Jan 142013

Sixteen Lincoln County students recently participated in on-camera interviews during an all day Youth Leadership Conference. The students shared their experience and thoughts about youth-leadership in our community. PAADA, Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse co-sponsored the Leadership Conference.

Video provided by Lincoln County Leadership Conference, Elise Jordan, producer.

Lincoln County Leadership Conference SAMHSA Youth Voice Project 2013 from Elise Jordan on Vimeo.

Don McDonald, PAADA Coalition Coordinator is attending The 9th annual Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Prevention Day in Washington DC where the video showcase will present prevention-related work being done by communities and individuals from across the country.

The next Lincoln County Leadership Academy is set to take place on Saturday January 26th at Newport OCCC Campus from 9:30-3:30. Those interested in attending can contact PAADA Coalition Coordinator, Don McDonald 541-574-7890.

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Nov 252012

CSC youth/Salmon population research

As this photo depicts, a grant from The Siletz Tribe allows youth crews from Community Services Consortium to participate in smolt salmon population research along the Oregon Coast.

A generous grant of more than $4,500 from the Siletz Tribal Contribution Fund has enabled 36 Lincoln County youth to participate in vital natural resources restoration projects. The Lincoln County Natural Resource Crew program, run by Community Services Consortium, uses funds to buy supplies for projects that also provided 9,952 combined hours of job training and educational support to local youth.

The youth carried out a number of vital environmental projects, including planting in damaged riparian zones, seed gathering, supporting Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on projects aiding threatened species, creating community garden spaces and trail building and maintenance.

Many thanks to the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians for providing such a huge benefit to both the youth and environment of Lincoln County!

Community Services Consortium (CSC) is a state-designated Community Action Agency serving Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties with housing, nutrition, economic stability, and educational assistance programs since 1980.

To support this project or any of CSC’s valuable programs and services, visit our website at www.communityservices.us. Donations may be made through our website or mailed to our main office: Community Services Consortium, 245 Broadalbin Street, Suite 2A, Albany, OR 97321.

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Sep 112012

Lincoln City City Council, Monday evening

Lending a helping hand to those who send needy students home on Friday afternoons with backpacks full of weekend food, the Lincoln City City Council agreed to give the local “Backpack” program a free place to operate out of; the old city fire hall at SW 4th and Ebb. City Councilors said there is plenty of room in the fire hall to accommodate the storage needs for the Business for Excellence in Youth to run the Backpack program, which now serves well over 200 kids who may not eat over the weekend due to parental neglect or the child’s family being out of money.

The council asked city staff to develop a six month lease that would be renewable after that on a month to month basis. A spokesman for the group said that the Evangelical Church on Highway 101 has generously offered space, but that the program quickly outgrew it. He said the Backpack program serves school children who attend Oceanlake and Taft Elementary Schools and Taft 7-12.

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Aug 292012

LC Commission, Wednesday

Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday were asked to join a statewide effort to revamp and better coordinate services aimed at helping Oregon children be better prepared for kindergarten through third grade. Lincoln County Commission on Children and Families chief Barbara Dougherty and others told the commission that 700 children in Lincoln County live in poverty and that many have learning problems caused by home life to learning disabilities.

Dougherty outlined a series of statewide early childhood education services that are very complex, difficult for most people to understand and in need of revamping. Dougherty said Governor Kitzhaber has ordered part of that overhaul to include the creation of local ‘accountability hubs’ that can better coordinate services for troubled or disadvantaged children and to monitor the many services that these children are getting, as well as for those who need them, but for some reason, aren’t getting them. Dougherty told the commission, “We can either help them get the educational, health and mental health services they need to be effective learners, or we’ll lose them to crime, jail and other far costlier adult services.”

Doughterty told the commissioners that a statewide coordinating council for all this has been formed in Salem and that it will be working with the next state legislature to generate funding and coordination among all the hubs, statewide. The commissioners, she said, will have to pick which counties they’d like to affiliate with, whether it’s Linn and Benton or Tillamook, Clatsop or Polk. The idea, she said, is to create economies of scale for services between areas that are similar in social and economic backgrounds. The commission indicated a preference to affiliate with Tillamook or Clatsop because Lincoln County has very little in common with the urban areas of Lane, Benton or Linn counties, although Lincoln County does have partnering agreements with Benton and Linn on subject areas like transportation and the emerging medical Coordinated Care Organizations.

Dougherty said the commissioners will likely have to put out a request for proposals in early Spring to see what non-profit organization would like to form the ‘accountability hub.’ Shortly thereafter funding from the state legislature (and possibly from local sources) will be known and at that point the new coordinated early childhood education program can launch a more efficient and effective method of ensuring that regardless of income or family circumstances, Lincoln County’s pre-schoolers to third graders will be better equipped to learn how to meet the demands of what is truly a lifetime of education.

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Aug 262012

Registration deadlines are near for two fall sports offered by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation.

Middle School Cross Country
Middle school cross country is for students in grades 6 through 8. This team is for all running abilities and features a variety of running routes, both on and off road, to keep youth motivated. Cross country is also a great way to get into shape for winter sports.

Practices will be held after school from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Sept. 4 through Oct. 25, at the high school track. (Pre-season practices are taking place at 4 p.m. Aug. 27-30 at the Lincoln City Community Center.) Meet dates and times will be announced the first week of official practice. The cost is $35 per student, and includes a sweatshirt. Registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 31 at the Lincoln City Community Center. For more information, call the community center at 541-994-2131 or Coach Gail Kimberling at 541-557-1137.

Girls’ Volleyball
Friday, Aug. 31 is the deadline to register for girls’ 7th/8th grade volleyball. This is a competitive league with games played on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout Lincoln County. Practice days will be determined by the coach once registrations are complete. Players and a parent/guardian must attend a pre-season meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at the Lincoln City Community Center. The fee for this league is $50 and includes a volleyball jersey.

The registration deadline for the girls’ 5th/6th grade and 3rd/4th grade volleyball leagues is Saturday, Sept. 8. Practices will begin the week of Sept. 20 and continue for five to six weeks. Games will be held on Saturdays, with time and location to be announced. The fee for the 5th/6th and 3rd/4th grade leagues is $35 per student and includes a T-shirt. For more information call the Lincoln City Community Center at 541-994-2131 or Karl McShane, recreation supervisor, at 541-996-1233.

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Aug 172012

Soccer registration for the 2012 fall season is now open. Registration forms will be available from the Newport Recreation Center. Online registration is also available through the Central Coast Soccer Association website (click here), enabling kids to be registered quickly.

Evaluations for all Newport, Toledo, and Siletz U10-14 (4th to 8th grade) players will occur on the following dates: Sunday, August 19 (12-2 pm) and Wednesday, August 22 (6-8 pm). Last day for soccer registration is August 24th. The fall soccer season will start September 15th and continue through October 27th.

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Aug 152012

Middle school romp at Nye Beach

Newport Recreation Center’s Liam Hughes is getting the word out that the Newport Recreation Department’s Middle School Cross Country Team is getting signed up and into training.Middle School Cross Country Team. It’s for kids coming into 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

Participation Fee $40 (Scholarships are available as funds allow). First practice will be held August 20th at the Newport High School track. Summer practice schedule will be from August 20 to September 3rd from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Then once school starts (September 4th) practices will be from 3:45pm-5pm. Practices will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. People with questions should contact Liam Hughes at the Newport Recreation Center. (541) 574-5453 L.Hughes@NewportOregon.gov

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Aug 132012

From the left, Jessie Weaver, Maya Hatton, Taft High; Rachael Kowalski, Eddie St. Clair; Newport High. Not pictured were Janie Kiyokawa, Newport High; & Henry Lahti, Taft High. Photo: Katy Roe

Neighbors For Kids (NFK) is pleased to announce the results of their successful 3rd Annual “Golf Fore! the Kids” Charity Golf Tournament, which was held on July 28th at Chinook Winds Golf Resort. Eleven foursome teams participated in the 2012 tournament, representing a total of 44 golfers. Congratulations to the winning team this year sponsored by TLC Federal Credit Union, the 2012 title sponsor of NFK’s golf event. First place team members included Kyle Wolf, Jerry Wolf, Chase Miester and Jordan Morlock. As a result of this annual fundraising event, NFK raised nearly $12,000 in net profits, with 100% of the proceeds going directly toward the operation of their important youth programs. NFK truly appreciates the support from the many businesses and individuals from the Lincoln County community who generously sponsored the event, donated valuable items towards the silent auction and dedicated their time towards this important fundraiser.

As a result of a suggestion from Neighbors For Kids supporter and golfer, Joanne Lunceford, of Depoe Bay, and additional support from Heather Hatton, girl’s golf coach for Taft High School, NFK was honored to have six (6) top high school golfers play in the 3rd Annual “Golf Fore! the Kids” fundraising event at Chinook Winds Golf Resort. It is the vision and a goal of NFK to expand on the high school golf theme and sponsor additional high school golfers at the 2013 event. Involving local youth in the tournament greatly enhanced the event and fit perfectly with NFK’s mission statement, “to provide youth in our region with educational enrichment, positive youth development, and recreational activities; all in a safe environment which focuses them toward healthy lifestyles and leads them to become responsible, contributing adults.”

This year, NFK is starting much earlier in planning for 2013 by forming a committee of community members, including golf coaches, young HS golfers, parents, and other volunteers, to help plan the details and gain support for the 2013 golf event next summer. Board members, staff and volunteers have already begun working with the Chinook Winds Casino and Golf Resort team to make next year’s tournament an even bigger success. In addition, NFK is already arranging meetings with potential sponsors of the 4th Annual Golf Fore! the Kids Charity Golf Tournament. Anyone interested in working with Neighbors For Kids on the 2013 Golf Planning Committee, please contact Steve Sparks, Vice Chair of NFK, e-mail stevesparks@centurytel.net, by cell phone, 509-670-7766, or feel free to call the NFK office at 541-765-8990.

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Aug 092012

Fall Youth Group Swimming Lessons
At The Newport Pool

The City of Newport Swimming Pool begins registration for fall group swimming lessons for youth ages 4 and older on August 17th. The lessons are held Monday through Thursday evenings in two week blocks either September 17th – 27th or October 8th – 18th. The fee is $48.00 per participant per lesson block. Lesson times are at 5pm or 5:30pm for all levels. Register in person at the pool beginning August 17th, or call 541-265-7770 for additional information.

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Jul 242012

Chyanna Blackburn, Sydney Tucker, Lauren Bobo-Shisler and their coach. Not pictured Tristan Scarborough.

The Newport Swim Team recently traveled to Beaverton for the Oregon Swimming 10 and under Long Course State Championship’s and even though Newport brought only four swimmers to the meet, they definitely made a big splash for themselves and honors for their Newport team.

Among the top finishes in the Girls 9 year old 200 meter Freestyle and Girls 9 year old 50 meter Backstroke was Chyanna Blackburn who placed 9th in the 200 with a time of 3:04.22 and 11th in the 50 back with a time of 45.75. Sydney Tucker kept it going with a 15th place finish in the Girls 9 year old 50 Meter Breaststroke with a time of 53.86. Lauren Bobo-Shisler highlighted the day with fourth place finish in Girls 8 and under 50 Meter Breaststroke with a time 53.45 and finished the day off with a Championship Performance by winning the Girls 8 and under 50 Meter Backstroke with a time of 41.74. Chyanna Blackburn made her splash on Sunday with places of 19th, 13th, 8th, and 5th. Chyanna swam times of 40.29 and 1:26.85 in both her 50 Meter and 100 Meter Freestyle events. She then swam a time of 3:28.53 in the 200 Meter Individual Medley which gave her an 8th place finish and with a time of 1:36.84 in her 100 meter backstroke she was able to place in the top five with a fifth place finish. Sydney Tucker swam her way to a 9th place finish and a personal best time on Sunday with a time of 1:54.83. Lauren Bobo-Shisler had another big day with a second place finish in the girls 8 and under 50 meter butterfly with a time of 46.17 and winning both the Girls 50 meter and 100 meter Freestyle events. With winning times of 34.94 and 1:19.14.

The Newport Swim Team will finish off their season on Aug 3rd, 4th, and 5th with their own Seahorse Swim Meet held in Newport at the Newport Swimming Pool.

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