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 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...

 

Vision in motion - Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel

COTTAGE GROVE - "Sir" Russ McGuire, sole operator and project engineer of the Cottage Grove Carousel, is seen in action at this week's Carousel event. There will be a tile painting fundraiser on...

 
 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...

 

THE CAROUSEL CORNER - Happy New Year from carousel friends

Dear Chronicle readers: The Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel wish to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We wish to thank The Chronicle for the superb coverage of the carousel...

 

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...

 

Holiday market lights dazzle

COTTAGE GROVE – Inspired by the European Christmas markets from the late Middle Ages, the Village Green Christmas Market at 725 Row River Road is an "open air" outdoor holiday market that offers...

 
 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...

 

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... Full story

 
 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...

 

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