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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:

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Did you know that the Navy's first operational hydrofoil, the USS High Point, is docked at Tongue Point in Astoria? And, it's for sale.

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And more from the Seaside Aquarium: "Today is a good reminder to share the shore," the Aquarium posted Friday on its Facebook page.

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If you will recall, Dec. 3, 2007 was when the Great Coastal Gale began. Cyndi Mudge mentioned that the George Flavel Facebook page (fb.me/george.flavel) shared a tidbit from Dec. 3, 1887, 120 …

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From the Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1883 edition of The Daily Morning Astorian, a timeless item about a neighborhood spat: 

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Here's a little tidbit about Gearhart's curious connection to the impeachment hearings, courtesy of R.J. Marx and the Seaside Signal (bit.ly/GearSond):

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"My grandson, Tyler, is living in Astoria over the holidays, away from family and friends," Mary Carson of La Quinta, California, wrote to the Ear. "The day before Thanksgiving I wanted to sen…

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While the Pilgrims may have made a big deal about that first sit-down Thanksgiving dinner with local Native Americans in New England in 1621, nobody took the time to write down the date.

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The likelihood that many would overindulge on Thanksgiving dinner inspired a lot of patent medicine advertising in the 1880s, especially for relief from constipation and "torpid" liver. One su…

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The Today Show featured a story noting that a rare original copy of the proclamation that President George Washington signed on Oct. 3, 1789, declaring Nov. 26 the First National Day of Thanks…

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"On Halloween, the educational director of the Columbia River Maritime Museum (crmm.org), Nate Sandel, led Steve Porter's Warrenton High School zoology class in the dissection of a thresher sh…

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Back in October, photos of a starving, terrified dog began appearing on the Tillamook Animal Shelter's Facebook page. The dog was clearly lost, and unapproachable. 

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Are you thankful you have the most amazing dog on the planet? Now's your chance to show the world how grateful you feel during the "National Dog Show Presented by Purina" on NBC or nbc.com fro…

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A few weeks ago, Astorian and nautical writer Peter Marsh sent in a link to a BBC.com story about a peculiar winter phenomenon — ice balls mysteriously appearing on a beach on Hailuoto Island,…

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For Astoria history buffs, this little gem: "Port of Astoria, Astoria, Oregon, U.S.A.: Smith Point Terminal," a report prepared to attract business to the Port at the 1920 National Foreign Tra…

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Dave Wilson sent in a link with an eye-catching headline from NBC29.com: "Charlottesville (Virginia) Approves Plan to Remove Lewis, Clark, Sacagawea Statue." Why?

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In the news on the environmental front: Astorian and nautical writer Peter Marsh alerted the Ear to the work of Copenhagen artist Thomas Dambo, who calls himself a "recycled art activist."

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"Astoria has been named one of the best kid-friendly fishing destinations on the West Coast!" Allison Arthurs of FishingBooker.com declared. "Astoria came in third place! The list was based on…

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Here's a tidbit for North Coast sports fans: "The recent World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals held some interest for a couple of Clatsop County residents, who j…

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"… Check out this lurking deep-sea squid (Grimalditeuthis bonplandi)," the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Ocean Exploration and Research posted on its Facebook p…

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Since Veterans Day was on Monday, this is a good time to make people aware of the Chapman University Center for American War Letters (bit.ly/warltrs) and its Million Letters Campaign.

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Tom Helbig of Tomfoolery Outdoors (tomfooleryoutdoors.com) in Dayton, Ohio, was visiting town last week while on his Tomfoolery Good Vibes Tour, which entails riding his bike around the perime…

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From the Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1883 edition of The Daily Morning Astorian: 

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"Talking to my kids, Gage (13) and Darrian Cavett (5), about why I donated money at the store for the food baskets led to Gage asking if we had any more to give," Kendra Cavett wrote.

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North Coast singer Maggie Kitson is still battling cancer. "As many of you know, my mother Maggie had surgery in April 2018 to remove a cancerous tumor from her colon," her daughter, Bridget K…

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A little something for marine life enthusiasts: The research vessel REV Ocean was in a fjord near Ørstafjorden, Norway, when divers spotted an enormous, undulating blob floating around at abou…

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Did you know that a Ford commercial was filmed at the Port of Ilwaco, Washington, last July? It was good news for the port, which received $5,500 for the inconvenience.

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From The Daily Morning Astorian, Thursday, Nov. 7, 1889: "Astoria is now in instant communication with the surrounding points of Alderbrook, Fort Stevens, Ilwaco and Chinook. A cable will soon…

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The Ear was delighted to receive an email from the Security Baron company that started off on a happy note: "Astoria ranked as one of the safest cities in Oregon, reveals study," based on the …

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"Al Venter is at it again," former newsroom colleague Patrick Webb wrote. "The former Chinook, Washington, author, now has an East Coast home base. His new book, 'The Last of Africa's Cold War…

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Rumors abound that Fort Stevens State Park, especially Battery Russell, is haunted. There are tales of a young man with a flashlight looking for enemy soldiers, another in a soldier's uniform,…

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A Halloween must-see horror movie with a local touch is “It Came from Beneath the Sea,” about an octopus on the rampage. A colorful poster from the 1955 film is shown.

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Want to dress up for Halloween with minimal effort and expense? Check out “102 cheap and easy Halloween costumes,” with instructions, from Livingonthecheap.com (tinyurl.com/hallowup).

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A ghostly encounter, dated March 29, 1894, from the George Flavel Facebook page (courtesy of the Clatsop County Historical Society):

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"CPH security has been dealing with a rash of vandalism the last couple of weeks," Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, posted on its Facebook page on Oct. 24. "Several vehicles hav…

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On Aug. 16, deep in the woods in North Carolina, there was an intriguing sighting by Hickory resident and Bigfoot tracker Doug Teague. So, of course, the Ear saved his adventure for Halloween.

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Twitter posts took a macabre twist with The Tweet Hereafter website which, ironically, died and was resurrected by the Internet Archive at bit.ly/gonetweet. The site was a compilation of the l…

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Friday is the 113th anniversary of the commercial sailing vessel Peter Iredale (pictured in its prime) running aground on Clatsop Spit. It's a well-known landmark, but how much do you know abo…

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A bit of Iredale shipwreck trivia: In June 1960, a reporter for the Oregon City Enterprise-Courier named Cliff Hendricks wrote an article laying claim to the wreck, insisting he inherited it f…

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How much does a living, swimming whale weigh? Until recently, no one knew. However, researchers from the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in Denmark and Woods Hole Oceanographic Instituti…

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History buffs, rejoice: The Oregon Index of the Oregon State Library is now online at bit.ly/OrLibIndex after more than 700,000 index cards were scanned. The index card shown points to an arti…

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"My name is Victoria Woods and live in Yorkshire, U.K." Victoria wrote to Stephanie Miller of the Clatsop County Genealogical Society. "I was wondering if you have any archives of your local p…

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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 …