Aug 212014
Former Mayor Bill Bain Files for City Council

Former Mayor Bill Bain
Files for City Council

Bill Bain, nearly four years gone from the Newport City Council appears to have regained a burning desire to rejoin it. Bain, a former assessor for Lane County, Newport City Councilor and former Mayor of Newport, has filed his candidacy for city council in the upcoming November election. Bain observed that there are three seats open and only two confirmed candidates for those seats, both of them incumbents, David Allen and Mark Saelens. He said there should be more candidates than that for the council. So he filed.

Bain says unfinished business for Newport is to stay on a course at replacing sewer and water distributions systems, promote economic development primarily through the intelligent application of urban renewal and do everything possible to ensure that Oregon State University establishes a four year campus in South Beach, which OSU appears determined to do.

Bain had some rocky stretches in his serving as Mayor of Newport over four years ago. Back in 2010 Bain shredded employee evaluation documents on then City Manager Jim Voetberg and City Attorney Penelope McCarthy. When confronted with the deed Bain at first denied any knowledge that the documents were public documents but later recanted and admitted that he knew they were but he did it anyway. He apologized to the council for his behavior, partially explaining it as an exercise of self-delusion.

Bain was a keen supporter of trying to establish scheduled airline service between Newport and Portland. There was some debate as to whether that service ought to be provided by SeaPort Air, which flew very expensive aircraft versus another small airline that flew smaller aircraft which, in the opinion of some, had the best chance of making the service self-supporting without state subsidies. SeaPort Air got the contract. But as soon as the state subsidies ran out, so did Seaport Air.

Be all that as it may, Mr. Bain is a colorful character and always seems to make things interesting. We’ll see whether the voters of Newport want him back on the council for another four years.

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 Homemade pie social and fundraiser, August 30th, 11-3 at the Yachats Ladies Club

Homemade pie social and fundraiser, August 30th, 11-3 at the Yachats Ladies Club

The Annual Labor Day Weekend Pie Social at the Yachats Ladies Clubhouse, is set for Saturday, August 31st, at 286 W 3rd Street. An array of flavorful pies will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until they’re all gone. Proceeds from this event will go to the Friends of the Yachats Commons for the new stove/oven project updating the Commons kitchen.

There is nothing like homemade pie. At least 50 fruit and cream pies made by club members or auxiliary will be featured at this event. The selection of pies include apple, berry, peach and cherry. There will be but a few of the specialty pies including chocolate truffle, lemon meringue, tollhouse, pumpkin, banana Cream, coconut custard, Cherry Cream Cheese and Chess pie. So if you want a sample one of those, come early!

Slices are a generous 6th of a pie and are $3.50 each. Huge brownies are $2. Add ice cream for just 50 cents. Coffee and tea will be served.

This is a great time to welcome visitors to Yachats and to connect with friends and neighbors.

The Yachats Ladies Club features 3 pie socials per summer season. The next one will be held at the Yachats Ladies Club and will coincide with the 87th Annual Christmas Bazaar December 6 and 7.

The Yachats Ladies Club is an active service club for women of the South County who enjoy creating community events that raise funds for community nonprofit groups. For more information about joining the fun and becoming a member, please call Sandy Dunn, President at 541-547-3205.

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Traffic crash at 3001 NW Port Drive in Lincoln City. Reports say a van has slammed into a wall at the Puerto Villarta Restaurant. Lady driver is out of the vehicle complaining of chest pain.

Reports now say a second vehicle is involved.

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Newport Library Computer Class Courtesy photol

Newport Library Computer Class
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Newport Library NW Nye and W. 3rd

Newport Library
NW Nye and W. 3rd


The Newport Public Library will offer the following free classes during the month of September.

· Introduction to Pinterest will be taught on September 5 at 9:00 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 10:00 a.m. This class teaches the basic features of Facebook, with an emphasis on privacy settings.
· On Friday, September 12 at 9:00 a.m., Introduction to Evernote will be taught. This class shows how to get organized by keeping track of lists, notes, websites, and more.
· Beginning Excel will be taught on Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m. This class teaches the basics of creating a spreadsheet and adding rows and columns.
· Intermediate Excel will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16. This class teaches how to balance a checkbook, use multiple worksheets, and create charts.
· An Overview of Library Databases will be taught on Friday, September 19 at 9:00 a.m. The Newport Public Library subscribes to dozens of databases that are available remotely to all Newport Library cardholders.
· Beginning Word (2007) will be taught on Friday, September 26 at 9:00 a.m. This class introduces people to the basic commands to create a word processing document. Intermediate Word will be taught at 10:00 a.m. This class builds on the previous one, and teaches how to insert photographs, create lists using bullets and numbers, and set margins, tabs, and line spacing.

All classes are free and last one hour. Registration is required. For more information, please call (541) 265-2153 or check the library website,

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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,” explains Hanna Connett, President of Family Promise.

The space in the Taft area that houses both the Day Center and Thrift Store is just not enough room for both. Even though some remodeling has been done to accommodate the Family Promise program, there still is not enough space for the Thrift Store to run efficiently.

“The Thrift Store has been making money and is well received in the community but it is hard on the volunteers to work around the space used by our families and still have room to process and store all the donations of items for the Thrift Store,” states Linda Roy, Interim Director of Family Promise. “The solution would be to move our Day Center to another location.” For an effective Day Center, the non-profit organization needs a building with office space, a living area, a bathroom with a shower/tub, a washer and dryer hook-up and a kitchen.

Family Promise is hoping someone knows of a building they can use to facilitate the Day Center component of the program. During the day families work on getting jobs, finding housing and receiving training and counselling. With a non-profit using the building, the owner would have a possibility of writing off some of the taxes in exchange for its use.

Anyone with a building that might fit these needs, please contact Hanna Connett at 541-996-4878 or

Family Promise of Lincoln County is a non-profit organization that mobilizes communities, local groups, congregations and social service agencies to provide shelter, meals and help toward stable, long-term housing for families with children. The program model is unique, has proven tremendously successful and is part of a nationwide network.

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Residence at 1147 So. Bay Road is said to be smoking – possibly connected with illegal use of fireworks.

Firefighters pulled up to find that the resident had doused the fire, indeed caused by fireworks. He used his garden hose.

Firefighters remind us that use of fireworks at this time of year is extremely dangerous – an escaping fire can run up ridgelines and take down homes and outbuildings very quickly.

They urge everyone to refrain from any unauthorized use of fire in the outdoors due to the current extremely dry conditions. Use of fireworks at this time is illegal and is subject to stiff fines.

*** A correction on the address. The people reporting the smoke were at 1155. The fire was at 1147, just so there’s no confusion.

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Don't eat this peanut butter

Don’t eat this peanut butter

Notice of almond butter, peanut butter recall at all
Oregon Food Bank Network locations

Oregon Food Bank is alerting recipients of food through the Oregon Food Bank Network and associated partner agencies, pantries and community kitchens of a voluntary recall of almond butter and peanut butter due to a potential Salmonella contamination.

The product being recalled is in pint sized glass jars with a white label listing ingredients and stating “distributed by Oregon Food Bank.” All products with a BEST BY date of July 21, 2015 or earlier should not be used. The BEST BY date is located on the lid of product.

The almond butter and peanut butter was donated to Oregon Food Bank and intended for use in feeding people experiencing hunger. The potential contamination, which was traced to the manufacturing facility prior to donation, was identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during routine testing.

In addition, food recipients may have received peanut butter and almond butter included in the nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. recall. Affected product includes certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters packaged for Safeway, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Specific information on this recall is available through the FDA’s website.
All recipients of food from the regional food banks and food pantries should check for items received that may be related to these recalls. Affected products should be safely disposed of immediately.

“We are concerned about the health and safety of the people we serve,” said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. “All 21 regional food banks have been alerted to this recall. In turn, they are notifying their local partner agencies.”

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Building on artistic expression... Building on artistic expression…“Watch us Grow” a new art mural being built by OCCT/OCCCA is shown in progress on the side of the Olalla Center/Flowerree Center in Toledo. “Art Walk” patrons have the opportunity to see the work in progress and take part in the mural making as well as take part in a children’s workshop in assemblage art on Saturday the 30th from 11-4p.m./caption]

“Master Class” is a new arts initiative being launched by the Oregon Coast Children’s Theatre and Center for the Arts in Toledo. The project will begin with a free family workshop during “Art Walk” on Saturday August 30th from 11-4p.m. by staff artist and master artist Neciah Morrison who works in Jewelry making, Assemblage Arts, and Fabric Arts. Visiting youth and parents will have the opportunity to take part in 2 projects. The 1st will be making assemblage flowers or Cards, out of old beads and jewelry, glass, fabric and paints and other items.

We invite children and families to come to the youth art center during their “Art Walk” Experience in Toledo. The Olalla Center for Children and Families/ & Flowerree Community Center is the location of the youth art center on 3rd st in Toledo just follow the signs for “Art Walk” as there is 3 other artists who also have their studios located in the Olalla Business Center next to the main parking lot at the building. Maps of Art Walk sites are available at any location.

While there you can also view the work and take part in laying down some ceramic and glass pieces as part of “Watch us Grow,” the new community art mural at the Olalla Center for Children & Families & the Flowerree Community Center. You will be instructed by Laurie Leedy, Art Center Manager and Dina Britton Kirk, Education Director, refreshments will be served for quests to the center.

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