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Fun rerun from Oct. 2, 2015: Did you know that the Tourist II ferry was recorded in the National Register of Historic Places in 1997? Yup, it was added to the list by Kirkland Ferry LLC when t…

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"I found an old letter sent from America to my mother, Helvi Karppinen (nee Karjalainen), in Finland, to the town of Oulu, in December 1958." Aila Lavin of Bolton, England, wrote. "The letter …

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"Alas, despite the generous top-of-the-fold coverage given to the dastardly theft of our beloved skeleton, it has not yet turned back up," Tony Kischner, owner of Astoria's Bridgewater Bistro, wrote.

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While being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder , Navy combat veteran Mark Gutierrez found out about Project Hero, which h…

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It's not just the U.S. government that has finally recognized the existence of UFOs. … The Royal Canandian Mint had already jumped on the bandwagon with the release of its first UFO coin in 2018.

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In the wake of "The Goonies" cast members appearing recently at various comic-cons, the speculation arose once again about the possibility of a sequel to the iconic film.

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The bears of Brooks River Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, noted for their weight gain after gorging on salmon in preparation for hibernation, inspire an annual Fattest Be…

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Back in 2007, The Astorian sports writer Gary Henley (pictured) covered the World War II-vintage airplanes belonging to the Collings Foundation (collingsfoundation.org), that flew in to the As…

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With the millions of tons of ocean debris floating around out there, it's comforting to learn about the nonprofit Washed Ashore (washedashore.org), based in Bandon, whose motto is "Art to Save…

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It turns out that in late September, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a "Strange Fish Alert" … for an ocean sunfish, aka mola mola, swimming happily around in the Otter Rock a…

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"Three concerts in Ilwaco and Oysterville, Washington, this weekend will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Water Music Festival," former newsroom colleague Patrick Webb noted in an email t…

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"Hollywood calls Astorian," was the headline local artist Bill W. Dodge proposed. "Well, not totally accurate," he added with a smile. "It's Broadway calling me."

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More than a decade ago, Brenda McKune of Warrenton woke up at 2:11 a.m. with an idea to help others in need — a 12-hour fundraiser and "crop" for scrapbook fans.

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"The annual D.K. Warren House (dkwarrenhouse.com) Halloween Light Show is up and running every evening at dusk until 10 p.m.," Teale Adelmann posted on Facebook recently. The 1885 Queen Anne V…

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"A local Astoria Etsy business has gone viral on the Internet,"  Shelby Chandler wrote. "Sandrine Froehle (pictured), owner of iheartpopcandles (bit.ly/heartpop), is slightly overwhelmed with …

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Big doin's at the Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska, home of the famous Brooks Falls salmon-fishing bears (bit.ly/fallbears): Fat Bear Week started Wednesday, and it's up to the pu…

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Fun rerun from Aug. 29, 2014: Sandie Kay Dodson posted the photo shown with the caption, "I love my weird town." Yes, that really is an upright vacuum cleaner strapped by its cord to a parking sign.

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Nautical writer Peter Marsh met long distance rower Lia Ditton (rowliarow.com) in August as she as dropping her boat onto the trailer at Schooner Creek in Portland. She was about to embark on …

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While browsing around researching something else entirely, the Ear came across the Oregon Pioneer Obituaries website (bit.ly/oldobits), which are separated by county, and come from several dif…

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The Roberts family, founders of Westport Winery and Ocean’s Daughter Distillery, plan to build the world's first International Mermaid Museum in Aberdeen, Washington (mermaidmuseum.org). 

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Monday afternoon was the 36th anniversary of the date that Warrenton High School student, 17-year-old Joan Leigh Hall, mysteriously vanished.  

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A little while ago, a gentleman left a message asking about the zoo in Shively Park. Yes, there really was a zoo. But how did it get there? And where did it go? The Astoria Parks and Recreatio…

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The Astoria Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan (bit.ly/APRDplan) also mentioned that Astoria's Centennial celebration planned to feature the world's tallest flag pole in Shively Park.

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Norwegian Cruise Line has launched an Encore Moments campaign — in advance of the debut of its newest ship, the Norwegian Encore — to recognize one hometown hero from each U.S. state (plus Was…

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Writer Jamie Hale — of the somewhat misguided "Our 10 favorite fish and chips spots on the Oregon coast" fame (bit.ly/10fishies) — has now tackled "The 10 best beach towns on the Oregon Coast"…

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CAT Footwear really showed some love recently to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast (coastwildlife.org) — which rescues and rehabilitates injured wildlife — by donating $5,000.

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Not to jump the gun, since fall just started, but it's probably not too early to contemplate winter. To that end, the Farmer's Almanac has rounded up some weather folklore, passed down from ge…

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Sam Rascoe at the Clatsop County Historical Society sent in a link to the trailer for the horror movie "The Mortuary Collection" (subtitled "Every Corpse Has a Story") directed and written by …

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Mike Duncan wrote in about his former Astoria High School classmate, Tom Peterson, who was visiting Astoria from New Mexico, and brought along an incredibly detailed 16:1 scale model of his fa…

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"As you may be aware, there has been a full-size skeleton hanging below the glass floor inset by our fireplace for about four years," Tony Kischner, owner of Astoria's Bridgewater Bistro, wrote.

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There seem to be a lot of chickens in Astoria, so: No matter how much you are tempted, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests you restrain yourself and not "kiss backyard poul…

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A rare giant oyster was found at an oyster farm in western France in August, TheLocal.fr reports. The mighty mollusk, almost 10 inches long, and weighing in at a little over 3 pounds, is pictu…

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Scientists have been, once again, trying to find out if Colossal Claude's Scottish cousin, the Loch Ness Monster, aka Nessie, really is roaming the loch, LochNessHunters.com reports.

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From The Daily Astorian, Sunday, Sept. 19, 1897: Knappa, Sept. 16 — The long expected arrival of the advance train of the Astoria & Columbia River railroad was the occasion for great rejoi…

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"Do you love the 'Kindergarten Cop' murals at Astor Elementary School?" Astoria artist Judith Niland (pictured) wants to know. "I do! I painted them with the help of friends!" she explained "A…

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Fun rerun from June 6, 2008: Lynda Stewart called about a little ritual she sees every morning from her window at work at a local dental office. At 7 a.m., David Armstrong walks out of the Ros…

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Fall is in the air, and one of the things that comes to mind is pumpkins. Halloween, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, you name it. So it's no wonder that a story about Alaska's biggest pumpkin eve…

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"These planes flew over my friend Karen Hoyt and me early one morning," Cannon Beach resident Pam Chater wrote. Scott Everson's drawing of the planes is shown.

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While researching, the Ear came across some postal oddities in "Oregon Geographic Names: IV; Additions since 1944" (bit.ly/weirdpo). Pictured, Astoria's first post office. 

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"We’ve recently had quite a few birds washing ashore with a plethora of issues including horribly low body weight, no water proofing (… rendering them unable to float for extended periods of t…

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Astorians Craig and Sara Wisti recently visited some of his cousins in Finland, and while there, took a trip to the church at Vimpeli, aka the Round Church, which also has family ties: his gre…

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On the Facebook page "You know you're from Seaside/Clatsop County when …" there was a real scroll-stopper, posted on Tuesday: Professional photographer James Whitney Young's (youngsphotogaller…

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If you will recall, Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard (EMILY) is a lifesaving device for swimmers in trouble, and just this summer was deployed to rescue grateful members of a family in …

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Fun rerun from Aug. 27, 2010: Tom Anderson of Gearhart, pictured, top left, has an interesting oddity solidly planted in the middle of his backyard. It's a bunker, or a shelter — or both. You …

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Robert Beckwith of Brownsmead took his sailboat out on her maiden voyage on Sunday, Aug. 25, but by that evening he was in trouble. At 12:02 a.m., he posted on Facebook that he was hard agroun…

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Fun rerun from Aug. 28, 2015: "Paul Persson (pictured), Astoria High School class of 1967, former resident of Astoria, has recently completed the Pacific Crest Trail," his sister, Astorian Pau…

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The 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami — caused by a subduction zone similar to the Cascadia, which lurks off Oregon's coast — has offered up a belated surprise.

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If you've been saving your pennies to take a trip down to see the Titanic, you'd better double or triple what you're putting away. A recent expedition by researchers to view the wreck — the f…

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Recently this column ran a story about a small (3-inch) mystery fish (pictured, bottom) that Astorian Ron Foss found dead on the bank of Astoria's Mill Pond. Since he didn't have any idea what…