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1 ,g r -August 15, 2012 VouR COMMUNITV Page 9 " Photos by Sean C. Morgan Rockin' at Sankey Ryan Green plays lead guitar during the Laser Light Shotgun concert at Psychostock. Bassist Chad Miner, formerly of Sweet Home is in the background. Band members live in Lebanon and Albany. The seven-band event was held Saturday at Sankey Park. At right is Damion Brewer, with Jobe Woosley of Sweet Home playing guitar. Both are members of Caducus. Other bands included TodaylsNow, Brallix, Brudos, Crimson Guardian and The Berated. / Railroad From page 1 The railroad is scheduling up to three days per crossing as it re- pairs the tracks from Lebanon to Sweet Home. "I am going to apologize up front for the inconvenience," Rus- sell said. A&E is tentatively scheduling work on the Ninth Avenue crossing for Oct. 17-19 and 12th Avenue for Oct. 24-26. Clark Mill Road is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 7-9, followed by 43rd Avenue, Nov. 14-16; 47th Ave. for Nov. 21-23; 53rd Ave. for Nov. 28-30; and 54th Ave. for Dec. 5-7. Repairs for the crossing on Poplar between Foster Lake and Foster School and the trestle over Highway 20 also are planned. Eighteenth Avenue was com- pleted a couple of years ago. Past Santiam Lumber, between Lebanon and Sweet Home, it's a "Field of Dreams"-type project, Russell said. Company officials are hoping that the railroad infrastruc- ture improvements already under way between Lebanon and Sweet Home will help drive economic development and a market for rail transportation in Sweet Home. Sweet Home has industrial land that's underutilized or not utilized at all, Russell said. Leba- non is out encouraging industry to come to the area. He is hoping Sweet Home can encourage clean industry to locate here. "It's my vision for Sweet Home," Russell said. "It's Rick's (Franklin, owner) vision for Sweet Home," Russell said. "I would hope it's Sweet Home's vision for Sweet Home. What we need are wage-earning jobs that are going to support families." The condition of the rail line between Lebanon and Sweet Home has been poor for years, and was a concern in 2005 when a Redding, Calif. man, Don Kirk, proposed converting the old Sweet Home de- pot building, now located in a field behind McDonald's restaurant, into a railroad museum and using the rail line for a tourist train. The con- dition of the tracks was such that trains could only move at very slow speeds, per Oregon Department of Transportation regulations, Kirk said at the time. Russell said that Franklin is interested in eventually developing some type of attraction too. The Rick Franklin Corporation took possession of the railroad in 2007, and it went to work improv- ing rail lines that hadn't had any at- tention for some 50 years, Russell said: The company improved a sid- ing in Albany to help cut turnaround time for trains serving Oremet. In 2008, the Rick Franklin Corporation was busy working on a slide in the Oakridge area, Rus- sell said, then it began overhauling bridges and rails from Lebanon to Mill City, then it rehabilitated the rails between Albany and Leba- non. Right now, the company is repairing rail line and replacing ties between Lebanon and Sweet Home. The project is jumping ahead to Pleasant Valley early, Russell said, to minimize the project's im- pact on the school year. The project includes numerous private crossings as well, he said, but the company wants to keep the impact everywhere to a minimum. The project "makes it safer for our train crews," Russell said. "It was in pretty poor shape. As bad as it is out here, there were areas that were worse in Mill City and on the way to Albany." The project also improves vi- sion with the removal of vegetation from around the rails, he said. "The primary reason for right-of-way clearing is public safety." There have been two accidents involving trains and vehicles since the Rick Franklin Corporation too k possession of the rail line, Russell said. Russell is not certain that the company will finish the project this year, he said. The dry. season started late. The project will total more than $23 million. Some $11 mil- lion in funding is from a Connect Oregon grant. Photos by, Sean C. Morgan The Pleasant Valley railroad crossing, below, will get a makeover on Aug. 29, which will close the intersection all day. Ties, like those above, are be- ing replaced between Lebanon and Sweet Home. These will be replaced when the construction crew reaches Sweet Home. COMMUNITY COLLEGE Currently accepting applications to teach Fall Term. Photo by Sean C. Morgan Photo by Scott Swanson Poker run Above, participants in the Fifth Annual Sweet Home Choppers Poker Run drive through town. At left, Damien Rash of Lebanon tries to catch a water balloon he tossed over the bar during biker games held during the barbecue at the end of the poker run. Paul Hamlet of Philomath is driving the motorcycle. The 90-mile run was dedicated to raising funds for construction of Sun- shine Industries' new facility on Clark Mill Road. Aquatic Fitness Instructor, Part-time Classes in Sweet Home Visi t www.jobsJinnbenton.edu for additional information and online application. Human Resources {541) 917-4420 or TTY-Relay to Voice 1-800-735-2900. LBCC is an equal opportunity educator and employer.