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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
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
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
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.
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.