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f you notice a lot of typos or bad writing in this piece, we can blame the Beatles. On the night before the files for this issue were due at the printer — when I still needed to wrap up pre-press details and write my own column — Ned and I instead drove to Olympia with our friends, Vince and Karen Penta. We had tickets for “In My Life,” the musical theatre tribute featuring Abbey Road. I am writing this at the ultra last minute early the next morning, mere minutes before the presses will roll. Before the show we had a bite to eat at The Spar, a downtown Olympia landmark since 1945. I remember eating there once as a kid with my family, enroute to visit my grandmother at Retsil, a veterans’ retirement home near Port Orchard, Wash. About 10 years old, I felt somewhat intimidated by The Spar’s rather rough-and-tumble atmosphere. I can still picture the line of men, presumably loggers, slouched over the very long bar. My family sat at a table, where my brother was allowed to order the bargain-priced T-bone steak as a rare treat.

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to a gorgeous space with the ambience and style typical of all their establishments. Dinner conversation included upbeat talk of the new McMenamins hotel and restaurant to be built at the Port of Kalama, and also of the recent sale of the Monticello Hotel. Evidently the new owners plan to restore it to its former days of glory, with dark woodwork, gleaming brass, an 1890s-style bar and the chandelierstudded Crystal Ballroom famous in the Hotel’s early days.

Blaming the Beatles for a hard day’s night For years afterwards, our family joked about John chewing and chewing and chewing a gristley bite of steak before finally asking, “Can I spit this out?”

A short walk took us to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, which is an updated and pleasant venue, but cannot hold a candle to our own Columbia Theatre, in terms of acoustics and elegance. Enjoying all the Beatles music (and singing along, because somehow all the lyrics are still in our collective subconscious), stirred memories. “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” took me right back to Feb. 9, 1964.

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It’s a good thing we had such a lovely evening. When they sang “It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night,” I knew the tune would still be going through my mind early the next morning. I, sleepdeprived and racing the clock, would be back at my computer at the crack of dawn, writing about it.

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The next day at Monticello Junior High, in first period science class our teacher, Mr. Schroeder, sent a student, Tim Grendon, to the office. Tim had come to class with his one-inch-long crew cut combed forward, forming short “bangs” on his forehead. We were mystified as to what, exactly, Tim had done wrong (or what the principal did about it). But it was obvious the “British Invasion” was already having its effect, alarming many adults.

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on The Ed Sullivan Show that Sunday night. It was the kick-off of Beatlemania.


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Hook, Line & Sinker: The yew tree


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Cover to Cover ~ Book Review / Bestsellers List


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Wellness: Mixing Halloween Safety with Fun


Northwest Wines ~Touchdowns and grapes


Local Entertainment: Cabaret Follies


On Our Mountain / Ranger Reflections


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Holiday Traditions

Gingerbread Haus Contest returns on December 3


By Jamie Bayer

or the sixth year in a row, downtown Longview will have a Gingerbread Haus Contest on the day of the Christmas Parade. The Longview Downtowners and the Broadway Gallery are coordinating the event, which will be open for public viewing from noon to 7pm Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Broadway Gallery, 1418 Commerce. The city’s annual Christmas Parade begins downtown at 5p.m. and ends at the Civic Center.



Previous gingerbread contests have drawn more than two dozen mouthwatering entries. Prizes will be awarded in nine different categories: Youth 8 and under, 9–12, 13–17; Local Landmarks, Heartwarming Houses, Other Gingerbread Originals, Candy and Other Edibles; and Professional (includes bakers, chefs, culinary instructors). The judging will take place at 2p.m. Gail Wells, gingerbread artist extraordinairé, will judge the contest for the third time. Wells has been designing gingerbread houses for the last 20 years. She will be judging on detail, balanced proportions, consistency, and realistic/whimsical aspects. As she judges each creation, she explains in detail what she sees.

(1267 Commerce) and on the Longview Downtown Partnership website: When and Where: The contest is Saturday, Dec. 6. All entrants must submit a registration form by Wednesday, Nov. 30, to the Broadway Gallery. Entries may be mailed to: Gingerbread Haus Contest, Broadway Gallery, 1418 Commerce, Longview, WA 98632.

Schedule: Entries must be dropped off at the Broadway Gallery between 10am and noon Dec. 3. Display, judging, prizes and public viewing will take place from noon to 7pm. Entries must be picked up on Monday, Dec. 5 between 10am and 4pm. See Contest Rules at www.MYLDP. com for more information. ••• Local artist Jamie Bayer is a member of Broadway Gallery in Longview, Wash. and coordinates the annual Gingerbread Haus Contest in cooperation with Longview Downtowners.

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etired R.A.Long High School librarian Joan Enders has been reading “an autobiographical picture book,” or graphic novel, by Japanese-American writer and illustrator Allen Say. Say won the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1994 for his book, Grandfather’s Journey, a children’s picture book about his grandfather’s voyage from Japan to the United States and back to Japan. The Inker’s Shadow tells Say’s own story, coming to America with his family eight years after World War II ended. His father, with whom he had a difficult relationship,

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Hook, Line & Sinker

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The Yew tree: Going, going ... but not quite GONE!


fter a career as a forester in southwest Washington and western Oregon, mostly in private young stand management (regeneration), I am a strong believer in making wise use of our forests. Not on every acre, but much of the forested land in our area is potentially highly productive and should be managed for timber production. Despite what environmentalists say, the so-called Industrial Forest model (clearcut, burn, replant with Douglas-fir, spray, fertilize, thinning and harvest again in 50 years) comes closer than other forestry regimes to mimicking the natural ecological processes that shaped native forests of the Douglas-fir Region over previous millennia.

A western yew’s needles resemble those of Douglas-fir. Above: A large western yew in Brownsville, Oregon.

However, one tree species that isn’t doing so well in managed forests is the western yew (Taxus brevifolia), also known as Pacific yew. One of four North American yews, only the western yew attains true tree size. Never very abundant, Western yews were widely scattered in old growth forests the pioneers first encountered — a yew tree here, a yew tree there, but no pure yew stands. The yew is a small tree from 20 – 30 feet tall and 6 – 12 inches diameter, much less commonly 35 – 50 feet in height; very rarely 60 – 75 feet with a diameter of 18 – 30 inches. Trunks are straight, conical and conspicuously ridged and fluted

with an apparent infolding of the surface. Except in older trees, an open conical crown extends nearly to the ground. Slender branches stand out straight, often somewhat drooping, while slender branchlets hang down to give a weeping appearance. The leafy branchlets are much more numerous on trees growing partly or wholly in the open than on trees in deep shade. The bark is thin, usually ¼ inch thick or less, and is composed of thin, papery, purple, easily detached scales beneath which the newer bark is purplish-red. The deep yellow-green needles are soft to the touch and much paler on the undersides than above. They bear a resemblance to the foliage of Douglasfir trees. Indeed, when I began studying forestry in the late 1960s, the Douglas-

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Yew wood has been used to make paddles, bows and fence posts.

John Perry grew up in Longview, Wash., and now lives in Brownsville, Oregon.


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fir’s Latin name was Pseudotsuga taxifolia (false hemlock with yewlike foliage). Today it’s Pseudotsuga menziesii, but that’s another story. Yews resemble evergreen conifers in most respects, but produce, instead of cones, small, bright red, berry-like fruits called “arils,” which carry one seed apiece, ripening in September and falling to the ground in October. That is, if a bird doesn’t find them first. Yew arils are nutritious and the seeds can pass through a bird’s digestive tract unharmed, often being deposited some distance from the parent tree. Otherwise, yew seeds wouldn’t be distributed far at all. Editor’s note: The yew has a notorious reputation among livestock veterinarians, and within this context, Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata), English yew (Taxus baccata), and Chinese yew (Taxus chinensis) are among the most toxic plants in North America. Western yew, however, contains only minimal amounts of taxine alkaloids, the principal toxins associated with yew poisoning, and, thus, has a lower toxic potential than other Taxus species. Caution is warranted in any event.

Yew wood is fine-grained, rose-red but becoming gradually duller with exposure to light. It is dense, rather heavy and remarkably durable and rot -resistant in an unprotected state. Of little commercial value because of its scarcity, western yew has been used for canoe paddles, bows, small cabinet work and, mainly, fence posts (see photo, page 6). Farmers in my area (Brownsville, Oregon), salvaged many yew trees from logged areas to use as fence posts. Almost all of the older farms around here have fences built with conspicuous yew wood posts at corners, gates and wherever extra strong, long-lasting posts were needed. Most of these posts have been in the ground 50+ years, some much longer,

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fir, cedar and hemlock trees around them were cut and removed. Second-growth and third-growth logging got the few survivors.

Would yew know a yew if yew saw a yew?

There are still some yew trees on private forest land but only in areas such as swamps, riparian zones or rocky areas, where by luck or chance they avoided being cut or toppled incidentally to the primary logging targets.

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o reliably see western yew trees, drive up into the nearest National Forest through old growth forests and look at the understory. On Oregon’s Highway 58 between Oakridge and Willamette Pass, dozens of yews can be seen along the roadsides. There is a large yew growing in a mobile home park on the west side of Brownsville, Oregon (photo, page 6), and two or three more in the Cochran Creek riparian zone three miles northeast of town.

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In 1962, a chemical, subsequently named “taxol,” was extracted from the bark of the western yew and proved effective in treating ovarian, breast, lung, pancreatic and other cancers. But it took a lot of bark to make the drug; 1,200 kg yielded only 10 grams.

The western yew on Lion’s Island, Lake Sacajawea. In Longview, Washington, you Photo by Perry Piper. can visit a western eew tree at the end of the bridge leading onto on Lion’s Island in Longview’s Lake Sacajawea (first island north of the Washington Way bridge). Another likely place to see yews would be along the Columbia River Highway between Longview and Cathlamet on the rocky areas above the road. ~ John L. Perry

and are still doing their job. I’ve got a few old yew posts on my own farm, a legacy of previous owners. Yews can grow in conditions from deep shade to fully open. This, along with their longevity, enabled the species to persist in the naturallyrecurring fire regimes of Northwest forests. If the yew could survive the fire they could then persist while the Douglas-fir forest grew back, over and around them. Relatively long-lived, a 6-inch diameter western yew is 75 – 90 years old, while those 12 – 20 inches in diameter are 140 – 245 years old; the largest trees are 350 – 375 years old.

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Top 10 Bestsellers PAPERBACK FICTION


1. A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16 2. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $16 3. The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen, Grove Press, $16 4. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry Fredrik Backman, Washington Square Press, $16 5. Last Bus to Wisdom Ivan Doig, Riverhead, $16 6. Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur, Andrews McMeel, $14.99 7. The Little Paris Bookshop Nina George, Broadway, $16 8. In a Dark, Dark Wood Ruth Ware, Gallery/Scout Press, $16 9. Fates and Furies Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $16 10. The Girl in the Spider’s Web David Lagercrantz, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, $16.95

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dialogue between himself as an old man coming to the end of his life (“Jacob”), and his younger, yet-to-be born self (“Jerry”), wanting “to prepare you for your life in the world of toxic ideas.” He opens with his belief that “there exists in many people a hidden yearning for metaphysical thought, for ideas about reality and human life that bring the hope of discovering a great purpose in the universe and, correspondingly, in one’s own given life.” He warns Jerry against the “plague of fear, hatred and despair…within the prison of human egoism.” For, unfortunately, it is the human ego that we identify with—this “I” we know so well, the everyday self that is anxious, forever fretting, always wanting something more or something else, and uncomfortably aware that it will perish someday with the physical body. The ego is also largely unconscious. Echoing the early twentieth-century Russian mystic Gurdjieff, Needleman sees people “engulfed in a state of

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You will see that your mind is a ragtag collection of opinions, beliefs, fragmentary, imaginary certainties about anything and everything— things you have been told, or heard, or which are constantly absorbed into your mind in the atmosphere of your circle of friends, chance acquaintances, your schools, your entertainments—the fashionable worldviews and habits of explanations that are really no more than fossilized mental habits…You will realize that what you need is not new beliefs, new information, new theories, but an entirely new mind. ~ from I Am Not I

traditions—soul, God, or the gods, the higher self, or deeper wisdom, the “still small voice within,” or even “the better angels of our nature.” Ultimately, the cause of much human suffering can be reduced to a case of mistaken identity: We believe we are vulnerable, fallible, timelimited physical beings (and we are!) but, argues Needleman, we are also something far more. Each of us is another “I” who participates in a transcendent consciousness that is not vulnerable or time-limited—“my own true identity, my own higher consciousness, calling me to allow it into my life.” •••

hypnotic sleep,” as automons living their lives mostly out of established mental habits. But in his lifelong study of the world’s major religious and philosophical systems, Needleman recognizes another I “that walks by my side without me seeing him,” a cosmic consciousness that is not time-bound, that is not anxious or fearful or petty; a universal Self that is not…well, self-ish. This transcendent consciousness is called different names in different

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e continue the saga as the Corps of Discovery made their way across the Rocky Mountains. When Lewis and Clark learned there was no way across the mountains at Lemhi Pass, east of present-day Salmon, Idaho, the Shoshone Chief told of a trail north of there, used by the Nez Perce Indians to cross the mountains to hunt buffalo. With the help of Toby, an old Shoshone Indian, the Corps made their way to the east side of Lolo Pass, near present-day Missoula, Montana. This 150-mile journey, following the Continental Divide and down the Bitterroot River, took two weeks. The steep slopes and lack of a trail part of the way made it a difficult trip. But anyone who thought the worst was over was in for a big surprise. On September 11, 1805, when the Corps left the Bitterroot Valley to climb 2,300 feet to reach Lolo Pass, they began the most difficult part of their 4,000-mile journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. A Nez Perce Indian agreed to guide them the 160 miles over the mountains but abandoned them after just one day, leaving Old Toby, who had never crossed the mountains, to be their guide. Much of the land the 33 Expedition m e m b e rs pas s ed ov e r remain s unchanged today. Highway 12, across the Idaho panhandle, follows their route to some degree, but there is a Forest Service road that pretty much follows their actual route for most of the way from Lolo Pass to Orofino. What’s for dinner?

Finding enough deer and elk to feed the men had been difficult for many weeks. The portable soup brought from St. Louis was so rancid the men could only eat small portions. On September 14th, they had been “compelled to kill a Colt” to keep from starving. Part of the horse was saved for breakfast and dinner the next day. It would get worse.

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Rather than following the river all the way, the Nez Perce trail followed the ridge tops. As a result, Toby made a couple wrong turns along the way. On September 15th, they left the valley floor and climbed 3,500 feet to reach the trail far above. At one especially steep section, several pack horses fell backwards and rolled 100 feet down onto the rocks. Up to a dozen men were needed to help those poor animals back up the hill. None of the horses died from the many falls, but the baggage they were carrying was damaged. Clark’s portable writing desk was broken to pieces in one such accident. After leaving the river, both water and game were scarce. Fortunately, they found snow banks up to three feet deep on some north facing slopes that could

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Captain Clark woke up at 3am on September 16th to find it snowing. It continued all day, and by evening there was eight inches on the ground. This made a difficult situation almost impossible. Private Whitehouse wrote, “Some of the men without socks raped rags on their feet…” Following the trail was a challenge and snow falling off tree branches kept everyone soaked. Clark wrote, “I have been wet and as cold in every part as I ever was in my life, indeed I was at one time fearfull my feet would freeze in the thin mockersons which I wore…” A second horse was killed that night to feed the men. Much time was lost when the men had to go searching for horses that wandered off each night. They couldn’t afford to eat horses and lose them, too. Snow continued the next day, but by evening it stopped and temperatures rose, melting the snow and making the trail muddy and slippery. That night, a third horse, “being the most useless part of our Stock… fell a Prey to our appetites.” Breakfast on September 18th finished that horse, and another horse wandered off, not to be found. Morale was very low; years later, Clark would write, “The want of provisions together with the difficuely of passing these emence mountains dampened the Spirits of the party.” 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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Clark and a small party had gone ahead to seek food. On September 18th, Clark realized they had crossed the worst of the Rocky Mountains. He wrote, “from the top of a high part of the mountain… I had a view of an emence Plain and Leavel Country to the S W. & West at a great distance.” A lost Indian horse found grazing in a meadow became breakfast for Clark’s party, with the remainder of the carcass hung in a tree for Lewis’ party to find the following day. The trail was terrible. Robert Frazier’s horse fell off a steep precipice and rolled 300 feet down the dropoff into a creek. Fortunately, the horse missed the rocks and landed in a pool of water. After the heavy load of ammunition was taken off the horse, it “arose to his feet & appeared to be but little injured, in 20 minutes he proceeded with his load.” Is there a doctor in the house?

On September 20th, Clark arrived at a Nez Perce village, east of present-day Orofino, Idaho. The warriors were away looking for enemy Indians, but the women gave Clark and his party all the food they wanted, “mostly dried salmon and boiled quamash [camas] cont page 12

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roots.” They ate too much and Clark wrote, “I find myself verry unwell all the evening.” When Lewis and the rest of the men arrived two days later, Clark “cautioned them of the Consequences of eating too much.” The next morning, Lewis and several men were very sick. Clark broke out the bottle of Dr. Rush’s bilious pills, better known as “Thunderclappers.” These pills, consisting mostly of chlorine and mercury, did an excellent job of cleaning out their intestinal tracts, something Lewis and most of the men didn’t need since they were sick with acute diarrhea for more than a week. Was it bad water, bacteria in the dried salmon, or the roots they ate? We’ll never know. Hot Dog!

The men managed to shoot some deer, but another perfectly good horse was sacrificed for a meal on October 2nd. A few days later, some of the men began buying dogs from the Indians to eat. Captain Clark wrote, “all the Party have greatly the advantage of me, in as much as they all relish the flesh of the dogs.” The Nez Perce had many dogs, but since they never ate them, they disapproved.

The Nez Perce chief drew a map for Clark showing the rivers leading to the ocean. He indicated one place, present-day The Dalles, Oregon, might require portaging around the rapids. Everyone was excited at being able to build dugout canoes and ride the last 500 miles to the Pacific. They only had small axes, so it must have been difficult to fall the three or four foot diameter pine trees. The Indians showed them how to use hot coals and fire to help hollow out the canoes. It took ten days to build five canoes. The Nez Perce had exceptionally nice horses. They were the only Indians to practice selective breeding, which produced the Appaloosa. Since the Corps would not need their 38 remaining horses to get to the ocean, arrangements were made to have the Nez Perce take care of them until the following spring. Lewis branded each horse and cut off their manes. If the Corps failed to return, the horses would belong to the Indians. Finally: Downhill all the way

On October 7th, the 33 members of the Expedition set off in their canoes down the Clearwater River. The canoes were packed full and took in water at many rapids while the men learned how to navigate them downriver. Sergeant Ordway described a near disaster a day later, “One of the canoes Struck a rock in the middle of the rapid and Swang round and Struck another rock and cracked hir So that it filled with water. The waves roared over the rocks and Some of the men could not Swim. Their they Stayed in this doleful Situation until we unloaded one of the other canoes and went and released them.” Unlike the Iron Boat Experiment at Great Falls, this canoe was repaired using pitch from the plentiful pine trees. The Shoshone Indian guide, Old Toby, and his son disappeared on October 9th. The Nez Perce saw them running eastward toward Lolo Pass. Clark had not paid Toby, so he tried to get the Nez Perce chief to track them down. The chief told Clark not to bother since the Toby would be robbed of anything he had as he passed through Nez Perce camps. In 1806, on their return trip, the captains were told Toby had taken two of the Expedition’s horses as payment for his services. Toby was never seen or heard of again, but he saved the Corps from probable death by leading then to and through Lolo Pass. Welcome to Washington

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apt. Meriwether Lewis’ branding iron, one of the few surviving artifacts of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is in the Oregon Historical Society’s collection, not currently on display. The branding iron was probably produced for Capt. Lewis at the Harpers Ferry armory in Virginia. About 4 by 5-1/2 inches by 1-1/2 inches (in depth), the branding iron carries the information “U. S. Capt. M. Lewis” at the top, with a large open rectangle below that. The brackets on each side were probably attached to a short handle.  The iron was intended for branding trees, establishing the passage of the Corps. The open rectangle permitted other information, such as a date, to be added by carving. The branding iron was used to mark the grave of Sgt. Charles Floyd, who died from a burst appendix in 1804, and may also have branded supply boxes and barrels at the outset of the journey. The horses left in the care of the Nez Perce Indians were also branded in October, 1805. Joseph Whitehouse wrote, “Got up our horses and cropped their fore mane, and branded them with a Stirrup Iron on the near fore Shoulder, So that we may know them again at our return.” The branding iron accompanied the Corps of Discovery to the mouth of the Columbia River, where it was used to brand trees and so mark the group’s successful transcontinental trek. On the return trip in 1806, the iron was probably lost or traded in the vicinity of Celilo Falls. It was found among rocks on the Columbia’s north shore, west of The Dalles, in the early 1890s.

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Biz Buzz What’s Happening Around the River By Judith Martin

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My son’s mother-in-law has started signing and addressing herself as his mom with her last name initial. I am his mother, and I feel this is inappropriate. GENTLE READER: Then stop reading his mail. DEAR MISS MANNERS: I’m looking for the right thing to say in signing a card to a man I do love; however, I don’t want to write the word “love.” I’ve come up with “your loving friend,” but I need some other ways to express admiration without sending “I love you” or “With admiration and love ...” What would you say? I don’t want to push him away, but would love to express myself lovingly without actually saying it. Does this make sense? GENTLE READER: It doesn’t have to. It’s love. Hesitant love, but love. But Miss Manners supposes that the gentleman might try to make sense of it, in which case “Your loving friend” might be interpreted as the current, rather chilling use of “friend” in a possibly romantic situation, meaning, “I’d rather just be friends.” How about “Affectionately yours” or “Fondly yours”? Now that the “yours” is improperly so often dropped from “Sincerely” and “Very truly” (for those who have not yet succumbed to a mere “Best”), it might seem promising. DEAR MISS MANNERS: A friend of mine whom I have grown distant from has invited me and three other friends to a members-only club for a dinner next month. I would feel very out of place at this type of establishment and have no interest in going. This friend has a new relationship with a wealthy fellow, and her lifestyle has changed since we first met.

All right, you can merely thank her and decline the invitation on the grounds that you find you cannot make that date after all, no specific reason necessary. But unless the club has a policy of discrimination justifying a boycott, this strikes Miss Manners as snobbish. DEAR MISS MANNERS: I gave a dinner party where one person was a smoker while the remaining guests were not. The smoker excused himself to go outside to smoke during the meal. Should I, as hostess, accompany him, leaving my husband to entertain the remaining guests? Or should we leave the smoker to his own devices? GENTLE READER: Do you smoke? And if so, are you so heavily addicted that you feel you have to disrupt a dinner party in order to indulge? Such is the unfortunate plight of your absent guest. Why you would consider imitating him, Miss Manners cannot imagine. DEAR MISS MANNERS: At a very highend restaurant, my fiance and I, who had a reservation, were seated far in the back near the desk where waiters run checks. I asked the hostess if we could sit somewhere else. She said there was nothing available, but that we were welcome to wait at the bar until a new table opened up. I said OK, and we waited for about 10 minutes at the bar until we were able to be seated somewhere much nicer. I found out later that my fiance was mortified that I had even asked. Was this rude? I felt that if we were going to spend a large amount of money, I would like to be seated somewhere comfortable. I did not cause a scene or demand to be seated immediately. cont page 30

The three other friends who are invited are excited to go to a private club. It took many attempts to pick a date for the four of us to meet. How do I back out graciously? GENTLE READER: A bit snobbish, are we? Miss Manners is not referring to your friend. That lady may have changed her dining venue, but she has invited her old friends to come along. It is you who feel that where you eat is more important than with whom.

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Pick some meeting spots along the way to re-gather if people get lost or separated. Or teach and practice how you are going to stay together. On Halloween day and night, plan some good healthy foods to eat to balance your treats. Plan how you are going to pick and select your treat foods. Check candy and treats before you eat them for safety and decide carefully how much is the amount to eat. Drink water and have it easily available. Make sure costumes have visible colors or reflectors. Make sure masks don’t obstruct view or opt for hats instead. Wear regular walking shoes. Check hems to see that they are nontripping length. Try to keep candy and junk food to a few pieces that are your favorites. Get creative on what to do with the rest. •••

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everal months ago we hosted the Donnelly family at the winery and were blessed to meet many of the family members, including loving grandchildren who were so sweet to the elder Dr. Donnelly. Many of you remember this beloved physician in Longview. In the entourage was Doug Donnelly, who was a classmate of my brother, Kirc Roland. I had a great discussion with Doug, and came to find out that he loves wine and ­— to my surprise — was an investor in a new winery called Passing Time. Passing Time Winery is one of several in Washington state founded by former professional athletes. So, yes, there are a few football players who prefer wine over beer! I can understand the fascination and interest in these enterprises because, after all, they are famous and hopefully still have some of the cash they made during their careers. But for me, I ask: How’s the wine taste and how did they learn to make the stuff?

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Let’s start with Passing Time. As it turns out, the star duo of Dan Marino and Jason Huard are a part of a team that includes Doug Donnelly, Kevin Hughes, and winemaker Chris Peterson. Everybody knows hall of fame inductee Dan Marino, who led the Dolphins to the playoffs 10 times in his 17-season career. Jason Haurd met Marino as a player in Miami, but we all know him as a quarterback with Washington. These guys are not in a hurry. Passing Time is committed to Cabernet Sauvignon, which they blend with Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Their minimal approach emphasizes the fruit, not fancy cellar tricks. They use new oak to compliment the fruit sourced from top vineyards in the state. I’m sure their celebrity has opened some amazing doors for them. I’m not jealous. cont page 16 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.

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abaret extravaganzas have been a fixture of the Longview-Kelso charity/entertainment scene for an estimated 75 years, originally produced by the Junior Service League. “They scripted it, they choreographed it, they did everything,” explained Longview resident Susan Lewis. She’s board president of Cabaret Follies of Lower Columbia, a new non-profit which “adopted”

the show (with the blessing of the Junior Service League, which has changed its direction in fundraising projects). The latest production — Cabaret Follies a La Mode — will be presented the first weekend of November at Longview’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

For the last 25 years, Cabaret has contracted with nationallyknown, professional director Jaime Donegan, who comes to town bi-annually to organize, train, inspire and direct the volunteer cast. The 2016 cast of 130 includes a wide range of people, from teachers and retired mail carriers to carpenters and karaoke singers. Many take part in every Cabaret, said Lewis, but additions to the cast are always welcome. “Two years ago, half of our cast was brand new,” she said. “Newcomers often fall in love with the stage action, the makeup, the false eyelashes. They’ve never been divas or showgirls.” Donegan is a “great choreographer and arranger,” said Lewis, “and such a good teacher, with humor and humility and a generous spirit. He has made so many people happy and confident.” By singing, dancing or acting in Cabaret, Lewis said, people make new friends and new groups of friends. “They learn to dance... they learn they really can sing...they learn they aren’t afraid of audiences.” As a Cabaret cast member, “You learn to love performing,” said Lewis, who has been part of five Cabarets since 2002. “The camaraderie is definitely big.” And participants find satisfaction, knowing their energy and efforts will entertain while generating funds for a good cause. “Philanthropy makes people feel good,” she said. “They’re doing this for their neighbors.” In the last two years, a core group of Cabaret enthusiasts formed Cabaret Follies of Lower Columbia as a new 501(c) (3) to be independent of any specific charity. The advantages of this approach mean “you’re not part of someone else’s fundraising calendar,” said Lewis. “You can start building your own relationships and can decide what you want to do with the money.” Funds raised by this Cabaret will go to Cowlitz Community Network, whose purpose is to support children and families cont page 17

Roland on Wine cont from page 15 Double Back Wines was started by WSU standout Drew Bledsoe. He played 14 seasons in the NFL. Bledsoe is best known to us as a standout quarterback for WSU, but he went on to be the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots from 1993 to 2001. Owning a winery has always been a part of his vision because of his love of fine wine. Drew grew up in the Walla Walla Valley and in 2007, he planted an estate vineyard. Here lies the main difference between Double Back and Passing Time. Drew wants to grow his own grapes and follow them through to the finished wine, whereas Marino and company want to focus on the wine and leave the growing to the long-established growers. Both are passionate about Cabernet Sauvignon and both have already won high marks from Wine Spectator. Drew and his wife, Maura, hired Josh McDaniels as winemaker in 2007, to ensure that only the best viticulture and winemaking practices are followed.

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Back to my conversation with Doug Donnelly. When the Donnellys were about to leave the winery that night, Doug took me aside and said he would bring me a bottle of the sold out Passing Time wine. Frankly, I wasn’t about to hold my breath at getting a $100 bottle of wine, but sure enough, about a month later, he fulfilled his promise. He not only brought the wine, he brought me two bottles. Haven’t opened them yet. Review to come. •••

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The ignored eruption By Todd Cullings


ount St. Helens’ reawakening in the fall of 2004 ignited public interest. Daily visitation to Forest Service visitor centers rose from 1,000 visitors on September 24, to 3,000 on October 2, to 7,000 by October 6. A series of spectacular steam explosions set public expectations

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The eruption in fall of 2004 ignited public interest, which soon waned due to the eruption’s non-explosive nature. However, a spectacular slow-motion eruption took place over the next three years. USGS photo

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Over the next three years, a spectacular slow-motion eruption took place, largely unnoticed. As hot lava rose through the crater glacier geologists expected flooding to occur, but the crater floor absorbed melt water like a sponge. Instead, this slow-growing dome made the glacier roam. As the dome grew, the glacier was shoved against the southeast crater walls,

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When dome growth shifted westward, the remaining half of the glacier was squeezed against the west crater walls. As the ice compressed and thickened, a second arm flowed northward. In January 2008, the dome stopped growing, but the glacier kept flowing. The two lobes later merged together, creating a doughnut-shaped glacier. Since the eruption ceased, the glacier has advanced an astonishing 1,200 feet.

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flight into the Northwest astonishes firsttime visitors with epic views of snow-capped volcanoes and rugged mountains spreading in every direction. For those in the know, these landscapes feature some of the best skiing in the United States. We may not have enormous ski areas like Vail, Whistler and Snowbird, but we have something else.

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huge crowds on weekends. The ambience is definitely more dollar-oriented, with far more expensive lift tickets. Yet, the terrain!

Snow. Lots of it. And several excellent ski areas that offer not only world class terrain, but also the novelty of night skiing. But wait, there’s more.

The magnificent terrain.

With six high-speed lifts, and five other chairs (and a Magic Carpet for kids!), there are three distinct parts to ski. The mountain offers a fantastic variety of steep, moderate and beginner terrain fun for the whole family. And in mid-winter, when the snow is so deep that it covers the headwaters of the Hood River, snow cats plow a road into Heather Canyon, opening up some of the steepest, deepest and most awe-inspiring skiing in North America. The run drops nearly 3,000 vertical feet from a precipice into a steep canyon. Take the lifts back up and you can do it again and again until your legs scream for mercy.

Most of our ski areas are within driving distance for a day of skiing and a return home in the evening. And perhaps best of all, our season typically starts in November and runs well into mid-May. So let’s talk about snow.

The 700 mile-long Cascade mountain range wrings an enormous amount of water out of the big winter storms rolling in from the Pacific Ocean. That means plenty of snow. Mt. Hood gets an average of 430 inches of snow each year — more than 35 feet! In good years, it’s even deeper. Mt. Baker, Washington, four hours north, holds the world record of 1,140 inches (95 feet) snowfall during the 1998-1999 season. We are also fortunate to get regular fresh snow, every day or two, all winter long. So take a look at local ski areas. The two closest are White Pass and Mt. Hood, each a two-hour drive from Longview. White Pass

This hidden gem is not utilized to its full extent. With more than 1,400 acres of skiing on three sides of two hills, White Pass has something for everyone. Take the high-speed quad chair to the top and either ski Patrick Kubin has been a lawyer for more than 30 years, and a skier for more than 46. He also occasionally writes, snaps photos and shares his thoughts with the general public. He has lived in Longview since moving here in 1988 “to get a couple years of work experience.” He is married and has four children.


The great wide open at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Directions: Take I-5 south to I-205, then east on I-84. Take the Wood Village exit (16) and follow the crowd a couple of miles up the hill and turn left on Highway 26. Follow Hwy 26 past Government Camp, then take Highway 35 North and you can’t miss it.

Tips: Leave town early to avoid the inevitable traffic the very steep lines under the chair, or down the through Vancouver and Portland. An early arrival also groomed front side. Or, you can follow the trail to assures a spot in the closest huge parking lot. Also, try Paradise Basin and ski wide-open groomers and the night skiing. trees all day. Each side Timberline Ski Area has its own lodge with Après-ski French: “after skiing” On the western side of Mt. Hood is the famous food and beverages, and Entertainment, nightlife or Timberline Ski Area, one of the earliest ski there are rarely lift lines. social events at ski resorts areas. The second chairlift on the North White Pass has a family American continent was built here in 1939, feel, with friendly staff just three years after Sun Valley built the first. The who even hide Easter eggs on the slopes in season. beautiful and historic Timberline Lodge is worth a Directions: Take I-5 North to State Hwy 12 East, visit any time of year, but in the winter, with the snow past Packwood, to the ski area next to the highway. covering almost the entire building, it is magnificent It’s easy to get in and out, with ample parking right in (remember the movie The Shining?). Rooms are front of the lift. available, especially on weeknights. Après ski in the Great Hall is not to be missed. Mt. Hood Meadows Sometimes called the “ski-industrial complex” Timberline’s slopes are gentler than Mt. Hood because it is so big (more than 2,000 acres), Mt. Meadows’. The famous Magic Mile chairlift takes you Hood Meadows is close to Portland, thus drawing


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and snowfall are less reliable. The area reflects an earlier era with fixed (slower) double chairs, but it has great night skiing, mostly intermediate and advanced groomers, and a cheerful Apres-ski scene. When snow levels fall below 2,500 feet, the Upper Bowl has some of the best skiing at Mt. Hood, with steep powder, moguls, and excellent tree skiing. To go farther afield

Panorama from White Pass.

high up to the base of the glacier, where the U.S. Olympic Ski Team practices in the summer. From there you can ski nearly 4,000 vertical feet down to Government Camp. Ski Bowl is lower down, just across the highway from Government Camp and Mt. Hood. Because it is lower (and thus nearly half an hour closer to Southwest Washington) weather

Got more than one day for a ski trip? We have two world-class areas within a four-hour drive. The first is Crystal Mountain, outside Enumclaw, Wash., near Mt. Rainier. Arguably the best skiing in the Northwest, Crystal Mountain offers a gondola and top-of-themountain dining. The mountain is a massive 2,600 acres of variable steep, intermediate and beginning skiing. And because it has some of the only slope-side lodging in the entire Northwest, it is a great family adventure. Green Valley and Forest Queen areas are great with the kids. The High Campbell is gut-churningly steep, expert skiing. Tip: Book a mid-winter weeknight with the family, and enjoy the

Happy members of the Longview Ski Club enjoy a day on the slopes.

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ant to meet friends who ski or snowboard? Join the Longview Ski Club! An over-21 club founded in 1935 and open to all snow sports enthusiasts, the Longview Ski Club is the place to: • Find new ski and snowboard friends • Enjoy trips to Utah, California, Montana, Colorado, Canada, and beyond • Socialize with other folks who love snow sports (and hiking in the summer) • Meet new friends and ski at local areas • Catch a weekday ski bus • Enjoy hiking, snowshoeing and other activities

Switzerland feel, walking to the lifts and enjoying the view and great food in the lodges. After dinner, leave the kids in the room with a movie and head for the Mangy Moose, voted one of the best ski bars in North America.

The Longview Ski Club meets the first Friday of each month for a BYOB potluck dinner and an opportunity to get to know other ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Members make friends to carpool to the ski areas, and also enjoy the annual crab feed in February. Whether you are a snowboarder, downhill or cross country skier, the Longview Ski Club is THE place to be for snow sports enthusiasts. Meetings are at St. Stephen’s Church Parish Hall, 1418 – 22nd Avenue, Longview, Wash. Call 360-560-8903 for details, or for tickets to the Nov. 19 SNOW DANCE. More details, see Calendar listing, page 33.

Next is Mt. Bachelor near Bend, Oregon. This mountain defies description. The closest example is Sun Valley with its near 360 degrees of skiing down a snowcone-shaped volcano. Long, long runs make for exhilarating (and exhausting) days. Mt. Bachelor boasts wonderful open runs, a tremendous variety of open and tree skiing, groomers and offgroom, and secret stashes of powder hidden among countless tree clusters. It is quite far southeast and tends to have more sun and dryer snow. There is a price, though. Because it stands alone in the high desert, it is vulnerable to high winds, and weather generated by the mountain itself, creating some of the foggiest and most difficult visibility in the Northwest. Tip: Avoid holiday weekends when the Sunriver homeowners flock east for vacation, making long lift lines and crowds that try your patience. So there you have it: a primer on local skiing and snowboarding. Grab your gear and join the fun! •••

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Piano Music

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ongview piano teacher and “impresario” Martin Kauble has arranged another musical treat for the community’s enjoyment. A concert in Longview on Oct. 30. will spotlight 17-year-old Abriana Church, of Gardena, Idaho, who Kauble encountered at Classic Pianos in Portland last summer at a special concert showcasing Estonia pianos.

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Kauble was in a closed-door practice room with a student rehearsing Chopin’s “Ballade #1 in D Minor.” After each passage, the same passage would be heard coming from another practice room nearby. Abrie was there to warm up for the concert. She would perform a different piece, but she recognized the Ballade, having perfected, polished and performed it for the April 2016 Music Teachers National Association

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A free will offering will be taken to help with Abrie’s contyinued musical education and travel expenses. Questions: Martin Kauble, 360-423-3072 Nationals in San Antonio, Texas, where she won third place. Chiming in from afar was irresistible, she recalled, and it led to meeting Martin Kauble. “You stinker!” he said, as he discovered she was the source of the “Dueling Banjos” effect. And it led to another opportunity to perform, this time in Longview. “I think it’ll be fun,” Abrie said of her upcoming trip here. “I love the rain, actually. Where we live in Idaho it’s really dry.” So while Abrie soaks up the Washington rain, audience members will soak up her beautiful music.

About Abrie: She started piano lessons at age 6, with Pamela Wilcher whom she credits with igniting her love for music. When she was 10 years old, Abrie’s dad told her she had to stop music lessons because the family couldn’t afford the cost.  Abrie asked her mom to take her door-to-door selling cookies to earn money to pay for music lessons, as she did not want to quit.  For the next four years she and her three brothers and two sisters paid for their music lessons, dog shows and endurance rides by selling baked goods, cookie mix and homemade greeting cards door-to-door.   Later, once the family’s English Labrador and Chinese Crested Powderpuff breeding program grew to be very successful, there was no longer any need to sell cookies door to door. Abrie currently studies with David Tacher in Boise — about an hour’s drive from her home — and Dr. Irene Peery-Fox at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. Every two weeks, Abrie’s mother drives her six hours each way for a three-hour lesson with Dr. Peery-Fox. “I really appreciate my mom,” Abrie said. “She does more than most mom’s would do.” Abrie also played violin for six years, including two years with the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. As she progressed on the piano, “It got so busy and I was practicing so much,” she recalled, “I decided to concentrate on being the best pianist I could be and let violin go.” Playing violin was valuable experience, however, because playing a single instrument as part of a larger ensemble is different from a pianist, whose instrument produces all the musical voices in a composition. Abrie’s career goal is to become a concert pianist and/or a college professor of music. •••

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Lefse lovers at work Traditional Scandinavian baked goodies to be featured at Story by Suzanne Martinson St. Helens bazaar ake any dish built on potatoes. Now, pass it my way. So, lefse ... what’s not


instance, kept a cast-iron stove on her back porch — dedicated to making lefse.

The Norwegian flat bread — say “lef sah” — is an important holiday tradition in the Lower Columbia area, and recently it was even mentioned in the obituary of one of its proud practitioners.

Lefse, smeared with butter and sometimes jam, may have started as a simple side dish once potatoes were introduced to Norway more than two centuries ago, but it has become an iconic holiday presence for people of Scandinavian descent.

No one can be sure where lefse originated. A whimsical historian might suggest that the Norse God Odin had it served to the souls of the slain warriors who occupy Valhalla. That has to be just another folk tale, though, since the potato was not introduced to Norway until 250 years ago.

This time of year at the First Lutheran Church in St. Helens, volunteers make lefse to sell at their annual Harvest Bazaar, from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, Nov. 5 (details, page 33). They don’t stop at lefse, either, also making other Scandinavian specialties, such as krumkake, cardamom bread and lutefisk.

What is known is that lefse somehow leaped the border between Norway, where it first appeared, and neighboring Sweden, making it truly a Scandinavian tradition. Immigrants brought the holiday bread recipe to America. My husband’s 100 percent immigrant Swedish grandmother, for

On a recent workday at the Oregon church, seven lefse grills were plugged into a bank of electric outlets, ready to receive the round, flat breads for cooking.

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Clockwise from left front: Sandu Lally, Norris Sundeen, Noni Frontado, Jerry Johnson, Caroline DuBois (hidden), Terry Rude, Chris Hagen, Sharyn Sundeen at a work party making lefse for First Lutheran Church’s upcoming Harvest Bazaar in St. Helens (details, page 33). Photos by Jane Lamont

The time-honored recipe for the Harvest Bazaar’s lefse came from Mary Sundeen, who is 99. For the church volunteers, the lefse project is a twoday task, an honored tradition with modern conveniences added. The first day, the cooks peeled and boiled the potatoes — 125 pounds of potatoes, not red, not black, but Russet potatoes, “the older the better,” according to Judy Ann Johnson, of Scappoose, Ore. “You don’t just go out and dig them out of the ground and decide to make lefse.”

The cooked potatoes were drained well. Then butter was added to the hot potatoes; the butter melted. The potatoes are mashed, or more precisely, run through a potato ricer — one with holes in the top and the sides to eliminate any lumps. Three other ingredients — sugar, light cream and salt — were mixed in, and the dough was chilled overnight. The next day, the flour was added, and the dough was shaped into balls — about one-third cup in size — and refrigerated until ready to roll.

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The lefse rolling pins go into action. The lefse pins are special — horizontal ridges run the length of the tool, an aid to aggressive rolling. For lefse, the thinner the better. “No two are alike, not with this many rollers,” said Jackie Steinkerllaner, of Estacada, Ore. It’s true, no two do look alike. Impossible with “this many rollers,” added Lally Sandi, now of Gladstone, Ore., formerly of North Dakota, a lefse stronghold because of the number of Scandinavians who settled there.


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On the first day, boil potatoes until done, then press through a ricer. Add butter to the mashed potatoes while they are hot. Mix well until the butter is melted. Add sugar, cream and salt. Mix well and chill mixture overnight.

Lefse is rolled with a special ridged rolling pin and flipped with a wooden stick. Photo by Suzanne Martinson.

An expert hand is pivotal. A volunteer picks up a ball of dough. “This feel too wet. It needs more flour.” Each thin circle is placed on an ungreased grill heated to 500 degrees. The lefse is flipped with a wooden

lefse stick. Some lefse resemble brown spotted amoeba, others are so round they might have been shaped with the help of a protractor. Each lefse is unique, with its own personality, just like the people who create them. As each lefse was cooked, it was laid to rest under soft, white cotton towels. When cool, each was folded in half, then in quarters, and packaged for sale. The target number is 400 lefse. Sold for one dollar apiece, that means — do the math — $400 for projects supported by Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Churches of America. Its charities include the Amani Center, Food Bank, Community Meals, CASA for Kids, SNAPP, Habitat for Humanity and Safe Shelter Lefse typically stays fresh for three days; it may also be frozen, which is what some bazaar customers will do so they can serve some of their Nov. 5 purchases over the holidays.

Caroline DuBois folds cooled lefse into quarters to be packaged for sale. Photo by Suzanne Martinson.

What do people do with lefse? Some simply spread lefse with butter and sprinkle with white sugar. One boy wraps his pickle in a blanket of lefse.

The next day, add 2 cups flour. Additional flour may have to be added when the dough is shaped into balls. (Use one-third cup dough for each ball.) Place dough in refrigerator to keep cool until ready to roll out. With a lefse rolling pin, roll each ball into a thin circle. Cook on a lefse grill, which has been heated to 500 degrees; flip circle over with a lefse stick. The lefse will have brown spots when done. ~Mary Sundeen

Some lefse becomes cheese holders. A simple dollop of homemade raspberry jam was good for my brother-in-law, Jim Martinson. “Lefse is beautiful,” said Sharyn Sundeen, whose mother-in-law provided the recipe. “She is allNorwegian.” There may be variations on methods, but on one thing the lefse makers agree: Lefse is not crepes. ••• Suzanne Martinson got her Scandinavian last name by marriage. With practice, she learned to love lefse.

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You Made My Day! “Thank You!” from caregiver Brad Larsen for Random Acts of Kindness to a Caregiver, such as these: You anonymously paid our check recently when Cindy and I had dinner at a local restaurant. You and your kids walked our dog several times a week when I broke my leg. You come to sing us Christmas carols every year. You have your book club meetings at our home every month so that Cindy can attend. You spent the evening with Cindy so I could have a night off. You came to my rescue when I broke my leg. You expressed your appreciation to me for the care I provide for Cindy. You anonymously dropped off a plate of cookies. You washed my truck. You went out of your way to visit with Cindy at a recent event we attended.

Resources: SW Washington Agency on Aging Classes: •Powerful Tools for Caregivers •Caring for a Loved One at Home •Caregiver Coffee (Wednesday noon support group) Call 360-577-4929 for more info and class schedule.

Health / Caregiving

Crossing the wake Waterskiing and the joys and challenges of care giving By Dr. Brad Larsen


e had been married just two years, our oldest son was only six months old and I was just beginning my second year of dental school when my wife, Cindy, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Being young and somewhat naive, this diagnosis didn’t register as anything to concern ourselves with, so we just went about living our lives, confident in the promise of a rich life ahead of us. For 42 of the 44 years Cindy and I have lived our lives together, however, MS has been a not-so-silent partner in our marriage. I believe we have been choosing to live a “normal” life, as we all do, perhaps just more tenaciously than most. And by choosing normal, we have created a life beyond normal, a life that has been remarkable. When I reflect on what could have been, as opposed to what our life together is, I identify one significant choice I made that transformed care giving from a task to a source of personal fulfillment. This choice is essential, not only for caregivers, but for all of us as we face the challenges in life. Make the Choice

Five Choices that Transform Caregiving 1. Make the Choice Something we feel obligated to do rather than something we choose to do rarely produces a sense of self-fulfillment. Selffulfillment comes when we actively make the choice and take control of the process. Once I made the choice to be my wife Cindy’s caregiver, the possibilities have become limitless. 2. Choose YOU, create a balanced life The demands of caregiving require our “A” game. Caregivers not only need to be physically fit, they also need to be mentally and emotionally fit. Our fitness level not only affects us personally but also those for whom we care. It is like they say on the airplane, “Put your own oxygen mask on first.” 3. Share the load As caregivers we are reluctant to ask for help. Waiting to get help until we are physically and mentally exhausted will in the long run limit our abilities to take care of our loved one. Be the ringmaster rather than a one-man circus. 4. Cut yourself some slack Most caregivers are “amateurs” and are going to make mistakes. Learn from the mistakes, don’t beat yourself up. Creating a space for your loved one that is safe, sane and loving is as good as you can do.

The significant choice I made was — make the choice. Doing something we feel obligated to do, rather than something we choose to do, rarely produces a sense of selffulfillment. Self-fulfillment comes from committing to and taking control of the process. I learned this lesson first hand, oddly enough, in the middle of a lake while being pulled behind a boat.

5. Dare to dream Most caregivers feel that they have to forfeit or postpone their dreams. Actually the opposite is true. Dreams are just that more important to caregivers. As we follow and achieve our dreams, we find that anything and everything is possible.

Long before I slipped into my first pair of water skis, I knew this was a sport I would love. When I started to date Cindy, you can imagine my delight to discover that her family were water skiers and had a boat. Her brothers took me waterskiing and I was hooked. As soon as Cindy’s and my boys were old enough, we purchased a boat.

meet up to the expectation that evening, I saw the possibilities. I made the choice: double skis were no longer an option. I was going to learn to slalom.

One evening I invited a friend out on the boat and he showed up with his personal slalom ski. Now, taking your own ski out on a boating trip really builds the level of expectation. And while my friend didn’t quite

Cross the Wake

With a few tips from my friend Don at The Pro Shop in Longview, I got up on the first try. As I skied along, I soon found myself outside the wake. To a new skier, the wake seems daunting. If you approach the wake timidly, it’s easy to get caught in the trough outside the wake. Crossing the wake requires attacking it and slicing through it. But if you want to enjoy waterskiing, you have to make a choice. You have to choose between being drug around the lake by the boat, or attacking the wake head on and crossing it.

Cindy and Brad Larsen have been married 44 years, with MS as a not-so-silent partner for 42 of them. Courtesy photo.

Once I was comfortable crossing the wake, I wanted to make the big rooster tails we all picture when we think of waterskiing. After countless falls and a few cracked ribs, I learned how to throw up some monstrous rooster tails. Rooster tails on a calm lake on a hot summer’s day – that’s what dreams are made of. But these dreams only come true if you make the choice and cross the wake. It’s the same with care giving. I had to make the choice. For years I took care of Cindy because that’s just what you do; in many ways I too was a victim of MS. In my mind, I figured her condition would get to where I couldn’t take care of her, and she’d have to go to a nursing facility.   And then one day when she was in the hospital and desperate to go home, I made a commitment to take care of her at home and erased the nursing-home option from my mind. From the moment I made that choice, everything changed. Now care giving isn’t something I have to do. It’s something I want to do; something I’ve chosen to do. This choice has brought self-fulfillment and I no longer feel like a victim. Caregivers Need Kindness

My waterskiing experience taught me that with education and planning, I could mitigate challenges. Making the choice to be a caregiver comes with inherent challenges, such as physical and emotional strain and enormous time commitment. But like waterskiing, these can be mitigated with education and planning. Making the choice to provide care for our loved ones can be one of the most precious gifts we can give them. I have found joy and fulfillment in my role as Cindy’s caregiver. November is National Caregiver Month. In honor of the countless men and women who provide care for their loved ones, I invite you to have some fun and make a caregiver’s day by performing one random act of kindness. It can be a short visit, a plate of cookies, or just acknowledging them for their service. Make someone’s day. They’ll appreciate it and you’ll get that “rooster tail feeling.” (See stats and suggestions for random acts of kindness for caregivers, opposite page.) ••• Longtime now-retired Longview dentist Dr. Brad Larsen is a motivational speaker and seminar leader. His new business is called “Rooster Tail Dreams.” He can he reached at

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Miss Manners cont from page 13



Quotes selected by Gordon Sondker

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. ~ Abraham Lincoln The Chinese philosopher, Sun Tzu, 2,500 years ago said winning a hundred victories in a hundred battles is not the acme of skill; to subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill. ~ Ronald Reagan The only man who never made a mistake is the man who never does anything. ~ Theodore Roosevelt They were going to put seventeen unemployed people to work in a socalled training project clearing some park land. I vetoed the program because they were going to spend half the budget on seven administrators to see that the seventeen got to work on time. ~ Ronald Reagan If anyone tells you that America’s best days are behind her, they’re looking the wrong way. ~ George H. W. Bush The best thing about the future is that is comes only one day at a time. ~ Abraham Lincoln The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice. ~ Ronald Reagan The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. ~ Frankin Delano Roosevelt With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in: to bind up the nation’s wounds. ~ Abraham Lincoln Longview resident Gordon Sondker, active in grass roots politics all his adult life, fears that not all voters are well informed. “No one knows the future or our new president, but to help solve our country’s problems, we must work together,” he said. As we approach the Nov. 8 election, Gordon offers selected “pearls of wisdom” from American presidents.

GENTLE READER: Presuming that the food agreed with you, you have nothing to feel bad about. If you are paying for a service, you should ask politely that it be to your liking, and this was a reasonable request that the staff could easily accommodate. A good restaurateur would prefer to accommodate you than to let you go away in dissatisfied silence. Besides, you probably ran up a nice bar tab while you were waiting. If the hostess showed no objection, then Miss Manners assures you that your fiance should not either. Perhaps he should save his mortification for any untoward dinner conversation. DEAR MISS MANNERS: An acquaintance told me that wearing a watch or other timepiece outside of work (social functions, over for dinner, etc.) was rude. “Watches are for work. Time shouldn’t matter when you’re with friends,” she said. I have never heard of this. I am ashamed to think I may have been unknowingly offending my friends and family by merely wearing a watch. I would never want them to think that I didn’t value my time with them. Is this really rude? GENTLE READER: As your acquaintance and Miss Manners are the only two people still on Earth who remember this rule, you may assume that you have not offended others. Leftover indignation may be directed toward those who check the time or anything else on their cellular telephones when supposedly socializing. DEAR MISS MANNERS: In this computer age, what is the proper way to send condolences, please? Text and email are immediate, but seem impersonal. Snail mail letters are personal, but delayed. GENTLE READER: At the risk of being indelicate, Miss Manners points out that speed is not a priority when expressing sympathy for a death. A handwritten letter is both more formal than an email or text and shows more effort ­— two things that truly are important. ••• Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.; to her email,; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)

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Longview bicycle shop secures lease for area mountain bikers


By Jim LeMonds

imber companies have limited recreational access in recent years, frequently gating off their land through much of the year and charging hunters, bikers, and hikers for entry. Mark Plotkin, owner of Canyonview Cyclery, decided it was time to use the new paradigm to his advantage. Canyonview recently received an invitation to bid on a one-year lease for 822 acres of Weyerhaeuser property near Clark Creek. Plotkin made an offer of $1,000, and the deal was completed. “With so much land getting closed down, we looked at this as a way for us to get involved and help turn the tide for local mountain bikers,” Plotkin said. “If Weyerhaeuser is happy with the way we handle things, there’s a good chance we’ll be able to renew the lease annually. Mountain biking is a growing sport,” he said, “and we see this as a way to increase opportunities for people who ride trail.” The property is unique because it is just 12 minutes from downtown Longview. Because the land is close to a number of homes, the company did not offer the lease to hunters. Camping will also be an option.

The selection will not be random. “We’ll be inviting mountain bikers with a proven history when it comes to trail development,” said Canyonview mechanic Kevin Knorr. “These are people who understand stewardship and sustainability.” He noted that anyone whose name is not on the lease will be subject to trespassing charges. Plotkin said the opportunity to place the bid was directly related to the example set by Growlers Gulch Racing, which has utilized Weyerhaeuser property west of Castle Rock for mountain biking for nearly 20 years. “Weyerhaeuser made it clear that they see the Growlers riders as ‘extra eyes in the woods’ who help reduce vandalism, dumping, and illegal camping.” For more information, call Canyonview at 360.200.5550 or stop by the shop at 1015 14th Avenue. •••

Plotkin said he had hoped to be able to open the property to all riders, but that won’t be the case initially. Canyonview plans to select approximately 100 area mountain bikers who will be asked to sign the lease and then be granted access to the property. They will focus on brushing out game trails to provide ride access.


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Under a clear sky


Enjoy the beauty of longer, rain-washed autumn nights By Greg Smith


irst of all, I have to make an apology. Last month I called the double new moon in September a “Blue Moon”, which is incorrect, it should have been known as a “Black Moon” and is a somewhat unusual event – they occur about once every 32 months. So just about once in three years, not an extremely rare astronomical event. Sorry for the misdirection. Let’s talk about the “Black Moon”. For the western hemisphere the “Black Moon” took place on September 30, but for the eastern hemisphere it took place on October 1st. so no “Black Moon” for them. But, they will get their “Black Moon” on October 30th, the day before Halloween. Still, it will be a dark night for Halloween for us, as the new moon will still be in affect on the 31st. Now, what is happening in the night sky as fall/autumn gets truly underway? First of all, we notice that we won’t

have many clear nights as the rainy season is upon us at the same time. When we do get a clear night, we will find three planets visible in the western sky just after sunset: Mars (south) and Venus and Saturn (southwest). At mid-October Venus and Saturn will be separated by the constellation of Scorpio. They are racing to keep ahead of the setting sun and trying to climb up the western sky during the first half of November. Venus will be the brightest of the three. Venus will be quite close to Saturn along with a slim crescent moon on the 2nd of November. There are more planets out there, but you will need a good pair of binoculars to see one. That would be Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, which will require a good sized telescope to pick out. Jupiter will be peeking out in the morning just before sunrise as it passes from being on the other side of the sun

As for the dominant constellation Pegasus, it is up all night with the galaxy of Andromeda (M31) following in prime viewing. By November, Pegasus will be high in the sky overhead with M31 being in the darkest part of the sky. This is a good time to view it with binoculars. A nearly full moon will pass by the asterism of the Pleiades (also known as “Seven Sisters,” it looks like a tiny dipper) during mid October in the eastern sky in the constellation Taurus the Bull. If Taurus is rising, Orion can’t be far behind. A minor meteor shower in the last half of October, known as the Orionids, peaks on the 21st after 2am in the southeastern sky, with about 15 meteors

per hour radiating from Orion. At this time, Orion is just above the horizon with a last half moon sitting in the middle of it and giving a washout of most of the meteors. Orion is just beginning its climb to be the dominate constellation of winter. Let’s hope we get a few clear nights to enjoy the beauty of the longer, rain washed autumn nights. ••• 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 bluc, call Chuck Ring, 360636-2294.

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Outings & Events

Performing & Fine Arts Music, Art, Theatre, Literary

HOW TO PUBLICIZE YOUR NON-PROFIT EVENT IN CRR Send your non-commercial community event’s basic info (name of event, sponsor, date & time, location, brief description and contact info) to Or mail or hand-deliver (in person or via mail slot) to: Columbia River Reader 1333-14th Ave Longview, WA 98632 Submission Deadlines Events occurring Nov 25–Jan 15: by Nov 10 for Nov 25 Holiday issue. Events occurring Jan 10–Feb. 15: by Dec 26 for Jan 10 issue. Calendar submissions are considered for inclusion subject to lead time, general relevance to readers, and space limitations. See Submission Guidelines, below.

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).

FIRST THURSDAY Nov 3 Downtown Longview Teague’s Gallery 1267 Commerce Ave. 360-636-0712. Open until 7pm. Broadway Gallery Meet guest artist Carlene Salazar (acrylic painting) and featured artists (details in calendar listing, next column). Reception, 5:30-7:30pm. Appetizers, & beverages. Live acoustic guitar by Steven Harvey. 1418 Commerce Ave. Across the Cowlitz River: Cowlitz County Museum 405 Allen Street, Kelso, Wash. 360-577-3119 7pm Program: A Trunkful of Letters, Part III. Retired Kelso teacher and historian John Simpson has been researching a collection of Civil War letters discovered in Kelso. In two previous popular programs he has reported what he has learned about the four men in the letters.

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Broadway Gallery Artists co-op. Featured artists, Oct: Di Morgan (textiles), Madeline Houston (photography), Peipei Wallace (ceramic art) and guest artist Mike Morgan, (political art); Nov: Guest artists Carlene Salazar (acrylic painting), Trudy Woods (pottery), Susy Halverson (landscape oil paintings), Diane Springer (gourds & mobiles). Holiday Opening Nov 12

The Art Gallery at LCC Cory Peeke, Nov. 2–Dec 1. Opening reception Nov 1, 4–6pm. Rose Center for the Arts, 1600 Maple St., Longview, Wash. Gallery hours: Mon–Wed 10–8, Wed-Thurs 10–5. Info: lowercolumbia. edu/gallery.

classes for all ages, workshops and paint parties. Gallery hours: Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 1418 Commerce, Longview, Wash. 360577-0544.

The Neil Young/Harvest Moon Band Fri, Oct. 21, 7:30pm, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Longview, Wash. Ticket info, page 22.

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.

Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus Thurs, Nov 17, 7:30pm, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Longview, Wash. Ticket info, page 22.

Abriana Church, pianist Sun, Oct 30, 3pm. See story, page 25. St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Free will offering benefits Lower Columbia School Gardens.

Music, refreshments and new ornaments, cards and gifts for the season. Year-round

Calliope Program with Matt Neill Fri, Oct 21, 5:30pm. Live entertainment & sing-along. Music from era of showboats and circus, ”as American as baseball and apple pie.” All ages. Meal 5:30pm, $10 adults, $5 12 and under. Music 6:30pm. Kelso Senior Center, 106 NW 8th Ave., Kelso, Wash. Info: 360232-8522.

Tsuga Gallery Fine arts and crafts by area artists. Thurs-Sat 11–5. 70 Main Street, Cathlamet, Wash. 360-795-0725. Koth Gallery Longview Public Library Thru Oct 31: Three Amigas (Mary Devall, Marisa Mercure, Mitzi Christianson).Nov 1–6: Friends of the Library book sale; Nov 7–21: Monticello Camera Club/Longview Parks & Rec photo winners. Longview Public Library, 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview, Wash. Mon-Wed 10am-8pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-5pm. 360-441-5300.

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Oregon Symphonic Band Sun, Nov 6, 3pm. Clatskanie Arts Commission. See ad, page 33. Winter Wonderland Fashion Show & Tea Nov 5. See ad, page 18. Nov. 3, 11am potluck lunch, felting bead demonstration. Info: 360425-1875.


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. Sat, Oct 15 • Quartz Creek (M) Drive 160 miles RT. Hike 8–10 miles with 1200 ft. e.g. Head up Quartz Creek to old mining road, fording two creeks, and passing Straight Creek Falls. Leader: Mary Jane, 360-355-5220. Wed, Oct 19 • Lake Sacajawea (E) Walk the whole lake (3+ miles) or walk half the lake (1+ mile). Group consensus for breakfast/ lunch afterwards. Leaders: Trudy & Ed, 360414-1160. Sat, Oct 22 • Indian Heaven Grand Meadow (M) Drive 230 miles RT. Hike 8–10 miles with 1,200 ft e.g. Delightful lakes and the mother of all alpine meadows make this one a classic. Leader: George, 360-562-0001. Wed, Oct. 26 • Spirit Trail (E/M) Drive 65 miles RT. Hike 3.5 miles RT with 460 ft. e.g. through a beautiful forest. View a collection of shrines from different religions and cultures. A hidden gem in our area. Leaders: Kim, 360-431-5530; Bonny 503-556-2332; Becky, 360-560-4170. Sat, Oct 29 • Fossil Trail (M) Drive 140 mi. RT to Kalama Horse Camp. Hike 7 mile with 1,400 ft. e.g. alongside Goat Mt. past Goat Marsh, to Blue Lake Trailhead. An add’l 5 miles will take you to Red Rock Pass. Magnificent old growth trees on seldom-used trail in Mt.St.Helens Volcanic Monument. Leader: Bruce, 360-425-0256.

Wed., Nov 2 • Coweeman Dike (E) Hike 3+ miles on dike. Leaders: Trudy & Ed, 360414-1160. Sat, Nov 5 • Soda Peak Lake (S) Drive 210 miles RT. Hike 10 miles with 3,100 ft. e.g. Lovely lake in an old caldera in the Trapper Creek Wilderness. Leader: Mary Jane 360355-5220. Wed, Nov 9 • Tualatin Hills Nature Loop (E) Drive 108 mi RT. Hike 3-mile trail with 50 ft e.g. Begin with visit to Interpretive Center, then hike a loop path inside this suburban oasis. Leader: Bruce, 360-425-0256. Sat, Nov 12 • Walk and Talk (M) Drive 260 miles RT. Hike 7 miles with 1,100 ft e.g. Sweeping vistas on the Dalles Mountain Ranch followed by a visit to Maryhill Museum and special exhibit featuring Indian trade baskets. Leader: Taria 360-562-0001. Wed, Nov 16 • Lake Sacajawea (E) Walk the whole lake (3+ miles) or walk half the lake (1+ mile). Group consensus for breakfast/lunch afterwards. Leaders: Trudy & Ed, 360-414-1160. Wed, Nov 19 • Angel’s Rest/Devil’s Rest (M/S) Drive 140 miles RT. Hike either 4.5 mi RT with 1,500 ft. e.g. to Angel’s Rest, or 7.5 miles RT with 2,300 ft. e.g. to Devil’s Rest. Great view of Columbia Gorge. Leader: Bruce, 360-425-0256.

Outings & Events

Recreation, Outdoors, Gardening History, Pets, Self-Help MakerPlace after-school program Longview Library. Wednesdays, 3–5pm, Sept. 14 –Nov 23. 1st Wednesday: Construction Zone; 2nd Wednesday: Artlab; 3rd Wednesday: Tech Time; 4th Wednesday: Book Club. Free. Info: Becky at 360-442-5323. Cowlitz County Museum Ongoing exhibit: “Badges, Bandits & Booze.” Many photos on display from the early days to current times. See First Thursday program info (opposite page). Open Tues-Sat 10am–4pm. 405 Allen St, Kelso, Wash. Info: 360577-3119. Wahkiakum County Historical Society Museum Logging, fishing and cultural displays. Open 1-4pm, Th-Sun. 65 River St, Cathlamet, Wash. For info 360-7953954. Kalama Garden Club meets first Wednesday of month. 11am. Meeting locations change monthly, for current meeting info contact Sherwood Pattisherwood@ 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. In their Foorsteps Sundays, 1pm. Fort Clatsop Visitor Center (near Astoria, Ore.) Netul Room. Free admission. Series presented by Lewis and Clark National Park Assn. Info:503-861-2471 or visit nps. gov/lewi/index.htm Oct 16: Astoria During the Golden Age of Postcards by Andrea Larson Perez. Nov. 20: The untold/unknown dramatic story of Lewis & Clark’s search for a winter campsite near the Pacific by historian/ author Rex Ziak. Harvest Fest Dinner/Silent Auction/ Raffle Sat, Oct 29, 4–6pm. Stella Lutheran Chapel, 124 Sherman Rd, Longview, Wash. Menu: Bratwursts, sauerkraut, potatoes au gratin, apple strudel. Suggested donation $12. Tickets at the door. Info: Nancy 360425-7014 or Laura 360-636-2032.

Trick-or-Treat Fest Mon, Oct. 31, drop in 5:30–8pm, Valley Christian Fellowship, 2911 Pacific Way, Longview, Wash. Kids in the community of all ages, and their families are invited to join a FREE, fun-filled, indoor event. Come meet and trick-or-treat with all your favorite characters from Frozen, Captain America, Beauty & The Beast, Iron Man, Little Mermaid, Star Wars and more! Children must be accompanied by an adult. More details: “VCF TrickOrTreatFest” on Facebook. Longview Ski Club Snow Dance Nov 19, 6-10 pm. St. Stephen’s Church Parish Hall, 22nd & Louisiana, Longview, Wash. Raffle Tickets $5.Celebrate the magic of snow and skiing. Local beer and wine, appetizers and fun. Questions: Call 360-560-8903. Special Dinners @ Rainier Senior Center Rainier Senior Center, 47 W. 7th,. Rainier, Ore.. Reservations 503-556-3889. •Harvest Pot Roast Dinner/Dance Oct 22, 6pm. $12.50 per person. Country music by Ted Boursaw. •Turkey Dinner Nov, 19, 2pm. $12.50 per person. •Prime Rib Holiday Dinner Dec. 17, 2pm, $15 per person.

Harvest Crafts Oct 15, 9-3. Skamokawa Methodist Church, 5 Vista Park Rd, Skamokawa, Wash.. Art and craft items, baked goods and garage items for sale. Tables $10 each. Call 795-0628 to reserve a table.


Ryderwood’s “Christmas in October” Arts & Crafts Fair / Quilt Show Oct 21–22. Incl Halloween & Thanksgiving items. Vendors at Community Hall (305 Morse St. “Grandma’s Kitchen” Bake Sale by Ryderwood Women’s Christian Service in the kitchen. Lunch served by local veterans at Café, 11-2. Quilt Show in Pioneer Hall (201 Morse St.) with historic “Signature” quilts from the 1930s. Info: or Linda, 360-295-0069. Ryderwood, a “planned community for retired persons” since 1953, is located 9 scenic miles west of I-5 exit #59, at the end of SR 506.

Harvest Bazaar Sat, Nov. 5, 9–3. Traditional baked goods plus separate Scandinavian bakery (lefse, krumkake, cardomom bread), café with homemade soups and pies served on site or to go, grab bags, quilt raffle & sale, handcrafts, vendors, silent auction, door prizes. First Lutheran Church, 360 Wyeth St., St. Helens, Ore. Info: Jane, 503-397-0397. See story, page 26.

44th Annual Arts & Crafts Faire Nov 11-12, 9am–4pm. J e w e l r y, q u i l t e d / k n i t t e d / crocheted/sewn items, soaps, ornaments, pottery, paper crafts. Soups, chili, pies and more. Christ Episcopal Church, 35350 E. Division Rd (off Hwy 30, St. Helens, Ore). See ad, below.

Christmas Bazaar at the Canterbury Fri, Nov. 11, 9–4. Complimentary children’s photos with Santa. Shuttle bus between Canterbury Inn and Cowlitz County Expo Center during the bazaar. 1324 3rd Ave., Longview. See ad, below. Holiday Bazaar Nov 12, 9–4. Rainier Senior Center, Rainier, Ore. Table rentals $15. Call 503-369-6382. St. James Family Center: Country Christmas Nov 19, 10–4. Handmade jewelry, paintings, gifts, children’s store, bake sale. Lunch, desserts, hot cider & coffee available. Gift baskets raffle. Live music 10–1. Proceeds benefit St. James Family Center child care programs. 1134 Columbia St., Cathlamet, Wash. Vendor tables available, call Christie, 360-849-4489.

R Square D Dance Club Square dance lessons offered each Wednesday beginning Oct 19. $5 per person. Plus: 6:30–7:30pm; Basics: 7:30–9pm; Mainstream: 9–9:30pm. Kelso Senior Center, 106 NW 8th Ave, Kelso, Wash. Info: or call 360-414-5855. 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.


Friday, November 11th • 9:00 am~4:00 pm Clatskanie Mid-High School 471 BelAir Dr, Clatskanie, Oregon $10 Adult • $8 Senior/Student • $6 Child Tickets available at Hump’s and the door Sponsored by

Mike Arthur Machine Service

Sunday Nov. 6 3 pm

Complimentary Children’s Photos with Santa.

Light Lunch Available. Shuttle bus between Canterbury Inn and Cowlitz County Expo Center during the bazaar.

Start your Christmas shopping early!


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


Castle Rock

dining guide

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

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

St. Helens Bertucci’s

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.

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 7.

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 9.

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.

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 7.

Locally roasted espresso, fine teas, fresh pastries daily, smoothies, beer & wine, homemade soups. Breakfast and lunch. 1333 Broadway. 360-425-7700 See ad, page 26.

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

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

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

Freddy’s Just for the Halibut. Cod, halibut & tuna fish and chips, oysters & clams., award-winning clam chowder. Prime rib every Thurs. Beer and wine. M-W 10–8, Th-Sat 10–9, Sun 11–8. 1110 Commerce 360-414-3288. See ad, page 35.

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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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

2017 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens Mon–Fri 9–5; Sat 10–4. Breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches, espresso, chocolates. See ad, page 11.

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

The Original Pietrio’s Pizzeria

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

Sunshine Pizza & Catering 2124 Columbia Blvd. Hot pizza, cool salad bar. Beer & wine. 503-397-3211 See ad, page 30.

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.

Porky’s Public House 561 Industrial Way, Longview Slow-roasted prime rib Fri & Sat, flat iron steaks, 1/3-lb burgers, fish & chips. 31 draft beers. Full bar. 360-636-1616. See ad, page 37.

Ice cream, oldfashioned milkshakes, sundaes, local coffee, healthy lunches, Fun atmosphere in The Merk. 1339 Commerce. 360-4234986. See ad, page 8.

Ixtapa Fine Mexican Restaurant

Happy Hour & Dinner. Seafood, steaks, pasta and salads. Wed–Sat 4–9pm. Full bar. Reservations recommended. 1125 Commerce, Longview. 360-501-4328. See ad, page 19.


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.

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

Fire Mountain Grill at Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center. 15000 Spirit Lake Hwy. 11–6 , 7 days a week. Burgers, sandwiches, beer & wine. 360274-5217. Open through Oct.

Woodland 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 8.

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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The Broadway Gallery Local Art “I need art like flowers needs sunshine” Susy Halverson • Painter & Gallery Member

Every First Thursday New Art, Music and Nibbles Holiday Opening is November 12


In Historic Downtown Longview

Sea Lion Cave 1418 Commerce Longview, WA 10am - 5:30pm • Mon - Sat

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The Magnificent Seven, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children By Dr. Bob Blackwood

I would be proud to continue representing you.

Dean Takko

Seven mercenaries in the Old West take on a horde of ruthless killers for the oppressed people of a goldminers’ town. Distributor: Columbia Pictures


he new “Magnificent Seven” (PG13) by Antoine Fuqua and its predecessor, John Sturges’ 1960 film by the same name, are both good films. The source of both films, Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” (1954), is a better film. As I have not seen it in many years, however, let’s focus on the Hollywood versions.


im Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (PG13) is a fantasy film. I presume the PG-13 rating is due to the violence. There is just a touch of romance, as opposed to gratuitous sex.

19th District

This was an expensive film to make, about $110 million. It does have a lot of charm and clever visuals. Tim Burton starts with young Asa Butterfield (playing “Jake” younger than his 19 years) and his infirm, gifted

Yul Brunner, Steve McQueen and other 20th Century cowboys took their time to develop their characters, as do the characters in the current version. Some critics didn’t like that at the time; I thought it worked. Of course, this earlier film had a great score by Elmer Bernstein—melodic, pounding, just as it should have been. The current film had an acceptable score, but the actors, led by Eva Green as Miss Peregrine has a steady hand with her students Denzel Washington, and with her crossbow. Distributor: 20th Century Fox were very good. Denzel, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, grandfather (Terrence Stamp) who Vincent D’Onofrio and others were up has a horrid experience due to certain to the challenge of stealing their scenes strange creatures who eat eyeballs led by a smirking creep (yes, it’s Samuel in the action sequences. L. Jackson). All of these films dealt with professional fighters driving off a horde of bandits to Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), however, protect a village. In the new film, there has determination and the bravest and is a gold strike, which certainly raises strangest kids ever. Some very young the stakes. There was, of course, some children may be frightened. I think romance between the village’s women by the age of seven, however, they and the professionals in both films, but can take on anything, even eccentric they were human interactions, not the grandfathers like me. sleazy actions of cutthroat bandits. As ••• the film is number one in sales in the U.S. as I write this review, I expect my admiration for the actors of all three films Dr. Bob Blackwood, professor emeritus and their directors to remain solid. of the City Colleges of Chicago, coYes, we could get into the argument of whether the first ‘Magnificent Seven” film is better than the second. You could do that, but this is a fun Hollywood Western, one without a deep development of any of the characters. It’s not “Shane;” it’s not “High Noon.” It is fun, however; I’ll leave others to nitpick.

Washington State senate

authored with Dr. John Flynn the recently published book Everything I Know about Life I Learned from James Bond. Blackwood lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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On the issues: EDUCATION

We need to fully fund our schools to ensure every child in Washington has a quality education.


I pledge to not only promote new jobs in the 19th District, but also to continue to protect existing industries such as timber, fishing, shellfish and farming.


I am committed to continue investing in local projects.


I will work tirelessly to empower local governments to make their own decisions.


It is important to keep our natural resources safe for future generations. Paid for by Dean Takko for State Senate Committee P.O. Box 1025 Longview, WA 98632

Driving Safety

the Lower Columbia

Informer By Perry Piper

Tired of looking over you shoulder?

Red Your car Yellow Field of vision seen through mirrors

Engineers suggest widening mirror angles


’m sure we’ve all had at least one incident when changing lanes change while forgetting to check our blind spot, resulting in a nearcollision and involuntary heart rate increase. In driving school, we all learned to look over our shoulders to check the car’s blind spots. But why didn’t anyone stop to ask why there were blind spots in the first place? An analysis by the Society of Automotive Engineers revealed an easy way to fix the problem of blind spots without requiring drivers to

buy any special gear or make any after-market modifications to their vehicles.

Black Cars approaching from behind

Typically we adjust our mirrors by making each side of the car slightly visible on the edge of the mirror, from our driver seat’s perspective. To make the correction for the left mirror, place your head against the left window and make sure you can only see the edge of the car in the left mirror. For the right mirror, lean to the right so that your head is in exactly the center of the car. Once in this position, look at the right mirror and move that mirror so that you can just see the edge of the car. Checking the new mirror layout, you may feel discomfort in changing the way you drive, but once you are out on the highway and your blind spots disappear, you’ll quickly learn to love this new mirror configuration. Cars approaching from the rear will smoothly transition from your rear view mirror to the side mirrors and then to your natural peripheral vision. You’ll have no need to strain your neck constantly looking over your shoulder. The method of adjustment isn’t perfect, however, and a small blind

spot area remains that motorcycles can slip into. You should still check your blind spot manually if motorcycles are approaching from behind. Enjoy safer driving and take pleasure in knowing you’ll need one less massage each month from the newfound shoulder relaxing drives you’ll be enjoying. ••• CRR’s graphic designer/IT manager Perry Piper is an active member of Encouraging Words Toastmasters and is learning computer programming in his spare time. He’ll be hosting VR demo parties on Nov. 5-6 and 12-13. See page 5.

Couple credits smooth and stress-free sale of first home to professional, informative, efficient agent

Selling your first home can be an emotional and stressful experience. Our agent with Windermere Real Estate made it smooth and stress free. She was professional, informative and efficient. We will recommend her and Windermere to our friends and family.” John and Sarah Cheslock Kelso/Longview • 360-636-4663 209 W. Main St, Suite 200 • Kelso, WA

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the spectator by ned piper My “surprise” new nephew


fter our C h i n a Airlines flight touched down in the Saigon airport, my nephew, Caine Piper, and I cleared customs and went searching for the reason we’d flown to Vietnam: to meet our newly-discovered relative, Quoc Van Ngo. Exiting the terminal, we encountered a blast of hot air and shouts of “Uncle Ned! Uncle Ned!” Quoc and his family greeted us with hugs and two bouquets of fresh flowers. I’d been imaging the moment for several months.

The late Perry R. Piper’s sons Caine Piper and Quoc Van Ngo, and his brother Ned Piper in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

my introduction to the term “Amerasian,” or the child of an American serviceman and an Asian mother.

Through social media I became friends with Spokane resident J i m m y M i l l e r, f o u n d e r o f Amerasians Without Borders, the group that sponsored Quoc’s DNA search. Jimmy adopted his veteran father’s last name when In May, my sister Perry R. Piper,-1965 he found his dad several years Jane, brother Joe ago. In helping other Amerasians and I each received a letter from a find their fathers, Jimmy’s organization volunteer in Wisconsin informing us has succeeded in reducing the number that a DNA search had uncovered the of Amerasians remaining in Vietnam possibility that our brother, Perry Rees to just 400. Piper, may have fathered a child when he served in the Vietnamese War. In 1988, Congress passed the Amerasian Homecoming Act which Concerned that this accusation had allowed some 20,000 Amerasians and the earmarkings of a scam, I called the their families to move to America. woman in Wisconsin to find out more. The reason 400 remain is because the Frankly, my siblings and I hoped that Consulate in Ho Chi Minh the news was true. Our brother Perry City (Saigon) is rejecting died 20 years ago, when he was 50. visa requests due to lack The letter indicated that Quoc is 48. of proof that their fathers In a way, it promised an intriguing, were U.S. citizens. Quoc sweet connection to the brother we fell into that category. miss. Since his father died She also sent photographs of Quoc 20 years ago, providing showing a remarkable Piper family a sample of his DNA is resemblance. In fact, when Caine was virtually impossible. The about to submit his DNA to confirm government is reluctant the connection, he took one look at to accept DNA from even Quoc’s photograph, saying, “I don’t close relatives. While know why we’re bothering with DNA. the match of Quoc’s and He looks more like Dad than I do.” Caine’s DNA showed they While we waited for Family Tree DNA are half brothers, we were to verify that Caine and Quoc are told that the Consulate half brothers, e-mails began flowing might not accept it as between our family members and adequate proof. several Amerasians located around Since there is always hope, the U.S. and in Vietnam. This was Caine and I accompanied 38 / October 15 – November 24, 2016 / Columbia River Reader

Quoc to the Consulate to support his request for a visa. Knowing that he had no records of his American heritage, we had assembled a photo album for Quoc, showing his paternal relatives dating back to 1923, including photos of his great great grandparents, on down to aunts, uncles, stepmother and cousins. The book contained more than 60 pictures. We took that album along to show at the Consulate. After an agonizing wait to speak to an official to review Quoc’s request, a staff member called us to the window and asked who Caine and I were. We identified ourselves as Quoc’s uncle and half- brother. The clerk said, “This is the first time we’ve ever had relatives come to Vietnam to support the visa request of an Amerasian.” She reviewed the application and approved Quoc’s visa request.

Quoc and his family will be coming to America in the near future. We look forward to a long-overdue celebration and plan to make up for some of the long lost time. As far as we know, my brother Perry R. Piper never knew of his son born in Vietnam. Separated from his mother at birth, Quoc grew up in foster care, always wondering about his biological roots. Had the Piper Family known about him earlier, Quoc would have been welcomed into the family long ago. I’m sure Bother Perry would be proud and happy to meet the son he never knew. I certainly am. ••• Lifelong Longview resident Ned Piper manages most of CRR’s advertising. He enjoys reading, playing golf and delivering CRR.


TOP 5 BENEFITS OF A WORKING PORT On-site Specialties: We maintain teams of on-site millwrights, mechanics, maintenance and other steady services to create custom cargo handling solutions and are able to respond to break-downs on the spot, thus reducing delays in cargo handling and saving money for customers.

Tools and Equipment: The Port owns and maintains thousands of pieces of equipment - from scoops and backhoes to conveyors and hoppers. Most ports rely on third party operators to supply equipment.

Flexibility: By owning the equipment and having on-site specialties, we offer options for cargo handling needs. Special conveyor configuration? Oversized cargo? No problem.

Relationships: We work directly with customers to build

The Port of Longview stands out among neighboring ports by maintaining control over it’s docks.

THE PORT OF LONGVIEW: WORKING FOR OUR COMMUNITY There are 75 ports in the state of Washington, each operating slightly different than the others, catering to various cargo imports and exports, interacting with different modes of transportation as cargo comes and goes. These ports work to achieve a similar goal, which is to safely and efficiently transfer cargo for its customers for the economic benefit of their local community.

The Port’s unique position as an operating port, opposed to a landlord / non-operating port, brings with it great responsibility. The Port of Longview’s operations department is responsible for determining how to strategically load and unload vessels, including managing equipment and labor needs to meet customers’ expectations and timelines.

The Port of Longview, and neighboring ports work by different business models. Perhaps the most distinctive difference among these ports is how they execute cargo handling operations.

To keep operations rolling, the Port directly owns hundreds of pieces of equipment and conveyor systems that are built and maintained on-site by steady crews of ILWU longshore labor. All of these operations take place on more than 830 acres of property, rail lines, docks, buildings and roads constructed and maintained using an in-house maintenance crew second-to-none.

While other ports on the Columbia River, such as Port of Kalama and Port of Vancouver, lease docks to private companies or contract with outside companies to manage cargo handling, the Port of Longview retains local control of docks and cargo operations.

Your Port is Washington’s Working Port, a title it holds exclusively among neighboring ports in Southwest Washington.

strong relationships that keep cargoes coming to our docks.

Local Control: The Port retains control of the docks for the community, unlike other ports that lease their terminals out to third party operators.

YOUR LOCAL OPERATING PORT Being Washington’s Working Port is something we take great pride in here at the Port of Longview. The title of Working Port means that we get in the trenches with our customers and tenants to plan projects and, in the process of doing so, we establish great working relationships that last decades.

OCTOBER VESSEL SCHEDULE EXPORT: Bentonite Clay to Japan EXPORT: Soda Ash to Japan EXPORT: Calcined Coke to Australia (3 vessels) EXPORT: Poles/Piling to Ireland EXPORT: Machinery/Parts to China EXPORT: Logs to China EXPORT: Soybeans to China (7 vessels) EXPORT: Soybeans to Korea EXPORT: Wheat to Vietnam


The new Park Host is in place, providing a point-ofcontact for Park patrons.

Boat launch dredging will take place in late November/ early December. Stay tuned for exact dates and closure announcements.

Handrails have been repaired at the boat launch to assist handicap accessibility.

As a ‘working port’, creation of local jobs is vital to our mission. As the region’s economic engine, Port operations provide one in ten local jobs. From jobs created directly by the Port, like longshore and building trades, to the trucking and transportation companies that deliver cargo and local vendors and suppliers that make daily operations possible, the Port offers a multitude of jobs within our community .

The Port’s labor force is the backbone of our success.



Jeff Wilson / District 1 Doug Averett / District 2 Bob Bagaason / District 3

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These highly skilled workers are our friends and neighbors, who live locally and spend locally, contributing to the health of our local economy.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PORT Is there information you would like to see in Port Talk, or do you have questions related to a story that was featured? Please email, or call 360.425.3305

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