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I love this first picture that I am sharing this week because it is such a great picture of Bandon High School, which so many of us attended. This photo was taken during the Cranberry Bowl in 1961. If I had yearbooks for those years I could probably identify the Tigers in this picture, but I am lacking a series of annuals from 1958 through 1961, which would be the very ones I'd need.

The high school was built in 1950 and stood proudly along Ninth (near where the school is now located but not the exact footprint) until January of 1974 when an arsonist burned it to the ground.

I still remember the night of the fire like it was yesterday as I had jumped out of bed (at the time I was living in an apartment above the Bandon Theater), thrown my long coat over my nightgown and headed out to find the scene of the fire. And did I ever find it. I was among the first to arrive on the scene and spent hours there, along with the firemen, the police and a handful of spectators. I even put together one of my 8x8 books just devoted to the pictures I took that night.

I love the second picture because it is a scene you don't see much around here any more. This was Doyle's Mill at 11th and Rosa Road (on the west side) in November of 1977. Earlier this area had been the home of Perry Brothers box factory. Long a factor in the local economy, the Perry Veneer plant, which was originally built on the waterfront by F. S. Perry in 1910, burned in 1926. Very soon it was rebuilt on pilings, and like the other industrial buildings on the waterfront, it survived the fire of 1936. It was F. S. Perry's sons, Sid and Carl (Bub), who operated the Perry Brothers mill at this site, with the original box factory located on the southeast corner of 11th and Rosa Road. The Doyles bought the mill from the Perrys, and later sold to Doug Giles, who operated Douglas Pacific at that location. At some point over the years, there were mills on both sides of Rosa Road, including where Bandon Supply now sits.

I remember going out to Bill and Jean Soper's cranberry bogs in 1970 to do a feature story for Western World on dry picking. Dr. Soper, my all-time favorite dentist, is pictured above sacking up the berries before they headed for a nearby sorting shed where Jean would clean out vines and debris.

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I saw a post from Sharon Ward Moy about the death of a long-time Bandon teacher, Ellen Neal, who died June 22 at Capitol Manor in Salem at the age of 90. Her husband, Ernie, a former teacher and coach at BHS, died Dec. 29, 2015. At the time of his death, they had been married for 67 years.

She is survived by sons Dan and Gary and their families. Another son, Steve, a political columnist for the Chicago Sun Times, made headlines in 2004 when, at the age of 54, he took his own life, not long after he had finished writing his seventh book.

Steve got his start in journalism by writing sports articles for the Western World.

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There are a lot of activities planned for Wednesday, the Fourth of July, including a parade at 10, the Lions Family Fun Day in City Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., plenty of activities at the Old Town Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the Port of Bandon's cardboard boat regatta from 3 to 5 p.m., and a Wine Walk from 5 to 8, with glasses available for $10 at the glass shelter on the boardwalk. A labyrinth draw will take place at Face Rock Viewpoint by Circles in the Sand, beginning at 9 a.m., with the walk to be completed by 11 a.m. The public is invited to view and walk the labyrinth free of charge.

Madeline Seymour and I both plan to ride in the parade, and I believe Bandon's new (to us) trolley will also be in the parade.

The big fireworks display will be shot off at dusk from across the river near the lighthouse.

There is a lot more information about the Fourth of July activities in the Bandon Western World and Coffee Break.

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The problem of what to do with the dumpsters on Fred Gernandt's property across from the Bandon Old Town Marketplace is being resolved.

I do know that at least six of the one-yard dumpsters are being replaced by a six-yard dumpster on city property behind the Second Street Gallery. Each of the merchants whose cans are being replaced will have a key. And I believe the other dumpsters belong to the Port and to their tenants and are being taken care of by the Port.

It was interesting to learn from Port Commission Chairman Reg Pullen who explained what happens to most of the fish waste, which is what causes an unpleasant odor.

Reg said the problem with just dumping the waste into the river is that it ends up getting flushed back and forth with the tide, meanwhile taking up oxygen that other organisms need. By dumping it near the lighthouse on an outgoing tide, it is quickly swept into the ocean and absorbed, not depriving anything and maybe actually providing food for some. He said the port has been doing this for several years, "but the Butlers sometimes get so busy that they are not on top of the quantities that can accumulate for the 10- to 12-weeks of the year when everyone is fishing and crabbing. There is an additional problem of having to fish out the plastics from a nasty garbage can.

"I have proposed adding this responsibility into our janitorial contract and increasing the price of the contract, since we cannot expect the Butlers to do the dirty work," said Pullen, referring to the Butler family who operate a charter boat business out of the Port.

It sounds like the Port is on top of the problem, which is good.

It just takes working together to address a problem like this, and that is exactly what happened.

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I stopped by Billy Smoothboars for their 10-year anniversary party Saturday, and it was clear from the number of people enjoying the music, food and the prize drawings that everyone was having fun. As always, Dan and Lynn Barnett, the owners, were the gracious hosts. They do a lot for the community ... particularly around Christmas time as their gifts to children of the community are legendary.

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I feel lost this weekend with no baseball to look forward to. But I can always go to my recorder and re-watch the exciting baseball games that led to the Oregon State University Beavers winning the College World Series for the third time under Coach Pat Casey.

Talk about a Cinderella story. They lost their opener and then won six of their next seven games to win it all.

Bandon resident Pete Goodbrod, who turned 89 recently, remembers well when he was a member, and captain, of the Oregon State baseball team that played in the 1952 College World Series, which was the first year the Beavers made it that far.

Two 1976 BHS graduates, Wade Schirmer and Bryan Wyant, took a 4,000 mile road trip to make it to Omaha in time to watch the championship series, which ended up going three games.

They posted many accounts of their travels, and what it was like to drive 20 hours to get to a virtually sold-out ballpark, for which they did not have tickets.

But they managed to get seats and lots of memories ....

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The latest story about a young mother leaving her baby in a hot car occurred recently in Roseburg. I believe the mother is a nurse practitioner at Evergreen Family Medicine, or at least she works there. Her husband generally took their 21-month-old daughter to day care, but this day, to help her husband out who had worked a long shift, she decided to take her. But caught up in all the things she was thinking about, she simply forgot that her daughter was in the car. Until it was too late.

The woman is devastated and after her family and friends posted her $50,000 bail, she is on suicide watch as she feels she has nothing to live for.

What I cannot understand is why she was arrested in the first place. I use to think that authorities had to prove intent before they could arrest someone for a tragedy like this. It was a tragedy in so many ways, and to charge her with manslaughter on top of the unimaginable grief is beyond my ability to comprehend.

I wonder if it is not time to re-examine the law that requires a child to be in the back seat of a vehicle. Most certainly, had the baby been in the front seat, there is no way that the mother could forgot her no matter how stressful her life had become.

I mentioned that to someone who reminded me of the dangers of air bags deploying and causing serious injury.

But there has to be a better way ....

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