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Hometown Newspaper of Don Seiber Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 22 75 Cents Remembering fallen heroes Mayor urges crowd on Memorial Day to remember lost and living By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era Mayor Craig Fentiman said it was an honor to have the opportunity to stand before veterans and community members to thank the brave men and women who have served the United States during Monday's Memorial Day service held at Gilliland Cemetery. "I am sure it is hard for many of us to comprehend the magnitude of sacrifices made by our soldiers, missed birthdays, anniversaries, deaths, births, holiday barbecues and countless other celebrations with friends and family." Fentiman said. "And this is done all in the name of defending the freedoms that you and I enjoy each and every day. I know that whenever I reflect on the dedication required to serve in the United States military, I am always humbled by the importance of this commitment." Fentiman's father served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he said. His values and work ethic, learned in the" military, made him a truly honorable man and a hero. His father was lucky enough to make it home, Fentiman said. "Many of those who serve our country do not find the same fortune. Many, in fact, pay the ultimate price. That is why we are here to honor the fallen, those See Heroes, page 10 Photo by Sean C. Morgan Cub Scout Jarett Owen of Pack 395 helps raise a flag during a Memorial Day service Monday at Gilliland Cemetery. Council opts for raises By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to allow employees not represented by unions to receive a 3-percent wage increase in 2012-13 based on merit. The vote followed the 4-2 failure of a mo- tion to freeze their wages. Voting to allow the wage increases were Greg Mahler, Mayor Craig Fentiman, Ron Rodgers and Mike Hall. Voting to freeze wages were Scott McKee Jr. and Marybeth Angulo. Jim Gourley was absent. The non-represented employees will re- ceive the same increase as general city em- ployees: The addition of a new 3-percent step and the removal of the lowest step from the five-step salary schedule. Employees may ad- vance one step annually, based on a positive evaluation. It is the second year of this ar- rangement. Twelve employees are affected. The council adopted a resolution grant- ing the raises in July 2011. Following discus- sion at the Budget Committee level earlier this See Raises, page 8 Photo by Scott Swanson Linn County Parks Director Brian Carroll stands on the porch of one of the new cabins recently completed at River Bend campground. The two cabins, located on the bank of the South Santiam River, are open for rentals. County parks business heating up with weather By Scott Swanson Of The New Era As the official tourism season kicks in following Memorial Day, visitors to Linn County and local residents will find some changes in local camping areas, with more ex- pected in the Green Peter area. Though chilly weather and a cool economy resulted in fewer campers than normal earlier this spring, county Parks Director Brian Carroll said "the phone has started ringing and we're starting to see in- creased reservations." "We're trying to make Linn County a destination," said Carroll, who has been with the Parks and Recreation Department since 1997. Under his leadership, the county has added eight new campgrounds that it either owns or manages, and made substantial improvements to all of the 28 facilities it controls. See Parks, page 13 Fire victims learn By caitlyn May For The New Era Foster Elementary teaching assistant Jamey Fredricks never thought she would find a commu- nity like the one she left behind in Nebraska four years ago. However, since losing her home to a fire on May 10, Fredricks says she has seen just how charitable Sweet Home can be. Fredricks' home, at 1860 Tama- rack St., caught fire late in the after- noon of May 10, she and fire officials said. The blaze, which firefighters said they believed was started by a space heater in the rear of the house, destroyed "50 to 60 percent" of the structure particularly in the rear, Fredricks said. "Unfortunately, I'm renting the house and the owners don't have in- what community is about surance," she said. Her three sons and she say they were simply glad to escape unharmed. "The parts not destroyed by fire suffered water and smoke dam- age. We basically lost 80 percent of what we had. RJ and Kyle, they lost everything they had," Fredricks explained, noting that the fire had See Fire, page 10 Track & field champion Annie WhiO'ield of Sweet Home gets a first-place medal - an a little fa- therly affection - from her dad, Randy Whit- field, Friday at the state 4A track and field cham- pionships at Hayward Field in Eugene. Annie Whiq'ield, a senior, won the javelin after plac- ing second the last two years. For more on that and other Sweet Home successes at the state meet, see page 11. Photo by Scott Swanson i-..-r : ':::rl ; ..... c:' ; :: !-!'77"; 1' ;r -: ": 7, lm! nT