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Festival-goers throng the stage at last year’s Blues and Brews

Stevenson’s signature event returns for its 24th year. Mark your calendars now for Friday and Saturday, June 23-24 when Gorge Blues & Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington. We will celebrate 24 years of musical genius, award-winning craft brews and fabulous food in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge.

Start your weekend off right on Friday night when we feature all things local from 6:00 to 10:00p. Walking Man Brewery, Backwoods Brewing and Thunder Island Brewing will be pouring their tasty brews; and there will be a nice selection of local wine. Tasty barbecue will be available, hot off the grill, from the Stevenson Eagles Lodge and Stevenson High School Senior Parents. Continue reading

Jerry Ford, shot put: Photo credit, Janelle Dickerson

Steve Peirce, Photo credit, Janelle Dickerson

The Portland Masters Track Club (PMTC) will be hosting its 47th annual Classic Track & Field Meet at Mt. Hood Community College on June 24-25, 2017. This is a USATF sanctioned meet, open to any athlete 19 years of age and older. Come and see some spectacular performances by local athletes; better yet, sign up and try something yourself (please consult with your physician before participating). Visit the PMTC website for more details…look for the Classic Meet Registration tab at Admission to watch is free but the club requests a donation of one or two cans of food for a local foodbank. If you would like to volunteer (and receive a meet t-shirt), please e-mail Linda at

Don Kane, 400 meter dash, Photo credit, Janelle Dickerson

The PMTC members have a wide range of athletic abilities – from those who started later in life as a new challenge, to those who have competed for many years. Bob Hewitt, from the Gresham area, did compete when he was in high school, but did not return to competing until he was 67. Bob is now one of the top athletes in several events not only in the US, but in the world. Gary Stenlund competed in the Olympics in the 60’s. He now has (or held) several age-group World Records in the Javelin. At the age of 80, Marlene Knechtel started competing in track and field to try something new. She has tried a variety of events, but seems to have found a niche with race-walking. Members range in age from the 30’s all the way up into the 90’s. For more information on the club, please their website at

Bill Overstreet-pilot

W. Berlin Express

On the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Bill Overstreet was working as a statistical engineer for Columbia Engineering and attending Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston) in Charleston, WV. Wanting to get in the Air Corps as a fighter pilot, Bill enlisted and did a lot of fast talking to get accepted into the program, and by February 1942 he was a private, waiting for an opening as an Aviation Cadet. After several months, he was sent to Santa Ana, California, for preflight training, and after several months at preflight, he was sent to Rankin Aeronautical Academy in Tulare, California. Continue reading

Baker & Grande Ronde Railroad by the Lee’s in Corbett

Bearspaw Southern Railroad by the Swarner’s in Portland

This year, fourteen Garden Railways in the greater Portland-Vancouver area will be open for visitation from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 17th, for a great activity for the whole family at a very affordable price. The garden railways have miniature plants, structures and people that populate the railroad worlds that have been created. Several gardens feature streams and ponds with bridges and trestles over which the trains pull their passenger and freight cars.

The admission fee of $10 per family, all ages, purchases a self-guided tour booklet with photos, a description of each garden layout, handicap access information, maps to get there, and admission to all 14 featured railroads. The public is invited to tour as many garden railways as they wish, in any order, and spend as long as they like in each one. Questions are always welcomed. Continue reading

Bryan Fischer, Follow me on Twitter: @BryanJFischer, on Facebook at “Focal Point”

[Note: this column is one of a series. Each column in the “Boy To Man” series is designed for a father to read with his 12-year-old son as he embarks on his journey to manhood. The series is based on the conviction that the book of Proverbs was intended by Solomon to be a manual for fathers to use in turning their sons from boys into men.]

A man works hard; a boy is a slacker

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” ~ Proverbs 14:23 (NIV)

“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” ~ Proverbs 10:4 (NIV)

As a man, God has made you for work. Working hard with your own hands to provide for your needs and the needs of your family is central to what it means to be a man. You have been called to be both a protector and a provider for your family. Continue reading

The rose, the flower for those born in the month of June, is the national flower of both the United States and England. It is also state flower of several states including Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia, New York and Texas. Portland, Oregon holds an annual Rose Festival, and in Southern California’s annual Rose Parade features hundreds of floats decorated with many thousands of roses and other flowers and plants. Continue reading

Melodie Favara: Photo credit, Jim Kight

Meet Blake, Toshia and Melody: Photo credit, Jim Kight

A year and four months after moving her traditional barber shop to its new location on 1149 NE Division Street, Melodie Favara is still catching up with customers from her former location, and has attracted quite a few new ones.

“Traditional” is the key word at Hair’s My Barber Shop; Favara is the proprietress of a classic barber shop—complete with a vintage barber pole–catering exclusively to men.

“I knew after three weeks in beauty school that traditional barbering for men was the career path for me,” she says.

When an expansion by her former landlord necessitated the shop’s relocation, Favara began scouting for a new location. In terms of square footage, the January 2016 move was a big upgrade, from a 300- square foot, two-chair shop on NE Kane to the 1000-square foot shop on Division. Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

First, my credentials…I have a PHD in scary movies – hence my superb qualifications to write this particular column. My PHD was earned at the tender age of seven when I moved into my own bedroom and realized I had made one huge mistake.

It had a large walk in closet and off of that closet was a door that led to an attic. Until I figured out that I could wedge a chair under the door knob, rendering the closet useless, I simply didn’t sleep. Yes, my parents did say “what’s with the chair?” I responded with the probable grim consequences of removing the chair and after a few strange looks, my parents just left the whole thing alone. I loved that chair! Somehow, I knew I’d be fine in the daytime. Nighttime was the problem. There was a light bulb with a string in the attic (dead giveaway that something was in there).

Now, this did not stop me from watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the first one). Continue reading

Paula Olson, The Northwest Connection

How does that idiom go? “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” or so said Robert Burns, but in my opinion that’s no excuse to at least have a few ideas in your back pocket for that stretch of two-and-a-half months once school gets out.

Yes, it is June and there will be a lot more kids staying up late, playing outside, taking family camping trips, and meeting friends for fun rather than study groups. Summer is here and that sends some parents into crazy mode as they wonder what to do with all that time. Continue reading

Lori Porter

Lori Porter, Parent Rights In Education

Once again the ubiquitous Planned Parenthood is on the offense, skulking the halls of our state house, and backing legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to perform vasectomies.

Oregon House Bill 2103 has already passed the house and is on its way to the senate. In 2015 Planned Parenthood promoted House Bill 2678, same bill different number. Fortunately, enough senators did not look favorably upon this bill and it died—a deserved death.

Parents need to understand that any type of contraceptive care can be accessed by their child at any age in Oregon without parental knowledge or consent. A vasectomy is considered contraceptive care! Will school-based health clinics be performing vasectomies? Continue reading

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