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Don't know how many would think to connect the Oregon Lottery (oregonlottery.org) with karma, but perhaps it's so. At least it's true for Ann Charkowicz and her husband, Brian, of Coos Bay. Sh…

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Always wanted to learn how to cook? Well, now that you're homebound, you certainly have plenty of time to take a crack at it.

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"A Pacific snake eel (Ophichthus triserialis) was found just south of Sunset Beach around 11:30 a.m. March 29," Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium wrote. Her photo of the critter — which c…

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"Neal Moore is currently paddling up the Columbia River," Astoria nautical writer and photographer Peter Marsh (sea-to-summit.net) wrote. "He started in Astoria on Feb. 1, and is making his wa…

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Bored out of your wits from self-imposed isolation? Well, here's something to do:

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"Seventy years ago, Korea found itself in a war against communism," Astorian Bill Sutton wrote. "This year KBS Broadcasting is making a documentary to honor the Republic of Korea (South Korea)…

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"Erick Bengel did a nice feature (bit.ly/NHourcoast) on the release of my brother's two novels, 'I See London, I See France …' and 'Forty Ways to Square a Circle,' which I had just published,"…

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Sean Astin, who played Mikey Walsh in the iconic movie, "The Goonies," posted his audition for the film — a little more than eight minutes of footage — on his Facebook page, fb.me/SeanAstinPub…

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"Astoria is on TV shaking the News," Astoria man-about-town Jeff Daly wrote. "The News Network filmed the story about the 'Astoria Shake,' the safe and socially aware greeting to continue the …

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"So this happened to me tonight at work," Heather Jones posted on Facebook on March 18, showing the photo of the $100 tip she received at Chen's Restaurant in Long Beach, Washington, where she…

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In these dour times, a cuteness overload is in order to brighten your day. With that in mind, the Oregon Zoo has announced the arrival of a fluffy new Humboldt penguin hatchling, pictured cour…

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OK, so you're stuck in your house, and you're getting bored. So here are two online suggestions to keep you occupied until the coronavirus siege is over … and then some.

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A lengthy March 11 Facebook post by the Newport Oregon Police Department (fb.me/NewportPolice) went viral, probably because it's a gem:

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From 1979 to 1980, when he was around 30 years old, Astoria's favorite expatriate, Daymon Garrett Edwards, who now lives in South Korea, owned the the Waldorf Hotel (aka the Merwyn Hotel) on D…

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Did you know today is officially the first day of spring? The vernal equinox is at 8:50 p.m. Pacific time. It's true, as the Farmer's Almanac (farmersalmanac.com) of Lewiston, Maine, and many …

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"Out digging at an old farm, and besides tons of lead and tin we were getting a little worn out," Don Kelly of the Northwest Artifact Recovery Team (fb.me/NorthwestDiggers) noted of a March 11…

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Crindalyn Lyster wrote in about a chance to perk up Violet LaPlante Park, at 45th and Cedar streets in Alderbrook, with the help of the Moda Assist Program and the Trail Blazers basketball team.

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Fun rerun: It's time for a tsunami debris roundup, since the flotsam is landing (or still floating) all over the North Coast, and beyond, after Japan's March 2011 tsunami.

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From The Daily Astorian, March 12, 1879, this intriguing little nugget: "Mr. James Laidlaw became the purchaser of Fisherton."

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"We spent six weeks rescuing one of two young cats dumped at the Sunset U.S. Highway 26 rest stop in August," Rita Smith of the River Song Foundation wrote.

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"At Clay Myers State Natural Area, on Feb. 27, we saw from 100 or so yards away, what looked like a piebald deer — mostly white," Kirby Neumann-Rea, editor of the Hood River News wrote.

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An outraged reader (and regular commenter), CLATSOP, penned a letter to The Daily Astorian editor, "An Existing Evil," about liquor sellers' boats plying the river.

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Fun rerun: Mushroom one-upmanship. "The 14-inch mushroom in last Friday’s paper was impressive," wrote Dane Osis, park ranger at Fort Stevens State Park, "but not quite as gargantuan as the mu…

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"Marin Donohue's acting resume is already rather full — and she’s only 18," former colleague Patrick Webb wrote. "The enthusiastic Astoria High School drama student is gearing up for the lead …

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Doris Rademacher-Dramov is shown holding her first place entry, "How Maggie Shines for America and the Nineteenth Amendment," in the Needlepoint Category in the national Daughters of the Ameri…

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From the Saturday, March 5, 1881 edition of The Daily Astorian:

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Since there's still some rainy downtime until spring has sprung, here's something to keep you entertained for hours, if not months: The Smithsonian has released 2.8 million high-resolution ima…

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In honor of election season and dog lovers everywhere: On Feb. 11, Parker the Snow Dog, a Bernese mountain dog, was voted in as the honorary mayor of Georgetown, Colorado, by the town board of…

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On Feb. 13, Olney Walluski Fire and Rescue posted the photos shown of a sea lion who was stranded on a road in Olney on their Facebook page.

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If you will recall, the March 11, 2011 Japanese tidal wave brought a lot of tsunami debris to our shores. Hence this timely, but poignant rerun:

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Astorian "dirt fisher" Don Kelly of the Northwest Artifact Recovery Team recently posted on Facebook that a good friend of his ordered her own metal detector, "and decided to see what's been h…

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"'The Goonies' Re-enactment Drama Nabs Fox Pilot Pickup," a recent Hollywood Reporter headline says (bit.ly/goonpilot). "Fox has handed out a pilot order to an untitled drama about a substitut…

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An unusual sight turned up on a rural road outside of Castle Rock, Washington, last Sunday: a sea lion.

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On Aug. 2, 1911, the schooner Americana was bound from Astoria to Australia, carrying a crew of 18 and 1 million board feet of lumber. 

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According to a recent story online by D.J. Rivera at WeGotThisCovered.com (bit.ly/GoonRedo), there will indeed be a new Goonies movie … just not the one you're hoping for.

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Did you know Astorian and professional registered parliamentarian Larry Taylor (pictured, inset) is co-producing and co-hosting a television show called "Parliamentary Talk"? It's produced by …

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Fun rerun: The other day, Astorian Bruce Leggett saw a young buck and doe come down the hill across the street to snack on some leaves in a neighbor's yard. As he stood on the sidewalk watchin…

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In last week's column, it was mentioned how diptheria could form a heavy membrane of fungus at the back of the throat that could suffocate the patient. From The Daily Astorian, Thursday, Feb. …

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As mentioned, while doing diptheria research, "Houghtaling's Hand-Book of Useful Information" (bit.ly/Houghtaling), the 1885 edition, turned up. It's a treasure trove of goodies.

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You've no doubt heard of rescue dogs being saved by being trained to have some useful skill. One example would be the University of Washington's Active Conservation Canines, who lead useful li…

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"The Buffalo Bills were unable to win in the playoffs," The Astorian sports reporter Gary Henley wrote, "but Astoria High School graduate Jordan Poyer managed to score an individual honor last…

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Well, OK, folks here's a bit of a contest for you from TMZ.com. The question of the day is: "Ever wanted to put your seemingly useless talents to good use?"

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Fun rerun: "Only in Oregon," Tita Montero observed. "On Friday, April 30, I was going south on the New Youngs Bay Bridge about 8 p.m. Traffic was stopped as if to let a boat through, except th…

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