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Students join in Story Structure Competition

Modified: Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
WALDPORT -- Students of all ages again joined in the annual Story Structure Competition at the Waldport Public Library.
Now in its fourth year, the competition invites children and teens to sign out a book from the local library, read it and then design a LEGO structure based on the story in the book.
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Bobbie's Beat: Don’t hold back

Modified: Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
"Whoever survives a test, whatever it may be, must tell the story. That is his duty." -- Elle Wiesel
An amazing moment happened the other night, and I haven't been able to stop thinking of it. Since that moment meant so much to me, I take it as a sign, maybe even a lesson that needs to
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Tickets available for Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

Modified: Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
Tickets are now available for the 2015 Newport Seafood & Wine Festival, presented by Chinook Winds Casino Resort Feb. 19-22. People must be 21 years or older to attend this event and must have valid ID (no exceptions). The event is held next to Rogue Ale Brewery grounds and the site is smoke-free and handicapped accessible.
Tickets for Thursday, Feb.
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New exhibits open at North Lincoln County Historical Museum

Modified: Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
The North Lincoln County Historical Museum will open some new exhibits on Wednesday, Feb. 4 to coincide with Lincoln City's Antique Week.
50 Years of Quilts From Eleanor Kramer
A quilt exhibit will be on display in the museum's upstairs gallery. It will feature quilts from local favorite and long-time resident Eleanor Kramer.
The quilts were made over
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Portland’s ‘professional cuddler’ visits Driftwood

Posted: Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Driftwood Public Library will welcome author Samantha Hess, also known as Portland's "professional cuddler," to give a talk at the library on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 3 p.m.
Last year, Hess published her first book, "Touch: The Power of Human Connection," to very positive reviews. In the book, she discusses the need all people
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Kum Yon to host ‘dine out’ event

Posted: Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
Kum Yon will host the next "Dine Out for Samaritan House" on Wednesday, Feb. 4. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the popular Newport restaurant will donate 15 percent of the day's profits to help support Samaritan House, a shelter for homeless families with children.
Located at 1006 SW Coast Hwy, just north of the Yaquina Bay
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Students compete in ‘Bible Experience’ event

Modified: Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
The Lincoln City Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinders club participated in a district-wide Bible Experience event in Tillamook on Jan. 24, taking first and second place. The quiz bowl focused on the book of Matthew, presenting a total of 90 short-answer, fill-in-the-blank, and true/false questions.
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Engagement: Ritz and Lubinsky

Posted: Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
Colleen Ritz and John Lubinsky, of Vancouver, Wash., announce their engagement.
The bride-to-be is a graduate of Siletz High School. She is a fitness instructor currently employed LA Fitness in Vancouver. The couple met while she was working as an instructor at ME Fitness in Newport. She has three children: Chablis Stephens, Brianna Green and Cameron Green.
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Brain-boosting discussions offered

Posted: Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015
Unplug that TV and plug in your brain. The newest addition to the senior enrichment program at the Lincoln City Senior Center is a short story reading and discussion group meeting weekly on Thursdays, beginning Feb. 5, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. No pre-reading is required, and all materials are provided. This activity is free to senior center members.
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Paddleboarders make waves

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
LINCOLN CITY -- An ancient form of island-hopping transportation is sweeping Lincoln City, where paddleboards have become a new way to see nature and stay in shape.
"It's the best exercise you can get, especially when you're going against the wind and current," claimed Randy Williams as she glided under a low-hanging bridge in a remote corner of Siletz Bay.
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Bubbles at the beach

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
Chinook Winds Casino Resort will present Bubble Soccer at the Chinook Winds Golf Resort Indoor Driving Range.
The event is Saturday, Feb. 7, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open 45 minutes prior to the first game. People can sign up as a team of four or
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Cruciferous vegetables are anti-cancer foods

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
Nutrition scientists have shown over and over that people who eat more natural plant foods, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, etc., are less likely to be diagnosed with cancer. But are all vegetables equally protective? To win the war on cancer, we must design an anti-cancer diet, which focuses on the foods with the most powerful anti-cancer effects.
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Lincoln County gardening

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
Question: With so many books and websites providing gardening answers, is a gardening column necessary?
Answer: Perhaps every newspaper should have a gardening column. National surveys show that more than a third of us garden each year, and although far behind TV watching, gardening is one of the top five hobbies in the U.S. Somewhere in
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Who says there’s nothing to do on the coast?

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
Friends of mine often wonder what it's like to be a parent on the coast.
Living mostly in cities that have huge museums, 97-plex movie theaters and a "Kidz Kalendar" in the newspaper longer than one's arm, I've had them ask me what we do to keep busy out here. I get this question a lot in the winter, especially,
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Ruth Coberly to be honored Sunday

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
Ruth Coberly will celebrate her 100th birthday on Feb. 4. There will be a celebration to honor her on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 2229 NE Crestview Drive in Newport.
Ruth Coberly was born in Corinne, Utah to Milton Floyd and LoVean Jensen Murphy and
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Free help available from AARP

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
The local AARP Tax-Aide Program provides free electronic filing of federal and Oregon state income tax returns for middle and low-income taxpayers. Started in 1968, AARP Tax-Aide is the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation program serving millions of taxpayers. Tax-Aide volunteers are available to prepare current year, prior year or amended returns, determine whether or not you need to
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Newport 60+ Activity Center hosts Fitness Day

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
The Newport 60+ Activity Center has scheduled another Fitness Day, to be held on Monday, Feb. 2, starting at 1 p.m.
There are seven simple, individual tests, which will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. They are an easy way to measure upper and lower body strength, flexibility, agility and balance. Test results will be compared to national study
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Expert Frank Loomis IV appraises treasures

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 27th, 2015
Frank Farmer Loomis IV is all about antiques. A former appraiser for "Antiques Roadshow" and writer and co-producer of the PBS television series "Is It Antique Yet?," Loomis also has written several books on antiques, is an antique dealer, and is a contributor to several antique journals.
Loomis will be the featured speaker and appraiser for Lincoln City's Antique
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Bright Horizons holds big fundraiser

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
SILETZ -- On Saturday, Jan. 31, equine enthusiasts and community members are invited to party with the marine life at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
The aquarium will again serve as this year's venue for the eighth annual Hearts for Horses auction and benefit, the largest fundraiser of the year for Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center in Siletz.
Proceeds from Hearts
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Yachats Lions Club Crab Feed is Jan. 31

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
The Yachats Lions Club's annual Crab Feed will feature "all the crab you can eat" on Saturday, Jan. 31.
The January trek to Yachats to eat Dungeness crab is a tradition for many families and groups. For years, the Yachats Lions have served more than 1,500 pounds of fresh crab to an average of 500 people at
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Science fair is Jan 29 in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
The public is invited to attend the annual Newport Schools Science Fair, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Projects from 15 Newport middle school classrooms will be on display alongside the visitor center's many hands-on interactive exhibits.
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Aloha Swim at Newport pool

Posted: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
The annual Aloha Swim at the Newport Swimming Pool is set for Saturday, Jan. 31, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will include games, prizes, treats and fun, all with a tropical twist. Swimmers can dive for gold and turn it in to play games. The cost is $5 per person (no pool passes accepted).
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Bobbie's Beat: In the beginning

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
I never know when, or if, readers will relate to a particular column subject, that is until the mail starts coming in. Last week's subject on computer dating actually inspired a few people to give it a try, and I do hope they report the results. My young friend who received more than 104 "hits" was so overwhelmed
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Point of Order: Anatomy of a motion

Modified: Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2015
Our parliamentary authority, Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), devotes 25 pages to "The Handling of a Motion." While many readers may not know a lot about parliamentary procedure, almost everyone has made a motion at one time in his or her life. There are other subsidiary motions (like amending or referring to a committee) that can
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Officials, community members learn more about Angell Job Corps

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
YACHATS -- It was supposed to be a tour of the facility for one of Oregon's senators and two of its state representatives, but they canceled last minute. Not wanting an opportunity to go to waste after the youth put so much work into it, visiting local elected officials and community members took the tour of Angell Job Corps without
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Seal Rock Web page may go offline

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
After moving to Seal Rock in 2007, local resident Belinda Goody spent two years doing historical research on the area to offer patrons of the newly opened Caledonia House B&B some perspective on the region. Seal Rock is chocked with history dating back to times when it was a resort destination for Oregon's politicians and its wealthy aristocrats, and it
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Aquarium offers teens an ocean of summer fun

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
Do you know a teen who aspires to be the next Jack Hannah, Jeff Corwin or the late, great Steve Irwin? The Oregon Coast Aquarium is offering young people a chance to tread in their footsteps.
The aquarium's volunteer program takes high school age youth on a journey of discovery. Speaking on behalf of animals and their environments is no
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Thank you for your concern

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
Frequent readers of this space have likely noticed three things:
1) I have been a very busy person the last few months.
2) I got sicker than a vegan at a Sizzler, with an autoimmune disorder.
3) I should not expect to be welcome at Sizzler anytime soon.
3a) Or by any vegan.
Back to that autoimmune thingy: Yes I
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The benefits of berries, cherries and pomegranates

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
What makes berries, cherries and pomegranates unique and beneficial? Berries and cherries are high in nutrients, phytochemicals, and fiber, all of which protect your health. Notably, berries have the highest nutrient-to-calorie ratio of all fruits.
Berries, cherries and pomegranates are full of beneficial phytochemicals, many of which act as antioxidants. Berries are some of the highest antioxidant-rich foods in
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Newport Library receives artwork

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
The Newport Public Library recently was honored with the donation of a wooden sculpture from artist Ray Lewis, which was given to the library by Lewis' longtime companion and Broadway playwright William Luce.
Lewis was born and raised on his grandfather's small farm in Oregon. He began to carve wood in his childhood. Domestic and wild animals
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Honor roll

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
Angelica Nicosia of Lincoln City was named to the fall 2014 honor roll at Spokane Community College. To receive honor roll status, students must earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher.
Community Colleges of Spokane includes Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College and six rural education sites. More information is available online at www.ccs.spokane.edu
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Free caregiver trainings offered in Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
Two free caregiver trainings are being offered in Newport for those who help care for the elderly.
"Challenging Behaviors" will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 SE Avery St.
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Managing concerns about falls

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
Beginning Friday, the Newport 60+ Activity Center will be offering a free, eight-week wellness program designed specifically to help older adults find new levels of confidence as they go about their daily lives.
Are you missing out? Have you lost opportunities to spend time with family and friends because of concerns about falling? Do you spend less time
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Grants available to local nonprofits

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 20th, 2015
Nonprofit organizations in Lincoln County interested in applying for social accountability funding from Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital are invited to submit a letter of interest by noon on Jan. 30.
Social accountability priorities in 2015 are basic health care, oral health, pediatric obesity, child abuse and/or neglect, teen pregnancy, substance addiction and prevention, homelessness, literacy
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