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Celebration draws huge crowds

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
TOLEDO -- This year's Toledo Summer Festival is one for the record books.
The small city of less than 3,500 residents filled up with crowds last weekend for the annual celebration. The event drew in more than 38,000 festival-goers throughout its three-day run July 25-27.
Toledo's Memorial Field was transformed into festival headquarters as carnival rides, vendors and a full
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Church’s new kitchen nears completion

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
WALDPORT -- With many a helping hand, and donations from the community, the new kitchen at the Waldport Community Presbyterian Church is well on its way to completion.
The idea for a new, larger kitchen space, accessible to both the church and the Waldport community, originated a year and a half ago after the church noticed the current, smaller kitchen
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Quilts by the Sea’ is in Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Helen Young Frost, nationally-known quilt judge and author, will judge entries for the 2014 quilt show sponsored by the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild (OCQG) this week at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 Avery St.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $5.
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Aquarium bites into Shark Week myths with facts and fun

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Shark Week celebrations at the Oregon Coast Aquarium are markedly different from the better known television event. The myth of a living modern megalodon, and disproportionate representation of sharks biting humans will be noticeably absent. The facts presented, however, will be no less thrilling.
The aquarium's Shark Conservation Weekend will separate fact from fiction to unveil these fascinating predators,
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Make your own butterfly kite

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
People are invited to construct Japanese-style butterfly kites on Thursday, Aug. 7, with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer Lee Sliman, who will provide instructions and free materials. The event will be held at the Connie Hansen Garden, 1931 NW 33rd St., Lincoln City.
At Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, work is underway to restore coastal prairie habitat for
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The art of throwing things

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Recently, I wrote a column bemoaning the dearth of customer service on the Oregon coast. An aficionado of all things involving Disney Magic, I lamented that here at the beach, great service is pretty hard to find.
Some people were offended by this, as if I was insulting numerous guest service professionals in the Lincoln County area. So, let me
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Hot grilling safety tips

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Warmer weather and outdoor grilling often go hand-in-hand. Yet, research has shown that turning up the heat can cause potentially cancer-causing substances to form. Here are some ways to grill in the great outdoors while reducing your exposure to harmful substances.
Make vegetables your main attraction. If you have a grilling basket, fill it with your favorite sliced vegetables, or
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AARP offers class in Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
The AARP refresher class for all licensed Oregon drivers will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Coast Community College campus in South Beach, Room 140. There will be a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m.
The new, six-hour course has been upgraded with a curriculum that addresses new driving
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Bake-off winners announced

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Winners have been announced for the annual bake-off competition held in conjunction with the Toledo Summer Festival.
Prizes are awarded in four categories, pies, cakes, cookies and bars/brownies. All entries must be homemade by the contestant.
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Birth

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 29th, 2014
Sadie Jean Foley was born at 6:09 a.m. on July 2, 2014 at Sacred Heart at Riverbend in Springfield, Ore. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long.
She is the daughter of Bobbi and Spencer Foley of Toledo, Ore. She joins brother Kaden.
Grandparents are Robert and Carol Houck of Toledo, and Kelly and Lorraine
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Yaquina River inspiration — Toledo students learn from, write about waterway

Modified: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Despite living in a town on the water, teen Savanna Rilatos hadn't really thought about spending much time on the Yaquina River.
Not until she and her classmates went on a spring field trip to the Port of Toledo where they got a guided tour in canoes.
Now, she's been out on her own a couple of times, enjoying "lots
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Event features something for everyone

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
This Aug. 16 and 17, the Port of Toledo will present its 10th annual Wooden Boat Show, which celebrates the historic traditions of wooden boats and recreation along the Yaquina River.
Wooden boats from throughout the northwest will be on display at the port's Waterfront Park and Marina. The show offers a variety of free activities including
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Wienermobile returns to Newport

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The famous hot dog-shaped Oscar Mayer Wienermobile rolls back into Newport this Sunday.
The Wienermobile will be stopping at the Newport Fred Meyer store, located at 150 NE 20th St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Hotdogger Breanna Robinson (yes, that's her official job title) says a fleet of six Wienermobiles is currently traveling across the country promoting
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Altrusa selling raffle tickets

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay is currently selling raffle tickets for its first ever wine dinner (no minors). The proceeds from this dinner will help support Altrusa's mission to serve the women and children of Lincoln County.
The dinner will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in an oceanfront setting. Three winners will
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A glamping we will go

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
The other day, a woman told me about being widowed for 15 years and how the memories of her husband make her sad all of the time.  I feel badly for her, but I refuse to do that.  I've had a year of sadness, and I am now trying hard to switch brain gears and focus on the good times,
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Nature photography workshop at Cape Perpetua

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Outstanding photo opportunities abound within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, where wilderness meets the sea. Photographers who want to sharpen their skills are invited to an all-day nature photography workshop at Cape Perpetua on Aug. 2. Advanced registration is required for this event, and enrollment is limited to 20 participants.
"This unique opportunity is one of a series of activities
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Living Well workshops offered

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Is your health condition controlling your life? Are you just plain tired of being tired? If so, consider participating in a Living Well workshop.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a free workshop offered in Lincoln County. People who participate report having less pain, more energy and fewer hospitalizations.
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United Way elects new leadership

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
The Lincoln County Board of United Way elected Randy Getman as its president for 2014-2015 and has added three new members: Julie Buck, interim director of the Lincoln Commission on Children and Families; Gail Kimberling, director of the Lincoln City Community Center; and Frank Perea, publisher of the News Guard.
Getman, district manager at Barrett Business Services in Newport,
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Hunters association members improve elk habitat

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Eight volunteers from the Lincoln County Chapter Oregon Hunters Association spent three days this month mowing about 40 acres of meadow and another 15 acres of Himalayan blackberry patches on Salmon River Meadow north of Lincoln City to improve habitat for elk and other wildlife.
Salmon River Meadow is located in the Salmon River estuary off Three Rocks Road and
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SilverSneakers fitness classes offered at senior center

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Beginning this month, the Newport 60+ Activity Center began offering two SilverSneakers wellness programs designed specifically for older adults.
SilverSneakers Classic is on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. SilverSneakers Circuit is on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
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Ocean film festival coming to Newport

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
The Blue on Tour Ocean Film Festival will come to Oregon for the first time to showcase a collection of world-class, marine-themed cinematography this summer.
The festival opens with a reception hosted at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on Friday, Aug. 1, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This soirée will include a lecture from a leader in the marine science
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Library features alligators, snakes and snapping turtles

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Lincoln County's public libraries' Fizz! Boom! Read! summer reading programs bring the Reptileman and his fascinating creatures to the coast next week. All children and families are invited to attend one of the free programs.
On Wednesday, July 30, reptiles will be at Waldport Public Library (10 a.m.), Newport Public Library (1 p.m.), and Driftwood Public
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Driftwood Library now offers Mango Languages

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014
Driftwood Library Director Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney recently announced the library now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system.
Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all library patrons and offers a fast and convenient solution for the community's increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The
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Tail-wagging fun

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
NEWPORT -- Dogs of all ages, breeds, shapes and sizes gathered with their handlers at Newport Intermediate School last weekend for a tail-wagging good time.
Willamette Agility Group (WAG) hosted their annual North American Dog Agility Council Dog Agility Trial, where dogs and handlers completed as many as 500 runs on various agility courses each day during the weekend.
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Summer Festival opens this weekend

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
TOLEDO -- It's almost time for the Toledo Summer Festival, and Parade Grand Marshal Jon Howry said it has come a long way since it first began.
This year's big events include the Famous in Toledo karaoke contest, the logging competition, "that's how it really started and it grew from there," Howry said, and one of the biggest fireworks displays
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Siletz Woman to be featured

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Betty Dobbs Ballhorn, of Siletz, has been selected as featured quilter for the 2014 quilt show sponsored by the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild (OCQG) next week at the Newport Recreation Center, located at 225 Avery St.
Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug.
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Senior center offers program

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Beginning Thursday, July 24, 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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Peace Village registration continues

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Full and partial scholarships are available for the Aug. 4-8 session of Peace Village Newport, a summer day camp for students entering grades 1-8. The peace curriculum offers students practical skills of conflict resolution, media literacy, and ecology, as well as music, art, and craft activities. A total of 45 students will be accepted for the week's
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Astrology workshop series planned

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The Newport 60+ Activity Center is hosting a series of free astrology workshops beginning today (Wednesday).
The workshops, led by Robert McBride, will be held as follows:
• Wednesday, July 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.;
• Wednesday, July 30, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.;
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;
• Saturday, Aug. 9, 1 p.m.
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Kids tour Newport airport

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Les LaCasse stands near the wing of his 1963 Cessna 310 airplane with kids from the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department Trekking Camp. The day camp participants toured the Newport Municipal Airport last Friday, July 18. --

Kids from the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Department Trekking Camp explore the inside of a 1963 Cessna 310 airplane.
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Tuna Fisheries Day splashes into aquarium with activities

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The word tuna conjures images of a canned pantry staple, delicate sashimi over rice, or locally, fish and chips. Tuna is an important part of many peoples' diets, but few consider the fish behind the food. The Oregon Coast Aquarium will help visitors take a bite into the story behind this keystone creature during Tuna Fisheries Day today (Wednesday).
The
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Historic cemetery and marker repair workshop planned in Toledo

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop July 26 in Toledo. All of the events are free and open to the public.
The workshop will be at the Toledo Cemetery near the intersection of Skyline Drive and Arcadia Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will address marker assessment,
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Women: keep your hearts healthy

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
In recent years, the impact of heart disease on women has gained increasing attention. Though it is often thought to affect men disproportionately, heart disease kills more women than men. Heart disease is responsible for one in three deaths of American women each year, killing more women than all cancers combined.
The standard American diet, full of white flour,
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Living life via GPS

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Like many Americans, I have a GPS in my car, my phone, and likely my pants. (This is where I keep my phone. Stop being a pervert.) A wonderful tool, when it works right, it enables the user to completely stop remembering where anything is, like local restaurants, stoplights and grandma's house.
GPS, in case you've ever wondered, stands for
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Buckets of blueberries

Modified: Saturday, Jul 19th, 2014
People ventured out to Gibson Farms in Siletz to pick buckets full of blueberries Saturday. U-pick season is in full swing. Gibson Farms will be open Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for people who missed a chance at picking this weekend. They're located just north of Siletz on Highway 229.
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A community place -- Work continues on Newport Church of the Nazarene building

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
The idea to create a place that could serve the whole community started in 2002. Today, the Newport Church of the Nazarene continues working toward the goal of finishing their youth and community center building project.
Major progress has been made toward completing the building situated along NW Grove Street. The cost of the project, when everything is all said
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New jackets aid learn-to-swim program at community center

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
The Lincoln City Community Center is the recipient of 50 new life jackets thanks to the Association of Aquatic Professionals' Life jacket and Swim Lesson Grant.
The bright orange life jackets arrived just in time for summer swim lessons, and they will be used at all levels in the community center's popular learn-to-swim program.
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Devils Lake Revival is Saturday

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
Looking for a way to beat the summer heat? Then head to the beach at Devils Lake's Regatta Park on Saturday for the fourth annual Devils Lake Revival. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy the cool water while paddling or swimming, or hop on pontoon boat for a free tour of the lake.
This year's revival
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Event focuses on low-vision devices

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
People in the Newport area who are losing vision from macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other degenerative eye conditions are invited, with their families, to attend a hands-on presentation on low-vision tools and devices.
The event will take place on Tuesday, July 22, in the Newport Senior Activity Center's Education Room at 20 SE 2nd Street. The presentation runs from 10:30
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Reflections of a painful year

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
"Everyone can master a grief but he who has it."
-- William Shakespeare
One year ago today, a light went out in my world, and possibly yours, too. By the grace of God, I was at the Embarcadero last July 18 as my husband, Burt, walked out of his Rotary meeting and was struck down by cardiac arrest.
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Cascade Head Scenic Research Act turns 40

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
Forty years ago, the Cascade Head Scenic Research Act was passed by Congress. This special designation set aside a 9,670-acre area along the Salmon River near Lincoln City for scientific long-term study, experimentation and ecosystem research. The designation helped create a unique landscape, which halted further housing development resulting in the preservation of sweeping grasslands, forests and a restored river
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Science Night is July 24 in Toledo

Posted: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014
"The Exotic Life of Fish" will be hosted on Science Night at the Toledo Public Library on Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m.
Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan of OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center will speak about and show slides of his work. Miller-Morgan cares for the center's large collection of live fish and invertebrates. He also serves as
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