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FREE DISCUSSION ABOUT SELF-SUFFICIENCY, DIY CULTURE, AND THEIR EFFECTS – September 25 event part of Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project

Posted by on Sep 24, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on FREE DISCUSSION ABOUT SELF-SUFFICIENCY, DIY CULTURE, AND THEIR EFFECTS – September 25 event part of Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project

Manzanita, Ore.— Are we as self-sufficient as we can be? As we should be? What are the pleasures and pitfalls of doing it yourself? Join a free community conversation that investigates why we strive to be makers and doers in a world that provides more conveniences than ever before.

This is the focus of “Why DIY? Self-Sufficiency and American Life,” a free conversation with Jennifer Burns Bright on Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 pm at North Tillamook Library, 571 Laneda, Manzanita. This program is hosted by the Tillamook County Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Jennifer Burns Bright is a food educator and travel writer based in Port Orford, Oregon. She moved to the coast after many years teaching literature at the University of Oregon, where she researched modernism and desire, led a faculty research group in the emerging discipline of food studies, and won a national pedagogy award for a team-taught, interdisciplinary class on bread. She holds a PhD from the University of California at Irvine and a Master Food Preserver certification from OSU Extension. When she’s not out gathering seaweed or fermenting fruit, she might be found interviewing young farmers, old pirates, and mad scientists.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Bill Landau at 503-842-4792, ext 1709 or

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Bridging Oregon, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on POETRY: SEPTEMBER SONG

Raise your voices in beautiful harmony
Let the whole world know the beauty of the season
Azure skies beaming down to nourish our souls
To encourage blossoms to burst into bloom
To ripen the gardens and fields all around

Sing a song of fun and laughter
About the vacations, the picnics and fairs
Sing about the wealth of our friendship
Shout out about the abundance of blessings
God has bestowed upon each and every one of us!
Virginia Prowell

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“WHY I’M IN” – An Interview with David Butler, President, Adventist Health Tillamook Regional Medical Center

Posted by on Sep 23, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on “WHY I’M IN” – An Interview with David Butler, President, Adventist Health Tillamook Regional Medical Center

The Tillamook County Wellness “Why I’m In” interview series highlights our community partners and what has inspired and motivated them to work toward the common goal of improving community health.

What drew you into the Year of Wellness, now Tillamook County Wellness?
Wellness is a movement I personally believe in. I like feeling good. This is a personal commitment that my wife and I have made to each other and to our children. We want to have a fruitful life and enjoy each other and our family and friends for as long as we can.

From a faith-based perspective, I believe God created these amazing bodies, this machinery, that can take care of itself if we are putting the right things into it. I think it’s to our advantage to understand what works for each of us. What may work for one person, may not work for others. In general, though, there are best practices we can follow and that’s what we are doing here.

As an organization, I have always been in favor of “well care” rather than “sick care.” That’s why I love Tillamook County Wellness. It’s focusing more on long term health. We know we can prevent Type 2 Diabetes. There is so much evidence out there. We are almost negligent if we don’t do this.

What, if any, changes have you seen come about as a result of this work?
I am seeing more education, more marketing. I think a lot of this is just about education – people understanding that they can have hope and that there is a way out. Demonstrating how they can feel better and how they can eliminate some of the ailments they’ve had.

Our CHIP program is a great example of how we are changing health. We have had 500 residents go through the program since it started. That’s 10% of the city’s population! People lose weight, their health improves and they feel better. The results we have seen have been amazing.

On the healthcare side, I am seeing excitement on the part of some of our providers. I like that this is about more than one organization. We are seeing prejudices, walls and barriers coming down by educating, communicating and partnering.

What have you learned from being involved in this work?
I’ve learned that you need to have thick skin and be persistent; that, if you stay the course and don’t give up, you can achieve quite a bit. People will get on the bandwagon and provide resources and help. I’ve learned that, when you get a lot of people changing, you get everyone’s attention and then even more people want to become part of the movement.

What are your hopes for this work as it relates to you/your organization?
My hopes are that we see more businesses and organizations support this. By that I don’t just mean going to meetings but contributing resources and money. I’d also like to see civic organizations and mom and pop businesses supporting this within their organizations. We are not talking about expensive changes in lifestyle habits. We aren’t talking about running a marathon here. We are talking about tweaking things. It’s about getting outside for fresh air and sunshine. My family bought a trampoline and we are all using it. It’s great for our health and it’s fun.

Another hope is that the food and restaurant industry in our county jumps on the bandwagon and starts offering more healthy options. Maybe even offering special “approved” menu items that align with our wellness efforts. We are stepping up in our own hospital cafeteria, intentionally offering healthier options in the ingredients we serve.

What are your hopes for this work as it relates to changing population health in Tillamook County?
If I think about taking that “big swing” it would be to see Tillamook County meet the criteria of a Blue Zone, places where people are living longer, healthier lives as whole population. We know there is a link between lifestyle and chronic disease and mental health but what are we doing about it? Wellness means reversing a chain reaction. If we can change our lifestyles, we can reduce disease, depression and even suicide rates.

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Independent candidate for Oregon Governor to visit Tillamook, host meet-and-greet at Tillamook Library Sept. 27th

Posted by on Sep 23, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Independent candidate for Oregon Governor to visit Tillamook, host meet-and-greet at Tillamook Library Sept. 27th

Independent Party of Oregon candidate for governor Patrick Starnes will be co-hosting a meet-and-greet at the Tillamook County Library on September 27 from 12 to 4 PM. For Starnes, a cabinet maker and elected school board member from Brownsville, the trip will mark his first campaign stop on the North Coast.

Starnes will be joined by Rockaway Beach resident Brian P. Halvorsen, who is the Independent nominee for Oregon House District 32.

Halvorsen said of the event, “Politics can too often be a one-way street, so I wanted to give people the chance to talk with us directly. Our leaders need to show they’re committed to ordinary folks, not just the wealthy and well-connected.”

Both Starnes and Halvorsen have proposed statewide campaign finance reform. Starnes has said, “We will not have fair and clean elections as long as large donations are allowed in our democracy.” He has limited his campaign donations to $100 per individual in stark contrast to the Democratic and Republican candidates, who are accepting large donations.

The event format is casual, meaning there won’t be any speeches or prepared remarks by the candidates. Instead, people are encouraged to stop by at their convenience and engage with the candidates in a constructive dialogue about the issues that matter. It will be held in the community rooms of the Tillamook County Library, 1716 3rd St, Tillamook.

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Thank to Tillamook County Board of Commissioners

Posted by on Sep 22, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Thank to Tillamook County Board of Commissioners

Dear Commissioners,

Thank you, on behalf of all of the disability community and Sammy’s Place, for a hard job well done.

We look forward to exploring the possibilities and forming a working relationship with the new Housing Commission. We have seen exciting new ideas and concepts begin to pop up all over the State.

The disability community itself is finished thinking archaically about its potential and excited about the pursuit of whole life, presumed competence, and freedom of choice (supported when desired). Disability is natural and is not going away. I am hopeful our communities can begin to understand and accept this.

Thank you for your support. This was not only about a piece of land but about recognizing those who experience disability who want to be included and invited to the table as we create the future for our communities. And, it is about housing, and the desperate need we see each day that too often moves us to tears.

Sammy’s Place looks forward to all of the potential for Tillamook County. Thank you for your strong leadership.

Sammy’s Place Board of Directors
For more information, see our website

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