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It’s a small world after all — AFS foreign exchange program seeks a few good families

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
"It was my dream to come to America," says 16-year-old Chiara Lo Zito.
Thanks to the AFS high school exchange program, Chiara, from Sicily, and five other international students are living that dream here in Newport this year as high school exchange students staying with local families. AFS is one of the largest cultural exchange programs in the world, and
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‘Happy’ acts draw big crowds at YYFAP talent show in Yachats

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
YACHATS -- A lineup of acts were a "happy" addition to the Yachats Youth and Family Activities Program Community Talent Show as it returned this year.
Singing, dancing and comedy acts were the highlights of the show last Saturday, April 12. The event, held at the Yachats Commons, drew in a crowd of about 150 people and participants.
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Bob Welch talks about his ‘Cascade Summer’

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Oregon author Bob Welch will be in Newport to discuss this year's Newport Reads! selection, "Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail."
A question-and-answer session and a book signing will follow the Welch's presentation. He will also debut his latest children's book, "Keyboard Kitten 2," which features elements of Newport. Welch speaks Thursday, April
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Weekly library book sale at Driftwood

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The Friends of Driftwood Public Library book sale is open every Monday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Most books are 50 cents to $1, and many children's books are 25 cents. There are also magazines, DVDs, CDs, cassette tapes, VHS and a bargain table with
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What goes around comes around

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
During my recent visit to Los Angeles, an old friend asked if I ever looked myself up on Google. "Huh?" I said. "It never occurred to me, why?" "Well," he said, "you might be surprised." So of course, I typed my name into Google and was shocked to see one of my stories re-written by someone I do not know.
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Walk With Ease six-week class begins in May at Activity Center

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Walking is a healthy form of exercise that is beneficial for many people. Walking can help one gain all the benefits of exercise, including weight loss and stress relief. Walking is easy to do and does not require a gym membership, fancy shoes or equipment, or special training. People can do it with friends, loved ones, a pet, or on
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Honor Roll

Modified: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Lincoln City SDA School announces academic achievements of students in grades 5-12 for the third quarter of the 2013-2014 school year.
Students on the Principal's List (GPA of 3.7 to 4.0) include: Madison Baete, Matthew Barton, Sam Barton, Nico Cavezza, Annette Cho, Soren Dealy, JohnPaul Flores, Jesse Freeman, Nicole Freeman, Lexi French, J.J. French, Carstan Gage, Kandice Gage, Sammy Halferty,
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Poetry workshop offered at Driftwood in Lincoln City

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Central Oregon poet Jarold Ramsey will be conducting a poetry workshop at Driftwood Public Library in Lincoln City on Saturday, April 26, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Because the size of the poetry workshop is limited, advance registration will be required, though attendance is free. The workshop will be held at the library and is open to
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A day for kids at the Lincoln City Community Center

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Two activities for children will take place Saturday, April 19, at the Lincoln City Community Center.
A kids garage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the large meeting room. This is an opportunity for youngsters to do some "spring cleaning" and trade or sell old toys and outgrown clothes. Tables are $5 each, and children
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Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrates Earth Day April 26

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
The Oregon Coast Aquarium will be brimming with eco-friendly educational opportunities for visitors on Saturday, April 26 in honor of Earth Day.
Aquarium officials hope the annual one-day event will inspire visitors to become conscious consumers.
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Hospital recognizes auxiliary and hospice volunteers

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
National Volunteer Week was April 6 through April 12 and was a time for Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) to say thank you to the SPCH auxiliary and hospice volunteers for their assistance.
The auxiliary and hospice is comprised of active hospital volunteers who provide thousands of hours in the gift shop, emergency department, acute care, medical records, quality, administration, accounting,
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My Sisters’ Place holds Spring Women’s Fair in Newport

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
omen's Fair on Wednesday, April 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Newport's First Presbyterian Church. The event encourages and highlights women in business. At the same time, it will raise funds for My Sisters' Place to continue offering services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Lincoln County.
Economic independence is a major contributing factor to
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Training doctors in the Congo Couple prepares for long-term mission trip

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
During a past trip to Africa, Dr. Tim Rice encountered an orphan, Pierre, with a curvature of the spine. Through connections he'd developed, Tim helped find an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. who could fix the condition with surgery for free. And Pierre ended up getting adopted by a U.S. family.
Tim and his wife, Kathy Rice, are soon heading
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Style show to benefit patient support and CAN Cancer funds

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Lincoln County Haulers Association, Columbia Bank, Healing HeArts, Jean and Don Rowley and Susan G. Komen for the Cure present the Garden Party Evening of Fashion on Wednesday, April 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn.
The evening will begin with a social hour, including a no-host bar, complimentary champagne,
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Spring Sprint

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Janet Stephenson and her daughter, Anne Chappelle, check out items for Toledo's second annual 5K Spring Sprint event silent auction. Items were donated by local businesses and individuals, such as Olalla Café and photographer Clint McKinney. Money raised by the event, around $4,000, will go to the Toledo Food Pantry. At right, the Sons of the Beaches entertained those who
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Easter egg hunts

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Easter egg hunt in Newport
The Newport Eagles will hold their annual Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. Saturday at Yaquina Bay State Park in Newport, just northwest of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. There will be three separate areas, organized by age. Ages 2 to 5 will be near the playground. Ages 6 to 8 will be near the
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Depoe Bay Crab Feed, Classic Wooden Boat Show is this weekend

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Depoe Bay is hosting its annual Crab Feed, Classic Wooden Boat Show and Ducky Derby at the bay front, with food and fun for all.
Dinners of locally caught Dungeness crab with all the trimmings will be served at the Community Hall on both Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20. Indoor and outdoor dining options and a beer
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Anniversary -- Brensdal

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
A 50th wedding anniversary "pie party" for Lyle and Mary Brensdal, of South Beach, will be held Saturday, April 19.
An open house is planned for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yvonne Swift home at 19369 McDowell Lane, Oregon City. For information about the celebration, call 503-518-4402.
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Connie Hansen Garden plant sale is Saturday in Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Photo sessions also available
It's the 20th anniversary of the Connie Hansen Garden, and the annual spring plant sale is coming up Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
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ODFW and partners target trash on Alsea River Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will join forces with other conservation-minded groups and individuals Saturday to rid the Alsea River of trash.
The daylong cleanup is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Forest Service's Blackberry Campground, located approximately 19 miles east of Waldport on Highway 34.
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Spring cleaning is here; be gentle with your parent

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
Oregon has certainly brightened up in the last couple of weeks. Even through all the rain, we have spring flowers, our trees are in bloom and green is starting to take over the landscape. In our home, we have certain spring rituals that we practice every year. We try to get these projects done annually: yard cleanup, window washing, closet
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Whole grains, fiber and colon cancer

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 15th, 2014
The vast majority of the grain products eaten in the U.S. are refined. When whole grains are refined, for example into white flour or white rice, they are stripped of fiber and micronutrients, leaving behind a calorie-rich, nutrient-poor food. A meta-analysis pooling the data from six previous studies has concluded that eating three servings (about 90 grams) of whole
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Spotlight show features works by Ginger Raia

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
A two-week spotlight show featuring works by artisan Ginger Raia opens at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery this Sunday. This show runs through April 25.
Raia has been working in clay for about 20 years and has painted for about 40. She enjoyed traveling with a touring art group for two of those years where they set up in malls and
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Solo guitarist to perform Sunday concert

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Composer and guitarist Julian Mock will be making a stop in Yachats on his west coast tour. Mock will perform at a concert this Sunday, April 13, at the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, located at 360 W 7th St. The show starts at 2 p.m.
Mock will perform new original works for solo guitar. Admission is free, but donations are
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For Artsake Gallery welcomes wood carver Frank Stout

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
For Artsake Gallery, located in Newport's Nye Beach, welcomes new co-op member Frank Stout.
Stout is an award-winning woodcarver of duck decoys and other wildlife. His art passion started in the 1980s while on a trip to Mendocino, Calif. In a gift shop, he spotted a mallard drake decorative decoy for $600. He wanted to make one himself.
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Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising to play Earth Day Festival

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising will perform Saturday, April 19, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Earth Day Festival and 7 p.m. in concert at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
The Earth Day Festival performance will be free. The two-set evening concert is $13 in advance; $15 at the door. The band performs roots and folk music in a
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Toledo Clayworks offers wheel-throwing class

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Chasse Davidson will be offering an eight-week wheel-throwing class for all skill levels at Toledo Clayworks this spring.
Class will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., beginning April 22.The class runs through June 10.
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Charles Goodrich announced as keynote speaker for Northwest Poets’ Concord

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
The sixth annual Northwest Poets' Concord will be May 2 through May 4 at the Hallmark Inn and Resort in Newport, featuring keynote speaker Charles Goodrich.
Goodrich is the author of "Scripture of Crows," "Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden," "The Practice of Home: Biography of a House (2004)" and "Insects of South Corvallis." He is also the director of
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‘Learning through play’ -- Oregon Coast Aquarium offers Aquatots year-round

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
They're learning, and they probably don't even know it.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium restructured its Aquatots education program for children five and under earlier this year to make it flexible with more hands on activities.
Public Relations Coordinator Erin Paxton said its whole premise "is learning through play." The monthly program is free with aquarium admission and includes activities such
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Golden Generation

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Riders on the Golden Generation Cycling Tour, all the way from Taiwan, cross over the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport on Tuesday afternoon. The average age of riders on the tour is 65 and up, and the group is making its way down the coast from Vancouver, British Columbia to San Jose, Calif. throughout the month of April. Tour supporter
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Community college hosts lecture April 17 -- Free discussion focuses on gender and society

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
From the moment we are born, gender shapes every aspect of our lives, interests, opportunities, and how we move through the world. In the 21 century, disparities among the genders still prevail, especially the intersections of race, class, immigration status, and geography. What can these disparities tell us about society's values and priorities? How can we better understand the complexities
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Teen event planned at Newport Library

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
The Newport Public Library presents another Teen Third Thursday on April 17, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., when they will be celebrating Youth Art Month.
Teens ages 12 to 18 are invited to the library, where they will apply layers of paint on the windows throughout the children's area, creating fresh, bright images for all to enjoy. The
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Siletz River cleanup is Saturday

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
The Siletz Watershed Council, SOLVE, and local sponsors will be hosting their annual Siletz River cleanup day on Saturday.
The activities start at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts at Illahee Park in Siletz. After check-in, volunteers disperse to different sections of the river to remove trash and debris from the riverbanks. Once finished, the volunteers return for hotdogs,
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4-H garage sale is Saturday in Newport

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
The Lincoln County 4-H Program is holding a garage sale Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Newport.
Youth and leaders from clubs in all project areas and from all over the county will be in the Harney Building and Livestock Barn offering up their gently used treasures in hopes of raising money for this
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AARP driver class offered in Lincoln City

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
The AARP refresher class for all licensed Oregon drivers will be held in Lincoln City on April 17 at the Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 NE Oar Place.
The class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break.
The new 6-hour course has been totally upgraded with a new curriculum that addresses updated driving technologies,
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Church of Nazarene donates van to Family Promise

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Members of the Church of the Nazarene recently turned over keys to their van to Family Promise of Lincoln County. As part of their homeless family program, Family Promise transports the families they are serving from their day center to the hosting congregation who will be housing them overnight. Then in the mornings, the families are transported back to the
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Bike Newport hosts ‘Evening for Cyclists’

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Bike Newport is hosting an "Evening for Cyclists" on Wednesday, April 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to share information on The Amgen People's Coast Arthritis Bike Classic.
This is an evening for cyclists to get information on a six-day ride down the Oregon coast that takes place in September.  All gear is carried by support vehicles, a catering
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Mishmash

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Today's column is a mishmash, which is what life has been since recently returning from Los Angeles. The dictionary definition of mishmash is a hodgepodge jumble. That about sums it up because in this community you can keep bopping from one event to another, which seems to apply to me at this stage of life with so few restrictions. Even
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Images of spring -- Photographers capture shots for photo contest

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
LINCOLN COUNTY -- The results are in for the winning photographs in the first ever Think Spring! Facebook Photo Contest hosted by the News-Times.
Sunrises and sunsets proved to be a popular theme in the contest, with the top three photos capturing scenes throughout Lincoln County.
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Annual smorgasbord is a ‘historically happening’ event in Toledo

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Toledo -- Almost like Thanksgiving dinner, but even tastier in the opinion of many Toledo folks, the annual community smorgasbord features dishes of yesteryear.
Toledo residents and even people from the Willamette Valley flock to the all-you-can-eat dinner for traditional Norwegian dishes like Swedish meatballs, sweet and sour cabbage, Swedish rye bread and pickled herring. But, Nita Rose, the president
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Marine Science Day is Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center will host its popular Marine Science Day on Saturday, offering the public an opportunity to meet many of the scientists working at the research facility, as well as take tours and explore the exhibits.
The center also will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES), which is the
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Celebrate ‘Cascade Summer’ Sunday

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Events celebrating Newport Reads! book, "Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail," by Oregon author Bob Welch, include something for everyone in the community: kids and families, hikers and history buffs. People are invited to join in two events on Sunday, April 13.
At 2:30 p.m. in the community room at the Oregon Coast Community College Central
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Quilt Documentation Day is Saturday in Lincoln City

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Described as handmade works of love, quilts are important pieces of Oregon's history, documenting friendship, family and meaningful events. As part of its mission to preserve this history, the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild will host a documentation day at North Lincoln Historical Museum on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the museum.
The committee invites persons who
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Presbyterian ‘Pies-Palooza’

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Newport Presbyterian Women Lue Hoeft, left, Margy Barss, Rhonda Harman and Anna Whitehurst are finalizing details for the "Pies-Palooza" feature of their annual rummage sale, which will be held Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. noon at the First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th St. For this year only, the sale's traditional home-cooked lunch cannot
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Dances of Universal Peace planned in South Beach

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
The public is invited to participate in a Dances of Universal Peace event on Friday at 7 p.m. at the South Beach Community Center.
Dances are held on the second Friday of each month.
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Hillside Place to host Easter egg hunt this Saturday

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Hillside Place, a senior living community in Lincoln City, is hosting an indoor Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The community is invited in for refreshments, an old fashioned Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter bunny. People are encouraged to bring their baskets and their cameras for fun for all.
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Clothing giveaway set in Waldport

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
A clothing giveaway will be held in Waldport from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Keady Center, located on the corner of Broadway and Keady streets.
Sizes for the entire family will be available, and everyone is welcome.
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Honor Roll

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Oregon State University
Oregon State University recently announced the names of students who have made the scholastic honor roll for the winter term. To be on the honor roll, students must carry at least 12 graded hours of course work.
Students from Lincoln County on the honor roll included:
Blodgett, Straight A average: Casey O. Johnson, senior, Agricultural
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Mask makers

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Lincoln City SDA School students Chase Prins and Aaron Galvan work on masks for their parts in the Greek tragic play "Oedipus the King." The play is part of a 9th and 10th grade English project at the school.
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Exercise keeps your DNA young

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
In addition to the many well-known benefits of exercise for reducing the risk of chronic disease, evidence has emerged in the past few years suggesting that exercise may slow the aging process at the DNA level.
One fascinating area of research on biological aging centers on regions of DNA called telomeres, non-coding sequences located on the ends chromosomes.
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A few random thoughts about hair

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
I have to admit, I got nothin' this week.
I just got back from five days in California with two dozen teenagers, and my brain is pretty much shot. Hearing, "I have to pee" every 20 minutes for 120 hours will do that to you.
Still reading? You clearly must be bored.
There are no mind-blowing ideas to be
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NARFE meets today in Newport

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
The monthly meeting of the National Association of Retired and Active Federal Employees (NARFE) will be on Wednesday, April 9, at the Newport Shilo Inn.
A no,host lunch is available at noon, and all are welcome. The meeting starts around 12:30 p.m. The group welcomes all guests and active and retired federal employees. The speaker this month
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Committee announces nominations

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
The Lincoln City Community Days Committee has announced the nominations for this year's man and woman of the year awards.
Man of the Year nominees include Joey Arce-Torres, Mack Bryson and James Slentz. Woman of the Year nominees include Dorothy Bishop, Cindi Fostveit and Susan Wahlke.
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Tanger Outlet to host job fair

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Tanger Outlet Center in Lincoln City will host a job fair on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Suite 204, located between Columbia Sportswear and Jockey.
Job seekers can stop by to meet with representatives from brand-name outlet retailers including Nike, Van Heusen, Aeropostale, The Gap Outlet, G.H. Bass & Co, Eddie
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The benefits of an IRA

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Q: My wife and I just recently completed our taxes, and our CPA told us if we contributed to a traditional IRA we would save $1,375 in taxes. How does this work?
Sincerely,
Confused taxpayer
A: Yes, your CPA is indeed right. Let's assume you are married filing jointly in the 25 percent tax bracket with a taxable income of
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Accentuate

Modified: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
I know from my musical background that when you accentuate a note, or a passage, you emphasize its importance. So I was surprised when I was researching information on the topic of stress.
When I ask my seminar participants about the meaning of stress, or about what it even is, I get answers like these: strain, tension, trouble, misery, lack
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