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The first picture I am sharing this week was taken in 1966 during the Boy Scout Court of Honor. Myron Spady, who was an attorney in Bandon for many years, presents pins to Gary Wallace, left, an unidentified boy and Carl Williams (far right). Myron was honored recently by the Bandon Lions Club, who have named the dining room at The Barn/Community Center after Myron, who is the only charter member of the club still living.

I am not sure where this was taken but I can see a couch on the stage, so maybe this was at Ocean Crest School, which might have also been the scene for a school play.

The second picture was taken in 1972 of Soltair Motel, at the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 42 alongside The Snack Shack on North Avenue. Today that is the Lamplighter Motel, next to Rancho Viejo Mexican restaurant and a car wash. What I find most interesting is the fact that you could rent a room, with color TV, for as low as $6. At least that is what I gather from the sign, as I am pretty sure people would not have to pay $6 extra for color TV, so that must be the room rate.

The third photo is Red Carpet Realtors of Coquille, Bandon Branch, in the building at Fillmore and Highway 101 that now houses The Laurel. The reason I love this picture, taken in 1973, is because you can see both the Shell Station and Chappell's Chevron Station, which are long gone. The Station Restaurant is now on the property where the Shell Station stood for many years. The property where the Chevron station sat remains undeveloped.

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This weekend is the second annual Gorse Blossom Festival, which opens at 3 p.m. Friday, and continues Saturday (noon to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Port's Old Town Marketplace building. The popular Bloody Mary Stroll starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday, at a cost of $20.

Entry into the festival is $10 Friday and Saturday and $7 for Sunday. For this, you will receive a commemorative glass to be used for beer and wine sampling along with tokens for three free samples. There are also other events, including a free science pub at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bandon Brewing Co., a pub crawl from 9 to midnight on Friday and special dinners on Saturday.

A number of bands will also play throughout the festival, which should make it a great way to spend the Presidents' Day weekend.

For more information visit the website at or send an email to

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Last week I mentioned the new marijuana business that was going into the county just south of Bandon. I've learned that the owner Jim Deatherage also operates cannabis businesses in Charleston and Coos Bay. Not sure when Herbal Choices Cannabis will open, but there has been a sign on the building, formerly owned by the Stadelmans, for several weeks.

Earlier the city had been advised that Scott Vierck might be putting in a dispensary just off Seabird Lane on property he owns behind Billy Smoothboars, but I haven't heard anything more about it since he came to a council meeting before Christmas.

There are several areas of the city where marijuana businesses can be sited, but so far, none has opened inside the city limits.

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While I was shopping at Rite Aid the other day, Julie Miller's father, Art Roberson, asked me some questions about the sites around town where people are supposed to go in the case of a Cascadia Subduction earthquake. He had been advised by the county's Emergency Preparedness Director Mike Murphy that the locations, including the Barn and the VFW hall, do not have food supplies on site.

I turned to Carol Acklin, a member of Bandon Prepares, for information.

"You are right to tell him to shelter at home if he is there, and that the gathering places are for people cut off from home or tourists," said Carol. That also includes people who may be in the inundation zones and must get to higher ground.

"Mike is correct that there is NO FOOD and not much water in the containers at City Park; food would spoil and bring rodents (they will chew through plastic). There are some blankets and tarps, but won't provide for many people. The new container at the VFW site won't be seated until a concrete pad can be poured, as insisted upon by the VFW, and supplies won't be started until fall. Bandon Prepares doesn't receive much money each year, and by the time we have paid our insurances and fees, there isn't much left over.

"In addition, the mission of Bandon Prepares is ONLY to inform the public about Cascadia and preparing THEMSELVES for a disaster. The containers are really outside the scope of our mission, but the first one was started at the insistence and leadership of a member no longer in the group. Personally, I feel it gives people false hope," Carol said.

"What can be done? There would need to be many containers, and those are expensive to acquire, and they do rust. And it would take LOTS and LOTS of money to outfit them and many volunteers to stock and then rotate/replace the supplies. I'll bet Mike Murphy would tell you that no city has been able to cover their population with supplies.

"It isn't a pretty picture, as I'm sure you can see what Avery has been trying to tell us," said Carol, referring to Avery Horton, who has been warning people through the public forum that we are ill-prepared for "the Big One."

What Carol really wants to emphasize is that if you are out of the inundation zone (and there are maps at city hall that can show you how far the tsunami is expected to travel), people need to put aside food, water, medicines and other supplies to take care of their own families as we have been advised that help could be weeks away.

Thanks to Art for asking the question ...

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For several months I have been handing out my new city business cards so that people can contact me with problems or questions. Unfortunately, I did not bother to look at the personal information on the back of the card, which is how I recommend people get in touch with me. In printing a new batch of cards, someone picked up a 12-year-old phone number and changed my personal email (where everyone uses to communicates with me) to a city email which no one ever looks at. I couldn't believe it.

The best way to get in touch with me is through email at, or by cell phone at 541-404-7291.

I contacted our city recorder and have been advised that they have printed up cards with the correct information.

I guess there is a way I could access that "mayor" email from home, but I had never bothered to try since I did not know it was on the back of my business cards.

Sorry if someone tried to call my old phone number or email me at city hall. That's not the way I do "business."

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This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, no fishing licenses or tags are required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in Oregon. Although no licenses or tags are required, all other regulations apply, including closures, bag limits and size restrictions.

Under statute set by the Oregon Legislature, ODFW can offer eight days of free fishing each year. The six other days are June 2-3, Sept. 1-2 and Nov. 23-24

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There has been a lot of discussion about the swimming pool issue on Facebook in recent weeks. I addressed the council's position at the Jan. 25 planning commission meeting and again last Monday night, Feb. 5, at the council meeting.

At that meeting, the city council voted 5-1 (Peter Braun opposed) that the council go on record that the city will not enter a private-public partnership with the swimming pool committee, nor can we allow the pool to be built in city park because of the possibility that the city could someday be responsible for operating and maintaining it. That would be virtually impossible with a property tax rate of 46 cents a thousand.

For those of you who would like to see either meeting on streaming video, go to I looked at it several days ago and the council meeting had not yet posted, but I am pretty sure it will be there now.

It's hard to explain exactly what was said that night, so the best way is to view the meeting on line.