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II]e e ra - March 14, 2012 Page 3 /LMNC II.I. USTRATED BIBI, E STOVES I.. Almanac sponsored by Albany Stoves Inc. Temperatures Forecast 541-928-4986 s,,,,o.,o+, Wood, Gas, High LOW Precip Since 1984 t Pellet Stoves s.e,  Se.',,ce March 6 48 29 .48 Sweep, March 7 45 25 .06 ,s,,t+os March 8 52 26 .00 t.spect+o,, March 9 70 28 .00 March 10 62 32 .00 March 11 54 40 .54 Lake Levels March 12 44 36 .28 Precipitation to date: 16.76 March 16, 2011:14.58 Rain turning to showers over the weekend. Highs around 50. Lows in the 30s. Weather information courtesy of the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Call 367-5132 Jbr updated stream flow information. Foster Reservoir: 823.27 Green Peter Res.: 978.54 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of knowing from who you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able  to makeyou wise for # ,," ......... ,, :, :.'-,  , , {:i  salvatwn through faith !!!2J mJ,. which is in Christ Jesus, . VOUR COMMUNIT'/00 i City Public Works veteran Donnie [elson retirin0000 By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Donnie Melson, 65, is retiring from Sweet Home Public Works after 36 years of service in mainte- nance. His last day will be Friday, March 1G when the city will host a retirement party for him from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Public Works. Melson has lived most of his life in Sweet Home. He went to first and second grade here, and then his parents divorced. He moved to Cal- ifornia and then moved back and forth until about 40 years ago. "I met my wife in Lebanon," Melson said. "We've been here 40 years." His wife, Glenda, owns Cut Loose beauty shop. "I worked in quite a few mills," Melson said. "I did some logging." During a period in which he was unemployed, the employment office in Lebanon sent Melson to Sweet Home through one of its programs. "I started out on that," Melson said. "I think it lasted around six months, and then they hired me on permanent. That's how I got started here." Melson started out as a Main- tenance Worker I and worked his way to Maintenance Worker III and crew leader. He has worked on the street Linn-Co donates Sunshine Industries' Capi- tal Campaign received a $5,000 grant from Linn-Co Federal Credit Union in February, a jump start to the organization's effort to build a new facility. Board member Chuck Thomp- son said groundbreaking on the new site, at 1333 Clark Mill Road, will hopefully take place early this spring. Phase One will involve es- tablishing an access road, utilities, and foundation. The building project will in- volve multiple phases, conditional upon the accumulation of adequate funds. "We have had a longstanding relationship with Sunshine Indus- tries and are excited to support the building of their new facility with a 5 year capital pledge," Linn-Co CEO Carol Cromwell said. For information on the project, please contact Chuck Thompson at (541) 367-5384 or Bob Dalton at (541) 367-5371. crew for the most part and has been the lead worker for the past 25 years. His crew has been responsible for ditching, signs, prep for over- lays, crack sealing, painting and striping. They've also helped with beautification projects by pick- ing up debris, diverting traffic, in- stalling lights, changing bulbs and hanging wreaths and baskets. During that time, his crew has had to deal with about 70 gravel streets, most of which the city re- ceived from the county when the east end was annexed. Nandina Street was gravel between Ninth and 12th avenues. The city used to have to grade the streets. Finally, the crew put an oil mat on those streets, Melson said, which was supposed to last for 20 years. Some of those streets are still in good shape. About 10 have been overlaid with asphalt, but he said most of them are falling apart. The water system is in much better shape than when Melson started, he said. "We had an average of prob- ably three water leaks a day for the first 10 years," Melson said. "Wa- ter leaks were just a daily occur- rence." The mains were upgraded to 4 inches and improved, he said, and water leaks are rare events now. Melson has watched the growth of several subdivisions. There was one house in the Ashbrook Addition when he came to Sweet Home, he said. Ashbrook is located around 29th Avenue. Sherwood Gardens, located off 40th Avenue north of Cedar Shack, finally got rolling after Melson went to work for the city. Forty-Ninth Avenue wasn't developed at all. The late Senior Engineering Technician Paul Burningham was the first to buy houses in Sherwood and the 49th Avenue development, Melson said. The city's water system is in much better shape now, Melson said. The sewers .are getting there. The storm drainage system is im- proving. The city's streets are the worst problem the city has now, he said. If the city could ever get all the nec- essary work done under the streets, it could start fixing its street prob- lems, but that costs a lot of money. Melson's retirement caps off his career exactly as he intended. "It was just my goal to retire at 65," Melson said. "I'm getting arthritis pretty bad. It's making it tougher." He isn't planning on traveling just yet but he's got hobbies. "I love old cars," Melson said. He can often be spotted driving around in his purple 1958 Chevy Apache pickup, a vehicle he has $5,000 to Sunshine Industries Santiam Feed and Garden 13th & I,oltg ,,\\;cross tiom thu I'o>,t ()l/ice 367-5134 At the new Sunshine site are, from left, Michelle Swett of Linn-Co, Chuck Thompson of Sunshine Industries, Rebecca Grizzle of Linn-Co, Chad Schroeder of Sunshine, Carol Cromwell of Linn-Co, and CEO Roseanne Lupoli and James Babbitt of Sunshine. Extraordinary Help for Ordinary Folks! r- -I Premium CPA Services at Low Hourly Rates. I Special rates for Seniors, Military and Low Income Families. I t FREE 30 MINUTE CONSULTATION / I Come See How Much I Can Save You! I t.OR# 10784 -- I pa' for referrals-askfor_.details. WA # 1622 I.j Photo by Sean C. Morgan Donnie Melson, here with his purple 1958 Chevy pickup, is retiring from the city Public Works Department this week after 36 years. had for 25 years. He said he has a lot of things he wants to do with it. He also wants to get into buy- ing, selling and swapping parts as a hobby. He also plans to help some of his friends out with their restoration projects, he said. Melson also plans to spend more time with his nine grandchil- dren. His children include Crystal, Amber and Dale. "My wife wants to work for a few more years," he said. "And then we'll probably start doing some more traveling." Melson said he'll miss the peo- ple he works with. "They're a great bunch of guys to work," Melson said. He cred- ited Maintenance Supt. Pat Wood for making a positive difference in Public Works in the past few years. "We're all pretty proud of Pat," Melson said. "He's a super good superintendent." And he gave a nod to the main- tenance secretary, Lee Ann John, who takes care of the crew. "It's a good place to work," Melson said. "Everybody gets along. It's a good job. It was al- ways dependable. You were never laid off. I was able to buy my home and raise my three kids." 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