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a walk with them and was amazed to learn that I had not spent much time looking up. Now, I am looking up more often.

Welcome to your August issue of 98520.LiFE. We hope you enjoyed the first issue (July) as it has begun a grassroots effort to help tell our stories and foster positive views of our historic and scenic city. Any comments or submission ideas to this publication are welcomed.

One of Aberdeen's founding fathers (Sam Benn) is known for saying, “What’s doing Downtown?” We need to continue to ask that question. We also need to support those who are trying to answer that question by keeping their businesses open for you. In short, if you feed downtown, downtown will feed you.

We are fortunate to be part of a beautiful group of coastal communities where we can easily change our view and even weather within minutes or a few miles. Sometimes it takes a visitor to remind us of what treasures we have—such as a recent couple from Germany who asked me about the architectural embellishments on our older buildings. I went for

Whether you prefer the mountains or the beach or a great place to eat, keep in mind that our lives are enriched by how we interact with Main Street. Let’s meet up, look up, and chat up downtown. Wil Russoul, 98520 Believer

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CALENDAR of EVENTS ABERDEEN ALL-CLASS REUNION

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES: First Friday Art Projects every first friday of each month; Libraries in the Park, 7/30, 7/31, 8/1/8/2, family fun, free books, parks and times vary; Teen's GAME ON, 2-4 p.m., 7/31; Creative Teachers present assorted exotic animals, 2-3 p.m., 8/7, all ages, free ticket required—available at the youth services desk; Mobile Escape Room: Escape from AzkaVan, teens, 2:30-5:30 p.m., 8/14, register at the youth sevices desk; The Kilt Man, Irish, Scottish and Celtic music, 3 p.m., 8/18, all ages; Healing Balms and Salves Workshop, 2-4 p.m., 8/25, hands-on, take home, teen and up. All activities, except Experience free family fun at the all new Aberdeen SUMMERFEST, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Library in the Park are at the Aberdeen branch of the Zelasko Park in downtown Aberdeen, Saturday, Timberland Library System and are free. Details at the library or the TRL.org website. August 11. See page 7 for more information. 1-9 p.m., August 4, a celebration of 110 years of Weatherwax High School. This is a fundraiser for the rebuilding of the Aberdeen Museum. Entry buttons are $15. This is open to the public, not just alumni. A day of music, seeing old friends, memories and fun. Visit the website to see all that is happening, check out what bands are playing as well as interesting history of Weatherwax High School. aberdeenallclassreunion.com

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The Garage OPEN MIC at Tinderbox Coffee, afternoons, 2nd Sat. of each month.The Garage also has a free DRUM CIRCLE (third Thursday of each month) and an All-Ages JAM NIGHT (Mondays, twice monthy) at the Shoppes at Riverside. Call 360.209.4129 for more info. See TheGarage98520 on Facebook for more information.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, the evening of August 7 , Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. To find out more or register a party see: https://natw.org/about

TOON TUESDAYS: Cartooning, Coffee & Conversation, noon, third Tuesday of the month at Tinderbox Coffee Roasters. Artists of ALL kinds are welcome to participate. CONCERT IN THE PARK, 2-6 p.m., August 25. Join Alpha Media Grays Harbor, the City of Aberdeen, and Bud Light for our Concert in the Park series at Sam Benn Park. It’s fun for the whole family and it’s FREE. Live music, games, prizes, a bouncy house for the kids! Bring a picnic basket or visit our food vendors or beer garden. 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Dakota Poorman Band; 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m. (awaiting confirmation); 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Dusty Mojo. https://tinyurl.com/y7hyh6md FIRST FRIDAYS: Art and music at various venues around the downtown area from 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Stop in at the Aberdeen Art Center for maps to venues or just come on down and wander around. GRAYS HARBOR CO. FAIR, August 8-12 at the Fair Grounds. http://www.ghcfairgrounds.com.

FROM THE ASSOCIATE EDITOR Around 1884, founding father Sam Benn advised us to “build a great city.” He then proceeded, with other pioneer families, to do just that. Aberdeen's recent incarnation has a rich history and strong cast of characters awaiting discovery. Welcome to 98520.LiFE, a perspective piece depicting our past and future. This project is dedicated to capturing and sharing the tales of our city and citizens. Whether your family has been here for generations or you just came to town, we’ll be reaching out for your pictures and your stories. From student desks or the rooms of our seniors, the legends will be published and your images viewed; from Main Street to Your Street—all the good news we can collect. We can't wait to introduce your positive views from the Banks of the Muddy Wishkah.


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Harbor Blooms Arranges Happiness GREGORY E. ZSCHOMLER 98520.LiFE Editor Stroll into Harbor Blooms and you’ll find a lot more than flowers. The creative setting features a variety of nooks and crannies displaying lovely items to decorate your home or give as gifts. The full-service floral shop is in the back, past the eclectic array of delightful plants in unique containers, candles, wall-hangings, crystal items, keepsakes and more. Owner Sheril Woodruff purchased the business about three years ago and rebuilt it from the ground up. She said that flowers are something that brings her great joy. That, and her customers. “I have been a florist for 16 years,” says Sheril. “Flowers make me happy. They make everyone happy. I love being around people, too.” Sheril and her crew have built lasting relationships with their customers, often serving families through all of life’s moments—school dances, weddings, birthdays and family passings. The shop offers traditional arrangements and the unique. The floral designers regularly attend classes to keep up on the latest trends and designs. “I have a very talented designer,” she says, noting that they are able to do a lot of custom arrangements and still keep arrangements at a price range she knows people can afford. “I realize that flowers are a luxury.” That’s why the shop puts just as much attention and thought into a $10 arrangement as they do one costing a hundred dollars or more. They want the gift of flowers to bring the joy, message of love or comfort they are intended to bring.

It’s wedding season and the shop is very busy just as they are at all of the traditional flower giving seasons like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas, and Easter. But then, when is it not a good time for flowers? “It’s amazing how many people don’t know we’re here,” says Sheril. She says the bulk of their business begins with a call-in for floral arrangements, but that they’re working on getting more walk-ins and that they’re finally getting known for their gift selection. Their annual Christmas Open House, the first weekend of November, has helped with that. It’s basically a warm family party. The shop also holds classes. Past classes have included instruction in wreath-making (always popular during the Christmas season), and making edible herb planters, fairy gardens and the like. They also hold various like-andshare Facebook contests and give back to their community. “Businesses have to be involved,” says Sheril, noting that she serves on the promotions committee of A.R.M.

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From left to right: Owner Sheril Woodruff, Sharon Poor, Angela Johnson and Kiana Morrow are the talented crew at Harbor Blooms.

“All of us truly love what we do. For me it’s a creative outlet so I leave my home alone,” she says, laughing. That way her husband won’t come home from a trip and trip over something she’s rearranged.

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All in all, she says, “It’s a good day when a customer comes in not knowing what they want and I make them happy with [just the right thing].”

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Harbor Blooms is located at 118 E. Heron. You can find and follow them on Facebook. Their number is 360.532.0300, but you should stop in, meet the crew and see all they have to offer.

His name is Douglas Orr and he's responsable for a number of the murals about town, the restoration of the Aberdeen critters, and the Aberdeen Art Center not to mention a few other projects and programs city-wide and beyond.

He's an artist at work. And in a big way. Some of the murals he's worked on are quite large, like "Bubbles" (about 5,900 sq. ft.) on the D&R and "Hands" (about 4,500 sq. ft.) just across the street from his current work in progress, the 1,500 sq. ft. "Harbor Sunset" (seen below) on the Morck Hotel. The mural can be moved should restoration begin on the 90-year-old building.

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Left: "Harbor Sunset," a work in progress takes shape on the face of the old Morck Hotel. Right: Artist Douglas Orr


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Community Teaching Garden Grows, Puts Down Roots RUTH ZSCHOMLER for 98520.LiFE

volunteer often end up on the receiving end of fresh produce.

For the past five years, the seed of a community teaching garden that was planted in the minds of a few community members has been growing into what it is today, a garden for health and education. The organic garden, Cultivating Roots Community Garden, located at 359 Oak Street, has 109 raised beds and is used from April through October for educational opportunities as well as helping out community members who live in the Pacific Court housing complex, the surrounding neighborhood and the local food banks.

While there is no talk of expansion at this location, Cultivating Roots is part of a larger movement in Grays Harbor County that includes building a network of community gardens. Together with Cultivating Roots, there are now eight community gardens in the county. The most recent one is Southside Pollen Patch Community Garden in South Aberdeen which is now accepting applications for individual garden plots.

“The more community gardens we have around, the more culture will shift to value gardens as being important in our health outcomes,” said Kristina Alnajjar, Public Health Manager with the Grays Harbor Public Health & Social Services Department. This particular community garden program is run by the department and partners with local organizations such as the Timberland Library, Twin Harbors Skills Center, and theYMCA to provide learning opportunities for adults and children alike. The garden is used for community gatherings, partnership gatherings, and skill building. For example, the library holds outside story-times in the garden throughout July and August. There are weekly field trips for the preschool and summerYMCA programs. Cultivating Roots also supports and encourages the Plant-A-Row program, created to help reduce hunger in a healthy way. Alnajjar said, “Our garden is mostly a community garden with a lot of community partnerships, but there are some kitchen garden beds for individuals, as well.” Kitchen gardens refer to gardens with edibles, like vegetables and herbs, for home use. Some of the beds are specifically sponsored by community organizations, such as the Quinault Nation, and some are designated for particular plants, like raspberries. People who

Cultivating Roots is always hoping for more community partners, according to Alnajjar. They are open to any group, garden oriented or not, that wants to use the garden as a public space. “After all, gardens increase health, ward off chronic disease, instill independence and self-sufficiency, increase demand for fresh food, promote beauty and importance in local agriculture, promote mental wellness, educate all ages, and celebrate our unique coastal community,” she said.

People who are interested in learning or practicing gardening skills may show up on Tuesdays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to volunteer at 359 Oak St, Aberdeen between Pacific and Bay Streets. For more info contact: Kimberly McLaury, MPH, RDN, CD Cultivating Roots Coordinator kmclaury@co.grays-harbor.wa.us 360.500.4045 Kristina Alnajjar Public Health Manager Grays Harbor Public Health & Social Services Department KAlnajjar@co.grays-harbor.wa.us 360.500.4060

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The Cultivating Roots Community Garden, located at 359 Oak Street, features a number of raised beds.

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Art and Work Heat Up WIL RUSSOUL 98520.LiFE Publisher

I was recently downtown on a 'walk and talk' and stopped in at Steam Donkey Brewing Co. on Wishkah and Broadway. I asked owner Jonathan Bennett about his beautiful countertop in which their business name is embedded in bronze. I wanted to know more about this artistic piece as I had an idea to research—an idea I got from speaking with Mel Bennett at Colortyme on Wishkah and G Streets. I wanted to know who in the area does bronze work because Mel and I have been chatting about a bronze microphone on a stand with a Fender Stratocaster guitar attached…yadda yadda…more on that later. So, back at Steam Donkey: Jonathan simply grins because seated on either side of me are the guys from Bergstrom Foundry who made his beautiful countertop’s bronze inlays. What timing, eh? So, I turned and asked Drew Little (who is very connected at Bergstrom’s) if he had time to hear my idea. Well that more-than-friendly, giant-of-a-man said, "of course," and invited me to his family’s business over on 316 East State St. I promptly followed up with a visit and, wow, first of all, those employees are amazing artists! They engage in designing, creating, sculpting, and pouring hot metals into molds they fabricate and form. These guys are not only artists, but exacting metallurgists, having to scientifically mix this and that to make their metals strong, shiny, and durable (and safe to melt). On my tour of Bergstrom Foundry I noticed some familiar items: a star like those we have all over downtown embedded in our sidewalks. Yup, Bergstrom’s made those! And, among a collection of their work, I noticed guitar parts. Unbelievable! They are making some of my favorite things. Guitars!

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Photos, bottom left to top right: Travis Lawson and Nate McKiney heat molten aluminum to 1,900+ degrees; owner Drew Little with a cast-aluminum guitar fret board; molten aluminum; Nate and Travis pouring molten aluminum into sand molds; the gas fired dip out glows pink with molten metal.

Drew told me countless stories of how they have been a part of so many successful business products. Like one that began from a manufacturer’s humble idea made using paper and wood to form a crude model. Don Little turned one such model into a castable piece that changed one businessman’s world

forever. That man now flies into the Harbor in his own jet to chat with Don and Drew. If you want a unique tour and find yourself amazed, consider chatting with Drew. I actually took two tours and will go back again.

For local sales and service or to find out more call the foundry at 360.532.6981 or visit


at Bergstrom Foundry A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON: Axel Bergstrom founded Bergstrom Foundry in 1926 along with his two sons Conrad and Lloyd at the foot of "F" street in Aberdeen, Wash. Bergstrom produced cast Iron, brass, and bronze castings for the area’s Logging and Sawmill industry as well as sewer and drain covers for the cities of Hoquiam and Aberdeen. After a flood, Axel and his sons ran the Lamb Foundry until 1940; then Alex retired. In August of 1945, Axel came out of retirement and, with his son Lloyd, built and started the second Bergstrom Foundry Co. located in Hoquiam, Wash. Axel again retired in the late 1960s. Lloyd Bergstrom continued to run the Foundry until 1962 when his son-in-law Kenneth Miller took over. Ken owned and operated the foundry until 1989. In April of 1989, Bergstrom Foundry Co. was sold to Donald Little, Ken's nephew, and was Incorporated. Don owned and operated the Foundry until December of 1993 when Bergstrom’s purchased Peterson Foundry in Seattle, Washington. The foundries were operated separately until June of 1994 when they were combined at the present location, right around the corner from the original location. Bergstrom Foundry has seen a lot of changes in the industry over the years and has grown from the solid foundation that Axel Bergstrom set down 92 years ago and today those history lessons continue to pour through the hands and vision of Don and Drew Little.

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took hold of music lovers all over the world; it was then that Aronson’s attention was directed into playing the guitar.

Musician Michael Aronson, has recently emerged from what he calls a “five year sabbatical,” and can be seen and heard these days performing at Alder Grove Gallery in the Aberdeen Art Center.

At this point in his life, he said he became somewhat of a “hired gun,” playing with other bands. At times, he found himself competing against fellow rock and roll electric guitarists. However, it was the solo careers of James Taylor and Cat Stevens that led Michael to play acoustic guitar, influencing his own style.

Like many musicians, Aronson has had some interesting moments in his life, which he says, “have contributed to [getting me to the] stable point where I am now in my life.”

In turn, Aronson influenced his three sons, Jake, Andrew and Josh, who have followed in their father’s footsteps becoming accomplished guitarists themselves, playing venues in Seattle.

Aronson has lived on the Harbor for nearly 60 years, currently with a home in Central Park. His interest in music began with the trumpet, in the Weatherwax high school marching band in the 1960s, which led to being drafted into the high school’s jazz band.

These days, Aronson prefers to keep his own talents local. His first post-sabbatical appearance was at Alder Grove Gallery. From his appearance there he began getting other bookings, including Renegade Red Studio and Gallery, in Hoquiam, and Grays Harbor College.

Aronson’s music has exposed him to some interesting experiences via a series of unconventional bookings ranging from playing at weddings during the ‘70s and ‘80s, playing in a concert series at the Odd Fellows Club Hall, Beswas in northwest Portland, and Joe’s Deli in Vancouver, Wash. LORA MALAKOFF

Everything changed in 1964 with the appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. This

Guitarist Michael Aronson plays from the stage at the Aberdeen Arts Center for patrons on a First Friday.

“The emerging art scene created by places such as the Aberdeen Art Center has also helped create opportunities for musicians, as well as artists,” says Aronson. “We can only hope that the trend continues,” he said.


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Writers, Photographers and Artists we need your submissions. This is your community publication and it's YOUR place to share whatYOU have to offer. PRESS RELEASES about events, stories, story ideas, comics, cartoons, and photographs are all welcome. All materials must be positive in nature and family-friendly. GREGORY E. ZSCHOMLER Captain of the Hawaiian Chieftain at the helm. The school trains for all types of sea-going vessels, not just wind-powered ships. ALAN RICHROD for 98520.LiFE The maritime industry and its careers are worth well more than $30 billion to the state of Washington. These are industries like cargo handling and logistics, commercial fishing, ship building repair and maintenance, vessel operations, commercial shipping and more. The industries are expanding at more than 6% per year and are responsible for more than $4 billion a year in wages alone. While the average wage in the state ofWashington is around $52,000 a year, the average wage among maritime workers is over $70,000 per year. The only problem in all of this is that the average age of maritime workers is well north of 50. This expanding industry needs new people to come on board, no pun intended, and fill those positions. But where may one learn seafaring and maritime trades? Answer: Soon there will be Sea School Northwest for the training of workers in the maritime industries and it will be centered in Aberdeen, Wash. Thanks to a three year grant from the Magic Cabinet Foundation and the Washington Sea Grant, the Sea School Northwest will be headquartered at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport. Working on board a commercial ship is not, “yo, ho ho and a bottle of rum;” it is very hard, physical work. It is also very rewarding and can be quite lucrative. The whole point of Sea School Northwest is to give students the basic skill set, knowledge and abilities that they will need for entry into the maritime industry. From there, graduates will find room for advancement all the way up the chain to captaincy. The training is not relegated to one kind of ship, but to cargo ships, cruise ships, tug and pilot boats, tall ships and other careers. The curriculum will be taught by experienced maritime sailors who have “been there and done that.” Scholarships and funding options will be available to help students afford the program. For more information email the sea school at: hello@seaschoolnw.org .

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CRAIG NICHOLS The Aberdeen Walk of Stars features famous folk who hail from or have lived in our city. This month's star features William Boeing , whom we all know as the founder of The Boeing Company, Seattle manufacturer of aircraft. What you may not know is that William, who was born in Detroit, Mich., to an immigrant family, enrolled in Yale but later dropped out to enter the lumber business, thus moving to Hoquiam, Wash., and founding Greenwood Timber Company. As his fortune amassed, shipping lumber to the east coast via the new Panama Canal, he saw his first airplane in flight in 1909. By 1916, he and a partner founded Pacific Aero Products Co. and built their first aircraft, the Boeing Model 1. The timing was right, WWI had begun and the U.S. government ordered 50 planes from Boeing. The rest, as they say, is history. The stars are forged by Aberdeen's Bergstrom Foundry.

NEW SummerFest Event Kicking Off Experience free family fun at the all new Aberdeen SUMMERFEST, debuting Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in downtown Aberdeen. This is an event designed to bring families out for some good old-fashioned fun and begins at the west end of downtown with signups and distribution of Scavenger Hunt Maps. Families will use the maps to search for the Aberdeen flag in participating businesses and peruse through merchandise selected for a Street Side Sale. When the flag is found, the participant’s map will be stamped. Families will visit each participating business on the map locating

the flags, receiving the stamps until the map is full, and ultimately ending up at Zelasko Park. At Zelasko Park there will be additional family activities, music, and a surprise munchie. Participants will also turn in their completed map making them eligible for drawings of items that have been purchased from the downtown businesses.

Don’t miss out on this FREE, FAMILY, FUN day! Brought to you by the creative minds that dreamed up WinterFest; sponsored by Aberdeen Revitalization Movement.


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Captain's Log: Historical Seaport Update BRANDI DANIELS-BEDNARIK for 98520.LiFE I love Grays Harbor! As a fifth generation Harborite, I find the Harbor to be beautiful, with tons of outdoor activities and scenic drives. I enjoy getting to know all the different people in our community, too. I come from a large family with Harbor ties on both sides and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1992, and then, a few years after that, from Grays Harbor College. I live in Montesano with my two children and our friend Hanah. We are all supervised by a once stray cat we took in named Snow. She rules the house with an iron meow. Ten years ago, I began working at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport as the assistant bookkeeper. Two years ago,

I was named Executive Director after serving as the Interim Executive Director for about eight months. Working at the Seaport has given me the purpose and drive to do my part to make the Harbor more positive. I believe if you want to change the world, you should always start in your own back yard. I prefer actions to words and I hope that others will join me.

of our spar shop, and hosting multiple public events through the rest of the year. We will have family music, crafts, food, and entertainment. I want to build a community space where people can bring their families to make memories. The long range goal is to fit the Seaport with the proper facilities for the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to be here more. Did you know that next year the Lady won’t go to California in September? She is staying right here in Washington!

Five years ago, the Seaport acquired the old Weyco sawmill on our South Side and much has been happening behind the scenes. Our priority has been to clean up the ‘environmental impact’ left by years of mill operations. Though you can’t see it happening, it is important work.

I’m excited to be a part of the positive changes happening on Grays Harbor. I urge you all to come visit us at the Historical Seaport. Come be a part of this exciting project from the new beginning.

This summer we will be constructing rain gardens, launching the grand opening

Let’s build the vision together!

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Ultimate Frisbee, Ultimate Fun SAMUEL LICHTY for 98520.LiFE I find that people often get Ultimate Frisbee confused with disc golf if they have never played either game. Ultimate Frisbee is a team sport, like soccer or football, played on a field, whereas disc golf is a single player sport played on a disc golf course. Ultimate Frisbee is a great environment in which to meet people, get active, and have fun! You just need to practice some simple catches and basic throws and you are ready to play! This is a two team game, played with seven players on each team competing on a playing field about the size of a football field. There are two end zones on opposite ends of the field. This can vary depending on what playing area you have avail-

able; if you are playing according to league regulations or just playing to have fun.

Once the Frisbee is caught inside the opposing team’s end zone your team scores a point.

The goal of Ultimate Frisbee is to get the Frisbee into your opponent’s end zone. The game begins when one of the teams throws the Frisbee toward the opposing side. This is where your teamwork comes in. When you catch the Frisbee you have to stop where you are and pass it on to your teammates thus moving the Frisbee toward the end zone.

Some people play first team to seven points with a two point lead wins, others play by timed rounds with the team accumulating the most points winning. And remember, it’s a non-contact sport, so no tackling!

If the team who is in possession of the Frisbee does not catch the disc and it hits the ground, goes out of bounds, or is intercepted by the opposing team, it becomes the possession of the opposing team. When you are not in possession of the Frisbee you are working defensively by guarding, blocking, and intercepting the disc anyway you can.

If you are looking for a way to get out and do something in Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor Ultimate Frisbee on Facebook puts on games most Saturday’s at 9:15 a.m. at the Montesano High School football field. It is open for all ages with the majority being college and high school students. We are out there to have fun and enjoy ourselves. To find out more use the QR code to the right.

EMILY LAMPERT Local teens and twentys play Ultimate Frisbee at Monty High.


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Sow bugs, potato bugs, pill bugs, whatever you call them they're fun. DEBBI JENSEN for 98520.LiFE

I remember being out in my dad’s garden as a kid; he was weeding and I noticed a “bug” that I had never seen before. My dad told me it was a Sow Bug. Reading about this (bug-light years later) I learned they’re not bugs at all, but crustaceans; like a shrimp or crayfish, and that they breathe through gills, but live on land. A Sow Bug (also known as pill bug, potato bug, or woodlouse) is greyish in color and has an armored shell that looks like a mini Armadillo. Some varieties will roll into a ball as a defense and so have been called roly-polies.

Cool fun-filled fact: t: g Sow Bugs make great pets and are free! I went on the hunt at the local Dollar Tree to find a container to make my sow bug house. I found a bug catching kit; with air holes on the top and magnifying glass for a close-up look. Putting moist dirt

and some damp bark, twigs and dried leaf in my bug bucket I set out ready to hunt for my very own Sow Bug. You will also want to get a small spray bottle to mist your container every couple of days. Outside on my dirt bank, I lifted up a rock (they like the dark) and, yep, several of the little buggers were hanging out. These critters do not sting, bite or transmit disease, so, scooping up two, I placed them gently into their new home. What do they eat you ask? Fish flakes, coffee grounds, lettuce, rotting wood and of course anything that is on your garden floor plantwise, for a yippee-skippy dinner. I have read that this pet can live fr from two to five years, and grow ffrom a 1/2 inch to an Inch when taken care of. Please remember to regularly remove any uneaten food; you’ll want to clean out their home and change the dirt, too, in order to prevent icky mold. Here’s wishing you happy bug hunting and a fun-filled adventure.

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Book on in for summer activities Wishkah sidewalk sit and sip New School Ground Broadway sidewalk sit and sip It's fair to say Aberdeen will be attending Go mighty mascot You could get hooked here They take a stand in early summer Catch this and you might be doused We all scream for ice cream. Get it here

BOOK NOOK On the Nature Trail, is a hardback, ringbound, notebook of fun for the great outdoors. It's designed to get kids out from behind their electronic devices and into mother nature. The book includes such hands-on activities as: make your own trail map, making plaster impressions, nature hunts and much more. It comes with a magnifying glass for close examination of flora and fauna. And there are lots of stickers, too! Inside, you'll find trail tips; suggestions for packing a day pack for exploring; plant, animal, insect and track identifying activities; as well as science and craft ideas.

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The Backpack Explorer book, by Storey Books, is wonderfully illustrated and designed and will provide hours and hours of fun in the sun this summer for your youngsters (and you). Retail is $14.99 and a great value. I've seen it widely available at bookstores from Bremerton to Olympia and further south, so every bookstore owner I've met thinks it's pretty cool, too. We've sold several at Harbor BOOKS & Gifts and have them in stock. No Batteries Required. Dirt not included. Review by Gregory E. Zschomler

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New Sweeping Beauty's of 98520 Debbi Jensen and Gladys Whitney are the masterminds behind the new Sweeping Beauty's of 98520. Both had had similar ideas bouncing around in their creative noggins and when Debbi told Wil Russoul; he told Gladys and the two gals, who had not previously met one another, put their heads together. The pair became fast friends and came up with what you see pictured... well, partly. What you don't see, however, is the whole custodial closet—a feel-good broom, a bring-you-all-kinds-of-happiness dust pan, and a service group of gals representing an all-new, take-pride Aberdeen.

"We're wanting to leave a legacy," says Gladys of their new effort. SUZI GOEDERT Downtown's new dynamic duo, Debbi Jensen and Gladys Whitney, boogie and belt out the catchy Sweeping Beauty's jingle (written by Whitney) at Founders' Day.

full-tilt to make a clean sweep of our downtown beautification. They'll practice random acts of kindness and service. They might come by and tidy up a business's sidewalk, wash a window or two, even serenade you with a song. In fact, Gladys wrote their catchy jingle that you're sure to hear here and there and everywhere in the coming months. They're even toying with the idea of creating a Sweeping Beauty's drill team, too! If this project tickles your fancy, the two are taking volunteer applications. They're looking to hold interviews and auditions later this summer. Contact them at: thesweepingbeautys98520@gmail.com

The dynamic duo debuted their delightful darling at Founders' Day with their blowout party tent that featured song, dance and family fun acivities as well as prizes and treats. Debbi and Gladys, with enthusiastic financial backing from JohnYonich, are going

Up from the Ashes "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul..." ~Hebrews 6:19 This photo of the blackened, 1926 Ahrens-Fox fire engine was taken by local photographer Craig Nichols during the Aberdeen Founders' Day parade. The engine was previously housed in the Aberdeen Museum of History located in what was the old Aberdeen Armory building at 111 East Third Street. On June 13, 2018 the building was, for the most part, gutted by a massive fire. Salvage and restoration of items that can be saved is still underway The engine was one of the items pulled from the ruins. Ironically, it was able to be started—like a Phoenix risen from the ashes—and driven. As decisions, fundraising and restoration continue, the citizens of Aberdeen have rallied together in the spirit of community to rebuild and restore their beloved history museum. This iconic engine is now the emblem of that pride and solidarity. Although the loss of our museum is a difficult blow to us all, the positive nature of this ongoing story is that we, like this engine, will rise again. "Rising from the ashes is what we do!" You may support the museum's restoration by purchasing a "rising" button or t-shirt or by donating into one of the recepticals at local businesses.

Photo by Craig Nichols


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