Announcements

Club News: Veterans honored at May 29 meeting in Canyonville

May 18, 2015 — 

Submarine vets meet locally

The Rogue-Umpqua Base of the United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated will gather at noon May 29 in the Huckleberry Room at Seven Feathers Casino Resort Hotel, Canyonville.

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Club News: Buddy Poppies bloom in Roseburg May 22, 23 and 24

May 18, 2015 — 

VFW distributes Buddy Poppies

Veterans of Foreign Wars members will have a Buddy Poppy distribution from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this weekend at several Roseburg locations. They will be at Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart and Sherms Thunderbird on Friday, and at Albertsons on Saturday and May 24.

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Club News: Support Fly-In with May 23 breakfast at Roseburg airport

May 18, 2015 — 

Wings & Wheels offers breakfast

The Roseburg Wings & Wheels Association will have a Fly-In Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the airport, 2131 Aviation Drive, Roseburg. Follow the signs to the hangar where breakfast will be served.

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ENGAGEMENT: Lund-Johnson

May 18, 2015 — 

Lund-Johnson

Jennifer Marie Lund and Trevor Adam Johnson have announced their engagement and plans for a June 20 wedding in Roseburg.

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WEDDING: Hafdahl-Somnitz

May 18, 2015 — 

Hafdahl-Somnitz

Helena Hafdahl and Nicholas Somnitz were united in matrimony March 21 in Eugene. Father Tom Yurchak of St. Jude Catholic Church officiated the ceremony, which was followed by a reception at the Downtown Athletic Club in Eugene.

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Births: February 14 to February 26, 2015

May 18, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

HOLT — Stephanie Robey, Drain, February 14, a son, Julius Xavion Holt, 7 pounds 10 ounces

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Douglas County Veterans' Viewpoint: Battlefield Cross and 'eternal patrol' honor fallen soldiers

May 17, 2015 — 

I have been given the honor of helping unveil a Battlefield Cross at Reedsport’s Memorial Weekend. This will be an excellent educational opportunity, because the Battlefield Cross is a symbol often not understood by people who did not serve our country.

Used to memorialize fallen soldiers in combat, the Battlefield Cross supposedly dates back to the Civil War, a time when fallen soldiers were transported home or to a nearby area designated as a battlefield cemetery, rather than being buried where they fell.

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Births: February 11 to February 14, 2015

May 15, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

FICKEN — Jamie Mobley, Sutherlin, February 11, a daughter, Jade Marie Ficken, 5 pounds 11 ounces

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ENGAGEMENT: Moore-Rico

May 11, 2015 — 

Moore-Rico

Katie Jean Moore and Anthony Jay Rico have announced their engagement and plans for a May 16 wedding at Applegate Christian Fellowship Church in Jacksonville.

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Club News: Umpqua Astronomers meet May 12 in Roseburg

May 11, 2015 — 

What to watch for in the sky

Umpqua Astronomers will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Douglas Forest Protective Association conference room, 1758 N.E. Airport Road, Roseburg.

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Club News: Home health coordinator discusses care in Roseburg May 12

May 11, 2015 — 

NARFE explores home health

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Round Table Pizza, 2040 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.

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Club News: Scots & Celts gather May 15 in Winston

May 11, 2015 — 

Featuring Inverness

The Douglas County Scottish & Celtic Society will have a potluck at 6 p.m. and a program at 7 p.m. Friday at the fire station, 250 W. Main St., Winston.

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Military Note: Potter, Austin

May 11, 2015 — 

Austin Potter

Air Force Airman 1st Class Austin Potter, son of Jerri Potter, and grandson of Cecil and Patricia Parker, all of Drain, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Potter earned distinction as an honor graduate.

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Club News: Douglas County Mental Health Court gives May 13 presentation

May 11, 2015 — 

Mental health to be discussed

There will be a community forum on Douglas County mental health at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Public Library, 1409 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg. The Ford Room doors will be open by 5:30 p.m.

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Club News: Umpqua Orchid Society gives May 14 program on 'Native Orchids of the Lower 48.'

May 11, 2015 — 

Learn about U.S. orchids

The Umpqua Orchid Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 2 at the Mercy Education Center, 2459 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.

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Club News: Lunch Bunch wraps up 'Food and Hunger' series in Roseburg May 19

May 11, 2015 — 

Defeat hunger in Douglas Co.

Lunch Bunch will hold the final set in a four-part series on “Food and Hunger in Douglas County.” Meet ‘n Greet starts at 11:30 a.m. May 19 at the Roseburg Country Club. The program and meal service is scheduled for noon and adjournment by 2 p.m. Registration at the door is $20 for the meal and program, or $5 for the program only. Pre-registrations by May 15 are encouraged for those who wish to include the meal.

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Births: February 7, 2015

May 8, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

CHRISTENSEN — Cassandra Stevens and Kevin Christensen, Winston, February 7, a daughter, Patricia Lynn-Marie Christensen, 8 pounds 13 ounces

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Births: February 9 to February 10, 2015

May 8, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

GOODMAN — Kelly Warren and Josh Goodman, Sutherlin, February 9, a son, Liam Kain Goodman, 7 pounds 10 ounces

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Births: September 15 to September 18, 2014

May 5, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

LENO — Brooke Leno, Roseburg, September 15, a son, Gage Michael Leno, 7 pounds 5 ounces

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Births: February 2 to February 7, 2015

May 5, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

ROARK — Rebekah and Brandon Roark, Roseburg, February 2, a daughter, Paisley Andria Hayley Roark, 6 pounds 7 ounces

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Births: Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, 2014

May 5, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

MONROE — Meaghan Wooldridge, Winston, September 24, a son, Spencer Michael Thomas Monroe, 7 pounds 12 ounces

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Marriages: August 22 to August 27, 2014

May 5, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Clerk’s Office issued the following marriage licenses Aug. 22 to Aug. 27, 2014.

Jessica Marie Jones, 33, and Ianna Dianne Holderbaum, 21, both of Roseburg, August 22

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Births: September 8 to September 11, 2014

March 20, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

COLE — Brittany and Joshua Cole, Oakland, September 8, a son, Noah Lee Tyler Cole, 9 pounds 0 ounces

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Births: Sept. 18 to Sept. 24, 2014

May 5, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

MONTPAS — Brieann and Steven Montpas, Sutherlin, September 18, a son, Kyzer Patrick Montpas, 6 pounds 10 ounces

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Marriages: August 20 to August 25, 2014

May 5, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Clerk’s Office issued the following marriage licenses Aug. 20 to Aug. 25, 2014.

John Willis Thompson, 77, and Judith Ann Davis, 76, both of Roseburg, August, 20

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Births: August 27 to August 31, 2014

May 5, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

YARBROUGH — Elizabeth Navetta and Shelby Yarbrough, Sutherlin, August 27, a daughter, Ila Vicki Yarbrough, 6 pounds 5 ounces

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Births: Sept. 1 to Sept. 5, 2014

May 5, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

COLANGELO — Amber Robertson and Joey Colangelo, Myrtle Creek, September 1, a son, Zayne Michael Thomas Colangelo, 8 pounds 8 ounces

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Club News: Daughters of the American Revolution meet May 9 in Roseburg

May 4, 2015 — 

DAR meets at new location

The Umpqua Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will have a no-host luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the new Chi’s Garden Restaurant location, 1023 N.E. Stephens St., Roseburg.

Anyone interested in learning more about DAR is welcome to attend.

Information: 541-430-9837.

Club News: Develop academic support for Umpqua Community College May 5

May 4, 2015 — 

County needs a strong college

The Roseburg branch of American Association of University Women will have a social time at 6 p.m., followed by a no-host dinner and meeting Tuesday at Jasmine’s Catering, 809 S.E. Main St., Roseburg.

Beginning at 7 p.m., guest speaker Ali Mageehon, Dean of Academic Support at Umpqua Community College, will discuss “Connections Between AAUW and UCC: Creating a Strong College-Going Culture in Douglas County.” The public is invited to attend.

Information: 541-672-1706.

Douglas County Veterans' Viewpoint: Memorial Day ceremonies set around the county

May 4, 2015 — 

The Glide community will host a Memorial Day ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25 at the Glide Community Center, 20062 N. Umpqua Highway.

Bill DeGroot informed me that the event will include a wreath-laying at the Memorial Stone of the Glide Veterans Memorial.

Guest of Honor Frank Moore, assisted by Arnold Ebert and James Stone, will lay the wreath. Those gentlemen were awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2011 for their service during World War II. DeGroot said Heidi Woods will play the bagpipes and local Boy Scout Troop No. 112 will conduct the Retiring of the Colors.

Following the wreath-laying ceremony, there will be a program to recognize new inductees to the wall. There will be exhibits to view after the ceremony and program. Refreshments will be served.

“People should attend to honor those who have passed away fighting for our freedom,” DeGroot said. “It’s a great opportunity to pass along our traditions to the next generation, to preserve the values that are important to us as a society.”

More information can be found online at www.glidecommunityclub.org/vet.htm or by contacting Bill DeGroot at bcdegroot@gmail.com or at 541-505-6526.

The Douglas County Veterans Forum and the Roseburg Veterans Administration will host a Memorial Day tribute on Monday, May 25, from 11 a.m. at the Roseburg National Cemetery Annex, 913 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd. The ceremony will include a wreath-laying ceremony as well as guest speakers. A picnic and other activities will follow at Stewart Park.

A Memorial Day breakfast in Myrtle Creek will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 252 S. Pacific Highway. The breakfast is free for veterans but donations are accepted from other guests. For more information, contact Roy Brogden at 541-863-3857.

Reedsport’s Memorial Weekend Parade is Sunday, May 24. The parade lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. with the parade starting at 2 p.m. Openings are still available for floats. If you’re interested in participating in the parade, contact Jim Wells at 541-271-2268 or jwells36@frontier.com.

Reedsport’s Memorial Day Ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Monday, May 25 at the Masonic Cemetery at 3021 Longwood Drive.

Oakland Mayor Bette Keehley was excited to share how her city will observe Memorial Day. Oakland will host its Memorial Day observance on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the City Park pavilion, located at the corner of 2nd and Maple Streets.

“We wanted to make sure that everyone could attend,” Keehley said. “We plan to have a festive time that is appropriate for the entire family, but also respectful. We are pleased to be hosting the Oregon Traveling Memorial Wall, and want to make sure that people visiting the wall are able to do so in a respectful atmosphere.”

In addition to the Oregon Traveling Memorial Wall, music will be provided by the local high school band. Local performers will sing the national anthem.

“We were blessed to have help from so many people,” Keehley said. “The Open Community Response Team, Oakland Economic Development, and the City of Oakland, among others, have really come together to make this day happen.”

For more information, go to www.historicoaklandoregon.com.

God bless our veterans and God bless America.

Have information to share with Douglas County veterans? Contact me at jd.mcdonald.jd@gmail.com or 541-580-6178.

John McDonald, a member of the Oregon National Guard, is president of the Douglas County Veterans Forum and a member of the Douglas County Veterans Advisory Committee, the Patrick W. Kelley VFW Post 2468 and the Earle B. Stewart American Legion Post 16. He’s a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm with more than 15 years of military service. He can be reached at jd.mcdonald.jd@gmail.com.

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