June, 2011

Clatskanie Heritage Days Features Full 4th of July Weekend

by Deborah Steele Hazen
The clouds parted and the rain stayed away for the first round of Clatskanie Heritage Days events Saturday, June 25, and weather forecasters are predicting a warm, sunny 4th of July weekend.
This weekend will feature four days of Clatskanie Heritage Days events peaking on Monday, July 4.
Jumpstarting the Heritage celebration last Saturday, June 25, the Clatskanie Cruisers Car Show drew over 250 cars to the Clatskanie city park (see the coverage in section B).
Over 20 bakers entered the “Pie in the Park” baking contest (see photo and caption below), and Chapter T P.E.O., the sponsoring organization, reported a brisk business in pie sales to benefit scholarship programs.
The day started Saturday with the Heritage Freedom Bike Ride. (See picture elsewhere in this issue.)

Talent Show Friday

Clatskanie Heritage Days events will resume Friday with the annual Heritage Days Talent Show at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 1, at the Clatskanie Middle/High School Donavon Wooley Performing Arts Center auditorium.
Performers are being sought and are asked to contact Heritage Days chair Dave Borgstrom at 503 728-4248, 503 396-3778 or e-mail
Rehearsal for the talent show will be held on Thursday, June 30.
Following the talent show, at dark in the city park, a family movie will be shown outdoors.

Baseball, Skatepark
Competition, Movie Saturday

The schedule for Saturday, July 2, includes Clatskanie High School alumni baseball and softball games beginning at 10 a.m., sponsored by the Clatskanie Park and Recreation District on the Clatskanie Middle/High School fields
The evening of July 2 will feature a skateboard/bike showcase competition organized by Aasa Carmack at the Clatskanie Skate Park beginning at 5 p.m. There is a $2 entry fee for the entrants in the competition, and a waiver form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
At dark, a teen night movie will be shown outdoors in the park. There is no charge.

Reunion, Strut Your Mutt, Youth Night on Sunday

All who have ever attended or taught at Clatskanie area schools are invited to the no-host all-school reunion beginning at 12 noon on Sunday, July 3, in the area of the park near the barbecue and covered picnic area.
Dogs of all descriptions are invited to the annual just-for-fun “Strut Your Mutt” dog show, beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, in the city park.
Free “Youth Night” activities are planned in the park beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. “The Event,” a Young Life production in cooperation with the Clatskanie Together Coalition and the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce’s Heritage Days Committee, will include  an “action-packed” night targeted towards sixth through 12th graders with food, games and prizes.

Parade, Logging Show,
Music, Fireworks on 4th

The annual 4th of July parade, organized by the Clatskanie fire department, will begin the activities on Monday, July 4.
There is no cost to participate in the parade, and applications are available at Clatskanie fire station, 280 SE 3rd Street or on the Internet at Marching units form at Clatskanie Elementary School, while motorized units should report to the Clatskanie Middle/High School back parking lot, entering via the BelAir Street entrance.
Theme of the parade is “Twelve More Miles to Clatskanie,” the name of the song by parade grand marshals Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, which won the 2010 international Internet-based “City Love” songwriting contest.
Prizes will be awarded in the categories of adults, children, courts, commercial float, non-commercial float, horse, civic groups, organized adult groups, organized youth groups, pickup/cars – pre ‘60s, pickup/car post ‘60s, motorized equipment, and commercial trucks.
Four major trophies will also be given – the Grand Marshal’s Trophy for the best overall entry in the parade, the Puzey Memorial Trophy for the best theme entry, the Chris Emerson Memorial Trophy for the best children’s entry, and the Dave Klein Memorial Trophy for the best car or pickup in the parade.
Because of concerns about the safety of children along the parade route, parade entries are asked not to throw candy from a moving vehicle. Candy may be handed or gently thrown by walkers.

Veterans Entry Planned

Clatskanie Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2994 and Louis Larsen American Legion Post 68 are sponsoring a veterans float in the 4th of July parade. Any veteran who wishes to participating are asked to call Gerry Simmons at 503 728-2421 and leave a message.

Logging Show, Barbecue, Games,
Music and Fireworks

After the parade, 4th of July events will center in the park including the Kiwanis chicken barbecue fundraiser and Bingo, a kids trout derby, the logging show, old-fashioned games and races for kids, rubber ducky races on the evening tide beginning at the Nehalem Street Bridge, live music all afternoon and evening, and the fireworks show at dark.
The Heritage Days logging show, with M&N Workwear as the title sponsor, will get underway in the park at 1 p.m.
Again organized by the Skirvin family, with assistance from Clatskanie Masonic Lodge #133, the logging show will include a steeplechase, obstacle pole, choker set, axe throw, hot saws, boomstick run and much more.
Live music will be featured on the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce stage beginning at 1 p.m. in the city park. Cameron Martinot will perform from 1 to 3 p.m., Jessie Buoy from 4 to 5 p.m., and Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising from 7 p.m. until dark.
As darkness falls, the annual 4th of July fireworks spectacular will light up the skies over Clatskanie.
There will be no carnival this year. The carnivals that have come in recent years have chosen to go to bigger towns for the 4th of July weekend.
However, the Clatskanie Elementary School Parents Supporting Education Association (PSEA) is organizing old-fashioned games and races for kids beginning at 2 p.m. on the 4th at the playing field at the east end of the city park.
Other events on the 4th will include giant chess played at Checkmate Park at the corner of Nehalem and Lillich streets following the parade.
Parking in the city park on the 4th is limited to senior citizens and disabled persons. As in the past, they may pick up parking permits at Hump’s Restaurant.

Contributions Needed, Buttons, Raffle Tickets

Clatskanie Heritage Days is supported entirely by contributions and fundraising activities by volunteers.
“Clatskanie Heritage Days Supporter” buttons are now on sale along with raffle tickets in various local businesses. Grand prize in the drawing is a Traeger barbecue donated by Hazen Hardware. Gift baskets will also be awarded to lucky winners.
Contributions may be sent to: Clatskanie Heritage Days, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016. Tax deductible contributions should be made payable to the Clatskanie Foundation and designated for either the fireworks or the logging show.

Youth Wrestling Fireworks Fundraiser

Clatskanie’s youth wrestling program will be selling fireworks at Jo’s Country Market alongside Highway 30 near the Clatskanie River Bridge.
The fireworks stand will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 27-through July 4.
Proceeds from the the sale will benefit the youth wrestling program.

BEST OF SHOW at the 21st annual Heritage Cruise Car Show was a bright red 1960 Ford F-100 pickup owned by Bob and Tina Ruettgers. The pickup also won the ‘60 and newer modified truck trophy sponsored by Jim’s Garage. Ideal weather on Saturday, June 25, brought 258 cars to the show, plus 31 cars belonging to the Clatskanie Cruisers Car Club which organizes the show. See more pictures of winning vehicles in section B. Chief Photos by Amanda Gail Moravec

Grand Marshals Put Clatskanie on Musical Map

“Twelve More Miles to Clatskanie – Twelve Miles and I’ll Be Home.”

For Kathy (Jackson) Boyd, those words from the song “Twelve More Miles to Clatskanie,” the theme of this year’s Heritage Days celebration, are the literal truth.

When she passes under the sign reading “Clatskanie 12” hanging from the Highway 30 overpass at the base of the Lewis and Clark bridge, she is just 12 miles from her hometown. And, Heritage Days also holds a special place in her heart – she served as the celebration’s queen in 1979.

Clatskanie is not Tom Tower’s hometown, but he has come to love it nonetheless, through his association with Kathy in the original roots bluegrass group, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, in which they play together along with Tim Crosby and Dennis Nelson.

A meditation master as well as a banjo and dobro player with over three decades of performance experience, Tom also has found a spiritual home in the Clatskanie area at Great Vow Zen Monastery. His love for this community  inspired him to write the song “Twelve More Miles to Clatskanie,” which won the 2010 international CityLove songwriting contest. (See “The Trident” on page 1 for more information.)

After the group put Clatskanie on the international music map, and performed a free “thank you” concert here in March, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising were asked to serve as grand marshals of the 4th of July celebration. They will play on the park stage the evening of the 4th.

With a performance background fed by band, choir, drama and debate during her years at Clatskanie High School years, Kathy attended broadcast college in Portland after graduating with the CHS class of 1980.

Although she taught piano off and on for the next few years, it wasn’t until 1985 that music again began to move into the forefront of her life.

While living in the Beavercreek area, Kathy not only taught piano and guitar to the area youth, but led a seventh and eighth grade girls choir called The Shoe-Belles (for the Schuebel Elementary School they attended) for many years.

She also worked at Mr. B’s Music in Canby – helping to match children with instruments and assisting  adults in finding ways to fit music into their busy lives.

Kathy’s interest in bluegrass began when one of the mothers of a girls choir member asked if she’d like to take group fiddle lessons. That eventually “morphed” into a band and one of the members introduced Kathy to the bluegrass community.

“It was love at first sight,” she says.

Since that time, Kathy has served as a board member for the Oregon Bluegrass Association, has worked as copy editor for their magazine “The Bluegrass Express,” has worked in partnership with Canadian George McKnight on his Uptown Bluegrass radio show, and has emcee’d festivals throughout Oregon, Washington and California.

She also spends time as a marketing consultant with festival promoters and bands.  Kathy is a licensed songwriter through Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

She is married to MarkGensman, owner of Ground Zero Sound, and lives in Tualatin where she spends her spare time gardening and playing with their grandchildren.  Her parents, Tom and Ruby Ryan, continue to live in the Quincy area.

Six years ago, Kathy formed  her current group, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising in which she plays bass.  Since that time, the group has released three CDs of mostly original music.

Phoenix Rising’s tenor, guitar and harmonica player, Dennis Nelson, was named the 2008 Roots Music Association Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year.

The fourth member of the group, Tim Crosby, a songwriter of the year nominee, shares band emcee duties with Kathy, and plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar.

The group has performed at venues ranging from small and intimate to stages at the Rose Festival, the 100th Annual Pendleton Roundup, and the Oregon State Fair.  They are currently on a three-week tour  throughout Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada, including to Clatskanie on the 4th.

Rainier Council Lowers Sewer
Rate Increase; Passes Budget

by Deborah Steele Hazen

Rainier’s city council rolled back a sewer rate increase and adopted a 2011-12 budget at a meeting Thursday, June 23.

The meeting was a continuation of the council’s June 20th session when, in a split decision, it failed to pass the budget. The city is required by Oregon law to adopt a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year by June 30.

Continuing to express concern over a 21 percent sewer increase effective July 1 that had been adopted earlier this spring in order to balance the budget without making significant cuts to operating costs, Councilors Mike Avent, Sloan Nelson, Scott Cooper and Phil Butcher said no at Monday’s meeting.

Those councilors were appointed to a committee and made suggestions to the city’s administrative staff.

Coming back three days later, the administration suggested trimming back the sewer increase that was going to be raised $8 from a base rate of $34.25 to $42.25.

Under the administration’s proposal, the sewer increase will be $4.50 to a monthly base rate (fixed fee) of $38.75, plus a $3.00 per 100 cubic feet usage charge.

The council approved the lower rate increase, but did not approve the administration’s plan to fill the $34,434 gap in revenue from the sewer contingency.

“I don’t want this to be solely borne by our savings,” said Nelson.

During a lengthy discussion, councilors suggested possibilities for cutting the budget to meet that gap.

“Maybe we can’t afford to give raises,” Cooper suggested. “Maybe the city needs to live like the people we’re ser ving.”

Nelson spoke about the “huge amount” of overtime in public works. “Can we more effectively run that department?”

He reminded the council that the budget adds 10 hours to the municipal court clerk position.

The city has been looking for ways to save costs in its library operations, and recently requested proposals for contracting library services. The council has not discussed a proposal from the Rainier School District which would save the city about $6,000.

A motion by Nelson, seconded by Cooper to allow only $10,000 to be used from contingency funds to balance the budget with the remaining approximately $25,000 to be found in savings or cutbacks by the administration, passed with Councilors Russ Moon, Avent and Bill Vilardi joining Cooper and Nelson. Councilors Butcher and David Langford voted no.

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