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From the Editor’s Desk The glorious colors of spring fill the pages of this issue. It certainly helps brighten my spirit as we look towards leaving dreary winter and jumping into Spring. Daffodils have started their green ascension toward the sky, and cute little crocus are blooming. They tell the tale of warmth coming on its way. Well, for Pacific Northwesterners, 'warm' is a relative term. February left most of our internal temperatures confused. Sporadic warm days that reached into the 60's, followed by frigid blustery days in the low 40's. I can probably speak for us all when I say we are ready for some stability. Or at least some pretty flowers to look at while we get drenched. The 'Living Green' guide that we feature each year is full of information that relate to the "eco" movement. Using non-toxic chemical cleaners, recycling cans and cardboard, composting and using 'green' methods to our ways of life, are just a few topics that "living green" can encompass. Some of you may be what others term as a "die-hard" in this area, and for that, we salute you! You encourage us to consider things we may not have ever considered. Such as the benefits of composting and worms. Yes. Poop. Through this delightful topic, our yard soil turn into what gardeners call "Black Gold" and produce lots and lots of very green items to devour. Basically brown turns green, if you want to think about it that way. New to modern thinking in the past

few years have been the subject of Backyard Chickens. In the city it has affectionately been termed "Urban Homesteading". Which basically means people have chickens in their backyards. There are rules and regulations, such as most cities require that you do not have a rooster. Nobody likes those noisy guys anyway. But the egg laying hens are encouraged, and can also supply a steady stream of empty stomachs for your leftover scraps. In return, you receive beautiful fresh eggs. And if you've ever had a fresh egg, recently plucked from the nesting box, you know that you'll never go back to storebought if you have to. Full of vitamins and minerals, and potentially even no GMO's or pesticides, depending on what you feed them. I could go on and on about chickens. I think I'm obsessed. There's this strange sensation that I'm not the only one. I have two books on chickens and I don't even have backyard chickens. Let's just say I'm planning. Chicks are plentiful right now, and 4 Corners Farm & Garden has their chicks already in and ready for you. Or, you can wait until their Chick Daze next month, and it's Buy One Get One Free. Then you'll really have some fun. Chickens and gardens go hand in hand, and if you've never had a garden, now is the time to start the idea. Why not dig a little 4'x4' patch somewhere, dump a bag of compost and/ or steer manure with some garden

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EMAIL: EDITOR@VALLEYBUGLER.COM soil and mix it up. Or into some deep garden containers. Or BOTH! ☺ Then shove those cheap "grass barriers" down a few inches all around it so the grass doesn't creep in. Throw down some sugar snap or snow peas with some radishes, and stand back and let your green thumb shine. You'll be eating out of your garden before you know it, and if you're not careful, you'll get bit by the 'bug'. Then

you can throw in some tomatoes or whatever else you like to eat. Swiss chard? Spinach? Just don't forget the slug bait, because Lord knows we got enough of them around here! Happy March! Until next month.

Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor

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A Taste of Italy, and a delicious one at that...coming up soon!

Columbian Artists 40th Annual Spring Art Show: 3/19 - 4/3

Above Left: 'Pineapple Surprise', by Featured Artist Scott McRae (above right). Photos by Scott McRae.

The Columbian Artists Association 40th Annual Spring Art Show will open Saturday, March 19th, and will continue through April 3rd. The Show is again this year being held at the Three Rivers Mall, Kelso, Washington. Opening reception will be Saturday March 19, from 2 to 4pm, with awards presentation at 3pm. Refreshments will be served. This is an opportunity to drop by and meet some of the talented area artists. The Show will occupy a spacious storefront near Macy’s. The space is

open and light, presenting an ideal venue for displaying the multi-faceted, varied talent of regional artists. It’s an inviting area, drawing people in to appreciate the talent. Last year the show included 50 artists and over one hundred paintings, and was attended by over one thousand visitors. It’s a judged and juried show with awards presented in each category. In addition, sponsor awards are presented by local businesses See ART SHOW, continued on p.4

At Left: Pioneer Lion volunteers, Ken Botero (far left), Cindy Sessions (middle) and Sharon Sisson (right) serve up laughter as a side dish during the Pioneer Lions “Taste of Italy” spaghetti dinner fundraising event. Sessions' famous spaghetti sauce is always a highlight. Photo by Brandon Thompson.

By Michelle Myre It’s time to gather the family, call all the friends, and mark your calendar for the most fabulous (and extremely satisfying) fundraiser! A Taste of Italy • April 2nd All You Can Eat! [See ad same page for more info] Get ready to fill your plates with unlimited pasta, salad and bread. Longtime Pioneer Lions member, Cindy Sessions, will be making her award-winning secret pasta sauce, so be sure to bring your appetite. Mark your calendars for April 2nd, A Taste of Italy held at the spacious St. Rose Parish Center in Longview from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Also at the Taste of Italy, will be a plethora of raffle goodies that you have a good chance of walking away with at the end of the night. That being said, you don’t have to be present to win, so perhaps a winning phone call would be in your future. Past years have boasted coveted items, such as a Coach hand bag, Betty Crocker Cooking Sets, and a

brand new tool set with toolbox. This year’s gift baskets are still a secret, and have been lovingly put together or donated by business members of the community, and Pioneer Lions members. One ticket in the raffle equals one entry for the basket of your choice. And there are many. Choices, that is. So, the more tickets that you put into the basket drawing, the greater your chances of winning. All proceeds go towards the scholarship fund, which this event has been designed for. The Taste of Italy was created to give back to the student community of Longview. All proceeds from the dinner ticket and raffles are donated to the Pioneer Lions Scholarship program. Each year, hundreds of people show up to take part in supporting a local charity that is giving back to our area students. Last year, over $7,500 was raised, with $3,000 alone from raffle ticket sales. Don’t miss this years yummiest fundraiser in town!


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Birth & Family Wellness Fair! FREE! The Birth and Family Wellness Fair of Cowlitz County is a free event for families of all kinds in Cowlitz County. The Fair takes place on Saturday, March 12th, from 10am to 2pm at the Youth and Family Link building, 907 Douglas Street in Longview. More than 25 local vendors will be showcasing their family healthy services and products at the Fair. The Birth and Family Wellness Fair is FREE to the public, and family friendly. FREE goodie bags for the first 100 families, which includes free entry for raffle items. The Birth and Family Wellness Fair of Cowlitz County is an opportunity to connect with alternative health care professionals in our community. It brings together midwives, doulas, breastfeeding supporters, chiropractors, naturopaths, acupuncturists and more. Kathleen Wirtz, Certified Nurse Midwife, found herself using alternative health providers more often just because she “got to know them and see them in action" herself at last years Fair. Wirtz is heavily involved with the Fair, and "loves how it re-

flects the spirit of collaboration in our community." Visit with local groups promoting health and wellness for young families, and learn how to have a healthier home. See how to better care for your family or pregnancy, and see how our immediate area offers a multitude of alternative and natural health options. No need to travel to the big city. Vendor tables will have loads of fun shopping choices. Green cleaning, natural remedies, maternity and infant photography, breastfeeding gear, handmade items for babies and kids, children's books and so much more. The day also includes presentations and demos such as family yoga, parent and child activities, infant massage, herbal remedies, meet the pediatrician with Dr. Ayoub, breastfeeding and bonding, homebirth and more. There will be a new topic every 30 minutes all day, guaranteeing you’ll find something new and interesting to learn about. Birth & Family Wellness Fair Saturday, March 12th 10am - 2pm 907 Douglas Street, Longview

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with bold, strong color. He has enjoyed doing art all his life, and particularly likes working in watercolor and pastel. He received his BA in art from Linfield College. Currently he exhibits his art at the Broadway Gallery in Longview and the RiverSea Gallery in Astoria. He also teaches art at the Broadway Gallery. Entries accepted March 14th, 10am5pm, Three Rivers Mall. Open to artists 18+ years from Cowlitz, Clark, Wahkiakum, Lewis and Pacific Counties in WA, and Clatsop and Columbia Counties in OR. All forms & info: www.columbianartists.org

and organizations. People attending the show will be able to vote for their favorite painting, and the final “people’s choice” award will be presented at the end of the show. Featured artist of this year’s show is Scott McRae. His style is modernistic

Experiencing Easter Every Day By Paddy Elkins Valley Bugler Columnist Don't know about you, but personally, I CRAVE quiet time with Just Jesus... reading His Word, praying earnestly and then listening for that still, small voice... Sometimes life gets so hectic, I need to get up really early or stay up really late to find the moments needed for a rendezvous with Him, but it is SO worth it! Nothing else comforts me like these "visits" with the Risen One. He is so able to impart His precious wisdom if I will but give Him half a chance! Tonight, for instance, I was randomly reading from the book of Amos, (of all things!) when God clearly showed me what to do in a situation that has caused me stress in recent days.

But even though I now know what God said to do, I still need to decide to DO it, or I will continue to feel anxious and confused. I need to take the next step, and actually DO it, so that peacefulness and contentment will return to my heart. I need to simply obey Jesus and then leave the results up to Him. Again and again He has met me in this way through the years. "Walking with Him" so often involves "sitting at His feet" as Mary did in the Bible. And then, after, clearly hearing what He has to say, following Him in His example of following His Heavenly Father. Truly, Jesus lives! And because He lives, I (and YOU!) can face tomorrow. Paddy Elkins invites your feedback! You may Email her at: paddyelkins@gmail.com or call her at 360-751-5231.

‘May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.’ ~Irish Blessing


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NATIVE TREE SALE • $1.00 - $3.00 each! Cowlitz Farm Forestry Association and Cowlitz Conservation District Annual Native Tree sale is Saturday, March 5th from 8am - 4pm and Sunday, March 6th from 10am - 2pm at Bob’s Sporting Goods Parking Lot by Hudson Street. The trees will cost between $1 and $3 and are bare root seedlings. Varieties include: • Flowering Currant • Sequoia • Douglas Fir • Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine • Western Red Cedar • Pacific Dogwood, and many other native tree species. Sales are on a first come basis until stock is gone. The proceeds are used for Natural Resources youth education such as the Kelso Outdoor School and Envirothon. This is a good opportunity to obtain native trees and shrubs at a very reasonable price. The trees are obtained in bulk quantities from a nursery in Oregon and a local Longview nursery. Because most people can’t use a bag of 100 trees, they are sold individually. People can pick one or two trees from all the different kinds available. However, if you are interested in large quantity of trees, a good source is the Forest Seedling Network website. www.ForestSeedlingNetwork.com Many of the native species available are good for soil erosion or to help stabilize banks. By planting shrubs or trees accustomed to the Pacific Northwest, people are getting a good guarantee for their money. Besides giving landowners an opportunity to purchase native seedlings, the sale proceeds are used for scholarships to local youngsters to attend natural resources camp such as Kelso Outdoor School and environmental training programs. The Cowlitz Farm Forestry Association contributes to the Southwest

Washington Envirothon competition. The Envirothon is an annual competition for high school students. The event goal is to provide students a hands-on competition that will challenge students to observe and problem solve in five stations: aquatics, forestry, soils/lands use, current issue, and wildlife. For more information: Cowlitz Conservation District 360-425-1880. Tree Seedling Planting Tips: The most important rule of thumb is “If they dry, they die” on the way from your purchase to home, and before you choose to plant. Transport very carefully, and plant promptly. If your seedling has gel around its roots, do not shake it off. It helps. 1. Pick the right tree for the space and environment. Many species can grow very large, and so can their roots. 2. Plant your tree right: Keep seedlings roots covered and moist, preferrably inside a plastic bag covered with a wet cloth until ready to plant. 3. Roots should barely touch the bottom of the dug hole and not be pressed against the ground. Plant to the depth of first branch. Do not curve. 4. Use natural soil, do not fertilize. 5. Provide protection from munching animals and the environment with using tubing or bud caps or barriers. 6. Try using mulch around the seedling as a way of giving the soil good moisture control and nutrients. 7. Enjoy your new baby tree!

Advancements in Diabetes Care By Gerard A. Sebastian, MD Melissa Kirk, CDE PeaceHealth Medical Group As science and technology advance, medical management of diseases moves forward. The discovery of insulin in 1920s was first major breakthrough in the management of diabetes. Since then, different medications, devices and strategies have been developed to manage diabetes. In the past 10 years, the number of classes of diabetes medications has jumped from 2-3 to about 11 classes now. The newest class is the SGLT-2 (sodium-glucose co-transporters-2) inhibitor, which helps the glucose from being taken in by the kidneys back to the body. Other classes of drugs that are relatively new are the DPP-4 inhibitors and GLP-1 agonist. These drugs help stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin during meals. These are indicated mainly for Type 2 Diabetes. For Type 1 diabetes patients, insulin plays a vital role in their management. In the past, insulin was derived from the animals. But with the advancements in medicine, there are now synthetic insulins that have stable actions. Recently, new long acting insulins such Degludec (Tresiba) and concentrated glargine (Toujeo) became available. Studies showed that these insulins have bet-

ter outcomes. Insulin can be delivered many different ways. New insulin pens like the Flexpen are easier to use. For patients who want fewer injections, there is the inhaled insulin Afrezza, which is a short acting insulin for mealtime coverage. While V-GO is a device that delivers insulin every hour for a constant supply and can be manually operated by pushing a button to deliver mealtime insulin. Insulin pumps have gotten better over the past few years as well. There are pumps now that can come with a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) which helps regulate the blood sugar better. Pumps also have features that will suspend automatically whenever the blood sugar drops to a certain level. This is a very helpful way to prevent severe low blood sugar that can lead to serious problems. Diabetes management is far more advanced nowadays than before. Patients can discuss these new things with their healthcare providers to find out which one is appropriate for them. Join Gerard Sebastian, MD for a special presentation on Diabetes Technologies and Medications. Tuesday, March 15, 5-6 p.m. PeaceHealth Internal Medicine Clinic. Call 360-636-4943 for more information.


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Happy Easter!

Sunday March 27th with His disciples. In the Garden of The events leading up to Easter Gethsemane, Jesus was betrayed Palm Sunday is the final Sunday before Easter. It marks the beginning of Holy Week.

‘The next day, the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!”’ John 12:13

On Holy Monday, He drove out the money changers who were buying and selling in the temple of Jerusalem.

‘And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves.

And He said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.”’ - Matthew 21:12-13

On Tuesday, Christ was questioned by the Jewish leaders. He was condemned by the Scribes by and Pharisees.

‘When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” - Matthew 21:24

On Wednesday of Holy Week, He taught in the temple. Matthew 21:25-Matthew 22. Maundy Thursday included the Last Supper, the final meal

by Judas Iscariot.

‘And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover. When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”’ - Matthew 26:19

Good Friday is the solemn remembrance of Jesus’ death on the cross.All worship is marked by austerity and silence.

“Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. (Matthew 26) Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” (Matthew 27)

Holy Saturday has been known as the Great Vigil.

‘Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it (the tomb) as secure as you can.”’ - Matthew 27:65

Easter! The most joyous day of the church calendar celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ! No other early religion or faith has a resurrected person at the core. It is the pivot point for Christianity, for those who believe that Jesus was who He said He was. ‘But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead.” And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. And Jesus came and said to them, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28

Easter Fun with Eggs Bright and beautiful home-dyed Easter eggs are probably a staple in most American homes this Easter. Here are a few fun tips to incorporate into your Easter decorating fun. • Stick with vinegar! That's right, don't worry about fancy storebought solutions. Vinegar, food col-

oring and water will yield BRIGHT colors! • Go 'Green'! Use common household items, such as rubber bands, crayons, markers, sticker dots and masking tape to help with fun designs. • Be wacky! Make a colony of angry birds or pigs, and have fun!


SUBMITTED BY GEORGIA COX MARCH 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.

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

March 2016 • Valley Bugler • Page 7 projects will take place from 12pm Rock. Program starts at 11am, folto 3pm and Pinochle games are lowed by a potluck lunch at noon. Join us for a time of fellowship and played in the Center later at 7pm and is open to all who are interested, so fun. Thursday, March 17th: Commodbring your game face! Every Friday: Lunches by reserva- ities will be distributed from 10am tion only, will be served in the Center 1pm. Have a valid punch card. NOTICE: Any person age 50 or at NOON. Must Reserve by calling older is invited to join the Castle Rock 636-2118 by Monday. Every Saturday: BINGO!! from Senior Center. A lifetime membership is only $5.00. Activities, news1pm-3pm. Game on. letter, new friendships and more are SPECIAL EVENTS: Tuesday, March 8th: Nancy Chen- offered. Castle Rock Senior Center nault will be sharing new information 222 - 2nd Ave, Castle Rock, WA and current successes of the Amer(360)274-7502 ica in Bloom committee for Castle

Family Health Center open The Family Health Center is now seeing adult and pediatric clients in Castle Rock. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00am 7:00pm, and is located at 139 1st

Ave, Castle Rock, or by calling 2742353. Accepting Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, most private insurances, and offering a self pay or sliding scale. Call today for an appointment.


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Easy to grow herbs will enhance your culinary dishes Basil: This annual is the perfect companion for dishes that include tomatoes. Trim the stems, leaves and flowers to make the plant more productive. Chives: A perennial, it adds flavor to soups, fish and potatoes. Snip the entire stem if you remove a flower bud. Parsley: It grows for two years and adds flavor and color to fish and other dishes. Clip flower buds when they appear in the second year. Likes a sunny location, says Patricia Lanza, author of Lasagna Gardening with Herbs. Rosemary: A perennial, but it doesn’t like cold climates and may not appear there after the first year. Its stems add flavor to vinegar or olive oil. Leaves are great in lamb dishes and sauces. Don’t overwater the plant. Sage: Used as a seasoning for meats, sauces, stuffings and soups. Hummingbirds like the plant’s flowers.

Thyme: A perennial herb, it is good for seasoning chowders and soups. It will grow in rock gardens well, too Lemongrass: It's not even planted in soil, so it keeps super easy inside the house, close to your snippers. Buy a stalk at the market, making sure you have plenty of stem and the base is intact. Trim the top and put the stalk in a couple inches of water. The stalk will then give off roots and lots of new shoots. Mint: A Northwest favorite because they grow like weeds! For indoor growing, peppermint is the better choice over spearmint. You can start peppermint plants from seed, in a pot full of good potting soil. It can even thrive in shade as long as it gets a small bit of light each day. When buying herbs for indoor growing, get plants that haven't already been growing outside. Plant in separate containers using high quality organic potting soil and clip away. Start small and grow from there! You’ll delight in your own bounty.

The trendy terrarium can be a colorful garden under glass Love your succulents? Want to bring them inside to enjoy their distinct beauty? Here's an easy project to do with the whole family participating. Gardeners who can’t wait for their outdoor projects to blossom are taking a new tack for bringing greenery and flowers into their homes. They’re building terrariums. The trend has prompted garden centers to show them off and to stock appropriate materials, containers and plants. Even people who famously lack a green thumb can be successful terrarium builders. These gardens require minimal care and even thrive on neglect. After they’re planted, all you do is give them a little water every few weeks and keep them out of direct sunlight. Talk about making your own green thumb! Glass bowls and containers are typically chosen for terrariums, but the plantings will be successful in almost any kind of container. You can even use a bell jar or tall glass jar with a fancy cover. A covered unit works just fine and requires even less moisture. Make a trip to the garage or a thrift store to make an interesting find. Even the Dollar Tree has some great options for glass containers and decorative tops as well. You could even pick up a few terrarium decorations just for fun. Army men, small toys or butterflies are always neat for the kids to know they've hidden them for the finding.

Terrariums need no drainage, so skip the pots with holes that you use for container gardening or houseplants. At the garden center, buy five (or however many you like if you are building more than one) 2- and 4-inch pots of baby plants like mosses, ferns, jade, kalanchoes, African violets, palms, snake plant and peperomias. Or pick a grouping of succulents. With the new popularity of terrariums, greenhouses are growing genetically small plants for this purpose. Start with a 12-inch-wide, 6-inch deep glass bowl or other container that you've chosen. Buy small bags of horticultural gravel, activated charcoal, potting mix, wood chips and 5 small plants. Wash and dry the container. Place a half-inch layer of gravel for drainage on the bottom. Sprinkle a few pieces of charcoal over it to prevent souring. Add a layer of potting soil 2 to 3 inches deep, leaving at least 1 inch below the rim of the container. Before setting a plant, soften and spread the root ball and open it up a little in the middle for good root growth. Place the five plants in the potting mix and sprinkle with wood chips in places. Don’t cover the soil entirely. Add decorative accents like seashells, tiny ceramic animals, an elf or those army men we talked about. Put a few drops of water around each root ball. ENJOY!


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All-purpose earth friendly cleaning fluid recipe - and cheap! A Green Living Tip from www.greenlivingtips.com Do you have spray bottles full of various cleaning chemical concoctions - a liquid for this, a potion for that? Here’s a recipe contributed by a Green Living Tips reader for an all purpose environmentally friendly cleaning fluid that’s very easy to make and costs well under a dollar a bottle! Thanks to Maureen R. for sharing this! Tip: While this is a tried and tested recipe made in green cleaning workshops, always spot test any cleaning fluid before going all out. Ingredients and supplies - 32 oz. (around 950ml) spray bottle - try to use a bottle made from recycled materials, or is recyclable. Maureen recommends #2 plastic. - water - White distilled vinegar. It should be vinegar made from grain or plant material. Believe it or not, some vinegar is synthesized from petroleum.. Yes, crude oil! It gives a whole new meaning to fuel as food. - Genuine lemongrass essential oil. Aside from helping to mask the vinegar odor (which dissipates naturally anyway), Lemongrass has antibacterial properties. For increased disinfecting power, you can use Tea Tree oil which also has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, or even Lavender oil, which will leave everything smelling fresh and comforting, while cleaning. Note: While we tend to get a little paranoid about bacteria these days thanks to marketing messages that basically paint the presence of any bacteria as being ‘A Bad Thing’, if it’s an important issue to you, lemongrass is a far more environmentally friendly option than chemicals like triclosan. These synthetic chemicals should really only be used in professional health care settings due to issues relating to bacteria becoming resistant when products containing chemicals such

as triclosan are used excessively and/or incorrectly. - Earth friendly dishwashing liquid. This can be found in just about any supermarket. 7th Generation or any "Free and Clear" type noting on the package are perfect choices. The dishwashing liquid is necessary to clean mirrors and glass streak-free where commercial glass cleaners have been used previous. Many commercial window/ glass cleaners have chemicals of a waxy nature in them; so when you switch to vinegar/water, there will be streaking unless you have the dish detergent in your cleaner. Once that build-up is gone, dishwashing liquid isn’t necessary. Cool, right? Method / Directions 1. Fill bottle half with water 2. Top it up with white distilled vinegar, but leave a little room for the additional ingredients and for shaking (1-2 drops of dishwashing soap) 3. 10-14+ drops lemongrass oil, and/or whichever combo you prefer. Just make sure that it is an oil well know for its disinfecting properties, such as Tea Tree, Lemon, Lemongrass or Lavender. If you find that you don't like the smell of one (smell it first before putting it in your cleaner or even purchasing it!!!!), then try another one. Lavender is a common oil used because it leaves a pleasant fresh scent that also is used to help create a calm atmosphere. Use to clean hard surfaces, and enjoy your non-toxic cleaner!! ☺ [Editor's Note: I've been using this cleaning recipe for years, and I absolutely adore it. It smells fresh, and I know that I'm not spraying chemicals around in the air for myself and my family to inhale. We use this to clean the counters, sink, table, stove, and anything else that needs cleaning, including windows. It's so much cheaper than anything else I can buy, and the bottle lasts forever. Hope you enjoy making some. My favorite oil blend is with Lavender and Tea Tree oil.]

Greening an older home can save energy and reduce carbon emissions When we think of energy-efficient “green” buildings, new structures usually come to mind. This is slowly changing, as the consumer population is discovering energy efficiency comes in all shapes and sizes. When considering carbon emissions in the U.S., 43 percent come from powering buildings and our 100 million existing homes. Those built before 1939 use 50 percent more energy per square foot than homes built after 2000. But a huge amount of energy and resources went into building older homes. It would take about 65 years for the reduced carbon emissions from one new energy efficient home to make up for the resources lost by demolishing an old one and rebuilding. So an already built home, in one sense, is already green. The oldest homes, however, are the least energy-efficient. Many have developed tiny cracks and gaps that expand over time and let in more outside air. The stimulus package includes some $8 billion in weatherization programs for low-income households, but that covers only a small part of the country’s homes. Analysts at the National Resources Defense Council say en-

ergy efficiency projects, such as installing insulation or new windows, could create hundreds of thousands of new jobs if there were a nationwide effort to improve homes and buildings. Tax credits for these projects can be helpful. The Preservation Green Lab, a think tank based in Seattle, is working with members of Congress to pass energy-efficiency legislation that would increase rebates and subsidies to cover as much as half the cost. In the meantime, anyone can make progress toward greening a home. All it takes is a caulking gun and a little effort to plug leaks around walls, doors and windows. Unplug power tools you don't use a lot, use an energy star dishwasher (instead of by hand! Really!), check for toilet leakage, replace shower heads with energy efficient models, keep furnace or forced air filters clean. As we live in one of the ‘greenest’ places in the country, we would serve ourselves well by living up to the name. We have many available ‘green’ resources and products right at our fingertips, and fresh local produce just waiting for consumption. Jump on the green wagon today, it’s never too late- you will be glad you did.


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Laughin' it up with Leprechauns Brothers Three An Irishman walks into a bar and orders three glasses of Guiness, drinking them one at a time. Noticing this odd ritual, the bartender explains that the beer goes flat when poured and informs the man his beer would be much fresher if he ordered one glass at a time. The Irishman explains he began this custom with his two brothers, who have moved to America and Australia, respectively. This is their way of remembering all the time they spent drinking together. The man becomes a regular at the pub, well-known for always order-

ing three beers at once. One day he walks in and orders only two beers. Assuming the worst, a hush falls among other patrons. When the Irishman returns to the bar to order his second round, the bartender quietly offers his condolences. The man looks confused for a moment, and then explains, "No, everyone's fine. I gave up beer for lent." Potatoes An aging man lived alone in Ireland. His only son was in Long Kesh Prison, and he didn't know anyone who would spade up his potato garden.

The old man wrote to his son about it, and received this reply, "For HEAVENS SAKE, don't dig up that garden, that's where I buried the GUNS!!!!!" At 4 A.M. the next morning, a dozen British soldiers showed up and dug up the entire garden, but didn't find any guns. Confused, the man wrote to his son telling him what happened and asking him what to do next. His son's reply was: "Just plant your potatoes." Honest Man Reilly is walking through a graveyard when he comes across a headstone with the inscription "Here lies a politician and an honest man." 'Faith now,' exclaims Reilly, 'I wonder how they got the two of them in one grave. Riddles for the Day Q: Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun? A: Because they're always a little short. Q: What do you call a fake stone in Ireland? A: A sham-rock!

Q: What is Irish and left out on the lawn all summer? A: Paddy O'Furniture! Q: How can you tell if a leprechaun is having a good time? A: He is Dublin over with laughter! Boat troubles During St. Patty's Day one year, a blonde was trying out her new boat. She was unable to have her boat perform, travel through water, or do any maneuvers whatsoever no matter how hard she tried. After trying for over three days to make it work properly, she decided to seek help. She putted the boat over to the local marina in hopes that someone there could identify her problem. Workers determined that everything from the engine to the outdrive was working perfectly on the topside of the boat. So, a puzzled marina employee jumped into the water to check underneath the boat for problems. Because he was laughing so hard, he came up choking on water and gasping for air. Under the boat, still strapped in place securely, was the trailer.

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Dance Festival Northwest: March 19th

The Southwest Washington Dance Center will host the 24th Annual Dance Festival Northwest, on Saturday, March 19 at 7:00PM at Corbet Theatre at Centralia College, Centralia. Dance Festival Northwest brings dance companies from around the

Pacific Northwest to the Centralia/ Chehalis area. The dancers attend Master Dance Classes together as a group and then each individual company performs dance pieces that they have prepared, at a fabulous evening performance at Corbet Theatre in Centralia. This year you will see very diverse forms of dance performed; including contemporary ballet, modern/contemporary dance, ballroom and jazz. Coming from Seattle, Washington as the featured company this year is Michele Miller/Catapult Dance, a professional contemporary dance

company, under the direction of Michele Miller, Artistic Director. Michele is a Professor at Cornish College of the Arts and owns and teaches private Pilates sessions and martial arts classes at SH/FT Movement and Healing Arts. Michele Miller/Catapult Dance is known for its use of a hybrid of movement forms including modern dance, contact improvisation, martial arts and physical theatre. The company utilizes physical experimentation and practiced methods of falling, flying and inversions to create a sensual, kinetic landscape. The host company, under the direction of Danielle Brosco, is Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble from Chehalis, WA. For over 33 years, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble has given the gift of dance to the Lewis County area, and visited cities such as Seattle for performances as well. Photo at left shows one of last

years Modern Contemporary Dance performances at the Dance Festival Northwest, 2015. Photo by SWDC. Tickets are available now. Online at www.swwdance.org SW Washington Dance Center 455 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis Tickets will also be available at the door. Please call the Dance Center to reserve seats for those who have mobility challenges, or need special seating accomodations. For more information call the Dance Center at 360-748-4789 Tickets: $15.00 Adults $10.00 Seniors, Students, Children (See ad on p.3 for more info) SWDC offers classes for all ages and levels, in classical ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, creative movement, parent/toddler, men’s and adult ballet, lyrical, acro, rhythmic gymnastics and tumbling. For more information about Southwest Washington Dance Center you can call 360-748-4789, or online at: www.swwdance.org

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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 - www.kalama-lions.com. 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. ancestry.com/~wamrwcdar/ 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: mtsthelensclub.org 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 www.oa.org 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: www.AbernathyAoG.com 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. facebook.com/thefireside First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2000 East Kessler Blv - Longview 360.425.4220 Rev. Eric Atcheson lvfirstchristian.org revericatcheson.blogspot.com 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. www.GraceIsReal.org (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 www.Glcmslv.net 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 www.cr-cc.org 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.; 3-6pm 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 www.kalamabaptist.com 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. www.kelsofirstumc.org 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 www.lexingtonbible.org 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 www.yourlifecenter.com 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 www.elclongview.com 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 LongviewCommunityChurch.org Pastor Chris Leingang Worship at 10:00am Longview Presbyterian Church www.fflbc.org 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 www.longviewpresbychurch.net Worship Sundays: 9am, 10:30am Pastor Chuck Tilton 423-7826 New and Living Way Church www.FathersHouseChurch.com 951 Delaware St., Longview Sundays 10am & 6pm Fireside Fellowship Wednesdays 7pm 271 Atmore Road, Toutle

703-3340 newandlivingwaychurch.org 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 9 & 11am Sunday Worship. Adult Study & Sunday School 10:10am Tues 10:30am Text Study Wed: 5:30pm Youth Group Wed: 7:30pm Adult Bible Study 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 www.sslv.org 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 journeyadventist.com 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 www.toutle.org (360)274-6305 Vader Assembly of God Church 302 - 6th St., Vader (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 Word of Life Christian Center 277 Brown Rd. E, Chehalis Sunday 9:45am / Wed 7pm Study 360-864-4407 / 360-523-8828


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Movie Reviews By Blake Peterson

'Hail Caesar!' Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney Running Time 1 Hr., 42 mins; PG-13 My Rating: B-

By Blake Peterson Valley Bugler Columnist “Hail, Caesar!” is, more or less, a day in the life of a movie studio public relations correspondent. So troublesome is the way its adverts have suggested that it’s a screwball homage to the Hollywood Golden Age. In reality, it is a somber, sometimes sharply funny, satirical drama with as many things in common with Joel and Ethan Coen’s last film, 2013’s “Inside Llewyn Davis,” as it does with their underrated “Burn After Reading” (2008). I’m a little mixed when considering just how well “Hail, Caesar!” comes together. Sure, it’s beautiful to look at; period costumery and set design shimmering in its pitch-perfect artifice. And sure, its starry cast is flashy enough to leave us shaking in excitement that their assembly isn’t just something we dreamed up after watching some ritzy award show. But I find myself regarding the film as nothing more than a luxuriously photographed selection of terrific scenes, masterful in bits and pieces but limited in what it has to say on an overarching level. Story wise, “Hail, Caesar!” follows studio fixer Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) around for 24 hours as he tries to sort out a potentially earthshaking problem: handle the disappearance of major star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), who has seemingly been kidnapped by vengeful industry Communists and is being kept away from the expensive and epic production of “Hail, Caesar!”. Time is money, and the wasting of both could cost him his job. So imagine the stress that becomes him as he simultaneously has to deal with gossip columnists (Tilda Swinton), temperamental, high maintenance movie stars (Scarlett Johansson,

Alden Ehrenreich), bad rushes, goofy editors (Frances McDormand), and vague public relations experts. “Hail, Caesar!” is a peculiar case in that its leading characters are its least involving. While Brolin is a solid, morally steady hero, and Clooney is a riotous dimwit, we aren’t much inclined to spend time with them. We’d rather endure scenes with the secondary characters, which are written and acted with pomp and circumstance that reminds us why the Coen Brothers are masters of the black comedy. Johansson is only given two scenes as the tough, New Yawk accented Esther Williams imitator, but is nonetheless fabulously funny; Swinton is a fast-talking hoot as rival twin gossip columnists Thora and Thessaly Thacker. Channing Tatum dances and sings his heart out and wins over ours, and McDormand is the glue that holds together one of the film’s funniest (and most bizarre) scenes. But the real scene-stealer is Ehrenreich as Hobie Doyle, a musical-western star forced to undergo major genre reassignment by the studio. Only twenty-six, Ehrenreich holds his own against an ensemble of veterans and runs away with the film, his comedic timing impeccable. “Hail, Caesar!” more seriously touches upon the Red Scare that walked all over Hollywood during the 1950s, and it reminds us that our romanticized notions of the decade are merely the result of selling dreams, not an ideological reality. The trademark quirks of the Coens are as lively as ever, but the film is only sporadically great, as if those involved failed to realize that its excellence is more dazzling when on the more humorous side of things. It’s all marvelously visualized. One just wishes it came together with as much concinnity as its individual scenes. A student at the University of Washington, Blake will major in Visual Communications or Journalism. petersonreviews.com

Call for Vendors Area Artists and Crafters are invited to participate in Ryderwood’s Spring 2016 Arts & Crafts Fair on the weekend of May 20th and 21st. Cost for Craft Fair vendors is $30 for each 6 ft.-by-6 ft. space, table

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included. Applications can be printed from the “What’s Happening?” page of ryderwood.org or Linda at (360)295-0069. Those interested in showing quilts should contact Meredith at (360) 430-5211.

Don' t Drive Dumb By Oscar Myre IV Valley Bugler Columnist Hello Geeks, We sure love our gadgets. What is your favorite? For many, it is the smart phone. There is more computing power in your pocket than they used to put man on the moon. You have infinite cosmic power in an itty bitty living space (please excuse the Aladdin reference) so you’d think we could conquer the world with our beloved devices. If these phones are so smart why do their humans do such dumb stuff on them? Dumb Stuff?

That is right. Have you ever seen a person talking on their phone, or texting or Facebooking or watching YouTube, etc, while driving? Ok most of us have done this before. We might be confident in our texting ability, but in reality using a cellphone while driving increases the risk of crashing by FOUR times. You might think you are really good at texting so it isn’t a real big deal. Lots of people think that, that is why over 25% of crashes today involve a cellphone. That isn’t smart. What is it that we need to do that warrants the risk of causing an accident? Putting your life, and the lives of others on the line? Those kitten photos aren’t that cute! That message from your friend can probably wait until you arrive (safely) home. Most people would never risk a DWI - Driving While Intoxicated, but

we don’t think twice about about a DWI - Driving while InTexticated. I encourage you to check out the Washington State Law RCW 46.61.668. A quick summary says you shouldn’t send, read, or write a text message while driving with a phone in your hand or in a way that impairs your vision for driving. This mean that you can use your phone so long as it is hands free. It clearly says you can use your phone as a navigation device. But, you shouldn’t touch it while driving or let it obstruct your view. So if you are holding your phone or putting it on your lap or if you having it on your console, isn’t it time to do something smart with your phone? Yes. It is time to go hands free. I tried going hands free for phone calls years ago with a bluetooth headset. It was a pain to keep the ear piece charged and where did I put that thing again? I hated it. But now you can connect your phone to your stereo with bluetooth or simply plug in your phone to the stereo for hands free calls and navigation. Where do you put your phone? I’m glad you asked. You could throw it in your glove box, but I recommend you mount it on your dashboard or use a suction cup windshield mount. There are lots of cheap Chinese made mounts that you can buy or you could buy a quality mount solution that is made in Seattle from rammount.com. Going hands free is the smart way to drive. Oscar Myre IV is the head web geek of National Products Incorporated, providing mobile mounting options for vehicles, kayaks, boats and more. Check out their new web site: rammount.com

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LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS PIN ‘EM DOWN AT STATE TOURNAMENT Local area highschools sent their wrestling teams to the state tournament on the weekend of February 20th, 2016. It was a weekend of hard work and tricky moves on the mats as the guys and gals took a turn for their showdown. Castle Rock had 6 state placements, and finished 7th as a team. Kalama had 3 state placements. Kelso had 4 state placements, and finished 11th as a team. RA Long had 1 state placement. Thousands of photos were snapped by Kevin Sawyer for the Valley Bugler, and will be provided to the team coaches soon.

Top Photo: Castle Rock's Talib Meeks (right) works to set up a shot against Sebastian Hyta of Freeman (left) in their 195lb State semi-final match. Meeks won 3rd place medal. Middle Photo: Kelso's Bryce Miller (blue) looks to score with a single leg takedown against his teammate Ryan McGhee. Miller placed 3rd and McGhee placed 4th. Bottom Left Photo: Castle Rock's Kaleb Carroll (red) turns Zillah's Wade Koerner (orange) for back points. Carroll won the match 7-1 and claimed 5ht place. Bottom Right Photo: Kalama's Brady Harmon (top) works to turn Colville's Tele Seemann with a leg ride during their 182 lb 5th place match. Harmon lost 3-0 and claimed a 6th place medal.

Community Announcements The Cowlitz County AmeriCorps team is conducting a service project and will be partnering with the Building in Youth program on March 26th 2016 for the Longview Community School Gardens at Columbia Heights Elementary and Cascade Middle School. We will be building a shed, making planting boxes, bird feeders, connecting the trail between the two schools and other activities for the kids. Also, on April 9, 2016 the Cowlitz County AmeriCorps Network are doing a service project, in conjunction with Lower Columbia School Gardens to ready the new garden at Cascade Middle School, making

a walking trail through the woods to Columbia Heights Elementary School, and building a new shed for the garden. Please contact Theresa Misner at 360-423-6741 or Troy Packard at 360-577-5859 to volunteer or donate. Free Gardening Classes Washington State University Master Gardener and faculty will present classes on growing vegetables: March 15th @ 6pm. Preparing the garden, when to plant, how to start early, etc. Class will be held at the Longview Library. 1600 Louisiana Street. Contact: Gary Fredricks at 577-3014 Ext 3


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Prep your pets for Spring Spring is coming and your pets can most certainly “scents” it, too! Here are a few tips to help your pets adapt to the change of the seasons: 1) Vet Checkup: Twice annual exams are a good idea for pets, since they age so much faster than humans. See how winter treated them with a vet visit. 2) Poochy pooch: People aren’t the only ones who deal with weight gain and fat accumulation over the winter. Two factors contribute, including they don’t get outside as much to exercise, and neither do you. Meaning you’re inside more, and could lead to more “sneaky snacking”. Shockingly, about half of all pets are overweight or obese, which can be directly linked to many illnesses. 3) Say Adios to additional little buggers: ‘Tis the season for fleas and ticks, so if you haven’t taken preventative measures to protect your animals from these nuisances, start today. If you don’t know what to get, consult your vet for the best product.

They can let you know which product would be best suited to your pet due to their lifestyle. Many ‘natural’ products are also now available, making headway because of their effectiveness with the least amount of toxic substances. Protect your pets now before there’s an infestation. 4) Heartworm: This was a pretty mild winter in the Northwest, and with the rainy spring set to arrive, mosquitoes will soon be joining the living. These little pests carry numerous diseases, including heartworm, which can be fatal to cats and dogs. Preventative medicine is the route to go, since there are few treatments available once infected. 5) Brush brush brush: Shedding becomes couture for animals, which means more brushing for you. The more you brush, the less you will vacuum. 6) Microchip: Just do it. Enjoy the outdoor opportunities that spring offers with your pets!

Sunnyside Grange Police Award Sgt. Scott Neves received Sunnyside Grange Policeman of the Year Award at their last meeting. Neves is involved with Boy Scouts, August Family Night of fun & food, the High School 'Don't Drink and Drive and Staying Alive' 15 minute program, and works with the merchants in town on the ticket or click it for wearing your seat belt. This is where they get a food coupon from the merchants for a soda. Volunteer Award Mayor Paul Helenberg was selected as the Volunteer of the Year Award. As mayor he has been active in improving the community. He was elected into the Rocket Hall of Fame for working with our youth, and elected president of the Castle Rock Development Alliance. By improving the city, America in Bloom became involved, and now the Castle Rock community has beautiful flowers, nice streets, and hanging baskets that the high school horticulture class plant. Other News The Grange collected baby and children's items to take to the Women's Shelter, planted flowers in front of the hall for America in Bloom, made items for the Youth Dept. to 'Keep Washington Warm' and Ju-

niors are collecting soup labels and box tops for school. The Sunnyside Grange contests are coming up April 16 at Catlin Elementary. Entries will be taken at 9 am. This is both Lecturer and Family Living. Poetry contest entries are due April 1 to Terry Abbott and the Community Service and Awards are due to Yvonne Knuth by April 15.

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

Call 577-0151

Adorable Adoptee

Meet 'Ari'

Ari is a large, muscular cat, with gorgeous markings, who was left to fend for himself when his owners moved. How can people be so cruel? This is a friendly, loving kitty who just needs a family again to love him and keep him safe. He is neutered, current on his vaccinations, microchipped

and waiting for his new forever family. For more information about this boy, contact: rpaws.petfinder.org 673-7373


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