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Community Feb. 6
WorkSource Lane provides support
Lane County Workforce Services is looking for job seekers whose jobs were lost due to the Holiday Farm Fire. The organization can help them either become employed to assist with restoration and recovery of the land upriver or, if their skill set is different, help with finding other employment.
Community Feb. 5
Changing an emotional response
Ever wonder how dogs learn about the world around them? They learn by association, by emotional response. Humans learn by emotional response, too. If you put your hand on a hot stove, you would be sure to keep your hands away from hot stoves in the future because your previous stove experience produced pain. Dogs experience the world in a similar way.
Chinese Astrology Feb. 5
Lunar new year arrives Feb. 12, wear red for good luck
Folklore suggests we should wear red for good luck two weeks before and two weeks following the lunar new year. As science-minded individuals, we might consider folklore to be a superstition and illogical. Superstition is based on unfounded belief, but it seems unlikely that traditions lasting thousands of years are based on unfounded beliefs. Perhaps we should question whether or not the lucky red folklore is based on superstition or if it’s based on a pattern of observed human behavior.
Opinion Feb. 5
Special district election: You make a difference
As 2020 ends and 2021 begins, many among us are thinking about how we can make positive changes in our own lives and in our larger community. Despite the turmoil of recent events, many of your neighbors have been getting involved in community affairs by contacting elected officials, volunteering for campaigns and causes, and speaking out on issues of concern.
Opinion Feb. 5
Writing provides creative outlet, opportunity to connect with others
Good writers understand “Brevity is the soul of wit,” which means, keep it short. Add another truth, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and it’s a wonder we all don’t write comic books. I suppose the 160,000-word novel I wrote could have been 160 pictures, but trust me, the way I draw, art museums are glad it wasn’t.
FreeChronicle1909 Exclusive Feb. 4
Lane County: Vaccine pre-registration now open
Lane County Public Health has opened up pre-registration for vaccination to all members of the public.
Opinion Feb. 4
Looking toward Springfield’s brighter future
Springfield is changing – and for the better. A renaissance in Springfield began several years ago with the revitalization of our downtown, thanks to the courage and creativity of a group of entrepreneurs. Many of those entrepreneurs and small businesses are still here and a few more have moved to Springfield, even during the Covid-induced recession. They are ready to spring into action as Covid is defeated.
FreeCommunity Feb. 4
Educators, parents and teachers take another ‘back-to-school’ shot
Area school districts are taking slightly different approaches based on their needs as Lane County revisits “Back to School” experiences. “What keeps me up at night is how I am going to get kids back in school,” Creswell schools superintendent Mike Johnson said. South Lane School District superintendent Dr. Yvonne Curtis said everything is being done with “safety in mind.” She announced that hybrid teaching and learning will be delayed until March 1.
Community Feb. 4
Hungry for adventure? Springfield couple wins $20,000 dinner
SPRINGFIELD – John Bailey had no idea what kind of birthday celebration he was about to experience last July. Actually, the real festivities are yet to come. Because Bailey is holding onto a raffle prize that few others can hold a candle to: Dinner Anywhere in the World.
FreeNews Feb. 3
Schools hold ‘mass vax’ events; more doses needed
At the very least, the slow trickle of coronavirus vaccines has given school districts time to get their ducks in a row. With only a few days’ notice, Springfield, South Lane and Creswell school districts executed their first staff mass vaccine events last weekend with efficiency and minimal stress, health officials said.
FreeCommunity Feb. 3
Parenting through Covid: Going from remote learning to school classrooms
This week Dear Bernard’s guest columnist, Nasim Talebreza-May, looks how this school year has changed our ideas of school and parenting. While many schools were on Winter Holiday, Oregon’s Governor made a surprising announcement that she was relaxing the requirements around school closures due to the mental health and academic concerns facing children now “outweigh the short-term risk.” Although this statement did not result in the immediate opening of schools, it does draw attention to the stress that children and parents have been facing as they navigate the new realm of parent/teacher, child/student. Many parents feel isolated in this new role and overwhelmed on the demands for their time.
FreeObituaries Feb. 3
Ronald Byers: Feb. 4, 1924 – Jan. 5, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 3
George William (Bill) Spores: Dec. 22, 1932 – Dec. 19, 2020
FreeObituaries Feb. 3
Michael Andrew McBeth: Feb. 3, 1977 - Jan. 10, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 3
Roy Wayne Smith: Nov. 1, 1946 – Dec. 27, 2020
FreeObituaries Feb. 3
James Wildish: Sept. 30, 1931 – Jan. 24, 2021
CHRONICLE1909 EXCLUSIVE Feb. 3
Springfield restaurant fined for defying public health order
A Springfield restaurant was fined over $9,000 for defying the state-mandated protocols around the coronavirus.
CHRONICLE 1909 EXCLUSIVE Feb. 1
Offbeat Oregon History: Coos Bay shipwreck was scene of massive, drunken looting party
ON THE MORNING OF NOV. 5, 1915, at the back of the entrance to Coos Bay, a big steamship could be seen towering improbably over the beach, stuck fast in the sand close to shore. This was the Santa Clara, a 233-foot steamer on the Portland-San Francisco run. The Santa Clara didn’t much look like the scene of a humanitarian disaster, jutting out of the sand nearly plumb and level and nearly high and dry; but appearances were deceiving. Sixteen people died trying to get ashore when she first struck, three days before.

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