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dip any smelt this year. Evidently the official test dips so far have yielded an inadequate number of the delicious little fish. I don’t actually dip smelt — I just stand on the bank and watch. After Ned and his cohorts do the dipping and cleaning, however, my job is to cook them...rolled first in seasoned flour, then pan fried in hot butter and oil. For those who like them, there is nothing quite as delicious as a smelt and mashed potatoes dinner, taking us back to our childhoods when many local families looked forward to the annual ritual. Let’s hope we get a chance this year.

I often think fondly of the late Jean Bruner, who helped distribute CRR faithfully until, literally, the day she died. Besides delivering every month, Jean also compiled “Quips and Quotes,” taking great pleasure in both roles. An upbeat lady, Jean made it a habit to celebrate her entire birthday month, not just her birth day, and recommended the practice to others. Several issues ago, Longview resident and political junkie Gordon Sondker began furnishing CRR with a few selected quotes to inspire and amuse our readers. The original name of this mini feature, “Presidential Pearls,”

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Smelt, Quips & Quotes, winter doldrums and birthdays evolved after the election to “Quips and Quotes.” I’m sure jean would be pleased Gordon has revived her column. I’m also sure she would be at the party his kids are throwing for his 90th birthday.

Reader readers are invited to an Open House from 1–4pm Sunday, Feb. 19 at Canterbury Park’s President’s Room (2nd floor), 1335 3rd Ave., Longview. Gordon’s actual birthday is a few days earlier; this must mean he is following in Jean Bruner’s footsteps and celebrating his entire birthday month. Happy Birthday, Gordon! If you are suffering from the winter doldrums, consider lifting your spirits at a painting/socializing experience. Two good ones are coming up: March 11 at Teagues, where you can enjoy fresh crepes while decorating a wineglass (see Teague’s ad, page 7) and a Starry Nightthemed paint and sip event Feb. 23 at Monticello Park (see story, page 14 and ad, page 24.) Both events benefit worthy causes and you’ll go home with a unique, beautiful , handpainted goblet...perfect for the wine you’ll enjoy along with that smelt dinner, should we be so lucky. Or to use during your next birthday month. Winter Cheers!

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The wine lifestyle Enchanting, earthy fruit of the vine part of the good life By Marc Roland


uch is written these days about lifestyle. When I was younger, the show everyone loved was called “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” Until that show, I don’t remember much talk around our house about lifestyle. We just lived our lives. Television was our only window into the way other people lived and even that wasn’t reflective of “real life.”

also the shopping lifestyle, the runner lifestyle, and the foodie lifestyle. Lifestyle promoters are everywhere we look — something to think about the next time you are tempted to buy another Seahawks jersey. My business is wine, so it is obvious that I would live a wine lifestyle. But even before I became a wine geek, the wine life appealed to me. There always seemed to be a bit of mystery in its use as a holy sacrament. Wine drinkers seemed a bit more reserved and thoughtful in their partaking, if a bit snobby sometimes, but the liquid mostly evokes conversation and discussion— talk about flavors, vineyards, trips to wine regions all over the world.

Media has taken a larger portion of our time and attention lately and social media has exposed more possible and alternative lifestyles than ever before. Because there are so many lifestyles portrayed wherever we look, it is now common for us, who were previously content with our lives, to become dissatisfied. This leads to an array of choices that The wine lifestyle is we either consciously or subtle. I don’t see a lot subconsciously make in of swag, even among the the hopes that our lives rock stars of the wine will be better. So it is a world. What also is fact of modern life that enchanting to me is the we are influenced by the interconnection between abundance of information wine and the place where and visual images. This it is made — the vineyard. isn’t necessarily a bad The wine lifestyle always thing, it just means that we involves visits to different Marc Roland should from time to time wine regions. examine the value of this information and how it influences us. Northwest vineyards and wineries are For me, it means that my relationships, springing up everywhere, so no matter my activities, and my values are where you travel you will find a place influenced by an overriding vision of to taste wine, which in turn leads to “the good life.” an enjoyable experience and meeting new friends. We all know someone who is defined by a particular lifestyle. For example, Of course, the wine lifestyle includes the sports fan. She wears the official imbibing in wine often. You are not sports team jersey at every opportunity. living the wine lifestyle if you only He frequents sports bars, and engages partake during special occasions or in sports talk at the water-cooler. when you go out for a nice dinner. A large portion of the weekend is The wine lifestyle demands that devoted to watching sports on the you drink often—in moderation, of television, retrieving scores on the course—because it is good for you. It mobile device, or driving to college makes every meal taste better, it slows games and participating in a tailgate you down, it’s good for your heart, it party, if possible. Many of my friends encourages conversation. And frankly, are into this and I think it is a fun and it makes you feel better. family-friendly lifestyle. There are ••• Longview resident and former Kelso teacher Marc Roland started making wine in 2008 in his garage. He and his wife, Nancy, now operate Roland Wines at 1106 Florida Street, in Longview’s new “barrel district.” For wine tasting hours, call 360-846-7304.

By Judith Martin DEAR MISS MANNERS: What verbiage can I use when inviting guests to a party at a restaurant when I want them to pay for their own meals? GENTLE READER: You have touched upon an issue that does much to create animosity among those who are supposedly friends. Miss Manners hears constantly from people who thought they were being invited to be guests, only to be given a bill. So please drop that language. You are not inviting people to be your guests, but asking them if they would like to meet you for a meal out. DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am pregnant and would like to throw a gender-reveal party. (It’s a party for the identification of the sex of the baby.) I worry that this party might be construed as a rude attempt for gifts. I don’t want any gifts, and this isn’t a baby shower, nor am I expecting one. I just want to share the joy with family and friends and provide food and games. But would the whole idea still be considered tacky? GENTLE READER: Yes. Miss Manners believes that your intentions are good and that you simply want to share joyous news. So she hates to be a wet blanket (in a gender-neutral color, of course), but feels compelled

to tell you something that will save you time and friendships in the future as a mother. Not everyone is as excited as you are about every detail of your child’s life. It’s best to know this now, before you start going on Facebook announcing baby’s first spit-up, or throwing parties for when he or she sleeps through the night. The particular new ritual you mention ­— and there really isn’t a correct term for this made-up event — is farcical. Cakes are cut to reveal pink or blue insides, bets are taken and teams are formed. (One acquaintance of Miss Manners attended such an event and said that the mother-to-be was so distraught when she didn’t get the gender she wanted that she started blaming the guests for jinxing it.) It is no wonder that guests assume a gift is required as the price of admission to these absurd theatrics. The fact is that you will actually get more profound and prolonged joy if you reveal (or “identify”) the gender one by one to individuals who you think might genuinely be excited by the news. Gathering around at a party waiting to hear and celebrate the announcement of one of only two possible choices is not a party-worthy event — and it is not dignified. There cont page 6

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fter seeing the Pacific Ocean at from Pilar Rock on November 7, 1804, the Expedition spent a miserable two weeks trying to reach the Pacific Ocean. On Nov. 24th, the members of the Corps of Discovery voted to spend the winter on the south side of the river. Since nobody was interested in crossing the five miles of open water at Station Camp, they loaded their canoes and went back upriver to Pilar Rock where the river is narrower and crossed over to Tongue Point. Lewis and a couple of men took their Indian canoe and went ahead seeking a place to spend the winter. Meanwhile, storms returned and pinned down Clark’s party near Tongue Point. Clark wrote, “!O how Tremendious is the day.” Meet your friends and relax at this classic neighborhood watering hole!

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spruce. The location was on a bluff on the west side of the Netul River (today’s Young’s River), southwest of present-day Astoria and about 7 miles from the ocean. While it was a dark, damp and mossy setting, it provided protection from the gale force winds and crashing waves that the Corps experienced in November making their way along the north shore of the river to reach the Pacific Ocean. Nothing but the best-est

Plans were drawn up for a log fort and construction began on December 10th. The first priority was building a meat house since “all our last Supply of Elk has Spoiled in the repeeted rains which has been fallen ever Since our arrival at this place, and for a long time before.” It only took two weeks to build Fort Clatsop with the “Streightest & most butifullest logs.”



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By Christmas Day, everyone had moved into the still-uncompleted fort and Clark wrote they were “Snugly fixed.” In their rush to build the fort, the men neglected to build chimneys for the fireplaces. Whitehouse wrote, “We found that our huts smoaked occasion’d by the hard wind; & find that we cannot live in them without building Chimneys.” A day later, Whitehouse wrote the chimneys were “completed, & found our huts comfortable & without smoak.” A great treat

On December 28th, five men hiked to the ocean, near present-day Seaside, to set up a salt making operation. A week later, Lewis wrote that two of the men brought back “a specemine of the salt of about a gallon, we found it excellent, fine, strong, & white; this was a great treat to myself and most of the party.” Prior to that, much of their meat had spoiled in the warm and damp conditions. In seven weeks, the men boiled enough sea water to extract 20 gallons of salt, most of which was used to preserve meat for their return trip the next spring. While at Fort Clatsop, 131 elk and 20 deer were killed. 1806 was welcomed in with a volley of gunshots, “the only mark of rispect which we had it in our power to pay this celebrated day.” The whiskey had run out seven months earlier at Great Falls, Montana. When the salt makers brought the salt back on January 5th, they also brought a sample of blubber from a beached whale that Indians had found near present-day Cannon Beach in late December. Ordway wrote, “we mix it with our poor Elk meat & find it eats verry well.” Clark decided to set out the next day to attempt to purchase some more blubber. Women’s rights

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had traveled a long way with us to See the great waters, and that now that monstrous fish was also to be Seen, She thought it verry hard that She Could not be permitted to see either (She had never yet been to the Ocian).” Clark agreed to her request. On January 6th, Clark and 12 men, plus Sacajawea and her French husband Charbonneau, hiked to the salt maker’s camp where they hired an Indian to guide them to the whale. They walked along the beach until they reached an “emence mountain the top of which was obscured in the clouds.” They camped high on the bluff, and the next day climbed to the top of Cape Falcon where Clark saw “the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in my frount a boundless Ocean.” Anyone who has ever hiked across Tillamook Head can appreciate what the men saw as they looked south towards Cannon Beach. Clark wrote, “inoumerable rocks of emence Sise out at a distance from the Shore and against which the Seas brak with great force gives this Coast a most romantic appearance.” When they reached the whale, all that was left was the 105-foot long skeleton. The local Indians had completely stripped it. Clark was only able to purchase 300 pounds of blubber and a few gallons of whale oil, but he was grateful to get anything to add to the lean elk they ate virtually every meal. Prior to that, an occasional dog purchased from the Clatsop Indians was the only thing that made meals something to look forward to. The daily journal entries illustrate how boring their days were in January and February; Lewis repeatedly wrote, “Nothing worthy of note today.” The men spent the winter smoking, jerking and preserving meat. They also chopped firewood, repaired their weapons, dressed elk and deer skins, made clothes, etc. They made 338 pairs of moccasins. In addition, they traded with the Indians. Typically, the Indians wanted more than the men had to offer, but after a lot of haggling, a trade was often agreed to. Undoubtedly, the silk handkerchiefs the men had received at Christmas were traded to Indian maidens who were more than willing to sell their favors to the men. Don’t forget your flu shot

The weather at Fort Clatsop was miserable. Everything was wet, and it snowed several nights in December, January, and February. On January

26th, they awoke to eight inches of snow on the ground. The men were not eating a balanced diet and were prone to illness. The men experienced colds, boils, the flu, strained muscles, and venereal disease. Clark wrote, “we have not had as many Sick at any one time Since we left” St. Louis in 1804. Ordway wrote, “Six of the party are now Sick I think that I and three others have the Enfluenzey.” Captains Lewis and Clark spent much of their time at their writing desks. Lewis described and drew sketches of the dozens of plants and animals they had seen. Ten plants, two fish, eleven birds, and eleven mammals were new to science. He also recorded details about each Indian tribe they had met along the trail, describing their culture, language, and what they ate.

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Bringing a wealth of maritime experience, Dan Stahl recently joined the Port of Longview to guide dayto-day operations as the new Chief Operating Officer. In his role as COO, Stahl will provide leadership and vision in managing real estate and marine development opportunities, Dan Stahl while leading the Port’s economic development efforts. “Dan is an outstanding addition to our team,” said Port of Longview Chief Executive Officer Norm Krehbiel in a press release. “His experience and knowledge of Washington ports provides valuable input to Port operations and business development.” Stahl joins the Port as it undertakes major infrastructure projects and expansion. Of note, he will lead the charge in securing a tenant for Bridgeview Terminal and maintaining momentum on the redevelopment of the former Continental Grain Terminal.

“The Port of Longview is an established leader in the cargo handling industry,” said Stahl. “I’m excited to be a part of such a successful team and contribute to the Port’s continued success.” Prior to joining the Port, Stahl served in an operations capacity at both the Port of Bellingham and Port of Anacortes. He received his Master’s in Ocean Systems Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after completing his Bachelors in Marine Transportation Operations from the Maine Maritime Academy. Wave, a gigabit fiber and broadband services company that connects more than 50 data centers on its fastgrowing fiber network in California, Oregon and Washington, recently acquired Cascade Networks, Inc., of Longview, Wash. Founded in 2000, Cascade Networks grew as a provider of data connectivity services to commercial and residential customers in the greater Longview, Wash. and Clatskanie, Ore., area. The transaction adds Cascade’s more than 350 route miles of fiber to Wave’s West Coast network.

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were aiming for when EGT signed on at the Port of Longview,” said Chief Executive Officer Norm Krehbiel in a press release. “EGT utilizes key infrastructure, such as the Port’s dedicated Industrial Rail Corridor and our position on the deep-draft navigation channel, designed to efficiently move bulk commodities for the benefit of the entire region.” Although dry bulks made up the majority of the tonnage in 2016, the Port had a strong year in breakbulk as well. The resurgence of wind energy cargo, coupled with oversized project cargo made for a well-rounded year and demonstrated the Port’s flexibility in cargo handling. •••

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PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16 2. Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur, Andrews McMeel, $14.99 3. The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press, $16, 4. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16 5. The Sellout Paul Beatty, Picador USA, $16 6. A Dog’s Purpose W. Bruce Cameron, Forge, $14.99 7. The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood, Anchor, $15.95 8. The Little Paris Bookshop Nina George, Broadway, $16 9. The Vegetarian Han Kang, Hogarth, $15 10. Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $16

1. Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly, Morrow, $15.99 2. We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor, $7.95 3. Astoria Peter Stark, Ecco, $15.99 4. The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown, Penguin, $17 5. What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump’s America Dennis Johnson, Valerie Merians (Eds.), Melville House, $15.99 6. The Soul of an Octopus Sy Montgomery, Atria, $16 7. March: Book One John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Top Shelf Productions, $14.95 8. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right Jane Mayer, Anchor, $17 9. Bad Feminist Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial, $15.99 10. Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Rebecca Solnit, Haymarket Books, $15.99

BOOK REVIEW By Alan Rose The Underground Railroad By Colson Whitehead Doubleday $15.99 Paperback


e now recognize that the institution of slavery dehumanized slave and slave owner alike, if in different ways. This dual dehumanization is depicted vividly in Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad. Receiving the National Book Award for fiction in 2016, it tells the story of Cora, a slave owned by a brutal and sadistic planter in Georgia. When Caesar, a new slave to the plantation, invites her to escape with him to the

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead, Doubleday, $26.95 2. Moonglow Michael Chabon, Harper, $28.99 3. Today Will Be Different Maria Semple, Little Brown, $27 4. A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles, Viking, $27 5. News of the World Paulette Jiles, Morrow, $22.99 6. Difficult Women Roxane Gay, Grove Press, $25 7. All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27 8. Small Great Things Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $28.99 9. Commonwealth Ann Patchett, Harper, $27.99 10. The Girls Emma Cline, Random House, $27


HARDCOVER NON-FICTION 1. Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance, Harper, $27.99, 2. The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben, Greystone Books, $24.95 3. Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $25 4. The Book of Joy The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Avery, $26 5. Born a Crime Trevor Noah, Spiegel & Grau, $28 6. The Undoing Project Michael Lewis, Norton, $28.95 7. The Princess Diarist Carrie Fisher, Blue Rider, $26 8. Shoe Dog Phil Knight, Scribner, $29 9. Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus Matt Taibbi, Spiegel & Grau, $26 10. Our Revolution Bernie Sanders, Thomas Dunne Books, $27


1. 1984 George Orwell, Signet, $9.99 2. It Can’t Happen Here Sinclair Lewis, Signet, $9.99 3. The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $9.99 4. Animal Farm George Orwell, Signet, $9.99 5. American Gods Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $9.99 6. Dune Frank Herbert, Ace, $9.99 7. The Wise Man’s Fear Patrick Rothfuss, DAW, $9.99 8. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $9.99 9. A Dog’s Purpose W. Bruce Cameron, Forge, $9.99 10. The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin, Ace, $9.99

1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon Kelly Barnhill, Algonquin Young Readers, $16.95 2. Ghosts Raina Telgemeier, Graphix, $10.99 3. Wonder R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $16.99 4. Carve the Mark Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $22.99 5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie, Little Brown, $15.99 6. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea Ben Clanton, Tundra Books, $7.99 7. Pokemon Deluxe Essential Handbook Scholastic, $11.99 8. The Inquisitor’s Tale Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illus.), Dutton, $17.99 9. Rad Women Worldwide Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illus.), Ten Speed Press, $15.99 10. Greenglass House Kate Milford, Jaime Zollars (Illus.), HMH Books for Young Readers, $7.99

The road to freedom winds through Hell north, she sets out on a journey through the hell of an antebellum South, with the reader accompanying her every step of the way. Through Cora’s experience, Whitehead presents the different societies and people of the times and their attitudes toward slaves. In Georgia, we witness the daily horrors and humiliations of plantation life. A slave is blinded for secretly trying to learn to read (“You don’t need eyes to shuck corn.”) In South Carolina the treatment of black people is more “enlightened,” though the bar was never set very high.Here, the whites are committed to “uplifting the Negro,” providing vastly improved living conditions and a degree of freedom, but black people are encouraged to be sterilized, and medical experiments are performed on them without their knowledge, foreshadowing the notorious Tuskegee syphilis experiments in the 20th century. North Carolina’s approach to race relations is more basic. Fearful of the growing slave population that

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Fear drove these people, even more than cotton money. The shadow of the black hand that will return what has been given. It occurred to her one night that she was one of the vengeful monsters they were scared of: She had killed a white boy. She might kill one of them next. And because of that fear, they erected a new scaffolding of oppression on the cruel foundation laid hundreds of years before. That was Sea Island cotton the slaver had ordered for his rows, but scattered among the seeds were those of violence and death, and the crop grew fast. The whites were right to be afraid. One day the system would collapse in blood. ~ from The Underground Railroad.

children scamper about, old people sit on benches, enjoying the summer evening; then they all gather together to hang an escaped slave from the large tree in the center of the park. It’s a weekly custom the townspeople here look forward to. Like Cora, the reader is horrified at the fact that these people aren’t horrified, that this is normal for them. The legalized crime that was slavery continues to stain our national history. In some ways the nation today reflects Cora on her journey at the end of the book: she’s come a long way; she has a long way still to go. •••

threatens to outnumber the whites, they banish all slaves, and hang any black person—slave or free—who ventures into their fair state. In one chilling scene reminiscent of Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” Cora is hiding in the attic of a safe house, part of the underground railroad that offered sanctuary to those trying to make their way north. From her hiding place, she watches a bucolic scene unfold in the town center. The citizenry gathers in the park. A band plays, lovers stroll,

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Winter Garden Dreams

Plan ahead for pollinators Ideas for attracting bees, butterflies & hummingbirds to your garden this year By Alice Slusher


don’t know about you, but I miss my garden. I miss the rich brown earth in my hands, tiny seedlings thrusting toward the light, the sun on my face, and color-drenched splashes of flowers. And I miss the buzzing of the bees and the colorful fluttering of butterflies. I could spend hours on my front porch watching the bees busily buzzing their way through my Russian sage, the elegant swallowtail butterflies fluttering among my bright orange Siberian wallflowers, the hummingbirds fighting over my neon pink penstemons. It’s too early to start your vegetable seeds indoors, or plan your garden rotation strategy this month (more on those soon), so why not dream and plan a pollinator garden? We all know that pollinators such as bees and butterflies visit flowers to eat, stay warm, or carry pollen home to feed their families. So what? What’s all this hoopla about pollinators? When these and other pollinators, such as wasps, beetles, ants, hummingbirds, bats, and other small mammals, visit flowers, they act like dust mops and

carry the pollen to other flowers, and help plants complete their life cycles by producing fruit and seeds. In fact, it’s estimated that 85 percent of all crops grown for food, medicines, fiber, spices, and beverages are pollinated by animals. To put it another way, probably one out of every three or four mouthfuls of our food and beverages are gifts from pollinators! There are many other reasons we want to keep our pollinators happy and healthy: t­ hey pollinate the feed that cattle eat so we can enjoy milk and beef. They also support the ecosystem by keeping plants thriving: making seeds and fruit available for birds and many mammals, creating shelters for wildlife, preventing erosion. Words of warning before you begin to plan your garden

•Fancy hybrid flowers found at nurseries are bred to be attractive to us, not pollinators. Many offer no nutrition at all for pollinators. •Avoid pesticide use as much as possible. Always read the label on a pesticide before you use it, and follow all directions carefully. Many pesticides will kill the insects you are trying to attract! Some of the organic pesticides, such as those containing Spinosad, may be used but you must

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apply it at sunset after our pollinator friends have gone to bed. If you have any questions, call or visit your WSU Master Gardener Plant and Insect Clinic. Pollinators’ preferred color palettes

•Bees are enticed by colors in shades of blue (their favorite!), yellow, and white. •Butterflies like red, yellow, orange, pink, and purple flowers. •Both bees and butterflies prefer shallow flowers and ray flowers, like zinnias and dandelions. •Hummingbirds, on the other hand, with their long sipping beaks, like the deeper throated flowers, especially the red or deep pink ones. Planning your garden

•Choose a variety of plants that attract pollinators, and plant them so that the earlier bloomers overlap with later bloomers to ensure that you will have a continuous food supply for them from spring through fall. •Native plants are a good place to start, although there are many other flowers that pollinators love, too. •Many pollinators prefer to binge on one type of pollen at a time, so place clusters of the same flower together. •Make a smorgasbord for them: for example, plant a bunch of lavender and Russian sage next to your ceonothus and rhododendron bushes. •Many pollinators like sun and warmth, so an open, south-facing area with a few trees is a great place. However, even a small container garden on a warm, sunny deck with lots of pollinatorattracting flowers is great, too. •If you’re lucky enough to have room for a large pollinator garden, you may want to start your native plants from seeds in the fall. You’ll want to get your seeds from a local supplier, such as Oregon-based Heritage Seedlings and Washington-based L&H Seeds. For smaller gardens, you will want to buy plants. There are many suppliers of native plants, for example, Watershed Garden Works in Longview.

Getting ready for spring! It’s still cold, but local Master Gardener volunteers are offering workshops to help you prepare for spring.

LONGVIEW •Feb 16 - How Well Does Your Dirt Grow Plants? Soil testing workshop •February 25 - Pruning Grape Vines Workshop Info: WSU Extension 360-577-3014 ST HELENS •Feb 23 Care & Pruning of Japanese Maples, with Brian Tsugawa. Free, open to public •Mar 11 Pruning demonstration, 10–Noon, Master Gardener Demo Garden, Columbia County Event Complex. Mar. 11. Tree Sale - Columbia County Small Woodlands Association. 8:30–1:30, Lawrence Oil, 845 N Co River Hwy, St. Helens. Arrive early for best selections. Info: OSU Extension 503-397-3462

Online, Xerces Society offers a great, free, downloadable publication, Pollinator Plants Maritime Northwest, with suggestions for native plants that will give you continuous blooms from early spring to late fall. Here’s a short list to get you started: • Lavender Lavandula • Big Leaf Lupine Lupinus polyphyllus • Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa – a favorite of Monarch butterflies • Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium • Pacific rhododendron Rhododendron macrophyllum • Blueblossom Ceanothus thyrsiflorus • Ocean spray Holodiscus discolor • Serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia • Russian sage Perovskia atriplicifolia • Red-flowering currant Ribes sanguineum • Zinnias • Sunflower Helianthus • Salal Gaultheria shallon • Catmint Nepeta ••• Alice Slusher taught medical terminology a t Yo u n g s t o w n University in Ohio before moving to Kalama, Wash., in 2011. She is a researcher by nature and loves finding solutions. A Master Gardener, she volunteers with WSU Extension Service Plant & Insect Clinic. Drop by 9am–12noon Wednesdays at 1946 3rd Ave., Longview, with your specimen, call 360-577-3014, ext. 8, or send questions (with photo, as appropriate) to

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Starry Night paint & sip to benefit vision programs By Nikkol Nagle, Retirement Concierge, Monticello Park


ou don’t have to be a Claude Monet, or a Leonard Da Vinci to create a unique masterpiece. Discover your “inner Van Gogh” at a new kind of painting event where wine glasses are the “canvas.” On Thursday, February 23, Monticello Park Senior Living will host a Paint & Sip featuring Jill McLaughlin, owner of Glazy Dayz, and Marc Roland, owner of Roland Wines. Tickets are $30 per person and all proceeds go to the Monticello Lions Club.

Wines will host a tasting beginning at 5:00pm. At 5:30pm, McLaughlin will begin the paint. “I enjoy doing group events and seeing how each person does something unique from the other,” McLaughlin said, “ even though I teach a step by step tutorial on one design. We’ll be painting a version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.” As part of the event, Monticello Lions Club member Neil Zimmerman will talk about his club’s vision-related work relating to the goal of ending blindness. Lions programs also recycle eyeglasses, assist the hearing-impaired and those managing diabetes.

Attendees will receive step-by-step instruction by McLaughlin to create their own distinctive creation, painted on a wine glass instead of a cotton or linen canvas. Appetizers prepared by Monticello Park’s head Chef, Jason Goodrow, will feature crab salad, cocktail meatballs, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers. Roland

Marc Roland has generously offered to donate the wine for this fundraiser and host the tasting. This will be a fun event for all who partake. Tickets are available for purchase at Monticello Park, 605 Broadway, Longview, Wash. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, call 360 575-1778. •••

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Volunteers invited to get hands dirty along with kids


hether you are already helping in a school garden, or just thinking about getting your hands dirty, this Free Training Event is for you! Lower Columbia School Gardens invites you to attend one of two identical sessions, 9am–noon on Friday Feb. 17 or Saturday, Feb. 18 at Northlake Elementary Garden Lab Room 26 (2nd portable), 2210 Olympia Way, Longview, Wash.

Ultimately, it is our volunteers who make it possible for students to experience the garden in a meaningful way.

Learn simple, effective techniques for helping kids (and plants!) grow. We will work in the classroom as well as out in the garden; with plenty of hands-on learning. Topics include:

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Enjoy learning and connecting with great people who have a shared passion for kids, gardens, and good food. Snacks provided. Meet the new garden rabbits, Sam and Sorrel.


This training is free. All are welcome.

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or weeks, the Pacific Northwest has been under siege from remna Songda. From Eugene to Seattle and east to Mt. Hood, the rain have ravaged the area. This region is not prepared for this assault. Trapped indoors, residents are getting restless. It’s tim and retreat — not to the glorious sunshine of th a sandy beach abroad, but into the eye

Escape to Mt. Hood and the communities to enjoy the pleasu winter in the Pacific Northwest. gear and head to this winter wond exhilaration, adventure, and joy of a ski retreat. Day 1 – The Escape

Two major highways along the C Gorge lead to Hood River. Both I and Washington’s SR-14 experien

shutdowns throughout January. Sometimes the only escape route to the mountain is US 26 in Oregon through Sandy and then OR 35 around the back side of Mt. Hood. Leave mid-morning and make a quick stop at Joe’s Donut Shop in Sandy for the most delightful pastry ever made. The Cronut is a light and flaky croissant deep-fried and dipped in a sugar glaze. There is nothing else like it.



Saturday February 18th 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 advance/$20 at door. Open seating.

A talented group of Oregon musicians paying tribute to Loretta Lynn. Fronted by the popular Portland folk-country songstress Mary Rondthaler, the five-piece band perform sets featuring the songs of Loretta Lynn.


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Further down the road, stop for a quick lunch at the Huckleberry Inn in Government Camp, a quaint little town on the south side of Mt. Hood near many of the downhill ski resorts. The Huckleberry Inn Restaurant is an old-fashioned diner. Enormous donuts line up along the back counter. The daily menu offers burgers, shakes, salads, and fried foods. Try the fried halibut and chips. The crispy fish is lightly fried and tender without being greasy. The chips are golden brown and served piping hot. When finished, drive 28 miles to Parkdale and settle into a room at the Big Foot Lodge B&B. Big Foot Lodge is perched on a hill with an uninterrupted view of Mt. Hood. Twenty-five years ago, Nilsa Nippolt and her then husband designed and built a one-of-a-kind log cabin. Nilsa envisioned the cabin maintaining its quality and uniqueness for more than 100 years.

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OUT • AND • ABOUT Story and photos by Tracy Beard

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The rich reds and browns of the living room create warmth that defies the frigid cold outside. This is the first line of defense. The wood stove steps in as the second line, with glowing, red-hot embers permeating the room with additional warmth. Four guest rooms are available for rent, and each expresses its own personality. After settling in, it’s time to head into Hood River for dinner.

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Just 10 minutes away on Oak Street is the Three Rivers Grill. A perfect dining spot any time of year, the restaurant is perched high on the hill overlooking the Columbia River. The wraparound deck is available for seating during favorable seasons (photo, above right).

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Above: Big Foot Lodge is often snowcovered during winter months. Large foreboding icicles hanging from the roof partially obscure the perfectly framed view of Mt. Hood through the gigantic picture windows. At left: Brittney Beard, ready for an old-fashioned lunch at Huckleberry Inn. Right: A dining alcove at Three Rivers Grill.

A winter meal should begin with a hot beverage. The Hot Apple Pie cocktail is delivered steaming hot, topped with whipped cream. Hold the cup, take a sip, and feel your body warm from the inside out. The Spanish Coffee is another tempting option. Cuisine at the Three Rivers Grill is Pacific Northwest served in an elegant but casual style. Start with the ahi tuna appetizer. The fresh and clean-tasting tuna rests inside half a smooth, creamy, perfectly ripe avocado. It sits atop a crunchy, Asian-marinated slaw tossed with red chili for spice. Try the lamb shank braised for hours in au jus. The tender lamb falls apart when eaten and leaves the faintest essence of rosemary and thyme when finished. Another appealing option is the duck breast, pan-seared and topped with a chanterelle mushroom demi-glaze finished with cognac, Dijon and cream. The mashed potatoes are silky and smooth in contrast to the crisp seasonal vegetables. To finish the meal, order the Chocolate Gateau Ganache. The sweet, tart raspberry mousse lies between two layers of moist chocolate cake. A thin layer of dark chocolate ganache coats the entire dessert and cracks when pierced with a fork. Silky raspberry sauce decorates the plate while fresh whipped cream with thinly sliced apples adorns the cake, adding additional texture. One bite of this dessert will satisfy the most devoted chocoholic. After an amazing meal, it’s time to return to the lodge for a good night’s sleep.

Day 2 – The Adventure

Wake to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee. Steel-cut oats cooked with banana become sweet, creamy, and soft. Mixed berries provide texture, acidity, and color to the dish. The fried eggs arrive with a light sprinkling of blue cheese and a dusting of parsley. The eggs are nestled next to chickenbacon-pineapple sausage, sautéed with caramelized onions and thinly sliced fresh apple. The sausage dish delivers a cont page 18 Columbia River Reader / February 15, – March 14, 2017 / 17

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Tracy Beard, pictured at left enjoying a picnic in the snow, is an aspiring travel and food writer. The former Longview resident now lives in Vancouver, Wash.

combination of flavors both salty and sweet. It balances perfectly with fresh orange juice and toasted English muffins. A basket filled with mini pastries: cream puffs, almond-paste bear claws, and buttery croissants rest on the table. Now nourished, it’s time to prepare for this outdoor adventure. What is required to ensure a perfect day? The right gear and the right lunch is a great place to begin. Head back into Hood River and stop at Boda’s Kitchen to pick up a picnic lunch. Forget about the traditional ham and cheese sandwich or a PB&J; let Sirota Johnston, or one of her staff, assemble a meal made in heaven.


Hood River Escape Restaurant Suggestions Three Rivers Grill

601 Oak Street, Hood River, Ore Great for dinner and drinks Boda’s Kitchen

404 Oak Street, Hood River Awesome picnic lunch

A winter picnic requires something hot

Packed in a vacuum-sealed thermos, Boda’s creamy, perfectly seasoned Bean and Kale Soup is a luscious first course. Move on to the French triple-cream Brie along with Sleeping Beauty cheese from Cascadia Creamery. A few slices of Fra mani mortadella and Molinari hot Toscana Italian meats pair impeccably with the dried Angelino plums and Pichu berries. Herbed Valencia almonds are easy to munch on, and the Spanish olives add just the right brininess to the meal. Add a few slices of Lou’s bread. A local resident, Lou supplies Boda’s Kitchen and several other local restaurants with fresh, artisanal bread each day. Finish this amazing picnic with a mini maple-pecan bite, a flourless chocolate-cake bite, and a few tiny wedges of Sirota’s lemon bars. It’s a picnic never to be forgotten. Now amply supplied with food, take a short drive to any of the four groomed crosscountry destination parks: Mt. Hood Meadows, Teacup, Trillium Lake, or Cooper Spur. Several less-maintained parks are scattered in between for those looking for a bit more solitude and who have their own gear. Cooper Spur is the target this trip. Rental gear is available at the lodge, along with the necessary track pass. Cooper Spur is a one-stop shop. Winter explorers can stay at the lodge and downhill ski, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and eat at the Crooked Tree Tavern and Grill. Cooper Spur Nordic Park offers an array of trails: short easy loops for beginners and more difficult, longer trails for hard-core athletes. Maps are available for guidance. With groomed trails, a map and fresh snow, anyone can kick and glide their way

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The Brewery is one of the top local hangouts, the atmosphere loud and friendly. Everyone seems to know everyone else. Feeling satisfied and tired, journey back to the lodge for a well-earned night’s rest. Day 3 – Return to Reality

The next morning, a second tantalizing breakfast appears on the dining room table, and all too soon it is time to pack up the luggage and get moving. This escape does wonders for anyone suffering from the doldrums of winter. This winter wonderland is a twohour drive from Longview, Wash., and makes for an incredible quick retreat. The experience restores the soul, rejuvenates the body, and creates the opportunity to mentally relax. Cross-country skiing affords excellent exercise for the body, a chance to enjoy nature, and a great excuse for getting away. •••

through the beautiful forest. Workers groom Cooper Spur trails every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the season. Before leaving, stop in the Crooked Tree Tavern and enjoy a Tilly Jane Rumple. The hot chocolate spiked with 100-proof peppermint schnapps will remove any residual cold after skiing. Exhausted but exhilarated, head just down the road back to the lodge to shower and get ready for dinner. Double Mt. Brewery is located in Hood River on Fourth Street. Enjoy an artisanal beer with a New Haven style pizza. This pizza has light toppings and a thin crust. Cooking in a 700 – 1000 degree oven creates a very crispy crust.

At Double Mt. Brewery, opt for something out of the ordinary and try the Truffle Shuffle pizza, a white pizza with mozzarella, goat cheese, marinated portabella mushrooms, and green onions.

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I learned to bake the cookies as a 10-year-old 4-H’er. When it came to horseback riding, my dad always said practice makes perfect. Yet he came to rue the day I applied the same rule to baking. Dad was a fried cake man, a lover of the sturdy, plump, deep-fried

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doughnut made by our hometown bakery. Then he tasted my first soggy 4-H oatmeal muffin. And the second. And the third .... He never complained when I thrust my latest attempt at muffin perfection in his direction. He slathered them with butter and choked them down. But when my 4-H baking turned to cookies, he looked relieved. Still, my delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies were also a challenge. Dad was allergic to chocolate, and after the requisite taste tests, he scratched all night long. Looking back, I wonder how my baked goods pleased as many county fair judges as they did. Today, I have measuring cups for dry ingredients and measuring cups for liquids. I have two sets of measuring spoons. On the farm, we had a Pyrex glass two-cup measuring cup, and we used the same tablespoon we used to scoop mashed potatoes and a coffee spoon as “measuring spoons.”

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Teague’s Interiors & Gallery Artwork by local artists in the gallery. Iconography and Chalk Paint workshops. Call to reserve or for more info: 360-636-0712. Hours: 10–5:30 M–F, 10–3 Sat. 1267 Commerce Ave, Longview, Wash. Tsuga Gallery Fine arts and crafts by area artists. Thurs-Sat 11–5. 70 Main Street, Cathlamet, Wash. 360-795-0725. Koth Gallery Longview Public Library Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview, Wash. Mon-Wed 10am8pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm. 360-441-5300. Winter Exhibit: The Art Gallery at LCC Thru Mar 9: Artwork by Diana Fairbanks. Rose Center for the Arts, 1600 Maple St., Longview, Wash. Gallery hours: Mon–Tues 10–6, Wed-Thurs 10–4. Info: Warm up your winter nights at the Columbia Various, see Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts ad, page 16.


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Broadway Gallery Artists co-op. Year-round classes for all ages, workshops and paint parties. February: Guest artist Alan Brunk (pen & ink), Susan Supola (silk dyeing), David Myers, photography, Linda McCord (felted hearts and flowers & wearable fiber art); March: Guest artists Scott Erwert (painting), Gary Bilodeau (painting) Tamara Hinck (Native American wood sculpture). Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 1418 Commerce, Longview, Wash. 360577-0544.

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“Manchester by the Sea,” with Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, a realistic drama with a heart. But the contest is still hot when you have Viola Davis and Denzel Washington in a film so well-directed by Washington: “Fences.” “Fences” was a very successful drama across the country. I think the first two probable Oscar winners, however, have certainly caught the attention of the American audience both in the movie theaters and in the pre-Oscar discussions. Having praised both Emma Stone and Michelle Williams, who gets Best Actress? That is a very hard call. If Viola Davis from “Fences” had maneuvered herself into the Best Actress category with Denzel beside her, you would have had three fine performances in three separate films to evaluate. Whatever, it is awfully hard to forget the images of a dancing Gosling and Stone in a luscious fullcolored romance. I would tend to give Stone the nod for Best Actress. Let’s face it: I haven’t seen a good musical in years. Best Actor is a challenge too. I never knew Gosling could sing, dance and display very subtle nuances. I kept

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CRR’s graphic designer/IT manager Perry Piper loves to travel and is learning computer programming in his spare time. He enjoys learning about and sharing new technologies and will be regularly hosting VR demo parties in Longview for the next few months. See ad, page 4. At the time he would have normally been writing his monthly column, he was busy making a virtual reality presentation on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Ore., to students interested in the latest VR gear. His column will return next month. thinking of him as a private eye in “The Nice Guys” or a slick businessman from “The Big Short,” but Gosling can handle anything on the screen. And Casey Affleck shows star quality and subtlety throughout “Manchester By the Sea.” Whatever happens, Casey will be doing more quality work in the near future. As for Denzel, word has it that he threw his influence to Viola Davis for supporting actress, rather than for himself for best actor. Andrew Garfield from Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” has demonstrated superior talent; we’ll see more of him soon. Finally, Viggo Mortensen is wonderful in Matt Ross’s “Captain Fantastic,” however, it won’t carry him to the top. Give Viggo a little more time. I can’t believe he never received an Oscar for any of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, let alone “Eastern Promises.” So it goes.

Best Supporting Actor might be carried off by the rush for Mahershala Ali from “Moonlight.” Still, this old boy from the Midwest prefers Jeff Bridges’ old Texas Ranger from “Hell or High Water.” Bridges gets laughs, and he absolutely gets the bad guy, Ben Foster’s Tanner Howard, and even sort of gets Chris Pine’s Toby Howard, too. Frankly, I believe he is probably one of the best liked actors in Hollywood. We’ll see soon. Best Supporting Actress is a challenging choice this year. I’m taking a chance between Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”) and Viola Davis (“Fences”). I think Viola will take it. Why? Ask Denzel Washington; he gave up his chance for another Oscar this year to plug his friend, Viola. I think Denzel knows how to play the game, and Viola deserves it.

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By Greg Smith

Bright planet, faint comets, and a unicorn


his winter has had the planet Venus blazing in the night sky as the Evening Star. It will continue to be the brightest point of light the next month or so. It will have a contender rising this month and gaining ascendancy the rest of the spring. This will be Jupiter as it rises in the night sky around 10:30pm in early March. It will steadily get earlier through the rest of Spring in the constellation of Virgo the Virgin. With the noted brightness of Venus, you will have the ability to see the planet change shape as it moves in the night sky. Yes, Venus does look like it changes shape just like the moon does. With a telescope you can see Venus as a crescent or arc shaped planet. From the middle and until the end of February you will see Venus low in the west, but if you view it with a telescope you can see the crescent shape. We never see Venus as a full circle, because that is when Venus is on the other side of the sun. Venus is at its brightest for us when it is half lit from our point of view, as it was at the end of January. March actually has Venus coming between us and the sun. No eclipse because it’s not crossing the face of the sun this time around (not for another 120+ years); we are looking at the backside of Venus. If you have ever seen a map of Venus, you may have noticed the all-female names its features have. What would you expect from a planet named after a Roman/Greek goddess? The names for features on Venus are all various mythical goddesses from various cultures around the world. The International Astronomical Union is in charge of the official names of all astronomical objects and their features. No, you can’t really name a star for $39.95. Well you can, but it isn’t official. It only shows up on the chart they send you and then you would have to be able to navigate your mid-sized telescope to some dark remote part of the sky. If you want an astronomical feature named after yourself, you had better have done some incredible astronomy stuff when you were alive. The lunar astronaut, Gene Cernan, who recently passed away, will have a feature on the Moon named after him in the near future.

I mentioned last month that Maybe I should define the I would go into more detail difference between an open about some upcoming comets. cluster and a tight cluster. Truth is, in my research I found An open cluster is a loose that they will be so faint, that grouping of stars that are in you would really have to know a small area with dozens to how to look for them with hundreds of stars. A tight a very good telescope. This cluster is a group of stars in would mean knowing how a tight ball, but with much to use the Right Ascension higher numbers of stars, and Declination coordinates thousands to millions. The on the setting circles of your tight cluster is known as a equatorially mounted telescope globular cluster. It’s a glob of (see what I mean?). I’m sure I stars in a tight space. These would not know how to find globs of stars are thought them and I have an automated M13, the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules cluster. ©Anthony-Fotolia. to be the leftover cores of GoTo scope. These comets will be captured small galaxies. appearing over the next several star Procyon [PRO-see-on] in Canis You can always come to the Friends months. The brightest one will be 7th Minor (the Little Dog), these form the of Galileo Astronomy club with Magnitude, well beyond naked eye “Winter Triangle” and it surrounds the your questions on how to use your viewing. If any do get to be viewable dim constellation of Monoceros (the telescope or how to find and identify by the naked eye, I will be letting you Unicorn). Orion’s hunting dogs have objects in the sky. know. surrounded their prey. I have just given you one more constellation to impress ••• I want to give you another trick in your friends with and another step in night sky star hopping. When you your becoming an astronomy geek. look at Orion, and see the bright red Have a look with a telescope along the star Betelgeuse in its left shoulder, side of this triangle of stars between then look down to the southern Sirius and Procyon and see if you can horizon and find the very bright Sirius find the open star cluster M50 located in Canis Major (the Big Dog) then one-third of the way between them. look to the upper left and the bright

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Longview resident Greg Smith is an active member of Friends of Galileo, a family-friendly astronomy club which meets monthly in Longview. Visitors are welcome; telescope ownership is not required. For info about the club, call Chuck Ring, 360-636-2294.

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Luigi’s Pizza 117 East 1st Street, Rainier 503-556-4213 Pizza, spaghetti, burgers, beer & wine. See ad, page 8.

Kelso Fultano’s Pizza 770 E. Columbia River Hwy Family style with unique pizza offerings, hot grill items & more! M-Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 11am–9pm. 503-728-2922

Grounds for Opportunity 413 S. Pacific Ave. 360-703-3020 Wed– Sun 7am–3pm. Breakfast and Lunch available all day.

1210 Ocean Beach Hwy., Longview. Fish & chips, burgers, more. Beer & wine. 360-577-7972

Parker’s Restaurant & Brewery 1300 Mt. St. Helens Way. I-5 Exit 49. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Burgers, hand-cut steak; seafood and pasta. Restaurant opens 8am, Lounge 12 Noon. Closed Monday. 360-967-2333

Longview Country Club 41 Country Club Dr. Sunday Brunch open to the public. 10am–2pm. Reservations: 360-423-8500.

2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens Mon–Fri 9–5; Sat 10–4. Breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches, espresso, chocolates.

Longview Ixtapa Fine Mexican Restaurant 640 E. Columbia River Hwy Fine Mexican cuisine. Daily specials. The best margarita in town. Daily drink specials. Sports bar. M-Th 11am–9:30pm; Fri & Sat 11am–11:30pm; Sun 11am–9pm. 503-728-3344

Rainier Alston Pub & Grub 25196 Alston Rd., Rainier 503-556-4213 11 beers on tap, cocktails. Open daily 11am. 503-556-9753 See ad, page 8.

1329 Commerce Ave., Longview (alley entrance). Fine dining, happy hour specials. wine tastings. Tues-Sat open 5pm. 360-425-2837. See ad, page 14.

Homestyle cooking from the 1960s-1970. All natural ingredients. Beer and wine available. Open Wed. thru Sun, 7am–8pm. See ad, page 24.

The Carriage Restaurant & Lounge

Full breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily drink special: Bloody Mary $5. Homemade soup 6am–2pm. Full bar in lounge, open 6am. 1334 12th Ave. 360-425-8545.

1260 Commerce Ave. Serving lunch & dinner Mon–Sat 11am–10pm. Full bar, banquet space, American comfort food. 360-703-3904.

The Original Pietrio’s Pizzeria

614 Commerce Ave., Longview. 18 varieties of pizza. Salad bar, Lunch buffet all-you-can-eat. Beer & wine. Mon-Fri open 11am, Sat-Sun 12 Noon. 360-3533512.

Porky’s Public House 561 Industrial Way, Longview Slow-roasted prime rib Fri & Sat, flat iron steaks, 1/3-lb burgers, fish & chips. 33 draft beers. Full bar. Family-friendly, weekly jazz and acoustic dinner hour sets on Weds. 360-636-1616. See ad, page 14.

Conestoga Pub Cornerstone Café 102 East “A” Street Microbrews, wines & spirits Prime rib Friday & Sat. Open M-F 6am–8pm; Sat-Sun 7am–8pm. 503-556-8772. See ad, page 8.

Locally roasted espresso, fine teas, fresh pastries daily, smoothies, beer & wine, homemade soups. Breakfast and lunch. 1333 Broadway. 360-425-7700 See ad, page 18.

Country Folks Deli 1329 Commerce Ave., Longview. Open for lunch and dinner. 360-425-2837.

Evergreen Pub & Café 115-117 East 1st Street Burgers, halibut, prime rib, full bar. 503-556-9935. See ad, page 8. Goble Tavern 70255 Columbia River Hwy. (Milepost 31, Hwy. 30) Food, beer & wine + full bar, Live entertainment. 503-556-4090. See ad page 8.

Hometown Pizza 109 E. “A” St. Take-and-bake, Delivery, To-Go and dine-in. Lunch Buffet M-F 11–2. Open daily 11am; close M-Th, Sat 9pm, Fri 10pm. 503-556-3700

Freddy’s Just for the Halibut. Cod, halibut & tuna fish and chips, oysters & clams., award-winning clam chowder. Prime rib every Thurs. Beer and wine. M-W 10–8, Th-Sat 10–9, Sun 11–8. 1110 Commerce 360-414-3288. See ad, page 14.

Hop N Grape 924 15th Ave., Longview M–Th 11am–8pm; Fri & Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 11am–7pm. BBQ meat slow-cooked on site. Pulled pork, chicken brisket, ribs, turkey, salmon. World-famous mac & cheese. 360-577-1541 See ad page 22.

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Ice cream, oldfashioned milkshakes, sundaes, local coffee, healthy lunches, Fun atmosphere in The Merk. 1339 Commerce. 360-4234986. See ad, page 7.

Teri’s 3225 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. Lunch and dinner. Fine dining, with specials, fresh NW cuisine. Happy Hour. Full bar. Mon–Sat open 11am. Closed Sundays. 360-577-0717.

Fresh-roasted coffee, snack and pastries. 1335 14th Ave., M-F 9am–4pm, Sat-Sun 9am–4pm. 360-2328642 Second location: 931 Ocean Beach Hwy (Inside seating plus drive-thru). M-F 6am–8pm, Sat-Sun 8am–8pm. 360-232-8642. See ad, page 7.

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Sunshine Pizza & Catering 2124 Columbia Blvd. Hot pizza, cool salad bar. Beer & wine. 503-397-3211 See ad, page 22.

Scappoose Fultano’s Pizza 51511 SE 2nd. Family style with unique pizza offerings, hot grill items & more! “Best pizza around!” M–Th, Sat 11am–10pm; Fri 11am– 11pm; Sun 11am–9pm. Full bar service ‘til 11pm Fri & Sat. Deliveries in Scappoose. 503-543-5100.

Ixtapa Fine Mexican Restaurant

33452 Havlik Rd. Fine Mexican cuisine. Daily specials. The best margarita in town. Daily drink specials. M-Th 11am–9:30pm; Fri & Sat 11am–11:30pm; Sun 11am–9pm. 503-543-3017

Woodland The Oak Tree 1020 Atlantic Ave., Woodland. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Fresh from scratch cooking. Great happy hour menu. Sun 7am–9pm, M-Th 8am–9pm, Fri-Sat 7am–10pm. 360-841-8567

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et out your pencil and release that inner poet! For newcomers, Haiku describes a single event or moment the poet observes or is immersed in. Traditional haiku From the Haiku Archives connects with nature and, frequently, a season. The pop version is about Leaves fall in golden anything the poet wants to make it. brown and autumn red, no noise . . . CRR’s HaikuFest adheres strictly to Bombs fall on the moon the traditional format of three lines of June Vezaldenos 17 syllables (5-7-5). Shadows linger as a coyote’s lonesome howling The two categories are Traditional echoes to the stars (extra points for Columbia River/ Tony Morris Pacific Northwest-based subjects) and Pop. Entries will be accepted Fryer in the hole until midnight, Feb 25. Participants Mushrooms side-by-side for soup may send up to 5 entries by e-mail Plastic grocery bag to with Lee Quarnstrom “HaikuFest” in the subject line, or by The milk jug perspires snail mail (USPS) to Gary Meyers, forgotten on the counter 3045 Ala Napuaa Place #1406, too busy again Honolulu, HI 96818. Each poet Darren Otto may submit five original, previously unpublished entries which become Raindrops tap windows property of CRR. There are no fees. Slowly streaking down the panes Results will be announced in the Tracing their own paths. March 15 issue. Glennis Y. Roper

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QUIPS & QUOTES by Benjamin Franklin Selected by Gordon Sondker

•He does not possess wealth that allows it to possess him. •Half a truth is often a great lie. •Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.

•The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. •Many complain of their memory, few of their judgment. •Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. Gordon Sondker lives in Longview and is looking forward to his 90th birthday in Feb. (see page 3). He credits growing up on a family farm in Kansas for his outlook on life.

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Icy Waters Longview resident May Myers (right) and her daughter, Kim McVey, also of Longview, during their Alaska Inside Passage cruise aboard the Ruby Princess.

Sailing away Longview travel agent Frank King on a cruise up the Mekong River from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat)

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Sky high Matt and Monica St. Onge on the top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs while attending the wedding of Ben Hirsch and Christy Sutton.

Boys in blue Cousins Keith Bauman, of Longview, Wash., Brad Bauman, of Kalama,

Wash., and Derek Cheshire, of Mercer Island, Wash., at the Seahawks versus Rams game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Los Angeles.

Enjoying a spot of tea Bob and Linda Kalal with granddaugher Elizabeth and sister-in-law Marge Kalal having tea at the Milestone Hotel in London, the last stop after a month traveling to Amerstdam, Paris and London in July 2016.

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the spectator

“kah-mahn,” (thank you), “sinkchow” (hello) and “tom biet” (good bye). She is having fun prompting Loi to respond “After while, crocodile,” when she says, “See ya later, alligator.”

by ned piper They have arrived!


s President’s Day approaches, I wonder if the protests opposing our new President’s policies (and opposing the President himself) will have run out of steam by then. One Trump executive order signing that gave me the shudders was the immigration/travel ban. While Quoc, my “new” Vietnamese nephew, the Amerasian son of my deceased brother, is not from one of the seven covered countries, he immigrated with his family to Longview just three weeks before the President’s pen created an international uproar. This is my third column featuring Quoc’s discovery of his American family. On a recent grocery shopping visit to Fred Meyer with Quoc, his wife, Le, and their son, Loi, 19, four different people (obvious Reader readers) stopped to greet them.

Quoc, Loi and Le at PDX at midnight, Jan. 11. Welcoming festivities soon followed, and continue still. Below, with Jimmy and Queen Miller in Longview.

With his rudimentary knowledge of English, Loi may have understood their kind comments. His mother and father had to rely on the warm emotion these folks displayed while shaking their hands in welcome. All three are studying English, Quoc and Le learning slowly but surely, Loi by leaps and bounds. Ah, to be young again. It’s a good thing they are eager to learn English, as our Vietnamese is a bit rusty. Sue is miles ahead of me in this category. She has already mastered three Vietnamese words:

It’s hard to imagine the shock of moving from a small village on the outskirts of Saigon to America. And the culture shock may have been minor compared to boarding a plane in 80-degree weather and 25 hours later landing in Portland, Oregon, in the middle of a record snowfall and a 20-degree temperature. Quoc was wearing shorts. This was the first time the family had seen and touched snow. They seem to have acclimated to the chilly temperatures, however, and are taking walks around Lake Sacajawea and their neighborhood near St. Rose Catholic Church. Their first home in Longview was a furnished studio apartment above a garage. The temporary quarters being a bit too tight for a family of three, they found and applied for a two-bedroom apartment near the Lake and downtown Longview. It is unfurnished, but I’m confident it will be cozy in no time. I’d like to comment on how warmly our local Vietnamese community have welcomed Quoc and family into their midst. Tami (of Tami’s Tips and Toes in The Merk), former Longview City Councilman Thuy and Anh Vo, (of VO Printers), the gentleman we call “Mr. Lee” at Downtown Nails, Hannah (of Hannah’s Hair Salon on Ocean Beach Hwy), and the Piper Family’s wonderful neighbor, Rosie. They are all eager to help any way they can One not- so-local gentleman is the amazing Jimmy Miller from Spokane, who founded Amerasians Without Borders, the organization that discovered the DNA link between Quoc and his Piper relatives. Jimmy and his wife, Queen, recently drove all the way from Spokane to visit us in Longview. You will never find Jimmy Miller in a protest march against Donald J. Trump. He’s a big league supporter of the President, and will surely be rooting for him on President’s Day. ••• Lifelong Longview resident Ned Piper is enjoying helping his late brother’s neverknown son settle in Longview and embrace his American heritage.

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UNDER THE BRIDGE? By Brooke Hendrickson


ave you ever thought about how your place of employment changes your perspective on life? Do you find yourself wondering how the work you do impacts the world around you? I hadn’t really thought about it too much in prior jobs. Now that I’ve been working at the Port of Longview for nearly a year, thoughts of the Port are generally what run through my mind as I try to fall asleep at night. I’m constantly surprised at the impact the Port has had on my life, especially considering that before I began my employment here I could hardly identify where the Port was on the waterfront. To my surprise, I learned I had been interacting with the Port long before I signed the dotted line and decorated my desk with pictures and plants. The cargo that is crossing the docks at the Port may seem unfamiliar, but in reality they are the key components that make up products we rely on nearly every day. Take a second to process that. You may not know what the Port does (yet) or how the Port is impacting you, but I can promise you it is. Did you brush your teeth this morning? Do you use a washing machine to do your laundry? If you answered yes to those questions (I’m hoping you did), then surprise! The Port has impacted you. Soda ash, a component of toothpaste, and steel coil, often found in washing machines, are cargos that are handled regularly at the Port of Longview. The Port of Longview plays a significant role in the region, our local community and your daily life. The Port of Longview is YOUR Port. Get interested, learn more and be proud. ••• Brooke Hendrickson is Communications Associate with the Port of Longview. Reach her at or 360-703-0256.

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