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- April 18, 2012 Page 3 1 LM&NAC THE ILLUSTRATED BIBLE ALIA |'[OV|| INc. Temperatures Forecast 541-928-4986 Serv~nS~Ot',eSon Wood, Gas, sJ~e I~4 8: Pellet Stoves Sales 8 Service Sweeps e Installations Inspectibns Lake Levels 805 SE 7th Albany www.albanystoves.com Almanac sponsored by Albany Stoves Inc. High Low Precip April 1067 43 .00 April 1164 44 .24 April 1257 38 .26 April 1360 38 .13 April 1452 38 .09 April 1563 38 .00 April 1766 38 .21 Precipiation to date: 31.17 April 20, 2011:23.26 Rain and showers likely, with a chance-of showers over the weekend. Highs around 60. Lows in the 40s. Weather information courtesy of the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Call 367-5132 for updated stream flow information. Foster Reservoir: 616.09 Green Peter Res.: 997.05 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in, from this time forth, and even forevermore. - ---- - - L - -- - - _ - . of rural revitalization group takes over Club By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Kris Latimer spent the last 23 years working for an organization dedicated to revitalizing the econo- mies of Oregon's 24 rural counties. Now she's working for one that develops the youth of rural commu- nines - Sweet Home and the Leba- non area. Latimer. 46. is the new execu- tive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Santiam. For- merly chief executive officer of The Oregon Consortium and the Oregon Workforce Alliance. a public-private partnership formed in 1981 to chan- nel federal grant dollars to Oregon's rural counties. Latimer said she first got involved in that field because of an interest in youth. She managed annual budgets ranging between $17 to $32 million. much of them focusing on programs aimed at improving education in ru- ral communities. Raised in Lebanon and mar- fled to Dale Latimer. owner of RAM Trucking, with a daughter. Katie. who's a senior at East Linn Chris- tian Academy, Latimer said she got interested when she found out the Boys and Girls Club needed a direc- tor. "We had been supporters of the club for a dozen years and when the opening came along, I had to de- cide should I or shouldn't I." she said. It got to the point where I had to choose between working in John Day or La Grande or putting my en- ergy into the people right here in my own back yard. I decided this is the nght time." She said she took the job be- cause she sees the Boys and Girls Club as a way to build the commu- nities' future - their children. "It was partly a desire to really focus on programs and services to youth." she said. "I believe firmly that in the rtiral communities of Lebanon and Sweet Home our big- gest asset is our youth." Latimer said her goal is to build the club into an organization that serves the specific needs of the com- munities in which it is located, and contributes to their liveability. She said she wants to create programs that would catch the attention of scouts who search for locations for corporate expansion and are inter- ested in what communities can offer their employees. "I want to be part of a commu- nity that has the very best to offer." she said. Her initial priority is to "really needed servme in the communities it serves and families that participate in its programs know that their chil- dren are involved in positive activi- ties. "They're not involved in drugs or crime or something else." "'I've worked with rural com- munities for 23 years." Latimer said. "Organizations like the Boys and Girls Club are rare in these types of communities." Herbs . \ Broccoli Garlic Brussels Sprouts Strawberr . Cabbage Raspberry Cauliflower Blueberry ' Lettuce Grape Starts Photoby Scott Swanson Club Director Kris Latimer hangs out with, from left, Paige Jester. Cierra Baltezore (in back), Zac Cardin and Hannah Powell at the Sweet Home Boys and Girls Club. focus on the organization, the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater San- tiam. "What does that mean? It means that we're an organization that focuses on bringing resources into our Lebanon and Sweet Home clubhouses, that meets the needs of the community. "'A prime example is Sweet Home schools going to a four-day week." she said. noting that the Boys and Girls Club has already applied for $90.000 m grants to create an all-day program on Fridays, called FLASH (Friday Learning Acad- emies in Sweet Home). She said the program would be an expansion of existing after- school programs, with additional tu- toring in responseto the expectation of increased homework loads, and "focused learning, opportunities" ranging from science to art to drama to technology. "My point in all of that is that Lebanon does not need an all-day Friday program," she said. "I'm spending my resources to deliver good programs where they're need- ed." Lebanon's needs, she said, tend to be in the area of junior high ath- letics, since the club provides all the junior high sports programs in that community. She said she plans to do a lot of talking to community residents to find out what the needs are. She said she doesn't expect them to be the same in Lebanon or in Lacomb, where the club has an after-school program, or in Sweet Home. "One of my biggest challenges is finding ways to connect," she said. She plans regular office hours in Sweet Home on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is looking for ways to interact with community residents. Another challenge in Sweet Home is making space for the clien- tele. which average 123 youngsters after school. She said the staff is working on coming up with solu- tions to that challenge. Latimer said she'd like to see in- creased Sweet Home - and Lacomb - representation on the Board of Di- rectors, which is currently heavy on Lebanon residents. "1 want to engage the commu- nity differently," she said. 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