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Page 4 :IT, ,1, r- - July 18, 2012 MRC.oM! w From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County... I July 19, 1962 An airstrip for the Sweet Home community is being considered by the State Board of Aeronautics, and Sweet Home-East Linn County Chamber of Commerce. "We are seeing to it that every community in Oregon has an Air- strip," said Bob Dunn, director for the State Board of Aeronautics. According to a State Board of Aeronautics survey, 75 new air- strips are needed in Oregon at this time. Dunn described the proposed Clark Mill road site as "very ade- quate." The airstrip would need to be 250 feet in length. Firemen were called to Bau- man sawmill at Foster at 6:07 p.m. Saturday to quell a blaze at the green chain end of the mill. It is believed that wind blown sparks from the burner started the fire. Damage is estimated at $2,000. July 22, 1987 Twenty-eight young students from Josai High School in Tokyo, Japan, arrived in Sweet Home Sun- day, tired after their long journey, but with hearty appetites ready for a two-week taste of rural American life. This is the third time Sweet Home has hosted Josai students. On an alternating basis, the two sister schools host students. From one exciting adventure to another, this inspiring former Sweet Home High School student - now a successful author- is now look- ing forward to going to Japan on a world tour covered wagon journey, 1,300 miles in length. Already, the author of "The Texas Sesquicen- tennial Wagon Train Story In Po- ems" and a sequel, "From Sulphur Springs to Cowtown,"Donna Neal Stepp is anxiously awaiting her newest adventure. LETTERS TO TIlE EDITOR Happy to see SH's success Editor: This is to the amazing people of Sweet Home. Recently, Rural Development Initiatives brought our two-day Board and Staff Retreat to Sweet Home. During this two-day meet- ing we learned about our combined 20-year effort in the region, the peo- ple, businesses and organizations behind Sweet Home's success, and the amazing work the community has been doing since our first en- counter in the early 1990s, when timber revenue declined. From the first meeting in 1991, when RDI assisted Sweet Home in developing a strategic plan, to the present day, Sweet Home has achieved nearly every goal. Sweet Home has spruced up Main Street, made significant improvements to its water and sewer systems, wel- comed a Boys and Girls Club, Se- nior Center and Community Cen- ter, established a new marina, seen growth in the Oregon Jamboree, and retained an active and dedi- cated group of volunteers. We applaud the people of Sweet Home for your vision, de- termination and hard work! RDI is proud to be a part of your success by assisting local leaders in build- ing capacity, providing skills and training in Economic Vitality and Community Building programs, and assisting local business and organizations through our Orga- nizational Development and Col- laboration efforts. RDI extends a special thanks to everyone who worked to make our visit special including our iSl00 r A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers ntNlsweethomenews'om 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/Co-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.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 Sevems, 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 hosts, Jo Ann and Tim McQueary, who arranged our visit and brought in a cast of Sweet Home stars. Hats off to: Ken Bronson, Joyce Rowton and the great bus drivers and staff at the Senior Center; Milli Horton, Denim and Pearls Catering; Mike and Mira Hall, The Point Restau- rant; Brian Carroll, Linn County Parks and Recreation; John Mor- rison, Visit Linn Coalition; Scott Swanson, The New Era; Alex Paul, community champion; Dave Furt- wangler and Mitt Moran, Cascade Timber Consulting; Brian Hoff- man, Sweet Home Economic De- velopment Group and Craig Mar- tin, City of Sweet Home. RDI is a nonprofit organization helping to build vital rural commu- nities. Sweet Home is an outstand- -ing example of a community who has come together, built a plan and worked collaboratively to achieve your goals. It's been an honor to partner with you in this journey. Craig Smith Executive Director Karl Rosenfeld Development Director Rural Development Initiatives Give your fresh fruit a washing Editor: I have noticed that both family and public kitchen help all seem to presume that if strawberries come in a clear plastic clamshell that the fruit is ready to eat. It is not! Read the fine print: "Rinse before eat- ing," or some such admonishment. My uncle in central California raised oranges, grapefruit, peaches, grapes.., all wonderful stuff. When he gave us some to take home after a visit, he always reminded us to be sure and wash it thoroughly; "You don't want to eat what we spray on it!" When it is packaged for sale in stores, it may have been rinsed... with a preservative. Therefore, wash an orange or grapefruit or melon before you slice it; wash those berries and cherries you bought at the store, or even farmer's market. You don't want to eat what was sprayed on it. Check the package: if it says ready to eat, such as baby carrots, that's fine. Be safe; it takes only a moment to wet and rub and rinse! Joan Scofieid Sweet Home Romney not only 'hypocrite' Editor: In answer to Diane Daiute[s letter to the editor (July 11) in which she complained about Mitt Romney's lack of military service. WRITE A LETTER We encourage readers to express their opinions in letters to the editor on 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 letter will not be published. There is no length restriction, 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. Jusi how much time has Presi- dent Obama spent in the military except for being the commander in chief?. Zilch, nada, none. He has disrespected every branch of our military in one way or another. Even r fifth-grader knows that the "P" in Marine Corps is si- lent, but not the commander in chief and even a fifth-grader knows that when you salute the flag the hand goes over the heart, not the crotch; but then that's our president and we are supposed to respect him. For the past 68 years, all presi- dents, except Obama, have paid tribute to the fallen soldiers killed on D-Day. This year he made a campaign trip on Air Force 1 to California to raise funds for the upcoming election. He did not honor them in 2010, or 2011 either. Obama did not even have the guts to vote for or against the Iraq war - he voted present; quite the leader, huh? Obama is the only president to ever give his support to a foreign nation in a lawsuit against one of our own states. Talk about alle- giance to our country. Talk about your hypocrisy So before bashing Romney, I think you should take a very hard look at the present Democratic choice for the next four years. I may not like Romney but I dislike Obama even more. Four more years of the "liberal's dream come true" wilt destroy the two-party system; but then, again, hasn't that been the goal of the liberals all along? Jeani West Sweet Home Credit for car. show goes around Editor: This is to the sponsors and fel- low volunteers of the Sweet Home See Letters, page 5