AREA BRIEFS – Week of Jan. 27

Grant awarded to veteran nonprofit org: Veterans Medical Emergency Transport, Inc. (VetMET) was awarded a $6,000 grant by the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation. The grant will allow the team to enroll nearly 100 needy veterans and their families in ambulance services. VetMET, a federally recognized non-profit organization headquartered in Springfield, serves nearly 300,000 Veterans of Oregon by providing discounted life-saving memberships in Life-Flight Emergency Transport. This grant will allow VetMET to expand its service footprint by providing subsidized Life-Flight memberships for needy Veterans in southwest Oregon. The grant was one of 62 grants totaling over $625,000 awarded this year by the foundation. 

LTD Board treasurer elected: Springfield bank officer Michelle Webber was unanimously elected Treasurer of the Lane Transit District (LTD) Board of Directors during its Jan. 19 meeting. Webber represents LTD subdistrict 2, which is the West Springfield area. “It is a transformative time for LTD as we launch a national search for the next general manager and continue to navigate the challenges COVID presents to all of us,” Webber said. Gov. Kate Brown appointed Webber to the LTD Board in April 2021. She has a long history of serving her community, including leadership positions with the Springfield School District Board, Springfield Public Library Foundation, Springfield Rotary Club, Springfield Education Foundation, and the Wildish Theatre. Webber is an Assistant Vice President for Columbia Bank.

Book Sale: Creswell Library has opened an ongoing book sale during regular business hours. New items daily! Hardcovers $2, paperbacks $1 puzzles,games and other media also for sale. Call 541- 895-3053 for an appointment.

The Reading Challenge with Creswell Library: Cozy Winter Reading Challenge for adults. Why should kids have all the fun? Read books – win prizes. Anyone in the Lane Library District is eligible. Sign up online or in person, and choose 1 free book from the sale tables.

Volunteer for Crew22: The World Athletics Championships local organizing committee is seeking the support of more than 1,500 volunteers who will be integrated into every aspect of the event as members of Crew22. Welcoming fans to the stadium, supporting the media, and assisting in the event’s sustainability efforts are a few of the roles through which Crew22 team members will have an impact on this historical event. Start at

UO hosting acrobatics championships: Hosting the 2020 National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Championships (NCATA) was to occur at UO in spring 2020 but was unfortunately delayed due to COVID. Now scheduled for April 28-30, the championships will return to Matthew Knight Arena for the second time.  



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