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Thanks for the support

We at the Friends of Galileo thank The Daily News so much for helping make the first Solstice Lantern Walk such a huge success. We had approximately 400 to 500 people participate in the walk. We were not expecting such a large turnout for the first run of this event.

Your contribution of a detailed article was greatly appreciated. We hope to do another walk again.

Greg Smith, president

Friends of Galileo Astronomy Club

CDM grateful for party sponsors

Thank you to the Child and Adolescent Clinic for sponsoring our New Year’s Eve, Eve party Dec. 30.

Thanks to Three Rivers Mall for providing the party space, and thanks to Regal Cinemas for donating popcorn for participants to enjoy while they danced the afternoon away.

We also thank the following musicians/DJ folks for their time and talent to round out the family-friendly activity: McKenna Sancere, David Applebury, Lan Mitchell Legarra, Michael Gardenhire, Jeff Hamilton, Shawn Plampin, Josh Mattison and Mathew Olsson.

Thanks for giving the kids of our community an event to remember.

Dawn Morgan, executive director

Children’s Discovery Museum

Lions grateful for CFSW grant

The Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Cowlitz County thanks the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington for awarding our foundation with a $15,000 grant for the “I Can Hear”program.

Support for the Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Cowlitz County was provided through a Focus Grant from the Mason E. Nolan Community Fund and the Community Giving Fund, both charitable funds at the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington.

Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps Southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy.

The Foundation holds more than 300 distinct funds, which are actively invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes.

Governed by an esteemed volunteer board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services in donors, nonprofits and the community at large. For details, visit

With this grant, we can continue to provide hearing aids and services to low-income individuals in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties, services the Lions Club International is well-known for providing.

With this grant, the Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Cowlitz County can continue to provide these services to the community.

Thank you again.

Hope Ramsdale, treasurer

Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Cowlitz County

Shop With a Cop a success

On Dec. 7, the Longview Police Department in partnership with Youth and Family Link, the Cowlitz Chaplaincy and Walmart store No. 2469 on Seventh Avenue, partnered with 23 local children to participate in the annual Shop with a Cop program.

Officers shopped for presents with children, assisted them with wrapping the presents and joined them in a breakfast at the store.

A big thanks to Walmart store No. 2469 employees who wrapped presents and cooked breakfast for all of the participants in addition to providing the money for the shoppers through a grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Thank you Emily (Youth and Family Link), Susan (Walmart) and Robert (Longview Police Department) for helping these children have a Merry Christmas.

Chaplain Doug Fields

Cowlitz Chaplaincy

CR Walk and Knock a success

The Castle Rock Lions club is thankful for all the food and cash donations to our local Walk and Knock food drive this fall.

This year’s donations exceeded those of the past couple of years. Our club’s food bank distributes to an average 40-plus families each week.

We are thankful for all of these donations.

We also thank the following food drive helpers: members of the Castle Rock High School Honor Society, Scott Neeves and the Castle Rock Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Blanchettes, the entire Eiche family, Aaron from Cascade Insurance, and members of the Castle Rock Eagles — who helped unload the donations from the Toutle truck.

Clarance Knutson

President Castle Rock Lions

Thanks for CR Blooms support

What better way to start out a new year than to say “thanks to you!”

As we look back at the progress, accomplishments and milestones for Castle Rock, Wash., in 2018, we are thankful for this opportunity to recognize those that have supported our Castle Rock Blooms program and our enrollment in the national America in Bloom competition. We couldn’t do what we do without you.

Thank you to the Castle Rock Community Development Alliance, the non-profit with a mission of growing Castle Rock’s economic sustainability where the Castle Rock Blooms committee resides.

Thank you City of Castle Rock leadership, staff, police and public works departments. Your assistance, cooperation and coordination is extraordinary as are the Castle Rock School District administration, staff and teachers, and CRHS horticulture’s Julia Collins. Thank you for the Blooming Generations Garden at Castle Rock Elementary School, the mentoring opportunities and the greenhouse space for the flower baskets that hang all summer in Castle Rock.

The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Clean Up Day Event generated more than 350 volunteers last April to work on 34 projects. Most of those involved planting trees, shrubs and flowers; and cleaning up neighborhoods, parks and planters. Thank you.

Thank you to Comcast. On Comcast Cares Day, just a week prior to Clean Up Day, Comcast employees and families, CRHS student and community volunteers and CRPW came together to build a picnic shelter, paint a picnic shelter and signs, clean trails and ivy off trees on “The Rock,” and plant an immense pollinating meadow.

The Castle Rock Senior Center, Fibre Federal Credit Union, Kelso Rotary and many anonymous donors provided funding for extensive projects, such as the two new pollinator gardens, the Dog Park, new trees at the Old Jail Park, roses at the North Trailhead, Timber Grove Interpretive signs at the Exit 49 gardens at the Castle Rock Visitor Information Center and for allowing expanded work to continue at parks and gardens. Blooms also has been the designated recipient of memorial funds for garden expansion and maintenance. We are forever grateful.

Our thanks to Garden Time TV, the No. 1 TV garden show in Oregon, Washington and Idaho; and Portland station FOX 12 PLUS (KPDX-49). In July, producer Jeff Gustin, along with hosts William and Judy, filmed a segment about our flowers in Castle Rock for an Aug. 4 episode.

Thank you to Proven Winners for the honor of being selected the FIRST Proven Winners Signature City in the nation as well as for your expertise, support and technical assistance for growing your No. 1 plants. We love them! We appreciate your generosity in supplying new introductions for the display garden at the Visitor Center and samples of new plants for the following year for evaluation so we can be innovative and creative with our plantings.

Many thanks to Nature Source Plant Food, another international company, (Ball Horticulture), that have supported the greenhouse growing program at CRHS and the city basket program with the BEST natural plant nutrition program. With the greenhouse space at CRHS, students and volunteers, local greenhouse space, at North County and local businesses such as Castle Rock Nursery and The Plant Station, we are able to grow our own flowers and landscape shrubs. Therefore, we can grow and plant 130-plus baskets and thousands of flowers at minimal expense for our planter and garden sponsors.

Thank you for the supplies and services generously donated and/or provided at a cost savings from Kellogg Garden Products, 4-Corners Organics, Four Corners Farm & Garden, Castle Rock Building Supply, Pacific Fiber Products, DeRosier Trucking Inc., L-Rock Industries, Paul Helenberg and North County Garden Compost, Casey Heaton of C & R Tractor and Landscaping, Mt. St. Helens Motel, Mt St Helens Cellars, the Partridge family of PNE Corp., The Castle Rock Woman’s Club, Phillips Soil Products and Teresa Bergman of Cowlitz River Dahlias.

Thank you to the businesses and families that sponsored the raised planter boxes for the Blooming Generations Garden: Cowlitz River Dental, Family Health Center, Dr. Reinhild Ayoub MD, Susie Barker (in memory of her mother, Nita Bredfield), Vault Books & Brew, High Cascades Insurance, Castle Rock Volunteer Firefighter Association and Northwest Access Products.

Planters were constructed by Jeff Sullivan of Northwest Access Products, Brian Engkraf of Vault Books & Brew and Advanced Agriculture students in CRHS wood shop classes. Thank you to Rodda Paint for the paint for the primer for the big mural wall and to Tony Little for applying it with a sprayer donated by Evergreen Paint. Thank you to CRSD and to elementary art teacher Colleene Little and her youthful art students for the outstanding mural and to all the parents and teachers who watered the garden all summer.

A big thank you to Della Franklin for her amazing video and editing skills. She creates our AIB Video Contest entry and then another, the expanded version, highlighting our new businesses and programs that involve the youth of the community.

A special thank you to all of the local service organizations, churches, businesses and families who sponsor flower planters throughout Castle Rock. There are 58 of you, so we won’t list all, but your sponsorship dollars support 156 containers of flowers. Because of your generous sponsorship, the Castle Rock Blooms program is able to provide flowers for city parks, municipal landscapes such as the library, visitor center, City Hall, the Senior Center, the post office and city entrances.

And how are all those flowers ordered, grown, planted and nurtured throughout the seasons? Castle Rock Public Works waters the summer baskets and businesses keep a watchful eye on container water needs. The program thrives because of all the generosity of those mentioned here plus the Bloom Team volunteers who take it to the next level; volunteers who help build new cold frames at CRHS to enable them to help expand their horticulture program; volunteers who have adopted city parks for mowing and maintenance and take pride in their care of flowers at Gateway Park, City Hall, North Trailhead, the Visitor Center, Southern Entrance Water Feature Landscape, the pollinator gardens, the timber groves, the Old Jail Park, the Woman’s Club and the landscape at the Post Office; volunteers to assist in the pruning of the community orchard and the flowering trees; the Water Wizards of Fertilizer Friday who volunteer to come out at sunrise to keep flowers healthy and growing during the summer; and the dozens of Bloom Team volunteers who find opportunities year around to beautify their city. Our thanks to you.

We offer our thanks to our America in Bloom judges/evaluators, Barbara Vincentsen and Mary Hertel. Over the years, we have been thoroughly critiqued by 14 different experts with proficiency in community development, heritage preservation, urban forestry, floral design, city ordinances, volunteer engagement and environmental issues. There have been landscape professionals and college professors of horticulture and economics. They have come from all corners of the nation to provide guidance so Castle Rock can become the best place to live, work, play, shop and own a business.

Thank you all; 2018 was a remarkable year.

Nancy Chennault

Castle Rock Blooms volunteer coordinator

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