A former Principal at Kelso High School is dead at the age of 92. Family members report that Bud Reschke died earlier this week, found in his car in the parking lot of the Wilco store. County Coroner Tim Davidson says that the death was due to natural causes. Reschke was first hired by the Kelso School District back in 1951, working as a social studies teacher and as a Vice-Principal at Kelso High until 1956. That was the year he was promoted to be the Kelso High School Principal, a position he held until 1972. In ’72, he was named as the district’s Director of Special Services and Vocational Education, which was then split to just Special Services in 1973. He continued in that position until his resignation in June of 1981. There’s no word out yet on when memorial services might be held.
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Marine biologists are out on the beach near Ocean Park, working to identify a beached whale that turned up yesterday. The whale is about 25 feet long, which suggests that it may be a young whale. Pacific County officials also say that this is a “baleen whale,” which has a filter-feeding system in its mouth, as opposed to the large teeth that an Orca or a Sperm Whale have. The current speculation is that this may be a Gray Whale, but the advanced state of decomposition is delaying that identification at this time. The decomposition also shows that the whale died some time ago, and has been floating in the ocean for quite a while. The whale is lying on the beach about nine miles north of Ilwaco.
The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund is stepping up with a significant donation for the Long-Bell Shay Locomotive Pavilion, announcing a gift of $5,000. Barry J. Dahl, the chair of the Friends of Longview, says that this donation will be directed toward the purchase of eight pressure-treated log columns, which will be used to support the roof of the pavilion. Brian Magnuson is volunteering his time to serve as the general contractor for the project, also helping to secure donations of labor and building materials. After more than a decade of restoration work by John Chilson, Jeff Wilson and others in the community, the Long-Bell Shay #5 is now back on the Longview Library grounds, covered with tarps until the Pavilion can be completed. So far, $25,000 has been collected from the community for the Pavilion, while the City of Longview has also provided $37,500. The full cost of the project is now put at $200,000, so additional donations are needed. If you would like to help out, you can drop money off at the Longview Community Development Department, or call 636-1129 for more information.
Residents of the Clatskanie area once again have the opportunity to get the old homestead cleaned up, as the 12th annual Clatskanie Bulky Waste Cleanup Day is held tomorrow. From 8 am until noon, residents from around Clatskanie can drop off up to two car, pickup or small trailer loads of bulky waste at the Clatskanie City Park at a cost of $10 per load. That includes TV’s, dishwashers, stoves, water heaters, washers and dryers, microwaves, furniture, car batteries, scrap metal, computers, printers and monitors and similar items. There’s a $15 charge for Freon-containing items like refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, and tires are $1 apiece. No commercial loads are allowed, and you must have proof of residence in the 97016 area code.
You can once again step back to the original days of the town of Rainier at tomorrow’s “Rainier Revisited” living history event. This the fifth annual “Rainier Revisited,” arranged by award-winning Rainier High School history teacher Andrew Demko, also featuring students from his history classes at the school. There will be various military camp presentations, period arts and crafts, and Living History performer Karen Haas will also be on hand, telling stories and doing other hands-on experiences from the woman’s perspective during the time of the Hudson’s Bay Company. “Rainier Revisited” runs from 10 am to 4 pm tomorrow at the Beaver Homes Grange, located off of Highway 30 and Nicolai Road in Goble. Turn off the main highway onto Nicolai Road, and then follow the signs.
“Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” at this year’s Cowlitz County CASA Auction, which is planned for tomorrow evening at the Cowlitz County Expo Center. This year’s event has a Dr. Seuss theme, titled “Whoville 2014.” The event helps to raise money to support Cowlitz County Court Appointed Special Advocates, volunteers who help to support children who are involved in the court system as victims of abuse or other scenarios. The volunteers of CASA help to make sure that the voices of the children are not lost in those court processes. The “Whoville Express” departs tomorrow night at the Cowlitz County Expo Center, with silent and live auctions, a seated dinner, dancing and other entertainment. Tickets are still available, and you can find out more by going to www.cowlitzcountycasa.org, or call 414-5212.
The Grace Lutheran Ladies Guild is holding a Multi-Vendor Flea Market on Friday and Saturday, raising money for church programs. Hours in the church on Washington Way and Dover are 8:30 am to 4 pm on Friday, 8:30 to 1 on Saturday.
The Southwest Washington Family YMCA is holding its 2014 Family Spring Festival on Friday evening, running from 5 to 7pm. They will have bingo, craft-making, cookie decorating, games and prizes, face painting and other fun. Call the Y at 423-4770 for more information.
Longview native Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets perform Friday night at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, accompanied by the Mark Morris Choir. Cody Beebe and the Crooks will be the warm-up act. The doors open at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8. Call 575-TIXX for ticket information, go to the Columbia Theatre website for ticket information.
Youth and Family Link on Douglas Street in Longview is holding a free “Friday Family Night,” going from 6:30 to 8 pm. The whole family is invited to come down for open gym time, arts and crafts, movies, play time or other activities. It’s free to attend, but you do need to pre-register by calling 423-6741.
The 38th annual Columbian Artist Spring Show is under way at the Three Rivers Mall in Kelso, and will continue through April 13th. Around 40 artists from all over the area are displaying works in a wide variety of media, and many of these works are available for purchase. Hours of the show are 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday, 10 to 7 pm on Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday. Admission is free.
The “Wood is Good” art show is going on up in Toledo, continuing each weekend through the 27th of this month. The show is open from 2 to 6 pm, Thursdays through Sundays at Gallery 505 in downtown Toledo. Admission is free. Find out more by going to www.artgallery505.com.
There’s a Cowlitz AmeriCorps Network Community Service Sustainability Project planned in Castle Rock on Saturday. Castle Rock High School students will also help out at this event, which will start at 8:30 am at the Castle Rock Exhibit Hall. They’re planning to turn a storm water retention pond into a wetland, and will also paint a mural. Volunteers are still needed, so come on down and lend a hand.
The Cat Fanciers Association is hosting a Cat Show and Agility Course at the County Expo Center on Saturday, starting at 9 am and going until 3 pm on Saturday. Donations will be accepted at the door.
The 5th annual “Rainier Revisited” living history event will be held tomorrow at the Beaver Homes Grange, off of Highway 30 in Goble, going from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Rainier High School history students will be joined by other living history performers in recreating Rainier as it would have been in 1853. Admission is one can of food or a donation for H.O.P.E..
The Cowlitz Community Farmers Market is now open for its annual run at the County Expo Center. They will have plants, honey and other handcrafted items available for purchase. Hours in the 7th Avenue parking lot at 9 am until 2 pm on Saturdays and Tuesday through October. Eva Davis will be celebrating her birthday this weekend, also marking 30 years of involvement at the Farmers Market. Admission is free.
The weather should be pretty nice for this weekend’s “Second Saturday Lake Sacajawea Bird Walk,” starting at 8 at Hemlock and Kessler in Longview, right in front of the playground. This is hosted by the Willapa Hills Audubon Society; bring binoculars if you have them.
The Lower Columbia AARP holds its monthly meeting on Saturday, with Judy DeVoe of the Retired Public Employees Council as the featured guest speaker. The meeting starts at 12:30 Saturday afternoon at the Kelso Senior Center, located in the old Catlin Hall in West Kelso.
“Luggage of Love” is holding a collection event on Saturday, going from 10 am to 1 pm at the State Farm insurance office on the Civic Circle in Longview. Between 10 am and 1 pm, they’ll be accepting donations of new or gently-used duffel bags, large tote bags, back packs and suitcases, along with other “comfort items,” which will be packed in bags for foster kids in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.
The 12U Cowlitz Eruption tournament softball team is holding a fundraising spaghetti feed and silent auction on Saturday. Call 751-6313 for ticket information.
The Cowlitz County CASA Auction is being held tomorrow evening at the Cowlitz County Expo Center; this year’s event has a Dr. Seuss theme. Call 414-5212 for ticket information.
The Skamakowa Methodist Church is holding a “Hosanna Musicale” at 2 pm on Sunday. Donations for the St. James Child Care Center will be accepted at the door.
There’s an “Easter Extravaganza” on Sunday at the East Kelso Baptist Church, going from noon until 2 pm. This is open to toddlers through 6th-graders, with an Easter egg hunt, games, prizes and a hot dog lunch. The East Kelso Baptist Church is located at 110 Corduroy Road, off Allen Street east of I-5.
The 911 outage in Cowlitz, Clark, Lewis and Wahkiakum Counties is now being blamed on technical problems at CenturyLink. 911 in this area and throughout Washington state has been down for most of the morning, a problem that has now been traced to a problem that took place in Sheridan, Oregon. A card in some computer equipment apparently failed, knocking 911 out in Washington and a portion of Oregon. An alert was issued at about 1:45 am, reporting that 911 was down locally. That outage continued until around 7 am, as Century Link technicians worked to effect repairs. If you’re still not able to access Cowlitz County 911, you can still call one of three numbers if you have an emergency: 577-3084, 577-3090 or 577-3098. Any one of those three numbers will connect you with Cowlitz County Dispatch.
A transient is being charged with attempted first-degree robbery after an incident that took place yesterday morning at the Longview Fred Meyer store. Around 11:10 yesterday morning, a woman called 911, claiming that she had been assaulted and robbed as she was loading a planter into her car. The incident took place near 32nd Avenue; the woman says that she was grabbed from behind, with the suspect saying “I don’t want to hurt you.” The female suspect then took something from the victim’s purse, and ran off. Employees at Les Schwab had also noticed what had happened, and kept an eye on the female suspect, who didn’t go far from the crime scene. Longview Police arrived and arrested Amanda Lynn McMurray, 22, charging her with attempted first-degree robbery. She was also served with a fugitive warrant from Columbia County. A male companion of McMurray was questioned and released.
A special workshop on community safety is planned for this afternoon, arranged by the Cowlitz County Health Department and Cowlitz On The Move. This is part of a Community Transformation Grant that has awarded to the Health Department, and will be focused on the Neighborhood Safe Streets Bill. Representatives of “Washington Bikes” will be leading today’s workshop, looking at simple changes in driving speeds or sidewalk alignment that can help make safer environments for all. Today’s Neighborhood Safe Streets workshop is set to run from 2 to 5 pm in the John Searing Auditorium at the Cowlitz PUD building in Longview. It’s free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Call 414-5599, extension 6434 to get signed up.