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Along the Street 10-6

DAYTON — The community of Dayton has been working hard on a revitalization process, and others are noticing. During an Oct. 3 Excellence in in Downtown Revitalization ceremony, sponsored by Oregon Main Street, the city received four awards.

John Collins and Ann Marie Anderson won “Volunteer Couple of the Year.”

After moving to Dayton four years ago, they became a catalyst for the formation of the Dayton Community Development Association. Collins has served as president since its inception and Anderson is active with its design and organization committees.

The association itself was honored for “Outstanding Design Program” for its facade improvement effort.

Working in tandem with Oregon Main Street, the State Historic Preservation Office, the city of Dayton and local business owners, DCDA offers design assistance and matching grant funds to encourage private investment in historically appropriate facade improvements. The aims are to enhance the streetscape and encourage downtown shopping and dining.

The city received a “Special Project” award for development of the Palmer Creek Lodge Community Center.

The city initially planned to turn the old fire station into a community center, but turned to the old Masonic Lodge when the projected price came in at $2 million. The city purchased the lodge for $225,000 and renovated it with the help of an $800,000 grant, supplemented with a $30,000 local match.

Finally, for her efforts in creating the center, DCDA Coordinator Kelly Haverkate was named “Transforming Downtown Coordinator of the Year.” The awards were presented as part of the Oregon Main Street Conference, which brings together individuals with an interest in historic downtown and commercial neighborhood revitalization.



Reservations are now being taken for the 59th annual meeting of the Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation District, set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St.,

This year’s theme is Recognizing & Celebrating Environmental & Outdoor Education. It will feature presentations by the Newberg High School Envirothon Team and Jared Larson for the McMinnville School District’s science enrichment program.

The conservation award winners for the year will be announced over a dinner being catered by Rogue Gourmet Catering. A silent auction is also planned.

The cost is $10. Space may be reserved by contacting Julie Lorenzen at 503-472-6403 or



A free seminar on arthritis-induced hip and knee pain will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the classroom at Willamette Valley Medical Center, 2700 S.E. Stratus Ave. on McMinnville’s east side.

Joint Care Coordinator Natalie Reed will lead the presentation together with an orthopedic surgeon from the hospital’s Joint Replacement Institute.

To reserve space, contact Reed at 503-435-6571



Jody Christensen, executive director for the McMinnville Economic Development Partnership, has been named incoming president of the Oregon Economic Development Association. She is currently serving as vice president.

Amy Jauron, who has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer on a one-year commitment, will continuing with the partnership as marketing specialist. For more information, contact MEDP at 503-474-0544.



Sandy Willius has been recently hired as a commercial loan officer at Citizens Bank’s McMinnville branch, 455 N.E. Baker St.

A McMinnville native, she has 19 years of experience in the industry. She worked previously for Chase Bank, where she served as vice president and branch manager, and its predecessor, Washington Mutual, where she served as assistant vice president and financial center manager.

Willius can be reached at 503-474-9441 or



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for its annual awards banquet, set from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St.

This year’s theme is “Scoring for the Home Team!” Sponsorships range from $100 to $1,000.

To become a sponsor, or for more information, contact Rhonda Pope, director of communications and events, at 503-472-6196 or


Allison Horn has joined the board of directors of the McMinnville Area of Chamber of Commerce, representing Linfield College. Horn was named director of facilities and auxiliary services at the college in January.



Serendipity Ice Cream, at 502 N.E. Third St. in downtown McMinnville, will award 25 percent of its sales revenue from Tuesday, Oct. 9, to McMinnville Area Habit for Humanity’s Women Build project. For more information, call 503-474-9189.



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold Business After Hours from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Express Employment Professionals, 733 N.E. Baker St.

The reserved seat cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, with walk-ins paying a $3 surcharge. Reservations can be placed at or 503-472-6196.

Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

Along the Street 10-6

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