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Oregon Ranks High; Fire Inspector Class; Reedsport Chainsaw Championships

Oregon High on Long Term Care

Oregon ranks fourth in the nation for providing long-term care options for its residents, according to a report released today. It measures the care available in states based on accessibility, choice and quality. It also assesses their support for family caregivers and the transitions between health facilities and home. Jon Bartholomew with A-A-R-P Oregon says Oregon is doing well compared with other states at providing quality, long-term care and supporting caregivers…

“But there is more that can be done and we will continue to fight to improve the system, make it more accessible and affordable for everybody, and support our family caregivers.”

More than 470-thousand Oregonians help take care of loved ones, and the state ranks at the top for its support of family caregivers. However, Bartholomew says Oregon could add paid family and medical leave, as other states have done. The report was compiled jointly by A-A-R-P, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation.

Fire Inspection Class

A flock of trained firefighters converged upon Fred Meyers on Tuesday evening as part of a Fire Company inspector class.  The class was a mixed bag of classroom instruction and in-field work.  A part of their grade was to do an actual Fire Inspection, which they did that evening at Fred Meyers.  Fire Marshall, Sean Barrett said there were 18 students in all and each of them successfully completed the course.

Chainsaw Championships

It’s a gallery comprised of wood art carved by chainsaws.  This weekend is the Chainsaw Carving Championships in Reedsport and dozens of competitors come from around the world to show their talents with wood.  It has been going on for 18 years and many of the men and women that participate in this say it is more than just the art that draws them it’s the friendships that they create throughout the years.  The event is open to the public and there will be daily quick carves as well as auctions for the completed pieces.  Gates open daily through Sunday and the cost is just 5 dollars.