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Bandon’s Gorse Then and Now

After Bandon, Ireland native Lord George Bennett founded Bandon, Oregon in 1873, he must have been feeling homesick when he imported gorse, the Scotch broom relative from Ireland, and planted it as an ornamental shrub.  Little did he know it would spread for miles around, cover the beaches at the future Bullards Beach State Park,…

SOLVE Oregon Beach Cleanup on Saturday

Oregon Governor Tom McCall (1967-1975) was one of the state’s greatest champions, instating the Bottle Bill, introducing urban growth boundaries, and creating the law that set in stone Governor Oswald West’s legacy of the public ownership of our beaches.  In 1969, McCall also founded the Portland-based environmental non-profit organization Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism (SOLV). …

Jill Falk Featured at Bandon Library

This month’s installment at the Bandon Library gallery is entitled “Between Stillness and Motion” and features paintings and photographs by Portland artist Jill Falk. For this show, Falk has focused on pieces that hide meaning in familiar images.  A cursory look at these pieces just won’t do it.  Plan to see the display, but plan…

Bandon’s Light Parade

It was a dark and stormy night, but that didn’t stop Bandon’s residents from hanging out in Old Town Saturday night for another Nog/Cider/Wine Walk and the first annual Light Parade. Stores were open late for shopping and enjoying holiday treats, and carolers wandered up and down the street while waiting for the parade to…

Barktoberfest Was Barking Good Fun!

Hundreds of dogs and their people descended upon the Bandon Ace Hardware on Saturday for the 4th Annual Barktoberfest.  The day-long event benefitted the Coos County Animal Shelter, and the full schedule kept everyone entertained for the 6 hours. Barktoberfest started with the doggie fun/run walk which went from Ace Hardware to the City Park…