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Grays Harbor offers many opportunities to be a Poet

A quick Google search will give you the following definition for a poem: “A piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical, usually metaphorical, and often exhibits such formal elements as meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure. or as something that arouses strong emotions because of its beauty.”

First-ever Pride Festival

Merriment will ensue this weekend for Grays Harbor LGBTQ community with the first-ever Pride Festival sponsored by the newly formed, as of June 2014, Out &Proud Grays Harbor Coalition. The festivities will start at 11 a.m. along 8th and Levee streets in Hoquiam.

Justice in Motion — Superior Court judicial vacancies

As many have heard, the Honorable Gordon Godfrey, one of the three Grays Harbor County Superior Court judges, recently submitted his resignation, effective Oct. 1, 2014. Not originally from Washington, I was not very familiar with the process of filling a judicial vacancy, so out of curiosity I did a little research and thought I would share what I learned.

Build a better potato salad

Potato salad belongs to summer. It’s forever been a sturdy supporting player for burgers and hot dogs, steaks and seafood. It deserves to have a starring role. That’s right. It’s time to move beyond the potato salad recipe you’ve been cranking out for a dozen (or more) years. It’s time to build a better potato salad. Where to begin? Cookbooks have tons of ideas. So does Meredith Myers. She’s with the U.S. Potato Board, an industry-supported group based in Colorado. Her first thought? Who will be eating this salad _ adventurous foodies or cranky relatives who’ll complain until Christmas if you tweak granny’s recipe? “Is it a backyard barbecue or are you taking it to big group? Are you trying to please a bunch of kids and adults? What kind of palates are you trying to please?” she asks. “The glory of potato salad is that you can do just about anything with it.” The key: Think about the basic elements and preparation techniques, then use them to build a better potato salad.

Young man with heart scar has options for covering it up

Dear Abby: You printed a letter from “Self-Conscious in Georgia” (May 15), a young man who is insecure about the scar from his heart surgery. I have had three surgeries for congenital defects, my first at 2 years old. Because many women’s fashions expose the upper chest, I applied anti-scar products, which greatly reduced the size and color of my scars.

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Westport Art Festival Today and Tomorrow

Take a trip to Westport today and tomorrow for the 17th Annual Art Festival. The festival is boasting 80 booths of arts, crafts and food. The event starts at 10 a.m. each day and ends at 6 p.m. and 4 p.m. respectively, Saturday and Sunday. It all happens at the Westport Maritime Museum grounds and along the Westport Esplanade. This is a great event to support as each year the Westport Art Festival organization purchases a piece of art and presents it to the City of Westport as a gift.