A new book from RAL grad and former student Lyndsay Faye is scheduled to be on shelves in February. If you read her first book Dust and Shadow, you already know that Lynds is a superior writer. Check the trailer for the book and a short interview with Lyndsay: [Continue Reading]
Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks came away with the top spot at the 2011 LeMonds Family Christmas Tasting. Holidays Suck from Lagunitas was second, followed by Dick’s Double Diamond. Nine professional tasters were on hand for this year’s event, which [Continue Reading]
I wrote the following story about Dad for the Daily News. It was published on June 15, 2003. Dad died on September 20, 2011. This is in his memory. Three years ago, when my father turned 80, he reversed gears. Instead of gathering possessions, he began giving [Continue Reading]
The following story by Jim LeMonds was published in the Daily News on July 2, 2011. When he was a high school student in Roseburg, Ore., Dean Wood constructed an eight-foot rowboat. The family moved and he was forced to sell the boat before it had seen water. Wood, [Continue Reading]
Firestone Double Jack Double IPA walked away with the title at the LeMonds Family Imperial IPA tasting held at the Post-Ride Pub at 465 on May 14th. Hopworks Ace of Spades was second, followed Avery Maharaja. The event was part of a 50th birthday celebration for [Continue Reading]
Long, long before I ascended to the lofty position of Board of Director, I was a high school English teacher, a frightening thought for those of you concerned about the welfare of young people. One of my students was 1998 grad Lyndsay Farber. The best thing I can [Continue Reading]
The following poem was written by my eight-year-old grandson Carter Hanley. For a second grader, he has a way with words. At the bottom of the post, is an About the Author page. [caption id="attachment_6776" align="alignnone" width="487" caption="Great Wolf [Continue Reading]
The following column by Jim LeMonds appeared in the Daily News on January 4, 2010. Former R. A. Long teacher and football coach Gary Ekegren passed away on December 31st in Missoula, Montana, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 70. I had a lot [Continue Reading]
Winterfish from Fish Brewing of Olympia was the surprise winner at the LeMonds Family Holiday Tasting on Christmas Day. A hoppy brew with an ABV of 7.5 percent, Winterfish received high marks for its citrus flavor, smooth finish, and overall drinkability. [caption [Continue Reading]
Everyone has a Christmas tradition. Some people have a special stuffing recipe. Others hang unique decorations. At the LeMonds house, we celebrate the holiday with beer – and not just any beer. We have about a dozen varsity tasters and several others in [Continue Reading]
The following story by Jim LeMonds appeared in the December 2010 issue of the Cowlitz Historical Quarterly. During the first part of the 20th century, Castle Rock was home to a large contingent of German immigrants, many of whom were born and raised in Russia’s [Continue Reading]
The following column by Jim LeMonds appeared in the December issue of the Cowlitz Historical Quarterly. Americans have short memories. Listen to the buzz today and you’d believe 20th century immigrants to the United States would never have considered entering the [Continue Reading]
In my eternal quest to find the spirit of Christmas, I loaded our rental van with the usual group of losers – Paul Norris, Dave LeMonds, Larry Morehead, Jeff Muldoon, Ryan McMaster, Jeff Lipton, and Lance Brigman, along with the incredible Melanie Norris [Continue Reading]
The following story by Jim LeMonds will be included in the December 2010 issue of the Cowlitz Historical Quarterly. During the first part of the 20th century, Castle Rock was home to a large contingent of German immigrants, many of whom were born and raised in [Continue Reading]
The following story by Jim LeMonds of WriteTek Northwest was published in the Daily News on June 30, 2010. Photo by Roger Werth. When Michele Peterson, nurse manager at Pacific Surgical Institute, hired former Mark Morris hoopster Tyler Sokol to work at PSI through [Continue Reading]
Doing the right thing can be a pain in the ass. As many of you know, I’m a little more than three months into a six-month training regimen in preparation for an epic mountain biking ride in July. To celebrate my 60th birthday, I’m planning to ride 60 [Continue Reading]
The following column by Jim LeMonds will be published in the March issue of the Cowlitz Historical Quarterly. I recently finished editing a book manuscript for my friend Irene Martin. Irene is an accomplished writer whose publishing credits include Legacy and [Continue Reading]
Tess-Parker Dahlquist, manager of the Backstage Cafe at the Kelso Theatre Pub, has announced that the KTP will begin serving beers from Hopworks Urban Brewery on Friday, January 29th. Tess decided to bring in Hopworks brews because she heard there was a demand for [Continue Reading]
Old Humbug Winter Warmer from Southern Oregon Brewing edged Port Brewing’s Santa’s Little Helper and Fish Brewing’s Winterfish to claim the title at the 2009 LeMonds Family Christmas Tasting on Growlers Gulch Road in Castle Rock. The vote was the [Continue Reading]
The following column by Jim LeMonds appeared in the December 2009 Cowlitz Historical Quarterly. This issue of the Quarterly features Steve Anderson’s story “By Any Other Name: E’La-cac-ca, Prince of the Cowlitz.” E’La-cac-ca was present in 1855 when Isaac [Continue Reading]
Castle Rock librarian Vicki Selander shelves and checks out books every day. But until now, she’d never had one she could call her own. That changed this month when Arcadia Publishing released Castle Rock, the latest installment in the company’s “Images of [Continue Reading]
This column was published in the Daily News on November 13, 2009 When I was a kid growing up in Castle Rock during the 1950s and ‘60s, I never missed a home basketball game. I dreamed of wearing the red-and-white and playing for Rocket coach Floyd LeBaron. I got [Continue Reading]
Dick Young, founder of Dick’s Brewery in Centralia and one of the pioneers in the world of Pacific Northwest microbrews, died unexpectedly in late October. I wrote a feature about Dick in 2005 that was published in the Daily News. The story is below. Keep [Continue Reading]
Column for the September 2009 issue of the Cowlitz Historical Quarterly Jim LeMonds History is a remarkable teacher. Unfortunately, we are very poor students. In this issue, Beth Kirby – in a fine piece titled “Over Here: Cowlitz County Home Front During World [Continue Reading]
The following column by Jim LeMonds was published in the March 2009 issue of the Cowlitz Historical Quarterly. I taught a Shakespeare class at R. A. Long High School for nearly 20 years. The students loved the characters, and, despite the passage of four [Continue Reading]
Like most families, ours has a sacred holiday tradition. Ours just happens to involve beer. Christmas Day on Growlers Gulch Road, west of Castle Rock. Friends and family members had been shuttled over via four-wheel drive, the turkey was in the oven, and the [Continue Reading]
Digger Magazine, February 2009
Roger and Arda Berryhill have been in the nursery business since 1962, and they have no immediate plans to stop working. During the past 46 years, the Berryhills have established a reputation as world-class propagators and staunch representatives of the nursery industry.
“Raising plants is a true love,” said Arda, who made her mark as one of the Pacific Northwest’s first female propagators more than four decades ago. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.” Continue reading For the Love of Plants
Columbia River Reader, January 2009
November. The lobby of the Cannery Pier Hotel. Astoria. I was drinking coffee, watching cargo ships slide across the large windows that framed the riverscape.
A guy came in wearing a Hemingway t-shirt, the one with Ernie in his 50s, sporting a gray beard and big smile, his cap cocked jauntily to the side.
I said I liked the shirt. Continue reading The Man Who Met Hemingway
Northwest Coast Magazine, Winter 2008
World-class beer is the most obvious product of the craft-brewing revolution that has swept the Pacific Northwest in recent years. But brewpubs that get it right are also great places, where a sense of comfort and community are at the top of the menu.
The Fort George Brewery & Public House in Astoria gets it right. Continue reading Fort George Brews Great Beer, Community Connections
Digger Magazine, December 2008
When Grace Dinsdale says that Blooming Nursery is her dream, she’s not kidding.
On a trip to Mexico at age 24, she came down with a severe head cold that left her in what she describes as “an altered state.” That night, the nursery was the focus of her dreams. When she awoke, she immediately began putting a plan on paper.
“Things aren’t always rational,” Dinsdale said. “But it’s worked out well so far.” Continue reading Grace Dinsdale Generates Perennial Power
Digger Magazine, October 2008
Some people in the nursery business believe Gordon Gleason is a genius. But Gleason, who invented a series of machines that revolutionized the industry, says his success is simply a product of laziness.
“Even as a kid, I was lazy and looking for a quick way to do things,” said Gleason, 81, who designed, fabricated, and marketed a series of machines during the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s that reduced overhead and streamlined production for nurserymen. Continue reading Setting the Pace
Northwest Coast Magazine, Fall 2008
Carl Wirkkala would love to make a splash on the country music scene. But if it happens, it will be on his terms.
The 33-year-old Castle Rock resident has written nearly 200 songs – a handful of which are currently being considered by publishers and producers – and released four albums. His sound is a combination of blues, folk, and old-school country. Something you might hear if Johnny Cash and Buzz Martin sat down to jam with Bob Dylan and Tracy Chapman. Continue reading Former Logger Tries His Hand at Country Music
***Please keep in mind that things change. The prices and info below were accurate when we were on Maui in 2008. Be sure to get me your feedback so that I can continue to update this information and share it with other people. BEST MEXICAN Milagaro: Yes, you have [Continue Reading]
Digger Magazine, August 2008
As a gunnery mate aboard PT-490 during World War II, Ed Schultz survived shelling, strafing, kamikaze attacks, and a long, harrowing night in Surigao Strait. When he returned home from the service in 1946 he promised himself two things – he was through with killing, and he would do his best to make America a more beautiful place. The 87-year-old Aurora resident has fulfilled both of those vows. Continue reading A Deeply-Rooted Legacy
Oregon Nursery Association – Digger Magazine, July 2008
In the years following World War II, the U. S. economy boomed. Two factors that fueled the surge – an expanding housing market and the development of an interstate highway system – proved especially important for Oregon nurserymen. Increased demand for ornamentals and shade trees, in combination with fast, cost-effective shipping, opened the door to national markets for the first time.
But change was required for those who wished to seize this opportunity. The technology that had sufficed during the 1930s and 1940s was no longer sufficient to keep Oregon growers competitive. Continue reading Born of the Mother of Invention
Columbia River Reader, March 2008
There are things old people are supposed to avoid – Speedos, nose piercings, saggy pants. For the most part, I play by the rules. My recent tattoo is an exception.
You might be wondering why someone would be interested in getting his first tattoo at fifty-seven. As my uncle Ed used to say when he ran across a road grader or Czechoslovakian tractor he couldn’t pass up, “I always wanted one of those.” Continue reading Inscription on a Human Canvas
“Kids are a Precious Resource to Oil, Mining and Timber Industries” – Northwest Education Magazine, Winter 2003 One September day in 1969, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson announced from Seattle that the first Earth Day would be celebrated come [Continue Reading]
“Eruption of Mount St. Helens a Watershed Moment for Timber Industry” – Columbia River Reader, November 2005 Twenty-five years ago, the timber industry in Southwest Washington was on the cusp of change. But the eruption of Mount St. Helens brought [Continue Reading]
“The Potty Whisperer” – The Daily News, February 2005 This fall, family hour in homes around the nation focused on discussions of politics and play-off baseball. At our house, the subject was poop. I’m certain Miss Manners would not consider [Continue Reading]
“Now Hear This” – The Daily News, March 2006 Frustrated by her husband’s lack of responsiveness and his unwillingness to admit that he had a hearing problem, Diane Moskowitz opted for a creative solution. “One night, she asked me how I was [Continue Reading]
“Building for Boomers” – The Daily News, October 2006 When the phone rings in Trey Davis’s office at Coldwell Banker-Flaskerud Realty in Longview, Washington, there’s a good chance a baby boomer will be on the other [Continue Reading]