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Community Feb. 20
Caregiving careers boom; so do ‘demands’
Our world continues to rapidly change, with 10,000 people turning 65 every day in the United States. The caregiving workforce is continuing to grow. Businesses are examining policies and corporate cultures to create environments where caregivers can thrive. Working daughters, like working motheres, need flexibility, paid family leave and expanded eligibility requirements.
Chinese Astrology Feb. 20
Gemini-Dog is looking for love in 2021
The lunar new year inspired many people to ask about their luck in 2021. One reader asked about his love life. He was born under the sun sign Gemini during the lunar year of the Dog. He wanted to know what sign he would be compatible with and if he would be lucky enough this year to find someone.
Community Feb. 20
3-D ‘builder’ helps campers construct customized yurts
The company’s website is a wealth of information for people who are considering getting a yurt. Among other resources and links, there is an interactive 3-D yurt builder that guides a potential yurt buyer through building a model allowing them to select size, colors, accessories, options, and even allows them to place their virtual yurt in various settings to see how it will look once it lands on their property.
Community Feb. 20
Pacific Yurts mushroomed, became ubiquitous in state parks
In last week’s issue we learned how local-born Pacific Yurts came into being. This week we are going to see how far they have come and where they are going. Happy employees are a key feature of Pacific Yurts’ success story. The company employs 36 local folks. There is longevity on the staff, with many having been there 15, 20, or more years. Older employees mentor newer ones to help instill the expertise and attention to detail that has developed along with the continually evolving products.
Community Feb. 20
Cottage Village receives $50,000 matching grant from the Storms Family Foundation
Cottage Grove’s tiny house village project on East Madison received a matching grant of $50,000 to help complete the project funding. Every donation received will be matched by the grant, doubling the impact.
Community Feb. 19
OHA addresses racial, rural challenges
Oregon Health Authority released its biennial Oregon Healthcare Workforce Needs Assessment report recently, which shows that the racial/ethnic diversity of the healthcare workforce does not match the diversity of the Oregon population. OHA also released its Healthcare Provider Incentive Program (HCPIP), which showed how Oregon’s incentive programs are performing in addressing workforce challenges.
Education Feb. 19
Creswell School Board updating re-entry plans
CRESWELL – It was just a small line item in the Creswell School District Board Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, listing the recent installation of 250 air filters for schools across the district. It’s something that happens every year. Except this year, the timing was especially important.
Community Feb. 19
Coping tips for men, families struggling with pandemic
While no two men are raised in the same way, there are many similarities in men’s beliefs about how they should act as men. Some of the ways we were taught to be men are not helpful in coping with a pandemic. Men are often taught that they should be in control of all situations. However, most men are feeling a lack of control with what is happening to us. People are losing their jobs. schools, restaurants, bars, gyms and most of the things we do for fun are closed or diminished.
Sports Feb. 19
Bulldogs hitting the practice fields, ‘ecstatic’
UPDATE: Creswell's Atheltic Director Brandon Standridge reacts to the latest OSAA sports guidance. The Oregon Health Authority made a timely audible -- one that may have saved the high school football season. The Governor’s Office announced on Wednesday, Feb. 10 that the OHA is revising its guidance for outdoor contact sports (football, soccer, cross country) and will ease restrictions for schools that have returned to at least limited in-person learning.
Opinion Feb. 19
Post-pandemic life: Seeing family, travel and dining out top list
This week, Jim became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. He is 81, and we are eagerly awaiting the phone call or email that will give him a time to go in for his first shot. It’s been a long time coming, and we are so thankful that our son, a granddaughter and Jim’s brother John have already been vaccinated. Our daughter Michele, who is a teacher, will be getting hers this week, too. We know that, even after we have received the vaccine, we will need to continue being masked – which is no big deal, really – and socially distanced until enough vaccines have been administered to make it safe to discontinue the practices that have become almost “normal.”
FreeOregon High School Sports Feb. 18
Oregon cancels state tournaments for ‘Season 2’ sports
Football, girls volleyball, and boys and girls soccer won't have state champions in 2021. Schools evaluating how to best use the extra week for their teams.
FreeCommunity Feb. 18
Business ‘without corners’ carves out line of success
(FULL VERSION) 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. 18
Plenty of options to order Girl Scouts cookies
Chew on this: Girl Scouts cookies have arrived in Lane County. Lane County Girl Scouts will also be participating with GrubHub to deliver cookies Feb. 19-March 14, weekdays 3-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The GrubHub arrangement is due to the pandemic.
Community Feb. 18
‘Rooster Awards’ return, honor blues artists
Back in the day, a man they called Rooster was proud to be BMOC (Blues Man on Campus) in the Eugene-Springfield area. Gavin “Rooster” Fox, who founded the KLCC Blues Power radio show in the late 1970s, earned a name for himself by hosting jams at Taylor’s Bar & Grill, an immensely popular hangout for Duck fans for generations until it shut down last year.
Community Feb. 17
Round 1, Ward 1: Council interviews first four
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield City Council this week interviewed half its candidates for the vacant Ward 1 interim council seat. The vacancy comes after councilor Sean VanGordon was appointed interim mayor in January. Council plans to reach a decision in March. Eight candidates have filed, and Kelly Mason, Michelle Webber, Thomas Lawrence and Raymond Suit were to be interviewed Tuesday.
Sports Feb. 17
Bulldogs hitting the practice fields, ‘ecstatic’
The Oregon Health Authority made a timely audible -- one that may have saved the high school football season. The Governor’s Office announced on Wednesday, Feb. 10 that the OHA is revising its guidance for outdoor contact sports (football, soccer, cross country) and will ease restrictions for schools that have returned to at least limited in-person learning.
FreeOpinion Feb. 17
Editorial: Tying the NOT
Pandemic unravels plans for summer wedding
FreeNews Feb. 17
Senior-dose allotment expected to spike soon
Inching toward progress, health officials this week are dishing out vaccine doses to the 75-and-over individuals, while school officials continue bringing students back, vaccinating their staff and working to avoid any potential liabilities. Each week, more and more people become eligible for the vaccine, with those over 75 next in line. About 2,400 doses are allotted for this group this week, said Jason Davis, spokesperson for Lane County Public Health at Tuesday’s news briefing.
FreeObituaries Feb. 17
Lisa Lindsley: Sept. 14, 1959 – Jan. 25, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 17
Richard Albert Lambert: Sept. 25, 1969 – Feb. 6, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 17
Jack Gardner: May 23, 1930 – Feb. 8, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 17
Manuel C. Machado: Aug. 6, 1929 – Feb. 3, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 17
Father James Dowd: Dec. 9, 1930 – Feb. 3, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 17
Mary Halcyon Wells: Nov. 8, 1932 – July 25, 2020
FreeObituaries Feb. 17
Lois Yvonne Brandenfels: March 17, 1934 – Jan. 21, 2021

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