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Community Mar. 20
VFW awards scholarships for ’Voice of Democracy‘
VFW District 13 was recently able to present the Voice of Democracy awards for 2020-21, after the COVID-19 pandemic made presentations more challenging, said district commander Bob Beck. This high school scholarship program is an audio essay competition with a different patriotic theme each year.
Chinese Astrology Mar. 20
New mom brings a Pisces-Ox into the world
It’s always wonderful to hear from parents asking questions about their children’s astrological signs. Learning about our children’s signs can offer insight about their areas of strength and areas that might challenge them throughout their lives.
Community Mar. 19
Understanding the value of ecotherapy
My private practice is called Northwest Ecotherapy, and I’m often asked “So what IS ecotherapy?” Ecotherapy is a nature-based therapeutic method that enlarges the traditional scope of treatment to include the human-nature relationship. Ecotherapy employs the practices and principles of Ecopsychology – a specialized field of psychology — which recognizes that our inner world and the outer world are deeply connected.
Community Mar. 19
Pickup truck was a faithful friend
This week I will talk about bidding farewell to an old trusted friend. You might think an old trusted friend would be flesh and blood. This trusted friend was metal with rubber tires, a 1977 Ford pickup. When I took early retirement in 1991, we had a 1973 Chevy Impala and a 1978 hatchback Ford Pinto. The hatchback did not have power steering and was difficult to see out of when backing up. It was a good road car, and Jean and I spent many miles with our collie, Chipper, riding in the back.
FreeEmerald Valley Almanac Annual Mar. 19
The Buzz Around Fly Fishing
From Ancient Macedonia to the banks of the McKenzie River, here is a brief history of Fly Fishing.
Sports Mar. 18
Athletes, parents and coaches enjoy chance to gather, cheer again
CRESWELL – Almost all of the breaks went against Creswell in its home football opener Friday night. It was a downer from start to finish as Class 2A powerhouse Monroe coasted to a 48-14 victory. While the hometown fans had little to cheer about, there were plenty of happier emotions flowing because the kids are playing football again.
Community Mar. 18
Keaton mural needs a facelift
Buster Keaton, silent film star, writer and director, made a lasting impact on Cottage Grove. On May 27, 1926, he rolled into town pulling 18 freight cars of cannons, covered wagons, old-timey rail cars and enough material to build an entire town – which they did, where Safeway is today.
Opinion Mar. 18
‘The League’ offers more than voting aid
Oregon’s first constitution banned slavery while making it illegal for free African Americans to live in the state. A few years later, in 1872, Mary Beatty, an African American woman living in Oregon, joined three other women — Abigail Scott Duniway, Maria Hendee, and M.A. Lambert — in an attempt to vote. And while it would be 1912 before voting rights expanded in Oregon, these early activists brought attention to the campaign known as “women’s suffrage.”
Community Mar. 18
Lane County has funding for residents behind on rent
Lane County has received more than $4 million in state funding for residents who have suffered economic impacts or health disparities due to COVID-19.
Community Mar. 18
Lane Community College schedules fall semester
Lane Community College plans to offer mostly in-person classes and activities for the 2021-22 academic year, school officials said.
Emerald Valley Almanac Annual Mar. 18
A Nostalgic Travelogue: Exploring Yellowstone
As spring and summer open up and we consider taking a one- or two-week vacation with social distancing in mind, we are blessed in the Northwest with many national parks. Oregon has Crater Lake, while Washington state has three – Mt. Rainer, Olympic, and North Cascades. Let us consider Yellowstone as a destination, too. Yellowstone is one of 63 premier national parks.
Community Mar. 17
Sheriff, CG’s Meyers recognized by LCOG
The Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) annual member appreciation event was held virtually March 5, and several area officials and school organizations were honored. Creswell native and Lane County Sheriff Clifton Harrold was named outstanding elected official and Cottage Grove city manager Richard Meyers was named outstanding public employee.
Community Mar. 17
Isn’t it grand? Opening has owner, customers pumped
CRESWELL – It was a day for fist bumps all around the new gas pumps. Customers were pumped up, student staffers were pumping fuel, and owner Bill Spencer was, well, simply pumped. “It’s a good day. A good day,” he said in understated fashion, a mask covering a smile too big to conceal. “I think it’s gonna work.”
Music Mar. 17
Ear-ily familiar: Music takes the stage
COTTAGE GROVE – When Don McLean sang about “the day the music died” in his mega-hit song “American Pie,” few believed that such an occurrence could actually happen. Then COVID-19 reared its ugly head, and sure enough, live music – for all intents and purposes – was dead. It’s been a long drought, more than a year, but finally, there is some good news to pass along … LIVE MUSIC IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!
FreeNews Mar. 17
From food to fun, activity increasing across the Valley
After a long freeze, recreation centers are dipping a toe back into the water. Lane County last week reduced its COVID-19 risk category to “moderate,” allowing half-capacity at recreation sites. Joshua Norton, pool manager at Warren H. Daugherty Aquatic Center in Cottage Grove, said the best thing about reopening the pool is “having life in the facility again.”
FreeObituaries Mar. 17
Mary Culver: 1927 – Feb. 5, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 17
Chance Joseph Garden: June 17, 1998 – Feb. 18, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 17
Robert W. Cooper: Jr. Nov. 13, 1954 – Feb. 22, 2021
Obituaries Mar. 17
Janie Polen: July 7, 1944 – Feb. 26, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 17
Jeff Baker: Feb. 18, 1965 – March 2, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 17
Betty Stanley: Oct. 16, 1933 – Feb. 9, 2021
FreeEmerald Valley Almanac Annual Mar. 17
Cycling Through the Trails
World-class singletrack? Lane County mountain bikers don't even need to travel outside our own county to enjoy some of the best of the best. McKenzie River Trail and numerous trails out of Oakridge are known far and wide for their beauty, challenge and flow. Many trails are seasonal, though, so as the rains come and the snow falls, the choices get limited.
FreeEmerald Valley Almanac Annual Mar. 16
Summiting Pisgah
Athletic activities aren’t always easy to find during the “Age of Covid.” Fortunately, you can always go for a hike. And there might not be a better hiking spot in Lane County than Mount Pisgah, located just southeast of the Eugene/Springfield area.
FreeEmerald Valley Almanac Annual Mar. 16
My Brothers' Farm: Organically Unique
There is something exciting in the way of organic agriculture happening a few miles east of Creswell. Out in the Cloverdale area resides My Brothers’ Farm, founded in 2013, and the modern version of the “Back to the Land” movement. It is also an ongoing experiment in sustainable, regenerative agriculture.

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