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This list of rules for 19th century teachers appeared at the end of “Pioneer Schools of the Naselle-Gray’s River Valley” by Louise Holm Hunter, published in a 1993 Sou’wester magazine. There is no indication that these particular expectations were ever actually in effect in early Pacific Cou…

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Washington State University entomologist Jennifer Andreas plans to soon petition the USDA to allow a non-native insect be turned loose on an invasive weed that she calls, respectfully, "a beast."

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From the earliest days of maritime tattooing, sailors have covered themselves in images that symbolize their lives at sea. Designs represent faraway loved ones, everyday duties, personal trium…

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Food, glorious food! The North Coast and Long Beach Peninsula are blessed with terrific chefs, each of whom has a specific style. A few have been gracious enough to share their favorite comfort food.

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This list of rules for 19th century teachers appeared at the end of “Pioneer Schools of the Naselle-Gray’s River Valley” by Louise Holm Hunter, published in a 1993 Sou’wester magazine. There i…

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Cecelia “Janey” Haguet was born in 1848 on her parents’ Donation Land Claim near present-day Ilwaco. She was educated at Providence Academy in Vancouver, Washington, and before she married was…

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So far, all of the recollections I have written down have been about life in the Deep River area. This one involves a short period in my childhood that I spent in Fallon, Nevada. This is one o…

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For as long as I can remember, Walter Davis came over to my grandmother’s house every Sunday. They played rummy, talked in Finnish and had coffee and pastry. Every Sunday was the same routine.…

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Every year around Thanksgiving we begin to anticipate the arrival of trumpeter swans on the Peninsula. I like to think of Black lake as swan lake because this is one place where they find refu…

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OLYMPIA — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in January, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits.

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Memories: The crisp smell of late autumn was in the air, and the alder trees were dropping sodden leaves from thin dangling branches. Months before, these same deciduous trees flared from ruby…

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ILWACO — A budding fly fishing business is busy setting up shop in Ilwaco, with grand intentions to grow into one of the biggest distributors in the world.

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WASHINGTON COAST — New restrictions went into effect on Dec.14 for the coastal steelhead fishery after weeks of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife pondering how to handle the…

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ILWACO — Pacific County’s popular recreational Dungeness crab fishery remains mostly open after test results released Dec. 11 found crab inside the Columbia River and Willapa Bay are within sa…

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ILWACO and NAHCOTTA — The Oyster Shell Christmas Tree Drive-by at the Port of Peninsula on Dec. 4 and Ilwaco’s Dec. 5 drive-thru Crab Pot Christmas Drive-by Parade each attracted hundreds of p…

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The crew are mustered in the waist [aft of the mainmast] and the captain in on the poop [aftermost deck] when a cry comes from somewhere forward:

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CORVALLIS — Reality can get skewed when there are so many sources of information — books, magazines, newspapers, nurseries and, most of all, the internet and social media open up lots of room …

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In 1940, Arthur E. Skidmore wrote about the old South Bend School which was built in 1871. He went there as a student and, later, taught at the school, himself. His stories about how he manage…

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Catherine “Kay” McGowan Garvin (1911-2010) grew up in the town which had the same name as she did — a circumstance she didn’t much like as a child. But, at least, she once confided, she was sp…

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Verna Smith Oller was born Feb. 25, 1912, and was 95 years young when she and I talked about her growing up years on the Peninsula.

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During my sophomore year at Naselle High School, I thought I would become a pole vaulter. I placed nails every six inches or so from 6 foot on up on two poles I cut out in the woods. These wer…

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When I first began coming to the Long Beach Peninsula in the 1970s one of my bucket list birds was the band-tailed pigeon. It wasn’t until I bought a place and began to spend as much time as I…