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Another Call for Volunteers in Lincoln City!


St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church
Site of Lincoln City Homeless Connect

Call for Volunteers – Project Homeless Connect is this Thursday!

Lincoln City’s 2nd Annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) needs volunteers!

PHC serves Lincoln County individuals and families suffering homelessness. PHC provides an opportunity for the homeless to accomplish in one day what might take months on their own. Volunteers are needed for guiding homeless men, women and children through the event to ensure their needs are met and resources are accessed. More than 40 federal, state, county and private non-profit agencies will have representatives at the event providing information about services, helping people fill out forms, and scheduling appointments. All of those attending are offered free haircuts, immunizations, personal care items and packaged food. Local employment agencies will be on hand to enroll people. A hot meal will be served, and health screening, identification services and pet care will also be available.

The Lions Medical Van will be back, offering hearing and vision tests, blood pressure checks and diabetes testing. The Dental Van returns for a 6th year, offering limited dental care. Another opportunity to get involved is helping with event set-up (taking place at the church Wednesday May16th from Noon-5pm, call Gary Sims with questions 541-514-5910.

Lincoln County Transit will offer free bus service throughout the county on the day of the event so any and all homeless persons throughout the county can get to the PHC event.

Your volunteer registration can be completed during volunteer check-in. Shifts are from 8:30-noon, 11:30-3pm, or you can stay and participate from 9-3pm. Those interested to volunteer can contact Tamara Rosser at TRosser@ocwcog.org or visit homelessinlincolncounty.com and click on Project Homeless Connect. Contact: Elise Jordan 541-265-9883.

Bizz Buzz: Mr. Wizard!


A News Lincoln County “Adver-story”
Repeat business is what makes a company successful. Erich Knudson, a.k.a. Mr. Wizard, enjoys the blessings of repeat business and works daily to give that gift to others – his clients. When Erich’s done with them, his clients are ready to make more money.

Erich runs a company that is, shall we say, vertically integrated. Mr. Wizard: from carpet cleaning, to linens, bedding, to household supplies, maintenance, building repair coordination, to property spruce ups, garbage collection to rental cleaning scheduling software. Everything that a vacation property owner or management firm could need to make their business run flawlessly with quick turn-arounds for guest bookings that pump up bottom lines.

Erich knows the vacation rental business literally inside and out, and understands that owning such property can be pretty crazy at times; trying to keep everything scheduled, maintenance up, the property clean and inviting, the carpets fresh and looking new and with a unit fully stocked with what’s necessary for an enjoyable getaway for the guest.

Whether you’re a vacation rental management firm or the owner of a single vacation dwelling, Erich’s Mr. Wizard will ensure that everything, down to the most minute details, will be handled quickly, efficiently, done right the first time, and at the lowest cost possible. You’ll feel good about your investment and your guests will keep coming back again and again because when they find a true “home away from home” at the coast, they’ll rely on your company or property to make vacationing that much more enjoyable.

High gas prices appear limited to west coast – refinery maintenance, recovery from fire in Blaine

It appears that time tested excuses for high gas prices are back in operation while west coast refineries are not. Gas production is down substantially from Blaine, WA to southern California, because of “scheduled maintenance” and recovery from a fire at a BP refinery in Blaine earlier in the year. It’s a refrain U.S. citizens have heard for years. A refinery sneezes and our wallets bleed. “Deja vu all over again” is in this story from the Statesman-Journal. Click here.

A similar article in the Oregonian. Click here.

Lincoln City City Council cool to the idea of food carts and food vendors


Food carts and vendors on the streets of Portland

Some say they’re about America’s proud free enterprise system giving the American people what they want, especially during lunch or coffee breaks. Others say they take money away from already struggling restaurant owners who provide much of what the public wants and who have a lot more invested in the community.

Lincoln City Community Development Director Richard Townsend told the council that the “food cart/vendor” issue has been swirling in Portland lately, adding that it could emerge soon in Lincoln City and create no less of a controversy here.

While such food carts and vendors are convenient for the public, they are seen as “lunch hour poachers,” taking money from local restaurants, many of whom are just barely getting by as it is. One councilor mentioned that seven Lincoln City area restaurants have closed their doors recently.

Mayor Dick Anderson asked Townsend if there are any applicants on the horizon who want to launch food carts or vendors. Townsend said “No, but in this recession, people are looking for ways to make a buck and food carts and vendors appears to be a quick way to do that.” Mayor Anderson chimed in that they’re already allowed under city code. “If there appears to be a glut of them or some who are not obeying health rules or city codes, the council will deal with them at that time,” he said.

Regatta Park pavilion “idea” endorsed by Lincoln City City Council


Eventual build out of Regatta Park pavilion

They came to get formal approval by the city council of a new performing arts pavilion at Devil’s Lake Regatta Park, but they came away with only words of encouragement. That’s because the Lincoln City City Council wasn’t sure how well the project would fit in with the neighborhood. Promotors, recent graduates of the Ford Family Foundation Leadership Class, said they were under a tight timeline to remain eligible for a foundation grant to help pay for the first phase of the project, a flat stage, with no walls or ceiling, facing uphill from the west side of the park’s childrens playground.

Councilors appeared uneasy with the idea in that project supporters said there would be live music, musical plays, and young people who are just getting the hang of rock band music, practicing on the stage. One councilor noted that such uses without walls or a ceiling might cause the music to reverberate around the area and disturb the neighbors. Supporters said they don’t have to money yet to completely build the pavilion, but wanted the city’s approval to move ahead with the project and to raise money and enlist volunteer labor to build it.

In the end the council said they supported the idea but in no way should it be construed as formal approval. The supporters said that will do for now. They’d get busy working with the neighbors to win them over while trying to raise grant matching money from the community to finish the whole pavilion.

The site at Regatta Park was a popular one back in the 1930’s when there were boat races and sailing regattas and other large gatherings for picnics and social events. Historic pictures also show a modest performance stage at that location which supporters say would be wonderful to bring back to add to the cultural and social quality of life in Lincoln City.

It now appears to be up to the Ford Family Foundation Leadership class to convince the Regatta Park neighborhood that it should all be brought back after being dismantled roughly 15 years ago. (Correction: instead of 70 years ago in original story.)

Roads End skirmishes continue at Lincoln City City Council meeting


Roads End

Lincoln City City Councilors heard again Monday night from a spokesman for a group of Roads End residents who refuse to be annexed into Lincoln City. Undaunted, Lincoln City is in the process of doing just that.

Chuck Jacobson said his Roads End group has hired a lawyer in an effort to stop the annexation process. Jacobson declared that despite the fact a formal contract for water service to Roads End ran out years ago, Lincoln City is still contractually bound to continue to provide water. And with that he delivered to Clerk Recorder Cathy Steere 100 signatures from Roads End residents who have declared they are withdrawing their permission to be annexed.

City Attorney Joan Kelsey, noting the alleged change of heart by one hundred residents asked, “These people don’t mind that their water will be shut off?” (which the city has threatened to do if the annexation process stalls). Jacobson shot back, “Their water won’t be shut off because they have a contract with the city to provide them water.” Kelsey asked, “What Contract?” Jacobson said, “The one the city has always had with the Roads End area.” Kelsey replied, “Could you be more specific?” Jacobson repeated his contention that the old contract is still in effect.

City officials say, in fact, there is no longer a contract for water service between Roads End and the city, claiming it expired some time ago. In the meantime, the city has spent millions of dollars on water lines, tanks and pumps that serve the Roads End area, paid for largely by the residents of Lincoln City who have been told for years that Roads End would eventually become part of the city and therewith contribute to the city’s tax base.

Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson said there was nothing new in Monday night’s discussions. He said the city is fully expecting to annex Roads End in the near future. He said that under state law there are three ways that residents can request annexation and begin receiving city services. And, there is one way that a city can initiate the annexation. Anderson said they’re still expecting to receive enough signatures from Roads End property owners to accomplish the annexation in the near future.

As a foot note, any area within a city’s urban growth boundary is expected, under state law, to eventually become part of that city. Roads End lies directly north, and up against the north Lincoln City city limits. Therefore Roads End is included in the city’s urban growth boundary. State land use laws are very clear that urban areas belong inside cities, and that non-urban areas are preserved primarily for farming and ranching.

Jacobson and others contend that their property taxes would rise substantially if they annexed in. They also claim that they pay enough taxes as it is without coughing up more. But city officials claim they have not paid their fair share of taxes to Lincoln City which has provided Roads End vacation rental owners with free advertising through regional tourist promotions, access to the city library, recreation programs and parks, police protection (Sheriff’s coverage is sparse) as well as other urban conveniences. And that it’s time for Roads End property owners to pay for what they’re getting.

At a recent city budget hearing it was noted that the city will be setting aside funds to pay for a potential court battle with the Roads End group who they expect may not go down without a fight.

Lincoln City reaching out to help its homeless…VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

Help for the homeless and disadvantaged in Lincoln City arrives Thursday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church, Highway 101 at S.W. 13th.

More than 40 stations – with escorts – will be on hand to help our homeless neighbors visit with federal, state, local, and private agencies concerning medical and prescription assistance, driver licenses and other identification, health and housing, children and pets and much more.

Free haircuts and limited dental care will be offered, and bus service is free on the day of the event.

There continues to be a big need for more volunteers to guide the homeless through various stations that offer services from producing legal ID’s, to free dental care, job searches, food and nutrition, social security, birth certificates, Oregon Health Plan, food stamps, veterinary care for pets (including free rabies shots), and more. Volunteers will help the homeless stock up on free toiletries and hygiene products as well as enjoy a free meal, along with sleeping bags and tents.

County Commissioner Bill Hall sees the public offering as “Project Homeless Connect is about connecting people with services that will make an immediate difference in their lives.”

The long-time homeless advocate continues, “But it’s also about connecting them to the community in a larger sense, letting them know there are people who care about them, and want to extend a helping hand.”

Friends and supporters of the project include the Siletz Charitable Contribution Fund, which provides generous grants each year. A more complete recognition of all contributors will be publicized at a later time.

For additional information, call 541-265-9883.

Big military airplane doing slow fly-by’s at Newport Airport was Navy P-3 out of Bremerton

A U.S. Navy submarine hunter paid Newport a “near” visit today. It was “near” because it was on a training mission out of the navy base at Whidbey Island, WA and it didn’t actually land. It flew a landing approach and pass-over but then continued north and back home.

P-3 Orion’s are equipped with an elongated tail, packed full of special equipment that can detect the metal of submarines deep in the ocean. It’s only one of two, 50 year or older, aircraft that is still flying for the U.S. military, the other being the B-52. The P-3 Orions will soon be replaced by the new Boeing P-8A Poseiden.

Waldport’s Day of Caring with United Way


WALDPORT’S DAY OF CARING DRAWS MORE CARING VOLUNTEERS

In true spirit of caring, several local volunteers once again rolled up their sleeves last friday to help during United Way’s 2nd annual Day of Caring in Waldport. With paint brushes and gardening rakes in hand, students from the Angell Job Corps and other volunteers, including a West Coast Bank employee, put a fres

h coat of paint on the main entry hallway of the Waldport Community Learning Center and gave some loving attention to the nearby community garden. United by the same light blue volunteer t-shirts, these helping hands were put to work on this sunny day to accomplish what one person could not, or at least not very easily.

Day of Caring is an event that promotes volunteerism by pairing local volunteers with agency projects that would otherwise not be completed because of a lack of manpower. These half or full day commitments draw everyone from long-time community volunteers to people who can’t commit to ongoing volunteer activities, but still want t

o help. “Day of Caring was intentionally set up to be a one-time, short-term volunteer opportunity so it makes it easy to volunteer. Anyone can help.” said United Way board member and West Coast Bank Branch Manager Patti Eisler. Some local businesses can also use this opportunity to reinforce their corporate values by paying their employees to volunteer during company time.

This project marks the third of four Day of Caring events coordinated by United Way. Volunteers are still being recruited for an upcoming community project on May 25 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Help is needed for organizing inventory and deep cleaning the floors. Anyone interested in lending a helping hand is welcome to contact Katelyn Hordichok at katelyn@unitedwayblc.org or 541-265-5812.

Siletz Tribe grants top $9,500,000 in charitable giving since 1995!

The Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund distributed $126,729 to 48 organizations on May 4 as it continued its quarterly donations to non-profit organizations. The checks were presented at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Ore.

The Siletz Tribe has made contributions through employment, monetary donations and cooperative measures to the Siletz community, Lincoln County and the state of Oregon. The seven-member charitable fund advisory board has distributed more than $7.4 million since its inception in 2001.

Overall, the Tribe has honored its tradition of sharing within the community by distributing more than $9.5 million through the charitable fund and other Tribal resources. Chinook Winds has donated nearly $2.3 million in cash and fund-raising items since it opened in 1995. The casino also provides in-kind donations of convention space for various fund-raisers as well as technical support, advertising and manpower for many events.

May 4, 2012 – Distribution of $126,729

Arts – $9,545
Bay City Arts – basalt stone hand chisel workshop tools, Bay City, OR, $2,500
Willamette Girlchoir – Mardi Gras-themed concert, Salem, OR, $1,045
Willamette University, Hallie Ford Museum – conservation of historic Native American baskets, Salem, OR, $6,000

Cultural Activities – $12,704
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians – conference sponsorship, Siletz, OR, $5,005
PSU Native American Honor Day Graduation – supplies and equipment, Portland, OR, $1,500
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes – game tickets for military personnel and families to attend Patriotic Tribute, Keizer, OR, $1,960
Santa’s Workshop – toys to distribute to East Lincoln County children, Toledo, OR, $1,000
The N’chi Wanapum Canoe Family – marine rescue platform, Warm Springs, OR, $3,239

Education – $19,882
B’nai B’rith Camp LLC – summer camp scholarships ,Beaverton, OR, $2,400
Kennedy High School – lab station equipment, Mt. Angel, OR, $2,844
Native American Rights Fund – summer law clerk program, Boulder, CO, $6,800
Oregon Coast Aquarium – The Sea & Me exhibit, Newport, OR, $5,000
Santiam Canyon School District – T-183 Plus calculators, Mill City, OR, $1,300
Strengthening Rural Families – preschool equipment, tabletop, puppet theater, storage shelving unit, Study Buddy, Philomath, OR, $1,038
Toledo Jr./Sr. High School – student incentive program, Toledo, OR, $500

Health – $31,924
American Cancer Society, Relay For Life – sponsorship, Lincoln City, OR, $1,000
American Cancer Society, Relay For Life – sponsorship, Newport, OR, $1,000
Cornerstone Associates Inc. – AMS 150 strip cut shredder, Corvallis, OR, $2,074
Food Roots – upgrade computers, Tillamook, OR, $2,990
Helping Hands Gleaners – food, Albany, OR, $5,000
Linda L. Vladyka Breast Wellness Foundation/Play for a Cure, Oregon – sponsorship, Salem, OR, $1,800
Linn County Child Victim Assessment – ABC House Girls Circle group, Albany, OR, $600
Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council – drug abuse prevention event centered on professional baseball game, Salem, OR, $1,000
Mary’s River Gleaners – food, Corvallis, OR, $2,500
RSVP of Lincoln County – grab bar program, Toledo, OR, $3,260
Sisters of the Road – hot meals/barter program, Portland, OR, $2,500
Sweet Home Gleaners – food, Sweet Home, OR, $5,000
Ten Rivers Food Web – Cooking Matters kits and groceries, Corvallis, OR, $3,200

Historical Preservation – $5,000
Benton County Natural Areas & Parks Department – relocation of Fort Hoskins commander’s residence to original site and build foundation
Corvallis, OR, $5,000

Housing – $5,000
Mario Pastega House – lodging for Lincoln County residents, Corvallis, OR, $5,000

Prevention – $11,747
CASA of Lincoln County – computer equipment, Newport, OR,$1,700
Celtic Mat Club – tournament entry, Team Oregon gear, singlets, regional sweatshirts, Keizer, OR, $747
City of Adair Village – summer youth program, Adair Village, OR, $500
Corvallis High School – senior alcohol- and drug-free activity, Corvallis, OR, $500
Forest Grove High School – senior alcohol- and drug-free activity, Cornelius, OR, $500
Nestucca Valley School – senior alcohol- and drug-free activity, Cloverdale, OR, $500
Northwest Kidney Kids Inc. – blood pressure monitor program, Portland, OR, $1,500
Philomath High School – senior alcohol- and drug-free activity, Philomath, OR, $500
Siletz Valley Early College Academy – football uniforms, Siletz, OR, $1,800
Siletz Valley Early College Academy – girls basketball camp, materials and supplies, Siletz, OR, $1,500
Siletz Valley Early College Academy – senior alcohol- and drug-free activity, Siletz, OR, $500
Sprague High School – senior alcohol- and drug-free activity, Salem, OR, $500
Toledo High School – senior alcohol- and drug-free activity, Toledo, OR, $500
Waldport High School – senior alcohol- and drug-free activity, Waldport, OR, $500

Public Safety – $30,927
Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue Volunteer Assoc. – rope rescue team equipment, Waldport, OR, $7,950
City of Depoe Bay – emergency outdoor warning siren, Depoe Bay, OR, $15,000
Mt. Hood Search & Rescue Council – specialized Tracker Aware, training, Oregon City, OR, $5,120
Siletz Valley Fire District – emergency fire boots, Siletz, OR, $2,857

TOTAL for the Quarter

$126,729

Local “Stamp Out Hunger” US Post Office Food Drive gets the job done!


USPS Stamp Out Hunger team of letter carriers join Postmaster Rob Pratt following a hugely successful Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Newport which raised food donations for the Newport Food Pantry. Left to right: Sara Childress, Amber Gwynn, Alan Fisher,Ron Flowers, Paul Koehnen, Carol Sanchez, April Gwynn, Rob Pratt

Information provided by Newport Food Pantry

Stamp Out Hunger A Rousing Success in Newport!

Wow! This is the first “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive I’ve seen up close and I’ve been totally impressed from start to finish. Robert Platt, Newport Postmaster, and Ron Flowers, director of the 2012 food drive, were both so enthusiastic and helpful. The letter carriers all participated with equal verve, even knowing how much extra weight they were going to have to pick up during their routes. Lincoln Storage let us have a free space for three months so we have a place to store all the extra food. Pepsi loaned us a huge truck and wonderful driver, Joe Arnseorf, to pick up all the food and then take the huge totes back to the Post Office. And Ric Rabourn, General Manager of Hallmark Resort, donated gift certificates to Georgie’s Beachside Grill to thank the postal carriers for their hard work.

We also have a great group of volunteers who never batted an eye when I asked them to help unload, weigh, and sort all the food. We couldn’t have done it without the strong backs of Jim Gamb, Jerrick Haller, Evelyn Rasmussen, Ruby Pedersen, and Clay Creech.

Last, but certainly not least, we have to thank each person who took the time and trouble to purchase food to place by their mail boxes on Saturday. 5,342 pounds in all were collected in Newport alone. We unpacked peanut butter, cereal, tuna, soups, condiments, raisins, canned fruits, and a huge assortment of other items. Thank you, Newport, for your unending generosity. The huge variety of items you continually donate for us to put on the shelves is astounding. The pantry depends on your support so that no child in Newport goes to bed hungry.

Sincerely,
Katherine Myers
Executive Director
Newport Food Pantry
541-270-0842
kmyers@newportfoodpantry.org
www.newportfoodpantry.org
www.facebook.com/NewportPantry

Lincoln City considering new outdoor performance stage at Regatta Park


Performance State planned for Regatta Park, Devils Lake

A performance stage is up for approval tonight at the Lincoln City City Council. A group of Ford Foundation Community Leadership graduates have adopted, as their class project, a performance stage at Regatta Park, on the west shore of Devil’s Lake.

The group is expected to tell the city council tonight that, due to costs, they would like permission from the city council to erect a simple stage without walls, ceilings or permanent stage lighting, but added all that could be added later. They say the Ford Foundation, based in Roseburg, will put up money toward the project but that local funds would also have to be donated to the project. Project boosters say that the site was the original location for the annual Devil’s Lake Regatta, started in the 1930’s, which was very popular. They add that there should be enough parking in the area without having to provide more. They also say noise should not be a problem since it is well known the stage is within a residential area and so only those events that are compatible within the immediate vicinity should be using it. All performances must be approved by the city and a permit issued. City noise restrictions apply.

The council begins its regular meeting tonight at 6pm at Lincoln City City Hall.

Words of praise for a Toledo businesswoman

I first met Mary Young when I moved to Toledo over 10 years ago and I went to turn on my power. A few years later Mary and her family offered to take our son for three days while my husband and I attended a mandatory pre-adoption training in Portland, which resulted in the adoption of our second child. Over the years, although we have not always seen things eye to eye, I have continued to be impressed with her commitment to the community and her heart-felt love for Toledo.

One thing that has impressed me the most is the number of things she does that are not required. She has assisted and lead in fundraisers for countless people struck by illness or homeless due to a house fire or other disaster to only name a few. She has served on committees, boards and focus groups. She has given of her time, effort and money to every cause, every fundraiser and stepped forward whenever asked to assist with anything in this community.

On several occasions I have walked past her coffee shop with my two dogs. I am not a fancy coffee drinker, I don’t drink mochas and latte’s and rarely if ever buy my kids the smoothies and iced drinks offered at many coffee shops. So, not being what can even be considered an irregular customer, I am always surprised when the window pops open and a smiling face looks out and says, “Do your dogs want a treat?”

I don’t currently know of any causes needing donations, I don’t know anyone with severe medical problems or dying, my house has not burned and overall today I am well. This time it’s not a request for even more of Mary Taylor’s time or money. I believe Mary must get hundreds of thank you cards and letters but I want to use this way to say thank you for all that you have done to make the community I live in better. Thank you for the happy smile when I drive by your business, even when I do not stop and buy anything.

I can say with full confidence that if you stop to buy coffee at Mill Town Coffee, you are buying more than what is in the cup. You not only get a good coffee, you are supporting someone who loves Toledo, a business owner that gives back for the better of all, and you get the good feeling of buying from a business with integrity.

Misty Lambrecht
Toledo Oregon

Tuesday is election day in Oregon

Just a reminder, that anyone who has not yet voted must get their ballot into the county clerk’s office asap. The official deadline to deposit your ballot is 8pm Tuesday night, either at the clerk’s office or at any of the direct deposit boxes scattered around the county. To find a drop box nearest you, click here.

Newport: Bay Street Market & Newport Chevron cited for underage sales of alcohol

Newport Police say they performed another alcohol sales compliance sweep Friday to ensure that the thirteen stores they frequented with a teen decoy were following the rules: No alcohol sales to underage minors.

Of the thirteen businesses, police report two of them sold alcohol to a minor who was carrying a legal ID showing the holder’s correct date of birth. Police identified the two businesses; Bay Street Market on Bay Boulevard and Newport Chevron at 15th and 101, both in Newport.

Citations were issued to the clerks making the sale and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission was notified of the violations.

Police say they will continue to conduct compliance checks during the coming months until 100% of all businesses that sell alcohol have been checked at least once. They remind business owners that while police routinely, through the news media, give advance warnings before launching a decoy operation, such checks may not be given advance notice on the discretion of police.

Newport: Gun goes off. Bullet barely misses the head of 80 year old woman.


Newport Police

Info provided by Newport Police

Newport Police Officers were dispatched Saturday night to the Embarcadero Resort on a report of an accidental discharge of a firearm. Once on scene officers were directed to room C312 where they contacted Sean Palmer, age 21 of Troutdale, and a friend. Officers learned that Palmer was attempting to holster his loaded Smith & Wesson .357 caliber revolver. While doing so his gun discharged, firing one round through a shared wall with room C212. The round traveled through the bedroom of unit C212, narrowly missing the head of Margaret Beckwith, age 80 of Portland, as she was walking up the stairs into her bedroom. The bullet then exited the room through an exterior wall. There were no injuries in this incident. Palmer holds a valid concealed handgun license. He was taken into custody; at the Lincoln County Jail he was issued a citation for Recklessly Endangering another person. As required by law, Palmer’s concealed handgun license was seized.

Small fire at NE 17th home in Newport summons FD


200 block of NE 17th, Sunday evening

A man overcome with fumes from something that was left on the stove too long met fire fighters outside his house on NE 17th Street Sunday evening. A neighbor said the man was coughing and coughing as he tried to tell his neighbor that the house was filling with smoke and that he didn’t know what it was. He said, and fire fighters later agreed, that the fumes smelled like something electrical was burning.

But as fire fighters got inside the house and traced the source of the smoke, it led to the kitchen. There they found food that had been left on the stove to the point it started burning and smoking. Fire fighters placed a smoke evacuation fan in the front door and soon had the house’s air back to normal. The resident was counseled about unattended cooking. Unattended cooking causes a substantial percentage of house fires nationwide.

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