Discover Tillamook—Cheese tasting, of course, but this area offers so much more. —Tammie Painter
Oswald West State Park—Whether you’re picnicking, hiking, boogie boarding, or surfing, this is the place to be. —Pam Hogeweide
Lee Freed, Champion of the Arts—Thanks to this Lincoln City gallery owner, school kids experience the magic of the arts. —Michael Burkett
World War II Tour—Take the kids, the grandkids, and memories along on this tour of war sites along the coast. —Gail Elber
Driving on Faith and Fumes—An old-fashioned gas station and general store provide salvation for travelers on Hwy 26. —Pam Hogeweide
Simple Elegance at the Stephanie Inn—Chef Crystal Corbin shares her food philosophy at this top-rated North Coast inn. —Deeda Schroeder
Devils Lake—Only a stone’s throw from downtown Lincoln City,
lakeside recreation and camping beckons. —Nancy Steinberg
Osprey in Lakeside—These birds are experts in the art of fishing. —Airlee Owens
Celebrate Cranberries—Bandon honors its largest agricultural export with a festival. —Dominique Rossi
Arizona Beach, Then and Now—Looking back at a South Coast landmark. —Shirley Nelson
The Humble Servant—When the dredge Yaquina sails into harbor, boaters heave a sigh of relief. —Laurel Gerkman
Loon Lake—A hidden recreation treasure. —Norman B. Martin
On the cover
Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park, by Rick Schafer
By the time this issue is in print, I will have edited and factchecked the last stories and other pieces for which I’m responsible, written my last feature stories and smaller pieces that I’ve been assigned as an editor, and given my last opinions on stories and story ideas at my last editorial meeting.
After 20 years of being with Oregon Coast, I’m retiring. I tried this once before in 2002, but when the publisher asked me to come back for a few weeks in 2004, I did. I never thought I would still be here in 2009. Obviously, I’ve enjoyed it.
Actually, it’s turned out to be a wonderful second career. Previously, I had been an elementary school teacher. My family and friends wondered how a soft-hearted, nurturing first grade teacher who had been in the classroom for 22 years could become a hard-nosed, tight-fisted magazine editor. Like everything, I did it my way and became a semi-hard-nosed, tight-fisted, nurturing editor. I learned to write about everything, edit anything, and got to travel up and down the coast meeting great people.
And I’ve seen many changes. When I was first hired, we typed in the stories and sent them to Eugene to be edited and designed. After that was brought in-house, we actually pasted-up each page before sending to the printer. Now we do everything in-house and send all the pages to the printer electronically.
My plans include writing a book about the Siuslaw River Bridge that is expected out by May 2011. So I need to get going on it, but—hey—I know about deadlines.
In this issue, we cover the Tillamook area as well as Highway 6, the road less traveled to the North Coast. And Laurel Gerkman gives us a behind the scenes look at the dredging done at our ports by the Army Corps of Engineers, Gail Elber provides a tour of World War II sites from Astoria to Brookings, Michael Burkett tells how Lee Freed has become a champion of the arts for children, and Nancy Steinberg profiles Robin DeVour, a musician to inspire all of us. Enjoy the issue.
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