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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…

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Happy New Year Bay City! I know that the new year starts with making new year’s resolutions; and yes, my weight loss program starts tomorrow. The reality is, it may start next spring. It may be easier to change on the inside than to lose weight. So I resolve to have a kind and tender heart t…

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Hebo Women’s Book Club met at South Tillamook County Library for December on the 17th. Attendees included Melanie Merryman, Rachel Pettit, Madlen Silkwood, Nancy Whitehead and Joan Wilke; I was absent due to a previous committment. Nancy led a discussion of “Educated” by Tara Westover. The w…

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Thanks for the call Kim Tackett! I almost forgot to write my column! I am still recovering from Christmas fun...

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What a great retirement party that was! Merrie and Jon Ziady threw a party to celebrate retiring from counting dead birds. Why did they start counting dead birds to begin with? They were part of the University of Washington’s Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team. UW gathers data from …

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope that everyone has safe travels. Christmas is the busiest holiday of the year and can sometimes be overwhelming. Every year I tell myself that I am only going to put a wreath on the front door  and we’re all going out to dinner. For some reason that …

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Kwanzaa blessings—joyous holidays to all! And an auspicious New Year right around the corner.