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Education Station November 27
CRESWELL CHRISTIAN SMASHES RECORD
Creswell Food Pantry told us its baseline number of people needing food assistance has doubled since February. The students and parents rose to the challenge.
Community November 27
Annual flu shot is especially important now
We’re used to picking up coffee, lunch, or even cash at a drive-through. But how about a flu shot? This year, spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and motivated to keep everyone safe by physically distancing, PeaceHealth Medical Group hosted its first drive-through flu shot clinics outside Cottage Grove Community Medical Center. They were a roaring success! At the two October clinics we vaccinated 110 people against influenza.
Education Station November 27
SPRINGFIELD SHARES STAFF VOICES
“Distance learning is lonely for a seventh-grade math teacher. I miss Mrs. Davenport greeting me at the main doors to the school every morning saying, ‘Well, hello there!’ I miss sticking my head out the classroom door to shout at a coworker or renegade child. I miss connecting with my students about their interests and daily lives."
Opinion November 27
Conservation groups advocate for stronger migration policies
Oregon Hunters Association (OHA), a group of conservation-minded sportsmen, urges the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to develop and implement a policy to enhance and conserve migratory habitat for big game, and all wildlife that make seasonal movements. Habitat connectivity – the degree to which separate habitat patches are connected – is a crucial factor for conservation of wildlife. Increases in urban and energy development has resulted in extensive habitat loss and fragmentation for many species in Oregon.
Community November 27
Bigfoot Fudge building fan base, expands in pandemic
CRESWELL – It was Johnny Saldana III’s sweet tooth that brought him on the journey of creating Bigfoot Fudge Factory. When he was at a co-worker’s wedding reception he noticed an array of different fudge flavors, which were made by the co-worker’s mother. When he followed up with her, she became his fudge-making mentor and he started his fudge-selling side hustle. Four years later, Saldana now runs Bigfoot Fudge Factory full-time. He has a retail store located at 25 N. 1st St. in Creswell sells his product in 25 retail stores, as well as on contract with the University of Oregon.
Opinion November 27
Civil liberty more precious than properly placed comma
After 54 years of writing, you would think I could place a comma properly: think again. While my ear for proper language is strong, proper written grammar eludes me. My sister, Bessie, an assassin of a copy editor, has graciously been my lifetime editor. About how I use commas she once told me, “You haven’t got a clue.” My wife, Nancy, lectures me about prepositions. At least I’m a killer speller, and even if an occasional typo sneaks by, it’s not because I don’t know the difference.
Community November 26
Oregon employment department offers resources to speed claims
State employment officials have resources to help during the pandemic freeze. To avoid laying off their workforce, employers are encouraged to use Work Share. The program allows employers to keep skilled employees by reducing hours, and supplements employee wages with regular unemployment insurance benefits.
Community November 26
Still thankful for ‘other’ city hall in the Grove
Just when it seemed that things were getting halfway back to a normal existence the virus had other ideas. Just in time for the holidays we, for safety’s sake, are facing a freeze. It has been a brutal year, everything that you thought you could count on has pretty much been counted out. After a long run up to the National Elections, you’d think there would be some closure after the votes were counted. But all I learned in public schools about civics, seems to be standing on its head. While this pandemic is surging we have a surreal situation unfolding daily as the war on truth slogs on with little leadership being shown.
Education Station November 26
Creswell finalizes teacher reviews, bus purchases
The Creswell School Board moved forward with a new model for teacher evaluations during distance learning. “We were able to get the agreement together in a timely manner, so we can start the evaluation in October,” Superintendent Mike Johnson said. “A lot of districts are in gridlock over this and haven’t moved forward.” The next-biggest changes are observation procedures, how the administrators will perform informal observations, and stimulating teacher growth within the new system.
Education Station November 26
BUSINESSES DONATE HOLIDAY DINNERS
SPRINGFIELD – Thanksgiving is Keith Lewis’ favorite holiday. As owner of The Once Famous Grill in Eugene, he realized two years ago that he wanted to give back. “He was talking about wanting to do something … and we thought, ‘Let’s do it with people, people are down on their luck right now — let’s do a meal,’” Amy Lewis, Keith’s wife, said.
News November 26
SNAP recipients receive extended waiver on hot food
Oregon received approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Disaster SNAP recipients in 23 counties to purchase hot or prepared foods from authorized SNAP retailers until Dec. 31.
Community November 26
Working parents learn tips at Springfield chamber event
SPRINGFIELD – Pre-pandemic, childcare was already a challenge for working families to balance. Now, families are having to adapt to comprehensive distance learning, and childcare providers are struggling to stay afloat and support families with young children — all while adults are either working from home or in person. To bring more awareness to this crisis and identify solutions for employers to make it easier for families to return to work, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce held a virtual program, Return to Work: The Childcare Dilemma. The talk included Julia Barfield, senior manager of policy and programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Noah Van Horn, Springfield Public Schools psychologist and positive behavioral interventions and support coach.
Community November 26
Area veterans celebrate 75th anniversary, VFW essay contest winners
This November the Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter 13 organization celebrates its 75th anniversary. The 108 VFW members at the Chapter 13 Post work hard to ensure that someone out there is advocating for the welfare of veterans and their families. Many of these veterans served in the Vietnam War and Desert Storm as well as WWII, and take their part in the VFW seriously so veterans everywhere can have a voice in the Legislature. COVID-19 regulations have not made their job any easier this year.
Community November 26
Street wise: Surviving Covid, wildfires and homelessness
CRESWELL – As far as Bobby Simmons was concerned, 2019 wasn’t such a bad year. There was that historically heavy February snowstorm that paralyzed the entire area. Otherwise, nothing much out of the ordinary. Then came the horror movie “2020” that we’re still acting out in real life. It’s been a nightmare for all of us. So just imagine what this past year has been like for Bobby, who is homeless, and the rest of the homeless community. “It’s hard when you get knocked down, but you just have to get back up,” said Bobby, who at 61 hasn’t lost much of his youthful exuberance. “I’m not proud of where I’m at, but I always try to be happy when I can.”
Community November 26
Less gobble, more glum:
Families, friends and small businesses feel ‘Freeze’ instead of holiday warmth
News November 26
76 station coming into focus
CRESWELL – The redevelopment of a landmark gas station and surrounding property along Oregon Avenue has been on center stage since spring, and all efforts are being made to ensure the curtain rises as planned. Owner Bill Spencer, however, said weather will determine the opening date as much as any other factor. “We will only be able to open this year if the weather is cooperative,” he said Monday. Still, Spencer said he and his partners are hoping to pump fuel by late December.
FreeObituaries November 25
Robert Geisler
Dec. 1, 1937 - Nov. 6, 2020
FreeObituaries November 25
Merwin C. Logan
Aug. 1, 1943 – Nov. 9, 2020
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Julie Hansen Heegard
June 29, 1982 – Nov. 18, 2020
FreeObituaries November 25
Charles W. Ganzel Jr.
April 30, 1941 – May 9, 2020
FreeObituaries November 25
Jean Marie Wendeborn
Nov. 21, 1931 - Nov. 13, 2020
FreeObituaries November 25
Edith E. Canoy
Nov. 26, 1929 - Nov. 9, 2020

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