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a p p y N e w Ye a r ! Wi t h the recent snowfalls and current cold snap, the Lower Columbia region is looking downright wintry. And if you are wondering why the groundhog on this month’s cover is flying an American flag on top of his snow-capped stump home, your guess is as good as mine.

Sue’s Views

New Year’s Resolutions 1. Get more exercise 2. Drink more water, less alcohol, coffee and soda

3. Be nicer 4. Stop procrastinating 5. Keep a neater desk /car / handbag / garage / closet, etc

Maybe it is there to warn would-be Russian hackers not to tamper with the results, come Feb. 2, when he prognosticates about when to expect the coming of spring.

Perhaps the groundhog is happy about the election of Donald J. Trump as our next president and is waving the flag in celebration. Maybe he is dreaming of the Radio City Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing at the Jan. 20 festivities. Regardless of politics, surely we can all appreciate the gifted dancers and musical artists who will be entertaining and inspiring us on Inauguration Day. They represent a slice of Americana we can all be proud of.


Could it be that the groundhog just had an extended wine tasting lesson with Marc Roland (page 18), followed by a big meal of lobster bisque and macaroni and cheese (pages 23 and Publisher/Editor: Susan P. Piper Columnists and contributors: Dr. Bob Blackwood Nancy Chennault Melanee Evans Richard Kirkpatrick, md Suzanne Martinson Gary Meyers Kimberly Morgan Michael Perry Ned Piper Perry Piper Kirc Roland Marc Roland Alan Rose Alice Slusher Greg Smith Gordon Sondker Paul Thompson Production Staff: Production Manager/Photographer: Perry E. Piper Editorial/Proofreading Assistants: Merrilee Bauman Lois Sturdivant Michael Perry Marilyn Perry Advertising Manager Ned Piper, 360-749-2632 Columbia River Reader, llc 1333 14th Ave •Longview, WA 98632 P.O. Box 1643 • Rainier, OR 97048 Website: E-mail: Phone: 360-749-1021 Subscriptions $26 per year inside U.S. (plus $2.08 sales tax for subscriptions mailed to Washington addresses).

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Groundhog Day, Americana and winter slumber. 32) and is sleeping it off? Or maybe he simply dozed off while reading, or working on his New Year’s resolutions. Don’t we all make them? I could almost recite the standard list. In fact, I will, leaving some space for you to add your new ones:

In a way, New Year’s Resolutions are sort of like bucket lists, only in the short term. In December, Ned and I went on a trans-Panama Canal cruise, something that has been on our bucket lists since before anybody called them bucket lists.

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Just like the ground hog. Maybe I’ll get back to it this spring. Wishing you good books and pleasant winter slumbers,

Sue Piper

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But this particular book goes into such intricate detail! It’s the story of the fight against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing a passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. And so far it has been impossible for me to finish. In fact, at times it has almost put me to sleep.

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To prepare, I tried to read David McCullough’s 698-page book, The Path Between the Seas, before we left and even when we were sailing aboard the Norwegian Jewel. But I did not finish it. I’m not saying it isn’t a good book or that Mr. McCullough isn’t a fine writer. He is, and for example, perhaps like me you read and enjoyed his 2001 biography, John Adams.


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My Slant: Bringing Your New Year’s Dream to Life


To Your Health: A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep


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Northwest Wines ~ Learning to Love Wine


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Letter to the Editor Missing lutefisk After finishing a bit of pumpkin pie an hour or so ago I opened the Reader and suddenly recalled that due to a prior engagement, which I have yet to schedule, and despite my half-Scandinavian heritage (Swedish, Norwegian and, it seems, Sami, too) I shall be unable to attend the big Lutefisk whoopdeedoo advertised in your wonderful paper as being held at the Sons of Norway hall. I shall also be unavailable should the Swedes over at the Vasa Hall decide to hold another Lutefisk Fest later in the season. I recall hearing that there once was a Finnish hall out of Longview a mile or two toward the ocean; if they scare up any lutefisk please send them my regrets as well. Your latest edition not only made all Scandinavians’ mouths water with the prominent lutefisk advertisement, the report on the herd of tasty dogs amassed on the hoof for the dining pleasure of Lewis and Clark and

I wish, however, that I could have been in my old hometown long enough to join Ned in toasting his retirement after his 24 years of service to his neighbors as a longtime commissioner for the Cowlitz County PUD. Skål, friend! Lee Quarnstrom LaHabra, Calif


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ary Ellen Daugherty has been “a big fan” of British actor Peter Davison for more than 40 years and eagerly awaited the release of his autobiography, Is There Life Outside the Box? Davison is probably best known to American viewers for his roles in the BBC series, “All Creatures Great and Small” and “Doctor Who,” but he also has had leading roles in other popular TV series, including “Campion,” “A Very Peculiar Practice,” and “The Last Detective.” “I think he is one of the most brilliant actors around,” said Daugherty. The book is “a fun read,” and she likes that he wrote it himself, unlike many celebrity biographies that are ghostwritten. In addition to learning about D a v i s o n ’s

personal and professional lives, “it’s a great book to read if one’s interested in acting as a career.” Daugherty had the opportunity to meet and talk with Davison at this year’s Salt Lake Comic-Con convention in March, when he was still feverishly finishing the book, and she spent even more time with him at the Wichita “Doctor Who” convention in October, when the book was published. “He is one of the most charming people I’ve ever met, and one of the kindest. Very real, very warm, very friendly and open,” she said. And since Davison’s career is still going strong, she’s looking forward to a Volume II someday. •••


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o create anything in this world, we must be open to our capacity for miracles. The kind of miracles that turn a dark night into light, a weakness into strength, and a single stray idea in the shower into a crossing bridge for squirrels, a chocolate party with friends, and a Japanese garden at a community lake. No matter how creative we think we are, we are all born dreamers and creators. We each have brilliant ideas flashing in our minds waiting to take form. If we look around our life, we can see hundreds of our ideas already on display. Each idea began with a single thought that we acted upon instead of letting it go. Our salmon and pilaf dinner, the color of our socks, a beloved puppy napping in front of the fire, a refreshing friendship, a trip to Italy, and our tap dance performance in sequins with a circle of longtime friends. Our creative genius is showcased all around us and is constantly regenerating fresh prospects. So how do we take those electric, unshakable dreams and help them come to life? Don’t Quit Before You Begin

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call. Show up and play the first note. Show up and ask for the gig. Show up to this riveting world.

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What if this is the wrong path?

We sometimes forget that the middle of the sandwich is the most satisfying to eat. It also takes the most effort and time. When we get to this point in our project, remember that the “overnight genius” is a myth. According to Dr. Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, the biggest difference between those who create to completion and those who stumble over their many half-baked ideas is neither natural ability, IQ, nor giftedness. It is the ability to endure. To keep ourselves moving long after the spark of enthusiasm has waned. To practice, persist, and be patient with ourselves as we do.

What if I don’t have the expertise? What if everyone does it better than me? What if I make a fool of myself? What I’ve noticed is that creators have a habit that sofa slackers don’t: creators doubt their doubts. They have plenty of them, but they understand that doubts are like flimsy shadows that come and go with a change of light. Just because their doubts come waltzing into their mental living room without a knock, they don’t pull up the velvet tufted chair and offer them tea. They just keep working. Creators also know from experience that even when they founder or fall flat, they are designed to bounce. They know their worth is a given, so they create from play instead of pretense, and from daring instead of dread. They likewise know that while their takeoffs may be jagged and unsure, once they’re airborne, the sky opens up to greet them and they soar. Show Up and Take a Step

The comedian Jim Carrey speaks in an interview about his insanely shy adolescence and his particular trouble talking to girls. He decided that if he sat quietly during his date and opened his mouth, words would somehow spill out. The words rolled that night with humor, and he realized he could make people laugh. Showing up in physical form is like planting the dormant seed into the fertile ground. It’s the smallest but most crucial act of creation. It’s also the one we tend to resist the most. We successful stallers would rather sort our underwear drawer, read the cereal box, watch reruns of Seinfeld, or endlessly weigh our options before showing up to our dream. Yet the miracle of creation is only made visible when we act upon our ideas. When we show up and lace up our shoes. Show up and type a sentence. Show up and enter the contest. Show up and make the

Take A Bow

This thrill of looking into the blank unknown and bringing a dream to fruition is open to us today. When we listen to the quiet space within where real wisdom resides, we hear the voice of support and direction cheering us on. When we trust this inner voice, it will reveal each step of the way, one step at a time. It will share insight, ideas, courage, and resolve and remind us what we’re made of as our dreams come alive. •••

Melanee Evans enjoys creating beautiful spaces, nurturing friendships, and writing haiku. She is a Certified Transformative Coach™ and teaches workshops on living from the “inside-out” to access wisdom, mental wellness, and peace. She lives in Kelso and can be reached at melanee.

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By Judith Martin DEAR MISS MANNERS: When my niece graduated from high school, we sent a monetary gift and never received any acknowledgment of it. Fast-forward to her bridal shower: My sister and I flew in to attend the show (sic), which included airfare, hotel, car rental and gift. The weekend cost us about $600 each. The shower was in May and there has been no acknowledgment. Now we have returned from her wedding, same monetary output plus another substantial gift. I have no expectation that we will receive any acknowledgment. The question becomes whether I let my sister, her mother, know in the hopes she will teach her daughter common courtesy but possibly embarrass and hurt my sister. Or do I just let it go to keep peace in the family?

GENTLE READER: You should have consulted Miss Manners a long time ago. She could have saved you a lot of money. But she is just in time to save you a family fight. Surely you do not really think that your sister would respond to your message — however delivered — by saying, “Oh, yes, I’ll get right to that,” and that the bride, in return, would say, “Mama, you should have told me this long ago.” At this point, Miss Manners cannot even recommend the delicate inquiry of whether the presents actually arrived. Rather, let us assume that people who ignore presents find it a burden to receive them. Therefore, the most tactful response would be to stop sending them. cont page 31

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couple of years ago I was invited to participate in the Kelso School District’s Arts and Humanities Day, exploring writing as a form of expression with middle school students. I began by asking the group what they enjoyed writing. It was somewhat predictable: the boys were writing science fiction; the girls, poetry and fantasy. But one young fellow announced that he was writing his autobiography. I was impressed. Only thirteen, and he already understood his life to be a story worth telling.

The start of a new year seems especially appropriate as a time for self-reflection, looking back on the way we’ve come in preparation for what lies ahead. For this purpose, Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir may be useful, not just to the aspiring memoirist, as a guidebook for remembering, interpreting, and recording one’s life. Karr, who teaches at Syracuse University, has shared her own life story in three national best sellers, The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. In addition to offering practical how-to advice on writing memoirs, she also discusses a number of tricky issues, such as the fallibility of memory (It may not have happened like you remember) and the pliability of truth (What was true for you, may not have been true for your siblings;) she discusses the ethics of writing a story that presents other people in an unflattering light—for example, if you’re going through a divorce, you might want to hold off writing that memoir for the moment. She advises, “If you want revenge, hire a lawyer.”

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You can count on a memoirist being passionate about the subject. I once heard Don DeLillo quip that a fiction writer starts with meaning and then manufactures events to represent it; a memoirist starts with events, then derives meaning from them. Everybody I know who wades deep enough into memory’s waters drowns a little. For the more haunted among us, only looking back at the past can permit it finally to become past. ~ from The Art of Memoir

Because she believes “there’s a place in hell for writers who quote themselves,” her book is rich with examples from the memoirs of others, from the fifth-century Confessions of Augustine to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, also Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak, Memory about growing up in Czarist Russia, Michael Herr’s Dispatches from the Vietnam war, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings on growing up black and female, and Philip Gourevitch’s classic account of the Rwandan genocide, We Wish

to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families. She also quotes a lot from herself. Together, these voices capture both the diversity and the universality of the human experience. Though speaking from different centuries and different circumstances, they stem from the same impulse that was stirring in that middle school boy. From the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux to today’s Snapchat, there seems to be this human urge to record our lives, to leave a testament for others that says I was here, This is what I saw, This is what I did, This is who I was. •••

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To Your Health

A New Year’s resolution you can keep out at their school. Locker room pep talk from a friendly “health coach” By Richard Kirkpatrick, M.D.


ow many of us, in the spirit of New Year’s Eve, commit to getting in shape in the coming year? I’d wager 98 percent of CRR’s readers make that pledge. And nearly every one of the 98% of us have failed.   Yet we all know it’s important. Well, after acquiring over 2000 pounds of cast iron plates and about a dozen bars of different lengths and a multipurpose weight bench, guess what I have in my garage?  Two thousand pounds of iron, heavier now because of layers of dust and dirt, plus all those bars and straps. The bench is a table. I have also failed on the aerobic side.   The Treadmill is folded up and hasn’t been plugged in in 8 years. The reclining bike broke and went to the dump. The stair-stepper found a new home somewhere, after an intermediate stop at Goodwill. Further, memberships at Physical Impact, YMCA, andMint Valley Racquet Club expired.

Every single day

But nearly two years ago, I found a simple means to succeed. I made a commitment to exercise every single day. No misses.  No excuses. Not wanting to favor any of the local options, I’m keeping my location secret. My impetus came from two people.  First,  my pre-med son, Scotty,  who urged me to get in better cardiac condition so he would be able to practice medicine with me for many years, after he finishes his training in 2021. Second, former NBA basketball star Doug Christie, who grew up in Longview, and played in the pros for 14 years.  Doug’s dad, who lives here, says that Doug has lifted weights every day since he was 16 years old.  Every time I see John, I tell him to remind Doug that I am on his trail and that if he misses even one day, he’ll never catch me! Longview-Kelso has at least 10 fitness centers, plus sometimes kids can work


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6. Have three or four workout routines in order to give recovery time between work on specific muscle groups (such as lats/biceps, chest/ triceps, legs, shoulders, one group each day, in rotation). 7. Use snacks as a motivator. If you eat a candy bar, then pledge to burn it off that night on the treadmill. 8. When on the treadmill, turn the slope to 15% to quintuple the calorie-burn compared to flat setting. On bikes and ellipticals, dial up the resistance. 9.  Make workouts somewhat of a social event by greeting others, or even going with a relative or friend,. 10. Exercise improves your focus, energy, and mood — if you’re “too tired to work out,” you should work out anyway and you’ll be energized. Above all

Don’t let anything get in your way. Make it top priority.  Go even if you’re busy, injured, or sick. Remember: No misses. No excuses.  No exceptions. Editor’s Note: This is a repeat of Dr. Kirkpatrick’s article from 2013. He has listed several fitness facilities in the Longview-Kelso area. There are many others, as well as numerous ones located in surrounding communities in the Columbia River region. Pick your favorite. ••• Dr. Rich Kirkpatrick grew up in Longview and is active in the local community. He is often seen at civic functions, musical performances and local sporting events. If you see him, be sure to tell him how you are doing on your New Year’s resolution

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Lewis & Clark

Ocian in View!


hen the Corps of Discovery camped near Cape Horn, east of Cathlamet, on November 6, 1805, they knew they were getting close to the ocean. The next morning the fog was so thick they couldn’t see across the river, but they set out with great hopes of soon arriving at their destination. After they passed an Indian village west of Skamokawa, the fog lifted and they heard the roar of the ocean. That night at Pillar Rock, Clark wrote, “we are in view of the opening of the ocian, which Creates great joy.” In a second notebook, Clark wrote, “Great joy in camp we are in View of the Ocian, this great Pacific Octean which we have So long anxious to See.” So near and yet so far

When Clark wrote “ocian in view” on November 7, 1805, they were still 20 miles from the actual coastline. The Corps thought they would reach the coast the next afternoon since 35mile days had been typical as they traveled down the mighty Columbia the previous three weeks. However, these last 20 miles would prove to be the most miserable part of the entire journey. The next day, a severe storm halted all progress and Clark wrote, “we are all wet and disagreeable, as we have been for Several days past, and our present Situation a verry disagreeable one in as much; as we have not leavel land Sufficient for an encampment and for our baggage to lie Cleare of the tide, the High hills jutting in So Close and Steep that we cannot retreat back, and the water of the river too Salt to be used, added to this the waves are increasing to Such a hight that we cannot move from this place, in this Situation we are compelled to form our Camp between the hite of the Ebb and flood tides, and rase our baggage on logs.” The shoreline was covered with large drift logs. Clark wrote that some were upwards of 200 feet long and 7 feet in diameter. The waves and high tides tossed the logs, threatening to crush the men and their canoes. In

an effort to save their canoes, they used large rocks to submerge them. It was impossible to proceed until the storms let up. When it rains it pours

Journal entries for the next two weeks reinforced how miserable their situation was. A series of winter storms had them pinned down east of the present-day Astoria-Megler bridge at what Clark called “this dismal nitich.” Every time they tried to round Point Distress (today’s Point Ellice), huge waves turned them back. The men were trapped for six days along the narrow shore as rocks pelted down from the steep bank above. Clark wrote “every man as wet as water could make them.” In 11 days, they experienced no more than two hours in a row without rain.

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Installments 19-20 of Michael Perry’s popular 33-month series which began with CRR’s April 15, 2004 inaugural issue. During the 2004-2007 Bicentennial Commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, each installment covered their travels 200 years prior. We are repeating the series for the enjoyment of both longtime and more recent readers.

Their buffalo, elk and deer skin clothing was soaked and rotting away, leaving some men nearly naked. Efforts to find elk or deer failed. They supplemented the few birds they shot with pounded fish purchased at Ceilo Falls and with fresh fish they caught. During one stormy day, a boat of “Warci-a-cum” Indians stopped by to trade with them. After buying some fish, Clark wrote, “the Indians left us and Crossed the river which is about 5 miles wide through the highest Sees I ever Saw a Small vestle ride… Certain it is they are the best canoe navigators I ever Saw.” The Indians had learned to make exceptional boats, whereas Lewis and Clark’s dugout canoes bobbed around like corks. Desperate times

On November 12th, Clark wrote, “It would be distressing to a feeling person to See our Situation at this time” and, “our Situation is dangerous.” Two days later, in desperation, Lewis decided to set out by land to try to get around Point Distress and see if there were any trading ships there. But the river became calm during a slack tide and he was able to get a canoe around the point. The next day, Clark was able to take the rest of the men around Point Distress where they camped on a sandy beach. They were now in plain view of the ocean and could see the waves and surf crashing across the Columbia bar. Lewis returned two days later and reported there were no ships or white men in the area. Michael Perry enjoys local history and travel. His popular 33-installment Lewis & Clark series appeared in CRR’s early years and began an “encore” appearance in July 2015.

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On November 17th, Clark invited “all the men who wished to See more of the main Ocean to… Set out with me.” Only 11 men took him up on his offer. Surprisingly, half the men who had just traveled more than 4,000 miles had no desire to go the last few miles to see the ocean! At Cape Disappointment, Clark wrote they looked “with estonishment the high waves dashing against the rocks & the emence ocian.” Today’s north jetty has allowed sand to accrete in that area, so you will not see what Clark saw when you go there. During their 3-day journey to Cape Disappointment and the 9-mile walk along the beach to present-day Long Beach, the men saw a dolphin, a flounder, and a 10-foot sturgeon washed up on the shore. They also saw whale bones. And, Sgt. Ordway wrote they saw “a verry large turkey buzzard” which was shot in the name of science so Clark could better examine it. That “buzzard” was a California condor – one of many the expedition would see on their journey. It had a 9-foot wing span and was almost 4 feet in length. It had been two weeks since Clark first saw the ocean. And while they cont page 11

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Clark’s controversial words Nothing written by Lewis and Clark has caused as much controversy as Clark’s famous words, “Ocian in view! O! the joy.” Virtually all historians believe Clark was mistaken, and that what he actually saw was just Grays Bay and the Columbia River estuary. After all, when he wrote those famous words at Pillar Rock, they were still 20 miles from the ocean. But, how could Clark have made such a big mistake and not correct it later? And, just how did so many people come to doubt what Clark wrote?

This map showing the mouth of the Columbia was created by or for the National Park Service in 2005 as part of an informational display at the Megler rest stop. Photo by Michael Perry.

Lewis & Clark

It wasn’t until 1904, almost a hundred years after Lewis and Clark completed their journey, that the first complete edition of their journals was edited and published by Reuben Thwaites. Thwaites, who never visited the mouth of the Columbia, wrote a footnote stating “The ocean could not possibly be seen from this point.” This statement was based on information from a friend who had gone to Pillar Rock and reported back that the view of the ocean was blocked by Point Adams west of Astoria. Historians reading that footnote assumed Thwaites was correct, and repeated it in their own books.

It is doubtful if Thwaites took into consideration the South Jetty at the mouth of the Columbia that was completed in 1895. This four-mile long jetty extended northwest out into the ocean from Point Adams. Sand immediately began to accumulate around the jetty as it was built, and by 1900 there was a forest growing on the hundreds of acres of newly accreted land at the northwest tip of Oregon, blocking the view where the ocean had been just 15 years earlier. While it was indeed impossible to see the ocean from Pillar Rock in 1904, in 1805 there had been a view of 6 degrees between Point Adams and Cape Disappointment. Thus, it is quite likely Clark saw where the sky met the water – but was it the ocean? The curvature of the earth is about 8-inches per mile. Thus, the surface of the flat ocean is 13feet below the horizon when looking west along the surface of Columbia River from Pillar Rock. Surface water elevations at Pillar Rock vary from 3 to 6 feet above sea level. If Clark was sitting in his canoe, his eyes would have been another 3 feet higher. And, if he stood to look cont page 16

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had made it around Point Distress and established Station Camp near an abandoned Chinook Indian village, the weather was still miserable. On November 22, Clark wrote “waves brakeing with great violence against the Shore throwing the water into our Camp &c. all wet and Confind to our Shelters.” On November 23, 1805, Clark wrote, “I marked my name the Day of the month & year on a Beech [alder] trees… Capt Lewis Branded his and the men all marked their names on trees about the Camp.” They had seen names of sailors from trading ships carved on other trees. All in favor say ‘Aye’

On November 24th, each member of the expedition, including Sacajawea and Clark’s slave, York, was asked for their opinion of where to spend the winter. The north shore was out of the question due to the constant storms and lack of elk. A few deer had been shot, but the men needed elk to replenish their clothing. The Clatsop Indians had told them there were lots of elk on the south side of the river. So the choice was whether to cross the river or go back upriver to spend the winter near The Dalles. Wintering near the mouth of the Columbia had advantages — the

weather would be milder, there was elk to eat, they could boil seawater to make salt to preserve the elk meat, and if a trading ship arrived they would be able to replenish their supplies. Everyone except Sacajawea’s husband, Charbonneau, voted, and all but one person voted to cross over to the Oregon shore to spend the winter.

The next day they headed back upriver to cross at Pillar Rock where the river is narrower. Nobody was interested in crossing the five miles of open water at Station Camp! Lewis went ahead, seeking a place to spend the winter. Meanwhile, storms returned and pinned Clark’s party down near Tongue Point. Clark wrote, “O how

Tremendious is the day.” The wind “blew with Such violence that I expected every moment to See trees taken up by the roots, maney were blown down. O! how disagreeable is our situation dureing this dreadfull weather.” Clark carved his name on a tree “Capt. William Clark December 3rd 1805. By Land. U. States in 1804 & 1805.” •••

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Lower Columbia College to induct four new members


our former Lower Columbia College athletic greats will be inducted into the LCC Hall of Fame during a banquet on Friday, Feb.17, at Myklebust Gymnasium in Longview. Social Hour & Silent Auction, 6:30pm; Dinner & Induction Ceremoney, 7pm. Tickets $50 per person, available at lcc-halloffame or LCC Bookstore..

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Lower Columbia College 1970-71

Stoller was a member of the 1970 LCC Basketball team (21-8) that took second at the NWAC To u r n a m e n t , and the 1971 team (19-10), which finished sixth. After attending LCC, Stoller went on to play at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where his team, the Boxers, won the Northwest Conference Championship in 1973. Stoller is co-founder, president and vice chairman of Express Employment Professionals. In 2014, Express helped more than 456,000 people find jobs through 725 franchises located in three countries. Sales for the Oklahoma City-based company totaled $2.85 billion that year. Stoller is also president of The Stoller Group, owning 23 Express offices in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and California. He also owns Xenium, a professional employer organization and the Stoller

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NAIA national second team, and All-American in 1978 where the Warriors took third in the Nation.

As a member of Pacific University’s Board of Trustees and former member of the basketball team, Stoller played a key role in fundraising for a major remodel of the institution’s athletic facility. He also played a critical role in the return of the Pacific football program. In October 2010, the University renamed its athletic facility the Stoller Center in recognition of his contributions.

Following his illustrious college baseball career, Brusco became a high level fast pitch softball player. He was a member of the USA Fast pitch team that played in the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela. Team USA took the Silver medal in those games.

Mickey Brusco

Lower Columbia College 1975-76

Brusco was an infielder for the Red Devils NWAC baseball tournament teams, including the 1976 NWAC Runner-Up. He also played basketball on the LCC teams that went 39-17 in 1975 and 1976 combined. Brusco came to LCC from Mark Morris High School, where he was a three-year starter in both baseball and basketball. He was shortstop for the 1973 WIAA 2A Champion Monarchs, and shortstop for 1974 State Runner-Up. Following LCC, Brusco went on to Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho in 1977 and 1978. He was a two-year starter on the baseball team,

Mike McNeilly

Lower Columbia College 1969-70

1972 (Gonzaga) first round by the Braves and 1972 (Gonzaga) first round by the Mets when he was the third player picked in the June secondary draft. McNeilly signed with the Mets in 1972 and played one season of minor league ball for the Marion, Virginia Mets in the Appalachian League. He had a 3-5 record with 4.11 ERA, and five starts with two complete games before an injury ended his minor league career after one season.

McNeilly was a top pitcher and hitter for the LCC baseball team, including the 1970 team that won the college’s first e v e r N WA C Championship. He was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame as a member of that 1970 Red Devils team.

Carol Carlson

McNeilly came to LCC after an outstanding playing career at Mark Morris High School in 1966 through 1968.

While at LCC, Carlson was a driving force behind the success of the Red Devil athletic program, serving as program manager under Gary Earnest, Mickey Riley and Kirc Roland. Carlson also served a brief stint as the acting athletic director in 2001.

After LCC, McNeilly attended Gonzaga University where he played two seasons in 1971 and 1972. His two-year total on the mound was 19-6 with an ERA of 1.37 including 15 complete games. He holds the Gonzaga record for single season ERA of 0.78 in 1971. He also hit .410 in 1972 which is #5 All-Time at Gonzaga. McNeilly was drafted four times by Major League Baseball. In 1970 (LCC) in the 14th round by t h e Ya n k e e s , 1971 (Gonzaga) second round by the Athletics,

Lower Columbia College 19872011

Carol Carlson was hired at Lower Columbia College in 1987 after a 13 year career at Astoria High School, where she served as head secretary and assistant to the athletic director.

She was on the “ground floor” as the NWAC was born with the addition of the Oregon colleges. Her knowledge of the college athletic system was a great resource for NWAC athletic directors and program managers across the Northwest. Carlson served as an education planner at LCC and her budget expertise was outstanding. She was also the queen of the Stats Master and one of the first program managers to incorporate stats gathering into her job. She traveled with the team to keep accurate stats and many times was asked to serve as the official stats keeper for the host school and NWAC Championship events. Carlson retired in 2011 and was just the second non-athletic director to win the prestigious Dutch Triebwasser Award as the outstanding athletic administrator the same year. Carlson was loved and respected by her student/athletes, coaches, supervisors and colleagues. She was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Dr. Rick Furman will join Dr. Daniel Haghighi and the Lower Columbia Oral Health team starting Feb. 1. Dr. Furman graduated from Medical University of South Carolina in 2015. He has a strong background in family dentistry and Dr. Rick Furman conscious IV sedation. Away from the office, he is an avid fisherman and hunter. Dr. Furman and his wife, Raegan, currently live in Georgia and are very excited about their move to the Pacific Northwest.

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Lewis & Clark

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at the mouth of the river through his telescope, he would have been 6 feet above the water. Thus, in theory, Clark could have seen the tops of waves and swells in the ocean. The Expedition experienced a series of winter storms that November, with storm swells likely upwards of 10 feet high. Also, since the ocean’s waves came further into the mouth of the Columbia before the jetties changed things, it seems likely Clark did see the ocean’s waves from Pillar Rock. It is interesting to note that none of the Corps’ other journal writers mentioned seeing the ocean on November 7th. Many historians cite this as evidence that Clark was mistaken. However, Clark had made other mistakes in his journal entries, but he always corrected them at a later date when he realized he’d been wrong. In this case, he had several opportunities to correct the record when they returned to Pillar Rock at a later date. But no such correction was made. In fact, on December 1st, after going back upstream to Pillar Rock to

cross over to Tongue Point on the Oregon side, Clark wrote, “The Sea which is imedeately in front roars like a repeeted roling thunder and have rored in that way ever Since our arrival in its borders which is now 24 Days Since we arrived in Sight of the Great Western Ocian.” Clark had to do some calculating to be able to say it had been 24 days since he had first seen the ocean; 24 days earlier had been November 7th. Thus, even after he had been to the ocean and back to Pillar Rock, Clark made no corrections – in fact, he reaffirmed his original statements of November 7th. In 2002, Rex Ziak of Naselle wrote an outstanding book that local history buffs will enjoy. His book, In Full View, focuses on just one month of the Corps’ journey and is the most insightful work about the Lewis and Clark Expedition I have found. It is likely no other living person knows as much as Mr. Ziak about what the Corps of Discovery experienced between November 7 and December 7, 1805.

Ziak was the first writer to challenge the belief that Clark had been wrong about seeing the ocean on November 7. After reading his book, I find it hard to imagine anyone not agreeing with him. Rex grew up in the Ilwaco area and spent 10 years researching his book, retracing their footsteps during the same nasty weather the Corps experienced. Ziak used an extremely detailed navigation chart, showing the mouth of the Columbia River 20 years before the south jetty had been built, to help the reader understand the daily events. The map shows that when Captain Clark was at Pillar Rock, he had a clear view of the opening where the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean. While out of print for awhile, the book has been reprinted and, if you can’t find it at a local bookstore, is available at the Fort Clatsop gift shop. •••

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or the budding and seasoned poets among our readership, it’s time once again to reach for pen and paper and challenge your imagination. Our latest HaikuFest is hereby announced.

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The two categories remain unchanged – Traditional (extra points for Columbia River/Pacific Northwestbased subjects) and Pop. Entries will be accepted until midnight, February 25th. We encourage participants to send entries by e-mail to haikucenter@ with “Haikufest” in the subject line, or by snail mail (USPS) to Gary Meyers, 3045 Ala Napuaa Place #1406, Honolulu, HI 96818. Each poet may submit five original,

When CRR introduced haiku in the winter of 2008-09, it was essentially a new idea to gauge reader interest and the season was right: vivid images of drooping cedar boughs weighted down with snow; leaden skies the backdrop for geese landing on a hidden lake; wood smoke curling from a lonely cabin chimney. Perfect subjects for the poetry form made famous by Matsuo Basho and a few of his countrymen during the Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan. But even Basho could not have predicted the popularity of his poetry form in the Lower Columbia River region! We were stunned.

In the past we have not allowed photographs and original art to be attached to the entries. However, after discussion among CRR’s editorial board, we decided, “Hey, why not?” But we emphasize that judging will be based strictly upon the quality of the haiku. Photographs and art are strictly gratuitous. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish your artwork or photo returned. We will rely once again on the wisdom of the same judges who have distinguished themselves in the past. These are friends on whom nothing is lost, all giants in their individual fields, all having roots in the Orient, and all who will work for free drinks and a meal. They will, as always,

In its purest form, haiku describes a single event or moment in time that the poet observes or is immersed in. Originally, the genre connected with nature and, frequently, a season. The pop version is about anything

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Northwest Wine

Learning to love wine 20 years in education flavors former By Marc Roland teacher’s role as winemaker


’m a big fan of learning. I spent 20 years in education and most of that time working with at-risk youth. What dawned on me after a few years in the classroom was that what most kids needed was a guide—someone who would listen to them in order to find out what motivated them. Before that, I spent too much time telling them what they needed to learn in order for them to be happy and successful. I believe everyone wants to learn innately, but natural curiosity is often killed by systems that are tailored to benefit the delivery system, not the individual. But isn’t the goal of education to cultivate individuals who think, grow and develop all life long? So, what does this have to do with wine? In our tasting room, I meet many people every day. It is really a lesson in human behavior. There are two kinds of people for sake of this argument. There are those who want to learn new things about wine and those who believe in what they have been told about wine. Past experience also plays into the latter’s mentality. For example, they tried some really bad wine, so all wine must be bad. We are all influenced by media messages, but learners are more resistant to those messages because their education included opportunities to explore on their own. Where I’m going with this is that there is a great need for educators, including wine educators, to challenge each other’s assumptions about learning. You can

Here are some comments I often hear: • Wine is a drink of snobs, women, and liberals. • I only like _________ (sweet, white, red, dry) wine. • Wine gives me headaches.

Very elegant and focused with herbal aromas. Lots of black fruit that dominates, but well balanced and structured. Aged 20 months in French oak releasing rich chocolate, plum, and black current flavors. Passing Time Winery is a collaboration of Dan Marino, Damon Huard, and Longview native Doug Donnelly.

• Wine is so expensive. • I can’t pick out the flavors in wine. • Wine tasting is intimidating.

teach an old dog to do new tricks if you can partner with them in the learning process! One of my goals for 2017 is to do more in my role as a wine educator. This means first I must ask lots of questions in order to find out what people think and believe, so I can understand where their curiosity lies and, if possible, offer help in moving them toward understanding (education). So it is my assumption that everyone wants to learn. If it appears that someone doesn’t want to learn, we must find out why and meet them at their point of resistance — nudging them, using stories, humor, and knowledge. It is not my job to tell you what wine you should like or buy; it is my job to pique your interest, give you answers to your questions about wine, and to provide a template for understanding and enjoying wine.

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I’m not saying that everyone should care about wine. But if you do care, even a little bit, I can guarantee that your enjoyment of wine will increase if you are open to learning more about it. So the next time you visit our tasting room and say “I don’t like red wine,” don’t be surprised if my response will be “Try this anyway —after all, you haven’t tried my wine.” This usually opens the door to further conversation. I hope 2017 will be a year when you will open your mind

and heart to new knowledge and — for wine drinkers, new experiences with wine. •••

Longview resident and former Kelso teacher Marc Roland started making wine in 2008 in his garage. He and his wife, Nancy, now operate Roland Wines at 1106 Florida Street, in Longview’s new “barrel district.” For wine tasting hours, call 360-846-7304.

Northwest Gardener

Winter Pruning Basics Story and Photos by Nancy Chennault

Most landscapes include an assortment of shrubs that include, left to right, conifers (needles), deciduous shrubs and trees that shed their leaves and/or needles in the fall and broad leaf evergreens, such as rhododendrons.


he home gardener may be intimidated by what appears to be the daunting task of pruning landscape shrubs and trees. Winter is a good time to grab the appropriate tools and get out of the house into the fresh air. By becoming familiar with the following guidelines and terms, you will find pruning a rewarding exercise and not as much of a chore as you would imagine. Be attentive to the natural growth pattern of your shrubs and trees. Specifics for fruit bearing trees and shrubs can be learned from taking classes offered by local garden centers/nurseries and WSU Master Gardeners. Check websites for winter schedules. If your plants have been neglected over time or disfigured by improper pruning, renovation pruning may be needed. However, becoming comfortable with terms and technique is a great place to start. Dormant in the winter months

When temperatures are lowest, the structural limbs and twigs of the plant above ground are “asleep.” This applies not only to the deciduous trees that lose all their leaves in the fall, but also to broadleaf evergreens and conifers (see top photo).


F r u i t t r e e s , Suckers (water sprouts) often look totally different than the b e r r i e s , s h a d e existing branches and cause unwanted congestion at the crown. trees and any non-blooming or summer-blooming shrubs, such as barberry and Japanese A branch is a stem that is attached to maples can be pruned now. The another stem or the trunk. Branches branch structure is easy to see and create a crotch at the attachment and you will be able to visualize the result. can be a weakness within a shrub or Summer-flowering shrubs such as tree if there are too many in one spot hydrangeas and roses can wait until or the crotch is narrow, causing a tight mid-March. “V.” Winter pruning often involves removal of branches that form narrow Branches of spring blooming shrubs crotches. and trees such as lilacs, forsythia and plums can be cut and brought indoors to enjoy as a bouquet when you first see color in the flower buds. The majority of the pruning should be done after the blossoms fade for maximum display in the garden. Evergreen

The point where the branch is attached to another or the main trunk is the collar, a wrinkled ridge next to the trunk (see photo, below). Any cuts need to be just outside the collar to hasten healing and prevent stubs that will dieback and become diseased.

Broadleaf, as well as conifer shrubs and trees, will not immediately generate new growth to cover pruning cuts. Selective reduction pruning for shape and size can be done now, but hedges should not be sheared until later in the winter. Spring bloomers, such as rhododendrons and camellias have already formed their flower buds and will not bloom in the spring if you prune them now. Wait until after they bloom. Tools

Your selection of pruning implements will depend on the project and the size of your shrubs and trees (see photo at left).

Left to right: Bypass lopers, a quality pair of bypass hand pruners and a small pruning saw. A small rake is helpful to remove interior leaves and debris. Bypass pruners, which have curved blades that slide past each other, are preferred over anvil type pruners which have one sharp top blade that connects with the flat surface of the bottom blade.

Larger trees may require the addition of an orchard ladder for safety within the higher branches, a pole or extension pruner for ground-level pruning and perhaps a chainsaw for mature limb removal. Pruning: The practice of removing twigs and branches from a tree or shrub.

Trees and shrubs, evergreen or deciduous, have a terminal bud as seen at the tip of this branch. Below this bud are the nodes which form the dormant lateral buds.

Apical (terminal) dominance and its role within a plant will add clarity to the art of pruning. The terminal (apical) bud of a plant is the primary growing point located at the apex (tip) of the stem (see top right photo). It is the dominant bud and will cause the lateral buds below it to remain dormant. Terminal buds have special tissue, called apical meristem (a hormone), that prevents the lower buds from developing. When the top bud is removed, the hormone is redirected to the next bud down the stem and that lateral bud becomes dominant. Proper pruning technique is nothing more than finding the buds down the stem from a terminal bud and cutting the stem back to a lateral bud pointed in the direction you want it to grow. It’s as easy as that!

Water sprouts grow rapidly straight up from horizontal branches of deciduous trees that have been topped or sheared improperly. Removing one third of these each summer will reduce the amount of water sprouts that can be generated by winter pruning. Suckers are fast-growing branches at the base of a shrub or tree (see photo, top center). Cut all of these off at ground level and treat with a tar-like sealer for healing pruning cuts. This will slow down the regeneration of suckers.

Make 2017 the year to discover the elation found in winter garden activities. Our Pacific Northwest temperate winter climate is perfect and the brisk air undeniably refreshing. Happy New Year! ••• Nancy Chennault for many years operated a popular local nursery. These days, she and her husband, Jim Chennault, operate “The Plant Station” and The Gardens @ Sandy Bend on their beautiful garden property in Castle Rock.

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My European Christmas It was so cold at the top that even in my winter gear and gloves, I couldn’t feel my hands after 60 seconds of taking photos! Switzerland


I met my Swiss host Anja on my Japanese trip last year.

The Europeans ride public transportation everywhere and it’s common that each family only has a single car, unless their employer provides them one. While this eases the stress of having to park in the city or deal with traffic, it means you have to walk around all day and face the weather, as well as adjusting your schedule to that of the city. The plus is that regional train rides are far cheaper and arrive precisely on time.

A highlight dish here is Raclette, fondue’s cousin. Using a wooden spoon, each person pours their serving onto a plate. While tasty, Raclette usually fills me up after only two servings.

The Christmas shacks all had lights, fresh evergreens, berries, reindeer statues and various other things to make you feel as if you had gone back in time, backdropped by beautiful European churches in the city square.


he Piper Family has built a very unique relationship with the Eichler family over this past half century — from my father Ned’s family hosting Gottfried, Longview’s first foreign exchange student, to my own family hosting his grandson, Daniel Kellner, as an exchange student in 2015. I welcomed Daniel as my temporary American “kid brother.” Continuing the mutual visitations, I made a trip to Europe in December, ending at the Eichlers’ home for Christmas.

German Arrival

While our local Hop N Grape in Longview has more selection, Heinrich’s is a vast warehouselike expanse Daniel and I visited containing crate after crate of high quality liquids. They even had many of the Portland classic Rogue beers! The next day, Roland, Daniel and I headed to Waldenbuch, the location of the Ritter Sport chocolate headquarters. This is basically the Apple computer store of chocolate. Waldenbuch offers each bar for as little as 60¢ in addition to having the

My host, Roland Kellner (Daniel’s father), and I traveled by train from Frankfurt to Stuttgart and it was far colder than I was expecting at 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It made coming indoors at the end of each day all the sweeter. The Kellner residence has a blueframed glass door with a long metal handle, a welcome mat and a quaint six-by-three-foot garden. On our first night, Daniel and I went to the main Stuttgart Christmas market. The hot wine is exactly as it sounds, although sometimes spices are thrown in. It’ll warm you up and make you forget about the cold long enough to socialize with the locals. In America on the Fourth of July, Christmas and other holidays, we have little vendor carts that sell food and items, but it’s all very plain compared to what is done in Germany.

I was welcomed to Graz by my pal Christoph, who was an exchange student at Mark Morris High School

Toppings like mushrooms and garlic are laid atop Raclette cheese squares in small pans, then placed in an oven for a few minutes to melt. Mount Titlis

Taking a one-hour train ride south of Lucerne to Engelberg and a 20-minute gondola ride up to the 10,000 foot high peak, I stood in awe of Lord of the Rings style majesty.

On my night train to Graz, it was cramped and awkward waiting for everyone to put their things away and jump into or out of their bunks. Our room had three out of six bunks occupied.

The gondola up the mountain was somewhat terrifying. I’d estimate I was at least 60 feet off the ground. At floor five of the final stop, the doors

when I was a freshman there. We walked to Schloßberg, where the ß is pronounced as a hiss sound, not a B. This hilltop site has man made tunnels through its base where dance parties and concerts are held. The clock tower on top overlooks a fantastic city view.

Large colored squares represent each variety and large shopping carts greet you as you enter the shop.

complete flavor catalog, consisting of around 30 kinds plus seasonal varieties. The main difference between American and European beer is that over there, you’re likely to love whatever you choose. In everyday America, the beer can seem hollow, until you attend a craft shop or pub to find something like IPA, a style you’ll never see in Europe.

I saw diverse landscapes with green fields, sparse trees, thick forests and snowy mountain peaks all within a single frame.

opened to a snowy mountain pass for skiers to embark down the mountain or for hikers to walk a short distance to the peak.

The highlight of Austria was Christoph’s cont on page 22 As we learned the samples were bottomless, our eyes jumped to the cascading amber waterfall of nougat, a treat made like chocolate but using nuts in place of the cacao bean.

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European Christmas from page 21

stupendous idea of traveling to the nearby Zotter Chocolate Museum. This is the closest real life experience to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that I have ever experienced. The property had several solar panels and a steam power plant, making it nearly self-sufficient. An “edible” farm of plants and animals like in the Willy Wonka film allowed visitors to grab and consume anything they wanted. German Christmas

New Year’s, or “Silvester” named by Germans after the fourth century Pope, could easily be mistaken for WWIII with the amount of neon fireworks lighting up the foggy night! On my final night, Daniel and I wanted to play a board game he didn’t have, so we spent the next two hours building the game from scratch. We used markers and cardboard and printed out scale images of the game board and cards. In the end, we were proud of our work and Daniel actually

enjoyed the game for the first time, probably because he had a chance to really understand the rules in the course of our building the game. Daniel’s winning also could have helped. ••• CRR’s graphic designer/IT manager Perry Piper loves to travel and is learning computer programming in his spare time. He enjoys learning about and sharing new technologies and will be hosting VR demo parties in 2017. See ad, page 4.

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Comfort Food


When the winter sky turns gray, cook something golden By Suzanne Martinson

fter two weeks of revelry with relatives in Michigan, where I never passed up a candy dish or a cookie platter, some onerous options emerge for squeezing into my swimsuit in the New Year.

• Spurn butter, sauce, pasta, cheese burgers and — of course! — fries. • Go half-hog and switch to any food with a nutrition label that bespeaks 100 calories or less. Unfettered fruit

If the cook wants to add some color to macaroni and cheese, chopped green onions make a nice garnish.

need not apply. Of course, there are munch-ables, such as raw cauliflower or broccoli, but they are binge-worthy only if accompanied by a dip.

•Never do lunch with a friend again, especially the dears who dare dine on dessert. Forget that. We only live once.

• Bid adieu to ice cream for breakfast. I still have visions of the homemade ice cream with hot fudge that I inhaled at my sister’s and her husband’s house.

Sadly, not one of these options appear either viable, or enjoyable.

• Skip the whipped cream and sugar in festive holiday coffees. Latte? Later. (My one calorie-quashing success is learning to drink my coffee black.)

I am advancing a sixth for holiday food withdrawal: comfort food. In my meat-potato-bread-ice cream (and pie) farm family, we didn’t do cot page 24

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macaroni-and-cheese. It took my daughter, Jessica, to introduce me to that delicacy. It began when she was in junior high, and I would arrive home late from the newspaper, finishing that one last story on deadline. She’d grin when I came in the kitchen door. After her twohour extreme-exercise session, she was pumped with serotonin. “Don ‘t worry about me, Mom, I made macaroni and cheese,” she would say. “How about a bite?” said the hungry I. She pointed to the golden morass in the saucepan and handed me a tablespoon. “Take what you want. I’ll eat the rest.” I’m proud to say I took but a third. She was a growing teenage girl with daily marching band practices looming for the rest of the week. She played the mellophone in the band, which practiced five days a week, performed on the weekends. She got exercise, all right, with its lovely gaggle of serotonin, endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin. Happy hormones, all. Typing all day, I was setting myself up for carpal tunnel syndrome. (I once read switching from a manual typewriter to an electric meant a 2-pound weight gain each year. No word yet on writing on a computer with Spell-Check.) It is true that eating macaroni and cheese out of a metal saucepan can’t compare with the first spoonful of milking-parlor-to-table ice cream stolen from the paddle just pulled out of the frosty metal canister. But it comes close. Ice cream’s mixture of cream, sugar, eggs and vanilla never looks anything but edible. But I will never forget the first time I saw the strange color of the orange powder that drops out Kraft’s packet to magically morph into macn-cheese. That mysterious compound is the poster child for Colors Not Found in Nature. Not long ago, I was rooting through my kitchen cupboard in search of peanuts when I came upon a blue box of macaroni-and-cheese. I turned away. It could never compare to the last batch I ate at my daughter’s house near Lansing, Michigan. “This is the best ever,” I said at the time. “What’s the secret?” “I cleaned out the refrigerator,” she said. “I put in every piece, every kind, of cheese I found,” she said.

On the River Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

2 tablespoons butter (divided) 1 cup cottage cheese (not low-fat) 2 cups milk (not nonfat) 1 teaspoon dry mustard Pinch cayenne pepper Pinch freshly grated nutmeg ½ teaspoon salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 lb. sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (divided) ½ lb. elbow pasta, uncooked Preheat oven to 375º and position an oven rack in upper third of oven. Use 1 tablespoon butter to butter a 9-inch round or square baking pan. In a blender, puree cottage cheese, milk, mustard, cayenne, nutmeg and salt and pepper together. Reserve ¼ cup grated cheese for topping. In a large bowl, combine remaining cheese, milk mixture and uncooked pasta. Pour into prepared pan, cover tightly with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover pan, stir gently, sprinkle with reserved cheese and dot with remaining tablespoon butter. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes more, until browned. Let cool at least 15 minute before serving.

Willow Grove boat launch permits now available on site with debit/ credit cards


n electronic payment kiosk has been installed for purchasing Day-Use Permits at Willow Grove Boat Launch. Cash payments will continue to be accepted through January 15th. After that date, debit and credit cards will be the only forms of payment accepted at the boat launch. Annual permits will continue to be available for purchase at the Port of Longview Administration Building for $40 per boat trailer, while Day-Use permits are $5 per day and can only be purchased at the boat launch. The new kiosk is the latest in a series of improvements planned for Willow Grove Park. Tthe Willow Grove Boat Launch and basin were recently dredged to improve usability and safety. This spring, updated playground equipment is slated to be installed, in addition to continued maintenance and upgrades of park facilities.

For continued updates regarding Willow Grove, the boat launch and other Port business, like us on Facebook or visit our website, www. About the Port of Longview: The Port of Longview is the first fullservice operating port with strategic transportation connections on the deep-draft Columbia River shipping channel in southwest Washington State. The Port is located just 66 river miles from the Pacific Ocean, 120 driving miles from Seattle, Washington, and 40 driving miles from Portland, Oregon. Port facilities include eight marine terminals and waterfront industrial property with direct connections to main-line rail and interstate highway. Cargo handling specialties include bulk cargos and breakbulk commodities.

Makes 6 to 8 servings ~ Jean Holman, of Troutdale, Ore. Asking for her recipe, she advised me to enjoy it that day, because I probably would never eat it again. “I don’t know what I put in,” she admitted. My daughter, if you haven’t guessed, is a creative cook. The accompanying recipe — as a food editor I counted on concrete recipes — is tested, tasted and works, just don’t chicken out and go low-ball on the cheese. That’s what makes it wonderful. My longtime friend, Oregon journalist Sharon Nesbit, scrawled “Yes!” topped with a star on the recipe card, and that was good enough for me. Now Creamy Macaroni and Cheese is my go-to recipe for post-holiday blues. Besides being truly tasty, you don’t have to boil the macaroni first. It cooks in the oven. Leftovers, if any, can be carefully heated in the microwave. ••• Suzanne Martinson didn’t grow up on mac-n-cheese, but she is in love with it today.

First, learn to live with your technology. Then you’ll learn to love it! I can help. One-on-one lessons with you and your devices in your home or CRR’s office. Call or email Perry Piper 360-270-0608 or

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Out now & coming later this year


by Benjamin Franklin

By Dr. Bob Blackwood

s 2016 ended, I noted that it had not been a stellar year for films. Yes, “Rogue One,” the “Star Wars” film, is making a lot of money, but we expected that with its millions of fans of all ages. I wish there were episodes that were unique in it, but why spoil a sure thing, as the Hollywood sharpies might very well say. I wanted more and hoped for something a little different, but so it goes. The film that I enjoyed most recently was Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” (“R”). Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is a janitor and fix-it man who seems doomed to a thankless job. To top that off, his older brother (played by Kyle Chandler), who owns a fishing boat and is raising his 16-year-old son, Patrick (Ben O’Brien), unfortunately dies. Both brothers are divorced; the mother of the 16-year-old can’t deal with the son because of her own problems. Everything falls into Lee’s lap. Now, Lee is no pushover. We see him blowing his top and fighting in bars, but now he has to be The Man for his brother’s son, his legal guardian. And the son is no goody two shoes. He has two girlfriends, is always on the alert for another one, and lies to all and sundry. Can Lee handle it, or will he punk out? Well, I don’t want to spoil your fun by telling all, but I do think that this film will definitely

pick up its share of awards. Will Casey Affleck walk away with an Oscar for this performance? I am not the only critic who thinks it is a real possibility.


f 2016 was sort of flat, what can I recommend in 2017? Keeping in mind that I haven’t seen any of those films yet, the one that I have the greatest hopes for is Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049,” with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and with the original director, Ridley Scott, riding along as a producer. It is planned to be out in October. Why the great hopes for this film? Well, for one thing, there were three different versions of the first film, “Blade Runner” (1982). The first version was followed by two different versions — a director’s cut and a “final cut.” In other words, people just loved to manipulate this film and still do. The 2049 version, apparently, will not answer the question of whether or not Harrison Ford’s character is a replicant or a human. A critic noted that Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott still don’t agree on that issue, which is quite a disagreement since Ford is the original “blade runner” sent out there to blow away any replicant passing for human. Whatever, hang loose and enjoy, readers. •••





ink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.

f you would be loved, love and be lovable.

o man ever was glorious who was not laborious.

ear to do ill, and you need fear nought else.


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illigence is the mother of good luck.

hose things that hurt, instruct.

eing ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.


od helps them that help themselves.


appiness consists more in the small conveniences of pleassures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.


ndustry, perseverance, and frugality make fortune yield.

earn of the skillful; he that teaches himself has a fool for his master.


e that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas. ise men don’t need advice. Fools won’t take it.

hey who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty or security.

Dr. Bob Blackwood, professor emeritus of the City Colleges of Chicago, co-authored with Dr. John Flynn the recently published book, Everything I Know about Life I Learned from James Bond. Blackwood and his wife, Diane, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Selected by Gordon Sondker


hey that won’t be counseled can’t be helped.


o be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.


cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather.


enius without education is like silver in the mine. hen you’re finished changing, you’re finished.

he doors of wisdom are never shut.

Gordon Sondker lives in Longview and is looking forward to his 90th birthday in February. He credits growing up on a family farm in Kansas for his outlook on life.

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Downtown Longview Teague’s Gallery 1267 Commerce Ave. 360-636-0712. Open until 7pm. Broadway Gallery Enjoy refreshments and acoustic guitar by Mark Dykstra. Meet the artists! See artists listed at right. Reception, 5:30-7:30pm. Appetizers, & beverages. 1418 Commerce Ave. Across the Cowlitz River: Cowlitz County Museum 405 Allen Street, Kelso, Wash. 360-577-3119 Cowlitz Public Utility District History: the story of the PUD’s creation and growth. 7pm.

Submission Guidelines Letters to the Editor (up to 200 words) relevant to the publication’s purpose — helping readers discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region, at home and on the road — are welcome. Longer pieces, or excerpts thereof, in response to previously-published articles, may be printed at the discretion of the publisher and subject to editing and space limitations. Items sent to CRR will be considered for publication unless the writer specifies otherwise. Writer’s name and phone number must be included; anonymous submissions will not be considered. Political Endorsements CRR is a monthly publication serving readers in several different towns, three counties, two states and beyond and does not publish Letters to the Editor that are endorsements or criticisms of political candidates or controversial issues. (Paid ad space is available.) Unsolicited submissions may be considered, provided they are consistent with the publication’s purpose. Advance contact with the editor is recommended. Information of general interest submitted by readers may be used as background or incorporated in future articles. Outings & Events calendar (free listing): . Events must be open to the public. Non-profit organizations and the arts, entertainment, educational and recreational opportunities and community cultural events will receive listing priority. Fundraisers must be sanctioned/sponsored by the benefiting non-profit organization. Businesses and organizations wishing to promote their particular products or services are invited to purchase advertising (contact info, page 3).

Broadway Gallery Artists co-op. Yearround classes for all ages, workshops and paint parties. Annual Studio Clearance Sale Jan 15-28 on select items. January featured artists: Debra Chase (painting), Tim Foertsch (metal sculpture), Janis Newton, (sculpture), and Bill Smith (photography). February: Guest artist Alan Brunk (pen & ink), Susan Supola (silk dyeing), David Myers, photography, Linda McCord (felted hearts and flowers & wearable fiber art) Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 1418 Commerce, Longview, Wash. 360-5770544. Teague’s Interiors & Gallery Artwork by local artists in the gallery. Iconography and Chalk Paint workshops. Call to reserve or for more info: 360-636-0712. Hours: 10–5:30 M–F, 10–3 Sat. 1267 Commerce Ave, Longview, Wash.

Koth Gallery Longview Public Library Thru Feb. 4 Jason Sturgill, Longview native now teaching at Portland State University. Exhiobit of prints, etc. Artist’s Reception 2-4pm, Jan 14. Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview, Wash. Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thurs-Sat 10am5pm. 360-441-5300.

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Warm up your winter nights at the Columbia Various, see Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts ad, page 18. Soup-Off Fri, Jan. 27, 6-9pm. Friendly competition between 10 local restaurants. $60 ticket includes entertainment, appetizers, beverages & samplings of sop from the area’s finest restaurants. Event to be held at Longview Country Club, 41 Country Club Dr., Longview, Wash. Tickets: CPTA Box Office, 1231 Vandercook Way, Longview, Wash., phone: 360-575-8499. Info: columbia

Tsuga Gallery Fine arts and crafts by area artists. Thurs-Sat 11–5. 70 Main Street, Cathlamet, Wash. 360-795-0725.

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The Art Gallery at LCC Al Flory, pigmented photographs etc. Through Jan. 26. Rose Center for the Arts, 1600 Maple St., Longview, Wash. Gallery hours: Mon–Tues 10–6, Wed-Thurs 10–4. Info: lowercolumbia. edu/gallery.

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Recreation, Outdoors, Gardening History, Pets, Self-Help Cowlitz County Museum New permanent exhibit, “Cowlitz Encounters.” See Feb. 2 First Thursday program info (opposite page). 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 360-795-3954. Kalama Garden Club meets first Wednesday of month. 11am. Meeting locations change monthly, for current meeting info contact Sherwood or 360-673-2809. Visitors are welcome. 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. Calvin Tibbets, Oregon’s First Pioneer Sunday, Jan 15, 1pm. “In their Footsteps” free lecture series. Fort Clatsop Visitor Center (near Astoria, Ore.) Netul Room. Free admission. Series presented by Lewis and Clark National Park Assn. Info: 503861-2471 or visit Maintaining a Positive Outlook on Life Thurs, Jan 12, 3pm. Caregiver Support Speaking Series. Martin Darling, counselor from Columbia Wellness will discuss techniques to keep spirits up in 2017. For all ages, caregivers as well as those being cared for. Free. RSVP 360-575-1778. Monticello Park, 605 Broadway, Longview, Wash. Tai Chi classes Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am during January. Free. Monticello Park, 605 Broadway, Longview, Wash. Studies show that Tai Chi can reduce blood high pressure and help with balance and depression. Classes by Cliff Beattie, owner of the Tai Chi Center. Call 360-575-1778 to reserve a spot.

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Souper Bowl Saturday Soup dinner and silent auction. Feb. 4, 4:30-7:00pm.Rainier United Methodist Church, 1st & ‘C’ Street, Rainier, Ore. Cost of dinner by donation. Silent auction begins at 4:30 and ends at 7pm. Football toss for prizes all during event. Benefits HOPE of Rainier food bank. Info: Lisa 503-728-4228 R Square D Dance Club Lessons offered each Wed beginning Jan. 4. $5 per person. Plus: 6:30–7:30pm; Basics: 7:30–9pm; Mainstream: 9–9:30pm. Dances 2nd and 4th Sats, 7pm Plus, 8–10pm Mainstream with Rounds. $6 Admission. Craig Abercrombie, Caller; Lonnie Sykes, Cuer. Kelso Senior Center, 106 NW 8th Ave, Kelso, Wash. Info: http:// or call 360-414-5855. Spell-a-bration Spelling Bee for high schoolers and adults. Fri, Mar 3, Kelso Theatre Pub. Looking for sponsorship and teams of three but two will do. Info: Diane, 360-520-9673. Event sponsored by Breakfast Bunch Altrusa Club, proceeds benefit local literacy programs. Longview Bridge Club Weekly duplicate bridge games Mon, 10:30am and Thurs 6:30pm, Kelso Senior Center, 106 NW 8th Ave., Kelso. New players welcome. For info or help finding a partner: Rich Carle, 360425-0981 or GFWC AMALAK women’s service club welcomes all women to its meetings 7pm, every first and third Thursday, Sept through May. Community Center, 216 Elm St., Kalama, Wash. Info: 360-901-1791. Cowlitz Table Tennis welcomes all ages and abilities! Free to first timers, six tables, come have fun! Bring a paddle or use one of the spares. Come when you can Sundays, 5-9pm at the Family Link Building gym, 907 Douglas St., Longview, Wash. Questions: Vance, 503556-9135.


with Mt. St. Helens Club 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, Jan 11 • Tryon Creek State Park (M) Drive 110 miles RT. Hike 4-mile loop with 440 ft. e.g. Leader: Bruce 360425-0256. Sat, Jan 14 • Jerry’s Peak Snowshoe (M) Drive 110 mi RT. Snowshoe 8 miles with 1,600 ft. e.g. “Unnamed” peak above Coldwater Lake. Excellent views of several lakes, Mt. St. Helens and Toutle River Valley. Leader: Mary Jane, 360-355-5220. Wed, Jan 18 • Lake Sacajawea (E) Walk around the whole lake (3 miles+) or walk half the lake (1 mile+). Group consensus for breakfast/lunch afterwards. Leaders: Trudy & Ed, 360-414-1160.

Sat, Jan 21 • Tilly Snowshoe (M/S) Drive 260 miles RT. Snowshoe 7.5 miles with 3,000 e.g. on northeast flank of Mt. Hood to historic Cloud Cap Inn (now the Crag Rats HQ) Spectacular views. Leader: Dan, 360-578-2849. Mon, Jan 23 • Kalama Waterfront (E) Drive 20 miles RT to explore this nearby historic area along a level paved path on the Columbia River. View wildlife, ships, etc. Leader: Art, 360-425-3140.

In their Footsteps at Fort Clatsop Learn about one early settler’s goal to make Oregon American, not British


Sutherland’s 2016 book, Calvin Tibbets: Oregon’s First Pioneer is available at the Lewis & Clark National Park Association bookstore in the Fort Clatsop visitor center. A book-signing at the bookstore will follow his presentation.

t the next “In Their Footsteps” speaker series event on Sunday, January 15, at 1pm, Jerry Sutherland will talk about Calvin Tibbets and Solomon Smith, the first American settlers on Clatsop Plains.

This monthly Sunday forum Sutherland spent two years scouring archives and visiting Jerry Sutherland is sponsored by the Lewis & Clark National Park Calvin Tibbets’ haunts across Association and the park. These the United States and Canada before programs are held in the Netul River deciding to write Calvin Tibbets: Room of Fort Clatsop’s visitor center Oregon’s First Pioneer. His book tells and are free of charge. the story of an obscure stonemason who journeyed to Oregon from Maine in 1832, determined to settle permanently, wrest control of Oregon Stageworks Northwest from Great Britain’s Hudson’s Bay proudly presents Company, and make it part of the United States. Tibbets’ goal was achieved just before his death in 1849; but he never received any recognition A classic and for having paved the way for hundreds clever of thousands of Oregon pioneers who suspense made that goal possible. During his talk, Sutherland will focus on Tibbets’ years on Clatsop Plains and his friendship with Solomon Smith, who married Celiast, the daughter of Clatsop Chief Coboway, and whose son, Silas Smith, helped identify the site of Fort Clatsop in 1899.

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Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Longview Country Club 41 Country Club Dr., Longview, Wash. 6–7pm Social Hour • Hors d’oeuvres provided, No-host Bar 7–8pm Business Meeting The event is designed to encourage networking between local women philanthropists. New members are welcome to join. Visit the first meeting and decide. For more info, refer to Facebook or contact Stacy Dalgarno (, Trish Wilson, 360-560-0902, or Kalei LaFave, 360-703-5621.

Sat, Jan 28 • Red Rock Pass SS/XC (M) Drive 110 miles RT. Snowshoe/cross-country ski 7 miles RT with 900 feet e.g. on sourthern slopes of Mt. St. Heles from the Cougar SnoPark. Open meadows and excellent views of the mountian. Open meadows and excellent views of the mountain. Leader: George, 360562-0001.260 miles RT. Columbia River Reader / January 10 – February 14, 2017 / 27


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hen I was young and uncultured, my vinegar world boundaries were red cider and white, depending on whether I was pouring it on cabbage or cleaning my coffee pot. Later when I became a sophisticate, I discovered that a well-stocked deli’s vinegar display provided more choices than Costco’s free food offerings. Of the myriad types available, balsamic stands out because, unlike other vinegars, it is created from grape pressings that are not allowed to ferment. The name is derived from the Latin, balsamum, meaning something aromatic with soothing and healing properties. In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, balsamic was used as a “remedy” for the plague. Traditionally, balsamic is produced from white Trebbiano grapes. The juice is reduced to 50 percent of volume by cooking to create a concentrated “must” and then aged slowly. As the liquid evaporates, the balance is transferred progressively to smaller casks of different woods, specifically oak, mulberry, chestnut, cherry, juniper, ash and finally acacia. With each transfer, the product assumes the flavor and increasing complexity of the new cask. But not every balsamic takes the long journey home. Time is money and you will generally get what you pay for. Liquid gold

According to Wikipedia, balsamic was first referenced in 1046 A.D. when it was presented to the soonto-be Holy Roman Emperor, Enrico III. Originally, only elite Italian families — chief among them the Este family whose name is known to avid crossword puzzlers — had access. To the well-connected, balsamic was a treasure to be savored and gifted to others only on special occasions. Aficionados know that real balsamic must have the blessing of one of two Italian consortia, Modena or Reggio Emilia-Romagna, much like real Champagne can only originate from the Champagne region of France.

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Aging has a significant effect on taste, use and price.

The young balsamic (aged 3-5 years) is sharp and ideal for salad dressing when mixed with olive oil. The middle-aged (8-12 years) can enhance sauces, pastas or risottos. The old balsamic (12 years or older) is the liquid gold. It is rich and thick, used to enhance meat, fish, fresh fruit (excellent when poured over strawberries), drizzled over ice cream or even consumed as an after-dinner drink. The premier balsamics, 25 years and older, can easily cost $100-400 for a single 3.4-ounce bottle. At that price I would expect it to also grow hair, cure diabetes or increase virility by several orders of magnitude. Those of us at the far end of the table, however, can find balsamic without suffering sticker shock. But beware. Much as with women, the age will generally determine the tartness The uninitiated shopper may find that, except for its distinctive flavor, a young balsamic can have all the coarseness of a cheap cider vinegar. So I leave you in the grocery aisle with your shopping list. Will it be “Bon appetit, “Bottoms up” or “Ugh?” Your vinegar budget may hold the answer to that question.

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Astronomy Neptune and Venus: a close encounter

Orion, Gemini and Cancer sparkle in the dark By Greg Smith


anuary always brings out Orion as the bright, notable constellation of the winter. Bright red Betelgeuse on the upper left shoulder and brilliant white-blue giant Rigel on the lower right corner lock in this giant of the winter sky. Orion’s famous belt of three stars and the three stars of the hanging sword define this hunter’s midsection. The fuzzy patch of light sits in the middle of the sword sheath like a gemstone in the belt of this piece of weaponry. This fuzzy gemstone is the birthplace of stars. It is one of the closest stellar nurseries (only 1,500 light years) from our sun. With binoculars you can make out four bright stars tightly packed together in a trapezoid shape (a squashed box). With a small telescope this area shines with many stars and dark space-dust clouds. It’s in these clouds that new stars are being formed. When astronomers view this region in infrared light (heat) they can see the stars shining through the dust that blocks our normal visible light. New stars and planetary systems are forming as you read this article. The Hubble Space Telescope has found small (larger than our solar system) globs of space dust clinging to the gravity of forming stars. These look like tadpoles, and are called stellar globules. Orion isn’t the only interesting constellation in the winter sky

Right next to it is the constellation of Gemini. You may know it from the zodiacal horoscopes that you read. This constellation represents the twins Castor and Pollux of Roman mythology. What makes this constellation easy to find is that its two brightest stars make up the heads of the two boys and their bodies are two parallel lines of stars that lead back to Orion. Now, these two stars are both multiple stars. Castor and its companion can be seen in most telescopes at higher magnification. These stars are 52 light years away. Pollux is part of a very close binary system that cannot be separated by an amateur telescope, but it does have a planet orbiting it and is only 34 light years away. Both Castor and Pollux are of the first magnitude and easy to see. Most of the stars in the Gemini constellation are multiple stars. This means that some are doubles and some

What else is in the sky? Well, we missed the Neptune / Mars conjunction on New Years Eve, but on January 12th Neptune will come very close to bright Venus very low in the southwestern sky, around 6:30 pm. Binoculars will give you a chance to see this blue -colored eighth planet very near the brilliant white Venus. You may hear of comets that will be viewable this late winter and spring; these will be viewable only in 10X50 binoculars and telescopes. You will need to find their paths in astronomy magazines or on the Internet and figure out where in the sky they will be found. I’ll be more precise on this in next month’s article. I hope you have your plans made for the August 21st solar eclipse running through the middle of Oregon. Most camping sites in the eclipse path are already reserved, as well as the motel rooms near the line of totality. I hope everyone interested can at least find a parking spot along a highway somewhere. •••

have three or more stars tightly bound together and appear as one star to our eyes, just as Castor and Pollux do. Naked eye star cluster

A third constellation that might be interesting to view is Cancer, the Crab. It has no bright stars, but is to Longview resident Greg Smith is an active member of Friends of Galileo, a family-friendly astronomy club which meets monthly in Longview. Visitors are welcome; telescope ownership is not required. For info about the club, call Chuck Ring, 360-636-2294.

the left of Gemini, between the more notable Leo the Lion which rises around 10:30pm. Cancer rises around 9:30pm. What is fascinating in Cancer is the large open star cluster that sits in its middle. If you have a really dark sky you can make out this star cluster with just your eyes. The best way to see the star cluster is with your binoculars. I have described to you the three main constellations of the winter sky. The autumn constellation, Taurus is still visible high in the southern sky with its star cluster the Pleiades (a very small cup-shaped group of stars) higher in the southern sky.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1329 Commerce Ave., Longview (alley entrance). Fine dining, happy hour specials. wine tastings. Tues-Sat open 5pm. 360-425-2837. See ad, page 2.

Homestyle cooking from the 1960s-1970. All natural ingredients. Beer and wine available. Open Wed. thru Sun, 7am–8pm. See ad, page 10.

The Carriage Restaurant & Lounge

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

1260 Commerce Ave. Serving lunch & dinner Mon–Sat 11am–10pm. Full bar, banquet space, American comfort food. 360-703-3904. See ad, page 14.

The Original Pietrio’s Pizzeria

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

Porky’s Public House 561 Industrial Way, Longview Slow-roasted prime rib Fri & Sat, flat iron steaks, 1/3-lb burgers, fish & chips. 33 draft beers. Full bar. Family-friendly, weekly jazz and acoustic dinner hour sets on Weds. 360-636-1616. See ad, page 15.

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.

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

Locally roasted espresso, fine teas, fresh pastries daily, smoothies, beer & wine, homemade soups. Breakfast and lunch. 1333 Broadway. 360-425-7700 See ad, page 20.

Ice cream, oldfashioned milkshakes, sundaes, local coffee, healthy lunches, Fun atmosphere in The Merk. 1339 Commerce. 360-4234986. See ad, page 9.

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

Happy Hour & Dinner. Seafood, steaks, pasta and salads. Wed–Sat 4–9pm. Full bar. Reservations recommended. 1125 Commerce, Longview. 360-501-4328.

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

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.

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 31.

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

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

St. Helens Bertucci’s

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

Sunshine Pizza & Catering 2124 Columbia Blvd. Hot pizza, cool salad bar. Beer & wine. 503-397-3211 See ad, page 28.

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

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

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

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Miss Manners

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: I invited a couple to a dinner party and requested an RSVP. Despite two follow-up phone calls to determine if they would attend, I got no answer. As the table had two empty places, I went ahead and invited another couple who responded affirmatively. At less than 24 hours before said party, the first couple finally responded that they would attend. I replied that unfortunately as I had not heard from them, I assumed they were not coming and invited others. Did I handle this correctly? Should I not have invited the other couple? GENTLE READER: Evidently, you should not have invited the first couple. Rather than performing the minimal duty of answering your invitation when it was issued, they allowed you to assume the burden of finding out their intention — and let you do it twice, without responding.

Miss Manners takes that as a sign that they feel they owe you nothing, and thus are unlikely to trouble themselves to make your party a success, much less to thank you and to reciprocate.


You were prudent to handle the situation as you did. And let us hope that the substitute couple turned out to be more worthy of your hospitality.

By Kimberly Morgan

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When you write a sympathy card to someone relating that you were sad to learn that they lost their Mother, is it proper to capitalize Mother? Even though it is not a grammar requirement, I have always thought to do this. We are wondering about this at my work. GENTLE READER: Given the context, Miss Manners infers that you believe capitalizing increases the deference, importance or respect being accorded to the deceased. The problem is that she, like the addressee, can only guess at your i n t e n t i o n . To b e i n t e l l i g i b l e , conventions must be generally



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Henri’s Shrimp Bisque ~ Story by Paul Thompson Lovely for a mid-winter lunch

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hat tastes better on a frosty w i n t e r ’s d a y than a bowl of piping hot soup? One of my favorites is shrimp bisque. Henri’s was a fine dining restaurant a couple of miles west of Longview on Ocean Beach Highway.Now closed, it was famous for its Shrimp Bisque. I’ve made it and will again. I particularly like the combination of its rich flavor and texture.

1/2 C. butter-melt over low heat in large saucepot. 1/2 C. flour 2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 1 Tbl. powdered chicken base 1 Tbl. sugar 1/4 tsp. white pepper 1/8 tsp. nutmeg Whisk the above ingredients into butter until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat and add: 2 quarts whole milk Bring to a boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. Set aside. 1/2 C. bacon 1 C. minced celery 1 C. minced onion 1 tsp. thyme Sauté bacon with vegetables and thyme. Add: 1/2 C. white wine

In the kitchen, a bisque is a thickened soup, usually with a milk and seafood base. Many chefs adopt their personal recipe for seafood bisque as their signature dish. The spices used and the amount make the difference, and are often secret. Bisque is usually served pureéd, often with small pieces of seafood added. While bisque has a smooth texture, stews and chowders are chunky, often with the addition of potatoes. Finely chopped potatoes work well to thicken a bisque, as well. There are many ways to shape the flavor of a seafood bisque — smoked fish, corn and peas, to name a few. There are no established rules as to what constitutes a bisque. Some suggest that the addition of the pureed shells of the shellfish used is required for a true bisque. Required or not, it’s an excellent idea to add them. They pack a lot of flavor, and that’s what it’s all about. ••• CRR’s Man in the Kitchen, Paul Thompson, is a retired college professor. After building a house in Sequim, Wash., moved back to Longview and now lives near his alma mater, R.A. Long High School.

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Add vegetable sauté to cream sauce: 1 lb. peeled medium shrimp, chopped. Sauté and add to saucepot, then heat thoroughly.

Above, Man in the Kitchen at work in his test kitchen at CRR’s downtown Longview office. He garnished the shrimp bisque with chopped parsley and served the it with olive-cheese bread and a chilled Chardonnay.

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Recipe from Longview resident Sandy Carl’s collection, attributed to the popular Henri’s restaurant, operated for many years by the late Henri Paul where he became known for his cheese bread and other fine food and for his gracious, soft-spoken hospitality.



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the spectator by ned piper Quoc’s American Homecoming


y newly discovered Amerasian nephew, Quoc Van Ngo, is moving his family to America. For several weeks after his visa was granted, we thought Quoc and his family would initially be living in Spokane. However, a very recent phone call from Lutheran Community Services (LCS) in Vancouver, Washington, changed all that. LCS has been designated by the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to oversee the temporary benefits program that will help Quoc, his wife and their 19 year-old son to settle in Longview, beginning in mid-January. Our family is delighted to welcome them to the hometown of Quoc’s father, our brother Perry Rees Piper. We lost Perry to diabetes and MS when he was only 50 years old. It is almost certain that Perry didn’t know he had fathered a child while serving his country during the Vietnam War. Quoc was separated from his mother at birth and never knew anything about his biological roots. His yearning ended, thanks to the help of the Amerasians Without Borders organization. Quoc discovered

through a DNA search that he was connected to what he calls a “big family” in the USA and was overjoyed. My trip to Vietnam in September with brother Perry’s American-born son, Perry Caine Piper, 39, cemented our relationship with Quoc. The change from Ho Chi Minh City to the Pacific Northwest will present a considerable challenge to our new family members. Learning a new language, finding work, adjusting to a colder climate and a vastly different culture won’t be easy. But Quoc has faced many difficulties in his 48 years on the planet and has come out on top. We a r e r e c e i v i n g considerable support from friends in Longview’s Vietnamese community who are offering to help Quoc settle into his new life in America. We are grateful for this support. Welcoming our brother’s son to his new home has brought a new excitement to the Piper family. I only wish brother Perry was alive to witness this happy day. •••

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