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Community Mar. 27
Pleasant Hill FFA, CTE programs earning attention
Planting ideas, teaching skills, and growing futures is what Pleasant Hill Agriculture CTE program and FFA chapter are pursuing in this Covid time. While students are learning virtually and often feeling trapped at home behind a computer, the agriculture program is challenging students to many at-home labs and skill development.
Community Mar. 26
Considering growth? Conversation should start with water needs
Around town … Cottage Grovers are a tough crowd. They expect a lot from their elected officials and their tax dollars, and occasionally view city officials’ actions with suspicion. In a small town it is easy for rumors to spread and with social media replacing the backyard fence to gossip over, it is easy to have misinformation spread about, morphing as it goes.
Sports Mar. 26
Hanson, Bulldogs win in OT
Three weeks into the regular season – in this most irregular of any season – Creswell’s young football team has two shutouts, the latest coming Friday night at Linn County as sophomore quarterback Connor Hanson darted 17 yards for a touchdown in overtime, lifting the Bulldogs to a 6-0 victory.
Community Mar. 26
How job seekers can avoid scams
A number of Oregon job seekers have reported that they’ve been contacted with job offers that turn out to be scams. The Internet has made it easier to create and send out bogus or deceptive job offers through email, or even legitimate job sites.
FreeNews Mar. 26
Suspect charged with harassment after kissing a stranger's 1 1/2-year old on lips
A Springfield, Ore., resident faces several charges after allegedly kissing a stranger's 1 1/2-year old child in a shopping center.
Chinese Astrology Mar. 26
Gemini-Rooster daughter will enchant you
A reader asked if I could tell her about her 3-year-old daughter – who was born under the sun sign Gemini during the lunar Year of the Rooster. This is a creative, imaginative, and at times ethereal, sign. A Gemini-Rooster will speak their opinions freely without hesitation, offering observations without fear of contradiction. They are precise in detail and organized.
Outdoors Mar. 26
Best all-around rod in Oregon? Hard to say, but keep it ‘balanced’
A question I’m asked quite often is, “What is the best all-around line, reel and rod for fishing in Oregon?” I always pause for a moment, assume a thoughtful look, then explain that so many species of fish are available to Oregon anglers that honestly there is no single rod and reel combination that will cover it all.
Community Mar. 26
Caring for advanced-stage schizophrenia challenging
I was married for nearly 25 years, until my wife’s passing from early-onset Alzheimer’s, eight years ago. I became my wife’s caregiver, and having no parenting experience, I was surprised to learn I was good at the job, and we negotiated those last year with relative ease. To the disappointment of some, I kept Catherine home and under my care, until very near the end. I felt that familiar surroundings were important to a rapidly deteriorating brain.
Opinion Mar. 25
Five things I’ve learned at Oregon Farm Bureau
Organic, conventional, biotech, no-tech, small-scale, mid-size, commercial-scale, direct-to-consumer, contract for food processors, international exports – all can be found in Oregon and all have an important, vital place in agriculture. The myth that one type of farming is “good” and another is “bad,” and therefore should be pitted against each other is just plain untrue.
Opinion Mar. 25
The work continues: Advocating for women and girls still vital
The Eugene-Lane branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is 44 members strong, includes members from Cottage Grove, Eugene, Florence, and Springfield, and 5 of those members are students at the University of Oregon; they REALLY embody the “University Women” part of our organization’s name, and we’re thrilled to have them. We also have a member who serves as our liaison with Lane Community College, an equally vital source for higher education in our community.
SPRINGFIELD Mar. 25
Thurston investigation finds 'no specific wrongdoing, malice'
Use of force expert Rick Braziel has presented his findings to the City of Springfield after completing his investigation of the Thurston protest on July 29, 2020.
Community Mar. 25
A lifting storm, a reason to celebrate soon
Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away ... Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
Community Mar. 25
Food banks seeing decreases in demand across county
CRESWELL – In what volunteers hope is a good sign, food pantries across Lane County are seeing less demand during boxed-food distributions the past few weeks, local officials said. “We have seen a two-month, tapered decrease in food pantry customers – from a weekly average of 110 families to as low as 71,” said Susan Blachnik, Community Food for Creswell programs manager. “Our pre-pandemic baseline was 67.”
Community Mar. 25
EcoGeneration, Creswell Library attract county-wide attendees
CRESWELL – A steady stream of area residents kept volunteers busy and the Creswell Library parking lot mostly full for several hours Saturday, March 20, with people standing in lines and enjoying a light sunshower on occasion. The recycling takeback event was sponsored and staffed by EcoGeneration. According to founder David Gardiepy, who founded the organization in 2017-19, the idea was to clean up co-mingled plastics in Cottage Grove, he told The Chronicle.
FreeNews Mar. 24
VAX SCENE: Residents drive in, line up for shots
Local vaccination clinics have been distributing doses by the dozens, and now they can expect to see more new faces. With 70% of Lane County’s senior population fully vaccinated, individuals categorized in Group 6 now qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine and Lane County moves from “Moderate” risk into the “Low” risk category on Friday, March 26.
News Mar. 24
SL fire district board awards Wooten four-year extension
Fire chief John Wooten was awarded a four-year contract extension at the South Lane County Fire District board of directors meeting Thursday, March 18. The contract, Wooten said, would last until he was eligible for retirement. “I will reach retirement eligibility age within the period of that contract, but I don’t plan on running away,” Wooten said during the online video meeting. Details of Wooten’s contract are unclear for several reasons. “I will reach retirement eligibility age within the period of that contract, but I don’t plan on running away,” Wooten said during the online video meeting.
News Mar. 24
Should Creswell go Fourth? Part 2: City discusses challenges
CRESWELL – With no one yet to organize the July Fourth Celebration, the City of Creswell is exploring its options while encouraging residents to help keep the tradition alive. Council members at Monday’s work session considered what their role should be during events – especially since the Creswell Chamber of Commerce, which traditionally oversees the holiday events, does not have enough board members to function this year as has left the Fourth of July ball alone at mid-court.
FreeObituaries Mar. 24
Frank Breazeale: Aug. 31, 1936 – March 16, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 24
Robert ‘Bob’ Armor: Jan. 25, 1930 – March 17, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 24
Kenneth Pierre Clark III: Dec. 30, 1984 – Jan. 24, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 24
Martin Brian Reinbold: April 28, 1958 – March 20, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 24
David Wayne Garman: May 21, 1930 – March 19, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 24
Thomas Lambert Boone: Sept. 23, 1929 – March 5, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 24
Troy Christopher Thoreson: June 12, 1972 – March 4, 2021
FreeObituaries Mar. 24
Ruth Ann Ballenger: 1942 – Nov. 27, 2020

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