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Rural Development Initiatives Inc. is presenting "Ready, Set Grant: Warrenton/Astoria 2020," a comprehensive grant writing workshop series in three sessions, in room 310 Towler Hall at Clatsop…

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Encore Dance Studio is hosting its 13th annual Cartwheels for Canned Food event at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Warrenton studio, 737 E. Harbor Drive. The program began in 2008 as a way to offer a …

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The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is offering free spay/neuter services in February for feral and stray cats. This special is in honor of Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and World Spay Day on Feb. 25.

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The Sunset Empire Transportation District has announced that its annual Ridership Appreciation Day is Tuesday, when it offers free bus service on all regular routes within Clatsop County in a …

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"I have been digging through boxes," Astoria's favorite ex-patriot Daymon Edwards (who now lives in Korea) wrote, "… (and) ran across something you might be interested in. This letter to the e…

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"In late December, the Seaside Police Department was contacted via email about a phone that had been found in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in front of Ladder Company 3 of the Cambridge Fire Depar…

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"I usually don't dig in the winter time, but due to the king tides we had last week, I decided to hit a certain spot that might lead to some good finds," metal-detecting enthusiast and Astoria…

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Probably because of the utter disappointment at the lack of promised snow recently, the following Jan. 14 headline on CBC.ca was an attention-grabber: "Corncob pipe and button nose: Giant snow…

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Need a fine art fix? The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which has over 34,000 artworks in its collection, is only a text away.

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The Reser Family Foundation recently awarded a $5,000 grant to local nonprofit Spruce Up Warrenton, with an additional $5,000 offered as a 1:1 match for any community donations.

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Artists are invited to compete in one or all three of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s 2021 stamp art competitions. The winning artist in each contest receives a $2,000 award.

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Astoria Nordic Heritage Park committee members cheered as committee chairwoman Judi Lampi gave Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association President Loran Mathews $99.01 in cash, bringing the to…

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Local citizen group and nonprofit Spruce Up Warrenton presented a certificate of appreciation to Cindy Yingst at its monthly meeting in January — the first award presented by the committee.

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Fort George Benefit Night, which is being held in the brewery's upstairs dining room, starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, is raising funds for The Harbor, a Clatsop County advocacy center.

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"As a local witch casts her spells on a small, Oregon port town, some unsuspecting locals meet their fate in the vast coastline," a story on AmericanSongwriter.com began. "It's a darkly brewed…

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January 1853 was a disastrous month for ships entering the Graveyard of the Pacific when two vessels met their fate on the Columbia River Bar, both on the 12th.

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One of the most baffling and haunting wrecks that occurred in 1853 was that of the barkentine Vandalia, which was heading in from San Francisco with Capt. E. N. Beard as master.

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The South China Morning Post ran a whopper of an eye-catching headline: "Sushi king pays US $1.8 million for bluefin tuna that weighs as much as a Japanese vending machine" (bit.ly/whoppertuna).

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Astoria has become a hot spot stop for cruise ships (possibly 35 this year), with their thousands of passengers. But one can't help but wonder: What on earth do they do with all that garbage? 

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An Astoria/Iran tidbit from long ago: Longtime Astoria resident Daymon Edwards (pictured), who now lives in Korea, owned the Waldorf/Merwyn Hotel from 1979 to 1980. 

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An interesting local history tidbit was found perusing the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum Facebook page, and the accompanying photo (shown) had this caption: "Undated photo of traveler…

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Gems from the Sunday, Jan. 16, 1881 edition of The Daily Astorian:

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Churchill Mortgage, which is opening an office in Astoria in March, recently delivered Sackcloth & Ashes blanket boxes filled with essentials to the local Helping Hands outreach center. Du…

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Jim Harris of Cannon Beach took exception to Farmer's Almanac's claim that the new decade starts in 2021, as described in the Dec. 26 column.

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The application process is now open for city of Astoria grant opportunities for arts and cultural programs and community service organizations. Application forms and information are available …

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CATHLAMET, Wash. — The town of Cathlamet is being awarded a grant of $7,500 from the Lewis & Clark Trail Stewardship Endowment for the design, construction and installation of two Chinook …

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"After the recent storms and heavy surf, a unique fish was found on the Long Beach, Washington, peninsula," Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium wrote. Her photos of the fish are shown.

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Astorian Don Morrisroe is beyond excited — he is going to the 2020 Open Call Audition in Reno, Nevada, for the TV show "The Voice."

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Let it be noted that the Ear is ever on the lookout for Oregon Bigfoot sightings. So of course, the following Dec. 15 post on the Umatilla/Morrow County Watch Facebook page, which made the new…