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Opinion Dec. 11
Happy to be alive; so, uh, how was your holiday?
How did you spend your Thanksgiving week? The Monday before Thanksgiving, I experienced an abdominal attack that was so concerning we called 911 at two o’clock in the morning. Thirty minutes later, a welcome cavalry of ambulances and EMT’s showed up at our door and calmly determined I was not dying. Though I felt silly for rousing these people from their sleep for what now seemed unimportant, it was reassuring having them come. The next day I called my doctor’s office and they told me, “Sounds like you’re doing okay; call if things get worse.” I felt comfortable that whatever happened was just one of those things that come and go.
Opinion Dec. 11
229 years ago, America became ... America
We’re marking a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation. Bill of Rights Day has actually been a national holiday since Nov. 28, 1941 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt designated Dec. 15 “Bill of Rights Day.” Roosevelt had big plans, envisioning flag-flying and ceremonies nationwide. Roosevelt observed that Adolph Hitler feared “our freedom of speech, press and religion.” Unfortunately, the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 erased all the ambitious plans to mark the date. There’s no time to celebrate freedom when you’re fighting to preserve it.
Community Dec. 11
Territorial Road project shut down for winter
Officials said Tuesday that the Territorial Road project at Stony Point was being shut down for the winter. “Travel through the construction area is back to two-way travel and (the traffic) signals have been removed,” a statement read
Community Dec. 10
Hicks’ season points title a sweet surprise
CRESWELL – A pair of sevens proved to be the lucky charm for Brad Hicks, who recently won his first season points title at Coos Bay Speedway. “I had a back injury and I hadn’t even raced in eight years. I had no thoughts of going for a points championship,” the 37-year-old Creswell resident said.
FreeOpinion Dec. 10
A freelancer’s farewell: Time to write the next chapter
I was first introduced to what was formerly known as The Creswell Chronicle in 2018 during an interview with Pamela Palmer for another local paper based in Veneta. At the time I was still a baby when it came to freelancing, and I was hungry to get involved with as many publications in the area as possible. When I set up a meeting with executive editor Erin Tierney and former publisher Scott Olson later that month, I had no concept of the opportunities I would have with this new team. Now, two years later, so much has changed.
Community Dec. 10
Stress Rx: Coping for the holidays
Happy Holidays? Maybe? What is that going to look like in your household? Here I start by pleading with all of you to look at your holiday plans and ask that you work to keep yourself and your family members safe. We are all feeling fatigued. We all want to see our loved ones and gather together to celebrate. We all want things to be normal again. We all want to forget that we are still in the midst of a pandemic with rising cases. But the reality is this; COVID still exists. It is still spreading in the community. Gathering with people outside your household, or “bubble,” is still not safe.
Community Dec. 10
With a bit of a twist, holiday cheer persists
2020 feels as though we’ve spent the last nine months trying to maintain some sense of normalcy, and now we are trying to find a way to celebrate the holiday season. You never thought you’d be driving through a reverse Christmas parade, waving back to the parked floats, or celebrating a traditional tree lighting online instead of in person.
News Dec. 9
Protest review seeks solutions
SPRINGFIELD – A virtual floor opens up to the community to voice its thoughts and experiences to a use-of-force investigator regarding the July 29 Thurston protest. A public meeting is scheduled Thursday, Dec. 10, from 6-7:30 p.m. The Springfield Police Department’s use of force that night has been questioned by the community; videos show Springfield police dragging protestors out of the crowd by their limbs, hitting unarmed protestors with batons and punching protestors in the head.
News Dec. 9
Creswell aims to squeeze all sports in during 2021
CRESWELL — It may be a few months before any coronavirus vaccines become available locally. Still, high school students from throughout the state had to feel like Monday’s OSAA meeting -- which laid out a plan for an abbreviated 2021 sports and activities schedule -- was a real shot in the arm. Peter Weber, executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association, said there’s no guarantees about anything nowadays. That being said, he feels good about the new OSAA plan. “We don’t want to cancel anything, but we have a plan that we think can work,” Weber said. “We want these kids to be able to play.”
FreeObituaries Dec. 9
Kerry A. Porter
Jan. 24, 1947 – Nov. 22, 2020
FreeObituaries Dec. 9
Kimberlee Dawn Dukes
Jan. 21, 1981 – Nov. 27, 2020
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Maryane Kemp
Feb. 16, 1924 – Nov. 19, 2020
FreeObituaries Dec. 9
John Buermann
May 26, 1943 – Nov. 9, 2020
FreeObituaries Dec. 9
Lucille ‘Lucy’ Elizabeth Hollis
March 31, 1944 – Nov. 27, 2020
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Walter ‘Gene’ Snook
March 10, 1929 – Nov. 24, 2020

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