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Coronavirus scare causes some organizations to close temporarily and some events to be cancelled

Head Start closes down through March 31

Head Start of Yamhill County announced Friday that it will close its centers, classes, home visits and all family events through March 31.

"Your home visitor will contact you next week with any concerns and to check in," said a release from the agency. "We will send out a letter to all families with resources and additional community supports available during this time."

For more information, call 503-472-2000 ext. 312 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Boquist on committee to formulate state's response to coronavirus

State Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas), who represents Dundee as part of Senate District 12, has been appointed to the Special Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response by the leaders in the Legislature. The 12-member committee, made up of state representatives and senators, will be charged with making "timely recommendations for legislative action as the state works to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak," a release from the Legislature said.

Working online to protect public health, the committee will be tasked with identifying efforts to provide short-term economic relief to low-income workers and small businesses. Those steps could include wage supports, support for people not eligible for state programs such as sick leave and unemployment benefits, protecting from housing instability and more.

The committee will also monitor public health strategies and responses to the virus and consider additional statutory changes designed to assist in the public health emergency, as well as make budget and policy recommendations to the Legislature.

St. Paul Knights of Columbus chicken barbecue on tap April 5

The Knights of Columbus in St. Paul will hold its 60th annual Palm Sunday chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 at the Knights hall on Highway 219. Half a barbecued chicken is $8, loaves of garlic bread are $5 and all orders are to-go only.

For more information, email Susan Coleman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Head Start of Yamhill County cancels events, meetings and field trips

Head Start of Yamhill County announced on Thursday the can cellation of all non-essential gatherings, such as parent meetings, special events and field trips. The organization's HS Family Carnival will be rescheduled to a later date in the spring and "all evening parent meetings between now and April 12 will also be postponed," a release from the agency said.

Lend a helping hand during Neighbor 2 Neighbor Day

The organizers of Neighbor 2 Neighbor Day, set for May 9 throughout the Newberg area, are looking for volunteers to help older adults with their yardwork. The event is set for 8:15 a.m. to noon and each team is made up of two to 40 people. For more information, call Community Connections/Faith in Action coordinator Jill Maier by April 25 at 503-537-1549 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oregon Hunters Association slates fundraiser

The Yamhill County chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association will hold its annual fundraising banquet March 21 at the Evergreen Space Museum in McMinnville. Funds raised from the event will remain in Oregon and be utilized for OHA projects benefitting wildlife, habitat and hunters, according to a press release from the organization. About 70 percent of the proceeds from the local fundraiser will be used for local projects, while the remaining 30 percent will go to statewide OHA efforts. Projects including planting forage and creating new water sources for wildlife, building nesting structures for waterfowl, protecting springs and riparian areas, and sponsoring youth hunter and outdoor education programs and events.

Ticket prices start at $45, while packages are available that include dinners and a variety of raffle tickets. (A one-year OHA membership is required with each group order). Membership includes subscription to Oregon Hunter magazine and a copy of the organization's calendar. Tickets for youths 12 and under are $20 if accompanied by an adult. For tickets or more information, visit www.ohayamhill.com or call 503-804-2843.

Up for raffle will be a variety of outdoor gear, including artwork, gifts and other items. Popular raffles by Les Schwab and Coast Farm & Ranch include for a Nosler custom rifle.

Organizations seek public input on constructing community center

CARLTON -- Yamhill Carlton Together Cares, in conjunction with the Ford Family Foundation, will host a community center public forum at 6 p.m. April 2 at Carlton Elementary School, 420 S. Third St. YCTC is a nonprofit agency whose mission, according to a press release, "is to strengthen our community citizenship by coordinating and delivering services to all youth and families in the Yamhill-Carlton area."

The organization, the release said, provides youth athletics, after-school care, academic programs, scholarships, the Learning for Life Pre-school and a Youth Work Experience Project.

The forum is designed to offer county residents a chance to share their ideas and to help the YCTC in its efforts to construct a multi-use, multigenerational community center on 1.5 acres of land the organization purchased in May 2019 adjacent to the elementary school.


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