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Page 10 Vct Jn (&apos;.CMMIJNITV IT'  r. - July 4, 2012 II Run From page 1 ing and choosing different areas," Kitchin said by phone from Van- couver. "From here across the 205 bridge." After that he'll run to Tigard, then down old Highway 99 and into Albany at some point, he said. The distance from his home to Sweet Home is approximately 117 miles. By the time he finishes run- ning different segments over time, he'll cover the entire route. He is planning to run from Lebanon to Sweet Home on July 14 during Sportsman's Holiday, w w WID'W v -- Randy Townsend, L.D. 1256 Main Street, Sweet Home (541) 367-4401 1 (541) 409-2499 30 + Years Experience the day of the All-School Reunion, arriving just before the Sports- man's Holiday Run at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Kitchin has already run 26 miles, he said. "The ultimate goal is to make money for the scholarship fund," he said. "What I would really like is if I could be left out of this. I don't want this to be about Jay. I want this to be about getting money for students in Sweet Home." Although his family didn't have much money, two uncles helped establish the Sweet Home Alumni Foundation, he said. He wanted to contribute too, and run- ning to raise funds seemed like a good way for him to do it. "Not everybody who's 64 wants to run," Kitchin said, but he enjoys it. "I'm not fast. It's one step in front of the other." He had been lo?king at the foundation's Facebook page and noticed it had 4,400 members. He started thinking about how much money would be raised if all of them donated just $2. "I look at the poverty level down there now," Kitchin said. "Education is a way out of the situ- ation they're in now." To make his point, he recalled attending the Centralia Commu- nity College graduation this year. Two students spoke, and both PAPA JAY Jay Kitchen, here shown after the Portland Marathon, plans to run the distance from Vancouver, Wash. to rcise scholarship funds for Sweet Hone High School students. mentioned that if it hadn't been for scholarships, they wouldn't have been able to attend the college. They were the first college gradu- ates in their families. "I've stayed involved with Sweet Home and care very deeply what happens there," Kitchin said. "Who knows what potential could be unlocked to let these kids go on and be whom they're really meant to be." Others agree, and Kitchin has already raised about $1,000 from people who have never stepped foot in Sweet Home, some pledg- ing $1 per mile, he said. They're on board because they believe in edu- cation. He has e-mails from more people committing to donate. Beyond individual donations, Kitchin would like to see corporate sponsors match some of the funds, he said. Mainly, he really wants to draw awareness to the scholarship fund. This is a perfect opportunity to do it, a "perfect storm," he said. The school is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and more people than usual will be in Sweet Home to at- tend the reunion. Kitchin retired from a glass manufacturer as a maintenance manager. He worked in industrial maintenance for 35 years. He has been married to his wife, Sue, for 42 years. They have two children, Amy and her husband, Chris, of Bellingham, Wash., and Seen and his wife, Michelle, of Pocatello, Idaho. They have four grandchil- dren. For more information, contact Kitchin at (360) 607-2519. Dona- tions may be mailed directly to the Sweet Home Alumni Foundation at PO Box 83, Sweet Home, OR 97386. Kitchin may alsobe con- tacted through Facebook.com. Sale Good through 7-10-12 Filter KELLOGG'S POP TARTS TOASTER PASTRIES |1 Carton URGEONOENERA'SWA..,.G:S=.,g .......... ^ ,. ......... ^. ...... ._ ,....' byPfegnan WomanMayR .... 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He noted that it is not a good time to freeze non-represented em- ployee wages, a proposal discussed by the Budget Committee and the City Council previously., At the same time, the city can- not sustain the path it is on, with the rising cost of befiefits, said Holley, a former council member and mayor himself. Next year, Holley said, he would like to see the council start the budget process sooner, with a workshop two or three months be- forehand to give the council more of a say in the budget and allow councilors to get to know the bud- get better - before it goes through deliberations at the Budget Com- mittee level. "I think it's time to move on, adopt the budget and keep the things we discussed in mind next year," Holley said. McKee said it was time to move ahead. "I'm voting yes on the budget because we need one to operate," McKee said. "I still feel adamantly about the fact we don't need to give merit raises (for non-represented employees) this year." Angulo agreed. After no further discussion, the council adopted the budget, with a tax rate of $7.22 per $1,000 in as- sessed valuation for local option levies and $1.42 per $1,000 in they city's permanent rate. In other business, the council: Passed a resolution declaring the city's election to receive shared state revenue. Passed a resolution certify- ing that the city provides four or more services in order to receive state revenues. Authorized the transfer of contingency funds from the wa- ter and wastewater treatment plant funds to various lines within the materials and services and capital outlay line items in the 2011-12 budget. Expenditures were higher than anticipated. The transfers in- clude $10,000 to professional ser- vices in the wastewater plant fund, $5,000 to equipment and machinery in the wastewater plant fund and $10,000 to professional services in the water plant fund. Set an interest rate of 10 percent on unpaid systems develop- ment charge balances. The interest rate had not been set by resolution, permitting the city to charge only 9 percent under state law. Charges on current contracts is approximately $1,090 per year for all contracts combined.