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Twelfth Night Revels in Goldendale

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A Happy Home Cultural & Ethical Society Entertainment by Goldendale Community Radio Players & Friends is scheduled for Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 8 PM at Windy Ridge Saloon, 113 W. Main, Goldendale, WA.

Goldendale Community Radio Players will present selections from THE SKETCHBOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENTLEMAN by Washington Irving (1783-1859). Come and hear Irving’s impressions of the Yuletide traditions of Briton written from the perspective of an American living in England in 1818. Washington Irving is also the author of the well-known short stories, Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

A Cheerful Mugging in Goldendale

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Last year just after Christmas, a late gift arrived with Bruce on his return from the Portland office. It was a pint Mason jar filled with the layered ingredients to make a serving of hot chocolate with all the trimmings. The jar was meticulously prepared. Ingredients had been added carefully, layered one by one, not to be shaken or stirred until time to prep and serve. Cocoa was on the bottom layer. On top of the cocoa were tiny chocolate chips followed by a layer of miniature marshmallows. The top layer was a sparkly blend of red and white crushed peppermint candy. It was a cute gift, consumable, handmade (the label assured it had been ‘Made with Love’), and the jar would have other uses when emptied.

Goldendale Community Radio needed a fund raising project for the Farmers’ Market Holiday Bazaar to be held on a Saturday a couple of weeks before Christmas. The cocoa jar that had languished in our kitchen all year, and moved from one spot to the next but never mixed up and enjoyed, was my inspiration. I decided to ask community members to donate coffee cups which we could prepare in a similar way. The cups could be decorated in a festive manner and be offered in exchange for a $5 donation in support of Community Radio.

Heather Lipko had opened a local garden store, Goldendale Garden Supply, during the spring. She had come to a radio station meeting, introduced herself, and volunteered to help in anyway she could. She had last volunteered to work the radio information table at the Farmers’ Market in August.

I stopped by the shop and mentioned to Heather that we planned this fund raiser. I inquired if we could use her shop as a drop-off location for donated mugs. She had brought her adorable puppy to work that day and was distracted by him. The moment that I asked her about her willingness to help, the puppy had snatched an item from one of the garden displays, and trotted proudly off with it, Heather in pursuit. Needless to say, later she did not recall that I had asked. She had no idea that I was quite sure she had positively agreed to help.

Community Radio did a bit of advertising, putting out the request for cups, and soon they began to roll in. One morning, Heather arrived at work, and found a large bag filled with a random assortment of coffee cups attached to the shop’s door handle. She was very puzzled by it but as people continued to drop by with more bags and boxes of cups, they explained what the cups were for, and she had to laugh, finding a corner in the shop to store the growing pile.

A few days before the Bazaar, when I checked with Heather to see how the project was coming along, she excitedly described the shop as inundated with cups galore. We had been ‘mugged’ by the community!

A small crew showed up to sort through the pile, assembling ingredients and decorations for the project. Heather printed labels and directions how to prepare a cup of hot cocoa, with a second set of instructions on how to make hot mulled cider. The cocoa packets contained instant chocolate mix with trimmings including chocolate chips, marshmallows and candy canes. Cinnamon sticks and packets of mulling spices accompanied the cups that held instant cider mixes.

On the day of the Bazaar, our work crew borrowed two display tables and a tall “Baker’s Rack,” and set them up in the ten by ten foot space which the Holiday Bazaar organizers allotted to Community Radio. More than 50 vendors arrived early on December 13, to assemble their goods in the Goldendale Primary School Gymnasium and Cafeteria. Doors opened to the public at nine o’clock.

The brightly decorated cups with their collection of ingredients were packed with red and green shredded paper, tissue paper, and tied with curled clusters of ribbon. They were festive and eye-catching. Mugs were of every conceivable type, from hand-thrown ceramic to English porcelain. Some had been collected on vacations as reminders of places visited and bore the names of destinations: cities, states, national parks, and other attractions. Others were designed with product logos, including Hershey’s, Campbell’s Soup, even Budweiser beer. Definitely, there were cups designed for every taste, and for anyone who cared to look. Many did look, too. The first one to be snatched up was a rather atrocious kitty cup, considered so ugly that it was cute.

Late in the afternoon, a woman found us and asked if the two matched Hershey’s cups were still there. They were her husband’s favorites. She had only found this out after giving them away. Now she was on a mission to retrieve them. Unfortunately for her, one cup had been taken but the second was still there. Quickly she made the $5 donation, writing out a check. While the volunteers at the booth sympathized with her situation, they joked that they should have held that Hershey’s cup hostage for more.

A surprising number of people who stopped by to look over the display and chat, commented that they had seen the notice and had meant to go through their cupboard, and donate some for the cause. One woman exclaimed that she had a hundred cups she could have given us!

We considered the day a success as it took far fewer boxes to pack up the remains than were needed to haul them all into the Primary School that morning. We were determined that these, too, would find homes before the New Year arrived.

To that end, everyone on my Christmas list would be getting a donated cup filled with some tasty ingredients. However, I decided to add one more very essential item that we had not included during the Bazaar. This would be a tiny bottle of Kahlua, or perhaps Irish Cream, for an even jollier holiday! -cje

A Short Happy History of KVGD-LP Goldendale Community Radio

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A Short History of Goldendale Community Radio

Covering September, 2013 to October, 2014

September 1, 2013- Eberhart sets the wheels in motion by sending out an email regarding the upcoming window of opportunity for filing an application with the FCC for new low power community fm radio stations. This is the first chance for such filing in 13 years! O’Brennan and Brown agree this would be a great opportunity for the Goldendale area, and the three schedule the first LPFM planning meeting.

September 19 and 26, 2013- The first LPFM planning meetings are held at the Goldendale Library. O’Brennan and Eberhart begin the process of filling out the online application for the FCC permit to build an FM station for Goldendale. Kusky volunteers engineering expertise. Brainstorming begins on finding a non-profit umbrella organization to work under. Emails and formal letters are sent to various organizations to request support and to start building community awareness of our project. An informational email list is established.

October 4, 2013- Good news at this meeting is that CEKC, Community Enrichment for Klickitat County, a non-profit corporation established by the Horizons project, will provide the umbrella for our application. J and N Cable offers the use of their business address for a studio location when making the application. Programming ideas are rolling in, indicating there is community interest in the new station.

October 23, 2013- FCC application is filed on time. Waiting process begins.

Meetings continue over the fall and winter months and interest builds in the community. Frye leads several workshops on team building via the internet, and donates wiki and blog webspace for the Community Radio Group. Friends of the Goldendale Library (FOL) sponsor a series of workshops on writing for media. A poetry contest is held to benefit the station and to bring the station into the public view. A temporary website is established and podcasting begins.

February 10, 2014- News reaches Goldendale that the FCC application has been approved!

February 23, 2014- A meeting is held at Ayutla Restaurant to celebrate FCC approval, to select call letters for the station, and to adopt a mission statement. KVGD is the top vote-getter for call letters. The mission statement, initiated by O’Brennan, is approved as follows:

We are an independent, non-commercial, community radio station serving the Goldendale area, broadcasting news, information of local relevance, community and civic events, and an eclectic range of music, as well as educational, cultural and children’s programming, with special concern for those in our community who are underserved and underrepresented by other media sources.

At this meeting, O’Brennan is selected as interim treasurer.

The Radio Group co-hosts a Final Friday Open Mic Night with The Golden Guild in February. Held at the Golden Gallery, Open Mic performances are recorded for podcast and future broadcast.

April, 2014- KVGD Benefit Poetry Contest ends and the Community Radio group presents awards during a gala April Final Friday Open Mic Night, co-hosted with The Golden Guild.

May, 2014- KVGD has a presence at the Home and Garden Show, sharing a booth with Backpacks for Kids. Many people stop to learn about the station and to sign up for the email list. Some are interested in being program hosts or DJ’s.

June, 2014- O’Brennan hosts a booth at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays stirring up interest in the station and getting more signers on the email list, and suggestions for programming. A Radio Players group forms and performs a reading from James Joyce’s Ulysses for Bloomsday on June 16.

July, 2014- O’Brennan organizes a KVGD float for the Goldendale Community Days parade. She rides in the float while Clyne carries the KVGD banner. Brown hosts the KVGD booth at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays in July and gives out her garden produce in exchange for donations to the station. Malcolm attends one of the planning meetings and provides suggestions for equipment and station building.

KVGD.INFO is registered as Goldendale Community Radio group’s web domain. The temporary site is transferred to the new url.

August, 2014- Weekly planning meetings continue at various locations. Frye and Eberhart provide a presence at the Farmers’ Market booth and host a free vinyl exchange. New members continue to sign up. Clyne and Brown work on bylaws for the group. Practice recording sessions and Radio Ranger Roundtables are held. During the Klickitat County Fair, a Community Radio information table is set up in the Extension Service’s 4-H Exhibit Room and shared with the Backpacks for Kids food supplement program.

September, 2014- Programming ideas continue to come up for discussion–local history, school sports, culture and news are just a few of the suggestions, as well as inclusion of some syndicated programming and music shows.

October, 2014- A five-member governing board is elected by a majority vote of the members present at the first annual membership meeting held on October 24th, 2014. A draft copy of the station bylaws is presented for review by members. The planning group is hopeful of setting up studio space and broadcast equipment soon.

Dark Skies, A Guest Blog by Mary Jean Lord

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Recent Lighting Upgrade at the Klickitat County Courthouse in Goldendale Violates the City’s and the County’s Lighting Ordinances. Photo by Bob Yoesli (11/2014)

I strongly recommend The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, by Paul Bogard.

Bogard explores the subject from every angle. It made me wish I had worked harder and with greater focus and consistency about changing and reducing light pollution and trespass in Klickitat Valley. There may still be some hope there, while Seattle and most of the rest of the world seems beyond hope. There are a handful of good examples we could learn from, however, like Flagstaff and the Big Island of Hawaii. http://bigislandnow. … es-dark-skies-money/

In spite of that infernal dusk to dawn “security” light across the alley, the business lights up Main Street, the only partially covered cobra street lights, and porch lights, on a good night I could still see perhaps a few hundred stars from my yard in Goldendale; here in Seattle, no stars at all.

Bogard notes that the increases in lighting are so gradual, we only notice them if we think back to how it used to be. Soon, no one will be able to think back to seeing a really starry sky. When I first moved to Main Street, the sky wasn’t great, but I could see at least a thousand stars and even the glow of the Milky Way.

Bogard writes with passion, and his descriptions of sky viewing from the darkest places he finds are poetic.

Mary Jean Lord grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho; B.A., Idaho State University; M.A., Washington State University; with husband, Richard Lord (d. 1977), raised five children in Yakima, WA; Columnist, Washington Teamster, Intermountain Observer; Press Secretary, Congressman Mike McCormack, 1974-1980; Energy Resource Specialist, Klickitat County PUD, 1981-1996; Goldendale resident 1981-2014; enthusiastic fan of starry skies and Goldendale Observatory, 1981-present; moved to Seattle condo, Sept. 2014.

Editor’s Note: … opuli_dark_skies.mp3
Recent exterior lighting changes on the Klickitat County Courthouse grounds have citizens and city groups, including the City’s biggest cheerleader, the Chamber of Commerce, distressed and appalled. A statement on the City of Goldendale’s website assures building code is in place for illumination control of Outdoor Light Fixtures to help control light pollution and support better star viewing at the Goldendale Observatory. Unfortunately, in the case of the Courthouse grounds these illumination controls have been ignored.

Complacency is the enemy. Please let the City know that it can not have the continued benefits which the Goldendale Observatory State Park http://www.parks.wa. … dendale-Observatory brings to the community in tourism traffic and dollars if the city and county keep chipping away at the one thing that allows the Observatory to be a success. That, of course, is a dark sky. Contact the City of Goldendale: …

Hope inspires action and action inspires hope. Find out more about hopeful Dark Sky preservation efforts at the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)

Update (11/25/2014): Goldendale Chamber of Commerce received notice from Klickitat County on Tuesday, Nov. 25, that the new exterior lights on the Courthouse grounds in Goldendale had been turned off and would remain off until the lights could be “fixed.” It is unclear at this point what sort of “fix” the County is considering. Meanwhile, dark skies proponents thank the County for taking this first step in rectifying the current situation. This recent event highlights the urgent need for the City of Goldendale and Klickitat County policy makers to focus on adopting updated lighting ordinances to help reduce light pollution in the future, further protecting Goldendale’s dark skies for the State Park Observatory, visitors, residents, and all.

Mighty Low Radio on Pecha Kucha Night, Goldendale, Washington

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If you were one of the few who had to miss Pecha Kucha Night in Goldendale, here’s the Mighty Low Radio presentation from that evening.

http://www.pechakuch … ghty-low-power-radio

Thanks to Michael Kitchen for hosting the event at Windy Ridge on Main Street in Goldendale.
Brock Warrener presenting his Pecha Kucha Night 20×20 on new biking trails in the county, and the Central Klickitat Chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association.

Find out more about Pecha Kucha Night on our PKN City page: http://www.pechakuch … rg/cities/goldendale

Next Goldendale Pecha Kucha Night planned for February 2015. Be thinking about what YOU want to present in 6 minutes and 40 seconds!