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In 2013, more than 3,000 outpatient surgical procedures were performed at Pacific Surgical Center, and patients were very happy with the results. Of those who returned surveys, 98 percent

were satisfied with the care they received. All procedures at PSC are performed by board certified surgeons, often at a substantial cost-savings.

Here’s what PSC patients are saying: • “I was impressed with everything about Pacific Surgical Center and would definitely use it over a hospital in the future.” – Tim Call, Vancouver • “I loved it. Everything I needed to have done – including the MRI (Pacific Imaging Center), the diagnosis (Longview Orthopedic Associates), and the surgery (Pacific Surgical Center) – was done there, and every person I came in contact with was friendly

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and good at their job.” – Shannon Imboden, Longview • “From the insurance coordinator at Longview Urology to the nursing staff at PSC, everyone was helpful, friendly, and incredibly efficient. The facility is first rate, and they’re willing to pay to retain people who are experienced and welltrained. I was very impressed to say the least.” – Mark McCrady, Longview • “Every person there and at Pacific Surgical Center went above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of. I don’t think there’s any way I could have been in better hands.” – Doug Harmon, Amboy


he current “tiny house” movement has captured my son Perry’s imagination. I’m following the trend with interest, too. Miniature dwellings, like doll houses, can be very cute. Don’t miss Perry’s “Lower Columbia Informer” (page 29). When I was about his age, setting out on my own for the first time, I stumbled upon an opportunity to buy a house, which appealed to me more than renting an apartment. The house was very affordable and very small. Even at 22 x 24 feet (528 sq. ft.), however, it probably wouldn’t qualify today as a “tiny house.” But it did then, especially to anybody accustomed to living in a family-sized home. I remember my co-worker, John Bell, joking in the coffee break room at the Cowlitz PUD, where we worked.

Sue’s Views

Tiny houses, hospitality and an Easter cake.

It was a great little first home for me and I loved it. There, I began to practice the skills and discover the joys of cooking and hospitality.

McRae’s painting to be featured as this month’s cover image, we got to talking about pineapples. Christopher Columbus encountered this interesting “New World” fruit in 1493 in Gaudaloupe, a volcanic island in the Caribbean. At first, the pineapple was regarded by Europeans ON THE COVER

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The Topping 1 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. butter 1 can (14.5 oz) pineapple slices 6-8 maraschino cherries Melt the butter in the bottom of a 10” frying pan or cake pan over medium-low heat. Add the brown sugar and stir until well blended and the sugar begins to melt, about 5 minutes. Place the pineapple slices on top of the mixture, and punctuate with a cherry. The Cake 13/4 C. cake flour 13/4 tsp. baking powder 1 /4 tsp salt 1 /3 C. butter 1 C. sugar 3 /4 C. milk 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs

“I’m not saying Sue’s house is small,” he would announce in his dead-pan voice. “but when you put the key in the front door, the back door opens.”

When I showed “Man in the Kitchen” Paul Thompson a sneak peek of Scott

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

“Pineapple Surprised,” by Scott McRae, one in a collection on exhibit at the Koth Gallery, Longview Public Library, through May 3. See story, page 17. First Ladies Inaugural Gown exhibit, Caples House Doll Museum. Photo by Erin Hart. See story, page 19

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Sift before measuring the cake flour, then resift with the baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, add the egg yolks and vanilla and mix. Add the milk and flour to the mix, in portions, alternating them. Beat well. Whip the egg whites until still and fold them into the mixture. Using a cup, distribute the batter evenly over the topping and bake in a 375º oven for 25 minutes. Test with a toothpick to make sure it’s done. Shortly after removing the pan from the oven, invert it onto the serving platter. This is a critical moment. It’s hot. It could slip and end up on the floor. Nobody can help. Place the serving platter on top of the pan, hold tightly onto both sides with pot holders and turn it upside down. Let the pan rest over the platter for a few minutes to let all the caramel drip onto the cake. Serve plain or topped with dollops of whipped cream.

as rare and exotic. Over time, it became the visual keystone of feasts, expressing the sense of welcome, good cheer, warmth and affection inherent in gracious home gatherings and has evolved, more broadly, to a symbol of hospitality.

the CRR office. It was fresh out of the oven, warm, moist and delicious! The proofreaders appreciated the gesture and I’m including Paul’s recipe here. This all-occasion “comfort food” might add a delicious and “hospitable” touch to your spring festivities.

The evening before this issue went to the printer, Paul surprised us by delivering a fresh-baked pineapple upside cake to

If you live in a tiny house, cut the recipe in half.

Sue Piper

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In this Issue 4 Letters to the Editor 5 Book Review / Bestsellers List 6 My Slant ~ Trees: Living Symbols 8 Special Events: For Writers and Bicyclists 10 Biz Buzz 11 Miss Manners 12 Kids’ Fishing Opportunities 13 Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter 15 Northwest Gardener: Grow your own lettuce! 16 Man in the Kitchen: From pond to pan 17 Out & About ~ Colors: An Artistic Journey 19 Out & About ~ St. Helens Saturday 20 Portland Art Museum: Venice 21 Bucket List: Imagining Ethiopia 22 Cinco de Mayo: Fight dehydration! 23 Where Do You Read the Reader? 26-27 Outings & Events Calendar / Music Scene 28 Movie Review: “The Great Beauty” and “Divergent” 29 Lower Columbia Informer ~ Home, Sweet (tiny) Home 30 Columbia River Dining Guide 31 Professor Epicurious / Featured Chef 33 Astronomy: Spring is in the sky 34 The Spectator ~ Praying for bike safety Columbia River Reader / April 15 – May 14, 2014 / 3

Letters to the Editor Ride the rails to dine out Congratulations, Columbia River Reader, on celebrating your 10 th birthday! As relatively new imbibers of your publication and residents of Olympia, not Longview, we’d like to take this opportunity to tell you how much we enjoy the CRR and learning about all the things Longview and its surrounding areas have to offer, given that our visits to Longview are too few and too short. We’re always interested in what the Man in the Kitchen is cooking up each month, and every issue makes us want to hop in the car and go try some new eating establishment we’ve seen advertised. In the most recent issue, we reveled in Haiku Fest, and began to think about where we should go on our first train adventure ­— great article... Perhaps we’ll jump on a train to go sample your local eateries, and leave the car at home. Here’s to your next 10 years! Debi & Stan Harris Olympia, Wash. The Harrises received a subscription to CRR as a Christmas gift from friends in Longview. Dr. Munchie, Professor Epicurious and Man in the Kitchen have offered to pick them up at the KelsoLongview train station and take them on a culinary tour around the Columbia River in the CRR bus.

CRR Print Submission Guidelines Letters to the Editor (up to 200 words) are welcome. Longer pieces, or excerpts thereof, in response to previously-published articles, may be printed at the discretion of the publisher and subject to editing and space limitations. Items sent to CRR may be considered for publication unless the writer specifies otherwise. We do not publish letters endorsing candidates or promoting only one side of controversial issues. Name and phone number of writer must be included; anonymous submissions will not be considered. Unsolicited submissions may be considered, provided they are consistent with the publication’s purpose—to help readers “discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region, at home and on the road.” However, advance contact with the editor is recommended. Information of general interest submitted by readers may be used as background or incorporated in future articles. Outings & Events calendar (free listing): Events must be open to the public. The arts, entertainment, educational and recreational opportunities and community cultural events will receive listing priority. See submission details, page 26. Businesses and organizations wishing to promote their particular products or services are invited to purchase advertising.

Haiku winner Thank you so much for hosting the Haiku Fest...well worth walking through the rain to attend, too! That was the most fun I’ve had in years... I am also very grateful for the two Stageworks tickets you gave me! My brother and I look forward to enjoying a riveting stage play in the coming months. Columbia River Reader is a wonderful read, because there is so much information about restaurants and businesses, and interesting things going on in our neck of the woods, and new places to visit, great recipes and quotes. So I want to thank you for your delightful, fun-filled publication, too. Sharon Ashford Longview, Wash. Editor’s note: Ms. Ashford won a pair of tickets at the Haiku Fest party. Maybe we will see her at “9 to 5: The Musical” opening soon. See ad, page 20. Bright spot Ten years — Wow! You have a lot to be proud of! And we have a lot to enjoy with every issue! Thank you for the bright spot we receive each month. P.S. I (Craig) want to be a CRR paper boy when I grow up (and move to Kelso-Longview). Craig and Laury Bartlett Adair Vilage, Ore. Editor’s note: The Bartletts, who receive CRR via the U.S. Postal Service, plan to re-locate to CRR territory to be near family. We will welcome Craig’s help with distribution whenever he is ready. The distribution team (below) is saving a white canvas bag especially for him and say it is not necessary to have grown up to join them. In fact, it helps not to have.

Visitor-friendly, local focus I sat and laughed when I read Suzanne Martinson’s article/comments on “old family” recipes and would they become electronic! My grandmother passed away years ago. However when I was in college, circa ‘65, she sent me a recipe for her “Lemon Cake Pie.” She opened with apologies because she had broken her right arm and was using her left to write down a recipe she thought I would like to have! I know right where to find it in my mess of recipes because I still see that lined notebook paper she carefully wrote on and then I have a sea of envelopes written on along with yellow and aged 3x5 cards. For some odd reason I have no real desire to put them into my computer because where does one file it? Under “G” for Grandma or “L” for lemon or “C” for cake? Thank you for bringing sunshine into my day! Susan Sprice Washington County, Penn. Community Concerts: A gem In spite of it being a sunny Sunday afternoon my wife and I took the opportunity to see the first concert in the just revived Community Concert Series. In conjunction with LCC it was put on in the acoustically delightful Wollenberg Auditorium. What a marvel! We were given a musical tour de force by Pavlo, Randy, George and Gino. This Canadian quartet, playing in what they term “Mediterranean” style, enthralled the lucky concert goers with hand clapping, foot stomping, dance in your seat, dare to sit still musicology from guitar, percussion, bouzouki and bass... this was a performance for all ages. We have a gem here in Longview, folks, and I urge all within the area served by Columbia River Reader to give the Community Concert Series a try. You’ll be glad you did! Stewart Dall Longview, Wash.

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his is probably not going to be the feel-good book of the year.

In 2008, an article appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled, “Are We in the Midst of the Sixth Extinction? A View from the World of Amphibians.” Over the past half billion years, there have been five great extinctions during which “the planet has undergone change so wrenching that the diversity of life has plummeted.” The first great extinction took place during the Ordovician period, about 450 million years ago, when life on this planet was still basically a

The future of Earth: there is good news and bad news Very, very occasionally in the distant past, the planet has undergone change so wrenching that the diversity of life has plummeted. Five of these ancient events were catastrophic enough that they’re put in their own category: the so-called Big Five. In what seems like a fantastic coincidence, but is probably no coincidence at all, the history of these events is recovered just as people come to realize that they are causing another one.

~ From The Sixth Extinction

watery affair. The greatest extinction event happened about 250 million years ago at the end of the Permian period, when life on earth came close to being snuffed out altogether.

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The most recent mass extinction occurred around 60 million years ago in the Cretaceous period, when a huge asteroid struck the earth; the resulting “nuclear winter” killed all large life forms, most notably the dinosaurs. The paper’s authors, David Wake of the University of CaliforniaBerkeley and Vance Vredenburg of San Francisco State argued that, based on the current extinction rate of amphibians around the world, we are now in the midst of an event of similar catastrophic magnitude. This sixth extinction is of particular interest to

humans because (1) unlike the others, we are living during this event, and (2) we are causing it. Elizabeth Kolbert, science writer for The New Yorker and author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe (2006) about the impact of climate change, set out to investigate this idea. She traveled to various parts of the world, witnessing first-hand the loss of our “biodiversity.” The scientific data is staggering: “It is estimated that one-third of all reefbuilding corals, a third of all freshcont page 9

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Trees: Living symbols Story by Gary Meyers • Photos by Perry Piper


uring my recent trip for the very enjoyable Haiku Fest in Longview, I was reminded that early spring is an ideal time to visit the Pacific Northwest. It’s about trees — flowering trees that line the streets and sidewalks, that surround the lakes and ponds, trees that lay their blankets of blown blossoms beneath them. Admire your trees, treasure them, and never take them for granted. Growing up in Longview and observing local timber companies’ stewardship of their timberland, to

me every day seemed like Arbor Day. Washingtonians and Oregonians seem to have a special appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds them. Many of us also recognize that there is nothing more effective to clear the mind and relieve stress than a quiet walk in the woods.

special events such as births and deaths, weddings, anniversaries and love pacts, to name but a few. Special tree project I have taken on a tree-related project of my own to recognize a city in Japan and a friend. My effort is tied to a U.S. State Department-sponsored program, the “Friendship Blossom Dogwood Initiative,” to reciprocate Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees presented to the United States in 1912 as a friendship

School children learn that trees absorb and store carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the environment, thus keeping our planet healthy. Trees also provide food, fuel, paper, medicine, building materials and shade. They are planted as windbreaks

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to anchor the soil, prevent erosion, and protect crops. Cellulose, an important structural component of wood, is found in diverse products such as turpentine, asphalt, paint, detergents, and even chewing gum. Symbolic, living reminders We plant trees not only for their commercial value and to replace harvested stands, but also to mark

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gesture. Planted along the Potomac River, these trees have since become a hugely-popular springtime attraction for Washington, D.C. residents and visitors. The profusion of beautiful pink and white blossoms provides a stunning backdrop to our Nation’s capital. In 2012, on the centennial anniversary of that gift, the United States presented 3,000 flowering dogwood trees to Japan, intended to be distributed to qualifying towns, cities, colleges, and organizations interested in applying for them. The gifted trees would serve “… as a symbolic expression of the strong cross-cultural relationship between the people of Japan and the people of the United States….” From my work in Japan, I knew of one such worthy recipient: the city of Shizuoka, and more specifically, Dr. Hiroya Sugano, a Shizuoka physician whom I had met several years ago at a conference in Tokyo. Their qualification was compelling, their story poignant. I offered to help prepare their application. Dr. Sugano and Shizuoka In June 1945, two B-29 bombers collided over Shizuoka during a US

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bombing raid. Many Japanese were killed in the raid, including the two bomber crews. A citizen of Shizuoka, devout Buddhist Mr. Fukumatsu Itoh, took it upon himself to give the dead airmen a proper burial. He also erected a small memorial in remembrance.

…Poems are made by fools like me but only God can make a tree.

“Trees,” by Joyce Kilmer, 1913

It was wartime and for his act of compassion, Mr. Itoh was roundly condemned by his neighbors. Itoh-san bore the pain silently. Following the war, on the annual anniversary of the tragedy, Mr. Itoh held a private ceremony at the site to remember the victims, both Japanese and Americans. Dr. Sugano became friends with Mr. Itoh. Before Mr. Itoh’s death, Dr. Sugano promised to continue the

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annual commemorations and has done so faithfully, at his own expense with the city’s support, since 1976. The Blackened Canteen Ceremony The annual ceremony is held atop Mt. Shizuhata in Shizuoka City where stone memorials stand in remembrance of the Japanese and American victims. A heat-distorted canteen retrieved from the bomber wreckage and which appears to bear the handprint of its former owner is used to pour bourbon whiskey over the monuments as a gift to the spirits of the fallen. The rite has become known as the “Blackened Canteen Ceremony.” Guests at the commemorations include senior U.S. military and Japanese Self Defense Force personnel, representatives from the US Embassy in Tokyo, other civilian dignitaries, and local citizens. Dr. Sugano and honored guest speakers always emphasize a single theme in their addresses: “Yesterday’s worst enemies, today’s best friends.” This year, hopefully, Dr. Sugano will be able to plant one of the flowering dogwood trees at the memorial site. The tree will stand as a living symbol of the courage of one man, the dedication of another man, and the enduring friendship and reconciliation between our two countries. I would encourage you to think about a special person in your life or perhaps a pet that you could honor by planting a tree. The gesture would have lasting personal impact as well as contributing to the health of our environment. •••

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In fact, Arbor Day was the brainchild of J. Sterling Morton, a pioneer newspaper editor and politician who left his verdant, wooded Michigan in the mid-1800s for the bare plains of Nebraska. That experience presented Morton with a calling and until his death in 1902, he strove to create a general awareness of the importance of trees to the environment and the essential role they play in our daily lives. Arbor Day has always been the traditional day when schoolchildren and civic groups would gather to plant trees. On Arbor Day’s first observance, April 10, 1872, over a million trees were planted in Nebraska. And while each country may have their own name and date for their “greenery” day, this early environmental movement now circles the globe.



Many mistakenly believe that it was the American poet, Joyce Kilmer, who founded Arbor Day after his popular poem, “Trees,” was published in 1913. “I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree…” was the opening line of Kilmer’s poem memorized by generations of schoolchildren in the 1930s and 40s.

Mor ton’s original vision was expressed by his observation; “Other holidays repose upon the past. Arbor Day proposes for the future.”

Longview native Gary Meyers completed careers with the U.S. Marine Corps and Northwest Airlines prior to retiring to Hawaii. He serves as CRR’s Pacific Rim correspondent and visits the mainland often.

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ords will fly as seasoned writers and aspiring writers alike gather at the 6 th Annual Kalama Word Catcher on Saturday, April 26. The event, which celebrates literacy and literature, benefits the Kalama Public Library. Organizers say the annual event is “All about writing. All day.” Local writer Cathy Zimmerman, recently retired from The Daily News, will open Word Catcher with “The X Factor: How Experience Feeds Fiction and Non-Fiction,” starting at 9am.

This year’s event spotlights Jack Hart, author, writing coach and a former managing editor at The Oregonian, and will be the first stop for Hart’s novel, Skookum Summer, hot off the University of Washington Press. He calls Skookum Summer “a novel of the Pacific Northwest.” Hart, who holds a University of Wi s c o n s i n d o c t o r a t e i n m a s s communications, taught at six universities and was a tenured associate professor at the University of Oregon, where he served as the journalism school’s acting dean. At

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Cycling is easier & safer than you may think By Steve Harvey


t’s spring and a great time to “gear up” for bicycling season. The Lower Columbia region offers many cycling opportunities for the casual rider to serious enthusiast. Getting around is easier and safer than many believe, if riders avoid the busier arterials.

comfortable and safely pedaling. They offer tips on riding no matter what level of interest or ability. The Bicycle Alliance of Washington (WABikes. org) acts as a statewide advocate to promote a safer riding environment for all levels of riders in rural to urban settings It is a good source of information for riding in all conditions and situations.

For instance, in Longview and Kelso there are numerous low-traffic options to get to parks, shopping centers, office Bike to Work Week complexes, schools, By Steve Harvey If you’re toying with the medical services and idea of riding to work, school, shopping similar destinations. Once you strike or just recreation and it’s been awhile out to explore quieter streets and since you’ve pedaled, local bike shops neighborhoods, you’ll find many are offering free safety inspections as options that can get you quickly and part of the nationwide program known safely to your destination. as Bike to Work Week, May 12-16. Racks attract A local group is preparing activities Some businesses provide racks to and gathering prizes to encourage secure your bike, but many more participation that week. In Cowlitz are needed. Just the very simple County, Bike to Work Week kicks placement of racks acts as an incentive off Monday, May 12 at the Triangle for folks to ride and shop at that Shopping Center Starbucks at 7–9am business. If some of your favorite for free coffee and treats and concludes destinations don’t have racks, inquire on Friday, May 16, 4:30–6pm with prize of the owner/manager to see if they drawings at Cassava Café, Broadway can be provided. & 14th Avenue in Longview. Visit With our moderate, temperate climate, for more one can ride pretty much year ‘round. information and to register for prizes There’s the adage among regular donated by area businesses. cyclists that there isn’t bad riding See you out there pedaling! weather, only bad gear. The local bike shops have great suggestions and ••• selection of riding clothing, fenders, Steve Harvey, former director of lights and similar gear to keep you the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments, is recently retired. He enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and traveling.

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our practice to Longview and have been here for 11 years. We just have lower fees so more people can get the care they need. Dr. Werner has been working with us for 5 years. Having over 20 years experience as a chiropractor and anatomy professor, he is a great source of knowledge and wisdom for our practice members. Our three wonderful massage therapists, Diane, Kim and Amy, have each been practicing for 9 years. They are trained in Swedish (relaxation), deep tissue and pregnancy-related massages. Our Office Manager, Julianna, and our Chiropractic Assistants, Jill, Chelsea and Debbie, are really great people. Our office is both friendly and warm and we do our best to make you feel at home. We have a wonderful service at an exceptional fee. Our office is called Advantage Chiropractic & Massage, located at 1312 Vandercook Way in Longview. Our phone number is (360) 425-6620. Please call one of our wonderful assistants today to make an appointment. We can help you get well and stay well. See also our Yours in Health, Massage Ad, page 31 Dr. Anik St-Martin P.S. When accompanied by the first, I am also offering a second family member this same examination for only $15. Your time is as valuable to you as ours is to us. That’s why we ask that you take advantage of our offer only if you are truly serious about your health. Federal Law excludes Medicare participants from receiving this discount. Customary fees must be charged. We do bill Medicare and work with Medicare patients every day. Worker’s Compensation claims and Personal Injury claims are excluded from receiving this discount. We do bill Worker’s Compensation and Personal injury claims and work with these patients every day.

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Biz Buzz What’s Happening Around the River Biz Buzz notes news in local business and professional circles. As space allows, we will include news of innovations, improvements, new ventures and significant employee milestones of interest to readers. Please email publisher@ to share the local buzz. Marilyn Young Skogland, a member of the Rotary Club of Kelso of Rotary District 5020, has been recognized by President Obama and humanitarian organization ShelterBox USA with the P r e s i d e n t ’s Marilyn Young Skogland Vo l u n t e e r Service Award for her efforts in 2013 to assist disaster survivors.

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The benefits of partial knee replacement result from replacing only the damaged

tissue, Dr. Kung explained. In a total knee replacement the ACL (a knee ligament) must be cut and therefore patients do not have as much normal motion in the knee. With a partial replacement, however, there is much less pain and rehab involved, since only one compartment in the knee is replaced, as opposed to three. The recovery time from a UKA / partial knee replacement is much quicker, too, Dr. Kung noted. Patients tend to stay in the hospital only one day and many surgeons are even doing them as outpatient procedures. A UKA can be converted in the future to a total knee replacement if needed. This procedure is perfect for the right candidate, Dr. Kung said. “We are targeting the population who are scared to get a total knee, but may benefit from this.” Longview Orthopedic Associates is located at Pacific Surgical Institute, 625 9th Ave., Longview. For more infomation regarding partial knee replacements visit cfm?topic=A00585 Flourish, Estetica to Co-Host Red Tent Evening for Women Flourish Skin & Laser and Estetica Day Spa will co-host a “Red Tent for Women” event at Pacific Surgical Institute from 4:30–7:30pm on Thursday, April 24th. The event is based on the bestselling novel, The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant. A variety of speakers will be on hand, with topics to include “The Importance of Telling Your Story,” “Financial Fitness for Women,” “Yoga for Balance,” “How to Get Your Man to the Doctor,” “Taking Care of Aging Parents,” and “Nutrition from a Naturopath’s Point of View.” “I read The Red Tent about 10 years ago,” said Mary Nielson, of Flourish Skin & Laser. “It helped me realize the power that women have in influencing their own lives, as well as the importance of having support from other women.” Organizers plan to transform the upstairs lobby at PSI into a giant red tent. Cost is $10, with proceeds benefitting a college-bound student from the local area. Roland Wines will be available for tasting. Pacific Surgical Institute is located at 625 9th Avenue. Call 360-430-8431 to RSVP.

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Miss Manners By Judith Martin

Nosy strangers; dinner party boors, gender identity DEAR MISS MANNERS: I fell and hit my head, which left a large bruise (black eye and large scar) on one side of my face. Every time I go out in public, someone asks me what I did to my face. Most of the questioners are total strangers, e.g., store clerks and fellow bus riders. I usually get mad and tell them to mind their own business. Is there any polite but firm way to let these people know they’re out of line? I understand friends asking, but why does a visible injury make me Exhibit A? GENTLE READER: Snarling at people to mind their own business — however justified by their nosiness — would be a good way to convince people that your injuries were the result of your own pugnaciousness. Oddly enough, claiming that, with a cheerful “You should see the others —a nd there were five of them,” would have the opposite effect.

However, Miss Manners does not require you to engage with strangers. A quick dismissal would be, “Thank you, I’m fine,” as if they were good citizens inquiring only to know if you needed help. DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is the protocol when you receive a formal notice of someone buying and living in a new home? GENTLE READER: You are supposed to check your contacts list, get out your address book and change the address you have for that person. Miss Manners can relieve you of the fear that you are obliged to help furnish that residence. DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a political appointee. At a dinner party recently where I was a guest, one of the other guests asked about a controversial policy issue relevant to my agency.

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I wish to say, “Back off, lady,” or “Would you please get your nose out of my business?” But I simply can’t confront people like that, and I know that it would be rude.

GENTLE READER: You didn’t get much help there, did you? Apparently the hosts said nothing, and the guests only sympathized from a safe distance when it was over. Miss Manners guesses that everyone was afraid to invoke the etiquette rule against discussing politics, religion or sex at social functions (except among people who are known to be in agreement or unfailingly polite). They know that someone is bound to ask witheringly, “Well, what are we supposed to talk about? The weather?” No. Too controversial. Climate change is only too likely to provoke an emotional argument.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is a kind and yet firm comment that I can say to the person in line after me at the cash register, who invariably comes and stands next to my elbow while I’m using my credit/debit card?

GENTLE READER: Take back your card and ask the cashier, “Is there any way we can cancel my transaction so this lady can go ahead of me? She appears to be in a hurry, and perhaps it’s important.” Whether your interloper reacts with annoyance or proper embarrassment, Miss Manners assures you she will have taken a step back, during which time you may cancel your request and re-tender your payment. DEAR MISS MANNERS: My daughter gets so upset when strangers call her baby girl a boy because she has very little hair. She is dressed in pink girly clothes. What would be a good response to these people who are oblivious to what she is wearing?

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3–14 years old will be able to catch two fish after completion of their attendance card and will have until approximately 3pm to complete all of the tasks. This free event is sponsored by the Kalama Fire Department.


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Vernonia At Vernonia Pond, May 3, 9am–2pm. Info: Ron Rehn, 503-842-2741, ext. 244.

~Paul Thompson, CRR’s Man in the Kitchen Editor’s note: Read this month’s“ column about his fishing memories and favorite way to cook fish, page 16. Longview The Smiles Dental Kids’ Fish-In is scheduled for April 26 at Martin’s Dock at Lake Sacajawea, with seven sessions starting at 8am. Youth 5–14 years old need to sign up at www.mylongview. com/reconline by April 18. On Friday, April 25, from 4–5:30pm, organizers will allow developmentally disabled individuals to catch two or three trout using equipment provided by Longview Parks & Recreation Department.

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Three generations in the kitchen: Daughter Jessica, granddaughter Lucy, and grandfather Bob (“Ace”) make cornmeal pancakes for breakfast.

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Lucy’s focus, however, has not changed since her family’s last visit in July.

“We’re going to visit for EIGHT days!” says granddaughter Lucy as she bounces off the airport escalator and rushes to hug me and Ace, her Left Coast grandparents.

Three little words: The Secret Garden. Lucy, housebound since Christmas by Midwest blizzards, was ready to run the trails in the patch of green in front of our house.

It wasn’t easy to get my arms around a houseful of kin waiting for the next meal. Lucy will turn 5 the same day in June that her mother, Jessica, turns 35. She got a sister, Alexis, born just before Christmas. With husband Eli, that makes for a lot of appetites. Four little words: three meals a day.

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I never imagined that last year’s chance comment about our “secret garden” would link me to our energetic granddaughter. Hide and seek. Tag. Secret tunnels to the woodshed. She and our dog, Molly, scurried along shady paths in the little copse of trees, past native plants planted by my husband and uninvited blackberry bushes lurking behind a tight veil of rhododendrons.

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All that exercise demanded fuel, and Lucy is as comfortable in the kitchen as her mother was as a child. She hauled out her wooden stool, and she and her grandfather mixed cornmeal pancakes. She broke the eggs; Jessica plucked out the eggshells. Lucy and I baked corn bread the Southern way: in a cast-iron skillet.

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How fresh is your salad? Grow your own lettuce ~ it’s easy


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ettuce? Boring ol’ lettuce? Why would anyone be eager to grow lettuce when we yearn to grow impressive vegetables like tomatoes?! It is too early to think about tomatoes. Mid-May to mid-June is better for those warm season vegetables. Perhaps this is the year to discover the pleasure of growing a crop that snickers at the weather. . . like lettuce! Lettuce is the foundation for green salad year around. Any small corner of a flower bed will do or you can grow them effortlessly in a container or basket even if you have no garden space. Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed? A large selection of lettuces are available from all vegetable seed suppliers. Territorial Seed Company lists 16 lettuce varieties and six lettuce blends. With so many choices, it is hard to decide which to grow. I chose “Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed” because the name made me laugh out loud. I soon discovered this ruffled butterhead lettuce also tastes great and the rosy tips of the leaves are attractive in a fresh green salad (seedlings pictured, below).

Photos, from top: Romaine transplants from seed sown mid-March; Leave the center of the plant to regrow after picking, a technique which works through multiple harvests; Seed blends such as this Paradise Blend give multiple varieties per packet; Buttercrunch lettuce sown the end of January, transplanted the end of March to the garden, harvest began first of May.

the plastic and keep moist until ready to transplant. Use a mild houseplant fertilizer to feed them at this time. Repeat sowings every three weeks to have fresh plants to replenish your crop as you harvest throughout the season. Consider alternating varieties so that there is something different coming along all the time.

Seed can be sown year around I like to sow the first crop around the end of January for planting outside in March. Lightly sprinkle a few seeds on the top of moist soil. Barely conceal the seed with additional soil and then cover with plastic wrap. (If you plan to keep your lettuce in a pot or basket, you can directly sow the seed into this container.) Germinate the seed in a place with good light and moderate heat. When the seed sprouts, remove


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My last sowing is around the first of September. Transplants mature slowly and in late winter are a welcome bit of fresh greens. With an old comforter for protection, these plants did survive the 10 degree winter temperatures. In a sun room or atrium you would be able to grow lettuce to harvest year-round. Lettuce seed will keep for several years if sealed in a plastic bag and kept in the vegetable bin in the refrigerator. Be aware that the germination rate will fall as the seed ages. Sow a little heavier for older seed so you won’t be disappointed.

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cont page 28 Longtime local gardening maven Nancy Chennault and her husband, Jim Chennault, operate The Gardens @ Sandy Bend in Castle Rock. They grow veggies to feed the body and flowers to feed the soul.

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From pond to pan Story by Paul Thompson • Photos by Perry Piper can of worms will do the job, usually. The exception was when I fished the Deschutes River in Oregon.

we floated. it was too dark to see anybody or anything except for an occasional cigarette, across the pond. We could hear voices, talking quietly, but not what they were saying. As the sun rose, people started fishing, breaking the silence with shouts of “Fish on!”

For that annual fishing trip, I would load up on about 10 dozen wobblers (metal lures) of different shades of color. The river was full of snags and we lost a lot of gear over the course of a week.


ong before I developed an interest in girls, I wanted to go fishing. My brother, Chuck, eight years older, went fishing with his friends, but his tagalong little brother — me — wasn’t invited. A discarded fishing rod and primitive reel I claimed as mine went unused. Unused, that is, until a family picnic at Spirit Lake. I was ready to fish, bait on my hook, when my hook caught the transom of a powerboat leaving shore. The boat unspooled the line from my reel until it was all gone and broke off with a loud snap. I prefer fishing fast-moving water — rivers and streams, but it’s fun to watch my bobber dance on top of quiet water before being pulled down and out of sight. I catch more fish with bait than lures. A skein of salmon eggs or Join us for a special event to raise money for our clean water partner. It’s your chance to do something good for yourself and the planet.

I caught fish. Everyone caught fish. We faced the messy chore of cleaning the fish before my Aunt Ellen panfried them for dinner. I felt a sense of pride, bringing dinner home for the family. For many, an important part of the fishing experience is providing food to share with family and friends.

We floated the lower five miles of the Deschutes, usually during the second week of August, at the height of the Perseid meteor showers. We didn’t use tents and just laid our sleeping bags out in the open, hoping rattlesnakes didn’t find us warm and attractive as we counted shooting stars. We caught our limit of two steelhead every day, wading into the river over our waists to keep cool in the hot summer sun.

Recently my friend, Fax Koontz, and I walked from my house to fish Lake Sacajawea. Using the same technique from my childhood experience fishing the Lake, I succeeded in bringing three Rainbow trout (see photo, top left) home for dinner with friends. Fax was skunked.

My most memorable, first fishing trip When I was 9, Uncle Earl took my cousin Bob Knapp, of Chehalis, and me to Opening Day at the Onalaska mill pond. A few weeks after the season opened, the pond would be fished out, thanks to the hordes of fishermen. But Opening Day was full of promise. The State had planted several thousand rainbow trout in the pond, all legal size and a few lunkers to wish for.

Cooking fish My favorite way to cook most fish is pan fried in canola oil or canola with butter, lightly salted and peppered. Sometimes I will dip the fish in flour, then in egg, and then in flour (again) or Panko. Coating doesn’t stick if the fish are wet. You have to get them dry and the first flouring helps serve this purpose. For pan frying I use my trusty cast iron skillet. To get some sizzle going, the heat should be on the high side of medium. Avoid burning the oil or butter as you pan fry the fish to golden brown perfection.

We slid the rowboat out of the back of the pickup and into the pond in the dark. As

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Presentation matters As delicious as it is, fish can be bland in appearance so adding some visual interest helps. I am a light garnisher. I should garnish more. My usual is a slice of lemon with, perhaps, a sprig of parsley. But let’s get more adventurous! How about sprigs of fresh baby dill or oregano, grilled fruits, salsa, chutney, grape tomatoes, hot peppers, mushrooms, olives or garlic? Garnish is more than a visual treat — it can add a final layer of flavor to the dish, too. ••• Following a teaching career at Wright College, Chicago, Paul Thompson moved back to his hometown of Longview in May 2012.


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cott McRae fell in love at age 9. It was during a painting class his mother let him take.

matted and framed. A rotating selection is exhibited at Broadway Gallery, where he is a member.

“I think I loved the smell of turpentine,” he recalled. “And painting was something I could do that was different from what anybody else in my family could do.”

A collection of 23 new paintings, “Colors: An Artistic Journey,” is currently showing at the Koth Gallery through May 3 (see sidebar), including those shown here and “Pineapple Surprised,” featured on the cover.

The fourth of five siblings born to retired physician Larry McRae and pianist Carol McRae, Scott took to art and built a life around it.

For McRae, art calls upon a combination of instinct and training. He describes his style as “abstractism, where there is realistic imagery with freedom.”

“I felt it was my niche.”

“I just want to illustrate that there’s life in everything. There’s life in benches, there’s life in tables, there’s life in rocks, and in trees and plants.” He most often paints flowers, trees, still lifes and landscapes.

Since then, McRae, 48, has enjoyed an artist’s life, to be sure. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Linfield College and teaches drawing and painting classes at Longview’s Broadway Gallery.

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In his classes, he enjoys watching students “think for themselves,” and “develop their own style.” When the subject matter is of special interest to the novice painter, he said, “they often blossom.” McRae has exhibited his works — watercolors, acrylics, pencil drawings and pastels — in countless shows around the region over the years.

Three of Scott McRae’s latest paintings, from top: Garden Flowers; Saturday Fruit; Sara’s Apples.

Most of his paintings measure about 16” x 20” and sell for $250 – $500,

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McRae doesn’t have trouble parting with his paintings when they sell. “It’s not that I don’t care about my paintings,” he said, “but knowing someone else’s life will be enriched as they enjoy the painting over the years helps me let it go. “ “That,” he added, chuckling, “and the check.” ••• Longview artist Scott McRae.

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Mother-daughters adventure offers slices of the good life


here are Mother’s Day traditions: the flowers, the brunches, the cards. If you’ve done that every year in your memory, perhaps this is the year to (borrow a phrase from my Grandma) “blow the stink off” with a short road trip. A little shopping, some sightseeing and comfort food – these are the things Moms can appreciate. The city of St. Helens, Oregon, offers all the amenities for a fun day trip, including the historically interesting Caples House Museum we toured in nearby Columbia City. Having traveled to the Northwest along the Oregon trail as a boy, Dr. Charles Caples built the home in 1870 and thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution who now own and operate the estate, it remains largely unchanged by time. Dr. Caples’ daughter willed the house to the D.A.R. upon her death in the 1950s, having lived there for nearly all of her 99 years. Included in the bequest was most of the home’s original furniture, complete with turnof-the-century artifacts from her brother’s mineral expeditions to Alaska and her father’s medical equipment. Of course, no Victorian era parlor would be complete without the glass-encased wreath made from human hair, which was especially interesting to my daughters.

Clockwise from top: Scarlet and Ruby Hart in the apple orchard; the Columbia River view from Caples House, choosing chocolates at Bertucci’s, lunch at Sunshine Pizza, Jilly’s Beverly Hills Shopping in Olde Town St. Helens.

IF YOU GO Wandering the landscaped grounds and admiring the Columbia River view is as enjoyable as the guided tour. The orchard of impressively pruned and maintained 140-year-old apple trees was planted by Dr. Caples himself. The caretaker informed us that they still bear fruit in large quantities. Small outbuildings contain the more kitschy and random collections reflective of the D.A.R. membership, including a small doll museum inspired by one of the dolls found in attic of the house. Since they’re accustomed to school tours, this area had quite a few hands-on toys (including a table set for tea) that my daughters enjoyed. Upstairs, I was impressed by the collection of Presidential first lady dolls featuring hand-sewn inauguration gowns. Who would’ve thought to make miniature replicas of all these dresses, from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama? This is surely not expected at a country doctor’s house. After your immersion in history, traveling a little further down Highway 30 will take you to eclectic downtown St. Helens.

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Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto, The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day, c. 1745, Oil on canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art, The William L. Elkins Collection, Photo The Philadelphia Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY

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met someone from 16th Century Venice the other day. Well, almost — at least I felt that way after viewing Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music at the Portland Art Museum. Beyond the walls of the museum, the glass cases, or the current day onlookers and museum guards, this show takes you to Venice and introduces its people centuries ago.

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My instant connection with these people began when I viewed a painting named “View from the Heart of Venice.” Here, the figures are almost dancing, showing that they are very comfortable and in a strong possession of the street and buildings around them. The museum’s showmanship helps the viewer feel they really know Venice and its people by placing three-dimensional artifacts so close to the paintings you almost bump into them. Music of the time plays constantly in the background, adding to the festivity of the moment. Giovanni Busi, called Cariani, The Lute Player, c. 1515, Oil on canvas, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg, Photo: M. Bertola

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people of that century. The art is extremely detailed. In each picture there is strong movement full of life. The artists faced the challenge of documenting the times, along with being expressive.

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These meticulous artworks helped me to connect with the Venetians because what they were wearing and the surroundings made such a strong connection to the real life objects in room. This is true with a set of pictures called “Procession of the Doge.” Because this work is about 15 feet long, it includes you as part of that procession as you walk along beside it. It is important to know what the Doge is because so much of the exhibit hinges on this appointed official. The Doge was the head of state and served in that position for life and many events and rituals revolved around him. cont page 33

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hen I was a kid, Ethiopian stamps depicting the emperors of Abyssinia, the account of Captain Richard Burton’s 1854 visit to the forbidden city of Harar disguised as a Muslim, and National Geographic articles picturing half naked women with four-inch lip or ear discs inspired my adolescent

imagination. As an adult, Ethiopia remained evocative of the exotic, remoteness and danger, or at least hard travelling. It was my South Pole or Everest. This January I took the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia—a week getting there and back, three weeks with an adventure tour group from Canada and a week on my own to retrace Burton’s visit to Harar. The trip gave me the opportunity to see many of Ethiopia’s sites: the castles of Gonder, the world’s largest obelisk in the 2,000-year-old city of Axum, the Simian Mountains and Rift Valley, and the tribes of the Omo River, lip discs and all. These made for terrific

photo opps while satisfying my adventure craving. However, I was surprised to find that what interested me most, and what was most colorful and provocative, was Ethiopia’s unique brand of Christianity, and especially the festival of Timkat. Unique “brand” of Christianity Ethiopians believe their ruler, the Queen of Sheba, visited King Solomon in Jerusalem 3,000 years ago. The two had a son, Menelik I, who grew up with his mother, but returned as an adult to visit his dad. Menelik was not popular in Israel. He skipped town one night, stealing the Ark of the Covenant and leaving a copy in its place. cont page 24 CRR from time to time features “Bucket List” accounts by readers, such as this one by Longview resident Dr. Tom Pence. A a retired nephrologist, he enjoys travel, gardening and collecting rocks. Of his recent long-awaited visit to Ethiopia, he said, “It was so incredibly picturesque!”

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n a trip to Mazatlan, Mexico, I participated in a cooking class at the Costa de Oro Beach Hotel given by my friend, Annabella (on the left in the photo above with Sandy Carl). A hardworking lady with two grown children, she’a s treasure trove of recipes delivered with warmth and happiness. The class was conducted outside near the pool area and the day was perfect. Annabella began by giving us a quick lesson in blended Margaritas, so there would be refreshments while we cooked. Needless to say, the blender was busy during the entire class. This is the base recipe for the lovely lime concoction and can be made into any flavor you like with the addition of different fruits...bananas, mangos, strawberries — your choice!

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(32 million) of Ethiopians belong to their Orthodox church (34% are Muslim, 19% Protestant and 2% Animist), and most live either in Addis, Ababa or the northern highlands.

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He brought the Ark back to Ethiopia where it has remained and now is kept in a chapel in the city of Axum. Every Ethiopian Orthodox church has an inner sanctum where a copy of the Ark or the tablets it contained are kept and these may only be seen by priests except on four occasions each year when the Arks are publicly displayed. Divergent view Ethiopian veneration of the Ark is one feature that distinguishes their Christianity. Additionally, the ancient rulers of Ethiopia practiced Judaism and aspects of that religion — male circumcision, dietary and food preparation restrictions, separation of the sexes in church — are retained in Ethiopia’s Christianity. As well, Coptic and Ethiopian, Syrian and Armenian Orthodox churches share

High celebration My tour group travelled to Lalibela, a town of 8,500 located at an elevation over 8,000 feet, to see its 900-yearold monolithic churches and the festival of Timkat on January 18-19 (a celebration of both the Epiphany and, more importantly for Ethiopians, Christ’s baptism in the Jordan). We travelled through the highlands in cont page 25

a common and divergent view of the nature of Christ that has separated them from the Roman Catholic and other Orthodox churches since the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451.

Scenes from the lively and spirited festival of Timkat in Lalibela, Ethiopia, which Dr. Pence describes as “infectiously joyous.”

Christianity was brought to Ethiopia shortly after Christ’s death (Acts 8:2638), and was adopted as the national religion in A.D. 330 — 50 years before the Roman Empire. Today, 44%


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Land Cruisers sometimes on asphalt, more often on dirt roads and sometimes at 135 kph (90 mph). We joined about 500 other tourists and thousands from the locality on the dirt road above the historic churches, where we met a procession of parishioners dressed in white and priests in Joseph’s coat vestments supporting between them the Arks, covered with kaleidoscopic draperies and sheltered under equally colorful parasols (see photo, page 21). I joined the procession, where the congregants helped me to get the best pictures and move about the different groups in the parade. The priests and deacons, if not otherwise burdened, carried staffs crowned with processional crosses of bronze or base metal and shook brass rattles (sistrums); some beat drums that are a regular feature of Ethiopian church music and a few blew brass horns suggestive of shofars. There were groups of women of every age with a leader singing calls and the group responding and periodically making ululations. Young men in modern dress and carrying 6-foot


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Infectiously joyous Families of several generations walked together, with most of the grandparents using staffs with props like crutches. The mood was infectiously joyous. Parading along the dirt road we raised a dust cloud that diffused the high mountain sunlight and helped create a golden air. As we passed through town, people, priests and Arks from other parishes joined with us and our river swelled with noise, color and emotion. The procession ended at a riverside, where the priests formed an open square in front of the Arks. People helped me move to the front for pictures. Sated, I went to my hotel where I heard singing and chanting throughout the night. Before sunrise a baptismal ceremony began and in the afternoon the Arks began their procession back to the churches. Sincere and stirring I joined the procession, but as we reached the stone cut churches, perhaps 100 priests stopped and formed a square. Three priests drummed in the center while those along the periphery shook their rattles and swayed sideto-side, singing hallelujah. The tone would rise and fall to the swaying and periodically the priests would stop, bow and sing amen. At each amen the crowd would ululate and cheer. This was repeated for a half hour before the Arks and the crowd dispersed.

resource for much of the cast and crew during filming in St. Helens is and still an enjoyable stop for “Twi-hards.” It’s full of sparkly things and fancy clothes, appealing to the inner teenager in all of us. Further wandering around 1st street will reveal multiple antique and secondhand stores, including the charming “Grace’s Riverfront Antiques.” It seems there are multiple projects happening in buildings around the riverfront area, so I hope there’s more in store for downtown St. Helens. The Columbia View Park along the waterfront features a small park and excellent moorings if you’re lucky enough to travel to St. Helens via pleasure boat.

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We had a great lunch at familyfriendly Sunshine Pizza, which is a local institution. The girls loved the complementary breadsticks brought to our table before pizza, and they’ve got an impressive salad bar. A little closer to downtown is the Klondike, located in a great old hotel building, which offers burgers, steaks and seafood. Buy your mom a present at one of the charming little shops located on Columbia Boulevard. My daughter and I were in love with the scarves and soaps at beautiful “Bella Maison,” a shop featuring non-stop home décor eye-candy. My girls loved our stop at Bertucci’s Candy Shop, coming out with old-fashioned chocolate rocks and honey sticks. (I won the “best mom award” for that stop.)

Religions come in many flavors and colors, but also share common themes. The idea of praising God approaches universality. “Hallelujah” requires no translation. However, I have never seen or heard a more sincere or stirring expression than at Timkat in Lalibela.

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Broderick Gallery Artists reception 5–8 pm 1416 Commerce McThread’s Reception 5 – 7pm. “Reversible” wearable art exhibit 1206 Broadway • 360-261-2373 Koth Gallery Longview Public Library Open until 8 pm 1600 Louisiana Street

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Longview Outdoor Gallery 1200-1300 blocks, Commerce Ave. Free lighted, guided sculpture tour by LOG board member, 6pm. Meet at Broadway Gallery.

Cassava 1333 Broadway, Longview 360-425-7700 Live music first Friday. Check Facebook.

Cowlitz County Historical Museum The Shay Locomotive, presented by Jeff Wilson. 7 pm. 405 Allen St, Kelso, Wash.

Flowers ‘n’ Fluff 45 E. Col River Hwy, Clatskanie, Ore. 503-728-4222 Live Music Friday evenings Goble Tavern 70255 Col. River Hwy, Rainier 503-556-4090 • The Mansion 420 Rutherglen Rd, Longview 360-425-5816. Wed 5-7 pm Winetasting Buffet $20 Porky’s Public House 561 Industrial Way, Longview 360-636-1616

HOW TO PUBLICIZE YOUR EVENTS IN CRR List your non-commercial community event’s basic info (name of event, sponsor, date & time, location, brief description and contact info) and email to: Or mail or hand-deliver to: Columbia River Reader 1333-14th Avenue Longview, WA 98632 M-W-F • 11–3 or use mail slot

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McThread’s Wear able Ar t April: “Reversible,” featuring Heather Phillips, Linda McCord. May: June Trusty, all new jewelry. Shop hours: Tues–Wed 11–5, Thurs 11–7. 1206 Broadway, Longview, Wash. Info: 360-261-2373. Tsuga Gallery Fine arts and crafts by more than 30 area artists. Info: 360-795-0725 or visit Open Thurs-Sat, 11-5. Sun, noon-4pm. 70 Main Street, Cathlamet, Wash. First Thursday Downtown Longview May 1. See listings,at left. First Friday Downtown Longview Live music at Cassava (see music listing at left, this page). Koth Gallery “Colors: An Artistic Journey,” by Scott McRae (paintings) through May 3; May 5–31 Longview History. Mon, Tues, Thurs 10–8, Wed 10–5, Fri 10–6, Sat 12–5. Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana, Longview, Wash. 360-442-5300. 2nd Annual Spring Artisan Faire Fri, May 9, 9am-4pm. Artisan Guild of Mt. St. Helens. Stained glass, photography, jewelry, fused glass, metal art. Cassava’s Fusion Café, 14th & Broadway, Longview, Wash. Info info: or call Kevlyn at 360-431-9802. .

LCC Gallery at the Rose Center Through May 1: Mark Stevenson, sculptor. Gallery hours: Mon-Tues 10-6, Wed-Thurs 10-4. Lower Columbia College, 15th & Washington Way, Longview, Wash. 360-442-2510. Spring Concert/Young Artist Southwest Washington Symphony Tues, Apr 15, 7:30pm. Wollenberg Auditorium, LCC Rose Center for the Arts, 1600 Maple St., Longview, Wash. Tickets $20 adults, $5 students. Tickets at the door, Columbia Theatre Box Office or online at See ad, page 27. Arlo Guthrie – Here Come the Kid(s) Thurs Apr 17, 7:30pm. Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview, Wash. Tickets $36.50$46.50. Kelso Kiwanis Got Talent? Sun., Apr 27, 3pm. Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview, Wash. Entry fee $25., admission $10. Info: 360-575-8499. Jesse Lynch Jazz 101 Fri May 2, 7:30pm. Rose Center for the Performing Arts, 1600 Maple St., Longview, Wash. Longview-Kelso Community Concert Assn. Tickets $25, $10 for students. Info: or call 360-636-2211. See ad, page 21. Children of the Raven Sun., May 4, 2pm. Oregon Coast Children’s Theater. Fibre Federal CU Rainey Month Series. Free carnival at 1pm prior to performance. 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview, Wash. Tickets: $5-$25. Pendulum Aerial Arts - High Art Sat May 10, 7:30pm. An elegant fusion of dance, music, storytelling, circus arts and rich theatrical design. Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview, Wash. Tickets: $31.50-$41.50 Cabaret 2014: Shaken with a Twist of Sublime May 15-17, 2pm and 7:30pm. Local singers, dancers and performers. All proceeds benefit charitable causes Tickets $15.-$25. Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview, Wash. Co-sponsored by Longview Pioneer Lions and CTPA. LCC Choir Concert Fri., May 16, 7:30pm. Rose Center for the Arts, Lower Columbia College, 1600 M a p l e S t . , L o n g v i e w, Wash. Tickets at LCC Bookstore or at the door. $8 general admission, $7 seniors, 16 and under free.

Outings & Events

Recreation, Outdoors, Gardening Pets, Self-Help, History Castle Rock Exhibit Hall Old-time logging displays, Mt St Helens exhibits and North Cowlitz County memorabilia. 10am–2pm, Wed–Sat. 47 Front Ave NW, Castle Rock, Wash. Info: 360-274-6603. River Life Interpretive Center in Redmen Hall. Open noon–4pm, Thurs–Sun. 1394 West SR4, Skamokawa, Wash. Info: 360795-3007. Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum Extensive logging, fishing and cultural displays. Open 1–4pm, Thurs– Sun. 65 River Street, Cathlamet, Wash. Info: 360-795-3954. Cowlitz County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale Sat, May 10, 9–3. Cowlitz County Fairgrounds, Floral Bldg. Herbs and vegetables of all kinds for getting a garden off to a healthy start. Info: WSU-Cowlitz County Extension, 360-577-3014. Native Plants: Art Anecdotes and Advocacy Sunday, May 18, 1pm. “In Their Footsteps” free speaker series. Lewis & Clark National Park Association and Fort Clatsop. Netul Room in the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. Free. Info: 503861-2471. Spring Break Family Kite Fun Make a kite, family treasure hunt and several kite movies. Mar 22-Apr 20, Fri-Tues 11am-4pm. 303 Sid Snyder Dr, Long Beach, Wash. Call 800-4512542 or visit for info. Woodland Tulip Festival April 12–13, 19–20, 10am–4 pm. Outdoor artisan and farmers’ market, children’s activities, show field and display garden, gift shop, bulbs and flowers available for sale. Free admission & parking. 1066 S Pekin Rd, Woodland, Wash. 360-225-2512. Lilac Days at Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens April 19-May 11, 10–4. Lilac Sales, Hulda’s Farmhouse and the Gift Shop are only open during Lilac Days. $3 entry fee, children under 12 free. 115 S Pekin Rd, Woodland, Wash. Long Beach Razor Clam Festival Apr 19–20. Free digging lessons, 8am Sat, 9am Sun. Entertainment 11am–5pm Sat, Chowder Tasting 11am–1pm Sat, Clam Fritter Cookout 3pm Sat. Info: The Shay Locomotive, presented by Jeff Wilson. Thurs, May 1, 7pm. Current special exhibit: Badges, Bandits and Booze, a History of Law Enforcement in Cowlitz County. Tues-Sat 10am–4 pm. Cowlitz County Historical Museum. 405 Allen St, Kelso, Wash. Tech 101: Love your devices! Free beginner level class on Mac and Android smart phones, tablets, etc. Fri., April 25, 10-11:30am, Longview. Limited space. Pre-registration required. Presented by Perry Piper. Info/registration: 360-2700608.

Castle Rock Craft Bazaar Fri Apr 25, 9am–4pm, Sat Apr 26, 9am-2pm. Handcrafted items, craft supplies, bake sale. 147 Front Ave, Castle Rock, Wash. Pomeroy House Country Life Fair / Herb and Plant Sale Apr 26-27, 10–5. Handson children’s activities, ie learning about farm animals, planting seeds, making corn husk dolls, hayrides. Admission free. Donations accepted for educational programs. 20902 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt, Wash. Info: 360-686-3537. Ash Kicker Adventure Run May 17, 9am. Toutle River RV Resort, Castle Rock, Wash. 5k adventure run. Prizes music, beer, custom BBQ. Benefits local charitable activities. Register at ashkicker. org. Managed by Bigfoot Community Events. Info: 360-751-2100. Spring Cleaning/Garage Sale Sat., May 17, 9–4. Rose Valley Grange,1520 Rose Valley Road. Held by Boosters for the Kelso Class of 2018. 400+ families/school participants. Coweeman and Huntington students also selling beverages. Tall Tales and Persuasive Speaking Contest Tuesday, May 6, 5 pm Wollenberg Auditorium, LCC’s Rose Center for the Performing Arts. 1600 Maple St., Longview, Wash. Info: 360-431-5332.

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Farmer’s Daughter

Coco’s Play-All-Day Supper

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of purple violas. A perpetual motion machine, she never seemed short of breath, “Come on, Coco, let’s go to The Secret Garden,” she’d say many times a day. Once I’d caught my breath, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse. On our family’s infrequent gettogethers, our thoughtful daughter dresses the grandchildren in clothing we have sent and lugs gift books and toys, too. Annie and Holly, Lucy’s favorite dolls, were handmade by the same Longview seamstress who made her mother’s, and they showed up, too. Organization central Jessica and Eli, so recently the parents of two, are organized. Southwest Airlines gave Daddy, Mommy and Lucy two checked bags each. Carry-ons included Lucy’s wheelie suitcase that lighted up in concert with her shoes. Stroller, two car seats, backpacks. Hannibal had not been that wellequipped to cross the Alps. All our family needed were his elephants to tote their electronics. Diapers were purchased on this end. Alexis is nursing, and the baby carried on a repertoire of smiles, suitable for cooing in Boppa’s lap. Dumplings, anyone? Favorite foods made the menu. One late supper was an adaptation of the meat, potatoes, carrots and dumplings we used to devour after Jessica’s band practices years ago. Another was Snickerdoodles, which I baked the Sunday they arrived. When I handed a cookie to Lucy, I discovered how much things have changed. “That is not a healthful snack,” she said. She used the proper adjective. People are healthy, food is healthful. I was impressed.

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In a serendipitous stop at the meat case at Cascade Market in Castle Rock, we discovered something we’d never noticed before -- a package of pork tenderloin butts, which looked similar to beef filets and were just as tender. 1 large onion Pork tenderloin butts (our package had 6) 5 Yellow Gold potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks 6 or more carrots (we prefer organic, as they seem to taste better), peeled and quartered Chicken broth to cover Seasonings to taste Spritz slow cooker with vegetable spray. Peel and slice the onion (we like Walla Walla, or another sweet onion) and layer in bottom of pot. Place the tenderloin pieces in a circle, centering one in the middle. (We dusted the meat with fajita seasoning.) Arrange potatoes on top, Place carrot sticks on potatoes. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour in enough broth to barely cover vegetables. Cover pot. Start cooking on HIGH. No peeking. After an hour or so, if you plan to be out and about for the day, set on LOW, The meal is done when the potatoes are cut easily with a fork.

~ Suzanne Martinson

Providing three meals a day — plus snack attacks — didn’t really hit me until they arrived (at 9:30pm) hungry. I’d laid by some Kraft Mac and Cheese — also the title of a wonderful I Can Read Book I had purchased in Longview and mailed to Michigan. (Lucy read it to me.) Children can be persnickety when it comes to food. Lucy now preferred shells, not noodles, in her mac ‘n’ cheese. Her favorite food — broccoli — was not to be steamed, but served green and raw to dip in ranch dressing. We still share a love of milk. We all drank skim, with the exception of Alexis and Eli. He requested Almond Milk, which dares label itself a milk. (I grew up on a dairy farm.) Unlike Coco with a mouthful of sweet teeth, Lucy snacks on bananas and grapes. She might have enjoyed the fruit-juice Popsicles in the garage freezer had I not forgotten about them. Then it hit me. Jessica is a better mother than I — the food editor — ever was. I’m hoping it’s not what we cook, but who we are that matters. ••• Now retired, Suzanne Martinson lives in Lexington, outside Kelso city limits, where The Secret Garden took root.

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Movie Reviews


“The Great Beauty” and “Divergent” I

n “The Great Beauty,” the Oscar winner for 2013 Best Foreign Film, Paolo Sorrentino —director of “This Must Be the Place” with Sean Penn — shows us a Rome that his 65-yearold reporter, Jep Gambardella (played by Toni Servillo), knows A tired Ramona, Sabrina Ferilli, dances with Jep (Toni Servillo) in Pablo very well. He Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty.”Photo: Janus Films knows the players, the playmates, the entities It is a memorable film, not for any that make it Rome and not a hick one thing, or any one sequence, but town. as much for the ancient art in the If Federico Fellini had made a film with a 65-year-old Marcello Mastroianni, this might have been the film he made. The film is a bit raw in evaluating interpersonal relationships and yet forgiving. It focuses on the end-of-life rather than the midst of it, such as Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” In “La grande bellezza” (the Italian title), we see all aspects of Roman society—the high life, the low life. We see it all through the perspective of Jep, not a burnout, but rather a knowledgeable journalist. He can appreciate the many beautiful things and people of Rome. And he is still learning who he is and what he was. Dr. Bob Blackwood is CRR’s regular movie reviewer. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

background as for the young, middleaged and older Romans who enliven the foreground. We remember Jep as not a writer but rather as a camera, one who sees it all and helps us to remember. Try to see the film on a movie screen if it is still available; consider renting or buying it if it is not.

By Dr. Bob Blackwood

as opposed to $36 million for “Twilight” and $67 million for “Hunger Games.” That places it third in the YA market, a good place to be now as opposed to other YA films. What makes it a YA film? The star, Shailene Woodley as Tris, is an attractive young woman, actually 22. Her special someone (don’t expect any explicit sex), her trainer, Four (Theo James), is 29 and looks like a Greek god. In their society, everyone must fit into one of five factions: Erudite (intelligence), Abnegation (selflessness—the faction which governs now), Amity (peacefulness), Candor (honesty), and Dauntless (bravery). After her virtual-reality test shows she could fit into several categories, Tris from Abnegation makes her adult life-choice and joins Dauntless. Tris’ divergence creates enmity with the power-hungry Erudites, led by Janine (Kate Winslet). When threatened, Tris resorts to violence. Will you like “Divergent”? A lot of people like flashing knives and smoking guns.

••• f you liked the “Twilight” series and the “Hunger Games” films, you may appreciate “Divergent” by Neil Burger, director of “The Illusionist” with Edward Norton. “Divergent” is based on Veronica Roth’s young-adult novel. Opening night for “Divergent” brought Tris (Shailene Woodley) scores a coup in her training and is honored in almost $23 million by her fellow trainees in Neil Burger’s “Divergent.” Photo: Summit



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that 6 to 8 inches apart prevents weeds from germinating. I can then harvest every other lettuce as the plants mature. Care Keep plants well watered and watch for slugs. Be sure to use slug bait that is registered for use in vegetable gardens. However, young slugs are not likely to feed on slug bait. Fortunately they do not leave a slime trail, nor do they eat very much. Picking them off is simple on a misty morning and they wash easily down the drain when rinsing your lettuce as you prepare your salad. Be thorough because some folks are less than thrilled to find a “gatecrasher” on their dinner plate. Good enough to eat! You can begin to harvest the outer leaves of your lettuce when you see leaves the size you would like in a salad. Popular gourmet “baby greens” are available year around at supermarkets and they have gained popularity recently. You will soon have these tender leaves right outside your door for convenient picking on a daily basis! The center of the plant will continue to grow. With a twist and pull, you can snap the heart of the lettuce out without disturbing the core. The center will then continue to grow and the lettuce will recover to be harvested once again. Baskets and containers can be trimmed with scissors at any age. These “cut and come again” methods assure harvest of tender greens for several weeks. Eventually the plants will become woody and stressed. They will bolt and go to seed. Compost these and replace with the next crop you have coming along. Lovely leafy greens Lettuce with every lunch and dinner will give you multiple opportunities to consume five to six servings of tasty “leafy greens” a day. Growing your own lettuce is easy, rewarding and tasty and it’s good for you! •••

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The tiny home movement’s numbers alone are shocking, since many cities consider the smallest legal home to be 900 sq. ft. Tiny homes start at around 120 sq. ft. and move up in increments to 300 sq.ft. and up to 800 sq.ft. at their largest, or the “mansion” level. How could a single person, 261 sq.ft. “Loring,” let alone a family with children, force themselves to live in such a a nightmare for many families with compact space? Well. their reasons teenagers to think about, but it forces are many, including financial, family you to become closer and to bond. values, sustainability and mobility. You’ll know when someone is heated, but you’ll learn to work with each Stress-free finances individual in the group a whole lot Obviously, going for a 300 sq. ft. house better. Plus, smaller spaces discourage will be significantly cheaper than the collecting massive collections of junk usual 2,500 sq. ft. American starter we Americans love so much. You home. Building your own, via a class can join the “100 Items Club” and taught by Tumbleweed Houses, for hopefully relieve stress, living in a example, provides your new home for clutter-free home. about $23,000 whereas buying one pre-built is about $60,000. So it’s no Colorful, modern homes surprise that many owners, around Some tiny home people have managed 65%, have zero credit card debt, 55% to build their homes for as little as have a median $11,000 in savings $10,000 because they used salvaged and 68% of tiny homeowners have no or recycled components. Imagine mortgage, either! that instead of waiting 10 minutes Most American parents love telling to heat up the McMansion — a their kids to “go to your room” after nickname tiny home people give to a bad deed. Having a huge house, or


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Flowers ‘n’ Fluff Coffee Shop 45 E. Columbia River Hwy Wine Tasting, Dinner & Live Music Fridays 5:30–8:30pm. Unforgettable scones, On-the-go breakfast & lunch. Coffee Shop M-F 5:30am–6:30pm; Sat 7am–6pm; Sun 8am–6pm. 503-728-4222

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

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. 503-543-3017


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Evergreen Pub & Café 115-117 East 1st Street Burgers, halibut, prime rib, full bar. 503556-9935 See ad, page 7. Goble Tavern 70255 Columbia River Hwy. (Milepost 31, Hwy. 30) Food, beer & wine + full bar, Live music. 503-556-4090 See ad page 7.

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

Luigi’s Pizza 117 East 1st Street, Rainier 503-556-4213 Pizza, spaghetti, burgers, beer & wine. See ad, page 7.


Alston Pub & Grub

25196 Alston Rd., Rainier 503-556-4213 11 beers on tsp, cocktails. Open daily 11am. 503-556-9753 See ad, page 7. 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

El Tapatio 117 West “A” Street, Rainier Authentic Jalisco cuisine from scratch. Full bar. Karaoke Fri & Sat 9pm–2am Riverview dining. Sun-Thurs 11am–10pm; Fri-Sat 11–11, Bar til 2am. Karaoke. 503-556-8323.

New Chinese Garden Restaurant 228 W. “B” St, Rainier (Hwy 30). Chinese and American food. Cantonese, Mandarin. Beer & wine. Make your own combo every day. Open 7 days 11–9. 503-556-4027 See ad, page 7.

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 28.

JT’s 1203 14th Ave, Longview Fine dining, Happy Hour. Full bar. Specials, fresh NW cuisine. 360-5770717. See ad page 20.

Mary’s Burger & A Shake

4503 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. Gourmet burgers, hot dogs & more. Prices range from $7.50–12.50. Home of the Mountain Burger. M-Th 10:30–7, Fri -Sat 10:30–8, Sun 10:30–6. 360-425-1637. See ad, page 31.

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

Morenita Tacos

1045 - 14th Ave. Dine in or take out. All fresh ingredients. Tortas and green sauce are our specialties. Mon-Sat 11:30am–9pm; Sun 11:30am–6pm.. 60-425-1838.

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M-Tues 11–4, W-Sat 11–5 1338 Commerce Ave., 360-577-5658 Serving Mediterranean fare for lunch and local farm fresh food for dinner. Reservations recommended for dinner. See ad, page 4


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

Country Folks Deli 1329 Commerce Ave., Longview. Opens at 10 for lunch. 360-425-2837

The Bistro

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1329 Commerce Ave., Longview (alley entrance). Fine dining, happy hour specials. wine tastings. Tues-Sat opens 5pm. See ad page 18.

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Porky’s Public House 561 Industrial Way, Longview Slow-roasted prime rib Fri & Sat, flat iron steaks, 1/3-lb burgers, fish & chips. 28 draft beers. Full bar. See ad, page 18. 360-636-1616

Rutherglen Mansion 420 Rutherglen Rd. (off Ocean Beach Hwy. at 38th Ave.), Longview Open for dinner Tues – Sat, Wednesday wine tasting, Sunday brunch. Full bar. 360-425-5816. See ad page 9.

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St. Helens Sunshine Pizza & Catering 2124 Columbia Blvd. Hot pizza, cool salad bar. Beer & wine. See ad, page 11. 503-397-3211


2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens Mon–Fri 9–5; Sat 10–4. Breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches, espresso, chocolates. See ad, page 11. El Tapatio 2105 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens Authentic Jalisco cuisine from scratch. Full bar. Karaoke Fri & Sat 9pm–2am Sun-Thurs 11am–10pm; Fri-Sat 11–11, Bar til 2am 503-556-8323

Scappoose Fultano’s Pizza 51511 SE 2nd. Family style with unique pizza offerings, hot grill items & more! “Best pizza around!” M–Th, Sat11am–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


Fire Mountain Grill at Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center. 15000 Spirit Lake Hwy Burgers, sandwiches, beer & wine .360-274-5217. See ad, page 9.


Links on the Corner

4858 West Side Hwy 5am–8pm, 7 days Fresh soup daily. Burgers, deli, chicken,clam chowder on Fridays breakfast, pizza. Daily lunch & dinner specials. 360-274-8262 Parker’s Restaurant & Brewery 1300 Mt. St. Helens Way Exit 49 off I-5. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Home of the Rockin’ Burgers, hand-cut steak; seafood and pasta. Restaurant 8am–9pm (‘til 10pm Fri & Sat); Lounge 11am– midnight. 360-967-2333

The Oak Tree 1020 Atlantic Ave., Woodland. Full lunch, breakfast 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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What do you think are the main things that make your restaurant successful? Consistency, extreme attention to customer satisfaction and being open to new experiences. What part of being a chef is most fulfilling to you? The ability to experiment — the freedom to have an idea and see it become a reality. How did you learn to cook? My dad always cooked and I cooked for my friends in high school. Later, in 2012, I graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Portland. I started at The Bistro in August that year.

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What famous person would you like to invite to dinner at The Bistro? Anthony Bourdain, of CNN’s “Parts Unknown.” What would you serve? Thai chicken with spicy peanut sauce. What is the most challenging aspect of operating the kitchen at The Bistro? Making sure everything coming out of the kitchen has my stamp of approval. And organizing 16 things at once, making sure they come out at the same time. What is the most rewarding aspect? Seeing my co-workers happy and the look of satisfaction on customers’ faces. If you could suggest one “change of behavior” to the dining-out public, what might it be? If you want something special (vegan, for example) give a little notice — earlier in the day or even the day before if possible. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in your cooking career? The first day on a new job I had to dig up a tree. “I’m here to cook and now you want me to pull a tree?”

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Which Bistro menu item are you most proud of? Which is the most popular? I’m most proud of Savory Cannoli coming soon. Ahi tuna is our most popular dish. What food trends do you see on the horizon? Craft beers and pairis of food with beer. More farm-raised, all natural food and the sharing of menu items around the table. Will you have a Special to offer CRR readers? Yes, mention this interview and receive half off any small plate. Limit: Once per customer, through May 14. Is there anything you’d like CRR readers to know, or anything you’d like to say to them? The Bistro is more than just a wine club. Come in with an open mind. I want The Bistro to be approachable for anybody and everybody. ••• The Bistro is located at 1329 Commerce Ave., Longview, above Country Folks Deli. Hours: Tues-Sat from 5pm. Columbia River Reader / April 15 – May 14, 2014 / 31

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As a musician myself, I felt especially connected to these people by viewing their musical instruments. The first instrument I noticed was a sackbut, which was a miniature trombone. Right next to it was a soprano cornett that looked like a small antler with a tiny mouthpiece. It was designed to emulate the human voice. Even the well-worn kettledrum looked small and as if hugged to the body when played. Other three-dimensional objects that caught my eye were the actual lanterns used in processions of the Doge, also called State Gallery Lanterns, a Coat of Arms of the Bembo family (the family of a Doge) and a hat that was worn by a religious official who I could just imagine wearing it! If you go to the exhibit,“Venice: The Golden Age of Art and Music,” and see old paintings mixed in with objects from a long time ago, you can absorb yourself with the action, costumes, lavish surroundings, and the sounds that all show that 16th Century people Venice were a lot like us. ••• Longview resident Scott McRae earned a BA degree in fine arts at Linfield College. He teaches at Longview’s Broadway Gallery. His work will be exhibited at the Koth Gallery through May 3. See story, page 17.

Spring is in the sky

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he spring constellations of Virgo, Leo, Cancer and the westward dipping Gemini are the major Zodiacal waypoints filling our sky. The planet Jupiter is still bright in Gemini and can be seen as the sky grows dark. It will be setting in the west around midnight. Mars is mid-body in Virgo. Its bright reddish hue is the feature that will mark its place in the lengthening evening hours. We are approaching “opposition,” the point in the year that we will be aligning ourselves with Mars in its orbit of the Sun. It is when the Sun and Earth and Mars, or any other planet, are in a straight line on the same side of the Sun. Thus, at midnight, Mars will at its highest point in the southern sky and is visible all night long. Mars has not been this bright since eight years ago, so enjoy the show. A telescopic view of Mars may well show the northern polar cap that is coming out of Martian winter. Saturn is making its presence known, as well. It rises in the east around 10:30pm in mid-April and by midMay rises when it is still light out at 8:30pm. The crown jewel of the solar system will be seen all spring and summer. The rings are getting wider and brighter as it heads toward it greatest tilt of the rings toward us. It will be lower in the southern night sky as the earth runs through the height of the summer solstice.

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On Earth Day The Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club will be at the Earth Day event at the Cowlitz County Expo Center on April 19th. They will be focusing on the problems light pollution causes, besides hiding the night sky. Come by and see what you can do to lower your contribution to the local light pollution. For more information on light pollution, check the International Dark-Sky Association’s website: You may be surprised at how much money is being wasted lighting up the sky and the harm it does to animals and your own health. The bright star Spica will be positioned between Mars and Saturn. The first bright star lower in the sky is Spica. Saturn will follow in about an hour later. You could easily confuse the two. Spica will not have any rings around it. As for views of deep sky objects this spring, Cancer the Crab has the best view of a star cluster (M44) with binoculars. Look for a faint group of stars sitting between Gemini and Leo. Aim your binoculars there and see them better than with a telescope. Leo has several galaxies that are positioned along the middle of the base of the Lion. Three of them are right “next” to each other (M105, M95 and M96). The other two, near the rear of the Lion, are also right “next” to each other (M65 and M66).

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Virgo has the aforementioned bright red/orange Mars along the main body of the reclining maiden.

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Between Leo and Virgo is what is known as the Virgo cluster of galaxies. Here, with patience and a clear dark sky, you can see a large number of galaxies. These are in different shapes in reference to how they are oriented toward our Milky Way galaxy. Some are face-on spirals, others are more flattened spirals that look like long ovals, while others look like a long thin line. How many shapes can you find?

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the spectator by ned piper

Praying for bicycle safety


t this month’s proofreading party, I told my brotherin-law, Mike Perry, that I doubted he would agree with the headline to Steve Harvey’s article about bicycling: Cycling is easier and safer than you may think. I certainly wouldn’t want to deter anyone from participating in this year’s Bike to Work Week, but I can’t help sharing a story. Several years ago, Mike and his wife, Marilyn, were vacationing in Hawaii. An avid bicyclist, Mike wanted to do the spectacular, but dangerous, bike ride down Maui’s famous Mt. Haleakala. He paid his money to rent the bike, strapped on the protective helmet and pushed off on the ride of his life. Marilyn drove to the bottom of the volcano to wait for her husband. She waited and she waited. Eventually, a man in uniform approached her and asked if she was waiting for Mike Perry. With the sound of an ambulence siren in her ears, she didn’t have to be told that Mike had had an accident. Part way down the mountain, descending at top speed, his front tire hit a crack in the pavement, stopping the bike dead in its tracks. Mike flew over the handlebars. He skidded on his face, shattering bones and teeth.

Cycling in circles My own biking experiences were not fraught with this kind of danger. One ended with a broken bone and the other with a smile and a tender memory.

My favorite bicycle story involves my daughter, Amy. She was around 7 or 8 years old and had just received a new bike for her birthday. One day, arriving home from work in my suit and tie, I asked Amy if she wanted to go for a bike ride with me.

“Yes,” she said, “but will you change clothes first?” After a brief hesitation, she added: “I don’t want people to think we’re missionaries.” ••• Longview native Ned Piper serves on Stageworks Northwest’s Board of Directors. He sings in the St. Stephen’s Church choir and is eager to resume golfing, now that spring has arrived.

I grew up in Longview, on Pacific Way, a dangerous street for kids and pets. Every dog and cat that we owned got killed or maimed on Pacific Way. I owned a bicycle, but it was a fat tire model rusted with age. I was ashamed of it. It didn’t bother me that my folks didn’t want me to ride it on Pacific Way. We had a tennis court that Dad built on our property. He also took old roller skates wheels and mounted them on homemade scooters, the kind you pushed with your foot. The neighbor kids and I had the crazy idea of hooking the scooter up to my old bike with five feet of rope and towing a kid on the scooter ‘round and ‘round the tennis court. Well, I was on the scooter. Don Soderlund was pedaling the bike. I


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They say if he hadn’t been wearing a helmet, he may have died in the accident. We won’t publish the photograph Sue took of Mike’s face shortly afterwards. This is, after all, a family newspaper.

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Another milkshake, please But Mike is a tough cookie and a very brave man. He was back on his bike a few months after the accident, although the healing of his broken jaw and facial injuries, along with orthodontic reconstruction, was a prolonged process. With a wiredshut jaw, he couldn’t eat solid foods for a time and lost 25 pounds. Today, however, he’s back to normal and you’d never know that bike ride down Haleakala was very nearly the last ride of his life.

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