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Deco District Trick or Treat

From Lincoln County School District Office

Visit District Office for Deco District Trick or Treat

When you take your kids out trick-or-treating in Newport’s Deco District on Halloween night (Monday the 31st), remember to stop by the LCSD District Office, which will be transformed into Sesame Street!

Big Bird, Cookie Monster, the Grouch and other fun, familar characters will greet children and give them a special treat for visiting Sesame Street. The District Office is located at the corner of Hwy. 101 and Alder St.

During Deco District Halloween, costumed children under the age of 13, and their guardians, are invited to visit participating Newport City Center locations between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a spooky good time!

Wanted: Good people already helping others, but who want to do more…

Siletz Valley Early College Academy
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Provided by, Lorrie Syms, Teacher, SV Early College Academy

Today I want to tell you about the Siletz Valley Community 101 project. Myself and the students in the Community 101 Project at Siletz Valley Early College Academy will work together through volunteerism and philanthropy to improve teen wellness and reduce substance abuse. Teen wellness programs will focus on reducing bullying, racism, stress, suicide, and self-esteem issues, while substance abuse programs will help people in our community face their problems with addiction.

We want to work with as many Lincoln County non-profit organizations as possible. We have received funding that will allow us to provide funds to non-profit organizations through a grant- making process. We are especially looking for non-profits that fit our mission statement, but would also like to hear from others who are making a difference in our community.

We will start mailing grant applications to non-profit organizations on November 15th. Applications must be returned by January 31, 2012. As a class, we will review all nonprofit grant applications and rate each one based on which most closely meets our mission statement. An awards ceremony will take place in the spring.

If you are a non-profit organization in need of some funding, please contact Siletz Valley Early College Academy Community 101 freshmen class. 541-444-1100 or email LorrieSyms@gmail.com.

Beach Slapped!

Driftwood Public Library is delighted to welcome local novelist Barton Howe to speak about his new novel, Beach Slapped, on Saturday, November 19th at 3:00 p.m.

Howe is a high school teacher and humor columnist who has spent most of the last 10 years teaching, being a mascot and generally not being near as funny as he thinks he is. A former newspaper reporter, hotel manager, aquarium diver, stand-up comedian, forcibly retired Disney on Ice performer and professional mascot, Howe has combined his experiences and skills from all of those environments to create writing with a voice like no other. Living proof that you don’t need hurricanes blowing the palm trees sideways to get beach slapped time and again.

He currently resides in the only small town on the Oregon coast that has seven miles of coastline and not one boat dock. He is married to the most patient woman on earth and is father to the cutest daughter in the universe, who got all of her looks from her mother.

Barton Howe’s appearance is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. Driftwood Public Library is located on the 2nd floor of the City Hall building in Lincoln City at 801 SW Highway 101, next to the Price and Pride grocery store. Any question about this or other events may be directed to Ken Hobson at 541-996-1242 or via e-mail at kenh@lincolncity.org

League of Women Voters – Grapefruit Sale! Including Texas Red!

The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County is conducting their annual grapefruit sale. This year they will be working with Quail Valley Farms in Medford and will take orders for other fruit as well. Options will include Texas red grapefruit, California navel oranges, Washington Fuji apples or Northwest D’Anjou pears.

A 20-pound box of either grapefruit or oranges sells for $20.00. The same size box of apples or pears sells for $25.00. Also available for $25.00 is a Festival of Fruit box which weighs about 22 pounds and contains an assortment of all four fruits. Orders must be prepaid and will be delivered in early December. Call Maxine Demory at 541-265-7532 or Suzanne Maxson at 541-563-5231 to order your fruit.

The League has been selling grapefruit as a fundraiser for the past thirteen years and has many repeat customers. They are pleased to also offer other fruit this year. Proceeds help fund the voter service activities of the League of Women Voters.

The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government in order to build better communities. For more information about the organization, call Ruth Kistler at 541-574-8145.

Helping Mother Nature be more natural when raising fish in the mountains

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Foresters and watershed management groups are working high in coastal watersheds, felling trees, contouring streams and pools, to make Mother Nature more natural. An article in today’s Eugene Register Guard nicely covers this ongoing approach to increasing the number of young fish that Oregon’s coastal range produces to enhance our commercial and sports fishing industries. Click here.

Unemployment fraud swamps office investigators

Oregon has issued over three billion dollars in unemployment benefits checks since since the recession slapped down the American economy. Over three hundred million of that went to people that weren’t supposed to get checks or who were not longer eligible to get checks. Employment office officials complain that budget cuts decimated their ability to track down such fraud, some investigators having caseloads in the hundreds. Not doable, they say, no matter how good an investigator is.

The story’s in the Oregonian. Click here.

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