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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 editor appeared Nov. 14, 1987 … it was timely then, timely now — very little changes." The title is "…

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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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"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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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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"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…

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Last week, this column posted an update story about Free the Ocean (freetheocean.com), a website started to help clean up the 18 billion pounds of plastic that enters the ocean each year.

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"Open house on New Year's Day" was quite the social ritual in many cities at the time, and was aimed primarily at the ladies, who were expected to be ready to greet gentlemen callers, i.e. pot…

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Now that crabbing season is upon us, fishermen will be out on the water catching as much Dungeness as they can. Ever wonder where they are fishing, exactly? Or where any type of fishing vessel…

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A nostalgic trip back in time with a posting in the Wednesday, Jan. 3, 1883 edition of The Daily Astorian:

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Also on Jan. 3, 1883, The Daily Astorian noted the "Death of a Pioneer," Alva Condit, "who died at his home in Skipanon" on Jan. 1, 1883.

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The year 1881 was an ugly one for ships coming to the Columbia River, and it started out with a particularly grisly wreck, that of the British bark Lupatia on Jan. 3, according to Lewis & …

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Gail Griffey, who died Dec. 17, was a well-known sight around downtown Astoria, pushing her shopping cart. She loved to stop and shoot the breeze on any topic. For the Ear, talking with her wa…

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"Each year Astor Lodge No. 215 has celebrated the Swedish tradition of Lucia," Terry Arnall wrote. "… The afternoon begins with a potluck meal featuring Swedish foods and traditional ham. The …

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Last August, this column posted a story about Free the Ocean (freetheocean.com), a website started to help clean up the 18 billion pounds of plastic that enters the ocean each year.

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If you think the new decade begins in 2020, like most people, you're also wrong, like most people, according Farmers' Almanac (bit.ly/decade20).

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"The Astor Street Opry Company production of 'Scrooged in Astoria' got a surprise guest Friday night, Dec. 20," Judith Niland wrote, "when out popped Preston Meyer in an elf costume, to recrea…

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Humans aren't the only beings affected by seasonal affective disorder, aka the winter blues. Cows suffer with it, too.

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From the Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1883, issue of The Daily Morning Astorian:

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"We have a house in Bay City that we love," Christine Nickerson wrote. "In the past couple of weeks I have brought friends and family to the coast, and we spent time at local stores in Rockawa…

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The Columbia River Maritime Museum's Miniboat Program (fb.me/CRMMminiboats or crmm.org), designed by Nate Sandel, the museum's education director, is back.

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According to the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program, children were writing Dear Santa letters to newspapers by at least 1874, certain Santa could not miss a letter that had been published in a n…

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Want to create a video from Santa for that special child who puts a twinkle in your eye? Head on over to the Portable North Pole and get going (portablenorthpole.com).

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"Santa's little helper is at it again for the second year," proud grandmother Brenda McKune posted on Facebook about her 8-year-old grandson, Dante Williams, son of Cliff Williams.

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On Christmas Eve, the North American Air Defense Command knows exactly where Santa Claus is, and you can track him on Tuesday night, too, on their website, noradsanta.org. Of course, there's a…

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This is such a good idea it bears repeating: The Coos Bay World newspaper lauds artist and photographer Steven Michael Smith, who has designed Christmas trees for the North Bend Library for th…

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Sunday was the 97th anniversary of the Friday, Dec. 8, 1922 Astoria fire that destroyed 24 blocks of the downtown business district, causing an estimated $12 to $15 million in damage (about $1…

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The Daily Morning Astorian had a startling front page headline on Thursday, Dec. 11, 1890 that read, "Railroads Are Doomed … The Flying Machine Will Supercede the Pullman Coach." (bit.ly/PennAir)

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From the Friday, Dec. 12, 1890, edition of The Daily Morning Astorian: 

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"This item is not only for the Ear, it is for all the ears out there listening," Astorian Stewart Bell wrote. "I recently received a link from Chika Inoue, the classical saxophonist who appear…

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On June 6, 2018, a public Facebook group, "Friends of John Wedell" (bit.ly/FBJohnW) was formed. For those who don't know, John is a well-known local character, often seen out and about in Asto…

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Every movie has some mistakes, of course, but what about the much-beloved filmed-in-Astoria iconic flick, "The Goonies"? Aficionados of the movie may want to take a seat and keep the smelling …

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OK, Bigfoot fans, you're in for a treat. The Travel Channel has a new series that just started called "Expedition Bigfoot" (tinyurl.com/ExpBig). The title is self-explanatory.

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"Here are a few unique creatures we have been finding on the beach lately," Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium (seasideaquarium.com) wrote in an email that included her photos of the critt…

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Recently KEZI.com posted an update on the new $61 million, 72,000-square foot Marine Studies Building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport (bit.ly/tsubldg). An illustration of the …

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If you are having a dull day today, here are a few things to celebrate, courtesy of nationaldaycalendar.com: