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his month still has an air of celebration to it. We were delighted to welcome more than 150 of you — readers, contributors, advertisers and friends — to our 15th Year Celebration at the Monticello Hotel on May 4. Mike Poe and his band played the best-ever classic rock music. I hadn’t danced in ages and my feet were sore for days after the party! Craig and Sharon and the entire Hotel staff went the extra mile making everything sparkle, resulting in a festive ambience with warm rapport absolutely radiating! Thanks to everyone who joined the fun. It was a magical celebration. The best celebrations look forward, not just backward. Our 15th year begins with new contributors, new features, and renewed energy — while preserving, we hope, the best of what got us here in the first place. We’d like to attribute this to careful planning and strategic thinking, but I’d prefer to simply call it serendipity. The subject of last month’s inaugural People + Place feature, Robert Michael Pyle, is a great proponent of serendipity, or what Jungians call “synchronicity.” So, it turns out, is

Publisher/Editor: Susan P. Piper Columnists and contributors:

Tracy Beard Dr. Bob Blackwood Hal Calbom Alice Dietz Ted Gruber Jim LeMonds Michael Perry Ned Piper Perry Piper Dr. Robert Michael Pyle Marc Roland Alan Rose Alice Slusher Gordon Sondker Amy Wilson

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Serendipity’s picnic, syzygy, and synchronicity.

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With spring bursting forth around us, I wish you a world of delight and a perennial invitation to serendipity’s picnic. Our similar and more familiar wish is that we all may discover and enjoy the good life, which is right out our back door. Welcome to our May issue!

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In this Issue


Letters to the Editor


Dispatch from the Discovery Trail ~ Wanted: Stout Men


Medical Matters / Quips & Quotes


Miss Manners


Northwest Gardening


Out & About: Fort Vancouver Rose Show

19-22 People + Place+Pacific ~ Northwest Cookery: Tony Kischner

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The best piety is to enjoy – when you can. You are doing the most then to save the earth’s character as an agreeable planet. And — enjoyment radiates. It is of no use to try and take care of all the world; that is being taken care of when you feel delight — in art or anything else.

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ON THE COVER Scenes from suddenly-trendy Astoria,

to serendipity’s picnic, if you will. It’s reflected in a quote from the novelist George Eliot, chosen by our good friend and new contributor, Bob Pyle:

*Another word for planetary or celestial body alignment is “syzygy,” which CRR’s team, the Onomatopoeians, missed at the recent Altrusa Spell-abration. However, we still won second place, resulting in a $250 check sent to the Longview Library Foundation. Thank you, Altrusa!

Hal Calbom, the writer / photographer for the series. Call it what you will — “meaningful coincidence,” or planetary alignment*— but these two have given me a crash course on the physics of fate.

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So I’ve been paying attention and this month we present the fruits of that serendipitous attention: the first of Bob Pyle’s wonderful essays originally published in the collection, The Tangled Bank, which will be a continuing new feature, along with Hal’s People + Place. And, nicely, the epigraph for The Tangled Bank seems to summarize for me what the “re-invigorated” Columbia River Reader is representing these days, our invitation

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“Everybody’s invited to serendipity’s picnic,” says Bob Pyle, “but you’ve got to accept the invitation. There’s so much going on around us all the time that you are bound to have serendipity, if you pay attention to what’s around you.”

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Out & About: A Grab Bag Jaunt along Hwy 30


Marc Roland on Northwest Wines


People+Place: Tony Kischner’s Top Five Col. River Books


Besides CRR...What Are You Reading?


Cover to Cover ~ Bestsellers List / Book Review


Lower Columbia Informer ~ I Love Germany!


Essay from The Tangled Bank / Robert Michael Pyle

30-31 Outings & Events Calendar / Hikes/ Farmers’ Markets 32

Astronomy ~ Night Sky Report


Lower Columbia Dining Guide


Movies by Dr. Bob Blackwood ~ Avengers: Infinity War


Where Do You Read the Reader?


The Spectator ~ Serendipitous good fortune


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Letters to the Editor

Enjoyed first People+Place Your paper never disappoints me. After reading your first People+Place I look forward to more of these features. Although I don’t know Hal Calbom, I have known Robert Pyle for many years. Hal did a great job of capturing the personality of Robert, one of many noteworthy people in the area who makes living in the Lower Columbia interesting. Good luck and keep up the good work. Dean Takko Longview, Wash.

Calbom an excellent addition Read the Reader with my morning coffee and loved the new People+Place feature! Hal is an excellent addition to your staff! Karen Penta Longview, Wash.

Story prompted memories A quick note to let you know that I am settled here in Tacoma. Merrill Gardens is a very nice retirement facility. I am content, comfortable and keeping very busy with field trips, genealogy research and playing Scrabble on Fridays. I want you to know how much I enjoy the CRR. It is great. Thank you, too, for the interesting stamps you use to send it to me. I will share these stamps with a friend who collects stamps. I shared a copy of the CRR with a friend here who is from Montana and he was very impressed with it. Many nice and very interesting people live here at Merrill Gardens. Please give my greeting to Perry, too, and let him know am using and enjoying my computer and Windows 10 and I appreciate the help he gave me with it. (I wish he were here in Tacoma!) Thinking of you with fondness, Lonny Haseman Tacoma, Wash. Editor’s note: Mrs. Haseman, a former Longview resident, moved to Tacoma a few months ago. She subscribes by mail to CRR. We miss her and wish her the best. Enjoys the issues she sees Congratulations on 15 years of the Columbia River Reader! Although I don’t get to see every issue here in Corvallis, I always enjoy those that I do see. Keep up the good work! Natalie Kovac Corvallis, Ore.

Editor’s note: Ms. Kovac is a friend of Victoria Findlay and her dog, Ginger. Ms. Findlay receives her CRR copies by mail and perhaps will pay attention to the suggestions below and pass them along. The current issue (and archives from 2012) may also be read online at

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Lewis & Clark

WANTED: Stout, healthy unmarried men Preparing for the ultimate adventure



n May 14, 1804 the Corps of Discovery set out on a journey that would cover almost 8,000 miles and take two years to complete. Preparations for the trip began a year earlier. While the Lewis & Clark Expedition was a bigger undertaking, it was similar to camping trips many families take every summer — loading up the SUV, driving to the end of the road and hiking into the backcountry for a week or two. If you forget something, a credit card comes in handy; if you get lost, there’s always your cell phone. But Lewis and Clark had to take everything they would need for the next two years. Their “camping” trip would take them into areas where no white man had ever set foot. They took items to trade with Indians Michael Perry enjoys local history and travel. His popular 33-installment Lewis & Clark series appeared in CRR’s early years and began its first “encore” appearance in July 2015.


We are pleased to present Installment #2 of Michael Perry’s popular 33-month series which began with CRR’s April 15, 2004 inaugural issue. “Dispatch from the Discovery Trail” helped define and shape Columbia River Reader in its early years during the Bicentennial Commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Each installment covered their travels during the corresponding month 200 years prior. We are repeating the series for the enjoyment of both longtime and more recent readers.

for supplies. And while they would carry a letter of credit from President Jefferson, there were no stores or motels along their route and nobody knew if they would find a trading ship waiting when — or if — they reached the Pacific coast. During the spring and summer of 1803, Jefferson and Lewis worked feverishly to get organized. The President arranged for Lewis to receive instruction from prominent American

o salute the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the U.S. Postal Service issued three attractive commemorative stamps in May 2004. Two stamps featured individual portraits of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark painted by Michael J. Deas. These were only available in a 32-page Prestige booklet containing 10 each of the two stamps. The booklet featured informative text, historic illustrations and scenic photographs relating to the Corps of Discovery’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase during 1804-1806. The booklet had a limited distribution, available in just 10 cities, including Ilwaco. Wash., and Astoria, Ore. This souvenir book, which originally sold for $8.95 ($1.55 over face value), is available on eBay for $10 or less and is worth owning. A third stamp showed Lewis and Clark together on a mountaintop. That stamp was available in sheets of 20 in all post offices in the United States. All three stamps are still valid for postage. However, you will need to add a 13¢ stamp to your letter since the first-class letter rate has now increased from 37¢ to 50¢. scientists about botany, natural history, mineralogy and astronomy. Jefferson also secured passports from the French and British governments to allow the expedition to cross their territory. However, the President’s most important contribution was his detailed instructions on June 20, 1803. I can only imagine today’s English

teachers cringing at Jefferson’s run-on sentences in the following excerpts from his letter to Lewis: The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principal streams of it, as, by it’s course and communication with the waters of the Pacific ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregon, Colorado or any other river may offer the most direct cont page 7

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Beginning at the mouth of the Missouri, you will take observations of latitude & longitude, at all remarkeable points on the river, & expecially at the mouths of rivers. Your observations are to be taken with great pains & accuracy. Several copies of these as well as your other notes should be made at leisure times, & put into the care of the most trust-worthy of you attendants, to guard, by multiplying them, against the accidental losses to which they will be exposed. Jefferson clearly valued the lives of the expedition members, but he valued even more the information that would be lost if they died en route. He told Lewis to turn back if the journey proved too dangerous. If they reached the Pacific coast, Jefferson wanted Lewis to send copies of all the notes and maps back by ship, if possible. He didn’t want to risk the loss of everything on a return trip by land. Lewis was also to serve as Jefferson’s roving ambassador to the Indian nations they encountered. He was told to collect as much information as

possible about each tribe’s territorial boundaries, their numbers, cultures, languages, religions, clothing, customs and housing.

They took tools such as axes, drills, and files. They also took a hundred pounds of “Indian presents” (beads, fishhooks, cloth, needles and knives) and a wide assortment of medicines.

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Guns were obtained from the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. One of the guns was an air rifle, which was to be of great interest to the Indians along the way. Lewis also had a 40-foot long collapsible iron-framed canoe made at Harper’s in 2004 illustrates the keel boat used by So what kind of the Corps of Discovery. Ferry. The ribbed supplies did Lewis frame could be take? Obviously, folded up until s u r v e y i n g needed, and then covered with equipment and blank journals for animal hides or bark. It sounded record keeping. Just as important were like a good idea, but Lewis would be the guns and ammunition needed for disappointed when it failed to live up both hunting and protection. Lewis to expectations. expected the men would be able to Lewis wanted “stout, healthy, feed and clothe themselves by hunting unmarried men, accustomed to the along the route. woods, and capable of bearing bodily While they took little food, they fatigue in a pretty considerable degree.” made room for lots of whiskey, a Most men were recommended by standard military ration in those days. their army commanders, and about 45 men gathered at Camp Dubois near the junction of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers to spend the winter of 1803 getting ready to start their epic journey the next spring. ••• Next month, we will retrace the steps of the Corps of Discovery as they made their way up the Missouri River.

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By Amy Wilson, Community Engagement Specialist US Forest Service / Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument / Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Forest Service invites public input May 24 Open House in Toutle


ount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, is asking the community to participate in a discussion about where we have been and where we are going. The natural environment at the Monument is constantly evolving and changing, and so Forest Service management must also be dynamic and responsive to evolving conditions as we strive to serve the mission of the Monument. We are eager to hear your ideas, questions and comments as we develop a shared vision and roadmap for the future. Please join Forest Service staff and partners Thursday, May 24 any time between 4–7pm at the Toutle Lake School to hear about recent accomplishments and share your ideas on future needs and opportunities.  In addition to hearing about what has been done recently, we will be asking you what key events and conditions have impacted the monument, what valuable attributes should be protected, what trends might impact the Monument in the future, and what the future of the Monument looks like to you.  Partners who will be on hand to answer questions and share updates include Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, US

Geological Survey, Pacific Northwest Research Station, and Mount St. Helens Institute. The event is open to anyone who has an interest in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Members of the public who are interested in recreation, science, and resource management are especially encouraged to participate.

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Longview Parks & Recreation reminds next year’s participants to start signing up as early as January 2019. Registration is limited to 420 preregistered participants; this year, walkup registrations were not possible. “For the first time since I’ve been involved, we had to close registration before the event,” said long-time volunteer Gerry Bosh. “We had 423 participants registered. The fish cleaning station was busier than they’ve ever been and one volunteer said that about half the participants walked past him with trout.” Approximately 15 volunteers on Friday and 45 on Saturday kept things flowing. About 2,500 Mossy Rock Hatchery fish and 30 larger trout from the Goldendale Hatchery were placed into the Lake, Bosh said. “ The larger trout didn’t seem as hungry as last year, but two 4-1/2 lb. trout were caught during the 1:00 session.”

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•It is spring again. The earth is like a child who knows poems by heart.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke • An optimist is the human personification of spring. ~Susan J. Bissonette • The earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson • To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. ~ Audrey Hepburn •Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul. ~ Luther Burbank • Butterflies are self-propelled flowers. ~ Robert Heinlein

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New treatment for Dupuytren’s Contracture available at Longview Orthopedic Associates By Jim LeMonds A.J. Lauder, m d , of Longview Orthopedic Associates, reports that a new treatment for Dupuytren’s contracture is now available to area residents. “The good news is that it’s less invasive and does not require surgery,” said Lauder, who is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected hand surgeons. Dupuytren’s contracture is a hand deformity that affects a layer of tissue that lies under the skin of the palm. Knots of tissue form beneath the skin,

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: With sexual harassment in the workplace getting so much attention these days, imagine how much happier we would all be if hugging were not permitted among co-workers. I am so tired of having my space invaded and feeling obligated to accept a hug. My skill at giving a light pat on the back or shoulder with minimal frontal touching is improving. However, a handshake can be equally affirming of one’s appreciation of another and is so civilized! GENTLE READER: Indeed. Over the years, Miss Manners has watched the hug become increasingly separated from the emotion that is supposed to prompt it. The bizarre notion that hugging should inspire affectionate goodwill, rather than express it, was promulgated in the pop psychology movement of the 1960s, perhaps not unrelated to chemical and erotic stimuli. But then, in the inevitable yearning for respectability, it took on moral overtones. Promiscuous hugging was credited with demonstrating benevolence: a general love and acceptance of humanity. And it was touted as therapy: Hugging being an end in itself, it would bring comfort to the forlorn, no matter who administered it. It was at this stage that Miss Manners encountered one of the leading gurus on the subject. Not traveling in such circles, she did not recognize him,

although she knew that they were both scheduled to address a book convention. Imagine her surprise when he told the audience that just previously, alone on the elevator with her, he had decided that she needed a hug but refrained because he thought she might not take it well. The idea was that surely any lady not so uptight would welcome a strange man’s grabbing her in the confines of an elevator. And now that hugging has been degraded to mean nothing more than an ordinary greeting, other ladies, perhaps not quite so uptight as Miss Manners prides herself on being (now that she knows the standard), are also in danger of being criticized. She agrees with you that the handshake is quite cordial enough for most situations, which would free the hug to mean something warmer. Meanwhile, she also recommends performing a slight wave in front of your face, accompanied by a regretful smile. The assumption will be that you have something catching, but so be it. DEAR MISS MANNERS: I had a 60th birthday party, and “no gifts, please” was the message. My dear friends bought gifts nonetheless. However, since all invitations were done by email, I don’t have actual mailing addresses for many of the attendees. Should I ask their mailing address via email to send a (late) thank-you note?

GENTLE READER: It is an interesting sign of the times that you can have dear friends whose street addresses are unknown to you. However, modernity has at the same time kindly provided us with online directories in which you can look them up. Miss Manners would consider that preferable — and less work — than the double correspondence you suggest. DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am lucky enough to be one of a group of women who get together monthly to share conversation and a meal. When we meet at my house, I enjoy setting a nice table, and I use cloth napkins: some new, and some inherited from my mother, grandmother and even great-grandmother. More than once, however, I have had a guest say, “Oh, we need napkins,” and rush off cont page 34

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Garden Myth-busting Some deeply-rooted beliefs are By Alice Slusher groundless folklore


ast month I wrote about busting some common garden myths. Let see if I can come up with some more! As a kid, I hated it when Mom would tell me to do something, and in answer to my whiny “Why?” would say, “Because I told you so.” I’ll try to give you some reasonable answers to justify why the following common “facts” aren’t correct. I’ve noticed that garden catalogs, and even Costco, are selling cute little “bee houses.” We hear a lot about preserving our pollinators, and many folks think this might be the best way to do it. Well, the truth is, unless we’re talking about properly constructed mason bee habitats and honey bee hives, most bees are ground dwellers. If you have the room, leave a sunny and flat area of bare ground, a small pile of sand, or some old creviced wood to attract those busy solitary bees. Also consider that there are many other kinds of pollinators out there as well as beneficial insects to invite into our gardens. Plant a variety of flowers in and around your veggie garden to provide season-long flowers. Some choices to consider are cilantro, dill, sweet alyssum (plant as a border away from the garden), coreopsis, yarrow, and sunflower. Keep in mind that some of the little bee-like buzzers on your flowers may look like bees, but they don’t sting. Here’s one that I hear all the time—Epsom salts cure everything, or at least prevents a problem that occurs in tomatoes and other vegetables: blossom end rot. So many folks I talk to around here swear by it. cont page 15

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Well, the truth is, Epsom salts contain calcium, which is a nutrient that may be low in our soil, but it also contains magnesium, a mineral that is abundant in our soil here. If there is an imbalance of nutrients in the soil, it can actually block the ability of the plant to get what it needs, and too much magnesium will prevent the plant from getting enough calcium. If a soil test shows that you have too little calcium, don’t add Epsom salts—add calcium carbonate, following the directions on the label. Another long-held belief is that crushed eggshells add usable calcium to the soil. Unfortunately, that’s just not so. The main reason that tomatoes get blossom end rot is because of inconsistent watering. If the soil gets too dry between waterings, the plant is unable to take up and use the existing calcium in the soil. So go ahead and

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use your Epsom salts, but only in your soaking bath to soothe those sore gardening muscles! Do you routinely lime your lawn in an effort to get rid of moss? How is that working out? Probably not too well. The real trick is to make your lawn unfriendly to moss. We all know that moss likes shade and moisture — just look at the walkway or roof on the north side of your home. In the lawn, however, you often have an opportunity to create a sunnier exposure by pruning or cutting down trees and shrubs. You can also plant shade-loving grass or ground covers in those areas. But the bigger problem isn’t our acidic soil, it’s that grass loves nitrogen, and if you provide it with good nutrition, and lots of sun, it will out-compete the moss. Fertilize four times a year, twice in the spring, and twice in the fall to get a lush lawn that leaves no room for moss. So get out there and get growing! And remember, there is a great free resource for any of your plant, pest, or garden problems. Call or visit our WSU Extension Master Gardener Plant and Insect Clinic: 360-577-3014, 1946 3rd Ave. Longview on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 9am–noon. We’ll work with you to figure out a solution.

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embers of the Fort Vancouver Rose Society extend a warm invitation to Columbia River Reader readers to enjoy the 65th annual Rose Show on Saturday, June 23, from 1– 4pm at the First Evangelical Church, 4120 St. Johns Road in Vancouver. Exhibitors from communities all over the area will participate. The Fort Vancouver Rose Society presents the largest rose show in the State of Washington and the second largest in the nation! This year’s show, “65 Years of Rose Memories,” commemorates our 65th year of incorporation as well as our annual rose shows. We will be challenged this year to set up the show in a new venue at the First Evangelical Church on St. Johns Road — but we are up to it!

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Pacific Northwest Cookery: Tony Kischner The Pacific Northwest fine dining public demands two different cuisines.

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Let’s eat! Or, rather, let’s dine! For years I used the Long Beach Peninsula as my Writer’s Getaway. One such visit found me sitting down to dinner at a new restaurant in Seaview — magnificent sturgeon, seasonal vegetables, artisan cheese and a superb Washington wine. “I just wanted to come out and see who you were,” announced a tiny, gravel-voiced woman surprising me over my final course, “You’ve just had one helluva dinner!” As did most people who ever ate fish curated and cooked by the legendary Jimella Lucas. That startup restaurant was the Shelburne, later the Shoalwater, improved upon and perfected by Tony and Ann Kischner, and now evolved into their extraordinary Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria. Among the Columbia’s great bounties are its edibles: our very own food, fish and fruit. Yes, we’ve dammed off the salmon and sturgeon, and corporatized our family farms. But the River of the West, and its irrigated inlands, still feed much of the rest of the world. And, they set a rich table for us. This month’s People+Place offers local delicacies coveted not only by the world’s gourmets and chefs but also by the rest of us, who’ve come to expect prize-winning wines on our menus and world class halibut in our fish and chips. And, as a bonus, a robust downtown and nightlife in suddenly trendy Astoria! Bon appétit! •••

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A caesar or wedge salad to start, the fresh catch of the day, right off the boat, artfully prepared and delicately sauced, on the side an exotic vegetable whose name you can’t pronounce, and a French press coffee with the cheesecake. And, when in a different mood, hearty chunks of halibut breaded and deep fried as fish and chips, a burger with yellow mustard and steak fries, and pan fried oysters, please, not those slightly slimy things served on the half shell. Meeting these two sets of tastes is an art in itself, the art of Northwest Cookery. HC: This is a famously tough business and you’ve been at it awhile. Are you easing back? TK: Yeah, I only work half time now, 12 hours a day!


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HC: That’s what I was getting at: Great restaurants seem to require blood sacrifices from their owners.

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TK: It’s a price of success. But it’s pride, too. We are busier than we’ve ever been in our lives in this restaurant. Summers have gone bonkers. I’m very happy to say that. It’s crazy how busy we are. And it’s not just us, but the whole community!

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HC: Your Shoalwater Restaurant was a fixture on the Long Beach Peninsula. Why move to Astoria? TK: I think we’d plateaued a bit in Seaview. And I’d been watching Astoria blossom. Thirty years ago when we moved here there was no way we’d open a restaurant in Astoria. But about fifteen years ago the tide started changing. We started noticing downtown getting fixed up, buildings remodeled, bookstores, neat little boutiques started coming in, little cafés. HC: What’s the mix of locals and visitors at Bridgewater Bistro? TK: In the summer the locals tend to stay away and leave it mostly to the tourists, but they support us the rest of the year. HC: And your oyster demographics? Columbia River Reader / May 15 – June 14, 2018 / 19

TK: I serve a ton of oysters. 90 per cent pan fried. Around here that’s what people tend to order. HC: So you’re not entirely an elite gourmet joint?

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TK: Nope. We’ve got a great burger, and we sell a lot of them.

TK: Yes. James Beard was a one-man promotional machine, said this was the best food on the entire North Coast. And the word was getting out, for sure.

Some history, circa 1980s, while I was frittering away my “Writer’s Getaway” time discovering and celebrating the Columbia River fresh food culture, Tony Kischner was tiring of his demanding gig running Rosellini’s prestigious The Other Place restaurant in Seattle.

HC: Were you consciously trying to do something different, create “Northwest Cuisine?”

Meanwhile, our mutual friend, Blaine Walker, who today owns the very successful 42nd Street Café in Long Beach, had left Seattle for this self same Long Beach Peninsula — this Cape Cod without the hordes of people and pricey real estate — to begin a new career of his own.

TK: No, I don’t think so. Julia Child was here once for a weekend food confab and that was the question: Is there a Northwest style or a Northwest Cuisine? And, we knew what it wasn’t.

TK: Blaine was moving to the Peninsula to raise escargot. HC: He referred to himself as a snail rancher, as I recall. TK: When we first moved here people were selling us fish off the back of the truck. People would come in with salmon fresh off the boat to sell us at the back of the restaurant. And, almost invariably a guy would say, ‘Hey I’ve also got a sturgeon back there if you want it, at a buck a pound.’

TK: Yep. Gastronomic snails for the world. And he’d heard that Nanci and Jimella were going to move their restaurant. HC: To the Ark, in Nahcotta. TK: Yes. And Blaine says, ‘I’m calling from Long Beach.' And I said, ‘California, I’m not interested in California.’ And he said no, Long Beach, Washington, and I said where the hell is that? HC: He knew you were restless?

HC: Quite a few pounds, though! TK: Seriously. Sometimes we’d say, ‘Oh yeah, I’ll take one,’ because if you get a sturgeon you just don’t get a little fish, you get a monster! You’ve got to deal with it. Photo:

TK: We had been working for other people long enough that we decided it was time to hang out our own shingle. So we came down, Nanci and Jimella were still operating there. We stayed at the Shelburne Inn. Our kids were 5 and 8. We walked the beaches, there was nobody around, middle of August. Such a beautiful area without too many people, but then we went for dinner that evening and the place was packed! So that was the decision. Thus developed great synergy among four founding couples: Jimella Lucas and Nanci Main, the muses; Tony and Ann Kischner, wine connoisseurs; Blaine and Cheri Walker, entrepreneurs and chefs; and the owner-operators of the historic Shelburne Inn in Seaview, David Campiche and Laurie Anderson. Collectively, they helped transform the sleepy peninsula into a getaway destination: sandbars, storms and shipwrecks, oysters, salmon, and cranberries, the footprints of Chinook Indians and Lewis and Clark.

HC: Rent him his own room? Did you feel you had big shoes to fill, with all this notoriety?

HC: What wasn’t it? TK: Well, it avoided influences, like French, Italian, Asian. It avoided the heavy sauce treatment. It all came down to the ingredients, and the sourcing of the ingredients. Chefs and restaurant owners didn’t just cook the food, they went looking for it. HC: Like brokers or networkers? TK: Very much so, and the cool part of it was the community-building involved: developing strong relationships with local farmers, hunters, fishermen. And awareness of the seasonality of food, buying and featuring things at their peak.

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HC: Did you and Julia ever figure out Northwest Cuisine?

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TK: Well, there were a lot of us there, and we finally concluded that a better term might be Northwest Cookery. HC: Not Cuisine?

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TK: The word Cuisine has a lot of freight on it. And our style was very simple, with a light touch, let the ingredients do the talking. Pacific Northwest Cookery was the best term everybody could agree on.

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TK: No, it’s very much a working community still, not just a tourist community. There still is fishing, there still is lumbering, there’s still a lot of evidence of it as you go around town.

TK: No, consumption is actually up, but bottle wine sales are down considerably. It’s all by the glass now. Everybody’s interested in what do you have by the glass.

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HC: Can you maintain that dual identity, the fine diners and the deep fryers, if you will? TK: I think it’s the soul of the place, and it’s not contradictory. We have a healthy respect for the resources of the area and the people who bring us those resources. As well as the artistic value — what we can do with those resources as well. HC: Will people have a glass of merlot with that burger? TK: Yes, by all means. And it’s interesting — that’s one of the big trends I’ve noticed after some thirty years in the wine business — people are changing their wine drinking habits.

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TK: Yes, they want to taste a variety of wines. And although I’ve got a lot of great bottles for sale what really sells is all our wines by the glass, on a fairly consistent basis. And a lot of sparkling wines by the glass. HC: More discriminating drinkers? TK: More experimenters. People having fun with wine. Lots of sparklers, very popular, and rosés are certainly coming into their own right now. cont page 22

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People + Place Why Astoria, why now? Certain synergies required: the natural beauty and historical richness at the mouth of the Columbia; high-quality museums and attractions in town — light ship, cannery, maritime; and especially a cooperative competition on the culinary and hospitality side. Enlightened restaurant owners must be the most benevolent of rivals, knowing they depend upon each other’s success to ensure sufficient traffic and success of their own. T K : T h e r e ’s n o question that when there are two or three other good restaurants in the area it helps us. And around the time we were thinking of establishing the B r i d g e w a t e r, t h e Cannery Pier Hotel coming in really clinched the deal for us. HC: Who are some of your friendly competitors? TK: There are so many young chefs and entrepreneurs coming to the coast these days — Baked Alaska down on

HC: My mommy? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

the river, the Silver Salmon Grille, T-Paul’s Supper Club downtown — to name a few.

TK: Umami. It’s the latest thing in chef-speak. A fifth essential taste sensation added to the classic four: sweet, sour, salt, bitter. “Umami,” according to these tastemakers, is a brothy or meaty taste, what you find in a soy sauce, in miso paste, many Asian spices. A protein taste.

HC: Where do you think your evolving Northwest Cookery is headed? Trends? TK: Well, the food still leads. You don’t cook something to perfection and drown it in sauce. Ideally, you have

HC: Well, I’ll await the umami tsunami! So, between meals, how do you recommend I work up an appetite this afternoon? TK: I love the Cannery Museum, built around the old Bumble Bee operations at Pier 39. Seven packing companies banding together in the 1890s, canning salmon until the twenties and gradually putting more tuna in their cans, albacore, and expanding their brand. Great stuff. the piece of fish glistening by itself, perfectly cooked off the grill with a little sauce to dip into.

HC: Thanks as ever for your hospitality — and for building all this. Impressive and inviting.

HC: Medium rare?

HC: You’re always welcome. I’ve got a customer looking for a wine recommendation. I better run.

TK: Rare to medium rare, but we let everyone know that’s how we’d like to cook it, and some still insist that their fish be “well done.” HC: Other influences?

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TK: The Asian influence continues to be huge. Chefs have gotten much bolder, putting more spice into it, more heat. Light preparation but bolder flavor. Seeking “umami.”

HC: Go to it. Here’s to Northwest Cookery! TK: Salut!



A ‘grab bag’ day trip Explore this often-overlooked

23-mile stretch of Oregon’s Highway 30

Story and Photos by Tracy Beard

Oregon boasts so many favorite destinations that visitors and locals often miss the less popular but equally attractive small towns and sights. U.S. Route 30 runs east and west through the United States. In Oregon, it begins at the coast in Astoria and spans the entire state, reaching the Idaho border east of Ontario. This 477-mile span features many famous wonders, including the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls. Follow me on a lesser-known 23-mile stretch from Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood to the city of St. Helens.

Portland’s colorful St. John’s neighborhood features a steel suspension bridge over the Willamette River, with Cathedral Park underneath and a meatball eatery.


f you are beginning your journey near Longview, Washington, head south on I-5, taking Exit 307 and continue on Marine Drive west to Cathedral Park in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The Park lies under the iconic St. John’s bridge, which is a steel suspension bridge spanning the Willamette River between beautiful Cathedral Park and the industrial area of Linnton. Construction of the bridge began in 1929 and ended in 1931, costing $7.69 million. Cathedral Park is a surreal place for a picnic, a popular area to take wedding photos, or a fantastic place to relax along the river. The bridge features 14 concrete Gothic arch piers and two steel towers. If you climb the steps underneath the bridge and gaze out across the river, you will discover a dramatic gateway to the other side. From Cathedral Park you can go to the downtown section of the St. Johns neighborhood in a matter of minutes. Stop at 87th & Meatballs on North Lombard Street and treat yourself to some delicious meatballs of chicken, beef, or a mixture. The order board will display your options: Step 1 – How do you want your balls? Step 2 – Choose your balls. Step 3 – Choose your sauce. After deciding on the meatballs, choose the type of sauce that excites your taste buds — tomato, creamy cheese, pesto, and others. Meatballs and sauce are available in a sandwich or over pasta. The eatery is small, but offers an ample picnic area with tables out front.

Sauvie Island

Fortified and re-energized, head south over the bridge and then west on Highway 30 to Sauvie Island, which used to be Wapato Island. It is one of the largest islands in the United States, with the northern half of the island preserved as a wildlife refuge and the southern half made up primarily of farmland and residential

The work of freelance writer and photographer Tracy Beard has been published in many regional, national, and international magazines. Her stories focus on luxury and adventure travel, outdoor activities, spas, fine dining, and traditional and trendy libations. She attended culinary school in San Francisco, and owned a catering company, adding to her enjoyment and authoritative understanding of food. Formerly of Longview, she now lives in Vancouver, Wash.

properties. Visitors enjoy purchasing produce in the summer months, but there are also several hikes on the island. Whether you want to wander the beach and check out the river or get a bit more exercise by traversing the 7-mile round trip slightly inclined hike to the lighthouse, there is plenty to see. Quiet forest, trickling streams

Continue west on Highway 30 to Scappoose. The Crown Zellerbach Trail, also known as the CZ Trail, traverses through the quiet forest and along gently trickling streams. Once an old logging road, this trail continues for 25 miles running northwest. To reach the trailhead from the highway, turn left onto ScappooseVernonia Road and go about 2 miles to Sam Blehm Road. Just past the road, you will see a parking lot on the right with a “Trailhead Parking” sign. Park here and walk west through the lot back to the road; this is where you will find the trail. My husband, Steve, and I hiked along the trail on a lovely March afternoon. The first mile runs parallel to the road and passes an occasional residence. We didn’t see any wildlife, but one home had chickens, peacocks, turkeys, and dogs in the yard. The trail follows a slight incline and then passes a marsh area filled with the sound of croaking frogs. As we trekked along, our warm sunny day turned, as it often does in the Pacific Northwest. Gray clouds appeared, tiny raindrops began to fall, and soon we raced back to the safety of our car. Four men and their “baby”

Wet and chilled, we turned on the car heat and continued on our journey to a place that would warm us up from the inside out, Ye Ol’ Grog Distillery. Located at 35855 Industrial Way, Unit C, in St. Helens, the distillery is owned and operated by four unlikely men who met once upon a time. Marcus designed and built a large fish processing plant in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, seen on the TV show “Deadliest Catch.” Lloyd, an experienced engineer, worked his way to Alaska to help man the crab catchers. Greg, the inventor of the elastrometric spongometer, met Marcus and Lloyd while supplying meters cont page 24 Columbia River Reader / May 15 – June 14, 2018 / 23

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Wine is life!

to the processing plant where they worked. Finally, there is Ken. He became a chemical engineer because he wanted to make liquor for the bars where he worked. Eventually, Ken worked at Cascade Grains Ethanol Plant in Oregon, where he hired Lloyd to be his maintenance superintendent. Over the years the four men became friends.

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Steve and I arrived just minutes before closing time, but Lloyd kept the shop open late to tell us their story. Ken and Lloyd lost their jobs when the ethanol plant went bankrupt in 2009. Due to Ye Ol’ Grog Distillery’s tasting room is open Sundays the weak economy the men could (1–4pm) and Thurs-Sat (1–5pm) not sell their houses and move incredible day, he offered us samples to a new area, so they decided to of the boozy ice creams they were join forces with their friends and open making in the distillery. These four the distillery. The four determined to intelligent “scientists” have managed create their unique rums, whiskeys, to freeze alcohol and turn it into and gins. creamy and delicious “spirited” ice “We didn’t want to do traditional creams. liquors, because the stores are full of Take the time to enjoy the 23-mile them, ” said Lloyd, “We wanted to stretch on Highway 30, and then get make fun, unpretentious, good-tasting adventurous and seek out highways liquor, and the first goal with that is and backroads near you that may to make ultra-pure ethanol, which is provide new and exciting things to vodka.” discover. Be sure to eat lunch at 87th Lloyd then revealed how they built & Meatballs, but take a moment their stills because there were none before you leave the house and available that would do what they pack one of my favorite light-hiking needed. Steve and I tasted the various sandwiches for a snack (below). liquors and enjoyed a number of ••• pairings Lloyd created. To finish our



By Tracy Beard

Caprese Sandwich

1 torta or soft ciabatta roll 2 tablespoons pesto 5 fresh basil leaves 2 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced ½ ripe tomato, sliced Slice the roll down the middle and spread 1 tablespoon of pesto on each side. Layer the bottom with sliced tomato, pieces of mozzarella, and top with 5 basil leaves. Place the top of the roll onto the sandwich.

Tracy’s Pesto 2-3 cups of fresh basil leaves 4-6 cloves of fresh garlic ¼ cup pine nuts ½ - ¾ cup olive oil ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese Salt to taste Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Freeze leftovers in ice cube trays for later use.

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think the universal appeal of wine is the fact that it transcends its intrinsic value as a beverage. Its production from vine to bottle speaks a language that to which we can all relate. What I mean is that wine is a result of processes that reflect real life. For example, the growth cycle of a grape plant. It starts with a seed that is planted in the ground. In the case of grapes, not necessarily in fertile ground. Grapes are planted and grow almost everywhere like a weed, but the place where they grow best is in less than “ideal” conditions, as long as there is enough sun to make them ripen. The Bible tells us that unless a seed goes into the ground and dies, it will abide alone; but if it dies it will produce good fruit. So we know that in human terms we are also born Longview resident and former Kelso teacher Marc Roland started making wine in 2008 in his garage. He and his wife, Nancy, now operate Roland Wines at1106 Florida Street in Longview’s new “barrel district.” For wine tasting hours, call 360-846-7304.

out of struggle and sometimes death. No one is born into ideal situations and, in fact, it’s those who overcome the worst of situations, given a little sunlight, who thrive. All fathers and mothers know the feeling that they weren’t the best parents raising their children. But like the vine, the important thing is the love and nurture — the sunshine — that makes all the difference. So you get the picture. As you drink a glass of wine, you are drinking a metaphor of life. Think about the first pruning in the fall. It is usually severe. All the dead wood from the new vintage needs to go to make room for new growth. It hurts to be pruned and if you have ever seen a professional cut back plants, you would think she is killing the plant. But it is dead weight and will not be useful in the spring when the buds break because it will just suck the energy from the new growth. Drinking the wine, it speaks to you of the struggle, but it also comforts you as its magic reminds you that everything will be alright—the vine lives another year. Hope is the substance of things unseen. In other words, we know hope because we believe in the miracle of life that always trumps death. Listen to the grapes. They crave water and cont page 25

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if you give them the water they want, they grow large and plump. Sounds great, right? Not with wine grapes. If you have ever seen wine grapes, you know they are small and the clusters are tight. Restrict the water and the plant fights for the available water and directs the nutrients to feed the berries instead of the leaves and stems. Leaves are pretty, but they don’t make wine. Winemakers call the leaves and stems MOG (material other than grapes) and throw them away. Another lesson for life. As the Rolling Stones say, “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime you find you get what you need.” Wine helps you reflect on the circumstance of life and to accept what we don’t understand. This is hope renewed. Not life on our own terms, but real life. In the times of Jesus, those who hosted weddings would pour the good wine at the beginning and as guests began to celebrate, lesser-quality wine would be poured. The first recorded miracle of Jesus totally disrupted this tradition. At a wedding feast at Cana in Galilee, when the hosts ran out of wine, Jesus asked that the wine barrels

be filled with water and when he had them draw it out, it was wine. But not inferior wine. The literal translation of the response was “they saved the best for now.” I have always said that life is too short to drink bad wine. It is alway time to drink good wine! The lesson here could be that the good life (wine) is worth living (drinking) in the present. And that is where we experience life. Wine is a reminder, every time we partake of it, that it is a result of nature, hard work, and fate—also a reminder of hope for the future.

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Top Five Columbia River Books 1) The Journals of Lewis and Clark, edited by Bernard DeVeto. A dry, but ultimately riveting account of one of the most harrowing expeditions in America by a remarkably small band of very brave and hardy people. 2) Wintergreen, by Robert Michael Pyle, a very sensitive exploration of the dangers facing the Pacific Northwest ecosystems from unrestrained forestry practices by one of the country’s most articulate naturalists. 3) Astoria, by Peter Stark, an excellent complement to the Journals of Lewis and Clark that focuses on the hardships surrounding the establishment of the early fur trading post of Fort Astoria. 4) Astoria, by Washington Irving, an entertaining novel written in the early 1800s from source material provided by John Jacob Astor that further confirms the difficulties encountered by the settlers of Astoria. 5) The Magic of Cape Disappointment, a novel by Julie Manthey, a whimsical modern-day novel with a mix of magic, history and romance that takes place around the mouth of the Columbia (and, best of all, it mentions our Bistro, the Bridgewater!).

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loyd Smith enjoys reading military history, but Hampton Sides’ Ghost Soldiers, a true account of the Bataan death march, the horrific experiences of the POWs who survived, and their dramatic rescue, has special significance to Smith and his family. His great uncle, Captain Chester Bennett, was one of the prisoners of war.

surrender and who endured the infamous death march. At times, Sides’ graphic account of the prisoners’ starvation and suffering at the hands of brutal Japanese guards can make for difficult reading.

“In the summer of 1940, Uncle Chester was transferred to the Philippines where he was a subordinate of Col. Charles A. Willoughby who was General MacArthur’s G-2 (Army Intelligence),” remembers Smith.

As the Japanese forces began retreating from the Philippines, Allied command learned of mass executions of POWs. In a daring raid in early January 1945, a volunteer force of 121 Rangers, assisted by Filipino guerillas, rescued and freed more than 500 Allied prisoners of war from the Cabanatuan POW camp.

“He was 50 years old and within a week of retiring when the Japanese attacked Manila. After Pearl Harbor, he was assigned to lead an element of the II Philippine Corps during the Battle of Bataan.” In February 1942, Captain Bennett was among the Bataan forces who were ordered to

This act of heroism established the Rangers as an elite fighting force. But as for many others, the rescue was too late for Lloyd’s great uncle. “He had succumbed to Capt. Chester Bennett dysentery at Camp #1 Cabanatuan, on November 27, 1942.”

Longview resident Lloyd Smith is a funeral director and crematory manager for the Dahl McVicker group, as well as a photographer. He has traveled to more than thirty countries with Builders International, a non-profit organization, taking photos used to promote building projects and to help engineers design schools, clinics and churches in those countries. Lloyd’s photos can be viewed at


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n The Better Angels of Our Nature, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker identifies “feminization” as one of the key factors in the ongoing civilizing of humanity (“Since violence is largely a male pastime, cultures that empower women tend to move away from the glorification of violence…”). Meg Wolitzer’s new novel offers a feminism for our time. The story opens in 2006, when Greer Kadetsky and her high school sweetheart—a sweethearted boy named Cory—are the two shining stars in their graduating class.

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A Feminism for Our Time Cory goes on to Princeton. Greer winds up at a middling college, where she is mauled at a frat party by Darren Tinzler. A number of first-year women have been the targets of his boorish behavior—or as he defends himself to the college administrators, his misguided charm offensive. He receives an administrative slap on the wrist in hopes he will in time reform and mature. (Alas, Tinzler doesn’t reform, doesn’t mature, eventually operating a revenge-porn website. Can’t win them all.) Quiet and lacking in confidence and direction, Greer is also apolitical until she is befriended by Zee, a slender, sexy, androgynous political activist (“she looked like a hot butch Girl Scout or a hot femme Boy Scout.”) They attend a lecture by Faith Frank, a feminist icon of the 70s and 80s, and Greer’s life finds its direction and inspiration. Faith becomes her hero and her mentor. After college, Greer gets a job working for Faith at the Loci Foundation, which is generously underwritten

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The light touch of this powerful woman was profound. So too was her choice to use her power in this tender way. Maybe that’s what we want from women, Greer thought… Maybe that’s what we imagine it would be like to have a woman lead us. When women got into positions of power, they calibrated and recalibrated tenderness and strength, modulating and correcting. Power and love didn’t often live side by side. If one came in, the other might go out. ~ from The Female Persuasion with corporate money and dedicated to empowering women around the world; Zee goes to work as a paralegal for a high-powered law firm she comes to despise (“they’re like the opposite of Doctors Without Borders. Lawyers Without Souls.”); and Cory puts aside his career in high finance when tragedy strikes his family, returning home to care for his mother, a more typically female sacrifice. In some ways, Cory is a true feminist for our times. When Faith compromises too much for continued corporate support, Greer finds that her hero has feet of clay, as all heroes do. Disillusioned, Greer strikes

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out on her own and discovers her own voice—which is another purpose of heroes and mentors—and writes a feminist manifesto that becomes a huge national bestseller and earns her heaps of money. (This is how we know we are reading a work of fiction.) The novel ends in the current political moment (“the big terribleness.”) Greer, like many Americans, “just could not believe what had happened to their country.” She participates in the Women’s March in DC, powered by “part endorphin rush, part despair.” Such is our time. Like Pinker, Wolitzer suggests that in Women’s Liberation lies the hope for men’s liberation as well. •••

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Ich Liebe Deutschland: I Love Germany!


t’s always a pleasure seeing the joyous faces of old friends and family after grueling 10+ hour flights across the world. Writing this from Stuttgart, Germany, I’ve only been here three days and yet Daniel, Roland, Theo and I have been having a blast! We started off doing some beer tasting as Daniel decided to buy 26 different bottles, many of them from his city of Stuttgart. Next, Daniel, his father, Roland, friend Moritz, and I hiked the tallest hill in the Black Forest region before heading to an incredible indoor water park with slides, an artificial wave pool and a submerged cocktail bar! We captured some stunning photos at the local zoo, especially in the botanical gardens and aquarium. Tomorrow, I’ll complete my tri-deca (3x every 10 years or closest matching phrase) pilgrimage to Waldenbuch, the town of the Ritter Sport chocolate factory and store. This place is the 2nd greatest chocolate site I’ve ever come across. This is an Apple-like store dedicated to cacao. All 30+ flavors have large square colors above their aisle and visitors can take a large shopping cart and scoop almost limitless amounts of sweets as if reenacting a 1990s Toys R Us TV shopping spree. Feeling guilty upon approaching the cashier with all the loot, a smile of complete bewilderment stretches across my face as the total announced is about one-third my estimated price. Everything is heavily discounted and there is even an extra section of unlabeled “rejects” that are even cheaper. Last time, I brought home a huge box that I feared would be above my economy airfare limit at 25 pounds, but this was only half, so this time I hope to bring back twice as much! Yet to come is Basel, Switzerland, this weekend, Munich and the Austrian Zotter Chocolate Museum next week, Croatia and Bosnia the following week and Spain and Scotland next

Perry Piper embarked on May 4 to Europe and “Down Under” for extensive travel and tele-commuting until the end of summer. He’ll be reconnecting with old friends, including Tr a v e l i n g c r e a t e s Daniel Kellner, the memories that German foreign appreciate in value exchange student who for mental well-being lived with the Piper compared to buying family three years physical, depreciating items. I encourage everyone to get out there and check ago, Daniel’s parents off that bucket list destination, discover new cultures and make new friends and grandparents, and around the world. And stand by in the coming months for my trip updates. other friends he has met in previous travels. •••

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Of Mice and Monarchs By Dr. Robert Michael Pyle


o often we go looking for something and find something else: people in the street, books on a shelf, words in a dictionary. It happens in nature all the time, if we are open to what’s out there. In fact, when people ask me how one becomes a naturalist, I say that being open to what’s out there is at least as important as knowing what is out there, because the world can’t help being an allusive, referential, sidetracked kind of a place. So it was with the mouse and the monarch. I spent the fall of 1996 following the western migration of monarch butterflies. I wanted to see how these astonishing insects live during their great winter homecoming, where they go, and what it would be like to be guided by another organism, for months, and for many, many miles. Throughout my long journey— Canada to Mexico and back through California—I tagged every monarch I could, applying to the forewing a little adhesive label imprinted with a serial

number and an address or phone number for reporting finds. Tagging yields much of what we know about monarch movements, though fewer than one tag in 1,000 is recovered. None of my monarchs was found, so I continued tagging the autumn emigrants the next year. One September evening I rolled across the Bickleton Hills from the Yakama Indian Nation down to the Columbia Gorge and chose a campsite on a bluff above the Great River of the West. The infamous gorge winds forced me to sleep in my little car—a frequent accommodation on quick field trips to awkward places. But a paddlewheel tour boat, lit up like a dream from Samuel Clemens’s youth, lulled me to sleep. For a while, anyway. When a sound I took for rain on the roof began to resemble a race track heard from a distance, I realized I was sharing my quarters. Anyone who has ever camped out of doors, in a rustic

Robert Michael Pyle is a naturalist and writer residing along Gray’s River in Wahkiakum County for many years. His twenty-two books include the Northwest classics Wintergreen, Sky Time in Gray’s River, and Where Bigfoot Walks, as well as The Thunder Tree, Chasing Monarchs, and Mariposa Road, a flight of butterfly books, and two collections of poems. His newest titles are Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest and Magdalena Mountain: a novel, coming out in August. Photo by David Lee Myers

This is the first in a series of selected essays to appear in Columbia River Reader. These essays were originally published in Orion Afield or Orion Magazine in the author’s column, “The Tangled Bank” and, subsequently, in the book of the same name published by Oregon State University Press in 2012.

cabin, or in an old Honda has likely become personally acquainted with Peromyscus maniculatus: the most successful mammal on the continent. Plenty of deer mice live in our old Swedish homestead, and I wouldn’t have sweated this one, but I had a heavy field day ahead and every time I passed into the precincts of sleep it did its little wakey-wakey walk over my hands, thighs, or brow, crinkled paper, or diddled my food.

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I set a trap. I rigged my big butterfly net over the seat and laid a bait of cheddar. One, maybe two minutes, and it was there: black BB eyes catching the scant starlight, whiskers flicking over the mouse-bait cliché. The first time I snapped the net down the mouse escaped through the tangle of steering wheel, net handle, and hands. But it came back! And this time, I got it. I carried it out into the wind a hundred feet or so to the precipice. I considered launching it on a peromyscine parabola out over the gorge, penalty for sleep lost, but in the end I just released it into the basalt scree. The vague persimmon glow in the east looked entirely too much like dawn. But in the blissful solitude, I settled in and hoped for a hard hour’s sleep, possibly

two. Actually, only five minutes passed before the gallop of four little feet resumed.

On my next trip, in a milkweed swale a little east of Mouse Bluff, my field partner David Branch netted a deep-cinnamon female monarch. I gave her tag #09727 and sent her on her way, out across the broad Columbia in a stiff westerly. One month later, a young teenager named Jeremy Lovenfosse rescued an injured monarch from a road along Monterey Bay and took it home. He noticed the tag on its forewing and heeded the instructions to call in its serial number: 09727. The first native tagged monarch ever recovered from Washington State, she helped show how coastal over-winterers can indeed come from far away. In our efforts to conserve the threatened phenomenon of the migratory monarch, we need to know such patterns. Ms. 727’s flight path describes a delicious route in my imagination. This one butterfly of passage on her “wings of flame, rising to the sun,” in Jo Brewer’s words, made my own journey whole. But I sometimes wonder who made the more remarkable trek: the revered and lucky butterfly on her 700-mile Wunder Fahren; or that one, utterly irritating rodent determined to keep me company on the road? Traveling with mice or monarchs as our guides, we can expect to be joyfully sidetracked, returning again and again to that rich territory where place, task, and company conjoin. •••

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Outings & Events

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FIRST THURSDAY • June 7 Broadway Gallery Enjoy refreshments and meet the featured artists. Reception, 5:30-7:30pm. Music: Acoustic guitar and vocals by Hank & Lloyd. 1418 Commerce Ave. Downtown Longview, Wash. Call to New Artists for Gallery Membership Call to New Artists for gallery membership (see website). Across the River: Cowlitz County Historical Museum 405 Allen St., Kelso, Wash 7pm Program: Presentation by Jim and Sheron Givan of Yakima speaking about their World War I

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THE PET DEPT. “Pets are people, too.” “I’m hoping to find a way to go along on one of those Mt. St. Helens Club hikes. I’d like to see the Washington State Capitol. I hear the cherry blossoms there are a lot like Washington, D.C. !” Ginger aka Gretchen Victoria Findlay’s dog

“With all this talk about ‘Columbia Cookery,’ why am I not receiving any fish? A little sturgeon would taste pretty good . . . or how about some salmon?”

~Smokey Man in the Kitchen’s cat

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Broadway Gallery Artists co-op. Classes for all ages, workshops and paint parties. May Featured Artist: Barbie Kaemph Matkowski (mixed media) and Michale Metz (ceramics); June: “Pets” Community Art Show and classroom student art. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10–4. 1418 Commerce, Longview, Wash. 360577-0544. www.the-broadway-gallery. com. Currently calling for New Artists for Gallery Membership. Tsuga Gallery Fine arts and crafts by area artists. Thurs-Sat 11–5. 70 Main Street, Cathlamet, Wash. 360-795-0725. Redmen Hall History and art. 1394 SR-4, Skamokawa, Wash. Thurs-Sun, 12-4pm. Info: 360-795-3007 or email fos1894@

The Art Gallery at LCC Through June 1: Student Art Exhibit. Opening Reception Tues, May 22, 4–6pm. Rose Center for the Arts, 1600 Maple St., Longview, Wash. Gallery hours: Mon-Tues 10–6, Wed-Fri 10–4). Info: 360-442-2510 or Works by Woodland artist Debby Neely on view thru June 13 at Longview’s Alcove Gallery located in the Community Arts Workshop @ CAP, 1526 Commerce Avenue, Longview, Wash. An artist’s reception will be held at the workshop from 2–3pm Wednesday, May16. Neely’s art looks at the nature and myth of Northwest wildlife, with salmon species as her favorite. Woodcut, shown here:

Koth Gallery, Longview Public Library May: Masami Kusakabez; June, LPL Juried Art Show. 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview, Wash. Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm. Info: Daniel, 360-4425307.

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Recreation, Outdoors Gardening, History, Pets, Self-Help Cowlitz County Museum New exhibit: “The Great War: A Cowlitz County Centennial Reflection,” exploring how the Lower Columbia region supported the war effort (WW1). Open Tues-Sat 10am–4pm. 405 Allen St, Kelso, Wash. Info: 360-577-3119. Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum Logging, fishing and cultural displays. Open 1-4pm, Th-Sun. 65 River St, Cathlamet, Wash. For info 360-7953954. Appelo Archives Center Historic exhibits, Naselle-Grays River area. 1056 State Route 4, Naselle. T-Fri 10–4, Sat 10–2, or by appt. 360-484-7103. Third Annual Tomatopalooza and Plant Sale Sat-Sun, May 19-20, 9–3. Cowlitz County Fairgrounds Floral Bldg. Presented by Cowlitz County Master Gardeners. Info: 360-423-1449. In their Footsteps “Ethnobotany Near the Mouth of the Columbia,” by Dr.Judith Lampi. Sunday, May 20, 1pm. Free lecture series. Fort Clatsop Visitor Center (near Astoria, Ore.) Netul Room. Series presented by Lewis and Clark National Park Assn and Fort Clatsop. Info: 503861-2471.

Open House: The Future of Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Thurs, May 24, 4–7pm. Toutle Lake School Multi-purpose Room, 5050 Spirit Lake Hwy., Toutle, Wash. See story, page 8. Rummage Sale Friday June 1, 9-4 and Sat, June 2, 9-3. Bethany Lutheran Church, 2900 Parkview Dr. (off of Columbia Heights Rd.), Longview, Wash. Lots of everything. Many Dickens Village buildings. Proceeds go toward community programs such as the women’s shelter, Fish and homeless programs. Party in the Park Afternoon of June 16. Heritage Park, Scappoose, Ore. Hosted by the City & Community Club. Food, beverages, live music. The Park is the Start/Finish of 3rd annual Columbia Century Challenge Bicycle Ride. Farmers’ Market hours extended to 4pm. Summer Fling Bazaar June 23. Hosted by Three Rivers Mall and the Kelso Bridge Market. Applications available; call 360-957-2515 or email betty.erickson@ Longview Bridge Club Weekly duplicate bridge games Mon 10:30am, Thurs 6:30pm, Kelso Senior Center, 106 NW 8th Ave. New players welcome. For info or help finding a partner: Rich Carle, 360-4250981 or

Cathlamet Art Festival pairs up with Wooden and Classic Boat Show Aug 3-4: Vendors, make plans now! Tsuga Gallery of Cathlamet, Wash., announces its second annual Cathlamet Art Festival, “A River of Art” to be held on August 3rd and 4th in conjunction with the Cathlamet Elochoman Marina Wooden and Classic Boat Show. Vendors can find applications at www. under the events tab. Vendor spaces are $30 until July 1, then the price is $35. Deadline to sign up is July 28. The Cathlamet Art Festival will open Friday night, Aug. 3rd with a reception at the Tsuga Gallery featuring live music, snacks and beverages. Saturday will feature art vendors, an art walk on Main Street, art classes and more music. A booth will be available offering art projects designed with children in mind.



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This friendly club welcomes newcomers. For more info please call the hike leader or visit RT(round trip) distances are from Longview. E=easy, M=moderate, S=strenuous, e.g.=elevation gain. Wed, May 16 • Lake Sacajawea (E) Walk around the whole lake (3+ mi.) or walk half the lake (1+ mi.) with little e.g.. Leader: George S. 360-425-8099. Sat., May 19 • Tarbell Trail/Larch Mountain (S) Drive 103 miles RT. Hike 10 miles RT with 2,200 ft. e.g. Hike up Cold Creek to the 3,496 ft.summit of Larch Mountain. Awesome view of the Yacolt Burn State Forest. Leader: Bruce 360-425-0256. Wed, May 23 • Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (E) Drive 164 miles RT. Hike 4.4 miles out and back. Parking fee $3 per four adults or a Senior Pass for four adults. Great views of a unique ecosystem and many bird and duck species. Leaders: Art 360-425-3140, Linda J. 503-556-1901. Sat, May 26 • Nestor Peak (M/S) Drive 220 miles RT. Hike 8 miles with 3,000 ft. e.g. Woodlands and flower meadows to an old lookout with views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Nice spring hike with just a “tad” of thigh burning. Leader: George W. 360-562-0001.

Wed, June 16 • Capitol Lake Hike - Olympia (E) Drive 120 miles RT Hike near the State Capitol 4-5 miles with little e.g. Leader: Bill D. 503-260-6712. Sat, June 9 • Ramona Falls (M) Walk to waterfront. Hike 3+ miles RT on level path along the Columbia River. Leader: John R. 360431-1122. Sat, June 16 • Mowiche Butte (S) Drive 160 miles RT. Hike 10 miles with 2,100 ft.e.g. to Mosiche Butte for excellent views of Yacolt Burn at the summit. Leader: Bruce 360-425-0256.

Further information about the Tsuga Gallery and the Cathlamet Art Festival can be found at www. or by contacting Robert Stowe at 562-858-9142, or

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Sundays • 10–3 thru Oct 14 Downtown on 12th, just west of Hwy 30, Astoria, Ore. • 503-325-1010

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Saturdays• 10–2 Thru Sept. 30 Copes Park. From Hwy 30, turn north on Nehalem, east on Lillich. Produce, jewelry, soaps, arts/crafts, food cart. Food prep demos. Live music.

Columbia-Pacific Farmers’ Market Thurs, May 31 • Reed College/Rhododendron Garden (E) Drive 105 miles RT. Hike nature trail around Reed Lake, then down to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Admission fee $4 to enter the Garden. Leaders: Art 360-425-3140, Bruce 360-425-0256.

Tsuga Gallery was formed in 2011 by benefactor Janet Cimino in a century-old building on Main Street of Cathlamet. Her goal was to bring artists and locals together to make, learn and participate in a communitybased art program. Still artistically strong today, Tsuga Gallery’s goals are to continue Cimino’s dream.

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The Elochoman Marina’s Wooden and Classic Boat show features a beautiful array of classic boats competing for best in their category, as well as demonstrations, programs, and boat-related activities. The Marina and Main Street are within walking distance so both activities can be enjoyed on foot.

Fridays •12–5pm, June 8 thru Sept 28 Downtown Long Beach, Wash. info: Info: 360-224-3921

Cowlitz Community Farmers’ Market 9–2, Tues thru Sept, Sat thru Oct 7th Ave, Cowlitz Expo Center, Longview, Wash. Info: John Raupp 360-785-3883

Saturdays • 10–4 thru Sept 29 Arts/crafts, housewares, plants, foods. Weekly entertainment. Port of Ilwaco, Ilwaco, Wash. Info: Cyo Kertson 360-214-4964

Kelso Bridge Market

Sundays • 10–3, Three Rivers Mall Kelso, Wash. Info: 360-957-2515.

Elochoman Marina Farmers’ Market

Fridays, May 25 thru Sept 28 • 3–6pm 500 2nd St,, Cathlamet, Wash. Info: Mackenzie Jones, Mgr: 360-849-9401

Scappoose Community Club Farmers Market

Saturdays, thru Sept 29 • 9–2 Behind City Hall next to Heritage Park, 2nd St., Scappoose, Ore. Info: Bill Blank 503-730-7429 email: Special event June 16: Party in the Park, market open ‘til 4pm. See calendar listing, above.

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Venus is visible in the western sky as dusk falls and remains visible until it sets around 11:00pm. The very bright but wrongly named “evening star” appears quite close to the thin crescent moon during the evening hours on May 16 and 17, and again on June 15 and 16.

southeast sky during the late twilight hours, with the best viewing after dark. After being visible during the overnight hours the past few months, Saturn returns to the evening sky in June. The ringed planet rises in the southeast about 11:00pm in early June, and about 10:00pm by mid-June, and remains visible until daybreak. While the best viewing of Saturn remains in the overnight hours, that will change over the summer as the planet rises earlier each night.

Jupiter continues to offer great viewing opportunities in the evening. As of mid-May, the giant planet rises in the east-southeast about 8:00pm, but the best viewing occurs a couple hours later as it rises higher into the southern skies. Jupiter remains visible until the early morning hours, setting May 16 Friends of Galileo in the west-southwest Astronomy Club meeting features 30-min DVD from Great Courses around 4:00am. By with Prof. Ed Murphy, U of VA, “The mid-June, Jupiter rises Spring Sky.” Held at Mark Morris High before the sun sets. It School, Room D-8. Also celebrating will be the first object 23rd Anniversary of FO with cake visible (other than the & beverages. Visitors welcome!Call Chuck, 360-636-2294, for info or moon) in the south- directions. Kelso resident Ted Gruber makes a regular report to fellow members of Friends of Galileo, a familyfriendly astronomy club which meets monthly in Longview. For info about FOG, call Chuck Ring, 360636-2294.

Two evenings in late May bring close encounters between the moon and our two largest planets. Jupiter appears next to the nearly full moon the evening of May 27. Then just four days later, fainter Saturn appears even closer to the two day old full moon shortly after rising on May 31. Overnight Sky Mars rises in the southeastern sky about 2:00am in mid-May, and just past midnight by mid-June. In addition to rising earlier, Mars appears slightly brighter with each passing night, foreshadowing the best viewing of the red planet coming in late July. Mars remains visible low in the southern sky until fading into the morning sunlight. If you have a telescope and skies are clear, you should be able to see Mars and the globular star cluster Messier 75 (M75) in the same field of view the week of May 13, with the two objects appearing closest to each other early that week. •••

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Longview 716 Triangle Shopping Center. 18 rotating craft brews, pub fare. M-W 12 noon –9pm, Th-Sat 12 noon-11pm, Sun 12 Noon-8pm. 360-232-8283. Follow us on Untappd See ad, page 10.

1329 Commerce Ave., Longview (alley entrance). Fine dining, happy hour specials. wine tastings. Fridays only, open 5pm. 360-425-2837.

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

Homestyle cooking from the 1960s-1970. All natural ingredients. Beer and wine available. Open Wed. thru Sun, 7am–8pm. 1140 15th Ave., Longview. See ad, page 13.

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

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

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

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Full breakfast, lunch and dinner 6am– 9pm. Full bar in lounge, open 6am. Three happy hours daily (8–10am, 12– 2pm, 5–7pm). Group meeting room, free use with $150 food/drink purchases. 1334 12th Ave. 360-425-8545.

Country Folks Deli 1329 Commerce Ave., Longview. Serving lunch and dinner. Sandwiches, soups, salads. Open M-Sat 11am. 360-425-2837. See ad, page 11.

Freddy’s Just for the Halibut. Cod, halibut & tuna fish and chips, oysters & clams., award-winning clam chowder. Prime rib every Thurs. Beer and wine. M-W 10–8, Th-Sat 10–9, Sun 11–8. 1110 Commerce 360-414-3288. See ad, page 28.

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 30.

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

Parker’s Restaurant & Brewery 1300 Mt. St. Helens Way. I-5 Exit 49. Lunch, Dinner. Burgers, hand-cut steak; seafood and pasta. Restaurant opens 11am, Lounge 12 Noon. Closed Monday. 360-967-2333

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421 20th Ave., Authentic Thai food, i.e. Drunken Noodles, Pad Thai, Green Curry. Tues–Sat 11:30– 2:30pm, 4:30–7:30pm. 360560-3779.

The Original Pietrio’s Pizzeria

614 Commerce Ave., Longview. 18 varieties of pizza. Salad bar, Lunch buffet all-you-can-eat. Beer & wine. Mon-Fri open 11am, Sat-Sun 12 Noon. 360-353-3512.

Porky’s Public House 561 Industrial Way, Longview Slow-roasted prime rib Fri & Sat, flat iron steaks, 1/3-lb burgers, fish & chips. 33 draft beers. Full bar. Family-friendly, weekly jazz and acoustic dinner hour sets on Weds. 360-636-1616. See ad, page 12.

Red Kitchen 848 15th Ave., Longview. Cocktails, taps, vino. Traditional diner fare, breakfast, lunch, dinner. Sandwiches, burgers, funky comfort food, incl. Bacon Gouda Mac n Cheese, shepherd’s pie, healthy options. Full service bar, incl 12 taps. 7am–10pm, M-F, 8am–10pm Sat-Sun.

Roland Wines 1106 Florida St., Longview Authentic Italian wood-fired pizza, wine, and beer. Casual ambience. 5–9pm Wed-Sat. See ad, page 12.

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

Fresh-roasted coffee, snack and pastries. 1335 14th Ave., M-F 7am–4pm, Sat-Sun 9am–4pm. 360-232-8642 See ad, page 11.

Sunshine Pizza & Catering 2124 Columbia Blvd. Hot pizza, cool salad bar. Beer & wine. 503-397-3211 See ad, page 34.

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

Warren Warren Country Inn 56575 Columbia River Hwy. Fine family dining. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Fri Prime Rib special, Taco Tuesday. Full bar. M-Th 8am–9:30pm, Fri-Sat 8am–10:30pm, Sun 9am–9pm. Karaoke Fri & Sat.503-410-5479.

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

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to the kitchen. When they can’t find paper ones, they tear off a number of paper towels to bring to the table.

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This is more than a little aggravating. While I don’t want to correct a guest, I have found myself saying, “Look, napkins, right by your plates.” At which point they tell me they don’t want to get those nice napkins dirty. Occasionally, I have countered that the napkins have been around for several generations, so there’s probably not a stain they haven’t survived quite nicely. I’ve also pointed out how ecologically sound cloth napkins are. However, after dinner is over, I collect a lot of wadded-up, rather nasty paper towels, and an unused set of napkins. Is there a way, short of hiding the paper towels, to make guests use my napkins, which exist solely to become dirty? Or should I resign myself to the seemingly inevitable and set a paper towel roll on the table?

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As these ladies come often, Miss Manners authorizes you to be more explicit. “I’m sorry if you don’t approve of the way I do things,” you could say. “It gives me pleasure to use my nice things, and I hope you will indulge me. It doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate other ways of doing things.”

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: A neighbor who is a dear, helpful man helps cut down trees and even occasionally cuts the lawn, but ... he has the habit of coming over during dinner. We offer him food, but he does not want to eat with us. Is it rude to continue eating in front of him, or do we let the food get cold and reheat it after he has left? He just comes to chat, but at an inconvenient time. GENTLE READER: Explain that you were just eating dinner, invite him in, and ask him to sit down with you at an empty place at the table.

Miss Manners is not suggesting forcefeeding your inconvenient guest, only maneuvering him into a position in which you and your family will be free to continue eating while the food is hot. If he refuses to sit down, say how sorry you are that he is unable to stay and how much you look forward to seeing him again.

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Blackwood on Movies


“Avengers: Infinity War” ~ The Biggest and By Dr. Bob Blackwood the Best, or Something Less?


nthony and Joe Russo have created what looks like the biggest blockbuster film since “Gone With the Wind,” in those olden times when films took in only millions of dollars. After less than a week, the almost 2-2/3 hour film of “Avengers: Infinity War” has pulled in $641 million at the box office. How many billions will “Infinity War” take in, just two, or much more? The film will undoubtedly set a record with its first run. The Marvel Comics studio will be filled with joy; the Walt Disney’s company will be happy too. How about the fans?

CGAQ… Josh Brolin as the very heavy villain, in every sense, Thanos. Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

It is true that the theater goers for this action film ( MPAA R ating : PG-13) are a younger crowd. It’s not ages six-to-sixty; it is probably more like six-to-forty-six. If you like action films—with characters like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the entire Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), Doctor Strange (Benedict

Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), etc., etc., etc.—you certainly have it right here in “Infinity War.” Now I know that some of you are wondering who played the gigantic villain, Thanos, the entity who aims to kill half the citizens of our known universe. It is Josh Brolin, who did

MackieDowneyHemsworthJohansson … Anthony Mackie, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth & Scarlet Johansson as only a few of the many heroes to face Thanos.

appear (uncredited) in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Brolin also appeared in many films including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” a bit different from his “Infinity War” character. Needless to say, after “Infinity War,” Thanos will return again. You can’t keep a really bad somewhat humanoid monster down, not after millions of people

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have seen him, anyway. And, yes, Thanos sees himself not as a villain but, rather, someone who just wants to show how much he will do to improve the universe by deleting half the less than worthy entities of various planets. I imagine Earth would be just wiped off the star maps entirely should he come to power. To be fair, the Russo brothers do their best to give all of the superhero enemies of Thanos a shot at taking him down. Of course, they eventually chase him off, but we know that after the success of a film such as this, the villain always comes back, particularly after a long film where he is shown off as the antithesis of so many superheroes. He just has to go, only to return with a new superweapon and even more grim determination. On a personal note, I take the liberty of praising the Guardians of the Galaxy’s performance in this film. As always, they mixed humor with violence. After a while, you just grow tired of people and monsters slamming each other around this planet and that planet. Keep your faith in the Guardians of the Galaxy. They’ll be back too. ••• Dr. Bob Blackwood, professor emeritus of the City Colleges of Chicago, co-authored with Dr. John Flynn the book, Everything I Know about Life I Learned from James Bond. Mr. Blackwood lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Where do you read

THE READER? Having a mountaintop experience Visiting

a Mango village (named “Twa-Mango,” (i.e. three mangos) in the mountains of remote southwestern Haiti 3/23/18 reading the Columbia River Reader Feb. 15 issue, left to right: Tom Fortin, Haitian Pastor Paul and Pastor Dave Martin, Ed Locke, Mark Thorson, Jeremiah Rogers (hidden), Sean and Beth Gilhuly, and Don Conway with neighbor children and donkey taxi.

WHERE DO YOU READ THE READER? Send your photo reading the Reader (high-resolution JPEG) to If sending a cell phone photo, choose the largest file size up to 2 MB. Include names and cities of residence. Thank you for your participation and patience, as we usually have a small backlog. Keep those photos coming!

Big man looking for big fish John Eberhand,

of St. Helens, Ore., takes time out from salmon fishing in Cordova, the salmon capital of Alaska, to peruse the Reader.

Where are their 10-gallon hats? Gill and Phyllis Ellingson, of Longview, enjoyed a

“We feel younger already!” said Longview residents

PJ Peterson & Steve Jones after visiting at the Fountain of Youth in St Augustine Florida.

Thanksgiving family reunion in Austin, Texas, at the home of their son and daughter in law, Tom and Terra Ellingson. They enjoyed Austin murals painted throughout the city, and they chose the ‘Greetings from Austin’ mural to read the Reader during a sunny day in November. Left to right: Gill and Phyllis Ellingson, daughter, Kate Ellingson and Tim Nagel, of Lincoln, Nebraska, granddaughters Drew Ellingson, 4, Quinlin Ellingson, 6, and Terra and Tom Ellingson.

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the spectator by ned piper

Serendipitous good fortune


One of the serendipitous bits of good fortune about having featured Bob Pyle in the first P + P interview was that we got to know him. (Editor’s note: You should’ve seen him dancing at the party!) As a result, Sue and Bob made an agreement for the Reader to feature a series of essays from his book, The Tangled Bank. I’m sure you will agree with me that adding Hal Calbom and Robert Michael Pyle to the paper’s write staff enhances the literary quality of the Reader.

am a lucky man. I just finished proofreading this issue’s People + Place feature, Hal Calbom’s interview with restaurateur Tony Kischner. In less than a week from sitting down to write my own column, I will have the honor and pleasure of delivering a bundle of Readers to Tony in Astoria at his fabulous Bridgewater Bistro. I will also encourage you all to pull out and save the center P + P sections for future reference. You will not only have a series of fascinating and well-written features by Hal Calbom, but you will also have a collection of interesting interviews of inspiring people... all which help us better understand and appreciate this place where we live.

Now it will be up to you to pull out and save the Tony Kischner interview and the one after that, the one after that and so on into the future. And when you drive to Astoria for lunch or dinner at the Bridgewater Bistro, ask for Tony and tell him you read about him in the Reader.

Robert Michael Pyle was the first Hal Calbom interviewee. If you don’t have a copy of the interview of this worldfamed naturalist, stop by the office. We’ll have extra copies available for you.

••• Longview native Ned Piper enjoys reading, writing, feeding his backyard birds and squirrels, and schmoozing with CRR advertisers and readers.

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The Grid for our Future


hen Cowlitz PUD Engineers began the study for a 10-year capital plan to improve the Utility’s 69kv system to an 115kv integrated system, they knew this would be a huge undertaking, involving every department across the District. After years of preparing, hundreds of pages of documentation were ready for presentation to the Board of Commissioners. Luckily, they had a secret weapon for the case in funding this project: a recent major outage caused by a single squirrel. The radially operated system was lacking redundancy and when one of the Utility’s substations, which was fed from another substation across town, was taken down by a squirrel, thousands of customers lost power, including the local college, multiple schools and major shopping centers. The need for an integrated system had

been brewing for a while, but when the Commissioners witnessed the impact of not having a system that backs up its feeders in a more reliable way, they knew that it was up to them to make a decision for the future of Cowlitz PUD’s infrastructure. In 2007, when the Board of Commissioners approved the budget for a 10-year capital plan for rebuilding a series of substations to create an integrated transmission system, it was not the only thing they were approving. They were also approving a future of growth. Cowlitz County was growing and the Board knew updated electrical infrastructure was necessary. The Commissioners sought to build a sustainable foundation that fostered economic growth for an everchanging population. Cowlitz PUD, along with its many partners, recently celebrated the completion of the 10year capital plan at Mill City Grill in Historic Downtown Longview. Tim Johnston, the lead engineer on the project gave a heartfelt presentation, concluding with “This is a grid for our future and I’m really proud of all the craftsmanship that went into this.” ••• Alice Dietz is Communications and Public Relations Manager at Cowlitz PUD. Reach her at adietz@cowlitzpud. org or 360-501-9146. Contact her for info or the full article, to be published in the Northwest Public Power Association publication.

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CRR May 2018  

4 Letters to the Editor 5 Dispatch from the Discovery Trail ~ Wanted: Stout Men 10 Medical Matters / Quips & Quotes 13 Miss Manners 14 North...

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4 Letters to the Editor 5 Dispatch from the Discovery Trail ~ Wanted: Stout Men 10 Medical Matters / Quips & Quotes 13 Miss Manners 14 North...