Happy Thanksgiving, one and all! It may not be a traditional celebration, but if you are reading this, you are still alive and kicking, and that’s something to be thankful for. We can also be thankful for the promising results from some of the COVID vaccines.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers! I’ve learned, too late, of a handful of take-out Thanksgiving options, but each of them needed more than a day’s notice to prepare turkey and the trimmings for us.  I hope that you have a happy celebration, within the parameters required during Covid season.…

First, allow me to wish all my readers a most wonderful Thanksgiving. I do give thanks for all of you who have been following my column for more than 16 years. It will be a strange Thanksgiving this year for sure, but everything has been strange this year. The saddest part will be not being …

Greetings Bay City! I had a number of phone calls, emails and cards about my veterans tribute column. Thank you for taking the time to share your own stories, and for your encouraging words. Several of you asked for “The Rest of The Story”, as Paul Harvey used to say, so I asked Kin to share…

An art corner is developing at the corner of Mertel and 4th St. NW in Cape Meares. Jenny Francis first erected a totem-like post topped with a delicately sculpted and painted female head. Next came a similar post featuring a man’s head with piercing eyes. Both posts are covered in tiled mosa…

Thanks to Jo Rack, writing with an update for Nestucca Valley Backpack Food Program. She explains that with distance learning in place for South Tillamook County students since March, "the schools have engaged in a downright heroic effort to provide food for the students on weekdays." She ad…

I rode my red scooter into town last week with full intention to visit all the stores in town. It was so cold! I made it to Simply Charming, which is really awesome, I warmed up, and visited with Steve and Kim Tackett, then promptly went back home to warm up. Thank goodness Kim had a facemas…

Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live in the mild climate of coastal Oregon. Our summers are cool to warm but not hot and our USDA Zone is 8b or even 8a. But the nicest part to me is the mild winters that the ocean currents provide for us.

Cape Meares lost a beloved member of our community the weekend of Halloween. Merry Ann Bennett passed away after a long illness. Our deepest condolences to her husband of 62 years, Harold, and the rest of the Bennett family and close friends. The neighborhood won’t be the same without Merry …

Greetings Bay City! On Veterans Day our nation pauses to honor, respect, and show our gratitude to the men and women who served and came home, and to remember the ones who didn’t. I want to share a personal story. My husband Kin had already graduated from Oregon State University. We were mar…

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Dale and I just bought an Instant Pot at Costco. We had an amazing potato soup at our friends house, social distancing of course. It was then we decided to buy one. Last night we had our own totally awesome soup, and we are hooked. A Facebook friend, Robin McDonald, has been giving me advice…

“The house was very quiet, and the fog - we are in November now - pressed against the windows like an excluded ghost.”

On a recent Monday morning, a beach walker on Bayocean spit found a live seal entangled in a net on the beach. She sent some pictures of the seal to Jim Rice, Stranding Coordinator for Oregon State University (cell phone 541-270-6830), and he could see it was a young Guadalupe fur seal that …

Did you know that Tillamook County has voted consistent with the elected president in general elections since 1992? That’s right, Tillamook County voters can predict the President! As we go to press, ABC’s affiliate in Portland included this trivia in a newscast. I’m curious whether that has…

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Greetings Bay City! Happy Halloween! Last week the Fenceposts and Gardening Matters were only available online due to the extensive coverage of campaigning and other news; so if you missed those articles you can read them online.

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Happy Halloween dear readers! Here are some ideas for celebrating safely as COVID season continues: Host an online costume contest with friends and family near and far.

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Usually my column for the week before Halloween is about spiders and their helpfulness in the garden. But Joe Warren did such a nice job talking about spiders in the October 7th issue that I thought I would find a new scary topic this year: bats!

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“Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it's about finding the imagination and costume within ourselves.”

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I chatted with Assistant to the Fire Chief Mickey Hays recently about backyard burning. The burn ban was lifted October 10, but there is no free for all, Hays explained. Burn permits are required and are available for free online. Go to nrfpd.com to complete and print yours. It authorizes on…

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There are 24 new personalized bricks on the walkway to the Barbara Bennett Community Center. Chris Spence spearheaded the fundraising drive to add more bricks to the apron in front of the building. These new bricks brought in $1,200 for the care and maintenance of the community center. Chris…

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Earlier in September I did a column where I briefly discussed the benefits of attracting toads and snakes to the garden. And I promised to go into more detail. Then fire struck Tillamook County and I felt it important to do a column on fire resistant plants. But here I am back to the topic o…

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Thanks to Sonya Kazen for writing with good advice for voters. She reminds us to be sure to sign our ballot envelope and to deliver our ballots to a ballot drop box. In south Tillamook County, these are located at Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City and across U.S. Highway 101 from Cen…

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Many thanks to Sally McGee for the news that Cape Meares resident Lana Hechtman Ayers has had three poems published in the latest issue of the prestigious “Buddhist Poetry Review.” Lana is a gifted poet, a publisher and the leader of Writers’ Meet-Up where local writers gather (virtually) an…

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Greetings Bay City!  I have been offline for a couple of weeks, but I’m back at my desk just in time to send out several important announcements from City Hall and beyond.  Mayor David McCall and the City Council are pleased to announce that Roy Markee has joined the City as our new Public W…

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This week is our last chance to register to vote in next month’s election. The deadline is October 12. I found a registration form online at https://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/electionforms.aspx. I have seen them on the wall of brochures in the lobby at Tillamook County Library’s main br…

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Happy October! Don’t you love the leaves changing colors and the chill in the air? I know I do. It should be interesting what the holidays will bring, but hey, it’s always fun to try new and different things, right? Hopefully we will treasure our lives even more when things get back to norma…

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Rod and Mary Jane Pelson visited with us on our deck the other day, reporting on their summer in Lake Almanor, Calif. It was quieter without the summer camps for grandkids, the Sunday night concerts by the lake, and the usual hustle-bustle of the warm-weather crowd, but there were benefits t…

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In my last column I promised more information on bringing toads and snakes into the garden to deal with unwanted insects. But since that column was necessarily postponed to make room for fire news, I thought I would reschedule the toad/snake column in favor on one that addresses making our g…

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What the heck? September 30TH? This is crazy. What happened to summertime? Yes, I know, this year is different. And of course I always try to make lemonade out of lemons, but wow?! It’s is crazy. This just hit me like a load of bricks.

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Hebo Women’s Book Club has met for three months in a row via Zoom. In July we discussed “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren, from a library kit that we checked out way back before Covid-19. I was unable to attend the discussion but highly recommend the book; it’s a great reminder that a woman can earn…

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Two massive spruce trees sheared off the cliff at the very south end of Cape Meares beach, possibly during the high winds over Labor Day. A neighbor posted pictures on Nextdoor with a warning not to walk next to the embankment. My husband and I checked out the fallen trees for ourselves. We …

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We had an unusual visitor to our garden last week. A very unique moth landed on our garage door and with a little bit of research we determined it to be a rusty tussock moth (Orgyia antiqua). It had a lighter colored strip across the folded wings and two white spots that looked like eyes. Th…

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The wildfires that exploded all over the state of Oregon at the end of Labor Day weekend were a sobering experience. We were fortunate here in Tillamook County not to have had loss of life or homes (one garage burned), unlike other counties in Oregon. But “fortunate” is perhaps not the right…

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Extreme fire weather has caused rapid growth of fires throughout the northwest, and new ignitions have strained resources throughout the region. Conditions remain unsafe for forest employees to address hazards due to downed trees. Nationally, and within Oregon, firefighting resources are ope…

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We were in Bend, Oregon when these wildfires broke out throughout the Pacific Northwest. We hunkered down in the house, with towels by the doors to keep from breathing the nasty smoke. We kept thinking it would get better, but boy, they got worse. The goodness came out in people though. Folk…

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Extreme fire weather has caused rapid growth of fires throughout the northwest, and new ignitions have strained resources throughout the region. Conditions remain unsafe for forest employees to address hazards due to downed trees. Nationally, and within Oregon, firefighting resources are ope…

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As I write this, we are still on alert for a possible evacuation notice due to fires to the north and south of us. While Cape Meares itself is not on fire, we have an eerie yellow-orange sky, and the smell of smoke is too strong to remain long outdoors. At the start of this emergency, we los…

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Greetings Bay City!  With our current situation in Oregon, the September issue of Ruralite from PUD came out just in time!  It talked about September being the National Emergency Preparedness month.  I hope your neighborhood captains helped you prepare, and that you had your emergency go-bag…

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“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” I love autumn. It is absolutely stunning. The days are shortening, the leaves are turning shades of orange and gold, and the cool winds begin to chill your days. And those autumn sunsets, they are beyond gorgeous! To see some photo…

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Traffic alert! The bridge over the Tillamook River (the first bridge you come to as you turn left off Bayocean Road onto Highway 131 to head into Tillamook) will close intermittently next week, from Sept. 14 through Sept. 18, during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Oregon Department of …

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Historically this back-to-school week column begins or ends with a welcome to the current school year and a safety reminder. We need not be watching for the community’s youngsters at early morning or mid afternoon bus stops, because ongoing concern over Covid-19 transmission has Nestucca Val…

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Greetings Bay City! Thank you Mayor McCall for covering for me at the Fencepost. You wrote a wonderful article; and thank you for giving me a vacation from my duties. Thank you David!

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It is very rare when I write my first column for September that will be published before Labor Day. But this year has been strange all the way around.

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“Special people are those born in August!”. What a fun time we had for Amber’s birthday last week. We visited her at her home, took her to downtown Milwaukie for a to-go Hawaiian meal, we had a picnic at the library, while I played Hawaiian ukulele music; then we sanded and painted a desk th…

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The Thompsons recently added a new member to the family. No, not a great-grandchild, but a two-year-old canine companion named Buddy. He is a mutt, likely a mix of terrier and pointer, and was adopted from a local shelter. A handsome young fellow, white with tan spots, Buddy is getting used …