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The show must go on: Patti Jo Amerein

Patti Jo Amerein lives a relatively quiet life in rural Columbia County. She rides dressage, keeps chickens, and teaches Pilates. But in the 1980s and 90s she lived another life as a Las Vegas show da...

 

Man Keeping Time: Greg Petersen

Before visiting Greg Petersen at his Dayton home, I'd not heard the term "Antiquarian Horologist." But that's what's on his calling card. Horology - from the Greek "hora," meaning time - is the study...

 

Finding your dream ride: Robert & Janet Phinney

Twelve miles up and out of the Touchet Valley, I sat down with friends Robert and Janet Phinney to discover we have more in common than I might have thought. I'm a musician; the Phinney's are...

 

Chats with Mike

Jon Rampey: Wand Maker 2020 has taught us how to make lemonade out of lemons. Jon Rampey, a newcomer to Dayton, makes art using this philosophy of resourcefulness. "Creating something is better than...

 

Tree of Memories

Like many Christmas trees, ours is a time-measuring tree. We have so many ornaments now, there are too many for one tree to hold! We have a couple of small table trees that help out, but when you...

 

Teach like a pirate: Erin Murphy

I've known Waitsburgian Erin Murphy and her husband Nathanial for many years. It occurred to me recently: these people are always in school, always taking classes, always working toward another...

 

Every shot not taken: Juno Kerr

When Juniper Kerr was in middle school, her basketball coach kept saying, "Every shot not taken is a shot missed." It stuck with her. But it's not just about basketball now; it's about life and her...

 

Conversations with Mike

DAYTON-You can easily estimate the time it takes to machine quilt a piece of functional art, but who counts the hours of piecing it together? Or the love stitched into it? On a recent chat with Wendy...

 

The Last Stop Sign: Zonia Dedloff, Mayor of Starbuck

My recent visit with Starbuck's new Mayor, Zonia Dedloff, was a revelation for me. First thing I learned: she has lived there for 50 years. She and her late husband, Jerry, parked a trailer here in...

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    October 15, 2020

Wild At Heart: Becky Wilson

Those of us who may be familiar with one Becky Wilson in Waitsburg will be tickled to learn that there is now a second Becky Wilson in town. Recently, this Becky Wilson purchased the old Hofer farm...

 

"Smoke gets in your eyes"

Jeromy Phinney, Chief of Columbia County Fire District 3, is a good man to have a conversation with right now. He's cool as a cucumber, with a large framed photo of John Wayne on the wall beside his d...

 

Theater gifted with Indonesian "Wayang"

Recently the Liberty Theater in Dayton received a message from a woman in Walla Walla: "My friend told me she was getting rid of some old puppets that belonged to her parents. She said she was going...

 

We don't know where we're going, but we're on our way

A conversation with Julia Mead When Julia Mead graduated from high school at the age of 17 and started college, she decided her motto would be, "I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way." She...

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    August 27, 2020

Columbia County Public Transportation goes "XL"

David Ocampo, General Manager at Columbia County Public Transportation (CCPT), is proud of what the agency has done over the years, but even prouder of the way it has found its niche during COVID-19....

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    August 20, 2020

Energy and Compassion: a powerful combination

Dayton-­Licensed Massage Therapist Kahla Harrington describes herself as an introvert. She can appear shy, but she's acted on stage before. She's apprehensive about being in front of crowds, but her...

 

Vive Studios offer gains without pain

DAYTON–When Levi David Sowerby was 17 years old, a physician told him that a spinal injury he suffered during a gymnastics competition, was so severe it would result in paralysis. He would never...

 

Regina Weldert: a woman of many talents or a Jacqueline of all trades

DAYTON-Regina Weldert, of Dayton, has been many things in her life, including a goat farmer, sheepherder, and factory worker. She went back to school later in life and became a fish biologist. I've...

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    July 30, 2020

One conclusion, talk about hope

Waitsburg–My long-time friend Maria Garcia and I were recently sitting (six feet apart) in her back acre, talking about how the pandemic has affected us personally. We hadn't planned it. I had...

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    May 14, 2020

The Liberty Theater is temporarily closed, but its creative heart is still beating

When the Times last wrote about the Liberty Theater in Dayton, we described the efforts and planning that went into the staging of their celebratory 20th anniversary variety show. Set to open on...

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    March 26, 2020

Theater Manager offers a heartfelt message

DAYTON-Closing the doors of the Liberty Theater, clearing the marquee, wiping everything down with sanitizer, cancelling all our film bookings for the time being and issuing notices of postponement fo...

 

For the love of short films

Over the last few years I have not only learned an appreciation for short films, but I have come to love them. I am now a fan of Vimeo, a short film presentation venue (look it up!). I am constantly...

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    June 6, 2019

The theater provides kids with invaluable cultural experiences

A column by Liberty Theater Manager Mike Ferrians In a February edition of the Times, the Americanism of the week was a quote from Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News: “One of the tragedies...

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    March 1, 2018

Paddington 2

I’ll be honest here: I paid no attention to the first Paddington movie that came out a few years ago. In fact, I don’t remember hearing anything of Paddington until we decided to bring Paddington 2 to the Liberty. I’ve been out of that loop. If...

 

A Seahawk Fan’s Confession

I confess, I would rather have seen the Seattle Seahawks lose the Super Bowl last week by one point, than to have won it the way they did. From the begin­ning, I heard nothing except how strong Seatt...

 

CLERGY CORNER

Have you ever stopped to think about how we gather together in the Touchet Valley? How we meet one another and work together? How we build relation­ships? How we find friendship and support? Let me list the ways: Parks and resorts. Shops and...

 

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