Cottage Grove

The Western Oregon Opry, part 1

I spent a delightful rainy afternoon at the home of Annie Manning and Neil Fain surrounded by newspaper articles, photo albums and golden memories. Additionally, Larry Barkemeyer, Bob and Sharon Stratton, and Tootie Williams gathered ’round the kitchen table and took turns reminiscing over a truly special community treasure known[Read More…]

The coat that proved unsinkable

TITANIC ON HER MAIDEN VOYAGE. Photo provided Cottage Grove, being a small town out in the sticks, doesn’t usually come to mind when you think of the drama and tragedy associated with the sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage. At the time of the 1912 disaster, Cottage Grove[Read More…]

Do something different this weekend

If you made a New Year’s commitment to do something that you haven’t done before, then I have a couple of suggestions that are happening this weekend. One possibility is to participate in the annual Bald Eagle Count on Saturday. If you have never seen our national bird in flight[Read More…]

Light at the end of the tunnel

In Cottage Grove, there was dismay and immediate inconvenience in September of 2016. A right of way that has been open for over 100 years was, without warning, boarded up, closed and posted “No Trespassing!” For anyone who grew up in Cottage Grove it was a hard blow. The Currin[Read More…]

Christmas spirit in spades at Village Green

THE LIGHT SHOW AT VILLAGE GREEN CHRISTMAS MARKET INCLUDES NATURE SCENES, LIKE POLAR BEARS IN ICE-CAPPED MOUNTAINS. Aliya Hall/The Creswell Chronicle Cottage Grove has gotten a taste of Germany with the Village Green Christmas Market. Through Dec. 23, all are welcome to partake in this open-air holiday market that offers[Read More…]

A Rotary Christmas comes to Bohemia

HAPPY CRAFTY GROVERS MAKE ORNAMENTS FOR THEIR TREE. Photo provided Christmas came a little early last Thursday, thanks to the Cottage Grove Rotary Club, local businesses and a host of volunteers. When the doors at Bohemia Elementary School swung open at 6 p.m., the cry, ”Here they come!” was passed[Read More…]

Alas Slabtown, where art thou?

SLABTOWN SURVIVOR, CAMPBELL CHRISMAN’S HOUSE BUILT CIRCA 1873. Photo provided/Dana Merryday When you think of a ghost town usually it conjures up dusty, bleached out buildings with flapping doors and maybe some tumbleweeds blowing through. Cottage Grove has a sort of ghost town that looks nothing like that. Our ghost[Read More…]

Happy birthday, Opal

OPAL WHITELEY Photo provided Opal Whiteley looms large in Cottage Grove – namely about 18 feet tall – smiling down from the newly restored mural in the Opal Whiteley Park on Main Street. She is one of the area’s most interesting and mysterious former inhabitants, and there is a birthday[Read More…]



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