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The 'Hour of Code'

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- It's not a subject typically taught at a young age in U.S. schools, but it's a skill that's highly needed in the workforce.
Students in Lincoln County School District's 21st Century After School Program at Taft Elementary, and schools throughout the country, spent time learning how to write code during the "Hour of Code" on Monday.
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Newport and the central Oregon coast at war: 1941-1945

Modified: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
This story is part five of a six-part section of the upcoming book, "Oregon At War: the WWII Story," by John Baker, with an expected publication in 2016.
The war impacted everyone. Often for children it could be a time of excitement and adventure in the middle of the dangers. Yvonne (Pomeroy) Newman remembered prewar Newport as
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Knocking the ‘stuffing’ out of Christmas

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Some of you readers have amazing memories regarding various subjects that have appeared in this column over the years. During the past few weeks I've attended several community events, and at least half a dozen people wanted to talk to me about "Unplugging the Christmas Machine." Four of them wanted me to know they did it because I did
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Samaritan House benefit coming next month

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Food, fellowship and authors will be featured at the 2015 annual High Tea for Samaritan House on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport. This year's theme is Tea and Tomes.
Tickets are now on sale for $25, they would make great Christmas gifts, says spokeswoman Evelyn Brookhyser.
Foods featured in this five-course
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Science students taught by master teacher

Posted: Thursday, Dec 18th, 2014
Have you noticed the NASA science project taking place on the lawn outside of Isaac Newton Magnet School?
Since early October, students enrolled in the INMS marine biology class have used a heavy-duty rain gauge (provided by NASA) to measure how much precipitation falls daily in this one corner of their schoolyard. Their findings will be shared with an
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Christmas in Waldport

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
Dogs dressed in sweaters and wrapped up in Christmas lights were at the center of attention during "Christmas in Waldport" this year. The annual event began at the Interpretive Center with warm drinks and refreshments Saturday evening.
The popular lighted dog contest featured about 15 pooches -- each receiving a treat for their participation. Afterward, a group of about 75
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Firefighters, Elks rally for donations

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Could there be anything worse than a Christmas without toys?
Not for the good-hearted firefighters and Elks behind the long-running gift basket program for north Lincoln City, which enters its third decade short of presents for kids.
"We're still low on toys," reported Jan Hall, office manager of the Oceanlake Elks Lodge, co-sponsor of the annual holiday
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Businesses blossom at holiday craft sale

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
LINCOLN CITY -- Local vendors who planted themselves at the Connie Hansen Garden Saturday, Dec. 6, found the exposure good for business.
Handmade jewelry, holiday wreaths, artisan soaps, dog treats and handmade dog toys were among many of the crafts displayed during the attraction's annual holiday crafts fair, in its 17th year. According to Jenny Dahrens, a Connie Hansen
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Should I avoid salt?

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
Sodium is an important mineral that is essential to the body's proper function. However, processed foods, restaurant foods, and adding salt when we cook results in dangerously high amounts of sodium. The human body can obtain all the sodium it needs from natural foods, which generally provide 500 to 1000 mg of sodium per day. The American Heart Association
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The circle is never broken

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
The first amazing thing I remember about my grandmother's little house on Walnut Drive wasn't even really hers.
She had this stone fireplace, each rock different, brought back from a different place on earth. Obsidian, quartz, slate: you name it, it was in there. A crazy looking thing to say the least, I imagined my world-traveling grandma carrying rocks home
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OCCC’s winter term has offerings for entire community

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
As winter settles in throughout Lincoln County, Oregon Coast Community College is launching a busy term full of community education classes, with something to interest just about everyone.
The catalog of these classes is included in the college's "Catch the Wave" publication, due in Lincoln County mailboxes on today (Wednesday). The publication is also available online, at oregoncoastcc.org
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Community Christmas dinner set in Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 16th, 2014
A free community dinner will once again be offered on Christmas Day in Newport.
The event, which takes place at the Newport Elks Lodge, is offered to anyone who wants to gather with others for a traditional holiday feast.
There are those who, for whatever reason, will find themselves alone this year. And there are also those who won't have
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Fancy trees on display

Modified: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Festival of Trees returns to Newport this year, decked out in the theme "A Season of Gratitude."
Fancily designed trees, with themed decorations and gifts to match, are lighting up the Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn in Newport. A full lineup of events is also on the festival schedule for the weekend.
The Festival of Trees
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Loretta

Modified: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
When you lose someone who has been part of your life for a long time, you can either wallow around in sadness (I am guilty of this) or you can open your heart to lessons in how best to handle the grief journey. The death of my husband, Burt, 17 months ago has been, to say the least, educational,
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OCCC students gather donations for HELP Program

Modified: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
Donating nearly one ton of toiletries, Lincoln County residents proved to be generous during a recent hygiene products drive conducted by students at Oregon Coast Community College to benefit local homeless children and their families. Donations were given to the Lincoln County School District's HELP (Homeless Education and Literacy Project) program.
"We are so thankful for the students who
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Invertebrates splash into elementary schools

Modified: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
An ocean of information about sea stars, anemones and urchins will roll into Lincoln County schools aboard the Oregon Coast Aquarium's Aquari-van from Dec. 15 to 19.
The aquarium deploys its outreach team across Oregon, Northern California, and Southern Washington for 18 weeks every academic school year to deliver marine science-themed facts and fun to primary schools.
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Longview Hills neighbors donate to Newport Disaster Cache

Posted: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
A close-knit group of neighbors are clicking away on their needles to provide a bit of comfort and warmth to Newport students and school staff should a natural disaster strike, and others are invited to join in the effort.
The group has knitted, crocheted, and sewn hats in a variety of colors and sizes, inspired by the "Hats for Newport's
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Community garden gets seed money from Plum Creek

Posted: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
The green thumbs at Ridge Apartments can get a head start on their summer gardening, thanks to Plum Creek Foundation's donation toward a greenhouse.
Operated by Lincoln County Development Corporation, Ridge Apartments makes a community garden available to its lower-income residents who grow fruits and vegetables to supplement their family meals and offset costs. An after-school program teaches children
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Deadline nears for master gardener classes

Posted: Thursday, Dec 11th, 2014
Registration is underway for the 2015 master gardener classes, sponsored by Oregon State University Lincoln County Extension Service. The deadline to sign up is Dec. 22.
Classes are held on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting Jan. 6, 2015, and they will run through March 24, at Oregon Coast Community College in South Beach.
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A Dickens Christmas

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
Toledo held its second annual Dickens Christmas on Saturday, featuring a variety of events such as a tree lighting ceremony, puppet show and the Fezziwig Ball, along with numerous contests. Businesses also collected donations for the Toledo Food Pantry.
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Families flock to Sea of Lights

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The Oregon Coast Aquarium was bustling with families last weekend for the kickoff of the annual Sea of Lights celebration.
Nearly 3,000 people stopped by the aquarium to visit and have photos taken with Santa, view the light displays and various exhibits featuring fish, sharks and sea creatures, as well as catch an appearance by Scuba Santa.
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Some people keep a lot of weird stuff

Modified: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
This is not news. I'm guilty of it myself. Indeed, if you look around my house you will find the following: My wife, yelling, "WHY are you keeping this crap?"
I keep it because it means something to me. Because somewhere along the line, this was an important object that remains a symbol of something that matters to me.
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Six worst foods for diabetes

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
More than 25 million people in the United States have diabetes, and diabetes takes an enormous toll on the health of our population. It accelerates aging; damaging the kidneys, cardiovascular system, eyes and nerve tissue and increases cancer risk.
The devastating complications and premature deaths associated with diabetes can be prevented. The primary cause of the parallel increases in
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Siletz Tribe distributes $89,834 in donations

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $89,834.98 to 36 organizations Nov. 7 as it continued its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups. The checks were presented at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City.
The Siletz Tribe has made contributions through employment, monetary donations and cooperative measures to the Siletz community, Lincoln County and the state of Oregon. The seven-member
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Christmas gifts available at senior center

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
The Newport Senior Association Gift Shop has a lot to offer for Christmas gifts this year. There are large, colorful carry-all bags and smaller lunch bags; handcrafted hats, scarfs, baby blankets and slippers; jewelry of all kinds; yarn and knick knacks; aprons, dish cloths, towels, hot pads and more.
There are some unique, handcrafted items that can't be found
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We Are One Gathering kicks off Friday

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
The "Gathering celebrates diversity" article appearing in Friday's Arts & Entertainment section was printed with the incorrect dates for the We Are One Gathering. The event runs this Friday through Sunday Dec. 14.
The We Are One Gathering, hosted by Lincoln County members of the Baha'i' Faith, begins Friday with Dances of Universal Peace, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
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Weird Ornament Contest set in Toledo

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
On Saturday, people are invited to the Twisted Snout Brewery in Toledo for the second annual Weird Ornament Contest.
First place wins a $200 gift card to Pig Feathers BBQ and Twisted Snout Brewery. Bring in that special ornament which, when hung on the tree, makes the judges say, "That's the one!"
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Cetacean society meets Dec. 13

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is holding its monthly speaker series meeting on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St. The event is free and open to the public.
"Do you speak whale?" is the topic. This is a presentation about the sounds that different species
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Bay Haven Inn hosting fundraiser

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 9th, 2014
The Bay Haven Inn, located on the Newport Bayfront, will host a fundraiser on Sunday to help defray expenses for Steve Mason, who recently underwent triple bypass surgery after suffering a heart attack.
Mason is a musician currently working with two bands, Bucket List and Guilty Tendencies, along with hosting the Sunday Jam at the Bay Haven frequently. He
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