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Community Feb. 13
Soda Fountain lunch counters pour out great memories
My first memory of a soda fountain light lunch counter is from 1939. We lived a few blocks from downtown Marysville, Wash., and my folks and I would walk down to Hilton’s Drugs and Soda Fountain. At one time in the States, there were over 26,000 soda fountains and light lunch counters, and early soda fountains were placed in drug stores. Among the most popular were phosphate sodas – raw egg and soda water mixed with either orange, lemon or chocolate flavors. The soda fountain traces back over 300 years, and became especially prominent around the 1850s, remaining popular for over 100 years.
Community Feb. 13
‘Ticket to Work’ program helps people find their path
As Americans celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it’s worth acknowledging the increased support options available to people with disabilities who want to work. Since 1999, Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program has helped thousands of Social Security disability beneficiaries find their way to financial independence. The Ticket Program can connect you with free, individualized employment services to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for the workforce, search for a job and stay employed.
Education Feb. 12
Springfield schools make decisions on transfer rules
SPRINGFIELD – Last year, the Springfield Board of Education approved the rule that students can move in and out of the school district at the convenience of the family, provided that the schools are not at capacity. The results of that decision were incalculable because of the pandemic, and superintendent Todd Hamilton at Monday’s meeting. As such, the district is going to keep this system in place for the upcoming school year.
Community Feb. 12
Sewing a second round of masks: We’re not done yet
COTTAGE GROVE – I need to make more masks for my husband, but I really don’t want to. It’s not that I don’t enjoy making masks. I love sewing, and one of my favorite things is digging into my fabric scraps and finding fun patterns to use. I’m reluctant to make more masks because it means acknowledging an unfortunate truth: we’re not yet done masking and social distancing.
Community Feb. 12
Sheriff’s revamped cadet program features ‘hard-charging’ students
Carolina Allen said getting tased and pepper-sprayed in the face actually isn’t all that bad – when you do it as a group. “We were all right there together. It was a great bonding experience,” said Allen, a 2018 Creswell High grad who’s going through the hiring process to become a Lane County Deputy Sheriff.
Community Feb. 11
Council eyes input for vacant seat
SPRINGFIELD – Springfield City Council this week is refining ways to garner more community engagement around filling the vacant Ward 1 position, after councilor Sean VanGordon was appointed interim mayor at the Jan. 19 meeting. The council will appoint an interim city councilor at its March 1 meeting, and have eight applicants who have filed for the position: Troy Allen, Grace Bergen, Timothy Canter, Thomas Lawrence, Kelly Mason, Damien Pitts, Ray Suit and Michelle Webber.
Community Feb. 11
Business ‘without corners’ carves out line of success
COTTAGE GROVE – Alan Bair never intended to start a company or a movement. Then one day, he read an article on yurts in National Geographic detailing how nomadic sheepherders created one of the most efficient surface-to-volume ratio structures by using very lightweight natural materials. His curiosity was piqued. He didn’t intend to start a movement, but 43 years later Bair has made Cottage Grove Ground Zero in the western production of these ancient dwellings.
Community Feb. 11
NAACP sees three keys to equitable community
As Lane County celebrates Black History Month, it’s important to consider how equity is practiced, said Ibrahim Coulibaly, the president for the local chapter of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The majority can support minorities in three points: by creating a welcoming environment, by listening to and sharing experiences, and by learning about and addressing issues of racism in your community. In doing so, Lane County can strive toward equitability, he said.
Education Feb. 10
From home to homeroom
Guy Lee Elementary students and parents alike prepared for the return of in-person schooling on Feb. 4. Only kindergarten and first graders entered their classrooms today, with other grades beginning this week. At Creslane Elementary in Creswell, kindergarteners started in-person learning on Feb. 9, and principal Amy Halley said “they did fantastic.” At this time, the limited in-person guidance allows for Creslane to return to in-person instruction in groups of 20 students or less, for two hours maximum at a time.
Community Feb. 10
On Gov. Orders, Sports Resume
BREAKING - Today, Gov. Kate Brown announced the Oregon Health Authority’s decision to revise its guidance regarding outdoor sports and an exemption for college athletes. Gov. Brown said school sports are important for students’ mental, emotional, and physical health.
FreeNews Feb. 10
Owners hoping vaccine boosts business
Lane County Public Health aims to vaccinate 5,500 residents over the age of 80 by the end of this weekend. The county “leveraged some existing doses and came up with 5,500 doses that public health can get into the arms of our 80-plus folks as soon as possible,” Jason Davis, county spokesperson said during a press conference on Tuesday. In addition, LCPH this week will receive 3,200 total vaccine doses, with 2,000 designated to the 80-plus population; 770 to public school educators and staff; 30 to private school educators and staff; and 400 for medical staff and skilled care residents and staff.
FreeObituaries Feb. 10
Shirley Ann Wallace: Feb. 3, 1937 – Jan. 27, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 10
Sarah Ann Bires June 14, 1974 – Jan. 7, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 10
Phyllis Lenore LiaBraaten Aug. 2, 1930 – Jan. 15, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 10
Laurie Parsons-Hahn: Feb. 24, 1960 – Jan. 5, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 10
James Gates: April 10, 1936 – Dec. 17, 2020
FreeOpinion Feb. 10
Dear friends leave legacies of light, joy
Where to start? A deep breath. Or two. A lifelong friend and colleague died on Super Bowl Sunday, unexpectedly, at age 58. Really, he was more of a brother. There is nothing new to say on the topic of death; there won’t be anything profound and there won’t be any particular insight coming from this space. More than anything I’m saddened for his wife and family. I’m sad for all the people who knew Pedro Gomez and considered him a trusted friend.
FreeObituaries Feb. 10
Ronald Byers: Feb. 4, 1924 – Jan. 5, 2021

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