Spaces still available in childcare startup workshop beginning Oct. 19, 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 2
Room 140 | OCCC Newport Campus|400 SE College Way
Register: oregoncoast.edu/childcare-startups –
Registrations have been coming in at a good pace, but there is still room for additional participants in a workshop coming in October, created to help Lincoln County residents learn more about how to launch a childcare business here on the coast.
The OCCC Small Business Development Center, with support from Northwest Oregon Works, is pleased to present this four-part workshop designed to help launch new childcare businesses here in Lincoln County,and to help ensure their long-term success.
“The tight labor market we’ve seen in recent months is unprecedented,” said Misty Lambrecht, OCCC’s Small Business Management Coordinator and the creator of the childcare series. “There are myriad reasons for the difficulties local employers have had in finding and keeping good employees. One of these reasons, though, is a paucity of quality childcare – a shortage exacerbated by the pandemic. If this workshop can help launch even one home-based childcare business, that could mean as many as 10 workers could return to their jobs, secure in the knowledge that their children are safe and secure.”
The series will run four consecutive Tuesdays, Oct. 19 to Nov. 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the OCCC Central County Campus in Newport. The program features an in-depth session on regulations, finance, and licensure, led by guest presenters from Linn-Benton Community College. Another will feature general information about business formation, operation, and bookkeeping, led by Lambrecht. A third workshop focuses on insurance and legal considerations. Participants will also register for an LBCC-hosted infant and child CPR/First Aid session, via independent study.
Thanks to support from Northwest Oregon Works, there is no cost to attend the workshops (excluding a $55 fee for the First Aid independent study requirement).OCCC thanks Jose Hernandez, of LBCC, for his assistance.
To register, visit oregoncoast.edu/childcare-startups, or call 541-994-4166.
“Reserve Inspiration” Exhibition Travels to Newport Visual Arts Center
Public opening scheduled for October 2, noon to 4pm, with artists speaking at 2pm
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibition, “Reserve Inspiration,” from October 2 to 30 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Dr.). The group exhibit will feature nine regional artists reflecting on the importance of the marine reserves located along the Oregon coastline. Artistic mediums will include painting, ceramics, photography, science illustration and mixed-media. A public opening will be held on Saturday, October 2, noon to 4pm, with available artists speaking at 2pm.
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife manages five marine reserves totally over 75 square miles, with each reserve also enjoying an adjacent marine protected area. The reserves are located at Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock Cape Perpetua and Redfish Rocks.
According to ODFW, marine reserves are areas in coastal waters dedicated to conservation and scientific research. All removal of marine life is prohibited, as is ocean development. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are adjacent to the reserves. Ocean development is still prohibited, but some fishing activities are allowed.
The nine artists participating in the “Reserve Inspiration” exhibit are Julie Fiedler, Scott Groth, Cynthia Longhat-Adams, Helen Kropp, Victoria McOmie, Ernie Rose, Nora Sherwood, Jill Perry Townsend and Dennis White.
THE CITY OF NEWPORT SEEKS INPUT ON SOUTH BEACH PROJECTS
During the summer, the City of Newport asked for feedback on the types of investments the Newport Urban Renewal Agency should make, in and around South Beach over the next four to five years. More than 300 people responded with a host of feedback and ideas for projects to enhance the tax base, promote livability, and improve experiences for area residents, visitors, and employees. The city appreciates your valuable input!
Your thoughts and ideas helped the Urban Renewal Agency and its consultants prepare a preliminary set of projects for the Agency’s final round of South Beach investments. With this survey, we want to hear how those projects should be prioritized. The city will use that information to prepare a final, prioritized set of projectrecommendations for the Agency’s consideration.
Four Lincoln County nursing students are this year’s recipients of the Gribler Loving Trust Nursing Scholarship from the Pacific Communities Health District Foundation.
McKenzie Thomas was awarded $3,000 toward her education, while Ann Martin, Alair Sjostrom and Gabrielle Zimmerman each received $2,000.
As part of the application process, each student submitted short autobiographies addressing their commitment, background, work ethic and desire to become a nurse.
“After reading their heartfelt words, I have no doubt that they will make good use of the scholarship support and go on to be assets to the nursing profession and to our community,” said Ursula Marinelli, PCHD Foundation executive director, who announced the scholarship recipients.
Expressing an interest in science, appreciation for the sense of community in Lincoln County, and a desire to help locals be safer are among the things that prompted McKenzie Thomas to pursue a nursing degree. She wrote in her essay: “I know that my nursing journeywill not always be easy, but I feel that the reward of seeing the impact I make in my community will make all the work worth it.”
Since the age of 12, Ann Martin knew she wanted to help others in need. While raising her family, she worked as a unit secretary in a large teaching hospital and later earned a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation. It wasn’t until she moved to her “forever home” of Newport that she discovered her desire to become a registered nurse. When COVID-19 hit, she became a certified nursing assistant and worked on the COVID hall at a nursing facility. “Throughout my life, my commitment to bettering the lives of others has come to fruition in many ways. I will devote my life’s work to caring for others to the very best of my ability,” Martin wrote.
Alair Sjostrom, who has worked as a certified nursing assistant at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for the past five years, wrote about her desire to help others since she was a young girl, and how she overcame failures and obstacles, including a traumatic car crash. “I never gave up no matter how many times I wanted to quit. … [I had to] work twice as hard mentally and physically to prove myself right. Now I’m proud to say I’m a second-year nursing student.”
Second-year nursing student Gabrielle Zimmerman wrote that the challenges of this past year have only deepened her admiration for her chosen career path. “As I continue to further my knowledge of the medical field, my interest in it only grows stronger and I truly feel honored to be a nursing student. Every challenge has led me to work harder and continue to push forward. When COVID is over, I will be able to look back and say ‘I made it through, in the middle of a pandemic. Anything is possible!’ ”
The scholarship is named for Olga and Bill Gribler, who were active in the Newport community beginning in 1947. Olga worked for the telephone company and later at the Bank of Newport. Bill taught music and entertained throughout the community. The Griblers established a generous scholarship with the PCHD Foundation to address the ongoing need for quality nurses in this rural area. To date, the PCHD Foundation has awarded more than $71,000 in Gribler scholarships to 24 students, including this year’s recipients.
For more information about the PCHD Foundation, visit samhealth.org/PCHDF or call 541-574-4745.
CITY OF NEWPORT STAGE TWO WATER CURTAILMENT TERMINATED STAGE ONE WATER CURTAILMENT CONTINUES
The Newport City Council, at its meeting of September 20, terminated the Alert Stage 2 Water Curtailment restrictions that were enacted on August 4, 2021. An Alert Stage 1 Water Curtailment is still in effect until further notice, and residents and visitors are urged to conserve water.
Water conservation measures include:
● Be mindful of running water.
● Repair leaks as soon as possible.
● Avoid letting the toilet run.
● Wash (dishes and clothes) full loads only.
● Use a compost bin.
There are many other water conservation measures that can be utilized.
On June 28, 2021, the city issued notice of an Alert Stage 1 Water Curtailment. This was done in conjunction with the Lincoln County Commissioner’s declaration of a countywide drought. This was a water system advisory which informed the community of the situation and recommended voluntary water conservation.
The City of Newport thanks its residents and businesses for their cooperation.