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Page 4 1  ra - Auqust 29, 2012 COPIPIUNITV OPINION From FilesOUr Looking back on more than 80 years of coverage in east t[nn County,.. August 30, 1962 Fire of undetermined origin swept through the green end of the Kal Wood company plant on Highway 20 early Friday morn- ing, causing an estimated $40,000 in damage, and putting 40 em- ployees out of work. The fire destroyed the chip- per, chip storage facilities, ham- mer mill and the storage bin for the dryer. The 22nd Avenue paving job was completed this week by crews from Morse Bros., of Lebanon. The 1962 Holley Fair is scheduled for Sept. 8 at the Hol- ley School, it was announced this week. Wednesday 26, 1987 Bids for the reconstruction of 10th Avenue will be opened August 28, at the Department of Transportation in Salem. The project will rely on lo- cal, state and federal funding par- ticipating. Predicted cost is about $408,000. Some 100 students and adults are spending most of to- day (Wednesday) at Woodburn at the first Capital Conference Sub- stance Abuse Workshop directed by Rob Younger of SHHS. The educational program is meant to provide nearly 700 per- sons representing every school in the Capital Conference with in- formation concerning drug abuse and its dangerous ripple effect throughout homes and communi- ties. Exciting opportunities require patience, cooperation The news that Linn County is taking steps to do something with the property it foreclosed from Western States Land Reliance Trust (page 1) is very exciting. The good news is that these plans aren't happening in a vacuum. A lot of little things have already taken place in recent years that lay a foundation for what could hap- pen out by the river. Our downtown looks better than it did last year and a lot better than it did five years ago. More businesses are operating and many are doing relatively well, giv- en the economy we live in. People r_.DIT()Ri/&L are figuring out how to do better business here. The results are that businesses say their tourist traffic is up, increas- ing numbers of motorcyclists and other tourists are discovering the wonders of Highway 20 and Quartz- ville, and efforts to promote what we have to offer appear to be working. A lot of this is due to the coun- ty's development of camping in the area and that's why we're excited about these plans. Bringing visitors to experience the outdoor and natural resources we have to offer is a personal crusade for many of our county parks and recreation folks. It's more than just a paycheck, and that's why we can be optimistic that something positive will come of this. Look no further than River Bend Campground or Clear Lake Resort to see what's possible when public officials are canny. Sweet Home is still a timber townl but this opens up vastly differ- ent and new possibilities. The proposed event site is just the beginning. There's a lot more land that has been sitting idle for years that has great potential. We need innovative and wise heads to get together and come up with ambi- tious but realistic uses for those acres. Government officials at all levels will have to work together to make this happen, but they're already do- ing so in other venues - Cool Soda, the land east of Cascadia State Park = and the experience they're getting from that could be very helpful in the projects that could arise from this opportunity. Cooperation and vision will be key, but they are in any great en- deavor. So is patience. This will also take some adjust- ment and local residents are going to have to put up with occasional inconvenience. There will be work involved here, but there is a payoff, and that's what Sweet Home needs. LETTERS TO THE LblTOR Editor's note: Due to the press- ing nature and timing of the story about Jamboree's plans fo r former WSLRT property on page 1 of to- day's issue, we posted the story early on our website at sweethomenews. com. That prompted the letter be- low. We encourage your responses on this very important matter for I Sweet Home and s'arrounding com- munities. Future park needs bigger thinking Editor: With all due respect to Linn A locally owned newspaper founded SepL 27, 1929 Scott and Miriam Swanson, Co-Publishers www.sweethomenews.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 Miriam SwanSon, ,dvertising Manager, Co-Publisher miriarn@sweethomenews:com Christy Keeney, Classified Ads classifieds@sweethomenews.com Firiel Sevems, 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 County and SHEDG, their plan to turn the old Morse gravel pit into a permanent site for the Jamboree is not what's needed to revive Sweet Home and the area. What is needed is a water and amusment park complete with wa- ter slides rides, picnic areas and a place to hold concerts. I have been to some water parks back east and have seen the people that are drawn from all over. D0rney Park in Allentown, Pa., has one such park and it sits on less ground than the old San- tiam mill and the Morse gravel pit combined. Sweet Home sits at the door- way of a wonderful recreation area. Why not make full use of it? Sweet Home also needs to look at reality. We are too far off the I-5 corridor to bring any indus- I try back into Sweet Home. A water park will bring thousands in every month, as well as bring needed jobs. More businesses will come in and bring more jobs. If we are going to revitalize Sweet Home, we are going to have to be bold in our thinking to do so. Timothy Smothers Brownsville SHHS Class of 1976 Thanks, SH for supporting kids Editor: Thank you, Sweet Home, "times 12." This summer 12 kids from our town had an unforgettable week of fun, adventure, and just plain being loved at Camp Lutherwood and you 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 1 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. made it happen. Fir Lawn Lutheran had no kids but did have an idea to send local kids to camp. With the help of great people in the community like Andi Casteel of the Boys and Girls club, Pastor Rick of Cornerstone Fellowship, and the folks who host Manna Meals at the Methodist church, we found kids who could use a week of love. Thank you! KFIR radio and The New Era both did a great job of getting the word out about what was happening. They embraced the idea of a church with no kids wanting to do some- thing good for Sweet Home's kids. Thank you! People and businesses from the whole community donated auction items and money to help raise al- most $4,500 in around six weeks to pay all the expenses for the campers. Thank you! Finally, a group of caring and creative people at Fir Lawn who choose to remain anonymous worked tirelessly to make this hap- pen. Thank you! Our hope is to expand this effort in 2013. We have many kids in Sweet Home who could use a week of love and all that other good stuff. Next year let's send 24, at least. Joe Medley Pastor, Fir Lawn Lutheran Sweet Home