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Page 4 - August 22, 2012 From Our Files Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east Linn County AuguSt 23, 1962 Lloyd Fredrick Nixon, 27, Rt. 1, sustained only a few Scratches and bruises last Friday morning when the cab of his loaded log truck was demolished by a train at the Williams Street railroad crossing in Lebanon. The local trucker said he heard the train whistle as it headed east and when he saw that he did not have time to stop he turned parallel to the freight train. The train hit the load of logs, tipped the cab of the truck over and pulled it about 40' feet. Nixon stayed with the truck and the logs stayed bound and remained on the truck. August 17, 1987 Headline: SH city manager is cited for driving while intoxicated. The Sweet Home Senior Cen- ter will begin operation of the shuttle for the elderly and handi- capped riders between Sweet Home, Lebanon and Albany Nov. 1, according to Edythe James, di- rector. The annual Holley Grange Fair will be Aug. 22, according to organizer Betty Makarchek. The ramifications of redued allowable cuts expected to be included in the upcoming Wil- lamette National Forest 10-year plan, the import and exportation of logs and lumber and the mecha- nization of the wood products in- dustry were just a few of the many topics covered in a visit last week to the Willamette Industries saw- mill and plywood plant by Rep. Peter DeFazio. City water should be available to the troubled East Long Street area by November, according to the City Council. I don't live in Cascadia but I Notes From think I can relate to the situation the folks up there are experiencing with Wh N e e w s too in the absence of their post office. ~'" I was there when it burned last November. Saw the whole ugly thing. As a journalist for 30-some years, I've seen a lot of bad stuff, Scott but that was one that will stick in my Swanson mind for quite a while. It was hard not to get too emotionally involved, i Publisher watching that historic school building, built by the community years ago, burn down with all Bob Hubler's classic cars inside. My dad feeling to watch that. has a collection of antique cars, so When I was in my first year of that was tough to watch, college I lived with an elderlY couple But the final bummer was near Murphy, south of Grants Pass. watching that beat-up trailer bum. Murphy had a general store like The Cascadia post office was already Holley's or Crawfordsville's. Inside on the list for consideration to be the store was a little post office, built closed and when the hungry flames - along one wall. It had a window and, leaped from the school building to as I recall, some postal boxes. the trailer, well, it was not a good I don't remember the specifics A locally owned newspaper founded Sept. 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers Miriam ~nNW.$weethomenews.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 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 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 of how it was staffed, but I do good sense of a community's layout renember clearly how that store because, if you're like me, you don't an( post office were the crux of life go very fast. You learn every rise in he rural community of Murphy; and fall in the pavement, every turn ne~rl2 everybody stopped there in the road. You notice things that every day or so for some gas, to just whipby when you're in a car. buy some stamps, to get a bottle of Well, jogging through Cascadia pop on a blazing southern Oregon -- and this wasn't the first time I've summer day, to mail a letter or just done it -- you get a pretty good to shoot the breeze with the owner, sense of the place. A lot of rather who seemed to know everything that isolated houses. But people who are was going on in town. friendly enough to wave at a crazy A few days ago we had some jogger lurching by in the hot sun. friends stop by from out of state - a Tough folks, but people who still drier state. We decided to take them have community and need one, out to show them what a little rain Problem is, without a post can do, so we headed up to Cascadia office, there is little opportunity to State Park since we were a little short build that community in Cascadia. on time. I hadn't been able to go for That's not the U.S. Postal a run for a few days, so I decided to Service' problem, though the bail out of the car at River Bend and difficulty of getting mail in Foster for jog up to the park. Figured I could a lot of Cascadians is the U.S.P.S.'s take a dip in the river when I got problem. there. What Cascadia really needs is Jogging's a great way to get a more than just a post office, really. LETTEP.S TO THE LbITO. Cure for ills is to see a doctor Editor: I read an article in the Portland Oregonian dated Aug. 17. With cancer, AIDS and hepati- tis, there is this fear to see a doctor and get a diagnosis. There are now two new drugs on the market that completely erase hepatitis from the bloodstream. Even if there is already damage, it can be slowed down. Good luck to everyone. Beth Liegel Sweet Home 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. I wasn't here when the Maples Store burned down, but I can imagine it was a disaster almost as significant as the loss of the post office and school building. As I was jogging through, I wondered how hard it would really be to put a store and a post office in Cascadia. I've heard that the reason Maples was never rebuilt was because it was too costly to replace. I find it hard to believe that there isn't somebody out there with the entrepreneurial innovation to be able to figure out a way to put a store up there - at least a drive-up kiosk- type store if they couldn't afford to meet the county requirements to do something bigger. One would think there would be a way to incorporate some level of post office service in - a store. Such an enterprise could surely take advantage of the traffic on the highway, but it would provide residents with an alternative to a 20-minute drive to the nearest conveniences. Back to the post office, though. If I were a Cascadia resident, living on Highway 20 or Cascadia Drive or High Deck or Whiskey Butte or elsewhere, I'd be listening to what Jamie Partridge (page 1) has to say. Regardless of the USPS' financial condition, regardless of whether those processing centers really need to be closed, regardless of what happens elsewhere, if Cascadians agree that having a local post office is crucial for their community, Partridge is fight about one thing: You have to fight for it. You need to raise a ruckus. Write the letters. Make the phone calls. That's hard to do for some folks, the ones who don't trust politicians, who prefer to keep their heads down and mind their own business, like a good many Cascadia folks. But the fact is, if you find it diffiCult to drive 15 or 20 miles on a windy, icy highway in Winter every day to get your mail, it's time to raise your voice. Your community depends on it.