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Newport Celtic Festival officially recognized by Oregon Cultural Trust

From Jill Lyon, Communications Director
Celtic Heritage Alliance, Inc.

NEWPORT, OR – Founded in July 2001 by the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Cultural Trust provides funding for Oregon’s cultural community to support organizations which sustain, develop, and participate in arts, heritage and humanities and sees these types of activities as an investment which creates vibrant communities by strengthening the economy, improving education and bettering quality of life.

Each of the Trust’s 1,300 members throughout Oregon must be a qualifying 501(c) 3 organization registered with the IRS and its non-profit status with the State of Oregon is verified. Additionally, their bylaws are reviewed and their mission and goals must have “culture” at their core, which may be rooted in the arts, heritage, history, historic preservation or the humanities.

The Celtic Heritage Alliance is proud to announce that it joins 17 fellow Lincoln County non-profit organizations as newly accepted members of the Oregon Cultural Trust and it continues to work to fulfill its mission.

That mission is to “promote and preserve Celtic culture and heritage through creation and development of Celtic cultural events, activities, and programs which facilitate education, workshops, musical performances and traditional competitions which include athletics, music and dance.”

Another example of such a program will be the hosting of CHA’s second Irish House Concert event “Harvest by the Sea” to be held November 3, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport featuring the talented musicians, Elizabeth Nicholson and Bob Soper of “Stringed Migration” of Portland.

For more information about the Celtic Heritage Alliance or to purchase advanced tickets online, please visit www.newportcelticfestival.com

Mussel harvesting closed on south Oregon coast due to marine toxins


Mussels, Wikipedia photo

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the closure of recreational mussel harvesting from Cape Arago in Coos County to the California border due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins. The closure includes mussels found on the beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances in this section of the Oregon Coast.

Recreational mussel harvesting remains open north of Cape Arago. All other recreational shellfish harvesting is open for the entire Oregon Coast.

Shellfish contaminated with paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) can cause minor to severe illness or even death. The symptoms usually begin with tingling of the mouth and tongue. Severe poisoning can result in dizziness, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, paralysis of the arms and legs, and paralysis of the muscles used for breathing.

Cooking will not destroy the shellfish toxins.

Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

Newport: “Hit and leave” semi on a residential street snags electric service line to a home – leaves live wire in the street.

10:52am
A Semi clipped a utility line at NE Benton and 4th Streets. The “hot” lines are lying in the street. Drivers are rolling over them. Central Lincoln PUD is enroute. Fire/rescue is enroute to check them out.

Traffic is blocked at 3rd and Benton.

11:30am
Road cleared. A semi came through on Benton, obviously trying to find Highway 20. Benton is a residential street on which semi’s are not supposed to drive. In this case, the truck snagged an overhead service line from a power line to a home on the corner. The truck ripped it right out of the house, sending the home’s service pole and electric meter and a neighbor’s mail box sprawling. The trucker didn’t stop. He left damage and a live wire lying in the road which unknowing passing drivers blithely drove over.

Fortunately there was a witness who got the name of the truck and where it had just made a delivery of product to a restaurant on 101. Authorities are tracking it down.

Unfortunately for the homeowner, he’s got to front the money for an electrician to come out and rebuild a service pole and power meter assembly to make it possible for the home to receive electricity again. Central Lincoln PUD says they’re usually “same day” with re-hook-ups under these kinds of situations.

Oregon Coast Corvettes causes $500 donation to Special Olympics of Lincoln County


Oregon Coast Corvettes, Loyalty Days Parade

You gotta admit, it’s a great gig. You and all your friends who own beautiful Corvette sports car show up at Chinook Winds Casino Resort, hang out, have a great time, draw crowds of Corvette admiring car fans and Chinook Winds writes a nice thank you check to the Lincoln County Special Olympics. What’s not to love?

The Oregon Coast Corvettes also hold fundraisers at other times of the years for charities, notably in connection with Newport Loyalty Days, as the ‘vettes gather for the annual event at Gold Chevrolet (where else??). During last May’s Loyalty Days in Newport the ‘vette club raised $1,000 for Special Olympics putting on a barbecue feed at Gold Chevrolet.

If you’d like more information on the Lincoln County Special Olympics, contact Nikki Holland at 541-270-5581. If you’d like more information on the Oregon Coast Corvettes, call Kimie Parker at 541-785-2111, ext 169 or you can email them at:
CoastCorvettesOregon@aol.com

Lincoln County School Bus Driver Saves Choking Student

From Lincoln County Schools

“That’s why we don’t eat on the bus!”

That’s what Newport school bus driver Jim McIntyre told students on his Wednesday afternoon route, just moments after he calmly performed the Heimlich maneuver on a choking student, neatly popping out a piece of candy.

McIntyre, who has been employed by Mid-Columbia Bus Co. for nearly 3 years, was driving when the Newport High School senior student started choking.

Another student ran to the front of the bus to tell the driver, who immediately pulled to the side of the road and delivered the life-saving squeeze.

After reminding his students of the importance of not eating on the bus, the driver resumed his route. When he arrived back at the bus barn, he told others what had happened, downplaying his role. “I was just doing what I was trained to do,” he said.

Officials with Mid-Columbia Bus Co., which provides transportation services to Lincoln County School District, are proud of their driver’s quick reaction and humble attitude.

“He says he’s not a hero, but we think he is,” said Lynn Fieber, dispatcher, with Mid-Columbia.

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