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From the Editor’s Desk

About eleven years ago, I was awarded the very real opportunity of a lifetime. I became a mom for the first time, as our daughter, Chloe, came into the oxygen breathing world. What an absolutely miraculous experience that was! Being a mom is a journey and job that has changed my life more dramatically than I ever thought possible. For example, I never really listened when people told me I would never sleep again. Usually, laughter was my retort. They were right. Boy, were they right!! I’m guessing I won’t get more than two or three days of good solid sleep until they all leave the house. Probably an accurate assessment, since I listen to people who talk about parenting a LOT closer, now. ☺ In all honesty, mothering is one of the toughest jobs I have ever had the privilege of applying for. And absolutely the most rewarding. It’s made me take a completely different view of my own mom, a superhero really. The years of my own mothering journey has caused me to look back and reflect on this marvelous woman who selflessly poured out her heart, love and soul to her three kids and family and friends. She still does. I don’t think that I know a more selfless and giving person in this world. Maybe Mother Theresa. Those who know my mother, will be nodding their heads in agreement. She is the Mother Hen of all times!

Loving people from all walks of life through gifts of her time and what treasures she can afford is her trademark. She is my best friend. We talk almost every day, sometimes multiple times a day. Sounding boards for one another. Now that we are living closer in proximity, we can enjoy a lunch together while giggling over silly things. A recent Mother-Daughter trip to Leavenworth was even able to happen over a weekend! We laughed so hard I cried at times. These moments are all treasured and cherished in my heart forever. Being closer to my mom means that my kids, her grandchildren, are closer as well. MAJOR bonus!! Mimi and Poppy can now visit whenever they wish, show up at Saturday soccer games to brave the cold, and cheer on the cheerleader. Pizza nights and movie nights together, special outings and park adventures are more plentiful. My heart could literally burst from the happiness this brings. This issue is for my mom. My hero. My best friend. I love you mom, and wish that I could express to you just how much you mean to me and our family. You are an incredible woman who has been storing up treasures in heaven since you were born. I thank God that you got to be my Mamasita. And so, on that note, this issue celebrates Mothers of all kinds, physical and spiritual. Old and young. It cele-

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brates their heart and daily sacrifices. To the unsung heroes - this issue sings for you. If you are a mom, I truly hope that you find enjoyment contained on these pages, and can find some time to read it privately and quietly, especially if you have small kids. Even if that means you’re in the bathroom. With the door locked. ☺

Michelle Myre Publisher / Editor

Too much fun in Leavenworth!


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The Beatles are coming to town?! Well, in a way - yes! The Columbia Theatre in Longview is preparing for the June 8th, one night only performance. In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles is the award winning, smash hit musical biography of the Beatles as seen through the eyes of their manager Brian Epstein. In April, 2009, the multi-media production’s World Premiere opened to packed houses and critical acclaim under the name “Ticket to Ride Musical.” The musical earned the prestigious Roar of the Crowd award, making it the highest rated production by audiences in Southern California for the week of April 26, 2009. The show was rated higher than Ain’t Misbehavin at the Ahmanson Theatre, Dirty Dancing at the Pantages Theatre and the national tour of Hairspray. This family friendly musical tale is widely considered by industry insiders to be the most unique Beatles show in decades. Four premier Beatles tribute musicians have been cast to portray the Fab Four in In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles Music. With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, and precise attention to every detail, they recreate the magic, music, wit and charm of the Beatles, including the

Fab Four’s cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter between songs. With their tight harmonies, flawless note for note renditions of Beatles hits, custom–tailored costumes, vintage instruments, Liverpudlian dialect and precise attention to every detail, Abbey Road has honed their show to become one of the most musically and visually satisfying Beatle tribute acts in the world. Abbey Road recreates the magic, music, wit and charm of the Beatles, including the Fab Four’s cheeky personalities, familiar onstage banter and patter between songs. Three costume changes cover the full range of the Beatle experience and beyond, with authentic early black Beatle suits, Sgt. Pepper’s regalia and Abbey Road attire. Hear the piccolo trumpet solo on Penny Lane and the full orchestration of A Day in the Life. Relive the emotional intensity of Paul’s moving Yesterday solo, as well as the high energy of stadium songs like Twist and Shout and other Beatle hits. More than just a Beatles tribute concert, In My Life gives the audience a chance to “be there” at pivotal moments in the extraordinary career of the Beatles – from Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, to the Ed Sullivan Show, Shea Stadium’s 50,000 + screaming fans and their final live performance on the rooftop of their

Apple Corp offices. With manager Brian Epstein serving as Narrator, In My Life allows the audience to get a glimpse inside the world of the Beatles from their point of view, as well as hear some of the greatest songs ever written. In My Life takes the audience back to February 1964, when Americans saw the Beatles for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show, playing I Want to Hold Your Hand. Progressing through their various musical stages,

the audience re-experiences the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the creation of the haunting Yesterday and the raucous rock and roll of Revolution. The show headlined the Beatles Festival 2010. Transport yourself back in time, let your hair down a little, and get ready to experience one of the greatest Classic Rock’s icons The Beatles, in the musical, In My Life. (See ad this page for info. Purchase tickets early for best seats)

Lilac Days @ Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens Lilac Days at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens runs through Mother’s Day, May 11th, this year. Each spring, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens host Lilac Days to celebrate the beauty of lilacs in bloom. Visitors from around the world stroll through the gardens, buy their favorite lilacs, visit Hulda’s Victorian era home, and shop for special items in the gift shop. Lilac Sales, the Farmhouse and Gift Shop are only open during Lilac Days. Gardens are open daily 10:00am 4:00pm year round. A $3.00 gate fee is payable at the entrance. Children under 12 years old enter free when accompanied by an adult. Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. The national historic site is located 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon and 2-1/2 hours south of Seattle, Wash-

ington at 115 South Pekin Road, Woodland, Washington 98674 Hulda Klager came to this country from Germany with her family in 1865 when she was two years old. She spoke often of her love for flowers and how as a little girl in Wisconsin she would wander Tulips & Lilacsthrough the woods near her home looking for wildflowers. Her family moved to Woodland, Washington in 1877 when Hulda was 13 years old, where they purchased farmland and built a home. Years later, even though Hulda was busy with the demands of marriage, home and family, she continued to find time to work with flowers. The Lilac Lady In 1905 she began hybridizing lilacs and by 1920 she had developed so many new varieties that she decided to hold an open house each spring when the lilacs were in full bloom to share her efforts with other lilac enthusiasts. This practice caused her to become known as “The Lilac Lady.”

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FUNNY texts between mom and kids Almost all of us have sent a text or two we didn’t mean. Here’s some hilarious texts from “mom”.

CABARET hits the stage Columbia Theatre in Longview May 15-17 @ 7:30pm Matinee May 17th @ 2:00pm Tickets: (360)575-8499 $25 Adults / $18 Balcony & $15 Seniors & Students

It’s that time of year to see people you know get up on stage and perform some pretty amazing music and dance routines! Broadway-style glitzy costumes and toe-tapping music will have you dancing in your seats for Cabaret 2014. ‘Shaken with a Twist of Sublime’ will be directed by Jamie Donegan, who directed the previous Cabaret 2010. Local community members had the chance to audition on April 22nd with Donegan, and see what roles they

might possibly fill in the show. This years cast of characters has presented a show destined for greatness in the Hall of Fame in your memories. All proceeds benefit the charitable causes of the Pioneer Lions and the Columbia Theatre. The Pioneer Lions is a part of the world’s Largest Service Club Organization. Members join together to do whatever is needed to help the local community. The Columbia Theatre Association for the Performing Arts is a private non-profit that operates the Columbia Theatre, and it is their goal to enrich the cultural lives of the community through the enjoyment of theperforming arts, education and related activities.

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2nd Annual Spring Artisan Faire We are having our 2nd annual “Spring Artisan Faire” on Friday, May 9th at Cassava’s Fusion Cafe, 14th & Broadway, Longview from 10am to 5pm. Artists will be there in person with their creations for sale. Choose from gorgeous Stained Glass, photography, jewelry, fused glass, wooden bowls, Metal Art and Above: Pioneer Lion volunteers, Ken Botero (far left), Cindy Sessions (left) and Sharon Sisson (right) serve up laughter as a side dish during April’s “Taste of Italy” spaghetti dinner fundraising event. Sessions famous spaghetti sauce was a highlight. Photo by Brandon Thompson.

$7,000 Spaghetti Plate By Brandon Thompson Valley Bugler Intern Journalist

The 12th annual Taste of Italy event has come and gone, leaving behind a sizable donation and a delicious world-class spaghetti sauce. The citizens of the Longview/Kelso area were able to come together and give back to the community in a big way, with over $7,000 going towards the Pioneer Lions’ Scholarship program. Of the $7,000 raised, $3,000 came exclusively from raffle ticket sales. With prizes that included a Coach hand bag, a Betty Crocker baking set, and a brand new tool set with tool box, it’s no wonder why over 1,500 raffle tickets were sold. Aside

from the incredible raffle items, there was a delicious dinner served up by the fine Pioneer Lions volunteers. Included in the dinner was spaghetti, the sauce lovingly crafted by Pioneer Lions member Cindy Sessions, salad and bread sticks. Even though the dinner was billed as “all you can eat”, most guests were satisfied with the tremendous portions after one trip. If you couldn’t make it to the event, but would like to donate to the Pioneer Lions, contact Kari-Ann Botero at (360)430-6073. Or, you can attend their weekly lunch meetings every Tuesday, from 12pm to 1pm, at the Cowlitz County Expo Center on 3rd Ave in Longview.

much more! Find the perfect gift just in time for Mother’s Day and Graduation. For more information and pictures of each artist’s work, find us on Facebook at “The Artisan Guild of Mt St Helens” or email our group at: or call Kevlyn at (360) 431-9802.

Bike to Work Week! May 12-16 Join your friends, family and others in the community who are choosing to bike to work during National Bike to Work Week May 12-16! The week culminates with the more popular Bike to Work DAY on the 16th. Get out that bike, service those chains, being sure to lube them up real good if they’ve been sitting in your garage for the winter, and maybe even take it for a spin first! You know, it can be a little wobbly if you are carrying your pack and other goodies, too while going to work, so take it slow, and remember to wear your helmet. You just can’t trust other drivers on the road who aren’t or can’t participate in the bike to work week. For many of us, riding a bike to work simply isn’t feasible for a whole

week - but what about one day? It’s possible to get the kiddos where they need to be and then head home to pick up your bike. Who knows, you may even enjoy it so much that it becomes a weekly or monthly habit. A friend of mine used to ride his bike to work every day! More than half of the American population live within only 5 miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With Americans turning their interests more towards healthy and economic options, from 2000 to 2011, the number of cike commuters grew by more than 47%! See you on the road, and you’d better be wearing your helmet...remember an argument with a car or the cement is usually lost.

Castle Rock,

Cowlitz County, Washington, MAY 1913 - 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 1913, except for the full color advertisements from local Castle Rock and surrounding area businesses, supporting this page. Visit them and say “howdy”!

SHORT STORIES: (May 1, 1913)

Wehtje & Dahlman Co. have put in a stock of the well known “Hot Point” Electric Irons. Get one and make ironing a pleasure.

Born—Early Monday morning, to Mrs. Zach Stevens, of this city, a baby girl. All reported as doing well, including the proud father, who is said to have passed through the ordeal without any apparent discomfort. Miss Lillian Snell, who has been living on a homestead and teaching school near Florence, Oregon, for the past three years, arrived at her home near this city the first of the week. Jetties for the Upper River She says she had quite a trip up the coast, as she walked 34 (May 1, 1913) miles and had to stop at the Heceta lighthouse for shelter over A Toledo dispatch states that Captain Orin Kellogg and night.

Captain DeLude, U. S. engineers, went down the river on the Chester Saturday to inspect the channel preparatory to building jetties at various points between that city and Castle Rock. The plan is to place low concrete jetties at such points as appear necessary to cause the straightening and deepening of the channel. The object which the government is trying to attain is an all-year-around channel for the freight steamers which can now reach Toledo only at certain seasons when the water is high enough.

Runaway (May 1, 1913)

Last Saturday afternoon one of the fine horses in the team owned by J. F. Sappington became restless while the wagon was being loaded with shingles at the Peabody mill and began to bite and kick at his mate with the result that he got his leg over the tongue and this not only made him worse, but frightened the other horse, with the result that a runaway resulted. They ran out of the shed and across the street, where they came into contact with Mrs. Randall’s fence, a portion of which they demolished, but when the brake bar struck the hydrant the coupling gave way and the now thoroughly frightened team continued on down Fourth street with the front wheels. Reaching the corner of Fourth and B, they ran the end of the tongue onto an electric light pole with such force that it (the tongue) was smashed into smithereens. Here the animals got clear of the running gear and a portion of their harness, and after circling around the streets awhile they brought up near their home with little damage to themselves, save a few scratches. The wagon and harness, aside from the breaking of the tongue, were not seriously damaged.

it comes to entertaining, the ladies of the local circle are without peers. A number of members came down from Little Falls to attend. Surveyors were busy several days last week, running lines and setting stakes through our town. Conjecture was rife as to the object of this work, but the most popular theory as that an electric railway is about to be established through this region. We hope this surmise is correct.

Creamery Changes Hands (May 15, 1913)

One day last week P. S. Dykeman purchased from James and Victor Wallace the Cowlitz Valley Creamery, located in this city, and on Monday took possession of the plant. R. L. Lavrack, one of the best butter makers in the country, through whose splendid work the local creamery has gained a widespread and enviable reputation, has been retained to handle the plant, and it goes Fine Farm For Sale without saying that the business will naturally increase, (May 8, 1913) rather than diminish, owing to this fact alone, if other We are authorized by the owner to offer for sale the fine reasons could not be found. Mr. Dykeman is too well place near the town of Toutle known as the Jones place, con- known in this community as an energetic, upright busitaining 157 ½ acres, with two hay barns, good six room house ness man to need any encomiums at our hands. and four small buildings; about seventy fruit trees; creek full length of place; from 1500 to 2500 cords of shingle bolts. Might take part in trade. For particulars, see McClane, at AdSHORT STORIES: vocate Office. (May 15, 1913)

Savory Potatoes (May 8, 1913)

To two cups hot riced potatoes add three tablespoons of butter, a teaspoon of salt and hot rich milk or cream to moisten. Beat until very creamy, reheat and add one tablespoon chopped watercress and one and one-half teaspoons of chopped mint.

SHORT STORIES: (May 8, 1913)

Amaryllis Circle, Women of Woodcraft, gave an entertainment and supper at Woodmen Hall last evening, which was largely attended and a most enjoyable time had by those present. After the speech making a play was staged, which was well acted out by a number of our young people. Then cards were indulged in until after 11 o’clock. Then came the supper. And such a spread! It is safe to say that it has never been excelled in Castle Rock. When

Joseph Price, Sr., who is in from Green Mountain visiting his son Henry, says that last week he put in several days fixing bad places in the road which the commissioners have failed to have repaired. He says the people out there feel like they have no commissioner. He also says that since coming to town he has filled the delicate mission of buying a hat for a widow who lives in his neighborhood. To us this looks decidedly suspicious, from a matrimonial point of view. Dad is probably not so old as he looks.

SHORT STORIES: (May 15, 1913)

Governor Lister is expected to pass through our city some time this morning and a large delegation in automobiles from this place and Kelso are to meet him on the road north of here and escort him to Kelso, where he will address the meeting of the Southwest Washington Development Association.

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The Celebrity Breakfast By Pat Nelson Valley Bugler Columnist I wanted to contribute a story to the anthology Not Your Mother’s Book . . . On Celebrity Encounters, but I didn’t know where to start. After all, the only celebrities I see here in Woodland are the local ones. There’s Carol Rounds, who just retired as manager of Woodland’s Columbia Bank branch. And city council member Scott Perry could be considered a local celebrity, because he gained his seat on the council after a wellpublicized coin toss to break a tie with Bob Ripp. Then there are Woodland’s Citizens of the Year, George Tsugawa and Walt Hansen Sr. But I needed to write about a more well-known celebrity. And I couldn’t think of a single well-known celebrity I had ever encountered. That problem was solved recently when I attended the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshops. From the 1960’s to the 1990’s, Erma Bombeck wrote an immensely-popular humor column about suburban life. After her death, Terri Ritzvi, Executive Director of Communication Strategies at the University of Dayton, decided to hold a writing conference—just one— as a tribute to Erma. This conference proved to be so popular that the University now

hosts it every other year in Erma’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio. The morning after I arrived at the

Pictured above: Phil Donahue and Valley Bugler Columnist Pat Nelson rub shoulders at a Writer’s conference in Ohio. Photo provided by Pat Nelson.

Dayton Marriott, I sat at breakfast with a group of new friends. I recognized the white-haired, handsome man who entered the restaurant. He was Phil Donahue. I’d watched his television talk show for years. “Good morning, Mr. Donahue,” I said in a voice that, for me, was more bold than usual. He smiled, nodded and headed to his table to read the morning paper and eat his breakfast. Then he invited a fan from a nearby table to join him. As the two visited, I mourned the loss of my celebrity encounter. I could have been the one

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sitting at that table, I thought! But when the waitress walked by my table, inspiration struck. “Please bring me Mr. Donahue’s check. I would like to buy his breakfast.” After Phil Donahue finished his meal, he stopped by our table to thank me. I gave him one of my books and had my picture taken with him. He commented that my name wasn’t very large on the book cover. Well, that’s because I’m not Phil Donahue, I thought. Throughout the day, Mr. Donahue had photos taken with many of the attendees. I was impressed by what a good sport he was; just in time for Easter, he posed wearing the bunny slippers of one Seattle attendee.

He had been Erma Bombeck’s neighbor in Dayton, and that evening, as he stood on the stage as the keynote speaker, he won the hearts of those in the audience. He had already won mine when he allowed me to buy his breakfast. I finally had a story about a celebrity encounter, and I’ll know I’ve made it as a writer when my name on the front cover is larger than the book’s title... 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 and wherever books are sold); On Being a Grandparent; and On Working for a Living. All photos by Nelson.

‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’ ~Anne Frank

CASTLE ROCK CLEANUP • 5/3/14 Attention Castle Rock Citizens: (and those who just want to help lend a hand!) This year’s event will be held May 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Projects will include landscaping, weeding, and litter pickup. • Free luncheon provided for all participants! • Sign up as an individual, group, or organization! • Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event at Senior Citizen Center (222 2nd Avenue). • Please bring any tools you might need (brooms, gloves, spades, etc.) • Rain or Shine Event! Dress for the weather. • Safety first! Bring drinking water

to stay hydrated, and wear bright clothing to stay visible. • Donations for the Lions Club Food Bank will be appreciated. Bring your canned goods. Thank you! For more information, contact Carolyn @ 274-7684.

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Why God Made Moms Answers by second grade school children

Submitted by Georgia Cox MAY 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 $3.00, but PLEASE call #6362118 (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: Saturday, May 3rd: CASTLE ROCK CLEANUP DAY Tuesday, April 13th: Our Program and Potluck lunch! Speaker will be from the Care Coalition, talking about the group’s activities and progress, at 11:00am. A potluck lunch will follow at noon. A very interesting report. Thursday, May 17th: Commodities will be distributed from 10am - 1pm. Have a valid punch card.

Why did God make mothers? 1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is. 2. Mostly to clean the house. 3. To help us out of there when we were getting born. How did God make mothers? 1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us. 2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring. 3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts. What ingredients are mothers made of ? 1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean. 2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think. Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom? 1. We’re related. 2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like

me. What kind of little girl was your mom? 1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff. 2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess is she would be pretty bossy. 3. They say she used to be nice. What did mom need to know about dad before she married him? 1. His last name. 2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? 3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores? Why did your mom marry your dad? 1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot. 2. She got too old to do anything else with him. 3. My grandma says that Mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Myths & Realities of a Reverse Mortgage As with many financial products, reverse mortgage loans can be complicated. Do you know the myths versus the realities? Myth #1: The lender owns the home. You will retain the title and ownership during the life of the loan, and you can sell it at any time. The loan will not become due as long as you continue to meet loan obligations, such as living in the home, maintaining, paying property taxes, etc. Myth #2: The home must be free and clear of any existing mortgages. Actually, many borrowers use the reverse mortgage loan to py off

an existing mortgage and eliminate monthly mortgage payments. Myth #3: You pay taxes on received loan proceeds. Reverse Mortgage loan proceeds are taxfree! However, it is recommended to consult your financial advisor for any effect on taxes or government benefits. Myth #4: The borrower is restricted on how to use the loan proceeds. The cash proceeds from the reverse mortgage loan can be used for any reason. Many borrowers use it to supplement their retirement income, delay receiving social security benefits, etc. You have worked hard for this asset and prudence along with budgeting should be the proper approach to enjoying proceeds received from your reverse mortgage. Myth #5: Only poor people need reverse mortgages. The perception of the reverse mortgage as an assist for the “poor” borower is changing. Many affluent senior borrowers with wealthy homes are using this as a part of their financial and estate planning, and working closely with financial professionals and estate attorneys to enhance the overall quality and enjoyment of life. Submitted by Scott Gross, Comstock Mortgage (360)703-3998

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Sponsored by Koelsch Senior Communities, ad on p.9

The Koelsch Family Legacy The Koelsch Family’s legacy in senior care began in 1958 in a modest Kelso, WA nursing home. It was here that Koelsch Senior Communities’ founders, Emmett and Alice Koelsch, established the family’s commitment to excellence in senior care. A Purposeful Leap of Faith When 1958 rolled around, Emmett worked for Reynolds Metals Co. after serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Alice helped to maintain the family’s rental home and tended to their growing family. It was during this time that the family learned of a nearby nursing home that would soon be vacant and on the market. The family of seven sold much of what they owned to provide a down payment on the $50,000 building. The family was now the owners of the Monticello Hall in Kelso, Washington. It was a small shuttered nursing home with 52 beds—52 empty beds, to be precise. Once the sale was final, Emmett, Alice and their five children moved into the basement of the nursing home. While Alice focused on many of the inner workings of a successful nursing home, Emmett took on the Monticello Hall’s structural mainte-

nance. Once the nursing home was consistently at capacity, Emmett undertook the task of adding on a new wing to the facility. Finding Success With the success of Monticello Hall, the family was able to step further into the intricacies of senior care. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the Koelsch family focused on changing the landscape of senior care. During this time, Emmett and Alice built and operated several skilled-nursing homes. Under their direction, each community concentrated on quality and personalized care. The Family Legacy As a young man, Aaron Koelsch, only son of Emmett and Alice, also began the evolution of his own legacy in senior care. In 1988, Aaron and his wife Judy made the trek to Southern California, built and operated a successful assisted living community. Instilled with the Koelsch spirit of excellence, Aaron and Judy were personally involved in every aspect of the community—much like Emmett and Alice. They envisioned the architectural design, hired the personnel and even attended to and assisted new residents.

Memory Care Support Groups Meeting once a month at various locations: • 1st Tues. 10:00am Canterbury Gardens (1457 3rd Ave, Longview): Complimentary care for your loved one is available while you join the support group. • 3rd Mon. 6:30pm St. Stephens Church (1428 22nd Ave, Longview): Music therapy (singing and instruments) is provided for your loved one while you participate in the support group. • 4th Wed. 1:00pm St. Stephens Church: A small group with plenty of opportunity for interaction. Complimentary care for your loved one is offered at the Gardens. • 1st Mon. 1:00pm Canterbury Gardens: Focus on Frontal Temporal Dementia which differs greatly from Alzheimer’s. Parkinson’s Support Group • 3rd Wed. 2:00pm Canterbury Inn (1324 3rd Ave, Longview): Discussion regarding a variety of issues re-

lated to Parkinson’s disease. For more information call: Memory Care Support Groups (360) 423-2200 Parkinson’s Support Groups (360) 425-7947

Aaron and Judy also believed in the importance of maintaining a family friendly community—similar to his own childhood upbringing. With this in mind, Aaron’s young children were frequent visitors and regularly helped throughout the community. The Future of Koelsch Senior Communities Under Aaron and Judy’s guidance, the highest standard of care is continued by following Emmett and Alice’s legacy of outstanding customer service, attention to detail, and overall resident and staff satisfaction. Koel-

sch family culture is exemplified through their core values and their dedication in providing a caring atmosphere, comfortable lifestyle, and unsurpassed customer service. With over 55 years of experience you can be sure their family will take great care of yours. 24 hour licensed nursing Licensed nurses provide great peace of mind for their residents and their families. Licensed nurses in the building every hour of the day and night make key decisions in emergency situations and recognize changes in medical conditions. Aaron and Judy Koelsch continue to lead the company under the family’s founding principles. As Aaron often says, “We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen.” Koelsch Senior Communities • Canterbury Gardens • Canterbury Park • Canterbury Inn • Delaware Plaza See ad same page. [Photo: Judy & Aaron Koelsch, President / CEO Koelsch Senior Communities. Provided by Koelsch].

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Four nutrients linked to lower Alzheimer’s risk A study by Columbia University analyzed seven studies of healthy seniors in New York. Their goal was to identify nutrients and dietary patterns related to Alzheimer’s disease risk. Those who ate more cruciferous and green-leafy vegetables, tomatoes, nuts and fish, but less meat and high-fat dairy products had a lower risk. Omega-3, omega-6, folate and vitamin E in the dietary pattern were found to decrease Alzheimer’s risk. Saturated fat and (surprise!) vitamin B12 increased risk. Doctors, however, say B12 might have raised risk because it’s found in meat, and those eating more meat might also be getting a lot of saturated fat. Apples protect aging brain An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but drinking apple juice can keep your brain sharp as you age.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell say drinking apple juice increases the production of an essential neurotransmitter in the brain. It permits communication between nerve cells. Doctors at Tufts University say maintaining strong communication between cells is essential for the health of the brain as well as the body. Exercising one to three times a month helps the heart For men in the Physicians Health Study, a little weight loss or a little exercise significantly reduced their heart failure risk. Their average age was 53. Losing a few pounds and exercising just one to three times a month made surprising differences. Men who were lean but never ex-

ercised increased heart failure risk by 19 percent. If they were overweight and never exercised, their heart failure risk was 78 percent higher. For those who were overweight but did exercise, the heart failure risk was 49 percent higher than it was for a

lean man who exercised vigorously just one to three times a month. So, it is really very simple to protect yourself and your life. Take these tips into account now, and start changing your lifestyle slowly. If you notice that you have been missing the key elements described, incorporate them one at a time until they are habit. It may take some time to change poor eating and excercising habits, but it is well worth the effort. Once you have changed your lifestyle, it is for the better, for now you will be able to LIVE longer, healthier!

Prevent heart problems, diabetes, and more! Being just ‘a little more fit’ improves longevity, quality of life. What have you done recently to improve your fitness level? You might think that because you have exercised off and on throughout your life that you are in pretty good shape. Don’t rest on your laurels. An extensive study by a New Zealand university, cooperating with Stanford in the United States, shows that overall exercise habits during adult life didn’t matter very much when it

came to current fitness levels. Recent activity, during the last 16 weeks, was more important. The doctors followed several thousand middle-aged and older Americans for about nine years. Study subjects were divided into five groups ranging from the least fit to the most fit. By the end of the study, those who were most fit were the least likely to have died or develop a life-threatening disease. No surprise there. What did surprise the researchers was the improved outlook between the least fit and those on the next level. They discovered that being just a little more physically active was associated with a big improvement. At any level, especially the least-fit category, moving up just one more will make a big difference in your life. Add a little more activity to your day for the next four months and you could prevent a heart attack, diabetes and other serious conditions. Stuck inside? Save your pennies and buy a used Wii Fit system - find them on eBay, Craigslist or the paper.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE WSU Extension, Cowlitz County, Master Gardener Foundation will hold their ANNUAL PLANT SALE, Saturday May 10, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., at the Cowlitz Co. Fair Grounds. Herb and Vegetable starts of all kinds. For more information contact Master Gardener Extension offices at 360 577-3014, M-F 9 to noon.

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Did you know this about Cowlitz County? Cowlitz County was among the first seven counties established when the Washington Territory was formed in 1853. Currently, its southern borders are defined by the Columbia and Lewis rivers. Four other rivers – Kalama, Coweeman, Toutle, and Cowlitz – and several deeply-gorged creeks contribute to the rugged landscape that challenged early settlers. The combination of waterways, railroads and highways west of the Cascade Mountains from the Columbia River to Puget Sound has become known as the “Cowlitz Corridor”. Monticello, one of the first towns in the area, was located near the mouth of the Cowlitz River. Two years after founding the town, Darby Huntington hosted the Monticello Convention in his home. On November 25, 1852, 44 delegates signed a petition requesting that Congress create a separate

territory north of the Columbia River. Monticello became the county seat when the Washington Territory was established in 1853. The town grew as a transportation stop between Vancouver and the Puget Sound area when the most efficient means of travel was by boat, but it was plagued by constant flooding. In 1867, a devastating flood destroyed most of Monticello, and by the 1880s almost nothing marked the site. About a mile up the Cowlitz River from Monticello, Nathaniel Stone established the town of Freeport on his Donation Land Claim. In June 1866, Freetown became the second county seat of Cowlitz County. Although the town was located along the river and subject to flooding, it remained prominent for a number of years. Today, Freetown is part of the City of Longview.

FUN Facts about WA state 1. It is America’s coffee capital, with more coffee bean roasters per capita than any other state. 2. “The Wave”, a popular fan cheer for the past 25 years, was started by Husky fans at the University of Washington. 3. Adam Morrison, a Washington State native and Gonzaga University basketball star, led the NCAA Division I in scoring last season. 4. The state is the nation’s largest exporter, representing $34 billion and 5 percent of all U.S. exports: forest products, aerospace products, apples, tulips, hops, mint, wheat and several other quality food products. 5. Leading innovators -- Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Starbucks’ Howard Schultz, wireless pioneers the McCaw family, and the Boeing family -- live in Washington State. 6. Washington State was America’s gateway to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. 7. Washington leads the country in technology industry employment. 8. Grand Coulee Dam, the largest concrete structure in North America, is in Washington State. 9. Washington’s residents are educated; it’s the state with most residents holding high school diplomas. Seattle leads the country in residents with more college degrees per capita. 10. Father’s Day was founded here in 1910. 11. The state is home to the world’s largest private car collection featuring over 3,000 vehicles. 12. Washington is home to the larg est land mollusk in North America, a foraging banana slug that grows up to 9 inches long. 13. In Washington, a Seahawk is an athlete, not a bird. The closest thing to a Seahawk is an osprey hawk. 14. Washington, the 42nd state in the union, is the only state named for a president 15. Seattle gets less rainfall annually than Atlanta, Boston, New York, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Miami, with 37 inches. (Yes, really!)

34 year

Eruption Anniversary

Testy lady struts her stuff, and so do those living on her hillsides. Mt. St.Helens in all her glory, shown below during wintertime, with a herd of grazing elk shown at right in some of the best hunting grounds in SW Washington...for now.

May 1980 - May 2014

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‘When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.’ ~Susan Heller

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Happy Mother’s Day! Sunday May 11th

Nutrition in Pregnancy Concerns about nutrition in pregnancy used to be aimed at malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies that have been linked to birth defects. New concerns about nutrition in pregnancy are increasing linked to overweight and obesity that exists before the pregnancy begins. The average recommended increase in intake required for a pregnant woman is around 300 calories a day. But that assumes that she is not overeating to begin with. While weight loss is never a recommendation during pregnancy, sometimes maintaining weight or minimal weight gain is recommended. The focus on nutrition in pregnancy should be about providing the nutrients to feed the developing baby and nurture the well being of the mother. Instead of counting calories or limiting particular foods, aim to get 5 fruits and vegetables daily; all that fiber helps with the constipation that pregnancy can cause as well. Think about healthy protein options like low fat cheese, tofu, and lean meats like chicken. Small amounts of fish and healthy nuts like almonds have omega-3 fatty acids

which help brain development in the baby. Avoidance of large amounts of simple sugars like those found in juice, sweets, and simple carbs like bread and pasta can help prevent the development of gestational diabetes. Iron rich foods like broccoli can help prevent the anemia that is often common in pregnancy. Also, don’t forget the importance of regular physical activity. Always review any exercise plan with your personal obstetrician, but low impact exercise such as walking, swimming and yoga can help burn any empty calories and keep your muscles toned, which can help prevent back pain and other complaints of pregnancy. The goal of watching weight gain in pregnancy is about reaching the end of pregnancy ready for the most strenuous and rewarding experience of most people’s lives: delivering a healthy infant and beginning the lifelong journey of motherhood. For more specific information about healthy foods for you and your baby, you can visit the Weight Control Information Network and read about healthy weight gain in

pregnancy in the “Fit for Two” publication: If you have significant concerns about your weight before pregnancy or your weight gain during pregnancy, a registered dietician can work with you and your OB provider to

create a specialized diet plan tailored to your specific needs. Lisa Doherty, MD MPH. PeaceHealth Medical Group, Family Medicine and Obstetrics

‘A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.’ ~Tenneva Jordan

Attention First Time Moms! Nurse-Family Partnership program is launching in Cowlitz County. Felicia first met Clarissa when she was pregnant with her first child. Felicia, feeling overwhelmed, turned to the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program in Monterey Park, California for support. Part role model, part mentor, part friend, Clarissa, one of the NFP nurses, partnered with Felicia and worked with her through her pregnancy, delivery and for the first two years after birth. Clarissa was able to answer questions and support Felicia as a first- time mom, and also encourage Felicia to follow her dreams of obtaining education to help better support herself and her daughter. Now, a similar program is available in Cowlitz County. The Cowlitz County Health Department is offering customized support in health and child development to first-time moms. The NFP program is voluntary and first time moms are matched with skilled, caring nurses. The Cowlitz

NFP staff meets with women during pregnancy and the relationship continues through the child’s second birthday. “All parents have the tools to love and care for their children,” said Bea Rush, who oversees the program at the Health Department. “We are offering an opportunity for parents to have someone to turn to for information and support to help them achieve their goals for their family. There might be resources available to you that you don’t even know about.” Where is Felicia now? With the encouragement of Clarissa, Felicia and her daughter are happy and healthy and Felicia got her high school diploma and completed a two-year program in fashion design & marketing with a goal to continue her education and career. To learn more about the Cowlitz NFP program contact Gayle Reid, Maternal Child Health Programs, at 360-414-5599, x6424. (See ad same page)

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Happy Mother’s Day! Sunday May 11th

How do you spend Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day is a time of commemoration and celebration of mom. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and greeting cards that say “I Love You”. One the best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day is to give your mom the day off. Let her take it easy while you do the work. Many families begin the day with breakfast in bed. Dad and the kids might let mom sleep late as they fix breakfast. After the food is cooked, it is arranged on a tray. Children can pick a flower from the garden and put it on the tray in a vase. When everything

is ready, the tray is carried, along with a favorite magazine and flowers, are carried into her bedroom. Many families take mom out to eat at her favorite restaurant. It lets her see what a wonderful family she has. If you go out, wear a traditional red rose. Give your Mom a red rose if her own mother is living and a white rose if her mother has passed on. If your mom lives in another city, be sure to call her on Mother’s Day. It’s also a great day to visit grandmothers and great grandmothers in their homes or nursing homes.

The very first Mother’s Day

How Mother’s Day began A child of any age can celebrate Mother’s Day in ways ranging from the buying of carnations, the giving of a box of candy, or the writing of a simple card. Honoring a mother may include the gift of a lunch at a popular restaurant or a loving visit to the cemetery. However honor your mother, be assured that the honoring of mothers has been a practice of the ages. Early Mother’s Day celebrations are said to have occurred in ancient Greece when ceremonies honored Rhea, the mother of the gods. In the 1600’s, England began celebrating “Mothering Sunday.” It began as a religious holiday when servants, who lived and worked in the great mansions, were allowed to return home to their mother churches and spend time with their mothers. Mothering Sunday falls three weeks before Easter Sunday and in Britain is still celebrated and is usually called

Mother’s Day. In the United States, Mother’s Day was suggested early on by Julia Ward Howe. She would hold Mother’s Day meetings in Boston with the day dedicated to peace. In 1907, Anna Jarvis began her bid to establish a national Mother’s Day to honor her mother who had worked to improve health conditions in Appalachia. She persuaded the members of her deceased mother’s church in West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the anniversary of her mother’s death. It was the second Sunday of May. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official proclamation that Mother’s Day was to be a national holiday to be held each year on the second Sunday of May. In Mexico, el Dia de las Madres is celebrated on May 10th. This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 11th. Let us all use that day to honor our mothers living or the memories of our mothers deceased.

The Perfect Sunday Quiche When a quiche comes to mind, you and bacon are loaded with protein. may think of a delicate French egg- The cheese has plenty of calcium, custard pie. and the tomatoes and spinach give But, the French didn’t create it. it a nutritional boost. Quiche was a hearty meal that origiA Quiche for All ‘Seasons’ nated with the tough guys in the me• In a large mixing bowl, whisk five dieval kingdom of Lothringen ruled large eggs until smooth and blendby Germany. ed. The word comes from the German • Add 1/3 cup of cream or half and “Kuchen” meaning cake. It consist- half, and 1/2 cup of crisp bacon pieced of a pastry shell or bread dough es (seven slices). stuffed with egg cream custard and • Add 1/3 cup of diced tomatoes, lots of smoked bacon. It 1/3 cup of chives, 10 satisfied the hungry men spinach leaves cut into and women. small pieces, and 1 cup of Frenchmen later added shredded sharp cheddar cheese and onions and cheese. gave their quiches the sur• Season with 1/4 teanames of Lorraine and Alspoon of garlic buds, 8 sacienne. dashes of salt, freshly ‘Quiche’ The British served ground pepper, and 1/4 is born from teaspoon of nutmeg. quiche to American service men and women dur• Stir the ingredients the German ing World War II, but some until they are well mixed “Kuchen”, GIs thought their versions and place in a nine-inch were not manly fare. meaning deep-dish piecrust, preNow, served as breakviously prepared from a cake. fast or lunch, quiche can family recipe or purchased have many ingredients at the store. such as ham, seafood bits, broccoli, • Bake at 375 degrees for about and a variety of cheeses. And sev- 45 minutes or until the crust is brown eral spices to round out its flavor. and its custard is solid. Quiche is now enjoyed by new • Cut like any pie and serve at any generations of diners. They appre- meal. The entree can be accompaciate its many flavors and its many nied by a cup of seasonal fruit or a health benefits. The eggs, cheese, spinach, nut, and fruit salad

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7 Must Ask Questions Before Hiring a Website Design Company

By Oscar Myre IV Valley Bugler Columnist Anyone can build a website these days. And people do judge a business by it’s website. It is important to find the right company, so I’ve prepared some questions for you to interview your web designer or developer. 1) Is Web Hosting and Domain Registration Offered? Most web design companies offer hosting, but don’t make assumptions. It is convenient to have one company handle the design, development, domain registration and hosting. 2) Does your Company use Templates or Custom Design? Web designers often use templates. There many attractive website templates available, and they can be a cost effective option. If you prefer a customized look, see if the design company offers custom design. A custom designed/developed site will cost more, but it will be designed specifically for your business. This is a more flexible solution designed around your business needs. 3) How much will it cost? There are generally 4 costs to be aware of. a) Domain registration b) Web hosting

c) Design and Development d) Ongoing marketing. Be sure to clarify each cost, and note them in your budgeting. 4) Are your websites mobile friendly? Many businesses are receive over 30% of their traffic from mobile phones. Ask the the web site designer for some sites that you can check out on your phone. Then check them! What do you think? 5) What kind of tech support do you offer? You need to know who to talk to if you need help. Some companies don’t offer phone support. If want to be able make a call, make sure you can. 6) Who maintains the site? I’m big on training my clients on how to maintain their own websites. We also offer website maintenance to make sure the clients sites continually to improve. Be sure to select a web site design company offers the options that work best for your business. 7) What website marketing services do you offer? A great website isn’t so great if no one every sees it. Find out if your web site design company also offers, eMail marketing, social media, search engine marketing & graphic design and

other marketing services. 8) Can I see some of your work? Don’t just look at pictures of their work. Click around on at least 3 of their clients websites. 9) How can you help my business grow? As important as the technical and design aspects of the website are, it is just as important to work with a company that knows and understands marketing. Choose wisely, I hope that these

questions help you make an informed decision for your business website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me. ~:-) Oscar Myre IV is the Creative Director and Owner at omOriginals Marketing! a Washington-based Web Development and Marketing firm for over fifteen years. They offer web site consultations with their geeky professionalism to get your website back on track. Call (360)575-9839 or visit:

Mom, thanks for keeping us kids and grandkids in line. We all love you very very much! Love, your son. Pictured from Left to Right: Miley Tjoelker, Emmi Tjoelker, Chloe Myre, Halle Tjoelker, Jill Myre and Cora Myre.

The Valley Bugler Newspaper “Newsflash!” section is free, send to: 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 Thursday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM May 8

The 125th anniversary of the Washington State Grange will be held

at the Inn of the Quay in Vancouver on June 25-28. Since this is the 125th anniversary in which the Grange was first started in Clark County, the Grange wanted to celebrate it again there. In the degree work, GRANGERS ONLY will be able to see all 6 degrees. The first degree will be interesting because people will be dressed from when the degree work first started. Events that are open for the public are as follows: Memorial Service on Tues at 3 pm and the fashion show at 4 pm, Family Living and Lecturer Departments will be

open on Thursday 10-7, same for Friday, and on Saturday 9-11, and on Friday will be the Talent Contest at 7:30 pm. Dinner & Auction: The members of Centralia, Chehalis and Twin Cities Rotary clubs invite you to join them for Dinner & Auction on May 9th at 6:00pm at the Blue Pavilion at Southwest Fair Grounds. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the three Rotary clubs for $50.00 each or at the Historic Fox Theatre. Funds raised from this year’s event will benefit the renovation of the Mezzanine Lounge at the Historic Fox Theatre. For more information on the auction and dinner, contact Centralia Rotary President, Debbie Schinnell, at 360-269-4215. Growing Orchids: On May 5 at 6:30pm, Oregon Orchid Society member and past president Dick Van Ingen will discuss orchids. He’s been growing orchids, and other tropical plants, for more than two decades. He can explain to you the greatest orchid myth of all: why you shouldn’t use ice cubes to water orchids! The FREE class will be held in the Fair Exposition located in Longview on the Cowlitz County fairgrounds. Workshop is sponsored by Washington State University Extension Master Gardeners. For more information, contact Gary Fredricks at 577-3014x3

Youth Garden Summer Camp

WSU Cowlitz County Master Gardeners is offering a one week children’s gardening camp July 7 – 11 at the Fairgrounds in Longview. Children finishing grades 1-3 from 8:00am to 11:30. Afternoon session for children finishing grades 3–5 from 1pm4pm. Cost for the week of camp is $25. Call WSU Extension at 360-577-3014.

Master Gardeners Plant Sale

May 10, 9am-3pm @ Cowlitz Fair Grounds. Herb & Vegetable starts.

Woodland Historical Museum’s Plant & Garage Sale: This year the sale

will be held at the Museum, 417 Park Street in Woodland, May 9th & 10th from 9am-4pm. Lots of plants, special Mother’s Day gifts and garage sale items. Donations of either plants or garage sale items call 225-5640, or 225-6195 or bring them to the museum any Saturday afternoon from Noon to 4 pm.

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Your ownership interest:

another kind of home improvement By Jeff Petersen Valley Bugler Columnist

[Editor’s Note: This wonderful column was intended for placement in last month’s Home Improvement Issue. Due to lack of sleep, caffeine, sanity, or all three, it was misplaced with the previous issue’s column! We apologize to our gracious columnist and present to you this valuable information concerning home ownership. ☺]

Home is a place, and for many it is a piece of property with a house. It is also one of the biggest assets most people possess. In fact, it is commonly the biggest asset. So consider that in addition to maintaining, repairing, and adding to your house, that legal protections are additional home improvements well worth putting in place. How is your deed titled? It is important to ensure that your property is held in a way that makes sense for you, and that will pass to your heirs in the way you would wish is important. If you own your home with your spouse, and you hold the property as joint tenants, you each have a “right of survivorship.” This means that when the first of you passes away, the home passes entirely to the surviving spouse outside probate.

If you and your spouse own your home as ”tenants in common”, there is no right of survivorship and when the first spouse passes, their 50% ownership passes directly to their estate, regardless of whether the deceased had a will. It is worth noting that if you and your spouse have additional persons sharing joint tenancy title to your home, such as a child, you risk creditors attaching to the property if your child has unpaid debts. And if that child files for bankruptcy, there is the potential for the property to be seized and sold. So be certain that you are clear on how your deed is titled. To probate or not to probate? Whether you have a will or not, when your estate is being settled it may be subject to the probate process. Your heirs will likely have to wait and do some work to receive their rightful inheritance. Probate expenses can also be significant, though this is less of a problem in Washington than in some states. An option that avoids probate entirely in most cases is for your home (and other assets) to be held in trust. For example, if a married couple’s

home is held in a revocable joint living trust, upon the second spouse’s passing, the home will pass fluidly to the heirs. And unlike the public probate process, the settling of estates held in trust is a private matter. Something to keep in mind when inheriting property that passes to heirs outside probate is that the title may remain in the name of the deceased. Later, when the heirs attempt to sell the property, the title will not be “clear” and suddenly the buyer gets cold feet or is only willing to complete the sale for a substantially reduced price. A possible solution is a “Lack of Probate” affidavit, showing that the title issue only occurred because the


property passed outside of probate. The purpose is to induce the title company to issue one or more policies of title insurance on the real property in question. It’s a common sense solution even though not expressly authorized by Washington statute. Taking a little time to make sure you understand how the ownership interest in your property is held and ensuring what the result will be down the road is a wise “home improvement” investment. ©2014 Jeff Kurt Petersen is an Attorney and Mediator with Three Rivers Law Center in Longview, WA. 360-442-4101

Mother taught me...

1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION... “Just wait until your father gets home.” 2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING.... “You are going to get it when we get home!” 3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE... “What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you! Don’t talk back to me!” 4. My Mother taught me LOGIC... “If you fall out off that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.” 5. My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE... “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.” 6. My Mother taught me to THINK AHEAD... “If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job.”

7. My Mother taught me HUMOR... “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.” 8. My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT... “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.” 9. My Mother taught me about GENETICS... “You’re just like your father.” 10. My Mother taught me about my ROOTS... “Do you think you were born in a barn?” 11. My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE... “When you get to be my age, you will understand.” And last but not least... 12. My Mother taught me about JUSTICE... “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you....Then you’ll see what it’s like!”

Page 18 • Valley Bugler • May 2014 At left: Montessori student, Maverick Gosselin (age 5) works on subtraction with the bead frame. At Right: Montessori owner and lead teacher, Beth Shine, does a group math work “Addition with the golden beads” with Cora Moore (age 4), Cade Ulman (age 6), and Max Bridgewater (age 6). Photos by Katalin Bridgewater.

What IS a Montessori School? By Beth Shine I was first introduced to the Montessori concept when I visited the Montessori Children’s House of Longview as a high school senior working on an extra credit paper for a home and family health class. I was so amazed at how capable the children were and the high level of academics being done at such a young age. A few months after graduating from high school I applied for a job at the school. I worked for four years as a classroom assistant and two years as a managing board member before taking the Montessori teacher training. After eight years as lead teacher, I bought the school. I am now in my eighth year owning MCHL and sixteenth year as lead teacher. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and Montessori classrooms felt so respectful of each individual student and their needs academically and socially I just knew I had to be a part of it! As a parent you want your child to

develop a love of learning. In a Montessori classroom children are able to access their internal drive to know the why and how of things around them. When you visit a Montessori classroom you see children in a three year age span (ages 2 1/2 - Kindergarten) working harmoniously in the same room doing individual lessons that feed their need at mastering whatever skill is needed to move them forward developmentally. Not every child develops at the same rate with the same interests. The Montessori classroom nourishes and respects that in each individual. As a child matures socially in the classroom there are plenty of opportunities to work with classmates who are mastering a similar skill. The multi-aged classroom allows the younger children peers who are role models and a sense of what is to come while the older children in the classroom experience mastery of a variety of skills as they assist the younger children. Children really do enjoy learning from each other.

The classroom has four main areas from which each of the lessons come. These areas are practical life, sensorial, language, and math. Maria Montessori developed a method of teaching that would teach young children abstract ideas in the concrete. Math in the Montessori classroom is a unique and wonderful example of how successful her methods are. The first thing a young child (aged three) would work on in math is recognition of numbers 0-9. She would do this by working with sandpaper numbers. These are numbers made out of sandpaper and put on a card. The teacher will trace a number with her fingers while saying the number then inviting the child to do the same. This allows the number to be practiced with three senses sight, sound, and touch. When a child’s hand slips off the sandpaper she can feel it right away correcting herself without teacher interference. The tracing also creates muscular memory in the hand for later writing. Once a child knows her numbers 0-9, she knows all the numbers in the world, the rest is placement of those numbers. Next a child would experience several lessons with the “golden beads”. One small golden bead represents “a unit”, ten of those same beads connected represents “a ten”, ten tens connected together represents “a hundred”, and ten hundreds connected together represents “a thousand”. The child is able to count these beads as well as feel their weight and size as the categories get larger. She will have lessons on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in a very concrete form. For example, a child will bring several beads to a rug while two of her classmates will do the same, they put them all together on the rug and count each bead paying special attention to when they get to ten of any category so they can trade ten of one category in for one of the next larger category.

When completed they have done addition in its most concrete form. Accompanying these beads are their prospective number cards representing the beads in a written composite form. Each operation is done in the same fashion, children take away from a large number of beads at the rug experiencing subtraction, children each bring a secret number to the rug only to reveal they all brought the same number thus experiencing multiplication, children come to the rug to each take some of the quantity away following the rule that everyone has to get the same amount experiencing division. Once the child has done a mathematical operation in the concrete (with the golden beads) she has a real personal experience with what it means to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. This is something a child can draw on for years as she advances through many math programs. After much work is done with the golden beads the materials in the math area of the classroom get smaller and even more cumbersome to encourage memorization of essential math equations. When I took the training to be a Montessori teacher all I could think was wow I wish I would have had this when I was four!! Math is a universal language, as is Montessori education. Montessori Children’s House of Longview is an affordable pre-school and Kindergarten education opportunity that will benefit little learners for life. To schedule a classroom viewing, contact Beth at the school: (360)578-9885 (See ad this page)

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Grange offers Summer Junior Camp The Washington State Grange is offering a week of camping activities at several locations this summer. The Morehead Junior Camp will be held July 13-19 at Morehead Park, near Nahcotta Long Beach Peninsula. This year’s camp features the

theme of “Car-Ni-Val”. The daily activities of Grange Camp are designed to help youth live harmoniously and enjoy experience of a camping program, to teach about the Grange family, to learn new skills, and to have fun in an outdoor setting. Camp activities

include crafts, sports, games, and educational programs. The camp is operated by a trained adult staff and teen counselors. Grange camping programs are open to all youth, ages 8 to 15 years of age. Registration fee of $160 per camper. Registration and fees are

due by June 20. Registration forms and information on the Morehead Junior Grange Camp are available online at: Or call Camp Director, Tom Gwin at 360-987-2361 Register early.

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This month, I’ve decided to feature this cake recipe that I created a while back. I was sitting here, at my laptop, looking at 3 overly ripe bananas. I didn’t want banana bread. I decided that I wanted a cake. A rich and decadent cake with all sorts of yummy bits in it.

Monkey On Your Back Cake

For the cake: 3 ripe mashed bananas 3/4c sugar 1/2c dark brown sugar, packed 1/2c vegetable oil 2 eggs 1/2c sour cream 2 tsp vanilla 2c flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp sea salt 1c white chocolate chips 1/2c hazelnuts, toasted & roughly chopped *Preheat oven to 350 degrees. *Grease and flour a 9 x 9-inch square baking pan. *In a stand mixer (or hand mixer or by hand), with paddle attachment, combine first 7 ingr edients and mix, on lower speed, for 3 minutes. *Sift flour with baking soda & salt. *Add into wet ingredients in thirds, mixing until just combined after each addition. *Mix in white chocolate chips and hazelnuts. *Pour into prepared baking pan.

*Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. *Cool completely on wire rack before frosting. For the frosting: 1c unsalted butter, softened & at room temperature 3c powdered sugar 3 Tblsp Dutch cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla 3 Tbsp strong-brewed coffee 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream DIRECTIONS In stand mixer, with whisk attachment, cream butter for about 3 minutes until fluffy. Add powdered sugar in, 1/2 cup at a time, making sure that it is fully incorporated before adding the next 1/2 cup, etc. Add in cocoa powder. Whisk well. Add in coffee & vanilla and whisk until combined. Add in 1 tablespoon of heavy cream at a time until frosting has reached desired consistency. YUM! I haven’t cooked any international meals for a while and I need to get back into that...and soon! I figure that when June rolls around and I’ve gotten everything planted and can relax a bit, I’ll get back into my world cooking adventure. So, until we meet up in June, keep cooking and 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 dogs and 2 cats at night, from her RV galley in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens!

to our little sweeties...

sisters & best buddies Happy Birthday, Chloe and Cora! We love you SO much, and are incredibly proud of the young girls that you are! You are funny, kind, talented, compassionate and caring towards others and this world, and we are excited to see where God will take your life and what you will do for His Glory!! Love you, peekachoos ♥ mommy & daddy and to our’s a birthday blitz!

Happy Birthday, Cousin Halle, Poppy O, Auntie Liesa and Cousin Bailey!

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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 Grace and Truth City Church 525 Third Ave SW – Castle Rock Pastor David Beer Worship 10:15am, 749-2289 Grace Bible Fellowship 300 S.10th Ave, Kelso Worship: Sunday 11:00am Bible Study 9:30 a.m. (360)423-4035

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

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

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

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 412 Pioneer Ave., Box 1467 Castle Rock Worship 10 a.m. Sunday - 274.9393

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

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

Kalama Baptist Church, Pastor Wes Eader 112 Vincent Rd, Kalama WA - Sunday School Castle Rock Church of the Nazarene 9:45am - Worship 456 Pioneer Ave. NE, Castle Rock 11:00am Sunday School classes 9:30 a.m. Call 673-5570 Worship Celebration 10:45 a.m. Evening church service 6:30 p.m. Women’s Bible study Th 10:30am 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 Traditional Service 11:00 am Castle Rock First Baptist Church Wed: Children (Grade 1-12) 5:30-7 pm 211 Front Ave. NW, Castle Rock Pastor Vonda McFadden Pastor Joel Royce 274-4113 Sun Bible Study all ages: 9:45am 360-423-7480 Worship 11a.m. Tues. Adult Bible Study 1:30pm Lexington Bible Fellowship 98 Garden Street, Kelso (Lexington) Castle Rock United Methodist Sunday school @ 9:45am 241 First Street, Castle Rock Sunday worship @ 11am Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Pastor Jerry Hancuff 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 Sundays Worship -11am (Sunday school 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. Sunday Worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. 814 - 15th Ave, Longview Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Bible Class 11 a.m. Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery Thurs at 6 p.m 360-577-1100 John Gadberry, Minister 360-274-8570 Longview Community Church, 2323 Washington Way - Longview Emmanuel Lutheran Church service Sunday 2218 E. Kessler Blvd. - Longview Worship 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 Faith Fellowship Lutheran Brethren; Child care provided 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. Fireside Fellowship Pastor Doug McMurray; 360-577-6037 271 Atmore Road, Toutle Worship Sunday 10:00 a.m. The Rock Meeting at 1955 Huntington Ave S, Castle Rock First Christian Church Worship 10 a.m. every Sunday (Disciples of Christ) Wednesday @ 7pm Service 2000 East Kessler Blv - Longview Pastors Jerry & Angie Hughes 360.425.4220 274.7480 Rev. Eric Atcheson

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 Bill Eagle Valley Bugler Columnist


It was a sunny Saturday and a mob composed of children and adults clamored to gain entrance to the St. Helens High School gymnasium. Some had tickets in hand, others patiently waited for the ticket window to open. Finally the main doors opened and a joyful crowd surged inside. A man wearing a Kiwanis hat announced: “Don’t worry, we have lots of good seats. You have plenty of time before the game.” Before people entered the gym proper, they were greeted to a silent auction and given an opportunity to bid on gift baskets or buy Plastic fire hats filled with popcorn. A concession stand offered popcorn, cookies, soft drinks, and candy at prices under a dollar. “We try and keep our prices low so that all families can enjoy themselves,” said Fire Chief Jay Tappan. The game began. The donkeys were led out into the gymnasium; the animals wore rubber booties and amused expressions. Our Community game consisted of two teams, the Police versus Fire Department. “Guns verse Hoses” chuckled Fire Chief Tappan. “The police beat us last year because they had a ringer. One of the ladies on the Police force used to play semi pro.” Funds raised at the event are donated directly to Student College Scholarships, and to food & toy charities for needy children. The rules of the game were simple. Riders sit on a donkey and pass the ball to each other. No one dribbles, and you must be astride a donkey when you shoot. Several animals walked in different directions while others remained

stationary. Balls were passed and both sides made baskets, and the donkeys appeared as if they were enjoying themselves. At half time, children were encouraged to come down and pet the donkeys. “Oh, he feels so soft” said a little girl. The donkeys were well behaved. People that ride the donkeys have to sign a waiver. They also are not allowed to hit, kick or pull on the donkey’s ears, hair or tails. Bruce Wick, President of Donkey Sports Inc., told me that some animal rights groups, like PETA, are opposed to Donkey Basketball. He said, “PETA and other groups have accused us of abusing animals. Our donkeys like people and are used to loud sounds. They all love people petting them.” “I looked at all of PETA’s concerns,” continued Wick, “ and the only complaint that they might have is weight. We now make sure that no one weighing over 200 pounds is allowed to ride our animals.” Wick and his wife have been in this business since 1980. They have never had a donkey injured in a game or become sick from traveling. When a donkey becomes a good player, they have a long career in donkey basketball, according to Wick. “It’s my hope that donkey basketball is viewed as a wholesome family event, giving young spectators a chance to see and pet real donkeys. Through the years, we have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for good causes.” As a member of our St Helens Community, I know that Donkey Basketball has been a fun fund raiser for us. We have gained from it, our community has gained for it, and believe it or not, I think that the donkeys have benefited from it as well! 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:

Lighter Side

I ain’t blind, ya know. “Yes,” said Sam, “I saw him plainly take the goods.” The lawyer asked Sam again, “Sam, this happened at night. Are you sure you saw my client commit this crime?” “Yes,” said Sam. “I saw him do it.” Then the lawyer said, “Sam, listen, you are 80 years old and your eyesight is probably pretty bad. Just how far can you see at night?” Sam quickly replied, “I can see the moon. How far is that?”

☺ Frozen Wife texts husband on a cold winter’s morning: “Windows frozen.” Husband texts back: “Pour some lukewarm water over it.” Wife texts back: “Computer really screwed up now.” Homework Excuses 1. “I didn’t do my history homework because my therapist says I shouldn’t dwell on the past.” 2. “I didn’t want the other kids in the class to look bad.” 3. “I have a solar powered calculator and it was cloudy yesterday.”

Movie Reviews By Blake Peterson

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo Stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson Running Time 2 hr., 16 min; PG-13, My Rating: A

The biggest problem with the Marvel sequels lately, is how forgettable they are. They’ve been fun, smart, and self-aware, but remain to be more serviceable than substantial. The Avengers set a high standard, one so high that it seemed to be impossible for any other superhero movie to come near it. Against all odds, Captain America: The Winter Soldier  is just as good as  The Avengers, freshening the Marvel cannon once again. This time around, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), or as we all know him, Captain America, is viewed less through a supporting character eye and more through a close-up. We see him struggling with his role in the modern world, after being kept frozen for over seven decades. He wants to serve his home country, but it’s simply not the same as it was in the days of WWII, and, let’s be honest, S.H.I.E.L.D. is far too mysterious for its own good. His weak faith in the agency in which he’s barely worked for is tested when the system is breached, making it so that those he thought he trusted now could easily be the enemy. With Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and new ally Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) at his side, he is not only forced to fight against them, but a powerful enemy, the enigmatic force known as the Winter Soldier. What causes  Captain America 2 to work so well is it incredible unpredictability. These days, (Iron Man 3  and  Thor: The Dark World) we’re

introduced to a charismatic villain who is a hoot to watch on the screen, but the thrill of seeing the good guy take down the baddie only mildly sticks. It provides a drop of adrenaline but nothing that makes us doubt the power of our main man. There’s never a second where we doubt that the titular character will take down the man he’s fighting…but Captain America 2 changes that. This film not only harnesses a villain that captures our attention immediately, but has a plot so twisty that there are moments where we forget that we’re witnessing a superhero movie, to the point where it seems as though it’s a political thriller on display instead. The smug humor is still intact and the action sequences are still acrobatic and deftly mounted, but rather than be the cut from the same expected cloth, it’s taken to levels rarely seen before. The first Captain America was pulpy and much more old-fashioned than other films in the Marvel cannon, but this sequel demonstrates that Steve Rogers isn’t as boring as we may originally have believed. In fact, the zippy Tony Stark seems tiring in comparison. With Evans providing us with a hero worth fighting for, Johansson capturing our eyes and hearts through the scrappy Black Widow, and scene-stealing additions Mackie and Robert Redford at every corner,  Captain America: The Winter Soldier  breathes new life into the world of Marvel superheroes. A student of R. A. Long, Blake is an aspiring film critic that enjoys music, movies (obviously), and art. For more reviews, go to his website:

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10 Amazing Animal Stories of 2013 BOSTON, Jan. 7, 2014 – With the New Year underway the MSPCA-Angell (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) unveiled its 10 most amazing animal stories of 2013, a year filled with unbelievable survival stories and adoptions that underscore the indomitable spirit of animals, and those who care for them. Tarzan rescued from construction site – covered in tar! On a cold spring day in May a cold, hungry and frightened orange cat was found abandoned in a dirty construction site where he was hiding from fast-moving cars and construction equipment. Adding to his misery, the cat was covered head to toe in a sticky black tar. Tarzan, as he became known to the MSPCA adoption center staff who rescued him, had to be nearly completely shaved. The sweet natured cat endured the procedure without complaint and was adopted into a loving forever home.

Blind, deaf and severely matted dog gets a second chance

In October a severely neglected dog arrived at the MSPCA so heavily matted she could not walk. Her grotesquely swollen eyes had rendered her blind, and staffers later found out she was completely deaf. The helpless dog was found abandoned in a backyard, trembling in fear and unable to navigate her surroundings. Staffers, who named her “Petunia,” carefully trimmed her nails and shaved her matted, urine-stained fur. After an operation to remove her painful and unseeing eyes, Petunia was adopted into a new home.

Lucy comforts her owner after both are struck and injured by a car

A beagle named Lucy garnered worldwide attention for refusing to leave her owner’s side after both were struck by a speeding car in Dorchester on Nov. 25. Lucy’s owner, John Miles, was critically injured and near unconscious by the time first responders arrived. Paramedics on the scene were able to find John’s family only by tracing the man’s address using Lucy’s identification tags. John was rushed to a nearby hospital while Lucy was taken to Angell for surgery on her injured leg. She is now back at home with her family, and both owner and dog are recovering.

Surgery fixes Kisses’ broken heart

An adorable poodle puppy with an ultimately fatal heart condition got a second chance at life in January 2013 after surgery at Angell. The young dog, named “Kisses,” was surrendered along with her mother and three littermates to a shelter in Springfield, Mass. four months before she found her way onto the operating table. Funds made available through the MSPCA’s Pet Care Assistance program paid for the operation to close a blood vessel in Kisses’ heart that had failed to close on its own. After her surgery and a short recuperation in the hospital Kisses was adopted.

Adorable Oscar was found in a dumpster, but now lives like a king

In April a seven-week-old Pit Bull puppy was rescued by a good Samaritan from a dumpster in Barnstable. Oscar, as he came to be known, was suffering from a broken jaw—likely a result of being thrown into the dumpster. After eight weeks in the shelter with a warm blanket, healthy food and lots of attention from staff, Oscar’s injured jaw began to heal and he was made available for adoption. Soon after he was adopted into a wonderful home.

Luna crawls home after surviving a hit and run accident

A young puppy named Luna was struck by a car in downtown Lawrence in May before dragging herself up two

flights of stairs to her owners’ apartment. The owners of the three-month-old dog, named Luna, opted to surrender her to the MSPCA due to the expense and burden associated with rehabilitating the critically ill puppy. Luna suffered severe injuries to her legs and pelvis and required emergency surgery at Angell. After surgery, however, the adoption center team found Luna the perfect home.

Adorable Adoptees Corner him, which will simply endear him to you more. We think Dodger would be happiest in an adult home, where he will be given free lap access and lots of loves. He’s very happy to finally be off Craig’s List. For questions about adoption, please call contact: Rescued Paws 360-673-7373

Nafas the “street cat” gets a new nose and a new life

When a seven-month-old cat found in October 2012 curled up under a car on a busy street in Iran’s capital city of Tehran, no one would have suspected he would survive—let alone end up on the operating room table of Dr. Mike Pavletic at Angell. Spirited to the U.S. by an IranianAmerican animal advocate, “Nafas” was clinging to life. Severely underweight, his belly was full of pebbles and sticks and, adding to his misery, he had no nose. His nose was surgically removed by an Iranian veterinarian in a desperate bid to save the cat from a bacterial infection just after he was taken off the streets. Dr. Pavletic crafted a new nose for Nafas using skin and muscle from the cat’s face. And after his recovery Nafas was adopted by the woman who saved him.

Mugsy survives run-in flesh-eating bacteria


A six-month-old Shar Pei puppy named “Mugsy” nearly lost a battle with an aggressive and very rare flesh eating bacteria in July, but his determined owner and specialty care at Angell ultimately saved the pup’s life. Mugsy fell ill over Memorial Day Weekend and shortly thereafter his skin began to rot and fall off his body. Tests confirmed the bacteria was taking over and shutting down the young dog’s body. After several surgeries and aggressive antibiotic treatment, Mugsy defeated the bacteria and is happily healthy.

Coco finds a new home after embedded collar is removed from his neck

A four-year-old gray and white poodle named “Coco” survived what the MSPCA described as one of the worst “embedded collar” cases of all time after surgery in February to remove a wire collar that may have been wrapped around the dog’s body for months. Underneath the wire were his collar and tags—both embedded so deeply in Coco’s skin that they were wrapped around the bones of his neck. After surgery Coco healed quickly and the friendly and loving dog was soon adopted into a new home

Basket the cat found abandoned in a grocery store

In June a two-year-old tuxedo cat was found abandoned outside a Market Basket grocery store in Bourne. Not only was the cat (later named “Basket” by MSPCA staffers) frightened and hungry, she was also suffering from a diaphragmatic hernia—a condition in which her internal organs had forced their way into her chest cavity by way of a hole in her chest wall. Surgery to repair her hernia was successful and after her story hit the airwaves she was adopted by a loving family on Cape Cod. The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization.The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit for more information.

‘Dodger’ Dodger was being given away on Craigslist, which is never a good thing, and can sometimes end in tragedy. Lucky for this little dog, an animal advocate rescued him, and brought him to the safety of her home and our rescue. Dodger has now been vetted (vaccinated and neutered) and is ready for adoption. He will also be microchipped at the time of adoption. He’s a darling little boy, weighs 6 pounds, which is a little on the thin side. He has an interesting little “hop” about him: he walks normally for a while, then will pick up his one hind leg, and skip a couple of paces, then back to walking normal again. He had a trauma to his leg at some time in his past, but when he visited the Vet, the damage had already healed and Dodger doesn’t seem to be in pain. He just has a unique little walk about


Winnie is a real sweetheart. She has short black/white fur and is spayed, current on all shots and has a microchip. She has been here since September, and would really like to go home with you! Her number is #139853 when you Call (360)577-0151

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You May Enjoy the May Edition of our Paper  

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