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From the Editor’s Desk June! My most favorite month of the year because it heralds the arrival of that beautiful season called SUMMER. My absolute most favorite time of the year. Maybe it’s because we are finally exposed to more light and sunshine, and that natually boosts my Vitamin D levels (the ‘happy’ vitamin). Whatever it is, I love it. Flip flops, pool and beach gear, hikes, vacation time and late nights spent with exhausted and sleepy children will soon fill our days. It literally makes me giddy with excitement. June also brings us Father’s Day and Graduation for the Class of 2015. This year, Father’s Day falls on the 21st, the Summer Equinox. It’s like double prizes this year - we get to celebrate Dads and Summer together! Can anyone say BBQ? The PGA Mens Golf Classic is in Tacoma that weekend, and I am lucky enough to get to attend with my brothers and dad. Being a golf nut, I anticipate that this will make his Father’s Day one of the best ever! Find some great articles about Father’s Day on pages 8-9, Sponsored by 4 Corners Farm & Garden in Castle Rock, WA. If you’re in the market for a new grill or gift for dad, you should really make the visit. They offer 3 different lines of grills, the most popular being the Traegers. Imagine your grilling masterpieces coming out moist and delicious! These grills truly take the “average” grill Man and turn him into a Grill Master.

Grill everything from corn on the cob to salmon, and come out looking like a Pro Chef? Sure sounds nice to me. I enjoy eating the grilled items. Grilling just naturally comes along with summer. Just yesterday, my neighbors held up a couple pieces of grilled corn, still in the husk and hollered at me if I wanted some. Never one to turn down any kind of food, I graciously accepted, and ate one right away. My daughter stole the other piece and chowed down. What’s your favorite grilling item? I would have to say grilled vegetables is among my favorite, with onions taking front and center. Slice up your veggies, coat them in some oil and a teeny bit of seasoning, and then throw into a grill basket. Stir every now and then, and prepare for a feast of the senses. Literally. I could eat nothing but grilled vegetables, chicken and salmon all summer! ☺ We are looking for some good grill recipes that you have stashed away. Send in your favorite recipes that you use on the grill, and we’ll put them together for our special “Grill” article next month. Send them via eMail to: See you next month - get outside and PLAY! Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor [Chloe update: The second surgery was a success, and she is currently

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EMAIL: EDITOR@VALLEYBUGLER.COM healing well. It’s never fun to watch your child suffer and be in pain, but she is handling it like a TROOPER, and never complains. She is such a blessing. The masses (benign tumors) were sent out for biopsy again, and we expect results to be the same as last time: benign tumors, as part of her newly diagnosed ‘condition’. The healing time period is MUCH shorter this time around, and she is back to eating mostly the same foods

already, albeit slowly. No liquid diet for three weeks! She shouted a huge “Yay!!!” when they told her that. The next ‘waiting’ phase begins now, and we will have another CT Scan done in about six months to check the healing progress and make sure no more buggers are growing! Thank you again for journeying and praying with us. And for allowing my mommy’s heart to process this new phase of life with you, my dearest readers.]

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June kicks off summer fun

Spring Concert Series One shining star in the performance community is showcased this month in the Lower Columbia College Spring Concert series, starting May 28th. All performances are located in the Wollenberg Auditorium. Tickets: $8.00 Adults, $7.00 Seniors ages 55+, FREE Ages 16 or younger, student with ID, LCC faculty and staff. (June 5th Concert is Free) THURSDAY, MAY 28th @ 7:30PM ‘A Night at the Opera’ Join the crowd to find fabulous performances of arias and operatic librettos. Furs and diamonds optional. ☺ FRIDAY, JUNE 5th @ 7:30PM ‘A Free Tribute to Veterans’ A musical tribute to the nations vet-

erans provided courtesy of the LCC Symphonic Band. There is no charge for the public to attend, and complimentary refreshments are provided by the Vet Corps. TUESDAY, JUNE 9th @ 7:30PM ‘Notes of Jazz’ The LCC Jazz Ensemble performs toe-tappin’ tunes with the right amount of groove. Come ready for some awesome solos and jazz music. FRIDAY, JUNE 12th @ 7:30PM ‘The Golden Age of Musicals’ The LCC Choir are excited to offer up an evening that will showcase ‘Musicals’. Join in the fun with this musical review!

Children’s Auditions: ‘The Jungle Book’

Missoula Children’s Theatre Company will be putting on auditions for children entering 1st - 12th grades in the fall, on Monday June 22nd @ 9:30am. (Be on time!) Performances of the show are Saturday, June 27th @ 3pm and again at 5:30pm. Tickets Adult $12, Students and Seniors $7. They ask that you just bring your smile! 60 local students will be cast, and there is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast. Cast members must have a clear schedule for the entire week for rehearsals and the Saturday performances. Rehearsals are daily from 10:30am - 2:30pm, and auditions and rehearsals will be run by the Missoula residency direc-

tors. Auditioning is free, but if cast there is a $50 tuition fee, with partial scholarships available. The experience is a valuable one for children interested in learning more about being on stage, and working with a troupe of actors! In the Missoula Children’s Theatre musical adaptation of THE JUNGLE BOOK, Mowgli the man-cub has the adventures of a lifetime. Join him as he escapes from the Monkey-People, outwits a tiger, enlists the help of a rock python, and explores what it means to be human. Call (360)575-8499 or online:

Saturdays & Sundays all Summer in Long Beach, WA: Enjoy Face Painting, a Horse & Wagon and other fun family things to do at the world’s longest beach! Sidewalk chalk contests, horse riding and of course kite flying fun. Long Beach, WA June 4-7: 30th Anniversary GOONIES Day Celebration! A weekend of treasure hunting, group truffle shuffles, trivia, scavenger hunts and more! This reunion will include cast and crew reunions, film screenings and more! Astoria, Oregon June 6: Annual International Festival at the Lower Columbia College student center. Browse “world market” vendors, live music, ethnic food booths and more! Admission is FREE. 360-751-4427 June 13: Waikiki Beach Concert Series at Cape Disappointment State Park. Free Traditional and Contemporary Hawaiian concerts every other Saturday through end of August. June 13-28: Annual Astoria Festival of Music. In one short decade the Astoria Music Festival has become one of the most active summer musical events in the

Northwest. It’s a feast for the senses! June 20-21: Annual Northwest Garlic Festival in Ocean Park, WA June 18-21: Woodland Planter’s Days with parade, rides, frog-jumping contest and classic car show. June 19-21: Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Clatsop County Fairgrounds. Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods. Live music! June 19-20: Winlock Egg Days in Winlock, WA. Visit historic Winlock, home of the World’s Largest Egg! Car show, parade, and many additional events. June 27-28: Arts of the Mountain. 10am - 6pm. Fine arts, music & food. Call Kevlyn (360)431-9802 or “Arts of the Mountain” on Facebook. June 27: Scappoose Summerfest with talent show, live music, parade, vendors, carnival, fun run, beer gardens, car show and even a greased pig scramble! Veterans Park, Scappoose Oregon.

23rd Annual Bow-Tie Bash JULY 4TH, 2015

Each year on the first Saturday in July, we host a car show! This year, it’s on July 4th from 9am - 3pm on Commerce Ave in Downtown Longview. Admission is FREE to enjoy over 300+ show cars, and show is open to All American Made and /or American Muscle Powered vehicles. Registration day of Show begins at 9:00am. • Pre-registration: $15/car until June 21. • After June 21 the fee is $20/car “Best of Show” award & Sponsor Awards, Dash Plaques, Music, 50/50 Split and Raffle Prizes ensure a fun time for everyone. All monies raised are donated to local charities. Columbia River Corvettes is a non-profit organization located in the Longview/Kelso area.

Since the first show in 1993, Columbia River Corvettes has donated over $60,000 to local charities. They have included United Way of Cowlitz County, Neighbors in Need, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Hospice, Community House, Children’s Community Resources, Corvettes Conquer Cancer, Backpack Buddies, Relay for Life, and so much more! The group also provides LCC Automotive Scholarships. Be sure to wear your sunscreen and grab your camera for this family friendly and fun car show the first Saturday in July, on July 4th! For more info & Registration: Gary (360-430-7232) Randy (360-578-2563) (See ad page 10)

Celebrate JUNE as “Great Outdoors Month” Get youth involved in outdoor activities! June 2015, the 12th annual Great Outdoors Month, highlights the benefits of fresh air, exercise, and volunteering at the park. Turn off the “tube” and jump IN a “tube” for some outdoor fun! Another focus of this special month is the younger generation. Kids, teens and 20-somethings are spending too much time with their computers, computer games and television sets. In June, we hope to lure everyone outdoors more often. Maybe in the months that follow, they will continue to enjoy playing catch, jumping rope, swimming and water skiing, or playing tennis. Let young people know that volunteering at the park will help them meet new people while doing good work. Whether they help to build a shelter, clean up the picnic area or sell popcorn at a ball game, they will be spending time outdoors and meeting people who could become

their friends. June is the best time of year to take advantage of all the activities available at parks. Local parks have gone to a lot of expense to make sure their ball diamonds, tennis courts, swimming pools and hiking trails are ready for you. But don’t let the kids have all the fun. No matter what your age, going to the park is always enjoyable. As always, take sunscreen with you. Better still, apply it at home before you leave. Wear a widebrimmed hat and reapply sunscreen every few hours. National Trails Day is June 6th, and National ‘Get Outdoors’ Day is June 13th. Or, dust off and shake out that camping gear for the National Great American Campout on June 27! For information on national events and fun ideas for things to do, please visit the online resource: Featuring fun events that take place through July! Get outside!

Movie Reviews By Blake Peterson

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson Directed by Elizabeth Banks Running Time 1 Hr., 54 Mins., PG-13 My Rating: B

Before I pull out a cup, set in on the ground, pound out a rat-a-tat-tattat rhythm and sing the words to my positive review, consider that the first “Pitch Perfect” should not have been the big hit that it was. A comedy set to the beat of the severely dorky college a cappella crowd, it should have flopped, becoming a cult classic made to lay waste upon IFC. The film begins in scandal. At a performance for the president, the Barden Bellas shock the world by way of a graphic wardrobe malfunction — Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), attempting to perform a high wire stunt, accidentally splits her costume and flashes the world. Muffgate, the media calls it. Their solid reputation plummets with the one-two flash of Paris Hilton’s stardom: the university revokes their auditioning and performing privileges, the other a cappella groups can hardly help but point and laugh, and several of the senior members, particularly the heroine of the first film, Beca (Anna Kendrick), are planning for the future instead of giving their 100%. Without the ability to continue their victory tour, the Bellas set their sights on a new goal: entering, and hopefully defeating, the international a cappella competition. With a new member (Hailee Steinfeld) and a new outlook, they may be able to defeat their worldly competition.

“Pitch Perfect 2” is also the directorial debut for underrated comedic actress Elizabeth Banks, who plays one of the two sexist a cappella judges that provide much of the movie’s laughs. Material like this has the potential meander under the weight of an amateur, but Banks keeps things remarkably assured. She has a great eye for comedy. Still a weakness, though, is the music: while some of the musically based sequences are impressive, sometimes lovable (one can hardly deny the sing-off at a cameoing David Cross’s house, which also features the Green Bay Packers as a group), they are not always as welcome as the comedy. The main side plot, Beca’s internship at a recording studio, crackles with energetic humor, mostly from a game Keegan-Michael Key, who plays the head producer. But forced are the moments in which Beca has to prove what a great producer she is, one time singing along and tweaking what the studio deems a hopeless track, the other time integrating her chops with an original song sung by one of the Bellas. But these minor flaws hardly affect the offbeat entertainment of “Pitch Perfect 2”. The dialogue is phenomenally funny, the performances even better. It doesn’t disappoint; it’s a continuation of the delicacies of the first. Is there improvement to be found? Not really. But you’ll find exactly what you were looking for. 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:

Ocean Park hosts 34th Annual GARLIC Festival where it’s ‘chic to reek’! Remember, it’s chic to reek with this infamous bulb, beloved by many! In the land of clams, crab and oysters what are folks looking forward to in June? Garlic, and plenty of it at this FREE Festival of flavor! Saturday, June 20th @ 10am-5pm Sunday, June 21st @ 10am-4pm

Celebrate the passion for this exalted bulb with the faithful throngs who make their annual pilgrimage to the NW Garlic Festival which is held each June in the seaside community of Ocean Park, Washington, located on the Long Beach Peninsula. Live music, food & craft vendors galore!

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Quips from kids and ... butt dust. These have to be original and genuine. No adult is this creative!! JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister. After a while he asked “Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?” MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn’t remember any more. Melanie said, “If you don’t remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.” MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad “Why is he whispering in her mouth?” CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, “I don’t know what’ll happen with this bed when I get

married. How will my wife fit in?” JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read “The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.” Concerned, James asked “What happened to the flea?” And the kicker….. From one Sunday morning I think the Mom will never forget: On an ordinary Sunday... ”Dear Lord,” the minister began his sermon, arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. “Without you, we are but dust.” He would have continued, I’m sure. But at that moment my very inquisitive daughter, who was obviously listening attentively, leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, “Mom, what is butt dust?”

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Get Puzzled...with Sudoku!

How to solve sudoku puzzles

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

My husband, Steve, treated me to a weekend at the beach for Mother’s Day. It was beyond wonderful! After a long winter, it was definitely time to “come out and play”! We drove to Chehalis, headed West on Highway #6 to Raymond, and then left, down the Willapa Bay shoreline to the Long Beach Peninsula. We drove around the whole peninsula, stopping to admire the old restored Victorian homes and the old, old, (still in use) church in Oysterville, and to dip our tootsies in the icy surf of the ocean. Well, actually, we watched body surfers dipping their tootsies in the surf. We were content to stand at the edge of the shoreline and imagine how icy cold that water must have been. Lunch was at the Loose Kaboose Restaurant in Long Beach, and while there, I read a little blurb in their local paper from a humorous columnist known as Scuttle Butt. Scuttle Butt said: “The mucky, sticky bed of Willapa Bay when tide is out is great for oysters, but for humans...not-so-much. Why, just last week, a well-known local, Art Nelson, was walking along the shoreline of the Bay, when he saw a man’s hat floating in some shallow water. Art reached over to pick it up, and, lo and behold, a man’s HEAD was under it! Art didn’t know whether to call the sheriff or the Coast Guard. And then, suddenly, the “head” GROANED! “Oh my Gawd,” exclaimed Art. “Let me get you OUT of there!” After clearing away some of the sand around the “head”, Art heard the man say: “Oh, don’t worry about me. I’ll be OK. It’s my HORSE I’m concerned about!” (And you thought you were having a bad day!) Without a doubt, the highlight of our weekend was staying at Cottage #8

at the SeaView Motel in Long Beach. A pretty little yellow cottage with a freshly painted purple door, fragrant honey-suckle vines outside the window, and a cozy Queen size bed inside. Immaculate bathroom; microwave & fridge, TV and close to some awesome eateries (which we tried) including The Depot, where we had the BEST RIBEYE STEAK in the world, and Laurie’s Homestead Breakfast House, where we had an unforgettable Mother’s Day breakfast and the best coffee in the world. But the UNEXPECTED real TREASURE of the whole weekend was the ten-plus year old journal that we found in the night stand of our cottage. We read entries from past guests at the motel from all walks of life and from all parts of the country. It was so entertaining to read about their lives and what brought them to the beach, and about how their pets liked the beach, and about the effect staying at the cottages had on them, as they prepared to go back to “real life”. It was a great lesson in the value of taking “time out” from your routine and seeking serenity and a safe sanctuary to get refreshed, revived and rejuvenated. Whether you’re a Doctor with a busy practice, a single-mom with an active toddler, a retired couple with some “good years left for making memories”, or a just-married couple needing a great honeymoon spot, I just can’t say enough about “Cottage #8”! I hope this will inspire you to plan your own trek to the beach, or to some other great adventure! Halleluia! WELCOME SUMMER! Thank you LORD!

Paddy Burrow invites your feedback. eMail her at: or call her at (360)751-5231

Jokes to share

He’s Hopeless! “George is so forgetful,” the sales manager complained to his secretary. “It’s a wonder he can sell and I’m not sure he’ll even remember to come back.”

Just then the door flew open, and in bounced George.”You’ll never guess what happened!” he shouted. “While I was at lunch, I met Old Man Brown, who hasn’t bought anything from us for five years.Well, we got to talking and he gave me this half-million dollar order!” “See,” sighed the sales manager to his secretary. “I told you he’d forget the sandwiches.”

The Breakdown A large two engine train was crossing America. After they had gone some distance one of the engines broke down. “No problem,” the engineer thought, and carried on at half-power. Further on down the line, the other engine broke down, and the train came to a standstill. The engineer decided he should inform the passengers about why the train had stopped, and made the following announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that both engines have failed, and we will be stuck here for some time. The good news is that this is a train and not a plane.”

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Submitted by Georgia Cox JUNE Events Every Monday: Our infamous Cinnamon Rolls and coffee will be served to the public from 10am to NOON. Suggested donation is only $1.50 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”, 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 #636-2118 (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 interest-

ed, so bring your game! Every Friday: Lunches by reservation only, will be served in the Center at NOON. Must Reserve by calling 274-7502 by Monday. Every Saturday: BINGO games are played from 1pm - 3pm, get ready to have some fun, and bring your best game face. SPECIAL EVENTS: Tuesday, June 9th: Join us for two special sessions, beginning at 10:30am with Susan Barker, Castle Rock School District Superintendent speaking on the District School Report. Immediately followed by Diane Craft, Canterbury Senior Community, talking on “The Truth - The Whole Truth - Nothing But The Truth”. Supporting Care Givers that express their concern and guilt about lying to their family who has dementia. All this followed by a potluck lunch at high NOON. Come join us for this informational time. Thursday, June 18th: Commodities will be distributed from 10am - 1pm. Have a valid punch card. Castle Rock Senior Center 222 - 2nd Ave Castle Rock, WA (360)274-7502

Coming July 16th - 18th 2015 ‘Celebrating Small Treasures & Big Memories’ The Castle Rock Fair has picked their theme for this year: “Celebrating Small Treasures and Big Memories”. EXHIBITORS: Be sure to visit the new online website for the Castle Rock Fair! All forms and Exhibitor’s Schedule is already posted. PARADE: The Parade is always a fun highlight of the Fair. Parade lineup starts on Thursday, July 16th @ 5:00pm, with judging at 5:30pm. Parade starts at 6:30pm for all to see and enjoy. FAIR: General admission on Thursday is $2 for adults, $1 for children and Se-

niors. General admission on Friday and Saturday is $3 adults and $2 children and seniors. Under 6 years old free. Adult three day pay is $7, with a children and seniors three day pass only $4. Exhibitors three day pass is $3, and on Friday from 10am - 2pm all Seniors (62+) are FREE. Everything from the infamous quarter arcade to the wet money scramble and live music entertainment is waiting for your family to enjoy at the Castle Rock Fair this year! Keep your eyes peeled in the upcoming July issue for a complete breakdown of events and special performances.

Workshop: It’s OK to Bug Us Looking for a fun and educational experience for your kids? On June 20 at 2:00-4:00 pm, WSU Master Gardeners will be hosting a free program for kids (K-9). Youth will experience the world of insects through this interactive workshop. Fun activities will give students a first-hand look at insects and they will learn about all the good that bugs provides. The class will be held

in the Floral Building at the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds in Longview and is sponsored by Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners. Registration is limited, so please register by June 15. To register, contact the WSU Extension office at 577-3014 Ext 0, or for questions contact Jessica Bischoff at eMail:

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The perfect three on the GRILL Man’s love affair with grilling goes all the way back to the invention of fire, and to that first prehistoric cook who accidentally dropped a raw piece of meat onto the glowing coals. Since then, techniques for grilling have been honed and improved. Great varieties of grills can be found. They range in price from a small tabletop grill that uses charcoal to big grills in stainless steel cabinets powered by propane. Below are three short recipes for a surefire backyard cookout: Balsamic-glazed sirloin Start with four half-pound strips of lean sirloin steak. 5 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/2 stick melted butter Add salt and pepper to taste Score steaks diagonally and brush both sides with butter. Dust with salt and pepper. Mix the vinegar and Worcestershire sauce in a dish and brush the steaks with the mixture as they cook. Spicy baked beans Add these ingredients to two 15-oz. cans of pork and beans. 6 pieces bacon in small pieces 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup barbecue sauce 12 dashes Louisiana hot sauce Mix in a grill-proof pan, and set on

a medium-heat area of the grill before grilling the meat. Stir occasionally until it’s bubbling.

Perfect grill corn 6 ears corn on the cob 1/2 stick, melted butter salt to taste Carefully peel the husks back on the ears of corn and remove corn silk. Brush the corn inside with the melted butter and add dashes of salt. Put the husks back in place and soak the corn in water for a few minutes Place the corn in its husks on the grill in a position of medium heat. Turn frequently until charred spots start to appear on the husks. Cooking should take about 10 to 15 minutes. Check for tenderness. Add your favorite summertime drink and a wedge of watermelon for a great backyard picnic.

Long ago in Babylon... There is a story told that a Father’s Day card was traced back to the ruins of Babylon. A son called Elmesu carved his father a message on a clay card wishing him a long and healthy life. Down through the years, sons and daughters throughout the world have found different ways to honor and show love and respect to their fathers. Several people have been credited with originating an official Father’s Day in the United States but most agree Sonora Smart-Dodd contributed the most toward its acceptance. Dodd’s father, a civil war veteran, raised his six children alone after his wife died in childbirth. (Right in our own backyard of Spokane, WA.) President Nixon, in 1972, signed a presidential resolution establishing the national observance of Father’s Day. On June 21, we once again celebrate Father’s Day. This day can include all sorts of fathers: natural fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and others who have acted as fathers. Parenting is an act of love and all those who practice it can be honored. If your father or father figure is living, be sure to record the activities of the day by camera or camcorder. This allows future generations to trace their family.

Happy Father’s Day!!!

To my Poppy, and husband, Oscar. Wonderful fathers that love their children dearly! This Father’s Day, we celebrate you!

If your father is deceased, Father’s Day is a good time to share memories of your relationship with him. In some traditions, a candle is lit in church in memory of the deceased. Some families light a candle in front of the parent’s picture at home. It is said we give our children roots, wings and a shoulder to lean on. May all fathers be honored for being part of this process. When we say the words Father’s Day, many pictures of fathers can flash in front of our eyes. Perhaps the scene is a father holding on to his daughter’s bike as she weaves down the sidewalk the first time. Or maybe the view is that of a teenage boy, his father beside him, driving the car around the block as he takes a step toward getting his license. A father walking his daughter down the aisle, a father showing his children how to catch a ball, a father tenderly holding a child in tears. These are glimpses of the fathers that we honor on June 21. They come in many guises. Fathers can be natural fathers, stepfathers, or fathers by adoption. We may not call them by the name father, but refer to them as pa, papa, padre, dad, or daddy. But however they came into our lives and whatever we call them, we know how special they are.

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Daddy’s Poem [Editor’s Note: This is a tear-jerker.] Her hair was up in a pony tail, her favorite dress tied with a bow. Today was Daddy’s Day at school, and she couldn’t wait to go. But her mummy tried to tell her, that she probably should stay home. Why the kids might not understand, if she went to school alone . But she was not afraid; she knew just what to say. What to tell her classmates of why he wasn’t there today. But still her mother worried, for her to face this day alone. And that was why once again, she tried to keep her daughter home. But the little girl went to school eager to tell them all. About a dad she never sees, a dad who never calls. There were daddies along the back wall, for everyone to meet. Children squirming impatiently, anxious in their seats. One by one the teacher called a student from the class. To introduce their daddy, as seconds slowly passed. At last the teacher called her name, every child turned to stare. Each of them was searching for a man who wasn’t there. ‘Where’s her daddy at?’ she heard a boy call out. ‘She probably doesn’t have one,’ another student dared to shout. And from somewhere near the back, she heard a daddy say, ‘Looks like another deadbeat dad, too busy to waste his day.’ The words did not offend her, as she smiled up at her Mom. And looked back at her teacher, who told her to go on. So with hands behind her back, slowly she began to speak. And out from the mouth of a child, came words incredibly unique. ‘My Daddy couldn’t be here, because he lives so far away. But I know he wishes he could be, since this is such a special day. And though you cannot meet him, I wanted you to know. All about my daddy, and how much he loves me so. He loved to tell me stories, he taught me to ride my bike. He surprised me with pink roses,

and taught me to fly a kite. We used to share fudge sundaes, and ice cream in a cone. And though you cannot see him. I’m not standing here alone... ‘Cause my daddy’s always with me, even though we are apart I know because he told me, he’ll forever be in my heart. With that, her little hand reached up, and lay across her chest. Feeling her own heartbeat, beneath her favorite dress. And from somewhere in the crowd of dads, her mother stood in tears. Proudly watching her daughter, who was wise beyond her years. For she stood up for the love of a man not in her life. Doing what was best for her, doing what was right. And when she dropped her hand back down, staring straight into the crowd. She finished with a voice so soft, but its message clear and loud. ‘I love my daddy very much, he’s my shining star. And if he could, he’d be here, but heaven’s just too far. You see he is a soldier and died just this past year, When a roadside bomb hit his convoy And taught brave men to fear, But sometimes when I close my eyes, it’s like he never went away. And then she closed her eyes, and saw him there that day. And to her mother’s amazement, she witnessed with surprise. A room full of daddies and children, all starting to close their eyes. Who knows what they saw before them, who knows what they felt inside.  Perhaps for merely a second, they saw him at her side. ‘I know you’re with me Daddy,’ to the silence she called out . And what happened next made believers, of those once filled with doubt.  Not one in that room could explain it, for each of their eyes had been closed. But there on the desk beside her, was a fragrant longstemmed pink rose. And a child was blessed, if only for a moment, by the love of her shining star.  And given the gift of believing, that heaven is never too far.

Fathers can keep kids active and healthy A prescription for healthy kids could include something like this: Be active every day, play hard and have fun. This kind of regular exercise builds strong muscles and bones. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it also strengthens kids’ hearts and lungs, which may help protect them from heart problems as they get older. And active kids are more likely to sidestep obesity and the health problems that go with it. Fathers play a large role As a father you are a role model for your child and can give your child a head start on an active lifestyle if you make it part of your family’s routine. Add a family walk or bike ride to your evenings and weekends. Challenge the kids to a game of hoops, or play some catch. Go fly a kite together. Or play an old-fashioned game of tag or hide-and-seek. Helping your child be active can have a few important side effects. You might find yourself being healthier and more active—and having some fun. Make it happen The AAP recommends at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for children. That can seem like a lot if your child isn’t used to exercise. That’s where the fun part comes in.

When kids are enjoying themselves, that hour—or more—of exercise can fly by. These tips from the AAP and other experts can help get your kids moving: • Encourage them to join a team sport, such as baseball or soccer. • Take them to places where other kids are playing, such as swimming pools or public parks. • Keep sports equipment handy. If you have a jump rope, some tennis rackets, or a softball and glove in the closet, your kids can easily grab them and go. • If it’s a safe route, encourage your child to walk or bike to school. Make sure your biker wears a helmet every time. • Have kids help around the house. Washing the car, gardening, vacuuming—they’re all good habits that double as exercise. • Offset screen time. Kids sitting in front of a TV or computer are, well, sitting. Challenge them to log at least as much active time as screen time. Enforce it by limiting screen time to two hours a day or less. Daryl Linnell, MD, PeaceHealth Medical Group – Pediatrics. 1615 Delaware St., Longview, WA

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DING DING! Here comes the Trolley!

Trolley owner and operator, Jon Randall of greets all trolley riders with his signature smile. Photo by

This Original 1936 San Francisco Trolley is an instant delight to all who see it or take a ride on it. Enter Jon and Christine Randall of RelyLocal with their dream of integrating this trolley into our local area community. Imagine this Trolley at your favorite parade or community event with FREE shuttles to all as it will be available to community events in the Lower Columbia Region. The goal is simple as it is to restore and preserve this beautiful piece of history for all to enjoy in the Lower Columbia Region, as well as a portion of Columbia County in Oregon. While the investment to acquire, restore, update, protect, insure, and keep it fueled is not small we believe it is worth it as the impact for the community will be significant.

How to build a great sand castle on the beach It’s not child’s play, but building a sand castle can make you feel like a kid again. What’s more, your work of art will be out there on the beach for all to see and admire. Professional sand sculptors use special tool kits, but you can build one with household items. For this project, you will need a shovel, funnel, putty knife, butter knife, one 5-gallon bucket with the bottom cut out, and one regular 5-gallon bucket. The completed castle will have two towers joined by a “stone” wall. First, create a big platform on which to build your castle. Mound up and pack down sand. Build your platform in 6-inch segments, pack them down with your fists and pour a half-bucket of water over it. Writing in Redbook, professional sculptor Justin Gordon recommends building your two-tower castle by mounding sand then shaving away thin layers. Once your platform is finished, fill the bottomless bucket a quarter full with sand. Add half a bucket of water then pack in more sand and water until the bucket is full. Place the bucket toward one side of the sand platform for the body of one tower and gently rotate the bucket to remove the sand. Fill the funnel with packed sand and

place it upside down on top for the pointed roof. Carve the body of the castle so it angles down and out from the roof. Then repeat the process for the second tower. You can build a wall between the two towers and carve stone shapes into it. Carve doors and windows into the towers and walls of the castle.

This has been made possible by an agreement between RelyLocal and the Wahkiakum Chamber who has owned and operated this Trolley for the last several years for the enjoyment of their community. is a Shop Local Campaign and website that features local businesses, Coupons, Reviews, and even Local Jobs. is focused on connecting our community with our treasured locally owned and operated businesses who are the backbone of our economy as we believe all of us have a duty to support those who support our local economy, schools, events, and more. The Trolley will also be made possible by many of the Business Members who will be rec-

ognized with signage on the Trolley. The Valley Bugler Community Newspaper is excited to announce their partnership and support of this historic Trolley! Look for their sign on the trolley as means of supporting building community fun with The Trolley. We encourage you to be a part of something that will bring more joy to so many in our community. Want to have the Trolley at your function? Christine: (360)270-2118. JUNE TROLLEY APPEARANCES: June 20th: Rods & Dogs Car Show June 20-21st: Woodland Planters Days Festival June 27th: Clatskanie, Oregon Heritage Days Car Show June 28th: Strut your Mutt event in Clatskanie, Oregon.

Woodland’s Planter’s Day Festival


Four days of fun await those who live in or visit Woodland during June 18-21. Listed below are the fun events scheduled for this year’s Planter’s Days, running annually since 1922! A lot has happened in the last 75 years of Planter’s Days to make this celebration one of the oldest continuous community celebrations in the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of the festival is the same as it has always been: to bring everyone together, and share in community spirit and good times. Frog

jumping, anyone? Beginning on Thursday, June 18th with the Carnival at Horseshoe Lake Park, the festival is set into motion. Everything from Chalk Art, Free Carriage rides, Fireworks show, Book Shoe, Bingo, Saturday market, Parade, Firemen’s BBQ, Penny Scrambler and more await you and your family. For more information and registration information for the various activities, please visit:

(To get a professional sand-sculpting kit for $35, visit Visit these local SANDY beaches, just minutes away from town, or farther on down the road to the ocean: 1) Cowlitz River: Take Exit 48 and head West. You’ll see the river, and its beautiful sandy beaches. Best access is from Westside Hwy on the other side. (Ask a local for best directions, always!) 2) Columbia River: Almost any-

where there is a docking point or local park there will be sandy beaches on this huge, rolling river. Plant yourself at Willow Grove Park (Take Ocean Beach Hwy 4 West, then follow signs left at last stoplight out of town) or head further down Ocean Beach Hwy 4 to “County Line Park”. 3) Long Beach: Head out Ocean Beach Hwy 4 (Longview) and continue on for about one hour. You can’t miss anywhere along this coast.

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By Laurrie Piland Valley Bugler Columnist It is a busy month for us. I’ve got my container garden all planted and I’ve been working like sixty to get the communal garden planted. Our communal RV park is not going to be all that big, as first thought, but that’s ok. A small garden that brings everyone together and forms friendships is okay! I made this tasty onion side dish the other evening to serve with a grilled steak dinner. It’s so, so easy to prepare and absolutely delicious, to boot.

Baked Blooming Onions

2 smallish sized red onions 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/4tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 Tbsp roughly chopped capers

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Peel onions leaving root end intact. Slice off enough just so the onions do not rock back and forth and will safely sit stable on a cutting board. Cut down through the onion, leaving 1/2-inch intact at bottom. Cut onion into eighths. Add olive oil and vinegar into a large bowl and toss onions with mixture until thoroughly coated. Place in baking dish and drizzle remaining oil-vinegar mix on top of onions making sure to get some down into the cuts. Sprinkle tops with salt and pepper. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Remove baking dish from oven, remove foil from pan and return to oven

Remove from oven, sprinkle with chopped capers and ENJOY! These are such a healthy and refreshing alternative to their deep-fried cousins. One onion was plenty for my husband and I to split and enjoy. Husband’s upcoming birthday dinner addition for sure! Until we meet up in July...PEACE!

for an additional 15-20 minutes of baking, uncovered.

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!

Play BALL!

It is time to dust off those baseball mitts and get your family to the ball park! It’s time to cheer on the Cowlitz County Black Bears baseball team! Because they really can hear you. They’re so close, you can see their faces scrunch in concentration as they wind up for the next at bat, or as they run for a fly ball in the outfield. Family friendly pricing makes it actually affordable to come to a game and enjoy the concession stands as well. There are games for kids, and you gotta love Corby, the goofy yet lovable Black Bear that roams the stands causing children of all ages to throw out some high-fives and laugh at his wiggly belly. Full schedule & Promotions: Call (360)703-3195 for Tickets Our family went quite a few times last season and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. On a sunny summer evening, it’s the perfect entertainment for everyone, and to meet with friends. The concessions were affordably priced, especially during the $2 Tuesdays, which has quickly became a local favorite. If you live here, or are just visiting and enjoying the sites, be sure to stop on by the Story Field at Lower Columbia College, found just off Washington Way in Longview. One of the coolest promotions is the Bud Clary Subaru NEW CAR Giveaway. Yes, you heard right. If a Black Bear player hits a home run into the window of the Subaru above the right field sign, Bud Clary Subaru gives away a brand new car

to a lucky fan in attendance that night! You have to be present to win, and the drawing takes place at the conclusion of the game! A cross sampling of promotional nights listed below. Complete schedule online. Let’s have some fun at a Cowlitz Black Bears game this summer, and help create some nostalgia of our own! Kids run the bases after the game.

Thursday, June 4: $5 First Look Night. All unreserved tix are $5, including grandstand, general admission, picnic table AND party deck. $2 beer throughout the stadium. Friday, June 5: Kapstone Paper and Packaging presents Opening Night 2015. Exciting festivities and post game fireworks spectacular. Wednesday, June 10: Fibre Federal Family Night. All Fibre Federal membership card gets you $5 off any ticket. Tuesday, June 16: Peace Health has special prizes and giveaways, as well as it being $2 Tuesday. ($2 tickets, hotdogs, soda, beer, and $12 party deck tix.) Wednesday, June 17: Michelle Renee Formal Night - prizes from Michelle Renee Bridal AND Fibre Federal Family Night with $5 off any ticket with Fibre Federal membership card. Tuesday, June 23: Lower Columbia Longshoremen’s Federal Credit Union Night, with special prizes and giveaways. Fiesta Bonita $2 Tuesday. ($2 tickets, $2 hot dogs, $2 soda, and $2 canned beer, $12 Party Deck tickets) . Wednesday, June 24: Fibre Federal Family Night. $5 off any grandstand, general admission, or party deck ticket with Fibre Federal Membership Card. Thursday, June 25: KapStone Logo Ball Day. First 400 kids age 14 and under receive a Kapstone / Black Bears Logo Baseball. Also Swanson Bark Cowlitz Black Bears Kids Club Night. All Kids Club members Free!

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International Picnic Day is June 18 • Let’s Celebrate! Five-Ingredient Barbecue Pork With the arrival of the first day of summer on June 21, you’re eager to spend as much time outdoors as possible, and what better way to celebrate this special weekend of redbanner events than on a picnic with friends and family. And what fun to know that people worldwide are also picnicking. Although the rattan picnic basket may be a thing of the past, fabulous food isn’t. Depending upon your lo-

cation, environment and culture, your favorite outdoor fare may vary from lobster rolls to sushi or the standard burgers, fried chicken or hotdogs. A picnic is about food and delights. But it can be ‘healthier.’ After eating, you can bike, hike, stroll or bring out the Frisbee, kites, or softballs to burn off extra calories. Barbecue is not only a Southern choice for any day, this recipe is trouble-free, easy on the pocketbook, and perfect for the official arrival of

summer. Five ingredients and five minutes of preparation. That’s it. Let your slow-cooker do the work. Five-Ingredient Barbecue Pork 3 pounds of boneless pork loin 1 med. yellow onion, thinly sliced 3/4 cup root beer or cola 3/4 cup bottled barbecue sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s used in recipe) 8 sandwich/burger buns (or ciabatta rolls or slider potato rolls) Combine first four ingredients in a slow-cooker. Cover and cook on

high for 5 hours. Drain and slice, or shred pork with two forks. Serve on buns with additional barbecue sauce (and crunchy slaw). Even easier for the chef: Cook for 6-8 hours overnight on low for super tender meat. Drain liquid. Add more BBQ sauce after you shred meat. And, yes, you can use pork tenderloin on high temperature; cut into 2-3 hunks before cooking for shorter shred, or dice meat. Leave BBQ in the crock pot for travel to picnic site. Don’t forget, the art of picnicking involves relaxing, fun and camaraderie of kindred souls.


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By Oscar Myre IV Valley Bugler Columnist The Jetson’ TV Show from the 1960s made a lot of cool predictions of the future. Now is the future and I’m still waiting on my flying car and my transporter tube. But one of the predictions that is now here is the Video Phone. Jane Jetson used the video phone to chat with her Mom in the very first episode. George later used some other video phones to talk with his Boss and even check in with his son Elroy. Modern day calls look remarkably similar to what was envisioned over 50 years ago. The major difference is that their “phones” just made calls. Today you can video conference on phones, tablets and computers that can do a lot more than just video conference. When I was a kid, we didn’t have fancy video conferencing like those Jetsons. We made calls on phones that were connected to the wall. And we liked it. ~:-) There have been a lot of changes in how we connect with computers. iChat The first call that I remember using iChat was made from a Mac to a Mac. It was 10+ years ago. My wife Michelle

and I used Apple iChat to make a Video Call with her Parents. We both used iSight cameras. We could see them and they could see their granddaughter. My parents had a Windows machine so we installed AOL Instant Messenger and configured a Logitech camera. Our very first mobile video call was when we used a camera on our laptop and were able to show them our house and baby’s room. Skype We later found that Skype worked great on Macs & Windows. Michelle and I were involved with a ministry that offered counseling to a couple in Brazil. They had a camera, and we were able to connect with them from Longview. Counselor Jim said that the use of video allowed him to see important body language that he would have missed over the phone. The two major problems with the early connections: 1) they took a lot of configuring and/ or investment. 2) the Internet wasn’t so fast so the video quality could be better. FaceTime (Video Calls on Smart Phones) When we got our first iPhones with

FaceTime we were able to turn a phone call into a video call with just a tap of a button. This was the first time I experienced mobile Video Calls. Both callers did have to be connected to a WiFi network so it had its limitations, but you didn’t have to be connected to a computer. There was a bit of configuring to do, and making sure you were near WiFi to make a call. Now FaceTime and other video calls on other smart phones can call from wherever they are connected to the Internet. For Business And now like George Jetson we can make video calls to our boss or clients. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot

of people in other states using WebEx and Zoom in recent years. I even did a web training recently with a client in Italy. I love when technology can be used to help people connect. But even with all the advancement in calls, I’m still a little jealous of the Mask that Jane used when making her calls before she had her hair done.

On June 21st this year, we celebrate the summer solstice. But just what is a solstice and why do we celebrate it, anyways? Technical jargon says the June solstice happens when the tilt of a planet’s semi-axis, is most inclined toward the sun. It’s the Summer Solstice for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice for those living in the Southern Hemisphere. In the USA and some other areas of the northern hemisphere, this special date heralds the first day of summer. This is the day of the year that has the longest period of daylight, except in chilly polar regions, where their daylight is continous. The most important part for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest, is that we are now at our closest point to the warm shiny orb in the sky. Summer has been celebrated since ancient times, with a common thread with current trends, as a time popular for weddings. An interesting fact that has offered up debate fodder for interested parties, is the building of Stonehenge. Built sometime around 3100BC, some people believe it was built to help establish when the summer solstice occurred. Reasons behind this

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

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June 2015 • Valley Bugler • Page 15 At left: New business, Teriyaki Spice, and the relocated New Leaf Coffee are close neighbors in Woodland, WA. Both offer high quality products and friendly staff. Visit one today! Photo by Pat Nelson.

Red Leaf Coffee & Teriyaki Spice By Pat Nelson Valley Bugler Columnist

Hot coffee and spicy teriyaki are heating up the scene in downtown Woodland. The Red Leaf coffee stand is moving to larger quarters in the old Bank of America building at 740 Goerig Street, where it plans to open June 1. Remodeling is near completion, and attractive rockwork and landscaping has been added. There is a drive-thru lane, as well as additional parking in an adjacent lot. Melissa and Ray Vandervaulk opened their simple Red Leaf espresso stand in Woodland in 2008. Since then, they have done so well that they have opened a second, much larger shop at 209 W. Main in Kelso. Asked why they chose to move from their original location to downtown Woodland, Melissa said that a Carl’s Jr. is coming to town to replace both the Shell station and their Red Leaf espresso stand. “It’s nice,” she said, “that now we will own our own land and another business cannot move us out.” The larger location will allow Woodland’s Red Leaf to have room for an oven to bake its own goodies. The goal of Red Leaf is to create foods that

taste good and are as organic and healthy as possible, and there is a big demand for their gluten-free offerings. Red Leaf’s new Woodland location will open at 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 6:30 a.m. on the weekends and will be open until 6 p.m. daily. Follow Red Leaf’s Facebook page for updates. Just a half block away, near Dollar Tree and Los Pepe’s Restaurant, the Teriyaki Spice opened in April in the former Eager Beaver location at 631 Goerig Street. Owners are Norma and Delfino Luna and Norma’s brother, Martin Gonzales. The Lunas decided to open their own restaurant after working in teriyaki restaurants for the past nine years, and they are off to a busy start in Woodland. Teriyaki Spice is staffed seven days a week by family members. Hours are 10am-9pm. Meats are charbroiled and grilled and served with white rice, brown rice or Yakisoba noodles and vegetables or salad. Dishes can be mild or spicy to suit the customer. With chicken, beef, pork, salmon, veggies and tofu, plus pot stickers, egg rolls, Hawaiian teriyaki burgers and french fries, there is something for everyone. Lunch specials are served 10:30am-2:00pm and

To maintain a healthy level of

1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down. 2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice.  3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that. 4. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso. 5. In the memo field of all your checks, write ‘For fish sticks’. 6. Skip down the hall rather than walk and see how many looks you get.


7. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face. Serious. 8. Specify three times that your drive-through order is ‘To go’. 9. Sing along at the opera. 10. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can’t attend their party because you have a headache. 11. When the money comes out of the ATM, scream loudly “I won! I won!” 12. When leaving the Zoo, start running towards the parking lot, screaming “Run for your lives! They’re loose!” 13. Tell your children over dinner, “Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.”

include chicken teriyaki for $5.95, hot and spicy teriyaki for $6.50 and chicken and prawn teriyaki for $7.50, each served with a small drink. Owner Martin Gonzales says the family is considering adding ice cream since the former Eager Beaver loca-

tion has served up ice cream for many years. 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.

Just wonderful! Crab-stuffed mushrooms Do you ever dream about the taste of crab-stuffed mushrooms as they are served in the country’s largest seafood restaurants? Try this recipe on for size. These delicious gems can be used as an appetizer or as a starter.. Depending on the size of the mushroom caps, the following will produce about 24 to 40. Any leftovers can be easily reheated in the microwave. Crab-stuffed mushrooms 3, 8-oz pkgs button mushrooms 1/2lb crab claw meat, fresh / canned 1/4 cup finely chopped celery 2 TBSP finely chopped shallots 2 TBSP finely chopped bell pepper. 2 cups crushed oyster crackers 1/2c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 1/4 tsp fresh ground Old Bay seas. 1/4 tsp fresh salt 1 egg, beaten

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

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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, each month at Longview VFW building, 4311 Ocean Beach Highway. Information: Ray Hegr (360) 425-6981 E-mail at 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. meeting at 7:30 p.m. All people who have active, retired, or reserve status family members with the US Navy, Marines or Coast Guard welcome. 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 MondayFriday 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 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 274-5263. 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. THE LEWIS COUNTY DEMOCRATS meets on the following: May 28th, June 25th, July 23rd @ 5:00pm Rib Eye Rest., Exit 72 off I-5. (Meeting at 6:00pm)

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. 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 Coop (505)363-8774 or NAMI Strive - Free support group; Depression, Bipolar, PTSD or any mental illness. Thursdays 4-5:30pm,. NAMI Free Suicide Support Group: For anyone with severe depression that has thoughts of suicide. Please come join us. Starts Jan 7th, Wed 6-8pm. 900 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview (360)984-6096

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

Fireside Fellowship 271 Atmore Road, Toutle Worship Sunday 10:00 a.m.

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

Grace and Truth City Church 525 Third Ave SW – Castle Rock Pastor David Beer Worship 10:15am, 749-2289

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

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2000 East Kessler Blv - Longview 360.425.4220 Rev. Eric Atcheson

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

Grace Bible Fellowship 300 S.10th Ave, Kelso Worship: Sunday 11:00am Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (360)423-4035

Ryderwood Community Church,

Grace Lutheran Church, MS 2725 Dover Street, Longview Worship: Sunday 10:30am (360)414-4147

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

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

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

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 House of Prayer for All Nations Worship Service: 9a.m. & 11 a.m. 868 9th ave. Longview, WA SundayE40! (education) @ 10:10 a.m. Sunday School 9:45 AM Wed: 5th & 6th grade Morning Service 11:15 AM Castle Rock Church of the Nazarene Evening Service 6 PM Youth Group - 6 p.m. 456 Pioneer Ave. NE, Castle Rock Wed: 7th-12th gr Youth, 7:30pm Sunday School classes 9:30 a.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Pastor Bob Sinclair Worship Celebration 10:45 a.m. Allen Street, Kelso Evening church service 6:30 p.m. 2200 423-3650 St. Rose Catholic Church Women’s Bible study Th 10:30am (360) M & F Daily Mass 12:15 PM Rev. Reo McBride, 274.6546 2571 Nichols Blvd Longview, WA Sat Vigil Mass 5:30 PM 360-425-4660 Castle Rock First Baptist Church Sunday Mass 10:30 AM 211 Front Ave. NW, Castle Rock Pastor Joel Royce 274-4113 Baptist Church, The Salvation Army Church Sun Bible Study all ages: 9:45am Kalama Pastor Wes Eader Worship 11a.m. 1639 10th Ave, Longview Vincent Rd, Kalama WA Women’s Bible Study: Wed 1:30pm 112 Sunday School @ 9:45am 9:45am Sunday School Cowboy Church: Last Sat.; 6-9pm 11:00am - Worship Holiness Meeting @ 11:00am 360-423-3992 Castle Rock Church of Nazarene 456 Pioneer Ave NE, Castle Rock Call 673-5570 (360)274-6546 Stephens Episcopal Kelso First United Methodist Church St. Pastor Reo McBride 1428 - 22nd, Longview WA 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso Sunday Service: 10:45am Office: (360)423-5600 Contemporary Service 9:00 am Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Worship: 8:00am & 10:00am Sunday School 9:20 am Children’s Service: 11:00am Traditional Service 11:00 am Sunday Eve Service: 6:00pm Children (Grade 1-12) 5:30-7 pm Seventh Day Adventist Church Women’s Bible Study: Wed 6:00pm Wed: Pastor Vonda McFadden 7531 Old Pacific Hwy -Castle Rock 360-423-7480 Castle Rock United Methodist Worship 11 a.m. Saturday 241 First Street, Castle Rock Pastor Ben Moore 274.6090 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Lexington Bible Fellowship Worship 10:55 a.m. Sunday 98 Garden Street, Kelso (Lexington) Seventh Day Adventist Church Youth Group: Sundays 2 p.m. Sunday school @ 9:45am Journey Church Rev. Pam Brokaw - 274.4252 Sunday worship @ 11am 77 Solomon Road, Kelso WA Pastor Jerry Hancuff Office: (360)423-7344 Central Christian Church 401 Crawford St., Kelso Saturday Worship: 11:05am Worship -11am, school @ 9:30am Life Center Pastor Marcia Stone Wednesdays @ 6pm (Youth @ 6:45 Corner of Rock & Pine in Centralia Sundays at 10:30am or Bible Studies - many available Stella Lutheran Chapel Oyler Rd & Hwy 12 in Ethel Russ Tevis, Minister 124 Sherman Road, Longview Sundays 360-425-3420 Church Office 9:00am 360-736-5898 Pastor Carol Plummer Sunday Worship 10:00 am Community of Christ, Longview Children Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Living Hope Church 202 Delaware Street Office (360) 423-3795 (Wed. Only) 2711 NW Andreson, Vancouver Pastor Sharon West 11:00am Sundays Toledo New Life Assembly of God Classes all ages: 10:00am Pastor Dean Jenks (360)944-3905 420 Silver Street, Toledo WA Worship Service: 11:00am (360)864-4366 Longview Church of the Nazarene Worship: Sun. @ 10am, Wed. @ 6pm Church of Christ 814 - 15th Ave, Longview Dinner on Wednesdays @ 5:15pm Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 300 St. Helen’s St., Toledo, Wa Food Bank: Last Tue/Wed of month Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday Bible Class 10 a.m. Celebrate Recovery Thurs at 6 p.m Sunday Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. 360-577-1100 Toutle Christian Fellowship Tuesday Bible Class 11 a.m. 5067 Spirit Lake Hwy – Toutle Longview Community Church, Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. Worship Service Sunday 9 a.m. 2323 Washington Way - Longview Childcare provided John Gadberry, Minister Worship service Sunday Pastor Denny Martinez 360-274-8570 Contemporary Service 8:45 a.m. Traditional Service 11 a.m. Emmanuel Lutheran Church (360)274-6305 Pastor John Williams 423.6380 2218 E. Kessler Blvd. - Longview Sunday Worship - 8:30am Vader Assembly of God Church Longview Presbyterian Church Sunday “Celebration” - 11 a.m. 302 - 6th St., Vader, WA 3808 Pennsylvania St., Longview Thursday Worship - 6:30 p.m. (360)295-3756 Worship and Children’s Class: Pastor David Martin, Senior Pastor Pastor Tracy Durham Sun. 10am Church office - 360-423-3250 Pastor Meghan Davis (360)577-8951 Sunday Worship: 10:30am & 6:00pm Sunday Youth Group: 6:00pm Wed. Adult Study, Kidz Church: 7p.m. Faith Fellowship Lutheran Brethren; New and Living Way Church Church 210 Fishers Lane, Kelso 951 Delaware St., Longview Valley View Church of God Pastor Chris Leingang Sundays 10am & 6pm 1435 - 33rd Ave, Longview WA Worship at 10:00am Wednesdays 7pm Pastor Dwayne Cothron Church Office (360) 425-4390 703-3340 (360)636-6787 Worship Sundays @ 10am & 6pm Fathers House Church Oak Point Community Church 1315 Commerce Ave, Longview 445 Oakpoint Rd, Longview Worship Sundays: Limited availability. Submit your Sunday School 9:30 a.m. 9am, 10:30am church services to: Sunday Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Pastor Chuck Tilton 423-7826 Thursday Bible Study 7 p.m. Pastor Doug McMurray #577-6037

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

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

Library BOOK Sales KALAMA Come and get your supply for summer reading! Friends of the Library Kalama will have their book sale on Friday, June 19 from 9am-4pm in the City Hall council chambers at 320 N 1st street in Kalama.

Hard covers are $1, paperbacks 50 cents and children books are 25 cents. Kalama Story time and crafts with Sabrina-- every Wednesday at 11 am at the city hall council chambers—320 N 1st St., Kalama. Join the fun!

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

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

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

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

WOODLAND Friends of Woodland Community Library will hold a book sale on Friday, June 19th (10am-4pm) and Saturday, June 20th (9am-1pm, with a bag sale 1-2pm). It will be held in the Woodland Community Center, 782 Park Street,

across from the Woodland High School and next to the Woodland Community Library. Prices of children’s books range from 25¢ to $1. Most other books are $1. All media items are 2 for $1. We have lots of material for homeschooling!! The book sale will fund library activities and a future library.

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June 20th:

‘A Womens’ Affaire Returns! A Women’s Affaire Celebrating Women Serving Women! FREE Admission Saturday, June 20 @ 10am-3pm Canterbury Inn, 1324 3rd Ave Longview, WA Back by popular demand after a three year absence, the Women’s Affaire makes a grand re-entrance. The 9th Women’s Affaire is where a group of ladies gather to create an event for three generations to spent a day together: Grandma, Mother and Granddaughter. Shop and enjoy a day of sampling for the senses. An event for women of all ages, showcasing and demonstrating interesting products and services. With giveaways, raffle prizes and great resources, this is an event you don’t want to miss. All proceeds from the event and the raffle tickets are donated to local area charities, which impact the women in our community for the better. The first 500 attendees will receive gifts and a gift bag to fill with goodies as they visit the individual exhibitors. There are over 60+ vendors with educational information, products and services full of creative and fun items

to look at and shop for. Special break out sessions such as the informational session regarding the value of Botox beyond reducing wrinkles, with medical benefits at 11:00am. Chalk Paint demonstrations at 1:15pm with Wendy Kosloski from Teagues Interiors is sure to please and provide fun resources on refinishing furniture pieces. Another special breakout session will be held with Cassie Bennett at 12:15pm, as she teaches attendees how to plan, create and pull off two to four weeks of family meals ahead of time. So grab your mom and grandma, aunties and sisters, best friends and comrades! Mark the date of June 20th as occupied, and we will see you there.

Transportation: A complimentary shuttle ride from the Cowlitz County Expo Center to the event is available from 8:00am - 4:00pm. Sample of Vendors: Altrusa, American National Insurance, Columbia Theatre, CHHH, Cowlitz River Dahlias, doTerra Essential Oils, Estetica Day Spa, Fibre Credit Union, Hilander Dental, Kristi’s Custom Cakes, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Miche, Nerium, Pampered Chef, Noonday Jewelry and so much more! See ad on p.5.


Lighter side

[Editor’s Note: I recently got a call from a reader who said he appreciated seeing “mostly fresh and new” jokes in the Bugler. It’s a tough search each month, but here’s some more new ones. At least they’re new to ME. Hope they are to YOU too!]

The Plus Sign Little Zachary was doing very badly in math. His parents had tried everything from tutors, mentors, flash cards to special learning centers. In short, everything they could think of to help his math. Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him in the local Catholic school. After the first day, little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face. He didn’t even kiss his mother hello. Instead, he went straight to his room and started studying. Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was hard at work. His mother was amazed. She called him down to dinner. To her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word and in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before. This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference. Finally, little Zachary brought home his report card. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books. With great trepidation, his Mom looked at it and to her great surprise, little Zachary got an “A” in math. She could no longer hold her curi-

osity. She went to his room and said, “Son, what was it? Was it the nuns”? Little Zachary looked at her and shook his head, no. “Well, then,” she replied, “was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms? What was it already”? Little Zachary looked at her and said, “Well, on the first day of school when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew they weren’t fooling around.” The Blessing Joan invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their sixyear-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?” “I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied. “Just say what you hear Mommy say,” Joan answered. The girl thought for a minute, then bowed her head and said, “Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?” Name Game When Brandon’s mother found out she was pregnant, she told the good news to anyone who would listen. But Little Brandon overheard some of his parents’ private conversations. One day, when Brandon and his mother were shopping, a woman asked the little boy if he was excited about the new baby. “Yes!” Brandon answered, “and I know what we’re gonna name it, too. If it’s a girl, we’re going to call her Christina, and if it’s another boy we’re going to call it quits!”

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Adorable Adoptee


‘Alice’ Alice is a gorgeous Torbie girl, with a soft-as-silk coat with golden highlights. She’s a social girl, loves to be held and cuddled. She is spayed,


‘Billy Blue’

Billy Blue is a handsome athletic boy, with a plush blue/gray coat. He’s very social, loves everyone he meets. He’ll walk right up to you, de-

Our 2015 Models are in! Come see our special dogs and cats today. Humane Society of Cowlitz County. Call 577-0151.

Be ready for bears and big cats in the wild You may be hiking in beautiful wild surroundings and having a wonderful time, but beware. You may be sharing the woods with a big cat or black bear. Although the risk of being attacked is low, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. The advice of experts in The Denver Post: * Wear a bell on your backpack. The foreign sound scares animals away. Talking or whistling as you walk. * Keep dogs and children in tow.

If you encounter an animal, follow these rules: * Stay away. Don’t go closer!. * Watch the big cat / bear, don’t make eye contact. Never turn your back. * If animal shows interest, make yourself look BIG!. Hold your bike over your head, or spread your arms out wide! Talk or shout so it knows you’re a human. * Never try to outrun or outclimb. * If attacked, fight as HARD as you can.

current on her vaccinations, and microchipped. For more information about this lively girl, contact her foster mom Paula at pjstoppler@ msn,com 673-7373

manding attention. He’s a large cat, not overweight, just long and large! And a beautiful fuffy long tail. He’ll make someone a very nice companion. For more information, contact his foster mom Linda at kelso2120@

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June Edition of the Valley Bugler Newspaper. A special tribute for Fathers!

Valley bugler june 2015  

June Edition of the Valley Bugler Newspaper. A special tribute for Fathers!