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From the Editor’s Desk

Some of my most favorite words are printed on this page in the 4 Corners Farm & Garden ad below: SPRING IS COMING! Rejoice! Let the bells ring and everybody sing! Spring is coming! You can smell it in the air, see it with the small blooming crocus and daffodils preparing to let forth their glory. The earth is warming up and we are about to embark into Spring! Yes, those of you who know me, completely understand my distaste for the wretched season we call ‘winter’, and my absolutely and complete love for Spring and Summer. Don’t get me wrong, my favorite holiday is Christmas, but that is the only saving grace for winter in my book. March is the time of year in the Northwest where things start to finally lose their gloom, and we anticipate summer coming shortly thereafter. It almost makes all the rain bearable, am I right? Oh yes, and the days start getting longer. Finally. We get to start digging in the ground, begin planting, and witness the new birth of little chicks and animals on the farms. This is the time of year that I have been holding on for, through the dreary depths of winter. Thank the LORD almighty, Spring is a ‘comin! It’s a time where many people begin ‘spring cleaning’ their homes and closets and shaking out the “unnecessary” items in life. A time of year where the thought of living a simpler lifestyle or perhaps changing habits are still in the forefront of our minds.

And so, with that thought in my mind, we offer you the “Green Guide” in the heart of this issue. Found beginning on page 10, the Green Guide is an annual section that gives resources and interesting information about sustainable living, environmental issues, education and even a funny story or two. In my life, I must admit that I have been dubbed a “Granola Girl” more than once by my friends. Somewhat of a hippie and always keeping one eye towards “earth”, I earned the title in college when I went on my vegetarian kick. It was a kick that lasted eight years, but I ate so many granola bars, that my friends and family blessed me with the Granola Girl title. Vegetarianism aside, I have always loved this beautiful earth that the Lord provided. From marveling at cloud patterns to being engulfed in the ocean’s waves, I’ve always loved His Creation. Growing older, the concept of sustainability and “living off the land” took on new meaning as I started a garden and learned about turning waste into a valuable resource, known as compost. To satiate my curious nature, studying crops and how to grow a garden has become a deep seated passion. Digging your hands into God’s earth results not only in things you can EAT, but it’s scientifically proven to help make people healthier. Go figure! Doing everything from lowering

Chloe Myre (8) gets a kick out of helping pull down a dying apple tree in order to prepare the ground for a garden. Photo by Michelle Myre

blood pressure and stress levels, working outside in the “gardens” gives people nothing but pure benefit. Sure, sometimes it results in a sore back or aching muscles, but it beats saying that you sat inside and watched tv all day on the couch. If you’re new to the idea of gardening or utilizing energy saving methods of living, then I hope this issue will help guide you towards becoming educated on the subject, and encourage you to make some “green” changes in your own life. It can be as simple as following the tips that come out from the PUD each month on energy conservation, or using low-flush toilets and other water saving tactics. Maybe you’ll start growing your own food this year. It doesn’t take much space, really. There’s plenty of information out there about planting and gardening in containers and on small patios or enclosures - think vertical space! What I can promise you is that when you incorporate more of the ‘green living’ into your lifestyle, you will be rewarded. Personally, I like the rewards of harvesting from my own garden, and watching my children joyfully stuff themselves on vegetables like swiss chard, green beans and sugar snaps right off the vine. You don’t have to go crazy with a

garden filled with thirty-thousand things! Start small, and start with the stuff that you like to eat. Fresh lettuce, peas and beans are ultra-easy to grow, and I recommend going with leaf butter lettuce since it’s super tasty and you can continually harvest it instead of waiting for it to develop into a full head. One year, we grew red lettuce and butter lettuce along with some swiss chard and spinach. Despite every effort to get my three year old son to eat spinach, it wasn’t until I named it something that he suddenly devoured every single leaf. Fire power. Moms of little kids will recognize this is a Super Mario term. I highly suggest naming vegetables with what your children enjoy. It pays off tremendously! It will forever be burned into my memory the image of his little legs pumping as hard as he could down to the garden in order to pick out his “own fire power” to eat. Let me tell you, I felt like an absolute genius! Until next month, I hope you are planning and preparing to get outside and play!

Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor

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Editor/Publisher...................................Michelle Myre Cover Photo Credit.............................Jessica Lemmons, Bell Studios (Ad Page 11) Cover Design / Web Mngr.................omOriginals Marketing! (360)575-9839 Ad Design / Distribution.....................Ben Harrison Advertising Sales................................Michelle Myre (360)414-1246 Columnists........................................... Georgia Butterfield - Adorable Adoptee Paddy Burrow - Fruits & Nuts Georgia Cox - Castle Rock Seniors Bill Eagle - Eagle’s Eye Oscar Myre IV - Geek Speak Blake Peterson - Movie Reviews PeaceHealth - Living Well Jeff Petersen - The Peacemaking Lawyer Laurrie Piland - Baked Lava Pat Nelson - Window to Woodland Sharnessa Sanden - MommyTalk **The Valley Bugler newspaper publishes content supplied from the above columnists, and is not responsible for factual mistakes or anything other than the occasional spelling error. The Valley Bugler does not endorse views expressed, but retains a neutral stance on all issues presented. Each columnist is reachable - please call our offices or eMail the columnist with comments or concerns**


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March Events Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Annual Fundraising Banquet & Auction March 8

RMEF BANQUET • March 8th Enjoy an entertaining evening while raising money to benefit elk, other wildlife and their habitat. That’s the promise of a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fundraiser banquet and auction slated for March 8 at Cowlitz County EXPO Center. The evening begins with a cocktail social at 4 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by a live auction for world-class wildlife art, firearms, unique collectibles, blingy jewelry and more. For ticket information and reservations, contact Samantha Hall at 355-6797 or Dan Howell at 425 9611 or log on to and click on “attend an event”. Auctions, raffles and other games are always a popular highlight at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

events. Featured prizes at the upcoming event include hunts, fishing and vacation trips, prints and other outdoor items. This year, there is also an AKC Yellow Lab Puppy with pedigree papers and Seahawks Metal Art up for auction. No tickets sold at the door, so be sure to call or get online and order your tickets now. See ad on same page. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s mission is ‘ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage’. Founded in 1984 by four hunters from Troy, Montana, who wanted to ensure a future for North America’s grandest game animal. There are now over 500 chapters across the country.

Pinewood Derby Races • March 22 First Baptist Church of Castle Rock is hosting their annual Pinewood Derby Race on Saturday, March 22nd. Race times at 1:00pm and 2:00pm at the First Baptist Church. The track is setup in the Education Building upstairs, behind the main building at 211 Front Ave,NW. Car registration and weigh in is 15 minutes prior to assigned car race times. Contact the Church for your time slot and weight requirements. There are two weigh-in/practice

days prior to the main event on Wednesday March 12 and 19, from 6-7p.m. Please attend one of them if you will be racing. There will be folks there to help make sure your car is the right weight. If you have not purchased your car yet, there are still some available at the Church. Friends and family are encouraged to come and cheer you on. Prizes for the winners! Popcorn for everyone! If you have any questions call the Church at 274-4113.

WELCOME! March 20th

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Spring Art Show • March 22 Juried & Judged; Open for entries The Columbian Artists Association 38th Annual Spring Art Show will be held March 22nd through April 13th at the Three Rivers Mall in Longview. The Artists’ reception with be Saturday, March 22nd from 12pm to 7pm, with refreshments and awards at 3pm. This judged show brings in entries from seven counties in SW Washington and NW Oregon, with a wonderfully diverse display of talent. This year’s featured artist is Alan Brunk, (see oil painting above), called “Southern Barn”. Brunk began his journey into art during elementary school, with a local artist as his mentor and guide. His love of art followed him through school, where he majored with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon, and a Masters from the University of Washington. Currently, Brunk and his wife live to the east of Toutle, where they have

the “Twosome Art Studio”, with a gallery open to the public from Wednesday through Sunday. An added feature at this year’s show will be a separate judged art show for high school art students in the Longview-Kelso area. The Association is pleased to offer a venue especially to introduce high school art students to the art show competition experience, and offer an opportunity for their art to be exhibited for the public’s enjoyment. Entries: Open to artists 18 years and older from Cowlitz, Clark, Wahkiakum, Lewis and Pacific Counties in Washington and Clatsop and Columbia Counties in Oregon. Entries accepted on March 17 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Three Rivers Mall. Media accepted are Oils,

Watercolors, Acrylics (if on canvas will be oil category, if under glass, will be watercolor category), Mixed Media includes pastels, pen/pencil, hand pulled prints, collages, and mixed media.

Castle Rock,

Cowlitz County, Washington, March 1914 - presented by the Valley Bugler Newspaper

A blast from the past of Castle Rock...

The Castle Rock Exhibit Hall has a large and nearly complete collection of past issues of the Cowlitz County Advocate. A wide range of selections from everything to do with the local area from over 100 years ago awaits! >>Please note: EVERYTHING on this page is from 1914, except for the full color advertisements from local Castle Rock and surrounding area businesses, supporting this page. Visit them and say “howdy”!

Salmon Day Declared (March 5, 1914)

Friday, March 13, has been selected by the Northern Pacific Railway Company as “Salmon Day,” and this delicious fish will be served in every known style on the dining cars of that company on the above date. The salmon is truly the king of food fishes, and it is fitting that he should have a day set apart in his honor.

Latest Creations in Spring Millinery at Mrs. M. C. Sugars’ (March 12, 1914)

Charming indeed are these advance Spring styles we are showing in Smart Tailored Hats for street wear. The petiteness of the new millinery modes means that tailored styles are in high favor. At no time in our history have we been so well prepared to serve the ladies, misses and children of Castle Rock and vicinity. Our stock is large and varied, offering an unlimited range for choosing, not only in Street Hats, but also in Dress Models.

A visit to our Millinery Store will give you an idea of the fashionable shapes, materials, trimmings and new colors, such as Tango, Ocean Blue, Mahogany, Brass, Kelly Green and many others to be used for the coming season.

You Can Tell a Workman by His Chips (March 26, 1914)

There be painters and painters, to use an old and homely expression, and those who admired last Saturday and are still admiring the beautiful finish that has been put on the interior of our new bank, little realize the immense amount of practice and the infinite patience that brought about the splendid result. L. C. Davis, the man to whom more than anyone else is due the credit for this work, has had many years of experience in that line, and all fine work entrusted to him will always be executed with the same painstaking exactness that characterized this job. If he is not in town, just call him up at Kelso, and your wants will be attended to with quick dispatch.

ADVERTISEMENT (March 26, 1914)

Special This Week Only, at the Becker Drug Store. In order to more thoroughly introduce the Rexall Remedies, a 50 cent pair of Shears with each 50 cent purchase.


Eye glasses, in Jaeger Bros case. Description: Tortoise shell rim, with chain. Finder please bring to Advocate office and receive a liberal reward.


(March 1914) * Reward.—We will pay $10.00 immediately for the arrest and conviction of any one caught stealing bottled milk from the premises of our patrons. BLANCHARD BROS. * Guy Dickinson was taken to Kalama yesterday to be tried in superior court on a charge of bootlegging, having been caught red-handed Tuesday night, on his arrival from Vader with a supply of booze, which he was delivering to his customers. * Lost—A black ostrich plume fan. Finder please return to this office. * Fred Tastor came down from Rainier Sunday, to trim and cultivate his rose bushes. * On the same night last week that burglaries were committed in this city, the Barnes store of Silver Lake was also broken into and money and goods taken, but we have not learned the exact figure. * J. H. Quick returned from Kalama last evening, the grand jury having finished its labors and been discharged. We understand that many indictments for various offenses were returned by this the first grand jury ever called in Cowlitz county since Washington was a state. Mr. Quick was on the last one in territorial days.

* We wish to thank our good friend Gust Schaffran for a generous supply of smoked smelt. They are the best we ever tasted. **From March 1914 Short Stories

March is Writer’s Month Whether you are a budding writer or an avid reader, this month is for you! Discounts and Drawings all month long at Castle Rock’s Pacific Northwest Gift Gallery. Open at 10:00 a.m. Saturdays for these events and sponsored by Pacific Northwest Gift Gallery at 1316A Mount St. Helens Way NE, Castle Rock, WA 98611 (just off exit 49) 360-274-8583 Space is limited so early payment and registration for all workshops is advised. To register or for details, call The Gallery or eMail: Saturday Schedule March 1st Pat Nelson workshop: “Finding Your Story” 12:00pm to 2:00pm book signing before & after Dorothy Churchill Sue Drummond 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Leslie Slape readings at 1:30 p.m. signing before and after readings March 15th: Kelley Jacquez workshop “Writing Your Memoires” 11:00am to 1:00pm book signing before & after Carolyn Caines workshop Journaling..Writing Your Way Out!” 1:00pm to 3:00pm book signing before & after March 22nd: Mary Ellen Stone workshop “Write Tight To Pack A Punch!” 11:00am to 1:00pm book signing before & after Janet Bray Rubert workshop “Creating Settings” 1:00pm to 3pm book signing before & after March 29th: Bernadette Crepeau workshop: “Low Cost Self Publishing” 11:00am to 1:00pm book signing before & after

March 8th: Kelley Jacquez workshop “Creating Characters” 11:00am to 1:00pm book signing before & after

Jane Still readings 1:30 p.m. book signing before and after

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~Toni Morrison

Castle Rock Library’s Book Sale Friends of the Library Book Sale is being held at the Castle Rock Library this March. From 11am to 6pm on Friday, March 21st and 10am to 3pm on Saturday the 22nd.

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Hardback books - 50c Paperback books - 25c Children’s books - 25c and 10c VHS Videos - 25c DVD’s - 50c

Submitted by Georgia Cox MARCH Events Every Monday: Our infamous Cinnamon Rolls and coffee will be served to the public from 10am to NOON. Suggested donation is only $1.50! Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Get that heart rate up and get healthy with the exercise classes from 9:30am to 10:30am! Facts show that exercise helps keep your body healthy and functioning as well as possible. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday: “Write Your Life Story” group will meet from 1pm - 3pm. Please feel free to join in with us and learn how to craft your own life story. Every Wednesday: CAP offers Nutrition Meals for Seniors at the Center at NOON. Suggested donation is $2.50, but PLEASE call #636-2118 (by Monday) for reservations. Paper Tole Classes are from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Every Thursday: Fun Quilting projects will take place from 12pm to 3pm and Pinochle games are played in the Center later at 7pm and is open to all who are interested, so bring your game! Every Friday: Good fun for all Seniors!! An activity or special event and a potluck or refreshments will

be scheduled. Please check at the Center for more information. We hope you enjoy the fun! Every Saturday: Fun Bingo games take place from 1pm - 3pm. Come join us for some fun Bingo and try your luck at winning! SPECIAL EVENTS: Tuesday, March 11th: Our Program and Potluck lunch! Speaker will be Nancy Chennault, who will speak about “America in Bloom” project for Castle Rock, at 11am. A potluck lunch will follow at noon. A very colorful subject! Thursday, March 20th: Commodities will be distributed from 10am - 1pm. You must have a valid punch card. Tuesday, March 25th: BAKED POTATO DAY from Noon to 1:30pm. Potato with your choice of 8 condiments, cookie and coffee for only $6.00! Friday, March 28th: BAKED POTATO DAY2! Same information as above date. Save the date and come enjoy with everyone.

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Is Life About Relationships or Accomplishments? By Paddy Burrow Valley Bugler Columnist A cute little boy in our daycare almost got it right years ago when he sang: “Be all that you can be in the National Gar-r-r-den!” Without realizing it, he had, once again, made my day, tickled my funny bone and also given me food for thought. His innocent misunderstanding of the National Guard TV jingle launched my thoughts in the direction of “ am I being all that I can be in the garden God has planted me in? Am I, in fact, blooming where I’m planted?” I still think of that little boy’s inadvertent but challenging query and wonder if I’m doing all I’m supposed to do to reach people for Christ, love those around me, minister to souls God places right in front of my nose, etc. And what about the proliferation of homeless people at grocery store exits? Knowing, ahead of time that I’m going to encounter them, should I not pack along extra sandwiches and fruit? And is THAT what they need most, or could it be they need a few minutes of my time and some encouraging words? Or a sincere prayer instead of a judgemental thought. GUIDE me, Lord! If I was in their shoes, what would I need more than anything else? Why YOU, of course, Jesus! But how can I make You come alive to a homeless person or to ANYONE, for that matter, when all I have is sni-

petts of time here and there, and not much in the way of extra cash. If I simply acknowledge them with a smile and pray for their deepest needs to be met as I pass right by them, will they be helped? Or will they feel mocked? I believe Your Word says I must do something practical if I possibly can, and I wonder if how we treat “the least, the last and the lost” is not, in actuality, the acid-test of our Christianity! I’m not trying to make anyone feel guilty! I’m seriously wrestling with this issue and wondering how to navigate through future encounters with needy people because I do NOT think they are going to go away! The fact that Jesus completely related with “the least of these” and taught us to follow His example doesn’t help matters. It places significant responsibility directly upon our own shoulders. My friend, Quincey, who grew up back East where homeless people on street corners abound, treats the homeless with respect and humor. If she’s walking past them, she is friendly to them and asks: “ how’s business?” To which, some of them reply: “Kinda slow today...” I love that honest, friendly ‘we’re all in this together’ kind of approach. Another thought that continuously swims around in my head is this: Is it more important to accomplish something today or to build relationships with those around me? I mean, I KNOW relationships are important to God and they should be paramount in my own thinking, too, but I so often get distracted onto rabbit-trails of activity that result in a tangible accomplishment but which effectively draw me AWAY from people. Am I using activities and accomplishments as an ESCAPE from doing what’s more important? I fear that is exactly what I do at times. Please forgive me if I’ve blown right past your needy self in a flurry of alleged activity! I vow to do better... My husband always says he longs for a ministry of some sort - a way to be useful to the Lord. He doesn’t have any title or office in the local church, but he regularly attends several mens’ groups and Bible studies, and is a blessing to others, as he listens with and shares from his heart and encourages them along their way. He helps me every day in a million

ways and is a blessing to our whole extended family and to everyone we meet. I’d say that’s a pretty significant ministry right there, wouldn’t you? Perhaps you’ve been wondering about these things too? I believe the most effective “ministers” are often completely unaware that they are being used mightily by God when they are simply THERE loving and

helping as best they can. If that describes YOU, my friend, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! The relationships you are building by your continuously kind actions ARE your greatest accomplishments! Paddy Burrow lives in Silverlake, Washington and welcomes feedback. Email her at or call her at 360-751-5231

Recognize a Stroke and save a life... Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of having a stroke. Please share this information with all those you know. Risk factors that you can’t control: • Increasing age • Male gender • Race • Family history of stroke Risk factors that CAN be controlled with medical treatment and lifestyle changes: • High blood pressure • Diabetes • Cigarette smoking • High blood cholesterol • Obesity • Heart Disease Your stroke risk increases by 300400% if you have already had a heart attack, and by 200-300% if you have peripheral artery disease.

STROKE WARNING SIGNS: Stroke is a medical emergency. Know these warning signs of stroke and teach them to others: • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination • Transient Ischemic Attack, strokelike symptoms called TIA’s How to tell if someone is having a stroke: 1. Ask the person to SMILE. 2. Ask him or her to raise BOTH ARMS. 3. Ask the person to REPEAT A SIMPLE SENTENCE, such as “It is sunny out today.” If the person has trouble with any of these tasks, call 911 immediately.

Movie Reviews By Blake Peterson

By Blake Peterson Valley Bugler Columnist

‘The LEGO Movie’

Directed by Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Voices by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman PG, 1 hr., 41 min. My Rating: A

For most, it seemed like “Frozen” was the animated film for the ages. Not only did it bring back the sacred character of the “Disney Princess,” but it also featured some of the best writing and animation for a Pixar movie in years. Now, released in February, a time in which most film studios are taking out the trash, “The LEGO Movie” is a diamond in the rough, not only being completely original but giving the powerhouse of “Frozen” a run for its money. Sweeping us into the LEGO world, as if it were taken from the floors of an elementary school and brought to life, the film revolves around Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary construction worker (figurine) that is mistaken to be the most important person in the world, after he accidentally commits an act that completes a legendary prophecy. Aided by a group of mysterious strangers, who work with the masterfulness of the CIA, Emmet is put in the position to stop maniacal villain Lord Business (Will Ferrell), who is planning to “freeze” the LEGO universe due to its annoying imperfections. “The LEGO Movie” is riotously funny, but still manages to be selfaware to the point in which it bears resemblance to the satirical confidence of “The Muppets.” It’s a film that, even though marketed as a kids movie, may possibly be even more funny to adults.

After all, it has a slew of celebrities that only adults can truly appreciate, and jokes that only adults can truly get a kick out of. Yet, it’s a shock that “The LEGO Movie” is such a blockbuster (no pun intended). Who would have thought that one of the first movies of the year would be one of the best? Who would have thought that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are both inexperienced in the animation world, would be able to top kiddie fests that so many directors have barely been able to thrive on, after years of experience? From beginning to end, the film is an unexpected delight. Every second feels pleased with itself and perfectly content, but also has no issue of making fun of itself. And the vocal performances are thoroughly superb: Pratt’s knack for bringing giddy excitement into his characters suits the role well. Banks’ (Wyldestyle) subtly sarcastic attitude is enjoyable, while Will Arnett (Batman) and Ferrell are over-the-top in the best of sense. But it’s Freeman (Vitruvius) and Liam Neeson (Good Cop/Bad Cop) who steal the show, taking their famous voices and injecting them with comedic flair that is completely unexpected. “The LEGO Movie” is crazy fun. Sorry to let my inner child pop out, but there simply isn’t any other way to describe the film. It’s fast and fun but doesn’t leave us in the dust. Blake Peterson is an aspiring movie critic attending R.A. Long High School as a junior. Blake loves watching movies, but he also enjoys music, and spending time with friends and family.

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He’s everyone’s Saint Patrick Every year when March 17 rolls around, the “wearing of the green” is the order of the day. Both Irish and non-Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Many people think that St. Patrick was Irish, when indeed it is not verifiable where he originated from. Most scholars believe, based on his own writings, that he was originally from southwestern Britain. Keep in mind this is during the 5th Century, and people living in present day English were Romanized Celts, or Britons. So, St. Patrick is more along the lines of a Celtic Briton, son of a low-level Roman official. Others believed that he was actually born closer to Scotland, probably in Kilpatrick. The year was 385AD. At about fourteen years old, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him captive. During captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote: “The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as may as a hundred prayers and in the night nearly the same. I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain”. Captivity lasted until his was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God where he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. He found some sailors who took him back home and he reunited with his family. He had another dream where the people of Ireland were calling out to him, “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more”. So, he began his priesthood studies, was ordained a bishop and sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when they heard Patrick’s

message of the Gospel. Patrick preached and worked in Ireland as a minister for over forty years. There were many miracles and he wrote about his journeys often. St. Patrick died March 17th, 461AD, after years of living in poverty and traveling in poor health and suffering. Most revelers know the oftentold stories of St. Pat. The Patron Saint of Ireland, he explained the Blessed Trinity using a shamrock, and he drove the snakes out of Ireland (of course the debate goes on about whether there were snakes in Ireland). There is no record of him using a shamrock to explain Christianity, but the legend has prevailed through the test of time. Some missionary, if not Patrick himself, very likely Christianized the concept. This doesn’t seem to bother those in Ireland, and the shamrock remains the Irish National symbol. But do you know some of the more obscure facts and stories about Saint Patrick that you can share during your own celebration? * He is also the Patron Saint of Nigeria. Nigeria was evangelized primarily by Irish clergy and the people took St. Patrick to their hearts. * He left behind some writings. His own words may be read, either in the original Latin or in English translation, in his spiritual autobiographical “Confession.” This piece is a unique peek at the man behind the legend. His famous prayer “St. Patrick’s Breast Plate” may date to a later period. * Though Scotland has often been set as the birthplace of Patrick, England, Wales, and a portion of France also lay claim. Many places also claim to be the burial spot of the famous saint. One such tradition says that he is buried in the same grave as St. Bridget and St. Columba at Downpatrick, County Down in Ireland. * If you would like your toast to

‘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

be different on St. Patrick’s Day, you can drink to Maewyn Succat (believed to be his real name) or to Patricius or Patrizio as he was also known. So on March 17 be sure to wish everyone a “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day” either in English or the Gaelic “La Fheile Padraig Sona Duit.” How the Irish do St. Patrick’s Day While many revelers who wear the green on March 17th think of Saint Patrick festivities involving

turning the Chicago River green and marching down 5th Avenue in Manhattan, Ireland herself throws a grand Saint Patrick’s Day party. Cork’s St. Patrick’s Festival held their inaugural event in 2005 Dublin also throws a huge St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Besides the annual parade, Dublin offers a treasure hunt, a cavalcade of vintage cars, street arts, music, theater, and dance.

The ‘Luck’ O’ the Irish What is so lucky about being Irish? Where did the stigma come from, considering Ireland has been the target of invasion, colonization, exploitation, starvation and mass emigration for over a thousand years. In truth, the “Luck of the Irish” has a positive American origin. The second half of the 19th century, during the gold and silver rush years, many of the most successful and famous miners were or Irish and Irish American birth. There was the famous “Comstock Lode”, hit by the aptly titled “Silver Kings” James Fair, James Flood, William O’Brien and John Mackay. Over time, the fact these Irish with great mining fortunes, led to the expression “Luck of the Irish”. It wasn’t meant as a positive term, though. It was, as if to say, only by sheer luck instead of skill could these men succeed. Many others associate luck with the Irish symbol of the fourleaf clover.

In the beginning time of Ireland, the Druids believed that they could see evil spirits coming when they carried a shamrock, or three-leaf clover, giving them a chance to escape in time. They thought that the four-leaf clover was magical protection, and defied bad luck. Odds of finding a four-leaf clover are 10,000 to 1.

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By Sharnessa Sandén Valley Bugler Columnist Over the last two days we have continued a homeschool project for Chase (and let’s be honest - for ourselves, too Aaaand Weston eventually) that we started last year: interviewing WW2 veterans. This time we (Chase, Sam, our cousin, Christie, and myself) had the absolute privilege of getting together with two amazing people who opened up their homes and lives and stories to us: One, Lloyd Inman, is from our very own community, and flew 33 missions over Germany as a young man, even returning after one mission with around 240 anti-aircraft holes in his plane, and NO one was even TOUCHED. M.I.R.A.C.L.E. The other, Maria Nelson, is from England originally (but a lovely local for many years, now!) and spent most of her teenage years building “sticky bombs” in factories in Manchester (heavily targeted and hit during the war), living on rations, housing American soldiers, and often sleeping in bomb shelters smaller than most of our bathrooms (roughly 4’x6’) with feet dangling in standing water all night. They each shared story after story that I wish I had time to share on here, stories of tragedy and triumph, stories that belong in books and on films. (Ideas are-a-comin’)

The courage these people and millions like them chose to have, their tenacity and sense of justice and humility and strength and STILL the grace and joy and peace they carry, was overwhelming at times. Moved me to tears on more than one occasion as I sat there watching them and the weight of what they’ve seen and walked through hitting heart aching that these TREASURES aren’t more “tapped in to” and that they’re not more honored and valued than they are in this culture that tends to only honor and value youth and superficial “beauty” and entertainment and “rights” and faster and faster technology and “things”. Often not valuing and remembering or even aware of *why* we can even enjoy some of these things in the first place. (Not that all of those things are bad!! But I think you catch my drift). It was an tremendous honor to spend these hours with heroes. Nelson rang me later Thursday evening (we’d met with her that morning)... she simply called to say, “I just want to thank you for what you’re doing. I love that you’re doing this...that you guys value that these stories get told, and so that no one ever forgets the atrocities that took place. Thank you. It means so much and I just wanted to tell you that.” I’m choking back tears even after her first few words!!!! And as a proud mamma, I have to

Above: WWII Vet, Maria Nelson, pictured at left, shares the scrapbooks and mementos of from that time period of her life, and shared stories with Christie Wright (top) and Chase Sanden. Photo by Sharnessa Sanden.

share what she followed up with, “And I just have to say, Chase was a PERFECT gentleman!!! Oh my goodness, he is just a delightful little boy, and truly a perfect gentleman!! Would you tell him that for me?!” (MORE tears!) Sigh... We’re already making plans to go back...what a gift for my son to spend time with such beautiful people who’ve walked through more than we can fathom. We were humbled and inspired by them and more in awe than ever of what that generation faced and

triumphed over, the sheer evil they stood up to and what grace they have on the other side of it. “Beauty from ashes”...Jesus, you are so good. Sharnessa Sandén is from Longview, WA, where she resides with her Swedennative hubby, Sam, and their two full-of-life sons, Chase and Weston. In addition to homeschooling their lads, she runs Fresh Attitude Dance Studio, and the missions dept. of church, with Sam.

Tim Noah offers free concert Tim Noah is offering a FREE concert at the JBF Sale in Vancouver on Sunday, March 30th. This Emmy award winning songwriter and producer, is a nationally acclaimed recording artist and star of stage and screen. He has appeared on HBO, The Disney Channel and the BBC. His captivating performances touch the hearts and minds of all ages, and inspire them to dream! Don’t miss this chance to see a nationally acclaimed family star perform LIVE at the Just Between Friends

Sale in Vancouver! (See ad p.3) Held at the Clark County Event Center, and full of awesome sales on women and children’s clothing, toys and accessories. Sunday is half price day. Be sure to put the dates on your calendar for a great free concert and great sale where you could find that “steal of the century”! 17402 NE Delfel Rd. Ridgefield, WA (360)397-6180 Vendors:

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George Tsugawa Honored By Pet Nelson Valley Bugler Columnist On sunny days, I join the throngs of gardeners who stop by Tsugawa’s Nursery in Woodland “just to look” then drive away with a car full of beautiful flowers and plants. George Tsugawa and Walter Hansen Sr. were recently named Woodland’s Citizens of the Year. And Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Woodland Chamber of Commerce presented a video-tribute to Tsugawa. The video was created in 2011 for his 90th birthday. George Tsugawa was born in Homeacre, WA (Everett) in 1921 to Japanese immigrants. His family moved to Hillsboro, Oregon in 1925 and by 1927, young Tsugawa began life as a businessman by selling fruits and vegetables at the family’s roadside market. Life was hard. His father died young, and his mother struggled to provide for her family. Then in 1942, President Roosevelt signed an executive order to move west coast residents of Japanese ancestry, even those who were US citi-

zens, to internment camps. The family lost its business and all of its possessions. Tsugawa, along with his mother, three siblings, and just one duffel bag and small suitcase for the entire family, were transported to a stockyard in Portland. The small stalls, not more than 15’ x 15’, were filled with stench and dirt from the cattle that had previously occupied the space. The entire family lived in one cramped stall for two months until being moved by trains with blackedout windows to Minidoka, Idaho, the location of one of 10 internment camps. The Tsugawa family was allowed to leave in 1944 because his mother was dying of cancer. After her death, the siblings farmed in the Beaverton area. George Tsugawa married Mable Taniguchi in 1950 and over the next nine years, they had six children. In 1956, brother Henry told George that Woodland was just right for growing berries. George Tsugawa

Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle Right in Your Own Backyard By John Schapman PeaceHealth Dietitian Many people spend the first part of the year trying to figure out how to slim down for the summer months. They look at the next hip diet or look for the most stylish gym membership. However, there is another great place to start--right in your own backyard. Did you know that the fruits and vegetables you grow are very low in caloric density and this promotes weight loss? What is caloric density you may ask? It is simply a measure of how many calories are in a given weight of food, most often expressed as calories per pound. A food high in calorie density has a large number of calories in a small weight of food (such as a candy bar), whereas a food low in calorie density has much fewer calories in the same weight of food (such as an apple). Foods that have low calorie density promote weight loss by providing fiber to fulfill your hunger, providing you with needed nutrients, and providing more food with fewer calories. However, you don’t have to stop there. If you grow your own produce you can continue to sow the benefits of weight loss and maintenance with the additional physical activity calories you burn. The average person burns 250 calories per hour gardening. If you gardened a couple days a week each summer you would burn the equivalent of 3-5 pounds during the summer

months. You’ll not only be eating foods that will help you maintain or lose weight, but also getting the extra physical activity you need to keep it off. Think of the alternative to growing your own. John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future found that the average produce delivered to the Chicago food market was around 1,500 miles. That’s a lot of wasted energy. If you were to walk that many miles, you would burn 112,000 calories or 32 pounds. Instead, what we are getting is an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Research shows that transportation accounts for 11% of the world’s greenhouse gas. This is something that could be reduced with the production of your own produce right at home. I’m not suggesting starting your own sustainable farm to feed your family. There are always times we need to go to the store to buy some produce. However, I would encourage you to consider growing 1 or 2 plants in a backyard garden. If you’re limited on space, planting in containers on a porch or deck are also an option. Even if everyone in our community started with just one lettuce plant in a pot we’d be one step closer to a more sustainable and healthier future. John Schapman, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center clinical dietitian.

Above: George Tsugawa, Woodland Citizen of the Year, and Darlene Johnson of Woodland Truck Lines. Photo by Pat Nelson

moved his family to Woodland, but he told Mable, “Don’t get too comfortable. We’re not going to be here very long.” That was 58 years ago! Later, when Mable wanted a family orchard, George discouraged her, saying, “We’re not going to be able to reap the harvest!” But over the years, they reaped many harvests. In 1981, after watching a “For Sale” sign on a piece of property in Woodland, Mable suggested they buy it. “Let’s open a nursery,“ she said. According to George, her idea of a nursery was a few plants here, a few plants there, nothing like the huge

array of stock Tsugawa’s Nursery offers today. George and Mable’s oldest son Martin passed away in 2000. Mable passed away in 2011 and son Dan in 2013. In the video created as a tribute to George for his 90th birthday, son Dan said, “You always inspire me. I’m so proud to be your son.” And judging by the packed banquet room at the Oak Tree and tears in the eyes of guests watching the video, Woodlanders, too, are proud to have George Tsugawa in their lives. The video can be found at the Woodland Chamber web site: Click on “2013 Award Winners”. Pat Nelson, writer and editor, is co-creator of three humorous and sometimes edgy anthologies: ‘Not Your Mother’s Book: On Being a Parent’ (available at www. and wherever books are sold); On Being a Grandparent; and On Working for a Living (both still accepting stories at Nelson blogs at www.Storystorm.US and her stories also appear at All photos by Nelson.

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Longview’s Recycling website provides rich resources for all people If you are looking for ways to “green up” this year, then you should really make sure to visit the Longview Recycles web site: This month’s Sponsor for the Green Guide is the City of Longview’s Recycling division, featured on the opposite page. Not just residents of Longview will benefit from the information at their web site. There are pages of information that are helpful for all people from all areas in this clean and easyto-navigate site. For example, a comprehensive page about Backyard Composting is easy to read and has downloadable PDF’s for printing. Everything from where to get worms and instructions on grass-cycling is available. (Think healthier lawns without all the chemicals!) Working together to help provide

resources and education for the community, the information for the Composting pages was provided courtesy of the Cowlitz County Extension Office for Washington State University. Another feature of the web site is the “Tips for going green” page, which includes information and easy to follow advice as it relates to recycling around the home and saving on energy bills. There are also three links to sites that have a “Kid” focus and are filled with games and other fun activities. Most importantly, this is definitely the site that needs to be visited if you have local garbage and recycling questions. Their FAQ section is precise and comprehensive, allowing for easy to understand answers, and phone numbers for further information gathering. If you are wondering where to bring

your used motor oil and antifreeze, then just visit the web site for all of the recycling sites available in the area. Focusing on community, there is a NEAT Program available, which stands for Neighborhood Excellence Action Team. This is the City of Longview’s Neighborhood Cleanup Program. The innovative NEAT Program has been created to offer neighborhoods the opportunity to collect and dispose of unwanted trash, bulk waste, and yard debris. NEAT allows neighborhoods to receive FREE drop boxes to used to get rid of excess trash, bulky waste and yard debris. They are totally free to utilize, and all that is needed is the hands to pile things into the boxes. There are Neighborhood Cleanup Requests available on the web site, where a simple application can get the process rolling. You decide on an event date, submit the application, get approved and then clean up your neighborhood! Included on the site are Tips for a Successful cleanup, which is highly

recommended reading before submitting an application. As you can see here, on the opposite page, is featured a “Recycling IQ Test” for you to take. Encourage your family to take it together and then to see how you scored, visit: You may be surprised with the answers, and also find that many more of your questions are answered at the site. Ready to dive into becoming “more green” this year? Head there first. Special thanks to Gregg Hannon, the Community Development Coordinator for the City of Longview’s Solid Waste & Recycling Division, for having the strong desire to help educate our community through easily accessible information in local media and the Recycling web site. The Solid Waste and Recycling division can be reached by calling: 442.5222 at the City of Longview for questions or concerns. And, as detailed above, online:

Keep Furnace Filters Clean Changing the furnace filter is one of the easiest ways to increase furnace efficiency. Make a habit of checking the furnace filter on the first of every month. Clean filters can save a lot on monthly furnace bills. Duct Vision The furnace ducts in the garage are often not wrapped or properly insulated. A lot of heat loss can

be prevented by wrapping the ducting in the garage. Easy fix. Temperature Settings Set your thermostat at a constant temperature and also a few degrees cooler at night than during the day. Not heating the house while at work or while sleeping will save you money. Just lowering the thermostat from 70F to 65F will save about 10% on your furnace bill. Furnace Tune-Ups Because your heating system is usually the largest energy user in your household, a tune-up (especially during peak usage seasons) helps your furnace work more efficiently and consume less power. Local area Heating & Cooling businesses usually offer specials during this time of year.

Heating efficiency tips for saving ‘green’ By Doug Clay When it comes to saving money on your power bill, home heating must be considered as it uses a very large amount of energy. Let’s take a look at a few tips that can help you save money on electricity while keeping your home nice and cozy. Let the Sun Shine In On the days when the sun does shine through, open your drapes and blinds to let the rays of the sun warm your home naturally. On colder days, close the curtains to create additional insulation. Giving your furnace a break will save you dollars on your heating bill. Keep the Drafts Down Make sure the entire home is well insulated, especially the attic. This will decrease heating

costs by keeping the warm air inside. This allows your furnace to be more efficient and not work overtime to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. Not From the Furnace Use other heat-generating methods to your benefit. After using the oven keep it open for a bit to let the heat drift into your kitchen. Put on clothing fresh out of the dryer for a quick blast of heat. Sit by a cozy fire, or snuggle with a blanket instead of cranking the thermostat. Check for Air Flow Keep all vents and heat exchange locations uncovered. Check your couches, chairs, entertainment centers and curtains to make sure they are not blocking the furnace air flow.

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New to gardening? Start small to save your knees and back If you’ve decided it’s time to celebrate the days getting longer and the sun potentially making its reappearance, you might just be planting your first garden this year. WilliamAlexander, author of The $64 Tomato, has some advice for you: Start small, stay small and grow only what you can’t buy cheaply in season at the supermarket. In spite of many easy-gardening devices available at home improvement stores, it takes more than tools to maintain a garden. It can be backbreaking work, especially if your back is already tender. Alexander likes to plant sugar snap peas because they grow on a trellis. His gardening is limited by the number of times he can bend

over. He can stand up while harvesting peas. He also likes low-maintenance leeks and shallots. Using plastic weed block between rows will reduce weeding. If you have to weed, use a sharp stirrup hoe and stand up when you utilize it. Tomatoes are a favorite of gardeners almost everywhere. When planting, remember that they take a lot of space. Leave three to four feet between plants so you can walk around them to har-

vest. Fertilize as directed and use a sturdy cage around each plant that is up to six feet high. A tall cage is especially important for varieties like Big Boy. Without one, the plant will fall to the ground and you’ll have to get on your knees to harvest. Be on the lookout for slugs. Those buggers will torture some tomato plants when they are young. The key to slug elimination is to start before you SEE any. Unless you plan to preserve tomatoes, don’t buy more than six plants. Watching things grow is part of the fun of gardening. Seed starting success: * Soaking vegetable or flower seeds in water (no longer than 24 hours) softens their hard coats, triggering germination. Plant immediately after taking them out of water. * Seeds of many flowers benefit from being cooled in the refrigerator four to 12 hours before planting. In a plastic bag, mix with a dampened mixture of perlite, or vermiculite. Seal the bag.

Asparagus with Chardonnay By Laurrie Piland Valley Bugler Columnist

I don’t think food bloggers tend to spend enough time highlighting side dish recipes. I’ve decided to break out of the norm and do just that. Asparagus is coming into season, it’s on sale, it’s delicious and it’s so ridiculously easy to cook up that it would be a shame not to feature a run of recipes utilizing it. I’ve decided to do just that on the Baked Lava blog. This is a recipe that I created just tinkering around in the kitchen the other evening. I tend to buy asparagus that are relatively thin-stalked. I don’t like the real thick ones. That’s just my preference and everyone is different. Asparagus will, naturally, tell you where

to cut it, too. I’ve seen where people take and bend one stalk and where it breaks, that’s where they cut off the whole bunch. I don’t agree with that. I snap each stalk individually. No two asparagus stalks are the same. Some people peel the ends and use the entire stalk. I don’t do this, either. I save the ends that snap off to make cream of asparagus soup with. I put them in a freezer bag and stow them in the freezer until I’m ready for them. No part of the asparagus stalk is wasted around me. This recipe is super easy and very delicious and will go with just about

any entree you want to put it alongside. Asparagus with Chardonnay 1 pound fresh asparagus (ends snapped off) 1 tsp olive oil 1 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1 clove garlic, minced 3 tablespoons chardonnay 1 teaspoon unsalted butter Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat until hot and the surface of the oil ripples. Add red pepper flakes and toast for about 30 seconds. Add asparagus in a single layer, toss to coat with oil. Add garlic, salt and pepper. Toss around to heat through. Add chardonnay and let reduce by half. Add butter and let melt. Toss to coat everything and serve immediately. That’s it. Super simple. Don’t rush out to buy a bottle of chardonnay just for this recipe, either. If you have Pinot Grigio or any other white wine, just use what you have on hand. That is the beauty of cooking. It is your kitchen and you get to do what you want. I also think that some shaved parmesan cheese would be delicious over the top of this dish. So, until we meet up in April, remember, in your kitchen, the sky’s the limit. Happy cooking! PEACE! RV cook extraordinaire... proving to the world (as she cooks from every country in it) that RV food can be gourmet. Mad blogger and facebooker by day, full-time RVer, wife and mom to 2 big dogs and 2 cats at night, from her RV galley in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens!

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Lifetime of painting leads to local offering of eco-friendly paint options Local artist and shop owner, Wendy Kosloski, has enjoyed a lifetime of painting. The first custom job Kosloski had was painting the fence at the private school across the street from her family home, and she offered to do it. Thus began her independent business at age 15. In Highschool, she painted storefront windows and sold original design signs to shopkeepers. And as a new mother, sewed and painted her way through two little girls’ childhoods. After years of framing her own artwork and doing outdoor and mall shows, Teagues Custom Frame shop came about at 1267 Commerce Avenue in Longview. With Kosloski’s mom, Shirley, handling the framing, and Wendy designing window coverings and interior details with fabrics

and colors, it was a nice pairing. So it was a natural extension of Teagues services to bring Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to Longview. Kosloski trained at High Point, North Carolina with experts in decorative painting and launched the local regional resource. Creating beautiful, well-crafted finishes is a joy with this easy-to-use and eco-friendly paint that can be used to freshen up, transform, repurpose, distress or texture wood, metal, vinyl, concrete and fabric with little or no preparation. It contains low-volatile organic compounds and has NO odor. It is extremely versatile and there are scores of different techniques to accomplish different looks. Made in America, the foundation of Annie Sloans years of experience

Create a trendy terrarium for your home with these tips: The trendy terrarium can be a colorful garden under glass 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. 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. Terrariums need no drainage, so skip the pots with holes that you use for container gardening or houseplants. At the garden center, buy five 2and 4-inch pots of baby plants like mosses, ferns, jade, kalanchoes, African violets, palms, snake plant and peperomias. With the new popularity of terrariums, greenhouses are growing genetically small plants. Start with a 12-inch-wide, 6-inch deep glass bowl. 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 or an elf. Put a few drops of water around each root ball. Enjoy!

in faux and decorative painting inspires everyone to transform brown to beautiful colors - with ease. No sanding or priming necessary. Kosloski offers workshops at Teagues, or jump right in and paint.. choose from the 31 colors, soft clear and dark waxes, handy brushes, specialty finish mediums and fabrics

galore. A brand new item is a wax brush, which painters have been asking about it. 2 sizes have just arrived and are available. For most clients, Kosloski reports that the hardest thing seems to be picking colors. There many pieces painted and at different stages of completion and every color painted on a sample and with clear or dark wax, available for viewing at Teagues. All colors and waxes are compatible for “changing ones mind” and touch up. Mixing paints is also an option for obtaining even more than the 31 colors available. Kosloski sums it up with an expression she is known for: “Life is art! Let’s paint now!”

[Photos: Top Left is Teague’s Interiors 1267 Commerce Avenue in Longview (360)636-0712; Bottom Right showcases a sampling of paint swatches and techniques. Photos by Wendy Kosloski]

Non-toxic (& cheap) cleaning fluid recipe Ingredients and supplies * 32 oz. (950ml) spray bottle * 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.

* Lemongrass essential oil. Lemongrass has anti-bacterial properties and helps mask the vinegar odor, which goes away when it dries. You can also use Lavender. * Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree oil also has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. * Earth friendly dishwashing liquid Creates a streak-free cleaning for windows and glass. Method 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. 3. Add 10-20 drops lemongrass essential oil. and 2-3 drops of earthfriendly or “clear” dishwashing liquid. 4. Shake to mix and use to clean!

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10 Reasons why Smart Businesses use eMail Marketing By Oscar Myre IV Valley Bugler Columnist A great way to grow your business is to build trust and develop awesome customer/client relationships. Relationships take regular contact. I see Marketing as what you do when you can’t physically meet with a client or prospect. Small businesses can leverage the power of eMail to make more personalized contact with more interested people than they could with old school marketing. Here are 10 reasons why Smart Businesses Use eMail Marketing eMail Marketing is… 1) Inexpensive: Whether you select a DIY service or hire a marketing company, you can deliver 1,000s of target messages for a fraction of the cost of postage. 2) Cost effective: With the low cost of entry and the ability to track results, businesses can continue to fine tune their offerings to a targeted audience. The end results can be powerful. For every $1 spent, $44.25 is the average return on eMail marketing investment. (Experian) 3) Trackable: eMail analytics are awesome. You can see click rates, open rates, bounces, subscribers, unsubscribers, social media sharing, and activity on-site. You can view all of this and more. 4) Personalizable: Based on the actions of your readers you can personalize their content to what most

interests them. Until Facebook gives you the keys to Edgerank (don’t hold your breath) you don’t have control on what your people actually see. 5) Mobile: Properly formatted messages are mobile friendly, tablet and desktop friendly. 6) Focused: Social media is noisy. A compelling eMail can give readers exactly what they want. 7) Easy to Receive: Not everyone uses social media. 95% of online consumers have an eMail account. 91% of consumers reported checking their email at least once a day. (ExactTarget) 8) Relationship Building: your readers are trusting you to deliver messages to their inbox. If you consistently deliver value, people come to expect your messages. 9) Feedback Friendly: I receive feedback from nearly every eMail campaign I send. 10) Plays Well With Others: This isn’t a discussion about Social vs. eMail. eMail, Social Media & Websites should be used together for the most effective digital marketing. There are many more reasons to use eMail marketing to grow your business. I’ve yet to meet with a business that wouldn’t benefit from eMail marketing. I write GeekSpeak to help motivated small businesses get the most out of their online marketing – I’m here to help. ~:-) Speak with the Geek!

If you run a business and want to generate additional clients—or connect more powerfully with the customers you have, I offer a 30 minute Free Initial Phone Consultation for eMail marketing to identify needs, opportunities and present a clear plan of action to succeed. I will also share with you a report “eMail Marketing Best Practices.”

A good read and valuable tool to have before starting a campaign.

Angel Closet provides FREE formal apparel to young ladies in high school for Winter Ball and Prom. Angel Closet is located at 1811 Washington Way in Longview.  2014 Dress Give Away Schedule Saturday 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Mar 1, Apr 12, May 3 Thursday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Mar 13 & May 8

Sr. and George Tsugawa. Hansen belongs to the Woodland Historical Museum Society, Downtown Revitalization Committee, Lilac Gardens and so many more. Tsugawa has lived in the area since 1956 and operated the successful Tsugawa Nursery since 1980. Tsugawa is active in the community and is an inspiration for all who know him.

The Golden Age of Radio show by the Two Town Tuners. March 29th @ 2:02pm, 7:02pm W.F. West High School, Chehalis WA. Price is $7.00 for matinee (kids under 12 free), and $10 all ages for the evening show. Included in price are refreshments. Tickets available by calling 7484765, at the door, or at Corwin Insurance Agency and Michael Mittge Office in Centralia.

“New Beginnings” a 10 part life seminar will be presented at the Castle Rock S.D.A. Church beginning March 13 to 16, 2014, at 7 p.m. each night with additional nights to follow. “New Beginnings” is a dynamic multimedia seminar designed to answer questions you have asked all your life. 7531 Old Pacific Hwy. N. Castle Rock, WA. For information call: Wanda 360.967.2165 or Jeanne 360.355.2549.

Dave Knoeppel, co-owner of Longview Physical & Sports Therapy, retired on February 8th after four decades at the top of his profession. Knoeppel said he plans to remain active as an athletic trainer for Castle Rock High School and may also fill in occasionally at LPST. Physical therapist John Kowalski, who has been with the practice since 2009, became a co-owner in July 2013. Woodland Chamber of Commerce special Awards: Business of the Year * awarded to Nate Chumley of America’s Family Diner. This familyowned and operated restaurant has become very popular with local folks and out-of-towners. Employee of the Year * awarded to Virginia Wilkerson of the Woodland Tourist Center, who won the award with her friendly welcomes and her spirit of giving. Citizens of the Year * awarded to both Walter Hansen

Oscar Myre IV is the Creative Director and Owner at omOriginals Marketing! a Washingtonbased Web Development and Marketing firm for over fifteen years. They offer web site “Wordpress Updates” with their geeky professionalism to get your website back on track. Call (360)575-9839 or visit:

State of the Highlands Cafe & Fundraiser. Wednesday, March 12 from 7:00am - 9:30am at the Cowlitz County Expo Center in Longview. Tickets are $20.00 and include breakfast. Table sponsorships are available for $160.00 for eight settings. This will be a time to review accomplishments and discuss next steps for realizing the Highlands vision. Fabric, Crafts & More Sale on Saturday, March 29 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the St. Urban Grance in Winlock. (Corner of Sargent and N. Military Rd). This is an opportunity to clean out your stash of fabrics, yarn, notions, collectibles that you no longer need use or want. Reserve a table for $20 donation. Everything benefits the VetSee NEWSFLASH cont. on next page

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NEWSFLASH, continued from previous page erans Quilt Project. Tables and info: 785-3366 WSU Master Composter Training. On March 3, 17, April 7, 21 and May 5 2014, Cowlitz County’s WSU Extension Office will provide free Master

Composter volunteer training classes. 5 sessions on Monday nights at the Cowlitz Training Center (Longview) from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Trainees will be given a Master Composter Training Manual as part of the training and education. Free. Space is limited. Con-

tact Gary Fredricks at 360-577-3014 x3 or email:

Long Room. By the Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities. Information or registration call 577-4929. Free.

Caregivers Class: Six week Caregiving class Wednesdays March 5 - April 9th. From 1:00pm - 3:30pm. PeaceHealth Broadway Campus RA

New McDonald’s restaurant opens in Kelso, and is a new member of the Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce.

COUPON Central Saving money is easy when you use the coupons from the Valley Bugler newspaper!

To advertise your specials on this page, please call (360)414-1246 today!

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(+ Academic State Champs!)

RA Long - 1 Woodland - 2

From Left to Right: Castle Rock placers Shawn Bodinho, Jojo Saringan, Carson Horton, Nathan Carroll, and Chase Lam, march in the Parade of Champions after placing in the top eight in the weight divisions at the State Wrestling Tournaments for the Rockets.

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ABOVE RIGHT PHOTO: RA Long’s Dustin Nading (right) works to maintain control of his opponent in the consolation round. Nading (145lbs) went on to claim 6th place at the State Wrestling Tournament for the Lumberjacks. AT RIGHT PHOTO: Kelso’s Mariah Roggow (top) works for a fall against her opponent in the consolation round. Roggow would win the match by fall and continue on to a 3rd place medal at the State Wrestling Tournament at 112lbs. AT LEFT PHOTO: Kelso’s Mariah Horton gets her hand raised in victory after her quarterfinal match. Horton went on to claim 2nd place at the State Wrestling Tournament, at 130lbs.

Photos and captions by Kevin Sawyer

ABOVE: Kelso’s Tyler Wicken (left) looks to escape from his opponenent in the 132lb 3A final at the State Wrestling Tournament. Wicken went on to claim 2nd place.

ABOVE CENTER PHOTO: The Kelso Girls Wrestling Team claim the Academic State Title, which is awarded to the Girls Wrestling Team with the highest GPA. Woodland’s Zach Wardle (5th) and Nathan Cloud (8th) receive their awards after placing at the State Wrestling Tournament for the Beavers.

Local wrestlers from around the area make us all proud with their hard work, effort and determination on and off the mat. Congratulations to all the wrestlers for a fantastic season!

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KIWANIS CLUBS focus their community service hours to the welfare of children.

CATHLAMET 1st Tues. 6 p.m. at the St. Catherine’s Catholic Church; 3rd Tues. at Sugar Lillies at noon. CHEHALIS - Thursday 12 p.m. at “The Restaurant” in Sunbirds. CLATSKANIE - 1st & 3rd & 5th Tues 6 p.m. at Fultano’s; 2nd & 4th Tues 12 p.m. Colvin’s. KELSO - Thurs. noon at 3 Rivers Mall, Comm. Room. LONGVIEW - Thursdays. noon at JT’s. SCAPPOOSE- 1st & 3rd Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Windemere Real Estate Office) ST. HELENS - Thurs. noon at the Elks Lodge (350 Belton Rd, St Helens). ST. HELENS DAYBREAKERS - Tues 7 a.m. at Warren Country Inn, Last Tues 6pm Columbia Soil and Water District Office AMERICAN LEGION GLEN HOYER POST 175 meets in Castle Rock every 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. For info call 423.9542. The LADIES AUXILIARY to Glen Hoyer Post #175 of the American Legion meets first Thursdays. For info call 423-9542. AMERICAN LEGION GUY RATHBUN Post #25 meets the 2nd Thurs. of the month at 7 p.m @ Kelso Eagles For info Kandi 423.2504 BUFORD ROCKAFELLOW POST 101, The American Legion, and Auxiliary meets the 2nd Friday of each month at the Winlock Community Building. Potluck 6 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m.. For info Post Commander Wendy Carolan 360-785-0929 or Adjutant Phil Carolan at (360) 785-0929. The FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION (FRA), an organization of Naval Service Veterans, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. Lower Columbia Branch 363 meets 6:30 p.m., 2nd Friday, each month at the Longview VFW building, 4311 Ocean Beach Highway. For more information contact: Ray Hegr at (360) 425-6981 or E-mail at fra363@yahoo. com. FLEET RESERVE AUXILIARY #363 meets the 2nd Friday of the month at the VFW Hall, 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. A potluck at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting at 7:30 p.m. All people who have active, retired, or reserve status family members who are now serving or have served with the US Navy, Marines or Coast Guard are welcome. Info 425.4688. KELSO-LONGVIEW ELKS LODGE #1482 meets Thurs at 7:30 p.m. for our members only. Dinner is served before Lodge at 5:30 p.m. Lunches are served Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. One of our many projects is to serve the youth of the communities. 900 Ash St., Kelso. 360.425.1482. TOUTLE VALLEY VFW POST & AUXILIARY #10882 meets the 1st Tuesday @ 7 p.m. at their Post Home, 101 Hansen Road in Toutle. For more information, contact John at 274.4350 or Nikki at 274.5263. TOLEDO VFW 3429, Reg. Meeting 1st Monday, Potluck at noon, meeting at 1 p.m. COWLITZ VALLEY VFW POST 1045, Tues. Bingo @ 6 p.m., 5 p.m. dinner; Auxilary mtngs at 11 a.m. every 2nd Wednesday. Breakfast for veterans served 1st Sat. of each month $6 each from 9 - 11 a.m. The COWLITZ VALLEY VFW LADIES AUXILIARY POST #1045 meets the 2nd Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall located at 4311 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview. For info or questions please call Ruby at (360) 577-0414 or Jeannette at (360) 414-4053. WOODLAND VFW POST 1927, 434 Davidson St, Woodland. BINGO every Tues. Doors open at 6:00p.m. Games begin at 6:30pm. Snacks & Soda avail. COWLITZ PRAIRIE GRANGE #737 meets 2nd Wednesdays 6:30pm potluck, 4th Wednesdays 7:30pm dessert. 5180 Jackson Hwy, Toledo, WA 864-2023 SUNNYSIDE GRANGE #129 meets the 2nd & 4th Saturdays. 6:30 for potluck, 7:30 meeting. Call 274.6013 for information & rental hall. SILVER LAKE GRANGE 2nd and 4th Thurs. Potluck 6:30, meeting at 7:30 p.m. Info & rental 274-7649. CATLIN GRANGE #199 2nd & 4th Fri. 6:30 p.m. Potluck dinner 2nd Friday. 7:30 meetings. More info: 425.2973. PLEASANT HILL GRANGE # 101 2nd & 4th Mon. 6:30 p.m. Potluck, meeting @ 7:15 p.m. Community Service group. Info & rentals call 425-6101 Junior Grange meets 1st & 3rd Mondays 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. CASTLE ROCK WOMANS CLUB meets every 2nd Monday at 1 p.m. 206 W. Cowlitz Street. Business meeting & program. Public iinvited. Info: 274.8149. THE PYTHIAN CASTLE 24 holds their meetings every 2nd and 4th Thursday @ 1 p.m. at the Castle Rock Womens Club, 206 Cowlitz St. West, Castle Rock.

THE CASTLE ROCK LIONS CLUB meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays at Hattie’s Restaurant @ 5:45 p.m. The club sponsors newspaper recycling. LONGVIEW MONTICELLO LIONS meets 6:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Mondays, dinner and speaker at The Carriage Restaurant on 12th LONGVIEW EARLY BIRD LIONS meets at The Carriage Restaurant on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6:45 a.m. THE VADER LIONS CLUB meets the 1st Thursday @ 6 p.m. and the 3rd Thursday @ 7 p.m. at the club’s building on Hwy 506 in Vader for a potluck dinner and meeting. Info: 295-3087 or 295-3801. KALAMA LIONS CLUB - LONGVIEW PIONEER LIONS CLUB meets every Tuesday at noon at the Cowlitz Regional Expo & Conference Center. Provide humanitarian service to the citizens of the area, visitors are welcome. WINLOCK LIONS CLUB meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 12 p.m. at Guadalajara Restaurant, off SR 505. Visitors welcome. Call 7853744 info KELSO LIONS CLUB meets 1st & 3rd Monday @ 6:30 p.m. in Longview Kelso Kels Building. Call Richard (360)425-5876 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 meets 2nd Tues. @ 1pm, & 4th Tuesdays @ 6 p.m. 1520 Rose Valley Road, Kelso. Info: Becky 575-3977 or Debbie 414-9627 COWLITZ COUNTY VETERANS ASSOC. meets the second Friday of each month. CALL 577-6757 for locations. LONGVIEW REBEKAH LODGE NO. 305 Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month at the IOOF Hall, corner of Pacific and Pine, Kelso, 1 p.m.. Info: 1-866725-3507 CASTLE ROCK EAGLES, celebrating their 100th birthday, meets at the Eagles Aerie on Huntington Ave. @ 8 p.m. every 2nd & 4th Tuesday for the Aerie & Auxiliary. KELSO EAGLES meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. Aux., Aerie meets at 8 p.m. Initiation 3rd Tuesday. BINGO MonWed-Fri @ 6:30 p.m. Special Charity BINGO Monday 12 - 3 p.m. Call 425-8330 for info. CASTLE ROCK FREEMASONS 3rd Mon @ 7:30 p.m. at Lodge located on SW First Ave DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, MaryRichardson Walker Chapter. rootsweb. FRIENDS OF CASTLE ROCK LIBRARY, 1st Mondays from 10 - 11 a.m., Library 137 Cowlitz St. West in Castle Rock WORSHIP & RECOVERY meeting, Sunday @ 1 p.m., refreshments. Positive faith group meeting. 1260 12th Ave., LV S.C.O.R.E. - Free counseling & guidance for small businesses by the nation-wide of S.C.O.R.E., Kelso/ Longview Chamber of Commerce, 1563 Olympia Way, Longview, WA. DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS: 1st Fri of the month at 1 p.m. @ 1639 10th Ave. 577-5890, and Auxiliary meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 11 a.m. 423-3125 MT. ST. HELENS CLUB - meets 2x week to hike on a rural trail in SW Washington &/or NW Oregon.  Location and info: or 360- 673-2799 NATIONAL ASSOC. OF ACTIVE & RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES Longview - Kelso Chapter 1070, meet the 1st Wednesday @ 11:30 a.m. at the Monticello Hotel, Longview. Info: 423.6032. LOWER COLUMBIA WOODCARVERS Tues 5 - 7 p.m. Brook Hollow Rec. Center & Thurs. @ LV Senior Center 1 - 4 p.m . 274-3175 ROSE VALLEY GRANGE #953 2nd & 4th Tues. 6 p.m. potluck, meeting 7:00. Info: 423-6952, Rentals 423-8270, or 560-5140. LONGVIEW BORDER CROSSINGS Volks walking meet on 2nd Tuesdays at St. John’s Hospital, Longview, @ 6:30 p.m. Cafeteria Sam Korff 503-728-0400 KELSO ROTARY Meets Thursdays at 12 p.m. Lunch available to purchase. Kelso Longview Elks Lodge Call 414-5406 for more information ALTRUSA of Longview/Kelso meets Thursdays from 12 - 1 p.m.. 1st - Board; 2nd - Business; 3rd - Committee; 4th - Program; Lunch served for $5 at all meetings except Board. Meet at Altrusa room at CAP. THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM Christian Intervention program for the chemically dependent, meets Wednesday 6 p.m. at Landmark United Pentecostal, 4333 Ocean Beach Hwy, 360-636-0580 LONGVIEW GARDEN CLUB meets at 10 a.m. the 4th Thurs. Jan. - November; Sept. - Oct. Due to holidays, Nov. & Dec. meetings are on the 3rd Thurs. Most mtngs Grace Lutheran Church in Longview. Info: 425-0755 COWLITZ BEE ASSOCIATION meets the 3rd Thursday each month @ WSU Extension Office, 7 p.m.

Abernathy Assembly of God 702 Abernathy Creek Rd. Longview Phone: 360-636-1620 Website: Sunday Service 10:45 AM Apostolic Lutheran Church 248 Cowlitz St. W., Castle Rock Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Church at 11 a.m. Information Dave Kandoll 295-3461 Baha’i Faith Vader 360-751-3181 Centralia 360-807- 4313 Packwood 360-494-4767 Longview 360-423-4105 Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bethany Lutheran Church 2900 Parkview Drive, Longview Office: (360)577-8240 Pastor Shelley Willem Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Castle Rock Christian Church 542 Huntington Ave. S, Castle R. Sunday school – 9 am (all ages) Sunday Worship – 10 am Dr. John Leffler, Senior Pastor 6th-12th Gr. youth Wed, 6-7:30 pm 360-274-6771 M-F, 9:30a -1:30pm Call for home groups/studies

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

Rose Valley Friends Church 1437 Rose Valley Rd. Kelso 360-425-3222 Church Office 9:30am Sunday School Hour for all 10:45am Worship Service 5:00pm - 7:00pm Valley Youth Group 6-8pm Wednesday-JValley Youth 6-8pm -Sunday-JValley Youth

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

Ryderwood Community Church,

Grace United Methodist Church, Vader, 295.3402 Rev. Steven A. Caskey, pastor Sunday worshipndservice – 12:15 p.m. Potluck every 2 Sunday Quilting on Mondays & Thursdays

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

House of Prayer for All Nations 868 9th ave. Longview, WA Sunday School 9:45 AM Morning Service 11:15 AM Evening Service 6 PM Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church 2200 Allen Street, Kelso (360) 423-3650 M & F Daily Mass 12:15 PM Sat Vigil Mass 5:30 PM Sunday Mass 10:30 AM

Kalama Baptist Church, Pastor Wes Eader 112 Vincent Rd, Kalama WA Castle Rock Church of the Nazarene 9:45am - Sunday School 456 Pioneer Ave. NE, Castle Rock 11:00am - Worship Sunday School classes 9:30 a.m. Worship Celebration 10:45 a.m. Call 673-5570 Evening church service 6:30 p.m. Women’s Bible study Wed 1p.m. - 3 p.m. Kelso First United Methodist Church Rev. Reo McBride, 206 Cowlitz Way, Kelso Pastor - 274.6546 Contemporary Service 9:00 am Sunday School 9:20 am Castle Rock First Baptist Church Traditional Service 11:00 am Wed: Children (Grade 1-12) 5:30-7 pm 211 Front Ave. NW, Castle Rock Pastor Vonda McFadden Pastor Joel Royce 284.4113 360-423-7480 Sunday School: 9:45am. Worship 11a.m. & 6p.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. Lexington Bible Fellowship 98 Garden Street, Kelso (Lexington) Sunday school @ 9:45am Castle Rock United Methodist Sunday worship @ 11am 241 First Street, Castle Rock Pastor Jerry Hancuff Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worship 10:55 a.m. Sunday Youth Group: Sundays 2 p.m. Rev. Pam Brokaw - 274.4252 Life Center Corner of Rock & Pine in Centralia Sundays at 10:30am or Central Christian Church Oyler Rd & Hwy 12 in Ethel 401 Crawford St., Kelso Worship -11am (Sunday school - Sundays 9:00am 360-736-5898 9:30am) Wednesdays @ 6pm (Youth @ 6:45 Bible Studies - many available Russ Tevis, Minister Living Hope Church 360-425-3420 Church Office 2711 NW Andreson, Vancouver 11:00am Sundays Pastor Dean Jenks (360)944-3905 Church of Christ 300 St. Helen’s St., Toledo, Wa Longview Church of the Nazarene Sunday Bible Class 10 a.m. - 15th Ave, Longview Sunday Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. 814 Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Bible Class 11 a.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Celebrate Recovery Thurs at 6 p.m Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. 360-577-1100 John Gadberry, Minister 360-274-8570 Longview Community Church, 2323 Washington Way - Longview Emmanuel Lutheran Church Worship service Sunday 2218 E. Kessler Blvd. - Longview Contemporary Service 8:45 a.m. Sunday Worship - 8:30am Traditional Service 11 a.m. Sunday “Celebration” - 11 a.m. Pastor John Williams 423.6380 Thursday Worship - 6:30 p.m. Child care available at all services Pastor David Martin, Senior Pastor Longview Presbyterian Church Church office - 360-423-3250 3808 Pennsylvania St., Longview Worship and Children’s Class: Sun. 10am care provided Faith Fellowship Lutheran Brethren; Child Pastor Meghan Davis (360)577-8951 Church 210 Fishers Lane, Kelso Pastor Chris Leingang Worship at 10:00am New and Living Way Church 951 Delaware St., Longview Church Office (360) 425-4390 Sundays 10am & 6pm Wednesdays 7pm Fathers House Church 703-3340 1315 Commerce Ave Downtown Longview Oak Point Community Church Worship Sundays: 445 Oakpoint Rd, Longview 9am, 10:30am Pastor Chuck Tilton 423-7826 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Thursday Bible Study 7 p.m. Pastor Doug McMurray; 360-577-6037 Fireside Fellowship 271 Atmore Road, Toutle The Rock Worship Sunday 10:00 a.m. Meeting at 1955 Huntington Ave S, Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. every Sunday First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Wednesday @ 7pm Service 2000 East Kessler Blv - Longview Pastors Jerry & Angie Hughes 360.425.4220 274.7480

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

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 412 Pioneer Ave., Box 1467 Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. Sunday - 274.9393 St. Paul Lutheran Church 312 First Ave. SW, PO Box 847, Castle Rock 274.6604 Worship Service: 9a.m. & 11 a.m. SundayE40! (education) @ 10:10 a.m. Wed: 5th & 6th grade Youth Group - 6 p.m. Wed: 7th-12th gr Youth, 7:30pm Pastor Bob Sinclair St. Rose Catholic Church 2571 Nichols Blvd Longview, WA 360-425-4660 The Salvation Army Church 1639 10th Ave, Longview Sunday School @ 9:45am Holiness Meeting @ 11:00am 360-423-3992 St. Stephens Episcopal 1428 - 22nd, Longview WA Office: (360)423-5600 Sunday Worship: 8:00am & 10:00am Seventh Day Adventist Church 7531 Old Pacific Hwy -Castle Rock Worship 11 a.m. Saturday Pastor Ben Moore 274.6090 Seventh Day Adventist Church Journey Church 77 Solomon Road, Kelso WA Office: (360)423-7344 Saturday Worship: 11:05am Pastor Marcia Stone Stella Lutheran Chapel P.O. Box 546, 124 Sherman Road, Longview Pastor Carol Plummer Sunday Worship 10:00 am Children’s Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Office (360) 423-3795 (Wed. Only) Toutle Christian Fellowship 5067 Spirit Lake Hwy – Toutle Worship Service Sunday 9 a.m. Childcare provided Pastor Denny Martinez (360)274-6305 Vader Assembly of God Church 302 - 6th St., Vader, WA (360)295-3756 Pastor Tracy Durham Sunday Worship: 10:30am & 6:00pm Sunday Youth Group: 6:00pm Wed. Adult Bible Study & Kidz Church: 7p.m. If you would like to have your church updated or added to our directory, please email

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By Jeff Petersen Valley Bugler Columnist

“The Luck of the Irish”

The exact origins of this well-known phrase are unclear, but I like this interpretation the best: that the “luck” referred to is actually “fortune”, which can be either good or bad. The idea here is akin to the law of attraction. Your thoughts become things, so if you think specific good thoughts, specific good things will come your way. If you think specific bad thoughts, specific bad things will come your way. In other words, it’s all in the attitude. As an attorney and peacemaker, and in honor of this St. Patrick’s Day, I offer four positive actions you can take to help bring some good fortune (and fewer legal problems!) your way. 1. Take Responsibility: Taking responsibility for your work and actions helps to head off most relationship problems at the pass. We can’t completely avoid conflicts with our spouses, family members, co-workers, or neighbors, but we can certainly resolve or minimize them by owning our mistakes and our role in the conflicts. Accordingly, we are less likely to rely on the courts to settle our disputes. 2. Give Your Relationships the Attention They Deserve: Without attention, no relationship, no matter how strong, can remain healthy for long. Attention is work, but it is very important work. A relationship built on this foundation makes it much easier to talk about conflict face-to-face. We may need some help from a mediator to keep the discussions going, but we’ll also be far less likely to file a law-

suit. 3. Plan Ahead: If you don’t want to be blindsided by the future and want to feel ready for whatever challenges may be coming, then you have to become a master at thinking ahead. When doctors and family know your wishes in advance through careful estate planning and health care directives, you give yourself and your loved ones the gift of peace of mind knowing that these matters are handled. 4. Befriend Your Neighbors: After all, you live by them, you see them regularly, and you share a connection to your community. In the northwest, property boundary disputes are a common issue between neighbors. Having a good relationship with your neighbors can help keep these disputes from getting ugly, and less likely to end in the police being called or a lawsuit being filed. If you can’t work it out over a cup of coffee, consider mediation. As we head into another spring season, reflect on the rifts you could heal, disputes which could be resolved, and actions which could be taken to avoid future problems or conflict. And do them. Keep in mind that you may need some help from trusted advisors, such as therapists, lawyers, or pastors. It is all within our power if we take that first step. May your springtime be a season of rebirth and joy, full of peace, love, compassion, and happiness! Jeff Kurt Petersen is an Attorney and Mediator with Three Rivers Law Center in Longview, WA. 360-442-4101 ©2014 Jeff Kurt Petersen

By Bill Eagle Valley Bugler Columnist

New Kitty

A few months ago, we were given a new cat. Our old cat went to kitty heaven and he was missed. We adopted a 14month-old cat; an all black, longhaired, spayed female, pictured here. My guess is that the cat was a cross between a Black Bombay and a Main Coon. The cat weighed well over 12 pounds. Our new cat immediately decided that our couch and love seats made great scratching posts. This distressed my wife and I have to admit that I was not all that happy either. I have always been good at giving other people advice. I would tell others: “You always need to buy a good scratching post. That way you can save your furniture. After all, cats need to sharpen their claws.” I mentioned this to my wife and we agreed to purchase a fancy cat tree/ scratching post. After extensive shopping, we settled on one that cost about $100 and was supposed to be suited for a large cat. I ordered it by mail and about a week later it arrived. The cat appeared to be as excited as we were with the boxes and was quick to try and “Help” us assemble her toy. The directions were fairly easy to follow and all went well until I discovered that a bolt was about a ¼ inch too short. I drove down to the local hardware store to see if I could find a suitable replacement. For some reason they seemed unable to match the bolts threading. I shrugged my shoulders and decided that I didn’t need that bolt, that I could buy anoth-

er one, drill the holes and still put the structure together my way. I returned home only to discover that my cordless drill’s battery needed a charge. “No problem,” I thought, “I have two batteries.” The other battery also needed a charge. I stuck it in the charger. It was not too long until it became evident that the batteries were okay but the charger no longer worked. There is nothing worse than a cordless drill with a dead battery. I finally managed to find an old corded drill and complete my task. I assembled the structure and it looked great. It was high, covered with fake fur and appeared to be very Kitty friendly. Our cat, at first, was suspicious of it but it did not take long for her to start climbing on the cat tree and eventually make it her new home. Both my wife and I congratulated each other. We had done something right. We had purchased something that made our pet happy and saved our furniture in the process. “Hey kitty” said I. “That tree makes a pretty nice toy doesn’t it?” Kitty looked at me, wagged her tail, gave what appeared to be a feline sneer and strutted over to our love seat and once again began working at her very special job…furniture shredding. All I can say is so much for my advice to others, and my ability to easily solve problems. At least my cat is great at using the litter box. Bill Eagle loves letters and he also appreciates the comments of others. Why don’t you drop him a line at:, or make an online comment at:

Handling Teens A wise old gentleman retired and purchased a modest home near a junior high school. He spent the first few weeks of his retirement in peace and contentment. Then a new school year began. The very next afternoon three young boys, full of youthful, after-school enthusiasm, came down his street, beating merrily on every trash can they encountered. The crashing percussion continued day after day, until finally the wise old man decided it was time to take some action. The next afternoon, he walked out to meet the young percussionists as they banged their way down the street. Stopping them, he said, “You kids are a lot of fun. I like to see you express your exuberance like that. In fact, I used to do the same thing when I was your age. Will you do me a favor? I’ll give you each a dollar if you’ll promise to come around every day and do your thing.” The kids

were elated and continued to do a bang-up job on the trash cans. After a few days, the old-timer greeted the kids again, but this time he had a sad smile on his face. “This recession’s really putting a big dent in my income,” he told them. “From now on, I’ll only be able to pay you 50 cents to beat on the cans.” The noisemakers were obviously displeased, but they did accept his offer and continued their afternoon ruckus. A few days later, the wily retiree approached them again as they drummed their way down the street. “Look,” he said, “I haven’t received my Social Security check yet, so I’m not going to be able to give you more than 25 cents. Will that be okay?” “A lousy quarter?” the drum leader exclaimed. “If you think we’re going to waste our time, beating these cans around for a quarter, you’re nuts! No way, mister. We quit!” And the old man enjoyed peace.

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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!

Funny new dog breeds There’s quite a range of hybrid, designer dog breeds out there now for people with allergies to certain types of dog hair etc. But sometimes you have to wonder about the names they are given. For example, a cross between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel in Australia is named a Spoodle, but in the UK they use the name Cockapoo. Here’s a list of the weirder hybrid dog names around these days: Schnoodle - Schnauzer x Poodle. Morkie - Yorkshire Terrier x Maltese Chiweenie - Chihuahua x Dachshund - also known as a Chihuachshund. Bowser - Basset Hound x Schnauzer. (And here I was thinking it was a villain in Mario Brothers!) Labradoodle - Labrador x Poodle. Foodle - Poodle x Mini Fox Terrier. Shinese - ShihTzu x Pekingese.

Also known as a Peke-a-Tzu. Boxspring - Boxer x Springer Spaniel. Westiepoo - West Highland Terrier x Poodle. Also known as a Westoodle. Shorkie - ShihTzu x Yorkie. Crustie - Chinese Crested x Yorkshire Terrier. Pugapoo - A Pug x Poodle. Also known as a Pugoodle or a Puddle. Shih-poo - ShihTzu x Poodle. Gollie - Golden Retriever x Collie. Jug - Jack Russell x Pug. Wire Poo - Wirehair Fox Terrier x Poodle. Chorkie - Chihuahua x Yorkshire Terrier. Docker - Dachshund x Cocker Spaniel. Giant Schnoodle - Giant Schnauzer x Poodle. Jackschund - Jack Russell x Dachshund.

Adorable Adoptee Available! ‘Millie’

Meet Millie, playful and ready to adopt. Millie arrived in rescue, very pregnant. She gave birth, just days after arriving in foster care. She didn’t know how to care for her puppies, though, so the pups are being bottle-fed; in the meantime, Miss Millie is out, fancy-free, without any responsibilities of motherhood and she likes it that way. She loves interacting with other dogs; she loves every dog, cat, and kid she meets. In short, Millie

is a “social butterfly” and thrives in that environment. Millie is a young girl, still very much a puppy herself, and very playful. Millie is spayed, microchipped and current on vaccinations. Is Millie the right puppy for your family or home? For more information, email or call us at 360-673-7373 to make an appointment to meet Millie. If you would like to complete our Adoption Application, please do so online or call us: and download an Adoption Application. Rescued Paws 360-673-7373 Local Animal Adoption Group

Saint Bermastiff - Mastiff x Saint Bernard. Schnug - Schnauzer x Pug. Pekehund - Pekingese x Dachshund. Schipperpoo - Poodle x Schipperke.

Labraheeler - Labrador x Australian Cattle Dog. Skypoo - Skye Terrier x Poodle. Rotterman - Dobermann x Rottweiler. Shocker - Cocker Spaniel x Shiba Inu.

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March into the Valley Bugler Green Guide.  

The Valley Bugler is the monthly publication that focuses on Good News, Inspirational Stories, Funnies, Community Events and an Occasional T...

March into the Valley Bugler Green Guide.  

The Valley Bugler is the monthly publication that focuses on Good News, Inspirational Stories, Funnies, Community Events and an Occasional T...