Archive for March 2010

Census Event at The Grays Harbor Public Market

Food, Music, and a chance to have a great time while filling out your 2010 United States Census form!
Grays Harbor Transit will have special free buses running so that you can hop on over to the Hoquiam Farmers Market . If you or your organization has handmade items to sell or a service to promote, this is your opportunity to reach lots of people for free! We have outdoor canopy booths available, but you need to call Barbara to reserve your space.
The Grays Harbor Banjo Band will perform, free food will be served and the weather is going to be sunny and warm.
Bring your census form over and let the experts help you fill it out. The information gathered from this survey means money for Grays Harbor Schools and cities, money to hire more teachers, money to keep our police and fire departments at peak performance levels, money to keep the buses running!

from;       Hoquiam Farmers Market AND the US Census!
what;       Free outside canopied vendor space at the Market for 1 day!
when;     Saturday, April 10th
where;    1958 Riverside in Hoquiam
contact;   Barbara, at 538-9747 or 591-2664

Grays Harbor Public Market News – Easter Egg Edition

The Hoquiam Farmers Market has a fantastic supply of eggs from hens who are celebrating the end of winter! These are the freshest and best eggs that you can find, unless you have hens of your own. One word of caution however- the fresher the egg, the harder it is to get the shell off when it has been hard boiled. So get these eggs for frying, scrambling, omelette-ing, baking- anything but hard boiled! Not only do you know that this is a good local egg, but you also know that the chicken has had the freedom to run around being a happy chicken. Factory chicken farms never allow the chicken to even see the light of day, much less to romp and scratch in a field.

Beginning on Wednesday, we will have home grown seed potatoes available! Wait until you hear what kinds they are; Yellow Finns and German Butterballs! Doesn’t that sound better than the ordinary russet?? Growing potatoes doesn’t require much skill at all, but the results are phenomenal! You get this impressive plant appearing above ground, and come harvest time the resulting search for buried treasure beats any pirate’s hoard. These seed potatoes come from Lubbe Farms in Satsop, tried and true varieties grown especially for our fickle Grays Harbor climate!

Easter is often the occasion for families to gather, and feasting is a longstanding tradition of Easter. If there is one thing that the Farmers Market is really good at promoting, it is feasting! Given an honest-to-goodness excuse for cooking great food, we go a little bit crazy! Nancy will be baking all kinds of pies this week, and the annual Hot Cross Buns will appear on Friday and Saturday. I recently learned that Hot Cross Buns were once illegal in England, but due to the threat of mass rioting, Queen Elizabeth the 1st made it legal to bake and sell them only for Easter and Christmas. Thank goodness we don’t have to worry about our Nancy becoming an outlaw for bun baking.

Speaking of outlaws. Honestly, I didn’t even have to plan that segue, it just happened! This Saturday night, April 3rd, the Hoquiam Business Association is hosting Dan Whyms, the Johnny Cash Living Tribute concert at the 7th Street theater. We all know that Johnny has been gone for a few years, but you’d never know that by listening to this man’s music! I never had the privilege of hearing the Man in Black in person, so I am thrilled to be able to attend a world class tribute artist singing Folsom Prison Blues and I Walk the Line. Swooning may occur. Tickets are available at Les Blues in Aberdeen, Harbor Drug in Hoquiam, the Farmers Market, or online at For only $15.00!

This Wednesday is the birthday of a very special person in my life. I was in fifth grade when I met Jean Hogan. She was my teacher. Every child should have a teacher who changes their life. A teacher who makes such a difference that they cannot imagine how life would have been without that teacher. Sometimes we don’t realize how enormous of an impact a particular teacher had, and often- all too often- the teacher never knows. I think that part of the reason I understand how lucky I was is due to having lived in Hoquiam all of my life. The stability of knowing people from an early age and having them be a part of one’s life as maturity slowly but surely does its’ work- I have a continuity that doesn’t exist for someone who has bounced around from one place to another. They have other skills that I lack, but I am thankful beyond words for what my community has provided for me. You see, I didn’t know my teachers only in the classroom- they were also part of my church, members of the Olympians Hiking Club, volunteers at bazaars and car washes, Girl Scout leaders. A constant and abiding presence. I knew that they had the full authority of a parent no matter where I was or what I was doing. Jean Hogan Savidge is celebrating her 80th birthday on Wednesday, and I am grateful for the opportunity to let her know how precious is her presence in my life.
Don’t wait for a birthday announcement- hug a teacher today!

Barbara Bennett Parsons, contented manager of the Grays Harbor Public Market, fondly known as the Hoquiam Farmers Market. Open 5 days a week! 538-9747

Commentary from the Left with Gary Murrell

Conservative Comments with Mike Yarmakovich

Tuberculosis rates increasing in Washington

TB remains an important public health challenge, and resources must be focused on the strategy to find and treat infected patients appropriately. Timely treatment with proper antibiotics is the key to survival and less severe symptoms.

Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection ( that usually affects the lungs, but can attack other parts of the body. Most symptoms include fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss, and a persistent cough. Some people may be infected with TB and have no symptoms. People with HIV/AIDS, those younger than five and older than 50, and those with weakened immune systems are at increased risk. Tuberculosis is spread in the air when a person with infectious TB coughs.

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is also increasing in Washington. This type of TB infection requires different antibiotics to treat and can be extremely costly. In 2009 two cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis were reported to the state Department of Health. Infection control procedures must be in place in hospitals or health-care settings to prevent exposure to TB and its spread.

Tuberculosis rates are often higher among racial and ethnic groups. In Washington, Asians had the highest rate increase in 2009 compared to 2008, while American Indian/Alaskan Natives had the biggest decrease. More than 70 percent of 2009 cases in the state were in foreign-born individuals.

Health care providers, lab workers, and public health agencies must continue to work together to guard against the resurgence of tuberculosis. Just 75 years ago, TB killed nearly 1,000 state residents every year. In 2009, there were three deaths from the infection in Washington, yet the total number of cases continues to climb. While there’s been considerable work done to prevent the spread of this disease, fighting TB is a long-term commitment that must be met by the public health and health care communities.

March 24 is World TB Day. Worldwide, tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of death from infectious disease. Every year, about nine million people are infected with TB around the world, and nearly two million die. World TB Day provides the opportunity to share solutions and discuss issues related to this pandemic and to support worldwide TB control efforts.

Grays Harbor Public Market News – Clam Chowder Edition

Barbara’s Clam Chowder
saute the following in 1/4 cup of olive oil;
1 Large onion, chopped
1 Cup chopped celery
1 Cup grated carrots ( sometimes I add even more)
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. Dill
1/4 tsp. Thyme
2 Tblp. Dry parsley (fresh if you have it!)
1 Tblp. Dry mustard
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
meanwhile have cooking in a separate pot;
6 or 8 finely cubed potatoes, in water-enough to cover them, or better yet- chicken stock
6 slices of bacon
in a blender, combine;
1 cup of milk
1/4 cup of Flour
When the potatoes are cooked, stir the flour/water mix into the pot and
stir quickly to thicken. Then add the sauteed vegies. Then add;
1 to 2 cups of ground clams, and finally,
1 or 2 cans of evaporated milk- your choice for thickness
Put the burner on very low and cook until the clams are cooked but not
ladle into bowls and add a dollop of butter on top of each bowl

Ever heard of Razor Clam Sausage?? Only if you are a regular at the Hoquiam Farmers Market, since our own Anthony Stricevich is the only one making this incredible delicacy! Anthony’s sausage has a national following. Many folks who live in far-flung states place regular orders for his Razor Clam Sausage, and new gourmands discover this regional delight daily. Don’t expect Anthony to be giving out his recipe, it’s so secret that I’m not sure that LuAnn is allowed in his shop during production. There are days when we run out at the market and have to break the news to disappointed customers. That’s when all of our diplomacy skills are tested. When Anthony temporarily ran out of clams a few months ago, fans of his sausage were muttering and grumbling. Thank goodness his other sausages are equally as delectable; Kielbasa, Harbor Hound, Craisin, Summer Sausage. We pressed the packages into the customers hands, and they came back completely contented.

Lytle’s Seafoods tries to keep both Anthony and the market supplied with fresh, cleaned razor Clams, but our supply always depends upon the tides and the weather. You can give us a call at 538-9747 to ask about our supply or to have us hold something for you. I’d rather have your name on a package of goodies than to have you be disappointed when we are sold out.
John Vlastalica is a Razor Clam fan who grew up in Aberdeen. He moved to Olympia, but never lost his love for either the clams or his hometown. One fine day he was struck with an inspiration ( it may have been a middle of the night thought, but-) Clam-heads are forever longing for the largest clams possible. We yearn for the old days of digging when the ‘mossbacks’ were plentiful. For you youngsters, a mossback is an enormous Razor Clam whose shell has become mottled and green with age. We shake our heads while recalling the time when a limit was much larger than a mere 15 clams. I have a family photo showing my father with our 4 limits in a wheelbarrow, practically overflowing with clams- all mossbacks! In fact, the first baby picture of me is not one of a newborn baby at the hospital, snuggled in mom’s arms. Huh-uh. I was born on March 2nd, and within 2 weeks they had me out on the beach for clam digging. Not that I was much use, but I love the photo of me in my fathers arms. His pantlegs are rolled up past the knee, he’s barefooted and plaidshirted, and the clams are almost, but not quite, the star of the picture.

Back to John’s inspiration. He decided to make a T shirt showing a plump mossback Razor Clam posed next to the much smaller clam. The caption reads
‘Size Does Matter, Can ya Dig it?’. This is a great T shirt. So, naturally we now have them available at the Farmers Market.
Clam digging has played a large role in my life. I’m told that my personality changes once I get to the surf line. My jaw tightens, the lips are compressed, a look of total absorption in the task at hand comes over my face. Stalking the wily clam is not a job for sissies. It is serious work.
Until the sky begins to turn to a golden glow. Then I stop and stare in wonder, knowing that this moment is sacred. A clam could leap out of the sand and flop at my feet, and I would not turn my eyes away from this miracle. Slowly the sun lowers itself gently into the ocean, like a bather testing the water. In that moment, the world is sublime and completely at peace. I take a deep breath of the briney ocean air and give thanks.

Barbara Bennett Parsons, clam digger extraordinaire! Also manager of the Grays Harbor Public Market, fondly known as the Hoquiam Farmers Market. Open Wednesday thru Sunday! Call 538-9747 for Deli orders or more info

Razor Clam Digging Approved Just in Time for Razor Clam Festival

Days, tides and beach openings for this dig are:

  • Friday, March 26, (4:29 p.m., +0.1) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch
  • Saturday, March 27, (5:19 p.m., -0.1) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
  • Sunday, March 28, (6:04 p.m., 0.0) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Monday, March 29, (6:35 A.M., -0.1) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • Tuesday, March 30, (7:22 A.M., -0.7) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • Wednesday, March 31, (8:07 A.M., -1.0) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • Thursday, April 1, (8:52 A.M., -1.0) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

The National Park Service scheduled the dig at Kalaloch Beach, which is located within the Olympic National Park, to coincide with those at other coastal beaches.

Another dig is tentatively scheduled on morning tides in mid-April at Long Beach, pending final marine toxin tests. 

Any 2009-10 annual shellfish/seaweed license or combination license is valid through March 31. However, a new license will be required for anyone age 15 or older to participate in the April 1 dig. Descriptions of the various licensing options are available on the WDFW website at .

Ayres said WDFW expects to announce additional razor-clam digs in late April or early May on most beaches, noting that several natural events have left more clams than usual available for harvest in spring.  Those events include stormy weather in December, a marine toxin closure in January and last week’s tsunami advisory on the coast.

"Razor-clam diggers had a bumpy ride earlier this year, and we’re doing everything we can to add some additional digging opportunities," Ayres said.

Beaches open include: 

  • Long Beach , which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point. 
  • Twin Harbors Beach , which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the mouth of Grays Harbor. 
  • Copalis Beach , which extends from the Grays Harbor North Jetty to the Copalis River, and includes beaches near Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut and Ocean City. 
  • Mocrocks Beach , which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips. 
  • Kalaloch Beach , from the South Beach campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. Visitors to the park are advised to consult area bulletin boards for park safety and other information.  

Shelton Man Jailed After Assault……With a Croquet Mallet

SHELTON, Wash. – A 35 year old Shelton man was arrested Friday night after Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an altercation at 496 E. Lansky Road on Harstine Island.  Arrested was William E. Anglemyer, 35, Shelton.  Deputies charged Anglemyer with investigation of first degree assault of Richard A. LaDue, 45, Shelton.

Investigators say the two were at a party where many of the people had been drinking.  A scuffle broke out between LaDue and Anglemyer.  During the course of the initial scuffle LaDue had struck Anglemyer with a fist.  The scuffle broke up then Anglemyer returned hitting LaDue in the head with a croquet mallet.

LaDue was airlifted to Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of the head trauma.  As of 0800 hrs on March 22, LaDue remains at Harbor View in stable condition.  Sheriff Detectives continue the investigation into this matter.  Anglemyer’s bail is currently set at $100,000.  Anglemyer is expected to make his first court appearance today.

Commentary from the Left with Gary Murrell

Conservative Comments with Mike Yarmakovich