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Local Weekend Happenings

Posted on 29th April 2016 at 09:44

Friday:
Stageworks Northwest is making some adjustments in honor of Dr. Marion Clark at Sunday’s final performance of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “H.M.S. Pinafore,” wrapping up this weekend at the Longview Theatre on Commerce Avenue. The 2 pm Sunday matinee will now be presented at 7:30 pm, so cast and orchestra members can attend the memorial service for Clark, who was a supporter of Stageworks, and was a colleague of many of the performers. Showtimes are at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, and now on Sunday, as well. Tickets are available at the door, or by going to stageworksnorthwest.com.

The Grandmothers Bowling League is holding its annual banquet on Friday, starting at 11 am at the Sizzler restaurant on Ocean Beach Highway. Call 751-4174 for registration information.

“Seattle Shakespeare” returns to Cathlamet this weekend presenting “The Tempest” this Friday afternoon at Wahkiakum High School. WHS students will be viewing the play as part of their schooling, but the production is also open to the community. Curtain is set for 1 pm on Friday on the Wahkiakum High School stage. Admission is free, but they will be accepting donations that will help support the troupe and possible return engagements.

The Friends of the Kelso Library are holding a Used Book Sale this weekend, Friday, Saturday and MONDAY at the Library in the Three Rivers Mall. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm each day, with a “Clearance Day” on Monday. will help support children’s programs and other services.

You’re invited to a retirement party for outgoing Cowlitz County Health and Human Services Director Carlos Carreon, which will run from 2 to 4 pm this Friday in the third floor General Meeting Room at the Cowlitz County Administration Building in Kelso. Friday is his last day or work.

This Friday and Saturday, there’s a fundraising Garage Sale at 58890 Morten Lane in St. Helens, being held in support of Sandy Byers as she tries to raise money to pay for her heart transplant. The sale is located about a mile off of Highway 30 in St. Helens, on the way to the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

Saturday:
The annual Kids’ Fish-In at Lake Sacajawea is set for Saturday, starting at 8 am and going until 3. Kids taking part will each receive a rod and reel, gear and help with getting started. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to the first 400 kids. Go to mylongview.com/recreation for more information, and to get signed up.

A lot of local kids are getting their feet wet as business people on Saturday, as Longview Parks and Rec hosts a Kids Garage Sale, running from 9 am until 1 pm at the McClelland Arts Center. Kids are renting their own booths and are selling their own wares; head on over and see what they have.

The annual March of Dimes March for Babies is set for Saturday morning at Lake Sacajawea. Registration will start at 8 am on Saturday, and the March itself will start at 9. You’ll be able to walk in support of the March of Dimes and that group’s battle against birth defects, and will also be able to walk with others who have dealt with premature birth, birth defects or the loss of an infant.

The 2016 Lower Columbia Contractors Association Home Garden and Leisure Show is happening this weekend, Saturday and Sunday at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Along with vendor displays, they’ll have a number of seminars and demonstrations, along with hands-on activities for the kids. This year also features the first-ever LEGO building competition for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Admission is $2 or two cans of food.

The Rainier Garden Club is putting on its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, running from 9 am to 3 pm in the J&R Sales parking lot. They’ll have trees, flowers, native plants, vegetables, Mother’s Day gifts and a lot more. Proceeds will go into the Rainier Garden Club’s community projects.

The Castle Rock High School FFA is holding its annual Plant Sale this Saturday, starting at 8 am and going until 2 pm. They’ll have hanging baskets, annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables for sale, raising money for the FFA and its student activities. The sale will take place in the greenhouse at the high school.

The Comcast Cares event is taking place this Saturday in Castle Rock, with volunteers coming in to work on the South Huntington Avenue water feature and entry into the city. This is located right across from Lions Pride Park; you should bring gloves, hand tools and other implements. Lunch will be provided to the volunteers. Go to comcastinthecommunity.com to get signed up.

There’s a “Mom’s Day Out Bazaar” set for this Saturday in the Northlake Baptist Church Gym, running from 10 am to 4 pm. This is on the corner of Ocean Beach Highway and Pacific Way, and will be a benefit for the Caring Pregnancy Center of Cowlitz County. Each vendor at the event will be giving away a prize; get details on the CPC of Cowlitz County Facebook page.

From 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, its “Safe Kids/Healthy Kids Day” at the Southwest Washington YMCA. There will be all manner of activities, games, demonstrations and prizes; they’ll also have life-jacket-fittings and water safety information. Contact the YMCA on 15th Avenue in Longview for information on getting your children involved.

The 48th annual Coin Show of the Cowlitz Coin Club of Longview-Kelso is set for this weekend at the AWPPW Hall in Longview. You’ll be able to view, buy, sell and trade coins, and there will also be raffles of gold and silver American Eagle coins. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday; admission is free.

Violin virtuoso Jaime Jorge performs Saturday evening at the Journey Adventist Church in Kelso. Jorge has played in more than 60 countries, performing in venues from high schools to Carnegie Hall. This performance is set for 6 pm this Saturday at the church on Solomon Way, just off of West Side Highway near Lexington.

Sunday:
The Kelso Bridge Market opens this weekend, moving to a new venue. From 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, the Bridge Market will be open at the Three Rivers Mall, and they will be giving free pansy plants to the first 100 mothers that visit.

The Mainstage Theatre Children’s Class will present “The King’s Meal” on Sunday, a production that’s billed as a “family-friendly musical.” Curtain on the Dana Brown Mainstage at R. A. Long High School is at 2 pm on Sunday; donations are requested.

At 3 pm on Sunday, the Columbia River Handbells will present a concert at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Longview. The bell team will be joined by Jared Devine, who will play the cello on two special pieces. Admission is free, but they will be accepting donations in support of the Columbia River Handbells.

Drug Take Back Day

Posted on 29th April 2016 at 09:42

Longview Police are once again taking part in the annual Drug Take-Back Day, an event that’s sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Between 10 am and 2 pm tomorrow, Longview Police will be accepted drop-offs of unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications, no questions asked. Local police and the DEA say that these drop-off events are an excellent method for safely and properly disposing of these drugs, rather than having them be stolen, or be flushed into local water treatment systems. The police departments in St. Helens and Scappoose are also taking part in “Take-Back Day,” also going from 10 am until 2 pm tomorrow. If you’re unable to get to these events, drop-off bins are set up at the Hall of Justice, and at the police department buildings in Longview and Kelso.

ProCaliber Closes

Posted on 29th April 2016 at 09:42

Saying that the store in Longview isn’t doing well, ProCaliber Motorsports is shutting the doors at the shop on Industrial Way at the close of business on Saturday. General Manager Travis Richards says that this is strictly a business decision, with the Longview store losing business to people who are heading to Oregon to avoid sales tax. Richards says that this was an extremely difficult decision, one that owner John Jabusch stewed over for a long time. Richards says that they will be moving the entire operation to the store in Vancouver, including all personnel. Richards says that the Vancouver store is going great guns, doing great business with additional product lines added. Richards says that this decision wasn’t made lightly, but it’s the right decision for the business. He says that they will still be able to serve Longview-area customers at the store in Vancouver, or through their strong on-line presence.

Highway 30 Rollover

Posted on 29th April 2016 at 09:41

Multiple felony charges are being filed against 29 year-old Waldemar Gorski, Jr., of St. Helens, after he was involved in a Wednesday afternoon rollover crash near Clatskanie. Oregon State Police say that the crash took place a few minutes after 2 pm on Wednesday, as Waldemar was eastbound near Lindberg Road. Waldemar apparently failed to make a curve in the road, going into the ditch and rolling his car. Waldemar was unhurt, but a three year-old girl that was in the car was taken to St. John Medical Center. Troopers claim that Waldemar was drunk at the time of the crash, and was also driving while suspended. There’s also a no-contact order in effect, barring Waldemar from having contact with the little girl or her mother. Waldemar is now being held in the Columbia County Jail on charges of DUI, third-degree assault, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. Additional charges could be filed.

Longview Police Report

Posted on 29th April 2016 at 09:40

Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha says that drug arrests are up substantially in the past year, after full staffing of the LPD Street Crimes Unit was restored. Duscha presented the 2015 Police Department report at last night’s Longview City Council meeting, reporting that felony drug arrests are up 214 percent between 2014 and 2015; in 2014, 79 felony drug arrests were made, compared to 214 arrests in 2015. The amount of drugs seized also increased, up seven percent over the previous year. The Group A Offense Rate dropped by 11 percent between 2014 and 2015, but certain crime categories did increase. Robberies were up 30 percent in 2015, and domestic violence incidents were up 11 percent. Burglaries were down 25 percent, shoplifting incidents dropped by 32 percent, larceny went down 16 percent, and car prowls dropped by 13 percent. LPD also reports that 27,057 photo enforcement tickets went out in 2015, compared to 10,182 the year before. Calls for service continue at high levels, with nearly 49 thousand calls last year. Duscha reports that the number of calls for service has increased by 25 percent in the past two years.

Cowlitz Drive Fire

Posted on 28th April 2016 at 09:13

Fire crews are responding to a house fire reported in the 200 block of Cowlitz Drive. The call came in at about 6:10 am, with Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue called out for the response. Fire officials say that the attached garage of the house was fully involved in fire when they arrived. No other information is available at this time. Be aware of this emergency response, and be ready for possible congestion in that area.

Woodland Farm Fire

Posted on 28th April 2016 at 09:13

They’re still trying to figure out exactly what caused yesterday morning’s huge fire at Adeline Farms near Woodland, a blaze that killed eleven animals and did more than $300,000in damage. The fire was reported around 1 am yesterday; farm owner Jenny Stanton-Jones says that she woke up and found the farm’s animal pavilion and a storage shed were ablaze. Johnson’s pickup exploded in the fire, while a pig, seven piglets and three goats were killed. Fire crews responded to the property in the 3900 block of Lewis River Road within minutes, and they were able to keep the fire from spreading into a historic barn on the property. It’s reported that the fire started next to a wall where lumber had been stacked, and there’s some speculation that faulty wiring may have been a contributing factor. The farm’s owners say that only a portion of the loss is covered by insurance; it’s reported that a GoFundMe account is being set up to try and help raise money to cover other losses.

Morrison Declares

Posted on 28th April 2016 at 09:12

The race for the District 2 County Commission seat is started to fill up, as current Community House on Broadway Executive Director Frank Morrison announces his candidacy. In making the announcement, Morrison says that it’s more than the controversy over funding for homeless services that’s driving him. Morrison says that more needs to be done to draw jobs to the local community, while also saying that there needs to be a better way of managing homelessness and the local resources directed to that issue. Morrison says that he will be running as a Republican, the same as current incumbent Dennis Weber. Late last week, local business reporter Kevin Hunter announced his candidacy, saying that he will be running as an independent.

Orcutt Re-Election

Posted on 28th April 2016 at 09:11

20th District Representative Ed Orcutt of Kalama says that he plans to run for another term in the Washington House. Orcutt first went into the Legislature in 2002, representing the 18th District before Kalama was moved into the 20th District in 2012. Orcutt owns a local forestry consulting company, and is involved in the Kalama Lions. Orcutt first went into the Legislature on a wave of conservativism, and has pushed those values throughout his tenure. Orcutt has been unopposed in the past two General Elections.

Aero-Vac Arrives

Posted on 28th April 2016 at 09:11

A specialty metal-making company is coming to the Port of Kalama. Today’s Daily News reports that the Kalama Port Commission signed a three-year lease with Aero-Vac Alloys, a company that produces parts for the aerospace and defense industries. It’s reported that the company plans to relocate from Orange County, California, for better access to the Seattle airplane and aerospace markets. The company plans to get up and running by next month, with a goal of being fully relocated and operational within three months.