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Bringing the world to Yachats

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
Photographer Greg Scott will present "Canadian Rockies" at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Yachats Commons.
Having traveled to the Canadian Rocky Mountains last September, Scott plans to share his photographs, as well as speak about the geology of both the Canadian and U.S. Rocky Mountains.
The images will feature Banff, Lake Louise and Mount Assiniboine areas.
"While
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Public meetings set at Yaquina Head

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (YHONA) has initiated the planning process for YHONA. The public is invited to learn and comment on the Recreation Area Management Plan. The meetings will be offered on the following dates and locations:
• Jan. 26, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the BLM Northwest Oregon District Office, at
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Bobbie's Beat: A few 'Thoughts while shaving'

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
This column has a way of attracting new readers who aren't aware of the policies I set for myself many years ago -- no politics, no smut, no controversial subjects. There is enough of this in the mainstream media. My only goals have been to make you laugh, occasionally get choked up and/or maybe feel inspired (as opposed to depressed
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Free help available with tax returns

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
AARP Tax Aide Program volunteers will once again be available in three areas of Lincoln County to help people with the filing of their taxes. The volunteers will provide free electronic filing of federal and Oregon tax returns
In Newport, volunteers will be stationed at the Newport 60+ Activity Center, 20 SE Second St. Walk-in service will begin on Feb.
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Project Homeless Connect is Jan. 26

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
Around 50 volunteers are still needed for the annual Project Homeless Connect event in Newport. A previous announcement contained an incorrect date. This year's event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Church of the Nazarene, 227 NW 12th St., Newport.
The one-day event brings together service providers with emergency dental
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Donations still being accepted for annual Be Jeweled event

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
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 at the Embarcadero Resort in Newport.
Proceeds from this event benefit Food Share of Lincoln County, and in order to hold a
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Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
Dealing with a chronic health condition should not get in the way of living life to its fullest. That's why Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital offers Living Well with Chronic Conditions, a free, six-week workshop providing practical skills for living a happy and healthy life with an ongoing health condition.
The workshop was originally set to begin on Jan. 18, but
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NOW to meet in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
The Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) is holding an "action" meeting for prospective, new and "seasoned" members on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Boone Center at Newport High School, 322 NE Eads St.
The group will be planning on actions to continue the momentum generated by
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Fitbit wellness training offered

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
On Monday, Jan. 23, a new session of the ongoing, six-week Fitbit training program will begin at the Newport 60+ Activity Center.
This fitness training program will provide Fitbit wristbands for participant's use. The bands record the wearer's steps, calories burned, flights of stairs, heart rate and more. Fitbit wristbands are designed to help people stay motivated and to
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60+ center to announce 2017 trips

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
The Newport 60+ Activity Center invites the community to review the 50+ trips planned for 2017. These trips consist of both local experiences and overnight stays elsewhere in Oregon.
The trips were developed by members of the community at a travel planning party held in 2016, and now is the time to make travel plans for the upcoming year. People
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Learn all about sharks at HMSC

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
People will have the opportunity to learn about one of the ocean's most ominous creatures during Shark Day, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center.
The event will include shark exhibits, activities and films throughout the day. At 2 p.m., Bill Hanshumaker, Oregon Sea Grant chief
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Aquatic center tour set for Jan. 24

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
The community is invited to tour Newport's new aquatic center and participate in a discussion regarding the ideal temperatures for all three of the center's swimming pools.
This event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will be facilitated by Sandy Blackman.
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Rockin' on the coast at the Yachats Agate Festival

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
Things were rockin' at the Yachats Commons on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14 and 15, with hundreds of visitors taking in the activities at the sixth annual Yachats Agate Festival.
There were around 30 vendors on hand at the event -- some local, some from elsewhere in Oregon and others from Washington down to California. They had a variety of
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Oregon Transfer Day returns to OCCC

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
Oregon Transfer Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Oregon Coast Community College Central County Campus, located at 400 SE College Way in South Beach.
Whether you have your academic goals mapped out already, or you are unsure about your next steps, transfer day is an opportunity to learn more about
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Senior companion program seeking volunteers

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
On any given day, Mary Anne Shipley helps a senior or disabled resident keep their independence. She is one of seven senior companions serving Lincoln County through Samaritan Health Services. The countywide program pairs adult helpers with homebound people in need.
"I take my companions grocery shopping or to doctors' appointments mostly, but some days, we just go for drives
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Drumming for diversity in Newport

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
The Newport Community Drum Circle will present a free program of multicultural traditional and indigenous rhythms on the front steps of Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Hwy, on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., in conjunction with the local Stronger Together March.
The march, sponsored by Central Oregon Coast NOW, the recently revived Diversity Committee of
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Cetacean society announces next speaker

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
The Oregon chapter of the American Cetacean Society is holding it monthly speaker series meeting on Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St. The event is free and open to the public.
Era Horton, ACS Oregon chapter member, will present photos from the ACS 15th International Conference held last November in
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Free health screening to focus on better balance

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
Concerned about your balance? Worried about falling? Have you fallen in the last year?
The Center for Health Education in Newport will be co-hosting a free community health screening for balance and balance disorders on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments will be scheduled for four persons every 45 minutes. Participants are asked to arrive 15
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Grants available for museums

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 17th, 2017
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections projects, heritage tourism and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.
Museums may apply for a variety of projects. Collections projects may include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness and conservation. Heritage tourism projects may include museum marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, and
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One step at a time

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
New Year's resolutions aren't only for the young.
Around 20 seniors participated in this year's New Resolutions Fitness Day at the Newport 60+ Activity Center on Monday, Jan. 9.
"This is our third year doing the program," center director Peggy O'Callaghan said. "We use the national fitness test to measure upper and lower body strength, flexibility, agility and balance. It
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Patriot's Pen winners announced

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
Winners in the annual Patriot's Pen essay contest, sponsored by the Waldport Veterans of Foreign Wars, were announced recently.
Darby McNeely, a sixth grader at Crestview Heights Elementary School in Waldport, was the first place winner. She received a framed certificate of appreciation, a cash prize and a medal during a Dec. 14 awards dinner. McNeely's essay was forwarded to
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Stronger Together March is Jan. 21

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
The Lincoln County Stronger Together March Committee is quickening the pace in pulling together final details for the march-rally event on Saturday, Jan. 21, beginning at Newport City Hall.
"We're all very excited to be building this grass-roots coalition and getting to know each other. It's truly a community event," said Rebecca Austen, one of the organizers for the event.
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Bobbie's Beat: Kristo the creep

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
From Thanksgiving through New Year's, most of us give in to temptation and stuff ourselves silly. Then on Jan. 2, we step on the scale which, of course, cannot possibly be telling the truth.
Then the media bombards us with weight loss products or, worse yet, pushy people telling us to exercise. Weird things start arriving from my readers,
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Alzheimer's Association offers help in Newport

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
The Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter will be holding a two-part class, "The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease" and "Dementia Conversations," from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, at the Center for Health Education, located at 740 SW Ninth St. in Newport.
Alzheimer's affects people in varying ways and ripples out to impact the lives of
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Free presentation on Social Security

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Duane Silbernagel, a financial advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc., will give a free presentation at the Newport 60+ Activity Center called "Filing for Social Security: Flexibility and Choices for Your Retirement Income."
Social Security is this country's single largest federal program and the sole means of support for
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State funding available for historic cemetery projects

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management and more.
Awards typically range between $1,000 and $6,000, but they have been higher. Anyone can
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Marine board invites input

Posted: Thursday, Jan 12th, 2017
Every six years, the Oregon State Marine Board solicits feedback from boaters and facility owners to create a catalog of boating facility needs, and then assigns priorities to sites for grant funding. This information is compiled into the "Statewide Boating Access Improvement Plan," commonly referred to as the "Six-Year Plan." The agency invites boaters to participate in a survey to
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First babies of 2017

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport welcomed the first baby of the new year at 1:57 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6.
Thalia Marie Parker, daughter of Toby and Liberty Parker, was born and right on time and weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. She is the Parker's first child.
"I'm happy to have my first baby be the first baby of
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Yachats Agate Festival is Jan. 14-15

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
The town of Yachats is gearing up for its sixth annual Agate Festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. The event is free.
Dubbed the "Gem of the Oregon Coast," Yachats is internationally known for its natural beauty, including the treasures uncovered by winter storms and winds, making January a prime
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Anniversary: Jones celebrate 70 years

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
Alfred and Oleta Jones, of Toledo, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Monday, Jan. 16. Family and friends are invited to a reception honoring the couple, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Toledo Elks Lodge, 123 SE Alder St.
Alfred "Al" Jones and Oleta Strickler were married on
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'Chipping for Charity'

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
Bob Cusick, fleet and safety coordinator for Central Lincoln PUD in Newport, chips up Christmas trees dropped off in the parking lot at Atonement Lutheran Church on Saturday, Jan. 7. Despite freezing rain early in the day, more than 100 trees were recycled into mulch, with people making a cash donation for the service. A total of $878 was raised
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Last call for King Tide photos

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
The final round of this season's King Tides Photo Project began Tuesday, Jan. 10, and continues through Thursday, Jan. 12. This project is part of a worldwide initiative in which anyone with a camera can help document the reach of the year's highest high tides, often called "King Tides."
Everyone is welcome to participate, they just need to pick
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School board honored

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
The Lincoln County School District is among the 197 school districts, 19 education service districts and 17 community colleges throughout Oregon being celebrated during School Board Recognition Month in January.
Members of the Lincoln County School District Board of Directors are: Chair Ron Beck, who has served since July 2002, representing Zone 3 (Newport); Vice Chair Amanda Remund, who has
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Help available for enrollment

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017
Residents of Lincoln County are invited to sign up for health insurance during enrollment events that will include free, in-person help with the application.
The enrollment events will be held Saturday, Jan. 14. In Newport, the event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Samaritan Health Services' Center for Health Education, 930 SW Abbey St. In Lincoln City,
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