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Page 4 ll T ra -August 15, 2012 -- COMMUNITV OPINION -- LETTERS TO Tile [.DITOR From _ Our Files Looking back on more than 80/ears of coverage in east Linn County... August 16, 1962 Oregon's newest electric power transmission "highway" is rapidly nearing completion in the Willamette valley and will be in operation short- ly to supply customers with more electricity in the future. The manager reported a 14-mile l l5,000-volt line connecting Leba- non with the Fry installation nearly finishe& It is one of three circuits ra- diating into the valley from Fry. Burglars broke into the local Post Office building on 'L' street sometime between 5:30 p.m. Tues- day and 6 a.m. Wednesday and "peeled" a safe, but according to investigating authorities they ap- parently left the building "empty- handed." Following a check, postal in- spector E. H. Eskola disclosed that apparently nothing was taken by the burglars. August 19, 1992 Sweet Home's 80-year all- school reunion was held Saturday. Planned for the last 18 months by a committee chaired by Jim Riggs and Mona Waibel, the gala event dew rave reviews from the early morning breakfast.at the Elk's Lodge until the last song was danced to on the Weddle Bridge. Expecting 1,200 to 1,500 per- sons, the reunion committee said Monday that more than 2,500 showed up for the festivities that had a dual purpose: celebrate 80 years of education in the community and raise funds for a continuing scholar- ship promoted by the Sweet Home Alumni Group. Returns to SH bring beauty Editor: Our family lived in Sweet Home for 34 years and enjoyed the mall town. I now live in Albany and have driven back to church on Sunday for nine years. I just want to express my thanks to all the people involved in helping to make the town so beau- tifuL with all the hanging baskets and flowers through the median strip. They are a bright spot and I really have enjoyed the beauty. Again, thanks. Melva Garber Albany Departing coach made big impact Editor: Coaching is an area of life where you get true enjoyment through seeing someone else's suc- cess. It's not a,job, it's a lifestyle devoted to continuous investment into the athletic community. Our focus is in developing, not only good athletes, but also great out- standing citizens. This summer, Sweet Home loses two from its track and sports community. Lela Danforth, who's been coaching the Junior High Track program since 2010 (prior to that, assisting at the high school), is leaving for a new job. And of course, on a much more somber note, we've lost our announcer and friend Ken Roberts, who passed away just recently. Excellence in coaching isn't always found on the podium: For us in the track and running world, it's those little improvements, break- outs of toughness in competition and the light bulb turning on as a young athlete finally begins to put the pieces together, that make our coaching lives fulfilling. At Sweet Home High School, we've greatly benefited from Lela's hard work. By the time a kid arrives in The A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www,$weethomenew$.eom 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 sctt@sweethmenewscm 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 Severns, 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 our program,.he or she has a solid base to build upon. Lela has taken the time to put the many different pieces together, asking not for im- mediate gratification, but enjoying her work as she watches former athletes grow and develop in high school and further, as they enter adulthood. Coaches aren't babysitters; they're mentors. Lela's focus has been developing personal and ath- letic talent of our youths. In her own words, heard time and time again by her athletes (and fellow coaches), "Hard work trumps tal- ent when talent doesn't work." In order for a team to be successful, you need coaches (and not just at the top levels) who teach the funda- mentals of working smart towards achieving success. Lela knows how to do just that and instills those ele- ments into the kids they coach. In closing, Sweet Home will miss the great asset that Lela is, but we do thank her for the time and hard work she's invested and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. Her return was never of self- gratification, but was in seeing others grow and develop. The community she is leaving for will greatly benefit from her knowledge and drive. But just like any great hardworking talent that comes through a program, it's our mission as a community to reload and move forward. If you ask her. she'll tell you she'd love to see someone as good. if not better, take her place. Lela Danforth is a true coach. always looking out for what's best for those being mentored. Andrew Allen "Coach Keebler" Sweet Home Plants hazardous along Hwy. 228 Editor: The Albany Democrat-Herald recently had a story about an ag- gressive invader: Scotch broom. And it reminded me to finish this letter. Is that what's blocking my view at the corner of Oak Terrace and Hwy. 228 - Scotch broom? I vote we remove it, then on Oak Terrace (east bound) put in a fight- hand turn lane. Actually, that whole intersection needs to be redesigned (but not by the same fellows who did Main Street). At the corner of Hwy. 228 and Evergreen Lane we have two prob- lems: (1) A holly tree that blocks drivers' clear vision of oncom- ing eastbound Hwy. 228 traffic. It needs to be removed once and for all. I wish the owner or the city would please do so. (2) Looking in the opposite db rection we have these scrubs plant- ed next to the sidewalk that block the view of westbound Hwy. 228 traffic that is charging to get up and over the. hill. I almost got hit by a logging truck because of those plants. T.hey should be removed as well starting at Evergreen Lane and on 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 bythe editorial staff to have been exhaustedin previous letters will be edited accordingly. upto the Stone Brook Apartments driveway. They serve no purpose and are ugly to boot. Diane Daiute Sweet Home Josai supporters must step up now Editor: Your article about the Josai program (Aug. 1) was dead on. It is time for Sweet Home to step up and support a 30-year pro- gram filled with love and learning. I was the coordinator for the Josai program'at the high school for l0 years, I have first-hand knowledge of Sweet Home students experienc- ing Japan. I have hosted several short-stay students in my home. I have taken Josai students around Oregon. We have experienced the fish hatchery, McCubbins' farm, walked the community, and these students have been hosted by fami- lies in Sweet Home for 30 years. If families in Sweet Home have hosted these kids for 30 years, and Josai has hosted our students for all this time, don't you think this program has support, love, and a tremendous amount of people in this community that have been im- pacted by Josai? This program is a chance for us to experience culture from a distant land. and we are experiencing with people who love our community/ Should we really slap them in the face and say "no?" Steve Hummer Sweet Home Josai program too vital to let die Editor: It has recently been brought to my attention that our Josai program of 30 years may be coming to an end. I strongly urge that the Josai program not be terminated. We live in a small and to some extent secluded town, with many children who rarely have the opportunity to See Letters, page 5