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The kids have got it right – and have a right

It is not always that young people make the best decisions. Youth can be about indulgence, risk-taking, and just plain dumb moves that come from naïveté. But in the case of 16-year-old Greta...

 

Community steps up to help Rogers family; City leaders have chance to do the same

Main Street east of US 99 has little of the charm of the brick Historic District. Most structures are business-related and are more modern and utilitarian in nature. The one oasis along that stretch...

 

Aqua Lions ride again

COTTAGE GROVE – As the Cottage Grove community waits breathlessly for the Oct. 1 reopening of the newly refurbished Warren H. Daugherty Aquatic Center, located at 1440 S. 8th St. in Cottage Grove,...

 

Jane Rapier: Going beyond to keep CG litter-free

COTTAGE GROVE – If you have ever spent time driving around Cottage Grove you will no doubt have noticed two things. One: the streets and byways are remarkably litter-free; the other: a very...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    August 29, 2019

Do it yourselfers to 'fly-in' to Jim Wright Field

COTTAGE GROVE – The first recorded airplane landing in Cottage Grove occurred on June 14, 1919, in a field off South 6th Street. The party included four planes, Oregon Governor Olcott et al., and on...

 

UNPLUGGED

COTTAGE GROVE – An intimate crowd at the Cottage Events Venue was treated to an evening anything but ordinary last Thursday. Looking like they just walked out of a Dorothea Lange photograph, a...

 

'Local color'

Colorful character: a euphemism that has a wide range of applications. While it could mean endearing or interesting, it can also be a polite term for crackpot or worse. I’m sure if you consider our...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    August 15, 2019

Armory starting to glow

Prepare to do a double-take if you haven't been by the Cottage Grove Armory lately. The 88-year-old structure is looking pretty spruce with cracks repaired and gleaming new paint job. Inside, tile-set...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    August 8, 2019

Clock is ticking:

I hope you will forgive me for the short notice but there is something unique happening in Cottage Grove tonight (Thursday, Aug. 8) that you really should see. That is, if you enjoy plays on words...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    August 1, 2019

'A Chance to show off your best'

On the third weekend of August, a long-held Cottage Grove tradition will bloom again. Friday, Aug. 16-18, the Western Oregon Exposition (WOE) will ride again. The stated mission of the fair is: "The...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    July 18, 2019

'Houston, the Eagle has landed'

Purists will complain that the title of this column is an abbreviation of the first words spoken from the moon's surface. I grant that claim and wish to point out that this condensation has become an...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    July 11, 2019

50 years of psycho-spiritual rejuvenation for all

As you read this I will be camped out and ready for the opening of the 50th Oregon Country Fair. For the past 27 years, the second weekend in July has been indelibly marked on my calendar as an "I...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    July 4, 2019

The Swinging Bridge is coming down

While it is a bit sad to see something that has been standing since 1965 slowly coming apart, the promise of what is to come tempers that feeling. Crews from Hamilton Construction Company moved in...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    June 27, 2019

'Water Ouzels' are keeping our Coast Fork clean

On Saturday, an intrepid group will assemble at the Row River Boat Ramp with an assortment of watercraft, life jackets, paddles and plastic garbage bags. These volunteers are named for a tough little...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    June 13, 2019

'Color Their World' Tie-dye creations to be on display, for bid at Mining Days

Bohemia Mining Days board members and volunteers last weekend worked with retired hotel bed sheets and encouraged the public to create mind-expanding creations at Coiner Park. The "Color Their World"...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    June 6, 2019

Through the Grove-Vine - A busy groove in the Grove

It was one of those weekends that I kind of dread in Cottage Grove. Everything at once! You want to do it all but there is only so much time available. The nice weather didn't help either. Although I...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    May 30, 2019

Hats off! Special exhibition on display at Cottage Grove Historical Museum

Up until the late 1950s and early 60s, no self-respecting man would think about going out in public without a hat. I am not talking about the ubiquitous ball cap of today, but a real solid affair of...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    May 23, 2019

We love you, Latham School - Community celebration is May 31

Latham School's long story has reached its last chapter. The current building dates back to 1922, but the large cost to bring the deteriorating building up to grade, along with declining student...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    May 16, 2019

Remembering Erica Caridio: A community staple

Saturday afternoon I spent a bittersweet time around the iconic round table at the Axe & Fiddle. Just on the other side of the glass, blurred by the large Axe neon sign, the bustle of Main Street...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    May 9, 2019

It's Teacher Appreciation Week!

You have probably seen the bumper sticker that reads, “It will be a great day when schools get all the money they need and the Air Force will need to have a bake sale to buy a bomber.” While that...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    May 2, 2019

Waving a sad goodbye to Clarence Kreamier

It takes all kinds of people to make up a community. Some people like to blend in and remain anonymous, others like to strut their stuff, loud and brashly. Some are bad, some good and some are just...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    April 25, 2019

Celebrate May with South Valley Farmers' Market

I am glad I don’t really have to depend on the weather to make my living. This past week went from cold, rainy, 40 degree temperatures to downright balmy by the week’s end. Farmers do have to...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    April 18, 2019

The Spring events are underway

Even though it is still grey, cold and rainy, the time to get out and do things fun has come to the Northwest. And a little rain has rarely slowed down Oregonians. Ken Kesey in “Sometimes a Great...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    April 11, 2019

Opal Whiteley in the 21st Century

Cottage Grove and Opal Whiteley have a long and somewhat complicated relationship. She grew up in nearby Walden, Star, and other logging towns and camps and was undoubtedly a savant, the likes of...

 
 By Dana Merryday    Opinion    April 4, 2019

April is Earth Month

April showers bring May flowers, is something I learned in school. And after all of that snow it is a welcome relief to see spring really budding out. April is also the month we celebrate our one...

 

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