It’s been nine long wet years since my house was thoroughly power washed. Dried moss on the upper front was so thick, I was embarrassed to have company. Several outfits promised bids and didn’t follow through, some family and friends have taken on the job and been turned back by the third floor or less than stellar equipment. Dax Esplin, of Sunset Power Wash spent a morning outside of my Cloverdale bungalow last week working. The result is so lovely that a visitor over the recent weekend thought I’d painted. Hats off to Dax for a professional service that will travel for jobs in South County.

 Free events at South Tillamook County Library this week include Balloon Shooters and Star Rockets for children’s story time at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Mr. Fantastic is in store when the group meets on July 31. A collage workshop is hosted in Manzanita at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Bring your own project for Fiber Friday at 2 p.m. on July 26 and August 2. Mother Goose on the Loose, story time for babies with their caretakers, happens at 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Teens will enjoy a Robotic kits (by R.S.V.P.) starting at  5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30. South Tillamook County Library is located on Camp Street in Pacific City.

If you missed free well child checks and sports physicals in Pacific City earlier this week, there’s an opportunity from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. They’re offered at Women and Family Health, 1011 Third Street, In Tillamook;  target patients are aged 12-21 and have no out of pocket cost. Call 503-815-2292 for an appointment; drop-ins are allowed.

A free collection of household hazardous waste is planned from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. sharp on Saturday August 3 in Tillamook. Take items (paint, stain and fluorescent tubes for example) to Tillamook Transfer Station, 1315 Ekloff Road. For a list of acceptable trash go to co.tillamook.or.us/gov/solidwaste or call 503-815-3975.

Thanks to Joani Moore for writing with a message from Nesko Women’s Club. The group is celebrating a successful book and bake sale held July 4 in Neskowin. They appreciate the support of the community in donating to the sale, help setting up and tearing down and for shoppers. The proceeds will benefit South County causes exclusively. Thanks to everyone who donated, volunteered or shopped; it was a group effort for a good cause.

Let’s remember that an earthquake rumbled west of Newport last month. These frequent events motivate me to continue steps towards disaster preparedness each week. I’m sharing my progress in this space; we can prepare together for the coming “big one.” Let’s get ready for sponge baths and a makeshift toilet if we need to house in place after sewer, septic and water lines fail. Gather a suitable bucket with lid, a roll of liners to fit it, toilet tissue, hand sanitizer and a package of baby wipes. I’ll check that I am up to speed on these tasks myself  before I write again.

 Happy birthday this week to: Brianna Chatelain, Noah Craven, John Elder, Kaelyn Fitch, Kay Haltiner, Laura Hurliman, Sue Hurliman, Haley Ledbetter, Owen Love, Dalton McKonkey, Seth Merrell, Sue Merrell, Patti Swirtz, Jacob Trent, Wayne Trent, Nicole Troxel. Richard Warren and Stormee Wills.

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