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KLOG Friday Sports

The Boston Red Sox edged the Mariners 2-1 last night as David Price outdueled Felix Hernandez. James Paxton goes up against Rick Porcello tonight, KLOG 6:00 pm…..The Cowlitz Black Bears shutout the Highline Bears 6-0 in a non-league collegiate game last night. The Black Bears are back on the road at the Corvallis Knights tonight at 6:30 pm…..The Dave Orzel Haymaker Baseball tournament is underway. Last night Competitive Athletics blanked RBI 11-0…..The NCAA College World Series begins Saturday in Omaha. Oregon State plays North Carolina at 12 pm and the Huskies battle Mississippi State at 5 pm…..Prep boys basketball invades Longview-Kelso this weekend for the 26th Bud Clary War of the Border. Action begins tonight and runs through Sunday at gyms citywide.

Adult Lemonade Stand

With school getting out and kids looking for something to do, you would expect an old fashioned lemonade stand to pop up here and there. But not an adult one.

Kelso Police were called to 8th Avenue last evening when a resident reported that a male and a female set up a lemonade stand right in front of his driveway. He also reported that the couple may have been intoxicated. Police showed up and talked to the couple and told them to move along.

There were no arrests in the case.

Weekend Fun

The summer festival season gets underway big time this weekend with the Winlock Egg Days and Woodland Planter’s Days. The Planter’s Festival is already going and the Eggs Days begins this afternoon. Portland area rap and hip-hop artist Laine brings his show to Longview Saturday at 7 pm at Stageworks. Local country music artist Cort Carpenter appears at the Ilani Saturday.

City Council Allocations

The Longview City Council gave out over $500,000 in grant funding to support nine low-income relief organizations. Community House on Broadway received $273,000 and Lower Columbia CAP was allocated just under $200,000.

Anti-Coal Protests

Anti-coal demonstrators were at the County Administration building in Kelso today, protesting Commissioner Dennis Webber’s recent lobbying trip to Washington DC. Webber asked lawmakers to provide legal action in order for the Millennium Bulk Terminal project to proceed.

Commencement Weekend

The commencement season ends this weekend. The 82nd Lower Columbia College graduation ceremony is tonight at 6:30 pm at Kelso High School. Wahkiakum and Woodland grads walk tonight at 7 pm. Kalama commencement is tomorrow at 1 pm. Longview grads are honored tomorrow with R.A. Long at 3 pm and Mark Morris at 7 pm, both at Longview Memorial Stadium

13 Nights In St. Helens

The 13 Nights on the River concert series is under way in Saint Helens, bringing in Rebecca Kilgore and the Cowhands for a two-hour show. There’s a new Happy Hour with Matt Brown that will run from 4 until 6:15 pm, and then the free show at the waterfront amphitheater will go from 6;30 to 8:30 pm. “No Headphones Required.” Get more information at discovercolumbiacounty.com.

Squirrel Bridge Title Presented

The Longview Sandbaggers will make an appearance at Thursday’s Longview City Council meeting where they will hand over the title to the Squirrel Bridge that was installed over Kessler Boulevard at Kessler School. The meeting begins at 7 pm.

Summer Reading Program

It’s time to get the kids signed up for the Summer Reading Program at the libraries across the county, where those kids can become “Reading Rock Stars.” The program starts today, and runs through July 31st. Kids age 3 and up can be involved, getting credit for all of the days that they read, or have material read to them. Every ten days of logged reading earns a reward; 30 days of reading, and the child will achieve “Rock Star” status. They will also receive a prize package that includes a lanyard, a book bag and a Burgerville gift card. Activities working around the “Libraries Rock!” theme will also be held, including a family sock hop, an “instrument petting zoo,” and the Grand Finale picnic at 6 pm on July 31st. Story times and family events are also planned at the libraries in Kelso, Kalama and Castle Rock. Get full details from your local library, or go to longviewlibrary.com.

Hospice Presentation

Community Home Health and Hospice has a special program called “Hospice = Help,” happening this afternoon at the James Avery Center for Grief Support. Julie Sheldon will be the presenter, and she wants people to know that Hospice is “so much more than dying.” Sheldon says that Hospice is about living, and she wants to help diminish the fear that so many people have. Sheldon says that the “Hospice = Help” presentation will highlight myths and misconceptions about hospice, and will help show how it provides support for entire families. The free program runs from 2:30 to 3:30 this afternoon, at 1000 12th Avenue in Longview.