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Well, we have been voted off the island. As I begin my column, we are packing to fly back home from Maui three weeks early. If we don’t leave now, we would have to stay for months in our Ohana. No walks, no swimming, no nothing. All will be closed down tomorrow.  My biggest worry is getting …

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Several times in recent weeks I’ve smiled to myself as I’ve accessed needed items from my 72 hour kit. The Covid 19 pandemic has many of us scrambling for supplies that we took for granted just weeks ago. The kit came together a week at a time, at this time last year, as I recorded my progre…

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The Cape Meares Community Association (CMCA) board announced the closure of the Barbara Bennett Community Center until the State of Oregon once again gives permission for social gatherings. This means not only end-of-the-month potlucks, but various clubs/groups who usually meet at BBCC (the …

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The challenges of the pandemic bring out the best or worst in us. In times like these, we need to ask ourselves “What is the quality of my character?” I have been amazed by the quality of character in others, the people on the front lines to the people who serve behind the scenes. They remin…

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“Stay calm and carry on” may not be the right mantra for Bay City right now. Maybe it should be “stay calm and stay home”. I appreciate Amanda Stanaway’s sign that she posted on her door at Mana’s Kitchen. It reads in part, “After consideration of the State and County condition of Covid-19, …

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What a difference a week can make, dear readers! My apologies that virtually all of the information shared in this space last week (except for local birthdays) was obsolete by publication day. Public gatherings are generally canceled to protect the community from exposure to Covid 19. If you…

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The community potlucks for both March and April at the Barbara Bennett Community Center in Cape Meares have been cancelled due to the restrictions on large group gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Mid-March is one of the best times to get out into the garden and do some spring cleaning. Much more fun than spring cleaning inside the house but every bit as important to the health and vitality of the summer gardens.

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Amber, our daughter, has been watching Koa, our Golden Retriever, for a few weeks, and she is really enjoying him. He is really quite a character, and keeps us laughing all the time. Now she is getting to enjoy his unique personality. Hope he wants us back when she’s through spoiling him.

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Greetings Bay City.  I always pick up the newest Northwest 50+ Magazine (it’s free).  A wonderful article caught my eye. It was “46 Great Dates to Keep the Sparks in Your Relationship” by Michelle TE. They were all great ideas, with the exception of number seven, “Getting a Pedicure Together…

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Kiawanda Community Center (KCC) will host a flea market from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, to kick off Memorial Day weekend. They are renting eight-foot round tables for $ 20 each and six-foot oblong tables for $15. (There’s a $5 discount on the total rental for multiple tables.) …

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What a spectacular weekend for the Cape Meares contingent in the Beachcombers’ Fun Fair in Ocean Shores, Washington, earlier this month.

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“May your day be touched with a bit of Irish luck brightened by a song in your heart and warmed with smiles by the people you love.”

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Crab Races are only a few days away! This is the Garibaldi Lions major fundraiser for the year. I spoke with the CDC regarding COVID-19, and they emailed me recommendations for events. We have taken all the necessary precautions and are ready for the races. Come on out and enjoy some family fun!

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We have lots of birthdays this month. I think I forgot last month’s, but it was a busy month. I forgot. So, happy birthday to Patti Swain, Sue Luce, Akshar Patel, Manuel Cota, Sherry Creech, Steve Press, Linda Melgoza, Ed Wortman, Anne McBride and Judy Sours. And a very happy birthday to tho…

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Everything is ready for the Crab Races except one thing:  volunteers. Please call me at 503-317-1533 if you are available to help in any way at the event. We will be setting up the Old Mill this Friday, March 6 at 9 a.m. The Channel 12 live taping will be Thursday March 12 in the morning. Th…

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Hebo Women’s Book Club met for February last week at South Tillamook County Library. Melanie Merryman led the discussion and provided refreshments. Other attendees included Ginger Allen, Madlen Silkwood, Nancy Whitehead and Joan Wilke. I was feeling under the weather and missed out. The grou…

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Big news in Cape Meares: The old schoolhouse has been renamed the Barbara Bennett Community Center in honor of the late Barbara Bennett. She made tremendous contributions to our little village and was particularly instrumental in making the old schoolhouse into a community center. A beautifu…

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It is with such great sorrow that I have to tell you that a great friend of Rockaway Beach, Jim Doyle, is with the angels now. He and his wife, Cecile, were on a vacation with a group of friends, and Jim passed away while sleeping. Boy, he is going to be missed in our community, and he was a…

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Every once in a while, I have a profound thought. At least its profound to me. My thought recently was that teaching gardening doesn’t always need to be from parent to child or grandchild. I have learned a lot from my son and daughter-in-law about some specialty gardening. Which is strange b…

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Once again, Valentine’s Day is a few days away. Dale and I are celebrating our 44th anniversary that day. And we dated for six years before that! The years have passed by so quickly. It isn’t always easy, but boy, were we ever so lucky to have met in our high school years. We have kind of gr…

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Hallelujah Bay City! This week is over, a week of putting out fires. It reminded me of my years working for contractors as a designer. For contractors, putting out fires is a daily part of their job. My job was to be the go-between for the builder and client. For example, the plumbing fixtur…

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Nestucca Valley Athletic Supporters will host their third annual Surf and Turf fundraiser dinner and silent auction. The event is planned for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Kiawanda Community Center (doors open at 4:30). The meal will include Tri-tip beef and locally caught Dungeness Crab, s…

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“Buongiorno!” Bob Garrigues greeted me when I called to find out about his recent trip. Bob’s niece, Alana Morimanno, and her family had invited him to join them in Paola, Italy, for two weeks over Christmas and New Year. And what a fabulous two weeks it was!

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Dale and I had a great time a few weeks ago at the Tackett’s house singing. I haven’t done Karaoke for years, and goodness, I am really out of practice. Hopefully we can do that again, it was great fun.

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Belated congratulations to Jenny (formerly Stanley) and Tome Francis on their marriage last November. Jenny recently announced the good news via Nextdoor. Best wishes to the newlyweds!

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Congratulations to Antonette Lamers and Joel Waits, of Sand Lake, on expanding their food cart enterprise from Tillamook into a “brick and mortar” location in Cloverdale. Antonette’s Kitchen will still serve the menu we regulars rely on at the cart (located west of town on Third Street), and…

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In my last column, I talked about the winter interest that is supplied by Hellebores, Sarcacoca and Daphne odora. But there are many more shrubs and perennials that we find blooming in the otherwise bleak months of January and February.

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Congratulations go out to the Garibaldi Portside Bistro for their award of Development Project of the Year at the recent 78th Annual Tillamook Chamber Community Awards Banquet. Dennis and Amanda Cavitt, along with family and friends, have poured many hours of hard work into this labor of lov…

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Another change in address for former Cape Meares resident Gloria Languedoc. The assisted living center at Tanasbourne didn’t work out, so Gloria has moved to a facility called “Golden Care.” Her mailing address is now Gloria Languedoc, Golden Care, 2239 SE 74th Ave., Hillsboro OR, 97123. Mar…

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Hebo Women’s Book Club met for January last Tuesday at South Tillamook County Library. Joan Wilke led comers in a thought provoking discussion of “Letters from Yellowstone,” written by Diane Smith. Besides Joan and me, attendees included Ginger Allen, Melanie Merryman, Rachel Pettit, Madlen …

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National Ukulele Day is Feb. 2, 2020. This is a day when uke players all over the country strum their favorite tunes to celebrate. If you are quiet, and really listen, you may hear the gentle strumming of the Salty Strings in our little town. Perhaps you may hear several folks jamming. Now t…

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Hopefully, everyone has recovered from the holidays and winter weather. It is a good reminder that we need to be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. In the next few months, the city will be putting an Emergency Management plan together to help in the event of a natural disaster.

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Thanks to the Neskowin, Nestucca, Sand Lake Watersheds Council for writing with word of an upcoming Science Pub. Dorothy Horn, a Phd. Candidate at Portland State University, will discuss “Marine Debris and Micro-plastics in our Watersheds.” She will present her research, which delves into th…

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Hello Bay City. I know you were expecting the first of a two-part story about Pat Patterson. However the weather prevented me from visiting his home in Cloverdale to interveiw him. I was sorry that I wasn’t able to sit down and visit with Pat this week to hear his memories of Bay City, Bay O…

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It was a dark and stormy night…yet more than 20 individuals showed up to hear Ciel Downing read from her work of prose and poetry at Art Accelerated earlier this month. And what a treat was in store for them! Ciel is a storyteller, and she skillfully wove tales from her childhood to adulthoo…

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I have had several folks ask me how my brother, Mike, is doing with his battle with pancreatic cancer. He had to miss his chemo because his white blood cells took a drop from 3.0 to 1.8 before Christmas. But he was a bit relieved because it would have spoiled Christmas, which, by the way, wa…

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There is little going on in the January garden. The short days and dark nights are only good for planning and not for planting. But wait…what’s that spot of color over there? And there? And there!

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Greetings on this cold, rainy day. As I write this column, we are expecting king tides and 30 foot monster waves. If you’re from here, you know not to go for a walk on the beach, and if you’re visiting the Tillamook coast, please observe the ocean from a safe location, but stay off the beach.

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Thanks to Christine Harrison for forwarding a copy of the Art Accelerated January newsletter to our Fencepost’s inbox. Several coming events may appeal to readers. First, there are two children’s Art Expressions Classes starting before the end of the month. A Monday offering is open to stude…

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Many thanks to Margaret Tweelinckx for calling with the news that Gloria Languedoc, former resident of Cape Meares, has sold her house in Beaverton and moved to an assisted living facility in Hillsboro. Gloria loved her years in Cape Meares and was an active participant in the artists’ commu…

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While you are cleaning and reorganizing your home after the holidays, don’t forget to take your ‘gently used items’ to the Hope Chest. These folks are awesome!  The Hope Chest is 100% volunteer and everything that is earned is donated and all the proceeds are given to other charities within …

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“Your Art’s Desire: A Celebration of Art, Wine & Chocolate” will take place again in February to benefit Community Arts Project’s Art Literacy program in Tillamook County schools. The gala starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 8 at Kiawanda Community Center (located on Caope Kiawanda Dr…

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Wow! We sure had a great time at Betty and Greg Baumgart’s New Years Open House last night! Their home was packed with folks, and we enjoyed ourselves so much we cancelled a second event we had planned to go to. Among the guests, too numerous to mention, were The Mammano’s, Scott and Mary Da…

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Belated kudos to several individuals in Cape Meares who filled in for Elks members on the Christmas food basket project. Sue Drafahl, an Elks member, was organizing the effort to bring food baskets to low-income folks in Tillamook and had to call on some neighbors here in Cape Meares to pull…