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FreeNews Mar. 26
Suspect charged with harassment after kissing a stranger's 1 1/2-year old on lips
A Springfield, Ore., resident faces several charges after allegedly kissing a stranger's 1 1/2-year old child in a shopping center.
Chinese Astrology Mar. 26
Gemini-Rooster daughter will enchant you
A reader asked if I could tell her about her 3-year-old daughter – who was born under the sun sign Gemini during the lunar Year of the Rooster. This is a creative, imaginative, and at times ethereal, sign. A Gemini-Rooster will speak their opinions freely without hesitation, offering observations without fear of contradiction. They are precise in detail and organized.
Outdoors Mar. 26
Best all-around rod in Oregon? Hard to say, but keep it ‘balanced’
A question I’m asked quite often is, “What is the best all-around line, reel and rod for fishing in Oregon?” I always pause for a moment, assume a thoughtful look, then explain that so many species of fish are available to Oregon anglers that honestly there is no single rod and reel combination that will cover it all.
Community Mar. 26
Caring for advanced-stage schizophrenia challenging
I was married for nearly 25 years, until my wife’s passing from early-onset Alzheimer’s, eight years ago. I became my wife’s caregiver, and having no parenting experience, I was surprised to learn I was good at the job, and we negotiated those last year with relative ease. To the disappointment of some, I kept Catherine home and under my care, until very near the end. I felt that familiar surroundings were important to a rapidly deteriorating brain.
Community Mar. 25
A lifting storm, a reason to celebrate soon
Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away ... Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
Community Mar. 25
Food banks seeing decreases in demand across county
CRESWELL – In what volunteers hope is a good sign, food pantries across Lane County are seeing less demand during boxed-food distributions the past few weeks, local officials said. “We have seen a two-month, tapered decrease in food pantry customers – from a weekly average of 110 families to as low as 71,” said Susan Blachnik, Community Food for Creswell programs manager. “Our pre-pandemic baseline was 67.”
Community Mar. 25
EcoGeneration, Creswell Library attract county-wide attendees
CRESWELL – A steady stream of area residents kept volunteers busy and the Creswell Library parking lot mostly full for several hours Saturday, March 20, with people standing in lines and enjoying a light sunshower on occasion. The recycling takeback event was sponsored and staffed by EcoGeneration. According to founder David Gardiepy, who founded the organization in 2017-19, the idea was to clean up co-mingled plastics in Cottage Grove, he told The Chronicle.
Community Mar. 21
BMD launches fun ‘feud,’ waits for new risk status
OK, Cottage Grovers, let the feuding begin. Are you lining up with Lemati, or siding with Slabtown? As the Bohemian Mining Days festival plans to move ahead with the annual mid-July event, the central theme will be a fun, modern-day virtual re-enactment of the long-running feud between warring factions of Cottage Grove citizens during the late 1800s.
Community Mar. 20
VFW awards scholarships for ’Voice of Democracy‘
VFW District 13 was recently able to present the Voice of Democracy awards for 2020-21, after the COVID-19 pandemic made presentations more challenging, said district commander Bob Beck. This high school scholarship program is an audio essay competition with a different patriotic theme each year.
Chinese Astrology Mar. 20
New mom brings a Pisces-Ox into the world
It’s always wonderful to hear from parents asking questions about their children’s astrological signs. Learning about our children’s signs can offer insight about their areas of strength and areas that might challenge them throughout their lives.
Community Mar. 19
Understanding the value of ecotherapy
My private practice is called Northwest Ecotherapy, and I’m often asked “So what IS ecotherapy?” Ecotherapy is a nature-based therapeutic method that enlarges the traditional scope of treatment to include the human-nature relationship. Ecotherapy employs the practices and principles of Ecopsychology – a specialized field of psychology — which recognizes that our inner world and the outer world are deeply connected.
Community Mar. 19
Pickup truck was a faithful friend
This week I will talk about bidding farewell to an old trusted friend. You might think an old trusted friend would be flesh and blood. This trusted friend was metal with rubber tires, a 1977 Ford pickup. When I took early retirement in 1991, we had a 1973 Chevy Impala and a 1978 hatchback Ford Pinto. The hatchback did not have power steering and was difficult to see out of when backing up. It was a good road car, and Jean and I spent many miles with our collie, Chipper, riding in the back.
Sports Mar. 18
Athletes, parents and coaches enjoy chance to gather, cheer again
CRESWELL – Almost all of the breaks went against Creswell in its home football opener Friday night. It was a downer from start to finish as Class 2A powerhouse Monroe coasted to a 48-14 victory. While the hometown fans had little to cheer about, there were plenty of happier emotions flowing because the kids are playing football again.
Community Mar. 18
Keaton mural needs a facelift
Buster Keaton, silent film star, writer and director, made a lasting impact on Cottage Grove. On May 27, 1926, he rolled into town pulling 18 freight cars of cannons, covered wagons, old-timey rail cars and enough material to build an entire town – which they did, where Safeway is today.
Community Mar. 18
Lane County has funding for residents behind on rent
Lane County has received more than $4 million in state funding for residents who have suffered economic impacts or health disparities due to COVID-19.
Community Mar. 17
Sheriff, CG’s Meyers recognized by LCOG
The Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) annual member appreciation event was held virtually March 5, and several area officials and school organizations were honored. Creswell native and Lane County Sheriff Clifton Harrold was named outstanding elected official and Cottage Grove city manager Richard Meyers was named outstanding public employee.
Community Mar. 17
Isn’t it grand? Opening has owner, customers pumped
CRESWELL – It was a day for fist bumps all around the new gas pumps. Customers were pumped up, student staffers were pumping fuel, and owner Bill Spencer was, well, simply pumped. “It’s a good day. A good day,” he said in understated fashion, a mask covering a smile too big to conceal. “I think it’s gonna work.”
Music Mar. 17
Ear-ily familiar: Music takes the stage
COTTAGE GROVE – When Don McLean sang about “the day the music died” in his mega-hit song “American Pie,” few believed that such an occurrence could actually happen. Then COVID-19 reared its ugly head, and sure enough, live music – for all intents and purposes – was dead. It’s been a long drought, more than a year, but finally, there is some good news to pass along … LIVE MUSIC IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sports Mar. 14
Dapron, Bulldogs overpower Lions
Easy Brea-zy? Playing in its home volleyball opener Saturday, Creswell High School at times appeared to be in full control during a four-set win over Cottage Grove. CHS coach Anna Baltrusch viewed the victory – sparked by the powerful play of Breanna Dapron – somewhat differently. She said it was a hard-earned “W” that her young Bulldogs had to fight and scrap for against the much taller Lions.
Outdoors Mar. 14
Hatchery officials expecting plenty of pent-up demand among anglers
I chat with Jeff Ziller, the managing biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Southern Willamette Valley district, on a regular basis. I appreciate his time and the information he is able to share, and we had one of those exchanges last week.
Community Mar. 13
The latest scoop: Bigfoot Fudge adding ice cream, milkshakes, broad distribution
CRESWELL – The Bigfoot Fudge Factory storefront just got a little chillier. Fudge connoisseur Johnny Saldaña has stayed busy this month, updating the look of the BFF storefront with new paint, wood floors and a big silver case already full of ice cream.
Chinese Astrology Mar. 13
Pisces-Pig wondering about career in 2021
I received a question from a reader who asked how 2021 looks for his career. He was born under the sun sign Pisces during the lunar Year of the Pig. Pig-born individuals can do well in their careers this year. It has been a rough few years for Pig-born individuals, but the Year of the Ox (2021) should offer opportunities for the Pig-born to follow their passion and be significantly recognized for their hard work of the past.
News Mar. 13
Springfield PD high-speed pursuit races through Creswell
A speed-chase through downtown Creswell on Saturday was a Springfield Police pursuit, said LCSO Sgt. Scott Denham said on Tuesday. “The on-duty Creswell Deputy and a couple other responding LCSO units were in the area prepared to assist,” he said.
Community Mar. 13
County’s new schedule means flooding remains
With the sunshine of the past week and temperatures tickling the 60-degree mark, I have begun to feel a special awareness that spring is just around the corner. A certain energy and revitalization is slowly creeping into this 78-year-old body that has sought the languid warmth and coziness of home all winter. I actually cleared off my large, covered front porch yesterday in preparation for the power-washing that will precede this spring’s new coat of paint that the whole house is scheduled to get.
FreeCommunity Mar. 13
Exhibit explores women’s suffrage
The Oregon Historical Society commemorates the bravery of activists and many others in an original exhibition, “Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women’s Voting Rights and the 19th Amendment.”
Community Mar. 12
Part 3: Church now focusing on homeless, ill
Having had the monumental experience of leading his congregation in building its new home, probably explains why Rev. Hugh Peniston chose to spend his entire remaining ministry in that church. He is the longest serving minister in First Presbyterian’s history. Peniston had been ordained in 1944 and had served two years as co-pastor at a Presbyterian Church in Vallejo, Calif., before taking up the yoke of his ministry here in Cottage Grove, starting Jan. 1, 1947, one that he would carry for 32 years.
Education Mar. 11
Student comments, audio woes inform board
SPRINGFIELD – Two freshmen from Thurston High School were asked to speak with the board about their comprehensive distance learning experiences during the SPS zoom meeting on Monday. Unfortunately nearly anytime class president Jaelyn Dunlap or vice president Savannah Efseaff spoke, the audio would cut out, raising student technology concerns among board members.
FreeNews Mar. 11
Sweepstakes coverage brings out scammers
Scammers are leaching themselves to The Chronicle’s coverage of the Publishers Clearing House winners in Cottage Grove on Feb. 28. The story was widely shared on social media platforms. Chronicle staff has reported, banned, and deleted the false profiles when possible. PCH and police urge people to not interact with the accounts, and report the scammers. Area residents and Chronicle readers have been contacted by online scammers claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House – reaching out through comments and direct messages on Facebook.
Community Mar. 11
Prizes, slideshow part of Creswell 76 grand opening
The first phase of the Creswell 76 redevelopment and expansion project along Oregon Avenue is complete, with all pumps operational and the expanded convenience store open.
Community Mar. 11
Podcast ‘therapy’: Molina bringing diverse leadership voices to air
Mark Molina wears many hats in the Springfield community – and he’s proud of all of them. A U.S. Army veteran, pastor, entrepreneur, and board member for the HIV Alliance, among others, Molina can now add yet another to the list: “Emerging Leader,” the category he won during the Springfield-Area Chamber of Commerce awards program two weeks ago. Molina’s increased presence and influence might seem sudden, but only for the uninitiated. While he is “emerging,” Molina has been putting in the work for years.
FreeCommunity Mar. 10
Student contest winners announced
The Opal Center for Arts & Education has been featuring local artists since January by updating the front-window display case, and for March, students submitted original art to the first contest and were awarded this week. All entries are displayed in the Opal Center’s windows for the month of March.
Chinese Astrology Mar. 5
Snakes: Musical, trend-setting, expressive
I received a question from a reader who asked if I have ever noticed a correlation between Snake-born individuals and famous professions. The answer is yes. Snake-born are trend-setters and they do not live within a cookie-cutter lifestyle.
Community Mar. 5
Vaccine experience a boost to morale
Yay! Jim and I were able to get our first COVID-19 vaccine shots last Sunday. We pre-registered with the Lane County Public Health department and once our age groups became eligible, we watched my email account for invitations to schedule our appointments. Jim was eligible a week before I was, and two days after I became eligible, the invitation arrived. It was an easy process. We were allowed to select the time(s) we wanted to get the shot the following Sunday. A pop-up list appeared with available times and how many shots were available for each.
Community Mar. 5
Opal Center continues to promote art, prepare for return of community activities
COTTAGE GROVE – Temporary shutdowns haven’t stopped the local theatre from circulating art through the downtown community. Students aged 5-18 submitted original art to the first contest sponsored by the Crafty Mercantile in hopes of winning first place. Art will be displayed in the front windows of the Opal Center for Arts & Education. Artwork will be judged sometime next week, Executive Director Michele Rose said. There will be awards for first, second, and third place, and every student will walk away with a certificate and a prize.
Community Mar. 4
Part 2: Architect, congregation bring out church’s natural beauty
Rev. Hugh Peniston, who had arrived in 1947 as the new minister of First Presbyterian of Cottage Grove, knew he had a big task ahead of him. He had accepted the challenge of leading his congregation not only in spiritual matters but also guiding them through the process of building a new church. The old frame building was drafty, cold, leaky, and cramped. The congregation knew it was time to modernize.
Health Mar. 4
Schizophrenia: How to change outcomes by early intervention
Imagine you are sitting in a meeting. You look up to the faces of other attendees, many of them glance over as you find your seat, and a few people stare. Someone catches your eye and you’re convinced he is part of a governmental conspiracy that you have been suspicious of for some time. These paranoid thoughts dart in and out of your head, making you increasingly uncomfortable, scared, and confused about how you became a target. You quickly scan the rest of the seats and notice more and more people staring at you. Beads of sweat start to collect on your forehead. You hear a voice saying “We will get you, we will get you.” You’re not sure where it is coming from but assume it must be one of the attendees behind you. At the first meeting break, you leave, constantly looking over your shoulder to make sure no one is following you.
Opinion Mar. 4
Two years ... and counting!
The advice was sage, and the calm, steady tone of voice made it clear that it came from a lifetime of experience. Nothing theoretical, just the simple truth. “You’ll need to make a few withdrawals from the ‘goodwill’ account now and then,” Dave Gauger told me with just a hint of a chuckle. “You won’t always get it right, despite your best intentions. You’ll need to seek forgiveness at times.”
Community Mar. 4
Voting rights group focused on ‘making democracy work’
March has been designated Women’s History Month since 1988. Because 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote, many organizations have extended celebrations of that milestone to 2021 and beyond. This extension allows time for everyone to deepen our understanding of the long struggle to achieve suffrage, the inequalities that resulted in 1920, and the work that remains to achieve universal suffrage.
Community Mar. 3
As seen on ... Grove resident wins $5K every week – forever
COTTAGE GROVE – You could’ve knocked Cottage Grove resident Tamar Veatch over with a feather Sunday morning after she opened her door to $5,000 every week. Forever. Her husband, Matthew, heard a knocking on the door that morning, and called on his wife to investigate. “Honey, you need to answer the door. There’s people outside with balloons,” he yelled. “I thought he was joking,” Tamar said. Unsure, she peeked out the window, turned the doorknob slowly and that’s when it hit her … she was about to win big.
News Mar. 3
One year later: A toast to cautious optimism
It’s been a year since the first case of the Coronavirus was first reported in Oregon, and people are just now beginning to feel a slow return to normalcy. After months of empty bar stools and benches, Joe Salvo, general manager and head chef at TJ’s Restaurant & Lounge in Creswell said it’s been an exciting challenge to see the restaurant get back into the swing of things.
Community Mar. 1
Oregonians played prominent role in 1930s’ most horrific murder
OREGON DIVORCEE AGNES Anne “Annie” LeRoi arrived in Phoenix in the first few months of 1931 with her best friend and roommate, schoolteacher Hedvig “Sammy” Samuelson. They were climate refugees: Sammy had tuberculosis, and at the time the only cure for “consumption” was a dry climate and rest...
Cottage Grove News Feb. 28
As seen on ... Grove resident wins $5k every week forever
“Honey, you need to answer the door. There’s people outside with balloons ..."
Community Feb. 27
Big Timber family’s vacations to Yellowstone still vivid memory
This week’s writing will also originate in Big Timber, recalling the 1940s. As you know, my folks were raised in Montana, my mother in Gray Cliff. In September 1945, my mother’s stepfather was quite ill. Mother and I went back to be with family, again by Northern Pacific train, to spend time with my grandmother, and my mother’s sisters. My mother’s younger sister had two daughters and a son. Cousin Rosie was about six-to-seven years older than I was. Danny was one year older, and Patsy one year younger. Danny, Patsy, and I would roam around Big Timber to hometown events and go to the movies.
Chinese Astrology Feb. 27
New mom curious about baby’s sign
I received a question from a new mom whose son was born eight weeks ago under the sun sign Capricorn, during the lunar Year of the Rat (Metal Rat year). Individuals born during the Year of the Rat are likeable and easygoing. They work hard and they save their hard-earned cash. Capricorn-Rats are especially careful with their money, and they do not like to gamble with it. They are collectors and tend to save everything that catches their fancy; and they will most likely categorize it, label it, and admire it frequently.
Community Feb. 27
Part 1: First Presbyterian was first in many things over the years
As the first white settlers put down roots in the late 1840s in what is now Cottage Grove, they were scattered about with no semblance of a town or village. A log schoolhouse near Latham was one of the first attempts at civilization during this pioneer stage of the Grove. With a sparse populace there was no way to support a full-time minister, nor was there enough of any one denomination to organize a church.
Community Feb. 27
Better teaching yields better results
“My dog knows it! He’s just being stubborn.” Do you find yourself saying this when your dog doesn’t follow your cue? We are guilty of thinking or saying this statement. I did it out of embarrassment in training class before I became a trainer. What is happening with the dog is a lack of “generalization” of the behavior. My dog would do the behavior with some success in my living room.
Community Feb. 26
Steelhead season has been disappointing, perplexing
If you haven’t caught a winter steelhead from one of Oregon’s coastal rivers this season, you are not alone. What looked like a promising start to the season on the Selitz, Alsea and Siuslaw, dwindled down to a grind for most anglers, as catch rates even on days with good conditions could only be described as “poor to fair.” Because hatchery raised two salt year steelhead returned in very low numbers this winter.
Opinion Feb. 26
Long lives, dear contacts, Chick Corea, and ‘no dittos’ from me
The names of dead friends in my contacts list are growing. Embracing mortality with a touch of humor, I’ve been joking for the past few years that I leave the dead ones in so when they outnumber the live ones I know it’s my turn to go. Years ago at a family wedding a cousin said, “You know, we’re going to live well into our hundreds.” I responded, “I have no desire to live to be a hundred.” This bothered him so I explained that I’m not looking just to pack on years. As long as I feel good and there’s a reason to live I’ll do what I can to stick around, but it’s okay to die.
Opinion Feb. 26
50 first names only ...
Five hundred names. A nice, round figure. The list was composed of people (and a few pets) I met during our first 10 months in the southern Willamette Valley, 50 people at a time each month. We celebrated the list in December 2019 and pulled out fun facts – such as the most-common first name, the locations where I met most of the people, and pets vs. people.
Community Feb. 25
Lane County creating bicycle master plan
If you’re a rural resident of Lane County, there might be a bicycle in your future. Becky Taylor grew up riding her bicycle everywhere as a child in Lane County north of Coburg. “My best friend lived just across the county line and we rode to and from our homes all the time.” Today, Taylor is Lane County’s senior transportation planner and understands “biking isn’t as easy these days due to increased vehicle traffic or other impediments that make biking a less desirable option.”
Community Feb. 25
A clarification: Source, Chronicle can’t confirm allegation
SPRINGFIELD – In a Feb. 11 article in The Chronicle, in an interview with the president for the local chapter of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a comment was published that was not verified about the Springfield Police Department.
Community Feb. 25
Springfield council considers pallet warming shelters
SPRINGFIELD – Looking for a solution to slow the spread of the coronavirus among the unhoused, the City of Springfield is considering setting up pallet shelters. Lane County is partnering with cities, property owners and service providers to provide non-congregate temporary housing options for the unhoused. County staff will set up pallet shelters in small settings with basic services, and under Springfield’s existing emergency declaration, upon request, the City’s community development coordinator Tom Boyatt could do the same.
Community Feb. 20
Force of nature: Gust had bird’s-eye view of historic event
A bit of nostalgia and the story of a ship and a man who served on that ship in wartime. While researching a future article for The Chronicle having to do with a relative starting her teaching career in one-room schools in rural Montana in the 1940s, I called Susan Metcalf, the superintendent of schools in Sweetgrass County, Mont. In asking questions about my subject, the conversation led to many other aspects of life in Montana in the 1940s and 1950s that I experienced as a young boy.
Chinese Astrology Feb. 20
Gemini-Dog is looking for love in 2021
The lunar new year inspired many people to ask about their luck in 2021. One reader asked about his love life. He was born under the sun sign Gemini during the lunar year of the Dog. He wanted to know what sign he would be compatible with and if he would be lucky enough this year to find someone.
Community Feb. 20
3-D ‘builder’ helps campers construct customized yurts
The company’s website is a wealth of information for people who are considering getting a yurt. Among other resources and links, there is an interactive 3-D yurt builder that guides a potential yurt buyer through building a model allowing them to select size, colors, accessories, options, and even allows them to place their virtual yurt in various settings to see how it will look once it lands on their property.
Community Feb. 20
Pacific Yurts mushroomed, became ubiquitous in state parks
In last week’s issue we learned how local-born Pacific Yurts came into being. This week we are going to see how far they have come and where they are going. Happy employees are a key feature of Pacific Yurts’ success story. The company employs 36 local folks. There is longevity on the staff, with many having been there 15, 20, or more years. Older employees mentor newer ones to help instill the expertise and attention to detail that has developed along with the continually evolving products.
Community Feb. 20
Cottage Village receives $50,000 matching grant from the Storms Family Foundation
Cottage Grove’s tiny house village project on East Madison received a matching grant of $50,000 to help complete the project funding. Every donation received will be matched by the grant, doubling the impact.
Community Feb. 19
OHA addresses racial, rural challenges
Oregon Health Authority released its biennial Oregon Healthcare Workforce Needs Assessment report recently, which shows that the racial/ethnic diversity of the healthcare workforce does not match the diversity of the Oregon population. OHA also released its Healthcare Provider Incentive Program (HCPIP), which showed how Oregon’s incentive programs are performing in addressing workforce challenges.
Community Feb. 19
Coping tips for men, families struggling with pandemic
While no two men are raised in the same way, there are many similarities in men’s beliefs about how they should act as men. Some of the ways we were taught to be men are not helpful in coping with a pandemic. Men are often taught that they should be in control of all situations. However, most men are feeling a lack of control with what is happening to us. People are losing their jobs. schools, restaurants, bars, gyms and most of the things we do for fun are closed or diminished.
Sports Feb. 19
Bulldogs hitting the practice fields, ‘ecstatic’
UPDATE: Creswell's Atheltic Director Brandon Standridge reacts to the latest OSAA sports guidance. The Oregon Health Authority made a timely audible -- one that may have saved the high school football season. The Governor’s Office announced on Wednesday, Feb. 10 that the OHA is revising its guidance for outdoor contact sports (football, soccer, cross country) and will ease restrictions for schools that have returned to at least limited in-person learning.
Opinion Feb. 19
Post-pandemic life: Seeing family, travel and dining out top list
This week, Jim became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. He is 81, and we are eagerly awaiting the phone call or email that will give him a time to go in for his first shot. It’s been a long time coming, and we are so thankful that our son, a granddaughter and Jim’s brother John have already been vaccinated. Our daughter Michele, who is a teacher, will be getting hers this week, too. We know that, even after we have received the vaccine, we will need to continue being masked – which is no big deal, really – and socially distanced until enough vaccines have been administered to make it safe to discontinue the practices that have become almost “normal.”
FreeCommunity Feb. 18
Business ‘without corners’ carves out line of success
(FULL VERSION) COTTAGE GROVE – Alan Bair never intended to start a company or a movement. Then one day, he read an article on yurts in National Geographic detailing how nomadic sheepherders created one of the most efficient surface-to-volume ratio structures by using very lightweight natural materials. His curiosity was piqued. He didn’t intend to start a movement, but 43 years later Bair has made Cottage Grove Ground Zero in the western production of these ancient dwellings.
Community Feb. 18
Plenty of options to order Girl Scouts cookies
Chew on this: Girl Scouts cookies have arrived in Lane County. Lane County Girl Scouts will also be participating with GrubHub to deliver cookies Feb. 19-March 14, weekdays 3-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The GrubHub arrangement is due to the pandemic.
Community Feb. 18
‘Rooster Awards’ return, honor blues artists
Back in the day, a man they called Rooster was proud to be BMOC (Blues Man on Campus) in the Eugene-Springfield area. Gavin “Rooster” Fox, who founded the KLCC Blues Power radio show in the late 1970s, earned a name for himself by hosting jams at Taylor’s Bar & Grill, an immensely popular hangout for Duck fans for generations until it shut down last year.
FreeOpinion Feb. 17
Editorial: Tying the NOT
Pandemic unravels plans for summer wedding
Community Feb. 13
Soda Fountain lunch counters pour out great memories
My first memory of a soda fountain light lunch counter is from 1939. We lived a few blocks from downtown Marysville, Wash., and my folks and I would walk down to Hilton’s Drugs and Soda Fountain. At one time in the States, there were over 26,000 soda fountains and light lunch counters, and early soda fountains were placed in drug stores. Among the most popular were phosphate sodas – raw egg and soda water mixed with either orange, lemon or chocolate flavors. The soda fountain traces back over 300 years, and became especially prominent around the 1850s, remaining popular for over 100 years.
Community Feb. 13
‘Ticket to Work’ program helps people find their path
As Americans celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it’s worth acknowledging the increased support options available to people with disabilities who want to work. Since 1999, Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program has helped thousands of Social Security disability beneficiaries find their way to financial independence. The Ticket Program can connect you with free, individualized employment services to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for the workforce, search for a job and stay employed.
Community Feb. 12
Sheriff’s revamped cadet program features ‘hard-charging’ students
Carolina Allen said getting tased and pepper-sprayed in the face actually isn’t all that bad – when you do it as a group. “We were all right there together. It was a great bonding experience,” said Allen, a 2018 Creswell High grad who’s going through the hiring process to become a Lane County Deputy Sheriff.
Community Feb. 11
Business ‘without corners’ carves out line of success
COTTAGE GROVE – Alan Bair never intended to start a company or a movement. Then one day, he read an article on yurts in National Geographic detailing how nomadic sheepherders created one of the most efficient surface-to-volume ratio structures by using very lightweight natural materials. His curiosity was piqued. He didn’t intend to start a movement, but 43 years later Bair has made Cottage Grove Ground Zero in the western production of these ancient dwellings.
Community Feb. 11
NAACP sees three keys to equitable community
As Lane County celebrates Black History Month, it’s important to consider how equity is practiced, said Ibrahim Coulibaly, the president for the local chapter of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The majority can support minorities in three points: by creating a welcoming environment, by listening to and sharing experiences, and by learning about and addressing issues of racism in your community. In doing so, Lane County can strive toward equitability, he said.
FreeOpinion Feb. 10
Dear friends leave legacies of light, joy
Where to start? A deep breath. Or two. A lifelong friend and colleague died on Super Bowl Sunday, unexpectedly, at age 58. Really, he was more of a brother. There is nothing new to say on the topic of death; there won’t be anything profound and there won’t be any particular insight coming from this space. More than anything I’m saddened for his wife and family. I’m sad for all the people who knew Pedro Gomez and considered him a trusted friend.
Community Feb. 6
WorkSource Lane provides support
Lane County Workforce Services is looking for job seekers whose jobs were lost due to the Holiday Farm Fire. The organization can help them either become employed to assist with restoration and recovery of the land upriver or, if their skill set is different, help with finding other employment.
Community Feb. 5
Changing an emotional response
Ever wonder how dogs learn about the world around them? They learn by association, by emotional response. Humans learn by emotional response, too. If you put your hand on a hot stove, you would be sure to keep your hands away from hot stoves in the future because your previous stove experience produced pain. Dogs experience the world in a similar way.
Chinese Astrology Feb. 5
Lunar new year arrives Feb. 12, wear red for good luck
Folklore suggests we should wear red for good luck two weeks before and two weeks following the lunar new year. As science-minded individuals, we might consider folklore to be a superstition and illogical. Superstition is based on unfounded belief, but it seems unlikely that traditions lasting thousands of years are based on unfounded beliefs. Perhaps we should question whether or not the lucky red folklore is based on superstition or if it’s based on a pattern of observed human behavior.
Opinion Feb. 5
Special district election: You make a difference
As 2020 ends and 2021 begins, many among us are thinking about how we can make positive changes in our own lives and in our larger community. Despite the turmoil of recent events, many of your neighbors have been getting involved in community affairs by contacting elected officials, volunteering for campaigns and causes, and speaking out on issues of concern.
Opinion Feb. 5
Writing provides creative outlet, opportunity to connect with others
Good writers understand “Brevity is the soul of wit,” which means, keep it short. Add another truth, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and it’s a wonder we all don’t write comic books. I suppose the 160,000-word novel I wrote could have been 160 pictures, but trust me, the way I draw, art museums are glad it wasn’t.
Opinion Feb. 4
Looking toward Springfield’s brighter future
Springfield is changing – and for the better. A renaissance in Springfield began several years ago with the revitalization of our downtown, thanks to the courage and creativity of a group of entrepreneurs. Many of those entrepreneurs and small businesses are still here and a few more have moved to Springfield, even during the Covid-induced recession. They are ready to spring into action as Covid is defeated.
Community Feb. 4
Hungry for adventure? Springfield couple wins $20,000 dinner
SPRINGFIELD – John Bailey had no idea what kind of birthday celebration he was about to experience last July. Actually, the real festivities are yet to come. Because Bailey is holding onto a raffle prize that few others can hold a candle to: Dinner Anywhere in the World.
Offbeat Oregon History: Coos Bay shipwreck was scene of massive, drunken looting party
ON THE MORNING OF NOV. 5, 1915, at the back of the entrance to Coos Bay, a big steamship could be seen towering improbably over the beach, stuck fast in the sand close to shore. This was the Santa Clara, a 233-foot steamer on the Portland-San Francisco run. The Santa Clara didn’t much look like the scene of a humanitarian disaster, jutting out of the sand nearly plumb and level and nearly high and dry; but appearances were deceiving. Sixteen people died trying to get ashore when she first struck, three days before.
Chinese Astrology Jan. 29
How compatible are horses, rabbits together?
A reader asked me this week if the man she just started dating would be compatible with her in a long-term relationship. She is born under the sun sign Gemini during the lunar Year of the Rabbit, and her new beau was born under the sun sign Scorpio during the lunar Year of the Horse.
Opinion Jan. 29
Listening to each other is a great start on unifying
On Wednesday, Jan. 20, in his inaugural address, the new president repeatedly intoned the theme of “unity.” He outlined the challenges facing us as a nation: the ravages of the coronavirus, including the loss of over 400,000 lives, millions of unemployed, businesses closed or in danger of doing so, a smoldering legacy of racial injustice over 400 years in the making, our planet’s cry for help as 7 billion-plus humans strive to survive, and the rise of political extremism. To address these issues, he said, “It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity. Unity.”
Happy to Help Jan. 29
FFA Foundation receives $500k endowment
The Oregon FFA Foundation received its largest single gift with a donation of $500,000 from Northwest Farm Credit Services to establish an “Oregon FFA Today and Tomorrow” endowment. Foundation president Kirk Maag singled out Northwest Farm Credit Services and “the leadership of Brent Fetsch and his team for their continuing and generous investment in the lives of FFA members.
Community Jan. 28
Scorched, but not soured, florist has budding business
BLUE RIVER – One can almost smell the roses pushing up through the charred remains of the McKenzie forest, thanks to Megan Chappell. The 34-year-old lifelong Springfield resident and entrepreneur is readjusting and rebounding from the devastating wildfires that consumed over 170,000 acres last fall, including the location where she planned to open a floral shop. Last year, Chappell’s plans for opening her first storefront location on the McKenzie River were seriously derailed, and not by anything pandemic-related.
Community Jan. 28
BPA pikeminnow reward program exceeded goals
PORTLAND – The Bonneville Power Administration and its partners report that in 2020, for the 23rd consecutive season, the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program met its annual goal to remove 10% to 20% of pikeminnow, 9 inches or longer, in the Columbia and Snake rivers that prey on juvenile salmon and steelhead.
Community Jan. 28
County recycling program underway
Lane County Waste Management began a six-month pilot project that seeks to improve the quantity and quality of recycling at apartments, condominiums and multi-tenant properties.
Community Jan. 28
Tied up in a local legend: Drift boats always perfect on river
A local innovation, the McKenzie River drift boat has been around for almost 100 years and is as popular as ever. The boat offers a stable angling platform that can float in only inches of water and can maneuver among river rocks and shallows in comfort and ease. They allow you to fish miles of river in a single day and are just plain fun to float in and row. Piloting a drift boat is a simple exercise in hand-eye coordination that with a little training and practice most people master within a few floats. It’s a part of Oregon history that still motivates thousands to socialize with family and friends on the banks of their local river.