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Feb 07, 2018 12:21PM ● By Elena Hutslar

A Crab Feed Saga 

By Norma Flaskerud

My husband, Don, has been a member of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club for 37 years. Their primary fundraiser is the January Crab Feed, and Don coordinates purchasing the crab from “Don The Crab Man.”
Based on tickets sold and how much crab they ordered the year before, they needed four pounds per person. It is truly an all you can eat crab feed!  The crabs are cleaned, cracked, put into buckets, and served on tables, with buckets refilled as needed! It’s a chance to eat crab to your heart’s content. They also serve fresh green salad, donated this year by Jack’s, garlic bread, and rigatoni with yummy red meat sauce -- a very full meal for all to enjoy.
In November, you may recall the crab season opened on time, with local news reporting it would be a robust season and no expected delays like two years ago (caused by domoic acid found in the crabs.) But something changed. The crab population was quickly depleted, domoic acid was found again, crabs were too small, and the powers to be only allowed fishing along the coast of California, not Oregon or Washington. While fresh cracked crab was for sale for $6.50/lb. at Safeway in December, it suddenly was over $16/lb.!
Don spoke to “Don The Crab Man,” letting him know he expected about 200 people and would need 850 pounds of crab. The Crab Man said he did not know if he could get it. Yes, crab fishing season had re-opened in mid-January, but stormy, high seas had kept the crab boats in port. There was a shortage, but maybe he could get 700 pounds. Don reminded him 850 was the target, and ultimately, that is what the Lion’s Club bought, at $6.50/lb. (Last year they paid $5.50/lb!) The crab was delicious, but we learned it was caught in November, so it had been frozen. It’s only now, around January 20, that crab fishing opened all the way up the coasts of Oregon and Washington to Canada, so there will be lower prices and plenty of fresh crab.
We learned “Don The Crab Man” used to supply 90 crab feeds but most recently was supplying only 30. Why? The people putting on crab feeds are getting older, and the younger generation is not joining service organizations to put on big events. I know Don and the Lions appreciate new members, as do my fellow Rotarians. We need new, young blood and enthusiasm to create such fabulous events. I share this story to tell of the crab feed that almost wasn’t!
Regarding real estate, you may have read that prices in Pleasant Hill went up 6.7% last year. But I believe you are curious about what it takes to buy a starter home in Pleasant Hill. Since November 1, 2017, only three homes sold for under $600,000 in Pleasant Hill, and each one had “issues” – they were fixer-uppers or in bad locales. The bottom of the market is essentially $600,000. As of January 23, there are 10 single-family homes for sale in Pleasant Hill, and setting aside a $2 million listing (which skews statistics), we have nine listings ranging from $698,000 - $1,249,000, with an average asking price of $912,291 and a median of $879,000. Pleasant Hill is a very desirable address, and people come from far and wide to look at houses here and bid on them. We are seeing a multitude of homes selling for a million plus! 
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