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Lincoln City Volunteers Honored

STATE SEALOregon Volunteers is pleased to announce the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Awards. Some incredible volunteers from across the State of Oregon will be recognized for their hard work and dedication during the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Awards Luncheon. The luncheon will take place on Monday, October 12 at 11:30 in the Salem Conference Center, located at 200 Commercial St. SE.

The awards will honor 18 individuals or duos and 10 volunteer programs. Of those, eight are state-level awards, and 22 are regional awards (see winners list below). The winners serve in areas stretching from Grants Pass to Hermiston and Wallowa to Coos Bay, and places in between. Award recipients were selected by panels of volunteer engagement leaders from across the state.

The Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service organizes the awards program. Wells Fargo sponsors the awards and will make a cash grant to a nonprofit organization of each winner’s choice. Continue reading

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Toledo Public Library wishes to Express Gratitude for the New Bench Designed by Sam Briseno!

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The Toledo Public Library invites you to come enjoy the new one-of-kind, public bench created by Sam Briseño that has been placed at the library by Carol Edwards, Jerry leech, and Tom Leech in memory of their parents Wana & Walt Leech. The striking example of Briseno’s coveted ironwork is located near the front door of the library. It depicts a trio of mallards alighting on the surface of a bulrush-filled body of water. The Toledo Public library wishes to expresses their gratitude to the family for this installation and proud to share Briseno’s work with the community. The Toledo Public Library, a center for local art, is located at 173 NW 7th Street in Toledo.

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The 12th Annual Celebration of Honor September 23-27, 2015


For the past twelve years, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, has spearheaded the Annual Celebration of Honor, a public event that honors active-duty personnel, military veterans, and their families. The annual Celebration of Honor includes the Field of Honor, with 1,000 flags overlooking the ocean, the Oregon Memorial Wall and vendors on site to offer information to Veterans and their families.

On Thursday, September 24, Veterans and active-duty personnel eat FREE during open hours at the Siletz Bay Buffet. Veterans and active-duty personnel must stop by the Winners Circle to register, show proof of military service (DD-214 or other Military ID), to receive this benefit. Only one free voucher per person. The free comedy show is back this year on Thursday September 24, just show proof of Military service for two free tickets.Don’t miss the Ride of Honor led by the Oregon Coast Veteran’s Association (OCVA) starting at SW 51st street and will end at the Field of Honor just prior to opening ceremonies at approximately noon on Wednesday September 23.

Many vendors have joined the event this year in order to provide services and information to veterans and their families. Among the confirmed attendees are: My HealthyVet, Vet Center (readjustment counseling service), D.A.V. & Vet Dogs, Vets helping Vets HQ, Veterans Benefits Administration, Chapter 72 Purple Heart , Northwest Battle Buddies, Disabled Vets Outreach Program (Lincoln County), Goodwill Employment, Veterans’ Stress Project, Umpqua Valley Chapter 805, Returning Veterans Project and Oregon Coast Veterans Association. The vendor tent will be located on the Field of Honor located behind the casino. The tent will be open Thursday September 24 – Sunday, September 27 10am-4pm. Please contact Bill John for more information at 541-996-5815.

This tribute to our service men and women begins with a soft opening at the Oregon Travelling Tribute Wall at 5pm in front of the Casino. Opening Ceremonies at the Field of Honor, in the open field behind Chinook Winds Casino Resort, is on Friday, September 25th at 6PM.

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Lincoln City Warming Shelter is Seeking Volunteers, Volunteer Coordinator, and a Operations Manager


The Lincoln City Warming Shelter, Inc. announces openings for Volunteers, a Volunteer Coordinator and a Volunteer Operations Manager.
“Though the shelter has operated in the past, it did not have the organizational structure or cadre of volunteers needed to make it successful,” comments Volunteer Administrator Richard Gartrell. “We are a community of volunteers, and here is another opportunity to serve where we can make a difference in the lives of those who need a warm roof over their heads during freezing winter weather.”
There are two warming shelters planned for 2015, one at the north end of town at the Congregational Church of Lincoln City (behind Kenny’s IGA on NW 25th) and the other planned for the south end of town in the Historic Taft District.
Shelters will operate from December through March, open when announced a week in advance on specific days and dates depending on the temperature threshold in consultation with NOAA.
“We have procedures and guidelines that govern how we operate our warming shelters,” adds Board President Richard Musick, “We want to care for the homeless and provide a safe environment for both the shelter guests and our volunteers.”
Volunteers will be part of a cadre the Warming Shelter can call upon to see who is available for what days and shifts. Days and dates the shelters will be opened are determined a week in advance so there is plenty of warning. The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for making those calls and assigning the various needed shifts. The Volunteer Operations Manager will be responsible for, along with other day-to-day operational issues, making that important call to NOAA on the Monday prior to the warming shelters possibly being open. If weather is determined to be freezing (35 degree or below with wind and rain), warming shelters will accept guests beginning at 6pm with doors closing at 10pm. “Volunteers will assist manning a variety of roles and shifts, from registering guests on arrival at the warming shelters, assisting with hospitality and food, being a presence overnight, helping with lunches in the morning, as well as set-up and breakdown,” comments Board Vice President Mark Nicholson. “Volunteers are our backbone to being able to assist those in danger and exposed to inclement and life threatening weather. This is just another aspect of emergency preparedness … caring for those in a life threatening situation.”

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My Sister’s Place, “Rustling Leaves, Hollow Reeds,” Fall Fundraiser


My Sisters’ Place is excited to announce a fundraiser, Rustling Leaves Hollow Reeds, co-sponsored by the Baha’i faith. The event will be on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 5:00pm-8:00pm at the main campus of the Oregon Coast Community College (South Beach). Activities include indigenous entertainment, a raffle and light appetizers. We hope all those interested in supporting My Sisters’ Place and wanting to enjoy a Universal Peace Concert will join us, the suggested admission is $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Featured talent includes Native American, Aztec and Andean music. Area participating restaurants are Coco Moca Joe’s, Local Ocean Seafoods, Mo’s Restaurants and Kum Yon’s.

My Sister’s Place is a private non-profit, which was incorporated in 1980. The mission of My Sisters’ Place is to support victims facing domestic violence, sexual assault and dating abuse in Lincoln County by providing shelter, practical assistance and promoting community awareness. My Sisters’ Place operates a 24-hour crisis line, confidential shelter and an advocacy office. This event will help support their efforts, as everyone deserves to be safe.

For additional information about Domestic Violence, please contact My Sisters’ Place at 541-574-9424 or visit for details on our services. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic, sexual, or dating violence, please call My Sisters’ Place 24-hour crisis line at 541-994-5959 for information and safety options.

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Oceanview Senior Living Aging Honors Awards

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September 5, 2015 · 3:03 pm

ODOT Travel Safety Tips

odotflyingTbanner[1]With many families heading out for end-of-summer road trips, it’s important to remember that buckling up correctly can make all the difference in the world. Between Aug. 24 and Sept. 6, officers with law enforcement agencies around the state will be on the lookout for those who are not using their restraint systems correctly – whether you’re on a long journey or a jaunt to the store. The extra enforcement is funded by a grant from ODOT’s Transportation Safety Division, and safety advocates remind motorists that child passengers are especially vulnerable. Last year in Oregon, six children under age 12 died in crashes, and only one of those was using a child restraint system. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 – 12 years old. Child car seats increase crash survival by 71 percent for infants under one year old and by up to 59 percent for toddlers ages 1 – 4.

Get “back to basics” for safe travels

Though recent statewide observation surveys found 98 percent of Oregon travelers using safety belts or child car seats, there are still those who don’t – and that occurs more often at night. In total for 2014 in Oregon, 61 people who died in crashes were not using any kind of restraint system. Studies show that safety belts reduce the chance of fatal injury in adults by 45 to 65 percent. Getting ‘back to basics’ means buckling up every trip, every time, day and night. And be sure to use child safety seats correctly (see your manufacturer’s guidebook, or visit a safety seat check station); that includes keeping children in booster seats until they fit correctly in an adult restraint system.

Oregon law reminder: Oregon law requires children less than forty pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under one year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4’ 9” tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.

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