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Table of contents Map of Grays Harbor

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McCleary, ORV park

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Fishing Grays Harbor

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Grays Harbor Parks & Lakes

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Hike: McLane Creek Trail

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Elma: Gateway to Grays Harbor

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Grays Harbor Raceway

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Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds

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Hike: Schafer State Park

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Grays Harbor cemeteries

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Road Trip: Keys Road

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Oakville: Horseback bank heist

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Montesano: Summer Fest revived

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The road to Wynooche

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Hike: Wynooche Lake

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Golfing the Harbor

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Kurt Cobain’s Aberdeen

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Aberdeen: Star Wars and more

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Aberdeen: Parks and activities

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Wines and more

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Hoquiam: Timber town

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Westport: Boats, fishing and more

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Calendar of Events

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Clamming: Know before you go

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Hike: Enchanted Valley

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North Beach: Remote ocean access

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Welcome to Grays Harbor Founded February 1, 1883 Published every Thursday by The Vidette, periodicals p.p. at Montesano, WA (USPS 360-860)

Editor & General Manager Leif Nesheim Reporters Tommi Halvorsen Gatlin Scot Pearson Office Manager Joyce Powers Advertising Gloria Kilwien Ad Production Manager Debi Meredith Legals, Pagination Marisa Chatt Flashback, Website Anna Harbell


P.O. Box 671 Montesano, WA 98563 Tel: (360) 249-3311 Fax: (360) 249-5636

Map courtesy of Washington State Department of Transportation.

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The county courthouse in Montesano.

Aberdeen born rock legend Kurt Cobain.

Grays Harbor Raceway, at the county fairgrounds.

Fishing is plentiful around the Harbor.

Dig clams on both North and South Beach.

Surfing near the Westport jetty.

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Bear Festival is one of town’s charms By Tommi Halvorsen Gatlin The Vidette McCLEARY — Henry McCleary arrived in the far eastern part of what is now Grays Harbor County in 1897. The timber baron, originally from Gurnsey Co., Ohio, founded the town named after him and was determined to build a life for himself and his family in the lush area — especially since it had all those trees to facilitate his earnHenry McCleary ing a living. If he were there today, besides being about 150 years old, Henry would no doubt enthusiastically invite visitors to “his town.” And he’d likely urge guests of all ages to attend the event for which McCleary (the town — not the man) is especially known, the annual Bear Festival, always on the second weekend in July. Featuring myriad activities, one of the highlights of the festival, the 52nd in 2011, is the traditional bear stew. It all started when the editor of the McCleary Stimulator and his friend and counterpart in Stevenson challenged each other as to whose bears were the tastiest for a barbecue. The event’s stew also has its roots in the fact that hungry bears coming out of hibernation especially crave the bark of certain young trees, hence the “First Annual Second Growth and Bear Festival” was a sort of forest “conservation” attempt. Today, the delectable dish not only still contains genuine (inspected) bear meat, it also has a special spice sauce to please the palate, some beef for flavoring and loads of veggies prepped early the day before by peeling and chopping stalwarts. Then it’s tended all night by a crew from the McCleary Fire Department, which has honed the process to perfection. Everyone sporting a Bear Festival button, available for a nominal price, is invited to partake of the meal, which also includes other picnic fare. But there’s more to the town than its festival. In 1912, Henry built the McCleary Hotel, at the corner of Summit and Beck, to accommodate visiting friends. Since 1985, it’s been


Off-road vehicle park is under new management By Scot Pearson The Vidette GRAYS HARBOR — The history of Straddleline Off Road Vehicle Park pits county against county as it sits at the border of Thurston and Grays Harbor counties. In 2005, Grays Harbor County acquired the 155 acre park from Thurston County, renamed it Straddleline and has been trying to keep the park out of the red ever since. With funding cut from the state to maintain this area, Grays Harbor turned to a private promotions company to see if it could keep the park alive. The park facilities consist of: A one mile motocross track with four-wheel drive and off-road course on its infield, a 1/8 mile clay flat track, drag strip, off-road grand prix, barrels and obstacle course. Access to 80,000 acres of ORV, horse and hiking trails, spacious forested campgrounds with individual and group sites, restrooms, showers and a concession stand are available. There are also a 3,000 square foot meeting hall, a kid’s riding and playground area, picnic facilities (covered shelters with reservations) and recreational game area (equipment is available on site). The grandstand is covered and there is an on-site caretaker. Stradleline Park is west of Olympia on Highway 8 near McCleary. From Olympia, take exit 104 off I-5 and travel west 16 miles towards the ocean beaches. The park will be on the left/south side of Highway 8. From McCleary, continue east for approximately 3 miles on Highway 8, the park will be on the Right/South side of the highway. The 100 miles of trails is now under management of Promoto Promotions. The park is seeing a little of the spark that it has needed and a better organization to manage all the needs and desires of the communities and user groups it serves. The park is open from April through October owned by Evert and Penny Challstedt. The three-story structure, which hosts the annual Thanksgivingthemed volunteer-appreciation banquet, contains original furniture and woodwork in more than 7,000 square feet of space. The hotel sits across the street from the Simpson Door plant, built by Henry McCleary two years before the hotel. In 1941, the year before the town was incorporated, the Simpson

The motocross track at the ORV Park can offer a fun recreational ride or play host to official races throughout the summer.

with gates open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The basic adult gate fee is $5. For those 12 and under, 65 and older, military or a CMC cardholder, admission is free. During events, the adult gate fee is $10. For those ages 6-12, 65 and older or military, $5. Children under 6 are free. Event day gates are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Some of the things that Promoto has brought to the park includes an organized practice for racers, daily maintenance, safety, experience and a true caring attitude for the users. “The kids track is highly supervised and very controlled,” said Elaine Derrick of Promoto Promotions. The park plans further expansion in the way of services to the racing community with a shop of some common repair parts and accessories. Motocross main track fees and hours Motocross practice: Tuesday-Friday, 2-8 p.m. at the motocross track entrance $20 plus gate fee; Tuesday-Friday, 5-8 p.m. at the moto-

Timber Co. purchased the door plant, said to be one of the largest anywhere. McCleary is a homey town where visitors can enjoy fast food or family dining, pick up provisions at a quick stop or Gordon’s Select Market, check out activities and materials at the McCleary Timberland Library, browse history at the McCleary Museum, on South Second Street, and more. The museum is open from noon to

cross track entrance $15 plus gate fee; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the motocross track entrance $25 plus gate fee. Tracks are groomed Tuesday through Sunday or as required. Ride at your own risk as there is no medical staff on site during practice times. Kids track, trails and 4x4 area fees and hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. $10. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. $15. Must have adult supervision or minor release, Ride at your own risk. Only 230CC/150CC 4 STROKE 85/65/50CC and down are allowed on the beginner tracks. Camping fees Hook-ups, $25, first come first served. Reserved Hook-ups, $35. Call (360) 4953054 or e-mail Dry Camping, $15, first come first served, showers are a quarter in the bathrooms. For more specific information go to http://

4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Seven-acre Beerbower Park, across from city hall downtown, is equipped with playground equipment, picnic tables, a barbecue and kitchen area, restrooms and lighted baseball field, tennis and basketball courts. The park is also the current home of a locomotive that Henry McCleary

purchased in 1905 and later sold to the Simpson Timber Co, which donated it to the city in 1962. The town also is only about 15 minutes from the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds and Raceway, straight down the Elma-McCleary Road, where something fun’s always in the works. For more information on the town that Henry McCleary claimed for his own, visit the city’s Web site at www.cityofmccleary. com.

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Grays Harbor County fishing I have spent years translating the Washington State Fishing Laws into English. Research suggests they are a form of code you may need an attorney to figure out. If you cannot afford an attorney then you probably can’t afford to go fishing. Your first step on any fishing trip would be to get a fishing license. That’s unless you are fishing inside of Olympic National Park. There you don’t need a license but you will need a punch-card to fish for salmon and steelhead and a shellfish license to dig clams. Fishing inside the Park is managed as a catch and release single-barbless-hook-artificial lure fishery to preserve the native fish. You are allowed to keep Brook and Rainbow trout in certain lakes since they are an introduced species and you can catch and retain hatchery steelhead and salmon in some rivers. ONP fishing regs are available at ranger stations and visitor centers or online at www.nps/olym/fishing.htm. You can get a punch-card and fishing license at a local tackle store. They’re a good place to get the right gear if you don’t have it already and a copy of the current Washington State Fishing Regulations. This year’s version is 148 pages of reading fun. I’ll try to boil it down for you. The first decision any angler has to make is to fish in salt or fresh water. Out in the ocean off our coast, (Marine areas 1 and 2 in the regulations) the bottom fish season is open all summer. You are

allowed 10 rockfish and two ling cod. The ocean salmon season opens Saturday, June 18, and runs until the catch quota for Chinook and Coho is met. You can check for any salmon fishing closures at a local charter or tackle store or go online at http:// Albacore tuna run off the coast from July through early October. Fishing for albacore is a sea-faring adventure. The charter trips last from one to three days. The boats leave the night before so they can be fishing for tuna at daylight. Those of us without our sea legs can still catch plenty of fish in our local rivers. You’ll want to check the fishing regulations in the Westside Rivers Special Rules section. You can generally keep a couple of trout with a minimum size length and two hatchery steelhead. The hatchery fish are identified by having a missing adipose fin. On the first of September many streams open for Chinook and Coho salmon. The best fishing usually occurs after a heavy rain. That’s when the salmon swarm upriver to spawn and we can have on any given day, the best fishing of the year.

Pat Neal is a fishing guide for salmon and steelhead on the Hoh River. He can be reached @ (360) 683-9867 at or online For The Vidette at Fishing guide Pat Neal displays a 25-pound silver salmon.

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Area parks, lakes and campgrounds State Parks Griffiths-Priday — (364 acres) Available activities include fishing, clamming, beachcombing, bird watching, mountain biking, wildlife viewing and whale watching. Summer, 6:30 a.m. to dusk; winter, 8 a.m. to dusk. The park is open year round for day use. Lake Sylvia — (233 acres) Available activities include camping, fishing, picnic, day outings, playground and hiking. Summer, 8 a.m. to dusk; winter, campground closed Oct. 31, reopens March 15; Day-use area open 8 a.m. to dusk. Campground, group camp and kitchen shelter can be reserved April 1 through Sept. 30. Ocean City — (170 acres) Available activities include camping, fishing, diving, swimming, clamming, crabbing, beachcombing, bird watching, wildlife viewing and interpretive activities. Park is open year round for camping and day use. Summer, 6 a.m. to dusk; winter, 8 a.m. to dusk. Pacific Beach — (10 acres) Avail-

able activities include camping, fishing, swimming, clamming and beachcombing. The park is open year round for camping and day use. Summer, 6 a.m. to dusk; winter, 8 a.m. to dusk. NOTE: Campfires are allowed on the beach only; no campfires or portable fire pits are permitted in the campground. Charcoal and propane barbecues are permitted. Twin Harbors Beach — (172 acres) Available activities include camping, interpretive trails with informational placards, nature study and seaside activities. Park is open year round for camping and day use. Summer, 6 a.m. to dusk; winter, 8 a.m. to dusk. Westport Light — (212 acres) Available activities include hiking, miles of ADA-accessible trail, fishing, beachcombing and bird watching. Park is open year round for day use only; summer, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; winter, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Aberdeen Lake — (63 acres) Available activities include fishing (good for rainbow trout). Open season

runs from the last Saturday in April to Oct. 31. Carlisle Lake — (29 acres) Manmade millpond. Available activities include fishing (brown trout, largemouth bass, rainbow trout). Duck Lake — (278 acres) Available activities include fishing (rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie and bluegill). Open season runs yeararound. Failor Lake — (65 acres) Available activities include fishing (rainbow trout). Open season is from the last Saturday in April through Oct. 31. Klone Lakes — (2-9 acres) Three small lakes. Available activities include fishing. Season open to fishing all year, elevation (all at about 3,200 feet) may keep them closed part of the year. Mill Creek Pond — Available activities include fishing. This juveniles-only water located in Cosmopolis provides accessible fishing for beginning anglers. It is open to fishing year-round. Quinault Lake — Available activities include fishing (with permit from the Quinaults), hiking and scenic drives.


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Satsop Lakes — Two small lakes. Available activities include boating, fishing (small cutthroat and brook trout). Open season is from the last Saturday in April through Oct. 31. Sylvia Lake — (32 acres) Available activities include boating, fishing (small Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout). Free fishing weekend in June, and plants in April, May and September. Excess adult hatchery steelhead may be periodically available (part of trout limit). Open season is yearround. Vance Creek Ponds — Two ponds. Available activities include fishing. One pond is for seniors and kids and the other is open for everyone. They are stocked with rainbow trout. Wynooche Lake — (Reservoir) Available activities include boating, fishing (cutthroat and whitefish). Special size and catch limits are in effect for trout. USFS campground, toilets and boat launch. Open season June 1 through Oct. 31.


Grayland, Kenanna R.V. Park —

90 large pull through full hook-up sites, secluded tent sites and beach. Amenities available: Hall facilities for groups, cabins, play area, free satellite T.V. and heated restrooms, hot showers, laundry, convenience store, barbeques, firepits and a fish cleaning sink. Hoquiam River RV Park — 75 full hook-ups, 23 pull-through. Amenities available: 50-amp electrical service to each site, Wi-Fi Internet access, picnic tables, laundry, showers, cable T.V., club house. Grocery and restaurants nearby. Newer park with 500 feet of waterfront along the Hoquiam River. Coho Campground — 56 campsites on two paved loops will accommodate tents, trailers and RVs up to 34 feet. (10 sites designated for walkin tent campers and are wheelchair friendly). Amenities available: Boat ramp, piped water, flush toilets, swimming beach, picnic areas and gray water disposal. Sixteen miles for hiking and mountain biking pleasure. There is also a short working forest nature trail — 0.25 miles. Wynooche Falls and dam are a short trip away. Open May 20 through Sept. 15.

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A gem of a forest hike

The mist-shrouded Black Hills in the Capitol State Forest rise behind the pond circled by the McLane Creek Nature Discovery Trail.

By Leif Nesheim The Vidette This is a gem of a little hike. It’s ease and proximity to Olympia make for a nice excursion before or after a daytrip to the state capital. The hike is touted as kid-friendly — and it otherwise would be save for a crossing via a fallen log of a creek swollen by winter rain. Either brave the crossing, detour via the connector route or save the hike for summer. The McLane Creek Nature Discovery Trail is about half boardwalk. Going counter-clockwise, the trail begins by rounding the edge of a large beaver pond. A footbridge crosses next to a beaver dam, over which clear water gently cascades. Views of the Black Hills to the west are visible beyond the pond. Mallards swim the placid water, dipping their heads from time to time in search of forage. Giant maple trees draped with vibrant green cloaks of moss and lichen twisted their gnarled branches up from their posts beside the trail. There are a couple of smaller side trails branching off; ignore these and stick to the loop. Huge stumps sprouting with new growth hint at the forest’s logging past. It’s at the junction with this trail that one can take a shortened trip back to the parking lot, or extend the trip by hiking to the creek crossing, then returning via this trail if the crossing is too daunting. There is an impressive tunnel of hemlock as the path wends its way through a darkening forest of cedar and hemlock and giant maples. A well-built bridge crosses the highflowing creek, providing a picturesque view. This would be a great place to view spawning salmon in the fall. There also was a clear-cut “trail” marked with tall plastic tubes that stretched into the

McLane Creek Nature Discovery How long: 1.1-mile outer loop with a 0.3-mile connector How hard: Easy How to get there: From Aberdeen, take Highways 12, 8 and 101 to Olympia. Take the Mud Bay exit towards The Evergreen State College. Turn left onto Mud Bay Drive, follow it to a traffic light at the intersection with Delphi Road, turn right. The McLane Creek Demonstration Forest is on the right in a little over three miles. There is a sign for the McLane Creek trails on the right (you’ve gone a half-mile too far if you hit 62nd Avenue). To reach the McLane Creek Nature Discovery Trail, pass the Demonstration Forest Trail and park at the end of the road in the parking area by a vault toilet. Leashed pets are allowed. distance perpendicular to the path. None were close enough to determine the reason they were there. The mystery was solved on the far side of the creek when the trail intersected the “trail” again: The plastic tubes marked a natural gas route. The trail ended at the end of a short, muddy slope at the creek. Fallen logs were the obvious crossing route. However, with the rapidly moving water below, it’s not what I’d deem “kid-friendly.” During low-flow months of summer, it certainly shouldn’t prove much of an obstacle. After that, the way back is a cinch. There’s the intersection with the connector trail, more boardwalk — including a gorgeous stretch through winterbrown cattail stalks — an overlook of the beaver pond and a short stretch back to the parking area. The trail is well-traveled. We met several hikers of all ages and several dogs along the route. All in all, it is a nice little outing.



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Gateway to Grays Harbor is action packed By Tommi Halvorsen Gatlin The Vidette ELMA — It may be a small town, but a lot goes on in, and around, Elma. From various events, including swap meets and races, at the nearby Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds and Raceway east of town to various one-time and ongoing activities at the Elma Timberland Library to summer events such as the Heat on the Street Custom & Motorcycle Show, Elma’s rarely boring. And if it ever is, nearby Vance Creek Park is a great place to take a walk, enjoy a picnic, take your leashed dog for a walk or just sit and breathe in some fresh, clean air. The Elma Chamber of Commerce has been busy getting set up in a vintage building — a former Flying-A gas station at the corner of Third and Main streets. It’s generally open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Planned events in town include the City-Wide Garage Sales scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 15-17, 2011, in conjunction with downtown “Sizzlin’ Sidewalk Sales” and during the Brownfield Memorial Race at the raceway.

Garage sales will be within a three-mile radius of town on any one or more days during the event. Maps will be available. The chamber’s 2011 Heat on the Street is set for Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. The third annual show will begin with a cruise-in at 6 p.m. Friday. Each participant in the Main Street event will receive a free hot dog and soft drink, and the first 100 will receive dash plaques. The cruise-in will also feature DJ music from 6-10 p.m., and participants will be registered Friday night for the Saturday show. Saturday registration and checkin will begin at 7 a.m., with the show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first 250 pre-registered participants will receive specially designed car show T-shirts, dash plaques and promotional goodie packages. An awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., with awards in 19 categories. Entertainment on the stage near the Visitors Center will be provided from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Local businesses and organizations help sponsor awards, raffle prizes, poker walk locations, food and merchandise vendors and more. Whether there’s a specific event


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Downtown Elma is decorated with murals depicting the area’s logging history.

in town or not, visitors are invited to stroll around town and enjoy Elma’s murals painted on a number of buildings, many on Main Street, depicting the earlier days of the

town, which was incorporated in 1888. Elma, 30 miles west of Olympia, is even extremely easy to get to, since it’s located at the inter-

change of Highways 12 and 8. And since it’s not much further to the ocean beaches, Elma’s a great place to visit — for a lot of reasons.

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Downtown Elma is packed with cars during the Heat on the Street classic car show in August.

Frank Dickson, co-owner of Peonies Plus, gathers a sample of the flowers he grows on his acreage just west of Elma.

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Feel the rumble at the raceway



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Cars blaze around the 3/8-mile dirt track at the Grays Harbor Raceway, just outside Elma at the county fairgrounds.

Auto racing has 91-year Harbor history By Scot Pearson The Vidette ELMA — At the edge of town you can see the lights and feel the rumble that is the Grays Harbor Raceway. Racing on this 3/8-mile dirt track runs from April through September and hosts ASCS Northwest Region races, Northwest Extreme Dirt Late Model Races, Modified Nationals and weekly local races. Primarily on a Saturday night, with an occasional Friday or Sunday depending in the event, one can see several races in the classifications of Modifies, Midgets, Sprints, Hobby Stocks and Hornets take to the track and pilot their way into victory lane. Racing starts at 6:30 p.m. with pit passes available for local events at the gate. A rich and diverse history follows the raceway harking back some 90 years. Racing at the current location has been an event on and off since 1920, according to “A History of Racing at the Elma Fairgrounds, Central Park’s Evergreen Speedway, and the Evergreen Auto Association,” prepared by Robert G. Hunter and the Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame Committee. Always a dirt track, it started as a half-mile oval. A new 0.3-mile track was constructed in 1980, with the first race on May 29, 1981. It was dubbed the Harbor Speedway. The track configuration stayed until 2003, when it was reconfigured to its current 3/8-mile oval by

promoter Fred Brownfield and renamed Grays Harbor Raceway. Today, drivers from the local area compete with others from across the state and as far away as Canada. The standard fare of locals put on quite the show from week to week, as the fans track the points and watch their favorite driver race for the top position. An open forum can be found with drivers available for fan questions. A special Fan Appreciation night allows the crowd to mingle with the drivers on the track for pictures, autographs, hugs and handshakes, then the racing is non-stop from that point on. Parking is available for up to 1,700 vehicles and a capacity of 7,000 seats gives one a great vantage point of the night’s action. The Grays Harbor Raceway is steeped in history and has spawned a Hall of Fame to tribute the racing lore that is Grays Harbor. Drivers are born into this activity many partaking in the ¼ Midgets at an early age and then progressing into one of the more rough and tumble racing classifications. One annual Event is the Fred Brownfield Memorial weekend, this year happening July 15-16. This event is an ASCS National Sprint and Midget evening of racing, all in tribute to Brownfield who was a Sprint Racing Champion and later a prolific Race Promoter. The weekend is a must see event if you are in town, and a favorite of the local racing community.

Specific times and rates

Pit Gate opens at 2:30 p.m., Front Gate opens at 4:30 p.m. Racing is at 6:30 for Friday and Saturday

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Reese Goetz, of Snohomish, works his 360 sprint car during “HOTLAPS” at the Grays Harbor Raceway. Goetz, one of the youngest at this level, also competes in the Ford Focus Midget Series.

night events. Weekly Race Rates: Adults, $13; Juniors (15-18), Seniors (62 and older) and Military, $10; Youth (6-14), $5; Under 5 years old, Free. Pit Gate price for local events is $30. Family Packages (2 Adults and up to 4 Youths) $30; Premium Rate, $20. Special Event Rates: Northwest Extreme Dirt Late Models on May 7, June 25 and Aug. 20, Weekly Rates apply.

ASCS Northwest Region Races on May 28-29, Adults, $17; Juniors (15-18), Seniors (62 and older) and Military, $12; Youth (6-14), $5; Under 5 years old, Free. Family Packages (2 Adults and up to 4 Youths) $40; Premium Rate, $25. Modified Nationals on July 29-30, Adults $13 (July 29) $15 (July 30); Juniors (15-18), Seniors (62 and older) and Military, $12; Youth (6-14), $7; Under 5 years old, Free. Premium Rate, $22.

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Fair play at the county fairgrounds By Scot Pearson The Vidette ELMA — Anything big will happen at the Grays Harbor Fair and Event Center. Located at the edge of town in Elma, the Event Center is home of the Grays Harbor County Fair which will hold its 100th annual fair this year. One of the biggest events, the Grays Harbor County Fair, will run from Wednesday–Sunday, Aug. 10–14. Hours of the fair will run from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. with a late night on Saturday until 11 p.m. and an early closing time of 6 p.m. on the final night. The fairgrounds have 68 acres of fun and folly where it will use every inch during the event. Ticket prices are a cheap $8 for adults and less if you are a senior or a youth, with discounts for card carrying military personnel on opening day. There is an additional fee for parking. With plenty of buildings to house vendors and livestock, you will see just about everything at

the fair. The food will keep you thirsty, but they can also take care of that as well. Two outdoor stages have non-stop entertainment from local musicians to tribute bands and a talent show to boot. Plenty of rides will be on-hand for both the thrill seeker and the meeker depending on the amount of cotton candy and corn dogs you ingest before hand. Vendor booths with local artisans, contests, a variety of special kid focus fun and of course an array of skills games to test your ability. When not hosting the county fair, the facility is the workhorse of the surrounding communities. The local schools utilize the grounds for their FFA events, equestrian teams and even graduations. Charity events are staged at the site as well as rodeos, car shows, youth fairs, 4-H, dog shows, outdoor recreational exhibits. The list is exhaustive. A full schedule of events can be seen online at

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Schafer State Park

The East Fork Satsop River flows beneath the bridge at Schafer State Park’s west entrance. The trail is along the bank and ridge to the west.

By Leif Nesheim The Vidette Schafer State Park has a lot to offer. Miles of trails aren’t one of them, so as a hiking destination, it’s a little on the sparse side. However, if you’re going there for a picnic, fishing, or a little summer camping or swimming, there is a little trail worth checking out. The 119-acre camping park is known for its fishing and camping. Donated to the park system in 1924 by the Schafer Brothers Logging Company in memory of John and Anna Schafer, it recently was saved from closure by park neighbors and users who formed a friends group and lobbied the legislature to find money to keep it open. In winter, there are some activities coordinated by the group to encourage park use — including the Yule log celebration, a tradition at the park in years past. It’s also a destination for anglers, many of whom park in the day use lot as a safer alternative to parking near their fishing holes. Even on a busy late fall or winter day, there’s still plenty of room for hikers. A short walk down the park entrance road and across the bridge to the west bank of the East Fork brings you to the loop trailheads. They’re both located in the same grassy clearing a hundred feet or so apart. Starting clockwise, head up to the top of the rise first on the left. Behind some snowberry thickets the trail

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rises — a moderately steep incline — for a short distance before reaching the top of the rise. From here, the trail parallels the river north through a secondgrowth forest of fir, alder and maple. Soon we come to a sign stating “1/2 loop” with an arrow pointing down. From here, should you choose to abbreviate the short hike, you may head back toward the trailhead by heading down the juncture. Continuing along the main trail soon enough heads down toward the riverbank and back. There were some nice views of the river. Smoke rose from the shelter fireplace across the river and the shouts of playing children echoed in the forest. It made me think of the annual Schafer Brothers company picnics that once were held at the park site. During the summer months, a sojourn in the campground or splashing in the river would be a refreshing cap to a short walk.

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Cemeteries offer glimpse into Harbor’s past for history buffs By Tommi Halvorsen Gatlin The Vidette Visitors travel to an area for many reasons. In Grays Harbor County, some are seeking what one Harborite calls “beachy keen� fun on the north and south beaches of Ocean Shores and Westport. Others come to hike or to check out the huge conifers — or the tranquility and rugged beauty — in the Quinault rain forest. Lots of folks show up for events at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds near Elma, such as August’s fair or the races at the Grays Harbor Raceway. Others are seeking some peace and quiet — some are vitally interested in history. And because sometimes they’re the same people, some of their favorite sightseeing adventures take place in cemeteries. An area’s cemeteries, after all, are generally the final resting places of many of its pioneers. Samuel Benn, for example, Aberdeen’s founder who lived to be 103, is buried in that city’s Fern Hill Cemetery. And many pioneers to Montesano, the current county seat, are buried in the Wynooche Cemetery, originally known as Mound Cemetery, including Charles Newton Byles, known as the father of Montesano, and his wife, Elizabeth J. Medcalf, the daughter of William and Martha Ann (Binns) Medcalf, who are also buried there. According to a family history, Medcalf was born in Ireland, and his wife was born near Manchester, England. Sunset Memorial Park is Hoquiam’s largest cemetery, where timber baron Alexander Polson was laid to rest in Sep-

tember 1939. There are also, of course, smaller cemeteries, where the gravesites are sometimes mostly members of one family or they’re part of smaller communities, such as the Sharon Cemetery near Porter. But even small cemeteries can hold a lot of history. The Sharon Cemetery, which has also been called Fords Cemetery, Fords Prairie Cemetery and the Sharon Cemetery at Cedarville, includes the burial places of at least six Civil War veterans: Corporal David Reeves and Pvts. Zimri C. Witsman, David Bean, Daniel E. and Otis W. Newton and Charles Oscar Butler. Some young people, including Elma High School graduate of 2011 Tyler Sund, have been sprucing up the little burial place. And Sund is evidence that not only older people can appreciate the history and peace in a cemetery. “I kind of like this graveyard,â€? Sund said. “It’s calm‌it’s calm.â€? But some folks are looking for history of a more personal nature, that of the members of their own families and their ancestors. It’s no less significant, or intriguing, as other kinds of history. Though not an exhaustive list, cemeteries in Grays Harbor County also include: • Beckwith Cemetery, Oakville • Copalis Beach • Donkey Creek, near Humptulips • East Hoquiam Road Cemetery • Elma’s St. Joseph Catholic, Masonic and Odd Fellows cemeteries

• Forest Hill Cemetery, Cosmopolis • Greenwood Polish Cemetery • Hulten Cemetery (Quinault) • Humptulips Cemetery • Johns River Cemetery, Markham • Lake Quinault Cemetery, on the South Shore Road • McCleary (Pythian) Cemetery • Melbourne Cemetery, near Montesano includes Luark and Redman families • New London Cemetery, rural Hoquiam • Oakville Cemetery (Old Pioneer Cemetery also), both sides of Cemetery Road • Ocean City Cemetery • Ocosta Cemetery • Old Schafer Homestead Cemetery (most have been moved), Satsop • Old Taholah Cemetery, Quinault Indian Reservation • Parsons Cemetery, Oakville • St. John’s (Wishkah) Cemetery • St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, Westport • Satsop Cemetery • Secena Indian Cemetery, Chehalis Indian Reservation • Taholah Cemetery, Quinault Indian Reservation • Vesta (North River, Brooklyn) Cemetery For information on cemeteries in the county, contact the towns in which they are located. Those in smaller communities may take other kinds of research, even talking with longtime residents — one more advantage of visiting Grays Harbor County.



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Keys Road: a short, scenic drive By Tommi Halvorsen Gatlin The Vidette SATSOP — Don’t have a lot of time but want to take a scenic Sunday (or Monday-Saturday) drive? Keys Road, south off Highway 12 in Satsop (between Elma and Montesano), which climbs a couple of miles to the Satsop Business Park atop Fuller Hill might be just the ticket. “Scenicâ€? seems an understatement for the outing past verdant (really, really green) meadows and, in season, large pink rhododendrons and scotch broom with sunny blossoms so brilliant they almost seem to vibrate. Those who know where and when to look can also discover delicate pink-petaled wild roses growing on the banks of the Chehalis River. Directions to follow ‌ Of course, in the Evergreen State, especially Western Washington, trees are almost everywhere, so it’s no surprise that Keys Road wends its way past both conifers and deciduous trees. However, those two huge items seemingly sprouting among — and towering over — the trees on the hill approaching the south end of the drive are not giant trees themselves. They’re actually what were meant to be cooling towers when the intended-nuclear

power plant was under construction between 1978 and 1983. They’ll look really big to motorists who reach the end of Keys Road at the business park. In the span of just a couple miles, Keys Road takes the traveler from farmland that likely looks much the same as it did during the middle part of the last century to reminders of both a several-billion-dollar mistake at the top of the hill and how some enterprising folks turned the costly blunder into a bustling business park. And for a quiet spot to contemplate all of that, turn west just before the north end of Fuller Bridge over the Chehalis River. The short drive leads to a public access area beside the river where it flows under the bridge. A boat launch is also available. But it’s also a good place just to enjoy a sandwich or catch your breath. If it’s late spring, wild roses and other flora await those who pause there. But other delights are sure to be there at other times of the year, as well. A Vehicle Use Permit (through March 31, 2012) or, beginning July 1, 2011, a Discover Pass, is required. They can be purchased where fishing and hunting licenses are sold, online at or by calling toll free (866) 320-9933.


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By The Vidette Staff OAKVILLE — The City of Oakville, incorporated in 1905, was named for the scrub oaks in the area, according to the city’s website. Reflecting the country frontier persona of the one-time bustling logging town, Oakville hosts an Independence Day celebration the first Saturday of July each year. Including a parade and a re-enactment of what is said to be the last horseback robbery in the state. The Oakville National Bank, located where Sterling Savings Bank is today at 201 E. Pine, was reportedly robbed several times in the 1920s and ’30s by outlaws on horseback. Though the suspects were usually apprehended, the bandits of the famed last horseback bank robbery were said to have eluded the law. The 2011 parade, with the theme “Independence Day Patriots,� the fourth in a series honoring America’s Declaration of Independence, will begin staging at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 2, between Jag’s and the school on the west end of town. Judging takes place before the parade begins. The highway, also known as Pine Street, will be closed at 11 a.m., with the parade then pulling out and heading east.

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The historic Montesano courthouse is visible behind Bart Sukert’s 1927 Ford at the Historic Montesano Car Show.

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Young mountain bicyclists ride the trails at Lake Sylvia State Park.

The former Festival of People is being revived in 2011 as the Montesano Summer Fest after a two-year hiatus. The event once again pairs with the Historic Montesano Car Show, which marks its ninth year, Saturday, July 16. “I think it’s gonna be great,” car show organizer Dave Foss said of the festival’s return. “It will give us more spectators.” The highlight of the festival is the music. Blues singer Curtis Salgado — who’s headlined past Festival of People events — returns to headline the evening concert at the Abel House Bed & Breakfast, 117 Fleet St. S. Leading up to the headline event is a slate of local bands: Melina Castle, Ready or Not and the Steve Brown Band. Combined with numerous other festival and car show events, it should make for a great day. The car show hopes for 250 historic cars, as it’s had in past years.

The vintage wheels, gleaming in steel and chrome, pack the downtown streets, themselves lined with historic buildings. Even if you’re not in town for the festival or car show, a stroll to view the historic buildings is worth the walk. Meaning “mountain of health,” Montesano was first settled by I.L. Scammon, later becoming the county seat in 1860. It is one of the oldest settlements in the county. A brochure detailing many of the historic homes and businesses is available at the W.H. Abel Library, 125 S. Main St., and the Chehalis Valley Historical Museum, 703 W. Pioneer Ave. A must-see stop on the tour is the stately sandstone county courthouse that has looked out over Montesano since 1911 and is a defining feature of this Norman Rockwell-like village of 3,700 residents in the heart of timber country. The historical museum — open from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends — and the private Carriage Museum in the nearby Wynooche Valley — call (360) 249-3645 for direc-

tions and hours — offer other options for glimpses into the past. But if a stroll through history isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do in and around town. Lake Sylvia State Park is located at the north end of town. It offers opportunities for fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and picnicking. Surrounding the park is the 5,000-acre city forest — the nation’s first tree farm, founded in 1941. The city forest offers additional hiking and biking opportunities and is open to horseback riders. It is accessible through the state park and surrounding logging roads; maps are available at city hall, 112 N. Main St. A Montesano brochure is available at shops throughout town and at city hall. For something extra special the city gets decked in glittering lights for December’s Festival of Lights, complete with hometown holiday cheer: Yule log, Santa, Christmas carols in the courthouse and Fleet Park, and a festive light-filled parade.

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Road to Wynooche

By Leif Nesheim The Vidette WYNOOCHE — Halfway to Lake Wynooche the road changes. It used to transition from a narrow, bumpy asphalt road to a narrow, potholed, gravel road. Now, it becomes a wide, smooth, federal forest highway. The newly upgraded road — completed in late 2010 — has already changed traffic at the park. Coho Campground manager Tal Dobbs — a private contractor for the forest service — said he’s already seeing a change in the type of traffic visiting the area, with lowclearance performance cars that never would have made it up the old road becoming more common. “When I start seeing Jaguars and Corvettes on this road, and we are, we’re going to get a little different clientele and a bigger clientele, but the bottom line is … it’s there for the public,” Dobbs said. Meanwhile, local campground visitors have a mixed bag of emotions, he said. “People like the improvements but for a

majority of the locals it’s been their little hidey-hole for generations with lots of memories,” he said. The $30 million project to widen a 17.5-mile stretch of the narrow, gravel Grisdale Road to two 11-foot paved lanes with wide shoulders and safety improvements, was the largest federal project investment ever made to the county road system, county roads engineer Russ Esses said. The road accesses 100,000 acres of rural forest and recreational land in northern Grays Harbor County. This area is a temperate rain forest that receives 146 inches of rain annually including 30 inches of snowfall. Federal stimulus money paid for a significant portion of the project’s second phase and helped bring numerous jobs to the area. Meanwhile, the USDA Forest Service, which manages the Olympic National Forest, has been making improvements to its road, trails and campgrounds in anticipation of the increased use. The Coho Campground — along with Klahowya, Seal Rock and Quinault — are the four cornerstones of the Olympic National Forest, District Ranger Dean Yoshina said.

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$1.1 million in upgrades were made at the Coho Campground, including new restrooms and a revamped sewer and septic system installed last year. Three yurts — permanent, wood-floored tents — will be installed, as well as upgrades to the old, cracking trails within the campground. With road construction going on, people weren’t always current with when the road closures would be and avoided making the trip, Dobbs said. He hopes news of the improvements will change that this season. The use of the Wynooche area has been gradually changing over the past decade and a half. “This had the reputation for so many years of being the Wild West,” he said. The latest improvements are in-line with the philosophy of making the area more family friendly, as are the upgrades Dobbs made at the nearby Satsop Center — a former logging camp revamped for camping and educational groups. The center hosted many of those who worked on the Grisdale Road project. The forest service is in the process of working with Dobbs to change the center’s operating

permit to allow additional use. The campground improvements aren’t the only forest service work being done. Upgrades to forest service roads and culverts built to 1950s standards are being made to the tune of $14.2 million to repair 61 miles of habitat for fish passage; most were done this year. Among them was the replacement of the O’Brien Creek Bridge, which allowed Donkey Creek Road between the Quinault and Wynooche river valleys to reopen last year. Numerous other projects have either recently been completed or are slated for completion soon. The forest service also targeted road improvements in the Wynooche area, especially Forest Service Road 2270 to Upper Wynooche trailheads, including the repair of a washout that will allow for a full circuit of the upper drainage, Yoshina said. “Our goal right now is to look at the current infrastructure and improve it as much as possible,” he said. “The quality of the visitation will definitely be improved.” Yoshina said the forest service hopes to improve sites and signage in the area.

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The 17.5-mile trail circumnavigating Lake Wynooche was restored last year. It had become completely overgrown in some areas and washed out in others. For the past decade or more it was impassable. Federal recovery dollars paid for Student Conservation Association crews and Washington Conservation Corps members to reconstruct the trail over the summer last year, and it’s now possible to walk all the way around the lake. The trail loops around the lake in a 17.5-mile or a 12-mile circuit. The shorter loop requires fording the Wynooche River near the head of the lake, so it’s not safe to do it except in late summer when the water’s low. Don’t forget to pause for a view of the Wynooche Dam at the lake’s southern terminus on the way to the campground: It’s pretty cool. Built in 1972 for flood control, it’s managed by Tacoma Power to generate electricity and created the nearly natural-looking lake. The trail starts in the day use area on the way to the boat launch. There are other places to access it, but this is where I began. The trail generally skirts the upland areas around the lake, dipping down to cross the streams that enter into it. For the most part it traverses thick forest of tall hemlock and fir — mostly second growth, but some ancient giants — with peeka-boo views of the turquoise-watered lake. The first portion of the trail is shared by the half-mile Working Forest Nature Trail and contains metal nature signs. The forest trail soon veers to the left. The lakeshore trail soon passes a small parking area — probably for the Chetwood Campground, accessible by a trail that veers down to the right. This campground is only accessible by foot or water. The main trail travels through thick secondgrowth forest for about a mile before dipping down to Scatter Creek. Crossing the creek requires fording a narrow tributary and the slightly wider, nearly knee-deep creek itself. Two miles in, the trail traverses an alder for-

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A trip around the courses By Scot Pearson The Vidette As with any coastal area you will find plenty of opportunities to swing your clubs. Maybe you can even hit all the links in a day.

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2424 Fowler Road, Raymond. (360) 942-2392. For breakfast of the first day you can start with a historical 9-holes on this course built in 1926. The course has plenty of parking for your rig, as it also has an RV park that will allow you to bundle your golfing with an overnight stay. Summer packages from the end of March through October, start around $79, with two rounds of golf. The rating for the course is from 68.1-72.2, depending on tee and gender of the player for two trips around the nine holes. The slope is rated 116-120, with the front nine a little easier to handle than the back. The course ranges from a par 3, 134-yard straight shot at hole two, to a par 5, 498 yard dogleg left at 18, with only one true water hazard on hole 5. From Raymond you will need to decide if you will take in all five courses, make it a shorter trip and continue up Highway 101 to Cosmopolis and the Highland Golf Course or

take the scenic route that will give you a couple hours of scenic western Washington landscape and engage the 18-holes of Oaksridge in Elma.

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1052 Elma-Monte Road, Elma. (360) 4823511. As you near the town of Elma you will see the course along Highway 12. This course has 18-holes, rated from 65-68.9, with a slope of 110-111. Here the front nine will prepare you for the back end of the course, as it gets a little bit easier. Par on the course is 70. You will cover 5,643 yards to take in the total 18 holes, with the par-5 at 505 yards on hole 7, with a slight taper to the left as you tee off. Relief comes just two holes away at 9, a par-3 at 161 yards. Oaksridge has three holes at 400 yards or better and at least two opportunities for that elusive hole in one with par-3 holes 9 and 13 at no more than 161 yards out. Taking in the next course you can take a break and see the one private course in the area, the Grays Harbor Country Club located in Central Park.

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5300 Central Park Drive, Aberdeen. (360) 532-1931. This private club is host to many events


through the year. It is possible to catch the Men’s Amateur Tourney if you travel through in June, the Ladies Tourney at the beginning of Aug.ust, which is followed by the Grays Harbor Pro-Am in mid August. This nine-hole course has a rating of 33.4-36.8 once through the set, with a slope of 116-124. A par for nine is 35, with the longest drive on hole 5, at 540 yards. The course is a bit off the road, so make sure you call for specific directions should you wish to breeze through to see what a membership would allow you. After your stop at the country club you are just a short distance away from the next public course located in Cosmopolis.

Highlands Golf Course

2200 First St., Cosmopolis. (360) 533-2455. One of the more popular courses in the area, Highland gives you 18 holes of pleasure with a course rating of 66.1–71.2 and slope of 109116. The course is about even through the front nine as well as the back lot. The course tests you from the start with a 5-par hole #1 at 525 yards for the men’s blue tee. The approach shot is straight until the middle of the fairway then dogs right. Lay up a little as you near the green as you will have to come back slightly left to settle on the shorter grass. Through the next couple of holes the par tapers to a three on hole 3 but builds quickly again. The gift hole is at tee #15 at a distance of

119 yards. This par-3 eases your game before hitting the second water hazard on hole 16. But you need a little gimme after the monster on 14 at 570 yards. After a full day of golf on this challenging 18-hole course, you are ready to hit the beach and the final stop in Ocean Shores.

Ocean Shores Golf Course

500 Canal Drive N.E., Ocean Shores. (360) 289-3357. OSGC_1homeB.html If you are a golfer who likes to thread the needle, this is the course for you. Having a keen eye is better than a heavy hand taking on the 18-hole course of Ocean Shores. Once a six-hole course, a boom during the 1960s expanded the course in 1966, with celebrity input from Pat Boone. This course has also hosted the Northwest Open, 1971; Pacific Northwest Pro-AM, 1990 and most recently the 2007 PNGA Junior Girls’ Open Championship. Ocean Shores has a rating of 64.9-75.5 with a slope of 107-126. Equal challenges are delivered throughout the course but the water is along the backset. Hole 7 will be your challenging 5-par, 521-yard tree nestled shot. The secluded tee almost forces your drive, taking you to the right to set up on the green. Holes 6 and 18 will give you some reprieve, these two par-3 holes are at 141 and 200 yards respectively. Hole 6 has to be managed correctly to ensure a proper chip to the green and 18 carries over a canal at the tee.






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egions of fans of Aberdeen-born rock legend Kurt Cobain flock to Grays Harbor to see where the iconic musician grew up. Before Nirvana, before fame, before his 1994 death in Seattle — there was Aberdeen. Kurt Donald Cobain was born Feb. 20, 1967 to Donald and Wendy Cobain at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, 915 Anderson Drive, Aberdeen. The houses, apartments, buildings and locations that formed the backdrop of Cobain’s formative years tell a story of life in the tough timber town on Washington’s coast. Fans wanting to know more about Cobain may want to visit the Aberdeen Museum of History, 111 E. 3rd St., or Sucher and Sons


Kurt Cobain Star Wars Shop, 413 E. Wishkah St., Aberdeen — both have small collections of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana memorabilia and tour pamphlets. Keep in mind that most locations are private residences: Please be respectful of private property, don’t trespass, litter or vandalize. 1. 211 E. Wishkah St. The former location of Rosevear’s Music Store, where Cobain’s uncle bought him his first electric guitar in 1981, has since moved twice. The old storefront houses a church below low-rent apartments. 2. 107 S. M Street This is the former site of Maria’s Hair Design, the hair salon operated by the mother of Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. Cobain and Novoselic sometimes practiced in the building. 3. 408 W. First St. In 1985, a homeless Cobain moved into the home of Lamont

Schillinger for a time. He couch surfed at the homes of several friends; this was one. 4. Seafirst Bank Building, 101 E. Market St. On July 23, 1985, Cobain was caught writing “Ain’T goT no how waTchamacalliT” on an alley wall and was arrested for vandalism. The building is now a Bank of America. 5. 609 W. Second St. This was the house of Melvins drummer Dale Crover’s parents. In the summer of 1983, Cobain met Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, a Montesano-based punk rock band of some renown, and often attended practices at Crover’s parents house. After Cobain moved out of his mom’s house in the spring of 1985, he sometimes slept on Crover’s porch. 6. 1210 E. First St. Cobain’s childhood home. He and his parents moved into this house in 1968, and lived there until they

1210 E. 1st St. divorced in 1976; his father got full custody in 1979. Cobain moved back into the home with his mother during his sophomore year of high school before dropping out and moving out in 1985, two weeks shy of graduation. 7. Young Street Bridge. This is the bridge made famous by the lyrics of “Something in the Way” on the seminal album Nevermind. Cobain claimed to live under the bridge for a time along the banks of the Wishkah River. It is certain he and other teens spent time under the bridge. Today a memorial park is located beside the south approach. 8. 1120 N. Fairfield St. Cobain met Novoselic, who lived across the Young Street Bridge on top of Think-Of-Me Hill in the 1980s. The two became close friends and founding members of Nirvana. The rest … is history.

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May the Force be with you A long time ago, in a theater not so far away, Don Sucher saw the movie that changed his life: Star Wars. He was blown away from the opening scene, but at 34, felt he was too old to buy the toys. Two decades later, his sons, then 8 and 12, started getting interested in Star Wars. They convinced him to start a Star Wars collectibles store as a summer venture in 1997. The business grew, as did his sons. Though they moved on to other things, Sucher continued with the business, expanding the shop over the years. “It’s out of control,” a jubilant Sucher said as he pointed out a recent expansion of the shop that’s already full. A recent Seattle Times newspaper article boosted tourism, and a New York based crew recently filmed a profile of the shop. Numerous fans flock to the store from near and far, Sucher said. “It’s amazing how many tourists from all over the world stop in here,” he said. Sucher says he loves reliving the fantasy every day and visiting with others who share his passion. The shelves and walls are packed with Star Wars paraphernalia: toys even hang from the ceiling. Televisions play Star Wars movies and related television shows and films all day. In short, it’s a Star Wars lover’s paradise.



Thousands of Star Wars toys are on display at Aberdeen’s Star Wars Store.

Don Sucher and a Princess Leia doll.

Sucher estimates he has about 10 percent of the approximately 70,000 different Star Warsthemed items ever made in his constantly rotating inventory. He’s also got other toys

“People kept coming in here wanting to know (about Cobain),” Sucher said. “And hey, it’s Aberdeen’s claim to fame, what can I say?” His store is open noon to 5 p.m. every day.

picked up by chance: Star Trek, X-men and the like. There’s also his collection of LP albums on the wall and a section of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain memorabilia.

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Timber town has plenty of activity


The Vidette Aberdeen — Grays Harbor’s largest city — grew up around the confluence of two waterways that laid the foundation for the town’s early boom as a center of the timber industry — the Chehalis and Wishkah Rivers. As visitors from the east enter Aberdeen, they are greeted by a welcome sign emblazoned with the phrase “Come as You Are” in honor of the town’s laid-back attitude and its most famous native son, Kurt Cobain, the late front man of the grunge rock bank Nirvana. A bit further into Aberdeen, and the “timber-town” heritage is apparent as The Rotary Club’s Log Pavilion — a popular meeting and reception hall — dominates the entrance to East Aberdeen and Morrison Riverfront Park. Predominantly an industrial town, Aberdeen boasts a number of expansive parks for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. There are nearly 20 parks scattered within the city limits that cover about 280 acres. The largest parks include, Morrison, Lake Aberdeen, Zelasko Park, Sam Benn Park, Stewart Park, Pioneer Park, the Bishop Athletic Complex, West End Playfield, North End Park, Franklin Field and Finch Playfield. The Bishop Complex, Franklin, Pioneer, West and East End parks are devoted to athletics — primarily baseball and soccer, with Pioneer also boasting tennis courts, horseshoe pits, basketball courts and a skateboarding park. Morrison, Sam Benn, Stewart, Finch and Lake Aberdeen are more traditional parks, with many featuring walking trails and covered areas for gatherings. Sam Benn is also home to tennis courts and a newly constructed disc golf course, while Lake Aberdeen is a popular fishing spot for local anglers. While Aberdeen’s parks are great for individual or family getaways, the entire community comes together each year on Independence Day for the Splash Festival at Morrison Park. Thousands make their way to the park to

The walkway at Morrison Park provides a unique perspective of the Chehalis River waterfront.

enjoy inflatable toys and games for the kids, music all day long and a large fireworks display at 10 p.m. Sponsored by Rich Hartman’s Five Star Dealerships, Splash is always on July 4, no matter the weather or what day of the week it falls upon. For more information about Aberdeen’s parks or the Splash Festival, contact the City of Aberdeen at 537-3230 or 537-3248. In addition of things to do, there is plenty to see as both the Driftwood Theatre and Grays Harbor College’s Bishop Center for the Performing Arts present summer shows. For information on show dates and times refer to and http://

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A taste of the grape at Westport Winery By Scot Pearson The Vidette As you travel out of Aberdeen toward the coastal shores you will spot on your right the vineyards of the Westport Winery. Locally owned by Blain and Kim Roberts, they have a true family business in that their son, Dana, is the winemaker and their daughter, Carrie, runs the tasting room. Purchased in 2007, and opening a year later, the Westport Winery is a growing hot spot. The grounds are kept immaculate and are available to tour. The Winery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., extending its hours on Thursdays-Sundays until 8 p.m. Lunch is available from Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with dinner from 4-8 p.m. The tasting room summer hours start on June 1, when you can have your taste buds teased by wine, cheese, chocolate and charcuterie (cold meats). The awards bestowed on the Westport Winery are as varied as their 32 varieties of wine available. This year, Kim was appointed to the Washington Wine Commission. To give back to the community the winery promotes their charity wines. Each wine is associated to a local charity that gains a percentage of sales when purchased. Not sure if


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Grays Harbor’s logging history is on display at the Polson Museum, including this replica of Polson Logging Company’s locomotive shed.

Hoquiam: History & health on the Harbor By Marisa Chatt The Vidette Hoquiam is a town that embraces its past as well as its future and balances the two elements gracefully. The city has put forth an active effort into revitalizing its historic buildings, preserving them yet making them function in today’s society.

History saved

The train depot, located at 719 Eighth Street, combines its historic past with presentday use. In 1989 local citizens group, “Save the Train Station,” began working to save the 1911 historic station from being destroyed, and worked toward its restoration, which finally saw completion nearly 20 years later. The Department of Licensing operates inside its doors, allowing public access to its history daily.

In the same neighborhood, the 7th Street Theatre, located at 313 Seventh St. was built in 1928 and has undergone restoration projects since 1976 — major restoration in the past 10 years (thanks to the newly-formed 7th Street Theatre Association, a merger of the Grays Harbor Community Concert Association and Friends of the 7th Street groups) included replacement of the roof and windows, installation of a state-of-the art sound system, restoration of the entire ceiling and auditorium to its original splendor. While its supporters still have projects that need to be completed, the theater shines brightly again for its guests, and is host to many activities ranging from classic to iconic movie showings, plays, dance recitals, concerts and much more … all at reasonable cost too. The Polson Museum’s latest project is Railroad Camp, a replica of Polson Logging Company’s operations in its heyday, complete with a variety of buildings and pathways. Phase one has been completed and is impressive not only in size, but of material as well. The replica of a century-old locomotive

shed measures 80 feet by 40 feet, and is ribbed with 12 by 12 board milled by the museum’s director, John Larson.

Iconic landmarks

Hoquiam’s historic Olympic Stadium, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located just off of Sumner Ave. at the corner of 28th and Cherry streets. The all-wood stadium was built in 1938, and features an old growth fir heavy timber frame with cedar shingle siding. It was specially designed to shelter fans and players from the wind and rain coming in from the coast. Today, the stadium is just as active as it was in its beginning. The city has big plans for renovating its Art Pocklington Central Play Park into a water park. The park, created in 1924, is located centrally at Fifth Street and Highway 109, and currently features a wading pool. The city also added a skate park to John Gable Community Park, located next to the high school, which officially opened a few months ago with room for future expansion.

Wellness awareness

Not only does the city value its history, it also values its health. The city was awarded the WellCity Award this year and last year by the Association of Washington Cities, and was one of only 35 cities recognized for its workplace wellness program. Most of Hoquiam’s events also encourage physical activity such as a variety of runs, walks, bike riding and a Bridge to Bridge walk.

Nature abound

Additionally, Hoquiam citizens embrace the nature that surrounds them. Not only does the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge at Bowerman Basin sit on tideflats at the mouth of the Chehalis River, it’s also home to thousands of northern-bound migratory shorebirds each spring making a stop on their travels. It’s one of the largest concentrations of shorebirds on the west coast, south of Alaska. The Elton Bennett Park is Hoquiam’s only nature park, and is dedicated to internationSee Hoquiam on 30

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ally known artist, Elton Bennett. Bennett is known for his silkscreen art featuring scenes of Grays Harbor and the Pacific Northwest. The park is located on one of Hoquiam’s hillsides, off Highway 101 onto Grand Avenue before leaving the edge of town. The well-maintained trails offer insight into where Bennett got his inspiration. The landing at 28th Street, located on the opposite end of town near the city line of Aberdeen off of the Port Dock Road, is a popular salmon fishing spot for locals. It is also home to the port viewing tower, which boasts views up and down the Chehalis as well as the latest development with the Port of Grays Harbor.

Upcoming events

• Push Rods will overrun the town with a show, poker walk and a Hot Rod Rally Fun Run, Saturday, July 2, downtown Hoquiam and at Eighth Street Landing. • Riverfest featuring a street fair, entertainment, games, rubber ducky races, vendors and more, Saturday, July 16. Sponsored by the Hoquiam Development Asso-

ciation and the Hoquiam Association for Youth. • Satsop River Rock Festival Saturday, Aug. 6, at Olympic Stadium. • Centennial celebration of the Carnegie building, which currently houses Hoquiam Timberland Library, featuring music, displays and other activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 420 Seventh St. (360) 532-1710. • On Aug. 12 Summerfest • On Track Art Festival featuring local artists, Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 27-28. A 10 mile bike ride route is planned for Saturday. Along Eighth and Levee streets in downtown Hoquiam. (360) 637-6040 or twood@ • Loggers Playday featuring a street fair, parade, fun run and logging show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A loggers show will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 10, at Olympic Stadium. • Haunted Hoquiam featuring a run, trick-or-treating of downtown businesses, noon to 3, immediately followed by a fun run, Saturday, Oct. 29. • Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival highlights the peak of migration for thousands of shorebirds, Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. (360) 289-5048. • St. Patrick’s Day fun run.

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A surfer catches a wave near the Westport jetty; an oceangoing freighter can be seen heading to port.

Life on the water’s edge in fishing town By Scot Pearson The Vidette WESTPORT — No summer time visit is complete without a stop along the coast. At the northern most point of what the local communities call South Beach, you will find the city of Westport. In the 1870s the area showed potential to be a recreational site as settlers took donation claims after the 1850 survey of the land and the area started taking shape. Known as Peterson’s Point in 1857 after the first white settlers, Glenn and Jane Peterson took control when the original claim holder Thompson Speake could not fulfill his requirements of the donation claim. Hotels were erected, more land was embraced, some of which was along the shore named Cohassett. The harbor side was called Westport Beach. The town was officially named Westport in 1890, but was

not incorporated until 1914. As a port along the Washington coastline there is no limit to the activities that crest its shores. If your heart is set on taking to the waters and fishing on the open sea, you can to it in Westport. If you would rather take to the surf and ride a wave, you can do it in Westport. If you would rather tell your kids to, “go fly a kite,” you can do it in Westport. The tip of South Beach is just the start for the many and varied activities that you can find there: Fresh seafood markets, strolls on the jetties, beachcombing, bird watching, taking in a whale watching tour and if your timing is right you just may see a pirate or two. From June 24-26 Westport is commandeered by the Rusty Scupper Pirates for a three-day event that will keep you coming back. From start to finish, anything your pirate imagination can conjure up will most likely be available during the Rusty Scupper Pirate Daze. Daily music for a merry jig, plenty of food and activities for the kids and maybe even See Westport on 32

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a sword fight or two. Westport has a little bit of everything to quell your seafaring needs. One new addition to the port is the berthing of the Coastal Waters Sea Scouts 72-foot torpedo retrieval vessel. A donation from Jimmy and James Smith, The No. 32 was once a U.S. Navy torpedo retrieval vessel housing two twin 1271 diesel engines. It will now be utilized by the local scout troop to learn more about the nautical life. The first order of business for the scouts is to clean and paint it before they decide exactly how it will be utilized. The No. 32 can be seen in Westport at float No. 21. And as you walk to catch a glimpse of the ship, be mindful of the sea lions that have a habit of sunbathing along the docks. No need to ask if you can help them with suntan lotion on their backs, as most of them are belly up, but as a wild animal they should be treated as such. Keep your camera handy because they are often in rare form. The people are friendly as you stroll the docks to see the various boats both for commercial and private use. Salmon pens are available for a visit at float No. 4, and various activities are available in the city with go-carts, spa treatments, picnics and a museum.

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A jetskier rides the surf in the Grayland Open, a premier surfriding event Aug. 6-7.

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Friday-Monday, July 1-4 • Battle sails and adventure sails on the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Cheiftain. Evening sail 6:30 p.m. Friday, battle sails 2 p.m. Saturday-Monday, adventure sail 10 a.m. Sunday, fireworks sail 9 p.m. Monday, and tours from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday-Monday. $35-$60 per ticket; tours by donation. Monday, July 4 • 5-Star Dealerships Splash Festival featuring live music, inflatable rides, food and craft vendors. 2-10 p.m. Morrison Riverfront Park. Fireworks show over the river at 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 8-9 • “The Tender Trapâ€? a play by Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith. 7:30 p.m. Driftwood Theatre, 120 E. Third St. $13 per ticket. Friday-Saturday, July 15-16 • “The Tender Trapâ€? a play by Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith. 7:30 p.m. Driftwood Theatre, 120 E. Third St. $13 per ticket. Saturday, July 16 • Annual Aberdeen Art Walk and Downtown Celebration. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (360) 537-5755 or 533-1320, ext. 108. Friday-Saturday, July 22-23 • “The Tender Trapâ€? a play by Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith. 7:30 p.m. Driftwood Theatre, 120 E. Third St. $13 per ticket.

Friday-Saturday, July 29-30 • “The Tender Trapâ€? a play by Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith. 7:30 p.m. Driftwood Theatre, 120 E. Third St. $13 per ticket.


Friday-Sunday, July 15-17 • Citywide garage sale and Sizzlin’ Sidewalk Sales. (360) 482-3055 or Friday-Saturday, July 29-30 • Heat on the Street custom car and motorcycle show. Cruise-in begins at 6 p.m. Friday (participants will receive a free hot dog and soft drink, and the first 100 will receive dash plaques), registration and check-in for the car show begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Main Street in downtown Elma. $10 registration fee.


Friday-Saturday, July 8-10 • Windriders kite festival featuring guest kite artist Ron Gibian of Visalia, Calif. Just off the Grayland Beach Approach on Highway 105. or (360) 267-2003. Saturday, July 9 • Summer arts and craft market. Olde Mercantile, 1820 Highway 105.

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Saturday, July 2 • Firecracker 30 Sprints featuring Midgets, Hornets and Dwarf cars. 6:30 p.m. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for

seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20. Saturday, July 9 • Whitney’s Auto Group Fireworks Night all classes. 6:30 p.m. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20. Friday-Sunday, July 8-10 • Tennessee Walkers horse show. Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10 • Thirtieth annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show featuring antique trucks, vendors and a swap meet, antique tractor pull, classic stationary engines, radio-controlled model boats, crafts and antiques. 8 a.m. both days. $4 for adults, free for children 12 and under, and free parking. Friday-Saturday, July 15-16 • Fifth annual Fred Brownfield Memorial ASCS national sprint tour/Midgets. 6:30 p.m. each night. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20. Saturday, July 23 • Prelude to the Nationals with Modifieds,

Page 33 Hobby Stocks and Hornets. 6:30 p.m. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20. Friday-Saturday, July 29-30 • Twelfth annual Shipwreck Beads Northwest Modified Nationals. 6:30 p.m. each night. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult Friday, and $15 Saturday; $12 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $7 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $22.


Saturday, July 2 • Push Rods of Hoquiam’s Riverside Run Revival with a poker walk and brick-it car. Registration at 9 a.m. Downtown Hoquiam. • Hot Rod Rally Fun Run featuring 2 mile, 5k and 10k runs. Registration at 9 a.m., race at 10 a.m. Eighth Street Landing. Saturday, July 16 • Hoquiam Riverfest featuring a street fair, entertainment, and games for all. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A walk around the bridges will take place from 9-10 a.m. (check in at the Public Health table on Eighth and Levee streets). • Comcast Outdoor Cinema free movie at Olympic Stadium. 6 p.m. 101 28th St. (360) 532-5700.

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Friday-Sunday, July 8-10 • McCleary Bear Festival featuring a parade, car show, carnival, petting zoo and more.


Saturday, July 16 • Summer Fest. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fleet Park, Abel House Bed & Breakfast, and other downtown locations. (360) 249-6002. • Historic car show. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (register at 8 a.m.), awards ceremony at 3 p.m. followed by a parade of cars down Main Street. Broadway, Main and First streets. Free for visitors; Entry fee is $15 or $10 with food donation. (360) 249-5423, 2494950 or


Saturday, July 2 • Grand parade “Independence Day Patriots,” reenactments of the last horseback bank robbery in the state and a rodeo. 11 a.m. Downtown Oakville. (360) 470-9034, or

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Monday, July 4 • Fire O’er the Water featuring woodcarving, food vendors and a fireworks show on the beach at dark.

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Sunday, July 3 • Ninth annual Ocean Shores Independence Day Picnic. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. North Bay Park (corner of Chance a La Mer and Albatross streets). Bring a blanket and picnic basket or take advantage of the many food vendors that will be available. Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10 • Big Weekend Tri & Food Fest. All events start and finish at North Bay Park (corner of Chance a La Mer and Albatross streets). For events, visit Saturday, July 23 • Second annual Wine, Brew & Food Festival featuring over 75 wines and several microbrews, local culinary delights, craft vendors and entertainment. Noon to 8 p.m. Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 N.W. Chance a La Mer Ave. Festival benefits North Beach Paws and Harbor Arts Foundation. $10 per person (must be 21 or older to enter). Thursday-Sunday, July 28-31 • Sun and Surf Run, welcoming all motorcycles, featuring vendors, live music, contests, vendors and performances. Downtown Ocean Shores and at Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 N.W. Chance a La Mer Ave.


Saturday, July 2 • Annual Tokeland parade. Registration 9-10 a.m. for all parade participants; parade at 11 a.m. Streets of Tokeland. Sunday, July 3 • Trek Across Tokeland, featuring a walk

approximately 3-6 miles from the Tokeland Links across the levee to Highway 105 and back. Registration 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tokeland golf course. Free goodie package given to all participants. Sunday, July 10 • Shoalwater Bay Sobriety Pow Wow. Shoalwater Bay Gymnasium. Saturday, July 23 • Tillamook County Master Gardener’s “Spade & Wade Garden Tour.” Plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; tours noon to 5 p.m. Pioneer Museum. Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24 • Tokeland Wood Fest featuring chainsaw carving, live music and food. Tokeland Marina.


Saturday, July 2 • 133rd Army Band of the Washington National Guard concert. 1 p.m. VFW Post 3057, 211 E. Pacific. (360) 268-9543. Monday, July 4 • Maritime Museum’s Ole Fashioned Fourth featuring crafts, live music and food. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2201 Westhaven Drive. Sunday, July 10 • Dinner with Lewis & Clark, featuring a concert and dinner. Westport Winery, 1 South Arbor Road, halfway between Aberdeen and the Westport ‘Y’. $45 per person. Reservations are required, (360) 648-2224. Friday-Saturday, July 15-16 • Eastside Street Rods Show & Shine featuring street rods before 1949 parked in front of Westport Maritime Museum, 2201 Westhaven Drive in Westport. A poker run to Raymond and an awards dinner will be open to registered car owners. (206) 747-1071. Mondays, July 25-Aug. 22 • Watercolor workshop with Ken Mitchell. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Westport Winery, 1 South Arbor Road, halfway between Aberdeen and the Westport ‘Y’. $100; students need to bring their own supplies. (360) 648-2224. Saturday, July 30 • Elk River Boat Challenge, a seven-mile human-powered boat race. Start time at 12:30 p.m.; meet at 11:30 a.m. Brady’s Oysters, 3714 Oyster Place E., between Aberdeen and Westport. Free for Sound Rowers members and $10 per person for non-members. Ribbons will be awarded. (360) 268-9712.


GH County Fairgrounds

Saturday, Aug. 6 • DirtCar Super Late Models/Modifieds/ Midgets/Hornets. 6:30 p.m. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20. Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 10-14 • One-hundredth anniversary of the Grays Harbor County Fair. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $8 per adult, $6 per senior (63 and older), $5 per child (6-15 years-old), and free for children 5 and under. Parking is $5. $2 discount with military ID on Wednesday and $1 off on Thursday, Kid’s Day for children 6-15 years old. Saturday, Aug. 13 Fair Race Sprints/Hobby Stocks/Hornets. 6:30 p.m. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20. Saturday, Aug. 20 DAA Dirt Late Models/Hobby Stock/Modifieds/Hornets. 6:30 p.m. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 26-27 Big E Weekend/ASCS Northwest Region/ NWWT Wingless Sprint/Midgets. 6:30 p.m. each night. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20.


Saturday, Aug. 6 • Satsop River Rock Festival. Olympic Stadium, 101 28th Street. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 26-27 • “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior” the movie, rated R. 7:30 p.m. 7th Street Theatre, 313 Seventh St. $5 for adults and $3 for children. Saturday, Aug. 27 • Hoquiam Carnegie building 100th anniversary featuring music, displays and other activities. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Timberland Library, 420 Seventh St. (360) 532-1710. • Ride for the Arts, a 10-mile bike ride in conjunction with the On Track Art Festival. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 27-28 • On Track Art Festival. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Along Eighth and Levee streets in downtown Hoquiam. (360) 637-6040 or


Tuesday, Aug. 2 • National Night Out with City of Montesano fire and police staff distributing safety information and Montesano service clubs providing free ice cream and hot dogs. 6 p.m. Fleet Park, corner of First and Pioneer streets. (360) 249-1031.

Ocean Shores

Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 11-14 • Northwest Fellowship of the Spirit, a convention for members of Alcoholics and Al-Anon family groups. Ocean Shores Convention Center. Registration for all events is

2011-2012 $80; individual events start at $40. Visit for more info. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 13-14 • Fun Fly for novice to professional kite flyers. • Body & Soul Festival. Ocean Shores Lions Club, 832 Ocean Shores Blvd. $6 a day or $10 for the weekend.


Friday, Aug. 12 • Bella blood drive for American Red Cross. Those who donate will be offered a pre-release bottle of Bella at half price. Unveiling of the Bella sculpture will take place at 5 p.m. Westport Winery, 1 South Arbor Road, halfway between Aberdeen and the Westport ‘Y’. (360) 648-2224. Saturday, Aug. 13 • Annual Run/Walk for the Light. Registration at 8:30 a.m., start at 10 a.m., awards at noon. $17 early bird registration or $20 after Aug. 1. Starts and finishes at Westport Maritime Museum, 2201 Westhaven Dr. Proceeds benefits Washington Lightkeepers Assoc., a non-profit group dedicated to the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation and perpetuation of Washington’s lighthouses, light ships and maritime history. Saturday, Aug. 20 • ’Vettes in the Vineyard. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Westport Winery, 1 South Arbor Road, halfway between Aberdeen and the Westport ‘Y’. (360) 648-2224. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 20-21 • Westport Art Festival featuring a juried show of fine arts and crafts. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Maritime Museum grounds and along the boardwalk at the Westport dock area, 2201 Westhaven Dr. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 26-27 • Third annual Washington Tuna Classic, a charitable tuna derby in which proceeds benefit Northwest Harvest, Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled American Veterans. (206) 2186785 or visit

September Aberdeen

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18 and 24-25 • Adventure Sails on the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. 10 a.m. Aberdeen Landing, 701 E. Heron St. Tickets $55-$35. (800) 200-5239 or e-mail ghhsa_admin@ Friday-Sunday, Sept. 16-17 and 24-25 • Tours of the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. 4-5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Aberdeen Landing, 701 E. Heron St. By donation.

Grays Harbor Area

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18 • Annual 30 Miles of Junque featuring garage sales from Tokeland to Ocosta.

GH County Fairgrounds

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 3-4 • Street Stock/Hobby Stock Open/Midgets/

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2011-2012 Hornets (Saturday), and Sprints ($2,000 to win)/Midgets/Street Stock/Hobby Stock Open/Hornets. 6:30 p.m. each night. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20. Saturday, Sept. 10 • Season championship, all classes. 6:30 p.m. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20. Saturday, Sept. 17 • North West Wingless Tour Sprints/Modified Open. 6:30 p.m. each night. Grays Harbor Raceway. $13 per adult; $10 for seniors 62 and older, children ages 15-18 and military; $5 for children ages 6-14 (free for children 5 and under); $30 for a family (two adults and up to 4 children), and premium seating is $20.


Saturday, Sept. 10 • Reynvaan Run featuring 2 mile, 5 k and 10 k runs. Registration at 8 a.m. Hoquiam High School, 501 W. Emerson Ave. $15 with a run shirt or $5 without. • Loggers Playday featuring a street fair, Rotary Club pancake feed, parade and logging show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Downtown

Hoquiam. Elks Lodge Grand Parade begins at noon and the Lions Salmon Bake at 2 p.m. Loggers show at 6 p.m. at Olympic Stadium, 101 28th St. The show ends with a fireworks display. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11 • “North by Northwest” movie from 1959. 7:30 p.m. 7th Street Theatre, 313 Seventh St. $5 per adult and $3 per child. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24 • “West Side Story” movie from 1961. 7:30 p.m. 7th Street Theatre, 313 Seventh Street. $5 per adult and $3 per child.


Saturday, Sept. 24 • Lake Sylvia Fall Celebration featuring a camp breakfast followed by a triathlon, trail hikes, nature arts and crafts, kid races, music, vendors and more. 7 a.m. Lake Sylvia, 1813 Lake Sylvia Road. (360) 249-3701.

Ocean Shores

Saturday, Sept. 3 • Sixth annual Gospel Music Festival by Higher Ground Ministries. Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 N.W. Chance a La Mer Ave. $10 per person. • Annual Labor Day picnic featuring a watermelon-eating contest, cakewalk, sack races, dunk tank, raffles and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a rubber ducky race to benefit local charities. North Bay Park, corner of Albatross and Chance a La Mer Ave. by the airport. Free. Guests can bring L U C K Y

a blanket and picnic basket. Food vendors will also be on hand. www.oceanshoresact. com. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 9-11 • Arts and Crafts Festival. Ocean Shores Convention Center, Chance a La Mer Ave. Free. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18 • Paddle the Shores featuring poker paddle, races, skills demonstrations, vendors, speakers and more. North Bay Park, corner of Albatross and Chance a La Mer Ave. by the airport. www.oceanshoresact. com. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 • Whale of a Quilt Show. Ocean Shores Convention Center, Chance a La Mer Ave, (360) 289-3136.

Pacific Beach

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 2-4 • Kelpers Festival & Shake Rat Rendezvous. Kiddie parade at noon Saturday. Kelper’s parade begins at noon Sunday (from Moclips to Pacific Beach), followed by a tug-o-war on the beach after the parade. A street dance takes place from 7-10 p.m. Saturday on Main Street. (360) 276-4727. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11 • Up Your Wind Kite Festival sponsored by Hi-Flyers Kite Shop. Pacific Beach State Park, 49 Second St. (360) 276-8377. Saturday, Sept. 17 • Sand Castle Contest and Ducky Race. 10


Page 35 a.m. to noon; contest prizewinners announced at 12:30 p.m. $3 per child and $6 per adult. State Park at Joe Creek. (360) 276-4727.


Saturday, Sept. 17 • Tokeland art show and wine tasting. Sale begins at noon and tasting from 4-8 p.m. Grayland Community Hall, 2071 Cranberry Road in Grayland.


Saturday, Sept. 3 • Annual seafood festival and craft show featuring live music. Downtown Westport. Saturday, Sept. 10 • Brady’s World Famous Oyster Feed (all-youcan-eat), with proceeds to benefit clean water and scholarships. Noon to 5 p.m. At Brady’s Oysters, located on the west end of the Elk River Bridge on Highway 105, 20 miles west of Aberdeen. $15 per person, children 12 and under are free. (800) 572-3252 or • Third annual Dock of the Bay Blues Festival. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, with a dance from 8-12 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Westport Inn, 2501 Nyhus St. Thursday-Monday, Sept. 15-Oct. 31 • Boat Basin Salmon Derby featuring dockside fishing for cash and other prizes. (800) 422-0425 or visit Boat Basin Derby.htm.

Grays Harbor Area

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 17-18 • Annual Operation Shore Patrol beach


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GH County Fairgrounds

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2 • Indoor swap meet. 9 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Pavilion building. (360) 4822651. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9 • Fiberfest featuring old-time spinning techniques, vendors, demonstrations and more. 9 a.m. each day. Pavilion building.


Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9 • Cranberry Harvest Festival. 10 a.m. both days.


Wednesday, Oct. 5 • “The Art of Racing in the Rain” book signing by author Garth Stein, presented by Timberland Library. 7-8 p.m. 7th Street Theatre, 313 Seventh St. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16 • “King Kong” black and white movie from 1933. 7:30 p.m. 7th Street Theatre, 313 Seventh St. $5 per adult and $3 per child. Saturday, Oct. 22 • Music Teachers Showcase. 7:30-9:30 p.m. 7th Street Theatre, 313 Seventh St. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29 • “Ghost Busters” movie from 1984. 7:30 p.m. 7th Street Theatre, 313 Seventh St. $5 per adult and $3 per child. Saturday, Oct. 29 • Haunted Hoquiam Run featuring 2 mile, 5k and 10k runs. • Haunted Hoquiam featuring trick-ortreating downtown.

Lake Quinault

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16 • Mushroom festival featuring lectures, cooking demonstrations and guided tours. Lake Quinault Lodge, 345 South Shore Road.

Ocean Shores

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16 • CFA All-Breed Cat Show. Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 W. Chance a La Mer Ave. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 20-23 • Celtic Music Festival. Venues in Ocean Shores and Hoquiam. (360) 289-2300 or


Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2 • Crush Me, Squeeze Me, Make Me W ine At the Beach wine festival featuring bins of grapes to stomp in and a Lucy and Ethyl look-alike contest at 3 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Westport Winery, 1 South Arbor Road, halfway between Aberdeen and the Westport ‘Y’. Free, all ages welcome. (360) 648-2224. Sunday, Oct. 23 • Author Karen Groth to present the histo-

ry of the Grays Harbor Lighthouse. 3-5 p.m. Westport Winery, 1 South Arbor Road, halfway between Aberdeen and the Westport ‘Y’. Free, but reservations are required. (360) 648-2224. Saturday, Oct. 29 • Diary of a Burning Woman mystery dinner theater. 6:30 p.m. Westport Winery, 1 South Arbor Road, halfway between Aberdeen and the Westport ‘Y’. $35 per person; reservations are required, (360) 648-2224.


GH County Fairgrounds

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 5-6 • Swap meet. 9 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Pavilion Building.


Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 12-13 • “The Bridge on the River Kwai” movie from 1957. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 7th Street Theatre, 313 Seventh St. $5 per adult and $3 per child. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 25-26 • “It’s a Wonderful Life” movie with James Stewart & Donna Reed. 7:30 p.m. 7th Street Theatre, 313 Seventh St. $5 per adult and $3 per child.

Ocean Shores

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-6 • Annual Jazz Festival featuring nine bands and four venues, a free jazz hour for all ages at the convention center, an umbrella parade, and more. Parade takes place at 8 p.m. at Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 W. Chance a La Mer Ave. (360) 2894094 or Friday-Sunday, Nov. 25-27 • Winter Fanta-Sea featuring over 70 arts and crafts booths. Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 W. Chance a La Mer Ave.


Saturday, Nov. 5 • Starving Artist Sale. McCausland Hall at the Martime Museum, 2201 Westhaven Dr.


GH County Fairgrounds

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4 • Swap meet. 9 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Pavilion Building.


Friday-Sunday, Dec. 9-11 • Festival of Lights featuring a parade through downtown.


Saturday, Dec. 3 • Santa By the Sea/Christmas by the Sea. Downtown Wesport. • Holiday social and auction. Saturday, Dec. 31 • Dead Man’s Chest Murder Mystery dinner. 6:30 p.m. Westport Winery, 1 South Arbor Road, halfway between Aberdeen and

the Westport ‘Y’. $35 per person. Reservations are required; (360) 648-2224.

January 2012 Ocean City

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 28-29 • Burning Bear Festival featuring a woodcarving contest, auction, vendors and food. A big wood carved bear will be burned in a bonfire.

February 2012 Ocean Shores

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 11-12 • Antique & Collectible Show featuring over 80 vendors. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 W. Chance a La Mer Ave. $3 donation. Evaluations are $2 per item, and are restricted to items that can be carried (please no fine art or gemstones).

North Beach

TBA • Chocolate on the Beach Festival featuring arts and crafts, vendors, contests and much more.

March 2012

GH Fairgrounds

TBA • Indoor Pro Rodeo.


Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18 • Beachcombers Driftwood Show. Grayland Community Hall, 2071 Cranberry Road in Grayland.

Ocean Shores

Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4 • Beachcombers Fun Fair featuring exhibits, seminars, info booths and vendors. Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 W. Chance a La Mer Ave. $3-1. Saturday, March 24 • Razor Clam Festival & Chowder Cookoff. Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 W. Chance a La Mer Ave.

April 2012

GH Fairgrounds

TBA • Rock and Gem Show.

Grays Harbor Area



Saturday, April 21 • Tokeland and North Cove art studio tour featuring 20 local artists. (360) 2672326.


Saturday, April 21 • World Class Crab Races and Crab Feed. Inside a big tent in the marina area. (800) 345-6223. Saturday, April 28 • Loyalty Day Parade, sponsored by the VFW. Noon. Maritime Museum, 2201 Westhaven Dr. (360) 268-7054.

May 2012 Matlock

Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6 • Old Timer’s Fair. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Mary M. Knight School, 2987 W. Matlock Brady Road. Free admission and parking. (360) 426-8781.

Ocean Shores

Friday-Sunday, May 25-27 • Grays Harbor County Expo featuring arts and crafts show, RV show, chainsaw carving, hotrod and classic car show and a home show. 120 W. Chance a La Mer Ave. Free.


Saturday, May 5 • Annual oyster feed (all you can eat). 3-7 p.m. Ocosta Recreation Hall, 45 Ocosta Sixth St. in Aberdeen. (360) 648-2190.


Saturday, May 5 • Annual Oyster Feed. 3-7 p.m. Ocosta Recreation Hall, approximately five miles east of Westport. (360) 648-2190. Friday-Sunday, May 11-13 • Annual Cleanwater Classic surfing contest. (206) 551-2881 or eranafner@hotmail. com. Sunday, May 27 • Blessing of the Fleet featuring a procession, blessing and Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Monday, May 28 • VFW Memorial Ceremony. 11 a.m. Veterans Memorial Park, 421 E. Neddie Rose Dr.

June 2012

Ocean Shores

Monday, April 23 • Coast clean up on the South Beach with the crew from Olympic Coast Cleanup.

Saturday, June 9 • Flag Day parade. 120 W. Chance a La Mer Ave.


Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24 • Rusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze festival featuring games, contests, belly dancers, entertainment and much more. Downtown Westport.

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29 • Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival. Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Paulson Road, south of Highway 109. (360) 289-5048.


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Down and dirty: A clamming primer By Marisa Chatt The Vidette Razor clamming can be extremely rewarding or extremely disappointing for the digger. Various factors determine the difference between limiting-out and walking away empty-handed. Fortunately, those empty-handed digs don’t occur very often. Not only is it fun to seek out those elusive clams, they’re also delicious. Much larger than regular steamer clams, they can be prepared a variety of ways and stored until you are ready to use them. If properly prepared, they can be very tender and mild in flavor, and recipe possibilities are endless. Novice clam diggers are usually hooked after their first rewarding dig, where the clam “shows” are everywhere on the beach, and the clams as big as your hand or in some cases, bigger.

Things to know before you go

• Diggers should be aware of the time of low tide and be sure to get there about an hour before the tide is at its lowest. Stormy conditions that bring waves frequently up the beach may make it harder to see the clam holes, and should be taken into consideration when bringing small children. • Dress warmly and be sure to wear boots that will keep your feet dry, no one likes to drag their limit back to the vehicle in wet shoes. Bring an extra set of clothes in case the ones you are wearing get wet. • Store some bottled water in your vehicle. Not only will you probably be thirsty after digging for the clams, you will also need to rinse sand off your hands after storing your gear. Making the trek back to the surf to rinse off may not be enticing after getting everyone buckled up and stuff put away.

How to find clams

There are three kinds of clam “shows.” The dimple show is simply an indentation in the sand, a doughnut show looks like a mountain with a crater, about 2 to 3 inches in diameter, and the keyhole show, usually appearing in drier sand, is shaped like an hourglass or as a hole with very distinct sides. Most of the time, the larger the hole is, the larger the clam will be — however, it’s not always the case. Sometime you may end up with a clam that is just one inch long. And yes, you do have to keep it. Regardless of condition or size, every clam dug must be retained as part of your limit. If you fail to keep a clam or have more than your limit, you could face a pretty hefty fine.


Clam guns are really popular and available at most hardware stores in the county. How-

Licensing Shellfish/seaweed licenses for residents over the age 16, non-residents and seniors are available in different types ranging from one to five days, as well as yearly and in combination with other fishing. Those who are age 15 or disabled must possess an annual combo fishing/shellfish license. Children under 15 are not required to carry a license. Visit your local store selling licenses or online at wdfw/licenses_fees.html for more information and costs. ever, it’s not the only method of digging the razor clam. Clam shovels are also available but require a little more skill and experience. Clam guns work best in wet to medium wet sand. It gets to be difficult to twist the gun into dry sand, and many diggers usually end up walking away with blisters on their hands, especially if wearing rings. Shovels work in any condition. Diggers should be aware of the clamshell’s sharp edges, and should either wear gloves or use extra caution when reaching into the hole to pick up the clam.


Once you get home, you need to rinse off the clams free of as much sand as possible before getting down with the dirty part of cleaning. Prepare a pot of boiling water, and place the clams into the kitchen sink with the drain open. When you pour boiling water over the clams, the shells will pop open off of the clams immediately (the hot water is not enough to “cook” the clams, don’t worry), then rinse in cold water. Remove the shells from all of the clams and discard them. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has a step-by-step tutorial on how to finish cleaning the clams at razorclams/clean_prepare.html.

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Digging for clams is hard work, but it can be fun.


The cleaned clams can be sealed in a food sealer and frozen until future use. If you don’t have a food sealer, placing the clams in a gallon Ziploc bag with enough water to cover (to prevent freezer burn) works as well. They can also be made fresh into clam chowder then frozen and ready to go the next time you need a quick meal. Additionally clams can be smoked, canned, processed into jerky or sausage, and prepared fresh in a variety of ways. But before you even set foot on the beach to dig clams on Grays Harbor’s coast, make sure you possess a shellfish/seaweed license

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A limit of razor clams, 15 clams, lies on the beach after harvest.

and some kind of container to keep each limit separate. Razor clam season takes place from October to May, and dig dates are announced on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website. Typically they take place

over the weekend and are either morning or evening digs. While everyone loves the sun, it also makes it a little more difficult in searching for “shows” if it is reflecting off the wet sand. Ideally, overcast skies during daylight hours make the finding easier.

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Enchanted Valley is simply enchanting Isolated and stunningly beautiful, the Enchanted Valley is a long hike worth the trek for every serious hiker in the Olympics. It’s not a particularly difficult hike — it gains about 1,300 feet of elevation in a steady up and down over 13.2 miles — but the distance pretty much means at least an overnight stay. But the trip is worth the effort as the valley, also dubbed the Valley of a Thousand Waterfalls, is breathtakingly gorgeous. June is particularly rapturous as impossibly tall waterfalls cascade down the valley’s high western cliff walls in glittering silver ribbons. In places they evaporated into mist only to reform below; elsewhere they divided into narrow ribbons, cut through snowfields or toppled over steep crags. As the snowmelt decreases, the number of waterfalls dwindles but the valley’s beauty should still be enough to entice hikers. The hike begins near the Graves Creek Campground at the Graves Creek Trailhead at the end of Lake Quinault’s South Shore Road. The road climbs gradually to a rise far above the river below before ending at the

top of a rise. From here, a narrower path continues, steeply downhill in places to the Pony Bridge at 2.5 miles. The bridge crosses the river over a narrow gorge. Ferns and lichens cling precariously to the mist-laden walls. The trail makes many small ups and downs and crosses numerous creeks and rivulets. Riverside camps pop up here and there after Fire Creek. O’Neil Creek Camp is at mile 6.6. Pyrites Creek, 9.8 miles in, boasts pleasant campsites on both sides of the creek. Bear and elk are common sightings further up the trail. The Ater, the first view of the valley, it soon opens up into a clearing surrounding the Enchanted Valley chalet. Built largely of local materials — with the exception of window frames and other milled lumber and bricks carried in from Hoquiam — the chalet was completed in 1931. The Olson brothers managed it as a resort until selling to the park service in 1939. It now serves as a summer ranger station. Bear roam the campsite so the use of bearproof canisters or bear wire to hang food and

Enchanted Valley How long: 13.2 miles to Enchanted Valley chalet How hard: Moderately difficult (primarily because of length) How to get there: Take Highway 101 to Lake Quinault at mile 125.5; take the South Shore Road past the ranger station (get a backcountry pass here if you plan to camp). Pavement ends just before 8 miles; the gravel road continues another 11 miles to the trailhead. A pass is required. Vault toilets are at the campground. No dogs. Stock is allowed. Older children could do the hike. gear is necessary. After the chalet valley, the trail heads up the south wall of the valley towards Anderson Pass through a hemlock forest. In two miles, an unmarked spur trail to the left leads to the largest known western hemlock. The main trail continues uphill to gorgeous views of the valley below and the peaks above at Anderson Pass. Black bear are frequently sighted in Enchanted Valley.


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North Beach is full of fun and surprises By Marisa Chatt The Vidette The North Beach covers the 60-some mile area on Grays Harbor’s coastline from Ocean Shores to Taholah. The expanse of shoreline often wanders into scenic timber and windblown pines, to peek back out on to the expanse of the ocean. The stretch of Highway 101 is home to rich Native American history — the names of many of the areas such as Copalis and Moclips originated from the Native American language of the Quinaults. The Quinault tribe had several villages along the coasts, and today those that remain are Queets and Taholah. In 1855, the Quinault River Treaty was signed by Chief Taholah of the Quinault Nation, forming the triangleshaped boundary reservation with the Pacific Ocean and Lake Quinault. The coast is home to many vacation rentals, many directly on the beach, which offers plenty of recreational, fishing and clamming opportunities — the possibilities are endless. It’s also a great place to seek solitude, especially in the off-season when fireplaces and storm watching beckons.


The Museum of the North Beach is located

in Moclips somewhat centrally on the North Beach. It’s an excellent, unexpected stop on the side of the highway. Visitors will first notice a quaint building, with a false storefront, decorated with antique signs and beach items such as floats and pots. The false storefront style was used back in the day to cover the pitched roofline, making the front of the building larger and giving it room for advertising. The building, owned by Ocean Crest Resort, offers guests a glimpse into the past with its many treasures ranging from Native American artifacts, glass floats, Northern Pacific Railroad artifacts, photography and so much more. One could spend the whole day there and not see everything there is to see. If you’re lucky, you may bump into the museum’s president, Kelly Calhoun. His enthusiasm about the area’s history is contagious, and visitors leave with a desire to return and hear him tell more stories. The museum hopes to rebuild the original train depot in Moclips and use it as the museum’s new home. An intricately designed, labor of love, scale model can be seen in the museum, and Calhoun will happily tell you his dreams of how the building will be designed and put to use. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday-Monday. There is no cost to enter, but donations are greatly appreciated. Be sure to sign the guestbook! For more information on the museum, visit its website at www.

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach is a quaint beach town that features wonderful hilltop views on the side of town, as well as boutique shopping and dining opportunities. The beach is lined with vacation rentals, some of which boast extra beach flair with floats hanging from the fences. The Pacific Beach State Park offers unobstructed 10-acre camping with 2,300 feet of ocean shoreline. To make reservations, call (888) 226-7688.

Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores is a larger city that has everything to offer its visitors. The Ocean Shores Interpretive Center offers a look into wildlife on the coast, as well as artifacts taken from the SS Catala, a ship that ran aground in 1965 at Damon Point near Ocean Shores. The best thing about the center? Most everything can be touched and handled, making it a fun place to take the kids. Ocean Shores also boasts a golf course; many go karts and scooter rental places, min-

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North Beach iature golf and an arcade, shopping, and many places to stay. The most difficult decision is to choose what to do in the time you are there.

Ocean City

Contrary to its name, it’s a tiny town that can be missed if you’re not looking. It is located at mile post 18 on Highway 109, and what could be called the city center, is the intersection of the S curve on the highway and beach approach road, Second Avenue. Though it may be small, it is home to several noteworthy events throughout the year. Fire O’er the Water puts out an impressive Fourth of July fireworks show on the beach, as well as woodcarving, food and vendors, all located on the corner. A newly created event is the Burning Bear Festival, which takes place the last weekend in January, and features a woodcarving contest and auction with food, vendors and a bonfire in which a big wood carved bear is burned. It also takes place on the corner. At the beginning of each year, the chamber hosts “Come Have a Ball.� Glass floats inscribed with the chamber’s initials and the year are placed on the dunes from Moclips to the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino — blue ones in January, red in February and green in March.






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