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- JQnuQry l ], 2012 COtvlMUNITV OPINION/NEws Page 5 , Jamboree provid than $255,000 in 2011 The Sweet Home Economic Development Group announced Monday that the 2011 Oregon Jamboree provided more than $255,000 in community contributions and payments. SHEDG declined to report a net profit or loss. "What we want to focus on is the Jamboree's impact in the community given the competitive environment for music festivals in the area," said SHEDG President Kevin Strong. During 2011, SHEDG provided $77,529 to help fund the Sweet Home Economic Development Office, which assists local businesses as they grow and helps make Sweet Home a more inviting place for business. Strong said. It paid $44,732 to School District 55 for field rental and shuttle bus services during the Jamboree. Local community service organizations and school parent- teacher clubs raised $38,181 working as vendors. SHEDG provided $27,587 to the Sweet Home Active Revitalization Effort to help support the downtown building fa9ade improvements, community events and mural refurbishment. High school athletic teams, music programs and clubs raised $23.023 from the sale of soft drinks, water, showers, parking and ice as well as bottle recycling during the Jamboree. SHEDG paid $19,288 to the city of Sweet Home for police services and the use of city property and $6.338 to the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance for on-site paramedics. Local churches raised some $6,500 for parking and camping. Through the Sweet Home Community Foundation. SHEDG contributed $12,000 to nonprofit programs, such as Meals on Wheels, Sweet Home Emergency Ministries and the Boys and Girls Club of Sweet Home. The Oregon Jamboree has been a huge community success story, Strong said. "Twenty years ago, Sweet Home residents stepped up to the plate when the spotted owl and other environmental concerns were shutting down local mills," Strong said. "Rather than give up, they had a vision for a country music, camping and fund-raising event to help diversify the economy. "Thanks to their work along with phenomenal volunteer and fan support, the Jamboree has become a homerun event for our community." In recent years, the Jamboree has faced new competitive challenges, Strong said. "We know that people have a growing number of entertainment options available each summer. "We greatly appreciate fans choosing to attend the Jamboree since the event is our nonprofit organization's only fundraiser. "At the same time, we realize most fans attend the Jamboree because they want to enjoy sensational entertainment in a beautiful park-like setting." Due to the increasingly competitive environment, Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Erin Regrutto Said the Jamboree is spending more on promotions and talent to maintain the high-quality festival that Jamboree fans have come to expect over the past 20 years. The downside of having to spend more on talent and promotion, she said, is that cash contributions to the community through the Sweet Home Community Foundation will likely be less than in past years. "We know how important the Jamboree is to Sweet Home and all of Linn County, so we are committed to producing a strong commumty event that provides a positive impact throughout the area," Regrutto said. The 2012 lineup will be one of the best ever, Regrutto said. "Guest response has been outstanding. With talent including Rascal Flatts. Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Neal McCoy, the Charlie Daniels Band, Eli Young Band, the Kentucky Headhunters and Steve Holy already announced and additional great performers to be named, the 20th anniversary 2012 Oregon Jamboree will be one that you will not want to miss.? The Jamboree is an annual three-day country music and camping festival held on the south lawn at Sweet Home High School to raise funds for economic development projects in Sweet Home. The 2012 Jamboree is scheduled for Aug. 3-5. For more information or tickets, call 367- 8800 or visit oregonjamboree.com. From page 1 both of the vacated offices. Jamboree Manager Erin Re- grutto said the new facility allows the Jamboree and Economic Devel- opment staff members to cut costs on duplicate functions and utilities. "We were looking to consoli- date office space with SHEDG and the Jamboree for a number of rea- sons." she said. "It's nice to be able to split those costs. It gives us a lot more space and gives staff mem- bers their own offices to work out of." She said that although the space in both the previous and cur- rent offices totaled about 3.000 -square feet. the new office complex also provides both staffs with meet- ing facilities that were lacking in their former locations. "It give us a much more pro- fessional atmosphere to work in." Regrutto said. "In our old space it was difficult to invite people to our office because we didn't have a lot of meeting space. Here it's differ- ent. We can meet in Our own of- rices or in the conference room downstairs." She said the old billboard used to post performers' names and oth- er community messages will stay at the old office because is it owned by Linn-Benton Community Col- lege, which formerly occupied the Long Street building. "It's exciting," Regrutto said. "It's certainly an upgrade for us, for the staff. It's very cost-effective for us to be together in one space." From page 4 things they believe are important enough to invest their time and en- ergy into. Many of them are retired and some of them don't have the energy they used to. Most of us younger folks are working hard. trying to make a liv- ing, trying to get the kids to sports practice or music lessons, trying to keep the grass mowed and the roof fixed, trying to keep our heads above water. Some have to com- mute to work. which doesn't make life easier. The bottom line. though, is that commitment is what makes our world go 'round. in many ways. Many of the people who understand that are graying and aren't what they were five or 10 years ago. It's time for the younger generation to start thinking like the man who came to our counter. If you believe activities are vi- tal to a healthy community - festi- vals and celebrations, youth sports, clubs, beautification and other com- munity-betterment projects, these things don't just happen. People make them happen. "What can I contribute to make Sweet Home a better place to hve. That's a good question to ask our- selves as we enter 2012. LETTERS TO TIIE EDITOR Great schools, great teachers Editor: I think we have great schools and people. I love sports. I'm 9 . I used to go to Hawthorne but now I go to Oak Heights. Teachers have gone out of their way for me. Mrs. Danielson recently got me NFL Saints divi- sion game gloves signed and worn by Pat McQuistan. Then Mr. A at Hawthorne got me a poster autographed by Boise State football players. Mr. Swanson. my teacher, got me interested in reading by let- ting me-borrow sports books and watched me play b-ball. Then Mrs. Keesecker watched my foot- ball and baseball games. Last Mrs. Clearwaters talked sports with me. l think we have a great com- munity and I hope you think so too. Joe MaQatish Sweet Home From page 1 in the Sweet Home High School cafeteria. If necessary, it may be held in the auditorium. Supt. Don Schrader updated board members Monday night. Schrader has formed a study team. including teachers and classified staff members, and they have Visited Coos Bay and Harrisburg school districts, both of which have four-day weeks. They plan to visit Santiam Canyon School District this week. The team will begin compiling reports and discussing what they learned on Thursday, Schrader said. At the upcoming forum. Schrader plans to present what the team has-learned about the four-day week in other districts and further survey findings. The district has received another 200 surveys since reporting about it in December. a total of about 800. Lisa Gourley, president of the classified union, presented petitions with some 650 signatures to the board members. The petitions urge the board to reject the four-day week. The four-day week is an option for reducing expenditures by some $400.000 next school year. Officials are warning that the district may need to find up to $1.9 million by cutting or further spending of reserve funds. "What we're trying to do is meet the needs of our students with less resources." Schrader said. Board members present Monday night: were Chanz Keeney, Dale Keene. Chairman Jason Redick, Mike Reynolds, David VanDerlip and Jenny Daniels. Absent were Mike E. Adams. Billie Weber and Kevin Burger were absent. In other business, the board: Pas sed a resolution that will allow half of tuition money paid by Josai University High School Japanese exchange students to be used to help pay for transportation and a coordinator for the summer program. The board approved the proposal last month, but Keeney said he didn't really understand that the money was taken from the general fund. and he voted against the resolution Monday. Voting yes were Keene. Redick. Reynolds. VanDerlip and Daniels. He said someone raised a point in a letter from a staff member that originally had been destined for the board members. Keeney said he had a problem taking funds out of the general fund while the district is looking at cutting programs for its own students. The Josai program pays some $7.300 per student. This year. there are two. Normally, Sweet Home students going to Josai have to pay to get there, but Josai pays expenses after they arrive in Japan. said Principal Pat Stineff. Josai students pay tuition while here during the school year. and they pay for their own expenses during the summer program. which lasts two weeks every other year. The tuition provides a coordinator and travel through this proposal. Stineff said. The Josai exchange students pay tuition because the district does not receive state funding for them. Strong said. The district still must pay the cost of educating them. The tuition is set by dividing the total high school budget by the number of students, Strong said. "It's a situation where it's really kind of supporting itself." Redick said. "If this program didn't exist at all. we wouldn't be getting these kids from Josai at all." If the exchange students weren't here paying tuition. the district isn't going to cut programs. Schrader said. "But it does make sense what Chanz is saying. Our kids cost money," Schrader said. Keeney would have preferred to continue using only 25 percent of the tuition funds to pay for the summer program, which serves a dozen or more Josai students for two weeks. The 20-year-old program "is to promote a cultural exchange for our students, to see what it's like in another country," Stineff said. Approved and appropriated a grant award of $3.000 from a State Partnership Grant for the ASPIRE program to be used for the coordinator's salary. Accepted the resignation of Seth Johnson. Sweet Home High School alternative education teacher, effective in March. Johnson said he needed to resign for personal reasons. Accepted a donation of a 20-inch Craftsman lawnmower from Warren L. Brekke. I I l ! t