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Ginger Kauffman: Baking Bread, Breaking Bread Part 1

by Ginger Kauffman

It’s Monday and I’m back to my normal life after an amazing weekend. We drove to Olympia on Friday so that Tom could cash in on his Christmas gift — a three-day artisan bread baking class at Hains House. Pat Hains, who operates the bed and breakfast, has studied bread baking in Germany and Italy and offers classes of her own one weekend a month. Finally, after a three-month wait, it was Tom’s time to attend Pat’s class.

We pulled in at 3:00 Friday afternoon. Jen was just getting out of her car. She’d flown in from Illinois earlier in the day, dropped her sister off in Seattle, and had found her way to Hains House. Last fall she helped build her own wood-fired brick oven and she wanted to perfect her skills as a baker so she’d be ready when the oven is delivered.

A short time later, Julie arrived. As a birthday gift her husband had registered her for the class. He handed her a piece of paper and told her to drive from their Portland home to this address in Olympia and he’d join her later in the evening. He did tell her it was a class on baking bread, but that’s about all she knew. I was impressed with her ability to go with the flow.

Just the three students in the class — Tom, Jen, and Julie. And then there was the instructor, Pat. I’d gotten to know Pat a bit over the phone, so opening her back door and stepping into her kitchen seemed like stopping by to visit a friend. That sense of being friends just grew stronger over the weekend. She showed us to our room and, while I settled in, Tom and the others went to work in Pat’s classroom.

via Three Minutes to Nine: Baking Bread, Breaking Bread Part 1.

Mary E. Trimble: Blue – A Special Gift

Group-at-well-GOODby Mary E. Trimble

I continued to go on trek, sometimes with Sainabou or another auxiliary nurse, sometimes alone. An orderly/driver took me from the Basse Health Center to a distant village where a family lived whose child had been hospitalized. I wanted to call on the family to see how the child was doing and perhaps offer nutrition counseling.

As was so often the case, several people crowded around the Land Rover as we arrived, all talking and laughing and extending their hands to greet us. A man, a leper with badly deformed hands and feet, greeted me. He extended his stub of a hand and I felt no choice but to shake it, quickly realizing, at least hoping, that he was no longer contagious. As I grasped his hand, I saw in his eyes a warmth toward me, a look that I’ll always remember.

A man standing near us left and returned, carrying a live chicken and gave it to me. “Abaraka.” Thank you, he said quietly. I wondered if this man was the leper’s relative, perhaps his brother.

via Blue: A Special Gift | Mary E. Trimble.

Police Blotter: Your Weekly Update

police-car54.1-300x171From Your Stanwood Police Department:

On 4-12-14, a resident of the 7800 block of 272nd St NW reported being a victim of fraud. Investigation continues.

On 4-12-14, a 43 year old Camano Island man is being referred for Assault 4 DV in the 8400 block of Cedarhome Dr. He had an altercation with his ex-wife; she advised he grabbed her and left bruises.

On 4-13-14, a mail slot in a business in the 27000 block of 102nd Av NW was vandalized overnight.

Can You Co-Exist With Backyard Beavers?

From Wikimedia Commons.

From Wikimedia Commons.

From WDFW:

Some streamside landowners find themselves battling backyard beavers that gnaw down trees and flood yards with their dams.

But even after removing dams or even the beavers themselves, most streamside landowners find themselves losing the war. That’s because the old adage “busy as a beaver” is true, and because streams will always attract beavers.

Understanding more about this species and how they can benefit other wildlife, along with the steps required by law to address beaver problems, may help some landowners call a truce and learn how to co-exist with beavers.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) habitat biologist Jamie Bails says that when she hears from landowners with beaver problems, most want a quick and simple solution to a complicated and long-term situation. They want to know who to call to trap the beaver or how to remove the dam so that the stream doesn’t flood the yard.

Landowners can work with WDFW to protect their property from damage by wildlife. Removal or modification of a beaver dam in Washington requires a Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) because it involves in-stream work that can potentially affect fish and other wildlife. This permit can be obtained by contacting WDFW habitat biologists like Bails, who visit the site to determine if there are other reasons why the property is flooding, and submitting a simple application (see http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/hpa/ .)