By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Wings & Waves earns safety award

Marcus Larson / News-Register file photo
A man shoots through one of the water slides as children play at the Evergreen Wings & Waves water park on opening day in 2011.  The park recently earned a top safety award.
Marcus Larson / News-Register file photo
A man shoots through one of the water slides as children play at the Evergreen Wings & Waves water park on opening day in 2011. The park recently earned a top safety award.

Following a safety audit conducted earlier this year, Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark was presented with a Gold Safety Award by Ellis & Associates.

Ellis & Associates, an international aquatic safety and risk management firm, is dedicated to the elimination of drownings and other catastrophic aquatic events.

Wings & Waves undergoes company safety audits throughout the year. They are always conducted anonymously and without warning.

Only the top 30 percent of aquatic facilities meet gold award standards.

“Safety is our top priority at Wings & Waves,” said facility director Brandon Roben. “We want our guests to enjoy themselves in the park, but also feel like they are in good hands and safe. We take pride in our lifeguard training and will continue to exceed safety standards.”

Wings & Waves opened in June 2011. It is located next to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum on the Highway 18 Bypass. 



The former hospital and clinic quarters near the courthouse is being offered for sale at a sealed-bid auction.

Citizens Bank, the mortgage holder, took ownership in 2011 when an oral foreclosure auction failed to attract other bidders. It is not interested in holding the property any longer than necessary.

The 16,500-foot building and 12,000-square-foot lot are being offered by Realty Marketing/Northwest’s Spring 2013 Auction. The bank is asking at least $595,000, and is offering financing as an incentive, according to John C. Rosenthal, president of Realty Marketing/Northwest. 

Rosenthal said the site has generated interest due to its potential for conversion to a mix of apartments, artist studios and professionals offices, and its proximity to the courthouse, the community center, a parking garage and McMinnville’s Downtown Historic District.

For more information, contact Marti Cohn at or call 1-800-3524.



James Marahrens was named as the annual merit award winner at Pacific Wood Preserving of Oregon in Sheridan. He received a check for $1,000.

He was nominated by Bob Halderman, the company’s corporate resource manager. Halderman said, “James is the glue that keeps the PWPO yard operating.” He particularly praised Marahrens for his efforts in coordinating the production process.

The plant is located at 22125 S.W. Rock Creek Road. The award is given to the employee who exemplifies the company’s top five core values, safety and compliance, customer service, quality, innovation and every penny counts. 



The Yamhill County Small Woodlands Association and OSU Extension Service will hear a presentation by William “Bill” Orr titled, “Insects Rule,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. 

The free public program will review the origin and evolution of insects going back half a billion years, then assess their future. It will be held at OSU Extension Service auditorium, 2050 N.E. Lafayette Ave.

Orr is the co-director of paleontological collections at the Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. A professor emeritus, he is also the co-author of the sixth edition of “Oregon Geology.”

The event will feature free refreshments and door prizes. It will be preceded by a social period at 6:30.

For more information, contact Leonard Rydell at 503-538-5700.



The second annual Oregon Chardonnay Symposium will open with a panel discussion and technical tasting from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Oregon Olive Mill at Red Ridge Farms, 5510 N.E. Breyman Orchard Road, Dayton. An expanding testing will follow at 3:30 p.m.

Katherine Cole, wine columnist for The Oregonian and author of “Voodoo Vintners: Oregon’s Astonishing Biodynamic Winegrower,” will serve as the moderator. Panelists will be Paul Gregutt, Wine Advisor columnist for the Seattle Times and northwest editor for Wine Enthusiast, and W. Blake Gray, author of the Gray Report blog, winner of the 2012 Wine Blog Awards for best industry blog and columnist for

There are 60 tickets available for the event at $60 each. Reservations are required.

For more information, contact Red Ridge Farms at 503-864-8502. 



Registered nurse Kim Collier has been appointed resident care director at Osprey Court, 320 S.W. Hill Road.

Collier will oversee all aspects of health care for the community’s residents, including a component suffering from Alzheimer’s and other memory-impairing diseases. 

She previously served as a case manager with Ashland Community Hospital’s Home Health and Hospice program and as a registered nurse with the Pelican Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Klamath Falls. Collier, who lives in Wilsonville, received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. 



Gorilla Capital, a Eugene-based company specializing in distressed properties, said Yamhill County recorded 25 judicial foreclosures and five non-judicial foreclosures in January, 29 judicial and six non-judicial in February and 48 judicial and five non-judicial in March.

That adds up to 102 judicial foreclosure actions and 16 non-judicial for the first quarter. 



Erickson Air-Crane, which recently announced its intent to purchase Evergreen Helicopters, last week said it would offer $400 million in second-priority senior secured notes, due in 2020, to raise money to complete that acquisition and one announced earlier.

The notes would be guaranteed by assets of Erickson’s existing and future domestic subsidiaries. Any remaining funds would be applied to general corporate purposes.

The company, which operates internationally, is also in the process of purchasing Air Amazonia Servicos Aereos in Brazil.



Three Yamhill County potters will be participating in the 2013 Ceramic Showcase, sponsored by the Oregon Potters Association. It is slated to run Friday through Sunday, April 26-28, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

They are John Shue of John Shue Pottery in McMinnville, Bill Sanchez of The Potter’s Vineyard in Newberg and Linda Workman-Morelli of Two Bears Pottery in Newberg.

Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters slated to run 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at the Delphian School, 20950 S.W. Rock Creek Road, Sheridan.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Aero Lock & Safe, 3302 Portland Road.


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


troy prouty

now if wings and waves would just pay their taxes we would be good.


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