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Helping you discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region at home and on the road. CRREADER.COM • August 15 – September 14, 2015 • COMPLIMENTARY page 5 O U T • A N D • A B O U T COLUMBIA RIVER dining guide page 29 ON OUR MOUNTAIN SEVEN-TUNNEL TOUR page 19 savoring summer IN THE GORGE Preparing for the ultimate adventure DISPATCH FROM THE DISCOVERY TRAIL page 17 MAN IN THE KITCHEN’S SANGRIA page 32 NEW VOLCANIC ACTIVITY!

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4 Letter to the Editor / Author Profile 5 Dispatch from the Discovery Trail 7 Local Books / Book Review / Bestsellers List 9 Miss Manners 10 Biz Buzz 14 Northwest Gardener ~ Weathering Summer Heat Waves 16 Cooking with the Farmer’s Daughter 17 Out & About: Seven-Tunnel Tour in the Gorge 19 On Our Mountain: Volcanic Activity Detected! 22 Broadway Gallery to Exhibit Gini Smith’s Art 23 Where Do You Read the Reader? 24 Kelso’s Highlander Festival 26-27 Outings & Events Calendar / Farmer’s Market Listings 28 Lower Columbia Informer ~ Feel the Bern! 29 Columbia River Dining Guide 32 Movies ~ Trainwreck, Southpaw, Mission impossible – Rogue Nation 33 Man in the Kitchen: Sangria 34 The Spectator ~ All that glisters is not gold, but...


  • Helping you discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region at home and on the road.CRREADER.COM August 15 September 14, 2015 COMPLIMENTARY

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    O U T A N D A B O U T

    COLUMBIA RIVERdining guide

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    savoring summerIN THE GORGE

    Preparing for the ultimate adventure


    page 17MAN IN THE KITCHENS SANGRIA page 32


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    Publisher/Editor: Susan P. PiperColumnists and contributors:Beth BaileyRon BaldwinDr. Bob BlackwoodNancy ChennaultTodd CullingsSuzanne MartinsonMichael PerryNed PiperPerry PiperAmy A. RenfranzAlan RosePaul Thompson

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    In this Issue

    An American homecoming,

    hamburgers and helicopters.

    4 LettertotheEditor/AuthorProfile

    5 Dispatch from the Discovery Trail

    7 Local Books / Book Review / Bestsellers List

    9 Miss Manners

    10 Biz Buzz

    14 Northwest Gardener ~ Weathering Summer Heat Waves

    16 Cooking with the Farmers Daughter

    17 Out & About: Seven-Tunnel Tour in the Gorge

    19 On Our Mountain: Volcanic Activity Detected!

    22 Broadway Gallery to Exhibit Gini Smiths Art

    23 Where Do You Read the Reader?

    24 Kelsos Highlander Festival

    26-27 Outings & Events Calendar / Farmers Market Listings

    28 Lower Columbia Informer ~ Feel the Bern!

    29 Columbia River Dining Guide

    32 Movies ~

    Trainwreck, Southpaw, Mission impossible Rogue Nation

    33 Man in the Kitchen: Sangria

    34 The Spectator ~ All that glisters is not gold, but...

    We a r e counting t h e d ay s unt i l D a n i e l K e l l n e r arrives from Stuttgart, Germany. He visited us last summer and will return to join the Piper household as a foreign exchange student at R.A. Long High School, both Neds and my alma mater. Its also the alma mater of Daniels grandfather, Gottfried Eichler, Longviews first-ever foreign exchange student, who lived with Em and Jane Piper (Neds family) and graduated with the Class of 1952. We look forward to continuing the tradition and to the fun of having a teenager in the household.

    To celebrate Daniels Longview homecoming on Aug. 23, we plan to serve what has become known in our family, affectionately, as USA Burgers. Well also make root beer floats, Im sure, since both rose to the top of Daniels favorite American food list last summer.

    Shortly after he returned to Germany, Daniels dad emailed us, requesting the

    recipe for USA Burgers. Daniel must have wanted to share that part of his American experience. We thought the name was very cute. But a recipe?

    All I could do was describe the ingredients and steps in careful English, hoping nothing would be

    lost in the translation. I thought of Fred Schleicher, my boss at 24 Flavors Ice Cream one summer long ago. He knew how to make the perfect short order, hot-off-the-grill hamburger. I think hed be pleased to know his methodology has gone international.

    Yes, I am his mother, but I found Perrys account of the Bernie Sanders rally in Portland (page 28) charming, along with his memories of Bill Clintons visit here in 1996. I think Perry might be getting R.A. Long High School mixed up with the White House, however. He insists he saw a military helicopter land on the front lawn of the school.

    People can see and remember things differently and with absolute unwavering certainty, as juries considering contradictory eyewitness testimony can attest. Remember Hillary Clintons account of coming under sniper fire on a trip to Bosnia? Or news anchor Brian Williams tale of being forced down by enemy fire in a helicopter over Iraq?

    Of course Perry, who was just 7 years old in 1996, isnt making things up. And I suppose its possible a military helicopter landed on the lawn of R.A. Long High School. Do you think?

    I remember the Clinton/Gore entourage finally arriving by bus, two hours late on a very hot day, warmly received by a huge, enthusiastic and welcoming crowd.

    Maybe I was distracted, watching President Clinton at the podium exchanging all those grins and thumbs-ups, basking in the warmth of retail politics that autumn afternoon in our little town.

    There was quite a bit of flag waving, but I didnt see any military helicopters. Any readers who were there, can you please help Perry and me settle this?

    If necessary, I will eat crow. And I will eat it gladly ... as long as I can have a USA Burger and a root beer float to go with it.

    Welcome back, Daniel!

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    Captivated by Lewis and Clark articleMy wife, Judy, and I retired to the Long Beach Peninsula in 2001. At least every three months we would spend a day in Longview. We would always visit the Broadway Gallery when in Longview and that is where we first became acquainted with the Columbia River Reader.

    We thoroughly enjoyed the articles and would always find a nugget or two for a good laugh as well as finding something new and interesting. However, yesterday while visiting Longview we picked up the July issue

    and were truly captivated by the article on Lewis and Clark by Michael Perry. Thank goodness that was the first installment of the 33-month series. You have us hooked.

    We would like to subscribe.

    Michael CoxOcean Park, Wash.

    Editors note: Starting last month, CRR again presents Dispatch from the Discovery Trail, by Michael Perry, which began in Columbia River Readers April 2004 inaugural issue. The series coincided with the Bicentennial Commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and helped inspire, define and shape Columbia River Reader in its early years.

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    Vi v a c i o u s , i n t e l l i g e n t , attractive, and articulate, Ellen Urbani has enjoyed writing since she was a child, but in the tenth grade, when her English teacher told her that she had a gift with words, Ellen began to take her writing seriously.

    She attended the University of Alabama while working for the University Press and selling pieces she wrote to regional magazines. Then in 1991, she joined the Peace Corps, serving remote communities in Guatemala as part of a youth development program. These were years when the guerrilla civil war there was still being fought, and she heard moving and disturbing stories from the women and girls caught up in the war.

    It was years later after she had returned to the States, received her Masters degree, married and begun to start a family that Ellen knew she wanted to write of her time in Guatemala and give voice to those womens stories. I always thought these stories needed to be told.

    The result was her first book, a memoir titled When I Was Elena, published in

    2006. In it, she included those stories through the fictional voices of seven indigenous women.

    She wrote largely from memory. I have never kept a journal or diary, she says. But I am a letter writer. While in Guatemala, she related her experiences in letters home to family and friends. Years later, those letters would help fill in the details for her book.

    Completed in 2003, the manuscript was hard to sell because it wouldnt fit into any one neat category. Agents told me, We cant sell this book. Part memoir, part fiction, the bookstores wont know where to shelve it. They advised her to make it one or the other, all memoir or all fiction.

    Ellen Urbani working with youth in Guatemala while serving in the Peace Corps. Courtesy photo

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    Lewis & Clark

    We are pleased to present Installment #2 of Michael Perrys popular 33-month series which began with CRRs April 15, 2004 inaugural issue. Dispatch from the Discovery Trail helped define and shape Columbia River Reader in its early years. During the Bicentennial Commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, each installment covered their travels during the corresponding month 200 years prior. We are repeating the series for the enjoyment of both longtime and more recent readers. To find prior insTallmenTs visit Click Features, then Archives.

    Michael Perry enjoys local history and travel. His popular 33-installment Lewis & Clark series appeared in CRRs early years and is making an encore appearance, beginning with the July 2015 issue.

    cont page 12

    On May 14, 1804 the Corps of Discovery set out on a journey that would cover almost 8,000 miles and take two years to complete. Preparations for the trip began a year earlier.

    While the Lewis & Clark Expedition was a bigger undertaking, it was similar to camping trips many families take every summer loading up the station wagon, driving to the end of the road and hiking into the backcountry for a week or two. If you forget something, a credit card comes in handy; if you get lost, theres always your cell phone.

    But Lewis and Clark had to take everything they would need for the next two years. Their camping trip would take them into areas where no white man had ever set foot. They took items to trade with Indians for supplies. And while they would carry a letter of credit from President Jefferson, there were no stores or motels along their route and nobody knew if they would find a trading

    s h i p w a i t i n g when or if they reached the Pacific coast.

    During the spring and summer of 1803, Jefferson and Lewis worked feverishly to get organized. The President arranged for Lewis to receive instruction from prominent American scientists about botany, natural history, mineralogy and astronomy. Jefferson also secured passports from the French and British governments to allow the expedition to cross their territory.

    However, the Presidents most important contribution was his

    To salute the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the U.S. Postal Service issued three attractive commemorative stamps in May 2004.

    Two stamps featured individual portraits of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark painted by Michael J. Deas. These were only available in a 32-page Prestige booklet containing 10 each of the two stamps. The booklet featured informative text, historic illustrations and scenic photographs relating to the Corps of Discoverys exploration of the Louisiana Purchase during 1804-1806. The booklet had a limited distribution, available in just 10 cities, including Ilwaco. Wash., and Astoria, Ore. This souvenir book, which originally sold for $8.95 ($1.55 over face value), is available on eBay for $11 or less and is worth owning.

    A third stamp showed Lewis and Clark together on a mountaintop. That stamp was available in sheets of 20 stamps in all post offices in the United States.

    All three stamps are still valid for postage. However, you will need to add a 12 stamp to your letter since the first-class letter rate has now increased from 37 to 49.

    detailed instructions on June 20, 1803. I can only imagine todays English teachers cringing at Jeffersons run-on sentences in the following excerpts from his letter to Lewis:

    The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principal streams of it, as, by its course and communication with the waters of the

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    But Ellen saw the work as one whole, her voice and the voices of these women inextricably interrelated. Eventually, an independent publisher picked up the book, and When I Was Elena became a Book Sense Notable selection and was reviewed favorably in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and The Independent.

    In 2005, like much of the nation, Ellen watched, stunned by Hurricane

    Katrinas destruction and concerned for the plight of those caught in its path.

    She decided to write a novel about the disaster, told through the voices of those who had lived it. By that time, she was divorced and living with two very young children in Portland. She likes to say she wrote the book primarily between the hours of 9 and 11 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings while her children were in pre-school.

    Landfall is a powerful novel, telling the stories of two pairs of mothers and their teenage daughters, one family white, one black, against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath (see review, page 5).

    Once again, she wanted to give voice to the voiceless. And what voices! The story is compelling from page one, but much of the novels enjoyment is also in its style, and especially the lyricism of the Southern black dialect, capturing its power and its poetry. (Shhh Cilla whispered. I know, Rosy girl. We could use us some better times. Betterd be good.)

    She finished the first draft in 2008, editing it through 2009. And then she put it aside, preoccupied with a new relationship and the resulting marriage. She and her husband bought a farm outside Portland, working it together as they also built a house on the land.

    In 2014, an independent publishing house, Forest Avenue Press in Portland, announced a one-month open call for submissions. Ellen sent off

    Ellen officially launches her novel on Saturday, August 29the date of Hurricane Katrinas landfallat Powells City of Books in Portland, although she already introduced it at WordFest in July (Once again, Longview is ahead of everyone else!)

    She has an idea for her next project but is not yet discussing it. Based on her other two books, chances are good that it will contain some remarkable voices that need to be heard.

    Ellen Urbani on her Portland farm. Courtesy photo.

    Author Profilecont from page 5

    her manuscript in June. The publisher, Laura Stanfill, loved it and they signed in August.

    What sold me was Laura herself, says Ellen. Laura has this wonderful infectious energywords that could describe Ellen as well. There was a synergy between the two of them, and they rushed to get the book ready in time for the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one year later.

    See Alan Roses review of Landfall (next page).

  • Columbia River Reader / August 15 September 14, 2015 / 7

    BOOK REVIEW By Alan Rose


    By Ellen Urbani

    Forest Avenue Press $15.95 Paperback

    Two mothers, two daughters and a hurricane named Katrina

    Alan Rose, author of Tales of Tokyo, The Legacy of Emily Hargraves and The Unforgiven organizes the monthly WordFest gatherings. He can be reached at, at www.Facebook.c o m / A l a n . R o s e .Author, and www.F a c e b o o k . c o m /WordFestNW.

    What were they doing? asked Gertrude.What do you mean? What was who doing?The marchers. Whatd they do that caused the police to get involved? Nothing, Rose said, drawing out each syllable for emphasis. Thats the point. They werent doing anything cept walking cross a bridge.Go on, Gertrude prodded. You know they had to be doing something wrong. Police dont go interfering with people for no reason.Rose sucked in a deep breath, cemented her arms across her chest, and snapped, Not people who look like you and me..

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    On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana with winds up to 175 mph. Hardest hit was New Orleans, where more than 50 levees broke, resulting in 80 per cent of the city becoming flooded. At least 1,833 people died in the hurricane and its aftermath, with hundreds more missing. The nation sat stunned, watching the indelible images of people helpless, perched on their rooftops as the waters continued to rise around them. Among the three most

    powerful hurricanes in U.S. history, it was also this countrys costliest natural disaster, estimated at $108 billion.

    The late E. L. Doctorow (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The March) once noted that the historian will tell you what happened; the novelist will tell you what it felt like. Released this month on the tenth anniversary of Katrina, Landfall, by Portland author Ellen Urbani tells what it felt like.

    Against the backdrop of this epic disaster she relates the intimate and personal stories of two sets of mothers and their teenage daughters. Cilla and her daughter Rosy are African Americans trapped in the flooded Ninth Ward, the logical extension of being trapped in their poverty and the continuing racism of their society. Gertrude and her daughter Rose, Southern whites, are driving from Alabama to the stricken city, bringing what supplies they can carry for the victims. Very soon their very different worlds will collide.

    The stories are told in alternating chapters from Rose and Rosys points of view, like two story strands that Fate is weaving together into one narrative braid. Along the way, the intertwining stories are dotted with surprises, like clues leading to a major surprise waiting at the end.

    The most harrowing section of the book has Cilla and Rosy, along with their elderly neighbor Maya, trapped in the attic of Mayas house as the floodwaters are rising through the floor.

    Come on, Maya, pray with me.

    No, heart. Just hold my hand.

    Please, Maya, pray with me.

    I done praying, heart. But you go on if you wanna. Ima just sit here and listen.

    Thats when she realized Maya wasnt going to make it.

    I stayed up until two in the morning, reading this book. Throughout my entire life there have been very few books that I stayed up for until two in the morning.

    Landfall is a powerful, unforgettable novel that makes the terror and heartbreak of Hurricane Katrina personal, telling us what this moment in our recent history felt like.

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    Miss Manners By Judith MartinCivilized Life

    1. DEAR MISS MANNERS: When giving gift cards, should you remove the card from the packaging?

    I have removed the tab that shows the amount, but the packaging has information related to expiration, etc.

    GENTLE READER: Are you seriously proposing sending someone out shopping without knowing how much money there is to spend?

    No point hiding a gift cards amount; charitable gift brings no pleasure to honoree; reacting to lewd jokes, etc.

    Miss Manners appreciates the gentility of concealing the price of a present from the recipient. That is why she discourages paying people, rather than taking the trouble to select something that might be appreciated.

    But do not harbor the illusion that you have laundered the money by putting it into a gift card. You have merely restricted its use. And please do not set someone up to get to the checkout counter, only to be told that it is not enough for the purchase, or even that it is too much, but the remaining amount must be supplemented in order to make an additional purchase.

    2. DEAR MISS MANNERS: Im not wealthy, but Im quite well off and need nothing. Rather than give me gifts, several members of my family observe milestones in my life by donating to charities of their choice in my name. I appreciate the thoughts and always thank them appropriately.

    In recent years, however, one couple has begun donating to charities that are anti-gay, to say the least, and they know I am gay. Am I under any obligation to thank them? Would it be considered rude to tell them

    I find such a donation in my name to be very inconsiderate?

    GENTLE READER: Not only inconsiderate, but also somewhat fraudulent. Miss Manners would go to greater lengths than you to stop someone from putting her

    name on a charity that she condemns. Rather than thanking them or not, you might attempt to stop the transaction in advance by saying, I appreciate you thinking of me, but I would prefer not to be associated with a cause with which I disagree. Im sure you understand. By no means should you let them engage you in a discussion of why.

    3. DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husbands two daughters estranged themselves from him more than 20 years ago. Their actions were likely inspired by their deceased mother, who had severe emotional problems, but neither has chosen to explain her reasons. He has four grandchildren he has never met.

    Although he has made many thoughtful efforts to heal the wounds and seek reconciliation, he has not been successful. He has an excellent relationship with his son and daughter-in-law, as do I.

    My husband is now in his 80s. He has asked me how I would phrase his obituary in terms of survivors if he predeceases me.

    My initial impulse is to list the daughters, their husbands and their children, along with his son and daughter-in-law. Yet it seems strange to include children hes never met and a son-in-law he met only once. The daughters have been dishonest and unkind with their father, and part of me says they dont deserve to be listed.

    But if they are omitted, many casual friends who know the daughters but not the situation will surely find it strange. I want to take the high road. The question is much on my husbands mind, and I want above all to be kind and respectful to him.

    GENTLE READER: It is not the purpose of an obituary to thank the people who have behaved well to the deceased. Rather, it is intended to be a tiny, instant account of that persons life.

    Miss Manners understands your desire to reassure your husband, but if you have to give him an answer, you might point out that excluding the daughters would indeed create curiosity from those who know the family.

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    GENTLE READER: Dont laugh.Dissenting, however politely, will only lead to accusations ranging from humorlessness to stifling free speech. But Miss Manners assures you that a silent stare at the joke teller can do wonders.

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    A group of parents chatting in the kitchen about their kids educational needs led to the formation of a new not- for-prof i t corporation and school opening in Longview Sept. 2.

    Big Leaf Montessori School will occupy rented space within St. Stephens Church and serve elementary grade children ages 6-12. This will extend the opportunity for the Montessori experience beyond the pre-school and kindergarten levels already available at Montessori Childrens House in Longview. The two schools are independent.

    Were just continuing the education, for children whove been part of that program, said Big Leaf board president Alicia Jackson.

    Im excited theres a new option because the transition from primary into elementary is linked, said Barry Isenhart, whose 6-year-old son will continue with Montesorri at Big Leaf this fall. Its important to carry on the same methods. Isenhart said Montesorri is a really good option for parents seeking an alternative mode of education.

    Besides Jackson, Big Leafs leadership includes other board members Jami Pannell, Jeff Petersen, and Misty Jewell, along with non-board member Carolyn Fox, St. Stephens liaison.

    Caitlyn Sawyer will be Big Leaf Montesorris teacher. Originally from the East Coast, she has taught pre-school

    and kindergarten for the last few years in Portland. She earned certification for primary, elementary and upper grade levels from the Montessori Northwest Institute in Portland. She also holds a Washington State teaching certificate.

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    Jackson herself attended Sunflower Pre-School 26 years ago, a co-op which was housed at St. Stephens Church and operated there for several years. Its very cool, actually, she said, of the personal connection to her own educational roots.

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    Eric and Rebecca Smith owners of Petworks, in downtown Longview, are celebrating the stores 40th anniversary. Founder Ron Works sold the Longview store in 2004 to the Smiths, who have expanded the business to include stores in Astoria and Olympia. Im very proud of the work theyve done, said Works. Theyve been very ambitious and the store looks better than when we had it. Congratulations on continuing the store for 40 years.



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    Pacific ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregon, Colorado or any other river may offer the most direct and practicable water communication across this continent for the purposes of commerce.

    Beginning at the mouth of the Missouri, you will take observations of latitude & longitude, at all remarkeable points on the river, & expecially at the mouths of rivers. Your observations are to be taken with great pains & accuracy. Several copies of these as well as your other notes

    should be made at leisure times, & put into the care of the most trust-worthy of you attendants, to guard, by multiplying them, against the accidental losses to which they will be exposed.

    Jefferson clearly valued the lives of the expedition members, but he valued even more the information that would be lost if they died en route.

    He told Lewis to turn back i f the journey proved too dangerous. If they reached the Pacific coas t , J e f f e r son wanted Lewis to send copies of all the notes and maps back by ship, if possible. He didnt want to risk the loss of everything on a return trip by land.

    Lewis was also to serve as Jeffersons roving ambassador to the Indian nations they encountered. He was told to collect as much information as possible about each tribes territorial boundaries, their numbers, cultures, languages, religions, clothing, customs and housing.

    Lewis was instructed to be friendly to all Indians, unless circumstances prevented it, and to inform them the United Sates now owned the Louisiana Territory. However, none of these instructions were to interfere with the principal goal: finding a practical water route to the Pacific.

    So what kind of supplies did Lewis take? Obviously, surveying equipment and blank journals for record keeping. Just as important were the guns and ammunition needed for both hunting and protection. Lewis expected

    the men would be able to feed and clothe themselves by hunting along the route.

    While they took little food, they made room for lots of whiskey, a standard military ration in those days. They took tools such as axes, drills, and files. They also took a hundred pounds of Indian presents

    (beads, fishhooks, cloth, needles and knives) and a wide

    assortment of medicines.

    Guns were obtained from the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

    One of the guns was an air rifle, which was

    to be of great interest to the Indians along the way.

    Lewis also had a 40-foot long collapsible iron-framed canoe made

    at Harpers Ferry. The ribbed frame could be folded up until needed, and then covered with animal hides or bark. It sounded like a good idea, but Lewis would be disappointed when it failed to live up to expectations.

    Lewis wanted stout, heal thy, unmarried men, accustomed to the woods, and capable of bearing bodily fatigue in a pretty considerable degree. Most men were recommended by their army commanders, and about 45 men gathered at Camp Dubois near the junction of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers to spend the winter of 1803 getting ready to start their epic journey the next spring.

    next month, we will retrace the steps of the Corps of Discovery as they made their way up the Missouri River.

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    Above: A commemorative he U.S. 5 piece issued in 2004 illustrates the keel boat used by the Corps of Discovery.

    The U.S. National Park Service is 99 years old and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is having a birthday party on Aug. 22, 11am3pm.

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    Share memories with Fort Clatsop 1955 builders who help create the

    Fort Clatsop National Memorial. See a dugout canoe from the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commemoration

    The party, held at Netul Landing, next to Fort Clatsop, is intended to bring the community together and celebrate having a National Park in our neighborhood.

    Netul Landing is located one mile south of Fort Clatsop on Fort Clatsop Road. For more information, call Lewis and Clark NHP, Fort Clatsop at (503) 861-2471.

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    water well, but the reward will be a lush green lawn youll be mowing before frost.

    This summer, your standard watering schedule and amount of water per application will not be adequate. If you started watering early in the spring, the soil would have come into the drier season with some moisture content. Most of us, however, did not start watering areas under large trees or mature landscapes until the hot weather hit. We are used to drenching spring rains and cool seasonal temperatures through June. Mature landscapes have been thirsty for many months. Trees are dry and showing signs of stress (photo at left). Water plants deeply throughout the entire root zone which will be as wide as the canopy of the shrub or tree. Water-stressed plants do not have

    the food reserves nor strength to get through a cold winter. They are more susceptible to insects and disease.

    Early fall display of brilliant foliage is another sign a tree is experiencing water and heat stress. The maple in the photo (at left) was most likely not watered in late spring. Pacific Northwest gardeners normally dont need to apply moisture in May. The usual scenario is to wait somewhat impatiently for the garden to get dry enough to plant.

    The extreme heat of multiple 100-degree days may challenge even sun-loving plants (above). A contributing factor would be hot, dry winds. Wind dehydrates all types of plants and initiates burning of broadleaved shrubs and trees, needled conifers and many ornamental grasses. Sunburn typically does not kill the plants but it does make them look unsightly.

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    Become familiar w i th the normal habit o f y o u r landscape plants. The Kousa Dogwood (top)) has wavy leaves that hang down. The Twisty Baby Locust (bottom) h a s s o f t new growth that rolls.

    Broadleaf plants both evergreen, like this rhododendron, as well as deciduous shrubs will fold down when dry in an attempt to conserve water lost through the upper surface of their leaves.

    At left: Basket, wilted and dry.Below: Dramatically recovered.

    This Hydrangea paniculata will lose some of the sun-burned leaves but will push new growth through the rest of summer.

    This Japanese Maple began to show flaming fall colors in June.

    We are just now beginning the last half of our summer gardening season. One would expect there will be more high temperature challenges before the fall rainy season. Be diligent, persistent, use water wisely and conserve where you can. And during a pounding downpour in September take a turn on the Slip n Slide. You deserve it.

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    Mystery mavens knock em dead in the kitchen

    Favorite dishes have a way of bringing a familiar face to my table of memories. Thats often when I remember the good times weve had together.

    My longtime friend Mary Alice Gorman and I havent seen enough of each other since I retired and moved West while she still holds culinary court in Pittsburgh. I was delighted to receive notice of her upcoming birthday bash, which, unfortunately I wasnt able to attend, though warm wishes went her way on July 11. I do miss her not everyone would enjoy a visit to Lewis and Clarks historic stop at Dismal Nitch as she did. We followed that photo op along the Columbia River with a trip to the Portland Art Museum.

    Mary Alice and I recently connected on Facebook when she republished a favorite recipe of hers and mine that was printed online when

    I was food editor of The Pittsburgh Press. Mary Alice and her husband, Richard Goldman, onetime owners of the Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, were always great supporters of us writers. Mary Alice once joked that if shed had her druthers, their wonderful shop near Pittsburgh would have specialized in biographies, but mysteries sold better.

    Not that she and Richard didnt push the envelope or should I say bookshelves? to include some cookbooks, including mine. In fact, she hired a wonderful caterer to prepare food for the launch of The Fallingwater Cookbook when it came out in 2008. Time does skitter away, doesnt it?

    Mary Alice was the one who introduced me to Diane Mott Davidson, whose series of culinary mysteries sit on my bookshelf to this day. I consider

    them top-shelf work and I look up and admire the playful cooking words Diane liked to use for her titles: Sticks and Scones. Prime Cut. Shopping Spree. The Last Suppers. And my personal favorite: Dying for Chocolate.

    Her series centered around a cook-cum-sleuth named Goldy Schultz, as in Goldilocks Catering, Where Everything Is Just Right!

    The recipes in Dianes books were legend. They worked. They were delicious. They didnt require 12 trips to the grocery store. This was one mystery writer who worked as hard developing her recipes as her plots. She joked that one books recipes were not so popular with her readers. And that was no mystery to me.

    In that book, her protagonist, Goldy, was cooking for her best friend, Marla, who was dieting. The recipes seemed

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    Ill never forget the summer day I interviewed the writer while wildfires glowed in Colorado. As she talked to me from her Evergreen, Colo., kitchen I could hear the planes that were flying overhead fighting fires. Smoke was drifting in her windows. Truly, where theres smoke, theres fire and its not always coming from the oven.

    That newspaper story about my favorite culinary mystery writer brings me back to Mary Alice and her delicious recipe, which she said is the only entree she can cook and still talk to Diane Mott Davidson at the same time.

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    Traveling through the Gorge imparts a feeling that is hard to describe or put a name to. The landscape appears forged by the gods of fire and ice. The Columbia rushes through with tremendous force. The dams only temporarily slow her progress to the sea. Everything feels larger than life, ancient, at times foreboding. By the end of our whirlwind getaway, we are both awe-struck and humbled.

    Taken f rom the Lat in to rnus which refers to the Greek tornos (a carpenters tool for drawing a circle), the dictionary defines a tour as an extended journey, usually taken for pleasure, visiting places of interest along the way.

    The definition speaks for itself. The concept of touring is buried in antiquity and has been a part of

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    Members of the Roman upper classes toured coastal regions of the Mediterranean to escape the heat of Rome in summer and to augment the common entertainment of the time watch ing b ig k i t t i e s devour captured enemies in the Coliseum.

    An antidoteO u r S e v e n Tunnels Tour may not sound as momentous a s t h o s e o f the Romans, but it is surely a n a n t i d o t e t o w a t c h i n g p o l i t i c i a n s devour each other on TV in this election year. At least Sandy and I think so. Hiking and sightseeing trails abound on both sides of the river on our tour route. Camping sites, both public and commercial, are everywhere. The sights are spectacular.

    Longview native Ron Baldwin lives in Chinook, Wash. He loves the outdoors, old Volkswagens, fast cooking and music. Hear his jazz program 68pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from Astoria, Ore., on KTCB (89.5), KMUN (91.2), KCPB (90.9) or live stream online at

    From top: Para-sailing near Hood River; Ron Baldwin enjoys a road-side stop; one of the seven tunnels.

    We begin our tour driving east from Vancouver on Washington Highway 14, passing the town of Camas which, along with

    its namesake prairie, was considered for a winter campsite by Lewis and Clarks Corps of Discovery.

    "... Passed a Small Prarie on the Stard. Side above a large Creek opposit qk Sand River on the Stard. Side, extensive bottoms and low hilley Countrey on each Side (good wintering Place) ..." [Journal entry by Clark, November 3, 1805]

    Near Washougal, we stop for a view of Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge and Capt. William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach. We can easily see why Clark favored this as the winter campsite for the Corps. With Mt. Hood as a backdrop and the columnar basalt cliffs that frame the western entrance to the Columbia River Gorge, the site affords pleasant views and a bit less inclement weather than their ultimate winter camp at Fort Clatsop.

    Exit to OregonJust downstream is Steamboat Landing, also known as Parkers Landing, which became a jump-off point for travelers on the Oregon Trail. A two-mile public hiking trail connects the landing and the wildlife refuge along the dikes of the Columbia.

    Photos by Sandy Cox & Ron Baldwin

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    Beacon Rock at 875 feet high overlooks the river near the unincorporated town of Skamania. The basalt monolith is a premier rock climbing destination and the centerpiece of a 5,100-acre state park. For those less inclined to dangle from ropes like a spider while blowing in the gorge winds, a 3/4-mile switchback trail winds to the top, offering views all around.

    Just upstream of the big rockNorth Bonneville was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1933 as a construction town for Bonneville Dam. When the second powerhouse for the dam was begun in the early 1970s, the entire town was relocated to its current site. From here a panoramic view of the dam with its spillways, locks and powerhouses is a must-see. Close by, the legendary stone arch of the Bridge of the Gods once stood. The Bonneville Landslide of 1100 A.D. created the land bridge but the Columbia breached it and thus created the Cascades of the Columbia, now submerged under the lake created by the dam. Todays Bridge of the Gods spans the Columbia to Cascade Locks on the Oregon side. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the river on the bridge.

    Our next stop is Stevenson, the county seat of Skamania County. Here we enjoy a relaxing lunch at the Venus Caf where a sign suggests Practice Safe Lunch Use Condiments. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center and Museum, located just west of town, is a first-class attraction that should not be missed. The story of the Cascade Band of Chinook Indians is told with many

    artifacts and photographs. Stevensons most famous place is Skamania Lodge. This upscale 175-acre resort, with a lodge built in the Cascadian style, is a true destination with luxury accommodations, an 18-hole PGA golf course, zipline tours, hiking, biking, and spas.

    Carson is our next stop Here we visit the famous Carson Hot Springs and picturesque, old Hotel St. Martin with the mineral baths that date back to 1878. In 1975 an 18-hole golf course was added.

    Now we come to our tunnels. The 20 miles of highway between unincorporated Cook and just east of Lyle has 18 tunnels, seven of which arch over

    Highway 14. The other 11 tunnels, one nearly a half-mile long, are traversed by the BNSF railroad. The railroads are ubiquitous on both sides of the river with long, rumbling trains passing in rapid succession.

    Our highway tunnels #1 through #5 pass through the Columbia River Basalts east of Drano Lake. Building these highway tunnels must have been a real challenge. All seem a little narrow since they were built when cars were narrower.

    Moving upriver we encounter the old mill towns of White Salmon and Bingen where the Hood River Bridge crosses to Hood River and on to Mt. Hood, ever present on the south side.

    Columbia River Interpretive Center & Museum; Photo by Perry Piper

    Bridge of the Gods; photos by Perry Piper

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    Have you been up to the mountain lately? If so, you probably saw some of the same landmarks as in years past. However, a few new businesses and recreation opportunities have popped up on the outskirts of our favorite backyard volcano.

    It turns out you can find it all on Mount St. Helens, whether you are looking for a weekend of relaxation or a 30-second, death defying thrill.

    1. A Sea of GreenMount St. Helens is one of two Cascade volcanoes located within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. At 1.3 million acres, Gifford Pinchot National Forest is the size of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

    Whereas two million people reside in the U.S.s most diminutive states, the

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    St. Helens crater, but if youre looking for a more mellow experience you might be interested in a Foraging for Mushrooms field seminar (coming in October, watch for details).

    5. Wineries As you know, volcanic soils can be an excellent base for growing vines. There are five tasting rooms in the Mount St. Helens area, but the mountain boasts its very own winery and vineyard at Silver Lake. Mt St Helens Cellars is available for tastings (one of their tasting rooms is in Castle Rock) and winery tours. Gary and June Dunbar make about 20 wines in the shadow

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    of Mount St. Helens, including award-winning vintages which are named after the mountains fiery past: Kick Ash Red and Fire Mountain Red.

    6 The entire Yeti family lives hereAfter shooting at Daddy Sasquatch in the daylight on July 11, 1924, four ill-fortuned miners were visited by three more of Washingtons favorite big guys at midnight. The men were reportedly awakened by a tremendous thud, and kept up all night by the apes as they tried to climb down the chimney and break down the door of their backwoods cabin.

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    The first planting at Mt. St. Helens Cellars vineyard, subsequently expanded from 50 to 500 vines. The vineyard produced a small amount of wine in 2013 and at maturity will produce 1.5 2 tons of pinot noir grapes.

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    To many people one of the most enduring memories of the May 18, 1980 eruption is the amazing patterns of forests blown down by the tremendous lateral blast. Time has transformed this powerful legacy in unimaginable ways.

    Thirty-five years later few could have imagined that the crushing weight of each winters snowpack could slowly push the tree trunks down into the ground, but thats exactly what has happened. Each winters snow pack also soaks the trees, and the scorching summer sun bakes them. This intense wetting and drying cycle has also led to their rapid deterioration, at rates far faster than in forested settings.

    The moist, nutrient-rich tree trunks also capture windblown seeds and nourish seedlings, creating a veil of low-lying grasses and shrubs. The amazing array of plants and animals that survived the eruption greatly accelerated this process, making it easier for other life to colonize the shattered forest, enabling complex biological communities to develop rapidly.

    Today, this symbol of natures fury is being transformed by the power of life. The unusual assortment of survivors from the pre-eruption forests and sun-loving weeds and shrubs have generated one of the most biologically diverse landscapes in the Pacific Northwest.



    Todd Cullings is the Assistant Director of the Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mt St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. He has been educating park visitors about Mt. St. Helenss geologic, biologic and cultural stories since 1986.


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    Broadway Gallery to exhibit work of local artist Gini Smith in fond memory

    It was Gini Smith who encouraged me as an artist and influenced me to get involved in the local art scene. She opened my eyes to two groups of artists, the Columbian Artists Association and the Broadway Gallery. We met while exhibiting our artwork at various shows around the area including at the Triangle Mall. I also met another Rainier artist, Donna Patching, who painted with Gini. They seemed to have a very special friendship.

    Gini and I had many things in common being artists and teachers, living in Rainier, and attending the same university, Illinois State University (only 20 years apart). Gini was the easiest-going person so it wasn't hard to become friends. We also exhibited together at the Seaside Christmas Craft Fair every Thanksgiving weekend for several years. Her husband, Loman, and she exhibited their work there.

    When Loman passed away, many friends gathered around Gini. It took her quite a while to agree to sell their home in Rainier. It was not only a home; it was a place of inspiration and a place to create. She had a fantastic studio so I could see her reservations. Several years after she moved to Longview, she began to have health issues. While recouping, she spent some time in Frontier. I knew she needed something to help her through this. I brought her a new sketch book and colored pencils. She was so happy and used it to draw and put down her thoughts. She later thanked me for the gift and proudly showed me how

    she used it.

    Gini was a very fine artist who worked in watercolors and oils. She had her own special style that reminded me of the Impressionists. She loved nature and landscapes. Her paintings won many awards but she never let that go to her head. Loman's woodworking probably influenced her subject choices. Living in the country nestled in the woods, they were both involved in the nature that surrounded them.

    I will always remember her as an artist and a friend.

    Beth Baily lives in Rainier. She first met Gini Smith at an art show at a local shopping mall. The two found they had much in common and become enduring friends.

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    She loved her family very, very much, recalled Gini Smiths daughter, Gina Triplett. But her artwork and her art friends were a major part of her life. Gini Smith, who passed away recently at age 82, was a founding member of both Broadway Gallery and Columbian Artists Association, Triplett noted. It made her life complete.

    She knew from a very young age that she wanted to create art, and even during the years Gini Smith was busy raising her three children, Triplett said, she always had her foot in the art world.

    Most of her remaining artwork has been shared within the family or sold, but a few select pieces, along with examples of her late husband Loman Smiths fine woodworking, will be exhibited in September at Broadway Gallery, 1418 Commerce, Longview. Gini Smith working on her art, which was very popular

    over her long career. Her paintings sold well to the public and continue to grace many walls. A few will be exhibited in September at Broadway Gallery in Longview.

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    Artful Lives

    Images courtesy of Broadway Gallery

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    Nice time in Iceland John and Marcia Roche, of Longview, with Castle Rock residents Steve and Terri Selby whose travels in May also included England and France, are pictured here at the Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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    To celebrate its Scottish roots, the town of Kelso founded in 1884 by Scotland native Peter Crawford, who made a homestead land claim on the east bank of the Cowlitz River in 1847 hosts an extravaganza one special weekend every fall. This year, on September 12-13, men and women will again don kilts and play bagpipes, toss tree trunks and boulders (to prove who is strongest), and dance the Highland Fling in Kelsos Tam O Shanter Park. Theres a parade, a scone baking contest, Kirkin of the Tartan worship service, a Highland dance competition. food and craft vendors and much mo