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Hometown Newspaper of Wayne Shilts Serving the Sweet Home community since 1929 Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Vol. 83, No. 37 75 Cents Photos by Scott Swanson Triathletes kick up some turbulance as they swim past Lewis Creek Park during the sprint competition of the Best in the West Triathlon Saturday morning on Foster Lake. Frothy on Women's sprint division winner Kambria Schumacher, center, talks with well-wishers at the finish line after taking the women  title for the second straight year. At right is her sister Devynn, who anchored the winning relay team. Sprint winner Brian Gruenemay closes in on the finish line Saturday as slOwer competitors head out to run the 5K leg of the race. For more on the event, including other winners, see page 14. Board gets new festival plan preview By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era Oregon Jamboree Festival Director Erin Regrutto outlined plans for the Sweet Home Economic Development Group's second camping and music festival during the District 55 School Board meeting Monday night. The weekend preceding the Oregon Jamboree next year, July 26-27, SHEDG will host a new festival, with a more alternative, indie style of music. The See Festival, page 7 So far, so good in local schools By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era First week of school is done, and all is well. That's the word from school officials after kickoff activities and other opening ceremonies at local schools. "I think the first week went really smoothly," said Supt. Don Schrader, Normally, the district receives a lot of calls over confusion about transportation and times, he said. "We didn't seem to get that many." Schrader has already been out on school visits, and he served hot dogs and fruit punch at a fourth-grade luau set up by teachers at Oak Heights Elementary. All of the schools were doing something like that. "Visiting schools, it looked like kids were excited to be there," Schrader said, but See Schools, page 8 Seaoees .arrival marks kickoff for Suns aine's new headquarters By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Though Sunshine Industries hasn't held a ground breaking cer- emony for its new facility on Clark Mill Road yet, that didn't stop the Navy Seabees from going ahead and breaking some ground last weekend. The 17 Seabees, who arrived unannounced due to security re- strictions, didn't waste any time hopping onto heavy equipment supplied by Mike Melcher and going to work about noon Satur- day, soon after they arrived. Their stay extended through Sunday and some camped locally, Sunshine board member Bob Dalton said. The project, will transform the vacant 2.3-acre parcel across from Melcher Logging into a new head- quarters for Sunshine, an organiza- tion that serves the developmen- tally disabled. Since 2001 Sunshine's num- bers have grown from 28 to more than 60 adults with developmental disabilities, ranging in age from 20 to 60, and the nonprofit organiza- tion has outgrown its facilities at 3714 Long St. Sunshine provides vocational training, paid employ- ment, basic life skills training and socialization for its clients. It is funded by government grants, in- come from work contracts and lo- cal contributions. Clients work in a grounds- keeping crew, confidential shred- ding service, wood shop, janitorial service and plant nursery. All Sun- shine services are available to tile public. Sunshine plans to build a 7,680-square-foot main building and 3,000-square-foot woodwork- ing shop and storage facility on the land that it purchased from Melcher last fall. Dalton said the Seabees have committed to see the project through to the end. "They're working to help us control our costs," he said. According to Dalton, Capt. Orrin Greene, who works for Wey- erhaeuser when not serving with the Seabees, and who led the con- tingent last weekend, presented the Sunshine project to the Navy. "They supported it clear through," he said. Last weekend the Seabees erected a sediment fence to satisfy environmental requirements before the project could start, then used a See Seabees, page 9 Photo by Scott Swanson As Navy Seabees work in the background, Sunshine Industries Board Member Bob Dalton, center, and staff member Patrick Culy, right, dis- cuss the project as client Freddy Bratton watches the action. news@sweethomenews.com ,, ,, ,, www.sweethomenews.com