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This is Sue’s third performance with Riverbend Players. She was first seen on stage as M’Lynn in last year’s production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS followed by her role as Aunt Abby in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. For 35 years, Sue has enjoyed acting, singing, and dancing in both community and professional theater companies on the Oregon Coast and in Bend, OR. Some of her favorite roles include the Wicked Witch in WIZARD OF OZ and Patsy Cline in ALWAYS PATSY CLINE. Sue is employed as a hotel General Manager and lives in Cannon Beach with her husband and Standard Poodle.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play runs December 9th and 10th at 7 pm, and December 11th at 2 pm for a matinee at the NCRD Performing Arts Center in Nehalem.

For tickets and more information, please visit our website at


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“Another one bites the dust”……..

Female looking for a long term unfurnished rental property in Manzanita, Nehalem or Wheeler.

1 bedroom is good, 2 bedroom – fabulous, 1 bath, a garage would be awesome.

The rental property where I currently reside is to renovated by new owners starting December 31st, 2022. I have been fortunate to have had this current rental for a period of nearly 13 years.

Any leads which could be shared with me would be much appreciated. Thank you.

The upper end of my affordability is $1300 per month.

Please text first before calling, as unknown numbers go straight to voicemail. Email is also fine.
503.949.6349 (C)


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Ellis made his stage debut this past October in the Riverbend Players production of DRACULA. It was his first theatrical experience, if you don’t count his many years as a newspaper journalist, which requires a certain amount of acting savvy. Ellis lives in Manzanita with his wife Lynn Steinberg and their dog Piper. When he’s not acting or writing for the Hoffman Center, he is rooting for his beloved San Francisco Giants.

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, with a special appearance by the Neah-Kah-Nie High School Choir, runs December 9th and 10th at 7 pm, and December 11th at 2 pm for a matinee at the NCRD Performing Arts Center in Nehalem.

3 shows only! For tickets and more information, please visit our website at


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Lego Table for sale. Sturdy. and almost new.

Top is reversable so kids can use as a drawing, etc. table or a Lego Building Table.

Net pockets underneath table hold Lego pieces.

Would make a great Christmas gift for your loved ones. Table located in Nehalem. $75.00

Call 503.368.6393 or email No txts please.
Thank you!

Final honey/maple syrup

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Hi folks – Jeff and the JW Merc roadside “pop-up” booth will be making it’s final appearance in north county on TUESDAY December 13th from 12-4 pm – we’ll be set up in our usual spot where you find Pelican and Piper (across from the train stop in downtown Wheeler).
Our “Comb for the Holidays” feature will be in place for that trip (four dazzling releases from Oso – raw/local honeys sourced in the coast range of Oregon – Pumpkin Chicory, quintessential Meadowfoam, Yaquina Basin blackberry and blackberry WITH comb included) – regional bee pollen, Vermont maple SUGAR, Vermont maple syrup gift jars/jugs – full gallons of raw honey and more.
As always it’s best to reach out to Jeff ASAP to ask questions or secure specific items you want so as to insure supply. Text directly to Jeff’s cell: 208-424-0042, email to: or send a SPECIFIC message through the JW Merc Facebook page.
We’ll see you on the 13th – JW

Hemingway at the Beach: Writers Read Celebration Asks What He Would Say

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Suppose novelist Ernest Hemingway arrived at the Oregon coast and wanted to write about his experience in a maximum of 600 words. What would he write?
This year’s Writers Read Celebration, sponsored by the Cannon Beach Library, asks that question with the theme, “Hemingway at the beach: What Would He Say?”
Writers of all ages from all areas are invited to consider how or what Hemingway would say while at the beach. All written formats will be considered (essay, story, poetry, haiku, script, etc.) Authors are limited to three
entries with a 600-word maximum per entry. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 20.
A panel of volunteer judges will select 10 to 12 works to be read by their authors either in person or online during the celebration March 10 in the library.
Hemingway wrote about his experiences using as few words as possible, and his novels and short stories have become classics. The Writers Read Celebration offers an opportunity to have fun with this writing style in any form; the piece can be serious, whimsical, tongue-in-cheek or thoughtful.
Submissions will be accepted by email ( or by mail (P.O. Box 486
Cannon Beach, OR 97110), though email is preferred.
Submissions should be in Word or PDF format and include a cover letter with the writer’s name, email
and phone number. Please do not include the author’s name or contact information on the entry
document so authors remain anonymous during the judging process.
The NW Authors Series Committee sponsors monthly author presentations and other events at the
Cannon Beach Library. This is the fifth year of the Writers Read Celebration. Previous themes were:
“Life on the North Coast,” “The View from the North Coast,” “Pandemic” and “Recovery?.” Writers Read Celebrations on Zoom from 2022 and 2021 are available for viewing on Cannon Beach Library’s website.

Nov 30th – Business Support Presentation

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Wednesday, November 30th
3:00 pm
Wheeler City Hall
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Tillamook County will give a general presentation about the resources they have to help small businesses and potential business startups.
As we roll into a new year, this is a great time to make new connections, introduce yourself to the community, and find support for your business or business-to-be.

Ecstatic Spirit Dance this Thursday

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Lane deMoll will be hosting Ecstatic Spirit Dance
this week – Thursday December 1

free-form, playful, healing dance

at the White Clover Grange
6:30 Opening Circle and Dance
(Doors open at 6:00 for setup and warmup)
Ends by 8:00

$10-$20 donation

Contact Fae Scott ‭(503) 354-7153‬ or

We are encouraging everyone to be mindful of each other’s health and safety and stay home if you are not feeling well, or have been exposed to someone sick. Follow your own judgment on whether to wear a mask or not.

Hope to move with you on the dance floor soon.

**Artwork by Lane**

YOUR Hope Chest needs YOUR help finding a new home!

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As many of you have already heard, the Nehalem Hope Chest Thrift Shop will not be renewing its extended lease past March 31, 2023. The property is for sale and after March 31st we will be on a month-to-month lease until the property sells. We are hopeful and confident that with community support we will be able to find a new home for our shop in either Manzanita, Nehalem, or Wheeler. We are beyond grateful for all the wonderful years we’ve had at our current location, including a very accommodating, gracious and generous landlord.

The Hope Chest began in 1998 and is a 501C3. We are thankful for the continued community support, because without you we wouldn’t be able to give back to the community to the extent that we do. It all comes full circle – you donate to the shop, our volunteer team sorts and prepares items to be sold, we resell your donations, and give the proceeds back to local community organizations. This cycle keeps usable items out of the landfill and in turn provides the community with affordably priced clothing and household items to buy through the shop.

The NEHALEM store is open Wednesday – Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm and accepts donations Wednesday – Friday only. The ROCKAWAY store is open Thursday – Saturday 10:00-4:00 pm and accepts donations Friday and Saturday only.

A *friendly reminder* to bring all holiday decoration donations in PRIOR to the holiday. This goes for every holiday, but especially Christmas as these decorations are our largest of the holiday donations. With the Nehalem store relocating sometime in the future, we do not plan to move Christmas decorations with us to our new location since available storage space is unknown.

Please note that the Nehalem location is still OPEN and accepting donations and will continue to remain open until the property sells. Any updates to our new location will be posted here on the BBQ and our Facebook page.

In December 2022, we look forward to celebrating our achievement of giving *Two Million dollars* back to our local community. These monies are donated to various organizations in our local area, such as North County Food Bank, Meals For Seniors, Hospice, Faith in Action and several more. This is only possible because of our community, volunteers, and those who shop with us. THANK YOU!!

Please remember that YOUR Hope Chest needs YOUR help finding a new home! Contact DeeAnn Grimes, our store manager, at 503-858-2092 with any leads.

Happy Holidays and thank you for your continuing support and in your efforts for finding us a new home. As always, we look forward to seeing you in the shop and accepting more of your donations!

Remember to shop local this holiday season. In supporting local small businesses we support each other and our shared community.


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Dear Wheeler Neighbors,
My beloved 7-year-old large Siamese cat named Bugsy has been missing for several days now! He’s an indoor/outdoor cat that lives up on 3rd street off of Gregory, up behind Wheeler post office. Wheeler neighbors plz, plz check your sheds, etc in case he accidentally got locked in somewhere. I am still hoping for the best, he’s very large, handsome and smart Siamese cat.
Thanks, Nan

Gail Wilson Early American Doll Series Kits–all retired

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Gail Wilson Early American Doll Series—Kits All Retired
Original Series: Inspired by history, Gail loved the humbleness and simplicity of Early Americana. She wanted all of the pieces to be of the highest quality this scale permits. The series began with the Basic Doll and her 3″ doll’s doll then continues on with quilts and other accessories. I purchased these kits when working at the Pine Needle in Lake Oswego as the children’s sewing and quitting instructor.

THE BASIC DOLL (and her 3″ Doll’s Doll) – The Early American Doll Series was based on this “basic doll”. Her construction is taken from humble cloth dolls, but she becomes a little more defined with her delicate joints and painted surface, which is another old-time technique. She has a mohair wig and is stuffed with real wool. $25

AMISH DOLL -The Historical Doll Series $30

Accessories: All accessory kits come complete with materials, pre-cut wood parts, paint, patterns and instructions. $15 each or 2 for $25

Outfit: Victorian Style #1: Drop-Waist Dress Pantaloons, Hat and Coat hanger $15

A Quilt and Quiltrack $15

Sewing Accessories Kit $15

Ironing Board and Flat Iron $15

Girl Scout’s looking for fleece fabric donations

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Hi there!
Our Girl Scout Troop here in Nehalem (#10522 ☺) are going to be making small fleece blankets for our local cat rescue, The United Paws. Does anyone have any spare fleece fabric that they are able to donate to us? The United Paws likes to provide these to the cats after they have their spay or neuter surgeries and also to send home when they are newly adopted. Thank you all so much in advance. ❤

Winter Solstice Retreat Day- Wed. Dec. 21st

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Join us as we gather to honor and celebrate the longest night of the year. This is a time to get cozy by the fire, sip tea, enjoy the heat of the sauna, sit in sacred circle and make solstice crafts!

Leading this celebration are two inspirational weavers of art and magic.

Iris Sullivan Daire of Dreambird Studios in Astoria

Adria Badagnani of Art & Channel in Manzanita.

Iris begins the day by leading a Solstice natural dye class using the stored sunlight of dried summer flowers to infuse bright golden rays onto cotton cloth.

If you have never tried your hand at turning garden flowers to fabric pigment you will be delighted to learn the magic of this process! These golden dyed cloths can then be stitched into gift bags, altar cloths or bandanas to keep or give as gifts.

Following your natural dye class you are invited to bask in the luxurious warmth of our wood fired sauna. Perfect medicine for cold winter days- our riverfront sauna experience will also include a kelp mineral face mask and cold plunge (optional) to replenish dry winter skin and stimulate your immune and lymphatic system.

End your day of celebration with a Winter Solstice ritual led by Adria.

In circle we will first honor the darkness and what lies in the unknown before welcoming the light back with candle magic. With a poetic invocation of the elements, our sacred circle will open to create intentions, receive the wisdom of the darkness, and bring light into the New Year.

Sweet elemental surprises & gifts await each participant in this circle!

Our farm blended teas and snacks will be available for you to enjoy throughout the day!

There are only 7 spaces remaining for this retreat. Use the link below to reserve your spot today.

Alexi returns for massage appointments this Friday and Saturday

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Portland massage therapist Alexi Hedlund is returning this week for appointments at North Fork 53 Communitea Wellness.

She will be here Friday Dec. 2nd and Saturday Dec. 3rd.

The winter is definitely a good season to take extra good care of your body.

Alexi practices manual therapy massage which does wonders for restoring mobility and ease to the body.

Imagine enjoying a pain free holiday season!

This will be the last time to book with her before the New Year so don’t delay on getting in.

Click below to book your massage:

Collectible Plush Elk, Snowy Owl, Teddy Bear

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Highly collectible stuffed animal friends, like new, all from the 90’s:

Elk Vintage 1993 Plush Creations Inc Stuffed Plush Realistic Toy. Lifelike eyes, nose, and hooves! Very soft fur and semi firm body. 14” long and 13.5” tall. Online $27; Selling for $10.

Vintage 90s Russ Oogles Snowy Owl plush #4332, super soft very nice condition rare plush owl. Stands a little over 8 inches tall and about 7 inches wide. He’s in wonderful condition with original Russ Store tag still factory attached. Selling for $8

Vintage 90s Russ Geoffrey Teddy Bear plush #2807
Super cute little vintage sitting 90s teddy bear wearing a tan and black checked ribbon! Online $26; Selling for $10.