For the past year while we are dealing with the pandemic, we have heard a lot about those most heroic and caring nurses that have given their time - and sometimes their lives – to care for those most seriously affected by Covid. Having nurses and doctors in our family, I know how hard they h…

Autumn is definitely here, with the leaves turning color, the rain drizzling down, darkness coming earlier…let’s have one last throwback to summer!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Wednesday is “Healthcare Workers Care About D.V.” day. Those in the profession are asked to wear purple and to post a photo to social media tagged “tidesofchangenw” (Tides of Change Northwest). Purple Thursday is planned for October 14. All of us…

I am learning the difficult language of Hawaiian. Amber told me about a language app for my phone. She is learning four languages, but I thought it would be fun to try to learn Hawaiian. Wow, it is challenging, but I am slowly picking up many of the terms. The app is called Duolingo, and it …

Talk about timing! Ciel Downing has it. She put out the word for an impromptu neighborhood gathering in her front yard on the last good-weather day of September. About 20 neighbors answered the call, showing up with food and lawn chairs. Eventually a fire was lit and everyone enjoyed good ea…

Thanks to Doug Olson for word that Pacific City Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will meet via Zoom at noon on Tuesday, October 5. Participants will hear from local elected officials including a recap of recent actions at the Oregon Legislature and happenings around Tillamook County. The …

Suicide Prevention Awareness month this September is winding up, but there’s one more free training on offer to our community. “Mental Health First Aid,” is a free online course provided by Oregon State University. The training helps participants develop the skills and confidence to help oth…

When most gardeners think of sedums they think of the late summer bloomers called Stonecrop ‘Autumn Joy.’ Even if you don’t have this sedum in your garden, you will recognize it in other local gardens as it is a staple in the coastal garden.

The Cape Meares Community Association (CMCA) held its first meeting in more than 18 months on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. Some community members attended in person at the Barbara Bennett Community Center, whereas others attended via Zoom, thanks to the technical assistance of Annesa Eastbu…

Boy, are Kathy and Kevin Burke in the chips! Fish and chips, that is. In a single day, they caught 10 trout and two salmon. First, neighbor Jerry Thompson took them out on Cape Meares Lake, where they each limited out (five apiece) on pretty rainbow trout. Next, neighbor Steve Walz took them…

Congratulations to Evan and Jamie Carver on the sale of their custom built home as the couple make preparations for an upcoming move to Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Jamie shared in a recent Facebook post that the family, along “with her folks” will make the move this fall. Jamie has been …

I planted a huge crop of zucchini this year, and am really reaping the benefits. I have a black thumb, so I am hugely pleased and quite satisfied with them. But, I have decided next year I will plant less zucchini and substitute bunches of spaghetti squash. We bought one from a farmers marke…

What a pleasure to stop in at Seasons Kaz Sparks’s new flagship store for her business, The Salty Raven. The new store is located right on the main drag in Tillamook at 109 Main Ave.; it should be in a great position to draw in tourist traffic as well as business from us locals. The window d…

Wow! The week got away from me! We spent Labor Day weekend in Central Oregon with Amber, but are now in Milwaukie with our daughter. She signed all the papers for the sale of her house in Gladstone, and is now settling down nicely in Milwaukie. We just spent two days painting the exterior. W…

Tillamook Work Source will host a Hiring Fair starting at 9 a.m. and lasting “all day” on Wednesday, September 15. They’re located at 2101 5th Street in Tillamook. Drop by to pick up their map of participating employers, County-wide, and enter their drawing to win prizes.

My neighbor called us and warned us to look around when we pull into our driveway. She was sitting by her window that faces our house and watched a bear walk down our driveway. Darn, I wish I could have seen that! I guess some of the folks in Lake Lytle Estates have reported bear sightings t…

Hebo Women's Book Club met last week via Zoom. Besides myself, participants included Melanie Merryman, Rachel Pettit, Nancy Whitehead and Joan WIlke. We discussed "The Snow Child," a first book by Eowyn Ivey, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2013. Joan checked out T…

We held a belated birthday dinner for Steve and Karen Walz the other day. We learned of another birthday baby and added him to the mix: Steve’s younger brother Tim. Tim Walz lives in Northern Calif.; he was up in Oregon for a week or so to help their sister Sherry with estate administration.…

Jody had something come up, and asked me to step in this week. That means no birthdays, anniversaries, or the other things that she is good at noting, and I am good at forgetting.

Cape Meares residents Rod and Mary Jane Pelson own a second home in Lake Almanor, Calif. Yes, right where the Dixie Fire has been burning for weeks. The Pelsons had been on alert for more than a week and were essentially packed to go when the mandatory evacuation siren and alerts sounded on …

For the last twenty years, I have been gardening on the basis that I live in a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone of 8. This is important because it affects the type of plants that will survive winter temperatures. The most recent of the USDA maps was put out in 2012 and since Oregon State University…

A little bird told me that Jenny Francis won first-place ribbons for both her rug and jam at the 2021 Tillamook County Fair. Congratulations to Jenny! You can see why she spearheads our Cape Meares Crafters Guild.

Cloverdale cruise-in is coming again, South County! The free "non-event" is planned from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 4 in downtown Cloverdale. The car show, an annual happening for some years until Covid-19, welcomes classic cars, trucks and motorcycles; there's no entry fee. …

I hit a milestone today! Today’s column is my 500th column for the Rockaway Beach Fencepost! I do really enjoy writing it, but I really need to thank all those folks that text, message or call with information to add to my column each week. You folks make it fun and easy! If you would like m…

Kalanchoe (KAL-un-KOH-ee) is the succulent I have chosen for August. Find one of these lovely, easy-to-grow plants and you will be charmed forever. From the family Crassulaceae, there are over 125 species in this genus, although not all of them are regularly seen in cultivation. Originally f…

Patience is a virtue. And Cape Mearesians will have to have some patience, because we are yet again postponing a community gathering due to the resurgence of COVID. The Cape Meares Community Association, after consultation with community members, has decided not to hold the annual Labor Day …

I absolutely love all the fruit stands in our travels this summer. A high point is always when the peaches and nectarines are in season. Yum! So, recently we bought lots of fresh greens and radish sprouts. Oh my gosh! They were absolutely delicious. I have made my own alfalfa sprouts for yea…

As we go to press, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency State-wide for high heat through Friday, August 20. In a related statement she urged Oregonians to "call [our] grandparents," and to "check in on [neighbors] without air conditioning." June's heat wave killed 10.…

Sand was piled a foot deep in the parking lot at the end of Bayocean Road. We thought someone had dumped a truckload of sand to soak up the water that often pools there, but neighbors assured us it simply had been blown in by the wind. We saw a car get stuck there, needing a tow to get out. …

My sister, Cookie, visited last week and we had a great time. We shopped, talked into the night, and then we went to the Deschutes County Fair. The pandemic made it quite different than usual, so it wasn't the good time we normally have, but it was fun! It was nice getting to know her again.…

I recently wrote of projects underway to spruce up Cloverdale. Have you driven through Hebo recently? Donna Lane has truly remade Hebo Grocery in the last week. There is new hardy plank siding with fresh green paint, a lovely wood deck and I hear that I new door will be installed by the end …

There is a beautiful new wooden bench at the west end of Pacific Ave., overlooking the ocean. I was told that Toni Quinn commissioned the bench to honor her mother, Shirley, a long-time property owner in our little village. The bench is inscribed “Shirley’s Escape” and a tile with an old Iri…

My sister, Cookie, is going to visit us for several days. Well, not being an ukulele lover, I will introduce her to an ukulele jam with about 25 players, so she will either have to listen or go for a long walk. All kidding aside, she is a photographer, so will probably take a bunch of pictur…

I spotted Cathy Griffin, and her own Peter Byrne, traveling behind me on my way to work in Tillamook this morning. I could see an enormous plastic bag filled with returnable bottles strapped to their luggage rack. More bottles and cans filled the cargo compartment of their rig, visible betwe…

Last week I mentioned house painting in progress on my Cloverdale bungalow. The project is complete as we go to press. Spencer Morrow, grandson of Laurie Caspell of Hebo, traveled from central Oregon to paint the exterior of my upstairs. It looks wonderful. It was a week of improvements on P…

Oh my gosh. Dale and I are feeling old. We have been spending lots of time helping our daughter get her home ready to put on the market. Painting, yard work, more painting, scrubbing everything and power washing. I sure hope she appreciates our help. But then, she is so sweet, she makes it e…

As residents and visitors to Cape Meares know, the Cape Meares Loop Road that goes from Cape Meares Lake up to the Cape Meares State Park and down to Oceanside has been closed since 2013 due to major slides, leaving us with only one entrance to and egress from the community (Bayocean Road). …