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Wood revived by art -- Removed old library trees’ will be reused

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
TOLEDO -- They stood in front of the Toledo Public Library for a long time, but their fall last week will not be the end of them.
On Thursday and Friday, the library was closed as two black walnut trees in front of the building were removed by Century Trees Inc. They were removed because they presented safety hazards.
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Siletz youth shadow Forest Service Natural Resource specialists

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
WALDPORT -- High school students from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians recently worked alongside Siuslaw National Forest staff on projects throughout the central coast.
The Tribal Youth Employment Experience (TYEE) program expanded its existing summer job skills offerings into the area of natural resources for the first time this summer. Students spent time working with agencies including the BLM,
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Celebration of Honor coming up

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY - For the past eleven years, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, has spearheaded the Annual Celebration of Honor, a public event that honors active-duty personnel, military veterans and their families.
This year, the event will take place Sept. 23-28. Flags will be put up on Sept. 23 in
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Community Peace Celebration

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
From 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Newport High's cafeteria will be transformed into a Peace Festival.
There will be singers, dancers, poets and storytellers, a food court with tasty international dishes at very reasonable rates, and representatives of local and national peace organizations to share information about their efforts.
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Luau golf fundraiser this Sunday

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
The Waldport Chamber of Commerce, Waldport City Council, Waldport Mayor Susan Woodruff and others have been making specific efforts to improve the community.
One of those efforts is to acquire a new digital sign for the community.
The total cost of the new sign is about $25,000. So far, the city of Waldport and Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue
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North County sees more volunteer firefighters

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Nationally, for decades, volunteer firefighters have been on the decline. But this year, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue saw an increase in its class size.
The 2014-15 volunteer firefighter class started last week, and of the 16 recruits, nearly half are women for the largest number of female recruits the district has ever had in one year.
"It is good
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Master Gardeners Coastal Gardening and Fall Bulb Sale

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
On Saturday, the Lincoln County Master Gardener Association will be offering fall bulbs for sale as part of Bonne Santé Wellness Day at the 60+ Activity Center in Newport. The sale will include unique and specially selected bulbs for coastal gardens at very reasonable prices, so everyone can afford to have beautiful blooms next spring.
In addition, OSU Master Gardeners
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Red wine: heart-healthy?

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
Moderate alcohol consumption, compared to no alcohol consumption, has been associated with a lower incidence of coronary heart disease in a large number of observational studies.
This only applies to moderate drinking--about one drink or less per day for women, and two drinks or less for men. In the early 1990s, some researchers proposed that red wine could mitigate the
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Bonne Santé comes to Newport

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 17th, 2014
On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Newport Senior Activity Center will again be hosting a day of learning, sharing and fun with local experts.
The basic idea behind this healthy living event is that there is a connection between personal wellness and environmental wellness -- you can't have one without the other.
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Playing for GameDay -- Newport High senior plays with UO’s Pick-Up Band

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
NEWPORT -- Newport High senior Storm Wedel has been to a few Ducks games, but it's a "totally different" experience when you're actually apart of game day activities.
This year, the University of Oregon offered two chances to play in what's called its "Pick-Up Band," where alumni and prospective students alike have the chance to play with current students.
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Yaquina Birders and Naturalists host events

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Yaquina Birders and Naturalists will be hosting two free events open to the public.
A naturalist presentation takes place Thursday, Sept. 18.  Brian Fowler, an Oregon Parks and Recreation Department ranger, will present "Brian Booth State Park: The Oregon Coast's New State Park."  This presentation will provide information on the current status of the park, with highlights of what programs and
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Community education classes now available

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
It's September, and all across Lincoln County leaves are already starting to turn. Perhaps it's time you turned over a new leaf and learned a new skill or hobby, with help from Oregon Coast Community College.
This year, in addition to a lineup of credit classes, the college is offering a wide array of community education, non-credit classes that
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It takes all kinds

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
I will soon be on a plane (well, several planes) to visit my family in Nebraska, and there will most likely be stories that will end up in this column.  As I sit here staring at a blank computer screen, my thoughts just drifted back to Mr. Grouchy Guy.
I first saw him in the Portland airport while waiting to
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Bike Newport’s Yoga Loft announces classes

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Bike Newport's Yoga Loft is again offering classes in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Kickboxing incorporates cardio, strength, weights and use of punching bags for a high energy, intense workout.  Students will also learn some self defense skills and are encouraged to bring boxing gloves.  The class is held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, beginning Sept. 22.
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Driftwood hosts Oregon poet laureate

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears will be conducting a poetry workshop and reading at Driftwood Public Library on Sept. 20 and 21.
The workshop will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the community room. Pre-registration is not required, but attendees are asked to bring at least 10 copies of any poems they
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Mental health first aid for seniors

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Our health and wellness has many layers, many facets and is, of course, a bit different for each of us. We can look at health and wellness as physical health, mental health, spiritual health and more. One of the most difficult issues in health care with older adults is mental health, meaning assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions
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Point of Order

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
My name is Frank Geltner. I am a retired Professional Registered Parliamentarian. I have chosen the title of "Point of Order" to discuss the topic of parliamentary procedure, otherwise known as "Robert's Rules of Order," a manual of rules organized to assist in running meetings effectively.  
Since 1876, there have been 11 editions and three titles of that manual:
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New logo designed for Indian-Style Salmon Bake

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
For the third year in a row, northwest artist Jaci McKim's design has been chosen as this year's official logo for the annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake in Depoe Bay. The event has become the Oregon coast's signature salmon celebration.
Each year, a new logo is designed for the Salmon Bake. This year's features two salmon in a traditional northwest native
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Building a sense of community

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
WALDPORT -- As students returned to Waldport High School on Wednesday, Sept. 3, they were greeted with a warm welcome.
Festive signs and an arch of balloons in green and white Irish colors decorated the entrance to the high school. A hotrod was also parked next to the building.
The welcome back celebration was a way to start the 2014-15
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Indonesian fabrics featured at gathering

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Local quilter and anthropologist Carol Culton will display and discuss Indonesian textiles at the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild (OCQG) meeting Thursday at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport.
"Table walk," which offers the opportunity to see and participate in various guild activities, begins at 1 p.m.; the general meeting starts at 1:30 p.m.
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Digital books and the future of reading

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The Newport Public Library will host "From Print to Pixels: The Act of Reading in the Digital Age," a free conversation with author Mark Cunningham on Sunday, Sept.14 at 2 p.m. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
In what ways do e-books serve or change the act of reading?  As reading becomes a predominantly digital experience, what effects might
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Seashore Family Literacy receives grant, hires executive director

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Seashore Family Literacy is the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Redtail Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. These funds support a new position that will help Seashore cement a firm operational and financial system for the future.
Seashore Family Literacy has hired Heide Lambert as executive director of the Waldport-based, nonprofit organization. Lambert will be primarily responsible for
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Set your sights on carrots – and greens

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
As a child, you probably heard that carrots are good for your eyes. This may be because carrots (and other orange and yellow vegetables and fruits) are abundant in beta-carotene, which is a provitamin A carotenoid, meaning it is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is important for eye health, especially for night vision as it helps
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Has America gotten bored?

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
I'm pretty sure Americans stopped having real problems to solve somewhere in the mid-20th century.
We've learned to build homes and cities that don't collapse every time the earth shakes or a storm hits. We figured out how to mass produce food, ensuring that no matter how many reality TV shows with mega-families society creates, we can feed them. We
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Driver class offered in Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The AARP refresher class for all licensed Oregon drivers will be held in Lincoln City on Sept. 18-19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. both days, at the Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 on NE Oar Place.
The new, six-hour course has been upgraded with a new curriculum that addresses driving technologies, as well as medical aspects of
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Final highway cleanup of the season

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
As part of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce's efforts to improve the appearance of Newport, the chamber's Beautification Committee will hold its monthly highway cleanup on Saturday. Interested volunteers should meet at the chamber office, 555 SW Coast Highway, at 8 a.m. Coffee and refreshments will be provided, along with necessary supplies. All are welcome and encouraged
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Linda Orange to be honored at PFLAG meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Linda Orange will be honored at the next meeting of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), which takes place today (Wednesday), from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 414 SW 9th St., Newport.
For the past seven years, Orange has volunteered to meet weekly with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens.
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Railroad society to dedicate new wooden flagpole Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society (YPRHS) recently installed a 35-foot, wooden flagpole, and a dedication ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at 100 NW A Street in Toledo. The colors will be raised by personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, and music will be performed by SeaNotes.
This one-piece flagpole, made of fir, is a
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‘Poetry in the Park’ takes place in Toledo

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The Toledo Public Library summer program, "An Evening in the Park," received such good community support that the library is carrying it into September.
This event celebrates poetry and music and will be held (weather permitting) outside in the library's amphitheater. The library is located at 173 NE 7th St.
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Event welcomes salmon home Sunday

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
"Welcoming the Salmon Home," a community event to celebrate the fall chinook salmon run, takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Westwind, located north of Lincoln City.
Those attending will park their vehicles at Knight Park on Three Rocks Road and then ride the ferry to Westwind. There will be boat tours/shuttles making trips at 1
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Sea turtle wins sandcastle contest

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
Rainy weather reduced the number of entrants to about a dozen for a sandcastle-building contest held last Saturday at South Beach State Park, but it didn't hinder the creativity of those who did compete. The winner was Team Jellyfish, which consisted of many hands forming a large sea turtle. A dragster created by Team DRB placed second, while Team Haden
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Newport and the central Oregon coast at war – 1941-1945

Modified: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
During World War II, Oregon became not only a home front but also a war front. For the first year after Pearl Harbor, there was the fear of a Japanese invasion of the West Coast. That threat became motivation for preparedness. The reality of an enemy attack on the Pacific Coast took place within the first six
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Salmon Bake is Sept. 20 in Depoe Bay

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
For the 59th consecutive year, Depoe Bay will host the annual Indian-Style Salmon Bake, set this year for Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The salmon is cooked in a traditional technique used for generations by native coastal tribes. Preparations begin months before the feast, as volunteers head to the woods to cut 350 six-foot-long stakes
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‘Smoke Signals’ to be shown at library

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
"Smoke Signals" will be the featured Literary Flick movie at the Newport Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. 
"Smoke Signals" is a 1998 film based on Sherman Alexie's book, "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven." Thomas Builds-the-Fire and Victor Joseph are Coeur d'Alene Indians living in Idaho, who travel to Arizona to retrieve the
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Volunteer appreciation day

Posted: Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014
A volunteer group from Shangri-La, a nonprofit human services organization, has been helping out on a regular basis at Newport's Eureka Cemetery, picking up flowers on the graves so that the groundskeeper can do the mowing. They have also done some weeding in the scattering garden. As a way of saying thank you, the Eureka Cemetery Board of Directors
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Because of you

Modified: Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014
"I have what I need to see my way through this, if you, my friends, are with me." --
Martha Whitmore Hickman, "Healing After Loss"
I bet you thought I was all better since the last few columns have been full of fun and humor.  Nope, the grief journey over the loss of someone who means the world to you
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Unity by the Sea moves to Lincoln City

Posted: Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014
Unity by the Sea has now completed its move to the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 530 NE Hwy 101, in the south end of the building.
This location gives the church a beginning point for its expansion efforts in Lincoln City. Plans are to be at the cultural center until the congregation outgrows the space.
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A free conversation: The real history of African-Americans in Oregon

Posted: Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014
Portland State University author and adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha will offer a free conversation: "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History," on Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. in the community meeting room at Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way in South Beach.
Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but
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With the Military

Posted: Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014
Joe Crowe
Cadet Joe Crowe, from Oregon State University ROTC, attended summer training at Fort Knox, Ky. and Fort Jackson, S.C.
He attended the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Knox, where he was tested physically and mentally on his ability to lead. He was with the 10th regiment with more than 500 other cadets. Throughout
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Ocean Unity hosts book signing Sunday

Posted: Thursday, Sep 4th, 2014
Ocean Unity will host a public book-signing event on Sunday featuring the book, "One Man's Dream and One Woman's Reality," with authors Sharon and Steven Hendricks.
This is a true story of a couple making a lifelong sailing dream come true, on a shoestring budget. The journey in their renovated, 37-foot boat started in Seattle and continued southward
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