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Elkton Mayor Rebecca Swearingen at the dedication of the new sidewalk that ties the Elkton Community Education Center on Hwy 38 to the Elkton Park and up to downtown Elkton. This roughly mile-long sidewalk has already had a positive impact on the community. “I think the number of walkers has increased by at least 25%,” said the Mayor. “This is a huge step forward for our community.” She added that the project was completed less than one year after receiving the money. “The experts said it couldn’t be done,” she said, “ but they didn’t understand how many remarkable people we had working together to make this happen..”

Finally, Lakeside Council Full Stacy Dunn is the newest city councilor in Lakeside after being appointed on a 5-1 vote during the June council meeting. This is the first time in nearly a year that the city has had a full council. Asked how it feels to finally be seated on the council, Dunn said, “It’s more of a win for the people of Lakeside than it is for me.” He added that he thinks his appointment is a relief for the citizens. “A lot of the citizens feel as if the council has let them down over the past

several years and (the council) didn’t listen to the needs of the people. We need to try and restore that faith.” Elaine Armstrong once again voted “no”. This was the 20th time she voted not to fill a vacant seat. She has repeatedly and publicly expressed that she didn’t like any of the candidates who applied. The saga began at the end of the July 2011 meeting when Chrysta Swift suddenly resigned. Eight months later in March of this year, in a surprise

Stacy Dunn is sworn into office as a Lakeside city councilor by Administrative Assistant Beverley Carlock in the June meeting. His appointment to the seat vacated by Mack Eubanks, who took a job out of state, means, for the first time in nearly a year, Lakeside citizens are being represented by a full council. Normally the City Administrator would swear in a new official, but in May the Council voted 5-1 to fire former City Administrator Charlie Hill. Elaine Armstrong voted to keep Hill, who had grown increasingly unpopular with Lakeside citizens.

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move that came after advocating that Swift’s seat be left vacant until the November elections, Sue Allen resigned. That left two seats open. Allen’s resignation also broke the stalemate and made it more likely for the council to reach a majority vote on one applicant as required by the City Charter. Continued on Page 3)

It’s not a matter of ‘if’, but ’when’ Gardiner residents will be paying more for their monthly sewer bill. The five-members of the Gardiner Sanitary District say increasing fees is unavoidable. Beginning July 1, the District’s yearly bill from Reedsport nearly quadrupled and the monthly bill increased to $10,000. That’s five times what they have been paying. “If we try to pay this,” said board member Dixie Hash about July’s bill, “we’ll be out of money. We are being driven by the bill.” The District has 96 customers and 172 equivalent dwelling units. Gardiner residents are currently paying a total of $69 per month for their sewer with $45 coming directly from the resident and the balance from property taxes and a special levy that was approved by the voters. Why More Money? The increase comes because Reedsport will begin billing Gardiner for their proportional share of operations and maintenance as well as debt service. Under the original 1991 contract, the city of Reedsport was including Gardiner collections in the billing. They should only have been collecting for operations and maintenance.

Lakeside PC Seat Still Open The Lakeside City Council turned down Michael Smith’s bid to be on the Planning Commission with a 4-2 vote. Elaine Armstrong and Dean Warner voted to appoint. Naomi Parker was absent due to knee surgery. Smith has lived in Lakeside for the past four years. He is best known for his trash-talking posts on a local blog; posts often aimed at Lakeside residents. He is also recognized as a friend of Teri MacDuff and the Armstrong’s, who have a history of targeting local citizens they disagree with. On his application, Smith cited the Fire Department Budget Committee as prior civic involvement. In the space for ‘Motivation’, Smith wrote, “Mostly I would like to help make Lakeside a more better place to live.” (sic) After the vote, former Planning Commission

member Joan Anderson who was sitting in the audience demanded to know why Smith had not been approved. Mayor Ed Gowan ruled her out of order. Armstrong encouraged Smith to run for a City Council seat. He has reportedly taken out papers and is believed to be gathering signatures. Meanwhile the seat on the Planning Commission remains open. Interested Lakeside residents are invited to submit an application, which can be obtained from City Hall or downloaded from cityoflakeside.org. On the home page, place your cursor over ‘City Administration’ then click on ‘Forms’. The Volunteer’s Application for Boards/ Commissions & Committees is the second form up from the bottom in the list. Turn the application into City Hall for consideration. Applications will be taken until the seat is filled.

The prior contract was amended in 2009 to credit Gardiner with a $75,000 overpayment which cut the monthly bill significantly. That contract ends on June 30, 2012. “We’re beginning with a clean slate, “said former Reedsport City Manager Scott Somers. “Gardiner will begin paying their proportional share for the improvement of the plant, including debt service.” That debt service includes a $60,000 annual finance fee charged by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for the loan to rebuild and upgrade the Reedsport plant. Fee disputed Sanitary Board members think they shouldn’t have to pay the finance fee. “We’re disputing the fee. That has nothing to do with the operation of the plant,” said board member Dixie Hash. “We agreed to pay for the construction and operation of the plant. But, we were not part of the loan negotiation and we didn’t sign the loan.” Somers said it doesn’t matter if Gardiner doesn’t agree with the fee. “They’re benefiting from it. They need to pay their fair share. That’s the bottom line.” Both sides have indicated a willingness for mediation to occur, but Reedsport is prepared to go to court if necessary. According to Somers, “Both DEQ and the Attor-

ney General’s Office have advised us to take Gardiner to court for any moneys they owe after July 1.” Separate Plant? The board is pursuing the possibility of building a separate sewer plant for Gardiner on the site formerly owned by International Paper. In addition to the lagoons (which will serve the wastewater process), the contract with IP included taking responsibility for three landfill sites, only one which is open. While there is grant money available, it cannot be given directly to the District. Often, in similar cases, the county agrees to be the grantee, allowing the money to flow to the District. But, Douglas County has been reluctant to sign off because of the potential liability that comes with the landfill sites. Recently, the District got a boost for their plans when the draft of a third party report was released last week. At the town hall meeting , Garrett Pallo, of Civil West, the District’s engineer announced that the report’s analysis suggested it would be less expensive for the residents if Gardiner was to build their own plant instead of transporting waste to Reedsport. Pallo said the plant could be up and running by Summer 2013.

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My Turn … From the editor’s desk

Campaign season is here again. Amidst the onslaught of claims and counterclaims, billionaire spending, attack ads, and preachers from tax free churches politicking from the pulpit; it is time for each of us to take a deep breath and put on our cloak of critical thinking. Oregon does a superb job of making information understandable and accessible to the citizen who wants to become better informed. They do it for open meetings and public records with a helpful manual (http://www.doj.state.or .us/pdf/ public records and meetings manual.pdf) and the Citizen’s Guide. (http://www.doj.state.or.us/ public_records/citizens_guide .shtml)

They make budgets easier for the citizen or layperson volunteer to understand with three local budget publications. (http:// www.oregon.gov/dor/PTD/ Pages/ptd_localbudpubs.aspx)

They also have a snappy ‘civics toolkit’ (http:// oregonvotes.org/pages/ voterresources/civics-toolkit/ index.html) with 10 lesson

plans covering everything from rights and responsibilities as a good citizen to what someone needs to know before voting. The toolkit is designed for everyone although it is specifically targeted toward students 17-24. Still, it is instructive. In addition to units focused on good citizenship, elections, election laws and eligibility, political parties, initiative, referendum and referrals; there is also a unit dealing with the influence of the media and special interest groups on elections. From that unit: “Access to information is essential to the health of democracy for at least two reasons. First, it ensures that citizens make responsible, in-

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From the field One of the interesting things about downsizing is getting acquainted (reacquainted) with Laundromats: their clientele, muzak, and idiosyncrasies. I found that a pocket full of quarters is no longer necessary, but is, in fact, a detriment. Now the trend is to prepaid cards. You buy a card at the laundry facility you choose, add $ (any US bill up to $20), then take the card to the machine of your choice. After loading the machine with clothes and detergent, insert the card to make payment and start the machine. I’ve found it is advisable to bring my own detergent as the soap dispensing machine is less reliable than the washers and dryers. Then it’s a matter of waiting for the washer, then the dryer. It’s a good idea to bring a book or a project, or in my case, a note book and pen. If there are other customers, people watching

formed choices rather than acting out of ignorance or misinformation. Second, information serves a "checking function" by ensuring that elected representatives uphold their oaths of office and carry out the wishes of those who elected them.” I was struck by the order the reasons were given. Making “responsible, informed choices” comes before ensuring elected officials carry out the wishes of those who elected them. First, the voters take care of their responsibilities and only then, do they work to hold the elected officials accountable for those issues. In Reedsport, with the passage of 10-119, we are seeing the fallout, financial cost, and confusion that results when some citizens attempt to force officials to enforce an ill-thought out measure. If the available information about the financial impacts to the city, the probable unconstitutionality, and the fact that the measure likely violated state law had been shared, voters would have been better equipped to make “responsible, informed choices.” Voters might also be assisted in making good decisions with a little information on propaganda techniques as outlined in Lesson 9: Identifying Reliable Sources: Strategies to Analyze an Issue. Just six propaganda techniques are outlined, but it might do each of us well to keep them in mind during this campaign. Quoting from the site: those techniques include: Labeling: Name calling; identifying a candidate with a term such as “unAmerican.” Glittering Generality: Vague or broad statements containing little substance. Card Stacking: Giving only one side of the facts to support a candidate’s position. Transfer: Associating a patriotic symbol with a candidate. Plain Folks: Identifying the candidate as “just one of the common people.”

Testimonial: A celebrity endorses a candidate. In addition to propaganda, the unit describes twelve common fallacies. For the logic lovers among us, these might be familiar. But, a reminder never hurts. The twelve fallacies as outlined are: Appeal to Authority: A statement is deemed to be true because of the esteem of the person saying it. Appeal to Prejudice: A subtle attack on a group or class of people. The Bandwagon: Urging voters to support a candidate because everyone else is. Circular Reasoning: Restating your conclusion in such a way that it is used as a defense of your premise. Dramatic Instance: An overgeneralization Fallacy of Composition: What is true for the part is true for the whole. Misplaced Concreteness: Society caused the problem, and not the people. Mudslinging: Diverting the dialogue by using personal attacks rather than debating the issue. Red Herring: An intentional digression from an issue. Retrospective Determinism: What happened in the past could not have worked out any other way. Non-Sequitur: Draws a conclusion between two events that are unrelated. Straw-man Argument: Misrepresentation of an opponent’s position by creating the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet not equivalent proposition, and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the original position. How many of these do you recognize as already in play? Locally? Nationally? This campaign season, instead of being frustrated with the toxic and hyperbolic ads, why not make a game out of finding fallacies or identifying propaganda. It should be easy, there’s so much of it out there.

can be fun or disturbing depending upon the clientele and attitudes, mine and theirs. So far I’ve had the place pretty much to myself with only the radio and my book (notebook) for company. Even though there is a Laundromat chain, the card is only good for the particular store you frequent, so it’s a good idea to plan to use up most of what you put on it, especially if you are travelling, as you could soon have a pocket full of cards with $ left on them and no way of determining which store they came from (unless you’ve labeled them). In any case, the next store in this chain is over 30 miles away. Since I live in the area, I’ll be back to this one on a regular basis. I do like the modern large load machines. They’re labeled as double, triple, giant and monster load washer. The latter two are large enough to handle rugs and sleeping bags, a necessity for the camping travelers, especially on the damp coast. With 24/7 video surveillance I’d expect laundromatting to be quite safe even late at night. However, I like my sleep time, so I keep it to daytime or early evening hours. Most of the folks I’ve met have been RVers, some first timers, which makes for interesting observations as they work

out the intricacies of the process. This involves several steps: getting money on the card, then getting it in the machine correctly and manipulating the buttons ‘just right’ to get it going. I don’t laugh, I’ve been there. Usually when there are several people in the store, even without an attendant, help is there for the asking, making the experience relatively painless. Conversations with travelers can brighten and make the experience seem shorter as well. There’s nothing like a little human interaction to let time go by quickly. An insistent beep and off to the dryer. I’ve learned to use several with small batches (an advantage of going when there are few patrons) for expedience. Four dryers take 1/4th the time and when you’ve the place to yourself, why not?

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Lakeside City Councilor Elaine Armstrong shows how she upholds the City Charter and serves those who elect her. She has voted 20 times not to fill a council vacancy. Armstrong’s term ends this year. Armstrong has taken out papers to run for re-election.

City of Lakeside Position opening City Recorder/Manager Exempt Salaried Position $48,000 - $50,000 DOE, EOE POSITION REQUIREMENTS (objective educational or technical training required; skills; and years of experience); Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Public Administration or closely related field; Master’s Degree given preference. Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of degree. Minimum eight years responsible experience in municipal government with at least five years in a supervisory or management position, or a combination of education and/or experience that demonstrate the ability to perform the required work as described herein. Shall have skill in grant application/procurement/ administration from public and private entities. Shall have extensive knowledge of municipal government organization, powers, functions, and relationships with other governmental jurisdictions, principles and practices of public budgeting, finance, banking, reporting, and personnel management, assigning and supervising the work of others; office practices, procedures and methods, and of all legal requirements and procedures involved in conducting elections. For an application and complete job description: www.cityoflakeside.org. Interested parties should submit an application immediately. Mail to: City of Lakeside, P. O. Box L, Lakeside, OR 97449 or drop off at City Hall, 915 North Lake Road, Lakeside.

Thinking of Running for Office? Candidate packets are available at City Hall. Candidate requirements are generally set out in the City Charter. Lakeside City Hall, 915 North Lake Road, Lakeside In Lakeside, candidates must be registered to vote and living in the city at least 30 days prior to the election. Potential candidates must gather twentyfive (25) valid signatures. The deadline for turning in completed petitions is close of business, August 24, 2012. Beverley Carlock said she will assist anyone who needs help filling out the paperwork. She is encouraging candidates to turn in completed petitions as soon as possible. Reedsport City Hall, 451 Winchester Ave., Reedsport Reedsport citizens who

Correction: In our last issue we published a picture of Cert Team members and Firefighters. Regretfully, we mis-identified the woman with her back to the camera. That was Ashley Meyers, a Lakeside Fire Department Cadet. Coast Lake News apologizes for the error.

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wish to run for office must have one year of continued residency prior to the election. Candidates must gather seventeen (17) valid signatures in order to qualify to be on the ballot. Completed petitions must be filed at City Hall by close of business, August 24, 2012. What Seats are Open? In Lakeside, the seats held by Elaine Armstrong, Bert Guin, Dean Warner, Stacy Dunn, and Mayor Ed Gowan are up for election. Reedsport has four open seats. In addition to Mayor Keith Tymchuk’s seat, the positions held by Ginger Anderson (#1); Bill Walker (#2) and Bill Otis (#3). The mayor positions are for two year terms and the councilors terms are four years.

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We should call them the “ramrod” commissioners By Mary Geddry Hopefully, by now most of Coos county is aware that interim commissioner, Fred Messerle, unilaterally and arbitrarily reduced fees at the planning department driving the department into the red. Messerle may not have disclosed this fact to the budget committee which based its final budget recommendations on the higher fees to enable the department to maintain an impressive balance of $88,000 to begin the new fiscal year. Failure to disclose the fee reduction of $15 per hour may even be illegal but it must certainly be regarded as either unethical, incompetent or both. The taxpayer has now picked up the tab for a shortfall of $20,760 that should have been paid by applicants to the planning department which include Messerle’s own company. Messerle contends that every taxpayer benefits from having a planning department and should, therefore, help pick up the tab because planning is a state mandated public service. Apparently, Messerle is of the opinion that the $15 per hour research fee lays the entire burden of the $88,000 on the too few applicants and interim commissioner, Cam Parry, came up with a bizarre argument to support this. “if you only have two applicants in a year,” said Parry, “and you say you’ve got to balance that holdover fund between the two applicants they get billed $44,000 a piece”. Parry never explains how $15 per hour for research done on your boundary line adjustment translates to $44,000 but the department historically just reduces staffing levels to accommodate the workload. Last year, Messerle’s company moved a fish bearing stream without obtain-

ing the proper permits requiring Oregon Department of State Lands to levy penalties and order restoration, so it was ironic when Messerle argued that everyone benefits from being protected by inappropriate land use and should share the burden. Messerle should have brought up this matter of “fairness” during the budget hearings rather than ramrodding it through and deciding to stiff the taxpayer without first telling them he was going to do it. Not sharing the fee reduction makes it look like he was hiding something and he also tried to deflect blame upon the planning director for doing as she was told.

Forcing taxpayers to shoulder the costs of planning isn’t the only thing this commission is trying to ramrod through as quickly as possible. He has effectively swept the matter under the carpet by paying the shortfall out of the general fund 9900 account “contract services”. That Messerle benefited from the fee reduction clearly falls under the purview of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission which handles conflicts of interest. Forcing taxpayers to shoulder the costs of planning isn’t the only thing this commission is trying to ramrod through as quickly as possible. Beginning August 1, the county will hold two hearings required by law to enact a new ordinance or place it on

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the November ballot. At its regular meeting on July 10, 2012, a majority of the Coos County Board of Commissioners voted to direct Commissioner Cam Parry to work in conjunction with Interim County Counsel Josh Soper to draft an ordinance that would, if enacted, make several changes to the current County governance structure. Those changes are based on the recommendations two citizen advisory committees developed over the course of the past year, and include: expanding the Board of Commissioners from three members to five, elected at large; providing each Commissioner with a stipend of $1,000 per month in lieu of current salary and benefits; and hiring a County Administrator to oversee the day-to-day operations of the County. Parry and Soper have since been working to prepare a draft ordinance, which will be completed by July 25, 2012. At that time, the draft ordinance will be posted to the County website and copies will be made available to anyone who requests one from the Commissioners’ Office in the Coos County Courthouse, located at 250 N. Baxter, Coquille, OR 97423, or by phone at 541-396-3121 ext. 225. The Board scheduled two hearings to consider the ordinance, as required by law, at its regular meeting on July 17, 2012. The first will be held on August 1, 2012 beginning at 1:30 p.m. in Salmon Room West at The Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont Ave., North Bend, Oregon, 97459. During that hearing, the Commissioners will discuss the draft ordinance and take comments from the public, and may also make amendments to the ordinance. On August 15, 2012, the Commissioners will hold a final hearing on the ordinance beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Room at the Owen Building, 201 N. Adams, Coquille, OR 97423. During the final hearing, the Commissioners will again discuss the ordinance and take comments from the public, and may also make further amendments to the ordinance. At the conclusion of the final hearing, the Commissioners will vote on the issues of adopting the ordinance and referring it to a vote of the electors of Coos County in November. The first meeting at the The Mill Casino follows the weekly chamber luncheon and the timing will prohibit most citizens from attending. The same is true of the second meeting in Coquille held at 9:00 AM. Most of the county’s citizens will not be able to attend. Messerle has come out publicly saying he will not vote to put the ordinance on the ballot but will vote to simply adopt the governance change. Parry has claimed he is insistent that it must be put before the people. Main will only support putting it on the ballot if the commission also agrees to put a proposed county charter initiative on the ballot as well. So unless two commissioners either agree to vote in favor of a November vote or if Parry flips and agrees with Messerle to simply vote it in… nothing will happen. Originally posted on mgx.com. Reprinted with permission.

(L-R) At Ocean Fest in Winchester Bay, Reedsport residents Joseph Long watches for his slot car to come around the turn while Logan Olson cheers the fact that she’s in the lead. The duo took a turn at the Phantom Raceway, a portable 1/24 scale , 4 lane auto racing slot car track built and operated by Robert Masters of Lakeside. Slot cars had their heyday in the ‘50 and 60’s dying away in the ‘70s. With new technology, slot cars have begun to see a resurgence in the last ten years.

Think a Business Organization Should Be Taking Care of Business? So Do We… Join us Monday, August 13, 2012 at 7am There will be an open meeting for Reedsport business owners on Monday, August 13, 7:00 AM at Jitterbug N Java. There will be 30 minutes of Meet and Greet with coffee and

snacks, followed by a brief discussion about the formation of a Reedsport Business Guild. The intent of forming this organization is to address the daily challenges that Reed-

Lakeside’s Full Council —Cont’d from Page 1 In April, Bert Guin and Dean Warner were appointed to Chrysta Swift and Sue Allen’s former seats. Armstrong voted against both applicants. Meanwhile, Mack Eubanks, who along with Sue Allen and Elaine Armstrong repeatedly voted not to fill the vacancy, had taken a job out of state. When This month

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asked at the end of the April meeting what his plans were, he said he was a “resident of Oregon” and indicated that he would stay on the council. However, early the next morning, he submitted his resignation to City Hall, making yet another vacancy. That final vacancy was filled by Stacy Dunn, who came in just 12 votes behind Sue Allen in the last election. Dunn says he intends to run again in November.

sport business owners face, and to understand, share and support growth efforts through group efforts. Rediscover Reedsport! Future meetings will include creating a unique identity for the group, educational opportunities as requested, guest speakers, marketing information and opportunities. The Guild is for the owner/operator, and will endeavor to focus only on economic recovery and opportunities for business owners, current and future. Questions and RSVPs may be sent to: build.the.guild @gmail.com

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Make your voice heard! Let them know what you think. U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, 107 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510-3704 Phone: 202-224-3753 Fax: 202-228-3997 Email: http://merkley.senate.gov/contact/ Web: http:// merkley.senate.gov Twitter:@SenJeffMerkley U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, 223 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510-3703; Phone: 202-224-5244, Fax:202-228-2717 Email: http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/ , Web: http:// wyden.senate.gov/ US Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, 2134 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515-3704, Phone: 202-225-6416, Email: https:// forms.house.gov/defazio/IMA/contact.html , Web: http:// www.defazio.house.gov/ Sen. Joanne Verger, 900 Court St NE, S-401, Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 503-986-1705 or 541-756-4140, Email: sen.joanneverger@state.or.us Web: http://www.leg.state.or.us/verger Rep. Arnie Roblan, 900 Court St. NE, H-295, Salem, OR 97301, Phone: 503-986-1300, Email: rep.arnieroblan@state.or.us , Web: http://www.leg.state.or.us/roblan Governor John Kitzhaber, 160 State Capitol, 900 Court Street, Salem, Oregon 97301-4047, Web: www.governor.oregon.gov Governor's Citizens' Representative Message Line: 503-3784582, Fax: 503-378-6827 Coos County Commissioners: Robert "Bob" Main (541) 396-3121 ext.770, bmain@co.coos.or.us; Cam Parry (541) 396-3121 ext. 281, cparry@co.coos.or.us; Fred Messerle (541) 396-3121 ext 247, fmesserle@co.coos.or.us 250 N. Baxter, Coquille, Oregon , Phone: 541-396-3121 or 541-756-2020 Fax: (541) 396-4861; Web: www.co.coos.or.us Douglas County Commissioners: Doug Robertson, Joseph Laurance, Susan Morgan, (541) 440-4201; 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave, Rm 217, Roseburg, Oregon 97470; Phone: (541)672-3311; Web: www.co.douglas.or.us Elkton Mayor and City Councilors: Rebecca Swearingen, Mayor, Pat Anderson, David Wiley, Paula Swanson, Dan Burke ; Mail: P.O. Box 508, Elkton, OR 97436; Phone/Fax: 541-584-2547; Web: www.elkton-oregon.com Lakeside Mayor and City Councilors: Ed Gowan, Mayor, Councilors: Ed Langley, Naomi Parker, Elaine Armstrong, Dean Warner, Bert Guin, Stacy Dunn. Lakeside City Hall, P.O. Box L, Lakeside, OR 97449, 541-759-3011 Reedsport Mayor and City Councilors: Keith Tymchuk, Mayor, Councilors: Ginger Anderson, Bill Walker, Bill Otis, Diane Essig, Kathi Wall-Meyer, Mike Macho -Reedsport City Hall, 451 Winchester Ave.,Reedsport, OR 97467 (541) 271-3603 : www.cityofreedsport.org

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Father. What emotions does this title trigger? Whose image, images appear? What are your expectations of a father? Do you have special memories of “Father” or is there a void where a father should be? Have you resolved any negative experiences you have had with your father figure? Has a Grandfather given you the paternal attention you needed when growing up? Around the time of honoring fathers why don’t you conjure up Senior Moment Time and uncover and revive pleasantries of days gone by with fathers. We often get caught up in the negatives of life. We identify a father figure as absent, too busy, abusively or overly strict, or distant. June is a great month to reflect on the role of father. What a tough position to hold. How difficult it is to define the most revered but most challenging father figure of a family or even of a faith (God the Father)? He can be absent, present, replaced, reinvented, restored or reexamined. But, He can’t be eliminated or replaced by a mother figure. Any man who takes it upon himself to introduce to a child (boy or girl) to a positive interaction or experience that is loving, consistent, structured, and/or nurturing gets my vote of encouragement any day! Who is left with the relentless job of soccer Mom (or Dad), nurturer and structurer, provider and defender. homemaker, chauffeur, nurse, encourager, comforter and spir-

itual mentor? Often Dads distance themselves from the broken family for selfpreservation. Hence the child feels rejected, even to blame when the parents are just making their separation from each other. Luther Vandross, a smooth jazz singer, shares in song his sadness when he and his Mom can no longer dance with his father. I remember quality (not quantity) time with my father (I adored him) while dancing to my Christmas gift (a Spike Jones song) where he exhausted my mom, sister and me and was still ready for more. He was there when I really needed him, but as a child I resented his commitment to his profession. It’s now all forgiven, resolved, and erased by the loving memories. Have you been able to center on the positive father experiences or are you still stuck in the painful loss and absence because of the nurturing you’ve missed? “Father” we want to honor your name and hold you in high esteem. We’re sure many of you wished you could have been more present than you were, but because of life’s walk (and maybe some poor choices) it was impossible to do. Fathers, may you find opportunities to rectify this dilemma, even if it’s taking time to talk to a needy young person to validate their being, their value, their usefulness. We love and need you, Dads!

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Saturday, August 11, a free walk in Elkton will showcase the community’s new sidewalk as well as the butterfly garden, butterfly house, and Fort Umpqua. The 6.2-mile walk will also lead to the Umpqua River and Elk Creek, a riverside park, restaurants, bakery, and two winery tasting rooms, and a new residential area with views of the forested hills surrounding Elkton. A shorter 3.1-mile walk will include most of these areas. Walkers may begin anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. from the start point at the Community Education Center, 15850 Highway 38 at the west end of Elkton. Walkers are encouraged to take their time to enjoy the many highlights along the route, and don’t need to be finished until 4 p.m. Adequate water should be carried. Further details are at www.mossbacks.org or by phoning the walk sponsors, the EugeneSpringfield Mossbacks Volkssport Club, at 541747-6470.

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Spencer Degman playing for his grandparents, Jackie and George Degman. Spencer used the piano at Jitterbug-n-Java in Reedsport for his impromptu concert. The audience, which included restaurant patrons, was impressed. He currently lives with his family in Asheville, NC.

Gardiner Grandparents Treated to Concert Jackie and George Degman, of Gardiner, were treated to an impromptu concert this summer when their grandson, Spencer, 15, came to visit from Asheville, North Carolina. Spencer has been taking piano lessons for roughly a year and a half and his grandparents were prepared to be impressed as all good grandparents should be. Since they had no piano, they asked Darlene Ash, at Jitterbug-N-Java if they could use the house piano. When Spencer began playing, they were not only impressed; they were startled

at his skill. The Maple Leaf Rag, Take Five, the Tarantella, and other fast musical pieces filled the room as his fingers flew across the keyboards. Visiting diners stopped eating and coffee cups stilled as Spencer played. “I just like playing fast,” he said. In fact, the only song he played more slowly was Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata; and even then, his father Dustin admonished him to slow down. No one knows why Spencer is so gifted. His

VFW Commander Recruiting New Members Joe W. Hanshew, Commander of Reedsport VFW Post 3594 is actively recruiting members. All veterans of foreign wars are invited to talk to Joe about what membership in the VFW means.

Hanshew said veterans on the coast sometimes don’t get the full value of what they are entitled to. As a new commander he has pledged to “support our leaders all the way to Washington

DC with our vote for all things our Armed Forces deserve.” He invites interested people to call him at 541 -271-2433 and leave a message. He’ll call back and arrange a time to meet.

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mother, Jennifer, said he had “a half-semester of chorus in the sixth grade” but that was it. And he doesn’t come from a musical family although Dustin played an instrument in grade school. His parents told Spencer he had to ‘’do something’’ and they didn’t care if it was music, sports, or another avocation. Around that time, they found an upright piano for$50. And a family friend was a piano teacher, so music lessons seemed obvious. “He just absorbs the lessons like a sponge,” said Jennifer about Spencer, who practices at least 45 minutes a day. His lessons are one hour each week. Despite his obvious gift, Spencer, a high school sophomore, said he has no plans to go into music. “I just like playing,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I think I’ll always keep music as an interest.”

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Sparks and Sawdust Fly for Two By Martha Liou Special to the Coast Lake News When I signed up to help at our CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) booth at the recent Chainsaw Carving Championship, I expected manly men wielding saws, noise and sawdust. I didn’t expect to find a love story. At 8 o’clock Thursday morning I got comfortable in the booth and pulled out the editing pieces I planned to work on but, I was soon mesmerized by how quickly and beautifully the carvers turned 4’ spruce and cedar logs into works of art. My eyes zeroed in on a petite blonde lady holding a chainsaw above her head while attacking a log with gusto! Then the impromptu dog show began as visitors passed the CERT booth with everything from pocket puppies to Dalmatians. I had to pat each of them and bring up the subject of my pet project; to get an emergency pet shelter set up in Reedsport. When I looked up to see how the lady was doing I realized she was carving dogs. Well that did it. I had to get acquainted! I put meeting her on my todo list and settled back to watch the guy in the booth next to hers as he turned up some good music and started dancing while carving with a 5’ chainsaw. Each day, I returned, hoping for a chance to talk with Debbie; the petitesaw wielding-dog carver. I also wanted to talk to Dances with Saw aka Dave located in the booth next to hers. His detailed sculptures with their birdlike headdresses reminded me of Native American carvings I’d seen in museums and on documentaries. My wish was granted and they shared their love story with me. Dave Tremko, an Alaskan Aleut native, met Debbie Anderson, who works at Boeing in Everett, Washington, at a chain saw carving show in 2010. At the time she had been carving for three years

Dave and Debbie Tremko pose during Reedsport’s recent Chainsaw Sculpting Championship. One of Dave’s dancing bird sculptures takes the forefront. Debbie’s carved dogs are on the far right. The Tremko’s met at a chainsaw event. They were married last August in a chainsaw themed wedding after the Arlington Country Chainsaw Carvers Show. (Photo by Martha Liou)

compared to Dave’s thirty years. The two became friends and carved together with a group of fellow artists. Dave says he fell in love instantly, but since Debbie was married at the time, he kept his feelings secret. Then, in February 2011, after a chainsaw event in Pennsylvania on the way back to Washington with a group of people, including Dave, Debbie got a cell phone call from her husband telling her he’d filed for divorce! She was so angry she threw her wedding ring out the window of the moving truck. Dave flashed a perfect white smile as he said; “… and I had already proposed to her before that ring hit the ground!” It took a few months to convince Debbie that he was serious, but Dave finally prevailed. Eventually, they decided there was no better place to hold the wedding than a chainsaw competition. “Most everyone we planned to invite to the wedding was already there, so why not?” Debbie said. And sure enough the wedding took place last August in Arlington, Wash-

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