Announcements

Douglas County Veterans' Viewpoint: Contact veteran Posts for local activities

April 19, 2015 — 

I had the great pleasure of talking with Post Commander Roy Brogden of the American Legion Fallin Post 123. Originally chartered in Canyonville after World War II, Post 123 serves Canyonville, Myrtle Creek, Riddle and Tri City. The organization meets on the third Thursday of the month at the Veterans Memorial Building, 252 S. Pacific Highway, in Myrtle Creek.

On Friday, May 8, members of Post 123 and other veterans will post flags around these communities to recognize Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), which was first celebrated on May 8, 1945, as the official announcement of the end of World War II in Europe.

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Club News: Reserve booth space for Plant & Garden Expo in Roseburg

April 13, 2015 — 

Plan for Plant & Garden Expo

Douglas County Master Gardeners are accepting the final booth reservations for Plant & Garden Expo to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 2 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

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Club News: Safely see the sun with Umpqua Astronomers on April 14

April 13, 2015 — 

Viewing the sun safely

Celebrate International Sun Day with the Umpqua Astronomers from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at Stewart Park, west of the main pavilion. Community members are invited to meet local astronomers and learn how to safely observe our nearest star. Special solar filters and telescopes will be available.

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Club News: Susan Morgan discusses 'State of the County' at April 14 meeting in Roseburg

April 13, 2015 — 

NARFE hosts Susan Morgan

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: Reservations due April 16 for Lunch Bunch event in Roseburg

April 13, 2015 — 

Reserve Lunch Bunch buffet

The Lunch Bunch is accepting reservations until Thursday for the buffet that accompanies its April 21 gathering to introduce two Roseburg meal programs. The buffet and program cost is $20 per person or $5 for the program only. Reservations are required for buffet food planning purposes.

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98th Birthday: Mosteller, Gladys

April 13, 2015 — 

Mosteller enjoys 98th birthday

On April 1, Gladys was transported from her home at Callahan Court to fulfill her birthday wish to spend time with her husband, Dr. Rev. Earl Mosteller. He has been residing at Umpqua Valley Rehabilitation for a few months.

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Military Note: Rodriguez, David V.

April 13, 2015 — 

David Rodriguez

David V. Rodriguez, son of Ines Armas of Roseburg, recently enlisted in the U. S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Portland.

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Military Note: Grove, Cameron M.

April 13, 2015 — 

Cameron Grove

Air Force Airman Cameron M. Grove graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

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Military Note: Sumstine, Zachary A.

April 13, 2015 — 

Zachary Sumstine

Air Force Airman Zachary A. Sumstine graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

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Club News: Daughters of the American Revolution gather in Roseburg on April 11

April 7, 2015 — 

DAR to honor women vets

The Umpqua Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will have a no-host luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Bangkok West Cuisine, 2521 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg.

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Club News: Roseburg AAUW hosts Health and Social Services speaker on April 7

April 7, 2015 — 

Learn about public health

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.

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Club News: Orchid care discussed at April 9 meeting in Roseburg

April 7, 2015 — 

See program on orchid care

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: Roseburg vets host rest area coffee break April 10, 11, 12

April 7, 2015 — 

VFW says driving safely

Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary from Post 2468 invite motorists to take a coffee break at the Cabin Creek Rest Area near northbound Milepost 142 on Interstate 5. VFW members will be on duty Friday, Saturday, and April 12. Stop by for a break from driving, get some coffee and have a homemade cookie or brownie.

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Reunion: Glide High School seeks alumni, hosts all-school gatherings

April 7, 2015 — 

Get in touch with classmates

Glide High School will have an all-school reunion July 24, 25 and 26. The alumni reunion committee needs assistance locating classmates and teachers. Anyone interested in updating their contact information or pre-registering for the reunion is encouraged to visit www.glidealumni.com by July 3.

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90th Birthday: Kinsel, Genell

April 7, 2015 — 

Kinsel enjoys 90th birthday

Genell Kinsel recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a party at Garden Valley Retirement in Roseburg. Friends and family attended, including her sister and brother, Janie Guthrie and Carl Holmes, both of Roseburg. The event was hosted by Genell’s son and his wife.

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ENGAGEMENT: Knutzen-Parham

April 7, 2015 — 

Knutzen-Parham

Sylvia Knutzen and Rodney Parham have announced their engagement and plans to be married May 10 at the Umpqua Golf Resort in Sutherlin.

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Douglas County Veterans Viewpoint: Celebrate with Reedsport

April 5, 2015 — 

Margo and Ron Thompson of Lower Umpqua VFW Post 3594 shared with me that plans for the city’s Memorial Weekend Parade are already underway and it is expected to be a spectacular event.

“The VFW tries to be very involved in the community with barbecues, garage sales and bringing back the Memorial Weekend Parade,” said Margo. “Local service organizations, including the American Legion, the Lions, the Rotary and the Boy Scouts have been a big help. City staff have been very supportive, too.”

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Births: December 10 to December 23, 2014

March 31, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

HENINGTON — Aunika Bennetti and Robert Henington, Roseburg, December 10, a daughter, Lilah Katherine Henington, 6 pounds 9 ounces

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Club News: Roseburg Button Club explores lucite at April 3 meeting

March 31, 2015 — 

Club discusses the Lucite Story

The Roseburg Button Club will meet at 1 p.m. Friday in Conference Room A at the Community Cancer Center, 2880 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.

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Club News: Douglas County Master Gardeners begin summer hours

March 31, 2015 — 

Plant Clinic hours extended

The Douglas County Master Gardeners will have Plant Clinic hours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning April 1 and continuing through September at the OSU Extension office, 1134 S.E. Douglas Ave., Roseburg.

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Club News: Umpqua Lions host Douglas County commissioner April 1

March 31, 2015 — 

Addressing budget issues

The Umpqua Lions will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Kowloon Restaurant, 2686 N.E Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg.

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Marriages: December 8, 2014 to January 23, 2015

March 30, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Clerk’s Office issued the following marriage licenses from Dec. 8, 2014 to Jan. 23, 2015.

Cecil Daniel Cobb Sr., 25, and Brittany Rose Warner, 24, both of Drain, December 8

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Military Note: Lyon, Sarah E.

March 29, 2015 — 

Sarah Lyon

Air Force Airman Sarah E. Lyon graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

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March 23, 2015 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

HENINGTON — Aunika Bennetti and Robert Henington, Roseburg, December 10, a daughter, Lilah Katherine Henington, 6 pounds 9 ounces

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ENGAGEMENT: Hooper-Eiland

March 23, 2015 — 

Hooper-Eiland

The parents of Natalie Hooper are pleased to announce her engagement to Edwin Eiland and their plans to be married June 27 in Portland.

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Club News: Roseburg Wings & Wheels elects leadership for 2015

March 23, 2015 — 

Wings & Wheels elects officers

The Roseburg Wings & Wheels Association has elected its board officers for 2015. They are: Director Mike Danielle, President Paul Schafer, Vice President J.D. Knigge, Secretary Patricia Loegering and Treasurer Lynne Reinhart.

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Club News: Roseburg Elks announce officers, host dinner and dance

March 23, 2015 — 

Elks install new officers

The Roseburg Elks Lodge No. 326 will install its new officers at 4 p.m. March 28. A dinner and dance event will take place after the installation. This is event is open to the public. Anyone interested in attending the installation is asked to call 541-672-4455 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For information about the Elks, visit their website at http://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=0326.

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Club News: Roseburg VFW Post 2468 hosts celebration of life March 27

March 23, 2015 — 

VFW Post 2468 honors Boyd

Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary of Post 2468 will host a celebration of life and potluck at 6 p.m. Friday at the VFW Hall, 1127 N.E. Walnut St., Roseburg.

The event will honor Donna L. Boyd and all VFW members, families and friends of Boyd are welcome. There is no admission fee. Please bring a favorite dish to share.

Information: 541-672-9716.

Douglas County Veterans Viewpoint: Returning veterans need health care and employment

March 22, 2015 — 

March roared in like a lion for the VA Roseburg Healthcare System, with a ground-breaking ceremony for a new mental-health building and the announcement that Dr. Bilal Chaudhry had been chosen as the chief of staff, one of the VA’s top management positions.

Dr. Bilal Chaudhry’s credentials include positions as the Chief of Staff at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center at Iron Mountain, Mich. and as the Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Operations at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The new mental health building is expected to be completed a year from now. The new facility will become an addition to the existing building, which was built in the 1930s. According to VA General Engineer Supervisor Garth Stacey, the $7.5 million, 14,780-square-foot facility will be a safer and more seismically sound structure. It will meet today’s building standards and codes with higher efficiency lighting, heating and cooling systems.

The mental-health building will provide more space for the personal rehabilitation treatment of veterans battling substance abuse. According to Paul Beiring, acting chief of mental health, the mental health department is currently in the process of adding 30 new positions at the VA facilities in Roseburg and Eugene.

Former Douglas County Veterans Forum president Jim Little had the honor of attending the groundbreaking ceremony held March 12. He told me this new construction project will be another valuable addition to the VA facility, along with the newly constructed Protective Care Unit and the still-under-construction Acute Psychiatric Ward.

“Each new facility symbolizes a milestone of better health care for our local veterans,” Little said. “I look forward to seeing more new construction in the years to come.”

I had the honor to speak at the Lions of Oregon District E Convention on March 13 at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville. I took the opportunity to talk about the challenge veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan face as they re-integrate into society.

More than 2.5 million veterans have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, including Roseburg’s own Charlie Company of the Oregon National Guard. Charlie Company is part of the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment and includes citizen-soldiers from Coos Bay, Medford, Grants Pass, St. Helens, and Ashland. The 186th deployed to Afghanistan last September. The soldiers are providing security near Kabul, Afghanistan at Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

I shared with the Lions that veterans and military service members return home with no singular need. Unemployment is particularly severe for young veterans of the National Guard or the military reserves, whose repeated deployments to supplement active-duty forces can make it difficult to hold civilian jobs.

Our nation is making progress in helping young military veterans re-integrate into civilian life. However, many service members are still unprepared for the transition home and have a wide range of needs that cannot be easily provided by one single organization.

I ended my speech by challenging the Lions of Oregon District E to join the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA Healthcare System and our Douglas County veterans’ organizations in showing what we can do to honor our veterans when the 186th returns to Oregon this summer.

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 16 years of military service. He can be reached at jd.mcdonald.jd@gmail.com.

Military Note: Disanto-Peyton, Brittney G.

March 24, 2015 — 

Brittney Disanto-Peyton

Air Force Airman Brittney G. Disanto-Peyton, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

Disanto-Peyton is the daughter of Lisa Disanto of Torrance, Calif., and Danny Peyton Jr. of San Pedro, Calif., and step-daughter of Charles Sarles of Carson, Calif. She is also the granddaughter of Danny Peyton Sr. of Roseburg, Ore.

The airman is a 2014 graduate of Torrance High School, Torrance, Calif.

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