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Chinese Astrology October 30
Chronicle publisher, a Cancer-Rabbit, relies on teamwork
We at The Chronicle admire our fearless leader, our publisher, Noel Nash. Over the months we have come to know him as a good man, a generous community leader, intelligent, fun, ethical, and open-minded. Noel is a leader and business owner who motivates team spirit, lifts morale, demonstrates fairness and empathy for his community, and works harder than anyone in publishing. He cares about the community he serves. His motives are not driven by the desire to earn a paycheck the hard way (newspaper publishing is not for the weak of heart), Noel genuinely seeks to serve his community.
Opinion October 29
Random thoughts after a trip to Mary’s Peak
In 30 years of living in Oregon, I had never visited Mary’s Peak until last Monday. “The native Kalapuya called the Peak tcha Timanwi, or ‘place of spiritual power.’” Southwest of Philomath, it is the highest peak in the Oregon Coast Range. Atop the mountain, there are stunning views of the ocean, Coast Range, Cascades, and valley floor. The outing gave rise to some random reflections with no single unifying thread. The late comedienne Joan Rivers once undressed a heckler offended by Rivers’ delivery of a ‘Helen Keller’ joke. The heckler must have had a death wish when he shouted, “Blindness is not funny” to Rivers, a veteran of fifty years in comedy. Instead of brushing off the heckler as she easily could have, Rivers stopped her act, and told the righteous fool that her mother was blind, and “explained” that laughter is how we survive the things that cause us the greatest pain. Amen.
Community October 29
Springfield OKs use of RVs to ease housing needs
SPRINGFIELD – With evacuees from the Holiday Farm and other fires having temporarily left their homes or in some cases lost their homes, Springfield residents and businesses have stepped up to help. The City Council passed a resolution Monday, Oct. 19, in support of temporarily allowing RVs to be parked on private property due to the heightened need for temporary housing in our community. City staff established guidelines for the temporary measure and continue to uphold safety and health standards aimed at protecting the occupants of the RVs. The guidelines do not apply to RV Parks, manufactured dwelling parks, or campgrounds or to churches.
CRESWELL October 29
How did we get here?: Creswell's namesake was a champion for the marginalized
Protests, rallies, resignations: tensions are high in "The Friendly City." What might John Andrew Jackson Creswell think?
Community October 29
Part II: Residents, Kalapuya battle development at Mt. David
Last week we traced a few of the reasons that citizens of Cottage Grove so passionately viewed Mt. David as public space. Generations of Grovers had used this hill as their collective backyard. When it snowed, every kid in town who had a sled would be riding down its slopes. Those not so blessed would use a piece of cardboard or even just their breeches. Often the sledding was accompanied by a festive bonfire on the summit. Fire was a common occurrence on Mt. David. Mostly a grass pastureland, it was common for fires to start with a little help from kids with matches or other careless acts. It was understood that it was a community effort to put out the blazes, so everybody pitched in for the common good.
Opinion October 29
A call for younger voters to get active
In September, the Oregon Secretary of State reported that 2,924,292 people registered to vote in the state. With the elections approaching, people are rushing to get registered. People are getting pushed by many to register. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, celebrities, and friends are pushing for individuals to not only register, but to vote in the upcoming elections. Significant attention is being paid to the presidential election. For some who are torn and don’t see a good option in either candidate, they will refrain from voting. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 61 percent of the voting-age population is voting. A little under half did not vote. Had those people voted, there could have been a different result in the 2016 elections.
Community October 29
Tadeo tells Roundtable he’ll meet ‘community where they’re at’
SPRINGFIELD – Originally, Springfield City Council Ward 3 candidate Johanis Tadeo said he did not even want to run for council, but was not seeing anyone advocate for marginalized voices; he was tired of waiting for someone else to do it. “I understand I’m a different type of candidate,” Tadeo said at the Oct. 20 Candidate Roundtable discussion through the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Government Issues and Economic Development Committee. Tadeo, whose background is as a grassroots community organizer, is running against Kori Rodley for the seat.
News October 28
Springfield addresses budget shortfalls
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield City Council strategized this week how to address a persistent structural deficit in its general fund. The city’s projections for the 2022 fiscal year will be the first year to dip below the healthy reserve of operating expenditures. If council does nothing, by 2026 the operating expenditure ending cash will be at 0%, said the city’s director of finance, Nathan Bell. A healthy reserve is usually between 20% to 25%, Bell said. With the projection showing FY22 at 19%, he assured council that it was “doable” to bring into a healthy reserve level.
Community October 28
A dog’s bark speaks volumes
What’s in a bark? Have you ever wondered what your dog is saying when they bark? It could be “I hear a noise!”, “I’m nervous!”, “I’m bored!”, “I want to visit with that dog!”, “I want that!” Those are the 5 main statements I hear every day from dogs. Let’s take a look at those barks: Boredom Barking — I hear this from dogs who are left alone a lot. It’s a sad rhythmic tune of 4 medium tone barks. This can be alleviated with increased exercise and mental stimulation. A good long “sniff walk” can brighten up your dog’s life! 20 minutes of walking with your dog, letting them periodically stop to sniff for 10-30 seconds, twice a day does wonders for them. And many people don’t realize how much most dogs love toys! Invest in a couple interactive toys to leave with your dog to play with. A stuffed Kong is always a hit at my house.
Opinion October 28
This isn’t the year to be a last-minute voter
LORANE – Our ballots arrived in the mail last week and we marked them right away and dropped them into the big white ballot box in the Walmart parking lot in Eugene on Monday when we went to town. It felt good, knowing that we have done our parts in such an important responsibility in the democratic process. A few days later, we went to the website set up by the Oregon Secretary of State (google “My Vote Oregon”), and checked the status of our ballots to make sure they had been received. Sure enough, after filling out my info, a screen popped up with the notation, “Your ballot was received on October 20, 2020.” Our votes will be counted.
FreeObituaries October 28
Nicole “Nikki” Marie Zurfluh
Sept. 16, 1970 – Oct. 17, 2020
FreeObituaries October 28
Troy David Bryant
May 29, 1951 – Oct. 16, 2020
FreeObituaries October 28
Patricia Ruth Stoll
Jan. 29, 1935 – Oct. 9, 2020
FreeObituaries October 28
Gene A. Kronberger
June 3, 1953 – Oct. 8, 2020
FreeObituaries October 28
Michael (Mike) John Pershern
Sept. 15, 1923 – Oct. 2020
FreeObituaries October 28
Martha Kocer
March 24, 1950 – Oct. 12, 2020
FreeObituaries October 28
Craig Daniel Stutzman
Jan. 16, 1969 – Oct. 21, 2020

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