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From the Editor’s Desk

June! The month during the year that not only celebrates Dads and Graduates, but the most popular month to get hitched! Happy Anniversary to my dear parents, Tom and Toni - who are celebrating their 45th year together by visiting Niagra Falls. No, they won’t be attempting to go over in a barrel, although I heard they will be taking a boat ride under the falls. ‘Tis the season of boat rides, outdoor adventures and fun festivals for everyone. As I was working on getting this issue together, the sheer number of events and activities happening in June is amazing. I’m sure that I didn’t manage to catch all of them, but by golly, I think we got pretty darn close! ☺ My toes dance in anticipation of all the music and fun that comes along with summer. SUMMER! I just want to say it over and over again. So I will. SUMMER! SUMMER! The time of year where we can finally turn off (hopefully) our thermostats and those of you who are blessed to have air conditioning can maybe hope to use it a few times! While I am sweating it up one hot evening, don’t even think about complaining about having to turn on your air conditioning. Don’t even. Simply smile and think of me sweltering while you enjoy blissful cool air. Perhaps it’s time to call my client, Chehalis Sheet Metal (the ad is right below) and get hooked up with some

air conditioning. Of course, the house we’re in right now isn’t ours, so that may be out of the question. For now. Even just writing about Summer makes me happy. What comes to your mind when you hear the word? Do you start drooling in anticipation of Backyard BBQ’s or do images of tall lemonade glasses pop in front of your eyes? Me too. Some would say I was obsessed. Obsessed with a season? No, probably obsessed with the warmth of the season and the joys that affords us all during this time of the year. The fact that I can wear my flip flops and not have to wear socks until late September is a THRILLING proposition to my soul. Here in the Northwest, when the weather warms up, everything starts happening. I guess that’s why we have everything from Themed Fun Runs to Music Festivals launching up this month. Perhaps it is this time of the year that we can blame our population growth. It is my hypothesis that people visiting the Northwest during these gorgeous months get “Northwest-itis”. Meaning it sticks in their bones and turns them into a person who wants to move and live here. Forget the dreary 8 month period between October - May, and the consistent rainfall and gray drizzle... They simply won’t listen when they catch “Northwest-itis”. It strikes hot when the sun is shining and our blue skies are the perfect haven for gazing while enjoying either leisurely or

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EMAIL: EDITOR@VALLEYBUGLER.COM fast paced outdoor activities in a mildly warm climate. With low humidity. All within reach. Climb a mountain? Sure! Surf the coast? Sure! Relax on your porch? Sure! Fish in the river? Sure! Canoe in a lake? Sure! Have a backyard BBQ? Sure! Golfing Anyone? Sure! Go to outdoor performance? Sure! Watch a meteor shower? Sure! Go to the Zoo? Sure! Jet-ski and Boating? Sure! The list simply goes on and on and on with the wonderful things that happen around the Northwest

during this time of the year. But shhhhhhhhh. You didn’t hear it from me. If you’re visiting our beautiful area, I wouldn’t want you to catch the dreaded “Northwest-itis” and move here for good... Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor Happy Father’s Day, Poppy! Golfing fun in Eagle Crest, Oregon. I love you and our golfing time together! ♥


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BEACH TO CHOWDER RUN/WALK Sat. June 14th • Long Beach, WA

This years “Beach to Chowder” 5K and 10K Run/Walk is expected to draw even more entries for fungoers at the Long Beach Peninsula. Just a short drive down Ocean Beach Hwy on State Route 4, or over on the Oregon side, take Hwy 30 - Long Beach is within easy access from I-5 corridor. Touted as the world’s longest beach, you can’t miss it. The race features meandering ocean view routes on beach and over dunes, with walkers, strollers and dogs allowed on the 5K course! All registered participants receive a free ticket to the chowder lunch, and complimentary drink refreshments at the finish line. Non-registered friends and family may purchase a delicious Chowder Feed Lunch Ticket for only $5.00. Notable as the best coastal course in the Northwest, the Beach to Chowder Run & Walk will take place on Saturday, June 14, 2014 starting and finishing at the arch at Bolstad on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. Fun, family friendly and casually competitive 5K and 10K events. Please note: Online registration closes at Midnight on June 12th. The 5K and 10K events are run on the hard pack sand, next to grassy dunes and takes in breathtaking

ocean views. Start time for the 10K is 9AM with a 9:15AM start for the relaxed 5K run/ walk (strollers permitted). The finish line is just a block from the Chowder Feed and Awards Ceremony, as well as the fun shops, ice cream stands, and restaurants of this quintessential beach town. The Chowder Feed and music begins at 10:30am at Veteran’s Field. 11:00am the Timing stops, and at 11:30am Door Prizes and Awards happen. Chowder Run awards will be given to runners finishing in the top three places for women and men in each of eight age-group divisions. Trophies will be given to the top overall male and female finishers in all three races. All finishers will receive a medal and will be entered in a drawing for prizes donated by the town’s merchants. Awards Ceremony & Chowder Feed We will be serving complimentary clam chowder to each participant beginning at 10:30am. Each particpant will have a chowder ticket in their race packet. Lunch includes soft drink or coffee. Non-entrants may purchase a ticket for only $5. For full registration and more information on the Beach to Chowder Run, please visit: Registration Fees: $20 Run/Walk without shirt. ($15 T-shirts may be available).

Children’s Auditions:

Missoula Children’s Theatre Missoula Children’s Theatre Company will be putting on auditions for children entering 1st grade in the fall to 12th grade, on Monday June 23rd @ 10am. (Be on time!) Performances of the show are Saturday, June 28th @ 3pm and again at 5:30pm. Show tickets are Adults $12, Students and Seniors $7. This is a group audition format, with no advanced preparation necessary. They ask that you bring your smile! 60 local students will be cast, and there is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast. Cast members must have a clear schedule for the entire week for rehearsals and the Saturday performances. Rehearsals are daily from 10am - 2:30pm, and auditions and rehearsals will be run by the Missoula residency directors. The Audition is free, but if your child is cast for a role, then there is a $50 tuition fee, with some partial scholarships available to those who qualify. Each year the Missoula Children’s Theatre come to our town and put on a wonderful workshop and performance featuring all of our kiddos from the local area. The experience is a valuable one for children interested in learning more about being on stage, and working with a troupe of actors and actually pulling off a production that takes the entire stage of the Columbia less than seven days! For more information, call the Theatre at (360)575-8499 or go online for registration forms: columbiatheatre. com Show Synopsis: Times are tough for modern-day

Hank and Gretchen, ‘til they find themselves deep in the wondrous Wildwood world of Hansel and Gretel. The Missoula Children’s Theatre proudly presents an original musical adaptation of the Brothers’ Grimm age-old tale of a journey, a secret and a grand adventure. Poor Hank and Gretchen! All of their friends, off to summer camp, have left them behind. And their Mom, struggling alone to make ends meet, seems to have time for nothing but work. While waiting for dinner, Hank and Gretchen fall asleep and dream their way to times gone by. They wake with a start! Their clothes are so strange – and so are their names. Lost in the deep dark woods, Granny leads Hansel and Gretel on a search for the path which will lead them to better times at home. But as evening approaches and the moon rises above the trees, Hansel and Gretel are not alone! The Rascals dart from tree to tree as sweet little Wallybirds innocently munch on the cookie crumbs left as a map on the forest floor. Crafty cooks and Gingerbread Men lead our heroes to a colorful cottage concocted completely of candy and cakes, where Hansel and Gretel unravel the secret of the Wildwood Witch: Is she bad? Or is she good? Is she wicked… Or misunderstood? There’s music and laughter and thrills and chills. So join the fun as Hansel and Gretel’s dream is mysteriously blended with real life, and the lessons of one apply to the other. You’ll learn the secret of the Wildwood --- but, shhh --- don’t tell!

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Ocean Park hosts 33rd Annual GARLIC Festival where it’s ‘chic to reek’! Remember, it’s chic to reek with this infamous bulb, beloved by many! In the land of clams, crab and oysters what are folks looking forward to in June? Garlic, and plenty of it at this FREE Festival of flavor! Saturday, June 14th 10am - 5pm Sunday, June 15th 10am - 4pm Celebrate the passion for this exalted bulb with the faithful throngs who make their annual pilgrimage to the NW Garlic Festival which is held each June in the seaside community of Ocean Park, Washington, located on the Long Beach Peninsula. This Garlic Olympics of Gastronomy is not held for the region’s Garlic growing ability. This Festival was born out of love of great, Garlic laden cuisine!

ATTRACTIONS Garlic Food & Condiments (A wide variety sure to be a treat!) Garlic Crafts (Imagination is the operative word for the variety of garlic crafts here!) LIVE ENTERTAINMENT will grace the stages during each day. Over 70 specialty food and craft vendors will offer up this supernatural powered herb, prepared and put to use in every imaginable way including some ways that go beyond. Where else could indulgence be so healthy? Don’t miss the succulent GARLIC oysters or GARLIC smothered sausages paired with a GARLIC jam. For dessert, decadent chocolate covered GARLIC or some GARLIC herbs and cheese. Be sure to stop

by to find the perfect match for your GARLIC meal. GARLIC decor is the hottest fashion trend for home and garden, find it here first! GARLIC bird houses and wind chimes, GARLIC pottery and art. Personal items such as hand made soaps of GARLIC and rosemary are particularly popular. Jewelry, hats and clothing laden with GARLIC abound. We invite you to abandon your

mouthwash and head for the coast. This is a great family event. You may just be surprised at what your children may take a liking to. Such as the Garlic ice cream or pickled garlic. Ocean Park, Washington - just north about ten miles past Long Beach, WA. You can’t miss the signs for this wonderful festival, or the town....with the festival held at Wilson Field on 258th and Sandridge Road.

The Beatles are coming to town?!

Well, in a way - yes! The Columbia Theatre in Longview is preparing for the June 8th, one night only performance. In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles is the award winning, smash hit musical biography of the Beatles as seen through the eyes of their manager Brian Epstein. In April, 2009, the multi-media production’s World Premiere opened to packed houses and critical acclaim under the name “Ticket to Ride Musical.” The musical earned the prestigious Roar of the Crowd award, making it the highest rated production by audiences in Southern California for the week of April 26, 2009. The show was rated higher than Ain’t Misbehavin at the Ahmanson Theatre, Dirty Dancing at the Pantages Theatre and the national tour of Hairspray. This family friendly musical tale is widely considered by industry insiders to be the most unique Beatles show in decades. Four premier Beatles tribute musicians have been cast to portray the Fab Four in In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles Music. With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, and precise attention to every detail, they recreate the magic, music, wit and charm of the Beatles, including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter be-

tween songs. With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world. Abbey Road recreates the magic, music, wit and charm of the Beatles, including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter between songs. Three costume changes cover the full range of the Beatle experience and beyond, with authentic early black Beatle suits, Sgt. Pepper’s regalia and Abbey Road attire. Hear the piccolo trumpet solo on Penny Lane and the full orchestration of A Day in the Life. Relive the emotional intensity of Paul’s moving Yesterday solo, as well as the high energy of stadium songs like Twist and Shout and other Beatle hits. More than just a Beatles tribute concert, In My Life gives the audience a chance to “be there” at pivotal moments in the extraordinary career of the Beatles – from Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, to the Ed Sullivan Show, Shea Stadium’s 50,000 + screaming fans and their final live performance on the rooftop of their Apple Corp offices. With manager Brian Epstein serving as Narrator, In My Life allows the audience to get a glimpse inside the world of the Beatles from their point of view, as well as hear some of the greatest songs ever written. In My Life takes the audience back to February 1964, when Americans saw the Beatles for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show, playing I Want to Hold Your Hand. Progressing through their various musical stages, the audience re-experiences the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the creation of the haunting Yesterday and the raucous rock and roll of Revolution. The show headlined the Beatles Festival 2010. Transport yourself back in time, let your hair down a little, and get ready to experience one of the greatest Classic Rock’s icons The Beatles, in the musical, In My Life. Purchase Tickets early for best available seating. Call the Box Office at (360)575-8499 or online:

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22nd Annual Bow-Tie Bash June kicks off summer fun Be sure to hang onto this issue of The Valley Bugler, full of all the upcoming Festivals and Community Events for the month of June! 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 June 5 Thirteen Nights on the River in Columbia View Park in St. Helens. Every Thursday through Aug. 28. June 7 Annual International Festival at the Cowlitz County Expo Center in Longview. Celebrate our community’s diversity through multicultural performances and no cost children’s activities. Browse “world market” vendors, ethnic food booths and community resources information tables. Admission is FREE. 360-751-4427 June 14 Waikiki Beach Concert Series at Cape Disappointment State Park. Free concerts every other Saturday through Aug. 23. 360-642-3029 June 13-29 Annual Astoria Festival of Music. In one short decade the Astoria Music Festival has become one of the most active summer musical events in the Northwest. There’s something for every taste and pocketbook this summer, from Verdi’s La Traviata, Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Symphonic Masterworks, to free “Classics 4 Kids,”

intimate Chamber Music and informal Happy Hours. It’s a feast for the senses. June 14-15 Annual Northwest Garlic Festival in Ocean Park. See feature article on page 4. June 19-22 Woodland Planter’s Days with parade, rides, frog-jumping contest and classic car show. See feature article on p.9 June 20-22 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Clatsop County Fairgrounds. The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival has been a tradition on the North Coast of Oregon for over forty years. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain . Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods. June 21 Annual Kiwanis Parade in St. Helens. Everyone is invited to share in the parade experience. The parade begins at Hwy 30 & Columbia Blvd and continues into Olde Town St. Helens. June 27-28 Winlock Egg Days in Winlock, WA. Visit historic Winlock, home of the World’s Largest Egg! Once home to a handful of booming industries, Egg Days celebrates days gone by with a car show, parade, and many additional events over the weekend. It’s family fun for all. Winlock Egg Day on Facebook. June 28 Heritage Days Cruise Car Show at Clatskanie City Park. (Clatskanie, Oregon). Pancake breakfast @ the American Legion Hall 7am-10am. Special trophies voted by participants include: Ladies Choice, Gents Choice, Best Host Car and Best Paint. If you’re a car buff, or just enjoy the car show atmosphere, be sure to visit Clatskanie during the 28th.

JULY 5TH, 2014

Each year on the first Saturday in July, we host a car show! This year, it’s on July 5th from 9am - 3pm on Commerce Ave in Downtown Longview. Admission is FREE to enjoy over 300+ show cars, and show is open to All American Made and / or American Muscle Powered vehicles.

Registration day of Show begins at 9:00am. • Pre-registration: $15/car until June 21. • After June 21 the fee is $20/car “Best of Show” award & Sponsor Awards, Dash Plaques, Music, 50/50 Split and Raffle Prizes ensure a fun time for everyone. All monies raised are donated to local charities. Columbia River Corvettes is a non-profit organiza-

tion located in the Longview/Kelso area. Since the first show in 1993, Columbia River Corvettes has donated over $60,000 to local chari-

ties. They have included United Way of Cowlitz County, Neighbors in Need, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Hospice, Community House, Children’s Community Resources, Corvettes Conquer Cancer, Backpack Buddies, Relay for Life, and so much more! The group also provides LCC Automotive Scholarships. Be sure to wear your sunscreen and grab your camera for this family friendly and fun car show the first Saturday in July, on July 5th! For more information and Registration Info: Gary (360-430-7232) Randy (360-578-2563) (See ad same page)

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I TOPPED THE ROCK FAMILY FEST 5K Run/Walk Have you climbed ‘The Rock?’ Saturday June 21st - Join your family, friends and neighbors for a Race/ Walk, Raffle Items, Kids Field events with bouncy houses, live musical entertainment and awards. Citizens of Castle Rock and surrounding communities in Cowlitz County, are banding together again this year for the annual community fundraising event of “I Topped the Rock” to benefit The Castle Rock PTO. All net proceeds benefit the PTO, and will go towards purchasing new lockers for the high school. Long overdue, the current lockers are literally on their last legs with many years of use at the hands of our teenagers. The primary event is going to be the gathering at the Middle School where everyone will embark on a 5k walk and/or run along the beautiful Cowlitz River. The course will progress down the Riverfront Trail to “The Rock”---yes, THE actual “Castle Rock”—where participants will take the trail to the “Top of the Rock” and receive a green bracelet of accomplishment by event Sponsor, Fibre Federal Credit Union, namely entitled “I Topped the Rock”! Easy??….no! Fun??…yes! Rewarding??….Absolutely!! Participants will then weave their way back to the middle school for entertainment and kids field events and bouncy play houses.

This year, Committee Chairperson Melody Kranz is excited about the new element of Costumes and medals awarded

for Best Dressed. “We hope to see some fantastic outfits and lots of spirit!” she said. “It’s going to be fun!” Fun indeed! The Publisher’s family has participated (as shown in the picture at right) for many years, and can recommend it to everyone as a family friendly event that leaves a smile on your face and your legs only slightly tired. “I had never climbed up the Castle Rock, and was so glad that I took the whole family. Now when we drive by it, we all point and say ‘we’ve climbed that rock’!” said Michelle Myre, Valley Bugler Publisher. Following the race will be a “Little Rocket Run” for all kids ages 7 and under, face painting and games for kids, hoppin houses, hot dogs, chips and soda. And for those addicted to the coffee bean, Lacey Rha’s Cafe (an original founder of I Topped The Rock), has made it possible for iced

The Rock, including the ITTR Committee (Melody Kranz, Heather Wilbur, Jennifer Stennick, Jessica Harris, Kelly Zainfeld), Castle Rock HS Football Team, Castle Rock HS Cheerleaders, and many local area businesses. Castle Rock Middle School (Located at 615 Front Ave in Castle Rock) will be the landing zone for everything, and you will see signs directing you to the starting area and appropriate parking lots. In other words, you can’t miss it. ☺ So whether you come to win, beat last years time score, or just to get some good exercise and hang with friends, be sure to mark your calendar for June 21st - a Saturday that we will all pray has nice sunshiny rays beating down on us from above! ENTRY INFORMATION Adults: $15 Kids: $10 (18 and under) (Discount applied if registered before June 1st!)

Questions? Information: coffee to be made available. Castle Rock’s Zumba Studio 117 helping everyone limber up for the race beforehand, and Local band, Calvary, will be providing groovin’ tunes after the race. While quantities last, there will also be T-shirts available for purchase at $10.00 to help commemorate your accomplishment of Topping the Rock. An event this size can not happen without a tremendous amount of help and organization. There is a huge volunteer base working for the I Topped

[Photos: Far Left - The original marker of Castle Rock, the settling homestead of Eliza Huntington in 1852, and is found along the Race route, photo by Michelle Myre; Top photo - A young contestant races through the finish line at the 2013 event, photo by Melody Kranz, Storytelling Photography; Bottom photo - Valley Bugler Newspaper owner, Oscar Myre IV shows us his wheelie skills with his son, Oscar Myre V (age 18 months), at the 2010 I Topped The Rock, photo by Maggie Kennedy.]

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Quips from kids and ... butt dust.

Submitted by Georgia Cox JUNE 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 #636-2118 (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: Catered luncheon at $3.00 at NOON. Must Reserve by calling 274-7502 by Monday. Every Saturday: Fun Bingo games take place from 1pm - 3pm. Come join us for some fun Bingo and try your luck at winning before we stop for the summer! No BINGO

in July, August or September. SPECIAL EVENTS: Tuesday, June 10th: Our Program and Potluck lunch! Speaker will be our school superintendant, Susan Barker will speak on the state of the school district at 10:30am. A potluck lunch will follow at noon. A very interesting report. SAME DAY! At 3:30pm there will be a Free Jazz Concert at the Center with the Castle Rock High School Jazz Band. Thursday, June 19th: Commodities will be distributed from 10am - 1pm. Have a valid punch card. Sunday, June 22nd @ 3:15pm The World Harmony Runners will visit our Center. They come through every 2 years, and we are always excited to meet with them. 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 from the last of June until October.

These have to be original and genuine. No adult is this creative!! JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister. After a while he asked “Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?” MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn’t remember any more. Melanie said, “If you don’t remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.” BRITTANY (age 4) had an earache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she’d have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked “How does it know it’s me?” DJ (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked “How much do I cost?” MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad “Why is he whispering in her mouth?” CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, “I don’t know what’ll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in?” JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read “The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.” Concerned, James asked “What happened to the flea?” TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom

knew. Tammy looked at her for a while and then asked, “Why doesn’t your skin fit your face?” And the kicker….. From one Sunday morning I think the Mom will never forget: On an ordinary Sunday... ”Dear Lord,” the minister began his sermon, arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. “Without you, we are but dust.” He would have continued, I’m sure. But at that moment my very inquisitive daughter, who was obviously listening attentively, leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, “Mom, what is butt dust?”


Coming July 17th - 19th 2014 ‘Fairlicious’

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The great flood of 1933 in Castle Rock By David A. Crane, Lori A. Crane “We never thought of it as being dangerous. It was just life, life in the fast lane.” So recalls Dave Crane of life on the farm near Castle Rock, Washington, some 80 years ago. Dave Crane grew up one of three boys on a dairy farm, still owned by the family, along the Cowlitz River about 5 miles north of Castle Rock along old Highway 99. He describes a life of hard work and a healthy, home-grown diet that included home-canned vegetables and fruits, bull calf meat, salmon from the river, chicken and eggs. Dave sums it up: “Not the tastiest food in the world but it kept you alive.” At the start of the depression, they were so poor they could not buy potatoes. Since they grew wheat on the farm, they ate wheat instead of potatoes that year. Wheat and gravy…. boiled wheat…. “From then on, we always planted potatoes! Just one year we had to eat wheat,” says Dave. The old farm house had two wood burning stoves, one to heat the house and one for cooking. The fall project for the kids, once all the produce was harvested, was to cut enough wood for the winter. Dave started helping at age 5, and by the time he was 10, the three boys (age 10, 12 and 16) were on their own. Trees with diameters as big as 5 ft. and heights up to 100 ft. were felled with a 2-man crosscut saw. Jim used a drag saw to cut up the big timber, while Dave split the wood. Bill was trimming branches

with an axe or saw. Did it seem dangerous? Dave doesn’t remember any close calls. The winter of 1933-34 was one to remember. Dave was 8 years old. In late December there was a heavy snow in the mountains, followed by a warm January rain. There were no dams in those days, so the water all came running down the streams and rivers, and the channels couldn’t hold it. Dave recalls being awakened in the middle of the night as the river went over the bank in the last place they could get out. His dad carried the kids through about 50 feet of foot deep water. They hiked up to and along the railroad about a mile to the closest neighbors, out of the flood zone. They slept in the hay mow in the old round barn that still stands today. The next day, they got a row boat and rowed across the flooded fields to the house, which stood on high ground. But the high waters had changed the flow of the river, and in a few years it was clear that with erosion, eventually the river bank would wash back to the house. Dave recalls sitting in the outhouse, which was at a lower level than the house, and watching the bank caving in below him, “Just washing out and falling in.” That’s when Dave’s dad decided they had to move the house and the American Red Cross agreed to pay for the project. In 1938, the house was moved a quarter mile using an apparatus called a “trundle wheel.” The house was raised on two 12” x 12” beams resting on 1 ft. diameter rollers. A cable was attached to the house and to the trundle wheel. Horses then rotated the trundle wheel, winding up the cable and pull-

Above: Drawing by David Crane of his childhood home being moved by a Trundel Wheel, cable and horses in 1938. The home was sitting on the beams with rollers underneath, and moved during the day while the family slept in it at night. Drawing provided courtesy Lori Crane.

ing the house forward. Men moved the rollers to the front as the house moved off the rollers in the back. For the month that it took to complete the move, the family lived and cooked in the house at night, while the horses and workers moved it during the day. [See above drawing by David Crane] In its new location, the farmhouse

was high and dry until it was torn down in the 1990’s. The pre-flood location of the house has become part of the Cowlitz River. Dave Crane now lives in Fair Oaks, California with his wife, Elizabeth. His backyard farm includes tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, garlic, oranges and grapefruits…but not potatoes.

The amazing golf ball A golfer, playing a round by himself, is about to tee off, and a greasy little salesman runs up to him, and yells, “Wait! Before you tee off, I have something really amazing to show you!” The golfer, annoyed, says, “What is it?” “It’s a special golf ball,” says the salesman. “You can never lose it!” “Whattaya mean,” scoffs the golfer, “you can never lose it? What if you hit it into the water?” “No problem,” says the salesman. “It floats, and it detects where the shore is, and spins to-

wards it.” “Well, what if you hit it into the woods?” “Easy,” says the salesman. “It emits a beeping sound, and you can find it with your eyes closed.” “Okay,” says the golfer, impressed. “But what if your round goes late and it gets dark?” “No problem, sir, this golf ball glows in the dark! I’m telling you, you can never lose this golf ball!” The golfer buys it at once. “Just one question,” he says to the salesman. “Where did you get it?” “I found it.”

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Woodland’s Planter’s Day Festival ‘Small Town - Big Spirit’ • June 19-22

Four days of fun await those who live in or visit Woodland during June 19th - 22nd. Listed below are the fun events scheduled for this year’s Planter’s Days, running annually since 1922! A lot has happened in the last 75 years of Planter’s Days to make this celebration one of the oldest continuous community celebrations in the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of the festival is the same as it has always been: to bring everyone together, and share in community spirit and good times. Frog jumping, anyone? Thursday, June 19th 3p–10p Carnival Begins, Horseshoe Lake Park 3:45p Children’s Chalk Art, on Davidson Avenue 4:45p Children’s Parade Formation, Davidson Avenue 5p Children’s Parade Starts, Davidson Avenue 6p–9:30p Free Carriage Rides, Davidson Avenue 7p–10p Strawberry Shortcake, Horseshoe Lake Park 8p–9p Planters Days Queen Coronation, Horseshoe Lake Park 10p–10:26p Fireworks Show, Horseshoe Lake Park

Friday, June 20th 9a–4p Antique/New Farm Equip. Show, Park Plaza Field 10a–6p Community Book Sale, Community Center 1p–11p Carnival, Horseshoe Lake Park 6:30p–9p Bingo High School Commons At Dusk, Kielbasa & Corn on the Cob, Woodland Moose Lodge Saturday, June 21st 7a–11a Breakfast Buffet, Moose Lodge 8a Parade Formation, 5th St., South of Davidson 9a Parade Judging, 5th St., South of Davidson 10a–4p Community Book Sale, Community Center 11a-11p Carnival, Horseshoe Lake Park 11a – 1p Parade, Davidson/Buckeye/Park St 12p–3p Firemen’s Bar-B-Que, Horseshoe Lake Park 12:30p–3:30p Military Vehicles Collectors Show, Horseshoe Lake Park 1:30p–2:30p 47rd Annual Frog Jump, Horseshoe Lake Park 3p Penny Scramble, Front of City Hall

BANG! Go Fourth gears up! 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 * Kids Festival (11am-6pm) * Petting Zoo (11am - 6pm) * Opening Ceremonies (10:45am) * Live Entertainment (2pm-10pm)


* Marketplace & Concessions

* Hole-in-One Golf * Kids Festival & Petting Zoo (11am-6pm) * Live Entertainment (12pm-10pm)


* Marketplace & Concessions * Hole-in-One Golf * Lion’s Pancake Bkfst (8:00am) * Parade starts @14th & Broadway * 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 11am. 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 be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more information in the weeks to come, and updated schedule.

3:30p Firemen’s Muster, Front of U.S. Bank 4p 12th Annual Bed Races, Davidson Avenue 7p–8p Cruise in, Davidson Avenue 7p–11p DJ Glenn, Stage Area All Day, Antique Farm Equipment, Across from HS Lake Park All Day, Saturday Market, U.S. Bank Parking Lot All Day, Kielbasa & Corn on the Cob, Woodland Moose Lodge Sunday, June 22nd 7a–11a Breakfast Buffet, Moose Lodge 7a–11a Biscuits & Gravy, Veteran’s Hall 9a–3p 4×4 Show & Shine, Park Plaza Field 12p–2p Talent Contest, Stage in Front of Fire Department 12p–5p Carnival, Horseshoe

Lake Park 3p–4p Raffle Drawing, Stage in Front of Fire Department 4p Car Show Awards, Davidson Avenue All Day, Saturday Market, U.S. Bank Parking Lot All Day, Car Show, Downtown All Day, Antique Farm Equipment, Across from Horseshoe Lake For more information and registration information for the various activities, please visit:

“Ever wonder where you’d end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash?” ~ Robert Brault

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Mary’s Burger & A Shake

“Ohmygawd, ohmygawd!” I gushed as Mary Mathers set a ¾ pound Santa Fe Burger on my table. “This burger is huge!” The burger arrived in a plastic basket covered with deep fried onion rings. It had lettuce, tomato, onions, pepper jack cheese, slices of avocado, pico de gallo and chipotle mayo. The onion rings were easy to eat, but the burger was a challenge. It was too big to fit into my mouth. I pushed it down, the best I could forcing avocado and melted cheese to drop out the sides. I finally ended up using a steak knife and a fork. My wife, Claudia, was much more conservative than me. She ordered a ¼ pound Aloha burger. Her Aloha burger arrived in a basket covered with crisp tasty fries. In addition to the normal condiments it was topped with a grilled pineapple ring and seasoned with Teriyaki sauce. My wife also cut her burger in half and then remarked to me. “These fries

are really crisp and they don’t seem greasy at all.” My wife sipped on a mango fla-

vored lemonade and I had coffee. The drinks, fries and onion rings, were included in the price of our burgers. My Santa Fe Burger was $9.95, while Claudia’s Aloha was $8.95. We didn’t order shakes, but Mary’s shakes are made from real Ice Cream (not shake mix) and run about $3.50 each. Mary’s Burger & a Shake is located in the Mount Solo Plaza at 4503 Ocean Beach Highway in West Longview. It can be an easy place to miss, if you don’t know it’s there. The restaurant is situated at the end of the Plaza, well away from the highway. It was my first time there and I asked Mary how long she had been doing business at this location. Mary Replied: “We first opened on November 11th of last year. My husband and I have always wanted to have our own place. I’ve worked in the restaurant business since I was 12 years old. My husband Warren and I were looking for a place and we think we found the perfect spot here in West Longview.” They just expanded. Originally offering only 6 tables, now they can comfortably seat 42 people. “Will that be big enough for you?” I asked. Mary grinned, “I don’t know, we seem to be getting an abundance of business. People like our burgers. Everything that we have is fresh and comes in three sizes ¼ , ½ , and ¾ pounds. We use certified Angus Beef and grind a little bit of brisket in for added flavor. Our burgers are hand pressed and charbroiled. Are you enjoying your burgers?” Both my wife and I agreed that Mary’s burgers tasted wonderful.

“How many people work here?” Mary refilled my coffee cup. “We have 9 employees and believe me, we need them all.” I noticed a sign on their wall that read “Mountain Burger Challenge $24.95.” The Challenge consists of 2 ¼ pounds of beef, ham, turkey and bacon, two types of cheeses, lettuce, onions and tomatoes, 1½ pounds of onion rings and 1½ pounds of fries. If you finish eating it in 45 minutes you get your meal free, a Mountain Burger Challenge Tee Shirt, and your picture posted on their “Wall of Shame.”” 24 people have taken the challenge,

but only one has succeeded. Mary’s is open is open seven days a week, and starting June 2nd they will be serving breakfast every day. If you’re hungry and happen to be in West Longview, I know a place where you can find yourself a great burger and a shake. Treat yourself. I think you will be pleased. Bill Eagle loves letters and appreciates the comments of others. Drop him a line at: or make an online comment at:

Treehouse ZIPLINE Adventure is right in our own backyard Treehouse Island... be a kid again! Welcome to Treehouse Island Zip Line Adventures located in the heart of the Great Northwest, located at Treehouse Island on Silver Lake, just a few minutes East of Castle Rock, WA. Discover the excitement that can only be found playing amongst the branches, as you zip along their 6 line course! Treehouse Island is a fifty-acre paradise boasting a gorgeous array of Cedar, Ash, Maple and Fir trees for your zipping pleasure. Enjoy breathtaking nature, abundant recreation and incredible views that you can only find in the Northwest. Visit the 50-acre island, enveloped by the immense trees and with a serene setting under the shadow of Mount St. Helens. You may ride the

ziplines, or if you are on the less adventurous side of the fence, rent a canoe, fish or just relax in the sun. The Zipline allows guests of ages 10 and up to fly through the trees on 6 different cable lines. You will maneuver yourselves up ladders and over bridges to the next zipline takeoff deck. The longest cable line is 600 feet and the tallest take off deck is almost 70 feet in the air. It is a cable and trolley system, that will allow you to ride on a harness, travel great distances and heights while soaring from tree to tree. Guides are extensively trained, and everyone wears harnesses, helmets and gloves while ziplining. Open during all daylight hours, you will need to make reservations to ensure availability for your desired tour

time. It’s easy to reserve, just call the Treehouse Island at (360)274-2425 or visit their website: The tour can take between 2-3 hours, depending on how large your group is. This includes the time need-

ed for check-in, your boat ride to and from the island, and your zipline adventure. The island is available during daylight hours for you and your family and friends to enjoy. In addition to zippling through the trees on the zipline course while on the island, you may venture around the Island on their woodsy trail system. Surrounded by a lush, mature forest of trees well over 200 feet tall, you can look up and see people soaring over your head on their own zipline adventure. There is also a nice grassy beach, overlooked by an awesome treehouse, and fishing poles for those wanting a fish story for their logs. Since ziplining is an adventure, people need to be in reasonably good health to participate. Activities will require moderate physical exertion, including walking across rope bridges and climbing up ladders. Ages 10-17 MUST be accompanied by an adult, who is either on the zipline tour or on the island with a day pass. Weight minimum is 85lbs and maximum is 250lbs. And, obviously, the ziplining course is not a good choice for people who are uncomfortable with heights! People with chronic back pain or shoulder problems are cautioned against ziplining, and pregnant women or people unable to walk up steps will not be allowed to zipline. Treehouse Island Zipline (360)274-2425 (Photos provided courtesy Treehouse Island Zipline)

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All Aboard for Family Fun! {See ad on next page} So what is it like to ride on the Chehalis Centralia? Follow along with us on a virtual tour of the line. Of course, if you really want to experience the sights and sounds of steam railroading, drop on by and take a ride! A ride on the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad is a pleasant, scenic, and relaxing journey back in time. Gaze at the scenery as the nine-mile, former Milwaukee Road track winds through the scenic upper Chehalis River valley, crossing over several wooden trestles and passing many historic farms. Relax in the open car behind the mesmerizing sounds of a 1916-vintage steam locomotive. Sit down to a white-tablecloth, old-fashioned dining car experience. Step back to another age. The Chehalis-Centralia is one of the few remaining steam-powered passenger railroads in Washington state. We invite you to come ride with us and enjoy the sights & sounds of

steam railroading as it used to be. The Chehalis-Centralia operates over approximately ten miles of branch line railroad in Lewis County, Washington. The line was originally built to connect Willapa Harbor with Chehalis, and eventually became a coastal branch line of the Milwaukee Road. In later years, the line became a part of the Weyerhaueser Company’s timber railroads. Since the 1990s, the line has been owned by the Port of Chehalis. Starting in the south end of Chehalis, the railroad passes through pastoral farm lands and skirts the south end of Adna before reaching Milburn. A former junction with the Northern Pacific, Milburn is the destination of most of our coach trains. Past Milburn, the line begins to wind through hilly country, and emerges alongside the Chehalis River. For the next 2.5 miles the route will follow the scenic river bank to Ruth, near Cur-

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 Our family went quite a few times last season and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. On a sunny summer evening, it’s the perfect entertainment for everyone, and to meet with friends. The concessions were affordably priced, especially during the $2 Tuesdays, which quickly became a local favorite. If you live here, or are just visiting and enjoying the sites, be sure to stop

on by the Story Field at Lower Columbia College, found just off Washington Way in Longview. One of the coolest new additions is the Bud Clary Subaru NEW CAR Giveaway. Yes, you heard right. In the 4th Inning of any Bloack Bears home game, if the 4th Black Bear batter hits a Grand Slam, Bud Clary Subaru gives away a brand new car to a lucky fan in attendance that night! You have to be present to win, and the drawing takes place at the conclusion of the game! Listed below are the promotional nights, so you can best plan for your calendar this season. Let’s have some fun at a Cowlitz Black Bears game this summer, and help create some nostalgia of our own! Kids run the bases after the game.

Thursday, June 5: 5th Season Celebration $5 Preview Night. All grandstand, general admission, & picnic table seats are just $5! $2 beer throughout the stadium (including on the Party Deck), and $5 specials all night. 5th Season Party! Friday, June 6: Kapstone Paper and Packaging presents Opening Night 2014. Exciting festivities and post game fireworks spectacular. Black Bears Rally Towel Night presented by Columbia River Reader. (First 300 fans receive a Black Bears Rally Towel). Saturday, June 7: Aaron’s Super Saturday. Magnetic Schedule Giveaway Night presented by Aaron’s. (First 500 fans receive a 2014 magnetic schedule). Sunday, June 8: 2014 Area High School Senior Party Night. All graduating seniors will be honored and recognized on the Party Deck. Magnetic Schedule Giveaway Night presented by Aaron’s. (Kids 12 and under receive a voucher for a free hot dog and soda) ($2 Senior Discount). Monday, June 16: Bud Clary Subaru

tis, and the present end of in-service track. The mainstay of rides we offer at the Chehalis Centralia Railroad consist of coach trains and dinner trains. All of our excursions travel through the scenic upper Chehalis Valley, through pastoral farmland. Our longer coach runs and all of our brunch and dinner trains travel nearly the entire length of our railroad, including an additional three miles along the sylvan Chehalis River. In addition to our regular coach excursions, brunch, & dinner trains, the railroad hosts a number of special events. From themed dinner trains to holiday events like our annual pumpkin trains, the railroad has many exciting specials to offer. And if you have your own special event you’d like to undertake, the CCR&M offers charters as well!

T-Shirt Night. (First 200 kids age 14 and under receive a Bud Clary Subaru – Black Bears T-Shirt). State Farm presents Monday Night Baseball. ($2 discount for seniors). Tuesday, June 17: Washington National Guard Water Bottle Night.(First 200 fans receive water bottle). Fiesta Bonita $2 Tuesday. ($2 tickets, $2 hot dogs, $2 soda, and $2 canned beer) . Wednesday, June 18: Peace Health Night. Special prizes from Peace Health. Fibre Federal Family Night. $5 off any grandstand, general admission, or party deck ticket with Fibre Federal Membership Card. Thursday, June 19: Widmer Beer Stein Night. (First 100 fans 21+ receive a Widmer Beer Stein) Thirsty Thursday ($2 canned beer). Monday, June 23: Columbia River Reader Martini Night. One night only martini specials available on the Party Deck. State Farm presents Monday Night Baseball. ($2 discount for seniors).

Regular Scheduled Train Fares Coach to Milburn Adults: $14.00 Seniors: $13.00 Children (4-15): $11.00 Children 3 and under ride free with an adult Coach to Ruth Adults: $17.00 Seniors: $16.00 Children (4-15): $14.00 Children three and under ride free with an adult Dinner Trains Adults: $44.00 Children (10 & Under) : $23.50 Coach runs: No Reservations. For coach runs to Mulburn or Ruth, seats are unreserved, with tickets available at the depot. Seating can be limited at times, so please arrive at least half an hour before departure for the best availability. Dining Trains: Reservations Strongly Recommended For food service trains such as our Dinner Trains, the Murder Mystery Dinner Trains, and Mother’s Day Brunch train, tickets are available for reservation in advance. To reserve, call 360.748.9593

[Above Photo: From left, sisters Cora Myre (age 1) and Chloe Myre (age 3) enjoy the outside riding car of the steam train. Photo by Michelle Myre]

Tuesday, June 24: Pepsi Next Night. Special products given away courtesy of Pepsi. Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce After Hours “Party at the Park” Event. Fiesta Bonita $2 Tuesday. ($2 general admission tickets/hotdogs/soda/ canned beer.) Wednesday, June 25: American Workforce Group Stadium Cup Night. (First 300 fans 21+ will receive free stadium cup) Fibre Federal Family Night. $5 off any grandstand, general admission, or party deck ticket with Fibre Federal Membership Card. Friday, June 27: Hilander Dental & Estetica Day Spa presents 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 receive a Kapstone Black Bears Logo Baseball). (Kids 12 and under receive a voucher for a free hot dog and soda) ($2 discount for seniors).

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‘Our whole life is solving puzzles.’ ~Erno Rubik

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Ha ppy FAT HE R’S Day 2011


Thanks, Dad, we know how important you are! There’s more to being a dad than earning a living and being an advisor to teenagers. A study at the University of Regensburg, Munich, Germany, shows that children whose fathers played with them in a sensitive, supportive and challenging way at age two tended to form closer, more trusting relationships with others at ages 10 and 16. By age 16, fathers’ play proved even more powerful and predictive than the mother-child bond. The researchers found that dads’ play makes a pivotal and unique contribution to kids’ growth. Special thanks to my poppy, Thomas Reich, for his contributions into my life as his daughter.

Nowadays, Poppy, we get to enjoy life together in the form of golf games, pizza nights, and silly face contests with my kids, and I can tell you love it! Your time and care spent coaching me with my golf swing (former softball swing!) means more to me than you probably know. I love that you are passionate about golf and want to share that with me. When I was growing up, you always encouraged me to do my very best, and not be happy until I had reached my own goals. Quietly supportive, and yet one of my biggest cheerleaders, your approval and love meant everything to me during those years. Probably one of the most impacting times you had on my life was during a Choral Competition in high school. You, being a Director of another high school choir, were going to be there with your choirs, which I knew. What I didn’t know that day, was that my own high school choir director was going to flake out and decide to not come the day of our Competition!

Fueled by anger and the desire to attend the Competition that we had worked so hard for all year, I told my fellow choral members I would direct. About three seconds later I asked myself what the heck I had just said. Nonetheless, within 10 minutes, we found a substitute to chaperone and our 35 member girls choir was Competition bound to Newcastle High School. The closer our bus got, the more nauseous I felt, and by the time we got there, I was ready to run to the nearest garbage can and puke. It was all a blur. Being rushed off the bus and literally running to the warm up room since we were on next. Being rushed through our directions and instructions for the Compe-

tition. All a blur. The pep talks by my classmates. Blur. The swishing of our choir robes as we walked out into the gym to perform, and someone leading me out to the forefront. Blurry blurry blurry. My frantic searching of the thousands of people sitting in the stands. Searching for you, Poppy. There! There you were! A shocked expression crossed your face as my name was announced as Director of the Lake Washington High School choir. That expressed followed by a huge smile and two thumbs up for me. Excited chattering with his students surrounding him. Everything slowed down with that smile. My breathing slowed. Heart rate. I felt a smile cross my lips. I turned, and began directing my high school friends in our smash performance that earned us sweeping gold ratings and the coveted opportunity to perform again during the people’s choice performance. Everything changed knowing you were was there rooting for me. It made all the difference in the world. I love you. ♥

Long ago in Babylon There is a story told that a Father’s Day card was traced back to the ruins of Babylon. A son called Elmesu carved his father a message on a clay card wishing him a long and healthy life. Down through the years, sons and daughters throughout the world have found different ways to honor and show love and respect to their fathers. Several people have been credited with originating an official Father’s Day in the United States but most agree Sonora Smart-Dodd contributed the most toward its acceptance. Dodd’s father, a civil war veteran, raised his six children alone after his wife died in childbirth. (Right in our own backyard of Spokane, WA.) President Nixon, in 1972, signed a presidential resolution establishing the national observance of Father’s Day.

On June 15, we once again celebrate Father’s Day. This day can include all sorts of fathers: natural fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and others who have acted as fathers. Parenting is an act of love and all those who practice it can be honored. If your father or father figure is living, be sure to record the activities of the day by camera or camcorder. This allows future generations to trace their family. If your father is deceased, Father’s Day is a good time to share memories of your relationship with him. In some traditions, a candle is lit in church in memory of the deceased. Some families light a candle in front of the parent’s picture at home. It is said we give our children roots, wings and a shoulder to lean on. May all fathers be honored for being part of this process. When we say the words Father’s Day, many pictures of fathers can flash in front of our eyes. Perhaps the scene is a father holding on to his daughter’s bike as she weaves down the sidewalk the first time. Or maybe the view is that of a teenage boy, his father beside him, driving the car around the block as he takes a step toward getting his license. A father walking his daughter down the aisle, a father showing his children how to catch a ball, a father tenderly holding a child in tears. These are glimpses of the fathers that we honor on June 15. They come in many guises. Fathers can be natural fathers, stepfathers, or fathers by adoption. We may not call them by the name father, but refer to them as pa, papa, padre, dad, or daddy. But however they came into our lives and whatever we call them, we know how special they are.

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Ha ppy FAT HE R’S Day 2011 Guffaws for dads Settling a cow case

Father’s Day Advice for New Dads By Jeff Petersen Valley Bugler Columnist Summer is nearly upon us, and for many that means family vacations and travel: camping, road trips, the beach, and airports. We all know the fun that comes with traveling, but we need to be aware that it also comes with certain risks -- accidents, injuries, and even deaths can occur while traveling. These facts necessitate some planning, particularly for families with underage children. Having a comprehensive estate plan in place will help prevent the confusion, delay, and unwanted consequences after a parent dies or becomes incapacitated. Consider this scenario: mom and dad and their two small children are on a road trip out of state. Mom and dad are seriously injured in an automobile accident. The kids only have minor injuries, but mom and dad are unconscious in the hospital. What do the authorities do with the kids? Unless they have information on emergency guardians for the children, the kids will end up in protective custody. Translation: foster care. If mom and dad are unconscious for an

extended period or they pass away, interested relatives or friends could have to petition the court for custody. No parent would want their children to endure such a hardship, particularly after a tragedy, so any parent’s best choice is to have a legal plan in place before tragedy strikes so that their wishes will control in spite of the circumstances. It is telling that only about two out of five of Americans have wills. Are we procrastinating? Afraid to talk about death? Afraid to even think about death? Perhaps a little of each. Most of us work hard our entire lives to make life better for ourselves and our families, and yet so many of us do not appropriately plan for our incapacity or death. So dads, make a commitment to your children and get your legal affairs in order now. My bottom line advice is this: every father with at least one minor child needs a proper estate plan – no exceptions. ©2014 Jeff Kurt Petersen is an Attorney and Mediator with Three Rivers Law Center in Longview, WA. 360-442-4101

Angling for a better catch You and your dad probably had a simple fishing custom. You’d grab a pole, some fishing line, and a hook. Then you’d get some night crawlers and proceed to your fishing spot. But it could take up to an hour just to get a nibble. Technology has now made fishing easier. From sonar buoys to smart lures, even the most inexperienced could catch and land the big one. Advances include: Digital lure: This battery-operated lure tells 14 LEDs to flash, creating the illusion of sunlight reflecting off a fish’s scales. It also chirps electromagnetic pulses, which are similar to the sound of an injured fish. Fish call: Like the digital lure, the fish call emits sound. Unlike the digital lure, the Fish Activator’s underwater speaker allows you to select from six different sounds, like “distressed bait” and “shad clicks”. Light-sensitive line: What does a fishing line and bulletproof vests have in common? They are made out of Dyneema, a material that can create a super thin line that fish cannot see. To make it viewable to the human eye, Berkley Fishing embedded a UV-sensitive chemical that turns the line bright yellow above the water. Remote control: Need to move the boat, but hate to let go of the pole? No problem with a motor remote control that hooks on to the fishing

pole. The all-electric motor runs silently so fish won’t be scared away. Sonar buoy and watch: To really find out what lies below the surface, you could rely on a topographical map, or invest in a sonar buoy and watch. The buoy pings to depths of 120 feet and then sends data to a watch. It even recognizes the sonar signature of a fish and displays a fish icon on the watch.

A big-city lawyer was representing the railroad in a lawsuit filed by my dad, an old rancher. My dad’s prize bull was missing from the section through which the railroad passed. My dad only wanted to be paid the fair value of the bull. The case was scheduled to be tried before the justice of the peace in the back room of the general store. The attorney for the railroad immediately cornered my dad and tried to get him to settle out of court. The lawyer did his best selling job, and finally my dad agreed to take half of what he was asking. After my dad had signed the release and took the check, the young lawyer couldn’t resist gloating a little over his success, telling my dad, “You know, I hate to tell you this, old man, but I put one over on you in there. I couldn’t have won the case. The engineer was asleep and the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your ranch that morning. I didn’t have one witness to put on the stand. I bluffed you!” My dad replied, “Well, I’ll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself, because that durned bull came home this morning.”

Helping your father

A clergyman walking down a country lane and sees a young farmer struggling to load hay back onto a cart after it had fallen off. “You look hot, my son,” said the cleric. “why don’t you rest a moment, and I’ll give you a hand.”

(and anyone else too)

“No thanks,” said the young man, “My father wouldn’t like it.” “Don’t be silly,” the minister said. “Everyone is entitled to a break. Come and have a drink of water.” Again the young man protested.. Losing his patience, the clergyman said, “Your father must be a real slave driver. Tell me where I can find him and I’ll give him a piece of my mind!” “Well,” replied the young farmer, “he’s under the load of hay.”

Religious battle golf

The Pope met with the College of Cardinals to discuss a proposal from Shimon Peres, the former leader of Israel. “Your holiness,” said one of the Cardinals, “Mr. Peres wants to determine whether Jews or Catholics are superior, by challenging you to a golf match.” The Pope was greatly disturbed, as he had never held a golf club in his life. “Not to worry,” said the Cardinal, “we’ll call America and talk to Jack Nicklaus. We’ll make him a Cardinal, he can play Shimon Peres... We can’t lose!” Everyone agreed it was a good idea. The call was made and, Jack was honored and agreed to play. The day after the match, Nicklaus reported to the Vatican to inform the Pope of his success in the match. “I came in second, your Holiness,” said Nicklaus. “Second?!!” exclaimed the surprised Pope. “You came in second to Shimon Peres?!!” “No,” said Nicklaus, “second to Rabbi Woods.”

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My top 10 Favorite apps for the iphone

By Oscar Myre IV Valley Bugler Columnist Hello Geeks and Geeks in training. I have a new favorite iPhone/iPad App. As a guy who doesn’t like to ask directions, I’ve really enjoyed the Maps App on the iPhone. It gives me audible turn by turn directions while driving. I’ve been very pleased with my new found navigation skills. And then my Father-in-law mentioned the Google Maps app (it is also on Android). He told me how impressed he was with how it showed real-time traffic. This intrigued me as I often used another App (Seattle Traffic) to attempt to avoid major slow downs. So I fired up Google Maps. It works similar to Apple’s Maps, but it give me directions while showing me the traffic and attempting to find the best route while avoiding the traffic. I’ve compared the a few routes in the 2 apps and found that GoogleMaps often saves me about 5-10 minutes a trip.

Not exactly solving world hunger, but this is a big deal! Want to check out the rest of my Top 10 Favorite Apps for iPhone? Well here they are: MapMyRun is great for those of us on the run. Almost every time I go for a run, I start up this app to track my time, pace and distance (and sometimes my heart rate). I recently logged my 700th mile using this app. It stores all this data along w maps of our routes. CardMunch is used to convert paper business cards into contacts in my address book. This card scanner does a remarkably good job. It can also add photos automatically from LinkedIn. You Version Holy Bible is simply the best Bible app I’ve found at any price. Did I mention it is free? Find iPhone is great when you misplace your iOS device. It shows you where it is and it can even make it ring if you turn the ringer off. PodCasts allow me to listen to some great podcasts as I travel to and from Seattle To Longview and back again. ShutterFly helps me keep track of our kids sports. Currently all 3 kids are playing soccer and all of them. From Shutterfly I can view Photos, Rosters, Snack Schedules and check out great photos that the parents and coaches post. MileBug helps me to track all those miles I drive for business. Online Banking with Wellsfargo shows all the account info I need and

allows me to transfer funds to my other accounts. You can even pay invoices from this app. Reminders shows my to-list that is synced with my Mac. Keynote allows me to leave my laptop in the bag and connect my phone directly to the project and do my presentations. It is very slick. Thanks for tuning in and learning about a few of my favorite apps. If your

favorite app didn’t make my top ten list, please feel free to share it with me.

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LCC Student Art Show opened May 27th, and runs through June 6th. Gallery is open Monday and Tuesday 10am - 6pm, and Wednesday through Friday from 10am - 4pm. Gallery is free and open to the public. Located at the Rose Center for the Arts, 15th & Washington Way, Longview. The 125th anniversary of the Washington State Grange will be held at the Inn of the Quay in Vancouver on June 25-28. Since this is the 125th anniversary in which the Grange was first started in Clark County, the Grange wanted to celebrate it again there. In the degree work, GRANGERS ONLY will be able to see all 6 degrees. The first degree will be interesting because people will be dressed from when the degree work first started. Events that are open for the public are as follows: Memorial Service on Tues at 3 pm and the fashion show at 4 pm, Family Living and Lecturer Departments will be open on Thursday 10-7, same for Friday, and on Saturday 9-11, and on Friday will be the Talent Contest at 7:30 pm. Youth Garden Summer Camp WSU Cowlitz County Master Gardeners is offering a one week children’s gardening camp July 7 – 11 at the Fairgrounds in Longview. Children finishing grades 1-3 from 8:00am to 11:30. Afternoon session for children finishing grades 3–5 from 1pm-4pm. Cost for the week of camp is $25.

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Friends of the Library Kalama are having a book sale on Friday, June 20th at the city council chambers-320 N 1st street from 10-4:30. Come and get your supply of books for summer reading! ServiceMaster by JTS, your local fire and water damage restoration company, recently won the 2013 Alacrity Services Award of Excellence. This is given out for excellence in customer service and work in the field, where we rated in the top five percent of contractors in the nation. Congratulations to the crews and the office staff, and thanks to our wonderful customers! (See photo below)

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Castle Rock Library Book Sale BY FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY In the back room of the library: 137 Cowlitz Street W. Friday, June 20 11 am to 6 pm Saturday, June 21 10 am to 3 pm Hardback books 50 cents Paperback books 25 cents Children’s books 25 and 10 cents VHS 25 cents & DVD’s 50 cents LOCAL FAMILIES NEEDED FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls. These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. These personable and academically selected exchange students are conversant in English, bright, curious and anxious to learn about this country through living as part of a family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with their newly adopted host family. The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester.  Each

Castle Rock (WA) - Cowlitz County Fire District #6 has the chance to win $10,000 in “The best of us” volunteer firefighter contest presented by Johnsonville Sausage Company. Cowlitz Co. Fire #6 is one of 20 finalists, nationwide, and is the only finalist representing the Great Northwest and the West Coast. Ten of the twenty finalist will receive $1,000 in cash to use toward community safety awareness or to improve their firehouse, industry textbooks, and Johnsonville sausage products to use for fundraisers. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000 cash, an entire library of fire training textbooks, and smoke alarm equipment to supply 100 homes in their community. The department with the most votes submitted via email will win. Voters can visit: and cast their vote, once per day. The top ten winners, will be presented after June 24th. Get VOTING!!!

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Don’t Let Summer Droughts Stop You from Gardening By Melinda Myers No matter where you live, being a waterwise gardener makes environmental and economic sense. And it’s really easier than you think. Here are just a few of the easy and affordable ways to conserve water while growing a beautiful garden. Grow plants suited to your climate, and this includes the average rainfall for your area. Select drought tolerant plants, that once established, require less on-going care. Consider native plants like coneflower, yucca and penstemon as well as native and non-invasive ornamental grasses. Be sure to group moisture-loving plants together and near a source of water. You’ll save time and water by concentrating your efforts on fewer plants. Move containers to the shade or provide additional shade during hot dry weather to reduce the plant’s water needs. Use organic nitrogen fertilizers like

Milorganite ( This slow release fertilizer encourages slow steady growth that requires less water. Plus, it will not burn plants during hot dry weather. It simply stays in the soil until the growing conditions, moisture and temperature are right for the plants. Install a rain barrel or two to capture rain for watering in-ground and container gardens. Or place a rain barrel near your garden and collect rain directly from the sky. Use this water to supplement your garden’s moisture needs during drought. Decorate or mask the barrels with vines, decorative fencing, containers, or nearby plantings. And check with your local municipality as several states and communities have banned rain harvesting on private property. [In 2009, the Washington Department of Ecology issued an Interpretive Policy Statement clarifying that a water right is not required for rooftop rainwater harvesting.]

Head Start to Re-open Classroom in Fall With the passage of the Federal budget this spring, Lower Columbia College Head Start learned that they will be reopening a classroom that was closed last year. With the funding restored, a new classroom is being added, which means 498 children from birth through age 4 will be served throughout Cowlitz County. Head Start Director, Sandy Junker, is grateful that the funding has returned. “It was hard on both families and staff when we had to shut a classroom down for this year. We are very happy to serve more children this fall”, she said. Applications for fall classes are being accepted now. The program encourages parents to apply early to avoid the possibility of classes being filled. Applications are available at any of the Head Start centers as well as the administrative office on the LCC campus, 1720 20th Ave. Parents can also call 360-442-2800. The program serves low-income children whose income for a family of four is less than $23,850 annually. Children who are homeless or in foster care automatically qualify and more than 10% of the children have special needs. All services from Head Start are free to families. Lower Columbia College has been providing Head Start services since 1972. Head Start in its traditional form is a preschool-based program for children three and four years of age. Children must be three by August 31 to

qualify. A second preschool program offering is through the state-funded Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) and is closely aligned with Head Start. Services offered through the Early Head Start program include pregnant women and infants and toddlers up to age three. There are five core services including education, health and nutrition, social services, mental health and parent engagement. Programs operate from a philosophy that the parent is the primary educator of their child. Parents enrolled within the program have opportunities for setting policy and direction for Head Start, learning parenting skills, and practicing child development activities in the home. Resources are also available to help parents find jobs or access other services that they need. The traditional Head Start and ECEAP serve children three and four years of age with classrooms at Lower Columbia College, St. Helens Elementary School and the Broadway Learning Center in Longview. There are three sites in Kelso at the Catlin, Barnes, and Wallace schools. A Castle Rock classroom is located at the elementary school. Children in the Early Head Start program receive all the services that the older children receive, but the learning model is based on weekly home visits by the teacher with the parent and child. This provides a stronger bonding for the child and family as well as developing good

Above: Soaker hose save water by applying the water directly to the soil where it is needed. Photo credit: Melinda Myers, LLC.

soil improving the water holding ability of sandy and rocky soils. Allow lawns to go dormant during droughts. Apply ¼ inch of water every three to four weeks during extended droughts. This keeps the crown of the plant alive while the grass remains dormant. Do not apply weed killers and minimize foot and equipment traffic on dormant lawns. Incorporate one or more of these techniques to your garden care this season. You’ll conserve water while creating healthier and more attractive gardens.

Use soaker hoses and drip irrigation to save water by applying the water directly to the soil where it is needed. Consider connecting your rain barrel to a soaker hose in a nearby garden. Just open the spigot and allow gravity to slowly empty the water throughout the day. Check to make sure water is evenly distributed throughout the garden. And always water thoroughly and less frequently to encourage deep drought tolerant roots. Add a layer of organic mulch like shredded leaves, evergreen needles or herbicide-free grass clippings to conserve moisture and keep roots cool. As these break down they add organic matter to the

About the author: Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments. Myers is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Myers’ web site: www. which offers gardening videos and tips.

practices for early childhood development. Preschool aged children attend class 3 ½ hours a day, three or four days a week. All children are assisted in language and literacy, early science and math, problem-solving, socialemotional development, and developmental screenings. The program works closely with local school districts and agencies to serve children with disabilities. Parents in the program can expect

home visits and conferences, parenting classes, leadership opportunities, resource and referral services, volunteer opportunities, and interpretive service. While in the program all children receive health screenings, wellbalanced meals and snacks, personal safety curriculum, family health care classes, links to health care, and behavioral interventions. Applications and enrollment information are available by calling the Head Start offices at 360-442-2800.

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Super Delicious Oatmeal Jam Bars By Laurrie Piland Valley Bugler Columnist This month I’d like to talk about my friend, Madeleine Harris, and her delicious Oatmeal Jam Bars. It is my habit to ask my Facebook group each morning what they are cooking up for the day. Madeleine replied that she was making these bars and I asked for the recipe. I wound up making them and they couldn’t be easier. I’ve improvised the recipe, somewhat, to fit into my EBOoS (Easy Bake Oven on Steroids) because a 9x13-inch pan will not fit in there. I used a quarter sheet pan, instead. I pressed 3/4 of the mixture into the bottom of the pan, spread the jam and patted the remaining 1/4 of the mixture over the jam. As we like to say on Facebook, these are super LISHUSS! Madeleine lives in Southwestern Michigan on a 20 acre horse ranch. She was a vet tech for 30+ years, working with everything from mice to

25-foot pythons. She also ran a bakery and sandwich shop for 15 years. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren. Madeleine loves to can, quilt and garden. She gave up being a vet tech after having a stroke, but she is still being called upon to help her neighbors deliver anything from goats to horses to kittens to a litter of 7 Shih Tsu puppies that were born just this last weekend. Madeleine doesn’t think she’s awesome, but I do and what I think is all that counts in my book! Madeleine Harris’ Amazingly Easy and Super Delicious Oatmeal Jam Bars 1 3/4 cup flour 1/2 t. baking soda 1 tea. salt 1 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 sticks butter 1 1/2 cup oats Mix all the ingredients using a pastry cutter until well blended. Press 1/2 of the mixture into a 9x13

greased baking pan. Spread with your jam of choice and crumble remaining mixture over the top. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. I still haven’t been able to cook any international meals. My container garden is in full swing and I’m gardening on a huge scale this year. When all is said and done, I’ll have over 40 heirloom tomato plants potted up for just the two of us!

You can view my garden progress on the Baked Lava blog at: Until we meet up in July...PEACE! RV cook extraordinaire.. proving to the world (as she cooks from every country in it) that RV food can be gourmet. Mad blogger and facebooker by day, full-time RVer, wife and mom to 2 dogs and 2 cats at night, from her RV galley in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens!

Just wonderful!

Crab-stuffed mushrooms Do you ever dream about the taste of crab-stuffed mushrooms as they are served in the country’s largest seafood restaurants? Try this recipe on for size. These delicious gems can be used as an appetizer or as a starter for a seafood night at home. Depending on the size of the mushroom caps, the following will produce about 24 to 40. Any leftovers can be reheated in the microwave. Crab-stuffed mushrooms 3 8-ounce packages of medium or large button mushrooms 1/2 pound crab claw meat,fresh or canned 1/4 cup finely chopped celery 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots 2 tablespoons finely chopped bell pepper. 2 cups crushed oyster crackers 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground Old Bay

seasoning 1/4 teaspoon fresh salt 1 egg, beaten 1 stick unsalted butter 1 cup Chardonnay wine Preheat oven to 400. Wash mushrooms, remove stems and set caps aside. Finely chop about half the stems (the most-tender appearing). Discard others. Saute celery, shallots, and peppers in one stick of butter for about 2 minutes. Combine the stems, sauteed vegetables and all other ingredients (except the Parmesan cheese and half the wine) in a medium mixing bowl. Mix well. Stuff the caps, mounding on the top. Place the caps in a buttered, large but shallow ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle each stuffed cap with Parmesan cheese and sparingly baste with the remainder of the wine.Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until the cheese and stuffing are slightly brown.

Heat-related illness can be deadly: recognize the signs Don’t mess with heat. Kind of like don’t stick your hand into a hot oven because you’ll get burned. The same can be for heat related illness. People suffer heat exhaustion or heat stroke when their bodies can’t cool themselves enough by sweating. Body temperatures can rise rapidly. A very high body temperature can cause brain damage, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to heat, humidity is a factor, because sweat won’t evaporate fast enough to allow the body to cool. At highest risk for heat-related illnesses are children up to age four and the elderly. Also at risk are the obese, people with a fever, and those who have dehydration, heart disease, sunburn, poor circulation, or drinking alcoholic beverages. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke if not treated. It causes extreme fatigue, muscle aches, nausea and fever. There may be rapid pulse, clammy skin and vomiting. Those with symptoms should move to a cooler place and drink lots of liquids. If not recovered within 30 minutes, they

should go to the emergency room. Heat stroke can be fatal. If treatment is delayed, the death rate is up to 80 percent. With treatment, only 10 percent die. Symptoms include body temperature that can reach up to 110 degrees, confusion, racing pulse, convulsions and loss of consciousness. Symptoms can develop over several days or strike during a single burst of strenuous activity. Call an ambulance. While waiting for it, get the person out of the heat, cool him by fanning with a towel or newspaper, sprinkle him with water, and elevate the feet to direct blood back toward the head. If the person is conscious, offer fluids. Prevention: If you will be working or exercising in a hot environment, the CDC says: Pace yourself. Start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If your heart begins to pound and you are short of breath, stop all activity. Get into a cool area or at least into the shade. Rest, especially if you are light-headed or confused and feel faint. Drink a lot of liquids.

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Safe to swim here? While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft.

Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted,”Are there any gators around here?!” “Naw,” the man hollered back, “they ain’t been around

for years!” Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore. About halfway there he asked the guy, ”How’d you get rid of the gators?” “We didn’t do nothin’,” the

beachcomber said. “The sharks got ‘em.”

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Movie Reviews By Blake Peterson

GODZILLA Directed by Gareth Edwards Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen Running Time 2 Hrs., 3 Mins, PG-13 My Rating: B

Despite its massive legacy, “Godzilla” had to be remade. Sorry fanboys. In this day and age where CGI looks even more real than the actual world, it is only human to wonder what the titular monster would look like minus the man in a suit and buildings that resemble LEGOs. The result? You would expect a film like “Godzilla” to be in the the “good, dumb fun” genre, but in actuality, it’s an intelligent take that keeps human drama fully intact and gives enough screen time for Godzilla and his on-screen rivals, referred to as the MUTOs (Mr. and Mrs. Mothra?) to strut their stuff. Beginning in 1999 we’re introduced to Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston), the head of a Japanese nuclear plant whose already stressful job is intensified when earthquakes and tremors begin to increase in size on a regular basis. After a terrible incident occurs one day, in which the entire plant is destroyed, Joe is suspicious that this isn’t simply an accident. Suddenly, the words “15 years later” flash across the screen and now Joe’s son, Ford (Aaron TaylorJohnson), is a military man with a

family. Joe himself has become obsessed with the mysterious incident and Ford comes down to Japan to help his father out, but not long after his arrival does it become crystal clear that the 1999 accident was the beginnings of a monster that, by 2014, will become a national threat. Too bad it’s 2014. It’s surprising that Gareth Edwards, who only directed one film prior to this one, 2010’s shoestring budgeted “Monsters”, is able to go from just a little money to a bevy of it with such seamless energy. There is an unmistakable adoration for the “Godzilla” franchise on display, but what Edwards does that is so respectable is that rather than pay homage with carefulness, he gives us a new monster movie that is in the same ballpark as 2008’s “Cloverfield”. Rather than have the show revolve mainly around the gargantuan lizard, the story is slowly built up with patience, giving us the chance to truly care about the characters and not look at them as set pieces. The major problem with this version, however, is its lack of memorability. Month by month, we are given brand-new, big-budgeted actioners, often times with a superhero at the center, and only rarely do we want to watch the film a few times more just to get a drink of that giddiness once again. While “Godzilla” is entertaining for two-hours, and is much

more brainy than it deserves to be, there isn’t necessarily a reason to re-watch. All of the Marvel films don’t take themselves very seriously and have jokes to look forward to — after all, don’t most of us return to our favorite comedies time and time again? But “Godzilla” remains humorless. The destruction is up to delicious levels, and it’s a joy to see Godzilla and the MUTOs go at it with fury, but there’s a certain inexplicable spark left missing that leaves us impressed by the end, but hardly wanting more. The closing obviously leaves room for sequels — but let’s hope that this

film is left as a stand-alone, because frankly, it’s a good one that doesn’t deserve to have its memory tarnished. “Godzilla” is a must-see not necessarily because it’s so terrific that it deserves to become a classic, but because its electrifying special effects and well-done revamping should be seen on a theater screen, not on a TV.

On June 21st this year, we celebrate the summer solstice. But just what is a solstice and why do we celebrate it, anyways? Technical jargon says the June solstice happens when the tilt of a planet’s semi-axis, is most inclined toward the sun. It’s the Summer Solstice for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice for those living in the Southern Hemisphere. In the USA and some other areas of the northern hemisphere, this special date heralds the first day of summer. This is the day of the year that has the longest period of daylight, except in chilly polar regions, where their daylight is continous. The most important part for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest,

is that we are now at our closest point to the warm shiny orb in the sky. Summer has been celebrated since ancient times, with a common thread with current trends, as a time popular for weddings. An interesting fact that has offered up debate fodder for interested parties, is the building of Stonehenge. Built sometime around 3100BC, some people believe it was built to help establish when the summer solstice occurred. Reasons behind this theory culminate behind the fact that the sun rises at a particular point on the horizon as viewed from the center of the stone circle on day of the June solstice. Perhaps at that point, the builders may have started counting the days of the year. Midsummer festivals or celebrations were held around the time of the June solstice in old Europe by pagans, such as the Feast of Epona, from ancient Gaul. Lots of pagan god worship ensued. Bonfires were popular in the Slavic and Celtic people groups, and after the rise of Christianity, many of these celebrations were incorporated into the Christian religion. For example, in parts of Scandanavia, the Midsummer celebration continued but was observed around the time of St John’s Day, on June 24, to honor St John the Baptist instead of pagan gods. Striking closer to home, in North America, many Native American tribes held ritual dances to honor the sun. The Sioux were widely known to hold one of the most spectacular rituals, usually involving cutting and raising a tree that would be considered a visible connection between the heavens and the earth, and setting up teepees in a circle to represent the cosmos. For the dance, their bodies were decorated in the symbolic colors of red (sunset), blue (sky), yellow (lightning), white (light), and black (night). In modern times, there is a vast multitude of ways that people celebrate the June (Summer for us) Solstice. Thousands of people, many pagans and modern-day druids, gather at Stonehenge. Others choose to participate in environmental awareness activities that use natural sunlight as a source of energy. Here in the Northwest, we choose to celebrate Summer....well, all summer long. Festivals, BBQ’s, Art & Music Faires, and family gatherings are usually topped off with one very common element. Lots of smiles. Happy Summer Solstice!

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:

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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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Summer Sudoku

How to solve sudoku puzzles

Riddles for the brainiacs 1) My first is twice in apple, but not once in tart. My second is in liver, but not in heart. My third is in giant and also in

ghost. Whole I’m best, when I am roast. What am I? 2) What gets wetter as it dries? 3) This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary you’d think nothing was wrong with it – and in fact, nothing is wrong with it. It is unusual though. Why? Study it, think about it, and you may find out. Try to do it without coaching. If you work at it for a bit it will dawn on you. So jump to it and try your skill at figuring it out. Good luck – don’t blow your cool! 4) You have to travel far before you turn it over. What is it? [Answers: 1) Pig; 2) A towel; 3) The most common letter in the English language, ‘e’, is not found in the entire paragraph; 4) An odometer.]

Answers at end of riddles

To solve a sudoku, you only need logic and patience. No math is required. Simply make sure that each 3x3 square region has a number 1 through 9 with only one occurrence of each number. Each column and row of the large grid must have only one instance of the numbers 1 through 9. The difficulty rating this puzzle is easy. Answer same page.

Teaching the


As a crowded airliner is about to take off, the peace is shattered by a 5-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated, embarrassed mother does to try to calm him down, the boy continues to scream furiously and kick the seats. Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, an elderly man in the uniform of an Air Force General is seen. Stopping the flustered mother with an upraised hand, the white-haired, courtly, soft-spoken General leans down and, motioning toward his chest, whispers something into the

boy’s ear. Instantly, the boy calms down, gently takes his mother’s hand, and quietly fastens his seat belt. All the other passengers burst into spontaneous applause. “Excuse me, General,” a flight attendant asks quietly, “but could I ask you what magic words you used on that little boy?” The old man smiles serenely and gently confides, “I showed him my pilot’s wings, service stars, and battle ribbons, and explained that they entitle me to throw one passenger out the plane door on any flight I choose.”

Need fishing licenses A couple of young fellers were fishing at their special pond off the beaten track when out of the bush’s jumped the Game Warden !! Immediately, one of the boys threw his rod down and started running through the woods, and hot on his heels came the Game Warden. After about a half mile the fella stopped and stooped over with his hands on his thighs to catch his breath and the Game Warden finally caught up to him.

“Lets see yer fishin license, Boy !!” the Warden gasped. With that, the fella pulled out his wallet and gave the Game Warden a valid fishing license. “Well, son”, said the Game Warden, “ You must be about as dumb as a box of rocks !! You don’t have to run from me if you have a valid license!” “Yes Sir”, replied the young feller,” But my friend back there, well, he don’t have one”...

Sudoku Answer

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Jumpin’ Bass! The surprise Hitchhiker By Andy King with permission from

On a windy day in March, 2001 I decided to try my luck at a local pond where I’ve caught many nice bass. Because the pond is surrounded by a fenced-in pasture, it does not allow easy access or the ability to launch a personal boat. Normally, I just use a canoe that the owner leaves on the bank. The pond is only 3-4 acres in size, so it’s perfect for easing around the edges in a canoe. On this day, however, the wind was blowing so bad it made it hard to navigate the canoe without getting pushed around. I had just shoved off and was finding it difficult to make any headway. The wind pushed me against the dam end of the pond, where the bank is brushy and has several trees and floating limbs piled up next to the bank. At one point, the canoe careened into a floating limb right next to the bank, and suddenly the water exploded! I caught only a blur of a fish leaping out of the water next to the canoe, and the next thing I knew, it had landed in the boat at my feet! This was no ordinary fish either — it was a 7.5-lb. bass! The bass was thrashing wildly beneath my feet as I sat there in disbelief. I had only been out in the water a minute or two and had not even made the first cast!

The pond owner’s 11-year-old grandson had walked down to the pond’s edge and seen all the commotion. I paddled over to him and showed him my “catch.” He excitedly asked me what I was going to do with the bass, and I told him I was going to release it. He begged me to let him pretend that HE caught it, and then he ran up to his grandpa’s house with the fish to show it off. In a minute or so, Grandpa, Dad, and a few others came down to pond to tell me about the fish. After teasing them for a moment longer, I had to tell them the truth, and everyone had a good laugh. We took a couple of pictures and released the fish. Word spread quickly among my friends about the fish that jumped into the boat, and I’ve had a good time retelling the story. I fish a lot (my nickname is Kingfish), and so I would have no reason to exaggerate this story. As a matter of fact, most fisherman might claim that they caught it on a hook and line. Regarding the incident, the only theory I have is that with the pressure dropping, wind, etc., the bass was holding tight to the cover until the bump of the canoe startled it. Whatever the reason, it was a oncein-a-lifetime event, and I’ll always enjoy the memory of it.

Humane Society saves dog abandoned in alley dumpster, and they call him Sam. By Rick Johnson Animal Control here at the Humane Society of Cowlitz County was called to investigate a black garbage sack that had been thrown in a dumpster in an alley a couple of weeks ago. Upon arrival, we found this little dog in a carrier, scared and not very happy to be left in this situation. You couldn’t get near him because of the smell. What was left with him in the carrier, you would not believe. Salmon. The dog had ate it all except for the bones. He was ready to take on the world when we got him out of the carrier

and was not going to let anyone near him. At the shelter we see redeeming qualities in each and every animal that comes here no matter how bad that the last owner treated them. It has taken three weeks so far to win his confidence, and even now he has trust issues, but he has come so far in that time. By the time you read this, I hope he is confident enough to want to trust again and find a more caring family to go home with. He deserves it.

Adorable Adoptees Corner

‘Cowboy’ Cowboy is a sleek, handsome fellow, who is at home snuggling in front of a warm fireplace, or exploring the great outdoors. He’s very athletic, and will entertain you with his antics. He gets along with other cats and also dogs,. He is the first one to greet you at his foster home; such a friendly boy, He is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. And charming. He’s the whole package and then some! Now if only he had a family..... Please contact Gretchen ( for more information about this pet. For questions about adoption, please call and contact: Rescued Paws 360-673-7373


This cat is number #141877 and her name is Picasso and is quite a colorful cat & and has a purrfect personality. Come by and visit her, and her other cat friends here at the Humane Society of Cowlitz County. Call (360)577-0151

“My cat speaks sign language with her tail.” ~Robert A. Stern

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June Edition of the Valley Bugler Newspaper  

The Valley Bugler is the monthly publication that focuses on Good News, Inspirational Stories, Funnies, Community Events and an Occasional T...

June Edition of the Valley Bugler Newspaper  

The Valley Bugler is the monthly publication that focuses on Good News, Inspirational Stories, Funnies, Community Events and an Occasional T...