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 By Dana Merryday    News    November 21, 2019 

'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...

 

Taking action through advocacy

Last week, Magnolia Gardens in Cottage Grove began hosting monthly meetings for the League of Women Voters. From left are Beth Pool, Susan Johnson, Cynthia Sharp, Gayle Downing, Carol Shelly, Cecelia...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    November 14, 2019

KNND radio moves buildings, adding FM

COTTAGE GROVE – Listeners can soon catch KNND 1400 AM on both radio waves. The country, rock and talk station, will soon be adding an FM station, said Cameron Reiten, owner of KNND. As part of AM...

 

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...

 

Transformational transportation

All aboard the LTD bus! We are a one-vehicle family. With my wife out of town with the truck, I have fared fairly well walking and biking around town for my needs. But this past week I had to get to...

 
 By Erin Tierney    News    November 7, 2019

Revved up and 'dolled' up

COTTAGE GROVE - Danny and Candace Solesbee's Shampoo Dolls Salon car made downtown pop in black and white. The couple, owners of the salon and 5 Flying Monkeys, bought the 1972 Delta 88 convertible...

 

Spooky Storytelling Makes the Carousel Go 'Round

Last weekend, about 70 supporters of the Cottage Grove Carousel attended a storytelling fundraising event and were entertained by actor, storyteller and oral interpreter Rickie Birran. He told...

 
 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...

 

Theatre: 'Arsenic and Old Lace' Auditions

COTTAGE GROVE – Cottage Theatre will hold auditions at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 for “Arsenic and Old Lace,” by Joseph Kesselring. This classic comedy will kick off the theatre's 2020 season, with a three-weekend run from Jan. 31 to Feb. 16....

 
 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 Aliya Hall    News    October 17, 2019

Forget Halloween; locals say Cottage Grove is haunted, phantasmic year-round

COTTAGE GROVE – This is the time of year when we turn our attention to Halloween and the idea of ghouls, ghosts and other paranormal activity. Perhaps a scarier thought, however, is that all this...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    October 17, 2019

Looking Glass is expanding services

COTTAGE GROVE – Family stress can come in many forms when a parent loses their job or housing costs upset the stability of having a "home." Financial stress, particularly for low-income families, ca...

 
 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...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    September 26, 2019

Coast Fork Farm Stand: 10 years of offering 'a little bit of a lot of things'

COTTAGE GROVE - A lot has happened over the past 10 years for Coast Fork Farm Stand. For four years, owner Scott Burgwin, 67, of Cottage Grove sold fresh produce in tents. It would take up to two...

 

Grovers can get free food at numerous locations

If you live in Cottage Grove, here are the places you can go to get free food. To find a food pantry that serves you or for more information, call 541-343-2822. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 820 S. 10th St. Free produce, third Mondays, 1 p.m. Hot...

 

Carousel committee continues progress

COTTAGE GROVE - A Philippine delegation visited the District 5110 as part of the Rotary Friendship Exchange. Ten members of the Philippine delegation visited local Springfield, Cottage Grove, and...

 

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,...

 
 By Aliya Hall    News    September 12, 2019

Oregon's 1940s hipsters:

COTTAGE GROVE — What started as a small Civilian Public Service (CPS) camp in 1945’s Waldport, Oregon, emerged into what became the Beat Movement of the early 1960s. These conscientious objectors...

 

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 Aliya Hall    News    September 5, 2019

Coast Fork Willamette Watershed aims to eradicate knotweed

COTTAGE GROVE – Representatives of the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council (CFWWC) visited Cottage Grove last week and educated Coast Fork Science Pub attendees on efforts being made to...

 
 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...

 
 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 Aliya Hall    News    August 8, 2019

Diamond in the rough:

The idea for the name Misfit Toy Ranch came from co-owner Zach Driscoll because when their ranch started in 2013 it became known as the place that would take horses that were no longer wanted, or...

 

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