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    SO MUCH FOR 'IT'S THE WATER' Add Olympia beer's "stubby" bottles to the list of victims of corporate agglomeration. The small bottles with puzzles in their caps are no more, thanks to the closing of Miller's Tumwater brewery last month. The beer, which was produced in Tumwater under contract for Pabst, the owner of the Olympia brand, will be available only in conventional aluminum cans, and the cans will now be produced in California, to boot. Is nothing sacred? MILKSHAKE MEMORIES Got an exciting memory of Dick's Drive-In? Did you take your first date there? Or see something you shouldn't have in the parking lot? Then Dick's wants your memories. In honor of its 50th anniversary, Dick's Drive-In is holding a competition for the most memorable moments at the drive-in. Prizes include Dick's gift certificates, a Dick's polo shirt, and a copy of Dick's 50th Anniversary Memory Book, which is to be compiled from the submissions. Entry forms are available at all Dick's locations and online at www.ddir.com. SCORE ONE FOR THE LADIES Who ever said women can't make wine? Women-owned Olympic Cellars Winery in Port Angeles recently scored a double gold medal for its 2000 merlot at the Sunshine and Wine Festival in Yakima. In a blind taste test at the Washington-only competition, all 15 of the judges deemed Olympic's merlot the best in the state. Information on the winery can be found at www.olympiccellars.com. SNIP SNIP Organic farmers are the latest victims of the stagnant Washington economy. The state Department of Agriculture's Small Farm and Direct Marketing Program, whose goal is to help farmers navigate government bureaucracy and assist them in finding customers, had its $150,000 two-year budget slashed by 75 percent two weeks ago by Department of Agriculture Director Valoria Loveland. The folks at Washington Tilth Producers, an association of organic farmers, claim that the budget cuts within Department of Agriculture are being administered unfairly, and we can't help but wonder if that's the case. The International Marketing Program, which focuses on increasing exports for more corporate interests, like wheat and apple farming, had its $1.7 million budget cut by 5 percent. SHOP SMART Organic, free range, antibiotic-free . . . what does it all mean? Do you know you want to eat healthy, humanely processed meat but aren't sure how to decipher the lingo? Then the Green Guide and the Global Resource Action Center for the Environment had you in mind when they developed their Grilling Guidea shopper's glossary for healthier, sustainably produced meats. The guide's available free at www.thegreenguide.com, but only through July 30 when it becomes subscribers-only. food@seattleweekly.com

     
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