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08-08-22 Commissioners Issue Proclamations for National Coast Guard Day and National Lighthouse Week (Photo) - 08/08/22


August 8, 2022


Commissioners Issue Proclamations for National Coast

Guard Day and National Lighthouse Week


            (Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Tim Freeman and Tom Kress were on location in Winchester Bay, Oregon on Friday, August 5, 2022 for a special presentation for National Coast Guard Day and National Lighthouse Week.  They issued proclamations and called upon all citizens of Douglas County to observe National Coast Guard Day and National Lighthouse Week in Douglas County.  A copy of the live video presentation can be found on the Douglas County Government Facebook page:


Commissioners recognized the brave men and women of our U.S. Coast Guard who protect the personal safety and security of our people; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; our natural and economic resources; the territorial integrity of our nation–from both internal and external threats, natural and man-made and the interests of our navigable waters including U.S. ports, inland waterways, coastlines and international waters.  Commissioner Kress presented National Coast Guard Day proclamation certificates to both the U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend and the U.S. Coast Guard Station Umpqua River.  Guests at the presentation were treated to a special ‘flyby’ from a MH-65 Short Range Coast Guard Recovery Helicopter that was on a training mission from Sector North Bend.  Both Coast Guard locations noted that they are actively searching for new recruits to join the U.S. Coast Guard.  If you are interested in learning more about a career in the U.S. Coast Guard and perhaps a tour of the facilities, contact Station Umpqua River at (541) 271-2138 or Sector North Bend at (541) 756-9220.


In attendance representing the U.S. Coast Guard were: U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend: Maegan Schwartz, Deputy Commander; Dashen Wada, Fireman; Nate Champlin, Lieutenant Commander; Pete Chambers, Lieutenant; Christopher Belisle, Aviation Survival Technician Petty Officer First Class; Connor Haymaker, Aviation Electronics Technician’s Mate Third Class Petty Officer; Weston Blalock, Seaman; Christopher Kofflin, Seaman.  U.S. Coast Guard Station Umpqua River: Officer-in-Charge Benjamin Snider, Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate; Christopher Ouellette, Chief Boatswain’s Mate; Matthew Neff, Machinery Technician Chief Petty Officer; Jonathan Corcoran, Boatswain’s Mate First Class Petty Officer; Chayse Sattler, Petty Officer Second Class; Robert Duprau, Petty Officer Second Class; Trevor Dupuis, Petty Officer Third Class; Michael Lane, Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Petty Officer; Grayson Ritchey, Seaman; Brody Jeeseman, Seaman.


Commissioners also recognized National Lighthouse Week.  The Umpqua River Lighthouse and corresponding lighthouse grounds stand as a testament to the commitment of our community members, museum employees, foundation members and volunteers, who have all worked painstakingly and passionately over the years to preserve our lighthouse and coastal history.  Commissioner Kress presented National Lighthouse Week proclamation certificates to the staff, volunteers and foundation members that work tirelessly to keep our Umpqua River Lighthouse, Coastal History Museum, Gift Shop & Café, Art Gallery and Whale Watching Station open and beautiful. 


In attendance representing the Umpqua River Lighthouse were: Jamie Davis, Museum Director; Eric Winslow, Museum Operations Technician; David Marshall, Gift Shop Assistant; Douglas County Foundation Members: Carol Phillips, Leslie Sherman, Dale Greenley and Mary Becherer; Former Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson and much appreciated volunteers Terry Allen, Shelly Allen and Curtis Scrugham.


I want to extend my appreciation to the members of our U.S. Coast Guard in North Bend and Umpqua River for everything you do and for allowing us to celebrate you. The flyover was fantastic!” commented Commissioner Freeman.  “Also, to the Museum Foundation, Staff and Volunteers here at the Umpqua River Lighthouse and Coastal History Museum, thank you.  What an amazing facility we have here in Winchester Bay!  The investments and progress we have made in the last several years at our Lighthouse, Museum and in our coastal communities has been remarkable. I look forward to many more exciting things happening over here in the future.”


The proclamations presented on Friday are a reminder to our residents to thank our U.S. Coast Guard men and women for their valued service to our country and our citizens, and to ask that you check out our “gem” on the coast, our Umpqua River Lighthouse, Coastal History Museum, Gift Shop & Café, Art Gallery and Whale Watching Station in Winchester Bay.



Media Contact:     Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email:

(Proclamations and Photo Collages Attached.  Individual photos available upon request)

Douglas County Proclamation Project

Douglas County Commissioners, Tim Freeman, Chris Boice and Tom Kress recognized that the pandemic traumatized our country, state and county on so many levels.  The impact was not only felt physically, but also mentally, emotionally and financially. The Commissioners collectively decided to start this series of ‘kudos’ proclamations, and are dedicated to recognizing people that have continued to do good things in our community despite the challenges of the past two years.   They plan to continue to highlight the amazing, often selfless work being done in order to encourage our residents to do the same.  The incredible stories being told during our proclamation events shine a huge spotlight on the amazing people and organizations in Douglas County.  We want to focus on what really matters, our people. So far this year, the Commissioners have issued 25 proclamations and honored over 725 Douglas County individuals as a part of our Proclamation Project.  They hope you will join them in supporting, thanking and perhaps volunteering to help these wonderful individuals and service organizations, so we can come together to rekindle and restore our sense of community, our faith in others and the joy that makes Douglas County the best place to live, work and play. 

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