The Oregon Coast Aquarium will thank Lincoln County restaurant, lodging and gas station employees with free admission from Saturday, May 30 through Friday, June 5.

Secrets of Shipwrecks signThe Oregon Coast Aquarium will thank Lincoln County restaurant, lodging and gas station employees with free admission from Saturday, May 30 through Friday, June 5. Hospitality employees that wish to take advantage of the offer will be asked to provide proof of employment with a recent pay stub. Those unsure if their place of employment qualifies for the program may contact the Aquarium during regular business hours at (541) 867-3474 x5401.

Surprises lurk in the shipwreck replica that welcomes visitors to the exhibit.
Aquarium President and CEO Carrie Lewis explained the Aquarium extends this offer every year to, “Thank Lincoln County hospitality employees for recommending the Aquarium to coastal travelers, and give them a chance to rediscover what the Aquarium has to offer right in their backyard.” Those who take advantage of the offer will find a whole new exhibit awaits them. Secrets of Shipwrecks. Part History. Part Mystery., opened Memorial Day weekend to immerse visitors in the science and intrigue of underwater archaeology. Eligible Lincoln County workers who wish to bring guests with them can take advantage of the Aquarium’s discounted Lincoln County Wednesdays program. Admission is just $5 every Wednesday of the year for Lincoln County, Oregon locals with proof of residency.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this summer from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting on May 23. Visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH for more information or to purchase advance tickets.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Tuesday, that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. “These grants will help socially-disadvantaged business owners develop the tools and skills they need to grow their enterprises and succeed at creating jobs and expanding economic opportunities in rural areas,” Vilsack said. “American agriculture is becoming increasingly diverse in many ways, with more minorities and women seeking to enter the field, as well as greater diversity in the age of farmers, the size of operations, in production methods, and in the types of crops being grown. All of these forms of diversity help strengthen U.S. agriculture for the future.” Funding will be made available through USDA’s Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant Program (formerly the Small, Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant Program), which assists organizations that provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Examples of technical assistance are conducting feasibility studies, developing business and strategic plans, and providing leadership training. USDA plans to make up to $3 million in grants available. The maximum award under this notice is $175,000. More information on how to apply can be found on page 28937 of the May 20 Federal Register. Applications submitted by mail must be postmarked by July 20, 2015. Electronic applications must be submitted at http://www.grants.gov no later than midnight July 14th.

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Celtic Hertiage and Alliance is in Need of Volunteers!

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The Celtic Heritage Alliance is looking for several volunteers to help put on the 2015 Newport Celtic Festival & Highland Games, coming up on Friday, June 12th at Nye Beach, and on Saturday and Sunday, June 13th-14th, at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. This is a great opportunity to help represent your business, your civic group, and your community, and to gain exposure to Celtic culture through supporting this fun, family and dog-friendly community event.
contact CHA’s Volunteer Coordinator, Allison Keith at volunteer@newportcelticfestival.com or newport celtic festival dot com

CHA asks a minimum of 8 hours throughout the 3-day weekend and volunteers can choose their area of interest and time slots. In return, volunteers receive a free 3-day pass (including the Friday night concert), commemorative t-shirt, and appreciation BBQ in July.

There is a great need for volunteers with skills as a teller, cashier, and/or have food or alcohol service permits. Other services needed include, administrative, customer service and anyone with good organizing skills. You are not required to have Celtic heritage to volunteer… you can dedicate your time and talents to a local non-profit. To join in on the fun, contact CHA’s Volunteer Coordinator, Allison Keith at volunteer@newportcelticfestival.com or newport celtic festival dot com

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Democrats to receive update on Iran

921-NB-Democratic-DonkeyAt 7 pm May 27, Lincoln County Democrats
will host a talk on the Iran Peace Framework
by Gilbert Schramm. Despite recent opposition to US peace efforts stirred by one extreme of foreign leadership the process has endured. This is a continuing series tapping our local expertise in the middle east.

In a brief return to balanced attentions paid to
a community interest program first and a business meeting second they will meet at the Lincoln City Community Center.

Coffee and a light snack will be provided.
Lincoln City Community Center is at 2150
NE Oar Place, Lincoln City between the
Elks Club and Super Oscar’s. Meetings of
the Lincoln County Democratic Central
Committee are free and open to the public.

For more information, call Chair George Polisner at 541-614-4490

or see the group’s web page, lcdcc.org.

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Running for Drake in Oregon

Francis DrakeSir Francis Drake is back in town, to help fund the efforts to find evidence of his first visit to the area four centuries ago. Bob Ward Jr., who lives in London, England, is running the Newport marathon on Saturday to raise funds for the non-profit Drake in Oregon Society, which is trying to prove that the real Sir Francis spent the summer of 1579 here in Lincoln County, becoming the first visitor to the area and founding the first outpost of the British Empire at Whale Cove, just ten miles north of Newport.
As if running his first marathon at the age of 48 is not hard enough, Bob will be dressed as Sir Francis, complete with newly-grown beard. Running in fancy dress for a charity is a long tradition in England, but this is the first time it will have been done in the Newport Marathon. In practice, Bob has been running at a rate that would see him finish in under four hours, but wearing the costume will probably slow him down to five. “It will be worth it if I can raise support for the Drake in Oregon’s efforts to find hard evidence of Drake’s visit” said Bob. ”They are currently following a couple of promising leads, including archaeological investigations to see if the remains of a ship buried near the mouth of the Salmon River is the small Spanish bark that Drake captured in Costa Rica, and left behind here on the Oregon coast. It will re-write local, Oregon and Anglo-American history if they succeed, and provide a significant boost to the local economy by way of increased tourism.”

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Before leaving London Bob visited the replica of Drake’s famous ship the Golden Hinde, which now sits beside the Thames in London, but which made a memorable visit to Newport back in 1986. To sponsor Bob’s run for this great cause, please go to the http://www.drakeinoregon.com web site, look for the story on the front page and follow the links to donate money via PayPal or by credit card. Alternatively, send a check to 525 NW 57 St., Newport, 97365. Drake in Oregon is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so all donations are fully tax deductible.

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City of Newport is Hosting an Open House Tonight at 5:30pm

City of Newport LogoThe city of Newport is hosting an open house tonight to present plans and solicit comments for the SW Abalone-Brans Street Improvement Project. A tentative construction schedule will be provided during the meeting. The open house will be from 5:30-6:30pm at the Newport City Hall Council Chambers at 169 SW Coast Highway. For questions, contact Timothy Gross, Director of Public Works/ City Engineer: 541-574-3369

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