Level 1 Registered Sex Offender arrested after harrassing, and panhandling from, neighbors

    A level-1 registered sex offender in Hoquiam was arrested last week after he repeatedly harassed his elderly neighbor. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us neighbors in the 1100 block of Soule Avenue reported that Christopher Grim was attempting to panhandle door-to-door. On January 30, 2014, Detective Sergeant Krohn updated the department regarding a level […]

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  • St. Lawrence centennial celebration Sunday in Raymond

    RAYMOND, Wash. – St. Lawrence Catholic Church will celebrate its centennial year with a bilingual mass scheduled at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, September 29th. Immediately following the service, a catered luncheon will be served in the social hall of the church. The church is located at 1112 Blake Street in Raymond.

    The Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, archbishop of Seattle, will be the principle celebrant. Current Pastor, Fr. P.A. Kaech, and former pastors will concelebrate at the centennial mass. 

    Sr. Virginia Miller, of the Sisters of Providence, who served as pastoral assistant (along with Sr. Elizabeth Joyce, Sp., since deceased) will be in attendance and will bring the gifts forward for the offertory procession.

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  • Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Memorial Day Edition

    It may be raining right now, but the forecast for Memorial Day weekend is excellent! The rain just makes it easier to concentrate on getting your work finished before rummaging around to find last years’ bottle of sunscreen lotion.
    We have the perfect cut flower for your Memorial Weekend bouquets- glorious deep red Peonies! Our grower, Frank, was featured on the front page of The Daily World yesterday. He tells me that the fields are rather soggy today, but since the blossoms are cut while in tight bud, the rain doesn’t affect the quality of the flowers at all. Three stems of Red Charm Peonies are enough to make a lavish bouquet, but for only $2.00 per stem, you can splurge on as many as you want. The perfume fragrance will scent your home. You will feel like a princess, pampered with lavish flowers. It’s okay, you deserve it!
    WE aslo have the exotic and highly esteemed Garlic Scapes available right now.
    These come from Judy’s Elephant garlic plants. She trims the green growth and bud so that the strength will return to growing the garlic bulb under the soil.
    These are a gourmet’s delight- delicate enough to chop and toss into a green salad, lovely to saute with vegetables. The flavor is delicate, rather than the robust assertive flavor of the garlic clove. Only .25 each!
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  • Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Frog Edition

    Tuesdays are often a Market Pick Up Day- this week I’m bringing back fresh pressed Lattin’s Apple Cider and dozens and dozens of bunches of fresh picked Daffodils! Wednesday morning brings a delivery of crisp and fabulous fresh Green Beans, in time for your Easter dinner. The Hot House grown rhubarb is finished now, and we’re waiting for the Puyallup fields to drain- rhubarb likes a moist soil, but this is pushing the limits!
    Meanwhile, fresh plants are in abundance at the market! We have scads of beautiful blooming beauties, ready for your tender loving care. The Kennedy Irish Primula is a new variety of Primrose, with a deep green leaf. They’re just about ready to pop with blossoms, and will manage it sooner if brought into the shelter of your loving home.
    Mondays are our only closed day of the week, and today Nancy is getting new counter tops in her kitchen! Rejoicing will begin at 2am this morning when the Baker Ladies start work. Cookies appear soon after, followed by Cinnamon Rolls and other scrumptious delicacies. Hot Cross Buns? Oh yes! On Good Friday and Saturday- we believe in traditions here at the Farmers Market. Can’t wait for the first flour to smudge the new counter tops!
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  • Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Bridge Closure Edition

    Bridge Closure? No Problem! We’re right on your way now, from either direction! If you need help finding alternate ways to get around town, just ask us. There is always a bonus side to a problem and ours is that our downtown area is now a quiet and peaceful place to have a leisurely stroll while shopping. The Riverside walkway is as scenic and lovely a walk as you could ever wish for.

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  • Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Potato Salad Edition

    Seasonal fresh produce is now on the Market tables. Abel Rios is making weekly trips to Yakima to bring us Asparagus, Snow Peas, & green Walla Walla onions. Judy has Kale from her garden now, and Rhubarb will be available soon.
    We do not import out of state or out of country produce- as soon as good local produce is ready, we’ll have it at the Farmers market!

    Pacific Northwesterners know how to make the most of the summer season! Probably because we know how brief the season can be. Yes, there have been summers of too much drizzle, not enough sunshine. We could have coined the ancient phrase ‘Seize the Day!’, for those rare, sparkling days are more precious to us than jewels.

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  • Town history found on the shelf of garage sale

    MONTESANO, Wash. – Snagging Montesano’s history, right off the shelf of a garage sale. Carol Beck of Elma was out garage sailing recently when she spotted, and recognized, a lost piece of the town’s history. She explained to the Montesano city council last night “I’m a teacher, so I’m interested in old books. I started thumbing through them and I realized they were a primary source of the establishment of Montesano. So I asked what he wanted and he said ‘oh, ten bucks?’ and I said ‘how about five?’ cause I’m a garage saler.”
    Carol found 11 books written by Montesano’s city engineer from 1910 to 1914, and contacted the city. Mayor Ken Estes responded with a citizen appreciation award, and said the books will be put on display in the new city shop.
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  • Area doctor voices concerns over “meth-heads” in Aberdeen

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – Aberdeen’s downtown homeless population is apparently migrating up the hill. That’s according to Doctor Carey Martens, he told the city council at last night’s meeting “I live up on Broadway Hill, we’ve seen a huge influx in terms of vagrants, meth-heads, every kind of undesirable that you see downtown – we’ve got up in our neighborhood.”
    KBKW On DemandThe Chief of Staff at Community Hospital said he’s often asked questions as he recruits doctors to the area “And they’re asking ‘Doc Carey, where should we buy a house at?’ Oh Wishkah is looking good, just come in and work – get the heck out of [Aberdeen] at night.”
    The doctor said he doesn’t feel safe in his own driveway, and warned the council “I can practice medicine anywhere I want, and I chose to come here. People like me are not going to stay here for much longer, unless we get this place cleaned up.”
    City Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said she sees similar issues at her business “I pack a gun to work, and I keep it with me at all times.” although her solution might not be for everybody.
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  • Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Spring Rain Edition

    More new Organic good-for-you foods have arrived at the Hoquiam Farmers Market!
    Each week I add more fine products to our shelves, so that soon we can become your main grocery shopping source. Well, at least right up there on the list! I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer.
    Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa, Spelt Flour, Tapioca, Flaxseed Meal, Split Peas, Steelcut Oats, Eden Organic Sauerkraut, Greek Gods Yogurt and Cascade Natural Yogurt! Yummy Sahalee nut snack mixes, tasty crackers, and fine cheeses. Our Lattin’s Apple Cider is the best you’ll ever taste until you buy an apple press of your own. Add a loaf of Nancy’s wheat bread, and you’ve got the ingredients for a picnic. Looks like the weather gods are smiling on us once more for a dry weekend
    I am due for a trip to Scotland. Something in my genetic heritage calls out every so often for a trip back to the old homeland. Since I can’t respond to the plaintive primal call, I go instead on a day trip to Tokeland. I beeline for the Tokeland Hotel, stride through the front door, take a deep breath and feel the healing peace of Scotland flowing into my soul. I’m sure that it is all in my head, but somehow this old place fills that void every time. There is nothing at all fancy about it, and the past 127 years of use have worn some of the floorboards down so much that there is a bit of a shipboard lilt as you walk into the dining room. Almost everything is in original condition- the wavy glass in the windows gives a fairytale unreality to the view of the garden. Like most Scottish gardens, this one bears the brunt of harsh winds from the ocean. The trees are twisted and bent, the Spring flowers must huddle close to the building in order to survive. There are days when the rain is hitting the glass so hard that I can’t see the garden at all, and one day snowflakes were drifting from the sky.
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  • Hoquiam Farmer’s Market News – Bridge Edition

    Remember the old song line ‘You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’?  
    If you are one who looks for hidden messages in frustrating events, perhaps you hummed that little ditty as you tried to maintain your good manners and willingness to share your lane during the time that Hoquiams’ Simpson Avenue Bridge was closed for repairs!  The happiness of having our beloved bridge back is in direct proportion to the five months of straining to think happy thoughts.  We’re talking really, really happy here in Hoquiam!  

    It still feels a bit odd to make the old familiar loop over the Riverside and Simpson bridges.  Instead of being in my usual fog of deep thought, I’ve quietly celebrated all week as I scoot over the bridge.  Must be exactly what our grandparents experienced eighty seven years ago when the bridge was first built.  I know that complacency will settle in all too soon, so I’m trying to savor this experience as long as possible.  After all, life is full of highs and lows, which is exactly what makes the good times so sweet. 

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  • Hoquiam Farmers Market News – Honey Pecan Cheese Sandwich Edition

    Things are buzzing all over town! Bees love warm weather, and every day that the thermometer inches its way upward, the bees happiness increases. For that matter, so does mine. Bees have been victims of a bad rap. It’s time to set the record straight and vindicate these hardworking little guys. A bee is responsible for every bite of crunchy apple, each luscious cherry, pears, oranges- you name it, some bee should be thanked for making it all happen! That isn’t even getting into the subject of honey!

    Honey is simply the purest form of food in existence. Did you know that it will never spoil? The honeycombs are put into a spinner to extract the honey, and then it is put into jars. That’s all. No additives, no processing- the bees do all the work! The honey at the Farmers Market is kept in a warming cupboard. It looks like a cooler, but it is kept at a constant temperature of 72 degrees. This is raw honey, containing all of the nutrients and health benefits that make honey the perfect food. Pasteurized honey, on the other hand, has been heated, and the nutritional value is almost non-existent.
    If your honey gets chilled and becomes granulated, you can gently heat it again to recapture that exquisite golden liquid.

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