News Briefs

UCAN brings back Supermarket Saturday to Roseburg

March 31, 2015 — 

United Community Action Network Food Bank is bringing back Supermarket Saturday, a giant Roseburg-wide food drive. The goal of the event is to collect 80,000 pounds of food.

Six grocery stores, along with Brooke Communications, are sponsoring the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 11.

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Possible return of California condor to Oregon to be discussed April 9

March 31, 2015 — 

The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will host a discussion April 9 about bringing the California condor back to Oregon.

Susan Haig, senior scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Corvallis, will lead the discussion. Haig is a professor of wildlife ecology at Oregon State University and a research associate for the Smithsonian Institution. She works with students on issues related to recovery of the condors and other endangered birds.

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Members needed for county Special Transportation Advisory Committee

March 31, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is looking for two people to advise them on transportation for seniors and people with disabilities.

The Special Transportation Advisory Committee will have two openings as of June 30.

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Earth Day Nature Poetry Contest entries due Friday

March 31, 2015 — 

Friday is the deadline for submissions to the annual Earth Day Nature Poetry Contest. Douglas County residents ages 5 to 105 are invited to enter their best original poems concerning any aspect of nature. The poems can be about the cosmos, sky, oceans, any waterway, surface or interior of the Earth or any inert or living thing on any of these. The submittal must be original work created while the writer lived in Douglas County. Name, age, email and mailing address must be written on the back of the poem.

Entries may be submitted to Earth Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 2305, Roseburg, OR 97470.

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Hiking trip to offer views of ferns, lady slippers April 4

March 31, 2015 — 

The Umpqua Valley Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon is offering a field trip along Lower Cow Creek Road south of Riddle to view a variety of wildflowers, ferns and mosses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Botanists with the Bureau of Land Management Roseburg District Office, either Johanna Blanchard or Aaron Roe or both of them, will lead the field trip along lower Cow Creek Road.

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Forest Service meeting to cover use of mitigation funds

March 31, 2015 — 

The U.S. Forest Service will meet Thursday to consider how to spend the money in a federal mitigation fund established by the licensing of the North Umpqua Hydroelectric project.

The meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 2900 N.W. Stewart Parkway. Because information provided during the working part of the meeting will be technical in nature, Umpqua National Forest employees will provide background information and answer public questions from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

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Glide School District hosts kindergarten registration

March 31, 2015 — 

Glide Elementary School will hold its kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 30.

The visitation and registration includes dinner for parents and their children.

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Easter egg hunt planned at Yoncalla High School

March 31, 2015 — 

The North Douglas County Fire Department will hold an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Sunday at Yoncalla High School for all children up to age 12.

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Days Creek Rural Fire Department plans Easter egg hunt

March 31, 2015 — 

The Days Creek Rural Fire Department will hold an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday at Days Creek School. All ages welcome. Participants should bring their own baskets.

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Reservations filling up for Yoncalla Spring Craft and Plant Show

March 31, 2015 — 

Reservations are still available for the second annual Spring Craft and Plant Show set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 11 at Yoncalla Community Center, 400 N. Main Street, Yoncalla.

Showcased at the event will be assorted accoutrements for homes and gardens such as handcrafted ornaments, herbs and various garden plants.

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Medicare 101 class offered by Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program

March 31, 2015 — 

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program is offering a Medicare 101 class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 16 at United Community Action Network, 280 Kenneth Ford Drive.

The class will help attendees learn how to make the best choices for personal needs and to get the most out of health care benefits.

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Sutherlin Oakland Emergency Food Pantry holds annual spaghetti dinner

March 30, 2015 — 

The Sutherlin Oakland Emergency Food Pantry is holding its 27th annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 11 at the Sutherlin Community Center, 150 Willamette St., Sutherlin.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. The meal includes spaghetti, bread, salad, dessert and a beverage.

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Startup Weekend Roseburg coming to UCC

March 30, 2015 — 

Douglas County residents ready to give the next great business pitch can attend Startup Weekend Roseburg April 24 to 26 at Umpqua Community College.

The weekend-long event starts with registration, dinner and idea pitches at 6 p.m. in UCC’s Technical Center Building. Teams of five to six will form around the top pitches. Attendees spend the weekend working with coaches to perfect the pitches and presentations.

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Fire District No. 2 to test fire hydrants

March 30, 2015 — 

The firefighters of Douglas County Fire District No. 2 will be flushing, testing and maintaining fire hydrants in their district between April 13 and May. Hydrants tested will be in the communities of Dixonville, Green, Melrose, Winchester, Wilburg, Garden Valley, Umpqua, Calapooia, the city of Sutherlin and unincorporated portions of Roseburg.

The tests will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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YMCA hosts Easter activities

March 27, 2015 — 

The YMCA of Douglas County is hosting several Easter events next weekend.

The South County YMCA Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 8:30 p.m. April 3. Preregistration is required.

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Lifestyle class is free to Oregon Health Plan patients

March 26, 2015 — 

A “Complete Health Improvement Program” class will be offered to county residents beginning Monday. Sessions will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Better Living Center, 1109 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd.

The course includes three health screens and 18 group lifestyle education sessions. Physician Charles Ross said the CHIP program has been shown to improve health in as little as 30 days and can improve blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting blood sugar, body-mass index, sleep, resilience and depression.

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Roseburg Grange to hold benefit breakfast

March 26, 2015 — 

The Riversdale Grange has scheduled its April monthly breakfast fundraiser for Saturday, April 4.

The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the Grange building at 4856 Garden Valley Road. Proceeds from the event will be used to continue renovation of the Grange hall and for its activities.

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Scholarship available for Douglas County education majors

March 26, 2015 — 

A college scholarship for women studying education is available from the Delta Kappa Gamma Society Omicron Chapter.

The scholarship is $1,000. Applicants must be female education majors who are juniors, seniors or in a master’s degree program in the fall of 2015 and attending an Oregon college or university. Applicants need to have graduated from a Douglas County high school.

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News-Review accepting Douglas County student art for publication

March 26, 2015 — 

Do your students have artwork that you think is publication-worthy? The News-Review is looking for student artwork submissions for its weekly Saturday education page.

Artwork must be produced as part of a class in a Douglas County school. Submissions from home-schooled students will also be accepted as long as the students live in Douglas County.

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Fishing day for vets slated for June 17

March 25, 2015 — 

The third annual Diamond n Vets fishing day has been scheduled for June 17 at Diamond Lake.

All veterans, including those who are non-ambulatory, are invited to participate. Participants need only a fishing license. All other fishing tackle will be provided, if needed.

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March of Dimes supports Oregon children

March 25, 2015 — 

The national March of Dimes event to support babies born prematurely or with birth defects will come to Roseburg April 25 in Stewart Park.

Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K walk starting at 9 a.m. Funds raised go toward helping support Oregon and Southwest Washington prenatal wellness programs, grants and providing information for families.

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Eastside garden plots available

March 24, 2015 — 

The Eastside Community Garden has a few plots available for springtime and summer gardening.

The garden is located at 132 Rifle Range St. and is wrapped around the Community of Christ church building. The garden, entering its seventh year, has 20 feet by 20 feet plots, 10 feet by 20 feet plots and 3 feet by 8 feet raised beds. Donations for the plots are $40, $20 and $10 respectively. Water, compost, organic fertilizer and a variety of seeds are included.

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St. Vincent de Paul in Myrtle Creek holds fundraiser

March 24, 2015 — 

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Myrtle Creek is holding a fundraiser to provide assistance to those in need of food, medications, having bills paid, etc.

Raffle tickets will be available at the thrift store, Tami’s Tax Service in Myrtle Creek, and A Twisted Curl Beauty Salon in Canyonville. Stop by to purchase tickets during regular store hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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Umpqua Valley Christian School honors Citizens of the Month

March 24, 2015 — 

Umpqua Valley Christian School honored the following students as Citizens of the Month.

January

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Hucrest to open kindergarten registration

March 24, 2015 — 

Hucrest Elementary will hold Fall 2015 kindergarten registration from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on April 29 at the school.

Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be enrolled.

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STEAM Hub awards grants

March 24, 2015 — 

The Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub awarded five grants to Douglas County educational projects last week, totalling $35,317. STEAM adds the “A” from Art to the acronym STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Umpqua Valley — $11,889 for summer STEAM camp opportunities including purchase of kits for elementary and middle school camps.

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Winemakers, brewers speak at meeting

March 24, 2015 — 

A panel of Roseburg area winemakers and brewers will discuss those two industries at the monthly Young Entrepreneur Society’s meeting that is scheduled for Wednesday.

The meeting will be held at the Paul O’Brien Winery, 609 S.E. Pine St. with a social time beginning at 5 p.m. and the panel discussion to start at 5:30 p.m.

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Insurance owner speaks to landlords in Roseburg Tuesday night

March 24, 2015 — 

Susan Snyder, an agency owner with Allstate Insurance, will be the guest speaker at today’s meeting of the Rental Owners Association of Douglas County.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 990 W. Stanton St.

Snyder will discuss landlord policies, renter’s insurance and other insurance needs.

Non-members of the association are invited to attend the meeting.

Sale to benefit Tenmile family

March 24, 2015 — 

North River Boats is coordinating a parking lot sale to benefit the Koegler family, who was displaced by a fire in Tenmile this past week.

The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in the factory parking lot at 1750 Green Siding Road.

North River Boats is accepting donated items to sell, with proceeds going directly to the family. Money donations made payable to the Koegler family will also be accepted.

To donate items or volunteer, contact Daleen Thomas at 541-673-2438, extension 112.

Douglas County budget topic of Wednesday presentation

March 24, 2015 — 

Commissioner Chris Boice will deliver a presentation on the county budget for interested members of the public Wednesday morning. The budget discussion will take the place of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners’ regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave.

Information: 541-440-4201.

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