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A big part of the world may be shut down…but grassroots artistry is hanging in there!

Art Fridays Return for Spring Session—From a Distance
Students to create Nye Beach banner quilts and mosaics

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the spring session of Art Fridays, the popular youth-arts program put on through the Newport Visual Arts Center. This spring though, the program has gone remote, with parents picking up materials and instructions, and students returning their creative works, from a distance.

In this collaborative offsite learning project, “Nye Beach Banners – Creating Mosaics and Quilts,” students receive parts of banners that then become works of public art. Each student takes their banner tiles and paints both sides–one side has lines to be painted around and the other side has a theme that can be freely interpreted. The number of tiles per student will depend on the number of students participating.

When the different student pieces are brought together to form a complete banner, one side will resemble a mosaic and the other side will feel like a quilt. The group banners will then hang on light poles throughout Newport’s historic Nye Beach neighborhood (summer through fall).

In addition to the banner tiles, each student will receive a mini banner to decorate and keep for their own. Students are also provided a brush and assorted acrylic paints.

The Nye Beach Banners project is presented in collaboration with the Nye Beach Banner Project and the Nye Beach Merchants Association. The project is geared toward 2nd to 8th graders (7-13 years of age) or as a family activity. No-contact project pick-up and drop off will take place from the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Drive) via appointment. Donations are requested–suggested $15 per student.
To register or for more information contact Sara Siggelkow, OCCA Arts Learning Coordinator, at ssiggelkow@coastarts.org or 541-574-3364.

Money in the pipeline for Lincoln County School District graduates…

$217,300 in Scholarships Awarded to Lincoln County Graduates through the
Lincoln County Foundation

This spring, 133 Lincoln County graduates will receive $217,300 in awards through the work of the Foundation and its donors. The Lincoln County Foundation is a non-profit corporation established to serve as an agency to particularly assist, encourage and promote the welfare and well-being of the youth of Lincoln County, Oregon. It was created in 1965 by a group of Lincoln County citizens to provide a means through which gifts, bequests, property, or funds from any source may be placed in trust.

In partnership with the high schools of Lincoln County School District, we offer seniors the ability to apply for scholarships that most often have been established in remembrance of dynamic individuals who contributed to the community throughout their lifetimes. We are particularly grateful to the counseling staffs and others who worked together with us to overcome the current difficulties of in person communication to get the task accomplished this year.

Since the usual Senior Awards ceremonies have needed to be altered, each school has developed created ways to continue this tradition, and we are proud to be part of these celebrations. For information regarding the work of the Foundation, please contact Executive Director Jon Zagel at 541-270-1824.

How to track down the Corona Virus (Covid-19)

Oregon State University
Corvallis

Some creative researchers at Oregon State University have developed a technique that regular Covid-19 virus hunters haven’t thought of yet.  But now they’re “on to it.”  Researchers have discovered they can track down Covid-19 viruses by back-tracking where they come from.  Human fecal waste.  The waste, of course, goes down the toilet, is routed through the collection lines and pops out at the local sewer plant.  The “best” samples are likely traced up-stream to individual homes and businesses.  Researchers say the waste contains the virus even if the “human” isn’t aware of the viral hitch-hiker roaming around his or her body.  Researchers target neighborhood hot-spots in an area, whip out their Q-tip swabs and get busy swabbing noses around the neighborhood.

Researchers at OSU call the detection technique CoronaVirus Sewer Surveillance.  And the investigative technique has migrated not only to Deschutes County but also Washington County in suburban Portland.

Initial funding and support for the work is provided by the National Science Foundation and Clean Water Services.  They say there is no indication that the CoronaVirus can survive as an infectious agent in sewage.  But scientists say their chemical signatures do survive and are detectable.  OSU’s testing time turn-around is about a week.

OSU researcher and Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering Tyler Radniecki says this new “follow the sewer pipes” technique overcomes the issue of asymptomatic carriers (being infected without knowing it) by detecting the virus in people who show symptoms and people who don’t show symptoms.

Professor Radniecki says, “We can’t put an exact number on how many people are infected but we’re also the bloodhounds who “sniff out” the virus, track its rise and fall in communities, detect priority hotspots and then alert medical researchers and staff who can take it from there with their knowledge, skills and technologies.  Radniecki says they’ll seek federal funding so they can more effectively track down the virus in a more cost-effective manner.  And hopefully the Congress will provide the money to build an even more refined detection method to stop the virus – ANY VIRUS – before it inundates the whole country.

Rep. Peter DeFazio
D-Eugene

This week Oregon U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio of  Springfield will receive Radneicki’s report and hopefully can motivate his House Committee to provide federal funds to better understand and cut-off viral and bacterial outbreaks before they can kill thousands, if not millions of people, world-wide.

Bad T-Bone accident on Highway 18 about 1.5 miles east of Otis – Injuries – Watch for traffic control flaggers!!

9:50am –  A nasty T-Bone accident has injured a lady driver on Highway 18 about a mile-and-a-half east of Otis.  Emergency Responders are enroute to the scene which is near 3345 Salmon River Highway (18).

10:00am –  Life Flight is being told to be ready to fly to the scene depending on what paramedics determine to be serious enough injuries to warrant a flight to a trauma center in McMinnville, Salem or Portland.

10:03am – Westbound lanes have been shut down.  Watch for flaggers.  SLOW in the area.

10:05am – Injury evaluation by paramedics has determined Life Flight is not necessary. 

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