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h, late spring, when the sleeping natural world has awakened fully, lawnmowers make music in the neighborhood and new activity pops in yards and on the streets. Approaching the cusp of summer, we can all savor the promise of good times ahead.

Sue’s Views

Ned and I gathered our courage this year and signed up for Bike to Work Week (info, page 5). To get ready, we dragged out our old “seasoned” bikes — not ridden for ages — and took them in to get tuned up. Mark Plotkin, owner of Canyonview Cycling in Longview, didn’t exactly laugh at our 30-year-old “machines.” But he issued us an invitation: Leave our bikes — which he jokingly called “toy” bikes — at his shop overnight and take two new “real” bikes for test rides. Real bikes? Isn’t a bike just a bike? We shall see, and will report about the comparison and our experience, and the experiences of other “retro” bicyclists. Watch for a story about baby boomers and others getting back to biking in an upcoming issue. It’s a national trend, along with the continued growth of gardening as one of the most popular pastimes in America.

Columnists and contributors: Dr. Bob Blackwood Nancy Chennault Erin Hart Ashley Helenberg Suzanne Martinson Tom Myklebust Tom Pence, md Ned Piper Perry Piper Diane Pond Alan Rose Greg Smith Shirley Smith Staff: Production Manager/Photographer: Perry E. Piper Accounting Assistant: Lois Sturdivant Editorial & Proofreading Assistants Kathleen Packard, Sue Lane, Michael Perry, Marilyn Perry, Ned Piper

I saw Jim Appleby at a local grocery store buying all the whole salmon the meat counter had in stock. I figured he must be hosting a big barbecue for Mother’s Day until I found myself behind him in line at the checkout. I could not believe my eyes. Besides the fish, Jim’s loaded cart contained three entire flats of blueberries and blackberries, plus several jars of honey and a huge bag of hazelnuts.

Gardening, groceries and good (so good) times Nancy Chennault is helping us again this year prepare and plant our front yard raised bed garden. I can already (almost) taste those delicious Sungold cherry tomatoes! Perry will soon be constructing his annual Scarlet Runner bean teepee (see page 15). My wintered-over geraniums survived but are looking very puny

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and, apparently, need some fertilizer. They are probably very hungry. And they aren’t alone.

Corby mingles with baseball fans at Story Field during a Cowlitz Black Bears’ games, summer 2012. See story, page 17.

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That’s when I began to suspect it all might really be for Corby, probably just now coming out of his winter hibernation. I knew for sure when the checker remarked about all the groceries and Jim said: “Someone where I work is hungry as a bear.” Jim is operations manager for the Cowlitz Black Bears, who will play their first game of the season June 5. A former baseball non-fan, I was turned around quickly when the West Coast League placed a team here in 2010. I am now a raving fan and can’t wait for the first game.

Corby, the team’s mascot, will frolic in the spotlight during the exciting opening night festivities (see story, page 17). Kevin Taylor returns as announcer this season and fans will again enjoy the Columbia River Reader newspaper toss between innings. Please note CRR’s logo on the sides of trays carried by grandstand refreshment hawkers. I prefer to think of them as “bleacher butlers.” There is even talk they might be serving wine this year, which would be a welcome addition to beer. How could it get any better? About the only thing I can imagine would be Neil Diamond personally appearing at the park, as he did at a recent Boston Red Sox game. But I won’t hold my breath. The crowd at Story Field will, at least, join Neil in singing (a recorded version of) “Sweet Caroline,” an eighth-inning tradition at every Cowlitz Black Bears game. We have so much to look forward to: Baseball, basking in the summer sun, beautiful gardens, biking and barbecues . . . Good times never seemed so good.

Sue Piper

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In this Issue


Quips & Quotes ~ Letter to the Editor


Biz Buzz


My Slant: A Second Opinion on Obamacare


Cover to Cover: Top 10 Bestsellers/ Book Review


Astronomy: Lord of the Rings in the Spring Sky


My Slant: Awesome Fathers


Randy Sanders on Wine & the Good Life


Farmer’s Markets


Northwest Gardener: Watch ‘em Grow!


Out & About ~ Cowlitz Black Bears Step Up to the Plate


Out & About ~ Life and Death in Portland


Armchair Travel ~ Among the Great Whales


Where Do You Read the Reader?


Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter: Jammed Up

26-27 Outings & Events Calendar / Music Scene

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Lower Columbia Informer: Lending a Metal Hand

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Movie Reviews: “42” and “The Company You Keep”


Columbia River Dining Guide

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The Spectator ~ Golf in God’s Country


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Letter to the Editor You make sacrifices to become a mother. But you really find your soul when you are one. --Mariska Hargitay, actor

5 Years Ago Favorites re-run in memory of Jean Carnine Bruner

There is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp. --Steven Johnson It’s a sure sign of summer when the chair gets up when you do. - - Wa l t e r W i n c h e l l It doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making o p timis m a way of life ca n restore your faith in yourself. --Lucille Ball, who also said, “I’m not funny; what I am is brave.”

If you’re funny you are funny. If you are a scholar you are a scholar. Your job is to be who you are as authentically as you can be. --Geri Larkin, Zen meditation guru Humility and modesty are valuable personal qualities, but they won’t do much to advance your position in the workplace. --Cathie Black, Heart magazine I’ve learned that when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. --Maya Angelou, author and poet

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Memories of Mountain Ash Your “tree” column reminded me of when we first moved into our new house at Kessler and 24th in 1951. For some reason and unlike most of the streets of the Old West Side, 24th Avenue — from the Kessler intersection to Hemlock Street — has never had big trees. When we moved here, 24th was lined with Mountain Ash, at least on our block. The good part about these trees and their thick bunches of soft, squishy berries was the fun we got from throwing them at each other (they were much less harmful than the horse chestnuts over on 22nd) and the abundant food supply they gave to robins and sparrows. The downside was that they made a mess. They had to be cleared off the streets and off lawns — either whole or squished —in order to mow. Cars would flatten them, and the slippery clusters could become a traffic hazard. And that is probably why the city removed them. I can’t recall which varieties replaced them. Birches were planted farther down the block toward Maryland Street, and readers should already know what they do to parked cars. Just when they were looking their best, the birches met the same fate as the mountain ash. Please tell Ned that I enjoyed his column on youthful fishing. I never caught anything in Spirit Lake. Best luck I had was at Lake Sacajawea with a long cane pole and worms. I didn’t even use a bobber. The lake had been stocked with trout, but the carp seemed to have eaten most. I usually caught perch or sunfish which I gave to grandparents, E.J. and Amy Craig,

who had more of a taste for them and didn’t worry about how dirty the lake was in those days. Like Ned, I’d like to take it up again someday while using the same, primitive equipment. But that means getting a license and finding some place besides Lake Sacajawea where I can legally fish in peace and with privacy. John M. McClelland Longview, Wash.

Finally, a doctor’s point of view I like reading the Columbia River Reader; such interesting articles. Mrs. Pond always provides delight although I missed her in this last edition. Thankfully, there was an article by Dr. Richard Kirkpatrick that was interesting. Instead of a politico review of Obamacare, finally a doctor’s point of view. Since I am too rapidly approaching Medicare age, this information helps future decisions. Keep the information, fun and local flavor coming. Ken V. Thomas St. Helens, Oregon Editor’s note: Another physician’s view of Obamacare appears this month on page 8.

Letter from Quincy Grange The Columbia River Reader is greatly appreciated in Clatskanie, Oregon. Issues fly off the newsstand almost as quickly as they are delivered. It’s received with anticipation, (as we are) wondering what the contents will be. Where have you gone, what can we learn, what’s cookin’, what’s new and what’s up. You keep ups informed and aware of our surrounding areas. Colleen Erickson Clatskanie, Oregon Editor’s note: Ms. Erickson is a member of the Quincy Grange, whose events and activities are often listed in CRR’s calendar.

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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 phone (360)636-1143 or (503)556-1295 to share the local buzz. Orthopedic surgeon Anthony J. Lauder, MD, of Longview O r t h o p e d i c Associates was the featured speaker at recent professional conferences in Bellevue, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Anthony Lauder One talk encompassed the full gambit of treatment options for distal radius fractures (which are typically the result of a fall, occur near the wrist and are the most common forearm fracture), including how they were treated during the days of the gladiators to how they are more often treated with plates and screws today. He also spoke to 60 residents at the Science Care Lab in Phoenix about the use of specialized conduits (tubes) to aid in nerve repairs, followed by a cadaver dissection session focused on the upper arm. Dr. Lauder completed a hand surgery fellowship at the University of Washington in 2006 and subsequently earned Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand. He has co-authored nearly a dozen books dealing with the hand and wrist. Longview Orthopedic Associates is located at 625 9th Avenue at Pacific Surgical Institute. Since 2000, Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network (CAN) members have helped address critical needs in Cowlitz County. Members serve full-time for 11 months working to fight illiteracy, help homeless veterans, support children and adults with developmental disabilities and at-risk youth, aid non-English speaking families, and much more. The application process begins May 20 for the selection of the 2013-14 team. Those looking for an opportunity to make a big difference in their own life and in the lives of others may find the CAN team is the place for them. Members receive a monthly living allowance and an education award. Anyone with a “ service heart” who is

ready to dedicate 11 months starting September 3 to serving the community may pick up a pre-application packet at AmeriCorps’ sponsor agency, Life Works, at 906 New York St., Longview, Wash., from 8:30– 4:30pm, Mon-Fri. Saturday, June 8, is “Brand it Blue Day,” when local Express Employment Professionals will partner with United Way and Wal-Mart to help fight hunger. Volunteers (who may sign up at at local Wal-Mart stores will collect food items for the BackPack Buddy’s program, an organization that helps feed hungry kids. People interested in helping can also pick up a tote bag at the Express Employment office in Longview, located at 1208 Washington Way, Ste. 140, along with a list of needed items, then fill and return the bag. “In celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary,”

said Longview franchisee Lisa Straughn, “Brand It Blue Day is a chance for Express offices to honor the communities that have supported us through the years by giving back.” Each year, Windermere real estate agents, owners, managers and staff from more than 300 offices across the western U.S. gather and devote their workday to making a positive change in the neighborhoods they serve. For this year’s Community Service Day, Windermere’s Kelso Longview associates will be working on the CAP Self Help Housing project for Castle Rock. The project is located in the Lois Dye Estates off Joann Dr., which is off Cowlitz Avenue. Three student tellers employed by St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union earned top honors at the Future Business Leaders of America’s state competition held earlier this month in Portland. Melanie Naillon, Jake Stafford and Parker Snook finished first place in their respective competition categories among students statewide and will compete at FBLA’s national conference this June in Anaheim, California. SHCU operates two

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high school branches—one at St. Helens High School and one at Scappoose High School— staffed by students. All three student tellers work at their respective high school branch and also serve at the credit Melanie Naillon union’s other local branches.

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My Slant

Obamacare ~ a second opinion

By Thomas Pence, MD


ichard Kirkpatrick’s article in the April Columbia River Reader references rationing of health care and “death panels.” Although he doesn’t make a clear relationship, he implies that the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act imposes both upon Americans. I cannot imagine anyone advocating rationing of successful therapies as a desirable method to control health costs, yet we are confronted with the needs to both increase access and limit cost. How can we possibly address this without rationing? We know that American physicians impose upon their patients unnecessary, sometimes ineffective, sometimes dangerous even lethal and invariably expensive therapies. We know their motivations include avoidance of malpractice suits, idiosyncratic thinking, greed and responding to patients’ own preferences — “Doc, I know a week of penicillin will cure this sore throat.” Elimination of many, even most, useless interventions would avoid harm. If it is rationing it is rationing of the useless. Further, this is definitely not a new process. Medical schools, medical licensure that mandates continuing medical education, standards of practice enforced by hospitals and the medical community and medical malpractice cases all serve to limit useless and dangerous care. Implementation of “best practices” and “evidence-based medicine” by hospitals and insurance companies are more recent advances that attempt to ensure the care delivered is the best possible. However, these have limited impact especially because they address principally hospital and not outpatient care.

“Obamacare” provides for funding a “Patient Centered Outcomes and Research Group.” This is not a death panel and there are no provisions in the act for rationing. Rather, this creates panels of experts — not bureaucrats — to examine approaches to disease and define and promulgate what constitutes best practices. It would be an expansion of what is already a limited but successful means of addressing what physicians should do to have the best chance of fulfilling patients’ health needs. It takes into account both most effective and most efficient and weighs both these factors in arriving at recommendations for therapy and diagnosis. Presently, and cont page 10 Longview resident Dr. Tom Pence is a retired physician. He practiced n e p h r o l o g y, a medical subspecialty dealing with kidney disease. He serves on the Longview Library Foundation.


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Introverts of the world, unite! . . . quietly

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking By Susan Cain Random House $16 Paperback


e have become an “Extrovert Nation,” says Susan Cain, believing that “the ideal self is gregarious, alpha, and comfortable in the spotlight,” and that introversion is “a secondclass personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology.” She says we shifted from being a Culture of Character, defined by virtue (think Abraham Lincoln) to a Culture of Personality, defined and propelled largely by self-promotion (think Tony Robbins). She attributes this change to the rising cult of the salesperson at the beginning of the 20th century, particularly Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

…in 1921 the influential psychologist Carl Jung had published a bombshell of a book, Psychological Types, popularizing the terms introvert and extrovert as the central building blocks of personality. Introverts are drawn to the inner world of thought and feeling, said Jung, extroverts to the external life of people and activities. Introverts focus on the meaning they make of the events swirling around them; extroverts plunge into the events themselves. Introverts recharge their batteries by being alone; extroverts need to recharge when they don’t socialize enough. ~ from Quiet A self-confessed introvert, Cain asks: “How did we go from Character to Personality without realizing that we had sacrificed something meaningful along the way?” And she examines the contributions of famous introverts, like Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Albert Einstein — quiet, self-effacing people who changed history. As a lifelong, card-carrying introvert, I found this a compelling argument.

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Of course, introversion-extroversion is on a continuum, similar to masculinity-femininity, gay-straight, liberal-conservative, and there probably never was a person who was 100% extroverted, except maybe my Uncle Al, and he was insufferable. She offers a quiz that helps the reader assess where he or she is on the “introvert-extrovert spectrum.” For example, extroverts get energy from being with people, while introverts feel their energy drained by being around people and need to recharge by being alone. When my extrovert brother and I were children and sent to our rooms as punishment, Gary suffered the torments of prolonged isolation (30 minutes), whereas for me—happy as a clam! Cain is not saying there’s anything wrong with extroverts (I mean, they’re fun at parties, I suppose) but asks what is lost? She examines the impact on our decisions in business, education, and politics when energy and action are favored over reflection and thought. How many times have we seen situations where a group adopted a plan, not because it was the best idea, but because it was the most loudly expressed? (“Hey, let’s

invade Iraq! We’ll figure out the justification later—WMDs or Al Queda or, something…”) Nor is she saying that everyone should be introverts—Imagine 20,000 people quietly watching a SeaHawks game; or thousands at a political convention murmuring their approval of a candidate—but that introversion should be as valued as its loud and confident cousin. I foresee a new political movement emerging—Introvert Pride!—flying a rainbow banner of subdued colors, proudly though unobtrusively proclaiming, “Introverts of the world, unite!...quietly.” •••

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in the future, statistical methods with computer analysis are essential to this process and have to be embraced, not feared. We are all individuals, but we are also part of statistics and that is neither good nor bad, but simply reality. Dr. Kirkpatrick’s elderly sufferer from degenerative arthritis presents an excellent example for the use of this method. Statistical analysis can provide information of surgical risk based upon co-morbid conditions including age, heart, lung or vascular disease, diabetes and weight. It is possible to quantify pain and limitation of activity and combine all this information to generate a risk-benefit ratio for individual patients. This information allows patients and physicians to make the best possible choice — the more information available from past research and analysis, the better the decision that can be made. It seems to me this empowers the patient while protecting the physician from malpractice suits. Presently, patients can wander from physician to physician until they find someone who offers the diagnostic test, diagnosis or therapy they want.

If the patient is willing to work at it, almost anything is available — surgery, pacemakers, angiograms, you name it. This increases the cost of health care and adds little or nothing to the health of the patient. Imposing a best practice standard on the medical community could minimize this behavior. Physicians wouldn’t be able to order the expensive and useless MRI unless there are real signs that warrant the procedure. We all know there are centers that do things better than anyplace else. We may think of the Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic or the local university hospital as such places. Analysis of why some places have better outcomes than others allows the “others” to learn and adopt best practices. The future may make many more hospitals and clinics centers of excellence and publicizing this information provides patients with an important tool in making choices. Choice is a key factor for all of us We want to make our own decisions, but we are not experts and we depend upon expert analysis in making decisions, from what car or dishwasher we buy to whether we should have an angiogram and by whom and at what institution. The more information we have, the

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better our decisions. Physicians are the gateway to procedures and have the power to heal, but also to victimize. Their ability to do harm should be limited. I think that best practices vigorously investigated and enforced is a good start. Dr. Kirkpatrick concluded his article with excellent advice (see note, below), although I might take exception to his rationale. I’d like to add to that advice. Think about your death and what treatments you might want if you are ill and cannot speak for yourself. Discuss this with your family and physician and others whose advice you value. Make a Living Will and designate a Power of Attorney for health care. Give careful consideration to what your goals are and how much suffering you’re willing to invest in attaining those goals.

I would advise against saying you would want everything possible done in any circumstance. There are circumstances you simply can’t visualize and you have to trust your health care POA to make the best decision for you at times. Choosing your health care POA is your choice — physicians can’t decide for you, but you can choose who does decide and influence or direct that decision when you can’t make it yourself. ••• Editor’s note: Dr. Kirkpatrick advised baby boomers to take action now to maximize health and minimize risk factors — stop smoking, go on a low starch diet and start an exercise program in order to enjoy better health and be positioned to receive modern medical care in what he views as the coming “restricted” health care system.

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aturn is now the reigning planet. It is not a truly bright planet. It will be found in the eastern portion of the constellation Virgo. The rest of the planets have gone close to the sun and won’t be back for months. Mid-May will see Saturn well above the southeastern horizon at sunset. A spotting scope will see the rings and the moon Titan, but a 3-inch or larger diameter telescope will allow you to see the separation of the rings from the planet itself. Saturn’s rings are tilted at a high angle now and offer the best view in years. Put your cell phone camera up to the eyepiece of your telescope and see if you can get a photo. There are free-to-cheap apps for doing this. On May 17, the first quarter moon will be very near the bright star Regulus in Leo. Leo is the brightest star in Leo and is the base of the head of the Lion that Leo represents. By the 22nd of May, the full moon will be just below the bright star Spica in the constellation Virgo the Virgin. On the 23rd, the moon will be right under Saturn. Remember this spot in the sky for further viewing of Saturn without having the moon wash out your view. On the 24th, the moon will be just above the red star Antares in Scorpio the scorpion. Comet hunters’ catalogue Scorpio is one of the great summer constellations and it looks like a scorpion low on the southern horizon. Using your binoculars or spotting scope and looking at Antares, you will see a fuzzy blob of light and, depending on the power of your binoculars and spotting scope, this blob will turn out to be a dense ball of stars. This is known as M4, the fourth object in the list of non-comets that the 18th century comet hunter Charles Messier catalogued. He made this catalogue so he and others would not be repeatedly reporting they had found a new comet. As May progresses on to June, the brilliant star Vega rises in the northeast. It is the first of the trio of stars making up the three bright stars that dominate the summer sky. The other two — Deneb of the Swan and Altair of the Eagle. — will quickly follow. Vega is the star featured in

“Contact,” the movie with the most accurate science in it. In most science fiction movies, the science is the fiction. Cygnus, the Swan When June starts, the center of the galaxy appears low on the southern horizon. The constellation Sagittarius is best defined by a portion of the constellation that sort of looks like a teapot. The “spout” of the teapot has the “steam” of the Milky Way poring out of it up into the night sky. Further north, the Milky Way becomes the path that the Swan is flying down. This Swan, officially known as Cygnus, is the location where the Kepler telescope is looking for planets that orbit other stars. The Kepler Telescope has had a very successful run in finding planets. If you have a clear view of the southern horizon, with little light pollution, the area just to the right of the “spout” of the teapot will show more tight clusters of stars, but not as dense as M4. This is the region of the center of the galaxy. Here too, are faint fuzzies, star nurseries known as nebula. The top of the tea pot has another dense ball of stars, know as globular cluster M22. Such a descriptive name — “globular” — just a glob of stars. Astronomers believe these tight dense clusters of stars are the remnants of the center of small galaxies that the Milky Way “ate” in its early formation. Clear nights ahead With summer approaching, we will get more clear nights. The downside is that it is later and later when it is dark enough to see the stars. Our best weather and best star views won’t be ‘til late July and August when the skies are clearer and the sun sets earlier. We’ll bring those nights up as the time nears. ••• Greg Smith is an amateur astronomer and lives in Longview. He is active in the Friends of Galileo astronomy club which meets monthly in Longview and hosts regular star parties. Visitors are welcome. For meeting info, call Chuck Ring, 360-636-2294.

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Awesome fathers By Diane Pond


fter we returned from a Sunday service on Father’s Day several years ago, my husband ruefully noted: “On Mother’s Day we honor and extol mothers, but on Father’s Day we lecture fathers.” Perhaps, I thought, fathers are lucky because so many mothers feel so much guilt on Mother’s Day they can hardly keep down their “breakfast in

Fun, involved with family bed.” Still, it isn’t fair. Is it because men often deflect the sentimental stuff? Is it because there is a feeling that mothers need more validation? Is it just because we mothers are simply more awesome? Truth is, there is simply nothing more awesome than an involved, fun father. Generational evolution I have been so lucky to have some remarkably involved fathers in my life: grandfathers, father, fatherin-law, husband, and sons. Some kinds of father involvement have changed over the years. It is kind of a generational thing. My grandfather never thought about diapers or bottles; they were not in his circle of concern. My dad knew enough to locate a diaper and bring a baby and a diaper to my mother for a change. My husband would totally change a “simple” diaper, but if things were at all onerous he would holler, “Help! Take over, Big Di.” My sons can completely manage all diapering crises and a multitude of

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Fathers are really, really fun Whereas moms and many grandparents are repulsed by and fearful of bloody knee scrapes, high cliffs, speed, rope swings over rivers, grizzly bears, mud and rubble, and all kinds of messy mayhem, fathers generally are not. They are more likely to be repulsed by and fearful of timidity, laziness and relationship talking. Fathers are people of action and father escapades build a child’s confidence and dreams and, of course, the family lore: “Remember when Dad got us lost two straight years hiking out of Indian Heaven?” “Remember when Dad and I played the ‘Sleigh Bells’ piano duet in the church Christmas program and we were really bad and I finished a few bars ahead of him?” “Remember when Dad had us make applesauce out of the transparent apples mom had rejected and we brought in the hose to spruce up the kitchen before she got home?” Kudos to all the involved, fun fathers of every generation. ••• Diane Pond and her husband, Steve, live in Longview, near Lake Sacajawea.


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Randy Sanders on wine & the good life will be tasting nothing but the very best wines, not only from Washington state — like Cougar’s Crest (an award winning Cabernet which I was fortunate to uncork at a family Christmas table 2012 — but you’ll also enjoy some of the very best wines from Oregon and California as well. Don’t be scared off by this ticket price; the money goes to a great charity and you will be at one of the very few events bringing the greatest in American wine! This one requires formal attire, with live music and amazing food to boot. Call 253-4033095 for more info. Wenatchee Wine Country Barrel Tasting Event If you are like me and enjoy the big reds such as Cabernet Savignon, Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo, then don’t miss the Wenatchee Wine Country Barrel Tasting event happening May 17 -19 in north central Washington. Barrel tasting refers to tasting wine from the barrel before it is bottled (wenatcheewines. com/events/).

Uncorked Wine Auction If you are looking to score a bottle of the greatest wines that the Northwest has to offer — or just taste them — then don’t miss the Uncorked Wine Auction on May 18 in Salem, Oregon. Although this is an event for serious wine lovers (it’ll set you back about $200 for a ticket) you will taste the absolute finest Willamette Valley wines available and have ample opportunity to purchase them, as well as enjoy dishes from some of the greatest chefs in Oregon. You’ll also hob-nob with local celebrities and social elites. Casual summer attire is suggested ( index.html). Bainbridge Island Bainbridge Island will host a series of “Wine Tasting Weekends” featuring the independent wineries of that beautiful area such as Amelia Wynn Winery and their scrumptious Columbia Valley Cuvee 2010. The next tour takes place May 25-27 and goes through September 2 (www.bainbridgewineries. com/winerytours/). The Seattle Wine Awards Where the Oscars meet the tannins. Sip and swirl away on Sunday, July 21, where you’ll be able to judge for yourself which wine is the finest and even get a chance to taste the Gold Medal

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ike a theatre production preparing to open, the “actors” are fine-tuning their parts, the stage crew checking the sets and the audience taking their seats. The Cowlitz Black Bears are eagerly anticipating their 2013 Season. Opening Day is June 5th, and it will be filled with fun, quality baseball, and fireworks! Festivities will include a red carpet intro, civic dignitaries, the national anthem sung by Sheriff Mark Nelson, a military color guard and the first pitch tossed by Riley Painter, son of the late Ralph Painter, Rainier’s fallen police chief. Capped with a post-game fireworks show, the evening promises to be a spectacular extravaganza everyone will want to attend. Ever since their last game in the 2012 playoffs, the Cowlitz Black Bears have been working diligently on ways to have more fun and achieve an even better record in 2013. Jim Appleby, director of operations for the Black Bears, is passionate about his job.

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Black Bears


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local youth baseball teams and is also a major sponsor for the Cowlitz Black Bears. “Baseball is the greatest game,” said Azteca manager Elizabeth Amador. “My dad was a professional baseball player in Mexico. Most people think that soccer is the most popular sport in Mexico, but not in my hometown. It was baseball.” Ball players come home This year, Black Bears will have more familiar names on the field. Several Lower Columbia College standouts as well as local high school graduates will come home from college to play. The team also has some impressive young talent off the field, as well, including Shane Doney, a Southern California student broadcasting on the radio.

announcements, commentary and music. Seven dedicated interns, who start their work day at 9am and stay until after the game, are meeting requirements for college degrees in sports management. They attend Washington State University, Lower Columbia College, University of Oregon and University of Kentucky. Also returning is field host Alysha Johnston. Thirteen local high school students will also be on staff talking care of an assortment of duties. Food services crews are always working to improve their game, too. “After evaluating last season,” Appleby noted, changes were made and “you will notice shorter lines

“Wait until you hear Steve, said Appleby. “He is so good.” Fans will also be glad to know that Kevin Taylor and his son, Cameron, are returning to the press box to entertain and inform Cowlitz Black Bears owners Tony and Caroline the crowd with their public Bonacci with Corby, the team mascot.

at the concessions. We don’t want fans to miss too much of the game.” You may also meet a new concession manager, Andre Foster, experienced in serving large numbers of people. Roll out the red carpet As always, Story Field has been beautifully maintained over the winter and is in “ship shape” for the fun to begin June 5 (see game schedule and ticket info, page 2). Longview business owner Barbara Sudar, of Estetica, said she is looking forward to the Black Bears’ upcoming season.

“It is like the living room of Longview,” she said, “an opportunity to see friends, meet new ones.” Sudar said she appreciates the opportunity to showcase her business with Black Bears’ advertising and sponsorship opportunities. “Longview is on the cusp of growth opportunities,” Sudar said, “ and having high quality events in our community only makes us more attractive. Joining the West Coast League for 2013 will be two new teams: the Victoria HarbourCats and the Medford Rogues. By 2014, Yakima will have a

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team, as well, bringing the WCL team count to 12. It is exciting to see the number of community-based teams growing. After last season, Cowlitz attendance had grown close to that of the top organizations in the league, Walla Walla Sweets and the Wenatchee Applesox. “They are the teams that set the benchmark in our league,” said Appleby. Many fans and spectators were impressed with the Cowlitz Black Bears making the playoffs in its third season (2012). More than 800 fans stayed after the last game of the regular season to hear the reports of final results from the league, confirming the Black Bears had secured a berth in their first round of post-season play. Given the talent they have recruited and the returning experience, Cowlitz Black Bears expect to be back in the playoffs at the end of their fourth season. “We have a tremendous ball club with some local flavor,” Appleby said. ••• Longtime Longview resident Tom Myklebust is a landscape designer/ contractor. He enjoys sports of all types.

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ith improving weather comes the itch to get outside and “blow the stink off” (in my Grandmother’s parlance). There are many easily accessible options for taking the family out in our region, but after your hundredth trip to the same “family fun area,” you may also be looking to put a new spin on your outings. Portland, our urban neighbor to the south, has incredible offerings for family fun – and if you blend a traditional family trip with some non-traditional side-voyages, you might just create an unforgettable experience. Who would think zoos, crepes and cemeteries make for such a great day? Taking Monkeys to the Zoo You might only consider taking your trips to the zoo for summer concerts or to see those neat zoo lights in the winter, but the shoulder season is the perfect time to visit our local zoo ( With the cool weather, the animals seem more frolicsome than normal, and the light is excellent for aspiring shutterbugs. You also avoid the “it’s too cold/hot” complaints from young travelers.

gravestones – oh, my! Story & Photos by Erin Hart I took my daughters, my sister Kari Rushmer (pictured below at the food cart), and my two nieces to the Oregon Zoo, arriving mid-morning. If your kids or grandkids are old enough, leave the strollers in the car, as they make it difficult to navigate, and your young ones will be constantly wanting out of them to see better anyway. I do recommend bringing a backpack with snacks and hand sanitizer, even if you have no kids in tow. There’s something about sitting and watching the lions while snacking on a bag of goldfish crackers that’s good for soul (at any age).

My favorite Oregon Zoo critter is the Stellar Sea Lion. Awkward on land, they are Botticelli’s ballerinas underwater, and they seem to enjoy observant children pressing their noses to the glass of their tanks. The giraffes are a close second, and I never tire of watching them maneuver across their venue. How do they not trip on the zebras? If you’re bringing a large group, aim for the second Tuesday of the month. “Discount Day” knocks the gate fee down to $4 a person. Parking might be full on these days, so prepare to take the shuttle bus from a distant lot, or get there early. Food Cart Fabulousness If you’re any kind of foodie, you’re probably well aware of the bursting food cart scene in Portland. Small-scale chefs are doing amazing things in these tiny spaces, and have taken over empty parking areas to create culinary trips around the world. I wanted my girls to know what a really fabulous crepe was, so after a picnic at the zoo, we drove across town to the corner of Southeast 12th and Hawthorne where a collection of food carts offer everything from wood-fired pizza to cupcakes.

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“Perierra Creperie”) made us the most fabulous collection of crepes: with six mouths to feed, we ordered a lemon sugar crepe, a dark chocolate and fresh banana crepe, and the “berry princess” featuring a selection of fresh berries. While we were exercising our sweet tooths, I was jealous of the couple behind us who ordered a savory mozarella, soprasetta (Italian sausage), basil & red pepper crepe. If you still have room, across the street is the “Sugar Cube” (in the parking lot of Lardo restaurant). Pastry Chef Kir Jensen has published an excellent cookbook and vends a selection of creative and unexpected treats from her cart. Pick up her famous Chocolate Caramel Potato Chip cupcake to take home for dessert (www.


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As you walk among the gravestones, you may recognize the names of many famous Portland notables. And for those you don’t recognize, you can download many self-guided tour options with stories from the website.

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last stop on our Portland itinerary, but it really is a treasure trove of great stories and history lessons. The Lone Fir Cemetery (www. is the oldest cemetery in Portland, and is well-cared-for by a dedicated group of volunteers. Founded in 1846 and covering more than 30 acres, it features a rose garden created from original cuttings brought over on the Oregon Trail.

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One of the most visited graves is that of Alice Oberle, an original Portland “fancy house prostitute” who prided herself on having more than 6,000 lovers and died of cirrhosis of the liver. Her sister later had her name removed from the enormous Celtic cross that marked her gravesite – but it’s still recognizable today from the lipstick prints that visitors leave in her honor (photo above). Irresistible details If the details of history are irresistible to you, make sure to show up on the second Saturday of each month at 10am for one of their guided tours. While not appropriate for your youngest children (the preceding story being a good example of why), you’ll come away with a newfound respect for the people who built Portland. If you’re traveling with youngsters like we were, they’ll still enjoy picking the dandelions, observing gravestones that have grown enmeshed in tree roots, and asking the kinds of morbid questions that kids love. After all, most of the joy of visiting the zoo for kids is to see these threatening, exotic animals made safely observable – and a good cemetery makes the specter of death safely observable, too. Maybe I’m stretching, but I guarantee they’ll be talking about it for years to come. ••• Longview resident Erin Hart and her family are fascinated by the “Keep Portland Weird” mantra and are following it, one day trip at a time.”

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eeing hundreds of the gray whales in their natural habitat from our 19-foot Zodiac was the highlight of our Baja trip. We were in the Bahia Magdalena where these magnificent creatures come from Alaska to give birth to their young, regain their weight and strength, and breed before returning to Alaska. Before starting this 3000-mile journey, they must train the young for the long trip to Alaskan waters where they find the needed food supply. Several of our fellow passengers got to touch a whale that swam close and could see the baby swimming beside the mother. This bay is separated from the Pacific

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the flora and fauna. Each outing of 12-14 people is accompanied by one of the expedition team. Our team leader was assisted by three naturalists and an undersea specialist. At the end of each day, our happy hour was a time to “show and tell” of that day’s adventures and after dinner we had programs or slide presentations of the activities planned for the next day. In addition to the crew and expedition staff, we had a video chronicler from National Geographic, a wellness specialist (for the morning stretch sessions and massages), and a ship physician. Our ship, Sea Bird, which was refurbished in 2005, has a guest capacity of 62 and is 152 feet long. Fully equipped for all weather, it is very seaworthy. In the spring and fall it sails the Columbia River and then goes to Alaska for summer cruising. cont page 33

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If an item is reusable, please consider donating or reusing it before throwing it into the garbage. Place recyclables loose in the recycle can, not bagged. Most plastic bags are a solid color, preventing sorters from seeing the contents. Used needles or other hazardous materials are sometimes found; for safety reasons, such bags are not opened up.

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Paper recyclables MUST BE CLEAN. Remove food, plastic liners or Styrofoam packaging from inside the boxes.

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THE READER? Around the world Christoph

Berger-Shauer, who was a foreign exchange student at Longview’s RA Long High School in 2004, and Tanja Roschitz, of Graz, Austria. They are studying in pursuit of bachelor’s degrees, Tanja in Russian and German, and Christoph in journalism and public relations. Perry Piper delivered their copy of CRR during his recent European adventure.

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Karen Roggenkamp in Old Town Sacramento (with Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River backdrop), sharing the Reader with her aunt and uncle, former Longview residents Philip and Geraldine Pederson, now of Dixon, California.

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Jammed up By Suzanne Martinson

Last year’s frozen strawberries whet the appetite


hen I opened the door of our garage freezer, opportunity fell out. It nearly totaled my toes. That plastic bag of frozen strawberries was an embarrassing reminder of Mom’s warning about “having eyes bigger than your stomach.” The berries were submerged in a bank of snow. How long had they been in there? A year? Two?

July 1st, 2013.

When I spot the first Northwest strawberries at our farmers’ market, I’ll get into a feeding frenzy and snatch a full flat. In a good year (we’re crossing our spoons here), the berries keep on coming, and I keep on buying.

You don’t argue with berry season. At home on our dairy farm in Michigan, we watched strawberries ripen outside our kitchen window, picked them, and ate shortcake every day. Sometimes twice. If there were any berries left after supper, we spooned them over vanilla ice cream that night. Last month, with a new berry season on the horizon, my abandoned, bedraggled frozen berries surprised me. Using the easy directions in the Certo pectin package, I made jam. “Best jam ever,” said my husband, Ace. My theory is that when the Shuksan berries languished in the freezer, they shed some of their moisture. Their flavor intensified. cont next page

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(That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.) The beautiful red jam is a delicious shot of summer. My personal prejudice is that strawberry shortcake requires freshpicked berries. My mother’s method was unique: Mix about 2 cups of flour with a couple teaspoons of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Then she (you probably can’t try this at home), spooned off the thick Guernsey cream that had risen to the top of the glass milk bottle. Mom added just enough cream to moisten the flour mixture and make a ball. With a tablespoon, she plopped big globs of dough onto a cookie sheet and baked. The dough balls doubled in size, creating a rough and rugged shortcake. The fat’s in the cream. No shortening needed. We doused our shortcakes with sweetened, smashed strawberries. My pale city version is 2 cups of Bisquick mixed with milk. I don’t roll. I don’t cut the dough into circles. My rumpled shortcakes may resemble Mom’s, but the vegetable shortening in the mix can’t compete with cream straight from the cows in our red barn. My shortcake requires whipped cream. The real thing, not the chemical composite. Until the first local berries hit the market, another delicious dessert can be made with middle-aged, frozen berries. In my other life as a junior high home economics teacher, I discovered this recipe for strawberry cake. It starts with a cake mix and ends with a lip-smacking strawberry frosting (see recipe, at right). While we’re on the subject of my strawberry elitism, please note that those artificially colored yellow sponge cakes that grocery stores pile next to foreign strawberries from California (known for their white centers) are not shortcake. You can buy them, but realize you are on the path to purgatory. ••• Suzanne Martinson is a retired newspaper food editor who can’t stay out of the kitchen. She lives in Lexington (a suburb of Kelso).

The freezer is our friend There comes a time in any strawberry season when a cook is through baking shortcake. That’s the time to lay some berries by for a rainy winter day. Here’s my favorite way to do it: Line a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with either parchment or waxed paper. Lay unsweetened berries on the pan in a single layer. Do not wash or hull the berries before freezing. (The exception would be if you dropped the berries in a cowpie on the way into the farmhouse.) Once the berries are washed or cut, the deterioration begins. Put the filled cookie sheet in the freezer. Leave several hours or overnight. When the individually frozen berries are solid, pour into a heavy-duty zippered plastic freezer bag. The advantage to this method is that you can measure out the amount needed for a recipe and return the rest to the freezer.

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The Bistro 1329 Commerce Ave, Longview 360-425-2837 • Music Thurs 6–9; Fridays 6–10, Sats 6–9 The Birk Pub & Eatery 11139 Hwy 202, Birkenfeld, Ore 503-755-2722 • The Brits Friday & Sat Nights 1427 Commerce Ave, Longview 360-575-8090 Live Music 7–9pm 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 Mark’s on the Channel 34326 Johnson Landing Rd Scappoose, OR 503-543-8765 Live music on Saturday nights. Monticello Hotel 23 Club 1405 17th Avenue, Longview 360-425-9900 ”The Original Monticello” Karaoke every Thursday Weekend Music 9 pm–1 am Fireside Lounge

LCC debate team, Toastmasters team up to tell tall tales Lower Columbia College Forensics Team and Early Words Toastmasters Club #3657 are offering a purse of more than $1,000 for winners of a Tall Tales Demonstration Speech Contest on Tuesday, May 28th, with final rounds beginning at 7:30 pm in the Heritage Room of the LCC Administration Building. Three to five minute talks will be judged by their “highly exaggerated, improbable nature" woven into their theme or plot. Humor, costumes and props may be used to support the speech. There are two divisions in the contest: Youth aged 14 to 17 and adults 18 and older. Speeches must be PG-13 in tone using family-friendly language. Prizes include scholarships and other prizes of $200 for first place in each division. Adult division 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners will each receive an Early Words Toastmasters International membership. There is no charge for speech contestants nor for audience attendance. For further information, contest rules and registration visit or masterClubs?fref=ts •••

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Performing & Fine Arts Music, Art, Theatre, Literary Broadway Gallery Artists co-op. May: George Broderick (paintings), Masami Kusakabe (jewelry), Gayle Kiser (pastels), Elmer Bates (woodworking); June: Susy Halverson (paintings), Janice Newton (sculpture), Student Art Show. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 1418 Commerce, Longview, Wash. 360577-0544 Broderick Gallery Fine contemporary art from England, Cuba and South America along with George Broderick’s lively paintings. Fri-Sun 11-5 or by appointment. 313 B Street, Rainier, Ore. Koth Galler y through May 31: Longview History; Summer Reading Program June 1-Aug 3. Mon, Tues, Thurs 10-8, Wed 10-5, Fri 10-6, Sat 12-5. Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana, Longview, Wash. 360-4425300. LCC Galler y at the Rose Center Through May 31: Student Art Show. Gallery hours: Mon-Tues 10-6,WedFri 10-4. Lower Columbia College, 15th & Washington Way, Longview, Wash. 360-442-2510, lowercolumbia. edu/gallery Lord & McCord Artworks May: Ken Knodell (fused glass), Karen Leback (watercolors); June: Chuck Lafrenz (china painting), Alan Brunk (drawings). McThreads (inside Lord & McCord Artworks) May: Ken Knodell (fused glass jewelry); June: Dan Steelton (beaded art). Tues-Fri 11-5, Sat 12-4. 1416 Commerce, Longview, Wash. 360-423-9100. Teague’s Mezzanine Gallery “Life Is Art.” Classes offered by various artists. Call to sign up. Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10-3. 1267 Commerce, Longview, Wash.


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Tsuga Gallery Fine arts and crafts by more than 30 area artists. Thurs-Sun 11-5. 70 Main Street, Cathlamet, Wash. 360-795-0725. Columbia Artists Members MayJune: Irene Bacon, Donna Patching, Gini Smith exhibit at Longview Country Club, 14 Country Club Drive, Longview, Wash Please check in at office when entering clubhouse. Pacific Northwest Gift Gallery Local artists and authors. Tues - Sat, 11 am to 5 pm. If interested in showing your work contact Terrie at 360-274-8583. 1316 Mt St Helens Way, Castle Rock, Wash. First Thursday Downtown Longview, Wash. June 6. See Listings page 27. Northwest Voices Author James Zerndt. A reading at Longview Public Library, May 23, 7-8 pm. 1600 Louisiana, Longvew, Wash Lower Columbia College Symphonic Band Concert May 31. 7:30pm. LCC Rose Center for the Arts, 15th Ave at Washington Way., Longview, Wash. Adults $8, Seniors $7, 12 and under Free. Lower Columbia College Choir Concert June 7. 7:30pm. LCC Rose Center for the Arts, 15th Ave at Washington Way, Longview, Wash. Adults $8, Seniors $7, 12 and under Free. Paula Poundstone Columbia Theater for the Performing Arts, Fri, May 17th, 7:30 pm. Tickets $30-$40, available at the box office.1231 Vandercook Way, Longview, Wash or call 360-575-8499.


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Recreation, Outdoors, Gardening Pets, Self-Help, Living History LCC Community Conversations 12 Noon, Mondays. Wollenberg Auditorium, Lower Columbia College Rose Center for the Arts, Longview, Wash. May 17: Space Policy and its Entrepreneurial Impact on the Pacific Northwest; May 23 Connection of our Major Industries to World Markets and Producers; May 30 Longview Sister City Commission: Expanding our Intercultural Connections; June 6 Our Regional and International Transportation Connections; June 13 How Globalization Affects Labor: Past, Present and Future. Summer Creative Arts 4H Club 1st & 3rd Thursdays May 16–July 25, 6-7:30 pm. Limited to first 7 youths, 3rd grade or higher. $20. 1946–3rd Ave, Longview, Wash. Contact Michelle Parker, 360-577-3014, ext 6, or email The Boob Tour: Fighting Cancer with Laughter Benefit for American Cancer Society Relay for Life. May 17, 8pm (doors open 7pm), Scappoose High School, Scappoose, Ore. $20 admission. Info 503-366-0119. Longview Historic Preservation Month Sat May 18, 10 am. Open tour of newly acquired Longview Theatre, 1433 Commerce Ave Longview, Wash. plus 30 minute story of Stageworks Northwest led by board chairman Tim Cusick. 28th Annual Powwow–In Honor of Our Children May 18, Kelso High School, Noon - 9:00 PM. Grand entries at 1pm and 7pm. Dancing, drumming, adult and children’s raffles, vendors and food carts. Info: Shelley Hamrick, 360-501-1655.

Annual Herb & Garden Festival May 18-19. Pomeroy Living History Farm, 2902 NE Lucia Falls Rd, Yacolt, Wash. Organic vegetables, herbs, historic log house tours, food and craft vendors,County Extension 20-minute talks on sustainable living practices. Info:, 360-686-3537.10–5 Sat, 1–5 Sun. Cabaret Organizational meetings May 19 and June 9, 3pm, Vernie’s Pizza, Triangle Shopping Center, Longview, Wash. Info: Vicki Carter at 360-636-2488 or, Mary Holmes, 360425-8200 or ahellofrommary@hotmail. com, Jeni Quiriconi, 503-556-1527 or Kids’ Wednesday Workshop Cowlitz County Museum. Wednesday May 22, 3:30-5 pm. Special Exhibit: Badges, Bandits and Booze: A History of Law Enforcement in Cowlitz County. Open Tues-Sat from 10 am-4 pm. 405 Allen St, Kelso, Wash. museum. Race Against Child Abuse May 25 Half Marathon, 10K, 5K Run/Walk, 1-mile Family Walk. Register online at Proceeds benefit Amani Center, St. Helens, Ore. Long Bell Reading Room Info on Longview history, including sports, photos and memorabilia. 9am-6 pm, Mon-Sat. In The Merk, 1337 Commerce Ave, Longview, Wash. 360-636-0993.

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Broadway Gallery 1418 Commerce Susy Halverson (paintings), Janice Newton (sculpture), Reception 5:30-7:30pm. Music by Dennis Harris Koth Gallery Longview Public Library 1600 Louisiana St. Longview History Exhibit. Gallery open ‘til 8pm. Lord & McCord ArtWorks 1416 Commerce • www.lindamccord. com/ “Unveiling of the Bride” at 6:30. Created by various artists with wearable art. Curly McCord will play the trumpet. Reception 5:30–7:30pm. Refreshments Cowlitz County Historical Museum 405 Allen St., Kelso, Wash. The Creation of a New Longview Book with Dennis Weber. 7pm program. Museum open until 9pm.

June 2013 Farm to Table issue Farmers who raise and sell fresh produce to the public directly from their property are invited to be listed in CRR’s Farm Directory. Please send name, address, contact info, hours and type(s) of produce sold to: by 5/30/13 for inclusion in the June issue.

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FREE ADVENTURES Here’s a list of free activities to do around the Mountain! Views and Brews Special presentation of the new documentary movie, “Finding David Douglas,” with Lois Leonard. Thursday, May 23 at the Kelso Theater Pub, 214 S Pacific Ave., Kelso, Wash. Free admission; Food and beverages available for purchase. This tri-national production tells the compelling story of the intrepid 19th century Scots botanist David Douglas. “Finding David Douglas” transports viewers to England and Scotland, treks through locations in Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia, sweeps across the high Canadian Rockies to remote York Factory on Hudson Bay and reaches Douglas’s mysterious final destination on the Big Island of Hawaii. The film focuses on Douglas’s ground-breaking contributions to science — the Douglas fir and many more plant and animal species are named for him. It details his relations within the multi-cultural community of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the many Indian tribes he visited. This hour-long documentary is produced by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission in collaboration with Forestry Commission Scotland and the U.S. Forest Service. Coldwater Science and Learning Center Now open every weekend through October. Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm Yale Arts Festival May 17-19 May 18 Johnston Ridge Observatory Eruption Anniversary

Time-shifting British African expedition comedy by Caryl Churchill, May 22-25; 30, June 1; 6-8

May 27 Lelooska Museum Open through Labor Day 11am-3pm

May 31–Symphonic Band Concert

June 8 National Get Outdoors Day Fee-free.

June 4–Jazz Band Concert June 7–Choral Classics: Let’s Go to the Movies! June 18–A Night at the Opera In the Art Gallery LCC Student Exhibit: May 14-31 Student Pottery Sale: May 13 Plays and concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. • 360.442.2311 or toll-free 866.900.2311

June 1 National Trails Day Fee-free.

June 8 Kid’s Fishing at Merwin Dam •••

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For anyone who has ever seen the insides of a desktop computer, the finished products the kids produce can seem daunting. But as Mark Morris teacher Bob Koenig pointed out, each complex machine is made from little parts that small teams of students collectively work on and then come together to implement in one system. I was amazed to see parts like WiFi routers, wires, pressure bottles and wheels working together to accomplish a goal. Although currently in off-season and planning, I strongly suggest that everyone — kids and parents alike — get involved in the local robotics clubs in your community. Adults I spoke with who had been there for the program’s entire history mentioned that this type of club is still quite new. Dean Kamen founded FIRST, the robotics competition, in 1989 to promote science in schools by encouraging kids to dream of becoming technology leaders.

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Winner! Meet the most prominent winemakers, tasters, journalists, shop owners and enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest. Sponsored by the Seattle Metropolitan Opera and National Public Radio (www. Deepwood Wine and Jazz Fest Held in Salem on the historic Deepwood Estate on June 29, this lovely event features three elegantly staffed gardens with more than 75 wines to taste and is situated in their gorgeous Victorian gardens. There’s great food and music with two stages of jazz music. One features an ode to Frank Sinatra (this writer’s favorite singer!), the other smooth jazz. This event is put on by their non-profit arm, the Friends of Deepwood. Purchase your ticket online early and pay only $10 (historicdeepwoodestate. org/historic/estate/calendar_event/ deepwood_wine_and_jazz_fest/). Astoria The Cellar on 10th in Astoria (located in Astoria’s historic Underground) is featuring a tasting called “The wines for Summertime BBQ” on Sat July 27 from 1 to 4. An intimate neighborly event where you can learn about and taste the best wines to pair with everything from Chinook salmon and West Coast halibut to ribs and burgers ( events.html). These events are just some of my personal favorites. Watch this column throughout the summer for more additions or take it upon yourself to gather up friends and family for a simple romp through the lush rolling hills of the Willamette Valley wine country in Oregon or the arid Walla Walla Columbia Valley wine region in Washington on any given weekend for a tour of their local wineries. Meander through world class wine areas at your own leisurely pace and include one of their many incredible restaurants upon completion of your own tour. Life is remarkable and summer is here; enjoy great wine, great food and great friends! ••• Randy Sanders is a musician, travel photographer and wine lover. He lives in Yankton, near St. Helens, Oregon and is the founder and former publisher of Columbia River Reader.


“42” and “The Company You Keep” Tales from the past with messages for the future By Dr. Bob Blackwood


r i a n H e l g e l a n d ’s “42” (MPAA: PG13) tells the story of Jackie Robinson’s success in big league baseball in the post WWII era. I never saw “The Jackie Robinson Story” (1950) because, even as a kid, I knew it wouldn’t “tell it like it is.” In this film, we see Brooklyn Dodgers’ owner Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) needing to increase sales in his stadium; Brooklyn Dodgers’ owner Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) talks turkey with Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) as privately, he admits that is the pennant race heats up in “42.” Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures his reason for “crossing the color barrier” in big league baseball. Publicly, his reason and his manager Leo Durocher’s reason, as Durocher (Christopher Meloni) lays it down to a group of racist Dodger players, is: “We need him to win the pennant.” Both reasons were right.

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Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) gets ready to steal a base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in “42.” Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

Now when Robinson (played with great sensitivity by Chadwick Boseman) wasn’t getting beaned by racist pitchers or being walked to first base, he was also a terror on the base lines—driving the white pitchers crazy for stealing bases—as well as a good hitter. Both ways, he helped the team get the pennant.

in this political thriller include four Academy Award winners—Redford, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, & Julie Christie—plus five Academy Award nominees—Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins and Terrence Howard. Shia LaBeouf, as a newspaper reporter, leads the younger performers.

I’ve never heard, since growing up in Indiana in the 1950s and 60s, such rampant racist drivel as I heard in this film. Epithets were shouted so loudly the ballpark fans could hear them too, and some joined in. But we saw Robinson and his wife, Rachel (Nicole Beharie, playing a woman who was a bit sheltered in her California childhood), stand up not only to menacing screams but to rude behavior and threats of physical violence. It was not hard for me to picture these things happening, but it might be a challenge for today’s younger viewers. This is a realistic film about a problem that we still live with today.

Redford, just as in his complex study of the Lincoln assassins in “The Conspirator” (2010), shows young people who did brutal things for different reasons. In


obert Redford’s “The Company Yo u K e e p ” ( M PA A : R ) — which depicts aging 1960s Weather Underground activists finally facing apprehension for a bank robbery resulting in the death of a guard 30+ years ago—also deals with homegrown violence. The cast members

Robert Redford directed and stars in the political thriller, “The Company You Keep.” Photo: Sony Pictures Classics

this film, he also shows the less-thanprofessional approach of LaBeouf ’s character, and has his character comment on it. In addition, Redford demonstrates that even after you have offended society, you can still live an honorable life if you are willing to admit your mistakes to everyone involved. The characters and their problems aren’t simple; neither is anyone’s life. •••

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Colvin’s 135 Nehalem St. Breakfast served ‘til 4pm. Best burgers in town. Smoked prime rib. Thurs–Sat. Full service bar and lottery games. Bar: 7am–12pm, 2am weekends. Restaurant: 6am–10pm; Sun 7am–9am 503-728-4122 See ad, page 28.

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Conestoga Pub & Grill 85 N. Nehalem. Lunch & Dinner; homemade soup, Dive Burger Special, steaks, ribs, burgers. Full service bar & grill. 10am to close. New ownership. 503-728-3702

Goble Tavern 70255 Columbia River Hwy. (Milepost 31, Hwy. 30) Food, beer & wine + full bar, Live music. 503-556-4090 See ad page 25.

Flowers ‘n’ Fluff Coffee Shop 45 E. Columbia River Hwy Wine Tasting, Dinner & Live Music Fridays 5–8:30pm. 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


Evergreen Pub & Café 115-117 East 1st Street Burgers, halibut, prime rib, full bar. 503-556-9935 See ad, page 11.

Kathy’s 218 E. “B” St. Breakfast and lunch. Homemade soups & pies, espresso , latté coffees, Dine in or take out. 503-556-4502

Luigi’s Pizza 117 East 1st Street 503-556-4213 Pizza, spaghetti, burgers, beer & wine. See ad, page 11.

Longview The Brits Café and Tea Shoppe 1427 Commerce Avenue Tea, pastries and scones, lunch, British fare. Beer & wine. 360-575-8090


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

Conestoga Pub Cornerstone Café 102 East “A” Street Microbrews, wines & spirits Prime rib Friday & Sat. 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.

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

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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. Worldfamous mac & cheese. 360-577-1541 See ad page 8.

JT’s 1203 14th Ave, Longview Fine dining, Happy Hour. Full bar. Specials, fresh NW cuisine. 360-577-0717. See ad page 18.

Shamrock Tavern 1131 15th Ave, Longview Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Full menu with steaks, seafood, daily specials. Kegs/growlers to go. Big screen TVs. 360-577-0717

Ixtapa Fine Mexican Restaurant

U-Dub Pub 934 Washington Way, Longview Full menu, light lunch, weekly specials. Traeger smoked prime rib on Fri and Sat nights. Great burgers. Full bar. 360-353-5229

Lexington 3 miles north of Kelso on West Side Hwy, or take I-5 Exit 42, turn left (south) after crossing Cowlitz River.

Ginger’s Restaurant (located in the Monticello Hotel), Longview Traditional breakfast, lunch & dinner – homestyle Sunday dinners. Full bar (‘23 Club). 360-425-9900. See ad page 10.

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

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Lexi’s Pizza Pub 1613 West Side Hwy Classic & specialty pizzas, fish & chips, outdoor seating, lounge, live music every Friday, TVs, jukebox. M-Tues 2–9pm, W-Sat 2–10pm, Sun 3–9pm. 360-575-1960

Ernesto’s Espresso & Deli 1626 West Side Hwy Specialty sandwiches, breakfast, build-your-own sandwich, homemade soups, desserts, smoothies, espresso, Italian sodas. Open Fri 6am, Sat-Sun 7am. 360-353-3507

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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 13. 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 25.

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

4858 West Side Hwy 5am–8pm, 7 days Fresh soup daily. Burgers, deli, chicken, breakfast, pizza. Daily specials. Super Value Sunday. Clam chowder every Friday. 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

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

Mark’s on the Channel floating restaurant. 34326 Johnson Landing Rd. McCutty’s Marina, South Scappoose. 503-543-8765. Live music Sat nights. Full bar. See ad, page 5.

St. Helens Sunshine Pizza & Catering 2124 Columbia Blvd. Hot pizza, cool salad bar. Beer & wine. See ad, page 12. 503-397-3211


2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens Mon–Fri 9–5; Sat 10–4. Breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches, espresso, chocolates. See ad, page 12. 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


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

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Father’s Day Traditions

Local cook offers tips for ribs, Texas barbecue style By Sandy Carl


othing says Father’s Day like a backyard rib barbecue, and discussing it with some of my favorite fathers, I soon learned there are many schools of thought on the subject. Some believe you should avoid the sauce altogether, as any sauce containing sugar or tomatoes tends to burn. For real Texas barbecue, dry rub is used, cooking the ribs low and slow for a tender and juicy outcome. Others believe a southern style barbecue mop sauce to be the best method, keeping a spray bottle of water at hand to put out flare-ups. One thing we all agree on is cooking over indirect low heat, with lots of love.

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Dry Rub: 2 cups brown sugar ½ cup dry mustard 1 Tbl. cayenne pepper 1 Tbl. paprika 1 Tbl. garlic powder 1 Tbl. onion powder 1 Tbl. salt 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp. ground cumin Rub into the pork ribs and press into the meat on both sides. You will need to re-apply to both sides to completely use the rub. Let sit for one to eight hours. Preheat your grill to 225º and place the meaty side of the ribs over indirect heat. Cook for one hour, spraying occasionally with apple juice to keep the meat moist. Baste

Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce 2 Tbl. vegetable oil 2 /3 cup diced onion 1 cup tomato paste ½ cup brown sugar 2 /3 cup apple cider vinegar ¼ cup molasses ½ tsp cayenne pepper ½ tsp liquid smoke ¼ tsp paprika 1 tsp each salt and pepper. In a small saucepan over medium high heat, cook onions in preheated oil until soft. Add the remaining ingredients and cook on the stovetop for 30 minutes. ••• Longvieew resident Sandy Carl is known to be a great cook. This recipe is featured in her “Tasteful Memories” cookbook, available at Lower Columbia Esthetics in Longview and St. Helens Cellars tasting room on Spirit Lake Hwy in Castle Rock.

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Mid-week we sailed around Land’s End and visited the quaint town of San Jose del Cabo. The night sea was pretty rough but calmed in time for a day of a lot of picture taking in this exceptionally beautiful area. Next, we sailed on to two of the most beautiful islands – Isla Las Islotes and Espiritu Sante.

“Baja, humbug! You can have a whale of a good time in your own backyard!” ~ Bob the Dog Photo by Dave Kovac

“Those quiet men that always stand on piers asked where we were going and when we said, ‘To the Gulf of California’ their eyes melted with longing, they wanted to go so badly.” ~From The Log of the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

Ray and some of the group took advantage of the swimming and snorkeling here. I passed because the water was pretty cold and I don’t like wet suits. That evening we enjoyed margaritas and s’mores around a campfire on a lovely isolated beach with a stunning sunset followed by a star-filled sky. The highlight of our whale watching was around Isla Danzante. In the afternoon, two humpback whales entertained us alongside the ship. We saw them skyhop, breach and flip within 10 feet of the ship – then they would go under to the other side. These animals are so huge! They stayed and cavorted for more than two hours. Our undersea specialist got some amazing underwater camera shots. We all decided these two whales must have drawn the short straw and had to go entertain the tourists that afternoon.


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How to Get Rid of Knee Pain Once and for All...Without Drugs, Shots, or Surgery Now, in Longview, WA, one doctor is helping local residents with knee pain live more active, pain-free lives. Living with knee pain can feel like a crippling experience. Do You Have Any of the Following Conditions? • Arthritis • Knee pain • Cartilage damage • “Bone-on-bone” • Tendonitis • Bursitis • Crunching and popping sounds Let’s face it, your knees aren’t as young as they used to be, and playing with the kids or grandkids isn’t any easier either. Maybe your knee pain keeps you from walking short distances or playing golf like you used to. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your knee hurts and the pain just won’t go away! My name is Dr. Daren Bowlby, owner of Bowlby Chiropractic Center. Since we opened, we’ve seen hundreds of people with knee problems leave the office pain free. If you’re suffering from these conditions, a new breakthrough in medical technology may completely eliminate your pain and help restore normal function to your knees.

Finally, You Have an Option Other Than Drugs or Surgery New research in a treatment called low level laser therapy is having a profound effect on patients suffering with knee pain. Unlike the cutting type of laser seen in movies and used in medical procedures, Laser Therapy penetrates the surface of the skin with no heating effect or damage. Laser Therapy has been tested for 40 years, had over 2000 papers published on it, and been shown to aid in damaged tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, relieve pain and boost the immune system. This means that there is a good chance Laser Therapy could be your knee pain solution, allowing you to live a more active lifestyle. Professional athletes like Tiger Woods and team members of the New England Patriots rely upon Laser Therapy to treat their sports-related injuries. These guys use Laser Therapy for one reason only…

It Promotes Rapid Healing of the Injured Tissues. Before the FDA would clear Laser Therapy for human use, they wanted to see proof that it worked. This led to two landmark studies. The first study showed that patients who had Laser Therapy had 53% better improvement than those who had a placebo. The second study showed patients who used the Laser Therapy had less pain and more range of motion days after treatment. If Laser Therapy can help these patients, it can help you, too.

Could This Non-Invasive, Natural Treatment Be the Answer to Your Knee Pain? For the First 25 Callers Only, I’m running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for Laser Therapy. What does this offer include? Everything I normally do in my “Knee Pain Evaluation”. Just call and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your problem where I will listen…really listen… to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. (cont. next column)

• A full set of specialized X-rays to determine if arthritis is contributing to your pain. • A thorough analysis of your exam and X-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • You’ll see everything first hand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like it has been for so many other patients. The First 25 Callers Only can get everything I’ve listed here for only $35. The normal price for this type of evaluation including X-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking me up on this offer. Remember what it was like before you had knee problems; when you were pain free and could enjoy everything life had to offer? It can be that way again. Don’t neglect your problem any longer – don’t wait until it’s too late.

Here’s What One of Our Patients had to say… “Before the knee treatments I had throbbing pain in my right knee whenever I put weight on my leg. Now after the treatments I have no pain and I can put all my weight on my leg without any pain in my knee. I was afraid I was going to need a knee replacement but now I don’t need one.” ~ Joann Larson “Before my knee treatments I could not straighten my knee and leg out in bed without pain. Since receiving treatments I can go up and down stairs without a lot of pain. I am really pleased with the results of less pain.” ~ Alvina Beattie

Here’s what to do now: Due to the expected demand for this special offer, I urge you to call our office at once. The phone number is 360-575-8897. Call today and we can get started with your talk, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Our office is called Bowlby Chiropractic Center and you can find us at 1157 Third Ave., Ste. 145, in Longview, WA. Tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Knee Evaluation. Sincerely, Daren Bowlby, D.C. P.S. Now you might be wondering…

“Is this safe? Are there any side effects or dangers to this?” The FDA cleared Laser Therapy in 2002. This was after their study found 76% improvement in patients with pain. Their only warning – don’t shine it in your eyes. Of course at our office, the laser is never anywhere near your eyes and we’ll give you a comfortable pair of goggles for safety. Don’t wait and let your knee problems get worse, disabling you for life. Take me up on my offer and call today 360-575-8897.

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR ($250 Value) Available to EVALthe First 25 UATION Callers!


360-575-8897 • WWW.DRDARENBOWLBYBLOG.COM 36 /May 15 – June 14, 2013 / Columbia River Reader

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