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From the Editor’s Desk There's no easy way around it, the "Holidays" this year just don't seem very merry for me and my family. Having heard from a plethora of people that "the first time for holidays, birthdays, etc. after losing such an important person in your life are pretty tough", I have to agree. And so, as time flies, we are into November and the "Holiday Season" of gifts and holly spice. Hopefully lots of holly spice and mistletoe are in your life, not so much focus on gifts. Or at least the purchasing of said gifts, anyway. Of course, Black Friday is the most anticipated shopping date of the year. Why is that? I'm fairly certain that it is NOT the massive crowds and mind-numbing lines. Fairly certain. I am guessing that it is the draw to save hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars on purchases. Ranging from washing machines to computers and tablets, star wars dolls and my little pony accessories, they're all on sale. The small print? Sometimes they're only on the "big sale price" for the day after Thanksgiving. It's quite a draw. I have to admit, I've been sucked into the masses who participate in such a "Black Friday" day. The last few years, we have made larger purchases online, like a new TV. We had not purchased a new TV ever. Every single television set had been given to us from family members. Hey, the tv set worked and the picture was relatively clear. I found a deal at Fry's that saved us hundreds of dollars and allowed us to

join the land of the flat screen television set owning families. We took the plunge and made the purchase. I felt as though my joining the millions of people shopping on Black Friday was justified through the saving of my hard earned dollars. And, I ended up purchasing all of the other Christmas gifts with the money we "saved". Did we NEEEEEED a flat screen television set? Nah. Did we WANT one? Yeah, we did. And I think it is with that mindset that people really ponder the items that they want, especially the big ticket items. Then we save our pennies, don't we? "I am going to buy this on Black Friday this year! Someone is bound to have a sale!" is something I have heard repeatedly over the past few years. It's really not such a bad idea. With all of the online specials being offered, the "crowds" have gotten more manageable. Well, most of them anyways. So, if you're stuck in line waiting for a Black Friday store to open up, or waiting in line, strike up a conversation with those around you. Where are they from? Do they shop a Black Friday sale every year? Where are they going next? You might be surprised to find the time moving with much faster than you thought. Whatever your plans for this Thanksgiving and Black Friday season, I pray that your holiday is filled with warmth, lots of smiles and hugs. And good food. Let's not forget the

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Editor/Publisher................................Michelle Myre Web Manager ..................................Oscar Myre IV Cover Design ..................................Oscar Myre IV Distribution.........................................Diana Jones Advertising Sales..............................Michelle Myre Columnists.........................................Listed below Blake Peterson - Movie Reviews Georgia Butterfield - Adorable Adoptee Georgia Cox - Castle Rock Seniors Jean Brown - Guest Columnist Oscar Myre IV - Geek Speak Paddy Burrow - Fruits & Nuts /valleybuglernewspaper Pat Nelson - Window to Woodland PeaceHealth - Living Well **The Valley Bugler newspaper publishes content supplied from the above columnists, and is not responsible for factual mistakes or anything other than the occasional spelling error. The Valley Bugler does not endorse views expressed, but retains a neutral stance on all issues presented.**

EMAIL: EDITOR@VALLEYBUGLER.COM delicious food. Whether your family chooses to hit a local restaurant, have a grocery store prepare the meal, or slave over the food in a warm kitchen, enjoy this time. Share in the smiles. Relax your tense brow, and kick your feet up for a while. Savor the food, do the dishes together, go outside and kick a ball around, start a Christmas puzzle, tickle the children, pour the bubbly, savor the dessert, welcome neighbors, hug friends and family, laugh

and share in the memories you are creating. Isn't that what Thanksgiving is all about? Until next month.

Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor

[This is me and my beloved mama, Toni Reich, who passed away too early June 23rd, 2015.. Miss you, Mamasita.]

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Santa’s Sleigh is set to arrive on Black Friday, Nov. 27th @ Three Rivers 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! Gives us a good excuse to eat all that turkey and trimmings later in the day! Prizes for fast times, best costumes, largest family participation and more. Deadline for shirts is Tuesday November 17th, T-shirt, tech shirt or long sleeve shirt. $8.00 through November 1. $10.00 through November

25th. Day of race registration starts at 7:00 AM and is $15.00. Packet Pick up is from 12:00-6:00 PM Wednesday November 25th at the Recreation Office. 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! Day 1: Walk 15 minutes Day 2: Walk 1 mile Day 3: Walk 1.5 miles Day 4: Rest Each consecutive week, build in 10 minute increments and adding .5 a mile each week. (Or more if you can). Throw in 10 mins of other exercise too, like bike riding, jumping jacks, etc. on your days of walking. Complete rest on your day of rest.

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 27th. 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. Come out to see Santa and get your Christmas shopping done all in one fell swoop. Well, or at least STARTED! ☺

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 then, 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, or online). 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. 2nd

Contest Judging - Dec. 5th (Judging is done prior to the Home for the Holidays Christmas Parade). Public viewing will be from noon to 7pm on December 5th, the day of the parade, at the Broadway Gallery. Prizes will be available in nine different categories. Age related brackets, local landmarks, heartwarming houses, other gingerbread originals, professional, people’s choice youth and people’s choice adult. The judging will take place at 2p.m. Gail Wells, gingerbread artist, will judge the contest for the second time. She will be judging on detail, balanced proportions, consistency, and realistic/whimsical. ONLINE:

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By Paddy Elkins Valley Bugler Columnist Recently, a dear, childhood friend of mine asked me to write something about "forgiveness" since that topic hangs so many people up. So I have been thinking about "forgiveness" and reading up on it, and also listening intently whenever anyone speaks about it on the radio or TV or in church or in normal conversation. I also have a keen interest in this topic because so many years of my own life were adversely affected by unforgiveness that I long to be able to help YOU avoid my error! I would define "forgiveness" as a return to peace after having had our peace temporarily disrupted by some unwanted painful event. The painful event may have been intentional or unintentional. The offending party may be aware or unaware that they have injured us or caused us pain. Forgiveness can be extended at any time - before, during or after the offending event, depending upon the preference and capability of the offended person - but I believe "the sooner the better" is a good "rule-ofthumb" if one wants to live in a state of peacefulness instead of agitation. The painful event may have happened thirty seconds ago or thirty years ago! Forgiveness can be extended immediately, eventually or not at all. But personally, I love the idea of extending it in advance! And I shall explain why, in a moment. Dr. Fred Luskin, Director and CoFounder of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, in his book "Forgive For Good", likens unresolved grievances to airplanes crowding the screen of a harried air traffic controller. Most of the other planes have landed, but the unresolved grievances continue to circle for days and

weeks on end, taking up precious air space, draining resources that may be needed in an emergency, increasing the chance for accidents and becoming a source of stress and burnout. Forgiveness is the peace you feel when you allow these circling planes to land. Forgiveness is for you and not the offender. Forgiveness is taking back your power from the offending person and taking responsibility for how you feel. Forgiveness is about your healing and not about the people who hurt you. Forgiveness is a skill you can learn and practice just like learning to throw a baseball. Forgiveness helps you get control over your feelings, and can improve your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Forgiveness is a choice. Dr. Luskin asserts "Everyone can learn to forgive". Interestingly enough, the words "forgive" and "forget" are on the same page in my Webster's Dictionary, but they do not necessarily go hand-inhand. To "forgive", says Webster, is "to give up resentment against or the desire to punish; to stop being angry with; to pardon; to overlook; to cancel or remit (a debt); to give up all claim to punish or exact penalty for (an offense)". While of the word "forget", Webster says it means "to lose (facts or knowledge) from the mind; to fail to recall; to be unable to remember; unintentionally or intentionally". So, while forgiving is always an intentional activity, forgetting is not. Forgetting can be unintentional, but it can also be intentional, like when we overlook an offense on purpose, the way God does when He pardons sinners who come to Him sincerely repenting of their sins. The Bible says His mercies are new every morning. He separates us from our sins as far as the East is from the West. He overlooks them intentionally to draw us back to Himself with love and grace. The Bible says that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." From the cross, Jesus looked up and prayed: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." I believe He was asking His Father to forgive not only those who had just nailed Him to that cross, but also to forgive all of us who hadn't even been born yet. His forgiveness was ready and waiting for us

before we were even born! I call that kind of forgiveness: "Fore-giveness". It's the kind that anticipates offenses as universal happenings and makes preparation ahead of time to overlook wrong-doings that happen to us, and allow the offender to be disciplined by God and/or the legal system rather than by us personally. As Dr. Luskin continues, "Forgiveness is not condoning unkindness; Forgiveness is not forgetting that something painful happened; It is not excusing bad behavior, nor denying nor minimizing your hurt; Forgiveness does not have to be an otherworldly or religious experience. (It can be very matter-of-fact and unemotional). It does not mean reconciling with the offender. But just because bad things happen does not mean you have to dwell on them. Dr.

Luskin recommends turning the "TV channels in your mind from Grievance Channels to Beauty Channels or Love Channels or AppreciateYour-Blessings Channels, until your sense of peace returns to you and you can think more clearly and make better decisions. It's November - a great time to be thankful for the many blessings we tend to overlook most of the year. Perhaps we have it backwards! Instead of having ONE day a year to celebrate being thankful, maybe we should be thankful 364 days a year and just have one day a year to GRIPE! I wonder if that idea would catch on? Paddy Elkins invites your feedback! You may Email her at: or call her at 360-751-5231.

Blind Athletes Enjoy Park By Pat Nelson Valley Bugler Columnist

The sign on the trailer parked at Woodland's Horseshoe Lake Park read "Northwest Association for Blind Athletes." Curious, I looked beyond to the asphalt walkway that circles the park. Several tandem bikes, each with two riders, moved smoothly along the path. The children on the bikes laughed and squealed. I wanted to know more, so I talked with Stacey Gibbins, NWABA's director of programs. She explained that the dozen children riding bikes at Horseshoe Lake Park were either blind or sight-impaired. They had come to the park to ride bikes and play baseball. Stacey explained that just before I arrived, the children had finished a game of beep baseball. I watched as helpers carried equipment to the trailer. Stacey showed me special bases equipped with sirens, and she demonstrated a baseball that beeps when a pin is pulled. In a beep-baseball game, she explained, players use hearing rather than sight, and the athlete attempts to get to the base before the person in the field gets to the ball. I learned that there are more than 1000 members in NWABA 's fourstate group including Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The

home office is in Vancouver, and Stacey said this group chose to ride bikes in Woodland because of the nice park with its flat, asphalt trail and a grassy area for baseball. The group's mission statement is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The organization strives to improve the quality of life for visually impaired children, youth and adults. Benefits to participants include long-lasting friendships, improved health, improved skills and confidence to help them succeed in all areas of life. According to the group's website,, seventy percent of blind or visually impaired school-aged children have never participated in physical activity. This organization hopes to reduce that percentage. Participants experience track and field, tandem cycling, judo, goalball, showdown (adaptive ping pong), beep baseball, beep kickball, hiking and swimming. Students learn the rules of various sports, and they compete to showcase their abilities. Carrie Scott, program and volunteer specialist, reported that when she took one person riding, he yelled the entire time in a surprised voice, "I'm doing it, I'm doing it." He had probably never dreamed of riding a bike. Another, who didn't need to be convinced to ride, said, "I think I've caught the bug. I'm going to need to do this more." Carrie often hears shouts of, "Go faster! Go faster!" Participants report that they love the way the wind feels on their faces, and some ask to have their picture taken. Others want to know when they ride by their parents so they can wave. NWABA makes the lifelong benefits of sports available, regardless of visual impairment, by creative adaptations that allow all to participate. I enjoyed watching this group of funloving young athletes. Their laughter and enthusiasm filled the park, and I thought to myself, that's what parks are for. Pat Nelson, is co-creator of three humorous and sometimes edgy anthologies: ‘Not Your Mother’s Book: On Being a Parent’ ( & retailers); On Being a Grandparent; and On Working for a Living.

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Stan Newman: a local WWII veteran's story

Above: Local Longview WWII Veteran, Stan Newman, shares memories of his time in the service with Jean Brown in a recent interview. Photo by Jean Brown.

By Jean Brown Every Veteran has their story. As we pay tribute to the story of one Veteran, we celebrate the stories of all Veterans. Today we would like to give Honor to Antiaircraft Gunner Seaman First Class Stan Newman. Newman faced death daily during WWII from l942 to l946 on the Destroyer U.S.S. Burns DD588. [As pictured above right, circa 1945.] According to Newman, “We weren’t ready for that war. They needed me and I wanted to fight.” He didn’t waste time enlisting, nor was boot camp ever mentioned. At 20 years old, he merely boarded a Destroyer, nicknamed Tin Can. It had earned this name because its skin was so thin a 50 caliber round could go right through it. It was built for fire power, speed and maneuverability and was equipped with big 5 inch guns, 40mm and 20mm antiaircraft guns, plus torpedo tubes to take down ships, and depth charges to wipe out submarines. This ship could do it all. “They took me to the fan tail which is the back of the ship," Newman recalled. “There were three 20 mm antiaircraft guns. They took one apart, named all the parts, and gave me a manual. They told me to put it back together. I did and it would shoot just fine.” So they gave those three antiaircraft guns to Newman. They said that they were his. He was to keep them in firing order and also assigned as gunner on number seven. His post for the duration of the war. It wasn’t long before Newman discovered that the label, Destroyer, was an appropriate description as his ship ventured ahead of the fleet at the front lines of defense to search and destroy the enemy. Regularly, he found himself looking through his scope and aiming his 20mm gun at a Jap zero flying directly at him as he fired again and again. He admitted that being a gunner was dangerous and scary but every plane destroyed meant the enemy

would never reach the trailing convoy. Newman was deployed all over the Pacific. You name it and he was there, from Midway to Okinawa. “We hunted down and looked for trouble and usually found it,” he said soberly. “The Day we heard that the “A” bomb had been dropped, we were convoying troupe ships and ammunition ships for the big build up for the invasion of Japan. There was a ping on our sonar signaling the presence of a Japanese submarine.” Newman recalled that after hearing that sonar ping, they broke away from the convoy, chased the sub and dropped depth charges. “Those may have been the last Japanese to die in WWII.” The war was drawing to a close but Newman’s job was not over. The Emperor may have conceded but communication was slow and the outlying Japanese occupation troupes were still at war. Newman was chosen as part of a landing party that was to go on shore in Korea to convince the Japs to surrender. Just before departing he said the “sky overhead turned black.” It was the largest flyover of military planes that Newman had ever seen. Thousands of leaflets written in Japanese were dropped stating that they’d better surrender or be annihilated. Thankfully, Newman and the team didn’t have to go ashore. Even today, Newman serves his fellow veterans at Longview VFW Post 1045. They have elected him as their Chaplin. He makes sure that those ill or in need are visited and that they know he has their back. His comrades can depend on Stan Newman to be there when he is needed. Stan, you’re the Man. We salute and honor you for your valiant service. You defended our country and helped make the United States what it is today. Thank you for sharing a small part of your story. More than words can ever express. Thank you for your service.

Recognizing Individuals on Veterans Day • Nov 11 On November 11 of 2015, 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 (or are serving) 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 free-

dom 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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Castle Rock Festival of Lights

Submitted by Georgia Cox NOVEMBER Events Every Monday: Our delectable Cinnamon Rolls and coffee will be served to the public from 10am to NOON. Suggested donation is only $1.50 for these delicious concessions. A great way to start your week! 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. Make it one of your New Year resolutions to come join us if you haven’t already! Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday: “Write Your Life Story” will meet in the Center at 1pm - 3pm. Every Tuesday afternoon: Games and cards will be played, call 274-7502 for times. 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. Paper Tole classes are here, and will be taking place from 1pm - 3pm. 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 face! Every Friday: Lunches by reservation only, will be served in the Center at NOON. Must Reserve by calling 636-2118 by Monday. Every Saturday (Except November 7th): BINGO!! from 1pm3pm. Game on. SPECIAL EVENTS: Saturday, November 7th: "Christmas in November" sale and Bake Sale will be held from 9am3pm. Something for everyone, be sure to stop in. Tuesday, November 10th: Join us for our program and potluck lunch, beginning at 11:00am with local musician Billie Magoo performing, followed by a Potluck Lunch at noon. Thursday, November 19th: Commodities will be distributed from 10am - 1pm. Have a valid punch card. NOTICE: Tuesday, December 1 and Thursday December 3: There will b a BAKED POTATO SALE from 12pm-1pm. Public is invited. $6.00 for lunch, includes baked potato with a choice of 8 condiments, plus a cookie and coffee. Castle Rock Senior Center 222 - 2nd Ave, Castle Rock, WA (360)274-7502

Sasquatch, Santa, and the town of Castle Rock would like to invite you to enjoy the 6th annual Castle Rock Festival of Lights, and continue the tradition of a truly unique Northwest Christmas. This year, one night couldn’t contain all of the fun and festivities, so Castle Rock will be celebrating on TWO nights during the holiday season. Come out on Saturday, November 28th for the official tree lighting ceremony and kick-off celebration, scheduled to start at 5pm on Cowlitz Street, near the Post Office. This date is also Shop Small Saturday and

Castle Rock businesses will be offering jolly shopping and restaurant deals sure to tickle your tinsel. Hitch up the sleigh and head on back to Castle Rock on Saturday, December 12 for a hometown Christmas Parade, great raffle prizes, and free pictures with Santa courtesy of Bell Studios. Castle Rock businesses will be open to help you complete your Nice List. The parade will start at 5:30pm with Santa pictures to follow, but you are encouraged to arrive early to snag your space on the sidewalk. The magic of the Castle Rock Festival of Lights is truly in the old fashioned, hometown feel of the festival, and the glittering lights hung with care throughout the town. If you are looking for a place to recapture the magic of what Christmas used to feel like, this is certainly the place for you. For more information and a complete schedule of events, please visit the Castle Rock Festival of Lights on Facebook at CastleRockFestivalOfLights. To you and yours from everyone at the Castle Rock Festival of Lights, may you have yourself a very merry Christmas! [Above photo: The 2014 Festival of Lights festivties, captured by Melody Kranz, Storytelling Photography.]

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Please enjoy this extensive and hopefully comprehensive list of bazaars (up to date when published), and keep it handy throughout the month. 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!

Friday, November 6th: Homespun from the Heart Bazaar First Church of the Nazarene 1119 W 1st St, Centralia, WA Nov. 6, 10am - 7pm Nov. 7, 10am - 3pm Booths of Handcrafted gifts, fresh baked goods and soups. 4-7pm on Friday is a 30th Birthday Celebration for the Bazaar! Join us!

Saturday, November 7th: 75th Annual Joyous Holiday Bazaar First United Methodist Church 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso WA November 7th, 9 am - 3 pm Lunch Served 11:30am - 1:30pm (Call for lunch pricing) Christmas in November & Bake Sale Castle Rock Senior Center 222 - 2nd Ave, Castle Rock WA November 7th, 9am - 3pm (Call 274-7502) Kalama Community Holiday Bazaar 216 Elm Street, Kalama WA November 7th, 8am - 4pm Bingo @ 5:30pm, Apple Pies avail. 37th Annual Toy Soldier Bazaar Cowlitz County Event Center 1900 - 7th Ave, Longview WA November 7th, 9am-4pm

Proceeds to benefit local Toledo child, Matthew Christian, battling T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Friday, November 13th Christmas at the Canterbury Inn 1324 3rd Ave, Longview  WA

November 13, 9am - 4pm Lunch available for purchase, Complimentary child/Santa photos, Shuttle service available from the Cowlitz Expo Center (See ad.)

Winter Wonderland Bazaar Somerset Retirement Community 2025 Tibetts Drive, Longview November 20th, 9am- 3pm Benefits Hospice

Saturday, November 14th

Woodland Care Center Bazaar 310 - 4th St., Woodland WA November 20th, 9am - 3pm Space available: call 225-9443

3 Rivers Christmas Shopping Festival Three Rivers Christian School 2610 Ocean Beach Hwy, Lngvw November 14th, 10am - 4pm Soup Luncheon 11:30am - 3:30pm, Kids’ Carnival, Prize Drawings Downtown Bridge Market Bazaar Cowlitz County Expo Center 1900 7th Ave. Longview WA November 14th, 9 am - 4 pm Lots of vendors, lots of fun! “For the Kids” Bazaar Broadway Learning Center 1410 8th Ave., Longview WA November 14th, 9am-3pm Benefits the Learning Center Holly Daze Bazaar Kalama United Methodist 111 N. 2nd St, Kalama WA November 14th, 8am - 4pm Sons of Norway Bazaar & Lunch 224 Catlin Street, Longview WA November 14th, 9am - 3pm Christmas bazaar and pea soup luncheon! Come join in the fun.

Friday, November 20th: “Holiday Gift Fair + Pet adoption” Clark County Event Center 17402 NE Delfel Rod, Ridgefield November 20th-22nd

Fri/Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm Thousands of gifts, pet adoptions and Santa photos, and Mrs. Claus Workshop! Admission $6, children under 12 FREE, $6 cash only parking.

Joyful Season Bazaar 403 Balcer St., Castle Rock WA November 20th, 9am - 3pm All handcrafted items and signs! Be sure to come visit and shop.

The Sons of Norway - A Proud Heritage By Janet Cole Sons of Norway is a fraternal benefit and cultural society dedicated to preserving Norwegian heritage in North America and strengthening the ties between North America and modern Norway. Through lodge activities, members can celebrate their Norwegian heritage in their own community by sharing with others. From the annual Lutefisk dinner, to lefse making, language classes, hardanger, Rosemaling, and lodge activities make the Norwegian heritage come alive. The Sons of Norway lodge holds

business meetings the first Friday of every month and a breakfast the following day on Saturday. There are social events, potlucks, bazaars, Christmas program, Syttende Mai celebration, videos, special heritage programs, etc. It is a fun time and guests are always invited. The Sons of Norway also contribute to the community helping schools in the fall, serving at rest stops on I-5, participating in local parades, and donating to various community projects. For more information call 360-4257013. Sons of Norway Lodge, 224

Saturday, November 21st 30th Annual Snowflake Bazaar Woodland Elementary School 600 Bozarth, Woodland WA November 21st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 60 vendors, Free pics with Santa from 11am - 2pm St. James Holiday Gift Fair St. James Family Center 1138 Columbia St., Cathlamet November 21st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Benefits Family Center

Friday, November 27th Portland Expo Christmas Bazaar 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland OR November 27-29 December 4-6 F/S 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-5pm Admission: $7 adults, $6 Seniors, $3 ages 12-17, Under 12 free *Free admission on December 4th with 2 cans of food.

Saturday, November 28th: Small Business Saturday Sale The Merk, 1330 Commerce, Lgvw November 28th, 10am - 3pm Featuring handcrafted items, local area businesses, direct sales, and nonprofits. Benefits Hospice.

Thursday, December 3rd: Artisan Guild of Mt St Helens Bazaar Cassava's on 14th & Broadway December 3rd + 4th, 10am - 5pm Creative gifts, stained glass, photography, jewelry, handmade dog Christmas stockings, and cat/dog treats sold to benefit Humane Society Catlin St., Kelso, Wa. Historical background: Sons of Norway was organized as a fraternal benefit society by 18 Norwegian immigrants in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on January 16, 1895. The purposes and goals of the Founders were to protect members of Sons of Norway and their families from the financial hardships experienced during times of sickness or death in the family. Over time, the mission of Sons of Norway has expanded to include the preservation of Norwegian heritage and culture in our Society. They have grown since their beginning and are now the largest Norwegian organization outside Norway. [Reference]

Saturday, December 5th Christmas Bazaar Kelso Senior Center 106 NW 8th Ave, Kelso WA December 5th, 9am - 2pm Community Hospice Bazaar 1035 - 11th Ave, Longview WA December 5th, 9am - 3pm All handcrafted items, Benefits Community Grief Center The Country Grange Bazaar Rose Valley Grange 1520 Rose Valley Rd., Kelso WA December 5th, 9am - 3pm Proceeds to benefit the Hamer Family Fire Fund. Tables $10 Call (360)749-3963 Handcrafted Holiday Bazaar McClelland Arts Center 951 Delaware, Longview WA December 5th, 10am - 3pm Home-made & handcrafted items. Benefits recreation programs Christmas Bazaar Toledo Elementary School, Toledo December 5th, 10am - 3pm

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Black Friday is coming, plan 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. One year for Black Friday, we waited an hour and a half, then joined the stampede into the electronic store and walked out with some incredible deals. 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. Another year, 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! But what about the rise of online? “Not leave the house?” I thought to myself. “That sounds mighty fine”. So I purchased about 70% of our Christmas gifts at and since I had a Red Card, I also received 5% off and free shipping. And I visited Fry's website to see their specials..Purchases had been going fast and furious since Thanksgiving morning. We scored some incredible deals online. All things to consider!

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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.” There are a ton of ideas living online at Pinterest and other such sites, even doing a Google search will get you images that are easy to copy or at least provide the general direction. November is the time to begin preparing your Christmas and Holiday decorations, doing the prep work ahead of time will allow you to enjoy in your masterpiece whenever you choose to begin decorating. Are you a pre-Thanksgiving Christmas decorator, or post-Thanksgiving? Either way, now is the time to begin thinking of some interesting projects to keep your hands warm during these colder months. Get the family involved, and invite children to wrap, paint and glue things for you. Open up your kitchen or crafting table to projects, or set aside a card table designated for project purposes only. With the creation of Pinterest, most Do-It-Yourself crafters have found helpful photos and links to step by

step instructions on managing a certain project. 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. (Pine cones are usually in abundance here in the Northwest during this time of year. If you are in need of some, find an evergreen stand or even walk down your streets to see if you can find some. Or ask a neighbor and see if they have insider knowledge). • 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. (As seen above)

• 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. The kids can really get into this one, just be sure to have them tastetest the goodies to make sure they're "good" for consumption. ☺ • Print Victorian-era designs onto paper, then decoupage onto wood shapes. Glitter the edges and tie on a shiny ribbon to create a lovely, vintage-inspired ornament. For more tips and directions on transforming your home for the holiday season, visit: If you don't have a Pinterest account, I highly suggest you get one, just for posterities sake. You can browse to your hearts content, and don't ever

have to "pin" anything. Trolling Pinterest boards is totally acceptable, and usually highly encouraged. It's nice to find inspiration when someone has already done much of the thinking for you. 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. Or, schedule a treatment session at your favorite (fill in the blank here). Nails, hair, massage, chiropractic, book store, REI, acupuncture, retail therapy. They all work in different ways for different people. *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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An anonymous Thanksgiving Story Happy Thanksgiving to friends and family

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.

BLACK November [Editor’s Note: Back by popular demand, we will print this poem each year and make it an annual event to find 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...

You may not be having duck, fish and deer for Thanksgiving dinner, as the Pilgrims did, but gathering with family and friends is probably in your plans. What we think of as the first thanksgiving in 1621 was made possible in part by the Pilgrims friends and neighbors. Massasoit, leader of the confederacy of Wampanoag tribes, and about 90 of his men, brought deer and other meats to the Pilgrim's harvest celebration. The Pilgrims certainly needed the friends. After a year in the New World, their numbers had declined by half and they had faced deprivation and hardship. The Wampanoag's generosity was surely welcome. Today, we still get along with a little help from our friends, neighbors and Creator. Let's give thanks for our countrymen, our families, and our faith which help us through good and bad times. Here are some not-widely known facts about the Pilgrims, as most of

us know them: • Before the Pilgrims hired her, the Mayflower, a merchant vessel, was in the wine trade with France, and before that, the fish trade with Norway. • The Pilgrims were actually called "Separatists" or "Calvinists", and followed the spiritual and Biblical teachings of John Calvin. • Before the Pilgrims sailed for the New World, they lived in Holland. (They were chased out of England). • The Pilgrims did not name Plymouth. Captain John Smith explored the New England coast in 1614. He then gave his map to Prince Charles (who become King Charles), and Charles put English names on the map. Hence - Plymouth. • In the Pilgrim household, the adults sat down for dinner and the children waited on them. • Pilgrims used the word "corn" to refer to wheat, rye, barley, oats, peas and beans. "Indian corn" or "turkey wheat" referred to what we now know as corn.

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....”

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From bump to baby By Lisa Doherty, MD PeaceHealth Medical Group Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnacy. Pregnancy has some certainties: At some point it's going to be hard to see your toes when you look down. As your tummy grows, so will your curiosity, especially if this is the first time you're expecting. When will you feel your baby's first kick? Will you have a boy or a girl? Will your baby be healthy? Thankfully, there's much you can do to help the answer to that last question be yes. How you take care of yourself can significantly shape how your baby develops. One of the most crucial ingredients in growing a healthy baby is early and regular prenatal care. If you think you might be pregnant, be sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor. The best time to start prenatal care is around 9-12 weeks, but it’s never

too late. Typically, this means having a pregnancy checkup about once a month for weeks 4 through 28, then twice a month through week 36 and once a week in the homestretch of pregnancy. If you have a chronic medical problem such as diabetes, expect to make more frequent visits. These checkups allow your doctor to keep close tabs on your baby's and your own health and to respond quickly should a problem develop, such as a slowing of your baby's growth or a spike in your blood pressure. Among other things, you'll be screened for harmful infections, diabetes and other conditions that—if not treated—could harm your health or your baby. Every day of your pregnancy is a chance for you to practice habits that are good for you and your growing

baby. Among the most essential: Nourish your body. Eat a variety of foods, focusing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat, calcium-rich foods, and lean sources of protein, such as poultry and beans. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Do keep in mind that being pregnant is not an excuse to overeat. Now that you're expecting, you only need about 300 more calories every day to nourish your developing baby. Adding too many pounds increases your risk of high blood pressure, gestational diabetes or a difficult delivery. Gaining too few pounds, on the other hand, raises your risk of having an underweight baby. Your doctor will advise you on the right amount of weight to gain. If you were at a healthy weight before you conceived, your likely target will be 25 to 35 pounds. Take a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin with 400-800 micrograms of folic acid daily. This simple safeguard reduces your risk of having a baby

with birth defects of the brain and spine. Start taking this even if you are thinking about getting pregnant, the most important time for folic acid can be before you even know you are pregnant. Make time for exercise.  Unless your doctor says otherwise, try to fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise (such as swimming or brisk walking) on most or all days of the week. Don't smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs.  Doing any of these things could seriously endanger your baby's health. Tell your doctor if you need help quitting any of these risky habits. Remember: By caring for yourself, you are caring for your baby. Lisa Doherty, MD Family Medicine and Obstetrics PeaceHealth Medical Group


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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) Naval Service Veterans, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. Lower Columbia Branch 363 meets 6:30 p.m., 2nd Friday, Longview VFW building, 4311 Ocean Beach Highway. Information: Ray Hegr (360) 425-6981 FLEET RESERVE AUXILIARY #363 meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the VFW Hall, 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. Potluck 6:30 p.m. meeting 7:30 p.m. Active, retired, or reserve status family members with the US Navy, Marines, Coast Guard. Info 425.4688. KOREAN WAR VETS ASSOCIATION CHAPTER #321 of SW WA meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 10am; Vancouver WA. Call Commander James Mead (360)907-0592 for information. 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. 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 1st & 3rd Thursdays. 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 Anita Morgan 748-8098, Rentals call Claudia Hunter 274-5263 CATLIN GRANGE #199 2nd & 4th Fri. 6:30 p.m. Potluck dinner 2nd Friday. 7:30 meetings. More info: 423-2122; Rental call Barbara Wilburn: 425-5970. PLEASANT HILL GRANGE # 101 2nd Monday. 6:30 p.m. Potluck, meeting @ 7:15 p.m. Community Service group meets Thursdays @ 10am. Info & rentals call Zula Bryan 360-425-6101 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m. 4th Tuesday, 6pm. Info & Hall Rental: Becky Molt 360575-3977 WOODLAND GRANGE #178 2nd & 4th Thursdays 6:30 p.m. Potluck, meeting @ 7:15 p.m. Info & rentals call John Burke 225-9888 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. R Square D Square Dance Club: Sept - May. 2nd Fri & 4th Sat. 7:30 pm Plus, 8:00pm - 10:00pm Mainstream with Rounds. $5 admission Kelso Senior Ctr 636-1993

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 Wednesday @6pm, 3rd Wednesday @6:45am. 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. & Thurs. 1 - 4 p.m . @ LV Senior Center 274-3175 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 Thursday @ 7:30pm at Longview United Methodist Church. 2851 30th Ave, Longview. Info: Gloria 360-7497449 or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) "Connections" Open Support Group Mondays @ 4-5:30pm and Thursdays 12-1:30pm. STRIVE Series; Dealing with emotional and/or addiction issues Tuesdays 1-2:30pm: Counseling availabe. Call (360)703-6722 NAMI SW WA Kelso office: 109 Allen St, Kelso WA

Abernathy Assembly of God 702 Abernathy Creek Rd. Longview Phone: 360-636-1620 Website: Sunday Service 10:45 AM Apostolic Lighthouse 803 Vandercook, Ste 12, Longview Bible Study Tues 7:30pm Church Service Sun 2:30pm Pastor Mozingo (360)219-6109 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

Worship Sunday 10:00 a.m. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2000 East Kessler Blv - Longview 360.425.4220 Rev. Eric Atcheson 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

Baha’i Faith Vader 360-751-3181 Centralia 360-807- 4313 Packwood 360-494-4767 Grace Lutheran Church, MS Longview 360-423-4105 Dover Street, Longview Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 2725 Worship: Sunday 10:30am Bethany Lutheran Church (360)414-4147 2900 Parkview Drive, Longview Office: (360)577-8240 Pastor Shelley Willem Grace United Methodist Church, Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Vader, 295.3402 Rev. Steven A. Caskey, pastor Castle Rock Christian Church Sunday worship service – 12:15 p.m. 542 Huntington Ave. S, Castle R. Potluck every 2nd Sunday Sunday school – 9 am (all ages) Quilting on Mondays & Thursdays Sunday Worship – 10 am Dr. John Leffler, Senior Pastor Baptist Church 6th-12th Gr. youth Wed, 6-7:30 pm Highland’s 20th Avenue 425-1960 Longview 360-274-6771 M-F, 9:30a -1:30pm 371 Sunday School 9:00am Call for home groups/studies Worship Service 11:00am Pastor Larry Pedigo 703-2117 Castle Rock Church of the Nazarene House of Prayer for All Nations 456 Pioneer Ave. NE, Castle Rock 868 9th ave. Longview, WA Sunday School classes 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 AM Worship Celebration 10:45 a.m. Morning Service 11:15 AM Evening church service 6:30 p.m. Evening Service 6 PM Women’s Bible study Th 10:30am Rev. Reo McBride, 274.6546 Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Allen Street, Kelso Castle Rock First Baptist Church 2200 423-3650 211 Front Ave. NW, Castle Rock (360) M & F Daily Mass 12:15 PM Pastor Joel Royce 274-4113 Vigil Mass 5:30 PM Sun Bible Study all ages: 9:45am Sat Sunday Mass 10:30 AM Worship 11a.m. Women’s Bible Study: Wed 1:30pm Cowboy Church: Last Sat.; 6-9pm Kalama Baptist Church, Wes Eader Castle Rock Church of Nazarene Pastor Vincent Rd, Kalama WA 456 Pioneer Ave NE, Castle Rock 112 9:45am - Sunday School (360)274-6546 11:00am - Worship Pastor Reo McBride Sunday Service: 10:45am Call 673-5570 Sunday School: 9:30am Children’s Service: 11:00am Kelso First United Methodist Church Sunday Eve Service: 6:00pm 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso Women’s Bible Study: Wed 6:00pm Contemporary Service 9:00 am Sunday School 9:20 am Castle Rock United Methodist Traditional Service 11:00 am 241 First Street, Castle Rock Wed: Children (Grade 1-12) 5:30-7 pm Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Pastor Vonda McFadden Worship 10:55 a.m. Sunday 360-423-7480 Youth Group: Sundays 2 p.m. Rev. Pam Brokaw - 274.4252 Lexington Bible Fellowship Central Christian Church 98 Garden Street, Kelso (Lexington) 401 Crawford St., Kelso Sunday school @ 9:45am Worship -11am, school @ 9:30am Sunday worship @ 11am Wednesdays @ 6pm (Youth @ 6:45 Pastor Jerry Hancuff Bible Studies - many available Russ Tevis, Minister Life Center 360-425-3420 Church Office Corner of Rock & Pine in Centralia Sundays at 10:30am or Oyler Rd & Hwy 12 in Ethel Community of Christ, Longview Sundays 202 Delaware Street 9:00am 360-736-5898 Pastor Sharon West Classes all ages: 10:00am Living Hope Church Worship Service: 11:00am 2711 NW Andreson, Vancouver 11:00am Sundays Church of Christ Pastor Dean Jenks (360)944-3905 300 St. Helen’s St., Toledo, Wa Sunday Bible Class 10 a.m. Longview Church of Christ Sunday Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. 2219 50th Ave. Sunday Bible Class 9:30, Sunday Worship 10:30 John Gadberry, Minister Pastor Larry Hartwick 360-274-8570 Longview Church of the Nazarene Emmanuel Lutheran Church 2218 E. Kessler Blvd. - Longview 814 - 15th Ave, Longview Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship - 8:30am Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday “Celebration” - 11 a.m. Celebrate Recovery Thurs at 6 p.m Thursday Worship - 6:30 p.m. 360-577-1100 Pastor David Martin, Senior Pastor Longview Community Church, Church office - 360-423-3250 2323 Washington Way - Longview Contemporary Service 8:45 a.m. Sun. Service 11 a.m. Sun. Faith Fellowship Lutheran Brethren; Traditional John Williams 423.6380 Church 210 Fishers Lane, Kelso Pastor Pastor Chris Leingang Worship at 10:00am Longview Presbyterian Church 3808 Pennsylvania St., Longview Church Office (360) 425-4390 Worship and Children’s Class: Sundays at 10am Fathers House Church 1315 Commerce Ave, Longview Pastor Bill Van Nostran 577-8951 Worship Sundays: 9am, 10:30am Pastor Chuck Tilton 423-7826 New and Living Way Church 951 Delaware St., Longview Sundays 10am & 6pm Fireside Fellowship Wednesdays 7pm 271 Atmore Road, Toutle

703-3340 Oak Point Community Church 445 Oakpoint Rd, Longview Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Thursday Bible Study 7 p.m. Pastor Doug McMurray #577-6037

The Rock Meeting at 1955 Huntington Ave S, Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. every Sunday Wednesday @ 7pm Service Pastors Jerry & Angie Hughes 274.7480 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

St. Mary Catholic Church 120 Powell Rd., Castle Rock 274.7404 W & Th Daily Mass 8:30A Sunday Mass 8:30A St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 412 Pioneer Ave., Box 1467 Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. Sunday - 274.9393 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 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 77 Solomon Road, Kelso WA Office: (360)423-7344 Saturday Worship: 11:05am Pastor Marcia Stone Stella Lutheran Chapel 124 Sherman Road, Longview Pastor Carol Plummer Sunday Worship 10:00 am Children Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Office (360) 423-3795 (Wed. Only) Toledo New Life Assembly of God 420 Silver Street, Toledo 864-4366 Worship: Sun. @ 10am, Wed. @ 6pm Dinner on Wednesdays @ 5:15pm Food Bank: Last Tue/Wed of month Toutle Christian Fellowship 5067 Spirit Lake Hwy – Toutle Worship Service Sunday 9 a.m. 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 Study, Kidz Church: 7p.m. Valley View Church of God 1435 - 33rd Ave, Longview WA Pastor Dwayne Cothron (360)636-6787 Worship Sundays @ 10am & 6pm

Movie Reviews The By Blake Peterson

'The Final Girls'

Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson Starring Taissa Farmiga, Alia Shawkat Running Time 1 Hr, 32 Mins, PG-13 My Rating: B-

By Blake Peterson Valley Bugler Columnist “The Final Girls” would have been better off if it were released in the late 1990s, when slasher satires were in and the after-effects of “Scream” were still undeniably fresh. But it’s 2015, and the dead teenager movie is so much a part of cherished trash culture that even the films making fun of them are also held with the warm palms of nostalgia. “New Nightmare” and “Scary Movie” are golden memories of meta days past. We know that stalk-and-slashing is predictable and silly, and we know that filmmakers other than Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson are smart enough to turn cliché into parody. To continue attempting to churn out similar films is the cinematic equivalent of beating a dead horse. We get it. “The Final Girls” goes one step further than its ‘90s peers — it literally puts its cast into an ‘80s horror movie (don’t ask me how) and sees if they can survive — and that’s why it gets a pass and not a poison apple. Competent and clever in its stabs at parodical comedy, it provides, for the most part, a satire worth watching. If its last act weren’t such a syrupy mess, I’m sure I’d hold it in as high of a regard as the independent horror fests of the upand-coming Ti West. But for now, I’ll sit back and smile at the way the title lovingly evokes memories of a young Jamie Lee Curtis and a terrified looking Adrienne King. The story involves Max (Taissa Farmiga), the teenage daughter of a scream queen (Malin Akerman) whose life was tragically cut short by a violent car crash. As “The Final Girls” opens with her death, we are

given a brief view of the near friendship-esque relationship between the two, making her demise all the more tragic. Cut to three years later, and Max’s small town is screening a double feature of the slashers her mother starred in so many years ago, in honor of her memory. Max only attends due to the insistence of her friends (Alia Shawkat, Nina Dobrev, Alexander Ludwig, Thomas Middleditch), but she immediately regrets it after a freak fire is set off and she, along with her gang, find themselves mysteriously sucked into the movie following an attempt to depart the theater through the exit behind the screen. The set-up is glorious and laughs are thrown left and right: “The Final Girls” is more “Halloween” than “Friday the 13th” in terms of its successes. Irresistible are the little touches that take meta to a whole new level, like the way the characters find themselves supremely confused as scary music, flashbacks, and narrations are as real as the skin they live in, or the way the closing credits of the movie within the movie appear on the screen like clockwork. “The Final Girls” thrives off this witty self-awareness, so it’s a shame it so frequently descends into sentimentality (how many times can Max and her “mother” have sweet talks in a single film?). But I can hardly complain. I enjoyed myself, and if you’re as prone to eye roll at the tropes that surround horror movies as much as I am, I’m sure you will too. At the moment, I can slightly forgive the inherent sap or the way a blooper reel plays over the credits. Let’s just hope it isn’t what sticks out to me the most months from now.

‘The set-up is glorious and laughs are thrown left and right’

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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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Lighter Side

Fishing on Sunday A village pastor, known for his weakness for trout, preached against fishing on Sunday. The next day one of his members presented him with a fine string of fish and said hesitatingly, "I guess I ought to tell you, parson, that those trout were caught on Sunday." The minister hesitated, gazed appreciatively at the speckled trout, and then said piously as he reached for his gift, "The fish aren't to blame for that." Inspection Please An acquaintance of mine whose daughter was about to be married decided to give her a diamond ring that had been in the family for several generations. The stone had never been appraised, so the father asked a gemologist friend if she would take a look at it. She agreed, but said that instead of a fee she'd accept lunch at one of Houston's finer restaurants. A few days later, as he and the gem expert sat sipping a glass of Chablis, he showed her the ring. She took out her jeweler's loupe, examined the diamond carefully and handed it back. "Wow," said a diner who had been watching from the next table. "These Texas women are tough!

What Was That? A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box. He happened to mention that Gutensomebody-or-other had printed it. "Not Gutenberg?" gasped the collector. "Yes, that was it!" "You idiot! You've thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!" "Oh, I don't think this book would have been worth anything close to that much," replied the man. "It was scribbled all over in the margins by some clown named Martin Luther."

Twitter Twitter went through a partial outage last week.... Police have been investigating and so far, have reduced the number of suspects down to 140 characters. 25 Cents A guy took his blonde girlfriend to her first football game. They had great seats right behind their team's bench. After the game, he asked her how she liked the experience. "Oh, I really liked it," she replied, "especially all the muscles, but I just couldn't understand why they were killing each other over 25 cents." Dumbfounded, her date asked, "What do you mean?" "Well, they flipped a coin, one team got it and then for the rest of the game, all they kept screaming was: 'Get the quarterback! Get the quarterback!' I'm like...Helloooooo? It's only 25 cents!!!!" Family Feud....For Real! Here are some actual answers from contestants who have appeared on the game show Family Feud (Family Fortunes in the UK): Name something a blind person might use: a sword Name a song with moon in the title: blue suede moon Name a bird with a long neck: a penguin Name an occupation where you need a torch: a burglar Name a famous brother and sister: Bonnie and Clyde Name an item of clothing worn by the Three Musketeers: A horse Name something that floats in the bath: Water Name something you wear on the beach: a deck chair Name something red: my cardigan Name a famous cowboy: Buck Rogers Name something you do before going to bed: Sleep Name something you might be allergic to: Skiing

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Your Opinion Doesn't Matter... By Oscar Myre IV Valley Bugler Columnist With 2016 just around the corner I want to share a little marketing insight with you. And I will follow it with a challenge that if taken will improve your business in the new year. I’m sure you are excited to start the upcoming year and you have some great ideas how how to revolutionize your business. Maybe you are considering a new website, some dynamic printed materials, a social media campaign or maybe you are looking to change the way you do business. I whole-heartedly encourage you to continually improve your business and I’m confident you have some great ideas, but I gotta tell you about your improvement plans… Your Opinion Doesn’t Matter. It's Your Customer's Opinion That Counts. This is the title of a great marketing book by Andrew Ballard. This isn’t a book review, but I do suggest you to grab a copy. The biggest learning from Andrew’s book (and the insight for this article) is that you owe it to your your customers and to your business to value their opinion. Sounds simple, I can hear many businesses saying, “I know what my customers want.”

When was the last time you really made and effort to see what makes your best customers tick? Chances are it is time to put together some customer personas detailed representations of different segments of your target audience. Each persona puts a face to a significant portion of people in the real world and helps businesses to focus on a memorable cast of characters, instead of focusing on a lot individuals. It might make sense to think of some of your best customers and then write up a narrative of their goals and objectives. This is not a bad start as long as it is just a start. So How can I find my customer’s real opinions? A quick answer would be to ask them, but let’s go a little deeper on how to gather the valuable opinions of your customers. 1) Customer Surveys Facilitating surveys with open ended questions are critical to understanding how your customers understand their motivations and needs. The purpose is to get inside your customer’s heads to make sure your personas are truly based on what real people think, not just your idea of what they think. Customer surveys can be taken offline or online.

2) Interviews I know this is old school, but talking to your customers with In-person or phone interviews can provide powerful knowledge. These can be fairly time intensive and expensive, but actually knowing what your customers want should be well worth the investment. 3) Web & Exit Surveys Can’t forget the web! Well timed (placed) pop-ups on a web site after visitors haven’t completed your goals can help identify friction in your buy-

ing process. Alternatively, exit surveys after visitors did in fact do as you wished can be insightful. As you prepare for 2016. I challenge you to search out customer opinions. Don’t assume you know what makes them tick. Please be sure measure everything, because you can’t improve what you don’t measure. ~:-) Oscar Myre IV is a marketing geek. His greatest desire is to work less and play more with his family.

DING DING! Here comes the Trolley!

Where can YOU find the Trolley? Do you know a Veteran or are one? Enter for a chance to Win a ride on the Trolley and more! Veterans can enter to win two tickets to the KUKN Veterans Day concert with Josh Gracin at The Columbia Theatre. Includes dinner at The Urban Saloon and transportation to the show on the Trolley, weather permitting. Veterans can enter to win at The Veterans Service Center. 1005 Fir Street. November 13th, 6am to 6pm Come and help fill the Trolley for the local food banks. They are in constant need of any canned meat or tuna, vegetable & fruit. Toilet paper,

bath soap, toothbrushes, shampoo & conditioner, gloves, socks and rain ponchos from the dollar store are also welcomed. The Trolley will be sitting right in front of KUKN Radio Station and you will have drive up access to drop your items off. 506 Cowlitz Way Kelso, WA. Tell your friends and family and let's do this! November 28th, 10am - 4pm Small Business Saturday Shopping Event at the Merk. 1339 Commerce Ave Longview, WA Lots of Vendors, Fundraising Raffles, Craft, Book, Toy Drive and Fun! Raffle Funds, Books, craft Items & Toys are going to Help Community Home Health & Hospice Childrens Bereavement Program. First 100 people in the door get a FREE Goody Bag! Plus, come meet the Owners of the Trolley, learn more about it, how it can be used for your event or fundraiser and how you can get involved in the fun! For inquiries about private trolley reservations or events contact Christine Randall at 360-270-2118

To Oscar R. Myre IV - Geek Speak extraordinaire! your family

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How to get your pets into the spirit of the Holidays! The holidays are all about spending time with your family and friends. If you’re a pet owner, you’ll want to include dogs and cats in the celebration. Here are some fun ways to get pets into the holiday spirit:

Family Portrait Don’t forget to include pets in your family holiday portrait! Take the opportunity to give them baths or have them professionally groomed so they look their best. If your family coordinates colors, adorn your dog or cat with a matching bow or bandana. When possible, avoid using a flash. Not only may the bright light cause your pet to jump at that crucial moment, but there’s nothing cute about red eyes on a furry friend. Give the Gift of Health “The holidays are a great time to show your dog or cat that you care about them.” says Tim Blankenbaker with The Nutro Company, a natural pet food company. “The perfect gift is one that both tastes great and is good for your pet’s health.” According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, threefourths of dogs and cats over age three have oral disease. And a pet’s oral health can affect his or her whole body and well-being. Luckily, a lot of these issues are preventable with daily oral care. While tooth brushing is the gold standard, there are more delicious dental care options, as well, that can make great gifts for pets. This year, consider giving your dog or cat dental chews that carry the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal

Adorable Adoptee Meet 'Mr. Wilson'

of Acceptance for control of plaque and tartar. For example, Greenies Canine Dental Chews, made by The Nutro Company, are the number one veterinarian-recommended dental chews and are available in special Season’s Greenies holiday packag-

ing around this time of year. Resources on pet dental and general health can be found at www. Holiday Safety Holiday décor is beautiful to look at, but not all of it is safe for your pet. Either stick to safe species of holiday plants like orchids, or be sure to place your amaryllis, holly and mistletoe, which are poisonous when ingested, well out of your pet’s reach. Keep the area around your Christmas tree free of pine needle debris, which can puncture the stomach and intestines on their way through your pet’s digestive system. While you’ll likely want to share your holiday feast with your pet, do so safely. Table scraps can lead to unnecessary weight gain or other health related complications. Wellmeaning visitors unaware of your dog or cat’s allergies and stomach capacity may overstuff your pet with the wrong kind of food. No matter how you choose to spend the season with your furry friend, you can make your memories longer-lasting by sharing them with fellow pet-lovers online. You can upload your cutest holiday pet photos and videos to greenies. And then you can safely and happily ring in the new year together.

Meet 'Mr. Wilson' Mr. Wilson is in need of a retirement home. His beloved owner died, and he is searching for another senior (preferably a lady) with whom to live out the rest of his life. He is an active senior, and loves to walk and explore his surroundings. He doesn't show any signs of age-related arthritis. Mr. Wilson is hard of hearing, and has some vision issues, but that doesn't seem to hold him back. He also loves to sit on laps and cuddle. This guy would be a wonderful little companion for a senior.

Come see our special dogs and cats today. Humane Society of Cowlitz County.

Call 577-0151

If you or someone you know may enjoy getting to know Mr. Wilson or any of our other furry friends ready for adoption, please refer them to our web site or give us a call. For information, or other animals: 673-7373 Sudoku Answer from p. 13

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Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Valley Bugler 2015  

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart