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MEMORY TRACKS: The Diary of a Depot – Chapter 10 – THE MARTES OCCUPATION

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on MEMORY TRACKS: The Diary of a Depot – Chapter 10 – THE MARTES OCCUPATION

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last chapter of the Diary of a Depot. If you didn’t see all the chapters, links are below. The story of a family as told by their home – the Rockaway Beach Train Depot. This nearly 110-year-old building remains at North 3rd Street.

By Virginia Carrell Prowell
It was only a short time, probably no more than a week when Mr. and Mrs. Martes started moving their belongings in. They had a lot less to move in than was moved out but they are not going to be permanent residents. It was clear from the beginning that I was only to be used for vacation periods.

The first day they moved in, I was still in shock over my long time residents, the Carrell family, moving out and perhaps it wasn’t a friendly feeling I had towards them but I didn’t feel that much good-will coming from them either. Of course, the fact that the water heater decided at that time to go out and the discovery that some of the old plug-ins in the upstairs didn’t work, didn’t make Mr. Martes the most congenial man to be around.
The commotion caused by the former family of three teen-agers couldn’t hold a candle to the ruckus he raised at these discoveries. He was furious with the Carrell family and called her to complain and insisted the Carrell’s should purchase a new water heater and reimburse him some for the failed electrical plugs. I couldn’t hear the other end of the conversation but from his reactions, I am sure she did not agree with his request.
I know for a certainty that the water heater was working when they left because Virginia thoroughly cleaned the house before she left and the hot water heater was working then. As for the electrical plug-ins, they hadn’t worked for many years, even before the Carrell family moved in, but they were used to it. I’m sure they didn’t think about mentioning it.
In a day or two, a new water heater was delivered and things calmed down but Mr. Martes was not a happy man. His wife Sandy was busy trying to get things organized in her new beach house.
It wasn’t long before this couple started making plans for some remodeling. I just don’t understand what is the matter with people. Why can’t they just leave well enough alone? The previous family did enough remodeling to last any building a lifetime. Now this family wants to put me back into a duplex. Here come the crow bars and saws and hammers again. They are going to put in another door. I think I have had a door put on every stud on my south side. It is fun to watch a carpenter try to make things even around me because my original 2 x 4’s are actually two by four … not planed to a lesser measurement.

One thing about being a duplex, there should be more people around and I won’t stand empty all the time. People coming and going make me feel needed. I can give warmth and protection to them and maybe even create a few good memories of days spent at the beach.


This Martes fellow only kept me for four years and then he sold me to another non-resident, a Dr. Kraus. I stayed kind of in limbo as I had been remodeled by the Martes family and then a builder by the name of Wayne Murray converged upon me and I began to wonder just what he had in mind.
Dr. Kraus hired him and he really looked me over good. I could tell he knew good construction when he saw it. One of the first things he did was tear off that damnable dormer the Carrell family had put on and he restored my roof to its original design. That alone made me feel quite normal. He told Dr. Kraus that the over-all structure was in good shape and the roof only needed to be reshaked.

When he started remodeling me, there was hardly a board or fixture that didn’t get ripped out on my insides. Boy, I bet if Virginia could see that kitchen that she so carefully designed ripped apart, she would just about die. He was very careful with the cupboards, however. I think he has plans for them but I don’t think they will grace my walls again.
He ripped out all the paneling Willard so painstakingly put up and the carpet came up, too. The flooring of my upstairs was ripped out and I wondered what in the world he had in mind when he started doing that but he seemed to have a scheme in mind. I was beginning to think they were going to dismantle me completely, but from the conversations I had overheard, I knew they had other plans for me.
It wasn’t only my insides they ripped apart; they also tore all those asbestos shakes the Carrell family had paid a small fortune to put on. It makes me want to shake like an earthquake when I think of all the improvements that have been put on me and now they are being destroyed. I sure do hope this plan he has works out for the best.

He worked on me for almost a year … he even took out those doors everyone else had put in on my south side and replaced them with four new doors … one more than I had ever had before. He had to take a lot of the constructions off and put up new boards for this phase. I do hope he’s using as good lumber as I have in the rest of my structure but I’m sure he is.
Instead of an upstairs closed in, I now have a loft and am finished off in a grand fashion. There are four apartments instead of three and he enclosed the garages and built on where my carport had been.
Mr. Murray told someone, “This is a great old building that has lasted all these years. I’m sure glad I can re-model it. I think it will last for another hundred years.

The finishing touch that makes me the most proud is the sign that is posted out toward Highway 101 … it reads “THE ROCKAWAY BEACH TRAIN DEPOT MOTEL” … at last everyone who goes by in cars and especially the passenger train that goes by occasionally in the summer will know my origin and what my structure has contributed to this town.
If you happen by on 101 just north of 3rd Street, wave to me.

Since 1994, the first printing of the book about my existence, there has been many changes made, both in ownership and in the usage of my interior. I was a Motel when owned by people named Wright.
In 2000, Theodora and Bradley Weaver purchased me and I became a single-family residence. (Note: Brad and Teddy Weaver own the Fog Horn, formerly known as Lake Lyle restaurant).
The Weavers sold it in 2006 to a Barbara Raryukin and now I am a duplex and the “Train Station” sign has been painted over. This saddens me, as I am afraid that the history of the vital part I played in the development of this town will be forgotten.
It is my hope that after you read my story, you will inform others of my continued existence and perhaps keep the progression of condominiums from invading this part of the history of Rockaway Beach.

MEMORY TRACKS: The Diary of a Depot
Here are the introduction, and Chapters 1 through 9 …

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Holiday Self-Care: You are worth the time.

Posted by on Dec 16, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Holiday Self-Care: You are worth the time.

By Sydney J. Elliott, MFA,
Ten or twenty years ago, I would have never imagined myself sitting cross legged in front of a makeshift altar of sorts. On it are pictures of my dog I recently lost, a candle, some sort of crystal, a cup of coffee, and a deck of cards with inspirational messages printed on them. My obese, other-abled cat pushes open the door and flops down beside me as I draw a card, read the day’s message, and light the candle. Then I sit. And do nothing but breathe for five to ten minutes, sometimes stretching a little. Then I blow out the candle, try to take one word from the message to revisit during the day, and leave the space in the search for more coffee. My day can start now.

During the holidays, it’s easy to let the small rituals of self-care slip. Our schedules are usually more hectic, and we often are pulled in many directions while still having to work, take care of our families, and navigate the chaos of the holiday season. But having a daily ritual can provide us with a cornerstone to get through our day.
The ritual doesn’t have to be elaborate. It can be writing before the household wakes up, doing yoga, walking the dog, or anything that fits your lifestyle. It can be anything that nourishes you in some way, a small gesture or action that becomes a healthy habit of self-care and self-recognition.
And rituals do not necessarily mean being alone. Maybe you go to an exercise class on a regular basis or go to church on Sunday. The main take away is not to stop, especially when it’s easy to when we are rushing through the holiday months.
If you don’t have a ritual or daily habit that nourishes you, set an intention to start one. Take a “forest bath” every morning, write, meditate, do artwork, knit, color, or anything that is not interrupted by distraction, and something that is just for you.
You don’t need an altar or crystals. All you need is ten minutes dedicated to quieting your mind. The physical benefits are a bonus as well.
It might be difficult to make the commitment and get started, but once you have it as part of your daily routine, you won’t want to let it go. If you have a daily ritual, keep doing it, especially during this time of year. If you don’t, give it a try. You are worth the time.

If you are looking for a place or community where you can start or continue your self-care practices, consider attending FREE weekly yoga classes taught by Sydney Elliott, Monday and Wednesday 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Class will start the first Monday of Winter Term January 6, 2020 at Tillamook Bay Community College, and is for all skill levels! You may also visit Sydney’s website at to learn more about her background in writing, editing, and various yoga practices.
For more local health and wellness information, go to follow Tillamook County Wellness on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Tillamook County Tid-Bits – Take 2 – December 15, 2019

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Tillamook County Tid-Bits – Take 2 – December 15, 2019

Here is Tillamook County Tid-Bits for the week … December 15, 2019
The holidays and grief, help and hope, wild waves, Rainy Day village community coffees, and the Tillamook Holiday Lights parade (Dec. 7th)
We hope you enjoy these bits of the weekly news, resources, tips and information.
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Ocean wind turbines on the horizon

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Ocean wind turbines on the horizon

By Gus Meyer
Oregon’s coast is drawing the attention of ocean wind turbine installation planning for production of clean energy by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy (BOEM).
BOEM recently held a lightly announced public information meeting kicking off Oregon Clean Energy planning in our outer Pacific Ocean shelf. Oregon principal agencies regulate Pacific waters from the beach out 3 miles to sea. BOEM regulates site licensing of the outer shelf territory from 3 miles to 200 nautical miles out in the ocean from state controlled waters.

Let’s take a look at a planned Coos Bay wind energy farm in the works. This plan encompasses 5 wind turbine towers 640 feet tall above sea water and a restrictive use site of 10 square miles. This site at full output of energy is capable of generating 40 gigawatts of clean electrical power. (EDITOR’S NOTE: A gigawatt of power will provide enough energy for about 700,000 homes.)
Taking a social/economic/environmental impact quick eye look reveals that reported by the many other worldwide wind farm installations declares close attention to details.
The reported turbines of use are 640 feet tall and will be clearly visible from shore within the 20 mile zone with their spinning red lights. Their vibrations, sound, and surface disturbance is to be an environmental impact analysis now undergoing analyses from actual worldwide installations.
Industrial technology is already building the next generation of ocean wind energy turbines designed to produce 12 gigawatts each with a resulting height of 840 feet above sea level. This is to reduce clean energy costs down over time.
Environmental impacts are undergoing for Pacific Ocean waters. About a year ago National Geographic magazine published an article on sound, vibration, and surface disturbance effects on our ocean waters. This article described affects to some ocean wildlife.
The fishing fleets are concerned as to loss of fishing grounds, the environmental impacts, any required salvage operations, and their navigational routing changes.
And it doesn’t stop with the overview above, there’s the export power to coast and subsequent new land grid distribution systems management.
Thereby it is easy to present partisanship actively as to the drivers of ocean wind energy generation. Oregon has passed legislation against fossil fuel disturbances off Oregon shores, yet encompasses wind platform social / economic enterprises.

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Community Gratitude Jars in North Tillamook County to Collect, Share Good in Our Communities

Posted by on Dec 14, 2019 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Community Gratitude Jars in North Tillamook County to Collect, Share Good in Our Communities

By Laura Swanson
The first one appeared on social media at the beginning of the month, and now there are currently, five in place throughout North Tillamook County — in Manzanita, they are located at Wild Grocery & Cafe, Salt & Paper, and at the North Tillamook Library branch on Laneda; in Nehalem, there is a jar at WolfMoon Bakery on 8th St.; and in Wheeler, there is a jar stationed at The Roost on Hwy. 101.

The brainchild of Adria Badagnani, she explained, “I moved to the area at the end of September this year, having first visited in 2004 while I was living in Michigan.” She continued, “I love this part of the Oregon Coast, and am grateful to call this place home. I felt inspired to do something for and with the community, and Community Gratitude Jars emerged as a way to give presence and voice to all ages of the community to share their experiences and heartfelt sentiments. Gratitude is not just a renewable resource, it’s a generative resource – one that we all have the power and ability to tap into as a circuit that keeps on giving.”
It’s easy and simple to participate: Throughout the month of December, everyone is invited to write down expressions of gratitude on the slips of paper next to the jars. There is no fee and no limit to the amount of gratitude one can share.
“At the end of the month, on December 31st, we will celebrate everything we have offered in gratitude with a sunset bonfire on the beach in Manzanita, and every contribution will be read aloud,” said Adria. “I am grateful that local businesses and organizations in the community are open to having the jars in place to collect gratitude as a precious community resource. And that is yet another contribution for the jar!”
And another contribution would our gratitude to Adria to prompt this precious collection and connection to remind us all that we have so much to be grateful for. Be sure to make a stop in Manzanita at Wild, Salt & Paper or the North Tillamook Library, in Nehalem at Wolf Moon Bakery or at The Roost in Wheeler to proclaim your gratitude.

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