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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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Normally I send out lots of good news in a quarterly newsletter, and there are definitely good things we can tell you about, but I'll do that later in April.

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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.

At the March 4 Manzanita City Council meeting, Councilor Nuttall cited a Facebook post from last summer that confirmed in his mind that the allegation made by Mayor Scott that I “threatened to sue the City over the Budget” was indeed proven and a legitimate reason to not appoint me to the Bu…

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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.

The current crisis surrounding the COVID-19 virus has presented significant issues for our county and our office is working diligently with other community partners, local government officials and state agencies on how to approach this matter. There are many rumors surrounding the COVID-19 v…

With layoffs and quarantines looming from the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon policymakers should modify the state’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program to help workers and businesses cope with the crisis, according to a new report by Oregon Center for Public Policy.

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Coronavirus concerns are on everyone’s mind. One of the most important questions that looms large is how we can help each other. How can we each make a difference?

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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!

Cap and trade—or alternatively cap and invest—is intended to address human causes of global warming by a progressive capping of greenhouse gas emissions and imposing a cost on resulting pollution. The aim is to encourage companies to pollute less and to use more efficient technology or rely …

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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…

I started out picking strawberries for our neighbors at 6 years old, and graduated to picking black caps at 10. From then, I moved to hauling hay and working on a dairy.

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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…

I applied for a recently advertised position on the Manzanita Budget Committee. The Mayor did not select me. As one individual on the 10 member Budget Committee, I was not that naive to think that I was going to drastically change anything but I believed my background would have contributed …

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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…

Oregonians received their first look on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at what should be the final version of a bill to establish a cap-and-invest program in the state to hold the largest climate polluters accountable with a cap and price on pollution and create investments for projects to transition to c…

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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!

At the Jan. 8 City of Manzanita Workshop and City Council meeting, the Mayor solicited suggestions from citizens as to next steps on the City Hall project for the Underhill property. The tone of the meetings and desire to maintain momentum on this important community project was encouraging …

Over the past several years, we have seen a dramatic increase in school shootings. As the experts analyze these horrific events, it has become clear that schools need to change their approach in dealing with active shooter situations.

Only two states fared worse than Oregon in 2016 when it came to share of families that qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) but did not claim it, according to a report by the Oregon Center for Public Policy. This continued Oregon’s “long pattern” of poor results, underscoring th…

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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…

North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection held an informational rally adjacent to Highway 101 in Wheeler on Jan. 11 because of its concerns about current clear cut logging above Wheeler.   

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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 …