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October 22, 2014

Geezer World: Tales of squishy squash and nasty fruit flies

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Several weeks ago I talked about the wonders of fall. I’d like you to think of all the good things I mentioned, while remembering that I was still in a summer state-of-mind. I said that fall was my favorite season. I loved it. Whoops. Seems I forgot a couple of things. I do love the colors of this season, return of the rain, harvest of the garden and picking of the grapes. I don’t mind putting away the chairs and tables, fuchsias and emptied planters, which go away for winter. I don’t mind sweeping leaves. I really enjoy those last …continue reading

Geezer World: Tales of squishy squash and nasty fruit flies

Geezer World Logo

Several weeks ago I talked about the wonders of fall. I’d like you to think of all the good things I mentioned, while remembering that I was still in a summer state-of-mind. I said that fall was my favorite season. I loved it. Whoops. Seems I forgot a couple of things. I do love the colors of this season, return of the rain, harvest of the garden and picking of the grapes. I don’t mind putting away the chairs and tables, fuchsias and emptied planters, which go away for winter. I don’t mind sweeping leaves. I really enjoy those last …continue reading

Removing campaign signs is vandalism and violation of constitutional rights

Letter

Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long wrote the following open letter in response to a letter by Thomas Donohue: To those who removed the campaign signs. We were all taught in preschool to leave someone else’s property alone. If it’s not yours and you remove it and are caught, you could get at the very least a criminal citation for vandalism. But what should bother you, and this is very important, is that removing a campaign sign in many ways violates a person’s first amendment rights, and is disrespectful to those expressing free political speech. You were committing the crime of …continue reading

An open letter to Sheriff Long regarding campaign sign vandalism

Letter

The following is an open letter to Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long from Thomas M. Donohue, chairman of the Tillamook County Republic Central Committee: Dear Sheriff Long: As you know, we’re into the General Election cycle once again. Politics being what it is, partisan passion sometimes gets out of hand. A recent example is the vandalism of Republican political signs in south Tillamook County. At the junction of Brooten Road and U.S. Highway 101, a campaign sign was stolen and just south of there at milepost 91 a similar sign was pulled up and thrown some distance away. Finally, in …continue reading

Fairview Grange to host indoor winter market in conjunction with Souper Sunday

Fairview Grange (Photo courtesy of Fairview Grange)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Thanks to its growing popularity, Souper Sunday is about to evolve into a full-fledged indoor public market. The Fairview Grange, which hosts Souper Sunday, invites vendors to submit applications to market their wares at the event, held the second Sunday of each month at the grange. Souper Sunday is known for its variety of homemade soups and live music. The Souper Sunday market season will be held from November through May, with each event occurring from noon to 2 p.m. The vendor fee is $10 per table. Contact Souper Sunday market organizer Robyn Norwood at 503-815-1160 or …continue reading

National Weather Service raises Nehalem River flood stage by 1 foot

Downtown Nehalem during  the record-breaking flood of 1996. (Photo by Gary Braasch)

The following is a press release from Tillamook County Emergency Management Director Gordon McCraw. The Pioneer initially reported on this flood stage change in an article covering McCraw’s winter preparedness meeting in late September.  NEHALEM, Ore. – The flood stage for the Nehalem River at Foss has been raised from 14 feet to 15 feet. The National Weather Service in Portland changed the flood stage in early October in coordination with Tillamook County Emergency Management. There were multiple high flows in recent winters where the river crested between 14.0 and 15.0 feet, based on data from the Foss stream gauge. …continue reading

NCRD to host free day, open house to introduce community to facility, programs, partners

Aquatics II

NEHALEM, Ore. – The North County Recreation District is inviting the public to join the more than 1,600 people who use its facility’s pool, fitness center, classrooms and other components each month by visiting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. “The facility itself will be open to the public for free for the entire day,” said NCRD General Manager Steven Cangelosi. “During the 11 a.m.-2 p.m. timeframe we will have sample classes, tours of the facility, raffles, open swim, a bounce house, performances by our children’s drama camp in our newly refurbished auditorium, …continue reading

TAPA announces holiday production cast and prepares for annual membership meeting

'The Game's Afoot' cast, back row, left to right: producer Chris Chiola, Robert Kratz, Steele Fleisher, Robert Buckingham, RJ Wynia, Director Richard A. Coon, and front row, left to right: Sarah Edwards, Barbi Fox, Sandra Koops and Briar Smith. (Courtesy photo)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts is busy this month preparing for its annual meeting and its next production. TAPA will perform Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot; Or Holmes for the Holidays,” directed by R.A. Coon. It is December, 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up …continue reading

Tillamook County Commissioners to consider formalizing deficit forgiveness for Health Department

Tillamook County Board of Commissioners, from left to right: Tim Josi, Mark Labhart and Bill Baertlein. (Photo courtesy of the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce)

MANZANITA, Ore. – At its regular meeting tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Tillamook County Board of Commissioners will consider an order formalizing its 2012 decision to allow the Tillamook County Health Department to skip paying back a $431,000 deficit incurred in 2011. The “order just cleans up the record for the motion made, seconded and approved at that time,” said Commissioner Tim Josi. Once approved, the order would negate a transfer of funds from the Health Department to the County General Fund in the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget. Although it operated at a deficit during the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the …continue reading

Geezer World: ‘Tis the season for politics

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I’m not sure about you, but I’m already weary of the political season. I love our country and the power each of us has to vote but with that power comes the responsibility of trying to make the right choices. We are bombarded daily with information about political issues and candidates from about August on, depending on how much money is behind the issue or candidate. I stop liking some of them just because they make me crazy. That’s probably not the best logic to use in choosing the fate of our state and nation! I try to be an …continue reading

Tillamook Anglers process fresh coho for local food bank

Jim Devine with a tote full of fresh coho from the Trask River Hatchery.

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The nonprofit Tillamook Anglers have spent the better part of several recent mornings processing fish donated by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Trask River Hatchery for donation to the Oregon Food Bank in Tillamook County. The Anglers volunteer their time using their own equipment and supplies to clean, fillet and vacuum-seal the food-grade coho salmon before delivering the final product to the food bank, said Jim Devine, a Tillamook Anglers Board member. As of today, Tuesday, Oct. 14, they have processed about 3,000 pounds of fish this month. They work at the Tillamook home of …continue reading

Halloween event round-up

Fairview Haunted House

The following are upcoming, local Halloween- and autumn-related events. Send information about yours to us at tillamookcountypioneer@gmail.com. Saturdays and Sundays and Oct. 31 – Kilchis River Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze. Beginning this Saturday, the local holiday favorite will be open from noon to 9 on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, through Halloween. Tour the maze on Saturday evenings. On Halloween Night, the maze will be “haunted,” with admission going toward the the 2015 Tillamook High School SAFE graduation party. Organizer Patrick Zweifel said, “We have Maze Master Trivia Games this year for our corn maze. You …continue reading

Workmans Irish Pub to open in downtown Tillamook

The soon-to-open Workmans Irish Pub, in downtown Tillamook. (Photo by LeeAnn Neal)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – The new owners of the former Time Out Tavern are banking on the luck of the Irish with their new venture, the Workmans Irish Pub. The establishment “used to be known as the Workmans Pub when it was built in the 1950s,” said Erica Miltenberger, who with husband Tyson Miltenberger purchased the Time Out business and building from John and Jonny Kobylus, of Olympia, Wash., about two weeks ago. “We wanted to bring that tradition back and add the Irish aspect.” The business, located at 111 Main Avenue, in downtown Tillamook, will open on Oct. 29, she …continue reading

Rep. David Gomberg on how he plans to vote in the November General Election

(Photo by LeeAnn Neal)

The following is a commentary by Rep. David Gomberg (D-Neotsu): The November election ballot will contain several high profile, complicated, and controversial measures. I’ve listed six below, together with a brief outline of the merits and a note on how I plan to vote. Top Two Primary: Out-of-state business backers are promoting a measure they say will include more non-affiliated voters. But the results in other states are actually lower turnout. Many races will feature two Republicans or two Democrats in the November election. That means fewer choices. Elections will become more costly because campaigns will take longer. That means …continue reading

Kilchis House to celebrate resident Cleta Shaw’s 101st birthday Oct. 15

Birthday Candles

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Kilchis House staff invite the community to join resident Cleta Shaw in celebrating her 101st birthday during a party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15. “Everyone is living longer” said Kilchis House Director Debbie Meier. “Most of our residents are in their 80s and 90s, but any time someone reaches and exceeds the century mark, that’s a big deal. Cleta is truly one our treasured seniors.” The facility will serve cake and refreshments during the celebration. Kilchis House is located at 4212 Marolf Place, in Tillamook.    

Tillamook Urban Renewal Agency awards $35,000 grant to owners of Tillamook Coliseum Theater

Coliseum Theater

TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Tillamook Urban Renewal Agency, the new owners of the Tillamook Coliseum Theater will be able to afford even more improvements to the historic building, which they have been busy renovating since the bought it last summer. The funds will help cover costs of “carpeting, tiling the front lobby fixing some mortar work , updating the electric and putting a heat pump to heat the lobby area,” said Shiela McMahon Zerngast, who with husband Matthew Zerngast, owns the theater. “There has been only heat in the theater area up until now.” …continue reading

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