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Hometown News paper of Ellis Toftdah Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 13 75 Cents Photos by Scott Swanson Sweet Home lies under a blanket of snow as viewed from the top of lst Avenue Thursday morning. Climate change Late snowfall blankets Sweet Home, knocking out utilities, downing trees and branches By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Spring blasted into Sweet Home last week with a blanket of wet snow that downed trees, knocked out phone, cable and electric service, and closed school for two days. Spring officially arrived March 20. That night, the white stuff arrived. Approximately 6 inches fell in town, with reports of more than a foot on the surrounding hills. The wet, heavy snow broke tree branches, which fell on utility lines, bringing down entire trees in some locations. The weight of the snow broke multiple power lines as well. It also brought down a carport See Snow, page 8 Enterprising youngsters get some chills and thrills in the white stuff on the hill behind Sweet Home Junior High on Wednesday morning. FireMed benefits to change By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District is changing the way the FireMed program works this year because subscrip- tion fees no longer cover the cost of provid- ing the program. The annual subscription rate will remain $50 per household, but the program will now cover 50 percent of the cost of an ambulance trip instead of 100 percent. "Since FireMed started back in the mid '80s, it's been a 100-percent benefit for peo- See FireMed, page 10 A&E Railroad, neighbors work through issues By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Property owners who have railroad crossings have been concerned about a let- ter sent by Albany and Eastern Railroad indicating they may be charged $600 in a permit transfer fee and they got a chance to talk about it last week at a public informa- tion meeting about A&E's plans to repair its railroad track between Lebanon and Sweet Home. The meeting, held at the Community See Railroad, page 5 ")owntown_ By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Changes are happening along two blocks of Sweet Home's down- town corridor as businesses are swapping locations, filling a couple of storefronts that have been rela- tively inactive in recent years. The bulk of the switcharoos are taking place in the 1000 through 1200 block of Main Street, where Kellie Kem is opening a new beau- ty shop at the intersection of Main and 12th Avenue, Judy's Gallery is moving three doors west, Periwin- kle Provisions is moving two doors to the west and American Family Video is moving to Periwinkle's current location. An adult shop is reportedly opening next door to the future site of Judy's Gallery. Periwinkle Provisions are planning to move and hold a soft opening on April 2, "Lord will- businesses on the move Brandi Hawkins of Periwinkle Pro- vision holds an artist's conception of how her new building will look. ing," said owner Brandi Hawkins. She has a lot of work to do between now and then, so it could be mid- April before she opens in the new location. Perwinkle will move from 1i01 Main St. to 1027 Main St., the site of a collectibles store owned by Brad Newport. Newport's effort there will help define the ambiance Periwin- kle is attempting to present. "We want people to come in and feel a sense of community," Hawkins said. She wants it to be something akin to a general store in the early 1900s or 19th century. Neighboring Oregon Prospect- ing and Rita's Relics, owned by Rita Houston, and Trash to Trea- sure, owned by Nancy Patton, share that vision and have been making improvements to their stores to capture that theme, Hawkins said. See Moves, page 3 All about books Friends of the Library members want to raise their profile in the community, where, they say, too many people aren't familiar with the bookstore their organization operates on Main Street or their activities in support of the library. For more on what the Friends of the Library is up to and what you can do to help, see the 55 Plus section inside.