Air Force Airman Sarah E. Lyon graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.Learn more »
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG
HENINGTON — Aunika Bennetti and Robert Henington, Roseburg, December 10, a daughter, Lilah Katherine Henington, 6 pounds 9 ouncesLearn more »
The parents of Natalie Hooper are pleased to announce her engagement to Edwin Eiland and their plans to be married June 27 in Portland.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
Air Force Airman Brittney G. Disanto-Peyton, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.Learn more »
Air Force Airman Kevin T. Cross graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.Learn more »
Alexandra J. Jaykins, daughter of Donald Jaykins of Rocklin, California and Melikean Jaykins of Winston, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.Learn more »
Morgan Pickett and Zack Rodriguez have announced their engagement and plans for a June 20 wedding at Millpond Pavilion in Idleyld Park.Learn more »
Marcella Fummerton and Benjamin Sharp have announced their engagement and plans for an April 18 wedding at Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City.Learn more »
Alexa Arletta Armstrong and Ryan Andrew Potter were married Dec. 20 at The Benson Hotel in Portland. The officiating minister was Paula Barnett and a reception followed in The Benson Crystal Ballroom.Learn more »
Reading Faire offers fun for all
There will be an Altrusa-sponsored Reading Faire in the Douglas County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Learn more »
It’s a golden opportunity
The Douglas County Prospectors Association will host its 8th annual Southern Oregon Gold and Treasure Show this weekend in Douglas Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg.Learn more »
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
The Douglas County Scottish & Celtic Society will host a St. Patrick’s corned beef and cabbage dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at American Legion Post 16, 406 S.E. Oak St., Roseburg.Learn more »
Birdwatchers have options
The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will host two field trips on Friday. One will be to the Stewart Park Wildlife area in Roseburg from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and the other will be to Ford’s Pond near Sutherlin from 10 a.m. to noon.Learn more »
Sharing with women vets
The American Women Veterans’ Association will host its quarterly potluck dinner meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Hall, 406 S.E. Oak Street, Roseburg.Learn more »
Newcomers are welcome
Umpqua Astronomers will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Douglas Forest Protective Association conference room, 1758 N.E. Airport Road, Roseburg.Learn more »
Learn the art of potting 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.Learn more »
Let’s make a cabochon
The Umpqua Gem and Mineral Club will have a potluck beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, with a Jr. rock club meeting at 6:30 and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Rooms 2 and 3 at the Mercy Community Education building, 2459 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.Learn more »
Learn about sleep apnea
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.Learn more »
Food security: a crucial issue
The Lunch Bunch offers the next segment in its series on hunger and food security in Douglas County. The group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 17, at the Roseburg Country Club, 5051 Garden Valley Road, Roseburg.Learn more »
See budding signs of spring
The Umpqua Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon offers a field trip from 9 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. Saturday to Upper Olalla Road.Learn more »
Big book sale this weekend
Altrusa International of Roseburg will have a huge book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 643 S.E. Kane St., Roseburg.Learn more »
Donors make service possible
The Sutherlin Oakland Emergency Food Pantry wants to thank the Sutherlin High School 101 Program through Oregon Community Foundation for a $1,000 grant and Thrivent Financial for a total of $1000 in matching funds for our Hobo Stew and Spring Spaghetti Dinner fundraisers.Learn more »
The Douglas County Clerk’s Office issued the following marriage licenses Nov. 24 to Dec. 5, 2014.
Justin Adam Tillman, 30, and Michelle Catherine Hengel, 34, both of Oakland, November 24Learn more »
Douglas County Veterans Viewpoint:March 8, 2015 —
Congratulations are in order for the city of Lebanon, following the completion and dedication of the Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home.
You may remember a few years back that Lebanon was narrowly chosen over Roseburg as the site of the second veterans home in Oregon. The first one is located in The Dalles.
The $40 million veterans home was completed thanks in part to Linn County voters passing a $12 million levy, funding the facility by a 2-1 margin.
The Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home is now hiring, providing not only quality care for veterans but also quality jobs and a boost to the local economy.
Roseburg should be next.
But nothing is certain in this world. Which is why I encourage all of you to contact your state senators, state representatives, and the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Let them know that the veterans of Douglas County have waited long enough for this kind of quality care. That the City of Roseburg and Douglas County have waited long enough for this economic boost. That the time to secure funding and start construction is now.
Drop me an email at my address below if you need contact information to reach your senator or representative. The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs can be reached at 1-800-828-8801.
And more information about Oregon Veterans Homes is readily available online at www.oregonveteranshomes.com.
One of the greatest blessings about writing a column about veterans is that I’m able to bring good people together. I have received many phone calls and emails from people who need help and people offering to help others, whether it is families and friends assembling care packages for Roseburg’s Charlie Company of the Oregon National Guard, volunteers organizing Veterans Day parades and remembrances, or good-hearted people looking for a place to make a charitable contribution.
Dirk Kruysman from the Douglas County Veterans Forum shared an opportunity for people to donate to something lasting and worthy. You may not be aware of it, but there is a war memorial in front of the Douglas County Courthouse that lists the names of Douglas County residents who gave their lives in service for our country.
Dirk informed me that DCVF is taking donations to have a memorial marker installed on the courthouse lawn that will raise awareness of the memorial.
“We are halfway to our $1,500 goal,” said Kruysman. “Many veterans and groups have already donated. It would be nice for the rest of the public to have an opportunity to contribute to this beautiful marker.”
To make a donation, contact Dirk at 541-672-4392 or send your check to him in care of the DCVF, P.O. Box 1124, Roseburg, OR 97470.
God bless our veterans and God bless America.
Have information to share with Douglas County veterans? Contact me at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 Generations: Cross familyMarch 4, 2015 —
Family gathering: Five generations of the Cross family gathered recently for this picture. From left to right in the back row are grandmother Kim Wiley and great-grandmother Cathy Tipton, both formerly of Sutherlin, and mother Kelsee Ternes of Brentwood, Calif. Seated in the front is 85-yer-old great-great-grandmother Janet Cross of Roseburg. She is holding 3-month-old Raelin Ternes.
Military Note: Flagor, Kyle AMarch 4, 2015 —
Air Force Airman Kyle A. Flagor, son of Anthony J. Flagor, step-son of Joyce E. Russo and grandson of Margaret Flagor, all of Roseburg, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.
Airman Flagor is a 2014 graduate of Roseburg High School.