Apr 052013
Salvation Army closing Thrift Store - will still offer services to the needy

Salvation Army closing Thrift Store – will still offer services to the needy

Provided by Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Bay Communities Corps, located in Newport will close its Newport thrift store on Saturday, April 20th. Due to difficult economic times, this tough decision had to be made. The Salvation Army will continue serving Lincoln County residents with a clothes closet operated out of the church offices at 124 SE 1st Street, Newport.

The closing of the store was not an easy choice; however, it is a reality that had to be faced. The closing of the store, located at 332 SW Coast Highway will affect five employees, who will be assisted with final salaries and benefits. Store operating hours, Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9:30 AM-5 PM, will remain the same throughout the closing process, ending April 20th.


Gently used clothing for all ages, as well as blankets, sleeping bags, and good shoes, will be welcomed at The Salvation Army Store during the hours of operation. It is hoped that, in the future, The Salvation Army will be able to expand the clothes closet when the economy improves.

All other social services will not be affected, including the Christmas holiday assistance program for individuals and families that find themselves in need as well as its partnerships with other helping organizations and churches in town. Additionally, The Salvation Army Church will remain a place of worship with all of its regularly scheduled programs for children, adults, and families.


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 Posted by at 1:13 PM
Dec 142012

From Newport Bank of America’s Eva Tryon

Girlscout troop leader Barbara Henderson and her troop received a much needed supply donation from the Newport Bank Of America and delivered by Banking center manager Lisa Westerman. The girl scout troop does many projects in the community but are often forgotten when it comes to donations. Bank of America Personal Banker Eva Tryon noticed the community involment from the festival of trees, delivering food for the needy, and helping anywhere they are asked or needed and asked her manager to seek a donation. The girlscouts help promote courage, confidence, and character in young women.

Bank of America Newport is also collecting blankets and food for Food Share, Lincoln County’s food pantry distribution source.

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 Posted by at 2:35 PM
Oct 292012

Margie Owen’s Front Yard, Waldport

Friends of Margie Owen wanted to make sure that all of Waldport knew it was Margie’s birthday today. Margie’s friends pulled this audacious maneuver (which some might have called “for the birds”) by sneaking out in the middle of the night and flocking Margie’s front yard with pink flamingos, along with a sign containing a short message…”You’ve been flocked.”

Margie told News Lincoln County that her husband Colin arose Monday morning to see the tropical fauna in the yard. Not revealing exactly what it was (he was “in on it”), he asked her to “come see.” And there they were, rising from the Oregon deep-green turf, along with a sign reading “You’ve been flocked.” In this case, it meant “Happy Birthday.”

The event prompted many phone calls to the Owen home with “Happy Birthday” wishes coming from the four corners of Waldport. Margie said “It was a very nice way for me to start my birthday. I’ve never heard of anyone being ‘flocked’ on their birthday before. It is a bit bizarre, but I guess Waldport needs something bizarre to happen every now and then just to keep things interesting.”

Husband Colin said his neighbor (who has guns) came over during the morning and mentioned that he’d heard talking outside during the night. He said he was tempted to call the cops, but when things died back down he just went back to sleep. One of Margie’s friends, who masterminded the ‘flocking,’ revealed that she had called the Sheriff’s Office before they descended on Margie’s lawn. She told 9-1-1 dispatchers about the caper and asked that nobody show up with guns drawn. Deputies kindly obliged with their conspicuous absence.

Margie said it was great fun – a memorable birthday morning. She said she heard that there are those who are plotting to put these birds to work for good causes in the Waldport area. With that in mind, the birds were plucked from Margie’s lawn and turned over to Waldport Mayor Susan Woodruff who apparently has “plans” for them. There are rumors that these tropical fowl may be used on behalf of charitable organizations who would perform a similar pink eruption on lawns in front of homes and businesses, attached to which will be a ‘ransom note,’ indicating they would be removed only on condition that a donation be made to said charitable organization or worthy cause.

So Waldport, you can’t say you haven’t been warned.

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 Posted by at 9:26 PM
Oct 192012

Oregon Coast Corvettes, Loyalty Days Parade

You gotta admit, it’s a great gig. You and all your friends who own beautiful Corvette sports car show up at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, hang out, have a great time, draw crowds of Corvette admiring car fans and Chinook Winds writes a nice thank you check to the Lincoln County Special Olympics. What’s not to love?

The Oregon Coast Corvettes also hold fundraisers at other times of the years for charities, notably in connection with Newport Loyalty Days, as the ‘vettes gather for the annual event at Gold Chevrolet (where else??). During last May’s Loyalty Days in Newport the ‘vette club raised $1,000 for Special Olympics putting on a barbecue feed at Gold Chevrolet.

If you’d like more information on the Lincoln County Special Olympics, contact Nikki Holland at 541-270-5581. If you’d like more information on the Oregon Coast Corvettes, call Kimie Parker at 541-785-2111, ext 169 or you can email them at:

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Jun 082012

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 Posted by at 11:23 AM
May 262012

Farmers Market Lemonade Project
Toledo Mayor Ralph Grutzmacher and others volunteering

Information from Chloe Rico, Community Food Organizer

With the start of the Newport Farmers’ Market season, comes the continuation of the Lemonade Project. The market is looking for volunteers to help at The Lemonade Project booth on Saturdays during the farmers market to squeeze and sell lemonade. It’s a really fun time getting to know the farmers market customers. Come and volunteer one Saturday!

The proceeds from the lemonade go toward boosting the buying power of those on SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), to where they can take home more fresh fruits and vegetables for their meals. The Newport Food Pantry recently announced that nearly 25% of the population of Newport is signed up for food. So there’s a lot of hungry people out there. Money raised at the lemonade stand ensures each SNAP shopper at the farmers market receives an additional six dollars toward purchases which helps them stretch their food dollars while adding healthy fruits, vegetables and local foods to their diets.

To sign up to volunteer for this worthwhile activity call 541-867-8672.

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 Posted by at 9:47 AM
May 172012

Brewers Ale Fest at Rogue this weekend

Despite a ton of stuff going on around the Central Coast YOU CAN’T MISS THIS!! It’sthe 6th annual Brewers Ale Fest at Rogue Ales at South Beach. It’s all about raising funds for charities up and down the coast that really need help during these trying economic times. And of course, the Brewers Ale Fest means bring your dog. Yup, bring your dog! The Fest is partially in celebrating and commemorating the life of Brewer, the beloved faithful companion to master Rogue Brewer John Maier. Brewer passed away on May 20th, 2006. And some hearty dog walkers are making the treck from Coeur d’Alene Idaho with their dogs and plan to arrive just in time for the Friday night festivities. So watch for that!

The Fest gets going Friday night at South Beach Rogue and runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with lots of fun, doggy games, phenomenal beer. celebrity doggy look alive contests, live music and 50 microbrews to sample. For more on it, clickhere!!

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 Posted by at 2:16 PM
May 172012

Cassie and Howie Mandel
Kids Wish Network photo

Story provided by Kids Wish Network

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – A girl with a life-threatening illness gets her wish to meet comedian Howie Mandel, granted by international children’s charity Kids Wish Network and generous sponsors.

Nothing gets 7-year-old Cassandra – aka Cassie – down, not even her condition. She was born with her spinal column exposed, through a disorder called myelomeningocele, which is a form of spina bifida. Spina bifida causes significant problems including paralysis and a compromised immune system, which can lead to other life-threatening illnesses.

Cassie’s mother, Theresa, said her little girl fell in love with Howie Mandel after watching America’s Got Talent for the first time. Since that day, Cassie has watched everything she can with Howie Mandel in it and she now proudly proclaims herself to be his number one fan. So, when given the chance to wish for anything she wanted, it came as no surprise that Cassie wanted to meet the famous comedian.

This chance to wish came about when Cassie’s grandmother referred her to international children’s charity Kids Wish Network for the possibility to have her wish granted. After some paperwork, Caitlin’s wish was well on its way to being granted.

Cassie’s wish took place at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort, where Howie Mandel was performing. In addition to the meet-and-greet with Howie, Cassie and her family were also treated to accommodations at the Sea Horse Oceanfront Landing and the Hyatt Place Portland Airport/Cascade Station, dinners every evening, a visit to the Oregon Zoo and a trip to the Build-A-Bear Workshop to create her own special bear.

“It was amazing,” said Theresa of her daughter’s wish. “It could not have been any better than it was.” Continue reading »

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 Posted by at 9:16 AM
Feb 012012

Story provided by Jonah’s Whale Thrift Shop

On Saturday February 4th from 9-3 Jonah’s Whale will be Open.

Over the past 22 years, Kelly Morris the Director of Jonah’s Whale has been a charitable steward in our community. Jonah’s Whale Thrift Shop was originally funded and established by Denise Warner in 1990. Jonah’s Whale is one of Newport’s most lively resources for families and individuals. Distinctive characteristics inside Jonah’s Whale include: one-of-a-kind threads for men, women and children, an energizing conversation about community happenings, a cart full of snacks and baby food, toys & housewares, all wrapped up in a true sense of benevolent generosity.

Kelly Morris is “on the front lines” serving many homeless families and individuals in our community. With generosity and compassion, Jonah’s Whale provides free food, clothing and resources to help our neighbors in need. Come meet Kelly at this landmark “Community Livingroom” Saturday February 4th – located across from Progressive Options – 614 SW Hurbert St., Newport.

Jonah’s encourages folks to come by and shop, donate clothes, sign-up to volunteer, and there will be a special writing station set up to scribe a personal letter to First Lady Michelle Obama. Through our letters we can collectively share our hopes for the future. We plan to ask her to visit Lincoln County the next time she is in Oregon. . Let us use this time to connect with each other on many levels.

See you there!
Jonah’s Whale Thrift Shop
Phone (541) 265-8569

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 Posted by at 4:11 PM
Oct 062011

Provided by United Way
Recap of recent Leadership Breakfast in Gleneden Beach

Along with investment in community resources like 2-1-1-a free referral line connecting people to the help they need, United Way’s annual grants program was discussed. The 2011 funding cycle was completed in June with a volunteer granting committee making awards to six agency programs totaling over $25,000. Local programs receiving funding are: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lincoln County, Centro de Ayuda, Coastal Range Food Bank, Lincoln County Food Share, Operation Snackpacks, and the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Lincoln County.

United Way recognizes that community support is vital. The annual campaign is actively underway and will continue through the end of December, though donations are accepted year-round. United Way operates on the premise of “one ask on behalf of many,” raising dollars to help more than just one person or one issue. All the money raised in Lincoln County supports Lincoln County service agencies addressing the needs of people living and working in the local community. Anyone interested in more information about how to give to or get involved with United Way should contact Katelyn Hordichok, Area Representative for Lincoln County United Way, at 541-265-5812 or katelyn@unitedwayblc.org.

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 Posted by at 11:24 AM