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Page 4 - July 11,2012 From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... July 12, 1962 Supt. George Kontos report- ed to the District 55 school board Tuesday night that the new ju- nior high school, on the corner of 22nd Avenue and Mountain View Road, is 95 percent completed. He said that major portions of the contract yet to be com- pleted include installation of gym floor, completion of landscaping, and blacktopping of the grounds entrance and the parking lot. Firemen were called to an unoccupied house at 13th Avenue and 'Q' Street, owned by Archie Vibbert, last Thursday to quell a fire which is believed to have been started by boys playing with- matches, Loss was estimated at $150. July 15, 1987 Temperatures in the high 80's, a 90-minute parade, and a record-setting amount of people at the rodeo, combined to make the 1987 Sportsman's Holiday/ Calapooia Roundup celebration memorable. "The parade was tremen- dous, rivaling those in much larg- er towns," said SH/CR President Larry Dodge. "Two records were set at the Rodeo, and although we don't have all the tickets counted, we firmly believe a new atten- dance record was set." Gina McCreary, of Sweet Home, will be among the candi- dates competing for the title of Miss Teen Oregon to be held in Salem, July 31- Aug. 2. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of her choice as well as a host of merchandise awards. I Only one of our staff here at Even in Southern California, The New Era is currently a gradu- where I once lived for longer than I ate of Sweet Home High School, care to remember, the local schools but some of us who aren't have had were focal points for the communi- kids graduate from the hallowed ties that seemed to blend into each halls of Husky-dora. other, with only street signs indi- So even though we maybe caring you'd left one municipality don't have the historical DNA that and entered another. many of you have, we welcome the People still cared if their foot- alumni returning this weekend for ballteam was winning games. They the All-Year Reunion celebrating might even show up for the games, the 100th anniversary of the build- which is saying something in So- ing of Sweet Home Union High Cal, where the pro football teams School. have all left because they couldn't I've worked in newspaper compete with other entertainment journalism for a long time and the options, and the stands at the Rose papers I've worked for have cov- Bowl start emptying at halftime if ered many high schools. I've cov- the Bruins aren't winning - for the ered quite a few myself, same reason. Every school is unique and hasHere in Sweet Home, it's a dif- its own special ambiance, particu- ferent ballgame. lady to those who spent their four There's a high level of inter- years of high school in it.est here in our school and that's I've noticed, over the years, significant. It's one of the things that you can't really divorce a high that makes your old home town a school from its community, special place. Notes From The Newsroom I Scott Swanson Publisher The people who built your high school cared, back in 1912. They cared again in the 1940s and 1950s, when they built a new school and then added on to it. They cared again in 2001 when they passed an $18 million bond to greatly improve the school facility. That level, of commitment goes well beyond the schools. My family has lived here for seven years. I've lived in a wide been improvement, even in the variety of communities, from small short time I've lived here. towns the size of Sweet Home to Some of you may remem- that huge metropolis down south, bet the glory days, when logs and I've never lived in a place quite money rolled into Sweet Home, like this town. the dams were being built, the high When the chips are down for a school was packed with large num- neighbor or friend, folks here will hers of talented, smart students and step upin a big way. That shouldn't there was a strong efitrepreneurial come as a surprise to those of you spirit. who are coming back after spend- A lot of that is still here. We're ing time elsewhere, but it's some- still a town that will make things thing that sets Sweet Home apart, happen, even if we have to make Times have been tough over them happen with our own hands. the last 20-some years in your old We're still a town that takes care of home town, but the resilience and those who need it. general common grace is still here. We're still a town of people When you roll into our down- with stiff upper lips and strOng town you may notice that there's backbones. And we're still a town new paint on some of the build- that appreciates good wrestling ings, there are flowers growing in - which we have. the median along Main Street and, Thanks for coming back and on the whole, things are looking up think about what you might be able in downtown Sweet Home. to do to help the Alumni Founda- Sure, there's still plenty of tion make Sweet Home even abet- room for improvement, but there's ter place to live and raise our kids. A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www.sweethomenews,com 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/C0-Publisher scott@sweethornenews.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 LETTERS TO TIlE LDITOR ~l*8~Ane";ance class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all to country Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their country." Editor: - Colin Powell "I am angry that so many of the Mitt Romney got four defer- sons of the powerful and well-placed ments (equaling five years) to escape ... managed to wangle slots in reserve serving in Vietnam. and National Guard units. Of the Mitt said, "It was not my de- many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw sire to go off and serve in Vietnam." WRITE A LETTER We encourage readers to express their opinions in letters to the editor bn 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 ietter will not be published. ........ There is no length restrictionl but letters may be edited for length and all letters will be edited for libelous content. We discourage 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. Even though he supported the war. He went to France, evangelizing for the Mormon church, and attend- ing classes at Stanford while 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam. Not one of Romney's five sons has served in the military either, de- spite Mitt's hawkish arguing for es- calating U.S. military involvement in the Middle East (i.e. remaining in Afghanistan until the U.S. can claim victory there. Iran.) He has promised to boost mili- tary spending and tO increase the size of the Navy. When he was asked to justify this hypocrisy, Romney de- fended his five sons' decision not to enlist in the military, saying they're showing their support for the country by "helping me get elected." Happy Fourth of July, courtesy of the brave men who fought in the American War of Independence 1775-1783). Diane Daiute Sweet Home