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The Littoral Life: A dedication to be named later

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on The Littoral Life: A dedication to be named later

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By Dan Haag

One of my favorite things about cracking open a new book is reading the dedication. It’s for a couple of reasons. First, it’s fun to conjure up an image of to whom the writer is referring because they obviously made enough of an impact on the writer to be mentioned. The words are often simple and deeply personal.
“To Katz, of course,” writes Bill Bryson at the beginning of “A Walk In The Woods.” Carl Hiaasen opens with “In Memory of Warren Zevon” in his novel “Skinny Dip.”
Just a few words, but always enough to give me a small shiver of appreciation. It’s the ultimate love letter.
The second, decidedly more indulgent, reason I enjoy the dedication so much is that I pause and imagine who I would list should my novel ever see the light of day. I spend a few minutes putting together a few words in my head for the many loved ones who have tolerated my obsession with writing and have been forced to read and re-read multiple drafts of the same piece. The list is long and runs the entire gamut: my wife, my folks, every dog I’ve ever owned, Santa Claus, the Ramones.
But who to choose?

At this point, I’ve narrowed it down to everyone I’ve ever met and several hundred others that I haven’t. Obviously I need to do a little more editing, which is fine because a study I just read (or imagined) states that would-be authors have about as much chance of being published as Frosty the Snowman has of winning an ice cream-eating contest in hell. Or something like that.
I might have one mortal lock for my dedication, however. I even have the words ready to go for when the first edition finally goes to print: “To the Manzanita Writer’s Series. You Believed.”
Not the purest of prose, but very much to the point.
Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Writers Series turned a robust 10 years old this past weekend. For those of you unfamiliar with the program, it’s a year-round schedule of speakers, workshops and events designed to inspire and inform writers and readers. I’ve attended many of these over the past few years and each time I’ve come away with a stronger sense of what it means to be a writer.
The Writer’s Series has made me look critically at my work and, most importantly, instilled a confidence in my voice as a writer, something I long struggled with.
I’ve written ever since I was a little kid. Whether it was dragons and knights or monsters and aliens, I always had pen to paper. As I got older, my folks let me use their old typewriter. The click-clacking would drag on well into the night and is probably a sound that still haunts their dreams.
In seventh grade, I wrote a short story about a drug deal gone wrong that resulted in a rather graphic gun battle. I’m fairly certain that it would have made Quentin Tarantino green with envy. Instead, it resulted in a rather worried phone call to my parents from my very worried English teacher.
Creating stories – some good, most awful – was never my problem. When someone wanted to read them, however, I would snatch them away and stuff them in a drawer. Seeing my words on a page was exciting, visceral. Hearing someone read them or comment on them was vomit-inducing.
This continued for many years until, for reasons I’ve yet to understand, I found myself in a class presented by the Writer’s Series. Then it was another. And another.
Slowly, I found myself wanting feedback, needing it. For the most part, I am no longer scared of having strangers read my work.
For better or worse, I’m growing into my writer’s skin.
So here’s to you, Manzanita Writer’s Series. Your dedication inside my first novel will likely have to wait a bit longer. Instead, I raise a glass of rather nice champagne and offer you these borrowed words on behalf of everyone who’s ever taken part in one of your workshops.
I think they truly capture your essence.
“The scariest moment is always just before you start” – Stephen King

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Three Villages Paint the Towns Plaid for Special Holiday Shopping Event – Plaid Friday November 23

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Three Villages Paint the Towns Plaid for Special Holiday Shopping Event – Plaid Friday November 23

Join merchants from Manzanita, Nehalem, and Wheeler for “Plaid Friday” all day long November 23rd!
The name Plaid Friday was conceived from the idea of weaving the individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses.
Plaid Friday is the relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the big box store “Black Friday” frenzy, and promotes both local and independently owned businesses during the holidays.
Look for the Plaid Friday poster in merchant’s windows and enjoy a fun day of holiday shopping and fantastic deals in downtown Manzanita!

Watch for the “Plaid Princess” sponsored by Unfurl Clothing.

Announcing Manzanita’s inaugural PLAID PRINCESS! Who will it be?! The town’s small businesses will host their second annual Plaid Friday event this upcoming Friday, November 23rd. Join us for fun deals + giveaways across the whole town and be sure to stop by Unfurl at 1 PM for the coronation of this year’s first ever PLAID PRINCESS! Between 1-3 PM she will be hitting the streets in her plaid gown and tiara handing out high 5’s and plaid cookies (both regular + gluten-free) to everyone who shows up to shop local! See you soon, bring your friends & don’t forget to “channel the flannel!”

Check out these deals – throughout the Three Villages – Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler:

4th Street Studio and Gallery (125 N 4th St):
10% off all framed and matted artwork.

Amanita (128 Division St.):
20% off all handpainted furniture.
A free card to anyone wearing plaid
10% off gift certificates
10% off purchases of $100

Bahama Mama’s bikes, boards & beach fare (123 Laneda Ave):
Spend $100 get 10 % off, spend $200 get 20 % off, spend $300 get 30 % off.
Any purchase $50 or higher will get a entry into a raffle for a Quicksilver flannel shirt.
All custom Manzanita Roxy clothing will be 20 % off.

CARTM & The Refindery (34995 Necarney City Rd.):
The Refindery at CARTM has ‘Plaid-colored’ pricing: Items priced in blue are 50% off; items priced in red are 75% off

Cloud & Leaf Bookstore(148 Laneda Ave):
15 % off selected titles with plaid stickers

Finnesterre (194 Laneda Ave):
All wearers of plaid will get to choose a mystery grab bag, no purchase required.
Holding a drawing for lovely velvet pillows and a botanical wall hanging.
20% off holiday merchandise (available to all customers, not just those dressed in plaid)

Four Paws on the Beach (144 Laneda Ave):
10% off gift certificates
10% off purchases of $100 or more
Any dog wearing plaid receives a goodie bag

Free Hand (320 Laneda Ave):
10% off purchases $20 or more.

Hoffman Center Manzanita (594 Laneda Ave):
HCA will host a special holiday market of hand spun yarn, woven rugs, quilled jewelry, knitted hats, knitted scarves, woven scarves, batiks, baby items and other unique handmade gifts by local artists.
There will also be refreshments and good cheer!

MacGregor’s, A Whiskey Bar (387 Laneda Ave):
$2 off any scotch pour, don’t need to be wearing Plaid (or Tartan)

Manzanita Beach Life Houses on Manzanita Beach:
Oceanfront Manzanita Vacation Rentals. 20% all non-holiday December 2018 and January 2019 stays booked on Plaid Friday, November 23rd. Contact us at (503) 354-4287 or email

Manzanita Beach Getaway Rentals (532 Laneda Ave):
25 % off house cleaning service with a 2 hour minimum (this can also be a gift certificate)

Manzanita Fresh Foods (730 Manzanita Ave):
10 % of storewide for rewards card holders (some exclusions)

Manzanita Grocery & Deli (193 Laneda Ave):
10 % off from 8 am to 11 am. Must say code phrase “Plaid Friday” to get discount

Manzanita Lumber Co(778 Laneda Ave):
Any sales on Friday that are over $50 is 10% off. Could be big savings for the right project! (some exclusions apply)

Moxie Fair Trade & Wisteria Chic (387 Laneda Ave):
Both stores will be sharing a Plaid Porch sale. Both also have individual sales inside the store.
Moxie will have sales on clothing and jewelry inside the store plus 25% off any single full price item of choice for those wearing plaid

Ocean Inn (32 Laneda Ave):
Ocean Inn will be giving shoppers wearing plaid 20% off a reservation made in person, on Plaid Friday, November 23rd. This offer is valid for stays between now and March 10th. No holidays, restrictions apply.
Also giving those wearing plaid 10% off of their total purchase at our 4th Annual Garage sale to be held on the same day in our parking lot!

Oregon Coast Creative (60 Laneda Ave):
Free Oregon Coast sticker with every purchase
20 % off purchases of $100 or more

Salt & Paper (411 Laneda Ave):
10 % off all purchases of $50 or more.

spa manzanita (144 Laneda Ave):
For those clad in plaid!!!
$5 and $10 and $15 Mystery Bags
10% off $100 full price items
20% off $200 full price items
And a Raffle Entry for 3 gift cards of $25 value, no purchase necessary!

Starfish Vacation Rentals
Offering a special all weekend, from Friday, 11/23 through Monday, 11/26: Free $50 vacation credits for every $500 gift certificate purchased, up to a maximum credit of $250 – to be used anytime in 2019. These gift certificates can be purchased online or by calling 503-297-4090.

Sunset Vacation Rentals (186 Laneda Ave):
10 % off gift certificates

Syzygy (447 Laneda Ave):
10% off all purchases over $200
20% off all purchases over $400

T-spot in Manzanita (144 Laneda Ave):
20 % off all $200 full price purchases
10% off all $100 full price purchases
$10 off all gift certificates over $100
Extra 50 % off all Sale items

Tosha Reinmiller, Principal Broker – Living Room Realty (507 Laneda Ave):
Tosha will be raffling off four $20 gift certificates from local stores

Toylandia & Manzanita Sweets (320 Laneda Ave):
Purchase $35+ at Toylandia and you will receive a $5 gift certificate for Manzanita Sweets
Purchase $100 and get 20% off
Purchase $200 and get 25% off.

Unfurl (447 Laneda Ave):
Print giveaway of the reclining grizzly bear will happen at the end of our Plaid Friday business day. No purchase necessary, one entry per person all day Friday. The canvas print is a reproduction of an original Eli Halpin oil painting. It’s 24×12 and has a $110 value.


Angelina Boutique and Jewelry (35996 N. Hwy. 101, Nehalem):
Holding a raffle for an original design pure silver and fresh water pearl bracelets. $68.00 value. No purchase necessary for one raffle ticket per customer. Drawing held on Nov. 25

Cosmic Healing NW will be at Three Village Massage (35750 7th Street, Nehalem) with a special crystal sale, offering a free tumbled stone for anyone wearing plaid, All purchases will include a raffle ticket for a beautiful crystal cluster

Nehalem Bay Winery (34965 Hwy. 53 Nehalem):
Featuring Santa’s Elixir holiday wine at $20 a bottle (normally $25). Case and partial case specials, free shipping on case orders. Free wine tasting.

Nehalem Music & Game (35990 N. Hwy. 101, Nehalem):
Storewide super sale


Handy Creek Bakery (63 N Hwy 101):
10% off breakfast if you mention “Plaid Friday”

Salmonberry Saloon (380 S. Marine Drive, Wheeler):
All-day bar specials – $5 Bloody Marys & Mimosas, $1 Hamm’s, $3 wine & cocktails and a host of new winter bar snacks. 20% off to folks wearing plaid!

The Roost (495 Nehalem Blvd., Wheeler):
Buy a gift certificate and get it for 10% off. They will also offer free spiced cider and lots of samples

Trillium (487 Nehalem Blvd., Wheeler):
A raffle Friday and Saturday for a 16″ X 20″ print titled “Neahkahnie Surf” by local artist Deborah Dewit. $70 value. No purchase necessary.

Wheeler Treasures (395 Nehalem Blvd, Wheeler):
10 % off purchases of $100; Enter drawing to win a $25 gift certificate
AND Be sure to stop in at the LARGEST 3-DAHY BAZAAR in TILLAMOOK OUNTY – 351 & 395 Nehalem Blvd. (Hwy. 101) featuring local artisans. Santa on Saturday from 3 to 5 pm!

MORE TO COME! Keep checking here and for specific deals as they are announced!

Source: Tillamook County Pioneer

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In Good Health: Aging in America – Is Grandma Suicidal?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on In Good Health: Aging in America – Is Grandma Suicidal?

By Linda Tate, Communications Director NW Osteopathic Medical Foundation
Last week we were given a lesson in forgiveness, something we can all benefit from in one way or another, right? Sometimes it’s so hard to forgive, but at the end of the day, it’s what is best for us, and really has little to do with the other person. Something to continue to think about and work at, in my opinion.

This week we tackle the subject of Aging in America – Is Grandma Suicidal?
Baby Boomers. We all know one, or we actually ARE one. They were the fabric of our country post WWII. As the Greatest Generation begins to leave us, the Baby Boomers are stepping into their place as they begin to think about retirement, long term health plans, and the end of their journey.
According to World, Florida has the highest number of residents 65 and older, at a percentage rate of 19.06%. In comparison, Montana ranks 6th at 16.62%, Oregon 9th at 15.97%, Idaho 32nd at 14.38%, Washington State 39th at 14.06%, and Alaska is very last in the nation being 50th at only 9.49%.
Obviously, climate has something to do with this. Florida is warm, and that can be very inviting to someone with arthritis or other health issues. Alaska, while breath taking and majestic, has cold/icy weather for a good part of the year, which would be difficult to maneuver if one had balance or walking issues and joint pain.
So we apparently know where our elderly live, but do we know if they are living well?
The CDC Reports that among the elderly, suicide rates have gone up for both males and females. Per every 100,000 people, females rose from 4.0 in 2000 to 6.2 in 2016. Males saw an even steeper rise weighing in at 22.7 in 2000 and 25.9 in 2016. Even more interesting, however, is the fact that suicides ahead of that 65 year mark have skyrocketed. In the 45 to 64 year old bracket, we saw females at 6.2 in 2000, but at 9.9 in 2016; Males rose from 21.3 to 29.1. In 2018, The Senior Report states that combined, completed suicides for people 65 and over were at 16.6 per 100,000.
The means chosen to complete these suicides was largely poison for females, with fire arms running a close second, and almost exclusively fire arms for males. A full 74% of males ages 65 to 74 used guns, and that number jumps to 81% for the 75 and older crowd.
So why is this happening? The NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) appears to have some studies to help us understand what has gone wrong.
“Developing suicide prevention strategies in older adults is particularly challenging because of a range of factors at the individual, provider, systems, and even social/cultural levels. To the extent that suicide prevention relies on timely and effective detection and treatment of mental disorders, older adults face multiple barriers to the acquisition of care.”
“At the service system level, discriminatory barriers still exist in access to mental health care. Medicare recipients are required to pay 50% of charges for mental health services, rather than a 20% copay for physical health conditions. Older adults tend not to use mental health services, but rather seek care from primary care providers. Affective syndromes may be milder in older adults, expressed as physical symptoms. Their presentations are further complicated by co-morbid medical illness and the multiple medications prescribed to treat them. Older adults are reluctant to talk about emotional problems and are less likely to report depression and suicidal ideation to others. Although doctors see many older people in a typical primary care practice, they often lack specialized training in geriatric care, the information and decision support needed to optimize quality of care, and the time necessary to diagnose affective disorders and assess suicide risk among so many competing demands.”
“Consequently, fewer than half of older people with clinically significant mood disorders are diagnosed with depression in primary care, and of those, a minority undergo treatment for their illness. Among those who are treated, few receive the intervention at sufficient doses and duration to be effective.”
The article goes on to say: “Each year in the United States approximately 32,000 deaths result from suicide, of which more than 5000 (14%) are among people older than 65 years.”

There are local resources available. If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to there is help and hope.

To be clear, this statistic means that 5,000 people over the age of 65 give up on living every single year. That’s 416 a month, that’s 13 a day…that was at least one senior that gave up on life while you were reading this blog.
We need to do better. Let’s bring Elderly Suicide out into the light. We need to talk about it. We need to listen to our loved ones, neighbors, friends, and co-workers.
Watch this video to learn the four D’s of suicide risk in older adults…and thank you for reading us…we really do appreciate you.

Source: Tillamook County Pioneer

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Garibaldi Maritime Museum Celebrates Thanksgiving with Special Open House Nov. 23-25

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Garibaldi Maritime Museum Celebrates Thanksgiving with Special Open House Nov. 23-25

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Come celebrate at the Garibaldi Maritime Museum before we close for the season – a festive Open House November 23, 24 and 25th from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Free admission with a donated nonperishable food item for the local Food Bank. Crafts, treats, sales, raffles and more, including Santa on Saturday and Sunday. The Garibaldi Museum is going to have a 25% off gift shop sale! We will have refreshments and a raffle is available. Children can color a stocking or an ornament (adult supervision required). Handmade ornaments will be available for purchase (while supplies last) and nautical Christmas tree ornaments! Support the Garibaldi Maritime Museum.

Our first raffle item to showcase: An original Steinbach Nutcracker, “Sea Captain”. You can purchase a raffle ticket for $1 or 6 for $5, at the Garibaldi Museum. Raffle winners will be announced/called on Sunday November 25th at 2pm, during our Open House Celebration.

Our 2nd raffle item is a Limited Edition Bradford Exchange Snow Globe. This is a Thomas Kinkade “Journey Home for The Holidays”.

Our 3rd raffle item to showcase: A Handmade Mermaid Tree Topper. This will look perfect on a “Nautical” themed Christmas tree. Tickets are available this weekend or next weekend during our “Open House”. Buy 1 ticket for $1 or 6 tickets for $5. There will be 25% off our Gift Shop Sale, refreshments and Santa (Saturday the 24th & Sunday 25th)! The drawing for the raffle items will be held on Sunday the 25th at 2pm. No need to be present for the raffle to win. Sale starts Friday November 23rd!

Another great gift idea – and a way to support ALL of our local museums …Tillamook County “A Step Back in Time”
We are trying something new for Step Back in Time this year….Instead of one-price admission for 3 days as in past years, we are offering a Step Back in Time VIP pass that is good for 13 months!
The pass costs $35 and allows up to four people to get 20% off a one-time admission to Tillamook Coast History Alliance members from November 23, 2018 until December 31, 2019. This includes the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, Tillamook Air Museum, Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, the Garibaldi Museum and Tillamook County Pioneer Museum… a $120 value! (Offer only good on regular admission, not special events, please.)
VIP passes will go on sale November 23, 2018 at the Garibaldi Maritime Museum and the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. OR be the first to get yours on November 1st through Here’s the link:

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Unfurl Clothing Donation of Darn Tough Socks (and more) to Local Clothing Bank

Posted by on Nov 17, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Unfurl Clothing Donation of Darn Tough Socks (and more) to Local Clothing Bank

City Hall Move City of Tillamook

As the seasons change, I used to dread having to wear socks again … until I discovered Darn Toughs at Unfurl Clothing. Besides being “darn tough” – I’ve yet to wear out a pair (lifetime guarantee), they are so warm, cozy and comfortable. When Suzy Freeman mentioned that she had arranged for a donation of my favorite (and soon to be your favorite) socks to the new clothing bank at Nehalem Bay Methodist Church. This is something we need to tell EVERYONE about!

As Suzy said on their Facebook page, “If you love our @darntoughvermont merino wool socks for their cozy fit, fun colors and lifetime guarantee…this news will definitely make you smile! The company generously donated 50 PAIRS OF BEAUTIFUL WOOL SOCKS to our local clothing bank today!” According to Lee Blackmon and Bobbie Mosher who help run the newly opened resource (located in the cozy basement of the Nehalem Bay United Methodist church and open on Friday and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm) you don’t see our rural area’s homeless population out in the public eye, like you do on the streets of Portland or Seattle. Due to the lack of shelters and services, many of these folks camp in the forest and brave the elements 24/7.
Would you like to help? As we head into cold, wet winter, the clothing bank will make certain your donations of the following items go exactly where they are most needed: COATS, GLOVES, HATS, SWEATERS, SHOES, SOCKS, BOOTS, TENTS, TARPS, SLEEPING BAGS, PACKAGED FOODS, PERSONAL GROOMING + PET SUPPLIES. If you don’t live in the area and it’s easier to drop off your FRESHLY LAUNDERED + LIKE NEW donations at Unfurl (located at 447 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita), please do! We will gladly transport them for you. #darntoughsocks #darntoughvermont #merinowool #givingbacktothecommunity #homeless #homelessoutreach #staywarm #stayhealthy #donationswelcome #weappreciateyou #givelocally

Source: Tillamook County Pioneer

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