Rusty Rae / News-Register ## Neil Livermore, a contractor for the renovation project, stands in front of the historic Bridge Street building in downtown Sheridan. The building, which dates from the late 1800s, will house shops on the ground floor and apartments on the second floor.
A project in downtown Sheridan transforms a late 19th century building into a modern space for commercial and residential use.
The Heider Building at 229 S. Bridge St. opened around 1890, suffered damage in a town fire in the early 1900s, then reopened around 1917. It once housed the Otto Heider law firm on the second floor with storefronts on the ground floor.
Owner Mike Covalt plans to create four retail spaces on the first floor, which feature 14-foot-high ceilings, and eight apartments upstairs, where the ceilings are 12-feet high.
Rich Lorimor of Bridge Street Commercial, owned by Covalt, is the general contractor for the $ 2.1 million project. The 15,000 square foot building has been gutted and a new roof will be put in place next week, he said.
Steel beams were added for seismic reinforcement. Workers also repair the crumbling mortar. Lorimor said he replaced many rotten planks under the flooring system.
Many chimneys that once heated the building are being dismantled. Modern heating, plumbing and electrical wiring are being installed.
On a positive note, he said, the building contained no asbestos or lead paint.
Lorimor estimated that the commercial floor will be completed in about six months and the apartments in eight to 12 months. The delay depends on the possibility of obtaining the necessary material.
The Reel Hollywood Video, 105 NW Ninth St. in McMinnville, is planning special activities to celebrate National Independent Video Store Day on Saturday, October 16.
Children of all ages can paint pumpkins in a tent set up in the parking lot. The store will offer customers free popcorn and a new selection of good condition second hand videos for sale.
The store is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, although the pumpkin painting ends around 5 p.m. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and noon to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.
Business has been a bit slow during the pandemic, said Jessi Adrian, store owner with Martin Salano. But it’s starting again, she said, especially since Hollywood is releasing new movies again.
Some of the more recent releases available on Reel Hollywood Video include “Black Widow”, “Free Guy”, the new movie “Space Jam” and “Cruella”.
For more information, call Reel Hollywood Video, at 503-472-0553.
New eye clinic
The McMinnville Eye Clinic is closed today as employees move into their new building at 2445 NE Cumulus Avenue, McMinnville. It will reopen to patients on Monday, October 18 in the new location.
An open house will be scheduled soon, said April Hillard, practice director.
The new building will allow a full range of services under one roof, including laser treatment and cataract surgery, the most common type of optical intervention. Patients will no longer have to travel to another facility, such as a hospital, for such care.
The clinic, which also has an office in Lincoln City, employs more than 50 people. They include optometrists and several ophthalmologists with medical training for conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts.
The over 11,000 square foot brick and wood building replaces offices on the south side of Highway 18 near the Willamette Valley Medical Center. Before moving there, the McMinnville Eye Clinic was located downtown.
The Narthex Gallery at the First Presbyterian Church, Second and Davis Streets, has reopened after being closed by the pandemic for 17 months.
Donna Sires paintings are on display until November 30. Sires, who works in pastel, will be honored at an opening reception from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 17.
In addition, the church has opened a “Side Gallery”, which will showcase the creative work of church members.
The first show features “Pandemic Passtimes: Isolation Creations”. It includes a variety of works, from paintings to puzzles, embroidery, photos, quilts, cave paintings and poetry. The artists are aged from 6 years to seniors.
“If this show is any indication, people have taken solace in creative outlets to deal with the effects of isolation and pandemic issues,” said Candice Cameron, who organizes the exhibits at both galleries.
The galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday. For more information, call the church at 503-472-6255.
Closure of the health clinic
Valley Women’s Health, PC, will close on December 30.
The clinic located at 2700 SE Stratus Ave., Suite 301, provides gynecological care for women of all ages, from wellness exams to cancer screening to reproductive care.
Obstetrician / Gynecologist Dr John Neeld is retiring resulting in closure. Other healthcare providers currently at Valley Women’s Health, including Dr Brandi Spence, Dr Gregory Eppard and certified nurse midwives Erica Koltenuk and Shannon Sluys, are considering other options in Yamhill County, said the managers of the clinic.
Clinic officials said patients should visit their primary care doctor or insurance company for help finding another obstetrics or gynecology provider.
For more information, call 503-474-1148.
Harvest Fresh will be hosting its annual “Customer Appreciation Week” Monday through Saturday, October 18-23. They will organize daily food and wine tastings, raffles and sample gifts.
The event celebrates the 27th anniversary of the natural grocery store.
Harvest Fresh is located at 251 NE Third St., McMinnville. For more information, call 503-472-5740.
Two organizations in Yamhill County have received funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust’s 20th Anniversary Scholarship.
The McMinnville-based Yamhill Enrichment Society received $ 22,882. The money will help YES expand their JOY music program to two schools in Newberg. YES programs also include Imagination Library, which promotes reading by providing free books to children aged 0-5 each month.
The Chehalem Center Association in Newberg received $ 15,299. The funds will support cultural programs that promote racial equity. In addition, they will help the CCA increase access for traditionally underserved artists and community members.
The local grants were part of $ 3.7 million in funds awarded to 140 cultural organizations across Oregon this year. Since its inception in 2001, the Oregon Cultural Trust has distributed over $ 36 million.
McMinnville Flea, a flea market with antiques and other items, runs today through Sunday at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds.
More than 20 vendors will be open from noon to 5 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $ 5 for adults or free for children under 12, or $ 2 with a donation of canned food for the YCAP food bank.
The flea market will be back at the exhibition center from December 10 to 12.
John Stromme has moved his art gallery to 307 NE Third St., near the corner of Third and Cowls. It was previously located in Fourth and Evans.
Stromme painted in acrylics and oils. His work includes portraits, landscapes, still lifes and streetscapes.
For more information, visit their website, www.strommegallery.com.
The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual dinner and awards show on Thursday, November 4 at the McMinnville Community Center.
The event, whose theme is “the eradication of masks”, will take place from 6 pm to 9 pm. It will include the Annual Membership Meeting and awards such as Business Leader of the Year, Beautification, and Small and Large Business of the Year.
The cost is $ 65 per person.
Registration can be done through the Chamber’s website at www.mcmminnville.org.