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Winning festival wines selected

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
The Newport Seafood & Wine Festival is fast approaching, and as part of that annual event, a competition among wine producers -- both commercial and amateur -- is held. Wines have now been judged and will be on display during the festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Feb. 23-26.
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Firefighter's Ham Dinner is Feb. 19

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
The 60th annual Firefighter's Ham Dinner, a fundraiser held by volunteers with North Lincoln Fire & Rescue, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 19, at Taft High School, located at 3780 Spyglass Ridge Drive, in Lincoln City.
This dinner has been taking place since 1957 as a means for local volunteer firefighters to raise
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Stronger Together Run set in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
This year, the annual Coast Festival Run on Sunday, Feb. 26, is becoming the Stronger Together Run and is co-sponsored with the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation.
Organizers are still celebrating fitness and community participation, and this year they want to invite an even larger audience and greater community participation. Everyone is encouraged to run, walk or stroll in
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Bobbie's Beat: The Corgi boys

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
Blame one of the dogs. Two years ago I wrote a column called "The Thing," about a special gadget I wear on my wrist that has a little recessed button you push in case of emergency.
Kath Schonau, of Aging Wisely with Heartfelt Hands, insisted I get one because it is a wise idea for folks who live alone.
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Return of the Mad Hatter

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
The fifth annual Mad Hatter Tea Party will be held at the Newport 60+ Activity Center on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
This popular event is fun for attendees and staff alike, with two hours of fashion, fun and frivolity for all. Mad Hatter models will showcase local store fashions from New 4 You, both practical
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People needed to survey beaches

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two, free volunteer trainings: one in Pacific City on March 4, and one in Waldport on March 5.
COASST volunteers help make a difference for the environment by collecting data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis, to establish the baseline pattern of beached bird mortality
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Donated funds pay for student field trips

Posted: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017
Oregon Sea Grant recently received $3,000 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund to support field trips to Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC).
"This grant will allow up to 30 classrooms from schools with low-income populations in the tribal service area to visit the center and learn about coastal habitats and marine research," said Kathryn Hawes,
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Exploring the past at Fossil Fest

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Families packed the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center on Saturday, Feb. 11, for the annual Fossil Fest.
Exhibits featured fossils from Oregon and around the world and hands-on activities for children, as well as fossils, rocks and festival merchandise for sale.
Aaron Currier, president of the North American Research Group, identified fossils and rocks for visitors.
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Digital studio welcomes new host

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
The Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center has announced the hiring of Gretchen Ammerman as the host of the SBDC's Digital Media & Marketing Studio.
Funded by a Lincoln County Economic Development Grant received in early 2016, the studio offers small businesses throughout the county the opportunity to take professional photographs of their products, artwork and more, and
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Nutritional Wisdom: Don't fall for myths about soy

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Soy is the subject of some of the worst health misinformation on the Internet. We need to tune out this misinformation and follow the science. Greater intake of soy foods is linked to a decrease in the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and cardiovascular disease.
Soy contains phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) called isoflavones, which are said to be weak estrogens,
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Antique Week in Lincoln City

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Treasures abound during Antique Week, which began Feb. 11 and continues through Feb. 20 in Lincoln City. Participating antique retailers are hosting special deals and discounts during the citywide event.
Antique Week features more than 100 antique dealers from over a dozen retailers in Lincoln City. Collectors can take advantage of deals and discounts during Antique Week while discovering treasures
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Samaritan Hospice seeking volunteers

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Hospice volunteers provide valuable support to patients and their families. Currently, there is a need for more volunteers locally, said Sherrie Flinn, hospice volunteer coordinator for Samaritan North Lincoln Hospice in Lincoln City and Samaritan Pacific Hospice in Newport.
"Lincoln County is a rural community," Flinn said. "I feel we have a responsibility to take care of our neighbors."
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Contest for young writers underway

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
This year's Waldport Library Young Writers' 2017 Competition is now open to fifth grade through high school students of Lincoln County. This includes students in public, private, home school, online, and taking classes at Oregon Coast Community College.
The prompt for this year's competition is based on the 2017 summer reading program theme: "Build a Better World." Sharon McCrum, the
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Learn all about greenhouses

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Coastal winds, drenching rains and a cool maritime climate present a challenge for those who want to grow vegetables and flowers in Lincoln County. Garden structures that can retain heat and provide protection from the wind are a great solution for establishing early plantings and protecting delicate seedlings from the outside elements. Heat-loving plants, such as tomatoes, peppers, basil and
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Training for a good home

Posted: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
NEWPORT -- Blood, sweat and tears.
Ask professional horse trainer Jasmine Cyphert, and that's what it takes to train a wild mustang in 100 days.
"They have to be able to do everything domestic horses spend years learning how to do," Cyphert said. "At the end of 100 days, we compete in the Wild BLM Mustang Training Challenge and the
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Bobbie's Beat: Readers chime in

Modified: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
I didn't expect such a reaction from readers after last week's column came out, but the message obviously struck such an emotional chord that people, including guys, wrote to say it made them cry. So this week let's step it up a little and I promise the final day brightener will leave you laughing.
I dug into a file
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Ocean Artistry Art Quilt Show coming to Yachats

Modified: Thursday, Feb 9th, 2017
Polly Plumb Productions and the city of Yachats present the inaugural Ocean Artistry Art Quilt Show, which will be held at the Yachats Commons from March 10-12.
"Gems of the Ocean" is a juried show that will be comprised of art pieces from local, regional and international art quilters. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all three
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A tradition of crafting

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 8th, 2017
Spinners make thread during the Yaquina Fiber Arts Guild Spin-in on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Newport Middle School. Spinners, weavers and crafters from around Lincoln County piled their wares, visited with each other and learned new techniques. The guild welcomes new members and meets the the third Saturday of each month at the Toledo Library from 10 a.m. to 3
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Total solar eclipse to be explained

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017
NEWPORT -- Looking forward to the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21?
This month's Science on Tap guest speaker features Greg Cermak at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Hatfield Marine Science Center's auditorium, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, South Beach.
A solar system ambassador for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Cermak will speak
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Be Jeweled fundraiser celebrating 10 years

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017
Food Share of Lincoln County's annual fundraiser, Be Jeweled, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year -- a decade of recycled jewelry sales to benefit needy families, seniors and individuals.
Be Jeweled is set for March 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Embarcadero Resort, 1000 SE Bay Blvd., Newport.
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Nutritional Wisdom: Build muscle to build your brain

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017
Exercising to improve muscle strength is not only good for keeping your body in shape, it's good for the brain and may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. As part of Australia's Alzheimer's research project, The Study of Mental and Resistance Training (SMART) was conducted to determine whether strength training and/or computer brain training exercises could help people at
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Learn to build a greenhouse at roundtable discussion

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017
"How to Build and Work With Greenhouses" is the topic for the next Lincoln County Master Gardener roundtable. A greenhouse allows one to weather the cool coastal climate, start seeds early and grow heat-loving crops.
The free greenhouse roundtable will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Oregon Coast Community College Central County Campus,
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A crabby evening benefits nonprofit

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017
The Lincoln County Historical Society's annual Crab Krack will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn in Newport. Previously scheduled for January 15th, the event was postponed due to the strike over crab pricing.
The delay has proven to be a good thing, organizers said. "The event is just in time
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Illness outbreaks in county

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2017
The flu outbreak in Lincoln County continues, and the county is now experiencing gastrointestinal illness (GI) outbreaks. People can follow the most recent data about the flu in Oregon by visiting the Oregon Health Authority's "Flu Bites" webpage http://bit.ly/1Ljd62o.
The microorganism for the GI outbreak has not yet been confirmed, but it is suspected to be Norovirus. To learn
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