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Still winds at the 2023 fall kite festival

Sad kite waits for a gust of wind

While crowds begin to gather at the D River Wayside, semi depressed kites are waiting on the sandy ground like puppies waiting for the kids to come home.  Heads bob and tails wag but without the requisite wind they sit and hope.

Some kites were able to launch despite the lack of strong wind

Lighter, more traditional, kites were airborne needing nothing more than a breath of wind to get aloft.

Viewer reserving energy for the launch of the kite festival

Alas, even some in the viewing gallery weren’t able to muster the energy to rise yet.

Festival volunteer eagerly awaiting guests

The table is set, the volunteers are cheerfully assisting people, the vendors are readying their booths and all are praying that the expected rain won’t be too heavy. 

Windsocks dancing in the light breezes

Welcome to the Lincoln City fall 2023 Kite Festival!  The festival runs from 9a.m. until 3p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit Explore Lincoln City for more information.

Saying Hello (and Goodbye) to Halloween

Bob and Wanda with some of their bony friends

Some families have skeletons in their closets that they would not want shared with the world. 

Not so for Bob and Wanda. 

For the last seven years this retired couple have shared their all of their skeletons; big or small. And all dressed with clothing handmade by Wanda.

Surfing skeletons against Wanda’s hand painted background.

“Halloween is my favorite holiday,” said Wanda. “We wanted to have something to share with the kids in the neighborhood.”

“We wanted something for kids.   But not too scary,” Added Bob

Mission accomplished Bob. 

Though skeletons can be scary, in the hands of someone who truly loves the holiday (and the little kid’s faces when they see the creations) they become fun and welcoming.

Skeletons abound at this house.

Whether playing ping pong or rocking on a seesaw each grouping of skeletons tell a unique story.  

Skeleton story time

Which was the first piece created?  “Well,” according to Wanda, it was “the ping pong table and the monkey bars.”

Bob referees a bare bones ping pong match.

The May Pole is the newest and last creation for this display.  “Six of our neighbors came over and helped weave the ribbons for me,” said Wanda.

Dancing around the May (October?) pole


When asked why they’ve set up their decorations so early Bob explained, “It’s our last year (decorating for Halloween). This year has taken us two weeks to set up.”

“We’re getting too old to do this alone.  It’s hard work,”  said Wanda.

With a display like this it would seem that they would be flooded with trick or treaters.

“We only got 50 kids last year.  And we give away the big candy bars! The dollar ones!” chuckled Wanda. “Actually they’re a dollar forty-nine now!” confided Bob.

Though it seems that neighborhood house-to-house trick or treating has declined against the popularity of organized events, it’s people like Bob and Wanda that continue to demonstrate what it means to be a neighbor on Halloween: To meet face to face (or face to mask), share a smile and get to know each other just a little bit better.

And in a time where self-inflating displays dominate yard decorating it’s pretty special to know that two nice people built and assembled such a generous gift for everyone to enjoy this Halloween.

You may view the display for one last time at 1817 SE 19th St Lincoln City  (And try to be quiet, the skeletons have played hard all day and need their rest).

Fundraiser for Maui relief and Oscar Escalante September 23 and 24

Fundraiser for Oscar Escalante family (photos from LCPD and author)

On Saturday September 23 from 11:30a.m. until 2p.m. and Sunday September 24 from 8:45a.m. until 11:15a.m. at the Lincoln City Eagles Lodge, 737 SW 32nd St, Frank Napoleon of Oceans Apart Catering a Taste of Aloha will be hosting 2 separate fundraisers. 

Saturday will feature lunch for Maui Food Bank and Sunday breakfast for the expenses of retired Lincoln City police officer Oscar Escalante who passed away earlier this month.

Island breakfast plate (photo courtesy of Frank Napoleon)

Lunch on the 23rd will offer a Hawaiian plate lunch with choice of Teriyaki Beef, Kalua Pig and Cabbage, Shoyu Chicken or Kalua Pig Loco Moco.  All lunches served with rice and macaroni salad.  Prices for lunch range from 10 to 14 dollars each. 

Sunday breakfast will feature Royal Hawaiian French Toast with pineapple syrup, Kalua Pig Loco Moco and Kalani’s Scramble (3 eggs scrambled with Portuguese sausage, Spam, ham and green onions).  Cost is 10 dollars.  Coffee is free with breakfast purchase.

Jennifer Chang of Hula Girl Cakes from Toledo will be selling her Hawaiian inspired desserts on Saturday and Michelle Mausen of My Petite Sweets will be providing dessert for sale on Sunday

Island treats for Hula Girl Bakery



Sign theft attempt at Blue Heron Landing

Blue Heron Landing sign with now missing carved salmon

For the second time in less than 30 days suspects have been caught trying to steal iconic signs in Lincoln City.

First, in late August, was the attempted pilfering of painted caricatures from the exterior wall of the former Lil’ Sambos restaurant.

On Wednesday evening at approximately 8:30p.m. Lincoln City police were alerted to a possible theft of signage from the former Blue Heron Landing-now owned by the Devils Lake Water Improvement District (DLWID). 

Damaged support for sign

According to DLWID Lake Manager Boone Marker, a caretaker living on the property called police when he noticed a group of men removing a sign from a wall of the building and then trying to use a battery operated hacksaw to cut through a metal pipe holding the huge round Blue Heron sign.

Sign removed but left behind and theft/vandalism tools (photo courtesy DLWID)

Police arrived and confronted the group who tried to explain to the responding officer that they had ‘the owner’s permission” to take the signs.

Suspects interviewed at the scene of the crime (photo courtesy DLWID)

According to the Lincoln City police log “A report was taken.”  No arrests were made or citations issued for the event. Homepage is waiting for more details from the Lincoln City Police Department and we will pass that information along when it becomes available.

According to Marker, “It wasn’t until Thursday morning that we realized things were stolen and vandalized.  It’s an ongoing investigation.”

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Celebration of Honor returns to Chinook Winds

One of many exhibits from previous Celebration of Honor event

The annual Celebration of Honor returns to Chinook Winds Casino Resort (CWCR) September 13-16.

According to the CWCR, “For the past twenty years, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, has spearheaded the Annual Celebration of Honor, a public event that honors active-duty personnel, military veterans, and their families. Chinook Winds Casino Resort is proud to continue the tradition of honoring our men and women who have served, and are serving, our country. Explore Lincoln City is doing a special float drop to help honor our veterans and active-duty men and women. The Veteran Services tent is back this year on Friday, September 15th from 10am to 4pm and Saturday, September 16th from 10am to 1pm.”

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Flags in honor of veterans at Chinook Winds

CWCR notice continues, “We are excited to bring back the veteran services tent this year on Friday, September 15th from 10am to 4pm and Saturday, September 16th from 10am to 1pm. Interested veteran service providers and organizations may join us at no cost. Please call 541-996-5815 for more information.

The celebration includes vintage and current day military vehicles, displayed and provided by the American Infantry Soldier Group, as well as military flags on display for public outdoor viewing. This year The Vietnam Veterans of America 805 Oregon Veteran wall will be on display as well.

Chinook Winds is sponsoring Veterans and Active-Duty movie tickets and popcorn at the Historic Bijou Theatre September 15-18. Just show your military ID for this additional thank you for your service.

Saturday, September 16th the Lincoln City Kiwanis Parade of Flags will line the streets of Lincoln City with flags to celebrate the weeklong dedication. At 2pm the Re-dedication of the Desert Storm memorial will take place in front of the casino to honor those men and women who lost their lives serving our country.”

Oscar Escalante, longtime Lincoln City police officer dies

Oscar Escalante at his retirement ceremony

On Thursday evening retired Lincoln City police officer Oscar Escalante passed away. A social media and GoFundMe post from Heather Marie Nerup states, “Oscar Escalante passed peacefully in the presence of God, on September 7th, with his loving wife and loving family by his side. He is now resting in heaven. Oscar had been in the ICU at OHSU with cardiac complications for the previous nine days. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extremely difficult time.

According to Lincoln City Police, “Before receiving his call to be in law enforcement, Officer Escalante was employed by the saw mill in Toledo in the early 1980s. When the timber industry went on a downward spiral, he sought out a steady job and was hired by the Lincoln County Sheriff as a Corrections Officer in 1987. In 1989, he became a Patrol Deputy and continued in that position until being hired by LCPD in 1999.

Throughout his 28 years in law enforcement, Officer Escalante has received many awards and accolades, including the Top Shooter Award in his Basic Police Class #154, Life Saving awards from both North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and LCPD, DUII Enforcer of the Year from Lincoln County Sheriff, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from the Lincoln City Community Days Committee, and Officer of the Year from LCPD two separate times.

But his proudest achievement by far was receiving the Senior Trooper Maria Mignano Dedication to Duty Award, which is a statewide recognition presented to a sworn law enforcement officer who exemplifies behavior, dedication, and professionalism in all aspects of impaired driving detection.

Since 2000, he has been the School Resource Officer (SRO) for our agency, along with being a Field Training Officer (FTO), and a certified instructor for DARE, Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), the Intoxilyzer 8000, Drug Impaired Training Educational Professionals (DITEP), and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training. With all of his teaching experience, it’s no wonder he is such an exceptional SRO!

Jason Love, co-owner of Lincoln City Homepage said, “I remember that whenever he came to school he drew a crowd of students eager to talk with him.”

Officer Escalante stopping for some refreshment (photo courtesy of Lincoln City Police Dept.)

Escalante was well known and loved in the community and was enjoying his well earned retirement.

Follow Lincoln City Homepage for further information including any memorial information.

Grocery Outlet grand opening

Jenni and Richard Miller

In a small town like Lincoln City, little things can mean a lot. Like a store closing for several months and reopening in a new location. Such is the case with Grocery Outlet Bargain Market owned by Jenni and Richard Miller

Reopening today at their new location at 2429 NW Highway 101 they welcome an around the building group of eager shoppers who all showed great spirit in spite of the steady rain that fell.

First customer into the new store

As the first shopper at the new location entered he was greeted by a corporate representative and handed a ten dollar gift card and welcomed with enthusiastic applause by the waiting staff.


Shelves were full and ready for shoppers.
Full, shiny shelves await new customers at Grand Opening.

The shelves of the store were full, the floors sparkled and all the glass coolers gleamed as a steady stream of shoppers expressed how beautiful they thought the store looked.

While the Millers were busy with a whirlwind of last minute activities they did pause long enough to say, “We’re happy that it’s finally here.”

You can Visit Grocery Outlet Bargain Market’s website by clicking here.

Getting Prepared for Life

Raingutter regatta

Saturday August 26 the local Cub Scouts of Pack 47 gathered at the St Clair Fire Station to enjoy a BBQ, have a little fun and share all the positives that Scouting has to offer.

According to Cub Master Alina and and Den Leader Keri, two moms that have dedicated (and donated) their time to lead the local Den and Pack, it’s “All about the kids, their futures, and the level of leadership they will bring to not just their own lives and families but their communities as well.”

Continuing, “This group here today are Cub Scouts.  We range from kindergarten to fifth grade for both boys and girls; it’s a prequel to the Boy Scouts. Each Den should be about 6-8 kids.  There are 5 dens within the Pack.  We meet in Lincoln City but kids are from here, Gleneden Beach, Depoe Bay and surrounding areas.

Pack 47 in a Facebook post from June 20 2023

It’s really a family program.  We do hikes with whole families and friends.  We meet in Lincoln City but kids are from here, Gleneden Beach, Depoe Bay and surrounding areas.

Typical time involvement for parents is a one hour den meeting once per week on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. and sometimes we will have some weekend event like BBQs, hikes or camping once in awhile.  And sometimes there’s Day Camps which would be over a weekend.”

Pressurized bottle launch fun
Preparing for Lego car derby

Asked why would a kid want to join Cub Scouts, Alina replied, “Number one, it’s fun! There are no video games, but we do play games.  We want to reinforce family outdoor oriented activities that get them away from a screen.  We get outside and play games. 

There’s a focus on team building and problem solving. Our motto is ‘Do your best.’  A lot of the Den adventures are catered to their learning ability at their age so it really gets them thinking about,  ‘How do we work together to come to a solution?’ 

It’s teams with a purpose. They’re having fun but learning to work together. And they are learning leadership skills. It’s getting them prepared for life.

There are just so many good qualities that Scouts have that when I found a Pack here (in Lincoln City) I signed up myself and my son immediately. 

I want him to grow up to think about others and to care about the community he lives in. I want him to learn to step forward and get involved, not to wait on someone else. To use  initiative to help make everybody’s lives better and I feel that that is what Scouting is all about.”

When asked about having so many young kids together if there are there many disciplinary problems, Keri responded,

“We start every meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by our Scout Oath and our Scout laws.  If we see a negative behavior from a child we are able to ask them, ‘Is this one of the Scout Laws?’  It really makes them stop and think.  I think it gives them a guideline where they can ask themselves ‘Is this Scout-like behavior?’  I think it gives them perspective on how to self govern their actions. 

It is one of our requirements that they memorize the Scout Oath and Scout laws.  They know exactly what Scout-like behavior should be.”

Pack 47 meets every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at New Life Foursquare Church, 2700 NE 22nd St, Lincoln City, OR 97367 . 

Interested in enrolling your son or daughter in Scouting?  Click on this link for more information or email [email protected]

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The Mystery of Lighthouse Square Solved


Austin Emami, co-owner of the new Waves Fresh Market.

With the relocation of Grocery Outlet to midtown, the big question on everyone’s mind has been “What’s going to take its place in Lighthouse Square?”

Well, in a Homepage exclusive we can tell you…nothing.  Nothing is going into that space.  For now.

According to Austin Emami, co-owner of a portion of Lighthouse Square and a representative of the plaza there are no firm plans to place a new tenant in the former Grocery Outlet space.

But, as they say, “Wait!  There’s more!”  In the adjacent space to the east, in what used to house BiMart, there will be a new grocery store.

The store will be called Waves Fresh Market and according to Emami, who along with his brother Alan are owners of the store space, “It will be an independent grocery store supported by a large a co-op.  It will have fresh produce, an in-store bakery and deli as well as a large beer cave.”

Former BiMart space to become Waves Fresh Market

While most online visitors to the Lincoln City Homepage Facebook community page have been eagerly hoping for a new grocery store in town they will have to continue to wait.  For, as Emami puts it, “We’re back-ordered on many pieces of equipment for up to 12 months.”

In the meantime, work has been going on inside to ready the 36,500 square foot interior as they patiently wait for the needed equipment to arrive.

And, according to Emami, “We want to finish this space to make it the anchor of the Square before we begin the renovation of other spaces. We’re waiting for the whole center to be ready before we re-tenant.”

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North Lincoln Sanitary to ask Council for rate increase


Lincoln City City Council
Council Chambers (photo by Justin Werner)

A proposed rate increase in trash services from North Lincoln Sanitary of four and one half percent will be on the city council’s agenda August 28.

From the council’s agenda packet: “Ordinance 2006-11 Section 13, subsection E, provides for regular proceedings to consider rate adjustments. It states, “If the franchisee’s annual report of operations submitted under subsection C of this section projects that the franchisee’s operating ratio for the current fiscal year will be less than 0.85 or greater than 0.91, then there shall be a rate review proceeding in accord with this subsection E.

logo courtesy of North Lincoln Sanitary Service website

The franchisee’s submitted rate review report projects that its operating ratio for FY2023 will be 93% without a rate increase. With a 4.5% rate increase, the projected operating ratio is 89%.

In July 2022, City Council adopted Resolution 2022-25 that increased NLSS rates by 17%.
This set the standard residential rate to $32.93. This resolution will change the rate for
standard residential service to $34.41″

Public comment will be taken live at the city council meeting scheduled to begin at six p.m. August 28 in council chambers.  Comments may also be emailed directly to the city  or to individual councilors or mayor.