June, 2012

Clatskanie Heritage Days Celebration Kicks-off Saturday, Peaks on 4th


A FIVE-DAY CELEBRATION of Clatskanie Heritage Days will begin this Saturday, June 30, and continue through July 4. Clatskanie Cruisers (top photo) are revving up for the 22nd annual car show set Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Clatskanie City Park. While Estrella Brown and Rebecca Fisher (above left) invite all to enjoy a piece of pie or enter their own creations in the annual “Pie in the Park” baking contest and sale sponsored by Chapter T P.E.O. This year’s 2012 Heritage court members, pictured in front of The Castle third row at left, Amanda Paul, Annalee Hastings and Whitney Sherman, shared royal tips as well crafts, games and music with 26 little princesses at the “Princess-in-Training” event last Saturday, June 23. Lifelong Clatskanie resident and local businessman Rich Larsen, above, will be honored as grand marshal of the 4th of July parade (see story on Page 7).

Chief Photos by Annie Hulegaard, Amanda Moravec and Deborah Steele Hazen

by Deborah Steele Hazen

Clatskanie’s annual Heritage Days – celebrating both the birth of the nation and the traditions of this community – will kick-off this Saturday, June 30, and continue with a variety of events through the long weekend, reaching its peak with the big parade, events in the park and fireworks spectacular on Wednesday, July 4.

Breakfast, Car Show, Pie on June 30

The 22nd annual Clatskanie Cruisers Car Show is the featured event on Saturday, June 30, but before that starts, breakfast will be served by the Clatskanie Arts Commission from 7 to 10 a.m., at the Clatskanie American Legion Hall, 930 NE 5th Street.

Cost is $6 per person – $4 per child (under 10 years old) – and the menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage links, biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice. Proceeds benefit the Clatskanie Arts Commission.

The Cruisers car show will see hundreds of antique and collector vehicles displayed on the grass of the Clatskanie City Park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

Spectators are encouraged, and prizes, many sponsored by local businesses, will be given in a variety of car classes.

Also from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. June 30, Chapter T P.E.O. will sell pie by the slice or whole as a scholarship benefit.

Those wishing to enter pies in the annual “Pie in the Park” baking contest must bring their pie to the judging area near the Heritage headquarters at the southwest corner of the park between 9 and 10 a.m. Judging will begin at 10 a.m.

For adult bakers (age 18 and older) pies will be judged in the categories of fruit, holiday specialty and sugar-free. Youth (17 and younger) are invited to enter pies in the fruit or holiday specialty categories.

All pies entered in the contest must have homemade crusts. Each baker may enter a maximum of two pies.

This year’s judges, who purchased the honor at the annual Clatskanie Kiwanis Club’s gala dinner and auction last December are Earl Fisher, Ernie Carman and Phil Hazen.

Alumni Softball Game

Also on Saturday, June 30, the second annual Clatskanie  High School alumni softball home run derby and game will be held on the Clatskanie Middle/High School field.

The homerun derby is set to begin at 1 p.m., followed by a game with the “odd” year graduates versus the “even” year graduates.

There is a $20 entry fee and participants will receive a T-shirt.

To register, softball players should contact Diane Mausen,

The CHS alumni baseball events will be held on Tuesday, July 3. (See below.)

Classes of 1957 and 2002 Set Reunions

Two Clatskanie High School class reunions are set for Saturday, June 30.

The 55th year class reunion for the class of 1957 will be held on June 30 in Colvin’s banquet room beginning at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour.

Anyone from another graduating class who would like to visit is welcome.

For more information call one of the committee members, John and Vadien Jolma (360 254-8032), Lois Drabandt (503 455-2246), Marlene Harmon (503 246-6912), Darlene McMann (503 728-2852) or Carol Smith (503 728-2348).

The 10-year reunion for the class of 2002 is also on Saturday, June 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fultano’s Pizza Parlor

Organizers are requesting a $5 to $10 contribution per person to cover the cost of food and space.

Following the family-friendly dinner at Fultano’s, all are invited to spend the remainder of the evening in downtown Clatskanie.

“Strut Your Mutt,” All-School Reunion, YoungLife July 1

All canines and their best friends are invited to participate in a “Dog Days Afternoon” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 1, with a poker dog walk, an obstacle course and a “show and go” obedience test.

Registration for the “Dog Days Afternoon” events begin at 10 a.m. in the city park  Entrance fees are $4 per event or $10 for all three.  All proceeds will go to support the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Following the CERT dog events, will be the annual “Strut Your Mutt” dog show from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Clatskanie City Park.

The “just-for-fun” events in both youth and adult categories will include longest tail, longest ears, shortest tail, shortest ears, owner/dog look-a-like, traveled the farthest, best smile, best trick, curliest hair, best costume, and best kisser. There is no entry fee.

Everyone who has ever attended or taught at Clatskanie area schools is invited to gather in the covered picnic area beginning at 12 noon on Sunday, July 1, for the annual no-host All-School Reunion.

Sunday’s events will conclude with activities for youth beginning at 4 p.m. under the sponsorship of Young Life.

Skatepark Events, Movie July 2

Competitions and fun in the skatepark will be featured on Monday, July 2, starting at 4 p.m. with skateboard and bike events.

Those wishing to register for events or wanting more information should contact Aasa Carmack,

A teen movie, rated PG-13, will be shown outside at dark in the Clatskanie City Park. There is no charge. Because of licensing restrictions the name of the movie cannot be published in The Chief, but it is advertised on posters around town.

Alumni Baseball, Talent Show, Family Movie Set July 3

The second annual CHS Alumni Baseball events will be held on Tuesday, July 3, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on the CMHS fields with a home run derby, followed by the first game for ballplayers from the classes of 1996 and earlier.

A second game for the classes of 1997 and later will follow.

Cost is $20 per participant with a commemorative T-shirt included. Individuals may pre-register via email to

The annual Heritage Days Talent Show and Coronation of the 2012 queen is set for Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. in the CMHS Donavon Wooley Performing Arts Center. (It was previously announced that the talent show would be held in the city park.)

Highlight of the evening will be the crowning of the Heritage Days queen selected from the court of Annalee Hastings, Whitney Sherman and Amanda Paul.

Those wishing to perform are asked to call John Briggs, 503 728-4448 or, or Lori Sherman, 360 431-7910 or

Practices for the talent show will be held by appointment on Monday, July 2.

After the talent show on the evening of July 3, a G-rated free family movie will be shown outdoors in the city park.

4th of July Parade, Veterans to March with Color Guard

The 2012 Heritage Days celebration will reach its peak on Wednesday, July 4th, beginning with the annual parade at 11 a.m. down Nehalem Street.

The theme of this year’s parade and celebration is “Once Upon a Time in Clatskanie.”

The parade forms at 10 a.m. with marching units gathering at the Clatskanie Elementary School parking lot, and motorized units in the back parking lot at Clatskanie Middle/High School.

The Clatskanie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2994 and American Legion Unit 68 will form a color guard at the beginning of the parade. All veterans are invited to march with the color guard and should meet at the CES parking lot at 10:30 a.m.

Past Heritage Days court members are invited to join the 2012 Heritage Days Court in the 4th of July parade. Interested past Heritage royalty should call Lori Sherman at 360 431-7910.

Heritage Days volunteers have applied for a jet flyover around 11 a.m. to the Oregon Air National Guard, but as of this week, it had not been confirmed.

A parade application form is on page 2, along with a list of categories which will be judged. There is no cost to enter the parade.

Rich Larsen, a lifelong Clatskanie resident, has been chosen to serve as grand marshal of the Heritage Days parade. (See separate story.)

Events in the Park

The Clatskanie Kiwanis Club has decided not to have its annual chicken barbecue on the 4th, but is supplying bounce rooms to entertain children, because there will be no carnival again this year.

Kiwanis will be operating its Bingo booth.

The Clatskanie People’s Utility District (PUD) will be giving lift truck rides in the park from 1 to 4 p.m.

A variety of food and other vendors, a kids trout derby sponsored by Clatskanie Boy Scout Troop 241, the Young Life/WyldLife Rubber Ducky Race at 3 p.m., live music all afternoon and evening on the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce’s outdoor stage will all be featured in the park.

Providing musical entertainment on the stage in the park from 2 to 4 p.m. will be Greg Parks, followed by Chrissy Shelton, 4 to 6 p.m., and Clay Chamber from 6 p.m. until the fireworks show.

Giant chess in Checkmate Park at the corner of N. Nehalem and Lillich streets will begin immediately following the parade. All interested are invited to join the Clatskanie Chess Mates in a game of giant chess.

Logging Show Competitors Sought

Lumber jacks and jills of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the annual Clatskanie Heritage Days Logging Show – the featured event in the park on the afternoon of the 4th.

The Skirvin family, which is once again organizing the logging show, is hoping to attract some professional quality competitors with prize money this year. However, local loggers and amateur competitors are also urged to participate.

Pre-registration is encouraged for the logging show events – including axe throw, springboard, underhand, double buck, jack and jill, hot saw (cold or hot start, to be announced), modified saw (cold start), log roll, choker set and obstacle pole. Entry forms are available at Hazen Hardware, Sterling Bank and the office of The Clatskanie Chief, all located on S. Nehalem Street.

Pre-registration may also be accomplished by calling Judy Skirvin at 503 455-2540 or emailing There is a $5 per event cost for adult contestants. High school students and younger are free.

Axe throw preliminaries will be at 11 a.m. on the morning of the 4th.

Axe throw and choker set events for kids 12 years and under will begin on the baseball diamond in the park at 12:45 p.m. Pre-registration is not necessary for the kids events

The adult show starts at 1:30 p.m. Contestants must sign in and sign a release form by 11 a.m.

Fireworks at Dark

A fireworks show by Western International Fireworks will light up the skies above Clatskanie at dark on Wednesday night, July 4.

The fireworks are launched from the city property near the wastewater treatment plant across the river from the Beaver boat ramp. They can be viewed from the park as well as many areas around the community.

Contributions Needed

Heritage Days is sponsored annually by the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, with the participation and support of numerous organizations, businesses, industries and individuals throughout the community.

Contributions to help meet the cost of the celebration may be sent to Clatskanie Heritage Days, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016.

Those wishing more information about being a vendor may John Paradiso 503 369-2364 or e-mail See page 2 for a full schedule and more information.

Contributors Thanked

Heritage Days organizers thank the following for their generous contributions to the celebration:

Benefactors – (contributing $200 or more) Clatskanie Cruisers Car Club, Georgia-Pacific Corporation Wauna Mill, Clatskanie Kiwanis Club, Portland General Electric, Evenson Logging Company, Kynsi Construction, Hazen Hardware, Kathy and Mike Engel,  Roger’s Inc. – Colvin’s Pub & Grill, Clatskanie People’s Utility District, LE’s Income Tax Service, Wauna Federal Credit Union, Teevin Bros. Land & Timber, Cowlitz River Rigging, The Clatskanie Chief, Clatskanie Together Coalition, Clatskanie Garden Club, Port of St. Helens.

Patrons – (contributing $100 or more): Terry and Sandi Erickson, Ron and Alice Puzey, Rick and Laura Erickson, Ellen Tweet.

Sponsors – (Contributing $50 or more): Clatskanie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2994, Mitch and Cyndi Warren.

Traeger Grill Prize in Heritage Raffle

Another way to contribute Heritage Days is to buy buttons and raffle tickets which are being sold by the court, and also at the Heritage Headquarters building in the park during the run of the celebration.

Grand prize in the raffle, which will be announced on the night of the 4th, is a Traeger pellet grill donated by Hazen Hardware.

Youth Wrestling Sells Fireworks

Clatskanie Youth Wrestling will be selling fireworks as a  fundraiser for the wrestling program from Friday, June 29, through Saturday, July 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the fruit stand on Highway 30.




Heritage Days Princess Profile…

Annalee Hastings

by Annie Hulegaard

Annalee Renea Hastings is a princess with a servant’s heart.

She has always been involved in the community, and loves helping others. She is involved in the Clatskanie Baptist Church youth leadership, attends youth group, YoungLife and Bible study. She volunteers on the youth group worship team and at  church day care.

Annalee also traveled to Brazil with other Clatskanie Baptist Church members for a missions trip in 2011 when the group helped build a church, a wall surrounding it, and did other service work in the area. “My relationship with God is really important to me,” she says.

Annalee, 16, moved to Clatskanie with her family when she was 18 months old. Her parents are Monica and Lamarr Hastings. She has an older brother, Dustin.

She will be a junior at Clatskanie High School (CHS) in the fall. After high school she plans to enter the Air Force, and study to be an ultrasound technician.

“Ever since I was little I have wanted to serve my country,” says Annalee, she became interested in the Air Force after a family friend and cousins went in that direction.

In her free time she enjoys hunting and fishing. She is a member of the junior varsity and varsity cheerleading team for CHS.

Annalee was drawn to participate in the Heritage Days court for the experience, and the opportunity to get to know the citizens of Clatskanie even better. “I love the small town feel of Clatskanie,” she added.

She also loves getting dressed up, “I’m excited to wear my coronation dress, it’s really pretty. I like getting dirty hunting and fishing, but I still love dresses,” she says.

Growing up in Clatskanie, Annalee has fond memories of Heritage Days, especially the parade and carnival, and those memories add to her excitement in being a part of Heritage Days this year.

Her friendship with Princess Amanda Paul and Princess Whitney Sherman has added to the experience.


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