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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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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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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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“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 …

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I met Pat Sears the first winter I lived in South County, so it was 1993. I had put an ad in the Headlight Herald seeking housekeeping work and Pat hired me to clean, I think it was every other Tuesday. The arrangement lasted until I took my job at Nestucca Valley schools a year or two later…

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Greetings Bay City! The good citizens of Tillamook County are not the only ones who read the Headlight Herald. Susan Scott of Roswell, New Mexico has been a reader of our newspaper for eight years. She and her husband visited Tillamook and loved their stay in our community so much that they …

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Walkers meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday weekly at Kiwanda Community Center (KCC). The group strolls together, practicing 6 feet of social distance, for forty five minutes or an hour. Leadership has recently changed hands and I can’t put my finger on where to send you with que…

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A big Cape Meares welcome to the Harris family! Brandi is a family nurse practitioner at Tillamook Regional Medical Plaza and her husband, Aaron, is a surfman in the U.S. Coast Guard. They have three children: daughter Berniece, 15, who loves running and horseback riding; son Brazen, 13, who…

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Earlier this year – and in the midst of stay-at-home orders – we were in the garden to the south of the house, cutting back all sorts of brush. Mostly blackberries and salal, but there were also bindweeds, chocolate vine that had gotten out of hand, and a few unidentifiable shrubby plants. I…

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Greetings Bay City! Thank you readers who called me about the Friendship Muffins (August 5th Fencepost). I want to share the “back story” about my mother and her Friendship Muffins. But first picture this: Lucille Ball, in her kitchen making bread, puts it in the oven to bake. To Lucy’s horr…

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The power was out on Aug. 12. Fortunately, the PUD had sent out postcards in advance, so we had our cooler ready with food for lunch. What was going on? Reconductering. I don’t know about you, but that’s a term I had never heard before. It means replacing wires and poles as needed. We should…

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Thanks to my friend Melanie Merryman for word of a huge parking lot sale to benefit South Tillamook County Library. It’s planned for noon until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the month at the Library Thrift Shop. The address is 6335 Ferry Street in Pacific City. Merchandi…

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There’s a new structure in Sally McGee’s back yard. I had thought it was an arbor, but Sally explained that it is actually a pergola. The structure, an attractive wooden arch with pillars supporting crossbeams and an open lattice, forms an entry to her garden. Sally has been watching YouTube…

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Greetings Bay City!  Its hard to believe that Kin and I have been home since March due to Covid-19.  Its been challenging, not only for Kin and I, our family and friends, but for the community as a whole.  Friends have shared that they are feeling the strain of loss and uncertainty.  They ar…

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An Executive Board will be elected at the upcoming meeting of the Pacific City/Wood’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee and updates will be received regarding various concerns of the group. It’s planned for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the parking lot of South Tillamook County Library, 6200 Camp Str…

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Greenhouses. I think there must be a shape and size for every gardener and every garden. As I page through my latest English Garden magazine, I can only long for one of the lovely English-type conservatories so often seen in British gardens. Ah, but those are more for looks that for working.

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Jenny and Tomé Francis recently enjoyed a visit from her brother, Peter Watts, and his wife, Jillian. The recently retired couple and their labradoodle, Benson, and cat, Mika, set out from their home in California to break in a new trailer. Cape Meares was one of their first stops on a tour …

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Before I begin writing my column, I would like to wish a wonderful birthday greeting to a very special friend. Happy birthday to Sue Wilson. Enjoy your day with your loved ones and know you are in my thoughts. You are a truly awesome lady and friend.

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Greetings Bay City!  I have discovered that all my wedding gifts are antiques.  I wonder if that means they are valuable.  But truly, it doesn’t matter.  I wouldn’t sell them if they were.  I consider them treasures, with history.  They are gifts from my wedding and bridal showers that the c…

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I traveled southeast for a warm weekend in Eugene recently. Maggie (my chihuahua) called shotgun, so baggage rode in the back seat. Among the inclusions was Cathy Griffin’s home-baked sweet potato pie. It made a fine gift to share with my older son, who hosted. We enjoyed a piece after dinne…

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We had a delightful surprise the other night. Pete Parks, our neighbor down the street, knocked on our door and offered us about five pounds of freshly caught tuna. You can bet we accepted with alacrity! We love tuna and can some each summer. In fact, we canned this batch from Pete; it fille…

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Whoa! It’s the end of July! It is going too fast! I stay busy most of the time, but I seem to take naps more often. I have always been a napper, but lately it is getting ridiculous.  I survive best when I am social. Having been a hair stylist for 40 years, well, you can just say I absolutely…

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Greetings Bay City!  The Tillamook County Library continues their summer reading program, and the Bookmobile has expanded their service.  If you are not able to get to a physical library location or curbside pickup, call bookmobile driver Jessica at (503)843-4792, ext. 1710 for a possible co…

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Tillamook Transportation District which runs “The Wave” bus service and Dial-a-Ride Countywide, seeks community feedback on what service improvements to pursue in their response to the State Transportation Improvement Plan. A link to their survey is available online. Go to surveymonkey.com/r…

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A few days ago, a friend texted me a gardening question. We still aren’t comfortable with meeting face-to-face yet, so texting seems to be the easiest way to communicate. Anyway, she has a spot in her Netarts yard that looks onto a neighbor’s yard and while most of it is planted as a privacy…

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Any other year in the past, we would be looking forward to the Meals for Senior French Toast Breakfast in July, the National Night Out Against Crime in August, the Arts Fair & Farmers Market in August…. Well, I don’t know if the last one has been cancelled or not, but you can figure ever…

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Greetings Bay City!  My family has had better weeks.  Keep that in mind as you read this week’s column.  If you’re from Great Britain you’re known for “Keeping a Stiff Upper Lip”.  At the start of WWII when they were facing fear and uncertainty, their motto was “Keep Calm and Carry On”.  In …

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Olli and Carolyn Ollikainen shined up their midnight-blue 1966 Corvair Corsa for a special outing the other day.

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Thanks to Cathy Griffin, of Woods, for word that she is raising medical funds for a needy individual in Nepal. She will bake chocolate or sweet potato pies for $20 each. These would make a thoughtful, no contact, gift for a birthday, anniversary or housewarming that can be dropped on a front…

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The holiday weekend is upon us. Please be mindful that there will be lots of visitors to our area (increased traffic) so be safe and patient. While it won’t be like the 4th of July we’ve celebrated in the past with parades and large gatherings, we have the opportunity to make some new tradit…

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A friend passed along a little book of gardening stories to me a few days ago and I started reading about a man who was getting frustrated because his azaleas had stopped growing. He had purchased about 15 of them, hoping for a nice big border of white in the spring.

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Greetings Bay City! I think we are living in the volunteer capitol of the United States.  The Bay City United Methodist Church is at the top of the list.  The church and it’s steeple make it the most prominent building in town.  It was dedicated in 1893 and still looks very much as it did 12…

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Oh boy, I am having fun working on next week’s column. July 4th brings visions of parades, fireworks, stars and stripes and a red, white and you! In a small town such as ours, you will get a taste of Americana and good old-fashioned patriotism.  Our celebrations may be a bit different than i…

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Tillamook County Habitat for Humanity will build a house in Hebo next year. They seek a partner family (couples and individuals can be selected too!) to house in the new home, which will be built to suit them. Wouldn’t it be lovely if a south Tillamook County household applied for and was aw…

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Cape Meares was the scene of a joyful event on Saturday, June 6: The Merz family celebrated a wedding! A much larger event had originally been planned, but Kate Merz’s son, Jesse, and his now-wife, Malari, adapted with gracious creativity to current circumstances. Nine celebrants gathered at…

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The app I normally use for writing my column has quit working, so I am trying another app. Hopefully I won’t finish my column and have it totally disappear as it has in the past. Fingers crossed.