This is the weekend that generations of memories, both fond and otherwise, go up in flame and smoke, rising into the skies over Waldport. The old Waldport High School will be used for aggressive live fire training for many local and regional volunteer firefighters. We’re told that if it’s done right, a relative novice can get ten years worth of real firefighting experience in an afternoon with this kind of opportunity. Firefighters from Lincoln and two other counties are converging on site from 8am Saturday through Sunday evening. There will be fires set, fires put out, set – put out, set – put out…for hours on end.
Crestline Drive will be shut down starting 7:30am Saturday morning at Edgewood up top, to Highway 34 at the bottom. It’ll be reopened sometime Sunday evening. Nearby neighbors are STRONGLY URGED to keep their windows closed and their PETS INSIDE. Central Coast Firefighters say ALL ASBESTOS HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BUILDINGS. So not to worry. But breathing smoke in general is not healthy anyway! So if you live closeby, recreate out of the area, grab a good book, or surf the internet. The fire training will run ALL WEEKEND, even overnight. They’re wringing out every minute of live fire training they can with this terrific opportunity to impart precious knowledge and experience, all aimed at saving our homes, businesses and the lives of our fellow citizens.
Once the school is reduced to a pile of charcoal and other debris, it’ll be hauled off, leaving a flat open area to become part of whatever park and recreation facility the community comes up with. The city, the school district and a local non-profit-type group are trying to figure out the best way forward and what kinds of sports, playground, walking paths and community garden type things that might go on there.
Again, lots of memories going up in smoke this weekend. Probably more than a few teary eyes will flow. But not for the area’s oldest student of Waldport High – Lester Hall, age nearly 103. We’re told Lester graduated in 1929 – THREE high schools ago.