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Chinese Astrology Feb. 27
New mom curious about baby’s sign
I received a question from a new mom whose son was born eight weeks ago under the sun sign Capricorn, during the lunar Year of the Rat (Metal Rat year). Individuals born during the Year of the Rat are likeable and easygoing. They work hard and they save their hard-earned cash. Capricorn-Rats are especially careful with their money, and they do not like to gamble with it. They are collectors and tend to save everything that catches their fancy; and they will most likely categorize it, label it, and admire it frequently.
Community Feb. 27
Part 1: First Presbyterian was first in many things over the years
As the first white settlers put down roots in the late 1840s in what is now Cottage Grove, they were scattered about with no semblance of a town or village. A log schoolhouse near Latham was one of the first attempts at civilization during this pioneer stage of the Grove. With a sparse populace there was no way to support a full-time minister, nor was there enough of any one denomination to organize a church.
Education Feb. 27
LCC offering tuition-free summer courses for high school juniors, seniors
High school students graduating in 2021 or 2022 can take one tuition-free course this spring or summer from Lane Community College to jump-start their college education. That’s a $480 savings for one four-credit course.
Community Feb. 27
Better teaching yields better results
“My dog knows it! He’s just being stubborn.” Do you find yourself saying this when your dog doesn’t follow your cue? We are guilty of thinking or saying this statement. I did it out of embarrassment in training class before I became a trainer. What is happening with the dog is a lack of “generalization” of the behavior. My dog would do the behavior with some success in my living room.
Community Feb. 26
Steelhead season has been disappointing, perplexing
If you haven’t caught a winter steelhead from one of Oregon’s coastal rivers this season, you are not alone. What looked like a promising start to the season on the Selitz, Alsea and Siuslaw, dwindled down to a grind for most anglers, as catch rates even on days with good conditions could only be described as “poor to fair.” Because hatchery raised two salt year steelhead returned in very low numbers this winter.
Opinion Feb. 26
Long lives, dear contacts, Chick Corea, and ‘no dittos’ from me
The names of dead friends in my contacts list are growing. Embracing mortality with a touch of humor, I’ve been joking for the past few years that I leave the dead ones in so when they outnumber the live ones I know it’s my turn to go. Years ago at a family wedding a cousin said, “You know, we’re going to live well into our hundreds.” I responded, “I have no desire to live to be a hundred.” This bothered him so I explained that I’m not looking just to pack on years. As long as I feel good and there’s a reason to live I’ll do what I can to stick around, but it’s okay to die.
Opinion Feb. 26
50 first names only ...
Five hundred names. A nice, round figure. The list was composed of people (and a few pets) I met during our first 10 months in the southern Willamette Valley, 50 people at a time each month. We celebrated the list in December 2019 and pulled out fun facts – such as the most-common first name, the locations where I met most of the people, and pets vs. people.
Community Feb. 25
Springfield mayor emphasizes successes in ‘State of City’ video
The last year was significant not only for the local response to the pandemic and wildfires, but also for the many accomplishments that were still achieved in a year unlike any other.
Community Feb. 25
Lane County creating bicycle master plan
If you’re a rural resident of Lane County, there might be a bicycle in your future. Becky Taylor grew up riding her bicycle everywhere as a child in Lane County north of Coburg. “My best friend lived just across the county line and we rode to and from our homes all the time.” Today, Taylor is Lane County’s senior transportation planner and understands “biking isn’t as easy these days due to increased vehicle traffic or other impediments that make biking a less desirable option.”
Community Feb. 25
A clarification: Source, Chronicle can’t confirm allegation
SPRINGFIELD – In a Feb. 11 article in The Chronicle, in an interview with the president for the local chapter of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a comment was published that was not verified about the Springfield Police Department.
Community Feb. 25
Springfield council considers pallet warming shelters
SPRINGFIELD – Looking for a solution to slow the spread of the coronavirus among the unhoused, the City of Springfield is considering setting up pallet shelters. Lane County is partnering with cities, property owners and service providers to provide non-congregate temporary housing options for the unhoused. County staff will set up pallet shelters in small settings with basic services, and under Springfield’s existing emergency declaration, upon request, the City’s community development coordinator Tom Boyatt could do the same.
News Feb. 24
Creswell Chamber on verge of folding
CRESWELL – The Creswell Chamber of Commerce has nearly shriveled into nonexistence and will disband if several board vacancies cannot be filled by the end of March, said chamber president Raina Napper, who is calling for volunteers to keep it alive.
News Feb. 24
Should Creswell go Fourth? Fireworks, parade spark concerns over crowds, costs
The City of Creswell is considering what it would take to stage a safe and affordable Fourth of July Celebration. The Creswell Chamber of Commerce traditionally organized the celebration – that is, until the pandemic shut down tourism and the revenue associated with it. The Chamber has been nearly dormant for the past year, and with only two of the seven required board members, the Chamber is incapable of organizing the 2021 event.
News Feb. 24
Fireworks, parade spark concerns over crowds, costs
CRESWELL – The City of Creswell is considering what it would take to stage a safe and affordable Fourth of July Celebration. The Creswell Chamber of Commerce traditionally organized the celebration – that is, until the pandemic shut down tourism and the revenue associated with it. The Chamber has been nearly dormant for the past year, and with only two of the seven required board members, the Chamber is incapable of organizing the 2021 event.
Education Feb. 24
No longer ‘extreme’, volleyball joins Season 2
State health officials’ decision to designate Lane County as “high risk” instead of “extreme” pandemic conditions was a much-needed morale boost for Creswell High’s girls volleyball program, its legendary coach said Tuesday afternoon. “The kids are excited to play, and excited to wear our brand-new uniforms,” said Anna Baltrusch, the longtime coach who passed 500 career victories last season.
Community Feb. 24
Creswell Wellness Center launches its own brand
The team at Creswell Wellness Center celebrated two major milestones this month: Their second anniversary and the launch of their own vitamin line.
FreeNews Feb. 24
No longer ‘extreme’
Lane County will move to the “high risk” category on Friday, Feb. 26, dropping from the “extreme risk” level thanks to improvements in COVID-19 case counts. The result of the new classification could provide local businesses – including restaurants – some relief with limited indoor dining again.
FreeObituaries Feb. 24
Robert Louis ‘Bob’ Widmer: Dec. 19, 1955 - Nov. 28, 2020
FreeObituaries Feb. 24
Jeffrey Dale Mailer: May 4, 1947 - Feb. 19, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 24
Michael G. Bivans: Sept. 21, 1943 – Feb. 5, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 24
Edward R. Feil: May 16, 1924 - Feb. 5, 2021
FreeObituaries Feb. 24
Gilbert Lloyd López: Oct. 4, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2021

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