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%C! Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 15 75 Cents Whoo-ho-o ! Photos by Sean C. Morgan Diane Shank, above, helps her grandson, Mason Tyler, 18 months, gather eggs into a basket during the annual Rotary Club of Sweet Home Easter Egg Hunt hem at Sankey Park on Saturday. At right, Brianna Walsh, 2, has a ball wandering among the plastic eggs scattered across the lawn, which contained goodies and freebie. coupons for local businesses. For more photos, see page 10. 00ouncil raises sewer rates but draws line on water By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Beginning in July, residential water rates will remain at the same level as they have for the past two years, but sewer rates will in- crease substantially. The rates still must be approved by the City Council prior to taking effect, but they will be used to set the utilities budgets for the 2012-13 fiscal year during spring budget sessions. The council met with Public Works Director Mike Adams on April 3 in a work session and reached a consensus to hold the line on water rates. The city will be able to forgo a water rate increase by spending down its contingency funds in the next fiscal year, Adams said. The city does not have the same option for sewer rates because even under the proposed rate there will be no contingency in the wastewa- ter budget next fiscal year. The council's consensus will hold the water base rate at $17.90 and the cost per 100 cubic feet at $5.95. Upon council approval in a regular meeting, the base rate for sewer service will increase from $26.89 to $28, a 4.1-percent increase, and the cost per 100 cu- bic feet will increase from $5.82 to $7.66, a 31.6-percent increase. The 95-cent inflow and infiltration charge, which has been used to help pay for sewer repairs, will be removed from sewer bills in an effort to keep the rate increase down, creating a net increase of 16 cents, to $45.90, or 0.34 percent, on the combined wa- ter and sewer base charges for utilities. That figure is also the minimum bill and applies to See Rates, page 13 HS athletic director arrested By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Sweet Home police arrested Sweet Home High School Athletic Director, Kostanty Stephen Knurowski, 33, last week on five counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Knurowski, who is also the head boys basketball coach and a PE teacher, went to the Police Department April 4, where he was taken into custody, at 11:32 a.m. He was transported to Linn County Jail and released on his own recognizance Knurowski the same day. See Arrest, page 16 Snow forces board to add I extra day By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The school year will be extended by one day to make up for one of three days canceled in March due to snow. Students will attend school through June 13 instead of June 12. The final day will be a half day. June 14 will be a grading day, and June 15 and June 18 will serve as the two furlough days that were scheduled at the end of the year. The School Board adopted the calendar revision Monday night during its regular meeting. School was canceled on March 13, March 21 and March 22. See Schools, page 16 Seminar teaches teens to take lead in solving :00chool problems By Scott Swanson Of The New Era A group of high school students stood in the bright sunshine Thurs- day afternoon, April 5, vigorously discussing how to stage a realistic fight. Punctuated by laughter and lots of theatrics, they worked through a variety of variations on the theme as they planned a skit they were to perform as part of a GEAR-UP leadership training seminar. Kristin Adams, director of the district's GEAR-UP program, which aims to encourage local youngsters to attend college, or- ganized the workshop, which was held at the Evangelical Church Fel- lowship Hall. Adams said the event, titled "Making a Change," was in re- sponse to a lack of "school owner- ship and school pride" that she and other educators detect in many stu- dents at the high school. It was paid for by a $5,000 grant she procured for leadership training. "The gist is that we're hoping to take these kids and try to tackle some issues in our school culture, like garbage, language and mentor- ing. "There's a societal disconnect. Our kids don't understand that it's their responsibility to pick up their trash, that it's all our responsibility to watch our language. It's not just the janitor's job to pick up the trash. It's all of our job. It's a very me-me society now. "I want these kids to realize that giving back is more beneficial than not giving back." The seminar, led by Justin Boudreau, a motivational speaker for teens who frequently appears at GEAR-UP events, focused on lead- ership training, group unity, break- See Leaders, page 3 Photo by Scott Swanson Facilitator Justin Boudreau, left, leads Sweet Home High School under- classmen in the "Making a Change" workshop Thursday. 00weethomenews.com .III!,I,M, IP!I!!!!III.