Do you like chocolate chip cookies? Well, I am finding out my husband loves them. He has a sweet tooth. He buys the largest Skittles and Candy Corn packages he can possibly find. The candy corn is usually on sale after Halloween, and he buys enough to last all year. I am not kidding. He love…

Three cheers for our own Ciel Downing, who recently had a short story accepted to the prestigious Timberline Review magazine. Ciel has been focusing on her writing in retirement and penned a piece about how she came by her Blackfoot Native American name. She has also been nominated for the K…

May launches "Care-a-thon," a nearly month-long fundraiser for Community Action Resource Enterprise (CARE). It's similar to their annual Bowl-a-thon of years gone by in that teams work together and gather sponsors. But this year, instead of a one-day event, a walk-a-thon is planned from now …

Hey Bay City! This is Mayor David McCall, sitting in for Jody for a week or two.

We certainly can’t complain about the warm and dry weather we have had in April this year. As I write this in mid-month, the forecast is for warm temperatures and no rain for another week or maybe two. It is very unusual for us not to have a rainy April, for as we all know “April showers bri…

This is crazy. I sit down to write my column and it is April 28th! It is already the end of the month. All and all it has been a good month. We had some beautiful weather and the flowers are dotting our neighborhoods like little Easter eggs. I love that our azalea bushes are a showcase right…

Thanks to Wally Nelson for word that a newcomer to Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts (TAPA) has generously paid off the Barn Community Playhouse’ mortgage. James Meritt, who played the Colonel in the company’s 2020 production of “Elvis has Left The Building,” made TAPA owners out…

BJ Byron reminds us that it’s time for the annual CARE drive. Community Action Resource Enterprises, Inc. (CARE) is a homegrown organization fighting poverty in Tillamook County. For 16 years, CARE put on a Bowl-a-thon to raise money (and BJ participated!), but this year they are raising fun…

Steve Tackett and I recently jammed/performed at Simply Charming on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Steve has a golden voice and it's always fun to sing with him. And his warm tones make my voice sound better. We even had a bit of applause! Boy, I can't wait until things open up all the way. I mis…

I worked a different schedule last week, so had a chance to visit the Library Thrift Store on Thursday. (Saturday Is my usual day.) The place was well stocked and neat as a pin. Several, unblemished and entirely usable clothing and household items were displayed on the shaded deck for a doll…

A few years back, the Tillamook County Creamery Association came out with a new aged cheddar cheese named Cape Meares cheese. We were delighted here in Cape Meares! We bought the cheese for hostess gifts, enjoyed it at holiday parties, and generally ballyhooed it. You can imagine my dismay w…

It was a pretty tough year last year for the Tillamook County Master Gardener Association. Well, it was a pretty tough year for all of us. But nonprofit organizations like TCMGA took a real hit when all the fundraisers were cancelled for the year. This not only included the TCMGA’s every-oth…

It’s Earth Day next week. Many events planned to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the first (April 22, 1970) Earth Day, last year were canceled due to the Covid pandemic. Lincoln City will have a citywide “Garage Sale” this weekend. In years past, a map of participating sales was publishe…

Spring building projects are budding out in Cape Meares. Pete Parks is currently redoing the siding and deck on his family’s home on 3rd St. NW, as well as installing new windows (he says a new garage door and gutters will come later this spring). Guy Kyle and his wife, Stacy Mason, have the…

Dale and I have gotten our Johnson & Johnson vaccines and are now waiting our 14 days and then we will venture out a bit more. We have gotten an amazing amount of work done at our cabin. We have sold, donated and gifted to family so much of our stuff. Moving from our big house to our sma…

Greetings Bay City! April is here; the month of new beginnings, new flowers, baby lambs, and new baby chicks. Most importantly, it's the month that Christians around the world gather to celebrate a risen Jesus and the "Good News". In our home we use to celebrate with a sunrise service, and g…

On days I work Tillamook, I’m occasionally hungry on the drive into town. One morning last week, Hebo Market was out of the breakfast sandwich that I usually buy to eat on my way to work. I dropped by Yellow Dog, the coffee cart located just north of the intersection of U.S. Highway 101 and …

What a relief! Spring break in Cape Meares was back to normal. Unlike last year, when hordes descended upon us just before the state went into quarantine, this year had only the usual number of revelers. We liked seeing our full-timers, part-timers, and a few extra tourists enjoying the seas…

I just got my Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine. So far so good, but boy, I am looking forward to traveling again. Hopefully the side effects will be minimal. Dale gets his tomorrow...

A nice couple walked by our home a few weeks back and heard me strumming on my ukulele on the front deck. I don't remember her name, but he left his business card on my car. His name is Christopher Moncrieffe. He does custom music for soundtracks, film, advertisements, websites and social me…

Hebo Women’s Book Club met for March on Zoom. Besides me, attendees included Melanie Merryman, Rachel Pettit, Theodora Rudolph, Madlen Silkwood, Nancy Whitehead and Joan Wilke. Madlen hosted the meeting, Joan led our discussion of the book- “Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See. It’s among title…

I had a friend ask recently, “Do you always cut your sword ferns back in the spring?” My answer was a resounding “Oh, yes!”

Kathy Burke is one of our neighborhood captains for emergency preparedness. She recently noticed that house numbers are not posted on all of the houses in her area. She and our local firefighters remind us that visible house numbers can be of vital assistance in locating homes that have an e…

Greetings Bay City! April is here; the month of new beginnings, new flowers, baby lambs, and new baby chicks. Most importantly, it's the month that Christians around the world gather to celebrate a risen Jesus and the "Good News". In our home we use to celebrate with a sunrise service, and g…

At their March 11 meeting, the Tillamook County Planning Commission voted six to zero to deny an appeal regarding development of Bayocean Spit by Dale Bernards, Bay Ocean LLC. This denial leaves private property on the spit restricted to “low-impact recreational” usage only.

Dale and I are cleaning house and are selling lots of treasures. We were wonderfully surprised when one of our items sold, and we had a bonus gift from the buyer. Alice Goddard and her husband had enjoyed a day of crabbing prior to stopping by our house for ‘pick up' and shocked us with some…

Tillamook Public Utility District, our electric utility here in South Tillamook County, is having a customer appreciation event. Their “Spring Drive-through” is planned from 2 – 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 25. Giveaways include a custom birdhouse kit to build with the family (by Precision Wood…

Greetings Bay City! A belated happy St. Patricks Day. St. Patricks is a very big day in the very-Irish Daily home. None of us were as "Irish" as hubby Kin's sister, Arlene. She had boxes and boxes of research and pictures of her dream trip to Ireland to meet the Dailys and Fitzgeralds. The I…

Greetings Bay City! Has this not been the longest winter? That's how it felt to me; long and sad. But as I write the Fencepost today, the sun is shining, my cherry trees are starting to bloom, and the sky is blue. Spring has sprung, and hope, renewal and healing always come with spring.

Spring whale migration kicks off in late March and will last into June, but the whale watching experience will look different this year due to the pandemic. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) canceled its 2021 spring Whale Watch Week program, traditionally held during spring break…

A note before I start: regular readers might have been puzzled by the title of my March 2nd column. When I first started writing this column in the early 2000’s, my editor would come up with some pretty creative titles for me. So I have tried to carry on Mike’s witticisms. Except an “R” was …

Do you know what March 17th 2021 means? Well, on the calendar it says it's St. Patrick’s Day, which is totally cool, but if you keep reading you will find out it is Pat Croman Scott's 100th birthday! Yes, you read that right! One of Rockaway Beaches own is turning 100 years old today! Congra…

A fire broke out in the garage of an unoccupied house on 7th St. NW in Cape Meares in the middle of the afternoon on March 8. The blaze was brought under control fairly quickly and did not spread to the house or neighboring homes, although there was smoke damage in the original area. The qui…

A public meeting was held Feb. 25 to discuss the appeal of a land-use decision restricting private property usage to “low-impact recreational” on Bayocean Spit. No decisions were made at that meeting; it was simply an opportunity to gather additional information from the property owner and t…

Greetings Bay City and Halleluah! The library has important news to share with us; as of March 8th, the Tillamook County Libraries are opening to inside service. We can browse for our books and use the public computers and copy machines. They will continue curbside as needed, but there are s…

A groundbreaking ceremony was blessed with good weather and a great turn out in Hebo last Saturday. The crowd included a trio of local dignitaries- State representatives David Gomberg and Suzanne Weber, along with State Senator Dick Anderson. They each took a turn with the microphone to addr…

Dale and I were tickled to see the daffodils popping up their little heads along the railroad tracks on Miller Street in downtown Rockaway Beach this week. Let me tell you a little history about these blooms. Phyllis Baker, one of the owners of ‘The Float' ice cream parlor, thought that the …

We spotted an emergency situation unfolding about 5 p.m. on Feb. 20. A fire department vehicle, red lights flashing, drove over the berm at the end of Bayocean Road and onto the beach. We watched as the vehicle headed north to join three others already out near the south jetty. Soon a Coast …

I find that five-gallon buckets are the perfect way to stash my tools when I am ready to go out into the garden. For one thing, they generally have a nice handle with a plastic grip. They hold a lot of hand tools, and I have made a divider for the bucket that is shaped like an “X” out of two…

Greetings Bay City! Good news! Spring has sprung! My daffodils are up! Time to get outside and start the deep clean of the house exterior, garage, both vehicles, and, last but not least, the yard. My list is long, but I am excited to get started. With Kin's help, I finished the spring clean …

Thanks to Ruby Frye Matson of Sand Lake for word that the piece I made for the Museum’s art show recently sold. It’s a metal mosaic (on a wooden clock face painted orange) of punched bits from Peace Tea cans to form a peace sign. The art is displayed with other creations by Art Accelerated A…

My friend (and former assistant) Jaclyn Percy took us out to lunch at Bear Creek Artichokes for my birthday last week. We shared a Turkey Bacon Cheddar sandwich (The TBC) which, besides the obvious ingredients, includes a layer of the restaurant’s to-die-for artichoke dip, toasted on sourdou…

Dale bought me a wonderful ‘Chicken Teriyaki Bowl’ dinner at Tropics Island Grill for our 45th anniversary on Valentines Day. It was so yummy; I ate the whole meal! (But I probably could have gotten three meals out if it.) We had planned on celebrating on Maui, but this was perfect under the…

Greetings Bay City! And a big thank you to Wendy for stepping in for me on such short notice. And, yes, my cheeks are red, red, red! I ask you, the reader, to look past the sweet words and take note of Wendy's writing style. She is a very good reporter, but even more so, a gifted story telle…

A group of Cape Meares residents is concerned about potential development of some land on Bayocean Spit. The owner of the land approached Tillamook County about development options. The county responded, concluding that the only allowable use is low-impact recreational uses. The owner has ap…

This feels like old times, it’s nice to be back writing the column for the week while Jody takes a little time off. I wrote the Bay City Fencepost a couple of years ago and always enjoyed it. The best part of writing the column was the opportunity to talk to so many people each week. Making …

A salute today to Fencepost writer extraordinaire, the late Barbara Bennett. Yesterday would have been Barbara’s 89th birthday. She passed away in the spring of 2019. Barbara was the matriarch of Cape Meares, the heart and soul of our community, quietly serving as the mistress of the old sch…

Dale just finished installing ‘Lifeproof' vinyl flooring, from Home Depot, throughout our entire house. Oh my gosh, it is beautiful. We removed all the old oak molding and now have stunning white molding throughout the entire house. We feel like we have a new house now. I haven't gotten to h…

Tillamook County Habitat for Humanity will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for their Hebo home build at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 27. We’re all invited to celebrate the occasion at the site; let’s save the date. It’s located at 331305 Highway 101 South in Hebo, across U.S. Highway 101 from…