Siletz Grange (top) Don Davis Park/Vietnam Memorial photos courtesy Trip Advisor
A group of strong-hearted community boosters this weekend are boot-strapping repairs to the much loved and used Siletz Valley Grange Hall in Siletz as well as for the much honored but weathered Don Davis Park Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Newport.
Saturday there is a fundraiser for the Siletz Valley Grange Hall assembled by Elizabeth Kosydar featuring a comedy show called Happy Humor Hour. Again, it’s Saturday, January 19th, 7pm. Tickets are $5 each or six for $20. Desserts will be available for purchase.
Then Sunday there will be a fundraiser concert to raise funds for repairs to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at Don Davis Park in Newport, just south of Nye Beach. Come enjoy the music of John Brongetto/Bill Hartsell, Tinh Mahoney and Rick Bartow. The concert begins Sunday, 3pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center, across the street from Don Davis Park. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for Veterans, Seniors and youth.
Instead of heading for the beaches this fine winter day, photographer Karisma Goodell headed up Highway 229 and captured golden sunset sunbeams ricocheting off the hillsides and bathing open meadows near Siletz. Oregon has so many seasonal faces it’s amazing. Thanks Karisam for sharing!
Siletz Valley Early College Academy teachers report that their food drive contest was won by the current senior class with 161 pounds of food. The sophomore class piled up 101 pounds and the freshman class came in third with 86 pounds. The food went directly to the Siletz Food Pantry for needy families.
For their performance, the senior class will enjoy a free pizza party.
Teachers say they’re conducting another food drive that will be running through the end of the current school quarter. Bins have been placed around Siletz as well as around the school. All students are encouraged to donate to this worthy cause. At the end of the quarter the school will be conducting another awards ceremony for good grades, attendance and the food drive.
The Siletz Valley Friends of the Library group is having a Bake and Book sale to fund the power washing and repainting of the library, which has developed a gray-green mold in the 5 ½ years the library has been open. The project will cost approximately $18,000 and The Friends of the Library have taken on the task of raising this amount. For more information, call the library at 541-444-2855.
The sale will be held at the Siletz Public Library (255 S.W. Gaither Street) this Saturday, December 1st from 11 until 4 and will coincide with the Christmas craft sale at the Grange Hall.
Both paperbacks and hardbacks will be available, with lots of both fiction and non-fiction. Some videos, DVDs, music and children’s books will also be for sale. Most paperbacks will be priced at .50 and hardbacks will run from $1.00-$5.00.
The Friends are also making a delicious assortment of goodies, some already wrapped for gift-giving! Pick up a cake, cookies or some candy as a gift to share at work or with your neighbor and take home some tasty goodies for your family. This is a GREAT way to shop locally and give back to your community this holiday season!
A Monday afternoon electrical failure of some kind prompted a house fire at 1089 Yasek Loop, 3 miles north of the Highway 20/226 intersection.
The man of the house called 9-1-1 and reported his upstairs was filling with smoke. Toledo firefighter raced to the scene to see the upstairs black with smoke and lighter color smoke coming out from both the north and south gable windows. A quick attack with hoses and pulling out wall material to spray inside the walls got the fire out pretty quickly. Smoke and fire damage appeared to most severe in the upstairs area.
The owner said he wasn’t sure if it could be rats in the walls chewing on insulation or perhaps a water leak from all the heavy rains we’ve had over the last couple of weeks. It’s a very old house.
The fire department said whatever caused the electrical problem, it took off from there. Power to the home is off until the problem can be repaired.
Immediately on arrival and assessing the situation, Toledo Fire Captain Larry Robeson quickly called for back-up engines from both Siletz and Newport which responded with a structure engine from Newport and a water tender from Siletz.
To encourage higher grades, better attendance and good student behavior, the leaderships class of Siletz Valley Early College Academy is holding a fundraiser to provide the revenue for rewarding those who raise their grades and for good behavior.
The fundraiser is in the form of a chili feed this Friday, November 9th from 4-7pm. It’s being held at the Little Chief’s Restaurant downtown, right around the corner from the school.