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Service group awards Newberg man its hightest honor, historian will speak on Champoeg's past

Toastmasters lauds locals

Newberg Toastmasters Club members Marvin Walker and Janet Cerasin received the Distinguished Toastmaster Award at the organization's annual District 7 conference recently.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Newberg Toastmasters Club members Marvin Walker and Janet Cerasin received the Distinguished Toastmaster Award at the organization's annual District 7 conference recently.

The award is meted to less than 1 percent of Toastmaster International members worldwide, according to a press release. There are 16,600 clubs in 143 countries and the Newberg organization was founded in 1952.

Walker joined the Newberg Toastmasters club in 2015 and became an officer later that year. Over the next 33 months, according to the release, he gave more than 70 speeches and seminars around the state, mentored new members and sponsored a new club. He also served as a program guide for Pathways, Toastmaster's computer-based leadership program.

Cerasin joined the Newberg club in 2000. She has served as an officer in both the Newberg and Sherwood clubs, sponsored a new club, served as a governor for Area 44 of the organization and was a Pathways guide.

Historian will speak on Champoeg's past

Historian Eleanor Fuhrer will speak on the history of the Champoeg area at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dundee community center, 1026 Highway 99W. Refreshments will follow the program. For more information, call 503-688-6735.

Applications open for Century Farm status

Applications are now being accepted for farms to be added to the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program. The program awards the designation to families in the state who have farmed portions of family acreage continuously for the past 100 or 150 years. The deadline for applying for the 2019 award is May 1.

Application documentation may include photos, original deeds, personal stories or other historic records.

These records help support Oregon's agricultural history by providing valuable information about settlement patterns and statistics on livestock and crop cycles.

All documents are archived for public access.

The Oregon Century Farm & Ranch application and program guidelines are available at www.centuryfarm.oregonfb.org or by calling Andréa Kuenzi at 503-400-7884 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

City offices shuttered on Presidents Day

City offices in Newberg and Dundee will be closed Feb. 18 in observance of Presidents' Day. Newberg's compost depot will also be closed that day for the holiday.

Both cities will reopen for business the next day, and both have City Council meetings the evening of Feb. 19.

TVF&R has opening on Civil Service Commission

The Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District, of which Newberg is a part, has a vacancy on its Civil Service Commission and is soliciting applicants.

The five-member commission oversees TVF&R's civil service system, ensuring that it adheres to uniform standards in hiring, promotion and tenure for employees.

The commission meets quarterly in Tigard to address matters ranging from oversight of actions related to employee classification to examinations, eligibility list management, appointments and appeals. Positions are unpaid and the terms are four years.

According to a release from TVF&R officials, the ideal candidate for the commission vacancy has an understanding of and a commitment to the general purposes of the district's civil service rules; the ability to make quality decisions based on a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgement; can deal with complex concepts; has a broad perspective.

For more information or to apply, visit www.tvfr.com. Applications are due by Feb. 24.

Immigration reform topic of speech at GOP event

McMINNVILLE – The Yamhill County Republican Women's Group will host Jim Ludwick of Oregonians for Immigration Reform on Feb. 14 at American Legion Post 21, 126 N.E. Atlantic St.

"We will be learning about the group process on immigration reform, how the group supports our president, and what we can do to help," according to a release from the organization.

The meeting will begin at 11 a.m., with Ludwick slated to speak at noon.

For more information, call Tammy Gibson at 503-435-8958 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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