Melatonin is a natural substance that is synthesized from serotonin and produced by the pineal gland. Its production is highest at night and naturally signals the body that it’s time to sleep.
To paraphrase, this manages people’s perceptions and natural reactions to night and day. Folks with sleeplessness naturally lack this natural substance; thus, their bodies will not shift to a calm sleep phase at night.
Before the age of industrialization, the disappearance of daylight was enough signal for the pineal gland to provide melatonin uk to promote sleep.
Getting sufficient sleep is important as it is thru sleep that the body can fix itself. It is thought that apart from its sleep causing properties, this will also fight free radicals at night while an individual is asleep. This is the reason why sleep is so necessary, and this is also why insomniacs need a melatonin sleep supplement for good health.
At a conference last week, I got slightly offended by one of the attendees. I struggled with why I was so hurt by the interaction I had with this woman.
She said, “What do you do?” I told her I was a copywriter. She rolled her eyes and said, “Good luck with that. My son’s a writer and he can barely make a living.”
I felt judged and defensive.
“Well,” I laughed, “I’ve been successfully supporting myself as a writer for over three years, and I’m into my fourth now.”
And as I said this, I glanced over at my colleague, another successful creative professional (in photography, visual arts, and a dose of writing, too.) So, I’m going to tell you the truth about being in business:
Coastal Rivers Scenic Loop
From the Coastal River Mountain Canyon, the Wild Rogue River Canyon, the majestic Pacific Ocean, to the Coastal River Valley, the Coastal Rivers Scenic Loop takes you on a 170-mile exploration of some of the Pacific Northwestâ€™s most scenic countryside.
Offering a place for local artists to enhance their skills as well as display their beautiful work, the Coquille Valley Art Center opened its doors in 1950. Located in a former schoolhouse at 10144 Highway 42, 1.5 miles south of Coquille, the center provides classes in beginning to advanced painting, woodcarving, pottery, stained glass, beading and more.
Members, non-members and drop-ins are always welcome to visit the gallery and browse the large selection of local artwork. For more information call 541-396-3294.
Home of the largest annual event in Coos County, this five-day spectacular is filled with fun for all ages. Myrtle Point hosts this carnival at the end of July each year as a county-wide showcase for agriculture, crafts, industry and business.
Since it began in 1912 the fair has provided opportunity for youngsters to seniors to exhibit their livestock, floral, land products, culinary, needlework, photography, arts and crafts.
Christmas Lights – The Night
Santa Claus is coming to town!
Ensuring hundreds of local children the opportunity to visit and have their picture taken with Old Saint Nick, the Chamber of Commerce turns this holiday evening into a family event by encouraging local merchants to remain open for after hours shopping.
Myrtle Point Harvest Festival
Since its inception in the late 1980s as a venue for fruit/vegetable growers and crafters to promote their local products, as well as celebrate the end of yet another season, the Harvest Festival has become a favorite fall event.
Sponsored by the Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce and held annually on the fourth Saturday of September in downtown Myrtle Point, the event attracts thousands of visitors who spend the day strolling up and down the streets admiring hundreds of beautifully restored automobiles entered in the classic Show & Shine event. They also enjoy the variety of foods available and crafts, fruit and vegetables offered up by local vendors.
From the oldest known dwelling in Myrtle Point to the replica of the Mormon Tabernacle that houses the Coos County Logging Museum, a tour of the many historic buildings in and around Myrtle Point is sure to be a pleasurable step back in time.
MYRTLE POINT SKATEPARK
Skaters from far and wide have tested their skills against the concrete waves of this challenging park. Considered one of the gnarliest skateparks in Southwestern Oregon, the Myrtle Point Skatepark features a rolled pyramid, fun box, tombstone and ten foot bowl.
Built in 2001 on the site of Myrtle Point’s original town square with the input of local skateboarders, the 10,000 square foot concrete park welcomes not only skateboarders, but also in-line skaters, lazer scooters and BMX bikers.
The park is located between Spruce and Ash Streets at the west end of town. For more information contact the City of Myrtle Point at 541-572-2626.
COOS COUNTY LOGGING MUSEUM
Housed in a scaled down replica of the Mormon Tabernacle, the Coos County Logging Museum preserves the history of Coos County’s logging industry as well as provides a memorial to those who lost their lives working in the timber industry.
The opportunity to view the massive selection of old-time logging photographs and fascinating artifacts attracts visitors from around the world. From bull and horse team displays to early day power tools, the museum is also home to the Alexander Benjamin Warnock collection of myrtlewood carvings. The collection includes nine timber related scenes in a variety of sizes, the largest measuring 3-1/2 feet by 5 feet.
• The Lions Club has been active in Myrtle Point since 1928. The group serves the community through a number service projects through the year including providing eyeglasses, hearing support, support for cataract surgery and vision and health screenings. They also hold Bingo nights each Tuesday to raise money for their projects. Contact information: http://lions.sworegon.org.
Great Schools in Myrtle Point
The Myrtle Point School District encompasses the outlying communities of Dora/Sitkum, Broadbent, Bridge and Arago. Students attend Myrtle Crest (K-6th grades) or Myrtle Point Jr/Sr High School (7-12 grades).
The school district office is located in the former primary school building. The same facility houses the school district’s alternative education school for students seeking to make up credits or obtain their GED. It’s also the location of the Myrtle Point branch of Coos County’s Head Start, a preschool program for eligible children.
Churches in Myrtle Point
First Christian Church
511 Sixth Street
Pastor Doug Shupe
Pastor’s Phone: 290-8662
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.
Worship Team Practice: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
Prayer Time: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.
Men’s Bible Study: Thursdays 6:30 a.m., Railroad Ave. Station Restaurant
Ladies Aide Quilting Group: Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
Youth Group Sundays, 7 p.m., September through May
Van service available by calling church office.
Weather You’re Sure To Enjoy!!!
Oregon may be known for it’s rain, but the mild climate in Myrtle Point and its surrounding communities is ideal for year-round comfort.
The town sits 50′ above sea level and boasts an average daily low temperature of 35 degrees and an average high of 79. August is the hottest month with the occasional (one or twice a year) 100 degree day. January is the coldest month in which there may be one or two days of snowfall. The average annual precipitation is 60″.
From young families to retirees, all ages have found Myrtle Point and its surrounding communities to be the perfect place to live. With the moderate climate, reasonable housing prices/taxes and the beautiful countryside to enjoy, this small community offers a safe, quiet environment for by all ages.
As of the U.S. Census of 2000, there were 2,451 people, 988 households, and 674 families residing inside the city limits. But the community of Myrtle Point is composed of a number of outlying settlements including Arago, Broadbent, Bridge, Dora and Sitkum, bringing the total population to nearly 6,000.
Within the city limits the population is spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. Thirty percent of households have children under the age of 18 living with them. The median age is 41 years old. For every 100 female age 18 and over there were 84.7 males. The median income for a household in the city in 2000 was $27,536, and the median income for a family was $31,120.
Myrtle Point operates a volunteer fire station inside the city limits, manned by a paid fire chief and 27 volunteers. They also have satellite stations in the outlying communities of Broadbent and Gravelford. The communities of Bridge and Dora/Sitkum maintain their own volunteer fire departments. For more information call 541-572-5422 or 541-572-2626.
History of Myrtle Point
Myrtle Point, located above the forks of the Coquille River, was a gathering place for Coquille Indians long before the white man arrived in the 1850s. Ephraim Catching filed a donation claim here in 1853. In 1861 a village was platted and laid out by Henry Meyers and was named Meyersville. This was the first town platted on the Coquille River. The great flood of 1861-62 washed away many of those cabins and growth of the little town stopped. In 1866 Christian Lehnherr bought the land and built a home and grist mill. In 1879 he named the town Ott in honor of a friend. The name didn’t stick, but Lehnherr is honored as the founder of Myrtle Point, named for the many beautiful myrtle trees that grow here.
Local historian Robyn Greenlund has compiled an extensive website on Coquille Valley history. Visit her site at www.coquillevalley.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce receives numerous inquiries each week.
Here are examples of the most frequently asked questions:
Each year a new collectible ornament is ordered by the Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce. With subjects from the glory days of logging to the past and present schools in the area, these lovely ornaments are highly collectible.
Myrtle Point Members
2007-08 members of the Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce in alphabetical order
MYRTLE POINT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
MEMBERSHIP or RENEWAL
0 to 5 employees
6 to 10 employees
Current members receive a myrtlewood tree plaque and yearly date bars.
Dues are tax deductible.