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Hometown Newspaper of Andrea Larkin Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 33 75 Cents . I Efforts to Gtrl Scouts at Sunnystde saveJosai Weeklong event was under way part of organization's centennial celebration By Scott Swanson Of The New Era It was the event of the century, at least for Girl Scouts of the Pacific Northwest who swarmed into the Sweet Home area last week for the Northwest Centennial Roundup, held at Sunnyside Park and other local venues. The roundup was pretty much anything any active, inquisitive, fun-loving teen could want and more than 300 of them spent the week learning everything from rock-climbing to semaphore (communicating with flags). "We've had camps and stuff, but this is crazy," said Melissa Tensa, 15, of Beaverton, a 10-year veteran of Girl Scouts, as she stood with friends waiting for her turn to climb a wall manned by Oregon National Guard soldiers. The roundup was unique in that it drew a total of 385 participants, most from Oregon but some from as far away as the East Coast and Canada, plus 13 National Guard service people, to the campground, which was closed See Scouts, page 8 By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era A representative of ld.S. Im- migration and Customs Enforce- ment visited School District 55 Monday, Aug. 13, as part of the certification process that will al- low the district to resume its ex- change program with Josai Uni- versity High School of Tokyo. "He is the one that makes sure the school is a school," said Cynde Burford, former coordi- nator of the exchange program. She credits the quick site visit to See dosai, page 6 Ex-principal to School Boara! Photo by Scott Swanson Girl Scouts from throughout the Northwest work on duct tape art, a "very popular work- shop," according to organizers, during the Northwest Centennial Roundup, held last week at Sunnyside Campground and other local parks. At left, Hannah Huchutte, 12, of New- berg, left, deciphers a message from Ashlynn Lucas, 11, of Oregon City, center, and Hillary Schimonitz, 13, of Eugene, right, during a semaphore workshop. By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The District 55 School Board appointed retired Curriculum Director and Principal Jan Sharp to fill an at-large seat left vacant by Billie Weber. The board was split 3-3 on a vote between Sharp and former board Chairman Don Hopkins, a retired superintendent from among six candidates. The deadlock was See Board, page 7 Railroad project to impact city By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The owners of Albany and Eastern Railroad are spending $23 million plus in a "build-it-and-they-will-come" venture to rebuild the railroad line from Lebanon to Sweet Home. Mark Russell, A&E general manager, presented A&E's project to the Kiwanis Club Thursday evening at the Skyline Inn Restau- rant. He said the work will require closures of railroad crossings in Sweet Home in the coming months, the first at Pleasant Valley Road, which will be closed all day on Thurs- day, Aug. 29. Russell said his company plans to work a long day, starting at 4 a.m. and finishing by 10 p.m., in an attempt to finish the work there in a single day before school starts. See Railroad, page 9 Blues fest is labor of love for couple By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era When the Harvest Moon Blues Festival kicks off Friday afternoon at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon it will be the culmination of months of work for a local couple. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., and the show starts at 4 p.m., with some 15 bands appearing. Proceeds from the three- day festival will benefit the Lebanon Community Foundation. "We have a Grammy Award-winning surprise coming in on Friday night," said Edie Wilcox of Sweet Home, and this event will be the first for Curtis Salgado following lung surgery. The festival is organized byWilcox, Steve Magnolia of Lebanon and Kate Naiman of Portland. They also do smaller shows and operate as Harvest Moon See Blues, page 3 Steve Magnolia and Edie Wilcox display a poster for their Harvest Moon Blues Festival. / 00loWolI!!l,!lt news@sweeth0menews.c0m I I I www, sweeth0menews,c0m