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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.
Community May. 20
‘Water bill’ fees support climate, other utilities charges
Besides having a hand in securing Cottage Grove’s first “All America City” designation in 1968, the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) has been steadily evolving as the town’s population has grown. The facility was expanded and modified in 1984 through an EPA Construction Grant and upgraded in 2006.
Community May. 20
Cottage Theatre receives grant, remodeling project underway
COTTAGE GROVE – Cottage Theatre is beginning construction on its ACT III remodeling project, an effort that has been 10 years in the making. The remodel will add 50 seats to the theatre’s auditorium and make a variety of safety and technical upgrades to enhance audience and participant enjoyment at the 39-year-old community theatre.
Community May. 20
Officials: Now is the time to fireproof your home
Residents might not realize it, but there is “fuel” all around most homes. A grant from Firewise and the Oregon Department of Forestry could help area homeowners like Kim Scofield of Cottage Grove take the necessary measures toward fireproofing their homes.
New kitchen key to 'breaking bread' at Springfield church
Saint Alice Catholic Church in Springfield cut the ribbon for its new commercial-grade kitchen on Wednesday. Father Mark Bentz said that the kitchen will help the diverse congregation "reconnect" and "share food and cultures so that we can eliminate misunderstandings.”
News May. 19
Pitts: ‘Culture shift’ needed beyond SPD
SPRINGFIELD – Residents this week criticized the Springfield City Council for “inaction” in enforcing police accountability, and the council contended that changes don’t come fast or easy, but progress is still being made.
News May. 19
Domestic violence support group all business helping others go from ‘surviving’ to ‘thriving’
There’s a bottom-line reality for all businesses, even those in the nonprofit or “charity” world: the ledger sheet. When one looks beyond the safe shelters, food pantries, clothing donations and all manner of healthcare – delivered with a combination of heart and elbow grease by mostly volunteers – the operation is only as effective and efficient as the business behind it.
Community May. 14
‘Pop-Up’ gallery just what artists, public needed
SPRINGFIELD – This spring, change is in the air, and as vaccinated residents are able to gather in small groups mask-free again, two artists combined their creative endeavors and hosted their first art show in more than a year.
Community May. 13
SEDA buys more land along river
GLENWOOD – As the City looks toward future development, the City of Springfield is purchasing another piece of river front property in the Glenwood area.
Community May. 12
Clear thinking, clean water and a little drama
COTTAGE GROVE – Most folks don’t want to think about what happens when they flush the toilet. They are happy enough to see that swirling vortex, to hear the reassuring sound of a flush, thinking that it is now somebody else’s problem.
Community May. 12
Mona Beads: For the mind, body and soul
SPRINGFIELD – Mona Castle, like many small business owners struggling with the economic effects of the pandemic, was forced to make hard decisions regarding her beads business. One might say it was hanging on by a thread.
FreeNews May. 12
Thieves targeting tobacco, auto parts
CRESWELL – A string of catalytic converter thefts has led Lane County Sheriff’s Office to ramp up its patrols, Creswell Sheriff Scott Denham said Tuesday.
Community May. 9
Recalling Creswell’s ‘Old Schoolhouse’
The building in Creswell on the corner of South 2nd and D Streets, across from the Creswell Bakery, is known as the old library or the old schoolhouse. Further back in time, it was known as The Civic Club when the Creswell Civic Improvement Club owned it. Before that it was the Baptist Church, when the Oregon Baptist Society owned it. Even further back in time, it was P. Noland’s hall. Before that it was just “the school” when it was Creswell’s first and only school.
Outdoors May. 8
Bigmouth, smallmouth bass provide fun challenge for Oregon anglers
Before about 1890 there were absolutely no sunfish species in Oregon. No bass, no crappie, no bluegill and several other species of warm-water fish. They all were absent from the water bodies in Oregon. There were also no carp, shad, striped bass or catfish and it was decades before any of the dams and reservoirs were built. It was a time when all our waterways were unrestricted to fish migration and every river in the Columbia River Basin was still fully connected, leaving fish free to wander.
Community May. 6
Applicants sought for UpStream initiative
Applications are now open until June 9 to be part of Springfield’s effort to beautify the city. The “Stormwater Team” is looking for artists of all ages and from anywhere in Oregon to join the summer mural-painting project, UpStream Art.
Community May. 2
Oregon has at least 173 wolves – a 9.5 percent increase over last year
SALEM, Ore.—State wildlife biologists counted 173 wolves in Oregon this past winter, a 9.5 percent increase over last year’s count of 158 according to the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management 2020 Annual Report released today at
Community Apr. 30
Row River Trail was perfect setting to run down a milestone
When you hear the word “marathon” it usually means something epic or vast in proportion, such as “Last night I did a marathon study session to try to get ready to pass that @#$&! exam.” If you are athletically inclined the 26.2-mile footrace, a marathon, probably is what comes to mind. The name of the race comes from the Greek city Marathon, about 25 miles from Athens.
Health & Wellness Apr. 30
No, suicide rates have not increased during the pandemic (so far)
Suicide is a serious public health issue in the US, Oregon and particularly here in Lane County. The rate of suicide in our county has been roughly 50 percent greater than the national average since 2015. In 2019 alone, 106 people died– the greatest number of deaths our county has ever seen.
Community Apr. 30
‘Home run’ partnership for Springfield Public Schools
Coming Fall 2021 – the Springfield High School baseball team will be hitting home runs from a new home field. In partnership with Bushnell University, the Springfield Baseball Project and Springfield Public Schools will renovate a baseball field located at Hamlin Middle School, known as the Hamlin Sports Complex.
Community Apr. 30
One-man show not all laughs
COTTAGE GROVE – Bret Lucich received an eager request Friday night at the Village Green. Someone asked him to play “Bring ’Em Home.” But the name of Lucich’s beautiful, somewhat-famous, patriotic song is actually “One Hero at a Time.” He was still flattered by the moment.
Community Apr. 29
Police investigating multiple crimes
Several vehicles in Creswell were targeted last weekend for their catalytic converters, according to Sgt. Scott Denham of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. The stolen devices, which control toxic emissions from vehicles, are popular with thieves looking to make anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars. “This is happening all over the I-5 corridor, especially in Eugene,” Denham said.
Community Apr. 29
Rivas planting deep roots in new business with Thurston Flowers
THURSTON – Emily Rivas’ love of flowers started growing when she was 8 years old, playing in her family’s backyard garden in Hayward, Calif. “My mom had a vegetable garden and I just wanted some flowers,” said Rivas, 34. “I remember growing sweet peas and forget-me-nots. I had a Victorian flower book with the meanings. It’s something that I’ve always had a passion for.” Rivas’ deep-rooted passion led her to enter into floristry when she was 18. Even back when she was scrubbing buckets and sweeping the floor, she knew she wanted to own her own shop someday.
Community Apr. 29
Basketful of gratitude: Reeves eager to serve ‘supportive’ clients
COTTAGE GROVE – Mother’s Day is the busiest week of the year for area florists, and despite the trials and tribulations of the pandemic, plans in local shops are in full-bloom. Last year, COVID-19 restrictions shut down the shop through Mother’s Day. A potentially devastating blow for a small locally-owned business on its busiest week of the year, Carol Reeves, who owns The Flower Basket & Gift Boutique, said that her business did not shudder. Instead, it persevered, for which she credits ongoing community support.
News Apr. 28
Buick might drive more development
SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Economic Development Agency (SEDA) on Monday mulled over two proposed developments for the Glenwood riverside in a private meeting, and at its regular meeting gave the city manager a thumbs-up for a loan acquisition for the future of the old Springfield Motors building. One of the two Glenwood proposals includes a 20-story hotel, and the other includes a soccer stadium and a skating rink. Both proposals include plans for various grades of housing, conference/hotel structures, parking, eateries and retail shops.
Community Apr. 24
Corps anticipates insufficient water year
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, is anticipating an insufficient water year as it refills its 13 Willamette Valley and two Rogue River Basin reservoirs for the upcoming recreation season.
Outdoors Apr. 23
Dry weather, low-water levels a concern
It has been a wonderful spring, with mild sunny weather and little rain. In fact it has been one of the driest Aprils in recent history, giving a lot of Oregonians a chance to shake off the effects of an extended “cabin fever” that in the light of the seemingly endless days of shutdowns and stay-at-home recommendations took on a new meaning last year.
Community Apr. 23
HERE TO HELP: Creswell First!
Peggy Whalen is enthusiastic when she discusses the Family Relief Nursery operation. Those who work with the executive director are equally enthusiastic when they discuss Whalen. It’s hard to say for sure that the relationship was “destiny,” but everyone agrees it was love at first sight. “We have a very, very great board of directors,” Whalen says when explaining the support system behind the nursery’s mission. “I mean we have a phenomenal board of directors.”
Community Apr. 22
Goodbar delivers for those searching for a good time
COTTAGE GROVE – Some folks are under the impression that performers can flip the proverbial switch and … poof! … stage magic happens. But there’s not a chapter in the musicians’ handbook that deals with returning from a worldwide pandemic. “It’s like riding a bicycle for 60 years, then you don’t ride for a year, then you try to ride again,” Steve Goodbar said to The Brewstation audience between songs Friday night. “That’s what it feels like up here.”
FreeCommunity Apr. 22
Linden quietly shatters world record
For several months reports were circulating among running enthusiasts that professional marathoner Desiree “Des” Linden would be attempting her first ultra-marathon. She had her sights on the 50-kilometer race, just over 31 miles, with the aim of beating the women’s world record, 3:07.20.
Community Apr. 22
Chief: We need better fire prep
“It turns out that a fire season 2021 preview is upon us,” said Tom Boyatt, Springfield community services manager, at the Springfield City Club April 15 meeting. “Dry conditions, east winds and hot temperatures, that’s the recipe.” The rising temperature and wind speed in Lane County is closely monitored by local experts, and smartphone users may have noticed a fire danger warning recently popping up on weather apps. Moving forward, discussion to reflect on the recent Sweet Creek and Holiday Farm fires may be in order to determine future action should another fire spark, officials said.
Community Apr. 21
Fire Board makeup already locked in ahead of election
COTTAGE GROVE – When South Lane voters go to the polls on May 18, they can cast ballots for the members of the South Lane County Fire & Rescue board of directors. It will be only an exercise; the results already are known. The five-person board has four incumbents running – all unopposed. Another board member is not seeking re-election, and only one person has filed as a candidate for that spot. The deadline for filing as a candidate was March 18.
Music Apr. 18
Voting open for annual Rooster Blues Awards
The nominees were recently announced for the Rooster Blues Awards. The winners in each category are expected to be revealed in early June. The annual competition, sponsored by the Rainy Day Blues Society, is a nod to Gavin “Rooster” Fox, who was only 51 when he lost his battle to ALS in 1999.
Community Apr. 17
More sun than showers so far in April
So far April’s showers have been sharing time with some spring sunshine, and it is so welcome. We have been spending time outside, trying to get a handle on the new green grass in our lawn and the prolific weeds that are growing in the flower beds. Both are competing for our attention with the voles and moles that have decided to take up residence and leave their holes and hills where we don’t want them.
Health & Wellness Apr. 16
Spring provides opportunities for better fitness
Spring has sprung, have you been noticing more of your neighbors out for walks, are you feeling the urge to go climb Mt. Pisgah or check out the falls at Bryce creek? I sure am, and while we again had a relatively mild winter, it always seems like it is dark and gloomy forever.
Health & Wellness Apr. 16
Learn, discuss strategies to prevent sexual violence
Parenting a young adult who is leaving home for the first time can be challenging. As parents, we want to protect them from harm and be reassured that they will be safe. While every student is different, most first-year college students are seeking independence and want more control over their lives. On the other hand, many parents find they have less control over their young adult and must find new ways to influence them and learn to let go.
Community Apr. 16
An old idea reborn with equally good results
Today we find ourselves in a remarkably similar situation as our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc., as they struggled in America’s Great Depression. While not as severe, the Covid pandemic has put financial pressure on many families and shuttered businesses. In 1933, the new president was promising a “New Deal” for Americans, who were suffering from massive unemployment, 25% on average and much higher for uneducated, poor, and rural non-farm workers. President Franklin D. Roosevelt rolled out his “Alphabet Soup” of relief efforts, WPA, AAA, FHA, NRA, TVA, and many others.
Community Apr. 16
Keaton’s silent ‘Train Robbery’ can track to vaudeville comedy
Before the motion picture, and later, television, there was vaudeville. Out of vaudeville and the music theatre and bars of Europe, came comedy teams and single comedians. In 1903, the first successful motion picture was filmed, a western – The Great Train Robbery. In the early days, most silent movies were produced in New York and sprang up in Hollywood about 1909-10. Of course, Hollywood today is the dominating motion picture headquarters of the world.
Community Apr. 15
Creswell Grange celebrates a full year of special seasons
Santa Claus paid the Creswell Grange an extra visit this year after the pandemic’s mass cancellations left the locals lacking holiday cheer -- and brought all the other holidays along with him.
FreeCommunity Apr. 15
Speed appears to be a factor in single-car accident
Local arrests and accidents.
Community Apr. 14
Library leaders write new chapters on serving readers
COTTAGE GROVE – The Cottage Grove Public Library has taken its books to the public – via the great outdoors. Every Tuesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the library sets up shop in Bohemia Park and is available to process new library cards. Cottage Grove Public Library and the Creswell Public Library share a cardholder lending agreement, and books can be checked out at either location with either library card.
News Apr. 14
Springfield weighs two Glenwood projects
SPRINGFIELD – The Glenwood riverfront property has piqued the interest of developers in Springfield, and the Springfield Economic Development Agency (SEDA) this week heard two unsolicited pitches for its redevelopment. SEDA and City have assembled about nine acres of Glenwood riverfront property for future redevelopment, and the SEDA Board on Monday heard from Glenwood Development LLC and LOCALIS Partners.
Community Apr. 10
SPRINGFIELD – Thousands of eggs were hidden throughout the trees of Dorris Ranch on Saturday, and families took turns filling their baskets after missing out on last year’s canceled event.
Community Apr. 10
A careful return to public lands, waters
Over the last year, while adhering to the prescribed health and social distancing recommendations related to COVID-19, fishing, cycling, hiking and generally most other non-team outdoor activities have been considered safe for families and individuals. Unfortunately, last season there were dozens of federal, state, and county closures that limited everyone’s access to some very popular day and multiple-day use recreation sites. Roadside overlooks and rest stops were often also closed to prevent crowding and further limited many recreational opportunities.
Community Apr. 10
Deputies pursue, help catch suspects
Lane County Sheriff’s deputies under contract to Creswell responded to 50 calls March 22-28, and two separate Creswell deputies were also involved in pursuits the final weekend of March that occurred outside of the city limits, Sgt. Scott Denham said.
Community Apr. 9
Earthquakes, lightning storms and a close call with the cross
In 1960, Jean and I were visiting her uncle, a retired journalist, who had spent his career in Minnesota, and now lived in Shoshone, Wyo. We were coming back home, and for the first time we visited the site of the Madison Valley earthquake site. It is quite a study in changing geology, to see for yourself, how this planet changes. Beautiful country, and well worth the time to visit. If you are a fly fisherman, the Madison River Valley will be your delight.
Community Apr. 9
City, agencies, businesses get creative to grow through Covid
When I grew up, everything was downtown. We did our clothes shopping at small stores or at JCPenney. The Little Folks Store was a dreamland for a kid, Bennett’s Drugstore had a great lunch counter and soda fountain. The library was there, all within a few blocks. Then the malls and shopping centers came as the town sprawled. Some of the old downtown businesses tried moving and reinventing themselves, others threw in the towel. Now, that downtown is stale, populated chiefly by lawyers’ offices.
Community Apr. 8
Not all fugitives in Oregon were running from the law
Sometime in 1915, a 40-year-old Black woman named Frankie Baker stepped off the train at Portland’s Union Station. She had come to stay; Oregon would be her home for the rest of her life. At that time, Portland had a a reputation as a good place to hide out when you were on the lam. It was far off the beaten path; but the town had all the cultural perquisites of civilization, or most of them anyway. Plus, the people of Oregon had a reputation for minding their own business. So a lot of people who got into trouble back east came to Portland hoping for a fresh start. And yes, Frankie was one of them.
Community Apr. 8
Finally, something to Crow about
Jim and I no longer have grandkids at Crow schools these days, but our oldest great- granddaughter is in kindergarten this year in Roseburg. We’ve always made a habit of going to all of the programs, plays, concerts, games and other athletic events they participated in over the years. We’ve missed that so much, but we’ll have a few great-grands old enough to fill their shoes before long.
News Apr. 7
Versatile Stinnett displaying power of positive singing
COTTAGE GROVE – Jon Stinnett probably doesn’t have a theme song. But if he were to choose one, B.B. King’s “I Like to Live the Love (That I Sing About)” wouldn’t be a bad choice. Because Stinnett – even though he runs “about 30 miles a week” through the streets of Cottage Grove – always walks the walk. He’s continually looking to make a difference in the world. He loves his community. It’s clear he adores his wife and two little girls. Even during these tough times, he’s a glass three-quarters-full kind of guy.
Chinese Astrology Apr. 3
First woman vice president is Libra-Dragon
A reader asked me to describe the astrological profile of Kamala Harris, the first woman U.S. vice president who also has Black and Asian heritage. Our vice president was born under the sun sign Libra during the lunar Year of the Dragon.
Community Apr. 2
Troopers seek info on hunting offenses
Three young Black-tailed bucks were found alongside a sand road on the North Spit of Coos Bay, March 23. All three deer were shot in the head from relatively close range and were likely taken using artificial light at night. These deer were shot and left to waste.
Community Apr. 2
Students, stress & sleep: A few tips
I remember the days of my undergrad when staying up late working on essays, pulling all-nighters in the library, and showing up to class frazzled and fatigued seemed to be the mark of the praised, overachieving student. For my peers and myself, exhaustion was our normal. And while we excelled in school and work, our bodies and emotional/mental health suffered greatly.
Community Apr. 2
Shake, rattle and control: Scientists predict, people prep better than ever
This week I review our ever-changing planet from what I have seen and experienced and read about in scientific journals. With our new adventures in outer space we are now finding that our neighbors in our solar system are also changing, as we – planet earth – are changing. In my lifetime I have experienced very severe earthquakes that brought minor and major changes to planet earth.
Community Apr. 2
No foolin’ ... April 1 turned out to be a great wedding day
I hope your April Fools’ Day is mirthful and not too many pranks come your way. It is a special day for me, my wedding anniversary. Among other career choices I have pursued, one was that of a professional jester. I found that while people generally enjoy foolishness designed to entertain, they rarely are willing to pay for it.
Community Apr. 1
Author shares Country Fair research
SPRINGFIELD – While the 2021 Oregon Country Fair is still up for debate, Springfield Celebrates Authors welcomed longtime fair participant Suzi Prozanski, who shared her research novel of the Oregon Country Fair history from the last three decades.
Community Apr. 1
Blue Mountaineers return with mix of familiar country and blues
COTTAGE GROVE – David Heritage grew up always knowing all about the great guitar legends. He didn’t exactly have a choice in the matter. “My dad (Chuck) used to play all of those ‘Blues Power’ tapes and we would drive around listening to them all the time,” Heritage said. “He used to quiz me, and I had to know the difference between B.B. King, Albert King and Freddie King just by hearing the first few notes. He got me into the blues. I was playing slide guitar at 12 years old. And I had already learned to play harmonica long before that.”
Community Apr. 1
Hopeful legacy: Ebbert Methodist keeps former pastor’s dream alive
SPRINGFIELD – As the Ebbert United Methodist Church continues to make efforts toward “dismantling racism” – its weekly book club has been reading “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” – it’s been hard to ignore the legacy of former associate pastor Austin Ray. The former pastor, who helped lead the church during the 1980s, was on a mission then to break stereotypes. Today’s congregation is carrying on a 150-year effort to work through racism within the church.
News Mar. 31
City, Chronicle partner on Mother’s Day yard sale event
CRESWELL – Let’s go yard, hard. The City of Creswell’s annual community-wide yard sale on Mother’s Day weekend is happening this year after taking off 2020 due to the pandemic. City officials and The Chronicle have teamed up to sponsor the May 7-9 celebration of all things Spring, mom – and old stuff from the garage and attic.
News Mar. 31
SPD chief placed on leave
SPRINGFIELD – It’s been an especially busy couple of weeks at the Springfield Police Department: the Thurston protest investigation assessment was released and the police chief has been placed on leave amid an investigation. The City of Springfield launched an investigation of police chief Rick Lewis, and he was placed on paid administrative leave this week, city manager Nancy Newton said in an email addressed to the jail and police staff on Monday.
Community Mar. 27
Pleasant Hill FFA, CTE programs earning attention
Planting ideas, teaching skills, and growing futures is what Pleasant Hill Agriculture CTE program and FFA chapter are pursuing in this Covid time. While students are learning virtually and often feeling trapped at home behind a computer, the agriculture program is challenging students to many at-home labs and skill development.
Community Mar. 26
Considering growth? Conversation should start with water needs
Around town … Cottage Grovers are a tough crowd. They expect a lot from their elected officials and their tax dollars, and occasionally view city officials’ actions with suspicion. In a small town it is easy for rumors to spread and with social media replacing the backyard fence to gossip over, it is easy to have misinformation spread about, morphing as it goes.
Community Mar. 26
How job seekers can avoid scams
A number of Oregon job seekers have reported that they’ve been contacted with job offers that turn out to be scams. The Internet has made it easier to create and send out bogus or deceptive job offers through email, or even legitimate job sites.