As I See It

As I See It

by Mary Schamehorn

Mary Schamehorn

Dec 13, 2017


The first picture I am sharing this week was taken in 1972 of the City's Wastewater Treatment plant, built at this location in 1970.

Wastewater treatment plant, 1972
Wastewater treatment plant, 1972

The bare lot across the street is now the site of the second treatment plant. I love the picture of the old Moore Mill Truck Shop in the background. Not sure if it's cut off, but at left you can even see the lighthouse.

The second picture was taken in 1976 of the building that for many years housed Capps Motor Co. But after Edgar L. Capps (son of the original owner Ed Capps) closed the business, the building was occupied by Conrad Klooster of Klooster Auto Parts, and in the back by former city councilor Phelps Elbon, who owned Elbon's Machine Shop.

Klooster Auto Parts, 1976
Klooster Auto Parts, 1976

If you look closely you can see the roof of the Bandon Theater at far right. I believe I was living in the apartment above the theater during those years.

The third picture was taken in 1972 when the Visitors Information Center, operated by the Bandon Chamber of Commerce, was in the art gallery building, which was located about where Coastal Mist now sits.

Visitors Information Center, 1972
Visitors Information Center, 1972

The white building across the alley was the Kronenberg & Waldrop insurance office, which is now The Sassy Seagull. You can see the sign for Hazel's Antiques and Bottles (Hazel Colgrove) in the former Carr's Variety building, now the Bandon Baking Co. In the window of the art gallery, you can see a reflection of the Edgewaters Department Store (which followed The Golden Rule) and was owned by Dave and Joan Gradt. It is now the Continuum building.

In coming weeks I will be sharing some pictures of Bandon before the fire, which I have purchased from Brian Vick's collection. Actually in recent weeks, I have spent over $700 in the purchase of old postcards and photos of Bandon and am anxious to share then with you once I get them scanned into my computer.

(Now you know why I drive 20-year-old vehicles.)

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The Lighted Christmas Parade Saturday evening was a huge success. The streets were lined with people who had come to town for the Wine/Nog Walk, to shop and to enjoy the parade. We have had such wonderful weather for the last week and it is expected to continue until this weekend. That just added to the festive night. The town and the beautiful tree put up by the City of Bandon Hydro-electric crew at the visitor center were all lighted up.

A group of carolers sang for 45 minutes in front of Coastal Mist as the wine walk was getting underway. It really is "beginning to feel a lot like Christmas."

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible, and who continue to make this such a blessed place to call home.

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Speaking of shopping locally, my sisters and I and four of Maggie's grandchildren shopped the day after Thanksgiving in Old Town. I let them pick out their presents, most of which came from Dorothy Lynn Saunders' new store, D'Lynn's, in the Continuum Center. Her Native American blankets and shawls are absolutely beautiful. One of the children picked out a neat purse at Nature's Imagination, across the hall, while others browsed in Eric and Brian's Neat Old Stuff shop in the front of the building. Emily Bright will be closing Aunt Em's florist shop in a couple of weeks, and she is having some great sales. Bandon has so many neat shops ... no one needs to go out of town to shop.

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All Bandon Disposal customers received a postcard in the mail this week detailing new recycling guidelines for their small tote bins. Unfortunately, it did not explain what is happening at the recycle center south of town (on 13th) which has a lot of people wondering what its future is.

Let's start with what they are now accepting in the bins: brown corrugated cardboard, newspapers, magazines, tin cans and No. 1 and 2 bottleneck plastics (No lids, yogurt, butter, cottage cheese, etc. containers). No food residue should be remaining in any container. Items that are not acceptable will be left in the bin for people to dispose of on their own. No glass can be recycled in the personal tote bins at this time.

And starting Jan. 1, people will be charged $5 to dispose of their recyclables at the service center south of town, where they will also continue to take glass. The center is being phased out and is scheduled to be closed by June. At that point, Bandon Disposal will have acquired enough totes to provide residents with containers large enough to accommodate glass and other recyclables for curbside pick up. But until then, glass will only be accepted at the service center and not in the individual tote bins.

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Two well-known Bandon men have been battling health problems recently, and it was good news to hear that Rick Howard had arrived home after 12 days in neuro ICU at OHSU in Portland. His wife, long-time speech teacher Ellen Howard, posted a picture of her and Rick with one of their daughters after he was released from the hospital. People were happy to see how good he looked as he came home to recuperate. Ellen posted on Facebook that recovery could be slow ... up to two months ... but everyone is just glad to know that he on the road to recovery.

Bandon city councilor and owner of The Cobbler's Bench Peter Braun suffered a heart attack Thursday, and after several days in Bay Area Hospital where they inserted two stents, he is home recovering. He is very fortunate that he realized something was happening as he drove himself to Southern Coos Hospital, where they determined that he was indeed having a heart attack and immediately sent him by ambulance to Bay Area. During the trip, it was necessary to shock his heart and do CPR. His fellow councilors were very worried about him, and we're happy to know that he is doing well.

Nothing like a wake-up call ...

A lot of people don't get that second chance ....

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I have also learned that Melody Gillard-Juarez' mother, Mary Gillard, died this week in the state of Washington, with three generations of her loving family at her bedside.

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Another Facebook post about a former Bandon man also surfaced on Sunday. It seems that R.C. (Rick) Reichlein is very ill in a hospital in The Philippine Islands, and according to a post by Sharon Ward Moy, he is "captive in the hospital .. until all his medical bills are paid."

A friend of the family posted that his bills have increased to about a million dollars, and that does not include five doctors, who have handled his medications.

"Please pray that the embassy will take care of it," said the friend. She also said that his sister, MaryKay (Reichlein) VanHooser (BHS Class of 1966), had set up a GoFundMe page on his behalf.

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I continue to be confused by the "best time to go fishing and hunting" report that is given each night on KVAL-TV by the weather gal. It is so ridiculous to hear that the best time to go hunting is, for example, 3 'clock in the morning and 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Everyone knows that night hunting is illegal. Period!

The weather gal is beginning to realize that the information she is giving people is ridiculous, and several times lately she has added: "if it is legal to hunt."

But that doesn't keep her from giving the report night after night. I have never heard this on any other weather station. Maybe someone is paying for it. Who knows?

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There was an interesting article on the front page of the Curry Coastal Pilot last week about a man rescuing a young boy from being swept out to sea at Sporthaven Beach at Brookings.

It seems that the guy was sitting in his truck going through his fishing gear when he heard a child scream. Two young boys had been playing at the water's edge when they were hit by a sneaker wave.

He said one kid was in past his knees, and then another wave came and all he could see was a hand, a foot and another hand.

"I'm already running, another wave was coming up and it was going to take him. I would have been swimming for him. It was a close one."

He was able to grab the boy and throw him over his shoulder. The other boy was able to get to safety.

The boys' mother was on the sidewalk above the sand ... not paying attention, according to the Good Samaritan, who recalled that as a child he was tackled by a wave at a San Francisco beach. And he still remembers the fear that he experienced.

These occurrences have become all too commonplace along Oregon's beaches, especially during the winter. But it's hard to keep people off the beach when we are experiencing summer-like weather.

But they need to pay attention ... to their children and their surroundings!!




As I See It

by Mary Schamehorn

Mary Schamehorn

Dec 06, 2017


The first picture I am sharing this week was taken in 1978 when the Bandon Historical Society museum was located in the Masonic (old bank) building.

Bandon Historical Society Museum, 1978
Bandon Historical Society Museum, 1978

Although the negative envelope says that this is the opening of their timber display, this picture was taken alongside the old linotype equipment, which my grandfather used to operate before it became obsolete. I remember him well teaching me to operate the linotype, but compared to setting type with the Justowriter (and now a computer), it was a very slow process.

The second photo was taken in May 1975 when Ray's Pharmacy was located downtown (Old Town) in the building that now houses Winter River Books.

Ray's Pharmacy, 1975
Ray's Pharmacy, 1975

The door at the far left took people into Dr. Lucas' office in the '50s and probably the '60s, although I do not believe he was still there when this picture was taken. The other door was the first entrance into the drug store, owned by Bob and Phyllis Ray. The sign on the door says "Shop our Mother's Day Boutique."

I love the third picture of Trudy and Gerry Fraser and a young Girl Scout, Ramona Smith, who had stopped by Fraser's Restaurant in 1979 probably to sell them cookies.

Trudy and Gerry Fraser and  Ramona Smith, 1979
Trudy and Gerry Fraser and Ramona Smith, 1979

I happened to run into Ramona the other day in town, and she is definitely all grown up (in her early 50s) and has recently returned to live here. She was a passenger aboard her boyfriend's motorcycle when I saw her.

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I received quite a few compliments on my story about the Christmas tree last week, which, as you probably realized, took up most of my column. Well, there is some positive news to share on the "tree front."

The City of Bandon hydro-electric crew has cut down a huge tree from one of the city's rights of way, and hopefully will be putting it up at the Visitor Center Monday, weather permitting and if some other emergency does not come up.

Harv Schubothe said the city crew will help Steve Pounder put up lights, which they have, but he said it is a pretty labor intensive undertaking, so he's not sure when it will be lighted.

Our city manager Robert Mawson, has also been talking with Kevin Shaw, owner of Coastal Mist, who apparently found a tree that could be planted at the Visitor Center. I believe the total cost is around $4,000, and Robert and I agreed that rather than make the merchants share in the cost, it will probably be the city's gift to the community.

Once it is planted, there will be a tree to light and decorate each year so we will not have the logistical problems that were encountered this year.

But, as a result of not having a tree, Olivia Andor and a group of friends were able to obtain a beautiful tree from cranberry grower Richard Schmidt and his family, and Saturday evening (in a light drizzle) a large crowd gathered in the Pedway Garden to listen to carolers, and put an ornament on the tree of memory. Pastor Greg Fodrea gave the blessing and Olivia welcomed the crowd. It was a neat event, and afterwards we gathered in Olivia's Cottage for cookies, cupcakes from The Rolling Pin and hot cider.

I want to extend my special thanks to Olivia for putting together such a wonderful event ... in less than a week. If you haven't stopped by her shop, you've missed a real treat.

This Saturday, more holiday events are planned, with another wine/nog walk from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Glasses will be available for purchase at 3:30 for $10 at The Cobbler's Bench.

At 5:30, the third annual Lighted Christmas Parade is scheduled to take place in Old Town. The parade will progress down First and Second streets, and everyone is welcome to take part. It actually looks like the weather may cooperate with lots of sunshine forecast for this week, although it will be chilly.

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Oregon football fans are waiting with bated breath to see if new head coach Willy Taggart (a Florida native) will stay or go. Even though he has been offered a $25 million five-year contract by Oregon, there is speculation that he will head to Florida State, if they offer him the job after Jimbo Fisher left to take a $75 million 10-year contract at Texas A&M. The $7.5 million that Fisher will earn each year makes him the second highest paid college football coach in the nation behind Alabama's Nick Saban (who lost last week to Auburn).

Oregon State's new head coach Jonathan Smith will make $1.9 million a year .... which is considerably less than the $5 million a year Oregon is offering Taggart, who finished with a 7-5 record, "good" enough for fourth in the PAC-12 north standings.

These salaries seem downright ridiculous to me, when you consider that tuition continues to go up at most colleges and universities . . . but it's becoming pretty obvious that college football is "big business."

If Taggart does decide to leave after one year, the one person that many people hoped they would hire last year, Chip Kelly, is now headed to UCLA on a five-year $23.3 million contract.

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I was sorry to learn that Charlie Crew died last week at the age of 95. His wife, Velma Howard Crew, died some years ago, and Charlie had lived for quite a few years at Pacific View. He was a great guy, and among his survivors are his son, Greg, and his daughter, Linda.

The last time I saw him was a few years ago at the 90th birthday party for the late Ray Kelley.

Charlie and Velma bought 10 acres of riverfront property up Sixes from my father many years ago. There is a great swimming hole on the property and Greg has graciously given my sisters and I permission to swim there during the summer.

I also learned of the death of Gene Davidson, who served as the city's water treatment operator for many years before he retired several years ago. My thoughts go out to his wife, Susie, and his family.

Another long-time Bandon resident who died recently was Dorene Hess, 88, who lived in Coos Bay. She and her late husband, Jay, had two sons, Stuart and Jeff, and a daughter, Lindsay. Jay and Dorene were married 66 years before he died in 2015.

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The Bandon Historical Society had considered buying the old jail, located between the museum and Goddard Energy, which had recently come on the market for $69,000. But after looking it over, board members felt it simply would not suit the museum's needs. We have since learned that it did sell and the new owner allegedly plans to open a dog grooming business there.

One board member jokingly said maybe the museum could open a small bed and breakfast in there, so people could tell their friends that "they spent a night in the Bandon jail."

Sounds good, but it was way too small for something like that. It will be fun to see a business open in there again. At one time, the late Tim Belmont sold Italian purses in his small shop there. And for many years, it was a jewelry store.

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I have received several pieces of correspondence recently about the dangerous crosswalk at Highway 101 and Ninth. A friend of mine witnessed two teenage girls nearly get hit as they attempted to cross the highway, with flags in hand, after the basketball game Wednesday night. He said a car had stopped in the turn lane, attempting to turn left onto Ninth, when two cars came roaring up alongside the stopped car and did not see the two girls who were crossing the highway. He said it was only the grace of God that kept them from being struck.

I passed his concerns onto Robert at City Hall, as well as his suggestions for some kind of a flashing light, or some kind of reflective stripes on the roadway.

It is a dangerous crosswalk, and one made even worse by the dark and wet conditions this time of year.

I also heard from another citizen who urged the city to restripe 101 down to two lanes (actually three with the center turn lane) like was done in Port Orford.

He said he was "fed up with being passed on 101 and tailgated on 11th."


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