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Fill the Boot raises more than $12,000

Members of Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue raised $12,903.12 during their annual Black Friday boot drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

The money raised contributed to a successful year totaling just under $20,000. This is the largest amount of money raised in one year over the past eight years by more than $5,000.

International Association of Firefighters Local 3828 members extend a special thank you to the community for their donations and constant support year to year for these events.

Red Lobster Restaurant and Dutch Bros coffee have been longtime supporters each year feeding the firefighters lunch and providing coffee during the events. J Squared Barrel House in Longview and Upper Left Creations also contributed with monetary donations, after-event refreshments and rewards for firefighters collecting the most funds.

This money is used to send children suffering from the various diseases associated with muscular dystrophy to a summer camp each year and to support medical research.

Thank you to those who support this cause.

Additional support always is welcome. Visit to learn more about muscular dystrophy. To make a donation to the MDA, visit

Bryan Ditterick

Lieutenant, EMT-IV, PIO

Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue

Annual ball a huge success

The staff of the YMCA of Southwest Washington expresses our appreciation to all who attended our Grandparents/Grandchildren Ball on Nov. 17 in the ballroom of the Monticello Hotel.

Those families, plus all of the sponsors and volunteers, made our third annual ball a huge success.

More than 230 people attended the ball, and all money raised went to support the YMCA Goodtymes Program, which provides recreational and educational activities for our community’s teens and adults with special needs.

This was a great way to kick off our holiday season and to honor our grandparents. We plan to make the event even better next year.

Thank you to all of the sponsors who provided refreshments, decorations and prizes for the event, including the Seashore Inn (Seaside, Ore.), the Chautauqua Lodge in Long Beach, Cornerstone Floral, Jansen’s Floral Express, Bell Studios, Specialty Rents and Events, Portland Spirit Cruise Lines, Safeway on 15th Avenue, Stylemasters College, DJ Ray Bartley, Papa Murphy’s, the Monticello Hotel staff, Stuffy’s II restaurant, Butler Baking Company, Nipps Drive-Through, and Frosting the Town Bakery.

Les Cornwell

YMCA Goodtymes program coordinator

Fall Gathering event a success

Thank you to all the beautiful souls who joined us for The Fall Gathering, and helped make the event so special.

From our fearless army of volunteers who decorated and helped run the celebration to our festive attendees, to our generous sponsors, to every person who helped our gardens grow by filling up the garden donation board, we could not do the work we do without you.

And the kids. Weren’t they great?

We are filled with gratitude for the way this community rallies around and supports the local school gardens.

Our goal was $30,000. The total for the night was more than $34,000. The pepper fully ripened and the garden donation board overflowed with bounty.

Thank you to our event sponsors Puget Sound Energy, Catlin Properties Inc., The Kirchner Foundation, Advantage Chiropractic & Massage, Fibre Federal Credit Union, Country Village Nutrition Shoppe, Windemere Real Estate, Jammie’s Environmental Inc., American Workforce Group Inc., Anderson and Anderson Advisory LLC, Child Focused Law (Tierra Busby) and The Law Office of Meredith A. Long PLLC.

And, many thanks to Longview Pioneer Lions, Sons of Norway, Twin City Dental, Vince Penta, Dick Hannah, Happy Kids Dentistry, Longview Physical and Sports Therapy, Sloan’s Floor Coverings, Dr. Steven Pond DDS and the Carl Wirkkala Band.

The lovely food and drink was made possible by Watershed Garden Works, Willow Grove Gardens, the eight school gardens, Little Island Creamery, Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery, Little Barn Farm, Dragonfly Chocolates, Citizen Bakers, Summerland Catering, Roland Wines and Antitode Taphouse.

Well-done, garden nation, well-done.

Together we are doing great things for our community, our kids and our planet.

Thank you.

Can’t wait to see you next year.

Lower Columbia School Gardens

Thankful for $5,000 grant

The Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of Cowlitz County thanks the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund for its $5,000 grant awarded to our foundation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

With the grant, the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation can continue to provide eye exams, eye glasses, hearing aids, cataract surgery and other services — which the Lions Clubs International are well-known for doing — to many more low-income individuals in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

The Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of Cowlitz County again thanks the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund for its help in providing these services.

Hope Ramsdale


Thanks for helping the kids

The Cowlitz Community Network has been offering free training for child care providers and we thank everyone who has helped during 2018 to make this possible.

We have been hearing for some time how behavioral challenges are impacting child care providers and children and their readiness to be successful in school. Your support has made it possible for us to provide help for child care providers and families.

We have partnered with Head Start and brought Conscious Discipline training to more than 80 child care providers and elementary school teachers, and we have shared best practices with child care providers and almost 200 family members.

Conscious Discipline is an approach that uses challenging behaviors as an opportunity to teach children how to resolve conflict, become problem solvers and learn important life lessons.

Thank you to Cowlitz County, the Community Foundation of Southwest Washington and the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund for their financial assistance; Longview Early Edition Rotary for providing books for the Conscious Discipline Book Club; and the Seventh Avenue Walmart store and the local Safeway stores for their support.

We also are very grateful and extend a special thank you to Lower Columbia College Head Start for offering the certified and experienced Conscious Discipline trainers who have led many of the training sessions.

The ongoing support inspires us as we expand our work and offer additional training opportunities and resources for child care providers and families.

Thank you.

Michael O’Neill

Cowlitz Community Network board chairman

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