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Hometown Newspa :)er of Robert Barstad Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 29 75 Cents Crowd of alums return for l OOth SHHS reunion By Megan Sanderson For The New Era A lot of Sweet Home High School was unfamiliar to Eugene resident Otis Evans Saturday, as he toured the facility, but it brought back some good memories. "Probably the best time of my life," Evans said of his four years at the school before he graduated in 1951. He said he was involved in football and basketball and he loved the many activities and the friends that he made. The only thing missing Satur- day were his classmates. "I guess there's not too many of us Class of '51 left," Evans said. Celebrating its 100th anniver- sary, Sweet Home High School opened its doors to alumni for an all school reunion that attracted hundreds of alumni, who were welcomed back for a trip down memory lane. Attendees had the opportunity walk through a self-guided tour, where many spent most of the time looking at the class pictures hang- ing on the walls in the high school hallway. They also got a chance to walk through a Memory Lane exhibit, where the Sweet Home Alumni Foundation put together tables dedicated to each decade. Tables were decorated with old diplomas, yearbooks, newspapers, pictures, lettermen's jackets, and athletic uniforms. Other shows fea- tured classic cars owned by alumni and art and quilts created by former students. Like Evans, Ed Nieman, also enjoyed his years at the high school. Nieman not only gradu- ated from the high school, but also coached and taught English there for 31 years. His wife, Patti Nie- man, who supervised the library and media services, also retired from the school. See Reunion, page 9 Photo by Sean C. Morgan Danielle (Hay) Hanscam models her original, one of the original, Huskies cheerleader uniforms during a special reunion program held Saturday. Sweet Home on parade By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Anne Marie Miller was named Sportsman's Holiday Queen Thursday night, and Jared Severns, Brady Severns and Justin Wales won the talent contest as the Sweet Home Drum Corps during the Chips 'n' Splinters talent show and coronation. Cub Scout Pack 363 won the Sportsman's Holiday Parade sweepstakes on Saturday. Miller's first act was to declare the beginning of Sportsman's Holiday. First Princess was Candalynn Johnson. Miller also was named Miss Congeniality and sold the most raffle tickets - 827. Final tallies indicated that Johnson sold 676. Kayla Mackenzie Wickline sold 406, and Chancey Fuesler See Holilay, page 8 Photo by Sean C. Morgan Webelo Leader Randy Schoonover walks along with the Cub Scout Pack 363 float in the Sportsman's Holi- ady Parade held Saturday. Council ups sewer charges By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home City Council approved an increase in the waste- water rate last week. During its regular meeting on July 10, the council raised the resi- dential rate to $7.66 per hundred cu- bic feet from $5.82, a 31.6-percent increase, and the base charge to $28 from $26.89, a 4.1 percent increase. The first 400 cubic feet of sewer ser- vice is included in the base charge. The council accepted the rec- ommendation of Public Works Di- rector Mike Adams in April. Last week's action adopted a resolution to officially set the new rate, effec- tive July 16. The council rejected a recom- See Sewer, page 10 Trip to Japan shows Sweet Home students By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Ian Wingo knew he wasn't in Oregon any more when the Japanese man behind him on a crowded train in Tokyo said some- thing, then gave him an aggressive tap on the back of the head. "I'm standing in the metro and it stops and lots of people want to get off," Wingo said. "There were a bunch of people in front of me and this guy is trying to get past me. I was standing there and I didn't want to push others because it's rude. There was nowhere for me to go." A Japanese teacher on the train with Wingo and other members of Sweet Home's Josai exchange group told him that "it's ap- parently disrespectful to not push the crowd," Wingo said. They got jammed into subways, they ate octopus, they attempted to figure out toilets that had more buttons than a switchboard, they experienced a typhoon. They survived and members of the bi- annual Sweet Home exchange group, who visited Josai High School in Japan June 9-24, say they came back with a real sense of what life is like in a country with a very different culture and language. The trip marked the 30th anniversary of the exchange program between Sweet Home and Josai, a private college-preparatory high school and junior high located-in Tokyo. "While we were there, they had a cere- mony marking the 30th year," said Cynde Burford, who directs the Sweet Home Josai program. "They had the entire faculty at- tend and they invited one of the original host morns. The superintendent of the school and the principal spoke and they presented us with a beautiful glass plate. It was a really See Josai, page 5 a whole new world Sweet Home summer Josai exchange students get a real taste of Japanese culture during their recent trip to Tokyo.