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vva b6564 Hometown Newspaper of Betty Pitts Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 11 75 Cents Fire at Sout.hfork Photo by Sean C. Morgan Firefighters spray water into a burning mobile home Saturday afternoon it South Fork Trailer Park, where the blaze left a man homeless and injured after he broke through a window to try to save his dg. The resident cut his hands and suffered from smoke inhalation. Tony Picard said the fire destroyed everything he ever owned. Fre investigators had not determined the cause of the fire as of Monday, but Picard said it was an arson. Picard is in need of clothingand food, he said. Anyone wishing to assist Picard, may contact him at (503) 569-4665. For more on the story, see page 8. Calendar set for 2012-13 school year By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The District 55 School Board approved a calendar for the 2012-13 school year, the first year of a new four-day school week. School will start on Sept. 4, the Tuesday following Labor Day, while teachers will report to work Aug. 28 through Aug. 30 for professional development. Aug. 3, the first Friday of the year, will be a non-contract day for teachers. Students' first week of the year will include school on Friday as with all weeks See School, page 5 SHEDG to meet at PD The March meeting of the Sweet H. 0me Economic Development Orou at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Po- lice Services Building conference room. That location is different from what was reported in the March 7 newpaper. The membership meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., immediately following a board See SHEDG, page 7 Railroad invites pu]gJic to talk repairs From left, Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District award winners were Dave Trask, Jared Huenergardt, Wes Strubhar, Adam Hummer, Greg Mahler, Chad Calderwood, Josh Starha and Mike Severns. SHFAD honors firefighters Jared Huenergardt, a paramedic, was named the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance's Firefighter of the year Saturday night during the department's annual awards banquet. Paramedic Mike Sevems was the district's Employee of the Year and won the Pride and Ownership Award. Lt. Wes Strubhar was Rescue Technician of the Year, and Medic of the Year went to Paramedic Adam Hummer. Firefighter Greg Mahler earned three awards, including Engineer of the Year, the Medal of Gallantry and Keith Gabriel Humanitarian of the Year. He also received recognition for 25 years of service. Lt. Chad Calderwood was named Officer of the year, and firefighter Josh Starha was Rookie of the Year. The district recognized Capt. Dave Trask for 40 years of service. By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Albany and Eastern Railroad Company is plan- ning to repair its track from Lebanon to Sweet Home soon in an effort to improve safety on the line and to help attract industry, and the company is inviting the public to a meet- ing to discuss its plans at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Sweet Home Community Center, 890 18th Ave. "Basically, we're redoing the line," said Mark Russell, general manager of A&E and the Rick Franklin Corporation, the railroad and heavy construction contract- ing finn that owns A&E. "We've done significant work between Lebanon and Mill City." A&E recently completed work between Albany and Leba- non, and now it is looking at Leb- anon to Sweet Home, he said. A&E plans to replace some 32,000 railroad ties from Leba- non through Sweet Home. It will remove brush where necessary, especially at crossings; and it will rebuild the crossings, which will impact traffic where it cross- es public and private roads and See Railroad, page 7 2nd grenade in two we00r.00 found - in Holley By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Members of the Eugene Metro Explosives Disposal Unit responded to a call Friday night and seized the empty husk of a hand grenade that had been found by a local boy who was panning for gold. "I went down there to go gold panning," saidBlake Keeney, 11. "I went to go dig a hole at the top of a rocky hill down there." He dug down about a foot near a tributary of the Calapooia River located on the family farm off Old Holley Road. He started shoving dirt into the screen, See Grenade, page 8 An ll-year- old boy found this World War II-era gre- nade buried near Holley while gold panning Friday after- noon. Photo by Sean C. Morgan l!mJ000Jl!l!Km!lUll