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Community Apr. 17
Order up! New technology serving QR codes on menus
EMMA ROUTLEY The Chronicle As the pandemic leaves restaurant owners feeling shaken, a new web technology may be paving the way for a new kind of operation. In the future, waiting for a server to take a food order may be obsolete, thanks to Porter. Porter, a web-based technology that utilizes QR code for menus and food service, supplies a new way to order and serve customers to focus more on guest satisfaction rather than the transaction. “You think about your own experience going into a restaurant and whether a waiter or waitress is helping you – they spend a lot of time taking your order, taking your card, giving your card slips back,” said CEO John Barry, aka Head Porter. “With Porter, that’s removed.” An active community member, Barry spent two years running the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene, which allowed him to combine his passion for art and for business and get to know local leaders also involved in ABAE. One thing he’d never done, Barry said in entrepreneurial spirit, was a commercial startup. Still relatively new, Porter is putting out feelers for opportunities to test the technology. Different from delivery apps like Uber Eats or Grubhub, Porter is used by opening a website provided by the hub, creating an account and registering a credit card. As orders are placed and sent to the kitchen, the transaction is already complete. In scenarios where there are multiple food trucks, Porter cuts out the need to get up from the table at all, unless someone needs a bathroom break. Currently, Porter provides the technology working in the background of local businesses such as PublicHouse in Springfield and the Beergarden in Eugene. Porter recently announced a partnership with the Eugene Emeralds and Bend Elks. “Instead of having to spend that time getting up, standing in line and maybe missing the winning home run, you never have to leave your seat,” Barry said. Contactless food service has become the norm during the last year, and Barry said people’s comfort level with that experience should be good for Porter’s future. “We launched at a time when the idea of using something like Porter onsite to enhance the dining experience was a novelty,” Barry said. “Our future’s going to be about being the underlying software that allows our clients to provide that experience.”
Community Apr. 17
More sun than showers so far in April
So far April’s showers have been sharing time with some spring sunshine, and it is so welcome. We have been spending time outside, trying to get a handle on the new green grass in our lawn and the prolific weeds that are growing in the flower beds. Both are competing for our attention with the voles and moles that have decided to take up residence and leave their holes and hills where we don’t want them.
Health & Wellness Apr. 16
Spring provides opportunities for better fitness
Spring has sprung, have you been noticing more of your neighbors out for walks, are you feeling the urge to go climb Mt. Pisgah or check out the falls at Bryce creek? I sure am, and while we again had a relatively mild winter, it always seems like it is dark and gloomy forever.
Health & Wellness Apr. 16
Learn, discuss strategies to prevent sexual violence
Parenting a young adult who is leaving home for the first time can be challenging. As parents, we want to protect them from harm and be reassured that they will be safe. While every student is different, most first-year college students are seeking independence and want more control over their lives. On the other hand, many parents find they have less control over their young adult and must find new ways to influence them and learn to let go.
Community Apr. 16
An old idea reborn with equally good results
Today we find ourselves in a remarkably similar situation as our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc., as they struggled in America’s Great Depression. While not as severe, the Covid pandemic has put financial pressure on many families and shuttered businesses. In 1933, the new president was promising a “New Deal” for Americans, who were suffering from massive unemployment, 25% on average and much higher for uneducated, poor, and rural non-farm workers. President Franklin D. Roosevelt rolled out his “Alphabet Soup” of relief efforts, WPA, AAA, FHA, NRA, TVA, and many others.
Community Apr. 16
Keaton’s silent ‘Train Robbery’ can track to vaudeville comedy
Before the motion picture, and later, television, there was vaudeville. Out of vaudeville and the music theatre and bars of Europe, came comedy teams and single comedians. In 1903, the first successful motion picture was filmed, a western – The Great Train Robbery. In the early days, most silent movies were produced in New York and sprang up in Hollywood about 1909-10. Of course, Hollywood today is the dominating motion picture headquarters of the world.
Opinion Apr. 15
Seeing healthier conversations around mental illness
Over the last year, I’ve been graced with dozens of individuals, parents and grandparents who utilize their uninterrupted hour on my massage table to ponder the changes that have occurred in their lives since COVID first hit U.S. soil just over a year ago. It has given me a snapshot of perspectives and an opportunity to conduct an unofficial survey of the wellbeing of our community’s children, parents and family support systems.
Opinion Apr. 15
Lane Transit District charges ahead with e-buses
Emptying out the notebook … Last week I wrote about the visceral reaction I had to driving an e-car for the first time, and likened it to previous experiences around race cars. While I made a passing reference to the environmental impact of battery-powered vehicles, Lane County Transit District leaders are making a significant commitment with a variety of sustainability initiatives and projects.
Community Apr. 15
Creswell Grange celebrates a full year of special seasons
Santa Claus paid the Creswell Grange an extra visit this year after the pandemic’s mass cancellations left the locals lacking holiday cheer -- and brought all the other holidays along with him.
Sports Apr. 15
Bulldogs find plenty to appreciate in abbreviated football season
CRESWELL – Connor Hanson inadvertently tried using a basketball move during a third-down run to keep a drive alive Friday night. Creswell’s sophomore quarterback, who also plays basketball, nearly fumbled, and as he tried to regain control with his right hand, he brought the ball all the way around his back to his left hand.
FreeCommunity Apr. 15
Speed appears to be a factor in single-car accident
Local arrests and accidents.
Education Apr. 15
Springfield schools approve security upgrades
SPRINGFIELD – The public schools district board approved security system upgrades at Riverbend and Mt. Vernon elementary schools to address the limitations of current technology in assisting with identifying people in unlawful behavior and improve student safety.
FreeNews Apr. 14
Officials wary of increases; J&J on pause
While the upward trajectory of COVID-19 cases appears to have plateaued for the time being, case numbers are still far higher in the county than public health officials would like to see, said Jason Davis, spokesperson for Lane County Public Health, at Tuesday’s press conference. The county on Tuesday reported 40 new cases in 24 hours. In the past week, three new cases have been confirmed in Creswell; six in Cottage Grove; 84 in Springfield; and six in Pleasant Hill.
Community Apr. 14
Library leaders write new chapters on serving readers
COTTAGE GROVE – The Cottage Grove Public Library has taken its books to the public – via the great outdoors. Every Tuesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the library sets up shop in Bohemia Park and is available to process new library cards. Cottage Grove Public Library and the Creswell Public Library share a cardholder lending agreement, and books can be checked out at either location with either library card.
News Apr. 14
Springfield weighs two Glenwood projects
SPRINGFIELD – The Glenwood riverfront property has piqued the interest of developers in Springfield, and the Springfield Economic Development Agency (SEDA) this week heard two unsolicited pitches for its redevelopment. SEDA and City have assembled about nine acres of Glenwood riverfront property for future redevelopment, and the SEDA Board on Monday heard from Glenwood Development LLC and LOCALIS Partners.
FreeObituaries Apr. 14
Norm Vierling: Dec. 31, 1956 – Dec. 12, 2020
FreeObituaries Apr. 14
Jean Elizabeth Johnson: Nov. 13, 1924 – March 30, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 14
Robert Edwin Kvech: June 24, 1941 – March 7, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 14
Byron Rentfrow: Oct. 17, 1978 – April 2, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 14
Rebecca Breier: Jan. 27, 1948 – April 1, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 14
Howard Woods: May 18, 1928 – Feb. 21, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 14
Ann Pansoy: March 16, 1950 – March 7, 2021
FreeCommunity Apr. 13
Porter, a New Contact-Free Food Ordering Technology, Launches at Seven Local Hotels
Web-Based Platform Effortlessly Serves Up Room Service via Guests’ Smartphones

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