Laughing all the way — Pedal faster! And provide TMI!

August 7, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 7, 2015

On July 8, I turned 65. I made my usual trip to the Y and headed to an elliptical machine, deciding  to commemorate the first time that I put my new age into the program by taking a picture of it. I punched it in and started moving, but looking through the phone viewfinder, I realized that I was bouncing up and down too much, so I stopped. By the time I focused and clicked, the message had changed from a benign “65” to a blinking and insistent “Pedal Faster!” in red capital letters. An excellent mantra! I think I’ll have a T-shirt made.

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Newcastles of the world

July 27, 2015

NEW — 2:15 p.m. July 27, 2015

A funny thing appeared in my inbox this morning.

NewcastlesoftheWorldThe email’s subject read, “Newcastles of the World,” and asked if I was interested in learning about other towns and cities that share the Newcastle name.

Attached was a newsletter entitled “Newcastles News,” not to be confused with our Newcastle News.

Newcastles News chronicles happenings at Newcastles across the globe. With a simple perusal, I went on an international tour of Newcastles and learned some really fascinating things — for example: Read more

Laughing all the way — Grounded

July 2, 2015

Most of our friends are world travelers, people who fill up their passports and have to get fresh ones before their expiration date, folks with high-six-figure frequent flier miles who go to Singapore for a weekend of shopping and lead tours to Italy, Argentina and South Africa to enjoy food and wine. These friends have family abroad, think nothing of flying over the pole and visit Kenyan orphanages after starting nonprofits to benefit them.

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On the other hand, The Sainted One and I are quite excited about our summer vacation. We’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary and my 65th birthday with a road trip through Eastern Oregon and Washington, with stops at the Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds and a microbrewery festival in La Grande. We’ll spend two nights in Joseph and our last night in Wenatchee. As our virgin passports gather dust at home, we’ll be making dust of our own, following thin dotted lines on maps in search of something interesting, visiting small town bars and chatting with the regulars, searching for geocaches, and because we’re Vacation Book Bingers, plowing through two or three books apiece. Read more

Newcastle students graduate from college

July 2, 2015

Newcastle students graduate from college

  • Luc Charbonneau, of Newcastle, graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, with a Bachelor of Arts in geology.
  • Alexander Hopper, of Newcastle, graduated May 28, with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University, in New Orleans.
  • Cassandra Beck, of Newcastle, graduated June 20 from Marylhurst University, in Marylhurst, Oregon, with a Bachelor of Science in business management.
  • Reid Fredrickson, of Newcastle, graduated May 24, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of San Diego, in San Diego, California.

Did you or your child make the dean’s list, graduate or receive a special collegiate honor? Email your college news to newcastle@isspress.com and we’ll publish it in an upcoming issue.

Newcastle students make dean’s list, honor roll

July 2, 2015

Newcastle students make dean’s list, honor roll

  • Lindsey Kranz, of Newcastle, was recently named to the Gonzaga University president’s list for the spring 2015 semester.
  • The following Newcastle students were named to the Washington State University president’s honor roll for the spring 2015 semester: Carolyn Aibinder, Nicole Aibinder, Rachel Atwood, Shannon Heric, Ryan Maio, Stacey Quach, Alexandra Stuj and Brandon Yan.
  • Molly Gallagher, of Newcastle, was named to the spring 2015 semester dean’s list at Northwest Nazarene University, in Nampa, Idaho.
  • Emily Franceschina, of Newcastle, was named to the 2015 spring semester dean’s list, Carroll College, in Helena, Montana.

Did you or your child make the dean’s list, graduate or receive a special collegiate honor? Email your college news to newcastle@isspress.com and we’ll publish it in an upcoming issue.

 

Community spotlight — Concerts in the Park start this month

July 2, 2015

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The city of Newcastle’s annual Concerts in the Park series kicks off this month, starting with The Fabulous Roof Shakers (at left), a blues band, July 22.

Off the Hook, a classic funk and soul band, brings its brand of “old skool kool” to the park July 29, followed by vocalist Kellee Bradley Aug. 5 and Soul Purpose, a soul and classic rock band, on Aug. 12.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m., but attendees should get there early to take advantage of food vendors selling their offerings.

All concerts last about an hour and a half, and are at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way.

Brain Science at the Newcastle Library

July 2, 2015

By Greg Farrar  Alisha McKenzie (left) and her grandson Brian Groeneveld, 8, both of Newcastle, play ‘Tell Me About It,’ a verbal linguistic communication game where one builds a skyscraper with blocks and describes it for the partner to duplicate without looking. View a full gallery of Brain Science photos here.

By Greg Farrar
Alisha McKenzie (left) and her grandson Brian Groeneveld, 8, both of Newcastle, play ‘Tell Me About It,’ a verbal linguistic communication game where one builds a skyscraper with blocks and describes it for the partner to duplicate without looking. View a full gallery of Brain Science photos here.

Calendar — July 2015

July 2, 2015

Events

‘Fourth at the Lake’ Celebration, 6-11 p.m. July 4, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way, 649-4444

Cougar Mountain Trail Run, 5K, 8.2- and 14.5-mile runs, 9 a.m. June 13, Sky Country Trailhead, Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 166th Way S.E., $25 to $45, more info and registration at nwtrailruns.com

Concerts in the Park, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, July 22 to Aug. 12, Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way, 649-4444

Newcastle Trails board meeting, free and open to the public, 7-9 p.m. July 22, Regency Newcastle, 7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, newcastletrails.org Read more

Newcastle company brings rock star flair to your home

June 4, 2015

What’s more “rock star” than having a drum bursting out of your wall?

“Nothing,” contends Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman, the brains behind Select A Head drum logo displays, sits in front of his own signed collection of wall-mounted drum displays at his home May 14.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman, the brains behind Select A Head drum logo displays, sits in front of his own signed collection of wall-mounted drum displays at his home May 14.

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Lions and tigers and bears — oh deer

June 4, 2015

Three weeks ago, a cougar was spotted in Kennydale. Not long after that, a bear was seen strolling up our very own street. I long ago accepted the wild kingdom that is our backyard and greenbelt: Raccoons who roll up our grass like old carpeting while looking for grubs, rabbits whose warren holes are just large enough to be a tad unnerving when I walk by them, snakes on the front stoop, bobcats on the fence, skinks in the garage, frogs in the family room, chipmunks in our rockeries, bear scat on the path. Live and let live, I say.

But this year … oh, deer.

Pat Detmer

Pat Detmer

If you live in Newcastle, I know you’ve had the deer experience. You learn to adapt. I only grow Hosta and Huechera in pots on the deck and fully expect fresh tulips to be beheaded before sunset. I finally gave up and pulled out a plant that had served as their salad bar for so many years that I could no longer ID it. California Lilac? Yum! Lemon Cypress Tree? Our compliments to the chef! I always ask the helpful garden folks at Newcastle Fruit & Produce if plants are deer-resistant before I buy them, but lately they just laugh. I understand why. If our local deer are hungry enough, there’s nothing they won’t eat. Except, unfortunately, Bishop’s Weed. Read more

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