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Community August 7
The story of the ‘donation boot’ – and a thank you!
I would like to take a moment of the readers’ time and thank the wonderful donors to the recent fundraising drive for BMD at Coiner Park. You donated over $1,600! My special thanks to those who put money in the boot to pay expenses, advertising, phone bills, etc., until we can achieve a much-needed get-together in 2021.
Community • Our Stories August 7
Opening a space for beauty
I started wearing a camera around my neck when I was 15, and for 25 years, I took pictures. Faces interested me most. I studied portrait photographers and learned that the best portrait comes when you are close to the subject, sometimes too close, which means the subject doesn’t know you’re there, or trusts you and wants you to be close. I’ve known a few shy photographers who tried to beat that by using a telephoto lens, but that kind of voyeurism never appealed to me. I have tens of thousands of photos and a collection of faces, each with a story behind it.
Community August 6
Local honey a hard-earned, and delicious, reward
July is harvest time for the Pleasant Hill Humble Bee Honey beekeepers. Since March, when the bees returned from annual pollination duty in California’s almond groves, the beekeepers have cared for hives by treating for mites, control for swarming, and installing stronger queens who produce the tens of thousands of bees that are the hive’s workforce. Finally, on a 90-degree day, Humble Bee Honey’s co-owner, Ronnie Ellis, arrives with his crew to harvest the product of millions of bees onto flatbed trucks for transport to the company’s extraction facility near Highway 58.
Community • Events August 6
‘Tacos & Tequila’ festival canceled
Because of COVID-19, the 2nd annual Tacos & Tequila Festival, which had been scheduled to run today through Sunday, Aug. 9 at PublicHouse, has been scrapped. “Unfortunately, we have canceled all of our large events for the year,” PublicHouse manager Brenna Foerster said. “We are currently just having live music featuring small acts every Wednesday.”
Community August 6
Debut at 93: Smith publishes 1st book
SPRINGFIELD – Bonnie Smith joked that writing her memoir was a better solution than going to a psychiatrist. The 93-year-old Springfield author’s debut follows Smith coming up in an impoverished background in Northern Mississippi during the Great Depression and how she persevered to living a fulfilling life. The book, “Black-eyed Peas and Turnip Greens,” was released on July 31, and serves as a “coming-of-age” and “rags-to-riches” story.
Opinion August 6
Letter to the Editor - Springfield expansion is big news
August is a great month for Springfield and a great month for The Chronicle. In just a few days, The Chronicle, formerly the Creswell Chronicle for over 100 years, will open an office in Springfield.
Opinion August 6
Mail carriers deliver life support for small businesses and seniors
With all this talk of the United States Postal Service on the verge of extinction, I can’t help but recall the Seinfeld episode where Jerry agrees to deliver mail for his neighbor, Newman, a postal carrier. Jerry takes on the task like a 10-year-old who gets to put on a uniform and pretend to be an astronaut or firefighter. He joyfully and gleefully delivered the mail with punctuality and efficiency. Newman was “found out” when his bosses became suspicious following an outpouring of compliments regarding the sudden change in service level.
Education August 5
Ready schools, safe learners
The Oregon Department of Education proposed three different models for Oregon school districts to choose from to best fit the needs of the population: In-person instruction, hybrid instruction, or comprehensive distance learning, and districts have until Aug. 15 to create an operational blueprint for reopening.
News • Creswell August 5
Burned out Super 8 taking on new life with apartment-style living
CRESWELL — The derelict motel that burned up over a year ago in Creswell is being turned into apartments as new owners draft plans for the 2.2-acre property just off Interstate 5. Before its purchase in June, the Super 8 Motel at 345 E. Oregon Ave. sat neglected, disheveled and burned. A pitiful eyesore and a prominent presence in town, the building attracted criminal mischief, squatting and subsequent routine police patrol for over a year and a half.
Education August 5
Creswell goes the distance: Springfield opts for online, too; SLSD chooses ‘hybrid’
Creswell School district students will begin the 2020-21 school year under a comprehensive distance-learning program, Superintendent Mike Johnson announced Tuesday afternoon. “CSD, along with the majority of the school districts in Oregon, do not meet the requirements to reopen with in-person learning on campus therefore, we will begin the school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL),” he stated in message posted on the district website.
Community August 5
ALPACA PARADISE: Social animals provide friendship
Howard Thurman, a world-renowned early 20th Century author, thought leader and civil rights pioneer, likely never saw an alpaca. But his words, published above and posted on the Aragon Alpacas website, have inspired Anne and Mike Dockendorf. The couple first encountered alpacas by happenstance on a weekend drive and were immediately smitten. Anne and Mike followed their passions and came to Oregon from California in 2007, finding a home for themselves, and a robust business breeding and boarding alpacas.
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Death Notices
FreeObituaries August 5
Nina Kocks
Oct. 16, 1925 - July 31, 2020
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Barbara Jo Prater
June 23, 1938 - July 21, 2020
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Irving Phillip Edwards
Sept. 3, 1937 - July 28, 2020
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Jacob Huck
Jan. 4, 1927 - July 5, 2020
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Paul Casper
1946 - July 25, 2020
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Julia Keizur
Oct. 6, 1940 - July 23, 2020
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Marjorie Lois Jensen
Jan. 17, 1925 - July 23, 2020
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Gayle Stuart
June 5, 1954 - July 26, 2020
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Walter Earl Odom
June 6, 1932 - July 26, 2020
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Joshua Michael Ward
Dec. 27, 1990 - July 9, 2020
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Michael Joe Scott
June 20, 1962 - July 16, 2020
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Sidney Earl Dean
April 25, 1936 - July 22, 2020

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