I can still remember when the building now occupied by the Bandon Historical Society Museum was the Bandon City Hall. This picture was taken during the flood of 1961, and I can spot long-time city manager (called manager of utilities in those days) John Fasnacht, on the porch. John was a true public servant, having served as both school superintendent and manager of utilities. In the background you can see what was then Yockey Electric, and is now Reese Electric. Although I am not sure if the picture is cropped, you may be able to see the service station across Fillmore from the City Hall, in the far left side of the photo. The City Hall not only housed the city offices, but in the southeast corner was the library, and at right, along the highway, was where the fire trucks were housed. There were also at least one, and possibly two, living quarters for firemen behind where the trucks were parked.
After the new/current City Hall was built in about 1970, this building was home to a number of commercial businesses, including The Old City Hall and Christopher's. Along with Lloyd's, it was THE place to go to dance.
The second photo was taken during the Cranberry Festival parade in 1961. I believe these girls were Harbor Lights cheerleaders and the band behind them was probably the junior high band. The ones I can identify were, left, my cousin Kristine Stearns, maybe an Olinger girl, Sandy Peters, Carolyn Mullikin and I think the girl at right is Patty Luther.
This picture was taken looking west on Second Street, which today is a one-way street. Merritt J. Senter's real estate and insurance agency is at the far right; alongside that is Bandon Florist, and on down is Boone's Hardware (all three spaces now owned by Lynn Davies), The Pastime tavern (now Bandon Sweets & Treats), Lloyd's Cafe, and I think that Erdman's meat market was still on the corner, where the empty Lloyd's building is today.
The building across the street from Lloyd's had housed a number of businesses over the years, but when this picture was taken it was Carver's Furniture. Today, the building that sits on that property houses Second Street Gallery and Coastal Mist.
The third picture shows long-time Bandon businessman and well-loved public servant Elmer Gant, at right, as he receives an award during a Boy Scout Court of Honor in May of 1965. I don't recognize the man presenting the award, but just to the right of Elmer, I can see a long-time scout executive from Coquille (although his name eludes me). You couldn't have found nicer people than Elmer and Grace Gant, who had five children: Jim, Tom, Gloria, Glenda and Susan. Elmer was in the men's clothing business at the time of the fire, and opened on Second Street after the fire. According to a directory from 1940, he was secretary of the Bandon Chamber of Commerce, which met at The Minute Cafe. Later he grew cranberries, and also served on the local school board.
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I was sorry to learn that Judy Favilla, 76, had died suddenly last Saturday when she and her husband, Paul, had gone to Seaside to attend a jazz festival. Among other contributions she made to the community, Judy was a volunteer at the visitor center.
I talked with Paul, who is very active with the Bandon Lions Club, this week and he said that they had gone up the coast to the festival, and after eating dinner, had gotten in the car to return to the motel. But upon getting there he found her non-responsive. He said they are pretty sure it was not a heart attack or a stroke, but are not really sure what caused her death, which could be attributed to medication she was taking for a previous back surgery.
Services for Judy will be held Wednesday, March 7, at Hauser Community Church at noon.
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I am an ardent basketball fan, and this past weekend caused quite a few conflicts for me. I so much wanted to watch the University of Oregon women, who were playing in the semi-finals of the Pac12 championships for the first time in program history Saturday night ... at the exact same time that Bite of Bandon was going on, which I have never missed.
So I decided that I would attend Bite of Bandon, and enjoy all the wonderful food, but I chose to watch the last quarter of the nail-biting game on my phone. Sorry if it looked like I was hooked on Facebook or texting someone. I have followed the Ducks throughout the season, and simply did not wish to miss this important game, which they won in the last few seconds.
Unfortunately, not only did I miss the championship game, when the Ducks were playing Stanford (a team that beat them earlier in the season), but I also missed the Academy Awards because the Bandon Showcase program was also Sunday night, and I almost never miss one of their programs. And, no, I did not watch the game during the show.
I taped the Academy Awards.
I had waited all year for the Academy Awards because I have become a movie fanatic and I have watched almost all of the movies that were nominated.
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Speaking of basketball, the Pacific High School Pirates won the State A1 championship in Baker City Saturday night by a convincing score of 73-50. They are coached by Bandon resident Ben Stallard, a member of the Stallard family from Powers, who were Cruiser sports standouts for several generations. The Stallards (Nicky, Shirley, Ted, Tim and Ben) were my neighbors in Powers and you could not have found a greater family. Ben's wife Megan is the special education teacher at Harbor Lights Middle School.
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Friday night, during that horrible cold spell, some 800 customers of Coos-Curry Electric lost power for several hours before it was restored around 10:45 p.m., according to one woman who posted on Facebook. Coos-Curry Electric explained that the power outage was due "to an issue out of our Morrison substation. We are working on feeding these lines from alternate feeds." And they gave a number for people to report power outages (866-352-9044).
For people like me, who have no other source of heat, it must have been a very cold evening. Fortunately the outage did not affect City of Bandon customers.
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Don't forget that Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 11, so you need to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.
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I understand that the man killed in a head-on crash the other night on Highway 42 near the Powers Junction, Daniel Thomas McCutcheon, 51, of Coos Bay, was a member of Bandon Animal Rescue. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Kathy Ann Hebert, 57, of Myrtle Point, which was struck head-on by a pickup operated by Garrison Chance Demain, 22, of Coquille. Speed, alcohol and reckless driving are being investigated as possible causes of the wreck. He was taken to Coquille Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Hebert was taken to OHSU in Portland with critical injuries.
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The Oregon State Police put out a press release March 1 indicating they are investigating the fact that several commercial motor vehicles have been randomly struck by unknown projectiles while driving on Highway 101 between Langlois and Port Orford during the early morning hours.
So far, no private passenger cars have reported being struck. The projectiles have not penetrated the metal of the vehicle, but have caused moderate damage and no physical injuries.
If you are driving through the area and are the victim of a projectile striking your vehicle, you should continue to drive to a safe location and then call 9-1-1 immediately, according to the OSP report.