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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…

As a resident of Garibaldi, I would like to thank the City of Garibaldi’s Planning Commission for their decision to deny the application for a third apartment complex (by the same builders). I recognize the difficulty the Commissioners faced in coming to their final decision. Thank you for l…

Although wearing a mask provides some benefit to the wearer, one wears a mask to help protect others and help prevent the spread of infection. How? It decreases the amount of tiny respiratory droplets that we exhale each day into the air and surfaces around us.

I saw in the news that someone in Congress is proposing a law that would prohibit the president from using a nuclear weapon, or weapons, to try to stop a hurricane. Aside from the fact that such a scheme would produce a great deal of radioactive material that would be carried by a storm, is …

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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.

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Greetings Bay City! I think you know by now that my favorite things to do in life are, #1, reading recipes (I didn’t say cooking!), and #2, reading cleaning manuals.  In fact I just finished reading the entire book, Consumer Reports (2006), “How to Clean Practically Anything”.  It has chapte…

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Thanks to Fred Bassett and Sonya Kazen, of Cloverdale, for organizing a peaceful demonstration last Saturday in Tillamook in Honor of George Floyd who was killed by police during an arrest in Minneapolis. My older son Chory and I traveled to town, along with three hundred others to line a st…

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I made a mistake in my last column. I ended that piece with a hope that a spring Chinook salmon would soon bite my hook. One did! But then he jumped high out of the Memaloose pool in Tillamook Bay, threw the hook and got off. So, my revised wish is for a springer to bite my hook, stay on, be…

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Walking for an errand through Cloverdale last week, I noticed a new tiny house-shaped structure erected near the groom shop. On closer inspection, it turned out to be Cloverdale’s own mini-library! It was well stocked with nice looking books in a range on genres, included a quadrant containi…

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Greetings Bay City!  We hope that this column finds all of you well, as we each do our part to slow the Covid-19 pandemic.  We have waited until this time to postpone the Bay City Pearl and Oyster Music Festival.  We had hoped that a modified event might be possible by late August under the …

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With summer almost here, it’s time to start making plans. Our town is a tourist destination, so maybe we could just stay home and enjoy what we have like a visitor would. Perhaps it is time to think like a tourist. Plan to hike a trail or visit a nearby waterfall. Of course, we need to socia…

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I recently spoke with Jim Rice, stranding coordinator for Oregon State University, about the dead whale on Bayocean Spit to see what more we could find out. Jim was very helpful and provided the following information.

The City of Manzanita recently sent out a packet of information about reopening short term rentals and exhorting residents to make visitors feel welcome. In this packet were pages and pages of explanations about meetings and efforts to reopen and to welcome mainly entitled white people who v…

If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets.

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I love reading obituaries.  My only complaint is that they are not long enough or have enough information.  In the words of Paul Harvey, I always want to hear “The Rest of the Story”.  I discovered a truly wonderful obituary written by a grieving daughter about the life of her mother.  It wa…

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Thanks to Debra Knopf, Executive Director at Kiawanda Community Center (KCC), for reaching out to Fencepost readers. Her email explains that KCC is a local nonprofit that has historically been self-supporting through space rental and event hosting along with generous donations from the commu…

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Let’s have a hearty Cape Meares welcome for Wendy Burroughs and her husband, Mike Olson! Wendy and Mike traveled up and down the Pacific Northwest coastline, from Canada to Oregon, looking for the perfect retirement haven…and they found it right here in Cape Meares.

A Board of Forestry meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3. You can sign up to testify or submit written comments. North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection (NCCWP) participated with 19 organizations representing many thousands of Oregonians and that coalition submitted comm…

As people in Oregon communities prepare their spring gardens, it is important to include plants to sustain and support the beautiful Western Monarch butterflies that are now winging their way north. These delicate insects are among the vital pollinators in our gardens. However, their numbers…

The appalling death of George Floyd in Minneapolis recently is yet another horrible reminder of the extent of racial and societal inequity in America. It follows the horrific slayings of Breonna Taylor (fatally shot by police in Louisville on March 23) and of Ahmaud Arbery (fatally shot by a…

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Today I woke up early to read and do some writing in the “sun room”, only today it’s the “rain room”.

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I have lights on my house year round, just to perk us up during our sometimes-gloomy weather. I love it when we pull up in the dark of the night and our house is glowing with lights. Depending on the time of year, I add different color lights to my white lights. I use green lights for St. Pa…

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Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is providing additional food dollars for families with school age children who qualify for free school lunch. If the family of such a child was receiving SNAP (food stamp) benefits when schools closed March 13, $384 will be automatically added to the…

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If you have not completed your 2020 Census, please do so. Online it only took me a few minutes, verifying my address and the number of people residing at that address. The latest information I have seen to date shows Tillamook County at a little over 30% completion rate. Letters were mailed …

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It was a quiet morning fishing on Tillamook Bay when I got an alert on my cell phone from Kathy Burke: dead whale washing ashore on Bayocean Spit! Captain Pete and I hurriedly reeled in, hustled home and headed out to the beach. About a mile and a half north of our little village, we saw the…

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In these unprecedented times, I found myself reflecting more and more on the importance of tradition. Our great nation is rooted in many wonderful traditions. They bind us together, they strengthen us. They provide structure to our lives. They give meaning to the sacrifices that have been ma…

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What a fabulous Mothers’ Day I had. I hope all you ladies had as much fun as me. Normally, I would have had a picnic/ukulele jam at our house, but this year, well, you know, everything is a bit different. But, that’s okay. I will just appreciate everything in my life that much more, when thi…

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Kate Brown has approved Tillamook County’s application to enter Phase I post Covid, effective last Friday. This does not mean that we return to pre-Covid conditions.  The virus will be with us until an approved treatment or prevention is available. We still need to practice physical distanci…

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Greetings Bay City!  Our state is opening slowly.  Most of us, I’m sure, feel like a horse in the starting gate before the race.  That’s how many of the tourists feel.  They just want to be at the beach, or trail, or river….anywhere but home!  I can’t blame them.  We live in paradise, and th…

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Let’s start out this week’s column with a rousing cheer for Pete Steen: Seaview neighborhood disaster preparedness captain, good friend to many in Cape Meares and beyond, fanatical outdoorsman, grandfather par excellence to 11 grandchildren, fabulous father to five and father-in-law to four,…

I am so deeply disappointed to find that I live in a community that does not take the coronavirus seriously.  The few times I have ventured out, I see the majority of people not wearing masks or observing physical distancing practices. Given all the issues we face in our community (a high le…

Caring for and losing a loved one is never easy, but COVID-19 has only made it more difficult. But those of us living in Tillamook County are fortunate, for there are angels among us masquerading as Home Health and Hospice workers. They made my 94 year old father’s wish to remain at home til…

We have known Gordon McCraw since shortly after he and his family moved here from New Orleans.

I’m speaking of Commissioner David Yamamoto.  I give this endorsement from a person who has been there and done that for the twelve years I had the distinct privilege and honor to serve as a Tillamook County Commissioner.  Best job in the world and I believe David thinks that too.  Yep, he’s…

I was disappointed to read your article in this weeks paper. It was an interesting read until you took a swipe at your opponent. That is so unnecessary and says more negativity about you than him. Please try to have a clean race.

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Perks of quarantine. I like this segment. Last week I mentioned what Anne and Scott from Rockaway Beach are doing for fun, but I have gotten messages from all over the nation. This week, my friend Bonnie, from Redmond, has been dotting mandalas on rocks. I had to look that up. Loosely transl…

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Thanks to Nancy Whitehead for writing with word that HeboLane Little Library is open to all.  It’s located just a block off U.S. Highway 101 in Hebo, on South Hebo Lane.  Coming from either direction, you turn onto South Hebo Lane, which is on the same side of the highway as the Hebo Post Of…

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Happy day after Cinco de Mayo! Margaritas and Mexican beer along with chips and salsa here at our house; hope you did something to celebrate.

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Greetings Bay City! I keep a Mutts comic strip by Patrick McDonnell on my desk. Its an “endangered species” list of virtues: empathy, compassion, kindness, integrity, humanity, goodwill….; It goes on to list a total of 26 virtues that would make the world a better place.

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Thanks to all those essential workers who keep us going, knowing they may be putting themselves in harm’s way by doing so.

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Each weekend Maggie (the Chihuahua) and I run local errands; we visited Monkey Business 101 last weekend. I needed to replace a rhubarb plant that didn’t survive the winter. Barbara Brown, who owns the nursery (located just north of Brooten Road off of U.S. Highway 101), is open her regular …

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I have a special request for a special program in Rockaway Beach. The Meals for Seniors had to cancel one of their fundraisers, due to this nasty virus we are experiencing. They can definitely use some donations at this time. Donations can be sent to Meals for Seniors INC. PO Box 852, Rockaw…