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From the Editor’s Desk

We have a gorgeous maple tree in our front yard, and it’s giving gifts of vibrant red and orange leaves. Absolutely stunning! Although you may hear my husband complaining that he “JUST cleaned up all the leaves!”, as he stares at the lawn that is now a vibrant red color. Thanks to those beautiful leaves. As some of you may point out, there is something that I actually like about the Fall season! Those beautiful leaves! OK, yes. I do. I love the colors and the fun times crunching in the dry leaves. Key word is dry, though. Hopefully that will be a reality some days of this month... And what a month we have ahead of us! November! The month that is full of thanksgiving and honor. The month that begins to get everybody’s Christmas lists honed and ready for shopping. Some of you already have started. One of my friends starts in July! Then she’s done by now. Maybe she’s the smartest one after all! I know that many of us can tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season, full of sparkly bows, gifts and lots of turkey. The last few years, I challenged myself to actually enjoy the season instead of dread its beginning. To slow down. To smile and participate in more “holiday” activities. To deny myself the angst of shopping in a horde of crazy, drooling and sometimes physically un-safe crowds. I managed to accomplish all of those things, and really found that I didn’t miss out on anything.

Instead, I was filled with a joyous spirit that lent itself well to showing up on my face a lot more. Being accused of too much “happy” during the Holiday Season is a good thing! The stress of the season turned into a beautiful blessing into my life. Enjoying the snuggles on the couch with my kids, the crackling (gas) fire, warm sweaters and the hint of cinnamon in the air. Each year that I have done this, I tell myself to do it again the following year. Why should we worry? It doesn’t help anything, and it sure doesn’t bless others around us. Speaking about worrying, our little family had an event that has changed the course of our lives a little. Our oldest daughter, Chloe (age 11), recently showed me a large bump on her lower gums area. Seeing two different specialists ended us up at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, and surgery was immediately scheduled. She had the growth removed, as well as most of her bone in her chin, leaving it fragile. Needless to say, life has changed in the Myre family. After two long (LONG!) weeks of waiting, the diagnosis came back: the tumor was benign. Praise God! We also discovered she has a condition called Juvenille Ossifying Fibroma, and because of its rare and unfortunately recurrent statistics, she will be closely monitored from here on out. Possibly for her entire life. So back to that little thing called worry...I had plenty of reason to worry. Plenty. I still do.

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I chose to TRY to not worry. We chose to live life every day giving thanks for our blessings, and helping our daughter recover from her invasive surgery. We continually choose to not worry over “what may be” in our lives with her new diagnosis and challenges. Quite literally, we are ‘casting our cares’ at the feet of Jesus. Each and every day.

Worrying accomplishes nothing and makes me physically ill. So, we continue to give thanks for what we have... and enjoy each day as it comes. I pray you can do the same for whatever “worries” you. Happy Thanksgiving, Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor

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Santa’s Sleigh is set to arrive on Black Friday, Nov. 28th @ the Mall!

Do the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Morn!

8:30am Competitive Runners 8:32am Runners 8:35am Walkers Pop the turkey in the oven and then grab the whole family and head over to the Lions Shelter at Lake Sacajawea in Longview, WA for the Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot! Free for kiddos under 8 with a paying adult, this is just a lot of fun for everyone, and gives us a good excuse to eat all that turkey and trimmings later in the day! Registration: $8.00 until 11/26 $10 Day of Race T-Shirts available, for $10, or $10 for a long sleeve or tech shirt, in both Youth and Adult sizes up to XXXL. Prizes for the fastest Male and Female in different age categories, with prizes for best costumes, most family participation, farthest traveled and MORE. Random prize drawings, too so you could win just ‘cuz you’re lucky. Never run/walk a 5K before? Well this Turkey Trot is one of the best ones to get started. It’s around beautiful Lake Sacajawea, and nobody’s

out to do anything other than make it around the lake! If you’re looking to do some training before the trot, here are some tips to getting you turkeys, I mean, people, into shape! First of all, you have to register. Once you’re registered, you’re committed! Then, it’s time to get in just a few minutes of activity a day and you’ll be set for success! Here’s a sample walking workout plan you can modify to meet your own lifestyle and current activity level: Week 1, Day 1: Walk for 15 minutes. Yep, that’s it. Just 15 minutes. Week 1, Day 2: Walk 1 mile. Probably close to your 15 minute mark, maybe faster - maybe slower! Week 1, Day 3: Walk 1.5 miles. In between those days, choose from doing 10 mintues of exercise: riding a bike, jumping jacks, trampoline, and chasing the kids are good ones. Give yourself one day of rest. Each consecutive week, build in 10 minute increments and adding .5 or .75 of a mile each week. If you feel you’re able to do more -- then go for it, but don’t strain! If you’re finding that it’s too hard, don’t push it. Just turn around and head back. It’s not worth getting injured. By the time the Trot arrives, you’ll be ready to make your own personal best trek - and you may even surprise yourself. Adrenaline, cool crisp air, and encouraging family and friends help a lot!

Enter GINGERBREAD HAUS Contest It’s time to bust out the gingerbread, icing and candies for the annual Gingerbread Haus Contest! Do you think you have the best Gingerbread decorating skills in the Northwest? Well, ok, in the Cowlitz County area? Well, you need to get your application over to The Broadway Gallery, or Teague’s Interiors, both located on Commerce Avenue in Longview. (Applications available at both locations). Then, after you have created your masterpiece extraoardinaire, the house needs to be gingerly delivered to The Broadway Gallery for judging and display. Application Deadline - Dec. 3rd Contest Judging - Dec. 6th (Judging is done prior to the Home for the Holidays Christmas Parade). We looked high and low for some helpful hints and tips for you creative

ginger-geniuses: 1. Don’t eat it. No, really. This is the most important one! Your creation will not be judged if it is contained in your belly. 2. Don’t let other people eat it. Ok, so this is the second most important rule of all. Keep snacking strangers and exploratory children’s fingers away from the creation unless they are helping build it. After all, a construction worker has to eat, right? 3. If it breaks, just ‘icing’ it back together. That’s the glory of using lots of sticky icing. It will work! 4. Keep icing covered with a damp towel - it will prevent it from drying. 5. Don’t limit your candy usage. Have fun with sprinkles, crunched up candy, pretzels, striped gum, cereal, crackers, lollipops, ribbon candy and more -- animal cookies playing in the yard, anyone? 6. Most of all, have FUN!

Get ready for those bells to Jingle, because here comes Santa and his eight tiny reindeer! Three Rivers Mall is proud to announce the arrival date of Santa and his merry helpers to the Mall on Black Friday, November 28th. A special meet and greet time is set for 10am, with free goodies and Christmas surprises for all. Thanksgiving will be over, and Santa’s lap is ready for those children (and adults!) who need that Christmas photo with the big guy himself. Photos will be taken by Santa’s Helpers, and of course special

treats for the good little boys and girls who smile big for Santa and whisper their christmas gift desires into his ear!

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Please enjoy this extensive and hopefully comprehensive list (up to date when published), and keep it handy throughout the month, of bazaars graciously compiled by one of our dearest friends, and Valley Bugler Volunteer, Angie Hoseney! What a fantastic job she did contacting and compiling all of this information! December Bazaars will be in the December issue. Have a Bazaar in December? Please call us to get it printed in the next issue. (360)414-1246 Please also feel free to visit our FaceBook page and post your Bazaar information!

Saturday, November 1st: Christmas in November & Bake sale Castle Rock Senior Center 222 - 2nd Ave, Castle Rock November 1st, 9am - 3pm Specialties of the House St Paul Lutheran Church 312-1st Ave SW, Castle Rock November 1st, 9am - 3pm Toledo Hand-Crafted Bazaar Toledo Presbyterian Church 312 Augustus St, Toledo November 1st, 10am - 3pm Sponsored by the PWC, Homemade soup and bread luncheon, Tons of homemade goodies and bakery items. 36th Annual Toy Soldier Bazaar Cowlitz EXPO Center 1900 - 7th Ave, Longview November 1st, 9am-4pm $1 fee suggested donation

Proceeds to benefit local child battling serious or life-threatening illness)

Winlock’s Church Holiday Bazaar New Beginnings Assembly of God 702 SE 1st St, Winlock November 1st, 9am - 3pm

Benefits Women’s Ministries

Tables available for $15, contact Marie Goins (360) 425-0031

Holiday Spirits Bazaar Oak Tree Restaurant, Woodland November 1st, 2pm-8pm

Fri. Nov 7th & Sat. Nov 8th Grange Annual X-mas Bazaar Pleasant Hill Grange 4741 Pleasant Hill Rd. Kelso Nov. 7th, 10am - 4pm Nov. 8th, 10am - 4pm Collecting non-perishable food for Wallace Elementary School Home Spun from the Heart First Church of the Nazarene Centralia, WA November 7th, 12pm - 6pm November 8th, 12pm - 3pm 3 Rivers Christmas Shopping Festival Three Rivers Christian School 2610 Ocean Beach Hwy, Lngvw  November 8th, 9am - 3pm Soup Luncheon 11:30am - 3:00pm, Kids’ Carnival, Prize Drawings Bethany Christmas Bazaar 2900 Parkview Drive, Longview November 8th, 9am - 4pm Downtown Bridge Market Bazaar Cowlitz County Expo Center 1900 7th Ave. Longview November 8th, 9 am - 4 pm Lots of vendors, lots of fun! “For the Kids” Bazaar Broadway Learning Center 1410 8th Ave., Longview November 8th, 9am-3pm Benefits the Learning Center Holly Daze Bazaar Kalama United Methodist Church 

111 N 2nd St, Kalama November 8th, 9am - 4pm It’s a Wonderful Bazaar Red Lion Inn 510 Kelso Dr, Kelso WA November 8th, 9am - 4pm

Kalama Community Holiday Bazaar 216 Elm Street, Kalama November 8th, 8am - 4pm Bingo @ 5:30pm, Award Winning Apple Pies for Sale, Breakfast @ 8:30am: Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberry Syrup 75th Annual Joyous Holiday Bazaar First United Methodist Church 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso November 8th, 9 am - 3 pm Lunch Served 11:30am - 1:30pm ($7adult/$3child under 5-free)

Friday, November 14th Christmas at the Canterbury Inn 1324 3rd Ave, Longview   November 14, 9am - 4pm Lunch available for purchase, Complimentary child/Santa photos, Shuttle service available from the Cowlitz Expo Center (See ad this page) Grace Luthern Ladies Guilde Flea Market & Bazaar Grace Lutheran Church, Longview November 14th - 15th

Tuesday, November 18th Ladies Night Autumn Festival Ambience Salon, 1422-12th Ave Longview, WA November 18th, 6pm - 8pm Scentsy, 31, Pampered Chef, & more!

Friday, November 21st: “Take me Home for the Holidays”

Pet Adoption + Santa photos! Clark County Event Center 17402 NE Delfel Rod, Ridgefield November 21st-23rd

Fri/Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm Admission $6, free parking Thousands of gifts, pet adoptions and photos, and Mrs. Claus Workshop!

Winter Wonderland Bazaar Somerset Retirement Community 2025 Tibetts Drive, Longview November 15th, 9am- 3pm Woodland Care Center Bazaar 310 4th St. Woodland November 1st, 9am- 4pm

Tables available. Call (360) 225-9443

Saturday, November 22nd: 30th Annual Snowflake Bazaar Woodland Elementary School 600 Bozarth, November 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter Wonderland Bazaar Olympic Elementary 1324 30th Ave, Longview November 22nd, 9am- 4pm Proceeds to benefit school.

Tuesday, November 25th: St. James Holiday Gift Fair St. James Family Center 1138 Columbia St., Cathlamet November 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Friday / Sat / Sun Nov 28-30th Portland Expo Christmas Bazaar 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland OR November 28-30 December 5-7 F/S 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm

Saturday, November 29th Festival of Trees / Christmas Lights Main Street, Cathlamet WA @ 3pm

An anonymous Thanksgiving Story One Thanksgiving, Mom and I went to my sister Patty’s house for the traditional feast. Knowing how gullible Patty is, Mom decided to liven up the day and have a little fun. As it turned out, the joke wasn’t that funny. First, Mom sent Patty to the store. When she left, Mom took the turkey from the oven, removed the stuffing, inserted a Cornish hen, restuffed the turkey and put it back into the oven. At dinner time, Patty brought the turkey out and started to remove the stuffing. When her spoon hit something, she pulled out the little

bird. With a faked look of shock on her face, Mom exclaimed, “Patricia, you’ve cooked a pregnant turkey!” Horrified, Patty burst into tears! It took the family half an hour to convince her that turkeys just lay eggs.

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By Paddy Burrow Valley Bugler Columnist One of my favorite Bible verses is John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” It is also the shortest verse in the Bible, but one of the most significant, I think. It tells of a compassionate Savior, who, although He had power and ability to raise His dead friend, Lazarus, and intended to do that very thing, also took time to empathize with Martha and Mary, who were grieving for their dear brother. Later, in Luke 19:41-44, Jesus wept over Jerusalem. He continues to “mourn with those who mourn and to dance with those who dance.” He invites us to do the same. Recently, I was privileged to participate in a four-week Bereavement Support Group led by Chaplain Liz Meharg at St. John’s/Peace Health in Longview. I met some wonderful new friends who were grieving for lost spouses, children, parents, etc. We listened intently to informative and helpful videos. We heard personal testimonies. We shared our lost loved ones with the group as we felt led to and were given numerous handouts to read and to take home

for future reference. It was marvelously helpful and cathartic. I was able to finally begin to process the passing of my own mother, who died 34 years ago! And to gain coping skills to begin to process my sister, Jeanne’s death, from two years ago, and my sweet Ricky’s death from this past summer. I would strongly recommend this class to anyone grappling with a loss or losses. Don’t suffer alone. A supportive group of caring people awaits you. Call the hospital at 360-4142000 and ask for the Spiritual Care Department. Find out when the next class begins and sign up. I am so glad I did! And remember, fellow grievers, that someday, in heaven, our grief will end! Revelations 21:4 says that “God will wipe away every tear from our eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.” But until then, cry if you need to. You’re in good company. “Jesus wept.” Paddy Burrow invites your feedback. eMail her at: or call her at (360)751-5231

Veteran’s Day Parade & Auction Sunday, November 8th Toledo, WA @ 12pm The fifth annual Lewis County Veterans’ Day Parade will take place in Toledo on November 8, 2014 at noon. All individuals and businesses are encouraged to participate in showing honor and support for veterans of our country. Parade registration forms are available by calling April Pennington at 360-266-7237.

The History of Veteran’s Day:

In the USA, Veterans Day falls on the 11th of each year. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the ar-

mistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the armistice came into effect, and commemorated for the first time. President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. In 1926, Congress recognized the end of World War I, and declared the anniversary of armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. After World War II, Congress changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Recognizing Individuals on Veterans Day • Nov 11 On November 11 of 2014, we honor the men and women who have defended us, including veterans of Korea, Vietnam, and particularly our most recent group of veterans, those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. We don’t want to honor them as a group, but as individuals. For each who put his or her life on the line, it was a very personal experience. For those recovering from the effects of war, it is very much an individual experience. Our veterans today are the everyday men and women. We know them as friends, neighbors, relatives and co-workers. They have persevered and strengthened our country with their sacrifices and contributions, many of which were beyond duty’s call. Veterans are our finest citizens. As we honor them today, we also think about their successors, those who are fighting to defend our freedom at home and abroad. Make it a priority on the 11th to seek out at least one individual whom you know that is a veteran. Take some time to speak with them about their experiences, and then most importantly, thank them for their sacrifices. For they have sacrificed much much more than just their time. It is an honor to know a veteran, for it is

their life blood that they laid down and made vulnerable on the battlefield for our life blood. Thank you, Veterans. Each and every one of you - individually. Each of you has a different story to tell, and we would be honored to hear them. Not just on veterans day - but any day of the year. May God bless and keep you and your families all the rest of your days. God Bless you, Grandpa Oscar, Uncle Walt and Cousin Matthew. Thank you for your courage and service to this wonderful country. ♥

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Woodland’s Scott Hill Park By Pat Nelson Valley Bugler Columnist

ities will include baseball and softball fields, a concessions stand and anWhen the Conrad Scott family nouncer booth, and soccer fields that started farming in the 1900s, they can also be used for peewee football. could not have envisioned the future There will be walking trails and workof their land. Today, the 39 acres they out stations as well as a playground farmed in Woodland is in the process and covered community area, and plenty of open of becoming a green space for multiuse sports the enjoyment complex. In Janof both children uary 2011, the and adults. city purchased Auction atthe land with tendees raised park funds, and their bidder the Woodland numbers for Rotary is busy spectacular raising money choices includto develop the ing trips to Italy park. and Mexico, The Rotary’s Project Chairperson, Sandy Larson, is explaining dinners, Portlatest fundraiser a map of the Scott Hill Park to auction attendee, land Trailblazwas Saturday Judy Hatfield. Photo by Pat Nelson. ers’ tickets, night, Oct. 18, jewelry, art, when an aucantiques and more. One unique tion was held at Ridgefield’s Summit Grove, a rustic lodge of natural-hewn item up for bid was donated by West logs. The lodge was filled with bid- Coast Training, a full day of hands-on ders who believe in the project and training for a family to learn to operwho want to see it move forward. ate heavy equipment. This opportuThe event included a silent auction, nity to play with full-size Tonka trucks a steak and chicken dinner, a video went for $500. Each winning bid brought the presentation about the future comdream of this multiuse sports complex and an oral auction. plex closer to reality. The Woodland Attendees were told that the comRotary welcomes volunteers and inplex will be conveniently located less kind support, and all donations are than three minutes from I-5 and is tax-deductible. expected to have a positive financial impact on Woodland-area businesses by attracting regional softball, Pat Nelson, is co-creator of three humorous and sometimes edgy antholobaseball and soccer tournaments. gies: ‘Not Your Mother’s Book: On From the park’s hilltop, visitors will Being a Parent’ ( & retailhave views of Mt. Adams and the ers); On Being a Grandparent; and On Working for a Living. Columbia River corridor. Sports facil-

America is heading toward a diabetes crisis November is National Diabetes Month, a good time to think about how these projections might affect you, and if you should be taking a closer look at your lifestyle. Espe-

cially this winter, when people tend to hibernate more than “activate”. As U.S. citizens get heavier and older, the country could be approaching a diabetes crisis. About half of adults have either diabetes or pre-diabetes, which raises their risk of heart attacks, blindness, amputations and cancer. More than 12 percent of Americans 20 and older have diabetes, either diagnosed or undiagnosed. About 37 percent have pre-diabetes, a condition marked by higherthan-normal blood sugar. A decade ago it was 27 percent. An analysis

WINTER IS COMING By Ray Miles Valley Bugler Columnist

Since winter is rapidly approaching, maybe a discussion about car care and driving is appropriate. This is definitely the time of year to see that your auto or truck is up to snuff concerning colder weather and all that entails. I always recommend having the fluids checked and changed when needed at this time of year and most certainly have the battery and starting system examined. Cold weather puts much more strain on the electrical system and battery. For example, a marginal battery will often work just fine in warm weather, but the first hint of cold and you quite possibly will need a jump start to fire the engine. This is because the starter draws a lot more current when the oil is thick caused by the colder temperature. Some vehicles owner’s manuals actually call for lower viscosity oil ( 5w-20 vs. 10w-30 for instance) during colder temperature. Regardless, it is always a good idea to see that the electrical system is in good condition as all modern vehicles use lots of sensitive electronics throughout the auto. These require very finite voltages and when these voltages are compromised, it can cause all kinds of gremlins in the electronics. Another area to examine is the tires and related mechanics. Tires that are fine during the summer months often are not as good on snow and ice and this can compromise you and your loved ones safety. I personally have purchased spare rims, often 100 dollars or less at the auto recycler, to have studded tires installed so that when bad weather is expected, all I have to do is swap the extra set of tires onto my vehicle. Only takes a

of 16 studies of individuals worldwide published in the journal Diabetologia, shows that pre-diabetes not only sets the stage for diabetes but increases the risk of cancer by 15 percent. What we have, reports USA Today, is a perfect storm of an aging population, a population that’s becoming more obese, less inclined to be active, and regularly eats high-calorie

few minutes and I’m ready for the worst. It saves mounting and rebalancing twice a year and the spares take little room when not used. Additionally, when swapping the rims, the brakes and steering components can be easily inspected for wear and deterioration. This is also a good time to replace the wiper blades as summer sun breaks down the rubber and makes them pretty much useless for the rainy season. Another thing that might be appropriate is to throw a coat of fresh wax on the old buggy. Winter weather is hard on the paint and a fresh coat of wax will greatly improve the paints ability to resist the harsh weather. It also gives you a chance to examine how the paint is holding up and to take care of any small scratches or blemishes that can become bigger ones after a long cold winter. Lastly, it’s a good time to think about slowing down your driving speed as wet and possibly icy roads can greatly increase your chance of an accident. As a person who routinely always pushed the speed limits as a younger person, I have since discovered that 5 miles above the speed limit between here and Longview, for instance only got me there 2 minutes quicker. I now leave 5 minutes sooner and arrive with time to spare, plus I don’t have to keep an eye out for the ever present officer of the law! As a last thought, it is a good idea to not use your cruise control when the chance of ice is present as once you start slipping, the cruise can cause the vehicle to really go out of control. Happy Motoring! Ray Miles is the owner of R & R Motors in Castle Rock, WA. After taking a hiatus from writing, he has come back to the paper again! Welcome back, Ray!

fast food, according to the Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center at the University of Kentucky. Without lifestyle changes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says up to 30 percent of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within the next five years. But lifestyle changes can reduce the risk by almost 60 percent, saving lives and money.

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Black Friday is coming, plan Thursday • November 27th your shopping strategy now

When the turkey is eaten, the dishes are put away, and guests have gone home, how will you wind down? Gleeful bargain hunters know the answer. They will be scanning the thick stack of advertisements for the best of the day-afterThanksgiving sales. According to the National Retail Association, more than 130 million shoppers will be out for the bargains. They will spend about 10 percent of their allotted Christmas money. Here are some tips on how to get the most. * Get up early, as in very early. If you want the best deals, you have to be there before the store opens. Many retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Eve, some as early as 9pm! Waiting in line for hours is the norm for the biggest deal scores of the season. * Have plenty of gas in the car so you won’t have to spend time filling up. * Have your significant other help you. If you get the things you want, you’ll need help carrying them and pushing an additional cart. * Dress in layers. Be ready for the cold outdoors and the warm stores. * Don’t stop to chat. If you see someone you know, just say “Hi” and move on. * Keep your energy high with snacks from your purse or your car. If you’re thirsty, buy a bottle of water. * Be flexible. If the item you want is sold out, see if another brand will be sold for the same price. * When you have filled your list and your helper has taken the stuff to the car, look around a little more. You never can tell what treasure awaits you. The economy is turning around and more people are out there spending their money. Get in on the

action, whether you hit it early morning or late afternoon. My husband and I went out last year for the SECOND time ever on a Black Friday. I was a little scared, since we were going at 10pm on Thanksgiving evening, in order to get into line at an electronics store. We waited an hour and a half, then joined the stampede into the store and walked out with some incredible deals on electronics. The store was also having a Gift Card special, so we made two purchases, using the Gift Card we had earned from the first purchase to buy our second! You can’t find deals like that every day - they only come out on Black Friday. A couple years ago, we went around 1pm on Black Friday, after a delicious turkey sandwich, and had nothing to worry about! Lots of great deals, even though the stores were picked over for “top brand” stuff, we still ended up saving a bucketload of money on our Christmas purchases!

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Submitted by Georgia Cox NOVEMBER 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 1st & 3rd Tuesday: “Write your Life Story”, and will meet in the Center from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Every Wednesday: CAP offers Nutrition Meals for Seniors at the Center at NOON. Suggested donation is $3.00, but PLEASE call #6362118 (by Monday) for reservations. *Paper Tole classes will be held from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Every Thursday: Fun Quilting projects will take place from 12pm to 3pm and Pinochle games are played in the Center later at 7pm and is open to all who are interested, so bring your game! Every Friday: Lunches by reserva-

tion only, will be served in the Center at NOON. Must Reserve by calling 274-7502 by Monday. Every Saturday: BINGO games are here again! From 1pm - 3pm, get ready to have some fun! SPECIAL EVENTS: Saturday, November 1st: “Christmas in November” Sale! The annual bazaar and bake sale will be ready for you at the Center from 9am 3pm! Come and get the goodies! (No BINGO today!!) Tuesday, November 11th: Our Program and Potluck lunch! There will be a program, beginning at 11:00am and followed by a potluck lunch at high NOON. Come join us. Thursday, November 20th: Commodities will be distributed from 10am - 1pm. Have a valid punch card. Saturday, November 22nd: “Turkey BINGO” will be played from 1pm - 3pm. A special game with special treats. NOTE: The Center will be closed from November 27th through November 30th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Lewis & Clark Shop Hop November 6th - 15th Quilters are invited to go Stitchin’ Along the Lewis and Clark Trail during a Shop Hop November 6-15. The shop hop includes 11 participating quilt shops on both sides of the Columbia River as well as along the Pacific Coast. Have your passport stamped at each to be eligible to win a sewing machine or $25 gift certificate at one of the participating shops. Also on

Facebook. Turn in your completed passport for 2 yards of a specially designed batik. Homespun Quilts 108 10th St Astoria OR 503-325-3300 Custom Threads 1282 Commercial St Astoria OR 503-325-7780

“I keep my end tables full of needlework and quilting so I don’t have to dust them.” ~Author Unknown

Center Diamond

St. Helens, OR 503-397-5536


Longview Sewing Longview 360-578-2628 New Location, call for info

1065 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach

Creative Fabrics 475 Hwy 101 Wheeler OR 503-368-5900 Boardwalk Quilts 111 Bolstad Ave. E. Long Beach 360-642-7997 The Quilted Dandelion 350 W. Col. River Hwy. Clatskanie, OR 503-728-0626 Fibers and Stitches 58093 Columbia River Hwy.

Mama Made It 2121 8th Ave. Longview, WA 360-636-5631 Quilt Nest 105 Cowlitz St. W Castle Rock, WA 360-274-4663 The Paisley Duck 406 Pacific Ave. Kelso, WA 360-703-3279

Black November [Editor’s Note: Here’s our annual printing of this fantastic poem, here in the Valley Bugler. Gobble Gobble!]

When I was a young turkey, new to the coop... My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop... Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow... And he told me there was something I had to know... His look and his tone I will always remember... When he told me of the horrors of, Black November... Come about August, now listen to me, Each day you’ll get six meals instead of just three... And soon you’ll be thick, where once you were thin... And you’ll grow a big rubbery thing under your chin... And then one morning, when you’re warm in your bed... It’ll burst the farmer’s wife, and hack off your head. Then she’ll pluck out your feathers so you’re bald ‘n pink... And scoop out your insides and leave ya lyin’ in the sink... And then comes the worst part,” he said not bluffing... She’ll spread your cheeks and pack your rear end with stuffing...

Well, the rest of his words were too grim to repeat... I sat on the stoop like a winged piece of meat... I decided on the spot that to avoid being cooked... I’d have to lay low and remain overlooked... I began a new diet of nuts and granola, Highroughage salads, juice and diet cola... And as they ate pastries, chocolates and crepes... I stayed in my room doing Jane Fonda tapes... I maintained my weight of two pounds and a half... And tried not to notice when the bigger birds laughed... But it was I who was laughing, under my breath... As they chomped and they chewed, ever closer to death... And sure enough when Black November rolled around... I was the last turkey left in the whole compound... So now I’m a pet in the farmer’s wife’s lap... I haven’t a worry, so I eat and I nap. She held me today, while sewing and humming... And smiled at me and said, “Christmas is coming....”

Who Will Say Grace? Being chosen to say grace at a big family dinner is always an honor. Often, however, no one is chosen, though the prayer is expected and anticipated by all. A Thanksgiving meal prayer makes the occasion special and makes your friends and family feel blessed. When the question is asked, “Who will say grace?”, you can volunteer even though you may not be the most “religious” person in the family (the one who is will be pleased to have you step forward). The best prayers are those that come from the heart rather than from a prayer book. A prayer could begin with something as simple as, “For all our family and friends, we thank you, Lord.” Or “We pray your blessings

on our family and friends, and on those who could not be here today. We thank you for our many blessings and for this opportunity to be together. Bless this food and those who prepared it. Amen.” A few tips: Keep it short so the food doesn’t get cold! Keep it simple. Avoid any further philosophizing and don’t use it as an opportunity to ask God to correct anyone’s faults. (Avoid!!) Be humble. If it is a buffet style dinner, offer the prayer while everyone is standing and ready to go through the line. Or, circle up before the line begins. If it is a sit-down dinner, asking everyone to hold hands is a nice touch.

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Keep ladder safety in mind when decorating for Christmas November has become the month of preference for outdoor holiday decorating. There are two reasons. If you live where winter is cold, it’s not as cold in November as in December. No matter where you live, decorating when you aren’t rushed is easier and safer. Second, Thanksgiving Day is the new most-popular day to light decorations. Guests for Thanksgiving like to see your outdoor lights go on for the first time. Whether you’re decorating a big evergreen outside or placing a topper on a tall indoor tree, you will need a ladder. The first order of the day is: Don’t climb alone. Have someone there to steady the ladder or help if you lose your balance.

The Home Safety Council gives these further instructions for safety: * Check the ladder for loose screws or rungs before taking it outside. * Don’t place your ladder on ground that is uneven or very soft. Put boards on the ground for a solid ladder base. * Stay in the center of the steps when you climb and don’t lean too far in either direction. * Never step on the top of the ladder...please. Just don’t.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF DOWNTOWN LONGVIEW a special section! p.10-11 The Soap Factory Hand-made goodness, waiting just for you.

By Michelle Myre Valley Bugler Newspaper The wonderful smells coming from The Soap Factory at 1227 Commerce Ave in Longview is enough to pull you in off the sidewalk, and leave you with purchases you and your skin are sure to enjoy. Dawn Gregg, jovial shop owner and master soap maker, is usually on duty if she’s not busy making soaps. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, she’s truly the master at her profession, and can point you in the right direction.

As you are browsing, you will notice labels that say the soaps are oil based, and of course, handmade. There are three methods to making soap: Vat Method, Boiled Method and Cold-Processed. Most of the store bought soaps we see use the Vat and Boiling methods, which deplete the naturally occuring glycerin in the finished product. Glycerin is one of the essential elements in a good soap. “Only in the Cold-Processing of soaps does the natural glycerin remain intact”, explained Gregg. “Glyc-

erin moisturizes your skin. This is why handmade soaps leave your skin feeling so soft and smooth.” The different oil bases include olive, coconut, palm and soybean, with the specialty bars that have mango butter, wheat germ oil and other healthy oils. The plethora of skin nourishing oils and ingredients make it a smart choice for the upcoming winter, which brings chapped hands along with the chilly season. Gregg shared that customers who battle eczema and sensitive skin issues have reported back to her with great news about the “Practically Perfect Olive Oil Soap” as helping their skin tremendously. Just in time for the skin-damaging winter, and stuffing those Christmas stockings, Gregg has released her Holiday assortment of scents and specialty soaps. Fragrances such as Cranberry Chutney (with poppy seeds & organic juice), Pomegranate (with organic juice), Victorian Christmas, Christmas Mint, Cinnamon Bun and Pumpkin Spice provide the perfect opportunity to stock up. You know the old saying...One for me, One for you... Also on the docket in the shop are other skin care items like Cocoa Mint Muscle Rub (with arnica & menthol),

Milk & Honey Lotion, Dark Lavender Cremes, Lip Balms, Hair Shampoo and Conditioner, and even all natural deodorant for men or women that is made with real essential oils of tea tree and geranium. Another of Gregg’s offerings at her shop have nothing to do with soap. Besides offering hundreds of different varieties of handmade soaps and lotions, there is a full array of complete sets of Polish Pottery. When asked why Polish Pottery, Gregg replied, “Because I’m addicted to it, I guess”. It’s clear to see why. Beautiful handcrafted pottery that include soup bowls, dinner sets, pitchers, coasters and yes, soap dishes, adorn her shelves. All pieces are hand painted in Boleslaweic, Poland and are microsave, freezer, dishwasher and oven safe. Purchasing direct from a small and incredibly “talented” Poland Factory, it is a lovely addition to the shop, with most pieces being priced affordably at twenty dollars or less. The Soap Factory is ready for your soap or polish pottery shopping from 10:30-5:00pm Tuesday through Friday, and 10:30am - 3:30pm on Saturday. 1227 Commerce Ave

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Get in Shape Before You Hit the Slopes! Healthy Holiday Eating By Melissa Kirk, RD, CD, CDE

What are you wishing for this holiday season? A bigger waist line? Heartburn? High blood sugar? Probably none of the above, but since food is everywhere during the holiday season, it can be tough to stick to your healthful eating and exercise habits. What can I do to prevent weight gain over the holidays? The best advice is to be realistic about your goal. Do not expect to lose weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Instead, focus on not gaining weight. For success, keep a regular exercise pattern and a mostly healthy diet during this time. How can I stay on track and not overeat at holiday functions? Try these tips and see which ones work best for you: • Survey all the options before you take any food. Decide what foods are worth eating and which you can ignore. Why waste calories on foods that do not bring you pleasure? • Eat a snack before you leave home. If you arrive at a party starving, you are more likely to eat too much. Eat your calories instead of drinking them. Stick low calorie or calorie-free drinks (diet sodas, water, lite beer, or a wine spritzer), instead of punches, eggnog, and mixed drinks that can have up to 500 calories/cup. • Sip a large glass of water between

every alcoholic drink. This will help you stay hydrated, and you will drink fewer calories by the end of the night. • When you are hosting, make sure to include lower-calorie foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. When you are a guest, bring along a lower-calorie dish to share. • Avoid standing next to the buffet table. Find a comfortable spot across the room, and enjoy the people. • Drop out of the “clean plate club.” Leave a few bites behind every time you eat, especially if you are eating something you do not really love. • Learn to say “no” politely. Try: “No, thank you. I have had enough. Everything was delicious!” This works even with someone who will not take “no” for an answer. What can I do to stay active when I am busier than usual? Exercising during the hectic holiday season can help you maintain your weight and sanity, but you will need to adjust your expectations and be flexible. Sneak in exercise whenever you can by taking a walk after a large meal, parking at the back of the lot for holiday shopping, taking the stairs or suggesting an active outing with friends such as caroling, a holiday fun run or a walking tour of holiday lights.

Melissa Kirk, RD, CD, CDE, works in the Nutrition and Diabetes Program at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview.

Beautiful scenery and the thought of cozy fireplaces in the lodge will lure people of all ages to the ski resorts. Many don’t know how physically demanding skiing will be. If your trip is a few weeks away, you have time to do stretches and strengthening exercises to help prevent injuries. The National Ski Areas Association says three out of every 1,000 skiers in the United States and seven of every 1,000 snowboarders are injured each day. Being in generally good shape helps to reduce all injuries, but it doesn’t mean you are in good shape for skiing. The sport taxes muscles that aren’t used much during other forms of exercise, muscles such as the quadriceps and muscles in the lower back. Start your ski conditioning, with stretches. Flexibility will help you stay on your feet and help you land correctly when you fall. To stretch your lower back, lay down flat and pull one knee, then the other, to your chest using your hands. Hold and repeat several times. To stretch hamstrings, still lying down, raise one leg and support the back of the thigh with your hands. Starting with the knee bent, try to straighten it until you feel a stretch in back of the thigh. Then do it with the other knee. For the quad stretch, stand on one foot. Bend your knee and grab your foot behind your back (hold onto a chair). Try to pull your foot back to your buttocks. You should feel the stretch in the front of your leg. Do the double knee stretch on the

floor by pulling first one knee to the chest and holding, then the other, then both. To build strength, do leg lifts from a chair, abdominal curls and step ups. For wall sits, lean against a wall and slowly lower yourself to a sitting position. To work on leg strength, do additional walking or light jogging once or twice a week. During your walk, switch up your stride, lunging deep for a few minutes, then moving into a short stride for a few minutes, then move into a grapevine for short while. Keeping the differing strides will keep your body guessing and your muscles ready, as well as your metabolism boosted. During your walk / job, try to turn around (safely) and walk backwards - this will encourage your legs to utilize muscles that it isn’t used to using. (Yes, that means preparing for skiing, too). Finally, take along some Ibuprofen and use one or two before you make your trek to the slopes. It will help aid the swelling of muscles and ease sore tendons. Then, after a nice day on the slopes and sunning yourself in the gorgeous rays of sunshine, sit back and relax. Give yourself and your body some time to rejuvenate by sharing your adventures on the slopes over a nice hot steaming mug of coffee or hot chocolate. Sit around the lodge fire, or rest at home on the couch. Don’t expect too much out of your body all at once. Expect to be sore the next day, but after a few good warmups, hit those slopes again!!

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Bugler fans are invited to share their “Love of Fall”

‘Crisp mornings, sunny afternoons and making home made soup for dinner.’ - Kim Hash

‘49’er Season!’ - Ben Harrison ‘Wearing boots, fall sweaters & love the crisp breeze & fall rain & the way the leaves turn colors and I love the holiday Thanksgiving is one of my favorite due to my hubby asked me to marry him the day before. God is amazing with his love for us on giving us such wonderful colors in the Northwest.’ - Joanne Elaine E ‘Time of invigoration - vibrant colors,

Lighter Side

Good Advice A lady pulled into a crowded parking lot and rolled down the car windows to make sure her golden retriever had fresh air. The dog was stretched out on the back seat, and she wanted to make sure the dog stayed there. She walked backward toward the store, pointing her finger at the dog and saying: “Stay...Do you hear me?... Stay!... Stay!” The driver of a nearby car piped up: “Why don’t you just put it in park?’

‘The leaves turning colors, the brisk air, being able to bake in the oven inside again, canning up all the summer produce and Thanksgiving! This is my most favorite season!!’ - Laurrie Piland

‘Snuggling up in my sweaters.’ - Kathleen Mahurin Powell


new school beginnings, energy - wind and rain storms, celebration of meeting my husband 17 years ago at a Thanksgiving dinner, cute costumes, family, reflection, Blessings!!!’ - Jolie Passons Anderson ‘Romping through mud at pumpkin patches, the crunch of colorful leaves under my boots, and the blustery air - everything about fall is amazing!’ - Pam Reich ‘Feeling the crisp cool air and seeing the leaves change. It is such a beautiful, transformative time of year.’ - Kamber Kubitz

Got Bugs? A man who works for a pest control company confirms each appointment by phone the night before his service call. One night, a man answered the confirmation call. Pest control man said, “Hi, this is A to Z Pest Control. Your wife phoned us.” There was a long silence, and then the customer yelled to his wife: “Honey, it’s for you ... someone wants to talk to you about your relatives.” Stop Sign A woman drove a mini-van filled with a dozen screaming kids through the

mall parking lot, looking for a space. Obviously frazzled, she coasted through a stop sign. “Hey, lady, have you forgotten how to stop?” yelled an irate man. She rolled down her window and yelled back, “What makes you think these are all mine?” Afterlife Three friends go to heaven where they are asked, “As people gaze into your casket, what would you like to hear them say about you?” The first says, “I would like to hear them say I was a one of the great doctors of my time and a great family man.” The second said he’d like to hear them say he was a great husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in the children of tomorrow.” The third guy replies, “I’d like to hear them say, ‘Look, he’s moving!’” Low-tech humor Sign behind an Amish carriage: “Energy efficient vehicle. Runs on grass and oats. CAUTION: Avoid exhaust!”

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Ways to Make Your Home and Heart Festive! this Season Though one of the best parts of winter is getting out of the cool, crisp air and into the cozy, comfort of your home, trendsetting crafters are bringing the beauty of nature inside their houses when decorating for the holidays this year. “This holiday season, the outdoors are in,” says Nicole Long, Manager of Inspiration for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “Pine cones, evergreen, moss and grapevine can give your traditional décor a rustic, natural look.” If you’re having trouble getting inspired, here are some ideas from the experts at Jo-Ann: • Dress up the entrance of your home with an especially festive look. Wire a small twig wreath to a larger grapevine wreath and then decorate with dazzling embellishments, stems and greenery. • Give your mantel a cozy makeover by hanging knitted stockings, embellished with berries and leaves. Then fill them with gifts galore! • Deck the halls with pictures of loved ones and celebrations past. Turn a traditional pine garland of berries and pine cones into a personal keepsake of fond memories by adding handcrafted wire frames of your favorite family photos. • Paint pine cones red, gold, burgundy and green. Don’t be afraid to add a little glitz with a coat of clear glitter on each one. Showcase them in a simple glass container for a beautiful centerpiece or side table decoration. • Fashion a hanging basket out of grapevine wreath. Place battery-operated lights within the basket and fill with ornaments.

• For a delicious holiday goodie bag, dip peppermint sticks in melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles or chopped nuts. Place them in treat bags with ribbon then give to family and friends throughout the season. • Print Victorianera designs onto paper, then decoupage onto wood shapes. Glitter the edges and tie on a shiny ribbon to create a lovely, vintageinspired ornament. For more tips and directions on transforming your home for the holiday season, visit: By bringing a bit of nature into your home this season, you can evoke its spirit all throughout the house. To help keep your feelings of good cheer, peace, and serenity, you might want to try some of these ideas. * Realistic goals: Compile a list of what needs to be accomplished during the holidays. Eliminate what you can and formulate a game plan that allows you to do a little at a time so the holidays are not a burden but a blessing. * Restraint: Don’t become carried away with spending money on gifts and decorations, racking up huge bills that make reading the mail a dreaded experience. Stick to your budget. * Time for yourself: Take time each day to be alone and enjoy a quiet moment. *Empathy: You might become agitated while stuck in traffic or feel impatient with an inexperienced salesclerk but remember the people around you may be dealing with frustration too. A smile can be contagious.

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Thanksgiving Riddles Here are some Thanksgiving Riddles to practice and learn for this month!! Try them out on some friends, and tell us what you think!

Chinese Egg Ribbon Soup By Laurrie Piland Valley Bugler Columnist I recently celebrated cooking my 97th country/territory of Hong Kong. I created all three recipes that I used for my menu. The consensus was that this soup that I designed was amazing and I have to prepare it again in the future. I love Asian cuisine. This recipe is great for a quick, healthy midweek dinner. It takes no time at all if you have prepped your vegetables in advance. I say that this is egg ribbon soup rather than egg drop soup because I beat my eggs in a glass measuring cup and slowly streamed them in and they didn’t “wrap” around the vegetables, but, rather, created long “ribbons” of egg, instead. I found it much more appealing to the eye...and, after all, we eat with our eyes first!

Egg Ribbon Soup

5 cups chicken broth 1/2 lb diced chicken breast (raw or cooked) 1/4c ea: diced celery, carrot & onion 1 clove garlic, minced 4 ounces julienned water chestnuts 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger Pinch crushed red pepper flakes 2 eggs, well beaten 1/4 cup frozen peas 2 tablespoons cornstarch made into

Just a couple jokes Borrow a Newspaper I was visiting my granddaughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper. “This is the 21st century,” she said. “We don’t buy newspapers. Here, use my iPad.” I can tell you this. That fly never knew what hit him. The order of creation One day in the Garden of Eden, Eve called out to God, saying, “Lord, I know you created me, this beautiful garden and all of these wonderful ani-

a slurry with 2 tablespoons water Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish Directions: Put all ingredients except frozen peas, eggs and cornstarch slurry in a large pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer about 35 minutes or until everything is cooked through. Add cornstarch slurry, raise heat, bring to a slow boil until soup thickens. Add beaten egg in a steady stream to form the “ribbons”. Add frozen peas. Remove from heat. Serve. My summer garden is just about done. I have a ton of clean up to do. I do have a winter garden planted. I have chard, kale, spinach, beets, carrots, peas and lettuce planted. We have plans of making our front raised bed into a cold frame for the carrots and lettuce. This is just one of the things that I love about living in the Pacific Northwest...we have the ability to garden year-round here. So, I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Happy Thanksgiving and until we meet up in December...PEACE! RV cook extraordinaire.. proving to the world that RV food can be gourmet. Even from her RV galley in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens!

mals, but I’m just not happy.” “Why is that Eve,” asked God. “I’m lonely. And I’m sick to death of apples,” she replied. “Well, Eve, I shall create a man for you. He will be a creature with aggressive tendencies, an enormous ego and an inability to listen to you. He’ll be bigger, faster and more muscular than you, and he’ll be good at fighting, kicking a ball and hunting.” “Sounds great,” says Eve. The Lord replies, “OK, you can have a man on one condition. You’ll have to let him believe that I made him first.”

Turkey day riddles 1. If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for? 2. Why can’t you take turkeys to church? 3. What’s the best dance to do on thanksgiving? 4. What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus? 5. What kind of music did the Pilgrims like? 6. What side of the turkey has the most feathers? 7. Why did the police arrest the turkey? 8. Where did the first corn come from? 9. Why did the Indian chief wear so many feathers? 10. What happened to the Pilgrim who was shot by an Indian?

11. How did the Mayflower show that it liked America? 12. What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner? 13. Why did they let the turkey join the band? 14. How can you make a turkey float?

Turkey day answers

1-Their age. 2-Because they use fowl language. 3-The turkey trot. 4-Lots of drumsticks. 5-The Plymouth Rock. 6-The outside. 7-For fowl play. 8-The stalk brought it. 9-To keep his wigwam. 10-He had an arrow escape. 11-It hugged the shore. 12-The turKEY. 13-Because he had the drumsticks. 14-You need two scoops of ice cream, some root beer, and a turkey.

Enter Community Photography Show Longview Recreation and the Monticello Camera Club invite all interested photographers to enter their photographs in the upcoming Photo Contest and Show to be held on November 7,8 & 9th at the McClelland Center, 951 Delaware Street, Longview WA. Photographers of all ages are welcome to participate. Students, ages 18 and under, will be professionally judged separately. 2 adult divisions include amateur and advanced photographers. Rib-

bons and prize gift certificates will be awarded. Categories include: Still life, plant life, creative, scenic, people, animals, creative, general interest and City of Longview Parks. Photos must be entered on Sunday, November 2nd from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, and Monday, November 3rdfrom 4:00pm - 7:00pm, at McClelland Center. For more information, please contact Longview Recreation at 442.5400 or visit:

Page 16 • Valley Bugler • November 2014 marketing make you shiver? Get off the couch or desk chair and jump in the race. I know you will not only survive, but you will thrive. I’m not saying it won’t be scary, but “You can do this!”

Oscar Myre IV is the Creative Director & Owner at omOriginals Marketing! a Washington based Web firm for over sixteen years. Serving National and International clients of all sizes. Call them at (360)575-9839 or

Tackle Your Marketing Obstacles By Oscar Myre IV Valley Bugler Columnist Hello Friends, I’m happy to share with you that not only did I survive the Tough Mudder endurance challenge 2 times in 1 weekend, I also picked up some valuable lessons we can apply towards our marketing. The Tough Mudder is an 11 mile mud run with 26+ crazy obstacles to endure and overcome. Some obstacles include electric shock, full ice submersion, bridge jumping, lots of walls including one similar to the Ninja Warrior Warp Wall, and did I mention there is lots of mud?! Here are some of the lessons I learned on the course. 1 ) Plan ahead - and do it. You can’t just show up. You need to put the in miles and do the strength training. If you don’t then you’re going to have a very long day. As with your marketing, plan ahead and do the work needed to get your marketing in shape. If you break tasks of epic proportions into smaller chunks you can overcome. Mile by mile. Obstacle by obstacle. 2) You don’t need to do it alone. Some of the obstacles such as the “Human Pyramid” are designed to require teamwork to complete. A core value of the Mudder culture is helping others. For many of us, it is natural to help others. The hard part is getting over your pride and asking others for help. We can all benefit from getting help from others on our marketing. 3) Keep things fresh. You’d think running the same event year after year might become monotonous. Hats off to the Tough Mud-

der Team. They continually improve on obstacles and create new ones. They really changed up things this year, while maintaining the obstacles that you expect. The learning here? Keep your core business in place, but don’t be afraid to try new stuff. 4) You have to Show up. According to Tough Mudder, 78% of people that start the event complete the course. I will go out on a limb and estimate that 0% of the people that don’t show up, don’t complete the course. Get off the couch and do the marketing. 5) Learn to Swim. I witnessed a super brave (or stupid?) dude “Walk the Plank” and splash in the water below. Turns out this guy couldn’t swim. Be smart! If you need to learn some skills, learn them before you go under… 6) Wear the Right Gear. Wear quick drying clothes. I met one guy that bought a Gorilla mask the day of the event. To his credit ran the whole race without removing the mask. His mask was often filled with water, super hot, and at times; blinding. Unless you want to go bananas, I encourage you to remove the things in your business that get in the way or slow you down. 7) Fuel yourself. Tough Mudder is a long event. You need to continually hydrate and feed yourself to give you energy and to avoid injury. Your marketing is not a short term investment. You need to continually find inspiration and new skills to run your best race. Are you looking at some daunting marketing obstacles? Does your

To my favorite GEEK. Wishing you a happy happy birthday! It has been a tremendous year of change and life challenges, and I’m proud to be by your side. Thank you for your strength and creative genius that you lend our little family. We love you!

your wife and kiddos!

Kids ask ‘Why do Autumn Leaves Change Color?’ You can answer: If you’re lucky (yep, we are), you live in an area where nature has one last fling before settling down into winter’s sleep. In those places, the green palette of summer is transformed into a vivid autumn palette of reds, oranges, golds and browns before the leaves fall from the trees, according to the

Forest Service. The timing of color change is mainly dictated by the calendar and the length of night but three types of pigments are involved: The chlorophyll green that stores sugars for winter, the carotenoids that produce yellows and golds, and anthocyanins that turn into shades of red and purple. The brilliance of colors is related to weather conditions. A succession

of warm, sunny days and cool but not freezing nights bring out the best color displays. The amount of moisture in the soil also affects autumn colors. The infinite combinations of these two factors assure that no two autumns can be exactly alike. During these days, lots of sugars are produced in the leaf but the cool nights and the gradual closing of veins going into the leaf prevent these sugars from moving out. These conditions, lots of sugar and lots of light, spur production of the brilliant anthocyanin pigments, which tint reds, purples, and crimson. Because carotenoids are always present in leaves, the yellow and gold colors remain fairly constant from year to year. Evergreens are able to survive winter because their needle-like foliage is covered with a heavy wax coating and the fluid inside their cells contains substances that resist freezing. They can survive Arctic (way below zero!) conditions.

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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. 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 Longview Eagles Club (152612th Ave) 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. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS of Longview meets Monday @ 7:00pm or Thursday @ 7:30pm at Longview United Methodist Church. 2851 30th Ave, Longview. For info call Vee (503)449-6005 or

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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Movie Reviews By Blake Peterson

By Bill Eagle Valley Bugler Columnist

Tovio’s Wedding

My friend Harry dropped by and brought a friend with him. “Hi,” said Harry. “Do you remember my friend Toivo Kantor?” “Sure, I remember you Toivo” I replied. “I met you at the Lahti’s place in Clatskanie. You’re an Engineer at the Port Westward industrial complex.” “That’s right;” nodded Toivo. “Harry brought me to town today so that I could get fitted for a Tux.” I looked Surprised. “A tux? You getting married?” Toivo’s face split into a wide grin. “Next month.” My wife, Claudia walked into our living room “Do we know the girl?” Toivo said “I’m not sure if you do, her name’s Ayla Ülkümen and she’s also a Port Westward engineer.” “I don’t know her,” grinned Claudia; “but I know who she is. Annie Lahti told me that you were dating her.” Before Toivo could answer, Harry blurted out: “She’s a Turkish Muslim.” Toivo smiled. “It’s a marriage made in heaven. I’m a Finnish Jew and despite differences, our religions have lots in common. Our dietary laws are similar as well as some of our ritual beliefs, I spoke up. “I thought that Jews and Moslems were natural enemies” Toivo shook his head. “We didn’t’ used to be. During the Middle Ages when the Christians started persecuting Jews, many went to live under the protection of Islam. They were considered “People of the Book” and were given many rights and their communities prospered. There are still large Jewish communities in Turkey and Iraq. During World War II, the Turks were responsible for rescuing thousands of Jews from the Germans.” Claudia looked at Toivo. “Are you going to get married in a Synagogue or a Mosque?” Toivo laughed. “Neither, we’re getting married by a boat Captain on a Riverboat.” “How about Ayla’s family?” asked Claudia

Toivo made a nodding motion with his head. “I have met her family. They seem to be okay with us. Ayla’s family follows the Sufi Moslem tradition of believing that everyone has their own way to God. The Sufi’s are probably the most liberal branch of Islam, and there are many Sufi’s in Turkey. Her sister is married to a Protestant and her brother (like the Prophet Mohamed) has a Jewish wife. They appear to be a very happy family.” Toivo pulled a small picture from his wallet. Harry interjected “She doesn’t look like an Arab.” Toivo laughed. “Turks aren’t Arabs. Ayla has blond hair and blue eyes, just like many of the people who live in her grand parents black sea village.” Toivo continued. “I’m a Reformed Jew, but my parents weren’t completely happy when I first introduced Ayla to them.” Claudia frowned. Toivo laughed. “It took us a few visits, to break down barriers, but it’s very hard not to love Ayla.” Toivo started giggling; “It would have taken them longer if she were a Christian.” Harry opened an envelope that he was carrying. “This is a formal invitation to their wedding. They will have a brunch with lots of food for us all. We hope that you and Claudia will be able to attend.” Claudia responded with “I wouldn’t miss it for the world and I will make sure that Bill is on his best behavior.” Claudia and I bid our friends farewell. I took her hand and looked at her. “I only wish that the rest of the world would be more willing to live peacefully with each other. I would love to see more Toivo’s and Ayla’s. Our world could use more love and fewer wars.” Claudia gave me a big hug and whispered “Amen.” Bill Eagle loves letters and he also appreciates the comments of others. Why don’t you drop him a line at:, or make an online comment at:

‘Maze Runner’ Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario Directed by Wes Ball Running Time 1 Hr., 53 Mins., PG-13 My Rating: B+

These days, every adaptation of a post-apocalyptically based young adult novel lives in the shadow of the “The Hunger Games”. The only thing that has even come close was “Divergent.” But even after seeing it months ago, I’m sure it was funded by the expensive section of H&M and a modeling agency. Its only saving grace was Shailene Woodley. But “The Maze Runner” doesn’t feel like a cheap cash in. Instead, it’s like a companion piece to a Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. There is no romance, no unusually attractive “teenagers”, and no flimsiness; it’s solid and assured. As the film started, I was, of course, a bit skeptical. But once the plot begins to roll, there is nothing that gets in its way. Our leader is not Katniss Everdeen or Tris Prior: this time we have Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), who has an average name, doesn’t have a heroic aura, or a bone to pick. Amnesia stricken, he awakes to find that he’s trapped in a gigantic field (known as The Glade) with a group of other teenage boys. We’re left just as confused as he is. And as if things couldn’t get any stranger, surrounding The Glade is a maze, thousands of feet high and made of concrete. It doesn’t have the innocence of a corn maze; unfortunately, it’s electronically controlled, filled with monsters, and changes in pattern every night. Thomas is told to stay out, but because the film is aptly named “The Maze Runner”, he doesn’t. He has fuzzy visions of his past every night,

which are enough to make him realize that he possesses something his peers don’t. This is affirmed when, out of the blue, the latest entry into The Glade is a girl (Kaya Scodelario) who knows Thomas’s identity. “The Maze Runner” is consistently thrilling and well-acted, and because we’re left in the dark just as much as the characters are, there is a constant sense of enigma that leaves you pining for a resolution. Unlike “Divergent,” “The Maze Runner” feels completely original and free of monotony. I especially liked Dylan O’Brien, who has spent years as comic relief on “Teen Wolf.” He may as well be the John Cusack of YA fantasy movies: he’s likable, average-looking, and comfortable on the screen. Thomas isn’t courageous just because the script tells him to — he carries out his actions in a very “why-isn’t-anyone-else-doing-the-right-thing” kind of way. The already infamous ending, which have left most critics flipping a table in a “Real Housewives” fashion, promises more. It surely isn’t a solid conclusion — there is still so much to be answered — but as my sister frequently reminded me afterwards, it matches the finale of the novel. I, of course, wasn’t a fan of the ending of “Catching Fire”, but yet again, it’s nice to know that there is more to come. More “Divergent?” No thanks. But I will definitely be seeing the sequel to “The Maze Runner”, possibly opening night. 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:

‘The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.’ - Alfred Hitchcock

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Puppy Love and Kitten Tricks Can Enrich Life and Boost Health Want to be greeted enthusiastically as you walk through the door? Who can take a nap on the sofa with you? How about listening to your every word, believing it and loving you for it? A pet can do all of this. Research shows there are physical and emotional benefits to owning a cat or a dog, even a fish, especially for older people. About 68 percent of all households have a pet and treat them like a member of the family. People living alone get companionship from pets, and couples have many new topics for conversation. Individuals are less likely to feel stressed because animals keep them in the present. You have to feed them, walk them, and find their toys. Quoted in USA Today, Alan Beck, 72, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, says: * Touching and stroking a pet can be comforting to people (and to the animal) and lowers blood pressure. * Pets give you opportunity to give and receive nurturing. * Dogs encourage exercise. You will walk with them, which also helps with weight management. * They help to orient your day. You might forget to get the mail or to feed

yourself but not the dog or cat who is nudging you. * They are social facilitators. You are more likely to engage in conversation with others when you are walking your dog. In dog parks, owners visit while the dogs play. * They’re icebreakers when a new neighbor visits or when you meet up with an old friend. There are also downsides to pet ownership. Some retirees travel and don’t want the responsibility of pets. And the cost of ownership ranges from food and toys to vet visits. Many people consider these responsibilities as part of the joy in owning a pet they adore and love like one of the family. Before you invest your money, time and energy into finding a pet for you or your family, consider spending some time with other pets in your life. Perhaps friends of yours have a couple dogs, or a cat you can ask about. Learning from other people’s mistakes can be a large benefit in choosing the right pet for your lap. Or for your running leash! There are many organizations around who can help assist in pairing with the perfect pet, such as Rescued Paws or the Humane Society. If you prefer a newborn pet, recently weaned, ask around for reputable breeders, and do your homework.

Adorable Adoptees


‘Mike & Ike’

If you ever wanted a cat that will talk to you and answer all your questions, this is the one! Meet ‘Juicy’, an orange male tabby looking for his forever home. For information on this pet, or for others, please contact The Humane Society of Cowlitz County. (360)577-0151 909 Columbia Blvd, Longview * Search online for available pets!


Pose your pet with Santa is Saturday, November 15th at Canterbury Inn from 9am - 4pm. Call the Humane Society for reservations and your appointment time. Be sure to call and make your reservation, and enjoy the giggles. Such fun for everyone! (360)577-0151 Santa Pet Pictures Canterbury Inn 1324 3rd Ave, Longview, WA

Two adorable little pups - identical except for the blaze of white on Ike’s nose, they are social and love meeting new people. They get along well with other dogs, and don’t seem to mind cats. Love little children, too, as long as the kids don’t mind getting their faces “washed” on a regular basis :) The pups are neutered, current on their vaccinations, and microchipped. They’re ready for their Forever Homes. If you would like to complete our Adoption Application, please do so! For more information about this pet, or email Rescued Paws: For questions and adoption info

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November 2014  

The November eDition of Cowlitz County's favorite newspaper.

November 2014  

The November eDition of Cowlitz County's favorite newspaper.