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Page 4 - February 27, 2008 nil I holes teed Looking back on 79 years covering the Santiam Playground. It's g It's time to talk turkey about what's next for Sweet Home. City officials, along with the leader of the Sweet Home Economic Development Group, have called a meeting, which you can read about starting on page 1, to discuss where we want to go now that the assessors of our business district have pronounced it "unhealthy" and have taken their aid package elsewhere. Although it is annoying to be dismissed in favor of other cities that have fewer vacant storefronts, fewer problems with parking and more pocket parks already in place, we do have some cards to play. One is that we believe Sweet Home resident and business owners have more backbone than the assessors apparently thought we did, judging from the comments they made at the debriefing meeting they held before leaving Sweet Home a month ago. When we hear statements that we suf- fer from the "dead battery syndrome," that our city lacks energy, momentum, leadership, vision, focus and the capac- ity to do what is needed downtown, we ask whether these assessors could have iii i I considered the faclt that they weren't seeing the whole piicture. Because they weeren't. This town has the can-do spirilt that brought many ancestors of currenlt residents to Sweet Home in the first place and that has created such monuments to that spirit, such as the Community Center and the Oregon Jamboree. Sweet Home has backbone, even if it doesn't show. We also have residents interested in making changes that would increase the possibility of at brighter future for Sweet Home - if not returning it to its former glory, at least create more local jobs and a hlealthier downtown and business disttrict. Forty people showed up on a ve'~ry unpleasant night to hear that assesssment on Jan. 29. They weren't there,' because they didn't care about Sweet lHome. We have challenges. We have those empty builldings along Main Street and Long Street - a much higher percentage than the downtowns LETTERS TO TIlE r ,blTOR t i me of a ghost town in the Sweet Home does some ways. need turnaround One big pro~blem is blood. I have heard this of Toledo, Newport, Lebanon and Philomath, the four cities with which our assessors have chosen to spend the next year working. We have parking issues. We lack viable businesses to tempt tourists and travelers to stop on their way through town. Another challenge could be stub, born negativity. With that stiff back- bone, the one that carded many log- gers through long, hard days in the woods and that built this town into what it was before the spotted owl fiasco, comes some stubbornness that could be a detriment to change. We're not talking about disagree- ment, necessarily. Disagreement is part of any development process. We're talking about heel-dragging resistance to anything that isn't exactly what the nay-sayer wants. What the organizers of this meet- ing want fight now is your opinions. As a communit.y, we have to decide where we need to go to climb out of the economic muck Sweet Home has been in for nearly 30 years. We need ideas. Your ideas. This is a chance for you to have your say about what you think needs to happen to make Sweet Home more than just a large collection of homes from which money flows to other communities. What do you appreciate about Sweet Home? What do you not like in the downtown area? In the Mid- way area? Should certain kinds of businesses be encouraged to locate in Sweet Home? If so, what would they be? Should visual design standards be established; either by the city or from some sort of citizen effort? If so, what would they be and how should they be implemented? These are the topics that will be discussed. If you have ideas, bring them to the table. We have a leader who has experi- ence in dealing with these kinds of is- Editor: How interesting. Experts say (Sweet Home) needs a big turn- around. Well, as one who was raised in Sweet Home and watched the area go through lots of changes in 50 years, I can tell you the area did not keep up to speed in changing with the times. Now, when I go to Sweet Home and drive down Main Street, it reminds A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929. Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www.sweethomenews.com Office: 1313 MainSt Sweet Home, Oregon Mailing address: The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 Phone: (541) 367-2135 Fax: (541) 367-2137 Editorial Staff Contacts Scott Swanson, Editor/Co-Publisher sc tt@sweeth menews'c m Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweeth menews'c m Advertising Staff Contacts Miriam Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@ sweethomenews.com Firiel Severns, Advertising Sales firiel@sweeth menews'c m The New Era (USPS 379-100) is published each Wednesday. Periodical postage paid at the Sweet Home, Ore 97386 Post Office. Postmaster: Please send address changes to The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, Oregon 97386 Subscription rates In Linn County: $27 Elsewhere: $35. Snowbird: $31 sues and with bringing people together to talk about them in a constructive manner. Now it's up to you. making, in negativity for years. Someone wants to be very positive and the council or city officials knock the project down if it is not what they want. Change is good! Well, now let us take a look at other small towns that are going full speed. Yes, the Sweet Home area has some outstanding citizens who do a lot of great community projects. But everyone needs to work together. The Good Old Boy blood needs to be flushed out. Why do you think industries and 'business do not want to go to (the) Sweet Home area and open up? It sure is not rocket science. AI Seversou Albany Fond memories of old Cascadia I'm a big ffan of Mona Waibel and her "Remermbering the Good Old Days" features imthe monthly "55 Plus" supplement. The one on (Cascadia's history was particularly intercesting. Cascadia is the gem of the state 'park system. My mother's (Barbara Norquist) family moved to~ Linn County in 1864. She would tell nne of making the two- day trip by horse and wagon from Albany to Cascadia with her parents or grandparents. Once there, the men and boys would hike over High Deck to Quartzville to pan for gold (the "colors") while the women and girls stayed behind to camp and line up each day to bottle the medicinal soda water, then go swimming. The. entire area that is now the ball park would be filled with tents. All four of my grandparents swore by the healthful properties of the soda water and in the '40s and '50s would make monthly, if not weekly, trips to Cascadia to bottle gallons of it. They'd always drop a few gallons off for us in Sweet Home. When over visiting them in Albany, the drink of choice would be soda water. By the time I reached my teens, I must have drunk enough to fill a swimming pool. I loved the different flavors from both of the wells. It would behoove the park service to drill and purify the wells and open them to new generations. All my grand- parents lived will into their eighties and I don't recall their ever having medical problems. I differ with Mona on two issues: First, the old Cascadia school is any- thing but "rundown." Bob Hubler (the "unofficial mayor of Cascadia) and his wife Isabella have turned it into a fine, well-maintained home I envied their children for having a gymnasium to play in during the winter. It is the rust-streaked detached Post Office that looks "shabby." Granted, Bob and son's successful automotive engine rebuilding business leaves a few cars scattered in the back, but that's really nothing for Cascadia or most rural addresses. OK, so there's more than a few cars. Secondly, poor Cascadia "Indian Cave."In 1961, when the park and cave were threatened by flooding from the proposed Cascadia Dam, Dr. Thomas Newman of Portland State University was assigned the task of salvaging and studying what was left of the cave's contents. He and his crew of archaeol- ogy students spent the entire summer removing and sifting all the dirt before returning it to the cave. Sadly, the top layers (several thou- sand years of deposits) had been heavily looted by amateur "pot hunters." The artifacts found are by now probably widely scattered and largely forgotten by selfish collectors. I admit that dur- ing my ignorant youth in the 1950s, I was guilty of camping for an a week at the cave and digging illegally and un- ethically for projective points ("arrow heads"). It being hard, dirty work and me being rather lazy, I didn't fifid much - a dozen points or so. But in so doing I joined the "thieves of tune" who forever destroyed what scientific and cultural knowledge might have been gained had the cave been left untouched. To keep an accidental surface find is one thing. But to search for artifacts whether on public or private land, in this country, is wrong. Yes, the oc- cupation dates back 8,000 years. How is this known? When Dr. Newman and his crew reached a certain level, they stopped finding artifacts, bone, or pollen. There was, instead, a layer February 27, 1958 Five years ago wrestling was started at Sweet Home Union High School. Three years ago the high school Squad started competition with other schools. Today they are Oregon state champions. The meteoric rise to success of the local wrestling team climaxed last Saturday when they swept through the state wrestling tournament at Corval- lis to emerge champions Most of the grocery stores in Sweet Home, Foster and throughout the county will be closed Sundays, beginning March 2, according tO an announcement by Jerry Horn, Leba- non grocer and chairman of the Linn County Independent Grocers commit- tee, last week. "Construction of a $1,750,000 complete plywood sheathing plant adjacent to the Willamette National sawmill at Foster, will begin immedi- ately," announced Sam Robb, public relations director for Willamette Val- ley Lumber company, at the regular weekly meeting of the Sweet Home Rotary club, Tuesday noon March 2, 1983 Sam Roberts, Jr professional artist from Oregon City, has been working with local students at Corky's Color Wheel, painting wild- life scenes. The well known wildlife artist has been giving art lessons at Corky's to Steen Sawyer, Katie Stock, Wendy Clark, Ross Stock, Karri Richards, Matthew Stock and Michelle Hartmann. AnnounCing their engagement are Nancy Lee and William Gil- liland C & C Arts & Crafts is now open at 755 Main St. in Sweet Home. Cathi Kendrick and Biland Connie Olsen, mother and daughter team, have joined forces to bring a "complete one stop arts and crafts center to Sweet Home." They are featuring stained glass, cake decorating supplies, knot= ting, macram6, counted cross stitch and many other crafts. They hope to have classes in the near future. They are still waiting for more supplies that are arriving daily. i I I i I i i iiiiiiiiiiiii of volcanic ash. A study of the ashes' composition showed that it was from Mt. Mazama (Crater Lake) which erupted some 7,200 years ago. Once through this layer, artifacts, the Casca- dia "willow points" were found again - thus 8,000 years, plus or minus. Radio carbon dating also confirmed the age. While attending Portland State University in the 1980s, I took a class titled "Archeology for the Informed and Responsible Amature" which led me to change my greedy ways and turn over 12 or so points to be added to the afflfacts collected by Dr. Newman. Sadly, Dr. Newman died shortly thereafter and the collection was passed to Dr. Paul Baxter of Brownsville. I met with Dr. Baxter at the cave and showed him exactly where I extracted the points, but he has not properly studied them. I've teamed with Tony Farque, archaeologist with the local Forest Service, to encourage him to do it. There is talk of the state (or coun- ty) purchasing the cave to protect the often abused petrog!yphs. It has also been proposed that a display be created, interpreting the significance of the cave. It would be nice to have a few relics from the cave in that display wherever it is located. I would encourage anyone having artifacts that can be identified as to the time and specific lace they were found to turn them over to a knowledgable, responsible archeologist such as Tony Farque before their story is lost and becomes meaningless. East Linn County Museum has an entire case of beautiful points that were donated decades ago by some unknown person, their origin a mYstery. What a shame to have so much history lost. Jim Musgrave Sweet Home