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Page 4 - August 8, 2012 ~m 1S The Oregon Jamboree has fin- ished celebrating its 20th year with huge crowds, top country music per- formers, a great emcee and some siz- zling temperatures. For the most part, it was a very excellent weekend for Sweet Home. Jamboree officials say the crowds were record size and it cer- tainly appeared that way as the beach chairs stretched the length and breadth of the Sweet Home High School athletic fields. The campers rolled in in a steady line starting in mid-week. We don't have hard figures yet, but anec- dotally, at least, from our position in The New Era office at 1313 Main St it really seems the patrons are arriv- ing earlier and staying later - which is really good for Sweet Home busi- nesses. These people buy gas and gro- ceries, they rent sites in local camp- grounds, they book the local motels, and generally just spend money. A lot of i~hat money is spent in locally owned businesses and it stays here - and we are not talking about what- ever profits the Jamboree might wind up with. A lot of that is due to innovative twists instituted by Jamboree orga- nizers. The Safeway pre-Jamboree party and Neal McCoy's reception on Thursday were good reasons to get here early. Local performers got a chance to show their stuff at the Safeway bash, which drew a crowd that packed the parking lot. Each year, it seems, more fans are walking the streets in the morn- ings, which is exactly what Sweet Home's downtown needs. We hope local businesses were enterprising and took advantage of that. The increased traffic may be due to the improving appearance of the downtown - thanks in part to profits A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers from previous Jamborees - and the increased clustering of shops that at- tract walk-in shoppers, are part of the reason for that apparent rise in shop- ping activity. The festival is an emotional event for many of the fans, who clearly relish watching their musical heroes perform live. Behind the hi- larity is a lot of sweat and hard work accomplished by the hundreds of vol- unteers who make it all happen It's a well-oiled machine after 20 years and Sweet Home should appreciate the fact that it runs as well as it does, considering that there is very little paid Staff involved. Sure, there were problems this year. When you haxie crowds num- bering in the tens of thousands, there are going to be some bad apples in the bunch and we did hear of fights and people who simply had had too much to drink For some, unfortunately, that's what it's all about and, from an or- ganizational standpoint, it's difficult to control what people do and still let them have fun. Hitting that balance 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 Miriam WHO WE ARE Scott Swanson, Editor/Co-Publisher scott@sweethomenews.com Sean C. Morgan, Staff Writer sean@sweethomenews.com Swanson, Advertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriam@sweethomenews.com is very tricky, particularly in today's post-modern society in which people increasingly think the world revolves around them and are here to maxi- mize their experience in every way possible. Mix in some spirits and it can be a difficult situation, but the Jamboree staff needs to continue to do every- thing possible to make sure it doesn't reach excessive levels. 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 The heat was definitely an issue this year, particularly since, locally, we had not gotten close to the cen- tury mark on the~ thermometer. With temperatures reported at 104 on Sat- urday, the medics stayed busy and we appreciate their efforts, responding quickly as medical situations arose. Now we have to wait to see what kind of numbers Jamboree officials produce and how they add up. Re- cord-sized crowds are a big plus, but the cost of talent, Jamboree officials have said for a number of years, has also shot up and talent is what brings in ticket-buyers. The presence of a similar festival a dozen miles down the road and two weeks separated from the Jamboree gives country music acts more options - and makes the market more competitive, we're told by those in the business. The Jamboree has survived for 20 years after local country music lovers decided a camping festival would be a good way to bring some needed cash into the community. The festival has been a success because local people have participat- ed in and supported it. It has produced many good things for the community: tens of thousands of dollars for local schools; grants for charitable orga- nizations; income for organizations such as the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, local Parent-Teacher organiza- tions, Volunteer Fire fighters Associa- tion, the Sweet Home Beautification Committee, Sunshine Industries and the Elks; money-making opportuni- ties for residents who rent out their extra space for parking or RV sites; income for local businesses from the extra 10,000 people in town; and lots of great country music for local fans. Yes, there are drunks, there is noise, there is traffic, there are lines in the store Yes, it's inconvenient But by all appearances it went pretty well this year and for that we should be grateful. From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County August 9, 1962 Fifty-three fires have burned 16 1/2 acres in the Willamette Na- tional forest this year, as opposed to last year's 76 fires. Use of equipment accounted for 15 fires, lightning set 11, smok- ing 10 and recreation use 9. Last year almost half were lightning caused with only 39 man-caused fires compared to the 42 man- caused fires this year. The larg- est fire, five miles east of Detroit, burned 13 of the total 16 acres burned. District 55 Superintendent George Kontos was informed this week that the new Sweet Home Junior High School has been ap- proved as a secondary school under state standards by the State Depart- ment of Education AS a secondary school they are strongly urged to include arts and crafts, home economics, industrial arts, and at least one foreign lan- guage. The junior high meets the fol- lowing standards: 1. A junior high in the State of Oregon with grades seven and eight, eight and nine, or seven, eight and nine. 2. Students in grades seven and eight must be assigned at least two consecutive periods with one teacher per day. 3. The instructional and extra-cur- ricular programs must be designed to meet special standards of this age group. 4. It must have a central library. August 12, 1987 Oregon sawmills produced 8.15 billion board feet of softwood lumber in 1986, the highest volume in 13 years. The estimated whole- sale value of the lumber produced was $2.01 billion Dan Dee Sales has expanded its men's, women's and children's to help meet family needs in Sweet Home, according to owners Jack and June Legg. The 12-year-old establishment recently underwent a major reno- vation which included remodel- ing of the office areas into a larger clothing area, the construction of a new office area, and renovation of a portion of the warehouse into a large shoe sales area. They now carry a selection of athletic, leisure and work shoes and boots. WRITE A LETTER We encourage readers to express their opinions in letters to the editor on matters of public interest. 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