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Rhubarb syrup: A sweet-tart way to celebrate summer
DAMIAN MULINIX/For the Observer
Hearthfire & Brimstone: Rhubarb syrup: A sweet-tart way to celebrate summer

Last week in the fly-over states, people were complaining about the humidity. Kids in the South were wearing holes in their Slip-n-Slides. On the East Coast, the wealthier-than-thou were having their maids get their precious little Brocks and...

Featured Stories

Sunday in Oysterville: Double ‘J’ and the Boys
Sunday in Oysterville: Double ‘J’ and the Boys

OYSTERVILLE — Fans know Double ‘J’ and the Boys as a “foot-stomping cowboy/country/folk band with a mix of classics and humorous originals, lively fiddle tunes and real live yodeling.” The group will be at the...

Community Calendar for June 20, 2018

Wednesday, June 20

The Killingsworths open 2018 Vesper season
The Killingsworths open 2018 Vesper season

OYSTERVILE — At 3 p.m. on Father’s Day, June 17, the Killingsworth Family Musicians will open the 41st Music Vesper Season at the Oysterville Church.

They have performed for 25 of those years, “but this will be our...

Patriotic quilts cause diverse reactions among local military veterans
Patriotic quilts cause diverse reactions among local military veterans

RAYMOND — When local veterans are invited to Willapa Harbor Quilters’ meetings, they receive thanks as well as patriotic quilts in appreciation for their years of military service. It’s a truly rewarding experience for both the...

Summer services planned in McGowan
Summer services planned in McGowan

Community Calendar

Wednesday, June 13

Friends of the Columbia River Gateway honored for lighthouse efforts
Friends of the Columbia River Gateway honored for lighthouse efforts

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum offers free admission to military

ILWACO — The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco recently announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums.

A collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of...

Birdwatching 
Singer extraordinaire: Swainson’s thrush
Birdwatching Singer extraordinaire: Swainson’s thrush

Nesting on the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and elsewhere on the Peninsula has begun in earnest. We know because the dawn chorus is in full swing. The symphonic sounds of the forest, grasslands, marshes bay, and our ocean beaches fill the air. One...

Vespers begin June 17 in Oysterville
Vespers begin June 17 in Oysterville

OYSTERVILLE — On Father’s Day, June 17, Music Vesper services will begin at the Historic Oysterville Church at their traditional summer Sunday hour, 3 p.m.

“This is our 41st year and counting!” Vespers organizer Carol...

Spring Chinook fishing extended to June 15 with increased bag limit; so far, jacks passage very low
Spring Chinook fishing extended to June 15 with increased bag limit; so far, jacks passage very low
One-day sturgeon-retention season open on Saturday, June 9
Red Barn Arena hosts 20th National Barrel Racing awards series
Red Barn Arena hosts 20th National Barrel Racing awards series

LONG BEACH — The Red Barn Arena in Long Beach recently concluded and celebrated their 20th annual National Barrel Racing awards series. After the final race on April 21, there was a potluck, presentation of awards, pictures and history from the...

Bring on the music: Tickets now on sale
Bring on the music: Tickets now on sale
Water Music Society announces 2018 season
Camp Kiwanilong’s Summer Youth Program turns 40
Camp Kiwanilong’s Summer Youth Program turns 40
Camp’s Summer Youth Program turns 40, attracts many Pacific County kids
Ilwaco Art Walks start
Ilwaco Art Walks start

Ilwaco Art Walks start

Elk hoof rot spreading eastward
Elk hoof rot spreading eastward
Naselle, Grays and Willapa river valleys are local infection zones
Flag ceremony set for June 14

PENINSULA — The American flag flies above public places and in front of residences, and over time, flags become faded and worn and perhaps tattered. This is the time to replace them with bright, new flags to fly proudly.

Teresa Bryan,...

Community Calendar for June 6, 2018

Wednesday, June 6

Celebrate the 120th anniversary of North Head Lighthouse
Celebrate the 120th anniversary of North Head Lighthouse

Cape D — Washington State Parks and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse are inviting the public to help celebrate the 120th anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco. This year, the lighthouse will be...

Community Calendar for May 30, 2018

Wednesday, May 30

Birdwatching: 
Birds of the Peninsula’s north end
Birdwatching: Birds of the Peninsula’s north end

Recently I moved to be on Willapa Bay, and to my delight the birding there is spectacular. The forest, the wetlands, the bay and its mudflats all offer a wonderful birding experience.

Leadbetter State Park is on the bay, as is the Leadbetter...

Peninsula group drums to the edge of magic
Peninsula group drums to the edge of magic
Circle boosts personal wellness with a healthy heart beat

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Celebrations

Vespers begin June 17 in Oysterville

OYSTERVILLE — On Father’s Day, June 17, Music Vesper services will begin at the Historic Oysterville Church at their traditional...

Outdoors

Birdwatching: Handsome streamlined flying aerialists: Tree swallows

Tree swallows have been making their presence known at Tarlatt Slough on the southwest end of Willapa Bay since April. These handsome aerialists...

Birdwatching Singer extraordinaire: Swainson’s thrush

Nesting on the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and elsewhere on the Peninsula has begun in earnest. We know because the dawn chorus is in full...

Elk hoof rot spreading eastward
Celebrate the 120th anniversary of North Head Lighthouse
Birdwatching: Birds of the Peninsula’s north end

Fishing

Recreational ocean salmon fishing starts Saturday

ILWACO — Anglers can reel in salmon off the Washington coast beginning June 23, when three marine areas open for recreational salmon...

Spring Chinook fishing extended to June 15 with increased bag limit; so far, jacks passage very low
One-day sturgeon-retention season open on Saturday, June 9

Discovery Coast

Hiking

History

This Nest of Dangers: Building the South Jetty
Marvel of 19th century engineering began transformation of Columbia River commerce
Friends of the Columbia River Gateway honored for lighthouse efforts

Celebrate the 120th anniversary of North Head Lighthouse