Wyden sets town hall in McMinnville, Red Cross puts out plea for blood donors

Red Cross puts out call for blood

The American Red Cross last week issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors after about 37,000 fewer donations were given in November and December than expected.

"Blood and platelet donations are critically needed in the coming days so that patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they are counting on," said Neial Tosuntikook of the Pacific Northwest Red Cross Blood Services Region. "We encourage donors to invite a family member or friend to donate with them to help to meet patient needs. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in."

The next blood drive in the Newberg area will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Sherwood Elks Lodge, 22770 S.W. Elwert Road. Additional blood drives can be determined by visiting or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

PHOTO COURTESY OF PNMC - Orianna Suh, all 7 pounds 8 ounces of her, was the first baby born not only in Newberg in 2017, but in the entire system of Providence facilities in the Portland area. She arrived at 12:08 a.m. Jan. 1, four days past the due date for her mother, Victoria, and much to the relief of father Calvin. The Suhs are Beaverton residents.

Wyden sets Jan. 14 town hall in McMinnville

McMINNVILLE — U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden will hold a town hall meeting at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in Ice Auditorium on the campus of Linfield College, 900 S.E. Baker St. The six-term senator from Portland is stopping in McMinnville as part of a three-day trip throughout northwestern Oregon. Since taking office in 1996, Wyden has held more than 780 town hall meetings across the state.

"With the start of a new Congress, it's more important than ever to hear directly from Oregonians about the top priorities to fight for in Washington, D.C.," he said. "These community meetings always generate great ideas for solutions that reflect Oregon values, and I can't wait to get started."

Andrews, Hannan will speak before City Club

The Newberg City Club's first forum of the new year is set for Jan. 17 at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St. This month's forum will see Newberg administrative and elected officials deliver the annual State of the City Report. Mayor Bob Andrews and City Manager Joe Hannan will share with the audience "what has been happening in the city and what to expect in 2017," according to a press release.

The forum starts with a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. and is followed by the program at noon. Club officials ask that attendees make reservations by 10 p.m. Jan. 15 by emailing Steve Lund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling him at 503-538-2469.

Cost for club members is $10, while non-members pay $15 for lunch and the discussion. Those club members wishing to attend the discussion pay $2, while non-members are on the hook for $5.

Library display highlights MLK holiday events

A display now at the Newberg Public Library is featuring books by and about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and has been added to activities planned to commemorate the noted civil rights leader this month. The display was installed last week and will bring attention to activities planned Jan. 16 at the Chehalem Cultural Center, which includes a reception at 5 p.m. and a program at 6 p.m. The theme of this year's event is "A Legacy of Love" and will include musical, vocal and dance performances as well as a talk by Tiona Cage, assistant director International Student and Scholar Services at George Fox University.

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Learn your rights at workshop

McMINNVILLE — Community Rights Yamhill County will present a community rights workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Fellowship Hall, 125 S.E. Cowls St. The three-hour workshop, lead by Kai Huschke of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, will provide an "overview of the structure that will help us build and protect a viable community," according to a press release.

Rural fire board to meet

The Newberg Rural Fire Protection District board of directors will gather at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at the downtown Newberg fire station on Second and Howard streets. The regular board meeting will include discussion of development of requests for proposals for consultants regarding the district's future emergency services and review of existing emergency services with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. For more information, email secretary/treasurer John Fawcett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 503-476-5225.

Harrison will perform in cancer research fundraiser

First United Methodist Church will stage Concert for Cancer Research at 2 p.m. Jan. 22 at the church, 1205 Deborah Road. Sponsored by The Order of the Eastern Star, the event will feature Michael Allen Harrison, with cameo appearances by young artists. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or by calling Holly Austin at 503-537-8419.

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