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Bluegrass Musicians Ready for Festival

BLUEGRASS MUSICIANS were beginning to gather in the Clatskanie City Park early this week in preparation for the 17th annual Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival this weekend. Pictured above are Fred Quartier of North Islands, Calif.; Rick Watson of Tustin, Calif., and festival organizer Mac Wilcox of Clatskanie. Chief Photo by Deborah Steele Hazen

Big Weekend in Clatskanie: Bluegrass Festival, Quilt Show, “Buck-a-Book,” Garage Sales

The second biggest festival weekend of the year is set this weekend, beginning Thursday, Aug. 2, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 5.

Activities include the 16th annual Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival, the Outdoor Quilt and Craft Show, the Clatskanie Friends of the Library “Buck a Book” sale, and the community-wide garage sale.

Bluegrass musicians and fans from several states were already arriving early this week for the gathering in the city park which  will get underway Thursday, Aug. 2, with a chili and cornbread feed. The bluegrassers, who are expected to fill the park with about 75 motor homes and trailers, will participate in a cornbread baking contest.

Pancakes, bacon and eggs will be cooked and served on a donation basis on Friday and Saturday mornings, Aug. 3 and 4.

Jam sessions will begin as soon as the first musicians arrive in the park and will continue throughout the day and night all during the festival, and several bands are set to perform on-stage.

The schedule for Friday evening, Aug. 3, will include:

5 p.m.: The Clevengers, from Salem.

6 p.m.: Lost Creek, Portland.

7 p.m.: Puddletown Ramblers, Portland.

8 p.m. Down the Road, Seattle.

Saturday’s schedule is:

12 p.m.: Lost Creek.

1 p.m.: Money Creek Mining Co., Everett, Wash.

2 p.m.: Fern Hill, Rainier.

3 p.m.: The Clevengers.

4 p.m.: break time.

5 p.m.: Puddletown Ramblers.

6 p.m.: Down the Road.

7 p.m. Money Creek Mining Co.

8 p.m.: Fern Hill.

The bluegrass festival will close with a gospel show beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Quilt and Garage Sales Set Aug. 4

The Outdoor Quilt and Craft Show is set for Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include quilts displayed at businesses throughout Clatskanie’s shopping district and in Cope’s Park.

Local quilters or quilt owners are encouraged to “enter your quilts, your grandmother or auntie’s quilt, your neighbor’s quilt, a quilt you were given as a gift. It doesn’t matter what year they were made, and they can be hand-quilted, machine-quilted, or even tied.”

The event is not a juried show, but  “viewers’ choice, so don’t be afraid that your quilt might not be ‘good enough’ to enter. It is all about the beauty and the journey,” organizers say.

Young people are especially encouraged to enter quilts they have made.

Awards to be given during the show include three viewer’s choice awards, the mayor’s choice, the challenge quilt award, and two awards for quilts made by children under 13 years of age.

Also in connection with the quilt show will be a craft show, vendors, food and other forms of fun in Cope’s Park, located along NE Conyers Street, across the Clatskanie River from the city park.

Multiple vendors will be selling handmade items such as jewelry, bags, and handmade soap.  A group of volunteers will be selling food as a fundraiser for Clatskanie’s Volunteer Firefighters Association.

Spaces are available for additional vendors. Those who have a product they would like to sell may contact The Quilted Dandelion at 503 728-0626.

A “quilt block run” is also scheduled in connection with the event.

Featured quilter of the show, Judy Irish, will teach a class on Friday, Aug. 3. Contact Desma at The Quilted Dandelion to sign up.

Help is needed to hang quilts the day of the show. Volunteers are asked to meet at The Quilted Dandelion at Grannis Square at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. Coffee and donuts will be provided to the helpers.

Volunteers are also needed the day of the quilt show and after the show at 4 p.m. to remove the quilts. Those interested in helping are asked to call Polly Gibson at 503 369-6178.

Organizers of the quilt show thanked the business owners supporting the event by sponsoring an advertisement in the quilt show booklet, including Ark Real Estate, The Bag Ladies Yarn Shop,  Carla’s Closet, The Clatskanie Chief, Clatskanie Computers, Clatskanie River Inn, Columbia River Subway, Inc., Colvin’s Pub & Grill, The Crafty Crones, Crist Machine Quilting, Cronies, Flowers ‘N Fluff, Fultano’s Pizza,  Hazen Hardware, Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant,  Kallio’s Antiques & Gift Gallery,  Nancy Williamson Framing and Fibers, The Quilted Dandelion,  Redemption,  Some Like It Hot,  Sporty’s, Turning Point Community Services Center, and Windermere/St. Helens Real Estate.

The quilt show committee also expressed thanks to the business owners supporting the show by allowing quilts to be hung in front of their business establishments.

30 Garage Sales Planned

As of late afternoon Tuesday, 30 householders and businesses  had signed up to participate in the 18th annual Clatskanie Community-Wide Garage Sale, sponsored by the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All of the addresses are printed on page 8. Maps will be available on Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, from the Chamber office at Windermere/St. Helens Real Estate, Carla’s Closet, Flowers ‘N Fluff and Fultano’s Pizza.

Buck-a-Book Sale Slated August 2, 3, 4 

Targeting children’s needs at the Clatskanie Public Library, the annual Friends of the Library Buck-A-Book Sale fundraiser is set for this  Thursday and Friday, Aug. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The sale will end with a “spectacular buck-a-box or bag” closeout extravaganza on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the library located at 11 Lillich Street

“Our storeroom is literally bursting with boxes of books for this year’s sale that include donations from the public and additional selections weeded from the library shelves to make room for new books purchased for checkout by library patrons,” notes library director Elizabeth Kruse. The event also features specially priced sets of materials including vintage volumes, videos, audio books and encyclopedias.

“Books R Us and customer’s satisfaction remains our number one priority throughout the sale,” says Friends vice president and sale coordinator John Lillich who cautions dealers and other early birds “that in fairness to all” the sale will start exactly at 10 a.m. each day with no “presale purchases” allowed – no exceptions.

“Traditionally we have exceeded our initial goal of making $1000 each year enabling funds to nurture ongoing children’s educational programs at our local library that might not otherwise be possible due to budget constraints in these difficult times of library and school funding,” says Friends Foundation president Ernest Carman as he encourages “fellow bibliophiles” of all ages to “sally forth and be part of this unique opportunity to find true treasures at bargain prices.”

“Come check us out and enjoy some free, ice-cold lemonade,” notes Clatskanie Library director Elizabeth Kruse.

For more information including volunteering during the sale or helping with setting up on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m., please call the library at:  503 728-3732.

Cougar Sightings Increase in Clatskanie

by Adam J. Wehrley

A civilian animal tracker was called in Tuesday afternoon, July 31, to search for signs of a cougar after several reported sightings in the Bellflower neighborhood of Clatskanie.

Clatskanie Police Chief Marvin Hoover called in experienced tracker Nick Berg to search for tracks and other signs to verify if there is a cougar. Berg searched the area where the most recent sightings were reported.

Berg explained that due to the dry weather and lack of a precise location where the cougar may have left or entered the woods, the search was being done under the worst possible conditions.

Berg later reported that no verifying signs had been found, but that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) personnel were expected to join the search Wednesday.

Hoover stated that he and Sergeant Tim Schwartz of the Oregon State Police (OSP) are working to get a federal trapper involved if the presence of a cougar can be confirmed.

The Clatskanie Police Department received several reports of a cougar walking on the side of Conyers Street from the area of the Clatskanie Elementary School (CES) bus garage, towards the back side of Clatskanie Baptist Church on 4th Street. Other cougar sightings have been reported within the Clatskanie city limits over the past couple weeks, some during daylight hours.

Jessica Kelley, one of the residents who reported a cougar on SE Bellflower Street, said that she was walking home from a friend’s house on Bellflower Street at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, July 30, when she saw a cougar walking through the intersection of Bellflower and Conyers Street. Kelley stated that she was talking on the phone when she realized the animal wasn’t a dog and saw its long tail. She said the animal walked softly and was looking from side to side as it went.

Kelley then ran back to her friend’s house and called her husband to pick her up. She noted that her friend’s dogs had been barking and acting strangely when she left.

Caroline McShirley of SW Bel Air Drive reported that she was having a phone conversation on her back porch at about 8:30, Sunday morning, July 22, when she saw the body and tail of a cougar stretched out on the ground between her house and her neighbors.

McShirley explained that she was familiar with cougars from time she had spent in Nevada, and that the cat she saw appeared to be a juvenile or female of about 150 pounds.

McShirley said she immediately went inside and the cat left before she could show her husband. “A lot of people are afraid to put their pets out.” she said.

McShirley’s neighbor, Becky Reeves, stated that several people have seen a cougar in Reeves’ backyard since then. The cougar has been spotted on several days between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“Fish and wildlife aren’t doing anything about it. I really want it out of here.” said Reeves. She reported that her children have had to stop using her backyard, where deer bed down regularly.

Persons who see a cougar within a populated area should call 9-1-1 immediately.

ODFW advises that if you live in cougar country: Learn your neighborhood. Be aware of any wildlife corridors or places where deer or elk concentrate. Walk pets during the day and keep them on a leash. Keep pets indoors at dawn and dusk. Shelter them for the night. Feed pets indoors. Don’t leave food and garbage outside. Use animal-proof garbage cans if necessary. Remove heavy brush from near the house and play areas. Install motion-activated lights outdoors along walkways and driveways.

Be more cautious at dawn and dusk when cougars are most active. Do not feed any wildlife. By attracting other wildlife, you may attract a cougar. Keep areas around bird feeders clean. Deer-proof your garden and yard with nets, lights, fencing. Fence and shelter livestock. Move them to sheds or barns at night.

If You Encounter a Cougar: Cougars often will retreat if given the opportunity. Leave the animal a way to escape. Stay calm and stand your ground. Maintain direct eye contact. Pick up children, but do so without bending down or turning your back on the cougar. Back away slowly. Do not run. Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack. Raise your voice and speak firmly. If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.

If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you,  according to the ODFW, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any items available.

Don Vanderbergh of the ODFW district office on Sauvie’s Island, who was contacted by The Chief in mid-June after possible cougar tracks were found on the CES softball diamond, was unable to be reached this week. However, Vanderbergh previously said that persons who see what they believe to be cougar prints or other signs within populated areas should contact his office at 503 621-3488. They should preserve the prints by covering them with a bucket or other means so that the ODFW biologists can examine them.

COUGAR ARE SLENDER AND AGILE members of the cat family. Adults stand about 24 to 35 inches tall at the shoulders. Adult males are around 7.9 feet long nose to tail and females average 6.7 feet. The tail is long, cylindrical, and about one-third of the animal’s total length. The limbs are short and muscular. Males typically weigh 115 to 220 pounds. Females typically weigh between 64 and 141 pounds.    ODFW Photo

Patriotic Quilts Displayed

QUILTS OF VALOR hang on display at The Quilted Dandelion quilt shop awaiting this Saturday’s quilt festival. Clatskanie residents pieced 14 patriotic quilts from the same pattern, dedicated to family members who are veterans or currently serving in the U.S. armed forces. From the left are Diana Nelson, Patti Salo, Jean Schuff and Jerrie Lynn Bergman. Schuff quilted all 14 quilts for the ladies who pieced them. See accompanying story for further details on the quilt festival.                                        Chief Photo by Adam J. Wehrley

Mike Burghardt Takes Command of National Guard Battalion


Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. Burghardt of Clatskanie took command of the 141 Brigade Support Battalion of the Oregon Army National Guard during a change of command ceremony Saturday, July 28, at the Kliever Memorial Armory in Portland.

Lt. Col. Burghardt took command of the battalion from Lt. Col. Timothy J. Deckert.

Burghardt, 44, graduated from Tigard High School and from Western Oregon State College with a bachelor of science degree in crimnal law and a minor in psychology/military history. While at Western Oregon, Burghardt was awarded a two-year ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) scholarship. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June of 1990.

Burghardt’s active duty assignments included transportation platoon leader of Transportation Company XO, and 13th COSCOM (Corps Support Command) Aide De Camp at Fort Hood, Tex.

After his active duty, Burghardt worked for Schneider National as a maintenance team leader, Concannon Papers as the operations warehouse manager,  andLongview Fibre as a shift supervisor, buyer and Kamyr supervisor.

He is currently employed as the energy manager at Georgia-Pacific’s Wauna Mill. He and his wife, Kara (Sluder) Burghardt have two children, Holly and Will.

Burghardt’s Oregon Army National Guard assignments include 82 RT0C (rapid tactical operations center) liaison officer, 82 RTOC HHC (headquarters and headquarters company) CDR (commander), JFHQ (joint force headquarters) training site command HHC CDR, 41 IBCT (infantry brigade combat team) information operations officer, 1-82 Cavalry senior escort officer for Iraq deployment, 141 Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) support operations officer and 141 BSB S3.

His deployments include Somalia (Operation Restore Hope), Kuwait (Operation Vigilant Warrior), Bosnia/Croatia (82nd RTOC) and Iraq (41st IBCT).

Burghardt’s military education includes courses in officer transportation, battalion maintenance officer, airborne school, movement officer, infantry officer advance, combined arms exercise, support operations officer , equal opportunity advisor and intermediate level education.

The July 28th ceremony in Portland, attended by several friends and family members from Clatskanie and elsewhere, also included the awarding of a Meritorious Unit Citation to the 141 Brigade Support Battalion (BSB)  in recognition of the unit’s efforts during its July 2009-April 2010 deployment to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

According to the award narrative, the 141 BSB conducted convoy security missions for more than 100 fuel and water trucks that traveled over two million miles of key routes in northern Iraq.

The Meritorious Unit Citation is awarded to units for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of duties for at least six continuous months during a period of military operations against an armed enemy.

PASSING THE 141 BRIGADE SUPPORT BATTALION colors to Lieutenant Colonel Michael Burghardt (second from right) of Clatskanie was Colonel William Edwards (right), commander of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team,  during the unit’s change of command ceremony held at Kliever Memorial Armory in Portland, Saturday, July 28.  Burghardt took command of the battalion from Lt. Col. Timothy Deckert, who was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal at the ceremony for superior leadership and exceeding unit training and readiness goals during his tenure as the commander of the 141 BSB from July 2010 to July 2012. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jalayna Lagomarsino, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs


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