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HEALTH & WELLNESS Mar. 24
Privacy, convenience driving at-home colorectal screening
COTTAGE GROVE Mar. 24
Arbor Day in Cottage Grove still branching out
Mar. 24
Area briefs: Springfield man wins $8.9 million; LTD approves ‘MovingAhead’ plans; Tadeo building LatinX Parent group; and more
HEALTH & WELLNESS Mar. 17
Column: Move your body for your mind
COMMUNITY Mar. 9
BEAR WITH US: Fraternity donates 300 teddies to pediatric patients
On Tuesday, March 8, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center received a donation of teddy bears from the Beta Theta Pi fraternity to comfort pediatric patients during their visit to the hospital.
MUSIC Mar. 9
Cook off to next adventure: On tour with Buddy Guy
It’s rare when one can make the leap from “fan” to “friend and colleague.” For local photographer Bradley Cook, it’s only one of many adventure-filled stories, and his decades-long relationship with Buddy Guy culminates in a cross-country trip following the Blues legend on his latest tour, “The Blues is Alive and Well.”
AROUND TOWN Mar. 9
Area calendar: Week of March 10
AREA BRIEFS Mar. 9
Area briefs: Well-known speaker appearing in Creswell, and more
Suicide awareness campaign launched; LCC chooses finalists for president; 'Spice of Life' food drive upcoming ...
COTTAGE GROVE Mar. 9
Cottage Grove's Dudley honored for community contributions
Ana Maria Dudley first came to the Family Resource Center in Cottage Grove in 1993. Since then, she has met countless families, enriching their lives with her warmth, grace, and spirit.
CRESWELL Mar. 2
Creswell crossing Finnish line in ’22
The Finnish are coming, the Finnish are coming!
COTTAGE GROVE Mar. 2
Column: Pioneer cemeteries have rich stories and fascinating figures
At the top of a knoll on Blue Mountain School Road that forces Mosby Creek to take a jog around it lies the Brumbaugh Cemetery. Like many of the area's early pioneer burial grounds it sits on a high point with an inspiring view of the surrounding countryside ...
HEALTH & WELLNESS Mar. 2
Column: Thoughts on rumination, frustration during pandemic
When looking at incidents of domestic violence against women and children since the pandemic began, studies show that interpersonal violence has increased. There is a clear need for people to practice self-care during these times, but how do we do that while also feeling like we are out of control of our own fates?
COTTAGE GROVE Feb. 23
Boy Scouts: ‘Prepared’ for another 112 years!
February is Scout History Month
CALENDAR Feb. 23
Calendar of events: Feb. 24 - March 1
COTTAGE GROVE Feb. 16
Grape expectations: Oregon Grape in high demand during Covid
This tale started when I first noticed discarded foliage from Oregon Grape in our church gardens, where I serve as buildings and grounds chairman. I didn’t think too much about it until I started seeing more scattered leaves about town. Then I noticed some processing of Oregon Grape stems, stripping of leaves at a local park and later at a nearby house. Seeing bundles of stalks and greenery stuffed into black plastic trash bags aroused my curiosity.
LORANE Feb. 16
An opportunity to own and preserve history
I’ll wager that some of you may remember picking up free copies of a colorful 32-page magazine called “Groundwaters” at your local library, organization or community store every three months for quite a few years.
COTTAGE GROVE Feb. 9
Happy 135th birthday, Cottage Grove
Grove marks notable milestone
HEALTH & WELLNESS Feb. 9
Column: What is all this talk about mindfulness?
Community - Springfield Feb. 3
Springfield bakery owner finds success after a lifetime of hard work
As a teenager, Juvenal Martinez worked at a famous bakery in Mexico City (La Gran Via). He started by sweeping floors and washing dishes. Ultimately, he became the production manager of the bakery.
Community Feb. 3
Arboretum, Pisgah group merging
There’s strength in numbers. That’s one of the reasons why the Mount Pisgah Arboretum is joining forces with the Friends of Buford Park. For 32 years, the two nonprofit groups kept plugging along – oftentimes taking aim at similar goals. Now, at least they’ll all be on the same team.
Community Feb. 3
Area briefs - Week of Feb. 2
Area Calendar Feb. 3
Area Calendar - Through Feb. 12
Community Feb. 3
Public Safety - Week of Feb. 2
Classifieds Feb. 3
Classifieds - Week of Feb. 2
Community Jan. 26
AREA CALENDAR - Jan27 - Feb. 12
Community Jan. 26
AREA BRIEFS - Week of Jan. 27
Community Jan. 26
‘Wall of death’ yields fantastic Umpqua steelhead results
This season’s run of winter steelhead has been one that reminds many of us seasoned anglers of the runs from three and four decades ag –from my many friends and associates in the river-guide industry and from my own early season fishing trips that have all been on the Umpqua River.
COTTAGE GROVE Jan. 26
Not your normal garden-variety band
COTTAGE GROVE – Kevin Nichols, bass player for Ida Jane & The Weekend Gardeners, says he came up with the name of the band because “gardening is something we all like to fiddle around with a little bit.”
FreeHealth and Wellness Jan. 19
Relief on way for beleaguered hospitals
As cases of the highly transmissible Omicron Covid variant continue to stack, the Oregon National Guard is again scheduled to arrive in Lane County on Friday, Jan. 21 to assist strained hospital staff.
Cottage Grove Jan. 19
Centennial Covered Bridge a grand start
Community Jan. 19
A bittersweet farewell to our work ’family’ at the store
Community Jan. 19
Area briefs - Week of Jan. 20
FreeHEALTH & WELLNESS Jan. 13
Omicron continues to spread
New confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases soared to 18,538 in Oregon with 18 new deaths, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported Monday – raising the state’s death toll to 5,779. The 18 new deaths and 18,538 new cases include data recorded by counties between Jan. 7-9.
COTTAGE GROVE Jan. 13
Covered bridge only part of legacy
Samuel, Lydia Brumbaugh made lasting impact throughout area
COMMUNITY Jan. 5
Mapping a new course: Imus bringing a unique vision, clearer direction to his life and craft
Dave Imus wants to change the world. If his master plan works out, he’ll be able to change the way people view the world. Literally.
Jan. 5
Crime Round Up: Week of Jan. 6
LCSO arrests man in Creswell property damage; SPD safely arrests man who shot fireworks at them
COMMUNIY Dec. 29
Winter blankets Willamette Valley
COTTAGE GROVE Dec. 29
In the Grove, everyone pitched in on 'Jerry' duty
The kitchen at First Presbyterian was humming on Christmas Day as teams of volunteers worked together to fill orders for community dinners, no questions asked. The rich aromas of turkey, ham, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, veggies, fresh rolls, and homemade cranberry sauce and pumpkin pies wafted over the scene, as did Jerry’s spirit.
CRESWELL Dec. 23
Crime & Karma: Truck, fake ID lead to charges in Creswell
Dripping with absurdities, a poorly executed crime last week at a Creswell business began as a casual transgression – free and easy, at least that was the head movie.
CRESWELL Dec. 23
Creslane student beautifies truck
It’s more than a truck. It’s also a canvas.
COMMUNITY Dec. 23
Holst, Malekzadeh earn VFW awards
COTTAGE GROVE Dec. 23
Cottage Grove offers plenty of intrigue from 'Christmas Past'
COTTAGE GROVE Dec. 20
Opal Whiteley’s past is a local magical mystery tour
In all that is written about Opal Whiteley, there has been little said about the self-guided tour that takes you to some of the places that inspired her in Cottage Grove ... until now.
COMMUNITY Dec. 10
Santa, residents turn out for area events
We’re not sure if Santa belongs to a gym, practices crossfit, or is on a Keto diet, but he no doubt lost weight taking his star turn in parades across the southern Willamette Valley on Saturday, Dec. 4. Communities from Springfield to Creswell to Cottage Grove played host to all manner of holiday celebrations that started with a sunny morning and ended with cool, damp weather.
COMMUNITY Dec. 10
Cycling through the holidays: Sanipac tradition continues
Sanipac’s maintenance building transformed into Santa’s workshop on the evening of Dec. 3 … and nearly all of the “elves” were Oregon Ducks fans.
COTTAGE GROVE Dec. 8
Old, new meet at dedication of veteran legacy therapy horse team
COTTAGE GROVE Nov. 24
Munsell, Grocery Outlet helping teens
“Handing a young person a warm pair of socks can be like handing them a college degree at times.”
COMMUNITY Nov. 19
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).
CRESWELL Nov. 19
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.
COTTAGE GROVE Nov. 17
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.”
CENTER FOR COMMUNITY COUNSELING Nov. 17
Pet therapy, and how it can help you
What do dogs, horses, and dolphins all have in common?
COMMUNITY Nov. 17
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:
LANE COUNTY COAST Nov. 11
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.
COTTAGE GROVE Nov. 11
Winter greetings: Cottage Grove refines Pallet Shelter Village policies
DOG SPEAK Nov. 10
Dogs can benefit from video training, relaxed atmosphere during Covid
COMMUNITY Nov. 7
Nostalgia Corner: Exploring the best of South Lane TV channel
COTTAGE GROVE Nov. 6
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 Nov. 5
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
COTTAGE GROVE Oct. 28
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 Oct. 28
Halloween events this weekend in South Lane County
COTTAGE GROVE Oct. 22
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." ...
HEALTH & WELLNESS Oct. 22
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.
COTTAGE GROVE Oct. 15
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.
SPRINGFIELD Oct. 14
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 Oct. 7
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.
CRESWELL Oct. 1
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
COTTAGE GROVE Sep. 30
Residents plant trees in celebration of public lands
PETS Sep. 26
Pet memorials offer peace and reflection
WILDFIRES Sep. 26
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 Sep. 24
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.
COTTAGE GROVE Sep. 23
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 Sep. 9
Creswell filmmakers ensure movie fans can expect the unexpected on ‘Mount Adams’
If you like mysteries, Mount Adams is probably your kind of place.
FreeSPRINGFIELD Sep. 9
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.
COTTAGE GROVE Sep. 7
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.
ANGLER'S LOG Aug. 27
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.
COTTAGE GROVE Aug. 26
DeFazio delivers $1.5M for Cottage Grove clinic
SPRINGFIELD Aug. 25
Catholic Charities readies to help Afghans refugees
CRESWELL Aug. 25
Creswell author’s book signing draws crowd at Blue Valley Bistro
COMMUNITY Aug. 21
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?
COMMUNITY Aug. 19
Here to Help: Creswell team serves families from elementary school site
COTTAGE GROVE Aug. 14
A strange summer: Covid, celebrating Keaton, third streetery opens
CRESWELL Aug. 13
City of Creswell's vision for parks and recreation coming into focus
COMMUNITY Aug. 11
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?”