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Community Apr. 30
Row River Trail was perfect setting to run down a milestone
When you hear the word “marathon” it usually means something epic or vast in proportion, such as “Last night I did a marathon study session to try to get ready to pass that @#$&! exam.” If you are athletically inclined the 26.2-mile footrace, a marathon, probably is what comes to mind. The name of the race comes from the Greek city Marathon, about 25 miles from Athens.
Health & Wellness Apr. 30
No, suicide rates have not increased during the pandemic (so far)
Suicide is a serious public health issue in the US, Oregon and particularly here in Lane County. The rate of suicide in our county has been roughly 50 percent greater than the national average since 2015. In 2019 alone, 106 people died– the greatest number of deaths our county has ever seen.
Education Station Apr. 30
CSD dealing with Covid spike, announces plans
CRESWELL – Four people within the Creswell School District have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within days of each other, as the virus surged in Lane County.
Community Apr. 30
Springfield students ask, listen and respond to Huerta’s message
SPRINGFIELD – A student-driven interview of Dolores Huerta – longtime social justice advocate, educator, and civil rights activist – was one of the highlights of this year’s Huerta/Chávez Celebration, an event that hopes to inspire students to stay strong and celebrate their different backgrounds.
Community Apr. 30
‘Home run’ partnership for Springfield Public Schools
Coming Fall 2021 – the Springfield High School baseball team will be hitting home runs from a new home field. In partnership with Bushnell University, the Springfield Baseball Project and Springfield Public Schools will renovate a baseball field located at Hamlin Middle School, known as the Hamlin Sports Complex.
Community Apr. 30
One-man show not all laughs
COTTAGE GROVE – Bret Lucich received an eager request Friday night at the Village Green. Someone asked him to play “Bring ’Em Home.” But the name of Lucich’s beautiful, somewhat-famous, patriotic song is actually “One Hero at a Time.” He was still flattered by the moment.
Elections - Springfield Board of Education Apr. 29
Candidate Column: Anthony Reed for Springfield School Board
Friends and neighbors, This last year has been a tough one for all of us. The pandemic, the social unrest and the disastrous fires in our area. One of these alone would have been difficult, but the combined effects have been devastating. Some of us lost friends and loved ones. Some of us lost our jobs or homes. All of us lost a year and then some. I want to do my part to lift our community up and build it back better than ever. That’s why I’m running for Springfield School Board.
Elections - Springfield Board of Education Apr. 29
Candidate Column: Ruth Linoz for Springfield School Board
Raising my two daughters in Lane County, I had the opportunity because of my husband’s job to stay at home to care for and teach them during the early years of their lives. As they grew older and started school, I volunteered regularly in their classrooms, coached their Kidsports teams, and worked part-time in retail while completing my undergraduate education at Lane Community College.
Elections - Springfield Board of Education Apr. 29
Candidate Column: Kelly Mason for Springfield School Board
I was born and raised in Springfield and it is because of my experiences growing up and attending public schools here that I understand the importance of a quality education and a community that looks out for one another. I was raised by a hard-working single mother in a low-income household, and I am committed to providing the resources necessary for all students to succeed in order to ensure that they have the same hope that I had growing up. Being a product of Springfield Public Schools, I can personally say that my experience was excellent.
Community Apr. 29
Police investigating multiple crimes
Several vehicles in Creswell were targeted last weekend for their catalytic converters, according to Sgt. Scott Denham of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. The stolen devices, which control toxic emissions from vehicles, are popular with thieves looking to make anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars. “This is happening all over the I-5 corridor, especially in Eugene,” Denham said.
Opinion Apr. 29
Strong evidence of transformation
During the April 19 City Council meeting on police use-of-force Mayor Sean VanGordon stated, “progress is different than perfection.” Implied in VanGordon’s statement is: 1. Perfection starts with progress. 2. Striving for perfection (excellence) is a worthy and real goal for Springfield. Longtime observers of the Springfield Council will note incredible transformation within just the past few months, with the promise of more change for the better.
Community Apr. 29
Rivas planting deep roots in new business with Thurston Flowers
THURSTON – Emily Rivas’ love of flowers started growing when she was 8 years old, playing in her family’s backyard garden in Hayward, Calif. “My mom had a vegetable garden and I just wanted some flowers,” said Rivas, 34. “I remember growing sweet peas and forget-me-nots. I had a Victorian flower book with the meanings. It’s something that I’ve always had a passion for.” Rivas’ deep-rooted passion led her to enter into floristry when she was 18. Even back when she was scrubbing buckets and sweeping the floor, she knew she wanted to own her own shop someday.
Community Apr. 29
Basketful of gratitude: Reeves eager to serve ‘supportive’ clients
COTTAGE GROVE – Mother’s Day is the busiest week of the year for area florists, and despite the trials and tribulations of the pandemic, plans in local shops are in full-bloom. Last year, COVID-19 restrictions shut down the shop through Mother’s Day. A potentially devastating blow for a small locally-owned business on its busiest week of the year, Carol Reeves, who owns The Flower Basket & Gift Boutique, said that her business did not shudder. Instead, it persevered, for which she credits ongoing community support.
FreeNews Apr. 28
LANE BACK TO EXTREME
Lane is one of 15 counties moving to Extreme Risk on Friday, April 30, where it will stay until at least May 6, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday. The level change means that indoor dining is prohibited, though outdoor capacity limits for bars, restaurants and other sectors will be raised from 50 to 100 people, with health-and-safety measures in place.
News Apr. 28
Parade, fireworks unlikely on July 4
CRESWELL – It is looking like the lawn chairs will remain folded up in the garage for yet another July Fourth. While the City of Creswell, local businesses owners, and a newly assembled Creswell Chamber board are stepping up to provide some semblance of a Fourth of July celebration this summer, chances are that its key features will be missing from the activities lineup.
News Apr. 28
Buick might drive more development
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Economic Development Agency (SEDA) on Monday mulled over two proposed developments for the Glenwood riverside in a private meeting, and at its regular meeting gave the city manager a thumbs-up for a loan acquisition for the future of the old Springfield Motors building. One of the two Glenwood proposals includes a 20-story hotel, and the other includes a soccer stadium and a skating rink. Both proposals include plans for various grades of housing, conference/hotel structures, parking, eateries and retail shops.
FreeObituaries Apr. 28
Hannah Rebecca Jonas: Sept. 29, 1987 – April 16, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 28
Olsa Lucille Scott: Oct. 20, 1936 – April 8, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 28
Jerry Max Newcomb March 22, 1935 – April 21, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 28
Mary Grace Young: June 7, 1940 – March 18, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 28
Sherran Rochelle Weeks: Dec. 9, 2020
FreeObituaries Apr. 28
Harriett ‘Eileen’ (Harpole) Burkeen: July 6, 1927 – April 17, 2021
FreeObituaries Apr. 28
Robert ‘Bob’ Wilson: Oct. 29, 1954 – April 13, 2021

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