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Z-118 1.6.2015 Small Town Papers, Inc 217 West Cota St Shelton WA 98584-2263 m Goldendale, Washington WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013 Vo,. 34 No. 42 75 cents KATHY URSPRUNG GORGE NEWS REPORTS Warren Norton and his wife Joy raised six children in the town of Klickitat, where he worked for the J. Neils Lumber Company from 1954 until he retired in the 1980s. Joy worked at Huntington's. Joy died in 1988, and today Warren re- sides in The Dalles. He also served the citizens of the United States as an Army soldier in Europe during World War II and late last month a few of those citi- zens had a chance to say thank you to their honored veterans in Washington, D.C. Each veteran had an as: signed "guardian" to look after his or her needs during the trip. Norton's daughter- in-law, Kathy Norton of Klickitat, served as his guardian. Norton, 93, was one of 50 veterans who joined an Honor Flight of Eastern Oregon trip organized and paid for by the Bend Heroes Foundation. The trips are part of the national Honor Flight Network, which takes World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., free of charge for a four-day trip to visit their national World War II Memorial, the White House, the Capitol, the Tomb of the Unknowns, and other attractions. Honor Flight may be fa- miliar to some after reading reports recently about a group of veterans from Mis- sissippi, who tore down bar- riers to visit the Washington Mall after it- was dosed by the government shutdown. "The highlight of the trip was her granddaughter [Warren's great-grand- daughter]," Warren said. Juliet Drew, 7, and her moth- ANDREW CHRISTIANSEN REPORTER Birds and fish were at a distinct disadvantage last weekend as the Klickitat River canyon was crowded with a special group of eager outdoorsmen and women. The occasion was the Hunt- ing with Heroes program, three-days of camaraderie and festivities for veterans built around the outdoor ex- perience of hunting and fishing in an idyllic setting. The event was kicked off on Friday with a heroes' wel- come to Klickitat. Fifty vet- erans who were selected from a list of men and women nominated for the program, were given a patri- otic welcome by the people of Klickitat, including Girl Scouts and Klickitat School CONTRIBUTED: KATHY NORTON MAN ON A MISSION: Warren Norton, with his grand-daughter Juliet in the background, at the D-Day Memorial during his recent Honor Flight. The Dalles resident worked for years in Klickitat County, and his daughter-in-law Kathy of Klickitat served as his "guardian." er, Jackie Drew, who both live around Washington, joined the group for its four- day stay. "I had three women looking after me." "The more the better," Kathy said the organizers told her. Asked what he liked best among the attractions, War- ren said, "MLK, it was large and all white stone. And Roo- sevelt--I have more of a con- nection to that one. And the Vietnam Wall." Kathy helped Warren find the nmne of a man who used to work with him and later died in Vietnam. At the Tomb of the Un- knowns, "it rained cats and dogs," Warren said. Kathy was struck by the solemnity of the ritual and how the veterans remained still throughout, despitethe downpour. "There were only three who knew anything about what I know about," Warren said. "One was a bombardier that I talked with. I knew about some of the raids he had made." Warren was "D-Day-plus- 3" at Normandy, arriving three days after the beaches were stormed. He was a heavy equip- ment operator in ordnance. He tells a story of hauling General Eisenhower's trail- er to Paris... "In Paris there was a real bad storm add some of the boys slept in it," he said. See Flight, Page 6 CONTRIBUTED HURRAY FOR HEROES: Members of Klickitat School's Suzuki violin group perform for special guests outside Canyon Market in down- town Klickitat on Friday. The assembled audience included members of the community and veterans who were taking part in the Hunting with Heroes program over the weekend. musicians. The tribute was just the beginning of three days of hunting, fishing, food and music in Klickitat and along the river and in the uplands along Horseshoe Bend Road. It was the second time Klickitat had the honor of hosting the program which began in 2011 at the initial site in Maupin. Hunting with Heroes came from an idea that was passed by Scott Sneer, owner of Blaze Outdoor Adven- tures and CEO of Alpha Eco- logical pest control. Accord- ing to Sneer, one of his cor- porate clients on a fishing expedition suggested that Sneer should take a group of veterans on one of those hunting or fishing guided outings. Sneer says the sug- gestion was to take half a dozen veterans out, but "I don't do anything in a small way." It started the wheels rolling in the mind of just the right man to put into mo- tion a major event. Sneer thought big. Fifty veterans would be better, representing all branches, including men and women from different eras. And a fishing expedition wasn't enough, there needed to be a welcoming and community appreciation aspect of the event. Sneer's infectious en- thusiasm got buy-in from his employees and several of the corporations with which he had business connections. The first event had a huge impact on Sneer. The town of Maupin closed down the main drag and gave the vet- erans a heroes' welcome. It touched one Viet Nam veter- an who told Sneer that he came back from Viet Nam in 1969 and this was the first time he was welcomed home. It is an emotional thing for Sneer to talk about and it convinced him he was onto something. "This is my lega- cy," he says. Sneer, who is from a family with a history of military service, was even See Heroes, Page 7 votm' ml~mNw Lou MAPLES EDITOR Page 6 of the newly arrived Washington State voters' guide, called the Voters' Pam- phlet, is labeled "Language assistance." On it are instruc- tions in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese--but there is nothing there for legalese-to- English help. For a relatively unclut- tered election year, confusion still reigns over the most highly visible initiative in this year's general election. The election guide, which ar- rived in most mailboxes last week, has received critical comments from many voters who regard it as throwing more fuel on the fire. But close examination does reveal some clarity. 1-522 is the big issue this year, and if campaign spend- ing on the initiative is any gauge, it is a highly con- tentious question. Inspired by concern over the impact of genetically modifieO foods on human diet and the public's right to know which foods are genetically modified, the mea- sure seeks to require Wash- ington to indicate which foods are so modified. Several food-industry giants and their lobbies are spending big bucks to defeat the measure, though there are indications that their rampant spending could be backfiring. "If they . See Vote, Page 6 The City of Goldendale wants more feedback on a community center. The city distributed a ques- tionnaire months ago about the idea of a community cen- ter, but the response received was largely from demograph- ics that may not be the prima- ry constituency for a commu- nity center. This time the city wants additional response from people likely to be tech- savvy --people, for example, who know what a QR code is and how to use it. (See QR code below.) The new expanded survey is available by scanning the QR code or by visiting the city web site at www.ci.golden- dale.wa.us or by going direct- ly to www.surveymonkey. com/s/622QLXH. Paper surveys are also available at city hall (1103 S. Columbus). Completed sur- veys can be dropped off at city hall or at The Sentinel of- rice, 117 W. Main Street. The deadline for comple- tion of the survey is Nov. 15.