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Opinion • Chinese Astrology August 21
Roosters will see lucky years ahead!
We all have smooth lunar years, and we all have challenging ones. This year, 2020, is the lunar Year of the Rat, and I received a question from a reader of The Chronicle who was born during the Year of the Rooster. She wondered when she would have a lucky year. The Year of the Rat is a difficult year for Roosters. The Year of the Pig (2019) also was a difficult year for Roosters. Unfortunately, Roosters have endured two consecutive difficult years that brought them stress and unexpected challenges, both at work and at home.
August 21
Performers hope to capture ‘Disney magic’
Disney magic is only “a wish upon a star” away with the new Disney princess character performer company Around the Riverbend. Co-founded by Jordan Winans and Kaytlin Smith, these women have moved from California to Lane County to start the area’s first and only character performing company, and they have already started getting in touch with Southern Willamette Valley communities. Although they are normally hired to play at parties, with COVID-19, the company is starting off with doing Zoom meet-and-greets.
Community August 20
SIGHTS TO BEHOLD: Miles of forest, historic lighthouse, Pony Village
Dear readers: Please join Linda and me on another road trip through the Coast Range Mountains to the central Oregon coast. The property sat vacant for some 15 years, and deteriorated. The facility was purchased Oct. 3, 2018 by Veterans Legacy from the county to create a rehabilitation center for veterans.
Community • Our Stories August 20
Kingdoms, pandemics and the search for a lion
Humans love to sort things into categories. Biologists, being human, are no different except they get pretty serious about how they do it. The granddaddy of biological classification was a Swedish naturalist, Carl Linnaeus, who assigned everything a Latin name, which I suspect hindered the curiosity of millions of humans since.
Education August 20
Thurston student working toward earning Congressional award medal
Chaya Highfill has been using her summer break to focus on personal development to help set her up for the future. The 16-year-old junior at Thurston High School is working to receive the Bronze Medal for the Congressional Award for Youth, and continue to push toward gold.
Community August 20
Johnson donates annual raise
In following up with the three-year rolling Creswell Superintendent contract discussion in June that would include a two-step increase at 5% for Mike Johnson, Johnson chose to have the additional 2.5% increase go back to help families with internet connectivity.
Community August 20
‘Circle of life’ can feel cruel sometimes
Last week, I announced the birth of another great-grandson, Hudson Ross Haxby. This week, I need to tell you about two important people in my life who passed on the same day. Life, indeed, seems to be an unending circle. One of our good friends, Marilyn Wenger Cooper, quietly slipped away Saturday, Aug. 8. She worked on and off for Jim and me at the Lorane Family Store for almost 40 years. She absolutely loved being part of our LFS family. Her health began failing a few years ago, but she fought to remain at the store for as long as possible. When she realized she no longer could handle the work, she had to quit, and it about broke her heart. Saying goodbye to her the day before she passed was extremely hard for Jim and me, but it was time and she was at peace. Rest in peace, Marilyn. We love you so.
Cottage Grove August 19
Cottage Grove Chamber relocates to busy corner
Last Wednesday I was sitting at an outside table at The Axe & Fiddle, grokking the flow on Main Street. I was feeling a bit melancholic over what I was taking in. In very recent memory there were art walks, live music, the Bohemia Mining Days parade and other community events drawing lots of folks to the Historic District.
Community August 19
New business revved up by reaction: Cartwrights celebrate grand opening, already juggling robust client list
Patrick Cartwright was given a new lease on life, so he’s making the most of it. He and his wife, Jennifer, were married less than a month ago. The day after the wedding, they took possession of their new business, Northwest Automotive Customs Inc. Then on Saturday, Aug. 15 – just 20 days later – they held a noon Grand Opening in Creswell that topped all of their expectations.
Community August 19
‘Banh Mi & Brews’ owners focusing on opening
CRESWELL — Duc and Sara Nguyen of Creswell are in a sticky situation as they wade through economic impacts of COVID-19 while trying to open a restaurant. Plans may be delayed but are still underway. The couple plans to open a new restaurant at 285 E. Oregon Ave. called Banh Mi & Brews, a Vietnamese restaurant with German beer. The space is that of the former One Gro Nakd Bean coffee shop that has been vacant since early 2018.
Business August 19
Brewery owners stirred by passion
COTTAGE GROVE – Covered Bridge Brewing Group at 926 E Main St. refuses to let a pandemic hinder its success. By adapting to the ever-changing rules surrounding the food service industry, the four owners Chrissy Chapman, Nate Sampson, David and Liza Barclay work together as a team to create a fun, safe environment. Previously a grey empty auto-repair shop, Covered Bridge Brewing Group is now a bright teal brick building. Out back, a beer garden hosts two food trucks, El Quetzal and The Dipper, and Bad Cat Wings N Things is soon completing the trio, offering a variety of food options for particular tastes.
Education August 19
Virtual classes require ‘rigor’
Parents, teachers and students learned last week that the new school year will begin in a virtual environment for students across the southern Willamette Valley. What they will encounter at the start of the 2020-21 school year will be an entirely different experience. “Comprehensive Distance Learning” – the state-approved blueprint for Creswell School District – bears little resemblance to the “Distance Learning for All” that many schools pivoted to during the initial reaction to the pandemic. Instead of students receiving a pass or incomplete, students now will receive actual grades, attendance is no longer optional and will be mandatory and taken at the start of each period. “It will be more rigorous for students.”
News August 19
NATIONAL EVENTS WITH HYPER-LOCAL IMPACT
News • Springfield August 19
Mayor steps down; son jailed: Ben Lundberg charged with 10 child sex crimes
SPRINGFIELD — Three days after Christine Lundberg abruptly resigned from her position as Springfield mayor, her son was arrested on child sex charges. Benjamin Lundberg, 39, of Springfield was arrested on Aug. 18 on 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse, according Springfield Police Sgt. David Lewis. Lundberg’s arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation into child pornography by the Springfield Police, the Eugene Police and other state jurisdictions, including Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC). On Aug. 13, a search warrant was served at a residence in west Springfield and police seized several digital devices owned by Benjamin Lundberg, and found child sex abuse material.
FreeObituaries August 19
Nina Kocks
Oct. 16, 1925 - July 31, 2020
FreeObituaries August 19
Harry Eugene Kopperman
Aug. 19, 1930 - Feb. 27, 2020
FreeObituaries August 19
Lisa Michelle Anderson
June 13, 1966 - Aug. 2, 2020
FreeObituaries August 19
Norma Elaine Wright
Jan. 3, 1939 - Aug. 9, 2020
FreeObituaries August 19
Barbara Jean Bostick Platz Mulligan
Sept. 25, 1936 - Aug. 13, 2020
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Christina Jerene Jones
May 20, 1949 - Aug. 15, 2020
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Mark Linn Lanzarotta
April 9, 1962 - March 19, 2020
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Robert ‘Bob’ Quick
June 12, 1941 - Aug. 10, 2020
Chronicle1909 Exclusive August 18
Former Springfield mayor's son charged with child sex crimes
Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg surprised local residents by resigning on Saturday, Aug. 15. Three days later, her son was arrested on 10 counts of child sex abuse.

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