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The Plastic Pollution rally put on April 27 by the Master Recyclers was a big hit. That 10-foot wire mesh fish was full to its gills with plastic bags. Numerous displays outlined the problem in colorful and artistic ways: A string of 360 plastic bags crisscrossed the 2nd Street Plaza, representing the average number of bags used per person in a year—for Tillamook County, that means about 9 million bags! There were stickers and bookmarks for the kids and reusable bags for all. Thank you, Master Recyclers, for all you are doing to combat the serious problem of plastics in the ocean.

The Cape Meares community center is sure looking spiffy. Fifteen individuals turned out on April 27 for the annual clean-up party. They pulled weeds, trimmed bushes, removed plants along the driveway, and took three loads of debris to the dump. While most of the work was going on outside, Deborah Neal was inside, cutting new tablecloths for all the tables. Mary Jane Pelson brought warm coffee cake to keep the group fueled. Many thanks to Kevin and Kathy Burke, Rod and Mary Jane Pelson, Jon and Marge Hirsch, Mary Gordon, Dave Freitas, Charles Ansorge, BJ Byron, Deborah Neal, Anita Johanson, Arla Ayers, and Patti and Mike Smith for all their hard work.

The Ollikainens participated in the XLVI Northwest Corvair Econo-Run in Leavenworth, Wash., the last weekend in April. Olli bought his midnight-blue 1966 Corvair as a college senior in 1967. After years of sitting as a shell in the garage, Olli took it on as a retirement project and fully restored it with the help of the Oregon Corsa, the local Corvair club. The car is now not only gorgeous, but it runs like a top—wobbles and all (Olli says he still needs to tinker with it). Olli and Carolyn drove from Cape Meares to Leavenworth to participate in the Corvair enthusiasts’ event, which involved driving from Leavenworth to Chelan and back along the beautiful Columbia River. What a fun way to spend a sunny weekend!

Jon Ziady recently returned from two weeks in Japan. He was part of a hiking tour group assembled by Mountain Hiking Holidays of Portland. The group hiked the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, an ancient trail that has been designated a UNESCO world heritage cultural landscape site. They covered 80 kilometers in their first four days of hiking and then visited the three major shrines that represent the fusion of Shintoism and Buddhism. Jon thoroughly enjoyed the trip, but is now glad to be back to walking Bayocean Spit with his wife, Merrie.

Get ready for a good time on May 10 at Tillamook’s “Sip + Shop” event. Writer Sally McGee from Cape Meares will be reading from her work 5-7 p.m. at Art Accelerated. Sally is the Head Hen of the Hens Only Chicken Club and the publisher, CEO, editor and reporter of “The Chicken Times,” the club’s newsletter. Come hear Sally and join the fun this Friday night in downtown Tillamook.

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