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Hard to believe, but not too long ago some folks on the Rock didn’t care much for mussels. The creatures disfigured dock pilings and messed up boat bottoms. Their sharp-edged shells cut your bare feet. They were tough and rubbery if you ate the big ones right off the beach. And the idea that someone would create a commercial mussel farm and plop several dozen floating platforms on pristine Penn Cove waters just off Madrona Way raised more than a few Rock hackles back in the 1970s.
Community Events, March 2015
Some plants can pack a wallop. It might be the breathtaking size or color of the blooms, the shape and texture of the foliage, an unusual form, or maybe just the plant’s rarity in Northwestern gardens that draws you in and makes you say, “Gotta have that!”
What is now a multi billion dollar industry centered around giving loved ones cards, sweets and other gifts, Valentine’s Day has simple beginnings dating back to early centuries.
More kindergartners than ever are spending the entire day in school. Those few extra hours a day have exponential impacts on student achievement, but, unfortunately, not every kindergartner in Washington state has that option.
At first glance, Pieris japonica and Camellia japonica don’t seem to have much in common other than the second part, or specific epithet, of their Latin binomial.