Senior & Disability Services office reopens

■ COTTAGE GROVE – Senior & Disability Services, a division of Lane Council of Governments, is pleased to announce its South Lane office in Cottage Grove is now open to the public. Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is located at 700 E. Gibbs Ave., Cottage Grove, OR 97424. The office can also be reached over the phone at 541-682-4038 if you have a current worker or call 541-682-3353 if you need information. The Senior Meals Site in Cottage Grove will begin operating on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. It will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at noon at 700 E. Gibbs Ave., Cottage Grove, OR 97424. For more information about the Senior Meals Program, call 541-682-3353 or 1-800-441-4038.

Lane County accepting grant applications July 1

■ Firewise grants provide rural property owners with funding to help complete projects that reduce the risk of wildfire, such as clearing vegetation, replacing wood shake roofing, fire-resistant landscaping materials, noncombustible exterior siding, chimney spark arrestors, and more. Up to $15,500 in grant funding is available for each qualifying property. “Awareness of wildfire risk has really increased in our rural communities,” said Lane County Land Management Planner Jared Bauder. “Firewise grants can help property owners take on the type of projects that reduce wildfire risk to homes but that can be too expensive for many people to pay for out of pocket. Apply online at www.lanecountyor.gov/firewise. Paper applications are also available in the Lane County Public Works Customer Service Center vestibule at 3050 North Delta Highway, Eugene. Firewise grants are funded through Title III of the Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Program - Section 601 of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. 

Foundation awarding scholarships

■ Cottage Grove Community Foundation doles out over $136,000 in scholarships to area students

“Linking donors to dreams” – it’s been the mission and calling of the Cottage Grove Community Foundation for over 30 years. And through its scholarship program, which recently contributed to the secondary education of 101 area students, the Foundation has helped local young people reach for their dreams since 2002. 

Recently, the Foundation awarded $136,850 in scholarship funds to students who plan to continue their education after high school, a figure that includes the $33,500 the Foundation gave in renewable scholarships for local graduates in the later years of their college education. 

Awards range in size from $500 to $6,000. This year, the Foundation was able to meet its goal of offering a scholarship to each applicant.