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CRREADER.COM • January 15 – February 14, 2013 • COMPLIMENTARY COLUMBIA RIVER dining guide page 29 Helping you discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region at home and on the road. ARIZONA TRAVEL 6, 14 NORTH TO ALASKA 17 HAIKU CONTEST WINNERS 6 HENRI’S SHRIMP BISQUE 11 Winter diversions

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Arizona Travel, North to Alaska, Haiku Contest Winners, Henri's Shrimp Bisque, Review: The End of Your Life Book Club, My Slant From England: Reflections on a Holiday Visit, Dr. Munchie's Burger Hunt, St. Helens Public Art Project, Lower Columbia Informer: Pirates Among Us, The Spectator: It Pays to Advertise


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    CRREADER.COM January 15 February 14, 2013 COMPLIMENTARY


    dining guide

    page 29

    Helping you discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region at home and on the road.




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    FREQUENCY Twice a year just wasnt often enough to hear whats happening at the Port.

    EAGERNESS TO SHARE Exciting things are happening at the Port!

    TOO MUCH INFORMATION It was just simply impossible to squeeze all that exciting news into newsletters only 2x per year.

    POPULARITY Overwhelmingly positive feedback on recent news-letters inspired the change.

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    Publisher/Editor: Susan P. PiperColumnists and contributors:Dr. Bob BlackwoodDavid BellJean Carnine BrunerNancy ChennaultErin HartRichard Kirkpatrick, MDGary MeyersTom MyklebustJohn PerryMichael PerryNed PiperPerry PiperRick PopeAlan RosePaul Thompson

    Staff:Production Manager/Photographer: Perry E. Piper

    Accounting Assistant: Lois Sturdivant

    Editorial Assistants: Michael Perry, Kathleen Packard, Sue Lane

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    David Bell contemplates Boya Lake, British Columbia, during his Bucket List Fulfillmnent trip, Summer 2012. See story, page 17.

    Photo by Karla Dudley

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    Columbia River Reader . . .helping you discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region

    at home and on the road.


    Sue Piper

    Perking along in 2013.

    In this Issue 4 Quips & Quotes

    5 Cover to Cover: Top 10 Bestsellers

    5 Book Review ~ The End of Your Life Book Club

    6 Hook, Line & Sinker: Arizona Winter

    6 2012 Haiku Contest Results

    7 Biz Buzz

    8 MySlantfromEngland:ReflectionsonaHolidayVisit

    11 ManintheKitchen:HenrisShrimpBisque

    13 Northwest Gardener: Winter Pruning

    14 Tom Myklebust on Sports: Arizona Spring Training

    15 Dr.MunchiesBurgerHuntDelayed

    17 BucketList:DavidBell~NorthtoAlaska

    18 St.HelensPublicArtProject~SweetheartBall

    20 Book Review ~ Love Does

    21 Where Do You Read the Reader?

    24-25 Outings&EventsCalendar/MusicScene

    26 Lower Columbia Informer: Pirates Among Us

    28 Movie Reviews by Dr. Bob

    29 Columbia River Dining Guide

    30 TheSpectator~Itpaystoadvertise

    Three cheers for Gary Meyers who once again orchestrated our Haiku Contest (see page 6). This makes five years in a row and he definitely deserves some special recognition. Traditionalists say the appropriate gift for the fifth wedding anniversay is wood, and while the Haiku Contest isnt exactly a wedding anniversary, we wanted to send Gary a meaningful gift.

    We looked into commissioning a wood carving of Matsuo Basho, the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan and recognized as the greatest master of haiku. We discovered the shipping cost to Hawaii would be beyond our budget, however, so instead we are sending Gary a bag of Pacific Northwest cedar chips, with our heartfelt thanks. He and his panel of judges do an amazing job, especially considering they conduct their business from afar, stuck out there in Hawaii with so few comforts.

    Newsweek just published its last print issue, which stirs feelings of disbelief, denial, nostalgia and fear in many readers. Especially those of us who enjoy perusing the pages of a

    paper magazine while sipping a cup of coffee and/or who are engaged in ink-on-paper enterprises.

    But CRR is still going strong! Our advertisers remain loyal and satisfied. In fact, the number who have already signed annual contracts for 2013 is

    higher than any previous year. We are encouraged and energized! Thanks to all our advertisers and to you readers who enjoy CRR, receive the messages in the ads and, in turn, are drawn to do business with CRR advertisers. Its a lovely, circular partnership. It reminds me of coffee perking. Ahhh, it smells good!

    We did lose one regular advertiser who, with regret, explained that his agencys corporate advertising priorities are shifting from print in favor of digital, where they can more easily measure the immediate response.

    In other words, a certain number of mouse clicks or direct sales tracked from a specific ad more clearly justifies the cost balanced against a quantifiable return. This may be how some bean counters think, but print advertising continues to offer value and bring results.

    Ned touches on the topic of advertising in The Spectator (see page 30), even quoting ME as saying that an ad is not a vending machine. Imagine being quoted in your own publication now, thats percolation!

    Happy New Year!

    CRR BUS NOTEThe Reader hits the road!A few complimentary seats are available for CRR readers attending the Sweetheart Ball in St. Helens on Feb 9 (see story and ad, page 18) round trip from Longview, Rainier or Columbia City. Space is limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. Contact us soon if you are interested in joining the fun. See photo of bus, page 22.

    Email [email protected] or phone 360-636-1143.

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    Letters to the Editor (up to 200 words) and Reader Viewpoints (up to 350 words) are welcome. Longer pieces, or excerpts thereof, in response to previ-ously-published articles, may be printed at the discretion of the publisher and subject to editing and space limitations. Items sent to CRR may be considered for publication unless the writer speci-fies otherwise. We do not publish letters endorsing candidates or promoting only one side of controversial issues.Unsolicited submissions may be considered, provided they are consistent with the publications purposeto help readers discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region, at home

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    and on the road. Advance contact with the editor is recommended. Information of general interest submitted by readers may be used as background or incorporated in future articles. Name and phone number of writer must be included; anonymous submissions will not be considered. Outings & Events calendar (free list-ing): Events must be open to the public. The arts, entertainment, educational and recreational opportunities and com-munity cultural events will receive listing priority. See submission details, page 24, Businesses and organizations wishing to promote their particular products or ser-vices are invited to purchase advertising.

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    Jean Bruner says, Keep your chin uponly the first 40 years of parenthood are the hardest. She helps distribute

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    It is unwise to be too sure of ones wisdom. It is good to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest could err.

    ~ Mohandis K Gandhi

    A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many people want to get inand how many people want out. ~ Tony Blair

    Truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth the suffering. ~ Bob Marley

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    Unsolicited advice is the junk mail of life. ~ Bern Williams

    Life is a moderately well-written play with a badly written third act.

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    Life is a tragedy when seen close up, but a comedy in long shot. ~ Charlie Chaplin

    Ive learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end the faster it goes. ~ Andy Rooney

    Life is like an onion: you peel it off and sometimes you weep. ~ Carl Sandburg

    Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. ~ Samuel Butler

    Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. ~ Haim Givott

    A child, like your stomach, does not need everything you can afford to give it. ~ Frank A Clark

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    Letter to the EditorLoves local history I finally read my copy of the Reader this morning, now that the semester is over and finals are done: I just had to tell you how much I love the Local History section. LOVE it.

    Also, will be going to the kickstarter today or tomorrow for Stageworks.

    Sara FreemanTacoma, Wash.

    Editors Note: Sara is a drama professor at University of Puget Sound. She grew up in Longview and occasionally writes theatre-related articles for CRR. Watch for her essay in CRRs April edition, related to Diva Nation, coming to Longviews Columbia Theatre April 19. Ms. Freeman is one of many contributors via Kickstarter who have made possible Stageworks Northwests renovation of the Longview Theatre marquee. See story, page 16.

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    By Alan Rose

    Alan Rose, author of Tales of Tokyo and The Legacy of Emily Hargraves, organizes the monthly WordFest gatherings and hosts the KLTV program, Book Chat. He can be reached at Alan will be reading from his newest book, The Unforgiven, at the next WordFest on February 5.

    The End of Your Life Book ClubBy Will SchwalbeKnopf Oct 2012$25

    What we talk about when we talk about booksSons tribute to his mother reflects transformational power of books.

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    Plenty of people are willing to talk about death but very few about dying.

    In 2007, Mary Anne Schwalbe was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Though resigned to her prognosis, she was also a fighter, determined to live as fully and as long as possible.

    While waiting at Memorial Sloan-Ketterings outpatient care center for her treatments, she and her son, Will, would read and discuss favorite books. Both had been lifelong readers; Will

    was a book editor, and herself, one of the founders of the Womens

    Commission for Refugee Women and Children. Her work had often taken her to war-torn areas of Africa and Afghanistan, and during the remaining two years of her life she worked tirelessly to build a library in Kabul.

    In this book club of two, they read broadly and eclectically, from Jane Austen and E. M. Forster to Ken Follett and Stieg Larsson. I was initially disappointed that there

    wasnt more about the books they were readingsome barely receive a mentionbut then realized that, like book clubs everywhere, the books themselves are often just the opportunities people create to come together and to share their lives, literary bridges that we use to cross over that gulf that separates us one from one another.

    In spite of the mortal pall hanging over them, there are delightful moments of humor. Mary Anne had the habit of starting a book by reading its ending. I was very surprised by the ending. Were you? asks Will, referring to William Trevors Felicias Journey. She responds, Of course notId read it first. I dont think I could have stood the suspense if I hadnt known what was going to happen.

    They dont so much talk about the books as talk around them, the book becoming the occasion for their time together, deepening their understanding and their love as mother and son, as one dying and the other one (temporarily) surviving. These become important times for

    both. Will reflects, I was learning that when youre with someone who is dying, you may need to celebrate the past, live the present, and mourn the future all at the same time.

    The End of Your Life Book Club is one sons loving tribute to his mother, and to books and their power to transform our minds, and thereby, our world. No doubt, Mary Anne Schwalbe would have enjoyed it, reading the ending first to see what was going to happen.

    Of course, we are all dying and none of us knows the hour, which could be decades away or tomorrow; and we know that we need to live our lives to the fullest every day. But I mean, reallywho can play that mental game or live like that? And theres a world of difference between knowing you could die in the next two years and knowing that you almost certainly will.

    ~ from The End of Your Life Book Club

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    Longview native Gary Meyers is retired in Honolulu after careers with the USMC and Northwest Airlines. He is a frequent contributor and strong supporter of CRR, providing sound counsel to the publisher/editor. He founded the Annual Haiku Contest.

    2013 Haiku Contest

    By Gary Meyers

    A hearty Well done! is due all the poets who participated in CRRs 5th Annual Haiku Contest. The competition ended at midnight, West Coast time, on New Years Eve. Out here on the edge of the known world, Waikiki was preparing to say goodbye to the Dragon and welcome in the Year of the Snake. Fireworks were exploding and champagne corks were about to pop while I was busy collecting the last batch of entries to distribute to the judges.

    We received a total of 182 haiku this yearMany entries arrived during the waning hours of the contest. This leads us to suspect that some contributors believe (mistakenly) that entries submitted late are put on top of the heap thereby receiving special attention by the judges when they are fresh and alert while entries arriving early must languish on the bottom when the panel members are nodding off and drool is collecting on their bibs.

    Drawing the lineNodding and drooling aside, our judges are first rate, top drawer, all giants in their own minds. Most have been accused of many things over their professional careers (never convicted as far as I know) but shirking their haiku duties is not one of them. From first to last, each haiku is given equal weight, evaluated on its merits, and all voted on by secret ballot. The entries with the most votes are the winners and the honorable mentions. I break any ties. This year, our biggest problem was winnowing the field down to the final selections. We had a roomful of quality submissions from which to choose. But as Mason said to Dixon, We have to draw the line somewhere.

    FIFTH TIMES THE CHARMHaiku entrants wow judges!

    Botanists cal l the mountainous area south of Tucson the Mexican Highlands where the terrain rises and typical Sonoran desert vegetation gives way to scenic oak and pine forests with extensive grasslands. The best quail hunting on the ten units of the 1,780,000-acre Coronado National Forest distributed across southeast Arizonas mountains is between 4,000 and 6,000 feet elevation among oak groves along north facing canyon slopes.

    This time of year, daylight in southern Arizona lasts about two hours longer than at our latitude. The weather is normally clear with sunny blue skies but it can and occasionally does rain (and snow at higher elevations), although winter storm events typically are of short duration. Mostly, the weather is good. Even in the mountains, where it can freeze at night, afternoons see high temps in the 60s and 70s.

    While hunting was what drew me (quail hunters from across the country pilgrimage to the area to hunt the locally abundant Montezuma quail which occur only there and in Mexico), you dont have to be a hunter to enjoy the areas scenery and history. There are many attractions including Mt. Lemmon (southern-most US ski area) and Saguaro National Park, both outside Tucson, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument south of Gila Bend, Tumacacori National Historic Park near Nogales, Coronado National Monument and San Pedro River National Conservation Area (the only Mexican river to flow north into the US) near Sierra Vista, Chiricahua National Monument southeast of Willcox, and others.

    Besides the Coronado National Forest, there are several federal wildlife refuges such as Buenos Aires, San Bernardino, Leslie Canyon and the

    By now, many are becoming weary of winters colder temperatures, grey skies and rain, rain and more rain. It will be another two or three months before warmer, sunnier days return. But if you have the time and can afford the gas to get there, the sunny skies and mild weather of southern Arizona beckon. Right now! It is possible to drive there in two days, spend five days seeing the sights and return over two more days for nine days total or one weeks vacation plus the weekends on each end.

    I made about 15 such trips in the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s to camp on the Coronado National Forest while hunting quail in December, January and February. Some winters I made two trips down and back. One year, three times.

    by John L. Perry

    Hook, Line & Sinker

    Arizona in Winter

    John Perry, pictured here w i th h i s dog Crater, is retired after a career in industrial forestry. He lives on a farm near Brownsville, Oregon, where he grows Christmas trees and improves wildlife habitat.

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    Mexican Highlands offer pleasant getaway

    As usual, a few entries stood out for the wrong reasons. Some had to be set aside because of syllable count (over or under). While contemporary haiku poets pay less attention to convention, we remain traditionalists out of deference to the legendary father of haiku, Matsuo Basho [1644-1694].

    We also found a misguided limerick in the pileand not for the first time.However, There once was a maid from Nantucket failed on several levels.

    Dutch treatFrans Terryn from Kortrijk, Belgium, submitted one in a foreign language that none of us understood. So that entry on its face won the best foreign language submission! We can only hope that Frans offering was indeed a haiku and not an obscene reference to the panel or the chief judge. (It was actually a Dutch translation of one of Frans English language entries.)

    The inspiration for the panel and for haiku enthusiasts everywhere has to be Rose Putnam from Kelso. Rose is 92 years old. We know this because she shamelessly wove her age into one of her entries apparently to garner the judges favor. Her ploy worked. The winner in the Seasoned Poet - 92 and over category is [drum roll] Rose Putnam. Keep your pen active, Rose, and next year I can assure you that you will be the winner in the 93 and older category!

    Outside the boxThe most creative failed haiku was, Whew! Met the deadline!/My haikus are on greenbacks/Do I have an edge?

    Weve long known that our readers are outside-the-box thinkers. When

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    Whats Happening Around the River

    Biz BuzzBiz Buzz notes news in local business and professional circles. As space

    allows, we will include news of innovations, improvements, new ventures and significant employee milestones of interest to readers. Please phone (360)636-1143 or (503)556-1295 to share the local buzz.

    Christine Matthews recently joined the staff at Longview Orthopedic Associates. She has more than 25 years of experience as a certified physician assistant. She graduated from State University of New York with a bachelor of science degree in biology before completing her physician assistant certification at Albany Medical College. Matthews later earned a PA certificate in surgical residency at Yale University. She is a member of the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants. After serving as a surgical PA at Genesee Hospital in Rochester, New York, she relocated to the Pacific Northwest, working first as a surgical PA for Longview Surgical Group and then as an orthopedic PA for PeaceHealth Medical Group. Her role at Longview Orthopedic Associates will include providing comprehensive orthopedic services in both the clinic and the operating room. LOA appeals to me because it is very family oriented, she said. Patients and staff are treated with dignity and receive personalized attention.Matthews has five children. She enjoys family activities, needlepoint, quilting, and riding her motorcycle.

    Linda Osborne and Tracie Driver recently opened Gateway Learning Center, formerly a Sylvan franchise, located in the same location at 1157 3rd Ave., Suite 125, Longview. The phone number is 360-577-3939.

    Kristi Barber is the new branch manager and loan originator for Republic Mortgage. Mike Lemmons has joined her as loan officer in offices located on the second floor of the Civic Center Professional Building at 1700 Hudson Street, Longview. Their phone number is 360-577-6000.

    Christine Matthews


    The joint CEDC/Kelso Longview Chamber Economic Summit. Photo courtesy of Mr. Cs

    Join the CEDC to participate in the economic health of our region.

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    TRADITIONALFirst Place: G. Roper, Rainier, ORSilver full moon shinesGiant globe in cobalt skyNatures bright night light.

    Second Place: V. Jascowiak, Varnville, SCDusk settles on pondWisps of fog creep from the woodsLoons trumpet their song.

    Third Place: L. Elkinton, Cathlamet, WAFall crisp red leaves - crunch.Wood smoke tendrils please my noseFirst frost, window lace.

    HONORABLE MENTION TRADITIONALBoisterous March windEnabler and destroyerPink plum blossoms dance. - Alena Erickson, St. Helens, OR

    High on windy hillSoftly kissed by drifting mistMorning sun breaks through. -John Hanna, Palo Alto, CA

    Grizzly sniffs the airAware of deepening coldHibernation time. - J. Sawyer, South Chesterfield, VA

    BEST FOREIGN ENTRY [translated from Dutch]

    They watch the bright moonFrom a shelter of cardboardA tramp and his dog.

    Naar klaar maanlicht zienUit een kartonnen schuilplaatsVagevond ed hond. -Frans Terryn, Kortrijk, Belgium

    POPFirst Place: Dan King, Irvine, CABack from a long tripThinking my cat would miss me.You were gone? it asks.

    Second Place: J. Shipley, Seattle, WAA revolutionHigh in the Andes mountainsIt was a high coup.

    *Third Place: S. Wong, Honolulu, HIFrog dives into pondOnlookers give him a 4The splash is too great.

    HONORABLE MENTION POPOn a winters mornKiyokos calico catSkates on ice fingers. David Hughey, Longview, WA Sunset on the pondMallards approaching runway.Web feet down and locked. -Y. Yoshida, Kapaa, HI

    New phenomenonTeens running into lamp polesCell phones found at scene. -R. Koike. Honolulu, HI

    SEASONED POET AWARD Age has no limitMine seems to have no ending92- still here. -Rose Putnam (92), Kelso, WA

    SIGN OF THE TIMESTexting maniaIs this the new dialogue?Soon, Smartphone debates? -Curmudgeons Anonymous


    (and if) we establish another category Least words in a haiku the winner will surely be xenophobia/antidiscrimination/discrumaccusers.

    It should come as no surprise to anyone that we enjoy hosting these annual haiku contests as much as our readers seem to enjoy participating.

    Thank you all for making this contest successful and for your continued loyalty to Columbia River Reader.

    May Year of the Snake/Bring you health, wealth, happiness/From CRR group.

    Haiku PrizesThe poets listed will be contacted to arrange for prizes. Choices, depending on the particular recognition level, may include invitations to a future CRR Bus Outing; 1-pound box of Sees chocolates; a pair of CRR souvenir wineglasses, or notecards, custom-made by contest chief judge Gary Meyers, featuring their haikus.

    cont from page 6

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    Lake Sacajawa. Crunching along its cinder paths as I puffed my way around the circumference, I marvelled at (and was slightly amused by) the precision with which the buildings on its edge were organised.

    Forgive me if I get the order wrong (I am now sitting at my kitchen table in Hawkhurst, a small Kentish village in the South East of England) but, joining the path at Louisiana Street Bridge and running anti-clockwise (as runners do who knows why?), I passed picture-perfect houses, many adorned with festive lights wishing residents a cheery Yuletide; then the High School and St. Roses Catholic Church, its modern tower thrusting skyward. Directly opposite stands the non-denominational church, a neatly bricked impersonation of the traditional parish churches that sit in most English towns and villages.

    The centre of the lake is dotted with small islands and fountains, uninhabited in winter except for web-footed visitors, sparkly snowmen and reindeer.

    Clustered at the far end of the lake stand the hospital and medical centres, followed by further places of worship, bearing testimony to the spirituality and kinship of the townsfolk of Longview.

    Whilst I cant speak for their spirituality, the friendliness of the people was evident at a drinks party hosted by my aunt and uncle on 25th Avenue. Neighbours, colleagues and members of various groups from Rotary to Transportation gathered to imbibe and consume and what a delightfully friendly bunch they were. The air sparkled with conversation and laughter; my husband, Tim, and I were struck by the warmth and friendliness of the Longviewians. It is clearly a town where, be it from birth or migration, it is hard to leave.

    Mr Long had a vision of a perfect town, back in the early 20th century; my snapshot was of a dream made reality.

    We recalled those fine words of one C. Columbus as we left our village home (built in 1830) in England; our hamlet has a population of 5000 souls, a butchers shop, a bakery, a farm shop and five pubs.

    We came to sample the American hospitality of Peter and Esther Bennett who had bought a mansion in Longview. We had already listened with rapt attention to the exploits of Mr Long after the First World War.

    We were ready to meet the sons and daughters of those pioneers

    who had moved to fulfill Mr Longs vision. A grand tour of the town was laid on; we marvelled at the streets laid out in a grid formation, at the Lake and Park, the shabby chic grandeur of the Monticello Hotel and the architecture espoused by Mr Long.

    However this excursion was somewhat disappointing. This did not show us anything that separated Longview from other towns in the North West; in fact town boundaries are not clear cut (towns seem to run into each other) . Surely, we opined, Peter and Esther would not have moved here if there was not something special.

    We then jumped out of the car and had our Eureka moment. We met the citizens of Longview and they were wonderful. Friendship and kindness poured out from everyone that we met; offers of hospitality, golf matches and the use of outdoor spas.

    Tom and Rachel Fagg were guests at a holiday party hosted by Longview residents Peter and Esther Bennett. The couple enjoyed their visit to the Pacific Northwest and were the life of the party. They submitted the following upon their return to England.

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    And nearly every one of the 98% of us have failed. Yet we all know its important.

    Well, after acquiring over 2000 pounds of cast iron plates and about a dozen bars of different lengths and a multipurpose weight bench, guess what I have in my garage? Two thousand pounds of iron, heavier now because of layers of dust and dirt, plus all those bars and straps. The bench is a table.

    I have also failed on the aerobic side. The Treadmill is folded up and hasnt beentplugged in in 8 years. The reclining bike broke and went to the dump. The stair-stepper found a new home somewhere, after an intermediate stop at Goodwill.

    Further, memberships at Physical Impact, YMCA, Mt. Valley Racquet Club expired.

    Every single dayBut nearly two years ago, I found a simple means to succeed. I made a commitment to exercise every single day. No misses. No excuses.

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    But above all we found that ingredient missing from our home village.

    Pride in a town where most people that we met had lived all their lives, worked and raised families. Suzanne (Cusick), the School Superintendent was an inspiring figure, as was Tim Cusick. Kay Green had retired at 62 but had thrown herself into charity and community projects, a mainstay of one of the three Rotary Clubs. Ned and Sue Piper had taken on a gamble of entering the notoriously difficult world of newspapers.

    We met a wonderful evergreen couple who had been romantically linked for 17 years before he proposed.

    Now we knew the special ingredient that was Longview: the people.

    We will return. Thank you, Longview, for reminding us of what transcends buildings, amenities and scenery.

    From England cont from page 8Doug that I am on his trail and that if he misses even one day, hell never catch me!

    Longview-Kelso has at least 10 fitness centers, plus sometimes kids can work out at their school. Although all have weights, machines, and cardio equipment, each has its advantages:

    1826 Elite Fitness has complete spa services and complete equipment. Three Rivers has complete services and equipment. SWW YMCA has basketball, swimming pool and racquetball. Mint Valley Racquet Club has tennis and racquetball. Forever Fit has low prices, extended hours and tons of equipment. Physical Impact has aerobics and extensive equipment. SNAP has three local and hundreds of national locations, all open 24/7/365.

    Curves has a male-free environment. Girls only.

    In addition to weights/cardio equipment, most also offer instruction. As a neophyte, you can learn to build muscle and endurance without risking injury. Aerobics, yoga, and zumba classes are available at most of the above.

    Here are a few other recommendations I offer accumulated over the past 679 days I have been in a gym (including on vacations in Las Vegas, Northern California, San Diego, and Seattle):

    Workout recommendations1. Plan on at least an hour per session.

    2. Do a mix of weights and cardio.

    3. Make sure theres a TV in front of your cardio machine; youll get focused on the TV content, and hardly notice the strain of the workout.

    4. To avoid getting stiff/sore, eat some starch or protein after your workout

    5. Keep sipping fluids during and after the workout

    6. Have three or four workout routines in order to give recovery time between work on specific muscle groups (such as lats/biceps, chest/triceps, legs, shoulders, one group each day, in rotation).

    7. Use snacks as a motivator. If you eat a candy bar, then pledge to burn it off that night on the treadmill.

    8. When on the treadmill, turn the slope to 15% to quintuple the calorie-burn compared to flat setting. On bikes and ellipticals, dial up the resistance.

    9. Make workouts somewhat of a social event by greeting others, or even going with a relative or friend,.

    10. Exercise improves your focus, energy, and mood if youre too tired to work out, you should work out anyway and youll be energized.

    Above allDont let anything get in your way. Make it top priority. Go even if youre busy, injured, or sick.

    Remember: No misses. No excuses. No exceptions.

    Editors Note: Dr. Kirkpatrick has listed several fitness facilities in the Longview-Kelso area. There are many others, as well as numerous ones located in surrounding communities in the Columbia River region. Pick your favorite.

    Dr. Rich Kirkpatrick grew up in Longview and is active in the local community. He is often seen at civic functions, musical performances and local sporting events. If you see him, be sure to tell him how you are doing on your New Years resolution.

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    What tastes better o n a f r o s t y winters day than a bowl of piping hot soup? While perusing Sandy Carls cookbook (see footnote below), I found her recipe for Henris shrimp bisque particularly alluring. What better way to initiate my new test kitchen? (See photo at right.)

    In the kitchen a bisque is a thickened soup, usually with a milk and seafood base. Many chefs adopt their personal recipe for seafood bisque as their signature dish. The spices used and the amount make the difference, and are often secret. Bisque is usually served pured, often with small pieces of seafood added. While bisque has a smooth texture, stews and chowders are chunky, often with the addition of potatoes. Finely chopped potatoes work well to thicken a bisque, as well. There are many ways to shape the flavor of a seafood bisque smoked fish, corn and peas, to name a few.

    There are no established rules as to what constitutes a bisque. Some suggest that the addition of the pureed shells of the shellfish used is required for a true bisque. Required or not, its an excellent idea to add them. They pack a lot of flavor, and thats what its all about.

    Henris, a fine dining restaurant a couple of miles west of Longview on Ocean Beach Highway, now closed, was famous for its Shrimp Bisque. Ive made it and will again. I particularly like the combination of its rich flavor and texture (See recipe, next column. I reduced the salt to 1 tsp. and used Better than Boullion reduced sodium chicken base sold in paste form).

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    Henris Shrimp Bisque1/2 C. butter-melt over low heat in large saucepot.1/2 C. flour2 tsp. salt1 tsp. pepper1 Tbl. powdered chicken base1 Tbl. sugar1/4 tsp. white pepper1/8 tsp. nutmeg

    Whisk the above ingredients into butter until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat and add:2 quarts whole milk

    Bring to a boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

    1/2 C. bacon1 C. minced celery 1 C. minced onion1 tsp. thymeSaut bacon with vegetables and thyme. Add:1/2 C. white wine

    Add vegetable saut to cream sauce:1 lb. peeled medium shrimp, chopped. Saut and add to saucepot, then heat thoroughly.

    Recipe from Sandy Carls cookbook, Tasteful Memories. A limited number of copies are available; for info, call 360-749-3935.

    Longview businessman Henri Paul for many years operated the popular Henris restaurant, where he became known for his cheese bread and other fine food and for his

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    Above, Man in the Kitchen at work in his new test kitchen at CRRs downtown Longview world headquarters.He served the shrimp bisque, garnished with chopped parsley,with olive-cheese bread and a chilled Chardonnay.

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    The home gardener may be intimidated by what appears to be the daunting task of pruning landscape shrubs and trees. Winter is a good time to grab the appropriate tools and get out of the house into the fresh air. By becoming familiar with the following guidelines and terms, you will find pruning a rewarding exercise and not as much of a chore as you would imagine. Be attentive to the natural growth pattern of your shrubs and trees. Specifics for fruit bearing trees and shrubs can be learned from taking classes offered by local garden centers/nurseries and WSU Master Gardeners. Check websites for winter schedules. If your plants have been neglected over time or disfigured by improper pruning, renovation pruning may be needed. However, becoming comfortable with terms and technique is a great place to start.

    Dormant in the winter monthsWhen temperatures are lowest, the structural limbs and twigs of the plant above ground are asleep. This applies not only to the deciduous trees that lose all their leaves in the fall, but also to broadleaf evergreens and conifers (see top photo).

    DeciduousFruit trees, berries, shade trees and any non-blooming or summer-blooming shrubs, such as barberry and Japanese maples can be pruned now. The branch structure is easy to see and you will be able to visualize the result. Summer-flowering shrubs such as hydrangeas and roses can wait until mid-March.

    Branches of spring blooming shrubs and trees such as lilacs, forsythia and plums can be cut and brought indoors to enjoy as a bouquet when you first see color in the flower buds. The majority of the pruning should be done after the blossoms fade for maximum display in the garden.

    Evergreen Broadleaf, as well as conifer shrubs and trees, will not immediately generate new growth to cover pruning cuts. Selective reduction pruning for shape and size can be done now, but hedges should not be sheared until later in the winter. Spring bloomers, such as rhododendrons and camellias have already formed their flower buds and will not bloom in the

    spring if you prune them now. Wait until after they bloom.

    ToolsYour se lect ion of pruning implements will depend on the project and the size of your shrubs and trees (see photo at left).

    Larger trees may require the addition of an orchard ladder for safety within the higher branches, a pole or extension pruner for ground-level pruning and perhaps a chainsaw for mature limb removal.

    Pruning: The practice of removing twigs and branches from a tree or shrub.

    A branch is a stem that is attached to another stem or the trunk. Branches create a crotch at the attachment and can be a weakness within a shrub or tree if there are too many in one spot or the crotch is narrow, causing a tight V. Winter pruning often involves removal of branches that form narrow crotches.

    The point where the branch is attached to another or the main trunk is the collar, a wrinkled ridge next to the trunk (see photo, below). Any cuts

    need to be just outside the collar to hasten healing and prevent stubs that will dieback and become diseased.

    Water sprouts grow rapidly straight up from horizontal branches of deciduous trees that have been topped or sheared improperly. Removing one third of these each summer will reduce the amount of water sprouts that can be generated by winter pruning.

    Suckers are fast-growing branches at the base of a shrub or tree (see photo, top center). Cut all of these off at ground level and treat with a tar-like sealer for healing pruning cuts. This will slow down the regeneration of suckers.

    Story and Photos by Nancy Chennault

    Apical (terminal) dominance and its role within a plant will add clarity to the art of pruning. The terminal (apical) bud of a plant is the primary growing point located at the apex (tip) of the stem (see top right photo). It is the dominant bud and will cause the lateral buds below it to remain dormant. Terminal buds have special tissue, called apical meristem (a hormone), that prevents the lower buds from developing. When the top bud is removed, the hormone is redirected to the next bud down the stem and that lateral bud becomes dominant.

    Proper pruning technique is nothing more than finding the buds down the stem from a terminal bud and cutting the stem back to a lateral bud pointed in the direction you want it to grow. Its as easy as that!

    Make 2013 the year to discover the elation found in winter garden activities. Our Pacific Northwest temperate winter climate is perfect and the brisk air undeniably refreshing. Happy New Year!

    Trees and shrubs, evergreen or deciduous, have a terminal bud as seen at the tip of this branch. Below this bud are the nodes which form the dormant lateral buds.

    Left to right: Bypass lopers, a quality pair of bypass hand pruners and a small pruning saw. A small rake is helpful to remove interior leaves and debris. Bypass pruners, which have curved blades that slide past each other, are preferred over anvil type pruners which have one sharp top blade that connects with the flat surface of the bottom blade.

    Most landscapes include an assortment of shrubs that include, left to right, conifers (needles), deciduous shrubs and trees that shed their leaves and/or needles in the fall and broad leaf evergreens, such as rhododendrons.

    Suckers (water sprouts) often look totally different than the existing branches and cause unwanted congestion at the crown.

    The Basics of Winter Pruning

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    Between the gamesThe Phoenix area is comprised of over 26 cities but any one of them is easily accessible via the freeway system. Here are a few of the attractions you might want to visit if you are in the area.

    Scottsdale Center for the Arts: This civic center features a large center for plays, musical events etc. Enjoy many restaurants, modern art museum, outdoor concerts, library, and a delightful little museum featuring the history of Scottsdale.

    Dont miss St. Patricks Day in Fountain Hills. The worlds tallest fountain runs green every 30 minutes and every restaurant features great corn beef and cabbage.

    Nature Conservancys Ramsey Canyon. Birders: bring your bird books and binoculars! You will see some strange birds here.

    There is a long history of mining, ranching and even a Civil War battle site (at Picacho Pass) waiting to be explored. The historic town of Tombstone with the OK Corral is worth a stop. Airplane buffs will want to visit the Pima Air and Space Museum and aircraft boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson.

    Short-term snowbirds can stay in motels (the ones in smaller towns are less expensive than in Tucson) and make day trips around the region taking in the sights. Or, if equipped with a pickup camper or camp trailer, stay for free on the National Forest where dispersed camping is allowed.

    In all the trips I made, usually camping quite near the Mexican border, I never saw any illegal immigrants although Border Patrol agents sometimes visited camp asking if we had seen anything. It is a good idea not to drive around on back roads after dark but I always felt safe camped out in the boondocks. Of course, we had dogs and shotguns. Camp off the main roadways and dont block any roads.

    So if youre sick and tired of winter, maybe what you need is a week in southern Arizona. From Longview to Tucson is about 1,500 miles via I-5 and I-10. Piece of cake.

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    It is early January in the Pacific Northwest and we are waking up to another 35 degree morning. By noon the sleet comes, then the rain. However, Kelso residents Jerry and Kay Totten are not phased by it because January 8th they will arrive at their Peoria, Arizona, home. They already are planning to spend the rest of winter and early spring outside. I dont know about you, but just hearing the word Arizona makes me feel warmer.

    To so many people who are just needing a brief thaw vacation or fans who watch baseball under the Arizona sun during spring training, Arizona offers a big bang for the buck. For the fan or active person, the Phoenix area offers great walking paths, golf, swimming, basketball, Nascar, or my favorite baseball.

    According to Jerry Totten, last year he and his wife sat behind home plate at a Mariners game for $12 a seat. He said that value coupons are readily available for Spring Training games and like the Cowlitz Black Bears Baseball games, it is not unusual to experience fireworks and other fun promotions during the Spring Training Season. The season begins the last week of February and runs through the end of March. There are about a dozen teams playing at baseball parks in the Greater Phoenix area that host the Spring Training Games. This gives the baseball fan many teams and venues to experience within an hour or so drive. To name a few, you can catch teams

    cont page 27

    Adventurers: Climb Camelback Mountain. The trails open daily 30 minutes before sunrise and the views are spectacular.

    The Mesa Market Place is the largest you will ever see and it is covered to avoid the heat of the sun. There are bargains galore and just walking and visiting is fun.

    The newest attraction in the north Scottsdale area is the MIM (musical instrument museum) Plan to stay for the day, have lunch in the large but charming caf and trace the history of musical instruments throughout the world

    Dont forget to go out in the early morning in shorts and T-shirt just to soak up the sun rays!

    ~ Shirley Smith, Longview resident, snowbird and former travel agent

    ~ Shirley Smith, Longview resident, snowbird and former travel agentTom Myklebust is a landscape designer and comes from a long line of local sports enthusiasts. Truman Myklebust, after whom Lower Columbia Colleges gymnasium is named, was Toms second cousin.

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    Regular Reader readers know Dr. Munchie has been leading the search for the best hamburger in the Lower Columbia region. We published the results of Dr. Munchies first Burgeroster in June 2005, and a follow-up survey has been long overdue. And while we promised to present the latest burger ratings in this months issue, it will be another month before we can do so. Thanks to Dr. Munchies free spiritedness.

    Dr. Munchie was the man with the plan, but as we all know, the best laid plans often go astray. And nobody has ever accused Dr. Munchie of being a great planner! Shortly before Thanksgiving, Dr. Munchie dropped off the radar. None of the Reader staff knew what had happened to him until just before Christmas. Even now, what Dr. Munchie has told us seems a little hard to believe.

    It started in KalamaIt appears that while the good doctor was looking for a special hamburger in Kalama, he ran into an old girlfriend from Hawaii. During lunch, he told her a story he had heard from his grandfather about how a man named John Kalama, a native Hawaiian, came to the Pacific Northwest around 1830. He worked for the Hudson Bay Company on their Cowlitz Farm near Toledo, Washington, in 1847. After marrying the daughter of a Nisqually Indian Chief, John Kalama lived near the mouth of todays Kalama River. Supposedly, Kalama was named after him (Lewis and Clark might have disagreed).

    Dr. Munchies ex-girlfriend was impressed with his knowledge of local history, and that he knew about her great-great-grandfather, John Kalama. Surprisingly, she invited him to join her in Hawaii for Thanksgiving to repeat the story to her family. Now, we all know Dr. Munchie is quite frugal (he rarely buys his own lunch, let alone pay for a trip to Hawaii). So when the lady offered to pay all his expenses, Dr. M was so excited, he forgot to tell the Readers publisher/editor and left us in a lurch. And now, you faithful readers are stuck in it with us.

    In between surfing lessons, Dr. M ran into Kelso residents Bob and Chris Simmons who were vacationing on Ohau. After Bob explained how concerned we were, he invited Dr. M to lunch. Later, Dr. Munchie sent us a letter with a picture of the

    best burger hes ever eaten. Perhaps he was trying to make amends? So, while a trip to the Kahuku Grill on the North Shore on Oahu (near the Old Kahuku Sugar Mill) is a little outside our readership area, we thought we should publish Dr. Munchies report. Hopefully, he will return and wrap up his story about local burgers for the next issue. (Editors note: Hed better, or we may have to fire him. Again!)

    Home soonThe Kahuku Grill is best known for their Macadamia Nut Shrimp, but the twice as much burger was fantastic. The tasty juicy double burger has double cheese and double fresh (never frozen) meat; the combo basket, which came with chunks of fried potatoes seasoned with salt and garlic, cost $7.90. They have a wide variety of other specialty burgers. But, Dr. Munchie said he was ready to come home and resume the hunt along the Columbia.

    Story by Michael O. Perry Photo by Bob Simmons

    Burger Roster DelayedDr. Munchie ~ working on his tan in Hawaii(?!)

    Longview native and current Kelso resident Michael Perry enjoys studying local history. He wroteDispatch from the Discovery Trail (the 33-installment series following the Lewis and Clark Expedition during its Bicentennial Commemoration) and since then, many stories featuring local historical points of interest. He often dines out with Dr. Munchie.

    The Twice-as-Much Burger, served at the Kahuku Grill in Hawaii.

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    IF YOU GOBig Band Benefit ConcertOlmscheid AuditoriumSt. Helens, OregonMonday, Jan. 21, 7:30pmTickets at Richardsons Furniture and Semlings Pharmacy in St. Helens, and at the St. Helens High School main office window. Tickets will also be available at the door. Adults $12, Seniors $10, and Students - $5.

    More info: Wes Naish, 503-397-3483.

    The St. Helens Band Patrons will present the 31st annual Big Band Benefit Concert on Monday , January 21, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Olmscheid Auditorium in the St. Helens High School. The concert will again feature The Providence Stage Band from Portland and the St. Helens High School Jazz Band. The concert is a benefit for the Tom Brumbaugh and St. Helens Band Student Scholarship programs.

    The Providence Band, led by Larry Morrell, will present a concert featuring the following tunes:A new Erik Morales composition, Alianza. This is Latin jazz at its best. Several arrangements by Sammy Nestico, including a Count Basie chart of Ja-Da.Artie Shaws arrangement of Stardust, featuring Byll Davis on trumpet and Bud Walter on clarinet. Dr. Bob Smith will again be featured on bass trombone, this time playing, Just One of Those Things. Mike Olsavsky will play an arrangement of Over the Rainbow, from the Stan Kenton library, arranged by Bill Russo.The sax section will be featured on a special arrangement of Easy to Love. Scot Gudger, the bass

    player will be featured on electric bass on Pick yourself Up, also arranged by Sammy Nestico.

    Vocals will include Karin Fakler singing Whatever Lola Wants, a rhumba.

    Maria Blum will sing, from the movie Chicago, All That Jazz, and Dr. Ken Willeford will perform a Frank Sinatra arrangement of The Song Is You.

    The St. Helens High School Jazz Band, with director Noelle Freshner, will open the program with a set of three tunes and will join Providence Band for a grand finale.

    Big Band to strike up in St. Helens Jan. 21

    In the month-long effort to raise $25,000 to refurbish the Longview Theaters face, 195 individuals chipped in with pledges that met the goal and a bit more.

    We hit the goal with only 88 minutes to go, said Stageworks board chairman Cusick. It was touch and go to the end. provides a dynamic Internet-based method of fundraising for start-up businesses and non-profits. Cusick described as the engine that drove their recent fundraising effort to remodel the front of the Longview Theater, their new home. But if Kickstarter was the engine, it was the community that powered the effort.

    Board members phoned friends and family, encouraging them go to the Kickstarter Website and support the project with a pledge. Had the effort failed to meet the goal, everyone who pledged would have been off the hook, Cusick explained. Aggressive online social networking, particularly by the local arts community, was a huge factor fueling the success of the project. The young people who pledged or drove their friends to pledge were inspiring, he said.

    Pledges came from as far away as California and New Jersey with pledges of $1,000.

    We did it! said theatre supporter Jo Brewer. This was as much of a nail-biter as the fiscal cliff negotiations.

    This really is the communitys theatre, said Stageworks director Bethany Pithan, on her Facebook page.

    We cant thank you enough.

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    My travel ing companion, K a r l a Dudley, and I recently completed a trip that

    has been on my bucket list for a long time a road trip to Alaska. The idea of traveling on the Al-Can Highway through British Columbia, The Yukon Territory and Alaska have been in my mind for many years.

    Ive read the Jack London books, and love the poetry of Robert Service, and both Karla and I grew up watching Sergeant Preston of the Yukon on little black and white televisions. In the last few years, Id watch a TV special about the Kodiak Island bears, or see a story about gold panning in Alaska, and the old feeling would come back. I wanted to go to Alaska.

    Id think about taking a cruise and then ditch that idea since I am not one to travel in a confined environment and definitely not one to join the hundreds of people leaving the ship to hop on a bus for a canned excursion. I needed an extended period of time to do the trip like I wanted to.

    Off the back burnerWhen the time came for me to use my seven-week sabatical from my job with Intel, the trip that had long been on the back burner finally came to the front. Karla is always saying If not now, when? So we decided that last summer was the when and we began planning a five-week adventure... starting with the purchase of a new truck, a tent that attached to the back of the truck, and a fancy camp stove with an oven. We both made our list of must dos. Karla wanted to go to Denali National Park and see Mt. McKinley, get up close and personal with sled dogs, and catch a halibut. I was in search of wildlife and planned to take hundreds of pictures (which I did 1,400 of them, in fact).

    We sent for travel information and soon learned the Alaska and The Yukon Territory must have unlimited funds for tourism. We used The Milepost as our guide and the $35 was a wise investment. I made reservations at a couple of campgrounds and in Denali National Park. We mostly just consulted The Milepost for campgrounds close to our evening destination. And it never let us down. The provincial parks in Canada were wonderful, costing $12 $20 a night, often providing free firewood and Internet.

    boat trip on the Kenai Peninsula was a highlight where our guide described the water as whale soup. I especially enjoyed seeing and hearing massive glaciers calving.

    If you go, here are few lessons we learned:

    Plan your days traveling distance carefully. Its a long way through British Columbia. We tried to cover 400 - 450 miles a day with a few stops for photos. The road are good but often there is not much between one city and another. Take the moose crossing signs seriously.

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    The trip was not perfectThere were many mishaps an injured neck and shoulder that persisted the entire trip, a flat tire and broken jack in the middle of a 130 mile gravel road with no cell service, and ong days of rain on the Kenai Peninsula. But the grandeur of the scenery, the amazing animal sightings, and the pioneer spirit of the Alaskans far outweighed the downsides. And, anyway, who wants a perfect trip? We will long remember a rainy 4th of July when the sky stayed light all night. It was amazing to wake up in the morning to the call of 30 eagles in the trees around us. The

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    David Bell gazes upon Boya Lake, B.C. Photo by Karla DuDley.

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    Developing and presenting the Sweetheart Ball on Feb. 9 will require the help of many, but the original brain child was Kannikar Petersens. She didnt want a typical charity fundraiser with dry roast beef and a predictably boring program and long, drawn-out auction. In fact, she guarantees this one wont be.

    I promise youll have a good time.

    The event is the official kickoff to begin fund-raising (and friend-raising) for the project, a major public art project intended to make St. Helens more inviting and to enhance the pedestrian experience, explained Petersen, Gateway Sculpture project director for the Commission.

    St . Helens Arts and Cultura l Commission, established in 2005, has

    accomplished some other projects, mostly focusing on children and community events, but is about to undertake its largest so far establishing a landmark visible along Highway 30.

    The groups optimistic goal, Petersen said, is to complete the work by Summer 2014. It means $25,000 must be raised to go with the $25,000 already set aside by the City of St. Helens, as part of its 1% for Art policy which dedicates a small amount out of budgeted capital improvements.

    The sculpture will be purchased and belong to the City, she said. The seven-member Arts and Cultural Commission is an advisory board to the St. Helens City Council. The

    Commissions RFP went out in October; within two months, 11 artists had responded. The list was narrowed to two to be presented at a public hearing Jan. 9, where the proposal by Suzanne Lee was accepted.

    The artworkThe proposed art will be 25 feet tall. One of the criteria was the piece must be visible by passersby on Highway 30, with its 35mph speed limit and 90-foot width. It will be illuminated at night.

    This bridge is where people would take the exit onto Columbia Boulevard, Petersen explained. This new landmark will serve to welcome visitors to St. Helens and also be a handy way to give directions.

    Funds wil l be raised through local business sponsorships and individual donations, proceeds of the Commissions art show held in conjunction with last summers Maritime Festival (artists pay a modest fee plus 10% of sales) and

    another similar one in 2013, plus proceeds from the Sweetheart Ball (see ad, below). The group also hopes to make successful grant applications.

    At the Sweetheart Ball, tuxedoed ushers, a flower vendor, fine art for sale and a jewelry and chocolate boutique will contribute to the festive, romantic atmosphere. Its not a costume party, said committee member Luanne Kreutzer, but organizers wouldnt be surprised to see people arrive dressed in their finest nostalgic elegance.

    Maybe there will be some flappers, she said.

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    Check your spare tireWhat is called a highway is often a two lane gravel road. We noticed many trucks with a spare gas can and extra tires. Be prepared for construction stops. Summer is a short season and work crews must work fast to get roads repaired before winter.

    Stop for gas when you see a station. We ignored a sign and coasted into Prince George on fumes. I put 27 gallons of gas in my 26 gallon tank.

    Bring lots of moneyAlaska is expensive and gas in Canada was $1.43 a liter.

    Enjoy the characters in AlaskaWe found that the people who choose to live in Alaska are true individuals. One young woman who races sled dogs has no running water and an outhouse and cares for 65 dogs every day in her kennel after a full day of teaching math and science in a K - 12 school of 27 students.

    Be flexible about accommodationsIf its labeled rustic lodge, know that your definition of rustic might be s l ight ly different.

    Take time to enjoy the wildlife You may see grizzly bears nursing cubs, rafts of sea otters with babies, humpback whales bubble feeding, moose walking through your camp site and eagles eyeing your little dog.

    Stay safe Dont do stupid things like get out of your car if you see bears on the road.

    Would we do it again? You bet! The one thing we learned is that five weeks was not nearly enough time to see Alaska. We both have several new bucket list items now: Karla wants to travel to the Yukon Territory in winter and learn how to mush a dog team and snow camp with them to watch the Northern Lights. I want to make a special trip to Kodiak Island to see bears fishing and spend a week in an isolated cabin.

    We will go back.

    Bucket List - Alaska

    The Call Of The Wild By Robert ServiceHave you gazed on naked grandeur where theres nothing else to gaze on,Set pieces and drop-curtain scenes galore,Big mountains heaved to heaven, which the blinding sunsets blazon,Black canyons where the rapids rip and roar?Have you swept the visioned valley with the green stream streaking through it,Searched the Vastness for a something you have lost?Have you strung your soul to silence? Then for Gods sake go and do it;Hear the challenge, learn the lesson, pay the cost.Have you seen God in His splendors, heard the text that nature renders?(Youll never hear it in the family pew.)The simple things, the true things, the silent men who do things --Then listen to the Wild -- its calling you.Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;Let us journey to a lonely land I know.Theres a whisper on the night-wind, theres a star agleam to guide us,And the Wild is calling, calling . . . let us go.

    Pictured here are bald eagle, Dahl sheep and sea otters.

    David Bell, pictured here with Karla Dudley, works as a manufacutring techinician at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon.In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, especxially around a blazing campfire.

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    Every so often a book appears thats written in the perfect time. Bob Goffs Love Does is that kind of book. In an era of angst-ridden political punditry, religious arguments and economic woe, Goff tosses a literary balloon animal into the mix albeit a balloon animal filled with the most tender, humorous and life-altering thoughts on God.

    A construction lawyer by trade, Goff became the honorary consul to Uganda (he thought his friend was playing a joke on him) and founded Restore International, a non-profit committed to fighting injustices against children in Uganda and India. He also holds his meetings with international heads of state on Tom Sawyer Island in Disneyland, and regularly organizes capers. (A last-minute hike to Half Dome? Ice cream with world leaders? These are Goff-ian escapades.)

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    Back to Basics: Recycling 101

    In an effort to serve you better, the City has compiled common information that residents often request, plus created an easy way for you to communicate with us. Got a question? Just Ask Longview!

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    Pet carriers

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    Prescription bottles

    Plastic coat hangers

    Motor oil, pesticide or other solvent bottles

    Plastic packing peanuts

    Clear plastic cups & tubs

    Milk jugs

    Soda and water bottles

    Peanut butter or salad dressing containers.

    Some grocery stores now use #2 plastic bags, which are acceptable.

    Empty contents and rinse lightly. Throw away plastic lids and caps.

    Place your recyclables into paper bags or directly into your recycling container instead of first bagging them in large plastic bags.

    Most plastic bags are a solid color, preventing sorters from seeing the

    contents. Used needles or other hazardous materials are sometimes

    found; for safety reasons, such bags are not opened up.

    Recycling Rule of Thumb: When in doubt throw it out!If an item is reuseable, please consider donating or reusing it before throwing it into the garbage.

    Longview only accepts plastic numbers 1 and 2

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    WHERE DO YOU READ THE READER?Send a photo showing where YOU read the Reader (high-resolution JPEG, 2 MB max) to [email protected] Include name and city of residence. We sometimes have a slight backlog and will publish photos as space allows. Thank you for your participation and patience. Keep em coming!

    In the old country Washington State Rep. Dean Takko and his wife, Debra Takko, at Ray-Sur-Saone on the Saone River, France, last summer. They were about to go out on a boat, with Dean rowing while Debra, relaxing under a parasol, peeled grapes to go with the wine and cheese..

    On the beach Phil &Judi Schlecht on the summit of Diamond Head,Oahu, Hawaii.

    Where do you readTHE READER?

    Reading at the Liberty Bell Longview residents Ken and Susan Hardy on their 50th anniversary trip to Israel stopped in Gettysburg, Valley Forge, and historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for sightseeing.

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    Longview Orthopedic Associates Leadsthe Way in Joint Replacement Procedures

    More than 40 million Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis. This crippling disease can cause stiffness, swelling and severe joint pain, leading to a loss of motion and mobility.The good news is that innovative

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