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I’m long overdue to mention some of the regulars I see at Farmlands Market: Chrissy, Sam and Chiara (the sandwich maker!). And I have to mention Ian, who loaned me a pen at the start of my delivery route two weeks ago.
I met Tom of Cottage Grove, known as “the other Tom,” to some.
There were plenty of exciting new connections for our business. Hillary came by the newsroom to discuss a county program for internships, and Dan and I met to discuss a closer relationship with the UO Journalism program.
With our upcoming expansion into Springfield, we looked at some office space downtown with Dave earlier this week.
Aaron and his four-legged pal Haliaka visited over a recent weekend.
We spent some time out at Silver Tail Farm, and met Laura, Emily, Kimry and dogs Napoleon, Josephine and Ashley. And lots of awesome horses.
Marney and Truman – a student who previously has written for The Chronicle – stopped by the newsroom, looking for help tracking down a legendary local WWII vet.
Oregon Avenue has a lot of foot traffic, and we’ve been meeting people outside our newsroom, too. Valerie and Kaitlyn, walking Henry and Brody, were enjoying a beautiful day.
Chatted with Chuck, a paver, recently. Dan, a former death-row attorney, stopped into the newsroom and spun a few interesting tales. Can’t wait to talk with him more. Jerry at the am/pm is always super friendly.
Bill and Nancy visited us in the newsroom – and it was great chatting with Joyce recently.
I also met Molly this week.
Dwayne and Krissy hung out for a bit in the newsroom, and we met Chad and Layvan. And Maria.
We celebrated a birthday with Brian, Amy, Jeff and Hannah.
Alan visited us from Cottage Grove one afternoon.
And I’ve been late to mention friends Randy, Gerry, Chris, Aaron, Chris, Keith and Sherri. All regular faces around the corner from the newsroom.
Larry helped with my Cottage Grove Rotary initiation. It was a thrill being inducted last week.
I’m fortunate to have a friend in Michelle, who works at the Library right next door. She’s always upbeat and has a bunch of good ideas.
Finally, I met Amanda this week, who works at a local dentist’s office. I expect to fully utilize her expertise on dental insurance.

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