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You’re making that dreaded walk from your doctor’s waiting room toward the exam room, hoping against all hope to bypass the scale in the hallway. Have you ever refused to jump on? Many people hate to be weighed at all, let alone outside the privacy of their own bathroom.

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The spring gray whale migration is almost upon us. And, each year we delight in catching glimpses of these majestic creatures as they pass by, thrilling us with spouting displays as they blow …

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If you’re reading today’s Seaside Signal in print, you’re either a Daily Astorian/Seaside Signal subscriber or you’ve invested $1 in today’s edition. In either case, thank you for your support.

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Thanks to Jack Nicholson, bucket lists have become fashionable. So last week I made a list. I would like to visit Thomas Wolfe’s memorial in Asheville, North Carolina. or take the boat ride to…

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I’ve always felt that as elected officials it’s our job to engage the public and allow our residents to guide the decision-making process. And I’ve always had great faith in the citizens of Ge…

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Once in a while when nothing seems to be happening and my brain is on vacation, something will hit me and make me wonder why I never noticed. I’ve been coming to this restaurant dozens of time…

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I would like to dedicate this column to all the 501(c)3 dog rescues who work so hard, often with very little financial support, to not only save the lives of the voiceless, but to ensure their…

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Valentine’s Day is such a wonderful time of year to let the one we love know how much we value them, And, with the desire to express our love, sometimes we may overlook the most important piec…

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Do you have a personal operating philosophy? I do. Mine is “Do good, have fun, make money, because we have to pay the bills.” Let me explain a little. Doing good is what motivates me. I’m an e…

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Amidst an abundance of quality Pacific Northwest fiction, Don Berry presents the most vivid naturalism: bringing to mind the scent of the woods, the hollow of a log or the whisper of a dream.

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It has been decades but its a good bet that his former students still think of him once in a while. It would be hard not to. Kester Svensen was the head of the University of Oregon English Dep…

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I worry about common dog training categorizations like “positive” or “balanced.” Two trainers may say they are positive but may mean and do entirely different things, just as two people may co…

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We Clatsop County commissioners are here as community leaders, elected by the voters in our district, with an intention to do good. How we develop our definitions of that good is our individua…

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He still doesn’t know my name after five years of patronage. His jokes are corny and repetitious. He insists on having two radios on at the same time. Some will be turned off by the the backsi…

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Feeling somewhat stressed and worn out as an old mop, I booked myself a facial with Kristi Carson, a massage therapist and facialist working at Seaside Massage and Spa. Kristi and I met when I…

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Seaside’s Neal Maine stopped in the Signal office with some words of warning. The naturalist, wildlife photographer and former science teacher at Seaside High School slipped an 8X10 photo from…

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Believe it or not, every week the collection at your local library changes. Every week new books arrive and are put in the collection while yucky, damaged, or falling apart books are removed f…

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An amazing transformation has begun on the beach dunes of Gearhart. This has all happened through the hard work of City Manager Chad Sweet, Mayor Matt Brown, City Council, Planning Commission,…

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Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World” is back and more relevant than ever. The title alone is a meme for our genetically engineered, social media besotted society, where individuals spe…

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As 2018 draws to a close and 2019 begins, I feel an urge, usually alcohol induced, to make resolutions for the coming year. This would be a good time for me to say that when it comes to resolu…

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When Seaside’s Mary Blake read a remembrance of Tom Chatterton at the Seaside City Council this fall, newcomers may be unaware of the long history and contributions Chatterton made to the city…

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In his book, “The Emotional Lives of Animals,” Marc Bekoff says: “When animals express their feelings they pour out like water from a spout. Animals’ emotions are raw, unfiltered, and uncontro…

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With everything in life, it seems that persistence is key. When I arrived and began my employment with the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District in the summer of 2015 one of the projects …

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When the Army Corps of Engineers issued a permit for water work in September for the school district’s campus construction in the Southeast Hills, officials and construction crews issued a col…

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After Thanksgiving Day, our three young children had four of their five cousins still in town for the extended break. We live in Astoria but, of course, they wanted to go to Seaside. There is …

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The fire started Nov. 8, in Butte County near the northern California city of Paradise. Before its containment on Nov. 25, the fire had burned more than 153,000 acres, destroying almost 14,000…

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This morning as I wound my way around town, I noticed live Christmas trees for sale in Seaside on the corner of Holladay and 12th. What’s better than the smell of a live tree? The trees remind…

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The legends and lore of the Oregon Coast’s mystery of the Beeswax wreck gave way to a new identity, when researchers positively identified the ship as the Manila galleon San Cristo de Burgos.

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I have a friend who enjoys going out for a good breakfast. I’m a person who seldom eats breakfast, although I adore breakfast food, except that I like it for dinner, in particular during winte…

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Ken and Sons bills itself as a friendly neighborhood market and that’s true. They are very friendly. Ken’s is a family run business — it really is Ken and his sons, and also Ken’s two daughter…

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When you are a in a specific field or profession, it’s always interesting how that profession is portrayed in books, movies, and TV shows. Librarians in particular get a very stereotypical tre…