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August 2013

Planning for success

Southwest Washington

Party y d r a H

School Transitions Smooth the experience

Don’t Be Chicken

Raise some feathered friends

Well Cultured Lifestyles Around The World


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Planning for success

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School Transitions Smooth the experience

Don’t Be Chicken

Raise some feathered friends

Well Cultured Lifestyles Around The World

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Something to Do

High Flying

Ways to Save

What Came First?


Cake Time!




School Transitions

Party Like a Dinosaur

14 Inspirations for Fun

7 Party Time!!!


International Facts



Celebrate a Coach


Campfire Tips


Tools to Take Camping

Photo Fun

Roller coaster day! Line up chairs and imagine they are the seats of a roller coaster.






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AugustEvents August 2

7th Annual Blueberry Festival 12 p.m., Klickitat Prairie Park, Mossyrock The festival includes a car show (at the Mossyrock school grounds), Chris Guenther Band concert and a 5K Race. Other fun activities include a taco and talent night, blueberry pancake breakfast, quilt show, kids art contest, parade, pie eating contest, dog show and much more. For a complete listing and times, please visit

August 3

School Rocks Backpack Giveaway 12 p.m., 1111 Johnson Rd., Centralia The Cellular Connection, in a joint effort with its customers, will be donating 60,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative. Bring your children to the store to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more. Backpacks will be given away on a first-come, firstserved basis, while supplies last.

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Morton Loggers Jubilee All weekend, downtown Morton The event goes all weekend and includes the annual flea market, food concessions, lawnmower races, Lion’s Club logger’s breakfast, 10k run, baked goods, bed races, children’s and grand parades, bounce toys and children’s activities, a street dance and the Jubilee Logging Show. For schedule times and prices, please call (360) 523-4049 or visit

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Fern Hill Bluegrass Band 6 p.m., Adna Grange Fern Hill Bluegrass Band is one of the best traditional bluegrass bands in the Pacific Northwest - coming up from the Rainier, Ore. area to perform at the Adna Grange. Cost is $10 per person (children are free). Refreshments will be available during intermission. For more information, please visit 4 • August 2013 • Southwest Washington Family

Toledo River Fest 12 p.m., downtown Toledo boat launch Celebrate the Cowlitz River with live music, river float, boat rides, a boat show, IGA Kids Fest, local vendors and more. For more information, please call Mike at (360)864-4278 or Brandy at (360)864-4331.

August 6

Pet Show 10:30 a.m., George Washington Park, Centralia The annual Twin Cities Pet Show invites canines, felines, reptiles, rodents, arachnids – even stuffed animals! – to compete for top honors in numerous, sometimes humorous, categories. Maybe it’s your pet’s lucky year to take “Best in Show”! Pre-registration is required by August 5 (no registration the day of the show). Forms are at the library. For more information, please visit

August 13

Southwest Washington Fair Tuesday through Sunday, Chehalis fairgrounds Features include midway and carnival, commercial exhibitors, demolition derby, diaper derby, talent show, kid contests, Friendlyville, farm animals, fair food vendors and much more. For more information, please visit

August 23

Chehalis Garlic Festival All Weekend, Chehalis Fairgrounds Come enjoy garlic-themed foods, antiques, kids activities, chef demonstrations and more. For more information, please visit

August 24

Kids Day 10 a.m., Yard Birds Mall, Chehalis Come join the fun! Bounce houses, snacks, live music, contests and activities, prizes, a safety seminar by local law enforcement and more. For more information, please call Frank at (360) 740-6900.

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The smallest kite (that can fly) is 5mm high.

Benjamin Franklin used a kite to prove that lightning was a form of electricity.

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Backyard Chickens

by Megan Berry of Centralia I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I’ve often been surprised to learn that a friend, neighbor or acquaintance has chickens running around their backyard. I guess I’m still getting used to the idea that chickens don’t have to live on a full-fledged farm and that people who own chickens don’t necessarily have to have any farming experience.

I’m not sure they’re ready to be added to the list of typical family pets just yet, but raising chickens is becoming a popular and sometimes urban trend. I spoke with three Centralia families that have chickens, and although no one was able to answer the age-old question of why the chicken crossed the road, I did learn quite a bit about the feathered friends they keep in their backyards.

The Chrisman Family The Chrisman’s chickens have it made! Constructed by dad, Darin using a variety of ideas he found on the internet, their coop has all the amenities a chicken could desire: windows, insulation, a heat lamp and plenty of room to roam. Their coop is entirely fenced and roofed, too, so they need not worry about predators. The family dogs, Max, Hoover and Tilley, can’t impose on their comfy existence either because the chickens’ enclosure is in a fenced-off portion of the yard. And let’s not forget the bits of kale that Kellen feeds them by hand or the warm oatmeal that Robin serves them when it’s especially cold outside! Most importantly - from a chicken’s point of view at least - they’ll never end up on anyone’s dinner plate. When the Chrisman family brought them home two years ago, Robin wanted to name their four chicks after the Golden Girls. Her husband and two sons vetoed that idea and instead each member of the family got to name one chick. Sticking to her original idea, Robin named one Dorothy. Her husband named one Erma after his grandmother. As for her sons, Brendan chose the name Rosie and Kellen named one Lydia after his cousin. Since then, the Chrismans have enjoyed doting on their backyard chickens and have been rewarded with up to four eggs a day, depending on the season. “We eat a lot of eggs and love animals,” says Robin. “We love our chickens like any other pet.” The family: Darin and Robin, Brendan (age 10), Kellen (age 7). Their chickens: Erma, Dorothy, Rosie and Lydia. Kids’ responsibilities: Check for eggs every day. Favorite way to eat eggs: Scrambled with hot sauce and deviled. Favorite chicken: “Lydia, because she has pretty colored feathers and she lays pretty green eggs.” ~ Kellen “Rosie, because she is mine and she’s the sassiest.” ~ Brendan Where they purchased their chicks: Kaija’s and The Farm Store, both in Chehalis.

From left: Brendan, Darin, Robin, and Kellen.

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The Pocklington Family For the Pocklingtons, the choice to raise chickens wasn’t entirely a family decision. Just over a year ago, Kerri was out of town for a couple of days and returned home to find six baby chicks living in the bathroom! The bathtub made a cozy nest for them, but as they got older they became more mobile. Once, Kerri walked in to find a chick in the sink. “That’s it!” she said. “They’re big enough to be outside!” Since then, the chickens have become part of the family. In fact, if there was an award for “most tame chickens” the Pocklington’s flock would win, hands down (or shall I say feathers down?). It was pouring rain outside when I stopped by and the girls, Parker and Payton, along with a couple of their friends were kind enough to wrangle the chickens and bring them inside to meet me. The chickens were content to be held throughout the interview and barely made a cluck. When they aren’t being interviewed, the chickens have free range of the fenced-in backyard and access to an enclosed coop. But they coexist peacefully with the family’s dog and two cats, and the neighborhood squirrels. They do have to be wary of hawks and owls. The Pocklingtons have already lost a few chickens to birds of prey. Their three remaining chickens, Charlie, Peep and Tyson (named after a friend, not the chicken processing company!), lay about three eggs a day for the Pocklington family. Kerri will often trade eggs for other goods, such as raspberries or tomatoes, when the chickens produce more than the family can use.

From left: Parker, Bruce, Payton, and Kerri.

The seasons affect how many eggs a chicken will lay. When the length of day is longer, egg production increases.

The family: Bruce and Kerri, Parker (age 18), and Payton (age 15). Their chickens: Tyson, Charlie and Peep. Kids’ responsibilities: Collect eggs in morning, supply fresh water and food. Favorite way to eat eggs: Baked in cookies. Favorite chicken: The family favorite was Minerva Louise because she had an adventurous spirit and the most personality. Where they purchased their chicks: Del’s Feed and Farm Supply in Chehalis.

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The Gullet Family The Gullett family is in the midst of establishing a small farm on their property, so raising chickens seemed like a natural step for them. Four months ago they welcomed 15 Delaware chicks to Seedpod Farm. Since one of their goals is to help preserve the genetic heritage of livestock, the Gulletts consulted the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) list of endangered species before choosing their chicks. Julie told me that the Delaware breed fell out of favor in the 1950’s when industry demand shifted to white eggs and quicker-developing birds. The Gullett’s chickens have free range of the back yard during the day and access to a large pen, which they share with the family’s three Nigerian dwarf goats (also an ALBC listed species), Gracie, Goaty and Shy. Within the goat pen is a repurposed dog kennel that makes a perfect roost for the chickens at night. Cohabitating with the goats was not the original plan, but they seem to get along well and having the goats around may help keep predators at bay. “We have a From left: Julie, Nate, Ellie, Issac, and Adam. nesting pair of red-tailed hawks, an osprey, and up to three bald eagles that we frequently see hunting on our farm,” Julie reports. “Thus far, we have not lost any The family: Adam and Julie, Isaac (age 7), Nate (age 5) and chickens.” Ellie (age 3). Besides the eggs that they will soon begin to lay and the general fun of having them around, many Their chickens: Chicky, Long Taily, Pecky, Chicky-Chickaspects of raising chickens have been incorporated Chick, Mac, Princess Vespa (and 9 more!). into the Gullett’s homeschool lessons. The kids took Kids’ responsibilities: Feed every day (chicken crumbles and part in everything from the initial research of breeds treats), make sure the water is filled and is the right temperature. and caring for them, to learning about the biology of Favorite way to eat eggs: “Hardboiled, but I just eat the yolk.” chickens. The ongoing maintenance of the flock is also ~ Isaac a perfect hands-on tool for teaching valuable life lessons - responsibility, money and time management and “Take the shell off and then scramble them.” ~ Nate environmental stewardship. “I won’t eat Pecky’s eggs!” ~ Ellie SWWF Favorite Chicken: “Chicky is my favorite because he’s a rooster Megan Berry makes her with the largest comb and wattle.” roost in Centralia with her husband, Clyde and their little chick, Susannah. She is eggs-tremely grateful to the families who shared their experiences with her and has learned so much about chickens since first hatching the plan for this story. And if you hadn’t noticed, chicken puns really crack her up!

~ Isaac “Chicky-Chick-Chick, because he’s just a chick.” ~ Nate “Pecky, because she loves me.” ~ Ellie Where they purchased their chicks: Cackle Hatchery in Missouri (mail order).

Interested in giving it a try? This article will help get you started with your own chicks: 10 • August 2013 • Southwest Washington Family


Birthdays BELATED


Courtney P. turned 7 on July 21!

Bryce M. turns 1 on August 7!

Lucy F. turned 8 on July 24!

Connor C. turns 4 on August 19!

Sean C. turns 2 on August 8!

Emily S. turns 4 on August 17!

Jacob P. turns 8 on August 18!

Talan S. turns 6 on August 1!

Samantha N. turns 9 on August 23!

Devin G. turns 12 on August 7!

Jesse B. turns 10 on August 15!

Arissa L. turns 6 on August 4!

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Birthdays BELATED

Cameron H. turned 8 on July 15!

Hayden S. turns 6 on August 3!

Jude W. turns 7 on August 7!

Alex B. turns 12 on August 22!

Eddie G. turns 6 on August 16!

Isabelle W. turns 9 on August 27!

Talia G. turns 8 on August 10!

Owen C. turns 3 on August 9!

Aiden B. turns 1 on August 1!

Tayla B. turns 11 on August 26!

Tallie D. turns 5 on August 31!

Olivia C. turns 2 on August 11!

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Birthdays Graysen S. turns 6 on August 3!

Lisandro N. turns 16 on August 6!

Claire C. turns 8 on August 9!

Anthony C. turns 6 on August 19!

Happy ! y a d h t Bir Trinity G. turns 5 on August 9!

Anthony P. turns 6 on August 1

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Transitioning to a New School Tips for the transition

Whether you have moved recently, causing your child to change school districts or your child is transitioning from elementary to middle, or middle to high school, a new school, new teachers, and a new environment could be easily overwhelming. Here are a few tips from the National Association of School Psychologists to help parents and children transition smoothly and successfully, as the first day of school will soon be upon us: • Try to get the supplies as early as possible and fill the backpacks a week or two before school starts. Older children can help do this, but make sure they use a checklist that you can review. Some teachers require specific supplies, so save receipts for items that you may need to return later. • Review the material sent by the school as soon as it arrives. These packets include important information about your child’s teacher, room number, school supply requirements, signups for after-school sports and activities, school calendar dates, bus transportation, health and emergency forms, and volunteer opportunities. • Mark your calendar. Make a note of important dates, especially back-to-school nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations. • Re-establish the bedtime and mealtime routines. Plan to re-establish or revise bedtime and mealtime routines (especially breakfast) before starting school. Include pre-bedtime reading and household chores. If something will be significantly different from your child’s previous school explain this to them (i.e., hours

of school day, mode of transportation to and from school). • Designate and clear a place to do homework. Older children should have the option of studying in their room or a quiet area of the house. Younger children usually need an area set aside in the family room or kitchen to facilitate adult monitoring, supervision, and encouragement. Help children creatively divide up shared rooms if necessary to provide a quiet, private space. • Plan to volunteer in the classroom. If possible, plan to volunteer in the classroom at least periodically throughout the year. Doing so helps your child understand that school and family life are linked and that you care about the learning experience. Being in the classroom is also a good way to develop a relationship with your child’s teachers and classmates, and to get firsthand exposure to the classroom environment and routine. Most teachers welcome occasional parent help, even if you cannot volunteer regularly. • Extracurricular activities. Go for quality, not quantity. Your child will benefit most from one or two activities that are fun, reinforce social development, and teach new skills. Too much scheduled time can be stressful, especially for young children, and may make it harder to concentrate on schoolwork. If your child does not want to participate in regular, organized extracurricular activities, you may want to consider other options to help build interests and social skills. For example, check out the local library for monthly reading programs.

“...enjoy your recesses while you have them...”

by Sara Potter of Centralia Growing up comes with many milestones. Ryah Bezhenar, 11, of Chehalis, is hitting one of those this fall when she will take her first steps into Chehalis Middle School as a sixth grader, after experiencing her last year at Olympic Elementary School. “I’m not really nervous; I am excited for all the different classes that I will be taking, and I will have my friends from the elementary school there as well, so I feel really comfortable,” explained Ryah. Ryah said she will miss her teacher, Mr. Holmgren, teaching her math the most out of the rest of her subjects, and hopes to find a teacher just like him as she transitions into middle school math. “I really like the way he taught, it really helped me to understand math,” said Ryah. “It has now become my favorite subject.” For Ryah’s parents Chris and Ali Hallam, this new stage seems almost unreal. “It has happened so fast,” said Ali. “She was just my baby the other day, and now she is starting middle school; the next thing I know she will be graduating from high school.” When asked what Ryah will miss most about elementary school, there was no “As a sixth hesitation. grader you can’t play b ut I am ho “Recess,” she exclaimed. “If I could give any advice to fifth graders, it would all the sport ping I will s, be able to th is next yea be to enjoy your recesses while you have them, because after fifth grade you will play socce r.” ~ Ryah r B ezhenar never get recesses again.” Ryah looks forward to participating in middle school sports the most as this new adventure begins. “As a sixth grader you can’t play all the sports, but I am hoping I will be able to play soccer this next year,” said Ryah. “I have been playing basketball, and soccer competitively most of my life already and I am excited for a new level of completion.” Ryah’s mother knows her daughter will shine and be successful in all of her milestones throughout her future. “Ryah is a very responsible kid, and I am so proud of the good decisions she makes daily, as well as the dedication she already puts in to all the activities and people around her, this is just the beginning” said Ali. Her father explains he feels the same way about the new experience his daughter is about to face. “She has goals and is dedicated to them once she sets her mind to them, and middle school will give her new and challenging opportunities to learn and grow,” he explained. “I am excited to see all the things she will accomplish in her future.” Sara Potter is a freelance journalist living in Centralia, with her husband and two daughters. She loves learning about all types of health and fitness, inside and outdoors.


~ Ryah Bezhenar

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49th Anniversary

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• $5.00 per person - Children 12 & under free • Overnight campers $20.00 - includes two people for two days

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Make Kids’ Birthday

Parties Fun

A birthday is one of the most special days of the year for children. On their birthdays, kids get to be the center of attention and the recipient of well-wishes, gifts and praise. Parents work hard to create memorable birthday party experiences for their children. But faced with the planning process year after year, throwing a memorable birthday bash can be challenging. If the planning isn’t fun for you, take much of the work out of the party process by following these tips for success.

Combine the fun

Parents of school-aged children know how often birthday party invitations arrive in the mail. Take notice of the other students in your child's grade who share a birthday around the same time and contact fellow parents to determine if any would be interested in having a combined birthday party to share the planning and costs. This opens up the guest list to a greater number of kids for more fun, plus other kids' parents may appreciate a one-stopshopping type of birthday event, particularly when calendars are already filled with plenty of other extracurricular activities. Roller rinks and bowling alleys often give group rates for larger parties.

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Change the menu

What is the food staple at kids' birthday parties? You guessed it: pizza. Even though some children may have less sophisticated palates than adults, that doesn't mean they will be content to settle with pizza at each and every party. To make your child's party even more memorable, serve equally portable but different foods, like chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks, corn dogs, pigs in a blanket, chicken wings and drumsticks or even hamburgers. If you will be sticking to a theme, give the meal a fun name, such as "Brachiosaurus burgers" or "Neptune nuggets."

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Save money on accessories

Television characters and toys are all the rage. Many children request their birthday party theme fit with a certain interest. Once you find a party store that carries the dishes and cups that match your theme, you may discover that these items can be quite expensive. To save money, purchase a tablecloth or a wall decoration in the particular licensed theme pattern, then coordinate plates, napkins, cups and even goodie bags with solid-colored, generic alternatives that are less expensive. You will still have the feel of the theme without breaking the bank. Plus, the kids probably will not notice the difference.

Longer isn't necessarily better

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Timing the party correctly can mean the difference between children who have a good time and those who may get bored and become rambunctious. A party that lasts no more than two hours should suffice for getting in a few games, having food and enjoying dessert.

Limit the guest list

Give your child ample time to enjoy their friends by keeping the party intimate. You may want to invite everyone in class, but that can be expensive and guests will not have the chance for one-on-one time with the birthday boy or girl. Only inviting a handful of children makes for an easier party and personalized attention. Ask your son or daughter if he or she may actually prefer taking out one or two friends for lunch and a movie instead of inviting their entire class.

Keep kids occupied

Age-appropriate activities will help focus kids' attention and reduce the chances for mayhem. A scavenger hunt might work well for an outdoor party, keeping children entertained as they seek out each clue. Hands-on parties, where children get to make their own crafts or food, also focus energy on a specific task. Make sure to supervise children so they don't get into trouble. Simple activities with moments for downtime will be the most successful. SWWF August 2013 • Southwest Washington Family • 19

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Coach Damian started coaching two years ago. The league got bigger faster than Head Coach Mark Williamson anticipated. Coach Williamson noticed that Miller was one of the parents that would always show up early and Miller found himself being tossed a whistle and announced as a coach. “I learned right along with the kids”, laughed Coach Damian.

— We asked the coach — What do you say to pep up the team?

I like to tell them we are here to have fun. We are all teammates. We have to stick together as a team and play as a team.

What is the favorite memory you have of coaching?

I enjoy watching kids that have never skated learn faster than I ever thought possible. 5 and 6 year olds that can grow super fast and learn super fast.

ROLLER HOCKEY “We couldn’t have done it without the Centralia Rollerdrome! They are our home base.” ~ Coach Damian

What inspires you? The kids inspire me.

Send in nominations for your favorite teacher or coach. The Centralia Sharks are a non-profit organization that has been operating for two years and is currently looking forward to starting up another season this fall. Washington Elementary 5th grade teacher, Fred Noreau, is working with the City of Centralia to have the Cedar Street Park tennis court include an outdoor hockey rink. To find out more, please visit their FB page (Lewis County Roller Hockey) or email

Mail to 321 N. Pearl, Centralia, WA 98531 or email to If you email us and we don’t reply we haven’t received your message. Please give us a call at 807-8217.

Name of teacher nominated and school or coach, team & sport: __________________________________________________________________ Name of child nominating: ________________________________________ Name of parent & phone #: ________________________________________ Email: ___________________________________________________________ Please include a few sentences on why you think your teacher/coach should be featured on a separate piece of paper. If you have a picture of your teacher/coach, please send it in too! We may contact you to learn more.


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Make a card for your parents today to tell them how important they are to you.

Summer evenings are a great time for star-gazing. How many stars can you find on this page in two minutes? Have a friend try. Who found the most?

Draw a picture of your family. Invent a family crest and choose the colors that could represent your family.

Clean out a section of your room and rearrange your things there.

Respect for Parents’ Day

Visit a place with water today—a river, beach or lake. Take photos or sketch on location.

Play catch with a friend. If you’re right handed, try catching with your left hand. If you’re left-handed try catching with your right.

Go online and research an invention you admire. Can you come up with your own invention? National Inventors Month

Make some paper airplanes today and fly them with a friend. National Aviation Day

Put on some music and dance away. Get some friends over and dance together.

Visit a national park near where you live. What are the sights there that are most striking to you? National Park Service established in 1916

Place markers approximately 20 feet apart. Time yourself to see how many times you can run from one marker to the next in 2 minutes. Continue with this exercise every day to see if you can improve the distance you can run in 2 minutes.

Grab a banana and enjoy this fruit high in fiber and potassium.

Dance Week

Count the seeds in a slice of watermelon.

Get out your crayons and draw a weird and wonderful sea serpent!

Find an apple recipe. Ask an adult for help and make it for your family.

It’s Smokey Bear’s birthday. Make sure you have an escape plan and a way to link up with family members in case of an emergency.

Go to oover/hats/Hoover Hats.html to put hats on Herbert Hoover and learn more about him. Herbert Hoover’s Birthday

Make a collage of smiling faces using pictures from the newspaper and this magazine.

Line up chairs and imagine they are the seats of a roller coaster.

Pour fruit juice into an ice cube tray. Insert a popsicle stick as it starts to freeze. When it’s completely frozen, enjoy this cool treat.

Smile Week

Brinton Turkle was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1970. Ask at the library for one of his children’s books. Brinton Turkle’s Birthday

Clean out your backpack and get it ready for a great school year!

Can you make a difference in someone’s life by doing a good deed today?

Get a copy of a newspaper and see who can find the most exclamation marks in 3 minutes? Who can find the most headlines that begin with the letter P?

Family Day Make preparations for a summer yard sale. Take out the clothes and toys you no longer need and label with a price.

Make your own ice cream sandwich today. Use chocolate, graham crackers, sprinkles and be creative.

Be An Angel Day

Roller Coaster Day

The classic stories of Babar the elephant began as a bedtime story told by Laurent de Brunhoff’s father. Make up your own bedtime story.

Gather the family for an evening of your favorite board or card games.

Laurent de Brunhoff’s birthday

The waffle was invented on this day in 1869. Make waffles for your family’s breakfast. Check out Guy Fieri’s Cooking with Kids website for a recipe for trail mix. National Trail Mix Day


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Culture Fair Summer is almost over and school is right around the corner. That means dusting cobwebs off the thinking machine and gearing up for another year. Here are some fun facts about countries around the globe. The students at Centralia Christian School are eager to share with you and these tips are sure to get your knowledge catcher working again.

(The facts and information shared are as reported from each student.)

Jacob W., Iceland • Iceland is smaller than Kentucky. • The currency is called Krona. • On the flag the red stands for volcanic times, white for snow and glaciers and blue for the sky.

Jacob B., Russia • In the castle of the Romanovs, if you look at one painting a minute it would take eight months to go through the entire collection. • The Russian flag has no symbolic meaning. • St. Petersburg is the most known city besides Moscow. 22 • August 2013 • Southwest Washington Family

Brandon W., Greece • It is hot there and good for farming and fielding animals. • Goats are the most common. • Some people there still believe in Greek Gods.

Jisu H., South Korea • There are a lot of skyscrapers. •The people there used to read right to left and now read left to right. • There are still thrones there. •The Hanbok is still worn on holidays. • Kimchee is the most important food.

Andrew M., Solomon Islands • The kids make their own toys out of materials laying around. • There are a lot of WW2 shipwrecks still in the water. • Fourth of July fireworks are made of kerosene, steel wool and chicken wire.

Sheila J., Portugal • They don’t all wear sandals. • The rooster is the symbol of Portugal and stands for honesty and integrity.

Racyn B., Ireland • Dublin’s St. Patrick Cathedral is 800 years old. • The symbols of Ireland are the harp and the shamrock. • There are no snakes at all there. The legend is St. Patrick drove them out. • The Ireland flag was adopted on January 21, 1919.

Emily M., Mexico • Cow bone is popular to grind down and shape (like clay). • Spray paint is a big art there. August 2013 • Southwest Washington Family • 23

Alex T., El Salvador • The population is only 6 million, which is smaller than L.A. • Not everyone wears sombreros or rides horses like people think.

s Caleb S., Brazil • It’s rude to eat on the go. • The average income is only $12,000. I thought it would be $20,000!

Brynna R., Sweden • Saint Lucia is the darkest day before Christmas and the candles are worn to light up the dark day. • There is an ice hotel made out of ice and you can stay there. • Their school tests are not ever multiple choice tests.

Colby B., Israel • People there like to smell cloves to feel calm. • It is half the size of Lake Michigan •The landmass of Israel is 1% of Asia.

Caleb N., Sudan

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• If you pass by a wedding it is polite to join in and celebrate. It would be seen as rude to pass right by. • Lots of people think it is dumpy but it is beautiful. People think there is no electricity or running water but there is. • Jalabiya is the name of what the people wear. • The hat worn there is called Taqiyah.


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ampfire Safety

A roaring campfire is often a staple of the camping experience. A campfire to cook food or keep warm is an asset at any campground, and in the evening hours, a fire can provide a sense of security against inquisitive forest animals. A burning fire can also illuminate a campsite, which makes maneuvering around the site easier. Although there are many benefits to having a campfire, it's important to note that fires, especially in very dry conditions, can be dangerous. It is essential to check a particular campsite or park's posting about drought conditions to avoid an accident. In the wrong conditions, a cozy fire for toasting marshmallows can grow into an out-ofcontrol wildfire in a matter of seconds.

Starting a Fire

When you are ready to start a fire it is important to keep safety in mind. • Pick a safe spot to light the fire. Many campfires have fire rings for campers to use. If you are selecting a fire location on your own, choose an area away from brush or other easily ignitable material. Make a ring with large rocks to keep the fire from spreading and make sure to keep the fire several feet away from your tent. • Gather fire materials during the day so you will not be scrambling for them after dark. You will need both tinder and kindling to light a fire and keep it roaring. Tinder is any small, highly flammable material that can light and burn quickly. Fibrous plant material, small twigs and newspaper make good tinder. Kindling is small pieces of wood that will burn long enough to catch larger logs of wood on fire. Finally, you will need a few logs of thicker wood that will sustain the fire. Have plenty of material on hand to be able to continue the fire, or you may find yourself foraging in the dark when the fire goes out.

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• Create a teepee or X pattern for a well-burning fire. Layer your tinder as the first level of the fire. Stack a few pieces of kindling on top of the tinder in an X or teepee shape. Ensure there is enough air to move freely through the fire to make ignition easier. Light the tinder from four compass points to get it all to light. Slowly blow air into the fire to allow it to burn hot enough to catch the kindling. Continue to add small pieces of kindling until you have a nicely sized fire. Then you can add larger pieces of dry wood for a big blaze. • Do not use any chemicals, including lighter fluid and other accelerants to start a fire or keep it going. Do not use chemically treated paper or plastic materials in kindling, as they can produce noxious fumes and smoke. Accelerants can cause the fire to burn out of control. Keep the fire contained to what you can manage, and always keep a watchful eye on the fire.

Maintaining the Fire

You may need to stoke the fire from time to time to maintain venting and allow for equal burning. Having an ample amount of wood on hand will enable you to feed the fire easily. It's much easier to keep a fire going than starting from scratch again once it has burned out, especially in the dark. Be mindful of embers that drift in windy conditions. Also, do not put your face or body directly over a fire. If the wood pops, you could be burned. Children should be carefully supervised when around a campfire.

Extinguishing the Fire

When you are done with your campfire, completely put it out. Thousands of acres of wilderness are burnt from carelessness with regard to campfires. • Put out the fire a half hour to an hour before you plan to leave the campground. There should be mostly ash and few chunks of coal left if you have planned accordingly and started to wind down the fire before extinguishing it. • Use a stick to stir up the wood and ash and

distribute the burning coals and embers. This is to extinguish any remaining flames as much as you can. • Pour water over the hot ashes to drown all embers. It's not just the red embers you have to worry about. Pour water until all the hissing sounds stop. Avoid standing directly above the fire when you pour the water because it will generate a lot of steam and smoke. If you do not have water on hand, mix dirt or sand with the embers to smother the flames. Continue to do so until the material is cool. • Stir the ashes again with a shovel or stick to further ensure the fire is not still burning. • Make sure everything is wet and cold to the touch before you leave the campsite. If the fire area is too hot to the touch, it's too hot to leave it because a fire may reignite. • Once you feel that everything is cool, you can scoop the coals and ash into a bag and carry it out of the woods for disposal. Knowing how to safely light, maintain and extinguish a fire is an essential component of safe camping. SWWF

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Campfire cooking

is a favorite part of the camping experience for many. Here are some tools to bring along for some tasty campfire meals.

Foil—The easiest tool to use. Foil packets can include meat and vegetables, potatoes, popcorn and foil laid flat can be used to fry eggs or bake biscuits.

Citrus—A great tool to use in place of a tin. The highwater content keeps the citrus from burning. Lemons, oranges and grapefruit work great. Cut the fruit in half and scoop it out, leaving only the rind. Eggs or muffin mix are great in this. (You can also scoop out an onion and fill with your favorite meatloaf mixture.)

Pie Iron—These are great for grilled cheese sandwiches, bread pies, stews and pizza pockets.


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