Area Briefs

Area Briefs – Week of May 30

Burglary suspect assaults neighbor, attempts to flee  

■ Watchful neighbors on Valentine Ct. in Springfield called the Lane County Sheriff’s Office late Thursday night about three unknown people actively stealing from an adjacent property. The bystanders confronted the suspects and one bystander was tossed to the ground, hitting his head on the pavement and knocked unconscious. Another bystander was attacked in similar fashion, she was put in a headlock and thrown to the ground. The suspect proceeded to rummage through her purse. The suspect, later identified as 28 year old Tanner Glen Mace, fled the location on foot. Mace was located hiding in a nearby yard and taken into custody. The injured bystander was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Two other suspects involved in the burglary fled the location in a U-Haul pickup. They are described as a white male adult wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and baseball hat and a white female adult with brown hair and a short, thin build.  

SpringFilm presents“The Way”  

■ Follow the thrilling pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) during SpringFilm’s June opener, “The Way.” The Way’ is presented for free at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9 in the Wildish Community Theater. Masks are not required to attend this showing but are welcome.

The Pyrenees Mountains form a dramatic backdrop to this tale of personal transformation. Following the death of his son, Thomas Avery (Sheen) decides to walk the Camino de Santiago, and along the way is joined by other pilgrims, all with their own reasons to hike the trail. The movie was shot on location in just 40 days and relied on available light including candle and firelight for night scenes. 

Downtown Cottage Grove awarded grant

■ Downtown Cottage Grove has received a grant to rejuvenate a long-vacant property.

On May 26, Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 28 matching grants worth $5,000,000 to Oregon Main Street Network organizations across the state for building projects that encourage economic revitalization. Projects range from façade improvement to basic facilities and housing with awards ranging from $23,850-$200,000.

In March, DCG – with considerable help from the property owner – submitted an application for a Main Street Revitalization Grant. The application, prepared on behalf of local developer Len Blackstone and his company, Blackstone, Inc., for the property at 303 Main Street, sought $200,000 to revamp the façade of the building, which has largely sat vacant since 2015 after hosting Better Bodies gym for several years.



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