Area Briefs

Area briefs: Well-known speaker appearing in Creswell, and more


Well-known speaker appearing in Creswell

Chad Hymas, named “one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world,” by the Wall Street Journal, will be visiting Creswell for two days to present speeches to both the community and the student body.

When Hymas was 27, an accident left him a quadriplegic. His determination has since led him to be the youngest person to be inducted into the National Hall of Fame, among other accolades. He spoke at over 220 events last year, traveling the world to share his motivational messages, including leadership, teambuilding, customer service and mastering change. 

Next week, he will be traveling to Creswell, where he will hold a public community speech on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Creswell High School, and student assembly speeches at Creswell middle and high schools on March 17. More info: and

Suicide awareness: The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Lane County in cooperation with Lane County Public Health launched the publication of Why We Build – a multi-media project sharing the stories of suicide attempt survivors. Each year roughly 2,000 people attempt suicide in Lane County. The Why We Build project shares survivors’ stories in their own words – lives of joy, lives of hardship; lives that are all worth living. People can view the project at and in a series of gallery installations throughout Lane County. The exhibit will be at the following locations this spring: The Opal Center for Arts & Education, 513 E. Main St, Cottage Grove and the Emerald Arts Center, 500 Main St., Springfield.

■ ‘Spice of Life’ food drive: On Saturday, March 19, Creswell Grange will hold The Spice Of Life Food Drive to benefit the Creswell Food Pantry. It is a drive-and-drop event. Volunteers will be curbside at Creswell Grange to accept donations from 9 am until 3 pm. Creswell Grange is located at 274 W. Oregon Ave. “We will be grateful for any food donations people make,” said Carolin Pettit, community services chair, noting that most food pantries do not receive a lot in the way of seasonings and condiments. Creswell Grange will also accept cash donations that they will use to purchase additional supplies for the Creswell Food Pantry.

■ LCC chooses finalists: The Lane Community College Board of Education has selected four finalists for the position of president. The candidates will visit one day each this week for interviews with the board and public forums. The finalists are Dr. Kim Armstrong, Vice Chancellor for Student, Equity, & Community Affairs at Arkansas State University-Three Rivers in Malvern, Ark.; Dr. Stephanie Bulger, vice chancellor for Instructional Services at San Diego Community College District in San Diego, California; Dr. Clyne Namuo, interim president at Phoenix College in Arizona; and Dr. Christopher Villa, former president for Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Campus in Portland.

■ EV honors: The nationwide Electric Vehicle Association has selected the Emerald Valley Electric Vehicle Association as its “Chapter of the Year” for 2021. The chapter was founded three years ago to help familiarize Oregonians in the Lane County area and beyond with the benefits of switching to electric vehicles.

Have news to share? Email [email protected]



View this profile on Instagram


The Chronicle (@thechronicle1909) • Instagram photos and videos