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Headed back to school

Modified: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
NEWPORT -- The start of school is less than a week away, meaning it's time to prepare those youngsters for their first day of lessons. Doing so for some, though, can be more of a struggle than for others.
To help those who are struggling or who could just use a lift, the Newport HELP (Homeless Education and Literacy Project)
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Library offers computer classes

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
 The Newport Public Library will offer a number of computer classes during the month of September.
Introduction to Pinterest will be taught on Sept. 5 at 9 a.m.  This goes over how to create a Pinterest account, create boards, and pin images from your computer or a website.  Introduction to Facebook will be taught at 10 a.m. that same day. 
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After School Programs begin Sept. 8

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
School will be back in session soon, which means Lincoln County School District's after-school programs will be up and running, too.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, students who are enrolled in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers After School Program serving their school will receive academic enrichment, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and reading. Enrollees also receive
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Yaquina Head volunteers receive awards

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
Ten Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area volunteers were recently presented the President's Gold Volunteer Service Award. The award encourages United States citizens, or lawfully admitted permanent residents to live a life of service.
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in local communities.
The Bureau of
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Biography features former city manager

Modified: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
"The Kid From Valsetz: Donald A. Davis, First City Manager of Newport, Oregon" is the name of a new book written by Deborah H. Trusty and published by Dancing Moon Press.
Her book is a biography about Don Davis, Newport's first city manager. A book signing featuring Trusty, and a reception honoring Davis will take place from 2 p.m.
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Blame it on the brass

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
We all have moments, some of them wild, weird and often downright embarrassing.  When you are half of a couple, there are moments, and when you are alone, there are other moments.  I am trying to go with the flow, shift gears and be open to new experiences.  It has been a long time since I have had houseguests, but
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Paws in the water in Lincoln City

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
The ever-popular dog swim will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Lincoln City Pool.
Well-behaved dogs of all breeds are invited to swim and play in the pool. Be sure to bring a favorite ball or toy, and a camera. Humans may wade, but not swim, with their canine friends. Admission to
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Coastal Gems plan walk Sept. 2

Posted: Thursday, Aug 28th, 2014
The Coastal Gems invite people to walk with them at the Winchester Bay YRE on Tuesday, Sept. 2. This 10K walk is rated 2b for hilly terrain. The walk is not appropriate for wheelchairs or strollers. There is a 5K option that is flat and graveled for those wanting a shorter outing.
The group will meet
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A visit to small farms

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
YACHATS -- Few things in life are more grand than a Sunday drive in the countryside. Add in stops to a selection of small, local farms nestled along the Yachats River Road, and it becomes a grand adventure.
For the last several years, small farms along the Yachats River have opened their doors to the community, inviting people to come
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Heart of Creator brings tribes together

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
SILETZ -- A "gathering of all tribes," the Heartbeat of Creator Potlatch tradition continued in Siletz this weekend.
About 300 people, both local and from places as far away as Arizona and Canada, gathered at the Government Hill Pow Wow Grounds in Siletz to eat, pray, dance, drum and sing together.
It was a time for both nontribal
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The King of the Selfie

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
I am King of the Selfie, and darn proud of it.
If you are not aware of what a "selfie" is you clearly have an ego smaller than mine, nearly everyone on Facebook and 97.4 percent of all teenagers. Good for you!
Still, however, you need to know what a selfie is if you're going to have any idea what
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Celery, peppers, and parsley fight colon cancer

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Flavonoids are a class of antioxidant molecules found ubiquitously in plant foods, with certain classes of flavonoids concentrated in certain foods. For example, anthocyanins in berries, isoflavones in soybeans, flavonones in citrus fruits, and catechins in tea, grapes and berries; flavanols are the most common flavonoids found many plant foods. For example, fruits and vegetables are known to be
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Family Promise of Lincoln County has growing pains

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Family Promise of Lincoln County is looking to the community to help with its growing pains. "We have sheltered five families since June and are preparing to get busier as school begins and the weather gets colder," said Hanna Connett, president of Family Promise.
The space in the Taft area that houses both the day center and thrift store is
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Changes underway Newport Public Library

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
The Newport Public Library is in transition. Earlier this year, it went through a strategic planning process, meeting with community members to identify priorities for the library. Goals that rose to the top were to create an appealing, defined space for teens, more meeting room space and more seating for library users.
This summer, library staff have been
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Tomato giveaway is Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
The 4-H Sustainable Club has been enjoying a variety of tomatoes since early July, and now there are plenty to share. This Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the 4-H club will be giving away enough tomatoes for a fresh salad and tomato seeds at the 4-H garden in Toledo.
During those hours, the public is welcome pick
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OCLI begins fall term

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
The Oregon Coast Learning Institute (OCLI) will kick off its 11th year on Tuesday, Sept. 2, with the topic "American Exceptionalism." Retired Marine veteran Peter Lacques, cofounder of OCLI, will be the presenter at 10 a.m. at Salishan Spa and Resort in Gleneden Beach.
"Let's explore this concept of ‘American Exceptionalism' that is so deeply woven
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Pirates Plundered -- Scalawags blamed for confusion

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
DEPOE BAY -- The boot was on the other foot Saturday for about 100 pirates who descended on the world's smallest navigable port.
By the end of their record-setting event, the buccaneers' treasure ended up in somebody else's chest -- about $2,000 cash plus a stash of canned and packaged foods, all for the Depoe Bay Food Pantry.
"That's
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Locally grown goodies shine

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
SOUTH BEACH -- Tomatoes took the spotlight during an afternoon garden tour at Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) Wednesday as part of Master Gardener Week 2014 in Lincoln County.
Gardening enthusiasts were invited to explore the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at OCCC's South Beach campus, complete with a tomato-tasting competition.
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Partnership permanently protects headland

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that an agreement has been reached with the Jesuit Novitiate in Sheridan to conserve the 102.53-acre Jesuit property located on Cannery Hill overlooking Nestucca Bay. Ownership of the property has been transferred to the Fish and Wildlife Service from the Jesuits.
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Catholic Church celebrates 125 years

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Sacred Heart Catholic Church is celebrating its 125 anniversary this year, and a special mass is planned for 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, at the church, located at 927 N Coast Highway in Newport.
Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, from Portland, will celebrate mass, assisted by Father Brian Allbright, pastor at Sacred Heart. The service will be followed by
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Volk’s Yoga-Pilates Studio begins new term

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
The next seven-week term of yoga classes begins Sept. 2 at Jean Volk's studio in Newport.
Classes include Beginning/Gentle Yoga at 11 a.m. on Monday; Hatha Yoga and Basic Movement at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday; Chair and Restorative Yoga at 11 a.m. on Wednesday; Hatha Yoga (all levels) at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, at noon and 6 p.m. on Tuesday
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Local businesses support Newport Library storytime

Modified: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Newport Public Library's bilingual early literacy program, Tuesday Storytime, has gained generous support from Oregon Coast Bank and Mo's restaurant.
The program first began in 2002 in response to the increasing number of Spanish-speaking families that used the library. Sponsored by Rod and Dora Rumsey, the program thrived on Tuesday nights, attracting a regular group of families
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Practicing peace

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Children participate in a group activity featuring a parachute at Newport's Peace Village Day Camp earlier this month. About 45 students entering grades one through eight attended the weeklong summer camp this year. Peace Village shares messages and practices of peace from a variety of world traditions through teaching kids lessons like practical skills for conflict resolution and media literacy.
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Wedding

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Scott Mathewson and Alyson Shores
Robert and Beth Mathewson recently announced the marriage of their son, Scott Mathewson, to Alyson Shores of La Verne, Calif.
The outdoor wedding took place on July 26 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriot Resort in Dana Point, Calif.
The groom is a graduate of Newport High School and studied engineering at Oregon State University.
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Not exactly glamping

Modified: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
In a recent column you may have read I had been invited to go "glamping."  Glamping (as opposed to camping) means you have access to a toilet, not a bush. Glamping means you are in close proximity to people who will hear you yelling if you spot a bear.  Glamping does not include the sight of blood, but there absolutely
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Wooden Boat Show -- Event offers a variety of activities for all

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
TOLEDO -- Last year, Cody Gutierrez had the "best sink of the day" at Georgia-Pacific's containerboard boat races during the Port of Toledo's annual Wooden Boat Show.
Saturday, he applied the lessons he'd learned to come out victorious on the Yaquina River, easily breezing past other competitors in the youth division to earn first place. He went on to fare
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Man receives a much-needed gift

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
WALDPORT -- Steven Thayer was born with cerebral palsy. He has learned how to live with the disorder and hasn't let it slow him down much.
Thayer, however, realized he had to make an effort to slow down some in order to feel better and move easier as he ages.
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Siletz Tribe surpasses $11 million in donations

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $388,745.90 to 30 organizations recently as it continued its quarterly donations to nonprofit groups.
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 charitable fund advisory board has distributed more than $8.9 million since its
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Still time to complete goals

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Newport's young readers who set a reading goal at Newport Public Library are reminded that they have until Aug. 31 to reach their goal and receive a Fizz! Boom! Read! T-shirt. Summer reading is a long time tradition at Newport Public Library. Some families have T-shirts from when their children participated in the late '80s, and now their
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Seniors to visit Chihuly Bridge of Glass in Tacoma

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
The Newport 60+ Center is on the road again with a fun-filled, two-night trip to the Chihuly Bridge of Glass in Tacoma Wash.
A partnership between the Museum of Glass, legendary Studio Glass pioneer Dale Chihuly and the city of Tacoma resulted in the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot-long pedestrian overpass that links the museum to downtown Tacoma and
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Classic car show is Aug. 23

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Owners of classic cars from the 1990s and earlier are invited to pre-register to participate in the Lincoln City Cultural Center's "Old School Classic Car Show" Aug. 23. Proceeds will benefit children's programming at the cultural center. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the cultural center at 540 NE Hwy.
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Walking for a cause

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Pacific Shores Motor Coach Resort came alive Friday, July 25, with an orange-clad group of walkers taking a hike for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon chapter. Calling themselves the Pacific Shores Motor Coach Resort BEACONS, the gathering of 25 trekkers raised $1,300 for the MS Society as they spent the morning walking the highways, byways and pathways of
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Military

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Tyler L. Archer
Air Force Airman Tyler L. Archer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
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Wedding

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Robert and Beth Mathewson
Robert and Beth Mathewson recently announced the marriage of their son, Scott Mathewson, to Alyson Shores of La Verne, Calif.
The outdoor wedding took place on July 26 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriot Resort in
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Birth

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Noble Lee Farley was born at 5:29 a.m. on July 13, 2014 at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, Ore. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20.75 inches long.
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Yachats program receives grant

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
The Yachats Youth & Family Activities Program received a $2,500 grant on Aug. 12 from Bank of the West, which will be used for its after school program, Recreation Plus.
This program operates from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day that school is in session. The Crestview Heights bus drops off the youth at the Yachats Commons,
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Philosophical Forum meets Sunday

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
The Philosophical Forum will meet Sunday, Aug. 24, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at 330 King St. in Yachats. Those needing directions or who have questions can call 541-547-3904.
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Vitamin D: powerful cancer protection

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
The most recent research on blood vitamin D status and cancer survival suggests that vitamin D adequacy reduces the risk of death in breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer, leukemia and lymphomas, and all cancers combined. Research on vitamin D supplementation, summarized in a 2014 Cochrane analysis, found that supplementation with vitamin D3 was associated with reduced risk of
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More thoughts about timeshares

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014
Last week I may have written some disparaging things about timeshare salespeople. That they always have a snappy comeback no matter your objections. That they will say anything to make a sale. That they're likely incapable of expressing any emotion that doesn't sound like it came from the Hallmark Card sales manual. (Actually, I didn't write that last one.
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