Ellen Steen

Ellen Steen

Many thanks to community members who put on the July 4th potluck. Our volunteer firefighters grilled up hamburgers, hot dogs and garden burgers. Attendees brought a great array of salads, side dishes, and yummy desserts. Gary and the Meares Cats brought down the house playing old-time rock ’n roll. Let’s not forget a tip of the hat to the clean-up crew. What a fun way to catch up with the neighbors!

July 4th also featured a neighborhood parade, up and back on 4th St. in front of the old schoolhouse. Children rode decorated bikes or were in dolled-up strollers. A funny sight was a skeleton in a wagon: “Drum and Bugle Corpse.” Decorated cars and trucks and, of course, the Cape Meares fire engine added horsepower to the show. And candy was tossed to the audience; always a favorite.

Dianna “Pasta” Moore had a houseful over the July 4th holiday: her son Vincent; her son Tony with his children, Hayden (11) and Vivian (12); and her nephew Nick Cascisa with his wife, Becky, and their three-year-old twin boys, Zachary and Zander. Hayden and the twins rode their bicycles in the 4th of July one-block parade. The twins had just recently taken the training wheels off their bikes; wowzers, can they go now!

The Smiths did it again! Each year, usually over the July 4th holiday weekend, Patti and Mike Smith put on a fabulous family event called “Family Camp.” Their two children and their families come for good food, friendly competition, and lots of just plain fun. Family Camp always includes a food contest: Each family unit makes a dish with the same main ingredient (e.g., hamburger, wings, or ribs) and, after the taste test, everyone votes. No money involved for the winning group, but, oh, the fame and glory! Homemade ice cream is one of the camp’s highlights. The weekend also includes an arts and crafts project, such as birdhouses or trivets made from clothespins. Outdoor adventures are a must, with hikes to the lighthouse or various other points; one year featured a scavenger hunt at Kilchis Point. If you are looking for ideas as to how to entertain your friends and family over the summer, take a leaf out of the Smiths’ book: their grandchildren—Kiya, Elijah, Ella, Ethan, David and Josie—highly recommend Family Camp!

The Klobases called with a critter report: Three chicks have been seen in the osprey nest on 7th St. Randy and Spike, with their excellent binoculars, saw one of the adult ospreys bringing fish to the nest and three little chick heads popping up to receive it. Good to know things are progressing well there. And have you checked out the Klobases’ landscaping? Everything is in bloom and looking beautiful up on Seaview Ave.

Just a reminder to please join the Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse tomorrow evening, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Netarts Com

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