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Thanks for UW support

Youth and Family Link is fortunate, and we are thankful for the support of United Way and our local United Way supporters.

On behalf of all our staff we offer a big thank you to the teams from JH Kelly and Lower Columbia Longshoremen’s Credit Union for their hard work on the United Way Day of Caring. The volunteers worked with us to paint the kids’ classrooms, and they look great. We also thank the United Way of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties for organizing such a great event every year. The hallway and classrooms in our community gymnasium look like new again.

This year, United Way organized an exciting new element to the Day of Caring by having volunteers from Solvay work with our Link kids in the after school program at Wallace Elementary School. It was an outstanding opportunity for the students to participate in STEM projects and learn from people in the community.

In addition, thank you to United Way and Boeing for the Kindergarten Readiness Calendars, and to UPS for delivering them to us.

Youth and Family Link serves families through Outreach and Engagement, after school programs, family nights, open gym and mentoring programs. We know having a clean, well-kept building makes a difference.

We feel blessed to be in such a giving county, and I know the children and families we serve appreciate the sparkling clean building.

Jocelyn Watters, teen mentor coordinator

Youth and Family Link


Center thankful for maintenance help

Progress Center extends its heartfelt thanks to the volunteer crew from Wilcox and Flegel for the updates they performed to our facility on the United Way Day of Caring.

The 22-person volunteer crew power-washed and striped the parking lot, filled potholes, washed windows, fixed gutters, and cleaned and stained the playground equipment.

The group went above and beyond the planned improvements and purchased extra supplies, including a maple tree which was planted in front of the building.

Thank you also to Rodda Paint for the donation of five gallons of paint, Star Rentals for the use of a compactor, Lakeside Industries for the donation of asphalt, Cowlitz Clean Sweep for the free parking lot cleaning, and to Waste Control for their waiver of fees for nonprofit organizations on the Day of Caring.

Progress Center is grateful for the ongoing support of the United Way and the individuals who give to this vital agency.

Kara Harris, executive director

Progress Center

CAP grateful for drive support

Lower Columbia CAP thanks Bicoastal Media and our community for supporting our summer food drive, Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation!

The drive was held to benefit Help Warehouse, the regional distribution center for area food pantries. During the two-week drive, we collected food and toiletries worth $2,477 that Help Warehouse will send to food bank partners in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. That is equivalent to 7,430 meals.

Food from this drive will be distributed directly to the food bank partners we serve all year long: St. Vincent de Paul (Longview and Cathlamet locations), the Salvation Army, the Faith Center Food Bank, the Castle Rock Food Bank, the Woodland Community Center, Kalama Helping Hands and FISH.

We sincerely appreciate the efforts made by this community to take on hunger right here, within our towns and neighborhoods.

Thank you from all the staff and volunteers at Lower Columbia CAP for your donations to this food drive.

Anyone interested in future opportunities that benefit the Help Warehouse (and thus supports our local food banks), we have the Harvest Classic Run/Walk on Oct. 7 and Walk ‘n’ Knock, the largest annual food drive in the area, on Dec. 2 Donations always are welcome at CAP during our regular business hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

Ilona Kerby, executive director

Lower Columbia CAP

Hilander Festival a huge success

The Kelso Highlander Festival Commission thanks all of our sponsors, volunteers, the city of Kelso, competitors, vendors, clans, judges and everyone who attended the 2017 Kelso Highlander Festival.

This was our best year ever and we hope to continue our success into 2018. Mark your calendars for Sept. 8 and 9.

Cory Mugaas, Cindy Keeney, Connie Reams, Fiina Fowler, Mike Fowler, Larry Alexander and Ken Maney

Kelso Highlander Festival commission

Golf tourney is a success

We thank “you” and the following sponsors for your support in making this year’s tournament a great success.

Sponsors: Advantage Screen Printing, Allstate Insurance (Jim DeBruler), American National Insurance (Michael Hutton), Bell Studios Inc., Campus Towers Retirement Center, Edward Jones (Nick Lemiere, financial adviser), Eldon Robbins Auto Sales, Fairway Collections, Heritage Construction, KLM Surgical Products, Longview LORON, Manchester’s, McCord’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, Morkert Construction and Garage Doors, Northlake Baptist Church, Rightline Equipment Inc., Solid Technology, Taco Time, Twin City Dental, Vernie’s Pizza, Wagner Orthodontics and Weatherguard.

Special thanks and recognition to the Hamliks with Rightline and Solid Technology. They are our Platinum Sponsors.

Thanks to Nick and the staff at Mint Valley Golf Course for making our tournament a fun event. Also, a special thanks to Ben Musgrove and the staff at Bell Studios for providing pictures to our sponsors and players.

The 20th Annual Golf Tournament winners were: Lemiere Team, first place: Rightline No. 1 Team, second place; and Richards Team, third place.

I thank all of the winning teams for donating back their winnings to the school. What a wonderful and generous thing to do.

Long drive winners: John Hamlik and Randy Loren.

Closest to Pin winners: Bill Williams and Randy Lemiere.

Thanks to all of the golfers who came out and played. We appreciate your support.

Carol Karns

Tournament chairwoman

Squirrelfest a fantastic event 

The presenters of Squirrelfest extend a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who sponsored, volunteered, aided and abetted, attended and participated in Squirrelfest 2017. It was a hoot!

Special thanks to our sponsors without whom our fun-filled, free festival would never have gotten off the ground, including KapStone, Sandbaggers, Longview Rotary, Columbia Auto Group, C’s Photography, Bud Clary Subaru, Fibre Federal Credit Union, PSE, BNSF, Les Schwab and many more.

Thanks to the city of Longview and all its staff who worked hard to help us put on the festival, prepared the park venue, did all the paperwork and put up with our nutty antics.

More thanks to the countless volunteers who worked so hard before the event, during the event and cleaning up afterward.

We had so many great people and companies help out that it is hard to give them all their due in this small space. Suffice to say, there was no shortage of help and heavy lifting.

The Kids Area in particular was a huge success thanks to Jeni Quiriconi and her able Squirrelfest crew. The beer garden was a hit thanks to Dave Spurgeon and all the Rotary volunteers. Wes Wheeler and Tim O’Farrell made the craft and food vendor areas work like a charm, and all the visitors and families were grateful for all the good food and crafts.

Amy Upshaw and Megan Wheatley made the parade a huge success, and Don Cianci not only booked great bands, but kept his cool through challenging stage issues.

And, of course, no Squirrelfest would be complete without the able guidance, leadership and confidence of Allan Erickson, our own dear leader.

We would be remiss if we did not mention all the other helpers, doers, makers and shakers, including, but not limited to Pat and Sue “Power Duo” Sari, Novin “Never Says No” Peer, Rick “Git ‘er Done” Johnson, Matt “Perky” Peters, Nancy “Keep ‘em Honest” Vandehey, Tim South, Pat Kubin, John Bard, David Rosi, Jackie Erickson and many, many more.

And, finally, thank you to all the citizens of Longview, Kelso and Cowlitz County, and all the regions whence our visitors came, for attending our festival and having the time of your life.

Because, after all, that is what Squirrelfest is all about.

Longview Sandbaggers and the Squirrelfest committee

Chamber thanks bingo sponsors

The Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce hosted its inaugural Island Bingo event on Aug. 10, in partnership with The Three Rivers Mall as a fundraiser for the chamber and its scholarship programs.

More than 220 people attended the island-themed bingo event catered by Fiesta Bonita and presided over by Kelso Mayor David Futcher.

All decor and event set-up was provided by our partners: Kelso Longview Elks Lodge, Cowlitz PUD, Heritage Bank, Carrie Medack at Diamond Residential Mortgage, the Cowlitz County Expo Center, the Longview American Legion, Lower Columbia Professionals, the Kelso Eagles Lodge and the Kelso Longview Chamber Ambassador Team.

In the midst of palm trees, flamingos and leis, we were able to play 18 “regular” bingo games.

Thank you the following sponsors: Ecological Land Services, 8-28 Women’s Clothing Exchange, The Vintage Square on Broadway, Advocare by Brigette Bottorff, Bricks and Minifigs in the Three Rivers Mall, Mythic Escapes in the Three Rivers Mall, Posh on Commerce Avenue, Banda’s Bouquets, Teague’s Interiors, Rodan and Fields by Brigette, Diana Boaglio Global Images and Design, Accent Inc N.W., Connect Wireless AT&T in the Three Rivers Mall, The Law Office of Meredith Long, Tina Hart, Life Mortgage, Sportsmen’s Warehouse in the Three Rivers Mall, LifeWorks and Bigfoot Screen Printing on Commerce Avenue.

In addition to our 18 regular games, we also had the opportunity to play two special games. First was our “Black Diamond” sponsor thanks to Bob Crisman at the Gallery of Diamonds. The winner of that game received a gorgeous diamond ring. As a grand finale and courtesy of N.W. Innovation Works, our “Black Out” sponsor, we were able to award a paddle board to one lucky winner.

We were able to offer two ticket options thanks to the generous sponsorship of American Workforce Group and their support of the VIP ticket holders.

At the end of the evening, our raffle sponsors (The Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center, Heritage Bank, Buddy’s Home Furnishings, Fiesta Bonita, Mythic Escapes, Kathy Kyllonen, Beacon Hill Rehabilitation, and Norwex by Ariana Boldt — Natural Home Cleaning Supplies) provided excellent bonus prizes.

As always, we cannot do what we do without our attendees and Diamond chamber members. Thanks to KUKN, KLOG, The WAVE; Foster Farms; C’s Photography; BiCoastal Media; and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center for their continued support of the Chamber and our community.

We look forward to making this an annual event. Photos of the event are on our Facebook page: To keep up with future events, visit

Lindsey Cope, project manager

Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce

Thanks for volunteering

Members of the Fibre/KapStone Federation, Local No. 3, thank the following people for volunteering at the group’s annual coffee stop in May: Steve and Sherry Bullock, Don and Shirley Harkema, Richard and Dawn Dreier, Harry Barto, Jeanette Wilson, Les Kahn, Dave Flock Terry Alsteen, Tim Strom, Norm Beckers, John Barkel, Verne Huff, Carl Keeling, Rick Von Rock, Patti Huggins and Diane Timonens.

Patti Huggins, president

Richard Dreier, vice president

Fibre/KapStone Federation, Local No. 3

Thanks for helping kids

On behalf of the tenants of the Lilac Place and Tulip Valley Apartments, the management staff and all employees of Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington, we give a very big and heartfelt thank you to the following businesses who so generously gave a monetary donation to help with our first annual “Shop with a Housing Employee” event that took place Aug. 26 at the Woodland Wal-Mart.

Families from both complexes had to register their school-age children in order to participate in the event. We are very happy to report that 29 children showed up bright and early along with some of the staff from HOSW who volunteered several hours of their time on a weekend to go shopping. We am not sure who enjoyed it more, the children or the employees. We know this would not have been able to happen without all of you.

Thank you to the following: Dobbe Farms, Woodland; Fibre Federal Credit Union, Woodland branch; Gus Nolte; Hadaller Logging, Kelso; Loyal Order of the Moose No. 2394, Woodland; Pape Machinery, Kelso and Portland; staff of Housing Opportunities of Southwest Washington; Rinck Logging, Rainier; Wal-Mart associates, Woodland; Wal-Mart Community Grant Foundation; and Woodland Auto Supply, Woodland.

Bettina Wilson

property manager at Lilac Place Apartments

Caitlin Lengyel

property manager at Tulip Valley Apartments

Sharon Oswalt

property manager at Tulip Valley Apartments

Lori Lengyel, Resident Services coordinator


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