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From the Editor’s Desk The Christmas fever has officially hit. Falling down all around us, like those little white flakes called snow. For me, it just means more layers to add to the already bulky clothing ensembles I wear through winter. I happened to run across a funny picture the other day that I found online at the web site. Here it is:

Do you see why I thought it was funny? The same day I saw this "forecast", my weather app told me it "felt like 23°F" outside my window. Yes, I laughed. Of course, we can always hope, right? This year we are desperately hoping for a lot more snow in the mountains, and perhaps a chance dusting of the pretty white stuff on our own front lawns. At least the kids wish that would be true. My own personal reflections on snow are best recalled positively while snuggled in a few blankets and curled next to a crackling fire. Inside. It is with this chilly weather that the season of giving has descended. Snow globes, nativity scenes and Christmas shopping has fully commenced.

This time of year was my mom's most favorite. Her love language was gift giving and acts of service. To say that she went overboard at Christmas is not even close to describing the experience. I loved it. I love that she helped instill in me a deep love for giving thoughtful gifts. I love that I was taught to put others first, and not just during Christmas. I love that I took on a small part of her passion for Christmas decorating, and keeping the season all about Jesus. This Christmas is tough. This issue has been hard for me to work on and put together. I wish I could say that my heart is happy seeing all these beautiful Christmas ads, stories and shining stars. This is my family's sad Christmas. I know that we will again be able to celebrate Christmas with more joy than we now are feeling in our broken hearts, but that is not our path this year. It is a hard path to walk, but one we can't ignore or run away from. No matter how much I want to. It is our bittersweet Christmas. Some of you have reached out to me in compassion and with encouraging words, as you express your thankfulness in regards to my honesty in grieving. Thank you for walking with me. I can feel you rooting for me and my family as we walk this path of life. In regards to Chloe, my daughter who was diagnosed with a condition that causes benign tumors to grow on her bones, she was given

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EMAIL: EDITOR@VALLEYBUGLER.COM the "ALL CLEAR" okay from the doc last week! Praise God! A reason to celebrate and find joy in thanksgiving! She will have scans done every 6 months to maintain the "all clear", and we couldn't be happier for her successful outcome. Stringing those Christmas lights up throughout the house and adding to the outdoor decorations will help our hearts continue the celebration. Are you a person who loves Christmas lights? Me too. ☺ I pray that your Christmas season this year will be full of cheery bright

lights, thoughtful giving and focus on others. I pray that you can celebrate this season of rebirth with joy, thanksgiving and tremendous heaps of love. Until next month.

Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor

[This is me & my beloved mama, Toni Reich, who passed away too early June 23rd, 2015.. Pic taken in 2014 at a Christmas Cookie party. Miss you, Mutti.]

City Christmas Tree Lighting December Events & Parades are Here!

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December 4th: City of Kelso Tree Lighting Festivities @ 6-8pm. Santa expected to arrive for the fun at 6:15pm. There will be food, music and children’s crafts to ring in the Christmas Season! Head to the Train Depot in Kelso, WA for the Holiday fun and to experience the delightful Christmas light displays.

On the eve of Saturday, December 12th the streets of historic Downtown Longview will be filled with festive, holly jolly citizens embracing the holiday spirit by running and walking in the Jingle All the Way 5k: Run/ Walk. Doors open at 3:30pm where you can take pictures with Santa, Frostythe-Snowman, Rudolph and Bumble the Abominable Snowman. The Costume Contest begins at 4:30pm. Everything takes place at the intersection of Commerce and Broadway. Santa and his entourage of holiday characters will be there to cheer on the participants, and the course route will be full of entertainment groups to keep the pep in your step as you walk or jog. The Jingle All the Way raises money for the Kelso Longview Chamber’s Lower Columbia Professionals Scholarship Fund, which benefits local high school graduates on their journey through college. We encourage festive holiday attire for this event, as prizes will be awarded to best individual and group costumes, as well as medallions for top 3 female and and male finishers. Registration Deadline for shirts ($25, $65 Family of 4 includes shirts) is December 1st, and Registration

(no-shirt) option at $20 is still available through race day.Register at Race-Day registration is available. Packet pick-up is Friday, December 11th at the MERK Building lobby from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For questions, call the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce at 423-8400. The Jingle Elf Committee has worked hard to bring the community together to celebrate, health/wellness and the holidays! Special thanks to the Sponsors! This family friendly event

would not be possible without the generosity of its Bell Sponsors:

KapStone (Grand Bell-Main Event Sponsor), Fibre Federal Credit Union (Grand BellMain Event Sponsor), My Agency (Grand Bell-Main Event Sponsor), Corwin Beverage, PeaceHealth Medical Center, PNE, Pacific Office Automation, Advanced Electrical, Cowlitz County Title, Mill City Grill, Prographyx, Family Health Center, NORPAC, The Red Canoe, Twin City Bank, Cascade Networks, Heritage Bank, Walstead Mertsching, Public House, CCS, Hop 'n Grape, Shamrock Tavern, Express Employment Professionals, and The Valley Bugler Newspaper!

December 5th: Parade Day Festival in Downtown Longview and Tree Lighting Ceremony at Civic Circle Park. Tons to do for the whole family in Downtown Longview on Parade Day! Start out the day with Breakfast with Santa! Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for this popular family tradition. Breakfast, crafts, candy cane scavenger hunt, face painting and entertainment. Penny's Puppets from Portland will lead us in a fun holiday sing along and puppet show. A winter time treat for the whole family! Pre-registration required. Tickets NOT sold at the door. Pictures with Santa are $5, and children must attend the event accompanied by an ault. 2 sessions available: 8:30-10:00am, and 10:45am-12:15pm. Tickets are $9.25 each. Call Parks and Rec to register. (360)442-5400 Continuing the day, Starting at 12pm and lasting until right before the big Parade at 5pm, there will be: Longview’s Gingerbread Haus Contest, Gift Bazaars, Pedicab Rides, Live music, and

of course delicious treats from local restaurants. In Downtown, at The Broadway Gallery, the annual Gingerbread Haus contest will be on display from Noon 5pm, where you can see all the houses and sweet creations. Then, at 5pm, The Parade will begin! Winding around Downtown, this cheery and flashy parade will finish at the Civic Circle in front of the Monticello Hotel, with the arrival of the famous big guy himself, Santa Claus and his lovely wife, Mrs. Claus. Once the switch is flipped, and the entire Civic Circle is lit up by beautiful lights, little boys and girls can sit on Santa’s lap to tell him their special Christmas wish. December 6th: City of Rainier, Oregon Annual Christmas Tree Lighting 5pm - 7pm The City of Rainier and the Rainier Chamber of Commerce proudly present the Annual Festival of Lights, a Tree Lighting Celebration on Sunday, December 6th @ Rainier City Hall. (106 West ‘B’ Street, Rainier OR.) Caroling starts at 5:00pm on the City Hall stairs, and Santa arrives to light the tree at 5:15pm. Hot Cocoa and cookies available for your enjoyment. December 12th Castle Rock Festival of Lights See article on p.6 for details!

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Q: What do elves learn in school? A: The Elf-abet! Q: What’s the most popular wine at Christmas? A: “I don’t like peas”! Q: If athletes get athletes foot, what do astronauts get? A: Missletoe! Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? A: Frostbite. Q: Where do polar bears vote? A: The North Poll. Q: What do you get when you cross an archer with a gift-wrapper? A: Ribbon hood. Q: Why do birds fly south for the winter ? A: Because it’s too far to walk. Q: What was wrong with the boy’s brand new toy electric train set he received for Christmas? A: Forty feet of track - all straight! Q: What kind of bird can write? A: A PENguin. Q: What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas time? A: Sandy Claus! Q: How do sheep in Mexico say Merry Christmas? A: Fleece Navidad! Q: What nationality is Santa Claus? A: North Polish.

Q: Why does Santa’s sled get such good mileage? A: Because it has long-distance runners on each side. Q: What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging about their games in a hotel lobby? A: Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer! Q: What do you get if you deep fry Santa Claus? A: Crisp Cringle. Q: What did the ghosts say to Santa Claus? A: We’ll have a boo Christmas without you. Q: What did Santa shout to his toys on Christmas Eve? A: Okay everyone, sack time!! Q: What do snowmen eat for breakfast? A: Snowflakes. Q: Why did the elf push his bed into the fireplace? A: He wanted to sleep like a log. Q: Why did Santa spell Christmas N-O-E? A: Because the angel had said, “No L!” Q: What goes Ho, Ho, Swoosh, Ho, Ho, Swoosh? A: Santa caught in a revolving door! Q: Why does Santa Claus go down the chimney on Christmas Eve? A: Because it “ soots “ him!

THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, LILA! By Paddy Elkins Valley Bugler Columnist

They say that the first ninety years are the hardest... Well, my dear friend, Lila Schlecht, turns 90 this month, although she still looks and acts sixtyish! Lila is the beautiful wife of Bob Schlecht, who, "back in the day" after WWII, founded Bob's Surplus. Bob and Lila emigrated to Washington from North Dakota after WWII, and started their little store that now spans three city blocks in downtown Longview, and is in the third generation of family ownership. Bob's Sporting Goods is everyone's favorite store! You can find everything you need and almost anything you could ever want at Bob's. And if you can't find it at Bob's, you probably don't need it! I've had the privilege of being Lila's cleaning lady and friend for the past "quite a few" years, and have had numerous opportunities to see "Poetry in Motion" as Lila diligently and cheerfully tends to the daily needs of her "darling" husband, Bob, (they still act like childhood sweethearts), and tracks with their three grown children: Bobby, Ed and Judy, who all live locally, as well as with their many grand-children and great-grands". "Family" is everything to Bob & Lila. Schlechts weave in and out of their lives on a daily basis - always helping each other in some way - continually

caring. An awesome example you don't often see "up close and personal!" But I've seen it - again and again, and can testify that there is definitely something special about Lila and her family. For me, Lila has been like a mom to me. My own mom passed away when I was 34. I'm in my 60's now, and still need mentoring. I find when I need a "mother/daughter" chat I can talk to Lila. She's helped me through tough times and celebrated great times with me. Today, after I cleaned Lila's house, she invited me out to lunch to Burgerville for a delicious hamburger and our new favorite drink: A MOCHA PERK! I was introduced to Mocha Perks by a fellow juror when I was on jury duty recently, and wanted to share it with Lila. A Mocha Perk has Ghiradelli Chocolate in it, as well as ground espresso coffe beans and mocha mix. Simply scrumptious! You simply must try one! Well, Lila, Happy 90th Birthday! Merry Christmas! And Happy Anniversary to you and Bob! December is YOUR month, and this column's for YOU! Thanks for being my friend. I treasure every moment I have with you! And Bob, I'm sure you already know, you're a very blessed man! Paddy Elkins invites your feedback! You may Email her at: or call her at 360-751-5231.

Kalama Library Holiday Events & Sale Come to the Friends of the Library Kalama Book Sale on Friday, December 18th from 9 am to 4 pm to add to your stash for winter. The sale is held at the City Hall Council Chambers- 30 N 1st street. Hardbacks are $1, paperbacks 50 cents and many children books are available. Join Story Time every Wednesday starting at 11am in the city hall council chambers- 320 N 1st street. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library Kalama with stories, crafts of

lots of fun! Fun and games at Teen after School get together on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 3-5 pm at the City Hall Council Chambers320 N 1st sreet. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library Kalama.

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'It's a WONDERFUL Life' in Woodland ‘Walk ‘N Knock’ Food Drive set for December 5th Love Street Playhouse presents: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY Love Street Playhouse in Woodland, continues its 2015 Season with a family friendly production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, which runs during the holiday season from December 4th to the 13th. Owner and Artistic Director Melinda Leuthold directs Joe Landry’s inspiring live radio play adaptation of Frank Capra’s film It’s a Wonderful Life. Showtimes will open Friday, December 4th at 7:30pm through Sunday, December 13th at Love Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave in Woodland, WA. “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is our Christmas gift to family, friends and our community,” artistic director and Love Street owner Melinda Leuthold said. “I can’t wait to share this heartwarming tale of hope with Woodland and our extended community. The whole theater is going to be awash with the Christmas spirit including coffee, hot apple cider and desserts provided by local businesses. I’m delighted to be bringing such a talented cast of actors to our stage.” It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio

Play transposes the cinematic classic to the theater by staging the story as if it was a live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Five actors perform the voices of dozens of characters while creating foley sound effects. As in the movie, everyman George Bailey (played by Kevin Taylor of Longview) must learn that “no man is a failure who has friends”. He is helped with a little divine intervention from Clarence the Angel (played by Steve Taylor of Battle Ground), when he must face off against local robber baron Henry F. Potter (played by Lou Pallotta of Ridgefield). It’s a reminder of what this season is all about. Mary Hatch, George Bailey’s wife and adoring fan (played by Bethany Pithan of Longview), is ever at his side while Violet Bick and many other characters (played by Kimberly Dewey of Vancouver) stand in admiration of this gentle and giving man, George Bailey. December 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 7:30pm December 6, and 13, 2:00pm Tickets are ON SALE and are $15$18 in advance ONLINE. You may also call for tickets. Box Office (360)907-9996.

Castle Rock Fair News Castle Rock Fair Board honored their volunteers for the fair and concession stand recently with a potluck dinner. President Gary Boshart offered special thanks to all that helped put on the fair. Boshart named Phyllis Ogden as the 2016 Grand Marshal for the parade. Board members Barbara Rider and Janet Prince cooked the meal for it and did the decorations and door prizes. Castle Rock participated in the WA State Fair Convention in Pasco

on Oct 22-24.They took first in their division in the scrapbooks category. Convention next year will be in Vancouver at the Hilton. At their last meeting for the year, officers were elected and they are: President Gary Boshart, Vice President-Jim Johnston, Secretary-Janet Prince and Treasurer-Barbara Ride. Yvonne Knuth came back on the board. If you think you would like to help out for a few days of he fair, contact Gary Boshart or Barbara Rider for more information and we appreciate your help.

The Pioneer Lions annual Walk ‘n Knock Food Drive for the entire Cowlitz County area is set on the calendar for Saturday December 5th, 2015. In Longview and Kelso from 9am - 12pm. Bags will be in the Daily News the first week of December. Food raised for CAP Warehouse, and serves needy families. Toutle & Silver Lake Communities and Castle Rock. December 5, 2015. 8:30 – 2pm. Toutle school district community members will meet at the Toutle Lake Fire Station and collect non-perishable items from area households in the Toutle Lake School District- Kroll Road East on Spirit Lake Highway to Kid Valley, Tower Road, and South Silver Lake to Headquarters.

If you wish to help out call Kellie or J.D. Smith 274-8997 or:

We serve lunch for our volunteers! If you live in the town of Castle Rock or go to Castle Rock Schools and want to help with their drive call Carl Krebb at 360-749-7282, they will be meeting at the Castle Rock Food Bank on Huntington Drive at 8:30 a.m. We encourage all students seeking community service hours (6 hrs total) and community minded people to volunteer to drive and to collect food for this important service that fills the Castle Rock Lions food bank. The food bank serves Toutle, Silver Lake and Castle Rock families in need year round.

Enter GINGERBREAD HAUS Contest It’s time to bust out the gingerbread, icing and candies for the annual Gingerbread Haus Contest! Do you think you have the best Gingerbread decorating skills in the Northwest? Well then, you need to get your application over to The Broadway Gallery, or Teague’s Interiors, both located on Commerce Avenue in Longview. (Applications available at both locations, or online). Then, after you have created your masterpiece extraoardinaire, the house needs to be gingerly delivered to The Broadway Gallery for judging and display. Application Deadline - Dec. 2nd

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

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Submitted by Georgia Cox DECEMBER 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 projects will take place from 12pm

to 3pm and Pinochle games are played in the Center later at 7pm and is open to all who are interested, so bring your game face! Every Friday: Lunches by reservation only, will be served in the Center at NOON. Must Reserve by calling 636-2118 by Monday. Every Saturday: BINGO!! from 1pm-3pm. Game on. SPECIAL EVENTS: Tuesday, December 8th: It's a special Christmas music concert, performed for us by the Castle Rock High School choir. Join us for the tunes, beginning at 11:00am, followed by a Potluck Lunch at noon. At 1pm, we will have our raffle drawing for a beautiful quilt and several other items! Buy those tickets. Thursday, December 17th: Commodities will be distributed from 10am - 1pm. Have a valid punch card. NOTICE: The Center will be closed December 24-27 for the Christmas Holiday. Have a very Merry Christmas! Castle Rock Senior Center 222 - 2nd Ave, Castle Rock, WA (360)274-7502

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

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

To you and yours from everyone at the Castle Rock Festival of Lights, may you have yourself a very merry Christmas! [Above photo: The 2014 Festival of Lights festivties, captured by Melody Kranz, Storytelling Photography.]

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Garrett Ashby moves Edward Jones office to new Castle Rock location BEFORE


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

Saturday, November 28th:

Transforming the above business location at 333 A Street in Castle Rock took on significant meaning for local financial expert, Garrett Ashby. Acting upon his own wishes to someday move his Longview based business to Castle Rock since 2004 took a lot of time and patience. "I knew that someday I hoped to move my business to my home town of Castle Rock. It's taken the last three years to become a reality," Ashby confessed. After an extensive remodel to the newly purchased storefront on A street, the previously housed auto body shop space is now home to a state of the art, modern with a rustic flair financial suite. Ashby wanted to make sure that all the Castle Rock area residents, past and present, that the Clock is back! A native of Castle Rock, and married to Addie Ashby for 18 years, the Ashby family has two children. Emily Ashby, age 15 and Easton Ashby, age 11. Emily is a sophomore at Castle Rock High School, and Easton enjoys 5th grade at Castle Rock Elementary. Ashby graduated from Washington State University, and majored in Finance. At the tender age of sixteen, Ashby began investing with Edward Jones, which spurned his desire to become a Financial Advisor after his college education. Putting his Finance degree to good use, Ashby started working with Edward Jones in 2004, and kept his offices located there until this move to Castle Rock. Branch Office Administrator, Patricia Wright, also relocated with the office up to Castle Rock. Joining him on a part time basis, his wife Addie contributes to the business. The Ashby's are so excited to con-

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

Thursday, December 3rd: tinue to serve their current clients, and look forward to meeting and serving new clients from the Castle Rock area and beyond. Their wish is to contribute to the growth of the community of Castle Rock, through bringing in clients from out of town, as well as integrating into community events and happenings. Helping people with a wide variety of financial needs and goals are Ashby's specialty with Edward Jones. Getting to know each client personally is a key tactic to understanding what their unique financial needs are. Ranging from college planning for kids and grandkids, saving for retirement, retirement income stragies and saving for life events are a few topics Ashby coordinates for area clients. "I really use many different types of investments to reach each person's goals, like stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, cd's, and even the protection of Life Insurance and Long Term Care. We want our clients to understand their investments," Ashby related. Stop by the new office for a cup of coffee, and check out the transformation. Garrett and his team are looking forward to meeting you. 333 A Street, Castle Rock WA (360)274-9000 (888)423-6527 Toll Free

Artisan Guild of Mt St Helens Bazaar Cassava's on 14th & Broadway December 3rd + 4th, 10am - 5pm Creative gifts, stained glass, photography, jewelry, handmade dog Christmas stockings, for Humane Society

Saturday, December 5th Christmas Bazaar Kelso Senior Center 106 NW 8th Ave, Kelso WA December 5th, 9am - 2pm

Community Hospice Bazaar 1035 - 11th Ave, Longview WA December 5th, 9am - 3pm All handcrafted items, Benefits Community Grief Center The Country Grange Bazaar Rose Valley Grange 1520 Rose Valley Rd., Kelso WA December 5th, 9am - 3pm Proceeds to benefit the Hamer Family Fire Fund. Tables $10 Call (360)749-3963 Christmas Bazaar Toledo Elementary School, Toledo December 5th, 10am - 3pm Handcrafted Holiday Bazaar McClelland Arts Center 951 Delaware, Longview WA December 5th, 10am - 3pm Home-made & handcrafted items. Benefits recreation programs Monticello Park Holiday Bazaar 605 Broadway, Longview December 5th, 9am-3pm Benefits Local Charity Rainier Senior Center Bazaar 48 W. 7th St., Rainier OR December 5th, 9am-4pm December 6th, 11am-4pm Benefits Senior Center

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The reason... It was a simple scene that first Christmas – a rough room, a young couple and nothing but a feeding trough to put the child in. It was probably quite cold and with family far away there was little help. Not exactly the Hallmark moment we like to show in Christmas pageants. And yet this rustic scene marked the greatest event in the history of mankind. God’s Son became human and came to earth to save us. God had promised to send a Messiah, one who would save His people. He could have easily burst on the scene as a full grown man, a seven foot warrior with fiery eyes and arms of steel. This was what many people were looking for, but it wasn’t how God did it. He arrived in the arms of a young girl. He was, as another of our authors put it, “a very small package, wrapped in rags, given from the heart of God. The perfect gift.” God gave His only Son to die in our place so that we, in all our brokenness, could know forgiveness. He came so that we could know what love feels like, real love – love that never leaves, love that never disappoints, love that is never betrayed. He sent His Son into a corrupted world to bring us hope. How are you doing this Christmas? Are you having a hard time finding

hope in the world? Are you having a hard time finding peace? It doesn’t have to be that way. You can have peace and find hope and know forgiveness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer. Praying is simply talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here’s a suggested prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Saviour and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Bring peace to my world this Christmas. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, believe it right now and Christ has already arrived, as He promised. If you invited Jesus Christ into your life, thank God often that He is in your life, that He will never leave you and that you have eternal life. Connect with a local church or someone you know to be a follower of Christ. If you do not know anyone who is a Christian, the best start is to call a local church, and go from there.

The story behind 'Silent Night' The story of Silent Night begins in the chilly Austrian Alps, back in Christmas of 1818, where a band of roving actors landed in Obendorf, a small village close to Salzburg. They were scheduled to re-enact Christ's birth in the small Church of St. Nicholas. Grieviously, the church's organ was not working, and wouldn't be repaired in time for the performance. Due to the organ's untimely demise, the actors presented their Christmas drama in a local home. Their interpretation apparently placed assistant pastor Josef Mohr in a meditative mood, and he took a long walk afterward to reach his home, stopping to overlook the village. Mohr looked down upon the peaceful and snow-covered village, and he was moved to remember a poem he had written a few years prior. The poem was about the night of Christ's birth, and the announcement from the angels to the shepherds on a hillside. Mohr connected with the church organist, Franz Xaver Gruber, and asked him to set the poem to music, so the congregation could sing it for the Christmas service. However, remember the organ? Gruber was tasked with coming up with a melody that the congregation could sing with guitar accompaniment. On Christmas Eve, the congregation was able to hear the beautiful

song with Gruber's guitar accompaniment. Many weeks later, an esteemed organ builder Karl Mauracher arrived in Obendorf to fix the organ. When he finished, he let Gruber test it out. Gruber began playing the simple melody he had written for Mohr's Christmas poem. Deeply moved, Mauracher took copies of the music and words of "Silent Night" back to his own little village of Kapfing. In Kapfing, two wellknown musical families, the Rainers and Strassers, heard it and were captivated. They incorporated it into their Christmas season repertoire, and from there it spread across Northern Europe. In 1834, the Strassers performed Silent Night for King Frederick William IV of Prussia, and he ordered his cathedral choir to sing it every Christmas eve. Twenty years after 'Silent Night" was written, the Rainers brought the song to the United States, singing it (in German) at the Alexander Hamilton Monument, outside New York City's Trinity Church. In 1863, 'Silent Night' was translated into English, and is now sung in more than 300 different languages around the world.

Silent night! holy night! All is calm, all is bright, 'Round yon virgin mother and Child! Holy Infant, so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

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Santa snickers *If you see a fat man who’s jolly and cute, Wearing a beard and a red flannel suit, And if he is chuckling and laughing away, While flying around in a miniature sleigh, With eight tiny reindeer to pull him along ...your eggnog’s too strong. *The mall Santa Claus was surprised when a young lady walked up and sat on his lap, smiling nicely. Although he had never taken a request from an adult, he asked, “And what do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?” “Something for my mother, please,” the young lady said. “Something for your mother? That’s very thoughtful of you.” The Santa smiled. “What do you want me to bring her?” Without blinking, she replied, “A sonin-law!”

*According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summertime, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to midDecember. Female reindeer retain their antlers until after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a female. We should’ve known. Only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.

Q: Why was Santa’s little helper depressed? A: Because he had low elf esteem. Q: Why does Santa have 3 gardens? A: So he can ho-ho-ho. Q: What nationality is Santa Claus? A: North Polish.

The history of the candy cane The candy maker’s witness: A long time ago, a candy maker wanted to make a something that would be a witness to his faith. He started with a stick of pure white candy. The color would symbolize the Virgin Birth, and the rock hard candy the foundation of the church and the firmness of God’s promises. The candy maker formed it into a “J” to represent the name of Jesus, who came to earth as the Savior of all mankind. The J also represents the staff of the Good Shepherd, with which He reaches down into the world to lift up his fallen lambs. Then he colored the J with small red stripes to represent Jesus’ flowing blood before the crucifixion. One large red stripe was for His blood shed upon the cross so mankindwould have the promise of eternal life. As time passed, other candy makers made what has become known

simply as the candy cane. But it still bears witness to the wonder of God’s gift.

'A Christian Gift to My Daughters' A special poem by Valley Bugler reader, Jonnie Knowles, given as a Christmas gift to each of her daughters in 2001. Memories of brightly colored flames dance in the fireplace, reflecting the excitement of the yuletide season The hush of darkness, a warm feeling of contentment so very quiet and serene The feeling of safeness surrounds you as a touch of magic embraces you Sounds of Christmas carols softly and gently drift through the air, blending with the crackling sounds of the holiday fire A scent of hickory gently drifts through the room, lending its hand in a memorable moment in creating a legend in our time I give to you my Memories of Christmas Eve As orange embers dance with excitement on a stage set by the rounded bundles of logs, your sense of sound hypnotically follows the magical music of the crackling mesmerizing fire Babies in bed..... Waiting for Santa - milk and cookies placed strategically on a plate by little hands - each claiming, Santa would like theirs best Excitement and anticipation is more than little minds can comprehend -

their hearts hold each of their secret wishes ever so tightly Finally, the childish chatter grows quiet Only the sounds of breathing can now be heard I tiptoed ever so quietly to their beds How peaceful they slept...each one having the appearance of a majestic little angel Wisps of hair fall softly on their pillows, their faces showing the dreams of tomorrow As I paused at each ones bed, I tucked their blanket around them, gently bending down, I lovingly kissed each one goodnight thinking to myself - If I could give each of them a gift that would last a lifetime It would be the love you will have as a mother Love your babies and cherish their memories hold them close to your heart and forever in your mind, for when they are gone, they are gone Forever and time is all you will have Girls, my gift to each of you is sharing my Christmas Eve memories of when all of you were growing up I thank God every day for the gifts he has given me - My six Beautiful Daughters I love each and every one of you very very much Love, Mom 12/25/2001

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Wartime Christmas Miracles With modern transportation, technology and food preparation, our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan will probably have a decent Christmas dinner. Maybe they can make a phone call to their families or a visit via computer. Though life-threatening dangers are around them, we pray they will be safe. Wartime Christmases bring stories that are sometimes called “Christmas miracles.” George Washington’s victory on Christmas night 1776 was a miracle of strategy and courage. British and Hessian troops were settled into winter quarters at Trenton. For nine hours on Christmas Eve, the patriots and their cannons crossed an icy river in small boats. In a gale of sleet and snow, they then walked the nine miles to Trenton. At dawn, they captured 900 enemy soldiers, losing just two of their own. It was the turning point of the American Revolution. Another wartime near-miracle oc-

curred in World War I when English and German troops were dug into parallel trenches that stretched for thousands of miles. The space between them was sometimes a matter of yards. German soldiers began placing candles and scrawny decorated bushes atop their parapets, and gradually, some on both sides showed their heads. The singing of Christmas carols began, alternating from one side to the other. Then men on both sides ventured out. They exchanged souvenirs and traded. They toasted each other’s health. Many cried. The truce ended on December 26. Officers saluted each other; then the war was on again. During World War II, Bob Hope’s Christmas specials were something of a miracle. He and his people flew to wherever the armed forces were fighting. They entertained and brought a touch of home and Christmas cheer. The Christmas specials were televised so people at home could see the show and the troops.

A note of gratitude... At this wonderful time of the year, I like to reflect on how blessed we are here at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center Foundation. I want to say thank you. These two words, no matter the language, cannot convey the sincere gratitude that I feel for the support this community has shown our PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center Foundation since its inception in 1986. Every time I sign a thank you letter, make a phone call to a donor, or meet with one of our many generous community members, my spirit is filled with gratitude. Each day brings a new challenge and a new opportunity to support our caregivers, our patients, our friends, and our families. The impact of donor support on the availability of healthcare resources in our community may surprise you. Resources like A Child's Place, the Dialy-

sis Center, Lower Columbia Regional Cancer Center, and the Women's Health Pavilion would not have been possible without philanthropic support. The Kearney Breast Center, which opened in January 2014, was a $2.4 million project entirely supported by philanthropy. It is the mission of PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center to provide these critical services for our community members who need us every day. It is the mission of the Foundation to provide the funds to make critical services possible. Thank you to all of our donors for joining with us to better serve the health care needs of our community. Have a blessed holiday and happy new year! Sincerely, Cathy Barr, CFRE Executive Director PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center Foundation. (360) 414-7900

‘It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air’. - W.T. Ellis

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KIWANIS CLUBS focus their community service hours to the welfare of children. CATHLAMET 1st Tues. 6 p.m. at the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church; 3rd Tues. at Sugar Lillies at noon. CHEHALIS - Thursday 12 p.m. at “The Restaurant” in Sunbirds. CLATSKANIE - 1st & 3rd & 5th Tues 6 p.m. at Fultano’s; 2nd & 4th Tues 12 p.m. Colvin’s. KELSO - Thurs. noon at 3 Rivers Mall, Comm. Room. LONGVIEW - Thursdays. noon at JT’s. SCAPPOOSE- 1st & 3rd Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Windemere Real Estate Office) ST. HELENS - Thurs. noon at the Elks Lodge (350 Belton Rd, St Helens). ST. HELENS DAYBREAKERS - Tues 7 a.m. at Warren Country Inn, Last Tues 6pm Columbia Soil and Water District Office AMERICAN LEGION GLEN HOYER POST 175 meets in Castle Rock every 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. For info call 423.9542. The LADIES AUXILIARY to Glen Hoyer Post #175 of the American Legion meets first Thursdays. For info call 423-9542. AMERICAN LEGION GUY RATHBUN Post #25 meets the 2nd Thurs. of the month at 7 p.m @ Kelso Eagles For info Kandi 423.2504 BUFORD ROCKAFELLOW POST 101, The American Legion, and Auxiliary meets the 2nd Friday of each month at the Winlock Community Building. Potluck 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.. For info Post Commander Wendy Carolan 360-785-0929 or Adjutant Phil Carolan at (360) 785-0929. The FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION (FRA) Naval Service Veterans, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. Lower Columbia Branch 363 meets 6:30 p.m., 2nd Friday, Longview VFW building, 4311 Ocean Beach Highway. Information: Ray Hegr (360) 425-6981 FLEET RESERVE AUXILIARY #363 meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the VFW Hall, 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. Potluck 6:30 p.m. meeting 7:30 p.m. Active, retired, or reserve status family members with the US Navy, Marines, Coast Guard. Info 425.4688. KOREAN WAR VETS ASSOCIATION CHAPTER #321 of SW WA meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 10am; Vancouver WA. Call Commander James Mead (360)907-0592 for information. KELSO-LONGVIEW ELKS LODGE #1482 meets Thurs at 7:30 p.m. for our members only. Dinner is served before Lodge at 5:30 p.m. Lunches are served Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 900 Ash St., Kelso. 360.425.1482. TOUTLE VALLEY VFW POST & AUXILIARY #10882 meets the 1st Tuesday @ 7 p.m. at their Post Home, 101 Hansen Road in Toutle. For more information, contact John at 274.4350 or Nikki at 274.5263. TOLEDO VFW 3429, Reg. Meeting 1st Monday, Potluck at noon, meeting at 1 p.m. COWLITZ VALLEY VFW POST 1045, Tues. Bingo @ 6 p.m., 5 p.m. dinner; Auxilary mtngs at 11 a.m. every 2nd Wednesday. Breakfast for veterans served 1st Sat. of each month $6 each from 9 - 11 a.m. The COWLITZ VALLEY VFW LADIES AUXILIARY POST #1045 meets the 2nd Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall located at 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. For info or questions please call Ruby at (360) 577-0414 or Jeannette at (360) 414-4053. COWLITZ PRAIRIE GRANGE #737 meets 2nd Wednesdays 6:30pm potluck, 4th Wednesdays 7:30pm dessert. 5180 Jackson Hwy, Toledo, WA 864-2023 SUNNYSIDE GRANGE #129 meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays. 6:30 for potluck, 7:30 meeting. Call 274.6013 for information & rental hall. SILVER LAKE GRANGE 2nd and 4th Thurs. Potluck 6:30, meeting at 7:30 p.m. Info Anita Morgan 748-8098, Rentals call Claudia Hunter 274-5263 CATLIN GRANGE #199 2nd & 4th Fri. 6:30 p.m. Potluck dinner 2nd Friday. 7:30 meetings. More info: 423-2122; Rental call Barbara Wilburn: 425-5970. PLEASANT HILL GRANGE # 101 2nd Monday. 6:30 p.m. Potluck, meeting @ 7:15 p.m. Community Service group meets Thursdays @ 10am. Info & rentals call Zula Bryan 360-425-6101 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m. 4th Tuesday, 6pm. Info & Hall Rental: Becky Molt 360575-3977 WOODLAND GRANGE #178 2nd & 4th Thursdays 6:30 p.m. Potluck, meeting @ 7:15 p.m. Info & rentals call John Burke 225-9888 CASTLE ROCK WOMANS CLUB meets every 2nd Monday at 1 p.m. 206 W. Cowlitz Street. Business meeting & program. Public iinvited. Info: 274.8149. THE PYTHIAN CASTLE 24 holds their meetings every 2nd and 4th Thursday @ 1 p.m. at the Castle Rock Womens Club, 206 Cowlitz St. West, Castle Rock. THE CASTLE ROCK LIONS CLUB meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at Hattie’s Restaurant @ 5:45 p.m. The club sponsors newspaper recycling. R Square D Square Dance Club: Sept - May. 2nd Fri & 4th Sat. 7:30 pm Plus, 8:00pm - 10:00pm Mainstream with Rounds. $5 admission Kelso Senior Ctr 636-1993

LONGVIEW MONTICELLO LIONS meets 6:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Mondays, dinner and speaker at The Carriage Restaurant on 12th LONGVIEW EARLY BIRD LIONS meets at The Carriage Restaurant on the 1st Wednesday @6pm, 3rd Wednesday @6:45am. THE VADER LIONS CLUB meets the 1st Thursday @ 6 p.m. and the 3rd Thursday @ 7 p.m. at the club’s building on Hwy 506 in Vader for a potluck dinner and meeting. Info: 295-3087 or 295-3801. KALAMA LIONS CLUB - LONGVIEW PIONEER LIONS CLUB meets every Tuesday at noon at the Longview Eagles Club (152612th Ave) Provide humanitarian service to the citizens of the area, visitors are welcome. WINLOCK LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 12 p.m. at Guadalajara Restaurant, off SR 505. Visitors welcome. Call 7853744 info KELSO LIONS CLUB meets 1st & 3rd Monday @ 6:30 p.m. in Longview Kelso Kels Building. Call Richard (360)425-5876 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 meets 2nd Tues. @ 1pm, & 4th Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. 1520 Rose Valley Road, Kelso. Info: Becky 575-3977 or Debbie 414-9627 COWLITZ COUNTY VETERANS ASSOC. meets the second Friday of each month. CALL 577-6757 for locations. LONGVIEW REBEKAH LODGE NO. 305 Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month at the IOOF Hall, corner of Pacific and Pine, Kelso, 1 p.m.. Info: 1-866725-3507 CASTLE ROCK EAGLES, celebrating their 100th birthday, meets at the Eagles Aerie on Huntington Ave. @ 8 p.m. every 2nd & 4th Tuesday for the Aerie & Auxiliary. KELSO EAGLES meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Aux., Aerie meets at 8 p.m. Initiation 3rd Tuesday. BINGO MonWed-Fri @ 6:30 p.m. Special Charity BINGO Monday 12 - 3 p.m. Call 425-8330 for info. CASTLE ROCK FREEMASONS 3rd Mon @ 7:30 p.m. at Lodge located on SW First Ave DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, MaryRichardson Walker Chapter. rootsweb. FRIENDS OF CASTLE ROCK LIBRARY, 1st Mondays from 10 - 11 a.m., Library 137 Cowlitz St. West in Castle Rock WORSHIP & RECOVERY meeting, Sunday @ 1 p.m., refreshments. Positive faith group meeting. 1260 12th Ave., LV S.C.O.R.E. - Free counseling & guidance for small businesses by the nation-wide of S.C.O.R.E., Kelso/ Longview Chamber of Commerce, 1563 Olympia Way, Longview, WA. DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS: 1st Fri of the month at 1 p.m. @ 1639 10th Ave. 577-5890, and Auxiliary meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 11 a.m. 423-3125 MT. ST. HELENS CLUB - meets 2x week to hike on a rural trail in SW Washington &/or NW Oregon.  Location and info: or 360- 673-2799 NATIONAL ASSOC. OF ACTIVE & RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES Longview - Kelso Chapter 1070, meet the 1st Wednesday @ 11:30 a.m. at the Monticello Hotel, Longview. Info: 423.6032. LOWER COLUMBIA WOODCARVERS Tues 5 - 7 p.m. & Thurs. 1 - 4 p.m . @ LV Senior Center 274-3175 LONGVIEW BORDER CROSSINGS Volks walking meet on 2nd Tuesdays at St. John’s Hospital, Longview, @ 6:30 p.m. Cafeteria Sam Korff 503-728-0400 KELSO ROTARY Meets Thursdays at 12 p.m. Lunch available to purchase. Kelso Longview Elks Lodge Call 414-5406 for more information ALTRUSA of Longview/Kelso meets Thursdays from 12 - 1 p.m.. 1st - Board; 2nd - Business; 3rd - Committee; 4th - Program; Lunch served for $5 at all meetings except Board. Meet at Altrusa room at CAP. THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM Christian Intervention program for the chemically dependent, meets Wednesday 6 p.m. at Landmark United Pentecostal, 4333 Ocean Beach Hwy, 360-636-0580 LONGVIEW GARDEN CLUB meets at 10 a.m. the 4th Thurs. Jan. - November; Sept. - Oct. Due to holidays, Nov. & Dec. meetings are on the 3rd Thurs. Most mtngs Grace Lutheran Church in Longview. Info: 425-0755 COWLITZ BEE ASSOCIATION meets the 3rd Thursday each month @ WSU Extension Office, 7 p.m. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS of Longview meets Thursday @ 7:30pm at Longview United Methodist Church. 2851 30th Ave, Longview. Info: Gloria 360-7497449 or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) "Connections" Open Support Group Mondays @ 4-5:30pm and Thursdays 12-1:30pm. STRIVE Series; Dealing with emotional and/or addiction issues Tuesdays 1-2:30pm: Counseling availabe. Call (360)703-6722 NAMI SW WA Kelso office: 109 Allen St, Kelso WA

Abernathy Assembly of God 702 Abernathy Creek Rd. Longview Phone: 360-636-1620 Website: Sunday Service 10:45 AM Apostolic Lighthouse 803 Vandercook, Ste 12, Longview Bible Study Tues 7:30pm Church Service Sun 2:30pm Pastor Mozingo (360)219-6109 Apostolic Lutheran Church 248 Cowlitz St. W., Castle Rock Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Church at 11 a.m. Information Dave Kandoll 295-3461

Worship Sunday 10:00 a.m. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2000 East Kessler Blv - Longview 360.425.4220 Rev. Eric Atcheson Grace and Truth City Church 525 Third Ave SW – Castle Rock Pastor David Beer Worship 10:15am, 749-2289 Grace Bible Fellowship 300 S.10th Ave, Kelso Worship: Sunday 11:00am Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (360)423-4035

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

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

The Rock Meeting at 1955 Huntington Ave S, Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. every Sunday Wednesday @ 7pm Service Pastors Jerry & Angie Hughes 274.7480 Rose Valley Friends Church 1437 Rose Valley Rd. Kelso 360-425-3222 Church Office 9:30am Sunday School Hour for all 10:45am Worship Service 5:00pm - 7:00pm Valley Youth Group 6-8pm Wednesday-JValley Youth 6-8pm -Sunday-JValley Youth Ryderwood Community Church,

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

St. Mary Catholic Church 120 Powell Rd., Castle Rock 274.7404 W & Th Daily Mass 8:30A Sunday Mass 8:30A St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 412 Pioneer Ave., Box 1467 Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. Sunday - 274.9393 St. Paul Lutheran Church 312 First Ave. SW, PO Box 847, Castle Rock 274.6604 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 Seventh Day Adventist Church 7531 Old Pacific Hwy -Castle Rock Worship 11 a.m. Saturday Pastor Ben Moore 274.6090 Seventh Day Adventist Church 77 Solomon Road, Kelso WA Office: (360)423-7344 Saturday Worship: 11:05am Pastor Marcia Stone Stella Lutheran Chapel 124 Sherman Road, Longview Pastor Carol Plummer Sunday Worship 10:00 am Children Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Office (360) 423-3795 (Wed. Only) Toledo New Life Assembly of God 420 Silver Street, Toledo 864-4366 Worship: Sun. @ 10am, Wed. @ 6pm Dinner on Wednesdays @ 5:15pm Food Bank: Last Tue/Wed of month Toutle Christian Fellowship 5067 Spirit Lake Hwy – Toutle Worship Service Sunday 9 a.m. Pastor Denny Martinez (360)274-6305 Vader Assembly of God Church 302 - 6th St., Vader (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

Movie Reviews The By Blake Peterson


Directed by Sam Mendes Starring Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux Running Time 2 Hr, 28 Mins, PG-13 My Rating: B+

By Blake Peterson Valley Bugler Columnist Spectre's recent release has been tattered by mixed critical reception, but I cannot understand the combativeness: I can hardly do anything besides be happy with the fact that I even get to see Her Majesty’s favorite agent mix drinks and femmes again after years of bowing down to his chic presence. When it comes to the James Bond movies, I’m not too hard to please. Save for most of Roger Moore’s adventures (all wincingly tacky, excluding the tight “The Spy Who Loved Me”), there has not been a 007 romp I haven’t liked. That’s right, I even got a kick out of “The World Is Not Enough” (Denise Richards isn’t that bad) and the widely reviled “Quantum of Solace.” I can’t help myself. A middle school sick day a few years back led me to watch every Brosnan header, with a fervor that made me forget I was sick in the first place. Kiss the hands of Captain America and Iron Man all you want: James Bond is my kind of crime fighter. Five decades in, the franchise remains an event, and though Spectre is the lighthearted, serviceable time-waster most critics are either panning or embracing it as, there is certainly no way a longtime fan won’t find something to compliment. Spectre's storyline mostly involves the uncovering of its titular evil organization, whose name you might recognize from Sean Connery’s years as James Bond. We discover that all the Big Bads from Craig’s incarnation were actually employed by the outfit, its head honcho being the masochistic Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz), a Goldfinger for the digital age. Bond discovers a diabolical plot to launch Nine Eyes, an intelligence

program that will place all confidential information into Spectre’s hands and therefore make it easier to stage terrorist attacks around the world. In the process, Bond becomes acquainted with Dr. Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of a conglomerate who may be able to give the newly merged MI5 and MI6 the information needed to stop such a deadly force. Though Spectre doesn’t present us with anything we haven’t already seen before (comparable to the way “Quantum of Solace” underwhelmed in “Casino Royale”’s diamond encrusted footsteps), it is, nevertheless, a serviceable entry into the ageless franchise. If you aren’t left satisfied, then I suppose you’ll have to make a James Bond film for yourself; you’d have to be pretty easily underwhelmed to balk under 007’s license to thrill. It is also rumored that Spectre will be the last time Craig steps into the role as Britain’s top agent, so let us take a moment to applaud him for providing us with a Bond who bears a genuine emotional palette, who doesn’t think of killing as just another part of the job but just another con of the job. The supporting cast is just as mesmerizing. As his girl, Seydoux is the icing on the era’s cake as yet another woman not "Christmas Jones helpless", but instead seductive and perfectly capable of handling herself. And let’s not forget about the added spunk Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw give as 007’s wingpeople, either. Say what you will, sigh all you want — Spectre is a fulfilling leg in the James Bond race. And if you’re like me, the renewed excitement in consideration to the series will only make you go back and watch your favorites all over again. A student of R. A. Long, Blake is an aspiring film critic that enjoys music, movies (obviously), and art. For more reviews, go to his website:

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Lighter Side

Proverbs by six year olds A 1st Grade Teacher asked her six year old students to complete the second half of some well known proverbs. Their true answers will leave you in stitches. Don't change horses...until they stop running. Strike while the...bug is close. It's always darkest before...Daylight Saving Time. Never underestimate the power of...termites. You can lead a horse to water, but... how? Don't bite the hand that...looks dirty. No news is...impossible. A miss is as good as a...Mr. You can't teach and old dog new... math. If you lie down with dogs, you'll... stink in the morning. Love all, The pen is mightier than the...pigs. An idle mind is...the best way to relax. Where there's smoke there's...pollution. Happy the bride who...gets all the presents. A penny saved is...not much. Two's company, three's the Musketeers. Don't put off till tomorrow what... you put on to go to bed. Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry have to blow your nose. There are none so blind as...Stevie Wonder. Children should be seen and not... spanked or grounded. If at first you don't succeed...get

new batteries. You get out of something only what you...see in the picture on the box. When the blind lead the blind...get out of the way. A bird in the going to poop on you. Better late than...pregnant. Did you Know? What do you have in December that you don't have in any other month ? The letter "D"! What do you call a letter sent up the chimney on Christmas Eve ? Black mail! Why does Father Christmas go down the chimney ? Because it soots him! What is a stable? Every Christmas morning, when my kids were little, I read them the nativity story out of the big family bible. When my son was old enough to talk, he asked me what a stable was. I thought for a moment how to explain it to him in terms he could understand, then told him, "It's something like your sister's room, but without a stereo." Short Snow Jokes What happened when the snowgirl fell out with the snowboy? She gave him the cold shoulder! What do snowmen wear on their heads? Ice caps! Where do snowmen go to dance? Snowballs!

Page 14 • Valley Bugler • December 2015 At left: One of Woodland's many 'Giving Tree's', located around the community at various businesses and restaurants. Colorful packages, careful wrapping and thoughtful gifts fill the hearts of those who gave them. Photo by Joy Snead.

Unconditional Generosity By Pat Nelson Valley Bugler Columnist Many Woodlanders give generously of their time, talents or treasures to make Christmas a happy time for others. In early December, children eight and younger will be found sipping hot chocolate or cider and eating candy canes while they visit Santa at the Woodland-Kalama Masonic Lodge, 143 Davidson Avenue. The event will be held Friday, Dec. 4, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1-5 p.m. After talking with Santa at the Masonic Lodge Dec. 5, kids can head over to the Moose Lodge's Winter Fest tree-lighting ceremony at Hoffman Plaza at 6 p.m. Taylor Vossen, Miss Woodland, will be on hand to light the tree in the plaza, followed by the serving of cookies, hot dogs and hot chocolate at the park's pavilion and a visit from both Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Woodland Rotary is busy making spirits bright. Joy Snead of Columbia Bank heads up the Christmas Giving Project. Her team has placed giving trees at Columbia Bank, Les Schwab, Burgerville, US Bank, Starbucks and Luckman's Coffee Company. Residents are encouraged to choose tags from the trees and to fill the wishes of local children.

The Christmas Giving Project also provides food barrels at area businesses, and citizens can drop off donations to provide meals for needy families. This year, with the community's help, the project will take care of about 110 local families. The project coordinates its work with that of Woodland's Community Action Center. A food drive was held at Woodland schools in November. These donations of food and gifts help, but the Rotary still must purchase food and toys to fill in the shortage. Because the money it has to work with doesn't go far, the Rotary accepts tax-deductible cash donations to help buy gifts for the families on its list. Those who would like to help are encouraged to mail donations to Woodland Rotary, PO Box 482, Woodland, WA 98674. Woodland Safeway also gets in the spirit of helping provide a Christmas dinner for residents who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a holiday meal, by allowing the Community Center to solicit food-bank donations at the store; and Safeway also solicits donations at the checkstand. Community Center volunteers remind contributors that funds solicited for the Woodland Community Center stay in the local area. Giving doesn't have to be done on

a grand scale, and it doesn't have to cost anything. There are many ways to give, and not all involve a business or an agency or dollars an individual might not have to spare. Visits to residents at the Woodland Care Center cost nothing, yet they mean a lot to those who are away from familiar

surroundings and family. Singing Christmas carols, reading to shut-ins or Care Center residents or just sitting and listening can be heartwarming gifts. Or, donating an unused coat or blanket from your closet can keep a needy Woodland resident warm on cold winter days. Do you have something to share this Christmas? Many find that giving to others is also giving to themselves. The unconditional generosity of Woodland's residents will help both donors and recipients have a Merry Christmas. 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.

Photos: Oscar R Myre V, at age 9 months; 3 years and almost 7 years. ♥

December is the month that things start to go a little wild in our families. Not including Christmas and New Year, there are a total of 8 birthdays in the span of 6 weeks. FUN! So, happy birthday, to our dear sweet little boy, who is turning 7 this Christmas! You can’t really be 7 years old already, can you? You are such a smart and loving little boy and just filled to the brim with personality! You are truly my little buddy, and I cherish the times we get together playing and our snuggles, as well as seeing you learn... WE LOVE YOU, SON! ☺ And a special Happy Birthday wish to Grandma Jill, Colby and Miley - we are so excited to celebrate your special days this month, too!

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The 12 Days of Pet-Safe Holidays

Adorable Adoptee

Meet 'Finley' (Family Features) The holidays can be a hectic time for everyone. While you’re busily gearing up for guests and parties, it’s important to remember your pet’s safety to ensure a festive and fun season is enjoyed by all. From bright decorations to holiday house guests, it can be easy to overlook a few household dangers that may cause harm to your favorite companions. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your fuzzy friend safe and jolly this holiday: 12) Covered Cords: Cords used for holiday lights can be tempting to chew for many pets. Take time while decorating to tape down or cover cords to help prevent shocks, burns or other serious injuries. Especially if you have puppies in your life this year, consider it a must! 11) Tempting Table Scraps: Rich scraps such as drippings, gravy and poultry skin can cause pets to suffer from upset stomach, diarrhea and even pancreatitis, which are not only terribly painful but can be fatal. Giving your dog poultry bones is also a bad idea as they can splinter and get stuck in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract. 10) Radiant Ribbons: Cats may be interested in playing with or eating tinsel and ribbons hanging from trees. These decorations should be placed high on the tree or not used at all because they can potentially cause serious intestinal damage if swallowed. 9) Dinging Doorbells: Consider putting your dog on a leash before

people start arriving. Not only will you be able to control him if he begins to jump, you’ll also avoid him running out the door. 8) Tasty Treats: Keep human party snacks out of reach from animals and offer pet-friendly options instead, such as BLUE Santa Stew Holiday Feast and Santa Paws Snacks. 7) Quiet Corners: Provide pets with a quiet place to retreat so they can choose whether to come out and visit or keep to themselves when company arrives. Stock with a special toy or beloved blanket. 6) Patient Puppies: Tell your guests that your puppy is in training, and he needs to be polite before they say “hello” to him. Have your dog sit, using a treat if necessary, and once he’s sitting and calm let your guests pet him. 5) Perilous Plants: Mistletoe, holly berries and poinsettia plants are all poisonous for dogs, so skip them as decorations or make sure they are out of reach. 4) Guarded Glasses: Alcohol and pets do not mix. Place alcoholic drinks safely out of reach and patrol the party to be sure your guests do the same. Alcohol poisoning can be fatal. 3) Calming Coats: Using a ThunderShirt can calm a nervous dog by applying gentle pressure to the body. In addition to the traditional coat, there are now cold weather ThunderSweater and ThunderCoat options. Not only are they cute, they're useful for your pet.

Eligible bachelor looking for single mature woman to share life's experiences... Finley is a large (17#) healthy cat who prefers the company of women. He is loving and social and will make some lady a wonderful addition to her home. Finley is neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations, He's gentle and affectionate. If you or someone you know may enjoy getting to know Finley or any

of our other furry friends ready for adoption, please refer them to our web site or give us a call. For information, or other animals: 673-7373

2) Nearby Numbers: Keep contact information for your veterinarian and the nearest emergency veterinary clinic readily available in case of a holiday mishap. 1) Towering Tree: Seasonal trees are sure to attract a pet’s attention

and should be secured to keep from toppling over if a pet should try to climb them, use as a scratching post or simply bump into them. For more information on how to keep pets safe during the holiday season, visit

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

Call 577-0151

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Valley Bugler Christmas 2015  

The December edition of our favorite local newspaper.

Valley Bugler Christmas 2015  

The December edition of our favorite local newspaper.