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lle Era - June 27, 2012 VOuP. CONMUNITV Page 5 new will brin By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Terry Shank wants to get more involvement from younger veter- ans at the Sweet Home Veterans Club. To get there, he has led a ma- jor remodel of the club's stage. "The stage is something that I wanted to do," said Shank, a mem- ber of the AmVets. "We were look- ing for ways to start bringing our environment up to date and interest younger veterans. "We seem to have a lot more to offer than what they realize, and it could be a good outlet for them," Shank said, noting that this is a time when younger veterans are re- turning from war zones with more post-traumatic stress disorder and associated issues. Shank said the public should know about the new stage and the shows the Veterans Club is starting to add. A comedy show featuring Joe Stoddard, who has served as emcee at the Oregon Jamboree, and Susan Rice is going to be the club's first big event, Shank said, although be- fore that, a special after-hours show is planned during the Jamboree the first weekend in August. Details for that show will be announced later. "I've got some other shows happening after that," Shank said. The new stage is complete, he said. He's dealing with a couple of details on the project, but it is es- sentially complete. "We finished it about a month ago," Shank said. The club had its first band, "Tight Kitty," a blues act, play on the stage during its adult prom, held on May 20. An- other show is planned for Saturday, June 30, with a live band, from 8 to 11 p.m. June 30, the evening of the Sweet Home Sweet Ride car show. "We had a number of volun- teers who helped and worked on the stage with me," Shank said, Harry Smith was instrumental in helping with the electrical work, including new outlets and updated circuitry. The stage has a new lighting pack- age, and Shank wants to add more lights and a patriotic black light graphic. The stage is 4 feet deeper, Shanke said. The carpet is gone, and the new part of the stage was finished in the same fir that was un- der the carpet. Shank provided most of the materials for the project. Others donated materials, time and skills. "It's another way to try to draw people into the club," Shank said. That includes the community. "It's important to me because I want to see the club succeed," Shank said. "If we don't have our organizations, the people we've served for years are going to lose that. There's nobody behind us to pick that up." Among those activities are hosting veterans from the hospitals, he said. Members of the organiza- tions also visit them and provide a variety of Services to veterans. The community needs a big- ger venue for events, Shank said, and he plans to bring bigger acts off the road into the Vets house. The facility can handle upward of 250 people. Members of the club organi- zations would like to help Other organizations, such as the Gary Sinise Foundation and Wounded Warriors. "Right now we have to help Terry Shank measures the stage he is ourselves before we can do those things," Shank said. This will give people a reason to be there, and it will attract interest from outside the community, bringing visitors to Sweet Home. It complements what the vet- erans have already done with the work outside of the club, Shank said, and the club is planning more improvements to help make it a better asset to the community. Stoddard and Rice are sched- uled to perform at 8 p.m. on Aug. 25. Tickets are $20 in advance aid $25 at the door. For information or tickets, cfll (541) 367-4435. The club is loc,'t- ed at 580 Main St. Photos by Sean C. Morgan constructing at the Vet's hall, Below is the remodeled stage. Forest Service to move ahead with Cool Soda proposal By Sean C. Morgan located on the northern edge of the Of The New Era watershed. Approximately 65 per- After a second meeting held cent of it is owned by private in- June 14. to solicit input into a man- terests, the majority by Hill Timber agement plan for the Cool Soda and managed by Cascade Timber planning area, the U.S. Forest Ser- Consulting. Gustina owns a small vice will begin developing a pro- amount of forest land. The remain- posal, ing 35 percent is owned by the For- In May, the Forest Service dis- est Service. cussed the inherent capabilities of The Forest Service is partner- the land. Last week, it looked at the ing with CTC and the South San- existing conditions, tiam Watershed Council to develop "What we were working onthe plan. was trying to understand the exist- To get there, they'are attempt- ing resources," said Karen Bennett, ing to understand how the land has regional soil scientist with the Pa- been impacted by roads and other cific Northwest Region based in human factors, Bennett said. The Portland. That includes everything first step was to understand its in- from vegetation to hydrology, soils herent capability to produce re- and wildlife, sources. The second is to see how Among notable findings, the human interaction has affected the Cool Soda planning area, the Soda landscape. Fork watershed, includes a newThe next step is to understand species of slug discovered by a lo- the outcomes the plannin~ team cal Forest Service biologist. The hopes to achieve, she said. That's forest is reversed from historic pat- based on the values provided by terns, with the oldest parts on the those participating in the process, south side and younger forests at although those outcomes must be higher elevations in the east, north within existing legal constraints. and west. Stream temperatures in "Within that, I think we have the Soda Fork are lower than other some choices working within the streams, such as Sheep Creek, pro- landscape and how we get there," viding opportunities for fish habitat Bennett said. On Aug. 7, the team and spawning. No spotted owl pairs will begin developing priorities are inside the watershed, but two based on the input. peregrine falcon pairs are located in Those attending the meeting or near the boundary. The area also ranked their values on a matrix of has a 70-foot waterfall, values, but the results had not yet The planning area is called been tabulated at the end of the Cool Soda because Cool Camp is week. Maps show the location of the Cool Soda area, for which a management plan is being proposed. As an example of what the For- more productive than others, with - When this plan is actually est Service is attempting to achieve, shorter timber rotations, proposed in September it will go timber harvest and fish habitat may "I'm really looking forward to through the same National Environ- both be desired outeomes, the outcome of the process,"Ben- mental Policy Act process as other "Where can we best accom- nett said. What's different is fvork- actions, Bennett said, but now is the plish the forest products objective ing together with private landown- "public's opportunity to give input without impacting fisheries or wa- ers and the community to develop and shape the action that will be ter resources, for example," Bennett the proposal, proposed. said. The team will figure out the Usually, the Forest Service de-The next meeting is sched- best places for harvest and on what velops a proposed action, and peo- uled for Aug. 7. Times will be an- time frame. Some areas may be ple react to it in a comment period, nounced.