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Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Silver Turtle Edition

There are those who insist upon having a tent for camping. P’shaw, I say! A tent is a welcome luxury, a cozy extra, but it is certainly not a necessity. I spent my entire childhood hiking and camping, and our family never did own a tent. I admit, I was a victim of tent envy. I love the tent my husband brought to our marriage. What joy it is to wake up dry, even when the rain is streaming down the outside of the tent. As a child, we carried thin plastic sheets to wrap our sleeping bags against the elements. Believe me, the elements scored many a major victory.
So, if you do have a tent, count yourself lucky!

Scout around your backyard for the perfect place to pitch the tent. Avoid any steps or stairs that might cause a middle of the night fall. If you have a safe place for building a campfire, get the firewood ready, and sharpen some sticks for marsh mallow roasting. You don’t want to be doing the sharpening by flashlight.
Meal planning is very important, especially if you are trying for the authentic outdoor experience. The truth is, anything that you cook over a campfire is going to taste delicious, especially if you’ve spent the day hiking or playing tag. Aluminum foil is your best friend for camp cooking.
Make a Silver Turtle for dinner;

On a piece of foil place a hamburger patty, potatoes, carrots, onions, salt, pepper, and a dollop of butter.
Fold foil around turtle, and cook in the coals for twenty minutes.

As we all know, the real food comes after the meat and veggies- dessert! And what is the classic all American camping dessert? S’Mores, of course!
Just in case you’ve forgotten how;
Top one graham cracker square with half a Hershey®’s Milk Chocolate Bar; set aside. Toast a large marshmallow over a hot campfire or fire pit using a long-handled fork or stick. Once toasted, carefully slide marshmallow onto chocolate-topped graham cracker square. Top with remaining graham cracker half and gently press together.
If you keep dropping your marshmallow into the fire, simply wrap the untoasted S’More in aluminum foil, put it in the campfire coals, wait about 5 minutes for the marshmallow to get nice and gooey. The only thing missing is the charred skin.

The Fourth of July is only days away. The Aderdeen Splash Festival takes place at Morrison Park, with all sorts of family fun- inflatable games, a children’s carnival, lots of musical entertainment, a magician, and jugglers! It begins at 2pm and culminates with a fabulous fireworks show over the Chehalis River.

The Hoquiam Farmers Market is offering a build-up to the big day. We are celebrating on July 3rd ! Nancy will be making Strawberry Shortcake, reason enough to celebrate. After all, shopping needs to be done for the weekend, make it a festive experience! Anyone interested in having an outside booth for the 3rd needs to call the market to reserve a canopy tent. For only $10.00, you may set up one of our canopies and sell your products. We encourage homemade, homegrown items, crafts, artwork-unique local talent is welcome! Give us a call at 538-9747.
Remember ; ‘ There is more to life than increasing its speed’- Mahatma Gandi

Barbara Bennett Parsons, manager of the Hoquiam Farmers Market
open Wed. Thru Sun., Deidra’s Deli open Mon. Thru Sat.

Grays harbor Public Market News

Evidently it is not in my personality to be a pessimist. Each day of life begins with a sense of happy anticipation, and at the end of the day there are always good memories to store away. One of my joys in life is spending time at the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge at Bowerman Basin. The mile long boardwalk transports me to another world. It’s a mini-vacation, a place of such serenity that a half hour walk brings the same benefits as a week of camping. If you haven’t ever been there, this Saturday is your golden opportunity to be part of the first ever Bird and Botany stroll. Knowledgeable volunteers will point out all manner of intriguing wonders, and you will become an outdoor expert in record time. I suggest stopping by Deidra’s Deli at the Hoquiam Farmers Market first, because heading out on a walk requires refreshments. I always pack cookies with me, and a good lunch will fortify you for the afternoon. The walk begins at 2p.m. on Saturday, call Carlene at 753-9467 for further information. Bring her a cookie too, she’ll be hungry.

The Daffodils will keep on appearing at the Market for as long as the Satsop Bulb Farm keeps harvesting. In fact, we ought to have flowers non-stop from now until next fall, as more local varieties rise from the soil. My eyes take such pleasure in seeing the market tables filled with bright cheery blossoms. The gray days don’t seem at all dismal when the daffodils appear! Beginning this week I make a daily pilgrimage to our trillium forest. Usually there are a few trilliums showing by March 9th. The date always stays in my memory because it is the birthday of a dear friend, and I hope to have a bouquet to share with her again this year. Plus a chocolate cake. Nancy makes a delectable chocolate cake. I’m expecting to have one on my birthday too.

Once the trilliums burst forth in abundance you will see them nestled in amongst the daffodils at the market, because we are blessed with copious quantities. Many states, including Washington, outlaw the picking of trilliums on public land because they are so rare, and when pulled by the stem instead of carefully picked, the plant takes offense and won’t come back. But do not worry, flower loving friends- the trilliums which we will have are legal , coming from private property, and correctly plucked! They thrive in our forest and I love sharing them. I discovered that the deer will nibble the flower out of the center, leaving the leaves and stem untouched. Our deer are well fed enough without stuffing themselves with trillium delicacies. I’d rather know that they are in someone’s vase, bringing the joy of early spring into the home.

Birthdays don’t always fall on a convenient day, so many people believe in having a week long series of birthday treats. That way they can indulge in things like concerts, movies, and plays that don’t happen to fall on a Tuesday. You can probably see where I’m headed with this. I think it is uncommonly good hearted of the local entertainment venues to allow me to dash from one fantastic event to another all weekend long! The Driftwood Players are presenting the final weekend of ‘The Foreigner’, and you really should be buying your tickets today, it is a not-to-be-missed production. There is nothing quite like laughing yourself silly, and studies have shown that laughter is truly the best medicine. Consider going to this play the best prescription you’ll ever take!

Of course, a foot stomping evening of Celtic rock is guaranteed to revitalize and rejuvenate the spirit! How can anyone resist the lure of 4 great bands bringing ‘riotous fun’ to the D & R? Unless you would rather opt for a quiet evening of nostalgia and romance by attending the 7th Street Theatre showing of Casablanca. Some of us never ever tire of seeing this film, and I can hardly wait to experience it under the stars of the theatre’s restored grandeur. Bogie’s grand gesture of sending Elsa off on the plane to safety will seem even more epic in the classic theater. Does anyone else cry during the scene where the French begin singing their National anthem while the despicable Nazi’s are singing theirs? It gets me every time. Two great choices for Saturday night!

Birthdays deserve to be observed, and we discover new meaning in the occasion as each year comes along. The milestones change as we change. My poor parents. I think back to what I put them through, and marvel at the restraint and patience that they exhibited. How in the world did they keep from throwing up their hands in despair? They must have longed to drop me off along the roadside on some days.
Now I look in the mirror and see my mother’s eyes, my fathers smile. All those lessons that they were certain I didn’t hear come flooding back to me now, and have become the rule book by which I live my life. Even though they have been gone for thirty six years, they are with me each and every day of my life. They gave me life, and they gave me unending love. That is what I will be celebrating tomorrow.

Barbara Bennett Parsons, 57 years old! And still going strong as manager of the Grays harbor Public Market, located at 1958 Riverside in Hoquiam. Open 5 days a week, Wed. Thru Sunday ,538-9747.

Hoquiam Farmers Market News

Lytle’s Seafood and Swansons both have a great supply of first of the season crab.  Because I would never recommend something without trying it first, I chased down the seafood lady at Swansons on Monday and requested 3 of her finest crab.  I figured a fair test should involve 3 crab.  My husband was more than willing to help me in my quest for excellence, and I get mean if there isn’t enough crab.  Oh my gosh.  It was so scrumptious.  Why is the first crab after the molt so much sweeter than any other time of year?  Or is it just me?  I have recipe books filled with incredible things you can do with crab, but all I ever want is hot crab with melted butter. 

 
Recipes are something we at the Hoquiam Farmers Market are pretty darned good with.  In order to spread the happiness, we now have a Facebook page!  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hoquiam-WA/Grays-Harbor-Farmers-Market/185756336581
We’ll be sharing lots of recipes and news items daily, so please visit us and become a friend of the Market!
 
This Saturday, Dec. 5th brings Santa Claus to The Market!!!!  You can imagine the bribery ammunition we have at our disposal- all those cookies!  Santa doesn’t hesitate to visit us.  We have a sneaking suspicion that he pops in every so often incognito, because we find cookie crumbs next to the big comfy rocking chair in Jean’s booth.  In addition to Santa, Rex Valentine will be visiting and singing Christmas Carols.  Guest vendors will be in the Deli, fresh cut Christmas Trees can  be had, and our Kettle Korn friends have new flavors ready to pop up for the Holidays.  Hot mulled apple cider, plates of goodies to sample- you need to visit us on Saturday!  Santa will be with us from 11 until 2!
 
Looking for culture and entertainment on Friday?  The Harbor Art Guild is having their Open House Friday evening, a time of merriment, music, visual delights, and possibly even more cookies.  Last year the Maggie Brown duo played, and I’m pretty sure that they’ll be back again on Friday.  Christmas music with a Celtic twist, it doesn’t get any better!  The Art Guild inhabits a house just past Levee Lumber, after you cross the bridge into Hoquiam.  
 
Warm yourself up with a bowl of good soup from Deidra.  The Deli aromas are spectacularly delicious too!  Remember, no charge for the happiness emitting aroma therapy!
 
Barbara Bennett Parsons, manager & chief cookie tester of the Grays Harbor Public Market, fondly known as the Hoquiam Farmers Market

Top Ten Money-Saving Tips from Washington State Attorney General

1.     Bring ads with you to the store. Match the scanned price to the one that’s been advertised as you stand at the checkout and review your receipt for accuracy before leaving the store. If you find discrepancies, ask for the store’s pricing error policy.
 
2.     Treat gift cards like cash. Some stores won’t replace a lost or stolen gift card unless you provide proof of purchase. Make a note of the card number and keep it in a safe place. Keep receipts that show the purchase price and prove the card was activated. Register your card: Some retailers encourage gift card recipients to register their card through the store’s Web site, which enables them to check their balance online and receive a new card if they lose or misplace the original card.
 
3.     Don’t wait on rebates. Many go unclaimed because consumers lose the form, throw away proof of purchase codes or simply miss the deadline. In order to ensure that you receive your rebate, read the offer carefully before you buy; fill out paperwork promptly; enclose all required documentation; and make copies of all paperwork to be mailed, including forms, receipts, and UPC codes. You will need these materials if something goes wrong. If a rebate never arrives or comes late, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, the Attorney General’s Officeand the local Better Business Bureau.
 
4.     Know the retailer’s return policy before you buy. Know whether a sale is final or if you or the recipient of your gift can obtain a refund, exchange unwanted merchandise or receive store credit for a future purchase. Return policies on sale and clearance items may be different than merchandise sold at full price.
 
5.     Keep receipts and packaging. When giving a gift, ask for gift receipt and enclose it with the present. Many retailers will only refund the lowest price at which the item was sold unless you can prove you paid more.
 
6.     Save warranties and service agreements. If you have printed copies of warranties and service agreements, you’ll have an easier time negotiating any refunds or exchanges should you have a problem or decide to return the product. Ask for warranties and service contracts in writing, save receipts from all of your purchases and bring them with you if you need a refund, exchange or repair.
 
7.     Be timely with returns. Most merchants only accept returns for a certain period of time. If you miss the deadline, you may no longer be able to get a refund or store credit.
 
8.     Check recall notices before buying children’s products. You can protect yourself by visiting www.recalls.gov before purchasing children’s products and by signing up to receive federal recall notices at www.cpsc.gov.

9.     Check video game ratings. “Much like the movie rating system, video game ratings empower parents to make age and content-appropriate purchases for their kids,” McKenna said. “This Christmas, when your kid makes a list, check it twice for video games – and make sure to review the rating on each game to know which ones are right for your kids.” All game-rating information as well as rating summaries can be found by searching for titles on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) Web site (www.esrb.org). A mobile Web site at m.esrb.org enables parents to look up rating summaries  from the store aisle.
 
10. Do online shopping on secure Web sites. This helps ensure that personal information, such as your name, address and credit card number, is transmitted safely. Secure sites have addresses that begin with “https” and have a small padlock at the bottom of the page. Use a credit card rather than a debit card. If anything goes wrong, your checking account won’t be impacted. And credit card providers can reverse a payment if something goes wrong.

Washington DFI Warns of Top 10 Financial Traps

“When it comes to investing, verify everything and everyone before you part with your money,” Stevenson said. “Education and information are an investor’s best defense against investment fraud.”

Investors should always be wary of unsolicited financial advice or investment opportunities. Before investing any money, consumers should contact their state securities regulators, which provide detailed background information about people and companies selling securities or giving investment advice, as well as the products being offered.

DFI’s Securities Division identified

real estate investment schemes, promissory notes, private placement offerings, natural resources investments and Ponzi schemes as the greatest potential threats to investors this year. Details on all 10 traps can be found online at http://www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/topscams.htm. For more information, contact the Securities Division at 877-RINGDFI or visit our Web site at www.dfi.wa.gov/sd.

      1. Ponzi Schemes. Despite the heightened awareness of Ponzi (or pyramid) schemes following Bernard Madoff’s multi-billion dollar fraud and 150-year prison sentence, these scams continue to trap investors. The Ponzi scheme is a house-of-cards swindle in which high returns are paid to initial investors using funds from later investors. The later investors often end up losing all or most of their money to the promoter.
      2. Real Estate Investment Schemes. State securities regulators have noted a marked rise in scams disguised as offers to help homeowners caught facing foreclosure “save” their homes or “fix” their mortgages — usually in exchange for a fee paid in advance. Most of these advance-fee offers only generate a quick profit for the con-artist and provide little or no benefit to the consumer.
      3. Short-term Commercial Promissory Notes. Many seniors have lost their life savings by investing in short-term commercial promissory notes that are nine months or less in duration. The seller of these notes may touted them as being “insured” or “guaranteed,” but the insurance companies generally are located outside of the United States, are not licensed to do business in the United States, and lack the resources necessary to deliver on the promised guarantees.
      4. Private Placement Offerings. Private placements offer businesses the opportunity to raise capital by selling securities to a relatively small number of investors as opposed to a public offering made through national securities markets, often under a federal registration exemption (Regulation D, Rule 506). Companies using this exemption can raise an unlimited amount of money without registering the offering with the SEC. Although properly used by many legitimate issuers, the exemption has become an attractive option for con artists, as well as individuals barred from the securities industry and others aiming to steal millions of dollars from investors through false and misleading representations.
      5. Natural Resource Investments. DFI’s Securities Division expects to see a continuing rise in energy and precious metals scams promising quick, high returns. Investors anxious to recover losses quickly likely will be hooked by fraudulent oil and gas “investments” as well as fraudulent offerings of investments tied to natural gas, wind and solar energy, and the development of new energy-efficient technologies.
      6. Gold Bullion and Currency Scams. With the high price of gold, investors should beware of gold bullion scams in which the seller offers to retain “purchased” gold in a “secure vault” and promises to sell the gold for the investor as it gains in value. In many instances the gold does not exist.
      7. Speculative Inventions and New Products. New products are for venture capitalists who know how to assess the risks. They are not good investments for your retirement money even though they may promise high returns.
      8. Life Settlements. State securities regulators long have been concerned about life settlements – commonly known as “viaticals” — and the rising popularity of these products among investors has prompted a recent congressional investigation. While life settlement transactions have helped some people obtain funds needed for medical expenses and other purposes, those benefits may come at a high price for investors, particularly senior citizens.
      9. Entertainment Investments. These unregistered investments, encompassing a variety of products including movies, infomercials, internet gambling and pornography sites, promise high returns while offering little disclosure of risk.
      10. Leveraged Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). This relatively new product has been offered to individual investors who may not be aware of the risks these funds carry. The funds, which trade throughout the day like a stock, use exotic financial instruments — including options and other derivatives — and promise the potential to provide greater than market returns as the value of the underlying assets rise or fall. Given their volatility, these funds typically are not suitable for most retail investors.

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About DFI’s Division of Securities www.dfi.wa.gov/sd 360.902.8760 877.RINGDFI (746.4334)
The Division of Securities regulates securities investments, franchises, business opportunities, and off-exchange commodities sold in Washington and the firms and individuals that sell these products or provide investment advice. The Division handles complaints, conducts investigations, and takes appropriate enforcement actions to protect investors and combat fraud.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain in Westport June 25th Through 28th

Lady Washington stands off as passengers explore a remote cove of the San Juan Islands. Photo by Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority.On Independence Day, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain welcome visitors during the annual Aberdeen SPLASH festival, located along the Chehalis River at Morrison Riverfront Park. (The ships will remain at Aberdeen Landing.) SPLASH features free entertainment for children and adults, free inflatable rides, and performances by local and regional bands. Public tours of the ships are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Battle Sail is scheduled for 2 p.m., and a Fireworks Sail-featuring the evening community fireworks display-takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight. The boats will also open for public tours Sunday July 5 from noon to 4 p.m. For tickets to the July 4 Battle Sail and Fireworks Sail, visit www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.

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Hoquiam High School Takes Top Prize in National “Feed the Need” Program

“Students worked with local businesses to raise money and food; we did variety shows, staff competitions and many other creative things,” says Hoquiam teacher Bonnie Jump. “Hoquiam raised $12,000 in one day alone. It’s the most amazing display of generosity that one can witness in our tiny community.”

Said Jim Berk, CEO, Participant Media, “We are thrilled by the fantastic response to our call to action to help ‘Feed the Need.’ Our alliance with DoSomething.org for the social action campaign for The Soloist is a perfect example of how we leverage our entertainment projects to activate change and make a difference in the lives of others.”

“We set a goal of one million pounds of food, and these kids blew it out of the water,” said DoSomething CEO Nancy Lublin. “DoSomething provides the support, but the energy and initiative is all theirs.”

Opening April 24, The Soloist is the true story of the friendship between Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a Juilliard-trained musician who is now homeless and playing his music on the streets of downtown L.A. www.takepart.com/thesoloist

State Parks Commission to discuss budget reductions at Olympia meeting

These include reducing headquarters staff and programs, freezing equipment replacement, halting subsidies to non-core activities such as concessions and a consolidation of region offices.

The Commission has begun discussions with local governments to explore transferring 13 parks to other public operators. The parks on a list for potential transfer are Osoyoos, Brooks Memorial, Schafer, Bogachiel, Tolmie, Fay Bainbridge, Fort Okanogan, Wenberg, Fort Ward, Joemma Beach, Kopachuck, Lake Sylvia and Old Fort Townsend. Two additional parks, Nolte and Squilchuck, will potentially be mothballed until resources are once more available. For more information about the budget reduction proposal, see the news fact sheet at www.parks.wa.gov/newsreleases/. The Commission will consider public comment on the proposal as they implement the final state budget passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

In light of the February 2009 revenue forecast which predicts a worsening economy and a revenue shortfall of more than $8 billion, the Legislature has asked the agency to develop a deeper reduction scenario to total $23 million. The Commission will discuss possible criteria for selecting additional parks for potential mothballing. The Commission will welcome public comment on selection criteria. In morning business on meeting day, the Commission will consider extending the term of a concession agreement at Blake Island State Park from 20 years to 40 years, in exchange for a new operator to assume responsibility for all concession facility maintenance and improvements.

The current concession, Tillicum Village, offers park visitors a passenger ferry ride across Puget Sound to Blake Island for a hosted salmon dinner, interpretive programs and entertainment consistent with Northwest Coast Native American themes. Morning business also will include a report on the State Parks Capital Development program and an item asking the Commission to consider a perpetual maintenance easement for Bonneville Power Administration at Iron Horse State Park. Commission budget work session: A Commission budget work session is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at State Parks Headquarters, 1111 Israel Road S.W., Olympia. The Commission takes no formal action or public comment at work sessions.