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

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Westport Winery Hosts Fleur de Lis Festival

Westport Winery’s Fleur de Lis Festival is Saturday, June 9 from noon to 5p.m. This celebration is free to attend and open to all ages.

The Westport Art Festival will host Art In The Vines during this event as a precursor to their summer art fest. Be the first to discover the latest creations from some of the best known artists in the region. At 3 p.m. during the festival, Westport Winery will unveil the sculpture Fleur de Lis, by Lora Malakoff of Clallam Bay. Malakoff is well-known in the winery’s sculpture garden as the creator of Peaches on the Beaches and Bella.

Golden Glen Creamery from Bow, Washington will be sampling their award-winning cheeses. This farm is known for its responsible agricultural practices. The milk is non-homogenized and slow-batch pasteurized for better health and flavor. Cheddar flavors offered will include tomato basil; dill and garlic; chives and onion; jalapeno; sweet basil; lavender; and cloves, caraway and cardamom. Guests will also want to try River, their sharp, double cream cheddar. And Golden Glen is famous for their sweet, salty, smooth and melt on your tongue Gouda that is aged six months.

The winery’s popular Fleur de Lis French Onion Soup will be offered all day while the Electric Park Jazz Band performs.

Erika Corban to Perform at Westport Winery CD Release Party

MARKHAM, Wash. - Singer and songwriter Ericka Corban will release her latest CD, Autumnal Equinox Live at Westport Winery on Saturday, May 26. Ericka will be at the winery personally autographing this recording from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. that day and she will be performing during dinner service that evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

If you cannot attend this release event the CD, autographed by Ericka, will be available at the winery’s gift shop. This incredible collection features album art with a painting of the winery by Westport artist Barbara Sampson.
Dinner reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Westport Winery at 360-648-2224. The winery’s restaurant will extend the summer hours beginning this weekend with lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday lunch dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Chill, the Drill’s Over

MONTESANO, Wash. - Chuck Wallace, Deputy Director of the Grays Harbor County Emergency Management Agency tells us "The “Chill it’s A Drill” AHAB Siren Activation Test in Grays Harbor County worked very well."

Results from the different sites all indicated a loud, clear voice message and a clear wailing siren.  It was the intention of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, Local Emergency Management Agencies throughout the 5 County Region and Washington State Emergency Management Division to allow the citizens to hear the actual siren wail. This would assist them in the future if a severe emergency should occur. Remember, the AHAB Sirens can be used for emergency situations other than a Tsunami. The capability is there to provide notification and voice messages for any type of severe weather or disaster situation.

 

Website visitors can hear the siren in the attached .mp3, just click on the story title above.

Quigg Tours Cobain and Calder Exhibits at Seattle Art Museum

A stroll down First Avenue in the heart of Seattle takes you by the Seattle Art Museum and the notable “Working Man” statue. A large poster gallery faces the avenue, featuring posters for current and coming exhibits. Recent posters are for exhibits on Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Kurt Cobain, and Pablo Picasso.

In case you’re keeping score that’s two for Grays Harbor, one for Pittsburg, and one for Spain.

Hoquiam Farmers Market News

November!  You made it thru Halloween, and you know what comes next- my most favorite of all holidays- Thanksgiving!  Do you know how rare it is to have a feast day devoted to giving thanks?  Other cultures don’t share this uniquely American holiday.  I’m not saying that the Native peoples of North America don’t frequently have second thoughts about the wisdom of having shared their bounty with the Pilgrims, but I believe it is right to always extend the hand of friendship.  Better to do good and be the best neighbor possible. 

AIR FORCE SERGEANT FROM MONTESANO DEAD IN AFGHANISTAN

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