Bay City Fencepost June 8 | Fence posts

Greetings Bay City!

June is everywhere (musical notes). Summer is back with the dairy parade, fireworks, farmers markets and most importantly the bay is filled with crabbing and fishing boats. Bay City in the summer is the best place to live in the summer. Everything, and I mean Everything, is right outside our doors. I would say “It doesn’t get better than that”, but you’re probably sick of hearing it.

The good weather makes many of us enjoy nature, including watching the birds that are busy nesting. Kin and I love to watch the domestic finches dive in and out of our arborvitaes. Reading the “Discover Bay City” web page, we found that the Bay City sewage ponds are a good place to watch for nesting purple swallows.

As promised, our neighbor and fishing guru Mike Brown gave me a fishing report for the column. Mike said with the near shore halibut fishery being open daily now, in four trips he has gotten two halibut and is hoping to get one more to fill his freezer for the year. He hadn’t gone springer fishing this year because the past two years had been so bad, so he was surprised to learn from a local guide that the spring salmon fishing was better than the last year. He and his neighbor, Billie Schreiber, decided to hit high tide in the bay. At first they didn’t get any bites, but just at high tide Mike hooked up what turned out to be the biggest salmon he had caught in a long time. The photo sent by Mike attests to this. What a beautiful fish; and, as is typical of Mike, he was generous enough to give us a good chunk of it. Hmm, delicious!

The Bay City Arts Center offers its popular “Discovery in the Stone” workshop on Friday June 11 and Saturday June 12 from 9 am to 4 pm. Tuition is donated, instructors are onsite and stone and tools are provided. Bring your own lunch. For more information, call Charlie at (503) 377-7013. BCAC also continues to offer a variety of online art and music classes, as well as live art classes through ZOOM. Printable art projects are also available. In addition, BCAC continues its jazz concert series with a performance by guitarist John Stowell and bassist Bob Bowman on July 9 at 7 p.m. They are offering 30 tickets for $ 25 each. Also be sure to tune into Bay City KAYN 92.9 FM radio station this week for a mix of great music, storytelling with Dan (my favorite) and more entertainment throughout your day. For more information, call Rob at (503) 523-8387 or visit their website at

The Methodist Church is busy preparing the Grub Club and may use a few more volunteers. The dates will be Monday June 21 to Friday, August 27. Sunday June 20 will be the first day of meeting at Camp Magruder to set up the bags, and Monday June 21 will be the first day of bus delivery. Volunteering your time to help with this valuable awareness program will be greatly appreciated.

Social hour, which takes place every Tuesday on ZOOM, is suspended until further notice. However, the Sunday worship service is still streamed live on Facebook every Sunday at 10 a.m. at If you do not have access to Facebook, you can find a viewer on their website at the following link:

I received the June bulletin from the town hall today and it was full of information and news. They are working on a new telephone system that will allow the caller to directly reach a specific service and leave a message. This will facilitate better communication. I wonder if he will ever respond with “Sorry, the voicemail is full!” The city would like to remind you that all bill payments must be placed in the secure box at the front door. They also have new forms and scheduling applications, paying bills online and new office hours Monday to Friday, 10 am to 16 pm 00 00; all the right things to improve their customer service. Hats off to all the staff in the office for the great job under the pressure of the Covid restrictions.

Mark your calendars for the municipal council meeting on Tuesday June 8 at 6 p.m. at the town hall. The Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday 16.

The city has volunteer openings on the following committees: Planning Commission, Emergency Preparedness Committee and Fire Department. For details, call the city office at (503) 377-2288. “Many hands do light work.” Volunteer.

That’s all the news for today. Thanks for reading the Fencepost.

I close with a few lines from my favorite Broadway musical, Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Carousel”:

But its comin, by the eraser. We can feel it coming.

You can feel it in your heart.

You can feel it in the ground.

You can see it in the trees.

You can feel it in the breeze.

Look around, look around, look around.

The month of June is over.

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