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Florence: Once a vibrant fishing destination, sudden Ghost Town

FLORENCE – The first cases of Coronavirus in Lane County and the first recorded fatality has sent shockwaves through our communities. In an effort to minimize the advance of the virus through...

 
 By Pat Edwards    Communities    March 26, 2020 

When 'staying home' simply was the norm

LORANE — This concept of staying home must seem very strange to our younger generations, but it is familiar to me. When we were raising our family of four kids, I made one trip to town a week to...

 
 By Pat Edwards    Communities    March 26, 2020 

Make someone's day – lighten their load

LORANE — This week, a close relative who is caretaking both her husband and brother—one in the hospital, needing to come home, and one who is in hospice care who she could not leave—was in...

 
 By Joey Blum    Communities    March 26, 2020 

Blum: We're on a mountain we didn't ask to climb

My wife, Nancy, grew up climbing mountains in Washington State. We met at The Evergreen State College, where she studied Outdoor Education with Willi Unsoeld. Willi was an Oregon boy who, with Tom...

 

Owner trying to adjust

Nick Hammond, a small business owner who does one-on-one personal fitness training, is feeling the impact of the pandemic. Hammond, a regular on Wednesday mornings at KZEL for 10 years, said he’s offering virtual training. “I contacted my...

 
 By Gini Davis    Communities    March 26, 2020 

Curb Appeal

With the number of businesses that are temporarily closed continuing to rise; more people out of work, often without paid leave; an unprecedented run of panic-buying that quickly empties store shelves...

 

Food Pantry well-stocked, prepared to help feed needy during pandemic

CRESWELL – As the community strives to absorb and adapt to the waves of information, precautions and mandates coming from medical, scientific, public health and governmental officials regarding the...

 

Here's how to help feed kids

CRESWELL — When Creswell School District shuttered its doors a week ahead of spring break to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, one of the biggest and most immediate concerns was how to continue...

 

Cottage Grove Grants

The Cottage Grove Community Foundation (CGCF) announced its Grant Award Recipients for 2020 and that 12 nonprofit organizations were selected as community grant recipients for a total of $11,186 and two unsolicited grants for $4,500. The Cottage...

 

Thing 1 and Thing 2 – out of the box!

CRESWELL – Kindergarten classes at Creslane Elementary were among the first to celebrate Dr. Seuss Week, which started March 2. Students in the classrooms of Debbie Larson, Shawna Bradley, Nastalia...

 

Dak Thai opening Tuesday

CRESWELL - The temporary lapse of thai cuisine in Creswell has come to an end as Dak Thai Cuisine aims to open Tuesday, March 17 at 2 W. Oregon Ave. The former Thai restaurant, Drumrongthai Caf...

 
 By Bob Beck    Communities    March 12, 2020

More recognition for essayist

CRESWELL – Lexie Smith won another award for her patriotic essay for the VFW Patriot's Pen scholarship program. Lexie placed fifth in state competition after tying for first at the Creswell Post...

 

Bakery bill cooks up opportunity

CRESWELL - With farmer's markets accepting applications for vendors, it is the perfect time for prospective entrepreneurs to take advantage of Oregon's Home Baking Bill. The bill passed in 2016 and...

 

Area man arrested for assault

CRESWELL — A dispute between brothers landed one in jail after a fight broke out between the two on Camas Swale Road on March 4. Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police responded to the scene after a dispute on the property was...

 

Sunlight is homeowners' best tool to fight moss

BY KYM POKORNY Chronicle news service CORVALLIS – In the moist Pacific Northwest, moss on roofs is inevitable. The ubiquitous plant clings to shingles, causing damage that can lead to expensive...

 

Signs of spring include steelhead

The big picture ... As I prepare this report the hints of spring are everywhere. Yeah, plants are starting to bloom. But more importantly to anglers, I can report that the very first Willamette River...

 

A 'smart' presentation

CRESWELL – Ten years of supporting K-5 students and families with affordable after-school care were celebrated in charming style last Saturday, as Creswell Clubhouse hosted a spaghetti dinner and...

 

Neigh-borly visit to downtown

In what has likely been a typical scene in Creswell many times since the town's 1909 incorporation, a few horses rest at a hitching post while thirsty riders wet their whistle at the Round-Up Saloon...

 

25 graduate from emergency response program

CRESWELL - Twenty-five people this month graduated from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program and are now trained in disaster response. Community members are trained in basic disaster r...

 

Happy to Help - A monthly spotlight on volunteer and nonprofit efforts

CRESWEL – Did you know that Creslane Elementary School has about 35 adult volunteers working in every K-3 classroom to help children learn to read? We are in our seventh year of operation. This...

 

Community Kitchen reaches milestones

It isn't "pretty" yet, but construction and installation of Creswell Food Pantry/Community Food for Creswell (CFFC)'s new 900-square-foot commercial kitchen at the Cobalt Activity Center is well under...

 

Happy to Help - Service Groups

COAST FORK KIWANIS EVENTS & INFO • Meeting scheduled March 4 at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in Cottage Grove, with Al Bennett presiding in Don Ehrich's absence. Karen Rainsong,...

 

DONOR DRIVE RESULTS

• Amy Saling and Jana Waterman helped organize a three-way donation drive for red blood cells, platelets and plasma. KMTR/KVAL helped sponsor the event Wednesday, Feb. 13, at McKenzie Willamette...

 

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

CRESWELL TUESDAY, MARCH 10 • Monthly luncheon Food available at 11:45 a.m. and meeting begins at noon. COTTAGE GROVE THURSDAY, FEB. 28 • Penny Poker Night with a Magnolia Gardens resident. Contact activities director Lesa Eller at (541)942-0054...

 

Time to pick your plugs, hone your technique

At the top of this week's report is the better-than-average success steelhead anglers have been having in nearly every coastal river up and down the state. Not "red hot," but anglers putting in the...

 

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