Ellen Steen

Ellen Steen

Be ready for a fun time at the Cape Meares community potluck tomorrow, July 4, at 1 p.m. In addition to the great BBQ food and live music, you’ll have an opportunity to bid on a gorgeous quilt called “Love in the Mist.” This work of art was lovingly crafted by some of the talented ladies of the Cape Meares sewing and crafts group and is on display in the community center. The quilt will be auctioned off in a silent auction to the highest bidder during the 4th of July celebration. The auction will benefit the community center; the minimum bid is $100.

Neighbors Carolyn Ollikainen and Karen Walz spent an adventure-filled five days on the Rogue River Trail, 40 miles following the wild and scenic river at its best. It was like summer camp for adults, including the mosquitos, sweltering heat and a bumper crop of poison oak. Carolyn, Karen and their group worked hard hiking, oohed and aahed at the beautiful scenery, and ate homemade hearty food. They rewarded themselves with intermittent rafting on the river, which was a nice reprieve from the heat. The experience reminded them to appreciate nature’s gifts and the things we all take for granted, like water and electricity. They listened to exciting stories of the pioneers who explored that area, including author Zane Grey, and learned to love the Rogue River Valley. They saw Grey’s rustic cabin that he lived in while writing one of his many novels. Carolyn and Karen hope you all get a chance for a summer outdoor adventure this year; it is good for the soul.

Many thanks to the Tillamook Road Dept.! They paved Pacific Ave. NW a week or so ago, plus did little “aprons” at the end of 2nd and 4th Streets NW. What a pleasure to drive on a smooth surface instead of dodging the large potholes. We’ll especially appreciate it in the rain; it was hard to see those potholes in the rain and in the dark. The lower section of 3rd St. NW was prepped for paving, too, but that didn’t happen; those of us who live on that street sincerely hope that it, too, will be paved soon.

Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse will have a potluck on Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the Netarts Community Club. During the evening, the group will spend time remembering Barbara Bennett and her dedication to the lighthouse. As most of you know, Barbara also wrote this Cape Meares Fencepost column for more than 30 years; we considered her the matriarch of Cape Meares. Please come and share stories of Barbara. All are welcome.

If you have community or family news to share, please call me at 503-842-8608 or e-mail me at ellensteen2@gmail.com. Whether it’s a function you are hosting, a milestone birthday for a family member, a notable gathering of friends, an upcoming event, an educational announcement—let your Cape Meares neighbors know! We’d love to celebrate vicariously with you.

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