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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 • October 15 – November 24, 2015 • COMPLIMENTARY MAN IN THE KITCHEN’S CLASSIC SWISS STEAK • 31 COLUMBIA RIVER dining guide page 29 BREAKING IN MY BOOTS •17 NEW GRANDMA AIMS TO PLEASE • 11 EASY FRUIT COBBLER • 16 ASTORIA’S NEW VIBE • 18 ON OUR MOUNTAIN Savoring the flavors of fall O U T • A N D • A B O U T

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4 Besides CRR...What Are You Reading? 5 Local Books / Book Review / Bestsellers List 6 Dispatch from the Discovery Trail ~ Installment #4 7 Miss Manners 11 My Slant: New grandma aims to please 13 Harvest Festival at Stella Lutheran Chapel 15 Northwest Gardener ~ Summer containers re-visited 16 Northwest Foods ~ Aunt Dorothy’s ‘Can’t Forget Fruit’ Cobbler 17 On Our Mountain: Breaking in my boots 18 Out and About: Revival in Astoria 21 Ranger Reflections ~ Legacies live on in landscapes 23 Where Do You Read the Reader? 24 Astoria’s Flavel House 26-27 Outings & Events Calendar / Farmer’s Market Listings 28 Lower Columbia Informer ~ Toastmasters 29 Columbia River Dining Guide 31 Man in the Kitchen Classics: Swiss Steak 32 Movies ~ Murderous monsters and a chick flick 34 The Spectator ~ Leaves from a family tree


  • Helping you discover and enjoy the good life in the Columbia River region at home and on the road.CRREADER.COM October 15 November 24, 2015 COMPLIMENTARY

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    dining guide

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    Savoring the flavors of fall

    O U T A N D A B O U T

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

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    CRREADER.COMAccess the current issue, Dining Guide and Columbia River Reader Past Issue Archives (from January 2013), under Features.

    ON THE COVERApple cobbler by Ron Baldwin, using his Aunt Dorothys method. Photo by ron baldwin.

    Columbia River view from Buoy Beer Co., Astoria. Photo by Perry PiPer

    Chess set by sculptor Pamela Mummy, exhibited at RiverSea Gallery, Astoria. Photo by ron baldwin.

    Kress Lake. Photo by austin boggs

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    In this Issue 4 Besides CRR...What Are You Reading?

    5 Local Books / Book Review / Bestsellers List

    6 Dispatch from the Discovery Trail ~ Installment #4

    7 Miss Manners

    11 My Slant: New grandma aims to please

    13 Harvest Festival at Stella Lutheran Chapel

    15 Northwest Gardener ~ Summer containers re-visited

    16 Northwest Foods ~ Aunt Dorothys Cant Forget Fruit Cobbler

    17 On Our Mountain: Breaking in my boots

    18 Out and About: Revival in Astoria

    21 RangerReflections~Legaciesliveoninlandscapes

    23 Where Do You Read the Reader?

    24 Astorias Flavel House

    26-27 Outings & Events Calendar / Farmers Market Listings

    28 Lower Columbia Informer ~ Toastmasters

    29 Columbia River Dining Guide

    31 Man in the Kitchen Classics: Swiss Steak

    32 Movies ~ Murderousmonstersandachickflick

    34 The Spectator ~ Leaves from a family tree

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I must marvel once again at the number and variety of social, cultural, entertainment and leisure activities to choose from here in our own backyard. Numerous harvest festivals, autumn hikes, Halloween parties, lectures, concerts and plays fill this months cornucopia of choices. Youll find details listed on pages 26-27 and throughout this issue. I hope you get the chance to enjoy many of these activities, all reflecting the flavor of fall.

    CRRs book reviewer, Alan Rose, recently came up with a great idea for a new mini-feature. Were calling it What Are You Reading? Youll notice Cathy Lundberg, spotlighted in this issue (see page 4). If youre a regular reader of books and would like to join the pool Alan will randomly draw from for his monthly interviews, send a note to CRR, PO Box 1643, Rainier, OR 97048, or an email to [email protected] Include your name, city of residence, title of the book you are currently reading, and your contact info. Please note WAYR on the subject line of your email.

    Isnt it a thrill when kids discover on their own something their parents have found to be of value? This eliminates any need to say, I told you so. My son, Perry, has joined Encouraging Words Toastmasters (see story, page 28), the same club I was part of more than 20 years ago.

    Im not a polished public speaker by any means, but I found Toastmasters a useful and enjoyable experience. In fact, it was a godsend. I recommend it. I still remember what motivated me to join.

    Id just arrived home from an overnight retreat for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. As I relaxed over the evening newspaper, a little ad jumped out at me.

    As the Red Cross special events coordinator, I was one of about six staffers scheduled to make separate presentations to the board of directors about our goals and responsibilities. This was not sprung on us; wed had about two weeks notice prior to the retreat. But I was new to the organization and didnt yet have any accomplishments to describe or specific goals to propose. I had no clue how to prepare.

    Over several days, I kept thinking I should figure out something to say. I have GOT to make some notes! I must organize my thoughts! Immobilized

    by uncertainty and dread, however, even as the retreat began I didnt have any idea what I would talk about. It was mild torture.

    In the ladies room during the break just before my turn on the agenda, I was still agonizing over what, exactly, I could/would/should say. I was forced to wing it.

    Later, at home, that ad hit the nail on the head (with a gavel): Join Toastmasters! I did, the next week.

    ~Our German exchange student, Daniel, is looking forward with great curiosity to his first American Halloween. At 16, he realizes he is a tad too old by most standards, at least to concoct a costume and canvass the neighborhood for candy, but hell be in charge of answering the door at the Piper house and giving all the little ghosts and goblins their special treats. I just hope they like bratwurst.

    Savoringtheflavor: Falls cornucopia

    of choices

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    What Are You Reading? is a new monthly feature by CRRs book reviewer Alan Rose.

    What are you reading?


    From a happy subscriberFirst, I want to say how glad I am now that I subscribe to the CRR rather than rely on picking it up wherever. No more risk of missing outstanding editions like the one for Sept. 15Oct. 14.

    Ive enjoyed Sues opening with To Autumn by John Keats. None could capture nature and the seasons like him and his fellow romantics, including Wordsworth. And Im glad that Mike Perrys series Dispatch from the Discovery Trail is being repeated. Its worth rereading. Though I practically grew up with Lewis and Clark through my historian father, the late J.M. McClelland Jr., I learned a number of things from this column in which Mike summarizes the early stages of the expedition and the role that whiskey played in keeping up morale.

    I always get a kick out of the witty Miss Manners was pleased to read about how Clatskanie has persevered 10 years to restore the old Odd Fellows hall as a cultural center. I salute all involved.

    Two articles brought memories. Suzanne Martinsons about pumpkin and squash pies made from scratch made me think of and yearn for those made by my Grandmother Amy (Mrs. E.J.) Craig who grew up in a Swedish settlement in Minnesota, and Ned

    Pipers reminiscences of The Read Raven coffee house in Kelso. What a stir that caused our clean-cut youth being influenced by beatnik poetry and thought.

    I remember my father, editor and publisher of the then Longview Daily News, telling me that Ned had approached him to ask that he write something favorable about the place. It was still there in 1961 but closed not long after. Upon closing, owner Alan Hoyt was quoted in the paper. With undisguised bitterness he said that the youths of the community were nothing but a bunch of bubble gummers anyway.

    The main thing that struck me was not an article but an ad on page 25 placed by the Port of Longview in which its tight security to prevent terrorism was highlighted. Of course, such measures are necessary, but I mourn the days when the docks were open, and people could visit ships. One of the happiest times of my college years was when I visited one from Ecuador to practice my Spanish and was immediately accepted by the ships officers, who invited me back for dinner the following evening.

    John M. McClellandLongview, Wash.

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    BOOK REVIEW By Alan Rose

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    That was the week you learned that the killers of Michael Brown would go free. The men who had left his body in the street like some awesome declaration of their inviolable power would never be punished. It was not my expectation that anyone would ever be punished. But you were young and still believed. You stayed up until 11 p.m. that night, waiting for the announcement of an indictment, and when instead it was announced that there was none you said, Ive got to go, and you went into your room, and I heard you crying.

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    Black people love their children with a kind of obsession, writes Ta-Nehisi Coates to his 15-year old son. You are all we have, and you come to us endangered.

    Nominated for this years National Book Award in nonfiction, Between the World and Me is a kind of updated version of The Fire Next Time,

    James Baldwins 1963 classic treatise on race in America that he wrote to his 15-year old nephew.

    Coates, an award-winning journalist for The Atlantic and 2015 recipient of a McArthur Genius grant, has written an impassioned letter to his son that is part memoir and part social critique, trying to teach his son how to live free in this black body.

    He realizes that much has changed for African Americans since 1963; and

    much hasnt. (Fully 60 percent of all young black males who drop out of high school will go to jail. This should disgrace the country. But it does not.)

    He tells his son of his own childhood and youth growing up on the rough streets of Baltimore, where his life was dominated by fear fear of the gangs, fear of the police, fear of fear itself.

    He came of age with the modern civil rights movement, but he primarily remembers being afraid as a boy Our teachers urged us toward the example of Freedom Marchers, Freedom Riders, and Freedom Summers, and it seemed that the month could not pass without a series of films dedicated to the glories of being beaten on camera.

    But he also realizes that his son is growing up in a world different from his. (I dont know what it means to grow up with a black president) With tremendous self-awareness and insight he recognizes that I am wounded, still bearing the deeper weight of my generational chains, and, like a good father, he does not want his woundedness to poison his child.

    In the end, Coates wants what any father wants for his child: to have the opportunity to discover his or her human potential, and challenges the youth: this is your countrythis is your worldthis is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.

    Between the World and Me is an important book at an important time in this countrys ongoing effort to re-examine and redefine itself by its own most fundamental and noble principles.

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    Lewis & Clark

    We are pleased to present Installment #4 of Michael Perrys popular 33-month series which began with CRRs April 15, 2004 inaugural issue. 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.

    Wh e n t h e E x p e d i t i o n departed St. Louis in 1804, it was questionable whether members of the Corps of Discovery would survive their daring and dangerous quest into the unknown. But despite lack of medical care, poor diet and miserable conditions, only one crew member died on the trip.

    Medical care had b e e n o f g r e a t concern to Lewis and Clark. Before starting the journey, L e w i s s t u d i e d medical treatments and procedures. He took along about 30 different pills and drugs to be administered as needed. Still, medical knowledge 200 years ago was not what it is today, and most remedies are laughed at now.

    Dr. Benjamin Rush, a top physician of the day, sent along 50 dozen purging pills with Lewis and Clark. These pills, containing a mixture of mercury, chlorine and dried morning glory root, were thought to be a cure for pretty much all the ills of mankind and were the medicine of choice for almost every ailment. They were, however, undoubtedly the wrong thing to use in most cases. The pills were a strong purgative of explosive power and the results so awesome they were called Rushs Thunderbolts, or Thunderclappers.

    Very few of Lewis and Clarks campsites can be accurately located today, but modern-day researchers have managed to identify some by the mercury content of soil in former latrine sites.

    On July 7th the journals tell of one man verry Sick, Struck with the sun, Capt. Lewis bled him & gave Niter which has revived him much. Bleeding was a standard remedy of the time,

    a n d p o t a s s i u m nitrate (saltpeter) was used to increase the flow of urine and perspiration.

    Mosqu i toe s and gnats continued to be a major problem. Some mosquitoes probably carr ied malaria. Clark made numerous entries in his journal about the pesky insects. In fact, he spelled the word

    mosquito 26 different ways (musqutors, musquetors, musquitors, mosquitors, misqutors, misquitors, etc.) and never once got it right!

    cont page 10

    Peace pipes, pills and birthdays in the Garden of Eden

    Michael Perry enjoys local h is tory and travel. His popular 33-installment L e w i s & C l a r k series appeared in CRRs early years and is making an encore appearance, beginning with the July 2015 issue.

    The peace nickel seriesThe back of the U.S. nickel created in 2004 (bottom image) features the design from the Peace Medal Lewis and Clark gave to Indians they met on their journey to the West 200 years earlier (top).

    The design shows two hands clasped in friendship; the military uniform cuff symbolizes the United States and the eagle-engraved wristband represents Native Americans, with whom the U.S. wished to forge good relations.

    Above the hands, a crossed peace pipe and tomahawk symbolize peace. Three additional nickels were introduced showing Lewis and Clarks keelboat, the American bison, and a scene depicting Ocian in View! O the joy!with Thomas Jeffersons likeness on the other side.

    The Lewis and Clark Expedition officially started on May 14, 1804, but the men would not begin exploring unknown territory until 1805. Fur trappers and Indian traders had

    previously explored and mapped the Missouri River from St. Louis up to present-day Bismark, North Dakota. But there was still a great sense of

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    1. DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it ever OK for a man to call another mans fiancee without the permission of either party?

    GENTLE READER: Yes, if the caller is the ladys probation officer.

    A fiance or husband should not be acting in that capacity. Miss Manners presumes that a lady who is about to be married is of age, and therefore should be the only one to decide whom she does or does not want to call her.

    2. DEAR MISS MANNERS: I finally have a home where I have enough room to invite people over for dinner, something I have been wanting to do for a long time. I like to cook and offer the hospitality of a meal, and I enjoy the company of my friends.

    However, over the last few years, it seems that everyone I know has some kind of food allergy, or thinks something is just bad for you, whether they are medically intolerant of it or not, and wont eat it.

    I have known I am lactose-intolerant since I was 22 or so, but I offer food made with dairy because I know others can enjoy it. Lately a lot of people I know who ate gluten in the past say they can no longer do so. Then another friend says he cant eat gluten OR nuts. Another just doesnt like to eat fowl.

    I remember when people just used to eat food. It has become quite a challenge to create a menu everyone will enjoy without creating individual dishes for each.

    Would it be less than generous to ask people with such restrictive diets to bring their own dish to make sure there is something they can eat?

    GENTLE READER: Yes. But it is not that Miss Manners does not sympathize. If you make a variety of foods with a reasonable effort at addressing the most prevalent and popular restrictions, that is the best that you can do. And Miss Manners will work on getting everyone else to eat what they can and otherwise, for heavens sake, to keep quiet about it.

    3. DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it acceptable to go to someones house before 10am and knock on that persons door?

    GENTLE READER: Yes, if you have a package, a warrant or an invitation.

    4. DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is it tacky to have a combo themed party? My husband is turning 40, and we just bought our first house together last month. We would like to kill two birds with one stone if its proper etiquette. If it is allowable, which of the two is more important as far as the invitation is concerned?

    GENTLE READER: Well, which one will get you more presents?

    Forgive Miss Manners cynicism, but she has unfortunately grown accustomed to this subtext. And she would otherwise not understand why grown-ups feel the need to have a themed party at all much less a combo theme when that is really best left to the preschool set.

    You may certainly have a party to celebrate both occasions, but if you are not fishing for presents (and let us assume in good faith that you are not), do not advertise it as such. Simply have a party.

    Presumably, your friends will know that this is a new house if they have not visited you in it before and can bring presents if they like. And if you like, you may modestly toast your husbands birthday at the party. But please do not solicit gifts for either occasion, let alone both.

    5. DEAR MISS MANNERS: When did it become acceptable for merchants to solicit charitable contributions from their customers who are purchasing something?

    It seems that everywhere I shop, I am now bombarded by the cashier asking if I want to donate money to some charity. Why is this acceptable,

    especially when these merchants wont allow other charities to solicit on their property?

    It delays the line and puts customers in an uncomfortable position. How can I gently suggest that the merchant should not be asking me for extra money and that if he wants to solicit funds, he should stand in front of his store like everyone else?

    GENTLE READER: Nons t op solicitation has joined nonstop advertising as a universal modern irritant, with the added bonus that those who object are lectured about the worthiness of the cause. (How can you be so insensitive?)

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    ago, but apparently not. A simple, Thank you, no, is all the response that is required. Discomfort wears off with repetition, although Miss Manners has no objection to a charmingly worded letter to the merchant making your suggestion that all donations be moved to the curb.

    6. DEAR MISS MANNERS: Do you think it is proper to receive a dinner invitation from a neighbor/friend to eat leftovers that they cooked the night before? And, if this is declined, is it right for the neighbor to get a bit of an attitude and say they are feeling rejected because of it?

    GENTLE READER: Although Miss Manners feels misled by the phrasing here and is not sure which side she is being manipulated to take, she will rule in favor of the subtext of the transaction.

    If it was a casual invitation from the neighbor/friend, there was nothing wrong with being upfront about its informality: I have some wonderful leftovers from last night if you would like to stop by for dinner. If the invitee rejected this by saying, Ew, no thanks, I dont want your sloppy seconds. I deserve a first-run meal! then Miss Manners could hardly blame the neighbor for being offended.

    It is when a formal invitation is issued and leftovers are obviously and conspicuously offered, so as to suggest the companys lack of importance, that Miss Manners would rule in the would-be guests favor whoever that may be.

    DEAR MISS MANNERS: When do you stop being divorced and start being single?

    GENTLE READER: At precisely the same time.

    When people start treating you as single, as opposed to divorced which is what Miss Manners suspects you really mean depends on how intriguing the details of the separation were. And how much one or both of the relevant parties continue to publicize them.

    (Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website,; to her email, [email protected]; or through postal mai l to Miss Manners, Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.)

    Miss Mannerscont from page 7

    Many people dont real i ze Chr i s tmas f e s t iv i t i e s in Downtown Longview arent funded through the City of Longview. For example, the annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Longview Downtown Partnership, relies on volunteers and was organized for many years by community volunteer Arlene Hubble. This year, Cowlitz PUD has graciously offered to assist LDP with the event.Lamp post decorations downtown are also p r i v a t e l y f u n d e d through the LDP via fundraisers and donations from local businesses and private citizens.

    Christmas in Downtown LongviewMany of the Downtown decorations are in desperate need of refurbishing or replacement. The public is invited to help make this Christmas

    season the best ever in Downtown Longview by making donations for new lamp post decorations.

    C o l l e c t i o n c a n s a r e c o n v e n i e n t l y located in most of the Downtown businesses.

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    Contest on Dec. 5. Anyone who loves to create with a medium that they can eat is eligible to enter. No fee is required. Entry forms are available at the Broadway Gallery, 1418 Commerce Ave; Teagues Interiors, 1267 Commerce, and on the Longview Downtown Partnership website: entrants must submit a registration form by Wednesday, Dec. 2 to the Broadway Gallery. Entries may be mailed to: Gingerbread Haus Contest, Broadway Gallery, 1418 Commerce, Longview, WA 98632.Drop off entries at the Broadway Gallery 10am noon, Dec. 5. Display, judging, prizes and public viewing will take place from noon to 7pm. Entries must be picked up on Monday, Dec. 7 10am 4pm. See Contest Rules at for more information.

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    On July 29, a French fur trapper was sent to invite Oto and Missouri Indian chiefs to come to a council (near present-day Council Bluffs, Iowa). When he hadnt returned after four days, it became obvious he had either run into trouble or deserted. A day later, a regular member of the expedition disappeared. Detachments went out to look for both men.

    Pink slipThey did not locate the elusive Frenchman, but after two weeks of searching, they found the Corps member and brought him back to face charges of desertion, a crime serious enough to warrant hanging or a firing squad. Instead, he was court-martialed and received a flogging and dishonorable discharge. He ran the gauntlet four times, with each member of the Corps striking him with nine switches as he went by. Indians present were dismayed by the harsh punishment and asked for mercy. While the deserter was expelled from

    the Corps, he stayed with the party until the spring of 1805 when the keelboat was sent back to St. Louis.

    Why cant we be friends?Six Oto and Missouri Indian chiefs and some warriors arrived at camp on August 2. Clark Sent them Som rosted meat Pork flour & meal, in return they Sent us Water millions. At a council held the next day, the captains put on their full dress uniforms, raised the American flag, and paraded the men to create a ceremonial atmosphere. They delivered a long speech telling the Indians they had a new great father (Thomas Jefferson), that Americans wanted the Indians to trade exclusively with them and to stop warring with other Indian tribes.

    The Indians wanted guns to wage war with the Teton Sioux, who were fast becoming the dominant power in the area. While neither side got what they wanted, a calumet (a ceremonial native pipe) was smoked and presents exchanged. The chiefs received Peace Medals with Jeffersons profile on the front and two clasped hands on the back (see sidebar, page 6).

    Dinner on the hoofThe Great Plains was a Garden of Eden that no American had ever

    seen. Herds of elk numbered in the thousands, buffalo herds stretched as far as the eye could see, and deer appeared as plentiful as chickens on a farm. Clark turned 34 on August 1 and his dinner menu demonstrates the diversity of food available from the land now known as our nations breadbasket: This being my birth day I orderd a Saddle of fat Vennison, an Elk fleece & a Bevertail to be cooked and a Desert of Cherries, Plumbs, Raspberries, Currents and grapes of a Supr. Quality. Besides those fruits and berries, Clark noted the Praries Contain (crab) Apple, Gooseberris and Hastlenuts and a great Variety of Plants & flours not Common to the U S. What a field for a Betents (botanist) and a natirless (naturalist.)

    When Captain Lewis celebrated his 30th birthday on August 18th the evening was Closed with an extra Gill of Whiskey & a Dance until 11 oClock. One of the men had brought along his fiddle and often played it at night when the men gathered around the campfire.

    Only one man diedDisaster struck less than 100 days into the journey. Sgt. Charles Floyd became very sick on August 18 with Beliose Chorlick, and was nursed through the night by Captain Clark. The next morning, while Clark was preparing a warm bath hopeing it would brace him a little Floyd died, most likely from appendicitis. Even if he had been in Philadelphia, likely nothing could have helped him not even Dr. Rushs Thunderclappers. Floyd was buried on the top of a bluff in Iowa.

    Next month, we will learn about prairie dogs and the crews efforts to capture one, and the discovery of dinosaur bones.

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    Although I never got proficient at making the arrow hit the center of the target, I found that archery was my favorite PE class. I didnt have to get all sweaty running on the field trying to steal the ball from the opposing team, or worry about my hair, limp and damp after swimming. And it was a lot like my favorite pastime, playing the piano. After much practice, thinking, and patience, I got better.

    Flash forward...Summer 2015. I acquired a new granddaughter, a lovely 12-year-old named Tansu, when my son married her mother. Tansu spent some time with me and the more I got to know her, the more I enjoyed her company. She and I have a lot in common a love of reading, of animals, and even Star Trek!

    What does one do in Longview with a young lady who has already spent a week at marine biology camp in the San Juan Islands and a week at Cowgirl Camp at Mt. Hood? I knew that she was a fan of the Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins, and specifically, of the young heroine and archer extraordinair, Katniss Everdeen. If

    for Tansu. After talking with the person in the archery department, I left my name and phone number and waited for a return call regarding lessons... not really expecting one. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a call within a few days from Brent Carpenter, a member of the Lewis and Clark Bowmen and a certified instructor for the National Archery in the Schools program.

    He explained that members of the club enjoy teaching archery skills to young people and offer it as a service to many schools and organizations. They even have a portable unit to take to sites. After discussing a nominal private lesson price as a donation, we set up a time to meet at Bobs.

    Sitting in on the session, I was impressed with the quality of the instruction and the attention to safety and proper use of the equipment brought for Tansus use. It was clear

    that Mr. Carpenter was an experienced teacher. He wanted Tansu to learn proper technique and have a positive experience. He was patient with all of his comments and enthusiastic in sharing his love of archery.

    As I watched this lesson, I was struck with the similarities of archery and piano playing. Maybe thats why it made such an impression on me many years ago. Archery is as much a mental

    Hitting the bullseyeNew grandma aims to please

    The Lewis and Clark Bowmens Club, which fosters and promotes the practice of archery and the spirit of good fellowship among all archers, offers instruction and competitions for youth and adults. The club meets at 6pm on the second Tuesday each month in the Longview Public Librarys downstairs board room. For more information, visit

    Or call Bobs Sporting Goods in Longview, 360-425-3870, and ask for the Archery Department.

    Tansu Deverin is all smiles after her archery lesson with Bob Carpenter.

    youve been around any young people between the ages of 9 and 13 lately, Im sure you know the story of the young girl who leads the rebellion against the Capitol and becomes the symbol of resistance for her people. Her skills with bow and arrow are an essential component of the story.

    Knowing that Bobs Sporting Goods in Longview has an archery range, I decided to start there with my search for some kind of archery experience

    cont page 12

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    exercise as it is a physical exercise. Its about being quiet and focused and about not relying on anyone but yourself.

    Tansu had to learn to just let go of the arrow rather than pushing it forward. She had to learn to focus on the target instead of the arrow. By the end of the lesson, she was hitting the bullseye and smiling a lot. It was a good experience and I was grateful that this opportunity and Bobs support of it exists in our area. What a great idea this would be for a birthday party or for a summer camp with the grandkids.

    I might go back for a lesson, myself.

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    #2: Gangly but still maintaining the original outline of thriller, filler and spiller.

    #3: Unbalanced and unsightly the thriller and spiller components of this combination overwhelmed the container.

    Before the refreshing rains of autumn begin their longed-for deluge, I would advise reviewing summer successes and disappointments. During the growing season, gardeners become consumed with the day-to-day maintenance of containers and baskets. They feverishly harvest the vegetable bounty, making mental notes to themselves as they dash about.

    This flower is the wrong color. Too many aphids. Wow, what a tasty cucumber! Take a walk about the patio and garden soon. Carry a notepad and write down your observations. You will be glad for the reference this winter as you plan for 2016.

    Northwest gardeners have experienced a hot and arid summer. Starting last January, the year 2015 has been one for the record books! Anyone who has spent their summer gardening months at the end of a hose knows all too well that this is not normal. Keep that in mind as you recall planting dates, record the day of the first tomato and note the unrestrained foliage of the potato vine (Ipomoea), pictured at left.

    Shade vs. Sun What is shade generally stays shade, but sunny areas were much hotter than usual. If plants were placed next to a sidewalk or in a flowerbed on the west side of a light colored house, morning sun was more intense and burning occurred on plants needing some protection from the hot sun. Make note of this, but dont give up on the variety of plant. It may grow just fine next year. Full sun was, indeed, that if not more. On the hottest days, some foliage a c t u a l l y c o o k e d , a s we l l a s b e c o m i n g sunburned.

    Water and Fertilizer needsPlants grew faster than normal this past summer. There fo re , the season w a s accelerated and plants went through their life cycle prematurely. Trees and flowers bloomed earlier and vegetables ripened faster. Annuals needed more

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    Right Plant Right Place Reading the labels when choosing the plants for your container can be helpful, noting mature size, as well as sun exposure, water requirements, etc. This summer we saw many

    tender plants, such as the potato vine, perform like never before. Flowers that love the heat often struggle to make a statement. There was no lack of heat this summer as evident with the Lantana in container #3 (at left). A heat-loving transfer from Texas, Lantana barely reaches a noteworthy size in our typical Pacific Northwest summers. Sadly, the collection of multicolored flowers, in their creative combination, were completely buried by the lantana and potato vine.

    Therefore, as you strike out for your evaluation stroll,

    keep in mind that nothing was as it would be if we had experienced the normal Pacific Northwest summer. Its definitely worth taking notes as we may never see this sort of summer again. Or, then again, this may be the new normal. Better write it down, just in case.

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    My beloved Aunt Dorothy Harkcom was the consummate homemaker. Every year she put up oodles of jars of fruit and vegetables for her family. When I went to college, I stayed at her home in Cottage Grove, Oregon, and was one of the beneficiaries. She could make out of nothing a meal fit for a king.

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    I was nervous when I arrived for my first hike with the Mt. St. Helens Club, as most people must be when joining a group of people that already know each other. Admit it. There is something atavistically unnerving about being the new guy. However, the new hiking boots at the back of my closet were beckoning me. They said, Use me and youll feel the rush of excitement and adventure in the great outdoors. Use me and youll feel like youve seen and experienced. Use me and get healthy. Seriously, girl, put down the muffin.

    What I found with the Mt. St. Helens Club is that it is very easy to make pals, and I very quickly found a kindred spirit. When I asked why he joined the club, longtime member and Treasurer Bob Boardman replied, The food.

    It was a response that brought laughter to the entire string of hikers.

    Boardman is one of 67 active members in a club that has been around since way before the mountain erupted in 1980. The Mt. St. Helens Club was founded in 1930 and incorporated in 1936. In the early years it was very much tied to the Mount St. Helens area.

    The group even built a cabin on Spirit Lake, said club Vice President, Trudy

    Vrana. It was the base of operations and member-getaway for many years. Luckily, we had a flood insurance policy.

    Today, based in the Longview area, the club is involved with a wide range of activities year-round including hiking, bicycling, paddling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, weekend retreats, campouts, and social events.

    Generally two activities are scheduled each week on Mondays or Wednesdays (less strenuous) and Saturdays (more strenuous.)

    The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest are mainstays of the group, but they also caravan to more remote destinations in areas like the Columbia River Gorge.

    Amy Renfranz is Community Engagement Coordinator for the Cowlitz Economic Development Council, working to enhance the communitys quality of place through tourism and recreation opportunities around Mount St. Helens. She earned a BA in English and a Masters in park management and has worked at Blue Ridge Parkway and Yellowstone National Parks. She lives in Kalama, Wash.

    Breaking in my bootswith the Mt. St. Helens Club

    Mt. St. Helens club hikers relax after a hike near their Loowit Cabin on Spirit Lake in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of cowlitz historical MuseuM.

    Club hikers negotiate the trail along the Lewis River. All together the club hiked 7,460 miles in 2014. Photo courtesy of Jerry Poe.

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    If you fell asleep in Berkley and woke up in Astoria, youd be hard pressed to know the difference at first. But Im about to take you on a day trip to Oregons picturesque town on a hill, brimming with brew pubs and eateries and oozing with maritime flavor. Walking trails, twisty streets and colorful old homes make Astoria different from any place youve ever been. Youll find things to do at every turn. And after a full day of exploration, if you linger awhile into the night as the Columbia River remains alive with twinkling lights and the sky is clear the moon and stars will cast a romantic, shimmering glow over your evening, as well.

    Getting thereA day trip to Astoria begins the night before with a decision on which way to get there. We can use a common beginning point at the foot of the Lewis and Clark (Longview/Rainier) Bridge as an example. Highway 30 on the Oregon side is the most direct route, but usually means more traffic than going by Ocean Beach Highway (SR-4) on the Washington side. SR-4 also affords more exposure to river views.

    If taking SR4, youll have to turn left on SR-104 at Naselle to cross the Astoria Bridge. A good alternative is to take SR-4 to Cathlamet, then take the Puget Island Ferry to Westport and then continue west on Highway 30. If youve not had breakfast yet you can stop in Clatskanie (Oregon) on Highway 30, or Cathlamet (Washington) on SR-4. Youd be surprised how many people confuse these two burgs.

    From broken down to vibrantAstoria, the oldest settlement west of the Mississippi, has experienced a revival in the last few years and its change from broken down old fishing and logging town to recreation destination has been quite remarkable. The Victorian architecture alone is worth the trip. The whole flavor of the town is now vibrant with new energy with a tip toward the young and hip.

    One of the reasons for this revival is the movie industry. The Goonies is an institution here, drawing thousands of people each year to view the iconic house, the jail, and other features of the ever-popular 1985 cult movie.

    This year marked the films 30th anniversary and a reported 40,000 visitors four times Astorias population showed up to celebrate. The town was overrun! (For more info and Goonies tour highlights, visit Other movies featuring the town, such as Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Short Circuit, Benji-the Hunted, The Ring, The Black Stallion, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have populated video stores and now, Netflix, for years.

    River views, beaches and forestsAnother reason for the revival is Astorias location. The town boasts some of the best views of the Columbia River and surrounding beaches and forests. The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration in 2004-2006 also raised awareness of this historically significant city of just under 10,000. Even 10 years later the ripple effect is apparent.

    Pier 39 remainsOn the east end of town you can experience a lot of history and get some views of the river at Pier 39. Its one of the few remaining cannery buildings of the 30-some canneries that dominated the riverfront in the

    Revival Astorias vibe tips toward the young and hip Story & photos by Ron Baldwin

    Except photos credited otherwise

    Painted ladies abound among Astorias historic and colorful homes.

    Photos, from top: Astorias 8th Street rollercoaster, the historic Columbia Lightship docked near the Columbia River Maritime Museum, and a chess set by sculptor Pamela Mummy, exhibited at RiverSea Gallery.

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    early days. The Hanthorn Cannery Museum is located here, along with The Coffeegirl Caf and Espresso and The Rogue Ale Public House. Almost year-round youll also see and hear the ubiquitous sea lions that visit the river, basking on the jetty rocks. Bark, Bark, Bark and Bark. If you get fuel at Safeway, its deafening. Many come just to see the seals, which may be cute but are not salmons friends.

    The Columbia River Maritime museum is one of the best attractions in Astoria. You cant miss the striking wave-inspired structure on the riverfront. The Columbia River Lightship and two Coast Guard cutters currently occupy the dock as their home base. This is also where riverboat tour vessels and sternwheelers tie up.

    Astoria is really inseparable from the river and the Astoria Riverwalk is the best bet for viewing it. It stretches just short of five miles from Smith Point on the west to the historic Alderbrook neighborhood on the east. Its flat and handicap-accessible and has multiple entry points and parking lots along the way. The paved walking trail also provides ready access t o d o w n t o w n . T h e 1913 Riverfront Trolley runs March through December; at a buck, its a real bargain and the

    Astoria sea lion photo by Quita Beagle

    Beer Buoy photo by Perry Piper

    Fort George Taproom photo by Perry Piper

    Photos: Quaint eateries and robust breweries abound in Astoria, at Pier 39 and elsewhere around town. Sea lions often congregate near the Safeway store, barking up a storm. The1913 Riverfront Trolley runs March through December.

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    I chose to join the Mt. St. Helens Club for the first time on a Wednesday walk around Lake Sacajawea in Longview. Even though I am an avid hiker, I wanted to get a feel for the group before going on one of the longer treks. It turns out that I am not alone in this thinking.

    Most of our first time guests are exposed to the club on the lake walks, explained club President, Bruce McCredie.

    The Lake Sacajawea walk was incredibly social and pleasant, so much so that I did it with the group again the next month. And then I joined the group for a saunter around Kress Lake in Kalama.

    Though it was another easy walk, Kress Lake was one that I had not done before and probably would not have noticed had it not been for the group. Looking at the list of future hikes, especially the more difficult, I realized that many of the hikes fall into one of those two categories: have not done and did not know about.

    The upcoming Dark Divide trek is one of those that I knew about, but was

    apprehensive to do on my own. At 12 miles roundtrip and with 2500 feet of elevation gain, it clearly qualifies as a Saturday hike with the club. The trail will lead us through Dark Meadows and over Sunrise and Jumbo Peaks in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Combine that with the added benefit of doing it with seasoned hikers count me in.

    My boots and I will always find a way to make time for solo adventures. However, a group hike like those offered with the Mt. St. Helens Club feel like they are an addition to the goodness of the outdoor life. Much like book lovers unite to read a book or football fans join others to watch the game. Its good by yourself, but sometimes better when shared.

    And did I mention the food? Most hikes conclude with a stop at a favorite restaurant, group potluck, or snack sharing. Ill bring the muffins. You burn a lot of calories during these hikes. You deserve it.

    You can learn more about the Mt. St. Helens Club and view the groups calendar by visiting their website at See you on the trail.

    NOTES FOR SUE:Historic photo of club members at the Loowit Cabin: Photo courtesy of the Cowlitz Historical Museum.Delete photo of woman with fish. Replace with Lewis River photo from page 20. Lewis River photo: Photo courtesy of Jerry Poe.Kress Lake Text Box and photo should be on page 20 (Kress Lake is only mentioned on page 20).Ranger Reflections: Photo is misspelled in the first photo caption. The period is missing behind the St. in paragraph 2.


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    An Autumn morning stroll at Kress Lake. Photo by Austin Boggs

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    One of the most striking features in Mount St. Helens blast zone today is the dramatic contrast in vegetation on north and south facing slopes. The legacy of events that transpired on these slopes 35 years ago is still clearly recorded in the landscape.

    On south-facing slopes the lack of snow and the blunt force trauma inflicted by the lateral blast was so severe that few plants survived. These slopes, which face Mount St Helens, are still dominated by low-lying grasses, flowers and shrubs.


    Todd Cullings is 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.

    The same saplings 32 years later can be seen surviving in post-eruption conditions. Photo by Peter Frenzen.

    Saplings on north-facing slopes survived the blast thanks to snow cover and protection from the blast. 1982 photo courtesy of Todd Cullings.

    On many north-facing slopes snow packs still lingered on May 18, 1980, protecting small trees and plants buried under the snow. Although small, many of the sapling-sized fir and hemlock trees that survived were actually 30 to 90 years old! Their growth had been stunted by shade

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    Lucky travelers Longview residents Gene & Sharon Forsburf, and Frank & Cynda Webb at Slieve League Cliffs, Northern Ireland.

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    More than a mile high Bruce McCredie, of Longview and Shelley Hagburg, of Sebastipal, California on Mt. Eddy (elevation 9,026) near Weed, Calif.) with Mt. Shasta in the background.

    North to Alaska A cheerful group of Longview-Kelso friends set sail aboard the Ruby Princess in July on a 7-day Inside Passage cruise to Alaska. Everyone but three apparently left their copies of CRR in their staterooms. Left to right from back row: Bob Schroeder, David Engebo, Gene & Sylvia Krause, Mike Chambers, Bill Pietz, Don Wolfe, Bob & Betty Jo Kane, Gary & Susan Udd, Bill & Sandy Sells, Bob & Mary Lou Wellman, Cathy Engebo, Jim & Carol Renaud, Jack Risner, Louise Chambers, Dan Jacobs, Mary Ellen Pietz, Janet Jacobs, Marnie & Ken Botero, Vicky Pithan, John Gotschall, Ron Pithan, Joann Gotschall, Ed Vrana, Cheryl Risner, Maureen Schroeder, Dian Wolfe, Dr. Tracy Schroeder and Trudy Vrana.

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    Captain George Flavel was a world traveler who settled in Astoria in the late 1800s. He soon became a noted river bar pilot and prominent businessman. From the tower of his home he could watch the river traffic. A handsome Queen Anne style, the four-story, 11,600-square foot house boasts high ceilings and Eastlake-influenced design in the wood floors, mouldings and wainscoating. It was very modern for the time, with wall-to-wall carpeting, gas lighting, indoor plumbing, six fireplaces and a central heating system. Many of the rooms

    have some of the original furnishings, especially the formal parlor and music room where the daughters gave many recitals.

    Captain Flavel lived in the house with his family for seven years. Ownership passed through many family members until a great-granddaughter gave it to Clatsop County and, eventually, the property came under full ownership of the Historical Society.

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    The grounds are magnificent, with many of the original trees still thriving. The majority of these trees were acquired by the Captain from his voyages all over the world. Port Orford Cedar, Campdown Elms, Giant Sequoia Redwood, Cork Elms and Big Leaf Maple are just a few of the remaining unique specimens. Since we were there during the height

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    of the hydrangea blooms, we were treated to the Loose Cap Hydrangeas so exquisite.

    If you plan to stay over in Astoria, I urge you to reserve a couple of hours to explore this treasure. Dont miss the fourth floor tower and the original wrought iron cresting outlining the roof and veranda of the structure.

    Longv i ew r e s i d en t and f r equent CRR contributor Shirley Smith is a retired travel agent and longtime community volunteer.

    From the tower of his 11,600-square foot Queen Anne style home, Captain George Flavel could watch the river traffic.

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