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Page 4 - June 13, 2012 _ .- - _ - _- _ ~ - ~m From OuJ. Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... June 12, 1962 Crews were employed to start construction on 22nd Avenue this Week. The street is being widened in preparation for getting paved. The paving job will take place in the next few weeks This is one of many paving jobs set to take place this summer as part of a city im- provement project. Three new classrooms are being planned to be added to the Sweet Home Union High School. at the rear of the building. Also, the study hall room will be made in to two separate rooms. June 17, 1987 Thursday brought the end to the schools of Liberty and Pleasant Valley. At Liberty, after 132 years, the closing was almost anti-climat- ic as it followed a big May 2 home- coming celebration that attracted some 500 persons. In late May the students vis- ited the grade schools they will be attending next year, or in the sixth- graders' case, the junior high. At Pleasant Valley they had .a time of merriment, different competitions, ice cream, and many other activi- ties, Sweet Home got its third am- bulance on Thursday morning. It joins similar units built in 1978 and 1982. "This ambulance is top of the line," said Fire chief Gerald Wool- ey. Senior EMT Diane Shank flew to Ohio and drove the ambulance back to Sweet Home. LETTERS TO TIIE LDITOR Here's the deal on SHHS reunion Editor: Sweet Home Alumni Foun- dation is giving you a "heads-up" about our Saturday, July 14. Alum- ni All-Years Reunion 2012 event. "Once Upon a Time at Sweet Home High - 100 Years of Memo- ries 1912-2012.'" Reunion 2012 is presented by Sweet Home Alumni Foundation. Established by alumni in 1992 for the purpose of providing scholar- ships for college to graduating se- niors at Sweet Home High School, SHAF has gone from awarding one schOlarship in 1992 to 38 in 2011. We know many of you who own our local businesses are alumni of" Sweet Home High. We expect 2.000-plus alum- ni to return "home" for Reunion 2012. so expect Sweet Home to be a boom town for the weekend. SHAF hopes that you will roll out the "Welcome" mat for our visitors. Some suggestions might include painting Welcome signs in business windows, coupon offerings, spe- cial store displays, special events, etc. Anything that would let Sweet Home High School alumni know that we are glad they're here and will show them what a fine com- munity we have. During the day, Saturday, July 14. SHAF is planning an Alumni Classic Car Show. Alumni Art and Quilt Display and Class. Memory Lane at the high school, a pro- gram from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Husky Field. and a dance and social later in the evening at the Elks Lodge. We will have a commemorative alumni news magazine for all those who attend that will feature SHHS history, local advertising, alumni news and much more. That is what we have planned: we welcome your ideas too. You may contact the Reunion 2012 Committee with your ideas. June 14 is also Sweet Home's A locally owned newspaperfounded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers w nN.sweethomenews.corn Office: 1313 MainSt., Sweet Home, Oregon Mailing address: The New Era, Box 39, Sweet Home, OR, 97386 Phone: (541) 367-2135 Fax: (541) 367-2137 WHO WE ARE Scott Swanson. Editor/Co-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Miriam Swanson. Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Severns. Advertising Sales firiel@sweethomenews.com The New Era (USPS 379-100)is published each Wednesday. Periodical postage paid at the Sweet Home. Ore 97386 Post Office. Postmaster: Please send address changes to The New Era Box 39 Sweet Home. Oregon 97386 SUBSCRIPTIONS In Linn County: $32 Elsewhere: $40 Snowbird: $38 NEWS QUESTIONS/TIPS Call (541) 367.2135 or e-mail news@sweethomenews.com annual Sportsman's Holiday, so there will be a parade, rodeo, Working Loggers Olympics, fire- works, food booths and other en- tertaining activities for our guests. Alumni will be visiting our local restaurants, stores and other busi- nesses in town. We are eager to host this. our third alumni reunion in the past 20 years, and want you to share in the excitement and fun. The Reunion 2012 invitation was sent in Febru- ary to more than 7.000 alumni of Sweet Home High School. One item that we are looking for is large bags with handles to put shirt orders, local information, the alumni news magazine and other items in. The bags can have a logo or sponsor name on them. At this time we anticipate needing around 2.000 bags, so if someone would like to sponsor the bags, please let us know! For more information, visit www.sweeth ome.kl2.or.us/com- munity/alumni.php, or contact Coreen Melcher at (541) 367-6235 or beano65 @ comcast.net, or Lauri Carlson at (541) 367-6751 or lau- ri_97386@yahoo.com. Lauri Carlson Coreen Melcher Reunion 2012 Committee Don't let others intimidate you Editor: Edmond Burke once said: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." Under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. we are guaranteed the right to freedom of speech, press, religion and petition. There is a petition that you can sign if you want to discontinue paying for tax -funded abortions. This in no way prohibits you from getting an abortion as it only gives the tax payers the right to say, "No, I don't want my tax dollars to pay for your personal decision to kill your unborn child." No one is forced into having an abortion; yet those of us who do not believe in abortion are forced to fund it anyway. A discussion came up involv- ing the petition and some ques- tioned if it is proper for a business to post this petition where people can see it. I say, as a conservative and supporter of all our constitu- tional rights, by all means post it. I think it is very important to be able to exercise our constitutional rights. A liberal will say, "No don't post it. You will only be hurting your business by offending a good number of people. Think of your employees, think of how much money you will lose if all those who are offended refuse to patron- ize your business. I'm not trying to tell you how to run your business: I'm looking out for your best inter- est and. since this is such a contro- versial thing, do you really need this type of controversy in your place of business? Besides if you post one you have to post them all, is that really what you want to do? The fact is. they are not look- ing out after your interest, they are looking out for them self and their agenda. The fewer petitions that are available to the public the few- er signatures it will garner, if there is not enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot in Novem- ber. battle over. Then the liberal press can proudly say, "Look. no one cares if their tax dollars pay for abortion." This type of intimidation is very effective and the liberals do it very well. Please do not be intimidated into giving up your constitutional right to petition. We lose so many privileges every day because some one claims to be offended. Do not let this be one of them. Jeani West Sweet Home Participants key in prostate group Editor: Prostate cancer supporter. thank you. Recently, I started a Prostate Cancer Support Group in Sweet Home to offer help to prostate can- cer patients, both past and present: I am writing to thank all of those men who've been through this stressful process and who at- tended the meetings simply to offer support to men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. As healthcare provider my in- formation is valuable, but the real support comes from the sense of community that the meeting af- fords and a man-to-man perspec- tive that I clearly can't provide. Thank you v6ry much for re- minding me why I moved back home and bolstering my faith in the human spirit. I hope to see you again from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 12. Krystina M. Tack, Ph.D. Sweet Home WRITE A LETTER We encourage readers to express their opinions n letters to the editor on matters of public interest. Letters should be typed and may be submitted by mail, e-mail, fax or in person at The New Era office. E-mailed letters may be sent to news@sweethomenews.com. Please include a telephone number in case we need to contact you. Also, we require that you include your name and city of residence or your letter will not be published. There is no length restriction, but letters may be edited for length and all letters will be edited for libelous content. We disoourage letters that attack or complain about private citizens or businesses on a personal level. Also, letters containing comments on topics deemed by the editorial staff to have been exhausted in previous letters will be edited accordingly.