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Fay Blackburn

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Food and wine calendar

By Fay Blackburn May 31, 2011 6 a.m.

Classes and events Seasonal Feast: 6 p.m. June 10, Urban Abundance and Slow Food Southwest Washington host a three-course meal highlighting ingredients from the farms of Clark County. Pioneer Grange Hall, 3803 N.E. 199th St., Ridgefield. * Tickets: http://www.myurbanabundance.org/seasonal-feast.

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 16

By Fay Blackburn November 16, 2009 4 p.m.

Ducks are smarter than you think Byron Lathim’s Nov. 6 letter, “Refuge riveted by hunters’ bullets,” expressed concern over the hunting of “tame” ducks at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Rest assured that the waterfowl at the refuge are not tame. They are wild birds that are either year-round residents or over-wintering migrants. Hunting has historically been a part of this refuge and many other refuges throughout the United States. In fact, certain tracts of the refuge are managed specifically with hunting in mind.

Ducks are smarter than you think

By Fay Blackburn November 16, 2009 4 p.m.

Ducks are smarter than you think Byron Lathim’s Nov. 6 letter, “Refuge riveted by hunters’ bullets,” expressed concern over the hunting of “tame” ducks at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Rest assured that the waterfowl at the refuge are not tame. They are wild birds that are either year-round residents or over-wintering migrants. Hunting has historically been a part of this refuge and many other refuges throughout the United States. In fact, certain tracts of the refuge are managed specifically with hunting in mind.

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 15

By Fay Blackburn November 15, 2009 4 p.m.

Thank veterans for our freedoms I am an eighth-grader, and when I heard that we would get a day off, my first thoughts were, “Hooray, no school!” That is the reaction of millions of students across the nation. To us, Nov. 11 is just a day that we get to skip school and shop at the Veterans Day sales. We hardly give a thought to why we are recognizing this day.

Thank veterans for our freedoms

By Fay Blackburn November 15, 2009 4 p.m.

Thank veterans for our freedoms I am an eighth-grader, and when I heard that we would get a day off, my first thoughts were, “Hooray, no school!” That is the reaction of millions of students across the nation. To us, Nov. 11 is just a day that we get to skip school and shop at the Veterans Day sales. We hardly give a thought to why we are recognizing this day.

Show of appreciation meant a lot

By Fay Blackburn November 14, 2009 11:06 a.m.

Show of appreciation meant a lot My wife and I attended the Celebrate Freedom Veterans Parade on Nov. 7. In the 40 years since I was discharged in 1969, we had never attended any Veterans Day-related parade. (It’s hard to erase the feelings of being spit on while walking across campus upon my return to college after three years of active duty.)

We can’t afford delusional vision

By Fay Blackburn November 13, 2009 4 p.m.

We can’t afford delusional vision Unemployment close to 12 percent, business is down, no true signs of recovery in sight, and the City of Vancouver and The Columbian present a new bridge, a freeway cap and a new high-rise development as Vancouver’s future image of who they may be one day. That is a delusional view.

Area’s identity lost to outside world

By Fay Blackburn November 12, 2009 4 p.m.

Area’s identity lost to outside world A major league pitcher, Tim Lincecum, gets busted for speeding and dope, nothing new. (Nov. 6 story, “Pot found in star pitcher’s car during I-5 stop.”) But some of the national media had this arrest taking place in Canada, near Canada, north of Seattle, but good ole Vancouver, Wash., was lost to the outside world. Some say good thing, others may differ.

Veterans Parade inspirational

By Fay Blackburn November 11, 2009 4 p.m.

Veterans Parade inspirational I attended our 23rd annual Celebrate Freedom Veterans Parade on Nov. 7. I overheard the organizers state it was the worst weather they had ever experienced. Well, you wouldn’t have known it to look at the parade participants. From the veterans and active military, firefighters and police, to the high school students and numerous scouting organizations, they were walking in the cold downpour. There were even many young children bundled up in wagons being towed by their parents to honor our veterans. It was amazing.

‘Fort’ belongs in city’s name

By Fay Blackburn November 10, 2009 4 p.m.

‘Fort’ belongs in city’s name In October 1843, John C. Fremont left Kit Carson in charge of the exploration group at The Dalles. He and a few others traveled down the Columbia River toward the location of the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Vancouver, where they purchased needed supplies directly from Dr. John McLoughlin. On the way down the river, they were pleasantly surprised. The following is a direct quote from Fremont’s original report: “As we paddled rapidly down the river, we heard the noise of a saw mill at work on the right bank; and, letting our boat float quietly down, we listened with pleasure to the unusual sounds; and before midnight encamped on the bank of the river, about a mile above Fort Vancouver.”

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