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The first picture I am sharing this week was taken on Charlie St. Sure's cranberry bog in October of 1961 as local plumber and fire chief Bob Schultz demonstrates a pump he has devised for helping water pick the berries. Charlie is in some of the photos, but the guy in this photo is one of his helpers. Bob served as fire chief between 1960 and 1968 and had at least two plumbing shops in downtown Bandon, including one where the Wheelhouse is now. He was the father of two local women, Robin Martin and Judy Knox.

The second picture I believe was taken at the retirement party for Roland L. Parks in May of 1971. Judging from the black curtain behind Rollie, I believe this picture was taken in the Ocean Crest gym, which was a place where many events were held in those days. His first year serving as superintendent of the Bandon schools was the year I graduated, 1957. The guy seated at left, smoking a cigarette (wow, hard to believe where people smoked in those days) was long-time high school principal Jerry Judy. At right is Jim Hanna, former manager of the Coquille Valley Dairy Co-op.

The third picture was taken in June of 1966 as then Mayor Eddie Waldrop, foreground, and Rollie Parks, prepare the Chamber of Commerce building in City Park for the annual Fourth of July Fish Fry. Last week I told you that Don Goddard served 24 years as an elected official (council and mayor); Eddie served a total of 22 years. I have served the third longest, nearly 23 years, including nine years on the city council (1977-86) and mayor for nearly 14 years.

I am using the Feb. 18, 1991, Centennial Banquet program as a source for my information.

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I saw this week that long-time Coquille man, Ernie Amling, died June 21 at the age of 83 in Bandon. My guess is that he was making his home at Pacific View, but I don't know that for sure.

Ernie was a long-time member of the Bandon Port Commission, and was a former partner in the mortuary business, Amling-Schroeder. His wife, Diane Schroeder Amling, died several years ago.

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In last week's column I mentioned the popular restaurant The Loft, which leases the former Port of Bandon office on Chicago and First. The restaurant has been closed for several months, except for special dinners.

This week I heard from Caryn Fieger, co-owner of the restaurant, letting me know about their activities.

"In November we launched our product line of compound finishing butters, Butter Culture. Since then the butters have been picked up by numerous stores and we are scrambling to meet the demand. We have also been selling at food trade shows and the Portland Farmers market. We create and pack the butters at the restaurant," said Fieger.

"We have hosted multiple wildly popular themed dinners (Indian, Cajun, Japanese) at The Loft since Fall, and plan to offer more in the future. We have also catered several events at the restaurant and off site.

"We listed the restaurant for sale in the hope of finding a buyer who would continue to maintain the high standards we worked hard to achieve during our eight years. As you know it is a spectacular location, and we have established a reputation a new owner could build on.

"Until the right person comes along we plan to continue to offer our catering services and special dinners and create our butters that proudly boast, 'made in Bandon' on the package," said Fieger.

I asked Caryn to please put me on her mailing list so that I would know when they were hosting their themed dinners.

As I mentioned last week, the owners recently signed a five-year lease with the Port of Bandon at a monthly rent of $2,030 for the top and bottom floors of the building. They closed for regular hours on Oct. 21, 2017.

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I received a call from a proud grandmother this week about the accomplishments of her 24-year-old granddaughter, Michelle Whitney of Coos Bay. It is not that unusual for a young woman to graduate from college, but when you consider that 10 years ago to the month, Michelle (then 14) was fighting for her life after a serious accident at the family farm outside of Bandon. She was standing on the back of a trailer that was being moved; she fell off and hit her head, incurring a very serious head injury. For months they did not even know if she was going to make it, according to her grandmother, Donna Whitney.

Donna said that the community really stepped forward and helped the family, holding benefits and other fundraisers on her behalf.

"She came out of it with no lasting effects, and she is doing fantastic," said her grandmother. "I just thought the community would like to know how well she is doing as many have asked me about her."

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Ben Fisher, who retired recently after years as manager of Bullards Beach State Park, read about the problems of dealing with fish waste. He said he had looked into putting a digester at Bullards for their fish waste, but later passed on the idea as he did not think they would generate enough product to keep the digester running.

"I think the Port has enough fish waste and restaurant waste to keep a digester 'happy' and you could simply drain the effluent into the city's wastewater system. I shared this with Gina a couple of years ago, but at the time she wasn't interested. Given the new circumstances it might be time to take another look at it. You would have to separate food waste from paper, plastics, etc., but that should be doable," said Fisher.

Fisher was referring to the fact that the owner of the property where the dumpsters are now located (across First from the Old Town Market) has asked the City (who leases the property as a parking lot) to move them off his property. It has been determined that the great majority of the dumpsters are related to Port activities or Port tenants, and it is the smelly fish waste that has caused complaints in the past. A digester may well be the answer.

Ben also copied Port Commissioner Reg Pullen on his email to me and I sent it on to the new port administrator, Jeff Griffin.

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After reading about the tremendous backlog of permits (issued by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission) for recreational marijuana dispensaries, I wondered about the status of the dispensary applying to open in a building east of Bandon, which was the former (and maybe current) home of Gibson Graphics.

Todd Theiss, who owns Redbarn Dispensary in Myrtle Creek, will go before the Bandon Planning Commission Thursday night (June 28) for a conditional use permit to open in Bandon.

"We have submitted information to OLCC indicating that the use is allowable at the proposed location and in the underlying zone, subject to gaining approval of a conditional use permit," said Planning Director John McLaughlin. "And that there are no guarantees regarding those permits."

So it appears that even if permission is granted, which it probably will be, it will depend on the OLCC backlog as to when the business will actually open.

I would guess that is also the reason the dispensary just outside the south city limits, owned by local realtor Jim Deatherage, still has not opened, even though there is a sign that says "opening soon," which has been there for several months.

The June 1 League of Oregon Cities bulletin had an article about OLCC, who announced "a temporary halt in the processing of new recreational marijuana licenses. OLCC staff will instead focus exclusively on license renewals for existing licensees, processing applications submitted prior to June 15 of this year, and transitioning medical marijuana growers who are now required to submit to the more robust tracking requirements of the recreational system. It is unclear when the agency intends to resume accepting new applications."

Just after I sent this, I saw a Facebook post saying that Herbal Choices, owned by Jim Deatherage, opened Saturday.

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I saw recently that the popular priest at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Father George Kuforiji, will be leaving Holy Trinity effective July 1.

He has been reassigned by the Archdiocese to St. Francis of Assisi in Portland.

I saw a post by one parishioner lamenting his leaving. "Very sad to hear this. Seems like every time the Bandon parish gets a priest who pulls the people together, the Archdiocese moves them on," was the comment I read.

Several blocks away, St. John's Episcopal Church is still without a priest since the congregation parted ways with the former priest, the Rev. Eileen Heden, who reportedly now attends services at another church in town and serves as a supply priest for other small Episcopal churches in the area.

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In spite of losing their first game, the Oregon State Beavers have made it to the championship round of the College World Series, which opens Monday afternoon (4 p.m. on ESPN) in a best of three series against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

In order to qualify for the championship round, the Beavers had to win all four of their next games, which they did handily knocking out Washington, North Carolina and finally, Mississippi State. Ironically, their ace pitcher, Luke Heimlich, who is one of the best in the nation, was knocked out of the box after only a couple of innings on the mound in both of his starts. He was named Pac12 Pitcher of the Year in both 2017 and 2018, but you wouldn't know it by his CWS performances.

Hopefully he will get his groove back as they battle for the championship.

My meeting schedule is pretty much being cleared off my calendar for Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday (if the teams split the first two games) as I will be glued to the TV.

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