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From the Editor’s Desk

July is here, let the fireworks begin! And last all month long! Yes, my friends, Summer has officially begun and hopefully will be dumping bucketloads of Vitamin D on our sorry deprived bodies. Actually, this year hasn’t been too bad. We were graced by the beautiful orb in the sky quite early in April, and had generous spurts of reemergence right up until the first day of Summer. Which was gorgeous. So what’s going on with these balmy breezes and vibrant blue skies above us? Plenty. My hope is that you will carry this issue around with you and your loved ones all month long, or at least get your calendars out and make some fun plans. There is more than enough happening to satisfy the yearnings from our celebratory nature. For our family, we turn into “Weekend Warriors”. You? Us WW’s like to plaster the summer with adventures starting every Friday and Saturday, usually leaving Sunday for rest and sipping lemonade. Well, maybe the occasional afternoon festival or water park adventure. Personally, I like to get my family so busy during Fridays and Saturdays that we all just crash on Sunday and enjoy refueling. Maybe it is this fact that there are anywhere from 2-5 Festivals going on during each given weekend in July that brings our freeways the presence of bicycle laden vehicles

from other parts of the country. The fair weather outside and the NW style of doing Festivals right bring visitors by the hordes. Smugly, we receive them, because we know they must leave after a week or two, and we get to enjoy it for at least two more solid months. One of our favorite things to do is the Go Fourth Festival in Longview, with its massive vendor / shopping section, and tasty international treats. Be ready for a mass of humanity, but the fireworks show is worth it. You can see it from anywhere around the lake - you don’t have to be packed in with the rest of the people at Martins Dock. Some people even bust out lawn chairs on their flat rooftops or have lawn parties if they are close enough. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate our Nation’s Independence Day. The celebrations last all month long, with various fireworks shows and patriotic festivals wherever you turn. It’s absolutely delightful! I suppose it is my passionate love for this month is why my husband and I chose to tie the knot within its days of July. Sixteen years ago, we said “I do!” on an absolutely picture perfect 74 degree day in the Northwest, with the grass tickling our bare toes. The wedding was of the outdoor variety, and I was so glad that the previous days temperatures of 94 were simply not to be on our special day.

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EMAIL: EDITOR@VALLEYBUGLER.COM I couldn’t envision the 500 guests being overly happy about sitting outside in something like that. So, Happy Anniversary to my hubby of sixteen years! We usually take turns planning our anniversary celebrations, and they always include a night away from the three kids, and water. Strange, but we always seem to find water on our anniversary adventures. It’s become a very fun way to show our creative side in the planning process, especially since it’s supposed to be kept secret until the time arrives. It’s kind of morphed into an every

other year task, with the “multiples of 5” years being designed by the two of us together. To be completely honest, I have not yet remembered whose “year” it is. Perhaps I need to get rolling with those plans, don’t you think? Until next month, the Valley Bugler team hopes you enjoy this issue and perhaps find something new to do this July. Cheers!

Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor


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Fairs, Festivals & Fun, oh MY! This is the “not bored” list!

Be sure to hang onto this issue of The Valley Bugler, full of all the upcoming Festivals and Community Events for the month of July! Saturdays & Sundays all Summer in Long Beach, WA Enjoy Face Painting, a Horse & Wagon and other fun family things to do at the world’s longest beach! One such special event is the weekly sidewalk chalk coloring contest, usually held on Saturdays. Get a team or compete against one another for whoever can have the most FUN with their chalk art. Or, take some time on a lazy Saturday afternoon to check out the artwork on the sidewalks! Another adventure is horseback riding on the beach. The main entrance of the public beach usually contains a horse riding company that can deliver seasoned horses ready for a beautiful trek along the beach with you on their back. Long Beach, WA July 2-4 Go Fourth Festival in Longview. See article at right. July 4 Clatskanie Heritage Days Festival and 4th of July Parade. Music, Logging Show, Fireworks and More in Clatskanie City Park. July 4 Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade in Ocean Park @ 1pm. Go to the Bank of Pacific’s parking lot at NOON to decorate your kids’ bikes so they can be in the parade. July 4 Independence Day Fireworks on the Beach in Long Beach starting at dusk. July 4-5 4th of July celebration in St. Helens. Come for the fun! July 4 Fourth of July Parade & Festival in Warrenton and Astoria. 11am - 3pm on July 4th, includes Car Show @ 11am, Motorcycle Show @ 11am, Community BBQ @ 12pm-3pm and the Parade @ 3pm. July 4 Vernonia parade and fireworks. July 5 Independence Day Fireworks at the Port of Ilwaco. Also day for the Firecracker 5K fun run. Info online. July 9-13 Toledo Cheese Days invites everyone to join them for Cheese Days. Car Show and Parade are on Saturday, 12th. Complete list of family friendly events on p.11 July 10 Summer Concerts at the Lake. First of six concerts from 6 to 8 p.m Thursdays at Lake Sacajawea. See article on p.6 for complete music lineup. July 10-13 Rainier Days in the Park. See page 15 for festival info & performance names, such as Cutlass! July 10-Sept. 13 Shanghaied in Astoria at the Astor Street Opry Company Playhouse. Tickets and information online: www. July 11-13 Annual Winlock Pickers Fest at Winolequa Park in Winlock. Includes instructional workshops, open mics and plenty of pickin’! July 12 Kalama River-to-River Run & Walk Challenge 5K/10K. Awards and Prizes given out, and ribbons for all age groups. Register online: July 16-20 Annual SandSations and City SandSations in Long Beach. From 10am - 6pm everyday, watch solo artists at the Third Street entrance, Downtown Long Beach. Competition kicks off Friday with free scultping lessons at the beach. More info online: July 16-20 Columbia County Fair and Rodeo in St. Helens. Thursday the 17th is Kids Day at the Fair, and Sunday the 20th is Half Price day at the Fair. More info online: July 17-19 Castle Rock Fair, with parade, vendors, youth activities, music and more, at Castle Rock Fairgrounds. See next page for full description. July 18-20 Kalama Community Fair and Parade. Kalama, WA. July 18-20 Napavine Funtime Festival with parade and car show. Celebrating 40 years. Search on FB for info. July 19-20 Clamshell Rail Road Days at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum See FESTIVALS, continued on p.6

LONGVIEW, WA Anticipation is high this year as the 2014 GoFourth! Event gears up for release! Coming to Longview, WA on July 2-4th, it is bound to be a great time for families and friends alike! The GoFourth Festival is the largest annual family oriented festival in the greater Cowlitz County area. The Festival began in the 1960’s and now draws in excess of 30,000 people to events culminating on the Fourth of July with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza at the beautiful Lake Sacajawea. In addition to a Fourth of July fireworks show, the Festival consists of many events and includes an American Lumberman’s Association (ALA) sanctioned Timbersport competition, including three World Championship events, continuous daily entertainment, arts & crafts booths, parade and more than enough food booths to tickle anyone’s taste buds!


* Marketplace & Concessions * Craft Booths * Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta * Longview Fire Fighters “Hole-in One” Golf * Opening Ceremonies (10:45am) * Live Entertainment (2pm-10pm)


* Marketplace & Concessions * Hole-in-One Golf * Kids Festival & Petting Zoo

* Carnival Games * Face Painting (11am-6pm) * Live Entertainment (12pm-10pm)


* Marketplace & Concessions * Hole-in-One Golf * Lion’s Pancake Bkfst (8:00am) * Parade starts @14th & Broadway (10:00am) * Timber Carnival Prelims (9am) * Kids Festival (11am - 6pm) * Live Entertainment (1pm - 10pm) * Timber Carnival Competition (1pm) * FIREWORKS (10pm) (Broadcast on Magic 94.5fm) Cardboard Boat Regatta: One of the most popular additions to the GoFourth Festival is the infamous Cardboard Boat Regatta. This years theme is “Sports”. The challenge remains for contestants to build and design a humanpowered boat made of corrugated cardboard capable of completing at least three heats around a 200-yard course off. Winning the race isn’t the main point — it’s about creative problem solving, with a focus on fun, family, creativity and ingenuity. The race starts at 5:30pm. July 2, at Lake Sacajawea’s Martin Dock (by Hemlock Plaza) in Longview, WA. Check-in begins earlier. This fun event is organized and sponsored by The Daily News, so for complete event information, be sure to visit the Festival website, found at:

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The Castle Rock Fair is a ‘Fairlicious’ good time! Castle Rock Fair is the 17th - 19th of July, with it’s theme this year being a delicious ‘Fairlicious’, celebrating 56 years of the Fair! The parade will be on Thursday night at 6:30pm in downtown Castle Rock with Grand Marshall Janet Prince. Line up is at 5:30pm at the Elementary School. To enter the Parade, go online at: After the Parade, come to the fair, where the fair and Above: A pair of entries lounge in the shady pen exhibits open at 7pm and the the after their showing. Photo by Michelle Myre Quarter arcade opens on the top of the hill. Plenty of fun games that are either 9:30pm - Quarter Arcade Closes only a quarter or even FREE will be 10:00pm - Fair/Exhibits Close available for kids of all ages. So dig Friday out those quarters, and head to the 8:00am - Upper Gate Opens Quarter Arcade on Fair Days. Be 8:30am - 4-H Horse Show sure to check the schedule to see 9:00am - Lower Gate Opens when the arcade is open. 10:00am - Fair/Exhibits Open FAIR SCHEDULE 10:00am - Rabbits Showmanship Thursday 10:00am - Dog Show 6:00pm - Gates Open 1:00pm - Quarter Arcade Opens 6:30pm - Parade-Downtown CR 5:00pm - Swine Showmanship 7:00pm - Fair/Exhibits Open 7:30pm - FFA Logging Show 7:00pm - Quarter Arcade Opens 8:00pm - Midnight Hour Band 7:30pm - FFA Logging Show 9:30pm- Quarter Arcade Closes 8:00pm - Baird Creek Band 10:00pm - Fair/Exhibits close

July 17th-19th 120 Fair Lane Castle Rock, WA

Saturday 8:00am - Upper Gate Opens 8:30am - 4-H Horse Show 9:00am - Lower Gate Opens 10:00am - Fair/Exhibits Open 10:00am - Goat Showmanship 11:00am - Scarecrow Building 11:30am - Poultry Showmanship 12:00pm - Scarecrow Judging 1:00pm - Quarter Arcade Open 2:00pm - Sheep Showmanship 2:00pm - Wet Money Scramble *Up to age 12 4:00pm - Dairy/Beef Showmanship 5:00pm - 90 Proof Band 7:00pm - Lip Sync / Talent Show 7:30pm - Logging Show 9:30pm - Fair Closes! New this year is the FREE Scarecrow Building Contest. It is a team competition with 2 or more members on a team. Build Time is on Saturday, July 19th, at 11am, with judging at noon. Friends of the Castle Rock Fair will

provide a “T-Frame” for the building of your scarecrow. Teams are responsible for all other matierals, including stuffing, clothing, tools, props, etc. All extra materials not connected with the scarecrow must be removed before judging. Teams need to have a sign for the scarecrow with team name and member names. Register BEFORE JULY 11th: Call Marti #274-4320 Competition is limited to 8 teams, so register quickly. Other things to see will be the Logging Show! You don’t want to miss it. People, get ready for the thing that never stops! The showing of the animals in type and performance. Come and support them as they perform in the ring. Cheer and share your enthusiasm for your favorite animals. For a complete brochure and Fair Book, visit the website below, where you may download a full copy:

MOUNTAIN MANIA • 5k/10k Pancake Breakfast • Car Show • Run/walk • July 26th Fantastic opportunities to just have fun await the entire family, from young to “young at heart”!! Kicking the Saturday morning off with a bang is the Senior Center, who will be holding their pancake breakfast at the senior center, which begins at 8:00am. Cost is only a suggested donation of $5, and is all you can eat pancakes! Start your day off right with some great grub for a great cause! Then, you can either do the Fun Run / Walk, or mosey on down to the center of town to check out all of the spruced and oiled up rigs at the Rod Run to the Rock car show, with registration between 8am - 10am. Open to ALL cars, motorcycles and anything with wheels (think jeeps, whatever!), this is guaranteed to be a great time. You can call Jim or Donna at 274-5655 for more info or to register. Pre-register by June 30th for $15, or up to day of event for $20. Here is a day plan: • 8am: Pancake breakfast @ the Senior Center • 8am: Rod Run to the Rock car show @ Middle School • 8:30am: Fun Run/Walk @ Lions Pride Park, 1500 S Huntington Ave, Castle Rock WA.

• Lunch Specials at all Downtown Restaurants! Lacey Rha’s, Su Good Chinese Restaurant, the Castle Rock Bakery and Cascade Select Market!


Saturday, July 26 @ 8:30AM Registration begins @ 7:45am 5k / 10k (Lions Pride Park) Get in some exercise and help a good cause before you mosey over to the car show being held in the heart of Downtown Castle Rock. Start/finish is at Lions Pride Park in Castle Rock, located at 1500 S. Huntington Ave. Special prizes: Awards: Medals for the first overall male and female winners in both races - Ribbons for the first 3 in each age group in both races - Special prize is given “king and queen of the mountain” the first male and female to the top of one of the major hills at about mile 4 on the 10K course. Registration: Pre-registration: $20 all ages, $15 Cowlitz Valley Runner members. Pre-register by July 17th, free T-shirt included! Teams of 10 will only pay $170.00 total by pre-registration. Day-of event: $25 all ages, $20

Photos provided courtesy Cowlitz Valley Runners

CVR members. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. (Participants under 18 need to have a parent/guardian sign the liability release form.) COURSE OPTIONS: 5K course (run/walk): Out and back along the Cowlitz River on the award winning riverfront trail. It is paved and flat. 10K course South on Huntington Ave, south on Pleasant Hill Rd. Turn east across I-5 on Headquarters Rd., north on Bond Rd. Back to exit 48, east up Kalmbach Rd for 1/4 mile loop, west under I-5 onto south Huntington Ave and back to the park. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Relay for Life and Castle Rock Youth activities. Coporate Sponsors: Fibre Federal; El Compadre; Castle Rock Building Supply; Carlsons Heating & Air Conditioning; Minuteman Press; Heritage Bank; Select Markets; Cascade Networks; Peper’s

49er Restaurant; Walstead Mertsching; Pacific Surgical; NAPA; The Villager, LLC; Peacehealth Medical Group; Gray & Osborne, Inc.; Papa Pete’s Pizza; Cowlitz River Dental; Castle Rock Bakery & Espresso; Castle Rock Brake & Alignment; High Cascade Insurance; Emma V. Torres-Baltazar M.D. PLLC; Castle Rock Pharmacy; C&C Speedymart; OneMain Financial To learn more about the Fun Run and Walks available around the area, please visit this site: Cowlitz Valley Runners is a nonprofit run club that is dedicated to promoting running as a sport and fitness exercise. The club consists of people of all running abilities; the casual jogger to the serious marathoner.

Cowlitz Valley Runners P.O. Box 2392 Longview, WA 98632

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Finnish American Folk Festival Are you a Finn, or just want to pretend for a few days? Looking for lutefisk? Then the Finnish-American Festival is right up your alley. The little community of Naselle, Washington, hosts a weekend summer festival every other year, the Finnish American Folk Festival, July 25th-26th. Why? There are a lot of Finns in the area. And they don’t seem at all ashamed. So, come join the unashamed (shameless?) fun! For the whole family!! Add an exclamation point or two!!! The schedule of performers at the upcoming Finnish-American Festival in Naselle, WA, has been completed with an excellent range of talent from both near and far that is sure to please festival-goers. A “soft” start to the festival will occur on Friday, July 25th, at 12:30 pm with the National Anthem and the Maypole Dancers. Later that evening, between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, performances by Lisa Bighill, the Naselle Kanteles, the Willapa Hills group, and the Naselle Finnish-American Choir will take place in the Naselle-Grays River Valley School Commons. On Saturday, July 26th, the main opening of the festival will begin at 10 am in the stadium. Stadium performances will occur between 11:30 am to 4 pm that include the Naselle

Marimba Band, Carl Wirkkala and the Ghost Town Boys, the final performance of the Maypole Dancers, songs by Gene Quillhaugh, music by Folk Voice, music and song by Acustica World Music, dancing by the Astoria Scandinavian Dancers, and music and song by Allotar. Early afternoon performances will also take place inside the school in the commons area between 1:15 to 4 pm. These performances are scheduled to include: the Astoria Scandinavian Dancers, music on cello by Dale Bradley, the Naselle Kanteles, songs by Lois Bighill, dancing by the Katrilli Dancers, and music on the kantele and harp by Valerie Blessley. Evening performances will begin at 6 pm featuring songs by As a Sparrow, music by Folk Voice, music and songs by Dolores Villa Real from Acustica World Music, music and songs by Aallotar, and songs by the Naselle Finnish-American Choir. Following the conclusion of performances there will be a raffle. At the conclusion of the raffle, there will be a dance with music provided by the Smiling Scandinavian Dance Band. On Friday, there will be many presentations to choose from. Come by Naselle and enjoy the Finnish Festival!

FESTIVALS, continued from p.3 in Ilwaco. July 19-20 Bald Eagle Days in Cathlamet with parade, trolley rides, and great street fair. July 20 is Wooden Boat Show. Complete info online: July 19 Music in the Gardens on the Long Beach Peninsula. Presented by Water Music Festival, from 10am-4pm and only $15 per person. The Tour includes refreshments, as well as live music. July 24-27 Cowlitz County Fair and Rodeo at the fairgrounds in Longview. For complete listing of information, go online and also see article on p.15

July 25-27 Maritime Heritage Festival at the marina in St. Helens, Oregon. Family-friendly event with maritime demonstrations, boat building, antique and classic boat display rides and tours, two WWII vessels, music and water-skiing show. The show will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. July 25-27 Finnish American Folk Festival, held in Naselle, WA. Dancing, music and great food, of course. Find us on Facebook! July 26-27 Annual Long Beach Rodeo, Peninsula Saddle Club in Long Beach. Visit online for complete info: July 26 Toledo Summerfest, 11am-5pm. Toledo Middle School field. Christian Music, Kiddy Bouncers, Animal Show, Hay-Bale maze, dunk tank and more! Food available for sale. 6pm-9pm Youth Concert. July 26th Run to the Rock Car Show, downtown Castle Rock, see article on next page for info. July 28 Mountain Mania Fun Run, Castle Rock 5K/10K Run. See article next page for more info. July 29-Aug. 2 Clatsop County Fair at the fairgrounds in Astoria, on 109 acres overlooking the Walluski River. See our website for schedule:

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“Concerts at the Lake” is HERE! Starting Thursday, July 10th @ 6pm

Submitted by Georgia Cox JULY Events Every Monday: Our infamous Cinnamon Rolls and coffee will be served to the public from 10am to NOON. Suggested donation is only $1.50! Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Get that heart rate up and get healthy with the exercise classes from 9:30am to 10:30am! Facts show that exercise helps keep your body healthy and functioning as well as possible. Every Wednesday: CAP offers Nutrition Meals for Seniors at the Center at NOON. Suggested donation is $3.00, but PLEASE call #6362118 (by Monday) for reservations. Every Thursday: Fun Quilting projects will take place from 12pm to 3pm and Pinochle games are played in the Center later at 7pm and is open to all who are interested, so bring your game! Every Friday: Lunches by reservation only, will be served in the Center at NOON. Must Reserve by calling 274-7502 by Monday. SPECIAL EVENTS: Tuesday, July 8th: Our Program

and Potluck lunch! Speaker will be Dr. William Turner MD, discussing “Knee and Hip Replacement”. A potluck lunch consisting of SALADS will follow at Noon. Please join us for this informative and fun time. Thursday, July 17th: Commodities will be distributed from 10am 1pm. Have a valid punch card. Saturday, July 26th: ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST!! With a suggested donation of only $5.00, this is bound to be a highlight of your day as you experience the Mountain Mania fun in Downtown Castle Rock. Car show and fun run / walk also happening. See page 4 for details. NOTICE: * Center Pool Table available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am - Noon, and it’s FREE! * Write your Life Story & Paper Tole are postponed until September. * Center will be closed on Tuesdays, except for the Potluck Specials through August. * No BINGO until October. * Please watch the readerboard for any new announcements.

It’s time to bust out the lawn chairs and blankets, grab some flip flops and head over to the Concerts at the Lake series at Lake Sacajawea in Longview. Every Thursday evening from 6pm8pm, live music will draw hundreds to relax and chill to their tunes. Sponsored by Kirkpatrick Family Care, Concerts at the Lake are held at Martin’s Dock in Lake Sacajawea Park, Longview, WA. Bring your blankets, low back chairs and picnic dinners, or food service will also be available. The concert series is made possible by donations and support from the following community sponsors: Kirkpatrick Family Care, Red Canoe Credit Union, Cascade Networks, KLOG/KUKN/The Wave, and Longview Orthopedic Associates. 2014 Concert Schedule: July 10th: Folsom Prism Offers up music that pays tribute to one of the greatest legends in the

music industry, Johnny Cash. July 17th - Shake It Up Rockin’ out with a CARS tribute and 70’s and 80’s Rock. July 24th: Elliot Randall & the Deadmen These tunes bring us Americana / Country music while enjoying the breezes and sunshine. July 31st: The Twangshifters Get ready to groove with this Rockabilly / Blues / Rock & Roll band! August 7th: Daniel Kirkpatrick & the Bayonets This original singer / songwriter brings us original songs in a classic Rock & Roll style. August 14th: Ants in the Kitchen Closing out the series with Blues, Soul and good ole Rock & Roll.

Art in the Park Saturday, August 16th Mark your calendars! If you enjoy browsing flea markets and Farmers Markets, and appreciate art and craft type commerce as well, be sure to add this event to your calendar! Coming soon, on August 16th, to our beautiful Lake Sacajawea, is the 6th Annual “Art in the Park” event. Held at the Hemlock Plaza, RA Long side of the lake, folks can browse the juried exhibit of fine arts and crafts that are also offered for sale. Multiple styles and genres of art will offer much for the appreciation

of those looking. For people interested in how artists work, there will be live art demonstrations, art activities for children and delicious food vendors provide for a wonderful outing in Longview. The sunshine is usually known to be out during this time of summer, so be sure to come and enjoy the day with others surrounding the lake, and bring your creative side! Vendor applications available online or Broadway Gallery. Deadline July 15th.

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Movie Reviews By Blake Peterson

Edge of Tomorrow Directed by Doug Liman Starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt Running Time 1 Hr., 53 Mins, PG-13 My Rating: A-

How to solve wordoku puzzles To solve this wordoku, you only need logic and patience. (Key word is patience, because I end up flinging them across the room). You, my dear reader, probably are much better at this than I am... Only the center (gray strip) forms a word, the rest of the blanks do not necessarily form words. First, make a list of all the letters

shown in the grid. (In this case, they are O, L, E, A, N, S, T, C, I.) Make sure that each 3x3 square region has one of these letters with only one occurrence of each letter in each region. Each column and row of the large grid must have only one instance of the letters in the grid. Hint: The shaded across word is water related. (Answer on p.22)

“Edge of Tomorrow” is one of the most surprising movies of the year, turning out to be a supremely fun sci-fi/action/comedy that easily could knock a film off the list of Tom Cruise’s top 10 best vehicles (and there are many). Why do I say the film’s success is surprising? I can easily remember sitting in the movie theater, only a month ago, when the trailer flashed across the screen. As soon as I saw Tom Cruise’s face, all I could think was, why does he keep resorting to such dumb action movies for roles? Based off of his last two movies, “Oblivion” and “Jack Reacher”, which have been mildly entertaining but nowhere near the caliber of his past endeavors, it seemed as though “Edge of Tomorrow” would be the final nail in his career coffin. It wasn’t until the hugely positive reviews came out that I actually became fascinated. Could the film actually be good? Surfing on the other day, I noticed an article that called out Cruise’s latest choices in projects, begging him to return to pure acting flicks like “Magnolia” and “Jerry Maguire” — apparently, the author had not seen “Edge of Tomorrow” quite yet. Yes, “Edge of Tomorrow” is a thriller, but it most certainly

is not a dumb one. With the new “Transformers” coming out, along with the sure-to-bomb “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (both helmed by Michael Bay, who needs to be stopped immediately), it’s refreshing to have a popcorn feast that doesn’t throw us under the bus. And considering the only intelligent takes lately have been Marvel superhero films, you can say that “Edge of Tomorrow” is a breath of fresh air. Taking place in the near future, where thoroughly evolved aliens are much too close to overthrowing Earth, we find that Cruise has transformed himself into Major William Case, an officer who prefers to give orders rather than go into combat. His horn is untooted, though, when he inexplicably is pushed into battle by a higher ranking official. As it turns out, what he is being thrown into is, in actuality, a suicide mission. Cage dies quickly, but before he meets his demise, the blood of one of the aliens he attempts to kill splatters all over this body. Why is this detail important? A) The alien he killed is the rarest of his kind and has the ability to reset an entire day and b) this alien is the key to winning the war. Cage suddenly is able to relive the same day over and over again, enduring combat and dying repeatedly in the same way Bill Murray showed us back in 1993. Cage gets lucky, however, when he runs into Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), the Rosie the Continued on next page.

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By Jennifer Richards, PeaceHealth Concierge For Valley Bugler Newspaper Healthcare today can be confusing, especially when trying to navigate your benefits. With rising costs, patients are taking advantage of their free preventive services. Getting a preventive exam is one of the most important things you can do to manage your health. Your preventive appointment, known by most as a physical, has recently changed into something much different than it used to be. At one time getting your yearly physical meant bringing your list of your healthcare concerns and having everything addressed at once. Today a physical is no longer about addressing every need. Instead, it is about addressing how to keep you well and assist you in managing your health. Some common screenings that are included in your preventive visit are checking for hypertension, hyperglycemia, cholesterol screening, colon

cancer screening, depression, HIV and other types of STD’s, colorectal cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, osteoporosis screening, and a mammogram. Since most insurance plans include one free preventive exam a year, regardless if there is a deductible, it’s important to know the difference between preventive vs. diagnostic care. Preventive care focuses on evaluating your current health status when you are symptom free; allowing you to obtain early diagnosis and treatment, to help avoid more serious health problems. Diagnostic care is medical treatment for specific health issues or conditions, ongoing care, laboratory tests or other health screenings necessary to manage or treat an alreadyidentified medical issue or health condition. How can you be sure you are only having a preventive exam? The first step is scheduling the correct appointment with your provider’s office. Be sure and request an annual physi-

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Riveter of her time, she herself has had the same experience as Cage, and she is able to serve as his counterpart as they travel through space and time to get closer to defeating the enemy. “Edge of Tomorrow” is able to be frothy, loads of fun, and durably suspenseful, often all at the same time. Blunt has said in multiple TV interviews that there were several times where she and director Doug Liman would have a sort of spat in terms of how a scene should be shot, only to remember that neither of them are action movie pros. But you would never know. Cruise performs all of his own stunts, and has done so for years, and throughout his characterization we can feel the fun he is having. In movies like “Edge of Tomorrow” he is in his comfort zone, and it’s a joy to watch an actor who is there for adventure rather than just a paycheck. His rapport with Blunt is easy going

and alive with energy. She is instantly his most memorable female co-star in recent years. Minus the one itty bitty kiss they share towards the end of the film, she remains the Hutch to his Starsky, the Crockett to his Tubbs. Blunt is given the opportunity to be a wise-cracking, toughas-nails partner a la Black Widow of “The Avengers”, and she nails it with a passion. Maybe it hasn’t made a ton of money in these past few weeks, but for Tom Cruise naysayers, “Edge of Tomorrow” is worth the price of the ticket. Forget the three hankies you have to bring with you to see “The Fault in Our Stars”, and bring along a large popcorn instead for this movie. A student of R. A. Long, Blake is an aspiring film critic that enjoys music, movies (obviously), and art. For more reviews, go to his website:

cal or wellness exam and schedule your appointment well in advance. This is also a good time to schedule your mammogram if you are due. If you are having other issues such as allergy problems, back pain, or even headaches make sure to schedule those for a different appointment. Next, it is important to become familiar with your insurance benefits if you are not already. Your insurance provider will have specific wellness guidelines for your age and gender. Most insurance providers have websites that are also very helpful and

The laws of golf

LAW 1: No matter how bad your last shot was, the worst is yet to come. This law doesn’t expire on 18th hole, since it has the supernatural tendency to extend over the tournament, a summer and, eventually, a lifetime. LAW 2: Your best round of golf will be followed almost immediately by your worst round ever. The probability of the latter increases with the number of people you tell about the former. LAW 3: Brand new golf balls are water-magnetic. Though this cannot be proven in the lab, it is a known fact that the more expensive the golf ball, the greater its attraction to water. LAW 4: Golf balls never bounce off of trees back into play. If one does, the

fairly easy to navigate that outline preventive care. Finally the day of your appointment has arrived. Remember you are there for preventive care, addressing only how to keep you well. This is a good time to schedule a separate appointment if any new medical concerns have arose since first scheduling your appointment. Following these guidelines for your preventive care appointment should help to ensure you are on the right path to managing your health and staying well!

tree is breaking a law of the universe. LAW 5: No matter what causes a golfer to muff a shot, all his playing partners must solemnly chant “You looked up,” or invoke the wrath of the universe. LAW 6: The higher a golfer’s handicap, the more qualified he deems himself as an instructor. LAW 7: Every par-three hole in the world has a secret desire to humiliate golfers. The shorter the worse it is. LAW 8: Topping a 3-iron is the most painful torture known to mankind. LAW 9: Palm trees eat golf balls. LAW 10: All vows taken on a golf course shall be valid only until the sunset.

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Play BALL! For a few years now, Cowlitz County has been blessed with its very own West Coast League baseball team - the Cowlitz Black Bears! If you haven’t been out to catch a game yet, you’re missing out. Collegiate level players battle it out on the diamond while fans engage in boisterous shouting matches and family friendly games that beckon anybody to participate. It’s remniscent of “baseball from my past”. The kind of baseball game where it didn’t take two hours to go get a hotdog and soda. The kind of baseball game where you felt like you were a part of the action on the field, and did your part with cheering on the team. Because they really can hear you. Family friendly pricing makes it actually affordable to come to a game and enjoy the concession stands as well. There are games for kids, and you gotta love Corby, the goofy yet lovable Black Bear that roams the stands causing children of all ages to throw out some high-fives and laugh at his wiggly belly. Full schedule & Promotions: Call (360)703-3195 for Tickets Listed below are the promotional nights, so you can best plan for your calendar this season. Questions? Visit the website listed above for complete information.


3RD ANNUAL RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS NIGHT. Saturday, June 28: AARON’S SUPER SATURDAY. Sunday, June 29: KAPSTONE LOGO BALL DAY (First 400 kids age 14 and under). (Kids 12 and under receive a voucher for a free hot dog and soda) ($2 discount for seniors) Tuesday, July 1: KIDS DASH 4 CASH. All kids 12 and under will be on the field to dash for $1,000 in cash that will be flying around on the field. SWANSON BARK COWLITZ BLACK BEARS KIDS CLUB NIGHT. All kids club members admitted free with membership card and kids run the bases after the game. Wednesday, July 2: COWLITZ BLACK BEARS 2ND ANNUAL MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT presented by PACIFIC TECH CONSTRUCTION and WESTERN FABRICATION. All active or retired military admitted free with military ID. Fireworks Spectacular after the game. FIBRE FEDERAL FAMILY NIGHT. $5 off any grandstand ,general admission, or party deck ticket with Fibre Federal Membership Card. Simply be a member, receive $5 off your ticket. Thursday, July 10: COWLITZ BLACK BEARS BARK IN THE PARK 2014 presented by THE DOG ZONE. Fun contests for dogs and their owners on this very special night. Dogs are welcome at Story Field for this night only. Bring your dog to the ballpark. THIRSTY THURSDAY ($2 canned beer). Friday, July 11: RED LION “ NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK”. Special overnight campout event at the field with activities, movie, camping, and breakfast with the Black Bears in the morning. Saturday, July 12: WILCO KIDS FARM SCRAMBLE NIGHT. All kids 14 and under invited on the field after game to jump into a huge pile of straw, that hides hundreds of dollars in change. Kids keep what they pull out in the scramble ! AARON’S SUPER SATURDAY. Sunday, July 13: BUDWEISER PINT

GLASS NIGHT presented by MALETIS BEVERAGE. (First 100 fans 21 and over receive a Budweiser Pint Glass) (Kids 12 and under receive a voucher for a free hot dog and soda) ($2 discount for seniors) Thursday, July 17: TWIN STAR CREDIT UNION NIGHT. Lots of giveaways from Twin Star Credit Union. THIRSTY THURSDAY ($2 canned beer) Friday, July 18: HERITAGE BANK NIGHT. Prizes galore and giveaway items from Heritage Bank. Saturday, July 19: BOB CRISMAN’S GALLERY OF DIAMONDS presents the 5TH ANNUAL LADIES DIAMOND DIG. (First 500 women in gate receive shovels and are allowed on field after the game to dig for four diamonds). AARON’S SUPER SATURDAY. Tuesday, July 22: PORT OF LONGVIEW NIGHT. The Black Bears welcome all of friends and visitors from the Port of Longview. FIESTA BONITA  $2 TUESDAY ($2 general admission tickets, $2 hot dogs, $2 soda and $2 canned beer) Wednesday, July 23: C’S PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM POSTER NIGHT. (First 1,000 fans receive a full- color Black Bears 2014 Team Poster)  FIBRE FEDERAL FAMILY NIGHT. $5 off any grandstand ,general admission, or party deck

ticket with Fibre Federal Membership Card. Simply be a member, receive $5 off your ticket.   Thursday, July 24: JH KELLY presents the MYRON NOODLEMAN SHOW. “The Hippest Nerd in Da Biz “ returns to Longview for one night only. THIRSTY THURSDAY ($2 canned beer) Monday, July  28 – C’S PHOTOGRAPHY TRADING CARD NIGHT ( First 100 fans receive a 2014 set of Black Bears Trading Cards).  STATE FARM PRESENTS MONDAY NIGHT BASEBALL. ($2 discount for seniors) Tuesday, July 29: FIESTA BONITA $2 TUESDAY.($2 general admission tickets, $2 hot dogs, $2 soda and $2 canned beer) SWANSON BARK COWLITZ BLACK BEARS KIDS CLUB NIGHT. All Kids Club members admitted free with membership card, and kids run the bases after the game. Wednesday, July  30: FIBRE FEDERAL FAMILY NIGHT. $5 off any grandstand ,general admission, or party deck ticket with Fibre Federal Membership Card. Simply be a member, receive $5 off your ticket.   Thursday, July  31: LONGVIEW PARKS & RECREATION NIGHT. Prizes and giveaways courtesy of Longview Parks and Recreation. THIRSTY THURSDAY ($2 canned beer)

Farmers Markets are FRESH, with LOCAL produce at your fingertips

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Annual ‘Cheese Days’ draws crowds from all over the Northwest Dates: July 9-13th Theme: Flyin’ High in Toledo

(To honor airport & aviation history)

Parade: Saturday July 12th Car show: Saturday July 12th, Middle school & Kids Fun Fest (9am to 4pm @ the Middle School Gym) If you haven’t been to Toledo lately, their annual Cheese Days festival is a great time to make a stop! Hot-rod enthusiasts should stop at the car show (Toledo Middle School). Once you pull into town off the short

drive from I-5, there will be signs directing you to the show. Of course, rain or shine, any day is a great day for a HOT ROD show!! Thursday the 10th will feature the Coloring Contest for Pre-K through 4th grade with prizes for each group. Contest picture at Toledo Market Fresh. Must be turned in before July 5th to Toledo

Market Fresh. Also held on the 10th at the Morgan Arts Centre, will be the Queen Coronation and introduction of the 2014 Big Cheese’s. Lots of door prizes, tickets are $12.50 per person. Friday, July 11th is host to everything from the 16th Annual “Cheddar Open” Golf STournament, Garage Sale, Tennis Tournament, Stuffed Potato Bar, Frog Jumping Contest to the BINGO games. Saturday is full with the all you can

eat Pancake Breakfast (Ham, pancakes, eggs, biscuits & gravy, beverages), as well as the Car Show, Cheddar Challenge 5K/10K, Garage Sale, Fun Fest, Quilt and Art Show, Railroad Exhibit, Bazaar, Parade, Free Cheese Sandwiches, BBQ, Inflatables and Dunk Tank, Auction, Pizza Eating Contests and SO MUCH MORE! Complete listing of all events and their times are found online: Either way you slice it, Toledo offers a fun day of tooling around the local area, making new friends and enjoying the activities galore for Cheese Days.

JULY: National Hot Dog, Ice Cream and Picnic Month! •Hot Diggity Dog• Fun facts about America’s favorite summertime treat

No, they didn’t make a month about my adorable son, the newest “hot dog” in town. Although that’s not such a bad idea.... Call it a dog, sausage or frankfurter, it’s been around since before the 9th century BC. Homer’s Odyssey refers to a man by a roaring fire waiting impatiently for his sausage to cook. In the centuries that followed, many references to the sausage are recorded throughout history. In the 19th century, German immigrants came here and brought their sausages and their dachshund dogs with them. In 1867, a German butcher opened a stand in Coney Island in New York and sold 3,684 “dachhund” sausages in milk rolls. A cartoon was drawn featuring the sausages, but the cartoonist didn’t know how to spell dachshund, so he called them hot dogs. The name stuck. A study done a few years ago indicated that Americans eat more than 16 billion hot dogs each year. They eat 150 million on the 4th of July alone. We now know that, health wise,

the hot dog has a bad reputation. It contains 14 to 16 grams of fat. But we intend to eat them anyway, especially during the month of July. And that’s OK if you don’t eat too many of them on too many days. Nutritionists at the Mayo Clinic recommend choosing a fat-free dog or one that has 2 grams of fat or less. They taste pretty good, especially with the toppings, and have only about 50 calories each. The reducedfat dog is their second choice. It contains 7 to 10 grams of fat and 100 to 120 calories. They are made with beef, chicken or turkey, but their taste isn’t necessarily better than that of a fatfree hot dog. I personally prefer the Jenny-O brand Turkey Dogs. If you are a vegetarian, or someone who is limiting red meat, try the meatless hot dog. They are soy based with 0 to 6 grams of fat and no cholesterol. Condiments are usually needed to liven up their flavor. (All hot dogs contain 200 to 400 milligrams of sodium.) Health experts recommend boiling or microwaving. Grilling can cause charring, which isn’t healthy. Brush off the charred portions if necessary.

Pack up that picnic basket and go! Looking for somewhere to let those kids burn off some extra energy? Enter Lewisville Park. Pack a lunch and load the kids in the car! Explore this family friendly park in Southwest Washington that every family should know about. Lewisville Park: This is the Grand Daddy of the oldest Clark County regional parks, established in the 1930s in this area. Let’s just say it is HUGE and certainly has a huge capacity with it’s 154 acres of Fir, Cedar & other trees as well as other open grassy areas along the banks of the Lewis River. There is plenty of parking in this facility. Located at 26411 NE Lewisville Hwy, Battle Ground, WA. This park has a 3-mile trail system which wanders through the park gath-

ering great views of the surrounding area and the park itself. Activities are plenty including: swimming, fishing, picnicking, and horseshoes. There are softball, baseball and soccer fields, playgrounds, and restrooms located throughout the park. Additionally there are 13 log picnic shelters and 3 ‘mini-sections’ without shelters that may be reserved in advance. Many picnic areas without shelters are available in a variety of locations within the park on 1st-come, 1st served basis. 17 BBQ pits are available without reservations. Please note: Swimming is allowed at Lewisville Park, however there are NO lifeguards on duty. The river can be swift. Use at own risk.

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HOT Summer Nights in Woodland Summer is here they tell me. Want something fun to do? This is a FREE non-alcoholic Family Event. Every Friday Night from July 11th through August 15th the Downtown Woodland Revitalization (DWR) sponsors music at Hoffman Plaza on Davidson Ave. The bands are primarily local and play from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Streets are closed off, there is sidewalk chalk for the kids (and big kids). You can bring your lawn chair, tap your toes or dance in the street if you are so inclined! Bands range from Country, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and Contemporary Rock. Downtown Woodland Revitalization wanted to bring some excitement and attention to the Plaza area of downtown. They envision this area as the “living room” for downtown. So in 2007 DWR started to bring bands into the Plaza for a free family event. They could not do this without local businesses, the cooperation of the City of Woodland and a grant from Cowlitz County Tourism.

In addition, Woodland is offering their rejuvenated Woodland Farmers Market from 3pm-7pm, preceeding the fun of Hot Summer Nights. Giving everybody an excellent opportunity to wind down their work week with great conversation and fresh produce and local fare, they hope you will come downtown some Friday evening and just enjoy the music, food and art features. For vendor information and exact schedule, please check: See you there! Here’s the Musical Entertainment lineup: July 18th: ‘Mo Jo Blasters’ offering hits from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. July 25th: ‘Stifler’ pushes contemporary tunes that everybody can groove to. August 1st: ‘Silver Rose’ plays so get your belt buckle shined up for this country rock music. August 8th: ‘Pull for Fire’ lives up to their name as an alternative rock band. August 15th: ‘1/2 Step Down’ closes it out with great Blues! This is a family-friendly non-alcoholic event every Friday evening.

Mountain invites hikes Information found at: Hiking is spectacular in Southwest Washington, with numerous opportunities to enjoy solitude, silence, and magnificent vistas. Storm damage in recent years has resulted in a number of road closures. Before planning your hike, contact the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters at 360.891.5000 for the latest information. In October 2004, the Washington Trails Association selected eight hikes in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that provide spectacular views of Mount St. Helens. Complete trail reviews and information found online: *Badger Peak Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 10-mile roundtrip; elevation gain 1,600 feet with dramatic

views of Mount St. Helens and the blast zone. *High Rock Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 3-mile roundtrip; A steady climb to views of Rainier, Adams, St. Helens. *Strawberry Mountain Lookout Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest .75-mile roundtrip; Drive most of the way to view the volcano. *Tongue Mountain Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 3.5 mile-roundtrip; Hike through groves of pine trees to where Adams, Rainier, and St. Helens are viewed. *Juniper Ridge Trail: Gifford Pinchot National Forest 8 miles round trip; A classic hike with dramatic views of volcanoes and Cispus River below. *Sunrise Peak Trail, Hamilton Butte Trail and info on Guided Hikes all found online at website.

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Rainier Days in the Park is here! July 10th - 13th Rainier Days in the Park showcase event is a 4-day/night admission free festival held annually after the 4th of July. 5 ACRES OF NON-STOP FUN OVER 4 AWESOME DAYS Join us each July for the best family fun and entertainment on the Columbia River in beautiful Rainier, Oregon.  FREE Live entertainment, wild rides, fabulous food, shopping, and even a beer garden await you at Rainier Days in the Park!  We are a tradition of family fun! Rainier Days hours are as follows: Thursday 3PM-10PM Friday 10AM - 10PM Saturday 10AM - 10PM Sunday 10AM - 6PM ACTIVITIES IN THE PARK Love Music?   There is FREE live entertainment all day every day at the main stage in the park.  With give away great prizes and fun stuff right off the stage! (Full schedule online) Looking for a Thrill? Come ride one of the rides in the carnival, or play a game and win a prize. Kids of all ages will love the carnival and the view from the ferris wheel out over the Columbia River can’t be beat! Hungry? There will be a full food court that’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest appetite!   Also, a covered dining area for your comfort and convenience. Love to Shop? There is a large vendor marketplace for those that can’t resist a bargain! I love a parade, don’t you? Rainier Days in the Park has the best of hometown parades Saturday morning at 10AM so come on out and cheer for your favorite band, float, or group. There’s a Beer Garden! No, it’s not free, but there is a beer garden as part of the event Friday and Saturday nights and yes, there is live entertainment as well as food in the beer garden so get down and boogie with all your friends! Don’t forget to get your button at the information booth for admission to the Beer Garden.

Thursday July 10th

3PM - Official Opening Ceremonies Main Stage, Carnival Opens

3PM - Guy Live, Main Stage 6PM - LuLu LaFever, Main Stage

Friday 11th

10AM - Rainier Days Opens 11AM - TBA 1PM - Ted Boursaw, Main Stage 3PM - “MAGIC MAGIC” Show 4PM - Beer Garden Opens 4:30PM - The Fuzz, Main Stage 8PM - Gold Dust Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band Saturday July 12th 8AM - Pancake Breakfast at United Methodist Church 10AM - “A” Street Parade 11AM - Park Opens 10AM - Beer Garden 11AM - Greg Parke, Main Stage 1PM - No Excuses, Main Stage 1PM - Hometown Pizza Eating Contest 3PM - MAGIC MAGIC Show 4PM - Martin Henry and the Blues Benders, Main Stage 4-6PM Meet Miss Oregon 2014 6:30PM - Rowdy Referees Family Game Show, Main Stage 7:30PM Ralph Painter Citizenship Award, Main Stage 8PM - Mulch Brothers, Main Stage 10PM  - FIREWORKS! Tune to 98.3 the Peak for synced music to the fireworks!

• Rainier, Oregon Sunday July 13th 7AM - Senior Center Fundraiser, Breakfast at Senior Center 10AM - All Church Worship, Main Stage 1 PM - Battle of the Worship Bands, Main Stage 5PM - Kutless - FREE Concert! See info at end of article for this exciting free concert! PARKING - HASSLE FREE! This year we are pleased to announce we have several options for you to get to the park! You can park at the Longview YMCA for $5 and take the shuttle to Rainier Days. We will also have parking at the marina and extra handicap parking will be located behind the Rainier Post office.  Shuttles will be given first priority in traffic after the fireworks so get home before anyone else, save some time, take the shuttle! Fireworks Shuttle from Longview: Parking at Longview YMCA is only $5 on Saturday from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. Buses will run every 30 minutes to the park. When the fireworks show ends, buses will be waiting to bring everyone back to the Y in Longview. 100% of parking proceeds will go to the develop and promote the use of the Rainier Riverfront!

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the internationally acclaimed Christian rock / worship band, Kutless on Sunday, July 13th @ 5pm. Direct from “For us as a band, we recognize that music can be a very powerful tool. It is a vehicle through which we can convey emotion as well as lyrical messages. The message we send through our music as as vital as the very notes themselves”.

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Want to go Tuna Fishing? Ilwaco Tuna Classic: Deep Canyon Challege August 1st & 2nd

Located on the Southwest coast of Washington, the Port of Ilwaco is nestled just inside the Columbia River bar. This year’s event will revert back to Pre fishing with Big Fish Friday and the main event on Saturday. “Lines in the Water” time on Friday is 7:30AM with a required check-in time by 4:00PM. Friday night there will be a mandatory 7:00 PM Captains meeting in the big tent located in the ports north parking lot. Saturday starts early with a 6:00AM shot gun start just across the Columbia River bar with a required check-in time by 5:00PM. The fun continues Saturday evening with play by play with a huge BBQ, auction and the final results of the weekend activities. With so much to offer Ilwaco has something for everyone: •Great restaurants along the water front boardwalk and along the Long Beach Peninsula, Long Beach Rodeo & Parade Friday/Sat/Sun, Saturday market in Ilwaco, Sunday market in Astoria, Salmon fishing, Halibut fishing, Bottom fishing, Crabbing, Scavenger hunt on Saturday for those not fishing. These are just a few of the many local attractions that make a weekend in the lower Columbia area a great place to visit. This year, we are striving to help multiply the OTC’s contribution to the local food banks:

•Canned Food Drive - We will have barrels available to take your food donations. List of Food Banks most needed foods •Donate additional tuna.- We will take all the additional tuna you wish to donate. •Boat moorage fees donated to the Ilwaco food bank - make out a check to the OTC, or pay in cash and your moorage fees will also be directed toward the food banks! 1st Prize - $6,000 2nd Prize - $3,000  3rd Prize - $1,000 Resigtration dates: Closes July 27st ENTRY FEE $450.00 or $650 for both ILWACO & GARIBALDI TOURNAMENTS For questions regarding registration contact Roger Cook -503-407-7022 or Big Fish Friday: $100 per team paid out at the Awards Dinner on Saturday night Largest Tuna Side Pot: Largest Tuna Side Pot: Sponsored By $50 per team paid out at the Awards Dinner on Saturday night Largest Pelagic Pot: Largest  Pelagic Side Pot: Sponsored By $50 per team paid out at the Awards Dinner on Saturday night Cash Side Pots: •$100, $250, $500 and $1000 side

pot are for Saturdays event. •The side pots will be paid out to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each side pot level. •The split will be 60%, 20%, 10% and 10% to the OTC. •All cash side pots are refundable in the event that the OTC should cancel an event. •All pay outs will be made on Saturday at the awards dinner. Example: 25 teams enter the $500 side pot. That means there will be $12,5500 paid out for that side pot alone. 10% off the top goes to the OTC. The remaining 90% is paid out 60% to 1st place and 20% to 2nd place and 10% to 3rd place within the side pot participants. Your team is competing for these large cash payouts against only the teams signed

up for the side pots. In 2005, a small group of fisherman joined together to steer their passion for fishing to a cause that would help feed the hungry. That idea culminated into the first Oregon Tuna Classic (OTC). As a non-profit with 100% volunteer participation, the original purpose of OTC is to provide a forum for fishermen to have a friendly competition, catch albacore and donate it to the local food bank. In past years, 18,600 pounds of tuna has been donated to food banks along the Southwest Washington & Oregon coastal communities. For more information about the Ilwaco Tuna Classic (part of the Oregon Tuna Classic series), please visit:

Stuffed Anaheim Chile Peppers By Laurrie Piland Valley Bugler Columnist Earlier in June, I had a chance to meet a Baked Lava reader for the first time. I invited my sister here for our get together and she brought the most amazing stuffed chile peppers that I’ve ever had the honor of tasting. When reading this recipe, which was written by her, keep in mind that she dehydrated and preserves almost everything and cooks from scratch. She dehydrates her tomato skins for the tomato powder. This is something that I’m going to have to try.

Ginger’s Stuffed Chile Peppers


(2 day process) *16 oz. chorizo (I used Don Juan) *Rice (approx. 2c) *1/2 lg onion, chopped *1 jalapeno, diced *Tomato paste (homemade from dehydrated roma tomato powder and water) *Note: When preserving or canning tomatoes, the powder is made from dehydrating the tomato skins) *Broth (homemade from veggie scraps and cooking chicken for dog treats), water (or canned) would work but be less flavorful) *Bloody mary mix (V8 Mix)

*Salt *Tomato sauce (your basic storebought variety because I didn’t want to powder a bunch more of the tomato skins) *8 Anaheim peppers *Olive oil *Cheese: shredded or thinly sliced to cover each pepper. (El Mexicano Oaxaca) I cut them into small, thinly sliced squares to be able to arrange several pieces on each pepper and giving them some room to melt without making a solid sheet of cheese across all the peppers. (The cheese I used is very similar to mozzarella and wouldn’t shred very easily for me.) Night Before *Brown chorizo in a large pan. Once browned, remove to paper towels and set aside. (After cooled, I cut the chorizo into pea-size chunks for easier stuffing.) Drain pan leaving just a small amount (a scant tablespoon) of the grease. *Saute the chopped onions, diced jalapeno and dry rice in the saved grease. When the onions and jalapenos start to soften and the rice browns a little, add tomato paste to cook a minute or so. See CHILE PEPPERS, cont. on p.22

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First Book: Every Child a Book of their Own By Bill Eagle club Board of Directors.” Valley Bugler Columnist The club Directors loved the idea, but the reality was that the club didn’t My wife, Claudia, is a retired teachhave enough money to supply books er, and our Kiwanis Division’s Young for all the Kindergarten classes in the Children Priority One Chair. She loves entire school District. books and she loves children. “I’m not going to let a lack of money Claudia thought it would be a great stop me,” said Claudia. “I would like idea if we could make it possible for the club’s permission to do a fund all the students in a Kindergarten raiser.” class to receive a book of their very She, of course, got permission and own. She approached our Kiwanis started raising money in earnest. Club and they thought that a “First Claudia’s friend at Powell’s arranged book program” would fit in with their for her to again get some publisher “Serving the Children of the World” “samples” of games, audio books, concept. and various other gift items. She We only had a limited amount of assembled gift baskets, and held money so the club picked a kindergarvarious sales and auctions. She won ten class in one of the smallover the support of the local er grade schools. This was Senior Center, as well as a school where, on certain the School District. She also evenings, we had a monthly was able to get help from “Guest reader” read bedthe Women of the Elks and time stories to the children. the Saint Helens DaybreakThe children, along with ers Kiwanis. their parents, would bring With everyone’s help, blankets and often wear Claudia earned enough pajamas as a member of Kindergartner Brook money to purchase our club read to them. Kelley shows her new books for all of the As we read, we would book. Photo by Bill School District’s Kinderact out the stories with Eagle garten students. sound and motion. The Children gath“The Giant was Soooo big that ered, one class at a time and walked when he walked you could hear him around a book filled table. Each child go thump, thump, THUMP!” You picked up a book to take with them. could hear the thumps as the children “Is this book really for me” asked a joined us in thumping their feet. little girl “…or do I have to leave it at Claudia had specific ideas on what school?” sort of books she would give to the The teacher grinned “No, this is children. She wanted new high quality your book. You most certainly can hardbound books that would be age take it home with you.” appropriate. My wife asked a friend This is now the second year of The of hers, who was a buyer for Powell’s Kiwanis Club of Saint Helens First Book Store chain if he could help her book program. out. Her friend managed to obtain a When asked if she plans to do it number of publishers “Samples” and again, Claudia replied that she hopes all at once Claudia had enough books to see this as an ongoing program. to give out to the school children. “We need to encourage literacy and Several days after the books were a love of books at as early an age as given out, Claudia spoke with the possible.” School librarian. Claudia loves books and she loves “I’m amazed,” said the librarian. “I children and has found a way to comthought most of these children came bine her love of both. from well to do families. I was really surprised to find that many of them Bill Eagle loves letters and have never had a book of their own.” appreciates the comments of Later Claudia said to me: “I only others. Drop him a line at: wish that we could do this for all of the children in our school district,” or make an online comment at: I responded, “Let’s ask our Kiwanis

The Valley Bugler Newspaper “Newsflash!” section is free, send to: Music on the Mountain: Free concert at Johnston Ridge Observatory June 28th, July 26th and August 30th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Square Dance Club R Square D Square Dance club meets at Kelso Senior Center, 106 NW 8th Ave, Kelso, WA. 98626. Summer Schedule is every 2nd and 4th Wednesday with Plus Dancing at 7pm, Mainstream with rounds at 7:30pm. Craig Abercrombie, caller. Lonnie Sycks, Cuer Summer dances are casual, but square dance attire is always appreciated. 360-4145855 Local teen Branson Myers receives $1,000: Longview teen, Branson Myers, received the $1,000 scholarship to be applied at Central Washington University, from the Cowlitz County Deputy Sheriffs’ Benefit Association. Myers plans to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Law & Justice. Cowlitz PUD customers can now track energy usage daily: Cowlitz PUD announces it is now offering its customers a free-of-charge way to better track their electric bills. MyUse benefits Cowlitz PUD through reduced demands on staff, greater

customer satisfaction and greater energy conservation. MyUse allows PUD customers the choice to view their daily energy consumption via smartphone or computer. Register at with your PUD account number, Meter number (back of your PUD bill), and validation code. (Will come via eMail as part of registration process). Garlic Festival is coming: Mark your calendars for August 22-24th, and see our ad on p. 13! Ryderwood Fall Festival is calling for VENDORS: Save the Date: October 17th & 18th. Ryderwood’s 10th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair will expand into a full-fledged Festival that includes something for everyone! New events planned, with more in the mix, include a Quilt Show at Pioneer Hall, Live Music at the Cafe, “Cruisin’” Car show up and down the “Main Drag”. All that in addition to the Craft Fair, Door Prizes, the “nearly world famous” Bake Sale and, of course, Lunch fare in Community Hall. The Bake Sale draws a crowd from all over for its pies, cakes, breads, and other delicacies. Applications for Craft Fair Vendors are now available by contacting Norma at (360) 295-3672 or eMail:

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Had writer’s block really bad this month and just couldn’t get my column written! Some friends of mine from Castle Rock, ladies I’ve had the pleasure of studying the Bible with for quite a few years, came to my rescue today and shared some quotes about “Life in General” while we were having lunch together at Parker’s Restaurant. Enjoy! “Life is not for the faint of heart!” - Val Brazier

“Life is like a bowl of cherries sweet, tart, and you gotta watch out for the pits!” - Charlotte Hickman’s recollection of Dean Martin “Life is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you’re gonna get.” - Charlotte’s recollection of Forrest Gump. “I was gonna do it for Easter, but LIFE got in the way!”

- Juanita Means “Ain’t life GRAND?” - my Mom said this on many occasions, Marie Quinlan “Just DO it!” - Nike’s slogan. “Live life to the fullest with God as #1!” - Mardean Harriss “Every day is a gift.” - Charlie Brown’s quote recalled by Peggy Ackley. “You’re not a failure ‘til you blame someone else for your problems.” - Martin Lee’s quote recalled by Val Brazier “Choose life.” - A Bible verse recalled by Charlotte Hickman “I AM the life. - A quote from Jesus remembered by Charlotte.

And here are a few from various friends and acquaintances: “The secret of a long life is to slather everything with butter!” - Bob Schlecht, age 92. “Life and death are in the power of the tongue” - from the Bible. “Living is hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it!” - Rick Burrow “Sometimes I think breathing is over-rated... - also Rick Burrow, but probably on a different day. Have a lovely day and remember - “Life IS a gift! That’s why they call it the present!” (Paddy welcomes your feedback. email her at: or call her at 360-751-5231)

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Happy 16th Anniversary! From: 1998


Sixteen years together down the journey of life that God has set before us. Celebrating each year and wondering how it is going so fast. I think the three children and two businesses have something to do with that... ☺ Maybe it also has something to do with the fact I’ve forgotten “whose year” it is to plan. I love you! ♥ coconut

Photos at left are Publisher Michelle Myre and Web Developer Oscar Myre IV

Actual Police Trooper Statements These are actual comments made by South Carolina Troopers that were taken off their car videos: 1. “You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just went through.” 2. “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.” 3. “If you take your hands off the car, I’ll make your birth certificate a worthless document.” 4. “If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired.” 5. “Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that’s

the speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.” 6. “You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?” 7. “Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervisor?” 8. “The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?” 9. “You didn’t think we give pretty women tickets? You’re right, we don’t. Sign here.”

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By Oscar Myre IV Valley Bugler Columnist WordPress is a blogging tool, but infinitely so much more. It is a full featured CMS (Content Management System). This means that it is a tool for creating and editing Websites. If you are currently using or considering the use of WordPress, then this article is for you. 7 things to know about Wordpress: 1) One of the best BLOGS for search engine optimization One of our favorite features of WordPress is how simple it is to have optimized posts (blog articles). With little training (and follow through) you can get some great search results. For added power you can install an SEO plugin such as Yoast. 2) Wordpress is Free. It is free to download and install with no license fees. Keep in mind you will likely pay for a theme, maybe some plugins and have a professional develop your site, but WordPress itself is free. 3) SUPER Easy to Learn After as site goes live, I can train a website owner the basics of WP to maintain their site and begin blogging. Usually in a single 1 hour session. There are many resources available for WordPress Training available online as well. Want to raise the bar of your WordPress knowledge? Here is our free manual: 4) You don’t have to use a PreDesigned Template Yes, there are thousands of WP themes available for free or a small fee. It is almost daunting how many choice are out there. A professional design company can custom design a

WordPress theme that uses the power of WP with while being created specifically for your business’s unique needs. They could also convert your existing website design to Wordpress. Disclaimer: Custom or PreDesigned your theme will need to have periodic updates. 5) Keep it Up-ToDate From the WordPress dashboard (login screen) you will be made aware of available updates to Wordpress, your sites Plugins & Themes. The updates are easy to perform, the important part is that you keep on top of them. Sometimes the updates can wreak havoc with things, so be sure to check over your site after the updates are complete. 6) Backups Be sure to create or have your web host create routine backups. Stuff happens. 7) Lots of Plugins. Another great feature of WordPress is the HUGE library of plugins. Plugins are programs you can install for added functionality. Some of our favorites are used for contact forms, photo galleries, slide shows, shopping carts, SEO, testimonials, site maps, anti-spam, password protection, business directories, etc, etc. Be sure to check the reviews, as not all plugins are created equal. If you are wanting to keep your site fresh, Wordpress is a great choice! Oscar Myre IV is the Creative Director and Owner at omOriginals Marketing! a local Web Marketing firm for over fifteen years. They offer anything web related, including social media help and integration. Call (360)575-9839 or visit:

Lighter side

Harry’s Diet Harry and his friend Bill were exiting a drugstore and at the front door there was a scale. “Look, a scale,” Harry said to his friend Bill. “Let’s see how my new diet is working out.” Harry stepped on the scale. “I can’t believe it!” he said as he read the result. “I’ve been on this diet for two weeks but the scale says I’m heaver than I was before! How can that be?” Harry pondered this as he stepped off the scale, then had a thought. He took off his jacket and handed it to Bill. “Here, hold my jacket,” he said. Bill took the jacket as Harry stepped back on the scale. Not much change. “Here,” he said as he handed his purchase from the drugstore to Bill. “Hold my box of Twinkies too.”

Teaching right from wrong The teacher was trying to impress upon her pupils the importance of doing right at all times, and to bring out the answer, “Bad habits,” she inquired: “What is it that we find so easy to get into and so hard to get out of?” There was silence for a moment and then one little fellow answered. “Bed”. Harry’s going to heaven After finishing the sermon, the Pastor says, “Anyone who wants to go toHeaven, raise your hand.” All hands go up except Bill’s friend Harry. The Pastor asks, “How about you Harry? Don’t you want to go to Heaven?” Harry: “Oh, but I do. I just thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”

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sulted from various bribes. Her mother offered to pay her $5 each for learning Woodland resident Petey Fleis- to play various difficult pieces. Today, Petey plays piano for Saint chmann grew up with music. She Philips Catholic Church may have daydreamed in Woodland and someabout singing in grand times at St. Joseph’s auditoriums, but never Catholic in Kalama. expected to one day Music fills her soul, and sing in New York City she’s likely to burst into at the renowned Carsong at any social gathnegie Hall. On June 8, ering. Petey sang her heart At Carnegie Hall, out in Carnegie Hall with Above: Petey Fleischmann VUSAS performed 53 other members of the and Conductor Jefferson the piece, ‘The World Vancouver USA Sing- Johnson. Photo by Bob Beloved: A Bluegrass ers (VUSAS), including Fleischmann Mass’ by Carol Barnett. Woodland residents: The group was acLinda Morris, Paula Wilson, Deana companied by Grammy-award-nomHastings and Keri Moss. She flew to inated bluegrass band ‘Dailey and New York with her husband and best Vincent’. Jefferson Johnson was the supporter, Bob Fleischmann. Distinguished Concerts International Petey grew up in a musical fam(DCINY) Debut Conductor. ily. Her grandfather was the main Five years ago, Petey saw an ad in music maker, and her mother played The Reflector for VUSAS. She audithe piano by ear. When Petey was 3 tioned and has been singing with the years old, she and her sisters sang group ever since. Carnegie Hall, what and their mother cut records of their a way to celebrate VUSA’s 50th year! performances. The family owned a Jana Hart directs VUSAS. record player with a heavy arm to cut The visit to New York included three the groove into the record while the exhausting half-day rehearsals, one at children sang into the microphone. a church, one at a hotel and one in the The children went on to be the stars of concert hall. “The production staff was local music programs. so organized,” said Petey. “There was At 12 years old, Petey asked a piano amazing direction.” teacher if she could trade house cleanPetey described performing at Caring for piano lessons. Later, she sang negie Hall as “beyond belief” and in the high school choir and the church “magnificent,” realizing she stood choir. Part of her music education reon the same stage where so many music greats have performed. “And the grandeur of Carnegie Hall was beyond belief, magnificent,” she raved. She described the ornate beauty and craftsmanship of the old theater, where no expense was spared. “It was a privilege to sing, to do our best, and at the end of our performance, the acoustics allowed the sound to fill the house,” she said. www.Carnegie Pat Nelson, writer and editor, is co-creator of three humorous and sometimes edgy anthologies: ‘Not Your Mother’s Book: On Being a Parent’ (available at www.Amazon. com and wherever books are sold); On Being a Grandparent; and On Working for a Living.

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KIWANIS CLUBS focus their community service hours to the welfare of children.

CATHLAMET 1st Tues. 6 p.m. at the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church; 3rd Tues. at Sugar Lillies at noon. CHEHALIS - Thursday 12 p.m. at “The Restaurant” in Sunbirds. CLATSKANIE - 1st & 3rd & 5th Tues 6 p.m. at Fultano’s; 2nd & 4th Tues 12 p.m. Colvin’s. KELSO - Thurs. noon at 3 Rivers Mall, Comm. Room. LONGVIEW - Thursdays. noon at JT’s. SCAPPOOSE- 1st & 3rd Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Windemere Real Estate Office) ST. HELENS - Thurs. noon at the Elks Lodge (350 Belton Rd, St Helens). ST. HELENS DAYBREAKERS - Tues 7 a.m. at Warren Country Inn, Last Tues 6pm Columbia Soil and Water District Office AMERICAN LEGION GLEN HOYER POST 175 meets in Castle Rock every 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. For info call 423.9542. The LADIES AUXILIARY to Glen Hoyer Post #175 of the American Legion meets first Thursdays. For info call 423-9542. AMERICAN LEGION GUY RATHBUN Post #25 meets the 2nd Thurs. of the month at 7 p.m @ Kelso Eagles For info Kandi 423.2504 BUFORD ROCKAFELLOW POST 101, The American Legion, and Auxiliary meets the 2nd Friday of each month at the Winlock Community Building. Potluck 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.. For info Post Commander Wendy Carolan 360-785-0929 or Adjutant Phil Carolan at (360) 785-0929. The FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION (FRA), an organization of Naval Service Veterans, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. Lower Columbia Branch 363 meets 6:30 p.m., 2nd Friday, each month at the Longview VFW building, 4311 Ocean Beach Highway. For more information contact: Ray Hegr at (360) 425-6981 or E-mail at fra363@yahoo. com. FLEET RESERVE AUXILIARY #363 meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the VFW Hall, 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. A potluck at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting at 7:30 p.m. All people who have active, retired, or reserve status family members who are now serving or have served with the US Navy, Marines or Coast Guard are welcome. Info 425.4688. KELSO-LONGVIEW ELKS LODGE #1482 meets Thurs at 7:30 p.m. for our members only. Dinner is served before Lodge at 5:30 p.m. Lunches are served Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. One of our many projects is to serve the youth of the communities. 900 Ash St., Kelso. 360.425.1482. TOUTLE VALLEY VFW POST & AUXILIARY #10882 meets the 1st Tuesday @ 7 p.m. at their Post Home, 101 Hansen Road in Toutle. For more information, contact John at 274.4350 or Nikki at 274.5263. TOLEDO VFW 3429, Reg. Meeting 1st Monday, Potluck at noon, meeting at 1 p.m. COWLITZ VALLEY VFW POST 1045, Tues. Bingo @ 6 p.m., 5 p.m. dinner; Auxilary mtngs at 11 a.m. every 2nd Wednesday. Breakfast for veterans served 1st Sat. of each month $6 each from 9 - 11 a.m. The COWLITZ VALLEY VFW LADIES AUXILIARY POST #1045 meets the 2nd Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall located at 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. For info or questions please call Ruby at (360) 577-0414 or Jeannette at (360) 414-4053. WOODLAND VFW POST 1927, 434 Davidson St, Woodland. BINGO every Tues. Doors open at 6:00p.m. Games begin at 6:30pm. Snacks & Soda avail. COWLITZ PRAIRIE GRANGE #737 meets 2nd Wednesdays 6:30pm potluck, 4th Wednesdays 7:30pm dessert. 5180 Jackson Hwy, Toledo, WA 864-2023 SUNNYSIDE GRANGE #129 meets the 2nd & 4th Saturdays. 6:30 for potluck, 7:30 meeting. Call 274.6013 for information & rental hall. SILVER LAKE GRANGE 2nd and 4th Thurs. Potluck 6:30, meeting at 7:30 p.m. Info & rental 274-7649. CATLIN GRANGE #199 2nd & 4th Fri. 6:30 p.m. Potluck dinner 2nd Friday. 7:30 meetings. More info: 425.2973. PLEASANT HILL GRANGE # 101 2nd & 4th Mon. 6:30 p.m. Potluck, meeting @ 7:15 p.m. Community Service group. Info & rentals call 425-6101 Junior Grange meets 1st & 3rd Mondays 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. CASTLE ROCK WOMANS CLUB meets every 2nd Monday at 1 p.m. 206 W. Cowlitz Street. Business meeting & program. Public iinvited. Info: 274.8149. THE PYTHIAN CASTLE 24 holds their meetings every 2nd and 4th Thursday @ 1 p.m. at the Castle Rock Womens Club, 206 Cowlitz St. West, Castle Rock.

THE CASTLE ROCK LIONS CLUB meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at Hattie’s Restaurant @ 5:45 p.m. The club sponsors newspaper recycling. LONGVIEW MONTICELLO LIONS meets 6:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Mondays, dinner and speaker at The Carriage Restaurant on 12th LONGVIEW EARLY BIRD LIONS meets at The Carriage Restaurant on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6:45 a.m. THE VADER LIONS CLUB meets the 1st Thursday @ 6 p.m. and the 3rd Thursday @ 7 p.m. at the club’s building on Hwy 506 in Vader for a potluck dinner and meeting. Info: 295-3087 or 295-3801. KALAMA LIONS CLUB - LONGVIEW PIONEER LIONS CLUB meets every Tuesday at noon at the Cowlitz Regional Expo & Conference Center. Provide humanitarian service to the citizens of the area, visitors are welcome. WINLOCK LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 12 p.m. at Guadalajara Restaurant, off SR 505. Visitors welcome. Call 7853744 info KELSO LIONS CLUB meets 1st & 3rd Monday @ 6:30 p.m. in Longview Kelso Kels Building. Call Richard (360)425-5876 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 meets 2nd Tues. @ 1pm, & 4th Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. 1520 Rose Valley Road, Kelso. Info: Becky 575-3977 or Debbie 414-9627 COWLITZ COUNTY VETERANS ASSOC. meets the second Friday of each month. CALL 577-6757 for locations. LONGVIEW REBEKAH LODGE NO. 305 Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month at the IOOF Hall, corner of Pacific and Pine, Kelso, 1 p.m.. Info: 1-866725-3507 CASTLE ROCK EAGLES, celebrating their 100th birthday, meets at the Eagles Aerie on Huntington Ave. @ 8 p.m. every 2nd & 4th Tuesday for the Aerie & Auxiliary. KELSO EAGLES meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Aux., Aerie meets at 8 p.m. Initiation 3rd Tuesday. BINGO MonWed-Fri @ 6:30 p.m. Special Charity BINGO Monday 12 - 3 p.m. Call 425-8330 for info. CASTLE ROCK FREEMASONS 3rd Mon @ 7:30 p.m. at Lodge located on SW First Ave DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, MaryRichardson Walker Chapter. rootsweb. FRIENDS OF CASTLE ROCK LIBRARY, 1st Mondays from 10 - 11 a.m., Library 137 Cowlitz St. West in Castle Rock WORSHIP & RECOVERY meeting, Sunday @ 1 p.m., refreshments. Positive faith group meeting. 1260 12th Ave., LV S.C.O.R.E. - Free counseling & guidance for small businesses by the nation-wide of S.C.O.R.E., Kelso/ Longview Chamber of Commerce, 1563 Olympia Way, Longview, WA. DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS: 1st Fri of the month at 1 p.m. @ 1639 10th Ave. 577-5890, and Auxiliary meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 11 a.m. 423-3125 MT. ST. HELENS CLUB - meets 2x week to hike on a rural trail in SW Washington &/or NW Oregon.  Location and info: or 360- 673-2799 NATIONAL ASSOC. OF ACTIVE & RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES Longview - Kelso Chapter 1070, meet the 1st Wednesday @ 11:30 a.m. at the Monticello Hotel, Longview. Info: 423.6032. LOWER COLUMBIA WOODCARVERS Tues 5 - 7 p.m. Brook Hollow Rec. Center & Thurs. @ LV Senior Center 1 - 4 p.m . 274-3175 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 2nd & 4th Tues. 6 p.m. potluck, meeting 7:00. Info: 423-6952, Rentals 423-8270, or 560-5140. LONGVIEW BORDER CROSSINGS Volks walking meet on 2nd Tuesdays at St. John’s Hospital, Longview, @ 6:30 p.m. Cafeteria Sam Korff 503-728-0400 KELSO ROTARY Meets Thursdays at 12 p.m. Lunch available to purchase. Kelso Longview Elks Lodge Call 414-5406 for more information ALTRUSA of Longview/Kelso meets Thursdays from 12 - 1 p.m.. 1st - Board; 2nd - Business; 3rd - Committee; 4th - Program; Lunch served for $5 at all meetings except Board. Meet at Altrusa room at CAP. THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM Christian Intervention program for the chemically dependent, meets Wednesday 6 p.m. at Landmark United Pentecostal, 4333 Ocean Beach Hwy, 360-636-0580 LONGVIEW GARDEN CLUB meets at 10 a.m. the 4th Thurs. Jan. - November; Sept. - Oct. Due to holidays, Nov. & Dec. meetings are on the 3rd Thurs. Most mtngs Grace Lutheran Church in Longview. Info: 425-0755 COWLITZ BEE ASSOCIATION meets the 3rd Thursday each month @ WSU Extension Office, 7 p.m.

Abernathy Assembly of God 702 Abernathy Creek Rd. Longview Phone: 360-636-1620 Website: Sunday Service 10:45 AM Apostolic Lutheran Church 248 Cowlitz St. W., Castle Rock Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Church at 11 a.m. Information Dave Kandoll 295-3461 Baha’i Faith Vader 360-751-3181 Centralia 360-807- 4313 Packwood 360-494-4767 Longview 360-423-4105 Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church 2900 Parkview Drive, Longview Office: (360)577-8240 Pastor Shelley Willem Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Castle Rock Christian Church 542 Huntington Ave. S, Castle R. Sunday school – 9 am (all ages) Sunday Worship – 10 am Dr. John Leffler, Senior Pastor 6th-12th Gr. youth Wed, 6-7:30 pm 360-274-6771 M-F, 9:30a -1:30pm Call for home groups/studies Grace and Truth City Church 525 Third Ave SW – Castle Rock Pastor David Beer Worship 10:15am, 749-2289 Grace Bible Fellowship 300 S.10th Ave, Kelso Worship: Sunday 11:00am Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (360)423-4035

Rose Valley Friends Church 1437 Rose Valley Rd. Kelso 360-425-3222 Church Office 9:30am Sunday School Hour for all 10:45am Worship Service 5:00pm - 7:00pm Valley Youth Group 6-8pm Wednesday-JValley Youth 6-8pm -Sunday-JValley Youth Ryderwood Community Church,

315 Jackson St. PO Box 161, Ryderwood, Pastor Bill Bowlby, 360-295-3962 Service Opportunities 11 am Sunday

Grace United Methodist Church, Vader, 295.3402 Rev. Steven A. Caskey, pastor Sunday worshipndservice – 12:15 p.m. Potluck every 2 Sunday Quilting on Mondays & Thursdays

St. Mary Catholic Church 120 Powell Rd., Castle Rock 274.7404 W & Th Daily Mass 8:30A Sunday Mass 8:30A

House of Prayer for All Nations 868 9th ave. Longview, WA Sunday School 9:45 AM Morning Service 11:15 AM Evening Service 6 PM

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 412 Pioneer Ave., Box 1467 Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. Sunday - 274.9393

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church 2200 Allen Street, Kelso (360) 423-3650 M & F Daily Mass 12:15 PM Sat Vigil Mass 5:30 PM Sunday Mass 10:30 AM

St. Paul Lutheran Church 312 First Ave. SW, PO Box 847, Castle Rock 274.6604 Worship Service: 9a.m. & 11 a.m. SundayE40! (education) @ 10:10 a.m. Wed: 5th & 6th grade Youth Group - 6 p.m. Wed: 7th-12th gr Youth, 7:30pm Pastor Bob Sinclair

Kalama Baptist Church, Pastor Wes Eader 112 Vincent Rd, Kalama WA - Sunday School Castle Rock Church of the Nazarene 9:45am - Worship 456 Pioneer Ave. NE, Castle Rock 11:00am Sunday School classes 9:30 a.m. Call 673-5570 Worship Celebration 10:45 a.m. Evening church service 6:30 p.m. Women’s Bible study Th 10:30am Kelso First United Methodist Church Rev. Reo McBride, 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso Pastor - 274.6546 Contemporary Service 9:00 am Sunday School 9:20 am Traditional Service 11:00 am Castle Rock First Baptist Church Wed: Children (Grade 1-12) 5:30-7 pm 211 Front Ave. NW, Castle Rock Pastor Vonda McFadden Pastor Joel Royce 274-4113 Sun Bible Study all ages: 9:45am 360-423-7480 Worship 11a.m. Tues. Adult Bible Study 1:30pm Lexington Bible Fellowship 98 Garden Street, Kelso (Lexington) Castle Rock United Methodist Sunday school @ 9:45am 241 First Street, Castle Rock Sunday worship @ 11am Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Pastor Jerry Hancuff Worship 10:55 a.m. Sunday Youth Group: Sundays 2 p.m. Rev. Pam Brokaw - 274.4252 Life Center Corner of Rock & Pine in Centralia Sundays at 10:30am or Central Christian Church Oyler Rd & Hwy 12 in Ethel 401 Crawford St., Kelso Sundays Worship -11am (Sunday school 9:00am 360-736-5898 9:30am) Wednesdays @ 6pm (Youth @ 6:45 Bible Studies - many available Russ Tevis, Minister Living Hope Church 360-425-3420 Church Office 2711 NW Andreson, Vancouver 11:00am Sundays Pastor Dean Jenks (360)944-3905 Church of Christ 300 St. Helen’s St., Toledo, Wa Longview Church of the Nazarene Sunday Bible Class 10 a.m. Sunday Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. 814 - 15th Ave, Longview Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Bible Class 11 a.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Thurs at 6 p.m 360-577-1100 John Gadberry, Minister 360-274-8570 Longview Community Church, 2323 Washington Way - Longview Emmanuel Lutheran Church service Sunday 2218 E. Kessler Blvd. - Longview Worship Contemporary Service 8:45 a.m. Sunday Worship - 8:30am Traditional Service 11 a.m. Sunday “Celebration” - 11 a.m. Pastor John Williams 423.6380 Thursday Worship - 6:30 p.m. Child care available at all services Pastor David Martin, Senior Pastor Longview Presbyterian Church Church office - 360-423-3250 3808 Pennsylvania St., Longview Worship and Children’s Class: Sun. 10am Faith Fellowship Lutheran Brethren; Child care provided Pastor Meghan Davis (360)577-8951 Church 210 Fishers Lane, Kelso Pastor Chris Leingang Worship at 10:00am New and Living Way Church 951 Delaware St., Longview Church Office (360) 425-4390 Sundays 10am & 6pm Wednesdays 7pm Fathers House Church 703-3340 1315 Commerce Ave Downtown Longview Oak Point Community Church Worship Sundays: 445 Oakpoint Rd, Longview 9am, 10:30am Pastor Chuck Tilton 423-7826 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Thursday Bible Study 7 p.m. Fireside Fellowship Pastor Doug McMurray; 360-577-6037 271 Atmore Road, Toutle Worship Sunday 10:00 a.m. The Rock Meeting at 1955 Huntington Ave S, Castle Rock First Christian Church Worship 10 a.m. every Sunday (Disciples of Christ) Wednesday @ 7pm Service 2000 East Kessler Blv - Longview Pastors Jerry & Angie Hughes 360.425.4220 274.7480 Rev. Eric Atcheson

St. Rose Catholic Church 2571 Nichols Blvd Longview, WA 360-425-4660 The Salvation Army Church 1639 10th Ave, Longview Sunday School @ 9:45am Holiness Meeting @ 11:00am 360-423-3992 St. Stephens Episcopal 1428 - 22nd, Longview WA Office: (360)423-5600 Sunday Worship: 8:00am & 10:00am Seventh Day Adventist Church 7531 Old Pacific Hwy -Castle Rock Worship 11 a.m. Saturday Pastor Ben Moore 274.6090 Seventh Day Adventist Church Journey Church 77 Solomon Road, Kelso WA Office: (360)423-7344 Saturday Worship: 11:05am Pastor Marcia Stone Stella Lutheran Chapel P.O. Box 546, 124 Sherman Road, Longview Pastor Carol Plummer Sunday Worship 10:00 am Children’s Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Office (360) 423-3795 (Wed. Only) Toutle Christian Fellowship 5067 Spirit Lake Hwy – Toutle Worship Service Sunday 9 a.m. Childcare provided Pastor Denny Martinez (360)274-6305 Vader Assembly of God Church 302 - 6th St., Vader, WA (360)295-3756 Pastor Tracy Durham Sunday Worship: 10:30am & 6:00pm Sunday Youth Group: 6:00pm Wed. Adult Bible Study & Kidz Church: 7p.m. If you would like to have your church updated or added to our directory, please email

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By Ray Miles Valley Bugler Columnist This month I thought I would expound on following the factory maintenance manual for suggested service and fluid changes. At my shop, we see so many vehicles towed in for reasons that could very easily have been prevented had the owner just followed maintenance procedures. What I believe is the underlying cause is people think that servicing a vehicle is expensive. This thinking is absolutely backwards, as service work is really quite inexpensive, whereas, what I call “catastrophic repair” is REALLY expensive! As an example, let’s use timing belt replacement. Yes, it can cost as much as $500 or more because generally a water pump is done at the same time along with seals as well, if they are leaking. However, if the belt breaks or skips a few teeth, the outcome can be multiple bent valves and sometimes worse. All of this translates into BIG bucks. Another example is a simple tune up. Even though gas engines no longer use points and condensers, they now have crank position sensors, cam

phasers, and any number of electronic devices that often times need to be replaced and/or verified that they are performing their duties with precision. All of this takes time, and as in any profession, time is money. On top of that, some of the newer engines use spark plugs that have a tendency to break off in the head when they are left in too long. This really gets expensive as well! Manufacturers want to sell you a new car every 100k and often the maintenance intervals are also 100k. Add to that a 100k warranty and you can see why they want you to not do anything during this time. If you really want to purchase a new car every 100k, then by all means do the least you have to do. However, since almost all new vehicles have the ability to last 2, 3, or 400k miles with just a bit more care, it only makes sense to have various services performed on a slightly more regular basis. Examples are fluid services such as the transmission or transaxle. We have found that if transmission fluid is flushed and filter changed around the 30 to 40k mark that the component lasts significantly longer. The same for the engine; some schedules call for 8 to 10 thousand miles between services. Granted, the fluids of today are far superior to fluids of the past, but no matter how good the fluid is, combustion by-products such as carbon, acids, and moisture still find their way into the sump. The only way to remove these contaminants is to flush the oil and replace the filter. The bottom line is your vehicle is a major investment, often times second only to your home. It only makes sense to take care of and pamper your car with the love that it needs to provide you with a reliable vehicle for the longest time possible. People in business measure everything by ROI (return on investment) and your daily transportation should be no different. The longer you own your vehicle and the more miles you are able to drive it before its end of life, the less it costs you per mile driven. Absolutely a win-win situation. Happy Motoring, Ray Ray Miles is the owner of R & R Motors in Castle Rock, WA. After taking a hiatus from writing, he has come back to the paper again!

*Add broth and stir. *Return the chorizo to the rice mixture. Keep adding broth and stirring as the rice soaks it up. (Start with double the amount of broth as rice. I think I needed a lot more because of the tomato powder rehydrating.) *Add bloody mary mix, salt, and tomato sauce to taste and texture. The mix adds a little spice and the sauce adds more tomato flavor. The salt all depends on your taste. I don’t add any salt to my broth or tomato paste, so I needed some. (This probably took 30 minutes-1 hour cooking on low before I was happy with the flavors.) Once taste and texture are to you liking, let cool and refrigerate overnight. This allows the flavors to really blend and makes it easier to work with for stuffing the peppers. Day 2 *Turn broiler on High to preheat. *Line shallow baking pan with foil. *Cut a slit in the Anaheim peppers from just below the stem to just before the tip. You want to create a pocket to remove the seeds and membranes after broiling, but keep the pepper from falling apart. *Lightly toss the peppers with olive oil and put in the oven about 4” from the broiler. Keep an eye and turn them as they blister/blacken. (My experience is that you don’t want the peppers to cook until soft, just until the skins blister/blacken for easy peeling.)

*Remove from heat and cool enough to handle. Carefully peel the peppers and remove the seeds and membranes. (I found that using a silicone scraper/spatula worked great.) *Once the peppers are clean, line them up in a pan lightly greased pan. A 13x9 pan fit 8 peppers. (I used a foil pan to be able to reheat on a grill.) *Carefully stuff with the rice mixture from last night. (I found that by molding the mixture in my hands into long, skinny rolls and stuffing by hand molding the pepper around the filling made it easier.) Be sure not to overstuff. (I had a lot of rice leftover and it makes a great side dish or find something else to stuff for another meal.) *Once they are all stuffed, cover with the cheese and broil until heated through and the cheese is browned and melted. (I put the pan on the 2nd to bottom rack in the oven with the broiler set on low.) I’ve been busy in the garden lately, so I haven’t created too many recipes. I really hope to get back to international cuisines soon. So, until we meet up in August...PEACE!

RV cook extraordinaire.. proving to the world that RV food can be gourmet. Mad blogger and facebooker by day, full-time RVer, wife and mom to 2 dogs & 2 cats at night, from her RV galley in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens!

Mother Son Outdoor Adventure August 2 • lake sacajawea

12th Annual Mother and Son Outdoor adventure is open to mothers and sons of all ages and activity levels. Fun includes rock wall, archery, obstacle course, catapult, fishing, kayaking, pellet shooting range, photo booth, canoeing and more! Each son will receive a special gift,

and light lunch is provided. Pre-Registration is $8.50 per person or $11.00 on the day of the Event. Martin’s Dock at Lake Sacajawea Park in Longview, WA. Register online or at Parks & Rec: 2920 Douglas, Longview WA. Or by phone: 442-5400.

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An Old Dog, Squirrel and a Panther One day an old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he’s lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch. The old German Shepherd thinks, ‘Oh, oh! I’m in deep doo-doo now!’ Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly, ‘Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?’ Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. ‘Whew!’ says the panther, ‘That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!’ Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther.

So, off he goes. The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther. The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, ‘Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!’ Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, ‘What am I going to do now?’, but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says... ‘Where’s that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!’ Moral of this story... Don’t mess with the old dogs... Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery! And, BS and brilliance only come with age and experience.

‘The only reason a great many American families don’t own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.’ ~Mad Magazine

Adorable Adoptees Corner ‘Red’ ‘Trisket & Cricket’

These two sisters were adopted 6 years ago, as tiny 8 week old kittens. They’ve had a wonderful loving life, the center of attention for their elderly guardians. Now, tragically, their life has been turned upside down, with the death of one of their elderly owners, and the remaining one going into Assisted Living. Trisket and Cricket are two of the most outgoing, friendly cats we’ve seen in a long time. When this photographer visited the home to get photos, the cats came running out to greet the visitor, inspecting the camera bag, and giving kisses. They just want attention. They’re used to being loved on and held. They are sweet, loving cats, and we really want to adopt them together. They are so bonded, they sleep snuggled up together. Both are spayed, current on their vaccinations, and microchipped. These two would be a great addition to any household. Contact: For questions and adoption info

This dog is named Red and she is a dog waiting to be molded into the dog you have always wanted. She came in here with hardly any human contact and she is learning to trust people. She is learning to walk on a leash and is waiting a for more after you get done with her. If a project is what you want come pick Red and spend some time with her. You have to ask to see her at the Humane Society as she is shy.Come by and visit her, and her other canine friends here at the Humane Society of Cowlitz County. Call (360)577-0151


Gloria is #142170 and she is a sweetheart and loves to come running for your affection and attention. Come by and visit her, and her other cat friends here at the Humane Society of Cowlitz County. Call (360)577-0151

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July Edition of the Valley Bugler Newspaper  

July is FULL of Funtastic Things to do. Fairs, Festivals & Fun. Oh MY!

July Edition of the Valley Bugler Newspaper  

July is FULL of Funtastic Things to do. Fairs, Festivals & Fun. Oh MY!