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 By Dana Merryday    News    January 23, 2020 

Make your voice heard at Town Hall

COTTAGE GROVE - Finally, I am getting to enjoy some proper Oregon weather. Although I am not native, I have been here long enough that if the winter weather is too dry and warm, I get nervous. People...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    January 16, 2020

Remembering one of the Grove's best: John 'Pat' Patterson

COTTAGE GROVE – The new year in Cottage Grove got off to sad start. On Jan. 2, we lost one of the most dynamic and community service-minded of our citizens, John Reuben "Pat" Patterson. Encircled...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    January 9, 2020

South Lane Women's Network: Strength in numbers

COTTAGE GROVE - One charm about living in a small, close-knit community is that life comes at a slower pace, on a more manageable scale. That is all well and good if you have found your piece in the...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    January 2, 2020

Here's to a happy – and healthier – new year!

COTTAGE GROVE – To rework an old phrase; “The road to health is paved with good intentions.” I imagine there is a four-letter word stuck in your mind right now and sorry for the cheap literary...

 

Play your way into the new year at 'Gamesquall'

COTTAGE GROVE – If you have ever wondered about the lighted sign bearing the letters "I.O.O.F." with three interlocking links on Main Street, you are not alone. That building, the Cottage Grove...

 

Keeping track of the winter solstice

I actually prefer using the more inclusive "Happy Holidays." For me it has nothing to do with political correctness or desire to please or at least not offend anybody. It just comes down to the fact...

 

After 119 years, Currin's footbridge history remains unbroken

COTTAGE GROVE – Two weeks ago on a brisk, grey Saturday morning, Cottage Grovers gathered along South River Road to celebrate. It was a day many have been looking forward to. Some thought it may not...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    December 5, 2019

Hooked on a feelin', high on believin' ... 'tis the season

COTTAGE GROVE – Hang on to your mistletoe, the Grove is going full "holidaze" this weekend. The events that are sweeping into town like a polar blast run the gamut from serene to large-scale ...

 

Tiny houses? Now that's a giant idea

As you are hopefully relaxing, gratefully stuffed from the holiday meal with a roof over your head, there are others in our community who don't have this luxury that should be a basic right....

 

'Dharma Town:' City has long history with Buddhism

Cottage Grove is a place that is deceptively deep in hidden treasures. Sure, we are known for our covered bridges, excellent biking trails and historic downtown, but did you know we host not one but...

 

Bird walk will be something worth squawking about

COTTAGE GROVE – If you are not familiar with the feathered members of our community, this Saturday would be a good chance to make their acquaintance. The Coast Fork Birders will be led on their...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    October 31, 2019

Now, This is Scary!

COTTAGE GROVE – The time of harvest and preparing for winter have long been celebrated almost universally among cultures; after planting, tending and bringing in the crops, it is a time to...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    October 24, 2019

Time to "gird up"

Starting today and running all weekend there is more going on than you can easily accomplish in the historic downtown of Cottage Grove. It is like that all too often 'round here. Nothing for it but...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    October 17, 2019

Return of the Friends book sale

COTTAGE GROVE – We live in a town that loves its books. We have three independent book stores on Main Street, a great public library and a vibrant volunteer group “Friends of Cottage Grove...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    October 10, 2019

What's in a name?

The Cottage Grove City Council is in a funny position in dealing with a "new" old bridge with a hazy naming history. Their job is now to agree on an official name to what everyone calls the "Swinging...

 
 By Dana Merryday    News    October 3, 2019

The art of toga

The first time I tried to attend the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, I missed it. Naturally assuming that it was held in October, and without doing any research in that pre-internet era, I showed up...

 

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...

 

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