The Waldport High School graduating class of 2013 is barely in their classroom seats but their parents and the community want to do all they can to make sure that the “after graduation” parties are well run, alcohol free and are safe. The Waldport High School Class of 2013 Boosters are already into their first fundraiser coming up Saturday, October 13th.
A woman driving a white VW Jetta ran it into a power pole outside the La Roca Restaurant at the south end of town. Emergency vehicles are being dispatched to the scene.
No word on injuries
Woman driver stated she fell asleep. Passers by are trying to clean up the glass in the street. The power pole is said to be substantially damaged. Car up on the sidewalk and very heavily damaged. Airbags deployed. Driver, said to be from Waldport, is safely out of the vehicle.
Seashore Family Literacy secures permanent location
Organization seeks contributions from community
WALDPORT, OR – A literacy organization started 20 years ago by an immigrant barely able to speak English, is now – after years of scrambling from place to place -purchasing its very own home.
Seashore Family Literacy, a nonprofit organization based in Waldport, has secured a permanent location at Hwy 34 & Spruce Street, in what formerly housed Western Title & Escrow Company. Seashore plans to move in November.
“I couldn’t be happier,” says Senitila McKinley, Seashore’s founder and director.
Seashore’s new home is a 2,200 square-foot office built about 10 years ago, according to Rick Hill, chair of the Seashore Board of Directors, who is also director of Seashore’s popular Green Bike program. “This is a great opportunity,” he says. “The building is in excellent condition and is centrally located in town.”
McKinley agrees, and embraces the change. “Having our own place, one that is new, clean and permanent, will give us the stability we need to dedicate our time and energy to the community.”
The new location will serve as a center for the organization’s core programs, with plans in the works to secure satellite locations for meal and clothing programs. Green Bike, a bike loan and training program, will stay in its current location along Hwy 101.
In 1992, with no funding and no meeting place, Senitila McKinley – a South Pacific immigrant to Oregon who learned English while raising two young children – packed her car full of books and meals, and held programs in parks, and later in abandoned classrooms. Steadily she recruited volunteers and fostered an organization that now serves hundreds of low-income, at-risk and homeless youth and families annually.
Serving the need
Over 50 percent of the Lincoln County youth are economically disadvantaged, and within the school district 400 students are homeless (defined as living with relatives or friends, awaiting foster care, or living in an emergency shelter, motel, campground, car or park).
While Seashore’s primary focus is on change through education, the organization first meets the critical needs of food and clothing by providing free Saturday Breakfasts, monthly Read & Feed Dinners, a Summer Food Program, and a free Clothes Closet. Educational opportunities are offered through numerous programs, including youth and adult tutoring, after-school activities, summer camps, an organic garden, and more. All programs are free and Seashore operates almost entirely with volunteer efforts.
Through October, Seashore will continue to offer Saturday Breakfasts (every Saturday), and Read & Feed Dinners (monthly, on the first and third Tuesdays) at their current space in the former middle school on Hwy 34.
A call for help
After two decades of serving others, Seashore is now looking to the community for help. Donations to the nonprofit organization are tax-deductible, and can be sent to: Seashore Family Literacy, PO Box 266, Waldport, OR 97394. Contributions can also be made online: http://www.seashorefamily.org/donate/
“I started Seashore Family Literacy 20 years ago because I believed in the single idea, a humane idea, that literacy can transform lives and communities,” says McKinley. “I still hold that truth.”
Emergency crews are rescuing a 70 year old man who fell over the high cliff that overlooks the Jaws off Waziata Street in Waldport. It was a rescue of one person who fell part way down. Getting to him from above and from below was problematic.
The rescue involved a comprehensive effort by North Lincoln County Fire/Rescue, Depoe Bay Fire Rescue, Newport Fire Rescue, Seal Rock Fire Rescue and Central Coast Fire Rescue. The victim was removed from the cliff and transported to Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. His condition was not available.
Lincoln County Marine deputies were dispatched to a report of an overturned boat late Saturday at Waldport that threw both occupants into the chilly waters of Alsea Bay. Sheriff’s deputies say that both were rescued by nearby boaters and were brought safely to shore. The Coast Guard was dispatched and as they arrived they reported that the victims’ small fishing boat was being swept out to sea. The overturned 18 foot 1980 Northriver Sled, slipped beneath the waves and was lost.
Deputies reported that the boat was being operated by Scott Bowen, age 47, along with Scott Lepman, age 57, both of Albany. They were fishing for salmon at the mouth of Alsea Bay when they took a wave over their stern. The wave spun the boat around and then flipped it over. Both men were tossed into the bay. Bowen was wearing a USCG approved float jacket. Passenger Lepmen had a life jacket beside him that he was able to grab as the boat went over. It kept him afloat.
Fishing a short distance away were two boaters in a 19′ Northriver operated by Craig Worden with passenger Doug Burton. Worden and Burton witnessed the mishap and within minutes they were able to rescue both Bowen and Lepman. No injuries were reported and no enforcement action is anticipated, according to deputies.
Sheriff Dennis Dotson commended the quick action taken by Worden and Burton.
This is the second serious boating accident in Alsea Bay in the past two days. Friday afternoon John Vanderbeek, 69, was test driving a 20′ Zodiac that he lost control of, was tossed in the water, and then run over by the craft, killing him. He was not wearing a life jacket, according to witnesses. Authorities always urge boaters to be extremely careful on the water and to always wear a life jacket.
Saying they were not aware of the number and breadth of social services being run out of the old Waldport Middle School, the Lincoln County School District, which will someday likely demolish the place, is leaving it open for a while longer – perhaps a few more months.
School District Facilities Manager Rich Belloni said that after meeting with a number of local support groups dealing with food distribution, after school education, tutoring and literacy among others, the district will leave portions of the old middle school open, but with limited utilities. Areas like the cafeteria and gymnasium will remain open for use. Seashore Family Literacy, which runs a number of programs in the building reported during the meeting that they will keep their food programs going and a few others adding that they are planning to move into another facility. They say they are exploring their options with an eye to finding a permanent home for their programs.
Belloni says what makes the old middle school a lost cause is that the building’s main boiler for hot water, heat and other creature comforts has seen it’s last days and would have to be replaced at a cost the district cannot afford. Belloni says he expects the building will likely be demolished in the near future.