The Saginaw Timber (Polson Lumber) #2 made its 2018 debut this weekend with the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.
The steamer came from its previous home, Mid-Continent Railway Museum (MCRM) in Wisconsin, in October 2017. It took roughly 2 weeks for the locomotive to arrive at the Air Museum in Tillamook, where it was unloaded.
The Saginaw #2's relocation to the Oregon Coast marks its return to the west coast. Built in 1912, it went to Kerriston, Washington. It saw several owners, the Northwest Lumber Company, then Polson Lumber in 1929. The Saginaw remained in operation in 1948 when Rayonier Corporation took over Polson.
The Saginaw #2 eventually found itself in a career change in the 1960s, where it began operation as a passenger locomotive in Michigan. The Saginaw eventually changed ownership to Roland "Skip" Lichter, who saw the locomotive moved to the MCRM in Wisconsin. In 2000, a full restoration process was started. By the mid 2010s, a dispute between Lichter and MCRM lead to the eventual move back to the west coast.
Although it has been operated for test runs over the past few months, this weekend marked its debut operating passenger runs. On Saturday it was part of a photography run. Sunday it operated the Oregon Coastal Excursion that runs between Garibaldi and Rockaway.
Three students from Nestucca participated in this event but did not place.
Nestucca HS OR/US Eva Marshall
Nestucca HS OR/US Jacob Straessle
Nestucca HS OR/US Tricia Marshall
Neah Kah Nie's Shayla Wacker participated in this event
Nestucca's Dylan Myers participated in this event
Neah Kah Nie's Lee and Patel participated in this event
Tillamook's Anna Mattson and Neah-Kah-Nie's Sara Rumage participated in this event
Nestucca's Hanna Pecot participated in this event
Tillamook's Andrew Zwald and Neah Kah Nie's Isis Breazile participated in this event
Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Then jump in and join the Polar Plunge in Rockaway Beach!
The Polar Plunge will take place Sunday, January 28th at 9am. Registration will open at 8am at Silver Sands Motel. Rockaway Beach Police Department will be assisting with the event.
This annual fundraiser for Oregon Special Olympics will also see support from the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, which will be running a train from Garibaldi. The train will leave Garibaldi at 8am, arriving in Rockaway at 830am. Return trip leaves at 1030am.
HEBO, OREGON - Local vocalist Alena Sheldon will be heading to Phoenix, Arizona next month in hopes of making it to the televised auditions for The Voice.
Sheldon, a resident of Hebo, has been singing most of her life. Signing mostly Country music, she has been performing on stage since the age of 7. In 2007 and again 2010, she signed with record label companies, releasing 3 singles in 2007. Sheldon has also been branching out, providing lead vocals for Out Patientz, performing classic rock music.
Sheldon's road to auditioning on The Voice hasn't been the easiest. In 2013, she suffered a traumatic brain injury from a fall. The fall bruised both the front and back of her brain, but it also turned it 1.5". She must have had a guardian angel, as the doctors explained most people don't survive more than 1/4" movement of their brain. Nearly 5 years later, after many hard months of recovery, Sheldon is singing again.
Before she can land a spot on the televised auditions, Sheldon must pass through 2 rounds in front of producers. The first round, she will be performing a cappella (vocals, with no music). If she is given a red card, she is clear to go to the second round. Here, she would perform again, this time allowing for musical backtrack to go along with vocals. Success in the second round would mean an invite to Los Angeles.
The initial travel costs to Arizona for auditions is put on the person auditioning. Sheldon has held fundraisers, most recently at the Moose Lodge. She also has a go fund me page set up to help off set the travel costs. Click here to support Alena's travels!
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Courtesy OSU Extension Master Gardener Program Pamphlet
What is the OSU Master Gardener program?
The OSU Master Gardener Program was developed to create a cadre of trained volunteers to help with the OSU Extension Service mission of sharing research-based information throughout the state, and to help individuals to continue to learn. The OSU Master Gardener volunteers help answer horticulture/gardening questions, and teach and demonstrate gardening techniques within their communities.
The program consists of two parts:
• Training classes - which are offered once a year
• Practical application of the training - class members volunteer in the community
and share what they have learned with the public.
When does the class meet?
Orientation for all new Master Gardeners (required): Thursday - January 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. This will be held at the OSU Extension Service Meeting Room, 4506 Third Street in Tillamook. People are welcome to attend to learn more about the program before making a commitment.
Classes on Thursdays: From January 18 – April 5. Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch. You may leave for lunch or you may bring a lunch and stay to talk with others.
What does the training cost?
The Tillamook County OSU Extension Service provides the OSU Master Gardener certification classes for a fee of $120. This fee includes handouts, instructor mileage, and the comprehensive 526-page gardening handbook for the Pacific Northwest, Sustainable Gardening: The Oregon-Washington Master Gardener Handbook.
In exchange for receiving 66 hours of training, at a substantially reduced price, you are expected to complete 60 hours of service for your community. The service time gives you an opportunity to continue your training utilizing the resources in the Extension office and with the assistance of other Certified Master Gardeners.
Master Gardeners provide a valuable service. Each Master Gardener completes the following service:
Article Courtesy of Oregon Coast Dance Center
Photos by Jenny Bocko
Capture the magic of the holiday season with Oregon Coast Dance Center’s 11th annual, “The Nutcracker”. Performances will be held Friday December 15th at 7:00 pm and Saturday December 16th at 2:00 pm, in the Tillamook High School Don Whitney Auditorium.
Dancers from ages 3 – 65 years of age will be performing this holiday classic. Lisa Greiner, owner of Oregon Coast Dance Center said “It’s been really fun to work on this show throughout the years. The community gets to see these kids grow up and work their way into larger roles. For example, Rivers our Nutcracker Prince, and Bethany our Adult Clara, have been dancing together since they were 3 years old. This year they have two of the lead roles and perform a pas de deux at the end of the show. They’ve been a great inspiration for the younger dancers.”
A wonderful Christmas tradition, “The Nutcracker” is a magical story where a young girl falls asleep after a Christmas Eve party at her house. As she sleeps, she dreams herself into a fantastical world where her beloved Nutcracker comes to life and defends her from the Mouse King. The Nutcracker Prince takes her to the Kingdom of Sweets where she is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, and characters from different countries dance and present her with gifts. At the end of the night, she wakes up back at her house and wonders if it was real…or just a dream?
These performances serve as a fundraiser for Oregon Coast Dance Center’s not-for-profit Performance Group. Admission is $5/person at the door, doors open at 6:30 pm on Friday and 1:30 pm on Saturday.
Oregon Coast Dance Center has been offering dance and the performing arts in Tillamook county since 1975, with locations in Tillamook and Nehalem. For more info visit www.oregoncoastdancecenter.com or call 503-842-7447.
Tillamook School of Dance will be presenting the 4th "A Merry Christmas Spectacular", a holiday revue and toy drive this Sunday, December 10th at 2pm. Admission is one (1) new and unwrapped toy per family or $5 per person. The school has teamed up with DHS, Healthy Families, and Sacred Heart Church to help provide kids in the community a memorable holiday season. In 3 years, TSD has donated over 1,500 toys.
Although the Holiday Revue is only in its 4th year, Tillamook School of Dance has been around since 1962. It was founded by Jan Lommen Colleknon. As a kid, she travelled the northwest and the country performing at both the amateur and professional level, as well as making television appearances showcasing her tap dance skills. After graduating Neah Kah Nie High School, she began her career teaching dance, which spanned 35 years.
Dance seems to be a family affair as her daughters, Tracy and Pink, followed in their mother's footsteps as dancers. After Jan retired, the dance school was passed from mother to daughter.
Today, the school offers a variety of programs for kids,
Tillamook School of Dance
2102 7th St.
Tillamook, OR 97141
Phone: (503) 842-2084
Last week I met up with Erin Skaar with CARE, Inc (Community Action Resource Enterprise) to help get a better understanding of what services CARE provides to the community, as well as what the community can provide CARE.
Located on 1st Street in Tillamook, CARE began operation in 1991. Their goal is preventing and ending homelessness.
They provide a variety of services to the community including, but not limited to:
Two of the biggest requests, Skaar stated, are for Utilities and Rent assistance. This can be in the form of helping with deposits or just making ends meet for a month. They also receive requests for shower vouchers as well as senior bus passes.
The community is also served by two assisted living facilities that CARE operates; Nehalem Bay House and Kilchis House. These facilities, with 30-34 rooms each, provide assisted living care for seniors and disabled. CARE is able to operate these facilities at half the cost of for profit facilities.
Housing assistance is one of the most requested services from clients. For some, there is just a need in help getting a deposit put down for housing. For others, longer term assistance is needed. CARE is able to help find placement as well as financial assistance.
In cases where a person is homeless, some services include providing tarps, tents, and sleeping bags that can help provide some comfort.
CARE does operate a warning shelter in the winter season. The goal is to not have anyone die due to exposure. Although it is temporary in nature, it allows CARE staff to reach out to current and new clients to provide assistance. Although CARE does not operate the shelter near the blimp hangar, they do maintain a good working partnership with them.
There is a homeless shelter out near the blimp base that is not operated by CARE, but they do have a partnership with them.
CARE also provides services for veterans. They have staff that are specific for the support of our veterans.
Healthy Families is for those expecting or who have an infant. They are there to support and focus on helping navigate parenthood. They come to the home once a week for 3 to 6 months.
What you can do
There is so much you can do! First of all: If you know of anyone in need, please refer them to CARE.
CARE has a bowl-a-thon every year that raises $23,000 to $25,000 a year. But they are always in need of more help! There are times when they run out of funds before the month is up! What can you do?
Dance Zone will be presenting their interpretation of the nutcracker this weekend, with performances today at 2pm and tomorrow, Sunday, at 2pm as well.
The crew has taken a traditional ballet and added their own twist by adding other forms of dance to the second half of the show. Along with ballet, audiences can expect to see tap, jazz, and hip hop.
The shows this weekend are free, but donations will be accepted to help Habitat for Humanity and Northwest Senior Services.
When previous owner Jack Erickson announced he would be no longer operating the Tillamook Air Museum and then moving his collection to Madras, Oregon, there were questions about what would happen with the collection owned by the port, as well as use of the blimp hangar.
The Port of Tillamook Bay decided to continue the idea of an air museum and transitioned to operate the Tillamook Air Museum. Two employees who worked under old management remained on staff, one in maintenance, one on the administrative side as museum curator. Phyllis Rice joined the crew as Museum Director.
Changes and updates
Nearly 3 years have gone by and the crew have worked hard to make improvements and upgrades to the museum. The environment has proven to be rough on the exhibits and their signage. The maintenance crew and Museum Curator, Christian Gurling, have been working to rebuild exhibits, as well as upgrading their information signs. They have even received help from volunteers.
The new signage is being designed by Gurling, but this time printing is being outsourced to accommodate being printed on signage material that is often used for outdoor signs. This has allowed for a more professional look, as well as better resistance to the damp environment.
When it came to fixing and adding onto exhibits, Gurling and Rice decided to have a bit of fun.
"Museums are changing, they are more interactive" Rice said. "You need to keep people engaged."
Gurling and Rice want to work on bringing more to the museum, shifting the focus away from strictly Airplanes and being an "Air Museum".
With that in mind, one of the projects they have designed is a new exhibit showing a British Air Raid Shelter from World War II. There were roughly 3 million of these in London, each buried 3 feet into the ground. The shelters were built to be 4.5 feet wide, by 6 feet long by 6 feet tall. All this was set up for a family of 4 to 6 people. In wanting to keep people engaged, the exhibit allows for visitors to actually go inside to experience the tight quarters themselves!
In tune with wanting to keep people engaged, the museum also expanded a hands on area for kids. There are more mock cockpit exhibits that kids can get into. They are creatively laid out on a mock runway, which is also appropriately lit up.
They also want to work at opening up areas within the blimp hangar, which is often an overlooked piece of the museum. Some of this was brought on by questions from guests that sparked ideas with the staff.
When the Port of Tillamook Bay began operating the air museum, the business went from a for profit mentality to a not for profit business. This has changed the view and mission of the museum. For Rice, it was a surprise that when she talked with people in the community, most had not been to the museum. Many didn't even know it was still open. Rice and Gurling are hoping to build the number of exhibits up, as well as work with other groups in the community, to have rotating exhibits to encourage locals to come in.
The museum staff wants to become more a part of the community than it has in the past. They want to emphasize service as part of their mission. In the past year they have hosted Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. This past spring was the Easter Bunny's first visit to the museum, with their presence hugely popular. They had three times more people show up than they had expected.
As we enter December, the museum will be hosting Santa Claus and special guest, The Grinch, Saturday, December 2nd. This year, as in years past, the museum is requesting guests bring non perishable food to donate when they come to visit Santa. Last year the museum collected over 300 pounds of food to donate to the Oregon Food Bank.
Partnerships and Events
Rice and Gurling hope to be able to build partnerships with other museums and groups in the community. In doing so, the hopes are the groups can cross advertise and support each other.
The two have been working with the cruise ships that come into Astoria to have guests come down to check out the museum. The museum gets about 40 bus loads of cruise passengers between March and October. They have also formed relations with tour buses to swing by as well.
The museum is also open for events. On top of hosting tour groups, they have hosted Tillamook High School Dances, kids birthday parties, even events for the Cheese Factory Farmer's group.
Visit the Tillamook Air Museum's webpage at www.tillamookair.com
The Air Museum can be found at:
Address: 6030 Hanger Rd, Tillamook, Oregon 97141