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Front yard flooding in Alsea Bay

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
The front yard of a home along the Alsea Bay is seen here surrounded by floodwater following days of heavy rainfall on Saturday, Nov. 26. The owners said high water is not uncommon along the bay, and they keep a water pump running in their basement to prevent serious flooding. (Photo by Nathan Howard)
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Seal research is Science on Tap topic

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
NEWPORT -- The hidden life of seals will be the topic of the next Science on Tap event, sponsored by the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center and held at Rogue Ales in South Beach.
At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, guest speaker Sheanna Steingass, a graduate student at HMSC, will be discussing her research.
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Georgie's to host Dec. 7 'dine out' event

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
Georgie's Beachside Grill will host the Dec. 7 "Dine Out for Samaritan House." The restaurant, known for its spectacular ocean views, will donate 15 percent of the day's profits to help support Samaritan House, a shelter for homeless families with children.
Situated with the dramatic backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, Georgie's Beachside Grill presents the finest authentic coast cuisine.
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Bobbie's Beat: First class trains and turkey time

Modified: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
Not long ago, I overheard someone say, "Frankly, I think a bucket list is stupid." I took a look to see who voiced this sage opinion, and sure enough, it was someone who is always negative about something, so this is when you simply consider the source. The very next day, a good friend asked, "So, what's next on your
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Holiday activities planned at Yaquina Head in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
A Victorian Holiday Celebration will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in north Newport. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is hosted by the Bureau of Land Management, which manages the Yaquina Head site.
Visitors are invited to take a step back in time to relive the 19th century holiday traditions celebrated
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Annual Lighted Boat Parade to benefit Festival of Trees

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
Newport's scenic Yaquina Bay is the backdrop for the 23rd annual Lighted Boat Parade, guaranteed to put anyone in the holiday spirit. The parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The event officially launches the annual Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital Foundation's Festival of Trees week, with events following through Dec. 11.
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Professor will share insights on whales

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
Above, Below and Inside Oregon Gray Whales" will be the topic presented by Leigh Torres at the next meeting of the Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St. The event is free and open to the public.
Torres is
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Be Jeweled donations now being accepted

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
People can buy jewelry in plenty of places in Newport, but there is no place in Lincoln County quite like a Be Jeweled sale, which will be celebrating its 10-year run of upcycled jewelry sales on March 11, 2017 at the Embarcadero Resort in Newport.
Proceeds from this event benefit Food Share of Lincoln County, and in order to hold
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Tour the Pastega Christmas Lights

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
On Thursday, Dec. 8, the Newport 60+ Adventure Van will be headed to Corvallis for a fun-filled day.
Stops will include Kentucky Fried Chicken for a relaxing lunch (on your own), shopping at Trader Joe's for those hard to find items, and a stop at The Book Bin for the avid reader. Topping off the day will be a drive-through
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Breakfast to be served in Gleneden Beach

Posted: Thursday, Dec 1st, 2016
The Gleneden Beach Community Club will serve breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The menu will be ham or sausage, eggs, orange juice and all the pancakes one can eat, accompanied by milk, tea or coffee. Plus, Santa will be there with toys and goodies.
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Salvation Army ringing in Christmas

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
There's a familiar sound in the air as people are out and about doing their Christmas shopping. It's that jingling of bells at the front doors of a number of Lincoln County retailers, and it means the Salvation Army is seeking donations to help fund its year-round operations.
The Christmas season is arguably the most visible time of year for
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Shoebox donations reach nearly 1,000

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
LINCOLN COUNTY -- Churches and individuals in Lincoln County sent 940 shoeboxes filled with Christmas presents to children around the world on Monday, Nov. 21.
Members of the community, as well as Trinity Baptist Church in Toledo, First Baptist Church in Waldport, Sacred Ground Baptist Church of Siletz, First Baptist Church in Newport, Newport Christian Church, Toledo First Baptist Church
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Big band kicks off holiday season

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
YACHATS -- The Yachats Big Band will usher in the holiday season with old jazz favorites and Christmas songs on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Yachats Commons.
Formed in 1992, the band includes 16 musicians and two vocalists who perform music from the 1930s, '40s and '50s.
"It just basically started as a group that wanted to carry on the
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Parade of boats to light the bay

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
Newport's scenic Yaquina Bay is the backdrop for the annual Lighted Boat Parade, guaranteed to put anyone in the holiday spirit. Thousands of lights adorn dozens of boats, which make a large loop around the bay.
The parade takes place Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Boats will depart from various docks along the Bayfront and South
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Christmas bazaar celebrates its 89th year

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
The 89th annual Christmas Bazaar by the Yachats Ladies Club (YLC) will open on Friday, Dec. 2, from noon to 6 p.m., and will continue on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
The bazaar takes place at the YLC clubhouse, located at 286 W Third St. in Yachats. On Saturday only,
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'The Black Suitcase Mystery — A World War II Remembrance'

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
Retired school librarian Gail Downs will give a presentation on her book, "The Black Suitcase Mystery -- A World War II Remembrance," at the Newport Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.
Downs will explain how she acquired the suitcase and how fifth grade students worked to solve the mysteries it held. She will also disclose
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Does diet influence seasonal allergies?

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
The best medicine for seasonal allergies may not be medicine. Instead, healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle go a long way in lessening symptoms. A study of 56 different countries found that populations with higher rates of tobacco use, trans fat intake, and acetaminophen use had higher rates of allergies and asthma. However, populations with higher intake of plant-based foods
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Register to become a master gardener

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 29th, 2016
Those who enjoy gardening and who have been considering becoming a master gardener, Dec. 19 is the last chance to register for the 2017 master gardening class.
The class is taught by OSU horticulture faculty and professional gardeners and meets every Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., during January, February and March at the Oregon Coast Community
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Runners brave the elements in Newport Turkey Trot

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
A costume contest kicked off the 2016 Newport Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at the Port of Newport South Beach Marina & RV Park Activities Room. Pictured at right are Ludwig Salzmann, left, Amber Warren, Wade Sproul and Susie Sproul. About 40 hardy souls braved the nasty weather, which included high winds, heavy rains, thunder, lightning and even a bit
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Sea of Lights to brighten aquarium

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
Scuba Santa, sparkling lights and an ocean of holiday cheer will greet visitors every weekend this December at the Oregon Coast Aquarium's Sea of Lights celebration.
More than half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations will surround visitors with the spirit of the season as they explore the aquarium after hours. Santa will be present every night of Sea
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Generosity Bazaar set for Nov. 29 in Lincoln City

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
We've got Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now there's a day for generosity and the real spirit of the holidays, when people can experience the joy of giving to others. It's Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to charity in the holiday season, nationwide and right here at home.
People are invited to take this opportunity to give in whatever
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HELP program benefits from local partners

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
The Lincoln County School District's Homeless Education and Literacy Program (HELP) received assistance recently from some of its community partners.
Homeless program coordinator Katey Townsend said the Oregon Coast Community College Student Nurse Association coordinated the eighth annual hygiene supply drive, benefiting students and families through the local HELP Centers. Nursing students spent two weekends outside
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Pruning shore pines is topic of workshop in Newport

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
The public is invited to a workshop about pruning shore pines during the next meeting of the MidCoast Watersheds Council, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Central Lincoln PUD, 2129 N Coast Highway, Newport.
The presenter will be Rennie Ferris, the vice-chair of the MidCoast Watersheds Council. Ferris has spent his life working in
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Manuel Padilla to give humanities lecture

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in their neighborhoods. How might people build more informed, responsive, resilient and vibrant communities?
This is the focus of "The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon," a free conversation with Manuel Padilla starting
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'Shred Day' termed a success

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
The free "Shred Day" event held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Lincoln County Courthouse parking lot was "an overwhelming success," organizers said. So much so, in fact, that the iSecure truck was filled to capacity by 1:15 p.m. which was 45 minutes before the 2 p.m. closing. This was the first year the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has sponsored
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Bobbie's Beat: Honoring National Hospice Month

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
Editor's Note: This story was originally published in the Oregonian on Nov. 11, 1987.

It is unusually quiet for noon at the hospital. I walk on to the hospice ward and stop at the desk where Karen, the head nurse, is doing paperwork. "How are things going?" I ask.
"Not much happening," she says. Two made their transition
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NOW plans 'finger-food' potluck for Nov. 29

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
Because of the positive and large response to its annual dinner, the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is holding a special meeting for prospective, new and "seasoned" members on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Newport High School's Boone Center, 322 NE Eads St.
Those attending are asked to bring
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Holiday gathering at maritime center

Posted: Friday, Nov 25th, 2016
The holiday gathering for the Lincoln County Historical Society, a fun and casual holiday mixer complete with rare, vintage instruments, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Festivities will take place around the cheery warmth of the fireplace in the maritime center's great room, and will include refreshments and a
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Serving thanks with a smile

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
Hefting plates piled high with turkey, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole, a group of Girl Scouts from six to 10 years old delivered homemade meals to packed tables.
"They serve with the biggest Thanksgiving smile ever," said Peggy O'Callaghan, coordinator of the senior center in Newport, known as the 60+ Activity Center.
More than 120 seniors enjoyed a
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Gun club holds turkey shoot

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
The Big Timber Rifle and Pistol Club held its annual Turkey Shoot on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the gun club north of Siletz. At right, Dave Boyce shoots a scoped rifle at a 200-yard target. There were also competitions with open-sight rifles (100 yards) and handguns (50 yards). Those who scored a hit on one of the metal targets were
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Lincoln City tree lighting party set for Nov. 25-26

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
Come one, come all, to Lincoln City's official holiday kickoff event: the fifth annual Tree Lighting Party & Santa Sale, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The community is invited to attend and enjoy two days of family fun during Thanksgiving weekend.
This free public event will launch the Lincoln City holiday
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New case manager on the job at homeless family shelter

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
Jeff Jones, of Waldport, has joined Samaritan House Homeless Family Shelter as the new case manager, replacing Cristina Clerico, who recently relocated to Utah to join family and welcome her first grandchild.
Clerico served as case manager for nearly 10 years, using motivational interviewing techniques to help the clients establish themselves as their own authority on their needs and strengths.
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Santa Claus to visit Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
Santa Claus will make his annual pre-Christmas visit to Newport on Saturday, Nov. 26. He will arrive by boat at the Embarcadero Resort around 9:45 a.m. and will meet with visitors and guests before boarding a Newport fire truck, which will take him throughout town before arriving at the Newport Recreation Center.
At the rec center, Santa will meet with
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Wine and the holidays

Modified: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
There is something about holiday feasting that discourages me from recommending particularly fine wines being opened at the table. A lovely nuanced Oregon Pinot noir or Chardonnay would be wasted if it were forced to compete with the usual riot of flavors from cranberries, sweet potatoes and a half-dozen other side dishes and sauces, not to mention Uncle Chester's stories
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Excursions to Shore Acres set for seniors

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
Are you in the holiday spirit? How about a trip to Shore Acres, by Coos Bay, to enjoy more than 325,000 lights and displays that include a life-size gray whale, giant butterflies, mushrooms, cluster flowers, Christmas trees, a ship sculpture, lighthouse and much more?
The Newport 60+ Activity Center is planning three trips to Shore Acres: Dec. 1, 6,
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Cora Bobo-Shisler awarded master gardener scholarship

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
The Lincoln County Master Gardeners Association announced that Cora Bobo-Shisler, a 2016 Newport High School graduate, has been awarded the association's first ever college scholarship.
Bobo-Shisler grew up in Newport and began attending Oregon State University this fall. She is majoring in ecological engineering.
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St. Anthony's to hold Christmas bazaar

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Waldport will hold its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.
There will be many holiday items to choose from, along with a variety of baked goods.
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Thanksgiving Day service in Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2016
A special Thanksgiving Day service will be presented at 10 a.m. at the Christian Science Church at 569 SW Second St. in Newport.
Highlights of the service include music and hymn singing, a reading of the presidential proclamation for Thanksgiving Day 2016, a Thanksgiving lesson from the Bible and "Science and Health with Keys to the Scriptures," by
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