By NR Staff • 

Series on diabetes starts Monday

AMITY — The Amity City Council approved a resolution Wednesday night aimed to ensure refinancing of a 2002 sewer plant bond issue won’t affect its tax-exempt status.

The refinance is expected to save the city more than $150,000 over the life of the bonds, which means a reduction of about $10,000 annually, City Administrator Larry Layton said in a report to the council.

In other action, the council approved purchase of a half-page ad in the high school yearbook for $25.

It is next scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3.


McMinnville School Board to meet

McMinnville School Board members will discuss the district’s proposed 2013-14 calendar when they meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the district office, 1500 N.E. Baker St.

Under the proposal, new teachers will report Aug. 26 and returning teachers Aug. 27. Parent-teacher conferences will be held Nov. 6-8 and April 10-11.

Teachers will have half-days off for grading Nov. 1, Jan. 31 and April 4. Winter break will run Dec. 23-Jan. 3 and spring break March 24-28.

Students will have 174 days of classroom instruction during 2013-14. Teachers will have a 190-day contract with 185 work days and five paid holidays.

During Monday’s business meeting, the board also plans to consider extending the contract of Superintendent Maryalice Russell, and review district policies, finances and facilities. An executive session on personnel will precede the meeting at 7:10 p.m.

For more information, call the district office at 503-565-4000.


Mac council to meet Tuesday

McMinnville city councilors should be able to make quick work of their agenda Tuesday evening, as it consists almost entirely of matters they’ve discussed previously.

The council is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. at McMinnville Civic Hall, 200 N.E. Second St., for an informal dinner session and a round of ethics training. Its formal business session is slated to follow at 7.

The council is expected to award a contract for spreading treated sewage solids onto farmland, renew a lease of airport property to Kauer Farms, repeal the sunset clause in an ordinance regulating second-hand merchandise and authorize Mayor Rick Olson to accept a loan from the state Transportation Infrastructure Bank for the city’s share of the local match for the Newberg-Dundee Bypass.


Yamhill Council to meet March 13

YAMHILL — City councilors are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, to discuss contracting for cleaning service at Yamhill City Hall.

The public session will be held in council chambers, located at 155 E. First St. Councilors are considering Right Choice Cleaning Services, a local company.

In addition, the council plans to take reports on finances, public works and police operations, and consider appointment of Margaret Reinholt to the budget committee. For more information, call city hall at 503-662-3511.


Excise tax on Dayton agenda

DAYTON — School board members will discuss increasing the local excise tax, which taps builders for a fee to help with new school construction, when they convene Tuesday night.

They plan to meet at 7:15 p.m. at the district office, at 780 Ferry St., following a brief musical performance.

The board will also review energy conservation projects, 2013-14 budget considerations and the state Department of Education’s appraisal of the district grade school. An executive session will follow to consider personnel issues.

For more information, call the district office.


Scholarships available

The “See Ya Later” Foundation is accepting applications for Scott Banke Memorial Scholarships, which will be awarded to seven area high school graduates this June. The scholarships are awarded each year in honor of Banke, an inspirational youth who lost a battle with cancer in 2001.

In addition to the scholarships, the foundation hosts sports camps. Through its Seeds of Hope program, it also supports families in medical crisis.

The foundation’s scholarship committee plans to award two $1,500 scholarships to McMinnville High School graduates and one each to graduates of Dayton, Amity, Yamhill-Carlton and Newberg high schools. For the first time, it also plans to award one at-large scholarship to a graduate of any of the public high schools or any local private schools or home-school programs.

Winners must exemplify kindness and compassion for others, demonstrate commitment to community and have plans for continuing education. Forms can be downloaded at

The  deadline is March 31. For more information, visit


Series on diabetes starts Monday

A diabetes self-management series, Living Healthy with Diabetes & Other Chronic Conditions, is slated to run 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays from March 11 to April 15. It will be held at the McMinnville Senior Center, 2250 N.E. McDaniel Lane.

Participants will learn how to eat healthier, better control their blood sugar, cope with ups and downs of the illness, stay physically active and make informed decisions about treatment options.

The sessions are being sponsored by the WVP Health Authority, formerly known as the Mid Valley Independent Physicians Association. A $20 donation is suggested.

For more information, call 503-587-5130.


Career & College Expo Tuesday

The fourth annual Yamhill County Career & College Expo will bring high school juniors from throughout the valley together from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 12, at the Nazarene Church on the Hill, 700 N.W. Hill Road.

Sponsored by the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce, the event will include a career fair open to all interested members of the public, regardless of age. The career fair is slated to run 1 to 3 p.m.

Following a keynote address by Jim Ramos of the church, students attending the morning session will participate in career breakout sessions, mock interviews and a business and college trade show. The afternoon session will feature a career fair and educational workshops open to all members of the community.

For more information, call 503-472-6196.


Y-C to discuss emergency training

YAMHILL — The Yamhill-Carlton School Board will discuss training for an active shooter incident when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the district office.

The meeting will be preceded by a 6:45 work session.

The board is also expected to fill out the budget committee roster.

For information, call the district office at 503-852-6980.


Willamina eyes hike in meal prices

WILLAMINA — The Willamina School Board is expected to approve an increase in meal prices for the 2013-14 school year when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school library.

The board may also schedule another work session on a bond issue it is planning to submit in an upcoming election.

For information, call the district office at 503-876-4525.


Professor to talk “A to Zombie”

Jeff Peterson, an associate professor of sociology at Linfield College, will deliver a talk titled, “From A to Zombie: Educational Approaches That Will Help Students Develop Their Braaainnsss...,” at this month’s McMinnville City Club luncheon.

The luncheon, which costs $13 for members and $18 for non-members, is slated for 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the McMinnville Grand Ballroom, upstairs at 325 N.E. Third St. Reservations may be made by visiting or calling 971-237-4750.

Thanks to an array of internship and collaborative research opportunities, Linfield is able to enhance community connections, provide real-world work experience and provide richer educational opportunities for its students, he said. He said the goal is to make the private liberal arts college a point of intersection for students, rather than just a destination.

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