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The first picture I am sharing this week was taken in 1978 when the Bandon Historical Society museum was located in the Masonic (old bank) building. Although the negative envelope says that this is the opening of their timber display, this picture was taken alongside the old linotype equipment, which my grandfather used to operate before it became obsolete. I remember him well teaching me to operate the linotype, but compared to setting type with the Justowriter (and now a computer), it was a very slow process.

The second photo was taken in May 1975 when Ray's Pharmacy was located downtown (Old Town) in the building that now houses Winter River Books. The door at the far left took people into Dr. Lucas' office in the '50s and probably the '60s, although I do not believe he was still there when this picture was taken. The other door was the first entrance into the drug store, owned by Bob and Phyllis Ray. The sign on the door says "Shop our Mother's Day Boutique."

I happened across this photo of the charter for the Bandon Lions Club, which was formed in 1951. This photo was taken in November of 1970, so maybe they were preparing for a 20-year celebration. Just not sure about the occasion. I can read (and knew most of) the names of the charter members, although not sure about the spelling of a couple of them.

Charter members included Warren Albertson, Charles Barrows, E.R. Bashaw, Melvin Boak, Robert Boak, Edgar Capps, George Chappell, N.W. (?) Chenoweth, Bernard Clark, Paul Detert, Art Dobney, George Dow, Walker Dunn, Leonard Ensele, Bud Garoutte, Keith Goldhammer, Dr. Ben Grant, Raleigh Greene, U.S. Harrington, Max Howe, W.H. Johnston, Howard Kehl, George Kronenberg, Carl Lorenz, Harris Martindale, Fred Moore Jr., Jack Morgenson, Bob Norton, Leonard Pike, Ron Riley, Chuck Ritchey, Myron Spady, Jesse Tucker, Howard Tucker, E.C. Van Eaton, Lloyd Waggoner, Eddie Waldrop, W.R. Ward, Ernie Wehner and Lester Wold.

To my knowledge, the only charter member still living is long-time Bandon (and City) attorney Myron Spady, who recently moved to Pacific View Assisted Living Facility, but still attends Lions meetings on a regular basis.

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I received quite a few compliments on my story about the Christmas tree last week, which, as you probably realized, took up most of my column. Well, there is some positive news to share on the "tree front."

The City of Bandon hydro-electric crew has cut down a huge tree from one of the city's rights of way, and hopefully will be putting it up at the Visitor Center Monday, weather permitting and if some other emergency does not come up.

Harv Schubothe said the city crew will help Steve Pounder put up lights, which they have, but he said it is a pretty labor intensive undertaking, so he's not sure when it will be lighted.

Our city manager Robert Mawson, has also been talking with Kevin Shaw, owner of Coastal Mist, who apparently found a tree that could be planted at the Visitor Center. I believe the total cost is around $4,000, and Robert and I agreed that rather than make the merchants share in the cost, it will probably be the city's gift to the community.

Once it is planted, there will be a tree to light and decorate each year so we will not have the logistical problems that were encountered this year.

But, as a result of not having a tree, Olivia Andor and a group of friends were able to obtain a beautiful tree from cranberry grower Richard Schmidt and his family, and Saturday evening (in a light drizzle) a large crowd gathered in the Pedway Garden to listen to carolers, and put an ornament on the tree of memory. Pastor Greg Fodrea gave the blessing and Olivia welcomed the crowd. It was a neat event, and afterwards we gathered in Olivia's Cottage for cookies, cupcakes from The Rolling Pin and hot cider.

I want to extend my special thanks to Olivia for putting together such a wonderful event ... in less than a week. If you haven't stopped by her shop, you've missed a real treat.

This Saturday, more holiday events are planned, with another wine/nog walk from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Glasses will be available for purchase at 3:30 for $10 at The Cobbler's Bench.

At 5:30, the third annual Lighted Christmas Parade is scheduled to take place in Old Town. The parade will progress down First and Second streets, and everyone is welcome to take part. It actually looks like the weather may cooperate with lots of sunshine forecast for this week, although it will be chilly.

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Oregon football fans are waiting with bated breath to see if new head coach Willy Taggart (a Florida native) will stay or go. Even though he has been offered a $25 million five-year contract by Oregon, there is speculation that he will head to Florida State, if they offer him the job after Jimbo Fisher left to take a $75 million 10-year contract at Texas A&M. The $7.5 million that Fisher will earn each year makes him the second highest paid college football coach in the nation behind Alabama's Nick Saban (who lost last week to Auburn).

Oregon State's new head coach Jonathan Smith will make $1.9 million a year .... which is considerably less than the $5 million a year Oregon is offering Taggart, who finished with a 7-5 record, "good" enough for fourth in the PAC-12 north standings.

These salaries seem downright ridiculous to me, when you consider that tuition continues to go up at most colleges and universities . . . but it's becoming pretty obvious that college football is "big business."

If Taggart does decide to leave after one year, the one person that many people hoped they would hire last year, Chip Kelly, is now headed to UCLA on a five-year $23.3 million contract.

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I was sorry to learn that Charlie Crew died last week at the age of 95. His wife, Velma Howard Crew, died some years ago, and Charlie had lived for quite a few years at Pacific View. He was a great guy, and among his survivors are his son, Greg, and his daughter, Linda.

The last time I saw him was a few years ago at the 90th birthday party for the late Ray Kelley.

Charlie and Velma bought 10 acres of riverfront property up Sixes from my father many years ago. There is a great swimming hole on the property and Greg has graciously given my sisters and I permission to swim there during the summer.

I also learned of the death of Gene Davidson, who served as the city's water treatment operator for many years before he retired several years ago. My thoughts go out to his wife, Susie, and his family.

Another long-time Bandon resident who died recently was Dorene Hess, 88, who lived in Coos Bay. She and her late husband, Jay, had two sons, Stuart and Jeff, and a daughter, Lindsay. Jay and Dorene were married 66 years before he died in 2015.

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The Bandon Historical Society had considered buying the old jail, located between the museum and Goddard Energy, which had recently come on the market for $69,000. But after looking it over, board members felt it simply would not suit the museum's needs. We have since learned that it did sell and the new owner allegedly plans to open a dog grooming business there.

One board member jokingly said maybe the museum could open a small bed and breakfast in there, so people could tell their friends that "they spent a night in the Bandon jail."

Sounds good, but it was way too small for something like that. It will be fun to see a business open in there again. At one time, the late Tim Belmont sold Italian purses in his small shop there. And for many years, it was a jewelry store.

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I have received several pieces of correspondence recently about the dangerous crosswalk at Highway 101 and Ninth. A friend of mine witnessed two teenage girls nearly get hit as they attempted to cross the highway, with flags in hand, after the basketball game Wednesday night. He said a car had stopped in the turn lane, attempting to turn left onto Ninth, when two cars came roaring up alongside the stopped car and did not see the two girls who were crossing the highway. He said it was only the grace of God that kept them from being struck.

I passed his concerns onto Robert at City Hall, as well as his suggestions for some kind of a flashing light, or some kind of reflective stripes on the roadway.

It is a dangerous crosswalk, and one made even worse by the dark and wet conditions this time of year.

I also heard from another citizen who urged the city to restripe 101 down to two lanes (actually three with the center turn lane) like was done in Port Orford.

He said he was "fed up with being passed on 101 and tailgated on 11th."

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