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It’s First Weekend in Toledo – Celebration of the Arts!

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From Sola Luna Gallery

Just a reminder that this weekend is Toledo’s First Weekend Arts Celebration. Be sure to come visit all the galleries and studios in town – and definitely do not miss the SolaLuna Gallery! Sarah has been busy creating numerous new works – all in the theme of “Winging It.” Even the outside of the store has grown wings for the event!

Also – we hope you can all join us for a Wing Ding reception on Saturday starting at 6pm. There will be food, drinks, and great live music from the Paul Bogaard and his Trio. And there will be a few chances to win some of Sarah’s original art.

The gallery is at 147 N Main Street – next to Holy Toledo Tavern.


Toledo rolls out the welcome mat to Newport Pool users until Newport Pool repaired.

Toledo Pool

From Toledo Pool Manager Joe Andrews

For the next week, the Toledo Swimming Pool would like to invite pass holders from the Newport Swimming Pool to swim for free during our regularly scheduled programs. This will be good through Saturday February 23rd, or when the Newport Pool is able to reopen, whichever occurs first. Two years ago when the Toledo Pool faced an extended closure to make emergency repairs Newport extended a similar arrangement to Toledo’s swimmers.

As things become more clear over the next week regarding the condition of the Newport Pool, and the participation of Newport’s users coming to Toledo, we will evaluate if this offer will be extended longer. As long as we can still be fair to our citizens and pool users, we are committed to supporting our neighbors.

For further information please contact the pool at 541-336-3181 or by emailing recreation@cityoftoledo.org


Olalla Center gets commercial designation for old Mary Harrison School

Olalla Center – Former Mary Harrison School
School shut down in 2005

Olalla Center, backside

Former kitchen area
Making way for child development/community center activities

Olalla Center
More space for possible artisan and photography shops
Other private sector opportunities offering educational experiences

Olalla Center/Floweree Center
Combining educational centers for learning

By allowing business sector educational and artistic uses
Their rents will help support the Floweree and Olalla Center’s financial and program goals

After public hearings and work by Toledo’s planning director, the Toledo City Council Wednesday voted unanimously to allow the land use zoning of the old Mary Harrison School to go to commercial. Before the school closed in 2005, its land use was “public use,” reflecting the desires of the pioneer family that donated the land on which the school was built. After the school closed down in 2005, it lay empty for a number of years until the Olalla Center took it over in order to house its programs for enhancing child development among local children.

Since the takeover, the Floweree Community Center has also found a home in part of the old school. A few businesses have tried to make a go of it at the school but so far it’s been difficult; partly due to the fact it was still zoned for being a school.

Behind the zone change was the Olalla Center’s desire to allow low key, commercial enterprises, possibly artisan shops, art galleries, photography studios and others that would help give a boost to Toledo’s burgeoning arts community while helping to further the goals of the Olalla Center and Floweree Community Center, the Floweree Center providing a home for child day care center, boys and girls scouts, 4-H activities and more.

A number of neighbors living near the site complained that they fear the old school might become more commercialized and pose a threat to their neighborhood’s peace and quiet, especially on the weekends. However, Olalla officials told the group that the whole aim of owning the building was to improve Toledo’s quality of life and community culture. They said if they let the property go too far to the commercial side, it would jeopardize Olalla’s permission to hold onto the place. If the use of the property strayed to far afield of performing its education mission, the donating family would be in a position to take it back at that point. City Manager Michelle Amberg said it’s up to Olalla House to run it in such a way that it fulfills the goals of the donating family and of the children entrusted to them.

With this new commercial zoning taking effect, it’ll give Olalla Center a wider choice of possible stores or vendors to rent space that’s not being used currently.

Siletz woman survives this crash – injured – but alive thanks to her seat belt

Siletz Highway 2 miles north of Highway 20
Sunday evening

SUV left road – hit trees
Two dogs aboard, one injured

Pit Bull foot injured
While going out through windshield

Lady driver pulled herself out
A small fire was quickly extinguished by Toledo FD

A Siletz woman driving home northbound on the Siletz Highway Sunday evening suddenly left the road, careened down a shallow embankment and collided with several trees. Another driver who happened to be following her said they were going about 55mph about two miles north of Toledo, when, for some reason, the SUV slid off the shoulder, continued down the embankment and then slammed into several trees, the SUV’s rear end rising way off the ground, pivoting clockwise, coming to rest in a heap just beyond the trees facing the opposite direction. He said, by then, the car was smoking, but the driver got herself out safely.

Firefighters from Toledo handled the minor fire. The driver was very talkative to her family members who began arriving on scene shortly after the accident. She was transported by ambulance to PCH for evaluation and treatment of her injuries.

Law enforcement determined the woman was wearing her seat belt. One of the two dogs aboard suffered a foot injury.

Toledo Boomer Booster Club has openings!!!

Toledo High School
Home of the Boomer Booster Club

All of us would like to extend a personal invitation to you to become a member of our great organization. The Boomer Booster Club is a volunteer organization established to promote excellence, pride, and good sportsmanship among the student body and the community. Our primary purpose is to get students, parents, coaching staff and the community involved in programs to improve Toledo area sports. Our organization also allows families and schools to merge their efforts in building an athletic program that can excel at any level.

The athletic programs in our schools offers all students an outstanding opportunity. Academic excellence, sportsmanship, competition and personal improvement are the common goals of the school’s administration, coaching staff and your Boomer Booster Club.

Fund raising is a major and necessary part of what we do. The growth and success of our organization depends greatly on the success of fund raising abilities. Funding is necessary to purchase awards, supplies, equipment, uniforms, and capital items. We raise funds through membership, concessions and at various athletic events. Every year the Boomer Booster Club provides thousands of dollars to Toledo area athletic programs and our organization has proven to be a strong buffer during these volatile economic times.

We are now asking for your support. The sense of accomplishment you receive by becoming a member of this great organization will let everyone know you have stepped up to the plate and became a true team player.

Please feel free to come and join us. Our meetings are at 7:00 a/m each Friday at the Timber restaurant located on South Main Street. Go BOOMERS.

Jerry Pryor

Last second shot not enough for Toledo Boomers…but what a shot!!

It had to be a heart breaker for the Toledo High School Boomers last night at an away game at Chemawa Indian School in North Salem last night. In their 3-A contest with Chemawa, the Boomers were trailing 53-50 with one second left. When 6-foot 3 Boomer David Ammons got an inbound pass from Jackson Cross at the baseline, Ammons let it fly nearly full court to the basket and it banked in.

Unfortunately the shot was deemed no good because no shot can count if it’s made with less than three seconds, unless it’s off a tip. However, it’s a great watch. Our thanks to Joe and Cara Ammons for the video.


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