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Page 8 V~i J~ COMMtJNITV - July 11,2012 's.tri By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Wayne Beckwith is used to turning heads, so when he drove his rubber-tired road wagon drawn by four mules into Sweet Home Tuesday, July 3, he wasn't surprised to see a reporter pull up - alerted by several people that Beckwith's wagon was passing through. Beckwith, 66, a retired school teacher from Dayton, was on his way to participate in at/eight-day 4H Wagon Train that will start Saturday, July 14, at Tombstone Pass and follow the Old Santiam Wagon Road to Sisters. He said he has participated in such events for about 17 years, last year in the Ochoco National Forest, and previously in the McKenzie River area and other sections of the state. The pro- gram, which celebrated its 30th year last year, started in 1980; some participants' ancestors actu- ally traveled to Oregon via cov- ered wagons, according to news accounts about the event. Beckwith said about 75 peo- ple are involved in this trek. They will do chores and take on neces- sary responsibilities to make sure the train reaches its destination, though meals will be provided by a camp cook and rolling restrooms are part of the deal, according to a calendar listing at oregonstate. edu. Beckwith said he usually trucks his mules and wagon to the trek starting point, but this year he decided to drive from the McMin- . nville area. Other than a couple of unplanned days in Salem while he recovered from a bout of the flu, he said things have gone well on the trip, which he started June Wayne Beckwith drives his mules down Long Street last 25. He spent the night Monday at Larry Sommers' house on Pleas- ant Valley Road and planned to spend a few days with another lo- cal resident, Frank Stutzman, be- fore heading into the mountains. He built the rubber-tired wagon especially for this trip, he said. A solar panel charges a bat- tery that keeps a warning flasher, mounted on top of the wagon, go- ing as he drives down the high- way. "The /battery also powers a water Pik,'" he said. "And I can charge my ,cell phone." His seat folds into a bed and Photo by Scott Swanson week on his way to a w.agon train event Isabelle Farthing, 2, and her mother Diane check out Beckwith 's team. Beckwith's road wagon is hard to miss, with various safety features, a bike for emergency transporta- tion and bales of weed-free hay in the back. A pair of hens, occupying a cage attached to the underside of the wagon, provide eggs for Beckwith on the road. he has two hens in a cage mount- ed under the wagon "for eggs." Beckwith said the response from the public is generally very positive. "Most of the people are re- ally nice," he said. "You see the best side of humanity when you do something like this." DCB Electric Dennis Barnhart 26 YEARS ELECTRICAL EXPERIENCE CCB I94617 Bonded & Insured Cell: 54i-4o9-8426 Home:541-367-73o2 dcbelectricdennis@aol.com Camilla from Italy, 16 )'rs. I:.n}a),~ dandng, pla~lng the pkmo and s~inimiilg. Canilla look~ fi)nrard lo cookillg with her Anlerican host I'ttlllil}; (for 3, 5 or 10 months)" Make 7 a lifelone friend from abroad:" Enrich your family with another culture: Now you can host a high school exchange student (girl or boy) fr6rh France, Ge-rmany, Scandinavia, Spain, Australia, Japan, Br-azil, Italy or other countries. Single" p.arents, as. well as cou. phes with or without children, may host. Contact us ASAP for more information or to select your student. ~lttiel fronl Dennhtrk, 17 rrs. I.o~('S skiitlg, pla)illg soccer tllld watdlil~ Alllt,l'icaa I)IO'~'iPS. I)~lllie] h(!p~ ,~ to lean) 11) play f00thall and ~iW :k'; a l't~Jl AnlefiGIiI. Bonnie 541-514-4565 Amy. at 1-800-733-2773 www.assehosts.com or email info@asse,com. {oumh'd in 1976 ASSE ]memafion:d Student Exchange Prc~gram i~ a l'ublk: Benefit, Non-Profit Org