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Springfield August 15
Mayor Lundberg resigns immediately
Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg was part of the leadership team that created the first Bus Rapid Transit route from downtown Eugene to downtown Springfield. She first became mayor in 2010.
Opinion • Chinese Astrology August 14
Lucille Ball: Dynamic Leo-Pig, a team-player
The well-known comedian and actress Lucille Ball was born 109 years ago on Aug. 6, 1911 under the sun sign Leo during the lunar Year of the Pig. Leo-Pigs are bold sweethearts. They are outgoing and social. They express a natural humor, energy, and strength, and will create enthusiasm in all projects while inspiring others. They work harder than most and expect nothing but perfection from themselves.
Education August 14
ODE revises rural school health metrics
The Oregon Department of Education revised and updated Ready Schools, Safe Learners on Aug. 11 to give rural and remote schools more flexibility to offer-in-person instruction. “The new metrics require close partnership between school districts and local public health authorities to oversee a return to in-person instruction in small communities not impacted by COVID-19,” the news release stated.
Community • Our Stories August 14
A Cup of Joe for Joey
Five months into the dramatic shift in daily life and one of the things that has helped me is an occasional cup of coffee. I’m sure you understand: life is often about the simple pleasures. I’ve previously confessed in this space to binge-watching too many television shows since things went all “Corona.” But, I did not confess another fact about my world of addiction. Coffee. Some, who know me, understand that I love coffee but it doesn’t always love me back.
Outdoors • Angler's Log August 14
Great time for albacore tuna; McKenzie trout are flourishing
As many anglers begin to cast an eye to the west and to the fisheries that are becoming increasingly productive, I’ll start this week by addressing general conditions along the Oregon coast. About this time every year ocean conditions begin to change, the strong north winds common in the early summer begin to subside. Cold-water bubbles driven by those winds diminish and ocean temperatures always stabilize as we reach late summer and early fall. The settling conditions are widespread and usher in some of the best coastal weather and fishing conditions of the year.
Health August 14
Nutritionally Speaking: Support cognitive function
This is a time of year with the upcoming start of another school year that I am asked by parents for tips and alternatives to medications for those students who struggle to pay attention in the classroom. With our current pandemic situation, which can add more stress, parents and teachers are even more challenged to support their young students’ study goals. Many bright students struggle with maintaining focus on their school assignments, and may be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Chronicle1909 Exclusive - Creswell August 13
Johnson donates raise to help families with internet issues; board starts donation challenge
CRESWELL — Superintendent Mike Johnson this week passed on a salary increase and instead pledged the money to help students with internet connectivity issues, and the board began a donation challenge to raise money for the same cause.
Community August 13
Pacific Valley proved to be cathartic, peaceful getaway
COTTAGE GROVE - My wife and I escaped some of the heat that has tormented the Willamette Valley this past week. We went camping. There was a reason behind this movement to the wilderness. My wife’s old husband had passed away and their kids wanted to take his ashes to a place they had enjoyed camping together as a family when they were small.
Education August 13
Education Station Notebook
In a friendly competition that has spanned the summer months, the Creswell Library and the Fern Ridge Library are vying to compile the most reading hours during their summer programs.
Community August 13
Springfield walks through ‘blueprint’
Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Todd Hamilton and other school leaders explained their “back-to-school blueprint” during an Aug. 10 board meeting, detailing several aspects of the Comprehensive Distance Learning model. Hamilton, assistant superintendent David Collins and chief operations officer Brett Yancey discussed the CDL plan, and the prospects of transitioning into a hybrid model, especially for K-3, who have the potential to return to schools sooner.
Community August 13
South Lane Co. Fire Board cancels 2nd meeting in a row
COTTAGE GROVE — There have been no board meetings since the June meeting in which South Lane County fire chief John Wooten was reinstated without disciplinary leave after the controversy around his social media posts. Both July and August meetings were canceled; there was no specified reason for the July board cancelation and the meeting in August was canceled because there was no quorum, said Leesa Martindale at the district.
Opinion August 12
Hard questions, no easy answers
Monday evening, in an online public forum, Creswell School District Superintendent Mike Johnson and his senior leadership team did their best to provide clarity and direction under the most uncertain of situations. In fact, by Tuesday afternoon the state released updated guidelines specifically for rural and remote schools. During the 90-minute, multimedia presentation on Monday – streamed live across Zoom and a YouTube channel – Johnson et al downloaded much more than information. They spoke with sincerity, and were open and transparent with their audience. Their unequivocal North Star is “safety for all involved.” When confronted with hard questions, they admitted there were no easy answers, and in fact, sometimes there were no answers.
Community August 12
Safety project for children’s sake
SPRINGFIELD – Concerns for children’s safety sparks the start of construction projects in three Springfield school locations. According to Jeff Paschall, City Engineer for the City of Springfield, the first of the safety projects will be a raised crossing out front of Two Rivers-Dos Rios Elementary School, 1084 G Street. The City of Springfield received the Federal Community Block Grant to ensure that pedestrians would have a safe place to cross the street safely and meet the current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, which contributes to the ramp upgrades Hamlin Middle School, 326 Centennial Blvd. will have. The 22-foot raised crossing at Two Rivers-Dos Rios Elementary School will keep speeds down in the school zone.
Health August 12
Helping our teenagers cope in the COVID-19 pandemic
This article is part of a series with PeaceHealth Medical Center, Cottage Grove. Greetings! I recently took on the role of medical director of PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center. I have worked in the emergency departments at PeaceHealth hospitals for 18 years, and grew up in a rural farming community in Oregon. I know from first-hand experience the importance of access to care in our smaller communities and I’m committed to making sure we’re here for you when you need us.
Community August 12
PLAYING IT SAFE: SAFETY FIRST AT PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS
COTTAGE GROVE — Vickie Harrison of Creswell uses an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect used on playgrounds and tables in the parks in Cottage Grove. The City recevied COVID-19 funding from the state to help pay for the cleaning program.
Education August 12
New principals: ‘1 team, 1 dream’
CRESWELL – Along with a new school year and new learning requirements, Creswell School District is also introducing two new administrators to the schools, Julie Johansen and Jennifer Jesch Collins. Johansen will replace former Middle School Principal Shirley Burrus, who retired at the end of last year after 41 years in education, and Collins will replace High School Principal Adam Watkins.
Obituaries August 12
Death Notices
Community August 12
City, airport see tourism taking off
CRESWELL – After the city council declined the renewal of the Creswell Chamber of Commerce’s contract to spend hotel room tax dollars for tourism activities, the City is looking to use that money instead to support tourism at Hobby Field Airport. The Creswell Chamber was projected to receive $31,225 from the transient room tax for the 2020-21 fiscal year, city finance director Jim Piper said at a February council meeting. The City’s prior contract with the Chamber provided the budget so that the business organization could encourage tourism through traditional events such as the citywide yard sale, Fourth of July parade and fireworks, and the December tree-lighting ceremony.
FreeObituaries August 12
Clyde Eldredge Goin
May 17, 1932 - July 28, 2020
FreeObituaries August 12
Kelley Birchman-Tobias
Oct. 8, 1968 - July 2, 2020
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Edward Metz
Oct. 29, 1944 - Aug. 1, 2020
FreeObituaries August 12
Joyce Marie Smith
Feb. 12, 1943 - July 23, 2020
FreeObituaries August 12
Jonathan Verl Miller
July 13, 1952 - Aug. 1, 2020
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Carma Halverson
May 4, 1934 - July 27, 2020
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Bill Perry
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Albert ‘Al’ Rohrbach
Jan. 17. 1932 - Aug. 3, 2020

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