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Toledo resident is slightly injured in trailer home fire on SE Fircrest

981 SE Fircrest, Toledo, Sunday night

A fire gutted the Toledo home of Jeff Storm, a partially disabled resident who was riding out Sunday night’s violent storm. Storm told neighbors one minute he was listening to the wind then suddenly his oxygen equipment burst into flames. The fire spread fairly quickly through the small trailer home located at 981 SE Fircrest. Neighbors escorted Storm through the torrential rain and wind to safety. Arriving Toledo firefighters found the trailer fully engulfed in flame and, at that point, was a total loss. Firefighters say they’ll come back Monday in an effort to track down the source of the fire. Storm told neighbors he had no open flame of any kind in the dwelling. Firefighters say it doesn’t take much to ignite oxygen whether from a sparking plug or just static electricity which the storm could have easily provided.

Storm was initially transported by ambulance to PCH in Newport but was later transferred to Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. His injuries did not appear to be serious but there were concerns about his breathing condition having been exposed to dense smoke.

Toledo man arrested for domestic assault after he returned to the scene later in the evening

Ane Falaniko, 36,
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News Release from Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

On Friday, December 14th, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bruster responded to the report of a domestic violence assault that occurred in the Toledo area. The suspect, Ane Falaniko age 36 of Toledo, left the scene and was not located during the initial investigation. Information was obtained that Falaniko had returned to the location of the incident later in the evening. Deputies Clifton Cox and Jeff Hughes located Falaniko and took him into custody for Assault IV Domestic Violence. He was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was booked and lodged on $15,000.00 bail.

Toledo vacancies on Planning, PUC and Budget committees, AND rules for Nativity scenes at Christmas…

Toledo City Hall
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Toledo City Councilors Tuesday night learned that a town resident wants to erect a series of Christmas Nativity Scenes on city-owned properties throughout Toledo, following the Trail of the Three Wise Men to a Toledo church where they find the Baby Jesus. The council was also told the resident wants the Nativity scenes to be running through early January. City Manager Michelle Amberg said, to her knowledge, it was Toledo’s first request of this nature and asked the council how they wanted to proceed on the man’s request.

The council turned to City Attorney Wes Chadwick for advice. Chadwick said, “You can say yes or you can say no. But if you say yes, you have to allow all religions and sects to use city property to display Nativity scenes.” The council thought about it for a few moments, then achieved consensus that if religious faiths want to use city property for that use, let them. But they quickly added, they need to fill out an application which will be available at Toledo City Hall. The application will have some rules about how the Nativity scenes are to be displayed and how soon they have to be taken down after a certain number of days. And with that they charged City Manager Michelle Amberg with the task of formulating the application form. Amberg said she will confer with the city attorney on how best to move forward on it and expressed hope that the form will be available in a day or so.

The council also announced citizen vacancies on three Toledo council advisory committees. There are two openings on the Toledo Public Utilities Commssion which advises the council on rates for trash pickup and for setting franchise fee rates for electric and gas service within the city limits of Toledo. There is also an opening on the city’s Budget Committee which advises the council on how the upcoming city budget should address community needs and goals. And there is also an opening on the Toledo Planning Commission which helps to regulate land use in the community. All applications are available at Toledo City Hall. All applicants must be residents of Toledo.

Toledo Hometown Holiday schedule


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The Toledo Public Library will hold its annual Holiday Story Time in its Children’s Area at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 8th. Retiring Library Director Peter Rayment will tell the story of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Michelle Christiansen will tell a story or two, and so will Deeda Chamberlain, who works as the Children’s Librarian at the Woodburn Public Library. The Storytime will last approximately 45-minutes. Toledo Public Library, 173 NW 7th Street [541] 336-3132.

Pig Feathers BBQ Collecting Food and Toy Donations
Contact: Becky Miller, 541-336-1833.
Pig Feathers BBQ is pleased to be helping two worthy organizations in their efforts to help local families in need. The Toledo Food Pantry has placed a collection box in the restaurant, where customers may leave items of non-perishable food. “It is our hope that while our customers are enjoying a tasty meal, they will remember that some of their neighbors are not so fortunate,” says co-owner Becky Miller. As an added incentive, on December 8, during Toledo’s Hometown Holiday, anyone who places a food donation in the collection bin at the restaurant will be entered in a drawing to win a Pig Feathers gift card.

This year, the restaurant is also once again collecting children’s toys for the Toledo Elks annual toy drive. “This is an event our customers have enthusiastically supported every year since we opened,” Becky says. The drive seeks unwrapped gifts valued at approximately $20 for infants, children, and teens. Gift tags are hanging on the tree at Pig Feathers, and gifts must be returned to the restaurant before December 15.Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11am-8pm and Friday-Saturday, 11am-9pm. Pig Feathers Restaurant, 300 S. Main Street, 541-336-1833.

Saturday, Dec 8th 2012 – 10am to 6pm
Location: Toledo Downtown with SolaLuna Gallery, Main Street Mercantile, The BeeHive and Becky Miller Studio and Gallery
Event: Hometown Holidays and Confection Convention

Join us on Saturday, Dec 8th as Toledo merchants once again present the annual Hometown Holidays celebration. This year, many merchants will be joining to create the first Homemade Holiday Confection Convention as a part of the celebration. SolaLuna Gallery and Main Street Mercantile will be serving their favorite childhood candy recipes. And they also are encouraging the community to bring their own favorite homemade candies and recipes to share with others. The BeeHive will have Candy Box projects to take and make at home. And Becky Miller Studio and Gallery will have cute and delicious chocolate mice. Shops will be open from 10am to 6pm during the event. Come by to sample candies and share your favorite stories and childhood memories. Call SolaLuna at 541-632-3236 or email solalunastudios@gmail.com for more information. SolaLuna Studios, 147 N Main Street, 541-632-3236.

Main Street Mercantile Becky Miller Studio The Bee Hive
170 N Main Street 167 NE 1st 207 NE Highway 20

Gallery Michael Gibbons and Yaquina River Museum of Art welcomes you to celebrate the season on Saturday 8 from 11 am to 5 pm. Enjoy refreshments as you view the art portraying the theme “The Close and Holy Darkness.”

Gallery Michael Gibbons, 140 NE Alder Street, 541-330-2797.

Yaquina River Museum of Art, 151 NE Alder Street, 541-336-1907.

Toledo Arts Guild at Gallery Briseno
Join the Toledo Arts Guild, including metal artist Sam Briseno for a Fairy Land treat on Saturday, December 8. Frank Jones will be performing his music, and Bridget Wolfe will be reading fairy stories all surrounded by a fairy wonderland. Gallery Briseno, 404 N Main

Toledo City Council approves buying a big new fire truck

Similar to what Toledo has purchased
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The Toledo City Council Wednesday evening approved the purchase of a nearly $400,000 structure fire engine, to be custom built at KME Kovatch operations 90 miles north of Philadelphia, PA. The engine will replace an aging engine that needs to be replaced, according Fire Chief Will Ewing. Chief Ewing said there is a good chance that a federal grant for $60,000 may help in the purchase. Chief Ewing explained that although the city is prepared to pay the full price, the federal agency said since Toledo still has another $1.5 Million in equipment in need of replacing, the town is eligible to apply for the grant.

The council wasted no time in authorizing Chief Ewing to apply for it. Chief Ewing said he should know within 60 days whether they got the money. He added that he expects the custom built fire engine to arrive ready for duty by late summer of next year. He said the custom features will ensure that the truck will perform well in Toledo’s steep terrain and challenging tight city and rural driving conditions. He said the truck can pump water at a rate of 1,500 gallons per minute.

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