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Old, new meet at dedication of veteran legacy therapy horse team
Munsell, Grocery Outlet helping teens
“Handing a young person a warm pair of socks can be like handing them a college degree at times.”
Willamette River Bridge to complete upgrades in 2022
By this time next year, motorists can expect to see the construction clearing on the Willamette River Bridge. The paint job and strengthening repairs are aimed to be completed by Nov. 30, 2022, according to Angela Beers Seydel, public information officer for the Oregon Department of Transportation. The project is estimated to cost $5.8 million for painting and repairs, and will be paid for by the federally-allocated State Transportation Improvement Project (STIP).
Helpful holidays: Giving feels more special
CRESWELL – It’s that time of year, so everyone’s cooking up ways to give back to their community. With the help of Creswell First! and other charitable organizations, many local citizens can expect to get plenty of “stocking stuffers” – as well as getting their bellies stuffed – during the holiday season.
Remembering Past 45 Arts & Crafts, an iconic piece of Cottage Grove
“It was a tight group who worked downtown,” recalls Dorothea Perkins, past-president of the Cottage Grove collective. “Our makers were also good customers and like family … The volunteer shop clerks worked together to help people find a gift when they didn’t know exactly what they were looking for.”
Pet therapy, and how it can help you
What do dogs, horses, and dolphins all have in common?
Thanksgiving trip a chance to visit historic sites
A message from Bob Beck, lay leader at his church, and Commander for District 13 of the Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars:
At the coast, ‘King Tides’ spill into community
The exceptionally high tides recorded along the Oregon coast last weekend – referred to as “King Tides” – are nothing new. The alignment of the earth to the sun and the moon that causes the abnormally high tides has happened since the beginning of time. But with the development of global climate change and sea-level rise has pushed this annual tidal event to the forefront of many coastal communities.
Winter greetings: Cottage Grove refines Pallet Shelter Village policies
Dogs can benefit from video training, relaxed atmosphere during Covid
Nostalgia Corner: Exploring the best of South Lane TV channel
Around the Grove: Area cemeteries offer amazing experiences, history all year
When locals started putting out their decorations over a month ago, their displays often included mock tombstones. Seeing those got me to move on a reader’s suggestion that it would be nice to hear about local historic cemeteries.
The Angler's Log: Damage is done, but wet weather still helps
After a long, hot and dry summer, in what was a historic year of drought that extended into the early fall across all of Oregon and most of the western United States ... It has finally rained. But the damage is done and making matters worse, our historic drought came after several years of below-average precipitation that has left us with quite a deficit to overcome. And it will take several years of normal rain and snowfall accumulations to fully recover. But a cool and wet weather pattern has settled in across the Pacific Northwest. With any luck, the welcoming wet weather will be with us into the weekend and hopefully far beyond.
Nov. 3
Area briefs and calendar: Week of Nov. 4
Cards are lasting links to art teacher’s legacy in the Grove
COTTAGE GROVE – A story on the Dorena Covered Bridge, which appeared in this column, prompted a reader to contact me and share a treasure. The gift was a complete set of note cards showing Oregon’s covered bridges by the late Catharine Pratt Filmer, better known as “The Covered Bridge Lady.”
Halloween events this weekend in South Lane County
Banner days: Catching up on happenings across The Grove
"The closing of the Village Green Resort was the impetus for taking a look back at the history and contributions of the Woodard family over these past weeks. While I learned a lot about Cottage Grove’s history in the process, I have neglected to keep Chronicle readers informed of happenings that are rippling through the Grove." ...
New birth center fills health care gaps in Lane County
SPRINGFIELD – A nonprofit midwifery birth center is opening in Springfield, ensuring that a 40-year legacy of expanded birthing options will continue in Lane County.
Part 3: W.A. Woodard: The most ‘rugged individualist’
Cottage Grove's Walter “W.A.” Woodard was the last of his breed, a large-scale independent lumberman who had worked his way up from cutting cordwood to running one of the most efficient and modern mills – which he completely owned and directed.
Going through the phases: Glenwood development plans taking shape
Over the last two decades the transition of the unincorporated community of Glenwood must have often felt like no one cared. More a rejected piece of real estate trapped between Eugene and Springfield than a gold mine of opportunities for either or both of those ranking cities, Glenwood has long been the short-straw loser when it came to discussions about the future.
MUSIC Oct. 13
The Village Green's last hurrah: Enduring high notes
Are the good times really over for good at the Village Green? If you ask some of the longtime regulars of the iconic hotel — known for having live music at least six nights a week in the lounge — rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. With a change in ownership for the first time in more than 60 years, the Village Green closed its doors to the public on Thursday, Sept. 30.
PETS Oct. 10
Dog Sense: Calm tone helps with ‘dog speak’
"Our dogs often don’t understand the word either, especially when it’s strung together with other words spoken at a fast pace. I see this commonly when a frustrated client arrives with a dog who has unwanted behaviors ... "
Cottage Grove's Woodard reshapes the landscape
COTTAGE GROVE – W.A. Woodard was a tenacious, self-made businessman, and was, by nature, generous. Woodard credited his success to his employees and the town of Cottage Grove and wanted to improve the quality of life for both. Known for making timely donations to worthy causes and helping employees, his early charity was rather random. His wife Dutee helped guide him into more focused giving.
Wyden, Merkley: Creswell Airport to receive nearly $3.3M in federal funds
The funds will be used to reconstruct its runway as well as rebuild its runway lighting and airfield guidance signs.
Oct. 1
W.A. Woodard’s legacy was built to outlast Village Green
Residents plant trees in celebration of public lands
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.
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.
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
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.