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MEMORIAL SERVICE: Loretta Erickson to be held Sunday Dec. 16th at Calvary Bible Church

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on MEMORIAL SERVICE: Loretta Erickson to be held Sunday Dec. 16th at Calvary Bible Church

The family of Loretta Erickson is saddened to share with the community that she passed away peacefully on Tuesday December 11, 2018 at the age of 85 surrounded by her children. She was a sweet and feisty spirit and will be missed by many in the community. A memorial service will be this Sunday December 16th at 2pm at Calvary Bible Church in Manzanita. An informal reception will be held afterwards.

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CHAKRA SYSTEM Series #6: Speak the Truth with Balanced Throat Chakra

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on CHAKRA SYSTEM Series #6: Speak the Truth with Balanced Throat Chakra

By Christy Stumpf, Reiki Master, Certified Crystal & Sound Healing Practitioner, Cosmic Healing NW

We are energy moving. Chakras are energy centers located within our body structure that receive and transmit energy between us and the universe that surrounds us. Our Fifth, or Throat Chakra, is the next up on the spinal column. It is located at the throat near the thyroid gland, and it is also related to the parathyroid glands. It is the chakra of communication, expression, and judgement. It is directly related to our self-expression, our will-power, and our ability to make decisions. It holds our self-knowledge and truth, and our attitudes. It is associated with the sense of hearing. The element associated with this chakra is ether. A healthy throat chakra will let you express your feelings, thoughts, and inner knowledge freely and without fear, while revealing your weaknesses as well as showing your strengths. When faced with difficulties and challenges, you can remain true to yourself, and say no, when you need to. It is where we take in the energy needed express our true selves without fear of judgement. An imbalance in the chakra can mean no energy, too little energy, or too much energy is flowing into and out this energy center. This can happen for several reasons such as stress, unhealthy eating and exercise habits, or illness. But the most common reason I see in my practice is emotional and spiritual imbalance, we tend to not allow ourselves to freely express our feelings. As a society, we generally like to stuff down that which we don’t want to deal with and pretend we are ok. Instead of standing up for ourselves, saying what we need, or speaking from authenticity, we say or do what we think is expected of us. The energy of these practices can cause imbalance. An imbalance can lead to issues in self-expression, learning disabilities, habitual lying, fear, and uncertainty. Emotionally, an imbalance gives us a need to criticize, issues of addiction, and a general lack of authority, as well as being quiet, shy and withdrawn. Physically, an imbalance in this chakra, can lead to weight issues, sore throats, ear infections, communication issues, chronic colds, thyroid and thymus issues, teeth grinding, as well as chronic fatigue and depression. We must begin to look at ourselves as the unique individuals we are and begin to express ourselves from this divinity. No one on this earth can say, or do, or be who we are, so why try to be someone we are not? Speak your truth, express yourself, as only you can.

There are many ways to help balance and correct the energy in your throat chakra. Like us, all things in the universe have energy, or frequency, and have characteristics that when placed in our energy field, can help balance our chakras. The color associated with this chakra is light blue, or turquoise. The light and clear shade of blue creates calmness and expanse and opens you to inspiration. Wearing or looking at these colors can be helpful to realign your throat chakra. Sound healing in the form of peaceful music with echo effects is helpful. Gemstones like Turquoise, Chalcedony, Sodalite, Aquamarine, and Sapphire, when worn on or around your body will help balance and align your throat chakra through the energetic properties each possesses. Foods that help to fuel the throat chakra are tart and tangy fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruit and kiwi, as well as tree growing fruits like apples, pears, plums, peaches, etc. Spices like salt and lemongrass as well as liquids like water, fruit juice and herbal teas, are all good ways to nourish your throat chakra. Fragrances like sage, lavender, and hyacinth can be calming to the throat chakra while eucalyptus, patchouli and musk can be stimulating. Expressing our thoughts and emotions will begin to unblock the stagnant energy that occurs when we block ourselves from feelings, we can do this through art, music, writing, or dance. Speaking out loud, to ourselves, or others, creates a vibration that resonates through our bodies and heals.
Hearing is the sense we associate with the throat chakra. For this reason, music and guided meditation are very powerful tools to help heal this energy center. There are many types to choose from and are readily available from many sources. Singing and chanting are even better ways to “open up” and heal your throat chakra. A powerful mantra to chant is “I am free to Express”. Try to give yourself at least 10 minutes a day to create sound. You can do this through humming, singing, playing an instrument or random sounds. Observe the vibration and resonance of your body, or instrument. Observe the difference in quality and creativity in sound between the first minute and the last minute. An exercise that may help is as follows. Begin by sitting comfortably. Then begin to widen your mouth and open the throat, as if an orange has been placed deep in the throat. Begin to produce a full- throat breathed “HA”. This should feel like a deep cleansing action, like a gargle of sorts. Intensify this sound by supporting it with deep abdominal contractions. Duration is not as important as the vibration of the sound you create. The vibration will clear any blocked energy and tone your throat chakra to begin to work properly. Try it out, but tell your family what you are doing first, so as not to scare them. HA! Next up is the Third Eye Chakra. Stay tuned. There will be an in-depth chakra healing class starting next year. For more information please go to, find us on Facebook at, or call Christy at 503-800-1092.

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In Good Health: Mindfulness 101

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on In Good Health: Mindfulness 101

By Michelle Jenck
We don’t know what we don’t know. What sounds like an obvious statement is really the fundamental concept behind the “Mindfulness” movement we are hearing and seeing so much about. Awareness creates the potential for change. If we are seeking change, we must first become aware. Too often, we find ourselves in a frenzied, unhappy and unsettled state-of-mind. Many people simply feel there are not enough hours in a day. Cultural norms tell us that multitasking is good, that “busyness” is both normal and noble. People are told to learn to say “no” but find it difficult because everything seems to be of equal and vital importance.

This constant state of activity and worry places a heavy toll on both the mind and the body. It can contribute to anxiety, depression, addiction and damaged relationships. An overloaded nervous system, in a constant state of fight-or-flight, produces chronic stress that has far-reaching effects.
Enter Mindful-Based Stress Reduction. Through a regular practice of cultivating awareness of experiences and sensations and learning to view them without judgement, things begin to fall into place. Priorities shift and emerge. Our sensory system remains calm amidst a stressful day. We experience life with a sense of clarity and objectivity.
We can only change something if we know what the root of the problem is. A mindfulness practice strips away every voice – including our own. We become an interested observer of what is happening in the body and the mind. It is like watching a movie with flashbacks and foreshadowing. We are “let in” on the back story that explains the characters’ behavior. The practice itself can be as simple as spending five minutes each day, sitting quietly, breathing deeply and simply being present with acceptance.
We accept who we are, where we are, just as we are in that exact moment. Thoughts may come and go and that’s okay. Often, they provide clues as to the source of our anxiety, past hurts, and frustrations. Rather than stuff them or block them, we allow these thoughts and feelings to appear.
We acknowledge them, greeting them at the door, but we don’t invite them to stay. While a regular, defined practice is ideal, we can incorporate mindfulness into everyday activities. We can catch ourselves reacting to a situation and tune into it through our mindfulness viewer.
Research shows that awareness in and of itself is enough to alter patterns of behavior. It snowballs. The more we catch ourselves, the more quickly we hit the reset button until the brain recognizes the situation as nonthreatening and resets itself. It is important to remember that, when we catch ourselves in an unhealthy habit, we do not attach any negative self-criticism. Acceptance without judgement is key.
Setting an intention for healthier behaviors and self-healing are equally important. As with any new task, the more often we practice the new habit, the more automatic it becomes. And just like building our muscles or mental focus, regular practice creates a new default. Two important benefits of a mindfulness practice are non-reactivity and self-regulation. Without expressly working to develop them, these two traits emerge.
We often only realize it when we catch ourselves remaining calm in a situation that would have generated fear or anger before. Mind-body practices such as Qigong, Tai Chi and Yoga include a component of mindfulness. Joining a class can help you get started. You can also join, or even start your own, mindfulness mediation group.
Michelle Jenck, M.Ed. (503) 812-8354
If you would like to see a guided meditation, set aside 10 minutes of your day, and click on this video. It works best if there are no distractions and you can just sit and be in the moment.

About Michelle Jenck
Michelle Jenck, M.Ed. Health & Kinesiology Michelle holds a Master’s of Education in Health & Kinesiology, as well as certifications in Behavior Change and Weight Management Coaching. She has worked as a fitness instructor in multiple disciplines for over 20 years. Since 2015, Michelle has provided wellness consulting services for the Tillamook County Community Health Centers/Public Health Department, serving as coordinator for Tillamook County Wellness, a county-wide, population health improvement initiative. She is a passionate advocate for community health, social responsibility and early childhood intervention.

The Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation is a public charity committed to Advancing Wellness through the Osteopathic Approach. As a charity, we do not represent any medical school, medical association, medical practice, or individual physician.
This blog should not be considered to be medical advice. Your personal health is best discussed one-on-one with your personal physician. Rather, this blog is intended to highlight the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine as expressed by the author and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation, or other Osteopathic physicians. The information and opinions are solely those of the author.

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on OREGON WINTER WEATHER IS STARTING TO SET IN ACROSS OREGON. ARE YOU PREPARED?

Oregon winter weather is starting to set in across Oregon. Are you prepared? With the increase chances of snow, freezing rain, and ice on the roadways it is more important than ever to #Knowbeforeyougo.
Checking is the best way to get information on highway closures/construction, minimum chain requirements and road conditions utilizing their traffic cameras.
Those traveling in lower elevations, expect rain and wet roadways. Which means you will need to increase your following distances due to decreased traction on those wet roads.

OSP is also urges all motorists to plan their travels by:
-Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip
-Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask as passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.
-Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.
-Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
=Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
-Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained too. We see too many crashes were people would have walked away with minor in any injuries.
-Get a designated driver (plan ahead) if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.
Our partners at Oregon Department of Transporation recently reminded drivers about the dangers of not checking the roads before you go and only utilizing GPS. When roads are closed and your navigation systems direct you onto a detour route, keep in mind that the device you count on for guidance could instead guide you into trouble.

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Sea Otter Holding Facility Fully Funded—Thanks to YOU!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Tillamook County Pioneer | Comments Off on Sea Otter Holding Facility Fully Funded—Thanks to YOU!

Newport, Oregon – On Giving Tuesday, the Oregon Coast Aquarium announced a campaign to build a new sea otter holding facility. The facility would allow the Aquarium to take in an additional rescued sea otter and facilitate new Behind-the-Scenes guest experiences. Thanks to generous donations from Aquarium supporters, the sea otter holding facility has been fully funded!

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is one of only thirteen rehabilitation facilities across North America authorized to accept rescued sea otters—but all are at full capacity. The addition of the sea otter holding facility will allow the Aquarium to take in a non-releasable injured or abandoned sea otter pup that would otherwise have nowhere to go. An additional sea otter would join the Aquarium’s three rescued male sea otters, Nuka, Schuster and Oswald.

Renderings of the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s new Sea Otter and Marine Wildlife Holding Facility

Construction on the sea otter holding facility will begin this Spring. Thanks to the success of the campaign, construction of the facility will include a Behind-the-Scenes, interactive design. The Aquarium has plans to develop a sea otter encounter program, which will promote guest education on sea otter natural history and the importance of sea otters to coastal ecosystems.
Over two hundred and twenty-five individuals donated to the sea otter holding facility campaign through social media, member mailing, the Aquarium website and call-ins. Most were first-time donors.
One anonymous donor found out about the Aquarium’s need for the facility on NPR. After hearing the broadcast, the donor contacted the Aquarium to sponsor the rest of the funds needed for the facility in memory of the late Dr. Nélio Baptista Barros. Dr. Barros was a pioneer in marine mammal research and an active member of the Latin American research community in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to his passing in 2010, Dr. Barros conducted ecological research with Portland State University and helped coordinate the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Oregon and Washington.
“We met [Dr. Barros] twice, and he struck both of us as very dedicated to his work,” said the anonymous donor. “Children were drawn to him because of his warmth and his treatment of them as equals. Both times I saw him, he was surrounded by a crowd of children hanging on his every word.”
The addition of the sea otter holding facility is part of the Aquarium’s expanded wildlife rehabilitation mission. A future Marine Wildlife Center will increase capacity for marine life rescue and rehabilitation, safeguard the Aquarium’s current animal collection, improve conditions for rehabilitation, and create an opportunity for hands-on learning.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium creates unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon Coast and inspire ocean conservation. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR., 541-867-3474. Follow us on, or for the latest updates.

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