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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…

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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.

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Hope everyone had a great Halloween! So grateful that the rain stopped just before we went out, hope your little trick-or-treaters stayed dry also.

Happy Halloween everyone, make sure you have a glow stick or something bright on your little goblins so they stay safe and everyone can see them at night. Also be sure to buy a little extra candy so you have some for that late night craving if you are anything like me.

Well here comes the rain; glad to see it even though my hair hates it we do really need it. If you have little ones in the Nehalem Elementary School this is just a reminder about the Red Ribbon Week October 26 – 30. Monday is “Red Rally Day” wear red to start the week of celebration! Tuesday…

I would like to welcome Gia Rivera, whom is the new NCRD Youth & Family Program Director, she has been with the NCRD since this past August getting settled in and taking over for Deborah, who previously ran the Youth Program and is handing it off to Gia so she will be able to focus on pu…

The Riverbend players are presenting the show “Over the River and Through the Woods.” They will be at the North County Recreation District Theatre located at 36155 9th street in Nehalem. So if you haven’t yet seen the River Bend players, or if you are a long running fan, come on over and see…

There is little time left to get your pre-order tickets for the North County Food Banks 20th Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser, that will be on Saturday August 22. So, grab your phone and give Imie Camelli a call at 503-368-7848 or if her line is busy try June Peters at 503-368-6321 and let them kn…

Congratulations to the Manzanita Beach Walk & Run that had over 300 participants, and how wonderful to have such beautiful weather for the event.

Remember that the Hoffman Center for the Arts will be having free Concerts every Sunday afternoon starting at 1-2 p.m. this summer at 595 Laneda Avenue. There will be a variety of musicians in the Music Gardens; one of them will be the one and only Joe Wrabek on July 12, so come on out and l…

Remember that the Hoffman Center for the Arts will be having free Concerts every Sunday afternoon starting at 1-2 p.m. this summer at 595 Laneda Avenue. There will be a variety of musicians in the Music Gardens; one of them will be the one and only Joe Wrabek on July 12, so come on out and l…

With this beautiful weather just beckoning you to come outside and have some fun, head on over to Manzanita because the Farmers market is open and this is their 10th season. If you have yet to check them out, please head over and see what goodies they have to offer, like face painting and so…

I feel it is necessary to let anyone whom reads my column know why it has been missing from the paper. I do not like to allow my personal life to show in my work, but since some have been asking if I was still writing for the fencepost I feel I need to explain.

It’s summer time! Come and explore the outdoors, the forest, watershed, seashore life, field trips, science, art and hiking all at the Lower Nehalem Community Trust Forest to Sea Day Camp with outdoor educator Peter Walczak.