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Veterans Day is next Monday, Nov. 11th, 2019. To all those who have served or are currently serving, thank you for your sacrifice and commitment! Let your veterans know that you appreciate them! There are several events planned in the county. If you know of a veteran who may not be able to get there on their own, please feel free to reach out an offer them a ride or let them know about the events. There is also free bus service on the Tillamook County Transportation buses for our veterans on the 11th.

The 21st Celebration at the Tillamook Air Museum kicks off with a SOS Fundraiser Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the Café in the museum. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Tillamook VFW Post and Auxiliary are hosting the celebration, a tribute to Veterans of World War I. River City Bagpipes, the local US Coast Guard, and the Tillamook Community Chorus are scheduled to appear. I always get emotional during these events, especially when they play “God Bless the USA.”

Fred Meyer will be serving complimentary coffee and cookies for veterans all day, and if you’re shopping, don’t forget that you get your veteran discount also on the 11th.

There will be a Veterans Luncheon from noon until 2 p.m. sponsored by Life Change Christian Fellowship Church at the Swiss Hall at 4605 Brookfield in Tillamook.

The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is featuring an Oregon Military Presentation at 1 p.m.

A Veterans Spaghetti Feed will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Kiwanda Community Center in Pacific City.

The Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner will be held at the Elks Lodge from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. located by Safeway at 1907 Third Street in Tillamook.

The Garibaldi Library has Storytime each Thursday at 2:45 p.m. For more information, please contact Norma at 503-322-2100. Just a short walk down from the school, parents can bring the kids to listen to a special story and even pick out their own books afterwards. You are never too young to learn the love of books.

It was sad to hear of Lorraine Vandecoevering’s passing while I was on vacation. Lorraine has been such a huge part of Garibaldi’s history from the Troller Restaurant and charter fishing, commercial fishing, the museum, and all her involvement in the community. Always gracious and devoted to her family, this wonderful lady will be missed.

Paul Schachner also passed recently. He always volunteered during the Crab Races, from setting up, working at the event to helping clean up and tear down. Our condolences to his wife Pat, friends and family.

Also, Bud Massey has left us. Always cheerful and sporting a big smile, Bud was very involved with the Friday night music jam at the City Hall. Prayers to his wife Elsie, cousin Clifford Burns and friends and family.

The holiday season is swiftly moving in, and my mom would always tell me: “(however many) days until Christmas.” So I’m passing it along – it’s 48.

Have a great week!

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