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II'l',l,I,ll,ll,ll,ll,I,IIl,I,h,i,l,ll, 7*3 ALL FOR ADC 980 SMALLTOWN PAPERS 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 I,11 Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Vol. 7'9, No. 9 75 Cents Games raise funds to fight cancer Brinden Sanders, above, center, shows off the results of his run-in with a cream pie on the final day of the Battle For The Sexes at Sweet Home High School. The boys got the pie treatment after the girls, showing off the check with the money the two teams raised, beat them in a two-week-long fund-raising series of competitions. The boys raised money for prostate cancer while the girls collected funds for breast cancer through a series of efforts that included collecting pop cans, a coin drive, movie night at the Sweet Home pool, ticket sales for a Valentines' Day dance and doing lots of games. The total raised was $1,153, as indicated on the check. For more on high school activities, see page 8. Photos by Sean C. Morgan By Scott Swanson Of The New Era In an effort to build on the results of the assessment of Sweet Home's business district by two experts in downtown renewal on Jan. 29, city and Sweet Home Economic Devel- opment Group officials are planning two meetings for those interested in deciding what to do next. The first meeting will be Tues- day evening, March 4. A second is planned for March 20. Pam Silbernagel of the Oregon Cascade West Council of Govern- ments and Vicki Dugger, executive director of the Oregon Downtown Association, spent a day in Sweet Home on Jan. 29, talking with lo- cal residents and business people, circulating through the downtown area and then reporting back to some 40 residents, city officials and busi- ness owners gathered at the Police Services Conference Room in the evening. Dugger and Silbernagel de- scribed the downtown appearance as "worn, blighted, cheap and tacky," with an "unhealthy" business dis- trict. They said they thought Sweet See Future, page 5 nce-ln-= me view Photo by Scott Swanson A total eclipse of the moon, coupled with the rare bonus of a "broad triangle" with the planet Saturn on the left and the bright star Regulus, at top, could be seen Wednesday evening, Feb. 20, from Sweet Home. The event lasted nearly three hours, greatly bothering some dogs in the photographer's neighborhood (and under his bed). According to the Web site www.space.com, this is the only time in the next millenium that the broad triangle would be visible during a lunar eclipse. SHEM seeks new home By Sean C. Morgan a better location. Of The New Era Two days after Christmas, she Sweet Home Emergency Minis- received a phone call telling her the tries is busier than ever but doing well contribution would be doubled if the financially, according to Executive board could come up with another Director Peggy Blair. $5,000 in matching funds by the end Now it's looking for a new oftheyear. home. "Everyone got on the phones," "In December, we had an anony- she said, and they raised the match- mous donor come up with $5,000," ing funds for SHEM. "So we do Blair said. It had a stipulation that the money had to be used to move to See SHEM, page 3 warned .ryl dangers By Scott Swanson "I walked up and talkced to the They were very cold, shaking." Trahan said when he asked what Of The New Era student and I could tell stomething When Trahan pressed them to tell the student had taken, the Student told Police and fire officials are warn- was wrong," Trahan said. him what they had taken, they told him that it was a runoff effect from ing teens against misusing over-the- Assuming that this wa'~s abuse of him it was Benadryl. Trahan called the day before. But when he called counter drugs after several episodes at a controlled subject. Traham said, he medics and they transported the stu- Samaritan Lebanon Community Hos- Sweet Home High School involving started escorting the student to his dents to the hospital where they were pital emergency room staff, they told Benadryl overdoses, office. On the way, he noticed another eventually released, him there was no way the carryover School Resource Officer John student sitting on the floor with other The next day, one of the students could take that long, he said. Trahan said he first became aware students attempting to help. who had been taken to the hospital Trahan said last week that he's of the problem a couple of weeks "They were shaking and there came' to Trahan and told him that aware of five cases of Benadryl ago when someone approached him would be a delayed reaction when their friend,the other student who had overdoses, including one handled by and told him a student was acting I'd ask something," he sMd. "Their been transported the day before, was strangely in the hallway, pupils were different tha~n normal, hallucinating on Benadryl. See Benadryl, page 5 Flu bug hits local schools By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Upset stomachs, coughing, vom- iting, fevers - Sweet Home has had its share in recent weeks. A spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says she and her colleagues think this busy flu season has reached its peak, and the number of students and staff missing school in Sweet Home last week was lower last week than the week before. Still, School District 55 officials think the flu has hit the district and community unusually hard this year, in keeping with a nationwide trend. "We've had a high percentage of students and Staff absent over the last week or two," District 55 Supt. Larry Horton said Thursday. "It appears as though it's a cross between the flu and a cold. Some people have cold symptoms. Some have flu symptoms, and some have both. "It seems as though it's starting to get better. This week was better than last. We have turned the corner, I think it's safe to say." The district had 315 students out of 2,053 absent on Feb. 11. The next day, it had 159 absent, but on Feb. 19, See Flu, page 7 Photo by Gary Graham Firerighters in reflect?ve suits, right, battle afire in a motor home that was reported at 9:37p.m. Saturday night at 1183 23rd Ave. Filre officials said the blaze is still being investigated and referred questions to the police. Police Chief Bob Burford said an officer visited the address to check on one of the residents, Angela Glover, 39, who appeared to 1have been assaulted. While talking to Glover, the officer noticed that the RV was on rire and called in the Swe,et Home Fire and Ambulance District, Burford said. Another resident, Danny Mink, 47, told officers he and Glover had had a verbal argument earlier but that he was not home at the time of the rire, the chief said. He said Glover had visible injuries, which she blamed on a rght in a bar, though she did not identify the person she allegedly had fought with. Bur~brd said she gave "multiple accounts" for the rire and her injuries. He said she told officers she had returned home and noticed flames but thought they were coming from a burn barrel. "We don't really know what took place, what led up to the fire - whether it was intentional or accidental," Burford said. "It's under investigation." The RV, he said, appeared to be uninsured.