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The Lopinskis will be taking over 9th St. for five days in June. John and Jeanne are hosting a family reunion for John’s side of the family June 26-July 1. John’s four siblings will be in attendance: one is from California; one from Albany, Ore.; and two from Illinois. Wishing them good weather and a good time!

If you are looking for fun evening out, take in TAPA’s current play, “The Odd Couple,” running through June 23. My husband, Pete, and I went on opening night and the cast had us in stitches, especially Lynn Lotham as Jesus Costazuela. Just one twitch of his eyebrows or roll of his eyes had us in convulsions. The rest of the cast was good, too, with a special shout-out to Sarajane Elkins as neatnik Florence Unger. You can order tickets online at www.tillamooktheater.com or by calling 503-812-0275.

The Starlight Parade in Portland this month had a special Cape Meares connection: Kathy and Kevin Burke’s grandson, Theron Pappas, participated in the parade as part of Sunset High School’s marching band. His sister, Sophie Pappas, and their parents returned from her softball tournament in Bend in time to join Kathy and Kevin as they cheered from the sidelines. What a memorable experience for the whole family!  

At its recent budget meeting in Cape Meares, the Oceanside Water District Budget Committee voted to increase residential rates by $5 per month, with other classifications of service to increase by approximately 8%, effective July 1, 2019. This increase is required to keep our government loan in compliance with the loan terms. Funds from the loans were used to upgrade the water systems in Cape Meares and Oceanside. The budget committee’s recommendation will be on the agenda for the Oceanside Water District board meeting in June.

A little sailboat, about 3’ long, was merrily cruising on Cape Meares Lake the other day. Turns out the sailboat is a remote-controlled model operated by a man who had built the boat 40 years ago and given it away as a gift, only to get it back later in life to refurbish and sail himself. The remote control adjusted only the sails and the rudder, so the little boat was actually sailing.

Bob Garrigues would like the community to know that family members of Veronica Paracchini, his late partner and the love of his life, will be in Cape Meares June 21-23 to celebrate and honor her life and memory. Veronica’s brother, Dan, and some of her cousins will participate in a family-only gathering Saturday morning to share some of her ashes with the ocean on the outgoing tide. Bob is inviting the public to come to the schoolhouse from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, to meet Veronica’s family and share stories. He would welcome your attendance.

Seen on a recent beach walk: teenagers flying a drone over the ocean; elk hoof prints in the wet sand; a couple fishing for surf perch on the incoming tide. How wonderful to live in Cape Meares!

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