THE A.C.E. LATEST
The ACE board members and volunteers have been working behind the scenes in spite of the ongoing limitations due to the pandemic which has affected our ability to provide opportunities in community program development, planning and implementation of new services at the Alsea library and community center. We want to assure our Alsea residents that we will continue to evaluate situations within the community, (with your input), whereby ACE can lead in efforts to address to these situations. The board continues to meet quarterly and interacts regularly via email and Zoom to move forward on new projects which can improve the community’s emergency preparedness, and ability to communicate with other service providers.
We have been applying for funding to help us create new after school programs. Great news! We have just received confirmation from Benton County Foundation that we are awarded funds to host a summer arts/crafts program this summer. We are still working out where to host this program due to ongoing COVID-19 limitations. Another of our goals for enriching the youth is providing types of learning opportunities for the youth such as ham radio operations, licensing and radio equipment assembly. We hope to resume the in-school program next fall when school resumes. We are also interested in further developing the local artists project to afford opportunities for our community artists to display their art in the art shows we began in 2018 in the community room.
As opportunity presents itself and we get beyond the current restrictions regarding gatherings, our board members want to add programs which can expand culture and entertainment programs in conjunction with the events at the Hope Grange.
On a physical facility note, ACE has received initial funding of $10,704 from the Bonnie Hill Foundation as matching funds for the purchase and installation of a standby propane generator and tank for emergency backup of the library and community center facility. We have subsequently received additional matching funds from the Siletz Tribe and the OSU Folk Club/Thrift Store to cover the electrical hook-up and first propane fill. We are reviewing the site plans to determine the best location for this generator.
Lastly, the ACE board has heard the voices of the community regarding their desire that the paper newspaper be revived. We are close to reaching that goal but participation is needed on a regular level. The community needs to hear what is going on and special interest pieces are so valuable. Please consider writing articles to be included in each month’s newspaper. We will continue to have an online version for those who choose to view it electronically.
See you next month.
Naomi, Eva, Allison, Eddy, and
Caitlin (our new volunteer helping with the newspaper)
THE LINCOLN COUNTY AND OTHER ALERTS
How to Stay Safe
The following is a message from Lincoln County, LINCOLN ALERTS, emergency notifications and community information.
Lincoln County Community Members,
We have a few new resources and information updates in our message today.
1. New – Fire Defense Board Backyard Debris Burning Ban Notification:
a. Click here to review the full notice from the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board.
b. Backyard Debris Burning is banned effective June 1 at 7:00am until further notice.
c. Recreational fires may be allowed; some areas require a permit. Check with your local fire agency for specific regulations.
2. New – Red Cross Virtual Home Fire Safety Education:
a. Click here to review the full announcement from the Red Cross.
b. Schedule an appointment with the Red Cross for a virtual home fire safety education. Contact:
i. Call: 503-528-5783 to schedule an appointment or
ii. Visit Website: at redcross.org/cascades
iii. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. New – Summer Weather Outlook
a. Click here to go to the National Weather Service Lincoln County Summer Weather Outlook.
b. Click here to go to the Oregon Department of Forestry Seasonal Climate Forecast.
c. Click here to go to the Oregon Drought Monitoring website.
Virginia “Jenny” Demaris
County Emergency Manager
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YOU MUST SIGN UP & KEEP YOUR CONTACT INFO UP-TO-DATE
Notices will come to your: CELL, BY TEXT, LAND-LINE, and/or E-MAIL number(s)
Incorrect or incomplete contact info disrupt your receipt of notices.
Each household member with a cell phone should sign up so they receive their own alerts.
There are no charges associated with warning notices.
If you live near the Lincoln & Benton county line, sign up for notices from both counties.
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For help signing up, call: 541-766-0254 or
Keep in mind:
Even if you haven’t received a warning, when you’re in danger, protect yourself and then call 911. (Note: The Sheriff may not be able to get you an alert, especially in the early stages of an emergency; it’s also difficult during quickly developing emergencies.)
When an emergency happens, you’ll be glad you prepared for emergencies you might experience. (E.g. in Alsea, here’s some you might encounter: High winds with lots of rain, earthquake, wildfire, days of isolation w/o power, freezing rain with wind, slides...)
Important note: If you have a land-line, be sure to have a corded phone as backup that you will be able to directly connect to the phone jack. Handheld/base units will not operate without electrical.
THE VALLEY GLEANERS
BY KARIN LAMBERSON
Valley Voice Contributor
Alsea Valley Gleaners Program Update
2020 was a very busy year for the Alsea Valley Gleaners with many project developments and successes. 2021 started off with some of those projects still in the implementation phase. We have been applying to various sources of funding and have submitted several grants which are pending notice of award. With funding currently received our goal is to continue to provide healthy and nutritious food to our members. There are many we wish to thank for their continuing support. The Siletz Tribe through their charitable contributions fund has provided us with quarterly payments for food purchases. The Benton County Foundation along with the Siletz Tribe has provided us with funds for the purchase of emergency medical supplies to distribute to members. Our partner, Linn/Benton Food Share has continued to provide food received from USDA under the Farm to Families project in addition to the regular food and household supplies which we were able to purchase at minimal cost.
In addition, with funding from several new sources such as direct funding from United Way we have been able to purchase from local growers and expand our food supply. Mimi Stout, a local rancher, participated in this new element of our gleaning program the first part of the year by selling one steer from her herd at a substantially reduced price. Again, just in this past month, we were able to purchase a second steer from Gary and Sue Reinhardt. Stout’s processed beef was distributed to families the first part of 2021 and now the Reinhart’s processed beef will be distributed in May.
These funding opportunities could not have come at a better time. We have seen an increase in our membership 1.05% since third quarter of 2020. We now provide food to 80+ families for a total of 265
members. Our outreach has resulted in the phenomenal growth of our program.
With the sizeable increase in the amount of food we have been able to purchase and the amount received from local retail businesses donated to share, we found that our distribution site at the Benton County Public Works site was inadequate in the way it was set up. To be able to manage the inventory and distribution process we began a remodel/rehab process of the buildings to better accommodate food storage and inventory control. We also invested in temporary outside covered areas to provide a better process for distribution. The Benton County United Way Covid-19 emergency funding has helped us pay for the improvements to our distribution site.
We are continually reaching out to families and individuals needing food security support in the community. If you or anyone you know are interested in becoming a member/volunteer now in this time of rising food costs and shrinking family budgets, please don’t hesitate to call for more information about our program. We welcome new members.
Heading back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic
--SUBMITTED BY EDDY PROVOST
Sending students back to school this year will be different due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Some schools will reopen, some will remain closed. Some students may return to the classroom. Others may use virtual online learning methods or a combination of online and in-person courses.
Whatever your student’s situation, the American Red Cross offers the following safety information based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
GOING BACK TO THE CLASSROOM
Don’t leave it up to the teachers and staff. Teach your children healthy behaviors at home and about what changes to expect at school this year.
Check your child each morning for signs of illness. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, they should not go to school.
Make sure your child does not have a sore throat or other signs of illness, like a cough, diarrhea, severe headache, vomiting or body aches.
If your child has had close contact to a COVID-19 case, they should not go to school.
Make sure your child is up-to-date with all recommended vaccines, including for flu.
Review and practice proper hand washing techniques at home.
Develop daily routines for before and after school—for example, things to pack for school in the morning (like hand sanitizer and an additional cloth face covering) and things to do when you return home (like washing hands immediately and washing worn cloth face coverings.
Advise children to:
Wash and sanitize their hands more often.
Keep physical distance from other students.
Wear a cloth face covering.
Avoid sharing objects with other students, including water bottles, devices, writing instruments and books.
BE INFORMED AND PREPARED
Make sure your contact information is up-to-date at school, including emergency contacts authorized to pick up your student from school.
Be familiar with your school’s plan for how they will communicate with families when a positive case or exposure to someone with COVID-19 is identified and ensure student privacy is upheld.
Plan for possible school closures or periods of quarantine. You may need to consider the feasibility of teleworking, taking leave from work, or identifying someone who can supervise your child in the event of school building closures or quarantine.
Have multiple cloth face coverings for each child so you can wash them and have back-ups ready.
Label your child’s cloth face covering clearly with permanent marker so they aren’t confused with someone else’s.
Have your student practice putting the cloth face covering on and taking it off without touching the cloth.
If you have a young child, help them get comfortable with wearing a cloth face covering and seeing others in face covers.
Consider providing your child with a container (e.g., labeled resealable bag) to bring to school to store their cloth face coverings when not wearing it (e.g., when eating).
Create a schedule with your student and try to stick with it.
Find a space in your home free of distractions, noise and clutter for learning and doing homework. It should be well lit.
Try to attend school activities and meetings with COVID precautions. They may be offered virtually.
Identify opportunities for your child to connect with peers and be social—either virtually or in person, while maintaining physical distance.
If your child participates in school meal programs, identify how your school district plans to make meals available to students who are learning virtually at home.
If your child receives speech, occupational or physical therapy or other related services from the school, ask your school how these services will continue during virtual at-home learning.