Longview City Info Weekly

Life Jacket Loaner Board locations

The Longview Fire Department would like to remind everyone about the Life Jacket Loaner Board locations.

·         Willow Grove 1 at Boat Launch and 2 by the swimming area

·         County Line Park

·         Castle Rock Boat Launch

·         Horseshoe Lake

·         Merwin Dam

If you are swimming or boating in any of these areas and you or your family need a life jacket, just go to the board and borrow one.

We have all sizes from infant to adult. When you are done using them for the day, just hang them back up on the board for the next person.

It’s that easy!


If you notice there are no life jackets on a Life Jacket Loaner Board, please call 360.442.5501 to report it so we can quickly

get them replaced.


Want your own life jacket?  Check with Longview Fire Department, Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue or Kalama Fire Department to get

a coupon for 25% off a life jacket good at Big 5.


If you are interested in helping with our Life Jacket Program contact Sarah Hoskins at 360-442-5501



Free Concert Featuring Blues, Soul, and 50s/60s R&B

Join us Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. for a fantastic musical performance by Nicole Stromsoe and Dorian Michael.

Sensual, nourishing, and rich; Nicole Stromsoe's voice evokes emotion through American roots music. Accompanied by

contemporary finger-style guitarist, Dorian Michael, Nicole is sure to thrill with an evening of Jazz, Blues, Soul, Folk

and 50s/60s R&B. 


You can preview their entertaining performance at nicolestromsoe.com & dorianmichael.com.

Come enjoy Nicole and Dorian’s inspiring music June 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Reading Room of the Longview Public

Library. Call 360.442.5300 for more information or visit www.longviewlibrary.org to see all the programs happening at the library. 


Road Closure Columbia Heights Road between Fishers Lane and Maplewood Drive

The City of Longview will be pre-leveling sections of Columbia Heights Road for asphalt repairs. The asphalt work will be taking

place between Fishers Lane and upper Maplewood Drive. Construction work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 and is

estimated to be completed Thursday, June 6, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Columbia Heights Road will be open between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.


Traffic on Columbia Heights will need to use alternate routes around the work zone. Extended delays are expected. To avoid delays,

motorists will need to use alternate routes.



Intro to QuickBooks

Come to the Longview Public Library for a free QuickBooks software seminar led by SCORE volunteers. This QuickBooks class introduces you

to the software, compares the various versions and teaches you the basics for using the program as a tool to manage your business. We will focus

on QuickBooks Online- you will find it is intuitive and user friendly.


Intro to QuickBooks

June 15, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Learning Outcomes: You will leave with an understanding of how to utilize QuickBooks and generate information you need

to manage your business day to day.

Key topics we'll be discussing include the following:


- Why you need accounting software

- What is QuickBooks Desktop versus Online?

- Pricing

- Accounting Terms

- Year-end Review

- QBO Specifics


This seminar is free thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of the Longview Library. All seminar attendees may later receive free,

confidential SCORE mentoring to help you personalize your sales process.


To register for this session, visit www.vancouver.score.org and find the class on the Take a Workshop page. You can learn more about

the upcoming seminars and other Longview Public Library programs by visiting our page at www.longviewlibrary.org or calling 360.442.5300.



Get Great Prizes for Reading

Longview Public Library invites adults 18 and older to read for prizes June 14 through July 26, 2019. Not only could you win

great prizes every week but you can even win a spectacular grand prize- a 10-inch Kindle Fire. But wait, there’s more! You

can also use your completed entry forms to pay off overdue/restocking fines at the Longview Public Library! That’s right!

Longview Library patrons can read or listen to a book, fill out an entry form for Fire it Up, bring it to the MAIN DESK at the

Longview Library, and reduce your overdue/restocking fine by up to $5.00 per book read.


Longview, Kelso, Kalama, Castle Rock, and Woodland public libraries will feature the adult summer reading program Fire it Up!

from June 14 to July 26, 2019. Each library has different weekly prizes. You are welcome to participate at one or all of these libraries!

You do not need a library card to participate or win.


This program has been made possible by generous donations from the Longview Library Foundation. Thank you for your continued support.


For more information, contact your local library – Longview, 360-442-5300; Kelso, 360-423-8110; Kalama, 360-673-4568; Castle Rock, 360-274-6961,

Woodland 360-225-2115.



Calling all Food and Beverage Vendors

Longview Parks and Recreation is looking for individuals, community organizations, and private businesses that have interest in

operating food and drink concessions at Lake Sacajawea Park.

Two permits may be awarded during 2019 on a single year basis; the dates of operation are June 15 - Sept. 2, 2019.


Proposal/information packets can be picked up at the Recreation Office, 2920 Douglas Street, or at the link below. Proposals are due

no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7th.


Summer Recreation Guide Available

The summer recreation guide is now available online. Don’t miss the many programs, activities, events and enrichment classes offered by Longview Recreation!

Learn a new skill, improve your health, experience enrichment learning or find an activity. There is something for family members and individuals of all ages.

This guide features memorable events, which includes the popular $5/5K fun runs that are perfect for the whole family, Mud Day, Summer Concerts at the Lake

and Family Outdoor Adventure.


Check out the Parks and Recreation's website for the current guide: www.mylongview.com/recreation.

For details about any of our events and to register, visit our website at www.mylongview.com or call us at 360.442.5400.


Urban Forestry Restoration Project

Urban forestry project helps Longview improve tree health and Columbia River water quality.


A Puget SoundCorps team will remove invasive blackberry vines between the Diking District ditch that abuts the Altrusa Park Trail.  

They will also work with City staff on the structural pruning of City street & park trees planted within the last 5+ years.

SoundCorps is part of the broader Washington Conservation Corps/AmeriCorps program administered by Washington State Department of Ecology. 

SoundCorps crews work on projects that help restore and protect water quality in areas of Washington State.


“A healthy tree canopy will continue to deliver stormwater filtering, air cleaning, environment enhancing dividends to our citizens for years to come”

– City of Longview Parks & Urban Forestry Department Staff


The Urban Forestry Restoration Project is offered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban and Community

Forestry Program to provide Puget SoundCorps teams to communities throughout the Puget Sound region to assist their urban forestry efforts.

Through good urban forestry management, healthy trees improve quality of life, help communities manage Stormwater runoff and improve air and water quality.


DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is made possible through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service. Puget SoundCorps is a part of the

broader Washington Conservation Corps program administered but the Washington State Department of Ecology. Puget SoundCorps crews work on projects

that help restore and protect water quality in Puget Sound. The Washington Conservation Corps is supported through grant funding and Education Awards

provided by AmeriCorps.


For additional information, please call the Parks Department at 360.442.5421. 


Student Summer Fun Pass

RiverCities Transit is once again offering a Student Summer Fun Pass. Ride the bus to your favorite places this summer

such as the library, lake,

movies, mall and more.  The busses are wheelchair accessible and bicycle friendly. 


The pass is good for the months of June, July and August, is only $14. Passes are available at the Transit Center

– 1051 11th Ave Longview.



It is the Season for Child Window Falls

Windows must be safeguarded to keep young children safe! Warm weather brings open

windows that can prove dangerous for young children.


Children 5 and under are most likely to fall from windows. The reasons are numerous:

  • warm weather brings open windows
  • young children enjoy the view and fresh air
  • screens do not hold against the weight of a child leaning against it
  • small children do not understand the dangers of an open window
  • small children are top-heavy due to the size of their head in relation to their body, and lose their balance easily
  • furniture near windows allow children to get too close


How to Prevent Child Window Falls

These incidents are preventable. Window safety devices, which should not be confused with window security devices, are available,

but not in every store. To be sure you find the right devices, check with the Stop At 4 web site at www.StopAt4.com to learn which

devices serve as window safety devices.


Please watch this informative Child Window Fall Prevention video.



Washington State Car Seat Laws are Changing! 

Effective January 2020 Washington State car seat laws are changing.  You may be asking what this means for you. 

Washington laws will be more in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and will require the following:

Rear facing until 2 years old
Harness use until 4 years old
Booster use until 4’9” or seat belt fits properly, now referring to ages 8 to 12 years old.


The law strongly encourages each stage of restraining as long as allows (if your car seat weight and height limits allow

you to keep your child longer rear facing or in a harness that is strongly recommended.)


As always, keep your children in the backseat until the age of 13.


Longview Fire Department has a Certified Car Passenger Safety Technician on staff and can help you with all

your child passenger safety questions.  Sarah can be reached at 360-442-5501.  For more information, check out

Safe Kids Lower Columbia on Facebook for the next car seat clinic where you can have your car seat install checked for free!



Nichols Blvd Pavement Rehabilitation Project - Washington Way to Louisiana Street

The City of Longview has contracted with Advanced Excavating Specialists to construct improvements along Nichols

Boulevard from Washington Way to Louisiana Street. Construction on the project will begin May 6, 2019. The project

will update pedestrian ramps and pedestrian signals, modify existing traffic signals, and replace the existing asphalt

pavement. Improvements will begin with replacement of the pedestrian ramps throughout the project corridor. This

work is scheduled to last through June 28, 2019. 


Single lane closures, side street closures, and sidewalk closures will be in place for pedestrian ramp improvements.

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be routed around the work zone. Traffic delays along Nichols Blvd will be limited.

During the week of July 1 to July 5, 2019, work on the project will stop to accommodate Go Fourth Festival events.


Asphalt pavement replacement will begin July 8, 2019. This work will grind off the existing asphalt surface and replace

it with new asphalt on Nichols Blvd. Lane closures and traffic detours will be in effect for this work. Pavement replacement

work is scheduled to last through the first week of August.


All dates are subject to change based on construction progress and weather. In order to avoid delays, motorists are encouraged

to use alternate routes.



Longview Public Library Launches New Online Tools

Longview Public Library is proud to announce the debut of a new online system, aimed at creating a

more streamlined, efficient experience for patrons.


With this new system, library patrons can now:

  • Navigate the catalog on their phone, tablet, or computer
  • Use Smart Searches, which have spellcheck, automated search suggestions, and the option to see related keywords to their search
  • Check out and hold eBooks, audiobooks, and more, right from the catalog
  • Choose to renew material automatically three days before it’s due
  • Change their communication preferences to be contacted via email or text


This is all in addition to other fantastic features that library patrons can take advantage of, including the ability to enable reader

history to let you keep track of what you’ve checked out, keep existing holds, and create reading lists. All of these changes make

it easier than ever to save time and money while supporting your local library.


The library software system also supports behind-the-scenes library operations such as cataloging, acquisitions, patron records, and more.

The changes are being made right now! The new system will start May 16, but there are several things to look for as we get closer to the

date including a new catalog to browse, new ways to access your online material, and the chance to update your current information from

your computer or mobile device. We appreciate your patience as we get all of these changes made and ready for you!