Heritage Cruise “Best of Show”


A BEAUTIFUL BURGUNDY 1956 Ford F-100 pickup, owned by Vaughn Blasingame, won “Best of Show” as well as the ‘42-’59 modified truck class at the 24th annual Clatskanie Cruisers car show Saturday. The Cruisers, who annually organize the “Show & Shine” as the kick-off event for the Clatskanie Heritage Days celebration, sponsor the “Best of Show” trophy, while Clatskanie Mini Mart sponsored the trophy for the ‘42-’59 modified truck class. See more photos and coverage about the car show in section B.  Chief Photo by Amanda Gail Moravec

Magical Theme Highlights Heritage Days Events This Weekend

The magic for Clatskanie Heritage Days continues to build with activities scheduled to reach their peak on Friday, July 4, with the annual parade, logging show, Kiwanis bingo, chili cook-off, live music and various activities in the park.

Bringing the July 4th events to a close will be the fireworks spectacular at dark.

Saturday’s CHS alumni baseball game and the annual “Strut Your Mutt” dog show followed by the CERT “Dog Daze” will close the celebration this year.

Events began last Saturday with the 24th annual Clatskanie Cruisers Car Show and Chapter T P.E.O.’s “Pie in the Park.” Festivities continued on Monday with the Heritage Days Talent Show. See section B of this issue for extended coverage.

Sidewalk Sales, Movie Night, Skateboard/Bike Showcase

Local merchants are encouraged to have sidewalk sales June 30 through July 5.

A skateboard/bike showcase is set to begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, in the Clatskanie Skate Park, and all skateboarders and bikers are invited to participate.

Sponsors include Colvin’s Pub & Grill, Subway, Latté Da, Bundy’s, Tio’s Quincy Market, Flowers ‘N Fluff, Conestoga Pub & Grill, and Rockcrest Realty

An outdoor free family movie night will be shown in the city park as darkness falls Thursday night, July 3.

Families are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and watch a family-friendly movie on the grass in the park.

Parade Begins 4th of July Activities

“A Magical Time in Clatskanie” will be the theme of the 2014 4th of July parade down Nehalem Street at 11 a.m.

Longtime Turning Point director and Kiwanis volunteer Sandy Davis has been chosen as the grand marshal of the parade.

The parade forms at 10 a.m. with marching units gathering at Clatskanie Elementary School (CES) parking lot, and motorized units in the back parking lot of Clatskanie Middle/High School. (See the registration form on page 2).

All veterans are invited to march in the parade, or ride on a float sponsored by the Clatskanie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2994. Veterans should meet at 10:30 a.m. at CES. Those with questions may call Gerry Simmons at 503 728-2421.

Floats are encouraged to come into the park after the parade and stay on display there during the afternoon.

Logging Show and More Events in Park After Parade

Activities in the park after the parade will include the logging show, Kiwanis bingo, a chili cook-off, rubber ducky races, vendors, booths, a bounce house and live music.

The annual logging is open to all interested in participating, but will showcase forestry students from Clatskanie and Knappa.

Events will include obstacle pole, choker set, axe throw, hot saws, log roll, Jack & Jill and more.

Sign-ups for the logging show are at 10 a.m., with preliminary competition at 12 noon, and the main show starting at 1 p.m.

Chili Cook-off

Chili cooks are encouraged to enter the cook-off, which will take place in the covered barbecue area of the park, with sampling available to the public.

The cook-off, a benefit for the fireworks show, will see awards and prizes given out for first and second place, as well as “people’s choice.”

Judging will be based on color, consistency, taste and aroma.

Entrants should bring at least one gallon of chili already prepared, a table and tablecloth for their display, a serving spoon and any condiments they wish to provide.

A chili cook-off registration form is available on page 2. Robert Keyser is chairing the event. Those wishing further information may contact him at 360 957-4160, or email is strongly encouraged.

Fireworks Show, Illegal Fireworks Banned

The annual Heritage Days 4th of July fireworks show will light up the sky Friday night when darkness falls. The staging area is at the City of Clatskanie wastewater treatment plant at the west end of town. The fireworks can be viewed from the park and from many locations around town.

Clatskanie Police Chief Marvin Hoover has announced that the police department as well as plain clothes officers will be enforcing fireworks law.

Those caught with illegal fireworks will be cited. Violations come with fines of $1000.

Raffle for Traeger Grill

Raffle tickets for a Traeger grill, donated by Hazen Hardware, will be on sale at the Heritage Days Headquarters building in the city park on Saturday, June 28, and on Friday, July 4.

All proceeds will go towards the costs of putting on the annual community-wide celebration and the fireworks show.

Parking Permits

Parking in the city park during the 4th of July is limited to senior citizens and disabled persons. Parking permits are available at the Conestoga Pub & Grill in downtown Clatskanie.

All-School Reunion, Strut Your Mutt. CERT “Dog Days”

The celebration will continue on Saturday, July 5, with the all-school reunion in the park, the “Strut Your Mutt” dog show at 1 p.m. (see application on page 10), and the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Dog Daze event at 3 p.m.

Dog owners are encouraged to bring their pets to the park and compete in a variety of fun competitions.

The all-school reunion, to which anyone who ever attended or taught at Clatskanie schools will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, July 5, in the covered picnic area in the city park.

Alumni Baseball Games

Also on Saturday, July 5, the 5th annual Clatskanie High School alumni baseball games and activities are planned at Ron Puzey Field at Clatskanie Middle/High School.

The day will begin with a home run derby at 1:30 p.m., followed by in/out field practice at 3 p.m. and the alumni game – pitching the graduates of even years against odd-number year graduates – at 4 p.m.

The format will be one nine inning game. If it lasts more than three hours, a new inning will not be started.

A player participation fee of $20 is required. The fee will include a commemorative C Baseball game T-shirt. There will be no admissions charge for spectators. A barbecue/concessions stand will benefit Clatskanie Summer Baseball.

Players wishing to guarantee a spot should contact Ryan Tompkins at or call 503 728-2146 ext. 2248.

Donations Appreciated

Tax-deductible donations for fireworks or the logging show should be made out to the Clatskanie Foundation. All of the checks for Heritage donations should be mailed to: Clatskanie Heritage Days, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016. (See donation form on page 2)

Large donors so far include:

BENEFACTORS – (Contributing $200 or more):Clatskanie Cruisers Car Club, Clatskanie PUD, Georgia- Pacific Wauna Mill, Portland General Electric, Evenson Logging, Port of St. Helens, Clatskanie Kiwanis, Gun & Boot & Gear, LE’s Income Tax, Mike and Kathy Engel, Russell & April Spaudling, Colvin’s Pub & Grill, Teevin Bros. Land & Timber Co., Ron & Alice Puzey, Hazen Hardware, The Chief.

PATRONS – (Contributing $100 or more): Steve Pennington, Quality Auto Parts, Westmart, Berry Patch Restaurant, Ellen Tweet

SPONSORS – (Contributing $50 or more): Jim’s Garage, John Salisbury, Attorney at Law, Stanley E. Erickson, Pete and Diana Nelson and Richard and Pat Hughson

Raspberry, Cream Cheese and Chocolate – Oh My!


A RASPBERRY-CREAM CHEESE-CHOCOLATE PIE, baked by Megan Evenson, was named grand champion, as well as first place in the adult specialty division, in the annual “Pie in the Park” baking contest Saturday, June 28. Megan is pictured here with pie judges Eric Evenson, Phil Hazen and Mike Arthur, who purchased their “judgeships” at the annual Kiwanis Gala auction last December. Judging was accomplished without the judges knowing the names of the bakers, so it was a surprise to Eric that his daughter-in-law had won the event. (In fact, he gave the highest points to a key lime pie by Delores Mellinger, but was over-ruled by his fellow judges.)

Jeanne McCallum, whose banana cream pie had won grand prize last year, received second in the adult specialty division and the second highest point total overall.

Wayne Switzer, with a caramel apple pie, beat out six female bakers in the adult fruit pie division.

Jackie Groulx won the light/dietetic pie division with a cherry/blueberry sugar-free pie.

Winning first place in the youth specialty pie division, (there were no entries in the youth fruit pie class) was Tara Tice with a peanut butter pie, followed by Natasha Wehrley’s s’mores pie, and Dillon Gamble’s peanut pudding pie.

The 22 pies entered in the contest, plus pies baked by members of Chapter T P.E.O., the sponsoring organization of “Pie in the Park,” were sold by the slice from the pie booth with proceeds benefiting P.E.O. scholarships for women. Chief Photo by Amanda Gail Moravec

Officer George At Home Recovering

by Adam J. Wehrley

The family of Rainier police Officer Russ George announced that he is at home recovering from the gunshot he received in the line of duty Monday, June 23.

Officer George was shot during a traffic stop, causing serious trauma to his right hand and chest. A reserve officer accompanying Officer George, reportedly returned fire, after which the suspect fled the scene.

Officer George initially pursued the suspect, but broke off the chase to seek medical care. A single .44 magnum round passed through Officer George’s hand, into his ballistic vest and penetrated his chest.

The reserve officer assisted Officer George to St. John Medical Center. He was latter transferred to Legacy Emanuel to undergo surgery to repair his right thumb.

Officer George returned home Saturday, June 29.

Members of the George family reported that he continues to recuperate at home, but is still in pain. Further surgery will be scheduled to repair his hand.

“So many people have been so great, I don’t even know where to start,” said Officer George’s mother Karen George. She also praised the efforts of the reserve officer at the scene of the shooting and for assisting Officer George to the hospital.

Mrs. George thanked law enforcement and fire-rescue personnel for their out-pouring of support and the encouragement from the local community and beyond.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way they supported Russell and the family,” she concluded.

Volunteers Like Grand Marshal Sandy Davis Make the Magic in Clatskanie


by Deborah Steele Hazen

Being named grand marshal of the 2014 Clatskanie Heritage Days celebration, was a “shock,” Sandy Davis says. “I’m honored and humbled.”

But the “shock” didn’t slow her continuous volunteer work, as The Chief captured her painting fish on the pavement of the new Clatskanie Kiwanis “trike park” in the Clatskanie City Park last week.

Born in Pennsylvania, Sandy spent much of her childhood in North Hollywood, where her father was employed with Sears.

When she was 16, the family visited friends in this area. “We fell in love with it here,” she remembers. “Nobody liked it in Los Angeles.”

So, Sandy’s parents, Dave and Betty Langworthy, and her brothers, Troy, Tim and Judd, moved to the Delena/Alston’s Corner area when she was 16. Her father went to work in the mechanics department at Sears in Longview and later worked in sales until his retirement.

Sandy graduated from Rainier High School in 1971, and started her post-high school education which included attendance at Eastern Oregon University, Lower Columbia College, and Portland State University, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in education, after first attaining a two-year degree in early childhood education, starting a family and teaching.

Sandy’s teaching career included substituting for several years in Clatskanie, Rainier, Longview and Kelso. She also taught for two years at Kelso Christian Academy, and at the Clatskanie Head Start center for eight years.

Sandy is married to lifelong Clatskanie resident Bob Davis, and they have six children – two sons, Josh and Zachary; four daughters, Marjorie, Betty, and twins Elsa and Julia.

Bob retired seven years ago after working for 25 years for the U.S. Postal Service, including several years at the Clatskanie Post Office before transferring to the Longview P.O.

In 1997 Sandy became director of the Turning Point Community Service Center, Clatskanie’s food bank, which also helps families struggling with other problems associated with low incomes, unemployment or emergencies.

Prior to becoming director, she had been working about 20 hours a week helping to organize the food pantry.

Moving into a leadership position at Turning Point, “wasn’t the direction I was thinking about going – it just happened,” Sandy said. Looking back on her 15 years there, she is glad it did. “I thoroughly enjoyed it. I got to know a lot of people and a lot of people from different walks of life – volunteers as well as a wide variety of clients.”

Not only did Sandy appreciate the opportunity to interact with all sorts of people, it was fulfilling to know that she was helping them. “Sometimes, they just needed somebody to talk to,” she remembers.

A hallmark of Sandy’s career at Turning Point were the relationships she built with other groups in the community. “I tried  to present Turning Point as more of a business-type operation – not just asking others to give, give, give.”

She emphasized shopping locally, and became active with the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Clatskanie. As Turning Point director Sandy also worked closely with the Clatskanie Masonic Lodge #133 on fundraising events.

“Theoretically” retiring in 2012, Sandy keeps busy babysitting her grandchildren – she has 13 of them ranging in age from 1 1/2 to 19, and helping her parents, who have driven their Model T pickup in the Clatskanie Heritage Days 4th of July parade for many years.

She has also remained very active as a community volunteer.

Reflecting on the 2014 Heritage Days theme of “It’s a Magical Time in Clatskanie,” Sandy believes “one of the magical things about Clatskanie is that it is a community in which so many people are so heavily involved in doing things for the community. The percentage of hours that are donated in this town has to be much more than you would find per capita in most towns.”

She know that sometimes it  seems that it’s the same people doing most of the volunteering, but she’s also aware that “some people do one thing and they do it very well. That’s part of the magic of Clatskanie.”

“The magic comes when you need something done. You take a step; you get an idea and start to run with. It’s just like the trike park. April (Christensen) got the idea and talked to me about it. I took it to the Kiwanis board. We started raising money and writing grants. One person listened to another and said ‘Yep, that’s a good idea, let’s try it.’ That’s the magical part of it.”

Keyser Earns Oren C. Tweet Community Service Award

Lifelong Clatskanie resident, Robert Keyser, who has served this community in many ways, will be awarded the City of Clatskanie’s highest honor for community service, the Oren C. Tweet Award, at a reception at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, in the Clatskanie City Hall council chamber, 95 S. Nehalem Street.

Keyser began his community service as a volunteer with the Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District, then became a professional member of the CRFPD staff as a full-time paramedic/firefighter.

After moving from the CRFPD to owner/operator of Clatskanie Builders Supply, Keyser was elected to the CRFPD board of directors, on which he continues to serve. He has also served on the Clatskanie Library District board and the Clatskanie city council.

A tireless advocate for economic development, Keyser serves as chair of the Port of St. Helens board of commissioners.

Among his many community service activities, he has also held leadership positions in the Clatskanie Kiwanis Club and the Clatskanie Masonic Lodge #133.


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