton Round-Up Pendleton, OR The world-famous Round-Up and related Happy Canyon Night Shows offer a week full of activities including parades, concerts, PBR bull-riding competition, barbecues, dancing and more. For more information call (800) 456-6336 or visit www.


Live @ Sapolil – Rob Rigoni

Walla Walla Quilt Festival

8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Sapolil Cellars 15 E. Main, Walla Walla

Walla Walla County Fairgrounds This annual event attracts guests from all over the Northwest. Highlights of the festival include a quilt show of new creations as well as those from years past. Special workshops, demonstrations and an auction put the finishing touches on the festivities. For more information call (541) 938-6130 or visit www.


Rob is an electrifying guitarist and showman, weaving stories, humor, and great music into a sizzling trop-rock experience. Pulling from a plethora of musical genres, Rob's guitar work has been compared to David Gilmour, Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton and others. No Cover


All-You-CanLive @ Sapolil Eat Breakfast Son Jack Jr. & 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Prescott Community Center Michael Wilde Enjoy a hearty home-cooked breakfast with the Delta and help raise money for the Prescott Hothouse community. In addition to the regular of eggs, hashbrowns, pancakes, Rhythm Section : menu sausage, bacon and the works, Mexican CD Release Event food enthusiasts will enjoy chile relleno 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Sapolil Cellars 15 E. Main, Walla Walla Sapolil Cellars is thrilled to be part of the CD Release tour for ‘Walk The Talk’. Greg Johnson, President of the Cascade Blues Association, says “If you want to experience the feel of authentic juke joint blues, this is not to be missed”. Son Jack Jr's Delta Hothouse plays gritty, earthy delta and Hill Country Blues and includes some of the hottest blues talent in Seattle. $10 Tickets (available now).


casserole with flour tortillas and fresh home-made salsa this month. Contact Jeanne McIntyre at (509) 849-2425 for more information.

Relay For Life Dayton Check in 1:00 p.m. Saturday Luminary lighting 9:00 p.m. Dayton High School Athletic Complex South Cottonwood Street See listing on Page 14 for more complete information, or contact Delphine Bailey at (509) 520-1756.

Live Music with Bobby K & Mike 7:00 p.m. Skye Book & Brew 148 E. Main, Dayton (509) 382-4677

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Real Estate Welcome to Dayton: John and Janine Anderson

John and Janine Anderson are still unpacking, but already loving their new home in Dayton.


hen John Anderson retired and closed his contracting business in Cottonwood, Idaho, he and his wife, Janine, decided to move a little closer to their old home turf. But not too close. That’s in northwest Washington, where their son and John’s mother still live. “I go back to stay with my mother every few weeks,” says John. “Moving to Dayton cuts a couple of hours off the trip.” John’s mother is 97 and still lives in her home in Sedro-Woolley, about 70 miles north of Seattle. “She’s doing very well,” he says, “and still cooks me dinner when I visit.” John and Janine had driven through Dayton many times in their travels east and west. “We always thought this was such a nice little town,” says Janine. So when it came time to find their new home in retirement, they came to Dayton to look at houses. Stephanie Bickelhaupt, of Dayton’s Windermere Real Estate Office, showed the Andersons five homes when they came to visit in July, and they made an

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offer on one they liked on Dayton Ave. “Our offer was accepted the next day, and we closed a week later, in early August.” says Janine. “It all happened so fast.” The house has a big shop where John can keep his tools. And there’s plenty of room for Janine’s mother, who lives with them. The Andersons closed on the sale of their home in Cottonwood in July, and quickly packed and moved their belongings to Dayton. They spent the first night in their new home on Friday the 13th. “We were married on Friday the 13th,” says Janine, “so we weren’t worried about that.” John and Janine love the outdoors and small-town living. John hopes to start fishing on the Tucannon River very soon. And, of course, he’ll be heading back to his old home in Sedro-Woolley very soon, for a home-cooked meal with his mother. q

Events 19 38th Annual Pioneer Fall Festival & Buffalo Feed 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Bruce House Museum 4th & Main, Waitsburg This wholesome, family-friendly event is sponsored by the Waitsburg Historical Society. Community church service begins at 11:00 a.m. followed by the honoring of the Pioneer of the Year. Enjoy arts and crafts vendors and demonstrations all afternoon as well as live music by local musicians. The Lion’s Club will be selling delicious Buffalo BBQ beginning at 12:30 p.m. Cost for the BBQ is just $10. The Bruce House Museum will be open all afternoon for viewing. Interested vendors should call Dona Jean Smith at (509) 337-6246.

Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival Kirkman House Museum Walla Walla Enjoy spinning and weaving demonstrations by local craftspeople.

24-25, Oct 1-3, 8-9 The Little Theatre of Walla Walla's Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure 1130 Sumach Ave Walla Walla

A gleeful whodunit that's both deeply original and an expert homage to all things Holmesian. There's enough intrigue and adventure, and even a touch of romance. This is a fun evening that moves quickly, and is guaranteed to please everyone who joins in the game. For more information, call (509) 5293683 or visit

25 53rd Annual Salmon Barbeque

6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) Don Thomas Community Building Waitsburg Fairgrounds on 10th Street Join your friends and neighbors for a casual evening of great food and fun presented by Waitsburg’s Commercial Club and Lions Club. The menu features fresh salmon cooked over a special barbeque pit filled with hardwood coals and served with a secret recipe sauce, baked potato, coleslaw, garlic bread and condiments. The event is adults only. Beer and wine are available for purchase separately. All the proceeds go to support Waitsburg area programs and services. Tickets are $25 —available at AmericanWest Bank-Dayton, Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce and many Waitsburg businesses. To purchase tickets by mail, call (509) 337-6688.

25-26 The Instant Play Festival Whitman College Harper Joy Theatre, Walla Walla After three weeks of workshops with professional playwrights, students will receive a theme in the evening and write a play for rehearsal the

For more information call (509) 529-4373 or visit www.

For more information about advertising in the Real Estate Section of Blue Mountain News, Contact Tanya Patton at

(509) 382-4458

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Events following day and performance that evening. Adults--$12.00, Senior Citizens (over 60)--$8.00, Full Time Students--$8.00.


For more information, call (509) 527-5180 or visit www.whitman. edu/theatre/

Dayton Young Life Dessert Banquet


3:00 p.m. Seneca Activity Center Dayton

Live @ Sapolil The Cut. Can You Make It? 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Sapolil Cellars 15 E. Main, Walla Walla

Local musicians compete for $100 or more in this local showcase. Each drink purchase allows guests to vote for the best! If you’re a local musician, and you think you can make ‘The Cut’, contact Rick Phillips to get on the docket 509-386-5614. No Cover.

29 Rock ‘n Redeemer Concert 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dayton City Park & Pool Enjoy Christian praise music performed live by area praise bands all afternoon, along with free swimming and a potluck dinner. Sloppy Joe sandwiches will be provided. Just bring a potluck side dish and a lawn chair and join the fun.

October 2 Dayton on Tour

Dayton, WA Spend the afternoon touring some of Dayton’s finest historic homes. Enjoy the work of local artists as you stroll down Dayton’s historic Main Street. See article on page 8 for more complete information.

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Enjoy delicious desserts and learn more about how Young Life groups are impacting Dayton’s youth and how you might be able to help. If you'd like to attend, or want more information, contact Diana Frame at (509) 382-4553.

Meetings American Legion Legion Hall, 211 E. Clay, Dayton 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Dayton City Planning Commission Dayton City Hall 111 S 1st St, Dayton 3rd Monday at 5:15 p.m.

Blue Mountain Chorus of Sweet Adelines Unity Church of Peace, Walla Walla Airport. To carpool, call Barb Knopp at (509) 386-8901. Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Dayton Historic Preservation Commission Dayton City Hall 111 S 1st St, Dayton 2nd Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Blue Mountain Heritage Society Delany Room at Dayton Memorial Library, 111 S. 3rd Contact Elizabeth Thorn at (509) 382-4820 2nd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Columbia County Commissioners Commissioners’ Chambers 3rd Floor, County Courthouse, Dayton. Call (509) 382-4542 1st and 3rd Monday at 10:00 a.m. and 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. Columbia County Fair Board Youth Building at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, Dayton 3rd Monday at 7:30 p.m. Columbia County Fire District #3 Commissioners Fire District #3 Station 206 W. Main St, Dayton Call (509) 382-4281 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Columbia County Levee Roundtable Dayton City Hall 111 S. 1st St, Dayton Last Friday at 10:00 a.m. Columbia County Livestock Association Columbia County Fairgrounds Youth Building Randy James (509) 382-2760 No meeting until October Columbia County Motorcycle Club Dayton D.O.T Building Contact Bret Harting for more information. (509) 382-4602 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m Columbia County Planning Commission County Planning Office 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. Columbia County Rural Library District Board Dayton Memorial Library 111 S 3rd St, Dayton Call (509) 382-4131 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Dayton City Council Dayton City Hall 111 S. 1st St, Dayton Call (509) 382-2361 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Dayton Kiwanis Delany Room at Dayton Memorial Library 111 S Third St, Dayton 1st & 3rd Thurs. at Noon Dayton Lions Club Delany Room at Dayton Memorial Library, 111 S. 3rd Contact Terry Hoon for more information. (509) 386-8889 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Dayton School Board Administration Building 609 S. 2nd St, Dayton Call (509) 382-2543 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Dayton Young Life 227 N. Cherry 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7:17 p.m. Dayton Wyldlife Delany Bldg. 111 S 3rd St, Dayton 3rd Friday at 7:00 p.m. Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library Dayton Memorial Library 111 S 3rd St, Dayton 3rd Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Port of Columbia Commissioners Port Office 1 Port Way, Dayton 2nd Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Prescott City Council Prescott City Hall 101 S D Street, Prescott Call (509) 849-2262 2nd Monday at 7:30 p.m. Prescott Community Club Prescott Lions Hall (509) 849-2892 or (509) 849- 2425 New members always welcome. Second Thursday at 2:00 p.m.

Prescott Parks and Recreation District Board Community Center of the Lion’s Hall, corner of D St. & Hwy 124, Prescott. For more information contact Joan Tatum at (509) 849-2690. 2nd Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Prescott School Board Last Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Starbuck City Council Starbuck City Hall 200 Main St, Starbuck Call (509) 399-2100 2nd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Starbuck School Board Library of the Starbuck School 717 Tucannon, Starbuck 3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Dayton Dayton United Methodist Church 110 S. 3rd St, Dayton Every Tuesday at 8:50 a.m. Waitsburg City Council Lion’s Club Building at Waitsburg Fairgrounds Call (509) 337-6371 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Waitsburg Commercial Club Ye Towne Hall 121 Main Street, Waitsburg (509) 337-6533 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Waitsburg Economic Development Committee Nothing New Antiques First Monday at 10:00 a.m. Waitsburg Historical Society Call Anita Baker for more information: (509) 337-6157 Waitsburg Legion and Auxiliary For location information call Ike and B.A Keve at (509) 337-6546 First Monday at 7:00 p.m. Waitsburg Lions Club Lions Memorial Building Waitsburg Fairgrounds Scott Branson, President (509) 337-8895 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Prescott Fire Commissioners Call Tim Mayberry for info: (509) 849-2262 Waitsburg School Board Preston Hall, Main St Prescott Lions Club 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Call Chris Scudder for info: (509) 849-2478 VFW Post 5549 Legion Hall 211 E Clay, Dayton Contact Jerry Berg at (509) 3824525 for more info. Refreshments served. Every 3rd Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Photos A Little Music Before Dinner, Perhaps?


n 1939, Nadine Dieringer began playing drums in her father’s band in dance halls in Dayton. Her father, Cloyce Johnson, was a well-known entertainer in the area. More than 70 years later, Nadine, now 83, is still providing live entertainment here. And she still knows how to work a crowd. Nadine, and her husband Jack, 85, perform nearly every Friday and Saturday night in the lobby of the Weinhard Hotel. We were there on a Saturday evening as several visitors joined in with maracas, tambourines, and other percussion instruments, as Nadine, on piano, and Jack, on drums, slowly upped the tempo of "Five-Foot-Two". The duo sticks mostly to old standards, such as "Am I Blue" and "Shanty in Old Shanty Town". Sandy and Brad Haydock, from Kent, Washington, were enjoying every minute of the Dieringers’ performance. It was their first visit to Dayton, and they were beginning a short tour of the Lewis and Clark Trail, from Dayton to Ilwaco, Washington. “I found Dayton and the Weinhard hotel online, and it’s absolutely lovely,” says Sandy. “We just love this part of the country.” The Dieringers play from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Hotel co-owner Gary McLeod says local residents are welcome to come and join in the fun. “We serve cider and crackers, and anyone is welcome to go tour the rooms and the roof garden." Jack and Nadine, who have been married 62 years, began playing at the Weinhard in 1996, about two years after the hotel opened. Jack still plays the drums he purchased in Walla Walla in 1966, when he and Nadine started a new local band. “I’ve set these things up a lot of times,” he says. q Top: Jack and Nadine Dieringer get warmed up in the Weinhard Hotel lobby. Middle: Under a watchful eye, Sandy and Brad Haycock, of Kent, Wash., enjoy cider and good music before they begin their Lewis and Clark Trail tour. Below: Visitors in the Weinhard lobby join in the musicmaking with percussion instruments, while Jack and Nadine play. (Photos by Ken Graham)

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One More Thing . . . May Your Head Be Clean and Your Bilge Be Dry


spent about three weeks this summer in an alternate universe. The people there were as alien as Klingons or Avatars, but we got along well. The place was called a boatyard and its inhabitants were called boat people. These weren’t trout fishermen or waterskiers; they were people who live near salt water and have boats big enough to live on. I was in Port Townsend, Wash., helping my father work on his recently acquired Canadian fishing boat that has been converted to a beautiful cabin cruiser.

breath, and then carefully explained that we would actually be going out for “sea trials”. Silly me. Another charming quirk boat people have is that they love to give unsolicited advice. Many years ago I asked a friend, who was a lawyer, for some free advice, and he said he’d gladly give it. But he cautioned that legal advice is almost always worth exactly what you pay for it. This summer I learned the same is true of

boat repair advice.

• One coat of bottom paint is plenty

My father’s boat is made completely of wood. Like British sports cars, and a lot of women, wooden boats are lovely and desirable, but very high maintenance. Boat people enjoy nothing more than to wander about the yard, gaze at the boats – especially the wooden ones – and make suggestions. Here’s some of the advice we got:

• You’ll definitely need two or three coats of bottom paint

The boat people spoke in a strange language that I found incomprehensible. And the feeling was mutual. When I referred to the front of the boat as “the front of the boat”, they looked at me like I was from Mars. It’s actually “the bow”, they said, and it’s important to call it that. The other end of the boat is “the stern”, and when you move toward that end, you are “going aft”. (This is opposed to “gone daft”, which was how I felt.) And God forbid you ever refer to the left and right sides of the boat as “left” and “right”. It took about ten days to get the hang of “port” and “starboard”, and that only happened when I remembered that port is the same as the driver’s side of a car. And starboard is the passenger side. Unless you live in England, of course, but we won’t go there.

By Ken Graham

• Since the engine hasn’t run for several years, it’ll probably need a rebuild • Those engines can sit for decades and they should still start right up •

Carefully re-caulk and seal all the seams in the hull so the boat won’t leak when you launch her (and don’t dare call it an “it”) • Make sure you have a good pump, because wood boats always leak for several days after you launch them, but the boards will swell up and seal – eventually • Make sure the “bilge” (the inside of the bottom of the boat) is completely dry • Fill the bilge with water for several days before launch so the hull boards swell up We sorted through all the advice as best we could, and the sea trials were ultimately successful. I even began to feel at home with the boat people. I was still puzzled though, when one of them told me how important it was to keep a clean head. I assured him I always use plenty of shampoo. q

Skipper Bill Graham prepares for the high seas (or at least Puget Sound) in the Caroline.

After about two weeks, we finally got the engine running, and I suggested to the mechanic that we go out for a test drive. He looked at me and took a deep

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Join Puget Sound Energy for a community BBQ lunch as we celebrate the start of construction on Phase I of the Lower Snake River Wind Project

Thursday, Sept. 30

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. BBQ lunch 12:30 p.m. Ground-breaking ceremony

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