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The mollusk that ate Coupeville and vice versa | Rockin' a Hard Place

  • Today at 3:00PM

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.

 

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A sweet name for a sweet smelling shrub | Sowin 'n' the trowel

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 4:28PM

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!”

While traditions have changed, meaning behind Valentine’s hasn’t | Opinion

  • Feb 11, 2015 at 4:26PM

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.

Move to all-day kindergarten is not just smart, but long overdue | Opinion

  • Feb 4, 2015 at 5:00PM

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.

Both Pieris and Camellias are good for winter gardens | Sowin 'n' the trowel

  • Jan 29, 2015 at 3:41PM

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.

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