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PETS Sep. 26
Pet memorials offer peace and reflection
Wildfires, 1 year later: Lucky to survive, grateful for help
Sharon Poitra told her young granddaughter they were going “Camping in the Car.” Since she was talking to a 4-year-old, she didn’t want to be brutally honest and say they were snowbound. That they didn’t know how long they would be there.
The Angler's Log: A dream trip on Rogue River
As you float away from Grave Creek landing, before you even have time to wave goodbye ... Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River immediately gets your attention.
Dorena bridge getting facelift
PETS Sep. 11
Dog Sense: Does your dog really understand its cues?
“My dog knows it! He’s just being stubborn.” Do you find yourself saying this when your dog doesn’t follow your cue?
Creswell filmmakers ensure movie fans can expect the unexpected on ‘Mount Adams’
If you like mysteries, Mount Adams is probably your kind of place.
Mi casa es su casa: Diverse groups sharing new ‘home’ in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – A unique center in Springfield was unveiled on Aug. 31, after a newly-installed sign outside the center announced Casa de la Unidad/House of Unity to the Springfield community.
You rang? Cottage Grove man's hobby dials up memories
FreeCottage Grove Aug. 27
Be Your Best helps set a foundation for community success
Creative leaders and a caring community invest in better healthcare.
Safety first: Plenty of fish and space for the vaccinated
I have always been drawn to wild places, where the skies are big and the fish have seldom seen a lure or a fly. I’ve also stood over a lot of rapids-filled rivers and assessed the hazards and risks of launching my drift boat or raft, considered them to be acceptable, and floated deep into a roadless wilderness. Often to places where “hazard“ is innate to the experience there is no place for the poorly prepared or the ill-informed.
DeFazio delivers $1.5M for Cottage Grove clinic
Catholic Charities readies to help Afghans refugees
Creswell author’s book signing draws crowd at Blue Valley Bistro
HELP IS IN SIGHT: Merritt, charity keeping Lions’ vision alive
CRESWELL – What’s the secret to making sure that a community foundation runs like a charm?
Here to Help: Creswell team serves families from elementary school site
A strange summer: Covid, celebrating Keaton, third streetery opens
City of Creswell's vision for parks and recreation coming into focus
A new name, expanded services, same critical objectives
Womenspace – a nonprofit that serves individuals and families who are victims of domestic abuse in southern Lane County – revealed a name change recently that better reflects its clients and mission, according to executive director Julie Weismann.
Aug. 5
Former Creswell man trying to rebuild legacy after wildfire
LA PINE – Residents in and around La Pine on July 16 have since returned to their homes after the Darlene Fire ravaged the surrounding countryside. But for some, it was not a welcoming sight. Like for former longtime Creswell resident Terry “Mike” Harper, 72, who moved away from Creswell four years ago, with a dream that one day he would live totally “off the grid.” ...
Cottage Grove Aug. 5
Sunset for Cottage Grove’s Sunshine General
Cottage Grove lost two institutions this year: The first being the little store that could, Sunshine General Store, which in May finally ran out of steam after serving the community for 45 years. The second being Gordon Beaman, one of the store’s original owners and the glue who held it together for all those years. Beaman peacefully passed away, July 20. As sad as these two losses are, it is perhaps fitting that they should go together; Gordon was really attached to the store and was a force of constancy at Sunshine. It would be hard to imagine one without the other.
Community Aug. 4
’National Night Out‘ draws local residents to park
CRESWELL – Public safety and community melded together on Tuesday, Aug. 3, as National Night Out events were organized for Creswell and Springfield cities by its police and fire personnel.
Community Aug. 4
Creswell: Briggs’ career is all about second chances – from PCs to playing music
CRESWELL – Ransom Briggs didn’t even own a tie when he landed his first IT interview. “I was in my early 20s and I had to wear a suit and tie for the first time,” Briggs recalled Friday in his office. “I had an interview with the IT director and she looked at my resume and saw there was nothing there, but we talked and she really liked me. But she said we needed to bring in the general manager.
Community Aug. 4
Area briefs: Week of Aug. 5
Aug. 4
Area calendar: Aug. 5 - 11
Community Jul. 30
Horses have proven track record as part of mental-health therapy
Often, the word “therapy” conjures images of sitting in a room and talking. And, while talk therapy serves many people well, it isn’t the best fit for everyone – especially people who don’t love talking about themselves, people who process their experiences internally, or people who find actions speak louder than words.
Community Jul. 29
Comedy clicking at Grove’s Covered Bridge
COTTAGE GROVE – Bruce Jingles is eagerly awaiting the expected wintertime release of his Netflix special. “My Mother’s Gift” is the working title so far. After his mom died on April 27, he said the loss remains fresh on his mind.
Outdoors Jul. 29
Judge’s ruling should open the gates for salmon, steelhead
My recollection of fishing in Oregon and specifically here in Lane County reaches over 40 years and many of them were spent guiding fishermen.
Community Jul. 29
Kiwanis formally dedicates benches
CRESWELL – The Coast Fork Kiwanis Club completed installation of memorial benches in front of the Creswell Heritage Foundation.
Community Jul. 29
Not to drone on, but empty stands leaves viewers with empty feeling
“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I enjoy a philosophical question even if I don’t know the answer, and I’ve modified it for the Tokyo Olympics: “If the Olympics are staged, and there are no fans present, does anyone care?”
News Jul. 28
Kidnapped woman rescued in Creswell
CRESWELL – An adult woman was found safe in Creswell, after being kidnapped by a Eugene resident on July 18.
FreeNews Jul. 28
Councilor among those attacking mayor, manager
CRESWELL – The Fourth of July parade in downtown Creswell continues to spawn controversy and consternation among residents and city leaders.
FreeNews Jul. 24
Caravan a short, uneventful ‘parade and protest’
A small caravan of trucks with flags and homemade signs backed up traffic on Oregon Avenue in Creswell on Saturday morning; fewer than 10 people watched the demonstration along downtown sidewalks on a sunny day with blue skies.
Community Jul. 24
Watchmaker’s Covid lesson: Innovate, chase your passion
SPRINGFIELD – Sometimes inspiration will find you again, even if it takes a few years to return.
Community Jul. 24
Improving its lot: VFW receives money for paving
CRESWELL – A pothole-riddled parking lot at the Creswell VFW Post is one step closer to getting back to tip-top shape, after the post received a $1,000 donation from two Creswell businesses on July 15.
Community Jul. 23
Honoring U.S. flag always a core tenet for veterans
Gen. George Washington contracted with Betsy Ross to make a flag for the new Continental Army. Each American Regiment carried our new flag into battle; a color sergeant was named to carry that battle flag.
Community Jul. 22
Main organizers of parade receive citations from LCSO
CRESWELL – Julie Bivens of Creswell and Chris Tough of Cottage Grove were cited Monday, July 19, by LCSO Sgt. Scott Denham for their roles in organizing and participating in a July 4 parade in Creswell.
News Jul. 21
Construction costs slow Creswell fire station
COTTAGE GROVE – With the exorbitant price tag dangling off a single sheet of lumber, South Lane Fire District won’t be building its new Creswell fire station anytime soon.
Community Jul. 21
Patrician residents buy park, avoid eviction
SPRINGFIELD – Sayonara, Patrician Park; welcome to Filbert Grove Cooperative, a 55-plus manufactured home park, now a “resident-owned community.”
News Jul. 21
Driving a message in Springfield: Buttigieg, DeFazio tout rural investment
GLENWOOD – South Lane County is fully charged – just ask Pete Buttigieg, the United States Transportation Secretary.
Outdoors Jul. 16
Strategic water release helped salmon; believe it or not – walleye gain ground
Cooler weather was in the forecast as I prepared this week’s report, which is always good for summer fishing.
Community Jul. 16
LTD helps drive home importance of vaccine
Lane Transit District is offering the community a boost with the Vaxpass free bus pass during August for those who are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Community Jul. 16
VFW recognizes Creswell’s Wright
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Oregon held its 100th Convention in June.
FreeCRESWELL Jul. 15
Businesses give back: Creswell VFW thankful for donations
CRESWELL – A pothole-riddled parking lot at the Creswell VFW Post is one step closer to getting back to tip-top shape, after the post received a $1,000 donation from two Creswell businesses on July 15.
Community Jul. 15
Blueberry festival, BMD events get underway this weekend
Festival-goers could find their thrill this weekend by supporting CASA, the nonprofit that is aligned with the 10th annual Adkins Farm Blueberry Festival Blues & Brews on Saturday, July 17.
Community Jul. 14
Skatepark supporters keep grinding in effort to save, enhance city venue
Skateboarding – like the Cottage Grove Skatepark itself – has had a bumpy ride.
Springfield Jul. 9
Springfield man arrested for bias crime downtown
FreeNews Jul. 9
Proud Boys won't be in Bohemia Mining Days parade
The extremist group told Bohemia Mining Days organizers it would not make an effort to participate.
Community Jul. 9
Offbeat Oregon History No. 599: Stewart Holbrook preserved the spirit of mid-century Oregon
Ninety-eight years ago, in a logging camp deep in the forests of British Columbia, a logger in a funny hat walked up to a big stump, an ax in his hand.
Community Jul. 7
An expression of love and joy
It was a day long coming and the still-present heat couldn’t keep the crowds from descending on the Cottage Village Co-op Open House last Tuesday afternoon.
Proud Boys apply for Bohemia Mining Days; board to vote tomorrow
Community Jul. 7
D’Amore finds home is wherever his friends are
COTTAGE GROVE – Tobi D’Amore started feeling his first real sense of community when he was a bartender living in New York City a few years ago.
Community Jul. 5
Chronicle debuts new columnist, veteran voice on business
There’s an old saying that goes: Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. I bring this up because as a new business columnist for The Chronicle, I don’t profess to be an expert or “doer” like many of you who run your own business.
Community Jul. 5
High temps sending Art Walk fans from the frying pan into the fire
Art Walk, the last Friday of each month in Cottage Grove, has had its challenges imposed on it these past two years.
Outdoors Jul. 4
Expect heat-related restrictions to impact fishing, trout stocking
As Oregon begins to reopen I was intending to write up beat news and I will get to that in a bit.
Community Jul. 2
County considers better prep
SPRINGFIELD – The pandemic has demonstrated that more preparation is needed in instances of sudden change, and Lane County commissioners are evaluating ways to open more housing and recovery opportunities during a crisis.
Community Jul. 1
Quiet Gestures: Melhert hopes to inspire, lift others
SPRINGFIELD – At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dawn Melhert began making signs to help herself cope, but mainly to spread encouragement to others.
Music Jun. 30
‘Concerts in the Park’ returns to rave reviews
COTTAGE GROVE – Everyone seemed to be in a celebratory mood last Wednesday. They had a good reason to celebrate – the Concerts in the Park series was back at Bohemia Park.
Community Jun. 30
Police: $tiff penalties for rogue events
CRESWELL – Under the potential threat of a rogue parade, caravan, an unpermitted rally and fireworks show, public safety officials are advocating for a “safe-and-legal” holiday and warning about consequences for illegal activity.
Health & Wellness Jun. 24
Answering the call: Doctors provide facts to curious callers
I recently had the privilege of participating in Lane County Public Health’s “The Doctor is In.” Over several evenings local doctors answered questions from the community about COVID-19 vaccines.
News Jun. 23
Wise Woman Herbals seeking zoning OK for expansion
CRESWELL – Wise Woman Herbals, an all-natural herbal and botanical supplements company, is looking to expand its footprint in Creswell. In fact, one might say the proposed growth is Bigfoot-sized.
Community Jun. 20
A big idea: Cottage Grove replica town
As readers know, my columns contain nostalgia and history. And hopefully, things that might suggest a happy family outing.
Community Jun. 20
Selecting rod and reel a critical part of success: Here’s how
I was in a local big box sporting goods retailer earlier this spring. I met a friend to help him select a couple of bass fishing rods and matching reels.
Community Jun. 19
How people can respond to COVID disparities: Mindfulness
A recent survey conducted by the Eugene City Council investigated the impact of the pandemic on our community’s mental health.
Music Jun. 18
JaSkaMon, band fuse different styles during Brewstation appearance
COTTAGE GROVE -- The flyers at the Brewstation proclaimed that none of the five major vaccine manufacturers are as effective as JaSkaMon – especially when dealing with rare tropical disorders such as Raskanitis.
EVENT CANCELLED: TJ's owner didn’t approve plans
CRESWELL – The Fourth of July Celebration that has been promoted for Sunday, July 4, at TJ’s Restaurant and Lounge appears to be over after the restaurant’s current owner told The Chronicle on Thursday afternoon that “there will be no organized event of any kind in the TJ’s parking lot, and the police are going to enforce that.”
Community Jun. 17
Crow, Lorane granges ramping up activities
Saturday, June 19, between noon and 9 p.m., the Applegate Regional Theater (ART, Inc.) campus will be the venue for boxing matches put on by the West Eugene Boxing Academy and visiting clubs from out of the area.
Sports Jun. 17
Buzzer-beaters don’t pay off for CHS boys
PLEASANT HILL – The Creswell boys hit some dramatic buzzer-beating shots as they returned to the basketball court after taking a forced two-week hiatus.
News Jun. 16
Creswell librarians have books, programs ready
Libraries aren’t supposed to be too quiet. But in the age of Covid … “We were not a quiet library. It’s disturbingly quiet now,” said Nick Caum, Youth and Community Services Librarian at the Creswell Library.
Community Jun. 13
The guitar (repair) man
COTTAGE GROVE – Gregg Biller has been in the guitar-repair business for 39 years, so he knew his move from Eugene to Cottage Grove five years ago would be costly – but also something he needed to do.
Community Jun. 13
BMD on the horizon: Cart races, feuds & fun
COTTAGE GROVE – Faced with all of the difficulties of trying to plan and organize a traditional community-wide event that draws thousands of people over an entire week, the leaders of Bohemia Mining Days turned to a tried-and-true tactic: They revived a feud.
Community Jun. 12
Cottage Grove ‘Book Club’ develops students, teachers
Deb Henderson has had a long career in the South Lane School District, 35 years and still going.
Community Jun. 10
Live in Springfield: Sweet N’ Juicy brings the funk
SPRINGFIELD – Live music had just returned to Springfield after a long hiatus, so fans at PublicHouse were treated to something special Friday.
Community Jun. 10
Heart focuses on helping others
SPRINGFIELD – Aloha Heart knows that smiles can save lives. How? Well, she says one saved her in 1975. Heart, 77, said the simple act of a stranger pulled her from the depths of despair.
FreeNews Jun. 9
Lane County laying ‘low’ permanently
Lane County public health officials heaved a collective sigh of relief as the county entered the lowest COVID-19 risk category on June 9, where it will remain until all restrictions are lifted entirely.
Community Jun. 6
It’s spring, which is a great time to cultivate new ways of thinking
Mother Nature is being kind to us these past couple of weeks in Lane County. Not only has she been generously giving us a spring filled with warm, sunny days, but she has interspersed them with welcome showers to keep the flowers happy and the earth moist and green.
Outdoors Jun. 6
Trout are plentiful; beware fire dangers
In spite of the rain that fell last week, conditions across the county are dangerously dry. Sadly, the persistent drought that grips us now looks as though it will last through the summer and into early fall.
Community Jun. 5
Don’t overlook psychological health needs when making retirement plans
For years, wealth management companies have been telling us in commercials that retirement needs to be on our radar.
Community Jun. 5
Well-known films helped capture RRs’ impact on Willamette Valley
In 1979-80, when we moved Bohemia Mining Days from downtown, it moved to the vacant Chambers mill site. It had been purchased by a California contractor, Alex Madonna.
Community Jun. 4
Pandemic led to AKHS placing greater focus on CTE
There are exciting things happening at Al Kennedy High School (AKHS) and impressive additions have taken root at the SLSD school located in Saginaw.
Opinion Jun. 4
SEDA’s lack of transparency on decision-making disappointing
For decades leaders in Springfield and Glenwood have sought to develop the potential of Glenwood.
Community Jun. 3
CHS girls hoops picking up pace; boys on hiatus
Tyler Hollingsworth wants his Creswell girls basketball players to know that he’s seeing terrific progress in the team. It would be so much easier to get that message across if the Bulldogs were winning more games.
Community Jun. 3
No novelty, just down-home talent
Just because The Down-Home Boys have a keyboard player who joined the band when he was 8 years old, that doesn’t make them a novelty act ... does it?
Community Jun. 3
By the letter: Library seeks art for alphabet
SPRINGFIELD — If you live in Springfield or rural East Lane County, you have the chance to commemorate your city through art in the Springfield A-Z Art Contest, even if you’re not an artist.
Community Jun. 2
Federal funds flowing:Rep. Wilde goes to bat for Creswell broadband, shelter in Glenwood
Rep. Marty Wilde on Tuesday announced his spending requests for the federal American Rescue Plan Act will go toward helping communities recover from COVID-19 repercussions in the county, including requests for an expansion of Creswell broadband and a unhoused shelter in Glenwood.
Community Jun. 2
Clubhouse moves, can ‘offer more’
It’s almost playtime in Creswell – and not just because the weather is holding up somewhat consistently. The Creswell Clubhouse moved to a new home this year, the Cobalt Activity Center, and is under construction for a new look – complete with a cushioned dance floor and gym.
Community Jun. 2
July 4 events in Creswell slowly take shape
CRESWELL – With only a month left before July 4 festivities kick off in Creswell, many of the plans are still in flux.
Community May. 30
St. Alice’s expanded kitchen offers food, hope
SPRINGFIELD — St. Alice Catholic Church father Mark Bentz believes that food can bring people together. “Food breaks down barriers,” Bentz said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the church’s new kitchen on May 19.
Community May. 29
SLSD, Pleasant Hill schools making schedule changes
South Lane and Pleasant Hill school districts continue to make rapid-fire changes as COVID-19 information changes, finding new ways to help struggling students and update mask policies.
Community May. 28
If you’re on the go, consider a garden salad ‘in a jar’
Here is a tasty and healthy lunch option some of you might have seen on popular websites. When it’s time to enjoy a lunch salad, give the jar a little shake, then pour onto your plate.
Community May. 28
The ‘Blue Goose’ and the legendary beauty of the classic Steam Engine #19
One of the joys of retirement is that it gives me time to visit over coffee with friends. As the readers know, I devoted a great deal of my energies to what I hope is bringing happy times through tourism, the Cottage Grove Carousel, and now with Bohemia Mining Days.
Community May. 28
Farmers Market: Fresh air, food and faces a welcome return
It sure is nice to have some real Oregon weather, cool, gray, and rainy. I hope it lasts as we can use the moisture following a droughty new year.
Community May. 27
Deputies execute warrant, charge parolee for firearms
CRESWELL – A Lane County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to Creswell developed a search warrant that led to the arrest of an unnamed suspect. The LCSO is working on a sex-crime case, and the search warrant also revealed there were several firearms, which were seized.
Community May. 26
Shearer interim SPD chief after Lewis retires
SPRINGFIELD – Andrew Shearer was sworn in Monday, May 24, as the SPD interim police chief following the retirement of former Chief Rick Lewis, who is retiring after 38 years with the department. Lewis has been on leave since March.
FreeCommunity May. 26
Huling: Teacher of the year
SPRINGFIELD – A middle school teacher in Springfield is one of 16 educators awarded Regional Teacher of the Year by the Department of Education.
Outdoors May. 23
Well-outfitted watercraft provide everything a fishing boater needs
In my last report I highlighted the number of lakes and rivers where smallmouth and largemouth bass, introduced to Oregon waters about 100 years ago, have spread, thrived and now are among Oregon’s top angling opportunities.
Community May. 23
No kidding: Humor is an important coping tool for humans
Millions of Americans have discovered that one of the widespread side-effects of living in a time of Covid is no fun. Literally. Mental health experts call the condition “behavioral anhedonia,” a reduced ability to enjoy the pleasures of everyday life.
Community May. 21
SEDA looking beyond current development proposals
GLENWOOD – Springfield Economic Development Agency (SEDA) last week announced its new process for selecting a development partner for the Glenwood riverfront area, resetting the clock in the race for development.
Community May. 21
Fond memories of mom, in church and at home
For Mother’s Day we can find many stories in the Bible that tell us of a mother’s love. I have chosen the story of Hannah, a barren woman who prayed to God for a son, and then, in gratitude, dedicated her first son to God’s service.
Community May. 20
Creswell helps agency fill its needs
It was late spring, and the floodgates had opened. After an “eerily quiet” first few months of the Coronavirus pandemic, an overwhelming number of calls swamped Womenspace.
Community May. 20
OASIS: ‘favorite things’ = $9,000
SPRINGFIELD – Eight desserts, 127 boxes and a ton of community support recently raked in $9,000 for OASIS, a drop-in day center for homeless families in Springfield.