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Lincoln City Cultural Center gets into high gear….

INVEST IN INSPIRATION: LCCC BOARD ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF CULTURAL PLAZA FUNDRAISING DRIVE
LINCOLN CITY

From Nikki Price, LCCC: After 18 months of preparation and planning, the Lincoln City Cultural Plaza project is kicking into high gear. Since the site plan received conditional approval from the City earlier this year, the LCCC Board has been shepherding the plan through early phases of design and engineering. With a funding request up for approval at the Oregon State Legislature, committee members have been advocating for the Plaza in offices all over the Capitol. Now, they’re taking their case to the generous individual donors of north Lincoln County, with the official launch of the Cultural Plaza Campaign: Invest in Inspiration.

The campaign will begin with a kickoff party on Friday, June 14, at the south entrance of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. The festivities will include live music by Sitka, complimentary refreshments, tours of the proposed project and presentations by the landscape architects from Shapiro Didway. The board is also planning to unveil a 12-foot thermometer sign, which will keep the community updated on the fundraising progress throughout 2019. The Cultural Plaza Campaign Launch Party will begin at 3:30 pm, with activities scheduled until 7 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information or to volunteer for this community project, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994.

The goal for this portion of the Cultural Plaza Campaign, gifts from individuals and businesses, is $250,000. Committee members plan to use those donations as a significant match and a demonstration of community support in funding requests from regional grantmakers, trusts and foundations. “The really great news is that during the last six months the Committee has quietly raised over half of that goal. We are now asking the broader community to help us make it over the top,” said Greg Berton, president of the LCCC Board. “We’re building on the recent contribution of $200,000 from the City of Lincoln City, and early grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and the Ford Family Foundation,” said John Collier, Board Treasurer. “The project is also on the short list for $600,000 in cultural infrastructure funding at the Oregon State Legislature. We plan to leverage our local donations into additional grants and awards that will cover the rest of the $1.8 million project cost. We need everyone’s help to turn this much-needed improvement into a reality for our community.”

Southeast entrance and more parking.

The Lincoln City Cultural Plaza project will create a pedestrian-friendly envelope around the historic Delake School building, home to the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Features will include:

* A paved meandering path that will connect the larger spaces and be convenient for Farmer’s Market set-up;
* New plazas on the south and east, in the most protected and sunny locations;
* An outdoor classroom for activities like raku kiln firing and children’s classes;
* Dedicated spaces for public art installations, both temporary and permanent;
* Gathering places with seating and decorative paving, including a custom-built location for the annual community Christmas tree;
* Beautiful and efficient lighting for evening use throughout the parking and pedestrian areas; and
* Redesigned traffic flow and parking area, with landscaped islands, pedestrian drop-off, and designated walk-ways.
* Since the Plaza was first proposed in early 2018, the LCCC Board of directors has conducted 25 stakeholder meetings and four public input events, and held a written public comment process that was open for six months. Project committee members continue to work with major partners, including the City and neighboring landowner Pacific Power, to refine the final plans. If the fundraising plan is a success, construction could begin as early as summer 2020.

“Through the Cultural Plaza Campaign, you have a chance to invest in what will be an inspiration and an asset for the whole community,” said Berton. “We hope that you’ll join us in creating something truly first-class that will really put Lincoln City on the map.”

To learn more about the Cultural Plaza Campaign, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org/plaza, or call 541-994-9994. Donation forms and information about commemorative bricks are available at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101. The center is open from 9 am to 5 pm, every day but Tuesday.

Exactly how NOT to fish…

Fisherman dangerously far out from the beach with no protection.

Very dangerous – sitting ducks for sneaker waves.  Fishermen on left has his back to the ocean.

Photographer Cecille Kennedy caught these two men flirting with death instead of innocently fishing. Sneaker waves, slippery footing, hooking large fish that can pull fishermen off the rocks, especially with uneven surfaces. These guys are either soon to be on the coroner’s list or severely injured. They certainly aren’t acting like they’re local residents. The turbulent Pacific Ocean should never be confused with a “calm lake back home.”

Two simultaneous crashes on 101 in Lincoln City

5:27pm – Heads up in Lincoln City. Two crashes on 101 in Lincoln. The first crash is at 4031 Highway 101 at the Shell Station. The second is on south 101 at SE Devils Lake Road, right next to Lincoln City Outlets shopping center. No word yet on injuries.

Life Flight enroute to the old high school site at Highway 34 and Crestline Drive

12:10pm An seriously injured person is enroute in an ambulance to meet up with Life Flight which will be landing at the old high school site momentarily. Watch for emergency vehicles. Life Flight will transport the victim to an emergency trauma center in Corvallis or Salem. No details available on what happened to the victim, except that it involved a man who took a bad fall at a residence.

You “Otter Rock” your brain to learn more about your water…

Otter Rock Water Update

Supply line replaced, annual budget meeting June 11, water district board election results

Supply line replaced from spring #1 to reserviors.

An important supply line from spring #1 was replacd last month. This was important to preserve and improve the flow of water from that spring to our reserviors. As our superintendent had deduced earlier, there were significant leaks in the old line.
Annual budget meeting Tuesday, June 11

The water district will hold its annual bugdet meeting at 6 PM on Tuesday, June II. The budget committee will advise the board regarding the budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. The regular board meeting will follow. As always, both meetings are open to the public.
Election results

Four of the district’s five commissioner seats were filled during the May 21, 2019 election:

Position #2: Buz Backenstow, for a four year term.

Position #3: Pat Anderson, for a four year term.

Position #4: Buck Boston, for the two year completion of the current term.

Position #5: Dan Gleason, for a four year term.

Position #1, currently filled by Art Bradley, will be open for a four year term in May 2021.

Water meters and meter readers

Water meter installation continues throughout the district. Most of the installations will occur in the public right-of-way, although occasionally special circumstances may result in the meter connection being installed on the periphery of the customer’s property.

Water leaks continue to be discovered each month as a part of this process. leaks have been detected at service connections to the district water mains and in customer home plumbing. The service connections are showing obvious signs of age and corrosion. After installation, the new meters can disclose water flow, even when all intentional water use turned off in the home, indicating a leak somewhere in the customer’s plumbing system. The most common home plumbing problem is a silent toilet valve leak.

The leak discoveries and repairs associated with meter installation, combined with the community’s continued effort to conserve water, have resulted in a large reduction in water consumption compared to previous years.

The board has authorized a handful of volunteers to assist our superintendent, Jim Osburn, in reading the meters. Jim and the volunteers will be reading the meters monthly as we develop a reliable water database. You may notice them in their reflective vests around the end of each month.

Minga 2 – Multi-cultural music and dance performance at Newport Performing Arts Center

Minga 2 is a multicultural dance and music performance event. Featuring Flamenco Puro performances by Sophia Solano and guest musicians, Afro-Brazilian performances and choreography by Vera Passos of Brazil. Andean music and dances by Chayag and Familia as well as dance performances by Intuit Studio Dancers. Intuit Studio is hosting this event to benefit Olalla Center for Children and Families new Dance Program and to support Intuit Studio Dance Scholarships. Minga 2 is a celebration of community, culture and the joy and healing that dance and music bring.Click link for details or call the PAC at 541-265-ARTS (2787)

MINGA 2
Friday and Saturday, June 7-8
FREE For Olalla Families and staff!
All others – Ticket sales benefit Olalla’s Dance Program!
A magical night of Culture, Music & Dance
Newport Performing Arts Center

Click link for details or call the PAC at 541-265-ARTS (2787)
https://www.facebook.com/events/359969721536471/

Tickets: www.coastarts.org or click here.

Roy and Danielle still need our help after their home burned on the 23rd of May

Roy and Danielle Emerick
They’re really hurting.
Please donate what you can….

Roy and Danielle Emerick still need our help to assist in getting back on their feet after a house fire destroyed their home south of South Beach. Danielle said they were awaked by big flames during the evening of May 23rd – starting in the living room and quickly headed for their bedroom. Danielle said they scooped up the dogs and climbed out a window barely ahead of the flames.

Danielle and Roy are among the truly most caring and helpful couples along the Central Coast. They’ve always been there for their friends – even for perfect strangers. They’re the real deal – straight from their hearts.

Please donate what you can to help those who truly need and deserve our help. To donate, PLEASE Click Here.

Cannabis: Know your stuff – especially the elderly

Marijuana in copious abundance in Oregon.
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Cannabis products are becoming a hot topic among adults in their golden years. There is an upcoming informal workshop for seniors (60+) to learn about the challenges and benefits of using medical and/or recreational cannabis. Gain a better understanding of:

* Safe dosages
* Storage
* Variety of Products
* Drug Interactions
* Combining with Opioids or other Prescription Drugs
* Review of Research
* Differences between THC and CBD
* Importance of consulting your physician

Sessions will be held in June at various locations. A Free light dinner will be served.

Wednesday, June 12th, at the Toledo Public Library, 173 NW 7th St. Toledo, 97391
Tuesday, June 18th, at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St. Newport, 97365
Wednesday, June 26th, at Seashore Family Literacy Center for Learning, 265 Bay St. Waldport, 97394

Register and select the date and location you will attend so we know how many to plan for dinner. Click here for registration.
For questions, email Don McDonald, PAADA, at paadadfc@gmail.com or call (541) 574-7890

Senator Jeff Merkley coming to Newport for a public Town Hall Meeting Friday, June 14th

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon

On Friday, June 14, Senator Jeff Merkley is hosting a Town Hall at Newport Middle School, located at 825 NE 7th Street in Newport. Merkley invites all Lincoln County residents to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and our nation.

The Lincoln County Town Hall will begin at 3:30pm, Friday, June 14th at Newport Middle School. Obviously Senator Merkley will have lots, and lots and lots to talk about while conversing with Newport area residents.

The Coastal-Aires Barbershop Chorus

Ballad Town

The Coastal-Aires Barbershop Chorus will be holding their annual harmony show Sunday, June 9th at 3:00pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15.00 at the door or online. Additional online fees may apply.

In addition to numbers by the chorus, “The “Bored” Of Directors,” a Coastal-Aires quartet, will be making their debut appearance. The crowd-pleasing “Vocal Point” quartet will also be performing.

Also joining us will be the Salem based, “Local Boyz” quartet from the Oregon Senate-Aires chorus. The Local Boyz recently won the Division 4 (Oregon) quartet contest and the All Northwest Barbershop Ballad contest.

The Barbershop Harmony Society recently opened membership to all voices. Come join the fun and see the big changes in barbershop harmony!

Governor Brown launches new state holiday – Women Veterans Day, June 12

Wave’s in WWII working on military aircraft.
Wikipedia

For the first time in Oregon history, Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state holiday recognizing women veterans. Women Veterans Day from here forward is June 12.

That date also marks the 71st anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which acknowledged the great contributions made by women in the military and finally enabled them to serve as regular members of the United States Armed Forces and Reserves.

“As a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, this historic proclamation is something that is obviously very personal for me,” said Kelly Fitzpatrick, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “I am proud that here at ODVA, women veterans are represented at every level of our agency, including the very top.

“We are proud of all women veterans in the state of Oregon. You are a vital part of the Oregon veteran community, and we will continue to work to anticipate your needs and help you thrive in our state. Thank you for your service to our country.”

Women have served in our nation’s wars and conflicts since the American Revolution, traditionally serving as nurses, cooks, spies and in administrative support roles. During World War I, women were allowed to enlist as yeomen in the Navy and reservists in the Marine Corps, filling in for men who were deployed to the battlefields of Europe.

Special units were formed in World War II, such as the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), Women’s Army Corps (WACs), Coast Guard Women’s Reserve (SPARs), Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), and the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (WRs), allowing women to begin serving in positions previously reserved for men.

Today, women comprise more than 16 percent of the country’s military forces, with more than 25,000 women veterans currently living in Oregon. They are also the fastest growing segment of the veteran population.

Oregon joins three other states — California, New York and Texas — that have officially designated June 12 as Women Veterans Day.

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