Right on cue, Cowlitz County Emergency Management is holding its third annual “Prepare Fair,” going on tomorrow at Kessler Elementary School in Longview. Jennifer Engkraf with Emergency Management says that the goal of Prepare Fair is to increase public awareness on the importance of preparing for emergencies of all sorts. They’ll have informational booths, vendors, raffle prizes and hands-on learning opportunities. You can get tips on preparing a disaster supply kit, learn what to do in an earthquake, put out a real fire and enter to win disaster supply prizes. This is set to run from 10 am until 2 pm at Kessler Elementary School; it’s free, and you’re invited to bring the entire family.
Archive | September, 2013
Mark Morris blanked Prairie 22-0 in prep football last night. Woodland was impressive in a 47-3 win at Montesano. Today, Kelso takes on Evergreen in a 5 pm kickoff at McKenzie Stadium, prep game 4 pm on 101.5 FM The Wave. Also tonight, R.A. Long hosts Fort Vancouver at 7 pm…..The Mariners close out the season this weekend at home against the Oakland A’s, KLOG 6 pm…..In prep volleyball, R.A. Long beat Fort 3-0 and Heritage defeated Mark Morris 3-0. MM hosts the all-day Monarch Challenge tomorrow…..In soccer, Kelso beat Washougal 6-3 and MM over Heritage 2-0…..The LCC soccer team hosts SW Oregon at 12 pm tomorrow…..The MM boys ran past RAL 20-39 in cross country. The RAL girls downed MM 15-Inc…..The UW hosts Arizona tomorrow, 3 pm on 101.5 FM.
The impending storm has the Washington Department of Transportation delaying some emergency repairs on West Side Highway, so that roadway will NOT be shut down this weekend. WashDOT had been planning to close all lanes of the highway from Beacon Hill Road to Solomon Road, so that they could remove some weakened soil and replace a small culvert. Because of the heavy rains and high winds that are forecast, that project is now on hold, and will be rescheduled for another date. There’s no estimate of when that might happen as of yet.
Sheriff’s Deputies report that a driver was cited for reckless driving after his car crashed into a Longview school bus Wednesday afternoon. The collision happened around 4:30 pm on Wednesday, in the 46 hundred block of Olympia Way. There were no students on the bus at the time of the collision, and the bus driver was also unhurt. Deputies say that it looks like the driver of the other car crossed the center line and crashed into the bus; there’s a notation that alcohol was found in the car, but the driver did not seem to be impaired at the time of the crash. The airbags in that car did deploy, and the male driver complained of some abdominal pain. The driver was cited and released; names were not released.
PeaceHealth is announcing that it’s closing the medical library at the Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, and will be moving those resources to Saint John Medical Center in Longview. PeaceHealth had been maintaining two collections on the hospital center in Vancouver, one for medical professionals and one with consumer health information for the public. Consumer health items that had been available at the hospital will be moved into the Fort Vancouver Regional Library system, while the professional medical journal resources will be moved to Longview. Doctors in Vancouver will also have access to online clinical decision tools through the PeaceHealth intranet. Anyone with questions is advised to contact the Saint John Medical Library at 414-7463.
The people who are putting on a Saturday Sewing Class for Kids are clarifying the location as to where those classes will be taking place. WSU Extension 4-H had initially announced that the classes would be held in a meeting room at the Longview Community Church, but they now say that announcement was in error. These classes will actually be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 1730 30th Avenue in Longview. Call Sharan at 636-0338 if you have other questions.
It’s the final weekend for the Stageworks Northwest production of “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” Showtimes at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue are at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 pm on Sunday. This show runs on weekends through the 29th. Get tickets through the Stageworks Northwest website.
The Clatskanie Arts Commission opens up its 25th season with “Everything Fitz,” a high-energy family band out of Canada, featuring fiddling, Ottawa Valley step-dancing and a wide variety of music. They’ll be performing Friday night at the Donovan Wooley Performing Arts Center, starting at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door.
Laser lights, DJ’s and live bands will be performing all weekend long at the Three Rivers Mall , as they host the Northwest Underground Music and Arts Festival. This will be going on in the old Sears store space at the mall. Hours are noon Friday to 8 am Saturday, Noon Saturday to 8 am on Sunday, and from noon to 9 pm on Sunday. Ticket details are available on the festival website.
The Rainier Junior-Senior High School History Club will be at this Saturday’s Columbia City Harvest Festival, demonstrating games that were played in the 1700’s and 1800’s. This event is scheduled to run from noon to 4 pm on Saturday at the Caples House Museum in Columbia City.
Down in Woodland, the second annual Lewis River Fall Fest is planned at Horseshoe Lake Park on Saturday and Sunday, with a brew fest, wine tasting, live entertainment and other demonstrations. Hours are 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is free.
Saturday night, the North County Recreation Association holds its 11th annual Dinner Auction and Dance, helping to raise funds to support and improve sporting facilities in the Castle Rock area. The event starts at 5:30 pm on Saturday at Parker’s Restaurant, just off exit 49 in Castle Rock. Tickets are available at a number of businesses in Castle Rock.
Saturday night at the Rose Center for the Arts, National Book Award-winner Ivan Doig will speak on “Makings: How a Book Gets Written.” The event is being sponsored by the Longview Library Foundation, and will start at 5 pm on Saturday. Tickets are available through the Columbia Theatre box office, at Paperbacks and More on 14th Avenue, or by going to the Longview Library website.
Down in St. Helens, they’re having an adults-only “End of Summer Prom,” a benefit for the Columbia Pacific Food Bank and Community Meals program. This is a 21-and-over event, starting at 7 pm in the Olde School in downtown St. Helens. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market is open on Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm in the parking lot on 7th Avenue across from the Fairgrounds. The market runs through October. The Northwest harvest season is still in high gear, so all kinds of great fresh fruits and veggies are available.
The “Go&Be&Do,” series continues; 12-week series about going into the community and making a difference will continue through November 24th. This week, the topic is “Heal Me,” based on the Gospel of Matthew. The church is located at 30th and Pacific Way in Longview.
Reach back to the 50’s at Sunday’s “Sing-Along Grease,” which will be held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Longview. A pre-show carnival starts at noon, with swing-dance demonstrations, classic cars, a soda fountain and prizes for the best costumes. The movie, with on-screen lyrics, starts at 3 pm. Tickets are available on the Columbia Theatre website, or at the box office.
Catch the Downtown Farmers Market on Sunday, set up in the parking lot at 15th and Broadway, across from the Longview City Hall. Along with the fresh flowers, hanging baskets, and handmade crafts, they’ll have beets, onions, carrots, zucchini and other local fresh produce this weekend. Hours are 10 am to 3pm on Sunday.
The Mariners eliminated the Kansas City Royals from playoff contention with a 6-0 shutout last night. Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven scoreless innings and Mike Zunino hit two homers. The M’s have today off before hosting the A’s in the final three games of the season…..The Mark Morris football team plays tonight, a 7 pm game at Battle Ground against the Prairie Falcons. Also, Woodland is at Montesano…..The NFL game tonight is an NFC West battle in St. Louis as the Rams host the 49’ers…..The LCC volleyball team opened league play with a 3-0 victory over Green River…..In prep volleyball tonight, Fort is at R.A. Long and Heritage visits MM…..Highline beat the LCC soccer team 7-0…..Civil War cross country is at Lake Sacajawea today at 4 pm as MM and RAL hit the trail.
The Weather Service says that a “potent fall storm” is bearing down on the region, bringing heavy rains and high winds by tomorrow afternoon. The jet stream is expected to sag down over the area, also bringing the remnants of a typhoon that is currently located off of Japan’s east coast. The rain and wind is expected to start tomorrow afternoon, with up to two inches falling in the Coast Range and Western Cascades by Saturday morning. Some areas could get up to eight inches of rain out of this system; wind gusts of up to 50 miles an hour are also expected on the coast. This combination of heavy rain and gusty winds could lead to tree damage and power outages. Driving conditions may also be challenging.
A man who used to work as a youth pastor in the Winlock area is being charged with molesting a 12 year-old boy, a crime that started about a decade ago. The Centralia Chronicle reports on this story, saying that Michael D. Whitson, 51, was in Lewis County Superior Court yesterday, charged with four counts of second-degree child rape. It’s alleged that Whitson had a sexual relationship with a 12 year-old boy from Winlock, starting in 2002. Authorities say that the relationship continued for about three years; other details about the alleged crimes have not yet been released. Whitson made his first court appearance yesterday, but is not in custody at this time.