August 2

Girl in beaver coat

By Margaret Beilharz

Last Tuesday, July 24th, Ben Mackenzie, the 4th generation descendant of Donald Mackenzie, arrived with his wife and their son John’s family to be a key part of the McKenzie Summer Festival in Leaburg on Saturday. On Saturday, the McKenzie River Bicentennial’s Mobile Museum provided a place for the Mackenzie family to share stories of their famous forefather with the public at the Festival.

Photo of rain garden

From GRIT magazine

By Patricia Escarcega

Tired of that muddy puddle in the middle of the yard, or that washed-out mini-gulley that forms whenever a downpour loads up your home’s downspouts? If so, it might be time to get a handle on all that runoff and put it to good use with a rain garden.

Doodles cartoon

McKenzie River Reflections

 

Photo of ferr-cement lifeboatIn February of last year, Mike Malone of Zigzag put his boat into the Columbia River at St. Helens and headed upstream.

On his way past Sauvie Island, Mike decided to put ashore and investigate a curious derelict tri-hull boat that he’d noticed there many times before, while he was trolling for spring Chinook salmon along that part of the river. It was lodged high on the bank by Collins Beach, apparently washed there by the flood of 1996.

 

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