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- August 22, 2012 VouR COMMUNffV Page 9 Bras across the bridge Carol Hollingsworth of Lebanon, above, negotiates the barrels during a stick horse competition during the South Santiam Sweet Potato Queens' fourth annual Bras Across the Bridge anti-breast cancer fund-raiser, themed "Cowgirl Up.t Arrest Breast Cancer" on Sunday, Aug. 19, on Weddle Bridge. At right are winners of the barrel event, courtesy of Chafin Farms. From left are Queen Tammy Kay, Nancy Lee, Richard Deneke, Queen Tammy Rogene, Michele Adams and Queen Tammy Roxanne. The event raised nearly $1,500, the most so far, according to o'rganizers. Winner of the "The Queens Gen-u-ine Southern Dinner" was Nancy Lee. Anyone who missed the fun can still contribute by mailing a check made out to to S I of Al- bany to Rogene Stock, 43033 Green River Drive, Sweet Home, OR 97386. Photos courtesy of Joe Clark pick up downtown service while for- a getting about rural service, Partridge said. "The communities most im- From page 1 pacted are rural and low income." It affectssenior citizens who shopping, rely on the mail for prescriptions, he "It's a manufactured crisis," said. It takes away the community Partridge said. In 2006, Congress bulletin board. passed a law forcing the Postal Ser- While congressional efforts vice to spend nearly 10 percent of its budget prefunding retiree benefits 75 are held up in committee, "it is pos- sible to push back on a local level," years in advance, he said. "We've found it's possible That includes employees who to change the Postmaster General's aren't even born yet, Partridge said. mind." "The Postal Service has been going into debt ever since," he said. People showed up to communi- On June 1, the Postal Service de- ty meetings about closures last year, and the decision to close post offices faulted on that debt. The Postal Service has a surplus was delayed, he said. He came back in its pension fund, he said, and this in the spring and said he would cut hours instead of closing post offices. money is stashed away so the agency That's a step toward dosing can't access it. them anyway, Partridge said. People A bipartisan bill would correct can't make it to the post offices dur- the problem, Partridge said, but con- ing work, and business slows down gressional leadership won't let it out of committee for a vote until after the justifying closures. The key is to get elected officials election. Partridge said he believes that it involved and get people to hearings, is an attempt to soften up the Postal Partridge said. "You can't close a Service for union busting and priva- post office just because it isn't mak- tization, ing money." Postal service is mandated by A significant number of Postal law in rural areas, he said. In one Service board members would like case, when the people made that to privatize the service, Partridge clear, not only was a closure averted, said. They were appointed by the hours were extended. last presidential administration. The The Postal Service reported at Postmaster General answers to the the end of July it would fail to pay its board. prefund mandate of $5.5 billion due Private interests would love to Retired posta carrier Jamie Partridge, on Aug. 1 or tb. $5.6 billion payment it must eliminate the prefunding man- due Sept. 30. date, refund $11 billion overfunding In the fir, three quarters of the in its pension plan and transition to a fiscal year, thd~ostal Service report- five-day delivery schedule. ed a total los~f $11.6 billion. The Partridge said Foster Post Office largest contrihtion to the loss was will get a hearing, with a time and $9.2 billion iraccrued for prefund- date to be announced after Aug. 23. ing health benfits. When that hearing is called, some- The Post~ Service reported in a one from the community can facili- news release tat to cover the losses tate it. Everyone who shows up can Photo by Sean C .Morgan right, talks strategy with Cascadia residents at The Rez Church. testify and keep the postal represen- tat'lYe there to hear about it. Cascadia residents can attend the meeting and talk about their Post Office too. Along with the hearings, repre- sentatives and senators can make a difference, Partridge said. For more information, Partridge suggested visiting savethepostoffice. com. Pokerrun nets Michelle and Joe Hample hold trophies from the weenie bite and balloon toss competitions, held at Sweet Home Choppers. Sunshne $500 The .2012;weet Home Choppers Poker Run raied some $520 toward the Sunshine hdustries fund-raising campaign to haild a new facility off Clark Mill Roid. More tha 100 motorcyclists signed up to ~articipate in the 90- mile run endng at Sweet Home Choppers. More tha~ $500 worth of raffle prizes were ~onated by numerous Sweet Home ,-tea businesses. Dori Lawrence won $200 for the high hand. Jim Usher won $100 for the low hand. Kurt Martin won the slow race. Michelle Hample won the weenie bite, and Joe and Michelle Hample won the balloon toss. Photos courtesy of Sweet Home Choppers Kurt Martin displays the trophy for the slow race, one of three motorcyle games held following the poker run.