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'Local color'

Colorful character: a euphemism that has a wide range of applications. While it could mean endearing or interesting, it can also be a polite term for crackpot or worse. I’m sure if you consider our...

 
 By Virginia Ladd    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Flawed system hurts seniors

Millions of Americans who rely on prescription medicines just received some bad news. The Trump administration recently shelved a proposal that would have saved patients billions at the pharmacy counter. By changing course, the administration missed...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    July 11, 2019

None of Your Business

President Donald Trump's itinerary at the G-20 summit in Japan included a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose government is accused of using dirty tricks to interfere in the U.S. election to sway things Trump's way. As Trump was...

 
 By Quint Studer    Opinion    July 4, 2019

Celebrate community on Independence Day

As I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I'm reminded that the foundations that built this country are still just as...

 
 By Verlean McCoy    Opinion    June 20, 2019

Old Schoolhouse update: Foundation, porch replacement report

Creswell Heritage Foundation board members and volunteers are currently completing site work at Old Schoolhouse, but the Foundation and Porch Replacement Project is otherwise complete. We want to shar...

 
 By Erica Barr    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Chronicle welcomes new intern

Living in Creswell for only a few months, I am already experiencing the beauty of what a small town has to offer. Creswell is a tight-knit community, the kind of community where your neighbor borrows...

 

Historic preservation gives a town a sense of community, history

By Annette Bowers Gapp Creswell was my hometown growing up. In my heart, it is still my hometown. I come back quite often to visit family. My mom saves The Creswell Chronicle for me (at my request), s...

 

Memorial Day reminds us of our highest ideals – and the price we pay for them

Every year, I'm struck by the powerful - and often, opposing - emotions that Memorial Day stirs. We celebrate our freedoms, and yet, we mourn the cost that they required. We look ahead to a bright fut...

 
 By Verlean McCoy    Opinion    May 16, 2019

May is National Historic Preservation Month - Questions surrounding Old Schoolhouse history

Cal Lewis's article, "The Old Creswell school gives up some secrets," in last week's Chronicle gave some intriguing information about the construction of the building. As the Creswell Heritage...

 
 By Mike Fizgerald    Opinion    May 2, 2019

The glories of small, western towns

Brilliant gold streaks slash through the crimson clouds and azure sky. Super-bright twinkling stars retreat into the night as another day dawns in Pinedale, Wyoming. It is a spectacular view every...

 
 By Jeremy Field    Opinion    April 18, 2019

Guest Viewpoint: Now is the time for Millennials, Gen Xers to buy a small business

When it comes to growing the economy, we often focus on job growth through starting a new business. However, there is also a lot to be said about job retention and growth through transitioning...

 
 By Quint Studer    Opinion    March 14, 2019

Get engaged, not enraged - Take ownership of your community's future

When things aren’t going well in our community, our first impulse has traditionally been to get upset. Our second impulse has been to look for someone to blame. Typically, we may point the finger...

 

Hunted

As the cougar crouched 20 yards away, the arrow I shot passed over its head. A clear miss and now the cougar moved even closer. I knew an attack would come very soon. This began in Eastern Oregon 13 miles east of Ukiah on an elk hunting trip with my...

 

Looking back on my nine terms in the Oregon State Legislature

I moved out of my office in the State Capitol in Salem a few days ago. Just before Christmas Marty Wilde, the new state representative, moved into his office there. During my nine terms much has...

 

Focus on shopping locally; supporting established, new businesses

Recently there was a Facebook post on the Creswell Community Connections page asking, "What store or business does this town need to add? (Looking for suggestions.)" There were over 200 comments in...

 
 By Don Ehrich    Opinion    January 10, 2019

Kiwanis Club of Cottage Grove and Creswell to merge and form new Coast Fork Kiwanis Club

Two local Kiwanis Clubs have recently agreed to combine their resources and merge into a single area club to increase service to youth in the Southern Willamette Valley. In the upcoming months, the Kiwanis Club of Cottage Grove and the Kiwanis Club...

 

10 gift ideas for the gardeners in your life

Whether a gift giver who enjoys splurging or staying within a budget for the gift-giving season, Oregon State University Extension Service has everyone covered. Extension Service experts stepped up...

 

Veterans Day 2018

Editor's note: Printed here is the speech written and read by VFW Dept. of Oregon State Commander Rick Higgins at the Veterans Day Memorial Celebration in Creswell last weekend. It is my great honor...

 

Guest Viewpoint - Growing Up in the Digital Age

From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have had challenges growing up. In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways. The Washington Post conf...

 

FOOD PANTRY UPDATE: Food Pantry grateful for community support

The volunteer staff at the Creswell Food Pantry would like to thank the entire Creswell community for the incredible outpouring of support these past two months. It all started with a Creswell Food Pantry Facebook post, announcing that our shelves...

 

Let's bring STAR Voting to Lane County!

Frustrated by politics? Remember, democracy has always been a work in progress. Oregon has long been a pioneer in that progress, from the initiative and referendum a century ago to the mail-in ballots and “motor voter” registration of today. Now...

 

City hall, from the inside, part two

I hear people wonder what we do all day here at City Hall. So, I thought that from time to time it might be worthwhile to give you a snapshot of what is keeping us so busy. Last week, I wrote about...

 

City hall, from the inside, part one

I hear people wonder what we do all day here at City Hall. So, I thought that from time to time it might be worthwhile to give you a snapshot of what is keeping us so busy. Jennifer is the nice lady...

 

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