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…

Tillamook County Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for their Veterans’ Home Repair loan program. Qualifying applicants must be owner of the residence within Tillamook County limits, having received an honorary military discharge. They'll need to fall within the program’s income …

We had a couple of storms last month that did minor property damage. Fortunately, Ciel Downing has repaired the section of fence in her front yard that was knocked down. Dave and Ruth Freitas are in the process of rebuilding their eight-by-twelve-foot greenhouse. That greenhouse took a hit f…

Greetings Bay City! Is it already February?! It can't be! It's my favorite month of the year and I can't miss it. I call February the "Sweetheart Month". I will be celebrating wonderful people with sweet hearts all month, starting with our own Dr. Ben Douglas. Ben is a dedicated servant of t…

Someone missed the notice that our beach is closed to motorized vehicles. An older green Geo Tracker, without license plates and possibly stolen, was seen heavily bogged down in the sand on Bayocean Peninsula about 50 yards south of Tillamook’s South Jetty. From reports I received on Jan. 23…

Greetings Bay City! Do you know what I have missed during the pandemic shutdowns?......the library. Not that I didn't order Ebooks and read them on my smartphone. But I missed going inside on rainy days and spending all the time I needed or wanted selecting my weekly reads. This week I had a…

A highlight for me last week was an invitation, on short notice, to have a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. I arranged and kept a vaccine appointment for Saturday afternoon at a local doctor's office. Some days have passed, and there were only two mild side effects. I had a noticeable adr…

As of January 27th, 2012, I began writing Rockaway Beach's Fencepost column! So, I am kinda celebrating a birthday! This year has been the toughest, because there are few things going on in our community.

I have been walking the track at the high school a couple of times a day. I am up to four to six miles a day. Have been thoroughly enjoying our good weather and hate to see winter return. No trip to Maui this year is quite a change for us, but we would rather be safe than sorry. I guess we a…

Hebo Women's Book Club met for January last week on Zoom. besides me, attendees included Rachel Pettit, Madlen Silkwood, Joan Wilke and Nancy Whitehead who lead our discussion. We read "Kitchen," a quick read by Banana Yoshimoto that came highly recommended by our own Theodora Rudolph. We mi…

Sorry for the outdated news in last week’s column. The deadline for the column’s submission had already passed when I found out that seniors aren’t in the next round of vaccinations after all—because there isn’t a federal vaccine reserve (surprise, surprise!). Well, as this isn’t supposed to…

My husband, Dale, has been really enjoying the RB Little Store LLC at 1720 N Hwy 101. Whenever we walk by, his mouth starts watering for their delicious hamburgers. I don't eat red meat, so I just watch him eat it…. Be sure to check them out!

Do you lack a safe stable place to call home? (Are you living in your car, a tent, dry camping or staying with friends?) Project Homeless Connect is planned from 1-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27 at CARE. Their temporary, outdoor, location is located at 904 Main Avenue in Tillamook. Servi…

A glorious waterfall graced the cape last week, shortly after several days of heavy rain. We don’t always have waterfalls there, but a deluge of rain often brings forth one or two. It was a pretty sight to see.

I know it’s hard to believe but the seed catalogs began arriving the day after Christmas. I guess they noticed how many people turned to growing their own food during the pandemic. One of my personal favorite covers was the painting of a gray-haired woman with gardening gloves, a small pigta…

I have no words to describe my fear, anger, and disbelief at what transpired during the week, let alone the entire 2020. So it was with a heavy heart that I went to the City Council meeting. However, as I watched the swearing in ceremony of Mayor David McCall and councilors Tom Imhoff, Melis…

I’ve seen, heard and overheard tell this week of locals and visitors playing on logs in the waves on our beaches. Logs on the beach are wet and extremely heavy. They can weigh hundreds of pounds. Yet a single sneaker wave can lift and roll these logs further up or back down the beach. Anyone…

Having our daughter, Amber, here for Christmas made it so much more special. I cooked a lot of meals in the week and a half she was here, but we also enjoyed take home meals from three of our favorite places on the Oregon Coast. The first night she arrived, at her request, the Barviw Jetty S…

A couple of new signs have popped up in Cape Meares, warning of “not a thru” or “dead end” streets. Residents here are all too familiar with cars and even huge RVs coming through the village, looking for the lighthouse—which you can’t reach from here (you have to go up Hwy. 131 and turn nort…

I was saddened to hear of the passing of retired Sheriff Todd Anderson on December 27th. While he started his career with the Washington County Sheriff’s office, we were fortunate that his career path eventually led him to the position of Sheriff in Tillamook County. After retiring, he conti…

Welcome to the New Year! I think we can all agree that there is no way 2021 can fail to be better than 2020. And good news is already starting to roll in. We have several frontline healthcare workers here in Cape Meares who have already received the first of two shots that will vaccinate the…

As we go to press, the festive holiday décor that’s graced Cloverdale for the past month is coming down to be stored away until next year’s holiday season. I’m finally remembering to thank the four locals who responded to a query on Facebook (“Where are Cloverdale’s decorations this year?”) …

Were you lucky enough to receive an amaryllis for Christmas, 2020? If so, it might have been the best thing that happened to you last year. But now you need to figure out what to do with it to help it to bloom again for 2021.

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Amber has been staying with us since Christmas and we are sure having lots of fun! There has been lot’s of eating, singing and walking. Dale and Amber have even hiked up in the hills a few times. Boy, I am going to miss her when she goes home, but it will be nice to thoroughly clean my house.

CenturyLink had an outage, phone and internet, in our area on Dec. 19. Fortunately, they hustled to repaired it quickly, even though it was a Sunday and we were in the midst of a big wind and rainstorm. Thank you for the commitment to good customer service, CenturyLink.

Our own Neskowin, Nestucca Sandlake Watersheds Council is recruiting water quality monitoring volunteers. No experience is necessary, training is provided. The assignment requires a commitment of three to five hours, once monthly and a vehicle to transport oneself to and from remote collecti…

This is my last column of 2020. I sure hope 2021 improves vastly! Christmas has been lots of fun here at the beach with Amber. Koa, our Golden Retriever got the most gifts and if I eat any more sweets…

My older son Chory visited last weekend. It was a maiden coast trip for his newly imported 1991 Honda Beat and a chance for socially distanced carry-out to celebrate the season. He brought Mackerel Jack Crudo, Steamer Clams and Rock Crab Chowder fresh from Nevor Shellfish Farm in Netarts. If…

Happy Festivus Day! Seinfeld fans will know what I’m talking about, and the rest of you can Google it. Now it’s on to a Merry Christmas and, most happily, the New Year. If you are like us, you will be glad to see 2020 in the rearview mirror.

The very first “Porch Parade” in Bay City premiered on a very dark and stormy night. It was led by Fire Chief, Darrell Griffith, and his passenger, Mr. Grinch, followed by the Oyster Club car with V.I.P.’s, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Anytime I see flashing lights in my rear view mirror it m…

Okay, all you procrastinators out there. Time to get serious about the gardeners on your holiday gift list. You really don’t have time to shop online or have things mailed anymore, but don’t worry, there are still a few options.

Thanks to Doug Olson for word that Tillamook County Commissioners "are acutely aware that small businesses have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns. Many of our hospitality businesses are headed into a lean COVID winter, wondering whether their businesses will survive." This is wh…

Mike and Patti Smith have a great view of Cape Meares beach from their house on the hill. The other day, they saw a seagull pecking at a large form on the beach. Mike went down to check it out and found that a dead skate had washed up. The carcass was in good shape, with its long tail and br…

Since Thanksgiving was so late this year, and since this has been a very strange year for shopping, most of Gift Guide Part 1 for 2020 will be for gifts you can find online and that can be easily shipped. The second part of the Gift Guide will be published very close to Christmas, so those g…

“Tis the Sea-Sun..." Our daughter, Amber came for a socially distanced Thanksgiving visit and she got to enjoy a wonderful Sugar's Instant Pot broccoli soup on Wednesday night and turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving. Amber made a pumpkin apple pie from a 1935 cookbook and it…

Cape Meares writer Butch Freedman has been teaching an online short story writing workshop. The class will be doing a reading of their work on Zoom on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The reading is open to the public. Cape Meares residents Ciel Downing, Deborah Neal, Wendy Kunkel, Bev Stein and others wil…