LONG BEACH - The 2010 edition of Discovery Coast, the Chinook Observer's multi-award-winning guide to Pacific County's amazing communities and attractions, arrived Tuesday. More than 60,000 copies are being delivered to dozens of locations throughout the region.
The guide has been totally reconfigured this year by top designer John Brujin to showcase our coast's spectacular scenery. Discovery Coast's cover features Roy Western's photograph of North Head Lighthouse on a flowery summer day.
The entire 2010 Discovery Coast, with live Web links to advertisers' own Web sites, is available now in an easy-to-explore page-flip format at www.chinookobserver.com. This means that tens of thousands of additional visitors will see the ads and read the Discovery Coast's stories.
On top of being our Peninsula's premier marketing tool, Discovery Coast is where results of our annual Best of the Discovery Coast reader survey are published. Pick up your copy soon to see results helpful to visitors trying to find things like the best fish and chips (the Imperial Schooner) or best place to buy picnic supplies (Okie's Thriftway).
Other Best of the Discovery Coast results are just for local people, identifying our favorite teachers, doctors, mechanics and other individuals who play key roles every day in making this an exceptional place to live.
We're pleased and proud to announce this year's results:
Greatest community volunteers:
1. Shelly Pollock of Grass Roots Garbage Gang
2. Eileen Wirkkala of Friends of Chinook School
3. Martha Murfin of F.I.S.H.
Most beloved doctor (an enthusiastic majority): Dr. Albert Fabiano
Most gentle dentist (an enthusiastic majority): Dr. Jason Tynkila
Best veterinarians (a very enthusiastic majority): Drs. Katherine and Ed Ketel
Most respected real estate person (two-way tie): Cheri Diehl of Discovery Coast Real Estate and Char Wolters of Lighthouse Realty
Most trusted mechanic: Al Hilderman
Favorite postal worker: Post Master Karen Harrell of the Long Beach Post Office
Favorite policeman, deputy or emergency responder (two-way tie): Long Beach Police Chief Flint Wright and Pacific County Fire District No. 1 EMT Dave. (The returned ballots didn't specify Dave's last name and since several PCFD1's responders go by that name, they all can consider themselves winners!)
Favorite Ocean Park teacher (an enthusiastic majority): Martha Williams
Favorite Long Beach teachers (three-way tie): Joe Doupe, Jessica Miller and Michelle Marshman
Favorite Ilwaco teacher: Dan Schenk
Favorite Naselle teacher: Marina Smith
Favorite coach: Sara Taylor
Friendliest waitress: Laura Gilgore at The Depot
Most understanding bartender: Gini Chin at Raven & Finch
Favorite contractor: Don Anderson of Peninsula Plumbing
Best pet groomer: Lucy Dreyer of Happy Tails
Congratulations to one and all. Pick up your copy of Discovery Coast to vote in next year's survey or look for copies of the ballot this summer in the Chinook Observer.