Staff reductions announced at The Daily World in Aberdeen, and The Vidette in Montesano

Staff reductions at two local newspapers were announced to employees on Wednesday. Sources tell us seven at the Aberdeen Daily World including at least one reporter have been laid off, as well as two employees at the Vidette including their delivery driver and office manager.
Sources tell us both papers plan to release something today detailing the reduction.
Both papers are owned by Stephens Media Group who also publish the North Coast News in Ocean Shores, and The South Beach Bulletin, in Westport.

Westport Winery Hosts Fleur de Lis Festival

Vineyards By-the-Sea (the farm side of Westport Winery) will be selling grape vines for your home garden. You can choose from Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, and Cabernet Franc plants — while supplies last. Join Westport Winery in celebrating 10000 irises in bloom!

Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Come see for yourself why Westport was named the 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest, voted Best Wine Tour by King 5 Evening Magazine viewers, and Best Wine in Grays Harbor by The Daily World.

The winery, bakery, gift shop and restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. The winery’s restaurant has extended summer hours beginning Memorial weekend with lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner reservations are recommended by calling 360-648-2224.

Erika Corban to Perform at Westport Winery CD Release Party

Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Come see for yourself why Westport was named the 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest, voted Best Wine Tour by King 5 Evening Magazine viewers, and Best Wine in Grays Harbor by The Daily World.

Chill, the Drill’s Over

  Grays Harbor County Emergency Management also  initiated the local Tsunami Warning Calling Tree to notify local jurisdictions along the coastal regions of an impending tsunami. Thank you to Grays Harbor 911 for activating the Calling Tree and to all agencies who participated.


   The Grays Harbor Notification System was also activated at 9am. Approximately 4200 text, e-mail and phone call messages were transmitted. The e-mail messages went out in under 1 minute. The text messages finished 8 minutes later. The phone messages began and we were given the option during the drill to speed up the calling. The goal of the system is to send complete notifications in e-mail, text and phone message formats in as quick a time period as possible. When the speed of the system for the phone messages was sped up, a glitch occurred and a 10-15 second delay appeared in the voice message on the phones. Once the issue began to present itself to Emergency Management, we immediately had Telecom Recovery return to the original speed. The glitch disappeared and the remaining calls were made without incident. Telecom Recovery is working to correct the issue. When Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is confident that the issue has been resolved, a similar County wide test will occur at that time.


   Similar tests done with the previous notification system took 5 hours to complete a 1000 person notification without texting capability. Telecom Recovery adds the dimension of texting along with e-mail and phone notification. Approximately 4000 people were contacted by phone, text and

 e-mail in just under 3 hours. Once the glitch is worked out with the system, notifications will be more efficient and faster than ever before.


   Grays Harbor County Emergency Management would like to give KUDOS to the citizens of Grays Harbor County for today’s exercises and drills. Grays Harbor 911 indicated that they had no increase in normal call volume during the drills!  Grays Harbor Radio, Jodesha Broadcasting, The Daily World and all local newspapers did a great job of getting the word out to the public about the drills. Thank you all for your cooperation, assistance and understanding.

Quigg Tours Cobain and Calder Exhibits at Seattle Art Museum

Alexander Calder hailed from Aberdeen in the 1920’s, and is considered by many as the most innovative sculptor of the 20th Century. The large red “Eagle” in Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park is one of Calder’s works. According to a 1971 interview with the Smithsonian Archives of American Art he worked in local logging camps for about four years, and lived in Aberdeen with his sister Peggy, and her husband Kenner Hayes. The same interview goes onto say, “Calder finds a job as a timekeeper at a logging camp in Independence, Washington (near Oakville). Inspired by mountain scenes and logging camps, Calder is compelled to paint.” The exhibit is on display until April 11, 2010. When you visit it you will see how much of his work resembles logging rigging used during the time he was working on the Harbor.

The other Harborite of course is Kurt Cobain. The Cobain Exhibit runs from May 13, 2010 through September 16, 2010. It’s interesting how Seattle claims him. We need to do something about that . As songwriter and lead singer for the musical group Nirvana, Cobain revolutionized rock music in 1992, with what came to be known as “grunge music.” John Hughes, former editor of the Daily World often said that “clearly, he was the most famous person in the history of Aberdeen, Washington” In the cover story of Newsweek Magazine, October 28, 2002, “Nevermind” was referred to as the ”album that would sell more that 10 million copies, and revolutionize rock and roll.” 

(photos and narrative submitted by Tom Quigg)

Hoquiam Farmers Market News

So, the secret to having a stress-free Thanksgiving lies in the planning.  Whether you are the host or the guest, you’ll certainly be thinking about Food.  Which is where your Hoquiam Farmers Market enters the conversation.  We are getting Lubbe Farms Yellow Finn Potatoes in this week, and a better potato has never been grown.  Let us save you the trip to Brady, it gives you more time to plan.  We also have local organic Cranberries, without which no Thanksgiving meal would be complete.
Did you know that Organic Turkeys can be ordered from Swansons?  Mark says that they order twice each week, you can call and have that bird taken care of and the main event will be checked off your list.    
If you’d like the extra bonus of having a locally raised organic turkey, they are raised at Harp Turkey Ranch in McCleary.  The sad news is that they take orders months ahead because each turkey is then spoken for.  It’s too late for this year, but you could be way ahead of the game and place an order for next year!
Turkeys, Ducks and Pigs are lovingly raised in Grapeview, outside of Shelton.  I talked with Heather and learned all about the Heritage Turkey, which has a dark meat with a livelier flavor, and also the big Tom’s with lots of white meat.  She has put together a few ‘Turduckins’ for people and is willing to do more.  They don’t have a website, but the number is 253-212-8016.  The birds aren’t completely organic due to expensive feed, but they live outside in a beautiful healthy farm, have a happy life right up until Thanksgiving. 
Speaking of birds……….. The local Audubon Society will be having a yard sale at the Market on Friday & Saturday!  I love a treasure hunt, and am sure that there will be things there that I can’t live without.  After all, it is for a worthy cause!  If you have some goodies sitting around that you’d like to donate to the sale, bring them by the market, we’ll make sure they get put into the sale. 
Please try to stop by the Market on Wednesday to wish Leona Auer a Happy 99th Birthday.  We’re having a party for her between 2 and 4.  Leon has only recently stopped attending dances, or we’d have to have a dance band playing for the occasion!  The Daily World did a wonderful story about her
It’s a beautiful day- try to get outside and enjoy some of it. You won’t find fresher air anywhere, and it’s all free!
Barbara Bennett Parsons   538-9747
1958 Riverside in Hoquiam
open Wed. & Thu. 9-5, Fri. & Sat. 9-6, Sunday 10-4
Deidra loves taking your lunch order & will have it ready to go if you call ahead!


Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy P. Davis, who grew up in Montesano, has been killed in the Oruzgan province of Afghanistan as the result of injuries received from an improvised explosive device. The Daily World of Aberdeen reports that Davis’ mother, Sally Sheldon of Aberdeen, was notified of her son’s death on Friday. Davis’ father, Mike Davis, lives in Ocean Shores. Davis had just turned 28 and would have been married for five years next month. He met his wife, Meagan, while training at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane. They have a 1-year-old son. Davis was assigned to Florida’s Hurlburt Field. He was with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron