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Local business owner earns award, seatbelt enforcement effort underway, YSWA will host its annual banquet

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A.R.E. Manufacturing President Alvin Elbert was recently recognized as the 2019 Small Business Administration Portland District Small Business Champion for efforts in starting up Tiger Manufacturing, the machine shop run by students at Newberg High School. Pictured at center is Elbert, while pictured at left is SBA Portland District Director Martin Golden and right is SBA Regional Administrator Jeremy Field.

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Avoid injury or a hefty fine – put on your seatbelt

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office will join other law enforcement agencies in the state through June 2 in an effort to encourage motorists use of seatbelts and child restraints "as the simplest and most effective way to prevent crash-related injuries and fatalities," according to a release from the YSCO.

Titled "Click It or Ticket," this year's seatbelt mobilization effort is in conjunction with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and it's Border to Border program, held Monday with state highway safety offices coordinating with law enforcement agencies in their areas.

Statistics make it all too clear why these agencies' efforts are important: According to the NHTSA, in 2017 there were 10,076 people killed in the United States that weren't wearing seatbelts at the time of a crash. About 55 percent of those individuals were killed at night, which explains why the emphasis of Click It or Ticket is on nighttime enforcement.

In Oregon, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $110.

YSWA will host its annual banquet and board elections

McMINNVILLE -- The Yamhill Small Woodlands Association, in conjunction with Oregon State University Extension Service, will hold its annual meeting and banquet on Wednesday (May 22) at Tequila Grill Restaurant, 325 Highway 99W.

Guest speaker will be David Plett, who will share the history of the Fort Yamhill Garrison and the Grand Ronde Agency. The meeting will also include election of new board members to two-year terms of office.

A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner slated for 6:30 p.m. Cost for the fajita bar is $15, including gratuity. To make reservations, call Leonard Rydell at 503-781-4138 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Learn how to property retire a United States flag

McMINNVILLE– The Yamhill County Republication Women's Group will meet at noon June 13 at the American Legion hall at 126 N.E. Atlantic St. The United Veterans Honor Guard will demonstrate the proper way to retire an American flag in honor of Flag Day and the Fourth of July.

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..

Burn ban enacted by TVF&R

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue enacted a high fire danger burn ban on May 9 in the four counties within its jurisdiction, including Yamhill County. The burn ban prohibits back yard or open burning of yard debris, etc.; agricultural burning and any other clearing slash burning. It does not prohibit the use of small back yard fire pits (maximum three feet in diameter and two feet high), in safe locations, nor grills, portable fireplaces and appliances that utilize clean, dry firewood, briquettes, propane or natural gas.

The ban will remain in effect until weather conditions pose less fire risk, according to a press release from TVF&R. The department's fire marshal anticipates that the ban will be temporary until normal weather patterns resume.

Rogers Landing will close for boat races

Due to the annual Memorial Day Boat Races, the Rogers Landing boat ramp and park will be closed for use by the general public from 5 p.m. Friday through midnight Sunday. The closure follows an order from the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners, the agency which issues the permits for the event. For more information, call Newberg Boat Club co-race chairman Richard Baker at 503-550-3057.

Band hosts spring concert

The Newberg Community Band will host its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. June 6 at Bauman Auditorium on the campus of George Fox University. The theme of the concert will be "Dances Around the World" and will include the jitterbug, a jig, San Antonio dances, Israeli folk dances and polka. For more information, visit www.newbergcommunityband.com or call 503-487-7624.


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